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Direct Energy Direct Energy Offering Reduced Rates for Military...

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:00:59 GMT

Direct Energy , one of North America's largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas, and home and business energy-related services, invites former and active duty military personnel and their families to enroll in Direct Energy's electricity and natural gas plans at significant savings as part of a special offer in honor of Memorial Day. Direct Energy is making this offer available for a limited time from Saturday, May 27, through Tuesday, May 30. Applicants only need to verify their enrollment by inputting information such as their name, military service branch, years served and birthday.




Does Your State Have an Estate or Inheritance Tax?

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:05:35 GMT

In addition to the federal estate tax of 40 percent, some states impose an additional estate or inheritance tax. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia impose an estate tax while six states have an inheritance tax.




Gang threatens Rep. Espaillat

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:33:31 GMT

Last month, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat received a threat from the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 as its commonly known. He was the third threat on a New York elected official that week, according to published reports.




Man's body recovered at Heartland of America Park

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:18:53 GMT

Fire officials say sonar operated in a rescue boat found the body around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, and long poles were used to bring the body to the surface of the lagoon in Heartland of America Park. The man's name hasn't been released.




Backers of pot legalization hope for compromise in Vermont

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:47:05 GMT

Supporters of a bill vetoed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott that would have legalized marijuana in Vermont said Thursday that they are hopeful that a compromise on the legislation can be reached next month, but lawmakers aren't so confident. On Wednesday, Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the bill, saying he was sending it back to the Legislature with recommendations for changes, such as more aggressive penalties for smoking pot while driving or in the presence of children and clearer and tougher penalties for selling and dispensing marijuana to minors.




Florida joins other states in ending 'tampon tax'

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:29:49 GMT

Florida will eliminate taxes charged on tampons under a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. Scott on Thursday approved a bill that would make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and menstrual pads tax-exempt starting next January.




Congress Introduces Resolution Condemning Turkish Violence In Washington, D.C.

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:55:15 GMT

Today, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce was joined by Ranking Member Eliot Engel , Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy , and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer in introducing House Resolution 354, a resolution condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's residence on May 16, 2017, the Armenian Assembly of America reported. The House Resolution calls for "the perpetrators to be brought to justice."




Philippines President Declared Martial Law After Violence Between Terror Groups and State

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:10:15 GMT

On Tuesday, May 23, violence between government forces and militant Islamic fighters broke out after a home raid in Marawi City of a leader of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group, from Public Affairs Chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during a press conference on Tuesday, May 23, noted that situation in Marawi City has "stabilized" and that the armed militants "are not ISIS but members Local Terrorist Group." Although fires at the Marawi City jail and Dansalan College were , the colonel denied accounts claiming that the Amai Pakpak Hospital or Marawi City Hall were occupied by militants and hostages were taken.




Carolyn Kaster | AP file photo President Donald Trump holds up a...

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:48:28 GMT

AP file photo President Donald Trump holds up a signed Antiquities Executive Order during a ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, Wednesday, April, 26, 2017. The president is asking for a review of the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments."




Please stop politicizing our son's murder'

Thu, 25 May 2017 02:29:54 GMT

Imagine living in a nightmare that you can never wake up from. Imagine having to face every single day knowing that your son was murdered.




DC Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Union Station Bomb Threat

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:50:58 GMT

A District of Columbia man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to making a 911 call that falsely claimed numerous bombs were set to go off at Union Station. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement that 58-year-old James Cherry was sentenced Wednesday.




Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill, wants changes made

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:04:20 GMT

Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday that he planned to veto a bill making Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the legislature on a compromise. Scott said he is sending the bill back with suggestions for another path forward and suggested that changes could be made to the bill in a special session this summer.




Vermont governor wona t sign marijuana bill, sends it back

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:04:19 GMT

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he won't sign a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state and is instead sending it back to the legislature with suggestions for another path forward. If Scott had decided to sign the bill, it would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana.




New York Will Get $635K In Target Data Breach Settlement, Schneiderman Says

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:16:09 GMT

Target agreed to the largest multistate data breach settlement to data after a 2013 data breach compromised payment card information and exposed contact information for more than 60 million customers throughout the country. New York, 46 others states and the District of Columbia will receive $18.5 million in the settlement, with New York receiving more than $635,000, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.




Many states have laws intended to keep kids away from guns

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:03:46 GMT

Many states have adopted laws that make it a crime for adult gun owners to allow children to access or possess their firearms, particularly when they are used to injure. In some cases, these laws are intended to reduce violent crime among youths.




Don't 'retraumatize' children after Manchester attacks

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:31:40 GMT

"Death and loss are the kind of issues that defy sound bites," psychologist Renee Garfinkel told me Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after singer Ariana Grande, 23, learned of the Manchester suicide bombing and referred to herself as "broken." The 21,000-seat Manchester Arena was, as you probably now know, packed with screaming adolescents, tweens, teens, young adults and parents.




Idaho to receive $193,000 in Target settlement 4 mins ago

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:38:48 GMT

Officials with Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office say Idaho will receive nearly $193,000 in settlement funds from Target Corp. -- over a massive data breach that occurred before Christmas, 2013. Wasden's office announced Tuesday that the breach affected roughly 140,000 payment card accounts and exposed contact information for 280,000 customers in Idaho.