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The controversial Keystone XL pipeline remains in limbo in Congress, after a bill to authorize construction failed in the Senate Tuesday. This pipeline would send oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast region. The Republican-controlled House easily passed a similar measure Friday. Senator Al Franken says that Republicans will be in the majority when the new Senate convenes just after the first of the year, and are likely to have more than the 60 votes needed to pass. It failed by just one vote. Franken says he voted no because all of the reports aren't in, and because there was no protection for American steel in the legislation.

Groups from Minnesota, Sacramento and Las Vegas are making pitches to Major League Soccer officials in New York City today, trying to get an expansion franchise. The Star Tribune reports two Minnesota groups are making presentations: Minnesota Vikings ownership, which says it would block off at least 40,000 seats in the new stadium for soccer and another group that includes Minnesota United FC owner Bill McGuire, the Pohlad family and Glen Taylor.

Classes are cancelled today at Florida State University after a gunman wounded three people in an overnight shooting on campus. The shooter was killed after the attack at the school's main library. At least one officer opened fire on the gunman after he refused commands to drop his weapon.

President Obama is set to unveil a controversial executive order on immigration reform tonight. The primetime speech is set to start at 7pm CT. In a video statement on Facebook, Obama said the nation's immigration system is broken and the problem has been allowed to fester for too long.

 

 

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