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Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, dies at 90

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HAVANA (AP) — Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died at […]

It’s Trump!

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 23:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a caucus night watch party at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on February 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The New York businessman won his third state victory in a row in the "first in the West" caucuses.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump awakened a movement of angry working-class voters fed up with political insiders and desperate for change. On Tuesday, that movement propelled him to the White House. Trump’s stunning, come-from-behind victory over Hillary Clinton — a far more organized and experienced rival — served as a raised middle finger to […]

Trump, other Republicans win county

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Donald J. Trump grabbed a majority of the total unofficial vote in Ellis County, county elections administration reported at around 8:15 p.m. The Republican nominee took 71.16 percent of the vote with 36,175 ballots cast in his favor. 12,582 ballots were cast for Hillary Clinton, with roughly 2.9 percent of votes going to third-party candidates. […]

Decision time for America

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A polarized America went to the polls Tuesday to pick its 45th president, choosing to elect either Hillary Clinton as the nation’s first female commander in chief or billionaire businessman Donald Trump after a long and rancorous campaign that upended U.S. politics. The winner will inherit an anxious nation, angry and distrustful […]

Official: 40 to 50 buildings damaged in Oklahoma quake

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CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — Dozens of buildings sustained “substantial damage” after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck an Oklahoma town that’s home to one of the world’s key oil hubs, but officials said Monday that no damage has been reported at the oil terminal. Cushing City Manager Steve Spears said 40 to 50 buildings were damaged […]

Massive manhunt in Oklahoma ends with murder suspect dead

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LEEDEY, Okla. (AP) — A massive, weeklong manhunt for a suspect in a string of violent crimes, including the killing of two relatives, the shooting of three law enforcement officers and multiple carjackings, has ended in a police chase and shootout that left the man dead in western Oklahoma. Authorities believe Michael Dale Vance Jr. […]

Manhunt for Oklahoma decapitation suspect continues

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities have been hunting for nearly two days for an Oklahoma man they say posted live videos to social media while running from police during a violent rampage that included shooting two police officers, armed car thefts, and killing his aunt and uncle, apparently attempting to cut off their heads. Michael […]

Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an […]

Palm Springs Police Chief: 2 officers killed, 1 hurt; shooter at large

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Two Palm Springs police officers trying to resolve a family dispute were shot to death Saturday when a man they had been speaking calmly with suddenly pulled out a gun and opened fire on them, the city’s police chief told reporters. A third officer was wounded. The shooter was not […]

‘A monster’ Hurricane Matthew hammers Florida coastline

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Matthew spun dangerously close to Florida’s Atlantic coast Friday morning, scraping the shore with howling wind and heavy rain that left more than 476,000 without power. Some Ennis residents have family who have been evacuated. Get the full story in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Become a […]

SAGU responds to being placed on ‘shame list’

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University responded to being cited by a national organization who included the Waxahachie-based school on its “Shame List.” Read about this story and more in Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News.

Travel Alert: Delta resumes some flights, delays continue due to system problems

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LONDON (AP) — Delta Air Lines canceled around 300 flights Monday after its computer systems crashed worldwide, stranding thousands of passengers on a busy travel day. One of the world’s largest airlines said that only 800 of nearly 6,000 scheduled flights were operational. The flight tracking site FlightStats Inc. said that there were delays on […]

Immigration center at former Corsicana state school rejected

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state board has rejected a plan to use a shuttered Texas boarding school in Corsicana as a federal immigration center for unaccompanied Central American children who entered the U.S. illegally. The mayor of Corsicana, about 55 miles south of Dallas, was in favor of the plan, but Gov. Greg Abbott […]

Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading Zika in U.S.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday in a long-feared turn in the epidemic sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean. Four recently infected people in the Miami area — one woman and three men — are believed […]

Heat, humidity sticks to nearly all of US

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the United Sweats of America. A heat wave spreading across the country is leaving few places to hide. Not even the cool of night. By Friday afternoon, all but one of the Lower 48 states had hit 90 degrees somewhere, with only Washington around for cooler comfort. For much of […]

Police hunt for motive in Munich shooting that left 10 dead

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MUNICH (AP) — Police were hunting Saturday for clues to explain why an 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself. The attack in the Bavarian capital sparked a massive security operation as authorities — already on edge after […]

CDC probing possible first Zika case from US mosquito bite

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MIAMI (AP) — Health officials in Florida are investigating whether the Zika infection of a woman in the Miami area could be the first transmission of the virus from a mosquito bite in the continental United States. Lab tests confirmed the Zika infection, according to statements from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Federal immigration court backlog tops 500,000 pending cases

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The backlog in the federal immigration court system has eclipsed half a million pending cases, The Associated Press has learned. The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review said Wednesday there are now 500,051 pending immigration cases in the agency’s 59 courts. The backlog has been steadily rising in recent years as […]

‘Sheer brutality’: Police detail Baton Rouge shooting scene

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The horrific scene unfolded in a matter of minutes, a black-clad man with military training stalking law enforcement officers and ignoring horrified onlookers as he shot anyone he could find wearing a badge. Police say Gavin Long, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri, brazenly prowled a crime scene of hundreds of […]

Texas father and son killed in France terror attack

This Facebook photo shows father Sean, 51, (pictured far left with wife Kimberly far right, and Brodie, center) was also killed during the attack.

A Texas father and his son were among those killed during the terror attack in Nice as crowds celebrated Bastille Day. Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son Brodie, who were on vacation in France at the time of the attack, have been confirmed dead by friends and family online.  The family is from the […]

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