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Man with fake gun in custody at Orlando airport


Police at Orlando International Airport in Florida State have taken into custody an armed man on Tuesday night (30 May) after an employee of a rental auto service raised an alarm. Armed suspect is contained but not in custody. There was minimal impact to airport operations, the airport tweeted. Officers who responded to the airport's auto rental area earlier that evening said Pettigrew was trying to get officers to shoot him. Read More »

Armed man in custody at Orlando airport; no one hurt


Once the area was evacuated and Pettigrew was surrounded, Mina said a crisis negotiator was able to get Pettigrew to surrender without shots being fired. Airport officials said the shooting happened in the Terminal A vehicle rental area. Hundreds of law enforcement officers from central Florida responded to the scene, authorities said. Read More »

Top Trump aide exits as wider White House overhaul expected

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took Trump up on the offer, the AP said, quoting "current and former USA officials with direct knowledge of the practice". Spicer was asked on Tuesday whether Trump knew about reported efforts by Kushner in December to set up a back channel for communications with Russian Federation. Read More »

Sessions To Ask Supreme Court To Rule On Travel Ban

A federal appeals court in Virginia upheld the decision to block the Trump administration's second attempted ban, which would have barred citizens of six Muslim-majority nations from entering the USA for 120 days. And one of the dissenting judges asks, well, how far back should the courts go when deciding whether an order is constitutional? The court cited statements of President Trump and his representatives on the campaign trail, on Twitter , on Fox News, and elsewhere describing a ban ... Read More »

Nearly 290 students compete in National Spelling Bee

It was corrected later, along with some incorrect letter counting, with a new map and legend marked as the "one to use". At the end of the third round, those scores will be combined with scores on the written test to determine the top 50 spellers who will compete in Thursday's final. Read More »

Lt. Gov. Calley To Make Announcement


Matt Grossmann is an associate professor of political science at Michigan State University, where he directs the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research . "Term limits have created a revolving door of elected officials, while lobbyists continue to have the power, influence, and institutional knowledge of state government and this scheme would make that even worse", Scott said. Read More »

Critically hurt Maine police officer suffered head injury


The family of Officer Nathan Desjardins said the 20-year-old officer suffered "intensive head trauma". Thirty-eight-year-old Jennifer Bousquet , of South Berwick, and two men fell into the river on Saturday afternoon. There is one area of the river, Walker's Falls, where a set of rapids has caused canoes to capsize and could be risky this time of year when the water is cold and treacherous. Read More »

Massive police presence following reports of shots fired at Orlando International Airport


The man was screaming, she said, and police had surrounded him. Check back for further details as they develop. Mina says Pettigrew, a former Marine, was being held for a mental evaluation but also faces aggravated assault charges. The incident at the Orlando airport was first reported about 7:24 p.m. Officers responded and cleared the first floor of Terminal A, airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told the Sentinel. Read More »

Homeland Security Sec John Kelly gives KUDOS to Kushner for backchannels

US Representative Adam Schiff , the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said such secret channels may be used in situations including peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan or for the release of American hostages. Calling Kushner "a great guy, a decent guy", Kelly said the president's son-in-law's "No. 1 interest, really, is the nation". "So you know there's a lot of different ways to communicate - back-channel, publicly - with other countries". Read More »

Trump's back and ready for combat


Government. News reports said the White House , reeling from the explosive developments in the long-running Russian Federation saga, is creating a new rapid-fire communications unit to respond to the controversy, led by Kushner, senior presidential adviser Steve Bannon and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Read More »

New Requirement For Texas Schools About Sex Abuse

Texas will keep spending $800 million on border security while putting little new money into public schools, maintaining therapy cuts for disabled children and easing handgun license fees as the Republican-led Legislature approved a new state budget Saturday. Read More »

What Crimes Could Jared Kushner Have Committed? Judge Nap Weighs In

McMaster told reporters in an off-camera news conference over the weekend that he does not find backchannel communications with Russian Federation problematic. On the bombing investigation Trump wrote: "British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the United Kingdom gave to USA about Manchester was leaked". Read More »

Traver keeps TCU alive at Big 12 tourney with win over Texas


And, after TCU beat the Horns earlier in the day, there was no way Texas was going to lose five times in the same season to another Texas team. Junior Patrick Mathis, who didn't become an option atop the Longhorns batting order until mid-April , homered to lead off the game. Read More »

Portland victim's mother appeals Trump to speak against intolerance


Portland's mayor is at odds with the ACLU over his request that the federal government revoke a permit for Sunday's scheduled " Trump Free Speech Rally Portland" on federal land, citing Friday's deadly stabbings on a city train after good Samaritans tried to stop the killer from harassing Muslim and African-American teen girls. Read More »

Concerns Grow About Libya Connection to Manchester Bombing


United Kingdom police said late Wednesday that leaks to American media amounted to a breach of trust and undermined their investigation into the attack, stepping up criticism earlier from Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Manchester police halted their sharing of investigative information with the US through most of Thursday until receiving fresh assurance there would be an end to leaks to the media. Read More »

US President promises not to forget Papal message


But it could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye. Also getting an introduction was longtime security aide Keith Schiller , who followed Trump to the White House, and Hope Hicks , who served as Trump's spokeswoman during his campaign and joined his White House staff. Read More »

Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

Such are the storylines in the National Basketball Association final that begins Thursday night in the insane loud Oracle Arena that one of the best players of his generation is in danger of falling into an "oh, yeah, him too" crevice in the lead-up to the series . Read More »

Sooners Advance to NCAA Men's Golf Final, Cowboys Ousted

Rylee Reinertson birdied the seventeenth to go one up and held off Garrett May of Baylor on the eighteenth to win 1 up. 2-4 to quickly go 2-down. In the extra frame the Sooners pounced early, taking a mini break to lead 4-1, and never looked back. Read More »

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Demands Special Session For Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

Declining to discuss his "private conversation" with the governor, he said only: "It's clear we need a special session". If adopted, the business group said, a bathroom bill "could lose billions of dollars in GDP, a critical loss of revenue that would profoundly threaten the state's ability to fund education , transportation and other essential services", according to the letter . Read More »

Missile-Defense System Test Called a Success

The Pentagon however, in the aftermath of Tuesday's successful intercept, says the US now has a credible and capable means of defending itself from North Korea's missile threat. "Overall", she wrote in an analysis prior to the test, the military "is not even close to demonstrating that the system works in a real-world setting". Read More »

Eyewitness describes the fatal stabbing in Portland, and one victim's final message


Wheeler urged organizers to cancel a " Trump Free Speech Rally " in Portland and other similar events next weekend, saying they are inappropriate and could be risky. Fletcher shoved back and told him to get off the train, the affidavit added. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called the men heroes for their actions. Christian had been referring to the ant-fascist movement and First Amendment during his rant in court Tuesday. Read More »

Call me on my mobile, says Donald Trump in breach of protocol

That said, this recent development isn't surprising as much as it is disappointing: it appears that President Trump has been urging world leaders to call him directly on his personal cell phone. This revelation comes on the heels of reports that Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner , attempted to create a secret communications channel with the Russians during the presidential transition. Read More »

On health care, the choice is truly yours


There are many variables - and unforeseen outcomes - that can undermine even the most carefully crafted policy initiative. States would be allowed to waive the 10 federally-defined Essential Health Benefits put in place by the Affordable Care Act . Read More »

Merkel, minister stress US ties after critical Trump tweet

Asked if Kushner had indeed attempted to negotiate a back channel with Russia, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at the daily press briefing,"That assumes a lot". At a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on Thursday, he lambasted 23 of the 28 members - including Germany - for "still not paying what they should be paying" towards the funding of the bloc. Read More »

'Kushner more than willing to answer Russia-related questions'

Amid revelations that Kushner had undisclosed contacts with Russia's ambassador, Trump issued a statement that "Jared is doing a great job for the country". Adam Schiff said. The wider investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling is being led by Robert Mueller, a respected former FBI director who was given broad powers to pursue the case as a special counsel. Read More »

Republican who 'body slammed' reporter wins Montana election

Ben Jacobs , a reporter for The Guardian , said that Gianforte bodyslammed him after he attempted to asked the candidate a question about the House Republican health care bill. The Montana race focused on Mr Quist's history of financial problems and Mr Gianforte's stance on House Republicans' effort to dismantle Obamacare. Read More »

US Missile Defense Test Over Pacific Ocean a Key Milestone

North Korea's latest ballistic missile test involved a new rocket with a precision guidance system that landed within 23 feet of its target, its state-controlled news agency said Tuesday. "Whenever news of our valuable victory is broadcast recently, the Yankees would be very much anxious about it and the gangsters of the South Korean puppet army would be dispirited more and more", KCNA cited Kim as saying. Read More »

Portland Murder Suspect Calls Stabbings 'Patriotism' In First Court Appearance


People react outside the courthouse during the arraignment of Jeremy Joseph Christian , a 35-year-old convicted felon and the suspect in a fatal stabbing spree on a Portland . "It's everywhere and the trouble is, it's getting more and more prevalent". Mayor Ted Wheeler said he welcomed the president's tweet on Monday condemning the attack. Read More »

Tiger Woods' DUI Arrest: Shocking New Details

According to the incident report, police spotted Woods' black Mercedes on Military Trail at 2:03 a.m. Monday, parked on the side of the road and partially blocking the right lane and bicycle lane. Jack Nicklaus was already scheduled to meet the media Tuesday before Tiger Woods' DUI arrest , but it was an unavoidable topic when the 18-time major victor held the annual news conference ahead of The Memorial Tournament he hosts at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Read More »

Dayton OKs most of budget, aims for second overtime session


In short, the legislature said allow our tax bill to pass, or shut the government down . The Democratic governor set himself a Tuesday deadline to act on budget bills. "I don't know how they can possibly defund the people's voice". Daudt said the House has about $7 million that would last a little over a month. Dahms said he feared any vetoes would send negotiators back to their original positions, and lead to them digging in. Read More »

Cleveland police officer who killed Tamir Rice fired after rules violations

Officials said Loehmann's firing stemmed from answers he gave on his personal history statement while he was applying for a job with the Cleveland PD - not from his actual conduct on the day he shot Rice. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson offered condolences to Rice's family , and said Tuesday's announcements followed an "extensive process". While Garmback was suspended for violations related to the shooting, like failing to report his arrival to a radio dispatcher, the ... Read More »

World War II monument unveiled at Richmond County Veterans Memorial Park


Andrew Tollefsen, the senior vice commander at the Port Washington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1819, who fought in the Battle of Hamburger Hill in the Vietnam War, was the VFW's grand marshal. Grant, Trump began his first visit to the cemetery as president by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Arguing that transformed a solemn day of remembrance into one associated with leisure and recreation, veterans groups have long advocated a return to May 30. Read More »

May Says Corbyn Would Be 'Alone and Naked' During Brexit Talks


He refused to say whether he would launch a drone strike on overseas terrorists plotting to bomb Britain, saying it was a "hypothetical question without the evidence" and he would want to know the circumstances. May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared in what was billed as a debate although they were interviewed and answered questions from an audience separately. Read More »

As North Korea threat grows, U.S. successfully tests missile defense

The military says an interceptor rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California slammed into the warhead as it traveled outside the Earth's atmosphere after being launched from a test range on a Pacific atoll. But neither North Korea, nor our missile defenses, are ready for action. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama), chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, said the successful test will help deter US adversaries. Read More »