• Florida releases letter grades for local school districts
Florida releases letter grades for local school districts

Statewide highlights include an increase of 11 percentage points of schools earning an A or B from the prior school year and a decreased of more than half of schools earning an F. In advance of the rating, School Board members and district administrators expressed concern over whether the district would retain its A rating, and predictions based on...

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  • GOP 'Obamacare' repeal teeters after Senate shelves vote
GOP 'Obamacare' repeal teeters after Senate shelves vote

Rick Pollack, president of the American Hospital Association, echoed Keehan's concerns. Hospitals already make up for what Medicaid doesn't cover by spreading the costs around. Yet a larger bloc of Republicans believe the moderate request - for more than six years to phase out the new benefit - is little more than a disguised bid to make a pe...

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  • Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California
Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

Steve Bloch, legal director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, said Noel's assertion is an over-simplification of wildfires that are the result of fire suppression, climate change, drought and unpredictable winds. Meanwhile, a wildfire surging out of control on California's Central Coast has forced about 250 people to evacuate from their hom...

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  • Utah's Brian Head Fire is largest active wildfire in the country
Utah's Brian Head Fire is largest active wildfire in the country

Due to the incident in California, Highway 14 was forced to close down by the police authorities. The fire's 10 percent contained and has destroyed more than a dozen cabins and other structures. Firefighters said Wednesday the fire near the ski resort town of Brian Head grew by almost 6 square miles (10 square kilometers), even though winds weren't...

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  • Human error cited in NY metro derailment
Human error cited in NY metro derailment

In May, the MTA said "decades of underinvestment" in maintaining the overall subway infrastructure was leading to delays and disruptions. MacKrell then tweeted about the evacuation, saying: 'Folks calmed quickly and within 5 minutes MTA personelle were clearing passengers forward onto the 125 platform.

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  • House budget deal held up on mandatory spending snag
House budget deal held up on mandatory spending snag

The House Budget Committee canceled plans to send a budget resolution for fiscal 2018 to the floor this week, lawmakers said on Tuesday, as conservative Republicans pushed to add hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to the spending blueprint that would take effect October 1.

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  • Arizona wildfire forces hundreds from homes
Arizona wildfire forces hundreds from homes

Also, the fire did cross the highway at one point Tuesday afternoon. Officials evacuated the almost 1,500 residents in the Town of Mayer Tuesday, along with the area west of State Route 69, Poland Junction, Chaparral Hills, Breezy Pines, and Pine Flat.

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  • Bernie Sanders says reported investigation into his wife stems from 'pathetic' attack
Bernie Sanders says reported investigation into his wife stems from 'pathetic' attack

The couple are understood to have hired high-profile Washington lawyers. Sanders also suggested in the video that the inquiry was politically motivated, but wouldn't comment further. when there are attacks against elected officials, when you're going after your wife, people's wives, that is pretty pathetic, and that's where we are right now, and ...

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  • No bond for suspect in stabbing of Flint airport officer
No bond for suspect in stabbing of Flint airport officer

Ftouhi remains in federal custody on a charge of violence at an global airport and is due to return to court in Flint this week. Amor Ftouhi , 49, is unlikely to be granted bond Wednesday because the charge is serious and he lives outside the U.S.

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  • What is next for the Senate health care bill?
What is next for the Senate health care bill?

Republican defections increased after Congress's budget referee said on Monday the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than Mr Obama's 2010 statute. Senator McConnell said the White House was anxious to help write legislation that could pass the Senate. The CBO estimates that 22 million fewer Americans would be u...

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  • GOP lawmakers take seats after special election wins
GOP lawmakers take seats after special election wins

Karen Handel blows a kiss with her husband Steve looking on while making an early appearance to thank her supporters after the first returns came in during her election night party in the 6th District race with Jon Ossoff on Tuesday. Money poured into the Georgia race, which Republicans won after running ads linking Ossoff to Minority Leader Nancy...

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  • OR communities receiving almost $20 million in rural assistance funding
OR communities receiving almost $20 million in rural assistance funding

Zinke, who visited Nevada this past week, said growing up in Montana, "I know how important PILT payments are to local communities that have federal lands". While Alaska has the most federal land - 223.8 million acres - Nevada has the highest percentage of federal land at 84.9 percent or 58.2 million acres.

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  • Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes
Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance said the statements were misleading, and countered in a prepared statment that climate change, drought, human activity and wind all play roles. Approximately 1,500 people - including seven residents asked to leave the Bear Valley area overnight as a precaution - remained evacuated as of Tuesday morning.

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  • Lawsuit follows acquittal of ex-officer in Milwaukee shooting
Lawsuit follows acquittal of ex-officer in Milwaukee shooting

Last August, then-Milwaukee Police Department Officer Heaggan-Brown and another officer approached Smith over suspicions that he was involved in a drug deal. A review of the body camera video from both Heaggan-Brown and [Officer] Malafa confirms that at the time of the second shot, Smith was unarmed and had his hands near his head.

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  • DC, Baltimore drivers among the worst in the country
DC, Baltimore drivers among the worst in the country

An annual report from the Allstate insurance company ranks the Hub dead last in a driver safety survey of 200 U.S. cities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, those months average 116 deaths a day across the country with July 4 being the deadliest day on the road.

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  • Sean Spicer Confirms WH 'Meeting with Potential People' for Press Vacancies
Sean Spicer Confirms WH 'Meeting with Potential People' for Press Vacancies

His post criticized a detail from the article - that Bannon, via text message to a reporter, explained that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's appearance was the reason why. Trump has said in the past that he would have preferred a woman in the role so he might use this as an opportunity to make that happen. But it is also true that T...

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  • Auto accident sparks major wildfire in California
Auto accident sparks major wildfire in California

Crews dealt with windy conditions as they battled a northern Arizona wildfire that has burned almost 7 square miles (18 square kilometers). In an effort to get ahead of the flames, firefighters are carving out a containment line on a steep hill as planes drop fire retardant.

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  • Chicago police officers charged for alleged cover-up in teenager shooting
Chicago police officers charged for alleged cover-up in teenager shooting

The three officers conspired to hide the true facts surrounding McDonald's killing in order to protect their fellow officer from criminal investigation and prosecution, the indictment said . August 18: Superintendent Eddie Johnson says that seven Chicago police officers should be fired for filing false reports in the McDonald shooting.

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  • Senate health care bill gives $250000 gift to the mega-rich
Senate health care bill gives $250000 gift to the mega-rich

In undermining the ACA, the Senate bill eliminates enforcement of the health care mandate, and replaces federal subsidies with smaller tax credits that will make it more hard for older populations to access insurance . By the budget office's measure, the Senate bill would leave 49 million individuals without insurance by 2026. Although people ...

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  • Chance for more rain, even stronger storms this afternoon!
Chance for more rain, even stronger storms this afternoon!

Today's high will be near 76 with a south southwest wind of 5 to 7 miles per hour becoming calm in the afternoon, according to the weather service. Mostly cloudy skies will follow into Thursday night , along with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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