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Pay hike for federal workers cancelled

A 2.1 PERCENT pay hike for federal workers has been stopped by President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order freezing pay for federal employees through 2019, knocking out a 2.1 percent increase set to take effect next week. The president cited budget concerns for his action.

Also cancelled were changes in pay based on where the workers live. Some parts of the nation have a significantly higher cost of living than others.

Unaffected will be a 2.6 percent increase for U.S. troops to take effect in 2019. About 380,000 federal workers remain on furlough because of an impasse with Congress on funding for a wall on the Mexican border.

Clemson vs. Alabama in college title game

Alabama will play in its fourth straight College Football Playoff championship after outlasting a stubborn Oklahoma team 45-34 on Saturday night. ‘Bama will face Clemson on Monday, Jan. 7.

The Crimson Tide (14-0) built a 28-0 first quarter lead in the semifinal/Orange Bowl game, but the Sooners (12-2) fought back to twice close the gap to 11 points.

Alabama was led by Tua Tagavailoa (318 yards passing, four TDs) while Oklahoma was sparked by Kyler Perry (308 yards passing, 109 yards rushing, three TDs) in Miami.

Trevor Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns as Clemson (14-0) defeated Notre Dame 30-3 in the College Football semifinal/Cotton Bowl game on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The Fighting Irish finished 12-1.

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