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Texas judge finds ex-day care owners innocent of abuse

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But Lehmberg declined to conclude that the Kellers were "actually innocent" - leaving the responsibility to her successor, D.A. Margaret Moore, who finally concluded this week that "no credible evidence exists that inculpates the defendants" and that the Kellers "are actually innocent of the crime for which each was sentenced". Read More »

London high-rises fail safety tests after Grenfell fire

A social housing provider in Liverpool also announced it had made a decision to remove cladding from two of its high-rise blocks as a precaution, following Government tests. "I'm going myself back to the blocks to knock on doors and have those conversations", she told BBC television of her efforts to convince residents to leave. Read More »

Tallest building west of Mississippi River opens in LA

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A ribbon-cutting was held Friday for the Wilshire Grand Center. In fact, he said he didn't realize that the height of the Wilshire Grand - 1,100 feet - would set a new record until an L.A. Construction work on the tower was shut down for two days a year ago when an electrician killed himself by jumping from the 53rd floor. The building construction provided about 11,000 jobs. Read More »

Senate bill sacrifices health care for tax cuts

American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference. The numbers aren't in, so we don't know how much the Senate "repeal and replace" healthcare bill plans to cut from Medicaid , but the bill passed by the House takes an $880 billion bite out of the program over ten years, and indications are the Senate bill bites down even harder. Read More »

Top Senate Republican: Obamacare Repeal Vote Is 'Going To Be Close'

Ted Cruz, Utah Sen. The senator said that the Senate must act quickly, identifying August 1 as the hard deadline for Senate passage of the bill, according to Politico . The House of Representatives has passed a measure similar to the Senate plan . The Trump administration is reminding the Republicans that the Senate bill fulfills several 2016 campaign promises. Read More »

Narendra Modi US visit

They will look to expand ties on defense and fighting terrorism, but strains are likely on trade. After their meetings, Modi and Trump will make statements in the Rose Garden. Trump and Modi share a populist streak and a knack for social media, but their economic nationalist agendas could clash. Relations between India and the United States were generally cool until the 1990s but they warmed under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, as India sought greater foreign investment and trade ties. Read More »

No country questioned India's surgical strike: PM Narendra Modi

So pictures of Trump and Modi together are worth a wait, as they stand shoulder to shoulder. One similarity, though, is hard to miss - their distrust of mainstream media. "I think Trump is a copy of Mr Modi", 45-year-old IT Teacher Sanjay Saha tells the ABC. Speaking on the counter-terrorism offensive carried out by India in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in September 2016, Modi said: "The surgical strike demonstrated that India, which normally follows restraint, can also defend its ... Read More »

Tillerson: Some demands on Qatar very hard to meet

Tillerson called on all parties to lower their rhetoric and to seek unity in the fight against terrorism . Mr Erdogan said the list of demands were "disrespectful" and "an attack on Qatar's sovereign right". "The airspace , land and sea of our country will always be open to Qatar as a brotherly and neighboring country", Rouhani said. Qatar has said it will not comply with the demands ahead of the 3 July deadline, and it is not clear what the Saudi response will be when it passes. Read More »

Tourist boat sinks near Colombian city

Rescuers wait at the dock after a tourist boat sank with 150 passengers onboard at the Guatape reservoir, Colombia . The passengers who were rescued said that the boat was most likely overcrowded and that many people were not wearing life vests. Read More »

Tourist boat capsizes in Colombia: 6 dead, 31 missing

Passengers are seen onboard the tourist boat Almirante in the Reservoir of Penol in Guatape municipality in Antioquia on June 25, 2017 . "Those on the first and second floors sank immediately", survivor Lorena Salazar told local media. Read More »

LA Lakers Pick Lonzo Ball In Draft Pick

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Without further ado, I present the winners and losers of the National Basketball Association draft. In an essay for the Player's Tribune , Fultz documented his thought process in the days leading up to the draft when he learned the Boston Celtics traded the No. Read More »

Family-filled celebrations as thousands gather for Eid

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MIDDLE EAST- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called for peace in the war-torn country on Sunday as the nation's Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the closing of the fasting month of Ramadan . The Islamic Center of Southern California is hosting an Eid celebration in Pasadena and the New Horizon school in L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhood is also hosting a Sunday morning celebration. Read More »

US Supreme Court limits rights of property owners

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Croix River. The court also will rule on the constitutionality of the federal policy that allows immigrants facing removal proceedings to be detained indefinitely - a rule the Obama administration urged the court to uphold. Drawing up political districts is, by its very nature, a political exercise by the legislative branch. States are entitled to at least one. The district court agreed with the challengers that the map was drawn for partisan reasons and resulted in "wasted votes". Read More »

White House forgoes Iftar for first time in two decades

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Muslims across the globe observe fast from dawn to dusk, in order to prove their devotion to God and also to feel the pain of the less privileged people. In a statement to congratulate Muslims on the completion of their mandatory 30-day fasting ahead of the Eid celebration, the party expressed hope that Muslims will intensify their supplications and good deeds after the period. Read More »

Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe

Monday marked the fifth day of deliberations for the jury, which had the choice between saying McCarthy was not guilty, guilty of murder in the first degree, guilty of murder in the second degree or guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He called her a "monster" who made up a "web of lies" to put the blame on McCarthy. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, Bond is expected to be released after McCarthy's trial, serving less than two years in jail. Read More »

UK to test hospitals and schools for flammable cladding

He also dodged questions over how numerous families who had lost their homes have been relocated so far. Pressed on the issue again, Sharma would only say: " There have been a couple of hundred households that have been affected by this, that we are talking to ". Read More »

Swede Held by Al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 Freed: Swedish Govt

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The trio were kidnapped by a group of armed men on the terrace of their hotel along with several other Westerners, including Rijke's wife who managed to escape. The Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the question of a ransom. The extremists were forced from their strongholds in 2013 by a French-led operation but continue to launch attacks on peacekeepers and Malian forces. Read More »

Adjunct who posted about N. Korea detainee won't be rehired

North Korea claims Warmbier had botulism then took a sleeping pill and never woke up, but said in the statement that their doctors brought him back to life after "his heart had almost stopped". She also posted that Warmbier behaved like a "spoiled, naive, arrogant US college student who never had to face the consequences of his actions" while he was in North Korea. Read More »

Trump coaxing Senate health bill holdouts to get in line

Trump, in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday morning, called the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good people". "We have a few people that are I think, I could say modestly, they're not standing on the rooftops and screaming". Read More »

In Somalia, the militants took hostages in the pizzeria

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Ambulance worker Abduqlakadir Abdullahi Abdi said he refused to leave the site as the standoff continued into the night, deciding instead to wait outside the restaurant to evacuate the wounded. U.S. and Somali forces have conducted a joint operation against the Islamist group al-Shabaab, destroying a major training camp and command outpost days after a deadly attack on a military base in northern Somalia. Read More »

Top Democrat slams Obama administration's response to Russian hacks

Why did you do nothing? "Of course they'll meet", said Stewart - and when they do, Trump "needs to flex his muscle". This comes after an Obama official told TheWashington Post newspaper the USA had failed to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin after learning of his intentions to meddle in the democratic process. Read More »