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  • Woman admits to killing fiance in kayak incident on Hudson River

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    A woman who once reported her fiance missing after his kayak capsized on a frigid Hudson River pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Monday, admitting she pulled the plug on his kayak so it would fill with water, prosecutors said. Angelika Graswald, 37, also admitted that she knew he was not wearing a life vest or wet suit and that the locking clip to his paddle was missing, putting her husband-to-be in grave danger, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler's office said in a statement. The body of Vincent Viafore, 46, was eventually recovered from the river near the site of the incident, about 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:29:54 -0400
  • 'Pharma bro' Shkreli says he will not testify in securities fraud trial

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    Shkreli's statement to U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto came after jurors had been dismissed for the day in the middle of testimony from U.S. prosecutors' last witness in the case, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who investigated Shkreli. Shkreli, 34, outraged patients and U.S. lawmakers by raising the price of the anti-infection drug Daraprim to $750 a pill, from $13.50, in 2015, when he was chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:23:23 -0400
  • Wells Fargo asks court to require client information be returned

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    Wells Fargo & Co has asked judges in New York and New Jersey to require a lawyer representing a former employee to immediately return reams of client information the bank mistakenly sent to the attorney, a bank spokeswoman said on Monday. In response to a New Jersey court case involving a dispute between ex-Wells Fargo employee Gary Sinderbrand and his brother who also worked there, the bank disclosed tens of thousands of client names, Social Security numbers, account balances and more, a lawyer for Sinderbrand wrote in a letter to the court.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:22:26 -0400
  • Kansas man gets 30-year sentence for foiled bomb plot targeting U.S. military base

    John Booker Jr., 22, of Topeka, pleaded guilty in February to plotting the April 2015 attack on Army personnel at Fort Riley, Kansas, and aiding the Islamic State fight against the United States, the Justice Department said in a statement. Booker was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, on one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:13:26 -0400
  • California teen driver arrested after fatal crash she reportedly livestreamed

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    Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, was booked into the Merced County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The California Highway Patrol said in a statement that she was driving two 14-year-old girls on Friday near Los Banos, California, around 6:40 p.m. Merced County Sheriff Deputy Daryl Allen confirmed that the girl who died, Jacqueline Sanchez, was the driver's sister.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:55:24 -0400
  • No. 2 Senate Republican: health bill to be discussed Tuesday before vote

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said on Monday that various options for a healthcare bill will be discussed at a policy lunch on Tuesday prior to the first procedural vote. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said he did not expect Senator John McCain, who is recuperating from surgery in his home state of Arizona, to return to Washington in time for Tuesday's healthcare vote. (Reporting by Richard Cowan and Amanda Becker; Writing by Eric Beech)

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:53:30 -0400
  • Durst kicked man in face at party before wife disappeared: testimony

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    Real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to three slayings were portrayed in the HBO series "The Jinx," kicked a man in the face without provocation in 1981, breaking a bone, the man testified on Monday ahead of a highly anticipated murder trial. Los Angeles county prosecutors have accused Durst of first-degree murder, saying he shot to death his friend Susan Berman, a writer and the daughter of an organized crime figure, in Los Angeles in 2000 because of what she knew about the unsolved disappearance and presumed slaying of his wife Kathleen. Durst, 74, has pleaded not guilty to Berman's murder and was never charged with killing his wife.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:45:28 -0400
  • Homeless man set sleeping West Virginia woman on fire: local media

    A surveillance camera at a house next door captured the incident on Sunday morning in West Virginia's capital, Charleston, Lieutenant Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department told West Virginia Metro News. Victim Rachele Jarrett, 44, was in "grave" critical condition, Cooper said.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:22:23 -0400
  • Senate voting Tuesday on whether to open healthcare debate: McConnell

    The U.S. Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to open debate on a healthcare bill, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. The only way the Senate can actually consider ways to overhaul healthcare law is by opening a debate in the chamber said McConnell, a Republican. "That means voting to begin the open amendment process.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:19:30 -0400
  • State prosecutors sue EPA over chemical safety rule delay

    By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of 11 Democratic state prosecutors sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal court filing. The attorneys general of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington asked the U.S. Appeals Court, District of Columbia Circuit to vacate a two-year delay on the rules' effective date the EPA imposed in June. The set of regulations, called the Chemical Accident Safety Rule, would require industrial facilities to take new steps to prevent accidents and also to conduct more robust examinations of the causes of accidents that do occur.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:05:47 -0400
  • Montana blaze rages as California crews gain ground on wildfire

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    The biggest U.S. wildfire torched buildings and parched grassland forcing evacuations in eastern Montana while California firefighters gained ground on a massive blaze near Yosemite National Park on Monday, authorities said. The two-blaze Lodgepole Complex in Montana, the biggest wildfire in the United States currently, was only 5 percent contained on Monday after racing through 226,000 acres (91,500 hectares) of timber, brush and range land near the Missouri River, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:29:24 -0400
  • Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck

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    A man charged in Texas with transporting unauthorized immigrants in a stifling truck told investigators he had no idea that they were inside until he stopped and found dozens of dead and dehydrated people in the back, court papers showed on Monday. James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, was arrested on Sunday and could face the death penalty after authorities found eight men dead in the back of his tractor trailer truck parked outside a Walmart store in San Antonio. Scores of other immigrants, including children, suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, were also inside.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:23:21 -0400
  • Massachusetts cannot hold immigrants so U.S. can detain them: state top court

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    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts police do not have the authority to detain illegal immigrants solely to buy time for federal law enforcement officials to take them into custody, the state's top court ruled on Monday. The decision amounts to a rejection of requests by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for courts and law enforcement agencies to hold illegal immigrants, who are facing civil deportation orders, in custody for up to 48 hours after their cases are resolved. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that doing so amounts to a fresh arrest of the person that is not authorized by state law, in the first such ruling to apply to an entire state, according to Massachusetts' attorney general.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:28:46 -0400
  • NYC wins appeal against Wall Street lawyer arrested at protest

    A Wall Street lawyer arrested in 2013 after he stopped on the sidewalk to talk with Occupy Wall Street protesters cannot seek damages from New York City and its police for false arrest and imprisonment, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said police acted reasonably in arresting Stephen Kass, an environmental lawyer at Carter Ledyard & Milburn who was 73 at the time, in downtown Manhattan, and did not violate his First Amendment free speech rights.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:02:57 -0400
  • Tearful parents of UK baby Charlie Gard agree to let him die

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    The parents of Charlie Gard tearfully gave up their legal battle to keep their terminally ill baby alive on Monday, saying his condition had deteriorated too far for any possible recovery, in a case they said had touched the world. "Charlie did have a real chance of getting better. Charlie has a rare genetic condition causing progressive muscle weakness and brain damage and his parents had sought to send him to the United States to undergo therapy, in a campaign backed by U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:25:18 -0400
  • U.S. allows fast processing again for some H-1B visa applications

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    President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to crack down on immigrants, whom he said were taking jobs from U.S. citizens, and signed an executive order in April calling for a review of the H-1B program. The visa allows foreigners with certain skills to work temporarily in the United States. On April 3, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended "premium processing" of the visas for up to six months.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:20:21 -0400
  • Death toll rises to nine in suspected Texas human smuggling case

    At least eight men were found dead on Sunday alongside dozens of people discovered inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, in what authorities called a case of "ruthless" human trafficking. Thirty people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were removed from the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Another person was found in a wooded area nearby and was also being treated, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said in a statement.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:16:45 -0400
  • California crews hold wildfire in check, let more residents go home

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    California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to fully contain the blaze. The Detwiler Fire was 45 percent contained, a slight improvement from Saturday, after burning 76,250 acres (30,857 hectares) and more than 130 structures, including 63 homes, since it broke out on Monday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said. Evacuation orders were lifted by midday Sunday for much of the historic gold rush era town of Coulterville and nearby areas as firefighters completed firelines to contain the blaze, Cal Fire said in a statement.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:44:21 -0400
  • Death toll in suspected Texas human smuggling case rises to nine

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    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - At least nine men were found dead on Sunday alongside dozens of people discovered inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, in what authorities called a case of "ruthless" human trafficking. Thirty people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were removed from the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius).

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:43:56 -0400
  • Firefighters gain on California wildfire, some evacuees return

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    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in central California was contained enough on Saturday for authorities to consider allowing more people back to their houses, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for a gold rush era town that was previously threatened. The Detwiler Fire just outside Yosemite National Park has scorched 75,500 acres (30,550 hectares)and destroyed more than 120 structures, including 60 homes, since it broke out on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). The blaze, 40 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon, was named after a road near where it erupted in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:17:14 -0400
  • Evacuation orders lifted but California wildfire rages on

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    (Reuters) - Residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California began returning home on Friday as evacuation orders prompted by a massive wildfire were lifted, but some 1,500 structures remained threatened by the flames. Around 2,000 residents of the town of Mariposa, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, fled their homes on Tuesday as the so-called Detwiler Fire bore down on them. The blaze, which has blackened more than 75,000 acres, destroyed 125 structures, 61 of them homes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:18:24 -0400
  • After protests, St. Louis to install air conditioning in sweltering jail

    Police used pepper spray to disperse about 150 demonstrators outside the city's Medium Security Institution (MSI) protesting the sweltering conditions in which inmates were being held, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other news outlets. St. Louis voters in 2015 rejected a bond measure that would have paid for more air conditioning at the jail and other public works projects. “The conditions in the St. Louis Jail are a horrific reminder of how dehumanizing our criminal justice system is for everyone involved," Marbre Stahly-Butts, an advisory committee member of the activist group National Bail Out Fund that lobbied for the change, said in a statement.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:39:19 -0400
  • Firefighters gain ground on Central California wildfire

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    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in central California was contained enough on Saturday for authorities to consider allowing more people back to their houses, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for a gold rush era town that was previously threatened. The Detwiler Fire just outside Yosemite National Park has scorched 75,200 acres (30,432 hectares) and destroyed 60 homes since it broke out on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Authorities have since lifted evacuation orders for the town.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:05:00 -0400
  • Drunk teens at Chance the Rapper concert flood hospitals in Connecticut

    90+ Ambulance transports to regional hospitals," Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said on Twitter. The Hartford Courant cited Foley as saying that those charged with underage drinking are scheduled to appear in Community Court in Hartford next week.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:23:11 -0400
  • Senator McCain's daughter says went for hike with father

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    Thank you all for your best wishes!," the senator's daughter said in a tweet that included a picture showing the backs of two unidentified people sitting on a bench overlooking countryside resembling the senator's home state of Arizona. McCain, 80, a veteran senator and former Republican presidential candidate known as a strong and sometimes fiercely independent voice on defense and security issues, was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery last week for a blood clot above his left eye. McCain's doctors said he was recovering from surgery well, and praised his underlying health as excellent.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:42:12 -0400
  • U.S. Army sergeant indicted in Hawaii on charges of trying to help Islamic State

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    Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, is being held in jail and is scheduled to appear in court in Honolulu on Monday to face charges. Islamic State, a militant group that has claimed responsibility for suicide bombings and other attacks on civilians around the world, controls territory in Syria and Iraq.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:38:02 -0400
  • U.S. abortion support groups put on more public face

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        The Kentucky Health Justice Network, where she volunteers, is one of dozens of non-profit U.S. abortion funds providing money for procedures or covering travel costs to help women obtain abortions, particularly in states where Republican-backed laws have narrowed options.     For years, such organizations kept a low profile to avoid being targeted by abortion opponents.     The anti-abortion movement won a victory with the election of President Donald Trump, who has promised to appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision protecting a woman's right to abortion.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:04:29 -0400
  • Evacuation orders lifted but California wildfire rages on

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    (Reuters) - Residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California began returning home on Friday as evacuation orders prompted by a massive wildfire were lifted, but some 1,500 structures remained threatened by the flames. Around 2,000 residents of the town of Mariposa, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, fled their homes on Tuesday as the so-called Detwiler Fire bore down on them. The blaze, which has blackened more than 75,000 acres, destroyed 125 structures, 61 of them homes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:22:06 -0400
  • Minneapolis police chief resigns after Australian woman's shooting

    Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau resigned on Friday at the request of the city's mayor, who said that she and the community had lost confidence in Harteau following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman. The death of Sydney native Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through the open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her family members and the Australian public. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called it "shocking" and "inexplicable." Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a written statement that she and Harteau agreed on Friday that Harteau would step aside.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:20:53 -0400
  • CenturyLink CEO says disagrees with Minnesota claims

    In an email sent to company employees on Thursday, Glen Post said he does not agree with the attorney general's claims of being "uncooperative" pertaining to the ongoing investigation. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month, alleges CenturyLink often refused to honor the lower prices customers had initially been given by sales agents, saying that they were misquoted or did not qualify for promotional discounts. The telecommunications company said it has hired law firm O'Melveny & Myers to conduct an independent review.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:23:23 -0400
  • Minneapolis police chief resigns after Australian woman's shooting

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    (Reuters) - Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau resigned on Friday at the request of the city's mayor, who said that she had lost confidence in Harteau following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman. The death of Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through an open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her relatives and the public in Australia. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it "shocking" and "inexplicable." Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that she and Harteau agreed during discussions on Friday that Harteau would step aside.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:54:15 -0400
  • U.S. fines American, Delta, Frontier for consumer rule violations

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    Frontier Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have been fined for violating U.S. Transportation Department airline consumer protection rules, the department said on Friday. Frontier Airlines was fined $400,000 for violating oversales and disability rules, American Airlines $250,000 for failing to make timely refunds to passengers, and Delta Air Lines $200,000 for filing inaccurate baggage reports, the department said in a statement.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:00:55 -0400
  • U.S. national monument in Colorado to remain intact

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Friday that Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients archeological site is no longer on a list of more than two dozen national monuments under review by the Trump administration for possible reduction or elimination. Zinke's recommendation to keep the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument intact, with no modifications, came a week after he announced that two other sites - Hanford Reach in Washington state and Craters of the Moon in Idaho - had been removed from the list.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:57:33 -0400
  • Al Qaeda suspect makes first appearance in U.S. federal court

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    Damache was indicted in 2011 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and one count of attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:45:50 -0400
  • Trump orders review to strengthen U.S. defense industry

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    By Mike Stone and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday initiating a government-wide review of the U.S. defense industry and suggest changes to strengthen it. The review is intended to identify and address potential weak points in the defense manufacturing base including companies that could go out of business and leave gaps in the supply chain for U.S. weapons systems, said Peter Navarro, the White House National Trade Council director. The executive order asked for recommendations on possible legislative, regulatory and policy changes that would improve and support the defense industry, calling it a "significant national priority".

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:32:15 -0400
  • Connecticut mother takes sanctuary in church to avoid deportation

    Nury Chavarria, who moved to the United States in 1993 to seek asylum from political turmoil and violence at home, had been ordered by immigration officials to leave for Guatemala by Thursday, said Sidd Sinha, an attorney at Formica Williams, the New Haven, Connecticut law firm representing her, by phone on Friday.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:37:52 -0400
  • U.S. Reps urge DOE to jumpstart naval bomb-grade uranium program

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Democratic lawmakers urged the U.S. Energy Department to move faster with a research program on converting nuclear reactors in the Navy's submarines and carriers from bomb-grade uranium to a safer fuel, a letter viewed by Reuters showed. Last year, Congress approved $5 million in defense policy and spending bills for the Energy Department's office of Naval Reactors to research whether naval reactors could convert to using low-enriched uranium.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:56:33 -0400
  • Flow of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from U.S. rises in June

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    The number of asylum seekers walking across the U.S. border into Canada rose in June after dropping in the previous two months, according to government figures released on Friday. There were 884 refugee claimants who crossed the border between formal crossings and were picked up by Royal Canadian Mounted Police last month, bringing the total for the first half of 2017 to 4,345, the data showed. The vast majority, 88 percent, of June's crossers went to the province of Quebec, a marked contrast from previous months where upwards of 100 a month went to the prairie province of Manitoba.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:34:20 -0400
  • Kentucky found liable for legal fees over same-sex marriage suit

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    Kentucky must pay the legal fees of lawyers who represented couples denied marriage licenses in 2015 by a county clerk in the state, a federal judge ruled on Friday in a same-sex marriage case that garnered world attention. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled that county clerk Kim Davis herself was not liable to pay the more than $224,700 in fees and associated costs accrued by plaintiffs. In the days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, Davis, the Rowan County clerk, announced that she would no longer issue marriage licenses to any couple because same-sex marriage conflicted with her Apostolic Christian beliefs.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:20:40 -0400
  • U.S. warship crew found likely at fault in June collision: official

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    The crew of the USS Fitzgerald was likely at fault in the warship's collision with a Philippine cargo ship in June and had not been paying attention to their surroundings, according to initial findings in an investigation, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17. The collision tore a gash below the Fitzgerald's waterline, killing seven sailors in what was the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen's Aden harbor in 2000.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:00:34 -0400
  • Tennessee inmates offered less jail time in return for vasectomies

    The voluntary program, which offers White County Jail inmates 30 days off their time behind bars, aims to cut the number of children who are born drug-dependent or end up in foster care, Judge Sam Benningfield said on Friday. "It is in no way a eugenic program," Benningfield said in a statement. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has denounced the program, describing it as a "so-called choice" between jail time and "coerced" contraception or sterilization.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:55:30 -0400
  • Lawsuit says North Carolina bathroom law still harmful

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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people still face discrimination and threats to their safety in North Carolina despite lawmakers replacing a measure that restricted their access to many public bathrooms, advocacy groups said in a new federal court action on Friday. The law thrust the state into the center of a national debate over equality, privacy and religious freedom last year by requiring transgender people to use restrooms in state-run buildings that matched the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity. "When legislation fails to protect us, when it leaves us in limbo, it sends a message that our lives are expendable," plaintiff Joaquín Carcaño, a transgender man who works at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told reporters.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:39:24 -0400
  • Activists, executives tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom bill

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    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Transgender activists and business leaders urged a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, saying it was a discriminatory measure that would hurt the state's economy. More than 250 civil rights activists, executives and others registered to speak to the Republican-dominated Senate as it began consideration of the measure, the most closely watched item on the state's agenda during a 30-day special session. Ashley Smith, a transgender woman and San Antonio architect, said transgender women suffer more violence than the general public, and a bathroom bill would make her more fearful.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:34:11 -0400
  • UAW talking to GM about impact of car sales slump on U.S. jobs

    "We are talking to (GM) right now about the products that they currently have" at underused car plants such as Hamtramck in Michigan and Lordstown in Ohio, and whether they might be replaced with newer, more popular vehicles such as crossovers, Dennis Williams told reporters. GM has cut shifts at several U.S. plants this year as inventories of unsold cars have ballooned. GM is reviewing whether to cancel at least six passenger cars in the U.S. market after 2020, including the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, which could be replaced in 2022 with a new gasoline-electric crossover model, Reuters has learned from people familiar with the plans.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:43:04 -0400
  • Florida man goes 'bananas,' shoots up AT&T trucks outside home: media

    Cell phone video filmed by an AT&T worker shows 64-year-old Jorge Jove of Hialeah, just outside Miami, walking around the trucks on Wednesday and firing at tires and engines, reloading his revolver as he went. Jove, a retired firefighter according to local media, was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault with a firearm and armed criminal mischief, both felonies, court records show. A Hialeah police spokesman could not be reached for comment on Friday.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:39:19 -0400
  • Evacuation order may be lifted Friday as California wildfire grows

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    (Reuters) - Some residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California may be able to return on Friday after they fled their homes amid a spreading wildfire nearby that has destroyed dozens of houses over the past week, fire officials said. About 2,000 residents of the town of Mariposa, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, evacuated their homes on Tuesday as the so-called Detwiler Fire approached. "Even though the fire has grown in one area, there's containment in other areas and those are safe for the owners to go back," Cal Fire spokesman John Clingingsmith said on Friday.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:54:33 -0400
  • Warriors to require 30-year commitment for season tickets

    While pricing of the licenses has not been revealed, ESPN cited a team official as saying that the number of seats dedicated for season-ticket holders will decrease from 14,500 at Oracle Arena in Oakland to approximately 12,000 at Chase Center in San Francisco. The privately financed $1 billion Chase Center is scheduled to open in 2019. Half of the tickets will come with a per-seat cost of $15,000 or less, while the other half will cost more than that, according to ESPN.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:05:28 -0400
  • California wildfire burns 45 buildings near Yosemite

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging wildfire in central California that has forced more than 5,000 people from their homes spread rapidly on Thursday after destroying dozens of buildings not far from Yosemite National Park, fire officials said. The Detwiler Fire, which is menacing the former gold rush town of Mariposa in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is only 10 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said on its website. "We're doing everything we can to protect that town and all the other communities in that area," Amy Head, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire, said by telephone.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:40:52 -0400
  • Australian woman 'didn't have to die': Minneapolis police chief

    The death of Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through an open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her relatives and the public in Australia. "Justine didn't have to die," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said in her first news conference about the shooting.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:20:13 -0400
  • Australian woman 'didn't have to die': Minneapolis police chief

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    The death of Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through an open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her relatives and the public in both Australia and the United States. "Justine didn't have to die," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau told reporters on Thursday in her first news conference about the shooting. Harteau said she apologized to Damond's fiance for the loss of life, adding that the action taken by Officer Mohamed Noor, who fired the fatal shot, reflected "one individual's actions." She said the body cameras of the two officers on the scene should have been activated.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:42:09 -0400
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