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Amtrak engineer won't be charged in deadly crash

Amtrak engineer won't be charged in deadly crash

Yet prosecutors say they have "no evidence that the engineer acted with criminal "intent" or criminal 'knowledge, ' " and they do not believe there's enough evidence to prove that Bostian acted with "criminal recklessness". Amtrak paid $265 million last October to settle claims related to the crash, noted the Post. A deputy is overseeing legal decisions, the office has said. Read More

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Some in Congress criticize Sessions' directive on criminal charges

Some in Congress criticize Sessions' directive on criminal charges

This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency. Sessions says a spike in violence in some big cities and the nation's opioid epidemic show the need for a return to tougher tactics. Under Sessions's policy, Holder said the department would once again find itself spending a third of its budget on incarcerating people. The Sentencing Project also condemned the move saying, "Attorney General Sessions' decision to end the Smart On Crime ... Read More

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As farmers worry, Agriculture chief to promote trade

As farmers worry, Agriculture chief to promote trade

Up-to-date agriculture news in your inbox! But the reorganization will also mean changes to the department's conservation arm, as the plan includes doing away with the position of undersecretary for natural resources and environment. Highlighting the need for a climate of mutual respect and tolerance, Perdue added, "I expect each and every USDA employee to uphold their fellow Americans' First Amendment freedoms". Read More

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Trump warns ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation chief not to leak to media, threatens 'tapes'

Now we learn that a president with at least some ties to Russian Federation asked the FBI director in charge of a possibly incriminating investigation whether he can count on his "loyalty" - then fires him when he doesn't get it. At the same time , he defended Spicer, whose job is said to be in jeopardy. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper raised doubt about Trump's assertion that Comey had assured him he was not under investigation. Read More

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Reader Opinion: Trumping health care

Senator Tom Cotton has supported the repeal and replacement of the American Affordable Health Care Act because he says it makes the the American healthcare system worse off. Only 6% of Democrats and 18% of independents have a favorable opinion of the plan. Roughly one in five American voters approve of the health care plan the House of Representatives passed last Thursday, according to a new poll. Read More

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School: Boy, 8, who killed himself never said he was bullied

School: Boy, 8, who killed himself never said he was bullied

After being found on the floor by the assistant principal then the school nurse, the third-grader's mother was contacted and she was informed that she son had fainted. For months after his suicide, Gabriel's mother had no knowledge of the trouble in the school bathroom. The school district had refused to release the video but chose to do so to counter what it said was the detective's suggestion that the children who poked or nudged or kicked Gabriel were assaulting him. Read More

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Serena Williams, Biles join LA's 2024 Olympics bid

Serena Williams, Biles join LA's 2024 Olympics bid

The vice presidents are also expected to report their findings on the 2024/2028 issue at those same meetings. Los Angeles is competing with Paris for the right to stage the 2024 sports extravaganza. On the ground, the Paris bid committee will have to showcase the city to the IOC delegates without the head of state. A big part of that history was on hand in the flesh, as five-time Olympic water polo player Tony Azevedo helped discuss the plans for water polo competition. Read More

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Tom Price defends Medicaid cuts in new health care bill

Tom Price defends Medicaid cuts in new health care bill

Republican Whip John Cornyn said this week. Media Matters published a piece with the headline "The House Passed A Health Care Bill That Will Kill People". It brings long overdue reform to Medicaid, whose spiraling costs threaten to bankrupt states and the federal government. "It's unlikely to get worse from here from where they landed yesterday", Vitale said Friday, a day after the House vote. Read More

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Private operator sought at Penn Station

Private operator sought at Penn Station

State Legislative Oversight Chair Bob Gordon (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Assembly Judiciary Chair Jack McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) said they planned to visit New York Penn Station on Friday in what they dubbed as a "Fact-Finding Tour". Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie blamed the recent problems on "decades of underinvestment by Amtrak" and said "systemic problems could not wait". On Thursday, leaders of NJT, Long Island Rail Road, and Amtrak attended a state committee hearing about the improvement ... Read More

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Trump said firing Flynn 'did not sound like an emergency'

Trump said firing Flynn 'did not sound like an emergency'

Trump reluctantly pushed out Flynn on February 13 while insisting he'd done nothing wrong. "She had come here, given a heads" up, told us there were materials, and at the same time, we did what we should do. He indicated Trump has not accepted her finding that Flynn may have been compromised, calling it "a little premature". The specifics of the conversation - or conversations - that Flynn had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Lavrov have not been publicly disclosed. Read More

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Stone vows to cooperate with Senate committee

Stone vows to cooperate with Senate committee

President Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone was on WLS Friday morning, talking about the President's firing of FBI director James Comey , and the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. However Stone told WLS he spoke with the President recently. Stone said he thinks a special prosecutor, not Attorney General Jeff Sessions, should investigate potential collusion with Russian Federation. Read More

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Trump's tweet about ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director was 'not a threat,' Spicer says

And Trump, in an interview on Thursday with NBC, described a far different dinner conversation with Comey in which the director asked to have the meeting and the question of loyalty never came up. But before this, several White House officials had sent out messages that Comey's ouster was done in lieu of the email leak case related to Hillary Clinton and was, in no way, related to the Russian hacking investigation. Read More

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Sheriff: Gunman kills police chief, 2 nursing home workers

Sheriff: Gunman kills police chief, 2 nursing home workers

The two employees and the gunman were found dead inside. Utica is about 26 miles (41 kilometers) north of Kirkersville . Hartless has been accused of killing Medrano and two others, including a police chief at a nursing home on Friday. A woman who lives across the street said she and her 6-year-old son heard it happen. The gunman was later found dead. He said police weren't immediately able to positively identify the gunman and were trying to determine what, if any, relationship he had ... Read More

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Kirkersville Police Chief, two others and gunman dead in nursing home shooting

A home across the street reportedly was damaged by a stray bullet, but Thorp said that had not been confirmed to have been part of Friday's incident. In honor of Kirkersville Police Chief Steven E. 'We've lost a police officer. He said he saw people "running" from the Pine Kirk Care Center . Kirkersville Elementary School was placed on lockdown, according to librarian Sue Keller. Read More

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Judge orders prosecutors to charge Amtrak engineer

The DA's office issued a statement saying since it had already decided not to charge Bostian it wanted to avoid "any apparent conflict of interest". "I commend our outstanding team in the Office of the Attorney General who worked diligently and thoughtfully around the clock to enable us to be in this position to pursue justice on behalf of the victims of this deadly crash", Shapiro said in a statement . Read More

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Obama to Voters: 'You Get the Politicians You Deserve'

Obama to Voters: 'You Get the Politicians You Deserve'

David Garrow, author of "Rising Star", discussed his biography of the former president and the controversy it has stirred during an appearance Monday on Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight". "The Barack Obama from 1985 to 2002 in IL was a wonderful progressive politician", Garrow, a self-described progressive Democrat, said ". "The problem is so often young people's voices aren't heard, and when they want to get involved on issues, they don't know how and they don't have the tools", ... Read More

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Ex-congresswoman may spend rest of life in prison for fraud

Brown faces more than 20 charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, obstruction of IRS laws and filing false returns. According to the government, Brown - along with former chief of staff Ronnie Simmons and Carla Wiley, both of whom pleaded guilty - used One Door for Education-Amy Anderson Scholarship Fund at least in part to finance their own expenses while working with other people to solicit more than $800,000 for the charity. Read More

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Donald Trump order reassesses drilling off South Atlantic coast

Donald Trump order reassesses drilling off South Atlantic coast

Zinke said he believes that reducing regulations, in combination with the President's March 28 order on energy independence, will "put us on track for American energy independence". Trump campaigned on a promise to do away with Obama-era environmental protections that he said were hobbling energy development and undermining US national security without providing any tangible benefits. Read More

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California governor wants more spending for schools

California governor wants more spending for schools

It adds $2.5 billion in revenue expectations from the initial plan, but Brown said his financial advisors are still predicting an economic slowdown despite the increase. Under the ACA, the federal government has subsidized much the state's expanded health care system. Legislators haven't had the same success on the housing front. Read More

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More price hikes likely for government insurance markets

This bill, like the last one, would also cut funding to Medicaid starting in 2020, give people help paying for insurance based on their age but not their income, and defund Planned Parenthood for at least one year. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the revenue lost from repealing the taxes would total $999 billion over a decade. The lawmakers raised concerns about the bill's uncertainties, its insufficient protections for pre-existing conditions and its impact on the ... Read More

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Republican who helped pass health overhaul meeting voters

Republican who helped pass health overhaul meeting voters

Tom MacArthur is expected to be greeted by some very vocal constituents, many of whom are probably upset that their Garden State congressman voted in favor of the American Health Care Act. "My blood will be on your hands", one woman screamed. The projected impact of this bill is frightening; at least 24 million more people will likely be uninsured, protections for people with pre-existing conditions will be gutted through state waivers with little if any federal oversight, and seniors ... Read More

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Indian-American comedian roasts President

Indian-American comedian roasts President

It is not. No one one wanted to do this, so, of course, it falls in the hands of an immigrant. "I thought the whole evening was arranged around a response to a guy who wasn't there", said Carlson, who noted that he has attended the dinner for 25 years, but was unable to make it on Saturday. Read More

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