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Illinois hairstylists trained in art of helping abuse victims
Illinois hairstylists trained in art of helping abuse victims
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  • 2017-03-26 23:51:59Z

Londa Brown and Darlene Copeland, a pair of hairstylists from Chicago's South Side, have spent so many hours listening to their customers talk about the ups and downs of their lives that the two jokingly refer to themselves as therapists. The state of Illinois aims to leverage the rapport and trust

United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight
United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight
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  • 2017-03-26 22:30:51Z

"The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel," the airline said on Twitter as the incident Thanwent viral on social media. In another tweet made in response to a question from a social media user, the airline said: "Casual attire for ticketed passengers is fine. United pass travelers are company employees or family members of employees.

Car goes airborne, hits ceiling in Boston tunnel; one dead
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  • 2017-03-26 17:48:04Z

The 2013 Audi A8 was headed east shortly after 2 a.m. EDT when it went into the air and pulled down wires and cables as it struck the ceiling of the tunnel, part of the Massachusetts Turnpike beneath Boston's Back Bay, the state police said. An investigation was underway.

Ohio nightclub shooting leaves one dead, 14 wounded; shooter at large
Ohio nightclub shooting leaves one dead, 14 wounded; shooter at large
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  • 2017-03-26 11:28:21Z

Gunfire erupted inside a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early Sunday morning, killing at least one person and injuring 14, and police said they were still looking for the shooter. The shooting took place around 1 a.m. when hundreds of people were inside the Cameo Nightlife club, which the Cincinnati Police Department said has had "multiple problems" in the past. "At this point it's unclear exactly what instigated the shooting," Captain Kimberly Williams said at a televised briefing.

Plaintiff in Boston lawsuit against former Haitian mayor dies
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  • 2017-03-26 03:02:11Z

Nissage Martyr, a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed Thursday against ex-mayor Jean Morose Viliena, fell suddenly ill while watching football with neighbors Friday night in Les Irois, a town on Haiti's far western coast, and died on the way to hospital. Lawyers for the three plaintiffs said Viliena now works as a school bus driver and lives in Malden, Massachusetts, where he fled after Haitian courts began investigating his conduct while in office. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to Martyr's family and friends.

Angry over U.S. healthcare fail, Trump voters spare him blame
Angry over U.S. healthcare fail, Trump voters spare him blame
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  • 2017-03-26 01:48:55Z

By Letitia Stein NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (Reuters) - The day after the flaming out of U.S. President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative, his supporters across America were lashing out - at conservatives, at Democrats, at leaders of his Republican Party in Congress. "Being a businessman, he'll not take 'no' for an answer," said Tony Nappi, a 71-year-old from Trinity, Florida, one of the many disappointed Republicans on his weekend softball team. "He'll get the job done." Support for Trump appeared unflagging, from the playing fields of a Republican stronghold in central Florida to the small town diners of North Carolina, the suburbs of Arkansas and the streets of...

Fights erupt at pro-Trump rally on California beach
Fights erupt at pro-Trump rally on California beach
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  • 2017-03-26 01:19:55Z

Supporters of President Donald Trump holding a rally on a popular southern California beach clashed with counter-protesters on Saturday and four people were arrested, law enforcement said. Multiple fights broke out and at least one Trump supporter was doused with pepper spray when pro-Trump demonstrators marching along Bolsa Chica State Beach encountered a small group opposed to the Republican president who had gathered to denounce the rally. Four counter-protesters were arrested, three for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery, Kevin Pearsall, a spokesman for the California State Parks Police said on Saturday evening.

More Americans reach for a daily coffee in 2017: NCA
More Americans reach for a daily coffee in 2017: NCA
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  • 2017-03-25 16:48:51Z

More Americans are drinking a daily cup of coffee in 2017, a reversal of four years of declines, as gourmet brews gain in popularity, according to an industry group's report released on Saturday. "More of us are drinking coffee, and younger consumers appear to be leading the charge," said National Coffee Association USA (NCA) Chief Executive Officer Bill Murray. "A steadily growing taste for gourmet varieties is also driving a wider trend toward specialty beverages," he said.

Louisiana deputy marshal convicted of manslaughter in boy
Louisiana deputy marshal convicted of manslaughter in boy's death
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  • 2017-03-25 03:33:30Z

A Louisiana jury convicted a deputy marshal of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter on Friday in the killing of a 6-year-old boy during a volley of gunfire after chasing his father's car in 2015. Derrick Stafford, 33, was found guilty by 10-2 jury vote in a Marksville, Louisiana, courtroom, more

California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump
California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump
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  • 2017-03-25 01:57:56Z

By Peter Henderson RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - California on Friday challenged the Trump administration's approach to car pollution, approving standards that the White House said still need review and setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators. California Governor Jerry

Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform
Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform 'not an improvement': Reuters/Ipsos poll
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  • 2017-03-25 00:47:07Z

By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly half of American adults said the Republican healthcare reform measure is "not an improvement" over Obamacare, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The Republican bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is up for a vote in the House of Representatives later on Friday, is expected to cut the federal deficit while greatly increasing the number of Americans without health insurance. Democratic leaders are unified against the bill while some conservative Republicans have criticized it for not doing enough to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the measure familiarly known as Obamacare which was passed in 2010 and was...

Obamacare exploding? Maybe just a slow burn
Obamacare exploding? Maybe just a slow burn
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  • 2017-03-25 00:41:14Z

By Caroline Humer and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Obamacare was "exploding" after Republican lawmakers shelved legislation that would have dismantled the healthcare law. The more than 12 million people who bought 2017 health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov and other websites the law created are not in danger of losing their healthcare or having their premiums go up right now, experts say. Republicans could choose to pass a budget that defunds Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies, which help low-income people cover out-of-pocket and other medical costs.

U.S. judge grants Singaporean blogger
U.S. judge grants Singaporean blogger's asylum request
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  • 2017-03-25 00:11:43Z

By Timothy Mclaughlin CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. immigration judge in Chicago on Friday granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Southeast Asian city-state. Amos Yee, 18, who had been jailed twice in Singapore, qualifies as a political refugee, according to a 13-page opinion by the U.S. immigration judge. Yee is immediately eligible for release after having been held in U.S. immigration detention since Dec. 16, 2016, according to his attorney, Sandra Grossman, who is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Planned Parenthood sees brief reprieve after healthcare bill yanked
Planned Parenthood sees brief reprieve after healthcare bill yanked
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  • 2017-03-25 00:08:45Z

Planned Parenthood, the national health organization that would have lost federal funding under sweeping healthcare overhaul legislation, views the withdrawal of the bill on Friday as a temporary reprieve, not the end of a threat to its existence. Officials of the organization - long a target of those who oppose its abortion services - anticipate further attempts by Republicans to curb its participation in federally funded public health programs, a major source of its funding. In a major setback for Republican President Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives leaders pulled the healthcare bill after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party's most conservative lawmakers left...

Judge dismisses second lawsuit over Columbia 'mattress protest'
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  • 2017-03-24 23:17:15Z

A federal judge on Friday threw out the second lawsuit filed by a former Columbia University student who had been accused of rape over the school's decision to permit his accuser to carry around a mattress in protest after he was cleared. U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods dismissed the latest lawsuit by Paul Nungesser after ruling that he had not shown that the protest by Emma Sulkowicz had damaged his ability to receive an education. Indeed, it is not even the Court's role here to determine the truth," Woods wrote in his 46-page opinion.

Penn State ex-president convicted of one charge in Sandusky scandal
Penn State ex-president convicted of one charge in Sandusky scandal
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  • 2017-03-24 22:29:37Z

A jury convicted the former president of Penn State University of child endangerment on Friday for his handling of a 2001 report that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was seen molesting a boy in a campus shower. The verdict ends the last criminal case in the Sandusky scandal, which shocked the Penn State community and ended the career of famous football coach Joe Paterno, who oversaw the school's team for 45 years. Paterno, who died in 2012, was never charged.

Trump disappointed House conservatives blocked healthcare bill
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  • 2017-03-24 21:59:41Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that healthcare legislation he supported had been "very, very close" to getting enough support in the House of Representatives and that now he probably would move on to tax reform. Speaking in the Oval Office after a stinging defeat, Trump said the onus is now on Democratic leaders in Congress to work with him on a way to patch up the healthcare law. (Reporting By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Rigby)

Kentucky disability lawyer admits to role in $550 million scheme
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  • 2017-03-24 21:52:12Z

Eric Conn, 56, pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington, Kentucky to one count of theft of government money and one count of payment of gratuities, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Scott White, a lawyer for Conn, said his client faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. Prosecutors

Powerful Texas Republican sees tough road for
Powerful Texas Republican sees tough road for 'bathroom bill'
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  • 2017-03-24 21:27:00Z

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican speaker of the Texas House of Representatives said on Friday a bill to limit bathroom access for transgender people would face a tough time in the chamber, where there are worries of an economic hit to the state if it became law. Speaker Joe Straus, who sets the Republican-dominated House's legislative agenda, stopped short of saying the measure was doomed. "I don't feel a great deal of fervor to promote that bill in the House," Straus said.

Electroimpact to pay $485,000 over alleged hiring discrimination
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  • 2017-03-24 21:20:56Z

Boeing and Airbus use Electroimpact robotic machines throughout their jetliner factories, including to help make wings for their top-selling 737 and A320 single-aisle aircraft. An investigation by Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office found evidence that Electroimpact and its founder refused to hire Muslim applicants and "engaged in religious and/or national origin harassment".

Baltimore mayor vetoes $15/hour minimum wage
Baltimore mayor vetoes $15/hour minimum wage
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  • 2017-03-24 21:19:52Z

The legislation raising the minimum wage from $8.75 an hour would have put the city at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring cities and suburban counties, Mayor Catherine Pugh said. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would have linked Baltimore, a port city that once had a vibrant steelmaking industry, to efforts across the United States to boost the standard of living of many low-wage service workers.

Conviction of Venezuelan first lady's nephews stands: U.S. judge
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  • 2017-03-24 21:18:31Z

Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores had argued in a motion challenging their conviction that they were entrapped in a sting operation and that their trial was tainted by a witness who perjured himself. Attorneys for Flores de Freitas and Campo Flores did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Flores de Freitas, 31, and Campo Flores, 30, were convicted by a Manhattan jury in November of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States.

California sets vehicle pollution rules after Trump brakes U.S. plan
California sets vehicle pollution rules after Trump brakes U.S. plan
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  • 2017-03-24 21:11:10Z

By Peter Henderson RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - California on Friday approved vehicle pollution targets that the Trump administration last week put on hold, setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators that could be expensive for automakers and a headache for consumers. California Air Resources Board members criticized the auto industry for asking federal regulators to reconsider vehicle emissions targets for 2022-2025. The board then finalized the vehicle pollution rules for the state, set a mandate for zero-emission sales over the same time period, and ordered its staff to start work on targets for after 2025.

Judge finds UPS liable to New York over cigarette shipments
Judge finds UPS liable to New York over cigarette shipments
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  • 2017-03-24 21:00:38Z

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday said United Parcel Service Inc is liable for having illegally shipped hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, depriving the state and New York City of millions of dollars of taxes.

U.S. charges Lebanese businessman with sanctions busting
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  • 2017-03-24 20:40:08Z

U.S. authorities charged a Lebanese businessman with evading sanctions placed against him because of his alleged support for the Hezbollah militant movement. Kassim Tajideen, 62, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday, and will be held in jail until a detention hearing next week, the Justice Department said in a statement. U.S. authorities say Tajideen ran a multi-billion-dollar "global business empire" that traded in commodities across the Middle East and Africa.

Instant View: Republicans pull Obamacare repeal bill
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  • 2017-03-24 20:30:51Z

"It does now open the door for maybe they table the whole thing and just move on, and I would think the next thing on the docket would have to be tax reform. The market, to me, is more interested in tax reform than it is in changing Obamacare.

Home Depot must again face lawsuit over employee's murder: U.S. court
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  • 2017-03-24 20:19:10Z

Reversing a lower court ruling, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Alisha Bromfield's mother may pursue claims that Home Depot should not have employed the supervisor, given his known history of sexually harassing, verbally abusing and physically intimidating female subordinates. Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said the Atlanta-based company is reviewing the decision. "We are very pleased with the reversal," Kristin Barnette, the lawyer for Bromfield's mother, Sherry Anicich, said in an interview.

North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permit
North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permit
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  • 2017-03-24 20:08:28Z

The law, which takes effect on Aug. 1, mandates that gun owners only need a North Dakota driver's license or state identification card for at least a year before they can carry a concealed firearm in public. Under current regulations, applicants must take a test to obtain a permit which entails fees of more than $100.

Trump tells House leaders to cancel healthcare bill vote
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  • 2017-03-24 19:50:06Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has told Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representative to cancel a planned vote Friday afternoon on a healthcare bill to dismantle Obamacare, a House Republican aide told Reuters. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Bill Rigby)

Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform
Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform 'not an improvement': Reuters/Ipsos poll
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  • 2017-03-24 19:36:26Z

By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly half of American adults said the Republican healthcare reform measure is "not an improvement" over Obamacare, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The Republican bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is up for a vote in the House of Representatives later on Friday, is expected to cut the federal deficit while greatly increasing the number of Americans without health insurance. Democratic leaders are unified against the bill while some conservative Republicans have criticized it for not doing enough to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the measure familiarly known as Obamacare which was passed in 2010 and was...

Investors buoyed by Trump's readiness to move on from Obamacare
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  • 2017-03-24 18:52:39Z

As the clock ticked down to a close vote in the House of Representatives set tentatively for Friday afternoon, U.S. stocks were little changed even as it appeared that the Republican leadership had yet to secure the support needed to pass the measure. "I think investors are of the belief that Trump

House intelligence panel leaders split over session on Russia
House intelligence panel leaders split over session on Russia
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  • 2017-03-24 18:43:48Z

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The partisan divide over the House Intelligence Committee's probe of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election deepened on Friday, when the committee's top Democrat suggested its Republican chairman canceled a public hearing after pressure from the White House. Panel chairman Devin Nunes said he had to cancel next Tuesday's hearing with officials from former Democratic President Barack Obama's administration in order to have a classified briefing with the directors of the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation. "The committee seeks additional information ... that can only be addressed in closed session,"...

Boston man sentenced for sale of guns stolen from U.S. Army site
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  • 2017-03-24 17:09:32Z

A Boston man was sentenced on Friday to serve almost five years in federal prison for having helped to sell weapons including six machine guns stolen from a Massachusetts U.S. Army Reserve facility in 2015. Tyrone James, 29, was sentenced to 57 months in prison and three years' supervised release after pleading guilty in December to charges including conspiracy to possess, store and sell stolen firearms.

U.S. Jewish groups beef up security after threats despite arrest
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  • 2017-03-24 16:59:35Z

The arrest in Israel on Thursday of a U.S.-Israeli teenager suspected of a rash of hoax bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers across the United States brought some relief to community leaders, who nevertheless say they will stick to plans to beef up security. "Whether or not this suspect turns out to be responsible for the threats specific to this center is irrelevant," said Brian Greene, executive director of Westside Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, which has received two threats since February. The threats, which included five separate waves of calls starting in early January, forced evacuations at dozens of JCCs, including some with day care and school facilities.

Treehouses and mansions: Life in the shadow of the U.S.-Mexico fence
Treehouses and mansions: Life in the shadow of the U.S.-Mexico fence
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  • 2017-03-24 16:50:34Z

The rust-red U.S. fence along the Mexican border has inspired various quirky architectural structures, from a frontier-themed mansion to a humble treehouse with uninterrupted views across the Californian scrubland. Carlos Torres, an architect in the northern Mexican city of Tijuana, has lived in a house in the shadow of the U.S. border for three decades, and the fence that U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to expand begins at the end of his garden. A specially erected viewpoint provides a panoramic vista into the United States, while his garden is littered with border paraphernalia, such as a signpost indicating the start of U.S. territory.

Man pleads guilty in Washington pizzeria shooting over fake news
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  • 2017-03-24 16:03:08Z

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty on Friday to opening fire in a Washington pizzeria that fake news reports claimed housed a child sex ring linked to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Edgar Welch, 28, of Salisbury, was accused of firing at least three shots from an AR-15 rifle inside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in December and pointing the gun at an employee after showing up to investigate the online conspiracy rumors. Welch pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit an offense and a local charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Trump gives U.S. green light to Keystone XL pipeline
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  • 2017-03-24 14:59:31Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday unveiled his administration's official go-ahead for the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that was rejected by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. "I'm pleased to announce the official approval of the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "We're working out the final details as we speak," he said. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Amtrak train derails at N.Y. Penn Station, minor injuries reported
Amtrak train derails at N.Y. Penn Station, minor injuries reported
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  • 2017-03-24 14:54:24Z

By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Amtrak Acela train sideswiped a New Jersey Transit train and derailed at New York City's Penn Station during Friday morning's rush hour, leaving several people with minor injuries, according to rail officials. Service was suspended into and out of the busy commuter station in midtown Manhattan, New Jersey Transit said in a tweet, with some of its Manhattan-bound trains diverted to Hoboken, New Jersey, the site of another accident last year. Amtrak said in a statement that Acela Express Train 2151 from Boston to Washington had "a minor derailment" while slowly departing from Penn Station at about 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT).

Core capital goods orders dip, but shipments surge
Core capital goods orders dip, but shipments surge
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  • 2017-03-24 14:43:19Z

New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell in February, but a surge in shipments amid demand for machinery and electrical equipment supported expectations for an acceleration in business investment in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday that non-defense capital

Food startup Eatsa sued for not making kiosks accessible to blind
Food startup Eatsa sued for not making kiosks accessible to blind
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  • 2017-03-24 13:23:13Z

The suit claims that although the technology to make touchscreens and self-service food pick-up usable for blind and low-vision customers is available, the restaurant chain has neglected to add these features. Disability Rights Advocates, a nonprofit organization, filed the suit claiming that the negligence is a civil rights violation. Eatsa and Disability Rights Advocates were not immediately available for comment.

March U.S. auto sales seen up nearly 1.9 percent: JD Power and LMC
March U.S. auto sales seen up nearly 1.9 percent: JD Power and LMC
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  • 2017-03-24 13:15:20Z

U.S. auto sales in March will increase almost 1.9 percent from a year earlier, even as consumer discounts continue to remain at record levels, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Friday. March U.S. new vehicle sales will be about 1.62 million units, up about 1.9 percent from 1.59 million units a year earlier, the consultancies said. Retail sales to consumers, which do not include multiple fleet sales to rental agencies, businesses and government, were set to increase 1 percent in March.

Trump administration grants permit for Keystone XL pipeline: TransCanada
Trump administration grants permit for Keystone XL pipeline: TransCanada
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  • 2017-03-24 12:56:48Z

The United States has issued a presidential permit for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Canadian company said on Friday, ending a years-long battle between environmentalists and the industry over whether Washington should approve it. U.S. President Donald Trump will announce the

Republicans scramble for health bill votes after Trump ultimatum
Republicans scramble for health bill votes after Trump ultimatum
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  • 2017-03-24 12:02:10Z

By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers struggling to overcome differences over new healthcare legislation confronted a stark choice after President Donald Trump delivered an ultimatum: pass the bill on Friday or keep Obamacare in place. Days of negotiations failed to produce a deal amid opposition from moderates and conservatives in his own Republican Party, and it was far from clear the bill had enough support to pass. Financial markets, which have been buoyed by Trump's plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending, are watching closely.

Exclusive: Trump to approve Keystone XL at meeting with TransCanada CEO - official
Exclusive: Trump to approve Keystone XL at meeting with TransCanada CEO - official
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  • 2017-03-24 11:07:21Z

The pipeline linking Canadian oil sands to U.S. refiners had been blocked by former President Barack Obama, who said the pipeline would do nothing to reduce fuel prices for U.S. motorists and would contribute emissions linked to global warming. The administration official said that among those scheduled

Chicago police officer charged with 16 new counts in shooting case: media
Chicago police officer charged with 16 new counts in shooting case: media
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  • 2017-03-24 06:45:35Z

Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty through his attorney in a Chicago courtroom to 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm that were issued by a grand jury on March 16 and unsealed on Thursday by a special prosecutor, local media reported. Video footage of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by Van Dyke in October 2014 was released more than a year later, sparking protests and pushing the city into a national debate over police use of force, particularly in minority communities.

Top Senate Democrat promises fight to block Trump high court pick
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  • 2017-03-24 05:20:34Z

The top U.S. Senate Democrat on Thursday pledged to pursue a procedural hurdle to try to block the confirmation of Republican President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a move that could provoke a nasty partisan fight and change the way the Senate does business. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the 100-member Senate, leaving Democrats with an uphill battle to prevent Gorsuch's confirmation.

California board adopts strictest U.S. methane rules
California board adopts strictest U.S. methane rules
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  • 2017-03-24 04:06:33Z

California's air quality board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve methane regulations touted as the strictest adopted yet in the United States for controlling emissions of the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. The rules, approved by the California Air Resources Board, tighten efficiency requirements for production and transportation of natural gas and for some oil-handling equipment, including installation of emissions-recapture technology. Methane, the main component of commercially distributed natural gas, is also a byproduct of oil extraction.

Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts
Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts
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  • 2017-03-24 03:40:31Z

Supporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans. Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles marking the seventh anniversary of enactment of Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become widely known. "I feel sick today, but I came here because I'm terrified," said Steve Martin, 27, an unemployed Los Angeles resident who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.

Trump demands do-or-die Friday vote on healthcare plan
Trump demands do-or-die Friday vote on healthcare plan
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  • 2017-03-24 00:36:40Z

By Susan Cornwell and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will get a second chance to try to close the deal with Republican lawmakers on dismantling Obamacare in a high-stakes vote on a new healthcare bill rescheduled for Friday. After a week of calling Republican lawmakers and bringing them into the Oval Office for meetings, Trump was dealt a setback on Thursday when a vote on what was supposed to have been his first legislative victory had to be postponed because of opposition from two flanks in the party. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told House Republicans at a Thursday night meeting that Trump was finished negotiating and wanted a vote,...

Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania
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  • 2017-03-23 23:57:21Z

By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking. The plant, built by American Reduction Co on a wide bend of the Youghiogheny River, shut down in 1936 after processing waste from the city of Pittsburgh since the early 20th century.

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