Author: 0 Senate heads to Gorsuch confirmation vote Friday

President Donald Trump's nominee to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy, Neil Gorsuch, can now be confirmed by simple majority of 51 Senators, not the previously required 60. In 2005, with the Senate under GOP control, Republicans prepared to utilize the "nuclear option" to remove the filibuster for lower-court nominees.

Author: 0 House GOP adds Obamacare repeal measure as it heads off to vacation

On Thursday, as they headed out of town, they learned that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, had recused himself from his panel's Russian Federation investigation as he faces a House Ethics Committee probe that he improperly handled classified information.

U.S. Storms take aim at Alabama after killing 2 in Louisiana
Author: 0 Storms take aim at Alabama after killing 2 in Louisiana

Travis County Emergency Services District 1 Fire Chief Donnie Norman said there were several structures with severe damage. The NWS issued a "particularly unsafe situation" tornado watch through Sunday evening over a wide area from east Texas through central and northern Louisiana and into west central Mississippi.

U.S. Senate confirms Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch 54-45
Author: 0 Senate confirms Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch 54-45

With Gorsuch - whose name was provided to Trump by the Heritage Foundation and who has been celebrated on the right as someone with sterling conservative credentials - now on board, the court is much more likely to side with conservative groups and causes.

Author: 0 Mayor says Baltimore can continue police reform

District Judge James Bredar, however, refused to deviate from the agreement that Sessions described, in his statement , as "negotiated during a rushed process by the previous administration and signed only days before they left office". The consent decree orders Baltimore police to use proper de-escalation tactics and undergo training on how to interact with youth, the mentally ill, protestors and victims in sexual assault cases.

Author: 0 Jerry Brown declares California drought over

The latest order also rescinds four previous drought-related executive orders and two emergency proclamations. "They will continue to receive tanks and bottles water for drinking". "Californians stepped up big time during the drought", said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. Severely dry conditions that date back to 2012 reduced farm production in some regions, harmed wildlife and killed an estimated 100 million trees.

U.S. Maryland lawmakers override veto on schools bill
Author: 0 Maryland lawmakers override veto on schools bill

The Senate passed the bill with 32 votes, three more than the 29 needed to override the veto. Democrats and representatives of the state's teachers union blasted the governor Thursday and urged the General Assembly to override his veto.

Author: 0 Top Democrat on House panel says he has seen controversial intel reports

President Donald Trump urged his former national security adviser to strike an immunity deal Friday, even as congressional investigators rebuffed Michael Flynn's offer of cooperation in exchange for protection from prosecution. Flynn has also been accused of cooperating with Turkish government officials in order to extradite the exiled Fethullah Gülen from the United States in an irregular manner.He has requested immunity if he testifies before the intelligence committees of the U.S.

Author: 0 Last person out of hospital after carbon monoxide pool leak

The Niles Police Department identified the deceased as 13-year-old Bryan Douglas Watts of Niles. Two responding officers were treated for carbon monoxide inhalation but later released from hospital. Wise told WNDU this incident was one of the worst he's seen in his 30-year career. Choice Hotels, which owns Quality Inn, said in a statement it is "working closely with local officials to manage the situation".

Author: 0 Don't give in to distractions while driving

Beginning Friday, police here will be on the lookout for people texting or sending emails while driving. For Distracted Driving Awareness Month, law enforcement in MI intend to pay special attention to those who obviously aren't doing the same while operating a motor vehicle.

U.S. Final funeral rites for Ohio astronaut John Glenn set for Thursday
Author: 0 Final funeral rites for Ohio astronaut John Glenn set for Thursday

The United States Marine honor guard performs a Changing of the Guard as former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn lies in repose, Photo Date: Dec. He's slipped the surly bonds of Earth , traveled to places and seen sights most people could only dream of, but now John Glenn is home for good.

U.S. Police ID one set of remains found in rural Mo
Author: 0 Police ID one set of remains found in rural Mo

The second set of remains has not been identified, but investigators believe they may belong to Kara Kopetsky, who has been missing since May 2007. Seven months after she went missing, the remains of 21-year-old Jessica Runions were positively identified on Wednesday, PEOPLE confirms.

Author: 0 ICE arrests 82 people in 5-day VA, DC operation

Most local law enforcement agencies argue that their officers are not responsible for enforcing federal immigration laws and that doing so would hinder their ability to fight crime in immigrant neighborhoods. California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye last month accused ICE agents of "stalking" immigrants at state courts. "We last completed such a process for the Wayne County Jail about 5 years ago and it was clarifying for both parties; the overall intake process has changed ...

U.S. Texas Senate votes to boost security for judges after attack
Author: 0 Texas Senate votes to boost security for judges after attack

By a 76-24 vote , the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday that would legalize medical marijuana. Less than a day after the Senate approved a full-fledged medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill 386 , the House has put it on path to quick consideration.

Author: 0 Severe weather expected in Alabama and Georgia

Large hail and tornadoes can not be ruled out, but it is a low threat locally. While many may still be reeling from storms early this week, another system will return the threat of severe weather to the eastern U.S.by Wednesday. The main threat will be strong wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour. Though lightning and heavy rainfall should be the main storm risks, isolated severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts and large hail will also be possible.

U.S. Johnson, McIlroy head crowded cast of Masters contenders
Author: 0 Johnson, McIlroy head crowded cast of Masters contenders

The standards are too high, when you consider how small a sample size that really is. "It drives me to practice more and continue to work on my game and try to get better so I can stay there". Johnson was at Augusta National on Wednesday to play nine holes before the first wave of storms moved in. It didn't take long for him to figure that out.

Author: 0 Eleven Madison Park tops list of world's best restaurants

The list is created by votes from the World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a 1,000-strong panel made up of worldwide food writers, critics, chefs and restaurateurs. They're decided by a panel of more than 1,000 chefs, food writers and experts across 26 regions. In other awards, Spanish eatery The Disfrutar in Barcelona was picked as the One to Watch while Ana Ros of Hisa Franko in Slovenia was named the world's best female chef.

U.S. More than 100 people killed in Idlib chemical attack, Turkey's Erdogan says
Author: 0 More than 100 people killed in Idlib chemical attack, Turkey's Erdogan says

He said: "All the evidence I have seen - and there may be more to come out of this - suggests that this was the Assad regime who did it in the full knowledge that they were using illegal weapons in a barbaric attack on their own people". "I now have responsibility", Trump said. The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. "Those symptoms match the usage of sarin", said a doctor in a hospital close to Khan Sheikhoun, who can not be named for ...