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  • U.S. border officials violated court orders on travel ban: watchdog

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    The Department of Homeland Security violated two court orders in the days after U.S. President Donald Trump issued a temporary travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, according to the department's watchdog. DHS Inspector General John Roth summarized his findings in a letter dated Monday to three Democratic U.S. senators, saying he has been unable to release the full 87-page report, completed six weeks ago. After the Jan. 27 order by the president, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) "was very aggressive in preventing affected travelers from boarding aircraft bound for the United States, and took actions that, in our view, violated two separate court orders," Roth said.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:26:06 -0500
  • U.S. charges two with bribing African officials for China energy firm

    The United States has charged a former Senegalese foreign minister and a former top Hong Kong government official with links to a Chinese energy conglomerate with bribing high-level officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for the mainland company.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:34:10 -0500
  • Doubts linger after Florida's Scott pitches biggest budget

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    After deep cuts in spending for Florida schools and other public programs following the Great Recession, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott this month proposed an $87.4 billion budget he says boosts spending on some depleted services to record levels. Despite Scott's meaty 2018-2019 budget recommendation, which is about $2.4 billion above current spending, advocates for Florida public education, environment and affordable housing remained skeptical the new plan would go far enough. "It doesn't move Florida (schools) out from the bottom when compared to other states," said Mark Pudlow, spokesman for the Florida Education Association, the state's teachers union.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:22:08 -0500
  • New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challenges

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    By Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) - New leadership at Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility may not be sufficient to compensate for missteps following Hurricane Maria that led to delayed work, recurrent blackouts and more than $500 million in contracts with untested companies now under federal investigation. A management shakeup on Friday will not by itself cure the chaotic and slow power restoration efforts two months after the hurricane struck the island. PREPA's chief executive Ricardo Ramos stepped down unexpectedly last week, days after congressional hearings on the restoration.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:15:45 -0500
  • U.S. threatens to sue Harvard over admissions policy probe

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    The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Harvard University to force it to turn over documents as it investigates whether the Ivy League school's admission policies violate civil rights laws. Citing a 2015 lawsuit that charges the school's affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants, the federal government in a letter set a Dec. 1 deadline for Harvard to hand over documents on its admission policies. The Justice Department is probing the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school's compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, according to the letter, dated Friday and seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:41:47 -0500
  • Suspect in custody in fatal Pennsylvania police shooting

    Police had been searching for Rahmeal Sal Holt, 29, since New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw was gunned down late on Friday after a traffic stop and foot chase in the small town about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania State Police said on Twitter that Holt was in custody and thanked area residents for providing help in the case. The statement gave no details about Holt's arrest, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said a SWAT team took him into custody in Pittsburgh.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:56:35 -0500
  • Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

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    By Julie Steenhuysen ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Reuters) - Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan. Hospitals such as St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor have been investing in programs ranging from yoga classes to personal coaches designed to help doctors become more resilient. Some leading healthcare executives now say the way medicine is practiced in the United States is to blame, fueled in part by growing clerical demands that have doctors spending two hours on the computer for every one hour they spend seeing patients.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:21:03 -0500
  • U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019

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    The United States in July 2019 will end a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation after a devastating 2010 earthquake, senior Trump administration officials said on Monday. The decision by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke gives Haitians 18 months to return to their impoverished Caribbean country or legalize their status in the United States. Former President Barack Obama's administration granted Haitian nationals in the United States so-called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for 18 months after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010, killing more than 300,000 people.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:08:21 -0500
  • U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

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    The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:32:37 -0500
  • Witness in U.S. FIFA trial describes off-books payments to soccer officials

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    A government witness in the U.S. corruption trial related to soccer's world-governing body FIFA testified on Monday about millions of dollars paid to former soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting and sponsorship rights for international tournaments, all logged in a secret spreadsheet. The witness, Santiago Pena, said he was a financial manager at the Argentina-headquartered sports marketing firm Full Play from 2009 to 2015 and kept an Excel file which he presented in court. Each of the officials was given a code name in the spreadsheet of different car brands, Pena testified in Brooklyn federal court.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:09:59 -0500
  • Nebraska clears path for Keystone XL pipeline, challenges remain

    By Kevin O'Hanlon and Ethan Lou LINCOLN, Neb./CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators approved a route for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline through the state on Monday, removing a big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project backed by President Donald Trump, but leaving its future shrouded in legal and market uncertainty.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:05:49 -0500
  • Hundreds of Las Vegas shooting victims file lawsuits in California court

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    Muhammad Aziz, a Houston-based lawyer heading the lawsuits, said they were filed in California because nearly all the plaintiffs were from the state and had been treated there. Paddock also killed himself.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:43:29 -0500
  • TransCanada starts excavation work after South Dakota pipeline leak

    The 590,000 barrel per day Keystone pipeline, which links Alberta's oil sands to U.S. refineries, was shut down on Thursday after a 5,000 barrel spill. Calgary-based TransCanada is working through the clean-up process, said Brian Walsh, environmental scientist manager for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:40:36 -0500
  • Nebraska regulators approve Keystone XL pipeline route in win for Trump

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    By Kevin O'Hanlon and Valerie Volcovici LINCOLN, Nebraska/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators voted on Monday to approve a route for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline through the state, lifting the last big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project that U.S. President Donald Trump wants built. The 3-2 decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission helps clear the way for the pipeline linking Canada's Alberta oil sands to refineries in the United States, but is likely to be challenged in court by opponents who say the project is an environmental risk. The commission's approval was not for TransCanada's preferred route, but for a slightly longer alternative that could prove more difficult and costly to build.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:39:33 -0500
  • Trump says he should have left UCLA players in jail in China

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    U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday upbraided the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, tweeting he "should have left them in jail!" Trump's comments on Twitter came the day after LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, downplayed Trump's involvement in the three athletes' release. "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:58:58 -0500
  • Uber hit with $8.9 million fine in Colorado over unqualified drivers

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    The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said its probe found violations that included 12 drivers with felony convictions, 17 drivers with major moving-vehicle violations and three drivers with a type of driver's license required after recent drunk-driving convictions. "We have determined that Uber had background check information that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were allowed to drive anyway," Doug Dean, the commission's director, said in a statement. Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said in a statement it recently discovered an error in its background check process in Colorado and began working to correct the issue.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:27:13 -0500
  • U.S. State Dept. studying Keystone XL route for 'permitting impacts': official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department is looking into whether Nebraska's approval of an "alternative" route for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline through the state will require additional federal permitting, a spokesperson said.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:19:41 -0500
  • Elephant advocates sue Trump administration on trophy hunting

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    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Monday over a plan to allow hunters to bring home elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe, following changing statements about the possible move by President Donald Trump's administration. The lawsuit in federal court in Washington was the latest move in a saga that began last week when a trophy hunting group said at a conference in Africa that the White House was ready to overturn a rule banning the import of elephant trophies, sparking a surge of criticism from wildlife advocates. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement that their lawsuit intended to resolve "contradictory announcements" by the Republican administration about trophy imports of the at-risk species.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:42:14 -0500
  • Second woman accuses Senator Al Franken of groping: CNN

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    A second woman has accused Democratic Senator Al Franken of inappropriately touching her, this time in 2010 after he had been elected to public office, CNN reported on Monday. Franken was first accused of sexual misconduct last week, when radio broadcaster and model Leann Tweeden said that, in 2006, he had forcibly kissed her and groped her while she was sleeping. At that time, Franken was a professional comedian.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:26:55 -0500
  • Antitrust lawyer admits to scheme to defraud New York law firms

    Keila Ravelo, who prior to her 2014 arrest had been a partner at law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark, New Jersey to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and tax evasion, prosecutors said. The Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey-resident's husband, Melvin Feliz, pleaded guilty in 2015.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:42:31 -0500
  • Trump calls for Lynch suspension if anthem protest continues

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    Lynch and other NFL players have taken a knee or sat during the anthem as a way to protest police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S. Trump has called their actions disrespectful to the country and in the past has said protesting players should be fired. After sitting during the "Star-Spangled Banner," the five-time Pro Bowler rose for the Mexican National Anthem while getting equipment put on. "Marshawn Lynch of the NFL's Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem," Trump tweeted.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:39:08 -0500
  • Yellen to leave Fed board once successor Powell sworn in

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    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Monday she will resign her seat on the Fed's Board of Governors once Jerome Powell is confirmed and sworn in to replace her as head of the U.S. central bank. In a letter to President Donald Trump, which was released by the Fed, Yellen, 71, also vowed to "do my utmost to ensure a smooth transition" to Powell, who was nominated to succeed her by Trump earlier this month.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:29:45 -0500
  • Tyson puts Kansas plant on hold, to build facility in Tennessee

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    The company will continue to consider potential sites in Kansas for additional expansion of its poultry business, spokesman Worth Sparkman told Reuters in an email on Monday. The proposed $320 million plant in Tonganoxie, Kansas was expected to create about 1,600 jobs. Tyson said the plant in Gibson County, Tennessee would create more than 1,500 local jobs once it begins operations in late 2019.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:51:57 -0500
  • U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban

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    By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today. General John Nicholson, citing counter-insurgency doctrine, said gaining 80 percent control of the country would represent a turning point in the 16-year-old conflict, which has become the longest U.S war. "This we believe is the critical mass necessary to drive the enemy to irrelevance, meaning they're living in these remote outlying areas, or they reconcile, or they die," Nicholson told a Pentagon news briefing via video conference from Afghanistan.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:46:01 -0500
  • Former New York state official sued over alleged sex harassment

    Lisa Cater, a former Department of Motor Vehicles employee, filed suit in Manhattan's federal court against William Hoyt, a former regional head of the state's economic development agency, as well as Cuomo, the agency and New York state. The lawsuit, filed on Saturday, contends that the Cuomo administration ignored repeated complaints by her against Hoyt, a married former state assemblyman.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:37:31 -0500
  • Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

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    A U.S. court case against a wealthy Turkish gold trader is a "clear plot against Turkey" that lacks any legal basis, Ankara's government spokesman said on Monday, ratcheting up rhetoric ahead of a trial that has strained diplomatic relations. Bekir Bozdag also told a news conference that the U.S. case was aimed at harming economic relations between Turkey, Iran and Russia. "The Zarrab case is a clear plot against Turkey, a political case and lacking any legal basis," Bozdag told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:01:04 -0500
  • Factbox: Six facts about murderous cult leader Charles Manson

    * While in prison in Washington state in the early 1960s, Manson befriended Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, who had been allied with the deadly Barker bank robbery gang in the 1930s. * Hoping to boost his music career, Manson became friends with Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and producer Terry Melcher. * Before the killings, the Beach Boys recorded a song Manson wrote titled "Never Learn Not to Love." Later, Guns N' Roses recorded his "Look at Your Game Girl" and Marilyn Manson, whose stage name was partly inspired by the killer, used lyrics from Manson's "Mechanical Man" in his song "My Monkey." Trent Reznor, front man for the band Nine Inch Nails, lived in the house where the Tate murders occurred.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:10:19 -0500
  • Mass killer, cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83

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    Charles Manson, the wild-eyed cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Southern California by his "family" of young followers, shattering the peace-and-love ethos of the late 1960s, died on Sunday, prison officials said. Manson died of natural causes Sunday evening at a Kern County hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. "The very name Manson has become a metaphor for evil," the late Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Manson, told the Los Angeles Times in 1994.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:05:21 -0500
  • Murderous cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83: officials

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    (Reuters) - Charles Manson, the U.S. cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Southern California by his "family" of young followers in the late 1960s, has died, according to prison officials. He was 83. (Reporting by Keith Coffman and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Nick Macfie)

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:12:09 -0500
  • Pennsylvania police in manhunt for suspect in killing of officer

    Officer Brian Shaw, 25, who had been with the New Kensington Police Department for less than a year, was shot late on Friday after a traffic stop and foot chase, police have said. Law enforcement agencies near the small town about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for the suspect in the shooting, Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Trooper Steve Limani told reporters. An arrest warrant identified the suspect as Rahmeal Sal Holt, 29, and warned that he should be considered armed and dangerous, state police said on Twitter.

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:11:34 -0500
  • Trump says he should have left UCLA players in jail in China

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    U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday upbraided the father of one of three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting after he questioned Trump's role in their release. "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal.

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:51:05 -0500
  • Trump open to dropping healthcare provision in Senate tax bill: aide

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    By Lucia Mutikani and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday. The version of tax legislation put forward by Senate Republican leaders would remove a requirement in former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law that taxes Americans who decline to buy health insurance. "If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill ... that can pass, that's great," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:47:43 -0500
  • New Orleans's first female mayor to lead city during its 300th anniversary

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    LaToya Cantrell, 45, on Saturday defeated former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet in a special runoff election to replace Mitch Landrieu. Cantrell will take office as the 51st mayor of New Orleans in May 2018 as the Louisiana city celebrates the 300th anniversary of its founding by the French in 1718.

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:05:53 -0500
  • White House OK with removing Obamacare mandate repeal from Senate tax bill

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    U.S. President Donald Trump would not object to removing a provision in a Senate Republican tax plan that would repeal the Obamacare mandate if it "becomes an impediment," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday. Some Republican senators who have been critical of the plan warned that some middle-income taxpayers could see tax cuts wiped out by higher health insurance premiums if the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate goes through.

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:04:31 -0500
  • Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in U.S. blogger killing

    Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism. Deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said the man, identified as Mojammel Hossain, 25, head of the intelligence wing of the al Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansar Ullah Bangla Team, was suspected of taking part in the killing of writer Avijit Roy. Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 while returning home with his wife from a Dhaka book fair.

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:16:13 -0500
  • U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order

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    The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons. Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order. "I think some people think we're stupid," Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario.

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:00:11 -0500
  • U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order

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    The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons. Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order. "I think some people think we're stupid," Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario.

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:01:11 -0500
  • U.S. destroyer slightly damaged in collision with tug off Japan: U.S. Navy

    A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, USS Benfold,, sustained slight damage when a Japanese tug drifted into it during a towing exercise off central Japan on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said. The U.S. Navy announced a series of reforms this month aimed at restoring basic naval skills and alertness at sea after a review of deadly ship collisions in the Asia-Pacific region showed sailors were under-trained and over-worked. Seventeen sailors have been killed this year in two collisions with commercial vessels involving guided-missile destroyers, the Fitzgerald in June off Japan and then the John S. McCain in August as it approached Singapore.

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:07:06 -0500
  • Trump halts decision to allow elephant trophy imports after uproar

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    By David Shepardson and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of elephant trophies on hold after a torrent of criticism from conservation advocates and across social media. Trump's reversal came hours after his administration released a rule on Friday to allow hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States, which had been banned by the Obama administration. "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:58:19 -0500
  • Trump says decision to allow big game trophy imports put on hold

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of big game trophies on hold until he can "review all conservation facts." The rule released on Friday allowing hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States outraged animal activists. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:58:19 -0500
  • Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe: attorneys

    By Karen Freifeld and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer cover the costs using political donations to his re-election campaign or the Republican Party, his attorneys confirmed on Friday. Trump defense lawyer John Dowd said that following payments by the Republican National Committee, the president began paying the bills and now wants to make the party "even." The RNC confirmed it is no longer paying the bills.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:28:47 -0500
  • Florida men found guilty of illegally transferring money from Venezuela

    The owners of a Florida construction equipment exporter were convicted of illegally transferring more than $100 million from businesses largely in Venezuela to U.S. and foreign bank accounts. Luis Diaz Jr., 75, and his son, Luis Javier Diaz, 50, were found guilty late on Thursday of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and of international money laundering by a jury in Manhattan federal court, court records showed. Prosecutors said some of the money was transferred into accounts belonging to Venezuelan government officials.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:03:42 -0500
  • Ohio State suspends fraternity activities amid probes

    The public university in Columbus, which has more than 45,000 undergraduate students, said in a statement sent to campus organizations on Thursday that 11 of its 37 Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters have been the subject of such investigations this semester alone. The university did not give details on any specific incidents.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:58:54 -0500
  • Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

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    Sexual assault in the military, which is defined as anything from groping to rape, is believed to be significantly higher than the number of reports. The Pentagon said it estimates that, in 2016, less than a third of service members who experienced a sexual assault reported it. According to the newly released data, a collection of U.S. bases in South Korea had a combined 211 reports of sexual assault while Norfolk had 270 reports of sexual assault in the 2016 fiscal year, which began in October 2015 and ended in September 2016.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:54:34 -0500
  • White House seeks $44 billion hurricane aid, far short of requests

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    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday said it had asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those hurt by recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, far short of the aid some officials have called for. The White House said it expected to seek additional funds after a fuller analysis. U.S. Representative Frank Pallone and Senator Ron Wyden, both Democrats, called the request "a dereliction of duty by the Trump administration to American citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that need our help.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:08:00 -0500
  • Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe -attorneys

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    By Karen Freifeld and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer cover the costs using political donations to his reelection campaign or the Republican Party, his attorneys confirmed on Friday. Trump defense lawyer John Dowd said that following payments by the Republican National Committee (RNC), the president began paying the bills and now wants to make the party "even." The expenses cover personal lawyers representing Trump before special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in last year's election, and whether Trump may have obstructed justice by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, among other actions.     Moscow has denied meddling in the election, and Trump has denied any collusion or obstruction.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:23:52 -0500
  • Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

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    By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said. Ricardo Ramos, who was named head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in 2016, was also criticized over controversial contracts. Rossello recommended Justo Gonzalez as interim director, according to a separate statement.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:20:52 -0500
  • Ivanka Trump, Italy's Aquazzura end 'Wild Thing' shoe lawsuit

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    Italian shoemaker Aquazzura Italia SRL has dismissed its lawsuit accusing Ivanka Trump of stealing the design of its "Wild Thing" stiletto-heeled shoe for her own, less-expensive "Hettie" model. Aquazzura, Trump and co-defendant Marc Fisher Holdings, which partnered in 2010 with the daughter of the now U.S. President Donald Trump to sell her shoes, agreed to dismiss all claims and counterclaims, according to a filing on Friday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Aquazzura has called the Hettie shoe "virtually an exact copy" of the Wild Thing, which sells for $785 and has been worn by what it called "celebrities and 'it' girls" like model Kendall Jenner and singer Solange Knowles.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:51:09 -0500
  • Florida Democratic Party chief resigns after women say he made them uneasy

    By Bernie Woodall FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The chairman of the Florida Democratic Party resigned and apologized on Friday after being accused of creating an uncomfortable work environment for women by making suggestive comments and leering at them. Stephen Bittel's departure after less than a year on the job followed a story by the news website, Politico, on Thursday citing six female former Florida Democratic Party staffers and consultants who said he displayed inappropriate behavior. The news report prompted all four major Democratic candidates for Florida governor race to call for his resignation.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:43:39 -0500
  • FAA approves AT&T drone in Puerto Rico for cellular service

    The Pulse Vapor 55 drone functions like a cell tower in the sky, providing voice, data and internet service, the FAA said. Puerto Rico's wireless and broadband communications networks, along with its power grid, were devastated after Hurricane Maria made landfall in September. As of Thursday, 39 percent of cell sites remained out of service, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:09:15 -0500
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