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Indian tribe files legal challenge against Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota pipeline opposition by tribesOne of two American Indian tribes fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline has filed a legal challenge to try to block its completion.

The Cheyenne River Sioux worries a pipeline leak could contaminate its drinking water.

The tribe filed a legal challenge in federal court in Washington, DC, on Thursday. The Army on Wednesday gave Energy Transfer Partners formal permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. That’s the last big chunk of construction for the $3.8 billion pipeline to carry North Dakota oil to Illinois. The work is under way.

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Mississippi again most religious state, Vermont the least

Miss. most religious state; Vermont the least Mississippi has retained its status as the nation's most religious state, according to a new survey, and Vermont is once again home to the smallest percentage of "very religious" people.

The annual survey, conducted by Gallup, found 59 percent of residents of Mississippi are "very religious," the highest number of any state for the ninth straight year. Just 21 percent of Vermont's population falls into the "very religious" category, making it the least religious state for the eighth time in the last nine years.

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Michigan College Republicans sorry for Hitler-themed Valentine's card

Hitler card sent by Michigan studentsA Central Michigan University Republican student group is apologizing for a Valentine's Day card that mocks Jews who died in the Holocaust.

The College Republicans group handed out gift bags to students Wednesday night, including one with a card that said "my love 4 u burns like 6,000 jews." It had a photo of Adolf Hitler and was signed "XOXO, Courtney."

TVNL Comment:  Idiots in college don't even know that 6 MILLION Jews were killed during the Holocaust.  Pathetic.

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Ex-NSA contractor charged in massive breach of secret documents

NSAA federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former National Security Agency contractor accused of spending years piling up massive amounts of classified information at his Maryland home.

The contractor, Hal Martin, was charged under the Espionage Act with 20 counts of willful retention of national defense information. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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T.J. Maxx Employees Were Told to Throw Away Ivanka Trump Signs

T J Max dumps IvankaJust a few days after news broke that Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are dropping Ivanka Trump’s line, the New York Times reports that T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are also moving to distance themselves from the first daughter’s brand. A note from TJX Companies, the parent company of both stores, literally told employees to throw Ivanka Trump signs in the garbage.

“Effective immediately, please remove all Ivanka Trump merchandise from features and mix into the runs,” the note read. “All Ivanka Trump signs should be discarded.” (“Runs” are the clothing racks where the majority of items hang.)

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Facebook To Start Giving 6-Weeks Paid Family Leave To All Employees

Sheryl SandbergIn an announcement Tuesday afternoon that deftly weaved together the personal, the corporate and the political, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company would be giving all of its employees six weeks of family leave to care for ailing family members.

She also announced two other generous leave benefits: three days of additional time off for employees caring for a family member with a short-term illness, like a child with the flu, and 20 days of bereavement leave, twice as much as before.

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San Francisco announces free community college for all residents

Mayor Ed Lee of San FranciscoSan Francisco’s mayor announced Monday that the city would make college education free to all of its residents through the City College of San Francisco.  The agreement, made possible through a tax on properties sold for at least $5 million, is expected to begin next fall.

"To California residents who are living in San Francisco, your community college is now free," Mayor Ed Lee said.

Any San Franciscan who's lived in the city for at least a full year will be eligible, regardless of income, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.  Supervisor Jane Kim likened the agreement to public schooling for K-12 students, saying that City College would be free to all, too.

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