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'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prison

'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prison He later told police that he had read about the " Pizzagate " conspiracy theory online, an unfounded theory that claimed that Democratic operatives were running a child sex trafficking ring through the restaurant. No one was injured in the incident and Welch surrendered to police peacefully. "Welch originally faced three weapons charges", per Buzzfeed , but one charge with a mandatory minim... [Full Article...]

USA calls on Arab states to ease Qatar blockade as crisis deepens

Trump's warning overshadowed an earlier declaration from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - who encouraged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their land and sea "blockade" of Qatar . Still, the Pentagon has been developing contingency plans in case there's any interruption, defense officials said. Aircraft that fly out of Qatar - including fighter jets, drones and refueling planes - can be re... [Full Article...]

NYC mayor lays out plan to close Rikers Island jail complex

For almost an hour on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo defended the accomplishments of the legislative session and blamed the legislature for high-profile disagreements over extending mayoral control of New York City schools and failing to achieve ethics reform. [Full Article...]

Trump to host first reelection fundraiser at his own hotel

Trump to host first reelection fundraiser at his own hotel At the same time, he contributed more than $66 million out of his own pocket over the course of the primary and general election campaigns. Trump's reelection campaign officially launched on Inauguration Day when he filed with the Federal Election Commission . [Full Article...]

Thursday marks World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Thursday marks World's Largest Swimming Lesson Local swimming events will take place at hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries over the course of 24 hours. "Lakeway Swim Center is pleased to participate in the World's Largest Swim Lesson event with Colin's Hope", said Andra Bennett, the Lakeway Parks and Recreation director, in a news release. [Full Article...]

Road Rage: Motorcyclist Kicks Sedan, Sparks Crash

Road Rage: Motorcyclist Kicks Sedan, Sparks Crash In the video, the motorcyclist appears to try to kick the sedan on the right. The sedan responds by veering left and bumping the motorcycle . That's when the motorcyclist kicks the side of the gray vehicle, which swerves left, crowds the bike, hits the divider, careens back right across lanes, and hits a pickup. [Full Article...]

What's next on health care draft in Congress

What's next on health care draft in Congress On Facebook , Obama said at the heart of the bill was "fundamental meanness". McConnell must navigate a narrow route in which defections by just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation. He said "small tweaks" during the upcoming debate "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". Report is expected early next week. [Full Article...]

US Senate Unveils Health Care Bill

US Senate Unveils Health Care Bill Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , meanwhile, painted the GOP Senate bill as a wolf in sheep's clothing that would cut Medicaid to benefit wealthy Americans. McConnell has defended the secretive process of drafting the bill, in which few people besides him and some top-level Republican aides have been aware of the contents. [Full Article...]


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