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Gamecocks' Frank Martin: New perceptions of him 'comical'

It's incredible for USC to have two teams in the Final Four. He was undeterred. And Martin made no promises. North Carolina's Roy Williams will be the granddaddy of the Final Four, compared to the trio of first-timers in Glendale, Ariz.

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Callers reported a swerving pickup before deadly bus crash

According to the Bexar County Medical Examiner, one of the people injured in the crash sent to University Hospital has died, raising the number of people killed in the crash to 13 . All 13 victims killed in the head-on collision were senior adults, who were aboard the bus. The back of the church bus came to rest on top of the guardrails and debris from the bus was scattered in the grass.

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SpaceX makes history flying recycled rocket

Elon Musk is attempting to make history Thursday by launching a used rocket for the first time. The Falcon 9 lifted off out of Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, carrying communication satellites for its SES-10 mission. SpaceX granted SES insight into the entire process of getting the booster ready to fly again, Halliwell said, providing confidence everything would go well.

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Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and Mandela ally, dies

The party also said the nation has lost a Titan, an outstanding leader, and a great patriot - a man who stood apart for his service to the people of South Africa , and to the country. Kathrada was born August 21, 1929, to Indian immigrant parents in a small town in northwestern South Africa, NPR notes . Kathrada sent this video to activists in Gaza during Israeli Apartheid Week in 2015, telling them that Palestinians can draw courage from the victory of South Africans.

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Trump's border wall funding will likely have to wait

Those talks are intensifying, but Senate Republicans are considering backing away from a showdown with Democrats over whether to fund Mr Trump's request for immediate funding to build the wall . Their support is necessary in the Senate, where the spending bill needs 60 votes and Republicans control just 52 seats. James Lankford, R-Okla. His remarks came on Tuesday after Mr Trump requested a supplemental funding bill to include money for the wall along with military programmes.

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Marco Rubio Confirms His Staffers Were Targeted by Computers in Russian Federation

Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency and president of IronNet Cybersecurity. Sen. Marco Rubio (right) was told that he was among those targeted by Moscow-backed disinformation. Panel members and witnesses spent time during Thursday morning's hearing talking about whether Moscow hacking into foreign governments constitutes an act of war.

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Supreme Court reverses interpretation Gorsuch helped craft

Now that the Supreme Court has adopted a higher standard, Gorsuch promised, "I will follow the law". The case clarifies what exactly the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act , commonly known as IDEA, means by its requirement of a " free and appropriate public education " for students with disabilities.

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Dems to vote for Trump's court nominee; Schumer urges 'no'

But Schumer still appears to be on track to amass enough Democrats to block the nomination, which could prompt Republicans to invoke the rules change. "I'm very concerned about where we're headed", Coons said. He said that he found Gorsuch "to be an honest and thoughtful man". To confirm Gorsuch, 60 senators must vote in favor of his confirmation.

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US marshals join search for missing 91-year-old judge

Wednesday, police said. The Marshals Service said Kosik is driving a gray 2015 Acura with driver's side damage and may be "at special risk of harm or injury". State police took to the air Thursday as the search intensified for U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik, who suffers from memory loss. Reporter Eric Deabill asked specifically if there were any signs of foul play.

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Rain and storms continue into Friday

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance for showers early. First contact produced a moderately-strong G2-class geomagnetic storm, with bright auroras around both poles and electrical ground currents detected in the Arctic. For the Spring Break week in Pensacola, expect afternoon highs hitting the upper 70s each afternoon with Southerly winds between 5-15 miles per hour.

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Trump set to kill Obama's online privacy regulations

In a 215-205 vote yesterday, March 28, members of the United States House of Representatives chose to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) that overturns an internet privacy regulation yet to take effect. He and other Republicans want the FTC to police privacy for both broadband companies like AT&T and internet companies like Google . "Those in support of this stripping of privacy rights have even filed with the FCC attempting to claim that web history and app data usage information is ...

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Emmert: NCAA will decide next week whether to return to NC

HB142 cleared all of its hurdles today in the General Assembly despite sharp criticism from activists and community leaders. They demanded nothing less than full repeal. "You can't go anywhere on this planet without somebody knowing what is HB2 and having some perception about it". "This is the best deal that we could get", the governor insisted, adding that he would have preferred a straight repeal of the bill.

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Senate Dems to vote for Trump's Supreme Court nominee

McCaskill made a distinction between using the filibuster to block Gorsuch, who would replace Scalia, arguably the court's most conservative justice during his tenure, and using it to block a nominee if one of the court's more liberal or centrist justices dies or retires.

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Gorsuch: I'm 'sorry' for ruling against autistic student

The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously raised the bar for the educational benefits owed to millions of children with disabilities in one of the most significant special-education cases to reach the high court in decades. The ruling also comes at a time when the U.S. Department of Education, under new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, has received scrutiny for its page on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act going offline for several days.

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Schumer warns against rule change for Gorsuch

It gives the Democrats the right to complain about it, and even to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination in response. Like Washington's senior US senator, Patty Murray, who announced her opposition to Gorsuch last week, Cantwell said she also will support a filibuster of Gorsuch.

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Nevada's Democratic US senator opposing Gorsuch confirmation

Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said about the nuclear option . Schumer argued that Gorsuch "did not convince people he was independent and thoughtful and down the middle" during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I think it would be bad for the Senate", he acknowledged. "They go on the Supreme Court, and then, God forbid, Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies, or [Anthony] Kennedy retires or [Stephen] Breyer has a stroke or is no longer able to serve".

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SPEAKER STRAUS: House Public Ed Committee Moves Forward on School Finance Reform

Missing from the Senate proposal is a cigarette tax increase, pushed for by the House and health advocates. Deal vetoed a similar bill a year ago, although lawmakers have added additional exemptions including keeping guns out of on-campus child care centers in hopes of persuading him to sign it into law.

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Donald Trump takes aim at Freedom Caucus again with a 2018 threat

Since Friday's debacle, Trump and his aides have increasingly talked up the possibility of working with Democrats on a reboot of the health care bill and other priorities - but that prospect has also divided Republicans on Capitol Hill. Ryan insists he's still trying to get the bill passed despite its collapse last week short of votes. In the days since that effort failed, Trump has chided the Freedom Caucus on Twitter and blamed the group for failing to fulfill the party's seven-year-long ...

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Two White House officials helped give Nunes intelligence reports

The New York Times on Thursday revealed the names of two White House officials who helped Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) obtain information suggesting Trump transition officials were inadvertently swept up in surveillance operations. He later went to the White House to brief them on his findings, ushering in a wave of criticism from Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, the party's ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.

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Grassley "stunned" by possible delay in Gorsuch Supreme Court vote

We discussed a number of the rulings he made presiding in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which gave me a better understanding of his decision-making process. Both West Virginia's Manchin and North Dakota's Heitkamp are up for re-election next year in states that voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

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White House Defends Plan to Eliminate Obama-era Internet Privacy Rules

Congressional action to overturn the FCC's regulations was welcomed by the Internet and Television Association, whose members include the nation's largest cable companies. Representative Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) reportedly challenged the Republicans to "leave Capitol Hill for five minutes" and find "three people" who are willing to let ISPs sell their browsing histories.

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Maryland rape suspect picked up, released by border control in Texas

The calls and emails came after police said two students, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian and 17-year-old Jose Montano, had been arrested and charged as adults with first-degree rape. "The president recognizes that education is a state-run and a local-run issue, but I think it is cause for concern what happened there", Spicer said in response to a reporter's question about the case.

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Oregon, Gonzaga, South Carolina try to brace for Final Four experience

But even South Carolina's base Gamecock Nation people, a lot of them were really split on this team for most of the year. If Oregon can dictate how the game is played, forcing North Carolina into being a jump shooting team, they have a good chance to win.

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NCAA Final Four schedule, teams, matchups, TV and live stream info

This stretched the lead to 7 and the Gamecocks made one stop then dribbled out the clock to reach their first ever Final Four . His counterparts, Gonzaga's head coach Mark Few, Oregon's head coach Dana Altman and South Carolina's head coach Frank Martin have coached a collective zero minutes in the Final Four .

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Special Education Students Deserve Challenging Curriculum, Rules Supreme Court

To pass muster under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA" ), an IEP, according to the Court, must be "reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child's circumstances". He said that standard was set in a 1996 decision, which determined that services have to be "more than de minimis " or, in other words, result in at least minimal progress by the student.

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Billionaire banker, philanthropist David Rockefeller dies at 101

Seitel confirmed to NPR. He was known for establishing a controversial style of banking diplomacy; he met with more than 100 world leaders during his time at the bank, he told NewsHour in 2002. After the war, he joined Chase Manhattan Bank (now Chase Bank), which the family controlled, and rose through the ranks. About eight years later, he was named chairman and chief executive officer.

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Suspect says he would rather have killed younger black man

Prosecutors have said Jackson, an Army veteran from Baltimore, traveled to New York City with a plan to specifically kill black men . "I had been thinking about it for a long time , for the past couple of years", Jackson said. A grand jury charged that "Caughman was killed in furtherance of an act of terrorism. meant to intimidate and coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a unit of government by intimidation and coercion, and affect the conduct of a unit of government by ...

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Massive fire crumbles Atlanta interstate bridge; none hurt

Motorists should plan for a very long commute for the foreseeable future, due to the issues on I-85. Mayor Kasim Reed says Atlanta schools will operate on a normal schedule Friday, March 31. and 10 a.m. Deal added that "to my knowledge we have not had any injuries as a result of this fire on the bridge". Atlanta Fire Department spokesman Sgt.

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Angela Merkel's party wins in regional bellwether vote

It was the German Social Democrats' first electoral test under their new leader, Martin Schulz. Merkel's conservatives also fielded a strong candidate in Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the state premier who has been nicknamed "the Merkel from the Saar".

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Trump threatens to fight Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterm elections

Trump's tweet suggests he may attempt to primary some members of the caucus in 2018, hoping to find a candidate more favorable to his agenda. President Donald Trump, 70, as we all know, isn't one to let things go, and has made it his personal vendetta to attack the congressional group publicly for going against his wishes.

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12 killed in Texas church bus accident

Only one victim inside the bus has survived the crash while the other 13 have died. Church officials were "ministering to family members to help them deal with this tragedy" and counselors will be available Thursday at the church, according to the statement.

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Trump bullies Freedom Caucus after healthcare delay

On Wednesday, administration officials suggested repealing Obamacare'sessential health benefit requirement - a regulation that forces all health insurance plans to cover some basic health benefits, such as maternity care, substance abuse treatment and pediatrics - as a compromise to woo more conservative members of the House into voting for the bill.

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Trump shifts blame for failed attempt to replace Obamacare

Poe was in favor of the Republican legislation, but the Freedom Caucus argued the proposal did not go far enough in repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. We always said we'd work with them to improve it. Trump tweeted Monday night that the " Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory".

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Proposed federal budget could hurt programs for needy

Some of the people behind the program say the service is important for the residents it helps. - Those who rely on the Meals On Wheels program are answering back to the Trump Administration. The organization is speculating that Trump's vague budget outline could also slash the Older Americans Act , which funds more than one-third of its operations across the United States.

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Two White House officials gave surveillance information to Nunes

Though White House officials have refused to answer questions about the documents shared with Nunes, a White House letter to the House committee on Thursday said it had "discovered documents" that might show whether information collection on US people was mishandled and was prepared to show them to lawmakers.


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