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Tropical Storm Cindy to hit US Gulf Coast late Wednesday

Winds will be gusting to tropical storm force this morning in parts of south central Louisiana this morning, and extend into southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas this afternoon. The Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury is making sandbags and sand available to local residents. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Read More »

Dem loss in Georgia underscores party challenges

President Trump and his allies cheered Republican Karen Handel's victory Tuesday in the closely watched Georgia runoff as a clear endorsement of the administration's agenda - and cast Democrats' special election losing streak as a rebuke of the party's "obstruction" tactics. Read More »

Scalise Upgraded to Fair Condition

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The update Wednesday also said Scalise is "beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation". Great news. We continue to pray for Rep. Scalise and his family. The FBI and other law enforcement officials are planning to detail what happened when a gunman shot a top House Republican and four other people on a northern Virginia baseball field. Read More »

Dashcam Footage of Philando Castile's Death Released

The film shows the officer who pulled over Philando Castile politely telling the driver his brake lights were out and calmly instructing him not to pull out his handgun, before suddenly drawing his own weapon and firing seven rounds into the auto. Read More »

Spicer hasn't talked to Trump about Russian election hack

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He joked that when asked about why no recording was allowed, there was a response of silence from Spicer because "Nothing was recorded in there, we don't know" what was said. However, there is no opportunity on those occasions for reporters to question President Trump or his administration officials. "I'll be sure to share your sentiments with the president", Spicer responded . Read More »

Cheering 1st day of summer? Not in Phoenix when 120 expected

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Dangerously high temperatures kept planes from flying in Arizona , prompted an electricity conservation alert in California and tied the record high temperature Tuesday in Las Vegas. The National Weather Service (NWS) has heat warnings in effect in many cities and doesn't plan to drop them until Friday, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. Read More »

Freed UVa North Korean detainee's father calls them "pariah" and "terrorist"

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The medical team said Warmbier's severe brain injury was most likely - given his young age - to have been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain. He said they traveled to Washington and met with Ambassador Yun who more aggressively pursued Otto's release. Diplomat Dennis Rodman , who is now in North Korea , declined to comment Tuesday on Warmbier's condition or that of three other Americans still being detained. Read More »

McGovern: Judge's ruling finds Michelle Carter's words killed Conrad Roy

The judge focused his ruling on three words Carter said to the 18-year-old Roy after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with toxic gas and told her he was scared. Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts, Carter's defense lawyer, Joseph Cataldo , told the court. "I still don't think ur gonna do this so you have to prove me wrong." . Read More »

The night the lights went out in Georgia (for Democrats)

Trump sent supporters a text message crowing, "Congrats to Karen Handel on a HUGE win in GA!" Handel got help from Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who all came to Atlanta to help her raise money. The race had been framed by some as a referendum on Trump and his agenda, and the win may ease any GOP fears - for now - that its base wouldn't stay engaged heading into the 2018 midterms. Read More »

Flash flood warning as Tropical Storm Cindy heads towards US

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In Mississippi, officials handed out sandbags in towns along the coast in preparation for likely flooding, the AP added. The National Weather Service forecast office in Mobile, Ala., characterized the flood threat as "extreme" in the area around both Mobile and Pensacola, Fla. Read More »

Gulf system upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy

It is forecast to have winds remaining around 45 miles per hour where it is expected to make landfall near the Texas and Louisiana border late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The greatest rainfall accumulation will be well east of Texas. The storms also stepped outside hurricane averages: storms starting with the letter C typically haven't appeared until mid August, putting it about eight weeks ahead of schedule, he said. Read More »

Appreciate China but it's efforts on N. Korea "have not worked out"

Divisive trade issues will be tackled separately at a later date. It was unclear if the tweet was a signal that those efforts are perceived to have failed. Like past presidents, Trump is finding the USA has limited scope for punishing North Korea , particularly over the arrest of US citizens. In the wake of Mr Warmbier's death, Mr Trump said: "The US once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim". Read More »

Jeronimo Yanez: 'Odor of burning marijuana' justified execution of Philando Castile

Castile says that he's not reaching out for it while Yanez gets agitated and repeatedly says "don't pull it out" in the video. Yanez pulled Castile over after noticing that one of the car's brake lights wasn't functioning. "I've been stopped a shit ton of times", Noah said. "You all right? You're not hit any, are you?" Minnesota authorities on Tuesday publicly released dashcam video of former St. Read More »

USA student's death makes Trump-Kim meeting less likely

Hamilton County 's Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco's office released a statement saying Otto Warmbier's family objected to an autopsy so only an external exam of his body was done. Thursday ( Washington time) to be briefed by Joseph Yun, US Special Representative for North Korea Policy, on "recent developments" related to the communist regime, according to its website. Read More »

Tropical storm warnings in effect as Cindy gets closer

Tropical Storm Cindy has the potential to produce wind gusts of 40 to 60 miles per hour. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Texas' San Luis Pass strait to the Alabama-Florida border. It will spread tons of rain across the north central Gulf region the next few days with landfall likely between Texas and Louisiana. Within this larger system isolated severe storms producing tornadoes are possible. Read More »

How did Otto Warmbier die?

Why? To make a political point, to show the USA that this is what you get if you mess with North Korea. Spicer said Trump would be willing to meet Kim under the right conditions, but "clearly we're moving further away, not closer to those conditions". Read More »

Dashcam Footage of Police Officer Killing Philando Castile Has Been Publicly Released

Anthony Police officer. She started live-streaming on Facebook after the shots were fired, capturing Yanez yelling, "I told him not to reach for it!" and a bleeding Castile saying , "I wasn't reaching for it". "I wasn't reaching!" Castile says , moaning. Valerie Castile , the mother of Philando Castile , expresses her anger as she speaks to the media after a not-guilty verdict in the trial of St. Read More »

Rauner urges lawmakers to pass GOP 'compromise' budget plan

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Tuesday evening, Rauner gave a 3-minute made for T.V. speech in the same room where Abraham Lincoln made his "House Divided" speech. Lawmakers have until June 30 to reach an agreement before a new fiscal year begins. "And it provides a real path to property tax reduction", The first-term governor also said. The governor did not let reporters into the address and took no questions. Read More »

New York outlaws child marriage under 17

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Cuomo . Until the new legislation was signed Tuesday, children as young as 14 could get married with parental permission and written consent from a judge. Women who marry as teens are also more likely to develop psychiatric disorders and have decreased access to education and work opportunities. Children who marry sometimes are pressed or forced to do so by their parents. Read More »

Flights cancelled amid searing heat in south-western US

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Two outbound flights to Phoenix from the Santa Barbara Airport have been canceled due to extreme blanketing the region. A Tuesday afternoon update said that although the official forecast high in Phoenix was 120 degrees, debris clouds and a bump up in humidity could result in a slightly cooler observed high. Read More »

Officers in Seattle fatal shooting had crisis training

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Family members of Lyles questioned why police didn't use a non-lethal options when they knew she had mental health issues . One officer asks, "You said it was an Xbox that was taken?" On Tuesday, hundreds of demonstrators gathered for a vigil outside Lyles' apartment complex where she died Sunday. Read More »

Karen Handel wins 6th congressional district

Republican Karen Handel declared victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District with a promise that she'll work to gain the confidence of voters who backed her Democratic opponent. Her victory comes after Republican special congressional election wins in Montana , Kansas and SC. Democrats are zero for 4 in congressional elections this year, having earlier lost races to fill vacant seats in Kansas and Montana . Read More »