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Pinwheels Line Courthouse Lawn for Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

There may be room for interpreting what another year of increasing reported child abuse and neglect cases actually means, but those at Friday's annual pinwheel event to raise awareness of the issue said there's no question what the ideal number of reports should be.

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In Houston, Clinton touts Texas as 2016 bright spot for Democrats

I think in any campaign there are so many cross currents and events and have some greater impact than others. During her first interview following her stunning general election loss last November, the former Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton , cited four factors as being responsible for her "devastating" loss to the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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The Gorsuch nomination undermines the Supreme Court's independence

Vincent Bonventre is a professor at Albany Law who follows the high court extensively. Trump's nomination in January of Gorsuch, who is known to favor protections of religious belief in the public square and for business owners, elicited mixed reactions from Jewish groups.

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USA probing: Did Russia take part in chemical weapons attack?

The photo in a secured room at Mar-a-Lago, where Trump is holding a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha'irat near Homs late Thursday. Tim Kaine (D-VA) after he criticized President Donald Trump for ordering missile strikes against the Assad regime in Syria without approval by Congress.

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Gorsuch Confirmed to Supreme Court After Major Senate Rule Change

Johnny Isakson, Georgia Republican, who is recovering from surgery, missed the vote . Gorsuch had initially failed to garner the 60 votes normally required following a Democratic filibuster on Thursday. On a vote of 55 to 45, all Republicans and three Democrats voted to proceed to final debate on Gorsuch. Gorsuch's first official act would be to participate in the court's private conference on April 13, when the justices will consider new cases to hear.

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United States judge approves Baltimore police reform, refuses to delay

A similar reversal has happened at the DOJ under Trump and Sessions, both of them longtime law-and-order zealots. We expect that this process will lead us to the goal we all share: a Baltimore Police Department that leads the progress of the policing profession.

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US backs down on seeking anti-Trump user records

One particular handle, @ALT_USCIS , has been particularly critical of the president and his policies, the Trump administration maintains that a federal employee is behind the account. We've already seen that Trump administration's attack on the press has been chilling to say the least. After the lawsuit was filed Thursday, many alternative government accounts rallied behind the user and publicly braced for a legal fight with the Trump administration.

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"Love Bench" One of the Early Signs of Bentley Affair

The Alabama Ethics Commission had previously received two complaints alleging that the "Luv Guv" - as he's been dubbed by local media outlets and bloggers - misused state resources to facilitate his affair. At the time, Bentley said in his own press conference that he made a "mistake" and apologized for "inappropriate comments" to Mason, but denied having a physical relationship with his former aide.

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Berwyn offers Easter, Cubbie fun to end residents' winter hibernation

The Paducah Parks Services Department's Annual Easter Egg Dash is a race for children to pick up as many eggs as they can after the whistle blows. The following flashlight egg hunts will provide just the right amount of cool for tweens and teens. There will be face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, a bounce house, music and prizes.

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Leaders in Alabama legislature ask Gov. Bentley to step down

Sharman also wrote that Bentley obstructed the legislative investigation by refusing to cooperate and redacting text messages and other material requested by the committee. The special counsel in an impeachment probe of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is moving forward with the release of an investigatory report. Collier's allegations formed the basis of the impeachment drive against Bentley in the House.

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Alabama Speaker calls on defiant governor to resign before impeachment

The report notes Bentley's then-wife, Diane, and senior staffer Heather Hannah blew the lid off the affair by secretly recording video of the governor telling Mason he liked to come up behind her and fondle her breasts. Bentley twice asked his former security officer Ray Lewis to end his relationship with Mason and instructed the state employee to drive to Tuscaloosa to pressure his son to turn over a copy of a recorded conversation between him and Mason, according to the report.

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Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to Supreme Court After GOP Changed Playing Field

Chuck Schumer, who vowed to vote against Gorsuch despite having voted to confirm him as a federal judge back in 2006, claimed changing the rules on Senate confirmation votes ignored the minority opinion . The confirmation caps a year of bitter partisan feuding, keeps the conservative tilt to the nation's highest court and puts a Colorado native on the bench.

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Police Arrest Second Man After Deadly Truck Attack In Sweden

The attack sent terrified shoppers running for their lives as the stolen truck rammed pedestrians and crashed into a department store shortly after 2:00pm local time on Friday. "During a delivery to the restaurant Caliente someone jumped into the driver's cabin and drove off with the vehicle while the driver unloads", communications director Mårten Lyth said.

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US Senate set for pivotal vote on Supreme Court nominee

Why is there a new Supreme Court judge? A conservative-majority court is more likely to support gun rights, abortion regulations, an expansive view of religious liberty and Republican-backed voting restrictions, while opposing curbs on political spending.

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Jimmy Kimmel Cries Over Don Rickles' Death in Deeply Personal Tribute

He added that Rickles was "probably the greatest talk show guest of all time". Over on NBC, Fallon shared, "A little sad news, we just learned of the passing of Don Rickles at the age of 90". In a statement, Rickles' close friends Bob Newhart and his wife Ginnie said of the comic, "He was called "The Merchant of Venom", but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known".

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Jimmy Kimmel Gives Moving, Tearful Tribute to Don Rickles

The 90-year-old icon had been in failing health and recently cancelled a May 6 show at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa. Rickles was renowned for his no-holds-barred approach, earning him the nickname "the Merchant of Venom". Kimmel spent over nine minutes talking about the beloved comic and sharing stories about the time the two spent together. Barbra Streisand tweeted: "Being skewered by Don Rickles was side-splitting amusing".

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After storms batter South, 20 million Americans in path of severe weather

No flights arriving in Charlotte until 1 p.m. And a child was injured when a tree fell on the family house in Latta, in eastern SC near Florence, the National Weather Service said. "Heavy rains may produce flash flooding in the northern Mid-Atlantic", the NWS said. The weather system is also expected to bring heavy rains to the Interstate 20 corridor, including metro Atlanta , according to the National Weather Service.

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A more peaceful Sergio Garcia rises into lead at the Masters

He made a bogey, then bogeyed No. 5. The 37-year-old Spaniard picked up another shot at the ninth to reach the turn in two under 33, bringing him to four under for the tournament and only one shot back of Hoffman . Open champion and world No. 1, came to Augusta riding a three-tournament victory streak, but he withdrew with lower left back pain suffered from an afternoon fall on the stairs of his Augusta rental house Wednesday.

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USA backs down on seeking anti-Trump user records

Twitter, which sued the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, said that within hours of taking legal action, U.S. Customs and Border Protection retracted a summons that sought to collect private data about an account known as @ ALT_USCIS .

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Senate Pulls 'Nuclear' Trigger To Ease Gorsuch Confirmation

McConnell blasted the Democratic blocking tactic, known as a filibuster, as a "radical move" that has never until now been successfully employed to block a Supreme Court nominee. McConnell refused to hold a hearing for Obama nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, for almost a year - an action that continues to galvanize Democrats.

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Hillary Clinton says 'misogyny played a role' in United States presidential election loss

Clinton was a guest speaker at the luncheon for Annie's List, which focuses on empowering progressive, pro-abortion rights women in politics. Clinton also weighed in on Republican efforts to overhaul American healthcare, which ended in embarrassment in March after GOP leadership couldn't muster the votes to pass the Affordable Health Care Act, a replacement for President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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Judge denies DOJ request to delay consent decree

John Gore, the Trump administration's No. 2 official in the Civil Rights Division, told U.S. District Court Judge James K. Bredar that Sessions was concerned about a recent spike in crime and how proposed reforms could affect crime rates. Lynch called for an overhaul of the department, culminating in the consent decree set to be discussed during the hearing Thursday. They claim consent decrees create opportunities for meaningful reform of the criminal justice system.

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Neil Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate As Next Supreme Court Justice

Johnny Isakson, Georgia Republican, who is recovering from surgery, missed the vote. Senate Democrats first employed the nuclear option back in 2013 to advance former President Obama's judicial nominations, although the Supreme Court was not included in the rule change.

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Denver among worst cities for dog attacks on letter carriers

Last year, nearly 7,000 mail carriers were attacked by dogs. Los Angeles tops USA cities, with more than 80 dog attacks in 2016. San Diego's numbers are a slight improvement over 2015, when the city ranked second in the nation with 58 attacks.

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Los Angeles police shoot man after 3 stabbed on Skid Row

The LAPD said that no officers were hurt in the incident. Just before noon, Los Angeles Police Department officials received a call about a stabbing that occurred at 7th and San Julian streets, said Sgt. A man suspected of stabbing three people was shot and wounded by police Friday near Skid Row. It is unclear if the man who was shot by police was responsible for all three stabbings in the area, Montgomery said.

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China's president to meet Trump in Florida

The Secretary of State said the U.S was hopeful that China would "find ways to exercise influence over North Korea's actions to dismantle their nuclear weapons and their missile technology programs". Another option is talking directly to Kim, a move Democratic senator Ed Markey is pushing the Trump administration to consider. While Chinese leaders hoped Xi would bask in the warm glow of an global spotlight, he was quickly upstaged, with the new USA president, Syria and Russian Federation ...

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Senate Goes Nuclear to Break Historic Filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said the "unprecedented" filibuster warranted changing the rules so a simple majority, rather than a 60-vote threshold, could end the Democratic blockade of Gorsuch. Gorsuch would be the first Coloradan on the bench since Justice Byron White stepped down in 1993. A group of Knoxville voters took their concerns to Tennessee Senators about President Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Trump administration: 'Grave concerns' about police overhaul

According to the Sun, Pugh and other Baltimore officials vow that they will reform the police department whether the Justice Department pursues the consent decree or not. At the end of the hearing, Gore again asked the judge for at least a 30-day delay before implementing the consent decree. All the local players - and until recently the Justice Department - agreed that this consent decree is necessary to achieve systemic reform of policing.

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Golf Summit? Trump tees up, talks ObamaCare with Paul, Mulvaney

President Donald Trump has tweeted threats of opposing their re-elections in 2018, and fellow House Republicans have accused them of inflexibility that led to the downfall of the bill to replace "Obamacare", a top GOP legislative priority. The Trump administration could attempt to reduce or eliminate federal subsidies and take other actions to weaken state and federal health insurance exchanges, said Micah Weinberg, president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

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Missing Girl's Father Says Teacher Threatened Her To Go Out With Him

He is on Tennessee's Top 10 Most Wanted list. "This petition will hopefully bring a fresh light into the disappearance of Elizabeth". She has begged her husband in interviews to bring Elizabeth home. Cummins is believed to have used his time in school to "groom" Thomas, her family previously told PEOPLE. It was later learned by Elizabeth's father that those comments were allegedly about Cummins, not a teenager named "Thomas".

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Russian Federation and USA to maintain hotline to prevent midair collisions over Syria

Cruise missiles are a stand-off weapon launched from warships, submarines or aircraft. They carry a reasonably small warhead, the equivalent of a single bomb. On Friday, a warplane hit the town of Khan Sheikhoun where Tuesday's chemical attack took place. He also accused nongovernmental organizations of staging incidents to prompt a move against the Syrian government.

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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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