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After a string of state economic development projects were mired in bid-rigging and bribery scandals a year ago, some saw the budget-making process as an opportunity to have greater oversight by the office of state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli of contract awards.
  • UN Security Council adopts statement condemning NK missile launch

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    North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, the latest it has test-fired in recent months. The launch came just days before U.S. President Donald Trump holds summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping where how to deal with the North is expected to be a key topic.
  • Neil Gorsuch takes first of 2 oaths, prepares to join court

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    Under McConnell's leadership, the Senate a year ago refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace Scalia. Gorsuch took his judicial oath behind closed doors at the Supreme Court building. That will be followed by a public White House ceremony, where Justice Anthony Kennedy is to administer the oath.
  • A Trump national security adviser tapped as Singapore envoy

    A Trump national security adviser tapped as Singapore envoy

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    Dina Powell, a Wall Street financial executive, was recently named deputy national security adviser for strategy and she has been present for high-level discussions with delegations from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and China. According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration is promoting McFarland's nomination to the role of USA ambassador of Singapore as a promotion , characterizing the position as "a critically important diplomatic post".
  • Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushners' finances revealed in disclosure documents

    Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushners' finances revealed in disclosure documents

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    Gary Cohn , who left Goldman Sachs to become director of Trump's National Economic Council, is one of the wealthiest members of the Trump administration. Whether she will maintain a financial stake in it now that she has taken on a formal government role was not immediately clear. Deputy NSA KT McFarland and her husband listed double-digit millions in assets and income.
  • Hacking Blamed For Late Night Emergency Sirens In Dallas

    Hacking Blamed For Late Night Emergency Sirens In Dallas

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    Until the sirens are running, Dallas will rely on local media, emergency 911 phone calls, and a federal radio alert system, Vaz said . The city says they're trying to determine what caused the malfunction. There are 156 outdoor warning sirens in the city of Dallas . When it finally happens, the end of the world will likely begin like this: with wailing sirens tearing through the night sky sending chills down your spine as you contemplate if you've lived a good and meaningful life.
  • Aetna Exits ACA Exchange in Iowa

    Aetna Exits ACA Exchange in Iowa

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    The Hartford, Conn. -based insurer is still deciding whether to keep selling exchange plans in its remaining states, which include Delaware, Virginia and Nebraska, he said. The state's two largest exchange insurers cited the lack of market clarity for the decision. Aetna did not disclose its state-specific exchange membership, but now insures roughly 240,000 people on the exchanges in four states.
  • Journey, Steve Perry to reunite at Rock and Roll Hall induction

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    TMZ caught up with guitarist Neal Schon this morning, and he confirmed that Perry will be there. Band members have said they're open to the idea but are leaving it up to Perry to decide. And yes, they do love the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "They're the reason that we're there". Download the WFMY News 2 App now. HBO will air an edited version of the ceremony at 8 p.m.
  • Many Illinois drivers still use smart phones while driving

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    The grant will allow extra deputies to be on patrol looking for distracted drivers as well as other unsafe driving practices. When you got 50 to 60 percent of them who are addicted to their cell phones, we really need the corporation of the parents to sit down and explain to them the dangers of using that cell phone while driving.
  • Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hit

    Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hit

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    Only days earlier multiple members of Trump's administration had said Assad's ouster was no longer a US priority, drawing outrage from Assad critics in the USA and overseas. In addition, it demands access to military airports, where the chemical weapons were allegedly fired from, according to the Organzsation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
  • Homeland Security chief says border will still be needed

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    Numerous companies came up with unique solutions for the wall that went beyond what the federal government requested. "It appears the only person who won't say it out loud is the president of the United States ". Illegal immigration across the US-Mexico border has plunged in the past two months as President Donald Trump's crackdown takes hold, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.