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Trump opens Arctic Ocean to drilling, despite high risks

Gulf Economic Survival Team Executive Director Lori LeBlanc called the move a "positive first step" for the oil and gas industry toward job creation and boosting the national economy. I doubt President Trump would want to see Mar-a-Lago, or any of his other coastal resorts, covered in oil ... George Edwardson, president of the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, said his council may consider filing suit at some point to challenge an expansion of offshore drilling.

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States brace for big decisions under GOP health care changes

That is some amount of clout. " The bill passed by the House today will result in millions of Americans losing access to quality, affordable health insurance and those with pre-existing health conditions face the possibility of going back to the time when insurers could charge them premiums that made access to coverage out of the question ", the American Medical Association said .

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8 charged with manslaughter in fraternity hazing death at Penn State

In the early hours after the initial fall, brothers poured liquid on Piazza's face and slapped him in attempts to rouse him. "Timothy Piazza died as a direct result of the extremely reckless conduct of members of the Beta Fraternity who operated within the permissive atmosphere fostered by the Pennsylvania State University Interfraternity Council", the presentment read.

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Spicer says Trump stands by Comey

Comey said he was not. Comey called it a "hard choice" and "one of the most painful decisions" he's had to make. "Her meeting with President Clinton on that airplane was the capper for me, and I then said, 'You know what?" "I think I treated both investigations consistently under the same principles", Comey said of the probe into Clinton's private email server and the investigation into any possible contact between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.

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Search continues in Flathead County for missing hiker Madeline Connelly

Connelly had planned to spend the night camping with her dog and left for the hike on May 4th. But so far there is no sign of Madeline Connelly, 23, who went hiking with her dog last Thursday in the Great Bear Wilderness and has not been seen since.

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Trump Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Monuments Review

Trump accused the previous administration of using the act to "unilaterally put millions of acres of land and water under strict federal control" - a practice he derailed as "a massive federal land grab". The law in question is called the Antiquities Act. Such designations can restrict or eliminate opportunities for responsible off-highway motorized recreation on public lands and negatively impact the local economies of the communities surrounding the monuments.

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May Day Marchers Around The World Celebrate Workers, Immigrants

Across the bay at the San Francisco ICE office today, protesters clad in red and white painted big slogans on the street that read "resist", "no ban" and "no wall". "It's a nation of immigrants, and separating immigrant families due to their immigration status, it goes against what we love about this wonderful country".

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Charlton County closes schools as West Mims Fire breaks containment again

The modified DC-10 jet liner, capable of dumping 11,600 gallons (44,000 liters) of chemical fire retardant in a single run, was joining almost 700 firefighters and support personnel working to contain the blaze with bulldozers, helicopters and smaller planes.

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Health care debate shifting over to Senate

That means he will only need Republican votes, which is all he can rely on anyway since Democrats are refusing to participate in dismantling Obama's law. The Senate could override that with 60 votes. "We think we need to do even more support for people who are older", he acknowledged. "The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the atrocious American Health Care Act".

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Fraternity Bros Charged In Brutal Hazing Death Of Teenage Pledge

President Eric Barron says details in a grand jury report issued on Friday as prosecutors filed involuntary manslaughter and other charges against fraternity member showed Timothy Piazza endured hours of suffering before his death in early February.

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The Trump administration defends its controversial travel ban in USA appeals court

The revised travel ban was challenged in Maryland by refugee organizations and individuals who said they were being discriminated against because they were Muslim and because they had family members adversely affected by the ban. Constitution's First Amendment that prohibits government discrimination on the basis of religion. "Is there anything other than willful blindness that will prevent us from getting behind those statements?" The US administration fiercely denied it during an ...

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Kushner firm apologizes for reference to White House ties

The investment would be faciliated via the EB-5 immigrant visa program , which offers citizens of other countries the chance to immigrate to the USA, provided they invest at least USD500,000 American development projects, according to the New York Times .

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Ex-teacher accused of kidnapping student jailed in Kentucky

Cummins, 50, was being held in the Henderson County Detention Center in Henderson, Ky., according to the Nashville stations. He gave a tight-lipped smile to three family members seated in the second row, who returned the gesture with waves and blew kisses.

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Green Groups Vow to Fight Trump's "Reckless Giveaway to Big Oil"

That's because Obama indefinitely banned some of the areas from drilling under a 1953 law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act . California Gov. President David Holt said: "By considering new opportunities to develop America's abundant offshore energy resources, today's action will help cement American energy security for decades to come".

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Paul Ryan visits New York school run by charter advocate

They were fired up over education and healthcare. She asserted that numerous homeless people in New York City suffer from some kind of ailment-and that if the legislation doesn't get modified in some way, "people are gonna die". Others against the visit linked the recent House health care bill to DeVos' plans for education reform. Public Advocate Letitia James, on the other hand, brought a megaphone.

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Penn State fraternity members charged in fatal hazing incident

After going through a "gauntlet" of drinking stations as part of a pledge initiation activity, Piazza was spotted drunk and "hunched over", the grand jury's findings note. "The alleged details in the grand jury presentment, which suggest the inhumane treatment of a student forced through hazing to consume risky amounts of alcohol and endure hours of suffering, are sickening and hard to understand", he added.

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Suspect found guilty in murder of Bay Area teen Sierra LaMar

Garcia-Torres has also pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to kidnap and carjack three women - an 18-year-old from Gilroy, a 46-year-old from San Martin and a 36-year-old from Morgan Hill - in 2009 as they returned to their cars late at night in Morgan Hill parking lots.

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Ariz. police arrest serial killings suspect after months of unease

The suspect in a string of murders that took place in a Phoenix , Arizona neighborhood throughout 2015 and 2016 was arrested on Monday. The so-called Serial Shooters randomly targeted pedestrians; Dale Hausner killed himself while in prison, and Samuel Dieteman is serving a life sentence.

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Trump delaying decision on Paris climate deal

The gathering of top aides was delayed because of scheduling conflicts, the White House said late Monday. President Donald Trump vowed during his lengthy run for the White House to cancel USA involvement in the accord reached by 196 nations, but since assuming power has wavered.

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Standoff ends in DE; suspect in trooper death killed

The 32-year-old Ballard was a 2007 graduate of Delaware State University, where he majored in criminal justice. Police said Sealy had called family members and told them he shot a state trooper. Smyk, who has co-sponsored legislation that could bring back the death penalty, said he expects Ballard's death and the February death of prison officer Sgt.

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Judge cites common law doctrine in vacating Aaron's Hernandez's murder conviction

One of the most famous applications of abatement ab initio occurred in 2006, when a federal court vacated the fraud convictions against Ken Lay after the former Enron CEO died of a heart attack. Hernandez's appellate lawyers say his conviction in the Lloyd case is not considered final because the automatic appeal he was entitled to had not been heard at the time of his death.

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US Warship Collides With South Korean Fishing Vessel

A USA naval vessel collided with a South Korean fishing boat but no injuries were reported following the accident. The Lake Champlain is a 568-foot-long Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser and the fishing boat was 60- to 70-foot long, according to the Navy.

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New Executive Order Could Lead To Increased Offshore Drilling

A month before leaving office, Obama banned offshore drilling in almost all of the Arctic under USA control to protect marine life and prevent potential oil spills. "Spills don't just devastate ecosystems - local economies that depend on the health of our environment and clean water also feel extreme pain", said Rep.

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EC dismisses AAP's EVM demo, says prototype machines used not real ones

The Congress leader's remarks came after AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj sought to demonstrate in the assembly as to how an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) could be tampered with. The resolution also called for tallying of votes polled in 25 per cent randomly-selected booths with the paper trail generated by VVPAT machines. "AAP's candidates will lose elections and even their security deposits if party does not fulfil its promises", Sirsa said while participating in a discussion over the alleged ...

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Witness tells intelligence hearing: We warned White House about Michael Flynn

The hearing was mainly focused on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's connections to Russian Federation and allegations against Moscow meddling with the presidential elections in 2016. It was Yates' first meeting with McGahn in his office, which also acts as a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF). Yates was a holdover from the administration of President Barack Obama.

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Students Charged With Manslaughter In Penn State Frat Death

Details of the investigation were released in new court documents that tell what happened the night before Piazza's death, including tales of pledges time and time again forced to drink heavily in what's known as a "Gauntlet". Jim Piazza made the comments at a news conference Friday after charges against Beta Theta Pi and 18 frat brothers were announced by the Centre County district attorney.

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White House Claims Trump Travel Ban Not Targeting Muslims

The White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed that the U.S. administration's travel ban policy constitutes a ban based on nationality, not religion. The last version of the travel ban has moved to defer entrance against six Muslim-majority countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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Chelsea Manning releases 1st statement since clemency win

A former Army intelligence analyst and transgender woman, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted in 2013 of stealing 750,000 pages of documents and videos before leaking them to WikiLeaks - one of the largest and most embarrassing leaks of classified information in USA history.

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Abedin didn't send as many emails as Comey said

Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his role in an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year's election.

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GOP Reps Return Home To Angry Health Care Town Halls

Last night, Republican Congressman Rod Blum walked into the high school gym in Dubuque where he and his son played basketball. Rep. Rod Blum faced his constituents Monday night to defend the Republican health care bill, but agreed with critics who chided the "rushed" process.

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General Electric Company (GE), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)

Stifel Nicolaus set a $34.00 target price on General Electric Company and gave the company a "buy" rating in a report on Tuesday, January 17th. Trustees of General Electric Pension Trust bought a new position in General Electric Company during the fourth quarter worth $1,038,590,000.

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Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'

Expect moderate Republicans to take a serious look at how to make sure that people with pre-existing conditions have additional safeguards as they craft their own bill. Mike Gallagher said Monday that his fellow Republicans were "irresponsible" for celebrating the House's passage of the American Health Care Act at the White House.

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Trump to supporters: The media deserves a 'big, fat, failing grade'

In 1981, Ronald Reagan who could not attend it following an assassination attempt, phoned in with jokes about the media. President Donald Trump's speech to a large Pennsylvania rally prompted a former presidential adviser to call it divisive and "deeply disturbing".

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Student charged in stabbing spree at UT doesn't remember attack

Another student, Ray Arredondo, said he was walking to his auto when a mass of students near the gym started running. "This is truly a horrific act of violence that took place here today", San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a late-night news conference.

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Former official says she warned White House about Flynn

McGhan is the White House counsel who Yates said she warned Flynn about in the first days of Donald Trump's presidency. The testimony Monday from Yates marked her first public comments about the concerns she raised. The nature of Obama's misgivings about Flynn was not clear. It also filled in basic details about the chain of events that led to Flynn's ouster in February.


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