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  • Business jet show kicks off amid optimism over U.S. tax cut-spurred demand

    The latest features of corporate jets, from high-end technology to hot showers at 40,000 feet, are on display at a flagship industry show in Orlando this week, where planemakers expect booming demand, helped by U.S. President Donald Trump's changes to the tax code. After years of sluggish sales, potential buyers are looking closely at new models of business jets with longer ranges and elements like high-speed WiFi, while weighing the advantage of tax deductions for new and pre-owned aircraft, planemakers and forecasters said ahead of the Oct. 16-18 convention. For private jet makers, optimism is in the air, following years of weak sales after the 2008 financial crash.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:56:53 -0400
  • Most F-35 jets resume flights after engine inspections: Pentagon

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    More than 80 percent of Lockheed Martin Co-made F-35 fighter jets in the United States and around the world have cleared engine inspections and are now approved for flights, the Pentagon said on Monday. Last week, all U.S. and international F-35 fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin were grounded so that fuel tubes could be examined. The Pentagon said it is working closely with United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney, the maker of the F-35's engine, to rapidly procure more parts to minimize the time it will take for remaining repairs.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:31:52 -0400
  • Trump, first lady to tour hurricane-ravaged Florida Panhandle

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    The president and first lady were to arrive at Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle, Florida's northwestern region, and were scheduled to return to the White House on Monday evening, the White House said. Trump was expected to hold a briefing with Florida Governor Rick Scott, a fellow Republican, at the base located about 100 miles (160 km) west of where Hurricane Michael came ashore on Wednesday as one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall in the continental United States. Insured losses for wind and storm surge from Hurricane Michael will run between an estimated $6 billion and $10 billion, risk modeler AIR Worldwide said.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:21:58 -0400
  • Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans, lawyer says at trial

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    Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in order to illegally limit how many it admits, a lawyer for a group suing the school said on Monday at the start of a closely watched trial. The non-jury trial before U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Boston pits the Ivy League school against Students for Fair Admissions, whose 2014 lawsuit challenges the use of race as a factor in college admissions decisions. SFFA, which is headed by anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, claims that Harvard illegally engages in "racial balancing" that artificially limits the number of Asian-American students at the elite school.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:58:34 -0400
  • Senator Warren, mocked by Trump as 'Pocahontas,' releases DNA test

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    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that shows "strong evidence" she has Native-American heritage, a smackdown of President Donald Trump's ridicule of her as "fake Pocahontas" while she signals a possible 2020 presidential run. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said last month she would take a "hard look" at running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Trump in 2020.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:04:51 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs companies over lead paint liability

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by three paint manufacturers challenging a California court ruling that held them liable for millions of dollars in damages relating to the use of lead paint decades ago. The justices left in place the lower court's 2017 ruling that endorsed a trial judge's finding that the companies had created a "public nuisance" by concealing dangers posed by lead paint, which can cause brain damage if ingested. Lead paint was banned by the U.S. government in 1978 for use in homes but remains a top cause of lead poisoning, especially for children.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:57:26 -0400
  • Hurricane Michael insured losses will cost as much as $10 billion - AIR Worldwide

    (Reuters) - Insured losses for wind and storm surge from Hurricane Michael will run between an estimated $6 billion and $10 billion, risk modeler AIR Worldwide said on Monday. The estimate does not include losses paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program, AIR Worldwide said. (Reporting by Suzanne Barlyn)

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:56:42 -0400
  • Factbox: Some 240,000 U.S. customers without power after Hurricane Michael

    Some 240,029 homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Monday in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, according to local power companies. Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for power to be restored, the utilities said. In total, Michael caused over 2.6 million outages after hitting the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour).

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 07:25:09 -0400
  • Los Angeles judge to weigh evidence against Robert Durst of 'The Jinx'

    Real estate scion Robert Durst, the enigmatic subject of the HBO television documentary "The Jinx," was due back in court on Monday for a hearing on whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bring their murder case against him to trial. The 75-year-old multimillionaire Durst was arrested in 2015 and charged with murder in the 2000 shooting death of his longtime friend and confidante, Susan Berman. The defendant, a grandson of New York real estate titan Joseph Durst, has pleaded not guilty.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:17:18 -0400
  • Affluent cities gained at expense of Trump's 'forgotten' America study

    The crisis and ensuing rebound saw a "reshuffling" of jobs, entrepreneurial energy, and human capital from worse-off areas towards those that have increasingly captured the benefits of growth, the Economic Innovation Group concluded after comparing demographic data for the 2007-2011 and 2012-2016 periods. The findings show "a big blindspot" in strong national data, including a 3.7 percent unemployment rate that is near a 50-year low, said John Lettieri, co-founder and president of the bipartisan Economic Innovation Group think tank. "The distribution of new jobs, new businesses, the distribution of the best human capital - it is a geographical concentration," Lettieri said.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:11:45 -0400
  • Honduran migrant group grows, heading for United States

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    A growing group of more than 1,500 Honduran migrants headed for the United States moved toward the Guatemalan border on Sunday, witnesses and organizers said. The migrants, who included families of adults and children, and women carrying babies, began a march on Saturday from the violent northern city of San Pedro Sula, days after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Central America to stop mass migration. The U.S. Embassy in Honduras said it was deeply worried about the group and that people were being given "false promises" of being able to enter the United States.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 21:50:21 -0400
  • More dead expected in destroyed Florida Panhandle towns after Michael

    Dozens of people remained missing on Sunday in Florida Panhandle communities reduced to ruins by Hurricane Michael as rescuers said they expected the death toll to rise and survivors grappled with power outages and shortages of food and water. Already at least 18 deaths in four states have been blamed on the hurricane as rescue crews using cadaver dogs and heavy equipment searched through collapsed homes in small towns such as Mexico Beach and Panama City for more victims. "If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle," Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey told local media.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 20:49:42 -0400
  • Hopes fade for more survivors of Hurricane Michael

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    The hunt for missing people in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael early Sunday is turning into a search for the dead, as hope of finding more people alive fades in the Florida Panhandle, U.S. officials said. "We're going into recovery mode, unfortunately," said Fire Chief Alex Baird of Panama City, one of the coastal Florida communities clobbered by the hurricane that made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, packing more than 140 mph winds and deadly storm surges. "At sunrise, we'll start again on our search," Baird said.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 15:00:40 -0400
  • Four shot dead at one-year-old's birthday party in Texas

    A 37-year-old man is suspected of shooting five men with a handgun early Saturday evening in the backyard of a home in the small town of Taft, north of Corpus Christi, said Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Police were searching on Sunday for the suspected gunman, Ronnie Rodriguez Sr., and have also arrested his son, Ronnie Rodriguez Jr., 20, in connection with the shooting, Brandley said.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:08:36 -0400
  • In Tennessee, a Democrat scrambles to turn out voters as polls show slide

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    Polls showed Bredesen, the state's 74-year-old former governor, in a surprisingly tight race with Republican U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn to replace retiring Republican Senator Bob Corker. The Oct. 6 confirmation of President Donald Trump's polarizing Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, injected new energy into Republicans, say Republican party leaders.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 06:12:29 -0400
  • Trump says family separations deter illegal immigration

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    Trump also claimed, without providing evidence, that immigrants were "grabbing children and they're using children to come in to our country in many cases." 

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 20:43:40 -0400
  • Crowbars, cadaver dogs in search for survivors, bodies after Florida hurricane

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    Search and rescue volunteers have located hundreds of people reported missing in the Southeast after Hurricane Michael tore through their Florida Panhandle.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 19:32:29 -0400
  • U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas output returning to normal post storm

    U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production is returning to near normal levels three days after Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle, data from an offshore regulator showed on Saturday, with oil output off 19 percent and natural gas production down less than 10 percent. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) also said in an midday update that only one evacuated production platform was still unoccupied, down from 89 platforms on Wednesday. Michael entered the Gulf as a tropical storm and quickly spun into a major hurricane, producing rough seas and winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kph) when it made landfall near Panama City, Florida, on Wednesday.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:35:58 -0400
  • Honduran migrant group treks north as U.S. calls for tighter borders

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    Recent attempts at group crossings from Central America to the United States have tested U.S. President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" stance on illegal immigration, as people fleeing violence and poverty defy threats of deportation. "I believe we'll get to the United States. There's no work in Honduras, and you live in fear that they're going to kill you or your children," said Fanny Barahona, 35, an unemployed teacher who walked with her nine-year-old son and carried a two-year-old daughter.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:23:20 -0400
  • Florida wild cat sanctuary caught in hurricane's path

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    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (Reuters) - "Saint" the mountain lion was pacing nervously in his pen and crying days before Hurricane Michael cut a path of destruction through the Bear Creek Feline Center, a refuge for 23 wild cats near Florida's Panama City. "They were very agitated," said Bertie Broaddus, who runs the center with her husband Jim Broaddus, as she inspected the damage from the powerful storm that killed at least 17 people and tore up Florida's Panhandle coastline. The endangered animals at the refuge -- rescued African servals, jaguarundi, bobcats, Siberian lynx, mountain lions and panthers -- were unharmed.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 11:23:29 -0400
  • Without captions, warnings about Hurricane Michael failed to reach disabled

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    Matlin drew attention to emergency communication glitches with disabled people earlier in the week, when she tweeted on Tuesday about the Weather Channel’s failure to include closed captioning in reports about the approaching storm. Thank you," Matlin wrote. The Weather Channel did not respond on Twitter and was not immediately available for comment.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 06:12:30 -0400
  • Bodies of 11 babies found hidden in former funeral home in Detroit: police

    Police are investigating after authorities found nine badly decomposed bodies inside a box and two inside a casket, all hidden in a false ceiling at the former Cantrell Funeral Home, Detroit police Lieutenant Brian Bowser told reporters.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 03:19:48 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Republican candidate threatens to stomp on opponent's face

    The Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania threatened to stomp on the face of his Democratic opponent in a social media video on Friday and then walked back his comments, saying he made a mistake in his choice of words. Republican Scott Wagner is trailing well behind incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf in the polls ahead of the Nov. 6 election, and the video posted on Wagner's campaign Facebook page was part of an acrimonious battle in one of most populous U.S. states. "Governor Wolf, let me tell you what, between now and Nov. 6, you’d better put a catcher’s mask on your face because I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes," Wolf said in the video.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 03:11:29 -0400
  • Devastated Mexico Beach will be back, but different: mayor

    Mexico Beach, the seafront Florida resort town shattered by Hurricane Michael, will be rebuilt "100 percent", its mayor said on Friday. While it will be different, the mayor said he hopes to keep Mexico Beach's law preventing buildings taller than four floors.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 02:05:44 -0400
  • Rescuers find first body in town worst hit by hurricane Michael

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    Searchers on Friday uncovered the first body in the rubble of the Florida town of Mexico Beach, which was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, as the toll from the historic storm rose to at least 18 and was expected to climb further. Rescue teams, hampered by power and telephone outages, used cadaver dogs, drones and heavy equipment to hunt for hundreds of people unaccounted for in devastated communities across the Florida Panhandle. "I've watched on television, thinking of what others have experienced, like in the Carolinas and Texas," Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey told reporters referring to earlier hurricanes.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 00:12:12 -0400
  • Volunteer search teams born of prior disasters reactivated in Florida

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    By Friday, two days after Michael plowed into Florida's Panhandle as one of the fiercest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. mainland, there was no official word on the number unaccounted for in beachfront communities affected by the storm. Loved ones reported the majority unaccounted for, while a smaller number found themselves stranded and sought help, group co-founder Matthew Marchetti said. Most of the search effort focused on Bay and Gulf counties, which took the brunt of the storm while Panama City and Mexico Beach, the towns nearest Michael's landfall accounted for the largest numbers reported missing, he added.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 00:01:44 -0400
  • Factbox: Over 940,000 U.S. customers without power after Michael

    More than 940,000 homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Friday after Hurricane Michael and its remnants moved from Florida to Virginia, according to local power companies. Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for power to be restored, the utilities said. In total, Michael caused over 2.6 million outages since hitting the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour).

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 21:59:49 -0400
  • Texas desert tent city for immigrant children balloons in size

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    A tent city in the west Texas desert set up to hold immigrant children has expanded its capacity by nearly 10 times to 3,800 beds.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 20:07:01 -0400
  • 'Praise God!': Parents of U.S. pastor rejoice at Turkey's release of son

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    A court in the western Turkish town of Aliaga on Friday sentenced Andrew Brunson, who had been charged with links to Kurdish militants and supporters of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, to more than three years in prison but said he would not serve any further time because he had already been detained since October 2016. Pamela Brunson, 75, the mother of the pastor, was at her home in Black Mountain, a town in North Carolina near Asheville, when she learned of the news from a Reuters reporter calling about the court's decision. In Turkey, witnesses said Brunson wept as the decision was announced.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:59:40 -0400
  • New Jersey sports betting activity nearly doubles in September

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    On-site sports wagers placed at casinos and racetracks rose by $5.1 million to $79 million in the month of September, a 7 percent increase, data from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement showed. Everyone from casinos and professional sports leagues to media companies and technology providers are watching New Jersey as a test case to see how large the nascent U.S. sports betting industry could ultimately grow. A U.S. Supreme court decision in May threw out a 1992 prohibition against the activity, opening the door to any state that wants to legalize, regulate and tax sports wagering.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:38:38 -0400
  • Hurricane Michael's U.S. death toll rises to 16 as search goes on

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    The U.S. death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to 16 on Friday, law enforcement officials said, as rescue crews began searching hardest-hit communities in the Florida panhandle rendered nearly inaccessible by storm damage. Three additional deaths were reported in Marianna, in Jackson County, Florida, Sheriff Lou Roberts told a news conference. The number of fatalities was expected to rise further as no deaths have been reported from oceanfront communities, such as Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe and Panama City, that bore the brunt of the storm's wrath.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:29:31 -0400
  • Over 1 million U.S. customers without power after Michael

    More than 1 million homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Friday after Hurricane Michael and its remnants moved from Florida to Virginia, according to local power companies. Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for power to be restored, the utilities said. In total, Michael caused over 2.6 million outages since hitting the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour).

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:29:31 -0400
  • 'Old Florida' town known for healing springs faces recovery task

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    Panacea, on the Florida Panhandle, takes its cure-all name from the area's natural springs. The tiny beachside town known for its oysters and crabs will need some of that mystique as it recovers from Hurricane Michael. Jasmine McMillan, 42, went back to her family-owned holiday campground in Ochlockonee Bay to find it covered in two feet (0.6 meters) of debris and seaweed.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:53:29 -0400
  • Pentagon investigating cyber breach of some travel records

    The Pentagon is investigating a cyber breach of some of its travel records that led to personal information being exposed, the military said on Friday. Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Buccino, a Pentagon spokesman, said there had been a breach of some "personally identifiable information" when a "single commercial vendor" was hacked. Buccino said the breach only affected a small percentage of personnel and the Pentagon was investigating the incident.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:52:31 -0400
  • U.S. Mega Millions jackpot reaches $548 million, its third largest

    The U.S. Mega Millions lottery, after an 11-week spell without a winner, has amassed its third-largest jackpot ever, $548 million, which will be up for grabs in Friday night's drawing. Since an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot on July 24, there have been no winners over 22 drawings. With the odds of hitting the jackpot at one in 302.6 million, it is no wonder.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:37:52 -0400
  • U.S. intelligence watchdog says it will encourage whistleblowers to come forward

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    "It's really important we encourage whistleblowers to come forward and that they feel comfortable doing so and if there are allegations of reprisal then we take that very seriously," Storch said in an interview with Reuters last week. The spy agency has experienced a series of embarrassing leaks over the past five years, beginning with Edward Snowden's 2013 high-profile exposure of secret NSA surveillance programs. Getting more staff to come forward and report concerns internally through Storch's office could reduce the number of leaks, said intelligence community historian Steven Aftergood.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:02:51 -0400
  • Harvard bias trial to spotlight use of race in college admissions

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    A lawsuit challenging the use of race as a factor in U.S. college admissions will go to trial in Boston on Monday, when Harvard University will face accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The lawsuit, backed by the Trump administration, could eventually reach the Supreme Court, giving the newly cemented five-member conservative majority a chance to bar the use of affirmative action to help minority applicants get into college. "The case is critically important as it's really about diversity at colleges all across the country," said Nicole Gon Ochi, an attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles who supports Harvard in the case.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:54:34 -0400
  • U.S. archbishop criticized over sex abuse resigns with papal praise

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    The archbishop of Washington D.C. stepped down over the handling of sex abuse cases but received fulsome praise from the pope, drawing criticism from campaigners who said it showed the Catholic Church cared more for its leaders than abuse victims. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, a loyal ally of Pope Francis, was criticized in a U.S. grand jury report in August for failing to halt abuse in his previous role as archbishop of Pittsburgh. In a glowing letter of support, Francis made clear that he accepted Wuerl's resignation reluctantly, at Wuerl's insistence, and believed he was not guilty of trying to conceal abuse.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:45:23 -0400
  • Factbox: Over 1.5 million customers without power on U.S. East Coast after Michael

    More than 1.5 million homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Friday as Hurricane Michael and its remnants marched from Florida to Virginia, according to local power companies. Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for the power to be restored, the utilities said. In total, Michael caused around 2.5 million outages since hitting the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour).

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:18:05 -0400
  • Regulator ties pipeline work to deadly Massachusetts gas explosion

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    A NiSource Inc affiliate failed to require contract repair crews to relocate pressure sensors during natural-gas pipeline work, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Thursday, resulting in overpressured lines that caused explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities last month. Overpressurized gas poured through Columbia Gas Co of Massachusetts' distribution system in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover, flooding into homes and businesses and sparking explosions and fires that killed one person and injured 21. Critical valves controlling the gas flow were not shut for nearly 3-1/2 hours after the first alarm was raised at Columbia Gas's monitoring center, NTSB said in a preliminary report.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:13:55 -0400
  • Washington state's top court bans death penalty as biased, arbitrary

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    After the court decision, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee tweeted, "Equal justice is a hallmark of democracy and assuring equal justice is the state’s responsibility. Capital punishment has been on the decline in the United States for several years, but the Administration of Republican President Donald Trump has said it is considering expanding its use for some federal crimes.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:13:24 -0400
  • Pfizer settles New York probe into 'deceptive' copay coupons

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    Pfizer Inc on Thursday settled charges by New York's attorney general that it misled consumers in its drug copayment coupon program into thinking they would pay far less to fill prescriptions than they ended up having to shell out. Pfizer's coupons said consumers would "PAY NO MORE THAN" $15, $20 or $25 for Estring to treat vaginal atrophy, Quillivant XR and Quillichew ER for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Flector patches for acute pain from minor injuries. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said this was "deceptive" because Pfizer buried limits on the total savings in the small print, and that thousands of consumers ended up paying much more.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:12:00 -0400
  • Walmart to pay $65 million to settle lawsuit over seating for cashiers

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    Walmart denied any wrongdoing in the nine-year-old case, which was scheduled to go to trial later this year, in a filing in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday. In addition to the payout, the company said it would begin providing seating to its cashiers in California.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:11:25 -0400
  • Michael weakens to post-tropical low as moves offshore: NHC

    (Reuters) - Storm Michael has weakened to a post-tropical low as it moves away from the U.S. mainland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 05:10:48 -0400
  • Supreme Court with Kavanaugh clears way for Tennessee execution

    Edmund Zagorski, 63, had been set to be executed on Thursday but a few hours before the Supreme Court's decision Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted a 10-day reprieve to allow the case to wind itself through the courts and to consider the inmate's request to be put to death by electrocution. Kavanaugh's name was not on the Supreme Court's two decisions that were offered without elaboration, so it was not clear how the conservative justice voted in what was likely his first ruling in his new post.

    Thu, 11 Oct 2018 23:36:25 -0400
  • Rescuers look for survivors after Michael obliterates Florida beach town

    Search-and-rescue workers scoured a stark scene of devastation on Thursday looking for hundreds of people who defied evacuation orders in Mexico Beach, Florida, "Ground Zero" of Hurricane Michael's onslaught. Nearly entire blocks of small two-story beach homes were razed to their tile floors, likely by the storm surge. At least six deaths, including four in Florida, have been blamed on Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane ever to hit the U.S. mainland.

    Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:42:41 -0400
  • Michael brings dangerous winds, flooding in U.S. Mid-Atlantic: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Michael is bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding over portions of North Carolina and Virginia before heading off into the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

    Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:32:20 -0400
  • Hurricane Michael rips apart Florida towns, seven dead

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    Michael smashed into Florida's northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday with screeching 155 mile per hour (250 kilometer per hour) winds, pushing a wall of seawater inland. It was so scary you’d poo yourself,” said retiree Tom Garcia, 60, who was trapped inside his Mexico Beach home as water poured in to waist height. Cheryl Shipman, 72, pointed to a few broken red wooden boards, saying "this used to be my three storied house." Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the U.S. mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm.

    Thu, 11 Oct 2018 19:46:27 -0400
  • Trump's lawyers preparing answers to questions in Russia probe: source

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    President Donald Trump's lawyers are preparing answers to questions for the U.S. special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The development, first reported by CNN, appears to show progress after several months of talks between the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and Trump's legal team in connection with the president answering questions in the investigation. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said last month that Mueller wanted the president to commit to a follow-up interview to any written questions, a position Trump's legal team was resisting.

    Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:53:40 -0400
  • Georgia lawsuit is latest blow in U.S. fight over voting rights

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    Kemp is the Republican nominee for governor in one of this year's highest-profile state races, in which Democrat Stacey Abrams is seeking to become the state's first black governor. The lawsuit brought by a coalition of state civil rights groups accused Kemp of attempting to depress minority turnout to improve his chances of victory. It was the latest legal development this week involving voting rights that could influence the Nov. 6 elections in states, including North Dakota, Arkansas and Ohio.

    Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:44:33 -0400
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