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Gov. Scott taps a friend and supporter as next financial chief

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Patronis, 45, backed Scott during his initial run for governor seven years ago when many in the GOP establishment were supporting then-Attorney General Bill McCollum in the primary. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry was seen as a top candidate, but he decided against seeking the job. A big question is whether Patronis will be able to run for the job in 2018 with no other Republican opposition. Read More »

Pennsylvania gerrymander gave GOP a big boost, analysis shows

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The state's congressional map was deemed unconstitutional and redrawn by order of federal judges in 2016, but legal challenges to redraw state House districts are tied up in appeals. The AP excluded state senate chambers from its state data because not all seats were up for election previous year. The national Republican State Leadership Committee, the force behind the party's surge in state legislative elections, attributes its victories to candidates who better represent their communities. Read More »

Crowd catches teen who fell from park ride

However, it remained closed Sunday while the park conducts an internal review, spokeswoman Rebecca Wood said. "Thank god she was there because maybe her neck would have got hurt". On their way toward the exits, his daughter Hayzel, 4, stopped to dance with Six Flags staff. They are just glad the girl is ok. A witness, Loren Lent , said the girl was hanging from a chair by just her arms and head. Read More »

Niki Lauda: Crazy' Sebastian Vettel 'freaked out' in Baku

Vettel believes Hamilton should have also been penalised for the incident, while Hamilton said Vettel had "disgraced himself" with his actions. In my opinion, the FIA should choose a retired grand prix driver, give him a proper salary, and a position that he is the authority. Read More »

Officer injured, San Francisco mall closed following fight

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A San Francisco police spokesman said calls came in around 6:43 p.m. reporting a large fight at the mall. Police did not immediately disclose the details of what led to the fight. According to the police, one officer sustained minor injuries when he was pepper sprayed during the fracas, and one juvenile was arrested. Rueca said a number of people have been detained. Read More »

Dershowitz: Trump Right to Challenge Mueller-Comey Friendship

Trump, of course, had been bluffing when he hinted that he had tapes of the Comey/Trump convos, and the impact of that dishonesty would have had no impact on the detailed journals Comey kept of the conversations. "With Trump saying maybe somebody else did taping, it makes me wonder are there tapes, did tapes exist at one point that have now been destroyed, are there tapes out there that he's aware of but that he didn't do himself". Read More »

Tripura Muslims pray for world peace ahead of Eid

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But much of the world had no such wait. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly rejected a request from his department's office of religion and global affairs to hold a Ramadan ( Eid al-Fitr) event. Reportedly, on the day of Eid , the national flag is hoisted at the top of public and private buildings in the country. He hoped that the teachings of Eid-ul-Fitr will inspire all in building a prosperous Bangladesh. Read More »

College professor fired in wake of Fox News appearance

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Essex County College's president announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Lisa Durden's appeared on " Tucker Carlson Tonight ". Durden, who did not mention the school she worked for during the interview, told NJ.com that she was abruptly suspended following her appearance on the show, only learning that she had to cancel her classes when she arrived on campus on June 8 to teach one. Read More »

Major cases, retirement rumors as high court term ends

The court has long maintained that the denominator analysis must focus on the " parcel as a whole ", but that cryptic instruction has left litigants and lower courts at sea. Most of the attention to this case in the national press has focused on the potential impact of a ruling against Wisconsin on Democratic candidates' chances of winning more House districts after the next round of redistricting, following the 2020 census. Read More »

Judge Declares Mistrial in Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial

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Cosby's chief accuser, Canadian Andrea Constand is thanking prosecutors for taking her case and in a statement and said the trial has given a voice to the many complainants who felt powerless and silenced. Cosby's career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the witness stand, and the prosecution's decision to pursue a second trial keeps him in legal limbo. Read More »

Republican senator has 'very serious' concerns on United States health-care bill

On repealing Obama's law, Trump seems to have a realistic chance to deliver. Here's how you're going to use your health care. "How frustrating is it to have former president Obama out there leading in the resistance?" "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said. Read More »

Senate Bill To Replace Obamacare Could Be In Jeopardy

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Now we know: they're defending it by lying. They have little margin for error, as NPR's Scott Horsley reports. McConnell, R-Ky., can not pass the bill if he loses more than two Republican votes. "It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it and come up with something that everybody's happy with, " Trump said in the interview . Read More »

Girl survives 7.5m fall from NY amusement ride

She was later taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center and was reported to be in stable condition with no serious injuries. The Great Escape told local reporters that "there does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review can be completed". Read More »

Police officer who killed unarmed black man Sam DuBose cleared of murder

But then later Friday, jurors returned to say they were still unable to find consensus, after almost 31 hours of deliberations. "We have given this extensive deliberation with opportunity for both sides to express their positions". "I didn't shoot to kill him". Alicia Napier, a civilian witness also testified that she was " 100 percent sure " that the auto moved after Tensing shot, according to the AP. Read More »

White House committed to anti-Russian sanctions - spokesperson

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that the Trump administration is "committed to existing sanctions against Russia " but is "still reviewing the new Russian Federation sanctions amendment ". Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee was initially hesitant to pass a new Russian Federation sanctions bill , but he played a key role in drafting the final language. Read More »

Trumpcare Will Bring Chaos to Health Care Market

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But the measure so far has failed to garner enough support to pass with only Republican votes - although the party has a majority in the Senate - after a handful of GOP lawmakers revolted. And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote and that's a awful thing. In addition, Susan Collins (R-ME) expressed reservations Thursday, and on Sunday said it would be "extremely difficult" for McConnell to "come up with a bill this week" that both she and Sen. Read More »

Quad Cities Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr

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Last week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a statement urging mosques and other event organizers to step up security measures at Eid celebrations this weekend. He mentioned about the United Kingdom terror attacks in the statement, which was strongly criticized by many in the Muslim community. Worshippers wear new clothes on Eid, visit their relatives and friends, and greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak. Read More »

Trump calls Obama a copycat for saying health bill is 'mean'

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But he said "it's going to be very hard to get me to a "yes" on the bill. The Senate's 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led by McConnell, aims to deliver on a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump to undo former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which has provided coverage to 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010. Read More »

SpaceX successfully completes back-to-back launch missions

SpaceX rocket launches will be in line with the IridiumNEXT, in preparation for the launches, the American aerospace manufacturer conducted a static fire test on June 20. It was the second previously flown booster to make a second flight. The engine re-ignited 52 minutes after launch, burning for just a few seconds to reach the required orbit. Read More »

Officials say Oklahoma elections not hit by Russian hackers

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At a forum hosted by the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday, Johnson responded to Trump's tweets but did not say whether he felt the president had twisted his words, adding that he would "leave that to the journalists". DNC officials have claimed that the offer from the DHS came months after the revelation of the hack and after the Federal Bureau of Investigation had begun their work in stopping the intrusion. Read More »

2 injured when USAF Thunderbird jet flips over on landing

Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova, left and Capt. Erik Gonsalves. Authorities say a military jet apparently practicing for an OH air show has been involved in an accident. Kenneth Cordova of Littleton . He flies jet #8, an F-16D Fighting Falcon, in the squadron. The Thunderbirds say more information will be released when available. Read More »

Bruno Mars wins his 1st BET Award for R&B artist

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She'll probably win again this year, but she will, at least, have some competition from Missy Elliott, Cardi B and Remy Ma . The 2017 BET Awards are set to be a star-studded night, and with Leslie Jones at the helm, it'll no doubt be a feel-good, amusing one as well. Read More »

US Republicans defy new healthcare bill

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Call your senators and ask them to consider the impact of any new bill on the health of our people and our economy. "We'll get it done, even if we don't have any help from the Democrats , we'll get it done." said President Donald Trump . Read More »