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  • U.S. top court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood funds news

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to Louisiana and Kansas, turning away their appeals of lower court rulings that blocked their efforts to end public funding to Planned Parenthood, a national women's healthcare and abortion provider, through the Medicaid program. The justices' decision to turn away both states' appeals leaves intact lower court rulings that prevented them from stripping government healthcare funding from local Planned Parenthood affiliates. The case, which did not challenge the constitutionality of abortion itself, is one of a number of disputes working their way up to the Supreme Court over state-imposed restrictions on abortion.

    Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:54:05 -0500
  • Snow storm kills one, thousands without power in U.S. southeast news

    The storm headed out to sea but the region will stay cold this week, the U.S. National Weather Service said. Motorists in northern Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia can expect snow and ice to taper off on Monday, NWS meteorologist Bob Oravec said. "It's fairly light and some of it is actually mixing with rain in North Carolina, so it won't be as bad as it was in the last 24 hours," Oravec said.

    Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:55:55 -0500
  • Winter storm kills one, knocks out power to 310,000 in U.S. Southeast

    A powerful winter storm that struck the U.S. Southeast over the weekend killed at least one motorist, left more than 310,000 customers without power and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday. A winter storm warning remained in effect for most of North Carolina, Virginia and southern West Virginia as at least an additional 2 inches (5 cm) of snow and sleet were expected to fall overnight and into Monday after more than a foot (30 cm) of snow fell over the weekend. Authorities reported hundreds of spinouts and collisions across the region as snow, sleet and freezing rain covered roadways across the region on Sunday.

    Sun, 09 Dec 2018 23:00:34 -0500
  • Winter storm knocks out power to 380,000 in U.S. Southeast news

    Authorities urged residents to stay off the roads as snow, sleet, and freezing rain were expected to continue through Sunday night and into Monday morning, the National Weather Service said. The agency reported between four and 12 inches (10 to 30 cm) of snow in some areas and warned about continuing snowfalls which could bring as much as a foot and a half (46 cm) from western and northern North Carolina to southwest Virginia. More than 380,000 customers were without power in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia on Sunday afternoon, reported.

    Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:26:12 -0500
  • Storm hits Carolinas and officials warn of potential widespread power outages

    The snowfall began on Saturday evening and was expected to last until early Monday in some areas, with up to 18 inches (46 cm) forecast for North Carolina's Mount Mitchell, the National Weather Service said. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, who declared a state of emergency on Friday, told residents to finish stockpiling food and avoid unnecessary travel. Stay safe where you are," Cooper said in a statement.

    Sat, 08 Dec 2018 23:03:12 -0500
  • Storm to lash Carolinas with icy roads, power outages

    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, who declared a state of emergency on Friday, told residents to finish stockpiling food and avoid unnecessary travel. Stay safe where you are," Cooper said in a statement. The effects of the storm, including power outages, could last for days in North Carolina, officials said.

    Sat, 08 Dec 2018 18:25:06 -0500
  • U.S. appeals court will not restore Trump asylum order news

    A U.S. appeals court handed President Donald Trump a defeat on Friday when it refused to allow his order barring asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally to take effect, while a court challenge proceeds. Trump cited an overwhelmed immigration system for his recent proclamation that officials will only process asylum claims for migrants who present themselves at an official entry point. Civil rights groups sued, arguing that Trump's Nov. 9 order violated administrative and immigration law.

    Sat, 08 Dec 2018 06:48:56 -0500
  • U.S. Jesuits release names of clergy accused of sexual abuse

    Two U.S. chapters of the Roman Catholic Church’s Jesuit order of clergyman on Friday released a list of 153 names of its clerics who have faced credible accusations of sexual misconduct spanning almost half the country. The disclosures come from Jesuits on the West Coast and in the central United States and identify offenders dating back to the 1950s. The Rev. Scott Santarosa, the head of the western Jesuit province apologized to the victims in a written statement accompanying the release.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 23:15:05 -0500
  • Many U.S.-bound caravan migrants disperse as asylum process stalls news

    Others hopped the border fence, often directly into the hands of immigration authorities on the U.S. side, while still others dug in at temporary lodgings in Tijuana for the long process of seeking asylum from a reluctant U.S. government. As rain poured down on a former music venue in Tijuana that holds a diminished crowd of 2,500 migrants, Jessica, 18, grabbed her feverish 1-year-old daughter and took her inside to a friend while she figured out what to do with her broken tent. It's not like they say it is." Other migrants face the same dilemma.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:19:23 -0500
  • Foie gras off's menu in California after settlement

    The lawsuit filed by prosecutors in Los Angeles, Monterey and Santa Clara counties accused the world's largest online retailer of violating a 2004 state law banning sales of the fatty duck and goose liver if it was produced by force-feeding poultry. A judge approved the settlement on Thursday between Amazon and the three prosecutors, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:44:24 -0500
  • Mueller: ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort lied to investigators about funds, contacts news

    U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to federal investigators about a payment and contacts with Trump administration officials, the U.S. special counsel investigating whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russia said in a court filing on Friday. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office submitted the filing to a U.S. District Court judge in Washington who had asked for more details on Mueller's allegations last month that Manafort had breached a plea agreement by lying.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:55:50 -0500
  • White nationalist convicted of murdering protester in Charlottesville, Virginia news

    A white nationalist who drove his car into a crowd protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, killing one of the counterdemonstrators, was found guilty on Friday of first-degree murder and nine other counts. The jury deliberated for about seven hours before convicting James Fields, 21, of all charges stemming from the deadly attack that occurred after police had declared an unlawful assembly and cleared a city park of white supremacists gathered for the "Unite the Right" rally. Defense attorneys never disputed that Fields was behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger that sent bodies flying when it crashed into a crowd on Aug. 12, 2017, killing counterprotester Heather Heyer, 32 and injuring 19 others.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:39:43 -0500
  • Mountain lion that crossed freeways died after California wildfire news

    A Southern California mountain lion that crossed freeways dozens of times, evading potentially deadly traffic, has died after burning its paws during a wildfire, officials said on Friday. The 4-year-old mountain lion, which biologists had tracked with a GPS collar and had named P-64, was roaming in the Simi Hills, northwest of Los Angeles, when the fire broke out nearby, Jeff Sikich, a biologist for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said in a statement. It apparently crossed an area burned by the Woolsey Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and scorched 97,000 acres (39,000 hectares) before being fully contained nearly two weeks later.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:24:39 -0500
  • Many U.S.-bound caravan migrants disperse as asylum process stalls news

    Thousands of Central American migrants spent weeks traveling north through Mexico in caravans, walking and hitching rides when possible, only for many to give up hope and turn back when they met resistance at the U.S. border. Others hopped the border fence, often directly into the hands of immigration authorities on the U.S. side, while still others dug in at temporary lodgings in Tijuana for the long process of seeking asylum from a reluctant U.S. government. As rain poured down on a former music venue in Tijuana that holds a diminished crowd of 2,500 migrants, Jessica, 18, grabbed her feverish 1-year-old daughter and took her inside to a friend while she figured out what to do with her broken tent.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:57:07 -0500
  • Michigan medical officer ordered to trial over Flint water deaths

    Eden Wells, a physician who serves as the state medical executive, faces the manslaughter charge for her alleged failure to stop an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease while the city was taking its water from the Flint River. Wells was ordered to stand trial by Judge William Crawford, according to a spokeswoman from Flint District Court in Genesee County, Michigan.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:41:26 -0500
  • Trump administration set to relax Obama-era water protections: report news

    The Trump administration is set to reduce the number of federally regulated waterways protected under the U.S. Clean Water Act in a bid to help the energy and agriculture industries, according to a media report on Friday. The Environmental Protection Agency will propose altering the definition of what qualifies as "Waters of the United States" under the regulation to remove streams that flow only after rain and wetlands unconnected to larger waterways, news outlet E&E reported, citing a document. The change could open the door to additional pollution in some water bodies from industries including oil drilling, mining, and agriculture by removing them from federal oversight.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:37:22 -0500
  • NY judge orders rapper Cardi B to stay away from victims in brawl news

    A New York judge on Friday ordered rapper Cardi B to have no contact with two bartenders she allegedly attacked in a strip-club brawl, but allowed her to remain free after she skipped a court appearance earlier in the week. Queens Criminal Court Judge Scott Dunn allowed the hip-hop star, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, to remain free without bail, a spokeswoman from the Queens District Attorney's Office said. Cardi B, 26, is charged with reckless endangerment, harassment and assault for allegedly throwing bottles and chairs in the Angels NYC strip club in the New York City borough of Queens after getting into an argument with two of the club's bartenders early on the morning of Aug. 29, according to police.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:12:04 -0500
  • U.S. Air Force missed four chances to stop Texas shooter buying guns news

    Because the Air Force failed to submit Devin Kelley's fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the former airman was able to clear background checks to buy the guns he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. A Reuters investigation last year found that the Air Force missed multiple chances to submit Kelly's fingerprints into the FBI's criminal databases after the November 2017 attack. Kelley, who was 26, was shot by a bystander as he fled and was found dead soon after, having shot himself in the head.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:37:51 -0500
  • U.S. prosecutor drops appeal to extend Turkish banker's sentence: Anadolu news

    Halkbank shares rose nearly 4 percent after the report as market participants saw the move as further indication of an improvement in diplomatic ties between Washington and Ankara. A U.S. court sentenced Hakan Atilla, an executive from Halkbank, to 32 months in prison in May for helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions in a case that has strained already tense ties between NATO allies Ankara and Washington. Halkbank, which denies any wrongdoing, has since faced potential U.S. fines in relation to the case, which Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has condemned as a political attack against his government.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 07:34:12 -0500
  • Trump, without evidence, says Arizona 'bracing' for surge of immigrants news

    U.S. President Donald Trump said without evidence on Thursday Arizona "is bracing for a massive surge" of immigrants along part of the border that has no protective fence, reiterating his call for Democrats to back funding for his proposed border wall. "Arizona, together with our Military and Border Patrol, is bracing for a massive surge at a NON-WALLED area.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:37:35 -0500
  • NY police give all clear after CNN bomb threat news

    CNN's broadcast offices in New York City were evacuated by police on Thursday night for more than an hour after a caller said there were five bombs hidden in the Time Warner Center Building, disrupting the broadcaster's schedule, police said. All vehicle and pedestrian traffic had been blocked by police, said New York Police Detective Hubert Reyes. The call came in after 10 p.m., and the news network briefly switched to pretaped programing, before cutting to live shots of newscasters, employees and onlookers standing behind police barricades outside the building.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:17:13 -0500
  • Top U.S. general urges Google to work with military news

    The top U.S. general said on Thursday that it was "inexplicable" that technology giants like Alphabet Inc's Google did not want to work with the Pentagon even as they seek out business with China, where companies have less freedom than in the United States. "We are the good guys and it's inexplicable to me that we would make compromises in order to advance our business interests in China where we know that freedoms are restrained, where we know that China will take intellectual property from companies," Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an event. A Google spokeswoman for China issues did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:30:45 -0500
  • Virginia murder trial of white nationalist goes to jury

    The murder case against the man who drove his car into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was submitted to a jury on Thursday, capping a two-week trial in which the defendant declined to take the witness stand. In closing arguments on Thursday, prosecutors said James Field, 21, was motivated by hatred toward the counter-demonstrators, while the defense argued that he was fearfully reacting to a violent situation. Defense attorneys never disputed that Fields was behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger that sent bodies flying when it crashed into a crowd on Aug. 12, 2017, killing counterprotester Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 others.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:04:54 -0500
  • Tennessee executes convicted murderer by electric chair

    David Miller, 61, was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. CST at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, according to a statement by the Tennessee Department of Correction. Asked by the warden whether he had any last words before he was executed, Miller replied: "Beats being on death row," department spokesman Tylee Tracer said. Miller, convicted of first-degree murder for the 1981 killing of a 23-year-old woman, Lee Standifer, had been on death row since March 1982.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:38:14 -0500
  • Former President George H.W. Bush laid to rest in Texas

    Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, on Thursday, following funeral services at his longtime church in Houston. Bush's casket traveled in a special train car about an hour northwest from Houston to College Station and was then carried to the gravesite behind his library by a military honor guard, in a ceremony overseen by his son and former President George W. Bush. Bush, the 41st U.S. president, died last week in Texas at 94.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:08:38 -0500
  • Mudslide risk in Southern California wildfire zones prompts evacuation of thousands news

    Heavy rains and the threat of mudslides in Southern California forced the closure of a key coastal highway near Malibu on Thursday and prompted authorities to order evacuations of almost 3,000 residents from hillside areas scarred by recent wildfires. The same Pacific storm also brought snow to the region's high country, leading to the temporary closure of a stretch of Interstate 5 called the Grapevine, a major truck route that traverses a mountain pass north of Los Angeles, officials said. The storm, which led the National Weather Service to issue flash-flood warnings for parts of Southern California, heightened concerns about the long-term risk of mudslides and debris flows around communities where wildfires have stripped foothills and canyon slopes of vegetation.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 20:23:33 -0500
  • Michigan cemetery shuttered after discovery of uncremated fetuses

    This week's discovery was part of a criminal investigation into Perry Funeral Home in Detroit, where police said in October that the remains of more than 60 infants and fetuses were found. Of the hundreds of fetuses found at the Knollwood Memorial Park cemetery in Canton and Gethsemane Cemetery in Detroit, 44 did not have proper documentation, Detroit police Chief James Craig told reporters on Thursday. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) found gross negligence in the improper storage of remains at the Canton cemetery, which was fined $135,000, the agency said in a statement online.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:59:53 -0500
  • California utility probing possibility wires involved in wildfire news

    Southern California Edison, in a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, said it had not found evidence of an energized wire on the ground in the area where the Woolsey Fire was believed to have started on Nov. 8. The cause of the fire may not be determined until additional information is available, Edison said. The Woolsey Fire burned 97,000 acres near the Malibu coast, destroying 1,500 structures and causing three deaths, according to state fire officials.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:13:05 -0500
  • Lebanese man who helped Hezbollah pleads guilty to evading U.S. sanctions

    A Lebanese businessman sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury for being an important financial supporter of Hezbollah pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges associated with evading U.S. sanctions imposed on him, the U.S. Justice Department said. Kassim Tajideen, 63, pleaded guilty to conspiring with at least five other people to conduct more than $50 million in transactions with U.S. businesses in violation of the sanctions imposed on him, the department said in a statement. If his plea agreement is approved by the U.S. District Court in Washington, Tajideen would serve five years in prison and pay a $50 million criminal forfeiture in advance of his sentencing, the department said.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:04:13 -0500
  • Body of former President George H.W. Bush brought to Texas burial site news

    Bush's casket traveled by train from Houston to College Station, Texas, and then carried to the gravesite behind his library by a military honor guard, in a ceremony overseen by his son and former President George W. Bush. Bush, the 41st U.S. president, died last week in Texas at 94.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:56:28 -0500
  • Closing arguments end in Virginia murder trial of white nationalist news

    Prosecutors in the murder trial of a white nationalist said on Thursday the defendant was motivated by hatred when he drove his car into crowd of counterprotesters last year, while the defense argued that he was fearfully reacting to a violent environment. Asking a Virginia jury to find James Fields guilty of murder and nine other charges, prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony said the 21-year-old defendant had no reason to be fearful, and that he came to the rally from Ohio intending to harm others. "At the end of the day, it comes down to his intent,” Antony said, summing up her case in the Charlottesville Circuit Courtroom after jurors had heard a week of testimony.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:53:42 -0500
  • U.S. Coast Guard chief optimistic about icebreaker ship funding news

    The United States may soon get funding for a new heavy icebreaker ship, the head of the U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday, as global warming spurs the race to stake out the Arctic, which is rich in oil, gas, and minerals. The United States has two operational icebreakers - a heavy one, the Polar Star, which is more than 42 years old and has outlived its life expectancy by a dozen years, and a medium one, the Healy cutter. By comparison, Russia has about 40 to 50 icebreakers, purpose-built vessels that can rescue other ships, supply bases, and reach oil spills in harsh polar conditions.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:51:05 -0500
  • CDC says nine more people added to E.coli infection investigation news

    Nineteen people have been hospitalized, including two people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, the agency said. Evidence collected from the United States and Canada indicates that romaine lettuce harvested from the central coastal growing regions of northern and central California is a likely source of the outbreak, the agency added. The agency also said it continues to advise against the consumption, and sale of romaine lettuce harvested from these regions.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:42:38 -0500
  • F-35 formally enters operational testing news

    The testing is expected to be completed in the late summer of 2019 and the data will be used by the U.S. government to inform its "Milestone C" decision, leading to formal entry into full-rate production at the end of next year, the Defense Department said in a statement. All tests will be conducted at U.S. Military testing ranges and installations, it said. "The start of formal operational testing is a milestone more than 18 years in the making," F-35 program head Vice Adm. Mat Winter said.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:28:06 -0500
  • In bipartisan test, Senate grapples with criminal justice overhaul news

    Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Thursday to save an effort to overhaul America's prison policies and criminal sentencing standards, seen as a bipartisan win just weeks ago, but now up against a major obstacle. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who controls the chamber's agenda, has not brought up the legislation for a vote, even though it is backed by President Donald Trump and perhaps more than 70 senators, depending on who is counting. High political stakes ride on the outcome, which some lawmakers see as a test of Congress' ability to pass any kind of bipartisan policy reform, even with White House support.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:55:55 -0500
  • Trump's EPA proposes looser carbon limits on new coal plants news

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, announced the proposal. It would allow new coal plants to emit up to 1,900 pounds (862 kg) of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of electricity, up from 1,400 pounds now. The move to revive the ailing coal industry, whose share in the U.S. energy mix has been in decline, caused an uproar among environmental groups, who said it ignored dire warnings from the world's scientists about climate change.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:26:23 -0500
  • U.S. Supreme Court appears wary of expanding 'double jeopardy' news

    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Thursday expressed skepticism about putting limits on criminal charges being brought against people for the same offenses by both federal and state prosecutors in a case involving an Alabama man charged with illegally possessing a gun. Depending on how the court rules, the case could have implications for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and any coordination between Moscow and Republican Donald Trump's campaign. A ruling against the government could limit the ability of states to bring charges against anyone charged by Mueller whom Trump might pardon.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:39:53 -0500
  • Houston residents, by the thousands, mourn President George H.W. Bush news

    Thousands of Houstonians turned up on Thursday to pay their respects to late President George H.W. Bush, a U.S. Northeast transplant who had made Texas his home, laying flowers at makeshift memorials and lining up to catch a glimpse of his funeral motorcade. Bush ran energy businesses from Houston, and in 1966, was elected to U.S. Congress as a Republican. Bush once handed a pair of presidential cufflinks to clothing store owner Michael Wiesenthal, whose shop Bush frequented.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:28:21 -0500
  • U.S. military air crash off Japan coast kills one Marine, five missing news

    Japanese and American officials said they had so far found two of the seven Marines who had been aboard the aircraft, an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and a KC-130 Hercules. "One of the recovered Marines is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel," a U.S. Marine Corps statement said. The deadly crash is the latest in a string of U.S. military aviation accidents around the world in recent years, which have prompted hearings and criticism in Congress over aircraft safety.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:35:39 -0500
  • U.S. proposes looser protections for a bird, to boost drilling, mining news

    The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday proposed easing Obama-era protections for a bird, the greater sage grouse, to boost oil drilling and mining across Western states, a win for energy companies but a setback for conservationists. The proposal, announced by the department's Bureau of Land Management, fits within the Trump administration's broader plan to increase energy production on federal lands by rolling back environmental regulation.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:21:34 -0500
  • Walgreens to link up with FedEx on next-day drug delivery as Amazon nears news

    Walgreens Boots Alliance said on Thursday it would partner with FedEx Corp to launch a next-day delivery service for prescription drugs nationwide, giving it a leg up as Amazon threatens to shake-up the sector. In the race to make inroads in the on-demand drug delivery space, Walgreens' move could potentially put it head-to-head with Inc, which earlier this year said it would buy online pharmacy PillPack. Amazon's entry in the market would rattle traditional drug retailers and could potentially disrupt major players the U.S. drug supply chain.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:48:08 -0500
  • Tennessee set to execute murderer by electric chair on Thursday

    David Miller was convicted in Knox County of first-degree murder for the 1981 killing of Lee Standifer, a 23-year-old woman. Miller has been on death row since March 1982. Before Zagorski, the last time Tennessee used its electric chair was 2007.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 08:08:38 -0500
  • Five Marines missing after two U.S. aircraft collide, crash into sea off Japan news

    Japan's defense ministry said its maritime forces had so far found two of the seven Marines who were aboard the aircraft - an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and a KC-130 Hercules - at the time of the incident. One was in a stable condition at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, while the second had been found about 10 hours after the collision and brought aboard a Japanese military vessel, the ministry said. Search-and-rescue efforts for the remaining five continued, Japan's highest-ranking military officer said.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 02:58:59 -0500
  • USA Gymnastics, reeling from abuse claims, files for bankruptcy news

    The organization's chairwoman, Kathryn Carson, cited the lawsuits in the decision to seek protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis. "Our organization is a financially solid going concern but for the hundred lawsuits that we do have out there," Carson said on a conference call with reporters. Nassar was sentenced to up to 300 years in prison in two different trials in Michigan last February after more than 350 women testified about abuse at his hands, including Olympic champions Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 01:21:21 -0500
  • Parts of ravaged Paradise open for first time since California wildfire news

    PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) - Thousands of Paradise residents who fled a monster blaze a month ago were allowed on Wednesday to return to some neighborhoods in the Northern California city nearly obliterated by one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:13:18 -0500
  • Migrants tend to be healthier, live longer: study news

    Populist arguments that migrants pose a health risk and a burden to health systems are myths used to drive anti-immigrant sentiment, the report published by University College London and the Lancet medical journal concluded. The two-year study found that migrants, in general, have a greater life expectancy than residents of host countries and were less likely to die of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:01:01 -0500
  • No chumminess between Trump, former presidents at George Bush funeral news

    President Donald Trump joined the group of living ex-U.S. presidents on Wednesday to commemorate the life of former President George H. W. Bush, but in a service characterized by emotion and good feeling, warmth between the current and former occupants of the White House was decidedly absent. Trump shook hands awkwardly with his predecessor, Barack Obama, and former first lady Michelle Obama as he took his place in the front row of the service at the Washington National Cathedral. Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 presidential election, nodded but did not smile as the one-time New York businessman and his wife, Melania, joined the group that included former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 20:07:43 -0500
  • Day of mourning in Kosovo for Bush, seen as hero for 1992 letter

    Flags flew at half staff across Kosovo on Wednesday in honor of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, who is seen as a figure of national importance in their country for having written a letter threatening Serbia if it attacked. Bush died last week at the age of 94. To Albanians who make up majority in Kosovo, he is best known for his 1992 letter to then President of Serbia Slobodan Milosevic in which he warned him not to start a conflict in Kosovo, then still part of Serbia after Yugoslavia broke up.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:59:33 -0500
  • Body of former President Bush returns to Houston for funeral news

    Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was hailed at his state funeral on Wednesday as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness who went from being a hero of American conflicts to representing a bygone era of civility in politics. Amid an unusual bipartisan spirit at the service at Washington's National Cathedral, both Republican and Democratic politicians honored a president who called for a "kinder, gentler" nation. Later on Wednesday, a plane carrying the body of Bush, who died last week in Texas aged 94, landed in Houston where there will be a funeral service on Thursday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:59:33 -0500
  • Six missing after U.S. military aircraft crash off Japan

    WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Six U.S. military personnel were missing following a still-unexplained mishap off the coast of Japan on Thursday involving two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, which may have crashed in mid-air, U.S. officials said. Japan's defense ministry said that its maritime forces had rescued one person. The Marine Corps said in a short statement that the incident occurred at 2 a.m. local time in Japan on Thursday (1700 GMT Wednesday).

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:52:57 -0500
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