Storms approaching West Coast as Midwest rivers remain high

Storms approaching West Coast as Midwest rivers remain high

As a major storm moved east yesterday, golf ball-sized hail and damaging winds were reported throughout the Deep South, especially sections of Alabama. While that system is moving along, a series of storms over the Pacific Ocean takes aim at the West Coast, after which the storms will continue moving west to east with heavy rain, snow and thunderstorms stretching into the Midwest. (ABC News) The new storm is tracking toward the West Coast. By…

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‘Start Here’: Dems question Barr’s obstruction conclusion, Michael Avenatti arrested

‘Start Here’: Dems question Barr’s obstruction conclusion, Michael Avenatti arrested

It’s Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Let’s start here. 1. Obstruction construction? A political battle is brewing over the rest of Robert Mueller’s report. Some Republicans, after the special counsel didn’t find direct evidence of Donald Trump’s campaign colluding with Russia, just want to move on. Some Democrats are demanding the full report be released so they can evaluate how Attorney General William Barr determined that there wasn’t enough evidence to establish an obstruction of justice…

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Florida surfer hospitalized after shark bites foot

Florida surfer hospitalized after shark bites foot

Officials say a Florida man was bitten on the foot by a shark while surfing. Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that 42-year-old Chris Bryan was taken to a Jupiter hospital Friday afternoon. Bryan says he was catching his last wave of the day when he felt the shark quickly grab and release his left foot. He didn’t realize how bad it was until he looked down and saw the skin laid open. Bryan needed surgery to…

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Trump lawyer talks potential presidential pardons, tax returns and NY probes

Trump lawyer talks potential presidential pardons, tax returns and NY probes

Within hours of declaring victory in fending off a 22-month investigation into Russian collusion, President Donald Trump‘s personal attorney Jay Sekulow told the ABC News podcast “The Investigation” that the president’s legal team has already begun gearing up for vigorous new legal battles in Washington, D.C., and New York. Sekulow exuded confidence in laying out the legal team’s prospects in both venues. “They’re not done,” Sekulow said of efforts by federal investigators in New York…

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Defense secretary OK’s $1 billion for border fencing help

Defense secretary OK’s $1 billion for border fencing help

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and building 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, along the U.S. border with Mexico. The Pentagon says it will divert up to $1 billion to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. The funding would also go toward installing lighting and constructing roads in those areas. Shanahan says the Corps’…

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Canada takes refugee who sheltered Snowden

Canada takes refugee who sheltered Snowden

A Filipino woman who helped shelter former NSA contractor Edward Snowden when he fled to Hong Kong has been granted refugee status in Canada. Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana arrived in Toronto Monday evening. “I feel so great and I feel like I’m free,” she said. Lawyer Robert Tibbo represented Rodel as she sought asylum in Hong Kong in 2013 due to an alleged kidnap and rape by militants in her homeland. The attorney…

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UK lawmakers seize Brexit agenda in bid to break deadlock

UK lawmakers seize Brexit agenda in bid to break deadlock

British lawmakers seized a measure of control over the stalled Brexit process from Prime Minister Theresa May’s foundering government Monday, setting up a series of votes that could dramatically alter the course of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union. The move came after May conceded that Parliament would defeat her twice-rejected divorce deal with the EU again if she put it to a third vote. With Brexit delayed and the new departure date up…

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Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane ‘black box’ data now in international hands

Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane ‘black box’ data now in international hands

Ethiopian investigators looking into the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crash have now shared raw data from the flight data recorder with U.S. and other international parties, three sources told ABC News Monday. The parties were able to listen to the cockpit voice recorder as well. Information from both “black boxes” could provide key clues into how and why Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on March 10, killing all 157 people on board. Families of…

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Large new blackout strikes Venezuelan capital, provinces

Large new blackout strikes Venezuelan capital, provinces

A widespread new power outage spread across Venezuela on Monday, knocking offline much of the country’s communications and stirring fears of a repeat of the chaos almost two weeks ago during the nation’s largest-ever blackout. The outage began shortly after 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) and appeared to have affected as many as 16 of Venezuela’s 23 states, according to reports on social media. Like the previous outage, officials blamed opponents who with the support of…

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Show dog awaiting flight goes missing at Atlanta airport

Show dog awaiting flight goes missing at Atlanta airport

A Dutch man says his show dog went missing at Atlanta’s airport while waiting to board a flight to Amsterdam. Floris van Essen tells news outlets that the American Staffordshire terrier named Gale was in a crate and had gone through security with another dog about three hours before their flight was to leave. The dogs had been heading home after being shown in the U.S. About 10 minutes before boarding, the dog’s handlers were…

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