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Author: 0 Russia Investigation IDs White House Official

The announcement came after the New York Times published the latest story chronicling President Trump's relationship with Comey over the onetime FBI chief's handling of the Bureau's Russian Federation probe. The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favorable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. At no point does he say he felt any legal pressure.

Local Sheriff: $500M in poppy plants seized in North Carolina
Author: 0 Sheriff: $500M in poppy plants seized in North Carolina

It has a population of about 1,300 people. "One of our narcotics investigators came to the house looking for something else". The Catawba County Sheriff's Office says the plants were found off Poultry Lane near Claremont. Deputies continue to investigate. Captain Reid believed the plants were grown on the property and transported to another location where the plants' opium was extracted.

Author: 0 Why The Russia Investigation Matters And Why You Should Care

In addition to the requests to Coats and Rogers, senior White House officials sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening directly with Comey to encourage the Federal Bureau of Investigation to drop its probe of Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, according to people familiar with the matter.

Local Trump meets with Pope for first time
Author: 0 Trump meets with Pope for first time

Later in the morning, Trump will call on Italy´s president and prime minister while Melania visits a children´s hospital and Ivanka discusses migrant issues with members of the St Egidio religious community. The president appeared moved by their discussion, telling Pope Francis: "I won't forget what you said". During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to build a wall between the USA and Mexico to prevent migrants from entering his country.

Author: 0 Forsythe, Dodgers win it in 13th after Kershaw duels Lynn

He retired 14 of the first 15 Cardinals he faced Tuesday. The Cardinals' righty allowed one run and two hits actoss eight innings and struck out ten while his opponent threw nine innings with just one run allowed over three hits and 10 strikeouts.

Author: 0 Contaminated Nacho Cheese Sauce Killed a Man in California

Antioch, California, man Martin Galindo, 37, died this week after contracting botulism, which left him in a coma, according to KTXL. Galindo's family confirmed his death on GoFundMe . The same toxin was found in the patients, CDPH said. The patients in this outbreak live in four counties in California. The illness is caused by a nerve toxin produced by a specific type of bacterium, and cases are rare.

Author: 0 Former CIA chief says there were contacts between Russian Federation and Trump aides

KELLY: This phone exchange is significant because it demonstrates how alarmed officials inside the Obama administration were last summer two months before USA intelligence put out a formal statement about Russian interference and five months before US intelligence weighed in with the view that Russia had tried to tip the vote to Trump.

Local Here's what the 'glowing orb' Trump touched in Saudi Arabia actually was
Author: 0 Here's what the 'glowing orb' Trump touched in Saudi Arabia actually was

Rouhani further criticized the Saudi summit that Trump attended on Sunday, describing it as a "show-off" that "will not have any political and practical values". He has not faced criticism for his own exhaustion three days into the first overseas trip since his Inauguration. It's disappointing, therefore, that Trump should accede to another Cold War legacy by taking sides in the Saudi-Iranian sectarian rivalry that is at the heart of conflicts in the region.

Author: 0 Chaffetz's Last Role In Congress May Be Looking Into Comey's Memos

On Tuesday, Chaffetz took his first aggressive steps against the Trump administration. He's also asking Comey to appear before his committee next week, following The New York Times's bombshell report that Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Local Boston museum doubles reward for stolen artwork to $10M
Author: 0 Boston museum doubles reward for stolen artwork to $10M

The reward for artwork stolen more than 25 years ago from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston has been raised to $10 million. The new $10 million reward is available immediately but expires at midnight December 31. The museum initially offered a $1 million reward for the pieces and then increased it to $5 million in 1997. He is accused of soliciting buyers to purchase two of the stolen artworks stolen, Vermeer's "The Concert" and Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee", which ...

Author: 0 Mother says 'precious' Olivia Campbell was Manchester bombing victim

Police said three men were arrested Wednesday in south Manchester , where a day earlier a 23-year-old man was also arrested and a number of homes were searched. "She's not turned up", Campbell said of her daughter. Jon Rouse, chief officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, confirmed that some people have life-threatening injuries.

Author: 0 Flynn's lies to investigators could land him in prison for five years

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas to the businesses of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn , Vice Chairman Mark Warner told reporters. When asked why he had turned down Flynn's offer to testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution, Burr said the committee had discussed that and decided against it.

Author: 0 Trump's Budget Relies On Optimistic Economic Forecasts, Critics Say

Mulvaney said Washington should work like "real life" where you don't say a budget is cut if it doesn't increase from one year to the next. President Donald Trump's budget (pdf ) would boost military spending and reduce taxes at the expense of a wide array of domestic programs that affect the region, including healthcare, food assistance, housing, medical research, even homeland security.

Local Minus two weeks: Washington braces for impact of Comey comet
Author: 0 Minus two weeks: Washington braces for impact of Comey comet

US President Donald Trump is reported to have asked his top intelligence chiefs to dispute allegations of collusion between his campaign aides and Russian Federation in the 2016 elections, a revelation that could provide more ammunition to those arguing for a case of obstruction of justice against him.

Author: 0 GOP Plan Could Raise Premiums for 6 Million People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Although the discussions are still in an early stage, some predictions appear to have been mistaken, according to CNN , such as that the House bill would have to become more moderate to pass the Senate . Attendees included several other Republicans plus three Democrats: Sens. Elizabeth Warren is faulting Republicans for blocking Democrats from negotiations on the Senate version of a healthcare overhaul bill.

Author: 0 Cosby arrives for Day 3 of jury selection

Cosby, who has been present in court for the selection of his jury, is always escorted by a member of his team. She also filed suit against the city. Two of the men selected said they or someone close to them had been sexually assaulted, but they insisted they could judge the case fairly.

Author: 0 Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe

President Trump asked two top USA intelligence chiefs to push back against the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign, the Washington Post reported Monday evening. If true, it appears as though President Trump may have dug his own grave toward impeachment. Pointing to some special counsel probes in the past, they anxious aloud that Mueller will expand the scope of his investigation.

Author: 0 Ariana Grande 'flies home to Florida' after Manchester concert bombing

Some 20 people are in critical conditions and are being treated for "horrific injuries" following the Manchester terror attack , a senior NHS official has said . "We don't have that information yet, no", she said . US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers an address at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Author: 0 White House Seeks Delay in Suit Over Health Law Subsidies

The entire health insurance market will implode financially unless it's changed. Trump and many GOP lawmakers, including McConnell, have blamed the proposed premium hikes and market exits on weaknesses in the Affordable Care Act . Second, the bill repeals the individual and employer mandates, which have forced Americans to purchase plans they did not want and raised operating costs for small businesses throughout the 22nd Congressional District.

Local Governor Snyder speaks out against Great Lakes funding cuts
Author: 0 Governor Snyder speaks out against Great Lakes funding cuts

Mr. Trump's new budget plan also calls for a 45 percent reduction from 2017 funding levels in EPA categorical grants to states, the funding used by states to fund regulation of federal environmental laws such as the Clean Air and Clean Water acts.

Local Virginia wins 3rd straight NCAA men's tennis title over UNC
Author: 0 Virginia wins 3rd straight NCAA men's tennis title over UNC

They are a great team, and we wish them the best". We have so much respect for them. "Overall I am just so proud of my senior class", Paul said. They won a very close match to get that victory. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences.

Author: 0 Economists say Trump's budget proposal doesn't add up

They're really deep, deep cuts ", said Republican Representative Hal Rogers, whose eastern Kentucky district relies heavily on federal aid. But on the face of it, he said, the budget and tax-plan numbers "don't seem to match". This week, it became clear exactly what the Trump administration wants to cut: agricultural research, food aid for the poor, and programs that benefit small rural communities.

Author: 0 Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation

Repeating his assertion that Comey "was very unpopular with most people", Trump said he was dismissed over inaccurate testimony delivered before Congress as well as his faulty decision making during the presidential campaign. "I actually thought when I made that decision - and I also got a very, very strong recommendation from [Rosenstein] - when I made that decision, I thought it would be bipartisan", Trump said.

Local Trump arrives at Vatican to meet with Pope
Author: 0 Trump arrives at Vatican to meet with Pope

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet Pope Francis on Wednesday. That encounter included an exchange of gifts. Trump said he would read the books. Part of President Trump's motivation for meeting the Pope was to dramatise how the three major religions should rally against the threat from Islamist militants.

Author: 0 Patrick unswayed by House votes on bathrooms, property taxes

That forced Republicans to find a still-viable bill to attach the bathroom language to as an amendment. If a transgender student didn't want to use the room, the school would be required to offer a single-occupancy facility the student could use provided no one else was in the facility.

Local Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat
Author: 0 Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

Gianforte was the only Republican in Montana to lose that day. That's better than the normal absentee turnout, which is 25 percent, said Craig Wilson, Montana State University Billings political science professor emeritus. Secretary of the Interior. Greg Gianforte, who ran 47,000 votes behind Donald Trump in a losing 2016 bid for governor, brings to the race two decided advantages - he is rich (he sold his software company for $1.5 billion in 2011) and he is a Republican.

Author: 0 Congress hearings show no Trump campaign-Russia collusion: White House official

US President Donald Trump asked two of the nations top intelligence officials to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, officials said. So far as we know, Comey, a former federal prosecutor who would know well what constitutes actual obstruction of justice, has never done so. Rogers met with Trump in NY shortly after the election, and Trump's advisers at the time held him out as the leading ...

Author: 0 White House Budget Plan Released

And as US Senator Susan Collins , a Maine Republican, put it in a statement , "The President's budget request is always subject to significant revision by Congress , and this budget will be no exception". He also describes the president's recommendations as a "message budget to the right wing of the party". It would impose more stringent work requirements and limits on those receiving aid, including disability and food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, ...

Local Leaders attack lawsuit over schools for blacks
Author: 0 Leaders attack lawsuit over schools for blacks

And last week the Southern Poverty Law Center filed another lawsuit contending a law allowing the governor to make mid-year cuts to schools to deal with revenue shortfall is unconstitutional. There are no schools with a white enrollment of at least 70 percent with an F rating while 17 have a D rating, according to information gleaned from the state Department of Education by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Author: 0 Severe storms, isolated tornadoes, in the mix for Central Florida

Severe weather is possible this evening, mainly in far southern VA. All risks are in place, however all threats are very low. Highs tomorrow are still relatively cool, in the middle 70s, but we're back in the mid-80s on Friday. Storms are likely to start developing after 5 p.m. Wednesday as the upper level system moves south and a cold front, in lower levels of the atmosphere, also approaches Florida.

Local President Trump condemns Manchester bombing, calls attackers 'evil losers'
Author: 0 President Trump condemns Manchester bombing, calls attackers 'evil losers'

Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday to extend his support. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. The Islamic State has taken responsibility. In the statement, the President condemned those behind the attack as "evil losers", refusing to call them "monsters" because "they would like that term".

Local Trump asked 2 US intel chiefs to deny Russia collusion
Author: 0 Trump asked 2 US intel chiefs to deny Russia collusion

The nation's intelligence director says he won't comment on a news report that President Donald Trump asked him to publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. Asked whether the Post report was accurate, Coats declined to comment, citing his role as a key briefer of the president on national security issues.

Author: 0 Trump Asked Intelligence Officials to Deny Russia Collusion

Trump's pith to Coats and Rogers appears to have been to discredit the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. "Not all of those incidents were in public", Benjamin Wittes, a blogger and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told Anderson Cooper on CNN .

Author: 0 Unclear whether Ariana Grande's tour will continue following Manchester terror attack

Among other things, this was a concert meant to celebrate female empowerment, and numerous victims were young British women there to take part. The move indicates that another attack could be imminent. London police said extra armed officers would be deployed at this weekend's soccer cup final at Wembley and rugby at Twickenham. Monday's bombing made Manchester Arena, one of the largest indoor concert venues in Europe, the latest apparent target of Islamic extremists striking at the heart ...

Local Sun Belt announces divisions for 2018 football season
Author: 0 Sun Belt announces divisions for 2018 football season

The teams will be split up between the West and East divisions. A format taken from several of the Power Five conferences around the country, the Sun Belt conference will also host its own title game. "Our membership has come together to form something special at the Sun Belt Conference". Sun Belt administrators also approved a collaborative instant replay system for football that will be modeled on the Southeastern Conference's setup and officials in a central location to review replays ...

Local Tillerson will talk to Iran's foreign minister 'at the right time'
Author: 0 Tillerson will talk to Iran's foreign minister 'at the right time'

During his visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Trump called on the regional countries to isolate Iran which, he said , had "fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror". He underlined the need for slapping tough economic sanctions against Iran. Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has reacted to Trump's remarks , and urged U.S.

Author: 0 Trump praises Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, does not mention two-state solution

Netanyahu , in his remarks, did not mention the word "Palestinians", but spoke of advancing "peace in our region" with Arab partners helping to deliver it. In a short side trip to Bethlehem, Trump said he was "gratified" that Abbas "was committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology".

Author: 0 Trump's Budget: "Compassion for Taxpayers"

In many cases, a higher burden of paying for anti-poverty programs would be shifted away from the federal government and onto the states. "They're trying to have it both ways", Goldwein said. Members of Congress likely will fight against numerous proposed cuts that benefit their constituents directly. A sizable portion of the cuts to domestic spending would be made to Medicaid .

Author: 0 Vice President Pence gives commencement speech at Notre Dame, dozens walk out

The walkout was planned and although he didn't specifically acknowledge it, the vice-president's speech suggested he knew it was coming. But while some universities have seen protests against controversial speakers erupt into violent confrontations, recent peaceful protests against Pence on college campuses poke holes in his claim that "free speech and civility are waning on campuses across America".

Local Manchester attack: USA leaks about bomber irritating - Rudd
Author: 0 Manchester attack: USA leaks about bomber irritating - Rudd

Pressed on how he knew Abedi had been in Syria, Collomb said this was the information that French and British intelligence services had. Asked whether USA conduct had compromised the investigation into the Manchester Arena attack, she said: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again".

Author: 0 Israelis, Palestinans ready 'to reach for peace'

Trump provided few specifics about how a deal might be achieved in a peace process that has been stalled for years. During a February 2017 visit to the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , Trump indicated that he was open to a one or two state solution, "I'm looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like".

Author: 0 Even Some Republicans Say Trump's Budget Is 'Draconian'

USA military assistance to partners and allies reached $13.5 billion in 2015, or 28 percent of all U.S. foreign aid spending that year, according to the Congressional Research Service. But that requirement was largely waived during the recession. Presidential budgets are wish lists the White House sends to Congress. However, that goal depends not only on the growth projections that most economists view as overly optimistic but also a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly ...

Author: 0 Trump budget cuts social programs, hikes military spending

The Senate power broker: "The proposed cuts to important farm and family safety net programs, including crop insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, are harsh and short sighted". According to the Washington Post, the budget proposes changes to both the Federal Employee Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System that would affect retirees' benefits and payments.

Local Texas Senate revives trying to limit abortion coverage
Author: 0 Texas Senate revives trying to limit abortion coverage

On Monday afternoon, after two more days of debate, the Texas House of Representatives passed a "bathroom bill". The bill will return to the Senate , which is expected to approve the bill. Advocates for transgender children and their parents were distraught as they watched the state House vote for the amendment. "It's absolutely about child safety", said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall.

Author: 0 Trump Asked Intelligence Officials to Push Back on FBI Russia Probe

The unusual request was written in a memo by Comey , who kept meticulous notes on his meetings with Trump . Former F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller , who Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed last week to serve as special counselor in the Trump-Russia probe, has reportedly already read Comey's memos detailing his interactions with Trump and will also have access to any documents detailing Coats's conversation with the president, too.

Author: 0 Cyber domain is Russian playground — Ex-CIA chief

The committee has already subpoenaed Flynn for documents regarding his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. Flynn has refused to hand over that information. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was ousted from office by Trump amid a scandal related to his contacts with Russian officials, has been a key figure in the probes.

Author: 0 Worries grew of Trump campaign contacts to Russia — Ex-CIA chief

National security adviser HR McMaster, who was present for the meeting, told reporters last week that Trump never disclosed "sources and methods" of sensitive intelligence. Mr Putin and Russian intelligence services "are doing what they can to influence and undermine.in an underhanded, illegal way" the operations of western democracies, said Mr Brennan.

Local New policy center at University of Wisconsin raises alarms
Author: 0 New policy center at University of Wisconsin raises alarms

Scott Walker's budget up for votes Tuesday in the Legislature's powerful finance committee. The budget would supply the system with $35 million to offset the lost revenue. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette. The conflict on transportation funding has caused some to suggest removing the issue from the budget package altogether and passing the rest of the budget without it for now.