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US National Spelling Bee Contest: 12-Year-Old Girl Wins $40k Prize

Julie Sisson, enrichment aide at Petoskey Middle School, said the school was amazed at how well Anna did in the contest. "There are 11 million contestants in spelling bees across the country", Connor said. Cheirotompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte were among the words the two spelled correctly during the round. Fuller had everyone on the edge of their seat as she asked the judges, "Will you please give me the language of origin?" and "Are there any other pronunciations?" before ... Read More »

Shooting In Virginia Wounds Congressman, Staff Member & Officers

Without the officers, the other unarmed lawmakers and staffers who scrambled for cover would have been defenseless until police arrived three minutes after the 911 call. Then many more shots, and Capitol Police returned fire. "Right now everyone is focused on praying", Bond said. Multiple people were injured in a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning. Read More »

Hot With Storms Possible Across NE Oklahoma

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As of this post, these storms have not formed. The confidence for this possible formation also remains quite low. Later this afternoon and evening, additional storms are likely to develop across south central Kansas and part of north central Oklahoma. Read More »

Alleged Congressional Baseball Game Shooter Was Trump Critic, Sanders Fan

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The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they played baseball raged against US President Donald Trump on social media and idolised Bernie Sanders , whom he saw as the only politician who understood the working class. She said the shooting "went on for quite a while". The Washington Post reported that Hodgkinson campaigned for Bernie Sanders during his run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Read More »

Sanders condemns shooter who volunteered for his campaign, GOP blames Dems

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James Hodgkinson , the left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter who shot at Congressional Republicans during their early-morning baseball practice on Wednesday, had a troubled history of domestic violence . Bost said his office has received 10 calls from the man, who was identified as James Hodgkinson , 66, of Belleville . In those letters, he wrote things like "I have never said life sucks, only the policies of the Republicans " and "It's not the Grand Old Party anymore". Read More »

Congressman, Several Others Shot near Washington

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Hodgkinson had an IL firearm identification card and a concealed carry license in the state, which would have allowed him to legally obtain a weapon in IL, according to a local law enforcement official who requested anonymity. "I never thought this would happen", Walsh said. Such violence, he said, has no place in USA society. "But be respectful and kind, and stop the hateful, hateful rhetoric that I see coming out of politics, of Congress". Read More »

Trump Breaks Welcome Twitter Hiatus, Finally Comments On Comey Testimony

Trump met with Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov the day after Comey was sacked and said that a "great pressure" around the investigation had been "taken off". Comey said he always tried to be "open and fair and transparent and accurate". "The Russians interfered", Comey stated firmly. Richman had confirmed on Thursday that he was the friend Comey testified who had discussed the memos with the media. Read More »

Donald Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports

The meeting comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller . After Mr Comey's testimony , Mr Trump said he had been vindicated because his former FBI director confirmed telling Mr Trump on three occasions that he was not under investigation. Read More »

Virginia shooter posted anti-Trump content on Facebook

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A judge later returned the teen to the custody of IL welfare officials and awarded guardianship to the Hodgkinsons' neighbor, the Post-Dispatch reported. The tweet also said the suspect is in custody "and not a threat". U.S. Sen. John Boozman said he was praying for police and the victims. Texas Rep. Read More »

President Trump details one trillion dollar infrastructure plan

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Trump didn't mention any specific projects by name - such as Cincinnati's Brent Spence bridge, which he vowed to replace while campaigning for president a year ago. But shortly after 9 a.m., the White House issued a new schedule that indicated, just like the first two days of "infrastructure week", there were other things on Trump's mind. Read More »

Tyson Employee Among Shooting Victims

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Tim Walberg of Tipton, as a senior legislative assistant. Walberg, who is from the state's southeast side, on Wednesday expressed his prayers for Mika's recovery, among other lawmakers who came to know Mika over the course of his political career. Read More »

Trump decries shooting of top Congressman

Ryan, the House speaker, is reviewing rules on how rank-and-file lawmakers can increase their personal security, according to several lawmakers. PAUL RYAN: We are united. Wednesday's attack was the first shooting of a member of Congress since January 2011, when Democratic Representative Gabby Giffords was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt at a gathering of constituents in Tucson, Arizona. Read More »

Gunman kills three, self at San Francisco UPS facility

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Toia said he was able to tell Lefiti he loved him. "Always happy", Mr Miggins said. By late afternoon, friends had set up a memorial to Lefiti with flowers and balloons at a local supermarket near the UPS warehouse. Neighbor Raymond Deng said he heard up to eight rapid gunshots. "I saw police officers go up from the ramp and then storm the buildings", he said. Read More »

Warriors consultant Steve Nash won his first National Basketball Association championship

According to Warriors PR , Durant's stellar performance in the series has also made him just the second player to garner the NBA Finals MVP alongside Hall of Famer Michael Jordan while averaging some eye popping numbers. Warriors fans had to suffer through watching their team blow a 3-1 series lead a year ago. "And I did that from day one, and I just tried to stay with that". Read More »

Mueller probing whether Trump obstructed justice

A presidential spokeswoman responded with a qualified endorsement Tuesday: "While the president has the right to (fire Robert Mueller), he has no intention to do so", Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to a reporter's question. But Comey was kept on for months after they were both confirmed. He then wondered why none of his Democratic colleagues have asked this question: "Did Donald Trump or any of his associates in the campaign collude with Russian Federation and hacking [DNC] emails and ... Read More »

GOP Offers 'Compromise' State Budget with Familiar Reforms

It was a familiar refrain Wednesday with Republicans presenting an outline for a four-year property tax freeze, term limits and pension reform , among other things. Budget Bill: Comprehensive budget proposal that includes real spending cuts and a four-year spending cap, while providing funding to state agencies like the Department of Human Services to care for our state's most vulnerable and the Department of Transportation to continue important infrastructure projects. Read More »

Congressional Baseball Shooter Had A 'Disturbing' History On Social Media

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The suspect in the congressional shootings , James T. Hodgkinson , was from the Belleville area. Later, after learning that Hodgkinson had apparently backed his candidacy, Sanders added to his statement. Hodgkinson was fatally wounded in a gun battle with U.S. Capitol Police officers present in the park to provide security for Scalise, and responding officers with the Alexandria Police Department. Read More »

Congress gunman raged against Trump online

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Representatives and senators who were at the Congressional Baseball Game practice in Alexandria during the shooting Wednesday morning describe a scene reminiscent of combat and say that the leadership position of one of the players may have been what saved their lives. Read More »

Texas congressman's staffer among those wounded in shooting

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Press Secretary Sean Spicer describes the scene in the intensive care unit as "emotional". The Trump brought flowers for Scalise's wife and for Griner and spoke to both of their families and hospital doctors. Rep. Steve Scalise , R-La., House Majority Whip and third in leadership. President Donald Trump planned to pay a visit to the United States congressman who was critically wounded Wednesday at baseball practice outside Washington , a White House official said. Read More »