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  • Trip wire may have set off bomb in Austin, wounding two men: police news

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two men on bicycles were wounded in an explosion of a bomb that may have been detonated by a trip wire, police said on Monday in the Texas capital, where earlier this month three parcel bombs killed two people. The two men, thought to be in their 20s, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital on Sunday after they came upon a suspicious device on the side of a road in a residential neighborhood on the west side of the city, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said during a press conference. The possibility that the road-side bomb was triggered when someone handled, kicked or came in contact with a trip wire, differs from the previous explosions that were set off when individuals handled packages that were left on doorsteps, Manley said.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:51:58 -0400
  • Florida school plans moment of silence for bridge collapse victims news

    Florida International University (FIU) students return to classes on Monday from spring break with a moment of silence planned campus-wide for the six victims of a newly installed pedestrian bridge at the school that collapsed last week. The moment of silence will be a 1:47 p.m., when the bridge collapsed, the school said, adding it has designated spots for those who want to leave flowers and other tokens of remembrance for those killed.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 03:18:28 -0400
  • Trump to unveil opioid plan seeking death penalty for drug dealers: White House news

    President Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Monday to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging Congress to toughen sentencing laws for drug traffickers, White House officials said on Sunday. The White House plan will also seek to cut opioid prescriptions by a third over the next three years by promoting practices that reduce overprescription of opioids in federal healthcare programs, officials told a news briefing. Trump will outline his proposals at an event in New Hampshire, which has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:12:05 -0400
  • Cirque du Soleil star plunges to death during Florida show

    The incident occurred on Saturday night when Yann Arnaud, 38, fell during a performance of the show VOLTA, according to Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. Arnaud had been performing in Cirque shows for 15 years and was considered one of the company's most experienced entertainers, president and CEO Daniel Lamarre said in a telephone interview. "We were very surprised, considering his experience, that something like that happened," said Lamarre, speaking from Tampa, where he had flown to be with the show's cast.

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:01:08 -0400
  • Winning ticket sold as U.S. Powerball jackpot climbs to $455 million news

    This is one of the biggest pots in the multi-state U.S. lottery's history, after 19 straight drawings failed to produce a grand prize winner. The winning numbers were 22, 57, 59, 60, 66 and Powerball 7. The grand prize winner has the choice of taking the $455 million jackpot doled out over 29 years, or taking a one-time, lump-sum payment of $269.4 million.

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:10:35 -0400
  • U.S. top court mulls free speech fight over 'crisis pregnancy centers' news

    The Pregnancy Care Clinic in the Southern California city of El Cajon offers a host of services for pregnant women including ultrasound exams, prenatal vitamins and maternity clothes. There is one major exception: abortion. Now the clinic, which staunchly opposes abortion, is among of a group of Christian-based facilities, known as crisis pregnancy centers, involved in a major case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:27:54 -0400
  • Florida school aware of bridge crack before collapse that killed six

    Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday. The meeting on Thursday involved FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall bridge design, the school, Florida Department of Transportation officials and Munilla Construction Management, which installed the $14.2 million bridge. A FIGG engineer "concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," the university said in a statement.

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:07:41 -0400
  • Florida school was aware of bridge crack before fatal collapse news

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday. The meeting on Thursday involved FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall bridge design, the school, Florida Department of Transportation officials and Munilla Construction Management (MCM), which installed the $14.2 million bridge. A FIGG engineer "concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," FIU said in a statement.

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:13:58 -0400
  • Walmart worker tips police to arms cache in New York college town

    Authorities alerted by a Walmart worker arrested a former Cornell University student accused of stockpiling a semi-automatic rifle, more than 300 rounds of ammunition, bomb-making materials and other deadly devices at his apartment near the upstate New York elite school. Maximilien Reynolds, 20, of New Jersey, a one-time student at the Ivy League school in Ithaca, New York, now enrolled at a local community college, was federally charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and a silencer as well as making false statements to acquire a firearm. A Walmart employee contacted authorities after Reynolds used a gift card at the Ithaca store to buy ammunition, camping gear, drill bits, hacksaw blades, knives and other "suspicious" items, according to a criminal complaint filed on Friday.

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:41:34 -0400
  • Powerball jackpot climbs to $455 million for Saturday drawing news

    A grand prize winner would have the choice of taking the $455 million jackpot doled out over 29 years, or taking a one-time, lump-sum payment of $269.4 million. The last Powerball drawing to produce a jackpot winner was on Jan. 6, when a single ticket sold in New Hampshire won $559.7 million. Powerball's jackpot hit a record $1.6 billion in January 2016, when three winning tickets were sold in Florida, California and Tennessee.

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:05:09 -0400
  • Engineer reported cracks in bridge before fatal collapse: transportation agency

    The engineer overseeing a newly built footbridge that crumbled onto a Miami roadway, killing at least six people, had called the state Transportation Department two days before the collapse to report cracks found in the span, the agency said on Friday. The 950-ton, $14.2 million pedestrian bridge, which crossed an eight-lane highway adjacent to Florida International University (FIU) to link the campus with the city of Sweetwater, collapsed on Thursday, crushing vehicles in traffic below. Late on Friday, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released a transcript of a voice-mail message the agency said was left by Denney Pate, senior vice president and principal bridge engineer for private contractor FIGG.

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:07:45 -0400
  • Trump lawyer seeks $20 million damages from Stormy Daniels: filing

    By Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement. In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California made public on Friday, the Blakely Law Group also asked for a lawsuit by Daniels that seeks to nullify the agreement to be moved to a federal district court from a county court. Brent Blakely, who filed the action on behalf of Essential Consultants LLC and Trump, did not reply to a request for comment.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:55:51 -0400
  • U.S. regulator to meet next month with disgruntled railroad customers

    The top U.S. railways regulator plans to hold a series of meetings with disgruntled shippers and other customers starting next month, after fresh complaints over service delays and higher costs from automotive and grain lobby groups. The Surface Transportation Board's last major public hearing was in October and focused on service issues at the CSX Corp railroad. Reuters reported two weeks ago that a drive to cut costs and boost margins at CSX, Norfolk Southern Corp, and Union Pacific Corp was hurting some of America's largest rail customers.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:11:08 -0400
  • Senator demands documents related to deadly Miami bridge collapse news

    A U.S. senator demanded documents on Friday related to the construction of a new footbridge in Miami that collapsed a day earlier and killed at least six people, as federal and local investigators worked to determine the cause of the tragedy. In a letter, Senator Bill Nelson of Florida asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to turn over all records related to the engineering, design, construction, safety and inspection of the project, which spanned a major road next to the campus of Florida International University (FIU). "If anyone dropped the ball and it contributed to this tragedy, then they should be held accountable," Nelson, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, wrote to the department.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:57:44 -0400
  • Five New York doctors charged with taking kickbacks from Insys news

    Federal prosecutors on Friday brought charges against five New York doctors accused of taking kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing the company's potent fentanyl-based cancer pain medication. An indictment filed in Manhattan federal court said Gordon Freedman, Jeffrey Goldstein, Todd Schlifstein, Dialecti Voudouris and Alexandru Burducea received fees from Insys to participate as speakers in sham educational events.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:37:56 -0400
  • Microsoft hits back at claims it ignored sexual harassment news

    A senior executive said Microsoft Corp thoroughly investigates issues raised by women in the workplace and fired about 20 employees last year over complaints of sexual harassment as the company seeks to counter claims that it treats female workers unfairly. In an email to employees publicly released late on Thursday, Microsoft Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan said Microsoft had 83 harassment complaints in 2017 out of a U.S.-based workforce of over 65,000 employees. Microsoft denies it has ever had such a policy.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:13:33 -0400
  • Massachusetts court: Merck can be sued over generic drug injury

    Massachusetts' top court on Friday opened the door for consumers to sue Merck & Co Inc and other makers of brand-name drugs over injuries blamed not on their own medications but on generic versions of their treatments made by other companies. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that brand-name drugmakers can be sued for recklessness if they intentionally fail to update warning labels for their drugs that makers of cheaper, generic versions must adopt as well.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:25:16 -0400
  • Missing worker feared dead after Texas chemical plant blasts

    A worker was missing and feared dead after explosions destroyed a chemical plant in Cresson, Texas, and rescue personnel were searching for the man, officials said on Friday. Workers were mixing chemicals used in oil and gas drilling when the first of two explosions occurred at a Tri-Chem Industries plant 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Fort Worth on Thursday, a local official said. The missing 27-year-old man was identified as Dylan Mitchell, according to WFAA-TV.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:23:02 -0400
  • 'Doors off' chopper flights restricted after deadly NYC crash news

    U.S. authorities ordered an end on Friday to so-called "doors off" helicopter rides unless passengers are equipped with quick-release restraints, following a crash in New York City last week that killed five people. The agency said it also will conduct a "top to bottom review" of its rules governing such flights to examine any potential misapplication that could create safety gaps for passengers. The pilot survived but all five passengers were killed on Sunday evening when a Eurocopter AS350 plunged into New York City's East River while on a private "photo shoot" charter.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:53:26 -0400
  • Trash plant fire in NY shuts down many Long Island train services news

    A large fire at a New York recycling plant next to the tracks of the Long Island Rail Road shut down train service on four branches on Friday, officials said. Services were halted until further notice in both directions on the Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Oyster Bay and Hempstead branches, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. Photos on the LIRR Twitter page showed the blaze sending large clouds of thick black smoke billowing across the tracks.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:59:53 -0400
  • Kentucky legislature passes bill to curb teen marriage news

    By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - Kentucky legislators passed a bill on Friday that seeks to tighten restrictions on child marriage, which advocates said is aimed at blocking weddings between younger girls and older men, a situation they say can lead to domestic violence. The bill awaits the signature of Governor Matt Bevin, who has not taken a public position on it. Senate bill 48 would restrict anyone younger than 17 from getting married without parental approval.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:17:08 -0400
  • U.S. court halts activities of four people in cryptocurrency schemes

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal court has halted the activities and frozen the assets of four people who allegedly promoted schemes falsely promising large returns for small payments of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the Federal Trade Commission said on Friday. The FTC, which requested a temporary restraining order and asset freezes pending trial, said three "chain referral schemes" were marketed as bona-fide money-making opportunities via YouTube, social media, and conference calls. ...

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:53:43 -0400
  • Arizona inmate who says police 'beat the crap out of' him can sue

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived damages claims by Charles Byrd against Phoenix's police department and two officers, who he said used excessive force and caused him to lose 70 percent of his vision after pulling him over for riding a bicycle without a light. It returned the case to U.S. District Judge Neil Wake in Phoenix for further proceedings. Phoenix's police department had no immediate comment.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:44:38 -0400
  • NYPD sued for forcing Muslim women to remove headscarves in arrest photos

    Two Muslim-American women and a non-profit group on Friday sued the New York City Police Department for forcing Muslim women and others to remove their hijabs or other religious head coverings in post-arrest photographs. Arwa Aziz and Jamilla Clark, who were arrested in unrelated incidents, say in the lawsuit that they were forced to remove their hijabs by the NYPD to take post-arrest photographs. Turning Point for Women and Families, a non-profit organization based in the borough of Queens that supports Muslim women and girls who have been victims of domestic violence, joined the lawsuit.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:40:32 -0400
  • Fight over U.S. spending bill rekindles immigration debate news

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As another U.S. government funding deadline looms, a huge spending bill is ground zero in the latest battle between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over President Donald Trump’s push to toughen immigration policy. Lawmakers have until March 23 to work out how to fund an array of government agencies for the next six months. Republicans are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars more for the Department of Homeland Security to expand the number of beds for immigrant detainees and to hire more federal agents to patrol U.S. borders and the country's interior.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:03:36 -0400
  • Porn actress Stormy Daniels physically threatened over Trump: lawyer news

    The adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels was physically threatened and warned to remain silent about her relationship with President Donald Trump, her lawyer told MSNBC and CNN on Friday. Attorney Michael Avenatti would not provide details about the threat against Stephanie Clifford, who uses Stormy Daniels as her professional name. "My client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump," he said on CNN.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:12:56 -0400
  • U.S. helicopter crash in Iraq kills all aboard: military

    All personnel aboard a U.S. military helicopter carrying American service members were killed in a crash in western Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday. Central Command did not say how many people were killed in the crash late on Thursday. A U.S. military official told Reuters on Thursday the U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter was carrying seven people.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:09:50 -0400
  • Alabama executes murderer; Georgia puts 'stocking strangler' to death

    Carlton Gary, 67, was convicted of a series of murders in which he chocked victims with panty hose in Columbus, Georgia. Gary was convicted in the murders of Florence Scheible, Martha Thurmond and Kathleen Woodruff in Columbus in 1977 and 1978. “Mr. Gary is not the Columbus Stocking Strangler,” his lawyers wrote in their March 9 appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:18:35 -0400
  • Florida foot bridge collapse leaves four people dead news

    A newly erected pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, killing four people, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Downey said. Emergency personnel with sniffer dogs searched for signs of life amid the wreckage of concrete slabs and twisted metal after the 950-ton bridge crushed vehicles on one of the busiest roads in South Florida. At least eight vehicles were trapped in the wreckage of the bridge and at least 10 people have been transported to hospitals, officials and doctors told news conferences.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:16:46 -0400
  • Donald Trump Jr.'s wife files for divorce in New York news

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The wife of Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, has filed for divorce in New York, according to court records. The statement was provided by the Trump Organization, the president's business empire, which his son helps manage. Further details were not immediately available on the uncontested divorce filing by Vanessa Trump in a New York state court.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:29:22 -0400
  • Florida foot bridge collapse leaves 6 to 10 people dead: senator news

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A newly erected pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, killing six to 10 people, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida told TV station CBS Miami. Emergency personnel with sniffer dogs searched for signs of life amid the wreckage of concrete slabs and twisted metal after the bridge crushed vehicles on one of the busiest roads in South Florida. Witnesses told local media the vehicles were stopped at a traffic light when the bridge collapsed on top of them at around 1:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT).

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:38:55 -0400
  • Georgia Supreme Court upholds $40 million fatal Jeep fire award

    The Georgia State Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a $40 million award to the family of a four-year-old boy killed in 2012 when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames. The Jeep’s fuel tank was placed near the back of the vehicle, which plaintiffs said made it vulnerable to rear-end collisions. The Supreme Court ruling said "evidence showed that Chrysler had long known that mounting a gas tank behind the rear axle was dangerous.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:34:42 -0400
  • Goldman steps up hiring of women, minorities worldwide news

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc wants women to make up half of its global workforce, starting with new analysts by 2021, the Wall Street bank said on Thursday, as it stepped up efforts to address gender and racial imbalance across the board. "The advancement of women in the workplace – and more broadly the state of diversity at our firm – is top of mind for all of us," Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein and President and co-Chief Operating Officer David Solomon said in an internal memo posted on its website. "While we have made progress in recent years on women's representation and ethnic and racial diversity, there is still significant progress to be made," they said.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:00:50 -0400
  • Georgia's 'stocking strangler', Alabama man set to be executed news

    Georgia is set on Thursday to execute a man dubbed the "stocking strangler" for a series of murders in which he choked victims with panty hose, while Alabama plans its first execution since it botched a lethal injection a few weeks ago. If the executions go ahead, they would be the fifth and sixth this year in the United States, where 1,469 inmates have been put to death since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. About an hour before the planned execution in Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the appeal, allowing that lethal injection to take place.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:55:02 -0400
  • California lawmakers propose cut to recreational cannabis taxes news

    California lawmakers on Thursday launched a bipartisan bid to temporarily reduce taxes on the state's emerging recreational cannabis industry in order to help legally run pot businesses compete financially with black market growers and sellers. Legislation introduced by assemblymen Tom Lackey, a Republican from Palmdale, and Rob Bonta, an Oakland-based Democrat, comes 2-1/2 months after a law took effect legalizing adult marijuana use in the most populous U.S. state. "California cannabis businesses are making significant investments as they embrace the regulated marketplace while, at the same time, being undercut by unregulated competitors," Bonta said in a statement.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:46:08 -0400
  • S.C. church shooter's sister charged for weapons at school news

    The teenage sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested for carrying weapons and drugs at her high school, police said on Thursday. Morgan Roof, 18, had a knife, pepper spray and marijuana when she was searched at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday, said Richland County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Curtis Wilson. Roof was charged with simple possession of marijuana and two counts of carrying weapons on school grounds.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:24:32 -0400
  • Finding alternative viewpoints as U.S. students protest news

    At Colorado’s Columbine High School, where 15 people were killed in 1999, about 250 students walked out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. local time on March 14. The protests ran at least 17 minutes, one minute for each person killed at the school. Columbine survivor Evan Todd did not participate.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:18:59 -0400
  • Factbox: How the collapsed Florida bridge was erected in six hours

    (Reuters) - A new pedestrian walkway that collapsed onto traffic at Florida International University on Thursday, killing several people, was erected in only six hours using a technique called "Accelerated Bridge Construction," according to the school. Here are a few facts about the project and Accelerated Bridge Construction: * The bridge was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, the most dangerous measure by the National Hurricane Center, and last 100 years, according to the university. * Accelerated Bridge Construction, or ABC, is a technique in which bridges can be replaced in 48 to 72 hours, reducing planning and work time by years and cutting traffic delays.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:46:18 -0400
  • Video shows Florida deputy outside Parkland high school during rampage news

    As a national debate about the response by law enforcement to the Feb. 14 rampage and random gun violence in America rages, the 27-minute video shows Broward County Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson failing to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where he worked as an armed guard. Peterson resigned on Feb. 22 rather than face suspension. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has said Peterson stayed outside the high school during the attack, instead of going inside to confront the gunman.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:39:11 -0400
  • Ex-Siemens executive pleads guilty in U.S. in Argentine bribery case

    Eberhard Reichert, a 78-year-old German national, pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to one count of conspiring to violate the anti-bribery, internal controls and books and records provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and to commit wire fraud, the department said in a statement.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:34:59 -0400
  • Dog sent to Japan in United Airlines mix-up heads back to Kansas news

    A German Shepherd that United Airlines mistakenly shipped to Japan was headed home to Kansas on Thursday, even as the carrier was still grappling with fallout over the death of a puppy on a separate United flight this week. "An error occurred during connections in Denver for two pets sent to the wrong destinations," United said in a statement on Thursday. During the Denver connection, the German Shepherd, named Irgo, was scheduled to transfer to a flight arriving at Kansas City International Airport on Tuesday, but was mistakenly shipped to Japan instead while a Great Dane was sent to Kansas City.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:26:22 -0400
  • New York fund manager pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme charges

    A New York hedge fund manager on Thursday pleaded guilty to federal charges that he defrauded investors through a nearly $22 million Ponzi scheme. Michael Scronic, 46, entered his plea to one count of securities fraud before U.S. District Judge Catherine Seibel in White Plains, New York, federal prosecutors announced.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:18:48 -0400
  • Mueller subpoenas Trump business for Russia, other documents: NYT news

    U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents, including some related to Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two people briefed on the matter. Details of the subpoena were not available, the newspaper said. The Trump Organization, which U.S. President Donald Trump ran with his family before he entered the White House, played down the significance of any subpoena, a lawyer saying on Thursday that the company has told the public since July that it is being cooperative with the special counsel's investigation.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:05:30 -0400
  • Game of musical chairs follows Pennsylvania's special election news

    (This version of the March 14 story corrects paragraph 16 to say that Lamb personally opposes abortion but accepts 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, instead of that he opposes abortion rights) By David Morgan and Jason Lange (Reuters) - The special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District was still too close to call on Wednesday but the winner could soon have to start campaigning all over again - in a different district against a different opponent for the November congressional elections. Democrat Conor Lamb, who was slightly ahead in the race for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, likely will start campaigning in the new 17th District. Republican Rick Saccone, should he still have a political future after failing to handily win a district Donald Trump carried by 20 points in 2016, might try for the seat in the newly drawn 14th District.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:59:37 -0400
  • Airlines resolve dispute over Chicago O'Hare expansion news

    United Airlines and American Airlines said in a joint statement they had reached an agreement on the number of gates to be assigned to each carrier, putting to bed a weeks-long feud over which gates would be designated for common use. American Airlines had opposed language in the airport lease that it argued would grant United five out of eight gates all parties had agreed to designate for common use as late as Feb. 8. American Airlines carriers accounted for 35.5 percent of passengers at O’Hare in 2016, versus 44.5 percent for carriers of Chicago-based United, according to city data.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:31:05 -0400
  • Senators propose bill to bar airlines from endangering animals

    U.S. senators on Thursday unveiled legislation to explicitly bar airlines from putting animals in danger by placing them in overhead baggage compartments, after the recent death of a puppy on board a passenger aircraft. Senators John Kennedy, a Republican, and Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, said the legislation would direct the Federal Aviation Administration to create regulations to prohibit the storing of a live animal in any overhead compartment and to impose civil fines for violations. The bill was prompted after a puppy died during a flight earlier in the week, after a United Airlines Co cabin attendant ordered that it be stowed in an overhead bin.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:56:04 -0400
  • Asylum seekers sue U.S. government over prolonged detention news

    By Reade Levinson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of migrants seeking asylum in the United States sued the Trump administration on Thursday, claiming the government is unfairly keeping them in custody while they pursue their cases in immigration court. The class-action lawsuit on behalf of nine plaintiffs, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and immigrant rights groups and filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges five U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices have detained virtually all adults seeking asylum at a port of entry. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, said it does not comment on pending litigation and the Justice Department declined to comment.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:19:22 -0400
  • Green Crack, Blue Dream, Gorilla Glue: The problem of pricing pot news

    In 2014, as Jonathan Rubin and Ian Laird considered investing in the booming U.S. cannabis industry, they hit a problem: How to value pot start-ups with little verified data on the price of the weed itself? The problem spawned a different investment: The founding of New Leaf Data Services LLC, a Stamford, Conn.-based wholesale price data service that fields reporters to take on the steep challenge of cataloguing going rates. Started three years ago, New Leaf now publishes weekly benchmark spot prices and forecasts on wholesale indoor-, outdoor-, and greenhouse-grown marijuana for 17 regions with legalization laws.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:51:11 -0400
  • U.S. takes more time to decide on New York denial for Constitution natural gas pipeline

    (Reuters) - U.S. federal energy regulators gave themselves more time to decide whether to rehear their earlier order upholding New York's denial of a water permit for Williams Cos Inc's Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Wednesday rejected Constitution's request to overturn New York's denial of a water quality certification in January.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:18 -0400
  • Experienced Alaskan climbers presumed dead

    The climbers, George "Ryan" Johnson, 34, of Juneau, Alaska, and Marc-Andre Leclerc, 25, of Squamish, British Columbia, failed to return on March 7 from a climb up the north face of Alaska's Mendenhall Tower, according to Alaska State Troopers. The mountain rises nearly 7,000 feet and is about 12 miles north of Juneau.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:33:59 -0400
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