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New Jersey law says wild animals can’t be used in circuses

New Jersey law says wild animals can’t be used in circuses

Wild animals won’t be performing at circuses in New Jersey anymore. Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Friday making it illegal to use wild and exotic animals in traveling acts. “Nosey’s Law” is named after a 36-year-old African elephant with arthritis that suffered abuse while traveling the country with a circus, the governor’s office said in…MORE

Largest known diamond in North America found in Canada

Largest known diamond in North America found in Canada

A 552-carat yellow diamond was recently unearthed in Canada — the largest ever found in North America. Mining company Dominion Diamond Mines said in a press release on Thursday the diamond was discovered in October at the Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The “astonishing gemstone” measures 33.74 millimeters by 54.56 millimeters, the company…MORE

North Carolina candidate says he has no knowledge of operative doing anything illegal

North Carolina candidate says he has no knowledge of operative doing anything illegal

North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris told WBTV on Friday that while he had hired Leslie McCrae Dowless, a political operative in the middle of an investigation into suspected absentee-ballot tampering, he was “absolutely not” aware of Dowless doing anything illegal. Harris initially won the state’s 9th Congressional District election last month, beating Democrat…MORE

Rashida Tlaib will wear a Palestinian gown as she’s sworn into Congress

Rashida Tlaib will wear a Palestinian gown as she’s sworn into Congress

US Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib will be sworn into office next month while wearing a traditional Palestinian gown. The Michigan Democrat announced on social media Friday that she intends to wear a thobe to the ceremony. “Sneak peek: This is what I am wearing when I am sworn into Congress,” she wrote on Instagram, including the…MORE

Salt Lake City chosen as U.S. nominee for 2030 (or beyond) Winter Olympics

Salt Lake City chosen as U.S. nominee for 2030 (or beyond) Winter Olympics

The U.S. Olympic Committee has announced Salt Lake City will be its choice in a bid for the Winter Games in 2030 or beyond. “We won!” Governor Gary Herbert cheered, holding hands in victory with Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Council Chairwoman Erin Mendenhall and others. “This has been the culmination of a significant…MORE

Check your fridge and pantry for food products recalled this week

Check your fridge and pantry for food products recalled this week

Before the family gathers for a holiday meal, here’s all the food you should purge from your pantry. Read on to see some of the things you may need to throw away and updates on recalls for beef and romaine lettuce. Metal found in Jimmy Dean sausages CTI Foods LLC, is recalling 29,028 pounds of…MORE

Trump lawyers seek to pause evidence collection in foreign gifts lawsuit

Trump lawyers seek to pause evidence collection in foreign gifts lawsuit

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers are trying to pause evidence collection in a fight over the constitutionality of the revenue of his Washington hotel, according to a new request to a federal court to stay the case. Previously, the DC and Maryland lawsuit alleging the President had received illegal gifts through the Trump International Hotel…MORE

Michigan gov signs controversial minimum wage, paid sick leave laws

Michigan gov signs controversial minimum wage, paid sick leave laws

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed two controversial measures into law Friday that critics say go against the will of voters by watering down changes to the state’s minimum wage and medical leave rules after Republicans removed more aggressive proposals from the November ballot. Snyder’s decision comes as another outgoing Republican governor, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, approved…MORE

Washington’s mad holiday dash begins

Washington’s mad holiday dash begins

This week was a blur as political Washington works frantically to clear its plate before hopping on planes, trains and automobiles to head home for the holidays. (Oh, and there’s also a partial government shutdown that may or may not happen next Friday.) The week started out with a White House chief-of-staff search that went…MORE

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