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A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a key provision of a presidential executive order denying federal funds to sanctuary cities - saying withholding that money on such short notice would cause irreparable harm to those cities. The ruling covers the entire nation. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus responded to this calling the ruling "clear forum shopping" and "an example of the ninth circuit going bananas."

Wednesday President Trump is expected to debut his tax reform plan, and is promising big tax cuts...he's said to be seeking a cut in corporate tax rates from 35 to 15 percent. That's raised concern the federal government will have to increase borrowing... but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insists the cuts will pay for themselves.

56 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll think Russia tried to influence the election, and 39 percent think the Trump campaign intentionally tried to assist such an effort. And a majority of Republicans thinks Barack Obama’s administration spied on the Trump campaign.

--The President asserts he has not changed his position: "The wall gets built, 100-percent"... but with the US government about to run out of money on Friday, President Trump is appearing to put funding for a border wall on hold for now.. apparently backing down on his demand that Congress start paying for the wall now.  It's part of his effort to cut a deal with Democrats to avert a government shutdown. Republicans offering up a spending bill that does NOT include money for the wall...but does give more funding for some southern border "security."  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "we're hoping to reach an agreement in the next few days."
--Congressional Republicans have offered Democrats a government funding deal that does not include new funds for the construction of a border wall, according to congressional aides familiar with the offer. The move from GOP leaders comes as Capitol Hill scrambles to pass a government funding measure by midnight Friday to avert a shutdown on President Trump’s 100th day in office.
--Texas Senator Ted Cruz presents one option for covering the cost of the wall: make El- Chapo pay for it. The  U-S-government is seeking more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from the cartel boss.

Although he's "not a big fan" of President Trump's "tweeting habits," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the President is "doing exactly the right thing for the country."

Did General Michael Flynn break the law? The House Oversight Committee says it appears the the President's former National Security Advisor did not comply with the law about payments he received  from Russia -- failing to seek permission or notify the government about them. The Committee is now demanding more documents from the White House.


--There will be a briefing at the White House for the Senate on North Korea. Defense Secretary Mattis, Secretary of State Tillerson, Joint Chiefs Chair Dunford, and DNI Dan Coats will brief on the current tensions and military moves.
A controversial anti-missile defense system rolled into place, on a golf course, south of Seoul Wednesday. The first batch of the THAAD anti-missile defense system in South Korea, this first deployment is ahead of the expected schedule. There were local protests as the move came without warning amidst rising rhetoric on North Korea and ahead of the Senate meeting in the White House today.

In a carefully crafted statement released late Tuesday morning, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams addressed recent TV news reports regarding a possible person of interest in last year's "Serial Street Shooter" case. The statement, though, provided few details. Williams neither confirmed nor denied the veracity of these reports. Rather, she acknowledged them as a launching point to explain the department's silence on the issue. "Investigations of this complexity are rare and take time to properly investigate," the statement reads.

As Arkansas has made headlines recently for carrying out three executions within the last week, Oklahoma may have to wait even longer to carry out its next execution. A state commission in Oklahoma has recommended a moratorium on executions be extended until major changes are made to its capital punishment system. The 11-member Death Penalty Review Commission agreed unanimously on the need for changes in forensics, law enforcement techniques, prosecution and defense procedures, and the execution process itself.

Wednesday Ivanka Trump attends a summit on women in business in Berlin. She faced boos and hisses Tuesday as she defended her father.

Former "Bachelor" star Chris Soules has been arrested for allegedly fleeing the scene of a death, ABC News has confirmed. According to paperwork filed by the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office in Iowa, Soules was taken into custody after he was involved in a fatal auto accident on Monday. He has also been accused of not immediately stopping his vehicle at the scene and failing to return and remain at the scene of the crash, according to a police report. Soules is currently free on a $10,000 bond.

Arkansas performed the nation's first double execution in 17 years.  The US Supreme Court refused to block the execution of Jack Jones, who had argued his poor health could lead to excessive pain during the lethal injection. Jones was convicted of raping and murdering Mary Phillips in White County in 1995. He was also convicted of attempting to killing Phillips' 11-year-old daughter and was convicted in another rape and killing in Florida. The other condemned man, Marcel Williams, was convicted in the 1994 capital murder of Stacy Errickson, a mother of two.

They've got to get it figured out by Friday night. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill face a deadline to come to an agreement on a budget and prevent a government shutdown. Republicans will need at least a few Democrats on board with their plan in order to pass it.

As Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress gear up for another attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare, an ABC News/Washington Post poll finds broad public preference for keeping and improving it - including high levels of support for some of its key components. Just 37 percent of Americans in the national survey say Obamacare should be repealed and replaced; 61 percent say it should be kept and fixed instead. Even more broadly, the public by 79-13 percent says Trump should seek to make the current law work as well as possible, not to make it fail as soon as possible, a strategy he’s suggested.

The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from carrying laptops, sources have told the Guardian. The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travelers from several Middle Eastern countries  according the British paper. British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban - which prevents any devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage - to flights from Europe. One source suggested to the Guardian that although it was not certain that the ban would be extended to the UK, the US was considering doing so.

President Trump Monday night announced a 20 percent tax on softwood lumber coming into the United States from Canada, according to conservative media reporters who attended a reception with the president. It's one of the largest trade disputes between the two nations and aligns with Trump's protectionist trade policies promoted during his campaign. Canada's government released a statement Monday night saying it disagrees with what it calls "an unfair and punitive duty".

As North Korea celebrates the founding of its military, the nuclear-powered USS Michigan submarine arrived in South Korea in what was described as a routine port visit to rest the crew and load supplies. Meanwhile, Korean-American citizen Tony Kim remains in custody in North Korea awaiting charges. It's unclear why he was taken into custody. He's the third U-S citizen being held in the north.

Ivanka Trump is in Germany on her first trip as part of the Trump administration. The president's daughter is in Berlin for a W-20 summit after an invitation from German chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump, an assistant to the president, will participate in panel discussion on Women Entrepreneurship with Merkel and International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde.

In his first podcast since his departure from Fox, Bill O'Reilly says he's sad he's not on TV anymore, but "I’m very confident the truth will come out, and when it does, I don’t know if you’re going to be surprised."

The screaming...the bloody mouth...the shocked reactions...are just part of the story of the doctor dragged from a United Airlines flight, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat. The Chicago Department of Aviation released the officer's report of the incident, and he says Dr. David Dao was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest.

 President Donald J. Trump will deliver the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Days of Remembrance ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda this morning. The week-long Days of Remembrance was first held in 1979 and then later established by Congress as the nation's commemoration of the Holocaust.

--President Trump will spend the week leading up to his one-hundredth day in office by signing at least four executive orders. A White House official confirms to ABC News that one of the executive orders will include whistleblower protections for the Department of Veterans Affairs; another will review monument designations declared by previous presidents; one will review existing regulations of off-shore drilling; and one will create a task force to address problems in rural America. By the end of the week, the White House says President Trump will have signed 32 total executive orders, more than any president at this point in their presidency since World War II.
--Congress returns from its break Tuesday, facing a deadline on a budget solution - the clock's ticking with a government shutdown possible Friday night, the eve of President Trump's 100th day in office.  Many lawmakers balk at approving money for Trump's border wall with Mexico. Trump tweets Mexico will be paying "Eventually, but at a later date."
--Vice President Mike Pence is cutting his trip short by one day this week, skipping a visit to the USS Arizona in Hawaii, landing now into Washington on Tuesday morning ahead of what Republican lawmakers and the White House hope will be a fruitful week on numerous policy fronts while also working to avoid a potential government shutdown.  An aide said the Vice President, who is traveling with the Second Lady and their two daughters, said he will still meet for lunch with troops at Hickam Field.

--Results of the latest ABC News/ Washington Post poll show 42-percent of Americans say they approve of the job President Trump is doing - lower than any other president in the last seven decades at the 100 day mark.  But among Americans who voted for Trump - 96-percent say they would vote for him again today.  There's bad news for Democrats, too. Two out of three voters, say that they are out of touch with the concerns of most Americans. President Trump tweeted the polls "are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in popular vote."

A U.S. citizen was detained in North Korea while trying to leave the country with his wife over the weekend. A spokesperson for the university that employed him to teach accounting has confirmed that 58-year-old Tony Kim, who goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was stopped while trying to board a flight to China from Pyongyang's international airport.  A University statement says Kim is being held as part of "an investigation into matters that are not connected in any way with" his academic work. At least two other American citizens are currently being held by North Korea -- Otto Warmbier, a a 21-year-old student at University of Virginia, and Kim Dong Chul.

Politically polar opposites ... far right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron advanced after Sunday's first presidential election round in France. Le Pen's "French first" platform calls for a quick referendum on leaving the EU, for closing borders, and tightening security. Macron is a former investment banker and ex-economy minister who envisions a tolerant France and united Europe. Political analysts thought Le Pen's nationalist message may have garnered more support after last Thursday's deadly terror attack on the Champs-Elysees. The two will face off in France's presidential runoff May 7th, with France's participation in the European Union hanging in the balance. 

In the dead of night, New Orleans police crews starting dismantling and removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments from public property around New Orleans. It's the the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy. “New Orleans celebrates our diversity, inclusion and tolerance,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Workers arrived to begin removing the first memorial, Battle of Liberty Place, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.

Former President Barack Obama is speaking publicly for the first time since leaving office in his home town of Chicago. He will be joined by young leaders for a conversation on community organizing and civic engagement at the University of Chicago. The event is part of President Obama’s post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world. Young adults from schools in the Chicago area have been invited to attend the event.

President Trump, Ivanka Trump and NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins making an Earth to Space call today ... to congratulate astronaut Peggy Whitson on spending more days in space than any other American. She's surpassing astronaut Jeff Williams ... who held the record with 534 days. Whitson is also the oldest woman to fly in space and holds the most spacewalk time for a woman. The record holder for most time among all space faring nations is Russian Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka  with 879 days in space over 5 missions.

It could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years. But two death row inmates in Arkansas set to be put to death tonight are telling an appeals court they're not healthy enough to be executed. Lawyers for Jack Jones is asking the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to halt lethal injections because he says his client has diabetes and could suffer a torturous death because of a reaction with insulin he takes. Lawyers for Marcel Williams say he's morbidly obese... weighing in at 400 pounds ... and the lethal injection drugs may not work as intended. The state calling the appeals delaying tactics. Arkansas originally wanted to execute eight inmates by the end of April when its supply of midazolam expires. One was was put to death last week, but four of the eight inmates have had their executions blocked by the courts.

A solemn day in Israel Monday as the nation mourns the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. State ceremonies, TV and radio broadcasting are dedicated exclusively today to the harrowing stories of how Jews survived -- with thanks to those brave enough to help them. A siren rang out for 2 minutes across Israel to mark the day, bringing life to a standstill. At the annual Yad Vashem ceremony, Prime Minister Netanyahu said the lessons of the Holocaust - that Jews must be able to defend themselves - guide him every single day. He issued a warning to Iran not to test the Jewish State.

The State Department says an American paramedic, a U.S. member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), died when “his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.” 
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Sunday to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving relations with Russia, Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle. 

The search continues for a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing after his father was found unconscious at a park in South Pasadena, California Saturday morning. Police say the father, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian, was arrested after an hours-long investigation on suspicion of child abduction and child endangerment. Police described his statements as "convoluted and not consistent" as well as "contradictory."

The father of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas - the Tennessee girl who was missing for more than a month - says the past few days have been an emotional roller coaster for his daughter. Anthony Thomas spoke exclusively to ABC News. His daughter's former Health Science teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins, is in FBI custody - facing federal kidnapping charges. Elizabeth is back home with her family in Columbia, Tennessee.

Tragedy in a New York City residential neighborhood Sunday afternoon. Five people were left dead, three of them children, after a fire tore through a house in the borough of Queens. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the Fire Marshall's office will be conducting a thorough investigation into the fire's cause, and asks: "How could something like this have happened?"

Still tops a the box office, "The Fast and the Furious" earned $38.7 million this weekend. "The Boss Baby" was in second with $12.8 million, and "Beauty and the Beast" landed in third with $10 million.

--ISIS claims responsibility for the shooting of Paris police officers along the Champs-Elysees...One officer is dead and two wounded.  The suspect is dead. The Paris Prosecutor says the identify of the gunman has been verified, but the prosecutor has not disclosed the name.  Searches were conducted in at least one suburb east of Paris after Thursday's attack.
--A tourist captured the moments on his cell phone video. Security on high alert but the sidewalks and roadway have reopened.
--The attack comes three days before Presidential elections in France, and on the same day all 11 candidates made their final broadcast pitches to voters. Far-right candidate Maria LePen says "We need a plan to fight Islamist terrorism."

Missing since March 13th...Found more than a thousand miles away...fired Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins and the teenage student he's accused of kidnapping. Authorities found the pair at a cabin in remote northern California, after a tip from a resident. The Siskiyou County Sheriff says two loaded handguns also were found at the location. 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas is safe and will be flown back home Friday. Cummins faces state and federal charges.

Kori Ali Muhammad faces arraignment Friday (11:30am ET) in Fresno, for last week's murder of a motel security guard. Being named a suspect in that murder, police say, sparked Muhammad’s alleged killing spree this week.  The DA says police have still not submitted their case on the 3 murders this week so no charges have been filed for those killings.  Muhammad is charged with murder for the security guard and attempted murder for shooting at a second guard last Thursday.

--President Trump Friday heads to the Treasury Department to sign two "financial-related" executive orders.
--House Republicans, who have spent the last two weeks quietly negotiating a GOP health care proposal, on Thursday floated a carefully crafted amendment to the bill that failed several weeks ago, and some say it could be the key to getting the measure passed. The new activity encouraged President Trump, who expressed optimism that the House could pass the "great bill" as early as next week - though senior GOP aides downplayed that possibility. Asked Thursday if he wants to see the House pass the GOP health care bill or pass a measure to fund the government and prevent a partial shutdown next week, President Trump said "both."

After stops in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Secretary of Defense James Mattis is in Israel. He’s set to meet his counterpart Avigdor Leiberman on Friday as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  On the agenda: countering Iran and its support for the terror groups Hezbollah and Hamas.  The ever more volatile situation in Syria likely to get more attention than in the past.


--Media reports say Bill O’Reilly could receive a payout as high as $25 million as leaves Fox News under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations. The Financial Times and others reported on Thursday that O’Reilly would receive the sum -- “equivalent to one year’s salary” -- from 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company.
--The lawyer representing women who've made sexual harassment allegations against O'Reilly ... says her phone is ringing off the hook ... with more women coming forward to make claims ... since the network decided to drop their top host. Attorney Lisa Bloom says Fox News is taking steps to change its culture by firing Roger Ailes and O'Reilly ... but its just the tip of the iceberg.


Death row inmate Ledell Lee was executed by way of lethal injection just before midnight Thursday. The lethal injection drugs were administered at 11:44 p.m. and a coroner pronounced Lee dead at 11:56 p.m. The Arkansas Department of Corrections says he did not make a final statement. Lee was sentenced to death in 1995 after being convicted of killing 26-year-old Debra Reese by beating her with a tire iron and strangling her inside her Jacksonville home. DNA from Reese's case also linked Lee to four other cases of women raped and beaten, all in Jacksonville's Sunnyside neighborhood.
--The ACLU and the Innocence Project have contributed to Lee's defense. His attorneys appealed for a delay in his execution so evidence from his criminal case could be released for DNA testing. "Arkansas’s decision to rush through the execution of Mr. Lee just because its supply of lethal drugs are expiring at the end of the month denied him the opportunity to conduct DNA testing that could have proven his innocence," a spokesperson for the Innocence Project, said in a statement.

The medical examiner confirmed what correction officials had said, that Aaron Hernandez died of asphyxia by hanging and the death was a suicide.

Former President George H.W. Bush remains in the hospital under observation with a mild case of pneumonia...His office released a photo of the former President getting a visit from his son, former President George W. Bush.

--The president hosts Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni at the White House ahead of the upcoming G7 Summit in Italy at the end of next month. The two will hold a joint press conference in the afternoon
--The Trump administration is reviewing the Obama-era nuclear weapons agreement with Iran to determine whether they will stop the deal's suspension of U.S. sanctions, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.  Tillerson said administration officials would review the deal despite also announcing that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 agreement reached under President Obama.  
--The White House on Wednesday tried to clarify a series of confusing and possibly misleading statements about the location of a nuclear-capable aircraft carrier it initially said was headed north to the Korean Peninsula in the face of recent military provocations by North Korea.  The USS Carl Vinson was actually headed south from Singapore to participate in a four-day military exercise with the Australian Navy that only ended Tuesday. The carrier group is not expected in the Sea of Japan until the end of the month. 
--For the second time in as many days, a pair of Russian bombers have flown close to Alaska, this time coming as close as 35 nautical miles to the U.S. coastline, according to a U.S. official

Vice President Mike Pence is in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday on his Asian tour, which has focused on trade and security dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program.  Defense Secretary James Mattis is in Israel Thursday on his Middle East tour.  He’ll meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bill O'Reilly has left the Fox News Channel, the network's parent company announced. Wednesday night's show marked the first "The Factor" program since O'Reilly departure. The star host had been dogged by misconduct claims some sexual in nature.  Fox says Tucker Carlson with replace O'Reilly's timeslot.


Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said a Supreme Court justice could resign as soon as this summer.  "I would expect a resignation this summer," the Iowa senator said, according to the Muscatine Journal. Grassley's comments came during a Q&A at a visit to Kent Corporation in Muscatine, Iowa.   Without naming a justice, Grassley said an upcoming resignation is "rumored." The oldest justices on the court are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 84, Anthony Kennedy, 80, and Stephen Breyer, 78.  If a resignation did happen, President Trump would likely nominate a conservative judge as a replacement, tilting the court even more to the right.  

It may prove to be a severe blow to Arkansas' attempt to execute eight condemned killers by the end of this month.  A judge in Little Rock barred the state from using a chemical compound in its lethal injection protocol.  That compound's manufacturer asserted the state "deceived it* about *what* the compound was to be used for.

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was found dead Wednesday morning after hanging himself in his prison cell, where he was serving a life sentence for murder, according to the Massachusetts Department of Correction.   Police also confirm that Hernandez had a bible verse written on his forehead.

The gunman suspected of killing three white men in a racially charged attack in Fresno was proud of what he had accomplished and laughed many times as he explained his actions in interviews with police, authorities said Wednesday.  After Kori Ali Muhammad learned that he was wanted for the death of a security guard last week, he wanted to take out as many other white men as possible, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.  Muhammad arraingnment is expected on Friday.  

A 23-year-old undocumented immigrant who had been protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy has been deported to Mexico, according to court documents and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) records. The deportation, the man's lawyers said, is the first of its kind under the administration of President Donald Trump. According to court documents submitted by his attorneys, Juan Manuel Montes was "arrested, detained, and physically removed" from the United States in the middle of the night on or about Feb. 18, 2017, after he was approached by a Customs and Border Patrol agent while walking down the street in Calexico, California, on his way home after seeing a friend.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his first campaign speech of the 2017 general election Thurday morning in London.

THree days of campaigning remain in France until Sunday's first round of the presidential election. Candidates are blanketing the country ahead of a nail-biting election that experts believe will determine the future existence of the European Union. 

Surveillance video shows a passenger shoving an American Airlines pilot, last Wednesday, in the concourse of Terminal C at Kansas City International Airport. The two had just left the aircraft after a flight from Dallas. Airport surveillance video shows a man, identified in court documents as Edward N. Foster, 49, of Kansas City, Mo., shoving the pilot twice, causing him to fall backward over his luggage. That's after the pilot raised his left hand to get Foster's cell phone "…out of his face…" as he tried to take a picture of the pilot's badge, according to statements in the KCI Airport Police report.

After just a few hours of jury deliberations, a guilty verdict Wednesday at the trial of the man who led police on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Prosecutors say Eric Frein was literally hunting humans when he ambushed two Pennsylvania state troopers outside their barracks in 2014, killing one of them and injuring the other. Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin will now argue that Frein deserves the death penalty during the penalty phase of the trial.

Former President George H.W. Bush remains in the hospital under observation with a mild case of pneumonia, family spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed.  According to a statement, President Bush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital last Friday for observation due to a persistent cough.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" held its world premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Wednesday night.  The film hits theaters April 27th. 

Former President George HW Bush is back in Houston Methodist Hospital. We're told the 92-year-old former president was admitted over the weekend for what his office calls a "mild case of pneumonia."  Mr. Bush was in the same hospital in January for treatment of a serious case of pneumonia.  A statement from his office says he "is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength."

California police have arrested a man they believe shot and killed three people in three different locations Tuesday in Fresno, California. Officers witnessed Kori Ali Muhammad - born Kori McDonald - yell "Allah Akbar," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Tuesday afternoon, adding that he has written anti-government sentiments on social media as well as posts saying that he does not like white people. The murdered victims were white males. Later in the day, at a press conference Tuesday night, Dyer said he did not believe the murders were related to terrorism, adding that the shootings were "solely based on race," deeming it a hate crime.

A McDonald's worker in Erie Pennsylvania is getting praise for recognizing Facebook shooter Steve Stephens at the drive-thru window and tipping off authorities. The worker immediately called Pennsylvania state police, and after a short car chase, Stephens killed himself.... A violent end to the nearly 48-hour multi-state, manhunt for the man who  randomly gunned down a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook.

A sentence of life in prison for a convicted terrorist in Florida.  26-year-old Harlem Suarez posted what federal prosecutors called "extremist rhetoric" on Facebook where he also promoted the Islamic State.  At some point an FBI informant made contact with Suarez and heard him say he wanted to make a bomb using nails, a backpack and a cell phone detonator.

--Democrat Jon Ossoff led all candidates in a 17-way race to succeed Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price in Georgia's sixth congressional district, but fell short of receiving the necessary 50 percent to avoid a runoff in the race widely viewed as a mandate on President Donald Trump's first months in office. A first place finish for Ossoff was expected as Democrats in the traditionally red suburban Atlanta district heavily favored the 30-year-old first-time candidate, while Republicans spread their votes across 11 choices. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican, finished in second and will face Ossoff in the runoff on June 20.
--President Trump took some credit from being able to keep Ossoff from an outright victory tweeting, "Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!" 

The president signs the Veterans Choice Program Extensions and Improvement Act – maintaining a program that allows veterans to seek other local treatment options when wait times their VA facilities get too long. The Senate passed the bill unanimously on April 3.  He also welcomes the New England Patriots to the White House-  the first sports champions he’s hosted. Some players have opted not to attend.


--From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons. Pence, dressed in a green military jacket, said aboard the hulking USS Ronald Reagan that President Donald Trump's administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. But he told the sailors, "as all of you know, readiness is the key."


The FDA holds a public workshop Wednesday on how best to inform consumers that the batteries in their E-Cigarettes devices could explode in their faces.

President Trump is set to host the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the White House on Wednesday, an event that brings together some of the most polarizing figures in both sports and politics. Trump is a longtime friend of the Patriots' quarterback, owner and head coach, so there will be plenty of smiles when they pose for commemorative photos at the White House. At least a half dozen team members are boycotting the event, though, with some saying they don't feel welcome so long as Trump is president.


When President Trump visits Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday, he is expected to sign an Executive Order titled “Buy American Hire American.”  It calls on agencies to propose suggested reforms to the H1B visa program...that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. Officials say the order calls on various cabinet agencies to “take prompt action to crack down on fraud and abuse” within our immigration system to protect workers in the United States and reform the program by "awarding visas to the most skilled and highest paid applicants."  Last month the administration issued tougher requirements for foreign computer programmers applying for H1B visas. Asked whether Mr. Trump's business interests would need to change practice to comply with the new rules, an official said "the job of the president is to set policy for the federal government so any questions about a private company I'm not able to speak to or answer."

--Tuesday is tax deadline day...the three day extension ends at midnight. Three states, Delaware, Minnesota and Massachusetts on average paid the most per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes last year.
--Asked by ABC's Jonathan Karl whether President Trump would release his tax returns, spokesman Sean Spicer said: "He is still under audit."

The search for the gunman who killed an elderly man in Cleveland, and posted it to Facebook, is now a nationwide manhunt. Cleveland officials say a 50-thousand dollar reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of suspect Steve Stephens.

Vice President Pence landed in Tokyo today for meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Aso. At a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister Aso, Pence said "As I made clear on behalf of the president in my recent visit to south Korea, the era of strategic patience is over, and while all options are on the table, president trump is determined to work closely with Japan and south Korea and all of our allies in the region and china to achieve a peaceful resolution in the Korean peninsula."

Prime Minister Theresa May calls for a General Election to be held on June 8th. Prime Minister Theresa May replaced David Cameron when he resigned the day after he lost the Brexit referendum vote in June last year.
A referendum he put forward. May’s Conservative Party holds a 21% lead over the Labour Party. 

Tuesday, United executives will hold an earnings call when analysts and investors are expected to go after them on the handling of recent customer service issues...including the dragging of a passenger off a flight.

Another test of political strength...A special election in Georgia Tuesday aims to decide who takes the congressional seat of Tom Price, now HHS Secretary. Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are the top contenders. Someone must get more than 50-percent of the vote...or there will be a runoff. President Trump recorded a robocall warning that Ossoff would "raise your taxes, destroy your health care, and flood our country with illegal immigrants."

A supply run to the International Space Station Tuesday will feature NASA's first ever 360-degree livestream of the rocket launch. The cargo spacecraft is set to lift off from Cape Canaveral at 11:11am ET.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request by the state of Arkansas to carry out the execution of a death row inmate who was scheduled to die before midnight. The court delivered its ruling early Tuesday morning denying a request to vacate a stay of execution for convicted murderer Don Davis. Davis is expected to head back to death row, even though he was already served his "last meal" on Monday. This is the second time that Davis, 54, has come within hours of execution. In 2010, he came within six hours of execution for the 1990 death of Jane Daniel.  Two drug makers oppose the use of their products to kill people.


Murder...point blank... posted on Facebook...Police in Ohio, are warning surrounding states to be on the lookout for 37-year-old Steve Stephens, considered armed and dangerous, who held his phone in one hand, a gun in the other, as he approached a 74-year-old man in Cleveland, asked him to repeat a woman's name, then you hear a bang... and the man's lifeless body is on the sidewalk.   In a separate video posted on Facebook, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people.  Cleveland police have found no other victims; they're calling on Stephens to turn himself in.  His cellphone has 'pinged' in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was driving a late model white Ford Fusion.

--The U-S is still urgently trying to figure out a solution to the North Korea problem.  The regime put on a massive military parade in Pyongyang Saturday morning - and followed it up with a ballistic missile launch. The launch failed.
-- "The era of strategic patience is over."  That warning to North Korea from Vice president Pence in South Korea,  where Monday he made an unannounced trip to Camp Bonifas, about a mile from the DMZ. Pence received a security briefing from Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea. Later, in a joint statement with South Korea's Acting President, Pence repeated "all options are on the table" to deal with the threat and said any use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang would be met with "an overwhelming and effective response."

North Park Elementary School reopens after last week's shooting that left a teacher, a student and the gunman dead.

The 121st Boston Marathon will feature 25-thousand gets underway at 8:50am ET. Saturday marked four years since the deadly pressure cooker bombing.

More death in Syria. An explosion ripped through a bus depot in the Syrian city of Aleppo where evacuees were waiting for buses, killing more than 120 Saturday.

You still have time, but not much, to file your taxes. The usual April 15 deadline fell on a Saturday, and Monday is a holiday in DC, Emancipation Day, so you have until the end of day Tuesday. The IRS is reminding the nearly 30-million of us who have yet to file, you have options, and "don't panic."

Turkey's main opposition party is filing a legal challenge to Sunday's referendum vote giving the President sweeping new powers. Critics call it a power grab by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, nine months after he put down a coup attempt

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked the state's Supreme Court to lift a stay of execution issued Friday.  Bruce Ward was scheduled to be executed Monday.  Arkansas had scheduled eight executions by the end of this month when its supply of a lethal injection drug expires... but state and federal courts have blocked the executions. Two drug makers oppose the use of their products to kill people.

Melania Trump tweets she's looking forward to hosting Monday's Easter Egg Roll at the White House, the first of the Trump administration.

Another customer dispute with United Airlines: On the way to their destination wedding in Costa Rica later this week, Michael Hohl and his fiancee found a man stretched out and asleep in their seats -- they moved to seats a few rows ahead --  the two were asked to return to their own seats -- the couple insisting they did; the airline saying a marshal had to remove the couple for repeatedly trying to sit in upgraded seats. The two had to spend the night in Houston Saturday but they flew to Costa Rica on United the following day.

NYC police say false reports of gunshots at Coney Island's amusement park set off a stampede, with screaming crowds racing in all directions. The chaos Sunday on the Brooklyn waterfront coming two days after reports of a gun going off in Manhattan's Penn Station produced similar panic.  The stampede was set off after an apparent dispute among some youths, with bottles thrown and crashing near the Luna Park and Cyclone rides.


changelogoApril 14--  "Change 4 That," the morning Christian talk show in Vidlaia, is featuring Vidalia native Jamie Wilkes talking about an event coming in May called "Unite Night Vidalia."  Tune in at 8:30 a.m. Sunday to Your Favorite, 98Q (97.7 FM) or NewsTalk WVOP, AM 970 and FM 105.3.

It's the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat... the U-S military - in a show of force against ISIS - dropped one of the 22-thousand pound bombs in eastern Afghanistan Thursday. The MOAB, or "Massive Ordinance Air Blast" better known by its nickname: the Mother of All Bombs. President Trump applauded the strike - calling it a very successful mission. The planning began under the Obama administration - the top US general in Afghanistan moving the bomb into position before Trump took office.

--Syria's president is insisting the chemical attack on a rebel-held town this month was concocted by terrorists and the West as a pretext for the US to attack a Syrian airfield with missiles last week. Bashar al-Assad, in an exclusive interview with AFP, questioning the authenticity of video showing dead children and gasping victims  -- denying his regime has any chemical weapons left. 
--10-thousand Syrians were to start evacuating from four besieged areas of Syria by bus at sunup Friday.

This weekend's anniversary of North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung and fears of a new nuclear test being carried out are heightening tension in the the Korean peninsula:  Han Song Ryol, North Korea's deputy foreign minister, told Associate Press "A nuclear test is something that our supreme headquarters decide. At a time and at a place that the supreme headquarters deems necessary, it will take place."
--As the USS Carl Vinson and her battle group approach the peninsula, the North's KCNA news agency, being unintentionally ironic    said -  "The U.S. introduces into the Korean peninsula, the world's hotspot, huge nuclear strategic assets, seriously threatening peace and security of the peninsula and pushing the situation there to the brink of a war" 
--China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday is was necessary to prevent the situation on the Korean peninsula from going down an irreversible route. Vice president Pence arrives in South Korea Sunday as part of his first trip to the Asia Pacific region.

The British newspaper The Guardian is reporting that British Intelligence services intercepted conversations between known Russian spies and people working for the Trump campaign. A senior intelligence official confirms to ABC News the British did pick up those conversations as part of a routine surveillance of Russian spies. Those conversations happened in late 2015 - the early days of the Trump campaign - and we don't know at this point who in the campaign was heard talking to those spies.

Two U-S drug makers are asking a federal judge to stop seven lethal injections scheduled for later this month in Arkansas.. from going forward. The drug maker Fresenius Kabi USA [fruh-ZIN-e-uhs KAH-bee] and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Corp. say their products are not designed or approved to kill people. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office and the attorney general's office declined to comment.

President Trump is at Mar-A-Lago for the weekend.

--After a United customer was forced off his flight.. to make room for more crew -- Senator Chris Van Hollen... is hoping to pass a new law... he's drafted the Customers -- Not Cargo Act. Senator Van Hollen says he's trying to fix.. what he calls the 'perverse' incentive at work for the airlines right now: because it's cheaper for them to overbook flights and kick people off - than offer up incentives.
--After lawyers for Dr. David Dao held a news conference Thursday, a statement from the airline says "
United will not ask law enforcement officers to remove passengers from our flights unless it is a matter of safety and security."

Another problem for United Airlines...United confirms to ABC News that a customer was stung by what appears to have been a scorpion on a flight from Houston to Calgary last week.  That scorpion reportedly fell from the overhead bin and stung the man.  United says the crew consulted with a doctor on the ground and was assured it was not life-threatening. 

Good Friday is observed around the world with processions and masses. In Rome, Pope Francis leads a service in Vatican City.

The family of Tad Cummins, the former Tennessee teacher who has been missing for one month and is suspected to have kidnapped his 15-year-old student, spoke out in an exclusive interview with ABC News, asking him to come home. "No matter where you are, Daddy, no matter what you've done we just want you to come home," Cummin's daughter, Erica Osborne, 29, said. "We miss you so much. We're here for you, no matter what anytime, anyplace, anywhere."

A hunt still underway for a Wisconsin fugitive considered armed and dangerous - Joseph Jakubowski vanished after robbing a gun store and mailing an angry manifesto to the White House last week. Janesville Police say they have more than 700 clues and leads and are urging Jakobowski to come forward. They say there's no specific threat. They have not recovered any of the 18 weapons he stole.

Hours after police in Gwinnett County, Georgia announced the firing of an officer caught on video kicking a handcuffed man in the face during a traffic stop, another video of the incident surfaced, and now another officer has been terminated.

A roller coaster in Maryland suddenly got stuck Thursday...leaving more than two dozen riders stranded high in the air.  It happened at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro.  All passengers were seated upright, and Prince George's County Fire Department was slowly taking the people down one by one...over the course of hours.

Wednesday President Trump meets with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. It's their first meeting and comes a month ahead of a meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels. Candidate Trump called NATO obsolete and has demanded member nations bear more of the costs of the alliance.

--Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov offered a tough message at the top of a meeting between his delegation and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his delegation. The two sides sat across a long table at the Russian foreign ministry and spoke through translators - with Lavrov criticizing the U.S. airstrikes in Syria, warning similar action should not happen again, and chiding the Trump administration for "ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas. For his part, Tillerson said the meetings today come at an important moment, as the U.S. looks to "clarify areas of common interest" and "areas of sharp difference" to see what the prospects for narrowing those differences might be. He said he looked forward to "a very open, candid, frank exchange."
--Ahead of his arrival, Tillerson called on Russia to reassess its alliance with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Russia has continued to back the Syrian government, despite last week's chemical attack that killed more than 80.

Law enforcement and other US officials tell the Washington Post that the FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign. It's a clear sign the FBI had reason to suspect the Trump campaign was in touch with Russian agents. Page has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and is not accused of any crimes.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said there is no question the Syria government--and Assad regime...were the ones responsible for last week's chemical attack, but military policy has not changed in Syria....and remains the defeat of ISIS.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has vowed that his company will conduct a “thorough review” of the “truly horrific event” that saw a bloodied passenger forcibly removed from one of the airline's flights Sunday night. The promise came in an internal company email obtained by ABC News. The airline chief said that the review would consider, “crew movement, our policies for incentivizing volunteers in these situations, how we handle oversold situations and an examination of how we partner with airport authorities and local law enforcement."
--The CEO of United Airlines tells ABC News how he felt when he saw the video that has gone viral.

White House Spokesman Sean Spicer apologizes...after furious reaction to his comments about last week's chemical attack in Syria. Spicer said during Tuesday's White House briefing that Adolf Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."  Hitler's death camps employed gas to kill millions of Jews and others.  Spicer later told CNN that he had "mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust and there is no comparison. I apologize."  The head of the Anne Frank Center and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi called for Spicer to be fired.

Tuesday's vote in Kansas is seen as a test of Republican strength a year before the midterm elections. Democrat James Thompson and Republican Ron Estes are vying for the House seat of Mike Pompeo, who is now CIA director.

Wednesday morning the Trump administration will end the temporary across-the-board federal hiring freeze that President Trump ordered in one of his first executive actions. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says that will be replaced by a more “surgical” freeze.

Investigators in San Bernardino still seeking clues into the classroom shooting by the estranged husband of a teacher that left her, a student and the gunman dead. Police say Cedric Anderson did not leave a suicide note, but did leave a note listing grievances. North Park Elementary remains closed until Monday.

Police in Germany are investigating three explosive devices that went off, injuring a professional soccer player and forced officials to postpone a high profile game.  The team bus carrying Borussia Dortmund to its European playoff game against Monaco was headed from a hotel to the home stadium, in Dortmund, when police say there were three explosions.  Blowing out windows and tires and sending one player to the hospital.

J. Geils Band founder and guitarist J. Geils has died. Police in Groton, Massachusetts say Geils was found dead in his home. He was 71. Their signature sound is heard on hits like Centerfold, Freeze Frame and Love Stinks from the 1980s.

A vigil service was held in San Bernardino, California Monday night following the day's deadly shooting at a school.  Three people are dead, including a teacher and an 8-year-old student, in an apparent murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School. The suspected gunman was identified as 53-year-old Riverside resident Cedric Anderson, who went to the school armed with a .357 revolver and opened fire on his wife, 53-year-old Karen Elaine Smith, said San Bernardino Police.  Anderson and Smith were found dead in a special needs classroom that serves the first through fourth grades. Anderson entered the classroom "without saying anything" before he opened fire, according to police. There were a total of 15 students and two aides in the classroom at the time, he added.

Sec. of State Rex Tillerson echoed statements by the White House Press Secretary at the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting in Italy when he said “It is clear to all of us that the reign of the Asaad family is coming to an end.” Tillerson said it was up to Russia whether or not the country wanted to align with western powers and help end the suffering of the Syrian people, or align with Asaad.

--The White House is walking back a suggestion from press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday that President Donald Trump may take more military action in Syria in response to additional barrel bombings of civilians.   “The answer is, if you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president,” Spicer told reporters this afternoon. “Make no mistake: he will act.”  But a White House aide told ABC News later that "nothing has changed in our posture." 
--The slimmest majority of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll supports the Trump administration’s missile strike on Syria, with strongly partisan opinions, muted appetite for further action, little confidence it’ll achieve the desired effect – and majority concerns about the impact on U.S. relations with Russia. 
--Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to travel to Moscow after the two-day G-7 meeting, and the group hopes to send a unified message that Russia must end its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad in the wake of a deadly chemical weapons attack last week.

The CEO of United sent an email to employees Monday saying the passenger seen being dragged off a plane in Chicago was "disruptive and belligerent." Munoz said his company's "employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this." Videos posted to social media show a man being forcibly removed from a United flight by law enforcement in Chicago. United Airlines told ABC News the man was removed because it needed to send a four-person crew to Louisville, Kentucky, Sunday evening to avoid canceling future flights.
--The airline previously said that the flight was overbooked. That was incorrect, according to the new information from United. One of the law enforcement officers involved in the incident was placed on leave effective Monday. The Chicago Department of Aviation said the officer's actions were not in accordance with standard operating procedure and are not condoned by the department. United’s CEO posted a statement on Monday, apologizing to all the passenger and says the airline is reaching out the customer removed from the plane. The Department of Transportation is looking into the incident.

"I have decided.. it is time for me to step down as Alabama's governor," says Robert Bentley, shortly after he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations...The announcement came on the first day of impeachment hearings against Bentley... those charges came up during an investigation into allegations Bentley used his office to cover up an alleged affair with a top aide.

Egyptian Christians buried their dead on Monday, a day after at least 44 people were killed in twin suicide bombings at Palm Sunday services in two separate cities.

More than 400 tips have come into authorities in Wisconsin as they try to find Joseph Jakubowski, who's wanted for making threats on camera, and shown mailing a letter to the White House.   The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says Jakubowski should be considered armed and dangerous and the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.  A 161-page, handwritten manifesto mailed to President Trump by Jakubowski who allegedly robbed a Wisconsin gun shop and who police say is bent on starting a "revolution" has reached the White House, authorities in Wisconsin confirmed.  

Almost two years later, the South Carolina man who shot and killed nine people at a black church in Charleston pleaded guilty Monday. Dylann Roof has already been convicted and sentenced to death on federal charges and now he has pleaded guilty to state murder charges. The plea agreement clears the way for Roof to enter federal custody where he will wait to be put to death.

A judge ruled for a second time Monday that Texas' strict voter ID law was intentionally crafted to discriminate against minorities, which follows another court finding evidence of racial gerrymandering in how Republican lawmakers drew the state's election maps.  The latest ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi comes more than two years after she likened the ballot-box rules in Texas, known as SB 14, to a "poll tax" meant to suppress minority voters. She is still holding to that conclusion after an appeals court asked her to go back and re-examine her findings.  The Texas law requires voters to show one of seven forms of identification at the ballot box.

A 10 year old Florida Girl is recovering from what officials say was likely a shark bite.  The child was transported by medical helicopter from Melbourne beach in Brevard County to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando with a deep gash on her leg. Earlier, a woman was bitten on the hand, but refused medical treatment at the scene. This all comes a day after nearby Coca-beach was temporarily closed when life guards spotted sharks around the pier.

Wells Fargo, one of the nation’s largest banks, said Monday that it’s clawing back $69 million from former chief John Stumpf and $67 million from another executive involved in the scandal over fake accounts. An internal investigation said the bank's culture and management became distorted.  Sales goals were too high and increasingly untenable, putting "pressure on employees to sell unwanted or unneeded products to customers" and to open more than two million unauthorized accounts. Investigators faulted Stumpf for failing "to appreciate the seriousness of the problem" and "moved too slowly to address it."

Russia and Iran renew their support of Syria, after Thursday's US missile strike on a Syrian airbase.. retaliation.. for a chemical attack, thought to be launched by the Syrian government... that killed dozens of people.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says there's been no change.. to the U-S posture in Syria, saying "We believe the Syrian people will ultimately be able to decide the fate of Bashar al-Assad."  But UN ambassador Nikki Haley says "in no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government:"  Tillerson says the priority is the defeat of ISIS.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to Moscow this week for an intense set of meetings with Russian officials. He's expected to confront them on a number of sensitive issues - including Syria's chemical weapons and Russia's interference in last year's election.

A bloody Palm Sunday in northern Egypt. The State Department condemns what it calls "barbaric attacks" on two Coptic Christian churches, explosions that killed more than 40 people and injured more than 100 others. ISIS claimed responsibility

Neil Gorsuch Monday is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  First there will be a swearing in at the Supreme Court, then a public ceremony at the White House. It's been a year of wrangling to fill a vacancy on the high court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. President Obama nominated Merrick Garland in March of 2016. Republicans refused to give him a hearing, and when Democrats tried to block a vote on Gorsuch, the GOP controlled Senate "went nuclear," changing the rules so Supreme Court nominees could be approved with a simple majority. President Trump tweeted Gorsuch "will be a great Justice. Very proud of him!"

Domestic airlines show improved service, according to a quality report 2 university professors compile from Transportation Department stats.  The 27th Annual Airline Quality Ratings study found domestic airlines improved in all four categories they study: on-time arrivals, denied boardings, mishandled bags and customer complaints. In on-time performance, Hawaiian was the best at 91.1 percent, Spirit the worst. ExpressJet had the most denied boardings and Hawaiian the least  ...  Virgin was the best at handling bag while ExpressJet came in the worst, and finally Southwest had the fewest complaints, while Spirit had the most.

White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster characterizes the decision to relocate a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group to the Sea of Japan as "prudent," given North Korea's "pattern of provocative behavior." On Saturday, Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, redirected the USS Carl Vinson strike group from Singapore to the Sea of Japan, due east of the Korean Peninsula. The Navy said the strike group "will operate in the Western Pacific rather than executing previously planned port visits to Australia."

The FBI offers a reward of 10-thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest of Joseph Jakubowski...He's the subject of a nationwide manhunt, after he allegedly stole 16 high-powered firearms from a gun store in Janesville, Wisconsin, and mailed a 161-page manifesto to the White House.

Impeachment proceedings begin Monday for Alabama's Governor Robert Bentley. Investigators are looking into whether he violated campaign finance laws by giving his supposed mistress state employee perks after she left office.     

They said goodbye to Rock 'n Roll legend Chuck Berry in St. Louis Sunday. Sunday's funeral was held at The Pageant nightclub where Berry often played. He died last month at age 90.

"The Boss Baby" is still the boss at the box office, raking in another 26.3 million dollars in its second weekend.

April 7--  It's the Christian radio talk show to start your Sunday morning! 

changelogoComing up on "Change 4 That!"  this weekend, Chester, Curt and Sedrick debate a question sent in by a listener which reads, "Is there ever a time when the children should not honor the Mother and Father?" 

Join them this Sunday morning at 8:30 o'clock on Your Favorite, 98Q and NewsTalk WVOP, AM 970 and FM 105.3.

--Responding to a Syrian chemical weapons attack on Tuesday that left scores dead, the United States initiated a military strike Thursday on an airbase in Syria, multiple U.S. officials have confirmed, launching 59 missiles at an air base in the country. The Pentagon said that the airstrike, which targeted Shayrat Air Base in Homs Province -- where the chemical attack was initiated earlier in the week -- struck multiple targets with tomahawk missiles launched from destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea. President Donald Trump said the strike was in the "vital national security interest" of the U.S.
--In response to US action, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin regarded the strike "as aggression against a sovereign nation" that was carried out "in violation of international law, and also under an invented pretext."

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding today’s U.S. military airstrikes in Syria:

“I salute the brave men and women of the U.S. military who conducted these operations tonight. President Trump’s decision to strike the Assad regime’s air base where chemical weapons were deployed against the innocent people of Syria earlier this week sends a clear signal to the world that war crimes such as these will not be tolerated. I support the president’s swift and decisive action to punish this dictatorship for the atrocities committed.”

--On Tuesday, a chemical weapon attack on a Syrian town killed at least 86 civilians. Blame for the assault has landed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite the Syrian government's condemnation of the attack and insistence that rebels fighting in the country's civil war were at fault. The Turkish Health Ministry later determined that Sarin was used in the attack, based upon autopsies of some of the victims.

Now that Senate Republicans have pushed the button on the "nuclear option," the final confirmation vote on Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court is expected to happen late Friday morning, about 11:30am ET.


President Trump welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to Mar A Lago Thursday. On Friday, North Korea and trade are expected to dominate the talks between the two leaders. Secretary of State Tillerson is also expected to participate.


The Labor Department releases the unemployment report for March. Analysts are predicting 185-thousand or so jobs to have been added last month.

Witnesses are describing an amazing train track rescue in downtown Atlanta. Several people...risking their own lives to help a visually impaired man who fell from a MARTA train platform Thursday morning. Commuters jumped down on the tracks to help... lifting the man up....while others on the platform grabbed his shoulders...right before a train arrived.  The rescued man injured his leg and was scheduled for surgery.

A lawyer for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is responding to a shocking lawsuit filed against him Thursday. A man is accusing Murray of child sexual assault, over a several-year span in the 1980s. The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, claims that the plaintiff was a child prostitute at age 15 who carried on a sexual relationship with Murray. Murray's attorney Bob Sulkin asserts "The allegations are false."

A San Mateo County, California woman accused of killing the father of her two children is being released from jail after posting an unprecedented bail amount: 35 million dollars...thanks to wealthy friends and family members.

The Senate is set to vote Thursday to advance President Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch to final confirmation...but getting through that step may involve a historic change in the Senate rules. Republicans don't have the votes to stop debate, and threaten to "go nuclear"... changing Senate rules to remove Democrats' power to block votes on Supreme Court nominees.

President Trump calls Tuesday's apparent chemical attack in Syria "an affront to humanity."  More than 80 people, including at least 30 children and 20 women, were killed. The President says his attitude towards Syria has changed, but he outlined no changes to policy.

President Trump
hosts Chinese President Xi Jingpeng at Mar A Lago beginning Thursday.  The two are expected to talk about North Korea and trade during their first-ever meeting

Another night-time meeting on health care. House Speaker Paul Ryan huddled behind closed doors at the White House with Vice President Pence and other officials. It appears House Republicans will leave for a two week break without a plan or bill to revive their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. The conference is still working through disagreements about how to handle some regulations, a major sticking point that caused the GOP bill to collapse two weeks ago. Ryan tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “We’ve got a couple months at least.”

--Thursday IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies before the Senate Finance Committee about the tax filing season and the "taxpayer experience." 
--15 House Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee sent President Trump a letter asking him to fire Koskinen. They blame him for plunging trust in the agency, and for the handling of evidence when Congress looked into the tax agency inappropriately singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War One. There will be a commemoration at the World War One museum in DC, and observances at military cemeteries across the country.

A hearing set for Thursday will allow the public to comment on the agreement to overhaul the Baltimore Police Department. It almost didn't happen...but a federal judge denied the Justice Department's request to postpone the meeting to review the agreement.

A staff shakeup at the White House. White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is out from his controversial position on the National Security Council. President Trump reversed an earlier decision granting Bannon access to the high level meetings.

--Severe weather warnings and flood watches were up for parts of the east and south as another round of violent weather put roughly 60 million Americans in the storm zone, from Indiana to Florida.
--Delta Air Lines purchased pizza for passengers on Wednesday after it cancelled hundreds of flights due to severe thunderstorms in the South. The airline said it ordered more than 700 boxes of pizza for some customers who were impacted by weather-related cancellations and delays at airports in Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky and elsewhere. The food deliveries came after the airline cancelled some 300 flights, according to ABC affiliate WSB, due to severe weather in the Southeast that brought tornado warnings to some areas.

A 15-hundred-pound boulder fell onto a woman while she was hiking in Colorado's North Table Mountain Park. Rescuers say the 30-year-old was pinned for at least an hour before they extracted and airlifted her to an area hospital in critical condition. Firefighters call it a "freak accident".

46 companies have pulled back their advertising from Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," after the latest sexual harassment claims against star host Bill O'Reilly. Some of those companies that have pulled ads are simply asking that they be moved elsewhere on Fox News.  President Trump tells the New York Times O'Reilly is "a good person."

Legendary Marine, Astronaut and Senator John Glenn will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday. Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, will serve as funeral officer, provide remarks and present Sen. Glenn's flag to his wife Annie.



President Trump holds meetings with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi at the White House Monday.

Three deaths and 10 reported tornadoes in Texas and Louisiana. On Sunday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards confirmed a mother and 3-year-old daughter were killed in St. Martin Parish when an EF-1 tornado with winds of 100 mph hit a mobile home. Another tornado hit Franklin Parish, LA, damaging 12 structures and destroying two of them. In Mesquite, TX, ABC affiliate WFAA confirmed the death of a man Sunday after her fell into a swollen creek. Louisiana's governor warned of an "extremely dangerous weather event" Sunday night into Monday.  Gov. John Bel Edwards put the entire state on "high alert" and warned residents to stay off the roads. The rest of today the storm system will continue to move east through the Gulf Coast and will bring severe weather with damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes from LA to the FL panhandle, most of GA and into the Carolinas. Major cities like Atlanta and Montgomery will also be involved in the severe weather. On Monday night Charlotte and Columbia will be impacted.

President Trump tells the Financial Times the US is ready to act alone if China does not pressure North Korea to curb its nuclear ambitions. Mr. Trump meets with China's leader Xi Jinping later this week at Mar-A-Lago. Deputy national security adviser KT McFarland says North Korea could have the ability to hit the US with a nuclear-armed missile by the end of Trump's term. North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol tells ABC's Bob Woodruff that Pyongyang's nuclear program is a response to what he calls "nuclear blackmails" of the US, and joint military exercises with South Korea. "It's like if the United States aims at us with a knife...we'll aim the United States with a dagger, sword."

--Arizona Republican Senator John McCain is calling for the formation of a "select committee" to investigate Russian meddling in the U-S election. This comes after a week of revelations that brought scrutiny to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee looking into the issue. McCain telling ABC's This Week: "Every time we turn around another shoe drops from this centipede."
--Ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is seeking immunity in exchange for his testimony to congressional panels looking at Russia's election interference, may face added questions. Documents the White House released over the weekend indicate Flynn did not disclose a paid speech for Russian propaganda outlet RT that Flynn delivered – as well as payments for speeches from two other Russian companies: Volga Dnepr Airlines and Kaspersky. His lawyer says Flynn's detailing of his contacts was interrupted by his firing, and he completed the forms last week.

That death toll in Colombia is more than 250 ... many more injured after a surge of floodwater swamped an area in the southwestern part of the country. Search and rescue efforts continuing... hundreds of people are still missing after the mudslide hit the town of Mocoa Saturday morning.

President Trump spent part of Sunday talking health care during a round of golf with Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican has been an outspoken advocate for total repeal of Obamacare. Later Paul said "the sides are getting closer and closer together, and I remain very optimistic that we will get Obamacare repealed."

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on President Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch, moving his nomination ahead to the full Senate. Three Democrats now say they will support Gorsuch, but Republicans are still shy of sixty votes needed to end a talk-a-thon filibuster that Democrats threaten. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell suggesting Republicans might change the rules to allow a simple fifty-one vote majority to confirm Gorsuch.

It was a frequent feature of Trump campaign rallies: the candidate yelling "Get' em out!" when protestors interrupted. Was it free speech or inciting violence? That's at the heart of a lawsuit by protestors who say were shoved and punched at a rally in Louisville in March 2016.  A federal judge has rejected President Trump's free speech claim, and says the lawsuit can proceed.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged in Chicago for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl, captured on Facebook Live two weeks ago.  Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says  "This is the first of several arrests we expect to make in this investigation."   Police say as many as 40 people watched the video online, and not one alerted authorities. Facebook pulled the video down. Johnson says:  "It just disgusts me that people would look at those videos and not pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1."  

All of the remaining patients who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in the deadly incident at a Michigan hotel pool this weekend have been released from the hospital. Family and friends of 13-year-old Bryan Douglas Watts gathered at a memorial to remember him Sunday. Some of the victims are speaking out.

The Tennessee teacher who ran away with his student has been caught on surveillance footage again. Family and friends of Elizabeth Thomas held a vigil for her Sunday. It's been three weeks since Elizabeth and her former teacher Tad Cummins were last seen in Columbia, Tennessee. Police believe Cummins has kidnapped Thomas and a nationwide manhunt is underway for the two of them.

Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly is reacting to a new report alleging a number of payouts over previous claims of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior. The payouts said to have gone to five women, totaling about 13-million dollars since 2002. Two of these settlements have been previously reported, but according to The New York Times, it has uncovered three more, some of which they say were paid by Fox News' Parent Company and others by paid Bill O'Reilly. Radio host Dr. Wendy Walsh, who recently told The New York Times she was sexually harassed by host Bill O'Reilly, will be holding a press conference on Monday to speak out about her claims and present "new demands" to Fox News. Walsh's attorney Lisa Bloom on Sunday tweeted the announcement of the press conference, set to take place at her Woodland Hills, Calif., offices, as a follow-up to the recent Times article.

Disco biscuits, Spanish fly and quaaludes could be on the agenda when Bill Cosby returns to a Pennsylvania court for the latest showdown over evidence in his sexual-assault case. Cosby's lawyers want to bar from the June trial any mention of quaaludes, also called disco biscuits. Suburban Philadelphia prosecutors plan to argue Monday the actor's experience with quaaludes shows he's familiar with date rape drugs. They also want to introduce a boyhood story from Cosby's 1991 book "Childhood" about the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly.

March Madness comes to this. The NCAA men's basketball championship game pits North Carolina against Gonzaga, in Glendale, Arizona. In the women's championship, second-seeded Mississippi State lost to first seeded South Carolina 67-55, which won it's first ever national championship. 

There were three Sunday games, but Major League Baseball's opening day is observed Monday.

changelogoApril 1-- This Sunday on" Change 4 That," join Chester, Curt and Sedrick as they breakdown the mystery behind what the Bible means when it says, "we will have treasures in Heaven," plus Chester sounds off on his take of the controversy behind Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

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