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Man shot during altercation in Pine Castle

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:48:53 GMT

A 27-year-old man was shot Thursday during an altercation in Orange County, deputies said.

Officials said the shooting was reported near a Chevron off Oak Ridge Road in Pine Castle.

Deputies said two men were in an altercation that led to the shooting.

The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

A man was taken into custody, but no other details about him have been released.

A gun was recovered at the scene, deputies said.

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Canada foreign minister on Trump tariffs: 'We're going to play hard'Trump slaps first tariffs on Canadian lumberWho knew Trump would go after Canada?Trump: Canada's dairy measures a 'disgrace'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:37:32 GMTTue, 25 Apr 2017 03:26:55 GMTTue, 25 Apr 2017 16:34:45 GMTThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:11:44 GMT

Canada is ready to play hard ball with President Trump.Canadian leaders are pushing back after the Trump administration slapped 20% tariffs Monday night on Canadian lumber, along with individual tariffs on five specific firms that ranged from 3% to 24%."When it comes to defending Canada's economic interests, we're going to play hard," Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told CNN Tuesday.Freeland's sharp reminder: We like to be nice, but don't mess with us."We're nice guys: Politeness is something we believe is a national virtue, but it's not an accident that hockey is our national sport," Freeland noted.President Trump separately told reporters he's not afraid of a trade war with Canada: "We have massive trade deficits. So when we're the country with the deficits, we have no fear."U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also said Tuesday at the White House that Canada wasn't being a "good neighbor," alleging it was selling lumber at unfair prices."Things like this I don't regard as being a good neighbor, dumping lumber," Ross said, referring to the practice of selling a product at prices competitors can't sell at. Ross emphasized Canada is overall an important ally to the US.Ross alleged that Canada was subsidizing its lumber companies to allow them to sell the product into the US market at low prices.Freeland firmly denied that. She also argued that since much of the Canadian lumber goes towards building homes in the US, the tariffs would cause home prices to go up $3,000 to $4,000."The big losers in the softwood lumber dispute are American consumers," Freeland argued. "This is going to cost middle-class Americans who want to buy a house a lot of money."Ross dismissed the idea that US home prices would go up solely as a result of lumber tariffs, saying that the total cost of a home depends much more on the land than the product used to build the home.Freeland stopped short of saying Canada would retaliate with new tariffs against US exports to Canada. Instead, she pointed out that Canada has won every court case on lumber against the US, suggesting the tariffs would be challenged in court.The Trump administration's surprise decision to slap tariffs on Canadian lumber reopens a decades-long trade dispute between the two countries. US lumber companies have accused their Canadian counterparts of receiving government subsidies and dumping lumber into the US market -- much of which goes towards building homes.US tariffs on Canadian lumber aren't new. President George W. Bush and President Obama both put temporary tariffs on Canadian lumber.However, the World Trade Organization sided with Canada in 2004, ruling that it wasn't trading unfairly.Trump's team chose to hit Canada with tariffs after talks failed to make it easier for US dairy farmers to sell into Canada. US dairy exports face Canadian tariffs of around 300%.A Canadian government spokesperson stressed that it hadn't changed its policies regarding imports of US dairy. Those tariffs have been in place for decades and are not new.The trade tensions this week are over a tiny portion of the US-Canada trade relationship. Canadian lumber exports to the US make up only 2% of the country's total shipments to the US. And American dairy exports make up less than 1% of total US exports to Canada, according to Freeland.Trump's lumber tariffs come just months before the US, Canada and Mexico are expected to come to the table to renegotiate NAFTA, the free trade agreement.The Trump administration is hitting Canada with stiff tariffs of up to 24% on lumber shipped into the United States.President Trump is picking his first trade fight with...Canada.President Donald Trump ratcheted up his criticism of Canada on Thursday, slamming the country for protectionist measures it has taken with its dairy industry that Trump says have negatively affected US dairy farmers.[...]

Teacher accused of 'bullying' FFA students over animal crueltyEvergreen Elementary teacher on leave after classroom incidentHarmony High teacher resigns over controversial Facebook commentAutistic boy grabbed by neck at school while 2 teacher's aides look onPalm Bay teacher fired for biting special-needs student

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:36:27 GMTFri, 07 Apr 2017 22:34:05 GMTTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:57:43 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:47:33 GMTWed, 15 Mar 2017 11:18:44 GMT

A teacher has been placed on unpaid leave after students reported that he bullied and harassed them and accused them of animal cruelty because they were involved in a farming program, according to Marion County Public Schools officials.

Students said Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks science teacher Thomas Allison left them in tears and questioning their involvement in FFA. 

In an eight-page petition filed earlier this month, Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier recommended that Allison be terminated.

Five students complained about Allison's alleged harassment.

"One student reported that she loved being involved in FFA and does not want to feel that a teacher is stopping her from wanting to raise and show livestock, but (Allison) has made her feel that she is doing something wrong," the document said. "The student quoted (Allison) as stating 'when you take (your animal) to the fair to show it, then it will get slaughtered.'"

Students accused Allison of berating them and lecturing them during class. One student said Allison repeatedly asked her if she felt bad for her pig until the student burst into tears. 

Another student said Allison bought the FFA chapter's lamb and then sent it to Kindred Spirit Animal Sanctuary. Pictures of the lamb appear on Allison's school blog, along with pictures of students dissecting frogs and performing science experiments. 

"The student who reported this behavior was very upset about what transpired because she is from a foreign country and had never raised a lamb before and (Allison's) conduct took away the pride she felt at her accomplishment," documents said.

Allison used his anecdotes about being an animal welfare activist to belittle students in his class. Even so, he told students that if someone were to put meat on his plate he would eat it so it doesn't go to waste. He also told students that their FFA animals would have their throats slit, according to school documents.

Students claim Allison's beliefs affected their grades and made it difficult for them to pass his class. The so-called bullying tactics have rubbed off on some of Allison's aquaponics students and have created a hostile culture within the school, documents show.

"(Allison) has engaged in a repeated, egregious pattern of mistreating, ridiculing, insulting, intimidating, embarassing, bullying and abusing FFA students, crushing their dreams and causing them to feel that they must discontinue their FFA activities in order to enjoy a peaceful school environment," Maier wrote in the petition.

Allison has been placed on unpaid leave pending a formal school board hearing, which will likely take place within the next month. 

Marion County sheriff officials were alerted of the incident by school administrators.

Osceola County Schools officials were notified about his comment over the weekend, school district spokeswoman Dana Schafer said.

When an autistic freshman at South Broward High School in Hollywood was recently grabbed by the neck at the hands of a known school bully, a pair of teacher's aides stood feet away, seemingly oblivious to it all.

A Palm Bay teacher has been fired for biting one of her special-needs students in 2015.

Trump agrees 'not to terminate NAFTA at this time'White House considering order to withdraw from NAFTAFed: Tearing up NAFTA would hurt U.S. companies

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:44:02 GMTWed, 26 Apr 2017 18:02:04 GMTMon, 17 Apr 2017 18:07:08 GMT

President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he decided to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement rather than terminate the sweeping trade deal after speaking with the leaders from Canada and Mexico. The President told the leaders Wednesday he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact which he railed against as a candidate and as recently as last week declared was harmful to US workers."I decided rather than terminating NAFTA, which would be a pretty big, you know, shock to the system, we will renegotiate," he told reporters before a meeting with the Argentinian President. Trump left himself some wiggle room on the trade deal, though, saying that if he is "unable to make a fair deal" he will "terminate NAFTA.""We're going to give renegotiation a good, strong shot," Trump said.As he approaches his 100th day in office, Trump and his advisers are hurriedly working to check off promises made during the campaign, one of which was to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA. Trump has already removed the US from another massive trade pact, the Trans Pacific Partnership, which was negotiated under President Barack Obama.Trump's decision to remain in NAFTA came the same day a senior administration official revealed the White House was considering an executive order to withdraw from the trade accord.In a description of Trump's phone calls to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Enrique Peña Nieto, the White House said Trump "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries."The White House said the phone conversations were "pleasant and productive.""It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation," Trump said in a written statement that accompanied the readout of his phone calls. "It is an honor to deal with both President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, and I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better."Trump reiterated those points Thursday morning, tweeting, "if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA." He also claimed that the two leaders reached out to him.During his run for office last year, Trump made his disdain for NAFTA a central component of a populist message designed to engender support among working class Americans. He consistently cast the agreement -- which was negotiated by President Bill Clinton, the husband of Trump's presidential opponent Hillary Clinton -- as a raw deal for the middle class.His approach has not softened since taking office, though some of his advisers have warned of grave economic consequences that could accompany withdrawing from the trade deal.Last week, Trump derided NAFTA during remarks in Wisconsin meant to highlight American manufacturing."It's been very, very bad for our companies and for our workers, and we're going to make some very big changes, or we are going to get rid of NAFTA once and for all," Trump said.By affirming his intention to reopen the agreement with Trudeau and Peña Nieto, Trump is able to fulfill a 100-day pledge to "announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA." But the announcement offers less populist punch than withdrawing from the agreement outright, a move that could cause major disruptions to the economies in Canada, the US, and Mexico.Upon news earlier Wednesday that the Trump administration was considering a withdrawal from the agreement, some Republicans urged caution."Scrapping NAFTA would be a disastrously bad idea. It would hurt American families at the checkout, and it would cripple American producers in the field and the office," said Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, in a statement. "Yes, there are places where our agreements could be modernized but here's the bottom line: trade lowers prices for American consumers and it expands markets for American g[...]

Dems threaten to oppose bill to prevent shutdown if health care vote happens before SaturdayFight over Obamacare subsidies could cause government shutdownBorder wall fight looms as DC works to avert shutdownBipartisan group wants clean spending bill to avoid shutdownWH officials: Busy week, but no health care vote or shutdownRepublicans hope to avert shutdown, enter the week unclear on detailsGovernment shutdown: What we know so farMcCain threatens shutdown if military spending not increasedMcConnell: Government shutdown won't happen this month

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:20:04 GMTMon, 24 Apr 2017 07:50:02 GMTMon, 24 Apr 2017 10:34:39 GMTMon, 24 Apr 2017 12:30:16 GMTMon, 24 Apr 2017 02:58:43 GMTSat, 22 Apr 2017 23:38:02 GMTThu, 20 Apr 2017 11:42:27 GMTWed, 29 Mar 2017 18:50:22 GMTSun, 02 Apr 2017 23:07:45 GMT

Congressional Democrats are saying they'll oppose a measure to keep the government running another week if Republicans plan a health care vote between now and Saturday, Democratic aides told CNN."If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well," the No. 2 Democratic leader in the House, Steny Hoyer, said in a statement. The battle over a government shutdown appeared to be mostly over, with the push for border wall funding sidelined and Democrats saying President Donald Trump's administration will continue paying for subsidies for low-income Americans as part of Obamacare.The House Rules‎ Committee passed a rule that allows leaders to bring up legislation at any time between now and Saturday. That rule also allowed Republicans to bring up a vote on health care, though no vote has been scheduled.House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he was "confident" the government would keep running, but placed any threat of a shutdown on Democrats."I would be shocked that they'd (Democrats) want to see a government shutdown," Ryan said during a news conference when asked about Hoyer's comments. The speaker blamed Democrats for the lack of a deal, saying they were "dragging their feet" and in some cases failed to show up for meetings about the spending bill.The House expected to vote on the one-week extension on Friday.Republicans announced late Wednesday night they will move forward with a short-term spending plan that will keep the government open through May 5 and give lawmakers more time to negotiate a longer-term funding package.At about the same time Hoyer made his threat, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was on the floor praising the talks and vowing to work to keep the government open."There are a few remaining issues to be settled," he said. "But I believe that there we are close to a final agreement. Our side will continue to work in good faith to see that an agreement is reached to keep the government open by tomorrow's deadline."Also, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, said he expected the Senate to pass a one-week funding bill Thursday or Friday, possibly by unanimous consent, meaning a roll call vote would not be required. The border wall and the health care spending had been two sticking points for congressional and White House negotiators during the past several weeks of discussions to avert a shutdown. White House officials told Democrats on the Hill Wednesday that the Trump administration will continue making the cost-sharing payments created under Obamacare, multiple sources tell CNN. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government pays health insurers to reduce the out-of-pocket costs for low-income people trying to pay for health care. These are referred to cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments. The payments are a major way Democrats ensured low-income people would be covered under the Affordable Care Act, but with a new Republican administration, their future is uncertain.Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke Tuesday with White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, telling him that the payments must be included in the spending bill, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with the conversation. Mulvaney had indicated that, while the Trump administration had continued the CSR payments, they had not yet decided whether they would make the May payment, according to a source. Pelosi released a statement following news that the payments would continue."Our major concerns in these negotiations have been about funding for the wall and uncertainty about the CSR payments crucial to the stability of the marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act," she said in a statement. "We've now made progress on both of these fronts." She added, "More progress needs to be made on some of our priorities, and we continue to [...]

Pentagon warned Flynn in 2014 against taking foreign paymentsHere's Trump's record on middle classNAFTA: Trump move with $1.2 trillion in trade could be riskyOn immigration, Trump has plenty to show in 100 daysTrump aides set to air differences over Paris climate dealTrump's 15% business tax is lowest for big economy

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:09:50 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 13:05:33 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:14:42 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:57:47 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:47:41 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:15:09 GMT

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 against accepting foreign payments as he entered retirement, according to new documents obtained by the House oversight committee.

The inspector general of the Department of Defense also opened an investigation of Flynn earlier this month, according to an April 11 letter released by the oversight committee Thursday.

"These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, in a statement. "Our next step is to get the documents we are seeking from the White House so we can complete our investigation. I thank the Department of Defense for providing us with unclassified versions of these documents."

The news comes two days after Cummings and House oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz said Flynn may have broken the law by not disclosing payments he received from RT-TV, a station widely considered to be a propaganda arm of the Russian government.

Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, had previously said that Flynn briefed the DIA on his speech to RT and the payments, but Cummings said Thursday that another document that was declassified this week shows no evidence to support that statement.

Flynn resigned from being Trump's national security adviser in February, after it was revealed he misled Vice President Mike Pence over conversations he had with with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak regarding sanctions. Before becoming his national security adviser, Flynn advised Trump's presidential campaign.

Flynn is just one component of at least four separate congressional investigations related to Russia's meddling in the US election last year. Flynn offered to speak with congressional investigators last month on the condition of being granted immunity from prosecution, an offer no committee has yet apparently taken Flynn up on.

As President Trump hits the 100-day milestone, one of the key questions is this: Is Trump delivering for the middle class?

President Donald Trump makes a possibly risky move with two of America's biggest trade relationships -- worth a total of $1.2 trillion.

Immigration was the centerpiece of his campaign, and 100 days into his presidency, enforcing immigration laws is one area where President Donald Trump already can claim some victories.

President Donald Trump's top advisers plan to meet on Thursday to discuss withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord.

The proposal to slash tax on businesses to 15% would -- with one fell swoop -- give the United States the lowest headline corporate tax rate of any major economy in the world.

Messing with NAFTA: 14 million American jobs are on the lineNAFTA: Trump move with $1.2 trillion in trade could be riskyHere's Trump's record on middle classOn immigration, Trump has plenty to show in 100 daysTrump aides set to air differences over Paris climate dealTrump's 15% business tax is lowest for big economy

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:08:31 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:14:42 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 13:05:33 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:57:47 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:47:41 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:15:09 GMT

Millions of American jobs could be caught in the crossfire of President Trump's plans for NAFTA, the trade deal between the US, Mexico and Canada.

About 14 million American jobs depend on trade with Mexico and Canada, according to the US Chamber of Commerce.

President Trump late Wednesday agreed to hold talks on NAFTA after phone calls with his counterparts from both neighboring countries. It was a reversal that came just hours after his aides said he was getting close to signing an executive order to pull out of the free trade deal.

Trump hasn't said exactly what he wants in a new deal. On Thursday, he reiterated that throwing NAFTA out is still on the cards.

"If we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA," Trump tweeted Thursday.

Withdrawal would be put millions of American jobs in jeopardy, trade experts say.

"If this administration actually pull out of NAFTA, it would have a very significant effect on millions of jobs in the United States," Michael Froman, President Obama's former U.S. Trade Representative, told CNN on Wednesday.

Ironically, the very manufacturing workers that helped propel Trump to his election victory would be heavily impacted by a NAFTA withdrawal. American farmers would be hit hard too.

Manufacturing companies depend heavily on shipping goods to other countries. Mexico and Canada are America's second and third top trade partners, only behind China.

Since NAFTA became law in 1994, exports from the US to Canada and Mexico are up 280% over that time, while imports from the two countries have risen 313%, according to the US Chamber of Commerce.

From cars to avocados to Canadian bacon, the three nations exchange billions of dollars of goods every day. Right now, those products cross borders tax-free.

Without NAFTA, they wouldn't. In fact, US companies would be paying more to export to Mexico and Canada, than Canadian and Mexican firms would to ship to the US.

That's because Canada and Mexico have higher tariffs than the US for countries with whom they don't have trade deals. On average, Canada and Mexico charge tariffs of 4.2% and 7.5% respectively. The average US tariff is only 3.5% for exports coming from countries that don't have a trade deal with the US.

Making it more expensive to export US products north and south would cost US jobs, experts say.

But the jobs impact wouldn't only be felt in factories and farms.

If those avocados, cars and bacon become more expensive, American shoppers will have less money to spend on other items, risking millions of retail jobs.

In other words, the ripple effects on jobs from terminating NAFTA would likely be widespread.

President Donald Trump makes a possibly risky move with two of America's biggest trade relationships -- worth a total of $1.2 trillion.

As President Trump hits the 100-day milestone, one of the key questions is this: Is Trump delivering for the middle class?

Immigration was the centerpiece of his campaign, and 100 days into his presidency, enforcing immigration laws is one area where President Donald Trump already can claim some victories.

President Donald Trump's top advisers plan to meet on Thursday to discuss withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord.

The proposal to slash tax on businesses to 15% would -- with one fell swoop -- give the United States the lowest headline corporate tax rate of any major economy in the world.

Kody Roach accepts plea deal in fatal shooting at Orlando barPresident Trump congratulates record-breaking astronaut Peggy WhitsonSupply ship with John Glenn's name arrives at International Space StationAmerican, Russian crew welcomed aboard International Space StationNASA finds possible clues of life on Europa, Enceladus

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:15:16 GMTMon, 24 Apr 2017 15:22:39 GMTSat, 22 Apr 2017 15:14:28 GMTThu, 20 Apr 2017 17:04:07 GMTThu, 13 Apr 2017 20:01:40 GMT

A man charged with murder after an officer shot and killed a woman at an Orlando bar has accepted a plea deal and will serve five years in prison, including time served.

Kody Roach pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of carrying a concealed firearm. In exchange, the state is dropping a charge of second-degree murder against him.

Roach was charged with murder after an Orlando police officer fired several shots at him during a confrontation outside the Vixen Bar. One of the officer's bullets killed bystander Maria Godinez, 22.

"The agreed-upon sentence is adjudication of guilt: five years in the Department of Corrections, with credit (or) time served. However, that sentence is to run consecutive to any other sentences," Roach's defense said. "There is a dispute between how much credit (for) time served we believe Mr. Roach should deserve in this case and what the state believes he's entitled to."

He will be sentenced on May 10.

State attorney spokeswoman Eryka Washington said the deal was made because the state did not feel there was sufficient evidence to prove second-degree murder beyond a reasonable doubt. She said evidence would have had to show that Roach was reaching for his gun and resisting arrest when he may have been reaching for prongs from a stun gun used by police.

The first stage of the rocket is expected to land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1 shortly after liftoff.

SpaceX is also targeting May 15 for the launch of a British commercial communications satellite named Inmarsat-1 and no earlier than May 31 for its eleventh resupply mission to the International Space Station. Both missions will launch from KSC on Falcon 9 rockets.

Contact Emre Kelly at or 321-242-3715. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook at @EmreKelly.

President Donald Trump makes a long-distance call to the International Space Station.

A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name has arrived at the International Space Station.

The next crew of the International Space Station is on its way to the orbiting outpost.

The new study published in Science Magazine Thursday looks at what is inside Enceladus' plume.