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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2016

North Dakota borrowing another $4M for protest costs

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota legislators will review an emergency request to borrow another $4 million to cover policing costs for the protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The state’s Emergency Commission borrowed $6 million from the state-owned Bank ...

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MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2016

In this Nov. 30, 2011 file photo, California Army National Guard soldiers watch the arrival of the body of soldier Sean Walsh, who died on Nov. 16 during a combat operation in Afghanistan, at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, Calif. Nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers have been ordered to repay huge enlistment bonuses a decade after signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (Paul Sakuma / AP)

Calif. National Guard says it can’t find 4,000 soldiers who got improper payments

WASHINGTON – The California National Guard can’t locate more than 4,000 of the 9,700 soldiers caught up in the military enlistment bonus scandal that has rocked the organization, according to its commander. In an internal memo obtained by the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau, Maj. Gen. David Baldwin said the California Guard needed help finding thousands of soldiers who received improper enlistment bonuses or other incentives at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars a decade ago.

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Authorities: At least 7 injured in Alabama pipeline blast

HELENA, Ala. – An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in rural Alabama injured at least seven workers Monday not far from where the line burst and leaked thousands of gallons of gasoline last month, authorities said. The blast, which sent flames and thick black smoke soaring over the forest, happened about a mile west of where the pipeline ruptured in September, Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement. That break led to gasoline shortages across the South.

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Iraqi special forces soldiers use radio communication as a tank rolls down an alley in the village of Bazwaya, some 8 kilometers from the center of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Iraqi special forces stood poised to enter Mosul in an offensive to drive out Islamic State militants after sweeping into the last village on the city's eastern edge Monday while fending off suicide car bombs without losing a soldier. (Marko Drobnjakovic / AP)

Iraqi forces have Mosul in sights

ZARGAH, Iraq – Iraqi forces said they reached the eastern outskirts of Mosul on Monday and were preparing to make the first break into the city, which has been held by Islamic State militants for more than two years. Following an early morning push, forces from Iraq’s elite counterterrorism units took positions on the edge of the suburb of Gogjali, an industrial area on the outer limits of Mosul, said Lt. Gen. Abdul Ghani al-Asadi, head of the special forces. They had progressed faster than expected during the day, he said.

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FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2016 file photo, Dakota Access Pipeline protesters sit in a prayer circle at the Front Line Camp as a line of law enforcement officers make their way across the camp to remove the protesters and relocate to the overflow camp a few miles to the south in Morton County, North Dakota. Members of more than 200 tribes from across North America have come to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s encampment at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers since August, the tribe says. (Mike McCleary / The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Dakota pipeline protesters are increasingly divided over tactics

BISMARCK, N.D. – Protesters at the demonstration against the Dakota Access pipeline are increasingly divided over how to stop the project, with militant younger activists seeking more aggressive tactics and an older crowd arguing for peaceful protest centered on prayer. The differences came to a head last week after law enforcement officers in riot gear forced hundreds of protesters off an encampment on private property. In response, some demonstrators torched three vehicles on a bridge, creating a blockade that effectively cut off easy access to the pipeline construction zone and made it far harder for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and nearby residents to get to Bismarck for errands and medical appointments.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd before speaking at Macomb Community College, Oct. 31, 2016, in Warren, Mich. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

Trump used ‘legally dubious’ maneuver on taxes, new report says

At a time when Donald Trump’s casinos were bleeding money and he was badly in debt, the Republican presidential nominee used a “legally dubious” accounting maneuver to avoid reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in income, according to a New York Times report Monday. In the early 1990s, Trump convinced financial backers to forgive large debts he could not repay, the paper wrote. But he avoided having to report the canceled debts as income because he gave the backers equity in his partnerships that owned the casinos, effectively writing off the income.

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Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally Monday at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. “There is no case here,” Clinton said of the latest FBI email probe. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)

Clinton aides rip ‘double standard’ as Justice Department vows quick action

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton’s campaign accused FBI Director James Comey of applying a double standard by disclosing a renewed inquiry into her emails, an hour after the Justice Department offered a bare-bones promise to lawmakers that it would act “expeditiously” to settle the matter. Clinton campaign officials seized on a CNBC report, citing an unnamed former FBI official, that Comey balked at joining with U.S. intelligence agencies Oct. 7 when they blamed Russia for hacking the email systems of U.S. political figures and organizations – including the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign chairman – because it was too close to Election Day.

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Ehlena Fry, 12, of Michigan, sits with her service dog Wonder, while speaking to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, following oral arguments on a case where Fry, who has cerebral palsy, wants to sue school officials for refusing to let her bring a service dog to class. (Molly Riley / AP)

Wonder the goldendoodle fetches Supreme Court case about disability suits

WASHINGTON – Wonder the goldendoodle reached the peak of the U.S. judicial system on Monday with a Supreme Court case potentially crucial to disability rights. Now semi-retired as a service dog, Wonder’s work for a young Michigan girl with cerebral palsy set in motion the legal proceedings that culminated in an hour’s worth of mostly technical oral argument Monday morning. Facing some poignant facts, justices stuck closely to the dry but significant basics.

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A study published Oct. 26, 2016, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology says nearly half of those treated with a skin patch for peanut allergy sufferers were able to consume at least 10 times more peanut protein than they were able to consume prior to treatment. (Patrick Sison / Associated Press)

Study: Skin patch could help kids with peanut allergies

WASHINGTON – A wearable skin patch may help children who are allergic to peanuts by delivering small doses of peanut protein, according to a new study that calls for the therapy to be further explored. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that nearly half of those treated with the Viaskin Peanut patch for one year were able to consume at least 10 times more peanut protein than they were able to prior to treatment.

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Judge dismisses part of Rolling Stone defamation suit

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A federal judge has dismissed part of a University of Virginia administrator’s $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine. The Daily Progress reported that Judge Glen Conrad dismissed Nicole Eramo’s claim that the overall implication of ...

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