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Syrian government denies USA allegations of mass killings

The State Department said on Monday that it believes about 50 detainees are being hanged each day at the Saydnaya military prison , about 45 minutes' drive north of Damascus. In February, Amnesty International said as many as 13,000 people had been slaughtered in a campaign of torture at Saydnaya under Assad's regime - on average they estimated up to 50 people were being killed each week. Read More

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President Trump signs religious liberty executive order

President Trump signs religious liberty executive order

The order directs the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to "exercise maximum enforcement discretion" when applying the Johnson Amendment . President Trump rolled out a long-awaited executive order today. But Michael Farris, chief executive of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal group that advocates for broad religious liberty protections, said "we strongly encourage" the president to go further. Read More

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Fraternity, 18 members, charged in fatal fall

Fraternity, 18 members, charged in fatal fall

One Penn State pledge is dead, and 18 of his fraternity brothers are charged. Ten other defendants also await trial after being arraigned on Friday and released on unsecured bail. The list of fraternity members charged includes President Brendan Young, Daniel Casey, Jonah Neuman, Nick Kubera, Michael Bonatucci, Gary Dibileo, Luke Visser, and Joe Sala. Read More

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Crews remove Jefferson Davis monument

Crews remove Jefferson Davis monument

The removals come after the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled in March that the city is within its rights to remove the monuments. About 50 protesters, some waving Confederate flags, stood directly across Jefferson Davis Parkway from the monument. At the same time , another 50 people gathered in the neutral ground across Canal Street from the statue. Read More

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Former 'Housewives' star beaten and bound during home invasion

Former 'Housewives' star beaten and bound during home invasion

They reported that the male was struck multiple times with a baseball bat and the woman repeatedly punched. The robbers then bound Manzo and Cantin before escaping with money and jewelry. While news coming from The Real Housewives franchise is often dramatic, it is rare for it to be truly horrifying - which is a fitting word for what happened to RHONJ star Dina Manzo on Saturday, May 13. Read More

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Truex finally wins at Kansas Speedway after late restart

Martin Truex Jr. finally ended his string of rotten luck at Kansas Speedway, pulling away from Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick on a late restart Saturday night to win the NASCAR Cup Series race. "We just kept fighting and made it happen". "Unfortunately there were two of us that got collected and while I am okay, one of these times one if these really big accidents someone is not going to be okay. Read More

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Spicer Calls Sally Yates a 'Political Opponent' of Trump

Flynn was later fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russia's ambassador to the U.S. "To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians". Yates should have been out of the DOJ the minute Trump took his hand off the Bible when he was sworn in along with all the other Obama swampers. Spicer said that after the White House first viewed the evidence and materials on February 2, which were first flagged by ... Read More

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President Trump Cites 'Made Up' Russia Story in Interview on Comey Firing

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe also interviewed for the permanent post despite his repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of Mr Comey's sacking and its characterisations of the Russian Federation investigation. Also interviewed were: Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Michael J. Garcia, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, US District Judge Henry E. Read More

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Trump's comments on Muslims could haunt him in appeals court

Trump's comments on Muslims could haunt him in appeals court

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday is examining a ruling that blocks President Donald Trump's administration from temporarily barring new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Circuit Court Judge Barbara Keenan questioned why there wasn't a specific link in the executive order between the people in the affected countries and a national security threat. Read More

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Tilmon signs to play for Mizzou

Tilmon signs to play for Mizzou

Jeremiah Tilmon, the four-star basketball recruit from East St. Louis, did what he was expected to do once he was released from his commitment to the University of IL. Now, Tilmon has signed a financial-aid agreement with Missouri. Kassius Robertson will join the team as a graduate transfer from Canisius. The signing moves Missouri's 2017 recruiting haul up to the sixth overall nationally, and third in the SEC behind Kentucky and Alabama. Read More

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Trump warns Comey not to leak conversations

Comey in an NBC News interview Thursday flatly contradicted the accounts provided earlier by White House officials, including Vice President Pence , exposing their explanations as misleading and in some cases false. "You will have that", Mr. Comey told his associates he responded. The FBI director reportedly said yes. "I don't think there was ever an attempt to pin the decision on the deputy attorney general" for Comey's firing, said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House principal ... Read More

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Spicer Pressed on Clapper's New Comments on Trump-Russia Collusion

The different accounts prompted Trump to tweet on Friday a veiled threat to Comey regarding the existence of recordings of their conversations. Comey declined, instead offering "honest". And if the "tapes" Trump alluded to actually exist, then, as The Atlantic pointed out, his tweet is essentially " daring investigators to subpoena them " - which is what happened to Nixon, too. Read More

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Lawmakers Urge Trump to Avoid Picking a Partisan for FBI Job

Lawmakers Urge Trump to Avoid Picking a Partisan for FBI Job

United States intelligence suggested that terrorists had obtained sophisticated airport security equipment that allowed them to test how to effectively hide explosives in electronic devices, CNN reported at the time. "I feel as though that is under assault and is eroding". Trump's closed-door meeting with the Russian officials came a day after his surprise firing of Comey. Read More

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Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Democrats lambasted him for it, and for his equally unorthodox move to alert Congress just before Election Day that the FBI was revisiting a once-closed investigation. Comey was heading up an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation when he was sacked, and the timing of Trump's decision led many to speculate over whether Trump fired Comey because he was upset about the Russian Federation investigation. Read More

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Colson: Comey firing another sign of Trump's unfitness

He said Clapper is among those convinced that contacts between Trump's people and Russians were clear of collusion. "I think many right-leaning folks, in particular, have decided the reporting and commentary from Washington has become shrill", said Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Read More

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Franklin police searching a second day for missing 20-year-old man

Franklin police searching a second day for missing 20-year-old man

Franklin police are searching for a college student who they say went missing over the weekend. Investigators said Doherty left the bash alone, and never made it back to his home almost a mile away. Special equipment is also being used because the terrain is marsh-like and challenging. Bad weather on Sunday kept a Massachusetts State Police Air Wing helicopter grounded, but by late morning, it had joined the search. Read More

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A timeline of events that led up to Comey's firing

But Comey's colleagues told The New York Times instead that Trump pressed Comey at the dinner for a "loyalty" pledge to the president and that Comey refused. He said Mr Comey had requested the dinner because he wanted to keep his Federal Bureau of Investigation job. Both permit "one-party consent" recording, that is, recordings made when only one party to the conversation okays it - which in this hypothetical case would be Trump. Read More

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Trump Slams Chuck Schumer as 'Not a Good Leader'

I'm not saying he has one, but why would any president after Nixon even jest about a taping system?" During last year's presidential campaign, a Wall Street Journal reporter who had come to interview Mr. Critics have assailed Trump for abruptly dismissing Comey just as the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, and possible Moscow ties to the Trump presidential campaign. Read More

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Bus overturns on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland

Bus overturns on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland

One child was flown to Nemours duPont Hospital in DE and a woman was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma center in Baltimore. An adult and one child were flown to the hospital. "Preliminary, it appears the bus did overturn at least once, possibly several times", said Maryland State Police spokesperson Greg Shipley. They say a auto was involved, and the driver is being interviewed. Read More

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Buhari promises support for freed Chibok girls

Meanwhile, Nigeria's president said he will meet on Sunday with 82 Chibok schoolgirls freed this week. It was unclear if numerous parents in the remote northeastern town of Chibok had seen the list of names or if any would travel the almost 900 kilometers (560 miles) to the capital of Abuja to see their daughters who were abducted by the Boko Haram militant group. Read More

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8 more Penn State fraternity members arraigned in hazing death

8 more Penn State fraternity members arraigned in hazing death

Piazza consumed what prosecutors said was a life-threatening amount of alcohol during a hazing ritual on February 2 in State College, Pennsylvania, and fell down stairs at least twice during the course of the night. It wasn't until 10:48 a.m. that someone eventually called 911. Beta Theta Pi International Fraternity said in a statement, "The nature of those charges are incredibly disheartening as the organization and its membership continue to grieve Tim's passing and the pain experienced ... Read More

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McConnell: GOP Healthcare Bill Will Be Simple Majority Vote in Senate

McConnell: GOP Healthcare Bill Will Be Simple Majority Vote in Senate

These are intentionally short thoughts, easy for these guys to process. McConnell dislikes surprises and drama. There are so many holes in the House bill that it's remarkable that Ryan was able to muster enough votes to pass it. He said "considerably more work" was needed to lower premiums. Dearborn said last week on the podcast: "Will there be some changes?" It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with ... Read More

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Tillerson arrives in Alaska for Arctic meeting

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that President Donald Trump will put America first when it comes to climate change, adding that his country will not rush to make a decision on its policies regarding global warming. -based group, according to the Associated Press. Still, Mr Tillerson's signing of the document surprised a source close to the State Department. Tillerson, a former ExxonMobile CEO, spoke to the plenary session about US policy on climate change going forward. Read More

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