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Former LA County sheriff gets 3 years in prison

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Anderson said he considered Baca's age and health, but also that Baca was "using his office to further his own agenda". Baca plans to appeal the conviction and prison sentence he may receive, according to City News Service, based on court documents filed Wednesday. Read More »

Sessions Issues New Charging, Sentencing Policy to US Attorneys

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Subsequent laws across the country laid down tough minimums for other crimes. On Friday, Holder issued a statement calling the new actions "an unwise step" in the wrong direction. "While we very much appreciated all the thing the Obama administration did not do for marijuana reform , one of the things that was so crucial about the DOJ was their relaxing enforcement of federal prohibition", he said. Read More »

Spurs hammer Rockets to reach conference finals

Have we not all watched the Spurs for the past two decades? Sure, you could point to issues they've had defensively or the fact that James Haden nearly single handily willed his team into overachieving this season, but that would be discounting the weight of the Lil B curse that has been the cloud hanging over Harden's head for years now. Read More »

Speeding Amtrak engineer charged in deadly derailment

The news came after local prosecutors shockingly cleared Brandon Bostian, 33, of criminal wrongdoing earlier in the week. "The city quickly referred the prosecution to the state attorney general Thursday to avoid a potential conflict of interest". Read More »

Jeff Sessions Escalates Drug War and Urges Prosecutors to Seek Harsh Sentencing

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Mr Sessions also said that "these are not low-level drug offenders we in the federal courts are focusing on". "You collect it by the barrel of a gun". While in the New Jersey state legislature, I found that harsh mandatory minimum sentences do nothing to deter or lessen crime and fills prisons with nonviolent offenders at a great cost to taxpayers. Read More »

2nd body pulled from waters in Central Park

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Wednesday. He may have been in the water for two weeks, they said. Investigators have a tentative ID of the man discovered Wednesday - whose body was likely in the water a week or less - but aren't yet releasing it, Boyce said. As a result, identification of the body could only be done by the medical examiner, if at all. NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce said the body was submerged in the water for so long due to "wildlife issues" that kept his body from being found sooner and that it ... Read More »

As farmers worry, Agriculture Department will promote trade

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Perdue said the goal of the new mission area of farm production and conservation "is to provide a one-stop shop for USDA's primary customers: America's farmers, ranchers and foresters". The USDA reorganization will also elevate the Rural Development agencies to report directly to the secretary of agriculture in recognition of the need to help promote rural prosperity. Read More »

House speaker Paul Ryan defends James Comey firing

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Ryan was in Delavan Friday touring Geneva Supply. "It's not that I'm not doing town halls", Ryan said. "The president made his decision; there's nothing I can do about that. Speaking on WISN 1130, a conservative radio station in Milwaukee, Ryan said he's long championed changes to the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older. Read More »

Trump tweets warning to Comey over leaks

And he dismissed questions on whether Trump was threatening Comey . The president's advisers said this week that Mr Trump fired Mr Comey on Tuesday in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Bush's administration, told the Daily News that Trump was putting his entire team in an impossible situation with his impulsive moves and inconsistent statements. Read More »

Arizona police: Woman allegedly switched flour for formula

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Laplante may be facing further charges; detectives are still looking into any returns she may have made. Ms. Laplante was subsequently arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail. Once on scene, officers learned the baby did not have life-threatening-injuries and the illness was possibly due to formula provided to the baby. When police interviewed Laplante, she admitted to returning the formula to the store after she mixed it with other food products and securing the lid back onto the ... Read More »

GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak'

From clumsy start to appalling finish, House Republicans have shown no shame in advancing a bill that, in truth, is meant to give a massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans, in the guise of a health care plan. Months later, in September, the Freedom Caucus hastened Boehner's departure. That included 81 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents, 54 percent of men and 58 percent of women. Read More »

Parents demonstrate outside bullied boy's school

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She then took Gabriel to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The next day, Gabriel went back to school. He shakes hands with the boy in the red and gray coat. Branch said surveillance footage shows a student "camping out" in the bathroom where the incident took place. The mother's attorneys said her sister, who was caring for the boy while she was at work that night, called to tell her the boy had been vomiting. Read More »

Serena Williams, Biles join LA's 2024 Games bid

Under the LA 2024 bid, Long Beach would host Olympic events for the third time in its history, having hosted events during the 1936 and 1984 L.A. Games. Macron will meet next week with an International Olympic Committee inspection team coming to assess the Paris bid. Los Angeles' leadership agrees that change is worthwhile. Read More »

Utah Boy Scouts of America reacts to announcement by LDS Church

The Varsity and Venturing programs, which stress outdoor pursuits or challenging sports activities, were not meeting the needs of LDS boys and were hard to implement, the church said. Clarke Farrer, head of the Grand Teton Council, said there are just under 3,400 boys in the local Varsity Scouting program and about 3,700 boys and girls in the Venture Scouting program, almost all of them Mormon. Read More »

Sally Yates is the story, not fired FBI Director James Comey

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Clapper qualified his earlier statement that he knew of no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - a point House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has used to exculpate Trump. Once it became publicly known that Flynn had discussed sanctions against Russian Federation with its ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak - contrary to the public statements of Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials - Trump fired Flynn. Read More »

Trump to meet with Putin this summer

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Members of the US press weren't allowed in, and photos from the official White House photographer didn't appear anywhere until the following day. On Wednesday, administration officials barred the American press from the oval office . "There was nothing unusual about the photo shoot", he said, adding that the images were taken as part of a regular collaborative deal between his employer, TASS, and the Russian foreign ministry. Read More »

Police chief, 3 others dead in OH nursing home shooting

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said Kirkersville Chief Steven Eric DiSario, two employees of the Pine Kirk Care Center nursing facility and the suspected shooter are dead . A woman who works about a block from where an OH police chief and two nursing home employees were killed says she heard gunshots followed by screaming and then sirens. Read More »

Acting FBI director undercuts White House on Comey firing

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Mr Trump's firing of Mr Comey already has left him with the dubious distinction of being the first president since Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation tied to the White House. Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked. Spicer also said Trump's tweet this morning was not meant as a threat to Comey not to speak to the media. Read More »

Police chief killed was father of 6 with baby on the way

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario, 36, died, and two nursing home workers were also found dead, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp confirmed. Police are unsure how the gunman got into the nursing home, which is usually secured, according to WBNS. Kirkersville is about 25 miles (39 kilometers) east of Columbus. Read More »

Commencement speech by No. 2 Senate Republican canceled

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Students at Texas Southern University in Houston had circulated a petition demanding the Texas senator be withdrawn as a commencement speaker, citing various stances he has taken. "Dems are going to hate me for this". "He's as honest as the day is long". "Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and still does today", he told the committee. Read More »

Sean Spicer Rebuts Report that Trump Asked Comey to Pledge His Loyalty

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no " tapes " of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump wrote in one of six tweets that began at 7:15 a.m. That startling admission fanned suggestions that Trump may be interfering with the investigation and promoted Comey allies to refute Trump's account of events. Read More »

Feds Issue Grand Jury Subpoenas to Flynn Associates

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The subcommittee meeting Monday is one of three congressional probes into the Russian Federation interference, along with House and Senate intelligence panels. Yates's warning about Flynn in January capped weeks of building concern among top Obama officials, the officials told the AP. Yates is expected to testify that she warned McGahn that Flynn's contacts - and the discrepancies between what the White House said happened on the calls and what actually occurred - had left him in a ... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recall: pickup air bags, belts may be disabled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is set to recall a total of 1,021,279 Ram vehicles in the United States, according to a report issued to the NHTSA. The company's US division said Friday that it was aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents that may be related to the problem . Read More »

Cornell Advances to Second Round of NCAA Tournament

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By doing so, the Panthers scored the first NCAA tournament victory in any sport in school history. The Big Red will face Princeton on Sunday at 1 p.m., guaranteeing the Ivy League a team in the quarterfinals for the second-straigh season, as Penn accomplished the feat in 2016. Read More »

Did Sessions Just Escalate The War on Drugs?

The Holder memo , issued in August 2013, instructed his prosecutors to avoid charging certain defendants with drug offenses that would trigger long mandatory minimum sentences . They argued prosecutors were getting pickier about the cases they were bringing and were seeking mandatory minimum sentences less often. "This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency", Sessions wrote in a memo to US attorneys on Thursday night, ... Read More »

Gunman kills police chief, 2 nursing home workers in Ohio

Kirkersville is a village in Licking County, Ohio, United States, along the South Fork of the Licking River. He said they will keep the kids there at the middle school until they are given permission to return to Kirkersville . Kasich, who called the murders a "senseless act of violence", also ordered American flags to be flown at "half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Licking County and the Ohio Statehouse" through May 16. Read More »

Gunman kills OH police chief, 2 nursing home workers

One of the vehicles searched was at a nearby gas station in Kirkersville in central Ohio . The two employees and the gunman were found dead inside. "Rogers says she heard several other gun shots, then a man 'yelling and screaming'". Officials said during a news conference the officer had been police chief for three weeks. Read More »

A critical look at the future of health care

That move could go farther than the controversial amendment from Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) in the House-passed bill, which allows states to apply for waivers to opt out of those ObamaCare regulations. Almost two-thirds of voters further said they approve of the current law's provisions that ban health insurance companies from raising rates for those with pre-existing conditions, and three-quarters said they think it's a "bad idea" to give states the ability to decide whether to allow health ... Read More »

Comey's termination may fasten up Russian Federation investigation: WH

During the chaos outside the White House in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey , Press Secretary Sean Spicer was not hiding in the bushes from reporters. "I think I will leave it at the president's tweet speaks for itself, and the president's comments on his concern for national security - yes, it's concerning", Spicer said at the time . Read More »

Sheriff: Gunman kills police chief, 2 nursing home workers

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Addressing press corps, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said the shooting which took place inside Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville , claimed the lives of two workers, the police chief but no residents. Disario, 36, had been the police chief for about three weeks. This happened in the community of Kirkersville . No nursing home residents were injured. Read More »