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Neighbors, friends react to suspect in Virginia congressman shoo

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A government official says the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others has been identified Hodgkinson. Matt Mika Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was helping with practice when he was shot. Federal investigators are working to trace his weapons to find out where they were purchased and other details about their history. Read More »

Deputy AG Rosenstein set for budget hearing Tuesday

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During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers repeatedly refused to answer lawmakers' questions about their conversations with Trump in an open setting, though both said they never felt pressured by the president. Read More »

Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

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After two hours of negotiations at No 10, the DUP's leader, Arlene Foster , has remained in London for further talks. She reportedly apologised to Tory MPs, accepting personal responsibility for failing to win an outright victory and sacrificing the parliamentary majority she inherited from David Cameron when she became leader after the Brexit referendum past year. Read More »

Putin Likens Comey To Snowden, Jokingly Offers Him Asylum

He again denied meddling in the USA election, saying that Russian Federation has openly expressed its views and hasn't engaged in any covert activities. Asked at a USA congressional hearing why he was sacked, Comey said he did not know for sure. But they would not voice their concerns openly, fearing they would "spoil relations" with Washington, he said. Read More »

Britain, EU in suspense

Arlene Foster , the DUP leader, warned Sinn Fein that the prospect of direct rule should scare Irish Republicans because the DUP now have greater influence on the UK Government. "A fundamental part of that peace process is that the United Kingdom government needs to be impartial between all the competing interests in Northern Ireland ", he told the BBC . Read More »

DUP head: Talks with UK Conservatives going well

But Sir John said he was "concerned" about the impact any agreement between the DUP and the Conservatives might have on Northern Ireland's peace process , warning it could mean the Government would no longer be regarded as impartial. Read More »

Ohio Congressman played in baseball game to honor Scalise

After the lawmakers on the Democratic and Republican rosters rose from their knees in prayer, fans and players quickly got caught up in the traditional rivalry at Nationals Park in Washington . More than $1 million has been raised for Congressional Sports for Charity so far, the game's organizers announced. The Washington Nationals released additional seating in Nats Park to accommodate the demand. Read More »

Congressional shooter's wife: 'I'm sorry that he did this'

The 66-year-old Belleville man had apparently been living out of the van in the D.C. -area for three months before the shooting , according to reports. Suzanne Hodgkinson said she thought her husband had traveled to Washington to focus on tax issues but had not known much of what he was doing. "I have never said life sucks, only the policies of the Republicans", he wrote in one letter. Read More »

Trump slams reports about obstruction of justice investigation: "Phony story"

Probe launched after Trump fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. His refusals to comment, including about conversations with Trump on Comey's firing, repeatedly irked committee Democrats. Wyden asked Sessions what problematic issues existed. Several legal experts told Reuters that Comey's testimony last week that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations ... Read More »

You'll now get fewer annoying review prompts on your iPhone and iPad

Pepe the Frog is reportedly banned from the Apple App Store . We've all been there; you download an app, use it regularly, and find yourself frequently prompted to write an App Store review. According to new rules, developers can not display the app review prompts whenever they wish too, instead now they have to follow 2 important points before doing so. Read More »

Cooler and unsettled with showers and a t-storm today

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The rest of south Alabama could get storms, but most are expected to stay under severe limits. That outlook looks the same for Father's Day Sunday , with a humid high of 27 C and a low of around 19 C. Saturday will feature slightly drier air, resulting in a rain chance that will be a little lower, at about 30 to 40 percent. The best threat for widespread showers and thunderstorms arrives with a cold front Monday . Read More »

Valdosta's Hall selected by Orioles in MLB Draft

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The last time that happened was in 2007, when Wesleyan grad and then-University of Georgia pitcher Stephen Dodson became the first player with Gwinnett ties drafted when he was selected all the way in the 18th round by the Kansas City Royals . Read More »

Blame the Shooter, Not the "Rhetoric"

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Scalise is undergoing surgery and in stable condition. "In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear", the uncorrected editorial read. Read More »

Trump said to be under probe for possible obstruction of justice

The special counsel's interviews with the senior officials will likely focus on Trump's firing of Comey and what motivated him. They include Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers , director of the National Security Agency, and his former deputy director, Richard Ledget, the Post reported . Read More »

Friday: Behind the Headlines - A local perspective on the Alexandria shooting

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Louis on Wednesday. (Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat, via AP). Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan says he believes he spoke with the man who minutes later opened fire on the congressional baseball practice. "I just want to let people know that he wasn't evil, that he was, I guess, exhausted of some of the politics that are going on". "I think he just wanted a break", she said. Read More »

UK Parliament opening date set, suggesting Tory deal reached

Environment Secretary Michael Gove declined to deny the reports when pressed, but told Sky News that the reality of the election result meant that May and her government would need to reach beyond party lines. May's office issued a statement saying she was "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life" but made no mention of the talks with the DUP . "The door of course is still open as long as Brexit negotiations have not been concluded", he said. Read More »

Will Trump Try to Block Comey's Testimony?

The White House appears to be considering raising the issue of executive privilege , but Trump may have a weak case for claiming that his conversations with Comey should be considered private — especially since the president himself has commented publicly about the circumstances surrounding Comey's May 9 firing. Read More »

Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

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One of the last encounters anyone had with Hodgkinson in Belleville was March 24, near his home just outside the Belleville city limits. She said she feels "horrible" about what happened. Federal investigators are working to trace his weapons to find out where they were purchased and other details about their history. Capitol Police officers at the scene Wednesday morning returned fire, wounding Hodgkinson. Read More »

Wife of alleged Virginia shooter: 'I can't believe he did this'

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But it was one marked by tragedy. He was rushed to safety in the dugout when shots were heard, a witness told ABC News. It was a dispute over the custody of their foster daughter. While trying to drive away from that confrontation, the report said, Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut a seat belt. A Congressional aide, a Tyson Foods worker, and two officers were also injured - officers who were part of Rep. Read More »

Congressman's condition 'more difficult' than first thought

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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday morning, and in remarks at an event in Miami Thursday afternoon Pence called Scalise "a good man" and "a patriot". "We've got to carry this on just, you know, beyond today", Hurd said about the bipartisanship that has come up since the shooting. And throughout the whole game we will all be Team Scalise. Read More »

Administration looks to curb CFPB powers, change bank rules

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In a statement , Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the regulatory overhaul is needed to grow the economy, give consumers more choices and ensure USA taxpayers would not have to bail out big banks again. This development has not only helped banks' shares move north, possibility of a June a rate hike will further drive profits for such companies. Predictably, the financial industry met the report with enthusiasm . Read More »

Scalise's condition after shooting 'more difficult' than thought

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Steve Scalise , House Majority Whip who was shot Wednesday during a congressional baseball practice, is undergoing his third surgery Thursday. But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident. Read More »

Jurors in Cosby's sex-assault trial start deliberations

The Pittsburgh-area jury has been away from home for more than a week and was in the courthouse for about 14 hours Monday through a brief defence case and closing arguments. Cosby raised his hand when the judge said he couldn't see the entertainer. Jurors did hear Cosby's side of the story - but not in his voice. He just testified for six minutes and the lawyers immediately started their closing arguments. Read More »

Annual Congressional baseball game brings unity after shooting

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DAVIS: You know, Scalise is a very popular member of the House Republican Conference. Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago . Read More »

Trump to Announce Tougher Rules for Cuba

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Any benefits of an opening to Cuba, the official said, should "go to the Cuban people". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that while the administration favored commercial engagement, Cuba should still face penalties for its poor record on human rights. Read More »

Firefighters Respond to Fire Engulfing London Apartment

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The growing number of questions being raised is seeing grief and disbelief turn to anger. Thirty-seven people remained in hospital, with 17 of them in critical care. "We can't afford to wait many years for those answers". The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn did not go to the site of the fire, but instead visited St Clement's Church which is being used to shelter people who have been displaced. Read More »

New renders show off iOS 11-running iPhone 8

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Apple added new iOS 11 features around the Pencil on the iPad Pro , as well. When your storage runs low, a new optional feature will automatically remove apps you don't use very often. Owing to the new update Apple will be able to grab more market in the app sector. Many routers even have QR codes on the back that you can scan to instantly configure your device with the new router. Read More »