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  • Judge rejects Missouri governor's bid to dismiss criminal case news

    By Sue Britt ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A St. Louis judge on Thursday rejected a bid to dismiss a criminal invasion of privacy charge against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens stemming from a sex scandal involving an extramarital affair. Judge Rex Burlison ruled against the Republican governor's legal team, which filed a motion last week accusing Kim Gardner, the Democratic circuit attorney for the city of St. Louis, of prosecutorial misconduct, saying she tried to conceal video evidence favorable to the governor and his assertions that the affair was entirely consensual. ...

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:54:01 -0400
  • Puerto Rico restores power to over 70 perecnt of customers after blackout news

    Puerto Rico's power company said it had restored power to over 1.1 million homes and businesses by Thursday morning after a transmission line failure cut service to almost all of the island's 3.4 million residents the day before. The Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, was working to restore power to the less than 30 percent of customers in the U.S. territory still without power after Wednesday morning's blackout. The power line failure in southern Puerto Rico was the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:54:23 -0400
  • Black men arrested at Starbucks want change in U.S. racial attitudes news

    Two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks Corp cafe in Philadelphia while waiting for a friend said on Thursday they hoped the widely publicized incident would lead to changes in U.S. racial attitudes. The men, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" that they wanted to use their arrests a week ago to ensure no one else would undergo a similar experience. It sparked protests and a decision by Starbucks to close more than 8,000 stores on May 29 to conduct racial-bias training for employees.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:21:29 -0400
  • FAA to order inspections of jet engines after Southwest blast news

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspection of about 220 aircraft engines as investigators have found that a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion this week on a Southwest flight, killing a passenger. The order, which it initially proposed in August following an incident in 2016, will require ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of takeoffs. Airlines said that because fan blades may have been repaired and moved to other engines, the order would affect far more than 220 of the CFM56-7Bs, which are made by a partnership of France's Safran and General Electric .

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:15:01 -0400
  • Deadly South Carolina prison riot exposes staffing shortage news

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gang-related melee at a South Carolina prison that ended with seven dead and 17 injured, the deadliest U.S. prison riot in a quarter century, exposed the vulnerability of an understaffed system. Forty-four guards were on duty overseeing 1,583 inmates at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, when the violence broke out, and it took eight hours to put an end to the riot early on Monday. Across the country, cuts to state budgets have left state prison systems understaffed, a reality that prison officials and law enforcement experts say increases the risk of being unable to contain any outbreaks of violence quickly.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:54:42 -0400
  • Alabama set to execute 83-year-old convicted bomber news

    The execution of Walter Moody is planned for 6 p.m. at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. If the execution is carried out, Moody would replace John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in Mississippi, as the oldest person executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:12:57 -0400
  • Southwest challenged engine maker CFM over proposed FAA inspections news

    Southwest Airlines Co clashed with engine maker CFM over the timing of proposed inspections and with regulators over costs after a 2016 accident involving the airline that was caused by a fan blade separating, public documents showed. The documents, which are on a U.S. federal website and were viewed by Reuters, reveal the wrangling over previously proposed safety checks on CFM engines that are now the focus of investigations following a fatal engine explosion this week.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:36:33 -0400
  • FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it would order inspection of some 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger. The order, called an air-worthiness directive, would require an ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of takeoffs. The CFM56 engine on Southwest flight 1380 blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, about 20 minutes after the Dallas-bound flight left New York's LaGuardia Airport with 149 people on board.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:55:20 -0400
  • Judge finds Kansas' Kris Kobach in contempt of court news

    (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday found Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court for disobeying her order not to enforce the state's disputed proof-of-citizenship voter registration law while the court weighed its legality. Kobach is the front-running Republican candidate for Kansas governor, despite ongoing legal battles over the voter registration law he has sought to enforce as the state's top election official. Wednesday's ruling was the latest in a series of rebukes of Kobach by Judge Julie Robinson of Kansas City.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:03:47 -0400
  • Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout news

    A power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to almost all 3.4 million residents on Wednesday, the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the U.S. territory's bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility. In a statement, the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, said "technical personnel" were working to determine a cause and expected to restore service in 24 to 36 hours. Puerto Rico's smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques, as well as a pair of microgrids on the main island, were unaffected.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:45:49 -0400
  • Former U.S. Olympians tell Congress more reforms needed in gymnastics news

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. gymnastics needs more reforms to wipe out sexual abuse after a scandal involving an ex-team doctor convicted of molesting female athletes, former Olympic athletes told a Senate panel on Wednesday. Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Jordyn Wieber told lawmakers evaluating the impact of reform legislation that only a housecleaning of staff at USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, could guarantee that a culture of abuse was eradicated.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:17:14 -0400
  • Ex-Playboy model released from deal not to discuss alleged Trump affair

    (Reuters) - Former Playboy model Karen McDougal reached an agreement on Wednesday with tabloid publisher American Media Inc that will allow her to speak freely about an affair she alleges she had with President Donald Trump, the company said in a statement. McDougal filed suit in California last month seeking to be released from a deal reached in 2016 with AMI, publisher of the National Enquirer, that gave the company exclusive rights to her story in exchange for $150,000. "AMI is pleased that we reached an amicable resolution with Ms. McDougal today that provides both sides what they wanted as a result," the company said in a statement.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:12:31 -0400
  • FAA orders inspection of jet engines following Southwest flight explosion

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it would order inspection of some 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off the explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger. The so-called air-worthiness directive would require an ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of flights. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:46:44 -0400
  • Southwest passenger trolled for livestreaming stricken flight

    The first reaction of Southwest Airlines passenger Marty Martinez when an engine exploded on the plane on Tuesday was to live stream what he feared might be his last minutes of life. One passenger, bank executive Jennifer Riordan, was killed when she was partially pulled through a shattered plane window. Evidently the wrong person was taken from that flight," Dennis Miller said on Facebook in a posting that included colorful language to describe Martinez.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:46:25 -0400
  • Ex-U.S. soldier, two others convicted of murder-for-hire plot in Philippines news

    A former U.S. Army sergeant and two other U.S. citizens were found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday of taking part in a plot to murder a woman in the Philippines for money, prosecutors said. Ex-soldier Joseph Manuel Hunter, Adam Samia and Carl David Stillwell were convicted of charges including murder-for-hire, which carries a mandatory life sentence, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan. "Obviously, we're disappointed, but respect the jury's verdict," said Robert Ray, a lawyer for Stillwell, adding he planned to appeal.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:23:20 -0400
  • Ernst & Young partner accuses firm of brushing off assault complaint

    A partner at Ernst & Young on Wednesday accused the accounting and consulting firm of failing to act when she reported that she had been sexually assaulted by another partner. In a complaint alleging discrimination and retaliation filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Jessica Casucci, a partner in Ernst & Young's New York office, accused fellow partner John Martinkat of sexually assaulting her in front of two other male partners in a bar in 2015. In an emailed response to a request for comment, Ernst & Young, which is based in London, said, "Ernst & Young is committed to a workplace free of discrimination and harassment of any kind.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:21:57 -0400
  • Starbucks' Schultz steps in as outrage over cafe arrests simmers news

    Starbucks Corp turned to long-time leader Howard Schultz on Wednesday to make the case that the U.S. coffee chain accused of racial profiling is committed to offering a "safe space" to customers despite the arrest of two black men in one of its Philadelphia cafes. Closing 8,000 company-owned cafes on the afternoon of May 29 "to do significant training with our people is just the beginning of what we will do to transform the way we do business and educate our people on unconscious bias," Schultz, Starbucks' co-founder and executive chairman, told CBS This Morning.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:17:55 -0400
  • In Kansas, three found guilty in plot to bomb Somalis' apartment complex news

    By Alice Mannette WICHITA, Kan. (Reuters) - A federal court jury on Wednesday found three men guilty of plotting to bomb a western Kansas apartment complex that is home to Somali immigrants and their mosque, in a crime prosecutors branded an act of domestic terrorism. The men, whom prosecutors described as members of a right-wing militia group, were also convicted of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of their intended victims in Garden City, Kansas. Each defendant - Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Eugene Stein - faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when sentenced on June 27.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:20:05 -0400
  • Trump says Stormy Daniels sketch is of a 'nonexistent man' news

    By Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a man portrayed in a sketch released by porn star Stormy Daniels, who she said warned her to stop discussing her claims of a sexual encounter with Trump, does not exist. In response, Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti said his client would likely update a lawsuit she has filed against the president to include a charge of defamation. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, says she had sex with Trump in 2006.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:17:12 -0400
  • Southwest engine explosion began when fan blade broke: NTSB news

    Federal air safety officials investigating why the engine of a Southwest Airlines jet blew apart, killing a passenger after shattering a plane window, said on Wednesday that the incident began when a fan blade already suffering metal fatigue snapped off in mid-flight. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told a news conference that he could not yet say if the incident, the first deadly airline accident in the United States since 2009, pointed to a fleet-wide issue in the Boeing 737-700. "We want to very carefully understand what was the result of this problem, and as I mentioned a few minutes ago, I’m very concerned about this particular event," Sumwalt said at the news conference at the Philadelphia airport.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:10:10 -0400
  • New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons news

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump. In a letter, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged Cuomo and legislative leaders to close a loophole in New York's double jeopardy law shielding recipients of presidential pardons from state prosecution.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:50:10 -0400
  • White House presses vulnerable Democrats to back State Dept nominee Pompeo news

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House cranked up pressure on Wednesday on Democratic senators facing tough re-election fights to back secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo, who looked increasingly likely to face a rare committee rejection before the full Senate can vote on his nomination. President Donald Trump confirmed the CIA director is already deeply involved in diplomacy via a meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo needs Democratic votes to gain approval from the panel where one Republican, Senator Rand Paul, has pledged to oppose him.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:47:08 -0400
  • Lockheed Martin wins $928 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon news

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp has won a $928 million contract to build an undefined number of hypersonic conventional strike weapons, the Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:18:11 -0400
  • New York nanny convicted in stabbing deaths of two young children news

    A New York nanny was found guilty on Wednesday of stabbing to death two children in her care at their luxury Manhattan apartment, in a case that drew national headlines. A jury unanimously rejected the insanity defense of Yoselyn Ortega, 55, whose lawyer said she hallucinated a devil's order "to kill the children and herself" when she plunged a kitchen knife into Lucia Krim, 6, nicknamed Lulu, and her brother Leo, 2, and left their bloody bodies in a bathtub. The Oct. 25, 2012 killings were discovered when Marina Krim returned to the family's Upper West Side apartment to find her children dead and their nanny standing over them stabbing her own neck with a knife.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:08:40 -0400
  • Minnesota prosecutor to announce if charges will be filed in singer Prince's death news

    Carver County Attorney Mark Metz will hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m. CDT (1630 GMT) regarding his decision following a lengthy investigation, the Carver County Attorney's office said in a statement on Wednesday. Prince, 57, was found dead at his Paisley Park complex near Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. Police investigating Prince's death found numerous opioids in the singer's home, according to court documents released in April 2017.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:57:00 -0400
  • Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout news

    A power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to almost all 3.4 million residents on Wednesday, the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the U.S. territory's bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility. In a statement, the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, said "technical personnel" were working to determine a cause and expected to restore service in 24 to 36 hours. Puerto Rico's smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques, as well as a pair of microgrids on the main island, were unaffected.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:48:38 -0400
  • New York governor to allow 35,000 paroled felons to vote news

    New York State plans to restore voting rights to about 35,000 New York felons on parole who previously were barred from casting a ballot until they completed their parole, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday. Cuomo will issue an executive order to restore voting rights to those felons already on parole as well as those who enter the parole system each month, a spokesman said. Most convicted felons in the United States face hurdles and roadblocks to voting, which vary by state.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:46:45 -0400
  • Airlines check some Boeing 737 engines after fatal Southwest accident news

    By Jamie Freed and Tim Hepher SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) - Global airlines began inspecting some Boeing 737 engines on Wednesday as an investigation gathered pace into an explosion which killed a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight in the first fatal U.S. airline accident in almost a decade. European regulators earlier this month ordered checks following lengthy analysis of a similar non-fatal incident at Southwest two years ago but investigators warn it is too early to say whether the two problems are linked. Southwest Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday after an engine ripped apart mid-air, shattering a window on the 737 and nearly sucking out a passenger.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:43:58 -0400
  • Trump lawyer, U.S. prosecutors propose candidates to review seized files news

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen have asked a judge to consider several candidates to review whether documents seized from Cohen in FBI raids are protected by attorney-client privilege. While maintaining that their own internal "taint team" could identify such materials, prosecutors proposed on Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood appoint one of three former federal magistrate judges in Manhattan as an independent special master, if she decides one is needed for the task.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:02:27 -0400
  • U.S. appeals court says Ohio cannot block Planned Parenthood funds news

    The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a lower-court judge's ruling enjoining a law Republican Governor John Kasich signed in 2016 that would strip funding that Planned Parenthood received for non-abortion services. The law would have affected funding for Planned Parenthood programs for mothers' and infants' health, HIV counseling and testing, and sex education. Planned Parenthood offers abortions in some of its Ohio clinics, but not all of them.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:41:21 -0400
  • Emboldened by #MeToo, 'mad as hell' women take spotlight at Cosby retrial news

    By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - As Bill Cosby approached a Pennsylvania courthouse for the beginning of his retrial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a one-time friend, a bare-breasted protester ran toward him shouting: "Women's lives matter." Later, when testimony began, a woman who says Cosby accosted her when she was 17 looked directly at him from the witness stand and blurted out: "You know what you did, Mr Cosby." Her break with decorum drew a swift admonishment from the judge, but it was too late. In contrast to Cosby's first trial, outbursts and protests, both inside and outside the courtroom, have unfolded as a second jury hears the sexual assault case against the man once known as "America's Dad." At least one protest group promises more theatrics to come.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:26:48 -0400
  • Southwest not inspecting all CFM engines, source says

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co is not inspecting all of its CFM56 engines, the model involved in Tuesday's mid-flight engine explosion, instead focusing on older models, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:22:06 -0400
  • Trump contradicts himself over Comey firing news

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not fire James Comey "because of the phony Russia investigation," contradicting his 2017 statement that he ousted the FBI director last year over the probe. "Both of those things can't be true," Comey said in response when asked about the president's comments on ABC, adding that he still does not know why Trump fired him last May. "It matters that the president is not committed to the truth as a central American value," he said on the television network's "The View" program. Comey's ouster came as the FBI investigated alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:07:46 -0400
  • Barbara Bush funeral planned for Saturday at Houston church news

    A private funeral for former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only American woman to see her husband and son both sworn in as president, will be held on Saturday at a Houston church where her family has been members since the 1950s, officials said. Bush, the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, died on Tuesday at the age of 92. After the funeral at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Bush will be buried on Saturday on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station, about 100 miles (160 km) away, the university said.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:04:34 -0400
  • Syrian sanctioned for smuggling people to U.S. border: Treasury

    A Syrian man accused of trafficking Syrian and Lebanese nationals to the U.S. border was sanctioned on Wednesday by the U.S. Treasury, which said it was intent on disrupting his "prolific human smuggling operations" around the globe. The Treasury placed Nasif Barakat and his gang, based in Homs, Syria, on a list of people and entities whose assets under U.S. control can be frozen. The action generally prohibits U.S. citizens from dealing with Barakat or his group.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:02:03 -0400
  • Miami among cities at risk from yellow fever spread : study news

    Miami is at risk of a deadly yellow fever outbreak because the disease could thrive there but the city has no checks on travelers arriving from endemic zones, a study to be published by the World Health Organization showed. Yellow fever is spread by the same mosquito that causes Zika virus, which spread through the Americas after being detected in Brazil in 2015 and has been reported in southern Florida and southern Texas. The U.S. Centres for Disease Control advises that yellow fever is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America, and is a very rare cause of illness in U.S. travelers.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:35:48 -0400
  • Kentucky accuses J&J of contributing to opioid epidemic news

    (Reuters) - Kentucky's attorney general on Wednesday sued Johnson & Johnson , accusing the pharmaceutical manufacturer of devising a deceptive marketing scheme that mischaracterized the risk of opioid abuse and addiction. The lawsuit by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear was his fifth to date seeking to hold a drug manufacturer or distributor responsible for its role in the national opioid epidemic. The lawsuit, filed in McCracken Circuit Court, accused J&J and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit of misrepresenting that its opioid medications were safer than alternatives and were "rarely addictive" when used for chronic pain.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:26:44 -0400
  • Southwest flight forced to land after bird strike

    (Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines airplane flying to Phoenix was forced to land at Nashville airport shortly after takeoff because of a bird strike, a Southwest spokesperson said on Wednesday.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:36:17 -0400
  • Four U.S. senators seek details on unusual cellular surveillance in D.C. area news

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) to disclose additional information about unusual cellular surveillance activity that has been detected around the nation's capital. The senators - Ron Wyden and Ed Markey, both Democrats, and Republicans Rand Paul and Cory Gardner - said the Trump administration should make public additional details about possible surveillance using cellphone-site simulators around Washington. "The American people have a legitimate interest in understanding the extent to which U.S. telephone networks are vulnerable to surveillance and are being actively exploited by hostile actors," the four said in a letter reviewed by Reuters.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:08:07 -0400
  • U.S. Coast Guard says responded to gas pipeline fire near Port O'Connor, Texas

    The United States Coast Guard said it responded to a natural gas pipeline fire near Port O'Connor, Texas, on Tuesday evening. The agency was notified of the incident by vessel Jonathon King Boyd, which was on fire after hitting a gas pipeline while conducting dredging operations. The Intracoastal Waterway is closed to traffic from mile marker 468 to 474 to include the Matagorda Ship Channel from the jetties to 7 nautical miles (13 km) inside the bay.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:50:46 -0400
  • Former FBI chief says Trump's leadership style 'strikingly similar' to mob boss news

    (Reuters) - Former FBI director James Comey on Tuesday told late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert that the way U.S. President Donald Trump leads is "strikingly similar" to a mob boss. Comey appeared on "The Late Show" on CBS to promote his tell-all memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership," which went on sale at midnight on Tuesday. Colbert asked Comey about how he described in the book the people around Trump as having a mob or a "Cosa Nostra" quality.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:25:48 -0400
  • 'Angels' and training help former fighter pilot save Southwest flight news

    Tammie Jo Shults, 56, may have drawn on her Navy skills when one of the two engines on her Boeing 737-700 blew and broke apart at 32,000 feet on Tuesday, forcing her to implement a rapid descent toward Philadelphia International Airport. One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults calmly told air traffic control that part of her plane was missing, and she would need ambulances on the runway.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:01:52 -0400
  • Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey news

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump voiced his support on Tuesday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group accused of orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, in a case that has compounded strains in U.S.-Turkish relations. "Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason," Trump tweeted. Hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs!" Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the group that Ankara holds responsible for the failed 2016 coup against President Tayyip Erdogan.

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:42:21 -0400
  • Bump stock maker Slide Fire to stop taking orders

    The move comes after the Justice Department proposed rule changes last month that will effectively ban bump stocks. Moran, Texas-based Slide Fire will execute all orders given prior to May 20, it said in a statement on its website. Slide Fire, which made the bump stock devices that were used by the gunman in the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival in October, was accused of negligence as well as design and manufacturing defects.

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:42:01 -0400
  • Barbara Bush, wife and mother of U.S. presidents, dies at 92 news

    Bush was the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush. According to some media reports, Bush had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart problems in recent years. "Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love and literacy to millions," George W. Bush said in a statement.

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:37:06 -0400
  • Starbucks to close 8,000 U.S. stores for one afternoon for racial-bias training

    The company said in the Tuesday announcement that it will also provide training materials for non-company workers at the roughly 6,000 licensed Starbucks cafes that will remain open in locations such as grocery stores and airports. The announcement from world's biggest coffee company comes as it tries to cool tensions after the Philadelphia incident last week sparked accusations of racial profiling at the chain, which is the subject of a boycott campaign on social media. The controversy is the biggest public relations test yet for new Starbucks Chief Executive Kevin Johnson, who already was fighting to boost traffic to Starbucks amid competition from coffee sellers ranging from hipster cafes to fast-food chains and convenience stores.

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:15:42 -0400
  • Former FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking secrets to reporter: Justice Department

    A former FBI agent accused of leaking government secrets to a reporter pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two criminal counts related to retaining and disclosing defense information, the Justice Department said. Terry Albury, 39, a former special agent in the FBI's Minneapolis field office, could face up to 10 years in prison for each of the two counts against him, the Justice Department said in a statement. Albury's attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:26:30 -0400
  • Former first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92: family news

    (Reuters) - Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son sworn in as U.S. president, died on Tuesday, the Bush family said. She was 92. (Reporting by Eric Beech in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:45:41 -0400
  • IRS gives taxpayers one-day extension after computer glitch news

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said it would give taxpayers an additional day to file their 2017 returns after computer problems prevented some people from filing or paying their taxes ahead of Tuesday's midnight deadline. "Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time," the IRS said in a statement announcing the extension. Earlier, the agency said several systems were hit with the computer glitch, including one that handles some returns filed electronically and another that accepts online tax payments using a bank account.

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:37:34 -0400
  • Body found at California SUV crash site identified as missing child

    The girl was identified as Ciera Hart, 12, one of the six children who are thought to have died in the March 26 crash, along with their two mothers, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Jennifer Hart, 38, was legally drunk when she drove the family's sport-utility vehicle off a scenic coastal cliff, according to a police autopsy.

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:19:05 -0400
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