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After Otto Warmbier's Release, Will US Ban Travel To North Korea?

Particularly, he mentioned Joseph Yun, the State Department's special representative for North Korea policy, as well as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump. "We're going to leave that to the doctors (to explain) today", he said. Warmbier was jailed more than a year ago for reportedly stealing a propaganda poster. Read More »

Fire crews battle blaze in northern New Mexico

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In response to the fire, Martinez activated the state's emergency operations center. If the fire surpasses Los Griegos Mountain, she said, it will hit burn scars from the Thompson Ridge Fire in 2013 and the Las Conchas Fire, which are expected to slow it down before it becomes a threat to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory , where vast quantities of radioactive waste are buried and stored at sites both below and above ground. Read More »

Trump Seeks Limited Changes to Obama Cuba Policy

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Getting to stroll through the colorful streets of Havana may soon be much harder for Americans. They believe that the more contact Cubans and Americans have and the more opportunities Cubans have to form entrepreneurial ventures - helped by Americans - the more pressure there will be for the political system to change on the island. Read More »

Russian sanctions bill faces uncertain path in House

The official said the administration is committed to keeping current sanctions in place until Moscow honors commitments it made over Ukraine and that the existing framework for sanctions is the best way to pressure Russian Federation. The sanctions target the Russian energy industry in particular. On the Iran sanctions, despite some opposition from a few officials in the Obama Administration, the plan focuses extra sanctions on Iranian support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and ... Read More »

Voters to decide fate of Texas school transportation agency

Abbott might not be done signing anti-LGBT legislation anytime soon. "There are very specific problems" with homosexual parenting because the adult homosexuals "are hooked into the [LGBT] community with all its problems". National child welfare organizations such as the Child Welfare League of America, the Donaldson Adoption Institute, North American Council on Adoptable Children and Voice for Adoption have condemned this bill in a letter to lawmakers . Read More »

Oregon becomes 1st state to offer third gender option IDs

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OR has been very progressive with LGBT rights, having been the first to elect an openly LGBTQ governor named Kate Brown . The Oregonian reports those who want the new license will have to pay a replacement or renewal fee. Australia and New Zealand have already have the option to choose "X" on their passports, and passport applicants in India can pick Male, Female or Eunuch. Read More »

HUD Pulls Back From Reports of Appointing Trump Loyalist to Housing Post

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U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) called the appointment a "slap in the face to New Yorkers, NYCHA residents and all Americans who rely on well-administered HUD programs to have livable housing and safe communities". She also lists Yale University on her profile, but HUD officials could not say why that was listed. De Blasio responded with a plea of helplessness and resignation. Read More »

Penn State to debut retro uniforms Sept. 30 against Indiana

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The numbers on the jerseys will be the same font that was on Penn State uniforms in the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike other schools, Penn State has left the uniforms to a clean, basic look that has endeared itself to fans and players alike. While they appear to be nearly exactly the same as their current digs, they do have two distinct differences: block numbers and helmet numbers. Perhaps that's why I was somewhat surprised to find out that Penn State was going to break out some "retro" ... Read More »

Donald Trump's Russia troubles just got much more serious

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Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, says such a move would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes. Read More »

Rosenstein: I Wouldn't Fire Mueller From Russia Probe Without 'Good Cause'

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue. Mueller is the special counsel within the FBI who's been brought in to head the investigation into Trump and the Russian connection. Firing Mueller would be a politically explosive move that would raise new questions about Trump , whose dismissal of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director generated accusations of obstruction of justice and led to Mueller's appointment. Read More »

US Senate's Iran sanctions are breach of nuclear deal: senior Iranian official

The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill on Thursday that would step up sanctions against Iran and Russian Federation. The House of Representatives has not yet considered this legislation or drafted a similar bill. The accord, signed between Iran and the so-called P5+1 countries (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the USA, plus Germany) and the European Union, was touted as one of the main foreign policy achievements of the Obama administration. Read More »

Five killed in Florida workplace shooting

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Authorities confer, Monday, June 5, 2017 , near Orlando, Fla . This March 19, 2010 booking photo shows John Robert Neuman under arrest for possession of marijuana. Fiamma asked the public to keep all the victims in their thoughts and prayers. The company is calling the shootings "an unspeakable attack on our loved ones and employees". Read More »

White House: Donald Trump won't sack special counsel investigating Russian 'meddling'

Then, crucially, he says that according to the special counsel regulations, Mueller "may be fired only for good cause", and that he is "required to put that cause in writing". "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy said in an interview with Judy Woodruff of " PBS NewsHour ". The White House denied that Trump ever discussed the matter with Ruddy. Read More »

Trump slams reports about obstruction of justice investigation: "Phony story"

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When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Mueller as special counsel - Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from investigations related to the election - the appointment order said that Mueller was authorized to investigate Russian interference as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". Read More »

Stephen Colbert predicts Trump impeachment at the Tony Awards

The people of Newfoundland were celebrated in speech and song at the Tony Awards on Sunday night but the heartwarming Canadian musical " Come From Away " fell short in its historic bid to capture Broadway's biggest musical prize. "To the ladies and gentlemen of the Oslo Accords who believed in democracy, who believed in seeing peace, seeing their enemies as humans, I give this up to them", said the playwright, J.T. Read More »

US Investigating Whether Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia Probe

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Sources told the Post that Robert Mueller , the special counsel appointed to oversee the Russian Federation probe, has broadened the scope of the investigation to include how Trump handled the firing of FBI Director James Comey . Officials say that changed shortly after Comey's firing. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the investigators were looking into possible obstruction of justice. Read More »

Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup parade

The guy had averaged 1.32 points per game during the regular season throughout his career, winning two Stanley Cups , two Hart Trophies as regular season MVP, and one Conn Smythe trophy as postseason MVP. It's no wonder the Penguins executives continue to call him the best teammate in hockey. Diver, whiner and arrogant often used to describe Crosby. Read More »

Three lawmakers question Kushner Companies on concerns over White House tie

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On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the issue, saying that USA officials have "lost their mind", as it is an ambassador's job to meet with people. Kushner's volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings, and he will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry". Read More »

Cosby trial jury begins first full day of deliberations today

In his six-minute appearance Monday, Shaffer said that Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems more than a decade ago. As he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection". Comedian Bill Cosby (R) departs the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 12, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Read More »

Nebraska preliminary May jobless rate drops to 2.9 percent

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Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to hit 2.9 percent in May, the Nebraska Labor Department said Friday. Due to rounding, the unemployment rate was unchanged from April at 2.3 percent, the released stated. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was up slightly from April, marking the second monthly increase following four consecutive declines. Private industries with the most growth on year were professional and business services, up 3,217; trade, transportation and ... Read More »

Unnamed Sources: Trump Now Being Investigated for Obstruction

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If - you might remember after Comey's testimony , the President said that he felt vindicated by Comey's statements. Specifically, they write, "five people briefed" say that Mueller's team will soon interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, along with Rogers's former deputy, who recently left the government. Read More »

Senate overwhelmingly approves new Russia, Iran sanctions

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Asked whether the White House was on board with the measure, Sen. Previously, U.S. energy sanctions had only targeted Russia's future high-tech energy projects, such as drilling for oil in the Arctic, fracking and offshore drilling. Senators in both parties have cast a wary eye toward Trump and Russian Federation, and the Senate bill was widely seen as an effort to put a check on the White House in case it decides to soften sanctions on Moscow . Read More »

Puerto Rico Votes in Plebiscite on '500 Years of Colonial Status'

About 1.5 percent of voters were in favor of independence or free association with the United States and 1.3 percent voted for the current territorial status. Many Puerto Ricans appeared to have boycotted the vote, believing the wording was rigged to favor one outcome. The non-binding plebiscite is not expected to sway the U.S. Read More »

Congressman Scalise Remains In Critical Condition After Alexandria Shooting

At least six people including Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, were hospitalized. During the game, a Washington hospital announced that Scalise remained in critical condition . Trump, after visiting the Louisiana Republican at the hospital, on Wednesday said Scalise was "in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter". Despite the shooting , the congressional baseball game went forward Thursday evening at Nationals Park in ... Read More »

Wife of James Hodgkinson: 'I was shocked'

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She said her estranged husband had sold nearly everything from his business before leaving. Back in March, police reportedly asked Hodgkinson to stop shooting rounds into the woods near his home following complaints from neighbors. It was parked across from the scene of the shooting. James left Belleville in March to travel to Alexandria. The gun Hodgkinson was firing in Belleville that day did not appear to be one he used in Alexandria. Read More »

Brownback signs school funding bill into law

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Brownback mediated unsuccessful negotiations between the National Rifle Association and the University of Kansas Medical Center, as well as the Kansas Hospital Association, before lawmakers passed the hospital bill. Meanwhile, Brownback vetoed House Bill 2313, which would have allowed the Kansas Lottery to install about 300 lottery ticket vending machines in retail locations and launched a similar automated program to sell bingo tickets on behalf of nonprofits. Read More »

Trump Responds To Comey Testimony, Calls Former FBI Director 'A Leaker'

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And there would be nothing wrong if I did say that according to everybody that I've read today. Mr Comey told Congress under oath he believed he was sacked to influence his investigation into the Trump campaign. broadcaster MSNBC, adding that special counsel Robert Mueller "should look into this". The stunning comments come after an early morning series of tweets from the president where he claimed "vindication" after Comey testified in front of the Senate one day earlier. Read More »

Funeral set for prison guard killed in escape

Authorities believe they tied up a couple in Shelbyville earlier in the day and stole a Jeep and guns. Sheriff Sills says the two approached a man's home. The prisoners breached a protective gate on the bus to reach the officers at the front of the bus, before disarming and killing them both, the sheriff's office said. Read More »

Russian probe looks into Jared Kushner's businesses

Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Kushner , told The Post in an email that "we do not know what this report refers to". Russian Federation investigation special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating Kushner's finances. The Washington Post reported that Kushner's business dealings have cast suspicions around the political newcomer who has become an integral part of Trump's administration. Read More »

Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

Prior to implementation of DAPA , twenty-six states challenged the policies established in the DAPA memorandum in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Obama's attempt to expand it to also cover the parents of the Dreamers. As of March 31, about 787,000 young immigrants have been approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to government data. Read More »

Nurse stabbed by ER patient at Massachusetts hospital

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While the extent of her injuries has not been revealed, initial reports have indicated that her condition remains critical. The Worcester County District Attorney's Office told WCVB authorities arrested Conor Oregan, 24, for the stabbing. Read More »

They're Going After Me for Obstruction of Justice on 'Phony Story'

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Mueller's investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates", a source told the Times . "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice". The White House has denied any collusion , and President Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. Read More »