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Governor calls for free tuition at New York public colleges

CCNYGov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to offer free tuition at New York public colleges to eligible residents.

The Democrat unveiled his plan Tuesday morning at LaGuardia Community College in Queens alongside U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. During the senator's unsuccessful run for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, Sanders pushed for free tuition at all U.S. public colleges.


‘M*A*S*H’ Actor William Christopher Dies at 84

William ChristopherWilliam Christopher, known for his portrayal of chaplain Father Mulcahy on the beloved TV show "M*A*S*H," has died, his agent told CNN.
Christopher passed away Saturday morning, agent Robert Malcolm said. The actor was 84.

The actor had a small carcinoma and had been diagnosed about 18 months ago, said his son, John Christopher, who added that his father was doing great until two or three weeks ago when his health started to decline.


Seven felons, including Weather Underground member, and 101 others convicted as minors get clemency from Cuomo

Andrew CuomoGov. Cuomo wound down the year on Friday by commuting the jail sentences of seven felons, including the getaway driver in an infamous armored car robbery that left two cops and a security guard dead.

Cuomo also pardoned five others and granted conditional pardons to 101 additional offenders who were convicted of non-violent crimes as minors and have maintained clean records for at least 10 years.


North Carolina Judge Blocks Attempt To Strip Governor Of Some Powers

Roy CooperA North Carolina judge is temporarily blocking a law that would have limited the power of the state's incoming governor. Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper defeated incumbent Republican Pat McCrory in November, in a tight race.

After the election, the Republican controlled Legislature passed two laws to limit the governor's power, in what Democrats called a "power grab." As we reported earlier this month, the law put on hold Friday would remove the State Board of Elections from the governor's control by reducing the number of members on the board from five — three of whom could be from the governor's party — to four members, evenly split between the parties.


100,000 in Maine without power after winter storm plows through

Nor'easter hits New EnglandMore than 100,000 people across New England, many in Maine, woke up without power Friday after a winter storm pummeled the region with high wind and heavy snow.

The Northeast experienced strong wind and snowfall at rates up to 4 to 6 inches per hour at times, making for blizzard-like conditions overnight Thursday and Friday morning, reported. Some areas east of Portland reported receiving more than 2 feet of snow.


Utah AG says he’ll sue Obama over national monument

Bears Ears MonumentAll of Utah’s statewide leaders and congressional delegation oppose the Bears Ears monument, saying it unnecessarily restricts land uses like fossil fuel production. They want Congress to enact less restrictive protections for the land.

Obama said in creating the 1.35 million-acre monument that it is necessary to protect sacred American Indian sites, among other assets.


Barack Obama Names Two New National Monuments

Obama names two national monumentsThe White House designated two new national monuments on Wednesday, one in Utah and the other in Nevada, that will protect important Native American cultural sites and continue the president’s legacy of environmental stewardship far beyond the end of his term.

The Bears Ears National Monument will cover more than 1.35 million acres in southern Utah, including ancestral land important to dozens of tribes. It will be co-managed with a coalition of five Native American tribes ― a conservation first. The Gold Butte National Monument will protect about 300,000 acres of desert in Nevada.


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