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Officials: US to Send 1,500 More Troops to Middle East

The Trump Administration Notified Congress on Friday

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration notified Congress on Friday that it plans to send about 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran, officials said. Members of Congress were notified a day after a White House meeting to discuss Pentagon proposals to bolster the U.S. force presence in the Middle East. The…

States sue Over Rule Allowing Clinicians to Refuse Abortions

NEW YORK (AP) – Nearly two dozen states and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to block a rule by the Department of Health and…

Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat Dies at age 7

MORRISTOWN, Ariz. (AP) — Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet, has died at age 7. Her owners wrote on social media Friday that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and “passed away peacefully” Tuesday “in the arms of her mommy.” Her owners said “Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the…

Senate Confirms Trump Official as Justice Department Deputy

Rosen Replaces Rod Rosenstein

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has voted to confirm Jeffrey Rosen as deputy attorney general, the second-ranking official at the Justice Department. The vote was 52-45. Rosen replaces Rod Rosenstein, who left the department last week. Rosentein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and had overseen his investigation. Rosenstein’s departure was expected after William Barr became attorney general this year. Rosen…

Ford Adds 270,000 Cars to Recall for Unintended Rollaways

The Addition Covers Certain 2013 Through 2016 Fusion Midsize Cars

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them roll away unexpectedly. The addition covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion midsize cars with 2.5-liter engines. The company is urging drivers to always use the parking brake until repairs are made. Ford says a bushing that attaches…

Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Scheme

Sentencing is set for September 13

BOSTON (AP) – Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to participating in the college admissions cheating scheme. The 56-year-old actress entered the plea Monday to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Huffman stood with her hands clasped in front of her and responded, “Yes, your honor,” when asked whether she understood the charges. Her…

Pentagon: US Moving Patriot Missile Battery to Mideast

The Pentagon says the U.S. will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East region to counter threats from Iran.

WASHINGTON-The Pentagon says the U.S. will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East region to counter threats from Iran. The department provided no details, but a defense official says the move comes after intelligence showed that the Iranians have loaded military equipment and missiles onto small boats. The official was not authorized to discuss the information publicly so…

Senate Intelligence Committee Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.

He has Been Called to Answer Questions About his 2017 Testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., calling him in to answer questions about his 2017 testimony. That’s according to a person familiar with the subpoena who discussed it on condition of anonymity. The committee has renewed interest in talking to President Donald Trump’s eldest son after Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified earlier this…

House Panel Votes to Hold AG Barr in Contempt

The Committee Voted 26-16

WASHINGTON (AP) -The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The committee voted 24-16 to hold Barr in contempt after the Justice Department rejected House Democrats’ demands for the full Mueller report and the underlying evidence….

Meghan, Harry Present Royal Newborn to the Public

(Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP) LONDON (AP) — Two tired but beaming parents and one blissfully sleeping baby posed for the cameras Wednesday as Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, helped satisfy a huge global appetite for images and details about their newborn son. Standing in the vast, red-carpeted St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, Meghan declared the baby…

Authorities Say a Shooting at a Suburban Denver School Has Injured Two People

Authorities say a shooting at a suburban Denver school has injured two people

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo.-Authorities say a shooting at a suburban Denver school has injured two people. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are trying to find the shooter or shooters, calling it an “active and unstable scene.” The shooting occurred at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a public charter school with more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grades. The…

Great Lakes Water Levels Surge, Some Record Highs Predicted

Levels are Expected to Break Records

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Federal officials predict water levels will surge to record highs in some areas of the Great Lakes over the next six months. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report released Monday says the lakes have been rising steadily for several years and are getting an extra boost as winter’s melting snow mingles with recent heavy…

Proposed Texas Bill Would ban Food Stamp use on Soda, Energy Drinks, Junk Food

Coffee Would Still be Allowed

AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 35 ORLANDO) – A bill being proposed in Texas would ban food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy ‘junk food,’ including soda and energy drinks. The bill, H.B. No. 4364, filed by Rep. Brisco Caine, would not allow those with food stamps to purchase any sweetened or carbonated beverage, some potato chips or corn chips,…

Trump Fed choice Stephen Moore withdraws amid controversy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says his pick for the Federal Reserve board, conservative commentator Stephen Moore, has withdrawn from contention. The decision comes amid controversy over Moore’s past writings about women. He lost Republican support in the Senate, which would have to vote on a potential nomination. Trump tweeted the news Wednesday, calling Moore “a great pro-growth economist…

Two Dead, Motive Unclear in North Carolina Campus Shooting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A student with a pistol and no immediately apparent motive killed two people and wounded four others at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte before campus police disarmed and arrested him, authorities said. The campus police chief said the suspect had not appeared on their radar as a potential threat. “I just went into a classroom and…

More States aim to Knock air out of Festive Balloon Launches

1/3 (David Gurniewicz via AP) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File) Show Caption Hide Caption PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The tradition of releasing balloons at weddings, birthdays and memorials may soon get deflated by lawmakers in more than half a dozen states. Environmental groups want to put the…

Remembering The Role The Weather Played In The Husky Superior Refinery Explosion

Evacuation Area Quickly Spread South From Strong Winds

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Many of us will never forget the fear and nervousness as the evacuation zone continued to grow last year on April 26th Husky Refinery explosion. The National Weather Service in Duluth and Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot closely forecasted the winds strength and direction that quickly carried the thick, possibly toxic, heavy black smoke southward. Winds were…

Trump Tells NRA he’s Withdrawing From Arms Trade Treaty

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the U.S. has decided to withdraw its support for a treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade. Trump said Friday that he has decided to revoke the United States’ status as a signatory of the Arms Trade Treaty regulating international trade in conventional weapons, including small arms, battle tanks, combat…

CDC Warns Blood-Sucking ‘Kissing bug’ Spreading North

The "Kissing bug" has Been Making its way Into the the U.S.

(courtesy: Fox News) FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A blood-sucking bug that can spread disease and is nicknamed for biting people around their mouths has been sighted in Colorado. The Coloradoan reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the “kissing bug,” or Triatoma sanguisuga, has been making its way into the U.S. from South and Central America. The…

Ex-Vice President Biden Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign

Joe Biden has formally entered the 2020 race for president.

WASHINGTON-Joe Biden has formally entered the 2020 race for president. The vice president under President Barack Obama made the announcement in a video released Thursday morning. The move marks what will likely be the 76-year-old’s final opportunity to seek a job he has eyed for more than a generation. He struggled in two previous campaigns. One of the most recognizable…

Ground Beef Likely Cause of 10-State E. Coli Outbreak

No Brand of Beef has Been Identified

(AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)DULUTH, Minn. – The E. coli outbreak in the U.S. has spread to ten states. Federal officials now say more than 150 people have been infected with the disease. The illness is linked to tainted ground beef eaten at home as well as restaurants. Twenty of the victims had to be hospitalized. No fatalities have been reported, according…

US Expands Probe Into air bag Failures to 12.3M Vehicles

As Many as Five Deaths are Blamed on the Problem

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles because the bags may not inflate in a crash. As many as five deaths are blamed on the problem. The probe covers parts made by made by ZF-TRW that were installed in Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Fiat…

Medicare, Social Security Face Shaky Fiscal Futures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The financial condition of the government’s bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government’s overseers of Medicare and Social Security. It paints a sobering picture of the programs, though it’s relatively unchanged from last year’s update. Social Security would become…

Van Explodes Outside Bombed Sri Lanka Church

COLOMBO (AP) – Terror continues in Sri Lanka Monday after a van explodes outside the same church targeted in yesterday’s deadly Easter attacks. A Sri Lankan television crew captured the moments the minivan exploded outside Saint Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo. Monday’s explosion came after police found more bombs in the van and tried to de-fuse them. No one was injured…

Biden Expected to Launch Presidential Campaign Next Week

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce he’s running for president next week. That’s according to three people with knowledge of Biden’s plans. Biden will enter the race as a Democratic front-runner, although the 76-year-old faces questions about his age and whether his more moderate record fits with a party that has become more liberal….

Update: Young Woman `Infatuated’ With Columbine is Found Dead

(Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office via AP) UPDATE: (AP) – Authorities say the young Florida woman who was allegedly obsessed with the Columbine shooting is dead. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader told reporters Wednesday that the FBI found Sol Pais dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The FBI had said that Sol Pais, flew to Colorado on Monday night and…

Justice Department Expects to Release Russia Report Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department expects to make special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation public on Thursday morning. Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Monday the redacted report will be sent to Congress and made available to the public Thursday. Mueller officially concluded his investigation late last month and submitted a nearly 400-page report to Attorney General William…

Fire Breaks out at top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Police say Fire Potentially Linked to Renovation Work

UPDATE: The soaring spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has collapsed in flames, and a church spokesman says the entire wooden interior of the 12th century landmark is burning and likely to be destroyed. A massive fire engulfed the roof of the cathedral in the heart of the French capital on Monday afternoon as Parisians watched in horror. Notre…

US charges Assange With Conspiring with Manning

The U.S. Justice Department has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with conspiring with Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

LONDON-The U.S. Justice Department has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with conspiring with Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer. The charge was announced Thursday after Assange was taken into custody in London in connection with a U.S. extradition request, as well as for breaching U.K. bail conditions in 2012. His lawyer has previously said that Assange planned…

Should the SAT be Optional? Bribery Scandal Renews Debate

Numerous Colleges Have Made SAT Scores Optional

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The college bribery scandal is bringing new attention to the debate over using standardized test scores to judge applicants. Numerous colleges have made SAT and ACT scores optional, with leaders saying they want to increase equity and diversity. David Hawkins of the National Association for College Admission Counseling sees more exploring the change. He says even before…

Feds: man Jailed After Claim has Twice Made Similar Claims

Authorities say Rini Watched a Show About Pitzen and Wanted to get Away From his Family

(Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office via AP) CINCINNATI -An FBI affidavit says an Ohio man who authorities say falsely claimed to be an Illinois boy missing for eight years has made similar claims twice before. The affidavit filed in federal court Friday says 23-year-old Brian Rini repeatedly told investigators he was Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in Aurora, Illinois, in 2011 at…

Police, FBI Trying to Verify Teen is boy Missing Since 2011

(Aurora Police Department via AP) CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities conducted DNA testing to try to determine Thursday whether a teenager found wandering in Kentucky is who he claims to be — an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago around the time his mother took her own life. The teenager told police in Newport, Kentucky, on Wednesday that he had…

House Judiciary Panel Approves Subpoenas for Mueller Report

The Committee Voted 24-17

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas Wednesday for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full Russia report as Democrats pressure the Justice Department to release the document without redactions. The committee voted 24-17 to give Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., permission to issue subpoenas to the Justice Department for the final report, its exhibits and any…

More Details Promised in Deaths of Four at North Dakota Company

Police say the Killer is not Among the Dead

(Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP) MANDAN, N.D. – Police in North Dakota are planning to release more information in the deaths of four people whose bodies were found Monday at a property management company in Mandan. Authorities called a midday news conference to discuss the slaying of three men and one woman whose bodies were found at RJR Maintenance…

Police: ‘Several’ Bodies Found at Suburban Bismarck Business

There is no Word on how Many Bodies Were Found

MANDAN, N.D. – Police in North Dakota say “several” bodies have been found inside a business in suburban Bismarck. Officers responded to a medical call at the business Monday morning and found several people dead inside. The Mandan Police Department did not say how many and did not immediately respond to a request for more details. Morton County referred a…

After Proposing Cuts, Trump Now Ready to Fund Great Lakes Restoration

The President backtracks on some proposed cuts to EPA.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the third year in a row the President proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, which included a 90 percent cut to funding for Great Lakes restoration. But that proposal now seems to be saved by the President himself. Last night at a rally in Michigan, the President declared his support for the Great Lakes. “I support…

Supreme Court Won’t Stop Enforcement of Bump Stock ban

The ban Took Effect Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court won’t stop the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns. The ban took effect Tuesday. Gun rights groups asked the court on Monday to stop the government from enforcing the ban for now. Chief Justice John Roberts declined one request for the…

DeVos Defends Plan to Eliminate Special Olympics Funding

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing sharp pushback over a proposal to cut federal funding to the Special Olympics. Celebrities, politicians and activists have taken to social media to rebuke DeVos for her plan to cut funding for the group as part of $7 billion in reductions in 2020. The organization received $17.6 million from…

Patterson Pleads Guilty in Kidnapping of Jayme Closs

Patterson Wrote he Intends to Plead Guilty

  UPDATE: BARRON, Wis. -A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents. Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. A count of armed burglary was dropped. The intentional homicide counts carry a sentence of life in prison. Patterson admitted to kidnapping Jayme after…

House Fails to Override Trump Veto of his Border Emergency

A two-Thirds Majority was Needed

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON – An effort by House Democrats to override President Donald Trump’s first veto has failed. That hands him a victory because his declaration of a national emergency at the Southwest border will remain in effect. The Democratic-controlled chamber has voted 248-181 in favor of overriding Trump’s veto. That fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed…

Jussie Smollett’s Attorneys say all Criminal Charges Dropped

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that charges alleging he lied to police about a racist and homophobic attack have been dropped. Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement that Smollett’s record “has been wiped clean.” Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that…

Mueller Concludes Russia Probe, Delivers Report to Attorney General

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency, entangled Trump’s family and resulted in criminal charges against some of the president’s closest associates.

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON-Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency, entangled Trump’s family and resulted in criminal charges against some of the president’s closest associates. The report, still confidential, marks the end of Mueller’s probe but…