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Al Franken just finally announced when he will resign

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The two-term senator, first elected in 2008, initially meant to let a Senate ethics committee investigate the allegations against him. Following his announcement that he would resign from Congress, two Democratic senators said that Franken should not have stepped down before the Senate Ethics Committee had completed its investigation into the Minnesota Democrat. Read More »

Minnesota woman pleads guilty to boyfriend's death in YouTube stunt

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Her sentencing will likely be in February, said Norman County Attorney Jim Brue. Monalisa Perez, from Halstad in the U.S. state of Minnesota, fatally wounded her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III on 26 June of this year when she fired a gun into a book Ruiz was holding to his chest from just a foot away. Read More »

Only 36 Percent Would Vote For Trump In 2020

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Fifty-five percent of those polled said they oppose the tax reform plan, a 10 percent increase over last month. A new poll says that a majority of USA voters think Trump is dishonest and doing a bad job. The poll released Tuesday by CNN seems to indicate that Democratic messaging on the legislation has been more successful. Poll respondents also indicated they believe the tax bill backed by the president will offer benefits to Trump and his family. Read More »

Trudeau's tropical vacation broke rules, says ethics czar

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Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson says in a report today that Trudeau's vacation a year ago broke conflict of interest law that prohibits a minister or any member of their family from accepting gifts or "advantages" that could reasonably be seen as influencing government decisions. Read More »

Texas Receives $136 Million to Fund CHIP Until February

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Cathy Caldwell, director of Alabama's CHIP program, said closing the program would be devastating for many families. That program will run out of money by March unless Congress acts to fund it again. Top Washington lawmakers maintain the CHIP program money will be restored as part of a spending bill once the tax measure is out of the way, but Tennessee Democrats mince no words about why it's taken so long. Read More »

Official comments on United States decision to add Chechen leader to Magnitsky List

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Human rights activists praised the sanctioning of Kadyrov and Katayev but called for further action. By being listed on the Magnitsky Act, the individuals are blocked from much of the global banking system. Sheshenya, Mayorova, and Pavlov were involved in the large-scale tax fraud scheme uncovered by Magnitsky, according to the Treasury Department. Magnitsky was employed by British-American financier William Browder when he was arrested and charged with the $230 million tax-fraud scheme ... Read More »

Gov. Rick Scott calls on state senator to resign

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Dana Young said. "With this report showing extreme circumstances, his continued presence in the Senate through session would be a tremendous distraction from the important work we need to accomplish". The senator denies the allegations, and in testimony to the investigator said he would not make those kinds of comments to the staff member because "she is someone who would be very unpredictable with any kind of remarks like that". Read More »

Census: Wyoming lost more residents than any other state

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The Salt Lake Tribune will update this story throughout the day . Overall, the US population grew by 0.7 percent from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017 - to 325.7 million people. That's an increase of 0.65 percent. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico also took a hit in population numbers. That brought the 2017 population estimate for IL to 12,802,023 people. Read More »

It looks like Theresa May and Donald Trump have made up

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Theresa May today challenged Donald Trump to bring forward new proposals to broker peace in the Middle East as they finally had their showdown call over his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel 's capital. recognition of its status as Israeli capital be rescinded. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged Donald Trump to bring forward proposals on achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace after the U.S. Read More »

Pradyuman Thakur Murder: 16-year-old Accused to be Tried as Adult

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Pradyuman was found in a pool of blood with his throat slit inside the school, sparking a public outcry following which the Gurugram Police arrested bus conductor Ashok, accusing him of killing the seven-year-old student. "As per section 21 of the amended JJ Act juvenile if treated as adult can not be given capital punishment and life imprisonment", said Sushil Tekriwal, counsel for Pradhyumn's father Barun Thakur adding that court may award 10-14 years of imprisonment in case of conviction. Read More »

Florida officer dragged by suspect's car during attempted getaway

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Cabrera continued to try and get away, but police say he was slowed by traffic, and he eventually surrendered. A female passenger has not been charged, police said. Capt. Al Xiques told reporters that an officer responded to the scene inside the Century Village community early Tuesday near the south entrance along Pembroke Road when the officer was dragged by the vehicle. Read More »

Persecuted Rohingya Muslims flee violence in Myanmar

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Surveys of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh by aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres have shown at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine state in the month after violence flared up on Aug 25, MSF said last week. Analysts say Suu Kyi has to avoid angering the army and alienating supporters by being seen to take the side of a Muslim minority that enjoys little sympathy in a country that has seen a surge of Buddhist nationalism. Read More »

EU triggers procedure against Poland

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Over the last two years Polish government has passed 13 laws that would help it stuff "the entire structure of the justice system" with political appointees, including courts that decide the validity of election results. Thousands of people across the country have held protests against the reforms. Brussels claims that this is a threat to the independence of the judiciary in Poland. Read More »

Sarah Sanders and Democratic lawmaker exchange blows on Twitter

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EST. In a now-removed tweet linking to a story on the Republican Party's tax reform efforts, The Hill tweeted: "Huckabee Sanders: GOP "begged" Dems to work on tax reform". "We anticipate that they're going to go up as more and more of these things continue to happen and particularly as more and more people start to feel the impact of the booming economy, the tax cuts that will take place later tonight and go into effect in the first part of February", Sanders told reporters. Read More »

China: Trump's security policy shows Cold War mentality

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Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing Monday that Beijing appreciated Spain's firm support of its "One China" principle, which is Beijing's view that it has sovereignty over Taiwan. Hua added: "At the same time we will never give up our legitimate rights and interests". The Kremlin dismissed US President Donald Trump's new national security strategy as imperialist, but welcomed Washington's willingness to co-operate in some areas. Read More »

Officer shoots, injures man at Minneapolis City Hall

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Police also say the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is on site, which is standard in such cases. "I know they were talking to him and they say he pulled a knife and they had to shoot him to save him from killing himself, but I just think that is really a bunch of B.S.", Eric Fischer said. Read More »

Boston's Controversial Cardinal Law Dies In Rome

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Since then, Law spent much of his time in Rome, occasionally returning to the United States. An official with the Catholic Church says Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. In 1984, he was promoted to Archbishop of Boston and was elevated to Cardinal in 1985. One priest, Rev. John Geoghan, alone raped and molested over 130 children after being flitted from one parish to another. Read More »

RAF Mildenhall: Shots fired by United States guards during 'security incident'

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The source added that Suffolk police force was taking the lead on the incident and that specialist anti-terrorism officers were not immediately involved. "They defend our freedom and our values". A member of staff at Jumpin Jacks Funhouse in Mildenhall told the Press Association: "All the American children playing here suddenly left, but we didn't hear anything or know why". Read More »

Indonesian customs arrest 3 foreign drug suspects in Bali

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An accountant and one-time federal election candidate facing drug charges in Indonesia will need help from the Australian government to avoid a possible death penalty, an worldwide law expert believes. "I was invited to this country by someone who was working with the customs officer and they knew I was going to bring something", he said. "I'm just a f***** addict, they want to waste their resources on addicts, they want to punish addicts". Read More »

Texas Tech Walk-On Surprised With Scholarship

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Parker has made an appearance in all 12 of the Red Raiders' games this season and has made six starts. During a team meeting on Monday, Kingsbury said he had a message from the New England Patriots who had just defeated the Steelers. Justus Parker's finest moment came in the closing minutes of Texas Tech's final regular season game against the Texas Longhorns. Congratulations to Justus Parker, and here's to another year of turnovers and huge plays with Texas Tech football. Read More »

UP CM maintains silence on threats to schools on Christmas

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However, the government said it has no knowledge of such letter. It may be recalled that the Hindu outfit claimed Christmas celebration in schools, with a major population of Hindu students, is a step "towards forced conversions". The state's additional director general of police (law and order), Anand Kumar , asked district police chiefs to protect the constitutional freedom of practicing one's religion and take appropriate action against anybody trying to break the law. Read More »

'Facebook, Microsoft disabled North Korean cyber threats'

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The Foreign Office has blamed North Korea for the cyberattack that paralysed parts of the NHS and brought down computer networks worldwide. Asked what the US planned to do in response, Bossert admitted there wasn't much room left to apply pressure to change the regime's behavior. Read More »

Lawyer Made Porn in Jail with Inmates, Sheriff Says

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Detectives alleged it is possible that Spark executed the same pay-for-sex scheme other female inmates at the Pinellas County Jail, and possibly even at other jails across Tampa Bay and Central Florida . Through an undercover operation, investigators learned that Shanna Boselli, who was sentenced to 40 years in federal court on child pornography charges, had met Spark before her sentencing at a porn convention in Tampa. Read More »

Lighting a candle for North Korea talks

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Canada and the United States said on Tuesday they will co-host a meeting of foreign ministers in Vancouver in January to demonstrate worldwide solidarity against North Korea's continued nuclear and missile tests. The U.S. has said that all options including military ones are on the table though it prefers diplomatic solutions in handling North Korea. However, the White House also pointed out in a statement that dialogue was not possible unless North Korea changed its position on its ... Read More »

Korea, US could review postponing military drills before Olympics

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More than 220 South Korean Marines and 220 US Marines took part in the drill, which comes less than two months before the Winter Olympic Games set to be held there in February. South Korea and the US frequently hold military exercises to test their readiness against North Korea , and the biggest - known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle - are held every spring, involving some 17-thousand USA troops and over 300-thousand South Koreans. Read More »

The UK's Britain's new $5.2 billion warship has a leak

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And repairs will not cost the British taxpayer a penny, the Defence Secretary has insisted. The HMS Queen Elizabeth , which has an estimated service life of 50 years, has been leaking for a while. The company said: "It is normal practice for a volume of work and defect resolution to continue following vessel acceptance". Theresa May hailed the ship as a symbol of a "great global maritime nation" after it arrived at its base in Portsmouth for the first time in August. Read More »

Victor Moses out of final three-man shortlist — CAF Awards

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The absence of Victor Moses in the final three means Nigeria's wait for the next Nigerian African player of the year will continue. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Asiamah, in an address, also promised that Ghana would play ideal hosts to make the 2017 Aiteo CAF Awards at the Accra International Conference Centre the best ever celebration of African football's achievements. Read More »

A Single Vote Has Flipped Control Of Virginia's House Of Delegates

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Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said in the release. If the tally stands, the House of Delegates will be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. Two more recounts are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Simonds wasn't forecast to be a serious competitor to Yancey going into the November 7 election; nor were Democrats expected to have a chance to take back the House of Delegates, which Republicans have controlled for 17 years. Read More »

Wednesday washout followed by cooler weather and more rain over Christmas weekend

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Christmas Day: Mostly sunny - high near 25. Partly cloudy skies and a southern flow have allowed temperatures to reach the 60s in many locations today! Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. According to national forecaster Met Eireann, tonight will be a "mild, cloudy night with patches of rain, drizzle and fog and locally poor visibility". Read More »

Two dead after fire rips through Cameron House Hotel

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A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: 'Around 6.50am on Monday, 18 December, police were called to a report of a fire at Cameron House Hotel near Alexandria. The owner of the nearby Duck Bay Hotel has offered to provide tea, coffee and refreshments to emergency services at the scene. "One person, as previously stated, was pronounced dead at the scene". Read More »

Sensex, Nifty Surge To Record Highs

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The equity markets built upon the trigger provided in the last session as both Sensex and Nifty finished on closing highs, gaining 0.70 per cent each. Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services, said: "Euphoria from election verdict and progress in USA tax cut fuelled the market to rally near the all time high". Read More »

West Suffolk bin collection days over Christmas

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If you are due to have your grey refuse bin emptied on Christmas Day (Monday) you should put your bin out for collection on Wednesday, 27 December. If that is your usual collection day then this year there will be an earlier collection for you on Saturday, December 23. Read More »