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French polls predict Macron's party will secure large majority

Polls predict, however, that the party will secure no more than 90-95 seats, down from the 199 it now holds. If confirmed, Macron's victory will also be a crushing rebuttal of the populist and protectionist politics that were expected to sweep Europe this year in the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Read More »

Trump calls for return of most wanted fugitive from Cuba

Other members of the luncheon meeting, held in a Miami suburb, expressed disappointment that they were not consulted by US lawmakers from Florida who helped shape the policy, including Sen. Now, the only people who can freely travel there will be Cuban-Americans. Trump is right to recalibrate this policy without jettisoning it wholesale. Read More »

IL governor orders special session to break budget impasse

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If no action is taken by the General Assembly to pass the compromise balanced budget plan by June 30th, the ramifications for our state will be devastating and long-lasting. "I am anxious to return to the Capitol to continue our work on a comprehensive budget solution", Radogno said. According to IHA's analysis, IL will lose $8.4 billion in economic activity every year, resulting in 60,000 lost jobs. Read More »

Trump acknowledges for first time he's under investigation

During his testimony to the Senate intelligence committee last week, the fired FBI director James Comey alluded to the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170, one of the most controversial killings in British history, a 900-year-old crime that raises issues at the heart of Mr Mueller's investigation into whether the United States president actively obstructed justice . Read More »

Senate Votes Up Anti-Russia Sanctions

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The legislation would put into law penalties that were imposed by the Obama administration on some Russian energy projects, a move in 2014 that came in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine . The new bill would slap sanctions on companies in other countries looking to invest in those projects in the absence of U.S. companies, a practice known as backfilling. Read More »

Senate passes bill to impose new sanctions on Iran

Trump has in the past called the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the major powers "the worst deal ever negotiated". The U.S. legislation still must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump to become law. Read More »

Hawaii Signs Legislation To Implement Goals Of Paris Climate Accord Anyway

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He says tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching and coastlines are eroding. We must acknowledge these realities at home. The group says its members will remain actively involved with the worldwide community as it looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stop the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels. Read More »

Trump confirms he's under investigation, fires angry tweets

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He speculates that her attitude may be "more informed by the structure of presidential authority and less by unwritten norms of prosecutorial independence". President Donald Trump says the economy is improving and job numbers are up, despite the "phony Witch Hunt" against him. But regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. Read More »

Mysterious ship crash off Japan leaves 7 US sailors missing

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The crash destroyed two berthing spaces, a machinery room, and the radio room, according to the US 7th Fleet. The Navy said that the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan . The ship's commanding officer was among three people aboard to be hospitalised. "We thank our Japanese partners for their assistance". "The ship is being ported back to Tokyo Bay and all crew have been instructed to remain onboard pending their interview by ... Read More »

Seven US Navy crew missing, commander hurt in crash off Japan

The USS Fitzgerald suffered damage to its starboard side above and below the waterline in the incident. "This has been a hard day", Vice Adm. Joseph P. Nippon Yusen, headquartered in Tokyo and one of the largest shipping companies in the world, said in a statement "We are collaborating with the ship owner and fully cooperating with the investigation by the coast guard". Read More »

LAPD Chief: Teen Cadets Stole Two Patrol Cars

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After the crashes involving two police cruisers Wednesday night, a third LAPD vehicle that may have been stolen by the suspects was found parked on a street, Beck said . "We are going to take this apart top to bottom", Beck said. The three cadets were familiar with the accounting system for the cars, Beck said, which allowed them to manipulate the system and mask the cars' disappearance for some time. Read More »

Trump friend: Mueller 'illegitimate as special counsel'

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Chief executive of the conservative Newsmax media, Christopher Ruddy , has told PBS Television that Mr Trump is weighing the possibility of sacking Mr Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who was appointed as special counsel on May 17. Read More »

Trump proposal aims at another way of getting people to work

Mr Comey told Congress last week he believed he was sacked by Mr Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe. The Secret Service have handled recording systems for previous presidents. The House Intelligence Committee has requested the White House turn over any tapes that might exist. The Post, citing unnamed sources, said the investigation into the president's own conduct began shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9. Read More »

Gingrich: A president 'cannot obstruct justice'

The "president can not obstruct justice", said Gingrich. Newt Gingrich , the confidante to President Trump who as House Speaker in the 1990s voted to impeach Bill Clinton for obstruction of justice, said Friday that the "President can not obstruct justice". Read More »

Protesters march after officer acquitted in Castile shooting

Yanez said Castile was reaching for the gun and didn't listen to his instructions to stop. Sherrilyn Ifill, who heads the legal defense fund at the African-American civil rights group NAACP, said the acquittal, "highlights how hard it is to prosecute an officer for killing a person". Read More »

Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Mueller Without Good Cause

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The suggestion that the scope of Mueller's investigation may extend beyond the Trump campaign's activity to the recent firing of the FBI Director would indicate that the special counsel could be looking into a possible cover-up. Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "Mr". "With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment", he continued. Read More »

650000 celebrate at Penguins Stanley Cup parade

On Thursday, players cleaned out their lockers for the off-season. "I love to play", Fleury said. He's been the voice of the Penguins for decades and is maybe the most well known non-player in franchise history. With a performance like what we just saw and production from players like Sidney Crosby , Evgeni Malkin , and Matt Murray , anything is possible. Read More »

US to send almost 4000 troops to Afghanistan

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Barack Obama did the same in his first year when it came to Afghanistan , though he eventually regretted the decision, and spent most of his presidency trying to end that war. " We are not winning in Afghanistan right now", Mattis said this week. The finality of the decision isn't entirely clear. FMLs were effectively caps set by the White House on the number of troops that could be deployed to each country. Read More »

California unemployment rate dipped in May, ties record low

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The biggest hit was in trade, transportation and utilities with losses of 1,800 jobs. Kershaw County's rate remained at 3.9 percent. Still, observers have said that the state's metro areas still have tight labor markets. Manufacturing in Houston is now up 3.9 percent over the year, particularly in fabricated metals, after taking a dive in 2015. "We gained employment. Read More »

Jury questions posed during Bill Cosby's sex assault trial

Bill Cosby waves to people calling out to him as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown. Cosby is accused of drugging and assaulting Constand, who was then the director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team. Read More »

Trump says Scalise 'took a bullet' for all of us

Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility", but says Scalise faces additional surgeries, a long hospital stay and rehabilitation. We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country, as well as from President Trump, Vice President Pence, and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out to us during this most challenging time. Read More »

Congressman in critical condition after shooting at baseball practice

CBS News correspondent Chip Reid reports that as a member of the Republican leadership Rep. Steve Scalise travels with a protective detail of Capitol Police officers, so it's a good thing he was at the practice on Wednesday because his security team kept that baseball field from becoming a killing field. Read More »

Thursday forecast: mostly sunny, high 89

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This weather pattern will continue into the weekend with a mix of sun and clouds, hot and humid with highs near 90 for the Pee Dee and mid to upper 80s for the beaches. Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70. South wind around 7 miles per hour. If you're not seeing rain Sunday , then it'll be partly cloudy skies with a southerly wind on hand and a high topping off near 90 degrees. Read More »

Cosby jurors wrestling with verdict

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The pace of jury deliberations in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial has turned out to be much slower than the comparatively lightning-fast trial. Prosecutors claim that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand (director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University) at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004. Read More »

Castile supporters gather at Minnesota court

Yanez faces one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of risky discharge of a firearm for endangering the lives of Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter when he fired seven bullets into the auto. "Culpable negligence" is a high standard, the jury instructions stated: More than ordinary or "gross" negligence, "It is gross negligence coupled with an element of recklessness". Read More »

Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

President Donald Trump says he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by the man who told him to do it. Mueller was reportedly seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials who weren't involved in the president's campaign, implying the investigation has expanded beyond the election itself. Read More »