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Hot and humid Saturday, with storms possible Sunday

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There is a 30 percent chance of afternoon rain and thunderstorms. Rainfall may reach up to a quarter of an inch. Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Southwest wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Tomorrow .Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and storms during the afternoon/evening. Read More »

Trump Signs Executive Order on Apprenticeships

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Is Trump actually expanding the apprenticeship program? It would the second consecutive week in which the White House will make a push to show Trump is moving ahead on his top domestic priority - jobs - in spite of investigations into whether he had anything to do with possible Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. Read More »

SDF enter east Raqqa in 'Great Battle' for ISIS stronghold

Raqqa is the de facto capital of ISIS' envisaged Islamic caliphate, and the bid to retake the city marks the most significant offensive in the worldwide fight against the extremist group to date. Raqqa was the first city ISIS captured before it went on to announce its self-proclaimed caliphate that straddles the Iraqi-Syrian border and includes part of Mosul, in northern Iraq. Read More »

Gingrich: 'The President of the United States cannot obstruct justice'

Gingrich's pronouncement comes as special counsel Robert Mueller is, according to President Donald Trump as well as media reports, investigating Trump for obstruction of justice. Although Gingrich resigned as speaker after humiliating loses in the 1998 Congressional election, the House later impeached Bill Clinton on obstruction of justice charges. Read More »

London fire: Protests held as fire anger increases

Residents had raised concerns about the fire safety of the building prior to the blaze. Prime Minister Theresa May says more help will be sent to the scene to help survivors cope and find alternative housing now that the 24-story Grenfell Tower is destroyed. Read More »

Trump Confirms Being Investigated for Firing Ex-FBI Director Comey

The Post , this week, reported that Robert Mueller , who is overseeing the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election and possible links with the Trump campaign, has expanded his inquiry to probe whether Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. Read More »

UK royals honor London tower fire victims as anger boils over

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It followed a separate, smaller protest at Kensington Town Hall, where residents tried to air their grievances to councillors. He said: "The investigation is a police investigation". "We do not want another fatality arising out of this tragedy". While the disaster has prompted an outpouring of generosity, there was also anger at politicians as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society. Read More »

Saudi guards fire on Iranian boat, killing fisherman

If Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain exert pressure over Pakistan to cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar and ban Qatar Airways operating its flights from that country, Pakistan must refuse such coercion because acquiescing to Riyadh led alliance against Qatar would compromise its national interest and sovereignty. Read More »

58 missing, presumed dead in London highrise fire, police say

The confirmed death toll in the fire has risen to 30. Police say 24 injured people remain at the hospital. At least 30 people have now been confirmed as having died in the fire which tore through the 24-storey apartment block. The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building. Read More »

Britain's Hammond to push for UK to stay in EU customs union

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May gambled that a strong election win, as forecast by some pollsters, would boost her majority in the House of Commons in time for the Brexit talks, but instead, her party surrendered 13 seats in the lower chamber. Hammond was expected to make the case for a so-called "softer" Brexit, which prioritizes economic considerations over limiting immigration. She has since said the timetable will remain unchanged but there is growing pressure on her to moderate the government's approach and favour ... Read More »

Trump acknowledges Russia probe includes him

Inside the White House , those close to the president say he has continued to fume about the actions of Justice Department officials, his anger focused mostly on Mr. A source on Trump's legal team attempted to clarify the missive, claiming he was reacting to media reports about the investigation rather than offering public confirmation. Read More »

Donald Trump supporters float idea of firing investigator Robert Mueller

Adam Schiff , the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee , responded angrily to the report . A person close to Trump's legal team also said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller. What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation. Read More »

Kashmir: Bodies of Lashkar commander Junaid Matoo and two militants recovered

According to PTI , the militants attacked the army convoy and soon fled from the spot. Mattoo was believed to be active for the past two years and carried a bounty of Rs10 lakh on his head. Militants fighting to end Indian rule of Kashmir have stepped up attacks in recent weeks on government forces patrolling the area as counter-insurgency operations intensify. Read More »

Trump tweets that he is under investigation

Special Counsel Mueller was reportedly planning to interview intelligence officials on whether Mr Trump got rid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey , in May to hamper an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser, Michael Flynn . Read More »

Sen. Feinstein 'Concerned' Trump Will Fire Investigators

Rosenstein - in charge because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation - then appointed Mueller as special counsel . Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Mr Trump will sack both Mr Mueller and Mr Rosenstein . Read More »

'No. of missing' USS Fitzgerald sailors found dead

They were transferred to a USA naval hospital for identification, it said. Bryce Benson, were airlifted from the vessel by Japanese military helicopters during the ship's slow 16-hour trip back to Yokosuka Naval Base south of Tokyo. He is in stable condition, the Navy said. The Fitzgerald , an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built at Bath Iron Works in ME and commissioned in October 1995, is part of the Yokosuka-based group that includes the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, but it was ... Read More »

Lawyer says Trump not under investigation

Last week, it was widely reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had offered to resign because of Trump's criticism of his decision to recuse himself from all investigations related to the Russian Federation and the Trump election campaign, in which Sessions had played a prominent role. Read More »

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition improves to "serious"

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The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson , 66, of Belleville, was fatally shot in a firefight with police. Sava said Scalise will require surgeries soon for abdominal and bone injuries, in addition to the two he has undergone to fix a bone in his leg broken by the bullet. Read More »

Rep. Steve Scalise's Condition is Upgraded, Watched Baseball Game

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The round fragmented into hundreds of pieces and tore apart bones, internal organs and blood vessels, Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center , has said. His family said they appreciate the support they've received from lawmakers and the president, and are thankful for the bravery of the special agents. Read More »

Schumer calls for all-senators meeting on health care

CNN reported that Senate Democrats could call for an open process for consideration of the healthcare bill as part of their parliamentary protest. So far, Susan Collins of ME has stood honorably as one of her party's firmest skeptics of this fiasco-in-the-making, but even she seems to be wobbling. Read More »

Nawaz Sharif's brother appears before Panama Papers probe panel

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He said that he was asked to appear before the JIT because he was seen as somebody "acquainted with the facts of Panamagate". She said that the Sharif family, notwithstanding their reservations and the suspicion-laden atmosphere, had adopted a legal and constitutional course as it firmly believed in upholding the sanctity of law and the constitution. Read More »

Do Americans believe Trump is impeding Russian Federation investigation?

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump, who has been putting together his own team of outside lawyers to represent him, called the Post's report Wednesday that he is being investigated for collusion "phony". He continued to rail against "the phony Witch Hunt" on Friday morning. Sad!" he wrote . "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Read More »