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  • Uber driver charged with raping California woman in car

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    An Uber driver accused by prosecutors of having sexually assaulted a female passenger after she sought a ride home from a gathering in the upscale seaside city of Newport Beach, California, was charged with rape on Wednesday. Angel Sanchez, 36, was arrested a day after the March 30 attack, which took place on a street near the woman's home in Santa Ana, California. Sanchez, who is scheduled for an initial court appearance in the case next week, faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison if convicted.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:59:42 -0400
  • Slain friend of Robert Durst once posed as his missing wife: testimony

    Real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to three slayings were portrayed in HBO series "The Jinx," had his close friend Susan Berman make a phone call pretending to be his missing wife, a former acquaintance of Berman testified on Wednesday. Durst, 74, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Berman's 2000 death in Los Angeles. Prosecutors allege Durst killed Berman, a writer and the daughter of an organized crime figure, because of what she knew about his wife's unsolved disappearance.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:14:45 -0400
  • California man charged in Fresno shooting spree that killed three

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    Kori Ali Muhammad, who already had been charged with killing a Motel 6 security guard days before the rampage, could face the death penalty under special circumstances alleged in the three new counts of first-degree murder, the Fresno Bee newspaper reported. According to police and prosecutors, Muhammad was angry about being evicted from his room when he opened fire on Carl Williams and a second security guard in the parking lot of the Fresno-area Motel 6 on April 13. Prosecutors say several days later Muhammad opened fire 17 times as he walked and ran along several blocks in Fresno, killing three white men in less than four minutes.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:14:15 -0400
  • Slain friend of Robert Durst once posed as his missing wife: testimony

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    Real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to three slayings were portrayed in HBO series "The Jinx," had his close friend Susan Berman make a phone call pretending to be his missing wife, a former acquaintance of Berman testified on Wednesday. Durst, 74, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Berman's 2000 shooting death in Los Angeles. Prosecutors allege Durst killed Berman, a writer and the daughter of an organized crime figure, because of what she knew about his wife's unsolved disappearance.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:16:59 -0400
  • Trump's plan to slash business taxes seen as 'guidepost' by congressional Republicans

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    President Donald Trump unveiled a one-page plan on Wednesday proposing deep U.S. tax cuts, many for businesses, that would make the federal deficit balloon if enacted, drawing a cautious welcome from fiscal conservatives and financial markets. While the proposed tax cuts would please those helped by them, such as multinational corporations and wealthy taxpayers, Trump's package fell far short of the kind of comprehensive tax reform that both parties in Washington have sought for years. As his milestone 100th day in office on Saturday nears, Trump has been scrambling to show progress on his agenda.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:03:15 -0400
  • Trump seeks to shrink federal role in education with new order

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    President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the U.S. government's role in school policy, which supporters cheered as the first step in creating more local control in education and critics worried could lead to lower quality schools in poorer neighborhoods. DeVos has 300 days "to review and, if necessary, modify and repeal regulations and guidance issued by the Department of Education with a clear mandate to identify places where D.C. has overstepped its legal authority," said Rob Goad, a Department of Education official, according to a transcript of a White House call with reporters.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:59:08 -0400
  • Trump U.S. tax plan will not manage to pay for itself with growth: experts

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's tax-cut plan will generate growth, but not nearly enough to replace trillions of dollars in lost revenues, while rising deficits could even take back some of the economic gains, fiscal experts said on Wednesday. Core principles of the plan, unveiled on Wednesday, rely heavily on so-called "dynamic scoring," a budget analysis method that assumes tax cuts will boost economic activity, thus generating more revenues. Such assumptions have been at the heart of Republican tax orthodoxy since Ronald Reagan used them to justify massive tax cuts in 1981 that were derided at the time by critics as "voodoo economics." On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Trump's plan would "pay for itself with growth" and closing of some deductions and credits.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:16:00 -0400
  • Death penalty phase closes in Pennsylvania trooper sniper case

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    The question of whether Eric Frein should be put to death for murdering a state trooper in a 2014 sniper attack that launched a massive manhunt went to a Pennsylvania jury following closing arguments on Wednesday. The same jury at Pike County Courthouse last week convicted Frein, 33, of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer for fatally shooting Corporal Bryon Dickson II, 38, outside the Blooming Grove barracks. Frein, who for weeks evaded capture following the attack, was also convicted of other charges, including terrorism and the attempted murder of Trooper Alex Douglass, 34, who was shot and critically wounded as he rushed to Dickson's aid.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:01:37 -0400
  • Florida Senate apologizes for abuse, deaths at reform school

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    The Florida Senate formally apologized on Wednesday to victims who suffered brutality, sexual abuse and even death after being sent as boys to a reform school with a history of troubles long denied by the state. The infamous site, which opened in 1900 in Marianna as the Florida State Reform School and was later named the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, closed in 2011. A forensic investigation between 2013 and 2016 uncovered graves for 55 boys, 24 more sites than reported in official records, according to the Senate resolution.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:37:11 -0400
  • Giant rabbit dies after United Airlines flight to United States

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    A 3-foot-long giant rabbit died at a United Airlines pet holding facility in Chicago following a flight from London, in another embarrassment for the airline as it struggles with a global backlash this month over a passenger dragged from his seat. The 10-month-old Continental Giant breed rabbit named Simon, who was tipped to become one of the world's largest rabbits, had appeared to be in good condition upon arrival at the facility at Chicago's O'Hare airport, an airline spokesman said. Simon was due to be picked up by a celebrity who had bought him.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:22:20 -0400
  • Somali pirate sentenced to life over USS Ashland attack: Justice Department

    A 31-year-old Somali man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for engaging in piracy and other offenses in connection with an attack on a U.S. Navy ship seven years ago, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the attack, the Justice Department said in a statement. Another five Somalis have already been tried and convicted for their roles in the attack and are serving prison terms, the Justice Department said.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:04:09 -0400
  • Trump orders review of national monuments to allow development

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    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development. Trump's order is part of an effort to reverse many of the environmental protections implemented by his predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama that Trump said were hobbling economic growth. Trump's agenda is being cheered by industry but enraging conservationists.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:46 -0400
  • U.S. lawmakers push Yucca nuclear dump facing transport crunch

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday debated resurrecting the stalled Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel dump in Nevada, a project critics say is hindered by the lack of an easy transport route. Representative John Shimkus, an Illinois Republican, has proposed draft legislation to restart the licensing of Yucca Mountain. The government has already spent billions of dollars for initial construction of the project, which has been pending since Ronald Reagan was president.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:57:48 -0400
  • Ex-Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud

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    A federal judge in Connecticut on Wednesday sentenced a former Jefferies Group bond trader to serve two years in prison and pay a $2 million fine after he was found guilty earlier this year of defrauding customers on bond prices. A jury in January found Jesse Litvak guilty of one of 10 criminal charges he had faced, a muted victory as prosecutors try to crack down on nefarious sales practices on Wall Street. Federal prosecutors had asked Judge Janet Hall to sentence Litvak to nine to 11 years in prison, while his defense attorneys had sought eight months of house arrest at his home in Boca Raton, Florida.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:52:47 -0400
  • New York's Metropolitan Museum mulls setting fixed admission fee

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    New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's most visited museums, is in talks with city officials about charging a fixed admission fee for out-of town visitors, rather than urging a donation, the city said on Wednesday. "We have spoken to the Metropolitan Museum about the possibility of changing its admission structure -- not for New Yorkers, but for out of town visitors," Tom Finkelpearl, the city's cultural affairs commissioner, said in a statement on Wednesday.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:50:21 -0400
  • Drug use tops booze for first time in fatal U.S. crashes: study

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    U.S. data has shown for the first time that drivers killed in crashes were more likely to be on drugs than drunk, with marijuana involved in more than a third of fatal accidents in 2015, a study released on Wednesday showed. Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes around the country in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, topping the 37 percent who showed alcohol levels above a legal limit, according to the report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a nonprofit funded by distillers. Among drivers killed in crashes who tested positive for drugs, 36.5 percent had used marijuana, followed by amphetamines at 9.3 percent, the study showed.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:46:22 -0400
  • U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance

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    U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions. Roberts and other Supreme Court justices indicated support for a deported ethnic Serb immigrant named Divna Maslenjak over her bid to regain her U.S. citizenship after it was stripped because she falsely stated her husband had not served in the Bosnian Serb army in the 1990s after Yugoslavia's collapse. Roberts seemed particularly concerned that the government was asserting it could revoke citizenship through criminal prosecution for trivial lies or omissions.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:36:30 -0400
  • Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump

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    Public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. The Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium in Manhattan is an upscale 46-story property owned by a Los Angeles investment group, the CIM Group, through one of its real estate funds. The possible problem for Trump lies in the fact that state- and city-run pension funds have invested in the CIM fund and pay it a few million dollars in quarterly fees to manage their investments in its portfolio, which includes the Trump SoHo, according to state investment records.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:19:25 -0400
  • Missouri audit finds Ferguson court records in 'disarray'

    Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway rated the city's court system's performance as "poor," and she said court and city officials were uncooperative and sometimes combative. The consent decree, which required changes in some Ferguson police practices, followed a federal report that found a "toxic environment" for race relations but cleared the white officer who fatally shot the teenager, Michael Brown.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:10:11 -0400
  • Former Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud

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    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Connecticut on Wednesday sentenced a former Jefferies Group bond trader to two years in prison and to pay a $2 million fine after he was found guilty earlier this year of defrauding customers on bond prices.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:07:36 -0400
  • Massachusetts man found guilty of murdering 'Whitey' Bulger victim

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    A Massachusetts man was found guilty on Wednesday of murdering an extortion victim of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, a killing that drew considerable media attention because it occurred during the gangster's high-profile trial. Stephen Rakes had been expected to testify that Bulger had forced him at gunpoint to sell a liquor store for pennies on the dollar, when his body was found by a jogger in a suburb of Boston in July 2013, with no obvious signs of trauma. Investigators eventually concluded that Rakes, 59, had been poisoned by an associate, William Camuti, who owed him money.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:01:19 -0400
  • Ann Coulter cancels her speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute

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    "There will be no speech," Coulter wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday in which she also criticized two conservative groups who had originally sponsored the event, saying they were no longer supporting her. Coulter, one of the best-known conservative commentators in the United States, had been scheduled to give a speech critical of pro-immigration policies on Thursday. Last week, Berkeley officials said there was no safe venue at the campus on that date.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:44:17 -0400
  • Automakers want California to revise Volkswagen charging station plan

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    Major automakers and other groups are raising objections to the way Volkswagen AG wants to spend $2 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure and projects, as part of the German automaker's atonement for diesel emissions cheating. Volkswagen plans to install hundreds of EV charging stations nationwide as part of the 10-year plan. About $800 million of the total will be spent in California as part of a settlement with the government after the German automaker admitted to secretly installing cheating software in 580,000 diesel vehicles allowing them to emit excess pollution.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:42:02 -0400
  • UBS must face ex-bond strategist's whistleblower lawsuit

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    A U.S. judge has ordered UBS Group AG to face a lawsuit by a former bond strategist who said he was fired in retaliation for refusing to publish misleading research reports and complaining about being pressured to do so. In a decision made public on Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla in Manhattan said Trevor Murray could try to prove that whistleblowing was a factor in his February 2012 firing, and that UBS' actions violated the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance law. "Plaintiff believed that efforts to pressure him into publishing biased and inaccurate, but ostensibly independent, reports" were illegal, and a reasonable jury could find that his resistance was a factor in his firing, Failla wrote.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:25:44 -0400
  • Slimy salamander 'Snot Otter' aims to wow Bronx Zoo crowds

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    The Eastern Hellbender, a slimy giant salamander creepy enough to be nicknamed "Snot Otter" and "Old Lasagna Sides," is making its debut before animal lovers at the world-renowned Bronx Zoo. The two-foot-long amphibian is North America's only giant salamander. After being kept behind closed doors at the zoo for years as part of a conservation effort, they are now making their first public appearance, said Kevin Torregrosa, zoo herpetologist, or amphibian and reptile specialist.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:11:19 -0400
  • Anti-Semitic acts spiked since Trump election win, watchdog says

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    Anti-Semitic incidents, from bomb threats and cemetery desecration to assaults and bullying, have surged in the United States since the election of President Donald Trump, and a "heightened political atmosphere" played a role in the rise, the Anti-Defamation League said on Monday. Overall, the number of acts targeting Jews and Jewish institutions rose 34 percent in 2016 to 1,266 in 2016 and jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, the ADL said.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:21:50 -0400
  • Mnuchin says business tax rate at 15 percent in Trump tax plan

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    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the plan for "the biggest tax cut" in U.S. history due to be released later on Wednesday by the White House would cut the business tax rate to 15 percent, including for small businesses. "This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country," Mnuchin said at a news forum in Washington.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:00:26 -0400
  • Air travel to U.S. drops in first quarter, Canada, Mexico gain: ForwardKeys

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    Air passenger arrivals in the United States fell in the first quarter of the year, while arrivals in Canada and Mexico rose, according to data from travel analysis company ForwardKeys. Travelers from the Middle East and Europe were possibly deterred by uncertainty over President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, as well as the strong dollar, it said on Wednesday. Long-haul arrivals in the U.S. dropped by 4.3 percent in the first quarter, ForwardKeys, which analyses 16 million flight booking transactions a day from major global reservation systems, said.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:10:12 -0400
  • ACLU sues Los Angeles police over public records requests

    The complaint claims the police department in the second largest city in the United States fails to comply with the California Public Records Act by not responding to requests for records within the time allotted by law and, in some cases, ignores requests altogether, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Access to information about the conduct of government agencies is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state," said Adrienna Wong, attorney with the ACLU SoCal, in a statement.

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:28:48 -0400
  • Lawyer for ex-NFL star Hernandez denies letter mentioned prison lover

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    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday denied media reports that the athlete wrote a letter to a prison lover before hanging himself in his prison cell last week. The former New England Patriots player's body was found on Wednesday hanging in a cell where he was serving a life prison sentence. Law enforcement officials last week confirmed that Hernandez left behind three handwritten letters.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:59:57 -0400
  • Trump administration to review dozens of U.S. national monuments

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    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them - part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development. The move comes as Trump seeks to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by former President Barack Obama that he said were hobbling economic growth - an agenda that is cheering industry but enraging conservationists. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Tuesday Trump's executive order would require him to conduct the review of around 30 national monuments and recommend which designations should be lifted or resized over the coming months.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:22:16 -0400
  • Palantir settles U.S. lawsuit charging bias against Asians

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    The data analytics and security company Palantir Technologies Inc has agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve charges it discriminated against Asian applicants for engineering jobs at its Palo Alto, California, office, the U.S. Labor Department said on Tuesday. Palantir, a privately owned data firm best known for helping the U.S. government track down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, entered into a consent decree under which it will pay $1.7 million back wages and other funds, including the value of stock options, to several people, the department said. Palantir has disputed the Labor Department's allegations but said in a statement it agreed to settle the case in order to get on with its business.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:30:06 -0400
  • Massive Los Angeles crash kills one, snarls freeways

    Two big rigs and several cars collided on a freeway north of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, sparking an explosion and fire, killing at least one person and forcing authorities to shut down two major arteries into the city for hours. Several other people were injured in the fiery crash, which sent plumes of thick black smoke billowing into the sky, said Officer Kevin Tao of the California Highway Patrol. The Los Angeles Times reported that nine people were hurt.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:48:22 -0400
  • Former President H.W. Bush still hospitalized, has bronchitis

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    Bush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 for a cough that was later diagnosed as a mild case of pneumonia. "While President Bush has recovered from pneumonia, he continues to deal with the effects of chronic bronchitis, which is a condition more prevalent with age," the hospital said in a written statement. The hospital said staff there would continue to monitor Bush and expected to discharge him by the end of the week.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:01:36 -0400
  • Cleveland officer in Tamir Rice shooting 'did not know was kid': video

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    The partner of a Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 said he "didn't know it was a kid" when he responded to an emergency call about an armed man at a park, according to video released on Tuesday. Cleveland Police Department officer Frank Garmback, in a video of a police interview following the shooting of the African-American child, became emotional several times. “I didn’t know it was a kid,” Garmback said as he covered his face with his hands in the video released by the Rice family's attorney Subodh Chandra.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:37:25 -0400
  • Citing flaws, Oklahoma group calls for extended execution moratorium

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    Oklahoma should extend its moratorium on executions indefinitely until "systemic flaws" in the state's capital punishment system are repaired, a bipartisan group said on Tuesday after a year-long review prompted by problems with prior lethal injections. The state put executions on hold in October 2015. The 11-member Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission, led by former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, a Democrat, and made up of both death penalty supporters and opponents, said more time was needed to fix issues including the state's drug protocol.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:31:23 -0400
  • Prosecutors open probe of Wisconsin inmate's dehydration death: media

    The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office opened an inquest Monday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court into the death of Terrill Thomas, 38, who was found unresponsive in the Milwaukee County Jail on April 24, 2016, after seven days without water, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. In September 2016 a county medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:26:24 -0400
  • Illinois House ignores veto threat by passing abortion expansion

    The Democratic-led Illinois House defied a veto threat by the state’s Republican governor by passing legislation on Tuesday to expand state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income residents and for state employees. The measure, which passed the House 62-55 and now moves to the state Senate, also aims to keep abortions legal in Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court follows President Donald Trump’s call to overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that permitted abortions 44 years ago. The vote represented a rare legislative victory for abortion-rights advocates at a time when the battle to restrict abortion in the United States has heated up with the election of Trump as president with a conservative Congress.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:24:51 -0400
  • U.S. appeals court to reconsider Ohio execution protocol

    The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted Ohio's request to take a second look at whether a preliminary injunction from a lower court judge against the three-drug protocol should stand. The injunction was issued after the inmates showed it was likely that Ohio's use of midazolam, the first of the three drugs, to render them unconscious entailed a "substantial risk" of serious pain that violated their constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:13:19 -0400
  • Palestinian-born activist agrees to deportation from U.S.

    A Palestinian-born activist who spent 10 years in an Israeli prison on a terrorism conviction before moving to the United States and gaining citizenship pleaded guilty on Tuesday to immigration fraud, agreeing to be deported rather than sent to prison. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 69, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 17 and subsequently stripped of her U.S. citizenship and expelled from the country. Odeh, who once served as the associate director for the Arab American Action Network in Chicago and was involved last month in organizing rallies opposing President Donald Trump's policies, said she did not know yet where she would go.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:36:39 -0400
  • Former Expedia IT employee get 15 months in U.S. prison for insider trading

    Jonathan Ly, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Coughenour in Seattle after pleading guilty in December to a securities fraud charge for having engaged in an insider trading scheme that prosecutors said netted him $331,000. As part of a plea deal, Ly had also agreed to repay Expedia the $81,592 it spent investigating the computer intrusion.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:32:04 -0400
  • Former Trump adviser Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip: lawmakers

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    Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law by failing to get permission to be paid for a trip to Russia in 2015, the leaders of a House of Representatives committee said on Tuesday. During the visit, Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who advised Donald Trump's presidential campaign, dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "General Flynn had a duty and an obligation to seek and obtain permission to receive money from foreign governments," Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told reporters.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:07:59 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court may limit where companies can be sued

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared poised to clamp down on where corporations can be sued, a potential setback for plaintiffs' lawyers who strive to bring cases in courts and locales they consider friendly. The nine justices in two separate cases heard appeals of lower court rulings allowing out-of-state injury lawsuits against drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and BNSF Railway Co. Companies and plaintiffs are engaged in a fight over where lawsuits seeking financial compensation for injuries should be filed.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:46:46 -0400
  • Ex-prosecutor, retired cops charged in New York corruption probe

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    Federal prosecutors say that Paul Dean, 44, and Robert Espinel, 47, took bribes in exchange for approving gun licenses while they were working in the police department's gun licensing division. Prosecutors also charged two so-called "expediters" who paid bribes to help their clients get licenses.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:47:08 -0400
  • WTO lets Mexico slap trade sanctions on U.S. in tuna dispute

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    Mexico can impose annual trade sanctions worth $163.23 million against the United States after winning a dispute over trade in tuna fish, a World Trade Organization arbitrator ruled on Tuesday. Mexico's economy ministry said it planned immediate action to initiate the trade sanctions. The sanctions award was only a third of the $472.3 million Mexico had asked for.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:28:59 -0400
  • Officer says 'minimal but necessary force' used on United passenger

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    One of the police officers who forcibly removed a passenger from a United Airlines flight said "minimal but necessary force" was used in the incident that became a public relations disaster for the carrier, according to a report released by the city. Video recorded by other passengers showed David Dao, a 69-year-old doctor, being dragged down the aisle with blood on his face after refusing to give up his seat on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky on April 9. Dao suffered a concussion and a broken nose, lost two front teeth and is likely to sue the airline, according to his lawyer, Thomas Demetrio.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:08:42 -0400
  • New York City subway faces two lawsuits over disabled access

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    Most of New York City's huge, aging subway system is inaccessible to disabled people, and its operator illegally discriminates against them by failing to fix the problems, disability rights advocates said in two lawsuits on Tuesday. According to complaints filed in federal and state courts in Manhattan, only 112 of the city's 472 subway stations are wheelchair-accessible, and even those often end up off-limits to disabled people because elevators break down so often. Nick Paolucci, a spokesman for the city's law department, called the plaintiff's claim against the city "misplaced" because the MTA and the New York City Transit Authority oversee subway operations.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:49:53 -0400
  • Mexico plans immediate action on US imports after WTO tuna ruling

    The Mexican economy ministry said on Tuesday it would immediately initiate the process of taking retaliatory steps against U.S. imports following a ruling by the World Trade Organization in Mexico's favor in a dispute over tuna. "Mexico will immediately seek authorization ... to suspend benefits, and in parallel, will initiate the internal procedures necessary to make said suspension effective against imports of products from the USA," the ministry said in a statement. Mexico had complained to the WTO about U.S. tuna labeling rules that it said unfairly penalized its fishing industry, and had asked for retaliatory sanctions of $472.3 million, which it planned to impose on imports of U.S. high-fructose corn syrup.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:16:02 -0400
  • Waymo testing self-driving car ride service in Arizona

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    Alphabet Inc's Waymo autonomous vehicle group will begin testing a self-driving car program for hundreds of families in Phoenix, Arizona and is buying 500 Chrysler minivans to do so, the companies said on Tuesday. Waymo, which along with Google is owned by Alphabet Inc, recently has been quietly testing the service for a handful of families, learning what potential customers would want from a ride service, the company said in a blog post. It urged people to apply to take part in an expanded test, which is the first public trial of Waymo's self-driving cars.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:12:21 -0400
  • Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000

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    By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas carried out back-to-back executions on Monday night, administering lethal injections to two men convicted of rape and murder to become the first U.S. state to put more than one inmate to death on the same day in 17 years. Marcel Williams, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:33 CDT, a little more than three hours after the execution of 52-year-old Jack Jones, according to officials at Cummins Unit prison, about 75 miles southeast of the state capital, Little Rock. The two men were among eight that the state had initially planned to execute over the course of 11 days this month, prompted by the impending expiration date of the state's supplies of midazolam, a sedative used as part of the three-drug protocol.

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:51:23 -0400
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