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Thursday December 13rd, 2018 day edition

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a West Virginia courthouse.

The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 last week to remove the plaque and it has been taken down.

Officials have been discussing the plaque's future since a letter requesting its removal was sent to county officials last year immediately following violent protests at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which had been organized in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Some residents with family who fought on the Confederate side of the Civil War argued that the plaque should remain.

Commissioner Jane Tabb said she voted for the removal to be sensitive to the African-American community.

Officials said it's unclear whether the plaque will be relocated. »

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison

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Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, during a sentencing hearing in federal court in Manhattan in which Cohen claimed he acted out of "blind loyalty" to President Trump.

That sentencing stemmed from Cohen pleading guilty to campaign finance violations related to payments to women alleging affairs with Mr. Trump.

In court Wednesday, Cohen claimed loyalty to Mr. Trump led him to "take a path of darkness instead of light." »

Delayed high school start times in Seattle increase sleep, grades and attendance

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In Seattle, Washington, delaying the start time of two high schools by nearly an hour lengthened students' daily sleep by more than half an hour, and was associated with reduced sleepiness and increased academic performance.

These results offer quantitative evidence that delaying school start times is beneficial for students.

However, quantitative data showing that delaying school start times would increase daily sleep and academic performance is lacking. »

Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wants to be remembered as 'transparent and honest'

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders hopes she will be remembered as being “transparent and honest” during her time as White House press secretary.

According to PoltiFact, there are five confirmed times where the press secretary offered “false statements.”.

Sanders told Politico reporter Eliana Johnson during the sixth annual Women Rule Summit that she wants her legacy to be being remembered in a positive light. »

Trump administration to strip pollution protections, harming vital wildlife

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The Trump administration is planning to strip Obama-era pollution protections from thousands of US streams and millions of acres of wetlands, in a move environmentalists warn will harm vital wildlife and could allow pollution into drinking water.

The vast network of waterways covered by the current protections provide drinking water to around 117 million Americans.

Zinke added that there is a “lot of anger in the west over federal overreach” which he claimed Trump administration was addressing. »