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Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation, defying Republican lawmakers who say such a step would poison relations with the new GOP led legislature.

Massive starfish die-off linked to virus

Marking a major breakthrough in the mystery of one of the largest wildlife die-offs ever recorded in the world’s oceans, scientists believe they have found the cause of a disease that has killed millions of starfish since last year along California and the Pacific Coast.

Dear Abby: Mom concerned about son’s play

Dear Abby: Last weekend some family members were at my mom’s house for a meal. My 6-year-old son and my cousin’s 4-year-old daughter were playing in the room my mom had set up for the grandkids.

Manson to wed

CORCORAN, Calif. — Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader today, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber.

Navy secretary racks up $4.7 million in travel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up 930,000 miles on trips that cost taxpayers more than $4.7 million.

Cargo plane crashes into Chicago home

CHICAGO — A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side today, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away.

Challenge to Obamacare on contraceptives rejected

WASHINGTON D.C. — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to Obamacare that would have enabled non-profit religious organizations to avoid government-approved contraception programs.

Defense secretary promises nuclear program shakeup

WASHINGTON D.C. — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered top-to-bottom changes in the management of the nation’s nuclear arsenal Friday, saying a lack of sustained attention and investment in the force caused it to “slowly back downhill.”

Ex-CEO of mine that blew up, killing 29, indicted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed “The Dark Lord of Coal Country,” on Thursday became the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation’s deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.

Ninth pipeline bill may be a charm

The Republican-controlled House is on track to easily pass a bill today to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and this time, the Senate may follow.
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U.S. to grant refugee status to kids

The U.S. government will launch a program in December to grant refugee status to some minors under the age of 21 who live in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and whose parents legally reside in the United States.

Lawmakers move to strip former Nazi members of Social Security benefits

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers will introduce legislation today to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits, insisting American taxpayers should not be underwriting the retirement of anyone who participated in the Third Reich’s atrocities.

Study says regular pot smokers have shrunken brains

Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn’t want to believe it could happen to them: Compared with a person who never smoked marijuana, someone who uses marijuana regularly has, on average, less gray matter in his orbital frontal cortex, a region that is a key node in the brain’s reward, motivation, decision-making and addictive behaviors network.

Last U.S. icebreaker endures

SAN FRANCISCO — The last U.S. icebreaker capable of crushing through the thickest ice of the Antarctic and Arctic resumed its mission after the latest repairs to postpone its already past-due retirement.

Settlement reached in Ebola case

DALLAS — The hospital that treated the only Ebola patient to die in the United States will pay his relatives an undisclosed sum and create a charitable foundation in his name, the family’s attorney said today.