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Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Health Insurance Sales Across State Lines

Walker and House majority leaders have argued for a fuller plan. The bill appears to be struggling for support. The oil tax and credit overhaul that passed the House would, among other things, eliminate cashable credits for the North Slope and result in a tax increase at oil prices between about $50 and $100 per barrel, according to a Department of Revenue analysis. Read More »

Xi stresses China's North Korea concerns in talk with Trump

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, April 6, 2017. Trump, it added, said that it was very important for the two heads of state to maintain close ties, and that he agreed that the USA and China should work together to "expand pragmatic cooperation in a wide range of areas". Read More »

TRACKING: 2 rounds of storms could bring severe weather to Charlotte

High winds from the storm downed power lines and trees along roads and beside an interstate, Stewart County Sheriff Office dispatcher Sandra James said by phone. More than 20 million Americans are in the path of severe weather today from SC to New Jersey. Much of Alabama, despite the multitude of severe weather reports, dodged the tornado bullet again. Read More »

Seattle Sues Trump Over His Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' statements Monday that local jurisdictions may have Department of Justice funds pulled if they fail to cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing immigration policy may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, though Murray has voiced Seattle's defiance since the order was issued. Read More »

Cleaning House: DNC Chair Perez Orders All Staffers To Resign

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The report says DNC Chairman Tom Perez has launched an overhaul of the party's organization, following a hard year that included the abrupt resignation of former Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In this past year, the DNC has gone through three party leaders. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (Fla.) rigged the 2016 presidential primary contest in favor of Hillary Clinton. Read More »

15 people shot, 1 killed at Cincinnati nightclub

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Currently, they are taking statements from all the people present at the scene of the crime, when the bloody incident took place. No suspect has been named or arrested. Nobody has been taken into custody, Sergeant Eric Franz told ABC News, describing the aftermath as a "large and complicated homicide scene". "People were running, trampling, stepping over us, everything". Read More »

Judge in Virginia declines to block Trump's new travel ban

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In a decision hailed by the White House, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ruled Friday that the revised travel ban could go forward, seeing the latest version as markedly different from the Trump administration's initial effort. As previously reported on The Root, Trump's original ban was signed on January 27 and halted a week later by a federal judge in Washington State. Read More »

Democrats Will Try to Block Neil Gorsuch Confirmation

Addressing Republicans, Schumer said if Gorsuch "cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees and George Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules". During the confirmation hearing, Democrats on the committee regularly expressed their anger that President Barack Obama's nomination for a post that was vacated 13 months ago was refused a hearing by Republicans. Read More »

Rex Tillerson to attend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting after all

The officials will ask the applicant's travel history, addresses and work history for 15 years; and all phone numbers, email addresses and social media handles used by the applicant in the past five years during the interview. Per the same memo, visa applicants that fall within one of these identified population groups should be considered for higher-level security screening. Read More »

Menendez Keeps Focus on Budget Battles, As Legal Battle Looms

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Toscano said the nonprofit service, which served 66,000 meals in this area a year ago, not only provides nourishment and visits to low-income homebound residents, many of them elderly, but it also saves money. "We're here for everybody that needs our help and we plan on being here for a long time", Jackson said. Those with Mobile Meals said they'll continue to help the elderly regardless of how the budget shakes out. Read More »

Post-firing, NY prosecutor's office likely to plot similar course

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What complicated the situation with Bharara was both his prominence and his having been asked , during the presidential transition, to stay on in the job. And now, speculation is rampant that the real reason behind firing Bharara was his role of an investigator in the Fox News sexual allegations controversy. Read More »

Turkey Claims to Have Killed 71 US-Backed Kurds in Syria Attacks

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The vote will determine whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will gain greater powers under a USA -style executive presidency. As for the Syrian army, the SDF operations in Raqqa and elsewhere could be a positive thing since there is an undeclared coordination between both forces, observers say. Read More »

Fault running from San Diego to LA could cause 7.3 magnitude quake

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A stepover is a section in between faults where they don't directly meet. The only question is how long it will be before the "Big One" strikes. Most of the earliest quakes "appear to be quite large", between magnitude-7.0 and magnitude-7.5, said study lead author Kate Scharer of the USGS. Read More »

Cummings, Trump meeting on drug prices back on

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The Congressmen pitched a House bill that would expand the federal government's ability to negotiate drug prices, and they left feeling optimistic about what Trump will do. And, Welch said, "the price is starting to kill us, we just can't afford it". The latest proposal would direct the HHS Secretary to establish a formulary. Read More »

Hawaiian Airlines plane diverts to Los Angeles over blanket incident

A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu was diverted to Los Angeles on Wednesday when a passenger became irate after being told he had to pay $12 for a blanket. The flight attendant said the cabin was "on secured lock-down". Passenger Claudia Rodriguez, a Dallas resident, said the airline did not provide much information during the incident. Read More »

Daycare worker accused of pushing 4-year-old girl down stairs

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A U.S. day care worker who allegedly pushed a child down a staircase was shocked when she looked up and saw a freshly-installed security camera. Sarah Gable was charged with assault after pushing a child down a staircase. As the 52-year-old bends over she spies the recently installed security camera and freezes momentarily. She is out on a $25,000 bail ahead of a trial. Read More »

Supreme Court Sends Gavin Grimm Transgender Rights Case Back to Appeals Court

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The appeals court's decision was stayed pending the Supreme Court's decision, which means that Grimm , now a senior, is still not allowed to use the bathroom that matches his gender identity and birth certificate. However, to clarify Title IX's protections for gender identity, the appeals court called on the federal government to define whether Title IX protects against discrimination for gender identity, not just sex at birth, in the USA educational system. Read More »

Pence calls on AP to apologize over wife's publicized email

Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said the news organization removed the email address when they realized Karen Pence still used the account. The two stories suggested that the AOL email account was used by Pence to discuss seemingly confidential subjects such as terror attacks and to receive Federal Bureau of Investigation updates. Read More »

USA to temporarily suspend premium processing of H1-B visas

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Although the suspension will be in force for six months from April 3, the IT industry feels that the impact will last an entire year. H-1B visas, often referred to as high-skilled visas, let US companies temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. Read More »

Seven Baltimore Cops Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges

The seven officers are accused of falsely detaining people, stealing their money and property, and faking reports to cover up their crimes. One officer also is charged with dealing drugs and tipping off drug suspects. They face a maximum of 20 years in prison for each count. The action may have been in response to a complaint [text, PDF] filed in January against the police department of Baltimore . Read More »

Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman David Parry arrested in Scottsdale

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The driver of the golf cart taxi (common in Scottsdale) told police he picked a group of people up from a bar and dropped them off another location. Per the report, Parry and two others were allegedly given a ride from a bar, and when the driver went to collect payment from the other two, Parry allegedly hit him in the head and stole his "transportation cart". Read More »

Justice Department Changes Position on Texas' Discriminatory Voter ID Law

Her bill would add options for Texans who say they can not "reasonably" obtain one of seven forms of ID now required at the polls, similar to court-ordered rules temporarily in place for last November's election. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department joined the plaintiffs in arguing that the Texas law should be struck down. Now the nonprofits are left to fend for themselves in court, as Sessions, a vocal proponent of voter ID laws , and his DOJ support Texas officials. Read More »