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Priest among 14 hostages taken in siege of Philippines city

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Chito and others as hostages", Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement. The group of armed men was believed to be led by Abu Sayyaf Group leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was previously based in Basilan. Read More »

Severe storms, tornadoes possible today

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In addition to possible tornadoes, storms could bring gusty, damaging winds of more than 60 miles per hour and small hail. During a tornado watch , the weather service suggests that people should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings . Read More »

Trump pledges to move quickly to name new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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Details of the dinner were first reported by The New York Times . All along, Trump's spokesmen insisted that his decision was not shaped in any way by his growing fury with the Russian Federation controversy, including the FBI investigation overseen by Comey into Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election and whether there had been any coordination with Trump associates. Read More »

Tax increase expected in Charleroi School District budget

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This will raise the tax levy increase by 2.89 percent, below the legal limit set by the state. The district's $73.5 million 2017-18 spending plan passed by a vote of 774-445. District officials have said the project - largely thanks to a high state reimbursement rate - will result in "no increase" in local taxes. Franklin, the only school in our area that surpassed its budget cap, easily passed its budget, 128-36. Read More »

Donald Trump's climate stance looms over Arctic meeting

Earlier, Tillerson said the Trump administration was still reviewing its climate change policies, notwithstanding his signature on the Arctic Council's latest declaration. Nordic countries, including Finland, which takes over leadership of the Arctic Council from the United States, this month issued a statement affirming the Paris agreement and pledging continued leadership on climate issues. Read More »

Why letter carriers want your non-perishable food items

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It could have to do with giving fatigue from all the other, smaller food drives that happen throughout the year, or declining news readership or changes in philanthropic habits. All food will be kept and used locally. "We understand that this is an extra burden for them and adds to their workload", Burleson said. "This is something that could not happen without their support". Read More »

Police officer who shot and killed Texas teen is fired

It was Saturday night [April 29, 2017] that Edwards, a star athlete and model student at Mesquite High School in Balch Springs , was fatally shot after leaving a party in a Dallas-area suburb. Before Haber's update, Merritt and the teen's family held their own news conference , during which Merritt accused police of "offering facts that they believe paint a picture that would justify the unjustifiable". Read More »

Baylor women 5th after 1st day at the NCAA golf regional

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Every team here wants to be in the top-6 when the event ends Wednesday so they can advance to the NCAA Championship finals. USC, playing on this course for the first time since its 2008 NCAA title, is seeking its 20th straight trip to the NCAA final field while now riding an NCAA-record streak of even straight regional wins. Read More »

3 victims in 2 Chicago shootings were killed in ongoing gang war

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Police said the attack was believed to be a gang-related retaliation for another, unspecified shooting in the same neighborhood. An 18-year-old man, accused of being the getaway driver in the shooting of two Chicago police officers last week, is expected to appear in bond court Monday. Read More »

Texas governor signs ban on so-called 'sanctuary cities

A Houston Chronicle editorial criticized Senate Bill 4 by writing that Gov. Abbott had Texas "once again following the lead of states in thrall to tea-party populists with little sense of the greater good". Greg Abbott took the unusual step of signing the legislation - which threatens sheriffs with arrest if they refuse to cooperate with federal authorities - during a live Facebook video broadcast. Read More »

Suspect in Boston penthouse slayings has criminal history

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Doctor Bolanos was a pediatric anesthesiologist, while field specialized in pain management. The two were engaged to be married, local media reported. Lina Bolanos and her fiance", he said on the practice's website. "They just seemed like decent folks". Evans says the victims apparently were residents of the building. Read More »

Iowa sheriff's deputy shot during jail escape dies

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He then apparently dropped the carjacking victim near a liquor store at and then led police on a high speed chase, with speeds being reported at up to 80 miles per hour. "I think it's huge to show that we respect them", she said. Authorities are still working to determine how Correa-Carmenaty obtained the gun and whether he had been able to free himself from his shackles during the ride back from court. Read More »

Sterling's aunt calls for justice at vigil

WBRZ reported that Sterling's aunt, Sandra Sterling , said the family will meet with Justice Department officials around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Sterling , a 37-year-old black man, was shot to death July 5, 2016, as two white officers pinned him to the pavement outside a Louisiana convenience store where he had been selling CDs. Read More »

Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

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Your tax-deductible contribution helps support our research, reporting, and analysis. Yoest previously led AUL, an influential pro-life non-profit that "works through the law and legislative process to one end: Achieving comprehensive legal protection for human life from conception to natural death". Read More »

NATIONAL MONUMENTS Trump order to aim first at Bears Ears

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Trump will sign an executive order authorizing the review Wednesday at the Interior Department, a move that could prompt changes to areas designated not only by former president Barack Obama but also George W. "We feel that the public, the people that monuments affect, should be considered and that is why the President is asking for a review of the monuments designated in the last 20 years", Zinke said, adding that he believes the review is "long overdue". Read More »

Drama Continues At UC Berkely Over Ann Coulter

Coulter is not a plaintiff, but on social media she called it "our lawsuit" and said they had asked for a safe venue for her speech "THIS THURSDAY". Campus spokesman Dan Moguluf said Coulter's promise "to come to the campus come what may" prompted Dirks to launch an expanded search beyond the usual venues for high-profile speakers to find one where officials can ensure safety. Read More »

Trump has embraced autocratic leaders without hesitation

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On Wednesday, the YSK rejected the CHP's appeal against the result of Sunday's vote but the party's deputy chair responsible for foreign relations, Ozturk Yilmaz, told Sputnik on Thursday that the CHP would continue to seek the annulment of the referendum results. Read More »

Trump targets foreign worker visa scheme

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During a visit to Wisconsin on Tuesday, President Donald Trump ordered the review of the H-1B program . When asked by reporters what policy changes will take effect immediately after Trump signed the order , a senior administration official detailed how the president is really asking for self-assessments from a range of federal agencies. Read More »

Search widens for Facebook murder suspect

During a frantic call to 911, people at the scene of Sunday's fatal Facebook shooting are instructed by the dispatcher to provide medical attention to the 74-year-old victim, Robert Godwin , Sr. One of Robert Godwin's sons said he was greatly disturbed by how the killer carried out his very bad deed. "He wasn't harming anyone". Dozens of family, friends and community members gathered Monday evening in Cleveland for a vigil to remember Godwin. Read More »

Arkansas court maintains stay for condemned man

On Monday, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected Attorney General Leslie Rultedge's motion to vacate the stay of Bruce Ward. The fight in Arkansas, which has not held an execution in 12 years, came after US executions fell to a quarter-century low in 2016 and as several capital-punishment states have been sidelined due to problems with lethal injection drugs and legal questions over their protocols. Read More »

Does Trump keep his promises? Poll finds big shift in opinion

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While numbers sank the most among respondents who identified as Democrats or liberals, researchers stressed Trump's standing among Republicans dipped by 11 percent and by 16 percent among independents. That compares with 62 percent from February 1-5 among a random sample of 1,019 adults, age 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia. Read More »

Back to scratch on tax reform

Now that Americans are getting into crunch time with filing their taxes , it's important to remember what's usually supposed to happen in early April. "The only way we can have comparable intensity on our side in an off-year election is actually deliver and do some things". So a carbon tax could be a politically useful way to find some revenue, possibly bring Democrats on board, and make Trump's approach to climate change look less appalling. Read More »

Eramo, Rolling Stone Reach Settlement in Defamation Lawsuit

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Another lawsuit against the magazine, waged by the fraternity, remains pending. Last November, a jury awarded Eramo, the university's former dean of students, $3 million in the lawsuit . For example, no one in Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity in question, matched the name or description that the young woman - known as Jackie - gave for the person who allegedly was the ringleader in her 2012 assault. Read More »

Wind gusting to 55 mph expected Friday in Western Washington

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Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. High winds March 8 knocked down this evergreen tree in the Royal Forest subdivision near 24 Mile and Hayes roads in Shelby Township. Saturday . SUNDAY: Sunny with a high near 61°. Rain is on its way as well, and thunderstorms are possible, but "it's going to be hit-or-miss showers - the main event for us now is going to be the wind", said meteorologist Dustin Guy. Read More »

US regulators let company test consumers for health risks

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The company said it has been working on showing the FDA that the reports are easy for customers to understand and that they meet the agency's requirements proving that they are accurate. "Women learn they are pregnant using a test directly marketed to them and buy it off the shelf in a drugstore", she told NPR . Saliva analysis can indicate higher risk of Parkinson's disease, among others, agency says . Read More »

Schumer warns GOP against rules change on Supreme Court

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But Toomey says this is different. As of Thursday, 33 of the 48 Democrats in the 100-seat Senate had announced opposition to Gorsuch , the Colorado-based federal appellate judge nominated by Trump in January for a lifetime post on the Supreme Court. Read More »

Trump reverses, says Obamacare repeal back on his agenda

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Ryan said he expects the Trump administration to decide the issue while litigation is ongoing, noting it could take "months" to sort out if the case returns the court. "They showed their demagoguery in this", Brown said. Some are left asking why this effort to repeal and replace Obamacare failed. They had no idea what a replacement was. Read More »

Baltimore police commissioner pledges reform despite Justice Dept. action

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That also throws into question whether the Sessions Justice Department will enter into new consent decrees with cities such as Chicago, which was the subject of a wide-ranging Justice Department civil rights probe in the a year ago of the Obama administration, spurred by the police shooting of LaQuan McDonald in 2015. Read More »

Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton commemorate Equal Pay Day

But it isn't just women's individual bottom lines that suffer: The gender wage gap is also a drag on the US economy, and closing the gap should be a top priority of any economic policy agenda that seeks to strengthen and grow the economy. That support isn't likely to come soon. Pregnancy discrimination: Women who become pregnant face economic penalties - from outright job loss to being forced onto unpaid leave because their jobs are physically strenuous and they are denied simple job ... Read More »

Proposal has Rikers Island becoming part of LaGuardia

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The 146-page findings were posted Friday ahead of Sunday's formal announcement. The facility, notorious for violence at the hands of guards and among inmates, has been the subject of multiple local and federal investigations. The island, the report said , should be used to expand nearby LaGuardia Airport and to house waste-treatment and other unpopular facilities that are now housed primarily in poor neighborhoods. Read More »

Severe weather predicted for late Sunday morning

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This line of storms looks to move into the Piedmont by late afternoon into the early evening hours between 3pm and 7pm. The Bibb County School system is monitoring threatening weather conditions Monday as the National Weather Service anticipates severe storms. Read More »

Child killed, 12 people injured by carbon monoxide in MI motel

Jessica Hines, a spokeswoman for Lakeland Hospital in Niles, told CNN that one other person was "confirmed dead on arrival". The Niles Police Department has identified the deceased 13-year-old boy as Bryan Douglas Watts of Niles. "That's an extreme danger level", Wise told reporters . Arriving firefighters found the highest concentrations at 800 parts per million when they first entered the pool area and opened doors to ventilate the area. Read More »