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Number of U.S. hate groups hits all-time high, watchdog says
Number of U.S. hate groups hits all-time high, watchdog says
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  • 2019-02-20 16:58:56Z

The SPLC, which has tracked hate groups since 1971, found there were 1,020 operating in the United States last year, breaking the 1,018 record set in 2011. The group's annual report on hate activities blamed the rise in part on Republican President Donald Trump, whose administration has focused on reducing illegal and legal immigration into the United States. "The numbers tell a striking story - that this president is not simply a polarizing figure but a radicalizing one," said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project, which released the new numbers.

U.S. high court buttresses constitutional ban on
U.S. high court buttresses constitutional ban on 'excessive fines'
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  • 2019-02-20 15:40:13Z

The nine justices ruled unanimously in favor of an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs who argued that police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, back on the bench for a second straight day after undergoing lung cancer surgery in December, wrote the court's opinion, which clarified the applicability of the "excessive fines" prohibition contained in the Constitution's Eighth Amendment. "For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history.

North Carolina hearing on alleged election fraud enters third day
North Carolina hearing on alleged election fraud enters third day
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  • 2019-02-20 13:47:45Z

The probe into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat has uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. The seat has remained vacant since state officials refused to certify Harris' apparent victory over Democratic rival Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 282,717 ballots cast. Andy Yates, founder and partner of consultancy Red Dome Group, testified on Tuesday he paid Dowless more than $130,000 for his work for the Harris campaign.

Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Justice Dept. No. 2: senior official
Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Justice Dept. No. 2: senior official
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  • 2019-02-20 12:52:17Z

By Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy U.S. attorney general, the White House said on Tuesday night, the latest shuffle in the Justice Department at a time when it faces close scrutiny over its Russia investigation. Rosen, currently deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, would succeed Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. ...

Schools shut, flights canceled as storm sweeps U.S. Midwest, East Coast
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  • 2019-02-20 12:49:28Z

The National Weather Service warned the storm could make travel very difficult, with snow, sleet and freezing rain potentially causing downed branches and power outages. The storm reached from northern Minnesota down through Missouri and east into the Mid-Atlantic region and could bring as much as 6

West Virginia teacher strike heads into second day in charter schools fight
West Virginia teacher strike heads into second day in charter schools fight
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  • 2019-02-20 12:42:30Z

Union leaders vowed to continue the strike after the House of Delegates voted 53-45 to effectively kill legislation opposed by the union that would have opened the first charter schools in the state. Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, vowed to veto it. As a result, West Virginia teachers on Wednesday will converge on the State Capitol building in Charleston for "one more day to make sure there are no legislative antics," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Fred Albert, president of the labor group's state chapter, said in a statement.

Colorado man beat fiancé to death with bat, burned body: police
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  • 2019-02-20 05:06:41Z

A Colorado man accused of murdering his fiancé last November beat the young mother to death with a baseball bat before burning her body, a homicide investigator told a hearing on Tuesday, a court official said. The gruesome details emerged at a day-long preliminary hearing in Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek, Colorado, to decide if there was probable cause to try Patrick Frazee for the disappearance and slaying of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. Gregg Slater, an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, testified that Frazee blindfolded Berreth and beat her to death by hitting her on the head with a baseball bat, Jon Sarche, a public information officer with the Colorado...

West Virginia teachers to continue strike, in charter schools fight
West Virginia teachers to continue strike, in charter schools fight
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  • 2019-02-20 04:22:18Z

A bill that would have opened the first charter schools in West Virginia failed to win approval in the state House of Delegates on Tuesday after Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, vowed to veto it. Union leaders vowed to continue the strike on Wednesday after the House of Delegates voted 53-45 to effectively kill the legislation. Teachers would converge on the State Capitol building in Charleston for "one more day to make sure there are no legislative antics," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Fred Albert, president of the labor group's state chapter, said in a statement.

Pressure mounts on Alabama publisher after he urges KKK to 'ride again'
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  • 2019-02-20 01:59:14Z

The widespread rebuke of the editorial published last week by The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, a town in western Alabama with a population of about 2,000, came after a student journalist tweeted an image of the piece on Monday, calling attention to its language. The Ku Klux Klan was a white supremacist group that terrorized blacks in the U.S. South and later targeted other minority groups, following the Civil War and the emancipation of African-American slaves. "The rhetoric displayed by the Democrat-Reporter is disturbing, disgusting, and entirely unacceptable," U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration
Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration
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  • 2019-02-20 00:40:37Z

President Donald Trump expressed confidence on Tuesday that he would prevail against a lawsuit filed by 16 U.S. states seeking to block his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfill a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs. Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the states' legal challenge.

Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million
Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million
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  • 2019-02-20 00:38:54Z

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages, the amount that Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and the world's richest person, paid for the Post in 2013.

U.S. seeks return of $2.5 billion California high-speed rail funds
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  • 2019-02-20 00:10:13Z

California Governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state will dramatically scale back a planned $77.3 billion high-speed rail project that has faced cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but will finish a smaller section of the line. The Transportation Department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter it wanted to halt funding because the state had "failed to make reasonable progress." It cited Newsom's announcement to scale back the project. Newsom's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mississippi man died after beating by sheriff's officers, lawsuit says
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  • 2019-02-20 00:07:04Z

"Later that day, prison guards of the Madison County Detention Center essentially administered the death penalty to Mr. Hill using excessive force, handcuffs and pepper spray," the complaint said. The suit, filed by Hill's mother, Betty Hill, seeks unspecified damages. Betty Hill's lawyers said that in the months that followed her son's death two more inmates died in custody at the jail run by Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker.

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results
North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results
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  • 2019-02-20 00:01:54Z

North Carolina poll workers told election officials on Tuesday they illegally viewed early election results last year, the latest evidence in a probe of voting irregularities in a still unsettled congressional race. The investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. The seat has remained vacant since state officials refused to certify Harris' apparent victory over Democratic rival Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 282,717 ballots cast.

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration
Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration
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  • 2019-02-19 23:42:06Z

The group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfill a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs. The White House declined to comment on the filing late on Monday, but Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the legal challenges. "I think, in the end, we're going to be very successful with the lawsuit," Trump said.

U.S. seeks return of $2.5 billion California high-speed rail funds
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  • 2019-02-19 23:19:46Z

California Governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state will dramatically scale back a planned $77.3 billion high-speed rail project that has faced cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but will finish a smaller section of the line. The Transportation Department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter it wanted to halt funding because the state had "failed to make reasonable progress." It cited Newsom's announcement to scale back the project. Newsom's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million
Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million
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  • 2019-02-19 22:47:27Z

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages - saying that was the amount Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and the world's richest person, paid for the Post in 2013.

North Carolina poll workers admit they improperly ran early voting results
North Carolina poll workers admit they improperly ran early voting results
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  • 2019-02-19 21:44:10Z

The investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful and well-funded absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, a State Board of Elections official said on Monday, the first day of the hearing in Raleigh, the state capital. On Tuesday, in the latest admission of improprieties, poll worker Agnes Willis told the board she and other poll workers viewed results of the Bladen County sheriff's race before the general election. North Carolina law prohibits running voting results before the general election.

Trump signs directive in move to create a U.S. Space Force
Trump signs directive in move to create a U.S. Space Force
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  • 2019-02-19 20:38:54Z

Trump signed Space Policy Directive 4, which puts in place the foundation for a legislative initiative that could establish a Space Force as a new military service comparable to the U.S. Marines. In an oval office signing ceremony, Trump said the Space Force is a national security priority. The memo directs the Department of Defense "to marshal its space resources to deter and counter threats in space," through the establishment of Space Force that would be part of the Air Force, according to a draft seen by Reuters.

Key White House deputy press secretary to leave for private sector
Key White House deputy press secretary to leave for private sector
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  • 2019-02-19 20:22:06Z

Lindsay Walters, one of the original communications officials in U.S. President Donald Trump's White House, plans to resign soon to join the private sector, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Tuesday. Walters, a former Republican National Committee aide who has been a deputy White House press secretary since Trump's presidency began, is going to be vice president for U.S. public policy at Edelman, a global communications firm.

West Virginia teachers strike again, this time over charter schools
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  • 2019-02-19 16:55:52Z

Schools in 54 out of 55 counties were closed on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Education, which oversees more than 700 public schools that serve about 277,000 students. The strike followed state Senate passage of a bill that would allow the creation of up to seven charter schools, a move that proved controversial even within the West Virginia legislature, where both chambers are controlled by Republicans. Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, called the proposal "a monstrous mistake," telling West Virginia's MetroNews network that he would veto the Senate version if it got to his desk.

U.S. top court rejects bid to block Indivior opioid drug copycat
U.S. top court rejects bid to block Indivior opioid drug copycat
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  • 2019-02-19 16:36:47Z

Chief Justice John Roberts, in a brief order, denied Indivior's request to put on hold a lower court's ruling that had opened the door to cheaper generic versions of Suboxone while the company prepares an appeal to the high court. The United States faces an opioid abuse epidemic that President Donald Trump has declared a public health emergency. Suboxone Film, which absorbs into the body by dissolving under a patient's tongue or along the cheek, can be used to treat addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers.

Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram posts
Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram posts
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  • 2019-02-19 16:02:06Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roger Stone, a former adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, was ordered to appear in court this week over Instagram posts that appeared to threaten the judge presiding over his criminal trial. U.S. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone would need to show cause at a hearing on Thursday as to why the posts did not violate a gag order in the case or the conditions of his release. ...

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs defamation suit against Cosby
U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs defamation suit against Cosby
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  • 2019-02-19 15:50:45Z

The justices turned away an appeal by Kathrine McKee, an actress and former Las Vegas showgirl, of a lower court ruling in Massachusetts that threw out her lawsuit. In doing so, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a separate opinion calling for the court to reconsider a major 1964 Supreme Court precedent that made it harder for public figures to bring defamation claims. Thomas called the 1964 ruling in the case called New York Times v. Sullivan and other related precedents "policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law." Thomas' views appear aligned with President Donald Trump.

U.S. top court rejects ex-congressman
U.S. top court rejects ex-congressman's appeal in spending scandal
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  • 2019-02-19 15:50:26Z

The justices declined to hear Schock's appeal of a lower court's refusal to throw out an indictment against the 37-year-old former lawmaker from Illinois after he argued the charges violated U.S. constitutional protections for members of Congress.

U.S. top court takes case that could limit water pollution law
U.S. top court takes case that could limit water pollution law
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  • 2019-02-19 15:44:59Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider limiting the scope of a landmark law aimed at curbing water pollution in a dispute pitting environmentalists against local authorities in Hawaii over a wastewater treatment plant. The justices agreed to hear an appeal by Maui County of a lower court ruling last year siding with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund in its 2012 lawsuit accusing local officials of violating the 1972 Clean Water Act. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that a Clean Water Act program requiring property owners responsible for polluted water discharged from pipes, drains or other "point sources" to obtain federal permits should apply to...

U.S. top court rejects Maryland bid to revive drug price-gouging law
U.S. top court rejects Maryland bid to revive drug price-gouging law
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  • 2019-02-19 15:27:13Z

The justices declined to take up Maryland's appeal of a 2018 federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's law, That ruling held that Maryland had regulated wholesale pricing by the companies in violation of the U.S. Constitution's bar on state-level regulation of interstate commerce. The Association for Accessible Medicines, a trade group representing generic drug manufacturers such as Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Mylan NV, filed the legal challenge against the anti-price gouging law. Maryland enacted the measure in 2017 after a series of high-profile price hikes by drugmakers including a 2015 increase by Turing Pharmaceuticals of its anti-parasitic drug Daraprim...

U.S. Supreme Court rules for Texas death row inmate for second time
U.S. Supreme Court rules for Texas death row inmate for second time
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  • 2019-02-19 14:55:12Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday for a second time ruled in favor of a black death row inmate from Texas whose lawyers have said is intellectually disabled and therefore exempt from capital punishment. The high court ruled 6-3 that a Texas appeals court in June 2018 did not consider the case in the correct manner when the matter returned to it following the justices' first intervention in 2017. Bobby Moore, 59, was convicted at age 20 of fatally shooting an elderly grocery store clerk during a 1980 robbery in Houston.

Mexican national dies in U.S. Border Patrol custody
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  • 2019-02-19 13:26:47Z

The man, who was not identified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was taken into custody Feb. 2 in Texas near the Roma Port of Entry on suspicion of "illegal entry," officials said in a statement on Monday. In December, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody.

Sixteen rescued from SeaWorld ride hanging over a California bay
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  • 2019-02-19 07:49:04Z

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFR) crews lowered the park guests one-at-a-time with ropes and harnesses into boats in Mission Bay and they were assessed by emergency medical workers waiting on the dock, the SDFR said on twitter. "All 16 persons trapped in the gondolas ride are safe and on the ground," SDFR posted online late on Monday.

Former Trump adviser Stone apologizes to judge after photo post
Former Trump adviser Stone apologizes to judge after photo post
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  • 2019-02-19 04:09:35Z

President Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone apologized on Monday after posting on Instagram a photo of the judge overseeing his trial for allegedly making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. The photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, which included a symbol that appeared to represent crosshairs, was later taken down.

U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds
U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds
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  • 2019-02-19 03:51:07Z

A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise. Trump's order would allow him to spend on the wall money that Congress appropriated for other purposes.

Leader of U.S. anti-harassment group Time's Up resigns
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  • 2019-02-19 03:40:28Z

"It is with deep regret that I must resign from Time's Up to address family concerns that require my singular focus," Lisa Borders said in a statement. Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim chief executive while Time's Up searches for a replacement, the group said. It shot to prominence during the televised Academy Awards ceremony in March 2018 when celebrities wore Time's Up pins and awards presenters promoted the cause.

U.S. FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ
U.S. FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ
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  • 2019-02-19 00:26:00Z

A company spokeswoman said there was an open Letter of Investigation (LOI), which is a common mechanism for the FAA to document and share safety interests or concerns with an airline. The airline has not been issued fines and faces no enforcement action regarding its weight and balance program, Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said. "In this case, the LOI addresses an issue that Southwest voluntarily reported to the FAA last year and since that time, Southwest has implemented controls to address weight and balance program concerns, and shared those measures with the FAA," King said.

Exclusive: Air Force to push Congress for military housing tenant bill of rights
Exclusive: Air Force to push Congress for military housing tenant bill of rights
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  • 2019-02-18 21:56:01Z

The proposed measure, outlined in an interview at the Pentagon by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff David L. Goldfein, follows complaints from military families who say they are often powerless to challenge private industry landlords when they encounter dangerous mold, lead paint and vermin infestations. Added Secretary Wilson: "That could put a little more leverage into the hands of the renters." The Air Force push adds to a drumbeat of reforms to emerge in recent weeks following a Reuters series, Ambushed at Home, that documented shoddy housing conditions at bases nationwide and described how military families are often empowered with fewer rights than...

FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ
FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ
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  • 2019-02-18 18:03:24Z

The airline has not been issued fines and faces no enforcement action regarding its weight and balance program, Southwest spokesman Brandy King said. "In this case, the LOI addresses an issue that Southwest voluntarily reported to the FAA last year and since that time, Southwest has implemented controls to address weight and balance program concerns, and shared those measures with the FAA," King said.

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Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir by former official: NPR
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  • 2019-02-18 11:37:20Z

Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the "relentless attack" he said U.S. President Donald Trump has launched against the agency, according to released excerpts of an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, to be aired early Monday. "I think the FBI has been under a relentless attack in the last two years," said McCabe, who is promoting his new memoir, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terrorism and Trump." Trump's attack is one of the reasons he wrote his book, he said in a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from his own firing, the probe into Russia's alleged role in the 2016 presidential election, and FBI morale.

Critics urge Presidents Day protests against Trump
Critics urge Presidents Day protests against Trump's emergency declaration
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  • 2019-02-18 11:06:48Z

Activists called for nationwide protests on Monday's Presidents Day holiday to demonstrate against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Organizers of the demonstrations, the nonprofit advocacy group MoveOn.org, said they would be held throughout the day in towns and cities including Washington, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It called Trump's declaration an abuse of power and usurpation of Congress.

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with
Chicago police seek follow-up interview with 'Empire' actor
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  • 2019-02-17 22:08:46Z

Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett's report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday. According to Smollett's account

Alabama jury awards $152 million in Ford Explorer rollover case
Alabama jury awards $152 million in Ford Explorer rollover case
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  • 2019-02-17 20:41:08Z

The jury awarded $100 million in punitive damages and the rest in compensatory damages after finding on Friday that the 1998 Ford Explorer did not meet Ford's own safety guidelines and that Ford "acted wantonly" in designing the vehicle, according to a court document seen by Reuters and lawyers for plaintiff Travaris "Tre" Smith. Ford said it plans to appeal.

Ex-congressman Weiner released from prison after sexting scandal
Ex-congressman Weiner released from prison after sexting scandal
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  • 2019-02-17 19:25:16Z

Weiner, 54, has been released from the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, and is under the supervision of a residential re-entry management office in Brooklyn, according to prison records. The seven-term congressman who ran unsuccessfully several times for New York City mayor will be free on May 14, records show, about three months earlier than his 21-month sentence. The FBI discovered a trove of emails belonging to his then-wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, on Weiner's laptop.

California tells Trump that lawsuit over border wall is
California tells Trump that lawsuit over border wall is 'imminent'
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  • 2019-02-17 16:55:32Z

California will "imminently" challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday. "Definitely and imminently," Becerra told ABC's "This Week" program when asked whether and when California would sue the Trump administration in federal court. Trump invoked the emergency powers on Friday under a 1976 law after Congress rebuffed his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall that was a signature 2016 campaign promise.

Illinois factory gunman obtained firearm permit despite felony conviction
Illinois factory gunman obtained firearm permit despite felony conviction
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  • 2019-02-17 01:12:50Z

Gary Martin, 45, who carried his pistol to work on Friday apparently suspecting he faced dismissal from his job, opened fire after being told of his termination in a meeting at the Henry Pratt Company plant in Aurora, Illinois, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago, police said. The dead included the plant manager, a human resources supervisor, a human resources intern and two other workers. A sixth employee and five police officers responding to the scene were wounded, and the gunman himself was slain about 90 minutes later in a gunfight with police who stormed the building.

College intern on first day among Illinois factory shooting victims
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  • 2019-02-17 00:22:04Z

Trevor Wehner was working his first day as a human resources intern at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, when a worker who had just been fired killed him and four of his colleagues. Friday's shooting rampage at the water distribution products factory and warehouse west of Chicago also killed the plant's manager and its head of human resources. Wehner, 21, from the village of Sheridan, Illinois, was on track to graduate in May from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a degree in human resource management, the school said.

U.S. military not decided yet on necessity of border wall
U.S. military not decided yet on necessity of border wall
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  • 2019-02-16 23:08:24Z

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval. By declaring a national emergency, Trump can use certain Department of Defense funding to build the wall.

Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis' younger sister, dies at 85
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  • 2019-02-16 21:42:10Z

CBS News, citing family friend Mathilde Favier, the public relations director for Christian Dior, said Radziwill died on Friday. Women's Wear Daily had first reported the death on its website, saying it occurred at Radziwill's New York City home. Radziwill's world was inhabited by doyennes of high society, artistic celebrities, fashion moguls and wealthy, prominent husbands - including one whose royal status made her a real-life princess.

College intern on first day among Illinois factory shooting victims
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  • 2019-02-16 21:37:58Z

Friday's shooting rampage at the water distribution products factory and warehouse west of Chicago also killed the plant's manager and its head of human resources. Wehner, 21, from the village of Sheridan, Illinois, was on track to graduate in May from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a degree in human resource management, the school said. "Our little town of Sheridan is rocked to its very core! ... RIP Trevor Wehner.

Gunman in Aurora, Illinois, shooting described as 'loner'
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  • 2019-02-16 20:52:41Z

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said Martin shot six fellow employees, five of them fatally, at the sprawling warehouse where he had worked for 15 years, and wounded five police officers before he was slain by police 90 minutes later. Jeremy Sherman, a neighbor of Martin's at Acorn Woods Condominium Complex in Aurora, about 40 miles west of Chicago, told Newsweek's Daily Beast website that Martin could often be found outside playing with his remote-control toy cars and drones. "He kept to himself a lot, and he was always on his porch," he told the Daily Beast.

Illinois factory gunman killed victims after being fired
Illinois factory gunman killed victims after being fired
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  • 2019-02-16 18:03:30Z

Gary Martin, 45, armed himself with a .40 caliber handgun, which he owned illegally, before reporting for a meeting where he was told he was fired, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told a news conference. Most of the workers killed in the shooting on Friday at the Henry Pratt Company plant, 40 miles (65 km) west of Chicago, were in the room where Martin was terminated, Ziman said. Five police officers were wounded by gunfire before Martin was killed in a shootout with police.

Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes
Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes
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  • 2019-02-16 15:27:15Z

Pope Francis has decided that the ruling, which followed an appeal by McCarrick, a power-broker as Archbishop of Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2006, was now final. A Vatican statement said his crimes were made more serious by "the aggravating factor of the abuse of power". The 88-year-old, who in July became the first Roman Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the title of cardinal, has now become the highest profile church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.

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