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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Preparing for a Tornado

The severe weather and tornado threats don't appear to be slowing down, either. The National Weather Service will issue a mock tornado watch at 10 a.m. "And if you are in part of a county that has a warning, you should obviously take the steps that you need to take cover because potentially there could be a tornado".

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Chicago Police Say They're Investigating Livestreamed Gang Rape Of Teenage Girl

The victim was a 15-year-old girl, who went missing on Sunday in the crime-plagued city in the US Midwest. According to a Facebook blog post on Wednesday, Facebook live on desktops was earlier available for pages only, but now the status update composer will feature a Live button also.

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US Republican lawmaker quits conservative House group over healthcare conflict

The House Intelligence Committee - the chairman, Devin Nunes, canceling an open hearing on Tuesday, saying that it would be better to have closed-door hearings to be able to hear more from officials, Democrats saying that they're just trying to hide this from the public.

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Attorney General Orders Crackdown On 'Sanctuary Cities,' Threatens Holding Funds

Officials in Los Angeles, Chicago and NY said they will maintain their status as Sanctuary Cities despite the Justice Department's threat to withdraw federal funding. It's no surprise that a majority said no, and 52 percent also said that sanctuary cities should have their federal funds cut off. He said the Trump White House could withhold or "claw back" funding from any city that "willfully violates" immigration law.

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Trump's son-in-law Kushner agrees to speak to Senate panel about Russian Federation

White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said that part of Kushner's role, as Trump's close adviser during the campaign and the transition, was to serve as a chief conduit to foreign governments and officials, and he met dozens of officials from a wide range of countries.

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German SPD narrows gap to Merkel's conservatives in Allensbach poll

Earlier this month, anti-Islam and anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders failed to win the most votes in an election in the Netherlands that was partly viewed as a bellwether of populist sentiment in Europe. "Yesterday was a great day and thus an encouraging day", she said, after presenting Saarland's victorious CDU premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer with a bouquet of daisies.

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In Trump's White House drama, Priebus is favorite target

He expressed optimism that the House of Representatives would act on health care legislation again before the 2018 midterm elections, though Trump has made it clear that he wants to move on for now. One was by President Trump, when he said the best thing politically would be to let Obamacare explode. The question is, how can we get them to work less? FreedomWorks, which already had been planning events for its "month of action", is also turning to hosting thank-you rallies for ...

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Americans Want Gorsuch Confirmed By 17 Point Margin

POLTICO reported late Tuesday afternoon that "the cagey Senate majority leader refused to say that he would do it via the "nuclear option" - a unilateral change in rules to kill the Senate's 60-vote threshold on Supreme Court nominees". "The Senate should resist the temptation to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee who is unquestionably qualified", she said . Also not helping their case is that 10 Democrats in the Senate face upcoming re-election in states Trump won.

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Chris Christie to lead Trump White House drug commission

Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni could face about three to four years in prison when they're sentenced Wednesday in Newark. Prosecutors said the resulting traffic gridlock was meant to punish a local mayor for refusing to back Christie's re-election bid, as the governor's aides tried to burnish his bipartisan credentials in advance of his run for president.

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5 things to know about Trump's budget proposal

Department of Transportation. A federal military build-up could boost the state's defense industry, which has struggled under congressional budget cuts . On Thursday afternoon, during Press Secretary Sean Spicer's regular briefing, White House Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney has earned himself a particularly head-tilting moment.

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Supreme Court rules school districts must individualize education for disabled students

When the public schools did not customize a more suitable plan, the parents moved their son to a private school where his performance improved greatly. The court decided on a middle-ground approach, holding that the requirement is satisfied when the child's IEP is "appropriately ambitious", provides "the chance to meet challenging objectives", and is "reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child's circumstances".

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Kushner to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee in Russian Federation probe

The following day, when Yates's lawyer sent a letter to the White House indicating that she still wanted to testify, the hearing was canceled. Democrats have said Nunes, who was a member of Trump's transition team, can no longer run a credible investigation of Russian hacking, the USA election and any potential involvement by Trump associates.

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No LGBTQ category included in Census proposal for 2020 count

According to a report from the National LGBTQ Task Force , the Census Bureau originally reported on Tuesday morning that they would include questions on "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" in both the 2020 Census as well as the American Community Survey .

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Video shows big gator taking stroll on SC golf course

Witness Carrie Moores snapped photos of an alligator Monday as it stalked players in the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic's 10th Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational at The River Course on Kiawah Island. She also noticed the animal walking toward a group of unsuspecting golfers who had their backs turned. "People said it was one of the largest ones they had ever seen", Moores said.

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Bogus doctor gets 10 years for injecting toxic substances into patients

Her rear end had hardened and turned black, she wrote . Nuby's mother, Sherri Pitts, said her daughter "died the most inhumane death". "There's no closure. "Maybe in the beginning, but greed really took over, because you was pocketing the money from every victim". O'Neal Morris, 36, had been accused of injecting patients with a mixture of Fix-a-Flat, cement, silicone, mineral oil and Super Glue to give women butt injections, WSVN reported.

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Amid threat, 1400 students evacuated safely from Mesa County school

The school was put on lockdown while MCSO, GJPD and the Colorado State Patrol responded. Once the school was clear, the Grand Junction Police Department Bomb Squad swept the school and did not find anything suspicious. "Parents, this is Park Crossing Principal Tracy Hubbert". Please have your child arrive at school a little earlier than normal to ensure we can complete the screening process before the first bell.

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North Carolina's LGBTQ Discrimination is Losing Them Billions

Judging by the list the AP compiled, using interviews and public records requests, HB2 clearly does not sit well with a variety of businesses and entertainers that don't want to endorse such hateful legislation. Forrest, a likely GOP candidate for governor in 2020, wrote an open letter to legislators this week critiquing recent proposals to get rid of the law or significantly rewrite it to satisfy outside groups.

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Judge considering plan on fix for 18000 Flint water lines

Obama pledged $80 million in funding to MI to address drinking water issues during a visit to the state in January 2016. This damaged the pipes and caused lead to leach into the city's water system. At least one of her sons is immunocompromised, and she has an autoimmune disorder, she said. "Flint has actually been meeting all federal water safety standards for at least 6 months, and in similar situations, residents of other cities in the United States are routinely told that their water is ...

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'Sanctuary Cities' Promise Legal Fight After Sessions Threatens Funds

Grants that local communities receive from the Department of Justice primarily go to support law enforcement and public safety. Sessions said he aimed to clarify a similar policy adopted by the Obama White House previous year. Ignoring fresh threats from the White House, city leaders across the USA are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called " sanctuary cities " despite the financial risks.

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Draymond Green backs Oakland in Raiders relocation: "I won't attend a game"

McKay talks about centralizing replay and taking the final say on replay out of the hands of the referee on the field. "I want to wish Mark Davis and the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas". Owners met in Phoenix to vote on the move and other National Football League issues, which are now going to be something Nevadans will hear much more about in the coming years.

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White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall

Republicans in Congress are considering delaying a decision on President Trump's request for $1.5 billion this year to begin construction on a border wall along the U.S. Congress failed to pass a budget previous year and funded the government through April 28 through a continuing resolution. Through federal assistance, Matthews received a voucher that would pay about two-thirds of his rent, and found a place to live in late December after a six-month search.

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FBI investigation continues into Trump-Russia links

I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

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Ex-Christie aides to be sentenced in New Jersey bridge case

Baroni and Kelly were convicted of using gridlock near the bridge to punish a New Jersey mayor who failed to endorse the re-election of Christie in 2013. Wildstein's sentencing has not been scheduled. Kelly and Baroni both claimed during jury deliberations and after the verdict was handed out that Judge Wigenton all but guaranteed a guilty verdict when she allowed jurors hearing the case could decide only that the 2013 lane shutdown had been a simply a misuse of government resources and not ...

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Nelson backs filibuster against Trump's Supreme Court nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch early next week, passing it along to the full Senate for a vote later in the week. In the man's suit, Gorsuch disagreed with six other judges' rulings and "reached the conclusion that (the driver, Alphonse Maddin) should have risked his life to follow company orders, even though Mr.

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Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

Almost 5,000 people attended a rally in support of Somerville's sanctuary city status in February, and the mayor has reaffirmed the city's commitment to the policy in spite of recent threats of federal funding cuts. There is no constitutional right for cities to continue to take handouts from federal taxpayers while also defying federal law. Several major cities could be affected by the Justice Departments' threat, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, ...

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White House staff will also skip correspondents dinner

Other presidents to miss the event include Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association , sent a letter to the organization regarding the White House staff's decision, Politico reported Wednesday.

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Nunes refuses to step away from House Russia probe

The White House said it learned from public reports that Nunes confirmed he was on White House grounds last Tuesday. "The reports included details about the Trump transition, meetings of Trump and senior advisers; they were distributed throughout the intelligence community and to the White House", Nunes said in the interview.

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New Hanover ranks as 11th healthiest county in state

Several counties surrounding D.C. rank highly in an annual health study, although more Americans are dying prematurely across the United States. Duval County ranks as the 55th healthiest county in Florida according to the eighth County Health Rankings released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute , Duval's poorest showing ever.

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Shots fired near Capitol Hill, suspect in custody

CNN has reached out to Capitol Police but did not immediately receive a response. During the incident, police said officers fired shots, but no one was hurt. In front of the Rayburn House Office Building entrance on Independence Avenue, which is often teeming with lobbyists and staffers trying to make morning meetings, was mostly empty.

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Cardinals prepare for NCAA meeting after early tourney exit

Next up is the East Regional at Madison Square Garden where the Gamecocks will face third-seeded Baylor, an 82-78 victor over Southern Cal earlier Sunday. It was the Wolverines' first lead since the early moments of the game. After a thrilling first half of back-and-forth basketball, the Cards went on an 8-0 run to end the half, and entered the break up 36-28.

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Senate, White House pass on House push to revive health bill

But as the world watched last Friday, Trump's strongman approach to reforming Obamacare failed spectacularly, even in the now Republican-controlled Washington , where House Republicans had been waiting for seven years to do the deed. There's blame to spare for the health care debacle at both the White House and on Capitol Hill. House leaders walked out of the meeting with a spring in their step.

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Austere Texas spending bill passes Senate amid budget woes

When 181 lawmakers, thousands of policy groups, the media, and people from across the state and nation migrate to Austin every two years for the Texas Legislative Session, there are plenty of opportunities to be distracted by personalities, competing interests, headlines and meetings.

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Storms possible early today, weekend to have sunny days

Highs will continue to range between 70 and 80 with lows between 49 and 63. Today's likely to be the sixth day in a row of severe weather, and there are more threats for severe storms well into the weekend . Southwest winds will contribute to the cold temperatures as they blow 10-15 miles per hour, but they will shift to northwest winds later this afternoon.

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Supreme Court Increases School Standards For Students With Disabilities

The court's decision stems from a lawsuit filed by a suburban Denver family who enrolled their son, known as Endrew F .in court documents, in a private school after they felt the Douglas County School District failed their son, who was diagnosed with autism and attention deficit/hyperactive disorder.

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Woman arrested on disorderly charge at Trump's Mar-a-Lago

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall , of New Mexico, Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed , of Rhode Island, and Tom Carper , of DE, unveiled the legislation in the Senate on Friday, while Rep. Although some Democratic lawmakers want to change that, former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow told Politico that "you can posture all day long, but the service can't produce something that doesn't exist", describing efforts to change how things proceed at Mar-a-Lago as not "realistic".


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