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Pope Francis starts five-day trip in Colombia to push for lasting peace


The highlight of Francis' trip comes Friday, with a meeting and prayer of reconciliation between victims of the conflict and former guerrillas in Villavicencio, a city south of Bogota surrounded by territory long held by the FARC . Francis was a big promoter of last year's peace deal with the rebel group but in visiting Colombia he will have to be sensitive to the viewpoints of the large number of conservative Roman Catholics who voted against the accord in a nationwide referendum. Read More »

Capitol Hill Republicans brace themselves after Trump cuts deals with Dems


With a 419 to 3 vote, the relief marks just the first step in a long recovery process for Louisiana and Texas. In addition to the tasks Congress must do, McConnell also made a pitch for the big issue GOP lawmakers want to do in the remainder of the year: overhaul the US tax code to lower rates for businesses and individuals. Read More »

Most powerful Atlantic hurricane hits Caribbean islands


Live 5 News Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh says the current track takes Irma closer to the southeast coast of the United States with impacts for SC very likely on Monday. The storm seemed nearly certain to hit the United States by early next week. "This could easily be the most costly storm in USA history, which is saying a lot considering what just happens two weeks ago", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. Read More »

House Overwhelmingly Passes Harvey Relief Bill


It also came after he was warned of a packed legislative calendar that could have pushed off tax reform past this fall. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were reportedly opposed to such a short-term extension of the debt ceiling, accusing Democrats of playing politics with both the debt ceiling and the Hurricane Harvey disaster. Read More »

House approves $8 billion in initial Hurricane Harvey relief


The Secretary fears that if the debt ceiling isn't raised, the Treasury Department will be unable to borrow the money it needs to aid areas in Texas and Louisiana affected by the storm. There is no time to waste. Trump's aid request would add $7.4 billion to dwindling Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster aid coffers and $450 million to finance disaster loans for small businesses. Read More »

Groups Gather In Dallas, Criticize Trump's DACA Phase Out


It will continue to be tempting for Democrats in particular to exploit immigration as a political wedge issue - painting Trump and all Republicans as racist and anti-dreamer. "Because of DACA people have been able to go to school". If President Trump's critics encourage and enable this approach, they themselves will be responsible for derailing that which they say they hold dear: fair, compassionate treatment for dreamers. Read More »

State of emergency issued for coast, Isles preps for Irma

All school related activities are also canceled. With Hurricane Irma churning toward Florida, a number of Central Florida school districts and counties have announced that they will be closing ahead of the storm. Thursday in advance of Hurricane Irma. The special needs shelter for pre-registered citizens will open Thursday at 2 p.m. Marion County Public Schools : Closed Friday and Monday. Read More »

House plans Wednesday vote on Harvey aid


The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed $7.9 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief as warring Republicans and Democrats united behind help for victims of that storm, as an ever more powerful new hurricane bore down on Florida. Read More »

Principal tried to lure teen girls to 'skinny dipping party': cops


According to investigators, the suspect in the sting was engaging in "sexually inappropriate conversations" and "discussed engaging in sexual acts"-not realizing he was talking to an undercover cop". Told parent, Dorothy Reynolds , 'We're definitely going to want to know that he's being replaced, immediately' . Then in 2014, the Round Rock school district hired him to be Hopewell Middle School's principal until 2016, when the Round Rock district named him the associate director of ... Read More »

War on terror: If we fail, region fails: Gen Bajwa


Reiterating Pakistan's desire for peace and stability in neighbouring Afghanistan, General Bajwa said armed forces of both the countries are collaborating on counter-terrorism measures. He said one of the main objectives of the enemy to foment violence in Balochistan was to undermine CPEC and jeopardise Pak-China friendship. "We want relationship with all countries based on mutual respect and equality". Read More »

White Christians no longer a majority in America


It includes a sample of more than 101,000 Americans from all 50 states. The findings, published on Wednesday by PRRI, are based off of the 2016 American Values Atlas, the largest survey of American religion ever conducted. "So often, white evangelicals have been pointing in judgment to white mainline groups, saying when you have liberal theology you decline", Jones told the Associated Press . Read More »

North Korea: 'More Gift Packages' Coming For The US

The U.S. will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK". It could cause a global catastrophe and an enormous loss of life'. China's permanent representative to the United Nations Liu Jieyi on Monday condemned the latest nuclear test by the DPRK and urged the country to return to the track of dialogue. Read More »

Shaktipunj Express Derails in Uttar Pradesh: Seven Coaches Crashed , No injuries reported


About 100 passengers were wounded when 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed after crashing into a dumper which strayed on to the tracks in Auraiya district on August 23 . There was no fatality or injury to passengers. "All of them are safe and no one was injured in the accident", he said. Maintenance and renewal of tracks will also take place keeping in view of the derailment incidents that are taking place in the recent days. Read More »

Former Rep. Tancredo: Trump Was Right in Terminating DACA


The company released the statement after the Trump administration said it would end the program , which the Obama administration launched in 2012. Ending DACA , the court filing states, "is a culmination of President Trump's oft-stated commitments - whether personally held, stated to appease some portion of his constituency, or some combination thereof - to punish and disparage people with Mexican roots". Read More »

Rodman's insane plan to 'straighten out' US, Nth Korea tensions


Rodman said: 'It was the fact that he loves basketball and I think that's the key for anything in the world - basketball and music. "We ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing, we hardly ever talk politics and that's the good thing about that", the former Chicago Bull player-Kim's favorite National Basketball Association team-told Good Morning Britain show hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid . Read More »

Hurricane Irma destroys 90 percent of structures, vehicles on Barbuda


The U.S. Virgin Islands are also experiencing severe weather . South Florida is now bracing for possible impact. Residents of the Florida Keys are known for riding out hurricanes, but with Hurricane Irma's potentially catastrophic wind and rain set to crash through the low-lying island chain this weekend, not many seem willing to risk it this time . Read More »

Three powerful hurricanes now in the Atlantic ocean: NHC


The upgrade comes as Jose has picked up wind speed over the past few hours, reaching 75 mph (120 kph). Browne confirmed to ABS TV that there is now no water or phone services available to the island's residents. Thousands of people have viewed the pictures and footage from inside the unsafe storm. Florida Governor Rick Scott is telling residents to brace for impact. Read More »

$7.9 billion Harvey aid package passed by House


The government's response to Harvey is draining existing disaster reserves, with Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster accounts hovering at $1 billion or less. Only three of the 422 lawmakers present voted no on the measure. "I think it's a awful idea", Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus said, but conceded there may be bigger battles to fight. Read More »

Trump tries role of hurricane comforter


Trump talks about this disaster like it is over, but there will decades of recovery ahead for the city. Unlike New Orleans in 2005 after Katrina, the country's fourth largest city was as prepared as any metropolis can be for a thousand-year flood. Read More »

US Catholic Bishops Pledge to Support DACA Enrollees


DACA prevents deportation for 800,000 young people brought to the U.S.as children, who have no criminal record, and have been here for at least 10 years. "It's about who we are as a people - and who we want to be", he wrote. Ortiz and Torres say they are hopeful Congress comes up with a more permanent solution, but worry about the consequences if it does not happen. Read More »

Putin: North Korea Would 'Eat Grass' Before Giving Up Nukes


Asked about a possible oil embargo or ban on North Koreans working overseas, he said: "We wouldn't like to see the ordinary people, the citizens of North Korea, suffering for what the leadership is doing". But Putin made clear that Russian Federation was opposed to further interdictions, and while China - North Korea's patron and closest political and economic partner - has yet to be drawn on the issue, it tends to resist placing pressure on Pyongyang. Read More »

De Blasio won't defend Red Sox after cheating allegations


They were the only candidates who raised and spent enough in campaign funds to qualify for the debates. Albanese and de Blasio both expressed support for quality of life policing, but expressed different views on stop and frisk, with Albanese expressing support for it. Read More »

Butch Jones to bring popular trash can to radio show


Sophomore Tyler Byrd is one player I expect to step up for the Vols. Tennessee trailed Georgia Tech , 28-14, with 12:32 remaining in the fourth quarter Monday night and were facing a third-and-9 from their own 39-yard line. But he also drew an important pass interference call in the end zone in overtime. "I can't really can't get into specifics". Jeff George is listed behind Callaway at one outside wide receiver spot on the depth chart released Wednesday, and Brandon Johnson is listed as ... Read More »

Uganda gears up to face giants Egypt in qualifier


Al-Ahram daily newspaper reported on Sunday that the Pharaohs' management have asked Egyptian Football Association chairman Hani Abou-Reida to increase the number of fans in attendance when Egypt host Uganda in the qualifiers, to support players during the game. Read More »

'93 blasts guilty to be sentenced today


Mustafa Dossa, on the other hand, was convicted under section IPC 302 and IPC 307 and he was found guilty of taking part in the blasts conspiracy meetings held in India and Dubai before the terror strike was carried out at 12 targets in Mumbai . Read More »

Turkey to provide 10000 tonnes of aid to help Rohingya Muslims


Myanmar National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said at a news conference in the capital, " China is our friend and we have a similar friendly relationship with Russian Federation so it will not be possible for that issue to go forward". Modi's first bilateral visit here comes at a time when the Myanmarese government is facing global pressure over the 125,000 Rohingya refugees that have poured across the Bangladeshi border in just two weeks after Myanmar's military crackdown in the ... Read More »

Mandatory evacuations at Glacier NP, shelter set up


Midday winds and rising temperatures led to some increased activity on the fire, but it was mainly flare-ups well within the perimeter of the fire, officials said. Resources are being shifted around to hold the fire in place along the northwestern containment line, officials said. A Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Libby Assembly of God Church, 105 Collins Ave.in Libby for anyone impacted by the West Forks Fire . Read More »

NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) Shares Sold by NBT Bank NA NY

It has underperformed by 18.72% the S&P500. New South Capital Management Inc increased its stake in Mednax Inc (MD) by 102.25% based on its latest 2016Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board lifted its position in shares of NXP Semiconductors N.V.by 410,000.0% during the first quarter. Among 4 analysts covering Tearlab Corporation ( NASDAQ:TEAR ), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Read More »

Hurricane Jose 'quickly strengthening' in the Atlantic, forecasters say


According to the NHC website www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/history/, which the NHC admits doesn't include every noteworthy storm, the last major hurricane to make landfall in the US was Hurricane Ike in 2008. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 miles per hour (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast and Jose is expected to become a hurricane later on Wednesday. Read More »

Task Force One prepping for Irma deployment


The task force plans to return to Columbia Wednesday evening or Thursday. The next assignment could be to Florida, depending on Hurricane Irma's track. York County Assistant Fire Chief Chris Sadler said his department has six firefighters in the task force and two in Puerto Rico right now. He said the island's infrastructure won't be able to withstand Irma's force. Read More »

Jose and Katia strengthen into hurricanes

A hurricane watch has been issued for the Mexican state of Veracruz by the Mexican government. Katia is moving toward the southeast at around 3 miles per hour. Neither Jose or Katia pose a threat Northern Gulf/Louisiana. The second system, Invest 94L, had higher chances of becoming the Atlantic's next named storm. Read More »

US House votes for Hurricane Harvey relief package


A source briefed on the meeting said all Republican leaders, as well as treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin, objected to a short-term debt limit hike. Trump in recent weeks has been clearly and publicly frustrated with Republican leaders, notably McConnell. Read More »