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Roger Federer routs Alexander Zverev to win ninth Halle title

Federer has reached his 11th final in Halle without dropping a single set. Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion who is making a courageous comeback from injury, will face unseeded giant-killer Ashleigh Barty in the final of the Birmingham grass court tournament. Read More »

Vetted refugees can come to US through July 6

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The Supreme Court said lower courts' injunctions preventing the entire ban from taking effect had gone too far because denying entry to "foreign nationals overseas who have no connection to the United States at all. Among those likely to take legal action are refugee support networks, like the International Refugee Assistance Project, which is already a party to the Supreme Court's case. Read More »

US urges Qatar, neighbours to 'sit together' to ease tension

Saudi Arabia and several of its allies yesterday (5 June) cut relations with Qatar , accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to have hit the region in years. Reiterating Tehran's support for "unity" and "integrity" among Muslim nations, Rouhani suggested that Iran and Qatar can help bring Muslims together through cooperation. Read More »

Supreme Court Starts Unanimous Rebuke to Judges on the Travel Ban

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The test for prospective travelers under the Supreme Court's new decision is whether one has a "credible claim of bona fide relationship " with either an entity or person living in the United States - if you do, you can come to the USA; if you don't, you are banned for 90 days if you are from Libya , Syria , Iran , Somalia , Yemen and Sudan (and 120 days if you are a refugee). Read More »

Portman of Ohio opposes GOP health care bill

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman faces intense pressure back home to oppose the Senate's GOP health care bill. Asked about the criticism he's gotten for breaking with conservatives on Medicaid expansion, Kasich responded, "My job is to be intellectually honest through this process, and that's what I intend to do". Read More »

'Manzanita' wildfire scorches 1200 acres south of Beaumont

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The brush fire quickly grew from 125 acres at 4 p.m.to an expansive 5,000 acres by midnight. The cause of the fire was determined to be the result of a traffic collision with fire. Meanwhile, Riverside County sheriff's officials reportedly said they "accidentally" sent out evacuation alerts in the areas, including Norco, Corona, and Jurupa Valley, where there was no fire. Read More »

What you need to know about Trump's travel ban

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However, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that the government can not ban people if they have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. Despite claims to the contrary from the administration - the reality is that refugees are already subjected to the highest level of security screening, undergoing multiple background checks before they ever enter our country. Read More »

Trump travel ban ruling creates questions for refugees

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The Trump administration expects to launch a limited version of its travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries on Thursday, but has yet to say how it will be implemented or what it will do to avoid the chaos that accompanied the initial ban. Read More »

Gov. Cooper calls budget 'irresponsible,' promises veto

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Governor Roy Cooper announces plans to veto the budget passed by lawmakers last week because it doesn't provide enough money for teacher raises and cuts taxes too deeply for the wealthy. Beverly Perdue's veto in 2011. The bill also includes average teacher raises of 3.3 percent next school year and 9.6 percent over two years. GOP legislators also acted weeks before Cooper took office to erode his powers and requiring his Cabinet secretaries to undergo Senate confirmation. Read More »

Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

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Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit's stay of the 2015 rule. "I'm pleased Administrator Pruitt and the EPA has listened to our concerns and has taken an important first step to rescind the infamous WOTUS rule". In February, President Donald Trump ordered EPA to review WOTUS and, if necessary, replace it with a rule that interprets the term "navigable waters" in a "manner consistent with the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia in Rapanos v. Read More »

Son of former Atlanta Braves player on life support

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In what was a weird scenario, Jackson Lockhart was hit in the face while crossing home plate as the catcher was attempting to throw the ball back to the pitcher during a tournament game in SC on June 17, according to a FOX report in Atlanta . Read More »

Czech nuclear plant uses bikini contest to hire interns

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The company (named CEZ) then uploaded the pictures of the undoubtedly qualified applicants to their Facebook page and asked the general public to vote for their favorites. The plant later posted on Facebook that the goal of the competition had been to "support technical education" rather than promoting itself using bikini pictures. Read More »

Trump travel ban partially reinstated by Supreme Court

Trump's new March 6 order banned people from Iran , Libya , Somalia , Sudan , Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days and barred all refugees for 120 days, but on May 25, the USA 4th Circuit Court of Appeals voted to sustain a March 16 decision by a Maryland federal district judge to stay its enforcement. Read More »

Supreme Court Reinstates Part of Trump's Travel Ban

He says he's not surprised the court found a compromise. The court ordered that the final merits of the case shall be argued before it as the first case when the court convenes its new term in October. entry to people affected by the ban who do not have relatives in the United States or who have no previously established plans to work at companies or study at educational institutions in the US. Read More »

March 2009 Time cover of Trump is phony

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Well, now Sports Illustrated is offering Trump - and anyone else who's got a knack for Photoshop - a chance to grace another fake cover. At least at one location, the fake cover is hanging among other real magazine covers. "EVEN TV!" All told, it's only an "AEROSMITH HIRES TRUMP AS NEW LEAD SINGER" away from being the saddest thing ever, a grubby little monument to Trump's fathomless pride that somehow hasn't been satiated by the 14 times he's actually appeared on Time's cover , or the ... Read More »

Kellyanne Conway Doubles Down on Medicaid Comments

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Despite this, Kellyanne Conway denied the bill was slashing Medicaid funds during a CNN interview on Sunday, but was quickly called out for her falsehoods. During a June 26 appearance on Fox News , Conway did her best to defend herself. " These are not cuts to Medicaid, George ", Conway said. Thirty-one states plus D.C. Read More »

Trump Confidant: Ruddy Hurt Trump's Ability To Fire Mueller

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The night before Tuesday's senate intelligence committee hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions , the sudden question of whether President Donald Trump might fire Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller prompted alarm from Democrats and notes of caution from Republicans. Read More »

Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured, budget office finds

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to wait until the Congressional Budget Office score was released to bring the Senate's Obamacare replacement to the floor, and now that the CBO has weighed in enough Republicans to halt the legislation have said they will vote against moving the bill forward. Read More »

CBO: 22 million people would lose insurance under Senate health care bill

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And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose the support of just two Republicans for that motion if he wants a full-Senate vote to happen. Those ages are just shy of when people begin qualifying for Medicare coverage. McConnell has about $200 billion with which to tweak the bill and satisfy Republicans still on the fence. Read More »

Trump Signs Executive Order on Apprenticeships

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After signing an executive order to expand the number of apprenticeships in the United States, President Trump hands his pen to Charles Robel, a combat veteran from Wisconsin who used an apprenticeship to get back into the work force. The order also "requires all Federal agencies to review and evaluate the effectiveness of their job training programs, and consider how to best consolidate certain programs for increased accountability". Read More »

Supreme Court orders new look at Colorado voucher program

That playground is part of a day care center that the church operates. The Supreme Court's decision in the Trinity Lutheran case "marks a great day for the Constitution and sends a clear message that religious discrimination in any form can not be tolerated in a society that values the First Amendment, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos , a longtime proponent of voucher programs, said in a statement ". Read More »

Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, dies at 87

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Kohl had always shown "a great and deep interest in Russia", he said in a statement on the website of his Gorbachev Foundation. Helmut Kohl was chancellor from 1982 to 1998, longer than any German leader since Bismarck. French President Emmanuel Macron called Kohl an architect of French-German friendship. Kohl worked with other leaders on the continent to pull together the Treaty on European Union, which helped pave the way for the global organization of today. Read More »

Firefighters Battling Two Major California Wildfires

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The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, one of the environmental groups Noel blamed, said climate change and suppressing naturally occurring fires are the reasons Utah's forests are inordinately flammable. Cal Fire officials said the cause of the brush fire was a single-car crash. A separate out-of-control wildfire forced more than 200 people to evacuate near San Luis Obispo, California on Monday. Read More »

Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

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Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach . New Orleans is ahead of many cities its size in overhauling aging water and sewer infrastructure, but that came with considerable federal aid after Hurricane Katrina. ALLEN: Mayors say they're especially concerned about the health care bill being considered in the Senate. Nan Whaley, mayor of Dayton, Ohio, makes a similar argument about spending cuts for treating mental illness and drug addiction. Read More »

Chana, chana dal: The latest entry in Oxford English Dictionary

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But as post-truth became an official Oxford English Dictionary (OED) entry in June, a new term of political awareness, " woke ", is also no longer a mere colloquialism. Since the introduction of the term "academy" to the English school system in 2000, this type of independently publicly run school has featured heavily in United Kingdom news. Read More »

Hundreds protest after officer acquitted in Philando Castile shooting

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Castile told Yanez he was licensed to carry a firearm and then reached for his wallet. During the trial, Yanez testified that Castile was pulling out his gun from his pocket despite his commands not to do so. Yanez's defense lawyers pointed to Castile's previous drug use when arguing their case. "This is a tragedy that impacts many people and lives in our community were forever changed", St. Read More »

Supreme Court Sides With Religious School In Church-State Case

The case pitted Trinity Lutheran Church against Missouri's Department of Natural Resources, which offered grants to help nonprofits pay for the resurfacing of playgrounds with recycled tires. The footnote in question stated that: "This case involves express discrimination based on religious identity with respect to playground resurfacing". Read More »

Cindy's remnants: Street flooding from South to the Midwest

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to arrive in southern Arkansas late Thursday, according to a forecast released by the National Weather Service of Little Rock. Cindy also caused widespread coastal highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths. A fair weather day is expected with temperatures right around seasonal norms. Read More »

Emergency brakes went on before NYC derailment

Fire officials say 34 people have suffered non-life-threatening-injuries from a Harlem subway derailment that frightened passengers and resulted in systemwide delays. Passengers interviewed by local TV stations described the train vibrating wildly and bucking as it went off the rails. In April, a power outage backed up trains around the city and closed a key Manhattan station for 12 hours. Read More »

Five-star running back Zamir White commits to Georgia for 2018

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She wore a black dress at Tuesday's event. The country's top running back recruit is announcing his decision today. . It was an important moment or MISS for the Bulldogs. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer walked the halls in Laurinburg and requested all of White's film after his freshman season. White, who is 5-11, 211 pounds, was there but did not participate in the camp. Read More »