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Sunny and warm today, periods of heavy rain likely tomorrow


The moisture is connected to Tropical Storm Cindy , which made landfall before 5 a.m. Wednesday , 30 miles WSW of Lake Charles, Louisiana with 40 mph maximum sustained winds. Cooler weather will stick around for the weekend as temperatures cluster in the lower and middle 70s, but warmer weather returns by early next week as the mercury rebounds into the 80s. Read More »

Tornado warning issued for Harris, Meriwether counties


The third tornado struck the Madison County area around 5:50 p.m., causing minor damage to trees in the area. The National Weather Service reported a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Amite, moving northeast at 30 miles per hour. Read More »

'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prison


But Welch's contrition for buying into an empty conspiracy theory that has made life miserable for people who work at and frequent a popular neighborhood restaurant might not extend beyond the courtroom. In a court document filed ahead of the hearing, his attorney asked that he be sentenced to 1½ years in prison. The four-year sentence was much higher than the sentence of one-and-a-half years that Welch's defense requested. Read More »

Illinois Legislators Meet for 2nd Day of Budget Session


IL faces a massive loss of federal dollars used for transportation projects if Gov. Bruce Rauner does not sign a budget by July 1, Sens. Illinois Department of Transportation officials warned contractors last week construction jobs could be shut down because of the budget impasse. Read More »

Small GOP opposition puts Senate health care bill in jeopardy


In March, the Tax Policy Center modeled the distribution results of the American Health Care Act's tax provisions to find where the $992 billion in tax cuts would end up. The Kentucky Republican said the continuation of several of the 2010 health care law's regulations - a number of which the House wanted to allow states to waive - is a top concern. Read More »

Toomey noncommittal but upbeat about Senate health care bill

Four GOP conservative senators - Texas' Ted Cruz, Mike Lee of Utah, Kentucky's Rand Paul and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin - said the bill falls short of GOP promises to erase Obama's law and lower people's costs. If you've got preexisting conditions or rely on Obamacare's health insurance subsidies, the Senate version of the legislation is certainly "nicer"-though still not as "nice" as Obamacare itself". Read More »

State police bust driver with 'dummy' passenger


Nor did he stop when Trooper Kevin O'Brien waved him aside further down the road as well. Ultimately, the trooper located and stopped the driver a short distance away. The driver, a 44-year-old Reading man, is being cited for the HOV violation and failure to stop for a police officer. "Please remember", police wrote in a Facebook post. Read More »

Svitolina may withdraw from Wimbledon after Birmingham loss


I was late or too early. For Svitolina skipping Wimbledon will have serious consequences - past year in London Ukrainian in the second round lost to Yaroslava Shvedova, what brought the native of Odessa, only 70 points. Djokovic has not entered an official grass-court competition between the French Open and Wimbledon since 2010, instead opting for rest and the odd exhibition match. Read More »

Salem congressman Morgan Griffith was on Alexandria gunman's list


On a piece of paper, he had written the names of six members of Congress, but Slater said it didn't seem like a hit list . Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Ill., stashed 200 rounds of ammunition, a receipt for a November 2016 gun purchase and additional parts to the SKS 7.62 rifle he used at the ballfield, Slater said. Read More »

Supreme Court upholds convictions in 1984 murder

The justices, by a 6-2 vote, rejected the defendants' claims that prosecutors withheld evidence that would have made a difference in the outcome of the men's trial. Lawyers for the men said prosecutors did not turn over evidence implicating another man with a record of violent attacks against women as Fuller's killer. Read More »

Yellowstone grizzly bear protections to be lifted


As an avid backpacker, hiker and fisherman, I know firsthand the importance of conservation to Montana . This is a developing story and will be updated . Matt Bishop, a staff attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center, said the group plans to put forward a lawsuit. The states plan to allow limited bear hunts outside park boundaries. Read More »

China's efforts on N. Korea not working

It says his family objected to an autopsy. "Extensive" conversations with his treating physician took place, too. There will be more interviews and records reviewed. However, it said in a statement on its website yesterday that Mr Warmbier's death had "led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists". Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy comes ashore in southwest Louisiana

Cindy has not moved in the past few hours, the National Weather Service said, and is expected to strengthen some in the next 24 hours. They say swimmers ignored double red flag warnings for unsafe conditions and high surf. The center of the storm hit just south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, the National Weather Center's Hurricane Center said. The storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 40 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Read More »

US Senate Republicans release draft bill on healthcare


Democrats gathered on the Senate floor and defended Obama's 2010 overhaul. Those similarities could make it easier for Republicans in the Senate and House when they begin negotiations on one, unified bill that would head to the President's desk. Read More »

Los Angeles to Light Bat-Signal in Adam West Tribute


According to Deadline , Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck are set to light a ceremonial bat-signal for the late actor on Thursday (June 15) night. After speeches about West, including one from actor Burt Ward, who played Robin alongside West in the 1960s Batman show, the signal was projected onto the side of the building. Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy Brings Rain and Possible Flooding

The storm mostly passed west of New Orleans , which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In Alabama , a statewide emergency was declared by the Governor, referring to the National Meteorological Service's forecasts of a violent sudden flood that was possible on Thursday , as tropical moisture moved north to the state. Read More »

U.S. exiting climate pact may doom some small islands

The pact seeks to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. However in a letter titled "We Are Still In", filed on 6 June, hundreds of leaders of states, cities, universities and businesses pledging to continue their support for the Paris climate change agreement. Read More »

NYC man charged with trying to aid Islamic State group


US Prosecutors on Thursday charged Bronx resident Saddam Mohamed Raishani with attempting to provide material support to ISIS (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). He told the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation officer he'd contact him about travel arrangements, and said didn't care if he was arrested, "because Allah would know that he tried", according to prosecutors. Read More »

N. Korea Conducts ICBM Engine Test

News of the test came one day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China, Pyongyang's sole ally, to put more pressure on the North to rein in its atomic weapons and ballistic missile programmes. "At least I know China tried!" said Trump in a tweet earlier this week. "It is clear we are rapidly approaching a point of no return with North Korea, and there needs to be a global urgency to stop their development of nuclear delivery capability". Read More »

Bernie Sanders calls out Senate Republicans for secrecy surrounding health care negotiations

GOP senators have been divided over pivotal questions about dismantling and replacing chunks of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. I don't consider what they did mean , I just don't think it's gonna pass the Senate. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said the House measure would raise costs for many older and lower income people while causing 23 million people to lose insurance over a decade. Read More »

Charleena Lyles shooting: Police shouted 'get back' before killing pregnant mother

Seattle police have released video connected to the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman by two officers who responded to a burglary report at her apartment. They are under the care of other family members. Family members told The Seattle Times that two boys and a girl, ages 11, 4, and 1, were at home. She claimed an Xbox was taken from her apartment. Read More »

Senate Releases Health Care Bill


After the bill was released , Johnson said he wasn't sure it would go far enough. "And as in the House bill, young adults up to the age of 26 could stay on their parents' health care plans". Page 38 of the discussion draft stipulates that future enrollees of Medicaid can not be pregnant. "I have a hard time believing that we would have that in such a short period of time", Sen. Read More »

California AG bans state travel to Texas, 3 other states


South Dakota: Senate Bill149 was enacted March 10. Those states join North Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas and MS on California's banned travel list. This new law effectively bars California from spending any taxpayer money sending state employees or officials to certain states. Read More »