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Published: Friday, April 07, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Friday, April 07, 2017 @ 1:03 PM
Oil prices were trading sharply higher after the United States launched a missile attack on Syria Thursday night. Oil rose in usually quiet after-hours trade by a dollar per barrel to $52.70 after news spread of roughly 50 Tomahawk missiles being launched from two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea.
"As we've seen in the past, oil prices hate turmoil,” Patrick DeHaan, a GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst said on Thursday. “Tonight's surge in prices comes as questions remain about military action in Syria moving future. Geopolitical tensions have surged tonight between some of the world's largest oil producers, and the market, with concern abounding, will likely send oil prices higher. It is too early to know how severe or how long the impact to oil prices may be."
Thursday’s missile strike in Syria brings forth risk and uncertainty on a global scale, Dan McTeague, senior Canadian petroleum analyst said. Oil's rise is based on geopolitical circumstance and as a benchmark commodity and hedge, it is likely its value will rise in proportion to developments, he said.
"While there is not yet an imminent major impact to North American gasoline prices, the situation could rapidly change, we're monitoring it and will keep consumers informed," DeHaan added.
Here is what Glen Duerr, Cedarville University assistant professor of international studies said on the impact of the attack on gas prices:
“It depends on the next 48 to 72 hours in terms of a Russia response. If it’s simply a limited attack, I think it will have a limited response on the stock market and on oil prices. A lot depends on major oil supplies in the region. Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia are all very, very close in proximity to Syria so it depends on what Russia’s doing. Russia’s also a major supplier of oil, but in general if there’s no major response, if there are diplomatic back channels that are open between the U.S. and Russia that downplay this issue than we’ll see minimal impact, especially in the next week or so.
“I would image a small spike, but we’ve also seen a recent increase as well, about 25 cents (per gallon) in the Miami Valley.”
Earlier this week, GasBuddy reported average retail gasoline prices in Dayton rose 18.4 cents per gallon averaging $2.29 per gallon on Sunday.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:07 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:07 PM
WASHINGTON — Republican leaders have delayed a vote on a compromise immigration reform bill until next week, hoping to rally more support for the measure, according to news reports.
The move follows the defeat Thursday of a separate, more conservative immigration bill in the House of Representatives.
Update 7:30 p.m. EDT June 21: President Donald Trump is criticizing Democrats for their opposition to the hard-line Goodlatte immigration bill, which was defeated in the U.S. House Thursday.
Tweeting that “they won’t vote for anything,” the president complained that Democrats are blocking reform.
“You cannot pass legislation on immigration whether it be for safety and security or any other reason including “heart,” without getting Dem votes. Problem is, they don’t care about security and R’s do,” Trump tweeted Thursday night.
You cannot pass legislation on immigration whether it be for safety and security or any other reason including “heart,” without getting Dem votes. Problem is, they don’t care about security and R’s do. Zero Dems voted to support the Goodlatte Bill. They won’t vote for anything!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Update 7:00 p.m. EDT June 21: House Republicans are delaying a vote on a so-called compromise immigration measure until next week, according to The Associated Press.
A vote on the legislation was first rescheduled from Thursday until Friday after another, more severe immigration measure was defeated.
Republican leaders reportedly hope they can get more support for the compromise measure by delaying the vote.
BREAKING: Leaders delay vote on compromise GOP immigration bill until next week and plan changes in hopes of salvaging measure.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 21, 2018
Update 5:00 p.m. EDT June 21: The more conservative of two immigration bills in the U.S. House of Representatives went down in defeat Thursday as 41 Republicans joined the Democrats in a 231-193 vote against the measure, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree.
The hard-line measure called for extreme limits on legal immigration and only temporary protections for “Dreamers,” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents.
41 House Republicans joined all Democrats in defeating a more conservative immigration bill https://t.co/vHvxLeFYEv— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) June 21, 2018
The second bill is seen as more of a compromise measure, but it’s unclear if Republican leadership can manage to get the votes needed to pass it on Friday, and even if they do, it faces an even bigger hurdle in the Senate, where Republicans don’t have the votes to pass an immigration bill on their own. They’ll need Democrats’ support to get it done.
The Washington Post is reporting an important House moderate in the immigration debate, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) has said he won’t support the compromise measure.
Hurd has said he opposes the measure because it includes funding for a border wall, a campaign promise Trump made to supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign.
He called the proposed wall “an expensive and ineffective 4th century border security tool that takes private property away from hundreds of Texans,” according to the Post.
Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 21: The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to change the rules around the detention of child migrants one day after the president ended his administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the border, The Associated Press reported.
Officials aim to change rules governed by the Flores settlement, which requires the government to release children from custody after 20 days to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference.
The move is aimed at stopping the separation of children from their families amid a new policy where anyone caught crossing the border is charged criminally.
Update 2:25 p.m. EDT June 21: The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected one of two proposed GOP immigration reform bills, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree.
House defeats more conservative immigration reform bill pic.twitter.com/pCTuVsht1M— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) June 21, 2018
Meanwhile, aides said the House will wait until Friday to vote on a second immigration bill, The Associated Press reported.
BREAKING: Aides say House will delay until Friday vote on GOP compromise immigration bill as party divisions remain.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 21, 2018
Update 1:18 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump discussed the need for immigration reform during a cabinet meeting Thursday, citing national security concerns.
My Administration is acting swiftly to address the illegal immigration crisis on the Southern Border. Loopholes in our immigration laws all supported by extremist open border Democrats...and that's what they are - they're extremist open border Democrats.... pic.twitter.com/F73I5gu0Q5— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 21: First lady Melania Trump is making an unannounced visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.
Melania Trump was in Texas on Thursday morning and planned to tour two facilities holding child immigrants, CNN reported.
She previously spoke out against the policy of separating migrant children and parents at the border.
"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."
The Trump administration policy was ended Wednesday by an executive order from the president.
Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 21: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called a pair of proposed Republican immigration reform bills a “compromise with the devil.”
She said that the bills make Republicans complicit in Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy, which directs prosecutors to pursue cases against any person suspected of coming to the country illegally, resulted in the separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border.
.@NancyPelosi: "It is not a compromise. It may be a compromise with the devil, but it's not a compromise with the Democrats in terms of what they have in their bill."— CSPAN (@cspan) June 21, 2018
Full video here: https://t.co/PKnwkpPCFo pic.twitter.com/d6fZcuMrTY
Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 21: House Speaker Paul Ryan said officials are working on reuniting families that have been separated in recent weeks at the border.
“I believe (the Department of Homeland Security) is working on that,” Ryan said Thursday at a news briefing. “We obviously want to have families reunited.”
He said DHS officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring the families back together.
“What we’re trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so they can be adjudicated faster,” he said.
.@SpeakerRyan: "If these bills do not pass today then we will cross that bridge when we get to it. But the last thing I want to do right now is undercut the votes that we are about to have on what I think are pretty darn good immigration measures." https://t.co/Y4rSBy1brL pic.twitter.com/MvQXhfBwFQ— CSPAN (@cspan) June 21, 2018
The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order days after he first started calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation.
The House is set to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills, although neither appeared likely to succeed.
Original report: “The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,” Trump wrote. “At some point (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.”
The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years. At some point Schumer and Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem. Schumer used to want Border security - now he’ll take Crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Democrats want open Borders, where anyone can come into our Country, and stay. This is Nancy Pelosi’s dream. It won’t happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
The president’s tweet comes one day after he ended his administration’s much-derided policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border and as the House readies to debate and vote on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills.
It was not immediately clear whether the bills would be successful. House Republican leaders were still trying Thursday morning to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.
Ahead of the planned vote, the president accused Democrats of “only looking to Obstruct” the immigration bills in order to gain political clout ahead of the mid-term elections.
“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),” Trump wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”
What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms). Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents suspected of coming to the country illegally at the border. The controversial policy was a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement push announced in April.
Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:52 PM
— A Middle Georgia man thought his mother would rest in peace after her funeral service in January.
However, the man learned that cremated remains he had buried weren’t those of his mother, the Telegraph of Macon reported.
Now, a Johnson County funeral home owner is facing criminal charges after he allegedly gave the man the wrong remains.
The situation began when John Hall Brantley, owner of Brantley Funeral Home in Wrightsville, contracted the man, whose identity was not released, to cremate his mother, the GBI told the newspaper.
From January to May, the crematory tried to get in touch with Brantley about cremains it had done for him, but could not do so. The crematory then got in touch with the son, listed as next of kin.
The son was puzzled because "in their minds, mom has been buried," GBI spokesman Scott Whitley said.
Eventually, the son realized what was up. He contacted Wrightsville police, who called in the GBI.
The urn has been disinterred, and the GBI will try to determine whose remains were in it.
In a search of the funeral home, GBI agents said they found three unlabeled containers with cremated remains inside.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:11 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:11 PM
— Longtime columnist and television personality Charles Krauthammer died Thursday following his battle with cancer.
His death was announced by two organizations that employed him, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post.
The 68-year-old had been paralyzed below the neck in a diving accident yet graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 and practiced psychiatry.
He later developed a career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and commentator.
Krauthammer is credited with coining the term “The Reagan Doctrine” for President Reagan’s policy of aiding anti-Communist movements worldwide. He was a leading advocate for the Iraq War and a prominent critic of President Barack Obama, whom he praised for his “first-class intellect and first-class temperament” and denounced for having a “highly suspect” character.
In early June, "A note to readers," was published by The Washington Post, Krauthammer, wrote that he had a cancerous tumor removed from his abdomen in August. There were setbacks in his recovery that prevented him from working, but he thought he was making progress in his recovery.
The cancer has returned in an aggressive form, Krauthammer wrote.
"This is the final verdict. My fight is over," Krauthammer wrote.
In the post, Krauthammer thanked those who have assisted him during his medical treatment. He also thanked his Washington Post and Fox News colleagues, readers and viewers.
Krauthammer said he is leaving this life with no regrets.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:09 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:09 PM
VEGA, Texas — The Texas billboard urging liberals to get out of the state went viral, but will be taken down following backlash.
According to KDFW, the owner of the advertising company said the billboard that reads "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS" will be taken down and the buyer will be reimbursed.
The billboard is located along Interstate 40 near Vega.
Facebook user Kyle Mccallie of Fritch shared a photo of the sign Tuesday.
"Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it," he quipped in his Facebook post, which has been shared more than 12,000 times.
Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it!Posted by Kyle Mccallie on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The billboard's owner was not identified in KFDA's report.