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TODD STARNES The real reason America is an exceptional nation

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As the first rays of morning light wash over the eastern seaboard — a flag is unfurled with broad stripes and bright stars.A soldier stands guard over sleeping heroes – known only to their Maker. A resting place for the Common Man.A farmer in the heartland gathers his crop as golden wheat shimmers in the […]




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TOO PERSONAL? School questionnaire asks mom about birth method

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A Connecticut mom wanted to snap her No. 2 pencil in half when she sat down to fill out her son’s kindergarten application and came across personal questions about his birth that left her demanding answers instead of filling them out.The application, which West Hartford School District officials say have been standard for decades, sought […]




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Washington motel closes after possible outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease

LACEY, Wash. –  Thurston County health officials say a Super 8 Motel in Lacey has voluntarily closed while officials investigate a possible outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.Over the past month, three cases of the disease have been confirmed with a possible connection to the motel.The disease is a serious form of pneumonia that is caused by […]




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Watchdog: Agency spends more than it makes to collect wrongful payments

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) spends more money than it collects when trying to recover payments to individuals who received benefits for which they were not eligible. According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the SSA issued $128.3 million in “low-dollar” overpayments between 2008 and 2013, and then spent $323 million to collect them. The […]




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Former federal agent pleads guilty to extortion

SAN FRANCISCO –  A former undercover drug agent pleaded guilty Wednesday to extortion and other charges after authorities said he used his position to steal more than $700,000 in digital currency, most of it siphoned from an online drug bazaar known as Silk Road that he infiltrated as part of a federal investigation.Carl M. Force, […]




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‘Old Ironsides’ restoration salvages warship’s storied history

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BOSTON –  The world’s oldest commissioned warship still kept afloat will be spending a little time in dry dock undergoing repairs to keep it watertight.Launched in 1797, the USS Constitution was among the first six frigates built for America’s Navy after the Revolutionary War. To ensure the ship remains intact, the aging vessel was recently […]




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TODD STARNES: Christian bakers fined $135,000 for refusing to make wedding cake for lesbians

The owners of a mom and pop bakery have just learned there is a significant price to pay for following their religious beliefs.Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they refused to bake them a wedding cake in […]




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STARNES: The real reason America is exceptional #ProudAmerican – VIDEO: The Common Man: A proud American – FULL COVERAGE #ProudAmerican

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As the first rays of morning light wash over the eastern seaboard — a flag is unfurled with broad stripes and bright stars.A soldier stands guard over sleeping heroes – known only to their Maker. A resting place for the Common Man.A farmer in the heartland gathers his crop as golden wheat shimmers in the […]




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NYC officials say major crime down this year

NEW YORK –  New York City is on pace this year for fewer than 100,000 reported major crimes for the first time in at least two decades, officials said Wednesday.For the first six months of 2015 there were 46,775 reports of rapes, robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies and auto theft, said Dermott Shea, deputy […]




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19 flicks for July 4

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