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His order expanded on a 2012 program that provided similar relief for people who became illegal immigrants as children. Texas is leading 26 mostly Republican dominated states in challenging the immigration plan . However, lower courts have said Texas has standing because it would be responsible for subsidizing costs like drivers licenses and work permits for 500,000 people if the program stands.
  • Saeed Abedini, released Iran hostage, relied on Christian faith during lengthy

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    The two other two freed are Amir Hekmati, 32, a Marine veteran from Flint, Mich., imprisoned since August 2011; and a man named Nosratollah Khosavi-Roodsari, whose imprisonment had not been publicized. "Let's celebrate and then do not forget to keep praying as Pastor Abedini recovers from the injuries he suffered in prison and transitions back to family life".
  • At least 21 die in boat sinkings in Greece

    At least 21 die in boat sinkings in Greece

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    He also said that seven migrants drowned when their wooden boat crashed on rocks shortly after midnight at Farmakonisi , a small island close to the Turkish coast. In the meantime, Germany - where most immigrants are heading - has welcomed those it considers refugees. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday that the 28-nation bloc faces big economic risks if member countries start putting up walls between each other that restrict borderless travel.
  • British report: Putin likely approved ex-spy's murder

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    Mr Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who left Russian Federation and claimed asylum in the United Kingdom in 2000, died in November 2006 aged 43 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium in a London hotel. He died in a London hospital in 2006 . In 2006, he met two Russian comrades - Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi - for tea at London's upmarket Millenium Hotel.
  • Wal-Mart following through on plan to raise hourly wages

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    The average hourly wage for a full-time employee as of November 2015 was $13.04. The average part-time hourly wage employee - defined as anyone working for the company at less than 34 hours a week - will earn an average of $10.58 an hour. A new short-term disability plan will also take effect this year at no cost to full-time hourly employees. The combined changes will expand support for associates dealing with extended health issues and provide associates greater control over their paid time ...
  • Alabama carries out 1st execution in more than 2 years

    Alabama carries out 1st execution in more than 2 years

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    Brooks's lawyers  argue  that this can also be applied to  Alabama's  system. Corrections Department spokesman Bob Horton says Brooks was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m. The drug was at the center of a Supreme Court case a year ago brought by inmates in Oklahoma, who argued that the executions using the drug could constitute cruel and unusual punishment - a violation of the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution.
  • Mexico mounted huge manhunt to catch "El Chapo" Guzman

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    Del Castillo sparked uproar in 2012 when she wrote on Twitter that she believes "more in Chapo Guzman than the governments". El Chapo is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by soldiers and marines. The question now is whether Penn will face charges for his dealings with Guzman, who was a fugitive from American authorities on drug trafficking charges.
  • Wal-Mart to hike pay for 1.2 million workers in 2016

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    The chain also announced it is implementing a new short-term basic disability plan that will take effect this year at no cost to full-time hourly employee and pay 50% of a worker's average weekly wage, up to $200, for up to 26 week. The move represents a shift in focus for the world's largest retailer by revenue, which plans to invest in its e-commerce business, raise wages for entry-level employees and expand in-store pickup for customers' online orders, a service that launched in fall 2015 ...
  • At least 21 die in boat sinkings off Greek islands

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    At least 41 people, including 17 children, died as two separate smuggling boats sank overnight off of different Greek islands. The coast guard rescued 26 people and recovered 14 bodies, while coast guard vessels, a helicopter and private boats were searching for survivors.
  • IAEA to start main work on Iran's nuclear deal

    IAEA to start main work on Iran's nuclear deal

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    US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday there was no direct link between the release of Americans detained in Iran and the lifting of punishing sanctions against Tehran. State Department official said. The United States imposed sanctions on 11 companies and individuals on Sunday for supplying Iran's ballistic missile programme in a move delayed by over two weeks so as not to endanger this weekend's release of US prisoners.
  • N.Korea's Kim Jong Un says H-bomb test self-defensive step against US

    N.Korea's Kim Jong Un says H-bomb test self-defensive step against US

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    So far the North Korean regime has been defiant in defending its recent nuclear test as a defensive measure in the face of the South's alliance with the United States. The park's operation won't likely be affected much as the restriction will apply to clients, potential buyers and service providers from South Korea, rather than managers who commute to work with North Korean laborers.
  • Did David Bowie name 'Blackstar' album after his own cancer lesion?

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    The 54-year-old covered his 1974 hit, Rebel Rebel, while a montage of images of Bowie flashed up on the screen behind her. Later, the Queen of Pop tweeted: " Paying Tribute to My Favorite Rebel heart!" "I thought that I wrote songs and wrote music and that was sort of what I thought I was best at doing".
  • USA crude oil prices stabilise but market sentiment remains bearish

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    Prices were headed for a 1 per cent weekly rise. Moreover, oil investors also fear that demand in China, which approximately consumes more than 12% of the global oil, might decline in the coming years as the world's second largest economy is shifting towards service and less energy oriented economy.
  • Litvinenko report a 'gross provocation' - Russian Federation

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    The two men confirmed meeting with Litvinenko in London on several occasions, including at the time of the suspected poisoning, but deny any involvement in his death. The report said the two were acting on behalf of others, under the direction of the FSB, the Russian security service. Russia's ambassador to London says a British inquiry's findings into Alexander Litvinenko's death is a "provocation".
  • The Flint water crisis is now officially a federal emergency

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    By failing to ensure the proper anti-corrosives were used in treating the water, chemicals from the water eroded the city's piping system. The financially strapped city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its source of tap water to the nearby Flint River in April 2014 from Detroit's system to save money.
  • Flint water crisis: Environmental Protection Agency official resigns

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    That's because these tests measure only the amount of lead in a person's blood, which decreases after about 30 days, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last week, President Obama declared a state of emergency to authorize $5 million in federal aid for the city. Snyder, a Republican, has rejected calls from critics for his resignation over the crisis.
  • China Holds Military Drills Near Taiwan Amid Election Tension

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    The gulf between Mr. Xi's Stalinist-style humiliation of critics - the publishing house was preparing a critical biography of him - and Taiwan's burgeoning liberalism does a lot to explain the victory of Ms. After a smooth, well-run campaign, Tsai won 56 percent of the vote, easily besting her nearest rival, the KMT's Eric Chu, who took 31 percent of the 12 million ballots cast.
  • U.S. tightens visa waiver rules in fight against terrorism

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    Tighter US travel rules went into effect on Thursday, 21 January in a bid to keep out potential terrorists, requiring some travellers who normally do not require a visa to obtain the document. Some congressional Republicans immediately decried the move, saying it circumvented the will of Congress. It added that VWP nationals who have previously declared that they are also nationals of those four countries are also now required to obtain visas before visiting the United States.
  • Obama Declares Emergency in Flint

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    The white house has declared a state of emergency for MI due to the water contamination that has plagued Flint and surrounding areas. The exposure began in April 2014 after the city switched from using Detroit's water system, which pumps water out of Lake Huron, to its own treatment plant, which drew water from the Flint River.
  • New Mexico sues Volkswagen over emissions scandal

    New Mexico sues Volkswagen over emissions scandal

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    Dozens of attorneys general have teamed up for a civil investigation of VW. "Balderas said he filed the lawsuit on behalf of New Mexico drivers who were deceived in a "seven-year charade in which Volkswagen-made vehicles were touted as being "clean diesels" and as eco-friendly tools in the fight against pollution from motor vehicle emissions".
  • At least eight migrants drown in sinking off Greek island

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    The first boat hit rocks at approximately 0030 GMT as it was making the perilous crossing from Turkey. The boat on which the child and two women who died were traveling had problems with the engine, so the journey across the Aegean Sea, which normally takes at least two hours, was longer than usual, she said.
  • USA flies B-52 over South Korea after North's nuclear test

    USA flies B-52 over South Korea after North's nuclear test

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    North Korea is believed to have enough plutonium to make eight to 12 nuclear weapons, which many security analysts say is more than enough to deter any perceived threat of invasion from the United States or South Korea. An analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey fixed the coordinates of the bomb test in northeastern North Korea, an isolated and heavily forested area about 6,000 feet in elevation.
  • UAW members donating drinking water to Flint residents

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    Digesting lead is a big issue because it can cause irreversible brain and developmental issues in children. The city's mayor estimates that it could cost upwards of $1 billion to fix the lead-damaged infrastructure. "I'm paying for water that's a toxic waste", Kelso said. "My priority is the citizens of Flint ", she said. Officials said more than 12,000 filters have been passed out so far to Flint's roughly 33,000 households and more than 2,000 blood tests have taken place since ...
  • Upcoming Free Star Wars Battlefront DLC Details Revealed

    Upcoming Free Star Wars Battlefront DLC Details Revealed

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    The video is in Portuguese so we can't verify what it says, but according to website WCCFtech it promises a new Tatooine map and new outfits for Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia (the classic ones from A New Hope maybe?). News of the latest piece of content has been provided via an EA Brazil Youtube video. The free DLC will be released before the end of the month alongside an update.
  • Bush: Trump attacks me because he's scared of me

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    He's used it to pull together massive rallies in early primary states, as his campaign has bolstered its grassroots organizing and fundraising operations with evangelical supporters. Trump maintains a 26 percent to 25 percent edge over Cruz . Last month, Dole told MSNBC that he might oversleep and not vote next November were Cruz the Republican nominee.