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Syria’s accusation against John McCain

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) leaves after Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) speech on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill, in WashingtonUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government on Tuesday accused U.S. Senator John McCain, former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and two others of entering the country illegally.


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Attorney Dershowitz files sworn statement denying sex claims

Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz discusses allegations of sex with an underage girl levelled against him, during an interview at his home in Miami BeachNEW YORK (Reuters) - Prominent U.S. criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed a sworn statement denying he had sex with an underage girl on financier Jeffrey Epstein's private plane and island. Dershowitz filed the statement in Florida federal court on Monday night, along with a motion to join in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by Dershowitz's accuser and other women who say Epstein sexually abused them. The women say the government's 2008 plea deal with Epstein, which allowed him to serve jail time on state charges but avoid federal prosecution, violated their rights. ...


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Attorney Dershowitz files sworn statement denying sex claims

Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz discusses allegations of sex with an underage girl levelled against him, during an interview at his home in Miami BeachNEW YORK (Reuters) - Prominent U.S. criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed a sworn statement denying he had sex with an underage girl on financier Jeffrey Epstein's private plane and island. Dershowitz filed the statement in Florida federal court on Monday night, along with a motion to join in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by Dershowitz's accuser and other women who say Epstein sexually abused them. The women say the government's 2008 plea deal with Epstein, which allowed him to serve jail time on state charges but avoid federal prosecution, violated their rights. ...


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Showdown looms as North Dakota legislators mull oil levy sharing

Natural gas flares are seen at an oil pump site outside of WillistonBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's legislature will decide how to divvy up oil tax revenue among the state's 53 counties, and whether to wave sales taxes on materials used to build natural gas pipelines and chemical plants in a biennial session starting on Tuesday. How to share lucrative tax revenue from booming oil production promises to be the most contentious part of the 80-day session, with politicians from the state's western oil producing counties clamoring for more money to build roads, schools and other infrastructure projects. ...


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Showdown looms as North Dakota legislators mull oil levy sharing

Natural gas flares are seen at an oil pump site outside of WillistonBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's legislature will decide how to divvy up oil tax revenue among the state's 53 counties, and whether to wave sales taxes on materials used to build natural gas pipelines and chemical plants in a biennial session starting on Tuesday. How to share lucrative tax revenue from booming oil production promises to be the most contentious part of the 80-day session, with politicians from the state's western oil producing counties clamoring for more money to build roads, schools and other infrastructure projects. ...


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Two suspects arrested in shooting of New York policemen

New York Police Department (NYPD) officers search the site of a shooting in the Bronx borough of New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two men were under arrest on Tuesday in the shooting of two New York plainclothes police officers who were fired upon while responding to an armed robbery, authorities said. The officers' injuries were not life-threatening, and they were in stable condition, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. The incident follows the fatal shooting of two uniformed officers in Brooklyn as they sat in their squad car just days before Christmas by a gunman who had made threats against police on social media. ...


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