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National Navy Secretary Nominee Bows Out
Author: 0 Navy Secretary Nominee Bows Out

Bilden, a long-time Republican donor, controlled the private equity firm HarbourVest in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2014. The development leaves Trump and Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis without nominees to head the navy and army. He had determined, he said, that he would not be able to satisfy Office of Government Ethics requirements without what he called "undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family's private financial interests".

National Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin Win NASCAR Duels at Daytona
Author: 0 Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin Win NASCAR Duels at Daytona

Polesitter Chase Elliott led the race more than any other driver, but his fuel tank dwindled in the final laps and he fell back into the pack. Sitting in 15th place during the final restart with 15 laps to go, Earnhardt used a draft with Kenny Wallace to storm to the front.

National Primary concerns show as Dems pick new leader
Author: 0 Primary concerns show as Dems pick new leader

Keith Ellison (Minn.) still leads over his main opponent, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez . "Donald Trump, up in the morning tweeting about us". Republicans dominate the American political scene, controlling the White House , both houses of the Congress and 33 of the 50 State administrations.

Author: 0 U.S. envoy tries to pacify Mexico

In Washington, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the US and Mexico "have a very healthy and robust relationship". "We agreed that our two countries should seize the opportunity to modernise and strengthen our trade and energy relationship", he said.

National Rally in Rochester to Support of Affordable Care Act
Author: 0 Rally in Rochester to Support of Affordable Care Act

Numerous Democratic officeholders also held events touting the law's successes. About 480,000 people in the Philadelphia region have insurance through the federal health-insurance exchange or Medicaid expansion. The founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said the Republican Party can not compromise on its promise to fully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

National Dozens of Headstones Broken At Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery
Author: 0 Dozens of Headstones Broken At Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery

Per local police, the vandalism occurred at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia. Last week, vandals desecrated over 100 headstones a Jewish cemetery in Missouri. "Full confidence #US authorities catch and punish culprits", Nahshon Tweeted. The vandalism comes in the wake of bomb threats to 54 Jewish community centers in 27 states and Canada.

Author: 0 Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

Thirty-one percent of Americans say they have a "great deal" or "some" confidence that the Republican alternative to the law would make things better, while 22 percent have mixed opinions and 34 percent have little or no confidence in the GOP's plan.

Author: 0 LG Announces the G6, Available This Spring in the US

LG isn't saying much about the G6's launch date or pricing, but U.S. carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have committed to offering the LG G6 this spring. The rear dual camera consists of two 16MP sensors , so camera performance has surely been a focus for LG with this handset. Ahead of its official launch, chipmaker, Qualcomm posted some four images of the smartphone teasing the display of the LG G6 .

Author: 0 Alberto Salazar link with Mo Farah raised again by leaked U.S. report

You can read the story in its entirety here (requires subscription). The statement comes after the Sunday Times alleged that Farah's coach Alberto Salazar has been giving the British star and other athletes coached by him, a performance enhancing supplement based on L-carnitine.

National New EPA Administrator Emphasizes Federalism, Rule of Law
Author: 0 New EPA Administrator Emphasizes Federalism, Rule of Law

Pruitt also said he intends on working within the "rule of law", not making up laws on a whim. "We are not going to have 'sue and settle.' We are not going to lead that agency in a way that regulates through regulation". "Those in the industry should know how to allocate their resources to know how to comply with the EPA". Pruitt said in his comments to the CPAC summit that rule had "made puddles and dry creek beds across this country subject to the jurisdiction of Washington DC".

National Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid
Author: 0 Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid

Republicans never ever agree on health care." Rep. Dennis Ross (FL) tells Bloomberg that this is okay because "some people just don't care enough about their own care". Namely, it scraps the individual mandate, the federal subsidies to help low-income individuals afford care, and the Obamacare taxes-all of which conservatives have railed against for years.

National Nashville joins nationwide rallies to support Obamacare
Author: 0 Nashville joins nationwide rallies to support Obamacare

The event featured the experiences of Andersen, a prenatal nurse, and Provost, a cancer patient. Sommers said that a Massachusetts-specific policy-a health care reform law passed in 2006-insured most state residents before the Affordable Care Act came into effect.

Author: 0 For 3rd Time In A Month, California JCC Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Trump converted to Judaism before marrying her husband, Jared Kushner. Officials said the threat was called in about 9:15 a.m. Fischman said a receptionist received the threat from someone using an altered voice and passed it along to other staff, who began the evacuation immediately.

Author: 0 UNC fan ejected after exchange with Louisville coach Rick Pitino

Jackson reached the 20-point mark for the 15th game this season. "So closing this season out, we want to continue doing what we're doing and continue to win". Joining those three in double figures was Tony Bradley , who added 10 points and 6 rebounds (4 offensive). Young has scored 20 or more points on 15 occasions while averaging 20.4 points and 7.0 rebounds.

National The race for DNC Chair: Ellison vs Perez and more
Author: 0 The race for DNC Chair: Ellison vs Perez and more

Bernie Sanders, but he also picked up support from Sen. Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez is also in the running, along with Pete Buttigieg , the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. House and Senate. Ellison supporters label Perez as part of the party establishment, which is more of a feeling than a proven fact, and Perez supporters label Ellison as too radical, which is again is moire of an opinion than a fact.

National Poll Shows Low Approval Rating For Trump, Congress In Maryland
Author: 0 Poll Shows Low Approval Rating For Trump, Congress In Maryland

Trump. "Donald Trump is receiving the same lukewarm approval marks in the Palmetto State as the remainder of the country", reporter Andrew Shain of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier observed . BuzzFeed News worked with PredictWise on designing the exclusive poll as part of a regular partnership. One big bottom line here is that focusing on any one poll can easily be misleading.

National Put the Shorts Away, Stillwater. A Winter Storm is Brewing
Author: 0 Put the Shorts Away, Stillwater. A Winter Storm is Brewing

Heavier amounts of snow are likely north of the metro where the change to snow will happen much earlier in the evening Thursday. Ice may also accumulate up to a ¼ inch in some areas. A low pressure system moving out of the central Plains states is forecast to track across the Chicago area on Friday, ushering in a mix of precipitation including rain, freezing rain and snow depending on the location, Hentz said.

National Conan Asks Mexican Citizens for Donations to Pay for Trump's Wall
Author: 0 Conan Asks Mexican Citizens for Donations to Pay for Trump's Wall

However, White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday denied that Tillerson's trip to Mexico wwas an effort to fix any ill will created by the new president, reports NBC News. Roberto Campa, who heads the human rights department of the Interior Ministry, said the plan to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico was "hostile" and "unacceptable".

Author: 0 Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Berkshire County

Damaging winds will be the greatest threat, but damaging hail and isolated tornadoes will also be possible. The risk for severe weather will wane significantly after dark as the storms exit the coast and colder air filters into the region.

Author: 0 North Korea's chemical warfare capabilities

Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of late former leader Kim Jong-il, died on February 13 at an airport in Kuala Lumpur after apparently being poisoned by two Asian women. A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, it kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. Mr Kim, a heavy-set man in his 40s, died soon after the attack en route to hospital.

National Homicides in Chicago outpacing 2016
Author: 0 Homicides in Chicago outpacing 2016

Chicago Police arrested 81 people in overnight raids, a police spokesman announced Friday morning. The investigation is ongoing, no one is in custody. Twelve firearms were also seized by police during the raids, Johnson said . A 24-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk when an occupant in a dark-colored sedan fired shots.

Author: 0 People Outraged Over Trump's Decision On Transgender Bathrooms

Juliet, 18, is now suing her Pittsburgh school district over its decision to stop students from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. Before Trump's reversal on the Obama-era directive was officially announced on Wednesday night, Jackie took to Twitter to say she was "obviously disappointed" by the president's decision.

National JC Penney To Shutter Up To 140 Stores Amid Disappointing Sales
Author: 0 JC Penney To Shutter Up To 140 Stores Amid Disappointing Sales

The department store chain did not disclose how many jobs would be cut, but it said it is also offering early retirement to 6,000 full-time employees. Macy's Inc. has plans to close 100 locations and is exploring options for the rest of its real estate, while Sears Holdings Corp.is closing 108 Kmart and 42 Sears stores.

Author: 0 GOP's 'repeal-and-replace' plan

Half of voters are concerned the cost of their healthcare will rise with the repeal of ObamaCare, and 44 percent are concerned that quality of their healthcare will get worse if the law is repealed. About 51 percent of independents Kaiser polled were anxious they'd lose health insurance, compared with 70 percent of Democrats and 17 percent of Republicans.

National Democrats split ahead of DNC chair vote Saturday
Author: 0 Democrats split ahead of DNC chair vote Saturday

NBC's Chuck Todd said while both Ellison and Perez are similarly progressive on the issues, he believes it may come down to style and perception. Instead of the national party, most power rests with local, state and congressional legislators and officials who have considerable legroom in the positions they take and the campaigns they run.

Author: 0 Obama Returns to New York, Gets Treated Like a Superstar

That's right! Barack Obama , who has been out of the limelight since his White House exit, is finally back from vacation and was seen walking out from a building on 160, Fifth Avenue. Obama in the district where President Trump and Trump Tower is located), according to The New York Times . It is not immediately clear why Obama was in New York City on Friday.

Author: 0 Tribe endorses Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Gorsuch would replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the highest court in the land. The U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee announced last week it would begin considering the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch on March 22. Indeed, their part in securing Judge Gorsuch's nomination should not go overlooked. "I can not support a Supreme Court nominee who has ruled that corporations are people", Baldwin said in a statement.

National White House Excludes Several Outlets From Press Gaggle
Author: 0 White House Excludes Several Outlets From Press Gaggle

She said that while President Obama and other presidents had allowed one-on-one access to some hand-picked reporters, but said that was different from "a Press Secretary not allowing specific news organizations access to a briefing meant for groups of journalists ".

Author: 0 Girl Scout Donuts Exist and We Can't Stop Drooling at the Thought

But before you fork over some hard-earned dough for cookies, there is another "dough" you might want to consider - and it has everything to do with the popular cookie flavors. A small dollop of Bavarian cream anchors the cookie to the top of the doughnut. "I have gotten to go to Disney World with Girl Scouts". Almost one million girls participate in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, generating nearly $800 million in sales during the average season.

Author: 0 Trump rescinds transgender toilet rules from Obama presidency

He said the Trump administration letter provided no new guidance, and that the school system follows guidelines issued by the Maryland State Department of Education even before the federal directive was issued last May. According to the Washington Post , almost 800 parents of transgender students wrote letters to Trump last week, pleading against the removal of the guidance that now protects their children from discrimination.

National JCPenney announces 130-140 store closures
Author: 0 JCPenney announces 130-140 store closures

The full list of store closures will be released in mid-March, so JCPenney has time to notify affected personnel. Ellison said the company decided that coordinating a voluntary early retirement program with the store closures could lessen the effect on employees.

Author: 0 Muhammad Ali's son planning to sue over USA airport detainment

The line of questioning is indicative of profiling and created to produce answers that corroborate what officials want to hear, Mancini said. Ali, Jr.is now deciding whether to sue bosses at U.S. "We do not discriminate in this country based on religion". According to Mancini, he has no criminal record and his passport is from the United States.

National Fire at Tampa mosque ruled arson
Author: 0 Fire at Tampa mosque ruled arson

February 24. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded the call at the Daarus Salaam Mosque , commonly referred as the New Tampa Mosque, at 2:09 a.m. "It is worrisome that our community have fallen victim of what appears to be another hate crime", Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, a CAIR Florida spokesman said in the news release.

National No word on whether Houston-area JC Penneys will close
Author: 0 No word on whether Houston-area JC Penneys will close

JCPenney will announce in mid-March which stores will be shuttered. The Limited closed all of its stores last month, and American Apparel filed for bankruptcy for a second time a year ago. Full-year sales dipped 0.6 percent, to $12.5 billion. The company said that it would also initiate a voluntary early retirement program for about 6,000 eligible employees.

National JC Penney to close 130-140 stores
Author: 0 JC Penney to close 130-140 stores

The company reported Friday having $1 million in net income for fiscal 2016, compared with a $513 million loss in fiscal 2015. Other department stores have similarly been shrinking their brick-and-mortar footprint as they face headwinds from online shopping and shifting consumer spending habits.

Author: 0 Sodastream recalls bottles due to explosion risk

They also have the words "SodaStream" and "Dishwasher safe" printed on the labels. If you do happen to have a potentially explosion-prone bottle, the company will issue you a refund. According to the report from the Government of Canada, the affected bottles were sold per piece and a pack of three. All the affected products were manufactured in Israel.

National Conan O'Brien asks Mexicans to donate money for Trump's border wall
Author: 0 Conan O'Brien asks Mexicans to donate money for Trump's border wall

The late night host made his way around Mexico City with a wall-shaped piggy bank asking people to help build the wall. Also, according to The Hollywood Reporter , O'Brien "plays a masked Mexican wrestler called "The Crazy Rooster" in one bit, while in another he attempts to cross the U.S.

Author: 0 New Executive Order Puts A Regulatory Watchdog In Each Federal Agency

Earlier in the day, Trump stated he would cut 75 percent of regulations. Trump on Friday signed an executive order repealing or simplifying federal regulations, marking the second such action he has taken on regulations. Trump's latest action would also lean on a January 30 order that mandated the "elimination" of two regulations for every new one proposed by non-independent federal agencies, along with a requirement that all new rules entail zero costs - a virtually impossible standard.

Author: 0 Bill Cosby's Alleged Victim Speaks Out After Case Was Dismissed

And Philadelphia defense lawyer William Brennan calls the ruling "the best of times and the worst of times" for Cosby. In a one-page order, Judge Steven T. Prosecutors say Cosby used his fame and notoriety to gain her trust. The additional accuser who can testify worked for one of Cosby's agents and had known the entertainer for six years when he invited her to lunch at his bungalow at the Bel Air Hotel to discuss her acting ambitions.

National Expect 'greater enforcement' of marijuana laws under Trump, Spicer says
Author: 0 Expect 'greater enforcement' of marijuana laws under Trump, Spicer says

But, Spicer made clear the administration's stance on recreational marijuana. Now Press Secretary Michael Spicer has said that Americans should expect the DOJ to "enforce the laws on the books with regards to marijuana". However, Trump also said that "there's a question as to how it's all working out there" in Colorado, which fully legalized marijuana in 2014 . Yet the drug remains an illegal Schedule 1 substance under federal law .

Author: 0 Boehner Predicts Most of Obamacare Will Remain

A new Pew Research Center poll also finds support for the ACA at its highest level on record: 54 percent approve of the health care law, while 43 percent disapprove. Democrats overwhelmingly support Obamacare with 85 per cent expressing approval, however, Republicans broadly disapprove, with just 10 per cent approving of the law.

National As Immigration Courts Lack Funding, Trump Justifies Blocking Access
Author: 0 As Immigration Courts Lack Funding, Trump Justifies Blocking Access

As President Donald Trump moves forward with a campaign promise to crack down on undocumented immigrants, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is reminding school and law enforcement leaders that they don't have to enforce federal immigration laws. Under the new rules, all federal immigration officers can now conduct an "expedited removal" anywhere in the US against people who arrived in the country in the previous two years.