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Senate affirms 'nuclear option,' clears way for Gorsuch nomination

Supreme Court. This follows Senate Democrats' successful filibuster earlier of Gorsuch's nomination to the high court. The new rule changes the 60-vote threshold needed to end debate on a Supreme Court nominee to a simple majority to kill a filibuster.

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US Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to America's top court

Republicans blocked Barack Obama from filling the seat all previous year. The historic move came after Republicans deployed the so-called "nuclear option" or a simply majority vote in order to guarantee Gorsuch's confirmation. Gorsuch is "going to make the American people proud", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. Gorsuch's nomination was announced by Trump in late January and earned immediate, widespread praise from Republican lawmakers excited by the prospect ...

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Severe weather threat over for Lee County

Widespread severe storms are expected to continue through the evening, primarily in Alabama, Georgia and parts of SC, the Weather Channel said. National Weather Service meteorologist John De Block said early Wednesday he expects storms to last into the evening in southern and eastern Alabama.

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Victims and their families celebrate awareness of rights

Meanwhile, our Office for Victims of Crime is doing its part to give victims, and those who serve them, the support they need. "Together we have already accomplished so much, but there is still much more hard work to be done". " Strength . Resilience . Justice ." is this year's theme. It's no secret that crime victims face an uphill struggle to recovery. The law established the victim's compensation fund financed by penalties paid by those convicted of crimes in federal courts.

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Dustin Johnson out of Masters; Charley Hoffman soaring

Fellow Australians Jason Day and Rod Pampling (74) are next best of the Aussies, while amateur world No.1 Curtis Luck signed for a disappointing 78 in his Masters debut. "And then we have years where we are really, really hot", he said. In his ninth Masters, he is seeking to complete a career grand slam at Augusta and hoping to make amends for a Sunday back-nine disaster that cost him the title in 2011.

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French Montana Blasted for Calling Black Woman Who Criticized Him "Nappy"

Montana responded with a series of insults. French tweeted, "U musty crusty dusty rusty a** hoe". The next day - after significant backlash on the social media site for the perceived "racist" and "sexist" statement - French posted another tweet offering a mea culpa to anyone that may have been offended.

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Twitter Fights Effort by Customs and Border Protection to Identify Administration Critic

Twitter argues that it can not be forced into handing over the rogue account's information unless the government proves that a criminal or civil crime was committed. The Alt_USCI is just one of the many alternate accounts that sprung up after the inauguration of the Trump government. As the company has moved in recent months to implement stricter policies meant to limit abuse, legal experts said Thursday's challenge was an opportunity for Twitter to remind users of some of its ...

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Bentley wants impeachment report delayed

The commission found probable cause that Bentley misused state resources and improperly accepting a campaign contribution and loan outside allowed fundraising windows. Here's the origin of each article of impeachment. Bentley faces four charges, or articles, of impeachment: willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency and moral turpitude.

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At least four dead in Swedish truck attack

The area was cordoned off and large numbers of police and emergency services were at the scene. Live television footage showed smoke coming out of the upscale Ahlens department store on the city's pedestrian street Drottninggatan, the store the truck smashed into about 3 p.m.

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Judge asked to toss Frein's confession in trooper ambush case

Palmer also said she saw Trooper Alex Douglass get shot a short time later. "I looked at him and told him, 'I can't, '" she recounted tearfully. Frein is charged with murder and the state is seeking the death penalty. "Our nation is far from what it should be.so much wrong on so many levels", the prosecutor said, reciting Frein's words. In this January 5, 2015, file photo, Eric Frein is led away by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers at the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary ...

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Jimmy Kimmel Pays Tribute to the Late Don Rickles

Of course, there was one time Kimmel couldn't (because he had other dinner plans) - and he never heard the end of it after Rickles happened to walk into the same restaurant. Sadly, the younger generation won't have a chance to be made fun of by the man affectionately known as "Mr. Warmth", as the cantankerous comedian has died at age 90.

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'Terror Attack': Truck Drives Into Stockholm Dept. Store, Killing 3

The department store where the truck crashed into the building is a few blocks from the site of a 2010 bombing in Stockholm , the most recent terror attack in the country. Swedish police confirmed three have been killed and eight injured. Another eyewitness, Jan Granroth, told Aftonbladet that he was in a nearby shoe store when he heard the screams.

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City Of Seattle Files Lawsuit Against Trump's Executive Order

City employees are directed to cooperate with, not hinder, federal actions; however, City employees are prohibited from inquiring into immigration status. And it warned, far in advance of Sessions' comments this week, that jurisdictions violating that law would be cut off from all federal grants. "This expectation is reasonable, just, and our government has the duty to meet it and we will meet it".

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Trump's Justice Department Second Guesses Consent Decrees

The United States government is the plaintiff in this case and the city of Baltimore is the defendant, but it was lawyers representing the city who were pressing the judge to move forward and approve the proposed agreement. In a letter to US Attorney's offices across the country, Sessions explained that the Hate Crimes Subcommittee "will develop a plan to appropriately address hate crimes to better protect the rights of all Americans".

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Senate confirms Trump's Supreme Court pick

Blumenthal called it one of his saddest days in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that Judge Neil Gorsuch has "sterling credentials, an excellent record and an ideal judicial temperament". Michael Bennett, the Democrat senator from Colorado, Gorsuch's home state, has not publicly announced whether he will vote for the nominee. The 60-vote requirement remains in place for legislation, however.

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Everyone's commute will return to normal on Friday, NJ Transit says

The derailment has reawakened cries to push forward the Gateway project, a $20 billion infrastructure plan centered around constructing two new rail tunnels - and repairing the decaying 110-year-old existing tunnels - between New Jersey and NY.

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Sessions orders review of race-obsessed DOJ

District Judge James K. Bredar denied a motion by the Trump Justice Department for a 90-day pause so attorneys could further brief leaders within the new administration on the proposed reform deal. Sessions ordered his underlings to do a review of the agreements, nearly certainly with the goal of terminating them, if he can get away with it. Consent decrees are backed up by court orders, so, technically, the Justice Department can't just walk away from its legal obligations .

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Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to US Supreme Court

That's when McConnell asked the parliamentarian to switch up the rules so the cloture motion would require only 51 votes to end debate. Republicans have torn up the Senate's rules to allow President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to ascend to the high court over Democratic objections.

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Senate Votes to Go Nuclear to Advance Gorsuch Nomination

Dick Durbin of IL, ridiculed Republicans for suggesting Democrats brought the Senate to this final action. This will then start a final period of limited debate on the Gorsuch nomination, but guarantees a final vote Friday, where Gorsuch will be confirmed with a bipartisan majority.

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Late misfortune for McIlroy as Lowry exits Masters

The world number hit a flawless drive on 18 but disaster struck when his pinpoint approach struck the flag and flew off the green. "I'm a little disappointed what happened there", said Rory about the bad break at the last. Yet the pressure on him has assumed a peculiar intensity, in part because of his collapse here in 2011, when he led for three rounds but finished tied for 15th after shooting an 80 on the Sunday.

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This year's H-1B cap is quickly reached -- and exceeded

Having made reform of immigration policy one of the USA presidential campaign pledges, the Trump administration has announced various measures meant to reduce abuse of the H-1B Visa system and to deter employers from discriminating against U.S.

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Watch touching video of Jalen Hurts surprising fan at Arts 'n Autism

According to ESPN , the two Patriots players have FaceTimed with quarterback Jalen Hurts and Daboll. He replaced Steve Sarkisian, who signed on to become the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons . "I think we've built a really good relationship in a short time". He ran for 954 yards and 13 touchdowns while passing for 2,780 and 23 TDs against nine interceptions.

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Devin Nunes takes the fall

Congressman Mike Conaway is stepping in to take over the reins of the probe; his central Texas congressional district voted overwhelmingly for Trump. According to Nunes's statement , offered early Thursday, he is under investigation by the House Committee on Ethics, for having disclosed the existence of a supposed-to-be-secret FISA warrant , during a conversation with the press last month.

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Senate: Rubio Ousted From Primary By Russia

Sens. Richard Burr , R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., the committee's chair and vice chair, said they can't yet determine whether the Russian government interfered in the election or whether members of President Donald Trump's campaign were complicit in such an effort.

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Woman allegedly choked girl for blocking fireworks view at Disney World

Mature, who was booked into the Orange County Jail, was later released on $2,000 bond. The girl and her friends were part of a high school group at the fireworks event. As they were walking away, one of the girls reportedly said, "You can take our spot". When the display finally started, the girl and several of her friends stood up to better see.

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Key Dem McCaskill to oppose Gorsuch, back filibuster

Friday, CREDO, a left-wing "super-PAC", and a bevy of other progressive activist groups put their names to a letter to be delivered to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee demanding any Democratic Senator who fails to join the filibuster against Gorsuch be stripped of all funding from the national Democratic Party apparatus.

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Donald Trump bombed Syria exactly 100 years after the US entered WW1

The Observatory and the witness said earlier this week that the aircraft which they accused of carrying out the suspected gas attack had flown out of the Shayrat air base, the one attacked by USA missiles on Friday. The Syrian army denied involvement in the chemical airstrike. The strike came as Trump was hosting Xi in meetings focused in part on another pressing United States security dilemma: North Korea's nuclear program.

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COWGILL: UK basketball season ends with loss to UNC

Roy Williams went all Scarlett O'Hara when a player asked about his North Carolina Tar Heels making the last shot Sunday to edge Kentucky to the Final Four . They combined for only 25 points in this game. Both games will be on CBS as will the NCAA title game on Monday, April 3. North Carolina is second only to Kentucky with its 48 NCAA Tournament appearances and 120 wins.

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College cheer team members discussed escort work

A public records request by the State revealed text messages sent and received by both current and former Coastal Carolina University cheerleaders chatting about stripping gigs at The Dollhouse in Conway, South Carolina. Also in the findings of the report were texts between cheerleaders alerting those working at strip clubs to quit until their upcoming nationals competition, which they have sense been suspended from, are over.

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U.S. blasts Syria airbase with dozens of cruise missiles

Senior U.S. military officials say Russian Federation has agreed to maintain a hotline aimed at preventing midair collisions in Syria. The Syrian Civil War, which began amid the Arab Spring revolutions, is being fought between several factions, including the Syrian government, the Free Syrian Army and terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), among others.

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Syria airstrikes: worldwide community reacts to United States bombing of airfield

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, one of the European Union's governing bodies, vowed to work with the U.S.to end "brutality" in Syria and blasted the Assad administration's alleged chemical strikes as "barbaric". USA officials said the the Russian government was given advance warning of the airstrikes. Earlier in the day, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there's no doubt that Assad's government was behind the attach, which killed dozens in Idlib, a rebel-held town ...

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Tornadoes, hail, high winds lash Southeast: 75M at risk of severe storms

However, the damage from the storm system appeared to be minimal as of Wednesday evening. "Knock on wood, so far we've been lucky". He says power lines and trees are down, and some homes were apparently damaged. You can also go to wcti12.com/weather for more information. "Large hail up to the size of baseballs and damaging winds will continue to be the dominate (sic) concerns of these storms", the service said.

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Trump's tweet in a coal mine: Darcy cartoon

Manchin said Trump gets it on coal and the effects of the last administration's approach towards coal. In addition, it would cause coal production to fall by 242 million tons and the White House pointed out that "27 states, 24 trade associations, 37 rural electric co-ops, and 3 labor unions are challenging the Clean Power Plan in Federal court".

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Senator Asks Governor Bentley to Resign

The decision was a legal blow to the two-term Republican who has been dogged by accusations and questions after recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before his divorce. He added: "There's a great distance between probable cause and beyond a reasonable doubt". Bentley apologized for the "inappropriate comments" and continued to deny the affair.

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Republicans Resort to 'Nuclear Option' in Gorsuch Confirmation. What Does that Mean?

Earlier Thursday, Senate Republicans voted to change the Senate rules on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominees to eliminate the filibuster. Senators voted 52-48 along party lines to lower the threshold for advancing nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority.


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