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Beer-drinking gunman opens fire poolside in San Diego: media reports
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  • 2017-05-01 04:46:45Z

A man drinking a beer from one hand and brandishing a gun in the other opened fire beside a pool at a San Diego apartment complex on Sunday, wounding several people before being shot dead by police, according to local media accounts. An apartment complex resident who witnessed part of the incident told television station KFMB-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Diego, that five to seven victims were shot, before the gunman was slain on the scene by police. San Diego police were not immediately available to confirm details of the shooting, which was reported to have begun shortly after 6 p.m. local time at the Ja Jolla Crossroads Apartments in the University City section of San Diego.

Next battleground: An aging Great Lakes pipeline stirs new protest
Next battleground: An aging Great Lakes pipeline stirs new protest
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  • 2017-05-01 04:12:28Z

Now, in Michigan, a broad coalition of opponents is entering a new frontier: Pushing to rip out and reroute an existing pipeline - Enbridge Inc.'s aging Line 5, which crosses the Straits of Mackinac. The firm plans to add 18 additional supports in the Straits this summer, he said.

Tornadoes, storms kill nine in U.S. South
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  • 2017-05-01 02:25:43Z

(Reuters) - Tornadoes ripped through an East Texas county on Saturday evening, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others, while high winds, falling trees and floods killed five others in neighboring states, according to news reports. Three tornadoes were confirmed by the U.S. National Weather Service in Canton, a city about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Dallas in Van Zandt County. The winds flipped over cars, snapped trees, destroyed houses and left roads strewn with debris and fallen power lines, according to photographs and video published by the Dallas Morning News.

Armed couple arrested after deadly shooting spree near Los Angeles
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  • 2017-05-01 00:36:43Z

Police have arrested an armed couple they say fit the description of a man and woman sought in a weekend shooting spree near Los Angeles that left one man dead and at least three other people injured, authorities said on Sunday. The apparently random series of shootings began on Saturday afternoon following a carjacking and stretched over a five-hour period in several locations between the communities of Whittier and La Mirada a few miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Whittier police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have provided few details of the shootings, which investigators were still trying to piece together on Sunday afternoon.

U.S. service member killed near Mosul identified as infantry officer
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  • 2017-04-30 23:57:39Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member who died when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was identified on Sunday as 1st Lieutenant Weston Lee. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia, was an infantry officer assigned to 1st Battalion,

Republican lawmaker Ros-Lehtinen, a Trump critic, to retire
Republican lawmaker Ros-Lehtinen, a Trump critic, to retire
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  • 2017-04-30 19:56:13Z

U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a moderate Republican from South Florida who has been critical of President Donald Trump, plans to retire when her term is up next year, according to an interview she gave on Sunday to the Miami Herald. The decision by Ros-Lehtinen not to seek re-election could give Democrats a chance to pick up a seat in the 2018 congressional election.

Trump could target
Trump could target 'carried interest' tax loophole: official
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  • 2017-04-30 17:53:44Z

The Trump administration's push to overhaul tax laws might soon target a loophole used by some financial managers to lower their tax rates, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on Sunday. President Donald Trump campaigned before the Nov. 8 election to eliminate the so-called "carried

Toned-down White House press dinner carries on without Trump
Toned-down White House press dinner carries on without Trump
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  • 2017-04-30 03:41:49Z

The White House press corps gathered on Saturday for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to bow out in 36 years. Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents' Association took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders. Most of Trump's administration also skipped the event in solidarity with the president, who has repeatedly accused the press of mistreatment.

Torrential rains, damaging winds lash U.S. midsection
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  • 2017-04-30 00:43:55Z

Heavy rains and damaging winds struck a broad swath of the U.S. heartland on Saturday, causing power outages for thousands of Oklahoma residents while triggering road closures and flash flood warnings in parts of the Midwest. The downpour, which began on Friday, was so intense the ground could not absorb

U.S. service member killed in blast near Mosul, Iraq
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  • 2017-04-29 19:08:02Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member died of wounds caused by an explosive device outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday, the U.S.-led military coalition said. A statement from Operation Inherent Resolve gave no other details. U.S.-backed forces have been fighting to retake the Islamic State strongholds of Mosul. News of the U.S. casualty came as U.S. President Donald Trump marked his first 100 days in office. During last year's presidential election campaign, Trump vowed to give priority to destroying Islamic State, which operates mostly in Syria and Iraq. ...

Climate protests to mark Trump's 100 days in office
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  • 2017-04-29 10:02:48Z

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the second time in a month, tens of thousands of protesters are expected to turn out in Washington on Saturday to voice concern over climate change in a mass demonstration marking the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency. The Peoples Climate Marches in dozens of cities including the U.S. capital, are part of a broader effort to build momentum behind candidates with strong environmental records for next year's midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race, organizers said. "We're using this as a tactic to advance the strategy of building enough power to win on climate over the course of the long haul," said Paul Getsos, national coordinator...

Torrential rains, damaging winds on tap for U.S. midsection
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  • 2017-04-29 08:14:39Z

(Reuters) - A dangerous storm front will thrash the U.S. midsection over the weekend with torrential rainfall, damaging winds and large hail that will leave behind the threat of flooding throughout the region, the National Weather Service warned. On Friday night, thunderstorms had already clobbered several communities in the southern Midwest with winds that took down trees and power lines while a reported rain-wrapped tornado in Lawrence, Illinois damaged a house, destroyed a structure and caused power outages, the weather service said. On Saturday, a large swath of the region - from northern Texas up through Michigan - can expect torrential downpours that will produce 7 inches (18 cm)...

25 years after Los Angeles riots, progress and distrust live side by side
25 years after Los Angeles riots, progress and distrust live side by side
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  • 2017-04-29 07:03:58Z

Twenty-five years after deadly riots erupted in Los Angeles when four white police officers were acquitted in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, an undercurrent of distrust pulses in a city that says it has worked hard at police reforms. South Los Angeles, the mostly African-American area where the violence started in 1992 - including the brutal beating of a white truck driver that was broadcast live on television - is still plagued with many of the economic problems that contributed to the unrest. Long before the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement, the name Rodney King became synonymous with the use of excessive force in policing minority groups.

Apple, Tesla ask California to change proposed self-driving car test policy
Apple, Tesla ask California to change proposed self-driving car test policy
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  • 2017-04-29 00:18:05Z

Apple Inc urged California to toughen up its proposed policy on testing self-driving cars, a move that would result in more public data that could help Apple catch up to rivals in the self-driving space by giving it a better window into their strengths and weaknesses. In a letter made public on Friday, Apple suggested a series of changes to the draft policy that is under development and said it looks forward to working with California and others "so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public." Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet Inc , Ford Motor Co , Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], Toyota Motor...

Massachusetts sues Ocwen over mortgage servicing practices
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  • 2017-04-28 23:21:28Z

The Massachusetts attorney general sued a unit of Ocwen Financial Corp on Friday, accusing the mortgage servicing company of engaging in abusive practices that harmed thousands of homeowners in the state. The lawsuit, filed in Suffolk County Superior Court, came a week after the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Florida attorney general and more than 20 state banking regulators took action against Ocwen. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC charged homeowners for unnecessary forced-place insurance policies, hit delinquent borrowers with excessive fees and failed to process escrow and insurance payments.

Two arrested on charges of illegal exports to Russia get time served
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  • 2017-04-28 23:12:52Z

Two Russian nationals arrested in the United States last October on charges of conspiring to export sensitive military technology from the United States to Russia were sentenced to time served on Friday, a spokesman for U.S. prosecutors said. Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Karpenko, 33, and Alexey Krutilin, 27, both pleaded guilty on March 8 and were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leo Glasser in Brooklyn.

California enacts $52 billion fuel tax hike for road, bridge repairs
California enacts $52 billion fuel tax hike for road, bridge repairs
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  • 2017-04-28 23:07:48Z

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a bill to raise gasoline taxes and other transportation-related fees for the first time in decades in an ambitious $52 billion plan to repair the state's long-neglected roads and bridges. The measure will increase excise taxes on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon, from the current rate of 28 cents, and on diesel fuel by 20 cents per gallon over the next 10 years.

Former Chicago Public Schools chief sentenced for fraud
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  • 2017-04-28 23:07:19Z

A federal judge on Friday sentenced the former chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools to 4-1/2 years in prison for her role in a scheme to steer lucrative contracts to one of her previous employers in exchange for kickbacks and bribes, the Department of Justice said. Barbara Byrd-Bennett was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang at a Chicago courthouse, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement.

Four employees injured in incident at BP's Whiting, Indiana refinery: company
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  • 2017-04-28 22:54:50Z

Four employees were injured on Friday in a power distribution center at BP Plc's 413,500 barrel per day (bpd) Whiting, Indiana, refinery, the company said in a statement. The four BP employees were taken to local hospitals as a result of the incident, the company said. Work on an electrical substation led BP to reduce production on two of three crude distillation units at the refinery on Thursday.

American Realty ex-CFO loses bid to dismiss fraud indictment
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  • 2017-04-28 22:33:24Z

A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss an indictment accusing a former chief financial officer of American Realty Capital Properties Inc of fraudulently inflating financial data for the big real estate investment trust. U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhattan said prosecutors could pursue charges that Brian Block knowingly misled investors by plugging fake numbers into a spreadsheet later incorporated into American Realty's reported results, making them appear better than they actually were. American Realty shares plunged as much as 37 percent on Oct. 29, 2014, wiping out roughly $4 billion of market value, after the REIT said employees "intentionally" concealed accounting...

Florida eye doctor found guilty of scamming Medicare
Florida eye doctor found guilty of scamming Medicare
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  • 2017-04-28 21:04:07Z

The ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgen, is also part of a separate corruption case in which prosecutors say he bribed U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Menendez's bid to have the case involving donations from Melgen thrown out.

Indiana man pleads guilty in murder spree referencing the movie 'The Purge'
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  • 2017-04-28 20:58:59Z

An Indiana man pleaded guilty to killing three people during a four-day crime spree during which he referred to "The Purge," a movie about a day where all crimes are legal, prosecutors said on Friday. Under the plea agreement, Johnathan Cruz, 20, will be sentenced to three consecutive sentences

Judge rejects Chicago school lawsuit over Illinois funding inequities
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  • 2017-04-28 20:51:42Z

An Illinois judge dealt a blow to Chicago's cash-strapped public school system on Friday by dismissing its lawsuit that argued the state's school-funding formula discriminates against minority students. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Franklin Valderrama gave the nation's third-largest school

State Department OKS $1.46 billion aircraft sale to New Zealand: Pentagon
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  • 2017-04-28 20:22:51Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $1.46 billion sale to New Zealand of four P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft and associated support, a Pentagon agency said on Friday.

Trump pledges fealty to NRA gun lobby
Trump pledges fealty to NRA gun lobby
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  • 2017-04-28 20:12:21Z

By Steve Holland ATLANTA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump pledged to uphold Americans' right to possess guns on Friday in a speech that he used to revisit some 2016 election campaign themes from his vow to build a border wall to dismissing a Democratic senator as "Pocahontas." Trump pledged his allegiance to the powerful National Rifle Association, the country's leading gun-rights advocacy group, at a convention attended by thousands. Elected in part on a law-and-order platform, Trump was the first sitting president to address the NRA since fellow Republican Ronald Reagan in 1983. "As your president, I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms,"...

Apple, Tesla ask California to change its proposed policies on self-driving car testing
Apple, Tesla ask California to change its proposed policies on self-driving car testing
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  • 2017-04-28 20:05:56Z

Apple Inc has asked the state of California to make changes in its proposed policies on self-driving cars, the latest sign the technology giant is pursuing driverless car technology. In a letter made public Friday, Apple made a series of suggested changes to the policy that is under development and said it looks forward to working with California and others "so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public." Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet Inc , Ford Motor Co , Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], Toyota Motor Corp , Tesla Motors Inc and others also filed comments suggesting changes. California said...

U.S. NSA stops some warrantless surveillance of American messages
U.S. NSA stops some warrantless surveillance of American messages
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  • 2017-04-28 19:49:56Z

The U.S. National Security Agency has halted a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans that mentioned a foreign intelligence target, the spy agency confirmed on Friday. The decision to stop the once-secret activity, which collected messages sent to or received from people believed to be living overseas, arrives as a sudden and unexpected triumph for privacy advocates who were long critical of the program, which U.S. officials had defended as both lawful and important to national security. The halt is among the most substantial changes to U.S. surveillance policy in years and comes as issues of digital privacy remain...

Coughing, convulsing and calls for probe after Arkansas execution
Coughing, convulsing and calls for probe after Arkansas execution
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  • 2017-04-28 19:10:52Z

Kenneth Williams was the fourth inmate put to death in eight days in the state, which before April had not carried out an execution in 12 years. Accounts of his execution on Thursday night raised fresh concerns about whether the sedative midazolam, a Valium-like drug, is effective in lethal injection mixes. Witnesses said Williams, who admitted to killing four people, jerked and gasped for air for about 30 seconds a few minutes after his execution began.

'Shaving Cats!!??' Virginia police probe seven pet abductions
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  • 2017-04-28 18:51:14Z

Since December, at least seven cats have suddenly shown up at their homes with shaved belly, groin and leg areas, Waynesboro Police Captain Kelly Walker said on Friday. "Shaving Cats!!??" says the poster in Waynesboro, a city of 21,000 about 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Washington, D.C. Walker said the cats were collar-wearing, well-groomed pets, not strays or feral cats, although some were outdoor cats.

Possible $440 million sale to Israel of naval guns approved: Pentagon
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  • 2017-04-28 18:36:18Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale to Israel of 76mm naval guns and technical support worth an estimated $440 million, a Pentagon agency said on Friday.

Court scolds New York county for 'total obstructionism' on housing
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  • 2017-04-28 17:40:37Z

A federal appeals court on Friday admonished New York's wealthy Westchester County to stop its "total obstructionism" in implementing an agreement designed to boost affordable housing. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its warning after finding that Westchester, one of the nation's richest suburbs, twice breached a 2009 consent decree requiring it to build 750 affordable housing units in 31 mostly white communities.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital
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  • 2017-04-28 17:20:06Z

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was discharged on Friday from a Houston hospital where he was treated for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis, a family spokesman said. Bush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 for a cough that was later diagnosed as a mild case of pneumonia, spokesman Jim McGrath has said. After Bush recovered from the pneumonia, the hospital said on Tuesday that he would need to extend his stay through the end of the week for treatment of chronic bronchitis.In January, the former Republican president spent more than two weeks at Houston Methodist, much of it in the intensive care unit, during a previous bout with pneumonia.

United Airlines chief executive set to testify before Congress
United Airlines chief executive set to testify before Congress
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  • 2017-04-28 16:33:36Z

The chief executive of United Airlines Inc will testify before a House panel on Tuesday in the aftermath of the forced removal on April 9 of a passenger from a Chicago flight, an incident that drew international condemnation. The House Transportation Committee will hear from United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz, along with the airline's president, Scott Kirby, as well as lower level executives from American Airlines Inc, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

U.S. SEC charges ex-executives over accounting at government contractor L3
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  • 2017-04-28 15:13:54Z

U.S. regulators on Friday filed civil charges against two former executives at government contractor L3 Technologies over accounting violations that led the company to improperly recognize $17.9 million in revenue from a contract with the U.S. Army. The Securities and Exchange Commission said that David

U.N. says 'deeply troubled' by Arkansas executions
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  • 2017-04-28 13:56:59Z

The United Nations human rights office voiced deep concern on Friday at the execution of four men in Arkansas in the past week saying that the rush to carry them out before a drug expired added to the "arbitrariness and cruelty" of the process. Arkansas on Thursday executed its fourth inmate in eight days, administering a lethal injection to a man who killed two people after escaping from a prison where he had been serving a life sentence for murdering a woman. "We are deeply troubled that, after a 12 year de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty, the U.S. state of Arkansas has executed four men in the space of eight days," U.N. human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell told a...

More Americans say race relations deteriorating: Reuters poll
More Americans say race relations deteriorating: Reuters poll
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  • 2017-04-28 11:16:39Z

Tiffany Cartagena said she was eating with her mixed-race girlfriend at a restaurant in Ohio last month when she heard nearby diners remark about the "monkey" at the next table. Denver resident Gwendolyn Mami, an African-American, was on a January flight when another passenger proclaimed President Donald Trump's proposed border wall would stem the flow of "those people", she recalled. Allen Dees, a white Louisiana house painter, said two black men hurled racial slurs at him in March and told him to get out of their neighborhood.

'Get off of Twitter': As Trump nears Day 100, some stirrings of discontent
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  • 2017-04-28 10:12:47Z

By James Oliphant CLEARWATER, Fla. (Reuters) - Some of his supporters fret that President Donald Trump is backing himself into a corner with promises that can't be kept. Others lament he is not pulling America from international conflicts as he vowed - or say he should "get off of Twitter." Those grumbles are early warning signs for Trump as he marks his 100th day in office on Saturday. Reuters visited the same four places - Pinellas County in Florida, Northampton County in eastern Pennsylvania, Macomb County outside of Detroit, Michigan, and Gates County in rural North Carolina - right after the Nov. 8 election.

Kentucky's pension deal offers lessons on risks, cost cuts
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  • 2017-04-28 10:04:25Z

When Kentucky's public pension put U.S. buyout firm KKR & Co LP in charge of its hedge fund investments in May 2015, its board expected the deal to save money and boost its returns. For the Wall Street firm the deal paid off - over more than a year its unit, KKR Prisma, increased by nearly half the amount of money it managed on Kentucky's behalf and its fee income rose by at least a quarter, according to KKR Prisma documents seen by Reuters. Kentucky, so far, has come up short.

Next battleground: An aging Great Lakes pipeline stirs new protest
Next battleground: An aging Great Lakes pipeline stirs new protest
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  • 2017-04-28 05:16:25Z

Now, in Michigan, a broad coalition of opponents is entering a new frontier: Pushing to rip out and reroute an existing pipeline - Enbridge Inc.'s aging Line 5, which crosses the Straits of Mackinac. The firm plans to add 18 additional supports in the Straits this summer, he said.

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Exclusive: 'If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown,' Trump says
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  • 2017-04-28 02:37:06Z

By Jeff Mason, Steve Holland and Stephen J. Adler WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of a potential government shutdown on Thursday, just two days shy of a deadline for Congress to reach a spending deal to avert temporary layoffs of federal workers. If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown," Trump told Reuters in an interview, adding that Democrats would be to blame if the federal government was left unfunded. Congress has until 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday to pass a bill to fund the government or face a shutdown, which would temporarily lay off hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

Berkeley largely quiet after Ann Coulter speech cancelation
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  • 2017-04-28 00:25:28Z

Police at the University of California at Berkeley braced for civil unrest on Thursday in the aftermath of a canceled speech by conservative commentator Ann Coulter, but the campus remained tranquil through the day while hundreds of her supporters rallied nearby. Some in the pro-Coulter crowd engaged in a brief shouting match with counter-demonstrators who confronted them on the edge of a Berkeley city park several blocks from campus late in the afternoon, but police managed to keep the two sides apart. Coulter, one of America's best-known and most provocative pundits on the political right, said on Wednesday that she no longer intended to defy university officials by speaking on campus...

Arkansas execution delayed as U.S. Supreme Court hears appeals
Arkansas execution delayed as U.S. Supreme Court hears appeals
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  • 2017-04-28 00:21:14Z

A plan by Arkansas to execute an inmate was delayed on Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court heard last-minute appeals from the man convicted of murdering a cheerleader, who then escaped from prison and killed two other people before being captured again. The state, which had not held an execution in 12 years until this month, has already put three inmates to death since April 20. It had planned to execute Kenneth Williams, 38, by lethal injection at 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) at its Cummins Unit prison.

Police charge second suspect in Illinois judge's murder
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  • 2017-04-27 23:21:43Z

Police have charged a second suspect in the murder of an Illinois judge shot outside his home on Chicago's South Side earlier this month in what they believe was a robbery, officials said on Thursday. Earl Wilson, 45, of Chicago, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Raymond Myles, who was killed on April 10, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Wilson had previously served a prison sentence for attempted murder in 1992, police said.

Timeline detailed for New York City bus terminal project
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  • 2017-04-27 22:16:42Z

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday laid out a new timeline for its revamped efforts to replace or renovate New York City's aging main bus terminal in midtown Manhattan. Selection of a consultant to help run an environmental review is expected by the third quarter of this year, Steven Plate, the authority's chief of major capital projects, told its board of commissioners.

Illinois school districts pressured by payment delay -Moody's
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  • 2017-04-27 21:23:12Z

Some Illinois school districts, including the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), are being squeezed by late payments due to the state's ongoing budget problems, Moody's Investors Service said on Thursday. The most vulnerable districts are heavily dependent on state grant funding, which is more than $1 billion in arrears, as well as districts with limited operating reserves, Moody's said in a report. Illinois is limping toward the June 30 end of its second-straight fiscal year without a complete budget due to an impasse between the state's Republican governor and Democrats who control the legislature.

Florida Senate seeks pardon for wrongly accused 'Groveland Four'
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  • 2017-04-27 21:21:43Z

Florida's Senate on Thursday apologized to the families of four black men wrongly accused of raping a white teenager nearly 70 years ago, and lawmakers called on the state's governor to issue full pardons. One of the men known as the "Groveland Four," Ernest Thomas, was hunted down by a posse of over 1,000 men and killed as he was shot 400 times, days after the men were accused of abducting and sexually assaulting the 17-year-old girl in 1949 near Groveland, Florida. Renewed interest in the Groveland Four was sparked by the book, "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America" by Gilbert King that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013.

United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger dragged from plane
United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger dragged from plane
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  • 2017-04-27 20:56:38Z

(Reuters) - United Airlines has a reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum with the passenger who was dragged from a Chicago flight earlier this month in an incident that sparked international outrage, an attorney for the passenger said on Thursday. Dr. David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor, was hospitalized after Chicago aviation police dragged him from the plane to make space for four crew members on the flight from the city's O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.

Number of U.S. visas to citizens of Trump travel ban nations drops
Number of U.S. visas to citizens of Trump travel ban nations drops
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  • 2017-04-27 20:55:19Z

The United States issued about 40 percent fewer temporary visas in March to citizens of seven countries covered by President Donald Trump's temporary travel bans than it did in an average month last year, according to a Reuters analysis of preliminary government data released on Thursday. At the

Appeals court grants Trump request to delay mercury air pollution case
Appeals court grants Trump request to delay mercury air pollution case
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  • 2017-04-27 20:21:11Z

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday granted a request from the Trump administration to put litigation on hold in which states and industry groups are challenging an Obama administration pollution control rule for mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit canceled oral arguments that were due to take place on May 18. The rule, known as the MATS rule, has been in place for years and utilities have already complied by upgrading or shutting older coal-fired power plants.

Singapore man sentenced in U.S. for plot to export bomb parts to Iran
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  • 2017-04-27 19:31:24Z

A Singaporean man was sentenced on Thursday to 40 months in a U.S. prison for his role in exporting to Iran radio frequency modules, some of which were later found in bombs in Iraq, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Lim Yong Nam, also known as Steven Lim, 43, pleaded guilty in December to illegally exporting the modules through Singapore, and later to Iran, knowing that the export of U.S. goods to Iran was a violation of U.S. law, the statement said.

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