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Texas steroids bill could ban transgender prep wrestler


Efforts to save the bathroom bill will have to compete with other conservative priorities that have bogged down, including efforts to further restrict abortion in the nation's second-largest state. A spokesman for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that Stuart Bowen had committed a "serious and unacceptable lapse in judgment". The new bill would eliminate that. Read More »

Israel cuts funding to UNESCO

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday called on all countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem in response to a UNESCO committee's decision to pass a resolution critical of Israel. The resolution, tabled by Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Oman, and Sudan, was passed 22-10 with 23 abstentions at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Paris headquarters on Tuesday. Read More »

Explaining Comey's Firing Challenges White House Advisers


According to reports, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hid in the bushes to avoid reporters and their questions after news broke that President Donald Trump had fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey . The next White House press conference will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at an undisclosed underground cave guarded by wolves. Wednesday: "He did have a conversation with the deputy attorney general on Monday where they had come to him to express their concerns". Read More »

Man performed lewd act after stopping van in tunnel


When cops approached the vehicle, they found Esquilin removing his clothes and "performing a lewd act", Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said. When officers approached the van, which was still running, Esquilin was standing up inside it, removing his clothing and masturbating, police said. Read More »

Acting FBI chief declines to say if Trump under investigation

Rosenstein wrote a scathing memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday recommending Comey's immediate dismissal, a recommendation quickly taken up by President Donald Trump. The FBI investigation into alleged links between Russian Federation and the Donald Trump election team will carry on unimpeded by the sacking of its head, James Comey, his successor has said. Read More »

Famous Cubs fan escorted out of Wrigley with no proof of ticket


According to the Sun-Times, he says he was removed from the ball park during the 7th inning on April 19th, because he could not produce an e-ticket. "Anyone else you want us to let in without a ticket?" the Cubs' account tweeted in response to the Sun-Times' Friday cover picture of Wickers. Read More »

Clinton Believes Comey Was Onto Trump

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters it was her "understanding" Comey had been seeking more resources for his investigation into the tangled Russian Federation controversy. Republican leaders brushed off the idea as unnecessary. For all practical purposes, it would appear Trump just admitted to obstruction of justice - just like his deputy press secretary did during Thursday's press briefing. Read More »

More severe storms hit South

In Mississippi, officials were surveying the affected areas for storm damage, and as of Monday, the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi, had confirmed that four EF-1 tornadoes had been confirmed with Sunday's storms. At least 16 people have died, and authorities are still searching for two children in Arkansas swept away by floodwaters and now presumed dead. Dealership owner Randall Noe told reporters that none of his employees were on the scene when the tornado hit. Read More »

Senate Will Be the Real Fight for Republican Health Bill

At the last minute, $8 billion also was added to help people with preexisting medical problems who live in states that revert to letting insurers charge such customers higher rates. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The AHCA fulfills many Republican lawmakers' promises to undo major parts of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Read More »

Mass. charter school criticized for punishing students with braids, extensions


In a letter sent to student's homes by the school, interim school director Alexander J. Dan refuted the parents" claims, saying in part, "our Uniform Policy does not prohibit braids . When the teenagers arrived to school with their hair in braids , the sisters received detention. Robert Treston, regional head of the Anti-Defamation League, says he's concerned about the policy. Read More »

Ex-baseball star guilty of 14 counts of trading


DeCinces attorney, Ken Julian, indicated that he plans to file a motion for a new trial, although he declined to outline his arguments for doing so. Earn 1 CPE credit and learn about government's data center optimization strategy with analysis from Justice and State departments. Read More »

South Korea's new leader will engage North, reconsider THAAD

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday invited South Korea's new president to visit the White House after an election victory that could cause friction between the allies over how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat. "We are well aware of China's concerns and concerns about the deployment of the THAAD", Moon said. Last week Pyongyang's powerful ministry of state security said it had foiled a plot by the US and South Korean spy agencies to kill Kim using a biochemical ... Read More »

Man granted 2-year reprieve from deportation to Guatemala


Sen. While the latest reprieve is not permanent, it gives him "two years of unfettered relaxation" as he pursues asylum, O'Neil Baker said. Barrios' lawyer, Erin O'Neil-Baker, attributed the federal decision to grant a temporary stay of the deportation order to community pressure and appeals from Connecticut's congressional delegation. Read More »

Judge rejects effort to block Confederate statue's removal


A ruling Wednesday from an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge denied a request to block the removal of the Beauregard monument from City Park. According to The Advocate , a judge ruled Wednesday that the City of New Orleans owns all of City Park and can move forward with the removal of P. Read More »

What's the best market for first-time homebuyers?


Metros across America were ranked by several factors including number of available homes, cost of renting versus buying, and number of homes with price cuts. "Buyers in these areas will have to come up with more than $70,000 as a down payment". In Florida, though, many first-time buyers are eligible for downpayment assistance programs, including one through The Florida Hardest Hit Fund that pays up to $15,000 in downpayment and closing costs for residents of Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough ... Read More »

NCAA lacrosse tournament a sign of more parity


Razorbacks Coach Andy Jackson is 15-1 against Florida State in previous stops at Mississippi State and Florida ... Tech makes its third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Dwayne Hulquist is in his 18th year as the Seminoles' coach, so he was 1-11 against Jackson and Florida. "As each year goes by, there's more and more parity, so you know you'll have a good match, especially in that round of 32". Read More »

Alton Sterling state investgation to start


Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has made a decision to weigh criminal charges against the two white cops involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling. The Justice Department is expected to announce its findings at 2 p.m. EST today. Lee Wesley urged Broome to demand the release of body camera video from the officers that is expected to show what happened outside the Triple S Food Mart in the early morning hours of July 5 past year. Read More »

Trump admits he was lying about why he fired Comey

I was going to fire regardless of recommendations. But sources cited by CNN said that Rosenstein's alleged role in Comey's firing seemed out of place . "I look forward to receiving the IG's findings", Chaffetz said. "We'll see what happens", he said. But Stephen Colbert is pretty sure he knows Trump's motive. Read More »

Storms hit four U.S. states so far


A second death was reported Sunday, but details were not available. The severe storms and tornadoes that battered the South over the weekend have now claimed more than a dozen lives and scores more injured - as the central US braced for major to record flooding on Monday. Read More »

Former acting AG Yates claims she warned WH about Flynn's Russian Federation ties


General Flynn was a central adviser to the Trump campaign. "The onus is on the next generation to lead the party in the Trump era", said Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime Obama White House and campaign adviser. Flynn has requested immunity from congressional committees in order to testify about Russian Federation issues, but has not so far been charged or accused of a crime. Read More »