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Source: ABC News

Trump signed executive order putting military in charge of federal background checks

Today 05:10 GMT

President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Wednesday officially making the U.S. military responsible for virtually all security background checks for millions of federal workers, the latest step by the administration to tackle a daunting backlog of security clearance cases.

The large-scale transfer to the military is happening in the background of a security clearance controversy in the White House, where a whistleblower alleges more than two dozen officials, reportedly including Jared Kushner, received high-level clearances over the objections of career security specialists.

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Source: Fox News

Café that charged a ‘man tax’ and gave women priority seating is going out of business

Today 05:10 GMT

The café asked male patrons upon checkout if they wanted to pay an optional surcharge meant to represent the gender pay gap and offered female patrons priority seating.

The celebration will include a “pay as you feel” scheme and all proceeds will be donated to Maiti Nepal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to help the victims of sex-trafficking in Nepal, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.

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Source: Global News

No spike in cannabis-impaired driving charges 6 months after legalization: RCMP

Today 05:09 GMT

No spike in cannabis-impaired driving one month after legalization, data shows. Dozens of charges have also been laid under the new federal Cannabis Act relating to possession and trafficking but Chief Const.

The Canadian Press canvassed police forces across the country and most reported no significant change in the number of impaired driving charges laid, while some said it’s too early to release data, and at least one reported a rise in charges.

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Source: Fox News

Coast Guard lieutenant accused as 'domestic terrorist' can't be held before trial, judge says

Thursday 21:51 GMT

A Coast Guard lieutenant who investigators said espoused white nationalist views and compiled a hit list of prominent Democratic politicians and media personalities cannot be held in custody before his trial on drug and gun charges, a federal magistrate ruled Thursday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day ordered a follow-up detention hearing at which Christopher Hasson's defense team will be required to propose suitable bail conditions.

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Source: Fox News

Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill, fiancee won't face charges following abuse investigation

Thursday 21:51 GMT

Authorities in Kansas announced Wednesday that Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancee will not face criminal charges following an investigation of alleged battery on the couple's 3-year-old son.

The Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt last fall, shortly after a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway, and that precedent made it likely the Chiefs would have made a similar decision had charges against Hill been filed.

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Source: Fox News

Body of missing five-year-old boy found in shallow grave, parents charged with murder

Thursday 20:00 GMT

The body of missing Illinois five-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund has been found buried in a shallow grave near his home and both his parents are being charged with his murder, police said Wednesday.

Jim Black, the Chief of the Crystal Lake Police Department, said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon that both AJ's parents, JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr., have been charged in connection with the boy's death.

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Source: Global News

60 people, including doctors, charged in U.S. opioid prescription scheme

Thursday 16:21 GMT

“The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Appalachia has suffered the consequences more than perhaps any other region,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement in Washington.

Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other dangerous drugs.

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Source: The Guradian

Charges dropped against Arizona students who protested border patrol

Tuesday 22:44 GMT

Charges were dismissed against three students involved in a protest against US border patrol agents at the University of Arizona that was captured on video.

The video shows a student standing in a hallway as two border patrol agents spoke inside a classroom to a student law-enforcement club. The case was dismissed Friday at the request of prosecutors after they after learned the university would conduct an administrative investigation into the 19 March protest in Tucson, said Amelia Cramer, chief deputy for the Pima county attorney’s office, noting the students could face punishments if they were found to have violated the university’s code of conduct.

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Source: The Guradian

The US stock market will stop its charge – perhaps with a sharp shock

Wednesday 09:54 GMT

Driven by “animal spirits” – produce bull markets, frothiness, and sometimes outright bubbles; eventually, however, they overreact to some negative shock by becoming too pessimistic, shedding risk, and forcing a correction or bear market.

Now that the Russia investigation is over, Trump may avoid issuing destabilising statements (or tweets) that could rattle the stock market, given that it is a key benchmark by which he judges his own success.

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Source: DW

France's ex-premier Francois Fillon to face trial over fake jobs

Wednesday 14:31 GMT

Francois Fillon had been on course to win the French presidency two years ago, before revelations published by the investigative newspaper Le Canard Enchaine in January 2017 shattered his credibility.

Marc Joulaud replaced Fillon in the National Assembly while Fillon served as prime minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007-2012. Fillon himself admitted taking an interest-free loan of €50,000 euros from the magazine's owner Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere, without declaring it to a transparency watchdog, according to AFP.

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Source: Global News

You could be losing hundreds of dollars to unused subscriptions every year

Tuesday 10:50 GMT

By the end of the year, you could have wasted hundreds of dollars on relatively unused services — a phenomenon known as “subscription creep.” ‘The battle starts at the top’ — How Canadian companies can close the gender pay gap. “You should always do a regular checkup on your finances… That means going through your credit card statements and seeing, line by line, where your money’s going,” said personal finance expert Barry Choi.

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Source: Global News

Man charged in death of Nova Scotia man in Mexico

Wednesday 18:10 GMT

A man has been charged with homicide in relation to the death of Bruce Allen, who was found dead in his apartment in Progreso, Mexico on Friday.

The Yucutan Peninsula is statistically one of the safest areas in Mexico, but Steele says there are still crimes of opportunity. A Facebook post on Saturday from someone claiming to be Allen’s lawyer said Allen and his partner were “victims of a thwarted robbery, of a man who decided to take the life of another.”

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Source: The Guradian

Justin Gimelstob’s battery charge puts onus on ATP to find moral fibre

Wednesday 18:10 GMT

Whether or not he is still a board representative when Kermode leaves his job – having voted to end his contract – will say much about the moral fibre of the game at the highest level.

Justin Gimelstob grew up alongside a few hundred very rich people in a hamlet that Forbes magazine once listed among the 25 most expensive zip codes in the United States – New Vernon in Harding Township, New Jersey.

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Source: DW

Germany: Asylum-seekers face charges of assaulting random passers-by in Amberg

Wednesday 08:59 GMT

The trial of four asylum-seekers facing charges of attacking several town residents and a policeman began Tuesday in the Bavarian city of Amberg.

The asylum-seekers' case and the exploitation of it by far-right groups was the latest instance in a simmering debate in Germany over immigration, integration and crime, which has been ongoing since over 1 million asylum-seekers entered the country since 2015.

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Source: Global News

Lori Loughlin removed from all ‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 6 material

Wednesday 14:31 GMT

Following news of the scandal, Hallmark removed Loughlin from her ongoing projects with the network, including When Calls the Heart, and she’s now been removed from the show’s Season 6 material.

Each of the charges against Loughlin and Giannulli calls for up to 20 years in prison, although first-time offenders would get only a small fraction of that if convicted.


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