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Trump considers tax credit to channel public money to private schools

Trump cpnsiders tax credits for private schoolsThe Trump administration is considering a first-of-its-kind federal tax credit scholarship program that would channel billions of dollars to families from working-class households to enable their children to attend private schools, including religious schools.

The federal tax credit proposal is one of several ideas under review by the White House to fulfill Donald Trump’s campaign promise to promote the expansion of charter schools and vouchers that would allow families of low income to use public money for private school tuition, sources tell POLITICO.

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Vandals damage 100 headstones at Jewish cemetery, police say

Jewish cemetery vandalized in MissouriEven from the air it looks chaotic, like someone has angrily scattered previously tidy rows of toy blocks.
A view from the ground shows a more somber reality -- scores of granite and marble tombstones, toppled and damaged in a historic Jewish cemetery at a time tensions in the nation's Jewish communities are already high.

A vandal or vandals toppled and damaged more than 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in the St. Louis suburb of University City within the past week, police said Monday. Workers spent part of Tuesday using crane trucks to upright some stones and documenting which memorials will need replacing altogether.

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Jewish community centers receive fourth wave of bomb threats this year

Chicago Community CenterJewish community centers across the country received bomb threats on Monday, the fourth wave of what has become a troubling trend in 2017.

Centers in Chicago, Houston, Tampa and Buffalo, N.Y., were among 11 centers that were called Monday, though no explosives were found and no one was injured.

The latest hoaxes have brought the total number of threats to 69 at 54 centers in 27 states and one Canadian province since the beginning of the year, according to the JCC Association of North America.

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‘Not My Presidents Day’ rallies gear up across the USA

Not My President DayA broad range of activists opposed to the month-old Trump administration were using Monday's President's Day holiday to hold “Not My Presidents Day” rallies nationwide.

With most government workers, school employees and students enjoying a day off due to the federal holiday, events were underway in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and as many as two dozen other communities, organizers said.

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Supreme Court enters Mexico border debate with Texas shooting case

Supreme Court to hear border shooting caseAs if U.S.-Mexico relations could get no worse, the Supreme Court enters the fray Tuesday with a case that may set them back further.

Either the justices will decide, as two lower federal courts before them, that 15-year-old Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent without any possible legal recourse for his distraught parents — or that Jesus Mesa, the agent, can be sued for damages for violating the boy's constitutional rights.

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Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrants

Hunters blamed immigrants for their shootingTwo hunters accused in a shooting on a remote Texas ranch near the Mexican border had told authorities that they were attacked by immigrants who had entered the country illegally.

Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez told Odessa television KOSA (http://bit.ly/2llzxzr ) that a grand jury indicted Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty last week on charges of using deadly conduct by discharging firearms in the direction of others.

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'Blind sheikh' convicted in 1993 World Trade bombing dies in U.S. prison

Blind sheikh dies in US prisonOmar Abdel-Rahman, the Muslim cleric known as "the blind sheikh" who was convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a broader "war of urban terrorism" in the United States, died on Saturday in a North Carolina prison, authorities said.

Abdel-Rahman, 78, died of natural causes at 9:40 a.m. (1440 GMT) at a medical center at a federal prison compound in Butner, North Carolina, according to Greg Norton, a spokesman.

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