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Truck driver admitted texting and driving caused deadly bus crash, witness says

Truck driver admitted texting and driving caused deadly bus crash, witness says

The wreck happened about 12:30 p.m. on US 83, a two-lane highway, outside Garner State Park in northern Uvalde County. One officer said The caller was scared the truck driver would cause an accident. A New Braunfels church is grieving the loss of thirteen of their senior church members after a auto crash Wednesday afternoon. Texas Department of Public Safety investigators are still trying to determine why the driver of a white, dually pickup, 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young , swerved into ... Read More

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Supreme Court rules school districts must individualize education for disabled students

A unanimous Supreme Court strengthened the rights of almost 7 million schoolchildren with disabilities Wednesday, and did so by rejecting a lower standard set by Judge Neil Gorsuch. Hatch quoted Gorsuch's opinion on the act, saying "it does perhaps its most important work in protecting unpopular religious beliefs, vindicating this nation's long-standing aspiration to serve as a refuge of religious tolerance". Read More

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Senate Dems to vote for Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Senate floor. Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who has been serving as Gorsuch's "sherpa" guiding him through the confirmation process, said in a Friday press call that they are continuing to reach out to senators. Gorsuch, who was nominated in January, now is a judge on the 10th District Court of Appeals in Denver. It will take 60 votes to advance his nomination and avoid a Democratic filibuster, so he must attract support from eight Democrats. Read More

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NORC Poll: Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy

On Sunday, Trump turned his criticism toward conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill, complaining on Twitter: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. The tweet was the latest step in Trump's apparent evolution from blaming Democrats to members of his own party for the biggest defeat his White House has faced so far. Read More

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Trump, Ryan go public with fight against Freedom Caucus

Trump, Ryan go public with fight against Freedom Caucus

For the foreseeable future, a Republican Congress and president will coexist with a health care regime that both loathe but can not together repeal and replace. Yet the same voters who backed their local lawmaker for opposing the bill showed patience with Trump. "That's going to require some answers from the Freedom Caucus", said GOP Rep. Read More

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Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts

Yesterday, they said they would only come to the table if the Republicans agreed they were no longer seeking to "repeal" President Obama's signature health care law . At the same time, most Americans say that out-of-pocket costs for health care and drugs must come down. Trump has repeatedly called Obamacare a "disaster" and one of his biggest campaign promises was to immediately repeal and replace it. Read More

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Heitkamp says she'll vote for Trump's Supreme Court pick

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said last week that Democrats would filibuster the nomination. "Seems to me every time a Republican gets in charge we have a blow up", he said. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84 and fellow liberal Justice Stephen Breyer is 78. Manchin said Gorsuch's record, which includes a degree from Harvard Law School, a doctorate in legal philosophy from England's Oxford University, clerking under two U.S. Read More

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4 killed in shooting on Chicago's South Side

4 killed in shooting on Chicago's South Side

The pace of violence is once again accelerating on Chicago's South Side. Her brother found her body in her third-floor apartment. Chicago Police officers investigate the scene where four people were shot and killed at a restaurant in the 2700 block of East 75th Street on March 30, 2017. Read More

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Nunes cancels public hearing, sending House panel's Trump-Russia probe reeling

Schiff has reportedly been briefed on the "basic contents" of Nunes's intelligence reports - including whether the Obama Administration's peek into any Trump-Russia connection could be backed up by evidence. Manafort, who was Trump's campaign chairman for several months past year, dismissed the report, the newspaper said. Comey, Nunes and other intelligence officials have refuted Trump's claim , and the president has offered no supporting evidence. Read More

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Trump Budget to Eliminate Meals on Wheels Program

During a White House briefing Thursday March 16, Trumps Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended proposed extensive cuts in social, environmental and aid programs. He said the government "can't spend money on programs just because they sound good - and great", The Associated Press reported. Lubbock Meals on Wheels are now expanding their facility to three times its current size, all with local donations. Read More

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2 women sentenced for raising money online for al-Shabab

That sets the stage for an intensified pace of combat there, while increasing the risk that American forces could kill civilians. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. "It's our responsibility to make sure that we don't have any catastrophes and we don't take out a group of people who is moving to find water or food", he said. Read More

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President Trump misses annual AIPAC conference

Trump's administration has already made several gestures to reassure Israel's government that, in Haley's words to AIPAC, "a new sheriff is in town" and USA policy has changed. Haley lambasted the Obama administration's decision to abstain past year in a vote on UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which criticized Israeli activities in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank. Read More

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Ex Punk-Rocker O'Rourke Launches Longshot Bid Against Cruz

Instead, O'Rourke plans to travel around Texas talking to voters everywhere. A contest between O'Rourke and Castro for the right to challenge Cruz is likely to serve as a defining moment for the state Democratic Party. Beto O'Rourke will launch a campaign to challenge U.S. Sen. "We have an opportunity to end this failed war on drugs", O'Rourke said, reflecting on the movement across the country to decriminalize marijuana. Read More

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Konta makes history after beating Venus in Miami

Wozniacki showed her excellent defence and staying power in her semi-final win over second-seed Karolina Pliskova on Thursday. "It's extremely special", she said of reaching her first Miami final. "But my confidence is there, the game is there, I just need to play matches". She will take on Caroline Wozniacki in Saturday's final as she aims to clinch her second title at this level. Read More

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Johanna Konta beats Venus Williams again to reach Miami Open final

The Briton will take on former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who ousted Czech second seed Karolína Plíšková 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in the other semi-final. Now 25, she racked up her third-straight win over the elder Williams sister to book the Wozniacki showdown. I feel very fortunate I was able to take advantage of a couple more opportunities than maybe her. Read More

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White House Officials Aided Nunes in Getting Intel

White House Officials Aided Nunes in Getting Intel

A day after the meeting, Nunes called for a press conference to reveal that he acquired new information that demonstrated that Trump's team was incidentally surveilled by the USA intelligence community. Senate investigators are quietly working through a list of 20 witnesses and have seven professional staff dedicated to their investigation. Former FBI agent and counterterrorism expert Clint Watts stole the spotlight Thursday morning at the first half of the Senate hearing, delivering some ... Read More

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Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny

Chris Christie admitted he didn't agree with Nunes' actions but said recusal is a "personal decision". Now listen to this: it turns out that Yates had been asked to appear before the House Intelligence Committee to testify in the planned March 28 open hearing on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, but that hearing was unexpectedly canceled by Committee Chairman Rep. Read More

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Gov. Roy Cooper signs HB2 repeal into law

Gov. Roy Cooper signs HB2 repeal into law

Lawmakers in the US state of North Carolina have reached an agreement to repeal a controversial law setting rules on which bathrooms transgender people can use in public buildings. Governor Cooper admitted the deal was not flawless. Cooper gets to declare victory on repeal, even if large portions of his constituency are outraged by the terms. Read More

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Federal Bureau of Investigation releases photos from 9/11 attack at Pentagon

Federal Bureau of Investigation releases photos from 9/11 attack at Pentagon

On Sept. 11, 2001, American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 A.M. The airplane, which departed Dulles International Airport for Los Angeles, CA., was piloted by Al Qaeda terrorists who earlier hijacked the plane. Radar reports eventually allowed government officials to conclude the Pentagon was indeed the intended target , moving past initial speculation suggesting the White House was the goal for the terrorists. Read More

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Government appeals Hawaii travel ban ruling

The new order eliminated some of the grounds for critics to challenge it. A federal judge in MA blocked a part of the order in a case brought by lawyers for two lawful permanent residents who are college professors. That ruling came hours before the federal government planned to start enforcing Trump's executive order. In his earlier ruling, he allowed past statements from Trump and his surrogates from the campaign and after that described the ban as explicitly targeting Muslims to be ... Read More

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Trump tells lawmakers he expects deal 'very quickly' on healthcare

Despite the GOP monopoly on Washington , they are pitted against one another and struggling for a way to govern. The Wisconsin Republican says "defunding" Planned Parenthood belongs on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Still, some seethed while others couldn't hide their frustration, hardly a combination for unity and success. "We're going to keep talking to each other until we get it right", Paul Ryan said , adding that he would not commit to an actual schedule for ... Read More

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Ivanka Trump, shifting plans, will become a federal employee

Ivanka Trump, shifting plans, will become a federal employee

In her statement , Ivanka Trump said that "throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role". Trump and other administration officials have repeatedly sparred with the media, labelling reports as "fake news" and accusing outlets of biased coverage against them. Read More

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Steve Kerr 'really, really sad' Raiders are moving to Las Vegas

Steve Kerr 'really, really sad' Raiders are moving to Las Vegas

The possible introduction of legal gambling on football games would make Las Vegas more exciting, but would likely have little impact on the NFL due to the small percentage of all sports gambling done there. League officiating chief Dean Blandino and his staff in NY will make the final decisions on those calls, with input from the referee, who in the past was the ultimate arbiter after consulting with league headquarters. Read More

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Dem senator warns of political danger on Supreme Court vote

Gorsuch, 49, was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the seat left vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia died February 13, 2016 in Texas. Thirty-three percent of respondents offered no opinion . "I don't think this is the time to be talking about reprisals". There are 52 Republicans in the Senate. "So they pick another one off the list and then they bring it over to the Senate and we say 'No, no, no, this one's worse.' And there's not enough votes to confirm him". Read More

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Weather Channel mourns deaths of storm chasers

Weather Channel mourns deaths of storm chasers

Also, because twisters are usually short-lived and not on the ground for very long, "the risks posed to storm chasers by tornadoes are relatively minor". Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, drove through a stop sign with his co-presenter for The Weather Channel, 55-year-old Randall Delane Yarnall. It is now unclear whether or not Jaeger was with Williamson and Yarnall or was simply following the same tornado that occurred in Dickens County. Read More

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In Second Attempt, UMass Picks Chattanooga Coach

In Second Attempt, UMass Picks Chattanooga Coach

Spending the previous two seasons at Chattanooga, McCall holds a head coaching record of 48-18 with marks of 25-11 in league action and 24-4 at home. McCall's contract is reportedly for five years and $750,000 per year with bonuses. They'll return 23 percent of the team's scoring and 38 percent of its rebounding - far cries from the 77 and 78 percent McCall inherited when he came on board after formerly assisting Billy Donovan at Florida. Read More

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Schiff says he will meet with Nunes on Thursday

The report did not make clear exactly what the pair did to assist Nunes. He would not say whether it was the same material Nunes had already seen. Nunes last week ran to President Trump to share with him classified information he had received, presumably at this point by a source within the Executive Branch of the federal government, that allegedly showed "unmasked" names of Trump campaign, transition team, or administration officials who were "swept up" in intelligence community ... Read More

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Governor issues pardon for dog that killed neighbor's pug

Governor issues pardon for dog that killed neighbor's pug

But after learning about Dakota from a member of the Humane Society's board, Gov. Paul LePage "reviewed the facts of the case" and chose to offer the pup "a full and free pardon", according to a press release. They say she is extremely friendly, social and easy to handle. Gov. LePage is asking that a court in Augusta spare the life of a dog by the name of Dakota. Read More

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