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Reversing Trump, Buttigieg reinstates local hiring program
The Transportation Department’s four-year pilot initiative will permit state and local agencies receiving federal transit or highway money to impose local hiring preferences, such as those favoring veterans, minorities and low-income workers.
At Capitol, Bush saluted as ‘gentle soul,’ ‘great man’
The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death Monday with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike.
German woman killed in Syria fighting Islamic State
A German woman fighting with Kurdish militiamen was killed battling the Islamic State group in Syria, Kurdish officials said Monday — the third foreign national known to be killed fighting with Kurdish forces against the extremists in the war ravaged country.
Kurdish fighters rout IS militants from town near Iraq
Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that has been a key stronghold of the Islamic State group and planted their flag on the edge of the town, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.
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