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Key witness in former Cuomo aide's corruption trial arrested after testimony

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On Thursday, Howe admitted he breached his plea deal by trying to get a hotel room charge taken off his credit card bill. Todd Howe leaves federal court after testifying in the Joe Percoco corruption trial in NY on Monday, Feb. His lawyers say his legal acts are being falsely portrayed by Howe as crimes. As part of his cooperation agreement with prosecutors, Howe in 2016 agreed not to violate any laws "whatsoever". Read More »

BJP attacks Congress over Renuka Chowdhury's conduct in Rajya Sabha

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This will be Modi's fourth meeting with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas. This will be the fourth meeting between Modi and Abbas after their meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in 2015 and at the Paris climate summit later that year and the Palestinian President's visit to India last year. Read More »

Senate reaches budget deal

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The budget deal would be paired with a stopgap spending measure that would keep federal agencies open past Thursday, when the current funding measure expires. "This package can not have my support", she said. The Washington Post puts the figure at half a trillion dollars. The legislation raises the government's borrowing limit through March 2019. Read More »

Cold Temperatures To Continue Heading Into The Weekend

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North wind around 11 miles per hour. The heaviest rain will likely move east of East Texas by Saturday afternoon, with just patchy drizzle through Saturday night and into Sunday morning. The National Weather Service office in San Diego is forecasting another bout of Santa Ana winds this weekend, followed by showers and mountain snow next week. Read More »

United Nations rights expert condemns violations against Syria civilians

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Syrian state media said early on Wednesday that Syrian air defenses had responded to what it described as "a new Israeli aggression" in the countryside around Damascus . Waves of airstrikes have intensified in recent days in the Syrian towns of Saraqeb in Idlib, and Douma in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, where Russian and Syrian warplanes are attacking rebel-held areas. Read More »

Gold, Silver, Copper and Crude Oil Briefing

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The pipeline, which Swiss-based INEOS bought in late October for $250 million from BP, carries around 450,000 barrels per day of Forties crude oil. "We feel oil prices should be reduced", oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters here. Read More »

Reuters Publishes Story Of Myanmar Massacre, After 2 Journalists Arrested

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Soon afterwards, on the morning of September 2, all 10 lay dead. "Until now, accounts of the violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine state have been provided only by its victims". High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi's report on the crisis sparked by an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state in August. "The worldwide community needs to stop stalling and do what's necessary to hold accountable those who are responsible before evidence is tainted or lost, memories fade, and ... Read More »

WSJ Columnist: Why is the Media Ignoring the Real Bombshell FISA Memo?

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Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.), is that "in a normal world" the panel would have simply interviewed the Justice Department officials who approved the surveillance applications, like Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Now, Democrats want their own commentary-memo published . Namely, the memo revealed that Page, a US citizen, was monitored for almost a year after a judge four times over found probable cause that he likely was acting as an agent of a foreign power. Read More »

Police officer killed in shooting near Atlanta

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They talked to the subject of the warrant for about ten minutes before they tried to take him into custody. "The Locust Grove officer died shortly after at the hospital". Zion United Methodist Church in Griffin. "They were serving a warrant and it just went south", Wade Corley said. He asked for prayers but said his brother is in "good spirits" and smiling and has been told his brother will be okay. Read More »

Deadly mosque blast hits Libya's Benghazi

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One person was killed and 37 wounded by a twin bombing inside a mosque in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, medics said. Local media news reports put the number of those injured at 129. "Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice", the group said. Libya has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator Muammar Qaddafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising. Read More »

Winter Olympics: With unexpected show of unity, Pyeongchang Games begin

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Indeed, the list of problems created by North Korea at the Pyeongchang Games has been long: how to house North Korean athletes (in segregated quarters), whether to give them gas money for the ferry that carried down their artists (not yet decided), whether to allow the playing of the North Korean anthem in a country that normally bans the tune (yes), whether to give their competitors free smartphones (yes, provided they're returned by the end of the Games), how to move an aircraft between ... Read More »

Congress grapples with immigration and steers to avert a funding fight

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He was addressing a group of law enforcement officials who sat down with Trump at the White House to talk about Latino gang MS-13, Bloomberg reported . That measure is not likely to survive unscathed in the Senate, where Republicans can not pass spending bills without some Democratic support. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said it . Read More »

US Congress passes spending bill, sends to Trump to end shutdown

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In an acknowledgment of many Democrats' anger, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) spoke for a record-breaking eight hours on the House floor on Wednesday, advocating for the young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers. Courtesy of Donald Trump Twitter . It would also provide money for his border wall and curb legal immigration. Rand Paul (R-Ky) who delayed the Senate vote after midnight on Thursday night due to his opposition to a $320 billion add on to the federal budget ... Read More »

Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees historic handshake

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But when the North Korean athletes took over, it became a more austere affair. Unlike Pence, Abe shook hands with the North's titular head and chatted briefly with him. Moon has embraced the Games as an opportunity for a thaw in tensions, calling them "Olympic Games of peace". Skeptics say North Korea is using the Olympics to poke holes in the US -led global sanctions against the country and buy more time to further advance its strategic weaponry. Read More »

Moon to meet high-level N.Korean delegation

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Pence viewed Japanese troops as they demonstrated a simulation of Japanese surface-to-air missile defense systems and took part in a briefing by Japan's defense minister before meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Asked if war with North Korea is closer than when Trump took office a year ago, Mattis said US policy is "firmly in the diplomatic lane", as shown by agreement among world powers to increase sanctions. Read More »

Dow plunges more than 1000 points, falls into correction territory

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Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.3 percent to 21,700.94 while South Korea's Kospi jumped 0.7 percent to 2,414.26. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is headed sharply lower Thursday. Stocks have failed to hold a strong rebound since Friday, when a better-than-expected report on wages added to worries about higher USA inflation. On Friday, benchmark 10-year notes last rose 10/32 in price to yield 2.8149 percent, from 2.849 percent late on Thursday. Read More »

Lebanon Signs First Oil, Gas Exploration Contracts

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The first well will be drilled in Block 4 in 2019, said Stephane Michel, Total's president for exploration and production in the Middle East and North Africa. Israel's plan to construct a security wall on the border with Lebanon amounts to an "act of aggression" and would not go unanswered, Lebanon's top council of political, military and security heads has warned . Read More »

Messing evening commute as snow gives way to sleet, freezing rain

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Other Sussex County residents also said that they were unimpressed with Wednesday's snow event. A storm in February 2015, logging in at 16.2 inches, was the last time Chicago had more than 10 inches of snow in a single storm. Timing wise - the snow sticks around all morning long, into the afternoon, through the afternoon and starts to come to an end by 6 p.m. tonight . Read More »

Iran Urges Turkey To Respect Sovereignty Of Syria

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Turkish and Iranian presidents on Thursday spoke over the phone and hailed the increased cooperation between the two countries on security issues and on fight against terrorism, according to presidential sources. On Nov. 22, Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani have also met in Sochi to discuss progress made in the Astana peace talks and changes in de-escalation zones across Syria. Read More »

Israel, Hezbollah and Iran: Preventing Another War in Syria

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The Observatory said the regime forces may have been aiming to capture a key oil field and a major gas plant in an SDF-held area. Meanwhile, the BBC reported that Syrian Kurdish fighters captured the last two members of an Islamic State cell that, according to USA officials, had beheaded over 27 Western hostages. Read More »

'Good chance' South Korean President will be invited to North Ko

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The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics is underway - at 8 p.m.in South Korea and at 6 a.m. ET in the USA - with 2,900 athletes from 92 countries gathering to compete for 102 medals in Pyeongchang . North and South Korea are planning to march in the opening Olympic ceremonies under a single flag. USA officials have grown increasingly dire in their warnings about the North's march toward developing an operational nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. Read More »

Japanese, S. Korean leaders discuss future ties, efforts over Pyongyang

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Pence stayed for only five minutes before leaving and headed to Pyeongchang where he applauded the United States delegation of Winter Olympic athletes at the opening ceremony. North Korea ramped up its missile and nuclear program previous year, testing its first three intercontinental ballistic missiles and most powerful nuclear weapon to date. Read More »

House Dems Feeing Betrayed By Senate Dems?

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If they are successful in hammering out a budget deal, the House will meet after that. With 238 Republicans in the House, Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows predicted that 90-100 Republicans would oppose the deal with increased budget caps, which would mean that at least 75-80 Democrats are needed to vote for the bill in order to get to the votes to pass it. Read More »

A Japanese school is introducing Armani uniforms for its students

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However, when their costs were released previous year, parents balked. Taimei Elementary School, in Ginza, one of Tokyo's most expensive and traditional districts, provides free education in common with all Japan's public (state-funded) elementary schools, which 99 per cent of Japanese children attend. Read More »

Egypt begins security operation against "terrorists"

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The military spokesman explained that the operation comes within the framework of directives issued by the president of the republic and the supreme commander of the Armed Forces to the general command of the Armed Forces and Interior Ministry to uproot terrorism and other criminal acts. Read More »

Trump State of Union ratings below Obama

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The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. " President Trump focused on the past year of working to build a safe, strong and successful America in his speech tonight". Later, Trump shifted to the topic of religion. The president's first two tweets after the State of the Union slammed Democrats on Thursday for not getting behind his immigration , infrastructure and tax plans and complained that all the opposing party does is "Resist, Blame, Complain and ... Read More »

The US government shuts down for the second time in 2018

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If leaders did not agree, he threatened to delay a procedural vote past the midnight deadline. Fiscal conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus also objected to the proposed on the objecting to the budget deal on the same lines as Senator Rand. Read More »

Winter Olympics: Russian athletes appeal against ban

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The news follows Monday's decision by the International Olympic Committee to reject a request to invite 13 active athletes and two retired athletes working in support roles who were among 28 athletes whose lifetime bans were overturned by CAS last Thursday while the ban on 11 others was upheld. Read More »

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens accused of groping staffer

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The former staffer, Daniel Fierro of Cerritos, told POLITICO that Garcia , D-Bell Gardens, cornered him after the annual Assembly softball game while he was cleaning up the dugout. Ironically, Garcia told the New York Times that she was a victim of sexual harassment by men in the Capitol saying, "Multiple people have grabbed my butt and grabbed my breasts". Read More »