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Ark. executes 2 prisoners in 1 night

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge temporarily halted a second execution Monday night in Arkansas after attorneys said in a court filing that the first execution for Jack Jones "appeared to be tortuous and inhumane". after a four-year moratorium in 1976. He told Phillips' daughter, Lacy, who was injured during the attack, that he hoped that "over time you can learn who I really am and I am not a monster".

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Spicer defends White House's lack of transparency

The yesterday's announcement has drawn scathing criticism from government watchdog groups. "We're following the same policy that every administration from the beginning of time has used", Spicer said. Trump has been keeping his visitor logs secret since he took office in January. Trump also made it easier for former lobbyists in the government to get waivers that would let them take up matters that could benefit former clients.

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Mr. Obama Makes First Public Comments

During the hour-long speech, Obama engaged young leaders and community organizers at the University of Chicago on a number of vital topics affecting their generation. Though many of his supporters were expecting and even hoping for the former president to comment on these issues, he did not mention any of them. In addition to Patel, a graduate of the University of IL at Chicago, Obama also spoke with Tiffany Brown, a doctoral graduate of Chicago State University and graduate of Kenwood ...

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UC Berkeley Will Now Allow Ann Coulter Speech To Take Place

Ann Coulter said no to a proposal by the University of California, Berkeley , that would reschedule her planned speech on campus - to a date when no formal classes are in session. In her tweets, Coulter linked to a Hollywood Reporter article laying out the backstory to the school's pitiful machinations. After massive publicity, they reversed course but reset the event for May 2, when students will be taking finals and therefore will be less likely to attend, according to lawyers ...

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Trump White House will not make visitor logs public

More than $42 million has poured into President Donald Trump's campaign coffers and the Republican National Committee since January - twice the amount raised for former President Barack Obama following the 2008 election, The Washington Post reported .

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New England Patriots Call Out The New York Times' Lack Of Context

The Times later updated to note that the 2015 picture showed staff as well as players and coaches, whereas the 2017 photo didn't show staff. The NFL team and President Donald Trump fired back at The New York Times for tweeting a photo on Wednesday that suggested there was a smaller turnout for this year's White House Super Bowl celebration, compared to the 2015 ceremony with former President Barack Obama .

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Triumph in Georgia: Jon Ossoff Landslide Reinforces Resistance to Trump

In the special election for Georgia's Sixth District Congressional seat, Democrat Jon Ossoff has fallen short of the 50 percent threshold needed to win the seat out-right, triggering a runoff in June. Or will Democrats regard it as a disappointment given the flawless storm of factors that seemed to be lining up in Ossoff's favor for Tuesday's vote? Other Republican candidates, though, have questioned whether Gray always backed Trump or is simply strategizing a path to a runoff election.

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Trump Backs Away From Demand for Border Wall Money

If Republicans and the Trump administration don't finance the subsidies in a spending bill that must pass by April 28 to avoid a government shutdown, the GOP could face a voter backlash as insurers cancel plans and pull out of communities. "If you can make this about better border security, the president's in good shape", said Sen. Republican aides in Congress provided no timetable for the unveiling of a bill to fund the government from April 28 to September 30.

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Warriors move on with a sweep of the Trail Blazers

They also were missing coach Steve Kerr, who stayed at his Portland hotel due to an unspecified illness that will cause him to miss at least the rest of the series. Kerr, who was also at shootaround earlier in the day, said that he would not be on the sideline for Game 4. Kerr, 51 still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries after the franchise's run to the 2015 championship.

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Under Cover Of Night, New Orleans Begins Dismantling Confederate Monuments

Robert Bonner, 63, who said he was a Civil War re-enactor, protested the monument's removal. The statue even has the following written on it: "United States troops took over the state government and reinstates the usurpers but the national election November 1876 recognized white supremacy in the south and gave us our state".

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Unemployment rates fall to record lows in 4 US states

Note: The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently updated its "alternative measures of labor underutilization", or U-6 rate, for states to include the fourth quarter of 2016. On a seasonally adjusted basis, Kansas gained 1,400 nonfarm jobs during the month, but only about 500 of those were in the private sector. One area of concern, the report shows, is a decline of 200 jobs in construction, which is also one of the few employment sectors which is also lower than it was a year ago at the same ...

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Thousands of scientists protest against Trump slashing research budgets

Organizers called for a week of science engagement to keep the conversation going, which will culminate in the People's Climate March on April 29. Protesters hold placards and banners as they participate in the March for Science rally on Earth Day , in central Sydney, Australia April 22, 2017 .

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Sanders on Dem unity tour: I'm not a Democrat An error occurred

Perez appeared to waffle on his answer, stating, "I think you're creating a false choice.what we have to do as Democrats is to articulate very clearly that Donald Trump's vision for America is a vision for the top one percent of the one percent".

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Donald Trump unloads after poor polls

Just 2 percent say they regret their decision. President Trump is facing a milestone: Saturday will mark his first 100 days in office. While 38% of respondents believe Trump is in touch with the concerns of the American people, just 32% said the Republican Party was in touch and 28% said the Democratic Party was in touch.

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Congress Focused On Averting Government Shutdown, But Trump Wants More

US President Donald Trump and his attorney general insisted Sunday that Mexico would fund a proposed wall on the US-Mexico border, ahead of a budget battle in which disagreement over the project threatens a government shutdown. Negotiations have faltered because of disputes over the border wall and health law subsidies to help low-income people afford health insurance. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California described a border wall as "immoral" and "expensive" when asked if ...

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Trial ending for Pennsylvania man who eluded manhunt in trooper ambush

A jury convicted 33-year-old Eric Frein (freen) on Wednesday following a two-week trial in northeastern Pennsylvania. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Frein, who killed Cpl. The state has placed a moratorium on executions under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Before Dickson and Douglass were shot, Frein had been mulling an ambush for months, authorities said at the time.

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Captured Amber Alert suspect: 'I'm glad this is over'

Barry said Cummins used a fake name and said they had lost everything in a fire in Colorado and needed a place to stay. "He was always dominating the conversation". that night. The agency said it would provide more details in a press conference later. "She is excited that they were found and nobody was hurt", Cox said.

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Tight security as New Orleans tears down Confederate statues

Supporters of the monuments say they are a cultural legacy that promotes heritage rather than racism. Robert Bonner , a Civil War re-enactor, lamented what he called a "terrible thing" by mentioning something about a loss of money. Civil War, and two of its generals, Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard. "We will no longer allow the confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of our city".

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US Senate approves Perdue as agriculture secretary, 87-11

The much-delayed appointment - the last announced Trump cabinet post, announced just a day before the January 20 inauguration - has prompted some to express concern that President Donald Trump has made a low priority of the rural and farm interests credited with his victory in November.

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Pence says still "a chance" diplomacy can stop North Korea

President Trump on Tuesday said "you always have to be concerned" about nuclear war when dealing with North Korea. The following day, Trump tweeted that he "had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea", But Xi in Beijing said that he had urged Trump to seek a "peaceful solution".

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North Korea threatens to sink United States aircraft carrier

The spokesman accused Trump administration officials of "spouting a load of rubbish" and "seeking to bring nuclear aircraft carrier strike groups one after another to the waters off the Korean Peninsula, " an apparent reference to the impending arrival of the USS Carl Vinson carrier group to the region.

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United States defense secretary Mattis arrives in Kabul for surprise visit

The five-hour assault, the deadliest ever by the group on a military base, underscores its growing strength more than 15 years after it was ousted from power. The resignations came as US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit Monday. The commanders of four army corps were also replaced, according to the presidency's official Twitter account .

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Dems say Trump can avert shutdown risk if he relents on wall

If lawmakers fail to reach an agreement, the government will begin a partial shutdown on April 29, Trump's 100th day in office. "The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members", Trump tweeted on Sunday .

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Nearing 100-day mark, Trump says milestone not 'meaningful'

Even more, 53 percent of people strongly disapprove of Trump's presidency. COLBERT: Should coverage change of Donald Trump , once he's the president? He swore in his entire Cabinet at once, signed 76 bills into law, and began rolling out the New Deal in his first 100 days in office - a frenzy of activity that, ever since, all presidents have been matched against.

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Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in US since 2000

Two minutes after Arkansas Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelley called for the execution to begin at 11:44pm, Lee's eyes began to slowly shut and he appeared to swallow multiple times before his eyes closed for the final time at 11:49pm.

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March Unemployment At 11 Year Low In Sacramento

The 4.6 percent rate was well below the 5.4 percent rate from March 2016. Between February and March, farm employment fell by 400 jobs in Fresno County, to about 40,400 workers. Boulder County had 181,775 people employed, with 3,764 looking for work, according to the report. Houston County's unemployment rate fell significantly in March to 5.2 percent from 5.9 percent the previous month, mirroring similar drops in all Alabama counties.

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Heavy storms leave thousands without power in North Carolina

South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. reported about 200 customers without service, most in Lexington County. Moderate to heavy rain will take place, with 1.5 to nearly 4 inches likely through Monday night. There will be pockets of heavy rain within the rounds that rotate in with an area of low pressure. Additional rainfall totals forecast through Monday morning.

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Trump orders review of visa program for highly skilled workers

The order targets the H1-B visa program, which allows USA companies to employ graduate level workers in specialty occupations like IT, engineering, mathematics and science. under the current visa programme are paid less than the median wage workers in their field. With his attempts to overhaul healthcare and tax law not bearing fruit so far in a Congress controlled by his fellow Republicans, Trump has leaned heavily on executive orders to seek changes to the US economy.

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At least 97 missing as migrant boat sinks off Libya

At least 97 people are feared to be missing after their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea, a navy spokesperson said on Thursday. Darrin Zammit Lupi, who was aboard the rescue ship Phoenix, said he saw 20 bodies while a dinghy was being helped by the ship's crew, run by the Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS).

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Trump says Mexico 'eventually' will pay for border wall

Trump wants money for the wall included in spending legislation that Congress must pass by Friday to keep the federal government operating through September 30, when the 2017 fiscal year expires. The administration also said it wants to withhold funding for some subsidies in the Affordable Care Act that help low-income people afford health care.

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McDonald's employees helped nab the Facebook murder suspect

The suspect, Steve Stephens, later killed himself before surrendering. At that point, the video had spread across the internet on multiple sites. But Stephens did not want to wait, taking his McNuggets and speeding out of the auto park, almost hitting Gail Wheeler, 54, a retail operations manager from Erie who was on her way home from shopping.

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Trump sets US tax reform announcement, orders tax rule review

The White House will release the "broad principles and priorities" of their plans to overhaul federal taxes on Wednesday, a White House official said Friday night, downplaying expectations that the Trump administration would reveal key details underpinning the plan.

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Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit

The University of California system, UC Berkeley Police Department and numerous university officials were named in the lawsuit. Berkeley later offered to reschedule during a time that Coulter called "dead week" because classes aren't being held.

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Hundreds Gather at Candlelight Vigil for Victims of San Bernardino School Shooting

They got married in January but separated in mid-March. "We are San Bernardino strong". Karen Elaine Smith was a special education teacher for more than 10 years. Marsden said that a candlelight vigil would be held Tuesday evening for Jonathan and the other victims. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan , center at podium, briefs reporters at police headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif ., Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

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Le Pen: far-right heir hoping to become first female president

Protesters angry about Le Pen's results scuffled with police. The candidate for the governing Socialists, Benoit Hamon, was a distant fifth going into the final weekend. That would be a good outcome, but of course, Macron will want to limit Le Pen as far as possible, not just to beat her fair and square, but also to afford himself leverage in future negotiations between his own En Marche! movement and the other parties.


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