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Judge denies request to delay hearing on Baltimore police

The memo also mentions Sessions' past comments. A federal judge on Wednesday guaranteed that Baltimore residents will get to have their say on the proposed consent decree between the city and the U.S. But Pugh and Davis said the city has failed to keep up with technology investments to hold officers accountable and investigate crime. The request on Monday came as Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of all federal reform agreements with police departments across the ...

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Steve Bannon calls reports of threat to quit 'absurd'

Bannon, the former executive chairman of the far-right Breitbart News, was elevated by Trump to the principals committee at the start of his presidency. Bannon quickly went into damage-control mode, with his allies selling the NSC demotion as a "natural evolution" rather than a sign of his waning influence, according to The New York Times .

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GOP Nukes Filibuster, Gorsuch Confirmation All But Certain

It took place shortly after Democrats successfully filibustered Gorsuch and he fell short of the 60 votes traditionally needed for a nominee to move to an up-or-down vote. The brute force parliamentary move, in this case, allows the GOP to sidestep Democrats' opposition to President Donald Trump's nominee, but could permanently alter the balance of powers in the Senate.

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As advertisers dump Bill O'Reilly, Trump comes to his defense

President Donald Trump has defended embattled Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who has come under intense scrutiny over allegations of sexual misconduct. O'Reilly, 67, claimed he has never had a complaint filed against him either with the human resources department or an anonymous hotline. Even if O'Reilly is suspended from Fox , he will be more than fine due to his popularity as an author .

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Senate votes to go "nuclear", eliminating the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees

Among them: his conservative judicial philosophy as expressed in his 10 years on the bench, his evasive answers during the confirmation hearing, and a burning resentment at the Republicans' unprecedented refusal for almost a year to even hold a hearing on Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

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Plan to overhaul Baltimore's police goes before the public

Thursday's court hearing was unusual. Sessions last week ordered two of his top deputies to review all of the existing consent decrees and moved to pause two similar orders under consideration in Baltimore and Chicago. Prior, the DOJ spokesman, declined to comment on whether Sessions had read the Justice Department's investigation into the Baltimore Police Department, which was released in August 2016.

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Oil prices leap after missile strike on Syria

Oil prices spiked after the US launched a missile strike on a Syrian government target. Russian Federation and Iran both condemned the American attacks. Treasuries fell as much as five basis points to 2.289 percent, its lowest level since November, briefly breaking a significant chart barrier at 2.30 percent for the first time this year.

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Filings show Ivanka Trump, husband Jared benefiting from business empire

What comes next for Ivanka Trump, only she may know. A look at the wealth of some of Mr Trump's aides and advisers. "The President has brought a lot of people into this administration, and this White House, in particular, who have been very blessed and very successful in this country".

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Master insult comic Don Rickles dead at age 90 in Los Angeles

I'm sitting with a very pretty girl and, uh, I'm trying to make out, you know, ' and he said, 'I told her I know you and she really doesn't believe me. Remarkably, Rickles managed to maintain relevance ever since, with a busy performance schedule that saw him alongside everyone from Sinatra in his heyday to, more recently, regular outings with his friend Regis Philbin.

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John Kelly: Mexico wall won't extend the full length of border

In written testimony, Kelly told the Senate panel that fewer than 12,500 people were caught trying to enter the United States illegally across the Mexican border in March. Claire McCaskill both noted that the agents on the border say they would prefer fencing - so that they can see what's happening on the other side of the border.

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Baltimore residents to comment on plan to overhaul police

At the start of Thursday morning's hearing, lawyers for the federal government argued that they would need more time to review the agreement, which sets guidelines for the police in dealing with African Americans, after the Justice Department-then led by Loretta Lynch-found a pattern of racial discrimination.

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Police searching for missing ME meteorologist

Hemingway said police aren't aware of any history of this kind of behavior with Johnston. Johnston has not had contact with family since Saturday, April 1, 2017. Since then he has not contacted News Center or the police. If anyone has information regarding the location of Thomas Johnston please immediately notify Old Orchard Police Department at 207-934-4911.

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Ohio quadruplet brothers accepted at Ivy League universities

Aaron secured entry into Stanford, too. In case it isn't clear how unbelievable the quad's accomplishment is-according to Yale's website , more than 32,000 people applied to be part of their 2021 class. Like a number of other elite schools, Harvard and Yale pledge to meet the full demonstrated financial need of the students they admit. Darrin said he and his wife want to make sure they have enough put away to take care of themselves in their retirement.

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Defense rests in Aaron Hernandez murder case

At the end of the shortened day, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez hugs his defense attorneys, including George Leontire, in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The additional murder charges also carry potential life sentences. Daniel De Abreu and Safiro Furtado, two of the car's five passengers, were killed.

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Rand Paul 'Very Optimistic' for 'ObamaCare Repeal' After Meeting With President

Last week, after the group of conservative House Republicans who've dubbed themselves the Freedom Caucus balked at plans to rush through a health-care package, the president unleashed a series of Twitter posts calling them out. We make this job way too complicated. Brent Bozell, chairman of the conservative For America, said Friday it would be "absolute suicide" for the GOP to stay on its current, unsuccessful course.

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Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in U.S. for talks with Donald Trump

He has also said he is prepared to act alone on North Korea if China is not willing to exert pressure on its neighbour. The President pointed to the crisis in North Korea as a top priority in the meetings with Mr Xi, telling reporters on Air Force One that he thinks China will "want to be stepping up" in trying to deter North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

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Charley Hoffman Leads Masters After First Round Thanks to Phenomenal Back Nine

The biggest issue facing Hoffman will be that only two first-round leaders have gone on to win the Masters since 1985. When Dustin Johnson withdrew with a back injury just 20 minutes after McIlroy went off the first tee, that made McIlroy the top dog around Augusta National while in search for the missing piece of the career Grand Slam.

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Cities say federal overhauls of police bring mixed results

The Justice Department investigation , which concluded in December 2014, cites a number of questionable events, including the 137-shot barrage of police gunfire that killed two unarmed black people after a high-speed pursuit involving more than 100 officers.

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Cillizza: Trump just keeps creating smokescreens to mask his Russian Federation problem

Flynn's lawyer released a statement Thursday saying his client "has a story to tell", but wants protection in order to tell congressional intelligence committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation what he knows. The committee "had a preliminary conversation with Michael Flynn's lawyer about arranging for Flynn to speak to the committee", spokesman Jack Langer said.

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US Attorney-General steps up pressure on 'sanctuary cities'

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the federal lawsuit on Wednesday, saying Trump's executive order issued in January that punishes " sanctuary cities " is unconstitutional and creates uncertainty around the city's budget . As a trio of immigration scholars explained in the Washington Post in December, the vast majority of sanctuary policies don't violate federal law.

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South Korea test fires 800km-range missile

In an interview last week with the Financial Times , Mr Trump said that if China does not take a tougher stand, the U.S. is prepared to act alone. Climate change, which Mr Trump once dismissed as a Chinese hoax, and Beijing's building of artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, could also come up.

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New Jersey halts payments to Amtrak after train derailments

More broadly, the April 3 derailment and an earlier one at the station on March 24 have highlighted the challenges posed by Amtrak's aging infrastructure and the myriad ways in which the system can go awry. Gov. Christie criticized Amtrak on Wednesday, notifying the agency's chairman in a letter that he had directed NJ Transit to stop paying Amtrak maintenance fees "until there has been a thorough and independent examination" of its tracks and equipment on the Northeast Corridor, along ...

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Bennet tells fellow Democrats they filibuster on Gorsuch at their own risk

Furious Democrats objected until the end, but their efforts to block Judge Neil Gorsuch failed as expected. The change now means that all presidential nominees for executive branch positions and federal courts only need a simple majority vote to be confirmed by senators.

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Senate set for pivotal vote on Supreme Court nominee

But the vote on that motion will not come before Thursday, and it requires 60 senators to pass. The change is dubbed "the nuclear option". After the cloture vote , the Senate can not extend matters by talking. They will be hoping that will all forget this recent history, in which they kept a solid, consensus jurist in Merrick Garland off of the bench for pure political spite, and how they were laying the groundwork to block every single one of a potential President Clinton's nominees.

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Maryland first to mitigate any Planned Parenthood cuts

This is because in the late twenties, my great-grandmother experienced a miscarriage and in the aftermath was sent to what was then called the American Birth Control League to receive her very first contraceptive device, a diaphragm, which Margaret Sanger had brought to the US just four years prior.

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Protesters Urge Collins to Reject Gorsuch and 'Nuclear Option'

Shaheen expressed her support Wednesday for using the 60-vote procedural tactic to stop Gorsuch's confirmation from advancing, based on the Colorado judge's "views". Some senators fear that the next to go could be the legislative filibuster, one of the last remaining mechanisms to force bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill.

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Gov. Christie halts Amtrak payments, calls for inspection

NJ Transit, Amtrak and the LIRR have since had to reduce the number of trains running in and out of Penn Station. Vince Difiglia, a Philadelphia resident who commutes regularly into NY to his IT job at an insurance company, said the aging infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor is often in the back of his mind, more so upon learning that the cause of Monday's derailment may have been foreseen.

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Mom: Social media prank lead son, 11, to 'end his own life'

The News was unable to reach the girl's family on Thursday. "For him to do that so suddenly just because of a girl, whatever she said. that just shows the effects of social media pranking and bullying". Goss walked in on her son while he was trying to hang himself on March 14. 'Many of us have followed Tysen's mother on social media and agree wholeheartedly in her statements regarding the dangers of social media , ' Saunders said via the nypost .

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Closing arguments today in Aaron Hernandez double murder trial

Actually, it's been nearly exactly four years since police put Hernandez under arrest after he was suspected of killing Odin Lloyd just a half-mile from Aaron's house, and since then, he's been convicted of first-degree murder for killing Lloyd execution-style and got Massachusetts' mandatory life without parole sentence.

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Bill O'Reilly, Anchor Of Fox News Show Faces Sexual Harassment Scandal

As the advertiser backlash grew Tuesday, both Fox and 21st Century Fox were muted in their defense of O'Reilly throughout most of the day. Given its popularity, O'Reilly's show commands more ad money than any other on the network and is immensely profitable, and an ad exodus extremely threatening to O'Reilly and his employer.

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KC area unemployment rate is relatively healthy at 4.4 percent

That's followed by Latimer County at 8.3 percent and Stephens County at 7.8 percent. For 12 of the state's 17 major labor market regions, unemployment increased from between 0.1 and 0.9 percent of a percentage point, with the largest jobless increases hitting the Northeast Lower Michigan region.

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Trump welcomes wounded veterans to White House

Gen. This segment of the iconic bicycle ride follows a proud tradition among United States presidents that began in 2008 with President George W. Bush and continued through 2016 with President Barack Obama. "We salute you. We salute your service". The ride continues Friday with the final 12-mile leg near Chantilly, Virginia. The Washington ride isn't the only one.

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Failure of the Obamacare repeal showed us whom we can really trust

Some Republicans say they want to stay in town to finish the job - a two-week recess starts Friday. This is the first time a majority of Americans have approved of the healthcare law, also known as Obamacare, since Gallup first asked about it in this format in November 2012.

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Red-state Democrats Manchin, Heitkamp say they will support Gorsuch

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) signaled last week that he would support a filibuster against the right-wing nominee, while several Democrats remain undecided, as Common Dreams reported. Explaining their support for Trump's pick, both Democrats pointed to process and respect for Senate decorum. Progressive groups are petitioning the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to publicly announce that it will not allocate funds for Democrats who support Gorsuch, and on ...

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Four Spartans Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

The Nevada football team has a program-record three honorees into the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Society, as announced by the NFF today. The economics major recorded 22 tackles, including two for loss, and also recovered a fumble. The Hampshire Foundation is the charitable arm of The Hampshire Companies, a privately-held, fully-integrated real estate firm that has more than 60 years of hands-on, cycle-tested experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, ...


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