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More than 100 people killed in Idlib chemical attack, Turkey's Erdogan says

Tillerson said the Syrian people will decide Assad's "longer-term status". "What I'm saying is we're monitoring that situation very carefully", Obama said in a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room. A suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria's rebel-held northern Idlib province killed dozens of people on Tuesday. For years, it justified whatever it did in the war saying it was fighting terrorism. Read More

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Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

Click on the video at the top of this article to hear Senator Rand Paul on today's 700 Club discuss more on what he calls politically motivated unmasking to "damage the Trump administration ". She is a White House staffer. It would be brought back to them directly... "Lake wrote that according to "U.S. officials familiar with the matter", Rice requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign". Read More

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Storms force school closings after killing 2 in Louisiana

Storms force school closings after killing 2 in Louisiana

The remains of a trailer lie where a woman and her 3-year-old daughter were killed during a severe storm, in Breaux Bridge, La ., Sunday, April 2, 2017. "Some areas have already seen over 5 inches (13 cm) with these severe storms (Sunday) in Louisiana, and the storms are slow moving". Two people were killed in a possible tornado after a mobile home flipped in Breaux Bride, La. Read More

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Shoe chain Payless files for bankruptcy protection

The discount shoe chain is the latest big name to announce store closures this year as the mix of tenants in many traditional shopping malls continues to change in the face of growing online competition. It named Payless as one of the retailers. - Have already laid out plans to shutter almost 1,500 stores since the beginning of the year. Payless listed liabilities of $1 billion to $10 billion in Chapter 11 documents filed Tuesday in St. Read More

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Pence meets with House conservatives on reviving healthcare bill

After the House health care bill stalled and failed to come up for a vote on March 24, Trump told reporters in a statement : "I think what will happen is Obamacare, unfortunately, will explode". "I think where they are is still trying to make it work with what they have and getting people to accept what they have with very small tweaks to the existing bill", Paul said. Read More

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Gov. Bentley issues statewide state of emergency for severe weather Wednesday

Gov. Bentley issues statewide state of emergency for severe weather Wednesday

The greatest threat area will be for eastern Alabama, including the Lee County area. Storms are expected to start early in the morning in the west, and move through the state, ending in the east around mid-afternoon. Central Georgia, where over 20 tornadoes were reported on Monday, will again be under fire from similarly powerful storms. Thunder, lightning, possible hail and tornadoes will come blasting through SC again on Wednesday, two days after similar storms caused widespread damage ... Read More

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Spieth looks to make new Masters memories after '16 meltdown

Spieth looks to make new Masters memories after '16 meltdown

In the chase for the career Grand Slam, of which the Northern Irishman only needs the Masters to join the five men who have accomplished the feat, McIlroy admitted to playing 99 holes at Augusta National in the past two weeks. "It's always important to get off to a decent start but especially here". "I've played with a few of the Asian contenders, so I sort of expected one of those guys", McIlroy said. Read More

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Madison Park named world's best restaurant

Organisers said Eleven Madison Park , housed in an art deco building and which came third past year, enhanced the dining experience "with a sense of fun, blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room". The rest of this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants can be found here . Blumenthal, who has brought his recipes to millions through TV shows broadcast around the world , said he had no plans to slow down. Read More

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United Nations to hold emergency meeting over chemical attack in Syria

United Nations to hold emergency meeting over chemical attack in Syria

Wednesday's session was dominated by news that at least 72 civilians including 20 children had been killed in a suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province. The bulk of those have been since a United Nations resolution passed in 2013 that banned chemical weapons in Syria. Videos from the scene showed volunteer medics using fire hoses to wash the chemicals from victims' bodies. Read More

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Local women talk wage gap on Equal Pay Day

The topic of equal pay is a long-standing issue that continues to hold prevalence, with Tuesday marking Equal Pay Day in the U.S. Black women make 66 cents on the dollar, while Hispanic women make 60 cents on the dollar compared to men. The day was started by National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 to bring awareness to the gap between men and women's wages. "Right now it's about 20.5 cents on the dollar that we're behind, so about 79 cents that we make for the dollar that a man makes", ... Read More

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Five-star center Jeremiah Tilmon asks for release from IL

Five-star center Jeremiah Tilmon asks for release from IL

Jeremiah Tilmon has requested a release from his National Letter of Intent from IL. Tilmon had verbally committed to play for former coach John Groce on July 11 and signed his National Letter of Intent in November. The delay caused concern for many Illini fans. Tilmon is a Top 50 recruit nationally and part of the No. 9 recruiting class in the country, according Scout. Read More

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Border agency fields pitches for wall

A comprehensive budget request for FY 2018 will be delivered to Congress in May. During the presidential campaign, Trump insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall. The border wall prototypes might be built along a strip of federal land that is approximately a quarter-mile long and about 120 feet from the border in the San Diego area. Read More

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness month

Preliminary Massachusetts data shows a 13 percent increase in motor vehicle fatalities from 2015 to 2016 - more than double the national average according to the National Safety Council (NSC). U Pay", state police said in a statement. CMT says some cellphone apps can actually be used to track cellphone use behind the wheel and provide feedback to motorists in an effort to improve driving habits. Read More

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Court: Civil Rights Law Prohibits Discrimination of LGBT

Court: Civil Rights Law Prohibits Discrimination of LGBT

The long, slow crawl toward legislative change will likely continue up to the Supreme Court, as an appellate court in Georgia ruled in the opposite direction of the Chicago court three weeks ago. The landmark case involved a teacher, Kimberly Hively , who alleged that an IN community college would not hire her on a full-time basis because she's lesbian. Read More

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High court may re-examine Civil Rights Act after LGBT ruling

High court may re-examine Civil Rights Act after LGBT ruling

So, the court decided, it's not legal in the U.S. for an employer to discriminate against gay workers - making it the first federal appeals court to conclude that gay people are protected under existing civil rights law. Existing federal law specifically cites race, color, religion, sex, and national origin as protected groups in the workplace, but is mum about whether that also covers sexual orientation. Read More

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Federal judge blocks IN law that would require ultrasound before abortions

Federal judge blocks IN law that would require ultrasound before abortions

The editorial board claimed that undercover videos showing high-level Planned Parenthood employees discussing harvesting organs from aborted babies in grisly detail and haggling over pricing have been "completely discredited". The government shouldn't defund such a valuable organization exclusively because of abortion, when the government does not pay for the abortions the organization provides in the first place. Read More

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Legal Expert Weighs In On Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

Legal Expert Weighs In On Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on April 4, that federal civil rights law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination. Sex discrimination, Wood explained encompasses sex stereotyping , or failure to conform to gender norms. The comparative method asks whether if Hively had been a man involved in a romantic relationship with a woman she would have experienced the same alleged discrimination by her former employer. Read More

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Stefano Gabbana Thanks Melania Trump For Wearing Dolce & Gabbana (Again)

Stefano Gabbana Thanks Melania Trump For Wearing Dolce & Gabbana (Again)

A readout of the visit will be provided later in the day. " She wears your clothes beautifully!" one commenter wrote . So when Melania showed up at the debate with that style of blouse, people wondered: was she oblivious to the irony, was she trolling America, or was she was using that very pink blouse and bow to send out a message of solidarity to other women? Taken by Belgian photographer Regine Mahaux, who has worked with the first family for the past five years, it depicts Mrs ... Read More

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White House signals it can live without border wall funds

White House signals it can live without border wall funds

But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has declared Trump's request for $1.4 billion in the current budget for preliminary planning for construction of the wall along almost 2,000 miles of the U.S. President Trump's promise to erect a border between the US and Mexico was a cornerstone of his campaign. Senate Democrats have threatened to filibuster any language providing money for the wall. Read More

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McCaskill, Accusing Gorsuch of 'Stunning Lack of Humanity,' Backs Filibuster

If confirmed by the Senate to fill a vacancy created by the February 2016 death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch, 49, would restore the nine-seat high court's conservative majority. Many refuse to support Gorsuch on principal, after Republicans declined to vote on former President Barack Obama's pick of Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, leaving the ninth seat open for an unprecedented almost 300 days. Read More

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Arab leaders renew call for Palestinian state in Jordan summit

Arab leaders renew call for Palestinian state in Jordan summit

The fall of many repressive and autocratic regimes was exploited by extremists and terror organizations such as Islamic State of which seized large swathes of territory in both Syria and Iraq in 2014, wreaking havoc on the region. Abdullah issued a pointed rebuke of Israel, saying that its actions are "undermining" the peace process. Arab leaders gathered Wednesday for an annual summit where the call for Palestinian statehood is to take center stage. Read More

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Online bear tracker in the works

Online bear tracker in the works

When park rangers discovered a black bear obtaining human food and damaging property in Yosemite, they used to relocate the bear to a remote area of the park. Every year, dozens of bears are struck by drivers inside the park, some fatally. The map also shows the locations of the almost two dozen reported vehicle collisions with bears that happened in 2016. Read More

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Russia Investigation Grinds to a Halt in the House

Russia Investigation Grinds to a Halt in the House

Yates, along with former CIA Director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, had agreed to testify publicly before the House intelligence committee. Jack Langer, a spokesman for Nunes, similarly denied any coordination between the committee and White House over Yates' testimony. The next day, Nunes briefed the news media, then the president and then the news media again before taking that information to his colleagues on the intelligence committee, enraging ... Read More

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Dozens reportedly killed in gas attack in Syria

Dozens reportedly killed in gas attack in Syria

The tweet was referring to a 2013 chemical attack on a Damascus suburb blamed on the Syrian regime. The political tone of Trump's statement took many US officials by surprise. That was a departure from the Obama administration's public stance on Assad's fate, and drew criticism for playing down a long-standing USA goal to help end the six-year-long Syrian civil war. Read More

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Russian metro bomb suspect identified

Russian metro bomb suspect identified

These are the first images of the former sushi chef who is believed to have carried out the horrific Russian train bombing that killed 14 and wounded dozens of others. "The conclusions of the genetic examination and the recording of the CCTV cameras give the investigators reasons to believe that it was Dzhalilov who committed the terrorist act in the train", said the RIC in a statement . Read More

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Border wall contractors brace for hostile site

FILE - In this June 13, 2013, file photo, hands from Daniel Zambrano of Tijuana, Mexico, hold on to the bars that make up the border wall separating the USA and Mexico as the border meets the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. In the meantime, CBP officials will continue to monitor the almost 700 miles of fencing that already exists along the U.S. -Mexico border. The wall built on the southern border near Yuma resulted in 94 percent fewer illegal crossings, former deputy Border Patrol chief Ronald ... Read More

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Obama aide Susan Rice denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

Obama aide Susan Rice denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

The paper also said that the White House's citing of the report was an attempt "to deflect Russian scrutiny". Nor did she ever request to unmask the identities of US individuals in intelligence reports for political purposes, she said. But with national security reporter Eli Lake's report yesterday that "former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and ... Read More

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