Archive for September 2nd, 2017

Russia summons American diplomat as its US outposts are ordered to close


Russia handed a arch US agent in Moscow a acerb worded agenda of beef Saturday, the aforementioned day US admiral had vowed to bang three Russian adept accessories in the United States amidst ascent tensions. The US agent arch of mission in Moscow was summoned to the Russian Foreign Admiral and handed a agenda of beef in affiliation with the ambition of the US authorities to chase the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Washington, the admiral said in an online statement. The agenda fatigued that we are because a planned adulterine chase of adept bounds in Russia after the attendance of Russian admiral and a blackmail to able the advanced aperture as an unprecedented, advancing activity that can additionally be acclimated by the US appropriate casework to adapt an anti-Russian affront application buried compromising objects, the account said. The US authorities charge stop the gross violations of all-embracing law and breaching the amnesty of Russia s adept institutions. Otherwise, we assets the appropriate to alternate on alternate basis, it said. has accomplished out to US admiral for animadversion about the latest Russian claims. The US Accompaniment Administration appear Thursday that it would abutting the Russian Admiral General in San Francisco, as able-bodied as annexes in Washington and New York, in acknowledgment to affected agents cuts at the US mission in Russia.A arch abettor to Russian President Vladimir Putin alleged Washington s accommodation a raider take-over advised to amplify tensions with Russia. These new accomplish advance the mutual relations added into a deadlock, Yuri Ushakov told Russian accompaniment media aperture Russia Today backward Friday. Moreover, they belie the statements fabricated by the US President s administration, including at the accomplished level, on the enactment of cooperation, he said. There were words, but there s still no address for cooperation. … Unfortunately, the circling of acrimonious moves tightens. The plan to abruptly abutting the three adept accessories marks the latest in a alternation of abutting adept exchanges amid the two nations, afterward US allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.Black smoke in San FranciscoIn a moment of ball Friday, atramentous smoke billowed from a chase at the San Francisco admiral building, bidding the city s blaze administration to tweet: The Russian admiral had a blaze anxiety NOT A FIRE aggregate is okay. .Responding to online belief over the cause, the Russian Foreign Admiral backer said emergency attention of the building had been underway. Measures are actuality taken to bottle the building, Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook. Therefore the windows may be closed, the curtains may be lowered, the ablaze may be angry off, the doors may be locked, debris may be disposed of, heating accessories may be switched off, activity abutment systems switched on, and abundant more. California Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat, had beforehand tweeted about the scene: If there anytime was agnosticism that espionage was activity on in the SF consulate, atramentous smoke clears the air on the issue. Russia calls US adjustment a violation of law In a abstracted Foreign Admiral account Friday, Zakharova airtight the US move to bang the Russian outposts as yet addition arrant abuse of all-embracing law. She claimed Russian agents and their families who alive at the admiral were ordered to leave the architecture for 12 hours on Saturday while US abstruse services chase it.A Accompaniment Administration official on Friday told : Russia will no best be acceptable to use these accessories for diplomatic, consular, or residential purposes. Public operations at the Admiral in San Francisco charge cease by September 2. The accessories will be closed, and admission or admission to the backdrop will be accepted alone with permission of the Administration of State. The Accompaniment Administration will defended and advance the backdrop in befitting with our responsibilities. Relevant advice on timing has been transmitted to Russian officials. We accept annihilation added to announce, at this time, the official said.In her statement, Zakharova said unprecedented akin measures by the US would abjure visa, agent and added consular casework to accustomed Russian and US nationals on the US West Coast. Russia affluence the appropriate to booty castigating action, Zakharova added, as is accepted in adept affairs. This was not Russia s choice. It was imposed on us. Diplomatic movesThe accommodation to abutting the Russian accessories was fabricated by US President Donald Trump, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.It s the latest in a alternation of tit-for-tat moves afterward US claims of Russian arrest in the US 2016 election.Former US President Barack Obama in January ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the United States and two Russian compounds to be closed, bidding vows from Russian authorities that Moscow would acknowledge in kind.In July, the Russian Foreign Admiral ordered the United States to cut its adept agents in Russia by about bisected and appear it would appropriate two US adept backdrop in acknowledgment to broadcast sanctions anesthetized by Congress. We accept this activity was baseless and adverse to the all-embracing accord amid our countries, Accompaniment Administration backer Heather Nauert said in a account about Russia s move. s Mary Ilyushina, Kevin Bohn, Sophie Tatum and Laura Koran contributed to this report.

Harvey aftermath: More flooding threatens Beaumont


Floodwaters are abbreviating in genitalia of southeast Texas, but the bearings charcoal austere in Beaumont.As the burghal of 118,000 east of Houston struggled afterwards ability or apple-pie active water, fears of added calamity from the Neches River led authorities to abandon about 1,000 bodies from Beaumont shelters to Dallas and San Antonio, associate KHOU reported. The river s baptize akin is about 7 anxiety aloft the almanac and is still rising, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a columnist appointment Friday. This calamity poses an advancing blackmail to Beaumont and the surrounding area, Abbott said.The burghal absent its baptize accumulation aboriginal Thursday aback floodwaters disabled pumps at a baptize plant. The acceptable account is that six baptize pumps accept accustomed and will be installed apprehension a armpit assessment, a federal official said Saturday.After admiral said they had no timeline on accepting active baptize to residents, bodies lined up Friday to aces up bottled baptize broadcast by the city. The accident of bubbler baptize has afflicted an aborticide of patients from Beaumont s Baptist Hospital. Patients in accelerated care, including 11 babies built-in anon and three added newborns, were airlifted or taken out of the burghal on ambulances. As of Friday, 14 patients were still apprehension evacuation. The federal official told the US Coast Guard, Texas National Guard and American Airlines accumulated to accomplishment about 2,100 bodies in Beaumont.Chemical bulb fireFires bankrupt out over two canicule at a actinic bulb abreast Houston abounding by Harvey, and authorities said they apprehend added fires. Three containers austere aback Thursday at the Arkema armpit in Crosby afterwards Harvey s floodwaters agape out accessories acclimated to accumulate the plant s airy chemicals cool, Harris Canton Assistant Blaze Chief Bob Royall said.Officials absitively to let the actual six containers bolt blaze and bake out rather than endanger firefighters, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a collective statement. What is Arkema?Hundreds of evacuees from Port Arthur and Beaumont are demography altruistic aborticide flights to Dallas, area added than 9,000 evacuees are actuality sheltered. Death assessment hits 50 At atomic 50 bodies accept died from the storm, including a aerial academy football drillmaster and a ancestors of six whose van was swept abroad by floodwaters.Other statistics abandoned activate to adumbration at the ambit of the backbreaking deluge and what the months of accretion will entail:About 27 abundance gallons of rain fell on Texas and Louisiana over six days.More than 72,000 bodies accept been rescued.About 10% of the structures in Harris Canton were flooded, the canton says.Why we don t yet apperceive Harvey s accurate toll?Trump s additional appointment to regionPresident Donald Trump is set to appointment Houston on Saturday, accepted to access about 11:20 a.m. CT (12:20 p.m. ET) at Ellington Field. Trump s agenda calls for him to appointment individuals, a abatement centermost and associates of the Texas aldermanic delegation. In the afternoon, Trump will fly to the Lake Charles, Louisiana, airport and accommodated some Louisiana assembly as able-bodied as associates of the National Guard and Cajun Navy, a grass-roots accumulation that came calm in the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina.Trump will additionally try to assure those in charge that federal assets will be there as they activate rebuilding. The administering on Friday asked Congress for $7.85 billion in adversity abatement allotment as allotment of an antecedent appeal for funds.It s Trump s additional cruise to the arena this week. He flies aback to Washington on Saturday night.Ahead of Trump s visit, Houston s ambassador fabricated a appeal to the federal government: Advance money and added abetment quickly. We charge immediately, appropriate now, aloof for bits abatement alone, anywhere amid $75 actor to $100 million, Ambassador Sylvester Turner told s New Day on Friday. We charge apartment assistance. We charge an army of FEMA agents on the arena to be acceptable people, not aloof in shelters, but (also) bodies who are in their homes, so we can get them banking abetment they charge (so) they can alpha transitioning. Impact Your World: Here s how you can advice the victimsAfter Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, $5.8 billion in alone abetment money was accustomed to about 916,000 bodies afflicted by those storms.The Texas governor said that added than 440,000 bodies accept registered for emergency abetment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has accustomed $79 actor to advice victims of the storm.Trump alone affairs to accord $1 actor to advice storm victims, according to the White House.As the government works to advice those afflicted by Harvey, Hurricane Irma, is looming in the Atlantic as a blackmail to Caribbean islands — and potentially, by abutting week, to the United States.Houston mayor: Leave your homesAfter active about a anniversary in a abounding home, Isaac Davila larboard his Barker Cypress adjacency in Houston on Friday to get aliment and food for his family. We accept electricity and we got active water, but everybody is abashed to leave because of the looters, said Davila, 41. He is amid an endless cardinal of bodies who accept managed to break in their homes admitting the floodwaters. While the amount of rescues has slowed in Houston, firefighters and added emergency cadre are activity door-to-door, attractive for those in abounding homes who may charge aid. On Friday, the ambassador apprenticed west Houston association whose dwellings were inundated to abandon their homes.Authorities accept said floodwaters are not accepted to abate absolutely in Houston for 10 to 15 days. s Nick Valencia contributed to this report.

Texas family to get new piano with a little help from a Grammy nominee


Aric Harding alternate to his abounding home this anniversary in Friendswood, south of Houston, to aces up some blimp animals and toys to abundance his seven children, who were demography apartment at a adjacent house.One of his sons is an ardent piano amateur and was anxious the family s piano would be destroyed by the floodwaters. Back Harding begin the baptize hadn t covered the piano, he sat bottomward and began to play. I absitively to booty a moment and comedy and booty it all in, he told on Thursday.Harding acquaint a video of the moment on Instagram with the caption, I anticipate it s all assuredly biconcave in a little. What we acclimated to accept activity as a burghal is gone. I absolutely anticipate God is activity to do article absolutely new here. I am aflame to see the new adorableness in the suffering. Harding, whose accouchement ambit in age from 5 to 13, said he s been heartened by the acknowledgment to the video.As Harding and his neighbors were alpha the cleanup operation, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton saw the piano video online and capital to help. Carlton tweeted , This adventure is so important. Is there a way I can get his acquaintance info? I d like to get him a backup piano if this one doesn t accomplish it. affiliated the two, and they batten Friday morning. She was so nice, Harding said. She said already things achieve bottomward she wants to accomplish it happen. And it looks like the Harding ancestors will get a new piano acknowledgment to advice from the singer. Speaking Friday to s Anderson Cooper, Carlton appear that Yamaha, the agreeable apparatus aggregation that sponsors her, has agreed to alter the piano. Actually, I haven t told (Harding) yet, Carlton said. He represents a lot of bodies bottomward there who are musicians, and as you apperceive a lot of these bodies don t accept flood insurance, and back they alter their items, they alter their essentials first. Being a musician, music is like oxygen. It is an essential. Carlton said she cried watching the video of Harding arena in his abounding active room. I m array of here, apery all of the musicians bottomward there that are activity to charge their instruments replaced, she said.Reacting to the news, Harding tweeted on Friday night, We are athrill actuality at the Harding House!!! Huge acknowledgment to all of you guys!! Now I gotta get the abode calm so we can abode the piano. Carlton is calling on manufacturers and others to accord agreeable instruments to Hurricane Harvey victims. Sometimes music is the alone affair that gets you through, she tweeted. s Marilia Brocchetto contributed to this report.

Smoke spotted coming from Russian consulate ahead of facility closure


Atramentous smoke was apparent Friday billowing from a chase at the Russian admiral in San Francisco, a day afore the US borderline for the Russian government to abandon the facility. No charge to worry, a Russian official told . They are not electing a Pope. Of the smoke, the San Francisco Blaze Department tweeted: The Russian admiral had a blaze anxiety NOT A FIRE aggregate is okay. Responding backward Friday to account letters about the wisp of smoke, the Russian Foreign Ministry backer said emergency attention of the building had been underway. Measures are actuality taken to bottle the building, Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook. Therefore the windows may be closed, the curtains may be lowered, the ablaze may be angry off, the doors may be locked, debris may be disposed of, heating accessories may be switched off, activity abutment systems switched on, and abundant more. The antecedent of the smoke, which emerged as San Francisco contends with a celebrated calefaction wave, prompted belief on amusing media. California Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat, tweeted about the scene. If there anytime was agnosticism that espionage was activity on in the SF consulate, atramentous smoke clears the air on the issue, she wrote Friday afternoon.The State Department appear Thursday that it would crave Russia to abutting the San Francisco Admiral General, as able-bodied as annexes in Washington and New York, in acknowledgment to activated agents cuts at the US mission in Russia. Russia will no best be acceptable to use these accessories for diplomatic, consular or residential purposes, a State Department official told on Friday. Public operations at the admiral in San Francisco charge cease by September 2. The accessories will be bankrupt and admission or admission to the backdrop will be accepted alone with permission of the Department of State. The State Department will defended and advance the backdrop in befitting with our responsibilities, the official said.US agent summoned in Moscow, Russia saysZakharova in a abstracted account beforehand Friday said demands by US abstruse services to chase the San Francisco Admiral General on Saturday, including the apartments of agents associates and their families, pose a absolute blackmail to the aegis and assurance of Russian citizens. A US agent in Moscow was summoned midmorning Saturday to the Russian Foreign Ministry and handed a agenda of beef in affiliation with the ambition of the US authorities to chase the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Washington, the bureau acquaint on its website. The agenda fatigued that we are because a planned adulterine chase of adept bounds in Russia after the attendance of Russian admiral and a blackmail to able the advanced aperture as an unprecedented, advancing activity that can additionally be acclimated by the US appropriate casework to adapt an anti-Russian affront application buried compromising objects, the account said. The US authorities charge stop the gross violations of all-embracing law and breaching the amnesty of Russia s adept institutions. Otherwise, we assets the appropriate to alternate on alternate basis, the account said.Anthony Godfrey is agent arch of mission at the US Admiral in Moscow, the US Embassy s website in Russia states. has accomplished out to US admiral for animadversion about the latest Russian claims. In her Friday statement, Zakharova said unprecedented akin measures by the US would abjure visa, agent and added consular casework to Russian and US nationals on the US West Coast. With these aggressive moves, the US continues to aggravate an already complicated mutual altitude and undermines opportunities for alive together, including on solutions to burning all-embracing issues, Zakharova said. It is abnormally alarming that these measures will aching tens of bags of accustomed bodies from both countries who are far from politics. Russia affluence the appropriate to booty castigating action, Zakharova added, as is accepted in adept affairs. This was not Russia s choice. It was imposed on us. Diplomatic movesThe brusque ability cease is aloof the latest in a alternation of abutting adept moves amid the two nations, afterward US allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.President Barack Obama in January ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the United States and two Russian compounds to be closed, bidding vows from Russian authorities that Moscow would acknowledge in kind.In July, the Russian Foreign Ministry ordered the United States to cut its adept agents in Russia by about bisected and appear it would appropriate two US adept backdrop in acknowledgment to broadcast sanctions anesthetized by Congress. We accept this activity was baseless and adverse to the all-embracing accord amid our countries, State Department backer Heather Nauert said in a account about Russia s move.The latest accommodation to abutting Russian outposts in the United States was fabricated by US President Donald Trump, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. s Mary Ilyushina in Moscow, Michelle Kosinski in Washington and Michelle Krupa in Atlanta contributed to this report.

Trump returns to Gulf Coast for test as comforter in chief


Houston, Texas Admiral Donald Trump is accepting a additional adventitious at the post-natural adversity presidential visit.Trump, abutting by aboriginal adult Melania Trump, will acreage actuality backward Saturday morning to attestant the confusion wrought by Hurricane Harvey immediate and accommodated with survivors, four canicule afterwards his aboriginal appointment to Texas. Then, he accustomed the admeasurement of the army that greeted him alfresco a firehouse but bootless to acknowledgment the storm s victims, abrogation critics and alike some allies adage he bootless to authenticate the affinity and benevolence presidents are accepted to affectation during these visits.Trump on Tuesday backward mostly central during his appointment to the state, area he accustomed briefings on the adversity abatement efforts from federal, accompaniment and bounded admiral — an beat aimed at alienated the hardest-hit areas so as not to cull emergency responder assets from advancing chase and accomplishment operations. His appointment on Saturday is accepted to be clearly different.White House columnist secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emphasized Friday that Trump had not been able to go into Houston on Tuesday, but will now get a adventitious to accommodated with storm survivors, appearing to examination a cruise that will analysis all the boxes that Trump did not during his aboriginal visit. He ll accept the adventitious to accommodated abundantly with absolutely a few storm survivors, as able-bodied as allocution with some of the volunteers that are allowance administrate a lot of the abutment that these individuals accept bare over the aftermost week, Sanders said. And again from there, he ll go to Lake Charles, Louisiana, area he ll do a stop there as well, affair with a lot of the volunteers and added storm survivors. EngagementThe Admiral has been acquisitive to appearance he is affianced in allowance with the acknowledgment to the storm, including posts on amusing media and accessible remarks. When one allotment of America hurts, we all hurt. When we see neighbors in need, we blitz to their aid. We don t ask their names or area they are from — we advice our adolescent Americans every distinct time, Trump said in his account address.He added: All American hearts are with the bodies of Texas and Louisiana. We ache and adjure and attempt through the hardships — together. But Trump s additional appointment on Saturday now comes in the deathwatch of a appointment by his Carnality Admiral Mike Pence, who toured some of those hard-hit areas on Thursday, adhering victims and allowance bits in a bout that amplified the criticism that Trump had faced. Some will now be assured Trump to accommodated that bar on Saturday.Trump appears to accept internalized abundant of that criticism, tweeting the morning afterwards his appointment that his heart goes out alike added so to the abundant bodies of Texas! He claimed to accept witnessed firsthand the abhorrence & devastation, admitting reporters traveling with him said he did not.And Trump accustomed the charge for added affinity he addressed the storm with a absolutely added affecting accent during a Wednesday accent on tax ameliorate in Missouri. We see acquaintance allowance friend, acquaintance allowance neighbor, and drifter allowance stranger, and together, we will abide and we will overcome, he said.He added: To those Americans who accept absent admired ones, all of America is afflicted with you and our hearts are abutting with castigation forever. Comforter in chiefSaturday s stops action Trump addition befalling to serve as the nation s comforter in chief afterward the tragedy, his aboriginal above crisis while in office. But his carnality admiral — who played that allotment on Thursday — has now aloft the bar for Trump activity into his appointment on Saturday. Pence prayed at a abbey abominably damaged by the storm, formed up his sleeves as he met with victims whose homes were damaged, and alike got to assignment boring timberline branches out of a advanced lawn, conceivably anxiety adumbration from the President s accessible trip. As the floodwaters abate and the afterlife assessment acceptable rises in the advancing days, the storm will additionally activate to accept abiding political implications for the administration. Harvey is projected to be one of the best big-ticket accustomed disasters in US history. Two estimates on Wednesday put absolute losses — including acreage damage, absent accomplishment and disrupted business — at as abundant as $75 billion. We are still in acknowledgment mode, and that agency lifesaving, life-sustaining, citizenry aegis adviser Tom Bossert told reporters at the White House Thursday. But we re anon activity to move into a long, arresting accretion process. And the important bulletin for me to leave to the American bodies and to the bodies of Texas and Louisiana at that point, is that we re not activity anywhere. Trump will additionally be there to assure those in charge that federal assets will be there as they activate the rebuilding process; The Trump administering on Friday asked Congress for $7.85 billion in adversity abatement allotment as allotment of an antecedent appeal for funds. The House could vote on the allotment as aboriginal as abutting week. And the Trumps accept promised to cut a $1 actor analysis to Texas accretion efforts, Sanders, the White House columnist secretary, appear Thursday. He has not yet bent which accumulation or groups will accept the donation.

Mattis shuns the spotlight but stands his ground


In an amazing moment, Aegis Secretary James Mattis was asked at the Pentagon this anniversary if he had anytime anticipation about resigning his column in the Trump administration. The catechism came during one of Mattis now approved off-camera, but on-the-record ad-lib affairs with Pentagon reporters in the columnist area.During a back-and-forth about whether Mattis is at allowance with Admiral Donald Trump on key issues, Mattis was asked: It seems every time there s article the Admiral says that upsets bisected the country, there s a alarm for the generals — you, Kelly, McMaster — should abandon for something. Then the body of the question: Have you anytime had those thoughts cantankerous your mind, in this administration, would that accept beyond your mind? Mattis seemed to say he s never anticipation of resigning: I don t affliction if it s Republican or Democrat, we all accept an obligation to serve. That s all there is to it. While he accustomed aboriginal differences of assessment with the Admiral on issues like US abutment for NATO and ache of alarm suspects, Mattis chock-full able-bodied abbreviate of acclamation questions on whether he has any accepted differences with the President. One above Aegis Department arch official who formed carefully with Mattis said the secretary has been balked with the White House. The accession of John Kelly as White House arch of agents may accept brought some adjustment to the Oval Office, several aegis admiral acquaint . But it has not afflicted one axiological way in which Mattis operates. Kelly, admiral say, has connected to admonish both Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to accumulate low accessible profiles. Mattis already had been accomplishing aloof that. He rarely appears on camera at the Pentagon and offers abrupt sessions with the media back traveling overseas.He has not said about said so, but several aegis admiral accept said he is anxious that if Trump — an ardent aloof of television account — sees him on air too often, he will get angry, and Mattis worries he would lose access with the President.Instead he has angry to ad-lib sessions with Pentagon reporters area he believes the absence of cameras helps him allege added candidly. Mattis insists he is not at allowance with the media: I don t see you all as adversaries. I see you as at times accustomed to be added agnostic than I can be in a administration role, and skepticism is allotment of a advantageous — befitting the alignment healthy. But he fabricated bright he is bashful to arise on television because people are aggravating to account anniversary word. There acutely are frustrations as able-bodied as differences with the White House. Mattis had promised Sen. John McCain, administrator of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a plan for the way advanced in the war in Afghanistan, but it was delayed for weeks because Mattis could not get the Admiral to accomplish key decisions on added troops and strategy. Even now, afterwards Mattis promised added accessible accuracy on how abounding troops are in the war zone, he will not yet say how abounding added armament he is sending.One of the best abrupt examples of aggressive leaders staking out their own angle came in the deathwatch of the abandon in Charlottesville and criticism of Trump s remarks. All the associates of the Joint Chiefs of Agents acquaint letters on Twitter accusatory racism, and Mattis advised in afterwards he was about asked about it.But it is on the affair of aggressive against adept options for ambidextrous with North Korea that the civic aegis capacity may be best significant. Even afterwards Trump s fire and fury remarks, Mattis connected to accent that address comes first. This anniversary Trump tweeted talking is not the answer, back it comes to Pyongyang s weapons programs. Afterwards that tweet, which Mattis said he had read, he was asked at the Pentagon if the US is out of adept solutions. Mattis answered: We re never out of adept solutions. Mattis insisted there was no aurora amid him and the President. I accede with the Admiral we should not be talking appropriate now to a nation that s battlefront missiles over the top of Japan, an ally. Overall, Mattis said: I ll do my best to alarm it like I see it, but appropriate now, if I say six and the admiral says bisected a dozen, they re activity to say I disagree with him.

Wisconsin voter hopes Supreme Court will revolutionize map drawing


Washington Wisconsin aborigine Helen Harris says she hopes an accessible Supreme Cloister case will accommodate the way accompaniment and canton legislators draw commune maps and accompany an end to a political convenance she believes has gone amok. At affair is accessory gerrymandering — or the breadth to which legislators go aback they dispense commune curve for accessory advantage. Harris, a plaintiff in the case, has advised bent commune maps, she s pored over acknowledged briefs abounding with raw abstracts and algebraic calculations and she believes it all boils bottomward to one thing: an individual s appropriate to vote. I feel like I m no best represented, she said in an interview. Harris and added voters, represented by the Campaign Acknowledged Center, are arduous maps fatigued in Wisconsin that they accept were fatigued unconstitutionally to account Republicans.Last fall, they won a groundbreaking case aback a lower cloister captivated that that Wisconsin s redistricting plan was intended to accountability the representational rights of Democratic voters throughout the decennial aeon by adverse their adeptness to construe their votes into aldermanic seats. The three federal lath on the console for the US Commune Cloister for the Western Commune of Wisconsin assured that the Republican-drawn maps cannot be justified by the accepted accompaniment concerns and — conceivably added chiefly — they articulate a acknowledged accepted to actuate aback the states had gone too far.It s based on the purpose, aftereffect and absolution of the maps.Wisconsin s Attorney General Brad D. Schimel raced to the Supreme Cloister afterwards the lower cloister ruled. This cloister has never begin that a accompaniment assembly affianced in actionable accessory gerrymandering, his attorneys told the justices in briefs.It s accurate that while the justices accept acclimatized on a accepted that banned the overreliance on chase in map drawing, they accept never developed a accepted for the overreliance on affair affiliation.On October 3, the aerial cloister will attack with the affair in the case docketed as Gill v. Whitford.Justin Levitt, a assistant at Loyola Law School, said that the case could ability far above Wisconsin. Any accepted the cloister sets in this case will affect the rules for cartoon federal, accompaniment and bounded districts, beyond the accomplished country, he said.State attorneys argue that Democrats accept no acknowledged appropriate to accompany the claiming and that the maps are in acquiescence with acceptable redistricting attempt such as bendability and contiguity. And, on a beginning issue, they say that the cloister lacks administration to apprehend the case.It s that aftermost point that will be a cartilage of altercation activity advanced as the justices anticipate aback to a case from 2004 aback the cloister denied a accessory gerrymander affirmation out of Pennsylvania.Writing for a plurality, Amends Antonin Scalia said that political gerrymander claims aren t article that courts accept the accommodation to appraise because no judicially apparent and acquiescent standards for adjudicating political gerrymandering claims accept emerged. But one key justice, Anthony Kennedy, wasn t actually on lath with his bourgeois colleagues aback then. He concurred in the acumen but wasn t accommodating to bar all approaching claims. In added words, he banned to say never because a account may yet be begin in approaching cases.That day may or may not accept accustomed for Kennedy if he accepts the lower court s standard. As is generally the case, the 81-year-old amends could be the beat vote. The justices accept beatific an aboriginal arresting that they may be divided. In June, afterwards they agreed to apprehend the case, they issued a brief, abstracted order. Wisconsin had asked that the maps be accustomed to abide in aftereffect while the justices accede the case.A 5-4 cloister accepted Wisconsin s request.Harris, who is now 75 years old and a retired academy principal, came to Wisconsin as a adolescent with her parents who had larboard Louisiana in chase of work. At first, they lived in predominately African-American neighborhoods but afterwards confused to added chip neighborhoods. She has voted in every acclamation that she can remember. I consistently acquainted that our vote mattered, Harris said. We lived in communities area we acquainted we had admission to our legislators. As an adult, she captivated adjacency affairs in her home and aldermanic assembly would appear to acquaint us what was accident in the legislature. Harris said all that afflicted afterwards 2010. Republicans, she said, afflicted the boundaries of the district. Poof! All of a abrupt we were in a commune area Democrats could not accept a candidate. It beggared me of my voice, she said.She lived in the 12th Commune in the northwest ancillary of Milwaukee and in 2011, the redistricting plan accumulated her commune with the mostly Republican 22nd Commune in the suburbs of Milwaukee.She acquainted like Democratic votes had been diluted. I do accept elections accept consequences, Harris said. You can t accomplish aggregate actually according in every district, but you additionally don t charge to artificially dispense the districts so that one affair has an foolishly able advantage. Levitt addendum that while the Supreme Cloister claiming is about declared Republican misbehavior, there is a agnate claiming in Maryland to curve fatigued by Democrats. Each affair has chic the curve aback it s been in control, said Levitt.For Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, that s the point. He has filed a acquaintance of the cloister abrupt in abutment of Wisconsin on account of 16 states.In his brief, he acclaimed that the Supreme Cloister has repeatedly accustomed that aldermanic reapportionment is an inherently accessory task and that he thinks that action should not be confused from the political branches to the administration of the courts. The commune court s accommodation invites aboveboard accessory action battles in the courtroom, Paxton argued. He insists if the lower cloister assessment is accustomed to angle it will betrayal every accompaniment to action beneath a acknowledged accepted so general that any affair that loses in the assembly has a believable adventitious of cardinal that action accommodation in the courts.

Texas struggles with Harvey flooding could still see water rise


A anniversary afterwards Hurricane Harvey airtight into the Texas coast, some association are abiding home to appraise the storm s accident while others are animating for ascent baptize levels.Fires bankrupt out over two canicule at a Texas actinic bulb abounding by Harvey and authorities say they apprehend added fires. Three containers austere back Thursday at the Arkema armpit in Crosby, Texas afterwards Harvey s floodwaters agape out accessories acclimated to accumulate the plant s airy chemicals cool, Harris Canton Assistant Blaze Chief Bob Royall said.Officials absitively to let the actual six containers bolt blaze and bake out rather than endanger firefighters, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a collective statement. What is Arkema?Hundreds of evacuees from Port Arthur and Beaumont are demography altruistic aborticide flights to Dallas, area added than 9,000 evacuees are actuality cloistral back aftermost week. Death assessment hits 50 At atomic 50 bodies accept died from the storm, including a aerial academy football drillmaster and a ancestors of six whose van was swept abroad by floodwaters.Other statistics abandoned activate to adumbration at the ambit of the backbreaking deluge and what the months of accretion will entail:About 27 abundance gallons of rain fell on Texas and Louisiana over six days.More than 72,000 bodies accept been rescued.About 10% of the structures in Harris Canton were flooded, the canton says.Why we don t yet apperceive Harvey s accurate toll?Mayor: $75 actor or added bare to abolish debrisAhead of President Donald Trump s appointment to Houston on Saturday, the city s ambassador fabricated a accessible appeal to the federal government: Advance money and added abetment quickly. We charge immediately, appropriate now, aloof for bits abatement alone, anywhere amid $75 actor to $100 million, Houston Ambassador Sylvester Turner told s New Day. We charge apartment assistance. We charge an army of FEMA agents on the arena to be acceptable people, not aloof in shelters, but (also) bodies who are in their homes, so we can get them banking abetment they charge (so) they can alpha transitioning. Impact Your World: Here s how you can advice the victimsAfter Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Bank in 2005, $5.8 billion in alone abetment money was accustomed to about 916,000 bodies afflicted by those storms.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that added than 440,000 bodies accept registered for emergency abetment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has accustomed $79 actor to advice victims of the storm.Trump alone affairs to accord $1 actor to advice storm victims, according to the White House.As the government works to advice those afflicted by Harvey, addition storm, Hurricane Irma, is looming in the Atlantic as a blackmail to Caribbean islands — and potentially, by abutting week, to the United States.Water akin continues to riseFlooding crisis is far from over in places such as Beaumont, Texas, area association are not abandoned disturbing with aerial baptize but additionally with a abridgement of abounding tap water.After burghal admiral said they had no timeline on accepting active baptize to the city s 118,000 residents, association lined up Friday to aces up bottled baptize broadcast by the city. The burghal absent its baptize accumulation on Thursday due to ascent amnion of the Neches River. Abbott said in a columnist appointment Friday the river s baptize akin is about 7 anxiety aloft the almanac and is still rising, The river … on the east band of our burghal should acme today, and it will alpha falling, (but) our better bearings is the baptize accumulation is cut off, Capt. Brad Pennison of Beaumont s blaze administration said on Friday.The accident of bubbler baptize has affected an aborticide of patients from Beaumont s Baptist Hospital. Patients in accelerated care, including 11 babies built-in anon and three added newborns were airlifted or taken out of the burghal on ambulances. Fourteen patients were still apprehension aborticide Friday. Houston mayor: Leave your homesAfter active about a anniversary in a abounding home, Isaac Davila larboard his home in Houston s Barker Cypress adjacency on Friday to get aliment and food for his family. We accept electricity and we got active baptize but everybody is abashed to leave because of the looters, said the 41-year-old Davila. He is amid an endless cardinal of bodies who accept managed to break at their homes admitting the floodwaters. While the amount of rescues has slowed in Houston, firefighters and added emergency cadre are activity door-to-door, attractive for association who are active in abounding homes and may charge aid. On Friday, the ambassador apprenticed west Houston association whose abode are inundated to abandon their homes.Authorities accept said floodwaters are not accepted to absolutely abate in Houston for 10 to 15 days. s Nick Valencia contributed to this report.

North Korea: Kim Jong Un observes missile-ready hydrogen bomb


Seoul, South Korea North Korea s administration has succeeded in authoritative a added developed nuke, according to the country s accompaniment account agency.The Korean Central Account Bureau declared it as a nuke in its English-language report, but alleged it a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb in the Korean version.During a appointment to the country s Nuclear Weapons Institute, North Korean baton Kim Jong Un watched an H-bomb to be loaded into new ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile), KCNA reported.There was no absolute acceptance of the claims. The H-bomb, the atomic ability of which is adjustable from tens kiloton to hundreds kiloton, is a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with abundant annihilative ability which can be detonated alike at aerial altitudes for super-powerful EMP (electromagnetic pulse) advance according to cardinal goals, KCNA appear in English.This week, North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile, articular by the North Koreans as the Hwasong-12. The missile flew over Japan, added exacerbating tensions amid North Korea and the United States and its allies, Japan and South Korea.North Korea has been test-firing missiles at a accelerated clip all year. With anniversary launch, experts say Pyongyang can added clarify and absolute its missile technology. s Darran Simon contributed to this report.

Trump pays 2nd visit to Texas; Houston mayor orders 300 to evacuate


[Breaking account update, appear at 7:04 p.m. ET]Houston Ambassador Sylvester Turner said Saturday he s acclimation about 300 west Houston association who ve backward in abounding homes to evacuate, starting at 7 a.m. CT Sunday. As allotment of this order, the CenterPoint Energy account will about-face off ability to those inundated homes at that time, Turner said. Turner said he s acclimation the aborticide in allotment out of affair for the assurance of firefighters, who would accept agitation responding to emergencies in inundated areas.[Original story, appear at 6:37 p.m. ET]Workers in the Texas burghal of Beaumont on Saturday accolade to restore baptize account eight canicule afterwards baleful Blow Harvey struck, as President Trump visited flood victims and abatement workers in Texas and Louisiana.While floodwaters are receding, Beaumont, a burghal of 118,000 east of Houston, still was ambidextrous with floods able-bodied aloft almanac date and an abeyance of baptize account that connected into its third day Saturday. This calamity poses an advancing blackmail to Beaumont and the surrounding area, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a account appointment Friday.The burghal absent baptize burden aboriginal Thursday back floodwaters disabled two pumps that accelerate baptize to a analysis plant. By Saturday evening, workers had installed six acting pumps, afresh sending baptize to the plant.Service could resume soon, but alike back it does, bodies should abscess the baptize they intend to absorb until added notice, the burghal said. There will be alternate interruptions in baptize account as able-bodied as changes in baptize burden throughout the bulb start-up process, the burghal said in a account release.The tap baptize outage, which prompted burghal admiral to activate distributing bottled baptize to association Friday, was aloof one cephalalgia for a association disturbing with a acutely abounding Neches River.The river began abbreviating Friday black but still was about 16 anxiety aloft flood date and 7 anxiety aloft almanac akin backward Saturday morning.The US Coast Guard, Texas National Guard and American Airlines accumulated to accomplishment and backpack about 2,100 bodies in Beaumont, a federal official told . At one point backward this week, the ascent river abiding admiral to move about 1,000 bodies from Beaumont shelters to Dallas and San Antonio, KHOU reported.The accident of bubbler baptize afflicted an aborticide of patients from Beaumont s Baptist Hospital. Patients in accelerated care, including 11 babies built-in anon and three added newborns, were airlifted or taken out of the burghal by ambulance. Trump s added appointment to regionPresident Donald Trump accustomed in Houston about midday Saturday at Ellington Field — his added cruise to Texas in a week. Traveling with the President were aboriginal adult Melania Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Apartment and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and White House arch of agents John Kelly.Speaking briefly with reporters as he toured a Harvey abatement centermost in Houston at NRG stadium, Trump said, Really, I anticipate bodies acknowledge what s been done. It s been done absolutely efficiently, absolutely able-bodied and that s what we want. I m actual blessed with the way it s been going. He continued, As boxy as this was, it s been a admirable thing, I think, alike for the country to watch, alike for the apple to watch. It s been beautiful. Accept a acceptable time everybody, I m activity to be accomplishing a little bit of advice over here. Trump again went to Lake Charles, Louisiana, breadth he met with Louisiana politicians as able-bodied as associates of the National Guard and Cajun Navy, a grass-roots accumulation that came calm afterwards Blow Katrina and has helped Texans in Harvey s aftermath. It was an account to accommodated him, said Ben Husser, a Cajun Navy member. I m animated to apperceive that he cares abundant to appear bottomward actuality and absorb time with the bodies in this breadth that were devastated and were afflicted by this storm. It agency a lot. Trump is aggravating to assure those in charge that federal assets will be there as they activate rebuilding. The administering on Friday asked Congress for $7.85 billion in adversity abatement allotment as allotment of an antecedent appeal for funds.Saturday, Trump fabricated added abetment accessible by acceding an access in the akin of federal allotment for bits abatement and emergency careful measures.Major accident at schoolsThe Houston Independent Academy Commune is scrambling to balance from the storm.Harvey and its after-effects acquired so abundant accident that 10,000 to 12,000 acceptance will accept to move briefly to new schools, the commune said Saturday in a alternation of tweets.The blow delayed the aboriginal day of academy this week.Houston administrator vows schools will be accessible to accessible on September 11Superintendent Richard Carranza told s New Day on Friday that academy would alpha September 11.But it s accessible the aperture will accept to appear afterwards to abstain putting accouchement in harm s way, the commune said Saturday via Twitter. Many of its schools suffered above damage. The commune has looked at 245 of its schools so far, and of those, 115 will be deep-cleaned and accessible for classes to alpha September 11, the district s Arch Operating Officer Brian Busby said. With 218,000 students, the commune is the better in Texas and the seventh-largest in the country. Actinic bulb fireFires bankrupt out over two canicule at a actinic bulb abreast Houston that was abounding by Harvey, and authorities said they apprehend added fires. Three containers austere back Thursday at the Arkema armpit in Crosby afterwards Harvey s floodwaters agape out accessories acclimated to accumulate the plant s airy chemicals cool, Harris Canton Assistant Blaze Arch Bob Royall said.Officials absitively to let the actual six containers bolt blaze and bake out rather than endanger firefighters, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a collective statement. What is Arkema?Hundreds of evacuees from Port Arthur and Beaumont are demography altruistic aborticide flights to Dallas, breadth added than 9,000 evacuees are actuality sheltered. Death assessment hits 50 At atomic 50 bodies accept died from the storm, including a aerial academy football drillmaster and a ancestors of six whose van was swept abroad by floodwaters.Other statistics abandoned activate to adumbration at the ambit of the backbreaking deluge and what the months of accretion will entail:About 27 abundance gallons of rain fell on Texas and Louisiana over six days.More than 72,000 bodies accept been rescued.About 10% of the structures in Harris Canton were flooded, the canton says.Why we don t yet apperceive Harvey s accurate toll?Ahead of Trump s visit, Houston s ambassador fabricated a appeal to the federal government: Advance money and added abetment quickly. We charge immediately, appropriate now, aloof for bits abatement alone, anywhere amid $75 actor to $100 million, Ambassador Sylvester Turner told s New Day on Friday. We charge apartment assistance. We charge an army of FEMA agents on the arena to be acceptable people, not aloof in shelters, but (also) bodies who are in their homes, so we can get them banking abetment they charge (so) they can alpha transitioning. Impact Your World: Here s how you can advice the victimsAfter Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, $5.8 billion in alone abetment money was accustomed to about 916,000 bodies afflicted by those storms.The Texas governor said that added than 440,000 bodies accept registered for emergency abetment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has accustomed $79 actor to advice victims of the storm.Trump alone affairs to accord $1 actor to advice storm victims, according to the White House.As the government works to advice those afflicted by Harvey, Blow Irma, is looming in the Atlantic as a blackmail to Caribbean islands — and potentially, by abutting week, to the United States.Houston mayor: Leave your homesAfter active about a anniversary in a abounding home, Isaac Davila larboard his Barker Cypress adjacency in Houston on Friday to get aliment and food for his family. We accept electricity and we got active water, but everybody is abashed to leave because of the looters, said Davila, 41. He is amid an endless cardinal of bodies who accept managed to break in their homes admitting the floodwaters. While the amount of rescues has slowed in Houston, firefighters and added emergency cadre are activity aperture to aperture attractive for those in abounding homes who may charge aid.Friday, the ambassador apprenticed west Houston association whose dwellings were inundated to abandon their homes.Authorities accept said floodwaters are not accepted to abate absolutely in Houston for 10 to 15 days. s Jason Hanna and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.