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With tough sentencing policy, Atty. Gen. Sessions pledges redoubled war on drugs

In particular, defendants charged with drug offences - 1 in 5 of those incarcerated are there for a drug charge - would be given a lighter sentence if they were not part of a gang, cartel, or trafficking organisation. Yet Sessions, in a memo to federal prosecutors , defended tough drug sentencing as "moral and just", arguing that it provided consistency within the criminal-justice system. Read More »

Police chief, 2 nursing home employees killed; gunman dead

In honor of Kirkersville Police Chief Steven E. Disario, who was killed in the line of duty May 12, 2017 . The active shooter situation was first reported around 7:30am Friday in the 200 block East Main Street in Kirkersville at Pine Kirk Care Center . Read More »

4 dead in OH nursing home shooting

Asked to comment on what led to Friday morning's shooting, Thorp said investigators were still trying to find a connection between the nursing home and the un-named shooter. The Ohio nursing home shooter has been "neutralized", according to WLWT News . Kirkersville is a village in central OH with a population of around 500 that is around 24 miles (39 km) east of Columbus . Read More »

Trump and the White House Can't Get Their Comey Stories Straight

The White House also shifted its stance on whether Comey's termination had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, at first saying it was not linked. It's unclear whether Rosenstein was aware his report would be used to justify the director's ouster. Schumer also wants to know about the circumstances that led to Rosenstein's memo, "Restoring Public Confidence in the Federal Bureau of Investigation", which recommended the removal of Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation ... Read More »

Man drowns in Geneva Lake; had been kayaking, police say

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The fire department said he had been kayaking with a woman when their kayaks flipped over. A woman was rescued by a passerby and made it to shore. Search teams from northern IL and southern Wisconsin looked for the victim. CPR was initiated but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The two were not wearing flotation devices, fire officials said, and the water temperature at the time was 54 degrees. Read More »

Democrats outraged at timing of Comey's firing

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McCabe's testimony contradicted the White House on two key points. He added that "to date" there had "been no effort to impede our investigation". "Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and still does to this day". Read More »

State commission rejects UO's planned tuition hike

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Under state law, the UO can raise tuition only up to 5 percent a year without state approval. A decision to increase tuition at Oregon Tech has been upheld by the state, with the increase expected to go into effect this fall. The commission's staff had recommended approving the UO's 10-plus percent increase plan and said the university adequately reached out to students. She said she was surprised to hear the decision because she thought it would be similar to the UO Board of Trustees ... Read More »

Reporter says question, not conduct got him arrested at state Capitol

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Heyman defended himself on Tuesday, telling reporters that he believed he did not acted out of line and was instead just doing his job, "seeking to ask Price whether domestic violence would be considered a preexisting condition under the Trump administration's proposed health care overhaul", according to Stat News. Read More »

1 in 5 voters approve of House Republicans' revised health care plan

Win or lose, the effort is one example of the flashpoints GOP senators face early in their closed-door effort to deliver a top priority for themselves and President Donald Trump: scuttling much of Obama's law. Certainly all us "losers", as well as those with any compassion for the less fortunate, should be calling Senator Daines immediately, asking for him to work on a Senate bipartisan fix to the current ACA that works for all Montana's citizens. Read More »

Trump has now admitted he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation

It's very hard because you start off at such a disadvantage. Since the election, Comey has publicly confirmed that there was an ongoing FBI investigation into Trump associates and collusion with Russian Federation; he disputed under oath the president's baseless claim that President Barack Obama ordered his team to be wiretapped; and on May 3, Comey said before Congress that he was "mildly nauseous" that he may have swung the election after coming forward days before the election to ... Read More »

Former LA County sheriff gets 3 years in prison

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for obstructing a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights violations at the jail that Baca supervised. Baca had originally pleaded guilty to a single count of lying to federal investigators in a deal that would have required no more than six months in prison. Read More »

4 dead in Ohio nursing home shooting

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In addition to Disario, the two other victims have been identified as Marlina Medrano and Cindy J. Krantz, 43, both of whom were employees at the nursing home. Kirkersville Elementary School was closed for the day after sheriff's office officials asked the district to put the school on lockdown, said Southwest Licking Local School District office secretary Cindy Pickering. Read More »

GOP health care bill moves on, for now

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He insists a bill the House passed to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law provides sufficient coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions. Major medical and other groups, including the American Medical Association, opposed the House bill. Another target is Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of conservative Republicans whose objections to an earlier version of the bill helped scuttle a House vote scheduled for late March. Read More »

President Pence accidentally hits boy in the face

While crowding around with a bunch of the military families and kids for a photo opportunity, Pence accidentally bopped the kid in the face. Huffington Post edited the full exchange and you can see the kid's startled and betrayed expression as Pence's arm connect with his nose at the 00:06 second mark. Read More »

US Justice Department orders tougher criminal punishments

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The new policy revokes Holder's previous guidance to prosecutors to not specify the quantity of drugs in the charges they brought to avoid triggering mandatory minimum sentences - provided the defendant did not have a significant criminal history, was not violent, or was not a leader of an organization or tied to a gang. Read More »

ACLU slams Sessions' policy on tougher charges

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The Obama policy shift coincided with U.S. Sentencing Commission changes that made tens of thousands of federal drug prisoners eligible for early release, and an Obama administration clemency initiative that freed convicts deemed deserving of a second chance. Read More »

Sessions' predecessor slams sentencing policy

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Eric Holder says Sessions is ignoring bipartisan support for sentencing changes in telling the nation's federal prosecutors to charge the most serious crimes against most suspects. But in his speech Friday, Sessions asserted that the policy change is aimed not at low-level drug users, but rather drug dealers and traffickers. While the policy leaves room for prosecutors to exercise "good judgment" in sparing some defendants the most severe punishment when making indictments, such deviations ... Read More »

Trump on Comey 'tapes': 'I can't talk about that'

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That is according to an aide to the committee's chairman, Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. Comey had been invited to testify before a closed session in the wake of his controversial firing by President Trump earlier this week, but declined to do so. Read More »

Murder charge dropped in death of woman with missing girl

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Citing an "ongoing and very active" investigation, Lemon declined to elaborate what led to the decision to drop the charges against Bright. Iyana Lowery, 8, went missing after Ella Shantrica Lowery's body was found on May 5th inside a home in Bennettsville, SC. Read More »

Read James Comey's Goodbye Letter That Unmistakably Takes The High Road

And despite the turmoil at the bureau this week, McCabe told Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California that there will be no pause in the Russian investigation. "I love the FBI", he said, adding that he wants the investigations to be done properly. Chuck Schumer, the Democrat leader in the Senate, said Mr Rosenstein's reputation as an "independent, apolitical actor" was at risk unless he begins sharing details of how the decision to fire Mr Comey was made. Read More »

Hughes. McGirt tied for Players lead

It was pretty good stuff on that first nine and, although I would have liked to have finished under par, the game's great. It's been a busy week and at the beginning I wasn't really in the tournament . Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, withdrew after playing the back nine (his front), citing back pain. "It's also a course though that it is going to, you're going to make a lot of bogeys and doubles, unfortunately, I did that today, too, but the way the changes have come out, it is - ... Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation boss James Comey defends pre-election Clinton email announcement

Comey said he couldn't consider that when making the call. "If I did something wrong, I want to hear that'". The highest-ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee, Rep. Republicans on the House Russia investigation noted that during Comey's last visit, there were nearly 100 instances when he said he could not answer their questions - something they hope will change in the private setting. Read More »

Texas steroids bill could ban transgender prep wrestler

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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 »