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  • U.S. judge grants Singaporean blogger's asylum request

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    A U.S. immigration judge in Chicago on Friday granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Southeast Asian city-state. Amos Yee, 18, who had been jailed twice in Singapore, qualifies as a political refugee, according to a 13-page opinion by the U.S. immigration judge. Yee is immediately eligible for release after having been held in U.S. immigration detention since Dec. 16, 2016, according to his attorney, Sandra Grossman, who is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:01:56 -0400
  • Louisiana deputy marshal convicted of manslaughter in boy's death

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    A Louisiana jury convicted a deputy marshal of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter on Friday in the killing of a 6-year-old boy during a volley of gunfire after chasing his father's car in 2015. Derrick Stafford, 33, was found guilty by 10-2 jury vote in a Marksville, Louisiana, courtroom, more than a year after he and another deputy opened fire on Chris Few's Kia SUV after a two-mile pursuit. Few's son, Jeremy Mardis, 6, who was inside the vehicle, was shot and killed and Few was wounded.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:33:30 -0400
  • California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump

    By Peter Henderson RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - California on Friday challenged the Trump administration's approach to car pollution, approving standards that the White House said still need review and setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators. California Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials have vowed to lead the defense of environmental and other traditionally liberal causes against President Donald Trump. About a dozen states follow California's car regulations in full or part, and the potential face-off between federal and state regulators could be expensive for automakers and a headache for consumers.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:57:56 -0400
  • Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform 'not an improvement': Reuters/Ipsos poll

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    By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly half of American adults said the Republican healthcare reform measure is "not an improvement" over Obamacare, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The Republican bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is up for a vote in the House of Representatives later on Friday, is expected to cut the federal deficit while greatly increasing the number of Americans without health insurance. Democratic leaders are unified against the bill while some conservative Republicans have criticized it for not doing enough to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the measure familiarly known as Obamacare which was passed in 2010 and was the signature domestic achievement of former President Barack Obama.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:47:07 -0400
  • Obamacare exploding? Maybe just a slow burn

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    By Caroline Humer and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Obamacare was "exploding" after Republican lawmakers shelved legislation that would have dismantled the healthcare law. The more than 12 million people who bought 2017 health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov and other websites the law created are not in danger of losing their healthcare or having their premiums go up right now, experts say. Republicans could choose to pass a budget that defunds Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies, which help low-income people cover out-of-pocket and other medical costs.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:41:14 -0400
  • Planned Parenthood sees brief reprieve after healthcare bill yanked

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    Planned Parenthood, the national health organization that would have lost federal funding under sweeping healthcare overhaul legislation, views the withdrawal of the bill on Friday as a temporary reprieve, not the end of a threat to its existence. Officials of the organization - long a target of those who oppose its abortion services - anticipate further attempts by Republicans to curb its participation in federally funded public health programs, a major source of its funding. In a major setback for Republican President Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives leaders pulled the healthcare bill after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party's most conservative lawmakers left them short of votes.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:08:45 -0400
  • Trump tastes failure as U.S. House healthcare bill collapses

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    President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies. House of Representatives leaders yanked the bill after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party's most conservative lawmakers left them short of votes, ensuring that Trump's first major legislative initiative since taking office on Jan. 20 ended in failure. House Republicans had planned a vote on the measure after Trump late on Thursday cut off negotiations with Republicans who had balked at the plan and issued an ultimatum to vote on Friday, win or lose.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:30:44 -0400
  • Judge dismisses second lawsuit over Columbia 'mattress protest'

    A federal judge on Friday threw out the second lawsuit filed by a former Columbia University student who had been accused of rape over the school's decision to permit his accuser to carry around a mattress in protest after he was cleared. U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods dismissed the latest lawsuit by Paul Nungesser after ruling that he had not shown that the protest by Emma Sulkowicz had damaged his ability to receive an education. Indeed, it is not even the Court’s role here to determine the truth," Woods wrote in his 46-page opinion.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:17:15 -0400
  • Trump disappointed House conservatives blocked healthcare bill

    President Donald Trump said on Friday that he was disappointed that a conservative faction in the House of Representatives blocked his healthcare legislation and said "we learned a lot about loyalty" from the effort. Speaking in the Oval Office after a stunning political setback, Trump said the healthcare effort was a victim of stalwart Democratic opposition and any future healthcare legislation would likely need Democratic support. Asked if he felt betrayed by the Freedom Caucus, Trump said he did not.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:32:56 -0400
  • Penn State ex-president convicted of one charge in Sandusky scandal

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    A jury convicted the former president of Penn State University of child endangerment on Friday for his handling of a 2001 report that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was seen molesting a boy in a campus shower. The verdict ends the last criminal case in the Sandusky scandal, which shocked the Penn State community and ended the career of famous football coach Joe Paterno, who oversaw the school's team for 45 years. Paterno, who died in 2012, was never charged.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:29:37 -0400
  • Judge finds UPS liable to New York over cigarette shipments

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    A federal judge on Friday held United Parcel Service Inc liable for having illegally shipped hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, depriving the state and New York City of millions of dollars of taxes. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said the state and city are entitled to compensatory damages and fines, and that UPS' "high degree of culpability" meant "significant penalties" were appropriate. The state and city had sought more than $872 million, and Forrest could determine the award as soon as next month.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:28:02 -0400
  • Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline, but obstacles loom

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    By Jeff Mason and Ethan Lou WASHINGTON/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration approved TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, cheering the oil industry and angering environmentalists even as further hurdles for the controversial project loom. The approval reverses a decision by former President Barack Obama to reject the project, but the company still needs to win financing, acquire local permits, and fend off likely legal challenges for the pipeline to be built. "TransCanada will finally be allowed to complete this long-overdue project with efficiency and with speed," Trump said in the Oval Office before turning to ask TransCanada Chief Executive Officer Russell Girling when construction would start.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:58:32 -0400
  • Kentucky disability lawyer admits to role in $550 million scheme

    Eric Conn, 56, pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington, Kentucky to one count of theft of government money and one count of payment of gratuities, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Scott White, a lawyer for Conn, said his client faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. Prosecutors said that from 2004 to 2016, Conn, of Pikeville, Kentucky, participated in a scheme that involved submitting thousands of falsified medical documents to the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:52:12 -0400
  • Powerful Texas Republican sees tough road for 'bathroom bill'

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    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican speaker of the Texas House of Representatives said on Friday a bill to limit bathroom access for transgender people would face a tough time in the chamber, where there are worries of an economic hit to the state if it became law. Speaker Joe Straus, who sets the Republican-dominated House's legislative agenda, stopped short of saying the measure was doomed. "I don’t feel a great deal of fervor to promote that bill in the House," Straus said.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:27:00 -0400
  • Electroimpact to pay $485,000 over alleged hiring discrimination

    Boeing and Airbus use Electroimpact robotic machines throughout their jetliner factories, including to help make wings for their top-selling 737 and A320 single-aisle aircraft. An investigation by Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office found evidence that Electroimpact and its founder refused to hire Muslim applicants and "engaged in religious and/or national origin harassment".

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:20:56 -0400
  • Baltimore mayor vetoes $15/hour minimum wage

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    The legislation raising the minimum wage from $8.75 an hour would have put the city at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring cities and suburban counties, Mayor Catherine Pugh said. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would have linked Baltimore, a port city that once had a vibrant steelmaking industry, to efforts across the United States to boost the standard of living of many low-wage service workers.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:19:52 -0400
  • Conviction of Venezuelan first lady's nephews stands: U.S. judge

    Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores had argued in a motion challenging their conviction that they were entrapped in a sting operation and that their trial was tainted by a witness who perjured himself. Attorneys for Flores de Freitas and Campo Flores did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Flores de Freitas, 31, and Campo Flores, 30, were convicted by a Manhattan jury in November of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:18:31 -0400
  • California sets vehicle pollution rules after Trump brakes U.S. plan

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    By Peter Henderson RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - California on Friday approved vehicle pollution targets that the Trump administration last week put on hold, setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators that could be expensive for automakers and a headache for consumers. California Air Resources Board members criticized the auto industry for asking federal regulators to reconsider vehicle emissions targets for 2022-2025. The board then finalized the vehicle pollution rules for the state, set a mandate for zero-emission sales over the same time period, and ordered its staff to start work on targets for after 2025.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:11:10 -0400
  • U.S. charges Lebanese businessman with sanctions busting

    U.S. authorities charged a Lebanese businessman with evading sanctions placed against him because of his alleged support for the Hezbollah militant movement. Kassim Tajideen, 62, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday, and will be held in jail until a detention hearing next week, the Justice Department said in a statement. U.S. authorities say Tajideen ran a multi-billion-dollar "global business empire" that traded in commodities across the Middle East and Africa.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:40:08 -0400
  • Instant View: Republicans pull Obamacare repeal bill

    "It does now open the door for maybe they table the whole thing and just move on, and I would think the next thing on the docket would have to be tax reform. The market, to me, is more interested in tax reform than it is in changing Obamacare.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:30:51 -0400
  • U.S. business spending picking up, but may slow in second quarter

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    New orders for U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell in February, but a surge in shipments amid demand for machinery and electrical equipment supported expectations for an acceleration in business investment in the first quarter. "The evidence is building that manufacturing activity is on something of an upswing and that capital spending on business equipment is poised to advance for the second consecutive quarter," said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics in New York. The Commerce Department said on Friday that non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, dipped 0.1 percent last month after rising 0.1 percent in January.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:21:31 -0400
  • Home Depot must again face lawsuit over employee's murder: U.S. court

    Reversing a lower court ruling, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Alisha Bromfield's mother may pursue claims that Home Depot should not have employed the supervisor, given his known history of sexually harassing, verbally abusing and physically intimidating female subordinates. Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said the Atlanta-based company is reviewing the decision. "We are very pleased with the reversal," Kristin Barnette, the lawyer for Bromfield's mother, Sherry Anicich, said in an interview.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:19:10 -0400
  • North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permit

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    The law, which takes effect on Aug. 1, mandates that gun owners only need a North Dakota driver's license or state identification card for at least a year before they can carry a concealed firearm in public. Under current regulations, applicants must take a test to obtain a permit which entails fees of more than $100.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:08:28 -0400
  • Trump tells House leaders to cancel healthcare bill vote

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has told Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representative to cancel a planned vote Friday afternoon on a healthcare bill to dismantle Obamacare, a House Republican aide told Reuters. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Bill Rigby)

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:50:06 -0400
  • Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform 'not an improvement': Reuters/Ipsos poll

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    By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly half of American adults said the Republican healthcare reform measure is "not an improvement" over Obamacare, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The Republican bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is up for a vote in the House of Representatives later on Friday, is expected to cut the federal deficit while greatly increasing the number of Americans without health insurance. Democratic leaders are unified against the bill while some conservative Republicans have criticized it for not doing enough to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the measure familiarly known as Obamacare which was passed in 2010 and was the signature domestic achievement of former President Barack Obama.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:36:26 -0400
  • Rail accident at N.Y.'s Penn Station snarls travel; minor injuries

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    A slow-moving Amtrak Acela train derailed and sideswiped a New Jersey commuter train on Friday, causing minor injuries and snarling morning rush-hour rail traffic at New York's Penn Station, a major transportation hub, officials said. The accident happened at about 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), with passengers aboard the New Jersey Transit train describing hearing screeching metal as the Washington-bound Acela hit the commuter train while departing the station. "There was a loud sound of mangling metal and you felt the reverberations of another train raking the side of our train and I just heard screams from behind me as it traveled back," said Jordan Geary, who was traveling on the train with his wife from the New York suburb of Montclair, New Jersey.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:22:21 -0400
  • Investors buoyed by Trump's readiness to move on from Obamacare

    As the clock ticked down to a close vote in the House of Representatives set tentatively for Friday afternoon, U.S. stocks were little changed even as it appeared that the Republican leadership had yet to secure the support needed to pass the measure. "I think investors are of the belief that Trump is just going to pivot to taxes," said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago. Indeed, Trump delivered lawmakers an ultimatum late Thursday, saying the time for negotiation had ended and that he was willing to leave the ACA in place and get on with his other priorities.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:52:39 -0400
  • House intelligence panel leaders split over session on Russia

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    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The partisan divide over the House Intelligence Committee's probe of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election deepened on Friday, when the committee's top Democrat suggested its Republican chairman canceled a public hearing after pressure from the White House. Panel chairman Devin Nunes said he had to cancel next Tuesday's hearing with officials from former Democratic President Barack Obama's administration in order to have a classified briefing with the directors of the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation. "The committee seeks additional information ... that can only be addressed in closed session," Representative Nunes told reporters.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:43:48 -0400
  • Boston man sentenced for sale of guns stolen from U.S. Army site

    A Boston man was sentenced on Friday to serve almost five years in federal prison for having helped to sell weapons including six machine guns stolen from a Massachusetts U.S. Army Reserve facility in 2015. Tyrone James, 29, was sentenced to 57 months in prison and three years' supervised release after pleading guilty in December to charges including conspiracy to possess, store and sell stolen firearms.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:09:32 -0400
  • U.S. Jewish groups beef up security after threats despite arrest

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    The arrest in Israel on Thursday of a U.S.-Israeli teenager suspected of a rash of hoax bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers across the United States brought some relief to community leaders, who nevertheless say they will stick to plans to beef up security. "Whether or not this suspect turns out to be responsible for the threats specific to this center is irrelevant," said Brian Greene, executive director of Westside Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, which has received two threats since February. The threats, which included five separate waves of calls starting in early January, forced evacuations at dozens of JCCs, including some with day care and school facilities.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:59:35 -0400
  • Treehouses and mansions: Life in the shadow of the U.S.-Mexico fence

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    The rust-red U.S. fence along the Mexican border has inspired various quirky architectural structures, from a frontier-themed mansion to a humble treehouse with uninterrupted views across the Californian scrubland. Carlos Torres, an architect in the northern Mexican city of Tijuana, has lived in a house in the shadow of the U.S. border for three decades, and the fence that U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to expand begins at the end of his garden. A specially erected viewpoint provides a panoramic vista into the United States, while his garden is littered with border paraphernalia, such as a signpost indicating the start of U.S. territory.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:50:34 -0400
  • Man pleads guilty in Washington pizzeria shooting over fake news

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    A North Carolina man pleaded guilty on Friday to opening fire in a Washington pizzeria that fake news reports claimed housed a child sex ring linked to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Edgar Welch, 28, of Salisbury, was accused of firing at least three shots from an AR-15 rifle inside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in December and pointing the gun at an employee after showing up to investigate the online conspiracy rumors. Welch pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit an offense and a local charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:03:08 -0400
  • Trump gives U.S. green light to Keystone XL pipeline

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday unveiled his administration's official go-ahead for the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that was rejected by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. "I'm pleased to announce the official approval of the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "We're working out the final details as we speak," he said. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:59:31 -0400
  • Food startup Eatsa sued for not making kiosks accessible to blind

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    The suit claims that although the technology to make touchscreens and self-service food pick-up usable for blind and low-vision customers is available, the restaurant chain has neglected to add these features. Disability Rights Advocates, a nonprofit organization, filed the suit claiming that the negligence is a civil rights violation. Eatsa and Disability Rights Advocates were not immediately available for comment.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:23:13 -0400
  • March U.S. auto sales seen up nearly 1.9 percent: JD Power and LMC

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    U.S. auto sales in March will increase almost 1.9 percent from a year earlier, even as consumer discounts continue to remain at record levels, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Friday. March U.S. new vehicle sales will be about 1.62 million units, up about 1.9 percent from 1.59 million units a year earlier, the consultancies said. Retail sales to consumers, which do not include multiple fleet sales to rental agencies, businesses and government, were set to increase 1 percent in March.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:15:20 -0400
  • Exclusive: Trump to approve Keystone XL at meeting with TransCanada CEO - official

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    The pipeline linking Canadian oil sands to U.S. refiners had been blocked by former President Barack Obama, who said the pipeline would do nothing to reduce fuel prices for U.S. motorists and would contribute emissions linked to global warming. The administration official said that among those scheduled to be at the White House for the 10:15 a.m. EDT announcement are TransCanada Chief Executive Russell Girling and Sean McGarvey, president of North America's Building Trades Unions.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:07:21 -0400
  • Chicago police officer charged with 16 new counts in shooting case: media

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    Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty through his attorney in a Chicago courtroom to 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm that were issued by a grand jury on March 16 and unsealed on Thursday by a special prosecutor, local media reported. Video footage of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by Van Dyke in October 2014 was released more than a year later, sparking protests and pushing the city into a national debate over police use of force, particularly in minority communities.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:45:35 -0400
  • Top Senate Democrat promises fight to block Trump high court pick

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    The top U.S. Senate Democrat on Thursday pledged to pursue a procedural hurdle to try to block the confirmation of Republican President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a move that could provoke a nasty partisan fight and change the way the Senate does business. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the 100-member Senate, leaving Democrats with an uphill battle to prevent Gorsuch's confirmation.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:20:34 -0400
  • California board adopts strictest U.S. methane rules

    California's air quality board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve methane regulations touted as the strictest adopted yet in the United States for controlling emissions of the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. The rules, approved by the California Air Resources Board, tighten efficiency requirements for production and transportation of natural gas and for some oil-handling equipment, including installation of emissions-recapture technology. Methane, the main component of commercially distributed natural gas, is also a byproduct of oil extraction.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:06:33 -0400
  • Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts

    Supporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans. Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles marking the seventh anniversary of enactment of Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become widely known. "I feel sick today, but I came here because I'm terrified," said Steve Martin, 27, an unemployed Los Angeles resident who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:40:31 -0400
  • Trump demands support in do-or-die Friday vote on healthcare plan

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    U.S. President Donald Trump warned House Republican lawmakers that he will leave Obamacare in place and move on to tax reform if they do not get behind new healthcare legislation and support it in a vote on Friday. It was not clear late on Thursday evening that Trump and the Republican leaders who crafted the bill had enough support to pass it, meaning they now risk defeat in their first attempt at major legislation and may fail to deliver on a key campaign pledge. Ryan and leaders in the House of Representatives were forced to postpone a vote on their healthcare bill, formally called the American Health Care Act, earlier on Thursday, dealing Trump an embarrassing setback.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:11:17 -0400
  • Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking. The plant, built by American Reduction Co on a wide bend of the Youghiogheny River, shut down in 1936 after processing waste from the city of Pittsburgh since the early 20th century.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:57:21 -0400
  • Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts

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    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans. Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles marking the seventh anniversary of enactment of Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become widely known. "I feel sick today, but I came here because I'm terrified," said Steve Martin, 27, an unemployed Los Angeles resident who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:50:57 -0400
  • Pence says 'making strong progress' on Republican healthcare bill

    Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump and House Republican moderates that "we're making strong progress" on efforts to reach agreement on a Republican healthcare bill. "@POTUS & I gathered the Tuesday Group at the @WhiteHouse.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:21:06 -0400
  • Utah enacts lowest U.S. drunken-driving limit

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    Melva Sine, president of the Utah Restaurant Association, said her organization and other industry groups opposed the measure and see it as likely to hurt the hospitality industry in the state. The National Transportation Safety Board has advocated for a national 0.05 limit, and its representatives testified twice in support of the Utah bill before the legislature, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:13:12 -0400
  • Police detective, three others victims identified in Wisconsin shooting

    Detective Jason Weiland, 40, of the Everest Metropolitan Police Department was killed Wednesday afternoon during a standoff with a 45-year-old male suspect who had already killed three civilians, the Wisconsin Department of Justice and local law enforcement said. The other victims were identified as Dianne Look, 67, Karen Barclay, 62, and Sara Quirt Sann, 43.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:05:19 -0400
  • Two New York politicians charged with illegal financial schemes

    A New York state senator was charged on Thursday with secretly padding his salary when he served as an upstate mayor, while his predecessor in the senate seat was accused of devising a scheme to secretly maintain payments to a disgraced former staffer. State Sen. Robert Ortt and his predecessor George Maziarz pleaded not guilty in Albany County Court to a combined total of eight charges in an indictment brought by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, that was unsealed on Thursday. "No-show jobs and secret payments are the lifeblood of public corruption," Schneiderman said in a statement.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:21:08 -0400
  • Arkansas rethinks new law that allows guns at sports games

    A day after Arkansas enacted a law allowing licensed concealed handgun holders to take weapons into more places, the state Senate on Thursday approved rolling back part of the provision that allowed concealed handguns at sporting events. Some critics of the current law said the combination of college sports, alcohol and firearms could make for a deadly combination. The also noted that the University of Arkansas prohibits beach balls, baby strollers and umbrellas at athletic events due to safety concerns.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:11:56 -0400
  • U.S. settles AT&T's DirecTV case on talks with rivals over baseball

    The Justice Department reached a settlement with AT&T unit DirecTV, which it had accused of illegally swapping information with rival pay-TV providers about negotiations to show Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games in southern California, according to court filings on Thursday. The government said in a complaint last year that because of the information swaps, most Los Angeles residents were unable to watch the Dodgers games on television for the past three years. The settlement does not require any pay-TV company to carry the Dodgers channel but does require DirecTV to refrain from swapping competitively sensitive information with rivals, according to a court filing.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:55:16 -0400
  • State Department to approve Keystone pipeline permit on Friday: sources

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    By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department plans to approve on Friday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to two government sources familiar with the process. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration would provide an update on Keystone on Friday but did not offer any details. Two government sources, who declined to be identified, said on Thursday that the pipeline approval would be announced by the White House.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:46:06 -0400
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