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WNBA draft: Kelsey Plum goes No. 1 to San Antonio Stars

WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes delivers the news that Coates' didn't have to wait long to hear. " Alaina Coates from SC". The WNBA moved the draft to NY after a successful stint at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun the last few years. "For them to still take a chance on me, they obviously see potential and they believe in me and so I'm thankful they took a chance like that with me". Read More

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NY state to offer free tuition to students in public colleges

NY state to offer free tuition to students in public colleges

Beginning in the fall, undergraduate college students attending a State University of NY or a City University of NY will become eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship if the family earns less than $100,000 per year. In a pretty monumental feat, NY is the first state to offer universal public college tuition coverage for working and middle class residents. Under terms of the deal, the program would be phased in over three years. Read More

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Steve Bannon dropped from NSC principals

He was even made a member of the council's principals committee, in preference to military officials who usually take up such roles. Interestingly, White House officials say that the only reason they put Bannon on the council in the first place was to "keep an eye" on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned in February, and that Bannon's appointment was always meant to be temporary. Read More

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Ivanka Trump, husband still benefiting from business

Ivanka Trump, husband still benefiting from business

Counter to his professed campaign promise to drain the swamp, President Donald Trump has tapped his fair share of millionaires as White House staffers. All of those entities are funded by billionaire hedge-fund manager Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah. Bannon also disclosed that he earned slightly less than $200,000 past year as executive director of Breitbart News Network LLC, before he resigned to join Trump's campaign last August. Read More

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Russian Federation vetoes UNSC action condemning Syria chemical weapons attack

A Kremlin spokesman said the meeting between President Putin and Secretary Tillerson had been "fairly constructive" and that the two agreed to keep open lines of communication between Washington and Moscow . Allegations of collusion between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates also have weakened Trump's ability to sweeten any offer for greater co-operation, such as by easing economic sanctions on Moscow related to its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for ... Read More

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Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

So many people wanted to experience the Oilers' first stab at the playoffs in more than a decade that the team sold $80 passes on Wednesday night allowing fans to wander the concourses at Rogers Place without benefit of a seat. Lucic then shot again through Jones's pads. They've built up a tremendous amount of character and resilience during that run and put it to use in dominating the second and third periods. Read More

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What you need to know about the 'mother of all bombs'

John Nicholson, commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb. The 21,000 lb. bomb is nicknamed "the mother of all bombs", and is about half the size of of the smallest nuclear bomb. Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for police forces in Nangarhar province, where the bomb was dropped, said that global and Afghan forces had "for days" been involved in operations against the Islamic State affiliate. Read More

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Democrats seek to resolve health payments on spending bill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader (D-CA) signaled that they would be unwilling to discuss a deal with President Trump that would undermine the efficacy of Obamacare. Doing so would likely mean raising premiums for the typical plan by 19 percent , according to an analysis by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation . Read More

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NY judge found dead in Hudson River remembered as a trailblazer

NY judge found dead in Hudson River remembered as a trailblazer

Abdus-Salaam was appointed to the appellate court in 2013, becoming the first African-American woman as well as the first Muslim to serve in the position. "Her death is a devastating loss to the entire legal community and to all New Yorkers". Kindlon says he also noticed that when Judge Salaam began to speak, all the other judges stopped talking and listened to her. Read More

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Barely-Dems Begin to Buckle On Gorsuch Filibuster

Moreover, such a change would likely usher in a future in which the Senate loses its more deliberative contribution to American legislation. McCaskill said her decision was based on several concerns. Claire McCaskill, who says she is torn over how to vote, highlighted the dilemma for Democratic senators running next year in states that Trump won. Manchin said Thursday he would vote for Neil Gorsuch, making him the first Democrat to express support for Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. Read More

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Trump won't rule out second Yellen term, signaling drift to the mainstream

Trump won't rule out second Yellen term, signaling drift to the mainstream

Trump said the US dollar is "getting too strong" and also said his administration won't label China a currency manipulator in a report due this week. Major U.S. stock indexes expanded losses to end lower for the day after the comments while gold futures rose. The bigger question is how Trump can coax the dollar lower and still promise to inject fiscal stimulus, Setser said. Read More

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Complaint: Manifesto suspect wrote apology before gun theft

Complaint: Manifesto suspect wrote apology before gun theft

He's considered armed and risky. A criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Rock County charges Jakubowski with burglarizing Armageddon Supplies by diving head-first through a broken window. He thanked the owner for protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens. The Rock County Sheriff's Office has also learned a tattoo "BOY" photo released Tuesday, labeled "BOS", is no longer applicable. Read More

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Trump talks health care with Republican critic on golf course

Trump talks health care with Republican critic on golf course

But Daniel Jacobson, a White House lawyer under President Obama, tweeted that White House staff "can't use an official or de facto govt Twitter acct (which this is) to call for defeat of a candidate". In the immediate aftermath of the bill's collapse, Trump said he was moving on from health care until Obamacare "explodes". The president doubled down last week when he used his Twitter account to attack members of the House Freedom Caucus, the conservative wing of House Republicans, who ... Read More

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Trump says healthcare is still GOP's legislative priority

The hard-line conservative caucus was one of the groups primarily responsible for sinking the Republicans' first attempt to repeal the ACA, the American Health Care Act . "It's been very much misreported that we failed with health care". Here are some examples of actions he could take (or has already taken). While there has been little clarity so far on tax reform, the other major part of Trump's economic agenda - a promised $1 trillion in infrastructure investment - remains murky as well. Read More

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Veteran kills wife at California school after making threats

Samantha Starcher, 25, said she waited four hours to be reunited with her 6-year-old daughter. They knew each other for "a number of years" before they Wednesday, Sykes says. He also said, "She knows when to ignore me", as he laughed and smiled. Burguan said it appeared Anderson was trying to contact his wife to convince her to return home, but she resisted. Read More

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Weather agency confirms tornado in Louisiana

Weather agency confirms tornado in Louisiana

Based on the latest weather data, the threat for severe weather late Wednesday into Thursday will include damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes. A storm system rumbling eastward through Texas toward the lower Mississippi Valley could pelt the region with large hail and cause flash-flooding and spawn tornadoes. Read More

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Air Base Struck By US Missiles Operating Again, Syrians Say

Lavrov added that it is necessary to conduct a throrough, impartial investigation into the Idlib chemical attack. There was no comment from Russian Federation or Iran about the statement. He had planned to travel to Russia on Monday on a trip meant to start fresh dialogue with the Russian government. Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Russian Federation for the US missile strikes. Read More

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Trump says health-care reforms to come before tax changes

You're going to end up with something that nobody's going to be really happy with: "mediocre tax reform and a mediocre infrastructure bill", according to Marc Scribner, Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow. Trump further muddied matters during his interview with Fox Business , when he said he was circumspect about a key feature of the House GOP tax plan. Read More

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China willing to work with US against North Korea

I mean this: the attack on Syria was not so much a moral statement as a political one, one that says "America has the means to intervene meaningfully overseas, and will do so for less than has been the case in the past". If the North proceeds with a ballistic missile or nuclear test and the USA does nothing in response, America's deterrence will appear diminished. Last week's USA strike against a Syrian military base has also been seen as a warning to North Korea . Read More

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Immigration arrests at the Mexican border plummet to a 17-year low

Kelly also told lawmakers that a sharp decline in people crossing the southern border illegally was due in part to Trump's immigration policies and widely publicized arrests of immigrants living in the United States illegally. Kelly assured that President Trump has told him to "go do it" and to protect the southwest border in "any way that makes sense". Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the panel's ranking minority member, hammered away at Trump's signature claim . Read More

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Squirrel served a mini ice cream cone every day in North Carolina

Squirrel served a mini ice cream cone every day in North Carolina

Owners Scott and Pam Martin of Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf in Holden Beach said the squirrel, named Putter, has been visiting the store for a daily treat since it first appeared in the area last summer. "Have you seen Putter today?'" Pam told the WWAY . "She's quite the little character", Scott said. "So they come. They know she's here and they want to see her". Read More

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