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  • Scores of South Asia asylum seekers held in Oregon: U.S. senator

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - At least 72 South Asian asylum-seekers are being detained at a federal prison in Oregon after getting caught up in the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border-crossers, a U.S. Senator's office said on Wednesday. The detainees, held at the Sheridan Federal Corrections Institution, include 52 from India, 18 from Nepal and two from Bangladesh. All of them are single men, who flew into Mexico and crossed the border into the United States, said Sara Hottman, a spokeswoman for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:44:40 -0400
  • Record 47 million expected to travel for U.S. July Fourth holiday: AAA news

    U.S. travelers will hit the roads, rails and airports in record numbers this Fourth of July holiday, despite higher gasoline prices, the nation's largest automotive advocacy group said on Thursday. Some 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles (80 km) over the upcoming July Fourth holiday, the fifth consecutive annual increase and highest travel volume since the group began tracking data 18 years ago, according to the AAA, or American Automobile Association. The holiday period is defined this year as July 3 to July 8.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:05:22 -0400
  • U.S. centers force migrant children to take drugs: lawsuit

    (Reuters) - Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit. Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents' consent, according to the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law. The Shiloh center, which specializes in services for children and youths with behavioral and emotional problems, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:01:33 -0400
  • Trump says North Korea has returned remains of 200 U.S. war dead news

    President Donald Trump said North Korea had returned on Wednesday the remains of 200 U.S. troops missing from the Korean War, although there was no official confirmation of the move from military authorities. "We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back," Trump told a crowd of supporters during a rally in Duluth, Minnesota. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday that in coming days North Korea would hand over a "sizeable number" of remains to United Nations Command in South Korea, and they would then be transferred to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:15:14 -0400
  • Tent city for migrant children puts Texas border town in limelight news

    By Jon Herskovitz TORNILLO, Texas (Reuters) - A small Texas farming community near El Paso with no traffic lights, a cotton gin and two dollar stores has found itself playing the uncomfortable host to a U.S. government tent city for children suspected of illegal border crossings. In a quiet corner of Texas with vast desert spaces, dusty roads and cotton fields, Tornillo was thrust into the limelight when the first tents went up last week. The tent city has come under scrutiny amid outcry at home and abroad over the Trump administration's policy of separating parents and children after families cross the border from Mexico illegally.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:05:21 -0400
  • Anchorage hiker, missing for two days, killed by bear: police

    A hiker who had been missing for two days was found dead on Wednesday, the victim of a bear attack on the outskirts of Alaska's biggest city, Anchorage police said. The body of Michael Soltis, 44, was discovered after a brown bear mauled one of the volunteers searching for the missing man, said MJ Thim of the Anchorage Police Department. The cause of Soltis' death has not been confirmed and is still being investigated, but it appears that he was killed by the same bear that attacked the volunteer, Thim said.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:13:25 -0400
  • Pummeled for days on immigration crisis, Trump told top aides: 'Fix it'

    By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt reversal in a volatile immigration crisis resulted from pressure by close family members, friends and lawmakers who urged him to climb down from a deeply unpopular hardline policy. As recently as Monday, Trump was vowing to stick to a policy that led to children being separated from their parents when they crossed illegally into the United States from Mexico. Privately, Trump understood that he was facing a huge political problem, and he was keenly aware of negative news coverage, watching TV at times on a television in the small dining room adjacent to the Oval Office, a source close to him said.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:10:19 -0400
  • China Energy executives cancel West Virginia trip amid trade dispute

    A scheduled trip to West Virginia by executives from China Energy Investment Corp to discuss a planned $83.7 billion investment in the state has been canceled, the latest victim of a growing trade war between the United States and China. The investment by China Energy, which ranks among the world's largest power companies by asset value, was the biggest among a slew of deals signed during U.S. President Donald Trump's state visit to Beijing in November. Brian Anderson, director of the West Virginia University Energy Institute, told Reuters on Wednesday the executives were due to arrive in West Virginia last weekend to discuss where to invest in shale gas, power and petrochemical projects.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:34:16 -0400
  • Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, legal problems remain news

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad. Trump signed an executive order requiring that immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take. While the change may end a policy that drew a rebuke from Pope Francis and everyone else from human rights advocates to business leaders, it may also mean immigrant children remain in custody indefinitely.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:29:46 -0400
  • Scores of South Asia asylum seekers held in Oregon: U.S. senator

    At least 72 South Asian asylum-seekers are being detained at a federal prison in Oregon after getting caught up in the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border-crossers, a U.S. Senator's office said on Wednesday. The detainees, held at the Sheridan Federal Corrections Institution, include 52 from India, 18 from Nepal and two from Bangladesh. All of them are single men, who flew into Mexico and crossed the border into the United States, said Sara Hottman, a spokeswoman for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:57:44 -0400
  • U.S. nuclear expert departs White House in 'regular rotation': officials

    The Trump administration's top nuclear expert involved in talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programs is leaving the White House as part of a regular rotation, three senior administration officials said on Wednesday. The expert, Andrea Hall, has already been replaced by Julie Bentz as acting senior director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction directorate at the National Security Council (NSC), another U.S. official said. Bentz has a doctorate in nuclear engineering, and has served three times previously on the National Security Council dealing with nuclear policy, the official said.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:43:54 -0400
  • Organizer of deadly Virginia rally plans follow-up in Washington news

    The organizer of a far-right rally last year in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly is planning to hold a rally near the White House in Washington on the first anniversary of the event, federal officials said on Wednesday. Jason Kessler filed an application last month and it has been approved to hold what he described as a "white civil rights rally" on Aug. 11-12, although a permit has not yet been issued, Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said in an email. Kessler organized the Aug. 12, 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville that drew international attention when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one woman.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:15:00 -0400
  • Trump immigration order may not prevent some family separations: lawmakers

    Several Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives who were briefed by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday about President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration said they do not know if it would prevent family separations during detentions longer than 20 days. In the briefing that lasted about 10 minutes, Nielsen explained the order Trump had signed an hour earlier to keep immigrant families together as they await immigration proceedings.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:10:12 -0400
  • Flash floods punish Texas border towns, Gulf coast area news

    (Reuters) - Heavy downpours lashed Texas' Gulf Coast and unleashed flash floods on Wednesday, submerging vehicles, swamping homes and forcing numerous water rescues in towns still recovering from last year's Hurricane Harvey. Residents waded shoulder deep through flood waters running down their streets in Mercedes, Texas, about 5 miles (8 km) north of the Mexico-U.S. border, while water was rising in nearby Weslaco. Some 121 miles northeast on the Texas Gulf coast, a flash flood watch was in effect for towns around Corpus Christi after more than a foot of rain had fallen, the National Weather Service said.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:36:00 -0400
  • U.S. airlines ask government not to put separated migrant children on flights news

    Four major U.S. airlines have asked the federal government not to use their flights to transport migrant children who have been separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's policy on illegal immigration. American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and Frontier Airlines issued statements on Wednesday before U.S. President Donald Trump backed down from the policy and signed an executive order to end the immediate separation of families detained at the U.S.-Mexico border for entering the country illegally. "The family separation process that has been widely publicized is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines - we bring families together, not apart," the company said.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:25:55 -0400
  • U.S. will ask judge to allow illegal immigrant families to be held for more than 20 days

    The U.S. Justice Department will ask a federal judge to modify a court settlement to allow authorities to detain illegal immigrant families together for more than 20 days, a department official said on Wednesday. "Right now we have the lawful authority to detain a family unit together for up to 20 days. What we are seeking with Judge Gee is a modification of that so we can detain beyond 20 days the entire family unit together," Gene Hamilton, counselor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said in a media briefing.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:17:33 -0400
  • Speeding to auction record? 1962 Ferrari could fetch $45 million news

    Auctioneers RM Sotheby's said on Wednesday that the red Ferrari was one of just 36 examples of the 250 GTO model built by the famed Italian car maker. It has been owned since 2000 by American car collector and Numerix software company chairman Dr. Greg Whitten, who has raced it in vintage events, the auction house said. "The GTO was essentially the final true road racer, marking the end of an era when drivers really got their hands dirty," RM Sotheby's car specialist Shelby Myers said in a statement.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:15:17 -0400
  • ACLU to continue lawsuit over Trump policies toward immigrant families

    (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday said it plans to continue pursuing its lawsuit challenging U.S. President Donald Trump's policies concerning the treatment of immigrant families trying to enter the country. The nonprofit plans to seek an order in the federal court in San Diego compelling the reunification of immigrant parents with their children, a lawyer for the ACLU said in a phone interview. The announcement came after Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending the separation of families and instead calling for the detention of parents and children together.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:07:41 -0400
  • New York sues 3M, five others over toxic chemical contamination news

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state sued 3M Co and five other companies to recover the cost of cleaning up environmental contamination caused by toxic chemicals in firefighting foam that they manufactured. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Barbara Underwood said on Wednesday the lawsuit seeks more than $38.8 million plus punitive damages and is the first of its type by a U.S. state. New York said the use of the foam at five military and civilian airports in the state caused "extensive contamination" to nearby fish, soil and water and increased the risk to people of immune system damage and other health problems.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:51:44 -0400
  • EPA to propose reallocating waived biofuels volumes to other refiners: sources

    By Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose reallocating biofuel blending obligations waived under its small refinery exemption program to other refiners, in an announcement that could come as early as Friday, according to two sources familiar with the agency's plans. The EPA is expected to make the announcement as part of the release on Friday of the agency's proposed annual biofuel blending mandates under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), one source told Reuters. The RFS requires refiners to blend biofuels like ethanol into the fuel pool or buy compliance credits from those who do.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:37:31 -0400
  • Tent city for migrant children puts Texas border town in limelight news

    By Jon Herskovitz TORNILLO, Texas (Reuters) - A small Texas farming community near El Paso with no traffic lights, a cotton gin and two dollar stores has found itself playing the uncomfortable host to a U.S. government tent city for children suspected of illegal border crossings. In a quiet corner of Texas with vast desert spaces, dusty roads and cotton fields, Tornillo was thrust into the limelight when the first tents went up last week. The tent city has come under scrutiny amid outcry at home and abroad over the Trump administration's policy of separating parents and children after families cross the border from Mexico illegally.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:25:19 -0400
  • Trump administration to ask court to modify order on detained immigrant families

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An executive ordered signed by President Donald Trump on Wednesday directs the U.S. Justice Department to seek a modification of a court order to permit families that enter the United States illegally to be detained together until their criminal proceedings are concluded, a text of the order shows. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Bill Trott)

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:45:33 -0400
  • Canada PM pressured to suspend U.S. refugee agreement in face of 'unacceptable' policy news

    OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday the U.S. practice of separating immigrant children from their parents on its southern border was "unacceptable", even as he resisted pressure to suspend a bilateral agreement designating the United States a "safe" country for refugees. Trudeau has been under increasing pressure to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, a 2004-era pact under which asylum seekers presenting at a land border crossing in either country are turned back and told to apply for refugee status in the first country they arrived in.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:37:19 -0400
  • Trump signs executive order to keep immigrant families together

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, addressing what his administration has characterized as an unwanted side effect of his zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration, signed an executive order on Wednesday to keep families who illegally cross the U.S. southern border together as they await immigration proceedings. "It's about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border,” Trump told reporters as he signed the measure. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:30:41 -0400
  • West Virginia Supreme Court justice charged with fraud

    Loughry, 47, who was elected in 2012, was charged with using a government vehicle and credit card on personal trips, submitting mileage claims for reimbursement for a government vehicle he used and making unlawful personal use of a historically significant desk, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a statement issued by his office in Charleston. The indictment also accused him of trying to obstruct the grand jury investigation by seeking to influence the testimony of a Supreme Court employee.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:56:26 -0400
  • U.S. Air Force says Boeing KC-46 aircraft delivery to start in October

    The first delivery was scheduled for the second quarter of 2018, but, the Air Force said in March it would more likely occur late in the year. "The KC-46 is a top priority for The Boeing Company, and we have the best of Boeing working to ensure the U.S. Air Force gets their tankers as quickly as possible," Boeing said on Wednesday.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:50:09 -0400
  • Michael Bloomberg to spend $80 million to help elect Democrats: NYT news

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a frequent critic of Republican President Donald Trump, intends to spend $80 million helping Democratic candidates in November's U.S. congressional elections, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The report said that Bloomberg, a political independent, has directed aides to spend the money in order to expel Republicans from power. "I've never thought that the public is well-served when one party is entirely out of power, and I think the past year and half has been evidence of that," Bloomberg said in a statement to Reuters, which did not confirm the dollar amount.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:42:33 -0400
  • Families to be held together under Trump immigration order: official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Immigrant families who illegally cross the U.S. southern border will be detained together under an executive order President Donald Trump will sign on Wednesday, an administration official said. The order will also give these families precedence when it comes to immigration proceedings, but it will not end the administration's so-called zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration, the official said. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by James Dalgleish)

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:58:13 -0400
  • Catholic cardinal in Washington accused of sex abuse news

    The Vatican has asked retired Washington, D.C., Archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to cease public ministry after finding he was credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager almost 50 years ago, the archdiocese and McCarrick said on Wednesday. McCarrick is among the highest-ranking of the more than 6,700 U.S. Roman Catholic clerics to be accused of sexually abusing children since the church's sex abuse scandal broke in 2002, according to, a private group that tracks the allegations. McCarrick, 87, was accused of sexually abusing a teenager when he was a priest in New York, he said in a statement.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:16:52 -0400
  • Ex-NY state Senate leader, son face retrial on corruption charges news

    By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam began their second trial on federal corruption charges on Wednesday, nearly a year after an appeals court threw out their 2015 convictions. "This case is about the abuse of political power to satisfy personal greed," Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Zolkind told jurors in his opening statement in Manhattan federal court. "That is pure corruption," Zolkind said.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:41:58 -0400
  • Special Report: Trump's catch-and-detain policy snares illegal immigrants long in U.S news

    By Mica Rosenberg and Reade Levinson OCILLA, Georgia (Reuters) - Morena Vasquez didn’t want to drive that February night last year, but a co-worker at her job cleaning offices near Atlanta needed some keys dropped off. “I knew it was my responsibility,” Vasquez said. An El Salvador native, she had crossed illegally into the United States as a teenager, and though she had lived in Georgia for 23 years, she was unable to get a driver’s license under state law.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:19:29 -0400
  • Ohio State University closes sexual assault unit; cites mismanagement

    The university launched its comprehensive prevention effort to combat sexual misconduct in 2015, at a time of intense public focus on sex assault on U.S. college campuses. Its move to shut down the program comes as the #MeToo movement has intensified focus on sexual harassment and assault in many spheres of American life. A review conducted by an external law firm revealed that the campus Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit did not properly document and report information about some sexual assault complaints by students, Chris Davey, a spokesman for the university, said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:04:16 -0400
  • In Mexico, Trump's child separations trigger wrenching decisions news

    CIUDAD JUAREZ/TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Epigmenio Centeno had hoped to cross the Mexican border into the United States in the coming months, but he and his wife have shelved their plans for fear of being separated from their two sons under U.S. President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. The family's quandary mirrors life-changing decisions being made all the way from Central America to the Mexico-U.S. border, as migrant families en route to the United States take pause to consider whether losing sight of their children is worse than the violence back home.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:32:21 -0400
  • House to vote Thursday on immigration legislation: Ryan news

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said on Wednesday the House would vote on immigration legislation on Thursday that would end the practice of separating families who cross the U.S. border illegally. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:24:02 -0400
  • Washington D.C. residents approve wage hike for tipped workers news

    Tipped workers in Washington, D.C. will eventually become the highest paid in the United States after voters passed a measure to drastically increase their minimum wage. "The is a huge victory for tipped workers," Diana Ramirez, director of Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington D.C., said after the polls closed. The measure was the latest effort to raise pay for low-income workers across the United States through the "Fight for $15" campaign, which contends that service-industry employees have been left behind economically in recent years.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:02:06 -0400
  • Trump says would back both House immigration bills as separation crisis grows news

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Republican lawmakers on Tuesday he would back either of the immigration bills making their way through the House of Representatives, as the outcry grew over his administration's separation of immigrant parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Representative Mark Meadows said Trump told Republican members of the House at a meeting on Capitol Hill that they needed to get something done on immigration "right away." In the meeting, Trump said separating families was "certainly not an attractive thing and does look bad,” added Representative Tom Cole.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 03:47:32 -0400
  • Ex-TCW fund manager ordered to turn over texts in harassment lawsuit

    A New York State judge on Tuesday ordered a former TCW Group Inc fund manager to hand over text messages sent to her friend around the same time that she had messaged about an alleged sexual encounter with her boss. Fund manager Sara Tirschwell filed a $30 million lawsuit earlier this year claiming TCW terminated her in retaliation for complaining that her boss, TCW head of alternative products Jess Ravich, coerced her into having sex. Attorneys for TCW and Ravich said on Tuesday that they believe a text message Tirschwell sent to her friend about having sex with Ravich in May 2016 was fabricated, an allegation representatives for Tirschwell deny.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 02:21:38 -0400
  • New York to sue Trump administration over family border separations: governor

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a political opponent of U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday that the state would sue the Trump administration for separating children of immigrants from their parents when apprehended illegally crossing the U.S. border. The separations and detention of children at the southern U.S. border with Mexico have caused an uproar in the United States and condemnation abroad, fueled by videos of children in cages and audiotape of children wailing for their parents that has been broadcast on cable networks and posted on social media. "The Trump Administration's policy to tear apart families is a moral failing and a human tragedy," Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:00:31 -0400
  • U.S. judge dismisses Charleston shooting lawsuits, criticizes FBI news

    U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also criticized what he called "abysmally poor" Federal Bureau of Investigation policies for the system that allowed Dylann Roof buy the gun he used to kill nine people, all African-Americans, at a historic black church in Charleston. Wrongful death lawsuits filed by survivors and family members of victims of the shooting alleged that at least one of the background check databases maintained by the federal government had information that should have prevented the firearm sale.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 22:39:44 -0400
  • EPA chief to face Senate panel in August news

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt will testify before the Senate's environment committee in August, panel chairman Senator John Barrasso said on Tuesday, where he will face questions about spending and ethics controversies. Barrasso said previously that he would call Pruitt to testify about Pruitt's spending on first class travel, use of security detail and connections with lobbyists and industry groups.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 22:37:42 -0400
  • U.S. Marines award amphibious vehicle deal to BAE

    The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems PLC a contract for wheeled amphibious combat vehicles (ACV) that transport Marines from ship to shore under hostile conditions, the defense contractor said on Tuesday. The award is a blow to defense services company Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), which was competing to be lead contractor on the vehicle.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:40:47 -0400
  • China's Jinko to produce solar panels in Florida by fourth quarter despite tariffs

    By Dave Gregorio NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd expects to start manufacturing solar panels at a new factory in Jacksonville, Florida, by the fourth quarter, and production will not be affected by the latest round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese products, a company executive said on Tuesday. The administration of President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to slap a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods in addition to import duties previously announced on $50 billion in goods, deepening a trade conflict that has hit financial markets and has led Beijing to vow a firm response. Jeff Juger, business development director of JinkoSolar, said the $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese products "do not impact our operation in Florida because all the cells we're going to import (to the plant) come from Malaysia." And to deal with tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported solar panels earlier this year, Juger said the Florida plant would take advantage of an exemption that allows U.S. manufacturers to import 2.5 gigawatts of tariff-free cells for use in manufacturing solar modules at American plants.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:17:53 -0400
  • At-risk Republicans separate themselves from Trump's border policy

    By Sharon Bernstein and James Oliphant MODESTO, Calif./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant parents and their children at the U.S.-Mexico border has vulnerable Republican congressional candidates scrambling to distance themselves from the issue - but not from the president. As images of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children affected by Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy filled worldwide media, the overwhelming majority of Republicans in competitive districts in November's elections issued statements and took to social media to try to tell voters that they did not condone removing children from their parents. At the same time, many of those Republicans dared not stray too far from Trump and his agenda, given his popularity with his conservative base.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:03:21 -0400
  • Mexico calls migrant children separation 'inhumane,' 'racist'

    By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's foreign minister on Tuesday called the separation of children from immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border "cruel and inhumane" while the leftist front-runner ahead of next month's presidential vote called it "racist." Images published this week of children and youths sitting in concrete-floored cages in U.S. shelter facilities have generated outrage. "This is a clear violation of human rights and puts children, including those with disabilities, in a vulnerable situation," Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray told a news conference in Mexico City, where he urged the United States to reconsider the practice. Videgaray said the Mexican government had made its position clear to U.S. President Donald Trump's administration and raised the issue with senior United Nations officials, including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:03:40 -0400
  • Hurdles facing parents and children separated at U.S. border news

    (Reuters) - Over 2,300 children were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border between May 5 and June 9 under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said on Tuesday, and immigration advocates and legal experts say there is no clear system in place to reunite them. Parents who are no longer detained "are entitled to get their kids back through a documented process," U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. When are children and parents separated?

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:57:26 -0400
  • Hollywood producers speak out against Fox over immigration stance news

    Some powerful Hollywood producers and directors have criticized Twenty-First Century Fox Inc over its news commentators' support for the U.S. immigration crackdown that separates children from their parents, with one award-winning producer threatening to take his work elsewhere. Steve Levitan, the co-creator of Emmy-winning comedy "Modern Family," said on Twitter he was "disgusted" to work for the Fox television studio because it is owned by the same company as Fox News. Levitan later backtracked, expressing respect for senior Fox group executives Peter Rice, Dana Walden and Gary Newman.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:23:28 -0400
  • Ford to redevelop symbol of Detroit decline to house tech workers news

    Ford Motor Co executives on Tuesday said the automaker will renovate and revamp Michigan Central Station, Detroit's infamous blighted landmark, turning it into offices for up to 5,000 tech workers and software engineers focused on self-driving vehicles and ancillary technologies and services. Speaking to a large crowd outside the grand, yet dilapidated 18-story Michigan Central Station, Ford family scion and the automaker's executive chairman, Bill Ford, recalled how the railway station, opened in 1914, brought countless thousands of immigrants to Detroit during its heyday, before closing in 1988 and falling into disrepair. "This became a place where hope left, it became a symbol of the city's hard times" Ford told a crowd gathered in front of the looming structure.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:14:11 -0400
  • Trump says he'll sign any Republican immigration law the House passes: lawmaker

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Republican members of Congress on Tuesday he would sign any Republican immigration bill the House of Representatives passes without seeking any changes, Representative Carlos Curbelo told reporters.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:12:02 -0400
  • Trump told House Republicans he backs both immigration bills: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told a meeting of House of Representatives Republicans on Tuesday that he supports both Republican immigration bills being considered by the chamber, a White House spokesman said.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:11:48 -0400
  • FBI agent escorted from office after text messages critical of Trump

    An FBI agent who criticized then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in text messages in 2016 was taken to task by Republicans at a U.S. Congress hearing on Tuesday, while his lawyer said he was recently escorted out of the FBI building. Peter Strzok, who once worked on the FBI investigation into the handling of classified information by former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, has become a target for Republicans trying to show the FBI is biased against Trump.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:07:04 -0400
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