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Steve Bannon fired from Trump hite House / Headline SurferYouTube download / AP video / Steve Bannon, a combative and unorthodox Republican, is leaving the White House. President Donald Trump accepted his chief strategist's resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months in the White House. (Aug. 18)

Steve Bannon is gone from the White House, but on the way out pledged to "go to war" for President Trump. He returns to Breitbart, the ultra conservative news site.

Others forced out of the Trump administration include Sally Yates, acting attorney general, fired Jan. 30Michael Flynn, national security advisor, resigned Feb. 13; Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, fired March 11; James Comey, FBI Director, fired May 9; Michael Dubke, White House communications director, resigned May 30; Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, resigned July 21; Reince Priebus, chief od staff, resigned July 27; and Anthony Scaramucci, White House communications director, fired July 31.

 

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has announced that Brent Dewar is being elevated to the position of President of NASCAR effective immediately.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Running second with a few laps left on June 12, 2013, Jason Leffler was involved in a crash during a sprint car heat race at the 58-mile Bridgeport Speedway in  Logan Township, NJ, resulting in his  his car suffering a front suspension failure that caused it to crash into a wall and flip over repeatedly.

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Volusia County's Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet welcomes 1 millionth visitor

PONCE INLET, Fla. -- Nobody is certain whether it was the toddler, Haven, or her baby sister, Hazel, in the stroller with an assist from dad, as to who was actually first through the door.

In the grand scheme of things, it's the Kolluri family of Monroe, La,. officially counted as the 1 millionth visitor Wednesday through the doors of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet.

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2016 ReWIND: Top 100 Stories for greater Daytona, Sanford & Orlando (11-15)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Headline Surfer is counting down the Top 100 stories of 2016 in the greater Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando metro area otherwise known as the I-4 corridor of Central Florida through Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. 

Among the top 5 contenders for the No. 1 story of the year in no particular order so as not to spoil the surprise: The Pulse gay nightclub terrorist massacre; the ugliness of the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; the continuing saga over homelessness in Daytona Beach; records tied or broken in NASCAR races at Daytona International Speedway and Daytona Beach yet again leading Volusia County in homicides. 

So far Headline Surfer has presented recaps for stories ranked 16-100. Previous segments have come in story recaps of 10, but now that the countdown has arrived at the top 20, this current segment captures stories ranked 11-15. Then it will be 10-6, 5-2 and then No. 1 by itself. So without further delay, here are story recaps 11-15:

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Daytona State College awarded $20,000 grant to launch database technology associate degree

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona State College has been awarded a $20,000 grant to develop a new associate of science degree program in database technology as part of an American Association of Community Colleges collaboration with the National Science Foundation called MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education.

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YouTube download / AP vldeo / A statue of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African Americans was removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House around 2 a.m. Friday. (Aug. 18)

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YouTube download / AP video / President Trump said Tuesday the groups protesting against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "also very violent." He called those protesters the "alt-left," and says there is "blame on both sides" after the deadly violence. (Aug. 15)

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YouTube download / AP video / A man accused of ramming his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been denied bond. (Aug. 14)

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YouTube / AP video / Cell phone video from Charlottesville, Va. shows a speeding vehicle crashing into a second car and causing a reaction crash that killed one person, and injured many more. It happened during a white nationalist rally in the city. (Aug. 12)

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YouTube download / AP video / Highlights of this day in history: Last U.S. combat troops leave Vietnam; Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. killed in World War II; N.J. Gov. McGreevey to resign after declaring he's gay; Russian sub Kursk explodes; Director Cecil B. DeMille born. (Aug. 12)

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YouTube download / AP video / North Korean authorities arranged a giant rally on Wednesday as a show of support for their rejection of the United Nations' latest round of sanctions. (Aug. 9)

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