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NEWS   THURSDAY, MARCH  30,  2017   NEWS

Coal Towns See Hope For Comeback As Trump Ends 'War'
In West Virginia’s bucolic Boone County, there are scattered reminders everywhere of better days – a tattered American flag, dusty swing sets and metal chimes blowing in the wind. A decade ago, this coal community was thriving. It led the nation in mining jobs, had a vibrant economy and was giving back to its people. Then a wave of environmental regulations hit, along with an overall shift toward other forms of energy. Aimed at cutting out coal in favor of wind and solar, the changes had devastating effects on towns built around the industry. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, time has changed for the better.

Proposed Budget Cuts For 2017 Include AIDS, AmeriCor
The Trump administration has given Congress a lengthy list of ways to cut $18 billion from the federal budget this year in an effort to offset its request for additional defense spending. The document, which follows the administration's call for a $30 billion boost to defense spending and some funds for border security, including the wall, is "a list of suggested spending cuts" for this fiscal year, according to a Republican aide on Capitol Hill. The recommendations, released earlier this month, are meeting "mixed reactions" among Republicans on Capitol Hill and Democrats are unlikely to support them, making it unlikely the cuts will be enacted as currently proposed. CNN

McCain Threatens Shut Down If Continuing Resolution Is On The Table
Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he will do whatever it takes to make sure that military spending is increased in the next spending bill even if that means shutting down the government. The Arizona Republican told CNN he wouldn't vote for a continuing resolution, a funding bill that maintains the previous spending levels. When asked how far he would go, McCain said he only had one vote, but that he wouldn't rule out a shutdown. "If that's the only option. I will not vote for a CR no matter what the consequences because passing a CR destroys the ability of the military to defend this nation, and it puts the lives of the men and women in the military at risk," McCain said. "I can't do that to them." McCain's comments come as leaders are making a serious effort to negotiate the remaining appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2017 that would likely include some of the new military spending that McCain is pushing for. CNN
VOA VIEW: McCain is nuts.

National Sheriffs' Association 'Wholeheartedly Supports Nomination' Of Gorsuch To Supreme Court
The 3,000-member National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) has voiced wholehearted support for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch in a letter of resounding endorsement to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). NSA’s executive committee unanimously voted to endorse Gorsuch, the letter signed by the association’s Executive Director Jonathan Thompson and President Greg Champagne says. Gorsuch is “above reproach” in every respect and “his only goal is to uphold the Constitution,” the letter adds: “Time and time again, his judicial opinions have shown his dedication to carefully interpret the Constitution and existing law to ensure original intent is not forgotten.” CNS
VOA VIEW: Democrats will look like the idiots they are if they go against Gorsuch.

Critics To Ivy Leagues: 'Taxpayer Gravy Train Needs To End'
Over a six-year period, Ivy League schools have received tens of billions in tax dollars, bringing in more money from taxpayers than from undergraduate student tuition. In fact, they received more federal cash than 16 state governments. The stunning numbers are all part of a new report, first seen by Fox News, released Wednesday by Open the Books -- a non-profit group whose stated mission is to capture and post online all disclosed spending at every level of government. The 43-page report shows the massive amount of money flowing into not-for-profit Ivy League schools, including payments and entitlements, costing taxpayers more than $41 billion from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2015. Fox

Benched Legal Analyst Returns To Fox, Stands By Story
Fox News Channel legal analyst Andrew Napolitano returned to the air on Wednesday, saying he stood by his claim about spying on President Trump that got him benched by the network for more than a week. Napolitano had reported on Fox that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Trump, a story that quickly attracted notice because the president cited it in a news conference. Britain denied that it had done any such thing, and Fox news anchors Shepard Smith and Bret Baier distanced the network from the report, saying its reporters had found no evidence that Trump had been under surveillance. Fox said on March 21 that it was taking Napolitano off the air for an indefinite period. The former New Jersey judge has worked at Fox News and Fox Business Network as an analyst since 1998. In his return Wednesday, Napolitano told anchor Bill Hemmer that he stood by his story - and Hemmer didn't mention that others at Fox had been unable to verify it. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Pat Toomey Ready To Back Nuclear Option On Supreme Court 'If That's What It Takes'
Sen. Pat Toomey is ready to go nuclear. The Pennsylvania Republican said he would support a Republican move to invoke the so-called nuclear option to eliminate Senate rules that create a 60-vote hurdle and confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, with a bare Senate majority. If Republicans make the move -- following Democrats' taking the same step for lower courts in 2013 -- it would dismantle a procedural check long designed to force federal judges to win some measure of bipartisan support. It would also mark the culmination of decades of steadily intensifying combat over judges and open the door to an increasingly polarized Supreme Court, to go along with the sharp partisanship now enmeshed in nearly every aspect of civic debate. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: If Demorats want to ack like idiots - they get what they get.

Comey Wanted To Reveal Russian Meddling Months Before Election
FBI Director James Comey reportedly tried to go public with the information about Russia’s campaign to disrupt the US presidential election last summer but Obama administration officials stopped him. Comey attempted to publish an Op-Ed on allegations that the Russian government was interfering with the US election process well before federal agencies went public with the claims, Newsweek reported on Wednesday. The head of the spy agency reportedly presented the article to cabinet members during a meeting in the White House situation room in June or July. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Obama thought the report would hurt Hillary.

Chinese President To Meet With Trump At Mar-A-Lago
China says President Xi Jinping will meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump at the latter’s Florida resort on April 6-7. It will be the first in-person meeting between the two. Trump sharply criticized China during his presidential campaign for what he described as unfair Chinese trade practices. He is now seeking Beijing’s help in pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons and missiles programs. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters Thursday that Xi would attend the China-U.S. presidents’ meeting at Mar-a-Lago. It is the same Florida resort where Trump hosted and played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February. NY Post

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US Commander In Iraq: ‘I’m Not Targeting Civilians. ISIS Is.’
“The death of innocent civilians in war is a terrible tragedy that weighs heavily on all of us,” Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, told a news conference on Tuesday. “But I know this -- I'm not targeting civilians. ISIS is. And so we will do the best job we absolutely can to prevent this unnecessary loss of life. The best way, though, to put an end to this human suffering is to win in Mosul and win in Raqqa and do it fast.” Townsend said the coalition is investigating a March 17 explosion that leveled a building in western Mosul and killed an undetermined number of civilians. “Right now there are a lot of conflicting reports as to what brought down the building or buildings that caused civilian casualties,” Townsend said. “What we know for sure is that we did conduct a strike in that area. What we don't know for certain is that that strike is responsible for the casualties in question. CNS News
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

U.S. Judge To Consider Objection To Trump University Settlement
A U.S. judge will hear arguments on Thursday over whether to grant final approval to a $25 million settlement of fraud lawsuits against President Donald Trump over his Trump University real estate investment seminars, with at least one former student objecting to the deal. Sherri Simpson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who paid $19,000 to learn Trump's investing "secrets," filed court papers earlier this month arguing the class action settlement should not have contained a provision barring her and other students from opting out and suing Trump on their own. The objection raises the possibility the litigation could continue to dog Trump's presidency. During the campaign, Trump vowed to fight the fraud claims but agreed to the settlement soon after the election. Under the deal, Trump admitted no wrongdoing. Reuters

Ex-Christie Associates Get Up To Two Years In Prison In 'Bridgegate' Scandal
Two former associates of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday for their part in the "Bridgegate" lane closure scandal that helped scuttle the Republican's presidential bid. Bill Baroni, 45, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will serve two years, while Bridget Kelly, 44, a former deputy chief of staff for Christie, received a sentence of 1-1/2 years. The defendants were found guilty in November of plotting to close down access lanes at the George Washington Bridge linking New York City and northern New Jersey, the world's busiest span, for nearly a week in 2013 in an act of political retribution. Reuters

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British Leader Says UK 'Not Leaving Europe'
British Prime Minister Theresa May writes in an article for a German daily that while her country "will leave the EU, we will not leave Europe." One day after triggering Britain's exit from the European Union, May writes in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung the decision to leave the bloc "is not a rejection of the values we share as Europeans ... nor an attempt to harm the European Union or its remaining member countries." NY Post

Americans’ Opposition To Repealing Obamacare Grows, Particularly Among Republicans
A growing majority of Americans – including a sharply increasing number of Republicans – oppose an outright repeal of Obamacare, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll, signaling trouble for Republicans still hoping to dismantle the 2010 health care law. Efforts to repeal and replace the law collapsed last week, after GOP lawmakers couldn’t agree on an alternative health care system. Sixty-five percent of registered voters either want to see the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, maintained as is or strengthened, a seven-point uptick over a February McClatchy-Marist poll that asked the same question. The new poll was conducted between March 22 and 27. Republicans ended last week’s effort to pass a health care plan on March 24. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

What George W. Bush Reportedly Thought Of Donald Trump's Inauguration
Donald Trump becoming the president of the United States was surreal for many, including for one former president himself. President George W. Bush made headlines during Trump's inauguration when he struggled to secure his poncho in the rain. Bush, like other presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, were present for the transfer of power to Trump. President number 43 didn't have anything publicly to say about Trump but people within earshot of him report he had some choice words about the ceremony. New York Magazine reports three people at the inauguration overheard Bush say, "That was some weird sh**" after Trump left the dais. A spokesman declined to comment when the outlet reached out to Bush about the alleged comments. SF Gate

Malaysian Police Stop Guarding Morgue That Held Kim's Body
Malaysian police have stopped guarding the morgue that held the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's murdered half brother, after a van departed amid reports his remains may soon leave the country. Shortly after the van left the hospital Thursday, police left the building and the morgue was reopened to the public. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said "please wait" when asked whether Kim Jong Nam's body had left the morgue. Local media said the van arrived at Kuala Lumpur airport's cargo section and Kim's body would be flown out. Authorities say Kim was killed Feb. 13 at the airport when two women smeared his face with a banned nerve agent. North Korea — widely suspected to be behind the attack — has rejected the autopsy findings. Tampa Tribune

Reunited? Gov. Christie And President Trump To Work Together On Curbing Opioid Abuse
President Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were reunited on Wednesday as the friends-turned-political frenemies-turned allies pledged to join forces to fight the nation's opioid epidemic during a listening session at the White House. "I am so honored president would ask me to take on this task," said Christie who was named chairman of a White House commission to combat America's opioid problem. "I think the president and I both agree addiction is a disease, a disease that can be treated." Christie's new role comes after the two shared a Valentine's Day lunch where the governor's past work on the opioid crisis was a topic of discussion. MSNBC VOA VIEW: If important to take care of those who support you.

Spicer Tries To Mend Fences With White House Reporter April Ryan
It wasn't quite an apology, but it was close. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer offered sunny salutations and the first question of Wednesday's briefing to veteran correspondent April Ryan, an acknowledgement of sorts that yesterday's exchange, which some critics saw as sexist and patronizing, may have gone too far. "How are you today?" he asked, smiling. "I'm fine, how are you?" she replied as the press room chuckled. "Fantastic." On Tuesday, Spicer snapped at Ryan, telling her "stop shaking your head" when she asked a question about the administration's image. He accused the American Urban Radio Networks' correspondent of pushing an agenda, saying she seemed "hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays." MSNBC
VOA VIEW: A black gesture.

President Trump Cancels Sexual Orientation Questions On 2020 Census
The Trump administration canceled plans to probe Americans for their sexual orientation in the 2020 Census, nixing efforts by congressional Democrats who’d wanted a better picture of the country’s increasingly complex family and sexual dynamics. Gay-rights advocates had been pressing for the questions, saying it was time the country got an official count. They appeared to have won a victory Tuesday morning, when the Census Bureau released its list of proposed subjects for 2020, and said “sexual orientation and gender identity” were new additions. But hours later the Census released an updated list striking the sexual orientation proposal. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Trump's Travel Ban Could Cost $18B In U.S. Tourism
President Trump's temporary travel ban and an inhospitable political climate could punch an $18 billion hole in U.S. tourism by international visitors over the next two years, projections by travel analysts show. Foreign tourism is a $250 billion-a-year business in the United States, and Trump's original and revised executive orders temporarily banning travel from majority Muslim countries — put on hold by federal courts — have dampened interest worldwide in visiting the U.S., travel and tourism executives told USA TODAY. “The U.S. has put an unwelcome mat at our front door,” said Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research Group, which conducts travel research. USA Today

Iraqi Forces In Mosul See Deadliest Urban Combat Since World War II
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State to liberate Mosul are suffering heavy casualties in the deadliest urban combat since World War II, according to top U.S. commanders for the Middle East. Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, said Wednesday that 774 Iraqi troops were killed and 4,600 wounded since the Mosul offensive began in October. Tens of thousands of Iraqi troops are battling several thousand Islamic State militants holed up in their last major stronghold in Iraq. “This is the most significant urban combat to take place since World War II,” Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top coalition commander, said this week. “It is tough and brutal.” USA Today

Tom Price Pledges To Uphold Obamacare, Including Mandate
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told Congress Wednesday he will enforce Obamacare so long as it remains the law of the land, including its mandate requiring Americans to hold coverage, though dodged thornier questions about President Trump’s commitment to making the program work. Mr. Trump and congressional Republicans pledged to swiftly repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a better plan this year. But a GOP rebellion doomed their first attempt before it hit the House floor, leaving Mr. Price to manage a law that Republicans say is failing on its own but still covers millions. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Price can only do so much - Obamacare is dead.

State Dept. Employee Charged With Misleading FBI In China Intel Case
Candace Marie Claiborne, a 60-year-old employee of the U.S. Department of State, was charged Wednesday with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI -- both felony offenses -- for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with Chinese intelligence agents, the Justice Department said Wednesday. The veteran State Department employee, who appeared before a judge Wednesday, is also accused of failing to report gifts she received from Chinese contacts. Claiborne allegedly failed to report repeated contacts with two intelligence agents of the People’s Republic of China, and the agents provided tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits to Claiborne and her family over five years, prosecutors said. CBS
VOA VIEW: It took long enough time.

Fox News Engaged In "Yearslong" Racial Discrimination, 2 Employees Allege
Two black women who work at Fox News Channel allege that they were subjected to “yearslong relentless racial” hostility at the hands of a top financial executive at the network who has since been fired, according to a lawsuit. Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, who sued this week in New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx, said their boss talked about her physical fear of black people, humiliated them by making them repeat words she believes blacks pronounce incorrectly and mocked the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Judith Slater, the executive involved, asked Wright, a mother of three, whether all of her children had the same father, the lawsuit alleges. Fox said it fired Slater on Feb. 28. She was the network’s controller and senior vice president of accounting. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell the truth.

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Is Now The Second-Richest Person In The World
Jeff Bezos has leapt past Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the world's second-richest person. Bezos, 53, added $1.5 billion to his fortune as Amazon.com Inc. rose $18.32 on Wednesday, the day after the e-commerce giant said it plans to buy Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com. Bezos has a net worth of $75.6 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, $700 million more than Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Buffett and $1.3 billion above Ortega, the founder of Inditex S.A. and Europe's richest person. Amazon's founder has added $10.2 billion this year to his wealth and $7 billion since the global equities rally began following the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president on Nov. 8. The rise is the third biggest on the Bloomberg index in 2017, after Chinese parcel-delivery billionaire Wang Wei's $18.4 billion gain and an $11.4 billion rise for Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg. Charlotte Observer

Gridlock On Antilock Brakes Baffles Motorcycle Safety Advocates
After a long downward trend, U.S. traffic deaths are on the rise again, and a key factor is the stubbornly high fatality toll among some of the most exposed people on the road: motorcyclists. Nevertheless, federal regulators have balked at requiring a safety measure that many experts say could save hundreds of bikers’ lives every year.
Antilock brake systems, a standard feature on lots of passenger vehicles since the 1990s, have been touted for years as a potentially powerful tool to cut motorcycle deaths. The technology, known as ABS, works by preventing the wheels from locking up during hard braking and improving control amid emergencies or slippery road conditions. Kansas City Star

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Trump Administration Drops Human Rights In Bahrain F-16 Deal
The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the State Department under President Barack Obama. If finalized, the approval would allow the Gulf island to purchase 19 of the jets from Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp., plus improvements to other jets in Bahrain's fleet. Though Congress has opportunities to block the sale, it is unlikely it will act to do so, given the Republican majority's strong support for the sale. The decision is the latest signal that the Trump administration is prioritizing support for Sunni-led countries seen as critical to opposing Iran's influence in the Mideast over human rights issues that Obama had elevated. Houston Chronicle

Senate Hearing To Focus On Russian Disinformation Tactics
Some tactics Russia used to meddle in last year's presidential election would give shivers to anyone who believes in American democracy, the Senate intelligence committee's top Democrat says. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia spoke ahead of a committee session Thursday that will address how the Kremlin allegedly uses technology to spread disinformation in the U.S. and Europe. Warner and the panel's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., provided an update the committee's investigation into activities Russia might have taken to alter or influence the 2016 elections and whether there were any campaign contacts with Russian government officials that might have interfered with the election process. Houston Chronicle

Ivanka Trump Taking Formal Role In Administration Amid Ethics Concerns
President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, announced today that she will take an official position in her father's administration, according to a statement.
This comes as her unofficial role has grown in recent weeks, and she was granted security clearance and a West Wing office, drawing scrutiny from some. Ivanka Trump will be an assistant to the president but will not take a salary, she said in a statement first reported by The New York Times. ABC
VOA VIEW: Where is the foul?

You're More Likely To Overpay At Pump When Average Price Is Low
The spread between the most and the least being charged for gasoline at the pump is headed toward the highest level in 7 years in U.S. cities, suggesting motorists need to shop wisely to keep from overpaying. That’s the message from GasBuddy Organization Inc., which tracks fuel prices nationally. The average price of gasoline now sits at $2.31 a gallon. That’s up slightly over last year, but lower than 2010 through 2015. The spread between local stations tends to grow as the average price falls, analysts at GasBuddy said in a report on the first three months of the year. Bloomberg

Rep. Maxine Waters’ No-Holds-Barred Remarks Find Fans
Rep. Maxine Waters doesn't expect to pose for a photo with President Donald Trump anytime soon. In fact, the California congresswoman plans to boycott any meeting, event, ceremony or public event with the president, at the White House or even in her home district of Los Angeles. "I don't see myself meeting with him, sitting down with him, believing anything he would say or even respecting anything he would say," Waters said sternly to The Associated Press. "It would not be honest on my part to go to any ceremonies with him or to pretend I am having a decent conversation with him." And if Trump personally invited her to the White House for a conversation? "I wouldn't go," she said emphatically. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Waters is an idiot.

David Friedman Sworn In As Trump’s US Ambassador To Israel
Bankruptcy attorney David Friedman has been sworn in as U.S. envoy to Israel, becoming President Donald Trump's first ambassador to take office. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office Wednesday to Friedman, who is Trump's former bankruptcy lawyer. The Senate confirmed Friedman's nomination by a vote of 52-46 last week, largely along party lines. Lawmakers brushed aside complaints from Democrats that Friedman lacked the temperament for such a top-flight diplomatic post. At his Senate confirmation hearing in February, Friedman acknowledged making comments about former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and liberal Jewish advocacy groups that some critics felt were incendiary. Las Vegas Sun

Melania Trump Urges Women's Empowerment In Speech
First lady Melania Trump, in a rare speech Wednesday, urged women to become empowered and stand up against violence like the 13 women of diverse backgrounds being honored by the State Department. "As leaders, we must continue to work towards gender empowerment and respect for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities, remembering always that we are all members of one race, the human race. Each one of us is uniquely different," Trump said during a ceremony recognizing 13 women at the 2017 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Awards. The award, now in its 11th year, "honors those who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to advance the lives of others across the globe," according to a State Department release. They overcame injustice, including domestic violence, environmental disaster, gender bias and acid attacks. UPI

Judge In Hawaii Extends Order Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban
A federal judge in Hawaii decided Wednesday to extend his order blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban, preventing the government from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban several hours after hearing arguments. Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the state’s tourist-dependent economy. The implied message in the revised ban is like a “neon sign flashing ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban'” that the government didn’t bother to turn off, state Attorney General Douglas Chin told the judge. Boston Globe
VOA VIEW: Pitiful liberal.

Sewage Spewing Into The Hooch Is Causing E. Coli levels To Spike
A broken pipe spewing sewage into a creek that connects to the Chattahoochee River has increased E. coli levels in the water, according to Channel 2 Action News. The pipe comes from the Arlington Park apartment complex property, which is off Windy Hill Road a couple miles from where the creek meets the Hooch. The apartment complex declined to comment but told Channel 2 in a statement that the breakage was caused by a down tree and would be fixed by Thursday. “We’re not seeing any evidence of any work that’s being done here yet,” Jason Ulseth with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, told the television station. He said his staff has seen dissolved toilet paper floating downstream. According data cited by the United States Geological Survey, the Chattahoochee supplies metro Atlanta with much of its drinking water. The USGS BacteriAlert system says there is not a National Park Service health advisory in effect. Alanta Journal

TSA Worker Fired After Missing Loaded Gun In Purse At Atlanta Airport
The Transportation Security Administration fired a woman responsible for screening passengers’ bags after she missed a loaded handgun Sunday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Channel 2 Action News reported. Katrina Jackson of Alabama noticed her .38-caliber handgun when she later looked for her passport and immediately informed officials, according to a police report obtained by Channel 2.  TSA issued a statement to the news station. “This egregious mistake was unacceptable and the officer who was still a probationary employee was immediately and permanently separated from federal service." Jackson was charged with illegal possession of a handgun when she said she didn’t have her permit on her. Screeners at the airport have prevented 48 guns from going through security so far this year, Channel 2 reported. Last year, 198 guns were found at checkpoints, which is more than any other airport in the United States. Atlanta Journal

Study Finds Infant Vitamin B1 Deficiency Leads To Poor Motor Function
Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that infantile vitamin B1 deficiency severely affected motor function in preschoolers who were fed faulty formula in infancy.
The study was conducted on children who were fed the baby formula Remedia, an Israeli formula brand that completely lacked vitamin B1 and is implicated in the deaths of infants in 2004. Remedia was discontinued from sale in Israel in 2008, five years after three infants died and more than 20 had severe, irreversible damage to their hearts and central nervous systems because of the formula. Remedia was manufactured by the German firm Humana, and had removed vitamin B1 from the product but failed to notify the public and did not include it in its labeling. UPI

What We Don't Know About Nunes' White House Grounds Visit
On Monday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes confirmed that he traveled to the White House last week in order to meet a source and view information related to surveillance that "incidentally collected" information about associates of President Donald Trump. Nunes' visit to the White House last Tuesday, his move to personally brief President Trump on the matter on Wednesday -- before sharing the information with members of his committee -- and his prior position as a member of Trump's transition team have led to calls for his recusal from his post leading the House investigation into Russian interference into the presidential election. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

House GOP Weighing Another Try On Obamacare Vote Next Week
House Republicans are considering making another run next week at passing the health-care bill they abruptly pulled from the floor in an embarrassing setback to their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Two Republican lawmakers say that leaders are discussing holding a vote, even staying into the weekend if necessary, but it’s unclear what changes would be made to the GOP’s health bill. They described the discussions on condition of anonymity. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, who helped derail the bill, have been talking with some Republican moderate holdouts in an effort to identify changes that could bring them on board with the measure. Bloomberg

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ARAB LEADERS AT SUMMIT ENDORSE TWO-STATE SOLUTION
The 28th Arab League Summit endorsed the two-state solution in its closing statement on Wednesday, saying the Arab world would be ready to reconcile with Israel if it withdrew from the land it conquered in the 1967 war. “We affirm that we will continue to work to relaunch serious Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations... that take place within a set period of time based on the two-state solution,” the closing statement said. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Don't hold your breath.

JORDAN'S KING ABDULLAH: ISRAEL UNDERMINING CHANCES OF PEACE
Jordanian KingAbdullah on Wednesday said that Israel is “undermining" the possibility of achieving a peace deal with the Palestinians. “Israel is continuing to expand settlements and undermining the chances of achieving peace,” Abdullah said in a speech before Arab leaders at the 28th Arab League Summit in Jordan. Since the election of US President Donald Trump, Israel has announced the advancement of more than 5,500 settlement units. Jordan’s government strongly condemned the announcements in early February, saying they provoked "the sentiments of Arab and Muslims." Jerusalem Post

Turkey Ends Euphrates Shield Military Campaign In Syria
Turkey says it has "successfully" ended its seven-month Euphrates Shield military campaign in northern Syria. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made the announcement at a meeting of the country's security council. He did not rule out new military operations and did not say whether Turkish troops would now leave Syria. Turkey launched the offensive last August to push Islamic State militants away from its border and also to stop the advance of local Kurdish fighters. BBC

Mosul Battle: Iraqi Forces Edge Closer To Key Mosque
Iraqi forces say they are pushing into the Old City of Mosul and closing in on a key mosque despite fierce resistance from Islamic State (IS) militants. Federal police chief Lt-Gen Raed Jawdat said officers were besieging the area around the Great Mosque of al-Nuri. The building was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the establishment of a "caliphate" in 2014. Gen Jawdat said police had also retaken the Qadheeb al-Ban district and the al-Malab sports stadium, to the west. BBC

Senators vow Trump-Russia Inquiry Will Be Bipartisan And Independent
The leaders of the Senate intelligence committee have pledged that their investigation of Russian interference in last year’s presidential election will be independent and bipartisan, as a bitter dispute continues to cloud a similar inquiry in the House of Representatives. In a good-humoured and tactile show of unity on Wednesday, Republican senator Richard Burr and his Democratic counterpart Mark Warner told reporters that they owe it to America, and the world, to “follow the intelligence wherever it leads”. Their first public hearing takes place tomorrow, with former NSA chief Keith Alexander being the most prominent witness. Guardian

'Climate Change Is Real': Companies Challenge Trump's Reversal Of Policy
In 2015, when Barack Obama signed the nation’s clean power plan, more than 300 companies came out in support, calling the guidelines “critical for moving our country toward a clean energy economy”. Now, as Donald Trump moves to strip those laws away, Mars Inc, Staples and The Gap are just a few of those US corporations who are challenging the new president’s reversal on climate policy. Trump’s climate blitzkrieg is unlikely to herald the end of civilization, but it risks US geopolitical dominance and could help ‘make China great again’ “We’re disappointed the administration has decided to roll back climate regulations such as the clean power plan and others,” Edward Hoover, senior manager of Corporate Communications for Mars, told the Guardian. “Corporations can’t do it alone. Governments play a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change on our economy.” Guardian

‘Have You Heard Of Susan B. Anthony? I’m Shocked’: Chelsea Clinton Mocks Donald Trump's Comment About Women's Rights Pioneer
The president's cabinet includes six women out of 24 positions and is on course to have a smaller percentage of women and nonwhites than the first cabinets of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush. “Since the very beginning, women have driven, and I mean, each generation of Americans, towards a more free and more prosperous future,” Mr Trump said. Listing such influential women as  Abigail Adams and Harriet Tubman, he said: "We’ve had leaders like Susan B. Anthony. Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony? I’m shocked that you’ve heard of her - who dreamed of a much more fair and equal future and an America where women themselves as she said helped to make laws and elect the lawmakers, and that’s what’s happening more and more." His comment that he was shocked that a room full of women had heard of the 19th Century pioneer who paved the way for women’s suffrage was mocked by social media users, including Chelsea Clinton. Telegraph

US Warns Against Travel To The Democratic Republic Of Congo After UN Investigators Murdered
The United States has issued a travel warning against visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo, after the bodies of two missing UN researchers and their translator were found lying in a shallow grave. Michael Sharp, a 34-year-old from Kansas, and Zaida Catalan, 36, from Sweden, went missing on March 12, having set out to investigate mass graves in the Kasai province. On Monday their bodies were found in a shallow grave, along with that of Bete Tshintela. Telegraph

UN Health Agency Highlights Importance Of Measles Vaccine Amid Europe Outbreak
Hundreds of measles cases have been reported in Europe – where the disease was believed to be nearing elimination – leading the United Nations health agency to urge families to vaccinate their children and for national authorities to take urgent measures to stop transmission at the borders. “outbreaks will continue in Europe, as elsewhere, until every country reaches the level of immunization needed to fully protect their populations,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe. At least 500 cases were diagnosed since this January, the majority in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and Ukraine. UN News

David Beasley Of United States Appointed As Head Of UN Emergency Food Agency
The United Nations today announced the appointment of David Beasley of the United States as the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which delivers emergency food assistance around the world and works with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. UN Secretary-General António Guterres and José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), announced the appointment today after consulting with the WFP Board at a special session in Rome. In a statement, Secretary-General Guterres said that Mr. Beasley “brings to the position extensive experience with key governmental and business leaders and stakeholders around the world, with very strong resource mobilisation skills.” UN News

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