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California sixth-grader wins National Spelling Bee with "marocain"

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Rohan was out of the competition after he misspelt the word " marram , ' a type of coarse perennial grass". During Wednesday's preliminarys, Vogoti spelled paillard (thin grilled piece of beef or veal) and laity (people of a religious faith) after scoring high on the written test that moved him to the final rounds. Read More »

Former President Carter shakes hands with everyone on flight

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The friendly ex-president made things a little more exciting when he stood up from his seat and went up to each and every passenger and shook hands with them. In the heartwarming post, a happy woman can be heard saying: "I love you Jimmy Carter" as he moves down the aisle on the flight from Washington DC to Atlanta , accompanied by security. Read More »

Half-staff flags, bells mark 1 year since Pulse massacre

Being that many within their community were shaken by the shooting, it was only fitting that they address the tragedy and honor the victims and survivors as part of their prayer service. Together, let's show that we will never forget those who perished, and that we stand Orlando United . "We care about each other and we came together when it was needed the most". Read More »

US breaks with G7 on climate, development banks - statement

In fact, the U.S. withdrawal could raise global emissions by 3 per cent, and could add up 0.3°C to global temperatures by the end of the century, in the worst-case scenario. Out of the deal and "without proper oversight, companies could potentially fall back on exploitative "business as usual" practices, exacerbating conflicts over scarce resources and failing to support the host country in its climate adaptation efforts", the consultant said. Read More »

Trump Can Be His Own Worst Enemy

The Justice Department last week filed an appeal with the Supreme Court asking it to hear an appeal in one travel ban case in which the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the administration.Other cases are still awaiting rulings from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More »

British PM Theresa May's top aides resign after election fiasco

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Several newspapers said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was being urged by supporters to launch a leadership challenge, but he dismissed the reports as "tripe" in a tweet saying he was backing May. The DUP is accusing Downing Street of announcing a confidence and supply deal with the Conservative Party before any such agreement has been reached. Read More »

DC-area forecast: Getting hotter and more humid through Tuesday

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It's going to be another hot day to start the work week. The humidity will peak on Tuesday as highs push near 90 degrees again with partly sunny skies and hazy, hot conditions. Skies remain mostly clear though, to go along with southerly winds at about 10 to 20 miles per hour. An area of high pressure out of the Canadian province of Ontario noses into the region on Wednesday , returning drier and more seasonable weather to New England. Read More »

Immelt stepping down as CEO of GE

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The 61-year-old Immelt, who has led the company since 2001, will stay on as chairman until his retirement from the position at the end of the year. GE's shares were up 2.7 per cent in premarket trading. They are down about 7.6 percent over the last 12 months. Instead, Mr. Flannery and GE have doubled down. Flannery has led the turnaround of GE Healthcare, increasing organic revenue by 5 percent and margins by 100 basis points in 2016, GE said. Read More »

Puerto Rico votes to become 51st state of the US

Sunday's referendum was the fifth on the territory's status - dating back to 1967. Puerto Rico has been under the control of the United States since 1898, and certain political parties are pushing for independence from the United States entirely. Read More »

Officer who killed motorist to testify Friday

When he told Castile not to reach for his weapon, Yanez said, "I was able to see his right hand, it was in a C-shape. I can reach in with a couple fingers and pull the gun out right now", Kapelsohn told the jury. When Yanez was obtaining proof of insurance from Castile, he said he could see inside the auto and kept an eye on Castile's hands. However, the state took issue with his analysis and said it left out key elements of the case. Read More »

Donald Trump undercuts his own aides with travel ban tweets

In a series of Monday morning tweets , Trump says the Justice Department "should have stayed" with his first executive order aimed at temporarily halting entry to the USA from a half-dozen Muslim majority countries. Yet the president on Monday said the order was exactly that. He added: "We don't need the help but will take it!" The problem with that statement, Rove said, is that Trump's original executive order, which was rejected by the federal courts, argued that his administration ... Read More »

Addressing climate change is an urgent issue

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In the letter, the Senators applaud President Trump for his executive actions to undo overreaching environmental regulations from the Obama administration, specifically the Clean Power Plan regulations. "It's our responsibility to act, and I'm proud to stand among the growing number of Climate Mayors fighting for our residents". If the U.S.is going to do its part to fight the real threat of climate change, Trump's decision must be viewed not as permission to relax environmentally friendly ... Read More »

Protesters march for equality during LGBTQ Pride Month

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June is National LGBTQ Pride month . Activists have been embittered by the Trump administration's rollback of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. "Today is about celebrating who we are as a community and just reminding those elected leaders and those that want to represent us that this community pays attention and we will not be silent". Read More »

1 winning Powerball ticket sold in California worth $447M

His family did not yet make plans on how to spend the $1 million of compensation they will be awarded for selling the winning ticket. "We're so blessed for this to happen", Alberre told The Associated Press. Powerball lottery tickets are held at Jessie's Express Cafe with the jackpot at 1.5 billion dollars in New York City on January 12, 2016. Powerball - based on lottery tickets sold for $2 apiece - is played in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Read More »

Trump labels Comey as 'cowardly' and potential criminal

Comey on Thursday told a Senate committee investigating Russian meddling in U.S. elections that Trump had asked him drop the case against Flynn in a one-on-one conversation in the Oval Office in February, the day after Flynn was sacked. Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a "leaker", he also claimed "total and complete vindication " following the ex-FBI chief's testimony, focusing on Comey's confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed. Read More »

Rallies against Islamic law draw counter-protests across the US

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Scholars say there's little to no threat to USA democracy from Islamic law . In Harrisburg , Pennsylvania, there was tension on the steps of the state capitol, where a similar number of protesters and counter-protesters faced off. Muslims oppose implementing sharia in the U.S. We're going to take a few minutes to talk about rallies happening today in dozens of cities across the country called the March Against Sharia . Read More »

Donald Trump invited to testify over Comey, Russian meddling

Schumer maintained that special counsel Robert Mueller , who is heading the Justice Department's investigation, would be consulted first. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week and said he felt Trump pressured him to drop the federal investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Read More »

Top intelligence officials say little about Trump conversations on Russian Federation

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WARNER: But have - in your course prior to the incident that we're going to discuss, was it in any regular course where a president would ask you to comment or intervene in any ongoing FBI investigation? Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency , responded by saying, "In the 3-plus years that I have been the director of the NSA, I have never been directed to do anything that I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate". Read More »

Berger wins at St. Jude Classic for second straight year

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Crane is one of Cink's good friends on the tour and said it's been rewarding to watch Cink overcome so much adversity. "I'm really proud of the way I played today". Kevin Sutherland holed out for an eagle on No. 18 to join McCarron at 203. LPGA: Lexi Thompson shot a 67 for a 17-under 199 total and a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Manulife LPGA Classic at Cambridge, Ontario. Read More »

Penguins beat Predators to repeat as Stanley Cup champs

Despite country music star Luke Bryan crooning "I Don't Want This Night to End" from the rooftop of world famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge across the street from the most unique atmosphere for hockey, Nashville fell two wins short of a world title. Read More »

Trump honours service members in Memorial Day speech

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President Trump told the crowd, "We only hope that we every day that we can prove worthy". SIEGEL: And the president talked about Green Beret captain Andrew Byers, who was killed last November while rescuing an Afghan soldier. Army bugler played taps just a few feet away. On Tuesday, Christian Jacobs, the 6-year-old son of a fallen U.S. Marine, adorably shared his experience exchanging a high five with President Trump at Arlington National Cemetery. Read More »

So is Donald Trump secretly recording conversations or not?

However, he did fire off a tweet at daybreak on Friday, asserting that Comey's testimony represents "total and complete vindication" in the Russian Federation case. "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer", he said. Democratic senator Martin Heinrich said during the hearing, "a lot of this comes down to who should we believe". Read More »

Trump on Comey accusation: 'I didn't say that'

Since he took office, the President's personality hasn't changed much, but his King Lear tendency is deepening. "What we're talking about is a sitting president of the United States and whether the administration took an action to fire the FBI director in a historic way because of a desire to take the pressure off the Russian Federation investigation", he told CNN. Read More »

5 people killed in workplace shooting in Orlando

Five people were shot and killed by a "disgruntled" former employee at a workplace near Orlando , Florida, on Monday morning, three years after the suspect was involved in another workplace violence incident there, authorities said. WKMG reported that Clark was a widower and a single father of a 17-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. Neumann lived alone and had no family in the area, Demings said. Read More »

Sessions' plans to testify surprised Senate intelligence panel members

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Two leading Democrats, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, called on Sessions to appear before the Judiciary Committee, which has oversight responsibility for the Department of Justice. On Sunday morning, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) enumerated the questions he wants Sessions to answer in an appearance on "Meet the Press". Read More »

'100 per cent' willing to testify over Comey conversations

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The House intelligence committee sent a letter Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn whether any tape recordings or memos of Comey's conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past. QUESTION: He did say under oath that you told him to let the Flynn - you said you hoped the Flynn investigation, he could let go. Dianne Feinstein of California asked, "Why didn't you stop and say, 'Mr". Read More »

U.S. urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar

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He said that Iran had told Doha it was ready to help with securing food supplies and that it would designate three of its ports to Qatar but that the offer had not yet been accepted. Doha is a major global travel hub, but flag carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East. Read More »

Videos Show Rescue of Rape Victim, Serial Killer Confessions

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He was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences, plus another 60 years for murder, sexual assault and kidnapping. As a number of the officers survey the container during the November 2016 rescue, one quietly chats with the 30-year-old captive about the chain before getting bolt cutters to free her. Read More »

Trump declares 'vindication' following Comey testimony to Senate

Discussing the meeting in which Comey says Trump asked him to back off Flynn, Democratic Sen. He said that while he found the February exchange in the Oval Office disturbing, "that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense". Read More »

Trump says he's willing to testify under oath, contradicts Comey

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Trump abruptly fired Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on May 9, admitting later that the Russian Federation probe was on his mind at the time . Whether Trump ordered Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn may carry significant importance as some lawmakers are contemplating whether Trump's action constitutes obstruction of justice . Read More »

California mayor hopes local has winning ticket

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The almost half-a-billion dollar jackpot is the seventh largest in Powerball history, and reportedly the tenth largest in US lottery history. According to Powerball spokesman Andy Miller, the $448 million figure is based on the victor choosing an annuity that is paid out over the course of 29 years. Read More »

Coats refuses to discuss Trump conversations

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DNI spokesman Brian Hale said in advance of the hearing, "Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President". Coats refused to confirm or deny Tuesday's explosive Washington Post report that cited U.S. While the hearing was explicitly meant to focus on FISA, its timing - a day before former FBI Director James Comey will testify for the first time since his firing - led Senators to frequently derail conversation around the intended topic. Read More »