Strong to severe storms possible

Saturday may be the wetter of the two days during the afternoon. More storms are expected to develop across SE Kansas and Missouri this evening, and then move our way for late tonight. An enhanced risk in western CT means there is a higher threat for storms to become severe. We will be working out some of these finer details with the next couple of model runs. [Full Article...]

Trump thrusts US, Cuba back toward hostile relations

In a speech given Friday in Miami , Trump announced a harsher U.S. policy towards the island, even though he won't void all of his predecessor Barack Obama's decisions . "My father was imprisoned and tortured", Cruz said, "My aunt was imprisoned and tortured, one by Bautista, one by Castro and they both came to Texas seeking freedom". [Full Article...]

Play ball! GOP, Dems to battle as 1: Team Scalise

Capitol Police, who provided security for the practice, killed the shooter, identified by authorities as James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill . Scalise was reported to have been tended to by Rep. Brad Wenstrup of OH, a US Army Reserve doctor who served in Iraq, before his treatment at the hospital. [Full Article...]

Illinois governor calls special session to force budget deal

Illinois governor calls special session to force budget deal While the governor said it will last until a budget is passed, Schimpf said lawmakers are looking to pass a budget before the fiscal year ends on June 30th. It incorporated some items already agreed to by Senate Democrats and included other issues, including a four-year income tax increase and a four-year property tax freeze, that Republicans believe Democrats might agree to. [Full Article...]

Scalise doctor hopes for 'excellent recovery' despite risk

The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said. Scalise will need more operations for his injuries, but doctors can't yet predict how many are necessary. "We all owe Steve a big, big thank you". The FBI and the Alexandria Police Department said in a joint statement Thursday that federal authorities had examined the rifle and handgun recovered from the scene and deter... [Full Article...]

Seven sailors missing after United States destroyer collides with container ship

USA 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin said the search was continuing in a statement released almost 24 hours after the USS Fitzgerald , an Aegis guided missile destroyer, collided with the much larger Philippine-flagged merchant vessel 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka. [Full Article...]

White House says travel ban is 'fully lawful'

That tweet led the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to leak portions of the memos he had kept to document his conversations with Trump - in the hopes of prompting the appointment of a special counsel. Since then, the White House has refused to clarify whether such tapes exist. But some, have questioned whether Trump is just bluffing about the tapes. [Full Article...]

Trump denounces reports of widening Russian Federation probe

His morning missive apparently referred to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose role leading the federal investigation has become increasingly complicated. In his latest tweet, the president seemed to confirm he is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice. Moscow has denied any interference. [Full Article...]

Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, undergoes third surgery

Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Friday. It was unclear whether he had emerged from surgery as of mid-day Thursday. "It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said. There weren't a lot of people close together so many of them did not quite realize what was happening until some of the players around the diamond fell down. [Full Article...]

Rod Rosenstein: There's No Reason To Fire Special Counsel Mueller

Rod Rosenstein: There's No Reason To Fire Special Counsel Mueller He claimed he knew college students who said they had received death threats for saying they supported Trump, and also criticized comedian Kathy Griffin - who was roundly chastised for posing in a photograph holding a bloodied Trump head - and a NY production of the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar, which features a Trump-like Caesar. [Full Article...]

Trump tweets of witch hunt amid Russian Federation probe, bashes Hillary Clinton

It's a shift in the FBI investigation, which previously focused on Russian hacking during the election, possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, and possible financial crimes by Trump associates. It was not clear whether Trump's tweet was referring to Rosenstein or Mueller, but most news organizations identified the former as Trump's target. [Full Article...]

Police identify mother, 2 daughters found dead at Ohio home

Police identify mother, 2 daughters found dead at Ohio home The North Royalton Police Department identified two sisters as 18-year-old Kylie Pifer and 21-year-old Taylor Pifer . Stark County Sheriff George Maier says Brinkman's vehicle was seen in the driveway of Rogell and Roberta John's home after they returned from a vacation on Sunday. [Full Article...]

Officer who shot Philando Castile found not guilty

Officer who shot Philando Castile found not guilty Seconds later, the officer opened fire. Yanez testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out the gun and he feared for his life. The jury of 12, which included two black people, had to sort through the competing narratives lasting 5 days of deliberation. [Full Article...]

Church news for June 17, 2017

Ocean Commotion: Noah and the Great Flood Vacation Bible School , kindergarten to sixth-grade, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Alliance Bible Church , 7201 Country Club. ConneXion service in the Christian Life Center. Guests include Pastor DaeMarkis Faison and Macedonia Unity Church , Beaulaville; and Pastor Kera Johnson and Bethlehem Apostolic Faith Church of God and Christ, Hertford. [Full Article...]

Temperatures Climbing Inland as Deserts Brace for 120-Degree Heat

Temperatures Climbing Inland as Deserts Brace for 120-Degree Heat Because the weather will be hotter than was forecast on Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory . A Heat Advisory is in effect for the foothills for Sunday through Tuesday as well. The risk will be greater for vulnerable residents such as young children, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses or disabilities, pregnant women and people who are socially isolated. [Full Article...]

Friday weather: Mid-valley rivers rising, but flooding not expected

Friday weather: Mid-valley rivers rising, but flooding not expected Persistent cloud cover, scattered showers and thunderstorms will dominate Father's Day weekend, says the National Weather Service . Father's Day should be nice, with partial sunshine and a high in the low 70s. Partly sunny, with a high near 92 degrees. A year ago on June 16, the high was 91 and the low was 57. Saturday: Warm, showers and thunderstorms. Highs 90 inland, 86 beaches. [Full Article...]

Georgia fugitives reach road's end: a driveway in Tennessee

Georgia fugitives reach road's end: a driveway in Tennessee The pair was captured Thursday night following a auto chase with police on an interstate in Tennessee . Less than 24 hours after two Georgia escapees were captured in Rutherford County after a home invasion, crash and foot pursuit, a 911 call from Bedford County has been released. [Full Article...]

Trump announces rollback of some Cuba policies

Trump announces rollback of some Cuba policies Trump complained the recent surge of American visitors has benefited Cuba's repressive rulers. "The bill has 55 total cosponsors and I am convinced it would pass the Senate with upwards of 70 votes". -Cuba policy. "The profits from investment and tourism flow directly to the military", he said to applause. She said Friday was a "very grandiose day for freedom" - and on the flip side, "n... [Full Article...]

Trump keeps much of Obama's Cuba policy

Trump keeps much of Obama's Cuba policy Cuban authorities have stepped up their detentions of activists, often confiscating their telephones and laptops, but they have also been coming down with a heavy hand on self- employed Cubans who appear to be empowering themselves. The new policy is only a partial reversal from that of the Obama administration. "The people of Cuba will have freedom one day", Haley said. For Cubans, the shift ... [Full Article...]

Steve Scalise Has 'Improved in Last 24 Hours,' Remains in Critical Condition

One of William's staffers, Zack Barth, was shot in the leg Wednesday, but was released from the hospital later that day. "We were still out there", Richmond said , saying they weren't sure whether they should expect an orchestrated attack on their team , as well. [Full Article...]

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