Pence to meet with families of Texas church shooting victims
Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, will travel to Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Wednesday to meet with those affected by Sunday's deadly church shooting. Pence tweeted Monday he would "meet w/families of the fallen, injured & law enforcement. We are with you Texas." Devin Kelley, 26, a former Air Force airman who escaped from a mental health facility in 2012, fatally shot 26 people and wounded 20 more during a service at the First Baptist Church outside San Antonio. The Air Force admitted Monday it failed to enter Kelly's domestic violence conviction into the National Criminal Information Center database, which would have made him unable to legally purchase firearms.
A year after Trump's stunning presidential election win
Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary since Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. While some things remain the same from last year’s campaign, such as Trump’s critiques of the establishment and his Twitter habits, he has also quickly made his mark in Washington. Trump has shaped the GOP in his image, changing it to a party of cultural warfare and one that puts “America First,” and has used the term “fake news” to alienate the mainstream media in a way that has not been seen since Richard Nixon. A constant among this change though, are his tweets. Since becoming president, Trump has tweeted 2,461 times (including retweets and deleted tweets), averaging to six to seven tweets per day in office.
Country music showcase: The CMA Awards
Anybody who is somebody in Nashville will be on hand Wednesday night for the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards, which airs live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as co-hosts. Miranda Lambert tops the list of nominees with five; Little Big Town and Keith Urban follow with four. Apart from the music, the show may touch on recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. The Country Music Association last week issued media guidelines restricting questions about mass shootings, gun rights or political affiliations at the show. The guidelines were rescinded after criticism from Paisley and others.
Mother who lied about son having cancer could learn her sentence
A Texas woman who convinced doctors and family members that her son had cancer and then raised money through GoFundMe could learn her sentence Wednesday, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.Monika Burgett, 40, was found guilty of misdemeanor child endangering and telecommunications fraud earlier this year. According to testimony, Burgett exaggerated her son’s condition and invented symptoms, leading doctors to treat him with powerful pain drugs like Oxycodone and methadone. The sentencing, which was delayed since Septemeber, could see Burgett facing possible jail time.
Knock, knock! Amazon Key is here!
Amazon Key, a new Amazon delivery service for Prime members that allows packages to be delivered inside your home, is available in 37 U.S. cities starting Wednesday.The service, Amazon’s solution for soaked or stolen packages, has been tested for several months at various sites around the country. To benefit from it, you must purchase a Key In-Home Kit, currently priced at $249.99 on Amazon, though installation is free.
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