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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley Tells U.N. That Russia Was Responsible For Chemical Attack

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States believes Russia is responsible for a chemical attack in Britain on a former Russia double agent and his daughter, and the U.N. Security Council should take action. “The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent,” Haley said before the UN Security Council on Wednesday.  “The United States stands in absolutely solidarity with Great Britain.”  The former agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter were found collapsed on a bench in southern England on March 4. They were poisoned with Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent, that was smeared on his car door.  The UK has already responded to the incident. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, who she said were Russian spies. May also said the UK would freeze the assets of Russians living in the UK under suspicion of undermining British interests.... [Read Full Story]

Dog Dies On United Flight After Flight Attendant Allegedly Told Passenger To Put Pet Carrier In Overhead Bin

The seven-year-old daughter of the woman whose French bulldog died after being told to put his carrier in overhead bin by a United Airlines flight attendant is speaking out. Sophia Ceballos, speaking on behalf of her mother, Catalina Robledo, said  “while we were flying, the dog started barking and barking and there was no flight attendants coming. We couldn’t stand up because there was a lot of turbulence so we weren’t allowed to.” Ceballos said that attempts to inform the flight attendant of the situation during the four-hour flight from Houston to New York was unsuccessful. Ceballos also said the United employee lied about what happened during the flight. United Airlines spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin gave the following statement: “This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”  The cause of death is not yet known, but, while the overhead compartments are not airtight, lack of oxygen may have been a factor.... [Read Full Story]

Students Demand Action On Gun Violence With Nationwide Walkout

One month after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, survivors joined tens of thousands of students across the U.S. by walking out of school on Wednesday morning. The mass protests were held at 10 a.m. local time in each time zone and lasted 17 minutes, one for each of the Parkland victims. Organizers said the purpose was to highlight “Congress’ inaction against the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” An estimated 185,000 people in 50 states were expected to join the walkout, with around 3,100 schools planning to participate. At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, the walkout lasted 30 minutes — 17 minutes for the Parkland victims, and 13 for each victim of the massacre at the high school in 1999. During the half-hour of silence, students released red, white or blue balloons, one at a time, in memory of those killed.  In Parkland, crowds that had gathered cheered as students exited the high school and gathered in the center of the football field.... [Read Full Story]

House Republicans Say Investigation Found No Evidence Of Russia-Trump Collusion

House Republicans who investigated foreign interference in the 2016 election say they have found no evidence that Russians colluded with any members of the Trump campaign.  This report disputes key findings from the intelligence community that Russia had developed a preference for the Republican nominee during the election. This was the initial statement made from the 150-page report from GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee, who formally brought the panel’s lengthy investigation to an end over the objection of Democrats. Republican Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas said the probe ultimately found no definitive proof that the Trump campaign actively cooperated with any Russians to influence the vote.... [Read Full Story]

President Trump Replaces Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson With CIA Chief Mike Pompeo

President Donald Trump announced a major shakeup in his Cabinet on Tuesday, replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.  Mr. Trump made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday morning. “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!” Trump tweeted.  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Trump had asked Tillerson to step aside. Tillerson said his job would terminate at midnight March 31 and that he plans to effectively delegate duties to his deputy, John Sullivan.... [Read Full Story]

Pilot Says Passenger Bag May Have Hit Fuel Switch, Leading To New York City Helicopter Crash

According to a federal official, the pilot who survived a helicopter crash that killed five passengers told investigators he believes a passenger’s bag might have hit an emergency fuel shutoff switch in the moments before the chopper went down. Additionally, the National Transportation Safety Board also is scrutinizing why an emergency flotation device apparently didn’t deploy properly when the tour helicopter went down in the East River. The floats are supposed keep a helicopter upright; the Eurocopter AS350 that crashed Sunday overturned and submerged.  The National Transportation Safety Board investigators began working to find out what caused the crash, which killed a Texas firefighter, an Argentine woman, a young video journalist and two others who were on a charter flight to take photos. Pilot Richard Vance managed to free himself from the rapidly sinking chopper, and was the only survivor. The owner of the helicopter, Liberty Helicopters, has been involved in at least five incidents in the last 10 years, according to FAA data. An August 2009 collision over the Hudson River between a Liberty chopper and a small, private plane killed nine people, including a group of Italian tourists. ... [Read Full Story]

Third Austin Texas Package Explosion Now Linked To Two Deadly Incidents

Police in Austin say there are “similarities” between three package explosions in Texas’ capital city this month, two fatal, lead them to believe the incidents are related. The latest fatal incident was reported Monday morning, killing a 17-year-old boy and wounding a woman. The boy died at the scene and the woman in her 40s was taken to the hospital with potentially life threatening injuries after the explosion at the East Austin home before 7 a.m.  In an earlier incident on March 2, Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed when a package exploded at his northeast Austin home. Police also responded Monday morning to a report of an explosion in southeast Austin in which a woman was badly injured. A 75-year-old woman and is listed in critical but stable condition; her injuries are considered life threatening.  A task force had been formed to investigate the incidents, and authorities are urging residents to be careful and not to open suspicious packages. If residents encounter any packages left at their homes they aren’t expecting they are urging them to call 911.... [Read Full Story]

Elon Musk Reveals That SpaceX Is Planning To Launch Rocket To Mars In 2019

The founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, says the company is planning to launch a spacecraft to Mars and return it to Earth by 2019.  Musk said to the crowd during a surprise appearance at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday that “I think we’ll be able to do short flights, sort of up-and-down flights, probably some time in the first half of next year. I can tell you what I know currently is the case is that we are building the first ship, the first Mars interplanetary ship right now,”   A successful mission to Mars in 2019 would be a historic achievement for SpaceX, the private company founded by Musk in 2002 with the mission of enabling travel between planetary bodies. The firm successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket in February, catapulting Musk’s own Tesla Roadster toward the Red Planet to the tune of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”  Musk said at SXSW that SpaceX’s Mars rocket would have twice the liftoff thrust of the Saturn V, the rocket NASA used to send astronauts to the Moon. He said the company is focused on ensuring the rocket’s boosters are reusable in subsequent launches, which dramatically reduces the cost of each flight.... [Read Full Story]

President Trump’s School Safety Proposal Calls for Arming Staff, Raising Gun-Buying Age

President Trump will propose arming school staff and raising the minimum age to purchase certain firearms to 21 in a school safety proposal the administration will release on Sunday, a White House spokesman said.  Sunday’s announcement came two days after the NRA filed a lawsuit against a measure signed into law by Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, that included raising the age limit on buying a gun from 18 to 21.  Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said the President was also likely to back a bipartisan Senate bill that Republican John Cornyn and Democrat Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks. Shah did not say if Trump’s proposal to raise the minimum age for buying certain guns would involved supporting federal legislation or encouraging states to act, and also said there would be a provision that would involve having “trained individuals” in schools, including staff.... [Read Full Story]

Trump Orders New Tariffs With Exemptions For Mexico And Canada

On Thursday, President Donald Trump approved new steel and aluminum tariffs. Shortly before he signed proclamations imposing the tariffs, Trump said in the White House Roosevelt Room, flanked by steel and aluminum workers from Pennsylvania and Kentucky, that “Today, I’m defending America’s national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel.  You don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.” The tariffs — 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum — will take effect March 23, a senior administration official told reporters.... [Read Full Story]

Mississippi Passes Law Banning Abortion After 15 Weeks

Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday passed what would be the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, making the procedure illegal in most cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy.  Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Legislature hope the issue will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The House voted 75-34 in favor of the measure, and Gov. Phil Bryant said again Thursday that he would sign it. The Senate passed the measure on Tuesday. There are two exceptions to House Bill 1510: if the fetus has a health problem that would prevent it from surviving outside the womb at full term, or if the pregnant woman’s life or a “major bodily function” is threatened by the pregnancy. Pregnancies as a result of rape and incest are not exempt.  The state’s only abortion provider pledged to sue, and the attorney general said he expected a tough legal battle ahead. “The Supreme Court has said and re-said again and again that states cannot prohibit women from obtaining abortions prior to viability, which is what a 15-week ban would do,” said Hillary Schneller, staff attorney for the national nonprofit Center for Reproductive Rights. The New York-based group, which advocates for free access to abortion, called the bill unconstitutional and “medically unsound.”... [Read Full Story]

Hope Hicks Told House Intelligence Committee Email Accounts Were Hacked

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee last week that one of her email accounts was hacked, according to people who were present for her testimony in the panel’s Russia probe. According to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Hicks indicated that she could no longer access two accounts: one that she used as a member of President Donald Trump’s campaign team, and a personal account. Hicks told lawmakers that one of the accounts was hacked, according to two sources who were in the room.  Hicks’ correspondence has been a subject of interest for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is running a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump associates.... [Read Full Story]

Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels Sues President Trump

Adult film star Stormy Daniels sued President Donald Trump on Tuesday, alleging that he never signed a nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer had arranged with her.  The civil suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and alleges that the agreement not to disclose Stephanie Clifford’s (known professionally as Stormy Daniels) “intimate” relationship with Trump is invalid because while both Clifford and Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen signed it, Trump never did.  Clifford and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, are asking the Los Angeles County Superior Court to declare that both the hush agreement and the side agreement “were never formed, and therefore do not exist, because, among other things, Mr. Trump never signed the agreements.” Avenatti said if the suit is a victory, it would allow his client to “tell her story.” “Ms. Clifford believes it’s important that the public learn the truth about what happened,” he said. “I think it’s time for her to tell her story and for the public to decide who is telling the truth.” The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.... [Read Full Story]

Washington First In Nation To Protect Net Neutrality

Washington became the first in the country to sign a bill specifically opposing the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of net neutrality regulations. Net neutrality requires providers to treat all content in a similar fashion, without slowing down or speeding up users’ service. Washington’s bill prohibits companies that offer internet services from blocking legal content, applications, services or non-harmful devices. It also prevents providers from impairing internet traffic based on the content users are viewing. “Today we make history: Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “We’ve seen the power of an open internet. It allows a student in Washington to connect with researchers all around the world — or a small business to compete in the global marketplace.” The law was approved by the state Legislature last month and will take effect on June 6.... [Read Full Story]

White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn To Step Down

The White House said on Tuesday that top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a Wall Street banker who became a key architect of the 2017 tax overhaul within the Trump administration, is resigning. “It has been an honor to serve my country and enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people, in particular the passage of historic tax reform. I am grateful to the President for giving me this opportunity and wish him and the Administration great success in the future,” Cohn said in a statement issued by the White House. Cohn’s resignation came after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Trump’s pledge to impose tariffs prompted speculation Cohn might leave the White House because of his opposition to the policy. Cohn was the former president and chief operating officer of investment bank Goldman Sachs, and was hired by Mr. Trump after the 2016 presidential election.... [Read Full Story]

Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran To Resign On April 1

Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said on Monday he will resign on April 1st. The 80-year-old Cochran stayed home for a month last fall with urinary tract infections, returning to Washington in October to give Republicans the majority they needed to pass a budget plan. Cochran said in a statement, “I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge. I intend to fulfill my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle, after which I will formally retire from the U.S. Senate.”  Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House.  Republican Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint a temporary replacement, and a special election will be held to fill the rest of the term through January 2021.... [Read Full Story]

Despite Mueller Subpoena, Former Trump Aide Sam Nunberg Says He Will Not Testify

Sam Nunberg, a former aide to Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to appear before a grand jury, but he says he’s not planning to testify.  The subpoena also asks that Nunberg hand over communications between him and a number of members of the Trump campaign, including the president himself. Nunberg told The Washington Post he won’t provide that information either.  Mr. Nunberg worked for Mr. Trump from 2011 to 2015; however he was fired from the Trump campaign after Business Insider published a story about racially charged Facebook posts he had made.... [Read Full Story]

Man Commits Suicide In Front Of The White House

The man who fatally shot himself in front of the White House has been identified as a 26-year-old from Maylene, Alabama. Officials say Cameron Ross Burgess removed a concealed handgun and began firing rounds in the vicinity of the North White House fence line just after 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Police do not believe any of those shots were being directed at the White House. President Donald Trump was in Florida during the shooting, but returned to Washington later in the day. No one else was injured.  After the incident the Secret Service released this statement, “The subject approached the vicinity of the North White House fence line and removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House.” The public was immediately alerted after the shots were fired and the White House was locked down.  ... [Read Full Story]

Florida Senate Rejects Ban On Assault Weapons

The Florida Senate rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons, and voted for a measure to arm some teachers.  This comes after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. An amendment that would have banned assault weapons attached to a wider bill failed on Saturday in a largely party-line vote, in response to the Feb. 14 killing of 14 students and three faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland. The vote was 20-17 against the assault weapon ban, with two Republicans joining all of the senate’s 15 Democrats in support of the proposal.  ... [Read Full Story]

Russia’s Vladimir Putin Unveils ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Weapons

President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons on Thursday, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.   Putin said a nuclear attack on any of Moscow’s allies would be regarded as an attack on Russia itself and draw an immediate response. But in Washington, officials cast doubt on whether Russia has added any new capabilities to its nuclear arsenal beyond those already known to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The Trump administration also accused Moscow of violating a Cold War-era treaty which banned nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 300-3,400 miles. “President Putin has confirmed what the United States government has known all along, which Russia has denied: Russia has been developing destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade in direct violations of its treaty obligations,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.... [Read Full Story]

Dow Plunges More Than 350 Points After President Trump Says U.S. Will Impose Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum Imports

Stocks fell on Thursday after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will implement tariffs on steel and aluminum imports next week. The Dow Jones industrial average traded 358 points lower after rising more than 150 points earlier in the day. The 30-stock index fell as much as 586 points.  The U.S. will set tariffs of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum, President Trump said. It is unclear whether they will apply to all imports or only metals from certain countries. ... [Read Full Story]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Fires Back At President Trump Over Handling Of Justice Department Surveillance Probe

Jeff Sessions fired back Wednesday at criticism from President Donald Trump, saying in a statement that “as long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor.” Mr. Sessions’s statement came hours after Mr. Trump criticized the Attorney General’s decision to refer a probe of the Justice Department’s handling of secret surveillance warrants to the agency’s inspector general rather than another office.  The President’s tweet followed a disclosure by Mr. Sessions on Tuesday that the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, would investigate how the FBI and federal prosecutors obtained warrants from the nation’s secret spy court to spy on a former Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser who had previously been targeted by Russian intelligence for recruitment.... [Read Full Story]

Dick’s Sporting Goods Will No Longer Sell Assault-Style Rifles

Effective immediately, retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods said it will no longer sell “assault-style rifles,” nor sell any firearm to anyone under 21 years of age, and is banning the sale of high capacity magazines. The company also emphasized it has never and will never sell bump stocks and other devices that makes a semi-automatic weapon shoot more quickly.  According to Chairman and CEO Edward Stack, the shooter in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, bought a gun from the company in 2017. While the gun wasn’t used in the school shooting, the company feels it’s necessary to scale back the type of firearms it sells. “We did everything that the law required and still he was able to buy a gun,” Stack said of the shooter. “When we looked at that, we said, ‘The systems that are in place across the board just aren’t effective enough to keep us from selling someone a gun like that.’” ... [Read Full Story]

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker Says He Will Not Run For Re-Election

Sen. Bob Corker, one of the most outspoken Republican critics of President Trump, has decided not to run for re-election, ending weeks of uncertainty about his future. The Tennessee U.S. senator has spent much of this month rethinking his decision to forgo a third term and saying little in public about his status. On Tuesday, his chief of staff Todd Womack issued a written statement cementing his plans. After Corker initially said he was stepping down, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., entered the contest. Democrats, meanwhile, are pinning their hopes on former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has the inside track for his party’s nomination. ... [Read Full Story]

West Virginia Schools Still Closed As Teachers Strike For Better Wages Enters Its Fourth Day

Public schools in West Virginia remained closed Tuesday as thousands of schoolteachers continued their demands for better wages. Teachers on strike have demanded a face-to-face meeting with Gov. Jim Justice and leaders from the state legislature to address their complaints, a union official said Monday. Schoolteachers announced they would continue to strike until they are granted a meeting with the state’s leaders, said Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teacher’s West Virginia chapter.  The average pay for West Virginia teachers ranks among the lowest in the nation. Last week the state’s Republican governor signed a bill into law that would raise pay for teachers and state employees. Teachers would see a pay increase of $808 next year and $404 the following two year; however teachers said the increases are not enough, especially as health care costs rise. Missed class time as a result of the strike will be automatically added to the end of the school year.... [Read Full Story]

Florida Governor Launches Investigation Into School Shooting Response

Florida Governor Rick Scott called on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sunday to investigate law enforcement response to the deadly school shooting in South Florida last week.  The call for an investigation comes after a state representative asked the governor to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from his post for his deputies’ “incomprehensible inaction” during the shooting.  Much debate has surfaced over the response of Broward deputies after Israel announced Thursday afternoon the resignation of Scot Peterson, the school resource officer on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting. Israel said Peterson, who was armed, never went into building where the shooter was firing at students and instead took a position outside and did “nothing.” Peterson was suspended without pay pending the investigation but chose to resign completely, Israel said. The sheriff said his department is also looking into reports that at least three other Broward Sheriff’s deputies didn’t enter the school building during shooting.... [Read Full Story]

Supreme Court Rejects Trump Appeal On DACA

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from the Trump administration to decide the legality of the president’s plans to end the DACA program affecting young illegal immigrants. In an unsigned comment released Monday, the Supreme Court denied the unusual request to take up the issue, saying the appeal should move through the normal appellate process. The move kicks the case back to the 9th Circuit in San Francisco. In recent months, lower court judges have moved to stop the administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects about 800,000 young immigrants brought to country illegally as children from deportation.... [Read Full Story]

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Upcoming Memoir

Former First Lady Michelle Obama announced that her upcoming memoir will be published on November 13, 2018. The book, titled Becoming, will start with Obama’s story from childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her career and role in the White House. In a tweet on Sunday, Mrs. Obama said, “I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice; I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be.” The book will be released simultaneously in 24 languages worldwide, according to a statement from its book’s publisher, Penguin Random House. Obama is scheduled to embark on a U.S. and international book tour, with dates to be announced at a later date. You can sign up for information about the tour dates on: www.becomingmichelleobama.com... [Read Full Story]

Papua, New Guinea Hit By 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the middle of Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake struck about 55 miles southwest of Porgera in the Pacific island nation at a depth of about 23 miles, according to the agency. No tsunami watches or warnings were issued from the quake, and there were no immediate reports of injuries.  The Geological Survey website had 19 reports of feeling the quake, including some saying the shaking was violent.  ... [Read Full Story]

Indictments Hit Manafort, Gates With Tax And Bank Fraud Charges

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a new indictment on Thursday against former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and former campaign aide Robert Gates, charging them with new tax and bank fraud crimes and hiking the amount of money they allegedly laundered to more than $30 million. The 32-count indictment was filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia. Manafort and Gates are both accused of tax evasion and not reporting money in foreign accounts, and they are also accused of defrauding banks on paperwork for real-estate loans. While Manafort was originally indicted on charges he laundered $18 million through offshore bank accounts, the new indictment pushes that sum to $30 million. Gates remains accused of laundering $3 million. The charges against Manafort and Gates are related to money from their lobbying work for pro-Russian political figures in Ukraine.... [Read Full Story]