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United States letter to envoy on Trump son trip signal

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According to the embassy, it only provided Trump Jr. with the usual support. That sparked a backlash from ethics watchdogs who are concerned the President and his family are putting a for-sale sign on United States policy. And while there's nearly nothing at the Trump construction site, a handful of burly guards enthusiastically insisted on keeping journalists out of the area. Read More »

'Hero' saves girl from alleged kidnapper by pretending to be her mom

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Diaz allegedly attempted to abduct the girl about 7:45 a.m. on Main Street at McFadden Avenue as she was en route to Lathrop Intermediate School. The children, who range in age from 2 to 29, were hospitalized immediately after their rescue and since then Riverside County authorities, who obtained temporary conservatorship over the adults, have declined to discuss their whereabouts or condition. Read More »

European Union leaders debate jobs race, Brexit budget hole

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Tusk intends to issue Brexit negotiating guidelines on the future EU-UK relationship at a summit next month. Juncker, who is due to stand down next year, said on the eve of the summit that Europe's recovery after years of crisis was "back on track", but that "we can not slow down, Europe must press the accelerator". Read More »

Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's Business Partner, Expected To Plead Guilty

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The Gates plea would come a day after a federal grand jury in Virginia returned a 32-count indictment against him and Manafort accusing them of tax evasion and bank fraud . Cooperation by the two could potentially provide a rich vein of information for Mueller, who is also investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to interfere in the election. Read More »

Florida man screams, yells 'murderers!' as he's put to death

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Branch was convicted of the rape and fatal beating of University of West Florida student 21-year-old Susan Morris, whose naked body was found buried in a shallow grave near a nature trail. However, the Florida Supreme Court ruled the new system of sentencing did not apply to prisoners who were sentenced to death before 2002. On Thursday, this appeal along with one another filed by Branch's attorney was rejected without comment. Read More »

Theresa May faces Commons rebellion after Chequers Brexit talks

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May is expected to make a speech next week on Britain's partnership with the European Union after Brexit , her office said Thursday, after she chaired an eight-hour cabinet meeting at her country retreat to thrash out a plan. Mrs May will set out the Brexit agenda in a major speech next week following a meeting of the full Cabinet. The Labour MP told Sky News "Parliament is in the driving seat" in the Brexit process and claimed "we reflect where the people are". Read More »

Dad charged with murder in 'near decapitation' of 2-year-old son

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According to the authorities, the man butchered his son because the boy was making too much noise and kept his father awake. Ortiz's son, Mateo Garcia Aguayo , who would have turned 3 next month, was cut so severely that his spinal cord was severed and his head was almost decapitated, prosecutors said. Read More »

USA envoy meets with Medialdea after threat report

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Duterte's spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea summoned Kim over the report, which has drawn sharp criticism from the president's camp. The document referred mainly to Duterte's "war on drugs", which led to over 7,000 deaths in the Philippines and also said that the leader could "suspend the Constitution", declare a "revolutionary government", and impose "nationwide martial law". Read More »

Donald Trump seeks to arm teachers

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Mr Mark Barden, whose son was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in CT, said his wife, Jackie, a teacher, "will tell you that school teachers have more than enough responsibilities right now than to have to have the awesome responsibility of lethal force to take a life". Read More »

400 kilos of cocaine found in Russian embassy

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Bullrich said that the 850 pounds of cocaine discovered at a school situated on the premises of the Russian Embassy in December 2016 led to a joint investigation by the Argentina border guards, the police authorities of Buenos Aires and the Russian Interior Ministry. Read More »

Gove backs straw ban despite warnings from disability group

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The environment secretary had criticised plastic straws during interviews on Friday but suggested that his hope of enforcing a ban could run into trouble with European Union legislation. The spokesman for Britain's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs noted the government's committment to eliminating avoidable plastic by 2042, adding: "We are exploring a range of options". Read More »

Pressure mounts on Assad to end massacre in Eastern Ghouta

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes and helicopters were grounded on Thursday morning due to bad weather, but shelling from "regime forces" killed at least 13, including three women and three children. "We categorically reject any initiative providing for inhabitants to leave their homes and be transferred towards any other location", they said in a letter addressed to Guterres. Read More »

Ted Cruz: Democrats are Lisa Simpson, and Republicans are Homer and Bart

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Keen observers of The Simpsons , however, may have noticed that Homer Simpson is an ambulatory example of everything a person ought not do and Lisa Simpson is the perennial voice of reason. Twitter had a field day over Cruz calling Lisa Simpson a Democrat, with one user tweeting, "Lisa is the only intelligent character in the family". But don't take my word for it, ask the internet! To which " Simpsons " showrunner Al Jean replies: "We've come up in the world". Read More »

United Nations to vote on urgent help for Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Rights groups said hundreds of people, many of them children, have been killed by air and artillery strikes since Sunday. Mr Blackford called on the Prime Minister to "show leadership" and support his demand for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to tackle what he said was a "horrific genocide" unfolding in Syria . Read More »

School delays Friday, a winter storm expected Saturday

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Up to a foot of snow fell in the upper elevations of Lake Tahoe during Thursday's storm, with several inches at lake level. The snow could be heavy at times. Tonight: Snow, mainly before 2 a.m. A narrow swath with snowfall totals of 6 to 9 inches is likely across part of the watch area. West southwest wind 5 to 11 miles per hour. Read More »

Wang makes solid start as he defends Qatar title

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EDDIE Pepperell has carded a superb opening round of 65 to sit as the clubhouse leader on seven under par at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Wood, who eagled the 72nd hole to win his first European Tour title at Doha GC in 2013, is now a lowly 39th in the Ryder Cup standings as he chases a place on the European team which will try to regain the trophy at Le Golf National in Paris in September. Read More »

Turkish army strikes convoy near Syria's Afrin

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The Kurdish militia controlling large pockets of territory in north and east Syria have handed control of a suburb of Aleppo to the Assad regime in return for support against an attack by Turkey . Whenever we say this they admit that we are right. The rest of the city has been in the hands of the Syrian army since it drove rebels from other neighbourhoods in late 2016 with the help of Russian Federation and Iran. Read More »

Myanmar destroying evidence of mass atrocities against Rohingya Muslims

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This emboldened those who promote bigotry, he added. "The Myanmar side has agreed to take that responsibility". "Governments are shamelessly turning the clock back on decades of hard-won protections". "As leaders of parliamentary systems, they deplored the degradation of judicial independence and authority and of democratic institutions, as well as respect for fundamental freedoms, including those of speech and assembly, constitutional rights and obligations under worldwide law". Read More »

Jessica Korda shoots course-record 62 to lead LPGA Thailand

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It was pretty cool, a pretty cool round". "I had a good start today, it was better than I expected", said world No.21 Moriya, who was seventh here past year. Lincicome carded an eagle of her own and just missed another, turning in a brilliant round to back her opening 67 with a 65. On the 15th hole at Siam Country Club, Thompson found her ball near an advertising sign, which she moved. Read More »

Graham To Lie In Honor At US Capitol

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Capitol to lie in honor on Wednesday. Graham will be buried next to his late wife, Ruth Bell Graham, who died June 14, 2007. It's a rare honor for a private citizen to lie in honor at the Capitol. The couple's caskets were designed and built by inmates at the nation's largest maximum security prison, Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana. Read More »

U.S. expects to open embassy in Jerusalem in May, official says

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The U.S. will move its embassy to Jerusalem in May after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed off on a final plan Thursday, according to two State Department officials. Both Israelis and Palestinians consider Jerusalem to be their capital city. The plan is for the USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to move his office and a small staff of four or five people to a building known as The Diplomat Hotel, which the State Department bought in 2014, according to Israeli media. Read More »

Husband of online exhibitionist arrested for her murder, police say

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Kathleen West described herself as a full-time wife and mother on Facebook, but lived another life elsewhere on social media. She posted revealing photos with a chance for subscribers to see steamier images for $15.99 a month. There were also photos of her wedding and images of West and her daughter playing in the snow in December. With a personal description that included "exhibitionist", West had a private Instagram account with almost 52,000 followers that linked to a paid site featuring ... Read More »

NewsAlert: Bruce McArthur now charged with murders of six men: Toronto police

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Police have identified the remains of Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, of Toronto and have charged McArthur, 66, with his murder. At the time, Idsinga only identified one set of body parts - those that belonged to Andrew Kinsman. McArthur is already facing first-degree murder in connection with the Kayhan's presumed death, as well as those of Selim Esen and Dean Lisowick. Three of the six remains remain unidentified. Read More »

US changes H1B Visa rules, Indian IT companies to be hit

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Friday's memo is a part of the deliberations under an executive order Trump signed past year, called "Buy American and Hire American" in which he tasked the US Secretary of State, Attorney General, Secretary of Labor, and Secretary of Homeland Security "to suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries". Read More »

Greitens legal team seeks indictment dismissal

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In the recording, the woman says that Greitens took a photograph of her after tying her to a piece of exercise equipment in the basement, blindfolding her, and partially undressing her. How can he continue on to be the governor with an indictment felony charge, okay. The AP reported that Democratic Sen. Missouri's Republican House speaker said Thursday that lawmakers will investigate the governor-the first step toward possible impeachment proceedings. Read More »

NCAA Suspends Arizona Guard Trier For Second Time

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Trier's scoring average is second in the conference behind teammate Deandre Ayton (19.7) entering Thursday. If you recall, Trier was suspended previous year, after unknowingly taking a banned substance while recovering from a vehicle accident the offseason prior. Read More »

Pence planned to meet North Koreans at Olympics, but Pyongyang canceled

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Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , led a three-day visit to the opening of the Olympics and the North Korean leader later said he wanted to boost a "warm climate of reconciliation and dialog". Pence's guest for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies was Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, the USA student who died in 2017 shortly after he was released from North Korean detention. Read More »