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Man sits in jail when drywall power is mistaken for cocaine

Man sits in jail when drywall power is mistaken for cocaine Cashe was initially pulled over in March for driving without headlights, a situation that would call for nothing more than a small traffic ticket. The handy-man just got out of jail - spending three months behind bars, because somehow drywall dust tested positive for drugs. [Full Article...]

U.S. top court backs church in major religious rights case

Comer - centered on a church that sought to resurface a large portion of its playground by replacing pea gravel with a rubber surface made from recycled tires. The court's decision makes school-choice legislation more possible to pass in state governments. In a written statement, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, said that "people of faith won an important victory". [Full Article...]

Trump Gives Mattis Authority To Set US Troop Levels In Afghanistan

Trump Gives Mattis Authority To Set US Troop Levels In Afghanistan More soldiers could be heading to Afghanistan after President Trump authorized his defense secretary to set troop levels, opening the door to an escalation, according to reports. This could mean a boost in the number of US forces in Afghanistan, where 16 years of fighting against the Taliban and other militants has resulted in a stalemate. [Full Article...]

IL House Democrats Plan To Roll Out Property-Tax Freeze Plan

IL House Democrats Plan To Roll Out Property-Tax Freeze Plan She pointed to a Rauner tweet Tuesday noting that lawmakers have "four more days to send a balanced budget to my desk". It was not clear whether the legislation represented a break in the political logjam that has left the country's fifth-largest state without a full-year operating budget for two fiscal years and threatens to downgrade its credit rating to junk. [Full Article...]

New island appears off North Carolina coast, tourists rowing over despite warnings

New island appears off North Carolina coast, tourists rowing over despite warnings They are not sure if it will grow or disappear soon. A new island that practically popped up overnight on the North Carolina coast is getting tourists along with locals excited. Bill Smith recently used a kayak to trek to the island. Officials are warning that visiting the island may be unsafe because of the strong currents, riptides and shells. [Full Article...]

City officials approve George Lucas' $1.5B Museum of Narrative Art

City officials approve George Lucas' $1.5B Museum of Narrative Art The museum , which will feature space age architecture befitting the creator of the Star Wars universe, will be built at Exposition Park near University of Southern California. "As they say, three is a charm". In January, he made the announcement that Los Angeles would be the home to the eclectic museum. Lucas said "for a very brief time, I actually grew up here, especially where the museum is... [Full Article...]

Portman of OH opposes GOP health care bill

Portman of OH opposes GOP health care bill Kasich said while he feels the bill is "inadequate" in addressing the needs of millions of Americans who stand to lose coverage under the Better Care Reconciliation Act , he called on Democrats to work constructively with Republicans to come with a sustainable solution. [Full Article...]

Some Arab Nations' Demands 'Challenging' for Qatar - State Department

Turkey sent 23 more troops and five armoured vehicles to its military base in Qatar last week as a sign of support for the country. They accuse Qatar of backing terrorism , the BBC added. "Does anyone in the US government support Qatar harboring terrorists?" However, the Arab states involved in the crisis are all close allies of the U.S., while the largest USA base in the Middle East... [Full Article...]

Beaumont 'Manzanita Incident' fire still burning

Beaumont 'Manzanita Incident' fire still burning Fire crews continue to battle a 5,000 acre that broke out just south of Beaumont in Southern California on Monday. RCFD and CAL Fire were leading the firefight. The fire, which authorities referred to as a Manzanita Fire, shut down Highway 79 for most of the evening and prompted evacuation warnings for residents on multiple roads. [Full Article...]

North Carolina releases plan to fight opioid abuse

North Carolina releases plan to fight opioid abuse Republicans quickly responded with the Senate voting to override the governor's veto later in the day. The governor also blasted the budget as fiscally irresponsible. Beverly Perdue's veto in 2011. Cooper said the actual veto would occur Monday. The budget, which gained the support of nine Democrat lawmakers, cuts the personal income tax from 5.499 percent to 5.25 percent in 2019, while also i... [Full Article...]

Rep. DesJarlais Praises Repeal Of EPA "WOTUS" Rule

Rep. DesJarlais Praises Repeal Of EPA His counterpart on the House Ag Committee, Michael Conaway, reacted similarly, "WOTUS has never been about clean water, it was about feeding the Obama EPA's insatiable appetite for power". "The rule under the Obama administration basically was going to monitor every drop of water that hit your field if it did any kind of pooling for any amount of time". [Full Article...]

Boston: Gov. Baker Sees Silver Lining in Ruling on Trump Travel Ban

The Executive Director of CAIR-CT says because this anti-Muslim ban is motivated by bigotry, that no part of the ban should take effect for any length of time. Examples provided of the sort of relationship that qualifies include: (a) the foreign national has a close familial relationship and wishes to enter the United States to live with or visit a family member, (b) the foreign national is a stud... [Full Article...]

Trump golf clubs displaying fake Time magazine cover

Trump golf clubs displaying fake Time magazine cover The real Time Magazine cover is from that period is dated March 2, 2009, and features Kate Winslet. "I think I was on the cover of Time magazine twice in my life and like six times in the last number of months", Trump said last July. [Full Article...]

Senate Republican healthcare bill would cause 22 mln to lose insurance

Senate Republican healthcare bill would cause 22 mln to lose insurance The Senate's plan, forged behind closed doors without being seen by all Dems and even some Republicans and released late last week , would cut the federal budget deficit by $321 billion over that decade. Currently, five Republican senators have voiced their opposition to the bill and Democrats are working overtime to point out the bill's flaws. Employer-based coverage is considered th... [Full Article...]

SCOTUS Will Hear Baker's Refusal to Bake Gay Wedding Cake

In sharp contrast to the views of gay rights and civil liberties advocates, the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom , whose attorneys represent Phillips, portrayed him as a victim a a state law that deprives of fundamental First Amendment rights. [Full Article...]

It's difficult to recognize America in the new health care bill

It's difficult to recognize America in the new health care bill Johnson has been adamant in recent days to hold off on a vote on the bill, which leadership is pushing to happen before the July 4 recess. He can afford to lose just two Republican senators from the party's 52-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate to pass healthcare . [Full Article...]

Supreme Court rules churches eligible for public funds; how justices voted

The Trinity Lutheran Church could not be ruled ineligible to participate in a grant program to improve playgrounds simply because it is a religious entity. Roberts also stated that the ruling dealt with the Missouri case, warning against any speculation that the ruling opens the door for school vouchers at religious schools. [Full Article...]

Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, dies at 87

Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, dies at 87 His 16-year tenure was the longest of any German Chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, and by far the longest of any democratically elected Chancellor . In his statement, George H W Bush , who served as United States president from 1989 to 1993, was full of praise for a man he worked with closely. "When the Berlin Wall fell, he rose to the occasion, a true European". [Full Article...]

Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US

Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US The blaze was started June 17 by someone using a torch to burn weeds, with hot and windy weather conditions intensifying the flames over the past week. A fast-moving brush fire burning south Beaumont has grown from 1,200 acres Monday to about 5,000 acres as of Tuesday morning. Fire officials said Sunday they were hoping that upper level moisture would help them in their effort to douse the b... [Full Article...]

Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy Garcetti also met with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman "about our shared challenges & opportunities" and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, discussing "what our cities can learn from each other", Garcetti tweeted. Levine, a Democrat, said the "sun-and-fun" city has become "the sea-level capital of the world", and that he has overseen adaptive measures to adapt to rising tides. [Full Article...]


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