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With Executions in Balance, Supreme Court Grapples Over Role of Experts

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The Supreme Court weighed on Monday whether defendants who may be mentally ill are entitled to independent expert witnesses, an issue that figures in two of the eight executions Arkansas had hoped to carry out this month.

France isn't America, but Le Pen's anti-immigration tactics translate

France Pen

In case you’ve been confused by the last few days of punditry, let me say outright that France is not America. We recently concluded a presidential election in the United States in which many argued that it was imperative to smash the “final glass ceiling” by electing a female president. One doesn’t...

Trump administration sanctions 271 in Syrian chemical attack

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration issued sanctions Monday on 271 people linked to the Syrian agency responsible for producing non-conventional weapons, part of an ongoing U.S. crackdown on Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons. The sanctions target employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, which the U.S. says partly enables the use of chemical weapons. The U.S. has blamed Assad for an attack earlier this month that killed more than 80 civilians in rebel-held northern Idlib. "The United States is sending a strong message with this action: That we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons by any actor," Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters at the White House Monday. He said it was one of the largest such sanctions actions in U.S. history. President Donald Trump has called Assad "evil" and said his use of chemical weapons "crossed a lot of lines." Assad has strongly denied he was behind the attack, in which sarin gas was allegedly used. As a result of Monday's action, any property or interest in property of the individuals' sanctioned must be blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them. As Trump dined this month with China's President Xi Jinping during their highly anticipated summit at Trump's Florida resort, word emerged that Trump took action against Assad by launching missiles against a Syrian airfield. The retaliation was seen as somewhat unexpected for a president that vowed to stay out of lingering wars and conflicts overseas. This month, Russia vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and demanded a speedy investigation into the attack. China abstained for the first time, a move the White House billed a win for their efforts to isolate Russia. "On Syria, the Council failed again this month to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons," Trump said Monday at a White House meeting of U.N. ambassadors from countries on the Security Council. "A great disappointment. I was very disappointed by that." The U.S. has gradually been expanding its sanctions program against Syria since 2004, when it issued sanctions targeting Syria for a range of offenses, including its support of terrorism, as well as its occupation of Lebanon, efforts to undermine stability in Iraq and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. More recently, sanctions were expanded in connection with its civil war, now in its sixth year, to target offenses linked to the ongoing violence and human rights abuses. The U.S. has also issued sanctions for foreign individuals or companies that support Assad's government. A number of Iranian entities have been penalized for supporting the Syrian government or fighters working to undermine peace in Syria. While Moscow and Washington are continuously at odds over Syria, the U.S. has not imposed any Syria-related sanctions on Russia. Associated Press writers Matthew Lee and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.

Three days before the NFL draft, Temple’s Haason Reddick receives 'Key to the City' of Camden

NFL draft

The likely first-round pick was honored Monday at the Battleship New Jersey.

Sharks C Joe Thornton needs ACL surgery before free agency

Joe Thornton

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee before becoming a potential free agent this summer. Thornton tore the ACL and MCL in his knee on April 2 in Vancouver but still returned to play San

Trump's stock market gain in the first 100 days tops Reagan and most other Republican presidents

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Trump is on pace for a nearly 5 percent gain in the S&P 500 since his inauguration. His 100 days ends on Saturday.

Camera Shootout: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are the two big dogs in the smartphone world right now. Samsung and LG both have made great cameras in the past, but how do the newest models compare?

Larry Bird delivers Pacers' 2021 All-Star bid in an Indy car


NEW YORK - Indiana wants the NBA All-Star Game and sent Larry Bird to get it - in an Indy car. Bird drove four blocks down Fifth Avenue in his car Monday to deliver the Pacers' bid to host the 2021 game to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, fitting his

Andrea Tantaros Claims Fox News "Tortured" Her Via Hacking, Social Media Stalking

Fox News

The television personality alleges her former employer violated both criminal and civil law. read more

The Latest: White House to host Senate North Korea briefing

White House

Latest on President Donald Trump : 3:30 p.m. The entire U.S. Senate has been invited to the White House Wednesday for a briefing on the escalating situation with North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the briefing will be delivered by four ...

FOREX-Euro surges, yen dives as French election fears abate

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Official: 'Silver lining' in hacker, foreign nation alliance

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WASHINGTON - A top Justice Department national security official says foreign governments that work with criminal hackers make their operations vulnerable to being exposed and disrupted. Adam Hickey, a deputy assistant attorney general, says that's a "silver lining" for the U.S. government and its efforts to prevent hacking from ...

Aaron Hernandez friends, family turn out for private funeral

Aaron Hernandez

BRISTOL, Conn. — Aaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time…

Attorneys general: Restore guidance to aid student borrowers

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BOSTON - Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic attorneys general Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Lisa Madigan of Illinois called ...

California: Teens rush Oakland regional train, rob riders

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OAKLAND, Calif. - Dozens of teens robbed and assaulted passengers on a regional transit train in Oakland over the weekend in an apparently orchestrated attack, authorities said Monday. Witness accounts and surveillance video showed 40 to 60 teens jumping the fare gate at the Coliseum Station Saturday night, said ...

Two Bundy supporters convicted in Nevada: attorney


- A Nevada jury found two supporters of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy guilty on Monday of charges stemming from an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014, an attorney for one of four other defendants in the case said.

Chris Pratt quotes Bible verse, says God 'gives us signs and gifts in life' like family


Chris Pratt's fame just hit literal stardom. As Relevant magazine reported , Pratt received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this weekend just ahead of his upcoming film "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2." He spoke with fans about how his family and faith have helped him succeed. "I'm a man of faith and I believe that God works in mysterious ways and gives us signs and gifts in life — and those gifts oftentimes come in the form of people," he said. " gave absolutely everything she had to raise us, every fiber of her being. And oftentimes we weren’t cash-rich, but we were never love-poor. You gave everything and you were always proud of me, way before this. When I was a waiter at Coco’s you just couldn’t get enough of me … I want to thank my wife, Anna, I love you. You’ve given me so much. You gave me the greatest star in the galaxy in my little boy, I love him and I love you." Watch his speech in the video below. But this isn't the first time Pratt has spoken so openly about his family. He recently told The Washington Post that he and his wife, actress Anna Faris, would make career decisions together without holding back. “For the first part of our relationship, we put our careers at the top,” Pratt said, according to The Post. “We were like, ‘Honey, if you get a job and you have to go to Istanbul for six months, you’re going. I’ll help you pack. I’ll Skype with you every day. You’re living your dream, I’m living my dream. That’s what we do.’” Now, the two consider their 4-year-old son, Jack, when they make movie decisions, The Post reported. Pratt shared his love for his wife and son on Instagram about two weeks ago when he posted a photo of himself and Faris promoting “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” As The Huffington Post reported , Pratt mentioned in his Instagram post that he’s happy to have his wife and son along with him during the promotion tour, but children can be a struggle to travel with. “Although it’s 3:00am right now, I was just awakened by a square kick to the back as little man climbed into bed and then must have had a karate dream or something and now I can’t sleep,” Pratt wrote. “I’m on insta instead. All you dads and moms know what I’m talking about.”

State Department is promoting Trump's Mar-a-Lago in online blog post

Mar Lago

President Trump's oceanside Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida has gained considerable air- and tweet-time since Trump took office and dubbed...

Border wall, health care jeopardize bill days from shutdown

Border wall

WASHINGTON — Partisan disputes over health care and President Donald Trump's border wall threw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy Monday days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

2 dead in apparent murder-suicide at Dallas office building, police say

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Police believe this is not a domestic violence incident.

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