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New York firms offer 'Plan B' to staff ahead of summer transit woes
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  • 2017-05-24 10:05:27Z

Faced with this summer's partial shutdown of a key New York transit hub due to track repairs, some employers in the largest U.S. city are scrambling to come up with "Plan B" offerings to allow their suburb-dwelling staff to avoid the largely shuttered hub. Inquiries have spiked for temporary office spaces that do not require travel through Pennsylvania Station, the busiest train station in the U.S., where weeks-long outages in July and August are expected to trigger a travel nightmare for employees living in New Jersey and Long Island suburbs, according to businesses and real estate specialists. It is an effort to spare the station's 600,000 daily commuters from what New York Governor...

Texas House approves new voter ID bill after setbacks in court
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  • 2017-05-24 04:02:31Z

The Texas House of Representatives gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a new bill on showing identification when voting after a previous voter ID law was struck down by U.S. courts which said it discriminated against black and Hispanic people. The measure called Senate Bill 5 is intended to remedy flaws found by courts in the previous Republican-backed law. Texas is the most-populous Republican controlled state.

Connecticut proposes wage freeze, higher employee share for benefits
Connecticut proposes wage freeze, higher employee share for benefits
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  • 2017-05-24 03:52:09Z

Malloy's plan proposed to increase employee pension contributions by 2 percent of pay from 2019 financial year and reduce the state's share of pension contributions by $400 million to $500 million per year. The proposal aims to redesign the health insurance plan and to increase the employee share of premiums by 1 percent a year for existing employees from 2020 to 2022, raising the average contribution to 15 percent. Malloy, a Democrat, also proposed to freeze wages until 2019, before a 3.5 percent wage increase a year in 2020 and 2021.

Newark, N.J. airport closed after United Airlines engine fire
Newark, N.J. airport closed after United Airlines engine fire
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  • 2017-05-24 03:03:26Z

United Airlines Flight 1579, a Boeing 757, was on a taxiway bound for San Francisco at about 9 p.m. eastern time when the flames were seen coming from the right-side engine, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a written statement. A spokesman for United, Jonathan Guerin, said that the aircraft

Woman arrested on charges of smuggling U.S. space technology to China
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  • 2017-05-24 02:52:54Z

A California woman was arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, 32, could face a prison term of up to 150 years

Unruly passenger aboard Hawaii flight prompted bomb scare: FBI
Unruly passenger aboard Hawaii flight prompted bomb scare: FBI
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  • 2017-05-24 02:50:10Z

The Federal Bureau of Investigation account of Saturday's disturbance was furnished in an affidavit supporting the criminal complaint against Anil Uskanli, 25, who was living in California under a temporary visa revoked after his arrest. Uskanli, making his first court appearance since he was arrested

Trump budget cuts may stir backlash in rural America
Trump budget cuts may stir backlash in rural America
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  • 2017-05-23 23:26:26Z

President Donald Trump's proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller federal government but target many of the very people who voted for him last November. In his first detailed budget submission to Congress on Tuesday, Trump requested major reductions to programs that help poor families afford groceries and poor and disabled people get healthcare. Job training for unemployed coal miners would be threatened and drug treatment programs would face cuts at a time when heroin and prescription pill addictions are tearing at rural America.

Woman arrested on charges of smuggling U.S. space technology to China
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  • 2017-05-23 22:43:13Z

A California woman was arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, 32, could face a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted of all charges contained in the 14-count indictment returned against her by a federal grand jury on April 27, the department said. Chen, a resident of the Los Angeles suburb of Pomona, is accused of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which controls the export of certain goods and technology from the United States.

North American leagues urge vigilance after Manchester attack
North American leagues urge vigilance after Manchester attack
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  • 2017-05-23 21:49:42Z

North America's major sports leagues have strict safety procedures at their arenas but have urged fans attending games to be vigilant following Monday's suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England, officials said on Tuesday. The attack, which killed 22 people, has raised concerns

SEC suspends some in-house court cases over hiring of judges
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  • 2017-05-23 21:13:12Z

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended some of its pending in-house court cases, after a Denver-based federal appeals court found the agency had violated the Constitution in how it hired its administrative law judges. In an order dated May 22, the SEC said it would suspend any cases in which a defendant will have an option to appeal a case before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers the states of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. The SEC's order comes after that same appeals court earlier this month declined reconsider the ruling which found the SEC's hiring of its judges violated the Constitution's appointments clause.

U.S. budget proposes allowing new toll roads, higher airline security fees
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  • 2017-05-23 21:05:42Z

The Trump administration wants to allow states to expand the use of tolling on interstate highways while sharply cutting grants for transit projects and raising airline passenger security fees, according to the White House budget released on Tuesday. The overall budget proposal is $76 billion, which

Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years
Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years
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  • 2017-05-23 20:33:38Z

Uber generally takes a commission from its drivers after deducting taxes and some fees, but it instead took a higher percentage from its New York City drivers using the full fare before accounting for sales taxes and fees, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. "We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed - plus interest - as quickly as possible," Rachel Holt, Uber's regional general manager for U.S. and Canada, said via email. All New York City drivers under the 2014 agreement would be eligible for a refund, regardless of whether they are still active or not, as long as they completed an Uber ride, the Journal report said.

In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem
In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem's Western Wall
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  • 2017-05-23 19:23:58Z

President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones. One of them, Psalm 122, speaks of Jerusalem as a "city that is united together". The ancient stones are in a part of Jerusalem that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Texas House passes
Texas House passes 'bathroom bill' targeting public schools
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  • 2017-05-23 19:21:00Z

The Texas House of Representatives gave formal approval on Monday to a bill that would restrict bathroom access for transgender students in public schools, a measure that critics say promotes discrimination against such children. The state's Republican-controlled legislature has been at the forefront in advancing measures seen by backers as protecting traditional values and religious liberty but criticized by civil rights groups as eroding protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The Texas House gave preliminary approval on Sunday night to the bill, which requires public school students to use bathrooms, changing facilities and locker rooms that match...

Trump budget would sell entire U.S. Northeast gasoline reserve
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  • 2017-05-23 18:04:46Z

The White House budget proposal would liquidate about 1 million barrels of gasoline reserves created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in fiscal year 2018, according to White House documents released on Tuesday. The U.S. Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve (NGSR) was created to minimize the impact of

Trump budget proposal would dramatically cut foreign aid
Trump budget proposal would dramatically cut foreign aid
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  • 2017-05-23 17:32:20Z

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would slash nearly a third in funding for diplomacy and foreign aid including global health and food aid, peacekeeping and other forms of non-military foreign involvement. If passed, the steep funding cuts in the plan released on Tuesday would mean much less non-military U.S. government engagement abroad as the administration implements Trump's "America First" worldview. The budget plan may face rough sledding in Congress, where both Republicans and Democrats have said they do not support such drastic cuts to U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid.

Ex-Eaton Vance trader pleads guilty in U.S. to options fraud
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  • 2017-05-23 17:16:01Z

A former Eaton Vance Corp portfolio manager pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an illegal options trading scheme that defrauded the company and allowed him to make $1.9 million in profits. Kevin Amell, who had been a vice president at the asset management company, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court to one count of securities fraud as part of a plea agreement that prosecutors announced last month. Under the deal, prosecutors are recommending a prison sentence of no more than 27 months, and Amell, 45, will forfeit $1.95 million.

CFTC seeks bigger budget than White House proposal
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  • 2017-05-23 17:01:44Z

The Republican-led U.S. derivatives regulatory agency is splitting with the White House over how large its fiscal 2018 budget should be, saying it needs extra funds to help carry out its mission. In a somewhat unusual move, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Tuesday it is seeking a $31.5

Trump budget to increase growth by boosting investment, labor force: Mnuchin
Trump budget to increase growth by boosting investment, labor force: Mnuchin
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  • 2017-05-23 17:01:44Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration believes its budget plan will boost economic growth by fostering capital investment and creating jobs for workers who gave up their job hunts during tough times, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday.

U.S. appeals court revives part of Wikipedia lawsuit against NSA
U.S. appeals court revives part of Wikipedia lawsuit against NSA
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  • 2017-05-23 14:29:40Z

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived part of a lawsuit in which the publisher of Wikipedia and other groups said mass online surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency violated the U.S. Constitution. By a 3-0 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the Wikimedia Foundation could pursue claims challenging the so-called Upstream surveillance, involving the bulk searching of Internet communications. The appeals court said a lower court judge erred in dismissing that claim because the main allegations were "not speculative," giving the group standing to sue for violations of the U.S. Constitution's First and Fourth Amendments.

Bond market braces for impact of New York
Bond market braces for impact of New York's free tuition plan
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  • 2017-05-23 11:37:03Z

Little known private colleges that are already struggling to grow their revenues are facing a new threat that could further weaken their finances and make borrowing harder: free tuition at public universities. The State of New York passed in April a bill that will by 2019 offer free tuition at community colleges and public universities in the state to residents whose families make less than $125,000 per year. At least six other states are considering similar laws, to ease the burden of student debt that has doubled since 2008 to over $1.3 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Unruly passenger aboard Hawaii flight prompted bomb scare: FBI
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  • 2017-05-23 03:11:28Z

The Federal Bureau of Investigation account of Saturday's disturbance was furnished in an affidavit supporting the criminal complaint against Anil Uskanli, 25, who was living in California under a temporary visa revoked after his arrest. Uskanli, making his first court appearance since he was arrested

Trump budget would cut oil stockpile, open Arctic refuge to drilling
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  • 2017-05-23 01:15:38Z

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's White House would sell half of the nation's emergency oil stockpile and open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to drilling as part of a plan to balance the budget over the next 10 years, documents released by the administration on Monday showed. The White House budget, which will be delivered to Congress on Tuesday, is meant as a proposal and may not take effect in its current form. The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the world's largest, holds about 688 million barrels of crude oil in heavily guarded underground caverns in Louisiana and Texas.

Trump's budget proposes converting some military grants to loans
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  • 2017-05-23 01:14:46Z

By Yeganeh Torbati and Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration's budget proposal would convert some of the United States' foreign military grants to loans, part of a larger effort to slash spending on diplomacy, aid and programs abroad by more than 29 percent, the White House said on Monday. The cuts to programs under the State Department are in part meant to fund an increase in military spending. The White House budget documents showed total defense spending for the 2018 fiscal year at $603 billion, about 3 percent higher than President Barack Obama's proposed 2018 fiscal year defense budget.

Trump's budget depends on strong growth, 'feedback' for balance
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  • 2017-05-23 01:13:58Z

By Howard Schneider and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's promise to balance the federal budget in a decade rests on a sustained rise to 3 percent annual economic growth that he promised in his election campaign and a vague "feedback" effect that lowers the annual government deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. The projections are a leap of faith that many economists and the Federal Reserve regard as unlikely in a country where the population is aging and productivity has lagged. According to the summary tables released by the administration on Monday night, the administration is assuming economic growth reaches 3 percent annually by the end of Trump's...

Amid opposition, Trump makes low budget request for Mexico border wall
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  • 2017-05-23 01:13:21Z

President Donald Trump is asking Congress for $1.6 billion to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, far short of the amount needed for a project sharply criticized by Democrats and even some conservative Republicans. An internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan in February estimated the total cost for the wall at $21.6 billion but the White House's budget proposal for 2018, details of which were released on Monday, included a request for just $1.6 billion. Two Republican aides in Congress said the modest request is an acknowledgement from the White House that full funding is not realistic given opposition from Freedom Caucus conservatives in the House of...

White House proposes $46.54 billion in cuts to agriculture over ten years
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  • 2017-05-23 01:10:57Z

President Donald Trump's biggest cut would come in the form of a $38 billion bite out of farm supports, including new limits on federal subsidies for crop insurance premiums and caps for commodity payments. The overall proposed budget cuts would eliminate the Rural Economic Development program, which provides zero-interest loans to rural utilities and support to rural businesses. It would also reduce government coverage of costs for federal inspectors at meat plants starting in fiscal 2019 by implementing $600 million in annual user fees for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety Inspection Service.

Trump budget plan slashes food stamps, healthcare for poor
Trump budget plan slashes food stamps, healthcare for poor
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  • 2017-05-23 01:10:19Z

The White House is set to deliver President Donald Trump's first full budget to lawmakers on Tuesday, a plan that would slash funding for healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor while it trims the deficit. The plan would cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over 10 years, balancing

Factbox: Key points of Trump's 2018 budget proposal
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  • 2017-05-23 01:10:06Z

(Reuters) - The following are stories and tables about President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018 starting Oct. 1, unveiled by the White House on Monday and due to be delivered to Congress on Tuesday. * MAIN STORY - Trump's first full budget would slash fundingfor healthcare and food assistance programs that help the poorwhile it trims the deficit. The plan - if agreed to by Congress- would cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over 10 years,balancing the budget by the end of the decade.

Trump budget calls for Wall Street regulators to face restructuring
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  • 2017-05-23 01:08:20Z

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Wall Street financial regulators would face cuts or major structural changes under President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal According to an Office of Management and Budget document on Monday, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank reform law to protect borrowers from predatory lending, would undergo a "restructure." This would reduce the federal deficit by $145 million in the 2018 fiscal year, it said. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which polices securities markets, would have its reserve fund, established under Dodd-Frank, used to supplement its budget. In recent years,...

Los Angeles art dealer gets jail for bilking clients out of $1 million
Los Angeles art dealer gets jail for bilking clients out of $1 million
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  • 2017-05-23 01:04:06Z

A former Los Angeles art dealer who prosecutors say embezzled more than $1 million from clients including former Walt Disney Co President Michael Ovitz was sentenced on Monday to six months in jail. Perry Rubenstein, 63, was also ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution to Ovitz and a second victim, Michael Salke, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Rubenstein pleaded guilty in March to two counts of grand theft by embezzlement in connection with the sale of art by Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.

Boston art heist solved? Nope, just fraud attempt, prosecutors say
Boston art heist solved? Nope, just fraud attempt, prosecutors say
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  • 2017-05-23 00:46:32Z

A West Virginia man was arrested on Monday and charged with fraudulently claiming he could sell some of the $500 million in artwork stolen from a Boston museum a quarter century ago, even though he had no access to the long-sought masterpieces. Todd Andrew Desper, 47, of Beckley, West Virginia, was accused of running a scheme in which he offered to sell Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," and Vermeer's "The Concert," two of the 13 artworks stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in March 1990 in the largest art heist in U.S. history. Desper, who used the alias "Mordokwan," was charged with wire fraud and attempted wire fraud, and could face up to 20 years in prison if...

Ex-employee of U.S. defense firm pleads guilty in espionage case
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  • 2017-05-22 22:46:15Z

Gregory Allen Justice, 49, of California is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 18 and faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison for attempting to violate the Arms Export Control Act, the department said in a statement.

Texas House passes
Texas House passes 'bathroom bill' targeting public schools
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  • 2017-05-22 20:28:12Z

The Texas House of Representatives gave formal approval on Monday to a bill that would restrict bathroom access for transgender students in public schools, a measure that critics say promotes discrimination against such children. The state's Republican-controlled legislature has been at the forefront in advancing measures seen by backers as protecting traditional values and religious liberty but criticized by civil rights groups as eroding protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The Texas House gave preliminary approval on Sunday night to the bill, which requires public school students to use bathrooms, changing facilities and locker rooms that match...

Three teenagers denied bail in Mississippi boy's shooting death
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  • 2017-05-22 20:25:34Z

Dwan Wakefield, 17, D'Allen Washington, 17, and Byron McBride, 19, have been charged with capital murder in the death of Kingston Frazier, who was found fatally shot in the head on Thursday in his mother's car. The three teens did not enter pleas during a court appearance on Monday at the Madison County Justice Court in Canton, Mississippi.

Mississippi lawmaker
Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removal
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  • 2017-05-22 20:19:40Z

Republican Representative Karl Oliver had taken to Facebook on Saturday to criticize the removal of monuments in New Orleans that city leaders deemed racially offensive. The last of the four statues, of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was taken down on Friday. If those behind the removals want to "burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED!" Oliver wrote in a Facebook post, which has since been removed.

U.S. to release grant funds for California rail project
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  • 2017-05-22 19:34:58Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday it will release grant funds for a project to electrify a northern California commuter rail system.

Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court
Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court
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  • 2017-05-22 19:21:34Z

New York City lawyer Douglas Wigdor filed lawsuits in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of Kathleen Lee, a Fox News Radio shift editor who says she was sexually harassed and subjected to "unceasing retaliation" for complaining, and Naima Farrow, who maintains she was fired from her job as an accounts payable coordinator after telling supervisors she was pregnant. In a third case in the same court, Vidya Mann, a Fox News accounts receivable specialist, said she was taken on as a temporary employee but passed over for permanent jobs in favor of white coworkers.

U.S. transit agency OKs funding for California rail electrification project
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  • 2017-05-22 18:49:11Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Transit Administration said on Monday it has agreed to fund California's San Carlos Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, also known as Caltrain.

New England prep school: 13 past staffers engaged in sexual misconduct
New England prep school: 13 past staffers engaged in sexual misconduct
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  • 2017-05-22 17:47:29Z

An elite New Hampshire prep school acknowledged on Monday that 13 former members of its staff engaged in sexual misconduct with students in incidents dating back decades, following an independent review by a Boston law firm. The St. Paul's School apologized and said that it had failed to adequately

U.S. extends 'temporary protected status' to Haitians until January
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  • 2017-05-22 17:38:16Z

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow more than 50,000 victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake to remain in the United States with work authorizations until January 2018, department officials told reporters on Monday. The Obama administration first granted protections to Haitians who arrived

Trump budget poised to slash healthcare for poor, other programs
Trump budget poised to slash healthcare for poor, other programs
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  • 2017-05-22 17:14:41Z

The White House is set to release President Donald Trump's first full budget on Tuesday, a plan that will include a cut of more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program for the poor and reductions in other social spending. The Medicaid cuts were part of a Republican healthcare bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in early May, which aims to gut the Obama administration's 2010 law that expanded insurance coverage and the government-run Medicaid program. Trump's initial budget outline for discretionary spending received a tepid response from Congress, which controls the purse strings, and, ultimately, government spending.

Loss-making Air Namibia wins permit to fly into U.S.: report
Loss-making Air Namibia wins permit to fly into U.S.: report
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  • 2017-05-22 17:00:35Z

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - State-owned Air Namibia has won approval to fly into the United States and hopes to generate revenues through its codesharing agreements, the government-run daily New Era reported on Monday,

Trump administration asks for time to weigh Obamacare subsidies
Trump administration asks for time to weigh Obamacare subsidies
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  • 2017-05-22 16:55:39Z

The Trump administration and U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Monday told a federal court they have not yet decided on how to proceed in a major case that could end cost-sharing subsidies paid to insurers that are vital to the functioning of the Obamacare healthcare law. In a joint filing submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the administration and Republican lawmakers who had previously challenged the payments asked for more time to consider their options. The case, which dates back to the Obama administration, was filed by the Republican-led House against the federal government in an effort to cut off subsidy payments for the...

Puerto Rico pension, highway agency join government in bankruptcy
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  • 2017-05-22 16:47:23Z

Puerto Rico's federal oversight board has sought bankruptcy protection for the island's highway authority and largest public pension, making them the latest commonwealth entities to turn to a court to work out debt. The board filed the cases late on Sunday in U.S. District Court in San Juan, under a process akin to U.S. bankruptcy, known as Title III, that was created by the U.S Congress last year. The latest filings could set the stage for an unconventional fight between retirees and the very lenders whose money was supposed to sustain them, an indication of just how complex Puerto Rico's debt structure is.

U.S. accuses Massachusetts hedge fund manager of fraud
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  • 2017-05-22 16:40:13Z

A Massachusetts hedge fund manager has been arrested and accused of misappropriating millions of dollars from investors and engaging in a Ponzi-like scheme, U.S. authorities said. Yasuna Murakami, who managed Cambridge, Massachusetts-based MC2 Capital Management LLC, was arrested in Vermont on Saturday and charged in a criminal complaint with wire fraud, according to papers unsealed in federal court in Boston on Monday. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a related lawsuit against Murakami and Avi Chiat, his partner at MC2, and their firm, accusing them of defrauding investors about the funds' performance after raising $15 million.

Billy Bush on Trump tape: didn
Billy Bush on Trump tape: didn't have "strength" to change topic
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  • 2017-05-22 16:31:13Z

Former NBC "Today" show host Billy Bush wishes he had changed the subject during a taped conversation with Donald Trump, in which the Apprentice star bragged about grabbing women by the genitals, Bush said in an interview with the entertainment magazine, The Hollywood Reporter. Bush, 45, lost his job as a host of NBC's flagship morning show after the tape, recorded more than a decade ago, was leaked to the media in October, causing public outrage and threatening to kill Trump's chances of becoming president. Bush laughed on the video as Trump boasted about groping women without their permission and of trying to seduce a married woman.

Massachusetts college apologizes for racist tweets on hacked Twitter account
Massachusetts college apologizes for racist tweets on hacked Twitter account
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  • 2017-05-22 15:34:19Z

Salem State University President Patricia Meservey said in an emailed statement that none of the recent tweets, which were sent out around 11:45 p.m. on Friday, represented the views of the school. "We have done great work in the area of social justice and will continue to do so until incidents such as this no longer occur," Meservey said. According to screenshot photos posted online, the tweets called the Black Lives Matter movement "unneeded and unnecessary," said that Trump "has done nothing but great things" for America and used a racial slur to describe former President Barack Obama.

In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem
In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem's Western Wall
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  • 2017-05-22 15:14:28Z

By Luke Baker and Steve Holland JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones. One of them, Psalm 122, speaks of Jerusalem as a "city that is united together". The ancient stones are in a part of Jerusalem that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to state retroactive tax changes
Supreme Court rejects challenge to state retroactive tax changes
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  • 2017-05-22 14:00:56Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by several major corporations to a Michigan law that retroactively changed the way businesses are taxed in the state, leading to $1 billion extra for government coffers. The justices turned away appeals by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co , IBM

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