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2 US-Led Coalition Personnel, Including 1 American, Killed in Syria

US soldier killed in Syria

Two members of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria, including one American, were killed and five others wounded in a roadside bomb blast Thursday night, according to U.S. officials.

Two U.S. officials speaking anonymously to Reuters said the attack occurred near the city of Manbij in northern Syria. The officials declined to disclose the nationality of the other person who was killed.

An earlier statement from the U.S. military did not indicate where the attack occurred nor did it disclose the names and nationalities of the victims, saying only they were coalition members.



Pulse nightclub shooter's wife found not guilty

Pulse shooter's wife found Not Guilty on both counts

The trial started two weeks ago in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Florida.

The court is about two miles away from the site of the nightclub where Mateen killed 49 people and injured 58 others in the June 12, 2016, attack. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

On Thursday, the jury opted not to take an additional hour to deliberate, instead choosing to come back today with the verdict.

John Mina, the chief of the Orlando Police Department, released a statement following the verdict, saying he believes in the criminal justice system and is thankful for the hard work of the jurors, attorneys and the FBI involved in the case.


FBI looked into Trump plans to build hotel in Latvia with Putin supporter

Probe into Trump plans for building in Latvia

They wanted to build the Las Vegas of the Baltics.

In 2010, a small group of businessmen including a wealthy Russian supporter of Vladimir Putin began working on plans to build a glitzy hotel and entertainment complex with Donald Trump in Riga, the capital of Latvia.

A senior Trump executive visited the city to scout for locations. Trump and his daughter Ivanka spent hours at Trump Tower with the Russian, Igor Krutoy, who also knows compatriots involved in arranging a fateful meeting at the same building during the 2016 US election campaign.

Then the Latvian government’s anti-corruption bureau began asking questions.


Russian ex-spy says he was on Kremlin 'hit list' along with poisoned Skripal

Ex double agent Boris KarpichkovThe former Russian double agent got a terrifying message on his birthday: He was on a Kremlin hit list along with Sergei Skripal, another ex-spy who weeks later was poisoned with a nerve agent in a case Britain blames on Vladimir Putin's government.

"Be careful, look around, something is probably going to happen,'" the former agent, Boris Karpichkov, says an old friend told him on the telephone in mid-February. "It's very serious, and you are not alone."


Ex-president Sarkozy to face trial in France

Sarkozy to stand trial in France

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial for corruption in France over accusations that he improperly tried to obtain confidential information from a French magistrate, The New York Times reports.

Wiretaps on phones belonging to Sarkozy reportedly overheard the former president and his attorney discussing how to obtain confidential information from a top French magistrate in 2014.

Sarkozy is accused of then approaching the magistrate and promising to use his influence to secure a job for the judge, Gilbert Azibert, who now also faces charg


Companies pull ads from Fox’s Ingraham after her jab at Parkland student

Laura Ingram losing sponsors after mocking Prkland survivor

A growing number of companies will heed calls from a survivor of the Florida high school shooting to drop their advertisements on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News program after the host mocked the student on Twitter.

At least six said they would cease buying ads on the show. Nutrish, celebrity cook Rachael Ray’s dog food company, announced on Thursday that it was “in the process of removing ads from Laura Ingraham’s program.” TripAdvisor, the American travel website, told POLITICO that it had “made a decision to stop advertising on that program.”



Mueller probing Russia contacts at Republican convention: sources

Mueller probing Russia contacts at Republican convention: sourcesInvestigators probing whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia have been questioning witnesses about events at the 2016 Republican National Convention, according to two sources familiar with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiries.

Mueller’s team has been asking about a convention-related event attended by both Russia’s U.S. ambassador and Jeff Sessions, the first U.S. senator to support Trump and now his attorney general, said one source, who requested anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.


Scott Walker Lashes Out After Losing Bid to Prevent Special Elections

Scott Walker loses bid to stop special election

Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday finally called for two special elections to fill vacancies in the state’s Senate and Assembly, after declining to do so when they opened in December. And then he got extremely mad online.

The two seats were previously held by Republicans but have been left empty after they joined Walker’s administration. Republican efforts to halt the elections were stymied Wednesday when the Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued a stern ruling calling for the elections to take place.

Walker had previously contended that the elections would be a waste of taxpayer money as there would be elections in November anyway and the Assembly is adjourned for the year.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he won't appoint a second special counsel

Attorney Gen. Sessions will not appoint a second counselAttorney General Jeff Sessions will not appoint a second special counsel to review a host of politically charged grievances against the Justice Department and the FBI leveled by Republican lawmakers.

While acknowledging that the Justice Department is "not above criticism," Sessions said in a letter Thursday to three Republican committee chairmen that such an appointment was not necessary.

The attorney general, however, did acknowledge that he had directed Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber to continue an internal review into whether a second counsel may be needed at some point in the future.


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