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Nancy Pelosi Standing By Rep. Elizabeth Esty Amid Calls For Resignation

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The Democratic Majority Leader in the State Senate, Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), joined Senate President Martin Looney (D-New Haven) in saying that Esty's handling of a sexual harassment scandal in her office was inexcusable. So far, no Democrats in Congress have said the same. The request for an expedited probe from Esty came amid calls for her resignation from a growing number of state politicians in CT, including fellow Democrats. Read More »

Exempt mainstream media from fake news law, say Sabah journalists

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Fake news cases will be handled by an independent court process. "While any confirmation of publication or telecast of fake news having been confirmed by any of these agencies, the accreditation shall be suspended for a period of 6 months in the first violation and for one year in the case of second violation and in the event of third violation it would be cancelled permanently", the ministry said in a statement. Read More »

Oklahoma teacher walkout planned for Monday

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Now is the time to begin a serious policy conversation not just about how much they make, but about how we got here in the first place. The uncertainty over school positions follows the March 13 vote in which district voters rejected the proposed $72.8 million school budget by a vote of 1,216 in favor to 2,067 against, forcing the district to operate under a $71.9 million default budget. Read More »

Police to release name of shooting victim after funeral

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His vehicle was reportedly impounded due to a prior conviction. Police said here that a student was forcibly kept in police lock-up at Chautham police station and he was mercilessly beaten there, causing serious injuries to him. Officers immediately started first aid and called an ambulance, but the man died at the scene. According to Chief Steve Conrad, officers were looking into a suspicious vehicle at the Breckenridge Square Apartments around 1 a.m. Read More »

Russia expels US diplomats in tit-for-tat move

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A UK Foreign Office spokeswoman has since said: "We are considering requests for consular access in line with our obligations under worldwide and domestic law, including the rights and wishes of Yulia Skripal". The Kremlin's announcement Friday regarding the latest test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile has added more fuel to growing concerns of a potential new arms race between the US and Russian Federation. Read More »

AIADMK MP resigns over Cauvery issue

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The petition wants the top court to initiate contempt proceedings against the two officers for "wilful disobedience" in carrying out the Supreme Court order delivered on February 16, 2018. Tamil Nadu has been demanding creation of the board so that it can be granted the power to open up reservoirs instead of the Karnataka government. Therefore the question of asking Karnataka submit indent does not and should not arise for consideration. Read More »

Rain and storms possible Tuesday

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Some could turn strong even severe. FIRST ALERT FOR RAIN AND STORMS TUESDAY NIGHT: A stronger cold front will drop south producing a heavier line of rain and thunderstorms on Tuesday . Tuesday will be very spring-like with highs soaring into the mid to upper 60s with gusty winds throughout the day. The weekend is split so far with sun and clouds Saturday and highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s with showers come Sunday lingering into Monday. Read More »

Howard University sit-in stretches on as students keep up demands

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An anonymous whistleblower said the financial aid office stole $1 million. The six employees were fired for "gross misconduct and neglect of duties". Current Howard students continue to protest the school's response to the scandal. The fact that several employees were mishandling the funds, then, has students calling for a full audit of the entire system. Read More »

Trump calls for border legislation using "nuclear option"

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Trump most recently called on Congress to get rid of the filibuster rule prior to signing the $1.3 trillion spending bill, which didn't provide protection for DACA recipients. But in one of his posts, he used the word "caravan" to refer to people crossing into the U.S. via Mexico, seemingly borrowing it from a Fox News segment on migrants from Central America headed for the USA through Mexico - that particular news ran on Monday with the word "caravan" in a headline. Read More »

Sarasota police wound man who pointed gun at them

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During their patrol, the officers saw 35-year-old Thomas Gick, of Bradenton, riding a bicycle on 12th Street without a light and tried to speak with him. The officers rendered first aid until paramedics arrived and took him to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where hes being treated and is expected to survive, police say. Read More »

Israel reaches migrant deal with the United Nations after protests

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The agreement "will allow for a larger number of immigrants to leave Israel than the previous plan, and [this will be done] under the auspices of the United Nations and the worldwide community", according to an announcement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, cited by Haaretz. Read More »

China's Tiangong-1 space station burns up over South Pacific

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The European Space Agency's forecast for Tiangong-1's reentry date has also narrowed to April 1, 2018 (Eastern Daylight Time). Australian National University astrophysicist at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics Brad Tucker said in light of reports of its re-entry point, people would have been able to see the debris of the space station fall between Chile and the west of Brazil. Read More »

First Alert Weather: Drier Air and Unseasonably Warm

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The rain turning increasingly to sleet as it spreads north with some snow on hills, and possibly at lower levels also in northern parts. Skies are mostly cloudy with light winds this morning, but turn mostly sunny with windy conditions by late morning and afternoon. Read More »

Egypt's Sisi wins 97% in presidential election, turnout at 41%

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Egyptian Presidential Committee announced on Monday that incumbent President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi won 97.08 percent of the valid votes in the 2018 presidential election. Sisi said he had wanted more candidates to run and that he had had nothing to do with the opposition withdrawals. The sources said authorities are also working to reach a deal with former chief auditor and senior Anan aide Hisham Genena, who was arrested weeks after Anan over claims he had documents incriminating Egypt's ... Read More »

UK Labour faces fresh turbulence over anti-Semitism row

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It follows a week of escalating tensions over the Labour party's failure to adequately stamp out anti-Semitism within its ranks. Earlier, two Labour MPs had joined Mr McDonnell in calling for the tweet to be deleted. "There is very clearly a real issue, a huge piece of work that needs to be done in the Labour Party, around modern anti-Semitism and giving people the tools to recognise when legitimate criticism of Israel crosses the line into anti-Semitism", she said. Read More »

Author: Kellyanne Conway is the No. 1 leaker

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Ronald Kessler - author of " The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game " - says that Conway is behind the torrent of leaks pouring out of the Trump administration on a regular basis. The author also said aides told him they saw texts of Conway's to media members that were "dissing her colleagues" and "leaking material". "Trump understands that they (Kushner and Ivanka) are problems". Read More »

SUV that plunged off cliff killing family may have been intentional act

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Data from the vehicle's air bag module and software indicated that the auto had stopped at the pull out and then accelerated off the road, Greg Baarts, the Acting Assistant Chief, CHP Northern Division said. In the photograph, Devonte is crying in the officer's arms, and had been carrying a sign offering "Free Hugs". Social service authorities opened an investigation, and a state caseworker went to the house on March 23 but didn't find anyone home. Read More »

Maiduguri: 15 dead, 83 injured in Boko Haram attack

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The Presidency has said the amnesty which President Muhammadu Buhari offered to repentant Boko Haram members will make them to be "useful to the nation". On Friday, four teenage female suicide bombers killed two people in Zawuya settlement on the outskirts of Maiduguri. Boko Haram split into two factions in 2016, and it's not clear which group is in talks with the government. Read More »

'Affluenza teen' set to be released from jail

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Ethan Couch, the young Texas man at the center of the so-called affluenza case, was released from jail this morning. His mother is in jail for violating her the terms of her bond after being charged with helping her son flee to Mexico and Couch's father, who runs a sheet metal business, has not replied to requests for comment. Read More »

Firefighters Search for Teen in Griffith Park Drainage Ditch

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The search began at 5254 W. Zoo Dr., she said, near the train museum in Griffith Park. Officials said Hernandez and friends had scaled a chain-link fence and were playing by an abandoned maintenance building, according to KABC. The LAFD also tweeted out a request for anyone who knew the whereabouts of Hernandez to call the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Division at (323) 561-3211. Read More »

Japan's Abe to visit US to discuss North Korea with Trump

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The prime minister said he will directly request Trump to bring up the issue of Japanese abductees in North Korea when the USA president meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a summit in May. Abe has said he wants to remind Mr. Trump of shorter-range missiles and other North Korean security threats for Japan, and seek USA help on the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea decades ago. Read More »

Shulkin says he was sacked via Trump tweet

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On Sunday, however, Shulkin hit back at the ethics charges, saying that his firing was instead politically motivated. "The Senate has to make up their own mind and it's important to follow the process which is to do a proper vetting and I don't think there should be shortcuts in that", he remarked. Read More »

China imposes customs tariffs on 128 U.S. goods

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China's Ministry of Commerce said it was suspending its obligations to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to reduce tariffs on 120 USA goods, including fruit and ethanol. "Even though China and the USA have not publicly said they are in a trade war , the sparks of such a war have already started to fly", the editorial said. Read More »

Augustine feeds Easter meal to those in need

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTO Karen Evans coordinates meals for delivery and pick up around 700 meals. "I see so many people sitting around in the community that don't have anything, and I was fortunate enough to have some things, so I want to give back to somebody that doesn't", said Davis. Read More »

Jammu & Kashmir: 12 Terrorists killed, 3 Jawans martyred

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A police spokesperson in a statement on Sunday evening asked citizens not to fall prey to "rumours" that are meant to disturb peace. Inspector General of Police ( Kashmir Range) S P Pani said this was extremely wonderful work done by Jammu and Kashmir Police, along with the army and CRPF . Read More »

Donald Trump says 'Dreamers' will not be protected from deportation

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The first tweet was innocent enough, simply saying, " HAPPY EASTER! ". The president also threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement ( NAFTA ) if Mexico did not increase its border security and said that "ridiculous liberal" Democrats were preventing US border security agents from doing their jobs. Read More »

Croatian diplomat expelled from Moscow

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On Friday, Russia said it would limit the size of the British diplomatic mission to Russia to match that of Moscow's mission in Britain . Sergei Skripal, 66, who was swapped in a spy exchange deal in 2010 and moved to England, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, were found unconscious on a public bench in a shopping centre in Salisbury on March 4. Read More »

Mooi River Protest Halts N3 Easter Traffic; Looting Reported

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The protest started around dawn. The N3 Toll Concession social media account confirmed continued protest action, and a video posted on Twitter (see below), allegedly shot at the scene, showed a burning beer truck being looted. Police said surrounding roads were also closed. ALSO READ: Police Minister Bheki Cele has parachuted in to quell the rampant civil disobedience which prompted the closure of the N3 at the Mooi River Toll Plaza on Monday. Read More »

Poulter wins in a playoff at the Houston Open

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Just as he did on the 72nd hole, Hossler hit his first shot into a bunker on 18; however, this time he was unable to save it, immediately finding a second bunker and hitting his third shot over the hole and into the water. "So, to come out on Friday and shoot eight-under and then five-under on Saturday while today I was patient and I waited my time". It was his first victory since the HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championship event at Mission Hills in China in 2012. Read More »