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Donald Trump, Saudi King inaugurate global centre against extremism

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While many presidents adjust their commentary once they depart the campaign trail and travel overseas, Trump's speech to Gulf Arab leaders featured a much softer tone than his large-scale rallies past year. When he was a candidate for president, Donald Trump's statements about Muslims frequently veered from the nonsensical to the offensive, venturing from time to time into the realm of the incoherent. Read More »

Democrats Plot 'Revolution' to Circumvent Trump's Paris Decision

Instead of the Paris agreement causing American job losses, the video says, many major American companies in all sorts of sectors wanted the U.S. to stay in the Paris accord. President Vladimir Putin refused to condemn the USA decision at an event in St Petersburg, saying that he would not judge the U.S. president and questioning whether countries were in a position to halt climate change through the nonbinding agreement. Read More »

"Bathroom bill" continues to bedevil Texas politics

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Gov. Dan Patrick on the usage of public restrooms in school and government buildings in Texas. Straus said the senate can pass the transgender bathroom legislation that the house added as an amendment to a school hazard preparedness bill Sunday night. Read More »

California Senate Says 'Yes' to Guaranteed Healthcare for All

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Proponents acknowledge that their bill is not ready to implement and they're not sure how the $400 billion proposal would be funded. Unlike Covered California , which is a subsidized public-option marketplace created to compete with private insurers, SB 562 renders private insurers obsolete by requiring the government to pay for all health care services in the state of California . Read More »

Leaders pledge to boost climate efforts after Trump decision

The three leaders said they took note "with regret" the USA decision, but added that they regard the accord as "a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change ". Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein said he signed the letter Friday morning. "The president not taking a leadership position on this is really just tragic on so many levels", Glickstein said. Read More »

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to let travel ban move forward

The high court also is being asked to uphold the constitutionality of the Trump travel policy, which lower courts have blocked because it shows anti-Muslim prejudice. While it has not fared well legally, experts point out that the Supreme Court presents the best chance the administration has to notch up a win. Along with its request to overturn the 4th Circuit decision , the administration is asking the court to set aside a Hawaii federal judge's much broader injunction that ... Read More »

12-year-old Indian-American wins USA spelling bee

The 12-year-old from Fresno, California, showed little emotion and didn't take much time as she ploughed through word after word. "The way he memorizes the words, I have never seen anything like it. Now, she'll return only in a ceremonial role to help present the trophy to next year's victor. Balu Natarajan from IL was the first Indian American to have won the competition back in 1985. Read More »

Yale considering joining group committed to Paris climate accord

In the statement , Plank said it is " our collective responsibility" to protect the earth. "New York, California, and Washington , representing over one-fifth of US gross domestic product, are committed to achieving the USA goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan", New York Gov. Read More »

Putin says Russian meddling claims remind him of "anti-semitism"

He called allegations "idle prattle" and "internal political bickering". "If NATO is ready to work constructively in this direction, of course we will cooperate", he said. Russian Federation remains under USA and European Union sanctions because of its involvement in the Ukraine conflict and annexation of Crimea. The Syrian President, Bashar Assad , " might have made mistakes ", but the groups he's fighting within the country " are no angels either ", Putin said , adding that the latest ... Read More »

Kabul funeral explosions leave at least six dead

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Yesterday, Ezadyar's son was killed in the mass rally in Kabul after security forces opened fire on demonstrators. Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani were among those attending the funeral. Read More »

Global anger at U.S. for quitting climate pact

Watching world leaders and Hollywood celebrities fly in and out of Paris on private jets, seeing idling motorcades and gas-guzzling SUVs fill the vast parking lots at global climate conferences, average people could be forgiven for dismissing this initiative as farce. Read More »

Pres. Trump 'asked' intelligence officials to deny existence of Russian Probe

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The conversation allegedly took place on March 20, the same day that former FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee. "The President will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people", the spokesperson said. "There are procedures that we go through to determine when assessments ... Read More »

Explosion at plant in Columbia County

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A dozen other employees were taken to hospital. None of the workers have been identified. The schools, located about a quarter of a mile from Didion, were closed Thursday but will reopen today, when officials said the high school's graduation ceremony will go on as scheduled. Read More »

Who is Joe Lieberman, Trump's top pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation director?

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But he also said there had been "no effort to impede our investigation to date" - which would seem to be good news for a White House that now faces suggestions that the president might have attempted to obstruct justice. public's attention from revealed instances corruption as well as other pressing domestic issues. He backed Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008, angering many of his former Democratic colleagues by endorsing him at the Republican National Convention . Read More »

Germany and China vow to deepen ties amid Trump concerns

The European Union and China will throw their full weight behind the Paris climate accord at a summit on Friday, EU officials said, in a bid to fill the void if the United States quits the pact. President Donald Trump was due to announce whether he would keep Washington in the deal. " Europe must become a player active in worldwide affairs". Read More »

Former Penn State president gets jail

Curley was sentenced to seven to 23 months, with three months of jail time and four months of house arrest. The initial conspiracy and endangerment case against Spanier and the two other administrators had languished for years, managed through multiple Pennsylvania attorneys general and dissected and reshaped by appellate court decisions. Read More »

Under Armour's Kevin Plank disagrees with Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate agreement

Study co-author Erwan Monier, a lead researcher at the joint program, said that the school's climate researchers "certainly do not support the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris agreement ". The $15 million would cover the USA share of the convention's operating budget, according to Bloomberg spokesperson Carl Pope. Alaska hasn't seen any official statewide policy initiatives on climate change since an effort under former Governor Sarah Palin, almost a decade ago. Read More »

Trump shares positive feedback on Paris climate accord withdrawal

In the wake of Trump's exit, China , the European Union and other countries around the world have reaffirmed their commitment to the accord, leaving the US on a diplomatic island with only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (and to be fair to Ortega, his country didn't join because the accords weren't strong enough ). Read More »

Trump pulls United States out of Paris climate agreement

While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement Thursday that the agreement cannot be renegotiated, "since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics". Read More »

State budget passes Senate, but work continues on companion bill

Moderate Republicans, who mostly supported both proposals, are coming to terms with continued Democratic opposition and assessing their next move. Switching to a 51 person majority might avoid the complications that arise from using budgetary reconciliation to pass health care and tax reform. Read More »

Mayor, Governor Vow to Do More on Climate After Paris Accord Withdrawal

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While Trump and Pence have suggested the possibility of renegotiating the agreement, the leaders of Italy , Germany and France have said that won't happen. India is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement irrespective of what other nations decide, said the Centre said today, hours after President Donald Trump announced that the United States will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord . Read More »

Ex-Penn St officials get jail terms in Sandusky abuse case

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He got a sentence of 4 to 12 months, with the first two to be spent in jail and the rest under house arrest. Judge John Boccabella also sentenced Spanier to pay a $7,500 fine and perform 200 hours of community service. Prosecutors are seeking jail time for Spanier, 68, with sentencing guidelines calling for up to a year in prison. "It sickens me to think that I might have played a part in children's suffering", Schultz said. Read More »

Anthony Weiner pleads guilty: 'I have a sickness'

The judge will decide his punishment and he will be sentenced on September 8. The investigation infamously intersected past year with the 2016 presidential campaign, when agents seized devices and found emails between Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin , Weiner's estranged wife and a top Clinton adviser. Read More »

Muslim-Americans raise money for victims in Portland train attack

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That's what liberalism gets you. They reviewed Christian's Facebook page , and report that he advocated removing Mosques and promoted Whites-only regions of the Northwest. Christian's disturbing statements didn't end with the anti-Muslim rant he delivered on the train. "I don't know that officers came in contact with him that night", Simpson said. Read More »

Russian Federation claimed it had 'defamatory' intelligence on Trump

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The unnamed sources suggest they intercepted Russian official communication in 2016, between operatives bragging they had developed a close relationship with Michael Flynn and Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort . President Donald Trump and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak shake hands at the White House. "The Russians could be overstating their belief to influence", CNN quoted a source as saying. Read More »

Nunes, sidelined from Russian Federation probe, launches one into 'unmasking' of Americans

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Flynn also declined the Senate intelligence committee's request for an interview, and on May 22 rejected their subpoena for documents, citing the Fifth Amendment constitutional protection against self-incrimination. Cohen, who had refused an earlier request for information, saying it was "not capable of being answered", told the AP on Tuesday that he would comply with subpoenas, should they be issued. Read More »

European gov'ts condemn United States withdrawal from Paris agreement

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The colour was plastered on buildings across the world including France , Canada , Australia and, of course, the United States of America itself. " India's resolve to take up the leadership of saving the planet from climate change while others abrogate their leadership", he said, further adding that India has led the focus on Sustainable lifestyles in Paris agreement . Read More »

Trump touches orb in Saudi, lights up internet

In January 2016, Saudi Arabia severed all of its ties with Iran after its embassy in Tehran was stormed by angry Iranian protesters. He explains: "We're in the Middle East. After hosting Abbas at the White House in March, Trump boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years". Read More »

Australian man allegedly murdered in the US

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Investigators are also reviewing surveillance footage from a nearby security camera. According to Australian news media , Bate was from Woolner. Fox 2 News reported that Mr Bate was an analytical chemist at SGS Australia, an inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Read More »

Cities and states aim to take up Paris Accord after Trump's withdrawal

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German industry associations also criticised Mr Trump's decision , warning that it would harm the global economy and lead to market distortions. "Today we are stepping up our cooperation on climate change with China ". The agreement is nonbinding and countries are allowed to adjust their plans depending on their domestic situation, with peer pressure from other countries being the primary motivating factor. Read More »