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President Obama Commutes Sentences for 330 People

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) --  President Obama granted commutations Thursday to 330 people, most of whom were serving long sentences for drug crimes.Obama granted commutation to a total of 1,715 people during his time in office, including 568 people who were sentenced to life in prison.“I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around,” Obama wrote in a letter to these individuals. “Now it is up to you to make the most of this ...

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Conservatives Could Be 'Equally Unhappy' With Trump, Sen. Tim Scott Says

U.S. Senate(WASHINGTON) --  Sen. Tim Scott has a word of warning for fellow Republicans on the eve on Donald Trump's Inauguration: Get ready for the "unpredictable.""He did not run, in my opinion, as a conservative," Scott told ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on the "Powerhouse Politics" podcast. "He ran as an agent of change. So, we should expect to be equally unhappy with some of his policies -- from the right to the left. That's the one thing we’ll have in common," said ...

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Dow Drops on Eve of Trump Inauguration

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Dow dropped on Thursday, setting the stage for its worst losing streak since November as investors remain cautious ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.The Dow slid 72.32 (-0.37 percent) to finish at 19,732.40.The Nasdaq gave up 15.57 (-0.28 percent) to close at 5,540.08, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,263.69, down 8.20 (-0.36 percent) from its open.Crude oil prices gained under 1 percent, hitting just over $52 a barrel.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Trump Names New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson as Ambassador to the UK

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump inadvertently announced his pick for United States ambassador to the United Kingdom today at a leadership luncheon held at his new Trump Tower hotel in Washington, D.C.Turning to address Woody Johnson, the owner of the National Football League’s New York Jets, Trump called Johnson "ambassador" and said "good luck in St. James."In the United Kingdom, the official representative from the United States is known as "Ambassador of the United States to the Court of St James’s."Transition officials confirmed to ...

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Newborn Dying of Stroke Survives After Doctors Perform Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(FARGO, N.D.) -- When he was just 9 days old, Phoenix Saulter suffered a stroke so damaging that his doctors told his parents that the newborn wouldn't survive."There was so much clotting and no blood leaving his brain," Phoenix's father, Robert Saulter, told ABC News. "The only thing to do was to give him some pain medications and to try to stay with him till he passed."Saulter and his wife, Genevieve Saulter, were inconsolable until neurosurgeon Dr. Alexander Drofa of Sanford Brain and Spine Center ...

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Rick Perry Deflects on Whether Energy Department Budget Cuts Coming

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump's 2016 GOP primary rival, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on Thursday testified in his Senate confirmation hearing for energy secretary that he regretted once calling for the elimination of the agency, but deflected on whether budget cuts are in its future."My past statements, made over five years ago, about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking," Perry told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. "In fact, after being briefed on so many of the ...

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Steven Mnuchin Says Tax Laws Have to Be 'Simpler and More Effective'

KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, faced tough questioning at his confirmation hearing Thursday, as members of the Senate Finance Committee grilled him on his role in IndyMac, the failed bank that was seized by the U.S. government, and his stance on sanctions.“In the press, it has been said that I ran a foreclosure machine,” Mnuchin said at the start of his hearing.He insisted that he made efforts to keep people in their homes by providing 100,000 loan ...

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YTMT Logo Donald Trump the legitimate.

Donald Trump’s victory was, in the only sense that matters when it comes to picking a U.S. president, massive.

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UT Health Logo Healthy New Year: A Happier New You

At the start of every new year we tell ourselves that this time we really mean it. We’re going to lose weight, quit smoking and in general start taking better care of ourselves. And then the year goes by and by the next New Year’s Day, we’re right where we started.
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