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Louisiana House backs ban on removal of Confederate statues

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments. Carmody's own city of Shreveport has been debating what to do with a Confederate monument in front of the parish's courthouse.

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Betsy DeVos met with audible boos at Bethune-Cookman graduation

Protesters pointed out DeVos' questionable grasp over educational history, her support for school privatization and her stance on loan borrowers. Critics believe DeVos' positions will harm traditional public schools and worsen school segregation, leading to worse academic outcomes for poor and minority children.

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Jury acquits Tulsa cop in shooting of unarmed black man

They must decide whether Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby went too far September 16 when she killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. A group of protestors block Denver Ave. Shelby has claimed that she thought he was reaching for a weapon. She said Shelby was the aggressor, not her brother. The verbal exchange between officers as well as the video of the shooting itself incited outrage.

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Putin offers to provide transcript of conversation between Trump, Lavrov

The accusations appeared after a Washington Post article cited unnamed officials, who claimed that Trump "revealed highly classified information" that could jeopardize "a critical source of intelligence on Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISlL]".

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Putin says Russian Federation has transcript of Trump meeting

President Donald Trump has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with the Russians during a White House meeting last week , saying he had an "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety". politicians for whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment" and branded them "stupid". Both Putin and the White House have called the story false . In the last week, the media have published damaging stories about the White House, mostly dealing with Russian ...

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Facing Congressional Inquiries, Trump Blames Media for His Troubles

White House officials, primarily chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic policy aide John Ehrlichman and counsel John Dean, wanted to limit the exposure of the White House to the burglary. There is no indication that Alptekin is under investigation. He prosecuted a businessman for illegally exporting thousands of sensitive electronics components to Iran and a suspected hacker in the Syrian Electronic Army.

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Evacuation Ordered at Troubled Washington State Nuclear Site

The Hanford site , about 200 miles from Seattle, produced plutonium for USA nuclear weapons from World War II through the Cold War. The tunnel in question was storing rail cars that carried radioactive nuclear fuel from reactors to production facilities, back when the site was still used to manufacture nuclear weapons.

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Tornado damage reported in western Oklahoma

There were media reports of damage with the storm, he said. Around the same time, a tornado hit Barron County, Wisconsin. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald gave the figures to WQOW-TV, the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

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'Nervous India Can't Stop Others from Joining Belt and Road'

One of the criticisms of the Silk Road plan is that host countries may struggle to pay back loans for huge infrastructure projects being carried out and funded by Chinese companies and banks. Besides its opposition to the CPEC, which India has raised at the highest forums during bilateral interactions, New Delhi in a statement had also cited its other concerns about OBOR.

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More to Face Arraignment in Penn State Fraternity House Death

The footage shows the start of the night: Piazza's arrival at 9 p.m., dressed in a blazer, a buttoned-down shirt and khakis. We reached out to Beta Theta Pi for comment and will update upon getting a response. Old Main on the Penn State main campus in State College, Pa., Oct. 28, 2015. Piazza's parents, from Readington, were in attendance for the announcement of the charges , and said they were "devastated", and that their son was "an incredible young man and an excellent student", ...

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EU, US to hold talks on airline laptop ban next week

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and "a number of" European ministers was set for the meeting later on Friday". The initial ban, now in place at 10 airports in eight countries , was put in place after US intelligence feared terrorists could develop bombs hidden in portable electronic devices.

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Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park in north of Chetek suffered the most damage, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told local media. "We have at least one deceased so far and we're still in a search pattern". One confirmed tornado was reported near a small town southeast of Dodge City, although there were no immediate reports of damage. People were still coming in at 10:30 p.m.

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New Orleans starts deconstructing third Confederate statue

In St. Louis, the mayor is reportedly considering the possibility of removing a 1914 monument commemorating Confederate youth but is being held up by the cost. Landrieu also said that the removal would cause some traffic issues with the following street closures: Moss Street between Desaix Boulevard and Esplanade Avenue and North Carrolton Avenue between Esplanade Avenue, and City Park Avenue will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

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Federal appeals court upholds Google trademark

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just tangled with this question in order to determine whether or not the famous search engine Google's name is generic, thus warranting cancellation of its federal trademark registration. Coke, for example, is used by some generically but has managed not to become generic. “Because a claim of genericide must relate to a particular type of good or service and because verb use does not necessarily constitute generic use, the district court did not err ...

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Arrest Warrants Targeting MS-13 Street Gang Served At Dozens Of Locations

Federal prosecutors unsealed a sweeping indictment Wednesday morning charging dozens of members and leaders of the brutal street gang with a variety of crimes, including murder. FBI Assistant Director in Charge Deirdre Fike said investigators are trying to determine if those people are human trafficking victims. The early morning raids and the indictment are part of a multi-agency case led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that started in 2014.

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Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin tells KSTP-TV that numerous emergency vehicles have gone to the trailer park. A tornado in northwestern Wisconsin destroyed a mobile home park, killing one man. The tornadoes, some of them still unverified a day later, touched down in five states: Wisconsin and Oklahoma , which each had one death and about 40 homes destroyed, and Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.

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The battle for Donald Trump's eyes is heating up

And he says the more that people say something can't be done, "the more you should be absolutely determined to prove them wrong". "The future belongs to the dreamers, not to the critics.never, ever give up". As for Trump, his remarks stretched over 3,500 words and like most commencement speakers, he spent a large portion dispensing wisdom to the graduates.

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Trump honors fallen police officers, vows to reduce violence

May 15th was designated as "National Peace Officers Memorial Day" by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. President Trump announced Monday that he'll light the White House blue to honor police officers for Monday's Peace Officer Memorial Day.

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United States health agencies warn of inaccurate results from certain lead tests

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) recommended retesting in cases where the venous blood tests showed less than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter. FDA officials did not provide estimates of how many people may have been at risk for a faulty test. In a letter to customers, Magellan Diagnostics advised that facilities discontinue using venous blood samples with their testing systems.

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5 ways Google Home just got better

Pointing your smartphone at various business storefronts will result in Google Lens pulling up information about that business, such as hours, phone number, and reviews. The overview comes Wednesday during Google's annual conference for thousands of computer programmers. This update to the Google software space for iOS devices makes the iPhone have a real competitor for Siri - again, or for the firs time, depending on how you look at it.

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Learjet Crash at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport Kills 2 Pilots

Police said the Learjet 35 crashed into a building near the airport killing the two crew members. The Learjet crash Monday afternoon in an industrial area near Teterboro Airport damaged two buildings and caused a fire that burned 16 cars in a parking lot.

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Malloy doubtful of additional labor savings sought by GOP

Malloy and legislative leaders met for the first day of budget negotiations on Wednesday, reviewing their respective proposals. The changes were prompted after anticipated income tax revenue dropped sharply, especially among the state's wealthiest taxpayers.

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Always Dreaming the early favorite

Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin at Lee drew the ninth post position and was a 10-1 third choice for the Preakness while Cloud Computing , who will break from the second gate, was the next best pick at 12-1. The third van that originated from Belmont Park in NY waited several minutes before Chad Brown-trained Cloud Computing could be unloaded. Hence , the 11th-place finisher in the Derby, is listed at 20-1 on the morning line.

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Comey Fallout: Flynn Never Spoke to Trump About Ending Investigations, Sources Say

Yates told Cooper that she expected the White House to act urgently on information that she had given the administration that Flynn had been compromised by his contact with Russian officials prior to Trump's inauguration. Yates also denies that she was behind the leaking of a story to The Washington Post about Flynn's calls with Kislyak , which led to his dismissal.

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Trump's own words add fuel to FBI controversy

In a television interview and on Twitter , the president has given ammunition to arguments by some legal experts that his actions constitute a possible case of obstruction of justice - a central charge in the impeachment proceedings against two presidents in the last 43 years.

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1 death as tornado hits Oklahoma subdivision

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald gave the figures to WQOW-TV, the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Chetek is about 110 miles (177 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis/St. The storm knocked out telephone service into and out of the city. Other tornadoes in western Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle have downed power lines and utility poles, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

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Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke takes job with Homeland Security

While Clarke seems to think that USA social problems can simply be wiped away through a tough "lock them up and throw away the key" approach, his own record heading the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department shows that the jails he's run have fallen far short of minimal human rights standards.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to Sign Strong Anti-Sanctuary Bill

The bill was voted out of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety and is now in the calendar's committee which schedules when bills will be added to the House of Representatives calendar and heard on the floor for a vote.

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Germany's Lidl to price groceries up to 50 percent below US rivals

Three Richmond area stores will be among the first 20 Lidl stores opening this summer, but the company has not said if the local stores will open June 15 or later this summer. The retailer's in-house brands will account for 90 percent of the products. Lidl, meanwhile, hopes to emulate its European operations in the U.S. The German chain, along with Aldi, has had success entering new markets across the continent, and sees its private-label products resonating with U.S.

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Peace Officer Memorial ceremony held at State Capitol

Five Pine Belt agencies from Forrest and Lamar counties were honored during the ceremony held at the Lake Terrace Convention Center. "It is important to recognize these individuals for making the ultimate sacrifice with their lives". One thing everyone in attendance shared was that those behind the badge are all family. Speaking of the ever-present dangers of policing, Sarno said, "Just this week, right in our headquarters - right here!" Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Petal Mayor ...

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9th Circuit to hear travel ban appeal ... again

The Trump administration faced tough questioning from a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the second time in four months as it defended its revised executive order on immigration. The ruling is now widely considered regrettable. "What does he have to do to issue an executive order that, in your view, might pass constitutional muster?" "Why not? "Facially legitimate" - that's all you say!" You "don't have to be Sigmund Freud", he said, to see Mr Trump's true colours.

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Trump expects 'fast' decision over new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Trump's popularity didn't seem to take a significant hit from the Comey investigation - it dropped one point from last month's NBC/WSJ survey to 39% support. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the USA election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign. GOP Sen. John Cornyn , the No.

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Trump suggests 'good chance' for Mideast peace

Abbas and President Donald Trump met at the White House on Wednesday and gave statements to the media. In the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders Mr Trump's administration called on the PA to do more to tackle violence against Israelis and end payments to the families of those killed or imprisoned by Israel .

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Trump seeks new Federal Bureau of Investigation nominee

He simply stated a fact. That led Trump to tweet Friday morning, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy". "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" "His false claims are nothing but thinly veiled attempts to create a distraction from his own incompetencies", Crowley said.

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Family of slain DNC staffer demands Fox News retract bogus conspiracy story

Following suit were other right-wing news outlets, including The Drudge Report, which ran stories quoting the private investigator's account claiming Rich had contacts with WikiLeaks before he was murdered. It seems that no matter how unreliable and discredited this story gets, conservative outlets will likely stand by it. "There is nothing that we can find that any of this is accurate", said Dustin Sternbeck, the chief spokesman for D.C police, which is leading the investigation into ...


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