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Texting while driving ban starts today


First offenses are punishable by a misdemeanor with a fine of at least $25 and at most $99. For the time being, handheld bans in cities that forbid talking on a phone while driving remain, but all rules regarding use of the phone to type messages or control apps are superseded by the new state law. Lire la suite »

ISIS leader 'probably still alive': USA general


There have been several previous reports of Baghdadi's death. In June, Russian forces said they might have killed the ISIS leader during a May airstrike. He has made only one public appearance in recent years - in a video delivering a sermon in Mosul on July 5, 2014, shortly after IS captured the city. Lire la suite »

Liberals Assess North Korea's Threat Daily, Says Trudeau After Shot Over Japan


The ground-based interceptor system was designed mainly to counter a North Korean missile threat, a USA official said at the time. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate-range ballistic missile launch , which flew directly over northern Japan on August 28 amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. Lire la suite »

Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sends Helicopters, Crew To Texas


The aircraft and crew members will move supplies, equipment and people in support of the response operations. "The Iowa National Guard has responded to more than a dozen different domestic response missions since 2005, including Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, so this is a mission we're very familiar with", he said. Lire la suite »

"We'll put out applications:" Search begins to appoint new Milwaukee County sheriff


Voces de la Frontera, an advocacy group for immigrants and low-wage workers, had sharply criticized Clarke for seeking authority for his deputies to perform the functions of immigration agents. The conservative, Stetson-wearing Clarke said Thursday that he's quitting "to pursue other opportunities", but he's not saying what they are. Clarke was in the middle of his fourth term in office. Lire la suite »

Harvey-induced gas prices hit highest pump price of the year


Gas Buddy listed regular at one Dallas Shell at $3.57 a gallon. One gas station Chain, QuikTrip with 135 stations in the Metroplex, said the company is keeping about half of its locations without gas. The average price per gallon of gas in NY state is $2.60, according to AAA . A spokeswoman for the office said as of Thursday afternoon there have been 202 complaints of price-gouging at service stations around Texas since Harvey began. Lire la suite »

Brush fire closes 210 Freeway in Sun Valley area


High winds sent embers from the original blaze north across the 210, sparking another fire, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. A 20-acre brush fire is now burning on both sides of the 5 freeway near Lake Hughes Road in Castaic. The fire is spreading fast, and local agencies are throwing all they can at the blaze to keep it in check before it burns homes, officials said. Lire la suite »

North Korea crisis: U.S. bombers drill over Korean peninsula


President Trump on Wednesday declared "talking is not the answer" to resolving the long-standing impasse. Japan has since said it wants a new United States missile defense system operational by 2023 as an added layer of defense to help counter North Korea's missile advances. Lire la suite »

UN Condemns Launch as Pyongyang Promises More to Come


Top Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will hold classified briefings for members of the US Congress on September 6, congressional aides said. Lire la suite »

SF Russian consulate ordered closed


Referring to the US, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that "the one who is smarter and stronger must take the first step" in diplomatic efforts. He added that Moscow "will have a tough response to the things that come totally out of the blue to hurt us and are driven exclusively by the desire to spoil our relations with the United States". Lire la suite »

Britain wants new United Nations sanctions to target North Korean laborers

China's foreign ministry has this week stepped up its criticism of United States allies who are calling for China to do more to curb North Korea's missile launches - but not by name. The launch came on the heels of two missile tests last month that appeared to bring much of the U.S. mainland within reach, prompting Trump to threaten Pyongyang with "fire and fury". Lire la suite »

Several Kansas Rescue Teams Lending A Hand To Harvey Relief Efforts


The Adjutant General's Office says the Kansas teams will search for and transport any people and animals stranded by flood waters. Almost 61 rescue team members were sent from across the state including the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Sedgwick County, Hutchinson and Newton Fire Departments. Lire la suite »

Police Seek 17-Year-Old in Connection to 16-Year-Old's Slaying

The Middlesex district attorney's office is asking for the public's help in tracking down 17-year-old Jonathan Perry, of Somerville. He was a student at Malden High School. He is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. "As Perry is a juvenile, no additional information will be released at this time", Ryan's office said in a press release. Lire la suite »

Syria's president travels to newly captured town for prayers


After being stuck for hours at an exchange point, the buses moved farther north to a government-controlled area while negotiations continued in search of a new way to reach the militants' territory. has not targeted the evacuees themselves, but it has struck other groups of Islamic State militants in eastern Syria . Airstrikes crater the road and destroy a bridge - as well as targeting an I.S. Lire la suite »

Menendez denied trial-schedule request in corruption case


This includes voting on major legislation on issues such as raising the federal debt ceiling, reforming the tax code and renewing the National Flood Insurance Program to assist in the rebuilding after the devastating Hurricane Harvey. Melgen has also been accused. Both have pleaded not guilty. Menendez's defense team did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling. Lire la suite »

The head of Trump's controversial voter-fraud panel works for Breitbart


He has published six more pieces since then and more are on the horizon. So it should come as no surprise that Kobach is talking to news channels like MSNBC and Fox News today about wanting Trump to kill DACA, an Obama-era immigration program created to protect undocumented immigrants who came into the children, through no fault of their own. Lire la suite »

Trump lawyers met with Mueller, arguing Trump didn't obstruct justice

Trump's real reason for firing former FBI Director James Comey may already be known, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a draft of Trump's letter firing Comey. Trump himself was not under investigation, something Mr. Comey had told the president privately. The Department of Justice turned over a copy of the letter to Mueller's team, the Times reported . Lire la suite »

Melania Trump to Hurricane Victims: 'Be Strong'


But the New York Times said that while he has "a chance to reclaim the presidential high ground...many of those in the president's orbit are anxious Mr. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund had only $US3.3 billion when the storm struck. The response doesn't seem to affect the Trump team, as the president has continued to wear his hat in different colors throughout his week while he weighed in on the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. Lire la suite »

Harvey pushes rain into the Carolinas


Rain from Harvey mercifully stopped falling around Houston overnight but the storm walloped areas further east in Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas, where about 121⁄2 inches fell overnight. The entire Lakeway Area is projected to receive more than an inch of rain through Friday with Morristown, Tazewell, Bean Station and Jefferson City all projected to receive more than an inch and a half of rain. Lire la suite »

Candid? Yes. Presidential? Not so much. Voters describe Trump

As Republicans gear up for a tax reform push this fall, a pro-Trump group has commissioned a poll on the issue, hoping to build momentum for the planned overhaul. 43 percent of respondents said that whites were given favorable treatment over minorities in America while 23 percent believed that minorities were treated better than whites. Lire la suite »

Vietnam protests over Chinese military drill in South China Sea


Tension between China and neighboring Vietnam is at its highest in three years over the disputed waters. Vietnam suspended oil drilling in offshore waters that are also claimed by China in July under pressure from Beijing. China's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside of business hours and it was not immediately clear which drills the Vietnamese statement was referring to. Lire la suite »