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Mattis to decide troop levels in Afghanistan

Gen. Joe Dunford , Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, spoke at the same hearing with Mattis, and said Russian Federation and the US have a "competitive adversarial relationship", The Hill reported . Since April, six USA servicemembers have been killed in eastern Afghanistan, where the United States is working with Afghan forces to conduct counterterrorism operations against the Taliban and Islamic State forces there. Read More »

Trump says Comey lied, says he will '100%' testify under oath

Trump, when asked if he would be willing to give his own version of events under oath, responded "100 percent". Today, Mr Trump was coy when asked about the tapes , telling media at the White House press conference, "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time ", he said . Read More »

Stephen King says President Trump blocked him on Twitter

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He also joked: "I may have to kill myself". Immediately, prominent Trump critic and literary icon JK Rowling came to King's rescue and promised that she would keep him informed of the President's tweets. If Ivanka Trump had grown up in farm country, like some of us, she'd know her father is reaping exactly what he sowed. I'll DM them to you. People are unable to follow, see tweets or reply to tweets from the user that blocked them. Read More »

An Aussie fond of cheeseheads: Jason Day all in on Wisconsin

Price, who plays on the secondary Web.com Tour, will carry the clubs this week at Wisconsin's Erin Hills Golf Club after Flanagan bagged one of three 11th-hour starts from a sectional qualifier in Texas last week. And I feel like it's the same thing here. I get that it's thick and whatever, but it's a hazard. "That benefits a few guys, and luckily, I'm one of them". Read More »

North Korea releases US student held for 17 months

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He was last seen during his hour-long trial last March for "hostile acts against the state", and hasn't been in the public eye since. He will travel to OH where he will be reunited with his family. Fowle left a Bible in a local club hoping a North Korean would find it, which is considered a criminal offense in North Korea. That official traveled to Pyongyang Monday and, upon seeing Warmbier was in a coma, immediately demanded his release. Read More »

North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier, secretary of state says

The parents of the 22-year-old college student said he is on a Medivac flight on his way home. Yun and two doctors visit Warmbier that morning marking the first time the U.S. "Out of respect for the privacy of Mr. Warmbier and his family, we have no further comment on Mr. Warmbier". Rodman had nothing to do with his release, the source added. Read More »

Sessions to face sharp questions on Russian Federation contacts

The attorney general also said he did not remember a " third meeting " or conversation with Russian officials previous year - beyond the two that he has acknowledged as part of his role as a then-senator. Comey discussed a host of issues surrounding Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, though his remarks also raised questions that were directed at Sessions on Tuesday. Read More »

Cosby defense rests case; comedian doesn't testify

Instead, his team called one brief witness - Cheltenham police Sgt. Richard Schaffer, the lead investigator in the case who testified for the prosecution last week. Cosby's defense attorneys argued that his sexual contact with Constand was part of a consensual relationship between the two. And all along, they said Constand was a willing romantic partner. Read More »

Tillerson: North Korea releases US citizen from Ohio Otto Warmbier

A U.S. student freed from a North Korean jail has been in a coma for more than a year, his parents have said. Warmbier's release leaves the American prisoner count in North Korea at three. There, Yun learned about Warmbier's "condition", the White House official said. "North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior". Read More »

Trump Lawyer Reportedly to File Complaint Against Comey Over Shared Memos

And he said multiple times that he choose to take detailed notes about his interactions with Trump because he anxious the White House and President would lie about them if he didn't. Asked by a reporter if he had told Mr Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Flynn, Mr Trump said: "I didn't say that". Read More »

Melania Trump and son Barron move into the White House

Sure you are, Melania - those wistful memories of feeling the sun on your skin, hearing the wind in the trees, and not having monstrous bat wings sprouting from your back. The New York Post warned of a potential "traffic apocalypse" if they did not make the move. She also faced criticism for not officially taking up the role of the first lady while Ivanka was by her father's side on most occasions. Read More »

$447.8 million Powerball jackpot winning ticket sold in Riverside county

It was not immediately known where the ticket that will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in USA history was sold, according to Powerball spokesman Randy Miller . A Powerball ticket costs $2. The store is located in the midst of Sun City, a retirement community off Interstate 215 in Menifee, about 70 miles north of San Diego. Read More »

Trump rips appeals court and media in morning tweetstorm

Monday's unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel keeps in place the injunction on provisions of the executive order dealing with the travel ban and restrictions on the refugee program, but vacates the part of the injunction that prevented the government from moving ahead with internal reviews of visa vetting processes. Read More »

Bill Cosby 'in good spirits' as he awaits trial verdict

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The jury at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial deliberated without reaching a verdict Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that already has helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian's good-guy image. Read More »

McCain slams Pentagon for Afghan policy delay

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The statement was included in the defen e secretary's prepared opening statement, five months after Mattis identified Russian Federation as first among threats facing the United States . Mattis, when pressed again about the plan, said getting a government-wide strategy can't be done quickly, and that there are ongoing efforts to ensure North Atlantic Treaty Organisation participation so that it's "not all on the backs of American taxpayers". Read More »

Supreme Court Gets Ready to Look at Travel Ban Case

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Like it or not, after recent events in Europe and predictions of incipient terrorism in the United States, much hangs in the balance. Judges Michael Hawkins, Ronald Gould and Richard Paez - all appointed by President Bill Clinton - said the travel ban violated immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality when it comes to issuing visas and by failing to demonstrate that their entry would hurt American interests. Read More »

UVA fraternity, Rolling Stone agree to settlement

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But the published story, based on the account of a female student identified only as "Jackie", was ultimately discredited as the magazine admitted it never sought comment from the seven men accused of the alleged rape. Eventually, additional reporting, primarily by the Washington Post , revealed that no aspect of the gang rape reported in the Rolling Stone story was true. Read More »

Officer who killed black motorist to take the stand Friday

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It works almost 100 percent of the time-even with clear video evidence-so it's no surprise that the police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile said , " I thought I was going to die ", to explain his actions on that fateful day. "My wife. My baby girl", he said, according to NBC-affiliate KARE 11 . A St. Paul firefighter at the scene testified that he heard Castile's gun fall out of his pocket and "clang" on the ground. Read More »

Northam wins Democratic nomination for Va. governor

Despite the support of the state party's establishment and elected leaders, Northam began the race ahead of Perriello and has since steadily fallen behind . While he may not have the high-profile endorsements of Northam, experts say he's attracting the same group that aligned with Sen. On the Republican side, former George W. Read More »

Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee

But the revelations prompted Sessions to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March.Sessions is likely to be asked whether he played a role in Trump's decision to fire Comey. As for his role in Comey's firing, Sessions told senators that he and his second-in-command, Rosenstein, had a "clear view. that we had problems there, and it was my best judgment that a fresh start at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the appropriate thing to do". Read More »

Jeff Sessions' testimony is first chance to check Comey's version of events

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James Comey was in his New Jersey hometown of Allendale with his father on Sunday, days after testifying before a Senate panel on his meetings with Trump. Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesman, disputed that account and said that Sessions replied to Comey and said he "wanted to ensure that he and his Federal Bureau of Investigation staff were following proper communications protocol with the White House". Read More »

Trump says healthcare reform push may need additional money

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John Thune of South Dakota, adding that Republicans can't move to other aspects of their agenda before they pass reform. Trump's lunch included a number of more moderate Republicans, including Sens. The House bill would also cap federal money for state Medicaid programs and set the baseline for that by looking at programs as they stood in 2016 - a year in which other states' expansion of Medicaid was in effect. Read More »