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Dr. Heimlich, Creator Of Live-Saving Maneuver, Dies

Dr. HeimlichHe's credited with saving the lives of people who are choking, thanks to the method he popularized in 1974. Now comes word that Dr. Henry Heimlich has died at age 96.

Heimlich died early Saturday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to Bryan Reynolds, spokesman for Episcopal Retirement Services, which operates the retirement home where the physician lived for years.

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Chemical leak reported week before Corpus Christi public was warned

Chemical leak known a week before warningA chemical leak from an asphalt plant that led Corpus Christi officials to warn its 300,000 residents not to drink the water this week was apparently reported a week earlier, according to an email from a state environmental official.

The internal email sent Wednesday by Susan Clewis, a regional director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, contained an incident report that described the leak as a "backflow incident from a chemical tank impacting the public water system." It was reported Dec. 7 at a plant run by Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions.

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Princeton U suspends men’s swimming and diving team’s season over ‘misogynistic and racist’ comments

Princeton swimming team suspendedPrinceton University has suspended the rest of the men's swimming and diving team's season after school administrators discovered that members had posted "vulgar and offensive" material on the team's electronic mailing list.

A statement released by Princeton on Thursday did not disclose specifics but said the "misogynistic and racist" comments involved the women's swimming and diving team.

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FBI backs CIA report on Russian interference: report

FBi backs CIA on Russia hackingThe FBI supports a CIA assessment that Russia deliberately attempted to intervene in the election to help President-elect Donald Trump win, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Both FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stand by the CIA assessment, the report said.

“Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” CIA Director John Brennan wrote in a message to staff, according to the report.

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Amid outcry, N.C. GOP passes plan to curb Democratic governor’s power

Roy CooperIt's an open question what the courts will make of these changes, said UNC law professor Michael Gerhardt. It's notable, he said, that McCrory never said over the last four years: “I think I'm too powerful and you should look for ways to weaken my office.”

The last time GOP lawmakers called a high-profile special session, in March, they ended up ramming through one of the state's most controversial laws in recent memory: a bill limiting what public bathrooms transgender people can use and municipalities' ability to pass anti-discrimination laws for LGBT people.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio renews birther claims about Obama's birth certificate

Arpaio renews birther issueIt was a presentation hyped by a tauntingly brief media notification more than 24 hours earlier: On Thursday afternoon, it said, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio would present the newest revelations on an investigation into President Obama’s birth certificate.

At 4 p.m. sharp, Arpaio and a member of his Sheriff's Office's Cold Case Posse had a big message for the 40-odd journalists in attendance: You were wrong.

Arpaio and his aides announced that a five-year investigation had "proved" that Obama’s birth certificate from Hawaii in 1961 was a fake. An accompanying presentation highlighted what they called “9 points of forgery” on the document, which focused on the angles of date stamps, typed letters and words.

TVNL Comment:  Of course, he's a friend of the Donald's.  Will someone please get him a jacket that ties up the back.  The man is certifiable.  Geez!

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Judge blocks new Texas rule forcing the burial or cremation of fetal remains from abortions or miscarriages

A federal judge on Thursday blocked until at least next month hotly debated Texas rules mandating burial or cremation of fetal remains that were set to go into effect within days.

The ruling by Austin-based U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks begins the latest legal battle for a state whose tough anti-abortion laws were largely struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer.

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