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American aid worker returns to U.S. after being detained in Egypt for three years

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — An Egyptian-American charity worker freed after nearly three years of detention in Egypt returned Thursday night to the United States, the White House said. Aya Hijazi, 30, and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, an Egyptian, arrived in the Washington area, said a White House official who was not authorized to discuss the case by name and requested anonymity. ...

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Scientists say most marijuana strains act basically the same

If you believe budtender wisdom, consuming a strain called Bubba Kush should leave you ravenous and relaxed whereas dank Hippie Chicken should uplift you like a dreamy cup of coffee. But if you take pure, isolated delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC—the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana—you’ll experience “a high that has no specific character, so that seems boring,” says Mowgli Holmes, a ...

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Spending bill must include down payment for border wall, Trump’s budget chief says

WASHINGTON — White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to funding top priorities of President Donald Trump such as a down payment on a border wall and hiring of additional immigration agents. Mulvaney told The Associated Press in an interview that “elections have consequences” and that “we want wall ...

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Gunman dead in Paris after killing one officer, injuring two others

One police officer was killed and two others were injured Thursday in a shooting in central Paris. The gunman appears to have died in an encounter with police, local media reported . French police tweeted that the suspect fired on police while stopped at a red light near the Champs Elysées, a major tourist destination. The French Interior Ministry tweeted ...

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The Rover Pipeline leaks millions of gallons of drilling fluid into Ohio wetlands

Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based pipeline operator that owns the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, is coming under renewed scrutiny for two spills that released more than 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into Ohio wetlands earlier this month. A violation notice made public this week indicates about 50,000 gallons of drilling fluid — a thick gel-like substance used to cut ...

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Hawaii lawmakers criticize Sessions’ island judge remarks

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Democratic lawmakers on Thursday criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he expressed amazement on a radio show that a “judge sitting on an island in the Pacific” could stop the president’s travel ban. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono responded by trying to give Sessions a civics lesson on Twitter, saying Hawaii has been a U.S. state for 58 ...

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Jason Chaffetz says he may leave Congress early

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he may not finish his final term in Congress. Chaffetz told KSL Newsradio by text Thursday that he’s weighing his options and “might depart early.” He says the state of Utah needs to figure out how that would work. Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election next year for a sixth term ...

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Cities, states try to protect immigrants’ data from federal officials

In the face of stepped-up deportation efforts, many unauthorized immigrants worry that state and local programs that are designed to help them could instead be used by federal agents to identify and expel them from the country. About a dozen states have created special driver’s license programs for people who can’t prove U.S. citizenship, and more than a dozen cities ...

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Under Trump, states may demand work for Medicaid

WASHINGTON — Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump. It sounds like a simple question: Should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer provided health insurance? The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents ...

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How a series of court rulings may derail Arkansas’ original plan to execute 8 men

A week ago, Arkansas planned to execute seven men in 11 days. Now, the state may not put anyone to death before May 1, when its supply of lethal injection drugs expires. Late Wednesday, the Arkansas Supreme Court blocked the execution of Stacey Johnson, which was scheduled for Thursday night. That halves the original number of eight men that Gov. ...

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