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  • Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders makes remarks during a campaign stop at Affton High School in Affton, Missouri on March 13, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

    Progressives prepare for battle against Trump

    After two months of licking their wounds, progressive Democrats say they’re ready to take on President-elect Donald Trump. Mobilized in part by the stunning primary campaign waged by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — who will participate in a CNN town hall Monday at 9pm ET — progressives now find themselves at the center of the Democratic resistance as the party navigates its way through the Trump era. With Hillary Clinton defeated and President Barack Obama counting down his final days […]

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    Orlando police officer killed; sheriff’s deputy dies during manhunt

    An Orlando police officer searching for a murder suspect was gunned down Monday, and a sheriff’s deputy looking for her killer also died. “To lose two law enforcement officers on this Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Day is indeed a tragedy,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said. Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran and mother of two, died Monday morning, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. “The Orlando Police Department family is heartbroken today,” OPD tweeted, along with […]

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    APA funds surgery for local veteran’s dog

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – There’s nothing quite the like bond between a man and his dog. “She’s like my shadow. Anywhere I go, she’s there. She’s my companion. When I’m having a down day, she knows. She’s right beside me,” said Tim Wymore. These days, Tim Wymore and his dog, Kya, are spending even more time together. Kya underwent knee surgery in November to repair a torn knee ligament. It was her second ACL surgery of the year. “She […]

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    Taylor Swift pays surprise visit to 96-year-old fan from New Madrid

    NEW MADRID, MO (KTVI) – It’s not every day you get to meet your favorite musician; rarer still that person would make a surprise visit to your house the day after Christmas. With his large family by his side, Cyrus Porter, a World War II veteran from New Madrid, was treated to a special concert from Taylor Swift. Last week, KFVS in Cape Girardeau ran a story about Porter’s love for the pop country superstar. Porter has seen Swift in […]

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    Report finds flaws in mental health care at St. Louis VA

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis Veterans Administration health care officials insufficiently investigated the death of a mental health patient who killed himself, according to a report from the VA Office of Inspector General. The OIG launched an investigation in 2014 after concerns were raised by Dr. Jose Mathews, the St. Louis VA’s former chief of psychiatry. Mathews alleged in a federal whistleblower complaint that veterans often waited a month or more for mental health treatment because psychiatrists and other […]

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    School bus driver does something beautiful after crying, cold child boards bus

    KENNEWICK, Wash. — A school bus driver in Kennewick, Washington, did something beautiful when he saw a child board the bus crying after waiting in the bitter cold. The Kennewick School District shared the act of kindness on its Facebook page. Driver John Lunceford noticed how red the student’s exposed hands and ears were after he had waited for the bus in the freezing temperatures that morning. Lunceford, a U.S. Army veteran in his third year driving buses for the district, […]

  • Sgt. Anthony "Tony" Beminio, 39, of Des Moines Police Dept. was shot and killed on November 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Fallen officers: 64 shot dead in the line of duty in 2016

    At least 64 law enforcement officers have been shot and killed this year, the most in five years, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The 2016 shootings have spanned the nation, from California to Massachusetts. They’ve exceeded the annual average of police shooting deaths over the past 10 years, 53. And this year’s total is higher than the number of firearms-related police deaths in 2015. According to the fund, firearms were responsible for 41 of 123 officer […]

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    Dad, 6-year-old daughter buy coffee for officers manning police funeral roadblock

    TACOMA, Wash. – Mario Woodworth brought his family to pay their respects for fallen Tacoma, Washington, police officer Jake Gutierrez. With temperatures in the 30s Friday,  Mario and his 6-year-old daughter, Izabel, decided to buy coffee for officers manning a roadblock for the funeral procession as a simple way to say thank you, according to KCPQ-TV. Speaking of police officers in general, Mario said, “There’s a good chance that they might not come home, they might not have Christmas or Thanksgiving […]

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    Fallen officers: 63 shot dead in the line of duty in 2016

    At least 63 law enforcement officers have been shot and killed this year — well ahead of last year’s 12-month total, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The most recent shooting happened in Americus, Georgia. An officer in that city, Nicholas Ryan Smarr, was shot killed, and another officer was wounded, as they checked a report of a domestic dispute at an apartment complex near Georgia Southwestern State University, police said. The 2016 shootings have spanned the […]

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    Veteran can’t work without his service dog — so Lowe’s hired them both

    ABILENE, Texas — Getting a job these days is tough enough. Getting a job for you and your service animal? It’s as hard as it sounds. But Clay Luthy did it. Luthy, a disabled Air Force vet, had been struggling to find work since he needed his service animal, a dog named Charlotte, to be with him. But he got hired for a part-time job at a Lowe’s in Abilene, Texas. Hiring Luthy meant Lowe’s was also hiring Charlotte. “We […]

  • Iraq combat veteran Jonathan Hancock faced long spells alone on his 5,800-mile walk from Maryland to California. Hancock fought with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment -- nicknamed The Magnificent Bastards -- in the first Battle of Ramadi in 2004. Hancock's marathon trek to honor their continuing struggle now is being turned into a documentary called "Bastard's Road.

    An Iraq war veteran walks 5,800 miles to spread a powerful message

    His road has been long and, at times, lonely. He had to take it. He was a combat veteran who had simply seen too much — too many brother Marines dead on the battlefield in Iraq. When he came home he faced fresh battles: alcohol, arrests and a suicide attempt. He chose a date that resonated — and on September 11, 2015, Hancock set out to prove that hurt would no longer define him. “It was the toughest thing I’ve […]

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    An Iraq war veteran walks 5,800 miles to spread a powerful message

    His road has been long and, at times, lonely. He had to take it. He was a combat veteran who had simply seen too much — too many brother Marines dead on the battlefield in Iraq. When he came home he faced fresh battles: alcohol, arrests and a suicide attempt. He chose a date that resonated — and on September 11, 2015, Hancock set out to prove that hurt would no longer define him. “It was the toughest thing I’ve […]