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Supreme Court Rejects 2 N.C. Congressional Districts As Unconstitutional

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The state maintained that it was required to do that under the Voting Rights Act, but today the Supreme Court unanimously rejected that argument, as it has in similar cases from Alabama and Virginia . In affirming the lower court's rejection of the redistricters' partisan explanation for CD 12, the Supreme Court followed its decision in Bethune-Hill, which likewise lowered the bar for plaintiffs to show that race predominates in a district. Read More »

Mueller cleared to lead Russian Federation probe despite firm clients

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Multiple officials told The Washington Post that Coats and Rogers thought Trump's request was inappropriate. According to the reporting of a memo penned by Comey documenting a February 14 meeting, Trump asked him directly to find a way to end the FBI investigation into fired national security adviser Michael Flynn . Read More »

Texas House Votes to Restrict Transgender Kids' Bathroom Use in Public Schools

Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms. Previous efforts to pass a measure similar to North Carolina's law have been stalled in the Texas House , compelling lawmakers to take a different approach. Read More »

AMBER ALERT CANCELED: 12-year-old girl found

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Authorities say she was found in Farmersvile and is unharmed. The girl, McKenzie Wilson, is believed to be in grave danger of bodily harm or death. NYSP Machias activated the state's Amber Alert system at 12:20pm. The child , McKenzie Wilson, is a white female with strait, blonde hair and blue eyes . Police have identified the suspects in the alleged kidnapping as John Harvey , 16 (left), and Joshua Monette, 18 (right). Read More »

Trump retains Marc Kasowitz as private attorney for Russia probe

A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the meetings. The firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, publicizes a number of its partner's representations of the president on its website , including in the restructuring of business debt, defamation cases and the effort to keep Trump's divorce records sealed as he campaigned previous year. Read More »

Ivanka Trump receives $134m women's fund donation from Saudi Arabia and UAE

Iran has accused the United States of selling arms to " dangerous terrorists " in the Middle East - a day after President Donald Trump signed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia . Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, Mr Trump said: "We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people". Read More »

Barron County tornado kills one, injures more than 25

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told WCCO-TV, Channel 4, that he saw "total destruction", unlike any he's seen in his 20-plus years of law enforcement. " It's a mess ", Fitzgerald said. "They are working house to house, home to home, looking for people". That's just north of Eau Claire. Samuelson's daughters suffered minor injuries. "We've been very fortunate over the last couple of years to not have any kind of really devastating serious tornadoes", he said. Read More »

Trump's $4T budget arrives on Capitol Hill

The Trump administration is expected to introduce its 2018 budget proposal on May 23, which will likely include major cuts to programs for low-income Americans. Mr. Mulvaney said the budget proposals will help bring workers off the sidelines, in part by requiring them to have jobs in order to qualify for assistance programs such as food stamps, a change that is projected to save $193 billion. Read More »

8 people now seated on jury in Bill... 2:21 pm Tue

Fourteen of the jurors said the nature or references to sexual assault would prevent them from being fair and impartial; sixty-seven of them said that being sequestered and the expected two to three week duration of the trial would create an undue hardship. Read More »

Chester County man mocks, sucker punches man with cerebral palsy

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The 22-year-old victim was walking out of the store to his auto when the alleged attacker, Barry Baker , 29, of Coatesville , started to make fun of him by imitating the way he walks. Baker and his friends were at convenience store on South High Street On Wednesday about 2:30 a.m. Police say, now stunned, the victim got in his vehicle and called police. Read More »

Shower chance continues for just a little bit longer

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Some areas of patchy fog this morning, reducing visibilities in spots. We'll hold onto some cloud cover today with scattered showers around too. Plus, abundant cloud cover will probably limit daytime highs to the upper 60s and lower 70s. Sunday there will be more clouds than sun with a 20-30% chance for isolated to scattered showers, especially late in the day into the overnight hours. Read More »

Carey, Ohio State lacrosse tops Duke, advances to NCAA semis

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Aragone picked up a nice win with a 7-3 tiebreaker in the second set to seal the deal. Singles: Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech, led Francesca Di Lorenzo, 6-4, 2-4, match not completed; Anna Sanford, Ohio State, def. Towson upset No. 2 Syracuse, 10-7, in the quarterfinals. Back against the wall, Davidson ripped off four quick points to force a third set tiebreaker, which she eventually won 7-5 after it was level at 3-3. Read More »

Year-old's plea for peace goes viral

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Cheatham told the paper that the death of her cousin killed in a drive-by shooting took a toll on her with Jeffrey seeing how she struggled to deal with the loss. "I'm a kid", the boy says at one point. "I'm not supposed to be knowing about all these guns", the boy says in his speech against violence. A commenter, Angie Mosby, said: " God is speaking through this baby boy ". Read More »

British police: Fatalities after incident at Manchester Arena

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She said that he had chosen the time and place of his attack deliberately to cause "maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately". A spokesman for Ariana Grande , 23, said the singer was "okay". In a Facebook post, Greater Manchester Police released the following statement: "Emergency services are now responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena". Read More »

Céline Dion & Miley Cyrus Both Tear Up on the BBMAs Stage

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For her second song, Cher took the stage in a sheer bodysuit and an oversized curly wig, letting her voice shine through on her performance of If I Could Turn Back Time . She added , "Some people do and I get really confused when people say that". She's my sister and she doesn't change to me. It should also be noted that Cyrus was introduced by sister Noah and father Bill Ray - and things got was super weird. Read More »

Willdo everything to achieve Israel-Palestinian peace deal

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Trump arrived at the Israel Museum after laying a wreath at Yad Vashem , Israel's Holocaust memorial. He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of global peace efforts and US Middle East diplomacy. But he avoided any mention of a Palestinian state and did not address a campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem , something Netanyahu yearns for. Read More »

Raiders' Las Vegas NFL stadium could offer mobile betting

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According to ESPN, although the lease includes language that prohibits "gaming and gambling, the maintaining or operating of a gambling establishment and/or sports wagering or any wagering on racing or other non-sports events", it does not mention mobile betting. Read More »

Concert-goer says security at Ariana Grande show was lax

Victims described being thrown by the blast that scattered nuts and bolts across the floor. Police cars, bomb-disposal units and 60 ambulances raced to the scene as the scale of the carnage became clear. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump, who is now on a visit to Israel, is being kept updated on the situation. I lay her down, she'd got a stomach wound and possibly a broken leg. Read More »

As Branstad heads out, Reynolds inherits range of issues

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However, after a member of the Iowa Senate asked for a formal opinion, Miller said the Iowa Constitution does not allow for her to appoint a lieutenant governor to serve out her term. "While we hate to lose such a passionate supporter for renewable fuels as governor, there are a number of vital trade issues with China that have a major impact on our industry", IRFA executive director Monte Shaw said. Read More »

DHS to brief airline reps, lawmakers as laptop ban expansion is considered

Six U.S. and European officials said they expect the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to make an announcement but declined to say when. It may even increase the risk of corporate laptops being lost or stolen as they are handled by airport staff, not to mention increasing the risk of lithium battery-related fires in the hold. Read More »

APEC ministers to move ahead with TPP

The two-day gathering of members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership came as the region is seeking to promote free trade with the outlook for the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal now uncertain after the withdrawal of the United States in January. Read More »

'Huge bang' reported at Grande's United Kingdom show

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Police have been warning that another attack was highly likely after a man plowed his auto into a crowd on London's Westminister Bridge in March and stabbed a policeman, in an attack that left six dead. The singer herself already had left the arena and was not among the casualties, according to her publicists. She is due to chair an emergency COBRA today as the general election campaign is suspended, before travelling up to Manchester. Read More »

SCOTUS Rules North Carolina Gerrymandering Is Racist

The justices ruled Monday that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in congressional districts 1 and 12. In Sunday TV appearances, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they will press Comey in hearings as to whether he ever felt that Trump tried to interfere with his Federal Bureau of Investigation work. Read More »

Manchester United holds moment of silence for terror victims

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack, police said . Meanwhile, Nigel Farage was accused of politicising the attack after claiming it would change the election on Fox News. The Park Inn, one of the hotels directly across from the Manchester Arena , was still filled with families checking out Tuesday, majority mothers accompanied by one or two young girls. Read More »

Justices rejects Florida appeal over death penalty

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The companies argued that Michigan's retroactive change to its tax regime violated their rights to due process under the U.S. Constitution. One cert petition arose from a challenge to the Washington Legislature's retroactive repeal of an exemption, and six cert petitions arose from the Michigan Legislature's retroactive repeal of an alternative apportionment method. Read More »

Ex-PM Valls swiftly defects to President Macron's party

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The socialists were resoundingly beaten in the first round of the French election on April 23 in which Hamon received only 6.36 percent of the vote. "I will work to renew the links between Europe and its citizens", vowed Macron, after days earlier he stated that the European Union must be reformed, or face a possible "Frexit", i.e. Read More »

Former CIA head to answer questions about Russian meddling

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Flynn's own defensive crouch revealed the high legal stakes he faces as investigations intensify: a USA counterintelligence probe of Russian Federation, a federal investigation in Virginia and multiple congressional inquiries. Flynn's payments from Russian entities have always been seen as red flags, before and after he was appointed to Trump's Cabinet as the national security adviser. Read More »

1 killed in reported Wisconsin tornado; 25 hurt

While their home was flattened, the SUV next to it was untouched. He said he was not aware of any injuries in that touchdown. The storms leveled the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park, about 110 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Wisconsin . Walker's declaration covers Barron, Jackson and Rusk counties. One person was killed and 25 people were injured. According to the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center, one person at the park died. Read More »

Men Stole Car, Killed 6-Year-Old in Back Seat

Kingston was last seen about 1:15 a.m CST, Thursday morning in the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store in Jackson , Miss. The teens reportedly responsible for the murder; Byron McBride , D'Allen Washington , and Dwan Wakefield were arrested and charged with capital murder. Read More »