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  • Trump Administration searches for way forward on North Korea

    A day after President Donald Trump scrapped a planned June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un, the President, White House, and State Department made clear that U.S. officials continue to be open to further contacts with their North Korean counterparts, seeing if there is a way to get talks back on track to rein in the nuclear weapons program of the Pyongyang regime.

    “We always knew there would be twists and turns leading up to this meeting on June 12,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

    “We never expected it to be easy, so none of this comes as a surprise [More]

  • Senate approves new reforms on Capitol Hill harassment

    Under growing pressure from the House to change how lawmakers deal with workplace harassment claims and damage awards, the Senate on Thursday approved a package of reforms that would not allow members to use taxpayer funds to pay any legal settlements, and change the process for Congressional employees to bring complaints against lawmakers.

    “This is an incredibly important moment,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who joined with Senators in both parties to forge a compromise that was approved on a voice vote.

    “We are completely overhauling the sexual harassment policies of the Congress,” Klobuchar said on the Senate floor.

    “These reforms [More]

  • “Situation normal” as Trump cancels summit with Kim Jong Un

    After days of increasingly bellicose statements from Pyongyang, President Donald Trump on Thursday pulled the plug on a scheduled June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but left the door open to future negotiations over efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

    “If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting,” the President said at the White House.

    “The ball is in North Korea’s court right now,” said a senior White House official.

    Mr. Trump’s remarks came several hours after he publicly released a letter to Kim Jong Un, calling off their [More]

  • President Trump scraps summit meeting with Kim Jong Un

    After days of uncertainty about a planned June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump on Thursday told Kim in a letter that because of hostile statements from the Pyongyang regime in recent days, the summit in Singapore would not take place.

    “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is in appropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” the President wrote in his letter to Kim.

    The decision came as North Korean officials seemed to back away from public assurances that they would [More]

  • Trump renews attacks on Russia probe as lawmakers see documents

    President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on how investigators dealt with allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any links to his campaign, as he again charged that top officials at the FBI had committed misconduct, led by former FBI Director James Comey.

    “The FBI is a fantastic institution but some of the people at the top were rotten apples,” the President said. “James Comey was one of them.”

    “How is he going to explain to his grandchildren all of the lies, the deceit, all of the problems he has caused for this country?” the President said in [More]

  • Congress sends Trump new plan to expand private care options for veterans

    Still searching for answers on how best to help veterans frustrated by their options within the VA health system, the Senate sent President Donald Trump a bill on Wednesday which allow vets more options to use private medical care if they face lengthy delays or a lack of certain medical services at VA health centers around the nation.

    “The Senate passage of the VA MISSION Act is a major victory for our nation’s veterans who will benefit from more choice and fewer barriers to care,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who chairs the Senate Veterans Committee.

    It’s not the first time that [More]

  • New NASA chief makes calm debut on Capitol Hill

    After a lengthy confirmation battle that turned heated and political, former Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine testified for the first time before lawmakers as the head of NASA on Wednesday – with almost no hint of any of the controversy that led to an extended delay in the Senate’s approval of his nomination by President Donald Trump.

    “It’s an honor, I’m thrilled to be here,” Bridenstine said at a hearing of a Senate spending panel which has jurisdiction over the NASA budget.

    In his testimony, Bridenstine reiterated his support for Trump Administration plans to send astronauts back to the surface of the moon, [More]

  • Trump still not sure about summit with Kim Jong Un

    A day after meeting with the leader of South Korea, President Donald Trump told reporters that a final decision should be made next week about a scheduled June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a meeting which has suddenly been surrounded by questions about what the Pyongyang regime will give up on its nuclear weapons program.

    “It could happen,” the President said. “Some day a date could happen, it could very well be June 12th.”

    “We will know next week,” Mr. Trump added, as preparations for the summit continue, without any clear indication of what concessions the North [More]

  • In flurry of legislative action, Congress delivers pair of bipartisan bills to Trump

    With the support of a few dozen Democrats, Congressional Republicans notched a pair of legislative victories for President Donald Trump on Tuesday in the U.S. House, giving final approval to a plan to roll back certain regulations on smaller banking institutions, as well as voting out a bill to help terminally-ill Americans seek new medicines and treatments.

    Known as the “Right to Try” legislation, that measure would open new avenues to experimental drugs for those people who have found no cure for a life threatening disease or medical condition.

    “As President Trump said in his State of the Union Address this year, [More]

  • House poised to approve plan to loosen federal banking regulations

    With Republicans unable to muster the votes to repeal a major financial regulation law put in the place after the 2008 Wall Street Collapse, the House on Tuesday is expected to give final approval to a less sweeping plan already backed by the Senate, which would ease a series of financial rules and regulations on smaller banking institutions enacted under the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.

    “The cycle of lending and job creation has been stifled by onerous regulation,” said Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), who shepherded the bill through the Senate with bipartisan support, and then prevailed on House Republicans to simply accept [More]

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  • An Elkton woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from a condo she was hired to clean, and deputies believe there are more victims. 60-year-old Julie Gill has been arrested for grand theft. She’s accused of stealing two pendants- worth $10,000 each- from a jewelry box in a condo she was cleaning, and pawning the items in Palatka. Deputies say the victim positively identified the pendants as ones that had been stolen from her bedroom.  Detectives believe Gill pawned several other items of jewelry and precious metal, dating back to last November. They believe these items may belong to other victims, who do not realize the items have been stolen. Additional charges could be pending, as the investigation continues.  If you have any information about this case, the suspect, or something that may have been stolen from you, you’re asked to contact SJSO Detective J. Carballosa at 904-295-3417. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has announced three arrests in connection to the disappearance of a Northside man. According to JSO, they were called to Langford Street on March 6, 2018, after getting a report of suspicious individuals running through the area.  After speaking with several individuals, police determined Jamel Kelly was being chased by three individuals. Officers searched the area, but didn't find any sign of Kelly or any crime.  A few days later, Kelly's ex-girlfriend called JSO saying he still hadn't been heard from, which she said was unusual. JSO's Missing Persons Unit got involved from there.  As part of their investigation, JSO says detectives found reason to believe that Kelly was no longer alive.  JSO's Homicide Unit then got involved. According to their investigation, police now believe that Kelly was killed that original night, March 6, by his ex-stepfather, Gerod Studemire.  They believe he and another suspect put Kelly's body into Studemire's Lincoln Continental. Sometime after that, JSO says the car was burned and then disappeared.  JSO has also arrested Kelly's mother, Stacey Studemire, and one of Kelly's girlfriends, Shaakira Atwater, for accessory after the fact, to murder.  However, JSO says this is still a very active investigation and that they do expect to make more arrests.  They are asking anyone with information to come forward as Kelly's body has not yet been recovered. The vehicle suspected to be involved has also not been recovered at this time.  As for why Kelly was being chased, JSO believes it has something to do with family dynamics. It's believed that Kelly's mother was having domestic issues with Kelly, who had been living with her. JSO believes Kelly's mother called Studemiere to confront Kelly about those issues.
  • A day after President Donald Trump scrapped a planned June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un, the President, White House, and State Department made clear that U.S. officials continue to be open to further contacts with their North Korean counterparts, seeing if there is a way to get talks back on track to rein in the nuclear weapons program of the Pyongyang regime. “We always knew there would be twists and turns leading up to this meeting on June 12,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. “We never expected it to be easy, so none of this comes as a surprise to us,” Nauert added. On Friday afternoon, officials said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had spoken by phone with the South Korean Foreign Minister, to discuss what the next steps might be – after the June 12 Trump summit with Kim Jong Un was cancelled. On May 24, @SecPompeo spoke by phone with #ROK Foreign Minister Kang. The Secretary & Foreign Minister reaffirmed their shared commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and to the ironclad alliance between the US & the Republic of #Korea. https://t.co/ZsrUNXrf7F — Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) May 25, 2018 Earlier in the day, the President expressed hope that talks could resume on the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, as allies of Mr. Trump argued he made the right move in walking away from the summit at this point in time. “I don’t know where we will meet, when we will meet, or even if we will meet…..but I do believe President Trump is going to end the North Korean nuclear program,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). But as Graham and others acknowledged on Friday, it wasn’t clear whether progress might be made, or how. From both the U.S. side, and the North Korean side, there was no resumption on Friday of some of the more bellicose rhetoric that had marked the long distance relationship between Mr. Trump and Kim Jong Un, as Pyongyang officials said they were open to further talks and the President said he was not giving up. “Everybody plays games,” the President told reporters in talking about the art of negotiation. “We weren’t getting the right signals previously, so hopefully we will in the future,” Nauert told the White House Pool reporter, as President Trump gave the commencement address at the Naval Academy on Friday. “But we didn’t want to go to a meeting just for the sake of going to a meeting,” Nauert added. “There had to be something to come out of it. so we weren’t getting the right signals.”
  • Students at Indiana’s Noblesville West Middle School are hailing a science teacher as a hero for his actions Friday, when a boy opened fire on classmates at the school. >> Read more trending news A teacher, identified by The Indianapolis Star as Jason Seaman, sprung into action after a student asked to use the bathroom Friday morning and returned to the classroom with a pair of handguns, police said. Seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker told The Associated Press that students were taking a test when the unidentified student walked into the classroom and opened fire. >> Noblesville, Indiana middle school shooting: 2 injured, student in custody “Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground,” seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker told The Associated Press. “If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.” The Star reported that Seaman was shot three times and underwent surgery Friday. An unidentified student was also injured, according to police. Jason Seaman’s brother, Jeremy Seaman, told the Star that he was not surprised by reports of his brother’s actions. “He’s not really ever been the person to run away,” Jeremy Seaman told the Star. “When the safety of the kids is at hand, it’s not surprising to me that he was going to do what he had to do.” Jason Seaman has been a teacher in Noblesville for four years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He has also served as head football coach for seventh-graders for two years. Jeremy Seaman told the Star that his brother is married with two young children. Jason Seaman played college football for Southern Illinois from 2007 to 2010, according to ESPN. The team's head coach, Nick Hill, said in a statement Friday that Jason Seaman 'was a great teammate (and) one of the team's hardest workers.'  'You could always trust him to do the right thing,' he said. Jason Seaman continued to recover Friday. Police continue to investigate the shooting.
  • At least three women were injured Friday after an SUV jumped a curb in downtown Portland and struck them before speeding away, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Portland Fire & Rescue officials confirmed authorities were responding to the incident near the intersection of SW 6th Avenue and SW Hall Street around 10:20 a.m. local time. Update 3:55 p.m. EDT: A suspect was in custody Friday after a blue SUV struck at least three women Friday in downtown Portland, KPTV reported. Police earlier asked for help locating the SUV. By 12:45 p.m. local time, authorities said the vehicle had been located. Update 2:25 p.m. EDT: Portland police confirmed that three women were injured Friday in a hit-in-run reported in downtown Portland. Police said the injuries appeared to be serious and two of the women’s injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Authorities said a fourth person might have also been injured but left the scene before police arrived. Officials did not rule out the possibility that the crash could be connected to terrorism, though police said it was too early to tell Friday afternoon. Update 1:53 p.m. EDT: Police described Friday’s crash as a “hit and run,” according to KATU. A witness, who said he was nearly run over, told The Oregonian that it was clear that the driver of the car acted intentionally before Friday’s crash. 'When he got right before me he gunned it,” said the man, who was not identified. He estimated that the vehicle was traveling at about 45 mph when it collided with several other pedestrians. Original report: The Oregonian reported that at least three people were injured, citing an officer at the scene. Matt Ritzi told the newspaper that he was walking to Portland State University when he saw the aftermath of the accident, which left three or four people on the ground. He said he saw more than a dozen people trying to help them. ' I heard a lot of moaning and crying,' he told The Oregonian. 'I didn't see much movement.' Check back for updates to this developing story.

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