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Japan's Tepco gets slapped with new U.S. lawsuit over Fukushima
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  • 2017-08-24 08:45:38Z

Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said on Thursday it has been hit with another lawsuit filed in a U.S. court seeking $5 billion for compensation over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the second filed against the utility in a U.S. court. The suit filed by 157 individuals is seeking that amount to set up a compensation fund for the costs of medical tests and treatment they say they need after efforts to support the recovery from the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. The utility, known as Tepco, is being sued regarding improper design, construction and maintenance, claiming compensation for physical, mental and economic damages, the company said in a statement.

Tropical storm Harvey heads for Texas, may become hurricane
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  • 2017-08-24 08:31:51Z

(Reuters) - The Texas Gulf Coast was getting ready for the tropical storm Harvey to make landfall by Friday, bringing with it strong winds, heavy flooding and torrential rains. Hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge watches were in effect for counties on the eastern coast of Texas as the storm moved across the Gulf of Mexico, where it may strengthen into a hurricane.

Winning numbers drawn for $700-million Powerball lottery jackpot
Winning numbers drawn for $700-million Powerball lottery jackpot
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  • 2017-08-24 03:26:41Z

The Powerball is 4. The odds against wining are astronomical, but millions of Americans will be hoping for some life-altering luck on Wednesday night when winning numbers are drawn for the second-highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery. A winning ticket could bring the holder an estimated $700 million windfall, a prize topped only by a January 2016 $1.56 billion Powerball jackpot, the world's largest lottery reward ever.

White House to send memo to Pentagon soon on transgender ban
White House to send memo to Pentagon soon on transgender ban
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  • 2017-08-24 02:00:22Z

The White House is expected to tell the Pentagon in coming days how to implement a ban on transgender people in the military, according to a memo that says the defense secretary may decide whether to remove service members based on their ability to deploy, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The two-and-a-half-page White House document gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis six months to fully implement the ban, according to a story first reported by The Wall Street Journal and confirmed by the official. It also directs the Defense Department to deny admittance to transgender individuals and to stop spending on medical treatment regimens for those currently serving, the Journal reported,...

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 23) - Arizona, Phoenix, Filibuster Rule, Donald Ballard
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  • 2017-08-24 01:25:55Z

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : - Thank you Arizona. Beautiful turnout of 15,000 in Phoenix tonight! Full coverage of rally via my Facebook at: https://www.facebook. ...

State Department science envoy resigns over Trump's Charlottesville response
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  • 2017-08-24 01:25:55Z

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the U.S. State Department's three science envoys publicly resigned on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of defections over President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Daniel Kammen, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a letter posted on his Twitter account that Trump had failed to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis, part of "a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of all Americans, the global community and the planet." (http://bit.ly/2vpEUPn) Trump told reporters last week that "both sides" were to blame for...

U.S. judge throws out Texas voter ID law supported by Trump
U.S. judge throws out Texas voter ID law supported by Trump
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  • 2017-08-24 00:37:51Z

A federal court judge on Wednesday threw out a Texas voter identification law that was supported by the Trump administration, but the state's attorney general said his office would appeal the ruling. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the Southern District of Texas said the state did not allow enough types of photo IDs for voters, "even though the (5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals) was clearly critical of Texas having the most restrictive list in the country." President Donald Trump campaigned on cutting voter fraud, picking up a theme of fellow Republicans across the country.

U.S. erred in declining protections for remote grizzly bears: judge
U.S. erred in declining protections for remote grizzly bears: judge
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  • 2017-08-23 23:08:49Z

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - U.S. wildlife managers erred when they declined to list as endangered a small population of grizzly bears in the remote reaches of Idaho and northwest Montana, a federal judge has ruled in what conservationists on Wednesday hailed as a huge victory. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2014 determined the fewer than 50 grizzlies that roam the Cabinet Mountains and Yaak River drainage in the Northern Rockies were not in danger of extinction and did not warrant re-classifying as endangered or threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

U.S. court throws out Texas voter ID law supported by Trump
U.S. court throws out Texas voter ID law supported by Trump
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  • 2017-08-23 23:06:33Z

"Today's ruling is outrageous," Paxton said in a statement, adding that changes to the law passed by the Republican-controlled Texas legislature included all of those asked for by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that includes Texas.

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 23) - Arizona, Phoenix, Filibuster
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  • 2017-08-23 20:44:55Z

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

White House has prepared pardon documents for ex-Arizona sheriff Arpaio: CNN
White House has prepared pardon documents for ex-Arizona sheriff Arpaio: CNN
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  • 2017-08-23 19:45:59Z

The White House has prepared paperwork for U.S. President Donald Trump to pardon Joe Arpaio, a controversial former Arizona sheriff convicted last month of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case, CNN reported on Wednesday. White House officials declined to comment but an administration official

Arizona ban on ethnic studies unconstitutional, U.S. judge says
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  • 2017-08-23 19:45:12Z

The decision by Judge A. Wallace Tashima issued on Tuesday came in response to a lawsuit by students and parents challenging the law, which ended a Mexican American Studies, or MAS, program run by the Tucson school district. "The Court is convinced that decisions regarding the MAS program were

Washington football coach cannot pray after games: U.S. appeals court
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  • 2017-08-23 19:14:49Z

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Joseph Kennedy's request for an injunction requiring the Bremerton School District, located just outside Seattle, to reinstate him and allow his prayer. Kennedy, a Christian, said the district violated his constitutional right to free speech

U.S. State Dept's science envoy resigns over Trump's Charlottesville response
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  • 2017-08-23 17:47:59Z

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the U.S. State Department's science envoys publicly resigned on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of defections over President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Daniel Kammen, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a letter posted on his Twitter account that Trump had failed to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis, part of "a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of all Americans, the global community and the planet." Trump told reporters last week that "both sides" were to blame for the violence between white...

Massachusetts accuses PHEAA of unfair student loan servicing practices
Massachusetts accuses PHEAA of unfair student loan servicing practices
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  • 2017-08-23 17:23:53Z

Massachusetts' attorney general on Wednesday sued one of the largest federal student loan servicers in the United States, accusing it of undermining a program that forgives borrowers' debts if they work in public service for 10 years. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed the lawsuit against Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, which manages over a fourth of the nation's $1.4 trillion student loan debt on behalf of various lenders. The complaint, filed in Suffolk County Superior Court, claimed PHEAA caused teachers and other public servants to lose benefits and financial assistance under two federal programs.

Cuba
Cuba 'incidents' caused brain injury, nerve damage to diplomats: CBS News
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  • 2017-08-23 16:40:17Z

A doctor who evaluated American and Canadian diplomats working in Cuba diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury and damage to the central nervous system, CBS News said on Wednesday, citing medical records it reviewed. The diplomats had complained of symptoms including hearing loss, nausea, headaches and balance disorders after what were described as "incidents" that began affecting them in Havana beginning in late 2016, CBS News said. Officials are investigating whether the diplomats were targets of some form of sonic attack directed at their homes, CBS reported, citing a source familiar with the incidents.

Confederate General Lee doppelganger pulled from college broadcast
Confederate General Lee doppelganger pulled from college broadcast
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  • 2017-08-23 16:11:46Z

White nationalists rallied earlier this month against a proposal to take down a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, and clashed with counterprotesters. The decision to remove announcer Robert Lee, which sparked anger on social media, was made for safety reasons, ESPN spokeswoman Keri Potts said. "When the protests in Charlottesville were happening, we raised with him the notion of switching games," ESPN spokesman Chris LaPlaca said.

U.S. appeals court upholds insider trading conviction of SAC
U.S. appeals court upholds insider trading conviction of SAC's Martoma
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  • 2017-08-23 15:01:37Z

A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the 2014 conviction of former SAC Capital Advisors LP portfolio manager Mathew Martoma for insider trading, after the U.S. Supreme Court made such cases easier to pursue. In a 2-1 decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected

First lady thanks Chelsea Clinton for defending Barron Trump
First lady thanks Chelsea Clinton for defending Barron Trump
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  • 2017-08-23 14:52:59Z

Chelsea Clinton criticized the Daily Caller, a conservative news website, for publishing an article by its entertainment reporter criticizing the clothes of 11-year-old Barron Trump. The article drew widespread scorn, notably from Chelsea Clinton, whose appearance was often picked over by news outlets while she was a child growing up in the White House and her father, Bill Clinton, was president in the 1990s. "It's high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves," Clinton wrote on Twitter on Monday, referring to the article.

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (August 23) - Arizona, Phoenix, Filibuster
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  • 2017-08-23 14:19:19Z

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Cheap oil undercuts U.S. rail, bus service: study
Cheap oil undercuts U.S. rail, bus service: study
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  • 2017-08-23 13:08:58Z

Cheap gasoline is squeezing U.S. bus companies and the Amtrak passenger rail system that bet more consumers would embrace alternatives to driving for trips shorter than 400 miles, a study by researchers at DePaul University concluded. The study, released Tuesday, found nine metropolitan areas in the

Brazil police launch new phase of 'Car Wash' corruption probe
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  • 2017-08-23 12:38:01Z

Brazil's federal police said on Wednesday they launched a new phase of the "Car Wash" corruption probe, targeting individuals who allegedly favored a private contractor to win business from state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. The police served four search warrants in two states and the federal district, a statement said. Last week, Brazilian authorities carried out two new phases of "Car Wash," ensnaring U.S. asphalt maker Sargeant Marine, six Greek shipping companies and a former Brazilian congressman in the wide-ranging graft probe.

Clinton, in book, says Trump
Clinton, in book, says Trump's debate stalking made her skin crawl
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  • 2017-08-23 12:16:29Z

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says in her new book that Donald Trump made her skin crawl by stalking her around the stage in a campaign debate and she wonders if she should have told him to "back up, you creep." In audio excerpts of the book "What Happened" aired on Wednesday on MSNBC, Clinton described her 2016 campaign as "joyful, humbling, infuriating and just plain baffling" and acknowledged she failed her millions of supporters by losing to Trump in the November election. In the excerpts, Clinton described the Oct. 9 debate in St. Louis in which Trump followed her closely about the stage, lurking behind her as...

Connecticut governor eyes economic investments amid fiscal crisis
Connecticut governor eyes economic investments amid fiscal crisis
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  • 2017-08-23 11:28:52Z

By Hilary Russ HARTFORD (Reuters) - Connecticut, one of the wealthiest states in the nation, also has some of the highest debt levels and its capital city of Hartford is facing potential bankruptcy. Now, the state faces a fiscal crisis. Governor Dannel Malloy, a second-term Democrat who is not seeking reelection, discussed with Reuters tough decisions he has wrestled with to address a fiscal calamity decades in the making.

U.N. rights experts urge U.S. to 'unequivocally' condemn racism
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  • 2017-08-23 10:53:58Z

U.N. human rights experts called on the United States and its leadership on Wednesday to "unequivocally and unconditionally" condemn racist speech and crimes, warning that a failure to do so could fuel further violent incidents. The "early warning and urgent action" statement, reserved for serious situations, was issued by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), although it stopped short of criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump by name. Trump drew widespread condemnation when he blamed both sides for violence that broke out at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., organized by neo-Nazis and white nationalists.

Singapore rejects U.S. academic's appeal against expulsion
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  • 2017-08-23 10:46:47Z

Singapore has rejected a U.S. citizen's appeal to stay in the city-state following the cancellation of his permanent residence status after the government branded him as an agent of foreign influence. Early this month, Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revoked the permanent residence of Huang Jing, then a professor at Singapore's prominent Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and of his wife, Shirley Yang Xiuping, also a U.S. citizen.

Trump warns may terminate NAFTA treaty
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  • 2017-08-23 09:01:05Z

U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday he might terminate the NAFTA trade treaty with Mexico and Canada after three-way talks failed to bridge deep differences. The United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up their first round of talks on Sunday to revamp the trade pact with little sign of a breakthrough coming. Trump reopened negotiations of the 1994 treaty out of concern U.S. economic interests were suffering.

Police fire pepper spray to disperse protesters outside Trump rally in Phoenix
Police fire pepper spray to disperse protesters outside Trump rally in Phoenix
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  • 2017-08-23 06:05:27Z

Police fired pepper spray to disperse protesters outside a rally by U.S. President Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday after being pelted with rocks and bottles, police said. Police have not given an estimate of the number of protesters, but Arizona media said there were several thousand. "People in the crowd have begun throwing rocks and bottles at police," Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sergeant Jonathan Howard said.

U.S. Navy to relieve Seventh Fleet commander after collisions in Asia: source
U.S. Navy to relieve Seventh Fleet commander after collisions in Asia: source
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  • 2017-08-23 05:25:19Z

WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will relieve Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia, a U.S. official told Reuters, as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap. The move to replace Aucoin comes days after a pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on Monday, the fourth major incident in the U.S. Pacific Fleet this year. "An expedited change in leadership was needed," the official said in Washington on Tuesday of the decision to relieve Aucoin of his command.

Americans wish for luck in $700-million Powerball lottery jackpot
Americans wish for luck in $700-million Powerball lottery jackpot
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  • 2017-08-23 04:09:27Z

The odds against wining are astronomical, but millions of Americans will be hoping for some life-altering luck on Wednesday night when winning numbers are drawn for the second-highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery. A winning ticket could bring the holder an estimated $700 million windfall, a prize topped only by a January 2016 $1.56 billion Powerball jackpot, the world's largest lottery reward ever. Anna Domoto, spokeswoman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said that even more tickets are expected to be sold in the four-day period leading up to Wednesday night's drawing.

Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meeting
Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meeting
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  • 2017-08-23 03:24:45Z

City councilors in Charlottesville, Virginia, voted unanimously on Tuesday to cover two statues of Confederate war heroes in black fabric after ejecting spectators from a chaotic council meeting as residents demanded answers over how a recent white nationalist rally turned deadly. It was the first council meeting since the Aug. 12 rally, when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed a 32-year-old woman. Many at the meeting shouted at the councilors and Mayor Mike Signer, forcing them at one point to leave the chamber.

Protesters gather at Trump
Protesters gather at Trump's Phoenix rally, senators will not attend
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  • 2017-08-23 02:19:49Z

Hundreds of supporters and opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump gathered in Phoenix on Tuesday for his first political rally since he caused an uproar last week with remarks about white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Virginia. Arizona's two U.S. senators, who have both clashed with Trump, a fellow

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 22) - Virginia, U.S. Navy
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  • 2017-08-23 02:19:49Z

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

U.S. Navy to relieve commander after collisions in Asia: source
U.S. Navy to relieve commander after collisions in Asia: source
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  • 2017-08-23 02:17:23Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will in the coming hours relieve the three-star admiral who commands its seventh fleet following a series of collisions in Asia, a U.S. official told Reuters late on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

U.S. Navy to relieve admiral of command after collisions: WSJ
U.S. Navy to relieve admiral of command after collisions: WSJ
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  • 2017-08-23 01:10:26Z

The U.S. Navy plans to remove from duty the commander of the fleet that has suffered four recent collisions in Asia and the deaths of a number of sailors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. officials. Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet

Bundy followers found not guilty at Nevada trial: newspaper
Bundy followers found not guilty at Nevada trial: newspaper
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  • 2017-08-23 01:04:55Z

Scott Drexler, Ricky Lovelien, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart - committed crimes including conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, extortion and weapons law violations when they traveled to Nevada with firearms to participate in a plan to halt a cattle roundup. The uprising at Bundy's ranch near

After solar eclipse, Americans
After solar eclipse, Americans' eyes seem mostly none the worse
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  • 2017-08-23 00:22:25Z

One man showed up at a New York City hospital on Tuesday with a damaged retina after acting on the mistaken belief he could safely stare at an eclipse through a hole punched in a garbage bag. "I'm sort of amazed so far that we haven't examined anybody who has damage," Dr. M. Edward

Number of charter schools, students in U.S. rises: report
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  • 2017-08-22 22:59:47Z

The number of children attending charter schools in the United States hit a record of about 6 percent of all students in public schools, according to a federal education report released on Tuesday. Charter schools are publicly funded schools operated separately from local school districts. About 3 million students were enrolled in charter schools in the 2015-2016 school year, up from roughly 1.8 million students five years prior, according to the report by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

Family of Chinese scholar missing in Illinois asks Trump for help
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  • 2017-08-22 22:49:59Z

(Reuters) - Family members of a Chinese scholar presumed kidnapped in Illinois asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to provide additional resources to help find her.

Protests expected at Trump
Protests expected at Trump's Phoenix rally, senators will not attend
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  • 2017-08-22 22:45:19Z

Arizona's two U.S. senators, who have both clashed with President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, were expected to skip his campaign rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, where large protests are planned. In his first such event since causing an uproar last week with remarks about a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia, Trump was expected to make remarks at the rally but not use the event to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, had asked Trump to postpone Tuesday's event scheduled for 7 p.m. MST (0200 GMT on Wednesday).

Trump not to pardon former Sheriff Arpaio during Arizona trip: White House
Trump not to pardon former Sheriff Arpaio during Arizona trip: White House
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  • 2017-08-22 20:58:25Z

President Donald Trump will not issue a pardon on Tuesday for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his trip to Arizona, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. Trump had held out the possibility of a pardon for Arpaio, a former sheriff of Maricopa County in Phoenix and an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration.

Missouri governor halts execution to examine questions over DNA
Missouri governor halts execution to examine questions over DNA
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  • 2017-08-22 20:25:59Z

By Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens halted the execution of a man scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday for killing a woman during a burglary after his attorneys argued that recent DNA evidence showed he is innocent. Greitens issued the stay of execution for Marcellus Williams, 48, just over four hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection in a Bonne Terre state prison for the stabbing death of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle during an August 1998 robbery at her home. Greitens said in a statement he would appoint a Board of Inquiry to examine the new DNA evidence and recommend whether he should commute Williams'...

Village Voice to end print edition after nearly 62 years
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  • 2017-08-22 20:07:33Z

The publication is still considering when it will end the print edition, said Luke Carron, a Village Voice spokesman. The company has discussed a number of potential partnership opportunities, and will continue to host events like The Pride Awards, which honors work in LGBTQ communities, Barbey said in the statement.

After solar eclipse, Americans
After solar eclipse, Americans' eyes seem mostly none the worse
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  • 2017-08-22 19:46:48Z

One man showed up at a New York City hospital on Tuesday with a damaged retina after acting on the mistaken belief he could safely stare at an eclipse through a hole punched in a garbage bag. "I'm sort of amazed so far that we haven't examined anybody who has damage," Dr. M. Edward Wilson said by telephone from the Medical University of South Carolina's Storm Eye Institute in Charleston. It was a similar story at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, New York City's Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon: not a blurry eye in sight.

Bond sale to pay overdue bills may aid Illinois' credit rating: S&P
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  • 2017-08-22 18:54:16Z

The sale of up to $6 billion of bonds by Illinois to shrink its enormous unpaid bill backlog, an action the governor has yet to take, could protect the state from a credit rating downgrade to junk, S&P Global Ratings said on Tuesday. The credit rating agency said the issuance of 12-year general obligation bonds would be cheaper than late payment penalties of as high as 12 percent that the nation's fifth-largest state owes on much of its $14.8 billion backlog of bills. "Therefore, the state may realize net fiscal savings which we believe Illinois can ill-afford to pass up given its weakened financial position, even if the additional debt service adds incrementally to its operating...

Los Angeles seeks to join lawsuit over U.S. sanctuary policies
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  • 2017-08-22 17:39:42Z

The city of Los Angeles on Tuesday sought to join a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over federal restrictions on some law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities, according to a court filing. The state of California and city of San Francisco earlier this month filed legal challenges that accused the administration of President Donald Trump of improperly trying to force local jurisdictions to enforce national immigration law by imposing funding conditions.

U.S. Justice Department seeks $11 million forfeiture from firms with ties to North Korea
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  • 2017-08-22 17:38:19Z

The United States said Tuesday it is seeking forfeitures of $11 million from companies that allegedly laundered money for North Korean banks that are subject to U.S. sanctions. The Justice Department's complaints, filed against Singapore-based Velmur Management Pte Ltd and Transatlantic Partners

U.S. Bioservices to resolve kickback claims for $13.4 million: filing
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  • 2017-08-22 16:54:05Z

US Bioservices, a unit of drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen, agreed to pay $10.6 million to the federal government and $2.8 million to states, according to a filing on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court by Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim. The deal, which must be approved by the court, would resolve a civil lawsuit filed by Kim earlier on Tuesday claiming that U.S. federal and state insurance programs were illegally billed for Exjade prescriptions that stemmed from kickbacks.

Treasury Secretary
Treasury Secretary's wife snipes at critic of Instagram photo
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  • 2017-08-22 16:38:35Z

(Reuters) - The wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has sniped at a critic on social media site Instagram who called her "deplorable" for a post highlighting her designer clothing as she exited a government plane. The flap erupted after Mnuchin's wife, Scottish-born actress Louise Linton, posted a photo of herself emerging from the aircraft wearing a white outfit and sunglasses, using the hashtags "#tomford," "#hermesscarf" and #valentino," according to images of the Monday evening post on social media.

U.S. appeals court rules for TSA screener who had run-in with flier
U.S. appeals court rules for TSA screener who had run-in with flier
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  • 2017-08-22 16:29:31Z

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia threw out a First Amendment claim by an architect, Roger Vanderklok, who said he was arrested in retaliation for asking to file a complaint against an ill-tempered Transportation Security Administration supervisor. "We, of course, do not suggest that TSA screeners should act with disdain for passenger rights or that they can escape all the consequences of their bad behavior," Circuit Judge Kent Jordan wrote for a three-judge panel. "Ultimately, the role of the TSA in securing public safety is so significant that we ought not create a damages remedy in this context," Jordan added.

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