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Johnny Depp: ‘When Was the Last Time an Actor Assassinated a President?’

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:44

International movie superstar Johnny Depp may be in hot water over comments he made about President Donald Trump.

Mike Pence: President Trump is Restoring U.S. Leadership in the Free World by ‘Putting America First’

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:42

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that since President Donald Trump took office he has restored American leadership around the globe by putting his America first philosophy into action. “Since Day One of this administration, President Trump has been taking decisive action to restore America’s role as leader of the free world – by putting America first,” Pence said in remarks at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Pence said, “‘America first’ does not mean ‘America alone,’” and used the conversation with the center’s president Jane Harman to express the Trump administration’s commitment to allies, specifically those that share our continent. “I’m here to reaffirm our commitment to the Western Hemisphere as a whole, and especially to the nations and the people of Central America,” Pence said. “I am here to tell you [that] Latin America is a priority for the Trump administration,” Pence said. Those priorities include stopping gang and criminal networks, illegal immigration, and drug trafficking — particularly in the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The Wilson Center characterized Pence’s remarks on North Korea as “bold.” “When it comes to North Korea, under this administration, the era of strategic patience is over,” Pence said,

Lisa Murkowski Takes Swipe at GOP Leadership: I Haven’t Seen Healthcare Bill Because I’m Not a Reporter

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:36

Senate Republicans released their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, on Thursday, but even Republicans are complaining about what they say is the secrecy surrounding the crafting of the GOP health care plan, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Public Accounts by Friends Show James Comey Leaked While FBI Director

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:32

James Comey may have misled senators on May 3, when he testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had never been an anonymous source in news reports related to the Russia investigation.

James Comey Spotted Entering New York Times Building

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:20

Former FBI director James Comey and his wife, Patrice, were spotted entering the New York Times building in Manhattan on Thursday by the Daily Mail's Jennifer Smith.

Trump Hammers DNC For Failure to Turn Hacked Server over to DHS, FBI

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:18

President Trump on Thursday morning questioned why the Democratic National Committee refused to turn over its hacked server to the FBI and refused help against hacking from the Department of Homeland Security after former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson appeared at a House hearing the day before.

Man convicted for stabbing after alleged 'SpongeBob' dispute

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:03

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of third-degree murder after a confrontation that a witness said was sparked by a comparison to SpongeBob SquarePants.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Robert S. Lee stabbed Jamal Britton in July 2016 at a Lewisburg apartment complex.


Prosecutors: 'Dirty old Santa' arranged tryst with kid

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:02

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A 56-year-old man who referred to himself as "dirty old Santa" is under arrest after prosecutors say he traveled to a Philadelphia suburb to have sexual tryst with a 14-year-old girl he lured online.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan and Ridley Township Police Capt....

Trump Tweets About High Death Toll in Mexico’s Drug Wars: ‘We Will Build the Wall!’

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:00

President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday about the high death toll in Mexico because of the drug cartels operating in that country, vowing to “build the wall.”

FreedomWorks’ Adam Brandon: ‘The Senate Bill Is an Amendment to Obamacare, Not a Repeal of It’

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:58

FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon condemned the Senate healthcare bill, saying, “Unfortunately, the Senate bill is an amendment to Obamacare, not a repeal of it.”

Turkey Claims U.S. Promised to Confiscate Weapons from Syrian Kurds After Raqqa Siege

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:50

Turkey's National Defense Ministry claims that Secretary of Defense James Mattis has promised Ankara that American officials are only lending, not giving, weapons to Syrian Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State and plan to retrieve those weapons following the liberation of Raqqa.

Celebrities Shred GOP Healthcare Bill: ‘The Cost Will Be Human Lives’

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:24

Hollywood stars took to social media Thursday and ripped the newly released Senate Republican's version of the American Health Care Act.

Pentagon: Pakistan ‘Single Greatest’ Factor That Could Cause U.S. ‘Failure’ in Afghanistan

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:20

Jihadi “sanctuary” Pakistan is “the most influential external actor affecting” stability in Afghanistan and the “outcome” of the U.S.-NATO military mission there, reports the Pentagon as President Donald Trump's administration considers a tough approach towards Islamabad.

Western Pa. Congressman Shuster re-introduces bill to privatize air-traffic control

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:20

WASHINGTON — After 150 meetings, six hearings and one presidential endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster says his plan to privatize air-traffic control is ready to take flight.

The Bedford County Republican reintroduced a modified plan Wednesday. He expects the House Transportation Committee, which...

Man charged with exposing himself to girl, 14, in Catasauqua

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:19

A Catasauqua man allegedly exposed himself to a 14-year-old girl on Wednesday night and told her not to tell anyone, according to court records.

Douglas B. Rettberg, of the 200 block of Church Street, was arrested early Thursday when the girl notified authorities. He was arraigned by District Judge...

Easton woman gets jail for hitting ex-boyfriend with van

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:14

An Easton woman pleaded guilty Thursday to assault charges after her ex-boyfriend accused her of hitting him with her van and assaulting his new girlfriend.

Bonnie Starner, 61, of the 1300 block of Lehigh Street pleaded guilty in Northampton County Court to simple assault and two counts of recklessly...

76ers take Markelle Fultz, Lakers grab Lonzo Ball to start NBA draft

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:12

The Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted.

The 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick after trading up earlier in the week to grab the high-scoring freshman guard from Washington.

The Los Angeles Lakers followed by taking...

HBO’s John Oliver Hit with Defamation Suit by Coal Companies

United States News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:06

John Oliver is facing a defamation lawsuit filed by multiple coal companies after the HBO host lambasted the coal industry and mining company Murray Energy Corporation and its chief executive Robert E. Murray.

Penn State's tuition soars and university "appears" to favor foreign students, auditor general says

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:06

Penn State University is “ridiculously expensive” and may be favoring international students over in-state residents, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday.

At a Capitol news conference, DePasquale said Penn State's $20,295 tuition in 2016-17 makes it the most expensive public university...

Rejected Lehigh Valley marijuana applicants question scoring

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:03

Pennsylvania got into the medical marijuana business late enough to learn from the most egregious mistakes nearly two dozen other states made rolling out their programs.

Still, the tradeoffs inherent to any tough decision were on display this week after the Department of Health issued the first...


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