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Enterprise, Wyndham, MetLife among companies cutting ties to NRA

Companies cut ties to NRASome companies are distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association after outcry over the mass shooting at a South Florida high school last week.

The First National Bank of Omaha said it would not renew a contract to issue an NRA-branded Visa credit card.

"Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA," bank spokesman Kevin Langin said in a tweet. "As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card."

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Arizona passes tough illegal immigration law

Arizona passes controversial simmiration lawArizona lawmakers passed a controversial immigration bill on Monday requiring police in the state that borders Mexico to determine if people are in the United States illegally, a measure critics say is open to racial profiling.

Lawmakers in the Arizona Senate voted 17 to 11 to approve the bill, widely regarded as the toughest measure yet taken by any U.S. state to curb illegal immigration.

The state’s House of Representatives approved the measure last week. Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, has five days to veto the bill or sign it into law.

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Court rejects request for stay on ruling that threw out NC district map

3 judge panel rejects request to stay ban on NC redistrictingA three-judge district court on Tuesday rejected North Carolina lawmakers’ request for a stay on a ruling that found the state’s congressional map was unconstitutional.

Judges James Wynn, William Osteen and W. Earl Britt of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled that the lawmakers had failed to meet the “heavy burden” required to stay the order.

They found that the lawmakers' "motion does not dispute this court’s unanimous conclusions" that the map had resulted in partisan gerrymandering and must be redrawn.

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Federal judge green-lights desegregation housing rule after Carson tries to block it

Ben Carson tried to block rule that bebefits poor

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) needs to implement an Obama-era rule on January 1, 2018 that enables low-income people to afford housing in high-opportunity areas with better schools, a federal judge ordered Saturday.

Under the leadership of Secretary Ben Carson, HUD announced in August it was delaying the rule for two years, saying the agency needed to further evaluate it. Several civil rights organizations — including the Legal Defense Fund — immediately filed a lawsuit against the agency’s decision. Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled against HUD Saturday evening, saying it did not provide “notice and comment or particularized evidentiary findings” to substantiate delaying the rule.

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Hundreds get sick on Royal Caribbean cruise — again

Hundreds take ill on Royal Caribbean cruise line

More than 300 passengers became ill on a Royal Caribbean cruise out of Florida last week, the second time in less than a month that sickness swept through passengers and crew on one of the cruise line's ships.

Royal Caribbean said 332 cases of gastrointestinal illness were reported on the Independence of the Seas before it returned Saturday to Port Everglades, Fla., after a five-night cruise.

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Disney buys Fox TV, film studios as part of major $52B deal

Disney buys Fox TV, film studiosThe Walt Disney Company announced Thursday it will acquire entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox in a deal worth more than $52 billion in stock.

As part of the all-stock purchase, Disney will acquire the 20th Century Fox film and television conglomerate and assume nearly $14 billion in Fox debt.

The total value of 21st Century Fox's assets is estimated at $66.1 billion, Disney said.

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Terror suspect sets off pipe bomb in underground subway passage near Port Authority Bus Terminal

Port authority bomberAkayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi native, detonated part of his “low tech” explosive at 7:20 a.m. and was injured in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the bus terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., officials said. Three commuters suffered minor injuries, officials said.

After the explosion, Port Authority cops moved in and struggled with Ullah, who had wires attached to his body, sources said.

After the explosion, Port Authority cops struggled with Ullah, 27, who had wires attached to his body, sources said. The device was affixed to his body with Velcro and zip ties, police officials said.

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