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Strongest storm in years lashing California

Pacific storm kills 4A Pacific storm system over southern California — one of the most powerful to hit the area in years —  that has generated high water, fallen trees, mudslides and sinkholes and is blamed for at least four deaths showed no signs of easing Saturday.

The National Weather Service said much of the state was under flood watches and flood warnings in effect from what it called a "very active, anomalously wet pattern."

Unlike some of the past deluges that have lashed the drought-parched Golden State, the latest was accompanied by winds that whipped upward of 70 miles per hour in some areas.

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Survey: Historians rank Obama 12th best president

Obama 12th best presidentHistorians have ranked Barack Obama the 12th best president of all time, the highest rated since President Ronald Reagan, in a new C-SPAN survey released Friday.

Less than a month after exiting the White House, Obama received high marks from presidential historians for his pursuit of "equal justice for all" and for his commanding "moral authority," ranking third and seventh among all former presidents in each respective category. The 44th president also cracked a top 10 ranking for his "economic management" and public persuasion.

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SCOTUS to set guidelines for Trump treatment of non-citizens

Scotus to decide immigrant actionThe U.S. Supreme Court will decide three cases in coming months that could help or hinder President Donald Trump's efforts to ramp up border security and accelerate deportations of those in the country illegally.

The three cases, which reached the court before Democratic President Barack Obama left office, all deal broadly with the degree to which non-citizens can assert rights under the U.S. Constitution. They come at a time when the court is one justice short and divided along ideological lines, with four conservatives and four liberals.

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Businesses across U.S. close for 'Day Without Immigrants'

Business close over immigration policyAcross the nation, shops and restaurants closed in solidarity Thursday while others braced for a possible shutdown for lack of enough employees as a "Day Without Immigrants" unfolded to underscore how much migrants form the lifeblood of the country's economy and social structure.

Immigrants in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and other major U.S. cities planned to stay home from work and school as part of a strike. Demonstrators also planned a march to the White House at noon.

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Texas first state to support Trump travel ban with Ken Paxton brief

Ken BaxtonIn a show of support for President Trump’s embattled travel ban, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit saying the immigration order is lawful.

The supporting brief makes Texas the first state to support Trump’s travel ban, said an official in Paxton’s office.

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U.S. Secret Service director stepping down

Joseph ClancyU.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy plans to step down next month, the agency said on Tuesday, two years after he took charge of the agency following high-profile security lapses by the service responsible for protecting the president.

"Congratulations Dir Clancy on your retirement! The men & women of the @SecretService are grateful for your 29 years of service & leadership," the Secret Service said on Twitter.

Clancy will leave on March 4, an agency spokesman said.

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Jerry Sandusky's son arrested, charged with child sexual abuse

Jeffrey SanduskyJeffrey Sandusky, the son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, was arrested Monday and charged with sexually assaulting two minors, according to the complaint obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Pennsylvania State Police detained Sandusky on six felony counts: statutory sexual assault; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; photographing, videographing, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts; and unlawful contact with a minor; sexual abuse of children; corruption of minors.

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