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lawyer: white house to no longer contest texas' voter id law


starting with john f. kennedy’s victory over richard nixon in 1960, delia anderson had voted in 14 straight presidential elections.she had cast her ballot at the same polling place for years, never with a glitch. this year, however, a volunteer driving her to the polls mentioned that she would...starting with john f. kennedy’s victory over richard nixon in 1960, delia anderson had voted in 14 straight presidential elections.she had cast her ballot at the same polling place for years, never with a glitch. this year, however, a volunteer driving her to the polls mentioned that she would... (jaweed kaleem)






at&t to buy straight path for $1.25 billion as it gobbles up spectrum


at&t inc. struck a deal to acquire wireless technology company straight path communications inc. for about $1.25 billion in stock, securing a swath of spectrum to help its high-speed wireless push. straight path shareholders will receive $95.63 in at&t stock, a sharp premium to straight path’s closing price last week of $36.48. the acquisition, expected to close within a year, gives at&t access to straight path’s...






the clintonians who voted for trump


dan and peggy eoff live in clinton, arkansas, a part of the country that voted overwhelmingly for president trump.they are ranchers and they run one of the biggest chuck wagon races in the us. fiercely protective of their rights and suspicious of big government, they explain why they voted for donald trump.this is part of a new bbc series looking at what's been dubbed "forgotten america".






germany set to legalize gay marriage even as merkel votes no


berlin (dpa) – gay marriage is set to become the law of the land in germany after lawmakers voted in favour of legalization friday, capping a hectic week that started with the item barely on the political agenda. of 623 votes cast, 393 people voted in favour of the move, while 226 voted against. there were…






verizon wins bidding war with at&t for straight path


new york — verizon communications is buying straight path communications for about $3.1 billion, ending a bidding war with at&t over the wireless licenses company.the all-stock deal was announced thursday, one month after at&t said that it would buy straight path for $1.6 billion. at&t is declining to match that offer, and verizon will pay a $38 million termination fee to at&t on behalf of straight path.straight path, based in glen allen, virginia, holds spectrum licenses which the telecom companies can use to expand services, including faster 5g service.shares of straight path tumbled 20 percent before the opening bell as at&t bowed out.verizon will pay $184 per share, a 400 percent premium to straight path's closing price of $36.48 just before at&t made its bid in april.that bid arrived






nelson cruz, james paxton and nick vincent named seattle bbwaa award winners


the annual awards were voted on by local members of seattle's chapter of the baseball writers association of america.even at first glance, the choices seem logical and expected. and upon deeper examination, each was more than deserving. on friday, the seattle chapter of the baseball writers association of america presented its annual awards for the 2017 mariners season as voted on by the local membership.the awards:player of the year: nelson cruzpitcher of the year: james paxtonunsung hero: nick vincentcruz was an easy choice as player of the year. despite dealing with a myriad of leg issues and an upper back injury, he’s played in 146 games — more than any other player on the team. he’s hitting .286 with a .914 on-base plus slugging percentage, 27 doubles, 35 homers and a league-leading 1






patriots' tom brady voted no. 1 on nfl network's 'top 100' list for second time


patriots star quarterback becomes first player voted no. 1 by his peers two times.        






straight path gets unsolicited buyout offer "superior" to at&t bid


at&t was set to acquire straight path -- and its valuable portfolio of mmwave spectrum -- in a deal valued at $1.6 billion, but straight path announced tuesday that it has received a "superior proposal" from another multi-national telecommunications company.the new bidder made an "unsolicited offer" to acquire all issued and outstanding shares of straight path for $104.64 a share, in an all-stock transaction valued at $1.8 billion. under the at&t deal, straight path shareholders would receive $95.63 per share.straight path does not name the "bidder," though reuters reported earlier that verizon had considered making a bid for the company. straight path's extensive, nationwide portfolio of 39 ghz and 28 ghz wireless spectrum licenses would help a firm like at&t or verizon roll out 5g networ






verizon wins bidding war with at&t for straight path


new york (ap) — verizon communications is buying straight path communications for about $3.1 billion, ending a bidding war with at&t over the wireless licenses company.the all-stock deal was announced thursday, one month after at&t said that it would buy straight path for $1.6 billion. at&t is declining to match that offer, and verizon will pay a $38 million termination fee to at&t on behalf of straight path.straight path, based in glen allen, virginia, holds spectrum licenses which the telecom companies can use to expand services, including faster 5g service.shares of straight path tumbled 20 percent before the opening bell as at&t bowed out.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.verizon will pay $184 per share, a 400 percent premium to straight path’s closing price of






straight path gets unsolicited buyout offer 'superior' to at&t bid


at&t was set to acquire straight path -- and its valuable portfolio of mmwave spectrum -- in a deal valued at $1.6 billion, but straight path announced tuesday that it has received a "superior proposal" from another multi-national telecommunications company.nsa revelations at&t helped nsa spy on millions of americans' private calls, emails the relationship between at&t and the nsa is said to be "highly collaborative," thanks to the company's "extreme willingness to help."the new bidder made an "unsolicited offer" to acquire all issued and outstanding shares of straight path for $104.64 a share, in an all-stock transaction valued at $1.8 billion. under the at&t deal, straight path shareholders would receive $95.63 per share.straight path does not name the "bidder," though reuters reported e






verizon wins bidding war with at&t for straight path


new york (ap) — verizon communications is buying straight path communications for about $3.1 billion, ending a bidding war with at&t over the wireless licenses company.the all-stock deal was announced thursday, one month after at&t said that it would buy straight path for $1.6 billion. at&t is declining to match that offer, and verizon will pay a $38 million termination fee to at&t on behalf of straight path.straight path, based in glen allen, virginia, holds spectrum licenses which the telecom companies can use to expand services, including faster 5g service.verizon will pay $184 per share, a 400 percent premium to its closing price just before at&t made its bid in april.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






why william and kate's posh district voted with the working class


the home of prince william and duchess kate voted out the conservative member of parliament for the first time.        






at&t acquires $1.6 billion in spectrum from straight path


why it matters to you with the $1.6 billion purchase of straight path communications, at&t expands the reach of its wireless network as it plots its future in 5g.if paying customers are carriers’ bread and butter, spectrum might be their lifeblood. it is the frequency where communications signals travel — the medium where text messages, phone calls, and data flow from your smartphone to a cell phone tower, and it is in demand if at&t’s recent purchase is any indication.on monday, at&t acquired straight path communications, a spectrum holding company, for $1.6 billion. as part of the deal, at&t will receive valuable licenses in the 39ghz, 28ghz, and 620mhz bands — frequencies ideal for the next generation of high-speed wireless. according to at&t, straight path’s spectrum covers the entire






sunday's matchup: bulls at pelicans


tv/radio: 5 p.m. sunday, csn, wls-am 890.storylines: the bulls are 9-7 in the second of back-to-back games. this is their first look at anthony davis and demarcus cousins playing together. the pelicans have won two straight and three of four.trending: the bulls have won five straight meetings, including two on the road. they're looking to sweep the two-game season series for the third straight year and eighth time in 11 years.






turner leads notre dame past florida state for acc title


south bend, ind. — it wasn't always a smooth ride for muffet mcgraw's notre dame team this season, but the fighting irish are back in familiar territory once again.brianna turner scored 24 points to lead no. 5 notre dame to its fourth straight acc regular season title with a 79-61 win over no. 8 florida state on sunday.after being voted the preseason no. 1 team, the irish occasionally took some lumps and struggled with consistency, which they seem to be finding now late in the season."we were anointed early on and didn't handle it well," mcgraw said. "then we were able to earn our way back and i think that says a lot for this team and what they overcame to get there."arike ogunbowale added 19 points and kathryn westbeld had 14 for the irish (27-3, 15-1 acc), who will once again be the top






storm star breanna stewart supports investigation into wnba abuse allegations


wnba star breanna stewart and president lisa borders respond to accusations from former player candice wiggins about being bullied during her eight-year career.storm star forward breanna stewart said the wnba should investigate allegations former player candice wiggins who said she was bullied and targeted because she identifies as heterosexual.“if they were to look into it, i don’t think that anyone would have a problem with it,” stewart said during an interview with espn. “if they want to figure out who is right and who is wrong in this story, that’s the smartest way to do it.“you have to respect candice. and like i said, if that’s her story, it sucks that that happened. but there is a lot missing in this story. for the league to find what’s missing and put the pieces together, make more






wisconsin supreme court continues deliberations behind doors


madison, wis. — the wisconsin supreme court has voted to continue keeping its deliberations behind closed doors.the milwaukee journal sentinel (http://bit.ly/2suc6ln ) reports that the vote this week came amid hostility that has been marking the court in recent years.the state supreme court has always conducted its arguments on cases in public and its deliberations about them behind closed doors. the court voted five years ago to hold public deliberations about proposed changes to the court's formal rules.the court majority has now voted to stop holding such discussions in public. this means when the court next takes up its ethics policies, it will do so privately.justice michael gableman, who voted in favor of the change, says it was time to end the experiment of holding public meetings.






people won’t vote once and now 3 million are voting twice?


msnbc’s joy reid went off on president donald trump for his claim this week that three million people, registered in two states, voted illegally in both.“look, this is a guy who loves conspiracy theories,” reid said, noting that it is odd to have an american president who peddles such theories. “he’s now listening to some crank talk about his theory — it just so happens, not only were there 3 million — exactly the number trump loses by — but all of them voted for hillary clinton.”reid said that according to phillips and trump, it isn’t a case where 3 million people could have voted illegally and they voted for a variety of candidates. rather, according to this theory, every single one of them voted for clinton over trump.“we have a country that is near the bottom in the western world for v






husky men looking to avoid a historic 10th straight loss


the washington men’s basketball team has lost nine straight games, which ties for the longest consecutive losses in a season in school history. here’s a look.






verizon wins bidding war for straight path communications


verizon communications inc. will buy straight path communications inc. for more than $3 billion, after beating rival at&t inc. in an unusually intense bidding war for the wireless-spectrum holder, according to people familiar with the matter.straight path holds licenses to use high-frequency radio waves that some engineers think could form the backbone of next-generation networks. a deal could be announced as soon as thursday,...






library official removed after reported comments on homosexuality


downers grove leaders voted late tuesday to remove a library board member from office after a civic group reported that he'd made comments about homosexuality during a board meeting.village leaders, without comment, voted 6-0 to revoke arthur jaros' seat on the library board, prompting applause from a packed audience. jaros was present but did not speak before the vote was taken.earlier tuesday, jaros had filed a court motion seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the village council from taking the vote. but a dupage county judge denied the motion, saying it would be best to see what action the council took tuesday night and address the matter in court on wednesday.a league of women voters online report about the aug. 23 library board meeting said jaros had questioned why library s






the latest: merkel voted against same-sex marriage


berlin — the latest on german vote on same-sex marriage (all times local):9:50 a.m.german chancellor angela merkel says she voted against same-sex marriage because she believes the country's law sees it as between a man and a woman, but that the opposite view must be respected.parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage in a snap vote friday. merkel paved the way for the vote with comments earlier in the week that freed members of her conservative bloc to vote according to their conscience, rather than the party line.she says "for me marriage as defined by the law is the marriage of a man and a woman" but she continues to see the interpretation as a "decision of conscience."the measure, which is expected to see legal challenges, also opens the door for gay couples to adopt — which merke






verizon wins bidding war for straight path communications, sources say


verizon communications inc. will buy straight path communications inc. for more than $3 billion, after beating rival at&t inc. in an unusually intense bidding war for the wireless-spectrum holder, according to people familiar with the matter.straight path holds licenses to use high-frequency radio waves that some engineers think could form the backbone of next-generation networks. a deal could be announced as soon as thursday,...






library official removed from office after reported comments on homosexuality


downers grove leaders voted late tuesday to remove a library board member from office after a civic group reported that he'd made comments about homosexuality during a board meeting.village leaders, without comment, voted 6-0 to revoke arthur jaros' seat on the library board, prompting applause from a packed audience. jaros was present but did not speak before the vote was taken.earlier tuesday, jaros had filed a court motion seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the village council from taking the vote. but a dupage county judge denied the motion, saying it would be best to see what action the council took tuesday night and address the matter in court on wednesday.a league of women voters online report about the aug. 23 library board meeting said jaros had questioned why library s






us senate panel votes in favor of dr. scott gottlieb to run fda


a u.s. senate committee voted on thursday to advance the nomination of dr. scott gottlieb to lead the food and drug administration.the senate health, education, labor and pensions committee voted 14-9 in favor of gottlieb, a physician, conservative health policy expert and a deputy fda commissioner during the george w. bush administration.the vote means gottlieb’s nomination will now be voted on by the full senate, where he is expected to be confirmed.(reporting by toni clarke in washington; editing by chizu nomiyama)






time to set sessions (and trump) straight: your say


attorney general jeff sessions claiming we have a crime problem in america doesn't hold up. two organizations set the record straight.        






nadal beats thiem in madrid, wins 3rd straight title


madrid — rafael nadal defeated dominic thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 sunday in the madrid open final to win his third straight title and continue his good form heading into the french open.nadal withstood a tough challenge from the ninth-ranked thiem, converting on his fourth match point to earn his 15th straight victory on clay and tie novak djokovic's record of 30 career titles in masters 1000 events.the triumph at his home tournament gave nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay.it was nadal's second straight win against the 23-year-old austrian, coming two weeks after the barcelona open final, when the fifth-ranked spaniard cruised to victory in straight sets.nadal also won in monte carlo last month.






catalonia declares independence from spain | news


barcelona - the parliament of catalonia has voted to declare independence from spain.seventy legislators voted in favour, 10 voted against, while two cast blank ballots. the decision was made during a secret vote in barcelona on friday afternoon.the names of those who voted for independence were withheld, as the spanish attorney general promised to charge those who voted in favour of independence with “rebellion”.after the declaration, the spanish government approved direct rule in catalonia, allowing madrid to directly administer the breakaway region.two right-wing parties, citizens (cs) and people's party (pp), along with the centre-left socialist party of catalonia (psc), left the catalan parliament before the vote in protest.alberto rivera, president of cs, took to twitter to call the






mitchell's 27 leads no. 12 ohio st women to 9th straight


lincoln, neb. — kelsey mitchell hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points, her eighth straight game with at least 20, and no. 12 ohio state took control in the first half and rolled to its ninth-straight win, 87-69 over nebraska.sierra calhoun added 13 points and tori mccoy had 12 for the buckeyes (23-5, 13-1 big ten), who scored 87 points for the seventh-straight game heading into a monday matchup with second-ranked and league-leading maryland.mitchell had two 3-pointers in the first quarter as ohio state opened a 19-10 lead and two more in the second as the buckeyes stretched it to 40-23. ohio state shot 51 percent (34 of 67) and went 10 of 21 from long distance.nebraska (5-20, 1-12) got within 10 early in the third but a 12-2 run quickly pushed it back to 20.jessica shepard had 28 points






uk parliament approves june 8 general election | news


the uk parliament has voted in favour of prime minister theresa may's call for an early general election.the parliament on wednesday voted 522 to 13 in favour of the election taking place on june 8.on tuesday, in a surprise announcement, may called for a snap election as britain prepares for delicate negotiations on leaving the european union.she had become prime minister without winning an election in july last year following the resignation of david cameron after millions of britons went against his advice and voted to leave the eu.may had also backed the remain camp in the june 23 referendum, but kept a low profile throughout a polarising campaign.more to follow...






haiti lawmakers approve new prime minister


port-au-prince, haiti — haiti's lower house has ratified president jovenel moise's candidate for prime minister, finally filling the country's no. 2 post.after 19 hours of discussion, the chamber of deputies voted tuesday morning to approve dr. jack guy lafontant. six lawmakers voted against him, two abstained and 95 voted in favor.the senate previously approved lafontant by a tally of 20-0.lafontant is a physician and political outsider who formerly headed the rotary club in the commercial district of petionville.he has said agriculture will be the government's investment priority.a prime minister oversees the cabinet and day-to-day operations of government.






horse slaughter may become legal in us again


the house appropriations committee voted wednesday to reopen the practice of horse slaughter in the united states. the practice was banned by the congress in 2007 in a bid to eliminate funding for inspection of the facilities where horse slaughter was carried out. the decision to repeal the ban came after 27 representatives voted against it,…






lebanon's parliament passes first budget since 2005


beirut — lebanon's parliament has approved the country's first budget in 12 years after government failed to do so amid past political crises.the budget was approved late thursday after three days of discussions by parliament.sixty-one legislators voted in favor, eight abstained and four voted against.some politicians had demanded that an audit be conducted to track spending outside the budget in past years before a new budget was passed. but parliament voted on a new law that allowed it to pass and gave the finance minister up to a year to complete the audit.prime minister saad hariri said work will begin on the 2018 budget of which a draft should be ready before the end of october.






wisconsin reps break along party lines on health overhaul


madison, wis. — wisconsin's congressional delegation has voted along party lines on legislation rolling back former president barack obama's health care law.the house voted to pass the bill 217-213 on thursday afternoon. wisconsin's republican representatives — paul ryan, jim sensenbrenner, glenn grothman, sean duffy and mike gallagher — all voted in favor. democratic representatives mark pocan, ron kind and gwen moore all voted against it.the bill ends tax penalties obama's law imposes on people who don't buy health insurance and on larger employers who don't offer coverage; halts extra payments to states to expand medicaid; replaces obama's subsidies for people buying individual policies with tax credits; and allows states to get waivers exempting insurers from obama's prohibition on cha






republicans vote to reject raises for state employees


st. paul, minn. — legislative republicans have voted to reject a new contract for minnesota's 30,000 public employees.the state's two massive unions for state employees ratified a new contract earlier this year. the contracts for the minnesota association of professional employees and afscme council 5 call for a 2 percent raise this year and a 2.5 percent hike in 2018.but a legislative subcommittee voted against the agreement thursday. their vote is a recommendation to the full legislature to reject to the contract.minnesota public radio news reports that all six republicans on the subcommittee on employee relations voted against the agreement while democrats voted in favor. gop rep. steve drazkowski says the raises were too big.afscme council 5 executive director eliot seide says republic






county supervisor will accept pay raise she voted against


when san diego county supervisors voted early this year to increase their own salary by more than $19,000 — as angry taxpayers yelled “shame on you” from the packed chamber — newly seated supervisor kristin gaspar cast the lone vote in opposition.the former encinitas mayor told the room that she could not support the 12.5 percent pay hike because she was not sure she deserved the money.“one of the first questions i always ask myself is, ‘is the compensation appropriate for the work performed?’” she said before casting her no vote. “awkwardly, i sit here, having been sworn in just 24 hours ago, and i can be the first to admit that i don’t know how to get past that first fundamental question.”kristin gaspar, center, on jan. 9 — the day she voted against a pay raise for county supervisors,joh






hollywood writers' unrest: small businesses are bracing for a strike


in a sign of rising labor tensions in hollywood, members of the writers guild of america voted overwhelmingly monday to authorize a strike just a week before the union’s contract is set to expire may 1.although the vote is largely seen as a negotiating tactic to put pressure on the studios, it moves the union one step closer to a work stoppage that would have widespread repercussions throughout the film and tv industry.the guild said 96.3% of the 6,310 writers who cast ballots voted in favor of the measure, which gives leaders the authority to call a strike if negotiations fail. the union said 67.5% of eligible wga members voted. the union has nearly 13,000 members.during the last writers' walkout in 2007, members voted 90% in favor of granting a strike authorization.though a strike author






immigration ban sows panic, anguish and confusion at airports around the globe


read the full presidential executive order blocking refugees from coming to the u.s.the white houseoffice of the press secretaryfor immediate release                         january 27, 2017 executive order - - - - - - - protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the united states       by the authority vested in me as president by the constitution and laws of the...the white houseoffice of the press secretaryfor immediate release                         january 27, 2017 executive order - - - - - - - protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the united states       by the authority vested in me as president by the constitution and laws of the...