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Strong Aftershock As Aid Starts Reaching Quake-hit Papua New Guinea (PNG) Strong Aftershock As Aid Starts Reaching Quake-hit Papua New Guinea (PNG)
- March 07, 2018

The tremor, shortly after midnight local time, struck just 31 km (19 miles) southwest of the epicentre of a magnitude 7.5 quake that flattened villages and caused landslides last Monday, killing at least 55 people. "We are anxious to reach communities while there is a lull in what is usually a season of heavy rain". Frustrations are building among some residents in the earthquake-devastated Papua New Guinea of Hela, as aid is slow to come a week after a deadly natural disaster. (more...)
White House's top economic advisor Gary Cohn steps down White House's top economic advisor Gary Cohn steps down
- March 07, 2018

He was reported to have drafted a resignation letter after the event . "I am grateful to the president for giving me this opportunity and wish him and the administration great success in the future", Cohn said in a statement released by the White House . (more...)
Top Trump economic aide Cohn resigns over steel tariffs Top Trump economic aide Cohn resigns over steel tariffs
- March 07, 2018

In a statement, Trump praised Cohn as a "rare talent" and thanked him for his service. Since the beginning of Trump's administration, Cohn has advised on economic policy and chaired the National Economic Council . While there are credible economic analysts who might argue for retaliatory tariffs against China and others for violating their obligations under the WTO, it's doubtful any would argue for blanket tariffs on steel and aluminum that mainly affect close allies in Canada and Europe. (more...)
Auburn basketball: Predicting the SEC Tournament Auburn basketball: Predicting the SEC Tournament
- March 07, 2018

Pretty soon, the entire SEC Tournament bracket will be set. Since that 1979 title, Tennessee has advanced as far as the championship game only twice - an 89-69 loss to Alabama in 1991 and a 64-61 loss to Mississippi State in 2009. The Tigers will face the victor of Alabama and Texas A&M which will be played Thursday at noon. Porter Jr. said Saturday he hopes to play in the SEC Tournament. (more...)
Missouri held statewide tornado siren test today Missouri held statewide tornado siren test today
- March 07, 2018

North Carolina's annual statewide tornado drill for 2018 will take place on Wednesday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. using EAS and NOAA weather radios. "Outdoor warning sirens are not meant to be heard indoors", Ceperley said. Ceperley said Missouri recorded 102 tornados previous year, which resulted in one death and 32 injuries. The WBOY app is a free and easy way to get access to severe weather alerts as well as the news of the day. (more...)
Florida bill for year-round Daylight Saving Time headed for governor's desk Florida bill for year-round Daylight Saving Time headed for governor's desk
- March 07, 2018

It may take several days for some people to adjust and get their sleep routines back on track. During the winter months we see less sunlight, which explains for setting the clocks forward as the sun rises later and sets earlier. Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and most of Arizona don't observe daylight saving time, so there's no need to change the clocks in those places. (more...)
Top intel official insists White House 'engaged' on Russian threat to midterms Top intel official insists White House 'engaged' on Russian threat to midterms
- March 07, 2018

Trump's nominee to lead the National Security Agency, Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, told Senate Armed Services he did not think Russian Federation expected much of a United States response to cyber-attacks. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Raymond ReedFBI chief: Trump hasn't specifically directed me to stop Russian meddling in midterms Live coverage: Federal Bureau of Investigation director testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee Senate Dems demand answers on cost of Trump's military parade ... (more...)
Trump's Justice Department sues California over immigration enforcement Trump's Justice Department sues California over immigration enforcement
- March 07, 2018

But the Justice Department has questioned why California, after arresting someone for violating a state law, then hinders federal efforts to deport the offender. The Trump administration's legal arguments are similar to those it has made in other cases, he said, and his office is prepared to address them. The DOJ does not plan to argue that Section 1373 requires local law enforcement to hold people exclusively based on ICE requests ― known as "detainers" ― which many jurisdictions have ... (more...)
Metter Middle School student arrested, charged with terroristic threats Metter Middle School student arrested, charged with terroristic threats
- March 07, 2018

Police investigated the threats through Sunday evening. In the Roseville arrest, police said, the suspect had an "AR-15-type firearm". Police and county deputy presence on the school campus will continue for the "foreseeable future, strictly as a precautionary measure". (more...)
Bryant won't appoint himself to Cochran's seat Bryant won't appoint himself to Cochran's seat
- March 07, 2018

Bryant, who is broadly popular, would have been considered a heavy favorite to hold onto the Cochran seat, had he appointed himself and run in the special election to fill the remainder of Cochran's term, which expires in January 2021. Phil Bryant, a Republican, will appoint his replacement. The special election will be same day as the regular election for the seat Wicker now holds. (more...)
Trump links steel tariff to new Nafta deal Trump links steel tariff to new Nafta deal
- March 07, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that he would urge the president to adopt a " more surgical" approach to tariffs and to specifically address China and other abusers of global trade rules. Administration officials in TV interviews over the weekend downplayed the impact on automakers as adding only up to about US$200 to the price of a vehicle - a fraction of the average US$35,000 sales price. (more...)
China to boost defense spending 8% in 2018 China to boost defense spending 8% in 2018
- March 07, 2018

In his opening report to parliament, Mr Li said the army must be "strong as stone" in the face of "profound changes in the national security environment". China will do more in implementing its innovation-driven development strategy, and keep on making the Chinese economy more innovative and competitive, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday. (more...)
Merkel Says No Need To Make National Anthem Gender-Neutral Merkel Says No Need To Make National Anthem Gender-Neutral
- March 07, 2018

Merkel, quickly released a statement saying, "the chancellor is very happy with our nice national anthem as it is in its traditional form and doesn't see any need for change", the newspaper reported . Debates surrounding German identity have become hot potato issues as the anti-immigration AfD seize on the theme to win over voters fed up with the more than one million asylum seekers who arrived in Germany since 2015. (more...)
Man forces son to run to school in the rain for bullying Man forces son to run to school in the rain for bullying
- March 07, 2018

In the "you better listen to your dad 2018" video, Bryan Thornhill jokingly said the boy will either be fast or obedient, but "so far we're working on fast". The videos received pushback, as well, before they were removed from Facebook. This is a healthy way for a child to be punished. Thornhill also joked that his athletic son "kept a pretty good pace" and ran six-minute miles. (more...)
Leader of the Italian Ruling Party Resigns After Electoral Defeat Leader of the Italian Ruling Party Resigns After Electoral Defeat
- March 07, 2018

Paolo Magri, director of the ISPI think tank in Milan, said precisely because numerous 5-Stars' new voters hailed previously from the Democratic Party, "a tie-up with the (Democrats) is more acceptable than with the League". British far-right, pro-Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage also congratulated the 5-Stars. Le Pen's National Front party has lost steam and been in crisis since her crushing presidential defeat by pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron. (more...)
Arlene Foster: EU Brexit text not 'faithful' to December deal
- March 07, 2018

Speaking in the House of Commons, Theresa May , in answer to a question from Labour MP Emma Reynolds, said: "There are many examples of different arrangements for customs around the rest of the world". On trade, she will say: "As on security, what I am seeking is a relationship that goes beyond the transactional to one where we support each other's interests". (more...)
Ireland rejects the Canada-US border model Ireland rejects the Canada-US border model
- March 07, 2018

Inside the EU, both Ireland and Northern Ireland are part of the single market and customs union so share the same regulations and standards, allowing a soft or invisible border between the two. "The single market that matters to the people of Northern Ireland is the United Kingdom single market", she said. Instead, he added , May had rehashed an already discredited government idea to use a mix of technology and goodwill to ensure no hard border In Ireland. (more...)
Sean Abbott bouncer hits Will Pucovski's head in chilling Phillip Hughes reminder Sean Abbott bouncer hits Will Pucovski's head in chilling Phillip Hughes reminder
- March 07, 2018

He dropped to his knees and was escorted off the field by medical staff. Daniel Christian was called in as the substitute for Pucovski. Resilient batting from NSW's top-order has set the scene for a dramatic final day as the Blues chase a much-needed Sheffield Shield win against Victoria at Junction Oval. (more...)
Gov. Walker approval rating at 47%, President approval rating holds steady Gov. Walker approval rating at 47%, President approval rating holds steady
- March 07, 2018

Outside of the Milwaukee area, the poll found around one in five voters think businesses in their area will benefit from Foxconn. The strong support was in line with the last time Marquette asked about background checks, in June 2016. And unlike March 2014, when Madison School Board member Mary Burke was well on her way to becoming the Democratic nominee with 41 percent of voters having an opinion about her, the Democratic primary remains somewhat muddled. (more...)
Venezuela's oil output running 1.5 mln bpd short - Ecuador min Venezuela's oil output running 1.5 mln bpd short - Ecuador min
- March 07, 2018

We jointly agreed then [on last year's meeting with U.S. shale producers] that we should continue with this dialogue. With the U.S. administration now in a protectionist frame of mind, the domestic oil industry has a lot of political backing and incentive to expand production levels. (more...)
Russia Faces Track and Field Expulsion Over Doping Denials Russia Faces Track and Field Expulsion Over Doping Denials
- March 06, 2018

Its conclusions - and that of a later International Olympic Committee (IOC) report - led to the country being banned from February's Winter Olympics. The IAAF Council also accepted recommendations on restrictions in competition based on hyperandrogenism which will be tabled at the Court of Arbitration in Sport with an aim of implementing new rules in November. (more...)
Edwards, GOP trade barbs after special session collapse Edwards, GOP trade barbs after special session collapse
- March 06, 2018

Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe. "I believe the most frustrating thing and the saddest thing in my short tenure - this is my sixth year - is that the political toxicity has become so bad that it seems like it nearly makes it impossible to actually work together", he said. (more...)
Florida families call for action on gun bill Florida families call for action on gun bill
- March 06, 2018

State senators Monday voted to exempt students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from having to take the annual reading, writing and math tests given each spring to most students in the state. It also creates a new scholarship program for students in grades three through five who do poorly on the grade-three or grade-four reading exam. Corporations could divert certain state tax payments toward the vouchers, which would pay for private tutoring, summer school programs or other ... (more...)
Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf quits Labour role amid racism row Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf quits Labour role amid racism row
- March 06, 2018

Model Munroe Bergdorf has stepped down from a Labour advisory panel for LGBT issues blaming "attacks" from Conservative newspapers like the Daily Mail for stoking "relentless online abuse". She had come under fire for her comments on white people and suffragettes. "I will not allow myself to be centred in this negative narrative, but more importantly I don't want to stand in the way of the board serving as a positive catalyst for change within the UK's LGBT communities". (more...)
Party-goer shot to death despite bullet-proof vest Party-goer shot to death despite bullet-proof vest
- March 06, 2018

A forensic team has yet to confirm if the bullet passed through the vest or if the shooter was accidentally shot outside of the area. That's right, Houston police say after the shooter shot the guy with the bulletproof vest on, he then took off with another guy, leaving police with plenty of unanswered questions. (more...)
Former Russian Spy Critically Ill After Exposure To 'Unknown Substance' In UK Former Russian Spy Critically Ill After Exposure To 'Unknown Substance' In UK
- March 06, 2018

Skripal was freed in 2010 as part of a U.S. They are both in critical condition in intensive care, London's Metropolitan Police said . The two were reportedly discovered unconscious on a bench at the shopping center. The former Russian double agent's daughter resides in Russia , but was visiting the United Kingdom, the BBC reported , adding relatives had not heard from her for two consecutive days. (more...)
Trump Believes Cohn Will Leave If Tariffs Instituted, Sources Say Trump Believes Cohn Will Leave If Tariffs Instituted, Sources Say
- March 06, 2018

Rasmussen Reports, in the aftermath of Trump's announced reelection, wrote this, of its survey findings: "If the presidential election were held today, President Trump would carry Republicans and unaffiliated voters, but Democrats would reject him in droves". (more...)
United by Cauvery, Tamil Nadu MPs hold up Parliament United by Cauvery, Tamil Nadu MPs hold up Parliament
- March 06, 2018

Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said "neither the Prime Minister's Office nor Modi have declined to meet the Tamil Nadu delegation". Talking to reporters after the meeting, he said Palaniswami told him that Modi had declined to meet the delegation, a claim denied by the state government. (more...)
Left protests against razing of Lenin statue Left protests against razing of Lenin statue
- March 06, 2018

The post was later deleted. "Who is Lenin? What is his connection with India?" His tweet along with a photo of destroying Lenin's statue in Tripura said: "BJP successful completed the fall of #Lenin in Tripura". Sources have said that two persons - BJP town general secretary Muthukumaran and another person identified as Francis - broke the statue using a hammer. (more...)
Endangered tiger brutally killed, hung from ceiling Endangered tiger brutally killed, hung from ceiling
- March 06, 2018

According to the blog, superstitious villagers in the island nation tend to believe many stories about shape-shifters with supernatural powers that can turn into not only tigers but also cats, panthers, dogs and crocodiles. Investigators in the Sumatran village said that the slain tiger was missing some internal organs, skin, claws and teeth, which suggests that the villagers intend to sell them. (more...)

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