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Senate Republicans outline new health care plan

The House GOP offer would remove dollars the Senate proposed to spend on health services, public colleges, state prisons, state police and the child welfare agency in the 2017-18 budget year. A group of leading senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have been negotiating a way to pass more stringent sanctions against Russian Federation in the coming week, by piggybacking on an upcoming a measure cracking down on ballistic missile tests in Iran.

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Hawaii law aligns state with Paris climate pact

Earlier on Tuesday, Brown, speaking at the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, said that the threat of climate change could be more risky than that of fascism during World War II. removal could limit national business opportunities. Additionally, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and representatives for Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa , and Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho all signed a statement declaring their commitment to supporting the Paris Agreement .

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NY students can apply for free college tuition beginning Wednesday

Wednesday was the first day that college students in New York State can apply for the Excelsior Scholarship , which covers tuition costs not covered by other grants at SUNY and CUNY schools. The program has been promoted at college affordability events, in the state's high schools, in television advertisements, to various school boards and education groups and through direct mailings to high school seniors.

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Man accused in Portland stabbings targets victim in outburst

According to the police reports, the suspect's identification has been exposed to the media, as Jeremy Joseph Christian , who is a 35-year-old man local to Portland, is now under police custody because he is allegedly killed two people after stabbing them.

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Spicer on Trump's Tweets: 'They're Considered Official Statements By the President'

With more and more attention being placed on Trump's tweets as he's ramped up his online activity of late with some volatile (and contradictory) statements, the White House has been forced to address the issue. According to a White House tech source, the president has about 108-110 million social media followers. But Trump seems undeterred about critics of his Twitter remarks.

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Ghani: Kabul bombing death toll jumps to 150

The massive blast occurred when a sewage truck packed with what Ghani called "military-grade" explosives detonated at the entrance to a fortified area of that city that includes foreign embassies and government buildings. "We want to talk peace with the Taliban , but [this is] not open-ended opportunity", he said. President Ashraf Ghani said the meeting would be more than a ceremonial effort.

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Trump defends tweeting as valuable tool

But for hours, the details didn't follow, with the White House breaking from the thorough communications roll out that would typically accompany the announcement of a major personnel pick. But pressure has been mounting on Trump over his campaign's communications with Russians. The sources say Trump was deeply disappointed by Sessions' decision, which he viewed as a sign of weakness, though the president rejected the AG's offer to resign.

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New Trump FBI pick represented Christie in Bridgegate case

Wray, now a partner at King & Spalding, led the Justice Department's Criminal Division from 2003 to 2005, and his firm biography says that he "helped lead the Department's efforts to address the wave of corporate fraud scandals and restore integrity to US financial markets".

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Woman accused of leak made pro-environment, anti-Trump posts

ABC's Justice Correspondent, Pierre Thomas, spoke glowingly of victor, and the closest he came to discussing her social media accounts was to comment on her Facebook videos "discussing yoga instruction and competing in weightlifting". "If she made this mistake", Davis said, referring to the leaked documents, "it needs to be balanced against what she has done in the past and how she has served this country".

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Reports of gunfire at Iranian parliament and Khomeini Shrine

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The U.S. has designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984. The IS group often claims attacks around the world, even when links to the group can not be confirmed and appear dubious.

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Trump nominates Wray as FBI Director ahead of Comey hearing

Further, there is the possibility that Trump did not only fire Comey because of concerns of the FBI's investigation, said Warner, but that he was "potentially intervening with the director of national intelligence and Admiral Rogers of the NSA".

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NASA Selects 12 New Astronauts From Crush of Applicants

National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center in Houston . The National Space Council would be tasked with advising the U.S. "We're seeing a new generation of people who have worked on space projects outside of NASA blend the partnerships between government and private industry in new directions".

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US intel chiefs decline to discuss Trump contacts at hearing

John Cornyn, of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, is the closest to an ally Trump has on the committee. Democrats are almost united in their suspicions of Trump, with 88 percent saying he fired Comey in May to protect himself and 87 percent saying Trump is trying to interfere with investigations of possible Russian influence in the election.

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U.S. Overdose Deaths at Record High

Of the 52,000 such deaths in 2015, about 33,000 were attributed to opiod abuse, including fentanyl. Overdose deaths in Europe rose six percent to 8,441 in 2015, rising for the third consecutive year. The DEA has also warned officers against letting drug-sniffing dogs too close to anything that might contain fentanyl. That's an increase over the previous year of 19 percent, a record.

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Consider Trump's Tweets 'Official Statements,' Spicer Says

Trump contends that the "fake" mainstream media are "working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media". "However, let me make this clear: They have made progress". "I think it's been great for him on the electoral side". NY lawyer George T. Conway III says Trump's Monday tweets taking aim at the Justice Department "may make some ppl feel better", but won't help win a majority in the Supreme Court .

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Gunmen attack Iran parliament and mausoleum, killing at least one - state media

The attackers managed to get inside the building and engaged in a shootout with the security forces. Iran is one of the powers leading the fight against Islamic State militants in neighboring Iraq and, beyond that, Syria . The group has promoted a video from inside parliament. ISIS has successfully attacked Iran, the United Kingdom, the Philippines and Iraq in the last week.

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Lab supervisor: Castile gun was loaded, no round in chamber

Paul suburb of Falcon Heights in July 2015. Earlier Wednesday, Lindsey Garfield , a lab supervisor for the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, testified about the trajectory of bullets fired into Castile's auto. Paul, said the effects of marijuana and how long it stays in a user's system vary, and it can stay in the body for weeks and even months. But the next witness, Eric Torgerson , a medic and firefighter for the St.

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Judiciary chair says Trump FBI pick is suitable

He noted that Wray was confirmed unanimously by voice vote to lead the Justice Department's criminal division in 2003. He now works at King & Spalding as a litigation partner, specializing in the defense of individuals and corporations in white-collar criminal cases - and even represented New Jersey GOP Gov.

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Fired FBI director Comey 'asked not to be left alone with Trump'

The two men inspire a great deal or good amount of trust from 21 and 36 percent of Americans, respectively. The development comes as Comey prepares to testify Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee about a series of communications with the president that so alarmed him that he memorialised the encounters in detailed written memos.

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Comey to Congress: President Trump told him "I need loyalty"

Comey's first public appearance since he was sacked by U.S. President Donald Trump might shed more light on a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. "In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump said.

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Gunmen storm Iranian Parliament and take hostages

According to Tasnim news agency , at least eight people have been injured in the shooting attack on Wednesday. Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the attack a cowardly act. Iran , the predominant Shiite power, has been helping both Iraq and President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria to battle the Sunni extremist group.

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British police know identity of London attackers

Later Sunday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via the militant group's media agency Amaq, writing: "A detachment of Islamic State fighters executed yesterday's London attack". Security had already become a battleground issue ahead of Thursday's general election following the Manchester bombing last month, in which 22 people were killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert.

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Bangladesh 'disappointed' over U.S. decision to dump global climate pact

The latter is now collecting donations to fund legal action against Trump and his policies on environment problems. Experts said the Golden State, which has the sixth largest economy in the world, was well placed to pick up the mantle of leadership on the global stage given its aggressive policies on climate issues.

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Fourth Didion Milling worker dies after explosion that destroyed Cambria plant

At a press conference last Friday, Didion vice president of operations, Derrick Clark, said he expects employees will be able to return to work at Didion's other facilities shortly. The Portage Daily Register reports Cambria Fire Chief Cody Doucette said the rubble continues to smolder, but is contained by cement. A fund for the families has been set up at National Exchange Bank in Cambria.

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Bill Cosby Trial Day 2: Accuser Andrea Constand Takes the Stand

Cosby's lawyers began pointing out inconsistencies in Constand's story as told to Mason, compared with what she later told Montgomery County investigators. "What she did was eerily similar to Mrs. Constand", McMonagle said, accusing both women of changing their stories repeatedly. The infamous New York Magazine cover that featured 35 Cosby accusers is a powerful visual reminder that even as he faces a potential prison sentence, dozens of women may never have justice.

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Jeff Sessions committed the one sin Donald Trump can't forgive

Trump's executive order that banned travel from seven predominately Muslim nations was blocked by federal judges in February. After the election, Sessions was rewarded with one of the most prominent positions in Trump's new administration, atop the Justice Department.

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United Nations slaps sanctions on NKorean officials

Mr Fomin spoke at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an worldwide security conference in Singapore attended by defence ministers and experts from 39 countries, including US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. Mattis relayed his appreciation for the broad range of U.S. -Malaysia security cooperation and encouraged Malaysia's valued contributions to regional security, the secretary's spokesman said.

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Dakota Valley student advances in national spelling bee

Fuller correctly spelled " nyctinasty " on Wednesday morning, and then correctly spelling "tapas" on Wednesday afternoon. Another area competitor, Silas Black of Wellsville, also did not advance to today's final rounds. The second part will be from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. St. Johns County student Sreeniketh Vogoti could be heading to Thursday's final rounds of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee .

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IS video purports to show Iran parliament siege

The shrine lies around 20 kilometres away from parliament and houses the body of Khomeini, who led the Islamic revolution in 1979. Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the attack a cowardly act. The militants are at war with Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and view Shiites as apostates. An official at Khomeini's mausoleum in south Tehran said "three or four" people had entered via the western entrance and opened fire, killing the gardener and wounding several people, ...

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She Prodded Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself. He Did

She also said that just two days before his funeral, Carter asked for some of his ashes. "The time is right and you're ready ... just do it babe", she said. Other text messages from Carter to the women, all of whom were teenagers around the same age as Carter back in 2014, appeared to corroborate the prosecution's claim that Carter was on the phone with Roy as he sat in his pickup truck that was filling with the deadly gas.

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West Virginia lawmakers back again to weigh taxes, budget

But while the proposal spends more than the House version, it isn't free of cuts. The same Tax Foundation list ranked West Virginia 35th in the nation for combined average sales and local tax rates at 6.29 percent, bringing in $14.9 million in added revenue over the prior year.

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Child found in Illinois garage may have been killed in 2013

The woman told investigators in Las Vegas , where the family now lives, the girl was killed in Belleville in 2015, and her body was left in the Centreville garage. Quate was transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he now faces charges of sex trafficking of an adult and accept/receive earnings of a prostitute.

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Curry-Durant combo makes Warriors tough to beat

Lue followed James to the podium with the same message. "You just see a certain amount of focus", Draymond Green said Tuesday. "We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd where we play well, also" ( see full story ). The Cavs also had Kyrie Irving at the top of his game. Game 4: Warriors 108, Cavaliers 97: Pace: 84.3. Not what the Cavaliers can do to adjust to Golden State, because right now, it does not appear that there is any such possible adjustment.

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NBC5 Forecast: Sunny Pattern with Slim Chance of Rain

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 83. Friday Night . Mostly clear, with a low around 63 degrees. North wind 5 to 13 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Chance of precipitation is 50%. East wind around 5 miles per hour becoming calm in the evening. Wednesday: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7 a.m.

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President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request

But a larger question has emerged: Could all of this fiscal pain fail miserably in its goal of ridding the US of a federal budget deficit? Warren pointed to a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis that found the House-passed AHCA would cut $834 billion from Medicaid and leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to the Affordable Care Act - a law under which she argued the uninsured rate for veterans decreased by almost 40 percent.


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