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Fraternity, 18 members charged in Penn State student's death

Eighteen members of a now-shuttered Penn State University fraternity and the fraternity itself are facing charges in the death of a student who fell down a flight of steps during an alcohol-fueled pledge night. Although Beta Theta Pi is supposed to be a dry fraternity, testimony showed a coordinated effort to purchase alcohol for fraternity events. Many details in the grand jury report came from surveillance video from inside the fraternity. Read More

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National Monuments President Trump Wants to Shut Down

National Monuments President Trump Wants to Shut Down

Almost all of the monuments being investigated are in the Western United States, but only one is in Montana: namely, the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument which was created by Bill Clinton in 2001. President Woodrow Wilson reduced the size of Washington state's Mount Olympus National Monument in 1915, arguing there was an urgent need for timber at the time . Read More

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Abedin didn't send as many emails as Comey said

The dismissal comes in the midst of an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians. Comey's dismissal puts Trump in the position of choosing his successor, and ultimately the person who will be responsible for investigating the president. Read More

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Blum Defends GOP Health Care Bill but Not Process

Blum Defends GOP Health Care Bill but Not Process

Things spiraled quickly after that. Blum said audience members are vetted to ensure they are from his district. "That would be like saying, 'Shouldn't I be able to, even though I live in Dubuque, be able to go vote in Iowa City during the election because I'd like to vote in that district instead?'" It was Scheinblum's follow-up - "Would you still take donations from a Republican in Iowa City?" - that made Blum stand up and rip off his lapel mic. Read More

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No federal charges against officers in Alton Sterling death

No federal charges against officers in Alton Sterling death

Na'Quincy Pierson, son of Alton Sterling, smiles as he stands with Darin Fontenette, left, his football coach, outside the Triple S Food Mart, where Sterling was killed a year ago, in Baton Rouge, La ., Tuesday, May 2, 2017. that the officers acted in a willful manner with specific intent to deprive this individual of their constitutional rights", he said. The July 5 deadly police shooting of Sterling is now the focus of a state investigation, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry ... Read More

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8 injured, gunman dead in San Diego shooting

The shooting occurred around 6 p.m.in the pool area of the apartment complex in the La Jolla neighborhood, police said. Police said the shooter was despondent over a recent breakup with a girlfriend. The San Diego Police Chief said relatives were aware that Selis was 'depressed'- but had no idea he'd completely snap. Police believe Selis lived at the complex located on Judicial Drive, north of Nobel Drive and south of Miramar Road and west of Interstate 805. Read More

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Big investors urge Trump to stick with Paris climate accord

He had been slated later Tuesday to meet key climate and economic advisers to discuss a possible withdrawal, but a senior White House official told AFP the meeting has been postponed. "The other option for the rest of the world, is to say "we're going to step up now that it's clear America is stepping down on these issues and we're going to do more because we have no choice" and I hope that that's what happens", he stated. Read More

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Comey Stands By October Clinton Decision But Feels 'Mildly Nauseous'

There was efforts aimed at voter registration systems, but I suppose in theory, part of the US. "I think he just wanted to make it clear what exactly happened", Spicer added. Republicans on the House Russia investigation noted that during Comey's last visit, there were nearly 100 instances when he said he could not answer their questions - something they hope will change in the private setting. Read More

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Kangaroo attacks, bites 9-year-old girl on head

Kangaroo attacks, bites 9-year-old girl on head

The incident was caught on camera. Cheyenne White was attacked by a kangaroo in front of her mother, Jennifer. White said park staff did not provide support after the kangaroo bit her daughter. WAFF was told by a Harmony Park Safari employee that the owners do not want to comment. "I'm just glad I was there", the mother said. Jennifer White took this cell phone video of her daughters, up close to the kangaroo. Read More

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Abbott signs sanctuary cities bill into law

Abbott signs sanctuary cities bill into law

Incredibly, in addition to making law enforcement officers' jobs more hard, SB 4 threatens them with jail time, fines, and official misconduct charges if they do not fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement actions. After months of grueling public testimony, House and Senate warfare and protests across the state, Gov. "The challenge, as we told the members of the Legislature, is the perception this is going to create", Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told the Chronicle . Read More

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North Korea-Malaysia game to be played in Pyongyang

The country's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim Hak Song was detained Saturday and that "a relevant institution is now conducting detailed investigation into his crimes". Or, as some have speculated , the American prisoners could be used as human shields if the USA attacks North Korea's nuclear infrastructure. Here are the American citizens detained in North Korea. Read More

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Former Attorney General: Alarm about Russian blackmail led to warning on Flynn

Former Attorney General: Alarm about Russian blackmail led to warning on Flynn

An Obama spokesman initially declined to comment. Flynn has emerged as a central figure in probes into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow. And Texas GOP Sen. Yates left her post with the DOJ that day because Trump fired her after she ordered the Justice Department not to defend Trump's January 27 executive order. Read More

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UN climate talks begin amid uncertainty over US position

UN climate talks begin amid uncertainty over US position

Around 3,000 delegates have converged on the western German city of Bonn on Monday to begin drafting detailed rules created to guide member countries through implementing the pact. Trump needs to announce a decision before that summit so that leaders can determine whether and how to address climate change issues during the G-7. Earlier, a State Department official told AFP: "We are focused on ensuring that decisions are not taken at these meetings that would prejudice our future policy, ... Read More

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Top Trump advisers to discuss pulling out from climate deal

The plan comes amid Tokyo's concerns that Trump may announce a USA departure from the accord at a May 26-27 summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations in Italy, the source said. The landmark Paris accord was a breakthrough after years of tough negotiations. In the letter , the groups wrote that some officials in the president's administration "are relying on recent statements from former Obama administration officials that the US can withdraw its [previous commitment under the ... Read More

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Obama warned Trump about Flynn; Yates also issued a warning

Such information, she said , created a situation "where the national security adviser could essentially be blackmailed". "We knew that was not a good situation, which is why we wanted the White House to know about it". Clapper, Yates and another official who served under Obama, former CIA Director John Brennan, had been scheduled to testify to the House of Representatives intelligence committee in March, but that hearing was canceled by the panel's chairman, Republican Devin Nunes. Read More

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Trump Has First Service Secretary As Senate OKs USAF Pick

Trump Has First Service Secretary As Senate OKs USAF Pick

The U.S. Senate voted Monday to confirm Heather Wilson, a former congresswoman and Air Force Academy graduate, to be the next Air Force secretary and first service secretary to serve in the Trump administration. The telephone call referenced by Reed, the senator from Rhode Island, was made by Wilson in October 2006 to David Iglesias, a USA attorney in New Mexico. Read More

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Trump to Nudge Courts Rightward With Slate of Appeals Nominees

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that the names of ten nominees would be announced Monday. Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined the court last month. Stras, 42, was a clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, as well as two appeals court judges. Trump's only court appointment thus far, other than Gorsuch, has been Amul Thapar, who awaits confirmation to the 6th Circuit. Read More

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North Lake College shooting: Victim and suspect dead, police say

North Lake College shooting: Victim and suspect dead, police say

Investigators suspect the shooting was a murder suicide. After police announced the suspect was dead, the school announced that the rest of the day's classes were canceled. Police said he was armed with a handgun and carried a black jacket. Student Joseph Le told CNN he was in a campus building when he heard three shots and a male yell, "Leave her be!" When an active-shooter alarm rang at North Lake, a two-year public school in Dallas , students were ordered to remain locked in their ... Read More

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Augusta women sit 9th after day one in the Athens Regional

Augusta women sit 9th after day one in the Athens Regional

USC, playing on this course for the first time since its 2008 NCAA title, is seeking its 20th straight trip to the NCAA final field while now riding an NCAA-record streak of even straight regional wins. With plenty of golf still to go, the Wildcats are in 16th place heading into Tuesday's second round. The pair registered two birdies each in Monday's round. Read More

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Yates: I warned White House that Flynn could be blackmailed

Yates said she told White House counsel Donald McGahn on January 26 that Flynn had not told the truth about his conduct, and that made him susceptible to blackmail, the Washington Post reports . He asked to view the underlying evidence against Flynn. It is not clear what other actions, if any, White House officials took after the warning from Yates. Read More

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Barrington native faces charges for Penn State hazing

Barrington native faces charges for Penn State hazing

The other charges range from evidence tampering to furnishing alcohol to minors. Piazza's injuries included a fracture at the base of his skull and a ruptured spleen. He said that he voiced concerns to fellow frat brothers but, ultimately, failed to call 911 because senior members of the group told him that he was overreacting. Read More

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No Proof: Clapper, Yates Offer No Evidence of Russian Election Meddling

Other former Obama administration officials said then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper didn't think highly of Flynn, and in fact was the person who recommended Flynn's firing as DNI in 2014. He also had contact with Kislyak after the trip. On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that Trump transition team members had warned Flynn about the risks of communicating with the Russian ambassador, prior to the his December telephone conversations with Kislyak. Read More

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Official Alton Sterling decision to be announced

Sterling's family held a separate news conference to call on Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to pursue state criminal charges . Chris Stewart, a lawyer for two of Alton Sterling's sons, told reporters Wednesday that the white officer who shot Sterling pointed a gun at the black man's head and threatened to shoot him before they struggled. Read More

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Austin Campus Stabbing: GoFundMe Page Launched To Assist Survivor With Medical Bills

Austin Campus Stabbing: GoFundMe Page Launched To Assist Survivor With Medical Bills

White was "obviously" suffering from some kind of mental difficulties, but he did not elaborate on the suspect's condition or treatment. "This was not about a person who had a vendetta". White was always smiling and happy-go-lucky when they would chat before and after class, Springer said. Austin police said they arrived at the University of Texas around 1:50 p.m. Read More

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Family of shooting victims: Arrest bittersweet

Family of shooting victims: Arrest bittersweet

Saucedo pleaded not guilty to that charge. A man was arrested Monday in a string of serial killings that terrified a Phoenix neighborhood previous year, a huge break in a case that involved nine deaths and a dozen separate shootings. Authorities have been investigating the killings for more than 12 months. It wasn't the first time a gunman has gone on an extended and random shooting spree in Arizona. Read More

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Trump Takes First Step Toward Dismantling 1 Billion Acres of National Monuments

Trump Takes First Step Toward Dismantling 1 Billion Acres of National Monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Tuesday Trump's executive order would require him to conduct the review of around 30 national monuments and recommend which designations should be lifted or resized over the coming months. San Francisco-based Earthjustice , a major nonprofit environmental law organization, says, "Any attempt to reverse or shrink a monument designation by the executive branch is unlawful under the Antiquities Act". Read More

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