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Upstate NY airports to get $17 million from USA government

Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer , both Democrats. Airport Manager Chris Kreig said the money will go towards replacing about 5,000 feet of fencing on the southern end of the airport. In making the announcement today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaiʻi said, "Ensuring safe and secure air travel is critical to sustaining Hawaiʻi's economy and commerce".

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Trump considers John Pistole and Chris Wray replace ex-FBI chief, Comey

Chris Christie's personal lawyer. The Senate Intelligence Committee announced on May 19 that Comey had agreed to testify after the Memorial Day holiday. Wednesday night, CNN reported that Comey, after consulting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller , is prepared to appear before the committee. In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security says it believes that "based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized ...

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Corey Lewandowski Says He's Open to Returning to Trump's Team

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer showed up 45 minutes late to an off-camera press gaggle Wednesday afternoon, where he then proceeded to flee the podium after taking barely seven minutes worth of questions. "We are so easily distracted by the little things, if it is a little thing", Bierbauer, a former president of the White House Correspondents" Association, told VOA.

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Donald Trump to Announce Decision on Global Climate Deal on Thursday

Trump, who wants to promote US coal industry and U.S.jobs, has resisted calls by many allies to stay in the Paris agreement , which aims to shifting the global economy from fossil fuels to cleaner energy. But Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp, an Ohio-based coal company and major Trump campaign donor, urged Trump to withdraw from the deal. A USA pullout could have sweeping implications.

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Tweet that: #covfefe signals @realDonaldTrump is back

But he didn't disclose the meaning. By 1 a.m., the post had consumed Twitter , mostly with humorous speculation on the meaning of " covfefe ", which is generally assumed to be a typo of the intended word "coverage". Clinton and Trump have never had the easiest of rivalries. "As before in human history, they will suffice to attract a following". Some joked it was a nuclear launch code, others said an aide must have ripped the phone from Mr Trump's hands mid-tweet.

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Nightclub massacre bodycam video documents officer response

Some of the body-cam footage released Wednesday shows Pulse patrons being checked for weapons by officers after escaping the club with their hands up. "Oh man, I gotta get there", he could be heard saying on his bodycam. "Now! Let me see your hands!" But instead, says Chief John Mina, Napolitano "went down to the ground still returning fire, and the other officers returned fire, killing the suspect".

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Trump's communication director Mike Dubke resigns

He submitted his resignation on May 18 but offered to stay on to help manage communications in Washington, D.C., during President Donald Trump's foreign trip. The sources said the position of communications director will remain vacant for a while as the President considers retooling his entire messaging operation.

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Minnesota officer charged in Castile shooting goes on trial

Paul, Minnesota. As Castile slumped over, dying, his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds , began live-streaming on Facebook. The second motion the defense has filed is that they have learned from a state interview with Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, that marijuana was purchased 2-3 hours before the shooting .

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Putting together a holistic solution to defeat Islamic State: White House

The press briefing today was off-camera , so we can only guess at what Spicer's facial expression was when he answered the " covfefe " question. Did the president engage in obstruction of justice in repeated meetings with James Comey? But the evasion may also reflect what sources close to Spicer describe as the White House's waning patience with the press corps.

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Germany's Gabriel says ties with USA 'difficult', will improve

Gabriel said on May 29 that " anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk ".

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Texan lawmakers trade violent threats, scuffle over immigration protest

At afternoon, a news conference was held where the Democrats said Republican Matt Rinaldi threatened to shoot Poncho Nevarez , a Democrat. To understand how the day ended this way, one must first rewind to its start. Eventually police cleared the gallery entirely, and the protesters joined almost a thousand other activists in the State House rotunda, marching through its halls and chanting slogans against the law for the next hour.

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Body of Duke University student found in Massachusetts

A body found in a wooded area in MA was identified as a missing Duke University student who disappeared after attending a house party over a week ago , authorities said. He then walked home after not getting a response from his brothers, who were sleeping at the time. "To them we extend our honest condolences", said Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey in a press release in which he also thanked those members of the community and law enforcement who participated in the ...

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Officer who shot Tamir Rice is fired in unrelated matter

Officer Timothy Loehmann , who fatally shot Rice three years ago, was sacked for inaccurate details on his job application and other administrative policies violations, not for the Rice shooting . "We have learned a lot", since the Rice shooting, Chief Williams said yesterday, pointing to new policies and training in de-escalation tactics. "We're not going to stand for it".

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Senate Dismisses House 'Sunset' Fix, Says Special Session Needed

Despite the tensions, the budget overwhelmingly cleared both the House and Senate , and Republicans in both chambers praised it as responsible belt-tightening in the face of slumping energy prices. Without action by the Legislature, the agencies without regulations - such as the Texas Medical Board - would enter a one-year "wind-down" period after September 1, 2017, in which they would begin the process of shutting down completely.

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Man arrested at Trump hotel in DC with 2 guns

That last group can occasionally cause a few problems for the Washington D.C. hotel, like this week when police arrested a guest for carrying weapons in his auto, according to TMZ . police and the Secret Service about 12:30 a.m. Moles checked into the hotel without incident at about 1 a.m., Newsham said. In a statement , Trump International Hotel said: "We take the safety and security of guests very seriously".

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Donald Trump's personal lawyer sought for information in Russia probe

Former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has agreed to provide some of the documents requested by a congressional intelligence committee as part of the probe into allegations of his Russian Federation ties. In the end, the source of the documents turned out to be the White House, and Nunes stepped away from the Russian Federation probe when the House Ethics Committee announced it was investigating Nunes himself for revealing classified information.

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Spicer refers Russian Federation investigation questions to Trump's outside attorney

Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, his administration is looking for ways to respond more aggressively to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

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House committee requests info from former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn

Trump has given out his cellphone number to world leaders and told them to call - blowing off protocols and raising security concerns, as in what the Federal Bureau of Investigation once called Hillary Clinton's "extremely careless" emailing as secretary of state, The Associated Press reports.

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China will continue with climate pact even if US pulls out

The White House Rose Garden ". Trump has threatened in the past to leave the agreement, casting the deal - like other multilateral agreements - as unfair to the US economy. A source told Reuters that India had also indicated it would stick by the deal. Trump said he will have a decision on the Paris climate deal today .

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Turkey summons U.S. ambassador over 'aggressive' acts against bodyguards during Erdogan visit

Police said 11 people were injured , including a Metropolitan Washington police officer. Turkey blamed the violence on protesters with ties to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Reuters reported. The incident drew an outcry among U.S. lawmakers, and Senator John McCain called for the Turkish envoy to be expelled. Bodyguards for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were involved in a brawl last week when the president visited the White House.

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GOP plans to cut health benefits

Brooks announced earlier this month that he would run for the U.S. Senate in the upcoming special election. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO ) has now released its analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) recently passed by the U.S.

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Cloudy skies for Thursday could yield showers, thunderstorms mid-afternoon

High 86. Friday: Partly cloudy with an isolated showers. Calm wind becoming north around 5 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Friday - A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Monday night: 40 percent chance of showers. A lingering shower or thundershower is still possible in spots. Low: 72. High: 88. SUNDAY: A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Explosion at corn milling plant rocks Wisconsin town

Several emergency agencies, including the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Medevac Helicopters and multiple local fire departments, responded to the scene. Cambria Village President Glen Williams told Madison station WKOW that the fire was contained by early Thursday.

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Lieberman the frontrunner for Federal Bureau of Investigation post

Frank Keating and Richard McFeely, a career Federal Bureau of Investigation official who retired in 2014 as head of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services branch. A November 25 news release from Trump's transition team quoted Lieberman praising Trump's selection of K.T. McFarland as deputy national security adviser.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter Adviser, Dead at 89

During his time serving as a counsellor to President Lyndon B Johnson from 1966 to 1968, he persuaded the administration to adopt peaceful engagement as the USA strategy to undermine the Soviet bloc. He voiced support for US policy in Vietnam in the mid-1960s, and served on the policy planning staff of President Lyndon Johnson's State Department.

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Edith Fuller, Youngest Scripps Spelling Bee Contestant, Is a Very Good Speller

The points came into play at the end of Round 3, where if more than 40 spellers remain, they are eliminated based on number of points earned through the preliminary rounds. Rohan Rajeev, of Edmond, Oklahoma, did advance to the finals, however. "I just want to praise Jesus for getting me here", Rajeev said. "I heard that the third round has a lot of hard words and I saw a lot of people getting eliminated so that put me off a bit".

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Kushner Had No Plans to Set Up Secret Communication With Russia

Reportedly of particular interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government, is Kushner's desire to base the communications at Russian government buildings.

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EU President warns Trump against Paris climate deal exit

Washington insiders said on May 31 that Trump is likely to pull out of the landmark 2015 Paris accord signed by 195 nations, further straining relations with many USA allies and leaving the United States alongside Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations not participating.

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House committee issues subpoenas; Comey cleared to testify

The House intelligence committee approved subpoenas for two individuals as a part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election : former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen .

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Tulsa Police Officer Is Found Not Guilty In Death Of Terence Crutcher

Shelby testified that she believed Crutcher was reaching into his auto to retrieve something - possibly a weapon."We're not trained to see what comes out of a vehicle", Shelby said . "This is not a positive thing no matter how you cut it", says Tulsa Police Union Representative Jerad Lindsey, "We're glad that our member has been cleared but this is not a time for celebration".

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Democrats, on the other hand say that Nunes went behind their backs on the subpoenas. His subpoenas were apparently meant to determine the motivation of officials including former National Security Advisor Susan Rice , former CIA Director John Brennan, and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power.

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Local spelling bee competitor fails to make final round

Edith, who was around five to ten years younger that most of her competitors, stepped up to the mike to correctly spell the word 'nyctinasty'. His successful second-round attempt Wednesday followed an opening-round, written spelling and vocabulary test Tuesday before spellers took turns spelling words aloud in stage, and televised on ESPN3.

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CNN fires Kathy Griffin over Trump video as backlash builds

Griffin, 56, a two-time Emmy-winning performer known for her deliberately provocative brand of humor, has appeared since 2007 as co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve broadcast from Times Square in NY with anchor Anderson Cooper . The comic posted a video later Tuesday apologizing for the video image, saying it was "too disturbing" and wasn't amusing. "It is never amusing to joke about killing a president", tweeted Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former president Bill and Trump's election rival ...

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Kathy Griffin sacked by CNN over Trump beheading stunt

Trump said in a statement , according to CNN. Melania Trump blamed Kathy Griffin , and not her own bad parenting, saying that the situation "makes you wonder about [her] mental health". Bobby Edwards, CEO of Squatty Potty, called the tweets disturbing and said they contradicted the values of the company. In those instances, though, there was no image of a bloody head; just Ted Nugent's pointed words, some of which prompted a Secret Service investigation.

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Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

He stuck closely to his script and while there were some awkward moments, there was nothing to overshadow the messages that he sought to deliver. Speaking at a rally in Germany, she said: "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days".


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