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US budget deficit hit $234 billion in February, a new monthly record

US budget deficit hit $234 billion in February, a new monthly record

The US logged its biggest monthly fiscal gap ever last month. The budget widened to $234 billion in February, the Treasury Department announced on Friday, compared with a monthly shortfall of $215.2 billion a year earlier. Last month’s budget gap helped push the US government’s budget deficit up 39% to $544 billion for the first…MORE

Man who killed Washington state deputy was in the US on expired visa, ICE says

Man who killed Washington state deputy was in the US on expired visa, ICE says

A man who killed a sheriff’s deputy and wounded a police officer during a shootout in Kittitas County, Washington, was in the United States illegally, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The suspect, Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, also died from wounds received in the Tuesday night shooting. ICE spokesperson Tanya Roman said Flores…MORE

Trump sparks confusion with tweet on North Korea-related sanctions

Trump sparks confusion with tweet on North Korea-related sanctions

President Donald Trump triggered rampant confusion among his own aides and administration officials when he said Friday he is withdrawing new sanctions aimed at North Korea that were just issued by his own administration. “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions…MORE

Former East Pittsburgh officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of unarmed teenager

Former East Pittsburgh officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of unarmed teenager

A jury found former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld not guilty of all charges Friday night in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, Allegheny County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko said. Demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse as soon as the verdict came in. The June 19 shooting sparked protests as crowds questioned…MORE

Arkansas bill pushes to ban abortion in Down syndrome cases

Arkansas bill pushes to ban abortion in Down syndrome cases

A bill that would prohibit abortions after tests indicate that a fetus may have Down syndrome overwhelmingly cleared the Arkansas state Senate and is now under consideration in the state House. The bill passed in the Arkansas Senate on Wednesday — the day before World Down Syndrome Day — by a 29-2 vote. According to…MORE

Roseanne, who? ‘The Conners’ renewed for Season 2

Roseanne, who? ‘The Conners’ renewed for Season 2

“The Conners” are sticking around. The “Roseanne” spin-off on Friday officially received a second season order from ABC, a move that was not unexpected. Despite the controversy that led to its creation, “The Conners” was a solid performer for ABC in its freshman season, averaging 9.5 million viewers and coming in as the season’s No.…MORE

Mikaela Shiffrin on learning to ignore social media ‘haters’

Mikaela Shiffrin on learning to ignore social media ‘haters’

Mikaela Shiffrin is growing into one of the most dominant and influential female sports stars on the planet, but she knows that her success in ski racing comes at a price — abusive comments on social media. The 24-year-old dominated skiing’s World Cup circuit this season and has taken over the mantle of skiing’s biggest…MORE

Trump will nominate former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to Federal Reserve

Trump will nominate former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to Federal Reserve

President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to nominate his former campaign adviser, Stephen Moore, to the Federal Reserve Board. “It is my pleasure to announce that @StephenMoore, a very respected Economist, will be nominated to serve on the Fed Board. I have known Steve for a long time — and have no doubt that…MORE

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