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Texas Senate approves bill to give second chance on some crimes

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House Speaker Joe Straus, who called the Senate bill "manufactured and unnecessary", said Sunday's scaled back measure was enough to address the issue this session and would help sidestep the need for a special session. Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as "middle ground" and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill past year. Read More »

Manchester United and Manchester City release statements on Ariana Grande concert tragedy

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The Manchester Arena can hold about 18,000 spectators, but it is not clear how many of those struck by the blast had tickets to the concert. I've got friends out looking for her, I've got people I don't even know out looking for her. Meanwhile anyone who witnesses suspicious activity is urged to report it to the anti-terrorist hotline. The whole area was also evacuated and a huge cordon set up. Read More »

Texas advances school transgender bathroom law

The legislation previously was passed in the Senate , but also has been added as an amendment to a House elections administration bill as a back-up plan to get it passed through both chambers, according to the Texas Tribune . The bathroom bill is under criticism, with a group of women entering the men's restroom outside the House floor to protest the bill. Patrick had threatened to hold up other legislation, including the state budget, if the House did not act on the bill. Read More »

Trump asked intelligence officials to deny evidence of Russian Federation collusion

National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers waits for the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump for a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room at the White House Jan. Both Coats and Rogers are set to testify before Congress on Tuesday in previously scheduled hearings - Coats, a former Indiana GOP senator, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rogers before the House Armed Services Committee. Read More »

Former FBI director Comey to testify publicly

In doing so, he would be waiving his constitutional protection against self-incrimination. through his lawyer, Flynn had previously asked for immunity from "unfair prosecution" in exchange for cooperating with the committee. After Trump's inauguration, Flynn's representatives told the White House counsel that Flynn, who was already serving as national security adviser, would be registering with the Justice Department. Read More »

Trump arrives in Israel

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Trump's comments marked the first time during his foreign trip that he's been forced to address the swirling controversy back home, and came in response to a broader question about whether Netanyahu had any concerns about intelligence cooperation with the U.S. Read More »

Iran must never have nuclear weapons: Trump tells Netanyahu

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The Trump administration declared the president is in " Jerusalem , Israel ", on Monday for a series of meetings with Israeli officials, a proclamation that breaks with years of American policy refraining from stating that the city of Jerusalem is part of Israel . Read More »

Pundits: Roger Ailes Responsible For Trump

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Ailes was the former Fox chairman and CEO of the network until he stepped down amid a sexual harassment scandal last summer. Multiple women came forward previous year to report sexual harassment accusations, including prominent host at the time, Megyn Kelly . Read More »

United States set to ban laptops on flights from Europe, reports say

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The current rule still allows passengers to take phones inside the cabin, but forces them to check any larger electronic items, including laptops and tablets. CNN has reported that US intelligence and law enforcement agencies believe that the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations have developed new ways to plant explosives in electronic devices that could evade some common airport security screening methods. Read More »

Climbers Killed In Deadly Week On Mount Everest

Slovak climber Vladimir Strba was found dead on Everest on Sunday, a few hundred metres from the summit, Kamal Parajuli of Nepal's Tourism Department confirmed. The experienced climber and hiker had attempted the summit in 2015 but was forced to abandon his attempt when the 7.8 magnitude natural disaster struck Nepal. Read More »

Trump pays historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall

He arrived in Bethlehem by motorcade, crossing a checkpoint at Israel's controversial separation wall, and was greeted by Abbas and other dignitaries outside the city's presidential palace. His flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv on Monday marked a rare direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel, and was the first by an American president. Read More »

Trump pulls trigger on NAFTA negotiations

Farm Country suddenly went on red alert. "The Trump Administration understands that NAFTA has been an unequivocal success story for American agriculture", said Spurlock. Trump officials haven't yet been specific about what they want to change in the deal. Congressman Roger Marshall spoke about the importance of trade and NAFTA at a Washington, D.C. Read More »

Iran slams USA arms deal with Saudi 'terrorists'

U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) signs the guest book, with first lady Melania Trump (L), Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) his wife Nechama Reuven (R) in Jerusalem May 22, 2017 . His visit to Saudi Arabia , and speech to leaders from over 50 majority-Muslim countries on Sunday, is reflective of that. Mr Trump's campaign rhetoric and policy promises are blamed for an increase in hate crimes against Muslims in the US. Read More »

President's budget to include family leave plan

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A 10-year, $193 billion reduction in food stamps - nearly 30 percent - promises to drive millions of people off the program. At the time, Trump said this could be paid for by cracking down on unemployment fraud. Two health programs for women and children will receive increased funding: The The Maternal and Child Health Block Grant will receive an additional $30 million, while Healthy Start another $10 million. Read More »

Medicaid Expansion Takes Center Stage in Senate Health Care Debate

These were reasons that insurers used to automatically deny coverage to consumers in 45 states and the District of Columbia before 2014 when the ACA barred exclusions based on medical history. "People who live in rural areas have lower incomes, do more contract work and are less likely to have an offer of employer coverage than people who live in nonrural areas", he said. Read More »

Medicaid cuts coming in Trump budget

Trump's proposal will also call for $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid , the health program for the poor, the Washington Post reported . In a February 1 appearance before the Senate Budget Committee, Keith Hall, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, was asked how the budget could be balanced without raising taxes. Read More »

Japan urges unity among 11 nations left in TPP pact, Seko says

Moreover, Robert Lighthizer , the new U.S. Trade Representative, completely ruled out the possibility of Washington re-entering the TPP. Canada and Mexico do not want to irritate President Donald Trump by joining the 11-nation TPP, as they face renegotiating the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, in the near future. Read More »

US protests intercept by Chinese jets; China blames US

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The U.S. aircraft, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, is used by the Air Force to detect atmospheric traces of nuclear explosions. "While we are still investigating the incident, initial reports from the USA aircrew characterized the intercept as unprofessional". Read More »

Congressman calls for impeachment of President Trump

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More significant than any Democrat's call for impeachment, though, would be a Republican joining their ranks. The main reason Green cited for impeachment was last week's firing of former FBI Director James Comey . Prominent Trump skeptic John McCain said Trump scandals are now reaching "Watergate size and scale" and urged the President to "get it all out", while another moderate GOP Senator Susan Collins said "we can not have this constant chaos" every single day from Trump. Read More »

Texas lawmakers pass controversial bathroom, adoption bills

A stricter measure, more in line with North Carolina's House Bill 2, passed the more conservative state Senate earlier this year. The author of the bill, Republican Representative Chris Paddie, said the legislation has "absolutely no intention to discriminate". Read More »

Insurers seek stability as Trump delays health care decision

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The filings also prolong the indecision over the $ 7 billion subsidy program that President Donald Trump has displayed since taking office four months ago, even as he has vowed to tear apart most of the sprawling health-care law. Opting against dropping the appeal of the lawsuit doesn't take that option off the table, because Trump could simply order the Treasury Department to stop reimbursing insurers at any time. Read More »

New polls show more Americans disapprove than approve of James Comey firing

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Trump faced a political firestorm last week after firing Comey , who was leading an investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and possible collusion with Trump aides. Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for the Mideast and Europe, his first overseas trip as president. Trump calls Comey over to where he is standing in the Blue Room to offer a handshake and a partial hug, then comments that Comey has "become more famous than me". Read More »

Sessions may put more rules on money for sanctuary cities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that local governments refusing to cooperate in deporting convicted criminals risk losing their Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security grants. Sessions already has threatened to pull money from jurisdictions that hinder communication between local police and immigration authorities. By limiting grants tied to sanctuary status to those awarded by the Justice and Homeland Security departments, Sessions took off the table the threat ... Read More »

Jury selection begins in Bill Cosby's assault trial

Lawyers in Bill Cosby's sex assault case this week hope to find a dozen jurors and six alternates willing to be sequestered almost 300 miles from home. Of the two women, one is middle-aged and the other in her 30s with potential child-care issues. The defence had used four strikes to keep someone off the jury by Monday afternoon, while the prosecution had used two. Read More »

Indian woman climbs Mount Everest twice in record time

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The death zone is notorious for its hard terrain and thin air, where low levels of oxygen heighten the risk of altitude sickness. Sherpa rescuers have spotted the body of the missing climber, Ravi Kumar. Australian Francesco Enrico Marchetti, 54, died after "suffering altitude sickness" during his descent on the Tibet side of the mountain, according the Himalayan Times . Read More »

Average gasoline price in Houston slips again

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Last year, at this time, drivers in the state were paying two cents less, but that's a far cry from the $3.74 per gallon price being paid in 2013. Quad Cities- $2.23/g, down 1.2 cents per gallon from last week's $2.24/g. Broward County's average price matched the national average - $2.36 - a penny less than a week ago . Gas prices were even cheaper in Cleveland, Tenn., which boasted the fourth lowest price of any metro market in America. Read More »

Netanyahu vows Israel 'will continue to build in our capital' Jerusalem

While Trump is expected to backtrack on his campaign vow to relocate the U.S. embassy, he is not expected to shelve what was arguably his most audacious promise: to reach a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. Kushner and Greenblatt were to accompany Trump on his two-day visit, set to begin Monday and include separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Read More »

Nearly 740000 foreigners overstayed visas last year

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Student visas and exchange visitors were the worst violators, with some countries averaging overstay rates above 20 percent. USA Today on Monday reported that the DHS had changed the visa categories it used to make the report for 2016, meaning the total number of visa overstays can not be compared with the previous year. Read More »

Christie Said He Warned Trump About Flynn

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Shortly after the election, Vice President Mike Pence took over the transition team from Christie. But Christie went a step further on Monday when asked to specify his reported reservations about Flynn being hired by Trump as national security adviser. Read More »