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Houston-area woman charged with mailing explosives to Obama, Texas governor
Houston-area woman charged with mailing explosives to Obama, Texas governor
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  • 2017-11-24 11:05:08Z

Julia Poff, 46, was ordered held in jail last week ahead of trial after she was indicted on charges of mailing packages last year that were designed to kill, transporting explosives and other criminal counts, court documents showed. "Poff presents a real safety risk to witnesses and others in the community," U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy wrote in a five-page order outlining the case. Poff, who was charged earlier this month and pleaded not guilty last week, reached out to the Houston Chronicle to defend herself, the newspaper reported on its website on Thursday.

Japan's Osaka to snap sister city link with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue
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  • 2017-11-24 09:26:45Z

The mayor of Japan's western city of Osaka plans to cut ties with U.S. sister city San Francisco after the latter accepted the donation of a "comfort women" statue from a private group there. The issue of "comfort women", as those forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels were euphemistically known, has long embittered the ties of neighbors, such as China and South Korea, with Japan.

Texas state trooper killed in traffic stop, suspect on the run
Texas state trooper killed in traffic stop, suspect on the run
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  • 2017-11-24 04:02:14Z

The shooting took place in Fairfield, about 90 miles (145 km) south of Dallas, and the suspect was later spotted in Waller County, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Houston. Waller County sheriff's deputies appeared to have him surrounded near Prairie View, according to radio dispatch chatter. "The suspect drove into Waller County, located by a Waller County Deputy, shots have been fired in the area of Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel.

U.S. online sales surge, shoppers throng stores on Thanksgiving evening
U.S. online sales surge, shoppers throng stores on Thanksgiving evening
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  • 2017-11-24 03:08:46Z

At the start of the holiday season consumer spending rose 16.8 percent year-over-year until 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracked 80 percent of online transactions at the top 100 U.S. retailers. Surging online sales and a shift away from store shopping have thinned the crowds

Houston-area woman charged with mailing explosives to Obama, Texas governor
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  • 2017-11-23 23:04:02Z

Julia Poff, 46, was ordered held in jail last week ahead of trial after she was indicted on charges of mailing packages last year that were designed to kill, transporting explosives and other criminal counts, court documents showed. "Poff presents a real safety risk to witnesses and others in the community," U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy wrote in a five-page order outlining the case. Poff, who was charged earlier this month and pleaded not guilty last week, reached out to the Houston Chronicle to defend herself, the newspaper reported on its website on Thursday.

U.S. asks Venezuela for access to detained Citgo executives
U.S. asks Venezuela for access to detained Citgo executives
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  • 2017-11-23 22:24:50Z

Washington has asked the government of leftist Nicolas Maduro for access to Venezuelan-American executives of U.S.-based refiner Citgo detained in Caracas this week, a State Department official said on Thursday. Five of six Citgo [PDVSAC.UL] executives arrested on graft allegations are U.S. citizens, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. All six men are being held in the headquarters of Venezuela's military counterintelligence department in Caracas, the country's state prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.

Investigators find no conspiracy in murder of Baltimore detective: police
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  • 2017-11-23 06:28:28Z

(Reuters) - Investigators in Baltimore have found no conspiracy behind the shooting death of a homicide detective killed the day before he had been set to testify against fellow officers accused of graft, the city's police commissioner said on Wednesday.

Bodyguard to armed Oregon occupation leader sentenced to probation
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  • 2017-11-23 04:35:17Z

Wesley Kjar, 33, a Utah native who prosecutors said acted as a bodyguard for occupation leader Ammon Bundy in the early days of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge siege, pleaded guilty last June to a single count of conspiracy to impede federal officers. Federal prosecutors had recommended Kjar (pronounced "Care") be confined to his home during the first five months of his two-year probation.

Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system
Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system
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  • 2017-11-23 00:53:26Z

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after a man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was left off the system despite having a criminal record. Sessions said the Nov. 5 shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, by Devin Kelley, a former Air Force serviceman who had a 2012 conviction for domestic assault, showed that not all the necessary information was being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions
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  • 2017-11-23 00:08:21Z

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin issued a permanent injunction against the provisions that were in legislation known as Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) and set to take effect this year, saying they "are facially unconstitutional." He added: "The act intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner." Texas, the most-populous Republican-controlled state, has been at...

U.S. judge strikes down Texas law to limit second-trimester abortions
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  • 2017-11-22 22:56:27Z

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Austin on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued a permanent injunction against the provisions that were in legislation known as Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) and set to take effect this year, saying they "are facially unconstitutional." He added: "The act intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner." Texas, the most-populous Republican-controlled state, has been...

Trump Organization in buyout deal on struggling NYC tower: report
Trump Organization in buyout deal on struggling NYC tower: report
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  • 2017-11-22 22:20:52Z

The decision to reach a buyout deal on the Trump SoHo property was made by Eric and Donald Trump, Jr., sons of President Donald Trump, along with a small group of senior executives, the newspaper reported, citing company officials. The Trump Organization did not respond to a request to comment. The property opened about 11 years ago and was promoted on the reality show "The Apprentice," which featured Donald Trump.

Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison
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  • 2017-11-22 22:07:18Z

A former general counsel of insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison for making a false statement to Florida's Medicaid program as part of what prosecutors called a $35 million healthcare fraud scheme. Thaddeus Bereday, who was indicted in 2011 along with four other former WellCare executives, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Moody in Tampa, Florida, after pleading guilty to a false statement charge in June, according to court records.

Pressure mounts on U.S. Rep. Conyers after sexual harassment allegations
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  • 2017-11-22 21:35:56Z

U.S. Representative John Conyers faced additional fallout on Wednesday related to sexual harassment accusations made by former staffers, as two fellow Democrats suggested he give up a prominent committee post. The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Tuesday it was investigating the allegations, first reported on Monday by BuzzFeed News, that Conyers made unwanted sexual advances toward women who worked for him. A separate Buzzfeed report on Tuesday, citing court documents, detailed allegations by another former staffer who claimed she suffered unwanted touching by Conyers "repeatedly and daily" while serving as the Michigan Democrat's scheduler.

Exclusive: CSX to impose hefty fees on some rail customers in 2018
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  • 2017-11-22 21:30:36Z

CSX Corp will charge new fees for freight shipments to Mexico and hike charges for customers that fail to load or discharge railcars by agreed deadlines or ship unsafely loaded or overweight railcars as of Jan. 1, the company said. A Nov. 15 notice of the changes, seen by Reuters, would encourage customers to better conform to CSX's schedules as it faces persistent service delays and disruptions partly caused by its dramatic operations overhaul. CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said by phone on Wednesday the charges were "in line with efforts to optimize the use of assets," including railcars.

Five U.S. citizens among Citgo executives detained in Venezuela: source
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  • 2017-11-22 20:34:39Z

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five of six executives of U.S.-based refiner Citgo who were arrested in Caracas this week are U.S. citizens, according to a source familiar with the matter, a possible complication in Venezuela's growing sweep of corruption in the oil industry. Military intelligence agents detained the Texas-based executives during an event at state oil company PDVSA's headquarters in Caracas on Tuesday, two sources told Reuters, in the latest of dozens of high-level arrests over the last few months.

U.S. team doctor Nassar pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct in Michigan court
U.S. team doctor Nassar pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct in Michigan court
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  • 2017-11-22 19:34:42Z

(Reuters) - Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty in a Michigan court on Wednesday to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Former U.S. ethics official files complaint against Trump aide Conway
Former U.S. ethics official files complaint against Trump aide Conway
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  • 2017-11-22 19:31:44Z

The former head of a U.S. government ethics watchdog said on Wednesday he had filed a complaint claiming senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway violated a law barring executive branch employees from engaging in political activity when she spoke on television against a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Keystone clean-up to last several weeks, line restart unclear
Keystone clean-up to last several weeks, line restart unclear
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  • 2017-11-22 18:26:14Z

By Catherine Ngai and Nia Williams NEW YORK/CALGARY (Reuters) - The clean-up of an oil spill from TransCanada Corp's Keystone pipeline may last several weeks, South Dakota's environmental regulator said on Wednesday, but it is still unclear when the key artery will restart. Last week, the Keystone system linking Alberta's oil sands with U.S. refineries spilled 5,000 barrels in rural northeastern South Dakota, four days before neighboring Nebraska voted to remove a big regulatory obstacle for the company's Keystone XL project.

Award reversed for Connecticut inmate who challenged confinement
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  • 2017-11-22 17:08:37Z

A divided federal appeals court threw out a $62,650 award that Connecticut had been ordered to pay a former inmate who said the state unconstitutionally kept him in segregation for 23 hours a day for nearly a year, though he was only a pretrial detainee. By a 2-1 vote on Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals chastised Connecticut for violating the due process rights of the former inmate, Almighty Supreme Born Allah, but said state prison officials were entitled to qualified immunity.

Alabama prisoner recaptured after second escape in three weeks
Alabama prisoner recaptured after second escape in three weeks
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  • 2017-11-22 16:43:41Z

Shane Anthony Vernon, 27, was taken into custody without incident late Tuesday by DeKalb County Police just west of Atlanta, about 150 miles from the Coosa County jail in Alabama from which he escaped twice, the Coosa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Vernon, who ditched a stolen car on Sunday then eluded officers on foot in the woods of neighboring Elmore County, north of Montgomery, is being held in the DeKalb County jail and awaiting extradition to Alabama, the sheriff's office said. Vernon had previously broken out of the Coosa County jail on Oct. 29 when he pulled out of his restraints while being booked for burglary and theft, the sheriff's office said.

Pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare sign-ups: U.S.
Pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare sign-ups: U.S.
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  • 2017-11-22 15:31:58Z

Within those 800,000, new consumer sign-ups rose to 220,323 from 208,397 in the previous week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said. Total sign-ups reached 2.28 million during the first three weeks of enrollment, which lasts through Dec. 15. The figures do not include enrollment in Washington, D.C. or the 11 states that run their own enrollment and websites.

Trump: Father of UCLA player in shoplifting case is
Trump: Father of UCLA player in shoplifting case is 'ungrateful fool'
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  • 2017-11-22 12:42:12Z

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reignited a feud with the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, calling him an "ungrateful fool" in a series of early-morning tweets. LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, has played down Trump's involvement in the three athletes' release from Chinese detention after they admitted to stealing items from three stores during a team trip to China earlier this month. "...LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you.

The social media answer to stressful U.S holiday: Friendsgiving
The social media answer to stressful U.S holiday: Friendsgiving
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  • 2017-11-22 12:11:38Z

Americans overwhelmed by crowded highways and the prospect of cooking a turkey and all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving holiday dinner are turning for relief to the latest social-media driven holiday - Friendsgiving. From low-key gatherings of college buddies ahead of a holiday meal with family to intricately choreographed potlucks on Thanksgiving Day proper, celebrated this year on Nov. 23, Americans are sharing ways to avoid the stress of family gatherings. "Forever putting the fun in dysfunctional ... Happy #Friendsgiving," Providence, Rhode Island radio host Bekah Berger said on Twitter.

U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea with 11 crew and passengers
U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea with 11 crew and passengers
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  • 2017-11-22 09:28:31Z

A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. Eight people had been rescued, with the remaining three unaccounted for, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported. A spokesman for the U.S. Navy in Japan said that it had no information on whether anyone on board had been picked up.

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Douglas says doctor sexually abused her
U.S. Olympic gold medalist Douglas says doctor sexually abused her
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  • 2017-11-22 05:49:31Z

Three-times Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas said on Tuesday she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, the latest in a list of female athletes to accuse the doctor of misconduct. Douglas, who last week was criticized for placing some of the onus on women to avoid

Haitians in U.S. malign Trump decision to send them back home
Haitians in U.S. malign Trump decision to send them back home
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  • 2017-11-22 03:33:20Z

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - Haitian immigrants on Tuesday decried a U.S. decision to end a program that granted 59,000 Haitians temporary visas after the 2010 earthquake, saying they would be sent back to a country that has yet to recover from that disaster and others since. The United States

David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of
David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67
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  • 2017-11-22 03:01:11Z

David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the "The Partridge Family" television show, died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said. Cassidy, who was diagnosed with dementia in his 60s, entered a Florida hospital over

U.S. wants PLO
U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open: State Department
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  • 2017-11-22 02:40:18Z

The United States wants the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to keep its Washington office open and is in talks with Palestinian officials about the issue despite a U.S. decision that could trigger its closure, the State Department said on Tuesday. Under the law, the PLO, the main Palestinian

White House personnel investigated for improper foreign contact: Washington Post
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  • 2017-11-22 01:57:27Z

Three U.S. military personnel allegedly had improper contact with foreign women while traveling with President Donald Trump on his trip this month to Asia, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The three Army noncommissioned officers, who worked for the White House Communications Agency, have been

Many in Haiti thank U.S. for renewal, not end, of protected status
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  • 2017-11-22 01:15:11Z

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to end from July 2019 a scheme that protects some 59,000 Haitians from deportation from the United States was viewed positively on Tuesday in Haiti, where many were pleased that the program would last for another 20 months. In the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince

Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations
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  • 2017-11-22 00:37:36Z

President Donald Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, saying the Alabama Republican had denied allegations of sexual misconduct and emphasizing that he did not want Moore's Democratic opponent to win. Trump previously said that Moore should step aside if the allegations were true.

American, United settle World Trade Center developer
American, United settle World Trade Center developer's 9/11 claims
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  • 2017-11-22 00:00:53Z

The developer of the World Trade Center in New York has reached a $95.2 million settlement of all claims against American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and other aviation defendants stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which involved the carriers' hijacked planes. Insurers will cover the payout to entities affiliated with Larry Silverstein and his Silverstein Properties, according to settlement papers filed on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Man charged with terrorism, murder in New York truck attack
Man charged with terrorism, murder in New York truck attack
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  • 2017-11-21 23:35:55Z

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Sayfullo Saipov on terrorism and murder charges stemming from last month's truck attack in Lower Manhattan in which eight people were killed, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Saipov was arrested immediately after the Oct. 31 attack in which he plowed a truck down a New York City bike lane and has been in federal custody. The indictment charged Saipov with eight counts of murder, 12 counts of attempted murder, one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to Islamic State and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle resulting in death, the Justice Department said.

Ex-New York prison guards found guilty of charges over 2013 beating
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  • 2017-11-21 23:31:32Z

Two former New York state jail guards were found guilty by a Manhattan jury on Tuesday of federal charges related to the 2013 beating of an inmate who suffered life-threatening injuries, prosecutors announced. Kathy Scott, 43, and George Santiago, 35, were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the inmate, Kevin Moore, and falsifying records to cover up the beating, according to the office of acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan.

World Trade Center developer settles with United, American over 9/11
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  • 2017-11-21 23:27:51Z

The developer of the World Trade Center site in New York has reached a $95.2 million settlement of all claims against American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and other aviation industry defendants stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which involved the carriers' hijacked planes. Insurers are responsible for the payout to entities affiliated with Larry Silverstein and his Silverstein Properties, according to settlement papers filed on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

U.S. wants PLO
U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open -State Dept
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  • 2017-11-21 22:45:56Z

The United States wants the Palestine Liberation Organization to keep its Washington office open and is in talks with Palestinian officials about the issue despite a U.S. decision that could trigger its closure, the State Department said on Tuesday. Under the law, the PLO, the main Palestinian umbrella political body, cannot operate a Washington office if it urges the ICC to prosecute Israelis for alleged crimes against Palestinians.

Chicago's county plugs budget hole from repealed soda tax
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  • 2017-11-21 22:42:00Z

Illinois' Cook County, which includes Chicago, will fill a budget gap caused by last month's repeal of a sugary drink tax through hundreds of layoffs and other measures, under a $5.2 billion fiscal 2018 spending plan approved by county commissioners on Tuesday. The county faced intense opposition from beverage companies, retailers and residents to a penny-per-ounce tax on soda, sports and energy drinks and other beverages, which took effect in August. Action by the county board to terminate the tax beginning Dec. 1 left the budget proposed by Board President Toni Preckwinkle more than $200.6 million short on revenue.

Death of Border Patrol agent in Texas may have been assault: FBI
Death of Border Patrol agent in Texas may have been assault: FBI
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  • 2017-11-21 22:26:16Z

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who died while patrolling a remote part of West Texas may have been assaulted, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday in a case that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to renew his call for a border wall. Rogelio Martinez, 36, died on Sunday from injuries suffered while on patrol in sparsely populated Culberson County, and his partner was seriously injured, authorities said without naming his partner. Both agents sustained traumatic head injuries and broken bones, the FBI in El Paso said.

Chicago mayor
Chicago mayor's fiscal 2018 budget wins city council approval
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  • 2017-11-21 22:16:29Z

The Chicago City Council gave final approval on Tuesday to a fiscal 2018 budget that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said keeps the city's shaky finances on a path toward stability. Emanuel, who took office in 2011, said the city needs to keep addressing its fiscal challenges. "Our work isn't done," he told the council following the 47-3 budget vote.

Virginia election results face delay, possible recounts
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  • 2017-11-21 22:14:42Z

Democrats said that the State Board of Elections "acknowledged that at least 83 people were mis-assigned in the system and thus possibly disenfranchised from voting in their appropriate house district," according to a statement from the Virginia House Democratic Caucus on Monday. If Republicans win the seats, the state's House would be split 51 to 49 between Republicans and Democrats, respectively, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant goes to jury
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  • 2017-11-21 22:12:52Z

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, also known as Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, said he shot Kate Steinle by accident on a pier in San Francisco on July 1, 2015. The case, sent to the jury on Tuesday afternoon, became a rallying cry for Trump in his push to halt illegal immigration and penalize so-called sanctuary cities, including San Francisco.

MS-13 gang leader in Massachusetts convicted of racketeering
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  • 2017-11-21 22:08:32Z

The leader of a Massachusetts-based unit of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang was convicted on Tuesday of racketeering conspiracy in the first trial in Boston to stem from a crackdown that led to charges against 61 people, prosecutors said. Rafael Leoner Aguirre, a Salvadoran national who prosecutors said led an MS-13 "clique" in Chelsea, Massachusetts, was found guilty by a federal jury in Boston following a two-week trial, prosecutors said.

Second U.S. judge halts Trump ban on transgender troops
Second U.S. judge halts Trump ban on transgender troops
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  • 2017-11-21 21:37:35Z

A second federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, ruling that the prohibition likely amounted to unconstitutional discrimination. U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis in Baltimore ruled that the ban lacked justification and "cannot possibly constitute a legitimate governmental interest." His ruling followed a similar one by a federal judge in Washington on Oct. 30. Garbis, appointed to the federal bench by former Republican president George Bush in 1989, went further than the Washington judge by also blocking the government's directive to stop funding sex-reassignment surgery while the case moves forward, as...

Democrats call for harassment probe of U.S. Representative  Conyers
Democrats call for harassment probe of U.S. Representative Conyers
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  • 2017-11-21 21:35:41Z

House of Representatives Democrats called for an investigation on Tuesday into allegations of sexual harassment against U.S. Representative John Conyers, who said his office had resolved a harassment case with a payment but no admission of guilt. Earlier on Tuesday, Conyers, 88, issued a statement after a BuzzFeed News report cited allegations from former staffers that he made sexual advances to female staff.

U.S. House ethics panel investigating allegations against Rep. Conyers
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  • 2017-11-21 21:34:52Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Tuesday it is investigating allegations of sexual harassment against Representative John Conyers.

Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations
Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations
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  • 2017-11-21 21:33:32Z

U.S. President Donald Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, saying the Alabama Republican had denied allegations of sexual misconduct and emphasizing that he did not want Moore's Democratic opponent to win. Trump has previously said that Moore should step aside if the allegations were true. Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House before leaving Washington for Florida, left open the possibility of campaigning for Moore, saying he would make an announcement on that next week.

Citi hit with $6.5 million in U.S. fines over student loans
Citi hit with $6.5 million in U.S. fines over student loans
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  • 2017-11-21 21:30:21Z

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said on Tuesday it had ordered Citibank to pay $6.5 million for allegedly harming borrowers with student loan servicing failures. The agency said it ordered Citibank to end illegal loan practices and pay $3.75 million in redress to consumers and a $2.75 million civil penalty. Student debt can carry tax benefits but Citi failed to guide customers through paperwork that could lead to tax savings, according to the agency.

U.S. warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia
U.S. warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia
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  • 2017-11-21 20:37:15Z

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday warned citizens to "consider the risks" when traveling to Saudi Arabia due to militant threats and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilians by rebels in Yemen. The warning comes two weeks after U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia said it had shot down a ballistic missile fired by Iran-aligned Houthis from Yemen towards the Saudi capital Riyadh. The missile, which the Houthis said was in response to Saudi-led air strikes on civilians in Yemen, was shot down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties.

SEC charges Oyster Bay, New York, with bond fraud
SEC charges Oyster Bay, New York, with bond fraud
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  • 2017-11-21 20:35:35Z

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged Oyster Bay, New York and former town supervisor John Venditto with defrauding municipal bond investors by concealing side deals with a local restaurateur. Prosecutors also added 21 new criminal charges, including securities and wire fraud, to an indictment against Venditto, who had originally been charged with corruption in October 2016, along with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

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