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Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is promising to renew the federal government's war on drugs, saying tough new sentencing policies are necessary to combat what he described as a surge of violent crime in cities. Prior to this memo, prosecutors did not have to get supervisory approval to recommend a sentence outside the guidelines. The two-page memo, which was publicly released Friday, lays out a policy of strict enforcement that rolls back the comparatively lenient stance established by Eric ...
  • Coroner reopens case of bullied 8-year-old who killed self

    Coroner reopens case of bullied 8-year-old who killed self

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    The mother learned of the bullying and the surveillance video after her attorneys obtained a Cincinnati police investigative file over her son's death. Gabriel hanged himself with a necktie in the bedroom of his Cincinnati apartment on January 26. "His vitals are fine, he's fine and she chose to come to the school to get him to make sure he was okay and she took him home", Branch said.
  • San Antonio book date with Golden State in the West

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    The Rockets lost in a puzzling awful fashion the Spurs , who were playing without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, thanks in large part to a pretty bad game from James Harden . The lineup of Mills, Murray, Anderson, Lee and Simmons hadn't played a single minute together during the regular season. It's also encouraging they were able to limit such a high powered offense while staying remarkably efficient on the offensive side of the ball.
  • Speeding Amtrak engineer charged in 2015 crash that killed 8

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    Though the National Transportation Safety Board had previously ruled that the derailment was caused by Bostian, of NY, when he lost " situational awareness " due to being distracted by the radio, the DA's office found on Tuesday that there was not enough "evidence sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the engineer "consciously" disregarded the risk" of an imminent crash.
  • Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy

    Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy

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    The reversal gives prosecutors better tools to go after drug traffickers and gangs, said Lawrence Leiser, head of the National Association of Assistant U.S. "It's still going to boil down to the discretion of the prosecutor", said Peter Vaira, a former US attorney in Philadelphia. "They're going to have to build more prisons", said L.
  • Foul play not apparent in deaths of 2 in Central Park waters

    Foul play not apparent in deaths of 2 in Central Park waters

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    The body belonging to a man was discovered at about 7:30 a.m.in Swan Lake near East 60th Street and East Drive, police said. The body was turned over to the city Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, cops said. A body was discovered in the pond in Central Park this morning. "It is unusual for this park though". While a body will initially float until water replaces the air in its lungs, bodies can rise to the surface due to weather, water temperature and science.
  • As farmers worry, Agriculture chief to promote trade

    As farmers worry, Agriculture chief to promote trade

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    The new trade-focused position at the USDA is part of a larger department-wide reorganization. The senior Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow, said Perdue's package "would eliminate an important voice for rural America" - the undersecretary.
  • President Trump Threatens Fmr. FBI Dir. James Comey

    President Trump Threatens Fmr. FBI Dir. James Comey

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    One obliterates the last of any credibility of Trump's surrogates, and the other raises serious questions about whether the House should initiate impeachment proceedings. "I think that there are times when you more [often] than not read a story where someone's trying to pull apart one word, one sentence, and say "aha" and make it a "got you" thing", he said.
  • Trump Threatens to Stop White House Press Briefings

    Trump Threatens to Stop White House Press Briefings

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    Halfway across the globe, the news of Comey's dismissal elicited a tweet from U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Dana Shell Smith about the troubles she has explaining Washington's actions. The president suggested, again over Twitter, that because he's such "a very active President", that his surrogates can't speak for him "with ideal accuracy".
  • 3 dead in Yell County shootings

    3 dead in Yell County shootings

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    The suspect, James Michael Bowden, 32, surrendered to authorities and is charged with three counts of Capital Murder. The bodies of Rita Miller, 61, and Ciera Miller, 17, both of Yell County, were discovered as police responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 12000 block of Gum Springs Road, Arkansas State Police said in a news release Friday.
  • Donald Trump Quoted His Own Tweet in a Header

    Donald Trump Quoted His Own Tweet in a Header

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    White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended President Donald Trump's handling of the dismissal of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, taking aim at then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates in the process. In the hearing, former CIA Director James Clapper and Yates were questioned about evidence of possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation.