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Day in History: Free Speech; 1st Presidential TV News Conference; Iran Hostages; Beatles Reunion Nixed

Posted: 01/19/2014 - On Jan 19 - In 1764, John Wilkes was expelled from the British Parliament for seditious libel and obscenity (the former charge was for criticizing a speech delivered by King George III; the latter, for penning a pornographic parody of Alexander Pope's "Essay on Man")... In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower... In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months... In 1976, promoter Bill Sargent offered The Beatles at least $30 million to reunite for a concert in the U.S. Sargent estimated that the reunion show could gross up to $300 million. They refused...

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Congress Easily Passes $1.1T Spending Bill

Updated: 01/17/2014 - Congress has sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government spending bill that eases the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts.

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Ala. House Passes Packet of Tax Bills

Posted: 01/16/2014 - The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a slate of tax bills that are part of Republicans' election-year agenda.

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MSNBC Host Apologizes for Jokes About Romney Baby

Updated: 01/01/2014 - An MSNBC host is apologizing to Mitt Romney's family after she and guests on her show joked about a Christmas picture that showed the 2012 Republican presidential candidate's adopted, African-American grandson.

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A Little Help At Christmas Won't Hurt

Updated: 12/21/2013 - Houston County Commissioner Kevin Dorsey and Pastor Floyd Griffin of the New Attitude Christian Fellowship teamed up to give back to the Dothan community

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US News: NE Snowstorm; Arlington Wreaths; Budget Bill; China, US Military Ships Almost Collide; Drones for Agriculture

Updated: 12/15/2013 - Fast-moving snowstorm arrives in the Northeast... Maine wreaths laid at Arlington National Cemetery... Prospects for budget legislation are solid in Senate... Ryan's budget plan: A bridge over the divide?... US says Chinese warship nearly struck Navy cruiser... Agriculture the most promising market for drones... Sheriff: Colo. gunman planned to hurt more people... 200 assemble in Denver to honor Sandy Hook victims... Wichita: Undercover stings used to fight domestic terrorism... Man dives between tracks as NYC subway approaches... Police say NY teen parents made toddler smoke pot... RV users help Amazon keep up with holiday rush... Michelin recalls 1.2 million tires in US... Appeals court vacates ban on US horse slaughter... Lawyer disputes SF hospital stairway death report...

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World News: China Not Pleased with N Korea; Syrian Chemicals; Iraq, Egypt, Afghan Updates; Iran Irked with Pakistan

Posted: 12/15/2013 - N Korea's Jang's execution leaves China in delicate position... Venezuela grounds flight over terror threat... Mandela goes home... Desmond Tutu says he will attend Mandela funeral... Ships to haul 500 tons of Syrian chemical agents... Bombings, shooting kill 12 people in Iraq... Thousands evacuated from flooded Gaza homes... Vote on Egypt's constitution set for Jan. 14-15... Karzai hopes US will reframe security agreement... Iran cancels Pakistan gas pipeline loan... 21 workers killed in gas blast at Chinese mine... 6,000 people dressed as Santa Claus run in Spain...

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Rare Holiday Election to Decide Alabama Congressman

Updated: 12/14/2013 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The holiday season is not normally a time for elections, but voters in southwest Alabama will be going to the polls Tuesday for a special election in the 1st Congressional District.

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US News: 2 Killed in Amish Buggy Crash; Alaskan Crash; Wind Project Stalled; "Trust Us" - I Don't Think So

Posted: 12/01/2013 - 2 in horse-drawn Amish buggy killed in Pa. crash... Villagers rush to aid rural Alaska crash survivors... Trinity network: Televangelist Paul Crouch dies... Thanksgiving takes more Black Friday sales... White House: On track for health care website goal... Pioneering offshore wind project faces deadlines... You can trust us on this, but you probably won't - Only 2 percent say they trust the government to do what's right nearly all of the time...

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World News: Afghanistan May Be Reneging on Pullout Deal; China Angers Japan; Mount Etna Erupts; Shark Kills Surfer

Posted: 11/24/2013 - Afghan president to press for delay in US deal... China sets air defense zone over East China Sea... Smog descends on NE China, closing roads, airport... Mount Etna erupts, showers volcanic ash on towns... Egypt official: Muslim Brotherhood backs unrest... Activists: Government airstrikes kill 44 in Syria; Syrian rebels capture key oil field... Surfer killed by shark off west Australia...

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Improvements Coming to Houston County Administrative Building

Updated: 11/21/2013 - Several departments are temporarily moving out of the county's administrative building while it undergoes improvements. The plan is for them to relocate to the old Mayer Electric Supply Building on North Foster Street. The commission asked offices to look into any improvements they want accomplished before they move out. These changes include anything that could make the departments operate more efficiently.

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