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Factbox: Six facts about murderous cult leader Charles Manson
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  • 2017-11-20 07:10:19Z

* While in prison in Washington state in the early 1960s, Manson befriended Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, who had been allied with the deadly Barker bank robbery gang in the 1930s. * Hoping to boost his music career, Manson became friends with Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and producer Terry Melcher. * Before the killings, the Beach Boys recorded a song Manson wrote titled "Never Learn Not to Love." Later, Guns N' Roses recorded his "Look at Your Game Girl" and Marilyn Manson, whose stage name was partly inspired by the killer, used lyrics from Manson's "Mechanical Man" in his song "My Monkey." Trent Reznor, front man for the band Nine Inch Nails, lived in the house where the Tate murders...

Mass killer, cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83
Mass killer, cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83
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  • 2017-11-20 07:05:21Z

Charles Manson, the wild-eyed cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Southern California by his "family" of young followers, shattering the peace-and-love ethos of the late 1960s, died on Sunday, prison officials said. Manson died of natural causes Sunday evening at a Kern County hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. "The very name Manson has become a metaphor for evil," the late Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Manson, told the Los Angeles Times in 1994.

Murderous cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83: officials
Murderous cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83: officials
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  • 2017-11-20 06:12:09Z

(Reuters) - Charles Manson, the U.S. cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Southern California by his "family" of young followers in the late 1960s, has died, according to prison officials. He was 83. (Reporting by Keith Coffman and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Pennsylvania police in manhunt for suspect in killing of officer
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  • 2017-11-20 03:11:34Z

Officer Brian Shaw, 25, who had been with the New Kensington Police Department for less than a year, was shot late on Friday after a traffic stop and foot chase, police have said. Law enforcement agencies near the small town about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for the suspect in the shooting, Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Trooper Steve Limani told reporters. An arrest warrant identified the suspect as Rahmeal Sal Holt, 29, and warned that he should be considered armed and dangerous, state police said on Twitter.

Former New York state official sued over alleged sex harassment
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  • 2017-11-20 00:25:09Z

Lisa Cater, a former Department of Motor Vehicles employee, filed suit in Manhattan's federal court against William Hoyt, a former regional head of the state's economic development agency, as well as Cuomo, the agency and New York state. The lawsuit, filed on Saturday, contends that the Cuomo administration ignored repeated complaints by her against Hoyt, a married former state assemblyman.

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in jail in China
Trump says he should have left UCLA players in jail in China
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  • 2017-11-19 18:33:39Z

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday he should have left in jail the three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting after the father of one of the players questioned Trump's role in their release. "Now that the three basketball players

Trump open to dropping healthcare provision in Senate tax bill -aide
Trump open to dropping healthcare provision in Senate tax bill -aide
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  • 2017-11-19 18:14:35Z

By Lucia Mutikani and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday. The version of tax legislation put forward by Senate Republican leaders would remove a requirement in former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law that taxes Americans who decline to buy health insurance. "If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill ... that can pass, that's great," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

New Orleans
New Orleans's first female mayor to lead city during its 300th anniversary
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  • 2017-11-19 18:05:53Z

LaToya Cantrell, 45, on Saturday defeated former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet in a special runoff election to replace Mitch Landrieu. Cantrell will take office as the 51st mayor of New Orleans in May 2018 as the Louisiana city celebrates the 300th anniversary of its founding by the French in 1718.

White House OK with removing Obamacare mandate repeal from Senate tax bill
White House OK with removing Obamacare mandate repeal from Senate tax bill
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  • 2017-11-19 15:04:31Z

U.S. President Donald Trump would not object to removing a provision in a Senate Republican tax plan that would repeal the Obamacare mandate if it "becomes an impediment," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday. Some Republican senators who have been critical of the plan warned that some middle-income taxpayers could see tax cuts wiped out by higher health insurance premiums if the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's mandate goes through.

Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in U.S. blogger killing
Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in U.S. blogger killing
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  • 2017-11-19 12:16:13Z

Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism. Deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said the man, identified as Mojammel Hossain, 25, head of the intelligence wing of the al Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansar Ullah Bangla Team, was suspected of taking part in the killing of writer Avijit Roy. Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 while returning home with his wife from a Dhaka book fair.

U.S. nuclear general says would resist
U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order
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  • 2017-11-19 08:00:11Z

The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons. Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order. "I think some people think we're stupid," Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario.

U.S. nuclear general says would resist
U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order: CBS
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  • 2017-11-18 19:20:03Z

The top U.S. nuclear commander was quoted as saying on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons. CBS News said Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order. "I think some people think we're stupid," Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario.

U.S. destroyer slightly damaged in collision with tug off Japan: U.S. Navy
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  • 2017-11-18 14:07:06Z

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, USS Benfold,, sustained slight damage when a Japanese tug drifted into it during a towing exercise off central Japan on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said. The U.S. Navy announced a series of reforms this month aimed at restoring basic naval skills and alertness at sea after a review of deadly ship collisions in the Asia-Pacific region showed sailors were under-trained and over-worked. Seventeen sailors have been killed this year in two collisions with commercial vessels involving guided-missile destroyers, the Fitzgerald in June off Japan and then the John S. McCain in August as it approached Singapore.

Trump halts decision to allow elephant trophy imports after uproar
Trump halts decision to allow elephant trophy imports after uproar
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  • 2017-11-18 03:14:35Z

By David Shepardson and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of elephant trophies on hold after a torrent of criticism from conservation advocates and across social media. Trump's reversal came hours after his administration released a rule on Friday to allow hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States, which had been banned by the Obama administration. "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts.

Trump says decision to allow big game trophy imports put on hold
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  • 2017-11-18 02:01:41Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of big game trophies on hold until he can "review all conservation facts." The rule released on Friday allowing hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States outraged animal activists. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe: attorneys
Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe: attorneys
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  • 2017-11-18 00:28:47Z

By Karen Freifeld and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer cover the costs using political donations to his re-election campaign or the Republican Party, his attorneys confirmed on Friday. Trump defense lawyer John Dowd said that following payments by the Republican National Committee, the president began paying the bills and now wants to make the party "even." The RNC confirmed it is no longer paying the bills.

Florida men found guilty of illegally transferring money from Venezuela
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  • 2017-11-17 23:03:42Z

The owners of a Florida construction equipment exporter were convicted of illegally transferring more than $100 million from businesses largely in Venezuela to U.S. and foreign bank accounts. Luis Diaz Jr., 75, and his son, Luis Javier Diaz, 50, were found guilty late on Thursday of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and of international money laundering by a jury in Manhattan federal court, court records showed. Prosecutors said some of the money was transferred into accounts belonging to Venezuelan government officials.

Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases
Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases
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  • 2017-11-17 22:54:34Z

Sexual assault in the military, which is defined as anything from groping to rape, is believed to be significantly higher than the number of reports. The Pentagon said it estimates that, in 2016, less than a third of service members who experienced a sexual assault reported it. According to the newly released data, a collection of U.S. bases in South Korea had a combined 211 reports of sexual assault while Norfolk had 270 reports of sexual assault in the 2016 fiscal year, which began in October 2015 and ended in September 2016.

Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe -attorneys
Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe -attorneys
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  • 2017-11-17 21:23:52Z

By Karen Freifeld and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer cover the costs using political donations to his reelection campaign or the Republican Party, his attorneys confirmed on Friday. Trump defense lawyer John Dowd said that following payments by the Republican National Committee (RNC), the president began paying the bills and now wants to make the party "even." The expenses cover personal lawyers representing Trump before special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in last year's election, and whether Trump may...

Ivanka Trump, Italy
Ivanka Trump, Italy's Aquazzura end 'Wild Thing' shoe lawsuit
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  • 2017-11-17 20:51:09Z

Italian shoemaker Aquazzura Italia SRL has dismissed its lawsuit accusing Ivanka Trump of stealing the design of its "Wild Thing" stiletto-heeled shoe for her own, less-expensive "Hettie" model. Aquazzura, Trump and co-defendant Marc Fisher Holdings, which partnered in 2010 with the daughter of the now U.S. President Donald Trump to sell her shoes, agreed to dismiss all claims and counterclaims, according to a filing on Friday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Aquazzura has called the Hettie shoe "virtually an exact copy" of the Wild Thing, which sells for $785 and has been worn by what it called "celebrities and 'it' girls" like model Kendall Jenner and singer Solange Knowles.

Florida Democratic Party chief resigns after women say he made them uneasy
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  • 2017-11-17 20:43:39Z

By Bernie Woodall FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The chairman of the Florida Democratic Party resigned and apologized on Friday after being accused of creating an uncomfortable work environment for women by making suggestive comments and leering at them. Stephen Bittel's departure after less than a year on the job followed a story by the news website, Politico, on Thursday citing six female former Florida Democratic Party staffers and consultants who said he displayed inappropriate behavior. The news report prompted all four major Democratic candidates for Florida governor race to call for his resignation.

FAA approves AT&T drone in Puerto Rico for cellular service
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  • 2017-11-17 20:09:15Z

The Pulse Vapor 55 drone functions like a cell tower in the sky, providing voice, data and internet service, the FAA said. Puerto Rico's wireless and broadband communications networks, along with its power grid, were devastated after Hurricane Maria made landfall in September. As of Thursday, 39 percent of cell sites remained out of service, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said.

South Carolina ex-cop faces December sentencing for motorist
South Carolina ex-cop faces December sentencing for motorist's shooting
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  • 2017-11-17 20:02:48Z

A white former South Carolina police officer filmed as he fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in the back two years ago will be sentenced on Dec. 4 on a federal civil rights charge, court officials said on Friday. Ex-North Charleston officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty in May to violating motorist Walter Scott's civil rights by using excessive force in the April 2015 shooting.     The Dec. 4 sentencing hearing will be held in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson
U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson's disease
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  • 2017-11-17 19:26:56Z

In a statement issued by the Chicago-based Rainbow Push Coalition which he founded, the 76-year-old minister said he reluctantly sought medical attention after his ability to move and perform routine tasks became increasingly difficult over a three-year period. Jackson has been a leader of the U.S. civil rights movement since the mid-1960s and was with Martin Luther King when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. Parkinson's disease occurs when certain nerve cells break down and reduce the amount of the chemical, dopamine, that sends signals to the part of the brain that controls movement, according to Webmd.com.

Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites
Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites
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  • 2017-11-17 19:18:19Z

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - An association of Cuban businesswomen has asked to meet with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to explain the impact on the country's nascent private sector of rolling back a detente in U.S. relations. Rubio, a Cuban-American politician who advocates a "no contact" policy with the Communist-run island, has advised President Donald Trump on Cuba policy and welcomed his reversal of the Obama administration's efforts at a rapprochement. "The current situation has us very worried and we would like to share our personal histories and perspective from Cuba," the association, which represents women who own small businesses, said in a letter to Rubio...

White House seeks $44 billion in hurricane aid from U.S. Congress
White House seeks $44 billion in hurricane aid from U.S. Congress
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  • 2017-11-17 18:28:47Z

The White House on Friday said it had asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those affected by the recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The request was far short of what some government officials have said is needed, with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello asking for $94.4 billion to rebuild the U.S. territory's infrastructure. Texas was seeking $61 billion and Florida had asked for $27 billion.

Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response
Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response
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  • 2017-11-17 18:09:15Z

The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said. Ricardo Ramos, who was named head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in 2016, was also criticized over controversial contracts. PREPA's board will meet later on Friday to discuss who will succeed Ramos, who was appointed by Rossello.

Tennessee man accidentally shoots self, wife during church gun-violence chat
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  • 2017-11-17 16:17:50Z

The shooting on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, about 45 miles (70 km) southwest of Knoxville, took place as church elders discussed a local sheriff's "weapons and worship" seminar, following the massacre of 26 people at a rural Texas church earlier this month. "During their discussion of this, one of the gentlemen said, 'I carry a weapon with me everywhere'" and pulled a loaded Ruger .380-caliber pistol from his back pocket, Tellico Plains Police Chief Ross Parks said by telephone. The bullet struck his right hand and then went through his 80-year-old wife's abdomen and right forearm, according to the police chief.

Ohio State suspends sorority, fraternity activities amid probes
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  • 2017-11-17 15:50:20Z

The public university in Columbus, which has more than 45,000 undergraduate students, said in a statement sent to campus organizations on Thursday that 11 of its 37 Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters have been the subject of such investigations this semester alone. "This is an unacceptably

One in three U.S. adults to avoid talking politics over holiday season: Reuters/Ipsos poll
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  • 2017-11-17 13:01:10Z

Americans will sit down next week for what has become a holiday tradition in the United States: tiptoeing through a turkey dinner without mentioning the president. Nearly one-third of all adults will actively avoid political conversations when they see friends and family over the Thanksgiving and December holidays, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. Poll respondents said they learned to bite their tongues after years of dinnertime squabbles over the nation's first black president, Barack Obama, and then his successor, Donald Trump.

Twenty injured by fire in Philadelphia-area seniors' residence
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  • 2017-11-17 08:03:01Z

The fire was reported at about 11 p.m. local time at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia, local ABC affiliate WPVI-TV reported. Dozens of people wrapped in blankets and sitting in wheel chairs waited on the street near the blaze, video from local news showed.

White House plans to seek another $45 billion in U.S. hurricane aid
White House plans to seek another $45 billion in U.S. hurricane aid
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  • 2017-11-17 03:05:28Z

The White House plans to ask the U.S. Congress on Friday for about $45 billion in additional aid for disaster relief to cover damage from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida and other disaster damage, a congressional aide said on late Thursday. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday requested $94.4 billion from Congress to rebuild the island's infrastructure, housing, schools and hospitals devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Philadelphia moves one step closer to return of local control of public schools
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  • 2017-11-17 02:14:41Z

Philadelphia's School Reform Commission (SRC) voted Thursday night to begin steps to dissolve itself, paving the way for a return to city control for the nation's 8th largest school district after 16 years. If approved by the state Secretary of Education, which must happen by December 31st, the district would be turned back to a nine-member school board appointed by Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney with city council approval on July 1 of next year. "It's clear we have challenges moving forward," said SRC chair Joyce Wilkerson, referring to a projected five-year deficit of $700 million.

Arizona man sentenced to die for murdering girl by locking her in box
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  • 2017-11-17 01:44:20Z

An Arizona man was sentenced to death on Thursday for murdering a 10-year-old girl, by locking her in a footlocker for taking a Popsicle without permission, a court official said. A jury in Phoenix returned the verdict against John Allen, 29, after deliberating for several hours in the July 2011 suffocation death of Ame Deal, the cousin of Allen's wife, said court spokesman Vincent Funari.

U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deduction
U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deduction
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  • 2017-11-17 00:20:19Z

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From Pataskala, Ohio, to Conroe, Texas, local government leaders worry that if Republican tax-overhaul plans moving through the U.S. Congress become law, it will be harder for them to pave streets, put out fires, fight crime and pay teachers. A tax plan approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday would sharply curtail a federal deduction that millions of Americans can now claim for tax payments to state, county, city and town governments. Ending that deduction, the local leaders say, could make their taxpayers, especially in high-tax communities, less likely to support future local tax increases or even tolerate local taxes at present...

Trump says U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race if allegations true
Trump says U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race if allegations true
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  • 2017-11-17 00:15:40Z

President Donald Trump finds the sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore "troubling" and thinks he should leave the race if they are true, the White House said on Thursday, as party leaders in Alabama stood by their nominee. Trump's position did not go as far as other Republican leaders in Washington who have said they believe the women accusing the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and have demanded Moore withdraw from the race before the Dec. 12 vote.

Chicago schools sell $1 billion bonds with lower market penalty
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  • 2017-11-16 22:54:58Z

The junk-rated Chicago Board of Education completed an up-sized bond sale on Thursday with a pricing that indicated an easing in the municipal market penalty the district has been forced to pay due to its deep financial problems. Greg Saulnier, an analyst at Municipal Market Data (MMD), said spreads over MMD's benchmark triple-A yield scale narrowed to 213 basis points for the deal's long bonds from around 230 basis points in secondary market trading. A July bond sale for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) included heftier 7 percent coupons.

Specter of Menendez retrial could haunt U.S. Senate Democrats in 2018
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  • 2017-11-16 22:45:33Z

Democrats avoided potentially losing a seat in the U.S. Senate when the bribery case against New Jersey's Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, but now face the risk that a retrial could complicate his expected 2018 re-election bid. A federal jury in Newark, New Jersey, failed to reach a unanimous verdict in a case where Menendez was accused of accepting bribes from a wealthy patron. If federal prosecutors choose to try the 11-year incumbent again, it could pose a major headache for Senate Democrats, who already face a daunting electoral map in 2018 in their long-shot quest to take back the chamber.

U.S. jury hears closing arguments in trial of alleged Benghazi attack organizer
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  • 2017-11-16 22:16:47Z

A jury heard closing arguments on Thursday in the federal government's case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who is accused of conspiring to organize the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Khatallah, the first defendant to face criminal charges in connection to the Benghazi attack, is on trial for 18 counts, including murder and providing material support to terrorists.

Trump stops short of saying U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race
Trump stops short of saying U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race
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  • 2017-11-16 22:13:18Z

By Jeff Mason and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump believes Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true, the White House said on Thursday, while state party leaders in Alabama vowed to stand by their nominee. Trump's stance puts him at odds with other Republican leaders in Washington who have said they believe the women making the accusations against the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and have demanded Moore withdraw from the race ahead of the Dec. 12 vote.

Trump believes Roy Moore should step aside if allegations are true -White House
Trump believes Roy Moore should step aside if allegations are true -White House
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  • 2017-11-16 21:34:47Z

U.S. President Donald Trump believes Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true, the White House said on Thursday. "The president believes that these allegations are very troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at a news briefing. "The president said in his statement earlier this week that if the allegations are true then Roy Moore should step aside.

Alabama Republican Party stands by U.S. Senate candidate Moore
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  • 2017-11-16 21:34:35Z

(Reuters) - The Alabama Republican Party said on Thursday it supported embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore after allegations of sexual misconduct roiled the race. "Judge Moore has vehemently denied the allegations made against him. He deserves to be presumed innocent of the accusations unless proven otherwise," it said in a statement. "He will continue to take his case straight to the people of Alabama." (Reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington; Editing by Eric Beech)

More than 200 arrested in U.S. crackdown on MS-13 gang
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  • 2017-11-16 21:32:07Z

More than 200 alleged members and associates of the violent Mara Salvatrucha gang, better known as MS-13, have been arrested in a crackdown across the United States, federal officials said on Thursday. The Oct. 8 to Nov. 11 sweep was the second phase of Operation Raging Bull, which had previously netted 53 arrests in El Salvador, officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency told reporters. MS-13 was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s in part to protect immigrants fleeing civil war in El Salvador and has since grown into a sprawling cross-border criminal organization.

Former head of U.S. Homeland Security Ridge in critical condition
Former head of U.S. Homeland Security Ridge in critical condition
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  • 2017-11-16 20:34:26Z

Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was rushed to an Austin hospital on Thursday and in critical condition after undergoing a heart procedure, officials said. Ridge, 72, was attending a Republican Governors Association conference in the Texas capital when he called hotel staff seeking emergency medical help, his office said in a statement. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Ridge was in critical condition at the facility but did not offer further information.

Mistrial in NY corruption case against union chief, hedge fund executive
Mistrial in NY corruption case against union chief, hedge fund executive
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  • 2017-11-16 20:29:45Z

A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered a mistrial in the corruption case against the former head of New York City's correction officers' union and a co-founder of the now-defunct hedge fund firm Platinum Partners, after jurors said they were deadlocked. Norman Seabrook, who once led the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, and Murray Huberfeld, from Platinum, had been on trial for conspiracy and fraud. Federal prosecutors had accused Seabrook of steering $20 million of union funds into Platinum in exchange for a bribe.

Momentum builds in U.S. for disclaimers on internet election ads
Momentum builds in U.S. for disclaimers on internet election ads
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  • 2017-11-16 19:19:32Z

The Federal Election Commission voted 5-0 to begin drafting rules that would impose disclaimers. The commission previously declined to require such labels after Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google complained they would be impractical.

Johnson & Johnson wins California lawsuit claiming asbestos in talc caused cancer
Johnson & Johnson wins California lawsuit claiming asbestos in talc caused cancer
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  • 2017-11-16 19:01:14Z

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury's verdict came in the first trial centering on claims that J&J's talc products contained asbestos. J&J is separately battling thousands of cases claiming those products can cause ovarian cancer. Reuters watched the verdict through Courtroom View Network, which broadcast it online.

U.S. House passes sweeping tax legislation
U.S. House passes sweeping tax legislation
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  • 2017-11-16 18:55:20Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives took a major step toward the first U.S. tax overhaul in a generation on Thursday, by passing a comprehensive package of tax cuts for businesses and individuals.

U.S. airlines sharply cut involuntary passenger bumping: DOT
U.S. airlines sharply cut involuntary passenger bumping: DOT
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  • 2017-11-16 18:49:20Z

Major U.S. airlines are bumping far fewer passengers from overbooked flights after a high-profile incident in April prompted the industry to reassess its practices, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reported on Thursday. The government reported the rate of involuntary bumping passengers among

Corruption trial of Democratic U.S. Senator Menendez ends in mistrial
Corruption trial of Democratic U.S. Senator Menendez ends in mistrial
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  • 2017-11-16 18:45:22Z

The corruption trial of Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges. Menendez, 63, a longtime fixture in New Jersey political circles who first joined the Senate in 2006, was accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors. The hung jury is a major setback for federal prosecutors in what was their first high-profile corruption trial since a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year limited their ability to bring such cases.

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