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Workplace Raids Signal Shifting Tactics in Immigration Fight

Posted on 16 January 2018

The Trump administration is taking its campaign against illegal immigration to the workplace.The raids by federal agents on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores last week were the administration’s first big show of force meant to convey the consequences of employing undocumented people.“We are taking work-site enforcement very hard,” said Thomas D. Homan, the director of Immigration and ...

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After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

Posted on 16 January 2018

In December 2014 something unusual happened at Disneyland. People came to visit Mickey Mouse, and some of them left with measles. At least 159 people contracted the disease during an outbreak lasting several months. This is more than the typical number in a whole year in the United States. The leading theory is that measles was introduced in Disneyland by a foreign tourist. That coul ...

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How Alabama Won the National Championship, Drive by Drive

Posted on 09 January 2018

Alabama went into halftime of the national championship game trailing Georgia by 13 points, but a switch to Tua Tagovailoa, a true freshman, at quarterback proved prophetic as he led them to a shocking 26-23 victory in overtime, throwing a 41-yard pass to DeVonta Smith to seal the win.The victory, which was as much a Georgia collapse as it was an Alabama triumph, represents Coach Nick Saban’s si ...

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At the Golden Globes, Hollywood Does What Washington Won’t

Posted on 08 January 2018

The story of the past year, beginning with an inaugural speech of darker bile and greater bunk than any in my lifetime, has been the abdication and outsourcing of the moral authority that the presidency of the United States once had.On Sunday night, Hollywood, of all places, picked up the slack.I watched the Golden Globes and, yes, I noticed the false, sometimes cringe-worthy notes of hypocrisy an ...

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Eric Schmidt’s surprise Alphabet announcement rekindles ‘womanizing’ rumors

Posted on 22 December 2017

Eric Schmidt shocked Silicon Valley with a surprise announcement Thursday that he’s stepping down as executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The 62-year-old tech tycoon — who, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, was originally tapped as CEO in 2001 to provide “adult supervision” for himself and Larry Page — said in a statement that he will remain at Alph ...

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Here’s how the tax plan could change divorce in a big way

Posted on 22 December 2017

Congress’ giant tax overhaul is poised to reach virtually every corner of American life — even Splitsville. Republicans delivered their sweeping plan Wednesday to an exultant President Donald Trump to sign. One provision scraps a 75-year-old tax deduction for alimony payments. The new rules won’t affect anyone who divorces or signs a separation agreement before 2019. Many divorce exp ...

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Sex offender ID’d as third victim in Washington train crash

Posted on 21 December 2017

A sex offender on lifetime supervision for a child-pornography conviction was identified Wednesday as the third victim killed when a speeding Amtrak train derailed in Washington state. Benjamin Gran, 40, of Auburn, Washington, died of multiple traumatic injuries from the massive wreck, the Pierce County coroner’s office told The Associated Press. Gran was busted in 2013 after authorities u ...

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How to save a bundle before the new tax plan kicks in

Posted on 21 December 2017

You can have your tax break — and beat it, too, say tax experts. The newly overhauled tax system starts in less than two weeks, but there’s still time to cash in on deductions that will disappear on Jan. 1, they said. The state and local tax deduction will be capped at $10,000 next year, but homeowners in many areas can prepay their 2018 property taxes before Dec. 31 and claim that p ...

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Senate probing Jill Stein for possible collusion with Russia

Posted on 19 December 2017

The Senate is reportedly probing former presidential candidate Jill Stein for possible collusion with Russia.The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday that the Stein probe was one of two investigations about Russian collusion that his panel is pursuing, according to The Washington Post.Stein dined with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a 2015 Moscow event that was also a ...

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Amtrak train was reportedly speeding before deadly derailment

Posted on 19 December 2017

The Amtrak train that derailed in Washington State on Monday — killing at least three people and injuring scores — was reportedly speeding toward a curve before the deadly crash.Amtrak 501 from Seattle to Portland — which carried 77 passengers and seven crew members — was traveling 81.1 mph a quarter-mile before it jumped the tracks, data compiled by the train-tracking Web s ...