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National Spelling Bee champ clinches title with 'marocain'

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With her, 18 Indian origin kids have won the contest out of 22 since 1999. The two determined spellers went back and forth for about 45 minutes, peeling off word after word in a tense competition of spelling prowess. " Covfefe ", she said. "C-o-f-e-f-e, covfefe". "It motivates me", said Vinay. " Marocain ", the last word which was correctly by Ananya Vinay at the National Spelling Bee to lift the first prize. Read More »

'Executive privilege' to quiet Comey called an option

Trump reportedly told Russian officials during a visit to the White House on May 10 that firing Comey the previous day relieved "great pressure" the president was feeling from an investigation of possible ties between his election campaign team and Russian officials. Read More »

Travel ban case: Here's what the Supreme Court might look at

Attorney General Jeff Sessions swiftly said the Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to review the 4th Circuit's decision . "Laid bare, this executive order is no more than what the president promised before and after his election: naked invidious discrimination against Muslims ", Judge James Wynn Jr. Read More »

Texas Legislature advances school transgender bathroom law

The latest showdown over transgender bathrooms, which emerged as one of the hardest-fought issues of the 2017 legislative session, began Sunday night, when a House Republican proposed amending Senate Bill 2078 , a measure devoted to school safety and emergency policies. Read More »

Texas considers trans bathroom bill for public schools

But because of senators' concerns about problematic wording, which they did not detail, Senate leaders said they took no further action. Patrick wants the house to work with the senate to expand transgender bathroom restrictions. That includes a medical oversight law that previously died in the Texas House , after some of its most conservative members killed every item on a legislative calendar full of non-controversial issues. Read More »

'I'm Illegal And Here To Stay' - Protestors Flood Texas Capitol

Ramon Romero, D-Fort Worth. "Fear motivated me to get involved", said Gallardo, a 26-year-old Mexican native who entered the United States illegally at age 12. However, Nevárez denied the account, tweeting that Rinaldi is a liar and "hateful". Texas lawmakers nearly got into a fistfight today, with one Republican warning a Democrat that he would shoot him in self defense if necessary. Read More »

UK leader: Islamic extremism must be contained after attack

Sky News had previously reported the arrest of four men following a raid by armed police at 7:00 am (0600 GMT), as well as one woman who was then released. She said five credible plots have been disrupted since March. Rowley said the investigation is progressing at pace and officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, the National Counter Terrorism Policing network are working relentlessly with United Kingdom intelligence partners to piece together exactly what had occurred the place. Read More »

NewsAlert: Canadian 'impacted' by London terror attack, official says

The attack took place a few minutes after the end of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus and many fans were watching the football on television in some of the trendy area's bars. The vehicle continued to drive towards Borough Market where three assailants got out and attempted to stab members of the public, including a police officer, reports the CNN. Read More »

Donald Trump criticises Sadiq Khan's response to London attack

Saturday's attack occurred just days ahead of a June 8 United Kingdom parliamentary election that has tightened unexpectedly in recent days , and weeks after a suicide bomber left more than 20 people dead at a concert in Manchester . "It was horrendous", he said. The patrons sheltered in the basement and police then arrived at the scene, the witness said. We went toward Borough Market and everyone went inside (the bar). Read More »

Climate action 'unstoppable,' nations should stay course — UN chief

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Neither is any other country's participation. Canete's words came in the follow-up to finalizing a joint statement with China on boosting efforts to reduce harmful carbon emissions. The project is to be implemented by the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development. But she quashed the idea the United States could demand different terms. Read More »

Trump's Press Chief Quits Amid White House Shake-up

Trump has privately pinned some of the blame for his administration's rough start on the White House's communications strategy. "In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C plus", Trump said in an interview on Fox News Channel early in his term. Read More »

Devin Nunes Dives Back into the Russia Investigation

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He is still signing the committes's subpoenas , however. The most recent subpoenas to the NSA, CIA, and Federal Bureau of Investigation seek information on any requests made by former NSC Director Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power (!) for names to be unmasked. Read More »

Michael Flynn To Turn Over Some Subpoenaed Documents To Senate Committee

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has agreed to turn over information to a Senate panel looking into possible meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 election, according to sources. Also on Tuesday, the AP said it had learned that Flynn will provide documents requested by the Senate committee. The subpoenas related to unmasking requests were reportedly made by Republicans on the committee interested in examining whether the requests were politically motivated, The ... Read More »

Panicked White House goes into lockdown, refuses all Russian Federation questions

Spicer's evasion comes as the White House is said to be considering revamping its communications strategy, possibly by having cabinet secretaries hold more on-camera briefings while Spicer does less. During the briefing, Spicer was also asked if he would ask the president for his personal view on climate change for the next press briefing. Kushner in March said he was ready to testify about his Russian Federation meetings to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read More »

Trump's climate view is closely held secret

When FBI Director James Comey was sacked, Trump's stated reasons included: "When I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story '". But the timing of Trump's decision is something the Trump White House was (obviously) in a position to know from the outset. Many have wondered if that shake up will mean Spicer's ouster as well, as Trump has complained publicly that his spokespeople aren't ... Read More »

This Time, Trump Is Right About Trade

While Trump received a warm welcome in Saudi Arabia and Israel, he left behind a bitter taste in Europe after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the G7 get-together of the world's richest powers in Sicily. Germany's trade is predicated upon the rules surrounding European Union trade-it's a common market. Germany is a major source of foreign direct investment into the USA ($255.5 billion in 2015). Read More »

Ex-Penn State officials face sentencing in Sandusky scandal

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and former Vice President Gary Schultz will have to spend two months behind bars, while former athletic director Tim Curley will spend three months in jail. The sentence of two months in jail plus another two under house arrest against a once-leading figure in American higher education marks a low point in the largely distinguished career of Graham Spanier , who was Penn State's president from 1995 to 2011. Read More »

Chicago police: Officers fatally shot teen who fired at them

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Police say they arrived to find a 56-year old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the lower part of his body. "The officers followed, and upon entering the stairwell, observed the offender with a gun". They took themselves to Mount Sinai Hospital, where they did not tell police any details about the shooting. His condition was stabilized. Per CPD policy both officers have been placed on desk duty for 30 days and the Independent Police Review Authority is now investigating the case. Read More »

Richard Jefferson: Cavs have no need for major changes after Game 1

This is not new territory for either team. If the Warriors protect the ball like they did in game one, in which they tied an NBA Finals record for fewest turnovers in a game with only 4, they will be virtually impossible to beat. Just play as hard as you can and follow the game plan, have your mind in it. "They're just going to muck the game up and be physical", the 7-footer said. Read More »

N. Korea showing 'great disrespect' to China

It appears Pyongyang is trying to pressure the new liberal Moon administration to adopt a North Korea policy more engaging of the regime, said a local Defense Ministry official, while showing the rest of the world it was unfazed by their economic sanctions. Read More »

Putin on Defense: US Hackers Could Have Framed Russia

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Putin said Friday that the claims of Russian hacking into the Democratic National Committee in the lead-up to the election were meant to divert attention away from the true information in the party's leaked e-mails. In the midst of a political battle? "By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russian Federation". Read More »

Activists investigating Ivanka Trump shoe factory in China arrested, then 'disappeared'

Last week Lee Ming-cheh, a Taiwanese human rights activist detained a few months ago in the southern China of Zhuhai, was formally arrested on the charge of subverting state power. Two of his colleagues, Li Zhao and Su Heng, are also missing and are feared detained. "But this is the first time we've investigated Ivanka Trump (manufacturers), so it may very well be related to the brand". Read More »