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Local lawmakers weigh in on continued state budget impasse

That irked Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, who generated the most attention all spring by attempting to negotiate a budget-blockade break with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont. Those efforts fell apart weeks ago, and Democrats passed a $37.3 billion budget blueprint that never got a vote in the House. "Anyone who tells you this can be fixed without sacrifices is lying to you", Hammond said. Read More »

National Spelling Bee champ clinches title with 'marocain'

After several years of the event ending in a tie, organizers this year have succeeded in making the bee more hard, significantly narrowing the field of 291 through Wednesday's grueling preliminary rounds with every speller getting to a chance to spell two words on stage. Read More »

Jared Kushner's Russian Federation back-channel diplomacy: Is it legal?

His comments came on the heels of the resignation of White House Communications Director Mike Dubke-who did not have a relationship with Trump prior to taking the post . Just back from his nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, Trump dismissed recent reports as "fake news". 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 »

Trump pulls U.S. out of global climate change accord

The US is the world's second-biggest carbon emitter. "As the chair of C40, a network of 91 of the world's major cities committed to tackling climate change and as the mayor of Paris , I urge the US administration to reconsider this short-sighted decision", according to a statement from Anne Hidalgo . Read More »

Trump pulls USA out of 'draconian' climate deal

West Virginia Coal Association senior vice president Chris Hamilton said U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accord would build confidence in American. mining and industry even if it would not make major changes on the ground. Others slammed Trump for what they characterized as reckless abandonment. They pledged to increase investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. Read More »

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could get his own radio show

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Assange had been interviewed several times on Hannity's Fox show in the past few months, but the two didn't always get along. "My physical circumstances means that nothing is easy". But his tone changed after Mr Assange announced he would leak files that would later hinder the campaign of Hillary Clinton , US president Donald Trump's election opponent. Read More »

Ringling Brothers performs final shows

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Ringling Brothers has its origins in the 19th century with showman P.T. Barnum. But the "Greatest Show on Earth " truly began after 1919, when the Barnum & Bailey Circus merged with the separate Ringling Bros . But its the animals that eventually led to the troupe's downfall, or rather the lack thereof. Fewer than 40,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild. Read More »

IL ends spring legislative session without budget deal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill . (AP) Protesters have completed a 200-mile Chicago-to-Springfield march in support of a state budg. Tuesday, May 30, 2017. "The governor's reckless strategy of holding the budget hostage to create leverage for his pro-corporate agenda that pads the profits of large corporations and insurance companies has for the third year left IL without a budget at the end of the May legislative session", Madigan said in a statement published by Capitol Fax. Read More »

Caught on tape: Shootout leaves two bounty hunters, fugitive dead

Bernal and Garcia returned fire. Twenty shots were fired in about six seconds, according to a statement from Kathy Lucas, a spokeswoman for the city. "It doesn't look like a tactically sound operation", he says. Matthews said that typically law enforcement might use four tactical officers to make this type of arrest, and he said a auto dealership was not an appropriate location. Read More »

Trump Shunning The Paris Accord Makes America Look Weak

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Naturally, Trump's decision was met with great backlash. "And they won't be". Professor Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society, said the agreement had been the result of a consensus of the world's leading climate experts. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said the chancellor regrets America's departure from the deal and added that Germany will continue to try to "save our planet", while French President Emmanuel Macron responded in a video statement posted on Twitter. Read More »

Men used blowtorch to break into ATM, police say

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Police in Everett, in the U.S. state of Washington, shared a photo of the charred ATM outside Coastal Community Bank, complete with a blackened hole where the money used to be. So not only did these dudes end up with no money, but they will now end up behind bars. Police named Eli Steen and Jason Kovar, both 31-year-old Everett residents, as suspects in the case. Read More »

National Spelling Bee gets down to final 4

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Ananya Vinay couldn't watch the Warriors start the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers, but she had her own victory to celebrate. And she took time to console Rohan, who remained in his seat, wiping tears from his eyes. Rohan, who was bidding to become the first victor from Oklahoma since 1965, won $30,000. As the Scripps National Spelling Bee inched its way through the four grueling rounds that would determine the primetime finalists, two spellers seemed like young men among boys and girls. Read More »

Wisconsin plant explosion: 1 dead, at least a dozen injured

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The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, and an investigation is already underway. OSHA ordered the mill to correct the problem by April 2011. "Quite a few of the employees live in the village and surrounding area. Your heart just goes out to all these family members that are affected", Barbara Behling, chief communications officer, American Red Cross said. Read More »

Father who threw his infant off bridge faces 70 years in prison

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Vitale said during the sentencing at the Middletown court, reported the Hartford Courant . During the trial, he said he accidentally dropped his son off the bridge and did not intend to hurt him - but that went against what he'd already admitted to police, which was that he'd thrown him. Read More »

Family of Portland Train Stabbing Suspect Expresses Condolences

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He was complaining about Muslims, Christians and Jews - saying they should burn at the stake and "f**ing die " - something she'd never heard before on Portland's MAX trains, she told the station. Suddenly, she said, Christian hit the phone away and stabbed Mr Namkai-Meche in the neck. "It's unbelievable and I think what everyone hopes that they would do in a situation like that, and he did it", Gianola told KOIN . Read More »

Van Wert teen eliminated from national spelling bee

Last year's Bee co-champions were Indian Americans Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga . The bee was scheduled to continue on Thursday. It boiled down to the points the seventh grader earned in the competition. This year, 138 females and 153 males competed. All the spellers she met have been "very nice and friendly", she said. "She did well and we're pleased". Read More »

Man at Trump hotel mentioned McVeigh in message

Moles faces a federal charge of unlawful possession of a firearm and a charge under DC law of unlawful transportation of a firearm. Moles is expected to make an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon. But Moles's attorney, Eugene Ohm of the D.C. Public Defender Service, argued that his client committed no crime other than not knowing the District's strict gun laws. Read More »

Anglers can fish for free June 10

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Anglers also must comply with Delaware's fishing regulations, including size and daily catch limits. The black bass is one of the most popular sportfish targeted by Pennsylvania anglers, second only to trout, says Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway, who expects a large turnout on the most popular lakes and streams, including PA's Best Bass Fishing Waters . Read More »

Train stabbing survivor: Portland has 'white savior complex'

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Wheeler's comments come days after a man on a Portland train shouted racial and religious hate speech, some of it directed at two women, police say . He has previous convictions from 2002 on state charges of robbery, kidnapping and unlawful use of a unsafe weapon, and a 2011 conviction on federal charges of felon in possession of a firearm, court documents show. Read More »

Cleveland Police Fire Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice

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Timothy Loehmann , 26, will be terminated immediately, while officer Frank Garmback , 46, that drove the patrol auto will be suspended for 10 days, Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference . A county prosecutor announced in December 2015 that Loehmann and Garmback wouldn't be indicted. Loehmann, however, was not fired for the shooting. Read More »

Former FBI director Comey set to testify June 8 on Russia

Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump , will be presenting his side of the story to senators in both an open and a closed session. A New York Times report from May 16 said the president asked him to drop the probe. Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. USA privacy laws and intelligence regulations require that Americans' names picked up in foreign communications intercepts be concealed unless senior officials request them to be disclosed for ... Read More »

Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Heads To Trial

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But another video could emerge as key evidence in the case against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez , who goes on trial for manslaughter this week. Collins hosts the show-named for the time that elapsed between Yanez pulling over Castile's auto and the fatal shooting-alongside colleague Riham Feshir . Read More »

A look at the damage of Illinois' 3-year budget impasse

Top Democrats and Republicans blamed each other. The deadline for a budget for the upcoming fiscal year is 12:01 a.m. Thursday. As a number of people pointed out to me, the deal on the table comes down to Democrats putting together a mix of cuts and tax hikes to get a balanced budget (which the Senate did, more or less, and passed on a party-line vote), and in exchange Rauner gets reforms that are popular with his base and not with the Democrats' base. Read More »

Explosion at corn milling plant rocks Wisconsin town

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If you would like to give blood you are encouraged to make an appointment, but know your donation may not go directly to assist with this situation in Cambria. Four survivors have been taken to the facility's burn center while the other person is in the trauma unit/life support center. This is very hard for everybody that's been there especially for families waiting for some kind of information. Read More »

Texas set to pass embrace new abortion restrictions

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. Straus has for months said the bill would hurt the state's economy, and he has been joined by top companies and businesses who say it sends a discriminatory message. Read More »

House intelligence panel subpoenas Flynn, Cohen; seeks 'unmasking' docs

Cohen told CNN , if subpoenaed, he'd comply. AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, R-Wis., said that while Conaway leads the Russian Federation investigation, Nunes remains the committee chairman and has the "right and responsibility to conduct oversight of the intelligence community, especially as it relates to the potential misuse of intelligence agencies against Americans". Read More »

Golf legend who lost Masters on 'stupid' math error dead at 94

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His signature win came at the 1967 British Open at Royal Liverpool, where he won by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus . Roberto de Vicenzo , the victor of the 1967 British Open and one of the greatest Argentine golfers of all-time, has died just weeks after suffering a fall at his home, his son told Argentine media on Thursday. Read More »

House gives preliminary approval to $22.9B budget

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Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, the chief budget writer in the House. Even before the second and final House vote, scheduled early today in a session to begin shortly after midnight, the focus over the budget shifted to negotiations between House and their Republican counterparts in the Senate, which passed a rival plan three weeks ago. Read More »

Sixth-grader wins National Spelling Bee

Shourav Dasari, 14, from Spring, Texas, pauses before spelling his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md . The Spelling Bee started with 291 spellers competing for the championship. As with any intense competition, the bee was full of rapidly swinging emotions. Read More »

Family of suspect in Portland stabbing offers condolences

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The survivor of a stabbing attack in Portland , Oregon, that left two people dead and allegedly involved hate speech told ABC News that it is the "civic duty" and "moral responsibility" of all Portland residents to make sure all who live there feel at home. Read More »

US successfully tests ICBM defence system

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The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Air Force's 30th Space Wing and U.S. Northern Command are conducting the test, Pentagon spokesman, Jeff Davis, said. In the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal sent to Congress last week, the Pentagon requested United States dollars $7.9 billion for the Missile Defense Agency, including about USD $1.5 billion for the GMD programme. Read More »