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100-year-old mother meets 79-year-old daughter for the first time: 'It was a miracle'

It was an emotional family reunion on Sunday in Florida: A 79-year-old daughter met her 100-year-old birth mother for the first time, both having been told decades ago that the other had died. For years they've lived less than 100 miles apart along the Florida coast, not knowing about each other until a recent DNA test and the dedication of family members brought them together. Joanne Loewenstern, 79, found out at the age of 16 that she was adopted. She was told her birth mother had died soon after she was born, according to WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach. Caretakers of Lillian Ciminieri, 100, believe she spent her life thinking her daughter had died at birth, according to a video of the reunion. Ciminieri once went by "Lillian Feinsilver," the name Loewenstern was given as her birth mother's name, according to the Washington Post. Thanks to the detective work of family members documented by the Post, mother and daughter reunited after a DNA match on The website offers DNA services designed to help users discover their family history. "It was a miracle in our view," Elliot Loewenstern, Joanne's son, told USA TODAY in a written message. "Unbelievable." ► June 29: Teen helps blind and deaf man on flight ► June 27: Teacher's final gift was to help children in need When the two met in Port St. Lucie, Florida, they were about 1,000 miles away from where they were separated 79 years ago: New York City. The mystery of her birth mother haunted Loewenstern throughout her life. "Many nights I sat and cried," Loewenstern told WPTV. She didn't fully believe that her mother had died at a Bronx hospital in 1938, as she was told. “I had a feeling she was alive somehow,” The Post quotes Loewenstern as saying. “I just felt that I didn’t believe it for some reason.” Details of how and why the separation occurred are still unknown. "We don’t know what happened officially because this is all new to us and we aren’t alive at that time," Elliot Loewenstern said. The reunion brought relief and closure to Loewenstern and her family. "This is incredible and my mother can finally put to bed her question of who am I? God truly works in mysterious ways and today was massive," Elliot Loewenstern wrote on Facebook after the reunion. Mother and daughter spent time coloring together when they met. One of the pictures: Flip-flops and sunglasses, that Loewenstern inscribed with a message. She promised to keep in touch, to have a relationship with her long-lost birth mother. "Love your daughter, Joanne," she signed the picture.

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10 dead in Texas school shooting, suspect identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis: What we know

Witnesses described the shooter firing inside a classroom about 7:40 a.m., sending students running out of the building, hopping over fences and taking shelter in a nearby car wash. Tyler Turner, a student, told KTRK-TV in Houston, his friends saw the gunman with a shotgun. The gunman, Turner said, pulled the fire alarm, bringing students out of their classrooms. One student, who identified herself as Paige to KRTK-TV, said she hid backstage in an auditorium as the first shots rang out. She called her mom on her cellphone, who told her to remain calm, breathe and follow the teachers' directions. "I was very, very scared," she said.

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Acting New Zealand PM tells Australia to change its flag

New Zealand's Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called on neighbouring Australia to change its flag Thursday, saying it had pinched the Kiwi banner's design and was causing confusion. "We designed it and they borrowed it and if we wanted to clear the matter up they should change their flag," Peters told reporters. "It must be patently obvious that all over the world people are confused. I've been in places like Turkey and elsewhere where they've confused our countries on the basis of those flags. It's not helpful." Both the New Zealand and Australian flags are dark blue with the Union Jack emblem of former colonial power Britain in the top left corner. The only major difference is that the Australian version has six white stars, five representing the Southern Cross, while New Zealand depicts the constellation with four red stars. Peters, who is temporarily leading the country while Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is on maternity leave, feels strongly about the flag issue. The 73-year-old also raised it earlier this week, complaining "we got there first with this design". Opposition leader Simon Bridges ridiculed Peters' flag preoccupation, accusing him of populism and labelling him "a poor man's Donald Trump". Bridges said New Zealanders he had spoken to were concerned about topics such as the economy and healthcare. "They never raised with me changing the Australian flag. That's weird by even his (Peters') standards," he told parliament. New Zealand adopted its flag in 1902, while Australia's was not officially recognised until 1954. However, the Australian version had been used informally since 1901 and both countries say similar designs were common throughout the late 1800s. New Zealand held a referendum on changing its flag to a silver fern design in 2016, with the proposal defeated 43 percent to 57.

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A grooming gang in Huddersfield targeted dozens of underage girls and raped

A grooming gang in Huddersfield targeted dozens of underage girls and raped, abused, and passed them around for years. One mum recounts the harrowing abuse suffered by her daughter. "One time she came home and her neck was completely black with bites. "I had an idea what was going on because I would see her underwear... but these men have a hold over your child and there's nothing you can do apart from be there." This was the reality of daily life for one family who fought for years to free their daughter from the abusers' grip. At 13, she was not particularly streetwise. Her mother remembers a "very quiet", boy band-obsessed "girly-girl who loved wearing pink hair clips". But, as she was drawn into a seedy world, she changed. Twenty guilty of campaign of rape and abuse Grooming victims 'delivered to hell' "Her hair tied so tight on top of her head, her clothes changed, her underwear changed," her mother said. "There were big hooped earrings and she started wearing make-up and listening to this music I didn't recognise. "All the time she was home her phone was constantly in her hand." Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image caption Victims were "used and abused at will" over a seven year period from 2004 to 2011 A pattern of behaviour began to stick. She regularly missed school, disappeared every weekend and left her parents frantic until they got a hysterical call in the early hours. Each time, their daughter had been dumped and left to find her own way back to her family. At home, the youngster was bombarded with dozens of phone calls and text messages. Her parents locked windows and doors to try and protect her but she would threaten to hurt herself with a knife. "There was one time we were trying to talk sense into her and drag her back into the house," her mum said. "She was saying 'I have to go, you don't understand'. "I was saying 'please make us understand' and she said 'they've said if I don't do what they say then they're going to gang rape you in front of dad'. "I was gobsmacked. I thought if this is the kind of hold these perpetrators have over your child then you've got absolutely no chance." Reality Check: The scale of online child sex abuse 'Nobody asked me any questions' Desperate to "get her off the radar", her father took her out of the country for several weeks. But when she returned, so did the men and their demands. "She'd come home totally disorientated. We used to take it in turns and sit up all night with her, making sure she was lying on her side. We didn't know what she'd had. "She was giddy, silly. I used to always say what's your name, what's your date of birth, do you know what day it is? "Then she'd sleep right through until dinner time the day after, get up, shower and go out again." Her parents would constantly ring the police and approached their MP. With support from charity Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation, they kept a daily log but were told by officers that without any "hardcore evidence" or the girls speaking out, nothing could be done. "Some police officers were nice but the odd one or two d

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Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: survey

Americans make up 4 percent of the world's population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey showed on Monday. The Small Arms Survey, an independent global research project based in Geneva, Switzerland, found that there were more than 1 billion firearms in the world, of which civilians owned 85 percent, while the rest were held by militaries or law enforcement agencies. The number of guns owned by civilians globally rose to 857 million in 2017 from 650 million in 2006, the survey said. There were 120 guns for every 100 U.S. residents in 2017, it found, followed by Yemen with nearly 53 firearms per 100 people. "The biggest force pushing up gun ownership around the world is civilian ownership in the United States. Ordinary American people buy approximately 14 million new and imported guns every year," survey author Aaron Karp told reporters. "Why are they buying them? That's another debate. Above all, they are buying them probably because they can. The American market is extraordinarily permissive," he told a news conference at the United Nations in New York. The Small Arms Survey said civilian firearms registration data was available for 133 countries and territories, but only 28 countries released information on their military stockpiles and law enforcement agencies. Karp said every figure published by the survey for 230 countries and territories "includes some degree of estimation.

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American tourist killed by stray bullet in Mexico City

An American tourist was accidentally shot and killed during a driveby shooting while exiting a taco restaurant in an upscale neighborhood in Mexico City on Monday. The woman was apparently struck by a stray bullet, according to the Mexico City Attorney General's Office. According to the AG, she was struck when two men on a motorcycle fired at a man on the sidewalk. Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, was shot while exiting a restaurant in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of the Mexico capital at about 5:50 a.m. The neighborhood is known as a nice area and a popular destination for tourists. Mirutenko, who was with her husband and two friends, was taken to the hospital, where she died. The 46-year-old man who was targeted in the shooting was injured. The AG said he worked as a bouncer in Polanco, the neighborhood just east of Lomas de Chapultepec. "A year ago, we were selecting flowers for the wedding. Today we were looking at flowers for the funeral," Wasyl Mirutenko, Tatiana's father, told San Francisco ABC station KGO. A manhunt is still on for the two alleged shooters. "The analysis of the surveillance cameras, by the investigation police, allowed us to know that the aggressors fled to the State of Mexico," the attorney general said. The woman worked for Nektar Therapeutics in San Francisco. "Tatiana was a bright and passionate rising star on our Nektar Investor Relations team in San Francisco," Jennifer Ruddock, Nektar's senior Vvice president of Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs told ABC News. "She was always willing to help on any project across the company and had an incredibly strong work ethic. Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life."

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AMUEEE Application Form 2018 For New Session

Lakhs of candidates are waiting for the AMUEEE Application Form 2018 which is going to schedule for the academic session for engineering course. AMUEEE is also known as Aligarh Muslim University Engineering Entrance Exam. AMU is famous & premier central university and situated in the middle of Aligarh.

AMUEEE Application Form 2018

This university ha 12 faculties like Agricultural Sciences, Social Science, Law, Medicine, Theology and Unani Medicine, Engineering, Arts, Management Studies and Research. The application form is different for different streams. The qualification eligibility is different for different courses. The exam will schedule in the offline mode. The minimum age required for this exam is 17 and have the secondary school certificate before 2014. The AMU Engineering Application form can fill up by offline and also by online mode. While applying for multiple courses, candidates have to fill up only one form. AMUEEE 2018 Online Registration • Candidates can check the official website and the link will appear over there.

• If the candidate wants to fill up the form in offline mode then first of all download the form and then fill it manually.

• You can also go for the “Apply” button and read all the instruction carefully and go for the “Click here to continue”.

• Candidates can select “New Registration Candidate”.

• Candidates have registered with their mobile number and email id.

• After this, the authority will send the username and password both to the candidate on their registered mobile number.

• Also, you need to upload the valid certificates, signature as well as thumb impression of the left hand.

• Finally, you can click on the “Save” button & make payment through credit card, debit card or net banking

• Candidates can get the print out of the confirmation page on A4 size paper and keep it with you.

• Candidates no need to send a confirmation page to the authority. Download AMUEEE Application 2018

• First of all, candidates need to download the application from its official website.

• You can attach the copies of certificates, signature and left-hand thumb impression.

• Candidates can also attach the demand draft of fees.

• For the candidates who are applying for this exam in offline mode, they have to send their forms to the university address.

• For offline mode, during filling the forms use black ball point pen.

• You can also attach the demand draft with the documents.

• Candidates can keep all the print out of confirmation page for future reference. AMUEEE 2018 Application Fees

• The application fees for B.Tech is Rs. 550/-, for both B. Tech and B. Arch the fees, is Rs. 650/- and for B.E (evening) the fees is Rs. 350/-.

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AP ICET MBA/ MCA Application Form 2018 For New

Sri Venkateswara University has activated a link of APICET Application Form 2018 for those interested eligible students whose aim is to make a career in management and technology. AP ICET 2018 pronounced as Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test. These forms will start to fill from 1st week of March to 2nd week of April for doing post graduation degrees like MBA and MCA. This test will conduct to provide admissions for MBA & MCA colleges of Andhra Pradesh. This entrance test will schedule in the month of May 2018. AP ICET MBA/ MCA Application Form 2018 Candidates who have passed their graduations or bachelor degrees they can apply online for ICET 2018. Students can get admission into different types of colleges by qualifying this test. Admission will be given based on purely merit system. Topper students can get admission by taking highest rank according to their choice in their desired colleges or university. Interested & willing students who want to appear this test, they should pay the exam fees. Students should have to pay 450/- fees by debit /credit cards or net banking or by going AP helpline center. Students should have to upload photograph and signature in sizes given in the notifications. Before filling the form let us read various steps to apply the form:- Online Registration for AP ICET 2018 • You can visit official website e. to click apply online form. • Candidate must submit their fees online with debit/credit card (MasterCard or Maestro) /net banking by clicking on Fee Payment Tab. • For payment of fees, candidate has to enter hall ticket number, Name, DOB, Mobile Number, E-Mail ID, Fee amount etc. then click on Initiate Payment button. • Now you can choose your cards like debit or credit and fill all the details given in the form. • After successfully payment, a confirmation message will be appeared and the amount will be deducted from the card. • If any problem occurs during payment process then students must try again for payment of fees. The amount will be deducted only one time from your account. • Candidate can pay 450/- fees for this exam. Candidate can pay their fees by going nearest APOnline Center. • Now candidate can know their payment status by entering qualifying examination hall ticket number and mobile number then click on Check payment status. • After successful payment, you can click to proceed fill the application. • Candidates can click on fill application form. Now candidates can type father's name, Mother’s name, Gender, Aadhaar Card No., Birth District, Birth state, ration Card No., category, Minority/No-minority, Annual Income of the Parents, address, qualifying examination( 10th and 12th class hall ticket no., month of passing, year of passing), Place of study. • Now candidate has to enter their test center preferences on their choices. • You need to upload photograph and signature. The size of colored photograph and signature must not be over than 50KB and 30KB respectively. • Candidate has to click on declaration box after reading all the instructions & click on save button. Candidates can take print out this application form for future use.

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Attorney General Barr says Mueller report to be released 'by mid-April'

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election is set to be made public in the next few weeks. In a letter sent Friday to the chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, Attorney General William Barr indicated he is planning to release the report and would testify before the committees about it on May 1 and May 2. “I share your desire to ensure that Congress and the public have the opportunity to read the Special Counsel’s report. We are preparing the report for release,” Barr wrote. Robert Mueller, left, and William Barr Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: AP More Barr said his office was working with Mueller to make the “redactions that are required” before releasing the report. This would include information related to sensitive investigative sources and methods, confidential grand jury proceedings, and “material that could affect other ongoing matters,” including ones Mueller referred to other DOJ offices. “Our progress is such that I anticipate we will be in a position to release the report by mid-April, if not sooner,” Barr wrote. Barr also indicated the White House would not review the report prior to release, nor ask for material to be withheld due to executive privilege. “Although the President would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report, he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review,” wrote Barr. Barr’s latest letter came after five days of wrangling over the conclusion of Mueller’s probe. On March 24, two days after Barr announced Mueller concluded his investigation and submitted a confidential report on his findings, the attorney general sent another letter to the Judiciary Committees notifying them of the special counsel’s “principal conclusions.” In that four-page document, Barr said Mueller’s report was divided into two main parts: analyzing whether Americans “joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election,” and addressing whether Trump had potentially obstructed justice in his attacks on the investigation and top officials involved in it. On the first point, Barr quoted Mueller saying his team “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Mueller was apparently less definitive on the question of potential obstruction. Barr wrote that the special counsel “did not draw a conclusion — one way or the other — as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction” and instead left it to the attorney general to decide whether a crime had been committed. President Trump President Trump speaking to reporters in Canal Point, Fla., Friday. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) More Since the release of Barr’s letter describing the report, Trump and his allies have described it as a complete vindication of the president. While Barr indicated Mueller did not find direct evidence Trump’s campaign cooperated with the Russian election intervention, his investigation did lead to multiple indictments of top Trump campaign aides for, among others things, lying to Congress and investigators about their contacts with Russian officials. Democrats responded to Barr’s letter by pushing for the release of the full report and argued that a four-page summary from the attorney general, a Trump appointee who had criticized the Mueller investigation before taking his post, was inadequate. Even if Barr does release the report, the political fights over Mueller’s investigation will likely continue. Congressional Democrats are also seeking Mueller’s underlying evidence, including potential grand jury materials. Barr concluded his letter by objecting to what he described as “statements mischaracterizing” his earlier report on the principal conclusions of the investigation. “My March 24 letter was not, and did not purport to be, an exhaustive recounting of the Special Counsel’s investigation or report,” Barr wrote. According to Barr, Mueller’s report was “nearly 400 pages long,” not including tables and appendices and could not have been recapped in brief. “Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own,” Barr said of the report. “I do not believe it would be in the public’s interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report or to release it in serial or piecemeal fashion.”

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Best thing about Packers and Movers in Delhi

You are residing in Delhi and planning to move somewhere in other state. The first thing that will strike in your mind will be the packing of your all belongings and transporting it. According to you shifting along with your family and belongings can make you feel stressful. You should not think so much regarding the issue of packing the stuff and relocating your place.

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In the present scenario with the availability of things at an ease, movers and packers agencies in a metropolitan place is easy to hire. So when you have the solution to your problem your stress should not come to you. Relieving your stress on the company workers which you have hired can help you in managing the things with comfort. But the other thing that strikes your mind is the traffic at Delhi border. But when you have hired the expert team to relocate your goods you need not to worry. There are few things that are best on part of the agencies of packing running in Delhi. With increase in competition in market this industry is fastest growing and helping the customers in relocating their things with a comfort.

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The customers are now less relaxed as their needs are being fulfilled by these agencies with experts and professionals they have hired. Various benefits these firms are giving to the customers with their best services- From start to finish These firms take the whole responsibility of the customers by packing their stuff in a good and protected way and then transporting it in a safely manner. After that unpacking the stuff and setting it according t6o customers wish. They take all the headache without giving much pain to the hirers. Insurance policy- The best service they are offering is the insurance policy of the products.

Almost all the companies have different policies of insurance some do not give the insurance for glass and plastic stuff. But some firms even give some amount for the plastic and glass too. Experienced team- Team of the company makes the firm grow at a large scale. So in this competitive world every organization wants to grow so they hire the experts and professionals who can serve in a better way. The workers who are familiar with packing do it well without any harm to the things. Planning- The best agencies always work with great coordination and patience. They don’t pack the things in a hurry rather they pack everything with patience. Hassle free shifting- Despite of so much traffic in Delhi the companies are giving 100 percent satisfaction to the customers with their on time shifting. They provide hassle free shifting.

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Cambridge Analytica files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation after debilitating scandal

Cambridge Analytica, the political intelligence firm whose tactics came under fire and sparked a whirlwind of scrutiny over Facebook data, has submitted papers in the U.S. to begin liquidating. The company filed late Thursday to enter Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It was a widely expected decision after the firm had already started similar proceedings in United Kingdom courts. The move comes less than three weeks after Cambridge Analytica announced it would shut down, citing the debilitating controversy over its handling of some 87 million Facebook users' data and its aggressive political maneuvers, including past ties to the Trump campaign. The company is also said to be under investigation by U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller as he probes Russian meddling in the presidential election. That will continue. Cambridge Analytica said earlier this month that it had "unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully," but "the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company’s customers and suppliers." The company had 107 full-time employees and offices in London, New York and Washington as of earlier this month. In a court filing, Cambridge Analytica listed assets of about $100,000 to $500,000 and debts of about $1 million to $10 million. The company said it had no more than 49 creditors. More: Cambridge Analytica shutting down in wake of Facebook data crisis

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Chargers and USA Football Host Youth Football Summit

On Saturday, during the last weekend before the Chargers kicked off phase one of the offseason program, Hoag Performance Center was buzzing as the team hosted a leadership summit alongside USA Football for youth football commissioners, presidents and coaches. The purpose of the summit was to assemble leaders from Southern California youth football leagues and affiliate organizations to share information, discuss relevant issues and develop strategies to ensure the future of the game. USA Football Regional Manager Josh Huber presented programs, products, resources and tools designed to assist youth coaches and leaders, while Chargers representatives such as Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach George Stewart, former tight end/fullback Kris Wilson and sports nutritionist Karen Freeman spoke and addressed key topics relating to youth football. Other features of the summit included a presentation from Huntington Beach Union High School District’s Athletic Director Jim Perry in his role with Positive Coaching Alliance – Los Angeles, equipment fitting instructions from Brad Ross of Riddell, and a Q&A session with Dr. Eugene Yim from Hoag Medical Group. Legendary Mission Viejo HS Coach Bob Johnson and CIF-Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod also shared their knowledge and experience in the game of football with attendees.

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Close advisers try to steer Trump away from issuing pardons

The end of the special counsel's investigation sparked fresh speculation that President Donald Trump might pardon some of those charged in the probe. It's also spawned a don't-go-there chorus from some of Trump's closest advisers and GOP allies. They're warning that pardons could ignite a political firestorm that overshadows what Trump sees as a moment of triumph . Trump mused about granting pardons at times during special counsel Robert Mueller's nearly two-year investigation. But according to his lawyers, the president has not been in active talks about using his pardon powers to help advisers who have pleaded guilty or been convicted, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort . "The president is not going to consider pardons. He's not gonna give any pardons," said Rudy Giuliani, the president's outside attorney. "If it ever happens, it has to happen in the future, but nobody has any promise of it, nobody should assume it. Of course, he has the power to do it, but I have no reason to believe he's going to use it." Mueller's probe ended last week. According to a four-page summary issued by Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, Mueller found no evidence Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election. But Mueller reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then concluded there wasn't sufficient evidence to establish that the president had obstructed justice. Trump has falsely claimed that Mueller "completely exonerated" him, a rallying cry echoed by many on the right and taken up by some conservatives who are now calling for Trump to issue pardons. "President Trump should pardon General Mike Flynn. General Mike Flynn was entrapped by federal agents that were seeking revenge against Trump," tweeted Charlie Kirk, founder of the conservative group Turning Point USA, who said Flynn faces $5 million in legal fees. George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, this week became the first to formally request a presidential pardon. He served a 14-day prison sentence last year after pleading guilty to making false statements to federal prosecutors about his communications with a professor who claimed that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. "My lawyers have formally asked for a pardon," Papadopoulos told Fox News. "If it's granted, I would be honored to accept it." Tom Fitton, the president of the conservative group Judicial Watch, tweeted this week that a Flynn pardon can't come "soon enough." And Jack Posbiec, an online conservative advocate, pushed for clemency for longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, who recently pleaded not guilty to felony charges in Mueller's investigation. But there is little appetite among Trump allies for the political mess that pardons could create. White House aides and Republican lawmakers alike have advised the president to steer clear of the idea, particularly as House Democrats continue their investigations and the 2020 campaign has begun. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who spent last weekend with Trump, told reporters on Monday that "if President Trump pardoned anybody in his orbit, it would not play well." Other congressional allies and informal Trump advisers, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have counseled against pardoning anyone ensnared in Mueller's investigation. Trump has not brought up pardons since the Mueller probe ended, but has privately complained about what he believes is the unfair treatment a number of his former aides have received, according to a White House official not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations. The president has expressed sympathy for Manafort, believing his sentence of seven-plus years for a variety of financial crimes was unjust, according to the official. When asked by reporters at the White House earlier this month if he could consider pardoning Manafort, Trump demurred, saying, "I have not even given it a thought as of this moment." "It is not something that's right now on my mind," Trump said. In an interview Wednesday on Fox News Channel, Trump said, "I don't want to talk about pardons now" even as he bashed the investigation. Trump claimed earlier in the month that his former attorney Michael Cohen, sentenced to three years in prison for violating campaign finance laws, financial crimes and lying to Congress, directly asked him for a pardon. Cohen's representatives have since disputed that account while acknowledging that he would have been open to the offer last April, when his office and hotel room were first raided by the FBI. Trump has previously not been shy about exercising his pardon powers, using them in his first two years in office far more than his recent predecessors. In particular, he rewarded ideological allies, particularly those who he believed were victims of politically motivated prosecutors. Among those who received pardons were conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who was convicted of a campaign finance violation, and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, who was convicted of criminal contempt. Each move was widely interpreted as a signal to other potential cooperating witnesses in the Mueller probe that they could also be rewarded with a pardon if they stayed loyal to the president.

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Cops and protesters scuffle after man fatally shot by Chicago police officer

CHICAGO — Police scuffled with demonstrators Saturday evening in the nation's third-largest city, hours after a Chicago police officer fatally shot a man on the city's South Side. Officers were struck by rocks and bottles as dozens of demonstrators gathered near the crime scene Saturday, according to police. Four demonstrators were arrested late Saturday as police cleared the crime scene, said Anthony Guglielmi, the police department's chief spokesman. Fred Waller, chief of the department's patrol division, said three or four officers were injured. It was not immediately clear what charges the arrested demonstrators face. Video posted on social media appeared to show multiple officers drag one man at the scene. Protesters chanted "murderers" and "no justice, no peace" at officers.

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Create a new park

You know what would make this lovely place even more lovely? A new park! Please consider it.

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This is something my administration is actively considering.

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Democrats make legal bid for all Russia probe evidence Trump poll numbers drop

Congressional Democrats took legal action on Friday to gain access to all of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's evidence from his inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as the probe's findings dented President Donald Trump's poll ratings. The number of Americans who approve of Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a redacted version of Mueller's report on Thursday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online opinion poll. Mueller did not establish the Trump campaign coordinated with Russians but did find "multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations." While Mueller ultimately decided not to charge Trump with a crime such as obstruction of justice, he also said the investigation did not exonerate the president, either. U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, issued a subpoena to the Justice Department to hand over the full Mueller report and other relevant evidence by May 1. "My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice. The redactions appear to be significant," Nadler said in a statement. The Justice Department called the request "premature and unnecessary," but spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement the department would work with Congress "to accommodate its legitimate requests consistent with the law and long-recognized executive branch interests." The report provided extensive details on Trump's efforts to thwart Mueller's investigation, giving Democrats plenty of political ammunition against the Republican president but leaving them with no consensus on how to use it. The document has blacked out sections to hide details about secret grand jury information, U.S. intelligence gathering and active criminal cases as well as potentially damaging information about peripheral players who were not charged. Six top congressional Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected U.S. Attorney General William Barr's offer to give them access to a less-redacted version of the report. In a letter to Barr, they repeated their request for the full report but said they were open to "a reasonable accommodation." Democratic leaders have played down talk of impeachment of Trump just 18 months before the 2020 presidential election, even as some prominent members of the party's progressive wing, notably U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, promised to push the idea. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren became the first major contender for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination to call for the start of impeachment proceedings, saying on Twitter that "the severity of this misconduct" demanded it. 'CRAZY MUELLER REPORT' Trump, who has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a political witch hunt, lashed out again on Friday. "Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report...which are fabricated & totally untrue," Trump wrote on Twitter. He seemed to be referring to former White House counsel Don McGahn who was cited in the report as having annoyed Trump by taking notes of his conversations with the president. "Watch out for people that take so-called 'notes,' when the notes never existed until needed," Trump wrote. "It was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the 'Report' about me, some of which are total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad)." Phone conversations between the president and McGahn in June 2017 were a central part of Mueller's depiction of Trump as trying to derail the Russia inquiry. The report said Trump told McGahn to instruct the Justice Department to fire Mueller. McGahn did not carry out the order. According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,005 adults conducted Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, 37 percent of people approve of Trump’s performance in office - down from 40 percent in a similar poll conducted on April 15, which matches the lowest level of the year. The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points. Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said the Democrats' subpoena "is wildly overbroad" and would jeopardize a grand jury's investigations. While most Republicans have stood by Trump, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, now a U.S. senator from Utah, criticized Trump and those around him as portrayed in the report. Romney, an on-and-off Trump critic, said on Twitter it was "good news" there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump with a crime. "Even so, I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President," said Romney, who lost the White House race to President Barack Obama in 2012. The Mueller inquiry laid bare what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as a Russian campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States, denigrate 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boost Trump.

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Diaper-clad 'Trump Baby' blimp to fly over London during president's visit

LONDON – An inflatable blimp of President Donald Trump wearing a diaper, clutching a cellphone and throwing a temper tantrum has been given approval to fly near Britain's Parliament here during the U.S. president's visit to the United Kingdom next week. London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday authorized the 19-foot-high orange balloon's flight path during Trump's three-day visit that begins July 13. It will be allowed to fly for two hours next Friday morning in central London at the same time as a "Stop Trump" demonstration takes place that is expected to draw thousands of people. Khan's office said the "Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands this can take many different forms." London city officials previously turned down permission sought by the group behind the blimp, named "Trump Baby," after more than 10,000 people signed a petition and contributed to a crowdfunding campaign to pay for it. It will be anchored to a spot in Parliament Square Gardens and not allowed to fly higher than 100 feet. Big Ben, the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster across from Parliament Square Gardens, is 315 feet tall.

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Doctor accused of murder in 25 patient overdose deaths

An Ohio doctor was charged with murder Wednesday in the deaths of 25 hospital patients who, authorities say, were killed with deliberate overdoses of painkillers, many of them administered by other medical workers on his orders. In one of the biggest cases of its kind ever brought against an American health care professional, William Husel was accused of ordering outsize doses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Many of the patients who died were on ventilators and receiving palliative care. The deaths occurred between 2015 and 2018. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien compared Husel's actions to extinguishing a dwindling candle. "That candle, while there may be just a half an inch of wax left, if I blow that candle out, I'm causing that flame to go out sooner than it would naturally," O'Brien said. Husel, 43, pleaded not guilty after turning himself in earlier in the day. A judge set bail at $1 million. The doctor is the lone defendant. Authorities are not prosecuting nurses, pharmacists and others involved in the deaths, though dozens of hospital employees have been reported to professional boards for investigation and potential disciplinary action. Husel's lawyer said he was trying to provide "comfort care" for dying patients. "At no time did Dr. Husel ever intend to euthanize anyone — euthanize meaning speed up death," defense attorney Richard Blake said. The patients were going to die whether they were being treated by Husel or another physician, Blake said. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System has publicly apologized. It issued a statement Wednesday pledging to continue cooperating with authorities and making "meaningful changes" to ensure such events never happen again. The system found that Husel ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 patients, including five who might have received those drugs when there still was a chance to improve their conditions with treatment. The hospital system said six more patients got doses that were excessive but probably did not cause their deaths. The murder charges were brought only in cases that involved fentanyl doses of at least 500 micrograms. The prosecutor said the investigation remains open and other cases are still under review. Husel was fired in December and stripped of his medical license after concerns about his orders were brought to the attention of officials at Mount Carmel, where he had worked for five years. Mount Carmel has said it should have investigated and taken action sooner. It has acknowledged that the doctor was not removed from patient care for four weeks after the concerns were raised, and three patients died during that time. Police Sgt. Terry McConnell said none of the families who talked with investigators believed that what happened was "mercy treatment." Amy Pfaff, whose mother was among the patients whose deaths prompted the charges, said she still wonders about his motives. "Trust me, I sit many hours sitting trying to figure out why would he do this to so many people, and I just don't know," Pfaff said. More than two dozen wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed against the doctor and the hospital system, including one by Pfaff over the October 2017 death of her mother, Beverlee Schirtzinger. The hospital system settled some of the cases for hundreds of thousands of dollars. All employees who had a role in administering medication to the victims have been removed from patient care as a precaution, hospital officials have said.

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Donald Trump asks black people for their votes during Ohio rally

LEBANON, Ohio – President Donald Trump Friday night marched out at the Warren County Fairgrounds to Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" and rallied an enthusiastic crowd for the November election. He asked a favor of black voters. "I'm asking all African-American voters to honor us with their support," Trump said. "Get away from the Democrats, they’ve done nothing." Thousands were packed underneath a massive metal roof on the fairgrounds to listen to Trump. The venue’s capacity according to fairgrounds staff is 3,000. Rapper and avid Trump supporter Kanye West’s name came up multiple times during Trump’s hour-long speech. West made a highly publicized and profanity-laced visit to the Oval Office yesterday. “Kanye West, what he did yesterday was pretty amazing,” Trump said. West also got a blessing from U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood. Trump came to southwest Ohio to help Chabot’s re-election effort. Chabot is locked in a bitter battle with Democratic candidate Aftab Pureval. It's one of the nation's highest-profile races. Trump brought Chabot onstage. Chabot spoke briefly, asking God to bless Trump, the people of Warren County and West. "I never thought I would say this, God Bless Kanye West," Chabot said. Trump spent the bulk of his speech campaigning for GOP candidates in Ohio. He praised Chabot as “a great friend of mine." Prior to the speech, Trump attended a fundraiser for Chabot. Chabot told The Enquirer earlier this week he didn't ask the president to come but he welcomes him. This race is about Trump just as much if not more than the candidates. A Suffolk University/Enquirer poll released Friday showed 48 percent of Ohio likely voters said they wanted their vote "to change the direction President Trump is leading the nation." Only 34 percent said they wanted to support the direction Trump has set, though that was up from an earlier poll this summer.

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