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U.S. Marine Corps to resume F-35 operations a day after suspension at Arizona base
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  • 2017-06-24 02:38:45Z

The jets are from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 based at Air Station Yuma in Arizona. Mark Wise, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing had decided on Thursday to suspend flight operations after because of "anomalies" in the autonomic logistics information system (ALIS) software upgrade.

Former Vanderbilt football player found guilty of rape
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  • 2017-06-24 02:06:15Z

A Tennessee jury on Friday found a former Vanderbilt University football player guilty of raping an unconscious female student in a teammate's dormitory room in 2013. The Nashville jury found Brandon Banks, 23, guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery after deliberating for about 15 hours over two days. Banks faces at least 15 years in prison, Assistant District Attorney Roger Moore told media.

Gunman in California UPS shooting targeted co-workers for slayings
Gunman in California UPS shooting targeted co-workers for slayings
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  • 2017-06-24 02:04:31Z

Investigators have yet to examine the contents of computers, cell phones and a journal seized from the gunman's home in their search for clues to the June 14 attack, San Francisco Police Commander Greg McEachern said at a news conference. McEachern also revealed the murder weapon was a MasterPiece Arms "assault-type pistol" that he said was "commonly known as a MAC-10," equipped with an extended 30-round magazine.

Judge orders release of Uzbek suspect on terror charges
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  • 2017-06-24 00:55:08Z

U.S. District Judge John Kane granted the petition filed by Jamshid Muhtorov, who claims he should be given bail after repeated delays in the case violated his right to a speedy trial. Muhtorov, 40, is accused of trying to smuggle smart phones and other electronic equipment to the Islamic Jihad Union, a Pakistan-based extremist group that opposes secular rule in Uzbekistan and seeks to install a government based on Islamic law.However, the judge noted that Muhtorov will have spent six years in custody by the time his trial gets under way early next year. He faces a maximum 15 years in prison if convicted.

U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism program
U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism program
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  • 2017-06-24 00:28:29Z

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday announced changes to a $10 million government grant program, narrowing its focus around efforts to combat Islamist extremism. In an update to awards announced in January by former President Barack Obama's administration, the department released a new list of grant recipients and amounts, shifting money to law enforcement offices and away from groups that combat U.S.-based extremism. Reuters reported in February that President Donald Trump's administration wanted to revamp the program to focus solely on Islamist extremism.

Factbox: Where Republican U.S. senators stand on healthcare bill
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  • 2017-06-23 23:17:00Z

(Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans' legislation to overhaul Obamacare hit roadblocks almost as soon as it was unveiled: opposition from all 48 Democratic and independent senators and four conservative Republican lawmakers, as well as skepticism from several other Republicans.

At women-only salon in Brooklyn, Muslim-Americans prepare for Eid
At women-only salon in Brooklyn, Muslim-Americans prepare for Eid
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  • 2017-06-23 23:14:54Z

Nevien Shehadeh, 19, was one of many Muslim women who chose Le'Jemalik Salon and Boutique in New York's borough of Brooklyn on Friday to prepare for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The beauty salon, designed by owner Huda Quhshi to cater mostly to Muslim women, opened in January in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn.

U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism program
U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism program
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  • 2017-06-23 23:00:01Z

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday announced changes to a $10 million government grant program, narrowing its focus around efforts to combat Islamist extremism. In an update to awards announced in January by former President Barack Obama's administration, the department released a new list of grant recipients and amounts, shifting money to law enforcement offices and away from groups that combat U.S.-based extremism. Reuters reported in February that President Donald Trump's administration wanted to revamp the program to focus solely on Islamist extremism.

Reputed New York gangster released from prison at age 100
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  • 2017-06-23 22:49:08Z

Franzese has been in and out of prison for much of his adult life, having been granted parole by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons at least six times, Newsday reported. Federal prison officials could not be reached immediately to confirm his release or details of his criminal record. Franzese was acquitted in several murder cases going back for decades, Newsday reported, but he was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 1967 for his involvement in a bank robbery conspiracy.

Judge orders two Wisconsin youth detention centers to improve conditions
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  • 2017-06-23 22:32:52Z

The preliminary injunction requires the Wisconsin Department of Corrections to reach an agreement on detainee treatment with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Juvenile Law Center, which in January sued the state over conditions at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls. As many as 20 percent of detainees at the facilities are held in solitary confinement for all but one or two hours each day, the lawsuit alleged, and officers "repeatedly and excessively" use pepper spray and routinely handcuff detainees.

Ex-lottery worker has Iowa conviction voided, still faces prison
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  • 2017-06-23 22:10:04Z

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that state prosecutors waited beyond the three-year statute of limitations to bring charges against Eddie Tipton, a security expert with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which provides services to Iowa, Wisconsin and several other state lotteries. An Iowa jury convicted Tipton in 2015 of fraudulently passing or redeeming a lottery ticket, and tampering with lottery equipment to influence the drawing of the state's $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot in December 2010.

Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruits
Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruits
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  • 2017-06-23 21:44:36Z

The Pentagon said on Friday it was reviewing recommendations from the U.S. military chiefs that included calls for more time to implement plans to allow new transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said no decision on the matter had been made yet. The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military in 2016 under the Obama administration.

Illinois governor signs bill targeting repeat gun offenders
Illinois governor signs bill targeting repeat gun offenders
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  • 2017-06-23 21:42:28Z

Repeat gun offenders in Illinois will face longer prison sentences under a bill Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Friday that aims to curb gun violence in Chicago, which has long struggled with street shootings and violent crime. Rauner, a Republican, signed the bill in Springfield alongside Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who has championed the legislation.

Convicted felon Jack Abramoff registers to return to lobbying
Convicted felon Jack Abramoff registers to return to lobbying
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  • 2017-06-23 21:31:53Z

Jack Abramoff, a high-profile American lobbyist who served four years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to bribing U.S. government officials, has officially returned to lobbying, according to documents he filed with the Justice Department. Abramoff's filing, saying that in December he worked to set up a meeting between Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso and then-President-elect Donald Trump, was the first to show that he has resumed work as a lobbyist.

Trump administration sides with Texas on sanctuary city law court fight
Trump administration sides with Texas on sanctuary city law court fight
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  • 2017-06-23 21:00:17Z

The Trump administration filed court papers on Friday to support a Texas state law that would punish so-called "sanctuary cities" and is seeking to argue in court hearings next week in favor of the legislation it says will help keep America safe. On Monday, a Texas border town and some of

Second mistrial declared in killing of black man by ex-Cincinnati cop
Second mistrial declared in killing of black man by ex-Cincinnati cop
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  • 2017-06-23 20:12:32Z

For the second time, a mistrial was declared in the murder trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop. Officer Ray Tensing shot once, hitting 43-year-old Samuel DuBose in the head after stopping him for a missing front license plate on his car in July 2015, a body camera worn by Tensing showed. A mistrial was declared last November after jurors could not agree on a verdict.

Rep. Scalise, wounded in Virginia shooting, is out of ICU
Rep. Scalise, wounded in Virginia shooting, is out of ICU
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  • 2017-06-23 19:50:37Z

Steve Scalise, the Louisiana lawmaker shot last week at a U.S. congressional baseball team practice, is no longer in the intensive care unit of the hospital where he is being treated and remains in fair condition, the hospital said on Friday. Scalise was shot in the hip on June 14 when a lone gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an annual charity game against the Democrats. "Congressman Steve Scalise's continued good progress allowed him to be transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Thursday," said MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Republican Senator Heller opposes healthcare bill: MSNBC
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  • 2017-06-23 19:30:13Z

(Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Dean Heller said on Friday he would not support a healthcare bill unveiled by the Senate Republican leadership in its current form, becoming the fifth Republican senator to oppose the draft legislation, MSNBC reported.

What does Italy
What does Italy's Berlusconi like about Trump? His wife
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  • 2017-06-23 18:37:41Z

Four-time former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who portrays himself as a charming ladies' man, said on Friday that what he likes most about U.S. President Donald Trump is his wife, Melania. Berlusconi, 80, has returned to the political spotlight this week as he campaigns for his Forza Italia party ahead of municipal election run-offs on Sunday, which he hopes will revive his political fortunes. Appearing on a mid-day talk show on private broadcaster La7, Berlusconi was asked whether he was flattered to be compared to Trump, who also started out as a real estate mogul and became a controversial political leader.

Trump is 'very supportive' of Senate healthcare bill: White House
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  • 2017-06-23 18:35:35Z

U.S. President Donald Trump is very pleased with the draft healthcare bill Senate Republican leaders have unveiled and wants to continue to "push it forward," the White House said on Friday. "The president is very supportive of the Senate bill. There's a lot of ideas in there - he's talked about having heart," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters when asked if Trump preferred the Senate's draft to a bill to repeal Obamacare approved by the House of Representatives.

NBC's NY television reporter Gabe Pressman dies at 93
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  • 2017-06-23 16:03:12Z

Credited as New York's first television journalist, Pressman started his career as a newspaper reporter, moved into radio and arrived at WNBC-TV in New York in 1956, the station said. Over the course of his career, he covered some of the biggest events in modern American history, including President John F. Kennedy's assassination, Woodstock and the American Civil Rights movement.

Trump signals he will work with Republican holdouts on health bill
Trump signals he will work with Republican holdouts on health bill
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  • 2017-06-23 14:59:39Z

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party's healthcare overhaul on a "very, very narrow path" to win passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes. "I am very supportive of the Senate #Healthcarebill.

U.S. top court sides with immigrant over faulty legal advice
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  • 2017-06-23 14:30:46Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday threw out a legal immigrant's drug conviction on the grounds that his lawyer had failed to advise him that he could be deported to his native South Korea if found guilty. The court ruled 6-2 in favor of Jae Lee, who ran two restaurants in Memphis, Tennessee and has lived in the United States since 1982 when he was 12. Despite the ruling, Lee could still be deported if he is tried and convicted again for the drug offense.

Supreme Court limits rights of property owners
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  • 2017-06-23 14:24:18Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday narrowed the rights of property owners in disputes with governments in a case involving a family's bid to sell a vacant lot in Wisconsin on the picturesque St. Croix River. The justices, in a 5-3 ruling, upheld the use of zoning regulations by Wisconsin to prevent members of the Murr family from selling the lot because the family also owned an adjoining parcel of land. The justices decided that government officials can combine separate parcels of private land in determining whether public officials have effectively taken private property through zoning laws and must pay compensation.

White House says hopeful healthcare reform to be completed by August: Fox News
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  • 2017-06-23 14:01:33Z

The White House is hopeful Congress can complete action on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare by the time lawmakers go on recess in August, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Friday. Spicer told Fox News Channel he thought prospects the Senate would pass a healthcare reform bill were "very high," setting up the possibility a final compromise bill could clear the House and Senate before a planned August break.

Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul
Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City
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  • 2017-06-23 13:34:10Z

Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there. U.S.-trained urban warfare units are leading the fight in the maze of narrow alleyways of the Old City, the last district in the hands of the Sunni Islamist insurgents. Military analysts say government troops' advance will gather pace after Islamic State fighters blew up the 850-year-old al-Nuri mosque and its famous leaning minaret on Wednesday.

U.S. prosecutors seek 35 years in prison for meningitis outbreak exec
U.S. prosecutors seek 35 years in prison for meningitis outbreak exec
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  • 2017-06-23 13:05:03Z

Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence a Massachusetts pharmacy executive to at least 35 years in prison after he was convicted of racketeering and fraud charges for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak. Barry Cadden, the co-founder of the now-defunct New England Compounding Center, was convicted of those charges by a jury in March but cleared of the harshest charge he faced, second-degree murder charges. A murder conviction would have meant a life sentence, and prosecutors in a court filing late on Thursday said Cadden, 50, said that punishment was still warranted.

As Modi prepares for Trump meeting, U.S. expected to OK India drone purchase
As Modi prepares for Trump meeting, U.S. expected to OK India drone purchase
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  • 2017-06-23 03:33:57Z

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expected to authorize India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday, ahead of a visit next week by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try to revitalize ties in his first meeting with President Donald Trump. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth more than $2 billion, is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defense ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear program. California-based General Atomics, the...

Factbox: Where key U.S. Republican senators stand on healthcare bill
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  • 2017-06-23 02:06:57Z

U.S. Senate Republicans offered a bill on Thursday to overhaul Obamacare, the next phase in the party's long war against the 2010 law enacted by then-Democratic President Barack Obama. The legislation met a wall of opposition from Democrats and initial skepticism among some Republicans, leaving Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell a narrow path to passage. The bill would roll back an expansion of the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled over three years, cut its federal funding beginning in 2025, restructure Obamacare's tax credits for low-income Americans, and repeal several taxes.

Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement bill, but fate uncertain
Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement bill, but fate uncertain
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  • 2017-06-23 02:06:57Z

U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled legislation that would replace Obamacare with a plan that scales back aid to the poor and kills a tax on the wealthy, but the bill's fate was quickly thrown into question as several senators voiced skepticism. Four conservative lawmakers said they could not support it in its current form, leaving Republicans short of the votes they need for passage. The 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, aims to deliver on a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump by rolling back former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which has provided coverage to millions of Americans...

Remnants of tropical storm drench U.S. Gulf Coast, spawn twisters, flooding
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  • 2017-06-23 01:33:13Z

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy brought tornadoes and flooding to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Thursday and its heavy rains will drench much of the eastern United States in coming days, forecasters said. Flooding and road closures stretched from east Texas into northwestern Florida after Cindy made landfall early on Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas border and weakened to a tropical depression, the National Weather Service said. Cindy is expected to dump 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 cm) of rain as it heads north and east into the Ohio Valley and the Appalachian Mountains through Saturday, said Brian Hurley, a weather service meteorologist.

Judge accepts sweeping reforms of Arizona death penalty protocols
Judge accepts sweeping reforms of Arizona death penalty protocols
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  • 2017-06-23 00:39:20Z

The changes were part of a settlement reached in a 2014 lawsuit brought by seven death row inmates who argued Arizona's lethal injection practices were experimental, secretive and caused inmates prolonged suffering. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake in Phoenix signed an order that in effect authorized a deal reached between the state and the lawyers for death row inmates, according to Dale Baich, a lawyer for the death row litigants.

Factbox: How Senate, House Obamacare overhaul bills compare
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  • 2017-06-22 23:01:01Z

(Reuters) - After weeks of discussions behind closed doors, the U.S. Senate unveiled a draft of its healthcare bill on Thursday that would overhaul the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The House of Representatives narrowly passed its healthcare bill last month. If the Senate passes its bill, the House will either have to vote on the Senate version of the legislation or the two chambers will have to reconcile their differences in a conference committee.

Appeals court overturns conviction of
Appeals court overturns conviction of 'Making a Murderer' inmate
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  • 2017-06-22 22:31:25Z

A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled 2-1 to uphold a federal judge's ruling last year that overturned Dassey's conviction for a 2005 murder. Magistrate Judge William Duffin had ruled in August that the conviction was based on a coerced confession that Dassey, now 27, gave as a 16-year-old with a learning disability. Duffin ordered Dassey freed in November, but his release was halted while Wisconsin authorities appealed the decision.

Son of New York pizzeria owner gets 20 years in drug case
Son of New York pizzeria owner gets 20 years in drug case
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  • 2017-06-22 22:28:10Z

The son of a New York pizzeria owner was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison for his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy linked to organized crime. Angelo Gigliotti, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn federal court, U.S. prosecutors said. Federal prosecutors accused the Gigliottis of using their family-run restaurant, Cucino Amodo Mio in the New York City borough of Queens and a produce importation company to provide cover for drug trafficking for 'Ndrangheta, a powerful criminal organization in Italy.

U.S. on track to supply India with 22 Guardian drones: source
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  • 2017-06-22 21:47:45Z

The United States is on track to announce plans to supply India with 22 Guardian drones in a deal worth more than $2 billion, a source familiar with the deal said on Thursday. The approval of the sale of the naval variant of the Predator drone comes ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States as he tries to revitalize relations with Washington. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defense ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under President Donald Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear program.

Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing attempted to buy gun before attack
Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing attempted to buy gun before attack
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  • 2017-06-22 21:36:50Z

The man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in Michigan unsuccessfully attempted to purchase a gun before the attack, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said on Thursday. The suspect, Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, Canada, has been charged in federal court with violence at an international airport for stabbing Jeff Neville, an officer at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, in the neck on Wednesday.

U.S. sues to stop western hospital system from buying clinics
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  • 2017-06-22 21:21:52Z

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. antitrust enforcers have filed a complaint aimed at stopping a big hospital system in the western United States from buying a series of clinics. The lawsuit is aimed at stopping Sanford Health, which has more than 40 hospitals and 250 clinics, from buying Mid Dakota Clinic, which has eight facilities primarily in Bismarck, North Dakota, the Federal Trade Commission said.

Servicing issues may hamper U.S. student-loan forgiveness for thousands
Servicing issues may hamper U.S. student-loan forgiveness for thousands
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  • 2017-06-22 21:08:18Z

Nurses, teachers and other public-sector workers expecting their outstanding student loans to soon disappear under a U.S. debt-forgiveness program could be in for a surprise, with a government report on Thursday showing loan servicers may have mishandled the process for many borrowers. President Donald Trump has called for eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, where the loans of borrowers working for government, non-profits or the military are wiped out after 10 years of consistent payments.

Mafia soldier's prison term restored despite Oklahoma City bombing tip
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  • 2017-06-22 20:37:24Z

A federal appeals court restored the 40-year prison sentence of a former Mafia soldier whose term had been cut by 10 years after he revealed a cache of explosives hidden in the former home of a 1995 Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Gregory Scarpa Jr, 65, did not deserve to be rewarded for leading investigators to Terry Nichols' home, reflecting his prior track record as an informant and what prosecutors called his "history" of obstructing justice. Thursday's 3-0 decision against Scarpa, a self-professed member of the Colombo crime family serving time in a racketeering case, reversed a January 2016 ruling by U.S. District Judge...

Texas man charged with hate crime for burning mosque
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  • 2017-06-22 20:30:24Z

A federal grand jury in Victoria, Texas, has charged Marq Perez, 25, with a hate crime for allegedly burning a mosque there on Jan. 28, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. If convicted, Perez faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the hate crime, 10 years for possessing an unregistered destructive device and another 10 years for use of fire to commit a felony, along with a maximum fine of $250,000, the department said in a statement.

Tough-talking Trump defense lawyer says he
Tough-talking Trump defense lawyer says he's no 'snowflake'
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  • 2017-06-22 20:24:09Z

The latest lawyer hired to represent U.S. President Donald Trump in the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election is an ex-Marine who likens some cases to war. "I fight hard," John Dowd said in an interview. "Snowflake" is a disparaging term for people considered overly sensitive and fragile that has been adopted by some Trump supporters to mock liberals.

Virginia man charged with spying for China: Justice Dept
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  • 2017-06-22 20:14:42Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia man has been charged with giving top secret defense documents to an agent for the Chinese government, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Court lifts injunction on Mississippi law seen as anti-LGBT
Court lifts injunction on Mississippi law seen as anti-LGBT
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  • 2017-06-22 20:09:13Z

Opponents said they would likely seek to overturn the decision, arguing that the measure allowed for sweeping discrimination against the LGBT community. A three-judge panel at the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court ruling that blocked the 2016 law, known as House Bill 1523 and backed by Christian groups, from taking effect. The panel said the plaintiffs, who included ordained ministers who have married same-sex couples and same-sex couples seeking to marry, did not have standing to bring the lawsuit.

Gunman gets four years in prison for storming D.C. pizzeria
Gunman gets four years in prison for storming D.C. pizzeria
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  • 2017-06-22 19:41:10Z

Edgar Welch, 29, pleaded guilty in March to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition in relation to the Dec. 4 incident at the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in northwest Washington. Welch, of Salisbury, North Carolina, told authorities he had been trying to investigate an online conspiracy theory, known as "Pizzagate," that claimed the eatery was a front for a pedophile ring led by then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Judge says San Francisco can subpoena Uber for driver information
Judge says San Francisco can subpoena Uber for driver information
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  • 2017-06-22 19:26:12Z

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company's driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelling Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] to comply with the city's demands for information about the company's drivers. The city Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office wants the names, addresses and driver's license numbers of Uber's drivers.

Factbox: Where key Republican senators stand on healthcare bill
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  • 2017-06-22 19:23:08Z

U.S. Senate Republicans offered a bill on Thursday to overhaul Obamacare, the next phase in the party's long war against the 2010 law enacted by then-Democratic President Barack Obama. The legislation met a wall of opposition from Democrats and initial skepticism among some Republicans, leaving Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell a narrow path to passage. The bill would roll back an expansion of the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled in three years, cut its federal funding beginning in 2025, restructure Obamacare's tax credits for low-income Americans, and repeal several taxes.

FCC proposes $120 million fine on Florida robocall scammer
FCC proposes $120 million fine on Florida robocall scammer
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  • 2017-06-22 19:14:41Z

The man, identified as Adrian Abramovich, allegedly made 96 million robocalls during a three-month period by falsifying caller identification information that matched the local area code and the first three digits of recipient's phone number, the FCC said. The calls, which were in violation of the U.S. telecommunications laws, offered vacation deals from companies such as Marriott International Inc, Expedia Inc, Hilton Inc and TripAdvisor Inc. In a statement, TripAdvisor said FCC's action would help better protect consumers from others attempting similar tactics in the future.

Four Republican senators say they cannot support healthcare bill
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  • 2017-06-22 18:21:42Z

Four conservative U.S. Republican senators said on Thursday they are not prepared to vote for the Senate Republican healthcare proposal unveiled on Thursday when it comes to the floor, probably next week. "Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor," the senators -- Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, and Ted Cruz -- said in a joint statement. If legislation is to prevail, Republicans can only lose the support of two of the Senate's 52 Republicans, assuming all 48 Democrats and independents oppose the bill as expected.

Senator Paul says he, three other Republicans oppose new healthcare draft: AP
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  • 2017-06-22 18:00:36Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Rand Paul said on Thursday that he and three of his fellow Republicans in the Senate oppose the draft healthcare bill put forward by party leaders as it is currently written, potentially imperiling the legislation's passage, the Associated Press reported.

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