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Trump blasts special counsel probe as "Witch Hunt"

Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, and has told lawmakers he would only fire him with good cause . Last week, Comey told Congress he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe. Rosenstein issued a memo in May that had been critical of Comey's performance, which Trump cited as a reason for firing him. Read More »

Rosenstein knew Comey would be fired

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Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike. "I think he's weighing that option". "I take the president at his word - that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", said Comey during his Congressional testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 6. Read More »

Iran dismisses new US sanctions over missile programme, calls allegations unjustified

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Earlier on Thursday, the US Senate voted almost unanimously to impose new sanctions against Iran and Russian Federation. "Iran's ballistic programme is totally legitimate". "As the Islamic Republic of Iran has so far fulfilled its commitments precisely and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also repeatedly confirmed this, all the signatories to the JCPOA are duty-bound and obliged to meet their commitments completely", Qassemi added. Read More »

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations

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In addition, the White House said there will be an exception for Cuban-Americans who "will be able to continue to visit their family in Cuba and send them remittances". " Trump's new policies break the campaign promises he made to boost American jobs and business", Senator Chris Murphy said. Since then, a number of USA -based general aviation travelers have visited the Caribbean island nation. Read More »

Ohio mother and daughters mysteriously found dead in home

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A police standoff in Brunswick, Ohio , ended around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning after eight hours of a tense siege. Authorities confirmed a stun gun was ultimately used to subdue the suspect . "He said the bedroom door is closed and he opens the bedroom door and he says 'there's a body in here'". "He's on the bed, she's on the floor". Loeding said there are persons of interest in the case and police are beginning the process of whittling them down. Read More »

Castile trial had video evidence _ but not of key seconds

VALERIE CASTILE: My son loved this state. You never even heard him yell. Ploussard said he nearly walked out of the jury room Friday afternoon, however, the two hold out jurors changed their votes. The defense argued Castile, who had traces of marijuana in his system, was stoned and it affected his responses to Yanez's commands. "Y'all are next, and you will be standing up here fighting for justice just as well as I am". Read More »

Amazon buying Whole Foods in $13.7 billion deal

And Walmart shares dropped more than 6 percent to $74.23 a share. With the purchase of upscale grocery chain, Amazon which had it's major presence online will now have access to the physical markets too. The shopper's Amazon account gets automatically charged. "This might be an opportunity for consumers who have felt that Whole Foods is inaccessible", said Lauren Beitelspacher, a marketing professor at Babson College in MA. Read More »

Who has the authority to sack Robert Mueller?

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In an interview , he said he is wary of Mueller's team because he can't trust "somebody who can only hire Democrats", adding that they are "bad people". Speaking from the Senate floor Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was "frankly disturbed" by Trump's "hard right" supporters attempting to "discredit" Mueller and "sully his reputation". Read More »

Gunman who shot congressman Steve Scalise had history of anti-GOP activity

Jack McClenahan, a retired Belleville business owner, said he had several unpleasant run-ins with Hodgkinson over the years while Hodgkinson protested a favored Democratic political cause outside the local post office. None of the men on the list were injured in the shooting that took place as congressmen and staffers were getting ready for practice. Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps. Read More »

Diane Kruger to star in Robert Zemeckis' new film

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The drama will follow Carell as a man who builds a tiny World War II-era village using action figures and dolls, all of whom represent his real-life alter egos, as a way to cope with a violent assault. Zemeckis is directing and producing from a screenplay he wrote with Caroline Thompson. Zemeckis will also receive assistance from Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke from his ImageMovers company to co-produce the film, alongside Cherylanne Martin. Read More »

My Cuban-American friends 'very happy' with policy

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The previous administration's easing of restrictions of travel and trade does not help the Cuban people. "They are rejected officially today - rejected". Trump's directive will also seek to prevent USA dollars being used to fund the government and any business transactions with the Cuban Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group which is active in most sectors of the Caribbean island's state-controlled economy. Read More »

Shot US congressman still 'critical' but improving: doctor

They took to the field despite still reeling from the shocking attack that left number three House Republican Steve Scalise fighting for his life. "While the attack today was a awful surprise, Matt's presence on the ball field, helping longtime colleagues and friends was not", Mika's family said. Read More »

Seven US sailors missing after collision

Pacific Fleet. The 7th Fleet was providing updates on its Facebook page . Video taken by NHK News showed heavy damage to the starboard side of the Fitzgerald just ahead of the control tower, and that the ship had taken on water. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald sails in formation during a bilateral exercise between USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Sea of Japan , ... Read More »

Trump announces new restrictions on Cuba travel, business

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Independent Cuban enterprises not affiliated with the military, which are smaller and far fewer in number, will still be permitted to do business with USA citizens and companies under Trump's policy. "That is the kind of cold war rhetoric we have heard for decades between the United States and Cuba", Acosta said. On the stage in Miami , Rep. Read More »

Muslim supporters deliver a message of peace to anti-Muslim protesters

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There was a heavy Waterbury police force although both sides agreed to keep today peaceful. A demonstration against Sharia law - Islam's legal code - Saturday in San Bernardino was one of dozens in cities across the USA that drew counter-protests by people who said they stoked unfounded fears and a distorted view of the religion. Read More »

Majority Of Americans Think Trump Meddled In Russia Probe

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe. "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mark Carallo told the Washington Post ". That news appears to have infuriated the president, who also lashed out at the media on a day that aides hoped would be focused on his decision ... Read More »

Democrats beat Republicans on ballfield, raise $1M for charity

The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson , who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media. Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized. Scalise was shot along with three other victims on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a park in Alexandria, Va., where a group of Republican lawmakers were holding an early-morning baseball practice. Read More »

US congressman Scalise still in critical condition: hospital

Roger Williams (R-Texas), who was shot in the calf. "By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", he said. We make our arguments, and put it to the people and that's the way it goes". Pelosi says it's "outrageous" and "beneath the dignity" of the House, adding: "How dare they say such a thing, how dare they". Read More »

List of GOP lawmakers found in Virginia shooter's pocket

When he went outside, he saw Hodgkinson shooting a rifle into a cornfield. "We haven't been together since March", Hodgkinson said . She said she didn't know he had a gun with him. Trump made an unannounced visit - with first lady Melania Trump and White House physician Ronny Jackson - to the hospital late Wednesday after Scalise's first surgery. Read More »

US congressman Scalise showing improvement after being shot -lead surgeon

Four other people, including Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, were shot in the incident in Alexandria, Virginia. Scalise is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit. Trump added that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday. The shooter was identified as James T. Read More »

Wife of Shooter Didn't Know Husband's Plan

That was a day before he sprayed rifle fire at Republican members of Congress as they practiced for a charity baseball game, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others before he was mortally wounded by police. His Facebook page shows that he was a fan of Vermont Sen. His page was filled with references to Mr Sanders, who has called on Democrats to endorse more progressive politics since losing the race for the party nomination to Mrs Hillary Clinton past year. Read More »

Woman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter because of her text messages

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Roy to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct , creating a situation where there's a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result". Roy". Moniz did acknowledge that Roy took "significant actions of his own" toward taking his own life, such as acquiring the generator, researching how to use it and speaking of his plan often. Read More »

Scalise in 'some trouble,' President Trump says after visiting the congressman

The bullet striking Scalise fractured bones, injured internal organs and caused severe bleeding, according to a statement from the hospital released Wednesday night. Colleagues said Scalise, who had been fielding balls at second base, dragged himself away from the infield, leaving a trail of blood before they rushed to his assistance. Read More »