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Senate swears in new members, slims GOP majority

by Evan Wilt
Posted 1/03/18, 01:54 pm

WASHINGTON—The Senate Republican majority officially narrowed to 51-49 Wednesday after Vice President Mike Pence swore in two new senators. Newly elected Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., took the place of Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., who filled in when Jeff Sessions became U.S. attorney general last year. Jones became the first Senate Democrat elected in Alabama in 25 years when he came from behind to defeat Republican Roy Moore in the December special election after multiple women accused Moore of past inappropriate behavior. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., also took the oath of office Wednesday.

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WORLD’s Top 25 articles and columns for 2017

News Of The Year | Our year-end countdown of the stories that generated the most reader traffic
by Mickey McLean
Posted 12/30/17, 08:12 am

In 2017, we witnessed tragedy and scandal. We celebrated a theological anniversary and said goodbye to a gifted Reformed communicator. As Christians, we responded to issues concerning our origins and the way God made us. As Americans, we fought for our rights to life and liberty. WORLD covered these stories throughout the year in our magazine, on our website, and on our podcast. Here are the Top 25 articles and columns that grabbed your attention the most.

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Alabama certifies Jones victory, denies Moore challenge

by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/28/17, 02:29 pm

UPDATE: Alabama officials on Thursday denied a legal challenge from Republican Roy Moore and certified Democrat Doug Jones the winner of the Dec. 12 special election to fill one of the state's two U.S. Senate seats. Late Wednesday night, Moore filed a lawsuit to delay the certification, citing voter fraud. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Johnny Hardwick dismissed Moore’s complaint minutes before state officials certified the election. The final tally showed Jones received 21,924 more votes than Moore, with about 1.3 million ballots cast.

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