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Keystone XL pipeline will not use U.S. steel despite Trump's vow

Keystone pipeline uses imported steelThe Keystone XL oil pipeline will not use American-produced steel during its construction despite President Donald Trump's insistence after signing the controversial directives back in January and referencing the move in his address to Congress, the White House confirmed on Friday.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed to language in the presidential directive as to why the proposed cross-border pipeline is not subject to Trump's U.S.-made steel promise.


United States to suspend premium processing for 'skilled worker' visas

Skilled worker visas suspendedU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it will suspend its premium processing for H-1B visa petitions next month, possibly making deep cuts in the number of highly skilled workers entering the country.

Immigration services said the temporary suspension of premium processing for visas will begin April 3 and may last up to six months. U.S. companies often use the visas to bring lower-cost skilled workers to the United States.


Jewish Cemetery In New York Vandalized Amid Rash Of Anti-Semitic Acts

Jewish cemetery in NY vandalizedA Jewish cemetery in New York was vandalized this week in the third act of apparent anti-Semitism to hit a burial site in recent weeks.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state police on Thursday to investigate the desecration of more than a dozen headstones at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester.

“The State Police Hate Crimes Task Force, in partnership with federal and local authorities, have launched aggressive investigations into reported hate crimes across the state,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Given the wave of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and disturbing vandalism at Jewish cemeteries nationwide, I am directing the State Police to immediately launch a full investigation into this matter.”

A spokesperson for the Rochester police said there were no suspects in custody as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper.


Rep. Schiff accuses Comey of withholding information on Russia probe

James ComeyThe top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday accused FBI Director James Comey of withholding crucial information about its probe into Russian interference in the election and raised the prospect of subpoenaing the agency.

“I would say at this point we know less than a fraction of what the FBI knows,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told reporters after a briefing with Comey.


55 charged in meth, heroin, firearm crackdown in California

55 charged with meth, heroin, firearms sales in Ca.The U.S. Department of Justice charged 55 people with crimes ranging money laundering to trafficking heroin, methamphetamine and firearms in California.

The people charged, including known drug dealers and gang members, are accused of supplying a "substantial portion" of the heroin and methamphetamine distributed in North County, Calif., the Justice Department said.


Police say they were 'authorized by McDonald's' to arrest protesters, suit claims

Police 'authorized' by McD to harass protestersPolice claimed they had “authorization from the president of McDonald’s” to arrest protesting fast food workers, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed on Wednesday against the city of Memphis, Tennessee.

The suit alleges that local police engaged in a “widespread and illegal campaign of surveillance and intimidation” against a local chapter of the Fight for $15 fast-food worker organization as it campaigned for an increase in the minimum wage hour and union rights for fast food workers.


Supreme Court mainly rules for black voters in Virginia case

SCOTUSThe Supreme Court is mainly ruling for African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed 12 legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.

The justices said Wednesday that a lower court that upheld the 12 districts used the wrong legal standard when it determined that race did not play too large a role in creating the districts.


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