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  • Houston petrochemical fire spreads, Texas expands air monitoring news

    Houston officials and environmental groups raced to expand air monitoring after a raging fire at a Mitsui & Co petrochemical storage site spread on Tuesday, billowing acrid smoke that could be seen and smelled miles away. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co in Deer Park, Texas, has ignited or consumed 12 of 15 tanks at the site, officials said in a late Tuesday briefing. The fire began on Sunday when a leaking tank containing volatile naphtha, a fuel used in the production of gasoline, ignited and flames quickly spread to nearby tanks, ITC said.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:44:16 -0400
  • West Virginia sues Catholic diocese for knowingly hiring sexual abusers of children

    The lawsuit alleges the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston violated consumer protection laws by failing to disclose possible unsafe conditions at schools, parishes and camps caused by the employment of people who had records of child sexual assault. The diocese denied the lawsuit's allegations and said it used mandatory screening, background checks and training for all employees and volunteers who worked with children. "The Wheeling-Charleston Diocese engaged in a pattern of denial and cover-up when it discovered its priests were sexually abusing children, particularly in schools and camps run by the Catholic Church and funded through tuition paid by West Virginia consumers," West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said at a news conference.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:39:49 -0400
  • Houston petrochemical fire spreads, eight giant tanks burning: official

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - A petrochemical fire at a storage facility outside Houston spread on Tuesday to engulf eight giant tanks containing liquid fuels, officials of Intercontinental Terminals Co said on Tuesday afternoon.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:20:12 -0400
  • Record floods inundate U.S. Midwestern states as Pence arrives news

    The floods inundated stretches of the two farm states along the Missouri River, North America's longest river. Nearly half of Iowa's 99 counties have been declared disaster areas. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to inspect the destruction across the Midwest on Tuesday, after Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin declared states of emergency.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:37:34 -0400
  • Trump gets a U.S. Supreme Court victory on immigration detention news

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed the U.S. government's authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime - potentially even years - after they have completed prison terms for criminal convictions, handing President Donald Trump a victory as he pursues hardline immigration policies. The court ruled 5-4 along ideological lines, with its conservative justices in the majority and its liberal justices dissenting, that federal authorities could place such immigrants into indefinite detention anytime without the possibility of bail, not just immediately after they finish prison sentences. The ruling, authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, left open the possibility that some immigrants could challenge their detention.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:08:56 -0400
  • No re-sentencing for Chicago policeman in Laquan McDonald murder, court rules news

    Van Dyke, 40, who is white, was convicted in October in the shooting death of 17-year-old McDonald in 2014 in a case that highlighted racial tensions in America's third-largest city. Van Dyke faced 20 years in prison for second-degree murder and up to 30 years for each of 16 counts of aggravated battery - one count for each shot he fired at McDonald, who was carrying a knife.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:41:44 -0400
  • Pennsylvania prosecutor focuses on officer's motive in murder trial news

    A Pennsylvania prosecutor on Tuesday urged jurors in the racially-charged trial of a white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Antwon Rose in June 2018 to focus on what motivated him to pull the trigger. East Pittsburgh Police officer, Michael Rosfeld, 30, does not dispute shooting Rose, 17, as he sought suspects following a drive-by shooting. Rosfeld faces a single count of homicide.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:15:30 -0400
  • Asylum seekers returned from Mexico for first U.S. court hearings news

    The U.S. program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), turns people seeking protection in the United States around to await pending U.S. court dates in Mexican border towns. Some 240 people - including families - have been returned to Mexico since late January, according to U.S. officials. Court officials referred questions about the number of hearings being held on Tuesday to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which did not respond to a request for comment.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:45:14 -0400
  • Statue of Liberty climber sentenced to community service, probation news

    A woman convicted of trespassing and disorderly conduct after she climbed the Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal on July 4 last year to protest U.S. immigration policy was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and five years' probation on Tuesday. Therese Patricia Okoumou arrived at her sentencing hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in Manhattan with her whole face in clear tape, wearing a headband that said "I CARE". Okoumou was arrested after she scaled the base of the statue and began a three-hour standoff with police that led to the evacuation of Liberty Island on one of the landmark's busiest days of the year.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:42:01 -0400
  • The curious case of tainted milk from a Maine dairy farm news

    For Maine dairy farmer Fred Stone, the discovery in 2016 that his cows were producing tainted milk has since brought financial ruin and threatened to shut down a century-old family business. Now state regulators and health experts are investigating whether the contamination could reflect a much broader problem for farms that used similar methods to fertilize their land. The chemicals on Stone's farm likely came from biosolids, or nutrient-rich sewage from municipal utilities, that he spread across his fields, according to a report last year by Maine's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:19:08 -0400
  • California university says students tied to admissions scam could face expulsion news

    The school said on Monday night it has already "placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme," preventing them from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts. It did not name specific students, but Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are among 50 people charged last week with participating in what federal prosecutors called a $25 million bribery and fraud scam. Prosecutors said some students involved in the scandal were not aware their parents had made the alleged arrangements, although in other cases they knowingly took part.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:02:25 -0400
  • Puerto Rico debt adjustment plan not 'realistic' in April: official news

    The executive director of Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board said on Monday that a plan to restructure the U.S. commonwealth's core government debt likely cannot be done by the end of April. An attorney for the board last week told a U.S. judge who is hearing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy cases that a draft plan was expected next month, according to local media reports.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:47:42 -0400
  • Three dead, one missing in devastating floods across U.S. Midwest news

    As floodwaters began to recede in much of the area inundated by the aftermath of a storm dubbed a "bomb cyclone," Nebraska officials were taking in the damage in a state where 64 of the 93 counties have declared emergencies. "This is clearly the most widespread disaster we have had in our state's history," in terms of sheer size, Governor Pete Ricketts told reporters on an afternoon briefing call. State officials said on the call that 290 people had been rescued by the Nebraska State Patrol, National Guard troops, and urban search and rescue teams.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:06:13 -0400
  • Texas petrochemical storage fire rages, may burn for two days

    Firefighters were making progress seeking to contain the blaze at Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC), with the number of giant storage tanks on fire reduced to six from seven earlier, said ITC spokeswoman Alice Richardson. The blaze at a site along the Houston Ship Channel in Deer Park, Texas, began Sunday when a leak from a tank containing volatile naphtha ignited and spread to others in the same complex, the company said. The Houston Ship Channel is home to nine U.S. oil refineries that process 2.3 million barrels per day (bpd), or 12 percent of the national total.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:18:40 -0400
  • Alan Krueger, economic adviser to Obama and Clinton, takes own life at 58 news

    The statement did not elaborate about the circumstances of Krueger's death, nor did the university when confirming it earlier in the day. Krueger served in the last two Democratic administrations - as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton era and as chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers for Obama. "It is with tremendous sadness we share that Professor Alan B. Krueger, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and Princeton professor of economics took his own life over the weekend," his family said in the statement furnished by the university.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:18:40 -0400
  • Flooded U.S. Air Force base underscores climate risk to security: experts news

    Flooding at a U.S. Air Force base in Nebraska that damaged buildings and forced the removal of a plane integral to the nation's nuclear attack response highlight the risks climate change poses to national security, experts said on Monday. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned whether humans cause climate change and has been angered by assessments from his military and intelligence agencies that say the phenomenon poses national security risks. Last week's "bomb cyclone" storm flooded about 60 structures including 30 buildings at the Offutt Air Force Base, said Ryan Hansen, a spokesman for the 55th Wing, a unit providing reconnaissance, intelligence and combat support to U.S. leaders.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:10:27 -0400
  • U.S. floods kill three, cut off towns as rivers rise news

    The Missouri River, the longest in North America, has flooded much of Nebraska between Omaha and Kansas City at the Missouri state line. It was expected to crest at 47.5 feet (14.48 m) on Tuesday, breaking the previous record, set in 2011, by more than a foot, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in the latest bulletin on its web page. "This really is the most devastating flooding we've probably ever had in our state's history, from the standpoint of how widespread it is," Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said in a Twitter post on Monday.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:10:27 -0400
  • Puerto Rico debt adjustment plan not 'realistic' in April: official news

    The executive director of Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board said on Monday that a plan to restructure the U.S. commonwealth's core government debt likely cannot be done by the end of April. An attorney for the board last week told a U.S. judge who is hearing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy cases that a draft plan was expected next month, according to local media reports.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:52:21 -0400
  • Peruvian ex-president arrested for being drunk in public in California news

    Peru's former president, Alejandro Toledo, considered a fugitive in Peru, was arrested for being drunk in public in California and released early on Monday, authorities in California said. Since 2017, Toledo, a resident of California, has refused to heed orders by a local judge to spend up to 18 months in pre-trial detention in connection with a massive bribery probe. The United States is still evaluating Peru's request to extradite Toledo.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:07:44 -0400
  • Poppy apocalypse: Crowds descend on California city to see 'superbloom' news

    The rare profusion of orange poppies in Walker Canyon, set in the Temescal Mountains and accessible on foot via a trail, owes thanks to above-average rainfall in the arid region. The profusion of tourists in Lake Elsinore, located about 70 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, apparently owes thanks to the popularity of Instagram. The city of 63,300 has seen 50,000 tourists from around the country and as far away as Europe come to the 3.5-mile (5.6 km) trail in Walker Canyon over the last two weeks to take in the orange flowers carpeting the surrounding hills.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:05:44 -0400
  • Former UAW vice president charged in U.S. corruption probe news

    U.S. prosecutors in Detroit on Monday charged a former high-ranking United Auto Workers official in charge of the labor union's relations with Fiat Chrysler (FCA) of misusing funds for lavish purchases for himself and other union officials. Norwood Jewell, who headed the UAW's FCA department from 2014 until his retirement in January 2018, was charged with conspiracy to violate labor laws and accepting improper payments in a criminal information - often a precursor to a plea agreement. Jewell is the highest-ranking former UAW official charged so far in a wide-ranging investigation into illegal payoffs to UAW officials.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:49:28 -0400
  • U.S. top court hands defeat to Hawaii B&B that spurned lesbian couple news

    The justices refused to hear an appeal by Phyllis Young, who runs the three-room Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu, of a lower court's ruling that she violated a Hawaii anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to Diane Cervilli and Taeko Bufford in 2007. A state court ruled that Young ran afoul of Hawaii's public accommodation law, which among other things bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Supreme Court's action came nine months after it sided on very narrow grounds with a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for two men, citing his Christian beliefs.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:57:01 -0400
  • Massive fire at Houston petrochemical storage terminal may last two more days news

    A massive fire at a fuels storage company along the Houston Ship Channel may burn for two more days, an official said on Monday as the blaze spread a plume of black smoke across the city, shutting schools in two nearby communities. The fire began Sunday morning in a giant storage tank containing naphtha, a volatile substance used to create octane-boosting components of gasoline. No injuries were reported from the fire but nearby residents were encouraged to remain indoors.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:27:48 -0400
  • U.S. high court takes up sentencing appeal in 'D.C. Sniper' case news

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether a man serving life in prison over his role in a deadly 2002 shooting spree in the Washington area should be resentenced because he was only 17 years old at the time. The nine justices will hear an appeal filed by the state of Virginia objecting to a lower court's decision ordering that Lee Boyd Malvo's sentence of life in prison without parole in the so-called D.C. Sniper crimes be thrown out. Malvo and an older accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, shot dead 10 people over three weeks in Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:34:10 -0400
  • Top U.S. court spurns Georgia death row inmate's racist juror claim news

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for a black Georgia death row inmate to be executed, turning away his bid to challenge his death sentence for the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law on the basis that the trial was tainted by a racist white juror who questioned whether black people have souls. The allegations of racial bias arose from an interview with one of the jurors years later, not comments made during the trial. Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a statement agreeing with the court's decision not to hear the case, noting that it turned on whether Tharpe could appeal and not the merits of his claim.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:57:56 -0400
  • Supreme Court takes up Kansas identity theft case news

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a bid by Kansas to revive the state's policy of prosecuting people for identity theft for using other people's Social Security numbers to gain employment in a case linked to immigration issues. The justices will hear the state's appeal of a 2017 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that voided the convictions of three restaurant workers and found that a 1986 federal law, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, prevents states from pursuing such prosecutions. The three men - Ramiro Garcia, Donaldo Morales and Guadalupe Ochoa-Lara - had provided their employers Social Security numbers that were not their own before being prosecuted for identity theft.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:57:42 -0400
  • Nebraska nuclear plant still at full power as floodwaters recede news

    "We are operating at full power and the water is receding ... and we expect the water level to continue dropping," NPPD spokesman Mark Becker said, noting there was no danger to the plant employees or the public. Becker said NPPD and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have checked the levees at Cooper and they are "in good shape." He also noted the Army Corps was reducing water releases from the Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River between Nebraska and South Dakota to help reduce flooding downriver.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:13:45 -0400
  • U.S. youth plan Washington rally to protest climate inaction

    Hundreds of youngsters are planning to skip school to join a rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers are calling an international Youth Climate Strike to seek action on climate change. The demonstrations, which will call on politicians to take action to combat climate change, express support for measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democratic environmental proposal that has become a lightning rod for Republican criticism. "So many kids are going to be in the street, so many kids are going to influence people, so many kids are finally going to be able to have their voices heard, so many adults are going to finally wake up," said 12-year-old Haven Coleman of Denver, one of three youth organizers of the protest in the United States, in a phone interview.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:03:52 -0400
  • Democratic donor in $292 million bank fraud gets early prison release news

    A New York financier and Democratic political donor who pleaded guilty to a $292 million bank fraud is being released early from his 12-year prison term and moving to home confinement, court papers show. Hassan Nemazee, 69, who has spent about 8-1/2 years in prison, obtained approval last week from the federal Bureau of Prisons for the move, which is scheduled for late this week. Nemazee in January had asked his sentencing judge, U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein, for early release.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:56:52 -0400
  • Trump wants GM CEO 'to do something quickly' to reopen Ohio plant news

    President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he urged General Motors Co's chief executive to "do something quickly" to reopen the company's Lordstown, Ohio, plant that was idled more than a week ago. Referring to his conversation with CEO Mary Barra, Trump added: "I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. Trump also tweeted on Saturday to urge GM to reopen the plant, saying: "Toyota is investing 13.5 $Billion in U.S., others likewise.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:25:58 -0400
  • Far-flung job offers pose tough choices for GM Ohio workers news

    General Motors Co built the final Chevrolet Cruze small car at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant on March 6, despite demands from President Donald Trump, Ohio political leaders and the United Auto Workers union not to close the plant and leave nearly 1,500 workers laid off. Dina Mays, a 14-year veteran of Lordstown Assembly, was not at the plant for its last day. Consumers shifting away from traditional sedans such as the Cruze have left GM with more workers assigned to building cars than the market can support.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:40:35 -0400
  • Americans to bet $8.5 billion on NCAA's 'March Madness' basketball tournament: report news

    A plurality of bettors - 29 percent - favor Duke University's Blue Devils to win, according to a report from the American Gaming Association (AGA), a casino industry group. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's tournament to determine the Division I men's basketball champions begins on Tuesday and ends April 8 in Minneapolis. This year is the first time the tournament will be held since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May 2018 allowed states to legalize, regulate and tax sports betting.

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:25:12 -0400
  • Tank fire sends black smoke plume across Houston

    A storage tank fire on the Houston Ship Channel sent a plume of black smoke across the eastern half of the city on Sunday forcing residents in the suburb of Deer Park, Texas, to remain indoors. A giant storage tank containing volatile naphtha at Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) Deer Park site continued to burn six hours after the blaze broke out at about 10:30 a.m. local time (1530 GMT). Ships were continuing to move along the ship channel which connects refineries and chemical plants in Houston and Texas City, Texas, with the Gulf of Mexico.

    Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:36:20 -0400
  • More flooding expected for devastated U.S. plains states news

    Water levels were expected to rise through the week, according to the National Weather Service, prompting evacuations in communities along the Missouri River on the Nebraska and Iowa border, as well as the Elkhorn and Platte rivers in Nebraska. "We're looking at widespread flooding that continues until at least early next week in the Plains and Midwest region," said meteorologist Marc Chenard with the service's Weather Prediction Center. "The big ones are at record stages right now," Chenard said.

    Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:12:28 -0400
  • Two people hurt in Los Angeles gasoline tanker blast

    A plume of thick black smoke rose into the sky over 216 West Slauson Avenue in Florence as planes headed for nearby Los Angeles International Airport, according to photographs on social media. "At 7:45 a.m., there were reports of a gas leak with an explosion," firefighter Nicholas Prange told Reuters in a phone interview. "Fire was coming from a storm drain and a leaking tanker," he said.

    Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:55:56 -0400
  • Trump urges General Motors to reopen Ohio plant in tweet news

    U.S. President Donald Trump urged General Motors Co to reopen Ohio plant in a tweet on Saturday, ten days after the plant made its last Chevrolet Cruze. The last Cruze rolled off the assembly line a week ago Wednesday at GM's plant in Lordstown, Ohio, the first of five plants in North America to end production this year and ending U.S. production of the Cruze.

    Sat, 16 Mar 2019 17:48:47 -0400
  • Police have man in custody for murder of New York Mafia boss news

    Police have a 24-year-old suspect in custody in the slaying of reputed Mafia boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali in New York City, authorities said on Saturday. The 53-year-old Cali, who was shot to death on Wednesday outside his Staten Island home, was allegedly the head of the Gambino family, one of the five Italian-American Mafia families that have historically dominated organized crime in New York and New Jersey. Police apprehended Anthony Comello in New Jersey on Saturday and expect to charge him with murdering Cali, the New York Police Department's Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told a news conference.

    Sat, 16 Mar 2019 17:12:18 -0400
  • U.S. seizes 1 million pounds of pork from China on swine fever concerns

    U.S. border agents have seized around 1 million pounds of pork from China, a spokesman for the agency said on Friday, over suspicions that it might contain African swine flu disease which has hit Chinese pork output. "The seizure was in an effort to battle the spread of African swine fever," Anthony L. Bucci, Public Affairs Specialist at U. S. Customs and Border Protection, told Reuters over email. Asked if the seized pork had African swine fever, Bucci said, "This is an ongoing investigation," and added that the federal agents were working with U.S. Department of Agriculture on the issue.

    Sat, 16 Mar 2019 10:54:34 -0400
  • U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inaction news

    Hundreds of youngsters skipped school to rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers called an international youth climate strike to seek action on climate change. Chanting "climate action now!", some 1,500 students joined the event in front of the Capitol Building, where Congress sits, while similar rallies were held in 46 states. The demonstrations, which demanded politicians take action to combat climate change, backed measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democratic environmental proposal that has become a lightning rod for Republican criticism.

    Sat, 16 Mar 2019 05:44:16 -0400
  • U.S. eases protections for threatened bird in Western states news

    Conservation groups denounced the move as a handout to the oil and gas industries, while an industry group praised it. Former President Barack Obama's 2015 plan to protect the ground-dwelling sage grouse imposed restrictions to development in their habitat but fell short of placing the bird on the endangered species list, which would have imposed far more rigid rules. Of the 11 Western states included in the 2015 plans, seven opted for changes, according to BLM.

    Sat, 16 Mar 2019 05:39:25 -0400
  • Probe widens into deaths of 22 racehorses at Santa Anita Park near LA

    The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has joined the inquiry into circumstances surrounding the recent deaths of 22 horses at Santa Anita Park, one of America's premiere thoroughbred racetracks, the agency said on Friday. Word that local law enforcement was involved in seeking the underlying causes for the spate of deaths came a day after Santa Anita announced an unprecedented ban on the use of drugs and whips in competition there. Santa Anita suspended racing indefinitely in early March to launch its own investigation into whether track conditions led to a unusually high number of breakdowns.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 22:02:24 -0400
  • U.S. high court broadens scope of census citizenship question case news

    In the aftermath of a March 6 ruling by a federal judge in California, the high court said it will decide whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ran afoul of the Constitution's so-called Enumeration Clause, which sets out the terms under which people should be counted in the census, when he added the citizenship question in March 2018. Various states including New York and California as well as civil rights groups have challenged the question in court. Two judges have blocked the addition of the question.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:51:46 -0400
  • U.S. farm belt slammed by floods, heavy snow from bomb cyclone

    A "bomb cyclone" hurled hurricane-force winds, sparked tornadoes and dumped heavy snow and rain across the Plains and western Midwest on its march across the United States this week. Prolonged supply disruptions could rattle cattle, hog and feed grain markets around the region and futures on the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Archer Daniels Midland Co was forced to shutter its massive Columbus, Nebraska, corn processing facility due to flooding.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:25:49 -0400
  • 'Bomb cyclone' triggers flooding on Mississippi, Missouri rivers news

    Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued an emergency declaration for the state, citing forecasts of up to 2 feet (0.61 m) of snow and high winds that are expected to make travel "difficult to impossible" on roads. "Nebraskans should watch the forecast closely in the coming days and be prepared for severe weather events in conjunction with potential historic flooding," Ricketts said in the declaration. "Widespread and extremely dangerous flooding will continue today and tonight," the National Weather Service office in Omaha, Nebraska, said on Friday in a statement.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:12:45 -0400
  • Hung jury declared in Florida officer's attempted manslaughter trial

    The six-member Miami-Dade County jury also acquitted the North Miami police officer, Jonathan Aledda, of a single misdemeanor count of culpable negligence in the non-fatal 2016 shooting. The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on two counts of attempted manslaughter and a second negligence count, a state attorney spokeswoman said. Prosecutors will decide by March 27 whether to pursue the three undecided charges, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 18:37:18 -0400
  • U.S. Soccer Federation defends support for women's team after lawsuit news

    All 28 members of the U.S. women's squad were named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was filed in federal court in Los Angeles on International Women's Day last week. Federation president Carlos Cordeiro said in an open letter that the body had made a sincere effort to provide the very best resources possible to the women's team. "U.S. Soccer believes that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay, and we strive to meet this core value at all times," he added.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 18:23:04 -0400
  • Ex-U.S. intelligence officer pleads guilty to attempted espionage for China news

    A former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency officer pleaded guilty to attempted espionage for China, the Justice Department said on Friday. The officer, Ron Rockwell Hansen, was accused of trying to transmit classified U.S. national defense information to China and receiving "hundreds of thousands of dollars" while illegally acting as an agent for the Chinese government. Hansen started working at the DIA, which specializes in military intelligence, in 2006 after his retirement from the U.S. Army, and held a top-secret security clearance for many years, according to the Justice Department.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:24:01 -0400
  • Pimco says college scandal mastermind spoke at two events it hosted news

    The figure at the center of the U.S. college cheating scandal spoke twice in the past decade at events hosted by Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco), one of the world's largest asset managers whose former chief executive is ensnared in the fraud, the company said on Friday. Some Pimco employees also used William 'Rick' Singer's "legitimate college prep services," Pimco said in a statement. "We have no information at this time, however, to indicate Pimco employees acted improperly in their private capacity," Pimco said.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:08:50 -0400
  • U.S. eases protections for threatened bird in Western states news

    Conservation groups denounced the move as a handout to the oil and gas industries, while an industry group praised it. Former President Barack Obama's 2015 plan to protect the ground-dwelling sage grouse imposed restrictions to development in their habitat but fell short of placing the bird on the endangered species list, which would have imposed far more rigid rules. Of the 11 Western states included in the 2015 plans, seven opted for changes, according to BLM.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:39:35 -0400
  • Few Americans see savings from Trump's tax reform: Reuters/Ipsos poll news

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Only one in five U.S. taxpayers expects to pay less income tax this year as a result of the tax reform law passed in 2017 by Republicans who promised big savings for everyday Americans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:36:46 -0400
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