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Author: 0 Back channel to Russia?

The Senate Intelligence Committee appears to be closing in on Donald Trump as they have requested all communications documents going back to the launch of his presidential campaign. The Post said Kislyak was reportedly "taken aback" by the suggestion. Contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials during the campaign coincided with what USA intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda to boost Trump's chances of ...

Author: 0 Trump returns to White House, faces slew of challenges

The FBI closely monitors communications of Russian officials in the USA, and it consistently surveils Russia's diplomatic facilities. McMaster says that in general, "we have back channel communications with a number of countries" and doing that "allows you to communicate in a discreet manner".

Local Blaney goes last to first to win Xfinity race at Charlotte
Author: 0 Blaney goes last to first to win Xfinity race at Charlotte

Blaney had to start the race from the rear of the field after NASCAR penalized his No. 12 Team Penske team for making adjustments to his auto after it was impounded this morning following qualifying. At the end, I was able to restart on the top and whenever you get on the top, it's a lot easier than the bottom. Suddenly, it appeared to be Harvick's race to lose.

Author: 0 Trump to make call on Climate Change pact next week

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says G-7 talks on climate change were "unsatisfactory". The French leader says he believes the arguments made by the six other members enabled Trump to understand the importance of that issue and the necessity the Paris agreement for the US economy.

Local Child thrown from water park slide in California
Author: 0 Child thrown from water park slide in California

The $43 million water park "The Wave" opened Saturday, but some attractions closed soon after the incident. It's called "The Wave" and cost $43 million to build. "He got up immediately and as any boy would be, he was stunned". "We're not going to open it until we know what happened", Smith said. Park officials told the East Bay Times that they followed the manufacturer's guidelines for the slide, which included height requirements for riders.

Local Deadlocked over the Bathroom Bill
Author: 0 Deadlocked over the Bathroom Bill

The House let the issue languish for months, then approved on Sunday a more-modest version applying only to schools. "As far as I'm concerned, it was enough". The Senate in March passed restrictive legislation that would require people to use facilities in publicly owned building based on "biological sex" - to keep transgender Texans from using bathrooms that match their gender identity - and void local ordinances that regulate bathroom use.

Local Texas House passes 'bathroom bill' targeting public schools
Author: 0 Texas House passes 'bathroom bill' targeting public schools

You remember? Bathrooms: "white, colored", said Thompson, who is African American. The Senate bill is similar to one enacted past year in North Carolina . The backlash against North Carolina's HB2 has been significant, with companies such as Deutsche Bank and PayPal Holdings announcing that they would not expand operations within the state.

Local Trump tells advisers USA will scrap Paris accord
Author: 0 Trump tells advisers USA will scrap Paris accord

That tweet set a timeframe for the United States to quickly reconsider its original position, contained in the G7 communique , of abstaining from the pact. President Trump can still shift gears. The Paris agreement is broader than any previous climate deal. Trump was cajoled for three days - first in Brussels at meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union, then in Sicily for G-7 - but will leave Italy without making clear where he stands.

Author: 0 Iraq Mosul offensive: Civilians 'in grave danger'

Iraqi forces backed by USA and coalition air support in October began the battle to liberate Mosul . "Army forces attacked Al-Shifaa neighbourhood and the Republican Hospital, federal police forces Al-Zinjili neighbourhood, and Counter-Terrorism forces attacked Al-Saha al-Oula neighbourhood", the Joint Operations Command said in a statement, speaking about the locations on the west bank of the River Tigris.

Author: 0 Trump to pull US out of Paris Accord

A final G7 communique on Saturday said that all member countries - except the U.S. - had reaffirmed their "strong commitment" to abide by the 2015 Paris climate agreement to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. Whether because he was exhausted or trying to underscore the distance between himself and other world leaders, President Donald Trump chose to use a golf cart rather than walk with the rest of the G7 leaders in Taormina , Sicily, on the final day of his worldwide tour.

Local Ariana Grande Posts Heartfelt Letter to Bombing Victims, Plans Benefit Concert
Author: 0 Ariana Grande Posts Heartfelt Letter to Bombing Victims, Plans Benefit Concert

Police on Saturday released security camera images of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi on the night he massacred 22 people at a pop concert. Investigators have searched 17 properties, including bomber Salman Abedi's home in south Manchester and other houses in nearby districts. Greater Manchester Police says officers are moving people from the area in the Moss Side neighborhood as a precaution.

Author: 0 North Korea tests new anti-aircraft weapon system

Kim said the weapon system showed a remarkable improvement in detecting and tracking targets, as well as strike accuracy, compared with a test conducted a year ago, according to KCNA. and 8:40 p.m. Friday. A third U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz, will be deployed by Washington in the Western Pacific Ocean in order to join two USA warships, stationed near the shores of the Korean Peninsula in the light of the crisis, escalated by Pyongyang's nuclear tests, media reported, citing ...

Author: 0 MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher Jim Bunning Dies at Age 85

He was the only Hall of Fame baseball player to have served in Congress, according to the AP. The AP confirmed the death with Bunning's former chief of staff, Jon Deuser. He came under the glare of the national spotlight as the lone opponent of a measure that would extend unemployment benefits to millions of people, many of them left jobless by the Great Recession.

Author: 0 Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner 'sought secret line to Moscow'

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, declined to say whether he would be concerned if a private citizen attempted to set up backchannel communications with a foreign government to influence United States foreign policy and said he would not be concerned if a White House official attempted to do so.

Local Woman locked her kids in car trunk while she shopped
Author: 0 Woman locked her kids in car trunk while she shopped

Tori Lee Castillo, 39, was arrested and charged with child abuse. The freakish incident with a fortunate ending, stands out among many similar cases where parents often "forget" their children and lock them inside their cars, but rarely deliberately put them in the trunk.

Local Trump Budget Plan Gets Chilly Reception on Capitol Hill
Author: 0 Trump Budget Plan Gets Chilly Reception on Capitol Hill

To account for this, the Trump administration said the economic growth from tax cuts would make up the difference. Numerous voters who propelled Trump into the presidency last November would see significantly less from the federal government.

Local MS lawmaker apologizes for lynching comments on Facebook
Author: 0 MS lawmaker apologizes for lynching comments on Facebook

Oliver, a funeral home director from Winona in his first term in the legislature, said on Monday he had embarrassed fellow legislators and the state and that his choice of words was inappropriate. A sign which reads "LOVE" stands on the spot where a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis once stood in New Orleans on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Local Mueller's office coordinating with Comey team on scope of congressional testimony
Author: 0 Mueller's office coordinating with Comey team on scope of congressional testimony

Lindsey Graham told reporters it was critical that the various congressional probes related to Russian Federation not interfere with Mueller's investigation. As for the memos Comey wrote about his meetings with President Trump - including one in which Comey said the president asked him repeatedly for his personal loyalty - the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director does not object to releasing the memos to congressional committees or submitting them to Mueller's office.

Local Southern rock trailblazer Gregg Allman dead at 69
Author: 0 Southern rock trailblazer Gregg Allman dead at 69

Gregg Allman and his older brother, Duane , were born in Nashville, Tenn., but raised in northern Florida. Although he claimed the term was redundant, singer-keyboardist Gregg Allman helped create the first great "Southern-rock" group as co-founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band alongside his older brother, famed guitarist Duane Allman .

Local Man shouting racial slurs kills two in train stabbing
Author: 0 Man shouting racial slurs kills two in train stabbing

Some of Christian's speech was allegedly directed at two young Muslim women, one of whom was reported to have been wearing a hijab, but Simpson said the witnesses reported that the suspect's comments were not exclusively anti-Muslim. "We don't yet know what angle the investigation is going to take", Portland police Chief Mike Marshman said. The incident occurred on the first day of the monthlong fast observed by most of the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world.

Author: 0 Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexing case

Leathers said she encouraged the underage girl to report Weiner to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - a move that resulted in the agency's re-opening of its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails. The charge stems from sexually charged text messages he exchanged with a 15-year-old girl last year . "I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt", he said.

Local US Withholding Its Endorsement of Climate Pact
Author: 0 US Withholding Its Endorsement of Climate Pact

And some are starting to question the chances for Trump's pledge to overhaul the US tax code. "The United States is considering its position ... but there was no doubt around the table about how important the issue on climate change is and we are all very clear about that and about how the Paris agreement plays in that", Ms.

Local Trump satisfied with G7 defence of free trade agreement
Author: 0 Trump satisfied with G7 defence of free trade agreement

During the two-day conclave, other leaders repeatedly urged Trump to recognise that the U.S. had to show leadership on climate issues being the world's second biggest carbon emitter. "The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics", it said.

Local Texas Governor Greg Abbott Jokes About Shooting Reporters While at Gun Range
Author: 0 Texas Governor Greg Abbott Jokes About Shooting Reporters While at Gun Range

Reporters Without Borders, an organization that grades countries on the protections they afford to freedom of the press, now ranks the United States 43rd in the world , just below the small African nation of Burkina Faso. The petitions were delivered a day after Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus revealed themselves deadlocked over bathroom regulations . The annual cost of a 5-year license will now be $8 per year.

Local Four dead in OH nursing home shooting
Author: 0 Four dead in OH nursing home shooting

Mourners stand outside the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville, Ohio , on Friday, May 12, 2017 , as the bodies of two employees shot down by an armed man are removed. Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp identified the slain police chief as Steven Eric Disario, who headed the Kirkersville Police Department . The two hostages, who were not harmed, ran away when the gunman shot Disario, investigators said.

Author: 0 United Kingdom police stop sharing info

A suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded scores of others minutes after Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena ended on Monday night. The New York Times , which first published the photos, did not disclose where it obtained the images.

Author: 0 Abbott signs improper teacher-student relationships law

As "bathroom bills" targeting transgender individuals falter across the USA - rejected even in conservative bastions like Kansas and Arkansas following the upheaval over a North Carolina law previous year - Texas Republicans are doubling down on their determination and throwing the Legislature into last-minute tumult.

Author: 0 Trump tells 'confidants' USA will quit Paris climate deal

Gentiloni said climate was "not a minor point" and that he hoped the United States would decide "soon and well" because the Paris accords "need the contribution of the United States". His Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the United States reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to US companies and workers.

Local Texas governor cracks joke about reporters at gun range
Author: 0 Texas governor cracks joke about reporters at gun range

The bill would also require the burial or creation of fetal remains — a requirement that a federal judge has already blocked in Texas after the state health rules were changed at Abbott's behest previous year. Courts have blocked similar bans in Alabama , Oklahoma , Kansas and Louisiana . "A challenge is sure to come as soon as it's signed by the governor", Rodríguez said.

Local Donald Trump to make final decision on Paris climate deal next week
Author: 0 Donald Trump to make final decision on Paris climate deal next week

No further comment was expected from the United States leader, who was due to fly home later Saturday without giving the customary close-of-summit press conference. It would also be fiercely opposed at home by environmental activists and by American corporations that are investing heavily in cleaner technology.

Local Lawmakers complete $46B budget in grueling special session
Author: 0 Lawmakers complete $46B budget in grueling special session

The work of lawmakers was to finish a $46 billion, two-year budget. Republicans pushed hard for cuts in the $14 billion part of the budget, but in a compromise with Dayton, numerous "savings" actually represent shifting money into an outside fund.

Local Four Mass. spellers headed to national bee
Author: 0 Four Mass. spellers headed to national bee

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., sits in her office with the Mills family, including National Spelling Bee participant Katie Mills (center) and her younger sister, Kelly Mills (right), at the Russell Senate Office Building near the U.S. While he doesn't say much, Silas said he's looking forward to the competition. "There were lots of kids there. I know that there's more that could be done, but we're not capable of doing it".

Author: 0 Senate GOP's Dislike of AHCA Worsened by CBO Score

The bill outlines tax credits of $2,000 to $14,000 a year for individuals who don't get insurance coverage from an employer or the government. "Today's estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office show that last-minute changes to the AHCA made by the House offered no real improvements".

Local James Mattis: Trump Gave 'Consistent' US Message to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
Author: 0 James Mattis: Trump Gave 'Consistent' US Message to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

The final communique issued at the G7 summit in Italy said the U.S. "is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics". The meeting's final declaration reflected a stalemate between the U.S. and the six other participating countries, who are all strongly committed to the Paris accord .

Local Trump administration asks for time to weigh Obamacare subsidies
Author: 0 Trump administration asks for time to weigh Obamacare subsidies

Some states are allowing companies to propose two sets of premiums for 2018, with and without the subsidies. Since the subsidies began, House Republicans have railed against the payments, and some Republicans fear allocating the money now could make the GOP look like they are trying to prop up Obamacare , a law they are actively trying to dismantle.

Author: 0 Memorial Day activities around area Monday

Lawrence counties. There will also be the Lost At Sea Dedication will take place again on the bridge near the Willows on the west side of Coldwater along with other ceremonies in the old and new portions of Oak Grove Cemetery. Youngstown: Smoky Hollow Memorial Day Service , 10:30 a.m.to noon, downtown Youngstown. Lordstown: Service at 10 a.m.at Lordstown Village Cemetery.

Local McMaster: 'Not concerned' after Kushner back-channel reports
Author: 0 McMaster: 'Not concerned' after Kushner back-channel reports

The WaPo based the report, which came a day after the paper reported Kushner's contacts were a focus of the FBI investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, on USA intercepts of conversations that Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had with his bosses back in Moscow .

Author: 0 Senate Staffers to Begin Writing Healthcare Bill

On Sunday, months after the Senate approved a " bathroom bill " that includes all government buildings, the House approved a more modest version that applies only to schools. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, on an entirely different plan, said of the House bill. Paul Bettencourt's Senate Bill 2 of the rollback rate, which is the amount a city can raise taxes without triggering a public vote.

Author: 0 Celtics star Thomas unsure if he'll need hip surgery

I don't feel like we're underdogs. Thomas injured the hip in March and aggravated it in the second-round series against Washington. But it meant little as Celtics never led in any of their home games in the series. "It doesn't matter to me", James said. Thomas says he told doctors that whatever happens, he needs to come back even better - "and I will". The last pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft, Thomas has emerged as an All-Star in Boston .

Local G7 summit ends in deadlock over climate change
Author: 0 G7 summit ends in deadlock over climate change

The six-page final communique from the summit says six of the leaders, including Canada, agreed to stand by their commitment to implement the Paris Agreement . German Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed bothered by what she deemed "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory" talk with Trump on climate change .

Local RIP Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band
Author: 0 RIP Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band

That's how a collection of friends and former bandmates coalesced into The Allman Brothers Band , which released its first album in 1969. Fellow music legends like Ringo Starr , Melissa Etheridge , and Peter Frampton also paid their respects to Allman online.

Local It's The Texas Legislature's Last Weekend - For This Session
Author: 0 It's The Texas Legislature's Last Weekend - For This Session

Texas' Republican House speaker said Friday night he's refusing state Senate demands to expand and strengthen a " bathroom bill " targeting transgender people, jeopardizing one of the most hotly debated pieces of legislation in the country's second-largest state.

Local Your CBO Cheat Sheet: 5 Takeaways From GOP Health Bill
Author: 0 Your CBO Cheat Sheet: 5 Takeaways From GOP Health Bill

The results gave Democrats ammunition to attack the GOP drive to scuttle former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul as damaging to patients. "We got to get premiums down and we got to make sure that people with pre-existing conditions can get affordable coverage ". "It makes everything harder and more difficult", Sen.

Local Trump refuses to commit to climate change agreement at G7 summit
Author: 0 Trump refuses to commit to climate change agreement at G7 summit

The new French president, a centrist, told reporters that "I saw a leader with strong opinions on a number of subjects, which I share in part - the fight against terrorism , the willingness to keep our place in the family of nations - and with whom I have disagreements that we spoke about very calmly".

Author: 0 Warren Haynes Pays Tribute to Late Gregg Allman

According to the Allman Brothers Band , Allman had battled many health issues over the years. "I'm grateful for every gold record, good review and award I've ever received, but I'm just so into what I'm doing and that's where my focus is".

Author: 0 GOP's American Healthcare Act anti-health, anti-care, anti-American

The CBO bill score also projects premium hikes that hit older Americans hard. Republicans trying to roll back the 2010 health care law have made their case all about premiums, trying to find ways to give states and insurers flexibility to design plans that cost less.