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Supreme Court takes on new clash of gay rights, religion


In taking the case, the Supreme Court will also have to weigh the First Amendment claims of Phillips, who argues that he is not a baker but an artist, who should have have to express himself against his will. The Huguenins' petition to the Supreme Court was based on their freedom of speech and expression, which they interpreted as the right to decide what messages their photography conveys. Read More »

More people were forcibly displaced in 2016 than ever before


The UNHCR's new Global Trends report on displacement said at the end of last year 300,000 more people than the preceding year had been displaced. Syrian civil war that is in sixth year with no signs of cessation of hostilities continues to force people out of their homes and country with 12 million Syrian refugees scattered across countries and continents. Read More »

In health bill, two prized GOP goals are within reach

File image of USA president Donald Trump . 'Well he used my term, mean, ' Trump said , before describing what he wants to see from the policy created to take the place of the Affordable Care Act. In the narrowly divided Senate, defections from just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation. President Donald Trump and White House officials made the Sunday talk show rounds looking to build support for the Senate Republican health care bill that has faced criticism ... Read More »

Team USA get swagger back in America's Cup


You see the team's pumped up now. "I had my head up for that manoeuvre, we were coming down on them pretty hard and really quickly". "A lot has been said about what happened four years ago but I love the pressure". "I looked up once and we were right on the stern of Oracle then I had another look and we were right beside them". Team NZ has won five races but began with a negative point because Team US won the qualifiers. Read More »

North Korea accuses United States of America of 'smear campaign' over death of Otto Warmbier

A spokesman in Pyongyang was quoted by Reuters as saying Mr Warmbier's death was "a mystery ". Warmbier died Monday after being released last week from North Korea, where he had been held for about 17 months. It demanded that South Korea return 12 restaurant workers who defected to the South previous year. Ria Westergaard Pedersen, 33, who was with Warmbier in North Korea, told the Danish broadcaster TV2 this week that he had been nervous when taking pictures of soldiers, and said she ... Read More »

153 killed in Pakistan tanker fire


Around 40 injured were admitted to the Bahawal Victoria Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital Sharqia in critical condition. Punjab government spokesman Salman Sufi told CNN another 130 people were injured in the incident and a state of emergency has been declared in the area. Read More »

Doctor charged in 5 opioid deaths


According to the Medical Examiner's office, all five deaths were the result of "multi-drug toxicity". The five charges are related to the deaths of five women, ranging from 21-years-old to 55-years-old, each prescribed hundreds of pills. And prescription opioids are a primary driver, and prosecutors increasingly have gone to the source to stop abuse. A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing painkillers that killed three patients was sentenced last year to ... Read More »

'Most expensive' Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch expected in September


On the imaging department, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will also come with a 12 MP camera on the back and an 8 MP selfie snapper on the front. The other big piece of news in Blass's article is the launch date of the second half of September for the Galaxy Note 8, which is against a previous report that Samsung is planning to announce the Galaxy Note 8 on August 26. Read More »

Demands to Qatar: Close Al Jazeera, reduce Iran ties


The list of demands also calls for Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera news operation and its affiliate networks and to stop funding entities designated as terrorist groups by the USA government. Qatar must also stop the practice of granting citizenship to individuals wanted by other Arab nations. The base is a guarantor of the security of Qatar and the Gulf, and demands for its closure showed interference in our ties with Doha, he added. Read More »

Israeli settlement building soars, official data shows


Israel began building a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank north of Ramallah to house several hundred residents who were forced to leave the nearby outpost of Amona after it was found to have been built on Palestinian land. More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem - land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Read More »

LSU beats top seed Oregon State to reach CWS final


But Faedo just pitched on Saturday, which means he's out for Tuesday. "Don't get me wrong they have a great team, but that one guy on the mound can just change everything in this sport". For the season, he's 9-2 with a 2.26 ERA and a program-record and NCAA-leading 157 strikeouts. Jake Thompson was inefficient in the entire CWS, and Bryce Fehmel wasn't ready to go the second time around. Read More »

UAE sees 'parting of ways' if Qatar does not accept Arab demands


Earlier on Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Qatar's stand on the list of demands , saying that the Saudi-Emirati-led ultimatum is "against global law". "The four states can afford to wait, but Qatar cannot", said Fawaz Gerges, a Middle East expert at the London School of Economics. Qatar denies the allegation that it supports terrorism and countered that Saudi Arabia is seeking to dominate smaller states within the region. Read More »

Mostly sunny, pleasant Sunday; breezy and cooler Monday


Temperatures will also slowly rebound back up to seasonal standards as we go into a new week. High temperatures coupled with high humidity is leading to heat index (what the temperature feels like) values in the low to middle 90s. A little deeper moisture will move in, so expect a little greater coverage of showers and storms for the afternoon and evening along the sea breeze. A north wind will continue, keeping the humidity low. Read More »

West Nile Virus found in Beaufort County


SC health officials say samples from mosquitoes trapped in Beaufort County have tested positive for the West Nile virus . On Tuesday, a mosquito trap in the Jewel Wetlands area, north of Payette, tested positive for the West Nile virus. Officials no people in Oklahoma have contracted West Nile Virus as of yet in 2017. In rare but severe cases, symptoms can include high fever, neck pain, severe headache, a rash on the torso and disorientation, which may be signs of encephalitis (inflammation ... Read More »

England bowl against South Africa in 2nd T20

Roy was the key wicket that the Proteas wanted and they got it in weird circumstances when he was given out for obstructing the field on 67 which really angered the England fans and players. England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was not playing in the game, took to Twitter to say: "Can't believe that @JasonRoy20 was given out in that manner today.embarrassment is the only word that can be associated with the decision". Read More »

Generation game as Federer faces Zverev for Halle title


Federer, who lost to German veteran Tommy Haas in Stuttgart, has not dropped a set in three matches this week while improving his record in Halle to 57-6. Roger Federer defeated defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his 13th semifinal at the Gerry Weber Open on Friday. He will next face Karen Khachanov , who defeated Andrey Rublev 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3. Read More »

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul

The clashes resulted in the killing of two Iraqi soldiers and all the attackers, who were either shot dead or killed after detonating their explosive belts, the source said. A USA -led worldwide coalition is providing air and ground support in the 8-month-old offensive to drive the militants from their de facto capital in Iraq . Read More »

Gochenour Advances to Pan Am Junior Championships

He broke his previous PR of 44.73 run in the prelims at the NCAA Championships two weeks ago. The competition is how Team USA will be selected for this year's World Championships which are in London this August. He earned second-team All-America honors after placing 13th in the semifinals of the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.47. Kerron Clement won the heat with the fastest time of the day at 48.61. Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan backs Qatar, says calls to shut base 'disrespectful'


Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dubbed the demands made by Saudi Arabia and three other nations to Doha to end a blockade as "an attack to Qatar's sovereignty right". The demands stipulate that Qatar must close its major television network, Al-Jazeera; reduce cooperation with Saudi Arabia's archrival, Iran; cut off contacts with Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood; and force Turkey's military out of the country. Read More »

Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right


Some members of the religious right said the order therefore didn't go far enough , although it did provide a broad directive to the USA attorney general to interpret antidiscrimination law, something that could bode ill for LGBT rights. Pence also spoke about another reversal of Obama era policy when it comes to US relations with Cuba. Pence spoke at length about religious freedom and defending the unborn, while telling the group that Trump has "kept his promise" to evangelicals on ... Read More »

US Fed interest rate hikes keep coming

This is the third such hike since December but now that above figure grows to $75 a year for every $1000 you don't pay off - and we're only six months into the year. "The Committee now expects to begin implementing a balance sheet normalization program this year, provided that the economy evolves broadly as anticipated". Read More »

UAE says US, European guarantees needed to solve Gulf crisis

He said Turkey would continue to support Qatar against the many sanctions it has faced since several Arab countries moved earlier this month to isolate the country for its alleged support of terrorism. "If the Qatari government hears wisdom and the voice of reason and begins to implement agreements between the two sides, we want safeguards and a monitoring system for these agreements", he said. Read More »

British PM welcomes Saudi crown prince appointment


Capping a meteoric rise for the 31-year-old that puts him just one step away from the throne, Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday named his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince . He had established a high-trust relationship with US officials well before the September 11 attacks and was regarded as the most pro-American figure of the Saudi leadership. Read More »

Veterans Receive Free Dental Work for Annual Day of Service


You may remember we first told you about the Pascagoula Dental Clinic last month as they prepared for their grand opening on June 1st. Aspen Dental employees in the Heartland were part of the Aspen Dental's Healthy Mouth Movement which includes locations in Marion, IL and Paducah, KY. Read More »

Trump wishes Muslims 'warm greetings' for Eid

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also congratulated Russian Muslims on the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Many Muslims also recite the takbir (declaration of faith) on the way to the prayer ground and take part in Zakat al-Fitr (charitable contributions). Read More »

May tough on terror in France visit

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that while the "door is still open" for the remain in the European Union, it would be "much harder" to reverse the Brexit process once it has started. The UK and France are to explore the possibility of creating a new legal liability for technologies who fail to remove content promptly, which could include penalties such as fines, the government said. Read More »

USA approves sale of drones to India


The 5-hour bilateral meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, where President Trump will host PM Modi at the White House . The working dinner that Trump is hosting for PM Modi is the first of its kind under the administration. "We must make a clean break with Pakistan, but at the very least, we should stop providing them the eligibility to obtain our own sophisticated weaponry in an expedited process granting them a privileged status reserved for our closest allies", Ted Poe, one of ... Read More »

Congressman Ryan says party's message is why Democrats losing elections

As usual, the Dems put up a stiff for its candidate, one Jon Ossoff , who didn't even live in the district. In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday, Rep. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada. Both Reps. Kathleen Rice , R-N.Y. The recent victories of the Republicans in two special congressional elections held this week should give the Democrats a heads-up of what could possibly take place in the 2020 ... Read More »

Charlie Sheen gets sued by another ex for exposure to HIV


When the actor told the unidentified woman about his health, he allegedly told her to take two pills to avoid getting ill. According to the court documents, the woman (who identifies herself as "Jane Doe") met Sheen in September 2015, and claims that before engaging in sexual activity with the " Anger Management " star asked point-blank if he had any sexually transmitted diseases. Read More »

Here Is Every Republican Senator Who Opposes the Health Care Bill

He said it only benefits millionaires. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSunday shows preview: Senate healthcare debate heats up GOP Medicaid cuts will be disastrous for millions with Alzheimer's Rocky rollout for Senate healthcare bill MORE (R-Maine), one of the chamber's most moderate Republicans, has voiced misgivings about the bill, but hasn't ruled out a vote in favor of it. Read More »

Trump signals willing to work with Republicans on healthcare bill

Sen. Chuck Schumer, deeming his fight a matter of "life and death", vowed Friday "to use every single ounce of energy that I have" to defeat the Republican health care bill to repeal Obamacare . The bill would replace its individual insurance coverage with new subsidies and requirements and cut federal funding for Medicaid . Heller, who faces re-election in 2018 in the Democratic-leaning state, said on Friday: "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens ... Read More »

Bomber Planning Mecca Blast Blows Himself Up


Four people were killed past year days before the end of Ramadan in an explosion close to Islam's second holiest site, the Prophet's Mosque, in the city of Medina. He has also offered aggressive comments about the kingdom confronting Iran . It reiterated its firm position in rejecting terrorism, and stressed the need for closer global cooperation to eliminate the phenomenon that threatens all nations and peoples without discrimination. Read More »

Colorado to take $15 billion hit under Senate health care bill

Former President Barack Obama criticized a Republican Senate bill proposed Thursday that would repeal and replace parts of his signature Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare , calling the measure bad for Americans and saying that it has "fundamental meanness" at its core. Read More »

Amazon deal to buy Whole Foods could shake up Canadian grocery industry


Bezos says the company has been doing a good job and "we want that to continue", which means that there will be no immediate change in Whole Foods' day-to-day operations once this deal is closed. Instacart , valued at more than $3 billion, delivers groceries to customer doors in around 65 US markets; it sources its groceries off the shelves of 160 partner grocers. Read More »