President Trump is now faced with a decision on whether to sign into law new sanctions meant to punish Russia for interfering in last year's presidential election, after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure Thursday.

The bill, the first major foreign policy legislation to emerge from Congress since the president took office, also includes sanctions on North Korea and Iran. It easily passed the Senate in a 76-1 vote after sailing through the House by a similarly veto-proof 419-3 margin.

For an entire generation of writers, Michiko Kakutani acted at times as intrepid champion, hated villain or helping hand. But from her perch as chief book critic at The New York Times, the Pulizer Prize winner rarely left one thing in doubt: her vast influence over the literary world she assessed.

On Thursday, after 38 years, Kakutani announced she is stepping down.

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The Republican's seven year quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act descended into chaos Thursday night as the Senate prepared for an unwieldy, all-night session.

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One of the most remote, rugged and secret treasures of Mendocino County is the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park located on what's called The Lost Coast, because of the lack of major road and highway access. This coastline lined with chandalier redwood trees, is also often hidden by blankets of fog. The 7,500 acre park has been considered a "wild west" at times and now the state has increased patrols and is planning improvements to the park.  

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos became an even richer man on Thursday morning, when a sudden surge in Amazon stock made him $1.5 billion overnight. His fortune grew to over $90 billion.

For several hours, Bezos was the richest person on earth — surpassing Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The top billionaire title has previously been claimed by Mexican telecom titan Carlos Slim, Spanish fast-fashion giant Amancio Ortega and investor Warren Buffett — though most of the time, it's firmly in Gates' possession.

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Just days away from a national vote to decide the delegates who will rewrite Venezuela's constitution, President Nicolas Maduro's government is trying a new method of clamping down on popular unrest: a complete ban on demonstrations nationwide for the next five days.

Tribal Council Orders 'Revenge Rape' In Pakistan

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It began with a gruesome crime: a 12-year-old girl was raped by a teenage boy in a field in mid-July.

What happened next was a reaction that Pakistan has been sharply condemned for over the years: A tribal council — or panchayat in Urdu — ordered a revenge rape.

Two days after the girl was raped, her brother sexually violated a 16-year-old girl. She is the sister of the first rapist, a 17-year-old boy.

The panchayat that ordered the rape is led by influential landlords who settle disputes according to tribal customs that predate Islam.

In a bucolic valley nestled in Romania's Carpathian mountains, herds of sheep graze the hillsides. Then, suddenly, all hell breaks loose.

Volleys of live artillery fire thunder across a wide hollow. Stryker fighting vehicles charge down a hillside as troops in camouflage brandish automatic rifles as they scramble through tall grasses.

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Friday July 14th at 9 a.m. Pacific daylight time on Politics: A Love Story, Bob Bushansky interviews Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and current president of the American Action Forum policy institute, a conservative think tank. They discuss a study that Holtz-Eakin oversaw during his CBO tenure from 2003 to 2005 that concluded that tax cuts to stimulate the economy usually do not pay for themselves and actually lose the economy 50-70 cents for each dollar cut.

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One of the most remote, rugged and secret treasures of Mendocino County is the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park located on what's called The Lost Coast, because of the lack of major road and highway access. This coastline lined with chandalier redwood trees, is also often hidden by blankets of fog. The 7,500 acre park has been considered a "wild west" at times and now the state has increased patrols and is planning improvements to the park.  

Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, is once again affecting bodies of water in the area, and local Public and Environmental Health officials are advising people to avoid contact with this potentially toxic bacteria.

Three fires broke out in Lake County on Monday but they were quickly contained.

The first occurred around 2 p.m. in a field across from the 16000 block of Bryant Road in Lower Lake.  The blaze, which was between three to five acres and drew a response of multiple agencies, had its forward progress halted when it ran into a nearby creek 30 minutes later.

It was reported as contained around 3 p.m.

A water main broke in an alley in Fort Bragg on Monday.

According to a press release from the city, the main broke around 4 p.m. off of Elm Street in between Franklin and Stewart Streets. A crew from The Department of Public Works responded and is working to minimize disruption to customers as far as several blocks away. 

A temporary repair was expected Tuesday morning.

Reporter Jason Morash talks with The Willits News editor Ariel Carmona about a proposed billboard to help businesses affected by the U.S. Highway 101 bypass, the Grade Fire, and fire hazard-properties in Brooktrails.

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Sheri Quinn

One of the most remote, rugged and secret treasures of Mendocino County is the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park located on what's called The Lost Coast, because of the lack of major road and highway access. This coastline lined with chandalier redwood trees, is also often hidden by blankets of fog. The 7,500 acre park has been considered a "wild west" at times and now the state has increased patrols and is planning improvements to the park.  

Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, is once again affecting bodies of water in the area, and local Public and Environmental Health officials are advising people to avoid contact with this potentially toxic bacteria.

Three fires broke out in Lake County on Monday but they were quickly contained.

The first occurred around 2 p.m. in a field across from the 16000 block of Bryant Road in Lower Lake.  The blaze, which was between three to five acres and drew a response of multiple agencies, had its forward progress halted when it ran into a nearby creek 30 minutes later.

It was reported as contained around 3 p.m.

A water main broke in an alley in Fort Bragg on Monday.

According to a press release from the city, the main broke around 4 p.m. off of Elm Street in between Franklin and Stewart Streets. A crew from The Department of Public Works responded and is working to minimize disruption to customers as far as several blocks away. 

A temporary repair was expected Tuesday morning.

Reporter Jason Morash talks with The Willits News editor Ariel Carmona about a proposed billboard to help businesses affected by the U.S. Highway 101 bypass, the Grade Fire, and fire hazard-properties in Brooktrails.

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