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Branstad tapped for Ambassador to China

Afterward, Mr Branstad, 70, declined to comment on whether he had been offered a job, telling reporters only that he was excited about a Trump presidency and the "quality of the people that he's attracting to the cabinet". Branstad said at the time he believed Xi was capable of settling long-standing sources of friction between their two nations. According to the South China Morning Post , Xi and Brandstad "have used their mutual love of agriculture to bridge the gap between their ...

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Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion bill heads to governor

If either bill becomes law, the ACLU of OH has threatened to sue. Kasich, a moderate Catholic Republican in many ways, is staunchly anti-abortion, with the exception of cases involving rape or incest. It is cruel and plainly unconstitutional - but it seems like Ohio Republicans don't care about the Constitution. The legislation would require that OH coaches and athletic staff be given the necessary training to identify and address the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest among student ...

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Two juveniles charged with starting Tennessee fires that killed 14

Officials offered few other specifics about how they think the two started a fire that leveled buildings into charred scraps, carving a deadly path through the Gatlinburg area. The fire moved too fast and too far to contain. He said every effort is being made to help bring closure to "those who lost so much". The investigation is still ongoing.

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Donald Trump, ex-Vice President Al Gore meet to talk climate policy

Gore told reporters afterwards that he also met with Donald Trump and "had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect". Trump is considered a strong skeptic of the human-caused climate change theory, even calling it a "hoax".

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Texas sewer sinkhole kills 1

At least one person is unaccounted for after a sinkhole opened up on a southwest-side road Sunday night. Chief Charles Hood could not confirm the identity of the victim, but KABB reported that a missing female Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputy drives the same type of vehicle that drove into the hole.

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MI to begin recount; legal fight moves to Pennsylvania

Stein's complaint alleges that Pennsylvania's elections operation is "a national disgrace". "No issues out of the ordinary". Recounts are now underway in every county in Wisconsin, despite a request from Trump-supporting Super PACs to halt the audit.