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Arkansas carries out first of planned executions

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Bobby Ampezzan of Arkansas Public Media was at the correctional facility in Grady, Ark., as Ledell Lee was pronounced dead. He said when a sentence is handed down, the people of Arkansas expect it to be carried out. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker denied requests to stop the executions for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams, both of which are scheduled for Monday night. Read More »

McDonald's order led police to Facebook killer in the US

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As officers approached his vehicle, Stephens shot himself, Pennsylvania state police said on Tuesday on Twitter and at a news conference. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams has said Stephens apparently chose Godwin - a former manufacturing worker, self-taught mechanic, father of 10 and grandfather of 14 - at random. Read More »

GOP lawmakers told they're inching closer to ObamaCare repeal deal

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Trump's presidency is approaching the symbolic 100-day mark, but his GOP allies in Congress have been tempering expectations that the president would emerge as a big victor. Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, essentially said: Don't hold your breath, Mr. President. April 29 marks 100 days. "No particular rush, but we'll see what happens". Read More »

Aaron Hernandez Funeral Set for Monday

Newsweek has now reported at least one of the letters was addressed to Hernandez's gay prison boyfriend and that he lived a secret bisexual lifestyle. Baez said: " There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible ". Read More »

What are the True Costs of New York's 'Free' College Education?

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They are composed of both two-year degree schools and four-year universities. The only thing the government asks is that the students stay in NY for four years after they graduate. The program will be phased in over a three-year period beginning this fall. The new program will be phased in over three years and begin this fall for NY families making up to $100,000, before increasing to $110,000 in 2018 and reaching $125,000 in 2019. Read More »

Excelsior Scholarship: Public, Private Colleges Mixed on Free Tuition Program

It would first apply to families who earn $100,000 or less, then to those who earn $110,000 or less in 2018, and eventually reaching $125,000 or less in 2019. Most students commute, but if you're living away from home, the school tells students to expect to pay $10,386 for housing and $3,283 for food. NY will be the only state in the country to offer universal public college tuition coverage for working- and middle-class residents after the program was included in the recently approved ... Read More »

Gorsuch's ascension to high court vindicates McConnell plan

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Gorsuch took his judicial oath in a White House Rose Garden ceremony with Trump watching on, filling a vacancy that lingered for almost 14 months after the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. In Gorsuch, Trump picked a respected federal appeals court judge who is seen as a fervent disciple of Scalia and a brand of conservative jurisprudence that calls for the strict interpretation of the US Constitution as its writers intended. Read More »

American Airlines staff removed after he hits woman with stroller

In its statement , American Airlines said: "What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers". United Airlines prompted a firestorm of controversy earlier this month after videos showed a passenger dragged from his seat during an incident in which, according to his lawyer, he lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion. Read More »

Russian Federation warns USA against unilateral strike on North Korea

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US Vice-President Mike Pence, who has been visiting the region, warned the North not to test Washington and said the US "era of strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters he hopes 'there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria and that the USA will follow the line that President Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign'. Read More »

US tech industry hails Donald Trump's H1B visa reforms

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Trump signed the "Buy America, Hire America" order on Tuesday night during a visit to a tool factory in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, reported CNN. Labor Department. "Whether it's removing job-killing regulations, protecting our borders, or unleashing American energy, we are keeping our promises and delivering for the American Worker". Read More »

Sessions tags wrong city for immigrant crimes

In a statement and on Twitter, de Blasio challenged President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to come to the city "and look our officers in the eye and tell them they are soft on crime". "We did not become the safest city in America by being 'soft on crime, '" de Blasio said, standing with the city's police commissioner, James P. O'Neill, both stone-faced, in Police Headquarters. Read More »

Drenching rain heads toward N.J. after dry, pleasant Monday

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A slight chance of showers again on Friday, but our next chance for widespread rain returns late Saturday into Sunday . We're already watching the potential of some storms to be strong to severe. That front won't have much of an effect on temperatures for Saturday , with highs in the upper 70s to around 80 degrees. I'm thinking Sunday will be the warmest day of the week, with lower to mid 80s statewide. Read More »

Federal complaint on Tad Cummins' alleged sex crimes — GRAPHIC

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Elizabeth Thomas' brother James Thomas said he believed she was taken against her will . "She is being evaluated and treated by mental health experts specializing in trauma. After Thomas' father filed a missing-child report and told investigators he feared his daughter was with Cummins, detectives subpoenaed Cummins' financial records and learned that Cummins had taken out a $4,500 loan against his auto. Read More »

U.S. state carries out first execution in 12 years

The legal wrangling over how the state of Arkansas carries out the death penalty and individual appeals for the others will, of course, continue as people here and around the world contemplate this state's first execution in nearly a dozen years. Read More »

UC Berkeley responds to Ann Coulter speech lawsuit ultimatum

But Coulter was not having it. Further, the attorney's letter argues "The illegitimate time, place and manner restrictions imposed by the University will prejudicially limit, if not eviscerate, student access to the event, defeating its very objective, and depriving Berkeley students of a much-needed counterweight to the favored voices such as [Mexican President Vincente Fox], or [former Clinton administration member Maria Echaveste], that UC Berkeley warmly welcomes". Read More »

Rain washes out NASCAR race at Bristol until Monday

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The race was pushed until Monday at 1 p.m. On Saturday, the Xfinity Series race had a lengthy stoppage for rain. Point leader Kyle Larson will start from pole with Chase Elliott second and Truex Jr. "I'm sure we will all pit probably because it has shown a lot of tire wear on the left side, so I'm sure everybody will pit", Larson said. Kurt Busch (Stewart-Haas Racing No. Read More »

Most Americans think marijuana should be legal, oppose federal crackdowns on sales

While in the past, this holiday was an underground celebration of an illegal substance, today it is the feature of many companies and brands as they attempt to capitalize on the growing popularity of the herb and its culture. Dannel P. Malloy, who helped launch the state's medical marijuana program, has said he is not in favor of full legalization. British Columbians were also most likely to back legalization, with 75 per cent support, while support was weakest in Quebec where only 51 per ... Read More »

Gorsuch Joins the Supreme Court With Nod to Scalia

Gorsuch, who restores the court's conservative majority, was sworn in during the ceremony by Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he once served as a law clerk. For one thing, Gorsuch will have more experience on dealing with Indian issues than any other justice. The first was conducted privately by Chief Justice John Roberts. Read More »

First Woman to Finish Boston Marathon Does It Again, 50 Years Later

Tews said when she ran her first Boston Marathon 25 years ago, only about 1,500 women entered, and they were given a pink bib and sent to a separate starting corral. "At about a mile and a half into the race, the press truck went by us, and they saw that I was a woman in the race wearing numbers and they began taking pictures". Read More »

Mexico will 'eventually' pay for border wall

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Although Trump has said the 100-day marker for his presidency is "artificial", his aides are touting the progress on the litany of agenda items Trump promised to fulfill. "So the president won't sign the bill if it doesn't include funding for the wall?" Mulvaney said: "I don't think anybody is trying to get to a shutdown". Read More »

Donald Trump to Hold Rally Same Night as White House Correspondents Dinner

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President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally in Pennsylvania next Saturday rather than attend the annual dinner of White House correspondents. A current government spending bill expires after Friday; lawmakers and the White House have yet to agree on a measure that would continue to fund agencies through the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Read More »

Trump won't say if he'll sign funding bill without border wall money

Despite Trump's dismissal that the 100-day marker is "artificial", the White House is planning a packed week of activities leading up to Saturday. "This was a promise made by the president during his campaign". Mulvaney said talks between Republicans and Democrats could produce an agreement as early as Sunday. Democrats say such funding amounts to a "poison pill" that could derail a bill to keep the government open for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends September 30. Read More »

Trump's fresh attack on Canada's dairy farmers reopens old trade fight

On Twitter, dairy lobby groups in Canada were quick to point out imports of dairy goods far outweighed exports, and much of the inbound trade came from U.S. The efficiencies of the supply chain between Canada, United States and North America make us great competitors with the rest of the world. In the US there's no limit to how much milk is produced. Read More »

Arkansas inmate has last meal as courts decide fate

Lawyers for the state of Arkansas faced fights on multiple legal fronts Monday to begin a series of double executions before a key sedative used in lethal injections expires at the end of the month. In the early hours of April 18, the US Supreme Court denied Arkansas' application to vacate the stay on Davis' execution. Capital punishment in several states has been stymied by problems with procuring lethal-injection drugs due to sales bans by global drug firms and legal questions over ... Read More »

Sessions: We'll fund the wall 'one way or the other'

But we can not shut down the government right now. Neither the speaker nor several top lieutenants, who also spoke during the call, brought up the possible need for a shorter, stop-gap version of a spending bill to allow more time for negotiating, said the members, who spoke on the condition they not be identified so they could speak freely. Read More »

NASCAR race at Bristol postponed for Monday

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NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway track officials are monitoring the weather forecast ahead of today's race. This is the second consecutive Cup race at Bristol to be postponed. "Because (track officials were) talking about laying down more VHT and they can't do it while it's wet", this year's Daytona 500 victor said. If only one lane works, it could turn into a throwback Bristol race in which bumping is the only way to pass a auto. Read More »

How Gorsuch's confirmation could impact the Supreme Court

Adding to the intrigue is the long delay between when the Supreme Court agreed to hear Trinity Lutheran's appeal, a month before Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, and the argument. Gorsuch showcased his brand of textualism from the first question he asked. Despite the fact that Justice Gorsuch sat on the 10 Circuit, it's important to run these searches in the "all federal" because, under 28 USCA § 291 , et seq., a circuit judge may be appointed to sit on other circuits, and, ... Read More »

Iran FM mocks USA claims it is violating nuclear deal

TRADE WITH JAPAN Japan has less room to compromise with the United States under a bilateral trade deal than under a multilateral agreement like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, its deputy prime minister says, taking a swipe at US attempts to pressure Tokyo into opening heavily protected markets like agriculture. Read More »

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez acquitted

The jury did find Mr Hernandez guilty of possessing a firearm illegally and for that he will serve four to five years in prison . Hernandez will still be behind bars for the rest of his life after the murder of Odin Lloyd, but both he and his family seemed relieved over the acquittal in this case. Read More »

CBS Poll Reveals Support For Pot Reaches New High

And a small majority think it will fail to cut organized crime out of the marijuana industry. "I think it's a more risky drug than a lot of people realize". Most of the public also believes that marijuana is not physically or mentally harmful, and believe it's safer than alcohol, according to the poll. About two-thirds, of 65 percent, of respondents further said they believe marijuana is less unsafe than most other drugs and 53 percent said they believe alcohol is more harmful to a person's ... Read More »

Sanders, Perez clash on opening leg of 'unity' tour

The encounter came as part of Sanders' tour of Republican states - along with new Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez - in a bid to re-energize the party. they're united against Trump. "And that includes the handsome state of Utah", said Sanders. Kentucky's US senators - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Read More »

White House demands wall funding as crucial budget vote nears

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Republicans and Democrats have until Friday to agree on a funding package to keep the federal government open until September 30, when the 2017 federal fiscal year ends. Trump also attacked Democrats in Congress who did not want to allocate U.S. funding towards constructing the wall. "What you're going to see on Wednesday is for the first time is, here's what our principles are, here are some of the ideas that we like, some of the ideas we don't like, and we can talk about that more if you ... Read More »

Korea dismisses Trump's reported remark that it was part of China

Trump's company has 16 registered trademarks in China and more than 30 pending applications, according to China's Trademark Office database, The Associated Press reported . " It Is Very Clear That The Presidency Is A Wonderful Business Opportunity For The Trump Family ." . Gorelick said her client would recuse herself from certain policy matters, like trade agreements, that are specific enough to affect her line of clothing and accessories. Read More »

Syria 'chemical' attack: what we know

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Despite the dreary outlook, Trump said that he heard that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a positive meeting with Russian officials. Russian Federation says it is open to dialogue with the United States despite existing tense relations between the two countries. Read More »