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Florida disaster chief quits as state recovers from hurricane. Florida disaster chief quits as state recovers from hurricane.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s disaster management chief announced his resignation Tuesday as the state continues to recover from one of the largest, most destructive hurricanes in decades. State Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon will officially leave his post Sunday, ending one of the longest agency chief tenures during Gov. Rick Scott’s two terms in office. In a news release, S...
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Trump's new travel ban: Why these 8 countries now. Trump's new travel ban: Why these 8 countries now.
President Trump listed eight countries in a new travel ban that he said is intended to protect Americans from harm. The countries either do not currently manage and screen their citizens to higher U.S. standards imposed since Trump took office, or they present “sufficient risk factors” that require restrictions on their citizens' travel to the United States, the White House said. The eight n...
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Congress should protect evidence gathered by Mueller in Russia probe, experts warn. Congress should protect evidence gathered by Mueller in Russia probe, experts warn.
WASHINGTON — When former president Richard Nixon abruptly fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, assistant prosecutor Nick Akerman stuffed some of the evidence against Nixon in his clothes to prevent it from being destroyed. "I hate to tell you exactly where I put it," laughed Akerman, who is now a partner for the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney. With the continuing possib...
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Trump blames Hillary Clinton for North Korea nuclear weapons program. Trump blames Hillary Clinton for North Korea nuclear weapons program.
NEW YORK CITY – President Trump on Wednesday urged world leaders at the United Nations to thwart the "enormous security threat" from North Korea – even as he blamed his predecessors and previous political rival Hillary Clinton for Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. "We must all stand together and be accountable for implementing U.N. sanctions and resolutions in response to North Korea’s host...
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5 takeaways from President Trump's United Nations speech, from North Korea to 'America First' foreign policy. 5 takeaways from President Trump's United Nations speech, from North Korea to 'America First' foreign policy.
As President Trump made his first major address before the United Nations General Assembly, he demonstrated his forceful foreign policy rhetoric while still demonstrating that he's still mindful of his promise to keep the United States as his priority. Here are the main takeaways: 1. Iran's a 'rogue nation' Trump appeared to signal he may soon declare Iran out of compliance with the 2015 agr...
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Trump comments on London attack draw rebuke from United Kingdom. Trump comments on London attack draw rebuke from United Kingdom.
WASHINGTON — President Trump set off another spat with the United Kingdom on Friday with tweets that appeared to blame British security for a terrorist attack. They drew a swift rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May. "I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation," May told reporters in London. During an early-morning tweet barrage, Trump said s...
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Obama Foundation announces civics summit, fellowship. Obama Foundation announces civics summit, fellowship.
The Obama Foundation announced Wednesday its first set of initiatives since former president Barack Obama left office, including a summit and fellowship for civic leaders. The summit will be held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, bringing in hundreds of civic leaders from around the world to discuss ideas and solutions. "We're bringing together hundreds of leaders from all around the world for a hands-...
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Trump hasn't formally declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, and lawmakers want to know why. Trump hasn't formally declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, and lawmakers want to know why.
WASHINGTON — Four weeks after President Trump said he would declare a national emergency in response to the opioid epidemic, the White House has not yet taken that dramatic step. The monthlong delay has left some lawmakers and advocates wondering whether Trump plans to follow through on a promise that could expand access to treatment and increase the availability of overdose reversal drugs. ...
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As Irma bears down on Florida, Virgin Islands asks: Don't forget us. As Irma bears down on Florida, Virgin Islands asks: Don't forget us.
As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida, current and former residents of the Caribbean islands already battered by the powerful storm had a message for the rest of the world Saturday: Remember us. "Islands like ours tend to get forgotten after storms," former San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan, who grew up on St. Croix, said in a Players' Tribune essay. "We’re remote, which makes it hard to ...
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House passes $15.25 billion hurricane aid package with short-term government funding, debt-ceiling increase. House passes $15.25 billion hurricane aid package with short-term government funding, debt-ceiling increase.
WASHINGTON — The House on Friday passed a $15.25 billion hurricane relief package that also increases the nation’s debt limit and funds the federal government for the next three months. The bill, which passed 316-90, now heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature. All House Democrats and a majority of Republicans who voted supported the bill, while 90 Republicans opposed it. The Senate p...
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