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Spicer refers all Russia-related questions to Trump's lawyer

Comey, as the bureau's chief, was overseeing its investigation of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including questionable ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials. Daily White House briefings have been dominated by questions about Russian Federation, and Trump's advisers feared the controversy could seep into Trump's foreign trip if he held a news conference.

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Philly, other cities to defy Trump's decision on Paris accord

While America's exit from the 2015 accord is not expected to doom the deal, it will weaken the agreement and could hurt USA businesses, the very thing Trump says his decision will help. Canadians know we need to take decisive and collective action to tackle the many harsh realities of our changing climate. He also said, "Our withdrawal from the agreement represents a reassertion of American workers' sovereignty".

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Paris climate deal: PM May tells Trump of 'disappointment'

Gov. Gavin Newsom, say that the state will continue to lead the country in reducing carbon emissions. President Emmanuel Macron of France repeated that belief in an English-language speech from the Elysee presidential palace, unprecedented from a French president in an address at home.

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Real estate serial killer pleads guilty to seven murders

He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. Authorities said Kala Brown had been kidnapped two months earlier when Kohlhepp shot her boyfriend Charles Carter in front of her, according to the network.

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Wisconsin mill that exploded had been reprimanded on safety

The plant has multiple levels, and part of a mill complex collapsed as a result of the explosion. Richards said one person was killed and two people still were missing as of this morning. Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards confirmed the body of the second worker was found late Thursday afternoon. The explosion also caused a number of power lines to fall, resulting in power outages in Cambria and the nearby village of Randolph.

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Georgia peach crop faces almost 80 percent loss this year

One vendor tells us they lost 75% of their peach crop. He says an overly warm winter and hard freeze in the early spring caused the loss in crops. Backyard Orchards still has more than 500 trees, Corcoran said. Initially, farmers hoped to salvage about 70 percent of the crop. "If you've got peaches right now, you should have pretty good prices throughout the year", he said.

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One dead in Cambria mill explosion

An explosion at a corn milling plant has rocked a community in central Wisconsin. Residents of Cambria will gather Thursday evening, June 1st for a prayer vigil after a deadly explosion at the Didion Milling Plant late Wednesday. As the entire Cambria community grieves, dozens of people like Cathy Ramirez, a waitress at Two White Doves Family Restaurant, have stepped up to help those in need.

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French President Offers Jobs To Disappointed American Climate Scientists

The Paris Agreement , which was signed in 2015, involves almost 200 countries including the United States with a goal to limit global warming well below two degree Celcius above pre-industrial levels. Peduto said he supports the Paris deal, and noted that in 2016, Hillary Clinton won almost 80 percent of the vote in the city. "They can do whatever they want in 13 years, but not us".

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US Media Reports of No Evidence of Kushner, Trump Campaign Misdeeds

A group of more than 40 House Democrats has demanded the White House revoke President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance, amid an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump Alludes to Senate Reconciliation Process for Tax Legislation

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed-has repeatedly ruled out doing the same for other legislative business. One reason Senate Republicans have not unified behind a central plan on health care or taxes is because top White House officials - including Trump - do not seem to be in lockstep on the issues.

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Leonardo DiCaprio shudders as Trump pulls United States out of Paris Agreement

On the caveat that Trump is ready to renegotiate the agreement, Dujarric said that is a question for the parties which negotiated the agreement. "We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", read the statement .

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Muslim-Americans raise money for victims in Portland train attack

Christian, 35, whose full legal name is Jeremiah Joseph Christian, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder , one count of attempted murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and one count of being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, according to CNN .

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TriMet Stabbing Suspect Rails In Court

When a group of men came to the girls' defense, Christian allegedly attacked with a knife. Police say the attacker slashed the throats of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best, killing them. He told jailers that he has no income, no mental health issues and does not remember the last time he had a permanent address. The probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday offers the most complete official account to date of the events that unfolded Friday on a light-rail auto packed with ...

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Deadline For Budget Action Looms Over Illinois Legislature

The House Democratic Budget Working Group led by Representative Greg Harris will hold public hearings and continue working in June to prepare a budget for the coming fiscal year. The fiscal year doesn't begin until July 1, so there could be a last-minute supermajority vote before then. He says there is reluctance to act on a Senate-approved $37 billion proposal because Senate Republicans didn't provide any votes for passage.

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Finals of National Spelling Bee begin with 40 elite spellers

Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. After 2013, it was the first time that a solo champion was declared victor by the bee. Ananya added that it was interesting to go back and forth for so many rounds. Ananya was able to outlast 14-year-old Rohan Rajeev , who finished in second place.

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Anger as Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from global climate deal

As the Trump administration has stepped back from America's traditional role of dominance on trade and development, China has filled the vacuum, expanding its ever-growing footprint across the globe on everything from new roads and ports to bank loans and energy projects.

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Jared Kushner's Russian Federation back channel was unusual. But is it illegal?

Sean Spicer , a guy who on Tuesday during his White House press briefing, couldn't answer a yes or no question as to whether or not Donald Trump believed that human beings were causing climate change. "Jared put together all the moving parts", Greenblatt told the Times . Spicer was also asked to explain Trump's odd " covfefe " tweet, and why it remained live for so many hours.

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Trump announces decision on Paris Climate Accord

Now, he says, he is putting America first. Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania, Mayor Bill Peduto was one of the quickest to rebuke Trump after the president said in his announcement, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris ".

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Trump rant against India casts shadow on PM Modi visit to US

Trump: Claims "absolutely tremendous economic progress since Election Day", adding "more than a million private-sector jobs". Several of his top aides have opposed the action, too, as has his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump . New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the group's vice-president, said withdrawal from the agreement was "shortsighted" and called climate change a grave threat to coastal communities such as his, as well as the nation and the world.

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Gulf Arab dispute rattles Trump's anti-Iran axis

Anwar Gargash , UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, made his comments on Twitter less than a week after Saudi Arabia and the UAE signalled frustration at Qatar . But a war of words had escalated between Qatari media on one side and Saudi and Emirati media on the other. Doha in 2014 suffered a regional isolation after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi pulled out their envoys for eight months because of Qatar's support for "parties threatening the stability of the GCC members".

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Julian Assange exploring ways to guest host Hannity's radio program after invite

But Mr Assange said the appearance was complicated by him being inside the central London embassy, which he has not left for almost five years. The Fox News host even traveled to London, where Assange had holed up in Ecuador's embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, to interview him.

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'Greatest Show on Earth' Takes Its Final Bow

Owner Feld Entertainment announced earlier this year that the show would end its 146-year run in May. Many of Ringling's employees are second, third and even fourth-generation circus performers, while others met their spouses while touring.

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Illinois' financial crisis at 'critical juncture' as budget deadline looms

In addition, IL has more than $14 billion in unpaid bills and has faced numerous bond downgrades. "At least we'd know where people stand and what we need to continue to work on". The budget plan approved by the Illinois Senate included $37.3 billion in spending, anchored by $5.4 billion in tax increases. "Today we've seen a complete dereliction of duty by the (Democratic) majority in the General Assembly, once again, a tragic failure to serve the people of IL, a tragic failure to pass ...

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3 men found shot dead at East Texas car dealership

Cellphone video captured the moments just before two private investigators and a fugitive from Minnesota were killed in a gun battle Tuesday night when the pair tried to make an arrest inside a North Texas auto dealership, police said. Hutchinson could be in Texas", Peters said. "Unfortunately Mr. Hutchinson was more prepared for a gunfight". All three men died. No one else was injured in the altercation.

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Local girl bows out of spelling bee

Francis of Assissi School will be representing Rochester at the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in suburban Washington. Follow Karen Larsen on Twitter for the latest updates from the Bee. Pawlicki misspelled the word “desman” a small, semiaquatic European mammal related to the mole, with a long tubular muzzle and webbed toes. There was no "ding", the sound of a bell signifying a misspelling and the end to his second consecutive trip to the national Bee.

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European leaders: climate change deal can't be renegotiated

It may be years, however, before the country can formally exit the deal, but Trump said he'll immediately halt implementation. United States diplomatic and economic muscle was vital in getting emerging powers and growing polluters like India on board - and on striking a deal with China .

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Melania Trump's strong words about that Kathy Griffin photo

Bloom says that she and Griffin will "announce the true motivation" behind the photo shoot . "Well when I saw this image I said this is unacceptable, I condemned it", he added. "As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing", Melania Trump said. They can criticize Kathy Griffin all they want.

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Thieves Botch ATM Burglary Attempt, Accidentally Set Cash on Fire

Aaron Snell of the Everett Police Department told KCPQ the suspects used a blowtorch to try and access the ATM's cash box. Washington police say some would-be thieves tried to use a blow torch to steal from an ATM, but they left empty-handed after accidentally setting the money on fire.

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Ananya Vinay, 12, spells 'marocain' to win National Spelling Bee

Ananya Vinay couldn't watch the Warriors start the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers, but she had her own victory to celebrate. When the contest was over, she consoled runner-up Rohan, who was in tears after dueling for almost 20 rounds. The competition was broadcast on ESPN . On Thursday, 25 of the 40 spellers were eliminated during four rounds aired on ESPN2. If it is mathematically impossible for one champion to emerge through 25 rounds, officials will declare the speller with the ...

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1 dead, 2 missing after Wisconsin mill explosion

Nayeli Hernandez, an employee at the corn milling plant, said she received a call that two of her friends were trapped inside the building when the massive explosion occured. The agency ordered the mill to correct the problem by April 2011. The agency has six months to complete its work. Didion officials didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Thursday.

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LeBron James: 'It's tough being black in America'

Almost a year since he sat at the same podium inside Oracle Arena and addressed Muhammad Ali's impact as an activist following the heavyweight champion's death, James discussed the daily challenges of being black in the U.S. James does not live in the house, which is in the Brentwood area, and he was not believed to be in it at the time. James spent several weeks in Los Angeles last summer working with his production company.

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Trump's communications director set to leave W.House -Trump adviser

Trump has entertained bringing his former campaign manager , Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, more formally back into the fold. His last day on the job has not yet been determined. The White House press secretary also said the Afghan strategy review is still underway. US President Donald Trump's Communications Director Mike Dubke has resigned, media reported on Tuesday.

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Man who threw baby off bridge gets 70 years in prison

Middletown Superior Court Judge Elpedio Vitale handed down the maximum sentence to Tony Moreno, 23, for the July 2015 death of Aaden Moreno . As Middletown police started to arrive at the scene, Tony Moreno attempted to follow through with his plan to commit suicide and plunged 100 feet into the Connecticut River .

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Portland Murder Suspect Believes Stabbings Were 'An Act Of Patriotism'

It wasn't clear if he said something to draw Christian's attention, but he stood up as Christian began shouting at him. The woman named "KK" said Christian was "complaining about the city, complaining about Muslims, Christians, and it just got very violent very quick".

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6th grader advances to final round of National Spelling Bee

Carmel's Nicholas Ivan and West Lafayette's Jashun Panuru were the next two finalists to be eliminated. Following the exam, the students will compete in an all-day competition of onstage spelling. "I think I'm going to try to aim to get my sister to D.C. next year", Sylvia said. Pawlicki misspelled the word “desman” a small, semiaquatic European mammal related to the mole, with a long tubular muzzle and webbed toes.


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