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Palin endorses Trump at Iowa rally

The endorsement is a major pick-up for Trump, who has been struggling to maintain a share of the lead in Iowa ahead of the February 1 caucuses as Cruz , a darling of the tea party, has gained support and major endorsements. The revelation came as his mom stumped with billionaire GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in Iowa. Palin has said that she would like to be Secretary of Energy, although she has also mentioned getting rid of the department.

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Flint's water crisis prompts various emergency declarations

Despite repeated assurances the water was safe to drink by government officials, thousands of children were exposed to toxic lead, cases of Legionnaires' disease spiked, and other contaminants, including bacteria, forced residents to boil water.

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Michigan City's Water Crisis Turns Into Political Issue

PEREZ: President Obama declaring a federal emergency here, National Guard troops pouring into Flint to pass out water and filters. Chemicals were not used to prevent pipe corrosion and as a result, lead leached into the water, resulting in high lead levels, which can cause brain damage, in the blood of many children.

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Cruz first drew conservative attention at Supreme Court

Trump also said Cruz and other candidates are more likely to do the bidding of their donors if elected opposed to looking out for the best interest of the country. Those states will have the nation's first nominating contests of 2016. Cruz pointed out that Trump once stated support for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the bank bailout opposed by many conservative activists.

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Mexico: Important to get information from Guzman before extraditing him

Penn revealed he and his associates were met by members of Guzman's trusted entourage upon arrival at a small Mexican airport in October (15), and they were driven to the middle of a jungle, where the drug lord had been hiding out. Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzman's lawyers, said his client was "in a different, very cold zone (of the prison) and in complete isolation". The pair discussed meeting over tequila and Champagne, with El Chapo vowing to "take care of you more than my eyes".

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Probation violation hearing delayed in Texas for 'affluenza' teen

If a judge agrees to transfer the case to adult court, Couch will start his sentence over as an adult and his probation could extend past his 19th birthday. Experts say Couch received a lenient sentence - time in rehab and 10 years probation - for the fatal crash because the juvenile system focuses on rehabilitation instead of punishment for offenses.