Jail Nurse Performs Exorcism on Inmate

A county jail nurse in Oklahoma faces possible criminal charges for allegedly performing an exorcism on an inmate and delaying medical help for the woman. Jail employees reported that in the February incident Linda Herlong Jackson, 67, said, "I revoke you demons," as the female inmate thrashed about and screamed.

Illinois ranks among top for human trafficking cases

Human trafficking is one of the most under reported crimes, but according to UNICEF U.S.A., it is also the second largest crime industry in the world. Among the human trafficking cases, according to the Human Trafficking Hotline, the vast majority of those cases are sex trafficking.

Ex-Trump adviser’s guilty plea poised to rattle White House

President Donald Trump dismissed George Papadopoulos on Tuesday as a "liar" and a mere campaign volunteer, but newly unsealed court papers outline the former adviser's frequent contacts with senior officials and with foreign nationals who promised access to the highest levels of the Russian government. Records made public Monday in Papadopoulos' case list a gaggle of people who were in touch with him during the campaign but only with such identifiers as "Campaign Supervisor," ''Senior Policy Advisor" and "High-Ranking Campaign Official."

Manafort Indictment Is Good News For Trump, Bad News For Putin’s Friends In Europe

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson reported last week that according to a source with knowledge of Robert Mueller's investigation, Mueller is not narrowly focused on alleged ties between Russia and President Trump. Instead, "The investigation has broadened to determine which people and organizations in Washington have spent years working secretly as de facto operatives on behalf of the Russian government."

Maryland Lawmakers Back Mueller, Urge Action On Russia

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Suspect identified, note declaring allegiance to ISIS found after truck attack leaves 8 dead

A 29-year-old man driving a rental truck plowed down people on a Manhattan bike path Tuesday in what authorities described as a terrorist attack that killed eight and injured 11 before the suspect was shot and arrested by police. A sunny fall day along the Hudson River erupted in chaos just around the time students were getting out from nearby Stuyvesant High School, when a rented Home Depot truck turned on to the bike path along the West Side Highway.

Why the Hush on Neoconservative Links to Trump Dossier?

That document is of the utmost importance-it may have been cited to authorize wiretaps of Trump Tower-but the controversy over it has unfolded without the true affiliations of some key players being named. We're not talking about the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign or their lawyers - all of whom are reportedly behind hiring the opposition research firm that delivered the dossier.

Senators rip tech firms for not doing more to block Russia links

Senators are harshly criticizing representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process. At one point, Sen. Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't get all the companies to commit to not accepting political ads bought with North Korean currency.

Who will be charged next in FBI’s Russia probe?

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller said cyber security will be the number one future threat in the country, but for the time being, "counterterrorism and stopping terrorist attacks" is more important. Critics of Donald Trump have been calling for his impeachment since he became the US president 10 months ago.

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Senators are harshly criticizing representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process. At one point, Sen. Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't get all the companies to commit to not accepting political ads bought with North Korean currency.

Bozell & Graham Column: The Fusion of Reporting and ‘Oppo’

On October 24, The Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. The firm then retained former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, who assembled a dubious dossier from his Russian contacts.

Ex-Trump adviser denies encouraging aide to engage Russia

Trump officials deny encouraging George Papadopoulos to engage with Russia even though the former aide pleaded guilty to lying about his talks with a 'Kremlin-linked professor' A former foreign policy adviser to Trump, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying about communicating with individuals said to have ties to the Kremlin The former campaign aide was allegedly trying to arrange a meeting between then-GOP candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin Papadopoulos told Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he was encouraged to cultivate ties to individuals said to be close to Putin The special counsel said Papadopoulos lied to FBI about when he learned from a professor that Russia claimed to have 'dirt' on Hillary Clinton 'My understanding is there wasn't encouragement,' White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily briefing on Tuesday Sam Clovis, a former ... (more)

Debris from Hurricane Irma costing Miami $73 million

City of Miami officials have calculated a preliminary cost estimate of handling debris from Hurricane Irma, $73 million, as they continue to dig out from the storm's lingering impact. Christopher Rose, director of the Office of Management and Budget, gave commissioners the tally during a budget report last week.

Commissioner files police complaint against candidate, says he exposed himself to her

Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez has filed a police report against a commission candidate, complaining that he exposed himself to her. Rosen Gonzalez told the Miami Herald late Tuesday she had gone to police to tell them Rafael Velasquez, a candidate for the Group 2 commission seat in the Beach, flashed his penis while the two were in a car after having dinner Oct. 18 "I want to get a restraining order," she said, referencing a Facebook post where Velasquez tagged her in a denial and tried to discredit her story.

Texas AG Paxton: Appeals ‘Wrong’ on Illegal’s Abortion

The government made the "wrong argument" in the case of a pregnant illegal immigrant who sought an abortion and should have stressed the teen had no constitutional right to the procedure, Texas attorney general Ken Paxton said Tuesday. In remarks on " The Joe Pags Show " on Newsmax TV , Paxton said instead the Department of Justice argued it did not want to facilitate an abortion, but a federal appeals panel decided the government could not block the 17-year-old from having it done.

Lawsuit targets Trump’s rollback of birth-control rule

Two national advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit in Indiana on Tuesday challenging a rule change by President Donald Trump's administration allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers. The suit was filed on behalf of five women at risk of being denied birth control coverage, including three University of Notre Dame students.

ABA: Federal judicial nominee from Omaha ‘not qualified’

The American Bar Association has issued a rare rating of "not qualified" to an Omaha attorney and former state prosecutor nominated for a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The association said in a statement Monday that its committee on the federal judiciary had unanimously found Steve Grasz not qualified to fill a vacancy on the appellate court.

THP: Driver says he was paid to deliver 16 illegal immigrants to Ga.

A driver pulled over on Interstate 24 last Wednesday for a traffic violation says he was paid to deliver more than a dozen illegal immigrants, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. THP says the driver was acting "extremely nervous" during the traffic stop and admitted he was driving the 16 immigrants from Houston, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia.

Bipartisan election cybersecurity bill introduced by Senate Intelligence Cmte. members


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Two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday aimed at safeguarding state election systems from foreign interference as their panel continues to probe Russia 's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. The multifaceted cybersecurity bill introduced by Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine would protect voting systems, registration data and ballots from being stolen or manipulated by malicious computer hackers by facilitating information sharing between federal and state election monitors while allocating government funds destined specifically for safeguarding election systems, among other measures, its sponsors said Tuesday.

Ketchikan Ready Mix wins USDA contractor award

Ketchikan Ready Mix and Quarry was presented the award by Regional Forester Beth Pendleton at the Tongass National Forest Forest Supervisor's Office in Ketchikan on September 19. Pictured from left, Beth Pendleton, Harold Enright, Tammy Carroll, Loren Enright, Morgan Enright, and Contracting Officer Mari Meiners. Ketchikan Ready Mix and Quarry has been named the USDA HUBZone Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Lawsuit targets Trump’s rollback of birth-control rule

Two national advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit in Indiana on Tuesday challenging a rule change by President Donald Trump's administration allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers. The suit was filed on behalf of five women at risk of being denied birth control coverage, including three University of Notre Dame students.

Black leaders offer to give Kelly a history lesson after Civil War a compromisea remarks

In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington. Kelly told Fox News host Laura Ingraham in an interview that aired Oct. 30, 2017, that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was "an honorable man" and applying current thinking on social issues to figures in history is "very, very dangerous."

PA, Elliott file appeal for injunction on ban

Lawyers for the NFL Players Association filed a preliminary injunction pending an appeal with the Second Circuit on Tuesday in the Ezekiel Elliott case on Tuesday in an effort to get the Dallas Cowboys running back on the field as soon as possible. The motion comes a day after U.S. District Court Judge Katherine P. Failla denied the NFLPA's request for a preliminary injunction in its case against the NFL, reinstating Elliott's six-game suspension.

White House: Trump will not visit DMZ during Asia trip

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on tax policy with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Washington. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on tax policy with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Washington.

Former President Obama opens Chicago youth leadership summit

Former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Chicago. Former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Chicago.

The Latest: Senator calls to delay Trump nominee hearing

A leading Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee says a confirmation hearing for one of President Donald Trump's nominees should be delayed in light of new twists in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Trump has nominated former campaign adviser Sam Clovis to serve as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

California governor heads to Europe for climate talks

California Gov. Jerry Brown is continuing his international fight against climate change with an 11-day trip to Europe starting Saturday including stops at the Vatican and a United Nations conference in Germany. Brown is a chief adversary to Republican President Donald Trump in the battle over U.S. climate policy, promising to help the country reach its emissions reductions targets even as Trump withdraws from an international climate accord.

‘Mindhunter’ is the perfect horror story for a year so…

Early in the first season of "Mindhunter," Netflix's new show from David Fincher about criminal profiling and the invention of the serial killer, FBI agent Holden Ford finds himself trying to understand why crime doesn't seem to make sense anymore. Beset by spree killers, men who commit grotesque acts of violence against women, and crimes that seem to lack any social or economic motivation at all, Ford is convinced that the meaninglessness of these crimes reflects something about a society that seems to have lost its moral center.

FEMA: US spending $200M a day on weather-related disasters

The U.S. is spending more than $200 million a day responding to recent hurricanes and wildfires, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Congress Tuesday in testimony that also slammed the $300 million Whitefish contract in Puerto Rico. FEMA Administrator Brock Long told a Senate panel that about 25 million Americans had been impacted by natural disasters in the last 50 days, with more than 4 million now registered for emergency aid.

Who is Jerome Powell?


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If Jerome Powell is tapped as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, he'll be the first former investment banker to hold the position. Sources tell CNN Trump is likely reveal his pick to head the Fed on Thursday, and Powell, 64, is reported to be the leading contender .

Agents: Bergdahl debriefs were intelligence ‘gold mine’

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a "gold mine" of intelligence, helping the military better understand insurgents and how they imprison the enemy, two agents testified Tuesday as The testimony runs counterpoint to the case prosecutors presented at Bergdahl's sentencing hearing, calling on severely wounded soldiers to offer gripping testimony about the injuries that troops suffered while searching for Bergdahl after he walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

The Latest: FEMA says ‘a lot wrong’ with PR contract


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The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says there was "a lot wrong" with a $300 million no-bid contract awarded to a tiny Montana company to aid Puerto Rico. FEMA Administrator Brock Long tells Congress that FEMA officials only learned about the contract awarded to Whitefish Energy Holdings after it had been signed by the board of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

New fingerprint algorithm helps ID bodies found decades ago

Just after Thanksgiving Day in 1983, James Downey dropped off his older brother, John, at a Houston bus station, then quickly turned away so neither the police nor a motorcycle gang affiliated with his brother could later demand details about where the bus was headed. For 34 years, he didn't hear a word about him.

Trump ad incorrectly blames Dem for GOP health care struggle


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President Donald Trump is lashing out at Democrats in a new TV ad that incorrectly blames his critics in the opposing party for blocking fixes to the nation's health care system. The new ad, set to begin airing on cable stations nationwide on Tuesday, seizes on "skyrocketing" insurance premiums "all while Democrats in Washington, D.C., block a better plan to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all - obstructing our president just to score political points with the radical left."

Liberty Towhship trustees to turn over notes about former fire chief

An order last week by the Ohio Court of Claims prompted the township meeting in which Trustee Melanie Leneghan was the lone dissenter. Judge Patrick M. McGrath ruled that the township "presents no valid explanation for its failure to either comply with the court's entry of March 29, 2017, or seek a stay," following a ruling last month by the Fifth District Court of Appeals upholding the lower court decision.

Women in harrowing sea survival had beacon but didn’t use it

Two Hawaii women who say they were lost at sea on a sailboat for months never activated their emergency beacon, the U.S. Coast Guard said, adding to a growing list of inconsistencies that cast doubt on their harrowing tale of survival. The women previously told The Associated Press that they had radios, satellite phones, GPS and other emergency gear, but they didn't mention the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, or EPIRB.

DNC Chief Stonewalls Reporters On Payments To Fusion GPS

Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee's new chairman, stonewalled reporters Tuesday by refusing to divulge any concrete information about the DNC's financial payments to Fusion GPS, the opposition research company that produced the salacious "Trump Dossier." In his first national press conference since the DNC payments became public, Perez stoutly defended the DNC's decision to hire Fusion GPS, saying it would have constituted "malpractice" to not retain the opposition research firm.

Kevin Spacey Loses International Emmy Award Due To Pedophilia Accusations

As the reaction to pedophilia accusations against Kevin Spacey continues, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has decided it will no longer recognize the actor with the 2017 International Emmy Founder Award. Spacey was already selected to receive the prestigious award, but now that actor Anthony Rapp accused the actor of attempting to take advantage of him when he was just 14, the Academy has revoked the honor.

Leonardo DiCaprio Makes Employees Sign A Weinstein-esque Non-Disclosure Agreement

Prospective employees of Leonardo DiCaprio's film production company Greenhour Corp. were asked to sign expansive non-disclosure agreements, an employment requirement used by Harvey Weinstein and many other Hollywood production companies. New hires were presented with agreements that prevented them from revealing private information about the actor, as well as "offensive/inappropriate material" they might have been exposed to while working on Greenhour's films and other projects, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOS: Mila Kunis Stuns At Premiere In Off-The-Shoulder Black Dress

Mila Kunis turned heads Monday night when she showed up at the premiere of "A Bad Moms Christmas" wearing a gorgeous black off-the-shoulder dress. Mila Kunis attends the premiere of STX Entertainment's "A Bad Moms Christmas" on October 30, 2017 The 34-year-old actress looked absolutely gorgeous in the black dress that had a sequin floral trim along the top, fringe sleeves, and a high leg slit that showed off her curves.

Joy Behar Dresses As ‘Pinocchio Trump’ For Halloween [VIDEO]

The theme of "The View" Halloween was "Once Upon A View," so Behar wore a traditional Pinocchio costume with his sidekick Jiminy Cricket on her shoulder, but added an inflatable nose, orange face paint, and a Trump-like blonde wig. "Well, this is kind of like Pinocchio Trump," she said, removing her hat to show the wig as the audience laughed and cheered.

Tuesday’s Morning Email: What You Need To Know About The Fallout From The Mueller Indictments

BREAKING DOWN MUELLER'S FIRST BIG MOVES Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and business associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy and money laundering in connection with the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Here's what you need to know about the pair , who pleaded not guilty in federal court and were released on bail.

ANGOSTURA chairman Dr Rolph Balgobin cleared of allegations of sexual harassment


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ANGOSTURA Holdings Ltd chairman Dr Rolph Balgobin has been cleared of allegations of sexual harassment against him by a female executive at the company. The Express was told Nelson's report was based on the whistleblower complaint and that neither Balgobin nor the female executive was interviewed before it was completed.

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Now, that is scary for President Trump and his enablers. "The first big takeaway from this morning's flurry of charging and plea documents with respect to Paul Manafort Jr., Richard Gates III, and George Papadopoulos is this: The President of the United States had as his campaign chairman a man who had allegedly served for years as an unregistered foreign agent for a puppet government of Vladimir Putin, a man who was allegedly laundering remarkable sums of money even while running the now-president's campaign, a man who allegedly lied about all of this to the FBI and the Justice Department."

Defense to push for leniency for U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl

Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will build their case on Tuesday for why he should be spared prison time for walking off his Afghanistan post in June 2009 and endangering the troops who searched for him. The 31-year-old soldier, a polarizing figure who spent years in captivity and was released in a 2014 Taliban prisoner swap brokered by Democratic President Barack Obama's administration, took the stand at his sentencing hearing on Monday.

Trump wants you to do something

President Trump tweeted about Hillary Clinton again right as news broke that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III would issue an indictment in the investigation into Russian election meddling.

Wisconsin a Critical Test for Both Parties in 2018

President Trump's surprise victory in Wisconsin last year left Democrats reeling and Republicans exuberant as they inched closer to complete control of the Upper Midwest swing state. Next year's midterm elections will determine whether the GOP can build on that success and turn the Badger State fully red, or whether Democrats can reconnect with voters in the middle of the country and re-establish their once solid blue wall there.

The Plot to Bring Down Donald Trump

Well over a year after the FBI began investigating "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought in his first major indictment. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with a series of crimes dating back years, though none is tied directly to President With a leak to CNN that indictments were coming, Mueller's office stole the weekend headlines.

Bill Kelly: Is this Trump’s Watergate?

The White House said Monday that the indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign's activities. For those of us who saw the demise of the Nixon White House due to the Watergate investigation, it's remarkable to see the similarities with the Trump administration's attempts to fend off the growing evidence of collusion with Russian officials during last year's election.

Inconsistencies cast doubt on Hawaii women’s harrowing tale of sea survival

Two Hawaii women who say they were lost at sea on a sailboat for months never activated their emergency beacon, the U.S. Coast Guard said, adding to a growing list of inconsistencies that cast doubt on their harrowing tale of survival. The women previously told The Associated Press that they had radios, satellite phones, GPS and other emergency gear, but they didn't mention the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, or EPIRB.

GOP: Mueller investigation won’t derail tax plans

News of the first indictments in the investigation by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller captivated Capitol Hill on Monday night, just as Republicans were putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited tax bill. House Republicans are expected to release their tax bill Wednesday afternoon after months of work, but the already tough job of passing tax reform could get harder if the President -- the most popular and visible voice within the GOP -- grows distracted by the latest Russia investigation developments and allows it to overshadow the legislative work being done on Capitol Hill.

Questions raised about stranded sailors’ story

The two women from Hawaii who say they were lost at sea had an emergency beacon on the ship that was not activated during their roughly five months at sea, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. The mariners, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, had one EPIRB on board, which was properly registered," Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle said.

Lawmakers to Trump: Leave Mueller alone

Democrats and some Republicans in Congress have a clear message for President Donald Trump: Don't mess with Robert Mueller. Concerned that the president may fight back after Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling led to charges for his former advisers Monday, top Democrats laid down a marker for the president, who earlier in the year criticized the probe.

Tech companies find more signs of Russian election activity

Facebook says a Russian internet agency posted more than 80,000 pieces of content during and after the 2016 election, and ... Two Hawaii women who say they were lost at sea never activated their emergency beacon, the U.S. Coast Guard said, adding to a growing list of inconsistences that cast doubt on this harrowing tale of survival. Two Hawaii women who say they were lost at sea never activated their emergency beacon, the U.S. Coast Guard said, adding to a growing list of inconsistences that cast doubt on this harrowing tale of survival.

The Process Works Its Way Through

All of the new media are full of news about yesterday's indictments of individuals who figured highly in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, to the exclusion of all else. I continue to be content with letting the process work.

Hillary Clinton says ‘I have a great chapter about Russia’ in my book …

Hillary Clinton says 'I have a great chapter about Russia' in my book when asked about Mueller indictments Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a signing of her new book 'What happened' at Barnes & Noble bookstore at Union Square in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly - RC121E6CA5A0 Former Democratic presidential nominee and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday brushed off questions about the unsealing of the first indictments under special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, pointing reporters to her latest book for comment.

Russia probe centers on Trump campaign aide

In this photo from President Donald Trump's Twitter account, George Papadopoulos, third from left, sits at a table with then-candidate Trump and others at what is labeled at a national security meeting in Washington that was posted on March 31, 2016. Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide belittled by the White House as a low-level volunteer was thrust on Oct. 30, 2017, to the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, providing evidence in the first criminal case that connects Trump's team and intermediaries for Russia seeking to interfere in the campaign.

Lawmakers to Trump: Leave Mueller alone

Paul Manafort gets into a car as he leaves Federal District Court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, and Manafort's business associate Rick Gates have pleaded not guilty to felony charges of conspiracy against the United States and other counts.

Louisiana, nation’s top jailer, now trying early releases

In this June 15, 2017 photo, a bipartisan group of lawmakers surround Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards as he signs 10 criminal justice bills into law during a ceremony in Baton Rouge, La. Hundreds of inmates are about to get early releases from Louisiana prisons and jails, a milestone in a push to reduce the nation's highest incarceration rate.

Charges against former Trump aides carry long prison terms

In this July 17, 2016 file photo, President Donald Trump's Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort is surrounded by reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Rick Gates, a former business associate to Manafort and former campaign aide to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, is center rear.

Current war authority sufficient, top US officials say

Top U.S. national security officials have warned congressional Republicans and Democrats demanding a new war authorization that existing laws governing combat operations against terrorist groups are legally sufficient and that repealing them prematurely could signal the United States is backing away from the fight. During testimony Monday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged Congress to tread carefully.

The Latest: Lost sailors say not enough danger to use beacon

Jennifer Appel, right, and Tasha Fuiava speak on the deck of the USS Ashland at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. The U.S. Navy ship arrived at the American Navy base, five days after it picked up the women and their two dogs from their storm-damaged sailboat, 900 miles southeast of Japan.

American Airlines to fly nonstop route between LR, D.C.

American Airlines will begin daily service between Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport beginning April 3, officials at Arkansas' largest airport said Monday. "Nonstop service to [Reagan National], which has been heavily requested by both business and leisure travelers, is essential to connecting Arkansas to the nation's capital," said Ronald Mathieu, executive director at Clinton National.

Powell said to be top pick to lead Fed

Jerome "Jay" Powell, a member of the Federal Reserve's board, is President Donald Trump's leading candidate to replace Janet Yellen as the head of the nation's central bank, with an announcement planned for Thursday, according to senior administration officials. One senior official said Monday that the announcement is planned for Thursday.

Art show explores ‘Greater West’ and its indigenous people

Romantic images of cowboys and covered wagons, railroad barons and Gold Rush-era prospectors that typically depict the settling of the American West play only supporting roles at best in a Nevada art exhibit with a broader perspective on Earth's "final frontier." The show stars the indigenous people who already were here when the western reaches of North and South America were allegedly tamed.

APNewsBreak: Lost sailors did not activate emergency beacon

In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 still image taken from video provided by the U.S. Navy, Jennifer Appel, of Honolulu, holds up a shaka sign as rescuers approach her crippled sailboat, the Sea Nymph, after being lost at sea for months, about 900 miles southeast of Japan. Their engine was crippled, their mast was damaged and things went downhill from there for two women who set out to sail the 2,700 miles from Hawaii to Tahiti.

Ex-Trump aides charged as Russia probe accelerates

Ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and another former Trump aide appeared in court, pleading not guilty to conspiracy against the United States. An investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election moved into a new and more perilous stage for the White House Tuesday after three aides to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, including a former chairman, were charged.

Hurricane Maria evacuees start over in the Tampa Bay area

Times Puerto Rican evacuee Shamira Melendez, 4, watches "Finding Dory" on a tablet while her mom Ivana Reyes, 22, talks to representatives from local agencies while her son Jezel Garcia, 1, snoozes in his stroller at the Hispanic Outreach Center Thursday 11/2/2017. - Pinellas County government hosted a bilingual panel Thursday featuring community organizations providing help for local Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria evacuees start over in the Tampa Bay area

Times Puerto Rican evacuee Shamira Melendez, 4, watches "Finding Dory" on a tablet while her mom Ivana Reyes, 22, talks to representatives from local agencies while her son Jezel Garcia, 1, snoozes in his stroller at the Hispanic Outreach Center Thursday 11/2/2017. - Pinellas County government hosted a bilingual panel Thursday featuring community organizations providing help for local Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico.

The Latest: Trump slams visa lottery after NYC attack

President Donald Trump is urging swift repeal of an immigration program that brought the New York truck attack suspect to America. Trump insists Congress must end the visa lottery program under which Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov entered the country, and he has ordered still tighter scrutiny of immigrants already subject to what he calls "extreme vetting."

India needs a more robust naval presence in Asia

At a biannual naval commanders' conference in New Delhi last week, the Indian Navy's top leadership cleared a new maritime deployment plan . In a bid to counter emerging challenges in the Indian Ocean littorals - in particular, the growing presence of Chinese warships and submarines in India's near seas - senior commanders backed a proposal for the prolonged deployment of warships in critical and vulnerable spaces in the Indian Ocean.

Puerto Rico authorities request $10 million to pay Whitefish

Puerto Rico authorities are asking FEMA to pay $10 million for the power restoration efforts underway by Whitefish Energy Holdings, CNN has learned. Word from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority of the request came hours after FEMA Administrator Brock Long told members of Congress at a hearing on Tuesday that agency funds have not been used to compensate the company.

Nation & World briefs: 10-31-17

House Republicans, straining to make last-minute changes to their far-reaching tax proposal, on Tuesday delayed the rollout by a day after they failed to finalize the details. The plan pushed by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress is a top legislative priority.

Puerto Rico models Hurricane Maria recovery program after Louisiana strategy: report

A new recovery program in Puerto Rico aimed at getting people back in their homes as quickly as possible after Hurricane Maria will be modeled after one used by Louisiana following the historic flooding in 2016, according to WBRZ , a Baton Rouge television station. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello formerly launched Puerto Rico's version of Louisiana's Shelter at Home program Monday while Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards were visiting the island.

China-backed buyout fund founder charged in US insider trading case

The founder of a private equity firm with Chinese state backing has been charged with insider trading related to the attempted acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corp , U.S. authorities said on Monday. SAN FRANCISCO: The founder of a private equity firm with Chinese state backing has been charged with insider trading related to the attempted acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corp , U.S. authorities said on Monday.

Fox News host Sean Hannity accidentally calls Hillary Clinton ‘President Clinton’

Fox News host Sean Hannity slipped up Monday when he referred to Hillary Clinton as "President Clinton" during his fiery opening monologue delivered on the same day the first indictments were issued as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. "This is what the media will ignore, this is what matters, these are the facts, this is where the evidence comes in," Hannity started after dismissing the first charges against three former Trump campaign associates as being irrelevant to the White House.

Puerto Rico Cancels Whitefish Energy Contract

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is canceling its controversial $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings to restore the island's hurricane-ravaged electrical grid, officials announced Sunday. Ricardo Ramos, executive director of PREPA, said at a press conference he would honor Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossell's Sunday morning request to terminate the business deal, which has raised questions from several lawmakers and government agencies.

McCain Thanks Midshipmen for Their Sacrifice to Nation

Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday gratefully thanked U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen for sacrificing for fellow Americans "who won't be asked to make sacrifices for you'' in an emotional address from the former Navy pilot now battling brain cancer. With a mix of humor and pathos, the six-term Arizona senator returned to his alma mater to speak to the Brigade of Midshipmen and field a few questions about past presidential campaigns, the Russia probe and advice for those at the academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Late-Night Hosts Tackle “Mueller Time” Following Indictment Announcement


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Late night hosts were quick to pounce on Monday morning's news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election resulted in indictments for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on felony charges of conspiracy against the United States and other counts, as well as a guilty plea by former adviser George Papadopoulos to interactions between Trump campaign associates and Russian intermediaries during the campaign. On The Late Show , host Stephen Colbert started his show by addressing White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' comments in a press briefing that the indictments had nothing to do with Trump and more to do with Hillary Clinton.

First guilty plea, indictment of Trump aides in Russia probe

On a black Monday for Donald Trump's White House, the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump presidential campaign announced the first charges, indicting Trump's former campaign chairman and revealing how an adviser lied to the FBI about meetings with Russian intermediaries. The formal charges against a total of three people are the first public demonstration that special counsel Robert Mueller and his team believe they have identified criminal conduct.

Judy Martz, first female governor of Montana, dies at 74

In this Oct. 15, 2005, file photo, former Montana Gov. Judy Martz addresses a crowd at the Christian Women's Conference at Faith Chapel in Billings, Mont. Martz, Montana's only female governor and lieutenant governor whose fiscal success running the state was overshadowed by scandal and gaffes, died in Butte, Mont., Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

Colbert on George Papadopoulos’ Crimes: – You Can’t Do…

"My God, of course! Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia to lose the election," Colbert said about White House claims about special counsel investigation after Paul... Stephen Colbert laid into George Papadopoulos in his opening monologue Monday night, joking that the former Trump campaign advisor-turned government witness was basically arrested for doing "Don Jr.'s job." It was revealed Monday, along with the 12-count indictments of Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates , that Papadopoulos was arrested in July as part of the investigation led by Robert Mueller into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Paul: Trump may not seek re-election in 2020

"Another top GOP official has raised doubts about whether President Donald Trump will run for re-election. Senator Rand Paul said Sunday night that even though the president is raising millions for a 2020 campaign, Republicans should not assume he's running.

National security leaders say war authority sufficient

Two New York City police detectives are accused of threatening an 18-year-old woman with arrest over a bottle of prescription pills, handcuffing her, driving her around and then raping her. A Baltimore police officer who was acquitted of criminal charges in the death of a suspect while in custody is now fighting an administrative procedure that could cost him his job.

Tillerson, Mattis tell senators new war authority not needed


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In this June 5, 2017, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis participate in talks at Government House in Sydney. President Donald Trump's national security brain trust faces Congress on the need for a new war authorization as the deadly ambush in Niger is fueling a push among many lawmakers to update the legal parameters for combat operations overseas.

Judge largely blocks Trump’s military transgender ban

A federal court judge in Washington, D.C., has largely blocked President Trump's controversial ban on transgender people serving in the military. The judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, issued a preliminary injunction on Monday halting two portions of Trump's presidential memorandum issued in late August, including his reinstatement of the ban on transgender service members that was in place before June 2016.

OnPolitics Today: It’s just another Manafort Monday

Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left on July 17, 2016. We're not quite sure how it's already Monday evening, OP friends, but it's probably because the news is non-stop .

Trump campaign aide steps to center of Russia probe

In this photo from President Donald Trump's Twitter account, George Papadopoulos, third from left, sits at a table with then-candidate Trump and others at what is labeled at a national security meeting in Washington that was posted on March 31, 2016. Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide belittled by the White House as a low-level volunteer was thrust on Oct. 30, 2017, to the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, providing evidence in the first criminal case that connects Trump's team and intermediaries for Russia seeking to interfere in the campaign.

Tillerson, Mattis tell senators new war authority not needed

Senior U.S. national security officials told Congress on Monday a new war authorization is "not legally required" to conduct combat operations against terrorist groups and warned lawmakers that prematurely repealing current law could signal the U.S. is "backing away from this fight." Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee three months after they informed the panel a post-Sept.

Dems eyeing 2018 say ita s time to start talking Russia

Monday's bombshell revelations - highlighted by the indictment of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort - offer a vivid example of the political bind gripping Democrats, who want to discuss jobs and health care but instead must react to new developments in Special Counsel Mueller's probe into allegations of collusion between the Republican's campaign and Russia. The expectation of fresh breaks in the case, which could last well into 2018, has convinced some leading party operatives that candidates need to simply embrace the Russia story.

Long battle between Boulder City and resident back in court

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered the federal District Court in Las Vegas to take another look at a long battle between Boulder City and at least one of its residents. The legal fight started in 2006, when residents presented initiative petitions to bar the City Council from spending more than $1 million without voter approval, to require the city to operate only one golf course and not subsidize two others, and to limit appointees to boards and commissions from to serving no longer than 12 years.

Acacia Diversified Holdings, Inc. Subsidiary Acquires Processing License in Tennessee

Acacia Diversified Holdings, Inc. , an emerging cannabis company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Eufloria Medical of Tennessee, Inc. is pleased to announce that Eufloria has secured a processing, manufacturing and retail sales license in Tennessee. The acquisition of these licenses will allow Eufloria to conduct hemp-related business in Tennessee, as it moves forward in this new emerging hemp marketplace.

Watch: Tech giants testify on Russian interference in U.S. election


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Tech giants testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday about Russian efforts to spread disinformation in the U.S. Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with two national security analysts, will speak with lawmakers about ways that Russia has used the social media platforms. Apparent Russian agents began reaching out to Donald Trump's presidential campaign as early as March 2016, the Justice Department established in documents released Monday, with appeals for partnership and offers of help including "dirt" on Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The Latest: Leaders say new war powers resolution unneeded

Senior U.S. national security officials say a new war authorization is "not legally required" to conduct combat operations against terrorist groups. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified Monday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, three months after they informed the panel a post-Sept.

Should President Trump fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller?


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Now that special counsel Robert Mueller has filed criminal charges against members of Donald Trump's campaign staff, many are speculating that Trump will fire Mueller. Trump allies question Mueller's integrity and have called for his resignation , but other Republicans joined Democrats in introducing bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller's job.

Trump’s “witch hunt” label doesn’t make it through Halloween

For months, President Donald Trump has railed against an investigation into whether operatives for his surprisingly successful presidential campaign worked with the Russian government to turn the election. Monday's release of charges brought against Trump's former campaign manager, and the guilty plea of a former campaign adviser, suggest Trump's "witch hunt" explanation won't make it through Halloween.

House GOP alters tax plan to allow property tax deductions

House Republican leaders are making last-minute changes to their tax bill in an attempt to win over skeptical members within their own party, crafting a provision that would allow Americans to deduct their local property taxes from their federal taxable income. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady had planned for months to prohibit people from deducting any state or local taxes from their federal taxable income as part of a sweeping overhaul of tax rules, but huge pushback from Republicans in states such as New York and New Jersey precipitated the change.

After FBI probe, NCAA boss says change needed in college

Major changes are needed in college basketball before the 2018-19 season to show the public that the NCAA is capable of governing the sport in the wake of a bribery scandal, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday. Emmert's comments at a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics were his most extensive since federal investigators in New York accused coaches, financial managers and an Adidas executive of using bribes to influence athletes' choices of schools, shoe sponsors and agents.

Drill, baby, drill in the eastern Gulf? Don’t even think about it


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Sun Sentinel Editorial Board members talk about a ruling to revisit the idea of drilling for oil in the Everglades. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board members talk about a ruling to revisit the idea of drilling for oil in the Everglades.

Manafort Indicted; Ex-Trump Aide Pleads Guilty in Russia Probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election revealed its first targets Monday, with a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump admitting he lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russians. Separately, Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former Manafort business associate were indicted on felony charges of conspiracy against the United States and other counts.

FBI’s first blows: Trump campaign boss charged; aide flips into Russia witness

The Russia investigation struck a series of blows against the Donald Trump presidency Monday: multiple charges against his former campaign manager and word that a lower-level adviser is co-operating with investigators after admitting to communicating about stolen emails with intermediaries of the Putin government. The day began with ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort surrendering to authorities after he and another senior campaign aide were slapped with a dozen criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States, money-laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent and lying to police.

Judge denies Menendez mistrial request

Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe - Democratic power lobbyist Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group, is stepping down from the firm that bears his name after coming under investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. How to Interpret Robert Mueller's New Charges - WITH THE FIRST public criminal charges expected to come out Monday, this year's biggest political story - the former FBI director Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election - will enter an important new phase How the Russia probe closed in on Paul Manafort - Paul Manafort was in the room when Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer hoping for dirt on Hilary Clinton.

Russian Enigma/ From the mailbox

If you remember, during the Presidential election of 2012, Mitt Romney stated during a debate with Barrack Hussein Obama, Russia was our greatest foe and enemy. Mr. Obama laughed and ask if Mr. Romney knew the Cold War was over.

Court partially blocks Trump’s transgender military ban

Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Told to Surrender - WASHINGTON - Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation, according to a person involved in the case. Manafort to turn himself in to Mueller, source says - Source: Manafort to turn himself in to Mueller - STORY HIGHLIGHTS - Manafort is the first person in Trump's orbit charged in connection with the special counsel investigation - Washington Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort How the Russia Investigation Entangled a Manafort Protg - Nearly everywhere Paul Manafort went, it seemed, Rick Gates followed, his protg and junior partner.

Faith News/ November 1

We invite anyone who wants to come in and spend time with God to stop by and pray as long as they would like. The church will open at 12 p.m. and remain open until after Bible Study at 6 p.m. Services - The Church of God and True Holiness, 1185 Thorne Avenue, Kingstree, invites everyone to join us in our weekly services.

Credit Suisse relief plan could downsize RMBS settlement amount

Credit Suisse's plan to fulfill the consumer relief portion of its multibillion-dollar residential mortgage-backed securities settlement with the Department of Justice could cost it less than the face settlement amount. The $5.2 billion settlement includes $2.8 billion in consumer relief credit that does not necessarily require a dollar match in spending, and it could allow Credit Suisse to spend less, "potentially far less," than that amount, settlement monitor Neal Barofsky of Jenner & Block LLP noted in the report.

Canceled contract with Trump-linked company throws Puerto Rico power restoration into disarray

Workers seek to repair distribution lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in the Cantera community of San Juan, Puerto Rico. CREDIT: AP Photo/Carlos Giusti Puerto Rico's decision to cancel its contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, a small Montana-based company with ties to the Trump administration, has thrown the island's electricity restoration efforts into disarray.

Fenwick Officials Worry Beach Pumping Delay Could Impact Summer

Delays in a long-awaited beach replenishment project could push the completion date for Delaware beaches into the summer season. Last month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District awarded a $17.2 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to dredge 1.2 million cubic yards of sand to fortify the beaches and dune system in Bethany, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.

Is “Weak Leadership” to Blame for Catholic Trump Support?

It's perhaps a sign of the times that two of the four articles in the Washington Post's "Outlook" section dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation are actually about the role of evangelical and white Catholic voters in politics - particularly the rise of Donald Trump - in a sign of how inseparable the two have become in what used to be called the "Christian Coalition." Lydia Bean pins the evangelical and white Catholic support of Donald Trump on the failure of elite religious leaders to sway voters: The reason that Trump did so well with both groups is that laypeople were not looking to theologically trained religious elites to tell them how to vote.

Republican Judiciary chairman: Trump should let Mueller do his job

Charles Ernest Grassley Trump talks NAFTA withdrawal with GOP senators Fractures emerging on Senate panel's Russia probe The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE is urging President Trump to not interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation after Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was charged on Monday. "The president should let the special counsel do his job," Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters on Capitol Hill.

The Latest: Trump tries to distance himself from Manafort

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump is unleashing new criticism of the probes into possible ties betwee... Defense attorneys for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend have accused the judge in their bribery trial of not letting them present evidence and witnesses to prove their case.

Owners of big Montana coal mine due in court as layoffs loom

Attorneys for a large Montana coal mine are due in court this week to press a judge to reverse an order they say would prompt dozens of layoffs by blocking the mine's expansion plans. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy has scheduled a Tuesday hearing in Missoula in the case involving Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain Mine.

How fighter pilots serve when they are not in the cockpit

Becoming a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot is the stuff dreams are made of. Flying daring combat missions against hostile enemy war planes using skill, courage and determination in service of your country - following in the contrails of legendary war heroes like James Jabara , Charles DeBellevue and Cesar "Rico" Rodriguez .

Paul Manafort Has Surrendered To Federal Agents

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, seen here leaving his home in Alexandria, Va., early Monday, was reportedly told to report to an FBI field office. Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, surrendered himself to federal law enforcement authorities on Monday morning, a Justice Department source tells NPR's Ryan Lucas, representing a new phase of the investigations into figures from Trump's inner circle.

Revolutionaries to supernovas: Glamour names women of 2017

It's been one epic year for women, a notion definitely not lost on Glamour magazine as it named U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, 27 key facilitators of the Women's March on Washington and astronaut Peggy Whitson among its women of the year from the worlds of politics, entertainment, fashion, business and more.

The Latest: Conway shrugs off Russia probe

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is shrugging off developments in the Russia probe as speculation, saying the White House isn't aware of what will happen next. Conway spoke on "Fox and Friends" Monday morning shortly before The New York Times reported that Trump's ex-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate have been told to surrender to federal authorities.

Former Trump campaign chairman Manafort and former business partner…

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates will turn themselves in on charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the matter. The precise charges the men face were not immediately clear.

UPDATE 1-Iran fulfilling nuclear deal commitments -IAEA chief

Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal with world powers and U.N. inspectors are facing no problems in their verification efforts, the International Atomic Energy Agency director-general said on Monday. U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he would not continue to certify the multinational 2015 agreement, reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, and warned that he might ultimately terminate it.

President Donald Trump answers questions from the media after…

Will President Trump pivot on the North American Free Trade Agreement? He long has described the 23-year-old trade deal with Canada and Mexico along the lines of a disaster, worst ever, "very, very bad for our companies and workers." The president told a Wisconsin audience in the spring that "we're going to make some very big changes or we're going to get rid of NAFTA once and for all."

PHOTOS: Paul Manafort and Business Associate Rick Gates Charged in…

Former Trump Campaign manager of three months Paul Manafort was charged today in the Robert Mueller witch hunt of the Donald Trump campaign. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort hides behind his car visor as he leaves his home in Alexandria this morning Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation, according to a person involved in the case.

Here’s what Mueller could get from ‘flipping’ Manafort

The Special Counsel has reportedly received an indictment against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort in his investigation into alleged Russian election meddling and potential collusion with the President's team. But few believe that the first indictments, reported against Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates only five months after Mueller was appointed, will be the last for the former FBI Director.

Report: Manafort, Gates to Surrender to Federal Authorities in Midst of Russia Probe

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort's deputy and business partner Rick Gates are expected to surrender to federal authorities in Washington, D.C., Monday, a source with direct knowledge of the matter reported to ABC News. Manafort was among more than 100 witnesses recently interviewed during an investigation into whether Russia coordinated with the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Goodman: Gov. Rick Scott, friend of the environment, LOL.

The Florida governor whose mantra is jobs, jobs, jobs? Who rode to office on a wave of tea party support and has pushed for limiting government and gutting regulations, including those that protect the environment, in the name of giving business a freer rein? Yet here he was this week, proposing to boost spending on Florida's natural resources and environmental programs by $220 million.

John Boehner, retired and a little bitter, f-bombs some old GOP enemies


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John A. Boehner has always had a gruff side. During his four-plus years as House speaker, the Ohio Republican let it show occasionally, like when he told former Democratic leader Harry M. Reid "go f- yourself" outside the Oval Office.

Ethiopian-born suspect goes on trial for 1970s war crimes

Presiding Judge Renckens, center, opens the court session in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in the case against a Dutch national of Ethiopian descent for alleged war crimes committed during the 1970's regime in ... . Presiding Judge Renckens, center, opens the court session in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in the case against a Dutch national of Ethiopian descent for alleged war crimes committed during the 1970's regime in ... Defense attorneys for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend have accused the judge in their bribery trial of not letting them present evidence and witnesses to prove their case.

California ablaze; Las Vegas aftermath; Drying wells


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DISPATCH FROM CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES The massive wildfires in Northern California in mid-October forced thousands to quickly evacuate their homes as the fires advanced on neighborhoods and wineries. The American Red Cross set up makeshift evacuation centers in veterans' halls, churches and schools to accommodate the hundreds seeking refuge, some who had lost everything.

Handbook to ranching; pizza-loving bears; high hopes for medical marijuana


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It's hard not to wax rhapsodic about the poet and essayist Linda M. Hasselstrom, whose 17th book, Dakota: Bones, Grass and Sky , was published this year. Her mostly short poems are frank yet lyrical, and their subjects range from the appearance of her own aging body to reprising the worth of an old cow found frozen stiff on the range.

Debate over tax cuts begins with defining ‘middle class’

In this Oct. 26, 2017, photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, whose panel is charged with writing tax law, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump and Republican leaders are promoting their tax-cutting plan as needed relief for the stressed American middle class and a catalyst for job creation.

Critics – would be quietened’ if they knew of fighter plane’s capabilities

Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the UK's lead test pilot, uses a specialist fighter jet simulator at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire Critics of Britain's new multimillion-pound stealth fighter jets would be "quietened very quickly" if they knew what they are capable of, the UK's lead test pilot has said. The F-35 Lightning II will undertake missions from HMS Queen Elizabeth, the A 3 billion behemoth aircraft carrier and the nation's future flagship.

5 police departments get national grants for bulletproof vests

Grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership, and 111 Indiana law-enforcement agencies were awarded $377,409 to help purchase ballistic or stab-resistant body armor. The partnership gave funding priority to cities, towns and counties with fewer than 100,000 residents.

Golden Screen Awards: China’s ‘This Is Not What I Expected’ Takes Top Honor


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The second annual movie awards show, presented by the U.S.-China Film & TV Industry Expo, celebrates co-productions between the U.S. and Chinese film industries. Hong Kong director Derek Hui's romantic comedy This Is Not What I Expected was one of the big winners Sunday night at the second annual Golden Screen Awards, a growing film business occasion which celebrates co-productions between China and other movie industries around the world, particularly Hollywood.

Ref who left game after protests denies racist Facebook post

As President Trump argued about what he said to the family of a soldier killed in Niger, a North Carolina congressman was quietly doing what he's done more than 11,000 times: signing a condolence letter to that... As President Trump argued about what he said to the family of a soldier killed in Niger, a North Carolina congressman was quietly doing what he's done more than 11,000 times: signing a condolence letter to that family and others. MONROE, N.J. - A referee facing criticism for refusing to officiate a high school football game after players knelt during the national anthem is facing new heat for racially insensitive Facebook posts.

Letter: Losing our hard-earned money

Are you aware that the price of gasoline and diesel fuel will go up Nov. 1 due to Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature? Senate Bill 1 raises the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon and diesel by 20 cents. Also, your auto registration will rise on a sliding scale somewhere between $25 and $175 depending on the value of your car.

Another Malta protest demands justice for slain journalist

Thousands of people in Malta took to the streets for the second Sunday in a row , saying they will not be silenced until there is justice for murdered journalist and anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. Organisers said 10,000 people took part in the rally in Sliema, across the harbour from capital Valletta, in honour of the 53-year-old who was killed in a car bombing on 16 October.

California’s Capitol always has been a sexual playground with…

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez has written a bill to enshrine whistle-blower protections into law for those legislative staff members who come forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez has written a bill to enshrine whistle-blower protections into law for those legislative staff members who come forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

Pair saved after months at sea reach land

Two women from Hawaii who were adrift on a storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific for months have set foot on solid ground at a US Naval base in southern Japan. The USS Ashland rescued Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs about 1450km southeast of Japan, and brought them to America's White Beach Naval Facility after waiting for a typhoon to pass.

FEMA ‘not a party’ to $300M contract with tiny Mont. firm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it had no involvement in the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico's power grid to a tiny Montana company in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown. FEMA said in a statement that any language in the controversial contract saying the agency approved of the deal with Whitefish Energy Holdings is inaccurate.

Speculation rife as first arrest in US Russia probe nears

WASHIGNTON : Official Washington was abuzz this weekend over reports that a grand jury has charged at least one person stemming from the US probe of Russia's attempts to tilt the 2016 presidential elections in Donald Trump's favor. There was no indication, in reporting by CNN that other media later confirmed, of who might be charged or what crimes might be alleged in the ongoing inquiry led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.

The conflicting accounts behind historic Royal Navy mission

T riumphant crowings in Britain about how Bletchley Park was able to break the German Enigma code during the Second World War frequently give all the credit to codebreaker Alan Turing. So many readers will be surprised to learn that he could not read any messages without assistance from the Royal Navy.

Two Rescued Sailors Have Reached a U.S. Base in Japan After Being Stranded at Sea for Months


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Two women from Hawaii who were adrift on a storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific for months set foot on solid ground Monday at a U.S. Naval base in southern Japan. The USS Ashland rescued Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs about 900 miles southeast of Japan, and brought them to America's White Base Naval Facility after waiting for a typhoon to pass.

.com | Trump in new Twitter rant over Russia probe

President Donald Trump expressed renewed frustration on Sunday over the investigations into alleged ties between his campaign associates and Russian government officials, saying on Twitter that the "facts are pouring out" about links to Russia by his former presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump's tweets followed a CNN report late on Friday that a federal grand jury in Washington has approved the first charges in a criminal investigation into Russia ties led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Fonda, Fultonville discuss finances of joint waste water plant

The village governments of Fonda and Fultonville agree that an in-depth financial summary for the Fonda-Fultonville Joint Waste Water Treatment Plant is needed before plans can move forward. Officials from both villages held a joint meeting last week to discuss the waste water treatment plant and the services shared between the two municipalities.

Trump tax overhaul under intensifying fire as Congress readies bill

President Donald Trump's plan for overhauling the U.S. tax system faced growing opposition from interest groups on Sunday, as Republicans prepare to unveil sweeping legislation that could eliminate some of the most popular tax breaks to help pay for lower taxes. Republicans who control the U.S. House of Representatives will not reveal their bill until Wednesday.

Trump tries to shift focus to Clinton as an arrest appears imminent in Russia probe

In a series of tweets, Trump said Republicans were now fighting the Russia allegations by looking into Clinton, apparently referring to new House investigations into her e-mail practices and an Obama-era uranium deal with Russia. But the president made it clear he believed that Clinton should be pursued more forcefully, writing, "DO SOMETHING!" He did not specify who should take action or what it should be, though critics have accused him of trying to sway the congressional and special counsel inquiries into Russian ties.

Controversial Congressman Touts Iowa ‘Peasant Hunt’ With Donald Trump Jr.

It might have been a good idea for Akron locals to clear out after white nationalist sympathizer Rep. Steve King boasted in a tweet Saturday that he and Donald Trump Jr. were setting out on a "peasant hunt" in Iowa. It might have been a good idea for Akron locals to clear out after white nationalist sympathizer Rep. Steve King boasted in a tweet Saturday that he and Donald Trump Jr. were setting out on a "peasant hunt" in Iowa.

Equatorial Guinea: Presidents Son Convicted of Laundering Millions

A Parisian court on October 27, 2017, convicted the president of Equatorial Guinea 's eldest son in absentia of embezzling tens of millions of euro from his government and laundering the proceeds in France. The court handed down a three-year suspended jail sentence and a suspended a 30 million fine for Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, known as Teodorin, who is also Equatorial Guinea's vice president.

Analysis: Louisiana’s Medicaid contracts get newa

Analysis: Louisiana's Medicaid contracts get new scrutiny A task force created by lawmakers is searching for signs of waste in Medicaid spending. Check out this story on dailyworld.com: No one seems to want to scrap the insurance-model system, but the Edwards administration can expect continued inspection of contracts that are among the largest in state government, amid concern that too few people are tracking the money.

Trump comes ahead with fresh criticism of Russia inquiry

President Donald Trump expressed renewed frustration Sunday over the investigations into alleged ties between his campaign associates and Russian government officials, saying on Twitter that the "facts are pouring out" about links to Russia by his former presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump's tweets followed a CNN report late Friday that a federal grand jury in Washington has approved the first charges in a criminal investigation into Russia ties led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Puerto Rico utility moves to scrap $300M Whitefish contract

The head of Puerto Rico's power company said Sunday the agency is cancelling its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid scrutiny of the tiny Montana company's role in restoring the island's power system. The announcement by Ricardo Ramos came hours after Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged the utility to scrap the deal for Whitefish's help in rebuilding the electrical system from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria.

Viral photos of college student spurs modeling agency call

Woman, 22, 'killed after suicidal 12-year-old boy jumped 30 feet off an overpass and landed on her car' - but he SURVIVED Majority of Houston Texans kneel during national anthem in protest against owner Bob McNair's 'inmates are running the prison' comment 'Every woman just went, "I'm done"': Amber Tamblyn claims that the allegations against Harvey Weinstein would have never surfaced if Hillary Clinton had been elected Two members of Navy's elite SEAL Team Six are under investigation in strangulation death of Army Green Beret, 34, in Mali Google CEO says company will 'DROP EVERYTHING' on Monday to fix the glaring error on its cheeseburger emoji...but can you tell what it is? Father who pleaded guilty to raping and murdering his 14-year-old daughter now wants to reverse plea and face trial for heinous crimes Why cheating in a marriage can be HEALTHY: Relationship guru insists infidelity ... (more)

Trump Lawyers Scramble in New Stage of Russia Probe

President Donald Trump's White House and personal lawyers scrambled Saturday to learn where the knife might fall in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, triggering a guessing game among aides after days of trying to turn attention away from allegations of collusion with Russia during the election. Attorneys involved in the case said their cellphones have been ringing nonstop as they connected with each other, and with reporters, trying to gather more concrete details after a CNN report Friday night that a federal grand jury had approved the first charges in the Russia investigation.

John Boehner said he once called Sean Hannity to tell him he…

Former House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on conservative politicians and media figures in a Politico Magazine feature published over the weekend. In one notable moment, the Ohio Republican, now two years removed from office, blamed radio personality Mark Levin for dragging two other commentators, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News host Sean Hannity, "to the dark side."

Canadian Music Festival Says Sorry For ‘Racist’ White…

A music festival in Halifax, Canada has apologized for "overt racism" following a volunteer staffer's refusal to move to the back because she is Caucasian. According to the National Post , performer Lido Pimienta, who won the 2017 Polaris Prize, frequently asks all white members of her audience to move to the back and give up their seats to non-white audience members.

A drug on Asean

Ever since Rodrigo Duterte became the 16th President of the Republic of Philippines, the world has watched and read about his unorthodox way of handling situations, at times going above and beyond what one might expect from a head of state. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to hear President Duterte while I was on a business trip to Manila and lucky I had the opportunity to hear him twice in a matter of two days.

Bedlam out here in Arizona’ after Flake departs Senate race

Establishment Republicans are scrambling to find a candidate to replace Sen. Jeff Flake and wage a primary challenge against Kelli Ward, a former state senator who aligns herself with President Donald Trump. WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeff Flake's decision to abandon his 2018 re-election campaign in Arizona has thrown open the Senate race there, exposing deep fissures not only on the Here you can find useful examples and description about searching the news archive.

Puerto Rico Says It’s Scrapping $300M Whitefish Contract

The head of Puerto Rico's power company said Sunday the agency will cancel its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the tiny Montana company's role in restoring the island's power system following Hurricane Maria. The announcement by Ricardo Ramos came hours after Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged the utility to scrap the deal for Whitefish's help in rebuilding the electrical system.

Trump comes ahead with fresh criticism of Russia inquiry

President Donald Trump expressed renewed frustration Sunday over the investigations into alleged ties between his campaign associates and Russian government officials, saying on Twitter that the "facts are pouring out" about links to Russia by his former presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump's tweets followed a CNN report late Friday that a federal grand jury in Washington has approved the first charges in a criminal investigation into Russia ties led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Court orders Arizona tribe to recognize same-sex marriages

A tribal court has cleared the way for gay couples to marry on an American Indian reservation in the Phoenix area after a two-year legal battle that could have repercussions for Native Americans elsewhere. The court ruled that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry under the constitution of the Ak-Chin community and the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Puerto Rico governor calls for cancellation of Whitefish contract

Puerto Rico's government power company said on Sunday it would move to cancel a $300 million repair contract with a tiny Montana company to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory after an uproar over the deal. FILE PHOTO: A pickup truck from Montana-based Whitefish Energy Holdings is parked as workers help fix the island's power grid, damaged during Hurricane Maria in September, in Manati, Puerto Rico October 25, 2017.

Bikers for Trump rallies for Gillespie – without Gillespie

One of President Trump's most fervent fans hopped onto his Harley in South Carolina and roared all the way to Virginia Beach, where he led a "Bikers for Trump" rally Sunday for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. Except Gillespie wasn't there, irking some Trump supporters who say the Republican has been too stand-offish toward the president.

Iran, IAEA urge commitment to nuclear deal by all parties

Iran ian officials and the visiting Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano on Sunday called for commitment of all the parties to Iran's 2015 international nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that Iran would remain committed to its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal as long as Iran benefits from the agreement, Tasnim news agency reported.

Undocumented girl with special-needs in federal custody after emergency surgery


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An undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy was taken into US Customs and Border Protection custody shortly after emergency gallbladder surgery in Texas in a case advocates said shows the harmful extent of the president's hard line on immigration policies. On Tuesday, Rosa Maria Hernandez and her adult cousin, a US citizen, had to go through an interior Border Patrol checkpoint while in an ambulance to get from Laredo, Texas to a Corpus Christi hospital for emergency gallbladder surgery, said family attorney Leticia Gonzalez on Thursday.

Maryland investigating Kushner Companies over apartments

The Maryland attorney general is investigating one of the Kushner family's real estate businesses after media reports surfaced earlier this year about allegedly abusive debt collection practices and poor conditions at several of its properties. "We have been working with the Maryland Attorney General's Office to provide information in response to its request," Kushner Companies told CNN through a spokesperson.

Top GOP Lawmaker: ‘I Wish Democrats Would Help’ Look Into Russian Election Meddling

Rep. Trey Gowdy is accusing Democrats of not doing enough to help investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, which would likely come as news to many of them. on the other side of the aisle for focusing too much on potential ties between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump 's 2016 presidential campaign - the subject of a federal investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Bernie Sanders lends star power to Ontario premier at health care talk

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders lent his star power to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Sunday in Toronto, where he commended the province and the rest of Canada for a public health care system that he admits is "not perfect." The man who inspired millions with his social democratic message but ultimately failed to win the U.S. Democratic Party's presidential nomination last year was introduced by Wynne at a packed event at the University of Toronto's Convocation Hall.

Puerto Rico says it’s scrapping $300 million Whitefish Energy contract

The head of Puerto Rico's power company said Sunday the agency will cancel its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the tiny Montana company's role in restoring the island's power system following Hurricane Maria. The announcement by Ricardo Ramos came hours after Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged the utility to scrap the deal for Whitefish's help in rebuilding the electrical system.

Washington abuzz as Robert Mueller’s Russia probe set to file first …


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Official Washington was abuzz this weekend over reports that a grand jury has charged at least one person stemming from the U.S. probe of Russia's attempts to tilt the 2016 presidential elections in Donald Trump's favor. There was no indication, in reporting by CNN that other media later confirmed, of who might be charged or what crimes might be alleged in the ongoing inquiry led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.

Puerto Rico governor wants to cancel shady $300 million Whitefish energy contract


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Whitefish Energy Holdings workers restore power lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, Oct. 15. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it had no involvement in the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico's power grid to a tiny Montana company in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo RossellA3 wants to cancel a tiny Montana company's $300 million contract to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory and expects help from the governors of Florida and New York, his office said on Sunday.

Trump approval rating drops to lowest-ever 38 percent: NBC poll

President Trump's approval rating dropped to 38 percent in October, the lowest recorded amount of support from voters since he took office in January, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday. Trump's previous record low was 39 percent in May. However, the Oct. 23-26 survey states he dropped 5 percentage points from September to this month.

Kevin McCarthy hits out at claims GOP isn’t forthcoming about tax…

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called criticisms that Republicans haven't been forthcoming with their tax reform plans a "Democratic talking point" that isn't true. McCarthy said Sunday on Fox News Republicans have been talking about what they want in a tax reform plan, including doubling the standard deduction and lowering the corporate tax rate to near 20 percent, for years.

Cuomo, Schumer reflect on lessons learned 5 years after Sandy

Gov. Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday reflected on Hurricane Sandy and said New York has come back stronger and smarter. During the joint appearance in Oceanside, L.I., to announce a Nassau County water treatment plant project, Cuomo invoked Winston Churchill's motto of "never given in" to say how New York tackled the aftermath of the devastating storm.

Mueller charges would shift the script for Trump

As early as Monday, special counsel Robert Mueller, brought in to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, could have someone in custody. This follows CNN's Friday night story, citing sources briefed on the matter, which revealed that a federal grand jury has approved the first charges in the investigation.

Rubin Slams ‘Disgraceful’ Gillespie, ‘Conservative…

On Saturday's AM Joy , Joy Reid hosted over a panel of five MSNBC Republicans to discuss the week's political news. True to form, allegedly right-leaning Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin was trashing conservatives as she derided Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie's campaign as "disgraceful" and complained that the "conservative media" are "spreading nonsense to the American people" on Hillary Clinton and Russian uranium interests.

The – dossier’ and the uranium deal: A guide to the latest allegations

As a service to readers bound to be confused by an increasingly tangled story, here's a brief guide to the latest developments in the tangled allegations involving Russia, President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Background: The ''dossier'' is a collection of 17 memos concerning Trump and Russia written by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, between June 20 and Dec. 13, 2016.

Aviation’s Man in Washington

A pilot with a commercial rating and more than 3,000 hours of flight time, Sam Graves co-chairs the General Aviation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. He helped found the annual Wing Nuts Flying Circus, an annual airshow in his hometown of Tarkio, Missouri, and is restoring a 1943 Beech AT-10.

Why I’m running for U.S. Senate

When I look at what's happening in Washington, I just shake my head because I know we can do better. It can't just be me who is tired of the political scene today -- the nastiness of the debates and the nothingness of the results.

Trump’s chief economics adviser defends tax math


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Speaking on CNN's "GPS" with Fareed Zakaria, Trump adviser Kevin Hassett defended his claims that lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% would lead to a $4,000 annual pay raise for the average American household.

FBI’s use of foreign intelligence driving privacy debate

In this Oct. 22, 2017, file photo, FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Philadelphia. The FBI's use of foreign intelligence is at the heart of a heated debate about reauthorizing a law that lets spy agencies collect information on non-U.S. citizens abroad.

Private Clinics Are A Threat To Canada’s Socialist Health Care System Or Something

There's a movement going on in Canada, one which has seen a large expansion of private facilities where people can, get this, go in an pay with their own money to get treatment quickly. And the Fascists/Socialists who love the government to be in control are not happy Canada's health system serves as model for Sanders - but faces troubles of its own Experts warn of 'major threat' of privatisation and point to concerns over gaps in coverage, even as Canadians are widely proud of their healthcare system Bernie Sanders will arrive in Toronto this weekend for a crash course in an unrivalled point of pride for most Canadians: the country's healthcare system.

McCain and Flake, unleashed Arizona ‘mavericks,’ don’t …

Arizona's Republican U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain are in a unique position to stand up to President Donald Trump. McCain and Flake, unleashed Arizona 'mavericks,' don't have to pull punches against Trump Arizona's Republican U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain are in a unique position to stand up to President Donald Trump.

Sunday morning talking heads

Nothing too exciting on today's tax-reform-oriented spate of Sunday programming except for Trump's new public enemy number one, Bob Corker, getting a national platform to renew his feud with the president.

Maxine Waters’ Call At Women’s Convention For Trump Impeachment Not Far Fetched

Rep. Maxine Waters , a California Democrat, led approximate 4,000 attendees at the Women's Convention in Detroit on Saturday with the rallying cry: "Impeach 45!" The Huffington Post reported. "Donald Trump is the most dishonorable and despicable human being to ever serve in the office of the president," Waters said, urging the women to take leadership roles in the resistance movement.

Tom Kacich: County clerk race gets more interesting

Last week's announcement by Jon Rector that he would challenge Matt Grandone in the Republican race for Champaign County clerk next spring surprised some people because it had been assumed Grandone had a clear path to the nomination. He announced before Labor Day, and Rector waited about eight weeks - until about a month before the candidate filing period begins - to enter the race.

Franken pushes for ‘resilient’ Puerto Rico rebuild

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is joining with other senators in making a bipartisan push to ensure that infrastructure in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is rebuilt in a resilient and sustainable way that will reduce the threat of damage from future disasters. In a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y. and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the senators said that Hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated the electric grids in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with some communities projected to face many months without reliable power, according to a news release from Franken's office.

Basketball’s Positionless Savior Is Ready for Primetime


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The future of the National Basketball Association has arrived in the form of a 22-year-old from Athens, Greece, who didn't start playing basketball until he was 12 , who discovered the joys of a smoothie just a few years ago, who watched Eddie Murphy's Coming to America over and over to improve his English, and who feels like he's still figuring it all out on the basketball court. Giannis Antetokounmpo is truly unlike anything we've ever seen.

A Quiet Rise in Wildland-Firefighter Suicides


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Nelda St. Clair keeps an unofficial list: 22 last year, 30 the year before. Sixteen suicides among wildland firefighters this year already, although St. Clair points out there tends to be a spike after fire season, which has dragged on long this year.

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Full recovery from wildfires may take years

It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said Saturday. "We don't control these things, and it makes you realize how small you are in the world when something like this happens," Sheriff Rob Giordano said.

Tribal leaders call land-use bill step in right direction

Tribal leaders backed a House bill Wednesday that would give tribes the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for virtually any use. The American Indian Empowerment Act would let tribes shift federally controlled trust land to "restricted fee land," a move that could save millions of dollars that tribes now spend on "burdensome regulation," while restoring a level of tribal sovereignty.

Barcelona braces for march to reject Catalan independence

About 300 pro union activists drove through Barcelona center with cars and motorcycles and reached the port to show ... . Nationalist activists hold Spanish flags as they cheer the national police officers guarding one of the main entrances at the port of Barcelona, Spain, Saturday Oct. 28, 2017.

Woman’s lawsuit: Sig Sauer fired me for reporting illegal gun shipment

A Dover woman has filed a federal whistleblower suit against Sig Sauer claiming she was fired from her job, as compliance director for the local gunmaker, after reporting an unlawful shipment of firearms to an end user described as the "Indonesian way of spelling Ministry of Defense." Through Portsmouth attorney John Sherman, Patricia Hall-Cloutier filed the three-count lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire alleging violation of whistleblower protection, wrongful termination and Family Medical Leave Act retaliation.

The ‘dossier’ and the uranium deal: A guide to the latest allegations

Fusion GPS is an opposition research firm run by ex-journalists, but how is it connected to the Trump dossier, Donald Trump Jr.'s Trump Tower meeting and the 2016 election? The Fact Checker's Glenn Kessler explains. As a service to readers bound to be confused by an increasingly tangled story, here's a brief guide to the latest developments in the tangled allegations involving Russia, President Trump and Hillary Clinton Background: The "dossier" is a collection of 17 memos concerning President Trump and Russia written by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, between June 20 and Dec. 13, 2016.

Hawker Pacific Aerospace Recognized for Partnering with ECF to Employ …

Hawker Pacific Aerospace has earned an "Excellence in Employment Award" from the California Disability Services Association for partnering with the Exceptional Children's Foundation to employ adults with developmental disabilities in a number of roles at their production facility in Sun Valley, California. Hawker began a pilot program with ECF's Exceptional Employment Solutions four years ago to train, place and support three adults with special needs on their staff.

Kayla Kaplan, Attorney, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP…

The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Kayla Kaplan, Attorney, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP will speak at a webcast entitled: "Keeping an Eye Out for False Claims Act Enforcements in 2017: Understanding the Recent Developments." This webcast is scheduled on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm 4:00 pm Event Summary: The False Claims Act continues to pose unique liability risks for healthcare providers and companies conducting business with the US Government.

Letter: Everyone should be protesting

It is perfectly clear to a great many of us that the protests of the athletes taking a knee during the national anthem was clearly because the America that was promised was not the America we got now. Some just won't let the national anthem protest go and do not seem to understand what the protest is about.

Iona Preparatory Announces Honorees for the President’s Dinner Centennial Gala


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Iona Preparatory School has announced the honorees for its President's Dinner Centennial Gala to be held on Friday, November 17, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Iona Prep is enhancing its annual President's Dinner with a new venue and will honor two influential individuals in the community: husband and wife, Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. and Margaret Parlatore Kelly.

Puerto Rico gov seeks to cancel $300M Whitefish contract


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Puerto Rico's governor on Sunday demanded that the board of the island's power company cancel the $300M contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the Montana company's role in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. The announcement by Gov. Ricardo Rossello comes as federal legislators seek to investigate the contract awarded to the small company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown.

President Trump’s approval ratings just hit a new all-time low


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U.S. President Donald J. Trump listens during a Department of Veterans Affairs announcement of a new program using video and software technology to provide medical care to veterans at The White House August 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump's approval ratings have fallen to their lowest point since the start of his presidency, a new poll finds.

Why Trump has to clean up Obama’s mess in Guatemala

Former President Barack Obama speaks to journalists as he participates in his last news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2016. President Obama's foreign policy of appeasement won him a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for merely being elected.

Reviewing Hexcel Corporation

Hexcel Corporation and AeroVironment are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings. Hexcel Corporation has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Sen. Manchin says federal spending is out of control

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin told West Virginia voters that the country's biggest threat comes from unaddressed, excessive spending. The Journal of Martinsburg reports that the Democrat held a town hall meeting Friday in Berkeley Springs, where he responded to a number of questions from voters on topics that included health care, gun rights and opioid treatment.

Time: Trump’s Cabinet Is Dismantling Govt. As We Know It’

The most recent cover of Time Magazine - or I should say what's left of it, given its parent company's recent decision "reducing circulation and frequency" of the formerly iconic publication - calls President Donald Trump's cabinet "The Wrecking Crew" on a mission of "dismantling government as we know it." Separate reports singled out EPA Director Scott Pruitt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and HUD Secretary Ben Carson for scrutiny.

Northern California may need years to recover from wildfires

It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said Saturday. "We don't control these things, and it makes you realize how small you are in the world when something like this happens," Sheriff Rob Giordano said.

Most Americans say divisions under Trump as bad as during Vietnam, poll shows

President Donald Trump speaks during an event to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington. Seven in 10 Americans say the nation's political divisions are at least as big as during the Vietnam War, according to a new poll, which also finds nearly 6 in 10 saying Donald Trump's presidency is making the U.S. political system more dysfunctional.

the Latest: Twitter Has Still Not Reinstated Roger Stone

Twitter put President Trump whisperer Roger Stone in the doghouse this weekend for using a variety of expletives to insult a bunch of journalists, including CNN anchors Don Lemon and Jake Tapper . A number of publications such as Slate and The Hollywood Reporter and some individual reporters have declared that the medium had banned him forever.

MSNBC Guest: ‘Virtually All Racists Belong to the Republican Party’

Saturday's AM Joy on MSNBC displayed the latest example of the liberal news network's eagerness to bring the kind of Republicans onto their shows who will trash other Republicans. While appearing as a guest to promote his book, former George H.W. Bush Treasury official Bruce Bartlett actually asserted that "virtually all racists belong to the Republican party today," and made a Nazi reference to Josef Goebbels as he attacked the right-wing media for supposedly misinforming conservatives.

Opioid epidemic nothing new in the U.S.

In this August 1971 file photo, U.S. troops addicted to heroin sit together at an Army amnesty center in Long Binh, Vietnam. In the 1960s and 1970s, heroin use surged, prompted in part by Vietnam War soldiers who were exposed to it while fighting overseas.

Ill-defined group courted by all sides

In this Oct. 26, 2017, photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, whose panel is charged with writing tax law, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump and Republican leaders are promoting their tax-cutting plan as needed relief for the stressed American middle class and a catalyst for job creation.

Never Talk to @NicoleStamp

Nicole Stamp is a Canadian queer feminist who has been marching in gay pride parades since she was a teenager . She is currently appearing in the lesbian TV series Carmilla .

Attorneys: Confederate emblem causes unequal treatment

Attorneys say in written arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court that the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is "an official endorsement of white supremacy" and lower courts were wrong to block a lawsuit challenging the flag. The arguments were made in papers filed Friday by lawyers for Carlos Moore, an African-American attorney who sued the state in 2016 seeking to have the flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery.

Judge allows new route to challenge Mississippi LGBT law

A gay rights group is getting another chance to challenge a Mississippi law that lets government workers and private business people cite their own religious beliefs to refuse services to LGBT people. Legal experts say it's the broadest religious-objections law enacted by any state since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.

ATF, NSSF offer reward for NY firearms theft

New York Field Division Reward Notice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ATF ATF, NSSF Offer Up to $15,000 for Information About Burglary of Target Sports The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation have offered a combined reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the burglary of firearms from federally licensed firearms dealer Target Sports, located at 122 Saratoga Road, Glenville, New York.

Man dies in skydiving accident in Pepperell

A 60-year-old man died following what is believed to be a parachute malfunction while skydiving in Pepperell on Saturday afternoon. The unidentified man worked as an independent contractor filming jumps with Pepperell Skydiving Center on Nashua Road, according to a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.

House Intelligence Committee and Fusion GPS reach settlement over bank records

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House Intelligence Committee and Fusion GPS reach settlement over bank records

The Gering native and his wife, Andrea, announced the birth of their son, Ez... -- A "White Lives Matter" attendee who was standing with the white nationalists was arrested during the first in a double feature of rallies in two Tennes... -- Looking for a unique island experience?Consider the Azores, an archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic, a little less than a thousand miles of... CHICAGO - When Kansas farmer Tom Giessel drove over a deer carcass and punctured a tire on his combine during harvest this fall, he did not have the time or cash to ... On Friday night Scottsbluff got revenge from a round one playoff loss a year ago. More importantly they won their 2017 Class B playoff opener over Blair 49-27.

LA, Long Beach port security concerns prompt congressional hearing

Security concerns at the nation's ports, heightened by a security breach and a cyberattack this year at the Port of Los Angeles, will be the focus of a hearing by a congressional committee Monday in San Pedro. Members of the House Committee on Homeland Security will take testimony from officials of the L.A. and Long Beach ports, the Trump administration and longshore union starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Port of L.A. Harbor Administration Building.

LA, Long Beach port security concerns prompt congressional hearing

Security concerns at the nation's ports, heightened by a security breach and a cyberattack this year at the Port of Los Angeles, will be the focus of a hearing by a congressional committee Monday in San Pedro. Members of the House Committee on Homeland Security will take testimony from officials of the L.A. and Long Beach ports, the Trump administration and longshore union starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Port of L.A. Harbor Administration Building.

Maxine Waters’ tough words fire up Women’s Convention

Maxine Waters' tough words fire up Women's Convention In no uncertain terms, Rep. Maxine Waters warned those who prey on women to "keep your hands off." Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2hiSiAF From left, Congresswomen Brenda Lawrence , left, Maxine Waters , and Debbie Dingell , wave at the attendees at the Sojourner Truth Lunch at the Women's Convention at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Trump Insider Roger Stone Banned from Twitter After This Insane Mueller Indictment Meltdown

Donald Trump's former adviser and confidante, Roger Stone, responded to last night's news dump in the only way he knows how: a complete and total meltdown complete with borderline insane commentary/threats. Upon hearing the news that Robert Mueller, the special investigator looking into the connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, had secured indictments, Stone went off on everyone he could see commenting about it.

Northern California may need years to recover from wildfires

It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said Saturday. "We don't control these things, and it makes you realize how small you are in the world when something like this happens," Sheriff Rob Giordano said.

In Iowa, Donald Trump Jr. focuses on the hunt

At a northwest Iowa hunting preserve more than 1,000 miles from Washington, a group of hunters clad in neon orange formed a line at the top of a hill, proceeding forward through a deep thicket of brush, kicking up pheasants. A bird spooked, was shot with precision, got picked up by a dog and promptly stuffed into the back of a hunter's vest.

The Latest: Pelosi: California fire response can be a model

Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, says Northern California's wildfires that destroyed 8,900 buildings and killed 42 people can serve as a national model for disaster response. Pelosi, of San Francisco, is joining other members of Congress on Saturday touring Sonoma and Napa counties, which were hard hit by the nearly two dozen fires that raged for more than a week in mid-October.

Memorial bell tolls for 42 victims of Northern California

Laura Schulze, above, holds her son Zachary, 8, during the Day of Remembrance at Santa Rosa Junior Col lege, where hundreds of community members, officials and first responders gathered in Bailey Field, below. Laura Schulze, above, holds her son Zachary, 8, during the Day of Remembrance at Santa Rosa Junior Col lege, where hundreds of community members, officials and first responders gathered in Bailey Field, below.

Memorial bell tolls for 42 victims of Northern California

Laura Schulze, above, holds her son Zachary, 8, during the Day of Remembrance at Santa Rosa Junior Col lege, where hundreds of community members, officials and first responders gathered in Bailey Field, below. Laura Schulze, above, holds her son Zachary, 8, during the Day of Remembrance at Santa Rosa Junior Col lege, where hundreds of community members, officials and first responders gathered in Bailey Field, below.

20,000 pounds of potatoes sent to Harvey victims

Hundreds of volunteers from across Maryland worked side-by-side to harvest more than 20,000 pounds of potatoes Saturday afternoon to directly support the ongoing hurricane recovery effort in Texas. Volunteers who represent a variety of groups and organizations, including schools, churches, businesses, even the US Coast Guard began harvesting the potatoes around 9 a.m. At 3 p.m. a tractor-trailer was loaded with 400 bags of potatoes, equating to more than 20,000 pounds for Hurricane Harvey relief.

20,000 pounds of potatoes sent to Harvey victims

Hundreds of volunteers from across Maryland worked side-by-side to harvest more than 20,000 pounds of potatoes Saturday afternoon to directly support the ongoing hurricane recovery effort in Texas. Volunteers who represent a variety of groups and organizations, including schools, churches, businesses, even the US Coast Guard began harvesting the potatoes around 9 a.m. At 3 p.m. a tractor-trailer was loaded with 400 bags of potatoes, equating to more than 20,000 pounds for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Pickled Cucumbers

This Monday the Knesset reassembled for its winter session after a long vacation. On such occasions, the president of the state and the prime minister are invited to speak.

Pickled Cucumbers

This Monday the Knesset reassembled for its winter session after a long vacation. On such occasions, the president of the state and the prime minister are invited to speak.

First American Citizen To Be Convicted Of Joining ISIS Gets 20 Years

A member of the special forces' Counter-Terrorism Service stands in front of a billboard bearing the logo of the Islamic State group in Mosul's eastern district of Mohandessin on January 19, 2017, during an ongoing military operation against IS jihadists. Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul after commanders declared victory there and set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits.

For Trump, words are stupid things

In Britain late last week, Conservative Member of Parliament Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill, described Donald Trump as a "daft twerp." Soames rightly was objecting to a Trump tweet that tried to link a 13 percent rise in the crime rate in England and Wales to radical Islamic terrorism, a notion that the president may have picked up .

Trump Often Says He Has Proof For His Claims. But He Never Comes Through.

One of the most stunning parts of the White House's debacle over Donald Trump's recent call to a Gold Star family was how it caught both the president and the chief of staff in outright lies. One of the most stunning parts of the White House's debacle over Donald Trump 's recent call to a Gold Star family was how it caught both the president and the chief of staff in outright lies.

Florida AD: No buyout discussed with coach McElwain or reps

2, 2017, file photo showing Florida head coach Jim McElwain watching his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Michigan, in Arlington, Texas. McElwain says players and families... The booking of Justin Timberlake for the Super Bowl halftime show has triggered a backlash from women, minorities and others.

The Congresswoman Trump Attacked on Twitter Is Avoiding Washington…

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson has avoided Washington, D.C., in recent days because sheA a a s received A a A"racist and rudeA a A threats following her clash with President Donald Trump and members of his administration. Wilson was the congresswoman riding in a limo alongside Myeshia Johnson when Trump called the widow to issue condolences on the death of her husband, Sgt.

Senate Intelligence Committee Zeroes in on Trump Tower Meeting

The Senate intelligence committee, as part of its ongoing investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal, has completed interviews with several key participants in the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and members of Trump's inner circle. Yet so far it has not questioned Donald Trump Jr., who organized the gathering, hoping to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what he was told was a secret Russian government effort to help Donald Trump win the White House.

The White House Has Declared War on the FBI

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged "at least one person" in connection with the Russia investigation, which is surprisingly quick work for a special counsel. So who is it? The speed of the action suggests to me either it's a fairly minor character or it's a major character whose actions were so obviously illegal that it didn't take much time to build a case.

Mueller’s latest move has Trump’s staunchest allies melting down on Twitter


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Some called for Trump to fire Mueller and investigate him, while others said the focus should be on the "Clinton administration." On Friday, CNN reported that a federal grand jury approved the first charges special counsel Robert Mueller had filed as part of the Russia investigation - and President Donald Trump's closest allies melted down.

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A heated television discussion that leads to, "You better get a lawyer, buddy!" is one sign of the stakes of the scandal unfolding over financing and producing the bogus Steele dossier. We are headed for mortal combat, as the stakes could not be higher.

Ron Wyden urges NSA and DHS to defend Trump administration officials from hackers

Sen. Ron Wyden , a Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is demanding that national security leaders adopt a plan to protect the personal devices and internet accounts of top Trump administration officials. Mr. Wyden of Oregon wrote the acting director of the Department of Homeland Security and the head of the National Security Agency on Friday urging them to work together to ensure senior White House officials are safeguarded from cyberattacks after malware was reportedly found recently on Chief of Staff John F. Kelly's personal cell phone.

Two Women Rescued After 5 Months Adrift

Two women from Hawaii who were lost at sea for nearly five months have been rescued by the US Navy. Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs were found Wednesday, drifting about 900 miles southeast of Japan, a Navy statement said.

News quiz: A long week of big announcements

Nearly everyone - 97 percent of players - knew where Sgt. La David Johnson and three other American soldiers were killed in action. class="container-fluid answers">Only about 40 percent knew that Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) withdrew as President Trump's pick to be drug czar.

Ousted Catalan leader vows peaceful resistance to Spain

Pro-independence demonstrators cheer outside the Catalan parliament, in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.Catalan lawmakers voted Friday to secede from Spain, shortly before Spain's Senate approved a request by the c... . Pro-independence demonstrators cheer outside the Catalan parliament, in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.

Mike’s Blog Round Up

In this space yesterday, I linked to a story suggesting that Robert Mueller might be preparing to drop a bomb before Thanksgiving. The impending first charges in his investigation , reported by CNN late yesterday, may not be that bomb, but who knows where all this leads? Is it any wonder the Orange Moron is aggressively pushing his "no collusion" BS and the Trumpian right-wing media machine is suddenly spewing all those old lies about Hillary , all while Republicans are trying to hobble Mueller's investigation ? We welcome relevant, respectful comments.

Conservative Site First Hired Firm to Create Dossier

"The Washington Free Beacon , a conservative website funded by a major Republican donor, first hired the research firm that months later produced for Democrats the salacious dossier describing ties between Donald Trump and the Russian government," the New York Times reports.

Democrats are split on whether to support Trump-bashing senators


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While some Democrats praised Flake's denouncement of Trump, the Democratic National Committee issued a statement critical of the senator. Democratic leadership sent conflicting messages following Republican Sen. Jeff Flake's dramatic Tuesday announcement that he will not run for reelection in 2018.

Bus veers off highway in Nepal, killing 31 people

Superstar golfer Tiger Woods is due in court to resolve a driving under the influence case with an expected guilty plea to reckless driving and agreement to enter a diversion program. Superstar golfer Tiger Woods is due in court to resolve a driving under the influence case with an expected guilty plea to reckless driving and agreement to enter a diversion program.

Mueller drops the hammer

So much for a quiet weekend in politics. Last night word leaked out that Bob Mueller has convinced a grand jury to bring the first charges in the Russia, Russia, Russia investigation.

Maine Food Sovereignty Bends but Doesn’t Break After USDA Threats


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This past June, Maine legislators passed a law, An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems , which allows cities and towns in the state to adopt laws permitting farmers and other food producers within their borders to engage in a host of direct-to-consumer food sales. The law, intended to bolster local food economies in the state, allows Maine municipalities to "regulate by ordinance local food systems," and requires the state, in turn, to "recognize such ordinances."

When nations come apart …

Despite having traveled for a month in Spain this fall, I don't have any very clear idea what I think about Catalan independence. My friends in Spain, good lefties who live in Madrid and despise the corrupt right-wing government of premier Mariano Rajoy, nonetheless dismiss Catalan separatism as petulant and unrealistic.

Trump unhappy with JFK files secrecy

It was a showdown 25 years in the making: With the world itching to finally get a look at classified Kennedy assassination files, and the deadline for their release just hours away, intelligence officials were still angling for a way to keep their secrets. President Donald Trump, the one man able to block the release, did not appreciate their persistence.

Va. Gov’s race test anti-Trump forces

Virginia's gubernatorial election stands as a test for the anti-Donald Trump resistance, and whether it can energize voters and donors for the less glamorous races featuring traditional Democratic politicians. The Nov. 7 contest pits Democratic Lt.

Pro-GOP web site funded anti-Trump dossier

A conservative website with strong ties to the Republican establishment triggered the investigation into Donald Trump's past that ultimately produced the dossier that alleged a compromised relationship between the president and the Kremlin. The Washington Free Beacon on Friday confirmed it originally retained the political research firm Fusion GPS to scour then-candidate Trump's background for negative information, a common practice known as "opposition research" in politics.

Watergate and White House interference at DOJ

A few years after President Richard Nixon resigned, Attorney General Griffin Bell gathered Justice Department lawyers in the department's elaborate Great Hall to address their independence in the post-Watergate world. "The partisan activities of some attorneys general combined with the unfortunate legacy of Watergate, have given rise to the understandable public concern that some decisions at Justice may be the products of favor, or pressure, or politics," he said in the September 6, 1978 address.

Is Fox News Hurting Donald Trump?

A thought struck me today as I watched a bit of Fox News both before and after the Mueller indictments hit: the network may actually be hurting Trump by giving him a false sense of confidence. It's common knowledge that Trump watches Fox News religiously, especially Fox and Friends in the morning.

Emergency plan, food, gear vital for long-distance sailing

In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 frame from video provided by the U.S. Navy, Jennifer Appel, left, and Tasha Fuiava, who with their dogs were rescued after being lost at sea for several months while trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti, are interviewed aboard the USS Ashland in the South Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Navy rescued the women on Wednesday after a Taiwanese fishing vessel spotted them about 900 miles southeast of Japan on Tuesday and alerted the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Anti-Fritz Candidate

BLUNT TALK: Rep. Mary Nolan-here at a Friends of Trees event March 24-says her record of getting things done is a stark contrast to her City Hall opponent, incumbent Commissioner Amanda Fritz. About 25 people have gathered for a candidates' forum at the June Key Delta Community Center in North Portland.

Pelosi to tour fire ravaged areas of Northern California

Top U.S. House Democrat Nancy Pelosi and five other members of Congress plan to tour wildfire-ravaged Northern California on Saturday as families and communities begin the long process of rebuilding. Pelosi, of San Francisco, will spend a day touring the fire zones and meeting with officials and victims alongside Rep. Mike Thompson, who represents the city of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, the hardest-hit areas in the fires.

Senator says Trump rolling back protections at Utah sites

President Donald Trump is shrinking two national monuments in Utah, accepting the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse protections established by two Democratic presidents to more than 3.6 million acres. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he was "incredibly grateful" that Trump called him on Friday to say he is approving Zinke's proposal on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

Puerto Rico power contract a local issue: White House

The Trump administration scrambled Friday to distance itself from the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico's power grid to a tiny Montana company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown. The White House said federal officials played no role in the selection of Whitefish Energy Holdings by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

Facebook vows more transparency over political ads

Under pressure in advance of hearings on Russian election interference, Facebook is moving to increase transparency for everyone who sees and buys political advertising on its site. Executives for the social media company said Friday they will verify political ad buyers in federal elections, requiring them to reveal correct names and locations.

Ex-ambassador Richard Verma joins India-US forum board

Washington, Oct 28 - former US Ambassador to India Richard Verma has joined the board of the US India Strategic Partnership Forum , a New Delhi-centric advocacy group aiming at strengthening ties between the two nations, the media reported. Announcing Verma's appointment, the USISPF said on Thursday: Verma's extensive career and long-standing knowledge of foreign policy makes him an invaluable addition to the USISPF Board, The American Bazaar reported on Friday.

Clinton Playbook Being Rolled Outto Protect Hillary

The Clinton team is ramping up its old war room tricks to deal with what is emerging as its own real Russian collusion scandal. One example is its handling of an embarrassing report by the Washington Post that Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee , through a lawyer representing both parties, helped bankroll the largely discredited Fusion GPS dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, on alleged Trump-Russian connections.

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Google is partnering with the International Fact-Checking Network, an organization run by the George Soros-funded Poynter Institute. Engadget reports that Google will be working with the Soros-funded Poynter Institute and the International Fact-Checking Network as the tech giant ramps up efforts to prevent the spread of misinformation and "fake news."

Sailboat survivors recount doomed Pacific voyage

In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 photo, a sailor greets Zeus the dog with his owner Tasha Fuiaba, left, on the boat deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland after she and one other Honolulu woman and their dogs were rescued after being lost at sea for several months while trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti. The U.S. Navy rescued the women on Wednesday after a Taiwanese fishing vessel spotted them about 900 miles southeast of Japan on Tuesday and alerted the U.S. Coast Guard.

US Senators Urge Trump To Demand Erdogan Respect Human Rights

WASHINGTON ­– On Wednesday, U.S. Senators John McCain , Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Bob Menendez , member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to President Trump today calling on the administration to urge Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to stop harassing American diplomats, to respect human rights, and to uphold democratic values in Turkey.

Pelosi to tour fire-ravaged areas of Northern California

In this Oct. 10, 2017 file photo, the remains of the Signorello Estate winery continue to smolder in Napa, Calif. Top U.S. House Democrat Nancy Pelosi and five other members of Congress plan to tour wildfire-ravaged Northern California on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, as families and communities begin the long process of rebuilding.

Reports: First Charges Filed In U.S. Probe Into Russian Election Meddling

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed charges for the first time against an unidentified target of his investigation into Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, media reported late on October 27. CNN and Reuters, citing anonymous sources who were "briefed on the matter," are reporting that a federal grand jury in Washington approved the first indictment in the Mueller investigation, which was launched in May under a mandate from the Justice Department to maintain independence in addressing possible violations of law by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration. CNN, the first to report on the indictment, said the nature of the charges is "unclear."

Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: It’s time for Trump to put Democrats on the spot with tax reform

When Republicans brought their budget to the Senate floor last week, they were bracing for what is known on Capitol Hill as a "vote-a-rama," in which Democrats would keep the Senate in session till the wee hours, forcing Republicans to cast dozens of politically toxic votes on everything from gun control to legalizing the immigration status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. Why? Because they knew that what was toxic for Republicans would be even more toxic for vulnerable Senate Democrats running for re-election in states President Trump won by double digits.

The Latest: Doomed sailboat had communications failures

In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 photo, sailors from the USS Ashland approach a sailboat with two Honolulu women and their dogs aboard as they are rescued after being lost at sea for several months while trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti. The U.S. Navy rescued the women on Wednesday after a Taiwanese fishing vessel spotted them about 900 miles southeast of Japan on Tuesday and alerted the U.S. Coast Guard.

Trump’s team struggles

Donald Trump's pyrotechnics reminds one of the clumsiness of a bad juggler. He issues a statement on Iran and then the very next day most of his administration is claiming that he doesn't mean what he seemed to say.

Corker: Possible 2020 run against Trump not ruled out

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks to reporters as he heads to the floor for a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks to reporters as he heads to the floor for a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.

South Park Beats Washington at Moral Clarity

For a huge chunk of Americans, the venerable Comedy Central show South Park is more than simply a half hour of inspired, if crass, laughs: it is also a weathervane for America's political center. Sometimes, the show does everything in its power to avoid filling that role, as in the case of trippy episodes like its Imaginationland trilogy, but just as often, it leans in, deliberately tackling politically charged subjects with varying degrees of subtlety.

Jeff Flake Retires – Communist Cuba Hardest Hit

Quite fittingly, in his "retirement" speech this week Sen. Jeff Flake, this relentless champion of the relentlessly Stalinist Castro regime, attacked Communist-fighter Joe McCarthy. "As I contemplate the Trump presidency, I cannot help but think of Joseph Welch," Flake emoted.

Hillary, You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

While Hillary Clinton has been in Europe promoting her new book, What Happened , the heavily fortified wall of protection around her is crumbling. night, the Justice Department finally lifted a gag order that prevented a FBI informant from testifying to Congress about Russian attempts to offer bribes, kickbacks, and other incentives to secure approval for the highly controversial Uranium One deal.

Confederate emblem causes unequal treatment, attorneys argue

In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, a couple leaves the grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., after participating in a rally in support of keeping the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. Attorneys say in written arguments to U.S. Supreme Court that the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is "an official endorsement of white supremacy" and lower courts were wrong to block a lawsuit challenging the flag.

The Latest: JFK file has Hoover talking KGB theory

President Trump blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty cache of others. This image provided by the Warren Commission is an overhead view of President John F. Kennedy's car in Dallas motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963, and was the commission's Exhibit No.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine; Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy with periods of rain later in the day. High 61F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Rep. Frederica Wilson skips House votes after receiving threats

Four-term Rep. Frederica Wilson has remained in Florida this past week and missed several House votes, including Thursday's Jones declined to discuss the specifics of the threats, except that they were mostly made over the telephone. Jones said a security detail is with the congresswoman while U.S. Capitol Police is checking in on staff.

Man’s possible disability key issue in Kansas capital case

A south-central Kansas man's attorneys asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to spare him from execution for the murder of a college dance team member because of questions about whether he is developmentally disabled. The court heard arguments in an appeal from Justin Eugene Thurber, who was sentenced to die for the January 2007 rape and strangulation of Jodi Sanderholm, a 19-year-old Cowley College student.

Confederate emblem causes unequal treatment, attorneys argue

In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, a couple leaves the grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., after participating in a rally in support of keeping the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. Attorneys say in written arguments to U.S. Supreme Court that the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is "an official endorsement of white supremacy" and lower courts were wrong to block a lawsuit challenging the flag.

West Wing Reads for 10/27/17

Josh Mitchell at the Wall Street Journal reports the "U.S. economy posted its best six-month stretch of growth in three years despite two hurricanes." GDP growth in the third quarter bested analyst estimates and was the first time since mid 2004 when "the economy strung together two quarters of at least 3% growth."

Full Show: Bloomberg Businessweek

Bloomberg Television takes you behind the scenes of our award-winning magazine "Bloomberg Businessweek." Host Carol Massar talks with the writers who break news on a weekly basis and get a lighter touch from the editor who oversees the Etc. section. (Source: Bloomberg)

Paul Gosar Versus His Siblings: Brother Calls Congressman an ‘Embarrassment’

Paul Gosar's brother called him "an embarrassment" to the family on Friday, following up on a published letter by seven siblings blasting the Arizona Congressman for his conspiracy theories. His siblings had their blistering letter published in the Kingman Daily Miner on October 24, criticizing the Prescott congressman for his debunked theories about August's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

How Hogan Lovells got CNN a first-of-its-kind drone waiver

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the waiver in October, which will allow the media organization to fly drones, or "unmanned aircraft systems," up to 150 feet above ground. "This is a big step forward for the industry as a whole," says Lisa Ellman, a partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington D.C, the firm that represented CNN.

U.S. economy grew at a 3% rate from July to September, meeting Trump’s goal

The U.S. economy expanded at a 3 percent annualized rate between July and September, advancing President Donald Trump's goal of faster economic growth and potentially providing a tail wind to Republican efforts to overhaul the tax code. The robust pace of economic growth defied analysts' expectations that activity might slow in the third quarter because of Hurricane Harvey.

Kansas proposes work requirement in new version of Medicaid

A proposed change to Kansas' privatized Medicaid program would compel about 12,000 adults to work to obtain benefits, making the state the first in the country to have such a requirement. Gov. Sam Brownback's administration said Friday requiring some Medicaid recipients to work would improve their lives and increase their self-esteem.

Mercer Hedge Fund Tax Dispute Moves to IRS Appeals Office

A tax dispute involving Renaissance Technologies, the hedge fund firm whose co-chief executive officer is a prominent backer of President Donald Trump, is advancing to a new phase. Members of the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Appeals are scheduled to meet with lawyers for Renaissance in New York on Nov. 7, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The realities of E. coli


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Fresh apple juice and cider, crisp green salad, a plump, juicy burger - are these taste pleasures in jeopardy? Since a deadly strain of bacteria E. coli - Escherichia coli 0157:H7 - has been found in these foods, such treats carry potential danger. Human and animal waste contains E. coli, and the bacteria can spread to food that comes into contact with the waste - including fallen apples that touch animal droppings, or salad greens exposed to contaminated water.

Plots, schemes and strippers: Digging into the JFK files

President Donald Trump ordered the release of more than 2,800 records related to the John F. Kennedy assassination on Thursday, but bowed to pressure from the CIA, FBI and other agencies to delay disclosing some of the most sensitive documents for another six months. Even so, the thousands of pages that were published online by the National Archives Thursday evening describe decades of spies and surveillance, informants and assassination plots.

Senators: High fees not best way to maintain national parks


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Maine's two U.S. senators say the U.S. Department of the Interior should take a different approach than raising fees to address a maintenance backlog at national parks. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King sent a letter to the department after an announcement that it is proposing increasing fees at 17 national parks, one of which is Acadia National Park.

Garland “Gar” Byrum

Local political activist Gar Byrum died from a sudden cardiac episode at his home in Claremont on October 14, 2017, just shy of his 72nd birthday. Mr. Byrum died doing what he loved best, working on an entry to his political blog "Politics from the Middle."

Women lost months at sea credit dogs for keeping spirits up updated

In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 photo, Tasha Fuiaba, an American mariner who had been sailing for five months on a damaged sailboat, climbs the accommodation ladder to board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland after the Navy ship rescued two Honolulu women and their dogs after being lost at sea for several months while trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti. A planned voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti aboard a small sailboat didn't start off well for two Honolulu women.

Still struggling with hurricane recovery? Help is available from FEMA, Small Business Administration

Help is still available for local homeowners and business owners who suffered damages - both physical and economic - during Hurricane Irma. Village Manager John Gilbert and Mayor Mayra Pena Lindsay met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration October 24, and encouraged residents to be aware of the relief opportunities being offered.

Lib Actress Patricia Arquette: Russia ‘Helped Trump,’ Not Clinton

Some people are living in ultimate liberal denial: there's no way their beloved Hillary could be mixed up in a Russian scandal. The news reported on by the Hill last week, that Russian nuclear officials sent millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation during the Obama administration, has finally reached some outskirts of liberal Hollywood.

USS Oak Hill returning home from hurricane relief

Last season was an embarrassment for Texas, for coach Shaka Smart, the players and the entire program. There are few ot Texas Last season: 11-22 Nickname: Longhorns Coach: Shaka Smart Conference: Big 12 Who's gone: F Jarret Allen, G Kendal Yancy, F Shaq Cleare CARIBBEAN SEA Information Systems Technician Seaman Brandon Kirkorian and Information Systems Technician Seaman Daisy Ruis perform preventative maintenance on life rails aboard the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill .

Women lost months at sea credit dogs for keeping spirits up

In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 photo, USS Ashland sailors help Zeus, one of two dogs who were accompanying two Honolulu women who were rescued after being lost at sea for several months while trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti. The U.S. Navy rescued the women on Wednesday after a Taiwanese fishing vessel spotted them about 900 miles southeast of Japan on Tuesday and alerted the U.S. Coast Guard.

Orrin Hatch Tells Friends He Plans to Retire


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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah-Senator Orrin Hatch has privately told allies in Utah that he is planning to retire at the end of his term next year, and if he does, Mitt Romney intends to run for his seat, according to five sources familiar with the situation. "Nothing has changed since The Atlantic published a carbon copy of this same story in April, likely with the same anonymous sources who were no more informed on the Senator's thinking than they seem to be now," said Dave Hansen, a spokesperson for Hatch.

Trump administration disavows Puerto Rico power contract

The Trump administration said Friday it had no involvement in the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico's power grid to a tiny Montana company in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown. White House spokesman Raj Shah said Friday that federal officials played no role in the selection of Whitefish Energy Holdings by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

Dodgers World Series bright spot for immigrant community


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For Los Angeles Dodgers fan and illegal Mexican immigrant Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, the team's first trip to the World Series in nearly three decades has been a rare bright spot in an otherwise difficult time. Undocumented immigrant Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 49, poses for a photo with his wife Norma Avelica-Gonzalez, 48, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 26, 2017.

Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training

Marines based here conducted a nighttime aerial refueling exercise Oct. 25-26 to improve operational readiness and enhance pilot proficiency. An F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, conducts a nighttime aerial refueling training operation with a KC-130J Hercules aircraft with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Oct. 25, 2017.

Letters from Harper Lee to friend sell for $12,500

A batch of letters hand written by "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has sold for more than $12,000. A statement from the Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions says 38 letters from the deceased novelist to friend Felic Itzkoff went for $12,500 in a sale held Thursday night.

Copies of Koran, boots and scarves all that remain in Philippine rebel leader’s lair


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Prayer mats, chequered scarves, black fatigues, and bullet-ridden walls mark the hideout where the "emir" of Islamic State in Southeast Asia spent months preparing the most brazen and devastating militant attack in the region. People walk in front of a bullet-riddled apartment house in a residential area in Malutlut district, Marawi city, southern Philippines October 27, 2017, which was believed to have been rented by pro-Islamic State militant group leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute before their battle in Marawi city.

In topsy-turvy Washington, Democrats are no longer the hunters

Author and columnist Mark Steyn told Tucker Carlson on Fox News this week that the probes into President Donald Trump's supposed collusion with Russian interests resemble but an outrageous "high-concept thriller" in which he is innocent. On Wednesday, Steyn and Carlson discussed the revelation that a dossier on Trump that may have influenced the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate then-candidate Trump was created by the research firm Fusion GPS and the behest of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The Latest: JFK Files: British newspaper got early tip

President Trump blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty cache of others. This image provided by the Warren Commission is an overhead view of President John F. Kennedy's car in Dallas motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963, and was the commission's Exhibit No.

The Latest: Christie says US serious about fighting opioids

U.S. President Donald Trump declares the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency - a step that won't bring new dollars to fight a scourge that kills nearly 100 Americans a day but will expand access to medical services in rural areas. An Ohio father who lost his son to a drug overdose and now runs an opioid recovery center, says grassroots effort in the opioid crisis 'is most effective' and doesn't put faith in the federal government to solve the issues.

Federal workers volunteer for hurricane relief, even as Congress…

WASHINGTON: Why does Congress want to cut the jobs and benefits of federal civilian employees who are volunteering their time to help fellow citizens recover from this year's devastating hurricanes? That's the question being asked in a new video from the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest labor union representing federal and D.C. government workers. "It might be the politicians up on the Hill that have the purse strings, but it really is the civil servants that do their best to keep America A-OK," says Wesley McCarville, a legislative political coordinator at AFGE Local 1924, which represents McCarville and other employees at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services .

Indian-American billionaire arrested on charges of opioid fraud

Amritsar-born entrepreneur John Nath Kapoor was arrested by the FBI for bribing doctors to over-prescribe a powerful opioid to patients. A 74-year-old Indian-American pharmaceutical billionaire was on Friday charged with leading a nationwide conspiracy in the US by bribing doctors to over-prescribe a powerful opioid to patients and committing fraud on insurance firms for profit.

GOP leaders: House will vote next week on wildfire bill

Republican leaders say the House will vote next week on a GOP bill to make it easier to cut down trees on national forests to reduce the risk of wildfire. A bill by Arkansas congressman Bruce Westerman would loosen environmental regulations for forest-thinning projects on federal lands.

Big divisions remain as GOP nears its tax deadline37 minutes ago

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joined at right by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., holds a news conference following a closed-door Republican strategy session at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, last month. WASHINGTON – Republicans set an aggressive timeline for passing legislation to overhaul the nation's tax code, putting pressure on senior lawmakers and the White House to resolve major disagreements about the effort before a Wednesday deadline to introduce a bill.

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President Trump displays a presidential public health emergency declaration on the nation's opioid crisis in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque There's a quick and simple way President Trump could immediately help Americans addicted to opioids - but it's not part of the emergency declaration the president issued yesterday at the White House.

Report: Judge OK’s fast-tracked citizenship applications for foreign-born soldiers

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis makes a statement at the White House on a possible military response to the recent North Korea missile launch, on September 3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. A federal judge said in an order this week that the U.S. military can't block 2,000 U.S. Army Reserve soldiers who were born overseas from obtaining fast-tracked applications for citizenship, according to The Washington Post. U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle of Washington argued that a new policy developed by the Pentagon could threaten to delay the applications and could possibly lead to the deportation of these soldiers, the report said.

Adam Schiff says Donald Trump is preventing bipartisan consensus on Russian meddling

"The single biggest step we need to take to protect our election going forward is [to develop] the bipartisan consensus that if a foreign power intervenes next time, we will all reject it," Mr. Schiff, California Democrat, said on MSNBC. "The single biggest impediment to reaching that consensus is the president of the United States who will not even acknowledge that that happened."

US belatedly compiles list of off-limits Russians

The Trump administration has given Congress a list of Russian officials who may soon become off-limits to anyone who wants to avoid U.S. sanctions, as criticism mounted over the administration's tardy execution of new penalties on Moscow. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former NATO chief and adviser to Ukraine's leader, said Russian President Vladimir Putin "must be laughing right now" at how successfully he's undermined Western democracy.

Judges to hire expert to aid evaluating North Carolina districts

Nine North Carolina legislative districts redrawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly over the summer still may be unlawful, a federal court said Thursday while announcing it planned to hire an outside expert to evaluate them and possibly retool them again. A three-judge panel, which last year determined that 28 of the 170 state House and Senate districts approved in 2011 were illegal racial gerrymanders, say problems remain in the latest version of the legislative maps.

Puerto Rico reopens 119 schools but it could be months, or never, for many more


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If it weren't for the tangled clump of power lines on a nearby corner and the partially unhinged stop sign down the street, Tuesday might have seemed like the first day of a normal school year at Julio Selles Sola School in San Juan's Rio Piedras neighborhood. Hundreds of students streamed into the brightly painted elementary school, giddy with nervous excitement, as their parents followed closely behind.

With budget outline approved, GOP plots next steps on tax reform

It was hard to tell that the House of Representatives had just narrowly approved a Senate-passed budget outline for 2018, because most of the talk on and off the House floor on Thursday was about lawmakers moving on to forge a tax reform bill in coming weeks, as GOP leaders predicted that Republicans would unify behind a still-to-be-released plan, and get it done by Christmas. "We're glad it passed," said a smiling Rep. Doug Collins .

Mom fights to have 10-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy released from immigration detention

The mother of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was detained by Border Patrol agents after undergoing surgery is fighting to get her back. After undergoing gallbladder surgery Tuesday, federal agents refused to release Rosa Maria Hernandez back to her parents, sending her instead to a children's shelter in San Antonio, Texas, that her family said is not equipped to care for her, according to the attorney representing the mother.

Pharma billionaire John Kapoor charged with pushing powerful opioid

U.S. prosecutors leveled charges Thursday against the billionaire founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing prescriptions of powerful painkillers amid a drug epidemic that is claiming thousands of lives each year. The fraud and racketeering case against Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor, ... U.S. prosecutors leveled charges Thursday against the billionaire founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing prescriptions of powerful painkillers amid a drug epidemic that is claiming thousands of lives each year.

Trump calls for liberation from ‘scourge’ of drug addiction

President Donald Trump speaks during an event to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington. President Donald Trump speaks during an event to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington.