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Trump says to work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico
Trump says to work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico
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  • 2017-10-19 17:23:40Z

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria a month ago. Speaking with reporters in the Oval Office, Trump did not give any specifics about how much money the government will give to the cash-strapped territory, home to 3.4 million U.S. citizens. "Any money that's put in by people - whether it's public or private - they're going to want to come in first position," Trump said at the beginning of a meeting with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello.

Conservative Republican tries to derail reappointment of Fed
Conservative Republican tries to derail reappointment of Fed's Yellen
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  • 2017-10-19 17:12:29Z

A member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Freedom Caucus is mounting a campaign to kill any chance of a second term for Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the latest sign conservative Republicans want a fresh face at the helm of the central bank. Republican President Donald Trump is expected to announce within a few weeks whether to reappoint Yellen to another four-year term. Other contenders for the job are top Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn, Fed Board Governor Jerome Powell, former Fed governor Kevin Warsh and Stanford University economics professor John Taylor.

Florida police brace for protests with speech by white nationalist
Florida police brace for protests with speech by white nationalist
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  • 2017-10-19 10:18:48Z

By Zachary Fagenson GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - Hundreds of police will be deployed at the University of Florida on Thursday as thousands are poised to protest a speech by an avowed white nationalist, an event that prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency in preparation for possible violence. Richard Spencer's speech at the university in Gainesville comes about two months after rallies by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to violent clashes with counter-protesters and killed at least one person. The flare-up challenged U.S. President Donald Trump and stoked a smoldering national debate on race.

California prepares for the 'big one' with earthquake drill
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  • 2017-10-19 10:10:18Z

Millions of Californians were due on Thursday to simultaneously drop to the floor, clamber under tables and cover their heads for a minute or two of imagined seismic turmoil during the latest annual "Great ShakeOut" earthquake drill. The event, first held nine years ago in the Los Angeles area, was organized by scientists and emergency officials as part of a campaign to prepare the region's inhabitants for a catastrophic quake that experts say is inevitable and long overdue. The exercise has since expanded to encompass all of California and most other states, as well as some other countries, including Canada and Japan.

Trailers could house those displaced by fires in California wine country
Trailers could house those displaced by fires in California wine country
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  • 2017-10-19 01:52:36Z

By Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Residents of Northern California's wine country left homeless by the state's deadliest-ever wildfires could be temporarily housed in federal government trailers, officials said on Wednesday, as the death toll from the blazes rose to 42. Since erupting on Oct. 8 and 9, the blazes have blackened more than 245,000 acres, (86,200 hectares) and destroyed an estimated 4,600 homes along with wineries and commercial buildings. Many are returning to find nothing left, forcing them to seek housing in emergency shelters or with family and friends.

Suspect in Maryland shooting that killed three arrested in Delaware
Suspect in Maryland shooting that killed three arrested in Delaware
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  • 2017-10-19 01:36:24Z

An employee of a Maryland kitchen countertop company suspected of fatally shooting three co-workers and critically wounding two others on Wednesday was arrested in neighboring Delaware, a Maryland county sheriff said. The suspected gunman, Radee Prince, 37, was apprehended by U.S. agents and others, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter, without providing further details. Prince was also being sought for a shooting in Delaware that took place after the Maryland shooting.

Settlement proposed in North Carolina transgender bathroom lawsuit
Settlement proposed in North Carolina transgender bathroom lawsuit
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  • 2017-10-19 01:22:36Z

By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people would be allowed to use public restrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identity under a settlement agreement filed on Wednesday that aims to resolve the federal lawsuit over the state's widely criticized bathroom law. The consent decree proposed by Governor Roy Cooper, the American Civil Liberties Union and transgender people who sued the state would remove some of the law's harmful effects, civil rights groups said. North Carolina has been mired in litigation about transgender rights since Republican lawmakers enacted a law in 2016 that restricted bathroom choice in state-run buildings to the sex on...

Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bullets
Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bullets
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  • 2017-10-19 00:40:41Z

Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos, the first person to confront gunman Stephen Paddock, gave "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Contradictory statements from police and the hotel about what time Campos arrived at Paddock's room have raised questions about the police response. Campos himself came under increased scrutiny last week after he skipped out on scheduled television interviews.

Death toll rises to 42 in California wildfires
Death toll rises to 42 in California wildfires
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  • 2017-10-18 23:19:20Z

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from more than a dozen major wildfires still burning across Northern California's celebrated wine country rose to 42 on Wednesday, after search and rescue teams picking through burned out neighborhoods found another victim. Few details were available on the latest person confirmed to have died in the so-called North Bay fires, already the deadliest in California history. Law enforcement officials said only that the individual had died in the Fountain Grove section of Santa Rosa, a city of about 175,000 people north of San Francisco that has seen nearly 5 percent of its homes destroyed.

Kentucky officials propose plan to save ailing pensions
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  • 2017-10-18 22:34:59Z

Governor Matt Bevin said the state would be mandated to make a full actuarially required pension payment annually. "This is a big, big cost to the people of Kentucky," he told reporters, adding that the yet-to-be-determined higher cost will be dealt with in a "brutally difficult" legislative budget session. In fiscal 2016, Kentucky's pensions were just 31.2 percent funded, which was the lowest funded ratio after New Jersey's among the 50 states, according to a recent S&P Global Ratings report.

ACLU, North Carolina governor reach agreement in transgender bathroom lawsuit
ACLU, North Carolina governor reach agreement in transgender bathroom lawsuit
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  • 2017-10-18 21:27:09Z

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people would be allowed to use public restrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identity under a settlement agreement filed on Wednesday that aims to resolve the federal lawsuit over the state's widely criticized bathroom law. The consent decree proposed by Governor Roy Cooper, the American Civil Liberties Union and transgender people who sued the state would remove some of the law's harmful effects, civil rights groups said. The consent decree says that under current state law, transgender people are not prevented from using public facilities that match their gender identity rather than the sex on their birth certificates.

Guilty verdict in Boston Islamic State beheading plot
Guilty verdict in Boston Islamic State beheading plot
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  • 2017-10-18 18:36:18Z

A Boston-area man was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy to commit acts of international terrorism and supporting Islamic State for a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a conservative blogger who organized a "Draw Mohammed" contest. David Wright, 28, was found guilty of five criminal charges for planning with his uncle and a friend to behead blogger Pamela Geller. The plot fell apart after Wright's uncle said he wanted to kill law enforcement officers instead and was shot dead by police.

Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bullets
Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bullets
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  • 2017-10-18 16:22:55Z

Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos, the first person to confront gunman Stephen Paddock, gave "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Contradictory statements from police and the hotel about what time Campos arrived at Paddock's room have raised questions about the police response. Campos himself came under increased scrutiny last week after he skipped out on scheduled television interviews.

Ford to recall about 1.3 million trucks in North America for door latch fix
Ford to recall about 1.3 million trucks in North America for door latch fix
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  • 2017-10-18 15:52:20Z

Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it would recall about 1.3 million 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks in North America to add water shields to side door latches at a cost of $267 million. The No.2 U.S. automaker said the safety recall is due to a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked

Three dead in shooting at Maryland workplace: sheriff
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  • 2017-10-18 15:50:56Z

(Reuters) - Three people were killed and two wounded on Wednesday in a shooting at an Edgewood, Maryland, stone countertop company, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said.

Bus failed to stop at red light in deadly NYC crash in Sept.: NTSB
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  • 2017-10-18 15:30:00Z

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday a tour bus involved in a deadly New York crash in September in New York ran a red light when it struck a municipal city bus. Three people died when the Dahlia Group tour bus crashed into a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus. The victims included the driver of the tour bus, a passenger on the transit bus and a pedestrian.

Second federal judge blocks Trump
Second federal judge blocks Trump's curbs on travel to U.S.
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  • 2017-10-18 14:35:07Z

A second U.S. federal judge has blocked parts of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on people entering the United States from eight countries, dealing another legal blow to the administration's third bid to impose travel restrictions. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland, in a ruling issued overnight, said the policy as applied to six majority-Muslim countries likely violates the U.S. Constitution's prohibition on religious discrimination.

Texas house fire kills mother, five children in 'horrific scene'
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  • 2017-10-18 14:02:41Z

Firefighters responded to an alarm shortly after midnight and discovered the bodies as they put out the blaze, which destroyed the home, Davis said. "Tough situation, really a horrific scene here and just so sad that we're dealing with six victims at a house fire," Davis told the Beaumont television station. Local officials and the State Fire Marshal's Office will investigate to determine the cause of the fire, he said.

Las Vegas gunman
Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims
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  • 2017-10-18 11:48:47Z

By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said. While there are often few assets to collect from the

Trump chides NFL for not forcing players to stand for anthem
Trump chides NFL for not forcing players to stand for anthem
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  • 2017-10-18 11:24:40Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized the National Football League for not forcing its players to stand during pre-game renditions of the U.S. national anthem, furthering his feud with the nation's most popular sports league. Trump's comments come after the

Texas to execute 'tourniquet killer' for serial rape and murder
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  • 2017-10-18 10:08:07Z

Texas plans to execute on Wednesday a man convicted of raping and murdering five children and young women, using a tourniquet to torture and strangle his victims. Anthony Shore, 55, is set to be put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT). If the execution goes ahead, it will be the seventh this year in Texas and the 545th in the state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Judge to rule on ex-Penn State coach Sandusky
Judge to rule on ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's bid for new trial
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  • 2017-10-18 10:02:54Z

A Pennsylvania judge is due to rule on Wednesday whether former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky will receive a new trial on charges that he sexually assaulted pre-teen and teenaged boys for 15 years. Sandusky, 73, was convicted in 2012 of exploiting his position in the top-flight football program to sexually assault 10 boys and is currently serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. Centre County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Foradora plans to release his decision at noon ET (1600 GMT)on Wednesday on whether to grant a new trial to the man whose case led to the firing of longtime head coach Joe Paterno and prompted the state to toughen its laws on child sex assault.

U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online
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  • 2017-10-18 09:49:46Z

By Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making illegal versions of fentanyl and selling the highly addictive drug to Americans over the internet and through international mail. Xiaobing Yan, 40, and Jian Zhang, 38, who are both in China and have not been taken into U.S. custody, were charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues into the United States, the Justice Department said.

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump indicates support
U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump indicates support
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  • 2017-10-18 05:15:43Z

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday reached a bipartisan agreement to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president indicated his support for the plan. The deal worked out by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray would meet some Democratic objectives, including reviving the subsidies for Obamacare and restoring $106 million in funding for a federal program that helps people enroll in insurance plans. In exchange, Republicans would get more flexibility for states to offer a wider variety of health...

Kentucky city removes two Confederate statues
Kentucky city removes two Confederate statues
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  • 2017-10-18 04:45:25Z

The city council in August voted to remove the statues of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge, a U.S. vice president and Confederate secretary of war, the Lexington Herald Leader reported, showing video of the removal work that began without advance notice. The Kentucky vote came soon after a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists angered at the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee clashed with counter-protesters.

Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration
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  • 2017-10-18 00:38:33Z

By Sarah N. Lynch and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. lawmaker who was President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar withdrew on Tuesday after a report he spearheaded a bill that hurt the government's ability to crack down on opioid makers flooding the market with the addictive painkillers. Trump had pegged Representative Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as the administration faces an epidemic of opioid overdoses that is killing tens of thousands of Americans annually. Trump wrote on Twitter: "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar.

CIA says mistakenly
CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did not
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  • 2017-10-17 23:03:50Z

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday. "It's embarrassing and I have apologized," Christopher Sharpley, the acting CIA Inspector General, told the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing as President Donald Trump's nominee for the position. Championed by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein when she chaired the Senate panel, the "torture report," as it is known, is the...

Las Vegas gunman
Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims
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  • 2017-10-17 21:59:46Z

By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said. While there are often few assets to collect from the young men who typically carry out these killings, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, is thought to have had multi-million-dollar investments in buildings across Texas and California. "It definitely depends on the assets in the estate whether you pursue that claim," said Theida Salazar, a Los Angeles attorney who represented one of the victim's families in the 2015 shooting in San...

Chicago Aviation Dept fires two officers involved in dragging man off flight
Chicago Aviation Dept fires two officers involved in dragging man off flight
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  • 2017-10-17 21:38:01Z

The Chicago Department of Aviation has fired two security officers for their roles in the forcible removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight in April, an incident that provoked international outrage. The firings were included in a report on the incident released on Tuesday by the Chicago Office of the Inspector General. David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American physician, was hospitalized after aviation officers dragged him from a United Airlines plane to make space for four crew members on the flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.

White man charged with hate crime in black Army officer
White man charged with hate crime in black Army officer's murder in Maryland
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  • 2017-10-17 21:18:27Z

Sean Urbanski, 22, of Severna Park, Maryland, had already been indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge for the death of Lieutenant Richard Collins, 23. An investigation of digital material, including Urbanski's phone and computer records, prompted prosecutors to seek the hate crime charge, Angela Alsobrooks, the state's attorney for Prince George's County, told a news conference.

NFL meeting kicks off in New York as protesters kneel outside
NFL meeting kicks off in New York as protesters kneel outside
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  • 2017-10-17 20:00:27Z

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials weighed the fervor of players protesting racism against U.S. President Donald Trump's anger as their two-day autumn meeting began on Tuesday with supporters of the players kneeling outside in solidarity. Trump's repeated denunciation of the players as unpatriotic for kneeling during the national anthem, which he reiterated as recently as Monday, has only made the practice more widespread. Outside the Manhattan luxury hotel where team owners, players and their union's leaders met, about two dozen people showed their backing for the protesting athletes, kneeling on the sidewalk while holding placards that read...

U.S. appeals court rejects hedge fund founder's FBI misconduct case
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  • 2017-10-17 17:48:29Z

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by hedge fund founder David Ganek, who claimed federal authorities lied to get a search warrant against his fund in an insider trading investigation. A unanimous panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that, even if the Federal Bureau of Investigation did make false statements, it had good cause for a warrant to search the offices of Ganek's Level Global Investors anyway.

Trump
Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration
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  • 2017-10-17 17:42:22Z

The U.S. lawmaker who was President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar withdrew on Tuesday after it became public he spearheaded a bill that hurt the government's ability to crack down on opioid makers flooding the market with the addictive painkillers. Trump had pegged Representative Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as the administration faces an epidemic of opioid overdoses that is killing tens of thousands of Americans annually. Trump wrote on Twitter: "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar.

Police say unconfirmed report of shooter at DC's Howard University
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  • 2017-10-17 17:04:44Z

Washington police are checking a report of a gunman at Howard University in the U.S. capital, authorities said on Tuesday. Take precautions if in the area," the Metropolitan Police Department said on Twitter. Washington's alert system said streets were closed off near Howard, a private university with more than 10,000 students.

Britain has no plans to walk away from Brexit talks - Davis says
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  • 2017-10-17 16:55:51Z

LONDON (Reuters) - British negotiators have no plans to walk away from Brexit talks with the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday, after some lawmakers suggested the talks should end if there is no progress at a summit later this week. "There are no plans to get up and walk away," Davis told parliament. (Reporting by William James and Elizabeth Piper; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

Sixteen inmates charged with murder in Delaware prison uprising
Sixteen inmates charged with murder in Delaware prison uprising
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  • 2017-10-17 16:29:56Z

A Delaware grand jury has indicted 16 prison inmates for first-degree murder over a February uprising during which a guard was killed and others taken hostage, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Prisoners seized Lieutenant Steven Floyd, two other corrections officers and a counselor during the Feb. 1-2 uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. A New Castle County grand jury handed up charges against a total of 18 inmates that include assault, kidnapping, riot and conspiracy, Delaware's Justice Department said in a statement.

U.S. safety board criticizes FAA, pilot on deadly U.S. balloon crash
U.S. safety board criticizes FAA, pilot on deadly U.S. balloon crash
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  • 2017-10-17 16:21:56Z

The National Transportation Safety board on Tuesday faulted U.S. aviation regulators and the pilot in the July 2016 Texas balloon crash that killed 16 people, the deadliest U.S. aviation accident in more than seven years. The hearing comes after the Federal Aviation Administration said earlier this year no new balloon regulations were needed, despite a long-standing push by the board to require more oversight of the operations. It was the deadliest crash ever involving a hot air balloon in the Western Hemisphere, according to the Balloon Federation of North America.

U.S. top court drops Leidos contracting fraud case after settlement
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  • 2017-10-17 15:50:19Z

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled arguments in a securities fraud dispute involving Virginia-based government contractor Leidos Inc after the company and investors told the court they had reached a settlement.

U.S. Justice Dept will review new law
U.S. Justice Dept will review new law's impact on DEA powers: official
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  • 2017-10-17 15:00:57Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said on Tuesday he was very concerned about a report that said new legislation has undermined the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to crack down on opioid dealers and said the Justice Department would review the law.

U.S. indicts two Chinese in major fentanyl trafficking case
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  • 2017-10-17 14:21:36Z

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday it has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making and selling highly addictive fentanyl to Americans over the internet. Xiaobing Yan, 40, and Jian Zhang, 38, were charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues into the United States, the Justice Department said. "For the first time, we have indicted major Chinese fentanyl traffickers who have been using the Internet to sell fentanyl and fentanyl analogues to drug traffickers and individual customers in the United States," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

GM to test self-driving cars in N.Y. in early 2018: Gov. Cuomo
GM to test self-driving cars in N.Y. in early 2018: Gov. Cuomo
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  • 2017-10-17 13:42:31Z

(Reuters) - General Motors Co plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The planned testing by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, Cuomo said in a statement. A level 3 car still needs a steering wheel and a driver who can take over if the car encounters a problem, while level 4 promises driverless features in dedicated lanes.

Trial of Islamic State beheading plot in Massachusetts nears end
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  • 2017-10-17 10:06:23Z

The case of a Massachusetts man who prosecutors say plotted to attack police and behead a conservative blogger on behalf of Islamic State nears a close on Tuesday as lawyers make closing arguments. Federal prosecutors contend that David Wright, 28, along with his uncle and a friend had plotted to kill the woman who organized the 2015 "Draw Mohammed" contest in Garland, Texas, a plan they said unraveled when the uncle lost patience and said he wanted to kill police officers instead. Wright, who took the witness stand in his own defense last week, testified that his discussions with the other two men about Islamic state were "role playing" that served as a distraction when he was broke,...

Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineries
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  • 2017-10-17 10:02:42Z

Wineries damaged by wildfires tearing through Northern California are starting insurance claims, and at least some of the smaller vintners are likely to find limits in their policies mean payouts fall short of rebuilding costs. Gaps in coverage and a spike in rebuilding costs, typical after disaster, may come as a shock to many small wineries, favorites of Napa and Sonoma county tourists, said Tom Pagano, who heads the vineyard insurance practice for insurance broker Aon Plc. "The easy part of insurance is buildings burning down," Pagano said, describing the complicated claims process.

California wildfire evacuees allowed home as crews search for bodies
California wildfire evacuees allowed home as crews search for bodies
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  • 2017-10-17 08:52:04Z

By Paresh Dave SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - More evacuees were expected to return home on Tuesday in Northern California where the state's deadliest wildfires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Officials said they expected the death toll to rise as 88 people were

Search suspended for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion
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  • 2017-10-17 04:44:46Z

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late on Sunday. Missing is Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, the Coast Guard said in a statement. "The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one," Commander Zac Ford said in the statement.

Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist
Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist's speech
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  • 2017-10-17 01:52:29Z

Rallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent street clashes with counter-protesters. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe," Scott said in a statement. Scott said in the order there was a need to implement a coordinated security plan among local and state agencies before the speech by Richard Spencer on Thursday in Gainesville.

Searchers pick through burned-out California homes for bodies
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  • 2017-10-17 00:02:41Z

By Paresh Dave SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Search-and-rescue teams combed through gutted homes across California's celebrated wine country on Monday, looking for the charred bodies of those killed in the state's deadliest wildfires, as survivors slowly began returning home. With 88 people still unaccounted for in Sonoma County alone, local officials said they expected the death toll to rise. "I would expect to find some of the missing in their burned-out homes," Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano told reporters at a Monday morning news briefing, standing in front of maps and charts of the 14 still-burning blazes.

Trucker in deadly Texas immigrant case pleads guilty, faces life sentence
Trucker in deadly Texas immigrant case pleads guilty, faces life sentence
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  • 2017-10-16 22:03:23Z

The driver of a truck packed with immigrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, pleaded guilty on Monday to human smuggling charges and could face up to life in prison, prosecutors said. James Bradley Jr., 61, pleaded guilty at a federal court in San Antonio to one count of conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in death and one count of transporting aliens resulting in death, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said in a statement. Bradley told investigators he was caught by surprise when he opened the trailer doors outside a Walmart store in San Antonio on July 23, only to be knocked down by a group of "Spanish" people pouring out of the...

NFL to tackle protests as Trump decries
NFL to tackle protests as Trump decries 'disrespectful' players
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  • 2017-10-16 21:51:31Z

Trump has continued to rail at the symbolic kneeling, which has only become more widespread since his first comments last month, saying as recently as Monday that players who do so should be suspended for insulting the country. "And the NFL should suspended some of these players for one game," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.

Woman accusing Trump of misconduct subpoenas presidential campaign
Woman accusing Trump of misconduct subpoenas presidential campaign
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  • 2017-10-16 20:50:41Z

A woman who has said that U.S. President Donald Trump groped her during a 2007 meeting has subpoenaed his presidential campaign for any documents concerning similar allegations, according to a subpoena filed in New York State Supreme Court. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice," sought all documents from his campaign pertaining to "any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately," identifying nine by name, the subpoena said.

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