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United to offer passengers up to $10,000 to surrender seats
United to offer passengers up to $10,000 to surrender seats
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  • 2017-04-27 05:06:57Z

United Airlines said on Thursday it would offer passengers who volunteer to forfeit their seats on overbooked flights up to $10,000 as part of the carrier's efforts to repair the damage from the rough removal of a passenger. United also said it would take actions to reduce overbooking flights and

Survivalist sentenced to death for murder of PA state trooper
Survivalist sentenced to death for murder of PA state trooper
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  • 2017-04-27 03:01:51Z

A survivalist convicted of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a 2014 sniper attack that launched a massive manhunt was sentenced to death on Wednesday by jurors. The Pike County jury deliberated for about five hours before returning the verdict in the penalty phase of Eric Frein's trial. The

Trump slams federal court ruling on funding for
Trump slams federal court ruling on funding for 'sanctuary cities'
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  • 2017-04-27 01:18:01Z

President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked a federal judge's ruling that blocked his executive order seeking to withhold funds from "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants, vowing to appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco was the latest blow to Trump's efforts to toughen immigration enforcement. "First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings.

Slain friend of Robert Durst once posed as his missing wife: testimony
Slain friend of Robert Durst once posed as his missing wife: testimony
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  • 2017-04-27 00:14:45Z

Real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to three slayings were portrayed in HBO series "The Jinx," had his close friend Susan Berman make a phone call pretending to be his missing wife, a former acquaintance of Berman testified on Wednesday. Durst, 74, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Berman's 2000 death in Los Angeles. Prosecutors allege Durst killed Berman, a writer and the daughter of an organized crime figure, because of what she knew about his wife's unsolved disappearance.

California man charged in Fresno shooting spree that killed three
California man charged in Fresno shooting spree that killed three
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  • 2017-04-27 00:14:15Z

Kori Ali Muhammad, who already had been charged with killing a Motel 6 security guard days before the rampage, could face the death penalty under special circumstances alleged in the three new counts of first-degree murder, the Fresno Bee newspaper reported. According to police and prosecutors, Muhammad was angry about being evicted from his room when he opened fire on Carl Williams and a second security guard in the parking lot of the Fresno-area Motel 6 on April 13. Prosecutors say several days later Muhammad opened fire 17 times as he walked and ran along several blocks in Fresno, killing three white men in less than four minutes.

Slain friend of Robert Durst once posed as his missing wife: testimony
Slain friend of Robert Durst once posed as his missing wife: testimony
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  • 2017-04-26 23:16:59Z

Real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to three slayings were portrayed in HBO series "The Jinx," had his close friend Susan Berman make a phone call pretending to be his missing wife, a former acquaintance of Berman testified on Wednesday. Durst, 74, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Berman's 2000 shooting death in Los Angeles. Prosecutors allege Durst killed Berman, a writer and the daughter of an organized crime figure, because of what she knew about his wife's unsolved disappearance.

Trump U.S. tax plan will not manage to pay for itself with growth: experts
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  • 2017-04-26 22:16:00Z

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's tax-cut plan will generate growth, but not nearly enough to replace trillions of dollars in lost revenues, while rising deficits could even take back some of the economic gains, fiscal experts said on Wednesday. Core principles of the plan, unveiled on Wednesday, rely heavily on so-called "dynamic scoring," a budget analysis method that assumes tax cuts will boost economic activity, thus generating more revenues. Such assumptions have been at the heart of Republican tax orthodoxy since Ronald Reagan used them to justify massive tax cuts in 1981 that were derided at the time by critics as "voodoo economics." On...

Death penalty phase closes in Pennsylvania trooper sniper case
Death penalty phase closes in Pennsylvania trooper sniper case
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  • 2017-04-26 22:01:37Z

The question of whether Eric Frein should be put to death for murdering a state trooper in a 2014 sniper attack that launched a massive manhunt went to a Pennsylvania jury following closing arguments on Wednesday. The same jury at Pike County Courthouse last week convicted Frein, 33, of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer for fatally shooting Corporal Bryon Dickson II, 38, outside the Blooming Grove barracks. Frein, who for weeks evaded capture following the attack, was also convicted of other charges, including terrorism and the attempted murder of Trooper Alex Douglass, 34, who was shot and critically wounded as he rushed to Dickson's aid.

Florida Senate apologizes for abuse, deaths at reform school
Florida Senate apologizes for abuse, deaths at reform school
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  • 2017-04-26 21:37:11Z

The Florida Senate formally apologized on Wednesday to victims who suffered brutality, sexual abuse and even death after being sent as boys to a reform school with a history of troubles long denied by the state. The infamous site, which opened in 1900 in Marianna as the Florida State Reform School and was later named the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, closed in 2011. A forensic investigation between 2013 and 2016 uncovered graves for 55 boys, 24 more sites than reported in official records, according to the Senate resolution.

Somali pirate sentenced to life over USS Ashland attack: Justice Department
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  • 2017-04-26 21:04:09Z

A 31-year-old Somali man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for engaging in piracy and other offenses in connection with an attack on a U.S. Navy ship seven years ago, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the attack, the Justice Department said in a statement. Another five Somalis have already been tried and convicted for their roles in the attack and are serving prison terms, the Justice Department said.

Ex-Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud
Ex-Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud
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  • 2017-04-26 20:52:47Z

A federal judge in Connecticut on Wednesday sentenced a former Jefferies Group bond trader to serve two years in prison and pay a $2 million fine after he was found guilty earlier this year of defrauding customers on bond prices. A jury in January found Jesse Litvak guilty of one of 10 criminal charges he had faced, a muted victory as prosecutors try to crack down on nefarious sales practices on Wall Street. Federal prosecutors had asked Judge Janet Hall to sentence Litvak to nine to 11 years in prison, while his defense attorneys had sought eight months of house arrest at his home in Boca Raton, Florida.

New York
New York's Metropolitan Museum mulls setting fixed admission fee
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  • 2017-04-26 20:50:21Z

New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's most visited museums, is in talks with city officials about charging a fixed admission fee for out-of town visitors, rather than urging a donation, the city said on Wednesday. "We have spoken to the Metropolitan Museum about the possibility of changing its admission structure -- not for New Yorkers, but for out of town visitors," Tom Finkelpearl, the city's cultural affairs commissioner, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Drug use tops booze for first time in fatal U.S. crashes: study
Drug use tops booze for first time in fatal U.S. crashes: study
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  • 2017-04-26 20:46:22Z

U.S. data has shown for the first time that drivers killed in crashes were more likely to be on drugs than drunk, with marijuana involved in more than a third of fatal accidents in 2015, a study released on Wednesday showed. Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes around the country in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, topping the 37 percent who showed alcohol levels above a legal limit, according to the report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a nonprofit funded by distillers. Among drivers killed in crashes who tested positive for drugs, 36.5 percent had used marijuana, followed by amphetamines at...

Trump seeks to shrink federal role in education with new order
Trump seeks to shrink federal role in education with new order
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  • 2017-04-26 20:43:33Z

President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the U.S. government's role in school policy, which supporters cheered as the first step in creating more local control in education and critics worried could lead to lower quality schools in poorer neighborhoods

U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance
U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance
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  • 2017-04-26 19:36:30Z

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions. Roberts and other Supreme Court justices indicated support for a deported ethnic Serb immigrant named Divna Maslenjak over her bid to regain her U.S. citizenship after it was stripped because she falsely stated her husband had not served in the Bosnian Serb army in the 1990s after Yugoslavia's collapse. Roberts seemed particularly concerned that the government was asserting it could revoke citizenship through criminal prosecution for trivial lies or...

Missouri audit finds Ferguson court records in 'disarray'
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  • 2017-04-26 19:10:11Z

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway rated the city's court system's performance as "poor," and she said court and city officials were uncooperative and sometimes combative. The consent decree, which required changes in some Ferguson police practices, followed a federal report that found a "toxic environment" for race relations but cleared the white officer who fatally shot the teenager, Michael Brown.

Former Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud
Former Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud
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  • 2017-04-26 19:07:36Z

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Connecticut on Wednesday sentenced a former Jefferies Group bond trader to two years in prison and to pay a $2 million fine after he was found guilty earlier this year of defrauding customers on bond prices.

Massachusetts man found guilty of murdering
Massachusetts man found guilty of murdering 'Whitey' Bulger victim
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  • 2017-04-26 19:01:19Z

A Massachusetts man was found guilty on Wednesday of murdering an extortion victim of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, a killing that drew considerable media attention because it occurred during the gangster's high-profile trial. Stephen Rakes had been expected to testify that Bulger had forced him at gunpoint to sell a liquor store for pennies on the dollar, when his body was found by a jogger in a suburb of Boston in July 2013, with no obvious signs of trauma. Investigators eventually concluded that Rakes, 59, had been poisoned by an associate, William Camuti, who owed him money.

Trump orders review of national monuments, seeks to allow development
Trump orders review of national monuments, seeks to allow development
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  • 2017-04-26 18:02:27Z

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to identify national monuments that can be rescinded or resized - part of a broader push to open up more federal lands to drilling, mining and other development. The move comes as part of Trump's effort to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by former President Barack Obama that he said were hobbling economic growth - an agenda that is cheering industry but enraging conservationists. Trump signed the order at the Interior Department in Washington, saying that his predecessors' use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to create monuments marked an "egregious abuse of...

Ann Coulter cancels her speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute
Ann Coulter cancels her speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute
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  • 2017-04-26 17:44:17Z

"There will be no speech," Coulter wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday in which she also criticized two conservative groups who had originally sponsored the event, saying they were no longer supporting her. Coulter, one of the best-known conservative commentators in the United States, had been scheduled to give a speech critical of pro-immigration policies on Thursday. Last week, Berkeley officials said there was no safe venue at the campus on that date.

Automakers want California to revise Volkswagen charging station plan
Automakers want California to revise Volkswagen charging station plan
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  • 2017-04-26 17:42:02Z

Major automakers and other groups are raising objections to the way Volkswagen AG wants to spend $2 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure and projects, as part of the German automaker's atonement for diesel emissions cheating. Volkswagen plans to install hundreds of EV charging stations nationwide

Slimy salamander
Slimy salamander 'Snot Otter' aims to wow Bronx Zoo crowds
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  • 2017-04-26 16:11:19Z

The Eastern Hellbender, a slimy giant salamander creepy enough to be nicknamed "Snot Otter" and "Old Lasagna Sides," is making its debut before animal lovers at the world-renowned Bronx Zoo. The two-foot-long amphibian is North America's only giant salamander. After being kept behind closed doors at the zoo for years as part of a conservation effort, they are now making their first public appearance, said Kevin Torregrosa, zoo herpetologist, or amphibian and reptile specialist.

U.S. lawmakers push Yucca nuclear dump facing transport crunch
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  • 2017-04-26 15:48:08Z

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday debated resurrecting the stalled Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel dump in Nevada, a project critics say is hindered by the lack of an easy transport route. Representative John Shimkus, an Illinois Republican, has proposed draft legislation to restart the licensing of Yucca Mountain. The government has already spent billions of dollars for initial construction of the project, which has been pending since Ronald Reagan was president.

Anti-Semitic acts spiked since Trump election win, watchdog says
Anti-Semitic acts spiked since Trump election win, watchdog says
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  • 2017-04-26 15:21:50Z

Anti-Semitic incidents, from bomb threats and cemetery desecration to assaults and bullying, have surged in the United States since the election of President Donald Trump, and a "heightened political atmosphere" played a role in the rise, the Anti-Defamation League said on Monday. Overall, the number of acts targeting Jews and Jewish institutions rose 34 percent in 2016 to 1,266 in 2016 and jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, the ADL said.

UBS must face ex-bond strategist
UBS must face ex-bond strategist's whistleblower lawsuit
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  • 2017-04-26 14:30:13Z

A U.S. judge has ordered UBS Group AG to face a lawsuit by a former bond strategist who said he was fired in retaliation for refusing to publish misleading research reports and complaining about being pressured to do so. In a decision made public on Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla in Manhattan said Trevor Murray could try to prove that whistleblowing was a factor in his February 2012 firing, and that UBS' actions violated the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance law. "Plaintiff believed that efforts to pressure him into publishing biased and inaccurate, but ostensibly independent, reports" were illegal, and a reasonable jury could find that his resistance was a...

Fox News anchor, others hit network with race bias claims
Fox News anchor, others hit network with race bias claims
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  • 2017-04-26 14:27:24Z

Fox News is facing renewed legal claims that it mistreated non-white employees, including a television anchor who said he was depicted as "the racist caricature of a black entertainer." Eleven current and former Fox employees, including anchor Kelly Wright, filed an amended lawsuit in New York state court on Tuesday claiming they were demeaned, humiliated, paid less than white coworkers, and passed over for promotions. The lawsuit was originally filed last month by two Fox News payroll employees. Separately on Tuesday, a former Fox News accounts payable specialist, Adasa Blanco, filed her own lawsuit in federal court in New York claiming her complaints about racial discrimination were...

Mnuchin says business tax rate at 15 percent in Trump tax plan
Mnuchin says business tax rate at 15 percent in Trump tax plan
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  • 2017-04-26 14:00:26Z

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the plan for "the biggest tax cut" in U.S. history due to be released later on Wednesday by the White House would cut the business tax rate to 15 percent, including for small businesses. "This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest

Trump tax plan slashing business rates to test support in Congress
Trump tax plan slashing business rates to test support in Congress
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  • 2017-04-26 11:09:11Z

U.S. President Donald Trump will release a tax plan on Wednesday proposing some deep rate cuts, mostly for businesses, including a slashed corporate income tax rate and steeply discounted tax rate for overseas corporate profits brought into the United States, officials said. Trump intends for his broad

Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to United States
Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to United States
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  • 2017-04-26 10:12:29Z

A 3-foot giant rabbit has died on a United Airlines flight from London, prompting a review at the Chicago-based airline which faced a global backlash this month over its treatment of a passenger who was dragged from his seat. The 10-month old rabbit named Simon, who was tipped to become one of the world's largest rabbits, was traveling to O'Hare in Chicago from Britain after a celebrity owner purchased him. "Simon had a vet's check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle," breeder Annette Edwards told The Sun newspaper.

Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump
Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump
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  • 2017-04-26 10:11:46Z

Public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. The Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium in Manhattan is

Air travel to U.S. drops in first quarter, Canada, Mexico gain: ForwardKeys
Air travel to U.S. drops in first quarter, Canada, Mexico gain: ForwardKeys
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  • 2017-04-26 06:10:12Z

Air passenger arrivals in the United States fell in the first quarter of the year, while arrivals in Canada and Mexico rose, according to data from travel analysis company ForwardKeys. Travelers from the Middle East and Europe were possibly deterred by uncertainty over President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, as well as the strong dollar, it said on Wednesday. Long-haul arrivals in the U.S. dropped by 4.3 percent in the first quarter, ForwardKeys, which analyses 16 million flight booking transactions a day from major global reservation systems, said.

ACLU sues Los Angeles police over public records requests
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  • 2017-04-26 05:28:48Z

The complaint claims the police department in the second largest city in the United States fails to comply with the California Public Records Act by not responding to requests for records within the time allotted by law and, in some cases, ignores requests altogether, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Access to information about the conduct of government agencies is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state," said Adrienna Wong, attorney with the ACLU SoCal, in a statement.

Lawyer for ex-NFL star Hernandez denies letter mentioned prison lover
Lawyer for ex-NFL star Hernandez denies letter mentioned prison lover
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  • 2017-04-26 02:59:57Z

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday denied media reports that the athlete wrote a letter to a prison lover before hanging himself in his prison cell last week. The former New England Patriots player's body was found on

Trump administration to review dozens of U.S. national monuments
Trump administration to review dozens of U.S. national monuments
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  • 2017-04-26 01:22:16Z

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them - part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development. The move comes as Trump seeks to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by former President Barack Obama that he said were hobbling economic growth - an agenda that is cheering industry but enraging conservationists. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Tuesday Trump's executive order would require him to conduct the review of around 30 national monuments and...

U.S. judge blocks Trump order to restrict funding for 'sanctuary cities'
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  • 2017-04-26 00:45:10Z

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's efforts to toughen immigration enforcement. The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco said Trump's Jan. 25 order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional.

Palantir settles U.S. lawsuit charging bias against Asians
Palantir settles U.S. lawsuit charging bias against Asians
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  • 2017-04-26 00:30:06Z

The data analytics and security company Palantir Technologies Inc has agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve charges it discriminated against Asian applicants for engineering jobs at its Palo Alto, California, office, the U.S. Labor Department said on Tuesday. Palantir, a privately owned data firm best known for helping the U.S. government track down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, entered into a consent decree under which it will pay $1.7 million back wages and other funds, including the value of stock options, to several people, the department said. Palantir has disputed the Labor Department's allegations but said in a statement it agreed to settle the case in order to get on...

Massive Los Angeles crash kills one, snarls freeways
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  • 2017-04-25 23:48:22Z

Two big rigs and several cars collided on a freeway north of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, sparking an explosion and fire, killing at least one person and forcing authorities to shut down two major arteries into the city for hours. Several other people were injured in the fiery crash, which sent plumes of thick black smoke billowing into the sky, said Officer Kevin Tao of the California Highway Patrol. The Los Angeles Times reported that nine people were hurt.

U.S. judge blocks Trump order to restrict funding for
U.S. judge blocks Trump order to restrict funding for 'sanctuary cities'
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  • 2017-04-25 23:47:30Z

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's efforts to toughen immigration enforcement. The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco said Trump's Jan. 25 order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional.

Former President H.W. Bush still hospitalized, has bronchitis
Former President H.W. Bush still hospitalized, has bronchitis
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  • 2017-04-25 23:01:36Z

Bush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 for a cough that was later diagnosed as a mild case of pneumonia. "While President Bush has recovered from pneumonia, he continues to deal with the effects of chronic bronchitis, which is a condition more prevalent with age," the hospital said in a written statement. The hospital said staff there would continue to monitor Bush and expected to discharge him by the end of the week.

Cleveland officer in Tamir Rice shooting
Cleveland officer in Tamir Rice shooting 'did not know was kid': video
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  • 2017-04-25 22:37:25Z

The partner of a Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 said he "didn't know it was a kid" when he responded to an emergency call about an armed man at a park, according to video released on Tuesday. Cleveland Police Department officer Frank Garmback, in a video of a police interview following the shooting of the African-American child, became emotional several times. "I didn't know it was a kid," Garmback said as he covered his face with his hands in the video released by the Rice family's attorney Subodh Chandra.

Citing flaws, Oklahoma group calls for extended execution moratorium
Citing flaws, Oklahoma group calls for extended execution moratorium
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  • 2017-04-25 22:31:23Z

Oklahoma should extend its moratorium on executions indefinitely until "systemic flaws" in the state's capital punishment system are repaired, a bipartisan group said on Tuesday after a year-long review prompted by problems with prior lethal injections. The state put executions on hold in October 2015. The 11-member Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission, led by former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, a Democrat, and made up of both death penalty supporters and opponents, said more time was needed to fix issues including the state's drug protocol.

Prosecutors open probe of Wisconsin inmate's dehydration death: media
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  • 2017-04-25 21:26:24Z

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office opened an inquest Monday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court into the death of Terrill Thomas, 38, who was found unresponsive in the Milwaukee County Jail on April 24, 2016, after seven days without water, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. In September 2016 a county medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Illinois House ignores veto threat by passing abortion expansion
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  • 2017-04-25 21:24:51Z

The Democratic-led Illinois House defied a veto threat by the state's Republican governor by passing legislation on Tuesday to expand state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income residents and for state employees. The measure, which passed the House 62-55 and now moves to the state Senate, also aims to keep abortions legal in Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court follows President Donald Trump's call to overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that permitted abortions 44 years ago. The vote represented a rare legislative victory for abortion-rights advocates at a time when the battle to restrict abortion in the United States has heated up with the election of Trump as president with a...

Palestinian-born activist agrees to deportation from U.S.
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  • 2017-04-25 20:36:39Z

A Palestinian-born activist who spent 10 years in an Israeli prison on a terrorism conviction before moving to the United States and gaining citizenship pleaded guilty on Tuesday to immigration fraud, agreeing to be deported rather than sent to prison. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 69, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 17 and subsequently stripped of her U.S. citizenship and expelled from the country. Odeh, who once served as the associate director for the Arab American Action Network in Chicago and was involved last month in organizing rallies opposing President Donald Trump's policies, said she did not know yet where she would go.

Former Trump adviser Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip: lawmakers
Former Trump adviser Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip: lawmakers
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  • 2017-04-25 20:07:59Z

Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law by failing to get permission to be paid for a trip to Russia in 2015, the leaders of a House of Representatives committee said on Tuesday. During the visit, Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who advised Donald Trump's presidential campaign, dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "General Flynn had a duty and an obligation to seek and obtain permission to receive money from foreign governments," Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told reporters.

U.S. appeals court to reconsider Ohio execution protocol
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  • 2017-04-25 20:05:49Z

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Ohio's request for "en banc" review of its April 6 decision, which upheld a preliminary injunction against the protocol issued in January by a lower court judge.

Ex-prosecutor, retired cops charged in New York corruption probe
Ex-prosecutor, retired cops charged in New York corruption probe
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  • 2017-04-25 18:47:08Z

Federal prosecutors say that Paul Dean, 44, and Robert Espinel, 47, took bribes in exchange for approving gun licenses while they were working in the police department's gun licensing division. Prosecutors also charged two so-called "expediters" who paid bribes to help their clients get licenses.

Former Expedia IT employee get 15 months in prison for insider trading
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  • 2017-04-25 18:02:39Z

Jonathan Ly, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Coughenour in Seattle after pleading guilty in December to a securities fraud charge for having engaged in an insider trading scheme that prosecutors said netted him $331,000. As part of a plea deal, Ly had also agreed to repay Expedia the $81,592

New York City subway faces two lawsuits over disabled access
New York City subway faces two lawsuits over disabled access
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  • 2017-04-25 16:49:53Z

Most of New York City's huge, aging subway system is inaccessible to disabled people, and its operator illegally discriminates against them by failing to fix the problems, disability rights advocates said in two lawsuits on Tuesday. According to complaints filed in federal and state courts in Manhattan, only 112 of the city's 472 subway stations are wheelchair-accessible, and even those often end up off-limits to disabled people because elevators break down so often. Nick Paolucci, a spokesman for the city's law department, called the plaintiff's claim against the city "misplaced" because the MTA and the New York City Transit Authority oversee subway operations.

U.S. Supreme Court may limit where companies can be sued
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  • 2017-04-25 16:26:08Z

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled a willingness to place limits on where corporations can be sued in a dispute involving drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, a potential setback to plaintiffs' lawyers who try to bring suits in friendly courts. The justices heard arguments in Bristol-Myers' appeal of a California Supreme Court ruling allowing that state's courts to hear claims related to its blood-thinning medication Plavix even though most plaintiffs do not live in the state and the company is not based there. The justices on Monday also were set to hear a similar appeal by Texas-based BNSF Railway Co of a 2015 Montana Supreme Court ruling allowing out-of-state residents to...

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