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Video shows moments shots fired at Congressional baseball practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say. Talking to the U.S. TV network MSNBC, Senator Rand Paul , who was at the scene when the shooting happened, said that he believed the shooter reloaded what sounded like an AR-15. Read More »

North Korea releases imprisoned American student

In Tokyo, a visiting senior US official said Rodman is making the trip as a private citizen. Rodman had told reporters before arriving in Pyongyang that the issue of Americans detained by North Korea is "not my goal right now". In this undated photo published on September 7, 2013, on the homepage of North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, talks with former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman during a dinner. Read More »

Gunman killed after shooting Republicans playing baseball

The alleged gunman, James T. Hodgkinson , 66, of IL, was fatally shot by police. At least for other people were shot. He was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is now undergoing surgery . She said she was not one of those to be threatened and declined to name any who were, citing their safety, per BuzzFeed. The Capitol Police officers who were injured are "in good condition and have not suffered any life-threatening injuries at this point", Capitol Police Chief ... Read More »

Senate panel meets with special counsel in Russian Federation probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller. He would not say that he was ordered out of the room as Comey testified last week. Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. Read More »

Sanders condemns shooter who 'apparently' volunteered on campaig


Hodgkinson, 66, is suspected of shooting five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise , during a GOP team practice for a game against Democrats which is scheduled to be played tomorrow. Though there are no other legal problems listed in St. Clair County, which includes Belleville, since 2011, Hodgkinson did come to the attention of local law enforcement as recently as March 24 of past year. Read More »

Iran accuses U.S. of alliance with ISIS, claims to have proof

This week's attacks at Parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini have exposed shortcomings within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which was supposed to be protecting these potent symbols of Iran's revolution. Read More »

Senate panel meets with special counsel in Russia probe

If he declined, Trump would have to fire him and find another DOJ official willing to do so - a scenario that would be reminiscent of the Watergate era and its infamous "Saturday Night Massacre". Sessions testified Tuesday that he felt he had no proper choice because he had a potential political conflict of interest, having been a campaign adviser to President Trump. Read More »

Game on: Tragedy won't stop annual baseball game


One Capitol Hill police officer suffered a gunshot wound and another officer twisted an ankle and was released from a hospital, police said. "We didn't know if they were being chased". "I know he wasn't happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff", Michael told The New York Times . In 2006, Hodgkinson was accused of punching a woman in the face, pointing a gun at another man's face and dragging a girl, identified as his daughter, from a home. Read More »

U.S. attorney general dodges Trump questions, angering Democrats

And then, he didn't answer that question - he answered his own question, which was, 'Did I meet with [ laughing ] any Russians?' And he said , no, he hadn't. He was asked about the event several times , and said at one point, "If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador during that reception, I do not remember it". Read More »

AG Jeff Sessions says Russian Federation collusion rumors 'appalling and detestable lie'


Sessions repeatedly declined to go into his private conversations with President Donald Trump , frustrating Democrats who accused him of "stonewalling" to shield the administration. "I am not stonewalling". A Trump loyalist and early backer of the billionaire businessman's presidential bid, the 70-year-old Sessions has recused himself from all ongoing Russian Federation investigations. Read More »

Ian Murray overlooked for shadow Scottish secretary role


The leader has instead limited his reshuffle to filling the vacancies left by Labour MPs who left parliament. Ian Lavery has been named Labour Party chair, with Mr Corbyn saying the role would ensure Labour was on a "permanent campaign footing" with the Conservatives in minority government. Read More »

Israeli minister backs closing Al-Jazeera bureau


The Israeli official confirmed Tuesday that government ministries have begun exploring whether it would be possible to shutter the channel, but said no decisions have been made. If Al Jazeera's office is closed down in Jerusalem the newspaper has said it will appeal to the Supreme Court. "We have been campaigning already for two weeks to close this office. Read More »

No Verdict Tonight: Cosby Jury Breaks for the Evening

Disgraced US comedian Bill Cosby confirmed in court Monday that he would not testify at his sexual assault trial as the defense called just one witness before resting their case. Declining to take the stand in his own defense, the 79-year-old entertainer left it to his attorney to argue that Cosby's 2004 sexual encounter with Andrea Constand was consensual. Read More »

President and first lady visit Rep


Trump said . The other injuries, including those of two police officers, are reported to be non-life-threatening. One witness said she never saw the attacker's face but cowered in fear as the sound of the gunshots appeared to come closer, as she walked her dogs near the baseball field. Read More »

GOP lawmaker: I Will Be Carrying a Gun Now


Scalise has been an outspoken opponent of gun control measures and has earned an "A+" rating from the National Rifle Association - the influential lobby for expanding gun ownership rights. Ryan, the House speaker, is reviewing rules on how rank-and-file lawmakers can increase their personal security, including questions about paying for additional protection through member accounts and campaign funds, according to several lawmakers. Read More »

Polanski's victim asks judge to end case against director

The judge said he will issue a written ruling, but he didn't indicate when. Geimer will appear Friday, June 9, 2017 in Los Angeles Superior Court to help make the case that Polanski has served his time for the 40-year-old crime. But Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee rejected the victim's motion to dismiss the case, arguing that it is in Polanski's hands to return to the country to end the ordeal. Read More »

Leo Varadkar formally elected as Ireland's new Taoiseach

Varadkar is the son of an Indian immigrant, and had previously worked as a doctor before entering Irish politics. His father worked in the National Health Service in London before moving to Ireland . Dismissed as a political lightweight before leading Fine Gael to its best ever election result in 2011, Ireland's longest serving member of parliament surprised many with his steady hand in office and built up a close rapport with fellow European Union leaders. Read More »

Here's how late-night TV reacted to Jeff Sessions' testimony

Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich late Tuesday afternoon, apparently exhausted of Sessions' obfuscation and refusal to answer questions, scorched the Attorney General, reminding him he had raised his right hand and told the Committee he would tell "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth". Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan slams isolation of Qatar: 'It is inhumane and un-Islamic'

He said Qatar must also do more to address support for extremist organisations, building on the steps they have already taken to tackle funding to those groups. The Amnesty's Secretary General Salil Shetty made the remarks while meeting with Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, the chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, who had paid a visit to the rights body's headquarters in London, Arabic-language daily Alquds Alarabi reported on Tuesday. Read More »

DDO library's Summer Reading Club wins national prize


While we have been vocal in the past about youngsters being involved in active exercise, especially during the summer, we are just as adamant that youngsters are well served by the reading activities promoted by the library. Of course, a key part of the program is combating the "summer slide" Peniche referenced. In addition, the library will have magician Tommy Terrific perform his "Baseball Magic" show on Wednesday, July 20 from 2:00 - 3:00. Read More »