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Guatemalans sheltering in US church avoid deportation

Guatemalans shelter in churchReverend Babs Miller addressed churchgoers on a Sunday morning as a group of children sat cross-legged in the corner and played with puppets at the St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

Miller appealed to the congregation to pray for people who have lost loved ones before delivering a more political message.

"We also lift up all those who have been displaced from their homes," she said. "May they find adequate shelter and food, as well as the things that can feed their very souls."

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Baylor Regents Describe Gang Rape, Other Alleged Assault By Football Players

Baylor U assault chargesIn interviews with the Wall Street Journal, Baylor University regents shared previously undisclosed details of an investigation into the "horrifying" sexual assault allegations against football players at the school.

According to the Journal's report, which was published Friday, the regents said 17 women reported "sexual or domestic assaults involving 19 players, including four alleged gang rapes."

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Plane Catches Fire At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

O'Hare plane fireAn American Airlines flight leaving for Miami blew a tire and caught fire Friday afternoon, spewing huge billows of black smoke across O’Hare International Airport, but about 170 passengers and crew were able to make it off safely, officials said.

American Airlines Flight 383, a Boeing B767, was scheduled to depart at 2:20 p.m. but blew a tire at 2:35 p.m. and aborted takeoff, according to the FAA, which is investigating. Passengers and crew got off the plane by sliding down an emergency chutes. An American Airlines website says that the plane, manufactured in 2003, has a capacity for 218 passengers plus crew. American Airlines said in a statement that the crew initially aborted takeoff because of engine-related mechanical problems.

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Leaders of Oregon standoff acquitted of federal charges

Oregon standoff leaders acquittedThe leaders of an armed group who seized a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were acquitted Thursday in the 41-day standoff that brought new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the U.S. West.

A jury found brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty of possession of a firearm in a federal facility and conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland where the trial took place. Five co-defendants also were tried one or both of the charges.

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Justice Thomas Accused of Groping Woman at 1999 Dinner Party

Clarence ThomasA woman is accusing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her at a dinner party in 1999 when she was a young scholar.

Moira Smith, now vice president and general counsel at Enstar Natural Gas Co. in Alaska, says Thomas squeezed her buttocks several times at the party, according to the National Law Journal, which first reported the allegations.

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Sheriff’s Office Removes Protesters From Dakota Access Pipeline Site

Sheriff removes Dakota protestersAuthorities in North Dakota began arresting Dakota Access Pipeline opponents on Thursday afternoon at a protest camp built on private land.

Many of the protesters had refused earlier orders to leave. Some prayed in circles while others yelled at advancing members of law enforcement, according to The Associated Press.

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Obama commutes sentences of 98 inmates

Obama commutes 98 sentencesPresident Obama has commuted the sentences of 98 inmates, the White House announced Thursday.

It was Obama’s eighth round of commutations this year, bringing him to a total of 872 since taking office — more than the past 11 presidents combined. He's commuted the sentences of 688 inmates this year alone.

Obama has eclipsed Calvin Coolidge, who commuted 773 sentences, but has yet to beat Woodrow Wilson, who holds the record with 1,366 commutations, according to P.S. Ruckman Jr., a political scientist tracking the data.

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