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Deliberations continue in trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez

For the two counts of unsafe discharge of a firearm, jurors will need to decide whether the officer discharged his firearm under circumstances that endangered Reynolds and her daughter, Dae-Anna. Unlike other officers that have been charged with manslaughter, this suspect had a gun. They also argued that Castile had smoked marijuana before the traffic stop and was stoned, which influenced his actions. Read More »

Democrats Fuming Over Sessions' Refusal to Answer Questions

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, said Sessions' "silence speaks volumes". If he did have a conversation with the ambassador, it was "certainly nothing improper". But that changed Tuesday, with a variety of Republicans coming to Sessions' (and the White House's) aide. While he did not provide me with any of the content of the substance of the conversation, Mr. Read More »

Sessions brands Russian Federation collusion claims a 'detestable lie'

The attorney general acknowledged that Trump hadn't evoked " executive privilege " - legalese for an ability to protect private conversations with the President - but still refused to answer any questions from senators regarding his conversations with Trump, including whether he and Trump had discussed the Russian Federation investigation when talking about firing Comey. Read More »

Why Jeff Sessions says he can't talk

He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign. "I think it is, yes", Sessions responded. Sessions became attorney general in February but did not recuse himself from that probe until March. But his former Democratic colleagues pressed him repeatedly on his contacts with Russian Federation and his role in the dismissal of Comey - who led the FBI's probe on Russian Federation until he was ousted. Read More »

May meets DUP leader for urgent talks

The former Chancellor and now (freebie) newspaper editor George Osborne, described UK PM Theresa May as a "dead woman walking" - in a political sense, I hasten to add, following last week's general election which saw her majority destroyed and her returned to the Commons at the head of a hung parliament. Read More »

Attorney General Sessions requests his testimony be public

The Secret Service, declared that it has no tapes of White House conversations, acting in response to a freedom of information request by The Wall Street Journal. Sessions won't be able to tell senators what went on in the meeting - the president had ordered him out of the Oval Office, along with other officials, before speaking privately with Comey, according to Comey's testimony. Read More »

Authorities seek 2 escaped inmates after 2 guards killed

The inmates have been identified as 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose . Not long after sunrise Tuesday, a prisoner transport bus was driving along a rural highway in central Georgia when two inmates onboard managed to break through the gate separating prisoners from guards. Read More »

Sessions denies 'false and scurrilous allegations'

Comey testified last week that Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with President Donald Trump again. What Wyden likely meant by his comment was that Sessions' replies don't seem believable given the circumstances. The abrupt dismissal of Comey prompted Trump's critics to charge that the president was trying to interfere with a criminal investigation. Read More »

Putin: 'It wouldn't make sense for us to interfere' in USA election

In an interview with NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly , Putin said how he once met former U.S. security adviser Michael Flynn at an event in Moscow. The two were photographed sitting together at a 2015 dinner in Moscow in honor of state broadcaster RT, which Flynn later failed to disclose had put him on its payroll. Read More »

2 guards killed by escaping inmates during Georgia transport


The corrections officers killed have been identified as 42-year-old Christopher Monica and 58-year-old Curtis Billue. This story has been CORRECTED to show sheriff now saying it happened around 6:45 a.m. Dubose and Rowe were last seen headed west on Georgia Highway 16, after they car-jacked a green Honda Civic. Eatonton, Putnam County's seat of government, is about 65 miles southeast of Atlanta. Read More »

Egypt parliament committee passes Saudi islands deal


The latest site to be blocked, Yanair Gate, had hosted a string of critical articles in Arabic, including ones focused on opposition in parliament to a deal el-Sissi made to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia, and articles quoting a leading rights lawyer who is widely expected to run in next year's presidential election. Read More »

Pentagon Chief: N. Korea Most Urgent Threat to Peace, Security

Mattis scolded lawmakers on Capitol Hill for failing to pass military budgets and for imposing automatic spending cuts known as sequestration that have caused "severe" damage. Afghanistan is the center of global terrorism, he said. "They want to keep us from getting into the area", Dunford told the committee, adding "this is both the case of Russian Federation, with regard to our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliances, and China, with regard to meeting our commitments in the Pacific". Read More »

Lady Brexit meets Monsieur Europe: May, Macron to have talks

Macron also wants to reinvigorate cooperation among the 27 members of the European Union in the wake of Britain's Brexit vote, notably by joint military spending and a shared budget for the countries that use the euro. President Macron echoed the Prime Minister by saying he too wanted the negotiations to begin as "quickly as possible" and that he "respected the decisions taken by the people" in voting to leave the EU. Read More »

On trump sued for violation of the Constitution

The suit is the latest in a series of legal challenges alleging Trump's business dealings violate the Constitution's anti-emoluments clause, which prohibits any "Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust" from accepting "any present, Emolument, Office or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State". Read More »

Panama breaks with Taiwan, forges ties with China


The United States wants China and Taiwan to engage in dialogue instead of escalatory or destabilising moves, a US State Department spokesperson said after Panama cut ties with Taiwan and switched its official recognition to Beijing. In December China signed an agreement to restore diplomatic relations with Sao Tome and Principe after the African nation ditched the island. "We strongly condemn Beijing for manipulating the so-called "one China" policy to continue to suppress Taiwan's global ... Read More »

North Korea confirms successful missile test - state media


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of newly-developed anti-ship cruise missiles, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday. The projectiles, launched near the eastern port city of Wonsan, were believed to be surface-to-ship cruise missiles, South Korea's joint chiefs was quoted as saying by CNN Thursday. Read More »

New housing minister appointed to replace Barwell


Many within the mortgage industry have long since argued that the role should be a Cabinet position, as the junior nature of the post arguably results in it being considered a stepping stone by politicians rather for the long-term. Before entering parliament, Sharma qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte and then worked in banking for 16 years, first with the Japanese firm Nikko Securities and then Enskilda Securities, the investment banking arm of SE Banken. Read More »

Trump talks infrastructure initiative on Kentucky border


And Schumer's spokesman, Matt House, said the White House never responded after Democrats presented their own infrastructure blueprint in January and shared it with the administration. The address is being delivered on the eve of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony Thursday before Congress as the White House faces new allegations of efforts by Trump to influence a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Read More »

May, Macron Announce Counter-terrorism Action Plan

Some of the French crowd joined in with the English anthem. They exchanged warm greetings on the steps of the Palace, before later attending an England-France worldwide friendly at the Stade de France , with a minute's silence to commemorate those killed in the Manchester and London attacks. Read More »

Attorney General Sessions Set to Testify in Russia Probe Hearing

Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions , particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States. He's expected to face questions about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign. Briefing congressional appropriators on the Justice Department's budget is a critical part of the attorney general's job. Read More »

White House Says Trump Won't Fire Special Counsel Leading Russia Probe

The White House finally said Tuesday evening that Trump has "no intention" of firing Mueller, amid speculation and concern that he was weighing that option. But Ruddy, a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., suggested during his PBS interview that maybe Trump isn't a student of history. Read More »

Dashcam video released from Tiger Woods' DUI arrest


Police say Woods was "asleep at the wheel" and that he "had to be woken up". The dashcam footage of Tiger Woods' DUI traffic stop and arrest was released on Wednesday evening, supplied by the Jupiter (Fla.) Police Department. A new video documenting legendary golf player Tiger Woods' recent arrest was released on Thursday morning. " I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly ", he said in a release. Read More »