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Trump Gains More Support on Health Care Bill

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Two key Republicans have announced they will now support the bill after an Oval Office meeting with President Trump. The funding "will more than cover those who might be impacted and as a outcome, keeps our pledge for those that in fact would otherwise be denied because of pre-existing illnesses", said Upton of his amendment. Read More »

Alton Sterling shooting: not enough evidence to charge officers, United States attorney says

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She says the "suffering still continues" and called on people to remember his name. Sterling's fatal encounter with police started when he was standing outside the convenience store where he frequently sold CDs and DVDs. Two witnesses who said his hand was not in his pocket gave accounts that were inconsistent in other details, making them insufficiently reliable. The family of a black man who was shot to death by police in Baton Rouge is meeting with federal prosecutors and the FBI. Read More »

Dallas police fire officer who shot Texas teen to death

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber made the announcement saying, "After reviewing the findings, I have made the decision to terminate Roy Oliver's employment with the Balch Springs Police Department". Police initially said that the vehicle backed up in the direction of the responding officers "in an aggressive manner " despite multiple verbal commands. Read More »

Why Trump's flip on NAFTA has confused Republicans, supporters

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A published report says President Donald Trump planned to give Canada and Mexico five days notice that the US meant to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement. That lever was brandished this week when stories started appearing in the Washington Post , Politico, CNN, and the New York Times that sources within the White House were really, seriously, considering a draft executive order to cancel NAFTA. Read More »

Penn State University Fraternity Members Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Student Death

The next morning, he fell down the stairs again and was unconscious when help was finally summoned. "Going to need help". Still, they did not call 911, the grand jury recounted. " Beta Theta Pi International Fraternity has clearly and consistently expressed its position that it does not tolerate hazing or alcohol abuse in any form by its members", said Jim Ewbank, counsel for the international fraternity. Read More »

Frat Members, Frat, Charged in Penn State Student's Death

Beta Theta Pi's Penn State chapter itself was also charged with involuntary manslaughter, and the fraternity has since been barred from the university, the New York Times noted. Jim Piazza made the comments at a news conference Friday after charges against Beta Theta Pi and 18 frat brothers were announced by the Centre County district attorney. Read More »

US Interior chief kicks off monument review with Utah visit

Zinke, who will visit Bears Ears and Grand Staircase early this coming week, said the department, for the first time, is seeking public comments on national monument designations. Federal land ownership has been the subject of heated political debate, particularly in western states, where the federal government holds vast swaths of land . Read More »

Eight students charged with manslaughter over 'hazing' death at USA university

Timothy Piazza had toxic levels of alcohol in his body and was badly injured in a series of falls, authorities said Friday in announcing criminal charges against members of the organization and the frat itself. "Thus the Grand Jury concludes that the death of Timothy Piazza was not a result of isolated conduct or simple mistake (i.e. negligence)", the release reads. Read More »

House of Representatives passes high risk insurance plan

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Their plans for state Medicaid programs also will be scrutinized if massive GOP cuts to Medicaid funding are realized. Even though the bill has passed the House, there are major roadblocks ahead in the Senate, where the bill is expected to undergo significant changes. Read More »

Violent street gang MS-13 puts Long Island towns in its grip

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Sessions said. "In the absence of us providing those resources and gang prevention resources, MS-13 will fill the gap". "I really think that he is going to use this gang issue to justify just rounding up random people that are here", said Michelle Terrell, of Bay Shore. Read More »

Bella Hadid Slays in Backless Jumpsuit at Met Gala 2017!

The MET Gala is an annual themed event and apart from it being the most revered fashion event of the year- celebrities are invited based on their relevance with the exclusive party attracting only 600 guests (tickets cost $30,000 for those not on the celebrity/VVIP guest list and tables priced around $275,000!)- it's serious business. Read More »

Royal Caribbean Cruises Return to Gulf Coast

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It helps investors in determining whether buying, selling or holding on to a stock would be beneficial for them. Royal Caribbean International announced today that the Mariner of the Seas will be starting her upcoming Southeast Asian season a month earlier, adding 10 round-trip sailings from Singapore in September 2017. Read More »

Hamas' new leader is ex-Gaza prime minister

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Hamas is trying to rebrand itself as an Islamic national liberation movement, rather than a branch of the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed by Egypt. "Hamas is ready to initiate a new phase of its history". Leila Seurat, a researcher at the Paris-based Centre for International Studies and Research, said the election of a Gaza-based leader signaled a shift for the movement. Read More »

Protest takes on Trump's climate policies -- and the heat -- in DC march

Opponents argue that strategy is unrealistic. "The EPA's climate site includes important summaries of climate science and indicators that clearly and unmistakably explain and document the impacts we are having on our planet", Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, told The Washington Post . Read More »

Penn State University fraternity, members charged in hazing death

The Centre County District Attorney announced more than 850 charges - including involuntary manslaughter - against the fraternity and its members for Piazza's death during a pledging ceremony in February. By 1 a.m., Piazza was twitching and throwing up. In preparation for the event one Beta brother bought almost $1,180 worth of alcohol, including Four Loko, an infamous alcoholic energy drink banned in at least five states and known as "a blackout in a can", and bottles of Crown Russe vodka, ... Read More »

Obama aide Rice declines invite to testify to senators

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The lawmaker said Congress could still issue a subpoena that forces Rice to testify. - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2017Rice, a national security adviser under former President Obama, declined an invitation from Sen. He called Rice a "very important witness" who may feel like she can't testify in an open setting, and suggested she be invited to testify before the committee in a closed door hearing instead. Read More »

Bully pulpit: Trump signs order allowing political speech in church, lawsuit threatened

The ban on political speech from the pulpit is rooted in an amendment introduced in 1954 by then-Democratic Sen. Currently, under the Johnson Amendment , churches are not allowed to endorse or oppose a political candidate. Even so, the executive order is highly in favour of the religious Right. Trump's order - unveiled on a National Day of Prayer celebrated with religious leaders - also directs his administration to consider developing regulations related to religious objectors to an ... Read More »

US President Donald Trump declares Obamacare dead

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure, which passed 79 to 18. Under the compromise measure, the Pentagon's funding increased, a priority that had been laid out by Republicans and Trump. Hours before a scheduled vote on a Republican bill that would repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare, a GOP congressman suggested that neither he - nor anyone else - has actually read the entire bill. Read More »

Ann Coulter A No-Show At Berkeley

Demonstrators gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied to show support for free speech and condemn the views of Ann Coulter and her supporters. In one instance, police could be seen handcuffing a man on the sidewalk. That group claimed on its Facebook page that Coulter is a racist and called far-right supporters "antithetical to the legacy of the Free Speech Movement". Read More »

No federal charges for Baton Rouge officers

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In Baton Rouge last summer, police arrested almost 200 protesters following Sterling's death, which occurred a day before another black man was killed by police in Minnesota. The videos show Sterling scuffling with Salamoni and Lake after they responded to a caller's complaint that Sterling had threatened the caller with a gun outside the Triple S Food Mart. Read More »

5 things to watch as 'Trumpcare' heads to the Senate

And that was in a chamber Republicans control 238-193. And, according to the analysis, if every Democrat in a tough district had voted against Obamacare, they might have been able to save their majority in the House. That's why they took a victory lap in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday afternoon, even though the bill is far from becoming law. Obamacare was finally passed by the House only 8 months prior to Election Day. Read More »

Michelle Wie outlasts Angel Yin in Lorena Ochoa Match Play

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A riveting day's golf saw two of the four quarter finals matches at the Lorena Ochoa Matchplay tournament go to extra holes setting up a final day thriller for tomorrow's semi-finals and finals. In the afternoon, it took 20 holes and five birdies against Angel Yin, but after a birdie on the 20th hole, Wie was again victorious. Feng and Hur halved the first dozen holes, each of them with birdies at the par-5 second, par-3 third and par-4 eighth and 12th holes plus bogeys at the par-4 ninth. Read More »

Obama said ObamaCare more popular than Trump

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While many Republicans have publicly said they don't like the health care law, Obama said according to the person in the room, they are now confronting the fact that many of their most vulnerable constituents have benefited from it. The administration's hopes were dashed by a Congress more concerned with passing a palatable bill than handing Trump a legislative victory before his 100th day in office. Read More »

Student injured in machete attack at university coffee shop

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Mitchell W. Adkins, 19, of Cincinnati was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. for a report of an armed attacker. "They were very on it". The student was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, and another person was treated at the scene. Read More »

Patagonia CEO slams Trump for order to rescind national monuments

Trump said during an appearance at the Interior Department that the order will end what he is calling an "egregious abuse of federal power" and give power back, as he puts it, "to the states and the people where it belongs". Experts have said it is uncertain whether a president can undo a monument created by executive order . We're watching the Trump administration's actions very closely and preparing to take every step necessary, including legal action, to defend our most treasured public ... Read More »

Corey Davis Hails Tom Brady As Best NFL QB After Mishearing Question

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Davis caught 97 passes for 1,500 yards as a senior, and the Titans are confident that his production will translate to the National Football League even though Davis did not play in a power-five conference. The Titans lost their most experienced cornerback earlier this month when they released Jason McCourty, though they did sign Logan Ryan away from New England in March. Read More »

Trump reveals outline for tax reforms

The headline of the administration's one-page, double-spaced release made the same claim. At a briefing later, Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn walked that back a bit, calling it "one of the biggest". Alan Cole, an economist at the right-leaning Tax Foundation, has calculated that Trump's corporate tax cut alone would cut federal revenue by $2 trillion over 10 years. Read More »

N Korea conducts live-fire drill as United States submarine docks in South

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The Navy said that both exercises demonstrate the ability of the USA and Japan to work together at sea to respond quickly to threats in the region. The U.S. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend. "One of these days soon, he will succeed". The admiral named Russia, China and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as the other global and regional threats, but emphasized US regional partnerships. Read More »

GOP rep: 'Significant amendments' added to health care plan

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But house of Representatives Republican leaders, burned by a March debacle on the measure, were dubious and signs were scant that an emerging plan was gaining enough votes to succeed. Let insurance be sold across state lines. 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. Read More »

Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

The stats also reflect that cases that got to the Supreme Court from state courts were reversed more frequently at 85%. The decision by the 9th U.S. Legal scholars argue that the statistics are relatively meaningless in any case. Trump tweeted, the 9th Circuit has an overturned record "close to 80%". Read More »

'Simpsons' Preview Starring Donald Trump, White House Staff

Trump also compared Spicer's daily press briefings (pictured) to daytime soap operas . He said he learned about the sketch after receiving so many text messages he thought that "there was a national emergency or something really amusing happening", according to the Los Angeles Times . Read More »

'Massive federal land grab': Trump signs order to review national monuments

President Woodrow Wilson reduced the size of Washington state's Mount Olympus National Monument in 1915, arguing there was an urgent need for timber at the time , one of the few examples of national monuments being changed. The action was welcomed by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, a vocal critic of the Bears Ears designation and of what he called "long-standing abuses of the Antiquities Act ". Read More »

Buffett Rescues Wells Fargo Board

Investors and analysts are typically super focused on company earnings numbers when they are reported . Authorities said Wells Fargo workers opened up to 2 million accounts without customer permission as employees tried to meet aggressive sales goals. Read More »