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  • Foreign governments, candidates, trade groups spent at Trump properties: report

    Sixty-four trade groups, foreign governments, Republican candidates and others stayed at or held events at properties linked to U.S. President Donald Trump during Trump's first year in office, a political watchdog group said in a report released on Tuesday. The arrangements represented "unprecedented conflicts of interest" because Trump oversees the federal government and has not divested from properties he owns or that carry his name, Public Citizen, a nonpartisan group, said in the report. Shortly before taking office last year, Trump said he would hand off control of his global business empire to his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and move his assets into a trust to help ensure that he would not consciously take actions as president that would benefit him personally.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:03:24 -0500
  • Three still missing in California's deadly mudslides

    (Reuters) - The number of people missing from last week's deadly Southern California mudslides fell to three on Monday as hundreds of rescue workers searched for survivors from the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people. A 53-year-old transient, John Keating, had been listed among the four still missing but was found safely in Ventura, California, with his dog, the Santa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Three people ages 2 to 28 are still listed as missing after sheriff's detectives investigated more than 100 missing persons cases, the statement said.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:21:19 -0500
  • Thirteen siblings found chained in California home; parents charged

    By Mike Blake PERRY, Calif. (Reuters) - A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds, and neighbors on Monday described the family as shut-ins who shunned social contact. Police made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house in Perris, about 70 miles (113 km) east of Los Angeles, and used a cellular phone she had found in the house to call them, the Riverside County Sheriff's Office said on Monday. "Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults," police said in a statement.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:54:12 -0500
  • Thirteen siblings found chained, starving in California home; parents charged

    (Reuters) - Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday. The hostages were found in a neighborhood of closely spaced one- and two-story single-family homes.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:52:18 -0500
  • LeBron James says Trump has emboldened racists in the U.S.

    (Note language that may offend some readers in fourth paragraph) By Rory Carroll (Reuters) - Basketball star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers said on Monday President Donald Trump has emboldened racists in the United States and urged the country not to allow itself to be divided along racial lines. "The guy in control has given people and racism ... an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear," James, a frequent Trump critic, told reporters prior to the Cavaliers' game against the Golden State Warriors on the U.S. holiday honoring civil rights activist Martin Luther King. "And that's the fearful thing for us because it's with you and it's around every day but he's allowed people to come out and just feel confident about doing negative things." Trump has come under fire for reportedly calling some African nations "shithole countries" during a White House meeting with lawmakers discussing U.S. immigration policy.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:01:22 -0500
  • North Carolina mother kills two children, jumps off bridge

    After 34-year-old Christina Treadway's suicide on Saturday, police found Isaiah Miller, 7, and Iliyah Miller, 3, with life-threatening injuries at their home, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte media said.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:21:37 -0500
  • California rescuers search for victims of deadly mudslides

    (Reuters) - The search for victims of last week's deadly Southern California mudslides pushed into Monday, with hundreds of rescue workers with dogs and scanners hunting for four people still listed as missing after the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people. Emergency officials said hopes were diminishing that they would pull more survivors from the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and twisted debris left behind by the Tuesday mudslides that scoured a landscape already left barren by last year's record-setting wildfires. "We're still out there with search and rescue crews who will continue to work until we can account for those four still missing," Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokeswoman Amber Anderson said in a phone interview.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:23:55 -0500
  • Hawaii says lack of adequate fail-safe measures led to false missile alert

    Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state emergency management agency spokesman acknowledged on Sunday. Elaborating on the origins of Saturday's false alarm, which went uncorrected for nearly 40 minutes, spokesman Richard Rapoza said the employee who mistakenly sent the missile alert "has been temporarily reassigned" to other duties. Rapoza said an internal investigation of the blunder would be completed by week's end and that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency welcomed outside review by the Federal Communications Commission, which has jurisdiction over wireless U.S. alert systems.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:05:08 -0500
  • Trump denies saying he probably had good relationship with Kim

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed a newspaper's account of an interview with him last week in which he was quoted as saying he probably had a "very good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Accusing the Wall Street Journal of misquoting him, Trump said in tweets that he told the newspaper on Thursday that "I'd probably" have a good relationship with Kim, using a conditional tense, which he insisted was a "big difference."The White House released a portion of the audio from the interview that it said showed Trump said "I'd." The Wall Street Journal released its own audio that it said backed up its version of the events.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:45:37 -0500
  • Twenty now dead in California mudslides, major highway closed

    By Caroline Anderson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Sunday, with four other people still reported missing. Emergency officials said chances of finding more survivors in the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and other debris had waned considerably since heavy rains unleashed torrents of mud down hillsides before dawn last Tuesday.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:44:58 -0500
  • Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal

    By Steve Holland WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday "I'm not a racist" in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from "shithole countries." Trump also said he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreement. The debate over immigration policy became increasingly acrimonious after it was reported on Thursday that the Republican president used the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries in a private meeting with lawmakers. The comments led to harsh recriminations from Democrats and Republicans alike, with some critics accusing Trump of racism, even as bipartisan talks continued in the U.S. Congress to seek a bipartisan compromise to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:00:27 -0500
  • Motor racing-Dan Gurney, all American racer, dead at 86

    "With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today, January 14, 2018," it said. The family said Gurney, whose Formula One career spanned one of the most glamorous and dangerous periods of the sport's history from 1959 to 1970, had died of complications from pneumonia. A winner also in IndyCar and NASCAR, and inventor of the 'Gurney Flap' aerodynamic device, he was inducted into the Indianapolis Hall of Fame after finishing second in the 1968 and 1969 Indy 500s and third in 1970.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:01:37 -0500
  • Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI suspicion in California

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman was released from jail in California on Sunday after being arrested hours earlier on suspicion of driving under the influence, Newport Beach police said.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:38:11 -0500
  • Fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida coast, 15 injured

    At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said. A preliminary investigation showed the fire broke out at about 4:17 p.m. EST from an apparent engine issue, said Shawn Whited, division chief with Pasco Fire Rescue. The 60-foot shuttle boat was on its way to the Sun Cruz Casino boat, a little more than three miles away in international waters.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:13:28 -0500
  • FCC says appears Hawaii had no safeguard to stop missile scare

    Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert about a missile attack that panicked residents for more than a half-hour before it was withdrawn, a federal official said on Sunday. Speaking after Saturday's errant ballistic missile warning to Hawaii residents, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said government officials must work to prevent future incidents. The FCC "will focus on what steps need to be taken to prevent a similar incident from happening again," he said.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:59:33 -0500
  • Twenty dead as search for California mudslide survivors grinds on

    By Paula Lehman-Ewing LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive, officials said. "We're still in rescue mode and we still hope to find someone alive, although the chances of that are becoming slim," said Justin Cooper, a spokesperson for the multi-agency response team. The death toll rose to 20 on Sunday with four people still missing, Cooper said.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:18:51 -0500
  • Missile false alarm causes panic for PGA Tour players

    The alert, issued shortly after 8 A.M. local time (1800 GMT), was sent mistakenly some three hours before the start of the third round of the PGA Tour's Sony Open. Everyone is freaking out in the hotel," Steve Wheatcroft tweeted at 8.14 A.M. local time (1814 GMT). Another player, J.J. Spaun, took refuge in his hotel basement.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:55:58 -0500
  • Transgender U.S. military recruits enlist amid uncertainty

    Transgender Americans are openly enlisting in the U.S. military for the first time, saying they feel confident that court rulings blocking Republican President Donald Trump's ban on their service will stand. Military officials do not know how many transgender people have begun to enlist since Jan. 1, when the Defense Department began accepting openly transgender recruits. Aspiring transgender military service members in several U.S. states told Reuters they were pushing ahead with enlistments despite lingering uncertainty about whether they would be welcome in the future.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:12:55 -0500
  • Trump denies saying he probably had good relationship with Kim

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed a newspaper's account of an interview with him last week in which he was quoted as saying he probably has a very good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said in tweets that in the Wall Street Journal interview on Thursday, he said "I'd probably" have a good relationship with Kim, using a conditional tense. The White House released a portion of the audio from the interview that it said showed Trump said "I'd." The Wall Street Journal released its own audio that it said backed up its version of the events.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:51:19 -0500
  • Strangers at home, Salvadoran deportees welcomed at call centers

    Alexander Ramos was deported to El Salvador from the United States seven years ago, forced to leave jobs as a gardener and at McDonald's after getting caught driving without a license. Back in his native San Salvador, the 31-year-old brushed up on his English and landed a job at one of the nation's 70 call centers. The decision has alarmed Salvadoran immigrants, many of whom have lived for years in the United States and fear returning to a homeland that frequently features among the world's most violent nations.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:03:35 -0500
  • U.S. resumes DACA applications after judge blocks end to program

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on its website that people who previously received a grant of protection under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may apply for a renewal under the terms in place before it was rescinded in September. The announcement comes after a U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a decision by President Donald Trump to end DACA later this year. Former President Barack Obama enacted DACA to keep the undocumented immigrants, known as dreamers, from being deported.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 01:15:59 -0500
  • Tears and panic as false missile alert unnerves Hawaii

    By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - Panic and confusion swept Hawaii on Saturday as a mistaken alert about a ballistic missile attack spread across the Pacific U.S. state, sending residents and tourists scrambling for shelter and questioning why an all-clear was not issued faster. Rhonda Ramirez and Michael Sterling, both 56 and from Los Angeles, were staying at a hotel in the Waikiki tourist district when the state emergency agency issued the bogus alert at 8:07 a.m. HAST (1807 GMT). Ikaika Hussey, 39, publisher of Summit Magazine and candidate for Honolulu City Council, was home with his children when he got the alert.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:44:02 -0500
  • Death toll rises to 19 in California mudslides, five still missing

    By Paula Lehman-Ewing LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing. One missing person was found alive on Saturday but chances were dwindling fast that more survivors could still be located from the torrent of mud and debris that struck on Tuesday, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. Seven people had been missing at the start of the day, which saw about another 900 emergency personnel arrive in Montecito, north of Los Angeles, to join the relief effort under way by more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the American Red Cross.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:28:20 -0500
  • Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

    By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said. State officials and the U.S. military's Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat to the state. The mistaken alert stated: "EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:07:04 -0500
  • FCC says launching full inquiry into false Hawaii missile alert

    The alerts to Hawaii cellphone users were issued at about 8:07 a.m. local time (1807 GMT), saying "ballistic missile threat inbound" and urging residents to seek shelter immediately. The message also appeared on Hawaii television stations, according to news reports. The FCC has jurisdiction over the emergency alert system.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 19:15:58 -0500
  • Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

    An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said. State officials and the U.S. military's Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat to the state. The mistaken alert stated: "EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:04:27 -0500
  • FCC says launching full inquiry into false Hawaii missile alert

    The alerts to Hawaii cellphone users were issued at about 8:07 a.m. local time (1807 GMT), saying "ballistic missile threat inbound" and urging residents to seek shelter immediately. The message also appeared on Hawaii television stations, according to news reports. The FCC has jurisdiction over the emergency alert system.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:09:41 -0500
  • Factbox: Victims of deadly California mudslides

    The founder of a Roman Catholic school and four children were among the victims of a deadly series of Santa Barbara County, California, mudslides that killed 18 people along the coast, officials said. The mudslides also injured nearly 30 people and destroyed about 100 homes in the Montecito area between the Pacific Ocean and the Los Padres National Forest. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office this week identified the 18 killed, citing the cause of death as multiple traumatic injuries resulting from flash floods with mudslides.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:01:46 -0500
  • Crews ramp up effort to rescue live victims of California mudslide

    By Paula Lehman-Ewing LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive influx of search and rescue crews scoured parts of California's Santa Barbara County on Saturday for seven people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18. An additional 900 emergency personnel arrived in Montecito, north of Los Angeles, to join the relief effort underway by more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the American Red Cross.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:04:04 -0500
  • Trump briefed on Hawaii 'emergency management exercise': White House

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was briefed on Saturday after an official message was mistakenly sent to Hawaii residents' mobile phones warning them of an imminent ballistic missile attack. "The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise. This was purely a state exercise," White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Will Dunham)

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:54:18 -0500
  • Sportscaster Keith Jackson, voice of college football, dead at 89

    "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co, which owns ABC. Jackson's work for ABC covered a wide range of sports and included 10 Olympics and 11 World Series but college football was his domain.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:52:36 -0500
  • Suspect held after first court appearance in fatal Kansas 'swatting' case

    Tyler Barriss, 25, who made a video appearance on Friday from Sedgwick County jail, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with law enforcement. Barriss was accused of "swatting," in which a caller falsely reports an emergency requiring a police response, usually by special weapons and tactics, or SWAT, teams, authorities said.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:34:08 -0500
  • 'Shithole' epithet turned immigration debate into new Trump drama

    After talking on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was optimistic that a compromise deal with some Republicans to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants was on the verge of success. Less than three hours later, Durbin and a Republican colleague, Senator Lindsey Graham, drove away from the White House with the deal in pieces and a controversy over offensive language about to reverberate worldwide. The remarks leaked out, transforming a debate about saving from deportation some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children into another drama about Trump himself.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:31:06 -0500
  • Haitians proud on day of quake memorial, after Trump comments

    (Note language that may offend some readers) By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitians on Friday pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump's reported description of the Caribbean country as a "shithole," instead celebrating a history of slave revolution and resilience on the eighth anniversary of a devastating earthquake. The government said Trump should apologize if he made such comments, and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country for an explanation. "Mr Trump may say what he pleases, but I am proud of being Haitian.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:31:06 -0500
  • Illinois nursing homes sue state over low Medicaid rates

    By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A handful of Illinois-based nursing homes sued the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services on Friday, saying low Medicaid rates are jeopardizing their ability to provide adequate quality of care. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, five groups that jointly operate more than 100 skilled nursing facilities across the state said Illinois' reimbursement rates and methodologies violated certain requirements under the Medicaid Act. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the governor's office did not immediately return requests for comment.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:54:57 -0500
  • Celebrity getaway San Ysidro Ranch hit by California mudslides

    By Alex Dobuzinskis MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - The San Ysidro Ranch, a five-star resort near Santa Barbara where President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline honeymooned, has been severley damaged by the deadly mudslides in Southern California this week. Officials have yet to fully assess the damage at the ranch, which sits on 500 acres in the foothills of the Los Padres National Forest. Triggered by heavy rains, the massive mudslides in southern California struck before dawn on Tuesday this week, killing at least 18 people.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:42:35 -0500
  • 'Window closing' for California mudslide searchers as death toll rises to 18

    By Alex Dobuzinskis MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for five missing people as the death toll rose to 18 from mudslides in Southern California that damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge. About 1,250 emergency workers raced against the clock to find survivors with drones, heavy equipment and sniffer dogs in the rescue and clean-up efforts, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said. The latest victim, 87-year-old Joseph Bleckel, was found in his Montecito home on Friday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said, adding that the remaining missing were between the ages of 2 and 30.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:23:21 -0500
  • Trump in 'excellent health,' doctor says after medical exam

    U.S. President Donald Trump is in "excellent health," Dr. Ronny Jackson said in a statement after he gave the president a medical examination. Jackson, the presidential physician, said the examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, "went exceptionally well." "The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday," Jackson said in a short statement.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:58:36 -0500
  • Trump's profanity delights supporters, horrifies etiquette experts

    From Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon through Barack Obama, Americans have gotten used to the idea of their presidents using profanity, but Donald Trump's use of the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and Africa this week sparked a storm of protest. The countries offended condemned the outburst and human rights groups labeled the comment racist, given that Trump described people from largely white Norway as more desirable immigrants. "Finally a president that says what we all think! You go @POTUS! #ShitholeCountries #shithole #America1st," tweeted Marco Gutierrez, a Trump supporter and Congressional candidate from California.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:40:37 -0500
  • Haitians proud on day of quake memorial, after Trump comments

    (Note language that may offend some readers) By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitians on Friday pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump's reported description of the Caribbean country as a "shithole," instead celebrating a history of slave revolution and resilience on the eighth anniversary of a devastating earthquake. The government said Trump should apologize if he made such comments, and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country for an explanation. "Mr Trump may say what he pleases, but I am proud of being Haitian.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:30:53 -0500
  • U.S. charges Maryland businessman with bribing Russian official

    U.S. authorities have charged a Maryland businessman with bribing a Russian official in an effort to win contracts to ship uranium to the United States. U.S. prosecutors unsealed money laundering, foreign bribery and wire fraud charges against Mark Lambert, 54, in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Friday.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:23:08 -0500
  • Supreme Court takes up fight over Texas electoral districts

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a bid by Texas to revive Republican-drawn electoral districts for state legislative and U.S. congressional seats that were thrown out by a lower court for diminishing black and Hispanic voters' clout. The justices were divided 5-4, with the five conservatives backing the Texas Republicans and the four liberals dissenting, suggesting they could be similarly divided when they eventually rule on the merits of the case. The case is the latest in which the justices will ponder a practice known as gerrymandering in which state electoral districts are drawn in a way that amplifies the power of certain voters -- in this case white voters -- at the expense of others.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:49:30 -0500
  • Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisions

    Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued policy guidance on Thursday allowing states to design and propose test programs with such requirements. Kentucky's waiver, submitted for federal approval in 2016, requires able-bodied adult recipients to participate in at least 80 hours a month of "employment activities," including jobs training, education and community service.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:24:12 -0500
  • Africa calls Trump racist after 'shithole' remark

    JOHANNESBURG/LUSAKA (Reuters) - African politicians and diplomats labeled U.S. President Donald Trump a racist on Friday after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "shithole" countries. Trump denied on Friday using such derogatory language, but he was widely condemned in many African countries and in Haiti and El Salvador, and by international rights organizations.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:19:39 -0500
  • Connecticut police commend 'heroic' response to Sandy Hook massacre

    The 74-page report detailed state police response to the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School, one of the five deadliest mass shootings by a single gunman in U.S. history. Had it not been for the heroic actions of the teachers, school staff and the response force, the number of victims could have been higher," the report said. The report included a series of recommendations, some based on harsh criticism sparked by hours-long delays in notifying families of the deaths of the 20 children and six school staff.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:55:27 -0500
  • Florida 20-year-old claims $451 million Mega Millions jackpot

    A 20-year-old man from Florida's Gulf Coast claimed a $451 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot and opted to receive a one-time payment of nearly $282 million, Florida lottery officials said on Friday. Shane Missler, of Port Richey, had a ticket with the five winning numbers and a "Mega Ball" number drawn on Jan. 5. Missler purchased the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Richey, using the "Quick Pick" option, meaning that numbers were randomly chosen.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:24:43 -0500
  • 'Window closing' as search expands for missing in California mudslide

    By Alex Dobuzinskis MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for at least five people missing after mudslides in southern California that killed at least 17 people, damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge. About 1,250 emergency workers raced against the clock to find survivors with drones, heavy equipment and sniffer dogs in the rescue and clean-up efforts, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said. There’s been plenty of cases where they’ve found people a week after," Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said on a muddy Montecito street that was especially hard hit by the mudslide.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:04:31 -0500
  • Ohio officials worry about possible new spills from Rover natgas pipe

    (Reuters) - Ohio environmental regulators on Friday told federal energy regulators the state has significant concerns about the potential for a spill from Energy Transfer Partners' drilling as the company works on the Rover natural gas pipeline. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said in a filing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it learned this week that 148,000 gallons of drilling fluid were "lost down the hole" that ETP is drilling under the Tuscarawas River in Stark County, Ohio.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:59:36 -0500
  • 'Dreamer' lives in limbo as Washington battles over immigration

    Jovan Rodriguez plans to go underground if protections for immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children expire, giving up on dreams of a master’s degree and a career in New York’s glittering theater world. In his fourth-floor walkup apartment in an artsy, working-class section of Brooklyn, Rodriguez obsesses over his future starts as soon as he wakes each morning and checks his phone for the latest headlines about the Obama-era program rescinded by Republican U.S. President Donald Trump. “The biggest impact ... would be being forced back into the shadows," said Rodriguez, 27, who has lived in the United States since his parents brought him from Mexico when he was three.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:57:05 -0500
  • U.S. consumer watchdog official takes leadership fight to appeals court

    An official who hopes to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday took her fight to a U.S. appeals court, urging it to oust President Donald Trump's pick for the agency. Leandra English is the deputy director of the CFPB and argues that Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director and pick to temporarily lead the consumer watchdog, was wrongly installed. A federal court this week rejected English's argument, leading her to file a further challenge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:04:05 -0500
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