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I never mentioned Israel to Russian officials

Trump pledged on the campaign trail to defeat IS and keep the US safe from terror attacks, such as several that occurred over the past two years in Paris, Belgium, Istanbul and many other locations worldwide. Amir Hussain, a theological studies professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, said he had come to "expect the worst" in light of Trump's proposed travel ban affecting six predominantly Muslim countries, the real estate mogul's anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric and his ...

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Kansas forward Mykhailiuk returning for senior season

Svi Mykhailiuk's days of draining 3-pointers at the University of Kansas aren't over just yet. The Ukraine native wrote "Senior year gonna be fun" on his page on Wednesday. Known for his sharpshooting, Mykhailiuk has also shot 38 percent from three-point range in his Kansas career. In total, Mykhailiuk has started 31 games at KU, hitting 122 3-pointers in his 97 career contests.

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Arizona State wins 8th NCAA women's golf title

The Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats 3 1/2 - 1/12 in Wednesday's NCAA Women's Golf Championship final to claim their 8th NCAA title, more than any other program in NCAA women's golf history. Northwestern will play for a national championship in women's golf Wednesday afternoon at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, 60 miles from campus.

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Former FBI Director Comey to testify in open session before Senate committee

Comey's highly anticipated testimony, which will be slated after the Memorial Day congressional recess, comes after he was sacked by Trump May 9 amid a mounting investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump campaign associates and that country.

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Final decision still to be made on Ariana Grande's London tour dates

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said that the bomber is thought to have been a "mule", using a device built by someone else. The identities of the victims were becoming known little by little. Salman Abedi was born in Manchester to Libyan parents, who reportedly moved to the United Kingdom to escape the Gaddafi regime. Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police.

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Betsy DeVos Spoke at Bethune-Cookman and It Went Worse Than Expected

Perhaps no louder than when DeVos promised to go to the grave site of Mary McLeod Bethune later in the day to pay her respects, a promise almost drowned out by the sounds of shouting. In her speech, DeVos praised Bethune-Cookman for providing the means to help its students overcome adversity and serve others. "I'm protesting because she will continue to directly affect me after this and make it harder for me to get to graduation", said one of the protesters.

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Florida beats Stanford 4-1 for women's NCAA tennis title

This isn't to say that UNC looked outwardly unprepared or not composed, but there were several unforced errors on the Tar Heel side that looked a lot like nervous misses, and significantly fewer on the Virginia side. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) in the day's first result. The top four singles matches went out first and three finished within a few minutes of each other.

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Pregnant senior not allowed to walk at graduation

Runkles is one of 15 students set to graduate from Heritage Academy next month. She can also still attend graduation, just not take part in it. "And I never thought that I would consider it, but it was just the fear and what I've seen girls like me go through".

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Legislature misses self-imposed 7:01 a.m. deadline to pass budget

Democrats called the driver's license provision cruel and mean-spirited, and repeatedly argued that by stopping undocumented immigrants from getting driver's licenses, it would stop people from educating themselves enough to pass a driver's exam and get insurance.

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Summer Reading Program begins June 1

The library will host an open house about the tutoring program from 6 p.m.to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rochester Public Library. The Rapid City Public Library launched their annual Summer Reading Kickoff with a party on Saturday. The bonus prize for reading 20 books is an adorable stuffed animal beaver. June 26 is a special program including a video conference with personnel from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Duterte Declares Limited Martial Law As Bloodshed Breaks Out In Marawi City

A meeting with Dmitry Medvedev will be cancelled on Wednesday but Duterte will remain in Russia, Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano said in a televised news conference. Despite the moves, he said the government remains in control of the situation in Marawi city and other security trouble spots in the south. Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun talks with visiting President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte .

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Trump's Healthcare Budget Means Deep Cuts for Safety Net

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a frequent critic of Trump, was also critical of the budget, which he said was "based on utterly bogus economic assumptions". The politically perilous cuts to Medicaid , college loans, food stamps and federal employee pension benefits guarantee Trump's budget won't go far in Congress.

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Image of Donald Trump touching glowing orb sparks Twitter frenzy

Honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews and the slaughter of Christians".

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Senate intelligence panel to subpoena 2 Flynn companies

Asked what those were, Burr said they included a contempt charge, but committee lawyers were first considering preliminary moves to obtain cooperation from Flynn. -based consulting firms that Flynn started after he left the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014. But ordering Flynn to appear isn't the only option open to the Senate .

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Clash erupts as Philippine troops raid hideout of IS-linked fighters

Security forces in the mostly Christian Philippines have battled Muslim separatists for decades and peace efforts have led to a reduction in clashes with main groups. Hapilon, the man whom Philippine soldiers had sought at the start of the operation, "allegedly served as deputy or second in command for the foreign terrorist organization, Abu Sayyaf Group", according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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James Comey Will Testify In An Open Session Before The Senate

Earlier in the week, reports emerged that Mr. Trump divulged sensitive information to Russian diplomats and told Comey to drop the FBI investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings called Trump's reported comment about Comey "astonishing and extremely troubling". The Washington Post also reported Friday that a senior White House adviser is now considered a "significant person of interest" in the Justice Department's Russian ...

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Region under tornado watch

The strongest thunderstorms are expected to develop between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. A tornado warning has been issued for Alexander and Iredell counties until 5 p.m. FIRST ALERT Wednesday: Cloudy with patchy fog in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. Most of the Charlotte area is still under a Flash Flood Watch through Wednesday night after constant rain fell to start the week.

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Marking difference with US, France urges dialogue with Iran

He said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that "Iran is part of the solution" to the conflicts in the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq, "and we can not get away from that fact". The extremist clergy in Iran has been taught a lesson by the Iranian electorate: the people want the state to cool down in the neighborhood and engage at the global level, which means they agree with the "implied" restraint in the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb threatening both Saudi ...

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Trump's budget slashes Medicaid, foodstamp programmes

The proposal reflects a conservative vision of smaller government, a drastic rollback of programs for the poor and disabled and robust hikes for the military and border security . "This budget starts by taking away health care, then food, then housing, then education, then job opportunities", Ms Jayapal said. Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, said 1.6 million New Yorkers, including children, seniors and people with disabilities , could lose essential food assistance.

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More Rain on the Way

The onshore wind will become a bit stronger on Sunday , so highs at the coast may only be in the lower half of the 60s then. Near Seattle: Patchy morning clouds, turning mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. As the night goes on, skies will at least partially clear but areas of fog will form. A couple of showers will still be possible, mainly on Thursday afternoon, as a trough of low pressure sweeps through.

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GOP's Health Bill Could Undercut Some Coverage In Job-Based Insurance

If the goal is improving American health-care outcomes, that alternative should be based on free-market solutions. "This is the wrong time to destabilize it further ". A family could receive up to $14,000 a year in credits. But after the ACA was put into effect , health insurers could no longer charge more, nor deny coverage for those with costly preexisting health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or cancer.

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Blake Farenthold just said something deeply irresponsible about Seth Rich's murder

Rich was shot and killed in 2016 in what authorities have concluded was an attempted robbery, but members of conservative media have since pointed to loose connections to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and WikiLeaks. "There's stuff circulating on the internet", he said when CNN's hosts pressed him for evidence. Farenthold then went on to create a conspiracy theory claiming that the DNC contracted their own cybersecurity firm to dive through their data breach and it could ...

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Iran's president criticizes U.S. after Donald Trump's sharp words

For him to give such a provocative speech while in Saudi Arabia was created to tell the world that the U.S. would continue to be part of the Saudi-led bloc that is fighting in Yemen. and an attempt by the Gulf monarchy to show off its unsatisfied military ambitions towards Iran with the support from "Big Brother". President Donald Trump solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, sending a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing to work harder ...

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Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill

The Latest on Vermont's governor vetoing a marijuana legalization bill (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is vetoing a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state and is sending it back to the legislature with suggestions for changes.

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Joe Lieberman no longer under consideration for Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Joe Lieberman was considered a leading candidate, but Trump has since decided he wants to see a broader range of candidates for the job, the official said. Bush. Trump fired James Comey in May. . Lieberman, a Democrat for nearly 20 years in the upper chamber, became an independent in 2006 upsetting members of his former party.

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Donald Trump Calls People Behind Ariana Grande Concert Attack "Evil Losers"

He became the first sitting USA president to visit the site in the Israeli-annexed east of the city. Trump's hour-long visit to Bethlehem was his second meeting in a month with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas . While it was Israel that Trump lavished with praise, in the end neither side got all it wanted. The president and first lady were about to step down the stairs to the tarmac.

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Joker look-alike busted for pointing gun at cars

A Miami man whose green hair and tattoos bear a striking resemblance to the Joker character from "The Dark Knight" was arrested after police said he was pointing a loaded gun at passing cars. He was then arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Sullivan had "Joker" tatted on his forehead and "Ha Ha Ha" scrawled under his eye.

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Colorado governor responds to President's budget proposal

It's a significant problem ahead for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly, already feuding and deadlocked in Springfield for years over state taxes and spending. That is what White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters about President Donald Trump's budget proposal in a briefing Monday.

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Minneapolis has nation's best park system, nonprofit says

The bottom five cities were Mesa, Arizona; Louisville; Charlotte; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Indianapolis. The Trust for Public Land partnered with the city and served as project manager for the developmentofThe 606, an elevated trail that connects to four parks in Bucktown, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square.

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Notre Dame Students Walk Out During Vice President Mike Pence's Commencement Speech

Pence has a record as the former IN governor, and prior to that as an IN congressional representative, of social conservatism and opposition to abortion rights and LGBT rights. As Mr Pence took to the stage, the students stood and walked out of the stadium. He received applause throughout the speech. On Saturday, a group of about 200 people marched toward Grove City College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Pence gave another commencement speech .

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Another bad budget from Trump targets the poor

The proposed 2018 budget immediately came under attack by Democrats and even some of Republican allies declared it dead on arrival. It foresees an overhaul of the tax code, a boon to the wealthiest Americans. Interstates and boosting efforts to draw private investors to fund highways. President Donald Trump has sent Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that proposes to eliminate the deficit in a decade while protecting Social Security and Medicare .

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Defense raises race bias in Cosby jury selection process

O'Neill pledged to revisit the issue if defense lawyer Brian McMonagle, who had accused prosecutors of "a systematic exclusion of African-Americans", presented statistical evidence to back that up. Dozens of other women have come forward in recent years to accuse Cosby of similar sexual abuse, but Constand's allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges, in part because numerous other claims stretch back decades.

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Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as President Hassan Rouhani wins Iran

Foreign Minister "Jean-Yves Le Drian will work towards developing political dialogue that should be part of a constructive approach with regard to solving regional crises", said the French Foreign Ministry on Monday. "Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B?", Zarif wrote in a Twitter post, referring to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia . The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on Sunday said the election victory will see President Rouhani serve a second ...

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Trump predicts quick nomination to replace Comey at Federal Bureau of Investigation

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to seemingly threaten former FBI Director James Comey with tapes of their conversations - and Washington , D.C., was thrown into an uproar. Other candidates include former NY police commissioner Raymond Kelly, former Republican senator Kelly Ayotte, and South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy , a former federal prosecutor who headed the Benghazi investigation in the House.

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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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