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President Trump on Tuesday pardoned a pair of Oregon ranchers whose arson conviction became a focus for opponents of federal government land ownership.
Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son Steven Hammond, 49, were convicted in 2012 and sent to prison on arson charges. They had set a series of fires on their ranch that spread to federal land.
The Hammonds’ case became the inspiration for the 40-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. The organizers wanted to protest federal land ownership.
The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would change Medicaid’s rules to prevent unions from automatically getting a cut of the checks sent to state-subsidized home healthcare workers.
Under the proposed new rules announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, states would be prohibited from diverting any funds away from the workers to a third party, such as unions.
Critics of the current arrangement argue that homecare workers often aren’t aware that they are members of unions or that the deductions are being made, since they usually start automatically once they enter the subsidy programs. Under Tuesday’s proposed rules change, providers would likely still be eligible to join unions but would have to act on their own to make the payments.
OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma man who spent more than 30 years in prison for rape in southeastern Oklahoma is free after the Innocence Project presented DNA evidence it said excluded him from the crime.
Court records show 56-year-old Perry Lott was released Monday.
Lott was sentenced in 1988 to more than 200 years for rape, robbery, burglary and making a bomb threat related to the 1987 attack on a woman at her home in Ada, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City
An Israeli man on his honeymoon was killed and his wife seriously injured in a freak accident involving a zip line in Honduras, according to reports.
Egael Tishman, 24, and Shif Fanken, 27, collided with each other Thursday over a treetop canopy near Roatan, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Officials said that Fanken became stuck on the zip line cable and her husband crashed into her.
NEW BOSTON, TX (KSLA) –
A 10-year-old East Texas girl died tragically over the weekend.
Now police and AEP/SWEPCO crews are trying to determine how she apparently was electrocuted Saturday afternoon.
It happened as Greenlee Marie was trying to rescue her kittens from behind a clothes dryer in her home on U.S. Highway 82, the child’s parents said.
MILTON, Fla. (WEAR) — A woman is being held on a $600,000 bond on child abuse charges.
Jacqueline Michelle Hayes, 41, has been accused of beating, starving, and using a stun gun on a child in her care.
According to the report, the child told officials Hayes and a man, 43-year-old Daryl Doniel Pitts, strangled and used a stun gun on her as forms of punishment.
The report also revealed the child was hung by her arms and legs in another incident and was forced to play Russian Roulette.
A 30-year-old Mexican man who previously was deported from the U.S. after being convicted of rape has been captured again in Arizona, the Border Patrol says.
The agency announced that Anthony Diaz-Garcia, who is facing charges for re-entering the country as an aggravated felon, was in federal custody as of Monday after being tracked down west of Nogales.
It was not immediately clear how authorities came to know of Diaz-Garcia’s whereabouts, but agents say they learned about his criminal background after taking him in for processing.
Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador intends to create a new border-police force to fight illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and illicit firearms trafficking from Central America, his incoming chief of public security Alfonso Durazo, told Bloomberg in an interview Monday.
Durazo indicated that the new border-police force would be part of a much larger regional effort to reduce poverty and violence that plagues so many Central American countries, which ultimately leads to a flood of families crossing into Mexico.
He said the new police force will be sizeable and deployed to Mexico’s southern border. Durazo declined to offer more specifics to Bloomberg, but he noted that the police force would be used to secure the northern border as well.
First time offenders who come into the U.S. illegally are generally charged with a misdemeanor – but a new bill aims to change that.
Legislation introduced by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Tuesday would make illegal entry into the U.S. a felony offense, something she said would act as a “disincentive” to people who are thinking of crossing the border.
“The United States government should never prioritize illegal immigrants over American citizens,” Black said in a statement. “By no longer creating incentives to come to our country unlawfully, we also discourage families from sending their children on an often dangerous journey to reach our southern border.”
Authorities are hunting for several suspects after a 92-year-old grandfather was beaten with a brick on July 4 and told to “go back to your country,’ reports said.
Rodolfo Rodriguez was visiting Los Angeles, Calif. from Mexico on July 4 when he was hit several times in the face with a brick and stomped on, leaving him with two broken ribs, a broken cheekbone and bruising throughout his body, FOX11 reported.
The incident began when Rodriguez accidentally bumped into a woman’s child while walking down the street, Rodriguez’s grandson Erik Mendoza told FOX11.
Authorities are investigating a suspected hate crime in San Francisco after a Latino teenager allegedly assaulted a white man with a skateboard while yelling racial slurs over the weekend.
The suspect, who authorities believe to be in his late teens, used a skateboard to beat a 22-year-old man Sunday afternoon and fled the scene, The San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing police.
The suspect allegedly rode his skateboard up to the victim on Market Street, began making racist comments and struck the victim with his skateboard, ABC News reported.
A Texas couple said they are considering getting divorced so that they can qualify for better health care coverage to help pay for the needs of their disabled 6-year-old daughter.
Maria and Jake Grey, whose daughter Brighton was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, said they spend up to $15,000 per year out of pocket on her care, WFAA.com reported.
“I used to get anxiety just opening the mail because I was scared of what would come or what bill would come or what denial would come,” Maria Grey told WFAA.com, adding that a divorce would allow her to qualify for Medicaid.
The Trump administration is taking a big step toward replacing the Obama administration’s climate change rule for power plants with a more industry-friendly alternative.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it sent a proposed rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Monday for its review.
OMB review, an internal process that checks for compliance with various laws and administration priorities, is the final step before the rule can be released publicly and opened for public comments.
Ohio Senate candidate Rep. Jim Renacci (R) vowed on Tuesday that, if elected, he will not serve more than two terms.
Renacci, who is challenging Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in November, told supporters at a press conference that he supports term limits as a way to restore accountability in Washington, D.C.
“Let’s face it, term limits are supported by so many people. Whether it’s republicans, democrats, independents… and I think it’s important,” Renacci said. “I’ve said all along Washington is broken. I said the best way to fix Washington is two things, and one of those key things is term limits.”
A Montana judge has ordered state elections officials to remove the Green Party from the November ballot, a boost to Sen. Jon Tester (D) in his bid for reelection.
Helena District Court Judge James Reynolds invalidated some of the signatures Green Party backers submitted to the secretary of state’s office, either because the signatures did not match those on file, because they did not match a registered voter or because of improper signature-gathering practices.
Fox News anchor Shannon Bream moved a planned live program outside the Supreme Court to her studio on Monday, saying she felt “threatened” as protests began against President Trump‘s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
In a tweet, Bream described the mood outside the court as “volatile.”
“Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of [the Supreme Court],” Bream wrote shortly after the president announced his selection of Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from the White House East Room.
(JTA) — A Somali-American congressional candidate running for the Democratic nomination in Minnesota called Israel “the apartheid Israeli regime.”
Ilhan Omar’s tweet came in response to accusations that a tweet she wrote in 2012, accusing Israel of “evil doings,” amounts to anti-Semitism.
In an interview with ABC News for a segment titled “Progressive Democrats increasingly criticize Israel, and could reap political rewards,” Omar rejected accusations of anti-Semitism by conservative critics.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed in a recent interview that sexism is behind some of the calls for her to relinquish power in the Democratic Party.
Pelosi, D-Calif., who has faced opposition even inside her party, was asked in an interview with Rolling Stone whether she had ever been “tempted to step away” from her post as House minority leader.
Pelosi responded by suggesting a double standard was at play, compared with men in leadership positions.
“I think some of is it a little bit on the sexist side—although I wouldn’t normally say that,” Pelosi said in the interview. “Except it’s like, really? Has anyone asked whatshisname, the one who’s the head of the Senate?”
Pelosi seemed to forget Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, R-Ky., name, and was reminded by an aide during the interview.
Democrats are in for an uphill battle in November’s midterm elections as they struggle to overtake the GOP-led Senate, according to an Axios and SurveyMonkey poll of key states released Tuesday.
Although Democrats only need to pick up two seats to gain the majority in the Senate, they are struggling to control 10 states already held by Democratic senators.
These states are now predominantly red states with voters who are strong supporters of President Donald Trump. They include Indiana, Missouri, Montana and North Dakota, all of which Trump won in 2016, while his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton couldn’t even win over 40 percent of voters in any of those states, according to a Politico report.
The U.S. embassy in London has warned Americans to “keep a low profile” during President Trump’s visit to England later this week.
“Numerous demonstrations are planned” from July 12 to July 14, with a majority of protests occurring in central London on Friday, the embassy said in an alert Tuesday. These events are expected to draw large crowds and close roads.
The embassy listed a few “actions to take,” including: being aware of surroundings, keeping a low profile, monitoring local media and exercising caution “if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent.”
Trump stopped to talk with reporters before boarding Marine One from the White House to head to the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium and then on to London for meetings.
Reporters asked Trump if he has spoken with UK Prime Minister Theresa May since Boris Johnson resigned his position as foreign secretary on Monday.
“No I have not,” replied President Trump. “But Boris Johnson’s a friend of mine. He’s been very, very nice to me, very supportive. And I maybe well speak to him when I get over there. I like Boris Johnson, I’ve always liked him.”
NORTH WAZIRISTAN, Pakistan – Pakistan has returned to the terrorism financing watch list after a three-year hiatus, the result of a continued effort by the Trump administration to push Islamabad to stop offering financial backing to militant groups.
President Trump’s tough stance against Pakistan, which includes the sudden suspension this year of more than $1 billion in military aid, has officials in the once closely allied country hastening to demonstrate that they have been annihilating terror hotbeds — and U.S. officials hopeful it will halt the long-running terror games once and for all.
Global anti-money laundering agency the Financial Action Task Force last week placed Pakistan back on its “gray” list, some three years after it was removed.
A suicide bombing has killed 10 people in Afghanistan, and has left four others injured.
Two security personnel and eight civilians were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a vehicle parked near a car wash site in the city of Jalalabad early Tuesday.
Police say most of the civilians killed in the car bombing were children.
London Police released shocking footage of a gunman’s daylight attack on a driver sitting in stopped traffic. In the security video, the masked man fired three shots at point blank range through the driver’s side window.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Navy stopped a fishing boat carrying eight Palestinians that was trying to break the maritime blockade on Gaza.
It is the second time in two months that a fishing vessel from Gaza was used to try to break the blockade. Several of those on board had been injured in border clashes with Israel.
The vessel, which had a stated destination of Cyprus, was seized without incident, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. It was taken to the port in Ashdod in southern Israel. Military medics treated the injured on board.
During the 2008 presidential election, when socialism was still taboo, politically speaking, people on the right who suggested Obama was a socialist were ridiculed and derided by the mainstream press as conspiracy theorists, or even targeted for destruction.
Does everyone remember how “Joe the Plumber” suddenly became the story the media decided to investigate instead of Obama’s “spread the wealth around” comment? Do you recall that his tax history was even leaked to the media?
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