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russian lawmakers vote to decriminalize domestic violence


moscow—russian lawmakers voted friday to remove domestic violence from the country’s criminal code, making abuse punishable by fines rather than a prison sentence.activists say the bill, which must be p ed by the upper house of parliament and signed by russian president vladimir putin before it becomes law, is a step back after years of pushing for a comprehensive law to combat domestic violence in russia.the bill, which...






mnsure announces 1-week special enrollment period


st. paul, minn. — minnesota's state-run health insurance exchange has announced a one-week special enrollment period.it's designed to give minnesotans extra time to take a ntage of a new law providing relief from rising health insurance premiums for more than 100,000 shoppers.the current open enrollment ends on jan. 31. but mnsure added a one-week special enrollment period that will run from feb. 1 through feb. 8.the new deadline is open to all minnesotans, but they must buy health insurance through the mnsure website.mnsure ceo allison o'toole says since lawmakers approved the premium relief bill so close to the enrollment deadline, minnesotans needed more time to benefit from the chance to lower their monthly health insurance bill by 25 percent.the legislature approved the bill thursday,






2 scary acronyms in a military town: brac and rif


two acronyms have popped up in the news that are scary for a military town like san diego: brac and rif. two heavy-hitter congressmen say they want to put base closures back on the table. adam smith, a washington state democrat on the house armed services committee, said he’ll introduce a bill...






brexit bill: how people think their labour mps should vote


27 january 2017 last updated at 17:39 gmt people in wakefield and brixton give their opinions on whether their labour mps should back legislation paving the way for the uk's departure from the eu.brexit: labour tensions as article 50 bill published






bills tracker for android


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lawmakers won't publicly commit to 'bathroom bill' repeal


raleigh, n.c. — north carolina's governor insists there are enough votes to kill the state's "bathroom bill." but a survey by the ociated press and eight north carolina newspapers shows less than a third of lawmakers are willing to publicly commit to that stance.the law is best known for requiring transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that correspond to the on their birth certificates.only 12 of 50 state senators and 40 of 118 current house members said they support abolishing the law, nearly all of them democrats. on the other side, 13 representatives and six senators said firmly that they want the law to remain.but in both chambers, those giving a "yes" or "no" were outnumbered by those on the fence or declining to participate.






crespi's nicholas ghazarian will fulfill lifelong dream of playing football whil


captionthe rams introduce sean mcvay as their new coachthe rams introduced sean mcvay as their new coach. bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry react to his first news conference. the rams introduced sean mcvay as their new coach. bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry react to his first news conference. 






conor mcgregor and floyd mayweather jr. continue to fan flames for a super-fight


captionthe rams introduce sean mcvay as their new coachthe rams introduced sean mcvay as their new coach. bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry react to his first news conference. the rams introduced sean mcvay as their new coach. bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry react to his first news conference. 






legislature should vote down bill to let cyclists ride through stop signs


helen h. richardson, the denver posta cyclist makes her way along 11th avenue near lincoln street thursday in denver.re: “bill to let bicyclists roll through stop signs gains speed, but there are roadblocks ahead,” jan. 26 news story.sen. andy kerr’s bill to permit bicyclists to p through intersections without stopping under certain conditions (the “idaho stop”) is not the answer to improving road safety for either the cyclist or automobile driver.i live in boulder county, where the cyclists rule the roads. with more and more traffic congestion increasing almost daily, it is very difficult to continually be watching for bicycle riders in bike lanes who do not obey the rules.although sen. kerr may think that “cyclists can hear and see much better than somebody in a car,” your picture on the






how does having more guns in schools increase safety?


scott olson, getty imagesa gun attack in a rural school is unlikely, so why introduce the possibility of having students exposed daily to the known risks of having guns in their schools?re: “colorado’s rural schools arming themselves against danger, long response times,” jan. 25 news story. your article provided good background information on a complicated issue, but did not adequately present the potential consequences of senate bill 5, handgun safety training for school employees. sen. chris holbert is disingenuous when he says, “this is not a gun bill, but a training bill.”the bill sets no standards for training; it merely allows a sheriff to provide safety training to staff who already have concealed carry permits.  it also allows school districts to set a maximum number of staff who c






lawmakers won’t publicly commit to ‘bathroom bill’ repeal


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9 powerful lessons from the success story of bill gates


most people know bill gates as the founder of microsoft. he is the brain behind most of the computer technology that the world currently enjoys. the most important thing is to learn some lessons from his life.here are 9 powerful lessons you can learn from the success story of this great mind.be competitivesome of the attributes you can draw from the life of bill gates is that he was competitive, smart and persistent. bill is a person who had the drive to win. you should try to be the best you can be whatever it takes so long as you succeed in the long run. you cannot achieve your dreams unless you call forth a very strong desire to succeed.be persistentbill gates is one of the most determined people on earth. he presents a person who would hammer his way until he got an ideal solution. per






bill maher tackles trump’s ‘crowd’ problem


bill maher can’t get over trump’s obsession with the size of his crowd. on friday night’s “real time” the comedian called out trump’s obsession for what it is.“this is about the size of his d*ck!” maher exclaimed. “this is about a guy who never brought a woman to orgasm! he probably thinks it’s rigged.”maher also noted that trump’s crowd was about as big as the church of scientology. “the difference between scientology and donald trump is scientology has better celebrities,” he joked.his biggest concern, however, is the fact that trump sees a multitude of people that aren’t actually there. at the top of the show, maher began by announcing, “it’s day 7 of the ‘war on facts.'” the comedian noted that when he grabs his phone each morning to check the news siri now asks him “are you sitting do






essential politics: california politicians speak out against trump's actions on


california driver's licenses and birth certificates could have a third option for gender in addition to male or female under legislation unveiled thursday by democratic lawmakers. the bill by state sens. toni atkins (d-san diego) and scott wiener (d-san francisco) would establish a new nonbinary gender marker for official state documents. lawmakers framed the measure as an expansion of rights for transgender, inter and other people who do not identify as male or female. "it will keep california at the forefront of lgbtq civil rights," atkins said at a capitol news conference. the bill, sb 179, also would streamline the process for people to change their gender on such documents. it would remove the requirement that an individual obtain a sworn statement from a physician certifying med






senate committee kills bill to end permit requirement for concealed guns


kcdstm / flickr“there’s no reason to do anything like this,” said sen. mimi stewart, d-albuquerque. (p o cc info)people who want to legally carry concealed weapons in new mexico will still have to go through a 15-hour firearms training course, p a background check and get a permit.a state senate committee on friday effectively killed a bill that would have allowed people 18 or older to carry a loaded concealed handgun without a license, provided that the person is not prohibited by law or court order from possessing or carrying a firearm.in a party-line vote, the senate public affairs committee tabled the bill by sen. steve neville, r-aztec. democrats on the committee didn’t like the idea of junking the training requirements or the background check for applicants. others objected to the bi






decades-old slaying of righteous bros. singer's ex-wife is finally solved


los angeles — investigators used a controversial dna testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of righteous brothers singer bill medley, the los angeles county sheriff's department said.karen klaas was attacked jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in hermosa beach. the 32-year-old was ually aulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. she died a few days later at the hospital.the sheriff's department said friday that the case "was solved through the use of familial dna, which identified the killer," but provided no other details. file karen klaas and bill medley, when they were married. the technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely r






lawmakers won't publicly commit to 'bathroom bill' repeal


raleigh, n.c. — north carolina's governor insists there are enough votes to kill the state's "bathroom bill." but a survey by the ociated press and eight north carolina newspapers shows less than a third of lawmakers are willing to publicly commit to that stance.a closely watched deal to repeal the law fell apart during a december special session amid distrust between democrats and republicans. the law known as house bill 2 sparked backlash from businesses and lgbt advocates who say it's discriminatory because it requires transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that correspond to the on their birth certificates. it also excludes ual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.only 12 of 50 state senators and 40 of 118 current house mem






lawmakers won't publicly commit to 'bathroom bill' repeal


raleigh, n.c. — north carolina's governor insists there are enough votes to kill the state's "bathroom bill." but a survey by the ociated press and eight north carolina newspapers shows less than a third of lawmakers are willing to publicly commit to that stance.a closely watched deal to repeal the law fell apart during a december special session amid distrust between democrats and republicans. the law known as house bill 2 sparked backlash from businesses and lgbt advocates who say it's discriminatory because it requires transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that correspond to the on their birth certificates. it also excludes ual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.only 12 of 50 state senators and 40 of 118 current house mem






corbyn warns shadow cabinet on brexit vote rebellion


image copyrightpajeremy corbyn has warned shadow cabinet ministers not to expect to stay in their jobs if they vote against starting the process of leaving the eu.the labour leader told itv it was "impossible" for members of his top team to remain in place if they rebelled against a three-line whip.shadow welsh secretary jo stevens quit last week over the issue - other senior mps say they will rebel.mr corbyn has ordered all labour mps to support the bill triggering article 50.labour backed the paign to keep the uk in the eu in the referendum in june and many labour mps represent constituencies which voted for remain. but many seats which voted to leave the eu are also represented by labour mps.mr corbyn says he understands the pressures on mps in pro-remain constituencies but has called o






ireland p ed a bill making it the first country to divest from fossil fuel


why it matters to you the landmark legislation is a symbolic move from a relatively small country that could pave the way for others to join in preserving the planet's natural resources.the environmentally conscious are bemoaning the renewed controversy around the dakota access pipeline, but there may be a silver lining overseas. in a decisive victory for the earth, ireland has become the world’s first country to completely divest from fossil fuels. in a 90 to 53 vote, the irish parliament p ed legislation that will drop coal, oil, and gas investments from its $8.56 billion ireland strategic investment fund.the bill was introduced by deputy thomas pringle, and while it’s not officially law yet (it still awaits review by ireland’s financial committee), chances of its ultimate p age are hig






gov. chris christie won't face misconduct charge in bridge scandal


newark, n.j. – new jersey gov. chris christie won’t be charged with official misconduct over his role in the politically motivated traffic jams near the george washington bridge in 2013, a county prosecutor decided.the bergen county prosecutor’s office said in a letter that it wouldn’t pursue a citizen’s complaint for a “simple, but compelling” reason — the “charge cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”bill brennan, a retired firefighter, claimed that christie should have done more to stop the traffic jams that led to convictions of three of the governor’s allies in federal court.brennan filed a citizen’s complaint in the middle of the trial of two christie allies last fall, leading a municipal judge, roy mcgeady, to say that probable cause existed for the county prosecutor’s office






corbyn warns shadow cabinet on brexit vote rebellion


image copyrightitv/peston on sundayimage caption jeremy corbyn said the shadow cabinet had had a "frank discussion" jeremy corbyn has warned shadow cabinet ministers not to expect to stay in their jobs if they vote against starting the process of leaving the eu.the labour leader told itv it was "impossible" for members of his top team to remain in place if they rebelled against a three-line whip.shadow welsh secretary jo stevens quit last week over the issue - other senior mps say they will rebel.mr corbyn has ordered all labour mps to support the bill triggering article 50.labour backed the paign to keep the uk in the eu in the referendum in june and many labour mps represent constituencies which voted for remain.but many seats which voted to leave the eu are also represented by labour mp






corbyn warns shadow cabinet on brexit vote rebellion


image copyrightitv/peston on sundayimage caption jeremy corbyn said the shadow cabinet had had a "frank discussion" jeremy corbyn has warned shadow cabinet ministers not to expect to stay in their jobs if they vote against starting the process of leaving the eu.the labour leader told itv it was "impossible" for members of his top team to remain in place if they rebelled against a three-line whip.shadow welsh secretary jo stevens quit last week over the issue - other senior mps say they will rebel.mr corbyn has ordered all labour mps to support the bill triggering article 50.labour backed the paign to keep the uk in the eu in the referendum in june and many labour mps represent constituencies which voted for remain.but many seats which voted to leave the eu are also represented by labour mp






in battle over legislature’s spending, governor vetoes ‘feed’ bill


p age of a “feed bill” to cover the costs of the new mexico legislature typically is a slam dunk, unanimously adopted as the first order of business at each annual lawmaking session in santa fe. but in an environment where partisanship can flare up in myriad ways, even that piece of legislation has become a battleground.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezgov. susana martinez on friday night vetoed funding for the legislature, taking on democratic lawmakers less than two weeks into a 60-day session so far dominated by debate over the state’s budget crisis.in a veto message, martinez denounced democrats for rejecting a proposal from republicans in the state house of representatives to reduce spending by the legislative branch at a time when other branches of state government






opposing legislation, as written, to create a state public accountability board


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.editor’s note: laura paskus, president of the board of directors of the society of professional journalists rio grande chapter, spoke on behalf of the board thursday morning in opposition to legislation, as it’s currently written, to create a state public accountability board. the legislation is sponsored by sen. daniel ivey-soto, d-albuquerque, and rep. damon ely, d-corrales. afterward, members of the house state government, indian and veterans affairs committee a nced the bill on a vote of 6-3. here’s paskus’ statement to the committee:commentary: the rio grande chapter of the society of professional journalists always appreciates when legislators take an interest in issues related to transparency and public acco






south dakota lawmakers could s voter-backed ethics rules


pierre, s.d. — south dakota legislators are set to dismantle new ethics regulations that voters imposed on them less than three months ago, a brazen test of whether elected officials or their constituents should have the final say.the ethics crackdown is one of several november ballot measures that are now facing scrutiny in statehouses across the nation. but the south dakota law appears to be under the most imminent danger of repeal and directly affects the very lawmakers who are weighing its fate."when you do something that is this unpopular with the public, like repealing a new anti-corruption law, the rational thing to do is to backtrack and to let the will of the voters prevail," said josh silver, director of represent.us, a m achusetts-based group that funded the initiative. "what th






california governor: driver's license penalty harms the poor


saramento, calif. — when aaron cutchon was laid off from his job at an auto body shop, he could no longer afford to pay for two traffic tickets he got for driving in a carpool lane.his license was suspended, and he had to stop attending cl es at a napa junior college where he was working toward an ociate's degree.new legislation in california supported by gov. jerry brown would eliminate such a dilemma by forbidding courts from taking licenses from people just because they can't pay their fines.state sen. robert hertzberg introduced a bill this week that would ban the practice. brown and hertzberg say the current policy disproportionately targets low-income californians and can send people into a cycle of job losses and more poverty."what we've learned is it ruins people's lives," said her






fees considered for nonmotorized boats


medford, ore. (ap) — driftboaters, kayakers, sailors and others running boats without motors may soon – for the first time – start paying toward their playing on oregon’s public waterways.the oregon state marine board will ask the oregon legislature to create and fund a new nonmotorized boating program that would help pay for upkeep of boat ramps, other facilities and marine patrol programs heretofore paid largely by fees charged to motorized boaters.the program would also offer grants to public agencies to buy, build, expand or renovate facilities for nonmotorized boats as the marine board currently does through its facilities program. money also would be available to put marine patrols on waterways heavily used by nonmotorized boats and fund removal of navigational hazards such as “strai






fans invited to rally for super bowl-bound patriots


foxborough, m . — new england patriots fans will have one more chance to see the team and wish the players luck before they leave to play in the super bowl in houston.the team is inviting fans to a special super bowl send-off rally monday morning on nrg plaza outside the hall at patriot place.the rally will include a performance by the new england patriots cheerleaders.patriots chairman and ceo robert kraft, head coach bill belichick and team captains tom brady, devin mccourty, dont'a hightower and matthew slater will talk to the crowd before the buses leave foxborough for logan international airport.the patriots won their ninth conference championship with a 36-17 victory over the pittsburgh steelers on jan. 22. they will face the atlanta falcons in the super bowl feb. 5.






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mnsure extends deadline for those seeking premium relief


some minnesotans who buy their health insurance through the mnsure online exchange are getting an extra week to take a ntage of a new 25 percent price reduction funded by the state.mnsure officials announced urday that they are creating a one-week extension of the open enrollment period to buy a 2017 health plan, or to go back and change their plan to take a ntage of the premium reduction.enrollment on the mnsure website will now be available until feb. 8, instead of ending on jan. 31.the announcement from mnsure said the new law provides an automatic 25 percent reduction in health insurance premiums for more than 125,000 minnesotans facing significant price hikes in the 2017 individual market, though some restrictions apply.the reduction is funded by a $312 million state appropriation tha






mnsure extends deadline for those seeking premium relief


some minnesotans who buy their health insurance through the mnsure online exchange are getting an extra week to take a ntage of a new 25 percent price reduction funded by the state.mnsure officials announced urday that they are creating a one-week extension of the open enrollment period to buy a 2017 health plan, or to go back and change their plan to take a ntage of the premium reduction.enrollment on the mnsure website will now be available until feb. 8, instead of ending on jan. 31.the announcement from mnsure said the new law provides an automatic 25 percent reduction in health insurance premiums for more than 125,000 minnesotans facing significant price hikes in the 2017 individual market, though some restrictions apply.the reduction is funded by a $312 million state appropriation tha






experts see donald trump, bill de blasio similarities


at his only news conference as president-elect, donald trump told a cnn correspondent, “i’m not going to give you a question. you’re fake news.” mayor bill de blasio at a contentious october news conference told a new york post reporter, “you can keep calling all you want. i’m calling on real media outlets.”most popularthe parallels in attitude toward the news media were familiar to prominent new york city political consultants who have worked with both men or closely observed their careers in the city over the years.trump and de blasio are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. but both men interact with the news media — and handle calls for more disclosure of their finances, fundraising or professional relationships — in remarkably similar ways, the experts said.“the mayor will stan






south dakota lawmakers could s voter-backed ethics rules


pierre, s.d. (ap) — south dakota legislators are set to dismantle new ethics regulations that voters imposed on them less than three months ago, a brazen test of whether elected officials or their constituents should have the final say.the ethics crackdown is one of several november ballot measures that are now facing scrutiny in statehouses across the nation. but the south dakota law appears to be under the most imminent danger of repeal and directly affects the very lawmakers who are weighing its fate.“when you do something that is this unpopular with the public, like repealing a new anti-corruption law, the rational thing to do is to backtrack and to let the will of the voters prevail,” said josh silver, director of represent.us, a m achusetts-based group that funded the initiative. “wh






syrian family decries trump's ban on refugees


an executive order that bans syrian refugees from entering the us will shatter and divide families, a syrian family has told al jazeera.us president donald trump says the order, which will suspend the us refugee programme for 120 days and ban syrians until further notice, will help protect americans from "terrorist" attacks.my brothers-in-law and cousins are still there. they're dying and no one is taking them in. no food, no medicine, their homes have been bombed, their shelters have been bombed and they have nowhere to go. where can they go?bill dalati, syrian refugee one syrian family that has found refuge in the us state of california urged trump to reconsider the ban and said it was an insurmountable obstacle for many syrians seeking safety.bill dalati told al jazeera: "my brothers-i






putting devos in charge ‘is like putting ellen in charge of d*ck’


bill maher couldn’t resist taking a s at two of president donald trump’s cabinet picks, which he nicknamed “ill-prepared vs. ill-equipped.” “as energy secretary, rick perry goes head to empty head with education secretary nominee betsy devos,” maher said showing his bracket. he noted last week they had the “swamp 16” but are now down to the “hateful eight.”“devos never attended a public school, has never put her own children in a public and doesn’t support public education,” maher began. “so, tapping her as education secretary is kind of like making ellen [degeneres] the secretary of d*ck.” maher went on to mock perry showing him dancing on the reality tv show “dancing with the stars.”“now, that guy is in charge of the nukes!” he exclaimed. “a fact he himself did not know when he accepted






california governor: driver’s license penalty harms the poor


saramento, calif. (ap) — when aaron cutchon was laid off from his job at an auto body shop, he could no longer afford to pay for two traffic tickets he got for driving in a carpool lane.his license was suspended, and he had to stop attending cl es at a napa junior college where he was working toward an ociate’s degree.new legislation in california supported by gov. jerry brown would eliminate such a dilemma by forbidding courts from taking licenses from people just because they can’t pay their fines.state sen. robert hertzberg introduced a bill this week that would ban the practice. brown and hertzberg say the current policy disproportionately targets low-income californians and can send people into a cycle of job losses and more poverty.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4






madelia's main street rises from the ashes


they are emerging from the ashes, one by one, along madelia's main street.last month, it was the culligan water shop, with its eight employees. a week ago, the american family insurance office held a ribbon cutting, celebrating new life after a fire raged through town a year ago, burning down eight businesses.jim pettersen clearly remembers the phone call he got last february at 3 a.m."get your down here, main street is on fire!" the caller said.pettersen did as told, only to find his culligan store burning to the ground and his livelihood jeopardized. it has been a challenging year for the culligan employees, but they had good insurance and rebuilt quickly, becoming the first business to open in its original location.pettersen wondered at times whether it was worth it to rebuild in the sa






legislative democrats offer a jobs plan that’s short on details


steve terrell / the new mexicanstate sen. clemente sanchez, d-grants, surrounded by fellow house and senate democrats at a thursday news conference talks about the economic package democrats are advocating.democrats in the state legislature on thursday outlined a six-point jobs plan, including a raise in the minimum wage and spending on public works projects, that they said would be their focus for the remaining 50 days of the legislative session.but democrats were unable to project how many jobs would be created by the plan or provide details on how some parts of the plan would work. still, they promised to deliver for a state still trying to find its economic footing more than seven years after the end of the great recession.“today, families and young people in our state are confronted w






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the leap beyond obamacare: there's a lot to like in the proposed patient freedom


two decades ago, a democratic president and a republican congress debated and eventually agreed on a way to, as bill clinton had urged, "end welfare as we know it." one key to reform: cede more power to states to design innovative programs to help the poor find work.today, a republican president and congress face a similarly daunting task: replace obamacare. millions of americans rely on it for health care coverage, including lower-income people covered under the law's medicaid expansion.congressional republicans recently began to dismantle obamacare before building a replacement. president donald trump vows insurance for everyone in the replacement but hasn't elaborated. the congressional budget office warns that at least 18 million people would lose heath insurance in the first year if r






new kids on the block, night ranger among iheart80s party highlights


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);new kids on the block’s joey mcintyre perfectly summed up the mood at the sap center in san jose.“let me state the obvious – how proud we are to be from such a (expletive) awesome decade,” he said at the start of urday’s iheart80s party.he wasn’t the only one feeling the pride. seemingly everyone in attendance at the concert – from fans in “flashdance”-style sweatshirts in the crowd to all the former chart-toppers who took the stage – were proudly flying the ‘80s flag.and there was much to be proud of during this second annual event, which follows last year’s inaugural outing in los angeles. all of the seven acts – new kids on the block, colin hay of men at work, eddie money, ub40 (featuring ali pbell, astro and mickey virtue), starship, night






gop lawmakers worry about aca minefield


philadelphia – republican lawmakers aired sharp concerns about their ­party's quick push to repeal the affordable care act at a closed-door meeting thursday, according to a recording of the session obtained by the washington post.the recording reveals a gop that appears to be filled with doubts about how to make good on a long-standing promise to get rid of obamacare without explicit guidance from president donald trump or his administration. the thorny issues lawmakers g ple with on the tape — including who may end up either losing coverage or paying more under a revamped system — highlight the financial and political challenges that flow from upending the current law.senators and house members expressed a range of concerns about the task ahead: how to prepare a replacement plan that can






transparent ethics commission bill, controversial ‘public accountability board’


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.with the state wracked by successive corruption scandals involving top officials, several lawmakers seem to agree that this is the year for ethics reform in new mexico.a committee of the state house of representatives gave a boost to those hopes thursday by a ncing a bipartisan proposal to establish an independent ethics commission through a constitutional amendment. the commission would have the power to investigate complaints of misconduct by public officials, candidates, lobbyists and contractors. the complaints would be public, and the commission’s opinions could be appealed to the state courts. paign finance reform advocates and good government groups have fought for years to create such a body. but similar me






israel's netanyahu says us emb y should be in jerusalem


jerusalem — israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said sunday that the american emb y in israel should be moved from tel aviv to jerusalem, injecting himself once again into a charged paign trail promise of u.s. president donald trump.netanyahu's comments at his weekly cabinet meeting appeared aimed at countering reports that israel was concerned about the fallout of such a move, which is vehemently opposed by the palestinians and has sparked fears of a renewed outbreak of violence. it comes a day after netanyahu unilaterally endorsed trump's call to build a wall along the mexican border, saying the israeli model along its border with egypt has proven successful"i would like to clarify unequivocally that our view has always been, and continues to be, that the united states' emb y shoul






officers, strangers offer to donate kidney to chicago's top cop, who needs trans


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bishop john barres through the years


updated january 29, 2017 12:14 amby bart jones   [email protected](credit: courtesy of bishop john barres)john barres as a baby in 1960. barres seemed destined for big things almost from the day he was born: he was baptized by fulton sheen, the famous archbishop of new york who pioneered the use of radio and television to spread the faith.(credit: courtesy of bishop john barres)john barres, left, is pictured with his brother bill and their mother marjorie barres at jones beach in the summer of 1969. barres is no stranger to the new york area. he grew up in larchmont in westchester county, where as a youngster he was a caddy at the winged foot golf club in mamaroneck. he holds a master’s in business administration from new york university and once worked for the arthur andersen accoun






bishop john barres through the years


updated january 28, 2017 4:12 pmby bart jones   [email protected](credit: courtesy of bishop john barres)john barres as a baby in 1960. barres seemed destined for big things almost from the day he was born: he was baptized by fulton sheen, the famous archbishop of new york who pioneered the use of radio and television to spread the faith.(credit: courtesy of bishop john barres)john barres, left, is pictured with his brother bill and their mother marjorie barres at jones beach in the summer of 1969. barres is no stranger to the new york area. he grew up in larchmont in westchester county, where as a youngster he was a caddy at the winged foot golf club in mamaroneck. he holds a master’s in business administration from new york university and once worked for the arthur andersen account






pay the irs late? at some firms, it’s a smart move


some business owners decide that it’s cheaper and more convenient to pay their taxes late — and incur penalties — than to take out a loan to get them through specific short-term issues. but experts advise not to do this step lightly.new york — the idea of paying taxes late and incurring irs interest charges elicits a stern “don’t do that!” from many tax professionals. yet some business owners decide it’s cheaper and more convenient than taking out a loan. so those with short-term cash-mana ent issues or personal expenditures like college tuition may make a strategic decision to pay the government late.trey taylor’s employee-benefits consulting firm was debt-free last year, and he wanted to keep it that way. but 2016 was the first year taylor was required to provide health insurance for his






tevlin: madelia's main street rises from the ashes


they are emerging from the ashes, one by one, along madelia’s main street.last month, it was the culligan water shop, with its eight employees. a week ago, the american family insurance office held a ribbon cutting, celebrating new life after a fire raged through town a year ago, burning down eight businesses.jim pettersen clearly remembers the phone call he got last february at 3 a.m.“get your down here, main street is on fire!” the caller said.pettersen did as told, only to find his culligan store burning to the ground and his livelihood jeopardized. it has been a challenging year for the culligan employees, but they had good insurance and rebuilt quickly, becoming the first business to open in its original location. leila navidi - star tribune file, star tribune construction on new bui