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    For the fourth time in the past six days, President Donald Trump has used his platform on Twitter to take a swing at a group of more conservative Republicans in the House, this time raising the specter of using the bully pulpit against them in the 2018 elections, if they don’t get on board with his legislative agenda. “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast,” Trump said on Twitter. “We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” he added. The Twitter jabs against the Freedom Caucus are becoming somewhat routine for Mr. Trump, who was frustrated that he was unable to convince those lawmakers to back a GOP health care bill last week. Even before today, those type of tweets by the President have drawn frowns from some members of the Freedom Caucus, who say they’re not budging on their conservative principles, just to give Mr. Trump a legislative victory. “I disagree with him,” Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) said earlier this week, after Mr. Trump signaled his displeasure with the Freedom Caucus opposition to the GOP health bill. “My conscience was to get rid of Obamacare; this doesn’t do it,” Yoho said of the GOP plan that had the blessing of the White House. “Some of the constant tweeting is at minimum distracting, and at maximum, counterproductive to a legislative agenda,” said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who also knocked the President for using Twitter to keep grousing as well about Hillary Clinton. “You’re fighting yesterday’s story if you are fighting against a candidate you were once running against that is no longer the candidate you might be running against,” Sanford said.
  • UVALDE, Texas (AP) - Federal investigators are getting their first look Thursday at the scene of a head-on collision involving a small church bus and a pickup truck that killed 13 senior adult church members onboard the bus.The Texas Department of Public Safety reported the lone bus survivor remains hospitalized in critical condition, and the pickup truck driver is in stable condition.The National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to the scene to begin seeking the cause of the crash, NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said Wednesday.Twelve bus occupants, including the driver, were dead at the scene of Wednesday's crash, DPS Lt. Johnny Hernandez said. One bus passenger died later at a San Antonio hospital.The wreck happened about 12:30 p.m. on U.S. 83, a two-lane highway, outside Garner State Park in northern Uvalde County. The area is about 75 miles (120.7 km) west of San Antonio.It was not immediately clear what caused the collision about 120 miles (193.1 km) from the church, where the members were headed.Photos and video of the crash's aftermath showed heavy damage to the front drivers' sides of both vehicles where it appeared the two had collided. The back of the bus was up on a guardrail, with glass and debris scattered onto the grass below.Hein said the small bus was a 2004 Turtle Top, though he did not know the specific model. Turtle Top's website features shuttle buses with capacities ranging from 17 to 51 passengers, which they bill as 'a great alternative to the standard 15-passenger van.' Safety concerns have long surrounded the 15-passenger vans, also frequently used by churches and other groups, with advocates saying they can be difficult to control in an emergency.Church officials said in a statement on the First Baptist website that the members were returning from a three-day retreat at the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment in Leakey, about 9 miles (14.5 km) north of where the crash happened.The church officials were 'ministering to family members to help them deal with this tragedy,' according to the statement. Counselors also were scheduled to be available Thursday at the church.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, offered their condolences in the hours after the crash.'We are saddened by the loss of life and our hearts go out to all those affected,' their statement said. 'We thank the first responders working on the scene in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy, and ask that all Texans join us in offering their thoughts and prayers.
  • The Transportation Security Administration fired a woman responsible for screening passengers’ bags after she missed a loaded handgun Sunday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Channel 2 Action News reported. Katrina Jackson of Alabama noticed her .38-caliber handgun when she later looked for her passport and immediately informed officials, according to a police report obtained by Channel 2.  MORE: Fake service animals: Why airline passengers are upset Rock star accused of bringing loaded gun to Atlanta airport CNN producer detained in Atlanta files lawsuit against immigration order TSA issued a statement to the news station. “This egregious mistake was unacceptable and the officer who was still a probationary employee was immediately and permanently separated from federal service.' Jackson was charged with illegal possession of a handgun when she said she didn’t have her permit on her.  Screeners at the airport have prevented 48 guns from going through security so far this year, Channel 2 reported. Last year, 198 guns were found at checkpoints, which is more than any other airport in the United States. Hartsfield-Jackson ranks No. 1 in guns caught by TSA in 2016
  • A principal at a Christian school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is facing child porn charges. Jeff Goss is the principal at the Christian Education Alliance in west Tulsa. Goss was arrested Tuesday morning by federal officials after they reportedly caught Goss using an online application to view child pornography. >> Watch the news report here Authorities said the application lets people enter chat rooms and share videos, pictures and more. Agents from Phoenix said Goss showed his face in the chat room, and they were able to track his IP address. Goss reportedly confessed to using the app at least five times. >> Read more trending news Agents said he preferred children ages 10 to 12 and did not care if they were girls or boys. Goss allegedly told officers that he primarily teaches children ages 12 and 13. School officials said they did not find out about the allegations against Goss until FOX23.com called them. They said he did not show up to work Wednesday. The station confirmed that he is in the Tulsa County Jail. The school's website says that it has served home-school families for more than 20 years.
  • A motorist accused of killing five bicyclists and injuring four others in southwestern Michigan will stand trial on second-degree murder charges. A Kalamazoo County Circuit judge has denied Charles Pickett Jr.'s motion to reverse an earlier ruling that allowed the murder charges. The judge also denied Pickett's efforts to suppress statements he made to police about the crash. The nine bicyclists were struck June 7, 2016, by a pickup along a rural road in Cooper Township. Pickett also is charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and causing serious injury. A state police scientist has said Pickett's blood tests after the crash revealed drugs, including painkillers and methamphetamine. An April 24 trial is scheduled. The Associated Press left messages Thursday seeking comment from Pickett's attorneys.
  • Police said 19 students sustained minor injuries when a school bus and a car crashed Thursday morning, causing the bus to catch fire. The crash happened just before 9 a.m. on Roswell Road at Glenridge Drive in Sandy Springs. All lanes of Roswell Road were blocked for hours but have since reopened. We're learning what caused the driver to hit the bus for Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m. NewsChopper 2 was over the scene of the crash. Sandy Springs police told Channel 2's Audrey Washington 19 middle school students were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. More than 30 students who were not hurt were taken to their school. Update: getting briefed by Sandy Springs Police. Some students taken to nearby hospital. One lane of traffic open on Roswell Rd.@wsbtv pic.twitter.com/nwyoxLkNjh-- Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) March 30, 2017 A Fulton County Schools spokesperson said the bus was from Ridgeview Middle School, which is located on Trimple Road in Sandy Springs. The school bus driver told Washington that the driver of the blue car first hit another bus, before crashing into her bus. 'He just came out of nowhere.' I just spoke with the bus driver. She says the driver hit one other bus, before hitting her bus. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/pAaDqOiRe9-- Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) March 30, 2017 She also said she kept the students calm until help arrived. Police confirmed the driver of the blue car hit two buses. 'Apparently, he sideswiped the first bus and then ended up under the second bus,' Sandy Springs Police Capt. Mike Lindstrom said. Washington spoke to a witness who saw smoke and flames coming from the bus. 'I saw that there was a school bus and 15 to 20 students standing on this side of Roswell Road, and they looked very anxious, shocked,' Teri Brown said.
  • Showers are possible Thursday afternoon and evening ahead of a system of storms moving into north Georgia and metro Atlanta overnight. All of north Georgia is in a slight risk for severe weather. 'Lightning and hail are our biggest threats, but damaging wind and a small, brief tornado can't be ruled out,' Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said. Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the timing of the storms for updates on Channel 2 Action News throughout the day. Parts of northwest Georgia will start to see showers and thunderstorms around 11 p.m., Meteorologist Brad Nitz said. The greatest risk for strong and isolated severe storms will be overnight and early Friday. pic.twitter.com/AFUPrnDzJE-- Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) March 30, 2017 [Download the free Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area] The storms should be out of the area by 7 a.m. Friday. Sunny skies return Friday afternoon and temperatures increase Saturday for a sunny weekend. The next chance for storms is Monday. What you can get on Channel 2 Action News: 1. High resolution models updated every hour showing the line of storms moving through the metro 2. Where the threat for strong storms is greatest 3. What threats you can expect where you live
  • A British coroner's officer says that the man who attacked Parliament last week before being killed by police died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. A senior police officer who also spoke at the start of Khalid Masood's inquest Thursday at Westminster Coroner's Court says that the attacker's rented SUV mounted a sidewalk twice as he drove across Westminster Bridge before crashing into Parliament's gates. Masood then ran into Parliament's grounds wielding knives and fatally stabbed a police officer before he was shot dead by police. Four victims were killed in the attack. One person remains hospitalized in a coma. More than 35 people were injured. One man is in custody being question for a possible connection to the crime. The coroner adjourned the proceedings until May.
  • Sine Die Day is underway at the Georgia State Capitol.Sine Die, which means 'without a day' in Latin, is Day 40 of the Georgia Legislative Session. By law, the Georgia Legislature can only meet 40 days a year.On Sine Die, the General Assembly traditionally adjourns by midnight. TRENDING STORIES: State Senate passes campus carry bill Religious freedom amendment makes a come back at state Capital Medical marijuana expansion bill passes state House Bills still in the balance include expanding medical marijuana, changing how campus sexual assault is prosecuted, protecting water supplies from fracking and a whole host of tax bills.And the question remains as to whether a compromise can be reached on allowing guns into the state's public colleges and universities and over the first update of the state's adoption code in a generation -- without being hijacked by other interests.Channel 2's Richard Elliot will be at the Capitol all day. Follow him on Twitter for updates. MINUTE-BY-MINUTE 12:17pm: WSB photog Dave Darling getting ready for our 12:30pm live shot. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/FK3d2A5iE9-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 One reason Senate leaders are frustrated: A conservative sends language tacked to a license plate bill involving puppy sales. #gapol pic.twitter.com/DXArK2uOnF-- Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 30, 2017 11:55am: the Senate is still complaining about House amendments. We're seeing the great rivalry between the House and Senate on #SineDie pic.twitter.com/8dVQOwmp8S-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 'I've never seen anything like it.' Cowsert, Senate strike House changes to their bills as non-germane. Says more to come. #gapol-- Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 30, 2017 11:47am: Lt. Gov. just sent SB3 back to the House because he felt an amendment tacked on was not germane. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/6hL7ilBcTO-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 1145am: Senators very critical of House amendments coming over which they believe are not germane to the bills they're attached to. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/zCPBG1LB41-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 11:42am: Senators are complaining about bills coming from the House with new amendments tacked on. 'Stop the gamesmanship.' #SineDie pic.twitter.com/EtxMKmQl1A-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 11:31am: Points of personal privilege are over. The Senate is getting down to business. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/Bmr6wxt5eR-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 11:18am: WSB photog Dave Darling is standing by in the GA Senate. We've heard the Medical Marijuana bill could be voted on soon. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/MBnFW2DQl7-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 11:04am: Fort said 'I am almost speechless.' It drew a very good-natured round of applause from fellow senators. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/dmQ1ijkVpH-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 11:03am: State Sen. Vincent Fort bids farewell to the Senate as he runs for Atlanta Mayor. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/LEDXQPcUSO-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 10:51am: State Sen. Donzella James is remembering the late Steen Miles on the floor of the Senate. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/euszZfQiJI-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 10:45am. WSB photog Dave Darling & I carry gear over to the Senate. Hearing word there could be a vote on Medical Marijuana soon. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/CAiWNdQf7P-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 10:36am. The former Miss South Carolina is singing the National Anthem in the House. And singing it very well, too. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/e9lCJAk3Zi-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 10:22am. House Speaker Ralston: 'Did you think it would ever get here? Welcome to Day 40.' #SineDie pic.twitter.com/JWVAHB8nGf-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 10:20am. House Speaker Ralston just called for order as we get under way for #SineDie pic.twitter.com/UtcmNg6dGD-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 10:19am. The Senate is underway on #SineDie. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/6BDRVusDcD-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 #TBT State Rep. Denmark Groover hung from the gallery to try and stop the clock on #SineDie 1964. Classic AJC photo! pic.twitter.com/wkilh0Ts7g-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 10:04am. A lot of seersucker suits here on the House floor as we're getting ready for the last day under the Gold Dome. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/bpzt2uhnA5-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 10:02am. State Rep. David Clark showing off his patriotic suit on #SineDie. Some colorful outfits here on the last day of the session. pic.twitter.com/blCa3Sfevu-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 9:50am. The view from the press room. BTW, Google translator pronounces it 'SEE-nay DEE-ay.' We pronounce it 'SIGH-nee DYE!' #SineDie pic.twitter.com/iqG1DqyRbg-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 House Rules chair opens Sine Die prayer: 'Let us get through this day without doing too much bodily harm to each other.' #gapol pic.twitter.com/em3vx80KFM-- Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 30, 2017 8:48am. Get ready for a long day. #SineDie pic.twitter.com/EUgMxNuEDN-- Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) March 30, 2017 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report. Follow the AJC's LIVE bill tracker here.
  • Whenever Mike WiLL Made-It receives any praise for his work on Beyoncé's anthemic 'Formation,' he thinks about all of the people who doubted he would ever work with the Grammy-winning pop star. 'Back then, I was like, 'Man I could do something crazy for Beyoncé.' But they was like, '...Beyoncé don't be working with just anybody bro,'' he recalled. 'People told me that 'Beyoncé ... doesn't work with just anybody.' Now, I'm to the point where I'm face-to-face with Beyoncé in the studio, and all that plays in my head. 'It's basically not letting anyone tell you what you can't do.' Mike WiLL stayed true to the advice his father gave him a long time ago — to remove 'can't' from his vocabulary. It has helped him reach his goals as a producer and songwriter, and craft hits like Rihanna's 'Pour It Up,' Juicy J's 'Bandz a Make Her Dance' and Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop.' He also executive produced Cyrus' 'Bangerz,' her 2013 album that pushed her to full-blown pop star status, and he has produced for Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and more. But last year Mike WiLL saw his biggest success as he co-produced and co-wrote Beyoncé's 'Formation,' which earned him, and Beyoncé, Grammy nominations for song and record of the year. He also produced Rae Sremmurd's 'Black Beatles,' which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. The song, featuring Gucci Mane, became so popular that it often served as background music to the viral 'Mannequin Challenge,' where people acted motionless while the camera scans them. Despite the skeptics, Atlanta-raised Mike WiLL has really made it. 'Everybody was against him,' said Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, the rap duo that includes his brother Slim Jxmmi (the group is signed Mike WiLL's Ear Drummer Records). 'But he stays locked in on the art,' Swae Lee continued. 'He's focused on his craft. He's not worried about no one else. Today, he's like one of the greats in the industry.' Now, Mike WiLL has taken the next step as a producer: He released his debut album, 'Ransom 2,' last week — a day after his 28th birthday. The album features Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Big Sean and Young Thug. 'He'll take a small idea and make it into a big one,' Slim Jxmmi said of Mike WiLL. 'I've seen him take one of my freestyles and make a whole entire song out of it. ... Mike has this knack for putting it all together into a big song.' A freestyle is actually what led to 'Formation.' When Swae Lee blurted out, 'OK ladies, let's get in formation,' during a car ride to the Coachella music festival, Mike WiLL knew he had something. 'Swae Lee might have a laundry list of voice notes, but never records the song,' the producer said. 'But I told him we got to record this. In my mind, I'm thinking we're going to get this to Beyoncé. I'm thinking about it being a woman empowerment song like 'Single Ladies.'' Working on 'Formation' forced Mike WiLL to push back his own album, but also gave him time to hone his sound and tweak the songs. 'I wanted to drop an album I feel good about, that I feel strong about,' he said of 'Ransom 2,' the follow-up to 'Ransom,' his 2014 mixtape. 'Ever since I started doing mixtapes, it's always been a dream for me to release an album. Like how Timbaland had everybody on his album.' And like Timbaland, Mike WiLL has a goal of producing for more A-list acts, including Adele. He said he spoke with the British singer's manager about working on her '25' comeback album, but it never panned out. 'I feel like we can come together and do a song that's never been heard of,' he said. _____ Online: http://mikeWillmade.it _____ Follow Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/jonathan-landrum

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  • For the fourth time in the past six days, President Donald Trump has used his platform on Twitter to take a swing at a group of more conservative Republicans in the House, this time raising the specter of using the bully pulpit against them in the 2018 elections, if they don’t get on board with his legislative agenda. “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast,” Trump said on Twitter. “We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” he added. The Twitter jabs against the Freedom Caucus are becoming somewhat routine for Mr. Trump, who was frustrated that he was unable to convince those lawmakers to back a GOP health care bill last week. Even before today, those type of tweets by the President have drawn frowns from some members of the Freedom Caucus, who say they’re not budging on their conservative principles, just to give Mr. Trump a legislative victory. “I disagree with him,” Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) said earlier this week, after Mr. Trump signaled his displeasure with the Freedom Caucus opposition to the GOP health bill. “My conscience was to get rid of Obamacare; this doesn’t do it,” Yoho said of the GOP plan that had the blessing of the White House. “Some of the constant tweeting is at minimum distracting, and at maximum, counterproductive to a legislative agenda,” said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who also knocked the President for using Twitter to keep grousing as well about Hillary Clinton. “You’re fighting yesterday’s story if you are fighting against a candidate you were once running against that is no longer the candidate you might be running against,” Sanford said.
  • UVALDE, Texas (AP) - Federal investigators are getting their first look Thursday at the scene of a head-on collision involving a small church bus and a pickup truck that killed 13 senior adult church members onboard the bus.The Texas Department of Public Safety reported the lone bus survivor remains hospitalized in critical condition, and the pickup truck driver is in stable condition.The National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to the scene to begin seeking the cause of the crash, NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said Wednesday.Twelve bus occupants, including the driver, were dead at the scene of Wednesday's crash, DPS Lt. Johnny Hernandez said. One bus passenger died later at a San Antonio hospital.The wreck happened about 12:30 p.m. on U.S. 83, a two-lane highway, outside Garner State Park in northern Uvalde County. The area is about 75 miles (120.7 km) west of San Antonio.It was not immediately clear what caused the collision about 120 miles (193.1 km) from the church, where the members were headed.Photos and video of the crash's aftermath showed heavy damage to the front drivers' sides of both vehicles where it appeared the two had collided. The back of the bus was up on a guardrail, with glass and debris scattered onto the grass below.Hein said the small bus was a 2004 Turtle Top, though he did not know the specific model. Turtle Top's website features shuttle buses with capacities ranging from 17 to 51 passengers, which they bill as 'a great alternative to the standard 15-passenger van.' Safety concerns have long surrounded the 15-passenger vans, also frequently used by churches and other groups, with advocates saying they can be difficult to control in an emergency.Church officials said in a statement on the First Baptist website that the members were returning from a three-day retreat at the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment in Leakey, about 9 miles (14.5 km) north of where the crash happened.The church officials were 'ministering to family members to help them deal with this tragedy,' according to the statement. Counselors also were scheduled to be available Thursday at the church.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, offered their condolences in the hours after the crash.'We are saddened by the loss of life and our hearts go out to all those affected,' their statement said. 'We thank the first responders working on the scene in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy, and ask that all Texans join us in offering their thoughts and prayers.
  • The Transportation Security Administration fired a woman responsible for screening passengers’ bags after she missed a loaded handgun Sunday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Channel 2 Action News reported. Katrina Jackson of Alabama noticed her .38-caliber handgun when she later looked for her passport and immediately informed officials, according to a police report obtained by Channel 2.  MORE: Fake service animals: Why airline passengers are upset Rock star accused of bringing loaded gun to Atlanta airport CNN producer detained in Atlanta files lawsuit against immigration order TSA issued a statement to the news station. “This egregious mistake was unacceptable and the officer who was still a probationary employee was immediately and permanently separated from federal service.' Jackson was charged with illegal possession of a handgun when she said she didn’t have her permit on her.  Screeners at the airport have prevented 48 guns from going through security so far this year, Channel 2 reported. Last year, 198 guns were found at checkpoints, which is more than any other airport in the United States. Hartsfield-Jackson ranks No. 1 in guns caught by TSA in 2016
  • A principal at a Christian school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is facing child porn charges. Jeff Goss is the principal at the Christian Education Alliance in west Tulsa. Goss was arrested Tuesday morning by federal officials after they reportedly caught Goss using an online application to view child pornography. >> Watch the news report here Authorities said the application lets people enter chat rooms and share videos, pictures and more. Agents from Phoenix said Goss showed his face in the chat room, and they were able to track his IP address. Goss reportedly confessed to using the app at least five times. >> Read more trending news Agents said he preferred children ages 10 to 12 and did not care if they were girls or boys. Goss allegedly told officers that he primarily teaches children ages 12 and 13. School officials said they did not find out about the allegations against Goss until FOX23.com called them. They said he did not show up to work Wednesday. The station confirmed that he is in the Tulsa County Jail. The school's website says that it has served home-school families for more than 20 years.