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Alberto's last gasp: Mudslides and flooding in Southeast

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But later, officials said Lake Tahoma had been inspected and deemed safe and a mandatory evacuation was being canceled. Cooper was scheduled afterward to take a driving tour of US 176 in Polk County, the Lake Lure area and Chimney Rock State Park before heading north to tour damage in Old Fort and the mudslide area along Interstate 40 West. Read More »

Indian-origin teen wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Two Texans in the finals - Rohan and Karthik - made it to Washington thanks to the new rule. "I'm just really happy". "I felt kind of nervous because I know anybody can get any word, and there's lots of luck involved". While it's true that not everyone has cable access to watch the competing spellers, there is a way around this. "I wouldn't say I expected it". Another Indian-American, Atman Balakrishnan, the 12-year-old son of 1985 champion Balu Natarajan, did not advance to the finals. Read More »

The Funniest Tweets about Trump Pardoning Dinesh D'Souza

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I was just in my office working away and the operator came on the line and asked "Is this Dinesh D'Souza?' 'Yes.' 'Hold the line for the President of the United States" and there was Trump . "He's being fearless and courageous", he said, referring to the D'Souza pardon. D'Souza was prosecuted by Preet Bharara , who was sacked by Trump as USA attorney for the Southern District of NY, and is now a high-profile critic of the administration. Read More »

Trump and aides: We're meeting to re-schedule Kim Jong Un summit

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He held a welcome-home ceremony in the middle of the night at Joint Base Andrews for the three Americans in yet another sign of improving relations between the US and North Korea that past presidents were unable to achieve. "It's a good thing to have him onboard", said a former senior South Korean official who worked with Sung Kim in past. The Washington Post first reported that the team, which also included Allison Hooker, the Korea expert on the White House National Security Council, ... Read More »

US plans 'steady drumbeat' of exercises in South China Sea: Mattis

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He also said he has assured acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio-an outspoken critic of the administration's West Philippine Sea policies-that the department is fighting for the country's interests, without making a fuss over it. He said lighthouses were being constructed on Philippine-occupied islets and the government has been improving port facilities and a partly eroded airstrip on Thitu island. Read More »

Trump insists Mexico will pay for border wall

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But, in the end, Mexico is going to pay for the wall. US President Donald Trump has insisted he will have Mexico pay for the construction of the border wall he has promised to build with the country. In Tennessee, which went for Trump by 26 points in 2016, Blackburn is strongly emphasizing her support for Trump as she battles former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen to succeed Sen. Read More »

Trump tweets he wishes he didn’t pick Sessions as AG

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Marco Rubio said he sees "no evidence" to support President Trump's claims that the FBI used an informant to gather information on his campaign, but that instead the federal probe was focused on "individuals with a history of links to Russian Federation that were concerning". Read More »

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov meets Kim Jong

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Kim Yong Chol , center, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of Kim Jong Un's closest aides, arrives to have dinner with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo , May 30, 2018, in NY. North Korea's mission to the United Nations in NY is its sole diplomatic presence in the U.S. That suggests Kim Yong-chol might have chosen to first go to NY because it would make it easier for him to communicate with officials in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. Read More »

U.S. To Continue Trade Actions Against China: White House

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At the same time , the Trump administration is tackling several other trade issues . The White House said China had "pursued industrial policies and unfair trade practices including dumping, discriminatory non-tariff barriers, forced technology transfer, over capacity, and industrial subsidies that champion Chinese firms and make it impossible for many United States firms to compete on a level playing field". Read More »

Europe must make press freedom in Iran a priority

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Washington has not only reimposed sanctions but started to make them even tighter. The meeting of officials from China , Russia , Germany , the United Kingdom and France with Iran was held in Vienna , where the pact was finalised in 2015. Read More »

US Navy conducting Sunday morning maneuvers in the South China Sea

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Chinese officials reacted angrily to the presence of two U.S. Navy warships in the South China Sea on Sunday, with a Defense Ministry spokesman calling it a "provocation" and "a serious infringement on China's sovereignty". The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. These maneuvers come just days after the Pentagon withdrew an invitation for China to attend the Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC ). Read More »

Trump and Abe to meet before North Korea summit

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Last week President Donald Trump abruptly pulled out of a meeting with Kim Jong Un scheduled for June 12, citing "tremendous anger and hostility" on the North Korean side. "Chairman Kim clearly appealed once again that his intent to completely denuclearise the Korean Peninsula is firm", Mr Moon said. Members of Congress said the devil, as is always the case with North Korea, will be in the details. Read More »

Chelsea owner Abramovich immigrates to Israel, becomes country's richest citizen

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He subsequently flew to Israel , the Ministry of Interior confirmed. Ynet said he had bought a former hotel in Tel Aviv, on the Mediterranean coast. A spokesman for Abramovich also declined to comment on the report. Israeli passport holders can enter Britain without a visa for short stays, which would mean that Abramovich would be able to visit England, though he will still need a visa to work there. Read More »

Harvey Weinstein arrested on rape, criminal sex act charges

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Harvey Weinstein has been formally charged with rape and sexual abuse after turning himself in to police in NY. In the months since those allegations first surfaced, more than 80 women - including Gwyneth Paltrow , Angelina Jolie , Ashley Judd , Asia Argento and Rose McGowan - have come forward to claim Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. Read More »

Cyclone Mekunu surges through Oman killing 2

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Many officers rode in Royal Oman Police SUVs with chicken wire over the windows, likely because their other vehicles weren't tall enough to maneuver through the flood water. Civil defence officials said a man and a 12-year-old girl were killed, while three Asian nations were missing after the cyclone hit Oman's Dhofar and AlWusta provinces. Read More »

North Korea summit cancellation a setback to dealmaker Donald Trump

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Earlier, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said both countries are holding talks concerning the summit at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Trump tweeted a day after he and Kim separately expressed willingness to meet June 12 in Singapore as originally planned, after the USA leader abruptly canceled the summit on Thursday, citing the North's "open hostility". Read More »

Team Penske to give Helio Indy 500 ride in '19

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There still were a lot of great moments this month, a lot of great moments this year. Her highest finish in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was sixth in Atlanta in 2014, and she had seven top 10s in her five full-time NASCAR seasons that were all behind the wheel of the No. Read More »

Trudeau to Trump: Auto tariffs would hit U.S. just as hard

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Trump ordered the investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which allows the president to restrict imports that threaten USA national security, including levying tariffs on foreign goods which excessively displace domestic goods or cause substantial unemployment . Read More »

Suspect in Custody After Shooting at Indiana Middle School

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Parents were advised that if they did not receive a phone call from school officials, their children were fine. Jason Seaman's mother reports he was shot 3 times, including one bullet through abdomen. "We're so grateful for the support we've had". A student asked for permission to leave the classroom and "he returned armed with two handguns", Jowitt said at an afternoon news conference . Read More »

Parents sue 30-year-old son to move out of house

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Suing their son in state supreme court was a last resort for Christina and Mark Rotondo , who have spent the past few months sending Michael formal letters asking him to leave. State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood rejected that as outrageous, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported . In the 2006 Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy, the grown son's parents hire a woman to try to speed their son's exit. Read More »

Trump on National Football League protesters: 'Maybe you shouldn't be in the country'

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It does not state how much clubs will be fined should their athletes protest on the field, but gives them the option to impose penalties on any player who breaks the new rules . "They can do whatever whatever they want", said Wolfe. "If the team says, 'This is what we're doing, ' and ownership (also does), you either deal with it or you're probably going to get cut", Foster said. Read More »

Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse

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Weinstein raised his eyebrows as he heard it. His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Friday that he would fight to get the charges dismissed, saying they're factually unsupported and constitutionally flawed. "This is an emotional moment". A former fixture in the most elite entertainment circles of Manhattan and Los Angeles, Weinstein has spent time in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the New York Times said he sought treatment for sex addiction. Read More »

US President Trump Cannot Legally Block Followers On Twitter, Rules US Judge

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Judge Buchwald , in a 75-page opinion, said the blocking of Trump's critics violated the free speech rights of those users guaranteed in the US Constitution's First Amendment . Blocking the complainants from this public space "based on their political speech constitutes discrimination that violates the First Amendment ", wrote the judge . Read More »

Memorial Day events in Westmoreland County

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The objective of this event is to remember and honor the sacrifice and commitment to freedom of fallen venters by placing small American Flags on each grave site. Additionally, there will be a lapel pin ceremony for Cold War veterans, music by the local band After the Fire, and dancing. The events are free and open to the public. Read More »

See 2017 population estimate for your MI city, township or village

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Among cities nationwide, Chicago lost the third-most number of residents in 2017, behind only Baltimore (a loss of 5,310) and St. Louis (a loss of 4,518). "As most of our peer communities and other smaller cities across Kentucky and the USA are declining in population, we are growing in a steady and sustainable manner". Read More »

Texas shooting suspect's dad says son may have been bullied

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About 20 people, including supporters and opponents of arming teachers, attended the first of three days of meetings in the state capital, Austin, following the fourth-deadliest USA school shooting this year at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas , on Friday. Read More »

Manchester Bombing: Royals and community remember terror attack that killed 22

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Elbow's One Day Like This followed, then Grande's One Last Time . The school choir which accompanied Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester benefit last summer (Jun17) were part of a massive city celebration on Tuesday (22May18). In a message on social media, the American singer wrote: "Thinking of you all today and every day". She wrote: 'So wish i were there with u all today. Read More »

White House Chimes in on 'Laurel or Yanny' Debate

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Regarding the "Yanny" vs. "Laurel" debate, CBS News reported Twitter data shows 47 percent of people hear "Yanny", and 53 percent hear "Laurel". 'Definitely Laurel, ' Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah agrees. "Clearly you're getting your information from CNN "cause that's fake news". At the end of the video, President Donald Trump says, "I hear Covfefe ". Read More »

Kilauea Opens New Fissure, Spews More Lava And Toxic Gas

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Scientists are warning this morning's explosive eruption on the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could be the first of many . "Protect yourself from ash fallout". Michael O'Meally, 23, who lives in Aiea and works in sales in Waikiki, said a friend who works at a Ko Olina resort told him she has fielded several calls from concerned guests. Read More »

EU Unites on Iran With Moves to Counter Sanctions

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Maersk, the world's biggest shipping container firm, the French oil giant Total and German-based insurance firm Allianz have already announced plans to withdraw from operations in Iran, to avoid new United States sanctions. EC will maintain its cooperation with Iran while the US Treasury Department has recently announced to European companies that they have been given a six-month deadline to end their investment in Iran. Read More »

Machine gun fire from Gaza hits Israeli homes; IDF attacks Hamas post

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Palestine in February. Israeli intelligence minister Israel Katz said that an Egyptian intelligence chief, whom he did not name, "made unequivocally clear" to Haniyeh that Egypt would not help if Hamas continued to stoke the protests, and Israel responded with harsher measures. Read More »

Author and Richmond native Tom Wolfe dies at 87

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He was known as a pioneer of a literary style in nonfiction that became known as New Journalism. Wolfe edited a volume of work by himself and other prominent writers of the era, including Truman Capote , Joan Didion, Hunter S. In 1979, he published The Right Stuff , a portrait of American heroism, viewed through the exploits of military test pilots and astronauts known as the Mercury Seven, which was made into a successful movie in 1983. Read More »