In New York state, fracking ban fuels secession talk

From this village of dairy farms and friendly diners, Carolyn Price can see across the border into Pennsylvania, and it is a bittersweet view. The rolling hills a few miles away are as green as the ones here, and the Susquehanna River is icy and beautiful on both sides of the state line as it…
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Fast Enterprises Awarded Two Software Projects for State Motor Vehicle Agencies

Government software and consulting-services provider Fast Enterprises, LLC has been awarded two contracts to provide modernized software systems for North Dakota and Washington state motor vehicle agencies.
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Jeb Bush’s Iowa visit hints at hurdles he could face in key state

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush outlined his plan to fix the nation’s immigration system: Secure the borders, change the mix of immigrants who are allowed to enter the country, and finally, create a path to legalization for those in the country illegally.
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Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to Islamic State on Twitter

(Bloomberg) -- A statement on a Twitter account tied to Boko Haram, the Nigerian militants seeking to impose Islamic law in Africa’s most populous country, declared the group’s allegiance to Islamic State and called on all Muslims to follow. Saturday’s unverified audio message purports to be from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, and urges loyalty to the “caliph of... - Photown News Read more [...]

Fears grow for 150 Christians abducted by Islamic State

Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group that recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts. At least 90 Assyrian Christians were seized from villages in Hasaka province in a mass abduction coinciding with the offensive in the same region by Kurdish forces backed by US-led air strikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Read more [...]

3 planned to kill in U.S. if unable to join Islamic State, FBI says

Two men were arrested Wednesday in New York as they allegedly prepared to join Islamic State militants in Syria, while a third man was arrested in Florida for allegedly helping fund their efforts, after they boasted of their plans on the Internet.
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