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Chances Revived for Korea Summit

President Trump struck a more optimistic note after North Korea said it remained willing to meet despite his decision to scrap plans for a June 12 summit. Source:: World News

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Commanding Officer in deadly USS McCain collision pleads guilty to negligence

By Michael Dobuski Malasian Navy(NEW YORK CITY) — The former commanding officer of the destroyer USS John S. McCain pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of dereliction of duty for his role in last year’s deadly collision that killed 10 sailors. Commander Alfredo J. Sanchez was sentenced to a letter of reprimand and a $6,000 fine, as part of his plea deal agreement he will be required to retire from the Navy. On August 21, 2017 10 sailors were killed when the destroyer collided with an oil tanker as it entered the busy waterway into the port of Singapore. The …

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Trump makes it easier to fire federal workers, cuts union powers

By Michael Dobuski Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Trump signed executive orders Friday that take aim at what White House officials described as an overly bureaucratic and extensive process of firing “poorly performing” civil servants. The orders would also limit the power and funding from the federal unions set up to protect them. The head of the largest federal workers’ union said the Trump administration “seems hellbent on replacing a civil service that works for all taxpayers with a political service that serves at its whim.” In a call with reporters, administration officials described the three executive orders taking a …

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Trump administration lifts penalties on Chinese telecom suspected of espionage

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Voters in Ireland Repeal Abortion Ban in a Landslide

Irish voters overwhelmingly repealed a constitutional ban on abortion, according to an exit poll Friday, a sweeping change that caps an emotion-filled debate and marks another significant step away from the country’s historic Catholic influence. Source:: World News

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Lars Ulrich proud of “overwhelming” response to Metallica’s Day of Service

By Music News Group ABC/Randy HolmesThis past Wednesday, Metallica held their first Day of Service, a country-wide volunteering effort in coordination with the band’s All Within My Hands charity foundation. In a piece written for Rolling Stone, drummer Lars Ulrich says that the response to the program has been “overwhelming.” “We’re so proud of the passion and the selflessness that our fans brought to all their local chapters around the country,” Ulrich writes. “All the reports that have ended up in my inbox reflect nothing but goodwill, good deeds, good vibes and good energy.” Nearly 2,000 Metallica fans volunteered at …

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Mike Shinoda announces “Post Traumatic” release show

By Music News Group ABC/Image Group LALinkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda will play an in-store show at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, California on Thursday, June 14 to celebrate the release of his debut solo album, Post Traumatic. To attend the intimate event, you have to pre-order Post Traumatic in-store at Amoeba on June 14. For more info, visit Amoeba.com. For those who live on the other side of the country, Shinoda is planning a similar event in New York City, the details of which will be announces shortly. Post Traumatic, which was written and recorded in the aftermath of Linkin Park …

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Did Kanye West shell out $85,000 for controversial Pusha T album cover art?

By Music News Group Pusha T; Fabien MontiqueKanye West unveiled the cover art for Pusha T‘s latest album, Daytona, on Thursday, via Twitter, and the image is causing some controversy. Kanye allegedly paid $85,000 for the image, which reportedly shows Whitney Houston‘s “drug-covered bathroom,” according to E! News. The photo was previously published in the National Enquirer. Pusha said on The Angie Martinez Show earlier in the week that he didn’t want to pay for the photo, but it was Kanye’s decision. “He [Kanye] changed my artwork at 1 a.m… ’cause he wasn’t feeling it,” he explained. “The artwork… it …

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Listen now: Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne offer a taste of “Burning Man” on their Mountain High trek

By Music News Group Capitol NashvilleBrothers Osborne aren’t just Dierks Bentley‘s touring partners this summer. They also help kick off his new album, The Mountain, by singing on the record’s first track. Dierks says his attraction to “Burning Man” was instant. “I felt an immediate connection to the lyrics,” he tells People. “The idea that we all are a little bit of everything…a little bit holy water and a little bit burning man…really resonated with me.” “Burning Man” tips its hat to the annual festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert that’s focused on art and self-expression. Now, Dierks’ song is …

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“Southern Blood” brother: Gregg Allman died one year ago this Sunday

By Music News Group Credit: Ian RawnThis Sunday, May 27, marks the first anniversary of Gregg Allman‘s death. The Allman Brothers Band singer, keyboardist and songwriter passed away at the age of 69 from complications of liver cancer. Allman co-founded The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida. Combining blues, soul, jazz and gospel with rock ‘n’ roll, the group became one of the most popular and influential Southern rock acts of all time. Gregg’s soulful vocals and Hammond organ were key ingredients in the band’s sound, while he also wrote or co-wrote many of the band’s signature tunes, …

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EPA has spent more than $3.5 million on Pruitt’s security in first year in office

By Michael Dobuski iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Friday that it has spent more than $3.5 million on Administrator Scott Pruitt’s security team since taking office, significantly more than his two predecessors. As more ethical questions prompted investigations into the cost of Pruitt’s security detail and travel, members of Congress have questioned whether the increased spending was justified. The agency says that Pruitt needed 24/7 security – more than previous administrators – in response to an “unprecedented number of threats” against him. Because of the threats, the EPA says, Pruit and his security team needed to fly first …

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New Music Friday: Pusha T and A$AP Rocky have new discs for you

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It’s OK to refuse to sell homes to LGBT people: California congressman

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“Philly Forget Me Not”: Hall & Oates & pals will chow down at second annual HoagieNation Festival this weekend

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Amid Ariana Grande dating rumors, Pete Davidson hits back at mental illness critics

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