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Donald Trump asked intelligence chiefs to sink FBI investigation

President Donald Trump asked the director of national intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency to push back against the FBI's Russia probe by publicly denying any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported on Monday. Read More »

22 dead in terror attack at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester


Talk about the spirit of a city is usually little more than chest puffing nonsense, as if some people's character changes because they live 100 miles away from someone else, but his values of hard work, tolerance, and respect, as well as a love for sport, were definitely forged in both post-war Manchester , then in Dundee through the 60s. Read More »

US plan to sell oil reserve shows declining import needs


According to a new report, the White House proposal also involves oil, and lots of it. The budget proposal said U.S. oil production has risen and the share of USA oil imported from OPEC countries has fallen sharply compared with the 1970s, so cutting the SPR in half "would very likely provide sufficient protection in the event of an energy crisis". Read More »

Josh Duhamel Hilariously Photobombs Cyrus Family Photos at the Billboard Music Awards


Noah Cyrus is 17-years-old now and is following in the musical steps of he big sister, Miley Cyrus . Cyrus released the single " Malibu " on May 11 and her sixth studio album is scheduled for release in July. "I wanted to do what I do since I was 4 years old and I've been doing it for 53 years", said Cher , who turned 71 on Saturday. The American singer has radically changed her way of life. Read More »

Berkshire Hills to move headquarters to Boston as part of latest acquisition


Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Round Hill Asset Management purchased a new stake in Berkshire Hills Bancorp during the fourth quarter valued at about $238,000. The firm's 50-day moving average is $36.09 and its 200 day moving average is $35.17. Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE:BHLB) opened at 35.60 on Tuesday. Read More »

Huge cuts to food stamps part of Trump's budget proposal


People who have worked at a company with 50 or more employees for at least a year enjoy the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, under the terms of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Republicans have generally been against such initiatives. The president's proposal will reflect priorities that "aren't necessarily ours", the Kentucky Republican said in a May 16 interview with Bloomberg News. Read More »

Palestinian President Reiterates Commitment to Peace Process


Abbas visited Trump in Washington earlier this month, and they both attended the summit in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, where Trump kicked off his first trip overseas as U.S. I am telling you - that's what I do - they are ready to reach for peace. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered remarks together shortly after the President visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the the Western Wall. Read More »

Nevada plans to allow mobile betting at Raiders new stadium


The NFL cannot step in and prevent fans from placing bets on their phones unless they can somehow shut out all fans from mobile carriers once within the stadium, and that will never happen. The only safe bet right now is that we will hear a lot more discussion on the NFL's sports betting policy in Nevada between now and the first game in Las Vegas for the Raiders in 2020. Read More »

No reports yet of South Africans affected by Manchester terror attack

The crowd was made up of mainly younger people who had come to see Grande in her first of three scheduled concerts in the United Kingdom, on her European and Latin American tour. My wife said, "I need to lie down". As I turned to the left there was an explosion. "I am surprised I got away so lightly". Some eyewitnesses said it happened in the foyer. Read More »

With Branstad resigning, top aide leaving state government


Branstad and Reynolds released the details Tuesday morning. She has not announced if she will appoint a lieutenant governor. "We're even more fortunate to have him represent the country and our great state on the world stage. "Throughout her tenure as a state senator and Iowa's Lt. Governor, Kim Reynolds has been a steadfast advocate for renewable fuels", said Monte Shaw, executive director of the IRFA. Read More »

Trump Asked Intel Heads to Counter FBI Investigation


Some Republicans sought to give Trump some political cover. President Trump asked two top USA intelligence chiefs to push back against the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign, the Washington Post reported Monday evening. Read More »

Iran's foreign minister scorns Donald Trump after Saudi speech, arms deal

You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours. "I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine". "[Trump] must enter into dialogue with them about ways to prevent terrorists and takfiris from continuing to fuel the fire in the region and repeating the likes of the September 11 incident by their sponsors in Western countries", Zarif wrote in an opinion piece published by the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed ... Read More »

Department of Homeland Security considers expanding laptop ban to more flights


The ban now applies to 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa . Any expansion of the ban could impact US carriers such as United Airlines UAL.N , Delta Air Lines Inc DAL.N and American Airlines Group AAL.O . Electronic device ban on flights: What next? Rumours that the US Department for Homeland Security will ban electronic devices from the cabins of aircraft flying from Europe to America have intensified. Read More »

TPP countries agree to explore options for trade deal without US

Ministers of the 11 TPP countries have asked for this work to be completed before they meet at the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting on 10-11 November 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam . Attempts to engage a larger membership may be motivated by obstacles preventing cross-border trade within their own region, Elms said. The US was against wording agreed to by the 20 other Apec countries that supported free trade and opposed protectionism, officials at the talks said. Read More »

Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts

The two congressional districts at issue in the Supreme Court case Cooper v. Harris . Later, as to the second district, Kagan wrote, "W$3 e uphold the District Court's finding of racial predominance respecting District 12". House seats compared to only three for Democrats. At issue was whether North Carolina's first and twelfth districts were racially gerrymandered. Justice Clarence Thomas , the court's most conservative justice, and its only African-American, cast the decisive ... Read More »

President Zuma joins world leaders in condemning Manchester Arena attack

The first victim of the attack has been named as 16-year-old Georgina Callander. Grande's role as Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon's high school sitcom "Victorious" propelled her to teen idol status, starting in 2010. "We just heard a bang". Another girl said everyone was "really confused". "There was this massive bang and a big cloud of smoke", a concertgoer told The Guardian . Read More »

Trudeau congratulates France's president-elect Macron on decisive win


She was openly critical of Marine Le Pen's score of 33.9 percent against Macron, reflecting the opinion of many critics of her aunt that a score of below 40 percent was a failure. Macron's 577 candidates in the elections are expected to be announced Thursday. Signs that the economic outlook is not as bleak as it has been may provide a breathing space for Macron and his team. Read More »

Trump asked NSA director to knock down FBI's Russia investigation

The Post story said a record of Trump's request to Rogers was in a memo from a senior NSA official - and that memo, as well as any that may be from the DNI's office, would be available to former FBI Director Robert Mueller , the special counsel appointed last week to head the Justice Department's investigation. Read More »

Supreme Court rejects businesses' challenge to Michigan tax


The U.S. Supreme Court refused to question a MI tax change that companies including IBM Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co. say will hit them retroactively with a $1 billion bill. Carlton .1 Carlton involved a retroactive change to the Internal Revenue Code, and whether such a change violated Due Process. IN officials said the appeals court misinterpreted the law. Read More »

Macron's march forward depends on next months election


In his Monday message to the newly-elected French president , Rouhani said under the aegis of positive mutual interaction and cooperation, Tehran-Paris relations would certainly witness more growth and boost in all fields of common interests in politics, economics and culture. Read More »

Bradley hits last-second shot as Celtics stun Cavs


The loss is Cleveland's first playoff defeat in 13 games. "I don't know how to phrase it other than that - we were playing way better", Boston coach Brad Stevens told reporters of the difference between Sunday's win and a 44-point loss in Game 2. Read More »

Under-fire Michael Flynn rejects Trump-Russia probe subpoena

Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, says documents in the committee's possession suggest Flynn "may have lied to security clearance investigators conducting Flynn's background check in 2016". Read More »