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Yates Blows Smoke ... Still No Fire

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Testimonies of two key former officials before a Senate committee that is investigating alleged Russian interference in the U.S presidential election previous year brought the issue into sharp focus again even as President Donald Trump termed the ongoing inquiry a "taxpayer funded charade". Read More »

Judge Overrules Prosecutor, Orders Charges Brought Against Conductor in Philly Amtrak Crash

The attorney general's office declined to comment. Eight people were killed and 200 others injured on May 12, 2015 when the Amtrak train from Washington , D.C.to Penn Station derailed in northeast Philadelphia . Though the National Transportation Safety Board had previously ruled that the derailment was caused by Bostian, of NY, when he lost " situational awareness " due to being distracted by the radio, the DA's office found on Tuesday that there was not enough "evidence sufficient to ... Read More »

1 dead in collision on Interstate 5 near Burlington

The northbound on-ramp from Bow Hill road was also closed. Cars stuck immediately behind the crash were eventually let through so that crews could remove the truck involved in the accident. Graham, 86, died at the scene around 5:20 p.m., the state patrol said in a report. Axtman says the motorist who caused the crash was driving south and crossed a grass median, hitting a northbound box truck head-on. Read More »

Mom of Ohio boy who killed himself vows he "will be heard"

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In a statement, a CPS media representative said the school district shared the "video with police investigators at the time of the incident". His devastated mum explained how her little boy took his own life after suffering at the hands of bullies and an OH coroner has now reopened the investigation into her son's death. Read More »

Senate holds key to better health care insurance

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United States president Donald Trump has urged Senate Republicans not to "let the American people down" as the contentious debate over overhauling America's health care shifts to Congress' upper chamber. Kim raised more than US$43,000 [NZ$62,000] online over the last week for a possible run. All 13 of the GOP senators reportedly involved in crafting the new bill are men; none of the Senate's five Republican women are members of the group. Read More »

Comey won't speak to Senate committee next week

Among a string of tweets sent out early Friday morning, President Donald Trump threatened to stop daily White House press briefings. Mr Spicer said he was not aware of any recording of the dinner with Mr Comey . A spokesman for Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said the details on the timing are still being worked out. Later Friday, a spokeswoman for committee chairman Richard Burr (R., N.C.) said Mr. Read More »

White House refuses to say whether Trump taped Comey talks

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon would not expand on or answer questions whether recording devices exist in the White House or whether Trump recorded conversations with Comey. The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the two top officials at the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Read More »

Companies urged to secure networks after cyber attack

Computers were infected with what is known as "ransomware" - software that freezes up a machine and flashes a message demanding payment to release the user's data. The malware was made available online on April 14 through a dump by a group called Shadow Brokers, which claimed a year ago to have stolen a cache of "cyber weapons" from the National Security Agency (NSA). Read More »

Amtrak Planning Six-Week Fix at Penn Station This Summer

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Another project will last 25 days from August 4 through August 28, to replace timber, tracks, signals and concrete. Commuters have endured five weeks of upheaval at Penn Station in the wake of two Amtrak derailments that led to emergency repairs, plus stepped-up maintenance that has taken tracks out of service at North America's busiest rail terminal. Read More »

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders crackdown on drug traffickers

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And Sessions made it clear that he wants this shift in policy to be immediate. Officials say Holder's "Smart on Crime" policy "convoluted the process", and left prosecutors applying the law unevenly, which they said "is not Justice". The NAACP released the following statement regarding the DOJ's decision to promote the use of mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes. Combined, those changes led to a steep decline in a federal prison population that now stands at just under 190,000, down ... Read More »

Amtrak engineer faces charges in fatal 2015 derailment

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has brought criminal charges against the engineer who was operating Amtrak 188 when it derailed, killing eight people and injuring over 200 two years ago. The ride from the train station in Philadelphia to the site of the derailment was 11 minutes. Other lawyers have called last year's NTSB report on the crash a "whitewash" and a 'quantum leap'. Read More »

Senate Can't Pass Methane Rollback So Interior Decides To Do It Anyway

Two months before leaving office, President Obama finalized a rule compelling energy companies to capture the methane they would otherwise burn off through on-site flaring. "Today's victory against Trump's plan to hand our public lands to Big Oil is a win for the American people". McCain reportedly was siding with GOP leaders Tuesday. Read More »

House Narrowly Passes the American Health Care Act, 217-213

The health care plan barely approved by Republicans in the House faces even more hard challenges in the GOP majority Senate, based on interviews with several senators. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the No. 3 Senate Democratic leader. The senators met to discuss divisions among Republicans on Medicaid cuts, their first session since the House squeaked its healthcare bill through on a 217-213 vote. Read More »

Grassley prods FBI director on Trump, Clinton investigations

Clinton said on Tuesday her election bid was derailed in part by Comey's announcement about the renewed probe of her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that, before he sent Congress a private message (immediately, and inevitably, leaked), one of his top aides asked: "Should you consider that what you're about to do may elect Donald Trump?". Read More »

Do we need an independent prosecutor for the FBI's Trump-Russia probe?

At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe contradicted White House claims that Mr Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file staff. "My decision", Trump told NBC's Lester Holt. "Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump", he wrote on Twitter. Read More »

US AG issues new criminal charging policy

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In 2013, Holder issued a memo instructing prosecutors to avoid charging certain defendants with certain mandatory minimum sentences in relation to low-level drug offenders. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' two-page memo to US attorney's offices across the country, calling for stricter criminal charges and sentencing, could harm those already behind bars. Read More »

President Trump Doubles Down on Idea of Ending White House Press Briefings

Trump fired Comey on Wednesday, setting off a slew of speculation and leaks over why the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - who had been disliked on both sides of the aisle - was sacked. While Democrats couldn't stand Comey when he reopened the email investigation into Hillary Clinton previous year, they changed their minds about him when he began an investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Read More »

North Korea supports dialogue with USA under right conditions

In response to questions about whether Pyongyang was also preparing to talk with the new government in South Korea, of liberal President Moon Jae In, she said: "We'll see". The U.S. president also assessed that the "North Korean situation is a very, very risky one for South Korea, for Japan, frankly for China and for the rest of the world". Read More »

Florida House loosens up on medical marijuana, but not to smoking it

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Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the soonest his chamber could consider the bill would be January, when lawmakers return for the second half of the biennium. Till spoke out against the amendment, saying the 1 percent tax was a "completely off-the-cuff number" that was not reviewed. "So now, doctors who care about keeping their licenses won't prescribe marijuana", Pollara says. Read More »

James Clapper destroys Trump's favorite talking point about the Russian Federation investigation

The US President has insisted Mr Comey, who he fired earlier this week, assured him at a dinner in January that he was not personally under investigation for collusion with Russian Federation before the election. Comey was sacked. "I don't know if there was collusion or not". "In fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost ... Read More »

Conductor to be charged with causing 'catastrophe' in deadly Amtrak crash

The man who was driving Amtrak train No. 188 when it flew off the rails in Philadelphia two years ago killing eight people and injuring 200 is now facing criminal charges , the Pennsylvania attorney general announced today. The report said Mr Bostian was distracted by radio communications about another train driver whose train had been hit by an object. This portion of track was not equipped with positive train control or even a less technologically-advanced piece of equipment that ... Read More »