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Trump admin preparing to take over private land in Texas for border wall


Posted: Fri-Dec-2019



Kushner is hosting a meeting at the White House Friday where officials are expected to discuss the government taking over private land to build the border wall.

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Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver's truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy Florida intersection during rush hour, the FBI said.

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