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Winner of $400M border wall contract: ‘a gung-ho, smart guy’

Tommy Fisher peered into a Fox News camera and talked up his North Dakota-based company’s ability to build a border wall faster and cheaper than others could, with technology “so revolutionary, it’s like comparing the iPhone to a pay phone.” ...

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Illinois shops excited to sell bongs as pot law takes effect

Owners of Illinois glass pipe shops are elated to begin selling bongs after the state’s law legalizing recreational marijuana took effect. Jeremy Sample, part-owner of CU Glass Connection, told The News-Gazette that he and primary owner Owen Serpetis opened their ...

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Judge rejects restraining order in medical marijuana lawsuit

A judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order against the state that was sought by a southwestern Missouri family who was denied a license to grow medical marijuana. Paul Callicoat and his family sued the the Missouri Department ...

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Report: California cops more likely to stop black drivers

Black drivers in California were stopped by police at 2.5 times the per capita rate of whites and searched three times as often, according to the latest report from a first-in-the-nation attempt to track racial profiling by police. Under a ...

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Fifth inmate killed in more violence in Mississippi prisons

A fifth inmate has died violently in a Mississippi prison, raising further questions about security as clashes between prisoners continue. Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton told local news outlets that 36-year-old Dennoris Howell was stabbed to death before dawn Friday ...

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Middle East long riven by killings of high-profile figures

Killings of major political and military figures have been a recurring factor in the modern Middle East, often presenting a defining moment and changing the contours of history in several instances. Whether carried out by a foreign or domestic attacker, ...

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Gov. Kelly: Kansas psychiatric hospital unit needs changes

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says a troubled unit within a state hospital for the mentally ill is “not a therapeutic environment” and promised changes. Kelly discussed the latest problems at Osawatomie State Hospital on Thursday after federal inspectors again threatened ...

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Warren, Klobuchar end 2019 lagging top rivals in fundraising

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Friday that she raised $21.2 million from October through December, with more than $1.5 million coming on the last day of the year. But the Massachusetts senator still trailed a trio of other top ...

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Castro’s exit is latest blow to diversity of 2020 field

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary initially featured the most racially diverse field in history. Now, with one month until voting begins, the top tier of candidates is all white. Candidates of color have rapidly seen their fortunes fall over the ...

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