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US blocks UNSC statement on Israel's use of force on Land Day

Land Day deaths probe by UN stopped by US

The United States has blocked a draft statement by the United Nations Security Council that called for an investigation into the killing of 17 unarmed Palestinian protesters near the Gaza Strip's eastern border.

The statement, which was proposed by Kuwait, demanded an "independent and transparent investigation" under international law into the bloody events on Friday's Land Day protests.

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Court: Trump administration can't block immigrant teens from obtaining abortions

Dept. of health and Human servicesA federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday the government can't interfere with the ability of pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in federal custody to obtain abortions.

The court issued an order Friday evening barring the government from "interfering with or obstructing" pregnant immigrant children in federal custody from accessing abortion counseling or abortions, among other things, while a lawsuit proceeds.

Lawyers for the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for sheltering children who illegally enter the country unaccompanied by a parent, had said the department has a policy of "refusing to facilitate" abortions.

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Police cameras show events in shooting of unarmed black man

Police cameras show events in Seattle shooting of unarmed manAutopsy findings by a pathologist hired by the family of Stephon Clark call into question the Sacramento Police Department’s assertion that Clark was facing the two officers and advancing toward them when they opened fire and killed him.

Video from Sacramento police officers’ body cameras and a Sheriff’s Department helicopter circling overhead show Clark’s final moments but don’t definitively answer the many questions that have arisen since the March 18 shooting.

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EPA chief paid $50 a night for DC condo linked to lobbyist

Pruitt paid $50 a night at lobbyist's condoThe head of the Environmental Protection Agency paid just $50 a night to stay in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents fossil fuel companies, officials acknowledged Friday.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt paid for a single bedroom in the building about a block from the U.S. Capitol, staying for about six months in 2017. Three units inside the building belong to a corporation co-owned by the wife of J. Steven Hart, the chairman and CEO of the powerhouse lobbying firm Williams and Jensen PLLC, according to records.

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Trump Accuses Amazon of Postal ‘Scam,’ Demands Washington Post Register as a ‘Lobbyist’

Trump slams Amazon and WaPoPresident Trump on Saturday embarked on his second attack on Amazon in two days, accusing the company of running a “Post Office scam” costing “billions of dollars” in potential revenue.

“While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon,” he wrote on Twitter. “That amounts to billions of dollars,” he said. He went on to blast the company’s reported increase in lobbying staff, complaining that the “Fake Washington Post” is “used as a lobbyist” by Amazon and “should so register.”

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Laura Ingraham announces ‘vacation’ after feud with David Hogg escalates

Ingraham announced she was taking a pre-planned break with her children for Easter after Hogg successfully rallied his social media following and pressured companies to pull their advertising dollars from “The Ingraham Angle.”

"I hope she uses this time to reflect not only on how she treated me but so many others like the students at Dartmouth or even people like Lebron James," Hogg told the Daily News in response to Ingraham's announcement.

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Jimmy Carter: 'Apparently' America wants a jerk for president

Jimmy  Carter

Jimmy Carter didn't hold back in his assessment of President Trump.

During a Friday appearance on "The Late Show," host Stephen Colbert asked the 93-year-old former president whether America wants "kind of a jerk as president."

"Apparently, from this recent election, yes," Carter quipped, drawing a wave of laughter.

At the same time, Carter – who was promoting a new book titled Faith: A Journey for All – acknowledged that he "prays" for the current president.

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Baton Rouge police fire officer who killed Alton Sterling

Blane Salamoni firedThe Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana fired Blane Salamoni, the officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling in 2016 outside a convenience store.

Police Chief Murphy Paul announced the disciplinary action Friday and released footage from the body cameras worn by Salamoni and officer Howie Lake II, who were involved in the confrontation with Sterling.

The announcement comes three days after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said no charges would be filed against either officer for the shooting, which kicked off a fresh wave of protests, some of which involved the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Hundreds line Cambridge streets to honor Stephen Hawking

Hundreds line bridge to honor Hawking hearse processionHundreds of people lined the streets of the English city of Cambridge on Saturday, breaking into applause as the hearse carrying the remains of famed British scientist Stephen Hawking arrived at the church.

Some 500 guests had been invited to the private funeral at St. Mary the Great church for the service honoring Hawking, who died on March 14 at age 76 after capturing popular imagination with his writings about space and time.

Actor Eddie Redmayne, who portrayed Hawking in the 2014 biographical drama "The Theory of Everything," gave a reading from Ecclesiastes during the service. There was also a reading by Astronomer Royal Martin Reese and eulogies by one of Hawking's children and a former student.

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