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Lawsuit filed to preserve Confederate statue in New Orleans

Lee statue in Lee Circle - will come down soon, the city has said , but officials will not release details on when, citing security concerns. "Not the City of New Orleans ", he said. Relocating the statues would memorialize and contextualize a distant time without dishonoring it. Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) tweeted that the statues "do not represent the diversity" of New Orleans .

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On the Removal of the Jefferson Davis Monument in New Orleans

As expected, the removal of the Jefferson Davis monument on Canal Street and Jeff Davis Parkway started overnight with a heavy police presence and a large crowd of people gathered to watch. The Civil War Trust notes that "Davis' popularity and effectiveness were not enhanced by the growing numbers of Confederate defeats", and Davis was captured in the waning days of the war by Union soldiers after he had fled the Confederate capital in Richmond.

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Officials from Arctic nations meet amid drilling concerns

She highlighted Canada's recent investments on protecting the Arctic environment, including its $1.5-billion investment to protect oceans and $400 million to wean communities off using diesel. For Canada and Nordic countries deeply concerned about climate change, the Arctic Council meeting is a chance to lobby Tillerson at a moment when the US decision is at a "stalemate", said Andrew Light, a climate specialist with the World Resources Institute.

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Congress puts airlines on notice about customer service

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, left, accompanied by United Airlines President Scott Kirby, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, before a House Transportation Committee oversight hearing. "No customer should be treated the way Mr. Dao was", Munoz added. Munoz took two days to apologize for the incident. "I was going to ask how much do you hate the American people, but I'm not going to ask that".

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Detention of US citizen by North Korea 'concerning' - White House

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are both shown on either side of a 3D outline of North Korea skinned with the North Korean flag in this composite image provided by Yonhap News TV. He became a USA citizen in the 2000s, then returned to China. There are two other United States citizens serving jail sentences for anti-North Korea activities.

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Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn

The subpoena comes as the Senate committee and its counterpart in the House of Representatives investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump associates colluded with those attempts to sway the election. Other congressional committees and the Pentagon's inspector general are separately examining whether Flynn was fully forthcoming about his foreign contacts and earnings from organizations linked to the governments of Russian Federation and Turkey.

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Police shooting of teen in Texas draws federal probe, official says

Dallas County prosecutors have charged former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver, 37, with murder in connection with the April 29 shooting of Jordan Edwards, 15. They say obstruction of justice could be among additional charges. "We want to see a genuine effort, with all resources available, to prosecute not only the officer that has been named, Roy Oliver , but every officer involved in wrongdoing, in the cover up, and the harassment of Jordan Edwards' brothers - and the injustice ...

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Inside the Ring: North Korean Travel Warnings Issued to Americans

During his call with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, the two leaders agreed that their countries must not let their hard history hamper co-operation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program, Moon's office said. Han took that a step further with the extradition statement. State media said he was involved in the timber industry in Khabarovsk, which is one of the primary places North Koreans can go overseas to work.

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The Obamas Unveil Plans For The Obama Presidential Center In Jackson Park

Obama as we outline the vision for both the Obama Presidential Center and Jackson Park as a whole", he said . While the center will include traditional museum pieces such as dresses and campaign posters, the former president said it will not be a "monument to the past" but will "create something for the future".

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Leahy grills Comey on Clinton emails

Comey said he stands behind his letter to Congress that shook up the final days of last years presidential election and he would do it again. Comey replied: "I think I treated both investigations consistently under the same principles". The FBI chief said it would have been "catastrophic" to keep silent about the Clinton investigation, especially considering he'd testified under oath that the investigation had been concluded.

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Environmentalists triumph as Senate upholds drilling rule

The bill was unable to pass in the Senate , and will therefore will not come under President Trump's anti-environment sledgehammer. Senate Republicans were dealt an unexpected loss May 10 in their attempt to repeal an Obama-era regulation on methane emissions.

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Australia has better health care system than US - Donald Trump

On Thursday evening, the President met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, aboard the USS Intrepid to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Last Friday, Trump made a decision to stick to the original statement- with an amendment: "Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do - everybody does", he posted to Twitter.

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Penn State head calls student's death sickening

It wasn't until 10:48 a.m. that someone eventually called 911. The Grand Jury presentment has a section called "Revelations from Beta Theta Pi's Video Surveillance", which begins with pledges arriving to the house for "the gauntlet", which one member of the fraternity testified was an event where pledges drank at series of alcohol stations, and consumed four to five drinks in as little as two-minute spans.

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DA announces charges against Penn State frat, 18 members

The fraternity brothers' actions, and inaction, were detailed in grand jury investigation findings released Friday by Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller . Penn State President Eric Barron at a press conference early Friday afternoon called the "alleged details in the grand jury presentment...sickening and hard to understand".

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USA remains committed to arctic climate change research

Six organizations representing Arctic indigenous peoples have status as Permanent Participants, which allows them to take decisions on a par with the eight Arctic states. It's an important trip for Finland, which takes over the rotating two-year chairmanship of the council at a delicate time in worldwide politics. "And I think that sounds reasonable to do so".

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Amber Alert issued for baby of Hampton woman who also is missing

She is believed to be in extreme danger. Officers had been trying to locate Chloe and her mother, Keir Johnson. Johnson was heading to Buckroe Beach to take her daughter for a walk. Family members reported the two missing on May 1. The baby is under a year old, and has brown eyes and black hair. Officials say that Johnson was last seen driving a black Kia Optima with Virginia tags, VAW2197.

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Governors to Amtrak: Private operator sought at Penn Station

They said "a professional, qualified, private station operator must be brought in to take over the repairs and manage this entire process going forward". Many respondents - 27 percent - said they and/or their colleagues travel by train daily, while 10 percent say they travel weekly/monthly. Moorman told the committee that crews will be working around the clock during the outage periods, and that the number of tracks taken out of service will vary depending on the time of day.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders admits Trump fired Comey to end Russian Federation probe

Trump's firing of Comey already has left him with the dubious distinction of being the first president since Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation tied to the White House. Days before he was sacked, Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation, USA officials have said. HOLT: him taking up that investigation? TRUMP: I think that - about the Hillary Clinton investigation? In any case, Sanders basically said that the president fired Comey in ...

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Police lift shelter order in search for shooting suspect

The suspect was named as Ross Elliott, a 5-foot-10-inch man with a tattoo on the right side of his neck. Elliott allegedly killed a woman in a Stevens Street apartment Thursday morning. "No child should see something like that", neighbor Lynne Manning said. He was also charged with assault and battery with a unsafe weapon in December of 2005.

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12-year-old girl accidentally runs over, kills brother, 2, authorities say

Azocar stopped immediately after the crash, but the boy was dead, troopers said. Investigators followed small footprints in the dirt to a nearby Extended Stay America motel. Troopers said Jose Matos Vargas, of Orlando, died in the crash, which was reported at 5:35 a.m. on Goldenrod Road at Charlin Parkway between Pershing and Hoffner avenues.

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Former Rep. Corrine Brown found guilty in charity scam

Brown's former district stretched through the Eatonville and Pine Hills area, which she represented for over 20 years in the House of Representatives. Last summer, we blogged about former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown's legal woes. Simmons and Wiley previously pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their involvement in the scheme.

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Officer shot in Kirkersville Ohio

Multiple people were hospitalized after a shooting was reported Friday morning near an OH nursing facility. A suspect is down and an officer has been shot and wounded following an active shooter situation east of Columbus, according to 10TV in Columbus.

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Cool with more showers, handsome for Mother's Day

Off and on rain showers are likely from late Friday through Saturday across the state. With the steady onshore winds and developing coastal storm, tides will run higher but should remain at or just below flood stage. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Winds are out of the east at 10-15mph with a few gusts to 20mph near the shore. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

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Prez Trump To James Comey ... You're Fired!

President Trump's "showboat" comment regarding ousted FBI Director James Comey in his NBC News interview got immediate pushback Thursday from the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Reports over the past two days have widely claimed that anger at the Russian Federation probe was Trump's true motivation in firing Comey, but it is still remarkable to hear it from the president himself.

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Democrats Call for Special Prosecutor After FBI's Comey Fired

But that explanation doesn't pass the laugh test. O'Donnell, in return, has been vocal about her criticism of Trump throughout his presidency, tweeting in recent days about whether Comey's firing could negatively impact the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Ex-Democrat Senator found guilty of stealing from charity

Former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown was found guilty of fraud. Brown was elected to Congress in 1992 as one of the first three black members of Florida's congressional delegation since the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.

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Ex-congresswoman may spend rest of life in prison for fraud

Jurors will return for another day of deliberations in the fraud and tax evasion trial of former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown. Federal prosecutors at the time said Brown used the charity she founded, One Door for Education Foundation Inc., as a "personal slush fund".

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Senate blocks move to overturn Obama-era rule on drilling

The BLM estimated that the rule will result in benefits ranging from $209 - 403 million per year and reduce emissions by 180,000 tons per year. The methane rules were created to reduce pollution and protect public resources, but theyre opposed by gas and oil drillers, who characterize them as costly and burdensome.

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Mormon Church Pulls Older Teens Out of Boy Scouts

In an announcement on Thursday The Church said they will continue to use the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs boys and young men ages 8 through 13. Church leaders have been troubled about changes in BSA policy allowing gay scoutmasters, and other moral issues.

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People, not politicians key to fighting climate change: Obama

Do you support or oppose them? And with an administration developing a reputation as hostile toward science it doesn't like, Obama's is a welcome voice in the ongoing debate over the effects of climate change. In an apparent dig at the American electorate, he said: "People have a tendency to blame politicians when things don't work". More than 3,000 people, including government and business leaders, attended Obama's keynote address focusing on the intersection between climate change and ...

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Ex-congresswoman found guilty of taking money from charity

Brown, who is 70-years-old, was convicted on 18 counts of an indictment charging her with participating in a conspiracy involving a fraudulent education charity, concealing material facts on required financial disclosure forms, obstructing the due administration of the internal revenue laws and filing false tax returns.

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Trump's executive order on offshore oil drilling sets up clash with Florida

Trump's new order asks for a review and replacement of the Obama administration's last five-year oil and gas development for the outer continental shelf to be reviewed and replaced. Trump's signing of the "America-First Offshore Energy Strategy" comes a day before the People's Climate March , an worldwide protest against Trump's energy and environmental policies.

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White House delays decision on Paris climate deal

With the rest of the world awaiting a definitive United States position ever since, the new president has said he will make his decision before the next G7 meeting on May 26-27 in Sicily. Shultz, who served as secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan. "The same is true in many parts of Europe", he said. A meeting of top White House aides to discuss the agreement had been scheduled for Tuesday.

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Senate defeats attempt to undo BLM's methane rule

Reduction of methane, a potent greenhouse gas 80 times more powerful than CO2, means a much better chance for a safe climate. The regulation required oil and gas companies to limit methane emissions from their drilling sites on federal lands, citing that venting the gas wasted roughly $ 330 million per year.

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Acting FBI Director McCabe contradicts White House claims about Comey termination

But Democrats and a handful of Republicans have found Mr. Trump's explanation less than persuasive, particularly since the president had praised Mr. Comey in the past. Comey found the allegations confounding, according to his associate, and wondered what to make of what he described as unusual thoughts coming from his new boss.


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