Firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze in Ventura, which destroyed 150 structures and left 260,000 people without power.

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Wildfire Near L.A. Forces 27,000 to Flee

Firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze in Ventura, which destroyed 150 structures and left 260,000 people without power.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer |Dec. 5, 2017, at 10:43 a.m.

Wildfire Near L.A. Forces 27,000 to Flee

Wildfires in Northern California’s wine country in October destroyed more than 10,000 structures. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

A fast-moving, wind-blown wildfire swept through more than 30,000 acres in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, Tuesday, forcing 27,000 people to evacuate during the early morning hours.

The fire also consumed at least 150 structures — including a large apartment building, which collapsed around 4 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reported.

The wildfire made its way about a quarter-mile from Ventura City Hall and is advancing toward Ojai Valley. Officials predict it will burn at least 50,000 acres in the mountains between Santa Paula and Ventura.

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Wind gusts of up to 50 mph made it difficult for the hundreds of firefighters who worked through the night to keep the fast-moving flames from spreading. Fire officials said the strong winds paired with the intensity of the fire made it virtually unstoppable, according to the Times.

The Ventura city and county officials and authorities in Santa Paula have all declared a local emergency. There are 500 firefighters on scene with reinforcements on the way, along with scores of officers from local police departments and the California Highway Patrol coordinating evacuations and road closures, Ventura County reported. Water-dropping helicopters and aircraft are also being utilized.

 

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Chief Lorenzen and Sheriff Dean updating the Media on the most up-to-date information on the #ThomasFire moving into the Ventura area.

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“The prospects of containment are not good. Really, Mother Nature is going to decide if we have the ability to put it out,” said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen.

One person was killed in a traffic incident on a road closed due to the fire Monday night, Ventura County officials said. However, as of Tuesday morning, no other deaths had been reported.

More than 260,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were without power, according to the Times.

The Thomas Fire, as it’s called, comes after what was already the worst year in California‘s history for wildfires. In October, more than 40 people died and more than 10,000 structures were destroyed when fires burned through Northern California’s wine country.

 

Fired FBI official at center of Flynn, Clinton, dossier controversies revealed

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Fired FBI official at center of Flynn, Clinton, dossier controversies revealed

Peter Strzok (in an undated photo)

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Peter Strzok (in an undated photo)

Now there’s a face to go with the name of the biased FBI operative at the center of multiple probes and controversies dogging the Trump administration.

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Scotus Says

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump’s revised order to go into effect on Monday, banning residents from eight countries, including six which are majority Muslim, from traveling to the United States. The decision has major implications in Texas, which has the largest Muslim population in the U.S. and is a national leader in refugee resettlement. Rulings by lower courts had restricted Trump’s order, exempting travelers who had grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other “bona fide” relations or connections to institutions in the United States, but in an unsigned opinion Monday, the justices lifted the injunctions, which had been issued by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, according to the Washington Post. The justices did not disclose the court’s reasoning in the opinion. People from predominantly Muslim nations Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, and Somalia, as well as North Korea and Venezuela, are now mostly barred from entering the United States. Federal appellate courts could rule soon on the decisions made by the federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, so the legal battle isn’t over yet, but until then, at least, it appears the travel ban will be in full effect. When the ban first went into effect in January, there was chaos at airports across Texas, where attorneys, protesters, and family members gathered to try to secure the release of people who were detained, including children and the elderly. The ban also tore apart Texas families, stranding spouses and parents overseas while their loved ones were in America. And it could also impact Texas’s oil and medical industries, which are particularly dependent on global fluidity and draw workforce talent from across the world.

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The Latest: More than 400 US Marines to leave Syria

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The Latest: More than 400 US Marines to leave Syria

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BEIRUT –  The Latest on developments in the war in Syria (all times local):

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The U.S. military operation in Syria and Iraq says it is sending home more the 400 Marines and their artillery from Syria, after they accomplished their mission against the Islamic State group.

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NBC: Matt Lauer sexual harassment accusers could be ‘as many as 8’ women

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NBC: Matt Lauer sexual harassment accusers could be ‘as many as 8’ women

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Matt Lauer breaks silence on sexual assault allegations

The number of women alleging Matt Lauer was sexually inappropriate has grown to “as many as eight” as NBC denies the network’s execs knew about Lauer’s alleged behavior until a meeting earlier this week.

NBC’s Stephanie Gosk revealed to Megyn Kelly during the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” that there could be up to eight women who have accused Lauer as of Thursday morning.

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Sloppy Joe

More key Texas GOP figures are calling for Representative Joe Barton to resign, after the Ennis Republican’s nude sexts that he sent to a woman years ago were made public last week, according to the Dallas Morning News. On Wednesday, Barton was dealt another blow when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram exposed some sexually explicit Facebook messages the veteran congressman had sent another woman while he was still married to his second wife. The messages included questions about whether the woman was “wearing a tank top only.. and no panties.” The target of these messages, Kelly Canon, told the Star-Telegram that Barton “took it a step too far on rare occasions,” and that “he was very fascinated with my attire, to the point of being inappropriate.” Canon is an active member of the Republican party. Barton confirmed to the Star-Telegram that the message exchange took place but did not comment any further, and his consultant told the Star-Telegram that he apologized to Canon, though Canon denied that the apology ever happened. On Wednesday, state Senator Konni Burton, a Republican from Colleyville, became the latest high-profile Republican to call for Barton to discontinue his bid for re-election. “We must hold public officials to a high standard and recent publicized incidents demonstrate those standards were not met,” Burton, an influential tea party leader, said in a statement, according to the Morning News. Burton said Barton should not seek re-election “so that Tarrant County can move forward in making sure we send a strong conservative to Congress.”

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Seeking Justice

A family that lost nine family members in the Sutherland Springs church shooting filed a claim against the U.S. government on Tuesday, seeking damages and citing errors made by the Air Force in allowing the shooter to purchase a gun. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the Holcombe family filed a claim specifically in the death of Bryan Holcombe, and a lawsuit could be imminent. Coincidentally, the Air Force also announced on Tuesdaythe results of a review into shooter Devin Kelley’s case, finding background reporting lapses at other locations similar to the mistake that allowed Kelley to purchase his weapon despite having been convicted in military court of domestic abuse. The conviction should have prevented Kelley from buying the gun he used in the church massacre. “Although the shooter undoubtedly ‘pulled the trigger’ that resulted in the injuries and death of JB Holcombe and others, failures of the US Air Force, and others, allowed the shooter to purchase, own and/or possess the semiautomatic rifle, ammunition and body armor he used, and it is these failures that were a proximate cause, in whole or in part, of the injuries and death of the decedent,” the Holcombe family’s claim said.

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The Virginia mom says school administrators did nothing to help, so she had to take matters into her own hands.

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Mom Faces Jail for Recording Daughter’s Bullies

The Virginia mom says school administrators did nothing to help, so she had to take matters into her own hands.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer

Mom Faces Jail for Recording Daughter’s Bullies

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Bali volcano: Lava pools up in crater, ‘will certainly spill over to the slopes’

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Bali volcano: Lava pools up in crater, ‘will certainly spill over to the slopes’

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Nov. 27, 2017: Clouds of ashes rise from the Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Indonesia.

Nov. 27, 2017: Clouds of ashes rise from the Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Indonesia.  (AP)

Indonesian authorities on Monday expanded the established danger zone around an erupting volcano that is hurling ash 9,800 feet into the atmosphere and whose explosions could be heard over seven miles away.

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Bomb Squad

A woman was indicted in federal court last week after allegedly sending explosive packages to Governor Greg Abbott and former President Barack Obama last year, according to the New York Times. The bizarre details of the allegations were revealed last week: Julia Poff, of Brookshire, allegedly shipped the explosive packages, which included a cigarette box with a Texas tobacco stamp, a salad dressing cap from a brand she was known to have bought for an anniversary dinner, and hair from her pet cat. According to the indictment, Abbott actually opened the package he received from Poff, but, luckily, it did not explode, because, according to court documents, “he did not open it as designed.” Poff was allegedly upset at Abbott, who was attorney general at the time, because “she had not received support from her ex-husband.” She faces six counts, including mailing injurious articles and transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure.

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Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace says

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Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace says

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first appearance as an engaged couple, briefly posing for photographers on the grounds of Kensington Palace, hours after their engagement was announced.

 

Harry, wearing a blue suit and tie, said he was “thrilled” and that details about his proposal would come out later. He was then asked if the proposal was

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Markle, who said she was “so happy,” was wearing an engagement ring for the first time in public. She held Harry’s hand and rubbed his arm.

PHOTOS: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship

The “Suits” actress showed off her new bling which Harry designed himself. According to People, the center stone is from Botswana while the two diamonds are from his late mother Princess Diana.

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers during a photocall in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday Nov. 27, 2017. Britain's royal palace says Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are engaged and will marry in the spring of 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make their first appearance as as engaged couple.  (Reuters)

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The couple are expected to wed in spring 2018, Kensington Palace announced through Harry’s father, Prince Charles, on Monday. The couple got engaged in London earlier this month after meeting in the summer of 2016 through mutual friends.

“His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle,” the statement read. “His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month.”

It continued: “Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty the Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents.”

Britain's Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017.   REUTERS/Mark Blinch     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1C2BD3FAF0

 

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The Prince of Wales has announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.

4:00 AM – Nov 27, 2017

 

 

The statement said the couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. The upcoming wedding will be the first grand royal wedding since Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011.

William and Kate, who are expecting their third child, said in a statement they were excited for the couple, adding “it has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”

Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, also issued a statement saying they were “incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry.”

 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement Monday.  (Reuters)

“Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents,” they said in a statement released by Kensington Palace.

Markle, best known for her role as Rachel Zane, an ambitious paralegal in the hit U.S. legal drama “Suits,” fueled rumors that a move to London and an engagement were imminent when she packed up her belongings and moved out of her Toronto apartment last week after wrapping up filming for the series. Days later, she was spotted in London shopping for Christmas. It’s still unclear if she will return to “Suits” for the eighth season, but several reports indicated the seventh season was her last.

The couple has kept their high-profile relationship mostly quiet and have made only one official appearance out together, at the Invictus Games ─ a sporting event for wounded service personnel that Harry spearheaded ─ in Toronto in September. They held hands and smiled as they arrived for a tennis match. Several days later, Harry was photographed kissing Markle on the cheek as he joined the actress and her mother in a luxury box to watch the event’s closing ceremony.

The couple quietly dated for the first few months after meeting until Kensington Palace and confirmed they were a couple last November. But the news also came with a stern warning to the press. The prince pleaded for reporters to stop intruding on his girlfriend’s privacy. He condemned “outright sexism and racism” in some online comments, and said some articles with “racial undertones” had crossed the line.

Markle surprised many observers when she shared her feelings for Harry in a September cover story for Vanity Fair. It was the first time she addressed her relationship publicly and called the prince her “boyfriend,” saying: “We’re a couple. We’re in love.”

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle arrive for the wheelchair tennis competition during the Invictus Games in Toronto. Palace officials announced Monday Nov. 27, 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, and will marry in the spring. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have the first grand royal wedding since Prince Williams married Kate Middleton in 2011.  (AP)

“At the end of the day I think it’s really simple…we’re two people who are really happy and in love,” Markle said.

Markle admitted dating Harry “has its challenges,” and that her life changed at a surprisingly fast rate.

Meghan Markle, girlfriend of Britain's Prince Harry, watches the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1243DEE350

Meghan Markle, right, watches the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games with her mother.  (Reuters)

“But I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend’s support,” she added. “Personally, I love a great love story.”

Harry ─ once known for his “bad boy” antics, including being photographed playing strip billiards in Las Vegas ─ has largely won over the British public with his winning smile, his military career and his devotion to charities aimed at helping disabled veterans and other causes. The 33-year-old prince recently won praise with his work campaigning for more openness about mental health issues. Speaking candidly about his personal struggle to cope with the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was only 12, he encouraged others to talk about their own problems rather than keeping them bottled up inside.

Markle’s career has included small parts on TV series including “Fringe,” “CSI: Miami,” “Knight Rider” and “Castle,” as well as movies such as “Horrible Bosses.” Outside of acting, Markle founded a lifestyle blog called TheTig.com (which closed down in April without explanation), and has lent her celebrity status to humanitarian causes.

She has campaigned with the United Nations on gender equality, written in Time magazine about girls’ education and the stigma surrounding menstruation, and has traveled to Rwanda as global ambassador for the charity World Vision Canada. She has described how her mother took her to the slums of Jamaica to witness poverty first-hand, saying experiences like that shaped her social consciousness and charity work.

To some degree that mirrors the experience of Harry, who was also inspired by his mother’s humanitarian work and embraced the types of charities Diana favored in the final years of her life before her 1997 death in a Paris car crash.

Some tabloids had alluded to Markle’s mixed-race heritage, pointing out she has an African-American mother and a white father. Markle herself has spoken out about coming to terms with being biracial — both growing up, and in her Hollywood career. In a March interview with Allure magazine, she said studying race at college was “the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community and too mixed in the white community.”

“For castings, I was labeled `ethnically ambiguous,'” she said.

Markle married film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011, but the pair divorced two years later. It wouldn’t be first time that a British royal has married an American — or a divorcee. In 1936, Edward VIII famously abdicated after he was forced to choose between the monarchy and his relationship with twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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Argentina says sound detected in search for missing submarine is consistent with non-nuclear explosion

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Argentina says sound detected in search for missing submarine is consistent with non-nuclear explosion

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Argentine navy reports an explosion near missing submarine

Search continues for the 44 crew members on board.

A sound detected in the search for a missing submarine with 44 crew members aboard is consistent with a non-nuclear explosion, officials in Argentina said Thursday.

Argentine Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said at a news conference the relatives of the crew have been informed and that the search will continue until there is full certainty about the fate of the ARA San Juan.

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Washington Post reporter caught plotting liberal agenda with billionaire George Soros

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Washington Post reporter caught plotting liberal agenda with billionaire George Soros

Ross covered the 2016 presidential election closely, but the majority of her stories appear to be anti-Trump in retrospect.

Ross covered the 2016 presidential election closely, but the majority of her stories appear to be anti-Trump in retrospect.

Allegedly unbiased Washington Post reporter Janell Ross spoke at a top-secret meeting of liberal movers and shakers last week, where Democratic donors including billionaire George Soros outlined the future of their progressive agenda.

A Post spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon that Ross took part of the California event “without notifying her superiors that she would be attending.”

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Liberal CNN reporter under fire after tweeting that sex allegations are draining talent from media, entertainment

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Liberal CNN reporter under fire after tweeting that sex allegations are draining talent from media, entertainment

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A CNN reporter is taking an online beatdown after an ill-advised tweet saying the media and entertainment indistries are suffering a “drain of talent” because so many men are being ousted in disgrace over sexual harassment allegations.

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Hillary Clinton: Obama’s record made it hard to run on ‘agenda of change’

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Hillary Clinton: Obama’s record made it hard to run on ‘agenda of change’

Hillary Clinton said in a new interview that her inability to run on an “agenda of change,” coming off of President Barack Obama’s two terms, was a significant problem for her 2016 campaign.

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CBS News fires Charlie Rose following sexual misconduct allegations

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CBS News fires Charlie Rose following sexual misconduct allegations

CBS news host Charlie Rose departs after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 21, 2016.

 

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CBS news host Charlie Rose departs after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 21, 2016.  (Reuters)

CBS News has fired “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose after the veteran journalist was accused of sexual harassment by several women.

“A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately,” CBS News executives emailed staffers Tuesday in a memo obtained by Fox News.

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Bullfighter gored in the groin, carried out of ring bleeding and screaming in pain

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Bullfighter gored in the groin, carried out of ring bleeding and screaming in pain

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A bull charges into the ring during a bullfight at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona in 2015. This weekend in Mexico, a bullfighter was gored in a scrotum after being caught off guard in the ring.

A bull charges into the ring during a bullfight at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona in 2015. This weekend in Mexico, a bullfighter was gored in a scrotum after being caught off guard in the ring.  (Reuters)

A bullfighter was forced to leave the ring in pain with his hands over his bleeding scrotum after he was gored in the groin.

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Locals are reportedly waiting to see if Trump’s visit to Mar-a-Lago will snarl their holiday traffic.

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Trump’s Thanksgiving Trip Has Palm Beach Residents Anxious

Locals are reportedly waiting to see if Trump’s visit to Mar-a-Lago will snarl their holiday traffic.

By Megan Trimble, Associate Editor, Social Media |Nov. 20, 2017, at 10:51 a.m.

The president is expected to travel to his private Mar-a-Lago resort for a Thanksgiving dinner with family. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Border Tragedy

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed on duty near Big Bend on Sunday, according to the San Antonio Express-News. While agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were patrolling near the Van Horn Station about 120 miles east of El Paso on Sunday morning, they responded to unspecified activity and were injured. Both agents were taken to a hospital, and Martinez, a 36-year-old who lived in El Paso, died from his injuries. The other agent is still hospitalized and in serious condition. The FBI is investigating the incident and has confirmed that there was no shooting, though few other details have emerged. The agency told the Express-News that a full account of the incident will be released on Monday. “Our condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was killed this morning in the line of duty,” Senator Ted Cruz said in a statement. “We are also praying for the full recovery of his partner, who was also attacked.” President Donald Trump, meanwhile, used the incident to renew his call for a border wall on Twitter. “Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”

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Bipartisan Bill

Senator John Cornyn, the number two Republican in his chamber, has teamed up with one of the most outspoken Democrats on gun control for a bipartisan bill that seeks to improve the federal background check system after a breakdown allowed the Sutherland Springs church shooter to purchase firearms despite a criminal conviction, according to the Dallas Morning News. Cornyn and Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut introduced the Fix NICS Act, which will “penalize federal agencies that fail to report records and incentivize states to send criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System,” according to the Morning News.

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