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Australia suspends air strikes in Syria

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The two countries support opposing sides in Syria's civil war. Updated at 8:51 a.m. Australia says it is temporarily suspending its military air operations over Syria , after a warning from Russian Federation that it would treat aircraft from the US -led coalition as potential targets , BBC News reports. Read More »

Congressman Scalise upgraded to serious condition, speaks with family

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Hodgkinson, from IL, who had lashed out against U.S. president Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media, was killed by Mr Scalise's security detail and other police officers. It's still unclear if the names on the list - which includes Republican Reps. Also hurt but released from hospitals were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. Read More »

Rob Gronkowski and friends run up $100K tab at party

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Somewhere along the way, Gronk managed to run up a six-figure tab at the bar. He and his group reportedly ordered a staggering 160 bottles of champagne on their way to a $102,407 bar tab this past weekend. Perhaps no player in the league goes out of his way to be seen quite like Gronk. The NFLPA says, "That's his brand". If past performance is any indication, Gronkowski is still in prime football shape and will be ready come Patriots training camp. Read More »

Recording: Police shout 'get back' before shooting

Recently released audio of the incident indicates that Ms Lyles was reporting a stolen Xbox video game unit. Police say she then brandished a knife, prompting the fatal gunfire from officers. Police said several children were in Lyles' apartment when she was shot. "I could have taken her down". The Washington Post reports that an investigation into the officers' decision to use deadly force is underway, and both officers will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation. Read More »

Crash, dust closes section of I-10 in Arizona, New Mexico

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Officials said the chain-reaction crash is attributed to a dust storm which had high winds causing limited visibility from blowing dust. The New Mexico State Police Department said 25 vehicles - including 18 commercial motor vehicles and seven passengers vehicles - were involved in the crash, resulting in multiple fatalities, and injuries, ABC affiliate KVIA reported. Read More »

US Lawmaker Steve Scalise Showing Improvement After Baseball Field Shooting

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On Friday, a senior doctor at the hospital said Scalise, 51, had been at the brink of death because of extensive blood loss when he arrived at the hospital by helicopter. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers". Hodgkinson contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday. Read More »

ADL urges hate crime probe in slaying of US Muslim teen

Darwin Martinez Torres was in his auto when he got into a dispute with the girl and a group of her friends around 3 a.m. Sunday in Sterling, Virginia , about 30 miles outside Washington , D.C. For what? She didn't do anything to anybody. Two boys in their group who spoke with The Associated Press after paying condolences to the family Monday said they didn't witness anything to make them think it was a hate crime . Read More »

In a first, Ford to import Focus small car from China

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DETROIT (AP ) — Ford Motor Co . will export vehicles from China to the USA for the first time starting in 2019. The news comes despite the Chinese government's new restrictions announced last week that severely limit new players from entering its automotive market, while strictly controlling expansion by both domestic manufacturers and foreign joint ventures. Read More »

U.S. lawmaker shot by anti-Trump gunman showing improvement

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Rep. Steve Scalise remains in critical condition at a Washington , DC-area hospital following a shooting on Wednesday. Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation. Read More »

Woman stabs daughter to death, texts boyfriend she's in heaven

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Instead she will be locked away after being charged in her daughter's murder. Lewis has been charged with capital murder for a child under 10 years old. Family members called the Harris County Sheriff's Office to report the text messages. Of note, the Houston Chronicle notes Laquita Lewis less than a year ago 'waving a knife' at her 16-year-old son and threatening to murder the boy. Read More »

Foo Fighters announce new album Concrete and Gold

Concrete and Gold marks the band's full-length follow-up to 2014's Sonic Highways , though they also released the Saint Cecilia EP in 2015. He recruited Kurstin because he had never made a heavy rock record before and because the Foo Fighters had never worked with a pop producer. Read More »

Allegiant Air to begin service at Norfolk International Airport

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Flights to Los Angeles International Airport begin November 16 with fares as low as $69. "These services, along with the expansion of Allegiant's new flights, are essential to realizing further growth and becoming more competitive". Both offers are available for flights scheduled through February 13. Allegiant previously offered nonstop flights between Gulfport and Orlando beginning in 2007 and left after about a year and half, which airport officials at the time blamed on high fuel costs. Read More »

NPS warns visitors not to hike into Grand Canyon because of heat

The peak may be coming Tuesday as Phoenix is expected to hit a high of 119 degrees Fahrenheit and Death Valley, California , could live up to its name, as the National Weather Service forecasts a high of 127 degrees. American Airlines announced earlier today that it was cancelling 20 regional flights in and out of Phoenix due to the weather. The idea is to help the people who are homeless and basically trapped outside because heat exhaustion and heat stroke is more than uncomfortable. Read More »

US Senate Passes Sanctions Against Iran And Russia

The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly - 97 to 2 - to add the Russian Federation measure to a bill sanctioning Iran for its work to develop ballistic missile technology, in a bipartisan rebuke to Trump's suggestions about improving relations with Russian Federation. Read More »

Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map

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Whitford , SCOTUSblog reports . In the past, cases that seek to end partisan gerrymandering have failed , because the justices were unable to concur on what the standard for constitutional districting was. Instead, legislative leaders openly boasted they would gerrymander purely along partisan lines to unfairly give Republicans maximum advantage, as Lewis is shown doing in the video below. Read More »

Severe weather expected to affect 60 million Americans Monday

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All of the storms will produce heavy rain and frequent lightning. Central Maryland is under a Flash Flood Watch through 8 p.m. but so far, no warnings have been issued. Large hail, about 1 inch in diameter or bigger, is also possible. Clouds may hold on a lot longer near New London County, reducing the likelihood of strong storms. Read More »

Justices take on fight over partisan electoral maps

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Longtime Democratic Party activist Bill Whitford brought the case Gill v. Whitford , which challenges Wisconsin's 2011 State Assembly map as unconstitutional. Last year, a citizen-led group in IL collected over half a million signatures to get a question on the general election ballot to change the state constitution, allowing for an independent commission to oversee the map-making process. Read More »

Pregnant woman killed by police after reporting burglary; family demands answers

What the recording does not show, according to official police accounts, is that the woman brandished a knife at the two officers before they responded with lethal force. Lyles was several months pregnant and had been battling "mental health problems" for at least the past year, according to the Seattle Times . They believe that her race was a factor. Read More »

He speaks! Top White House aide Kushner gives rare remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jared Kushner spoke in public on Monday. In a White House full of loud voices, the powerful senior adviser tends to keep his mouth shut. We are here to improve the day to day lives of the average citizen. Recent reports have said Kushner is considering shaking up his legal team and stacking it with experienced criminal attorneys as multiple investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation have widened in scope. Read More »

Supreme Court to hear partisan gerrymandering case

If the Supreme Court finds that partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional, the lines in dozens of states would likely need to be redrawn. With new congressional district maps drawn by Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly, the vote totals for all Republican congressional candidates came to 53 percent of the state-wide vote; however, they won ten out of the 13 seats, or 77 percent. Read More »

Mother of 4 killed by officers was wielding knife

Monika Williams , Lyles sister, told reporters that her there was "no reason" for her sister to be " shot in front of her babies ". "She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't gonna leave", an officer said in the audio , discussing the previous visit. Read More »

TODAY'S FORECAST: Showers and thunderstorms, high near 81

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By tomorrow a cold front will approach the area bringing in higher rain chances through the afternoon. On Friday , some showers and possibly a thunderstorm will linger around before drying out late in the day. Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms (50%). It is centered about 300 miles SSW of the Mississippi River and moving NW at 8 mph. Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Read More »

"This is Completely Unacceptable": Sanders Calls Out GOP's Healthcare Secrecy

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Now that the House measure has come to the Senate, Wyden said that McConnell has "committed to rushing the bill to a partisan vote on the floor with no review, no hearings, and no accountability to the American people". House Republicans aren't too pleased that President Donald Trump privately spoke ill of their healthcare bill . The resulting legislation would likely throw millions out of health insurance, he said, while granting "a big fat tax break for the wealthiest among us". Read More »

Amazon plans cuts to make Whole Foods competitive with Walmart, reports say

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When Amazon bought the upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, it immediately set off speculation about the changing nature of shopping. Amazon hopes that the move will help differentiate Whole Foods from other grocers. When they take something off the shelf and put it in their cart, it registers in their account. Read More »

Jared Kushner speaks in public. And Washington takes notice

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Shapiro pointed to Trump's unpredictability, including his famous affinity for lashing out at people on Twitter , as a source of Israelis' and Palestinians' fears of saying no to the administration. So Washington took notice Monday when Kushner presided over a White House meeting of technology executives and actually took the microphone. "Before I came to Washington, many warned me that the bureaucracy would resist any change that we tried to implement", he said. Read More »

Is Donald Trump Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice?

It's not that Trump is ignorant of the protocols and customs which rule the wink and nod environment of Washington , D.C. He's aware of them; he just doesn't give a damn about them. On the same day, in Trump's hometown NY, a "Julius Ceaser production opened at an outdoor theatre in Central Park where Ceasar is played by a blonde in a suit and red tie, complete with a stabbing thrown in which sent the President's son Eric Trump into a sulk on Twitter ". Read More »

Americans don't think Trump respects the nation's traditions

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The problem is, that unless Trump is comparing his one outlier poll to Obama's approval on some random obscure date, then the remainder of his tweet is a blatant lie. Likewise, four out of five Republicans think Trump is competent, while fewer than one in ten Democrats would use that word to describe the President. Read More »

Trump Lawyer Sends Mixed Messages About Russia Probe, Mueller, Tweets

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In a heated interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace , Jay Sekulow , a member of President Donald Trump's personal legal team, repeatedly insisted that the president is not under investigation by the special counsel overseeing the federal Russian Federation probe, contradicting a Washington Post report and Trump's own tweet declaring that he is a subject of the inquiry. Read More »

GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill

Last week, a coalition of medical and consumer groups held an event in Cleveland that was billed as the first of a series of gatherings to speak out against a bill that passed the GOP-controlled House and the direction that Republican senators appear to be heading. Read More »

Larson outlasts Elliott at MI again

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Kyle Larson won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway. Larson's win Sunday at MI was his third career victory and they have all been at 2-mile tracks, one at California and the other two at MI. Read More »

Gingrich: A president "cannot obstruct justice"

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I know what I saw", Goldberg said. Nobody on Capitol Hill has any proof that I did anything with the Russians. "And now I get an independent counsel who is going to mess up at least the next year, at a minimum, and who, by the way, you'll notice is expanding his charge". Read More »

Great Danes Rescued In New Hampshire In 'Worst' Squalor

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Hamrick said the investigation started after animal cruelty complaints on May 5. The nine dogs taken to Conway Area Humane Society came from the same Wolfeboro location but they were taken in by authorities prior to Friday. Making it hard to enforce this law with breeders who are not honest. Thinking about adopting a dog? The dogs will not be available for adoption until the case against the owner, Christina Fay is over. Read More »