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Ananya Vinay wins the 2017 US Scripps National Spelling Bee

Ananya Vinay wins the 2017 US Scripps National Spelling Bee Minutes later, Dasari was eliminated by the word Struldbrug, which is a bummer, but he should be proud that he got one of the best highlights at this year's Spelling Bee . Close to 300 spellers are competing for the top honor in the annual spelling contest. Marlene Schaff, 14, was ousted by misspelling cleidoic, which means to be enclosed in a relatively impervious shell, like an egg. [Full Article...]

Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal, reports say

Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal, reports say In April, two USA coal mining companies, Cloud Peak and Peabody Energy, advised Trump to not withdraw from the agreement. Then again, the majority of the businesses supposedly obstructed by climate regulations largely favor staying in the climate pact. [Full Article...]

Portland's Mayor Is Pleading With Alt-Right Members To Cancel Planned Protests

Portland's Mayor Is Pleading With Alt-Right Members To Cancel Planned Protests There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now". The mayor of Portland is calling for the cancellation of two right-wing rallies and marches scheduled for the next few weeks, given a recent stabbing in the city by a suspect who police say has expressed "extremist ideology". [Full Article...]

Argentine golfing great de Vicenzo dies, aged 94

Argentine golfing great de Vicenzo dies, aged 94 The Argentine fired a superb final-round 65 at Augusta National and was preparing for a play-off against Bob Goalby when it emerged he had made a huge error when signing his scorecard. "What a stupid I am", was De Vicenzo's disconsolate quote in the aftermath. "I probably played with him a dozen times, and I just always enjoyed his company". [Full Article...]

More Amazon jobs coming to Sumner later this year

More Amazon jobs coming to Sumner later this year Employees at the 855,000-plus-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as toys, books and electronics. It is unclear when the facility is expected to open. "The City of Jefferson welcomes Amazon to the wonderful family of companies doing business in Jefferson and Jackson County", said Jefferson Mayor Roy Plott. [Full Article...]

What we know - and don't know - about Jared Kushner's Russian Federation contacts

And despite rumors that the president was angry or frustrated with his son-in-law, Trump told the New York Times Sunday that Kushner is "doing a great job for the country". Officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call. [Full Article...]

United States cites 'complete obliteration of mock warhead

United States cites 'complete obliteration of mock warhead The test interceptor is equipped with an Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), which is supposed to destroy the target vehicle with a direct hit. The Pentagon says it has shot down a mock warhead over the Pacific in a success for America's missile defense program. [Full Article...]

Farmer sues; gay marriage views cost him market spot

Farmer sues; gay marriage views cost him market spot In it, Tennes says he was prohibited from selling his products after his business, Country Mill Farms , refused to host a lesbian couple's wedding at its orchard in Charlotte, 22 miles outside the city and he stated on Facebook "his Catholic belief that marriage is a sacramental union between one man and one woman". [Full Article...]

McCain disturbed by reports of Kushner-Russia backchannel

Trump added in the statement that Kushner was "respected by virtually everyone", and was busy working to help save the country "billions of dollars". Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, told ABC's "This Week" he fully expects Kushner to testify before the committee. [Full Article...]

Trump receiving updates explosion in Philippines

Police chief dela Rosa said it was possible militant group Islamic State would claim responsibility for the incident for propaganda purposes. Dela Rosa said the suspect was "foreign-looking, a Caucasian, about six feet tall". "We remain in close contact with local officials", she said, adding that USA citizens were advised to exercise caution and monitor local media for further information. [Full Article...]

Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate pact

The White House declined to say when Trump planned to make his intentions known, but officials familiar with the decision say an announcement could come as early as Wednesday. President Donald Trump says he'll announce his decision on the Paris climate accord "over the next few days". The administration is reportedly still deciding how it will exit the agreement. [Full Article...]

Portland white supremacist describes stabbings to court: 'I call it patriotism'

Portland white supremacist describes stabbings to court: 'I call it patriotism' Prior to his attacks against the three train passengers, Christian was perhaps best known for his participation in an April "Free Speech" march in Portland . Mangum told news station KPTV that she and her 17-year-old friend were riding the train when Christian started yelling at them. In a public Facebook post, Namkai-Meche's mother wrote "He was a hero and will remain a hero". [Full Article...]

Explosion at corn milling plant rocks Wisconsin town

Explosion at corn milling plant rocks Wisconsin town The explosion occurred in the portion of the plant which processes ethanol, a highly flammable fuel source. Richards said that 16 people were inside the plant at the time the accident occurred just after midnight on Thursday. Investigators were working to determine whether there was a link between that fire and Wednesday night's explosion, Doucette said. It was unclear how many workers were ... [Full Article...]

President Trump says US will abandon global climate accord

Only Nicaragua and Syria have failed to sign up to the agreement and all the major industrialised nations, except for Russian Federation, have ratified it, with China and the European Union set to affirm their commitment to deeper action on Friday. [Full Article...]

GOP Health Bill Pleases Most Republicans, But Not Many Other Americans

The division falls along party lines, with 78 percent of Democrats saying they approve of the Affordable Care Act and 67 percent of Republicans favoring the AHCA. Those smiles will turn to frowns when Republicans get a look at new numbers on the AHCA in a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Because good, explanatory journalism is in short supply and TV shouting matches don't tell you much, I made... [Full Article...]

2 mature spellers stand out among 15 left at national bee

2 mature spellers stand out among 15 left at national bee Fourteen-year-old Thomas York of Rochester will be the lone Minnesotan among the 40 finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee . It was the second time VanWynsberghe competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee . He sailed through rounds by correctly spelling words like "radiolarian" and "taxonomic", according to news reports. More than 100 spellers alone were eliminated becaus... [Full Article...]

America Abroad: 'After Paris: Global Approaches to Climate Change'

America Abroad: 'After Paris: Global Approaches to Climate Change' Trump , who campaigned against the agreement as a jobs killer, said he is listening to "a lot of people both ways" but promised a decision "very soon". Countries can't withdraw until three years after the Paris Agreement went into effect. And even then, the US must give a year's notice . The mayor concluded that he plans to sign an executive order maintaining New York City's commitment to t... [Full Article...]

Trump Administration Crumbling: White House Communications Director Resigns

The article describes a December 1 or 2 meeting in which Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser, discussed setting up a direct communication system between Trump and Moscow with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach him on his cellphone, according to former and current USA officials with direct knowledge of the practice. [Full Article...]

Tiger Woods' Dash Cam Video Released!

Tiger Woods' Dash Cam Video Released! This was great news for Tiger fans, as the 41-year-old has not played professionally since February. And in what the police described as a dash cam footage, Tiger Woods seems unaware of where he was. He said he had not been drinking but admits to taking medication - the name of which is muted in the recording. When asked by police where he was coming from, Woods answered "Back down to Orange... [Full Article...]

Trump is broadening his search for FBI director

Warner said at the time that he wanted Comey to discuss, "some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President". Flynn is under investigation for contacting Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and keeping the White House in the dark about the meetings. The White House defended Trump's actions when news of Comey's memo surfaced , saying it was "... [Full Article...]


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