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  • After protests, St. Louis to install air conditioning in sweltering jail

    Police used pepper spray to disperse about 150 demonstrators outside the city's Medium Security Institution (MSI) protesting the sweltering conditions in which inmates were being held, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other news outlets. St. Louis voters in 2015 rejected a bond measure that would have paid for more air conditioning at the jail and other public works projects. “The conditions in the St. Louis Jail are a horrific reminder of how dehumanizing our criminal justice system is for everyone involved," Marbre Stahly-Butts, an advisory committee member of the activist group National Bail Out Fund that lobbied for the change, said in a statement.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:39:19 -0400
  • Firefighters gain ground on Central California wildfire

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    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in central California was contained enough on Saturday for authorities to consider allowing more people back to their houses, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for a gold rush era town that was previously threatened. The Detwiler Fire just outside Yosemite National Park has scorched 75,200 acres (30,432 hectares) and destroyed 60 homes since it broke out on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Authorities have since lifted evacuation orders for the town.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:05:00 -0400
  • Drunk teens at Chance the Rapper concert flood hospitals in Connecticut

    90+ Ambulance transports to regional hospitals," Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said on Twitter. The Hartford Courant cited Foley as saying that those charged with underage drinking are scheduled to appear in Community Court in Hartford next week.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:23:11 -0400
  • Senator McCain's daughter says went for hike with father

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    Thank you all for your best wishes!," the senator's daughter said in a tweet that included a picture showing the backs of two unidentified people sitting on a bench overlooking countryside resembling the senator's home state of Arizona. McCain, 80, a veteran senator and former Republican presidential candidate known as a strong and sometimes fiercely independent voice on defense and security issues, was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery last week for a blood clot above his left eye. McCain's doctors said he was recovering from surgery well, and praised his underlying health as excellent.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:42:12 -0400
  • U.S. Army sergeant indicted in Hawaii on charges of trying to help Islamic State

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    Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, is being held in jail and is scheduled to appear in court in Honolulu on Monday to face charges. Islamic State, a militant group that has claimed responsibility for suicide bombings and other attacks on civilians around the world, controls territory in Syria and Iraq.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:38:02 -0400
  • U.S. abortion support groups put on more public face

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        The Kentucky Health Justice Network, where she volunteers, is one of dozens of non-profit U.S. abortion funds providing money for procedures or covering travel costs to help women obtain abortions, particularly in states where Republican-backed laws have narrowed options.     For years, such organizations kept a low profile to avoid being targeted by abortion opponents.     The anti-abortion movement won a victory with the election of President Donald Trump, who has promised to appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision protecting a woman's right to abortion.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:04:29 -0400
  • Evacuation orders lifted but California wildfire rages on

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    (Reuters) - Residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California began returning home on Friday as evacuation orders prompted by a massive wildfire were lifted, but some 1,500 structures remained threatened by the flames. Around 2,000 residents of the town of Mariposa, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, fled their homes on Tuesday as the so-called Detwiler Fire bore down on them. The blaze, which has blackened more than 75,000 acres, destroyed 125 structures, 61 of them homes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:22:06 -0400
  • Minneapolis police chief resigns after Australian woman's shooting

    Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau resigned on Friday at the request of the city's mayor, who said that she and the community had lost confidence in Harteau following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman. The death of Sydney native Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through the open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her family members and the Australian public. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called it "shocking" and "inexplicable." Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a written statement that she and Harteau agreed on Friday that Harteau would step aside.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:20:53 -0400
  • CenturyLink CEO says disagrees with Minnesota claims

    In an email sent to company employees on Thursday, Glen Post said he does not agree with the attorney general's claims of being "uncooperative" pertaining to the ongoing investigation. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month, alleges CenturyLink often refused to honor the lower prices customers had initially been given by sales agents, saying that they were misquoted or did not qualify for promotional discounts. The telecommunications company said it has hired law firm O'Melveny & Myers to conduct an independent review.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:23:23 -0400
  • Minneapolis police chief resigns after Australian woman's shooting

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    (Reuters) - Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau resigned on Friday at the request of the city's mayor, who said that she had lost confidence in Harteau following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman. The death of Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through an open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her relatives and the public in Australia. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it "shocking" and "inexplicable." Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that she and Harteau agreed during discussions on Friday that Harteau would step aside.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:54:15 -0400
  • U.S. fines American, Delta, Frontier for consumer rule violations

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    Frontier Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have been fined for violating U.S. Transportation Department airline consumer protection rules, the department said on Friday. Frontier Airlines was fined $400,000 for violating oversales and disability rules, American Airlines $250,000 for failing to make timely refunds to passengers, and Delta Air Lines $200,000 for filing inaccurate baggage reports, the department said in a statement.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:00:55 -0400
  • U.S. national monument in Colorado to remain intact

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Friday that Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients archeological site is no longer on a list of more than two dozen national monuments under review by the Trump administration for possible reduction or elimination. Zinke's recommendation to keep the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument intact, with no modifications, came a week after he announced that two other sites - Hanford Reach in Washington state and Craters of the Moon in Idaho - had been removed from the list.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:57:33 -0400
  • Al Qaeda suspect makes first appearance in U.S. federal court

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    Damache was indicted in 2011 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and one count of attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:45:50 -0400
  • Trump orders review to strengthen U.S. defense industry

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    By Mike Stone and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday initiating a government-wide review of the U.S. defense industry and suggest changes to strengthen it. The review is intended to identify and address potential weak points in the defense manufacturing base including companies that could go out of business and leave gaps in the supply chain for U.S. weapons systems, said Peter Navarro, the White House National Trade Council director. The executive order asked for recommendations on possible legislative, regulatory and policy changes that would improve and support the defense industry, calling it a "significant national priority".

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:32:15 -0400
  • Connecticut mother takes sanctuary in church to avoid deportation

    Nury Chavarria, who moved to the United States in 1993 to seek asylum from political turmoil and violence at home, had been ordered by immigration officials to leave for Guatemala by Thursday, said Sidd Sinha, an attorney at Formica Williams, the New Haven, Connecticut law firm representing her, by phone on Friday.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:37:52 -0400
  • U.S. Reps urge DOE to jumpstart naval bomb-grade uranium program

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Democratic lawmakers urged the U.S. Energy Department to move faster with a research program on converting nuclear reactors in the Navy's submarines and carriers from bomb-grade uranium to a safer fuel, a letter viewed by Reuters showed. Last year, Congress approved $5 million in defense policy and spending bills for the Energy Department's office of Naval Reactors to research whether naval reactors could convert to using low-enriched uranium.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:56:33 -0400
  • Flow of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from U.S. rises in June

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    The number of asylum seekers walking across the U.S. border into Canada rose in June after dropping in the previous two months, according to government figures released on Friday. There were 884 refugee claimants who crossed the border between formal crossings and were picked up by Royal Canadian Mounted Police last month, bringing the total for the first half of 2017 to 4,345, the data showed. The vast majority, 88 percent, of June's crossers went to the province of Quebec, a marked contrast from previous months where upwards of 100 a month went to the prairie province of Manitoba.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:34:20 -0400
  • Kentucky found liable for legal fees over same-sex marriage suit

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    Kentucky must pay the legal fees of lawyers who represented couples denied marriage licenses in 2015 by a county clerk in the state, a federal judge ruled on Friday in a same-sex marriage case that garnered world attention. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled that county clerk Kim Davis herself was not liable to pay the more than $224,700 in fees and associated costs accrued by plaintiffs. In the days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, Davis, the Rowan County clerk, announced that she would no longer issue marriage licenses to any couple because same-sex marriage conflicted with her Apostolic Christian beliefs.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:20:40 -0400
  • U.S. warship crew found likely at fault in June collision: official

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    The crew of the USS Fitzgerald was likely at fault in the warship's collision with a Philippine cargo ship in June and had not been paying attention to their surroundings, according to initial findings in an investigation, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17. The collision tore a gash below the Fitzgerald's waterline, killing seven sailors in what was the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen's Aden harbor in 2000.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:00:34 -0400
  • Tennessee inmates offered less jail time in return for vasectomies

    The voluntary program, which offers White County Jail inmates 30 days off their time behind bars, aims to cut the number of children who are born drug-dependent or end up in foster care, Judge Sam Benningfield said on Friday. "It is in no way a eugenic program," Benningfield said in a statement. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has denounced the program, describing it as a "so-called choice" between jail time and "coerced" contraception or sterilization.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:55:30 -0400
  • Lawsuit says North Carolina bathroom law still harmful

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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people still face discrimination and threats to their safety in North Carolina despite lawmakers replacing a measure that restricted their access to many public bathrooms, advocacy groups said in a new federal court action on Friday. The law thrust the state into the center of a national debate over equality, privacy and religious freedom last year by requiring transgender people to use restrooms in state-run buildings that matched the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity. "When legislation fails to protect us, when it leaves us in limbo, it sends a message that our lives are expendable," plaintiff Joaquín Carcaño, a transgender man who works at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told reporters.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:39:24 -0400
  • Activists, executives tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom bill

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    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Transgender activists and business leaders urged a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, saying it was a discriminatory measure that would hurt the state's economy. More than 250 civil rights activists, executives and others registered to speak to the Republican-dominated Senate as it began consideration of the measure, the most closely watched item on the state's agenda during a 30-day special session. Ashley Smith, a transgender woman and San Antonio architect, said transgender women suffer more violence than the general public, and a bathroom bill would make her more fearful.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:34:11 -0400
  • UAW talking to GM about impact of car sales slump on U.S. jobs

    "We are talking to (GM) right now about the products that they currently have" at underused car plants such as Hamtramck in Michigan and Lordstown in Ohio, and whether they might be replaced with newer, more popular vehicles such as crossovers, Dennis Williams told reporters. GM has cut shifts at several U.S. plants this year as inventories of unsold cars have ballooned. GM is reviewing whether to cancel at least six passenger cars in the U.S. market after 2020, including the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, which could be replaced in 2022 with a new gasoline-electric crossover model, Reuters has learned from people familiar with the plans.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:43:04 -0400
  • Florida man goes 'bananas,' shoots up AT&T trucks outside home: media

    Cell phone video filmed by an AT&T worker shows 64-year-old Jorge Jove of Hialeah, just outside Miami, walking around the trucks on Wednesday and firing at tires and engines, reloading his revolver as he went. Jove, a retired firefighter according to local media, was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault with a firearm and armed criminal mischief, both felonies, court records show. A Hialeah police spokesman could not be reached for comment on Friday.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:39:19 -0400
  • Evacuation order may be lifted Friday as California wildfire grows

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    (Reuters) - Some residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California may be able to return on Friday after they fled their homes amid a spreading wildfire nearby that has destroyed dozens of houses over the past week, fire officials said. About 2,000 residents of the town of Mariposa, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, evacuated their homes on Tuesday as the so-called Detwiler Fire approached. "Even though the fire has grown in one area, there's containment in other areas and those are safe for the owners to go back," Cal Fire spokesman John Clingingsmith said on Friday.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:54:33 -0400
  • Warriors to require 30-year commitment for season tickets

    While pricing of the licenses has not been revealed, ESPN cited a team official as saying that the number of seats dedicated for season-ticket holders will decrease from 14,500 at Oracle Arena in Oakland to approximately 12,000 at Chase Center in San Francisco. The privately financed $1 billion Chase Center is scheduled to open in 2019. Half of the tickets will come with a per-seat cost of $15,000 or less, while the other half will cost more than that, according to ESPN.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:05:28 -0400
  • California wildfire burns 45 buildings near Yosemite

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging wildfire in central California that has forced more than 5,000 people from their homes spread rapidly on Thursday after destroying dozens of buildings not far from Yosemite National Park, fire officials said. The Detwiler Fire, which is menacing the former gold rush town of Mariposa in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is only 10 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said on its website. "We're doing everything we can to protect that town and all the other communities in that area," Amy Head, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire, said by telephone.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:40:52 -0400
  • Australian woman 'didn't have to die': Minneapolis police chief

    The death of Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through an open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her relatives and the public in Australia. "Justine didn't have to die," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said in her first news conference about the shooting.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:20:13 -0400
  • Australian woman 'didn't have to die': Minneapolis police chief

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    The death of Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through an open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her relatives and the public in both Australia and the United States. "Justine didn't have to die," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau told reporters on Thursday in her first news conference about the shooting. Harteau said she apologized to Damond's fiance for the loss of life, adding that the action taken by Officer Mohamed Noor, who fired the fatal shot, reflected "one individual's actions." She said the body cameras of the two officers on the scene should have been activated.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:42:09 -0400
  • Judge refuses to remove block on Trump sanctuary city order

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    U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco ruled that a recent memo from the Justice Department that appeared to narrow the scope of Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities did not remove the need for a court-ordered injunction. Orrick wrote that the memo is not binding and the attorney general can revoke it at any time.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:35:57 -0400
  • O.J. Simpson granted October release from Nevada prison

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    By Steve Gorman CARSON CITY, Nev. (Reuters) - O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday and will be released from a Nevada prison in October, following an emotional hearing that centered on the botched armed robbery of his own mementos at a Las Vegas hotel that landed him behind bars for nine years. A four-member panel of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners voted unanimously to release the 70-year-old former National Football League star turned TV pitchman and actor, now best remembered as the defendant in a sensational double-murder trial that gripped America two decades ago. Simpson participated by video feed from Lovelock Correctional Center, about 100 miles (160 km) from the parole board's offices in Carson City, sitting at a wooden table next to his attorney dressed in a prison-issue denim shirt and dark pants.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:21:27 -0400
  • Five lawsuits aim to get Texas to enforce air quality laws

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    By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Green groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to force Texas to toughen its stance on air pollution by using stricter language in permits it issues to oil refineries and power plants. Five separate lawsuits have asked a federal court in Washington to force EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to respond to petitions by the groups, including the Environmental Integrity Project and the Sierra Club.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:02:17 -0400
  • California wildfire burns 45 buildings near Yosemite

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    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging wildfire in central California that has forced more than 5,000 people from their homes spread rapidly on Thursday after destroying dozens of buildings not far from Yosemite National Park, fire officials said. The Detwiler Fire, which is menacing the former gold rush town of Mariposa in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is only 10 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said on its website. "We're doing everything we can to protect that town and all the other communities in that area," Amy Head, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire, said by telephone.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:45:30 -0400
  • Chipotle shares fall on Norovirus, rodent incidents

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    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc shares fell to a four-year low on Thursday after testing confirmed Norovirus in a customer who ate at one of the chain's Virginia restaurants and a video of rodents crawling on the floor of a Dallas shop went viral. Chipotle has worked to win back customers and rebuild the reputation of the once-high flying chain, whose stock traded well above $700 before it was connected to E. coli, Salmonella and Norovirus outbreaks in 2015. Testing confirmed Norovirus in one customer who ate at the Virginia Chipotle restaurant that was briefly closed this week following reports of diners falling ill, said Victor Avitto, environmental health supervisor for the Loudoun County Public Health Department, which has jurisdiction over the restaurant.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:09:13 -0400
  • Musk touts approval of New York-Washington 'hyperloop'

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    SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received "verbal" approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour. Musk, the chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, is seeking to revolutionize transportation by sending passengers and cargo packed into pods through an intercity system of giant vacuum tubes known as the "hyperloop." Officials in Washington and New York said they had not approved any project, and under federal rules Musk would need extensive environmental and building permits to mount such an ambitious project. Musk recently started an enterprise called the Boring Company to build transport tunnels for the system, which he says would be far faster than current high-speed trains and use electromagnetic propulsion.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:08:18 -0400
  • Mexico marines kill eight suspected gangsters in Mexico City

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    At least eight suspected gang members died on Thursday in a gun battle with Mexican marines in Mexico City, which has largely been spared the worst of the country's drug violence. Mexico's Navy said in statement that a patrol of marines in Tlahuac, in the southeastern part of the capital, was attacked by suspected gang members, sparking the gunfight. The Navy said that among the dead was Felipe de Jesus Luna, whom it described as the head of a violent criminal organization.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:06:23 -0400
  • Illinois man charged with Chinese scholar kidnapping pleads not guilty

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    An Illinois man charged with kidnapping a female Chinese scholar who has been missing for more than a month pleaded not guilty during an appearance in a U.S. court on Thursday. Brendt Christensen, 28, is accused of abducting Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois from southeastern China, who disappeared on June 9. Zhang, who had been studying photosynthesis and crop productivity, was last seen when a security camera recorded her getting into a black car that authorities linked to Christensen, according to court records.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:55:38 -0400
  • UAW talking to GM about impact of car sales slump on U.S. jobs

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    "We are talking to (GM) right now about the products that they currently have" at underused car plants such as Hamtramck in Michigan and Lordstown in Ohio, and whether they might be replaced with newer, more popular vehicles such as crossovers, Dennis Williams told reporters. GM has cut shifts at several U.S. plants this year as inventories of unsold cars have ballooned. GM is reviewing whether to cancel at least six passenger cars in the U.S. market after 2020, including the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, which could be replaced in 2022 with a new gasoline-electric crossover model, Reuters has learned from people familiar with the plans.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:40:37 -0400
  • U.S. Navy to commission first 'Ford-class' carrier on July 22

    U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver the principal address at Naval Station Norfolk, the DoD said in a statement. Trump said in March that the newest generation of Ford-class carriers - the most expensive warships ever built - will remain the centerpiece of projecting American power abroad.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:25:42 -0400
  • Revenge led driver to hit mourners at S. Carolina cemetery -police

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    The man who plowed his car into mourners at a South Carolina cemetery targeted the graveside service as an act of revenge toward the state mental health agency that had employed the woman being laid to rest, police said on Thursday. James Kester, 64, injured 12 people when he intentionally drove his car into a crowd at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia, the state capital, on Wednesday, police said.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:15:55 -0400
  • Ex-Akebia employee faces losing bail in insider trading case

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    Schultz Chan, who had been the director of biostatistics at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company, has been free on $250,000 bond since arrest last year on charges brought by federal prosecutors in Boston. Cabell had ordered the weekly check-ins less than two weeks ago after prosecutors said that Chan's wife had booked airline tickets for herself, Chan and their daughter to fly to China. Frank told the magistrate on Thursday he was increasingly concerned that Chan may be a danger to himself and others, saying he has made threatening comments to his probation officer and the prosecution.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:12:55 -0400
  • Baltimore to review about 100 cases of officers in suspected drug planting

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    "This is a matter of public safety and we are laser-focused on this particular incident," Mosby said in a statement. The union for Baltimore City police was not immediately available for comment. The incident was another black eye for a police department under a U.S. Justice Department consent decree to overhaul operations that includes changes in training and the use of force after officers were found to have routinely harassed minorities.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:56:28 -0400
  • Delta proceeds with New York's LaGuardia $4 billion project without Goldman

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    Transportation officials on Thursday approved a revised $4 billion plan from Delta Air Lines to renovate its terminal at New York's LaGuardia Airport after Goldman, Sachs & Co , a financial partner in the project, exited the deal. Delta now plans to pay for nearly the entire project by itself, although the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will still contribute up to $600 million as previously agreed. "Following a period of fiscal review, Delta has opted to directly fund and finance the costs of its LaGuardia redevelopment project, an arrangement that Delta and Goldman Sachs agree is in the best interest of both parties," Delta told Reuters in a statement.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:48:20 -0400
  • Officer in Minnesota shooting was celebrated in Somali community

    Mohamed Noor was celebrated when he became a Minneapolis police officer 21 months ago, joining a handful of other Somalis on the police force in a city with one of the United States' largest Somali communities. Now he is now under investigation in fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an Australian woman who had made Minneapolis her home and who was killed by a single gunshot wound to the abdomen that state law enforcement officials say was fired by Noor. The eldest of 10 children, Noor came to the United States as a child and has been held up by the Somali community as an example.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:45:22 -0400
  • Abortion rights groups sue Texas to block procedure ban

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    Abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to block a Texas law that bans the most common method of second-trimester abortion which critics argue erodes women's rights. The challenge, which came six weeks after the state's governor signed the law, was the latest salvo in a battle over state laws enacted by Republican-controlled state legislatures that advocates say limit access to abortion. "The law we challenged today in Texas is part of a nationwide scheme to undermine these constitutional rights and ban abortion one restriction at a time," Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:35:11 -0400
  • NBA: Warriors to require 30-year commitment for season tickets

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    (The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors are bringing the personal seat license to the NBA, and the fans interested in purchasing them will be asked for a 30-year commitment. While pricing of the licenses has not been revealed, ESPN cited a team official as saying that the number of seats dedicated for season-ticket holders will decrease from 14,500 at Oracle Arena in Oakland to approximately 12,000 at Chase Center in San Francisco. The privately financed $1 billion Chase Center is scheduled to open in 2019.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:47:39 -0400
  • Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after U.S. contest: police

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    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday. The four males and two females were last seen late on Tuesday afternoon when the robotics contest ended at the FIRST Global Challenge, police said. Authorities issued missing persons photographs of the six on Wednesday.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:26:25 -0400
  • Republicans meet late into night as Trump demands new U.S. healthcare plan

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    By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans struggling to agree on healthcare legislation to overhaul Obamacare obeyed U.S. President Donald Trump's orders to try to swiftly reach a deal but were unable to resolve their differences in a long, late-night meeting. Earlier on Wednesday, Trump took Senate Republicans to task for failing to agree on how to dismantle Obamacare, as a new report showed 32 million Americans would lose health insurance if senators opt to repeal the law without a replacement.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:06:00 -0400
  • U.S. says 180 airlines implement boosted security measures

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 180 airlines worldwide that fly directly to U.S. airports have complied with a first phase of enhanced security measures outlined in June and do not face any new restrictions, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday. The U.S. directives no longer include any in-cabin restrictions on large electronics including laptops, DHS spokesman David Lapan said. Late Wednesday, the government confirmed it had lifted such restrictions on Saudi Airlines flights from Riyadh after earlier dropping restrictions on Jeddah flights.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:31:53 -0400
  • Britain tells Turkey it will lift ban on in-flight electronics: sources

    Britain has told Turkish authorities it will lift the ban on electronics in aircraft cabins in flights from Turkey, Turkish diplomatic sources told Reuters on Thursday. The sources said that Alan Duncan, Britain's minister for Europe and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson both called Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to tell him the ban was being lifted.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:53:02 -0400
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