Feds Block Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline Route

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites. North Dakota's leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a "serious mistake" that "prolongs the dangerous situation" of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather.

A Populist-Conservative Melting Pot

Trump was not exactly a model of clarity during the campaign. He was certainly consistent on his core issues-primarily immigration and trade-but he kept everyone guessing as to what his other priorities would be.

Gunman went to pizzeria to ‘self-investigate’ an election-related conspiracy theory: police

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in northwest Washington, D.C., carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to investigate "PizzaGate," a false conspiracy theory related to Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.

Federal government bars Dakota Access pipe route

Activists celebrate the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to block the current route for the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. Activists celebrate the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to block the current route for the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

Trending Now Army Corps blocks easement route of Dakota Access oil pipeline

Benji Buffalo, a Grovan Native American from Montana, shovels snow outside his tent at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. CANNON BALL, N.D. - An easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota will not be granted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday.

The Latest: Protesters cheer Army Corps’ decision

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Standing Rock Protestors Celebrate as Dakota Pipeline Easement Denied

In a decision celebrated by protestors at the Standing Rock site, the Army announced they would not grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline. In a decision celebrated by the thousands of protestors gathered at the Standing Rock site, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that they would not grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and would instead "explore alternate routes."

Nancy Pelosi: I don’t think Democrats want a new direction

The newly elected Minority Leader insisted Sunday Dems aren't looking for a "new direction" even after the bruising Election Day defeats and a GOP monopoly in Washington. A defiant - and possibly delusional - Pelosi stood firm about her party's future when pressed with what she'll do differently to deal with Democrat discontent.

Big Labor threw tons of cash at Democrats, but workers voted red: report

Big Labor pumped $530 million of workers' dues into mostly Democratic Party groups and liberal causes over a four-year period - with dismal results, according to a new analysis. Despite the unions' massive cash infusion into Democratic causes, GOPer Donald Trump still won the union-heavy Rust Belt states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio in his presidential bid against Dem candidate Hillary Clinton.

Italy Joins the Movement

Voting against centralization and elitism , by a landslide margin that the polls (and exit polls) never saw coming. The populist Five Star Movement is already the most popular party in Italy , and this should give them a nice boost for the elections next year.

Dakota Access pipeline opponents just scored a huge victory


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Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline erupted in cheers on Sunday after U.S. regulators rejected a final permit needed to complete the controversial pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it won't grant an easement that would've allowed the pipeline's builders to run the conduit under Lake Oahe, a reservoir near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

How Will Markets React to Results of Renzi Referendum?

Andrew Economos, Nexchange's chief strategy officer, reacts to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi saying he'll resign as exit polls showed he'd suffered a heavy defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform. He speaks during an interview with Bloomberg's Betty Liu on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia."

RH Line calls published Dec. 5, 2016

"Seriously? You're wondering why we have good helmets for students playing football? You haven't been paying attention to all the concussion-related illnesses and deaths for pro-football players and other athletes? Concussions are serious, cause long-term damage and if you're going to have football in high school, we need to make sure our students ... (more)

Gunman enters Washington restaurant hit by fake news reports

Washington police said on Sunday they detained a man wielding an assault rifle who entered a pizza restaurant that was the target of fake news reports it was operating a child abuse ring led by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her top campaign aide. An unidentified 35-year-old man was being held for questioning after police were called to the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington near the Maryland border, said Aquita Brown, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department in the nation's capital.

US Army Corps Hands Victory to Dakota Pipeline Protesters

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied an easement for the highly controversial $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline project, the subject of months of protest by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which contends the project would affect its drinking water supply and destroy its sacred sites. In a statement Sunday, the Corps of Engineers said it would be undertaking an environmental impact study to look at possible alternative routes for the project.

The Latest: Early returns show Renzi lags in referendum

A man casts his ballot as a map of Italy is seen in background at a polling station in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.Italians are voting in a referendum on constitutional reforms that is being closely watched abroad to see if ... . Ballots are being put on a table at a polling station in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.

Protesters Claim Victory As Army Corps Blocks Dakota Access Pipeline Route

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Entering GOP-led Congress, Democrat Soto no stranger to being outnumbered

Democrat Darren Soto to lean on 'lengthy and unique experience' in minority party as he enters GOP-led U.S. Co Election night was bittersweet for state Sen. Darren Soto, a Democrat who made history as the first Puerto Rican elected to represent Florida in Congress , even as Republican Donald Trump won the state and the presidency. After a decade of toiling in a Republican-controlled state Legislature, Soto will face a familiar uphill climb to pass legislation in Washington, D.C, where the GOP holds both chambers of Congress.

Trump seen expanding top diplomat short list as Giuliani, Romney, Petraeus stars fade


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President-elect Donald Trump is expanding his pool of candidates for secretary of state, leaving unclear whether former CIA Director David Petraeus' guilty plea for leaking classified information disqualifies him to serve as the nation's top diplomat. "There's not a finite list of candidates" for secretary of state, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Sunday.

Petraeus: ‘Five years ago, I made a serious mistake’

David Petraeus made a last-ditch effort Sunday to show President-elect Donald Trump that his guilty plea for revealing classified information to his mistress and biographer shouldn't disqualify him from serving as America's top diplomat. Petraeus, the former general and CIA director, was asked on ABC's "This Week" what he would say to Republican senators who are hesitant to vote to confirm a man who pled guilty to exactly what they spent months accusing Hillary Clinton of doing via her private email server.

After Benghazi, incompetent Trump pick Mike Flynn ordered his staff to prove Iran did it

Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... During the Labor Day weekend, when many people are celebrating and preparing for the upcoming school-year, Dakota Access, a... Donald Trump has announced that Steve Bannon-former head of the online racist platform Breitbart-will be a senior adviser in... It is a high bar, but Trump's would-be national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, may be the single worst Trump pick so far.

Right from Wrong: Note to Israelis: The US is not racist

Since Donald Trump won the US presidential election last month, Israelis have been engaged in a heated debate about how the victory of the billionaire businessman who gets into fights on Twitter will affect the Jewish state. The Left, which has been fawning over Barack Obama for eight years, has been attributing all the ills of his country and the world during this period to a combination of piggish capitalism and racism ostensibly so indigenous to America that even the Great Black Hope was unable to stomp them out.

Jewish Family Battles Spain Museum Over Art Looted by Nazis

The latest step in a Jewish family's 16-year battle to reclaim a priceless painting their heirs surrendered in exchange for safe passage out of Nazi Germany moves to a Southern California courtroom on Monday. Attorney David Boies will argue before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Impressionist Camille Pissarro's 1897 work rightfully belongs to the family of Lilly Cassirer.

‘Full Measure’: Superbugs new

Since penicillin was discovered 88 years ago, almost every bacteria is becoming resistant to the antibiotic designed to treat it. So-called superbugs are a growing threat: germs so strong, they're immune to most or all antibiotics known to man.

Trump calls a Saturday Night LiveR…

Donald Trump gave a thumbs down to a "Saturday Night Live" spoof featuring Alec Baldwin as the Republican president-elect, calling it "unwatchable." "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable!" said Mr. Trump on Twitter.

Obama to join Kennedy Center Honors gala for last time

This year's Kennedy Center Honors gala will be bittersweet for some because it's the last one under President Barack Obama, but the festivities aren't likely to be much different next year under President-elect Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center president said. Actor Al Pacino, rock band the Eagles, pianist Martha Argerich, gospel singer Mavis Staples and singer-songwriter James Taylor will receive the honors on Sunday.

This Trump Appointment Likely Spells Imminent Doom for Obamacare

The ACA, which is more commonly known as Obamacare, transformed the entire process of purchasing health insurance and receiving medical care for tens of millions of Americans. Despite pushing the uninsured rate below 9%, a better than 7% drop since Obamacare was first implemented in full as of Jan. 1, 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Obamacare has drawn a laundry list of criticisms.

Report: Stutzman ‘campaign’ trip featured family events

A family trip to California that Indiana congressman Marlin Stutzman paid for with campaign money included visits to Universal Studios and Capitol Records, lunch with a TV producer his wife admires and a VIP dining experience beside Ronald Reagan's airplane. Those were among details that emerged last week in a report by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, which began investigating the Stutzman family's August 2015 California visit after The Associated Press first reported on it in April.

USC Rose Bowl Berth Keeps 87-Year Presidential Streak Alive

This year's 34th overall USC Rose Bowl selection comes with Barack Obama in office, ensuring the Trojans will make the Granddaddy of Them All during the tenure of 14-straight Presidents. It all started in 1930, less than a year after Stanford graduate Herbert Hoover was inaugurated as the 31st President of the United States.

Water search suspended, investigation continues into car found on bridge

BELMAR -- The borough police department is continuing to investigate after a car was found parked on the Route 35 bridge early Saturday, though the search of the water around the span remains suspended Sunday. The car was found unoccupied at 2:45 a.m., prompting a search of the river by air and sea that included local and county authorities, New Jersey State Police and U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday.

Rouhani urges Obama to block Iran sanctions law extension


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Iran is urging Barack Obama to block a law that would extend the U.S. president's authority to impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic, calling it a violation of the Iranian nuclear deal. On Thursday, the Senate voted 99-0 to extend the Iran Sanctions Act, which authorizes a president to prevent investment in Iran's energy sector and other sensitive industries.

Secret Service may direct Trump to get off his personal Twitter

The Secret Service may direct Donald Trump to relinquish his personal Twitter account after he is sworn into office, a top aide to the President-elect suggested Sunday. "That's going to be up to him, the Secret Service and others who have to help decide those issues," Kellyanne Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union."

HRC Criticizes Trump Picks Tom Price, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions


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The Human Rights Campaign , the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, has criticized three of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks. Trump has picked Georgia Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Tom Ford Says He Won’t Be Dressing Melania Trump


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"I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined; she's not necessarily my image," Ford said, adding that "even had Hillary [Clinton] won she shouldn't be wearing my clothes - they're too expensive. They're not artificially expensive, it's how much it costs to make these things.

US releases Guantanamo prisoner, resettles him in Cape Verde

A prisoner from Yemen at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre has been released and sent to the West African nation of Cape Verde for resettlement. The Pentagon says the release announced Sunday of Shawqi Awad Balzuhair lowers the number of prisoners held at the U.S. base in Cuba to 59. Twenty of those remaining have been approved for release.

Director of MHP has Tupelo roots

Sitting in his fifth floor corner office overlooking the slow moving Interstate traffic snaking through Jackson on a weekday afternoon, Chris Gillard is a long way from his childhood in Tupelo. As director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, he oversees the state's most visible and, perhaps, most elite law enforcement agency.

Trump faces pushback from base, allies over Romney musings

When U.S. Forest Ranger Jody Bandy confronted the man in the Pisgah National Forest, he said he'd been at the nearby wildfire and "couldn't take it anymore." When U.S. Forest Ranger Jody Bandy confronted the man in the Pisgah National Forest, he said he'd been at the nearby wildfire and "couldn't take it anymore."

Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is taking her bid for a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election to federal court. After announcing Stein and recount supporters were dropping their case in state court, lawyer Jonathan Abady said they will seek an emergency federal court order Monday.

Democratsa task: Rebuild the blue political wall in Midwest

Democrats need to rebuild the political "blue wall" of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters. Hillary Clinton's failure to hold key blocs of these voters helped seal Trump's stunning electoral victory and leaves Democrats with a gaping, perhaps long-term, hole in the party's national battle front.

In Trump’s ‘global interests’ ad, echoes of overtly …

An ad aired by the Donald Trump campaign in the lead-up to the US presidential election last month appears to bear striking resemblance to a spot released by a white nationalist group days earlier featuring overt anti-Semitic references. Richard Spencer, the leading ideologue of the alt-right movement, said the ad released by the Trump campaign may have been inspired by one created by his National Policy Institute and released just a few days earlier.

Green Party, election watchdogs get pushback ina

County after county has rejected the idea in recent days of performing the kind of software examination that the Green Party's lawyers and computer scientists who have long studied election systems say would be Green Party, election watchdogs get pushback in Pennsylvania County after county has rejected the idea in recent days of performing the kind of software examination that the Green Party's lawyers and computer scientists who have long studied election systems say would be Check out this story on yorkdispatch.com: FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo.

Letters: Trump’s deal to save Carrier jobs isn’t what it seems

When you dig down into the story about Donald Trump saving jobs in Indiana , you discover yet another moment when reporters and mass media have fallen for fraud and accepted statements as true without digging into the details. Vice President-elect Pence and President-elect Trump visit the Carrier air conditioning and heating company in Indianapolis on Thursday.

Inauguration to draw those ready to celebrate, commiserate


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One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up - whether it's to celebrate or commiserate. There are parties and protests to attend, stars to gawk at, receptions to be worked, deals to be done, drinks to be consumed.

McCaul proposes a oesecurity tolla …

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul on Friday proposed a new "security toll" he said the U.S. could assess on all visitors from Mexico, with the money going to fund President-elect Donald Trump's plans for a border wall. Mr. McCaul, who is auditioning for Homeland Security secretary in the Trump administration, also said in a commentary on Foxnews.com that other Latin American countries' visitors should pay the fee, given that illegal immigrants from Central America have overtaken Mexicans as the majority of border-jumpers.

It’s time to ignore flag burners on campus

Do students love a flag aflame? At Hampshire College, in western Massachusetts, a student burned a flag to express opposition to the president-elect. At American University, in our nation's capital, flags were burned as students unleashed obscenity-laced chants against the United States.

Democrats’ task: Rebuild the blue political wall in Midwest

Democrats need to rebuild the political "blue wall" of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters. Hillary Clinton's failure to hold key blocs of these voters helped seal Trump's stunning electoral victory and leaves Democrats with a gaping, perhaps long-term, hole in the party's national battle front.

SNL takes aim at Donald Trump’s Twitter habits

Saturday Night Live took aim at President-elect Donald Trump's unconventional Twitter habits in its cold open last night, and what did Trump do? He tweeted about it. Alec Baldwin revived his much-lauded Trump impression for the sketch, which saw his President-elect perennially distracted by Twitter throughout an important security briefing.

The Latest: Renzi votes in Italy with future on the line

A man casts his ballot as a map of Italy is seen in background at a polling station in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.Italians are voting in a referendum on constitutional reforms that is being closely watched abroad to see if ... . Ballots are being put on a table at a polling station in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.

Philippines seeks Bangladesh help on $81 million heist

The Philippines has asked Bangladesh to share details of its investigation into an $81 million cyber-heist from the Bangladesh central bank after the proceeds ended up in Manila, the finance department said Sunday. The money was shifted electronically from the Bangladesh central bank's account with the US Federal Reserve to a Manila branch of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp, from where it was funnelled into local casinos in February.

Of bunnies and suits, Louisiana’s long campaign for the U.S. Senate winds down

Gerald Faulk casts his ballot during early voting Monday, November 28, 2016, at the Lafayette Parish Government Building in Lafayette, La. Early voting for the Dec. 10 runoff elections began Saturday and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 3. John Kennedy and Foster Campbell are the two candidates vying for a U.S. Senate seat while Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins are in a runoff in Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District.

Hillary’s Hair, Part Two

Instead, they blame on James Comey, the Russians, and the millions of people who voted against Hillary for deplorable reasons unrelated to the candidate's own merits. It requires-to borrow one of Hillary's own old lines-the willing suspension of disbelief.

Dancing with insanity

One-hundred and thirty-four House Democrats collectively lost their minds last week. That is how many of Nancy PelosiA s colleagues it took to vote her back into power despite having lost her third consecutive chance at winning back the majority from the Republicans.

Pregnancy, privacy and Trump’s promise

The future of privacy under the U.S. Constitution - and the critical protection of rights such as abortion and same-sex marriage - rests on the continued good health and mental acuity of three lawyers age 78 and older. If you care about these things, and you should, you really should be sending vitamin packets, kale salads and protein smoothies to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg , Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer .

Printed Letters: December 4, 2016

Remember Donald Trump proclaiming during his election campaign that he is going to "drain the swamp?" Remember that? Sure Donald, you are going to accomplish this by offering positions in your cabinet to individuals who are nothing more than Washington or Wall Street insiders. And then the Donald wants to hand over his business interests to his children.

Inside Trump’s Cabinet: Who are they? What will they do?

In this Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Stephen Bannon, campaign CEO for President-elect Donald Trump, leaves Trump Tower in New York. Trump on Sunday named Republican Party chief Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and conservative media owner Bannon as his top presidential strategist, two men who represent opposite ends of the unsettled GOP.

CRP grasslands sign-up ends Dec. 16

Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will accept more than 504,000 acres that were offered by producers during the recent ranking period for the Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands enrollment. Through the voluntary CRP Grasslands program, grasslands threatened by development or conversion to row crops are maintained as livestock grazing areas, while providing important conservation benefits.

Uzbekistan votes in first election since Karimov’s death

The converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" where a deadly fire ripped through a late-night dance party was an artist workspace and illegal home for a rotating cast of a dozen or more residents, those who... The converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" where a deadly fire ripped through a late-night dance party was an artist workspace and illegal home for a rotating cast of a dozen or more residents, those who lived there... A graduate student arrested on suspicion of killing the professor who oversaw his work at the University of California was described by some of his fellow classmates as a quiet but seemingly normal young man while others... The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election.

Gore says U.S. climate curbs on track, hopes Trump will surprise

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are likely to fall irrespective of the pro-coal policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who may still surprise the world by embracing global action to limit climate change, former vice president Al Gore said. Gore, a climate activist who will lead a 24-hour televised marathon on Dec. 5-6 about global efforts to limit rising temperatures, told Reuters that companies and U.S. states would cut emissions despite Trump's doubts that warming is man-made.

Letters: On sanctuary cities and schools

The federal government should have stopped sanctuary cities when they popped up. Why should certain cities be able to thumb their noses at the law and take in federal money at the same time? Why would they want to house illegal immigrants? The key word is illegal.

Opinions

As we report in today's edition, in the wake of the state's presidential recount, county, city, and town clerks are being inundated with open-records requests related to the election, and some of the requests are quite significant. Friday, December 16, 2016 In his upcoming budget proposal, Gov. Scott Walker is proposing to establish a series of sunrise and sunset review commissions that would analyze proposed and existing occupational licenses to see if they are needed, or if they are too restrictive, and we think it is a good proposal that is long overdue.

Tie corporate tax cuts to a minimum-wage rise

I believe that two important issues should be linked in the public's mind - corporate tax cuts and a raise in the minimum wage. Now that Republicans have won both the White House and Congress, we can be certain that change is coming, and we can expect that many of the usual one-sided policies will finally be enacted, such as corporate tax cuts, tax reform and reduced regulations - all of which are meant to help businesses become more profitable.

How worried should immigrants be?

The day after the presidential election, I stood in front of a class of foreign graduate students who had come to the United States to study U.S. and international law, trying to reassure them that they were not in danger of being deported. "You are all here legally on student visas," I reminded them.

Australian PM says he’s confident Trump won’t pull out of U.S. refugee deal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Sunday he was confident a refugee resettlement deal with the United States would go ahead, despite White House comments which seemed to cast doubt about its future under a Trump Administration. White House deputy spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters the deal to resettle in the U.S refugees currently held at Australian-funded offshore processing centres was reached with President Barack Obama, and it was the prerogative of each president to set policies.

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The Latest: Stein changes strategy in Pennsylvania recount

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Latest on the Green Party's effort to force a statewide recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election in Pennsylvania: : The Green Party says it's switching strategy in its bid to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump.

Santa breakfast brings hundreds of community members together

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John Hood: GOP factions will steer course for more change

The first time I lived in the nation's capital, Ronald Reagan was president. The conservatives I knew there were proud of their movement's accomplishments, in such areas as reforming taxes and challenging the Soviet empire, as well as disappointed by inadequate progress on such issues as cutting the federal budget.

News exclusive: 2 in 3 Canadians back Trump on Keystone, NATO

A new poll conducted for CTV News suggests about two in three Canadians are on board with Donald Trump's proposal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and the same proportion agree with the president-elect that Canada should contribute its "fair share" to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization . At the same time, the Nanos Research poll found strong support for the North America Free Trade Agreement that Trump has vowed to scrap or re-negotiate, and little appetite for the idea of Canada making special provisions for illegal immigrants he deports.

No. 8 Penn St. rallies to beat No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31

California authorities say a fire has broken out at an Oakland warehouse where people were having a party and police say there are "casualties." Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic music party, killing at least 9 people and making the charred structure... The warehouse gutted by a blaze that killed at least nine people was home to musicians, painters, woodworkers, dancers and other artists who came together to make art and hold dance performances and parties.

Time to End Discrimination Against Gays?

On gay rights, America has come a great distance in a short time. Remember the days, not so long ago, that gays stayed in the closet, sodomy was a crime, same-sex marriage was banned and people could be fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation? Actually, you don't have to try to remember that last.

The Unpopular Truth About The Popular Vote

Have you heard the news that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote? Unless you live under a rock you likely have stumbled across a barista or aspiring novelist mumbling something about how the Electoral College is unfair and undemocratic and how electors should follow "the will of the people" and vote for Hillary on Dec. 19. Because "democracy!" or something. What too many of these uneducated and unshowered drum circlers don't know, or don't care to know, is the popular vote is a meaningless unit of measure.