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Federal judge strikes down Texas voter ID laws

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Republicans across the country have aggressively backed voter ID laws , despite the fact in-person voter fraud is virtually nonexistent in the us and some GOP officials have seemingly admitted they are created to prevent non-Republicans from voting. Read More »

Before gym shooting, gunman fired 'due to work place violence'

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department confirmed that two people were wounded in the shooting, as an air ambulance landed at a sports field near the mall to rush one of the victims to hospital. UM student Gabby Rosenbloom was at the Shops during the shooting to advertise a show for the UM theatre department when she and her friend saw people running. Read More »

Massive fire destroys three buildings in Portsmouth

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Hayes says he and his roommates were woken up by a neighbor knocking on their door, telling them there was a fire and they needed to get out. The building at 276 State St. The State Street Saloon, a local sports bar and grill established in 1983, was destroyed. Investigators believe the fire started in the restaurant's kitchen. Read More »

New York lawmakers approve free middle class college tuition

On a broader level, if this plan passes, progressives will have achieved one of their most significant victories, on both on a substantive and symbolic level, since Donald Trump assumed the presidency in January . They also are required to live and work in NY for the same number of years after graduation as they received the scholarship. If they take a job in another state they must pay the money back as a loan. Read More »

Missing Missouri girl found; 2 Maryland brothers questioned

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His older brother, who police say was his accomplice, later turned himself in in Columbus, Ohio. The same license plate number flashed across cell phone screens Sunday morning in an Amber Alert. "They're on the highway". "They received the Amber Alert much like everybody else did, and I think at that point they realized an effort to get away was going to be futile at this point", he says. Read More »

Texas Republican quits hard-line Freedom Caucus

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Trump tweeted , "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" It's a stunning turnabout for Republicans who have campaigned for seven years on repealing and replacing the ACA and a major blow for President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top GOP members . Read More »

Are DOJ investigations into city police departments necessary?

Earlier this week, the Justice Department had announced that it intends to review and assess all existing consent decrees to determine whether they will hamper efforts to fight violent crime in those cities. "These latest developments are particularly ironic", Henderson said, "given that in the same memo outlining a review of these vital consent decrees, Attorney General Sessions also noted that 'local law enforcement must protect and respect the civil rights of all members of the ... Read More »

2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison

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Also investigating the deaths of the four inmates is Coroner Gary Watts. Autopsies on the inmates will be conducted Saturday. Kirkland has a specialized housing unit where the most risky and violent offenders within the state Department of Corrections are housed. Read More »

Gorsuch heads for confirmation as Senate tears up own rules

His comments came after Senate Republicans voted Thursday to strip Democrats of the power to filibuster Supreme Court nominees like Gorsuch. But Gorsuch's nomination is expected to be approved Friday after a controversial rules change by Republicans that effectively will allow the confirmation of Gorsuch and future high court nominees by a majority of senators, not the usual 60. Read More »

Severe weather expected in Alabama and Georgia

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The NWS issued flood, wind, thunderstorm, and tornado watches and warnings throughout the areas expected to be affected. In Mississippi, two people died and a fifth person was reported dead in SC. Heavy rain began falling before daybreak in parts of Alabama as severe storms continue their march across the Southeast. "The threat doesn't end today", said National Weather Service meteorologist John Hart in Oklahoma. Read More »

Senate confirms Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

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Among them: his conservative judicial philosophy as expressed in his 10 years on the bench, his evasive answers during the confirmation hearing and a burning resentment at the Republicans' unprecedented refusal for almost a year to even hold a hearing on Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Read More »

Gov Brown lifts California drought emergency, except in some Valley Counties

In a related action, state agencies today issued a plan to continue to make conservation a way of life in California , as directed by Governor Brown in May 2016. "Drought shaming" snoops outed homes and businesses in places such as Beverly Hills that let their sprinklers run too long. The LADWP said its customers have reduced their per capita water use by 20 percent in less than three years, which met Mayor Eric Garcetti's Sustainable City plan goal outlined in 2014. Read More »

First lady Melania Trump's official photo revealed

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The portrait now appears at the first lady's official profile on the White House website, which notes she was born in Slovenia and will focus her platform on fighting "cyber bullying among our youth". Trump and her son Barron safe costs taxpayers between $127,000 and $146,000 per day for New York Police Department protection alone, DNAInfo reports . Read More »

Woman falls off bridge while taking selfie

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The 730-foot-tall bridge is the highest in California and one of the highest in the United States. A Sacramento woman was hospitalized after she fell about 60 feet as she tried to take a selfie while walking along girders beneath the Foresthill Bridge. Read More »

Aaron Hernandez lawyers intend call 3 witnesses, rest case

Prosecutors have said Hernandez killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado because he felt disrespected after de Abreu bumped into him and spilled his drink. The former New England Patriots tight end is charged in the fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012. He said Alexander Bradley - a former friend of Hernandez's - shot the men over a drug deal. Read More »

Woman Found Walking Street Nearly Naked, Claims She's A Mermaid

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The woman was found wearing only a black sports bra and answers most questions with "I don't know", according to a Facebook post from Fresno Police Department . "There are some unusual things that happen up here", said neighbor Karon Renwick. He said: 'We did go through records after fingerprinting her and we still did not come up with her identity'. Read More »

Prospects dim for juvenile justice reform in NY

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The state's fiscal year begins Saturday. But the sides were hopeful Sunday that a deal was near - as in hours or days, not months. He called it a "grace period". As early as Tuesday, Cuomo announced that there was a tentative deal to "raise the age" - as the campaign is known - but the details proved elusive. It is important to note that the new initiatives such as the proposed Excelsior program to fund free tuition, Raise the Age, and workers' compensation reform have not been included in ... Read More »

Cosby judge expects trial to last 2 weeks; jury sequestered

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In addition, defense lawyers plan to ask Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill to keep jurors from hearing about the settlement he signed with Constand in her civil case, arguing that it could be seen as evidence of criminal guilt. The latest showdown over evidence in his sexual-assault caseis scheduled to start at 9:30am. And to do so, they want the trial judge to let them use Cosby's own words against him - and not just from the deposition in which he acknowledging giving Quaaludes to ... Read More »

Judge halts shutdown of last Kentucky abortion clinic

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The EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that the state is retaliating against it and using a technical detail to try to shut it down, NBC News reports . Cabinet spokesman Doug Hogan said officials were "surprised and disappointed the court entered a temporary restraining order without input from the cabinet and without first ascertaining the status of communications between both parties". Read More »

NCAA: North Carolina can host events after law change

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Musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr , and Nick Jonas cancelled performances in the state. The statement said that, while the new law is "far from ideal", it does restore the state to the "legal landscape" that existed prior to HB2. Read More »

Rikers Island Jail May Be Closing. Jay Z Among Plan Supporters

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The facility, notorious for violence at the hands of guards and among inmates, has been the subject of multiple local and federal investigations. "I want to see this move forward and I want to figure out the fewest possible locations that allow us to get off Rikers Island ". Read More »

Pinwheel Symbolizes Child Abuse Protection

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This disturbing increase has been matched in Missoula, where the number of child abuse and neglect cases filed with the county attorney's office has rocketed from an average of 51 cases each year as recently as 2011, to 173 in 2015 and 191 last year. Read More »

Storms take aim at Alabama after killing 2 in Louisiana

ET) Sunday in Breaux Bridge, just northeast of Lafayette. The severe weather that battered Louisiana has left behind pockets of tornado damage and flooding from heavy rains. More than 27,000 homes and businesses were without power across Alabama Monday , according to Alabama Power. "Once the storms arrive the main threat will be from damaging winds which could reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour during the strongest storms", said Ashley Tye, Lowndes County Emergency Management ... Read More »

Flynn made $1.3 million for lobbying, speeches, other work

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When Schiff himself visited the White House on Friday to finally view the documents, he was told that they were the same documents that Nunes had seen - even though White House officials earlier claimed that no one in the administration had seen those documents, the Democratic rep told Tapper. Read More »

Texas, Louisiana brace for possible flooding and tornadoes

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The National Weather Service has advised residents to stay aware of severe weather conditions throughout the day Monday. A potent jet stream disturbance will sweep through the South into Monday while intercepting moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in the formation of widespread severe storms, according to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATES: Tornado Watch In Effect Until 10 Tonight

Monday , those on vacation along he Gulf from New Orleans thru Gulf Shores AL to Panama City will have to watch for severe storms. There are a couple things to note on the two images above. Winds will eventually turn southerly and that will help boost temperatures back into the 80s Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Rainfall amounts could add up to an inch by the end of the weekend. Read More »

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee hurled salvos at each other on Wednesday, raising partisan tensions over the investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election. "Both of the chairman's assertions are true, and we still haven't received a witness list", Langer told Business Insider . In an interview on CNN, he suggested the president's aides were unaware of the meeting. Read More »

Chicago police arrest 14-year-old in rape on Facebook Live

Police Commander Brendan Deenihan said at a news conference Sunday that investigators are searching for the 15-year-old boy, who is wanted on a sexual assault charge. Deenihan said the teen also became the target of "bullying" on social media. This reportedly was at least the fourth Chicago crime posted on Facebook Live since the end of October. Read More »

ACC votes to again consider North Carolina for championship events

North Carolina reportedly moved toward a compromise on the legislation to avoid losing college sports championships through 2022. Over the past year, the ACC, NCAA and National Basketball Association pulled sports events from the state and businesses canceled expansions to protest the law . Read More »