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Trump purges enemies and reshapes party in his image

Trump purges enemies and reshapes GOP in his image

President Donald Trump is squeezing out his enemies in the Republican Party — diminishing the power of the GOP establishment and reshaping his party in his own image.

With the looming exits of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Trump will rid himself of his two most outspoken Republican detractors. What happens before they depart in 2019 — Flake and Corker demonstrated Tuesday they are fully emboldened now to take on the president without fear of consequences — could determine the success or failure of the GOP-controlled Congress through the 2018 midterms.

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Rock, R&B Pioneer Fats Domino Dead at 89

Fats Domino dies at 89

Fats Domino, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, died Tuesday at his daughter's suburban New Orleans home. Haydee Ellis, a family friend, confirmed the news to NPR. Mark Bone, chief investigator for the Jefferson Parish coroner's office, tells NPR that Domino, who was 89, died of natural causes.

In the 1940s, Antoine Domino Jr. was working at a mattress factory in New Orleans and playing piano at night. Both his waistline and his fan base were expanding. That's when a bandleader began calling him "Fats." From there, it was a cakewalk to his first million-selling record — "The Fat Man." It was Domino's first release for Imperial Records, which signed him right off the bandstand.

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New 'security interviews' to begin for fliers on U.S.-bound flights

New 'security interviews' for foreign visitors

Travelers on international flights to the United States may face longer check-in and boarding queues this week as new U.S. security requirements kick in.

A set of new security measures for U.S.-bound flights takes effect Thursday, part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to scrutinize electronics brought onboard commercial airliners.

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Walgreens to shutter 600 stores as part of Rite Aid deal

Walgreens

Walgreens plans to close about 600 drugstores as it completes a $4.38 billion deal to buy nearly 2,000 from rival Rite Aid.

Company spokesman Michael Polzin said Wednesday that most of the closings will be Rite Aid stores, and the vast majority will be within a mile of another store in the Walgreens network.

Walgreens isn’t saying which stores will close.

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Filipino vets to get medal 71 years after benefits stripped

Celestino Almeda recives medal 71 years after being stripped of gold star Members of Congress on Wednesday are scheduled to present the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino veterans of World War II, honoring thousands of men who have long fought for recognition of their service.

Some died for the U.S. cause during the second World War, but promises of U.S. citizenship and veterans benefits would go unfulfilled for many of those who survived.

In July 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order calling on all Philippine military forces to join the U.S. armed forces to fight Axis powers in World War II. At the time, the Philippines was under U.S. rule.

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NY prosecutor indicted in 2012 police brutality cover-up

NY prosecutor indictedA district attorney in New York has been indicted on charges that he obstructed a federal civil rights investigation into the beating of a handcuffed prisoner by a police chief.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (SPOH'-tuh) is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on the charge. The chief of the district attorney's anti-corruption bureau was also indicted.

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Human rights activists go on trial in Turkey

Human rights activists go on trial in Turkey

Turkish authorities have put 11 human rights activists on trial, including the chairman of Amnesty International in Turkey, Taner Kilic.

Those facing charges at Istanbul's Caglayan courthouse on Wednesday were arrested in separate police raids in June and July and include one Swede and a German national.

Idil Eser, director of Amnesty International Turkey, is also among those on trial.

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Colin Kaepernick signs $1M book deal

Colin Kaepernick signs book deal for $1m

Colin Kaepernick, the NFL player at the forefront of protests that have swept the league and raised the ire of President Trump, has signed a book deal, Page Six reported.

The deal, reportedly worth just over $1 million, is with One World, an imprint of Random House. Further details on the book were not immediately available.

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Federal court says undocumented teen can get abortion

Judge Patricia Millett clears way for undocumented teem to get abortionA federal appeals court reversed itself Tuesday and ruled that the Trump administration cannot prevent an undocumented teenage girl from getting an abortion.

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 6-3 that the 17-year-old girl, identified as J.D. and represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, does not need to secure a sponsor or leave the country in order to end her pregnancy.

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