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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

By JOSH LEDERMAN In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted …

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US bombers strike Islamic State camps in Libya

By ROBERT BURNS U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers attacked a pair of Islamic State military camps in Libya, killing more than 80 fighters in an unusual mission that may have marked the final demonstration of military force of President Barack Obama’s global counterterrorism campaign. The militants targeted in the airstrikes included Islamic State members “actively …

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Collapse of burning Tehran high-rise kills 30 firefighters

By AMIR VAHDAT and NASSER KARIMI A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the Iranian capital’s sprawling bazaar. Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency …

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Trump’s America: Switching sides in struggling Pa. county

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Towns along the Susquehanna River are filled with people whose grandparents worked in coal mines, garment factories and small manufacturing companies. But those jobs are long gone in Luzerne County, and Wilkes-Barre, the county seat, has seen its population drop by more than half. Dozens of public officials have fallen to scandal. …

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Congress presses ahead on dismantling health care law

By ANDREW TAYLOR Congress is poised to complete its initial step toward dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, as Republicans divided over how to replace it face pressure from Donald Trump for quick action. “We have a responsibility to step in and provide relief from this failing law,” Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters …

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Pay gap between college grads and everyone else at a record

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Americans with no more than a high school diploma have fallen so far behind college graduates in their economic lives that the earnings gap between college grads and everyone else has reached its widest point on record. The growing disparity has become a source of frustration for millions of Americans worried …

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Investigators: ‘Inside job’ suspected in Kardashian robbery

By LORI HINNANT and SYLVIE CORBET Investigators focused Tuesday on the possibility that the October robbery of more than $10 million worth of jewelry from Kim Kardashian West was an inside job following the arrests of a chauffeur and his brother. Three Paris officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, confirmed …

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Harriet Tubman National Historical Park becomes reality

Federal parks officials have formally established the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in upstate New York. Members of the state’s congressional delegation joined U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Washington, D.C., for the official signing ceremony Tuesday that makes the park part of the National Park Service system. It encompasses the site of Tubman’s old …

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Interview With Marty Bowie With The School Of Rock Wichita

Today Marty Bowie interviewed with Janice Thacker about the School of Rock Wichita. The school is a franchise company with 200 schools across the world. Marty teaches keyboard, and flute while his wife Kim teaches vocals. The school also offers lessons in bass, guitar and drums. Students range in age from four to sixty. They …

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