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New Zealand economic growth misses expectations


Finance Minister Steven Joyce said the figures were a reminder the global environment was still "challenging". On the positive side of the ledger, activity in the agriculture sector rose 4.3% over the quarter, driven by higher milk production. Read More »

House postpones debate on contentious pot bill


Representative Aaron Vega, a Holyoke Democrat, called the tax rate "detrimental" to a robust legal pot market and expressed concern about changing municipal control. But the proposed legislation is aiming to put struct limits on marketing and advertising of marijuana products. Other changes the House is recommending include allowing for cities and towns to enact local bylaws and ordinances prohibiting marijuana businesses from setting up shop in their borders. Read More »

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri, Poonch districts

There have been three ceasefire violations on June 12. Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said Pak troops resorted to firing on forward posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector from 6:20 am. Earlier, Pakistan carried out indiscriminate firing from 0500 hours to 0545 hours in Bhimbher Gali sector in Poonch along the LoC, he added. He urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations and instruct the ... Read More »

Trump invites Republican senators to lunch with Obamacare repeal on menu


We fear Republicans' efforts to keep the bill hidden mean that, like the House Republican bill, their legislation will leave millions of American without health insurance while driving up costs and weakening protections for others. Under this bill, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 14 million people would be uninsured in 2018.2 By 2026, the Congressional Budget Office projects that number would reach 23 million . Read More »

Congressman shot during baseball practice in Virgina

Trump called for unity after the shooting . "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said, to prolonged applause. "We may have our differences but we do well in times like these in times like these that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because above all they love our country", said Trump, speaking from the White House's Diplomatic Room. Read More »

Environment G7 working to overcome US No

US President Donald Trump was "wrong" to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change deal, Britain's new environment minister said today. Under the Paris accord, families in the Plains states would not be able to benefit from the low-cost and abundant energy resources available in the region and would instead be forced to pay thousands of dollars in additional costs related to higher-priced renewable-energy sources. Read More »

Michigan health chief charged in Flint water probe

Heath chief Nick Lyon was charged with two felonies, involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office, for failing to alert the public about an outbreak in Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area, according to AP. Director Lyon and Dr. Wells have been and continue to be instrumental in Flint's recovery. After being informed about a potentially fatal health risk, Lyon allegedly deliberately failed to inform the public of a deadly Legionnaires' Disease outbreak, which resulted in ... Read More »

Bartlett Selected by Giants in the 31st Round of MLB Draft


As a junior, Lugbauer led the Wolverines with a.518 slugging percentage, 60 RBI, 12 home runs, and 38 walks, earning an All-Big Ten Conference first team selection. all selections were from the college ranks. Wenson was on the watch list for this year's Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate catcher. Read More »

USA hospital separates conjoined twins


Heather Delaney (rear left) and Riley Delaney care for conjoined twin daughters Abby (left) and Erin, who were undergoing treatment to expand skin on their scalps April 17, 2017, before their separation surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia . Read More »

Britain's inflation rises to 2.9 pct in May


May's botched election gamble has left her so weakened that her Brexit strategy is the subject of public debate inside her party, with two former prime ministers calling on her to soften her European Union exit approach. After the sharp inflation hike in May, economists now believe the Consumer Prices Index ( CPI ) will rise above 3% over the summer. Prices are rising at their fastest pace in nearly four years. Read More »

Northam wins Democratic nomination for Va. governor


In November, Virginia will be one of only two states electing a governor, and the commonwealth's race has always been seen as the first indicator of the national mood after a presidential election the year before. "Now we're talking about a $15 minimum wage, consumer debt, environmental justice", Perriello said to his supporters at the State Theatre in Falls Church. Read More »

Congressmen say they spoke to suspect moments before he opened fire

DeSantis said that a suspicious individual walked up to him as he was leaving the practice early. Federal law enforcement sources have identified to CNN the suspected shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. The practice field is in the Del Ray neighborhood. "The U.S. Capitol Police deserve praise for their courage this morning". The shooting likely "would have been a massacre" had Scalise's security detail not been at the practice and able to return fire at the ... Read More »

South Korea names new minister to handle ties with North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jaein has been briefed on the latest launch, the military said, declining to give further details. On that chip were at least 10 pictures of the area where the United States deployed a controversial Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense ( THAAD ) missile defense system. Read More »

South Korea pitches World Cup with North Korea, Japan and China


A USA missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense , or THAAD , is seen at a golf course in Seongju, South Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in will make his first overseas trip on June 29-30 for summit talks with his USA counterpart Donald Trump , the presidential office said on Tuesday. Read More »

Rifle-wielding gunman shoots top Republican politician at baseball practice

After the gunfire stopped, Flake ran onto the field and began to apply pressure on Scalise's wound. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Hodgkinson had volunteered on his presidential campaign. Brooks said two law enforcement officers were believed to be among the others shot. Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said his colleague “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood.”. Read More »

Congressman Ron DeSantis on field when gunman opened fire

DeSantis said when he heard the name of the shooter reported, he did a Google image search and found Hodgkinson's Twitter account, then sent the image to Duncan. Scalise has a security detail. DeSantis wondered aloud whether Scalise, who was shot, might have been targeted on objective. The gunman, who hasn't been identified , is in police custody. Read More »

Court filing: Marsh seeks OK to sell 26 grocery stores


Kroger has not yet commented on what the bankruptcy will mean for plans for two new Zionsville stores, one at The Farm at 116th Street and Michigan Road, and one at County Road 300 North and Michigan Road. According to the Indiana Business Journal, Rhode Island-based CVS Health is objecting to the sales, based on its understanding of conditions negotiated when it bought Marsh's pharmacy accounts and inventory in April. Read More »

More charges filed in Flint water crisis

Lyon also is charged with misconduct in office for allegedly obstructing university researchers who are studying if the surge in cases was linked to the Flint River. Gov. Rick Snyder named Lyon director of DHHS in April 2015 when he created a new agency that merged the former departments of community health and human services. Read More »

Alleged Shooter Asked If Reps Or Dems Were Practicing On The Field


Marty LaVor called the shooting surreal, telling CNN that he has been watching and photographing those practice games for 30 years and never expected such a shooting. Because Scalise is a member of House leadership, a security detail accompanies him to practice. The gunman apparently began firing from behind the third base side of the field, injuring Scalise and others. Read More »

Cancer drug price increases within allowable limits, says Aspen


Tembinkosi Bonakele , head of the Competition Commission, said the agency would investigate Aspen Pharmacare, Africa's biggest generic drug maker, USA company Pfizer and Swiss-based Roche Holding. Bonakele said civil society organisations such as Advocates for Breast Cancer, the Cancer Alliance, Cancer Association of South Africa and Section27 also complained about excessive pricing, price discrimination and exclusionary conduct in the provision of breast cancer treatment in the country. Read More »

Self-tanning drug could fight skin cancer - and improve your beach experience


He thinks the first test would be to see if this combination approach can protect against skin cancer in fair-skinned people or those with high sensitivity to sunlight. Photograph shows the treatment of human breast skin explants with topical drug that induces pigmentation. When the researchers tested the small molecules on the skin sample, they found darkening that took place was proportional to the dose and the schedule at which the drug was applied. Read More »

Cosby trial: Defence rests after one witness

Jurors have asked four questions amid their deliberations. The lawyer grew especially excited when he displayed a statement from Constand that the night of the alleged assault, she called Cosby from the street to tell him she was at his home and ask to be let into the driveway. Read More »

Mosquito in Scranton tests positive for West Nile


Last year, 10 counties across the state reported finding WNV-positive mosquito pools; nine people and 10 infected horses were reported. That means it's time for Hamilton County Public Health to continue trapping mosquitos closer to home and ensure that our local insects, brought out by a wet spring and dry summer, aren't carrying the deadly pathogen. Read More »

Brokenshire not keen on Stormont mediator move amid DUP deal criticism


Talks to resume the powersharing executive in the North will get underway later. Shortly after his reappointment Mr Brokenshire wrote on Twitter that he felt "privileged" to be asked to remain in the role. "Their choice in the next three weeks will shape Northern Ireland's future". However, a major question mark now hangs over the talks as a result of developments at Westminster. Read More »

Why you should probably stop eating French fries


It was noted that 236 people died by the end of the study . A healthier alternative to fried potatoes is to eat home made oven roasted potatoes. Or do they also consume larger quantities of added sugar and cholesterol? It does not suggest that they can, by themselves, cause death. Americans consume, on average, 30 pounds of French fries per year. Read More »

Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Mueller Without Good Cause

The Department of Justice declined to comment for this story. But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he'd changed his mind. Sessions, a major Trump campaign supporter, disqualified himself on the advice of the department's ethics office after he had failed to disclose several meetings he had with top Russians during his confirmation hearings. Read More »

Trick Or Treat? Delicious Sounding Descriptions Can Make You Favour Vegetables


Not only that but people were more likely to actually eat their vegetables when they came with an indulgent label. The study was conducted over a six weeks period and was staged in a dining hall at the Stanford University. "And studies show that people tend to think of healthier options as less tasty for some reason", he added. People went for "twisted citrus-glazed carrots" and "sizzlin' beans" over those labeled as the "smart-choice" or "sugar-free". Read More »

An Aussie fond of cheeseheads: Jason Day all in on Wisconsin

Jason Day and Adam Scott will rightly command the bulk of the attention leading into the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin and that is as it should be. "It's overwhelming at times", he said of the reception, "the amount of people that are coming up to me and wishing me luck". "I think the biggest concern is with it laid over like it was, having lost balls or unplayable lies and that's just not the intent". Read More »

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testimony Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Sessions said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepared a memo on Comey's performance that "noted some serious problems" with his performance. But Comey left open the possibility that Sessions had violated his recusal. In addition, lawmakers wanted Rosenstein to spell out the scope of Sessions's other recusal, specifically with regard to the Russia investigation, which Sessions announced after reports emerged that he had not fully disclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador to the ... Read More »