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Walsh opposes Haitian deportation as decision looms

Walsh opposes Haitian deportation as decision looms

Performing at the same venue President Donald Trump visited on a campaign stop in September, the Haitian-born artist used his time onstage to ask the Trump administration to extend Haiti's Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. "Haiti right now is not a good place to send people back". There was no immediate comment from the Haitian government. "We are being positive", Sicard said. Read More

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Several rounds of showers and storms to start the week

Several rounds of showers and storms to start the week

By day's end, the city could see more than an inch of rain, and a high of only 60 degrees - more than 12 degrees below the area's normal high . Monday: Cloudy with showers and possible thunderstorms (70%). Computer models show another round of showers and storms on Thursday . And to finish out the week on Friday , clouds and some sun with a spotty shower or two. Read More

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Half of All New Mexico Planned Parenthood Clinics to Close

Half of All New Mexico Planned Parenthood Clinics to Close

They set up a task force that ultimately determined that without Medicaid funds, four of Planned Parenthood's 12 Iowan clinics would be unable to operate. Lisa Heddens, D-Ames. Two suits filed past year challenged a ban on abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities and a mandate that forces women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion. Read More

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Ford plans to cut 10% global staff

A person briefed on the plan said Ford plans to offer generous early retirement incentives to reduce its salaried headcount by October 1, but does not plan cuts to its hourly workforce or its production. It is thought that most of the cuts will target salaried employees. Ford Motor is planning to cut about 10 percent of its jobs around the world as the beleaguered automaker makes a new push to increase profits and lift a stock that is lagging near a five-year low. Read More

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Jeff Sessions' Tough-on-Crime Approach Faces Bipartisan Pushback

Jeff Sessions' Tough-on-Crime Approach Faces Bipartisan Pushback

Holder's " Smart on Crime " policy meant to ease overcrowded prisons and facilitate rehabilitation by taking into account each offender's situation in context. "I know that you can not translate all of that from the state level to the federal level", the governor said after a press conference in Savannah. "The question is: Is the goal of your crime policy to reduce crime and save money? - which we know how to do - or to codify simpleminded slogans and soundbites for political ... Read More

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Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 7

Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 7

Police have identified new victims in a series of Phoenix shootings that resulted in the arrest of a 23-year-old man. Aaron Saucedo, 23, was arrested in April and later charged with murder in connection with the first of the killings, which occurred in August 2015, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams told reporters at a news conference. Read More

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Trump's EPA takes aim at scientific review board

Trump's EPA takes aim at scientific review board

The members were told via email that their three-year terms on the board , which had just expired, would not be renewed. At least five members of the BOSC have already been dismissed after their terms ended this year, according to The New York Times; numerous members' terms already have or will expire this fiscal year. Read More

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Chicago Police say 2 officers shot and wounded

Chicago Police say 2 officers shot and wounded

Guglielmi described their conditions as serious. Johnson, speaking during a news conference about two hours after the shooting, said there was an "extensive manhunt" underway. Chicago Police specifically tweeted early Wednesday morning there are three people in for questioning. Johnson noted that the area where the shooting took place had been troubled by gun activity. Read More

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Community reluctantly bidding farewell to 600-year-old tree

Community reluctantly bidding farewell to 600-year-old tree

The 600-year-old white oak in Basking Ridge, N.J. was declared dead last year and crews started to cut it down on Monday. The tree's pending removal is a reminder of how older trees are starting to become less common across the nation. Arborists say that the removal is necessary because it would have fallen of its own accord during the coming winters or spring storms. 'Yeah, no one thought about the tree dying. Read More

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While Republicans slow-walk investigations here, Russian hackers now targeting French election

This has led to allegations from French politicians that Macron was a "US agent" lobbying the interests of the United States financial market in France. The intent, he said, was that hackers could send "spearphishing" emails to people associated with the campaign and lure them to click on safe-sounding links that would allow hackers to get a foothold in networks. Read More

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Senate confirms Perdue as agriculture secretary

Agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, Perdue worked on the family farm in central Georgia andn will be only the fourth agriculture secretary who can claim to have been a farmer. "His leadership skills and knowledge of production ag will be beneficial as the Senate begins work on the next farm bill". Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-GA, voted present. Read More

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Minnesota Dairy Farms Affected by US-Canada Trade Dispute

Some New York producers are also affected. "We're going to get together and we're going to call Canada and we're going to say what happened, and they might give us an answer - but we're going to get a solution, not just the answer". "Dairy trade between Canada and the US massively favors the USA, by a ratio of five to one", she said. Dairy farmers say they are confident that the government has their backs, but are concerned that any potential concessions on dairy in a renegotiated NAFTA ... Read More

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Malcolm Butler signs franchise tender, can get traded

Malcolm Butler signs franchise tender, can get traded

The Saints and Patriots have also worked together in the recent past with the latter acquiring Brandin Cooks in a trade last month. His camp denied those claims, and it was later reported that Butler preferred to remain in New England. The team announced Tuesday that cornerback has signed a new deal. How quickly those positions come off the board will determine how aggressive the Patriots become with their trade chips. Read More

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Video shows police officer kicking handcuffed man in the head

Last Wednesday, Sargent Michael Bongiovanni had pulled a motorist, Demetrius Hollins , to the side in what is considered a routine stop, said the police Chief Butch Ayers . Gwinnett County authorities terminated McDonald Thursday afternoon for his actions. Ayers said he felt "mad" and "upset" when he saw the video, adding that the man was "clearly not resisting" and the video "speaks for itself". Read More

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Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution to hold Syria accountable for chemical account

Lavrov said it was tilted to blame Assad. In a round of tense talks, one of the most pressing issues on the table was the chemical gas attack in Syria and the ensuing strike by the U.S. But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria. "It wasn't just us - it's the entire global community holding the Assad regime and its sponsors responsible for the chemical attack and indiscriminate mass murders". Read More

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Judge Nixes Indiana's Ultrasound Law

Judge Nixes Indiana's Ultrasound Law

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued a preliminary injunction Friday because of a lawsuit by the ACLU a year ago on behalf of Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky that took on Indiana's Department of Health and local officials, according to Reuters . Read More

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Court sets schedule for travel ban appeal

Court sets schedule for travel ban appeal

A federal appeals court will hear the Trump Administration's appeal of his revised travel ban next month. A brief order from the court said a hearing would be held some time in May. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson ruled against the travel ban three weeks ago, putting it on hold nationwide with a temporary restraining order and then extending his ruling last week with a preliminary injunction. Read More

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Democrats threaten delay on Supreme Court nominee

Still irate that Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominee, Democrats consider Gorsuch a threat to a wide range of civil rights and think he was too evasive during 20 hours of questioning. On Thursday, lawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues got their say on Gorsuch during the final session to examine his qualifications. Hearings for a Supreme Court nominee usually dominate Congress, but that's not been the case over the four days of hearings. Read More

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Gov't: New US Sanctions a Strong Message to N. Korea

The U.S. Department of Treasury believes that Paeksol is working on behalf of the DPRK's Reconnaissance General Bureau and "may also be affiliated the North Korean military and the UN- and U.S. As Woolsey and Pry point out, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could easily "deliver an atomic bomb hidden on a freighter sailing under a false flag into a USA port, or hire their terrorist allies to fly a nuclear 9/11 suicide mission across the unprotected border with Mexico". Read More

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Ball bounces out of UCLA to NBA; Alford stays on as coach

Ball bounces out of UCLA to NBA; Alford stays on as coach

Florida is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2014, and for the first time under White - the former MS guard who was on the losing end of one of the most famous game-winning shots in NCAA history. The 19-year-old is widely projected to be the second player drafted overall. He hit four of his first five shots, including a pair of 3s, within the first five minutes of the second. Read More

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NCAA to review HB2 repeal, decide next week on North Carolina return

NCAA to review HB2 repeal, decide next week on North Carolina return

After the law's approval, Charlotte Chamber CEO Bob Morgan, who traveled to Raleigh on Thursday, called the measure a "bipartisan compromise repeal" and praised leaders of both parties who backed the deal. Andrew Reynolds, a UNC political science professor, said the vote was explicitly driven by the deadline. There were two teams - Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders - between them. Read More

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Acting US Attorney clears de Blasio in fundraising probe

Acting US Attorney clears de Blasio in fundraising probe

Vance's team found that the mayor's director of intergovernmental affairs, Emma Wolfe, and state Democratic campaign strategist Neal Kwatra, among others, ran their plan past Laurence Laufer, de Blasio's 2013 campaign lawyer. De Blasio refused to answer Lehrer's questions on whether he thought Bharara was more of a hawk on prosecuting him that Kim was, or why he thought the investigation might have dragged on as long as it did. Read More

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Senators should concentrate on Gorsuch

Schumer said Gorsuch favors the "powerful over the weak" and would not check President Trump's agenda. Such a deal would give Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer a preemptive veto over the next Supreme Court nominee. "After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I can not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", Mr Schumer said. Chuck Schumer told Politico in an interview. Read More

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Virginia federal judge rules Trump's travel ban is justified

Virginia federal judge rules Trump's travel ban is justified

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Michele Ernst said on Thursday the agency is aware of reports of threatening messages against US District Judge Derrick Watson and is prepared to help if necessary. The new ban was announced this month. The ban would keep people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the USA for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. Read More

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