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Prosecutors weigh charges for teens who mocked drowning man

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:48:42 -0400

COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against five teenagers who laughed and recorded video as a disabled man drowned.

Cocoa Police officials said Wednesday they had turned over the case to prosecutors. Police have recommended filing a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a ...




EPA moves to submerge Obama-era 'Waters of the U.S.' rule by filing repeal

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:03:25 -0400

The Trump administration formally acted Wednesday to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, dealing another blow to the Obama-era environmental regulatory regime.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army announced that the proposed WOTUS withdrawal would be published Thursday in the Federal Register, launching the 30-day comment period.

In addition ...




Arkansas bar declines to punish Hillary Clinton over emails

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:55:39 -0400

The Arkansas bar association says it won't permanently strip Hillary Clinton of her ability to practice law in the state, rejecting requests to punish her for risking national security with her secret email server, and misleading Congress.

In a letter this week, the office of professional conduct at the Arkansas ...




Trump to tout major job boon for Wisconsin; Foxconn, iphone supplier, expected to open plant

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:56:21 -0400

President Trump is expected to announced Wednesday that Foxconn, a Taiwanese manufacturing giant that makes iPhone components, will build a major factory in Wisconsin.

The plant likely will create more than 10,000 new jobs and highlight Mr. Trump's push to rebuild the U.S. manufacturing base and keep jobs in America.

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J. Russell George, Treasury's IG, says taxpayer authentication a 'major concern' for IRS

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:37:45 -0400

Properly authenticating taxpayer information is a "major concern" and presents the greatest risk currently facing the Internal Revenue Service, a top treasury department investigator said Wednesday.

The IRS has made progress on security issues and auditors have not found any instances where the agency's systems themselves have been breached, said ...




Steve Scalise released from hospital

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:07:28 -0400

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was released from the hospital Tuesday in "good spirits," according to a press release from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

"Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound six weeks ago. Yesterday, he was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital ...




Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:52:49 -0400

HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — A man accused of drunkenly strolling down a road in Maine wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to his amputated arm has been arrested.

Maine State Police told WCSH-TV that 31-year-old Corey Berry, of Hollis, was arrested ...




Ohio Supreme Court strikes down restrictions on traffic cameras

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:08:46 -0400

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that enforcing traffic laws by camera is legal, rejecting an effort by the state to require that a police officer be present at the time of the offense for tickets to be valid.

The 5-2 opinion strikes down a 2015 law that attempted to ...




Ronald Phillips, condemned child killer, set to be executed in Ohio; 1st in over 3 years

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:10:11 -0400

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is preparing to put a condemned child killer to death in the state's first execution in more than three years.

Forty-three-year-old Ronald Phillips is scheduled to die Wednesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. He was convicted for the 1993 rape and killing ...




Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:06:33 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) — At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.

But he and his colleagues are cooking up something else altogether: yeast that works with chunks of man-made DNA.

Scientists have long been able to ...




James Bradley Jr., driver, part of larger human-smuggling scheme, investigator says

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:06:25 -0400

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Investigators believe a truck driver accused in the deaths of 10 people found inside a packed, sweltering tractor-trailer is part of a larger organization involved in human smuggling that authorities are trying to identify and dismantle, a U.S. immigration official said.

Some of the 29 identified ...




Created Equal to show graphic abortion video on Jumbotron in Kentucky

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:20:08 -0400

The pro-life movement is trying to jettison Kentucky's last abortion clinic by showing a graphic video of abortion procedures on a Jumbotron.

Mark Harrington, national director of the pro-life group Created Equal, said he will set up the 12-foot by 18-foot electronic billboard in downtown Louisville on Wednesday to "raise ...




Donald Trump to continue to defy fake news, keep fulfilling campaign promises

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:32:42 -0400

President Trump rekindled the energy from his campaign Tuesday at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, declaring that he would continue to defy the "fake news" and keep fulfilling the promises he made to the American people.

"Tonight we are going to set aside the cynics and the critics because we ...




IRS approves tea party application process

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:17:05 -0400

The IRS has finally agreed to a process for deciding on the last remaining nonprofit application that was snared in the Obama administration's tea party targeting, more than four years after the illegal singling-out of conservative groups for special scrutiny was first revealed.

In court filings this week, the IRS ...




Justice Department issues new financial warning to sanctuary cities

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:00:46 -0400

The Justice Department issued a new warning to sanctuary cities Tuesday, saying they must prove they fully cooperate with immigration agents in order to claim federal law enforcement grant money.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said jurisdictions that don't allow federal agents into their prisons and jails, and that refuse to ...




House votes to undo Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's arbitration rule

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:20:00 -0400

House Republicans moved Tuesday to rein in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, approving a legislative veto of a new rule that would have made it easier for people to join class-action lawsuits.

The 231-190 vote, which mostly followed party lines, marks the first time Congress has used its regulation review ...




Jeff Sessions 'made right decision to recuse himself' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:50:40 -0400

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, as President Trump continues to lob criticism at his own attorney general and reports emerge the president is looking at firing him.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon, the Kentucky Republican said he thinks Mr. Sessions "made [the] right decision to ...




CTE cases: Donated brains by former football players shed light on risks of head trauma: Study

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:13:55 -0400

Scientists studying the donated brains of deceased former football players found strong evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disorder, caused by repeated head trauma, linking long-term neurological problems with playing football, according to an article published Tuesday in a medical journal.

Researchers from Boston University and the ...




D.C. law requiring 'good reason' to carry handgun rejected by appeals court as unconstitutional

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:11:57 -0400

A strict D.C. gun law that prevents most firearms owners from carrying concealed handguns in public in the nation's capital is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday, saying the city government cannot demand citizens prove a "good reason" before being issued permits.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. ...




House GOP leaders go back to drawing board on VA 'choice' measure

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:44:44 -0400

House Republican leaders were working Tuesday on a plan B to fund the popular "Veterans Choice" health care plan after the full House rejected a bill Monday night.

House Veterans Affairs' Committee Chairman David P. Roe, Tennessee Republican, is talking with senators and Democratic lawmakers "about the path forward," said ...