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(Reuters) - A conservative Mississippi state official, Cindy Hyde-Smith, was named on Wednesday to serve as a U.S. senator until a special election in November to replace 80-year-old Thad Cochran, who is retiring because of ill health. Hyde-Smith will be the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced the appointment, calling Hyde-Smith a "rock-solid conservative." He said the appointment would be effective April 2, the day after Cochran is to step down after 40 years in the U.S. Senate.
A blog that appears to be written by Conditt shows extreme views on gay marriage, the death penalty and abortion.
A monitor said Tuesday three dozen pro-government fighters were killed in a district of Syria's capital as Islamic State jihadists took control of it in a surprise nighttime attack. There was no immediate comment from the government on the report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which could not provide casualty figures for the jihadists. "IS took full control of Qadam, and 36 government troops and loyalist fighters have been killed," the Britain-based monitoring group said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A 17-year-old high school junior was charged Friday with manslaughter and illegal firearms possession in a classroom shooting that killed a fellow student at an Alabama high school.
Mexican officials say the Caribbean resort city of Playa del Carmen is safe despite a U.S. security alert.
Trump sign proclamations ordering import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum at a White House ceremony on Thursday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
We must all roll up our sleeves
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are celebrating International Women's Day by encouraging schoolgirls to break down gender stereotypes by pursuing careers in science, maths and engineering. The Royal couple travelled to Birmingham to attend an event where young women are taking part in a range of activities from speed networking opportunities with local businesses to a panel discussion. The couple were greeted by John Crabtree, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands. Ms Markle wore a coat by J Crew, trousers by Alexander Wang and an All Saints jumper. Harry and Meghan went on a walkabout shaking hands and greeting around 300 well-wishers and school children who had waited patiently to meet...
Tucker: According to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, there is ample evidence of widespread illegal voting in Texas. The state investigated just four of Texas's 254 counties, and 165 unlawfully-registered non-citizens who had been removed from the voter rolls. But the Left pretends voter fraud isn't real. #Tucker
A police officer remains seriously ill in intensive care after being poisoned by a nerve agent when he came to the aid of a Russian spy targeted in Salisbury. The unnamed officer was one of the first on the scene on Sunday when double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, were attacked by would-be assassins in shopping arcade in the city centre. He was initially treated in hospital as a precaution and then discharged, but his condition soon deteriorated and he was readmitted on Tuesday and taken into intensive care. The disclosure that a police officer is seriously ill following the nerve agent attack will add to growing pressure on the British government to take a hardline...
Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, leaders of the far-right group Britain First, were found guilty Wednesday of religiously aggravated harassment after trying to promote Islamophobia during a trial last year. President Donald Trump drew fierce condemnation after he retweeted a series of overtly Islamophobic videos shared by Fransen on Twitter last November. The videos purported to show violent crimes committed by Muslims, including one in which a boy beats another boy on crutches. It took Trump until January of this year to say he could possibly apologize ― without apologizing outright.
Utah Congressman Chris Stewart who serves on the House Intelligence Committee says their investigation is coming to a conclusion and hopes final report will be nonpartisan.
ATLANTA (AP) - In a story March 5 story, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the California Democratic Party endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein's primary opponent. Feinstein's opponent received a majority of votes from party officials but needed 60 percent to win an endorsement.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on a South Korean delegation visiting North Korea for talks (all times local):
The statewide strike by teachers and other school workers in West Virginia stretched into its second week on Thursday, as protesters filled the state Capitol for a sixth straight workday with no clear end to the work stoppage in sight. The standoff between workers and legislators appeared all but resolved just two days earlier, when Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced a deal with union leaders to hike pay for teachers and state employees. In a remarkable turn, workers bucked union leadership and vowed to return to the picket lines, carrying out what amounted to a wildcat strike. Schools in all 55 counties stayed closed on Thursday, a day Justice had expected everyone to return to work...
MOSCOW (AP) - An underwater drone armed with a nuclear warhead powerful enough to sweep away coastal facilities and aircraft carriers.
China will strictly control the expansion of solar power production capacity and encourage more innovation, the industry ministry said in new guidelines Thursday, to improve technology and cut production costs in its fast-growing solar sector. The guideline, issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), follows the United States placing steep tariffs on solar panel imports in late January. The guidelines set a minimum research and development (R&D) investment amount for solar companies of 10 million yuan ($1.58 million) each year, and set minimum performance standards such as solar cell efficiency and the attenuation rate of the solar products.
The discovery could unlock the key to elusive 'dark matter'
An armed high school teacher in Georgia barricaded himself alone inside his classroom on Wednesday and fired a gunshot when the principal tried to force open the door, but no one was seriously injured, police said after the instructor was arrested. The incident unfolded as schools around the country remain on edge from a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students and educators were killed. In response to that massacre, allegedly carried out by a former student, U.S. President Donald Trump has said teachers should be allowed to carry concealed firearms on school campuses.
Police for the English city of Leicester say they are responding to a "major incident" after receiving reports of an explosion.
Syria's regime carried out new air strikes Sunday on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said, despite a UN Security Council demand for a ceasefire "without delay". The strikes on Sunday morning included two on the outskirts of Douma, the main town in Eastern Ghouta, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Regime air strikes and artillery have been pounding the enclave near Damascus since February 18, with at least 519 dead since the bombing campaign was launched, according to the Observatory.
Beijing has protested against Washington's decision to impose sanctions against Chinese companies accused of conducting illicit economic deals with North Korea, the foreign ministry said. US President Donald Trump on Friday announced measures targeting more than 50 North Korea-linked shipping companies, vessels and trade businesses, hailing the package as the "heaviest sanctions ever" levied on the nuclear-armed regime. The measures, which the US says are aimed at forcing Pyongyang to roll back its banned nuclear and weapons programmes, apply to companies located or registered in North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama and Comoros.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Gates' guilty plea to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges turns him from defendant to cooperating witness in the special counsel's probe of President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia's interference.
BANGKOK (AP) - One of several bombs targeting government offices and other places in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state exploded Saturday morning, injuring a police officer, authorities said.
SIHEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Gus Kenworthy stood stone-faced, a shivering black puppy curled in his arms and more scurrying around him on the dirty, uneven cement floor. A few feet away, the pups' mother barked and paced, eyeing the 2014 Olympic silver medalist while trying not to trip over the metal chain anchoring her to the wall. Nearly 90 other dogs in and around the cluttered, thin-walled structure also woofed and howled, a cacophony that could be heard from the nearby highway, even over the whoosh of traffic.
Defense Secretary James Mattis has delivered his recommendations concerning transgender troops to President Donald Trump, the Pentagon confirmed to HuffPost on Friday.
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The Philippine government summoned the US ambassador over an American intelligence report that listed President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly war on drugs as a "regional threat", Manila said Friday. US envoy Sung Kim met Duterte's chief aide on Thursday to discuss the US "Worldwide Threat Assessment" released last week, the two nations said. Under a section headed "regional threats", the report listed Cambodian leader Hun Sen's crackdown on dissent, Duterte's war on crime and corruption as well as the flight of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Scot Peterson has resigned after he was seen on video standing outside and doing nothing for more than four minutes, as accused shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire with an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle.
By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed on Thursday that he went into hospital in the United States for medical checks, saying in a television interview that the results were "positive." Abbas, 82, flew to the United States to address the U.N. Security Council in New York on Feb. 20. Abbas confirmed this on Thursday, after the tests.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A condemned Texas inmate set for execution Thursday awaited word on whether Gov. Greg Abbott would accept the state parole board's rare clemency recommendation to spare the prisoner's life at the urging of his father.
Jimmy Kimmel has absolutely no time for people who peddle conspiracy theories, including Donald Trump Jr.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional district map that is widely considered likely to give Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House.
SEATTLE (AP) - Sixteen years after federal prosecutor Thomas Wales was shot to death in his Seattle home, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Wednesday the unsolved case remains a top priority of the Justice Department.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billy Graham became the best known preacher in the United States during 70 years in the pulpit. Following are reactions to his death on Wednesday.
The untrue conspiracy theory has been pushed by the far-right website, The Gateway Pundit.
US presidents from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump led the chorus of tributes Wednesday to the influential evangelist Billy Graham, a spiritual advisor to a dozen American leaders who has died at age 99. "The GREAT Billy Graham is dead," Trump tweeted. Tall and handsome, Graham, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, cut a charismatic figure as an evangelical preacher whose huge tent meetings and rallies found audiences on radio and television.
In its latest move to roll back Obama-era health insurance rules, the Trump administration announced a plan that would make it easier for consumers to buy cheaper insurance that offers fewer bene...
US gun owners are destroying their rifles in response to the Florida school mass shooting which claimed 17 lives. Gun owner Scott-Dani Pappalardo, who has a tattoo of the Second Amendment honouring Americans' rights to bear arms, inspired the #OneLess campaign with an impassioned anti-gun speech which has been viewed by more than 17 million people. The New Yorker, who legally purchased and registered the AR-15 assault rifle 30 years ago, said the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy had changed his mind about gun control. Mr Pappalardo's powerful video, in which he uses an angle grinder to saw his weapon in half, has now encouraged others to do the same. "I remember after...
Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the gold medal in the ice dancing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.
A British academic who blackmailed victims into sending him increasingly depraved images which he shared on dark web forums was jailed for 32 years on Monday after admitting 137 offences which included encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy. Dr Matthew Falder, 29, a geophysicist employed as a researcher at Birmingham University in central England, duped victims by masquerading as a depressed female artist on forums and mainstream online advertising websites. Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), said he approached more than 300 people worldwide, with 45 victims represented in the charges against him.
Scott Pappalardo recorded himself cutting his rifle to pieces days after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.