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Tropical Storm Cindy downgraded to tropical depression after landfall

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Although the storm will begin to peter out as the day goes on, it continues to wreak havoc and churn up seas from Texas' eastern coast to Florida's western shores. At 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, Cindy was about 45 miles (75 kilometers) south of Shreveport. Alek Krautmann of the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana, said Thursday's pattern would likely be much like Wednesday's: Bands of intermittent, sometimes heavy rain spinning onto the coast. Read More »

Obama: 'Fundamental Meanness' at the Core of GOP Health Care Bill

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a vote before senators leave Washington, DC for the Fourth of July recess. "I am very supportive of the Senate healthcare bill", Trump stated via Twitter on Thursday. But some Republican senators, as well as all the Senate's Democrats, have complained about McConnell's proposal, the secrecy with which he drafted it and the speed with which he'd like to whisk it to passage. Read More »

In Property Rights Case, US Supreme Court Sides With Government

United States, it correctly found that a criminal defendant who had virtually no chance to win at trial-absent jury nullifcation, which was our focus-was still prejudiced by (and entitled to a new trial due to) his counsel's wrong advice that he wouldn't be deported if he pled guilty. Read More »

Citigroup: Six Potential Long-Term Impacts of Qatar's Diplomatic Crisis

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As relationship dynamics in the Middle East shift, we asked professor Denis Sullivan , co-director of the Middle East Center at Northeastern, to explain the geopolitical impact of isolating Qatar and how the USA might respond. Qatar, which has developed an assertive foreign policy over the past decade, denied that it supports militants and said it was helping to reduce the threat of terrorism by backing groups that fight poverty and seek political reform. Read More »

Gunman kills man, woman sitting in parked SUV in Brooklyn

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According to the police report, the shooting occurred around 4:45 a.m. across from 865 Cleveland St. near Linden Boulevard in East New York. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Very broad street, there are a lot of cameras here. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce indicated Hannibal was likely the intended target since all the gunshots were directed at his side of the vehicle. Read More »

Day 5 of jury deliberations in ex-cop trial

This is the second time the case has ended in a mistrial - the jury was deadlocked in the first trial, which ended last November. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz presides over Ray Tensing's retrial at the courthouse in Cincinnati, Monday, June 19, 2017. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing US detainee Otto Warmbier

Pyongyang has called President Donald Trump a "psychopath", while he describes North Korea as a brutal regime . "North Korea needs to be held accountable for what happened to Otto Warmbier ", Portman said . Warmbier arrived home last week in a coma following more than 17 months in North Korean captivity. KCNA says the North dealt with Warmbier according to domestic law and worldwide standards. Read More »

Portman Has 'Real Concerns' About Medicaid Cuts, May Still Vote For Bill

He and others said the measure would make health insurance more affordable and eliminate Obama coverage requirements that some people find onerous. Both the Senate and House bills could weaken such control by the federal government. Some from states that have expanded the program have battled to prolong the phase-out, while conservative Republicans have sought to halt the funds quickly. Read More »

BMW X3 to debut on June 26

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The 2018 BMW X3 will be unveiled at BMW's plant Spartanburg, South Carolina where it will be built. Probably also heading for its proper public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the new X3 promises to be lighter, bigger, better equipped and even more appealing than the current model. Read More »

Lagergren, Stalter lead at BMW International Open

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Major champions Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson are poised to take advantage of any mistakes from joint leaders Joel Stalter and Joakim Lagergren following the second round of the BMW International Open. So it was hard to make putts. Just a couple little mistakes here and there. Stenson sat just one shot back after two rounds, courtesy of a round of three-under that featured just a single blemish. Read More »

Judiciary committee asks Lynch to disclose Clinton email conversations

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Grassley's announcement came just weeks after Comey testified that Lynch requested he downplay the Clinton-email investigation by referring to it as a " matter " rather than an "investigation". Comey made a decision to announce the investigation out of his concerns over Lynch's impartiality, including her spontaneous June meeting with former President Bill Clinton aboard a grounded plane, and based on the Russian intelligence document he suspected was fake. Read More »

North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

In its first public reaction to Warmbier's death, a Foreign inistry spokesman also tried to shift blame onto the administration of former president Barack Obama , blaming it for refusing to have a dialogue with Pyongyang and claiming it had never officially asked for his release. Read More »

MI airport attacker failed to buy a gun

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David P. Gelios, the F.B.I.'s special agent in charge, attributed the attack to Mr. Ftouhi's "hatred for the United States and a variety of other things". A Facebook account that appears to belong to Ftouhi indicates that he was born in Tunisia, where he studied in the faculty of humanities and social sciences at the University of Tunis. Read More »

Arab states present 13 point demands to settle Qatar crisis

Declare that it is cutting off ties with terrorist , sectarian and ideological organisations like the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham. Turkey is backing Qatar and has called for an end to the economic and diplomatic isolation of Doha , which has prompted Qatari citizens to stockpile goods amid fears food and water stocks would deplete as the country depends on food imports. Read More »

Ending guessing game, Trump admits there are no Comey tapes

Trump's claim that "virtually everybody agrees.there's been no collusion, no obstruction" is patently false. "The president's statement via Twitter today is extremely clear", she said, according to Bloomberg . Investigators will also weigh the credibility of Comey against a president who has shown a wobbly commitment to accuracy. In a very leading question, "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt asked Trump if Mueller, hired to investigate Russia's interference in the USA elections, ... Read More »

The least you need to know about the Senate healthcare bill

The bill also would repeal the mandate that employers provide coverage, so more people (in any income bracket) could also end up in that boat. At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not ideal, nor could it be the end of our efforts - and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as ... Read More »

Looking forward to making Senate healthcare bill 'really special'

After weeks of work behind closed doors, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the Senate Republican bill public this morning. "After seven or eight years, it just causes people to focus by saying, you're going to have to vote on it, and people are going to have to make decisions", McConnell's top lieutenant, Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Ky.), said Thursday, explaining why the draft was released. Read More »

Vermont US senators, governor oppose GOP health bill

Effectively ends the individual and employer mandates. Both bills would roll back the expansion and significantly overhaul the program, which provides insurance to almost 70 million people . Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more , visit http://www.npr.org/. Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs says he's disappointed by what he calls "the lack of resolve" to repeal former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act . Read More »

Republicans unveil Senate health bill, but lack votes to pass it

Those backing the partisan bill could push for a vote next week and need all but two of the 52 Republican senators to support it. But Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president at the consulting firm Avalere Health, says the bill bases its tax credits on lower-quality insurance."If you're paying a similar percentage of income, you're getting a less generous product under this new plan", she says. Read More »

Caught on tape: Dem official says he's 'glad' Scalise got shot

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Scalise, along with a Capitol Police officer, a Congressional aide, and a lobbyist were shot June 14th by left-wing activist James Hodgkinson during a team practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. "We obviously condemn any kind of violence, whether it's comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting", said party chairwoman Jane Kleeb . "Y is this so amusing tho?" "Wishing a Member of Congress or any individual dead is disgusting and has no place in our party", she ... Read More »

Donald Trump releases financial disclosure

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They're affiliated with Trump-branded developments in Canada and India. The document however did not reveal his net worth, which he had once claimed was $10 million. Last year, he reported earning $50,000-$1,00,000. And revenue at Trump's Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, climbed to $37.2 million during the 15½ month period covered by the report. Read More »

Serious crash on Route 8, near exit 35 ramp, in Waterbury

A 2013 Toyota Camry sedan had been traveling northbound on Route 202 when it was rear-ended by a 2002 Ford F250 pick-up truck. Route 73 has exit and entrance ramps from Route 8. Police confirm that two people have died in the crash. Watertown Avenue is closed at East Aurora Street because of the crash, along with the off-ramp. Read More »