Local

Bob Menendez to face trial on bribery and corruption charges

Menendez, who is accused of accepting gifts in exchange for political influence, claims his meetings with government officials were to discuss policy and not for the objective of garnering gifts and monetary contributions. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that Menendez's actions amounted to "essentially lobbying on behalf of a particular party", and thus outside the "safe harbour" provided in the Constitution. Read More

Continue Reading »

Middle Eastern Airlines Report Sudden US Ban On Laptops And Electronic Devices

According to numerous reports , USA authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone. Prohibited devices include laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games. The ban Royal Jordanian referenced may be part of a larger crackdown by USA authorities on electronics devices on flights coming from several countries. Read More

Continue Reading »

Lawmakers: No evidence to back Trump's wiretap claims against Obama

Lawmakers: No evidence to back Trump's wiretap claims against Obama

Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that the Justice Department had "fully complied" with the panel's request for any materials related to Trump's wiretapping claim. In recent weeks, Trump joined the fray with counter-accusations of his own, such as his unfounded charge that the Obama administration conducted a wiretap of his phones at Trump Tower in NY. Read More

Continue Reading »

Albany County executive tries to ease fears of 'Meals on Wheels' cuts

It's another example of the phenomenon of "rage fundraising", where the anger and concerns of donors to progressive and anti-poverty causes threatened by President Trump's proposed policies and budget have brought about a fundraising boom. As USA Today notes , "It's certainly a small fraction: Social services are capped by law at 15% of the block grants, and the most recent HUD figures show all senior services receive about $33 million". Read More

Continue Reading »

Comey: FBI investigating ties between Russia, Trump associates

We are going to give you the tools to keep us safe, even if it infringes on privacy some. "We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades". He said the FBI started investigating the matter in July and that its work was still in the early stages. A hearing Monday before one of several congressional panels probing allegations of Russian meddling, the House Intelligence Committee, could allow for the greatest public accounting to date of ... Read More

Continue Reading »

Trump's fortune drops $1B since past year, Forbes says

Trump's fortune drops $1B since past year, Forbes says

The Microsoft founder's net worth is $86 billion, up from $75 billion past year. The highest ranking woman on the list was L'Oreal cosmetics shareholder Liliane Bettencourt, who was 14th with $39.5 billion. China was second with 319 billionaires, and Germany was third with 114. "Forty percent of Donald Trump's fortune is tied up in Trump Tower and eight buildings within one mile of it", Forbes said. Read More

Continue Reading »

Iowa State University President May Soon Lead Auburn University

Iowa State University President May Soon Lead Auburn University

Six months after Auburn University President Jay Gouge announced his plan to retire, university trustees are poised to announce who will succeed him. "War eagle!" said Dr. "I want to make it clear that the University is really about the people". Leath's name carries some negative weight as he has come under fire recently regarding his use of mixed business and personal use of university-owned aircraft - in which he used the plane for medical appointments in Minnesota, flight lessons and ... Read More

Continue Reading »

Paul Ryan: AHCA has to do more for older Americans

Paul Ryan: AHCA has to do more for older Americans

The healthcare overhaul is the major legislative initiative of US President Donald Trump. "The person in their 50s or 60s does have additional health care costs than, say, a person in their 20s and 30s", Ryan continued. Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services, said the Trump administration was open to changes to address the effects on older Americans and other concerns. Read More

Continue Reading »

Monday weather: Spring gets off to a rainy start

Monday weather: Spring gets off to a rainy start

Winds could also gust as high as 28 miles per hour. Monday Night: Overnight lows will dip down into the upper 50's and lower 60's. South, southwest wind 8 to 11 miles per hour becoming north in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Friday , winds will shift west and be breezy at 20 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Read More

Continue Reading »

Myths about the spring equinox

Myths about the spring equinox

While the Equinox is considered a pretty uneventful occurrence, in Kenya it is significant to the rain patterns - according to Mr Samuel Mwangi, the deputy director of the Kenya Meteorological Department. Down at the South Pole this week, the sun will go from being above the horizon all the time to being just below. Flowers, longer days, warmer weather, birds chirping. Read More

Continue Reading »

Cops Think Teacher Kidnapped His 15-Year-Old Student

The student described it as a "peck". Rowland said the teacher may have made a decision to take Elizabeth and leave in the wake of his being spotted earlier this year allegedly kissing the teen student. . There was a continuing investigation by the Maury County Sheriff's Office. Even more troubling is that neither Thomas nor Cummins have used their debit or credit cards. Read More

Continue Reading »

A Warm Start to Spring Ahead!

A Warm Start to Spring Ahead!

The day will be similarly warm, with highs in the low 60s, before temperatures rise into the upper 60s and 70s for the new work week. It will be a mild start to the work week as temperatures will be in the upper 50s for the morning commute. Read More

Continue Reading »

J. Denny Weaver: Ryan's health care bill reveals his values

Several conservative lawmakers opposed to the House GOP health care bill - Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, and Sens. The suggestions which appear to have been taken on board by Ryan are reportedly favoured by Conservative Republicans concerned about the bill, but it remains to be seen if these additions will be enough to swing their votes. Read More

Continue Reading »

Two teens found dead after arson in Baltimore

Two teens found dead after arson in Baltimore

TJ Smith with the Baltimore Police spoke about the incident. At 10:50 p.m. on Thursday, the victim of that shooting ran into the Greenmount Avenue home. Davis said they don't have any "hard set criteria" for what classifies a criminal as "public enemy number one", but added that they use that term for "acts that shock the conscience". Read More

Continue Reading »

What To Expect When You're Expecting A Supreme Court Seat

What To Expect When You're Expecting A Supreme Court Seat

Next week isn't the only chance the Democrats have to stand up to Gorsuch - they can still filibuster his nomination when it comes before the full Senate - but the hearings are the most visible forum they'll have for doing so. Lynch, the case where he wrote his concurring opinion about Chevron , at the very top. "His track record shows that he would not be a mainstream Supreme Court Justice". Read More

Continue Reading »

Krauthammer: Why Attacking Gorsuch Is a 'Losing Proposition' for Democrats

Krauthammer: Why Attacking Gorsuch Is a 'Losing Proposition' for Democrats

The Democrats already have telegraphed another aspect of their strategy: If the nomineedodges, or refuses to answer their questions, that will be more fodder for their opposition. But the rest of them may be in the George W. Bush Presidential Library of the National Archives. Judge Gorsuch is likely to have that skill as well, unless nerves or something else get the better of him. Read More

Continue Reading »

Banks meets with Trump to push health-bill changes

Banks meets with Trump to push health-bill changes

If people have health insurance, they will use more health services - visits to doctors' offices, more tests, procedures and drugs - and health spending will rise. The vote was considered the toughest of the three committee votes held so far on the controversial package. That won't and shouldn't happen. President Donald Trump said Friday he is fully behind the Republican health care plan introduced in the House last week, calling it a "great plan" that's "going to be fantastic" for ... Read More

Continue Reading »

Price prods GOP to 'collaborate' on health care overhaul

Price prods GOP to 'collaborate' on health care overhaul

Now that the score is out, that isn't expected to get any easier. Others , however, pushed for House Speaker Paul Ryan to continue with the bill and "let the legislative process work". "You know why? Because this isn't a government mandate'". Healthy young people are avoiding Obamacare policies and sicker people are flocking to them. Read More

Continue Reading »

Air Force hockey to play Western Michigan in NCAA Tournament opener

Air Force hockey to play Western Michigan in NCAA Tournament opener

The Irish (21-11-5), finishing fourth in their final season in Hockey East, meet the Gophers (23-11-3) at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday in the Northeast Regional, held at SNHU Arena in Manchester , N.H. Don Lucia's club will square off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Lucia's alma mater) in the opening round of the tournament. That was assured today when the Irish hockey team was one of 16 schools to appear in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship bracket. Read More

Continue Reading »

I'm ready to come out of the woods, Clinton says

I'm ready to come out of the woods, Clinton says

Clinton made reference to her time in " the woods " on a number of occasions throughout her speech , apparently alluding to images captured of the election candidate hiking in the woods the day after her defeat. "I'm not sure it will come out of Washington yet, but I think it can come out of Scranton". Specifically, she said that she plans to "shine a light" on some of the concerns she has while watching the news nowadays. Read More

Continue Reading »

Is the new health-care law what anyone really wants?

Is the new health-care law what anyone really wants?

Its paltry tax credits would leave many Iowans paying more for their health insurance, and its repeal of the Medicaid expansion would leave many other Iowans with no insurance at all . He said that optional work requirement "doesn't move the ball more than a couple yards on a very long playing field". U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy says it's time that moderate Republicans and conservatives "sheath their swords" and get behind legislation that will get rid of Obamacare. Read More

Continue Reading »

Ryan: more help for older people needed in GOP health bill

Ryan: more help for older people needed in GOP health bill

Speaker Ryan and House Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act , also known as Obamacare, and replace it with a bill that gives millions in tax breaks to the rich. Providing health care to our citizens isn't a matter of choice, it is a duty, an obligation. These administrative costs now account for one third of total health care expenditures in the USA without adding any tangible value to the services provided. Read More

Continue Reading »

Rolling Stones pay tribute to Chuck Berry

Rolling Stones pay tribute to Chuck Berry

Berry had a never give up performing attitude but he hadn't recorded in a long time . He was regarded as having defined rock and roll by melding blues, country and jazz elements into some of the most iconic songs of the 20th century. There would be no Rolling Stones , without Chuck Berry . Blues fans worldwide have been paying their respect to legend Chuck Berry - and this is how he'll be best remembered in Cumbria. Read More

Continue Reading »

Few warm greetings from Florida for Donald Trump's budget

Few warm greetings from Florida for Donald Trump's budget

Under the proposed blueprint , the administration would boost spending on the Department of Veterans Affairs by 6 percent. The budget would slash funding for Health and Human Services by 18% to $69 billion. Fewer funds means fewer people, too. Almost 30 percent in cuts to the State Department includes a slashing of foreign aid - money the USA uses to help other countries economically. Read More

Continue Reading »

Secret Service arrests suspect reaching for White House fence

Secret Service arrests suspect reaching for White House fence

Metro police say the incident occurred just before 1 p.m. EST. Trump, who was on the property, had praised the Secret Service for doing a "fantastic job" and said the suspect was "troubled". That time Mr Trump was inside the building. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CNN on Friday the intruder even rattled a door handle at the South Portico entrance to the White House . Read More

Continue Reading »

NASCAR at Phoenix: Vegas odds, key stats, sleepers, fantasy drivers to watch

Considering Harvick's won six of the last nine races at the track , saying the Stewart-Haas racing driver has enjoyed his time in Arizona would be a vast understatement. There's going to be times when we unload (off the hauler with a vehicle that's) really fast, and times when we unload really slow. Newman obviously isn't off to a great start to the season and hasn't come close to a win in a while, but this is a guy who has a consistent history on this track and is somebody you will ... Read More

Continue Reading »

British spy agency denies 'utterly ridiculous' Trump wiretap claims

Fox played video of Trump joking at the press conference. His comments came shortly after the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate intelligence commmittee said there was no evidence that any surveillance had taken place. USA intelligence agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have found Russia's meddling was meant to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton and ultimately to help Trump win. Read More

Continue Reading »

Why Can't the Media Break Up With Kellyanne Conway Already?

Why Can't the Media Break Up With Kellyanne Conway Already?

Chewing the same cinnamon Orbit gum as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Conway basically said she would never want Spicer's job. "Those are alternative facts", she told the magazine, which came out on Saturday (18 March). Three plus one is four. If confirmed by the Senate, Conway's job would be to defend the White House administration from lawsuits. Partly cloudy, partly sunny. Read More

Continue Reading »

Hearing on Supreme Court Nominee Next Week

Hearing on Supreme Court Nominee Next Week

His conservative supporters also point to bipartisan support among the legal communities in academia and the government. He's backing President Donald Trump's pick - Coloradan Neil Gorsuch. McConnell, a former judge who sat on the Denver-based appeals court with Judge Gorsuch. Blumenthal said he took issue with some of Gorsuch's lower court rulings, which he felt posed "potential danger" for workers and consumers. Read More

Continue Reading »

Cavusoglu: Tillerson to visit Turkey on March 30

That reporter is not a member of the group of major U.S. and worldwide media accredited to cover the department in charge of USA diplomacy around the world. First there was no press. "It acknowledges that US engagement must be more efficient, that our aid be more effective, and that advocating the national interests of our country always be our primary mission", he said of the budget proposal. Read More

Continue Reading »