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Former senator Joe Lieberman said to lead pack for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

President Donald Trump confirmed to a reporter on Thursday that Lieberman was a finalist. Then-FBI Director James Comey sworn in prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington , DC, May 3, 2017.

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Unruly, 'disheveled' man subdued on jet heading to Hawaii

A 25-year-old man was duct-taped to his seat by fellow passengers after he tried to enter the cockpit of an American Airlines flight, prompting the USA to rush fighter jets to intercept the plane, a media report said . Passengers on an American Airlines flight to Honolulu say a man detained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation had exhibited odd behavior before the flight even left Los Angeles .

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It's over for two Arizona girls at Scripps National Spelling Bee

But Edith didn't qualify for the finals after a written test and won't be seen on stage Thursday. For 13-year-old Hanna Ghouse, a flubbed "McMansion" spelling took her out of the nationwide competition. Gandhasri was among 40 spellers to advance to Thursday's final rounds. Final rounds, expected to begin at 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 GMT Friday), will be televised live on ESPN.

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Game Words with Friends adds Trump's 'covfefe' to its list

Wednesday. Words With Friends, the popular mobile games that closely resembles Scrabble, added President Donald Trump's tweet typo "covfefe" to the game's accepted vocabulary list. One user joked that "covfefe" is already a popular name for babies in states that voted for Trump. Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster checked in with an eye-rolling tweet, and dozens of definitions have been submitted to the Urban Dictionary website, which crowdsources slang terms.

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We can not go back in time on health care

They either do not know what is in it or are so partisan they feel compelled to approve of things they do not like.Only 8 percent of Americans, the Kaiser poll found, said the Senate should adopt the plan as passed by the House and just 24 percent said with only minor changes.

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Trump's ties to Russian Federation are well-documented

Both Lewandowski and Bossie visited the White House Monday night, according to two people familiar with the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private get-together. Kislyak, whose name has been embroiled in the USA media over his contacts with President Donald Trump's team during the 2016 presidential campaign, said Moscow had patience to wait it out.

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Subpoenas issued for two Trump figures in Congress Russia probe

May 31, 2017 . Schiff said he was unaware of the subpoenas until the last minute. The subpoenas require both Flynn and Cohen to testify before the committee, as well as turn over personal documents and business records. A senior House Republican aide noted Friday that Nunes never promised to "recuse" himself - citing the legal definition of the word - and added that Nunes, who is still the chairman of the House intelligence committee, has a duty to investigate whether U.S.

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Ananya Vinay, an Indian American Girl wins 90th National Spelling Bee

Ananya honed her skill in highly competitive national bees that are limited to Indian-Americans, the North South Foundation and the South Asian Spelling Bee, although she did not win either. To break the ties that had ended the previous three championship rounds, the bee added a written, 24-question test that all finalists had to take Thursday night.

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House Russia probe veers close to dysfunction at end of rocky week

More troubling, Nunes - acting on his own - issued subpoenas to the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency for information about Trump campaign officials who may have been unmasked. The subpoenas, which were issued by Nunes, specifically named former national security adviser Susan Rice, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan and United Nations ambassador Samantha Power as persons of interest.

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Comey to testify before Senate as soon as next week

While the White House initially asserted that Comey was sacked following a recommendation by deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, Trump swiftly clarified that it was purely his decision. Some members of Congress had raised concerns that Mueller's appointment as special counsel would impede Congress and the public from hearing from Comey directly.

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Corn mill official releases names of 3 men killed in blast

Almost a dozen other people were taken to hospitals following the explosion and fire. The body of a third person has been recovered from the site of Wednesday's mill explosion in Columbia County. "We went off to the left and started screaming 'Is anybody out there, can anybody hear us?' and we waited a couple of minutes and then we heard screaming, 'Yeah we're over here!' " said Dunahee.

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Jared Kushner, seen but not heard

Spicer's statement caused members of the media to laugh, and the White House press secretary quickly moved on. The president seems uninterested in the impact that Russian Federation had on the 2016 election, portraying investigations surrounding such as efforts to discredit his election as president.

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Will Trump block Comey testimony? White House does not know yet

CNN reported that White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said that the president and his White House counsel haven't decided whether to invoke a doctrine called executive privilege, saying that the West Wing did not have enough time to consider all options as yet.

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50 prospective jurors sworn in as Minnesota police officer's trial opens

Yanez, who is Latino, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. This case is different in significant ways. Although he had a gun permit, an autopsy showed Castile had THC in his system. FILE - In this July 24, 2016, file photo, protesters chant and dance during a demonstration in front of the governor's residence in St.

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Trump appears unlikely to hinder Comey's testimony about Russian Federation inquiry

The possibility of Trump invoking his executive privilege first materialized after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway acknowledged in an interview that Comey's testimony would be a "clarifying moment", but when it came to invoking executive privilege, said that "the president will make that decision".

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Trump stands by Kushner amid Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and reported tensions

In a strategy shift, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday for the first time referred a reporter's question about the president's actions in regard to the FBI's Russian Federation probe to an outside counsel. "They have talked to many people, including me", Bossie said. Mr Kushner boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and worldwide responsibilities underscoring his importance as Mr Trump's chief aide-de-camp, despite having no experience in politics before the ...

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Daily chance of thunderstorms in the forecast for Charleston area

Lows through this period will be in the mid-60s with mostly clear conditions. Partly cloudy with a low around 63. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. The beginning of next week will be sunny and mild with highs in the mid 70s. The round of thunderstorms Saturday night is likely to happen. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Monday , it will be sunny with a high near 65, the weather service said.

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At least one dead in blast at corn mill plant

Clark said the cause of the explosion remains unknown. Emergency crews told our Madison affiliate WKOW-TV Friday morning, as of 5:30 a.m., the second person missing still hasn't been found. Schools in the Cambria-Friesland district closed on Thursday because of the incident. Emails sent to several Didion officials Thursday and a voicemail left for Vice President of Sales Jeff Dillon by The Associated Press weren't returned.

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California, Other States Vow to Lead as Trump Exits Climate Pact

The earliest possible date for America's official withdrawal from the Paris agreement is Nov 4, 2020 - the day after the next USA presidential election - although Trump's current term in office is not due to end until Jan 20, 2021. In November, 81 percent of voters who identified as white born-again or evangelical Christians voted for Trump, according to the Pew Research Center.

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TPP trade deal will continue without Trump

Others said that freedom of movement was another potential sticking point. RCEP, on the other hand, benefits from the backing of China, whose regional dominance has gained greater momentum with the policy shift in the United States and its own Belt and Road initiative to extend its global influence.

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Penguins get ready for Game 3

We had a day off yesterday to regroup and recharge after the travel, and today we just practiced to reset a few things and get set up for Game 3. We love playing in front of these fans; they're so loud and passionate. One of the funnest parts of the Nashville Predators Stanley Cup playoff run has been trying to guess who will sing the National Anthem before home games in Smashville.

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Former Penn State administrators sentenced in connection with Sandusky abuse

The sentence of two months in jail plus another two under house arrest against a once-leading figure in American higher education marks a low point in the largely distinguished career of Graham Spanier , who was Penn State's president from 1995 to 2011.

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Trump takes travel ban appeal to Supreme Court

The legal fight pits the president's significant authority over immigration against what lower courts have said is a policy that purports to be about national security but is meant to target Muslims . This is actually the administration's second controversial attempt to impose a temporary travel ban on citizens from seven majority Muslim countries - Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran and Iraq.

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Families reflect on military service at Phoenix National Cemetery

We thank you not only for your service, but for helping us to remember your fallen comrades and the countless American patriots who gave their lives in the Second World War", Trump said. Memorial Day is our Nation's solemn reminder that freedom is never free. Trump also recognized former US senator and GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole , 93, who suffered lifelong injuries during World War II.

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Justice Department asks Supreme Court to reinstate travel ban

Over the strenuous objections of the dissent, the Fourth Circuit ruled , in a similar manner as their sister Ninth Circuit Court Appeals has in a parallel challenge to the travel ban, that even though the executive order is neutral with regard to Muslims in its text, statements President Trump and his surrogates made during the campaign turn it into violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.

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Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Might Leave White House

US President Donald Trump is sticking by his son-in-law and White House confidant Jared Kushner . Trump retweeted an article from FOX News titled " Jared Kushner didn't suggest Russian communications channel in meeting, source says".

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Climate Activists To Protest Trump's Paris Exit Friday

Mr Trump , who used Twitter throughout the day on Friday to retweet endorsements of his decision, was also facing a growing backlash domestically, with a number of states vowing to continue to abide by the principles of the Paris Agreement.

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House, Senate point fingers at each other over special-session possibility

The lieutenant governor was tight-lipped Sunday when asked about his recent talks with the governor - and whether he had received any indication of Abbott's willingness to call a special session. Greg Abbott said Thursday there is still time for a deal to be struck to avert a special session of the Texas Legislature. He feels the legislation passed Sunday night requiring schools to create single occupancy bathrooms for transgender students was a compromise.

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California Senate advances longshot single-payer health care bill

In an effort to out Obamacare Obamacare, California would define its free medical services to include: acupuncture, chiropractic, podiatry, dental, vision, skilled nursing care and equally unlimited mental health care. Unpaid medical bills remain the No. 1 cause of bankruptcy. But Lara said lawmakers needed to keep the momentum going. "How do we possibly pay for this thing?" asked Sen.

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'Trump's climate claims on China, India false'

Gov. Bill Walker released a statement highlighting the effects of climate change across the state, but he stopped short of criticizing President Trump's decision. The Paris Agreement is an worldwide agreement meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change. Scott Pruitt , the EPA administrator, said the question never came up during deliberations over the agreement.

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Sean Spicer Says 'Small Group' Know What Trump's Covfefe Tweet Meant

A top White House communications staffer has resigned as President Donald Trump considers overhauling his White House staff over frustrations that his team is struggling to contain the burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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SCOTUS sets June 12 deadline for travel ban challengers' responses

The travel order, signed on March 6 but suspended by US courts days later, would temporarily bar entry into the United States of all refugees as well as visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. That is because if the court grants the request, the ban's 90-day term will have expired by the time the court decides the legal fate of the proposal.

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Spelling Bee Champ Asked to Spell Covfefe Superfan TV

Maggie Sheridan from Mansfield, Ohio, did her best to spell the word "whirlicote". "Weekends, she'll do it, vacations, she'll be like I studied spelling my entire vacation it was so much fun", said Soraya Abedi, friend. Balu Natarajan from IL was the first Indian American to have won the competition back in 1985. Before Ananya and Rohan began their lengthy duel, some better-known spellers were surprisingly eliminated.

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Terror in India, not imaginary, it is real says Putin

In a sign of exasperation, Putin compared what he described as the obsessive US focus on alleged Russian interference with the vote to anti-Semitism. They don't want to admit their mistake. He blamed the Democrats for the failure to acknowledge their mistakes in the campaign, and "taking internal US political squabbles into the worldwide arena".

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Explosions kill at least 4 at funeral in Kabul

No group claimed responsibility for the May 31 attack, the deadliest bombing in the capital since a USA -led invasion drove the Taliban from power in 2001. Witnesses say police fired live rounds into the air to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators. Meanwhile, Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), has ruled out the involvement of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in the region, insisting that the Haqqani Network is behind the attack ...


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