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Trucker saves dogs thrown from vehicle on New York highway

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

A pair of beagle mixes are on the mend after authorities say someone threw them out of a moving vehicle on a snowy New York highway. The dogs were rescued by a passing trucker, but one was so badly mangled that a front leg had to be amputated.
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Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

The Texas judge who approved a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of rape to avoid jail time holds three degrees from Baylor. The criminal district attorney overseeing the case holds two. The prosecutor who agreed to the plea agreement graduated from Baylor law school.

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Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

The Soberanes Fire burned its way into the record books, costing $262 million as the most expensive wildland firefight in U.S. history in what a new report calls an “extreme example of excessive, unaccountable, budget-busting suppression spending.”
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Trump pushes Congress for new health law after court ruling

After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was “invalid,” President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White House says the current law will remain in place for now.
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This killer opioid could become a weapon of mass destruction

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

It would take only 118 pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. The fatal potential of even glancing contact with fentanyl is a major reason why national security experts are becoming alarmed at the prospect of it being used to sow terror.
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Former Trump chief of staff Priebus selected to join Navy with backing from Mattis

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

Reince Priebus, a former chief of staff to President Donald Trump and Republican power broker, could join the Navy after a monthslong process in which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recommended him and a board of officers selected him as a reserve officer, according to defense officials and a memo obtained by The Washington Post.
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UNC system rejects $5M plan to house Confederate statue

North Carolina’s public university system rejected a proposal Friday to build a $5 million structure to house a toppled Confederate statue, opting instead to “go back to the drawing board” to figure out what to do with the monument.
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Wisconsin’s Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, brushing aside complaints that he is enabling a brazen power grab and ignoring the will of voters.
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Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned about how their stories of alleged affairs with him “would affect the election.” He says Trump knew the payments were wrong.