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Tax Cuts, Regulatory Reform Should Benefit Franchise Businesses in US, Report Says

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Eleven thousand will receive a pay increase which totals more than $16.8 million. Starbucks, Home Depot and FedEx were not the only large employers to take advantage of the new tax cuts. We wanted families to not just survive, but thrive. Any changes to a company's employee benefits plan require analysis and strategy to determine the predicted costs, which is more time-consuming than giving every employee a one-time bonus, Towarnicky says. Read More »

Harrisonburg solar company discusses impact of Trump's tariff

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As ever, it is worth examining the back story to this decision, which will mean tariffs on imported solar cells and modules jump to 30 percent over the next year before gradually falling to 15 percent at the end of a four-year period. The experts say that tariffs will increase costs and therefore hurt demand among customers. USA -based First Solar is exempt from the tariff but has benefited from a surge in demand in recent months from utility customers who have wanted to fulfill their solar ... Read More »

Trump vows to protect U.S. intellectual property, without naming China

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He named China and Russian Federation as countries "that challenge American values". The trajectory seems to be set as we head towards mid-term elections this November. And making deals is what Trump was elected to do. "From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and, very importantly, reciprocal", Trump stated. Read More »

Colombia suspends peace talks with ELN rebels after bomb attacks

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It is the second time this month, negotiations between the government and the last remaining rebel group have been put on hold. The attacks on police stations over the weekend left more than 40 people injured. Two more police officers were killed when a bomb went off late Saturday at their outpost in Santa Rosa. AP says the ELN issued a statement Monday expressing support for the peace talks and the re-establishment of a cease-fire that expired this month. Read More »

Trump tells GOP lawmaker he'll '100 percent' release the memo

Devin Nunes (R-CA). House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending a vote by Republicans on the House intelligence committee to release a classified memo on the Russian Federation investigation. "Oh yeah, don't worry", Trump told Duncan. People familiar with the underlying application have portrayed the Republican memo as misleading in part because Steele's information was insufficient to meet the standard for a FISA warrant. Read More »

Spanish thieves caught with cars full of stolen oranges

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They charged the five people - a couple, their adult son, and two brothers - with theft . The officers flipped on their lights and peeled out in an effort to pull over the vehicles, but they sped off. Officers detained a group of reported fruit thieves for the theft of 4,000 kilograms of oranges. Inside the vehicles, police found the oranges. Police eventually discovered the oranges were stolen from a warehouse in the nearby town of Carmona. Read More »

Person of interest arrested in connection with teen girl found dead

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Moussa's body was found Friday in some woods near a walking path in Alexandria's Woodlawn Park. Lt. James Bacon said Jholie had left her home under circumstances that didn't seem unusual, and that the family contacted police the next day, January 13, "when they realized and felt Jholie's actions were no longer the norm for her". Read More »

Trump called for Mueller's firing in June 2017

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Finally , the president said, Mr. Mueller had been interviewed to return as the F.B.I. director the day before he was appointed special counsel in May. Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has said Mueller will come up empty-handed. Ultimately, Trump did not execute any order to fire Mueller . Read More »

What Were Those Purple Ribbons For at the State of the Union?

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Sanders notes Trump didn't mention Social Security or Medicare, despite promises as a candidate to protect the popular programs. "Small business confidence is at an all-time high". "Bullies may land a punch". "They might leave a mark". New York Rep. Yvette Clarke announced Tuesday afternoon that she would be bringing NYC-based immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir - whose detainment by ICE earlier in January touched off heated protests in the city - to the State of the Union as her guest. Read More »

President's Address to the Nation on the eve of Republic Day

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And boy, did they take advantage of tonight's high-profile moment. Cory Booker and California Sen. Considering the strength of the economy, Trump is stepping before the nation in a remarkably weak position. Republicans are applauding and cheering as Trump talks about making America great again, and his late 2017 victory revamping the tax code. He said: "We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day's work, we want every child to be safe in their home at night, and we want ... Read More »

Gulf dispute over Qatar is negative for the US, Tillerson warns

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Reporting from Washington, DC, Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane said the Qatari foreign minister's statements indicated that his country's investment "could be more if the blockade was ended". "This blockade disrupts the joint efforts in providing stability for the region", al-Thani said. A number of major agreements would be signed covering defence, trade, investment, and energy all areas where Qatar is committed to investing in America's economy, he added. Read More »

The ICC are investigating UAE cricket game for match fixing

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A video which was shared on social media shows batsmen involved in farcical running between the wickets during the Ajman All Stars Twenty20 League recently. "There is now an ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation underway in relation to the Ajman All Stars League held recently in Ajman, UAE", Marshall said in a statement. Read More »

Classified Australian files 'accidentally sold'

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The files reportedly originated at the highest levels of the Australian government, and include a number of damaging revelations concerning current and former ministers and prime ministers. Meanwhile, the country's Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has announced an urgent investigation into the leak of the classified documents, with some of them marked as "top secret" or "AUSTEO", a sign that they can only be looked through by Australians. Read More »

Navy launches third Scorpene class submarine Karanj

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Karanj sumarine is 67.5 meters long, 12.3 meters tall and weighs 1565 tons. Karanj (S52) comes with superior stealth features such as acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels and hydro-dynamically magnetised shape. Another three Scorpenes being built by MDL in collaboration with DCNS of France under a Transfer-of-Technology contract, are in the pipeline. INS Karanj is all set to operate in any given circumstance and can undertake various missions like anti-submarine ... Read More »

California teacher calls military members 'lowest of the low' in viral video

Vincent is a 39-year-old Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, and two other family members have served in the military as well, relatives said. Salcido has since been removed from all committees on the Pico Rivera City Council over the remarks and that other fellow council members are "unanimous in their condemnation" of his remarks. Read More »

More of the mild weather to get into February

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Partly sunny, with a high near 36. The National Weather Service said the high on Friday will be about 37 degrees while westerly winds will be up to about 17 miles per hour. Friday: A 30 percent chance of snow before 3pm. High Wind Warnings could remain in effect for the local mountains through Monday , while Wind Advisories continue for most Los Angeles valley areas. Read More »

The Two Republicans Who Voted Against The 20-Week Abortion Ban

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Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Joe Donnelly of IN supported the bill , while Republican Sens. The bill was introduced by Lindsay Graham and has the support of a large number of Republicans , though GOP Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have expressed concerns . Read More »

Radio host insults Tom Brady's five-year-old daughter

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Brady , who's gearing up for his eighth Super Bowl on Sunday, appeared to have compassion for the embattled radio host speaking about the incident on camera for the first time at Super Bowl LII Opening Night late Monday. "I just think it obviously is very competitive for everybody, and to me, for my belief, a very healthy respect I have for what your job is", he said. Read More »

Quake reported in North India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

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Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and the National Capital Region ( NCR ) on Wednesday. Similar scenes were witnessed in Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and New Delhi . Palawat said the extent of damage to human lives and property will depend on whether the eipcenter fell in a populated region, or in a non-populated region. Read More »

Emily Blunt to join Dwayne Johnson on Disney's Jungle Cruise

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Jaume Collet-Serra will be directing the film. Michael Green (" Logan ") wrote the most recent draft of the script, rewriting the screenplay by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. The studio is aiming to start production in the spring. And then there are the live-action remakes of their animated classics. Jungle Cruise does not yet have a release date. Read More »

Ricketts brother pegged for national GOP finance chairman

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AP and Politico, citing multiple GOP sources, said the appointment is expected. His father, Joe Ricketts, founded TD Ameritrade , and Todd Ricketts sits on the company's board. The Ricketts are large donors in Republican politics and have long-standing relationships with GOP congressional leaders. Trump nominated Ricketts as his deputy commerce secretary past year, but Ricketts ultimately withdrew his bid in April after struggling to reconcile his family's complicated finances with the ... Read More »

Trump May Ask Sessions to Prosecute Mueller

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Graham said he would be glad to pass legislation to prevent Trump from trying to oust Mueller , who is in the midst of negotiations with Trump's lawyers over terms of Trump's possible testimony under oath about the Russian election interference and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who at the time was heading the law enforcement agency's Russia probe before Mueller took it over. Read More »

Lady Antebellum Singer Hillary Scott Welcomes Twins - Get the Details!

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And just weeks before giving birth, the proud mom shared a heartwarming snap of her daughter kissing her baby bump. The country singer , 31, used to share the happy news of the twins births with fans and followers Monday. I know it will be a chaotic circus in the beginning, but I'm hopeful we'll get them on a schedule and we'll love them more than anything and we'll figure it out". Read More »

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue named 'designated survivor'

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Typically, the assignment goes to a lower-ranking member of the Cabinet . Here's what you need to know about the "designated survivor", a unique role that has been around for decades. Secretary of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue is sworn in at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington , DC, U.S. Read More »

Medical admission scam: No judicial work for Allahabad HC judge

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The three-member committee, comprising Madras high court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee , Sikkim high court Chief Justice SK Agnihotri and Madhya Pradesh high court judge PK Jaiswal , recently concluded its probe against Justice Shukla and made adverse remarks against him in their report . Read More »

Michelle Obama to appear on Ellen DeGeneres show

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Allie and dad Mark then flew to LA last week to meet with Ryan, with the youngster also landing a spot on Ellen during her time in the city of Angels. "I would like to be a singer and musician when I grow up". "I was always the kid who was going around the house singing". "She gave me a guitar case with lights with light up words saying TIPS", Allie said. Read More »

Theresa May arrives in China eyeing post-Brexit trade links

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Barbara Woodward made the remarks during a press briefing held in Beijing ahead of British Prime Minister Theresa May's three-day official visit to China starting on Wednesday. In a letter to the PM, Lord Patten and ex-Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown said its residents needed assurances that the UK's growing commercial relationship with China would not "come at the cost of our obligations to them". Read More »

S.Korea: North cancels joint pre-Olympic event

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The article has been amended to reflect that fact. The surprise offer by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to send a delegation to the PyeongChang Games during his New Year's Day speech paved the way for restored dialogue between Pyongyang and Seoul , which had been frozen due to North Korea's development of its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons programs in defiance of worldwide sanctions. Read More »

Trump Issues Order to Keep Guantanamo Open

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With that in mind, he said that earlier on Tuesday he signed an order directing defense chief James Mattis to "keep open the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay ". Trump would do so by issuing an executive order that retains the US right to move new detainees to the facility if warranted, but there are no plans to do so, according to a State Department official. Read More »

USA lists oligarchs close to Putin

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U.S. lawmakers passed the law - called the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act - out of concern that Trump , eager to have warm ties with Putin , might not take tough action to punish Moscow and Russian officials for interfering in United States elections and destabilizing Ukraine . Read More »

Gujarat 'lucky' bus for Rahul Gandhi Karnataka tour

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He would address public meetings and interact with the public. Next day, he will travel to Koppal, Yadgiri, Raichur and Kalburgi by bus, he told reporters in Bengaluru , adding, he would visit parts of the state on February 12 also. CM Siddaramaiah and AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal met minister Satish Jarikiholi, who is said to have expressed his displeasure over recent developments in the party. Read More »