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Drake, Beyoncé win big at Billboard Music Awards

During her acceptance speech, Cher revealed she wanted to be a singer since she was four-years-old and pointed out she's been doing it for 53 years now. And fellow performer (and last year's Icon Award recipient) Celine Dion was spotted singing along backstage! We disagree Cher , you're pure raw talent.

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Court: Ranked-choice voting runs afoul of Maine Constitution

If, after one round of counting, a candidate obtained a plurality of the votes but not a majority, that candidate would be declared the victor according to the Maine Constitution as it now exists. Democrats point out that such a system could've thwarted the election of Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who was twice elected in three-way races. Edmund Muskie.

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5 healthcare groups weigh in on Trump's $4.1 trillion budget plan

All told , according to people familiar with the plan, Trump's budget includes $1.7 trillion over 10 years in cuts from such so-called mandatory programs. Democrats and Republicans say the budget, which calls for deep cuts to Medicaid and food and housing programs, is dead on arrival. Spending for these programs tends to increase each year under Democrats and Republicans.

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The Russia & Trump Investigation Involves A Possible Cover-Up, Congress Hears

FBI Director James Comey is making a dramatic appearance Monday, March 20, 2017 before the House Intelligence Committee and is expected to publicly reject President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama .

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Trump boasts to Russians of firing Comey

The Post says the revelation comes as the investigation appears to be entering a more open and active phase, with investigators conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas. In the Oval Office weeks later, Comey told associates, the president asked him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Sheriff: $500M in poppy plants seized in North Carolina

The plants are expected to be worth around $500 million. Opium poppies are used to make some of the world's most addictive drugs, including heroin and opium. The station identified Cody Xiong as the suspect arrested and charged with manufacture and trafficking by possession. Reid says a person who answered the door said, "I guess you're here about the opium".

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Coats, NSA chief refused Trump's request to push back on Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

Comey revealed in a hearing before the House intelligence committee on March 20 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking for any links between Trump campaign aides and Russian Federation and whether there was coordination between the two sides.

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Trump arrives Rome for meeting leaders of Italy, Vatican

They shared, we were finally informed, "a commitment to life, and freedom of speech and conscience" - which is more than most of Trump's other hosts would have approved of these past two days. According to the official agenda, U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson will accompany Trump to meet with the Italian president in Rome . Trump and the pope have expressed opposing views on issues such as immigration and climate change and the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential ...

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Botulism outbreak tied to nacho cheese kills 1, sickens 9

Authorities say an Antioch man is dead in an apparent botulism outbreak stemming from nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station this month. Tests have confirmed the botulism toxin was present in nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station in the Sacramento, Calif .

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Ex-CIA chief: 'Russia brazenly interfered in our elections'

Former CIA Director John Brennan told House Russia investigators Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered" in U.S. elections, including actively contacting members of the President Donald Trump's campaign - but he stopped shy of dubbing it " collusion ".

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Talks with Trump a turning point in bilateral ties: King

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I never mentioned the word or the name Israel , never mentioned it during that conversation. Mr Trump said shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of " terrorists and militias".

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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz To Leave Office At The End Of June

Chaffetz made the announcement in a statement on his website , ending weeks of speculation about his plans. He had been scheduled to hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Comey was sacked last week as the FBI investigates whether Trump's presidential campaign associates had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome in his behalf.

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Boston museum doubles reward for stolen artwork to $10M

Authorities say Desper solicited buyers on Craigslist for two paintings he claimed were among 13 stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. The doubling of the reward was under discussion for a year and approved by the museum's board on Tuesday. They included works by Rembrandt , Manet and Vermeer.

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Manchester Terror Attack Spawns Fear, Bravery

British Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the U.K.'s terror threat to the "critical" level, which means an attack is imminent, and deployed Army in the key sites after the deadliest attack which killed at least 22 people and injured 59 others.

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Warner: Panel's next steps on Flynn coming Tuesday

After Mike Flynn took the Fifth and refused to testify or turn over documents, the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed two of Flynn's businesses, because a corporation has no Fifth Amendment rights. But ordering Flynn to appear isn't the only option open to the Senate. He said the head of the FSB denied that Russian Federation was meddling, but said he would raise the issue with President Vladimir Putin.

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Local reaction to President Trump's spending plan

The proposed budget also includes cuts to Medicaid , which provides health care for the poor, by more than $600 billion over 10 years. In many cases, a higher burden of paying for anti-poverty programs would be shifted away from the federal government and onto the states.

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Trump asked top intel officials to defend him on Russian Federation claims

James Comey is going to meet with Bob Mueller, who was appointed last week as a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, to determine what he can and can and cannot say in that public testimony according to reports . "Are you able to assist in this matter?" one official said of the line of questioning from the White House. The New York Times reported that Trump told Comey: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

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Trump Budget Would Erase $38 Billion in Farm Supports

The cuts would reduce or eliminate programs that support rural small businesses and utilities including clean water initiatives. "This budget seems to really go after the people that got the president elected", said Zack Clark, director of government relations for the National Farmers Union .

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Senators search for compromise over House's drastic Medicaid changes

Under an amendment included in the American Health Care Act , 6.3 million people with pre-existing conditions could see a spike in their health insurance premiums, a new analysis estimated. The House bill would radically change how the program is financed, eventually cutting Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion over 10 years. "We still need to agree on those goals and find out what's achievable", he said.

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US intel chief declines comment on any Trump request about Russia

Confirmed to his new post in March, Coats is now thrust into the spotlight of an investigation looking into possible collusion between a foreign power and members of the campaign that helped elect the man who picked him for the post .

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Virginia wins 3rd straight NCAA men's tennis title over UNC

Boland, who will step down to take over men's tennis for the United States Tennis Association, bolted toward the stands in search of someone special. "I am looking forward to a tough match tomorrow", Daigle said. After splitting on Courts 1 and 3, the point came down to a battle on Court 2 between UNC's Jack Murray and Simon Soendergaard and Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Alexander Ritsechard.

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Proposed US federal budget cuts threaten Great Lakes

Many senators and representatives in the region have already pledged to fight for full funding of the $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. "This process is only beginning". He said that funding helps create numerous jobs for cleanup and wastewater treatment projects, among other things.

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Trump's Budget Proposal Is Based On Some Pretty Optimistic Assumptions

The cuts are part of a budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that amount to a dramatic restructuring of the government, with protection for retirement programs for the elderly, billions of dollars more for the military and the rest of the government bearing the bulk of the reductions.

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We Found Michelle Obama's One-Shouldered Top from Her Italian Vacation

Q. What is the dress code for visiting the cathedral? The couple visited the Museum of Opera, one of the oldest private museums in Italy, during a visit to Siena on Monday. While some Obama-worshipers were giddy over the former first lady's wardrobe choices, twitter users found plenty to criticize. Since leaving the White House the former president and first lady have taken a series of enviable, and very well deserved vacations-though Michelle wasn't too busy to stop and condemn the ...

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Texas Lawmakers Advance Restrictions on Trans Public School Kids

And lawmakers weren't done. The amendment says that schools must provide single-occupancy bathrooms for "a student who does not wish to use the facilities designated for use or commonly used by persons of the student's biological sex". Republican State Rep. Chris Paddie states that the amendment preserves the "privacy, dignity and safety" of Texas students. "In fact it makes sure there are reasonable accommodations for all children".

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Texas congressman threatened after calling for President Trump's impeachment

On May 17, Democratic representative Al Green called for Trump's impeachment . Another warns that "you ain't going to impeach nobody". A third abusive message shared on Green's YouTube channel describes Trump as " wonderful " and " loving " and calls Green " disgusting " and " pathetic ".

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Highlights of Trump's budget proposal

Trump's $4.1 trillion spending plan proposes to eliminate the deficit in a decade while protecting Social Security and Medicare. Ryan says " President Trump has proven his commitment to fiscal responsibility with a budget that will grow the economy".

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Severe storms, tornadoes possible today

Most of these storms will be strong with heavy downpours and lightning. Today, mostly cloudy with rain and thunderstorms. Gusty winds, hail and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out during the late afternoon and evening hours. A cold front will move into the Carolinas on Monday and stall, bringing another round of unsettled weather to start next week. Hail and the development of tornadoes is also a possibility.

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Trump asked top two intelligence officials to deny Russian Federation collusion

While Senate armed services chairman John McCain of Arizona led off his questions of Coats by asking about Trump , the armed services subpanel was chaired by Rep. CNN has not yet confirmed the Post's reporting. Trump has now admitted that part of the explanation for Comey's ouster was the FBI director's investigation into Russian Federation.

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Iran's Rouhani Criticizes Trump, Recent Saudi Summit

Iran's Supreme leader is the ultimate arbiter of the important issues, particularly those the United States is most concerned about: Iran's nuclear program, its ballistic missile force, its export of terrorism, and its efforts to export its revolution to Bahrain , Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia , Yemen and other places.

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School bus compliance issue impacts hundreds of buses in Hampton Roads

Thousands of school buses in Virginia are missing a device that prevents parking brakes from disengaging by accident. Unlike most personal vehicles, school buses do not have a "park" gear or setting. Staples said. Manufacturers failing to retrofit noncompliant buses will lose the right to sell school buses in the state. WSLS asked around, and four separate school systems say they have work to do.

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Meeting with Abbas, Trump calls Manchester attackers 'evil losers'

But in his public remarks, Trump steered clear of any such language, and did not mention what has been the goal of US diplomacy for two decades: a state of Israel and an independent Palestinian state co-existing side-by-side. During his speeches at Ben Gurion Airport and the Israel Museum on Monday and Tuesday respectively, Trump did not utter the three words that have made many an Israeli wince: two state-solution.

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Trump condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester attack

Just remember that". He thanked the Palestinians and Abbas for hosting him and said he is "committed" to trying to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. "The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena". "We are fighting terrorism together". Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

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Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

In 2016, 44 percent of people who received food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) were children, according to its website. Because many infrastructure projects, such as sewer system overhauls and highway repairs, are not high-profile, many Americans who benefit from such federal funding are unaware.

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Palestinians underwhelmed by Trump's West Bank visit

The Washington Post simply reported last week that Trump disclosed information that had been provided by an ally, and other outlets later identified the ally as Israel, citing unnamed sources. It is true that Trump believes in a grand bargain that would lead to peace between Israel and the larger Arab world, but he apparently differs with Netanyahu on the direction: inside-out versus outside-in.


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