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SC teen dies after drinking diet soda, latte, energy drink

Coroner Gary Watts said 16-year-old David Cripe had a Mountain Dew, a latte and an energy drink on April 26 before he collapsed at Spring Hill High School. He also urged people to avoid highly caffeinated drinks. American medical research group the Mayo Clinic say on its website that "up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults".

Health care actions create more questions

Trump's celebratory tone belies how hard it will be to actually get legislation through the Senate, where Republicans' majority is even thinner and they are plagued by the same ideological division between moderates who want to preserve some features of the Affordable Care Act and conservatives who want to eliminate as much as possible.

Tunnel collapse renews safety concerns about nuclear site

Mark Heeter with the U.S. Department of Energy said contractors will be using around 50 loads of clean fill dirt from a large dump site at Hanford to cover up the hole. Hanford is now the biggest reservoir of radioactive defense waste which must be cleaned. "They are looking at options that would provide a barrier between the contaminated equipment in the tunnel and the outside air that would not cause the hole in the tunnel's roof to widen".

North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

China is increasingly finding itself in a position to consider imposing an oil embargo, a last-resort measure to deter North Korea from its nuclear weapons ambitions, after the U.S. The North Korean claim on Friday said Pyongyang will be launching its own intelligence operations to counter USA and South Korean spying and assassination plots against Mr.

'El Chapo' to remain in solitary confinement, US judge rules

The 60-year-old kingpin, accused of running one of the world's biggest drug empires, has been held in solitary confinement since being extradited to NY on January 19. Michelle Gelernt, one of Guzman's lawyers, again brought up the conditions of Guzman's imprisonment at Friday's hearing, saying it was hard to review evidence because lawyers were only allowed to speak to Guzman through a plexiglass barrier.

Arkansas governor: More resources for flood-stricken areas

Louis. Forecasters are warning of a flash flood emergency for parts of northeast Arkansas after rising floodwaters caused a levee to fail. The Missouri Levee & Drainage District Association said Thursday that seven levees have been overtopped by water and seven more have been breached, with water pouring through them.

Hannity defends Fox News president Shine amid report

Others, however, say Shine's role is so integral to Fox News - and his knowledge of its operations so vast - that there is no way 21st Century Fox would let him go at present, particularly with an ongoing federal probe at hand. Is the tick-tocking of the clock over at Fox News nearing the midnight hour for Sean Hannity? Shine took over as co-president of Fox News Channel with Jack Abernethy previous year after longtime chief Roger Ailes stepped down amid claims of sexual harassment.

Trump suggests he'll take 'sanctuary cities' case to Supreme Court

Orrick on Tuesday blocked Trump's January 25 executive order on what are called "sanctuary cities" and said lawsuits by Santa Clara county and San Francisco challenging the order were likely to succeed, the Washington Post reported. At the same time, the judge said the Justice Department may hold back grant money that is awarded with immigration-related conditions, if those conditions are violated.

Trump requiring review of national monuments

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Student In Custody After Bringing Gun To Middle School

On their twitter page , the Mason County Sheriff's Department said they are continuing to search school buildings. It was not immediately clear if anyone had been wounded. [12:45 p.m.] There is still a huge police presence at Hawkins Middle School . Clifford O'Findlay Middle School in North Las Vegas was briefly placed on a lockdown while officers investigated.

Turkish minister says ECHR has 'no jurisdiction' over referendum

As The Post stated, EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the EU was encouraging "Turkey to move closer to the European Union again, and not to move even further and faster away from us". Turkish opposition party CHP said it would appeal against a decision not to launch an investigation into alleged irregularities in last weekend's constitutional referendum, Reuters reported Friday.

Unemployment rates fall to record lows in 4 US states

The sectors that saw the largest job gains were in construction; trade, transportation, and utilities; and education and healthcare sectors. Colorado's unemployment rate dropped to 2.6 percent in March, the lowest in the US and the lowest since the state started tracking employment in 1976.

Tennessee teacher suspected in kidnapping arrested in northern California; teen found safe

A northern California man said his property caretaker and a quick-thinking neighbor hatched a plan to keep Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas in their sights after the duo showed up on his property. More on this as it develops. Their vehicle did not have license plates and he noticed that the young woman would not get out of the auto when the man got out.

Violence, Chaos Follow Richard Spencer To University Speech

According to the April 18 complaint, the university had agreed to rent the auditorium at James E. Foy Hall to plaintiff Cameron Padgett "for the goal of providing a forum for Richard Spencer ". "Students, faculty, and staff should remain aware of their surroundings and report any unusual or threatening activity to the Auburn Police ..." Spencer, who previously made news by addressing a far-right gathering where audience members gave a Nazi salute, brought polarized crowds to the Plains.

USA top court to hear key religious rights case involving Missouri church

The Lutheran church said its exclusion from the program violated the Constitution because it discriminates against religious institutions, but the state has argued that Constitution's free exercise clause does not require the government to subsidize churches or provide equal funding opportunities for religious and nonreligious groups.

Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley

According to Young America's Foundation , student organizers of an upcoming Ann Coulter event at the university were emailed by Berkeley administrators who claimed they were unable to "find a safe suitable venue" for Coulter. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected - at any of the campus venues", Greenwell stated, according to the Washington Examiner .

Four Murdered on Long Island Likely MS-13 Gang Killings, Say Police

Jorge Tigre's family said the 18-year-old victim became a target of the gang after the September machete killings of two high school classmates. Sini confirmed that the manner in which the young men were killed "is consistent with the modus operandi of MS-13".

Arrest made in murder of Massachusetts jogger Vanessa Marcotte

Marcotte lived in N.Y.C. but returned to MA for a visit, officials said. There were also signs that she had struggled with her attacker. "Ms. Marcotte's family waited, waited and hoped", said Col. Marcotte, 27, was found not far from her family home off Brooks Station Road on the evening of August 7, 2016. Marcotte grew up in Leominster and was working as an account manager for Mountain View, California-based Google in NY.

USA strike in Syria was a warning for North Korea: Tillerson

Such remarks by US top diplomatic and security officials come amid predictions of another major provocation by North Korea this month, including a possible sixth nuclear test that some analysts say could be up to 14 times more powerful than the last.

Ice Cream-Loving Squirrel a Hit at NC Beach Shop

The owners of a shop in the U.S. have the most adorable customer - a squirrel who visits for a mini ice cream cone every day. The Martins said they feed her a petite-size cone made just for her with a scoop of vanilla or no-sugar-added ice cream twice a day.