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Bus carrying junior hockey team in fatal crash

NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan -- A crash between a transport truck and a bus carrying a junior hockey team in the province of Saskatchewan has left some people dead and others seriously injured, Canadian police said late Friday. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Insp. Ted Munro could not say how many people have died or are hurt. The… [...]

National Guard heads to southern border after Mattis’ approval

Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they would send 400 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border by next week in response to President Donald Trump’s call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week. And the Texas National Guard said… [...]

Congressman pulls out gun to make point on violence

Norman told CNN he wanted to make a point in the debate over gun violence. "I merely proved a point that guns themselves are not the issue," he said. Norman said that having a loaded gun in the room should, if anything, have made people feel more safe. "Given the scenario that if someone had… [...]

‘You are in Saskatchewan’s hearts’: Deaths confirmed in junior hockey team bus crash | CBC News

RCMP have confirmed fatalities and a "number of injuries" in a collision involving a junior hockey team's bus in Saskatchewan, and say rescue efforts remain ongoing.  It was not immediately clear how many people were killed and injured in the crash about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale, Sask. The Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League say the crash involved the… [...]

The long list of Scott Pruitt controversies

Image copyright Getty Images Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is on shaky ground, with a number of controversies swirling around him. Here's a run-down of the trouble Mr Pruitt is facing, how he's explaining them and exactly how much hot water he is in. The bargain room for rent For $50 a night, a… [...]

Sex ads website Backpage shut down by U.S. authorities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement agencies have seized the sex marketplace website Backpage.com as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a posting on the Backpage website on Friday. An image of the current home page of the website backpage.com shows logos of U.S. law enforcement agencies after… [...]

Texas Begins Sending National Guard Troops to Mexican Border

National Guard troops have been deploying to the southern border for decades after orders by presidents and governors from both parties. In 2010, the Democratic governor of New Mexico at the time, Bill Richardson, ordered a few dozen troops to his state’s border with Mexico after the killing of an Arizona rancher. But Mr. Trump’s… [...]

U.S. sanctions ensnare Russians with ties to Trump world

The U.S. on Friday slapped sanctions on Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin in the most aggressive move yet to punish Moscow for alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. (Reuters) The Trump administration imposed new economic sanctions on Russian politicians, tycoons and businesses Friday in its most aggressive response to recurring ­cyber offensives and… [...]

Texas begins operation to send National Guard troops to the border

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Feds seize Backpage.com in enforcement action

The Zelaya siblings from El Salvador huddle together, part of a caravan of Central American migrants traveling in Mexico. (Felix Marquez / Associated Press) Once again, President Trump has talked about rapists in Mexico, and left consternation and confusion in his wake. At a Thursday afternoon event in Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Trump called for tighter… [...]

Rep. Farenthold of Texas abruptly resigns amid ethics probe

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.), arrives on Capitol Hill on Dec. 13, 2017, for an oversight hearing of the House Committee on the Judiciary. On April 6, 2018, Farenthold abruptly resigned, four months after announcing that he would not seek reelection in November 2018, after he was accused of sexual harassment. (Andrew Harnik/AP) April 6 at… [...]

Facebook to Require Verified Identities for Future Political Ads

Facebook will also soon start clearly labeling political ads and providing more information about them, like who paid for them. Facebook is under increasing pressure to crack down on misinformation before this fall’s hotly contested midterm elections. And scrutiny of social media has become even more intense since the Justice Department charged 13 Russians and… [...]

New York mom charged in decapitation of her 7-year-old son

Hanane Mouhib submitted A western New York mother faces a murder charge in the brutal killing of her 7-year-old son, whose body was found decapitated in the family home Thursday evening. A pair of frantic 911 calls about a suicidal woman armed with a knife led three deputies to the house in Sweden, N.Y. There they… [...]

Manafort’s lawyers want Mueller to name alleged accomplices cited in criminal indictment

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP) Lawyers for Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, asked a federal judge Friday to order special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to release the names of alleged accomplices accused of helping Manafort commit crimes. Manafort’s legal… [...]

Texas Republican congressman resigns

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Arizona, Texas poised to send National Guard to border

Arizona and Texas are moving to send scores of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as soon as next week as part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPruitt directed staff to approve raises for top aides: report Trump's trade rep: Threat of new tariffs 'appropriate response' to China GOP senator on tariff threat: Hopefully Trump… [...]

Menendez brothers, convicted of killing parents in 1989, reunited in prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Menendez brothers, who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion nearly three decades ago, have been reunited in a Southern California prison. Erik Menendez, 47, has moved into the same housing unit as his 50-year-old brother, Lyle Menendez, Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Thursday. The brothers… [...]

Rep. Blake Farenthold, facing ethics probe, abruptly resigns

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) on Capitol Hill in December. (Susan Walsh/AP) Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican who was facing an ethics investigation after using taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim from a former staffer, abruptly resigned his seat Friday. Farenthold had announced in December that he would not seek reelection, but until… [...]

U.S. stocks post across-the-board losses to close bruising week

Investors will be digesting news of an additonal $100 billion in tariffs under consideration by President Trump. (Richard Drew/AP) Markets roiled Friday as stocks dropped across the board on the latest volley in the U.S. trade dispute with China. President Trump upped the ante with his latest threat to impose tariffs on $100 billion of… [...]

Sessions orders ‘zero tolerance’ policy to prosecute migrants at border

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U.S. and China Play Chicken on Trade, and Neither Swerves

“The administration, if it’s serious, better be prepared for much more,” said Derek Scissors, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Photo China wants to dominate cutting-edge industries like electric cars. Credit Gary Cameron/Reuters China’s $300 billion plan for government assistance, Made in China 2025, calls for helping cutting-edge industries by providing low-interest loans from… [...]

FBI Seizes Backpage.com, a Site Criticized for Sex-Related Ads

Updated April 6, 2018 5:01 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—Federal law enforcement agencies have seized Backpage.com, a controversial classified-ads website known for its numerous sex-related postings. “Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized,” said a large notice plastered on the site. The action was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Internal… [...]

Federal Judge Upholds Massachusetts’s Assault-Weapons Ban

Massachusetts’ beefed-up ban on assault weapons doesn’t violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution, a U.S. judge ruled, handing a victory to gun-control advocates seeking to pass such a law nationwide following a spate of deadly mass shootings. "The AR-15 and its analogs, along with large capacity magazines, are simply not weapons within the original… [...]

Facebook tightens issue ads, political ads to prevent election interference

CLOSE Facebook is taking steps to protect users' privacy after revelations that Cambridge Analytica may have accessed information from up to 87 million users, leaving many users feeling 'creepy' about using Facebook and social media. (April 5) AP Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Photo: Facebook) In the wake of waves of criticism, Facebook continues to institute more changes… [...]

Markets Tumble Again as U.S.-China Trade Threat Looms

“I’m not saying there won’t be a little pain,” Mr. Trump said. He added: “But we’re going to have a much stronger country when we’re finished.” Mr. Powell’s comments underscored the shaky position stock investors are in, buffeted almost daily by conflicting announcements from the White House and by tariff announcements from Beijing that have… [...]

Facebook demands ID verification for big Pages, ‘issue’ ad buyers

Facebook is looking to self-police by implementing parts of the proposed Honest Ads Act before the government tries to regulate it. To fight fake news and election interference, Facebook will require the admins of popular Facebook Pages and advertisers buying political or “issue” ads on “debated topics of national legislative importance” like education or abortion… [...]

Gun store employee says YouTube shooter did not stand out

An employee at a San Diego gun store where a woman bought the pistol used to shoot three people at YouTube headquarters said there was nothing remarkable about the transaction, a newspaper reports. Manny Mendoza, rangemaster at The Gun Range, said that the woman now widely known for posting prolific and bizarre videos on exercise,… [...]

Prominent Russian businessmen, officials on new U.S. sanctions list

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Friday against Russian businessmen, companies and government officials. A combination of file photos show prominent Russian businessmen and officials on a U.S. sanctions list released by the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. April 6, 2018. (Top, L-R) Oleg Deripaska, Vladimir Bogdanov, Suleiman Kerimov, Kirill Shamalov,… [...]

Chief of Staff Advised a Resistant Trump to Fire E.P.A. Chief

Earlier, in a brief interview, Ms. Sanders said that Mr. Pruitt’s success in achieving items on the president’s agenda — including rolling back a large number of environmental regulations — may weigh heavily as a counterbalance to allegations that he misused taxpayer dollars. “He likes the work product,” she said of Mr. Trump. Mr. Pruitt… [...]

Trump Administration Imposes New Sanctions on Putin Cronies

Among those sanctioned are Oleg V. Deripaska, an oligarch who once had close ties to Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Also sanctioned was Suleiman Kerimov — a financier close to Mr. Putin; Vladimir Bogdanov, a top executive of Surgutneftegaz, a Russian oil company; Igor Rotenberg, another oil executive; Kirill Shamalov, an energy executive… [...]

Notorious Menendez brothers, who brutally killed parents in Beverly Hills, reunited in prison

An Oct. 31, 2016 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Erik Menendez, left, and a Feb. 22, 2018 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Lyle Menendez. (Photo: AP) The Menendez brothers, who were convicted in the brutal killings of their parents in a Beverly Hills mansion, have been reunited… [...]

White House press briefing: Live updates

The Trump administration unleashed new sanctions today against seven Russian oligarchs with ties to President Vladimir Putin along with 12 companies they own or control. This afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if the new sanctions would affect Trump's possible meeting with Putin. She said it shouldn't. Instead, the White House is… [...]

Georgia sheriff warns ‘we might kill you back’ in welcome sign

A Georgia sheriff's "welcome" sign warns visitors that "if you kill someone, we might kill you back." Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley, who has displayed unusual signs before, placed the message Tuesday near the department office, according to Patch. "Our citizens have concealed weapons," the sign read. "If you kill someone, we might kill you… [...]

Michelle Obama says she doesn’t want to be president

Former first lady Michelle Obama says she has no desire to make a run for the White House. Speaking at a women's empowerment forum in Boston, Obama dismissed those pushing for her to run for the Democratic nomination in 2020. "The reason why I don't want to run for president... is that first of all… [...]

Pennsylvania state crews rescue goats stranded on bridge beam

Two goats were found stranded on a bridge beam in western Pennsylvania on Tuesday.  (Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission) A goat rescue in western Pennsylvania was no kidding matter. Two goats had to be saved from a perilous predicament when they wandered onto the 8-inch ledge of a bridge beam over the Mahong River in Lawrence County,… [...]

Trump threatens more China tariffs; Beijing ready to hit back

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China warned on Friday it was fully prepared to respond with a “fierce counter strike” of fresh trade measures if the United States follows through on President Donald Trump’s threat to slap tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods. In light of what he called China’s “unfair retaliation” against earlier… [...]

He Says He’s an Innocent Victim. Robert Mueller Says He’s a Spy.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents assisting the Special Counsel’s Office assess that Person A has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016,” the filing said. As Person A, Mr. Kilimnik, a 47-year-old former Russian military interpreter, has appeared now in multiple court filings by the special prosecutor, which… [...]

Can Hungary Defeat a Budding Strongman?

BUDAPEST—In southeast Hungary, not far from the borders with Serbia and Romania, sits a small city of some 47,000 called Hódmezővásárhely. In February, its mayoral election delivered a stinging and unexpected defeat to Fidesz, the seemingly unbeatable party of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. That race, which pitted an independent candidate against Zoltán Hegedűs, the Fidesz… [...]

China, Donald Trump, Russia: Your Friday Briefing

• They grow out of an oddly disjointed policy: While President Trump continues to call for good relations with Mr. Putin, Congress and much of the rest of the administration are pushing through increasingly punitive efforts that are sinking relations with Moscow to lows not seen in years. Wishlist adds to E.P.A. chief’s woes •… [...]