National Trump's 'religious liberty' executive order has implications for Catholic hospitals, women's healthcare
Author: 0 Trump's 'religious liberty' executive order has implications for Catholic hospitals, women's healthcare

President Trump has been vocal about protecting churches from losing tax-exempt status if they choose to endorse political candidates. "No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors". According to a senior administration official, the entire White House team, including Mr. Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both observant orthodox Jews, worked on the executive order.

National 82 abducted school girls freed by Boko Haram
Author: 0 82 abducted school girls freed by Boko Haram

The Borno Elders Forum, on Sunday described reports of the release of 82 Chibok school girls from the Boko Haram insurgents as a good omen. The girls were released yesterday and were now in the town of Banki, close to the Nigerian-Cameroonian border, Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris, reporting from Nigeria's capital, Abuja, said.

National Louisiana Considers Prosecuting Officers Who Killed Alton Sterling
Author: 0 Louisiana Considers Prosecuting Officers Who Killed Alton Sterling

Moments after the family lawyer made his statement, the Department of Justice issued its justification for not bringing charges. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Investigators were essentially not able to determine whether Sterling was actually reaching for a gun when an officer yelled that he was, Amundson said, and they thus could not prove that officers knew what they were doing was unreasonable when fatal force was used.

National White House expects Senate to change healthcare bill, but retain principles
Author: 0 White House expects Senate to change healthcare bill, but retain principles

What remains to be seen is whether the Senate's version will look anything like the House's and how much Republicans' 52-member majority will factor in, as the narrow margin doesn't leave much room for GOP Senators to jump ship. Assuming the Obamacare healthcare exchanges survive, "premiums for older adults will skyrocket, making health insurance unaffordable for most Pennsylvanians between the age of 50 and 64", the left-leaning think-tank's director, Mark Stier, said in a statement .

National Wie reaches final four of Match Play event
Author: 0 Wie reaches final four of Match Play event

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, tees off on the 2nd hole during round two of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Mexico Golf Club in Mexico City , Friday, May 5, 2017. "It was a fun but tough match". Wie set up a match against Kim, a 5-and-4 victor over Karine Icher in the event that switched from stroke to match play and moved from November.

National Trump Orders Review of National Monuments
Author: 0 Trump Orders Review of National Monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters late Tuesday the order requires him to review about 30 national monuments created over the past two decades, and recommend which designations should be lifted or altered. Nothing in the act's 111-year history suggests that Trump can shrink or abolish monuments by executive order. Those defending North Dakota lands from the Dakota Access Pipeline through most of 2016 also sought to designate that region as a monument.

National Colbert mocks House Republicans after American Health Care Act passes
Author: 0 Colbert mocks House Republicans after American Health Care Act passes

The bill has provoked widespread condemnation as hospital associations, consumers and insurers have said the new proposals would make health care less affordable. "This is a first step in fixing the issues of the high out-of-pocket costs of health care premiums and the bureaucracy of the ACA, though it is not a ideal bill", Stivers said in a statement regarding the bill.

National Trump signs bill to prevent government shutdown
Author: 0 Trump signs bill to prevent government shutdown

The White House has been exerting intense pressure on House GOP leaders to deliver any tangible legislative accomplishments ahead of Trump's 100-day mark Saturday, something that has yet to occur aside from Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Author: 0 US Senate passes bill to fund government through September

If a plan passes the House, it is expected to face a tough fight in the Senate, where Republicans have a narrower majority and where some party senators have expressed misgivings about the House bill. Last Thursday, Trump had tweeted that Democrats were threatening to close national parks as part of the negotiations "and shut down the government".

National Always Dreaming wins 2017 Kentucky Derby
Author: 0 Always Dreaming wins 2017 Kentucky Derby

Always Dreaming hit the front going into the final turn. If the Preakness is anything like the Kentucky Derby , it should be quite the event in Maryland. "For whatever reason, he was ready to run upon arrival". "We were pretty high on him from the very beginning, but he kept showing us over and over again, every breeze this winter, every race that he ran, he was special every time".

National Eric Cantor explains all those other votes to repeal Obamacare
Author: 0 Eric Cantor explains all those other votes to repeal Obamacare

He says the bill will allow states to apply for a waiver to fund high risk polls thereby providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions . Further, the Congressional Budget Office didn't release an estimated cost of the bill before lawmakers voted to advance it to the Senate. Anyone using federal tax credits to buy coverage would no longer have to buy through the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

Author: 0 Mud in your eye: Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in slop

He raced wide in the middle of the 20-horse field down the backstretch and rallied to finish fourth. Consider that at the end of March, well after Always Dreaming's rivals had begun to accrue points in the Derby's five-year-old points qualification system, this son of 2012 Derby runner-up Bodemeister still had zero points.

Author: 0 New vote looms in USA as Republicans revive struggling healthcare bill

US Congressional negotiators reached an agreement on the bill on Sunday night after weeks of tense but steady negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill and White House officials, who debated over spending priorities but were equally determined to avoid a politically fraught government shutdown.

Author: 0 Israel fires down incoming "target" from Syria

Israel previously has been accused of firing on Hezbollah position and Iran-backed armed shipments in Syria and Lebanon bound for terrorists. Pro-Syrian government media and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights early on Thursday reported a large blast near the airport, while a resident of central Damascus, 15 miles (25km) away said it woke her from her sleep.

Author: 0 Thousands demand action on climate change in Boston

The Peoples Climate March took place under stifling, near-record heat and on the 100th day of the billionaire climate skeptic's presidency. In Chicago, marchers headed from the city's federal plaza to Trump Tower. The People's Climate March in La Crosse covered the tri-state area. At the rally on Capitol Hill, Bernie Sanders called on Mr Trump to listen to scientists.

National Trump criticizes Obama's 'abusive practice' of monument law, orders review
Author: 0 Trump criticizes Obama's 'abusive practice' of monument law, orders review

At a Wednesday signing ceremony, Trump ordered federal officials to review two decades of national monument designations, calling them "another egregious abuse of federal power". "Normally, when you do a land use project, we normally NEPA". About 25 monuments could be affected, according to the National Parks Conservation Association, which opposes the order.

National Five killed in latest Kashmir violence
Author: 0 Five killed in latest Kashmir violence

The neutralised terrorist was carrying a grenade and some ammunition, said the police official adding that one terrorist managed to escape while another was injured whose blood trail is being followed by the security forces who have launched an intensive search operation to nab them.

National San Diego police kill teenager
Author: 0 San Diego police kill teenager

The incident started when a 911 call came in early Saturday, asking officers to check on the welfare of an unarmed boy standing in front of Torrey Pines High School. The teen's name was not released in the letter. Although school was not in session, many students began filing onto campus hours after the shooting to take their SATs.

Author: 0 Duterte opens ASEAN summit with oblique swipe at U.S., EU

The Philippine president unexpectedly did not read out an ASEAN chairman's statement with an official summary of the event, and hours after the meeting was over, the document had still not been released. The Philippines challenged the legality of China's maritime claim before an worldwide arbitral tribunal in 2013. The Philippines, as host of the summit, softened its stance considerably on China and did not press for confrontation with the superpower in any of the closed-door meetings ...

Author: 0 GOP moderates back health bill changes, predict passage

Longstanding conservative resistance to robust government spending typically requires the party to seek Democratic votes to pass spending bills despite the Republican majorities both houses of Congress. When the health bill does come to a vote Thursday it will be without an updated analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office about its cost and affect, a point Democrats complained about bitterly.

Author: 0 Michelle Obama: My passion for education will linger on

Whoops! Michelle Obama sent out an accidental tweet. Duncan Wolfe, a former White House creative digital strategist, was flooded with phone calls, and any calls to the posted number were met with an "I'm not available right now" message as well as a notification that the mailbox was full.

National Two Die In Plane Crash At West Virginia Airport
Author: 0 Two Die In Plane Crash At West Virginia Airport

National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator Bill English says the plane broke into pieces and went down a steep hill, hitting small trees and brush. When emergency crews arrived on scene, they reported heavy entrapment. The plane was operated by Air Cargo Carriers under contract to UPS, said Terri Peterson, a human resources executive at the Milwaukee-based company.

National Teen charged in shooting that wounded 2 Chicago officers
Author: 0 Teen charged in shooting that wounded 2 Chicago officers

Dennis, 19, was shot and killed outside his South Side home last August 14 shortly before he was going to leave for NY to go back to college. He was home visiting his mother, who had been sick, before starting his junior year studying journalism at St.

Author: 0 US Hosting ASEAN Foreign Ministers to Discuss North Korea Threat

Tillerson said the administration is 20 percent to 25 percent of its way into a strategy that includes preparing more sanctions against government officials and individuals, convincing other countries to apply existing United Nations sanctions more rigorously and "leaning hard" on China to use its influence to get North Korea to change direction.

Author: 0 Arkansas Levee Fails: Flooding Closes 100s of Roads in 3 States

Updated May 4 at 7 p.m. with information about West Alton - Officials with the Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District are urging residents east of Highway 67 in West Alton who plan to evacuate, particularly those who are elderly or have a disability, to do so immediately.

National Airline execs trapped in congressional hearing
Author: 0 Airline execs trapped in congressional hearing

United Airlines settled with Dr. David Dao , the passenger who was violently dragged off a plane in Chicago, for an undisclosed amount. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, ranking member on the House Transportation Committee, holds up airline passenger rules as he questions United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 2, 2017.

Author: 0 Mark Green withdraws from Army secretary consideration

The president's first choice, Vincent Viola, a billionaire, withdrew claiming he could not overcome objections over his business conflict-of-interests. Mark Green, withdrew from consideration amid increasingly fierce backlash to his controversial comments about the LGBT community, Muslims and evolution.

Author: 0 Trump 'built up conditions for aggressive war' with North Korea

It reportedly blew up just seconds after take-off, increasing speculation that the USA military has been causing North Korea's recent failed missile launches. North Korea conducted another missile test on Saturday, which reportedly failed soon after launch, and its Foreign Ministry said Monday the country will speed up measures to bolster its nuclear program "at the maximum pace".

Author: 0 Penn State frat brothers knew dying pledge needed serious help

Through grand jury testimony, police questioning and a review of Beta Theta Pi's complex video surveillance system, authorities have put together a harrowing narrative of the last hours of Timothy Piazza's life, from when he began the hazing ritual at the Penn State University fraternity, his fall down 15 feet of basement stairs to the 911 call for help the following morning and the desperate attempts by doctors to save his life.

National White House calls some actions in Venezuela 'deplorable'
Author: 0 White House calls some actions in Venezuela 'deplorable'

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday while the White House expects changes to be made to the health care bill that passed the House Thursday, they expect the "main pillars" to remain the same. Sanders' father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, offered congratulations to her on Twitter. She briefed reporters in December 2016 days before she left her post.

Author: 0 Katahdin Woods and Waters on Interior's list of monuments to be reviewed

The Natural Resources Council of ME defended the monument, declared by Democratic President Barack Obama past year, as a chance to bring jobs and tourism to rural Maine. It was initially unclear whether the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was up for review. "Today's action, initiating a formal public comment process finally gives a voice to local communities and states when it comes to Antiquities Act monument designations", he said in the release.

National UC Berkeley remains calm even after Coulter's speech cancelled
Author: 0 UC Berkeley remains calm even after Coulter's speech cancelled

On Wednesday, free speech took a huge hit when conservative author/commentator Ann Coulter cancelled her speaking engagement at UCB after YAF unfortunately had to pull out because of safety concerns on campus. Dhillon pointed out that the former president of Mexico, Supreme Court justices, and many others have been allowed to speak at the university, but not Coulter.

Author: 0 Trump's Energy Executive Order Aims to Open Protected Waters to Oil Drilling

Oceans at Oceana . The new executive order means that areas in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans along with the US Gulf of Mexico could be opened up for drilling, reported the Reuters. Friday's action follows an executive order issued Wednesday calling on Zinke to review 20 years of national monument designations. National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi said: "It's a new day and a new attitude for American energy".

National Trump to discuss N Korean crisis with Singapore, Thailand leaders - White House
Author: 0 Trump to discuss N Korean crisis with Singapore, Thailand leaders - White House

Mr Trump also called Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the White House said in a separate statement, underscoring "their commitment to the longstanding alliance between the U.S. The conversations with took place two days after North Korea test-launched missiles. However, it has warned against escalation. The offer came during a phone conversation last night, part of a flurry of calls Trump made to Southeast Asian leaders over the weekend trying to shore up regional support over ...

Author: 0 Trump to sign orders expanding drilling in Arctic and Atlantic

Gulf Economic Survival Team Executive Director Lori LeBlanc called the move a "positive first step" for the oil and gas industry toward job creation and boosting the national economy. As of today, more than 120 East Coast municipalities, over 1,200 elected officials, and an alliance representing over 35,000 coastal businesses, including resort and restaurant owners, and others that depend on healthy oceans, have publicly opposed offshore drilling activities.

Author: 0 Tillerson meets Southeast Asian nations, but focus is NKorea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, May 4, 2017, at the State Department in Washington . Broadly speaking, they want a sustained US presence in the region - which President Barack Obama promised them as part of his "pivot" to Asia - to counter China's military assertiveness and growing economic dominance over its neighbors.

Author: 0 French nationals cast their ballot in Quebec a day before presidential showdown

The incident occurred just months after hackers targeted the campaign of USA presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by stealing staffers' emails and then leaking them online. She has also expressed a desire to roll back European Union sanctions levied on Russian Federation after Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which she has described as "unfair and silly".

Author: 0 Delta apologises for forcing family off flight

Delta went on to state that the company wants to work with patrons to fix travel problems and "that did not happen in this case and we apologize ". The incident involving Delta and the Schear family came 15 days after United brought airline customer service practices under a microscope when it called security to remove two paid passengers from a United Express flight to make way for a crew members.

National USA urges South East Asia allies to shun North Korea
Author: 0 USA urges South East Asia allies to shun North Korea

Trump tweeted last week that North Korea disrespected the wishes of China when it launched an unsuccessful missile test on April 28. Enrique Manalo, acting foreign secretary of the Philippines , said the way forward with North Korea was through dialogue and de-escalation of tensions.

Author: 0 Trump touts first 100 days despite widespread criticism

According to a CNN report in March, Trump told his advisers to plan on a light foreign trip schedule so the president can focus on issues at home. Trump Administration accuses again foreign governments of unfair currency manipulation. "America is winning. And President Trump is making America great again". His tax plan, hastily unveiled this week in the hope of burnishing his first 100 days with a success story, has been savaged as a multi-billion-dollar giveaway to the wealthy that ...

Author: 0 Bigger battle looms after vote to repeal Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is funded in part through higher taxes on the rich, including a 3.8 percent tax on investment income and a 0.9 percent payroll tax. And so what you've got to do is create a marketplace, both health insurance and in health care, that allows for people to access that care in an affordable, reasonable manner.

Author: 0 Interactive map of Missouri roads closed by flooding

But residents farther south in Des Arc and Clarendon are bracing for rising waters of their own as the "flood wave" makes its way down the Black River and into the White River. A steady rain that began Wednesday continued Thursday. It's unclear when other routes, such as Highway 30 (Gravois) and Highway 21 (Tesson Ferry), will reopen.

Author: 0 Comey: More russian election hacks ahead

And he even quizzed Comey as to whether he had been the source of leaks to the media about investigations into Trump or Clinton. FBI investigators reviewing former Rep. "Really the central problem we had with the whole email investigation was proving people. had some sense they were doing something unlawful". David Axelrod, who ran Mr Obama's 2008 campaign and later served as his senior adviser, said Ms Clinton was wrong to not put campaign resources into key states such as Wisconsin and ...

National TSA Warns: 'No Community Immune' from Jihadist Truck Attacks
Author: 0 TSA Warns: 'No Community Immune' from Jihadist Truck Attacks

The association reiterated that it will stand by law enforcement and Homeland Security's efforts to prevent attacks using commercial vehicles. In Ohio, a student drove his auto into a crowd and injured 11 people, and last July in France, 86 people were killed when a truck loaded with guns and grenades plowed into a crowd.

Author: 0 Obamacare is 'dead' hails triumphant Trump

Individuals would no longer be penalized for failing to have health insurance coverage. Led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, with a major assist by New Jersey Rep. "I'm not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid ", Trump told The Daily Signal in 2015.

National Trump calls for 'good shutdown' to fix mess in Senate
Author: 0 Trump calls for 'good shutdown' to fix mess in Senate

Congress is expected to vote this week on the $1.1 trillion spending bill. Ryan said "I am not even going to venture to guess" whether such battles might generate a shutdown, though Republicans were surprised by Trump's tweets and view the prospect of a shutdown as a political loser for them.

Author: 0 Trump signs Dollars one trillion spending bill to avoid shutdown

The bill, which was passed 309-118 in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, now heads to Trump. The White House won $15 billion in emergency funding to jumpstart Trump's promise to rebuild the military and an extra $1.5 billion for border security - each short of Trump demands - leading the president on Tuesday to boast, "this is what winning looks like".