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National Spelling Bee gets down to final 4

Once there are about 10 spellers left, the competition will pause until the primetime finale. This was the 90th National Spelling Bee , an event celebrated on social media, shown on ESPN , and generally, something that serves as a true delight for even the most casual of word nerds. Read More »

At least one dead in explosion at Wisconsin plant


Police said one person was killed and two people were still missing as of Thursday morning. An email sent to the Associated Press by Vice President of Operations Derrick Clark at Didion said the cause of the blast remains unclear and affirmed the company's cooperation with local authorities. Read More »

Doctor Arrested At Trump Hotel On Gun Charges Due In Court


The Associated Press has reported that police received a tip that a Pennsylvania physician was on his way to the nation's capital with a carload of weapons, planning to visit the president. the date of the Oklahoma City bombing. Officials described Moles as cooperative with the investigation. The complaint says he told police that he was a recovering alcoholic who has been sober since 2013 and that he suffered from PTSD and medicated with marijuana instead of prescription drugs because the ... Read More »

The Most Misspelled Words by State: We're Wondering About Wisconsin

The results will determine the bee semifinalists on Thursday from among kids who correctly spell both their oral-spelling words on Wednesday. "The hard part for me is vocabulary". Spellers that advanced to the finals needed to have earned 29 points to keep the number of spellers in the finals under 50. If Rajeev is the last student standing, he would be the first Oklahoman to win since 1965, when Michael Kerpan Jr. Read More »

Anglers can fish without a license this weekend


LaChance says fishing is a big thing in the state. The goal is to boost the density of fish to keep up with the larger volumes of water . "If you haven't fished in Washington, or want to introduce fishing to someone new to the sport, this is the weekend to get out there", said Steve Thiesfeld, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife inland fish program manager. Read More »

Portland stabbing survivor speaks out, killer complains of suppression


Fletcher told the local NBC station on Tuesday that he was trying to come to terms with the tragedy. "I'm a kid from Portland". They recognised the truth: "we are more alike than we are different". Christian says he went to school through 9th grade, but passed the high school equivalency exam commonly known as the G.E.D. and took some community college classes. Read More »

Cleveland police fire officer who killed Tamir Rice


Former officer Timothy Loehmann was sacked "effective immediately" Tuesday after facing administrative charges that he gave false information on his job application to the Cleveland Division of Police, city officials said at a press conference. Read More »

James Comey Will Testify Before Senate

The Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday it would hear from Comey, who was sacked by Trump on May 9, first in an open session and then behind closed doors, which would afford senators a chance to discuss classified information. It resumes next Tuesday. The committee also approved subpoenas to the two men's firms, Flynn Intel Llc, and Michael D. Cohen and Associates PC, the committee statement said. Read More »

Defense wants talk of Castile's permit omitted


Yanez, 29, is charged in Ramsey County District Court with second-degree manslaughter for shooting Castile, 32, and two counts of risky discharge of a firearm for endangering Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds , and her daughter, then 4, who were in the auto. Read More »

Illinois lawmakers brace for missing key budget deadline

After the House adjourned, Rauner's campaign sent out a fundraising appeal signed by the Republican governor using familiar themes in bashing Madigan. "The need for this legislation was evident from the heartbreaking calls and e-mails that we have received over the years from frustrated transgender Illinoisans who say the outdated Illinois law prevents them from obtaining an accurate birth certificate", said Brian C. Read More »

Argentine great Roberto de Vicenzo dies


The 1967 British Open champion is best remembered for the 1968 Masters debacle, during which he signed an incorrect scorecard and finished second by one shot to victor Bob Goalby . He also won the 1974 PGA Seniors Championship. "But everyone remembers him for a mistake, not for what he did at the Open when he won". Nicklaus told the Associated Press that De Vicenzo was a "great friend". Read More »

Portland mayor asks federal government to revoke permit for 'alt-right' protest


The federal government has not yet issued a permit for a June 10 event. "Our community remains in shock and mourning", Wheeler said in his statement. "There will be speakers exercising their free speech, live music, flags, and an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom", the Facebook post for the event says. Read More »

House debating North Carolina budget proposal


The tax cuts Trump is proposing in the health care repeal plan - and likely his budget, when fully fleshed out - benefit the richest among us while cutting funds to fight poverty and insure lower-income Americans. Jeff Collins of Rocky Mount, voted against the budget. Whether it was full-day kindergarten, making Medicaid expansion permanent or setting aside more money to battle the opioid epidemic, the GOP majority stuck together and rejected more than 20 attempted amendments to the budget ... Read More »

National spelling bee victor takes prize with 'marocain'

The 12-year-old Fresno, California , girl, who attends Fugman Elementary School in Clovis Unified School District, first competed in the National Spelling Bee in 2016, qualifying out of the Fresno County Spell-Off that's sponsored by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools office in partnership with The Fresno Bee. Read More »

Portland stabbing attack survivor tells city's Muslim community they 'are loved'


Christian allegedly threatened other passengers as he got off the train. He wore a blue jail jumpsuit and didn't say anything other than to yell slogans. Christian was standing very close to Namkai-Meche when Fletcher stood up, too, the affidavit said. Fletcher then stood up and pushed Christian hard enough to make him stumble, the affidavit said. Read More »

After test, U.S. says missile defenses are outpacing ICBM threat


A Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor was sacked from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday afternoon. The MDA said its mission was to develop a missile defense system to defend the US, its deployed forces, allies and friends from limited ballistic missile attacks of "all ranges in all phases of flight". Read More »

Paris climate deal: European Union and China rebuff US President Trump


A formal withdrawal would take years, experts say, a situation that led European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to speak dismissively of Mr Trump on Wednesday. Obama's office released the statement in the middle of Trump's Rose Garden announcement that the United States would be withdrawing from the landmark climate pact. Read More »

Former TSA boss among candidates for FBI director

Trump tweeted this morning, as White House officials once more jabbed at the news media for using anonymous sources. His testimony could come as soon as next week. Fired FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify in public next week after having been " cleared for takeoff ", by Special Counsel Robert Mueller , a source close to Comey tells NBC News. Read More »

One dead, two missing after Wisconsin corn mill explosion


Sheriff Dennis Richards said at a press conference early Thursday that two people were still missing since the time of the explosion. There is no immediate word on what may have caused the blast. It is unknown how many were working in the plant Wednesday night. Power outages were reported in the area after the explosion, but electricity has since been restored. Read More »

Trump says US will abandon global climate accord

Donald Trump , who's written off climate change as a hoax and actively harmed conversation efforts, is preparing to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement . China had fought previous attempts by foreign governments to limit carbon emissions, claiming it should be allowed the same space to develop and pollute that industrialised nations had. Read More »

Pressure piles on Trump over climate deal


Under the Paris Accord , almost 200 nations agreed in 2015 to voluntarily cut greenhouse gas emissions in a landmark agreement to fight climate change . Both men have this week pressed Trump to stay on board. Scientists say the planet is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the U.S. Read More »

Tiger Woods Dashcam Footage Released


Dash cam footage shows him being cooperative with officers, but he apparently struggled to perform sobriety tests, such as tying his shoes, and walking in a straight line. He was then booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 7 a.m. Jail records indicate he was released from custody just before 11 a.m. Tiger Woods is one of the greatest athletes in the history of our country, but this week the pro golfer experienced one of the worst moments of his life. Read More »

Comey free to testify before Congress

The Senate Intelligence Committee issues two new subpoenas as part of the panel's investigation into Flynn , this time focusing on the former national security adviser's businesses, reports Politico. Comey's appearance would come as Mueller's investigation and staff is starting to take shape. After Comey's dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the Flynn probe during a February meeting in the Oval Office the day after Flynn was sacked for misrepresenting his ... Read More »