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  • U.S. Navy skydiver killed in parachuting accident in New York Harbor

    A member of the U.S. Navy's elite skydiving demonstration team plunged to his death on Sunday when his parachute malfunctioned while performing in an aerial exhibition as part of New York Harbor's annual Fleet Week festival. U.S. Coast Guard personnel pulled the parachutist from the water near the mouth of the Hudson River moments after the accident, witnessed by thousands of spectators watching the show from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The skydiver, a Navy SEAL commando performing as a member of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, was pronounced dead at the Jersey City Medical Center, Rear Admiral Jack Scorby told a news conference outside the hospital.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 21:23:29 -0400
  • Motorcycles rumble through Washington in honor of missing veterans

    The rumble of motorcycle engines filled a rainy morning in Washington on Sunday as thousands of bikers paraded around the National Mall for the 30th annual Rolling Thunder rally to raise awareness of U.S. military personnel who went missing in action. Participants, many of them U.S. war veterans astride the loud, muscular Harley-Davidson machines typical of such events, rode into Washington led by a police escort over the Memorial Bridge, where cheering spectators waved Americans flags in support. The Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" began in 1987 as a protest demanding a full accounting for American troops listed as missing in action, some who were believed at the time to still be held as prisoners following the Vietnam War.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 19:55:36 -0400
  • Man arrested after sheriff's deputy, 7 others shot in Mississippi

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    A Mississippi man went on a shooting spree overnight, killing a sheriff's deputy and seven other people in three separate locations in rural Lincoln County before the suspect was taken into custody by police, authorities said on Sunday. Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, was arrested and was being treated in a hospital for a gunshot wound, according to Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The sheriff's deputy, identified as William Durr, was fatally shot after responding to an emergency call regarding a domestic dispute late on Saturday night at a house in Bogue Chitto, a small community about 69 miles south of Jackson, the state capital.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 19:06:19 -0400
  • U.S. Navy skydiver killed in parachuting accident in New York Harbor

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    The parachutist was pulled from the waters of Morris Canal near the mouth of the Hudson River moments after the accident, witnessed by thousands of spectators watching the show from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The skydiver, a member of the Navy SEALs commando unit that operates under the Naval Special Warfare Command, was pronounced dead at the Jersey City Medical Center, Rear Admiral Jack Scorby told a news conference outside the hospital.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 17:28:34 -0400
  • U.S. might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country

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    By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday. In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Kelly said the United States planned to "raise the bar" on airline security, including tightening screening of carry-on items. "That's the thing that they are obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it's a U.S. carrier, particularly if it's full of U.S. people." In March, the government imposed restrictions on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on flights from 10 airports, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 16:21:57 -0400
  • U.S. says Hezbollah associate pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy

    U.S. prosecutors said Joseph Asmar, 43, of Beirut, entered his plea at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Eric Vitaliano. Hezbollah is a Shi’ite Islamist political and military group in Lebanon that the U.S. Department of State designates as a foreign terrorist organization.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 21:41:11 -0400
  • Two men stabbed to death on Oregon train trying to stop anti-Muslim rant

    A man fatally stabbed two passengers aboard a Portland, Oregon, commuter train after they tried to stop him from harassing two young women who appeared to be Muslim, police said on Saturday. Police identified the assailant, who was arrested soon after the Friday afternoon attack, as Jeremy Joseph Christian of Portland, a 35-year-old convicted felon. A senior researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, in a blog post, said Christian's Facebook page showed he held "some racist and other extremist beliefs." The attack unfolded hours before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month, when most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims observe a daily religious fast.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 20:42:54 -0400
  • Mother of Uber CEO killed in California boating accident

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    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's parents Bonnie Kalanick, 71, and Donald Kalanick were on Pine Flat Lake when their boat struck a rock and sank, it said, adding that an autopsy is planned for Sunday. Donald Kalanick was being treated at an area hospital for what were described as moderate injuries.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 19:17:00 -0400
  • Two men killed in Oregon train stabbings after anti-Muslim rant

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    A man fatally stabbed two passengers aboard a Portland, Oregon, commuter train after they tried to stop him from harassing two young women who appeared to be Muslim, police said on Saturday. Police identified the assailant, who was arrested soon after the Friday afternoon attack, as Jeremy Joseph Christian of Portland, a 35-year-old convicted felon. A senior researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, in a blog post, said Christian's Facebook page showed he held "some racist and other extremist beliefs." The attack unfolded hours before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month, when most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims observe a daily religious fast.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 18:01:23 -0400
  • Judge overturns life sentences for D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

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    Lee Boyd Malvo, 32, was one of two men found guilty in the series of sniper shootings in the fall of 2002 that killed 10 people, wounded three others and left residents of Washington, D.C. suburbs traumatized. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled such sentences unconstitutional for juveniles and later found that the ruling should be applied retroactively.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 19:04:58 -0400
  • Texas 'angel of death' nurse charged again in baby killing spree

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    A former Texas nurse known as the "angel of death" for allegedly having killed up to 60 babies was served a new murder warrant linking her to the death of an infant boy more than 30 years ago, a district attorney said on Friday. Genene Jones, 66, was sentenced to 99 years in prison after being convicted of giving a fatal overdose to 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan in 1982. "She has been suspected in dozens of infant deaths, she has only been held accountable for one," Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood told reporters on Friday.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 17:49:25 -0400
  • U.S. says Hezbollah associate pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy

    (Reuters) - A Lebanese man accused of trying to use his ties to Hezbollah to further a scheme to launder drug money pleaded guilty on Friday in a Brooklyn, New York federal court to a U.S. money laundering conspiracy charge.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 17:07:33 -0400
  • Alabama 'pill mill' doctor tied to Insys gets 21 years in prison

    Xiulu Ruan, who with John Couch ran the Physicians Pain Specialists of Alabama clinics, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile, Alabama, after a jury in March found them guilty of racketeering conspiracy and other felonies. Gordon Armstrong, a lawyer for Ruan, said he planned to appeal.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 16:13:44 -0400
  • Sponsors abandon Puerto Rican parade in NY after nationalist honored

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    Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, was convicted in 1981 of numerous charges, along with other members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), who sought to secure Puerto Rican independence from the United States. Rivera's sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama, and the prisoner was freed this month.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 15:51:14 -0400
  • Texas teacher disciplined for 'terrorist' award for student

    At least one Houston-area teacher has been disciplined after presenting a seventh grade student with the mock award "most likely to be a terrorist," a school district official said on Friday. "The Channelview ISD Administration would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom," Marcus Kramer, a spokesman for the district, said in a statement. The student, Lizeth Villanueva, 13, told Houston broadcaster KPRC she was shocked when she was given the award on Tuesday at the end of the school year, adding the teacher thought it would be funny.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 15:32:23 -0400
  • Accused South Carolina serial killer pleads guilty to seven murders: reports

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    The defendant, Todd Kohlhepp, 46, admitted to chaining a woman inside a storage shed on his rural property for two months and to a 2003 massacre of four people at a motorbike store, among other crimes, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported. As a part of the plea deal, Kohlhepp agreed not to contest the validity of the conviction in state or federal court and gave up his right to appeal, the newspaper reported. Lawyers for Kohlhepp and the Spartanburg County prosecutor were not immediately available for comment.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 14:45:08 -0400
  • Oakland, California construction collapse hurts 13 workers

    Workers were pouring concrete to create the second floor when the scaffolding gave way, according to Ian McWhorter, a fire department battalion chief. Some ended up trapped in wet concrete or beneath fallen debris, he told reporters at the scene, according to video footage of a news conference.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 14:42:36 -0400
  • U.S. to carry out first ICBM intercept test

    The United States will test an existing missile defense system to try to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) next week, U.S. officials said on Friday, at a time when North Korea is trying to develop one. The test, scheduled for Tuesday, is the first time the United States will try to intercept an ICBM. The United States has used the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, managed by Boeing Co. and in place to counter attacks from rogue states such as North Korea, to intercept other types of missiles but never an ICBM.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 14:40:32 -0400
  • Turkish NBA star tweets 'you can't catch me' at arrest warrant report

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    ANKARA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Enes Kanter, the Turkish NBA star whose home country has revoked his passport, on Friday expressed disdain on social media at reports that Turkey's government had issued a warrant for his arrest. Kanter's agent, the National Basketball Association player's union and representatives for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kanter's team, did not respond to requests for comment. Kanter, a vocal critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, was detained in Romania on May 20 when authorities learned his Turkish passport had been revoked.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 14:28:05 -0400
  • Hillary Clinton attacks proposed Trump budget cuts as 'cruelty'

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    Hillary Clinton assailed the man who beat her to the White House, slamming as "unimaginable cruelty" President Donald Trump's proposal to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade in a speech on Friday. The defeated Democratic candidate did not name the Republican president in her remarks to the graduating class at her alma mater, Wellesley College. It is an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us," Clinton told a crowd at the all-women's college, located in Boston's suburbs.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 13:09:28 -0400
  • Fingers crossed! Washington zoo hopes to get panda pregnant again

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    Zoo officials in Washington hope they can get lucky again with female giant panda Mei Xiang. The Smithsonian's National Zoo is trying to get the 18-year-old giant panda pregnant in hopes she will deliver her fourth living cub in a move to boost the species, officials said on Friday. There are about 1,800 giant pandas in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which classifies them as "vulnerable." Mei Xiang had artificial insemination performed on her twice on Thursday after she had shown signs of being in estrus, or capable of becoming pregnant, the zoo said in a statement.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 12:50:05 -0400
  • Atlanta Fed pares U.S. second-quarter GDP growth estimate to 3.7 percent

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is expected to expand at a 3.7 percent annualized pace in the second quarter based on reports released earlier this week that showed decreases in new and existing home sales in April, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 12:17:53 -0400
  • Woman awarded $95.6 million in Philadelphia building collapse settlement

    A Ukrainian immigrant who underwent amputations after a Philadelphia building collapsed on her was awarded $95.6 million as part of a settlement for victims of the 2013 disaster that killed seven people and injured 12 others, her attorney said on Friday. An arbitrator responsible for dividing between victims the $227 million personal injury settlement reached in February assigned 55-year-old Mariya Plekan the biggest piece of the sum, attorney Andrew Stern said. Plekan was shopping in a Salvation Army on June 5, 2013, when the one-story thrift store was struck by debris from a vacant neighboring building that collapsed while being demolished.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 12:07:58 -0400
  • U.S. fossil fuel groups pull out of climate change court case

    By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three fossil fuel industry groups dropped their attempt to intervene in a court case over climate change this week after failing to reach an agreement on a unified legal position on climate science, court filings show. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), prominent trade groups in the oil and gas industry, along with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), intervened in a federal case in which a group of teenagers sued the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights by causing climate change.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 10:01:20 -0400
  • U.S. home prices to rise at a strong pace on tight supply: Reuters poll

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    After climbing 5.0 percent in each of the last two years, the S&P/Case Shiller composite index of home prices in 20 metropolitan areas is expected to gain another 5.6 percent this year and 4.2 percent next year. This is the fifth straight quarterly Reuters poll in which analysts have bolstered their view of higher prices in 2017.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 09:15:04 -0400
  • American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member died after being hurt when a vehicle rolled over in northern Syria, the U.S. military said on Friday. No further details were immediately available, according to a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force that oversees the U.S.-led coalition in the region. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander)

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:16:32 -0400
  • U.S. college teaches veterans to heal each others' mental wounds

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    Former U.S. Army Specialist Tara Barney will never forget the 2013 night when a fellow soldier cried as he described holding a dying friend in his arms, a wartime memory he had not shared with anyone. Barney, now 34, says that moment defined her future. Founded in 2011, the school's programs aim to address the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental health conditions experienced by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other conflicts.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 06:07:13 -0400
  • Alabama executes 75-year-old inmate convicted of 1982 murder

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    Tommy Arthur was put to death by lethal injection at 12:15 a.m. (0515 GMT) in Atmore, Alabama, prison spokesman Bob Horton said, adding there were no complications during the execution. Arthur said goodbye to his children before his execution, Horton said. Arthur was executed shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on his execution as it considered arguments from his attorneys.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 02:29:55 -0400
  • Republican wins Montana special election despite assault charge

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    By Justin Mitchell BOZEMAN, Mont. (Reuters) - Republican Greg Gianforte defeated a political novice to win Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, barely 24 hours after he was charged with assaulting a reporter who asked him about the Republican healthcare bill. A race that was expected to be a test of President Donald Trump's political influence ahead of next year's U.S. congressional elections was jolted by the charge against Gianforte, a wealthy technology executive who had urged voters to send him to Congress to help Trump. "I should not have treated that reporter that way." Gianforte beat Democrat Rob Quist, a banjo player and first-time candidate who had focused his campaign on criticism of the Republican effort to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 02:26:55 -0400
  • Colorado oil tank fire kills one, injures three

    A blaze engulfed a Colorado oil tank battery on Thursday, killing one worker and injuring three, authorities said. Emergency crews were dispatched to the Anadarko Petroleum Corp plant outside the town of Mead and found the site in flames, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Two workers were taken to a local hospital for burns while a third worker was taken to a separate hospital for undisclosed injuries, the sheriff said.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 01:09:10 -0400
  • U.S. court fines UPS $247 million over illegal cigarette shipments

    The ruling by District Judge Katherine Forrest of Manhattan justified the amount saying the court was convinced "modest penalties" will not make a "sufficient corporate impact" on UPS. In total, New York state is awarded $165.8 million and plaintiff New York City is awarded $81.2 million. The federal judge in March held UPS 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.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 23:20:06 -0400
  • Up to 600,000 immigrants in U.S. South may have path to legal status: analysis

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    A statistical review of immigrant screenings done by Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) determined that around 15 percent of the 4 million illegal immigrants in seven southern U.S. states had grounds to apply for legal status based on fears of persecution in their homeland, family ties or other factors. The percentage of the 11 million illegal immigrants across the country who might be eligible to stay in the United States could be even higher, according to University of California at San Diego political scientist Tom Wong, who conducted the analysis for CLINIC. "As we ramp up immigration enforcement in the United States, we should take this figure and remind ourselves that we shouldn't deport first and then ask questions," Wong said in a telephone interview.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 21:19:22 -0400
  • California inmate firefighter killed in line of duty

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    One of thousands of prison inmate volunteers trained to fight wildfires in California was killed by a falling tree in the far northwestern corner of the state, marking the fourth such fatality in 60 years, state corrections officials said on Thursday. Matthew Beck, 26, who had been serving a six-year sentence for burglary and was due to be paroled in October, was leading a crew in clearing brush to contain a fire in the Hoopa Valley area of Del Norte County on Wednesday. Beck was one of roughly 3,900 specially trained prison inmates, all volunteers and all non-violent offenders, who form the backbone of California's wildfire protection force.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 21:00:48 -0400
  • Alabama inmate seeking to avoid eighth execution date given temporary reprieve

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    In a two-sentence order, the court issued a temporary stay for the execution of Tommy Arthur, with the action announced less than an hour before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) in Atmore, Alabama. Alabama was still planning for the execution to be held on Thursday night, Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said. Three juries have found him guilty of shooting Troy Wicker to death as he slept.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:56:55 -0400
  • Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports

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    President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday. Kushner is being investigated because of his meetings in December and other possible interactions with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the investigation. Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe, the newspaper reported.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:45:59 -0400
  • Civil rights group sues in U.S. court over immigration detention

    The ACLU said in its filing that in recent weeks there have been a new series of hunger strikes at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in Georgia, Oregon and Washington, adding hunger strikes have previously hit detention centers in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. The suit comes as U.S. Republican President Donald Trump has promised a crackdown on illegal immigration and the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress this month agreed to fund an additional 5,300 detention beds for those suspected of illegally entering the country.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:25:58 -0400
  • Alabama doctor tied to Insys gets 20 years for illegal prescriptions

    John Couch, who with Xiulu Ruan ran the Physicians Pain Specialists of Alabama clinics, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile, Alabama, after a jury in March found them guilty of racketeering conspiracy and other felonies. According to court papers, Physician's Pain Specialists of Alabama had two clinic locations in Mobile. The case, filed in 2015, focused partly on two brand name instant-release fentanyl drugs, Subsys, manufactured by Insys, and Abstral, which was then manufactured by Galena Biopharma Inc.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:03:28 -0400
  • San Francisco fund manager pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy

    A San Francisco investment fund manager pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to defraud investors by fabricating an impressive investing track record, New York federal prosecutors announced. Nicholas Mitsakos, who ran a fund called Matrix Capital Markets, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 18:56:54 -0400
  • Protest in New York over Palestinian-American graduation speaker

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    Dozens of right-wing demonstrators, including far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, gathered in New York on Thursday to protest a university's decision to invite a Palestinian-American activist to deliver its graduation speech next week. The City University of New York's (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, which will have its commencement on Tuesday, described liberal, Muslim speaker Linda Sarsour on its website as a "powerful public health and social justice" leader. Yiannopoulos, 32,said she should be allowed to speak but should be held accountable for actions he considered anti-American.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:43:13 -0400
  • U.S. says three N.Y. prison guards sexually assaulted female inmates

    Three male prison guards repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped several female inmates under their supervision at a federal detention center in New York over time periods of up to three years, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde submitted documents asking a federal magistrate to deny bail for the three guards until their cases come to trial. "By using their authority and power to prey upon and abuse female inmates in their care, these defendants violated their oaths of public service as well as numerous criminal laws," said Rohde.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:29:49 -0400
  • Web of tracks, switches complicates NY Penn Station summer repairs

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    Down in a damp, cavernous space beneath the western end of New York's Pennsylvania station, national rail operator Amtrak showed on Thursday the three tracks it will take offline for emergency repairs, outlining the complicated operation. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the coming months will be a "summer of agony" for commuters between the Empire State and New Jersey along with those riding the entire northeast rail corridor, Amtrak's busiest and most profitable route.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:07:28 -0400
  • Two Yemenis deported from Mexico after escaping U.S. prison

    Mexico's government on Thursday said it had deported two escaped prisoners of Yemeni origin to the United States and dismissed local media reports that the detainees were suspected militants. The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement the two men, identified as Kamal Qazah, 37, and Salah Mohamed, 35, were serving time in the United States for cigarette smuggling and drug dealing, respectively, and escaped from a high security federal penitentiary in Lee County, Virginia, on May 3 before coming to Mexico. The two were detained in a hotel with a third man who said he was of Australian-Jordanian nationality and is still in Mexico while authorities check his immigration status, a Mexican government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:05:38 -0400
  • Unions sue to stop Kentucky's 'right-to-work' law

    Two labor groups filed a lawsuit in a Kentucky court on Thursday challenging the so-called right-to-work law the state legislature passed earlier this year. The law, which allows workers the right to work in union-represented shops and receive union-negotiated benefits without paying dues to the representing body, violates the equal protection clause of the state constitution, said Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky AFL-CIO. The union, as well as Louisville-based Teamsters Local 89, filed the lawsuit - which seeks class-action status - against the state and Governor Matt Bevin in Franklin Circuit Court in Frankfort.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 16:35:49 -0400
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to contemplate risk

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    By Valerie Vande Panne CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg returned on Thursday to Harvard University, the school he dropped out of to start the pioneering social network, to urge its graduating class to help create a new social safety net to allow creative risk-taking. The 33-year-old tech founder of the world's largest social networking company said he would never have been able to risk leaving the elite Ivy League school if he had not known that his family would have been able to support him if he failed. "There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in ten years when millions of students can't afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business," Zuckerberg told the crowd on a cold, drizzly day when graduates' dark academic robes stood in contrast to the brightly colored plastic rain ponchos scattered through the audience.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 16:28:55 -0400
  • New Jersey town settles lawsuit brought by U.S. over rejected mosque

    A New Jersey town has reached a settlement with the U.S. government and a local Islamic group to resolve allegations that the town illegally denied plans for a proposed mosque. Officials in Bernards Township voted 4-1 on Tuesday night to approve settling lawsuits filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, according to a spokesman for the town, Michael Turner. Turner did not comment on the details of the settlement, which will not be made public until the agreement is filed with a federal judge in New Jersey.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 16:18:20 -0400
  • GM is accused in lawsuit of cheating on diesel truck emissions

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    General Motors Co was accused in a lawsuit on Thursday of rigging hundreds of thousands of diesel trucks with devices similar to those used by Volkswagen AG , to ensure they pass emissions tests. The proposed class-action lawsuit covers people who own or lease more than 705,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups fitted with "Duramax" engines from the 2011 to 2016 model years. It said GM used at least three "defeat devices" to ensure that the trucks met federal and state emission standards, even if they generated more pollution in real-world driving.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 15:24:05 -0400
  • Forget Trump White House, Belgium shows Melania the surreal

    By Camille Bottin BRUSSELS (Reuters) - As her reality TV star husband met many of his Western allies for the first time as U.S. president on Thursday, Melania Trump was offered a different take on the surreal by her hosts in Brussels. The first lady, a Slovenian-born former model, toured a museum dedicated to Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte in the company of wives of other national leaders who were attending a summit of the NATO military alliance across town. Famed for works like the 1964 "self-portrait" of a bowler-hatted man whose face is hidden by an apple or the image of a pipe subtitled "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" (This is not a pipe), Magritte has much to teach the world about questioning outward appearances, and about self-effacement, Belgian organisers said.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 15:09:10 -0400
  • U.S. weather forecasters predict above-normal hurricane season

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    U.S. weather forecasters on Thursday predicted more tropical storms in 2017 than normal for the Atlantic hurricane season, which last year brought one of the deadliest recorded storm systems that killed several hundred people. Meteorologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said there was a 70 percent chance of seeing between 11 and 17 named tropical storms this season, which begins on June 1 and runs for six months. "There is a potential for a lot of storm activity this year," Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator, said at a press conference in College Park, Maryland.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 14:57:58 -0400
  • New York firms offer 'Plan B' to staff ahead of summer transit woes

    Faced with this summer's partial shutdown of New York's Pennsylvania Station due to track repairs, some employers in the largest U.S. city are scrambling to come up with "Plan B" offerings to allow their suburb-dwelling staff to avoid the largely shuttered transit hub. Inquiries have spiked for temporary office spaces that do not require travel through the busiest train station in the U.S., where weeks-long outages in July and August are expected to trigger a travel nightmare for employees living in New Jersey and Long Island suburbs, according to businesses and real estate specialists. "People are trying to avoid the harrowing commute to get into that part of town," said Marcus Moufarrige, chief operating officer at Servcorp Ltd , a landlord for shared workspaces.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 12:59:08 -0400
  • Wikipedia can pursue NSA surveillance lawsuit: U.S. appeals court

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    A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a Wikipedia lawsuit that challenges a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program of mass online surveillance, and claims that the government unconstitutionally invades people's privacy rights. By a 3-0 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, had a legal right to challenge the government's Upstream surveillance program. The decision could make it easier for people to learn whether authorities have spied on them through Upstream, which involves bulk searches of international communications within the internet's backbone of cables, switches and routers.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 12:53:32 -0400
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