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USA veterans rush to help Dakota pipeline protesters

Phyllis Young, center, of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe talks with veterans who oppose the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Backwater Bridge near Cannon Ball, N.D., December 2, 2016. Members of the North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council denounced the involvement of veterans in a protest that has damaged property and asked them not to take part.

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Trump sets plan to separate from his business, makes Treasury pick

President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, declaring he can successfully avoid conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector. Jack Marshall, an attorney and the founder of ProEthics, an ethics consultancy, said there was no satisfactory end in sight because there was no practical or realistic way for Trump to truly separate himself from his business interests.

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Vanderbilt shocks Tennessee in Nashville

Vandy's rally spoiled another superlative effort by Dobbs in his final regular-season game for the Vols. That set up a 3-yard TD run by Darrius Sims with 12:15 left that gave Vanderbilt its first lead of the game at 38-34. The Volunteers had been gashed on the ground badly, giving up more than 400 yards in each of the past two games. The first was to Sam Dobbs on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Shurmer, and then Ralph Webb scored on a 9-yard run to tie the game at 21-21.

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Democrats double down and stick with Pelosi as House leader

The Democratic leadership vote was supposed to be two weeks ago but was postponed amid grumbling from some members about the need for further reflection on the election results. "We need someone who is battle-tested", Debbie Dingell told fellow Democrats in nominating Ms Pelosi. If this decimation/self-selection continues apace, Pelosi could be House Minority Leader for life.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation says body found near Knoxville believed to be Rachel Madison

Police have been looking for him since his estranged wife, Rachael L. Madison, 44, disappeared in Florida last weekend. Remains believed to be that of Rachel Madison have been found in a remote area off Interstate 40 near Knoxville, Tennessee Friday evening, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

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Gov. Christie announces renovation of 'shameful' statehouse

He signed the updated version on Wednesday. Chris Christie addresses a gathering in the Statehouse rotunda Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in Trenton, N.J. Christie said that work will begin immediately on a complete renovation of the "shameful" Statehouse.