An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane on a training mission crashed Wednesday along a road near a Georgia airport, killing at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico, authorities said. The plane appeared to have crashed into a median on the road, where firefighters later put out the blaze. Capt. Jeff Bezore, a spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Air Wing, said the crash killed at least five people. The Air Force said the plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico. The Savannah Air National Guard says the plane was doing a training mission when it crashed near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
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After a leak of nearly 50 questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller would like to ask the President as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the possibility of officials in Donald Trump’s campaign colluding with the Russians, it’s now clear that the scope of Mueller’s investigation widened significantly. The language of the leaked questions was written by Trump’s legal team, written off a list of detailed topics Mueller’s team said they would like to ask about. After the questions were leaked, the nature of the questions that Mueller is seeking to ask Trump is thought to perhaps change the President’s mind about sitting for an interview with the special counsel.
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California and a group of 16 other states on Tuesday challenged the Trump administration’s decision to revise strict U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules put in place under former President Barack Obama. The 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision in April to declare U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules through 2025 “not appropriate.” The legal challenge comes as Democrats and environmental advocates vowed to challenge the Trump administration’s plans to weaken vehicle rules.
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In the third day of a statewide teacher walkout, Arizona educators gathered in the hundreds at the state’s capital and in other cities around the state to demand teacher raises and more school funding. Hundreds of schools have announced they will close, and the state legislature is expected to introduce a budget proposal soon to try to satisfy the teachers’ demands. The walkout has carried momentum of a national movement of teacher demonstrations, starting with a successful West Virginia teacher strike that began in February and continuing to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, and Colorado. On Thursday and Friday, the teachers and their supporters rallied in the thousands in temperatures over 90 degrees at the capitol to demand increased funding. More than 1,000 schools in the state closed for the walkout.
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On Monday, adult film star Stormy Daniels filed another lawsuit against President Trump, accusing him of defaming her by dismissing as a “con job” her claim that she was threatened in 2011 after giving an interview about their alleged affair. Daniels, who says she had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006, said in a televised interview that she was with her infant daughter when a man approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot, told her to “leave Trump alone.” Daniels never reported the incident to police, but after she talked about the parking lot encounter she released a sketch of the man two weeks ago. Trump responded on Twitter: “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!” Daniels filed a new lawsuit on Monday in the federal court in the Southern District of New York, saying Trump’s tweet is “false and defamatory.” Charles Harder, an attorney representing Trump, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
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T-Mobile and Sprint announced Sunday (April 29) that they will merge the two wireless companies, bringing the number of major cellphone companies to three. The combined company will be named T-Mobile. In a joint statement, the wireless carries said the combined company will have lower costs and better quality, that could essentially help them compete with AT&T and Verizon.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit that he would be willing to give up his nuclear weapons if the U.S. commits to a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge not to attack the North, Seoul officials said Sunday. Kim also vowed during his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday to shut down the North’s nuclear test site in May and disclose the process to experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States, Seoul’s presidential office said. Whether North Korea will ever decide to fully relinquish its nukes as it heads into negotiations with the U.S., Kim’s comments amount to the North’s most specific acknowledgement yet that “denuclearization” would constitute surrendering its weapons.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s physician Ronny Jackson on Thursday withdrew from consideration to head the Veterans Affairs department after allegations that he had been lax with prescription drugs and drank alcohol on the job. Jackson, 50, was a surprising pick for the job, and even Trump acknowledged he lacked experience running large organizations. Jackson has denied the allegations as false, but it had prompted the Senate to put a hold on his hearing for the job of leading the federal government’s second largest department. During his campaign, President Trump had pledged to clean up the VA, which oversees healthcare and benefits for about 20 million military veterans. Trump fired his first secretary, David Shulkin, in March after concerns about unauthorized travel expenses.
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The U.S. Senate confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be President Donald Trump’s secretary of state on Thursday. As senators continued to vote, the tally was 54-41 in favor of the Republican former member of the House of Representatives, meaning he was confirmed in the post. Pompeo had faced stiff resistance from Democrats worried about his reputation for hawkishness and past harsh statements about homosexuality and Islam.
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