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Emanuel Seeks Water, Sewer Tax To Tackle Chicago Pension Fund

The mayor dropped his bombshell during a speech at the Chicago Investor's Conference. In addition to city council approval, the Illinois Legislature needs to approve a new funding schedule for the pension system. "These are hard decisions, and I know the solutions are not easy", Emanuel said in a statement, "but we will finally be honest about the cost of running the city, we will finally be able to confidently invest in our communities and we will leave Chicago better than we found it for ...

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Hillary Clinton: Some Donald Trump Supporters Are 'Xenophobic,' 'Racist,' and 'Misogynistic'

Speaking to Republicans at the Kenosha County GOP headquarters, 5901 75th St., Ryan brushed off the sudden national media attention Trump has brought to his primary race against Nehlen. She addressed two of the largest issues that continue to dog her campaign: the controversy over her use of a private email server while she was USA secretary of state and continuing scepticism among voters about her trustworthiness.

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Republicans Calling for Trump to Drop Out of the Race

Trump was referring to his running mate, Mike Pence, the conservative governor of Indiana. "Democrats, Republicans independents. We're going to pull America together again". But French ultimately opted out of the effort, yet another embarrassing defeat for the "Never Trump" movement. The charges came soon after Clinton addressed her own political vulnerabilities while facing a group of minority journalists in Washington.

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Prince's Paisley Park, other properties could go on sale

The bank wrote in the documents: "The properties that the special administrator is now anticipating will be sold, and the appraised value of same are listed in spreadsheet attached as Exhibit A". Sitting on a 60,000 square-foot lot, Prince's Minnesota-based abode served as a breeding ground for unreleased music with a state of the art studio, a stage where he held rehearsals, and a room full of memorabilia.

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Trump makes up with party, Clinton wrestles with trust

Trump's his initial refusal to back the three - and particularly his reluctance to endorse Ryan, an unprecedented move from a major party nominee - sparked fresh questions over Trump's viability in the race. Presidential and VP nominees don't always agree on everything, but the latter usually defers to the former and what they have said or believe. "If Hillary Clinton becomes president", he told a rally in Iowa, "you will have really, in my opinion, the destruction of this country from ...

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Pikachu Statue Mysteriously Appears in New Orleans

City officials have not yet said whether the statue will be allowed to remain in the park, but it appears to have met with at least temporary approval from the park's neighborhood association. With the sudden dominance of Pokemon Go in Internet culture, news of the statue drew curiosity seekers even faster than a Pokemon lure. And, now, it's not just the virtual world being inundated with pokemon - oh no.

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Clinton Gets Big Convention Bounce, Regains Polling Lead From Trump

Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Donald Trump to 10 points in the wake of the Democratic convention, according to a new national poll . Senior party activist Jan Halper-Hayes told the BBC she thought Mr Trump was "psychologically unbalanced".

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District Got Body Cameras Days Before Shooting

Three Chicago police officers have been relieved of their police powers after police body cam videos showing the shooting death of an unarmed black man have inflamed the city. [The videos show a] succession of apparent procedural errors, including police firing at a fleeing vehicle with other officers in harm's way and an admission by the officer who believed he fired the fatal shot that he had no idea whether the 18-year-old was armed.

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Federal judge seals Alton Sterling's autopsy report from public

He said he customarily consults law-enforcement authorities before publicly releasing any autopsy reports for deaths that are under criminal investigation. His version of events seems to match the only other evidence available to the public, his own cell phone video as well as the dashboard camera from a patrol auto and the footage from Muflahi's convenience store security camera.

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Hillary contradicts Federal Bureau of Investigation again on emails

Lisa Desjardins has that. Hillary Clinton, despite the case against her having been closed, still finds herself in a twist when addressing questions about her emails. It still doesn't negate the fact that she and her staff were careless, they potentially exposed secrets to foreign actors, and it's not necessarily a good defense to say that you couldn't decipher which information probably should've been marked because you're not "sophisticated" enough.

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Recent phone scam targets female college students

The criminals leave urgent callback requests on voice mail telling taxpayers to call back to settle their "tax bill". The Albany Police Department is sending out a warning about scam calls from someone claiming to be an Albany Police detective or an IRS agent.

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Olathe police attend slain officer's funeral in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge police Officer Matthew Gerald was laid to rest Friday. Here are the directions for the procession: From Istrouma Baptist Church, they'll go north on Airline Highway and stop at the site of the shooting (B-Quik) and continue north.

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Voters in 3 counties support renewal of Detroit Zoo tax

RTA Chief Executive Officer Michael Ford said in a statement that the new plan "keeps the transit we have now, creates greater efficiency, and introduces premium transit options for the first time in our region". A universal fare card that would provide access to all transit systems in the region. ~Increased frequency and longer spans of service . Under the deal, Oakland County would get to shift multiple millions of dollars of its transit allocation to paratransit and on-demand services ...

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Arkansas continues hot-weather streak; heat warning issued

Feels like temps are 105 degrees to 108 degrees. Heat related issues can sneak up on you quickly. Temperatures in the low 100s are forecasted throughout the weekend, with the hottest day expected to be Saturday at 103 degrees. Saturday night and Sunday , the chance of rain increases to 40 percent, according to the weather service. RELIEF NEXT WEEK: Models continue to suggest a trough of low pressure developing along a stalled boundary near the Gulf coast.

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Officers remembered in special ceremony in Baton Rouge

She said that Officer Gerald loved the police department and being a cop. On Wednesday, the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council failed to introduce a measure that would have required new police hires to hail from city limits. "Memorials are for the living, for all of you, the fact of the matter is that unfortunately Jill and I know through personal experience what you're going through", he said.

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Clinton acknowledges work to do to win trust

It was an unusual gesture for Trump, who is known for his refusal to admit mistakes and his tendency to double down when he's under attack. And that coverage took him to the top of the Republican pile, discarding the other guys like Cruz and Rubio.

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Cooper won't keep defending struck-down voter ID law

The judge said the law was enacted "with discriminatory intent". Civil rights groups hailed the finding by a three-judge panel on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Republicans meant to discriminate against minorities by approving certain voting restrictions.

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Donald Trump expected to finally endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan for reelection

Trump shocked Republicans this week when he refused to endorse Ryan in Tuesday's Republican primary in Wisconsin, but Ryan is brushing it off. Ryan himself hesitated for weeks before ultimately endorsing Trump. Trump bashed the media as well, saying reporters over-hyped an incident earlier in the week and claimed he kicked a baby out of an event in Virginia.

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Trump 'finally' endorses Paul Ryan after refusing to back him

Moving to heal a deepening rift within the Republican Party, Donald J. Trump belatedly endorsed the primary campaign of Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Friday, giving his backing to the reelection effort of the nation's most powerful elected Republican.

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NYC's last milk processing plant closing; 273 to lose jobs

Schwartz said Elmhurst kept its plant in Queens open long after it was economically viable in order to honor the wishes of his father, Max, the company founder. "Unfortunately, that regulatory burden made it impossible for the company to compete with out-of-state vendors", he said. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, in a statement from her office, said Borough Hall will work with the company and the city in an effort to help the displaced workers land new employment.

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Officers recommend Dennis Rodman be charged with hit-and-run

The possible charges stem from an early morning July 20 incident on I-5 in Santa Ana, where Rodman allegedly drove a luxury SUV in the wrong direction of a carpool lane, causing the driver of a BMW to swerve and hit a divider to avoid a collision.

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Missing Ohio teen found safe in Grand Teton

Park officials are urging anyone with any information about Fauna's whereabouts to contact the National Park Service at 307-739-3356. But her disappearance and recovery has raised only more questions after she changed her appearance and tried to flee when rangers approached her, according to park staff.

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US discloses more conditions for lethal drone strikes

The principles, released with redactions, provide more detail on the conditions for drone strikes and other direct action than the White House revealed earlier when it summarized the document in a fact sheet in 2013. If the target is a U.S. citizen or someone living in the USA, or if there is not unanimous agreement among the president's key national security officials regarding the nomination of the target, it will be submitted to the president for a decision.

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Newark hostage situation ends with 1 arrest, no injuries

After a four-hour standoff with police, officers entered the building after using pepper spray. At 2:45 a.m., Newark Police personnel responded to the 200 block of South Street after a 911 call was received that several persons were being held hostage at the location, police said.

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Australia's Nick Kyrgios advances to Atlanta semifinals

World number 18 Nick Kyrgios has reached his fifth semi-final of the season after defeating Fernando Verdasco, 48th-ranked, in the BB&T Atlanta Open quarter-finals. But Verdasco won five of the next six points to even the match. The 18-year-old Opelka topped seventh-seeded Donald Young 6-4, 6-4 in another all-American match to reach his first tour semifinal.

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Suspect Arrested in Shooting Death of San Carlos Woman

McCray is wanted for the July 31 shooting of a woman in downtown Austin. McCray was trying to shoot his brother-in-law during the incident, according to an arrest affidavit viewed by The Austin American-Statesman . The U.S. Marshals Service Atlanta office was contacted by the Austin office when they developed leads that McCray had left Texas, and was in the Atlanta area.

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Alabama board denies parole for Birmingham church bomber

It is unknown if Blanton had an attorney representing him for Wednesday's parole board hearing. But local NAACP president Hezekiah Jackson says freeing Blanton now during nationwide protests over police treatment of black people would send the wrong message.

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Utah evacuations lifted as crews get upper hand

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said the C-130s will go into action Wednesday and initially be based in Boise. But the annual number of large wildfires in the American West has increased by more than 75 percent , from roughly 140 fires in the 1980s to 250 fires in the 2000s, the Union of Concerned Scientists reported in 2014.

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Chicago protesters to rally near where King marched in '66

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the department is looking at training and tactics after an officer fatally shot an 18-year-old suspect last week. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson moved immediately to suspend the policing powers of the three officers involved in O'Neal's death, pending investigation and saying they had clearly violated department policy, a shift from past department practices of sweeping such allegations under the rug.

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Parole violator, bank robbery suspect fatally shot at motel

After viewing a composite of the suspect, Chief Chuck Nebus said, officers recalled a similar robbery from 2006. When they checked, Farmington Hills officers confirmed it was the same man from the 2006 robbery. The man, 54, was a recent parolee of the Michigan Department of Corrections and was paroled for robbing the same bank he was suspected of robbing Tuesday, said Sgt.

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Mosquitoes have begun spreading Zika on USA mainland

PHE has said while in many nations in South America, like the Olympics sponsor Brazil, it truly is high, the danger in the southern USA state is moderate. The four people in Florida are believed to be first to contract the virus from mosquitoes within the 50 states. Florida has announced more aggressive mosquito-control efforts, and politicians are keen to assure tourists the state is safe to visit.

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Hoverboard suspected in west-central Minnesota house fire

Employees doused the fire with a fire extinguisher. The two-wheeled contraptions were a popular holiday gift a year ago despite controversy over their potential to catch fire. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, the lithiumion batteries in the hoverboards can spark and overheat. Authorities said that a resident at the Wayne home heard loud pops and bangs before noticing the fire.

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Obama's daughter lands summer job at seafood restaurant

Sasha , 15, has been going by her full name, Natasha , and working the takeout counter. And it looks like she found that normalcy with her summer job. But her four-hour shifts will soon end as soon as her famous parents pick her up this weekend. The Boston Herald reports that the teen has been guarded by a contingent of six secret service agents.

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Bear hitches ride on garbage truck

The noise alerted the driver to the fact a bear was hitching a ride. One of these workers is believed to be the one to offer the suggestion to move the garbage truck and give the animal a chance to escape. Some 30 Forest Service and National Park workers gathered to see the unbelievable sight, and to offer a suggestion on how to get the bear down. The incident occurred on July 19, but it is only now gaining attention in the media.

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Police search for suspect after violent home invasion

Thursday for reports of a possible home invasion. State police said the three cars are being checked for evidence. There were two people home at the time. About a quarter-mile from the Church Street address, police said two suspects were found in the basement of an apartment building. Police are investigating to see if the vehicles are connected to the incident.


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