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New Mexico becomes first state to ban school lunch shaming

Governor Susana Martinez signed the Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights on April 6, which puts an end to the lunch-shaming practices that embarrass children and end up unfairly targeting low-income families. A 2016 survey by the School Nutrition Association found that three-quarters of the 1,000 school districts surveyed had unpaid student meal debt. School meal debt isn't a joke.

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NY enacts free middle class college tuition

The student's family must earn less than $125,000/year. The agreement will raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 17 in October 2018 and to 18 a year later. When asked by CBS New York if he feared an exodus of students to free state schools, Robert Gilmore, who handles admissions at Manhattanville College, replied, "I really kind of am".

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U.S. condemns Egypt's churches attacks

The attack at St. Mark's Cathedral appears to have been a suicide bombing, according to images broadcast on Egyptian channels showing a man in a blue pullover approaching the church and then an explosion moments later. Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 85 million, and are especially visible on Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, when they tote palms in the streets.

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US manhunt underway for alleged gun thief who wrote manifesto to Trump

Jakubowski is accused of taking handguns and rifles from a gun shop Tuesday in Janesville, about 70 miles outside Milwaukee. Also, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said in a statement late on Saturday that investigators who analyzed Jakubowski's manifesto were concerned about "anti-religious views" in the 161-page document.

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House Intel Committee Cancels Meetings Amid Calls for Nunes to Step Down

In a letter to White House counsel dated Friday, Yates' lawyer said she meant to testify at the hearing despite Trump administration concerns that the information she shared could be covered by executive privilege. "I mean, they know we're doing an investigation, and that will continue", he said. "Neither Chairman Nunes nor any Intelligence Committee staff members had any communication with the White House whatsoever about Sally Yates testifying to the Committee", said Jack Langer, a ...

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Flights affected by storms across the US

The airline giant left thousands of customers camping out in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Severe thunderstorms in the Atlanta area on Wednesday began the chain of events that led to over 3200 Delta flights being canceled since then.

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Affordable Care Act More Popular Than Ever

The Freedom Caucus is comprised of almost three dozen members, many of whom opposed the AHCA, developed by House Republican leaders including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), on the grounds that it was simply another entitlement program, nicknaming the bill "Obamacare Lite".

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Third Fleet's carrier strike force diverts from Australia, sails toward North Korea

The missile strikes against Syria's Assad-led government took place Thursday night as President Donald Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping for dinner at Trump's Florida estate. The Nimitz-class Vinson and its carrier air wing is joined by the destroyers Wayne E. Meyer and Michael Murphy, plus the cruiser Lake Champlain. Mr Kim has said previously his regime is close to developing a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to continental US.

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Police hunt for gun theft suspect with manifesto for Trump

Investigators have already followed up on around 400 tips and leads, according to the sheriff's department statement. This level of support is certainly appreciated during this hard and risky search. The interior of Armageddon Gun Shop is shown. Wisconsin authorities are working with the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Secret Service to find Jakubowski, who has been missing since Tuesday - the same day he allegedly mailed the manifesto, burglarized the ...

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Wisconsin churches on alert amid hunt for gun theft suspect

This comes after Sun Prairie police released details about a possible sighting of Jakubowski at a church in Sun Prairie on Thursday. Investigators have followed up on around 400 tips as the search continues, Fox News reported . Authorities say the package contained a 160-page manifesto that featured anti-government rants and "personal angst against anything other than natural law or rule".

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House committee responds to Supreme Court ruling

Bentley, who was urged to resign the governorship by Senate President Del Marsh earlier this week, held a press conference on the steps of the Capitol early Friday to say he had no intention of resigning, taking the opportunity of skewering those "taking pleasure in shaming" him and his family.

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Did you know Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is also a photographer?

The new inductees closed the multi-hour event with a group performance, and before that Pearl Jam electrified with a performance of its well-known songs. Perry, estranged from the band for many years, did embrace guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon onstage. "I've been gone a long time, but I want you to know you've never not been in my heart", he said, which was met with deafening applause.

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Equal Pay Day Is April 4 This Year- Here's Why That Matters

While Equal Pay Day provides a useful opportunity to address the issue of unequal pay between the sexes, it's important to remember that the wage gap doesn't affect all women at the same rate. In no other industry is there such a gulf in wages as among construction & building trades supervisors, where women are paid 45.4% lessthan women. "So many workers, women workers, will learn after many years of working that they're earning thousands of dollars less than their male counterparts", ...

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Ivanka Trump's children serenade Xi Jinping in Mandarin

Trump landed about an hour later and is set to greet Xi at Mar-a-Lago. Peng Liyuan , wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping , talks with a student of Chinese descent in a class about politics and economics during her visit to the Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach , Florida, the United States, April 7, 2017 .

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Steve Bannon Attended NSC Meeting After Shake-Up

The White House official said Bannon was no longer needed on the NSC after the departure of Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The National Security Council will often be joined by advisers specific to an issue they are discussing, but having a regular seat allows access to some of the most sensitive meetings in United States government - and this is what Trump granted Bannon back in January.

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Trump, who scorned Obama's golf habits, outpacing him in rounds

His first documented golf outing came April 26, 2009, just shy of the 100-day mark in his presidency. Trump was spotted Sunday driving a golf cart and making a putt at his Trump International Golf Course - the only sign of his activities at the facility since his handlers have declined to detail what he's doing inside the private establishment.

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Canadian man plunges into frozen pond to rescue his dog

The video from Alberta, Canada shows the french bulldog Cosmo struggling in the icy water, as his owner Duncan McIver sprints to his rescue. He then trudged through the shallow water and the man and his dog made it to shore. There has been an increase of ice rescue calls this week, including three on Thursday, officials told the TV station. "I'll take him home", said McIver once back on shore.

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Three officers injured after hostage situation at Tennessee prison

Three people were airlifted to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said hospital spokesman Matt Batcheldor. He stated that one patient was in stable condition, but the other two were critical. According to the Department of Correction's Facebook page, during a lockdown inmates are required to return to and remain in their cells. A road near the complex has been blocked while emergency crews work at the scene.

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Tony Romo To Suit Up In Uniform, Sit On Mavericks Bench

Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the tribute haven't been released. It was the fourth back injury since 2013 for Romo, who missed most of 2010 and 2015 with broken collarbones. After Romo went down with a compression fracture in his L1 vertebra back in 2016, ESPN compiled an article looking at the unfortunate pains with which Romo is all too familiar.

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Zeldin: Failed GOP health care bill 'eye-opener' for Trump

GOP divisions sunk leaders' Obamacare repeal plan, and Republicans are just as split on how to proceed after failing to fulfill their long-time campaign promise . According to multiple members coming out of the conference meeting, the theme of the meeting was uniting the conference and not isolating certain members.

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Mandated police reform could make Baltimore 'less safe,' AG says

An attorney for the U.S. Justice Department says the agency has "grave concerns" about a proposed agreement to overhaul the Baltimore Police Department. This is, in fact, somewhere". Bredar appeared to find it curious that the department was asking him for additional time to review an agreement to which it is a party, asking Gore: "But the United States already signed the agreement?" But the court-approved agreement will help propel forward more expensive and complicated reforms , such as ...

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Some say Baltimore police reforms not enough

That review was seen as a sign that the government may be walking back plans to reform some of the most troubled police departments in the country. Throughout, the BPD and the city's leadership have repeatedly stated that without immediate and strong reforms, the mostly Black and brown communities most brutalized by police have no reason to trust police - undermining public safety.

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House Republicans consider adding risk-sharing program to health care bill

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., said Wednesday that rolling back those mandates - meant to protect insurance access for people with pre-existing medical conditions - would be a nonstarter: "It goes counter to the president's promises". Others disputed that characterization, saying the comments were not aimed specifically at Ryan's but more broadly: As in, all Republican lawmakers' jobs are in jeopardy if they don't deliver.

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It's Baldwin vs. Baldwin As 'O'Reilly' And 'Trump' Chat On 'SNL'

Asked about relocation, he responded, "My wife doesn't want to move either. wives can be insane". "See, that's why I came here". "Thanks for coming to my defense last week even though no one asked you to", O'Reilly says. 'I appreciate your support on behalf of all women and thank you, Donald Trump , for promoting sexual assault month, ' the host said. The O'Reilly character answered, "That's based upon?" Trump went on to pledge to eliminate all coal mine regulation, health care (not ...

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Legendary US comedian Don Rickles dies at age 90

Don Rickles' game-changing moment as a stand-up comic came in 1957, when he flung an insult at Frank Sinatra, a man who was known for his fiery temper nearly as much as his musical talent. And young people - 35, 22 - they go, 'Hey, Rickles is here, the guy who calls you a hockey puck or dummy.' That's something that always keeps you up there".

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Scott moves within striking distance of second Green Jacket

The first and only Australian to win the Masters, Scott finds himself three shots back of co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia going into Sunday's final round at Augusta National. "It was very good to bring him here, and he was a big help". "We've all practiced making the winning putt". You can always play the "what if" game in golf, but certainly it is easy to see that some modicum of success from that distance would have Scott in front.

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Misogyny certainly contributed to electoral loss, says Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton says she drew up a plan to "move aggressively" against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad more than four years ago, as she gave her first interview since losing the presidential election to Donald Trump in November. "I'm doing pretty well, all things considered". In the first weeks, she largely disappeared from public view, walking in the woods outside her Chappaqua, New York home.

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Chinese First Lady Visits US Art school

Peng is in Palm Beach with Xi for the Chinese president's first meeting with his USA counterpart, Donald Trump . The pair sang the traditional Chinese song, Mo Li Hua (or " Jasmine Flower"), and recited the Three Character Classic for their guests during Xi and Trump's first face-to-face meeting.

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Barely-Dems Begin to Buckle On Gorsuch Filibuster

So the Republicans have no choice but to proceed with the Harry Reid option and confirm Gorsuch, and any future Trump nominees, on a majority vote. "If this nominee can not earn 60 votes [then] the answer isn't to change the rules, it's to change the nominee", he said .

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Thousand Oaks teen, his family die in OR plane crash

The pilot of the plane, identified as 67-year-old Acton resident Gregory Aletky, also died in the crash. Zitting, 42, Karen Blackmore Zitting, 37, and John Brendan Zitting, 17. Mark Zitting of Heber City, Utah, described his brother John as a man who lived life to the fullest, loved to travel and loved the ocean. The crash happened at approximately 3:08 p.m., according to Pulkrabek.

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New York on verge of tuition-free college for middle class

Once fully phased in, which is scheduled for 2019, students whose families earn a maximum of $125,000 will be eligible. She said that too many in NY and elsewhere "have blown through their aid attending for-profit schools and leaving without skills".

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Hillary Clinton cites 'misogyny' as cause for her defeat

On Thursday, she declined to mention President Trump by name but weighed in on several issues confronting his administration, including potential military action in Syria following a deadly chemical attack this week and continued questions about Russian meddling in last year's election.

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Russian, Iranian presidents denounce USA strikes against Syria

Since taking office in February, the former Exxon Mobil CEO has admittedly shunned the spotlight and the press. A US cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base may persuade President Bashar al-Assad to be more cautious with some of his tactics, but will not deter him and his allies from pressing a full-throttle military campaign to crush rebels.

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Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch as Next Supreme Court Justice

Many Republicans bemoaned reaching that point, too, but they blamed Democrats for pushing them to it. Even as they united in indignation, lawmakers of both parties, pulled by fierce political forces from left and right, were unwilling to stop the confirmation rules change.

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Heitkamp says she'll vote for Trump's Supreme Court pick

Joe Manchin of West Virginia also announced Thursday that he will vote in favor of Gorsuch. So far, 31 senators have come out against Gorsuch and pledged to support a filibuster against Trump's nominee, including some from states that Trump won and are up for reelection next year.


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