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Grisham's statement said the first lady delivered remarks after the night's performances and congratulated the recipients of this year's Lincoln Medal , awarded to people whose work and achievements exemplify the legacy and character of the nation's 16th president.
  • China warns USA against tariffs as trade talks end

    China warns USA against tariffs as trade talks end

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    More than 50 US officials are in Beijing for the trade talks. But the truce appeared to end with last week's announcement Washington was going ahead with tariff hikes on technology goods and also would impose curbs on Chinese investment and purchases of U.S.
  • Pres. Trump Welcomes US Citizen Jailed In Venezuela To White House

    Pres. Trump Welcomes US Citizen Jailed In Venezuela To White House

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    Speaking at a news conference in Caracas, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said Holt and his wife, Thamy, were freed as part of efforts by Maduro's government to maintain "respectful diplomatic relations" with Washington. "You've gone through a lot, more than most people could endure", the President said to Holt as the two were seated side-by-side in the Oval Office late Saturday night.
  • Forecasts threaten cleanup progress in Ellicott City

    Forecasts threaten cleanup progress in Ellicott City

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    Howard County police identified him as 39-year-old Eddison Hermond of Severn. He says Hermond was trying to help by holding a door open as water rushed in the building when a woman approached and said she was trying to find her pet. A video filmed outside the city shows cars abandoned on the streets being devoured by water. The city had been working on a flood mitigation plan, but only 30 percent had been completed by the time this weekend's flood hit.
  • Pentagon pledges to continue ops in South China Sea, ignoring Beijing’s warning

    Pentagon pledges to continue ops in South China Sea, ignoring Beijing’s warning

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    The two ships passed within 12 miles of four islands - Tree, Lincoln, Triton and Woody - according to a USA defence official. But on this occasion it came amidst a period of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing, headlined by an ongoing trade dispute and the cancellation of a summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un .
  • North Korea summit could still happen on 12 June

    North Korea summit could still happen on 12 June

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    Unlike the previous summit in April, which had been planned in advance and included ceremonial elements and press facilities for some 3,000 journalists from across the world, today's summit took place with no forewarning. Pompeo past year assembled a working group at the Central Intelligence Agency called the Korea Mission Center, which gradually assumed the lead role in talks with the North Koreans, and the group's director, a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency official with deep ...
  • Abortion referendum: Ireland on brink of history as ‘No’ campaign concedes defeat

    Abortion referendum: Ireland on brink of history as ‘No’ campaign concedes defeat

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    Following the Irish vote, Ms Mordaunt - who is responsible for the women and equalities brief in Government - said the referendum signalled a "historic and great day for Ireland " and a "hopeful one for Northern Ireland ". The referendum was set to be a landslide vote in favour of overturning some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe. Reform in Ireland also raised the prospect that women in Northern Ireland, where abortion is still illegal, may start travelling south of the border.
  • Donald Trump: North Korea summit talks 'going very well'

    Donald Trump: North Korea summit talks 'going very well'

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    Moon and Kim agreed at a surprise second meeting on Saturday that a possible North Korea-U.S. summit, now planned for June 12 in Singapore, must be held successfully, Moon told a news conference in Seoul . "(Kim) once again has made clear his will for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and expressed his intent to settle the history of war and confrontation, and to cooperate for peace and prosperity through the success of the North Korea-US summit".
  • Flags placed on the graves at Springfield National Cemetery

    Flags placed on the graves at Springfield National Cemetery

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    It will host one the state's largest Memorial Day ceremonies Monday. The girls worked as a team to produce grave rubbings, while troop leaders proudly took photos of the effort to remember the special pilgrimage. The Hills Ferry Cemetery program is conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Joseph G. Rose Post 7635; American Legion, Manuel M. Lopes Post 240; and their respective auxiliary.
  • Kelly Sued for Sexual Battery, False Imprisonment, Transmitting Sexual Disease

    Kelly Sued for Sexual Battery, False Imprisonment, Transmitting Sexual Disease

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    Papers filed in NY accuse the musician of sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease. The 20-year-old says that Kelly "mentally, sexually and verbally" abused her during their relationship. Kelly has denied any wrong doing and has not been charged with any crimes connected with women's the allegations. Rodgers believes Kelly was preparing her to join a group of women she alleges he lives and travels with.
  • Iowa native Maddie Poppe wins 'American Idol'

    Iowa native Maddie Poppe wins 'American Idol'

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    During an October interview on Good Morning America , the judges opened up about working on the American Idol revivial, and discussed what they were planning to look for on their journey to find undiscovered talent. He wrote that he is honored to call Maddie his, and also included an "I love you" at the end. " And she actually happens to be my girlfriend ". Don't forget about me.
  • M&S announce store closures across the country

    M&S announce store closures across the country

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    The update comes after the retailer announced the next tranche of United Kingdom stores proposed for closure yesterday, noting that it would now close over 100 stores in total by 2022. In support of these changes, M&S expects capital expenditure of £350-400mln in 2019 but sees United Kingdom costs falling by up to 1% due to cost efficiencies and lower depreciation.
  • Maduro declared victor in disputed Venezuela election

    Maduro declared victor in disputed Venezuela election

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    The European Union had already imposed sanctions on seven top Venezuelan officials including the head of the pro-government election council in January. "In the red points they were engaging in shameless vote manipulation", said Bertucci. Maduro has attacked the democratic institutions of Venezuela over the past several years and worked to stamp out opposition to his government, which is facing intense condemnation over its handling of rampant inflation and economic decline.
  • Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spews huge cloud of ash

    Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spews huge cloud of ash

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    Michelle Coombs, a U.S. Geological Survey geologist, described it as a "a big event that got people's attention but not with widespread impact". "We had prepared for the event", he said. Hazel said Thursday that it was "time to go" after the volcano sent an ash plume high into the sky following two weeks of lava eruptions from fissures that emerged on the flanks of the volcano.
  • Dixon High School on lockdown after shooting

    Dixon High School on lockdown after shooting

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    Dixon High School has been evacuated. A former student was brought down by police after opening fire on his old IL high school on Wednesday morning. The release reiterates the city manager's statement saying there were no injuries to students after the shooting. Amboy School District is not on any lock down.
  • `With Friends Like That:' EU's Tusk Blasts Trump's Europe Stance

    `With Friends Like That:' EU's Tusk Blasts Trump's Europe Stance

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    In comments to reporters and a subsequent tweet, he suggested the White House had lost touch with reality. Looking at the latest decisions of Trump, someone could even think: with friends like that, who needs enemies? While many European leaders remain suspicious of China for the most simplistic reasons imaginable, the reality is that Europe can not have its cake and eat it too.
  • Bombings claim 13 in Indonesia

    Bombings claim 13 in Indonesia

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    They blamed the bombings on the ISIS-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). The U.S. State Department lists JAD as an "umbrella" terrorist organization with hundreds of Islamic State sympathizers in Indonesia. On the similar time, the final stated, Sopriyanto's sons drove bikes to Santa Maria Catholic Church, the place they, too, detonated bombs. In Jakarta , Indonesia's capital, the Indonesian Church Association strongly condemned the attacks and called on people to wait for ...
  • USA fighters intercepted two Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska

    USA fighters intercepted two Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska

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    Scott Miller, representing the North American Command aerospace forces (NORAD), said that identifying and subsequent interception of bombers model Tu-95 is necessitated by the occurrence aircraft in the area of responsibility of NORAD. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in worldwide airspace. The bombers were flying in worldwide airspace and "flying according to global norms", he said.
  • Sanders scolded staff for leak of White House official's 'dying' McCain comment

    Sanders scolded staff for leak of White House official's 'dying' McCain comment

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    Caputo made a point of saying "not everybody on this planet loves John McCain , but at this point in time we all need to step back and let his family and the senator live in peace". "It happened yesterday (Thursday)", Biden said in a striking statement. The lingering question is: whose example will it be? Non-profit organisation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, has mistakenly emailed a drafted press release announcing the death of US Senator John McCain , who has been recovering from a surgery ...
  • Not yet out of the woods for rain and storms

    Not yet out of the woods for rain and storms

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    It will be warm though, with highs in the low 80s. There is a chance for isolated severe thunderstorms on Monday night northwest of Tulsa, the National Weather Service said. Friday will be cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Be the first to know when news happens. Sunday night - A chance of showers.
  • DR Congo: British tourists kidnapped in Virunga National Park

    DR Congo: British tourists kidnapped in Virunga National Park

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    The Telegraph newspaper reported that the tourists were heading to the city of Goma when the vehicle was attacked by an armed group and the two tourists, as well as the driver were abducted. More than 175 rangers have died protecting Virunga National Park, which is located in the rugged mountains and volcanic plains adjacent to neighouring Rwanda and Uganda.
  • Donald Trump to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un on June 12

    Donald Trump to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un on June 12

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    The three freed Americans, along with President Trump and the First Lady emerged from the plane to applause and cheers. Earlier on Thursday, Mr Trump thanked Mr Kim for releasing three Americans from captivity, saying he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearising the Korean peninsula.
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promises North Korea 'prosperous' future

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promises North Korea 'prosperous' future

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    Seoul, which shuttled between Washington and Pyongyang to set up the Trump-Kim meeting, has said Kim has genuine interest in dealing away his nuclear weapons in return for economic benefits. The pair, he said, talked "about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he's prepared, in exchange for the assurances that we're ready to provide him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearize".