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McConnell won't say if Trump is qualified for presidency
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn't answer questions Sunday about whether Donald Trump is qualified for the presidency, saying he'll "leave that to the American people to decide."
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday called for greater integration with Canada and the United States in the wake of Britain's vote to split with the European Union.
Nieto, who spoke during a stopover in Quebec City, is scheduled to attend a North American leaders summit in Ottawa on Wednesday with his US and Canadian counterparts.
The three countries are economic partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and work closely on security matters.
Man charged with two rapes gets one day in jail
(NEWSER) – A former Indiana University student charged with raping two women will get off with a year of probation and one day in jail, WXIN reports.
John Enochs took a plea deal and was sentenced Thursday, pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery. According to the New York Daily News, it's unclear why prosecutors decided to drop the rape charges — felonies punishable by up to 16 years in prison — against Enochs. But that didn't stop the sentence from immediately being compared to the infamously lenient one issued against Stanford swimmer Brock Turner earlier this month.
A woman says she was at an April 2015 party at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity when she went inside to use the restroom, WISH reports. She says the next thing she remembers is being naked and alone with an unknown man having sex with her. She says she told him to stop multiple times, but he wouldn't. She suffered a laceration to her genitals in the attack.
California police probe violent clash at white supremacist rally
California police on Monday were investigating a violent clash between members of a white supremacist group and counter-protesters on Sunday, during which 10 people were stabbed and several others injured.
The brawl in the state capital, Sacramento, could fuel concerns about the risk of violence outside the Republican and Democratic party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia next month, and in the run-up to the Nov. 8 presidential election.
The Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group, had called the rally in part to protest against violence that has flared outside recent rallies by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, one of its leaders told Reuters.
The fight broke out at about noon at the start of the rally outside the California State Capitol, the Sacramento Police Department said in a statement.
An Enduring Heroin Market Shapes an Enforcer’s Rise and Fall
Up the block came three young men, shoelaces lapping at the sidewalk, faces half-hidden in hoods, to pay their respects to a fallen street soldier.
They stopped at a mural splashed with rubber-banded rolls of $100 bills, next to calligraphy spelling out “Heart of the Hood” and “Money come & go but Legends Live Forever.” The face of Francisco Perez, six feet high and sun-dappled, stared out coolly over his old haunts. A red die showing five sat on a discarded bureau nearby.
“Cisco, 12-26-78 — 4-4-16,” the mural read, referring to Mr. Perez’s street name.
Over nearly three decades, Mr. Perez held court on this block of East 157th Street off Melrose Avenue in the South Bronx. It was here that he climbed the rungs of the street heroin trade, wooed women, muscled out drug rivals from nearby public housing projects and, as he got closer to middle age, counseled young men to save themselves and to get honest work.
BET Awards: Passion, politics and Prince tributes
(CNN)Viewers of Sunday night's BET Awards got so much more than just a celebration of black entertainment and Prince tributes.
The show was politically charged, from its dynamic live performances to winners' calls to action.
Here's what you may have missed:
The superstar singer opened the show with a rousing rendition of her song "Freedom." The performance began with a snippet from Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Sporting cornrows, Beyonce and her backup dancers performed in a pool barely ankle deep before being joined by rapper Kendrick Lamar who spit his verses on the song before joining the singer in the water.
The song has become an anthem of black pride with lyrics like, "I break chains all by myself/Won't let my freedom rot in hell/Hey! I'ma keep running/Cause a winner don't quit on themselves."
Beyonce has been hailed -- and criticized -- for her alignment with the #BlackLivesMatters movement.
The Supreme Court struck down a Texas abortion law
Expect other states' laws to start falling too
The Supreme Court decision to strike down two restrictive abortion laws in Texas will likely have a ripple effect across the country, potentially forcing other states to drop their own similar anti-abortion laws in the coming years.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that two Texas laws were unconstitutional: one that required abortion clinics to be certified as ambulatory surgical centers and another requiring doctors to gain admitting privileges at a local hospital.
The Court found that in both cases, these restrictions put an "undue burden" on women seeking to terminate pregnancies without doing enough to protect women’s health.
You're right, George Will: GOP isn't your party
(CNN)Donald Trump loves to brag that "millions and millions of people have come to the Republican Party" because of his campaign. Like many of Trump's claims, that one appears be questionable, according to Politico's analysis of primary voting data.
But one thing is demonstrably true: Trump is driving Republicans out of the GOP. On Friday, well-known conservative commentator George Will announced he was ditching the GOP to become "an unaffiliated voter" because he did not believe the Trump-headed GOP represented his views. Will went even further in his statements, urging his fellow conservatives to "make sure" Trump loses this election.
Amtrak crash kills 5 in Colorado
(CNN)Five people were killed when a train crashed into a van in Colorado on Sunday, authorities said.
The van's right side was hit after it failed to yield the right of way to the train, Colorado State Patrol said in a news release.
The driver and four passengers were killed. One occupant was airlifted to Denver Hospital with injuries police described as serious.
No train passengers or crew members were hurt.
Authorities said the van was not stopped on the railroad tracks.
The crash happened about three miles north of Trinidad, Colorado.
A sharp spike in racist incidents reported after the Brexit vote
After Thursday's referendum on a "Brexit," a wave of racist incidents have been reported to British police and documented in widely shared social media posts. Through the weekend, #Postrefracism has been trending, and its contents provide a disheartening view of how Britain's vote to leave the European Union may be emboldening those who harbor virulent racist sentiments.
Police in west London were investigating what they called a "racially motivated" attack against the Polish Social and Cultural Association. Poles make up the largest foreign-born population in the United Kingdom. The organization's building was apparently defaced with graffiti that said, "Go home."
What it might take to protect the world's biggest naval base from rising seas
When US Secretary of State John Kerry wanted to push his country to take the lead on climate change, it was no accident that he chose to give a speech in Norfolk, Virginia.
Norfolk Naval Station is the biggest naval installation in the world. But, Kerry said last November, “the land it is built on is literally sinking.”
That was just weeks before the big United Nations climate change conference in Paris, and Kerry was framing climate change as a national security issue.
“By fueling extreme weather events, undermining our military readiness, exacerbating conflicts around the world — climate change is a threat to the security of the United States,” Kerry said.
Norfolk is the home port for the cruisers, destroyers and battleships of the Atlantic Fleet.
Rollercoaster crash: Ten people hurt at M&D's theme park
Eight children and two adults have been injured after a rollercoaster derailed and crashed at a theme park in North Lanarkshire in Scotland.
Police said the injured were all being treated at local hospitals.
Six ambulances and six fire engines were at the M&D's park near Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, after being called at 15:37. It was evacuated shortly after.
One adult and one child are in stable condition and three children are expected to be allowed home later.
The incident involved the Tsunami ride, which can travel at up to 40mph. One eyewitness said "people were trapped upside down on the ride" following the crash.
Police Scotland revised down the number of injured from its initial estimate of 11 and confirmed there were nine passengers on the ride at the time.
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — As crews searched Saturday for more wildfire victims, officials said scorching heat predicted for the next week will likely help fuel the deadly Erskine Fire and complicate efforts to control the blaze.
Two people are confirmed dead in the 35,000-acre wildfire that began Thursday night, and officials say they fear they may find more victims in the tangled mess left behind by the inferno. The two people who died were apparently overcome by smoke as they fled their home. The fire called an “ugly monster” by one firefighter consumed about 150 homes across the area, many of them quick-to-burn mobile homes and trailers reduced to little more than melted aluminum.
A string of Labour shadow cabinet members have quit, with more walkouts expected, in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership over the EU referendum.
Lord Falconer, Heidi Alexander, Lucy Powell and Ian Murray are among those to have quit the party's top team.
It comes after shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn was sacked after he told Mr Corbyn he had lost confidence in him.
Mr Corbyn, who faces a no confidence vote over a "lacklustre" EU campaign, "won't be resigning", a spokesman said.
The spokesman said Mr Corbyn "is the democratically elected leader of the Labour Party".
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow cabinet members Andy Burnham, Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry have given Mr Corbyn their support despite the resignations.
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has said he is "deeply disappointed" that Mr Benn had been sacked and "equally saddened" by the shadow cabinet resignations.
He said his focus was to "hold the Labour Party together in very turbulent times" and that he would meet Mr Corbyn on Monday to discuss the "way forward".
Sex, suicide and failure to report: How Oakland police scandal unfolded
Oakland, California (CNN) — Four police chiefs in 10 days. 28 police officers with allegations involving a prostitute. Five police departments ensnared in controversy. Two suicides. And one teenage girl. This is the volatile mix that has led to a sexual misconduct scandal of epic proportions in and around Oakland, California. If that weren't enough, it all happened while the Oakland Police Department was already under the watch of a federal monitor and compliance director. And the scandal all began to unravel because of the words of a dead man. An officer's suicide, a secret revealed
Oakland police officers showed up at the home of one of their own on September 25, 2015. Officer Brendan O'Brien's mother called them. She came to check on her son at his Oakland apartment and arrived to a gruesome scene. Her son was stretched out on the couch, his mouth open, his body too still to be alive, according to the coroner's report. Investigators found him with gun still "on his right hand", and a bullet through his mouth.
‘Brexit’: Explaining Britain’s Vote on European Union Membership
Update: Britain has voted to exit the European Union. It is a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world. For more about the fallout, The Times prepared an updated explainer of the basics.
Britain held a referendum on Thursday on whether to leave the European Union, a process often referred to as “Brexit.”
What is Britain deciding? The referendum question will ask voters whether the country should “remain a member of the European Union” or “leave the European Union.”
The reasons for and against Those who favor leaving argue that the European Union has changed enormously over the last four decades with regard to the size and the reach of its bureaucracy, diminishing British influence and sovereignty.
West Virginia Flooding: At Least 24 Dead as Federal Disaster Declared
Hundreds of people stranded by floods have been rescued in West Virginia, with the death toll now standing at 23, officials say.
Rescue work continues and authorities fear more victims may be found as they search through the debris.
Federal officials have declared it a major disaster, triggering aid for the three most affected counties, the state governor says.
The floods are the worst in a century in some areas.
State Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the federal help included medical support and housing to Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties.
Officials were still assessing the damage in other areas and additional requests for aid could follow, he added.
West Virginia received a quarter of its annual rainfall in a single day, the US National Weather Service said.
A storm system dumped up to 10 inches (250mm) of rain on parts of the state, causing rivers and streams to overflow.
More than 100 homes were destroyed, some of them torn from their foundations and carried away, and an estimated 32,000 residences were still without power.
Teams removed people from upper-floor windows, tops of trees and cars.
Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)Gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday after detonating a car filled with explosives at the hotel gate -- an attack that has left at least 15 people dead and 25 others injured, police said.
Following the car explosion, someone blew themselves up inside the Naso Hablod hotel as gunmen stormed the building, Somali police Capt. Aden Dahir said. Police responded and engaged in a gunbattle with the suspects for several hours, Dahir said.
The Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on its main broadcaster, Radio Andalus.
Most of those killed and injured were civilians who were passersby and customers of nearby shops and a gas station, police said.
The hotel is frequented by Somali government officials, lawmakers and security officers, Dahir said.
Video on Twitter showed an ambulance, sirens blaring, speeding away from scene amid the sound of gunfire.
The attack comes three weeks after suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen set off an explosion and stormed another popular Mogadishu hotel, killing at least 13 people, according to security officials. Three attackers were also killed.
After enduring weeks of self-inflicted wounds, the speech was Trump's most professional political address since he became the presumptive nominee in early May. It seemed to fuse his volatile, off-the-cuff political style with a more traditional brand of political discourse that puts reasoned arguments before voters as they make their choice for President.
Father: Warriors fan thrown from upper deck after NBA Finals
A Golden State Warriors fan who was thrown or fell from the upper deck during a brawl after Game 7 of the NBA Finals remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, CBS San Francisco station KPIX-TV reports.
Southern California resident and father of two Salvador Bimbo underwent surgery on Wednesday for the injuries he suffered from his fall on Father's Day, according to his family.
Brexit… a simple decision by the voters of the UK
Bribery caught on tape is the only prof that sticks
NBA CHAMPS 2016
The Viciousness with which Trump unleashes
his attacks sears into the consciousness of the average citizen,
Weaknesses of any type will be identified and exposed…,
flawed history of any type will be focused on and exploited…,
any character trait issues will be magnified as a concern that will cause confusion in those who would choose to have a dislike for a person. However, if the opponent is a person of extensive history of flaws, to include “lying, theft, or greed”,
Trump is the type of candidate that will exploit those weaknesses to an extent that, even those who find the candidate “worthy”,
would question “valid” facts and points of one’s history.
Hillary Clinton & Bill Clinton has a trove of flawed acts and actions over the past 40 years…, all of which, provides an extensive array of perspectives for Trump to take in his attacks.
The Clinton’s are their own worst enemy in this instance, and it is their past that will be so focused on by this human pit bull that, even if Hillary is elected…
she will walk into the office severely wounded, to the extent that, even she will question her qualifications,
because the world will know them all as being “FACTS”.
This will be a bumpy ride for the Clintons.
Finally, They Stand For Right As Elected Officials
have failed all American Citizens with their collective lack of honorable representation of the Citizens of this great nation.
We have allowed “dereliction of duty”, to permeate the halls of the house, and we have done absolutely nothing about it…,
yet we keep electing the same failed representatives over, and over, again. I’d call that “our fault”, and we continue to deserve all the piss poor representation that we have received from all the sit in the house of representatives.
However, someone has decided that “enough is enough”, and that individual has a history of taking a stance against flawed people, and flawed systems, by standing beside, and marching with MLK himself, in the 1960s.
America is no longer what it was 50 years ago demographically, and those who continue to hold on to the past, must be removed as soon as possible.
An old fashion sit in is a decent start.
We need citizens to go to the house and sit in with those few who represent all of us.
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