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America's nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go
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  • 2018-04-20 11:20:42Z

Contract workers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pantex facility gingerly remove the plutonium cores from retired nuclear warheads. In Energy Department facilities around the country, there are 54 metric tons of surplus plutonium. There are enough cores there to cause thousands of megatons of nuclear explosions.

Students to walkout across the United States in call for gun reforms
Students to walkout across the United States in call for gun reforms
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  • 2018-04-20 10:16:28Z

Thousands of students across the United States will mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School by walking out of classes on Friday, in a show of unity intended to put pressure on politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions. Students from more than 2,600 schools and institutions are expected to walk out of class at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, organizers say. Since then mass shootings have occurred with shocking frequency across the United States.

California does 'poor job' in assisting homeless: state auditor
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  • 2018-04-20 09:12:37Z

Lawmakers should require the state's newly formed homeless council to create and implement a statewide plan by next April for addressing homelessness in California, where about a fourth of all homeless people in the United States live, State Auditor Elaine Howle said in a report. "California should do more to address homelessness ... and it does a poor job of sheltering this vulnerable population," the report said.

Some 50 members of migrant caravan reach Mexico, U.S. border
Some 50 members of migrant caravan reach Mexico, U.S. border
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  • 2018-04-20 02:54:18Z

By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of 50 Central American migrants who set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, having endured the long journey despite threats by President Donald Trump to secure the border with National Guard personnel. Since peaking at

Southwest challenged engine maker over speed of safety checks
Southwest challenged engine maker over speed of safety checks
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  • 2018-04-20 02:36:40Z

Southwest Airlines Co clashed with engine-maker CFM over the timing and cost of proposed inspections after a 2016 engine accident, months before the explosion this week of a similar engine on a Southwest jet that led to the death of a passenger, public documents showed. The proposed inspections would have cost $170 per engine for two hours of labor, for a total bill to U.S. carriers of $37,400, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in its August 2017 proposal, citing the engine manufacturer. The documents reveal that airlines including Southwest thought the FAA had "vastly understated" the number of engines that would need to be inspected - and therefore the cost.

Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history
Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history
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  • 2018-04-20 02:25:26Z

Walter Moody was put to death by lethal injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore and gave no final statement, prison officials said. It was the eighth execution this year in the United States. Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in Mississippi, as the oldest person executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment.

Gun-control activists rally near Columbine High School ahead of walkouts
Gun-control activists rally near Columbine High School ahead of walkouts
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  • 2018-04-20 02:18:28Z

Colorado gun control activists rallied on Thursday near Columbine High School, calling for an end to gun violence one day before the 19th anniversary of the massacre there and a planned nationwide student walkout. "The main objective of these students is to ban firearms completely, and confiscate the firearms of law-abiding Americans," Brown said.

New York governor presses banks, insurers to weigh risk of NRA ties
New York governor presses banks, insurers to weigh risk of NRA ties
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  • 2018-04-20 01:49:59Z

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday ramped up pressure on banks and insurers to revisit whether their ties to the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups harm their reputations and the public interest. Cuomo, a Democrat, noted that some well-known companies, including the insurer MetLife Inc, have ended some business relationships with the NRA after a gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school on Valentine's Day. The governor directed New York's Department of Financial Services to urge state-chartered banks and the more than 1,400 insurers it regulates to review whether their ties to the NRA and similar...

Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team
Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team
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  • 2018-04-20 01:48:34Z

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one-time federal prosecutor, is joining U.S. President Donald Trump's personal legal team, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Thursday. "Rudy is great," Sekulow quoted Trump as saying.

Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney
Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney
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  • 2018-04-20 01:47:52Z

The settlement ends the long-running false claims suit brought by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis and joined by the U.S. government, which had sought $100 million in damages on behalf of the Post Office, according to statements from Armstrong's attorney, Elliot Peters, and the U.S. Department of Justice. "No one is above the law," Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division Chad Readler said in a statement.

Valero
Valero's Texas City refinery hit by explosion, fire
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  • 2018-04-20 00:46:48Z

An explosion set off a huge fire at Valero Energy Corp's 225,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Texas City, Texas, refinery on Thursday afternoon but the fire was quickly contained, according the City of Texas City Emergency Management office. No injuries were reported and the blaze, which was burning light hydrocarbons, was contained about an hour and a half after it broke out, Texas City Emergency Management said. Valero spokeswoman Lillian Riojas said the company was cooperating with local, state and federal agencies in responding to the fire, which was being fought by the refinery's firefighting team.

Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon
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  • 2018-04-20 00:42:15Z

A man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who was said to have praised "violent jihad," was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana
U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana 'selective' abortion law
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  • 2018-04-20 00:37:43Z

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the 2016 ban on "selective" abortions imposed an "undue burden" on the ability to have the procedure. It rejected Indiana's suggestion that women's privacy rights covered only the "binary choice" of whether or not to have a child, not whether to terminate particular pregnancies, including for genetic disabilities. "The Supreme Court has been clear: the State may inform a woman's decision before viability, but it cannot prohibit it," Circuit Judge William Bauer wrote for a 3-0 panel of Republican-appointed judges.

Cosby sex assault retrial to go to jury next week - judge
Cosby sex assault retrial to go to jury next week - judge
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  • 2018-04-19 23:21:18Z

Prosecutors wrapped up their sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday as experts offered conflicting testimony about the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before allegedly raping her. Judge Steven O'Neill said he anticipated Cosby's fate would be in the hands of the jury next week. Lawyers said deliberations could begin as early as late Monday in an attempt to reach a unanimous verdict, which eluded the jury in Cosby's first trial.

Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team
Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team
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  • 2018-04-19 22:57:44Z

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one-time federal prosecutor, is joining U.S. President Donald Trump's personal legal team, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Thursday. Giuliani was one of three attorneys Sekulow said were being added to the president's legal team dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney
Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney
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  • 2018-04-19 22:23:28Z

The settlement ends the long-running false claims suit brought by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis and joined by the U.S. government, which had sought $100 million in damages on behalf of the Post Office, according to statements from Armstrong's attorney, Elliot Peters, and the U.S. Department of Justice. "No one is above the law," Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division Chad Readler said in a statement.

Ex-Liberian warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' gets 30 years in U.S. prison
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  • 2018-04-19 22:18:27Z

Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, who has lived in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, since the late 1990s, was found guilty in October on two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury. During the height of Liberia's first civil war from 1992 to 1995, Jabbateh, while serving as commander of a warring group, either personally committed or ordered acts such as rapes, ritual cannibalism, mutilation, murder and the use of child soldiers, according to prosecutors. An attorney for Jabbateh, Greg Pagano of Philadelphia, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wisconsin court allows lawsuit against gun sale website to proceed
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  • 2018-04-19 21:01:33Z

The three-judge panel of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal law that shields website operators from liability for user content did not apply to Armslist LLC, the operator of Armslist.com. Armslist was liable for its "own conduct in facilitating user activity," the judges said. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a U.S. advocacy group for gun control that was co-counsel in the lawsuit, said other courts have interpreted the federal Communications Decency Act as broadly immunizing sites that are forums for activities like gun sales.

Ex-Venezuelan official pleads guilty in U.S. corruption case
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  • 2018-04-19 20:22:53Z

Cesar Rincon, a former manager at Bariven, the procurement unit of Venezuela's state-owned energy company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) [PDVSA.UL], entered his plea to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering before District Judge Kenneth Hoyt in Houston, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Hoyt also entered a judgment against Rincon of $7 million, the amount of the bribe payments he admitted to taking, prosecutors said.

New York
New York's 'Fearless Girl' to stare down the Stock Exchange
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  • 2018-04-19 19:52:17Z

The bronze statue of a little girl that became a tourism phenomenon by staring down Wall Street's massive "Charging Bull" sculpture is to be moved to a nearby spot where its stern gaze will be on the male-dominated New York Stock Exchange, city officials said on Thursday. "Fearless

Columbine students to register voters in Colorado ahead of anti-gun walkouts
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  • 2018-04-19 19:31:20Z

Colorado teenagers will kick off a voter registration rally on Thursday, a day ahead of the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School, when students nationwide plan to walk out of class in the latest demonstrations against gun violence. Seizing the momentum of a movement driven by survivors of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the walkouts and drive to sign up voters are aimed at pressuring U.S. politicians to enact tighter restrictions on gun sales in the run-up to November's mid-term congressional elections. Organizers say the "Vote for Our Lives" event in the Denver suburb of Littleton, home to Columbine High School, where 13 people were gunned down in...

EPA inspector general opens new probe into Pruitt
EPA inspector general opens new probe into Pruitt's travels
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  • 2018-04-19 19:23:39Z

The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general will investigate agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of his official security detail on recent personal trips, the latest in a string of congressional, White House and internal probes into his spending on security and travel. The investigation comes at the request of Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, he announced on Thursday, a month after he asked Inspector General Arthur Elkins to look into Pruitt's "unprecedented use" of his taxpayer-funded security detail documented in six weeks of obtained schedules and travel logs.

Puerto Rico governor will not impose pension cuts sought by board
Puerto Rico governor will not impose pension cuts sought by board
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  • 2018-04-19 19:09:29Z

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Thursday that he would not implement pension cuts and changes to employment rules sought by the bankrupt U.S. territory's oversight board. Rossello's statement came during a public hearing by the federally-appointed oversight board, which is tasked with helping the island regain access to capital markets amid the dual scourges of insolvency and natural disaster. If Puerto Rican leaders refused to implement board-mandated measures, the board could sue to enforce them, setting up a potential court battle over the details of Puerto Rico's path out of bankruptcy.

Chicago
Chicago's gun-toting students outnumber those of New York, Los Angeles: study
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  • 2018-04-19 19:01:43Z

Chicago high school students were far more likely to report carrying a firearm in recent years than their peers in New York and Los Angeles, a probable factor in Chicago's 2016-17 spike in gun violence, a study showed on Thursday. The prevalence of self-reported gun possession by high school freshmen and sophomores in Chicago averaged 9 percent between 2007 and 2013, compared with 6 percent in Los Angeles and 4 percent in New York, according to data from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Justice Dept. watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks
Justice Dept. watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks
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  • 2018-04-19 17:03:46Z

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-awaited U.S. Justice Department internal watchdog report on former FBI chief James Comey's public disclosures on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state and whether FBI employees leaked information to try to hurt her 2016 presidential bid is expected to be issued next month. The report from Michael Horowitz, the department's inspector general, arises from an investigation he launched about a week before Republican President Donald Trump, who defeated Democrat Clinton in the election, took office in January 2017.

Justice Dept. watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks
Justice Dept. watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks
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  • 2018-04-19 17:03:46Z

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-awaited U.S. Justice Department internal watchdog report on former FBI chief James Comey's public disclosures on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state and whether FBI employees leaked information to try to hurt

Trump launches effort to boost U.S. weapons sales abroad
Trump launches effort to boost U.S. weapons sales abroad
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  • 2018-04-19 16:12:17Z

The Trump administration rolled out a long-awaited overhaul of U.S. arms export policy on Thursday aimed at expanding sales to allies, saying it will bolster the American defense industry and create jobs at home. The White House aims to cut the time it takes to approve arms deals, lowering the hurdle

Former Texas emergency operator jailed for hanging up on thousands of calls
Former Texas emergency operator jailed for hanging up on thousands of calls
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  • 2018-04-19 15:14:46Z

Crenshanda Williams, 44, was found guilty in Houston on Wednesday of systematically hanging up on people trying to report emergencies, the office of Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. A jury found Williams guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, a misdemeanor. Williams had worked at the Houston Emergency Center for about 18 months, ending in 2016.

Puerto Rico restores power to over 70 perecnt of customers after blackout
Puerto Rico restores power to over 70 perecnt of customers after blackout
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  • 2018-04-19 13:54:23Z

Puerto Rico's power company said it had restored power to over 1.1 million homes and businesses by Thursday morning after a transmission line failure cut service to almost all of the island's 3.4 million residents the day before. The Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, was working to restore power to the less than 30 percent of customers in the U.S. territory still without power after Wednesday morning's blackout. The power line failure in southern Puerto Rico was the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility.

Black men arrested at Starbucks want change in U.S. racial attitudes
Black men arrested at Starbucks want change in U.S. racial attitudes
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  • 2018-04-19 13:21:29Z

Two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks Corp cafe in Philadelphia while waiting for a friend said on Thursday they hoped the widely publicized incident would lead to changes in U.S. racial attitudes. The men, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" that they wanted to use their arrests a week ago to ensure no one else would undergo a similar experience. It sparked protests and a decision by Starbucks to close more than 8,000 stores on May 29 to conduct racial-bias training for employees.

FAA to order inspections of jet engines after Southwest blast
FAA to order inspections of jet engines after Southwest blast
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  • 2018-04-19 11:15:01Z

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspection of about 220 aircraft engines as investigators have found that a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion this week on a Southwest flight, killing a passenger. The order, which it initially proposed in August following an incident in 2016, will require ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of takeoffs. Airlines said that because fan blades may have been repaired and moved to other engines, the order would affect far more than 220 of the CFM56-7Bs, which are made by a partnership of France's Safran and General Electric .

Deadly South Carolina prison riot exposes staffing shortage
Deadly South Carolina prison riot exposes staffing shortage
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  • 2018-04-19 10:54:42Z

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gang-related melee at a South Carolina prison that ended with seven dead and 17 injured, the deadliest U.S. prison riot in a quarter century, exposed the vulnerability of an understaffed system. Forty-four guards were on duty overseeing 1,583 inmates at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, when the violence broke out, and it took eight hours to put an end to the riot early on Monday. Across the country, cuts to state budgets have left state prison systems understaffed, a reality that prison officials and law enforcement experts say increases the risk of being unable to contain any outbreaks of violence quickly.

Alabama set to execute 83-year-old convicted bomber
Alabama set to execute 83-year-old convicted bomber
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  • 2018-04-19 10:12:57Z

The execution of Walter Moody is planned for 6 p.m. at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. If the execution is carried out, Moody would replace John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in Mississippi, as the oldest person executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment.

Judge to rule on bid to dismiss criminal case against Missouri governor
Judge to rule on bid to dismiss criminal case against Missouri governor
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  • 2018-04-19 10:09:35Z

By Sue Britt ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A St. Louis judge is expected to rule on Thursday on a request by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens' lawyers to dismiss a criminal invasion of privacy case brought against the politician in connection with an admitted extramarital affair. The Republican governor's legal team last week accused St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, of prosecutorial misconduct, saying she tried to conceal video evidence supporting the governor and his assertions that the affair was entirely consensual. Greitens' lawyers say prosecutors deliberately withheld the tape from the defense until just after a special Missouri state legislative panel issued a report...

Southwest challenged engine maker CFM over proposed FAA inspections
Southwest challenged engine maker CFM over proposed FAA inspections
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  • 2018-04-19 06:36:33Z

Southwest Airlines Co clashed with engine maker CFM over the timing of proposed inspections and with regulators over costs after a 2016 accident involving the airline that was caused by a fan blade separating, public documents showed. The documents, which are on a U.S. federal website and were viewed by Reuters, reveal the wrangling over previously proposed safety checks on CFM engines that are now the focus of investigations following a fatal engine explosion this week.

Judge finds Kansas
Judge finds Kansas' Kris Kobach in contempt of court
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  • 2018-04-19 03:03:47Z

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday found Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court for disobeying her order not to enforce the state's disputed proof-of-citizenship voter registration law while the court weighed its legality. Kobach is the front-running Republican candidate for Kansas governor, despite ongoing legal battles over the voter registration law he has sought to enforce as the state's top election official. Wednesday's ruling was the latest in a series of rebukes of Kobach by Judge Julie Robinson of Kansas City.

FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion
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  • 2018-04-19 02:40:03Z

The order, called an air-worthiness directive, would require an ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of takeoffs. The CFM56 engine on Southwest flight 1380 blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, about 20 minutes after the Dallas-bound flight left New York's LaGuardia Airport with 149 people on board.

Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout
Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout
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  • 2018-04-19 01:45:49Z

A power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to almost all 3.4 million residents on Wednesday, the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the U.S. territory's bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility. In a statement, the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, said "technical personnel" were working to determine a cause and expected to restore service in 24 to 36 hours. Puerto Rico's smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques, as well as a pair of microgrids on the main island, were unaffected.

Former U.S. Olympians tell Congress more reforms needed in gymnastics
Former U.S. Olympians tell Congress more reforms needed in gymnastics
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  • 2018-04-19 01:17:14Z

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. gymnastics needs more reforms to wipe out sexual abuse after a scandal involving an ex-team doctor convicted of molesting female athletes, former Olympic athletes told a Senate panel on Wednesday. Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Jordyn Wieber told lawmakers evaluating the impact of reform legislation that only a housecleaning of staff at USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body, could guarantee that a culture of abuse was eradicated.

Ex-Playboy model released from deal not to discuss alleged Trump affair
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  • 2018-04-19 01:12:31Z

(Reuters) - Former Playboy model Karen McDougal reached an agreement on Wednesday with tabloid publisher American Media Inc that will allow her to speak freely about an affair she alleges she had with President Donald Trump, the company said in a statement. McDougal filed suit in California last month seeking to be released from a deal reached in 2016 with AMI, publisher of the National Enquirer, that gave the company exclusive rights to her story in exchange for $150,000. "AMI is pleased that we reached an amicable resolution with Ms. McDougal today that provides both sides what they wanted as a result," the company said in a statement.

FAA orders inspection of jet engines following Southwest flight explosion
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  • 2018-04-19 00:46:44Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it would order inspection of some 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off the explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger. The so-called air-worthiness directive would require an ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of flights. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Southwest passenger trolled for livestreaming stricken flight
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  • 2018-04-19 00:46:25Z

The first reaction of Southwest Airlines passenger Marty Martinez when an engine exploded on the plane on Tuesday was to live stream what he feared might be his last minutes of life. One passenger, bank executive Jennifer Riordan, was killed when she was partially pulled through a shattered plane window. Evidently the wrong person was taken from that flight," Dennis Miller said on Facebook in a posting that included colorful language to describe Martinez.

Ex-U.S. soldier, two others convicted of murder-for-hire plot in Philippines
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  • 2018-04-18 23:23:20Z

A former U.S. Army sergeant and two other U.S. citizens were found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday of taking part in a plot to murder a woman in the Philippines for money, prosecutors said. Ex-soldier Joseph Manuel Hunter, Adam Samia and Carl David Stillwell were convicted of charges including murder-for-hire, which carries a mandatory life sentence, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan. "Obviously, we're disappointed, but respect the jury's verdict," said Robert Ray, a lawyer for Stillwell, adding he planned to appeal.

Ernst & Young partner accuses firm of brushing off assault complaint
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  • 2018-04-18 23:21:57Z

A partner at Ernst & Young on Wednesday accused the accounting and consulting firm of failing to act when she reported that she had been sexually assaulted by another partner. In a complaint alleging discrimination and retaliation filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Jessica Casucci, a partner in Ernst & Young's New York office, accused fellow partner John Martinkat of sexually assaulting her in front of two other male partners in a bar in 2015. In an emailed response to a request for comment, Ernst & Young, which is based in London, said, "Ernst & Young is committed to a workplace free of discrimination and harassment of any kind.

Starbucks
Starbucks' Schultz steps in as outrage over cafe arrests simmers
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  • 2018-04-18 23:17:55Z

Starbucks Corp turned to long-time leader Howard Schultz on Wednesday to make the case that the U.S. coffee chain accused of racial profiling is committed to offering a "safe space" to customers despite the arrest of two black men in one of its Philadelphia cafes. Closing 8,000 company-owned

In Kansas, three found guilty in plot to bomb Somalis
In Kansas, three found guilty in plot to bomb Somalis' apartment complex
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  • 2018-04-18 22:20:05Z

By Alice Mannette WICHITA, Kan. (Reuters) - A federal court jury on Wednesday found three men guilty of plotting to bomb a western Kansas apartment complex that is home to Somali immigrants and their mosque, in a crime prosecutors branded an act of domestic terrorism. The men, whom prosecutors described as members of a right-wing militia group, were also convicted of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of their intended victims in Garden City, Kansas. Each defendant - Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Eugene Stein - faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when sentenced on June 27.

New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons
New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons
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  • 2018-04-18 21:50:10Z

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump. In a letter, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged Cuomo and legislative leaders to close a loophole in New York's double jeopardy law shielding recipients of presidential pardons from state prosecution.

Lockheed Martin wins $928 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon
Lockheed Martin wins $928 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon
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  • 2018-04-18 21:18:11Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp has won a $928 million contract to build an undefined number of hypersonic conventional strike weapons, the Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday.

New York nanny convicted in stabbing deaths of two young children
New York nanny convicted in stabbing deaths of two young children
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  • 2018-04-18 20:36:36Z

A New York nanny was found guilty of murder on Wednesday in the 2012 stabbing deaths of two children in her care at their luxury Manhattan apartment, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office. A jury unanimously rejected the insanity defense of Yoselyn Ortega, 55, whose lawyer said she hallucinated a devil's order "to kill the children and herself" when she plunged a kitchen knife into Lucia Krim, 6, nicknamed Lulu, and her brother Leo, 2, and left their bloody bodies in a bathtub. The Oct. 25, 2012 killings were discovered when Marina Krim, returned to the family's Upper West Side apartment to find her children dead and their nanny standing over them stabbing a knife into...

Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout
Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout
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  • 2018-04-18 19:48:38Z

A power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to almost all 3.4 million residents on Wednesday, the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the U.S. territory's bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility. In a statement, the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, said "technical personnel" were working to determine a cause and expected to restore service in 24 to 36 hours. Puerto Rico's smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques, as well as a pair of microgrids on the main island, were unaffected.

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