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FBI reviews handling of terrorism-related tips

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The FBI has been reviewing the handling of thousands of terrorism-related tips and leads from the past three years to make sure they were properly investigated and no obvious red flags were missed, The Associated Press has learned. The review follows attacks by people who were once on the FBI’s radar but who have been accused in the past 12 months of massacring innocents in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, injuring people on the streets of New York City, and gunning…

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Large number of GOP senators skipping Donald Trump’s convention

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Sen. Steve Daines of Montana will be fly-fishing with his wife. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he has to mow his lawn (yes, he has one even in Arizona). Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will be traveling her state by bush plane. And Sen. John McCain of Arizona will be visiting the Grand Canyon, and joked that his friend Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would be coming along and might even fall in (just kidding, an aide later…

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U.S. gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 U.S. cities

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The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War. The decision is another long stride in President Barack Obama‘s effort to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations. “Reopening travel relations with Cuba is about more than just restoring the freedom to travel there for all Americans — it’s about opening Cuba to…

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Study finds 2016’s most patriotic states

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Virginia, Alaska and South Carolina topped the “2016 Most Patriotic States” list released Tuesday by website WalletHub, while Florida came in below the Mendoza line. The list ranks states on both military engagement and civic engagement, with heavy emphasis put on how many residents joined the military in 2014, the percentage of the electorate that made it to the polls in 2012 and how much residents volunteer. Scoring also includes metrics such as how frequently a state’s residents Google search…

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What’s in a name? Ask the folks in Two Egg, Florida

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What came first, the Chicken or the Egg — or make that the Two Egg? The answer is the Alaska town of Chicken came before the Florida town of Two Egg, by about 30 or so years. But they are neither first nor last in the country’s long list of odd-named places. In Pennsylvania, you’ll find Intercourse, Virginville and Blue Ball. In Louisiana, if you’ve had too much of Moonshine, you can always visit Cut Off. The list goes on:…

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Barack Obama paints doomsday scene of global warming in Alaska

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President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn’t dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe. It’s a harrowing image of a future that Obama insists is inevitable unless the world follows his and America’s lead by making sweeping cuts to greenhouse gases. Lest his sense of urgency get lost, Obama was to drive the message home on…

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Sarah Palin’s impact on Charlie Crist

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Sarah Palin’s sudden and unexpected announcement that she will resign as governor of Alaska at the end of the month could have a substantial impact on Southern politics. For starters, if Palin’s decision to resign indicates that she will now gear up for a 2012 campaign for president, she will provide effective competition to two Dixie GOPers who also harbor presidential ambitions, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Florida Gov. — soon to be US Senator? — Charlie Crist. Read…

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