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U.S. sues BMW finance unit over lease payments by military personnel
U.S. sues BMW finance unit over lease payments by military personnel
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  • 2018-02-22 15:23:37Z

(Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday filed a lawsuit accusing BMW Financial Services NA of illegally failing to refund payments made in advance by military personnel who terminate their vehicle leases because they are called to duty.

Trump says arming some teachers would stop shootings
Trump says arming some teachers would stop shootings 'instantly'
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  • 2018-02-22 15:22:14Z

By Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pushed his call to arm teachers following last week's school massacre in Florida, saying on Thursday it would be limited to those with military or special training but "would solve the problem instantly." He raised the idea on Wednesday, drawing a mixed reaction in a country where the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected and there are fierce divisions on how to curb mass shootings and everyday gun violence. The Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 17 students and staff members were killed, was the second-deadliest shooting at a U.S. public school and has spurred unprecedented...

Puerto Rico should rebuild power from scratch: U.S. Fed official
Puerto Rico should rebuild power from scratch: U.S. Fed official
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  • 2018-02-22 15:07:54Z

Puerto Rico should "start from scratch" rebuilding its already outdated power infrastructure after deadly Hurricane Maria last year devastated it and left citizens without power, the U.S. central banker overseeing the island territory said on Thursday. New York Fed President William Dudley did not comment on U.S. interest rates in a presentation of research on the effects of the storm that struck on Sept. 20. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, whose district includes the Caribbean island, said Maria wiped out about 4 percent of its jobs.

Three executions planned Thursday for three U.S. states
Three executions planned Thursday for three U.S. states
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  • 2018-02-22 11:03:04Z

Alabama, Florida and Texas plan to execute inmates on Thursday and if carried out, it would be the first time in eight years that three people on death row have been executed on the same day since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States. In Florida, questions were raised about holding an execution based on a majority, not unanimous, jury decision.

Deadly flooding forces evacuations across U.S. South, Midwest
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  • 2018-02-22 10:00:39Z

(Reuters) - The U.S. Southern Plains and Midwest braced for more flooding on Thursday as snow-melting temperatures and heavy rains swelled waterways after claiming the lives of at least two people, including a child, and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. Flood advisories were in effect until at least Sunday for low-lying parts of eastern Texas northeast across the region into southern Ohio and in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, the National Weather Service said. The flooding forced hundreds of people to place sandbags around their property and flee their homes in small communities like Niles, Indiana and Marseilles, Illinois that sit on rivers, already beyond their flood stages,...

Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to U.S. presidents, dies at 99
Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to U.S. presidents, dies at 99
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  • 2018-02-22 02:41:48Z

Graham died at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT) at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Graham became the de facto White House chaplain to several U.S. presidents, most famously Richard Nixon.

Factbox: Reactions to the death of U.S. evangelist Billy Graham
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  • 2018-02-22 02:41:48Z

Billy Graham became the best-known preacher in the United States during 70 years in the pulpit. "The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. A very special man." - U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter Trump ordered flags lowered to half-staff at U.S. government buildings, including military bases, naval ships and embassies, on the day Graham is interred.

Trump says arming teachers could help prevent school massacres
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  • 2018-02-22 00:29:29Z

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres like last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, voicing support for an idea backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights group. Trump made the comment during an emotional hour-long White House meeting with students who survived the Florida shooting and a parent whose child did not. Hundreds of students joined scattered protests across the country on Wednesday, including in Washington, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Judge dismisses New York Columbia University student
Judge dismisses New York Columbia University student's claims over rape reports
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  • 2018-02-22 00:06:54Z

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a Columbia University student's lawsuit accusing the school of acting with deliberate indifference after she was sexually assaulted twice as a freshman in her dormitory room. U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said Amelia Roskin-Frazee failed to show that Columbia responded in a "clearly unreasonable manner" after learning about the October and December 2015 incidents, which she formally reported to its Student Conduct and Community Standards office in August 2016. The judge said Columbia's actions complied with federal guidelines and its own sexual misconduct policy, including in January 2016 when it honored Roskin-Frazee's request...

Ex-Arkansas judge who bartered in sexual favors sentenced to prison
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  • 2018-02-22 00:02:33Z

Joseph Boeckmann, 71, pleaded guilty to charges including wire fraud and witness tampering as well as corruptly using his official position as a district judge, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Boeckmann, a judge in Wynne, Arkansas, resigned in 2016 after a state judicial review commission accused him of taking thousands of lewd photographs of young male defendants and sometimes spanking them.

U.S. students turn to gun-control group after school shooting
U.S. students turn to gun-control group after school shooting
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  • 2018-02-22 00:00:53Z

When they got prayers and thoughts from U.S. lawmakers after a massacre at a Florida high school that left 17 students and teachers dead, thousands of young people turned to the country's largest gun-control advocacy group to learn how to make their voices heard. Students flooded Everytown for Gun Safety with calls after last week's Florida school massacre, prompting the creation of its first student branch, the group said on Wednesday.

United Technologies wins $2.5 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon
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  • 2018-02-21 22:26:25Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Technologies Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp, has been awarded a maximum $2.5 billion contract for aviation-related spare parts and related services, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Trump addresses gun violence, vows to be 'very strong on background checks'
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  • 2018-02-21 21:48:34Z

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his administration would emphasize background checks and mental health in an effort to deal with gun violence in schools after last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school. "We're going to be very strong on background checks, we're

More than $500,000 raised for 13 siblings held captive in California
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  • 2018-02-21 21:23:58Z

Thirteen siblings in Southern California who authorities say were beaten, shackled and abused by their parents can count on more than $500,000 in donations that local groups have raised for their care. The parents of the siblings, David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise, 49, were charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment last month. The fundraising drive for the 13 siblings began with an outpouring of donations from local residents, organizers say, after police raided the family's home on Jan. 14 and disclosed that some of the adult children were so malnourished they appeared to be minors.

New York man pleads guilty to attempting to support to Islamic State
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  • 2018-02-21 21:00:20Z

A former plumbing assistant from New York City pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to provide material support to Islamic State. Sajmir Alimehmeti, 24, also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan to committing passport fraud in order to facilitate an act of terrorism, federal prosecutors said. Prosecutors accused Alimehmeti of trying to help an undercover law enforcement agent travel to Syria to fight with Islamic State.

Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states
Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states
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  • 2018-02-21 20:15:32Z

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections. The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in Massachusetts and California, states that went for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, and South Carolina and Texas, where a majority of votes went to Republican U.S. President Donald Trump. The lawsuits challenge the winner-take-all system used in those states to select electors who cast votes for president and vice president in the Electoral College after a presidential election.

Family of black man killed by Washington police get $3.5 million settlement
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  • 2018-02-21 20:14:49Z

The city of Washington and the family of an unarmed black man shot to death by police in 2016 have agreed to a $3.5 million settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit, officials said on Wednesday. The shooting death of Terrence Sterling, a 31-year-old motorcyclist who rammed a squad car after a high-speed chase, triggered demonstrations in the U.S. capital amid anger over police killings of African-Americans across the United States. "In the tragic death of Terrence Sterling, a family lost a beloved son and brother, and thus we have a duty to bring some sense of closure to his family," Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement.

U.S. hate groups proliferate in Trump
U.S. hate groups proliferate in Trump's first year, watchdog says
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  • 2018-02-21 19:40:33Z

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. hate groups expanded last year under President Donald Trump, fueled by his immigration stance and the perception that he sympathized with those espousing white supremacy, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday There were 954 hate groups in the country in 2017, marking a 4 percent increase over the previous year when the number rose 2.8 percent, the civil rights watchdog said in its annual census of such groups. Among the more than 600 white supremacist groups, neo-Nazi organizations rose to 121 from 99. Last year brought "a substantial emboldening of the radical right, and that is largely due to the actions of...

Oil worker killed on Talos Energy platform in U.S. Gulf of Mexico
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  • 2018-02-21 19:07:09Z

An oil and gas worker on a Talos Energy LLC platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was killed on Saturday while replacing piping, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Tuesday. The worker was injured while removing out-of-service fire suppression equipment and later died as a result of the injuries. The company has not publicly identified the deceased worker.

Fresh U.S. criminal charges filed in special counsel
Fresh U.S. criminal charges filed in special counsel's Manafort case
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  • 2018-02-21 18:22:09Z

New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the criminal case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against President Donald Trump's former senior campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a court record seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed. The single page, filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, does not shed light on the nature of the new charges. Its inclusion in a binder in the court clerk's office that is routinely updated with new criminal charges signals that Mueller's office has filed a superseding indictment replacing a previous one from last year.

Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. report
Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. report
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  • 2018-02-21 18:03:58Z

A garbage truck was on the tracks despite lowered safety gates when it was struck by a train carrying Republican lawmakers in a fatal crash last month in rural Virginia, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. Data from a camera mounted on the front of the chartered Amtrak train showed the gates were down at the crossing at the time of the crash, according to a preliminary NTSB report on the Jan. 31 accident. A passenger on the garbage truck was killed and two others on the truck were injured.

Tyson Indiana pork plant resumes operations after two-day shutdown
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  • 2018-02-21 18:02:14Z

Tyson Foods Inc's hog processing plant in Logansport, Indiana returned to normal operations on Wednesday after resolving a production-related problem that idled the facility since midday on Monday, a company representative said. The issue has been resolved and the plant is back in operation today," Tyson spokeswoman Caroline Ahn said in an email. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated last week's hog slaughter at 2.384 million head.

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Trump signals he's open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program
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  • 2018-02-21 17:57:33Z

The White House on Wednesday praised an experimental program in Oregon that charges a mileage tax to volunteer drivers, adding to signals that President Donald Trump is open to finding new revenue sources to pay for his proposed infrastructure program. Many of Trump's fellow Republicans, however, dislike the idea of a transportation tax as it would go against the grain of the party's push to lower taxes and could hit Republican-leaning rural areas harder than cities. In the annual Economic Report of the President, the White House described Oregon - a Democratic-leaning state where environmental issues are a priority for many voters - as a "pioneer" in transportation funding and...

Number of U.S. hate groups jumps 20 percent since 2014: watchdog
Number of U.S. hate groups jumps 20 percent since 2014: watchdog
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  • 2018-02-21 17:09:39Z

The number of U.S. hate groups rose again in 2017, during President Donald Trump's first year in office, and has surged 20 percent since 2014, a U.S. civil rights watchdog said on Wednesday. The Southern Poverty Law Center's annual census identified 954 hate groups in 2017, a 4 percent rise from the year before. Among the more than 600 U.S. white supremacist groups, neo-Nazi organizations rose to 121 from 99.

U.S. top court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts
U.S. top court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts
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  • 2018-02-21 15:52:42Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran, which they had accused of complicity in the attack. The justices, in an 8-0 ruling, upheld a lower court decision in favor of Iran that had prevented the plaintiffs from collecting on the judgment, which Tehran has not paid, by obtaining antiquities held at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute. Justice Elena Kagan did not participate in the decision.

Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban
Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban
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  • 2018-02-21 15:47:27Z

By Zachary Fagenson and Roberta Rampton TALLAHASSEE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of teenaged survivors of the second deadliest public school shooting in U.S. history marched on Florida's capital on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to ban sales of assault rifles of the sort used to kill 17 students and educators last week. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, became the latest school targeted by a gunman using a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, heated up the nation's long-running debate about gun rights and public safety. Dressed in jeans and T-shirts and carrying signs with the slogan "#Neveragain," survivors of the Feb. 14 mass shooting met with lawmakers in...

U.S. top court refuses to widen whistleblower protections
U.S. top court refuses to widen whistleblower protections
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  • 2018-02-21 15:26:45Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to broaden protections for corporate insiders who call out misconduct, throwing out a lawsuit brought against a real estate trust by a former employee who had reported alleged wrongdoing internally but not to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The justices

Factbox: Reactions to the death of U.S. evangelist Billy Graham
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  • 2018-02-21 15:16:07Z

Billy Graham became the best known preacher in the United States during 70 years in the pulpit. "The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. A very special man." - U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter "Billy Graham was America's pastor ... I think Billy touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths, because he was such a good man." - Former President George H.W. Bush in a statement "He shaped the spiritual lives of tens of millions of people worldwide.

Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99
Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99
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  • 2018-02-21 15:14:29Z

U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said. Graham died at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT) at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. With his steely features and piercing blue eyes, Graham was a powerful figure when he preached in his prime, roaming the stage and hoisting a Bible as he declared Jesus Christ to be the only solution to humanity's problems.

Factbox: Some facts about the life of evangelist Billy Graham
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  • 2018-02-21 14:56:47Z

(Reuters) - In more than 70 years Billy Graham, who died on Wednesday, preached to nearly 215 million people around the world. Here are some facts about Graham: * Graham grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a Presbyterian with dreams of playing professional baseball. * Graham did not consider himself a strict interpreter of the Bible and preached a conservative, but not fundamentalist, Christianity.

Secret Service reopens area around White House after suspicious car
Secret Service reopens area around White House after suspicious car
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  • 2018-02-21 14:55:51Z

The U.S. Secret Service reopened streets around the White House and allowed workers back into an evacuated building on Wednesday after authorities cleared a suspicious car parked nearby. Two downtown blocks were reopened to traffic, the Secret Service said on Twitter, but areas near the White House remained closed to pedestrians. About 100 White House staff were held in a park before authorities began letting some into the White House.

Factbox: Quotes from Billy Graham's autobiography
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  • 2018-02-21 13:52:44Z

(Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham died on Wednesday at the age of 99. Selected quotes from his 1997 autobiography, "Just As I Am": * Graham was a 20-year-old college student taking a moonlight stroll on a golf course at the Florida Bible Institute near Tampa, Florida, when he decided to dedicate his life to preaching the Gospel: "No sign in the heavens.

U.S. Secret Service responds to suspicious vehicle near White House
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  • 2018-02-21 13:42:22Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the White House and the new executive building is being evacuated, it said in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.

Barington wants more sizzle in Bloomin' Brands steakhouses
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  • 2018-02-21 13:04:02Z

Activist investor Barington Capital is pushing restaurant group Bloomin' Brands Inc. to spin off three smaller brands into a new company, cut costs and improve diners' experiences to boost a flagging share price which it believes could double. There is little overlap between Bonefish Grill, an upscale casual seafood chain, Flemings, an upscale steakhouse chain and Outback, a more casual steakhouse chain, said the hedge fund, which scored a big payday by investing in Darden Restaurants five years ago.

Florida rally to ban assault-style weapons set for Wednesday
Florida rally to ban assault-style weapons set for Wednesday
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  • 2018-02-21 12:48:10Z

By Katanga Johnson and Zach Fagenson PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Student activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff were shot and killed will call for a ban on assault-style weapons when they meet with lawmakers and hold a rally on Wednesday in Tallahassee, the state capital. Last week's massacre, the second deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and across the United States to demand stricter firearms controls. "We're here to make sure this never happens again," Diego Pfeiffer, a senior at Douglas, told...

Alabama policeman killed trying to apprehend murder suspect: media
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  • 2018-02-21 11:31:44Z

Justin Billa was wounded in Toulminville, a neighborhood west of downtown Mobile, when he and other officers approached the home of Robert Hollie, who was suspected in the homicide of his ex-wife earlier in the day, a local NBC affiliate reported. Billa was rushed to the hospital where he died, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told a local Fox affiliate.

'Making of a Murderer' case may go to Supreme Court: report
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  • 2018-02-21 04:43:34Z

Attorneys for Brendan Dassey, 28, made a similar argument to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in December and failed. The judges voted 4-3 to uphold his conviction in the slaying of Teresa Halbach. Dassey confessed when he was 16 of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach, a freelance photographer, in 2005.

Missouri residents sue over radioactive material storage sites
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  • 2018-02-21 04:07:04Z

Two lawsuits seeking class action status were filed at St. Louis County court for sites that included the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri, and an area near the Coldwater Creek in the county. Among the 10 defendants are Republic Services, Exelon Corp and the Cotter Corp. Officials from those companies were not immediately available for comment. "Defendants treated these hazardous, toxic, carcinogenic, radioactive wastes with about the same level of care that a reasonable person might give to common household garbage, dumping it without authority from the State of Missouri and in violation of law," the lawsuits contend.

Agonizing subway ride lands New York woman Worst Commute award
Agonizing subway ride lands New York woman Worst Commute award
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  • 2018-02-21 03:09:15Z

This is one contest no New York City subway rider wants to win. An advocacy group for city commuters on Tuesday awarded its first "Worst Commute of the Week" award to a librarian from the borough of Queens for her story of an agonizing two-hour wait in a tunnel one stop from her home after skipping a restroom visit before leaving work. The Riders Alliance awards are aimed at shaming New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's Legislature into enacting a long-term plan to fund and fix the city's declining subway system.

Democrat picks up seat in special election for Kentucky legislature
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  • 2018-02-21 03:02:09Z

Linda Belcher won by more than a 2-1 margin over Republican Rebecca Johnson, the widow of a Republican whose death in December led to the election. Belcher had held the seat before being narrowly defeated by Dan Johnson as Republican Trump won the presidency in November 2016.

Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children
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  • 2018-02-21 02:46:24Z

A New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause. The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, is seeking to represent a class of children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal agency, in New York.

Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72
Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72
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  • 2018-02-21 02:45:55Z

A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's request to temporarily seal a lawsuit accusing his hedge fund firm Point72 Asset Management LP of sexism toward women. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan said Point72 failed to overcome the presumption under the

FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources
FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources
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  • 2018-02-21 02:45:03Z

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect. The Republican-led FCC in December voted 3-2 to overturn rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content.

Sessions forms U.S. cyber task force after election warnings
Sessions forms U.S. cyber task force after election warnings
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  • 2018-02-21 02:44:06Z

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced he would create a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure. The Justice Department will have until the end of June to report its findings, according to a memorandum Sessions signed on Friday but released on Tuesday.

Video of gun owner
Video of gun owner's assault on an AR-15 goes viral after Florida mass shooting
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  • 2018-02-21 02:40:02Z

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A video of a man cutting his semi-automatic weapon in half has gone viral following last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, prompting a social media movement decrying easy access to high-powered assault rifles. Scott Pappalardo of New York state is the star of a clip posted on Facebook that had been shared more than 360,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon. It shows him taking a power saw to the barrel of an AR-15 assault rifle, saying he wanted to make sure it would never be used in a massacre like the one in Florida that killed 17 students and faculty last week.

TCW claims it fired female fund manager for compliance violations
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  • 2018-02-21 02:15:48Z

Portfolio manager Sara Tirschwell, who claims she was fired from TCW Group Inc in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment, was terminated for violating company compliance policies, the asset management firm said in court papers on Tuesday. Tirschwell last month sued for $30 million in damages, claiming that TCW fired her after she complained that her boss, Jess Ravich, sexually harassed her and "coerced" her into sex. The lawsuit filed in a New York state court in Manhattan also named Ravich, TCW's head of alternative products, and chief executive David Lippman as defendants.

Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push
Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push
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  • 2018-02-21 00:48:51Z

Dozens of students and parents from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain in a shooting rampage boarded buses on Tuesday for a trip to the state capital of Tallahassee to lobby for a ban on assault-style rifles. Last week's massacre, the second-deadliest shooting at

Judge says IMDb can show Hollywood actors
Judge says IMDb can show Hollywood actors' ages under First Amendment
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  • 2018-02-21 00:28:17Z

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said the law violated the First Amendment rights of IMDb, a unit of Amazon.com Inc that challenged the law, by singling out age data for special treatment, despite being intended to serve the compelling interest of curbing age discrimination in Hollywood. The law was passed in 2016.

Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children
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  • 2018-02-20 22:26:39Z

A New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause. The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, is seeking to represent a class of children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal agency, in New York.

Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge
Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge
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  • 2018-02-20 22:14:44Z

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller's investigators. The attorney, Alex van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of one of Russia's richest men, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to a charge of lying to the Special Counsel's office. The case involves work that van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, performed in 2012 about Ukraine for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, senior officials in Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

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