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New York police responding to reports of explosion: police tweet
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  • 2017-12-11 12:54:59Z

The New York Police Department was responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin on Monday morning in midtown Manhattan at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, according to the police department's official Twitter feed. The New York fire department said it was responding to an incident at the Port

Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop
Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop
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  • 2017-12-11 12:10:09Z

Gonnella Baking Co - which supplies the buns to Major League Baseball's Wrigley Field - faced an unusual problem in October when flour from this year's U.S. wheat harvest arrived at their factories containing low levels of protein. By the time the alchemy was done, Gonnella had thrown away more than $20,000 worth of substandard bread and buns, said president Ron Lucchesi. "That really was a headache," Lucchesi said.

Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire
Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire
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  • 2017-12-11 11:23:11Z

By Phoenix Tso SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline. The Thomas Fire ignited last week and is burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. "Fire will continue to threaten the communities of Carpenteria, Summerland, Montecito and surrounding areas," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire)said in a Sunday night update.

HSBC announces end to suspended sentence for Mexican cartel case
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  • 2017-12-11 10:30:16Z

HSBC on Monday said its deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice has expired, marking an end to the threat of further punishment for lapses in its anti-money laundering controls. HSBC said it has lived up to its commitments under the five-year deal signed in December 2012, under which it pledged to strengthen its sanctions and anti-money laundering controls. Europe's biggest bank entered into the five-year agreement and paid a $1.9 billion fine for failing to prevent Mexican cartels from laundering hundreds of millions of dollars through the bank.

Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical
Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical
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  • 2017-12-11 06:24:43Z

Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use. The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, could refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it on soybeans Monsanto engineered to resist the weed killer, according to company data. The United States faced an agricultural crisis this year caused by new formulations of dicamba-based herbicides, which farmers and weed experts say harmed crops because they evaporated and...

California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities
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  • 2017-12-11 02:56:17Z

By Phoenix Tso SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 800 structures scorched another 56,000 acres on Sunday, making it the fifth largest such blaze in recorded state history, as it ran toward picturesque coastal cities.But fire officials said as darkness fell that with the hot, dry Santa Ana winds not as fierce as expected, crews had been successful in building some fire lines between the flames and the towns of Montecito and Carpinteria. "This is a menacing fire, certainly, but we have a lot of people working very diligently to bring it under control," Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told an evening press conference.

Roy Moore campaign casts Alabama race as referendum on Trump
Roy Moore campaign casts Alabama race as referendum on Trump
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  • 2017-12-10 21:41:05Z

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct, appealed on Sunday to President Donald Trump's supporters, saying a vote for Moore would be a vote for Trump's agenda. In the final days before Tuesday's special election, opinion polls show a tight race between Moore, a 70-year-old conservative Christian and former state judge, and Democrat Doug Jones, a 63-year-old former U.S. attorney. Dean Young, chief political strategist for Moore, cast Jones as a liberal who would vote against Trump's priorities such as building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and cutting taxes.

Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds
Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds
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  • 2017-12-10 11:06:04Z

By Caroline Anderson VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Santa Ana winds that have stoked wildfires across Southern California, destroying hundreds of buildings and forcing evacuations of some 200,000 people are forecast to return in force on Sunday, authorities said. The Skirball Fire in Los Angeles was 75 percent contained, while the Creek and Rye Fires in Los Angeles County were 80 percent and 65 percent contained, officials said. The largest blaze, the Thomas Fire, has blackened 155,000 acres in Ventura County and was 15 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire)said in a statement on Saturday night.

California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds
California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds
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  • 2017-12-10 02:44:39Z

Firefighters across Southern California made progress on Saturday battling a slew of scattered wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week. As the dry Santa Ana winds that have fueled the blazes abated slightly, officials lifted evacuation orders for parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and crews started getting the upper hand in containing some major fires. "We're far from being out of the woods on any of them," Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), told a news briefing in Ventura.

California wildfire responders lose their own homes: 'It's sobering'
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  • 2017-12-09 23:53:58Z

By Ben Gruber VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California sheriff's Commander Dave Murray, usually the guy who helps others evacuate when wildfires rage through their communities, this week surveyed the charred ruins of his own home in a neighborhood north of Los Angeles. "You never believe that it's going to be your house, your stuff, you treasures that are going to be turned to rubble," Murray said on Friday, visibly shaken. "It's sobering." The six major wildfires that erupted throughout Southern California in the past week have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings, forced more than 200,000 people to flee and choked the air across much of the region.

Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort
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  • 2017-12-09 20:22:20Z

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children. In his weekly radio address, Trump bemoaned this week's acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate in the murder of Kate Steinle, who was shot as she walked along a San Francisco pier in 2015. Trump has highlighted the case as an example of the failure of "sanctuary cities," where local officials do not work with federal authorities to enforce immigration laws.

Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away
Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away
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  • 2017-12-09 18:28:31Z

By Jeff Mason JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations. Trump toured the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and delivered brief remarks, paying tribute to African-Americans who fought institutionalized racism, including Medgar Evers, the civil rights activist who was murdered outside his home in Jackson in 1963. "We want our country to be a place where every child from every background can grow up free from fear, innocent of hatred and surrounded by love,...

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California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes
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  • 2017-12-09 12:03:27Z

Fires that have chased almost 200,000 Californians from their homes covered the Getty's hillside location in smoke this week. Perched above the busy 405 freeway, an artery of California's traffic system, the Getty is among the most visited U.S. museums and reopened on Friday after two days closed. The Getty's design, and a plan developed with insurers eager to keep the valuable collection safe, helped shield from damage art including Edouard Manet's "Spring," for which it paid more than $65 million in 2014.

Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen
Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen
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  • 2017-12-09 10:22:49Z

Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again. Forecasters predict wind gusts to increase in intensity by Saturday night, challenging the 8,700 firefighters who have been battling the fast-moving blazes for five days from the San Diego area up the Pacific Coast to Santa Barbara County. The fires killed at least one person, destroyed 500 structures, hurt six people and injured four firefighters.

Shelter life wears on California evacuees awaiting word on homes
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  • 2017-12-09 08:36:55Z

By Alex Dobuzinskis VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California wildfire evacuee Richard Seabold once spent a month in the South Pole, so he knows something about surviving in tough conditions. Life in an emergency shelter, however, has been particularly hard, the 83-year-old said on Friday as he gripped a Styrofoam cup of coffee and sat next to his cot in a warehouse in the coastal city of Ventura. "I used to live and work at the South Pole, and it was much nicer than here," the military veteran said with a smile, wearing a cap that read "Navy Support Force Antarctica." Seabold and his 91-year-old wife, Yvonne, are among more than 200 people staying at the shelter at the Ventura County...

Court upholds conviction in
Court upholds conviction in 'Making of a Murderer' case
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  • 2017-12-09 05:37:17Z

In a 4-3 decision, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, 28, in the slaying of Teresa Halbach should stand, court documents showed. Writing for the majority, Judge David Hamilton said Dassey had spoken to police voluntarily with his mother's permission, and provided investigators with "damning details" about the killing in response to open-ended questions. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison after confessing to police that he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach, a freelance photographer, in 2005.

Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow
Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow
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  • 2017-12-09 03:19:23Z

By Alex Dobuzinskis VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes. Forecasters predicted weather would continue to challenge the 8,700 firefighters who have been battling fast-moving blazes for five days from the San Diego area up the Pacific Coast to Santa Barbara County. The fires killed at least one person, destroyed 500 structures, hurt six people and injured four firefighters.

California wildfires send film, TV productions scrambling
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  • 2017-12-09 01:33:39Z

By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Wildfires raging across Southern California are taking a toll on the region's iconic film industry, forcing producers of commercials, television shows and even student films to pause or seek alternate shooting locations. The Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday suspended permitted filming in zones near the fires as well as other areas deemed to be at severe risk of burning. Applications for filming in the Angeles National Forest were also halted this week.

Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law
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  • 2017-12-09 01:15:28Z

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), in a statement, said it filed litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California challenging a state law requiring drug manufacturers to give notice and a justification for price increases of certain drugs. The law, Senate Bill 17, was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown in October and is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2019. The law requires drug manufacturers to give 60 days notice if prices rise more than 16 percent over a two-year period.

Golf: Former European Ryder Cup player Horton dies, aged 76
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  • 2017-12-09 01:08:28Z

(Reuters) - Tommy Horton, a two-times Ryder Cup player and a stalwart of the European Tour, has died at the age of 76. Horton died in hospital shortly after falling ill on Thursday, the European Tour said on Friday. The Briton won four times on the European Tour and represented Great Britain and Ireland

Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen
Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen
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  • 2017-12-09 00:32:49Z

A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years. John Feit, a visiting priest in McAllen, Texas, when the second-grade teacher came to him for confession during Holy Week in 1960, was convicted on Thursday of premeditated murder in the death of Irene Garza, then 25.

U.S. top court blocks release of Trump
U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents
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  • 2017-12-09 00:09:03Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed "Dreamers" brought into the country illegally as children. The justices put on hold an order by a federal judge in San Francisco for the administration to turn over the internal documents as part of several lawsuits he is overseeing, including one led by California's Democratic attorney general, challenging the legality of Trump's September decision. The court's action will remain in effect until the justices decide whether to...

U.S. top court blocks release of Trump
U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents
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  • 2017-12-08 23:51:42Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed "Dreamers" brought into the country illegally as children. The justices put on hold an order by a federal judge in San Francisco for the administration to turn over the internal documents as part of several lawsuits he is overseeing, including one led by California's Democratic attorney general, challenging the legality of Trump's September decision. The court's action will remain in effect until the justices decide whether to...

Boston Herald files for bankruptcy protection to pursue sale
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  • 2017-12-08 23:15:58Z

The parent company of the Boston Herald filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and will look to sell the newspaper to Gatehouse Media LLC, a move that underscores the hard times facing traditional print journalism. Publisher and owner Patrick Purcell broke the news personally to the newspaper's staff and said in a letter to employees that a court-supervised sale was the best option for the Boston Herald, which traces its roots to 1846, to stay in business. "All I ever wanted to do was keep the Boston Herald alive," Purcell said in the letter, according to the newspaper's report of the sale and the bankruptcy filing.

New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBI
New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBI
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  • 2017-12-08 23:13:03Z

A gunman who killed two students at a New Mexico high school and then took his own life was a former student who was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last year after he asked online about buying weapons for a mass shooting, officials said on Friday. Authorities identified the shooter in Thursday's attack as 21-year-old William Atchison, who worked at a gas station in Aztec, New Mexico, and was an enthusiast of active shooter gaming websites. Atchison disguised himself as a student, entered the school as students got off buses, and was in a bathroom preparing for the shooting when Francisco Fernandez, a pupil at the school known for his computer skills, entered...

U.S. top court takes up Republican challenge to Maryland electoral district
U.S. top court takes up Republican challenge to Maryland electoral district
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  • 2017-12-08 22:26:20Z

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday added a second case to its docket on a contentious issue that could have major consequences for American elections, agreeing to decide whether Democratic lawmakers in Maryland unlawfully drew a congressional district in a way that would prevent a Republican candidate from winning. The court's agreement to take up an appeal by Republican voters in Maryland regarding the U.S. House of Representatives district came two months after the justices heard arguments in a high-profile challenge by Democratic voters to Republican-drawn state legislative districts in Wisconsin.

Delta Air Lines cancels hundreds of flights due to winter storm
Delta Air Lines cancels hundreds of flights due to winter storm
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  • 2017-12-08 22:10:37Z

Delta Air Lines has canceled more than 600 flights due to inclement weather at its Atlanta hub, the carrier said on Friday, as a winter storm travels towards the northeast, threatening more cancellations and delays. The Atlanta-based airline said a wintry mix was to blame for lengthy delays on de-icing planes. By Friday evening, the carrier had canceled 625 flights from Atlanta.

N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism
N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism
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  • 2017-12-08 21:47:28Z

Christie said at a press conference on Wednesday that he would like to see nuclear power plants continue to operate. "I think having nuclear power in the state is an important thing to have and I think it's important for our energy security to have it and I think it's a positive thing from an environmental

Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky
Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's son sentenced for child sex crimes
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  • 2017-12-08 20:08:36Z

Jeffrey Sandusky, 42, pleaded guilty in September to soliciting two teenage sisters for sex, according to Pennsylvania prosecutors. Centre County Court of Common Pleas Judge Pamela Ruest sentenced Sandusky to three-and-a-half to seven years in prison followed by one year of probation, district court administrator Kendra Miknis said in an email. Sandusky's lawyer, Lance Marshall, declined to comment on the sentence, but he said that his client is currently being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility and will be moved to the State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

U.S. has begun fully implementing Trump travel ban: State Dept.
U.S. has begun fully implementing Trump travel ban: State Dept.
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  • 2017-12-08 17:10:39Z

The U.S. State Department said it began fully implementing President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries on Friday, four days after the Supreme Court ruled the order could be enforced while legal appeals continue. Trump's order, which calls for "enhancing vetting capabilities" at U.S. embassies and consulates overseas, directs the departments of State and Homeland Security to restrict the entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries - Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen - as well as from Venezuela and North Korea.

Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires
Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires
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  • 2017-12-08 16:26:44Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in California due to raging wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of structures and forced thousands from their homes. In declaring the emergency, Trump ordered the release of federal assistance to bolster the local response to the wildfires in Southern California, the White House said in a statement. (Reporting by Maria Caspani; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

NYC mother seeks millions from city after child
NYC mother seeks millions from city after child's lead poisoning
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  • 2017-12-08 15:12:06Z

A Brooklyn mother is seeking millions from the city after her toddler was poisoned while living in a lead-infested apartment, the latest charge that New York has failed to protect children from the toxin. Natalia Rollins, a 25-year-old mother of two, informed the city this week of her intent to sue and filed a separate lawsuit in Brooklyn's Kings County Supreme Court against her landlord and property managers, filings show. Rollins complained about the apartment's conditions, she said - but the full scope of lead hazards, including toxic peeling paint around Noah's crib, wasn't detected until after his September lead poisoning diagnosis, when city health officials swooped in to document...

Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests
Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests
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  • 2017-12-08 14:02:36Z

NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic. The six-time NBA champion said protests in the NFL, where players have sat, knelt or locked arms during the pre-game playing of the national anthem, were creating a useful dialogue around long-neglected issue of race. "I think it's going in a good direction," said Abdul-Jabbar, who has been a political activist since his college days and is currently raising awareness about the fight against cancer.

Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California
Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California
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  • 2017-12-08 12:36:04Z

By Ben Gruber and Mike Blake FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days. More than 5,700 firefighters from across California and the region worked to stop the spread of six large wildfires and other smaller blazes that have erupted since Monday, from Los Angeles up the Pacific coast to Santa Barbara County, and stoked by fierce westward Santa Ana winds. Firefighters and helicopters sprayed and dumped water and fire retardant on the inferno, against a...

Trump lifts refugee ban, but admissions still plummet, data shows
Trump lifts refugee ban, but admissions still plummet, data shows
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  • 2017-12-08 11:06:14Z

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In late October, President Donald Trump lifted a temporary ban on most refugee admissions, a move that should have cleared the way for more people fleeing persecution and violence to come to the United States. In the five weeks after the ban was lifted, 40 percent fewer people were allowed in than in the last five weeks it was in place, according to a Reuters analysis of State Department data. As he lifted the ban, Trump instituted new rules for tougher vetting of applicants and also effectively halted, at least for now, the entry of refugees from 11 countries deemed as high risk.

Fugitive, convicted of $100 million Ponzi scheme, escapes from prison
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  • 2017-12-08 10:53:04Z

Frederick Darren Berg, 55, on Wednesday walked out of the U.S. Penitentiary Atwater Satellite Prison Camp, where he was serving a 18-year sentence for what is considered the state of Washington's biggest Ponzi scheme, the Seattle Times reported, citing the U.S. Marshals Service. Berg pleaded guilty in a Seattle federal court in 2012 to defrauding more than 800 investors of more than $100 million through a series of funds for real estate investments he ran for about a decade.

Exclusive: U.S. spy chief orders changes in
Exclusive: U.S. spy chief orders changes in 'unmasking' policy
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  • 2017-12-08 10:14:23Z

By Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official has ordered tighter restrictions on how the names of Americans kept secret in intelligence reports can be revealed during presidential transitions, according to documents seen by Reuters. The move follows unsubstantiated charges by President Donald Trump and his allies that his predecessor's administration spied on Trump and improperly "unmasked" the identities of his associates during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition. Current and former senior U.S. intelligence officials who have reviewed the documentation dispute those claims by the president.

U.S. Department of Justice seeks documents on fetal tissue transfers
U.S. Department of Justice seeks documents on fetal tissue transfers
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  • 2017-12-08 05:23:22Z

The Department of Justice's investigation will likely revive the controversy over fetal tissue transfers, which was sparked by videos released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress in 2015. The activist group said the videos showed Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for fetal tissues collected from abortions.

Just subtract water - how a dry spell allowed winds to lash California with flames
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  • 2017-12-08 03:01:52Z

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds will likely whip up the unseasonably fierce wildfires ravaging Southern California on Thursday, forecasters said. The gales have come at the worst time, at the end of a long dry spell. The combination of savage Santa Anas and tinder-dry

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Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage
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  • 2017-12-08 03:01:52Z

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, with a new blaze north of San Diego exploding in size in just a few hours and dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday. Flames hopscotched over highways

Civil rights pioneer to eschew museum opening after Trump says will attend
Civil rights pioneer to eschew museum opening after Trump says will attend
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  • 2017-12-08 02:15:31Z

"President Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum," Lewis said in a statement. Trump said earlier this week that he would attend the opening of the museum in Jackson, the state capital.

Indiana police officer reinstated after 'white male privilege' remark
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  • 2017-12-08 00:23:08Z

Plainfield police Captain Carri Weber, placed on leave following an incident posted online that drew national press attention, was issued a reprimand but returned to her duties by the city's board of police commissioners, city officials said. The suspension stemmed from a Nov. 1 Plainfield police diversity training seminar, a video of which was obtained by local media and posted online.

Two students, gunman dead in New Mexico school shooting
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  • 2017-12-08 00:14:13Z

The suspect was male, San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christensen told a news conference, but neither his name nor the names of the two students killed was released. The suspected shooter was a student at Aztec High School, the Farmington Daily Times reported, although state and local law officials declined to confirm that. Christensen and New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas also declined to say whether the suspect shot himself to death or was killed by officers from the Aztec Police Department.

Connecticut infrastructure funding in question: state report
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  • 2017-12-07 23:08:43Z

Connecticut's infrastructure projects are in jeopardy after revenue that helps pay off the state's transportation debt has decreased and additional funding sources have not yet been identified, according to a report released on Thursday. Revenue that supports the state's Special Transportation Fund (STF), a debt-servicing entity, has declined in the past few years, with the fund projected to operate at a deficit by fiscal 2020, said the report by the state's Office of Policy and Management and the Department of Transportation. As a result, transportation projects throughout the state could risk cancellation or deferral if measures are not taken to fund the STF, the report said.

U.S. to deport Ohio man charged with hiding role in Bosnian massacre
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  • 2017-12-07 22:48:02Z

The U.S. government last year accused Oliver Dragic, of Akron, Ohio, of failing to disclose that he served in a special unit in Bosnia and fraudulently gaining entry to the United States as a refugee in 1998, claiming to be a victim of the war. Dragic, 42, is the latest of several men in northern Ohio who prosecutors have charged in recent years with concealing their involvement in the Bosnian war to enter the United States.

Gold trader Zarrab says he was threatened in jail for cooperating with U.S.
Gold trader Zarrab says he was threatened in jail for cooperating with U.S.
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  • 2017-12-07 22:01:35Z

A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a criminal trial involving sanctions against Iran said on Thursday that he was removed from a New York federal jail after another inmate threatened to kill him for cooperating with authorities. "He said that he had received instructions to kill because I was cooperating," the trader Reza Zarrab told jurors in a Manhattan courtroom. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

U.S. delays rule on methane emissions from federal lands
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  • 2017-12-07 21:32:01Z

The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands, it said on Thursday, a move slammed by environmentalists. The Bureau of Land Management, an office of the Department of Interior, will officially suspend the rule on Friday to "avoid imposing likely considerable and immediate compliance costs on operators for requirements that may be rescinded or significantly revised in the near future," it said in a document to be published on Friday. Energy companies say the rule, finalized at the end of the Obama administration, could cost them tens of thousands of dollars per well,...

U.S. Justice Department taps prosecutor to oversee asset forfeiture program
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  • 2017-12-07 19:33:27Z

The U.S. Justice Department has tapped a North Carolina-based prosecutor for a new role designed to provide more checks and balances to its civil asset forfeiture program, following criticism of its abuse by the police. Corey Ellis, the first assistant U.S. attorney of the Western District of North Carolina, will serve as director of asset forfeiture accountability starting in January, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement on Thursday.

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon denies harassment claim
Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon denies harassment claim
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  • 2017-12-07 18:51:36Z

Professional football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon denied accusations of sexual harassment by a woman who was an executive assistant to the former National Football League player at the sports marketing firm he co-founded. According to the lawsuit filed Monday in Superior Court in Orange County, California, Moon required Wendy Haskell to share his bed during business trips, wear lingerie and made unwanted sexual advances while she worked as his executive assistant at Sports 1 Marketing. "Warren Moon has yet to be served with the lawsuit filed by Wendy Haskell, but he is aware of the claims contained in it.

Low water halts shipping on Ohio River near Paducah, Ky.: U.S.Army Corps
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  • 2017-12-07 18:36:35Z

* Shipping expected to remain halted through at least this weekend, an Army Corps spokeswoman said. * A queue of 32 barge tows waiting to pass through the area as of midday on Thursday, Army Corps data showed.

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