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National US Senate confirms former Texas governor Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy
Author: 0 US Senate confirms former Texas governor Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy

Duncan provided the following statement in support of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's appointment as the Secretary of the Department of Energy, which was confirmed today [Thursday] with a bipartisan vote in the U.S. She repeated Perry's promise made during a confirmation hearing to work with her and visit Hanford and PNNL. GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who leads the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Perry was a strong leader with a record of getting results.

Author: 0 Fires extinguished, inmates secured at Tecumseh

Frakes said a prison staff member had been assaulted earlier Thursday, before the disturbance began about 1 p.m. On Thursday afternoon, inmates in gray hooded sweatshirts could be seen waving their arms in the yard as prison guards watched them from behind a razor wire fence.

National Opioid crisis declared in Maryland
Author: 0 Opioid crisis declared in Maryland

The opioid crisis has continued unabated throughout the last few years, with more than 50,000 Americans dying from overdose in 2015, the highest annual toll to date. "We don't need education, and we don't need more law enforcement", Mike Gimbel, a former Baltimore County drug czar and a recovering heroin addict, said in a statement .

National Pilot Dies After Small Plane Crashes Into Condo in Methuen
Author: 0 Pilot Dies After Small Plane Crashes Into Condo in Methuen

Lavender, a former city councilor and mayor of nearby Newburyport, Massachusetts, was on final landing approach to Lawrence Municipal Airport when the crash occurred, at around 1pm. A woman, Vera Kimball, living on the building's first floor stated that portions of her ceiling had come crashing onto her after the plane first hit.

Author: 0 Beer truck loses load sending beer flying

Smaka asks the driver. Then he heard the sound of brakes locking up. Not convinced? Just watch this video of a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper getting showered by thousands of cans and bottles of beer. "They're so heavy. They're so large", Buratczuk said. "That was one of the amusing things I was thinking about afterwards". Smaka said he picked up his uniform at a dry cleaners after he was soaked head to toe in beer.

National Suspect in multistate crimes charged in Kansas
Author: 0 Suspect in multistate crimes charged in Kansas

Friday, officials believe Deaton shot a female jogger in the buttocks from the window of the same SUV, back near Robinson's apartment. Authorities say Deaton's spree began February 22 at the apartment of 30-year-old Heather Robinson in Brandon, Mississippi.

Author: 0 Frat brothers accused of hazing pledge with peanut allergy

Teresa Seely posted on Facebook the now-viral photos of her son, his face severely swollen with one of his eyes almost closed shut. Spokeswoman Heather Smith told the Detroit Free Press , that the university is investigating, however CMU police may not have jurisdiction because the fraternity is located off school grounds.

National Airborne auto crash ends police chase involving escaped inmate
Author: 0 Airborne auto crash ends police chase involving escaped inmate

Police then gave chase, reaching speeds of up to 185km/h. Police eventually blocked the road and put out spike strips, which they say caused the Tacoma to veer into the ditch. The driver of that vehicle, Barbara Harlon, said she saw the airborne truck coming her way and she instinctively scooted towards the passenger seat.

National Iowa lawmaker under fire for claiming he got degree from Sizzler company
Author: 0 Iowa lawmaker under fire for claiming he got degree from Sizzler company

Chelgren spoke with three statehouse reporters late this morning, after an NBC report raised questions about Chelgren's "alleged alma mater". "I was told, 'Well, it is probably better terminology to say 'certificate, " so regardless of however they want to do it, that is the semantics ( NBC News is) arguing".

National Kansas Supreme Court releases decision on school funding
Author: 0 Kansas Supreme Court releases decision on school funding

It warned that if the state fails to come up with a funding system that complies with the constitution by the June 30 deadline, the court will move to void the current method of school finance. Second, the results of the most recent election demonstrate a significant shift in Kansas politics. Many conservative lawmakers aligned with the governor also lost seats to Democratic and moderate candidates who ran on a pro-school platform.

National Charter schools equals a lack of control | Comment
Author: 0 Charter schools equals a lack of control | Comment

Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, said given the General Assembly's "clear commitment" to passing a charter school law, the Prichard Committee supports local districts as the primary authorizer or approver of charter schools.

National Two Men with Loaded Guns Stopped by Charlotte Airport Security
Author: 0 Two Men with Loaded Guns Stopped by Charlotte Airport Security

The second was at Checkpoint A just after 6:30 a.m. Both men reportedly had the guns and ammunition inside their carry-on bags and they were seen while the bags were going through the checkpoint's X-ray machines. As if an assortment of guns wasn't enough, TSA officials also announced that security personnel confiscated a realistic replica suicide vest and claymore mine, which were training aids being transported by an explosives ordnance disposal contractor in Texas.

National US Senate approves Carson for housing secretary post
Author: 0 US Senate approves Carson for housing secretary post

Carson secured the majority vote with a tally of 62-37. Senator Elizabeth Warren voted to support Carson's confirmation in committee before voting against his actual confirmation, explaining in a written statement that "Dr. Carson was confirmed as Housing and Urban Development secretary on Thursday. It also enforces fair housing laws and offers mortgage insurance to poorer Americans through the Federal Housing Administration, part of HUD.

Author: 0 White House 'considers direct military action' to counter North Korean nuclear threat

During the exercises previous year, the North launched ballistic missiles with various ranges. But the Chinese public's behavior is being goaded on by state-run media. Co-productions were halted and Korean performers, who had been rising in popularity in China, found that they were no longer welcome. Pyongyang said the missile system, also opposed by China, was part of a joint plot between Seoul and Washington to mount a "preemptive attack on the North", according to a statement on the ...

National House Dems searching for draft health care bill
Author: 0 House Dems searching for draft health care bill

Walker's announcement came a day before Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress, and on the same day that the president promised to offer "something special" on his health-care overhaul efforts. Walker's statement serves only to underscore that continued lack of cohesion. Asked if he could support the draft bill in its current form, Rep.

Author: 0 Dr. Carson Moves One Step Closer to Becoming HUD Secretary

Carson is the only black member of Trump's cabinet. The U.S. Senate voted today 62-37 to advance the nomination of Dr. Carson, a former Republican presidential candidate who battled Trump for the GOP nomination, was confirmed for the Cabinet position by a 58 to 41 vote.

Author: 0 Rauner tours storm damage in LaSalle County

Citing preliminary storm damage survey results, the NWS also reported an EF-1 tornado hit Oregon, Illinois. One man was killed in Missouri and two people died in IL. Tornado damage was reported Tuesday evening near Seneca. There were widespread power outages in LaSalle County following the tornado touchdown, according to Ameren Illinois.

National Holder: Obama 'ready to roll' and help Dems
Author: 0 Holder: Obama 'ready to roll' and help Dems

A statement from Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle said: "We are absolutely thrilled to continue our publishing partnership with President and Mrs Obama". Because many current districts were drawn by Republican-majority state legislatures , the maps tend to favor Republican candidates. While its clear that Obama will play an important role in the NDRC and its initiatives, he will also provide expertise to other Democratic organisations such as the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.

Author: 0 Severe weather possible this afternoon, evening

At 4:55 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along the line of Polo to Sterling, moving east at 50 miles per hour. Thursday , March 2 - Sunny, with a high near 77. Winds are expected to taper off in the afternoon and night, when the low temperature will be around 46. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Author: 0 Tornado watch declared for Illinois, NW Indiana

Also in Ottawa, a tornado ripped through the La Salle County Nursing Home causing damage. Two people were killed in IL and more than a dozen others were injured. Dave Gualandri said. The Storm Prediction Center cautioned earlier Tuesday that 44 million people from Arkansas to OH faced some risk from severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes.

Author: 0 Sierra Snowpack Near Record Levels But Drought Concerns Remain

Electronic readings of the Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack peg its statewide water content at 46 inches - that's nearly double, or 185 percent, of the March 1 average. Gehrke says that while the survey is encouraging, the state's drought status is more complex than that. Since October 1, the Northern California, San Joaquin, and Tulare Basin indices' rainfall totals are, respectively, 76.5 inches (average is 34.7), 60.7 inches (average is 27.4) and 41.0 (average is 19.4).

Author: 0 Watch and Vote: Is Oprah Seriously Considering Running For President?

Oprah Winfrey says Donald Trump has totally changed her thoughts about running for and serving as president. Rubenstein said, referring to Trump's unprecedented rise to the White House. "You don't have to like her", Winfrey said about Clinton last October. This isn't the first time that Oprah Winfrey is linked to politics but many people have been thinking she should get into politics.

National Judge in Casey Anthony Trial Thinks He Knows What Happened
Author: 0 Judge in Casey Anthony Trial Thinks He Knows What Happened

Former Circuit Judge Belvin Perry Jr. on Wednesday said he believes Casey Anthony may have killed her daughter by accident when she tried to quiet the child with chloroform and simply used too much. He stressed that that was just one of several theories about what may have happened to Caylee . Members of the Casey Anthony jury have come under fire in the years since her trial, often being publicly accused of helping her to "get away with murder".

National 23K without power Wednesday afternoon as storms move through Northern Virginia
Author: 0 23K without power Wednesday afternoon as storms move through Northern Virginia

Update: Power has been restored to hundreds of customers after today's weather caused power outages, according to Appalachian Power. "Dominion pre-positioned restoration teams, and we are now responding to these outages". The company will provide an update on any remaining power outages tomorrow at 10 a.m., according to its website. The National Weather Service noted wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour would down trees and cause power outages.

Author: 0 The DWR successfully curtails Oroville spillway flows from 50000 to 0 cbs

Biologists from Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Water Resources converged Tuesday at the Feather River after the waters of the Feather River receded from the reduced outflow from the damaged Oroville Dam spillway. Water levels in the reservoir reached capacity at 901 feet earlier in the month, although those have fallen almost 60 feet since then. California Department of Water Resources acting director Bill Croyle said the spillway can only remain shut off as long as water ...

National Severe T'storm Watch For Ocean City
Author: 0 Severe T'storm Watch For Ocean City

Large hail and torrential rains will also be possible. But clearing is working into parts of Virginia and Maryland. For those traveling east of the mountains, ahead of the storm, strong southwesterly wind will combine with "very" low relative humidity values, producing critical fire conditions southeast along the New Mexico border and along the Interstate 25 corridor.

Author: 0 California Progressives built a wall more effective that Trump's

Graham said he's willing to compromise with Trump , even on the plan to build the wall. "The President's idea for a Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement department instills fear in and encourages discrimination against immigrant communities", Panetta said.

National Leaked health bill already out-of-date, GOP leaders say
Author: 0 Leaked health bill already out-of-date, GOP leaders say

Lamar Alexander told reporters Tuesday. Lawmakers will have a chance to further respond to and debate the proposal next week. "I'm not saying we can't get there", he said . ". We're a force to be reckoned with". The White House did not provide clarity in advance of the president's speech. As part of the legislative process, members routinely send drafts of legislation to the Congressional Budget Office to get a sense of how a bill will affect the budget.

National IL Senate Plans Votes Today on
Author: 0 IL Senate Plans Votes Today on "Grand Bargain"

The compromise that Cullerton and Radogno were working on included increasing the income tax from 3.75 percent to 4.99 percent and establishing a local property tax freeze. Democrats accuse Governor Bruce Rauner of sabotaging the compromise. Spokesperson from Governor Rauner's office did comment on these accusations of meeting him meeting privately with senators.

Author: 0 Amber Alert issued for missing North Carolina 8-year-old girl

Officers were responding to a domestic incident on Tuesday when Bailey's mother said her ex-husband, Joshua Randy Queen, 32, assaulted her and took their child and stole her auto. As WSPA reports , Joshua dropped Bailey off at his father's house shortly before 8:00 that morning. Joshua Queen was arrested around 7:43 a.m.at the Travel America truck stop at Exit 37 on Interstate-40, deputies say.

National Trump Calls for Congress to Fund School Choice for Disadvantaged Students
Author: 0 Trump Calls for Congress to Fund School Choice for Disadvantaged Students

Merriweather said her success story would not exist without her godmother having the choice and the ability to get her into a better school. AFT President Randi Weingarten criticized Mr. Denisha Merriweather attended Esprit de Corps Center for Learning in Jacksonville. President Trump returned to a campaign theme Tuesday night, renewing his push for school choice.

National More officers facing charges on beleaguered Baltimore force
Author: 0 More officers facing charges on beleaguered Baltimore force

Seven Baltimore police officers are charged with operating a racketeering conspiracy in which they allegedly stole and extorted money from people. One officer also is charged with dealing drugs and tipping off drug suspects. Said Davis: "We have to break through this culture of looking the other way". The detectives are accused of stealing money in amounts ranging from $200 to $200,000.

National Texas Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Benefits Case
Author: 0 Texas Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Benefits Case

They argued that the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2015 gay marriage decision is open for debate and urge that the opinion "did not specifically rule on the issue of insurance benefits". Human rights groups contend the case tries to erode the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on an already-settled matter. "Marriage is a fundamental right".

National Jury selection nears completion in Aaron Hernandez double murder trial
Author: 0 Jury selection nears completion in Aaron Hernandez double murder trial

The battling narratives mark the beginning of Hernandez's second high-profile murder trial in the past two years. The former New England Patriots star is now serving a life sentence for killing Odin Lloyd. The defense sowed doubt on the prosecutor's star witness, and claimed law enforcement mishandled evidence and intimidated witnesses in order to pin the crimes on Hernandez.

National Woodland School District 50 board approves some cuts
Author: 0 Woodland School District 50 board approves some cuts

At the January 24 board work session, board members questioned the number of long weekends in the calendar and discussed complaints from teachers about returning to school early for the new school year. Building upon $60 million in additional investment over the past two years, this almost 40 percent increase in funding will allow more than 8,400 additional children to enroll in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.

Author: 0 Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward

Authorities say a tornado that caused widespread damage in Missouri was a strong one that was on the ground for several miles. Authorities say the man died when the vehicle he was driving was blown off the road. People in Ottawa should continue to monitor the severe weather into the night as additional severe thunderstorms may move through later tonight. The school is hosting a state basketball tournament for smaller schools this week.

Author: 0 Senate Confirms Ryan Zinke for Secretary of Interior

In a Facebook post earlier this month, Schumer wrote that he opposes Zinke because he would not "put the health and safety of Americans, and the integrity of scientific research, above corporate polluters or special interests". The Interior Department includes the bureaus of Reclamation, Land Management and Indian Affairs, as well as the National Park Service. At his confirmation hearing, the Montana Republican rejected Trump's claim that climate change is a hoax, saying it is ...

Author: 0 Aerial views of storm and tornado damage in Ottawa and Naplate, IL

CST. Forecasters with the Storm Prediction Center said the storm system appeared headed toward the mid-Atlantic states and southern New England. It actually captures storm damage left behind in Missouri, roughly 300 miles south. Emergency managers said Wednesday that the storm damaged 40 homes in the county. More than 20 reports of tornadoes occurred Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as storms moved to the east with a cold front behind.

National California Demands Information About Immigration Raids
Author: 0 California Demands Information About Immigration Raids

But worker advocates are building the capacity to address these challenges. But, again, it boils down to: 'Who are we paid to serve and protect?' It's our community. Under the policy, an enforcement agent not a judge determines whether or not to deport someone. A 2008 NELP survey of more than 4,000 workers in low-wage industries in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, found that 68 percent of workers experienced at least one pay-related violation in the previous workweek.

Author: 0 75 million Americans affected by severe storm warnings

The FOX23 Severe Weather team believes the storm was "cycling" or re-organizing throughout the entire path and that the damage was not one long-track tornado. Roads were closed at 12:30 p.m.in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, due to forecasts of heavy winds, rain, lightning and hail.

Author: 0 Bail Set For Orlando Shooter's Wife, Noor Salman

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Salman Jan. 16 on charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice in connection with the June 12, 2016 massacre. Salman said her husband abused steroids, which led to weight gain and erratic moods. She was not arrested until 16 January 2017, at her parents' home near San Francisco.

National February was warmest ever in Raleigh
Author: 0 February was warmest ever in Raleigh

Compare this to last winter of 2015-16 which was also warm, coming in at 37.5 degrees, well above the thirty year average of 32.2 degrees with January coming in coldest. A warm spell in the middle of the month played a role in pushing February's average up. The previous record was 40.6 degrees, set in February 1954, and the city's normal February average is 35.3 degrees.

National Trump Signs Executive Order to Support HBCUs
Author: 0 Trump Signs Executive Order to Support HBCUs

Henry Tisdale and South Carolina State University President James Clark were among HBCU presidents meeting with President Donald Trump and other officials Monday to discuss areas of collaboration. But not everyone saw much substance in the meetings that kicked off the visit to D.C. Pence was joined at the meeting by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and White House aide Omarosa Manigault.

Author: 0 DC's cherry blossoms could hit peak bloom in just two weeks

A National Cherry Blossom Festival kick-off press conference was held at the Newseum in D.C. National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Gay Vietzke said Wednesday that the peak bloom is expected between March 14 and March 17. Sponsors and organizers of the event include the National Cherry Blossom Festival Inc., the Embassy of Japan and the National Park Service. The cherry blossoms, one of Washington's biggest tourist attractions, last from four to 10 days, depending on the weather.

National USA top court backs review of Virginia voting districts in race case
Author: 0 USA top court backs review of Virginia voting districts in race case

Virginia State Board of Elections, voters in each of the districts challenged the new map, claiming it constituted a racial gerrymander in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment". The decision is a victory for Virginia voters, said Anna Scholl, the executive director of Progress Virginia. The opinion for the court was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.