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Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline, but other obstacles loom
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:22:08 +0000   

Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline, but other obstacles loomBy Jeff Mason and Ethan Lou WASHINGTON/CALGARY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration approved TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, cheering the oil industry and angering environmentalists who had sought for years to block it. The approval reverses a decision by former President Barack Obama to reject the project, but fresh obstacles loom: To get built, TransCanada will need to win financing, acquire local permits, and fend off likely legal challenges. "It's not done yet," said Michael Wojciechowski, vice president of Americas, oil and refining markets research at consultancy Wood Mackenzie.


 
WATCH: FCC to crack down on robocalls to cellphones and landlines
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:17:39 +0000   
Regulators are moving to let phone companies target and block those calls from ever reaching your phone.
 
'Hero' friend saves Wisconsin teen choking at school
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:11:00 +0000   
A Wisconsin freshman is being hailed a hero after he sprung into action and saved his choking classmate.
 
Prosecutor: Officer justified in shooting motorist
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:09:21 +0000   
A prosecutor says a New Jersey police officer was justified in shooting a motorist as they struggled during a stop that was captured by the officer's dashboard camera.
 
Boy suspended for taking shell casing to preschool, mom's Facebook post goes viral
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:07:00 +0000   
Hunter, 4, has been suspended from his preschool for bringing a shell casing from a fired bullet to school.
 
Hiring rises in 11 US states last month, gains widely spread
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:05:31 +0000   
Hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared with January and was mostly unchanged in the other 39, as stronger U.S. job gains benefited most of the country.
 
Tennessee school bus driver pleads not guilty in deaths
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:05:09 +0000   
A Tennessee school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to six counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash last November that killed six children.
 
Trump gives U.S. green light to Keystone XL pipeline
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:59:31 +0000   

Trump gives U.S. green light to Keystone XL pipelineWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday unveiled his administration's official go-ahead for the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that was rejected by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. "I'm pleased to announce the official approval of the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "We're working out the final details as we speak," he said. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)


 
Sacramento man arrested in killing of 2 adults, 2 juveniles
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:57:53 +0000   
Police arrested a 56-year-old man Friday on suspicion of homicide in connection to the killings of two adults and two juveniles in Sacramento a day earlier
 
Amtrak train derails at N.Y. Penn Station, minor injuries reported
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:54:24 +0000   

Amtrak train derails at N.Y. Penn Station, minor injuries reportedBy Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Amtrak Acela train sideswiped a New Jersey Transit train and derailed at New York City's Penn Station during Friday morning's rush hour, leaving several people with minor injuries, according to rail officials. Service was suspended into and out of the busy commuter station in midtown Manhattan, New Jersey Transit said in a tweet, with some of its Manhattan-bound trains diverted to Hoboken, New Jersey, the site of another accident last year. Amtrak said in a statement that Acela Express Train 2151 from Boston to Washington had "a minor derailment" while slowly departing from Penn Station at about 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT).


 
Florida Fox reporter finds illegal immigrants accused of bolting from SUV crash
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:45:00 +0000   
The driver and passenger who fled on foot from a single-car crash that left another passenger dead Friday have been located-- thanks to a FOX 13 reporter.
 
Maryland governor: No guarantees of children's safety amid rape case
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:45:00 +0000   
Maryland’s governor said Friday he cannot promise parents of Montgomery County, where a freshman high school student was raped by two older teenagers, that their children will be safe.
 
Storms could spawn tornadoes across parts of Midwest, South
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:43:26 +0000   
Forecasters are warning of severe storms as a powerful weather system moves across the central United States.
 
Core capital goods orders dip, but shipments surge
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:43:19 +0000   

Core capital goods orders dip, but shipments surgeNew orders for key U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell in February, but a surge in shipments amid demand for machinery and electrical equipment supported expectations for an acceleration in business investment in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday that non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, dipped 0.1 percent last month after rising 0.1 percent in January. Shipments of these so-called core capital goods jumped 1.0 percent after declining 0.3 percent in January.


 
The Latest: 4 found dead in Sacramento; man arrested
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:41:38 +0000   
The Latest on the murders of four people in Sacramento (all times local): 6:40 a.m.
 
Man pleads guilty in Washington pizzeria shooting over fake news
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:39:57 +0000   

Man pleads guilty in Washington pizzeria shooting over fake newsA North Carolina man pleaded guilty on Friday to opening fire in a Washington pizzeria that fake news reports claimed housed a child sex ring linked to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Edgar Welch, 28, of Salisbury, was accused of firing at least three shots from an AR-15 rifle inside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in December and pointing the gun at an employee after showing up to investigate the online conspiracy rumors. Welch pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit an offense and a local charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.


 
WATCH: 4 found dead in Sacramento home
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:39:30 +0000   
Police detained a suspect in San Francisco just hours after finding four bodies, including two children, in a home 80 miles away in Sacramento.
 
Jury deliberations resume in Penn State ex-president's trial
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:36:46 +0000   
Jurors have resumed deliberations in the child endangerment trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur).
 
Blue Lives Matter flag deemed 'racist,' ordered to come down
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:30:00 +0000   
A Florida woman is being told to take down her Blue Lives Matter flag that's been flying for several years now by her homeowners association.
 
College diversity council apologizes for racist fliers on campus
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:30:00 +0000   
A Minnesota college’s student-run diversity council has issued an apology for posting racist fliers on campus that were torn down by angry students.
 
Being a young teen in an inappropriate teacher-student relationship
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:15:55 +0000   
There’s a grim history of teachers abusing those in their care, turning a “school girl crush” into something sinister, which Jenny Kutner knows firsthand.
 
Heimlich hero: Video captures student saving friend's life
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:06:46 +0000   
A Wisconsin high school student is being called a hero for using the Heimlich maneuver to rescue a choking friend in the school cafeteria.
 
Amtrak derailment reported at New York City's Penn Station
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:47:00 +0000   
A "minor derailment" was reported Friday at New York City's Penn Station, where authorities said an Amtrak express train derailed at "low speed" while departing the station.
 
WATCH: Firefighters revive dog with mouth-to-snout
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:37:15 +0000   
The dog was overcome by heat and smoke after being pulled from an apartment fire by Santa Monica, California firefighters.
 
Family of teen allegedly kidnapped: 'Elizabeth must be found'
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:37:00 +0000   
Elizabeth Thomas' family is "desperate" to find the teen and her former teacher.
 
Sailor Briefly in Irish Custody After Alleged Sexual Assault
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:35:52 +0000   
A U.S. sailor is in the hands of the Navy after being taken into custody by Irish authorities on suspicion of sexual assault.
 
Texas student stranded at Grand Canyon reveals 'dumb' decision she made
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:32:00 +0000   
A North Texas college student stranded near the Grand Canyon for five days shared with FOX4 the remarkable story of how she survived.
 
Migrant smugglers up rates, US border vigilance rising, but they still cross
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:27:00 +0000   
Costs have risen, the routes are longer and the crossings are more dangerous due to the increase in border monitoring.
 
Food startup Eatsa sued for not making kiosks accessible to blind
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:23:13 +0000   

Food startup Eatsa sued for not making kiosks accessible to blindThe suit claims that although the technology to make touchscreens and self-service food pick-up usable for blind and low-vision customers is available, the restaurant chain has neglected to add these features. Disability Rights Advocates, a nonprofit organization, filed the suit claiming that the negligence is a civil rights violation. Eatsa and Disability Rights Advocates were not immediately available for comment.


 
March U.S. auto sales seen up nearly 1.9 percent: JD Power and LMC
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:15:20 +0000   

March U.S. auto sales seen up nearly 1.9 percent: JD Power and LMCU.S. auto sales in March will increase almost 1.9 percent from a year earlier, even as consumer discounts continue to remain at record levels, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Friday. March U.S. new vehicle sales will be about 1.62 million units, up about 1.9 percent from 1.59 million units a year earlier, the consultancies said. Retail sales to consumers, which do not include multiple fleet sales to rental agencies, businesses and government, were set to increase 1 percent in March.


 
WATCH: Is gourmet popcorn worth the price tag?
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:04:04 +0000   
Adam Rapoport from Bon Appetit magazine appears live on "GMA" to weigh in on if gourmet popcorn is really worth the cost.
 
Texas baby abandoned in parking lot; parents charged
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:01:00 +0000   
Parents accused of leaving their eight-week-old baby boy in a car seat on the ground in a parking lot appeared in court Thursday morning.
 
2 homes being demolished at suburban Detroit sinkhole site
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:53:59 +0000   
Two homes are being torn down to help clear the way for repairs to a broken sewer line that caused a sinkhole on Christmas Eve in suburban Detroit.
 
WATCH: Severe storms spread across South
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:52:07 +0000   
ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee tracks the latest temperatures that winter could bring across the country.
 
Texas track coach, truck driver killed in highway crash
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:45:00 +0000   
A high school assistant track coach and a truck driver were killed, and dozens of students were hurt, after a grisly crash on a highway in East Texas, officials said Friday.
 
WATCH: Community in shock after double homicide in Delphi, Indiana
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:40:23 +0000   
Abigail "Abby" Williams, 13, and Liberty "Libby" German, 14, went missing on a local hiking trail Feb. 13 and were found dead the next day.
 
WATCH: High school student saves classmate with Heimlich maneuver
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:19:26 +0000   
Ian Brown, 15, who learned the Heimlich maneuver at a police first aid training, was seen on surveillance video in the cafeteria of his Wisconsin high school saving the life of Will Olson, 15, after he choked.
 
Student hailed a hero after performing Heimlich maneuver on classmate
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:13:51 +0000   
A high school freshman calmly came to the rescue of a choking classmate.
 
Republicans scramble for health bill votes after Trump ultimatum
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:02:10 +0000   

Republicans scramble for health bill votes after Trump ultimatumBy Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers struggling to overcome differences over new healthcare legislation confronted a stark choice after President Donald Trump delivered an ultimatum: pass the bill on Friday or keep Obamacare in place. Days of negotiations failed to produce a deal amid opposition from moderates and conservatives in his own Republican Party, and it was far from clear the bill had enough support to pass. Financial markets, which have been buoyed by Trump's plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending, are watching closely.


 
WATCH: Search underway for missing teen girls in Washington, DC
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:01:11 +0000   
Washington, D.C., police officials sent a series of tweets asking for the public's help to find eight black teenage girls who are among 38 people listed as missing on the police department's website.
 
Exclusive: Trump to approve Keystone XL at meeting with TransCanada CEO - official
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:07:21 +0000   

Exclusive: Trump to approve Keystone XL at meeting with TransCanada CEO - officialThe pipeline linking Canadian oil sands to U.S. refiners had been blocked by former President Barack Obama, who said the pipeline would do nothing to reduce fuel prices for U.S. motorists and would contribute emissions linked to global warming. The administration official said that among those scheduled to be at the White House for the 10:15 a.m. EDT announcement are TransCanada Chief Executive Russell Girling and Sean McGarvey, president of North America's Building Trades Unions.


 
WATCH: High school student performs Heimlich maneuver on classmate
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:56:19 +0000   
A Wisconsin high school student trained in first aid by local police used the Heimlich maneuver to save a classmate who was choking in the cafeteria.
 
Student stranded for 5 days near Grand Canyon grew desperate - The Denver Post
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:13:00 +0000   

The Denver Post

Student stranded for 5 days near Grand Canyon grew desperate
The Denver Post
This photo released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety shows signs made by Amber VanHecke, who was stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The 24-year-old Texas college student left signs on the car that ran out of gas ...
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Chicago police officer charged with 16 new counts in shooting case: media
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:45:35 +0000   

Chicago police officer charged with 16 new counts in shooting case: mediaJason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty through his attorney in a Chicago courtroom to 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm that were issued by a grand jury on March 16 and unsealed on Thursday by a special prosecutor, local media reported. Video footage of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by Van Dyke in October 2014 was released more than a year later, sparking protests and pushing the city into a national debate over police use of force, particularly in minority communities.


 
Top Senate Democrat promises fight to block Trump high court pick
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:20:34 +0000   

Top Senate Democrat promises fight to block Trump high court pickThe top U.S. Senate Democrat on Thursday pledged to pursue a procedural hurdle to try to block the confirmation of Republican President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a move that could provoke a nasty partisan fight and change the way the Senate does business. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the 100-member Senate, leaving Democrats with an uphill battle to prevent Gorsuch's confirmation.


 
WATCH: What $9,000 whiskey tastes like
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:24:41 +0000   
ABC News' David Merrell takes us inside the launch event of Glenmorangie's oldest whiskey.
 
California board adopts strictest U.S. methane rules
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:06:33 +0000   

California board adopts strictest U.S. methane rulesCalifornia's air quality board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve methane regulations touted as the strictest adopted yet in the United States for controlling emissions of the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. The rules, approved by the California Air Resources Board, tighten efficiency requirements for production and transportation of natural gas and for some oil-handling equipment, including installation of emissions-recapture technology. Methane, the main component of commercially distributed natural gas, is also a byproduct of oil extraction.


 
Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:40:31 +0000   

Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal effortsSupporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans. Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles marking the seventh anniversary of enactment of Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become widely known. "I feel sick today, but I came here because I'm terrified," said Steve Martin, 27, an unemployed Los Angeles resident who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.


 
WATCH: Police search for missing student in Alabama
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:35:35 +0000   
Investigators searched motels in Decatur, after receiving tips, for Elizabeth Thomas.
 
Trump demands support in do-or-die Friday vote on healthcare plan
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:11:17 +0000   

Trump demands support in do-or-die Friday vote on healthcare planU.S. President Donald Trump warned House Republican lawmakers that he will leave Obamacare in place and move on to tax reform if they do not get behind new healthcare legislation and support it in a vote on Friday. It was not clear late on Thursday evening that Trump and the Republican leaders who crafted the bill had enough support to pass it, meaning they now risk defeat in their first attempt at major legislation and may fail to deliver on a key campaign pledge. Ryan and leaders in the House of Representatives were forced to postpone a vote on their healthcare bill, formally called the American Health Care Act, earlier on Thursday, dealing Trump an embarrassing setback.


 
Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:38:15 +0000   
A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America
 
WATCH: Disturbing new allegations in the suspected hate crime stabbing
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:33:58 +0000   
James Harris Jackson allegedly considered this murder as "practice before going to Times Square to kill additional black men."
 
WATCH: Kidnapping suspect charged and held on bail
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:24:41 +0000   
ABC News' Tom Llamas reports the stories people are buzzing about.
 
Trump Hotel in Washington Does Not Violate Lease, US Says - New York Times
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:04:05 +0000   

New York Times

Trump Hotel in Washington Does Not Violate Lease, US Says
New York Times
The Trump International Hotel opened in Washington last year. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times. WASHINGTON — The Trump Organization scored a major victory on Thursday when the agency in charge of overseeing federal government ...
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News 4 mins ago 7:17 p.m.Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:56:28 +0000   

A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Protesters on both sides of the debate converged on a nearby elementary school Thursday during a visit by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

 
Trump delivers ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he'll move on - Washington Post
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:16:47 +0000   

Washington Post

Trump delivers ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he'll move on
Washington Post
President Trump delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday night: Vote to approve the measure to overhaul the nation's health-care system on the House floor Friday, or reject it and the president will move on to his other legislative ...
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Dog pulled from California fire revived after 20 minutes
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:13:52 +0000   
California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes
 
Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination - New York Times
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:12:29 +0000   

New York Times

Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination
New York Times
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times. WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Thursday vowed to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil ...
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Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:57:21 +0000   

Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in PennsylvaniaBy David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking. The plant, built by American Reduction Co on a wide bend of the Youghiogheny River, shut down in 1936 after processing waste from the city of Pittsburgh since the early 20th century.


 
Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:50:57 +0000   

Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal effortsBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans. Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles marking the seventh anniversary of enactment of Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become widely known. "I feel sick today, but I came here because I'm terrified," said Steve Martin, 27, an unemployed Los Angeles resident who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.


 
Veteran charged with killing black man in likely 'act of terrorism,' prosecutors say
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:48:22 +0000   
The Army veteran, who police say killed a black man in New York City as part of mission to attack blacks, was arraigned today in court.
 
Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants - New York Times
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:35:35 +0000   

New York Times

Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants
New York Times
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, right, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed President Trump's revised travel ban this month. Mr. Tillerson gave all American embassies orders last week instructing consular officials to broadly increase ...
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Lawmakers reject plan to expand casinos in North Dakota
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:32:25 +0000   

Republicans who control the North Dakota House rejected their leader's plan Thursday to more than double the number of casinos in the state, a push some lawmakers viewed as a threat of payback against American Indian tribes for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Under the proposal by Majority Leader Al Carlson, a Fargo Republican, voters would decide whether to change the North Dakota Constitution to add six state-regulated casinos to the five current ones on tribal land.

 
Pence says 'making strong progress' on Republican healthcare bill
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:21:06 +0000   

Pence says 'making strong progress' on Republican healthcare billVice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump and House Republican moderates that "we're making strong progress" on efforts to reach agreement on a Republican healthcare bill. "@POTUS & I gathered the Tuesday Group at the @WhiteHouse.


 
Utah enacts lowest U.S. drunken-driving limit
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:13:12 +0000   

Utah enacts lowest U.S. drunken-driving limitMelva Sine, president of the Utah Restaurant Association, said her organization and other industry groups opposed the measure and see it as likely to hurt the hospitality industry in the state. The National Transportation Safety Board has advocated for a national 0.05 limit, and its representatives testified twice in support of the Utah bill before the legislature, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.


 
Police detective, three others victims identified in Wisconsin shooting
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:05:19 +0000   

Police detective, three others victims identified in Wisconsin shootingDetective Jason Weiland, 40, of the Everest Metropolitan Police Department was killed Wednesday afternoon during a standoff with a 45-year-old male suspect who had already killed three civilians, the Wisconsin Department of Justice and local law enforcement said. The other victims were identified as Dianne Look, 67, Karen Barclay, 62, and Sara Quirt Sann, 43.


 
Dad seeks school dismissals over alleged 'sex toy' claim - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:58:46 +0000   

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dad seeks school dismissals over alleged 'sex toy' claim
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A student at a Lutheran school in Racine was suspended for selling water snake toys at her school. Her father is seeking the removal of school officials he said characterized the items as sex toys. School officials denied calling them sex toys but said ...
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Two New York politicians charged with illegal financial schemes
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:21:08 +0000   

Two New York politicians charged with illegal financial schemesA New York state senator was charged on Thursday with secretly padding his salary when he served as an upstate mayor, while his predecessor in the senate seat was accused of devising a scheme to secretly maintain payments to a disgraced former staffer. State Sen. Robert Ortt and his predecessor George Maziarz pleaded not guilty in Albany County Court to a combined total of eight charges in an indictment brought by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, that was unsealed on Thursday. "No-show jobs and secret payments are the lifeblood of public corruption," Schneiderman said in a statement.


 
Arkansas rethinks new law that allows guns at sports games
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:11:56 +0000   

Arkansas rethinks new law that allows guns at sports gamesA day after Arkansas enacted a law allowing licensed concealed handgun holders to take weapons into more places, the state Senate on Thursday approved rolling back part of the provision that allowed concealed handguns at sporting events. Some critics of the current law said the combination of college sports, alcohol and firearms could make for a deadly combination. The also noted that the University of Arkansas prohibits beach balls, baby strollers and umbrellas at athletic events due to safety concerns.


 
U.S. settles AT&T's DirecTV case on talks with rivals over baseball
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:55:16 +0000   

U.S. settles AT&T's DirecTV case on talks with rivals over baseballThe Justice Department reached a settlement with AT&T unit DirecTV, which it had accused of illegally swapping information with rival pay-TV providers about negotiations to show Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games in southern California, according to court filings on Thursday. The government said in a complaint last year that because of the information swaps, most Los Angeles residents were unable to watch the Dodgers games on television for the past three years. The settlement does not require any pay-TV company to carry the Dodgers channel but does require DirecTV to refrain from swapping competitively sensitive information with rivals, according to a court filing.


 
State Department to approve Keystone pipeline permit on Friday: sources
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:46:06 +0000   

State Department to approve Keystone pipeline permit on Friday: sourcesBy Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department plans to approve on Friday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to two government sources familiar with the process. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration would provide an update on Keystone on Friday but did not offer any details. Two government sources, who declined to be identified, said on Thursday that the pipeline approval would be announced by the White House.


 
Israeli-American arrested over threats to Jewish centers
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:43:25 +0000   
The suspect's motive is not clear.
 
Minnesota marijuana oil sent to New York stirs anger
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:40:05 +0000   
Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on a medical marijuana company whose ex-officials have been charged with illegally shipping marijuana oil to New York
 
Number of uninsured unchanged in revised U.S. health bill: CBO
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:16:42 +0000   

Number of uninsured unchanged in revised U.S. health bill: CBOWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A revised Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare moving through the U.S. House of Representatives would lead to the same number of Americans losing health insurance as under the initial plan, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.


 
Schlafly daughter alleges brothers sabotaged her inheritance
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:12:26 +0000   
The daughter of conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly alleges in a new lawsuit that several of her brothers diminished her inheritance by influencing their mother to amend a family trust before her death
 
Factbox: A look at U.S. healthcare spending as Obamacare repeal looms
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:46:31 +0000   

Factbox: A look at U.S. healthcare spending as Obamacare repeal loomsU.S. President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed a healthcare law to kick off their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Following are some questions and answers about healthcare spending and health insurance coverage in the United States as Republicans try to throw out President Barack Obama's signature piece of domestic policy, the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Who is covered by what insurance?     The majority of America’s 323 million people are covered by either government or private insurance.


 
Attorney for suspect in Maryland school rape case says client is wrongly accused - The Spokesman-Review
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:42:00 +0000   

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Attorney for suspect in Maryland school rape case says client is wrongly accused
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Henry Sanchez Milian, one of two suspects charged in the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom at a Maryland high school did not do what he is accused of, his defense attorney said Wednesday. “Based on everything we know, we think he's innocent ...
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No. 2 House Republican says healthcare bill debate to start Friday: CNN
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:22:52 +0000   

No. 2 House Republican says healthcare bill debate to start Friday: CNNWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Thursday lawmakers would begin debating a bill to roll back Obamacare on Friday, admitting the votes were not yet in place to secure passage. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, made the comments in an interview with CNN. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Bill Rigby)


 
Rick Perry calls Texas A&M election of gay student president 'stolen' - USA TODAY
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:44:39 +0000   

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Rick Perry calls Texas A&M election of gay student president 'stolen'
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry condemned the results of the Texas A&M University election for student-body president, saying it was "stolen outright." Perry shared his views on the election in a column titled "Did A&M favor diversity over right to due ...
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Senators advised House vote on healthcare unlikely before Monday: aide
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:38:31 +0000   

Senators advised House vote on healthcare unlikely before Monday: aideU.S. senators have been informed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that a vote on a Republican repeal and replacement of Obamacare might not be held in the House of Representatives before Monday, according to a senior Senate aide. The House had hoped to vote on Thursday on the controversial measure, but has lacked the votes for passage. Meanwhile, another aide said House leaders might still try to schedule a House floor vote very early Friday.


 
Top Senate Democrat promises fight to block Trump high court pick
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:06:27 +0000   

Top Senate Democrat promises fight to block Trump high court pickThe top U.S. Senate Democrat on Thursday pledged to pursue a procedural hurdle to try to block the confirmation of Republican President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a move that could provoke a nasty partisan fight and change the way the Senate does business. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the 100-member Senate, leaving Democrats with an uphill battle to prevent Gorsuch's confirmation.


 
Texas A&M, Rick Perry clash on election of gay student body president
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:05:19 +0000   

Texas A&M, Rick Perry clash on election of gay student body presidentTexas A&M University said on Thursday it respectfully disagreed with comments U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry made a day earlier when he criticized an election at his alma matter that led to the school's first openly gay student body president. In an opinion article submitted to the Houston Chronicle's editorial board published on Wednesday, Perry, a former governor of Texas, said the Texas A&M student election may have been rigged to secure a result that projected diversity at a campus known for being conservative. The comments set off a social media debate in Texas where some questioned why a member of the president's cabinet keeping an eye on the U.S. nuclear arsenal needed to weigh in on a student election.


 
Utah man killed in London attack was hit on bridge
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:04:32 +0000   

Family members of a Utah couple celebrating their anniversary on a European vacation say they're heartbroken by the London attack that killed the man and seriously injured his wife. Kurt W. Cochran and his wife, Melissa, were on the last day of their trip celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary when the deadly attack played out in the heart of London, according to a statement issued by the Mormon church.

 
Sen. Pat Roberts apologizes for 'mammogram' line - CNN
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:55:26 +0000   

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Sen. Pat Roberts apologizes for 'mammogram' line
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(CNN) Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, apologized Thursday afternoon for making an apparent joke about mammograms related to what features are or are not included in Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. "I deeply regret my ...
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German gummy bear maker Haribo plans to produce candy in U.S.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:39:18 +0000   

German gummy bear maker Haribo plans to produce candy in U.S.German candymaker Haribo, famous for its fruit-flavored gummy bears, plans to build its first production facility in the United States and start making confectionery there from 2020. Family-owned Haribo, which employs 7,000 people worldwide at 16 sites in ten countries, said on Thursday it has decided to acquire property in Wisconsin for the factory. Haribo, a model of Germany's successful "Mittelstand" firms which make up the backbone of Europe's largest economy, was founded in 1920.


 
U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel for Jewish center bomb threats
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:04:23 +0000   

U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel for Jewish center bomb threatsBy Jeffrey Heller and Joseph Ax JERUSALEM/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A teenager with dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of hoax bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. At a court hearing near Tel Aviv, the suspect's defense attorney, Galit Bash, said the young man has a growth in his head that causes behavioral problems. U.S. federal authorities have been investigating a surge of threats against Jewish organizations, including more than 100 bomb threats in separate waves over the past three months targeting Jewish community centers (JCCs) in dozens of states.


 
Woman who survived 5 days alone lost in the Grand Canyon describes her ordeal
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:50:50 +0000   
Amber Vanhecke told ABC News she relied on her outdoors skills.
 
Tight supply, higher prices weigh on U.S. home sales
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:49:07 +0000   

Tight supply, higher prices weigh on U.S. home sales((Public relations firm corrects Blefari's title to chief executive officer from president in paragraph 4 in this story published on March 22)) By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell more than expected in February amid a persistent shortage of houses on the market that is pushing up prices and sidelining prospective buyers. The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday existing home sales declined 3.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million units last month after hitting a 10-year high in January. Sales were up 5.4 percent from February 2016, underscoring the sustainability of the housing market recovery despite the supply constraints.


 
Fed's Kashkari calls for changes to U.S. education system
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:03:09 +0000   

Fed's Kashkari calls for changes to U.S. education systemMinneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari said on Thursday that the U.S. education system needs an overhaul and called for more parental choice, failing schools to be shut down and additional research to tackle issues. "We must not stand still - not just for the sake of our economic competitiveness, but also so that we become a fairer society where all Americans have a real opportunity to fulfill their potential," he said in prepared remarks to a Federal Reserve childhood education research conference in Washington.


 
Americans favor paid family, sick leave; split on funding: report
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:17:41 +0000   

Americans favor paid family, sick leave; split on funding: reportBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most Americans support paid family and medical leave and think employers, rather than the government, should cover the costs, but they are divided over whether companies should be legally required to provide it, according to a report released on Thursday. Across ages and political parties, Americans questioned by the Pew Research Center favored paid leave for new parents, sick workers and employees caring for a family member with an illness. Americans also did not rank expanding paid leave as a top priority for President Donald Trump and Congress this year, placing it below terrorism, jobs and immigration.


 
In interview about his falsehoods, President Trump offers new ones - CNNMoney
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:50:21 +0000   

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In interview about his falsehoods, President Trump offers new ones
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Time magazine's interview with President Trump about past falsehoods is full of new falsehoods from the president. "Name what's wrong! I mean, honestly," Trump told interviewer Michael Scherer. Seconds later, he said "I predicted Brexit." Trump ...

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Trump fights for healthcare bill, makes headway with conservatives
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:49:31 +0000   

Trump fights for healthcare bill, makes headway with conservativesBy David Morgan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and House of Representatives leaders pushed on Wednesday for votes for their plan to overhaul Obamacare and said they were making progress in their efforts to win over conservative Republicans who have demanded changes to the legislation. With a vote on the bill possible as soon as Thursday, members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative Republican faction, said they had been negotiating alterations to the plan with the White House. Much of the discussion hinged on conservatives' desire to scrap what are labeled "essential health benefits" - services that insurance plans are required to cover under the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, such as mental health help.


 
Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:17:45 +0000   

Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screeningWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters. Social media screening is now done fairly rarely by consular officials, one of the former officials said.


 
Tata Consultancy says plans to step up local hiring in U.S.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:12:28 +0000   

Tata Consultancy says plans to step up local hiring in U.S.India's top software services exporter Tata Consultancy Services will step up local hiring in the United States and has no plans to cut investments there as it continues to expect robust growth from its biggest overseas market. "In the last four or five years, we have been recruiting heavily in the U.S.," Girish Ramachandran, head of Asia Pacific region of TCS, told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in China's Hainan province.


 
Florida man's book burning sparks wildfire, destroys homes: officials
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:57:46 +0000   

Florida man's book burning sparks wildfire, destroys homes: officialsThe blaze started on Wednesday afternoon after the unidentified man burned books and magazines outside his home near Bryceville, about 20 miles west of Jacksonville, Florida Forest Service spokeswoman Annaleasa Winter told Reuters by telephone. It is against Florida law to burn household garbage.


 
The Latest: EU security chief sees link with Brussels attack
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:22:23 +0000   

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wedn... . Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, left, stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

 
Vote looming, Trump struggles to win Obamacare repeal
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:24 +0000   

Vote looming, Trump struggles to win Obamacare repealBy Roberta Rampton and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday was set to make a final push on Thursday to secure the votes to begin dismantling Obamacare in the House of Representatives, with signs that enough Republicans might defect to jeopardize one of his top legislative priorities. Trump has mounted an intensive campaign to garner support for the initiative and the effort is seen by financial markets as a crucial test of his ability to move his legislative agenda, including planned tax cuts, through Congress. Trump scheduled an 11:30 a.m. ET/1530 GMT meeting with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus at the White House.


 
Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiring
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:12:30 +0000   

Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiringHospitals typically lay out multi-year operating plans that prioritize investments, such as new clinics, medical wings, technology or other projects that help draw in more patients and increase revenue. Denver Health Medical Center, for example, opened a new $26.9 million clinic in the city's southwest in 2016 to provide care to an area lacking in health services and saw more patients within six months than it had expected over two years. The health system planned to build or remodel five more facilities based on the new clinic's success.


 
California regulator to vote on United States' strictest methane rule
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:04:01 +0000   

California regulator to vote on United States' strictest methane ruleCalifornia's air pollution regulator is due to hold a vote on Thursday on methane emission regulations that it says would be the strictest in the United States in controlling the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. The new standards, proposed by the California Air Resources Board, would tighten efficiency requirements in the production and transportation of natural gas, and also for some oil-handling equipment, and would mandate prompt repair of discovered leaks, said Dave Clegern, a spokesman for the board. The regulations are expected to pass Thursday's vote by the board, people familiar with the process told Reuters.


 
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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:51:47 +0000   

After eight hours of debate, House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., the vice-chair, listen to arguments from committee chairs as the panel meets to shape the final version of the Republican health care bill before it goes to the floor for debate and a vote, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Former Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he greets the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, following an event marking seven years since former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.

 
 


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