Republican wins hotly contested Virginia race after name picked out of ceramic bowl

Republican wins hotly contested Virginia race after name picked out of ceramic bowl

A pair of film canisters. A ceramic bowl. A quick swirl and that’s all it took to pick the winner of a hotly contested Virginia House of Delegates seat – where the contest was improbably tied. After weeks of political drama, the Virginia Board of Elections drew the name of Republican incumbent David Yancey out of a ceremonial blue and white ceramic bowl to determine the certified winner of the Virginia House of Delegates 94th…

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Pentagon: Trump agreed to delay US-South Korean exercises

Pentagon: Trump agreed to delay US-South Korean exercises

In a possible opening for diplomacy, the Trump administration on Thursday agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The decision could help reduce tensions as the Koreas consider holding their first direct talks in two years. President Donald Trump approved the postponement in consultation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. “The Department of Defense supports the president’s decision and what is…

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Dow trades above 25,000 points for first time

Dow trades above 25,000 points for first time

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 9:35 a.m. The Dow Jones industrial average traded above 25,000 points for the first time, blasting through another 1,000-point milestone. The Dow’s latest breakthrough came in early trading Thursday and just five weeks after closing above 24,000 points for the first time. Technology companies and banks had some of the biggest gains in early trading. Wells Fargo rose 1.9 percent and Microsoft rose 0.7 percent….

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New health insurance rule aims to deliver on Trump promise

New health insurance rule aims to deliver on Trump promise

Striving to fulfill a campaign promise, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed regulations to facilitate the interstate sale of health insurance policies that cost less but may not cover as much. The complex proposal from the Labor Department aims to deliver on President Donald Trump’s long-standing pledge to increase competition and lower costs by promoting the sale of health plans across state lines. Yet its success depends on the actions of insurers, state consumer protection…

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Storm slaps coastal South with most snow in nearly 3 decades

Storm slaps coastal South with most snow in nearly 3 decades

A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades. Forecasters warned that the same system could soon strengthen into a “bomb cyclone” as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow. At least 17 deaths were blamed on dangerously cold temperatures…

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Officials to draw name from bowl to decide election winner

Officials to draw name from bowl to decide election winner

There’s no winner yet in Virginia’s hotly contested race for a House seat despite a general election, a recount and a legal battle. Now election officials are turning to a ceramic bowl. But even that may not be enough. Although a drawing of names is scheduled for Thursday morning to determine who will occupy the seat in the 94th District, the loser could push for a second recount or ask the House to step in…

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Colorado man made descent from star student to deputy killer

Colorado man made descent from star student to deputy killer

He was once a standout student in law school and an Army medic who deployed to Iraq. By last weekend, he lay dead in a Colorado apartment building, killed by a SWAT team after he gunned down a 29-year-old deputy. Matthew Riehl’s six-year descent from a budding attorney to a gunman who live-streamed some of the final violent hours of his life was accompanied by episodes of mental illness, according to police and a document…

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College student found dead at frat house near campus

College student found dead at frat house near campus

Police are investigating the death of a California State University student who was found dead at a fraternity house near campus Wednesday, the school said. Police said they got a medical call from the Cal State University Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house in Fresno, about three hours southeast of San Francisco, at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The male student was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the university. The student’s…

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Snowy ‘bomb cyclone’ hitting Northeast, forcing nearly 3,000 flight cancellations

Snowy ‘bomb cyclone’ hitting Northeast, forcing nearly 3,000 flight cancellations

Nearly 3,000 U.S. flights have been canceled today as a powerful storm hits the Northeast, packing heavy snow, gusty winds and the coldest air of the season. “A powerful Nor’easter will move north along the east coast through Thursday,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “Reinforcing arctic air and gusty winds will sweep in behind the Nor’easter for the coldest wind chills of the season in many eastern locations.” U.S. airlines canceled more…

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WATCH: What is a ‘bomb cyclone’?

WATCH: What is a ‘bomb cyclone’?

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