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Levee breach leads to flooding in northeast Arkansas


A levee breach near Pocahontas on Wednesday prompted several water rescues. Major flooding is occurring on the Missouri River in eastern Missouri and the Mississippi River in Missouri and IL. A school bus trying to drive on a flooded road got stuck and almost tipped over near the town of Iowa, Louisiana. "Use caution as flooding and rain continue throughout much of the state". Read More »

Donald Trump slams 'ridiculous' court ruling on immigration

A California judge has blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds to "sanctuary cities", the communities that have refused to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after detaining illegal immigrants. Read More »

Trump says national monuments are a 'massive federal land grab'

There are 27 national monuments now at risk, from Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in Utah to vast ocean areas in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat who has supported establishing new monuments in Colorado, in a statement Wednesday called the order "an unprecedented attack on existing National Monuments protected by the Antiquities Act". Read More »

Student In Custody After Bringing Gun To Middle School


Rosenbach said there was never an active shooter on campus. Mason County Sheriff's officials told KIRO around 11:30 a.m. that the school was on lockdown. The Kitsap Sun reports that authorities detained a student at the neighboring North Mason High School who allegedly brought a gun to school. The message to parents at this time is to "hold tight" until the situation is stabilized. Read More »

Erdogan to meet Trump on May 16-17 in Washington

Turkey's prime minister says opposition parties have the right to file objections to the outcome of a recent referendum on expanding presidential powers, but warned that calling for street protests was unacceptable. He particularly stressed that the matter is neither within the authority of the Turkish Constitutional Court nor within the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Read More »

Florida unemployment rate drops to 4.8 percent

That has only happened in two other periods in the last 41 years. "Unemployed Iowans continued to leave the labor force in March", Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said in a statement. According to the Dept. of Labor , the state added 1,400 seasonally adjusted, non-farm jobs in March, 500 of them in the private sector. The release stated that private sector jobs had expanded with an over-the-year gain of about 46,200 jobs, while the public sector recorded an over-the-year ... Read More »

How a Church Playground Caused a Dispute Over Religious Freedom


The case was argued before the justices Wednesday - and it's being closely watched by proponents of school vouchers. Several justices appeared skeptical of Missouri's rationale for denying a church preschool access to a reimbursement program meant to encourage safety updates to playground surfaces. Read More »

Police ID 4 found slain in park in suspected gang killing


Victims include 18-year-old Jorge Tigre, whose family says had been friends with the gang members but attempted to stay away from them after the gang orchestrated a fatal machete attack in September. The FBI is helping in Suffolk, but the feds have been on the case as MS-13's tentacles spread across the nation. The teen's mutilated body was discovered with three other victims , identified by relatives at 16-year-old Justin Llivicura, 18-year-old Michael Banageas and his cousin, 18-year-old ... Read More »

DNA leads to arrest in murder of jogger in Massachusetts


Ortiz, and according to a source, he's being held at the Massachusetts State Police Millbury Barracks. An arrest has been made in the case of murdered jogger Vanessa Marcotte. She was visiting her mother in Princeton, Mass . when the murder took place, she was out on a run. Although Ortiz has not been formally charged with murder yet, Early said he anticipates a murder charge soon, and referenced Ortiz as Marcotte's "killer". Read More »

Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court


Three Democrats voted to confirm Gorsuch Thursday, including Sen. "His judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity, and record of independence makes him the flawless choice to serve on the nation's highest court", Trump said in a statement . Read More »

Meet Putter, the ice cream-loving squirrel


He co-owns the business with his wife, Pam Martin. Wow, it's unbelievable how long you can spend just watching a squirrel nibble at an ice cream cone, isn't it? Putter seems to prefer vanilla or no-sugar varieties, and has been coming by every day for nearly a year, since it first showed up last summer. Read More »

In Georgia race, Republicans battle as Democrat chases upset


Day 11 of in-person ev in GA-6 is D 49, R 29. Ossoff's campaign last week revealed it had raised a stunning $8.3 million from January through most of March, a haul that has helped it rise to the top of a crowded 18-candidate field despite the House district's traditional Republican lean. Read More »

March Madness: Gonzaga holds off SC to reach final


And it will never be looked at quite the same way again, either. Gonzaga, playing in its first Final Four after so many deep NCAA Tournament runs, watched as SC turned the Bulldogs' 14-point advantage into a two-point deficit with 7 minutes to play. Read More »

2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison


The bodies of the four dead men were found at 10:35 a.m. Friday. Jimmy Ham : sentenced in 2006 in Darlington County to two counts of burglary, grand larceny, and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. The warrants gave no reason for the attack or how long the killings took. Stirling did not say how they died or release any further information. The charge carries a penalty upon conviction for each count of death or a minimum of 30 years to life in prison. Read More »

Schools close amid Wisconsin manhunt for gun theft suspect


Police said he fled the scene of the burglary. A vehicle found burned a short distance away is registered to Jakubowski. He has a known residence at 811 Glen Street (upper) in Janesville. Schools in Beloit, South Beloit, Edgerton, Evansville, Ft. A soft or cautionary lockdown means business will go on as usual inside the buildings, but students won't be able to go outside for outdoor activities. Read More »

Secret Service Agent Suspended For Soliciting Prostitute


The representative spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the incident beyond a public statement . CNN was the first to report the news, citing an anonymous law enforcement source who said police arrested the agent outside a Maryland hotel and charged him with solicitation. Read More »

Strong storms, heavy rain possible Sunday night, Monday morning

Excessive rainfall is also expected, with 3-6 inches or more falling in many areas by Monday morning. Current weather radar mosaic... All tornado warnings have expired in Arkansas, though a tornado watch remains in effect Wednesday night for the western half of the state. Read More »

Judge Approves Plan on Fix for 18000 Flint Water Lines


The state has also agreed to keep federal funding above average for programs supporting women and children affected by the high levels of lead. More than 700 water lines already have been replaced and work is ongoing, but the agreement would rid Flint's roughly 100,000 residents of uncertainty over how to pay for the enormous task. Read More »

Obamacare stays: Republicans pull healthcare bill

Instead they will allow Obamacare to "explode" or collapse under its own weight as they move on to other priorities. "I think we have to let Obamcare go its way for a little while ..." "ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE". Read More »

White House eyeing $18 billion list of social program cuts


Top law enforcement officials praised President Donald Trump after a White House meeting to discuss violence against police, reducing gun violence and the nation's opioid epidemic, the Washington Examiner is reporting. A lingering issue is the Justice Department's scathing report in January, in the waning days of President Barack Obama's term, that found Chicago police were poorly trained and quick to use excessive force, including deadly force. Read More »

Trump Administration Erases LGBT People from 2020 Census


A Census Bureau spokesperson told the Washington Times the questions were included "inadvertently". And by "corrected" they really mean "edited so that we don't have to pay attention to anyone not straight or cis". U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Thomas Russell holds a census form while working his route in 2010. The National LGBTQ Task Force has downloaded and published an unredacted copy of the report and posted on its website an image of the initial report and the redacted one that ... Read More »

Iran sanctions 15 USA companies over alleged backing of Israeli 'atrocities'


The move comes two days after Washington imposed bans on dozens of foreign companies or individuals for aiding the Islamic republic, according to Press TV. The ministry also said that these companies committed human rights violations. Many of Iran's allegations, concerns and complaints are against companies they claim sold aircraft, advanced military weapons, firearms, armored vehicles, missile systems, equipment or security devices to Israeli military groups - some of which they claim were ... Read More »

Animal-masked people allegedly rob watch store in Bellagio

It began to transpire that men dressed with pig masks entered the hotel to rob a Rolex store. Parts of the casino property were closed as police investigated. Bellagio is a casino, resort, luxury hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. Police said the three suspects fled the robbery into a nearby parking garage. Read More »

At least one reportedly dead in Las Vegas strip shooting

Police have confirmed one person has been shot and transported to UMC Trauma. Initial reports claimed that an active shooter may have been present, but police say there are no active shooters at any nearby casinos. The suspect is now barricaded on the bus, and police are working to get him into custody, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said. At 2:25 p.m. the account tweeted, "North/southbound traffic on Las Vegas Blvd continues to be closed while we work to peacefully resolve this ... Read More »

Government Out of Health Insurance


The benefits of the ACA have been obvious - 20 million Americans who had no insurance coverage are now insured, and registration for the current year has risen. Obama further urged voters to remain vocal on any proposed changes to the USA health care system, offering that "Americans who love their country still have the power to change it". Read More »