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Patrick unswayed by House votes on bathrooms, property taxes

Only one Democrat joined the Senate's 20 Republicans in voting for the bill. "Gov. Abbott has said he would demand action on this in a special session, and the House made a decision to dispose of the issue in this way". This says they will accommodate the child. A wide-ranging bill more similar to North Carolina's that would have affected all public restrooms and preempted local anti-discrimination ordinances was passed by the Texas senate earlier this year but stalled in the ...

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Mendon Branch Library to start summer reading programs

In 2016, more than 4,500 kids, teens and adults participated in the club, and almost 20,000 people attended a summer program. Anyone age 0 to 100-plus may participate. The branch will host activities almost every day during the summer. A full list of the events can be found at the library. The Gary Byker Memorial Library , 3338 Van Buren St.in Hudsonville, will kick off its summer reading club for children and teens on June 12.

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Texas House rejects attempts to strengthen 'bathroom bill'

The Senate's proposal slashes funding for the department's operating expenses by 25 percent. "No surprise to us", said Sen. "Is it the ideal budget? No". "If this were just about the budget, this wouldn't be a concern", Hughes said. The bill makes those offenses state felonies. It adds, no revenue bill can become law without a vote of the people or a three-fourths vote.

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Where Texas senators stand on American Health Care Act

The 217 House GOP representatives who voted to pass the American Healthcare Act have branded themselves as, inhumane, in the annals of American history. "I hope you enjoyed it" - we've got to find a way", she said. According to a recent report , "women have unique health care needs - and almost half of all women have an ongoing condition requiring regular monitoring, care, or medication".

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Gianforte declared victor in House race

The Washington Post first reported that the president made "separate appeals" urging both men to "publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election". Mr Comey reportedly wrote a memo following a meeting with the president on 14 February that revealed Mr Trump asked him to close an investigation into Mr Flynn's actions.

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Manchester bomber's brother aware of attack plans, says Libyan security force

In a statement , the force said: "We have been carrying out searching at an address in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and arrested a man". Ariana Grande has announced that she'll perform a benefit concert in Manchester, England, to raise money for the victims of Monday's attack and their families.

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Texas pushes ahead with 'bathroom bill' as others shy away

However, Straus announced today the house will not appoint members to negotiate with the Senate on its proposed compromise on a "bathroom bill" . While Patrick is holding onto a significant bargaining chip, only Gov. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, a leading GOP voice on health care reform, attended the session Thursday even though he is not formally a part of the working group.

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Kansas House approves school aid plan some call insufficient

The House leaves out a Senate provision creating a second scholarship program for children with disabilities to pay for private schooling and therapy. But this is wishful thinking, ignoring that North Carolina's amended legislation demonstrated the state's movement in what many considered the right direction, especially under a new Democratic governor.

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Senate intelligence panel requests Trump campaign documents

WASHINGTON ― The House intelligence committee is preparing to issue subpoenas against Michael Flynn after the former national security adviser denied a request to voluntarily turn over documents related to the committee's Russian Federation probe.

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Obama gets rock-star welcome in Berlin

Trump completes his first trip overseas with a G7 meeting observers in Italy expect to be hard, with European public opinion strongly hostile to his presidency and fearful of the future he may bring, and all major European leaders largely unsure of how to deal with a man they feel is, at best, a loose cannon.

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Trump to Review US Sanctions on Russian Federation

That's a far cry from what he said Thursday. "Since our last G7 summit in Japan , we haven't seen anything that would justify a change in our sanctions policy towards Russia ", Tusk, who coordinates policy for the EU's 28 leaders, told reporters.

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Trump Calls for Investigation, Prosecution of Culprit Behind Manchester Bombing Investigation Leaks

British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing arrested a ninth man while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber. On Monday, a suicide bomber killed at least 22 people at a packed concert hall in Manchester, in what British Prime Minister Theresa May called a sickening act targeting children and young people.

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USA to Uphold Decision on Withdrawal From TPP

A statement from Mr Lighthizer said that free trade required the tackling of "trade-distorting measures" that have led to "massive United States trade imbalances" in the region - a possible reference to China's trade surplus, which was almost $350 billion in 2016.

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Budget a work in progress

Governor Bruce Rauner holding a the Chicago Sun-Times, a newspaper he controls and influences to hammer Democrats and his critics. "The median average for property taxes in IL is $3,995 compared to $1,085 average property taxes in IN", said Governor Rauner.

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SC man who kept woman chained up pleads guilty to killing 7

Todd Kohlhepp , who was arrested in November after police found a woman bound inside a shipping container at his farm near Woodruff, also pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping and a count of criminal sexual assault in South Carolina's Spartanburg County Courthouse.

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All inmates captured after hijacking of prison transport van

The DOC said, "The offenders were being transferred in a transportation vehicle and made a stop at the MCF-Lino Lakes where the offender gained control of the vehicle". One inmate, James Douglas Mitchell, 26, is still missing. Police say they don't have any credible information the suspect was still in north Minneapolis.

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Trump's budget director defends spending cuts, growth projection

She says Monday's bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, is proof of the ongoing threats. President Trump's proposed budget is based on tax and spending cuts to strengthen economic growth without increasing the deficit. But other economic fundamentals, including the slow growth of the labor force and the strong likelihood of a recession sometime in the next decade, push against these assumptions, and without them federal revenue will not grow fast enough to cover federal spending ...

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FBI looks at Kushner-Russia meetings; more documents sought

Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner , then President-elect Trump's son-in-law and confidant, made the proposal during a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by USA officials.

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Iranian General: US-Saudi Arms Deal to Jeopardize Regional Security

People that want to protect life and want to protect life and protect their religion. "This is a battle between good and evil", he added. Slamming the USA president's contradictory stances toward Saudi Arabia before and after taking the office, Major General Rahim Safavi said Washington earns huge profit from fomenting regional insecurity and creating tensions among Muslim countries.

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Truck Crashes Into Moonlite Bunny Ranch

The investigation is continuing. The brothel, owned by Dennis Hof , was the focus of the CatHouse reality show on HBO. The man allegedly stole the semi-truck from his former employer, a trucking company in Sparks. However, Brian Brandt had reached out to News 4 recently, saying he was "extremely upset" with an incident that happened in the brothel in question 20 years ago.

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Pina and Braun leave game

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun will return to the 10-day disabled list with a left calf strain. Guerra allowed nine runs - five earned - on 17 hits and five walks over 11 1/3 innings on his two-game minor league rehab assignment between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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One person dead in Sheboygan Co. plane crash

Friday. Matice says the plane came to rest in a ditch along USA 131 but did not impact road traffic. Scott Matice says the pilot and one of three passengers were transported to a hospital with minor injuries. No other planes were involved, he said. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation, which is routine for all plane crashes.

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Greg Gianforte wins Montana's U.S. House special election

House seat, at a news conference in Helena, Mont., Sunday, March 5, 2017. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and MoveOn.org used the Wednesday night incident, involving reporter Ben Jacobs of the Guardian of London, in online and radio ads to spur last-minute voter registration and turnout.

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Swan statue stolen by naked man has been found

Now deputies are looking for the swan that was stolen last weekend. Surveillance video from May 19 showed a man holding a white bucket in front of his nude body as he tried to open doors at a storage center in Lakeland. "It's got to be hard to hide one of these", the office said on Facebook. The suspect, later identified as Ronald Thompson , was arrested charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail .

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2 blacks on Cosby case of 12; alternates picked

At the end of the day Tuesday, three white women, one black woman, one black man, and seven white men had been chosen to sit on the 12-person jury. Cosby believes the case against him could be racially motivated. Bill Cosby , left, arrives with one of his attorneys Angela Agrusa, for the third day of jury selection in his sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Courthouse, Wednesday, May 24, 2017 , in Pittsburgh .

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New Orleans Wednesday weather: Mostly cloudy then sunny

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Highs should reach 81 degrees. Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Calm wind becoming south around 5 miles per hour in the afternoon. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Sunday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

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Republican Gianforte Wins Montana Special Election

Sen. Look no further than the state's governor, Steve Bullock-one of the nation's most popular state executives and the man who defeated Gianforte to win re-election in 2016. One change Gianforte will have to adapt to once inside the halls of Congress is the constant questions coming from reporters. Earlier Thursday, multiple Republicans , including House Speaker Paul Ryan, called on Gianforte to apologize.

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Memorial Day travel volume expected highest since 2005

The rest - 1.8 million - will be on trains, buses and cruise ships. "The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year", said Vicky Evans, an assistant vice president with AAA - The Auto Club Group.

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GOP senators: Report complicates health care bill

Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., said of the report by lawmakers' nonpartisan fiscal experts. The week-long Senate hiatus will begin on Monday, May 29. The report incorporates the changes to the bill made just before it narrowly passed the House on May 4 .

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Supreme Court Effectively Strikes Down 2 Congressional Districts In North Carolina

Justice Samuel Alito dissented from the ruling , joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts . Justice Kagan with opinion in North Carolina redistricting case . The court held that the state "made no attempt to justify race-based districting there". North Carolina officials said they were trying to preserve black majorities and comply with the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law created to protect racial minorities.

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'Bad neighbor' unplugs bounce house at girl's birthday party

About a dozen children, all of them only 2 or 3 years old, were trapped inside the deflated house. "Chaos. Absolute chaos", Glenn Hunt, godfather of the birthday girl, told "Today" about the incident . Romero said she doesn't know who the man is in the video and called police. A police spokesperson said officers canvassed the area and knocked on doors, and the man in the video was never identified.

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GOP candidate in US House race Thursday charged with assault

For nearly a year, Donald Trump has been complaining that FBI Director James Comey gave Hillary Clinton "a free pass for many bad deeds", as the president recently on Twitter. The previous month, according to a Comey memo described by The New York Times , Trump interceded with the FBI director on behalf of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn , one of the associates whose ties to Russian Federation are of interest to the bureau.

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Montana GOP Candidate's Assault Charge Hangs Over Tight Special Election

Its U.S. editor, Lee Glendenning, said in a statement: " The Guardian is deeply appalled by how our reporter, Ben Jacobs , was treated in the course of doing his job as a journalist while reporting on the Montana special election". NY has learned that KECI news director Julie Weindel was called by NBC News to see if KECI would cover the story or had any footage of the Gianforte incident that NBC News and its affiliates could use.

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Phoenix Comicon suspect booked for attempted murder, held on $1M bond

Phoenix police say there are indications an armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon is mentally disturbed and that he told detectives he's a crime-fighting comic book character and planned to shoot bad police officers. Police didn't identify the performer who allegedly was threatened but say the man arrested Thursday was Mathew Sterling. Entry into the Phoenix Convention Center by the general public will also be limited to fewer entrances.

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Iran President Hassan Rouhani Blasts Trump's Saudi Summit

However, while Rouhani's greatest political achievement to date has perhaps been the 2015 agreement with six major powers, including the United States , to curbing Iran's nuclear program, the Iranian president insisted that ballistic missile tests would continue "if technically necessary".


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