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Explainer: How much of the Mueller report must U.S. attorney general disclose?
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  • 2019-03-23 04:10:09Z

Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted the report on his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, Attorney General William Barr must decide how much of the document - if any - to make public. Justice Department regulations governing special counsels adopted in 1999 give Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, broad discretion in deciding how much to release to Congress and the public. Barr, in his January Senate confirmation hearings after being nominated by Trump, promised to "provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law" - a pledge that still gives him a lot of wiggle room.

Factbox: A scorecard of key players in U.S. special counsel Russia probe
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  • 2019-03-23 04:10:09Z

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia interfered in the presidential election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States and damage the Republican Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Russia denies it. Trump has denied collusion and obstruction of justice.

Under heavy fire from Trump, Mueller soldiered on in Russia probe
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  • 2019-03-23 04:10:09Z

In this rare public appearance in May 2017, Mueller did not bring up President Donald Trump or the investigation, but offered a clear message stressing the importance of honesty and integrity. "You could be smart, aggressive, articulate, indeed persuasive, but if you are not honest, your reputation will suffer," Mueller said. The saying goes: If you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters." On Friday, Mueller handed in the long-awaited report on his investigation.

Trump-Russia report handed in, U.S. lawmakers seek rapid release
Trump-Russia report handed in, U.S. lawmakers seek rapid release
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  • 2019-03-23 04:10:09Z

Attorney General William Barr, who received the report from the former FBI director on Friday, told U.S. lawmakers he may be able to inform them of Mueller's "principal conclusions as soon as this weekend." Under Justice Department regulations, Barr is empowered to decide how much to disclose publicly. The big question is whether the report contains allegations of wrongdoing by Trump or exonerates him. Mueller investigated whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to try to influence the election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation.

Factbox: Guilty pleas, indictments abound in Trump-Russia probe
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  • 2019-03-23 04:10:09Z

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election has ensnared dozens of people, including several advisers to President Donald Trump and a series of Russian nationals and companies. Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 U.S. Justice Department official, in May 2017 appointed Mueller to look into Russian interference, whether members of Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow officials and whether the Republican president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Mueller has charged 34 people and three companies.

Factbox: Smoke or fire? Contacts between Trump campaign and Russia
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  • 2019-03-23 04:10:09Z

Trump and Moscow have denied any collusion. Mueller handed in the keenly awaited report on his probe, the Justice Department said on Friday. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia interfered in the presidential election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States and damage the Republican Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Letter from U.S. attorney general to lawmakers on Mueller report
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  • 2019-03-23 04:10:09Z

In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with "a description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General" or acting Attorney General "concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued." 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3). There were no such instances during the Special Counsel's investigation.

Missouri River flooding forces evacuation of 7,500 from waterfront city
Missouri River flooding forces evacuation of 7,500 from waterfront city
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  • 2019-03-23 03:14:56Z

Record floodwaters that submerged vast stretches of Nebraska and Iowa farmland along America's longest river reached a new crest on Friday at the waterfront city of St. Joseph, Missouri, forcing chaotic evacuations of thousands from low-lying areas. With emergency sirens blaring as the Missouri River rose to the top of the three-story-high levee wall in St. Joseph, about 55 miles (88 km) north of Kansas City, Missouri, sheriff's deputies rushed door-to-door urging residents to flee to higher ground. About 1,500 residents and 6,000 employees of neighboring businesses were ushered out of the southern end of town, a city official said.

Jury clears Pennsylvania police officer of murder in Antwon Rose shooting
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  • 2019-03-23 03:13:11Z

A Pittsburgh jury on Friday unanimously found that a white police officer did not commit murder when he fatally shot black teenager Antwon Rose, an incident that sparked protests and fueled a debate about racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system. East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld

High times in Beverly Hills, with pot delivery and a Gucci ashtray
High times in Beverly Hills, with pot delivery and a Gucci ashtray
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  • 2019-03-23 02:23:35Z

High-end department store Barneys New York has given the marijuana lifestyle the luxury treatment, launching a range of pot-themed products this week in the latest sign a drug once associated with bohemians and deadbeats is moving up the social ladder. Customers at the upscale retailer's Beverly

Explainer: Why Trump
Explainer: Why Trump's legal woes go beyond the Mueller report
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  • 2019-03-23 01:59:53Z

Other ongoing investigations and litigation are focusing on issues including his businesses and financial dealings, personal conduct, charitable foundation and inaugural committee. The special counsel on Friday submitted his confidential report on the investigation to U.S. Attorney General William Barr

Factbox: Who did not face charges in Mueller
Factbox: Who did not face charges in Mueller's probe?
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  • 2019-03-23 01:35:33Z

Mueller handed in a confidential report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who will decide how much of it to make public. Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt" and denies any collusion

Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election
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  • 2019-03-23 01:17:18Z

Here is a timeline of significant developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow. 2017 May 17 - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints

Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, lawmakers urge quick release
Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, lawmakers urge quick release
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  • 2019-03-23 01:04:49Z

Marking the end of his nearly two-year investigation that ensnared former Trump aides and Russian intelligence officers and cast a cloud over the Republican businessman's presidency, Mueller submitted the report to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department said. Mueller did not recommend

U.S. agency error exposes 2.3 million disaster survivors to fraud: watchdog
U.S. agency error exposes 2.3 million disaster survivors to fraud: watchdog
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  • 2019-03-23 00:52:18Z

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exposed 2.3 million disaster survivors to possible identity theft and fraud by improperly sharing sensitive personal information with an outside company, according to an internal government watchdog. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office

Houston petrochemical fire put out after it re-ignites, had added to shipping woes
Houston petrochemical fire put out after it re-ignites, had added to shipping woes
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  • 2019-03-23 00:25:57Z

A petrochemical fire was quickly put out after it had re-ignited Friday at a fuel storage facility outside Houston, which had compounded the danger from a containment wall breach earlier in the day that spilled chemicals and halted ship traffic in the nation's busiest oil port. The fire in multiple giant tanks of fuel at Mitsui & Co.'s Intercontinental Terminals facility in Deer Park, Texas, was put out by emergency workers at the scene about an hour after it began. Hundreds of people showed up Friday to be checked at a medical clinic in Deer Park after air monitors a day earlier showed a spike in benzene, a cancer-causing chemical contained in the tanks of gasoline.

Texas petrochemical fire prompts hundreds to visit health clinic
Texas petrochemical fire prompts hundreds to visit health clinic
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  • 2019-03-23 00:25:57Z

Hundreds of neighborhood residents of a petrochemical plant that burned for three days and briefly emitted cancer-causing benzene into the air brought their coughs, headaches and other symptoms to a mobile clinic on Friday set up by local health officials. While some of the symptoms people complained of are consistent with exposure to chemicals, health officials said they treated a wide variety of ailments, including the anxiety that comes with living near an industrial accident. "The community is literally right next door to the plant," said Les Becker, director of operations for Harris County Public Health, at the clinic which was set up near the site of the blaze.

Main Mueller report findings to be made public when Congress receives them: official
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  • 2019-03-22 23:34:50Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The main conclusions of the report written by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be made public when they are delivered to Congress, a senior Justice Department official told reporters. The Justice Department will deliver a summary of the report's findings to lawmakers as soon as this weekend, the official said. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Writing by Makini Brice)

FEMA error exposes 2.3 million disaster survivors to fraud: watchdog
FEMA error exposes 2.3 million disaster survivors to fraud: watchdog
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  • 2019-03-22 23:25:43Z

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG) said FEMA had shared financial records and other sensitive information of people who had participated in an emergency shelter program after being displaced by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017. The Inspector General's office said FEMA had shared participants' home addresses and bank account information with the contractor, along with necessary information like their names and birthdates. In a statement released on Friday, FEMA spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow said the agency had found no indication to suggest survivor data had been "compromised." She said the agency has removed...

Explainer: Why Trump
Explainer: Why Trump's legal woes go beyond the Mueller report
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  • 2019-03-22 23:24:05Z

Other ongoing investigations and litigation are focusing on issues including his businesses and financial dealings, personal conduct, charitable foundation and inaugural committee. The special counsel on Friday submitted his confidential report on the investigation to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who must decide on how much of it to make public. The U.S. Justice Department has a decades-old policy that a sitting president cannot face criminal charges, so such a case against Trump would be unlikely while he is in office even if there were evidence of wrongdoing.

Under heavy fire from Trump, Mueller soldiered on in Russia probe
Under heavy fire from Trump, Mueller soldiered on in Russia probe
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  • 2019-03-22 22:22:11Z

In this rare public appearance in May 2017, Mueller did not bring up President Donald Trump or the investigation, but offered a clear message stressing the importance of honesty and integrity. "You could be smart, aggressive, articulate, indeed persuasive, but if you are not honest, your reputation will suffer," Mueller said. The saying goes: If you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters." On Friday, Mueller handed in the long-awaited report on his investigation.

Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election
Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election
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  • 2019-03-22 22:04:39Z

Here is a timeline of significant developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow. 2017 May 17 - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and to look into any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and people associated with Republican Trump's campaign.

Factbox: Smoke or fire? Contacts between Trump campaign and Russia
Factbox: Smoke or fire? Contacts between Trump campaign and Russia
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  • 2019-03-22 22:00:14Z

Trump and Moscow have denied any collusion. Mueller handed in the keenly awaited report on his probe, the Justice Department said on Friday. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia interfered in the presidential election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States and damage the Republican Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Mueller submits Trump-Russia inquiry report to U.S. attorney general
Mueller submits Trump-Russia inquiry report to U.S. attorney general
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  • 2019-03-22 21:53:45Z

Mueller submitted the report to Attorney General William Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, the department said. The report was not immediately made public - Barr will have to decide how much to disclose - and it was not known if Mueller found criminal conduct by Trump or his campaign, beyond the charges already brought against several aides. Mueller, a former FBI director, had been examining since 2017 whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to try to influence the election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation.

Letter from U.S. attorney general to lawmakers on Mueller report
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  • 2019-03-22 21:40:25Z

The following is the text of the letter United States Attorney General William Barr sent to the heads of the Senate and House of Representatives Judiciary committees after Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed in a report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election: Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins: I write to notify you pursuant to 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3) that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with "a...

U.S. asylum seekers returned to Mexico despite fear claims under policy challenged in court
U.S. asylum seekers returned to Mexico despite fear claims under policy challenged in court
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  • 2019-03-22 21:30:53Z

SAN FRANCISCO/TIJUANA (Reuters) - Two people from Central America seeking asylum in the United States were sent back across the border to Mexico on Thursday, despite their claims that a return to Mexico was too dangerous, as part of the first test of a controversial new Trump administration policy.

Petrochemical fire reignites at fuels storage facility outside Houston
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  • 2019-03-22 21:09:01Z

(Reuters) - A petrochemical fire flared anew on Friday at a massive fuel storage facility on the Houston Ship Channel, compounding efforts to halt a chemicals leak at the Mitsui & Co.'s Intercontinental Terminals facility outside Houston.

U.S. judge recommends Manafort serve sentence in Maryland prison
U.S. judge recommends Manafort serve sentence in Maryland prison
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  • 2019-03-22 21:01:53Z

The U.S. judge overseeing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in Washington recommended on Friday that his sentence be served at a prison in Cumberland, Maryland. Earlier this month, Manafort was sentenced to a total of 7-1/2 years behind bars for witness tampering, tax and bank fraud, and other crimes. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will ultimately decide where Manafort will spend his sentence and the agency does not have to follow Judge Amy Berman Jackson's recommendation.

Ex-Chinese construction exec found guilty in U.S. of forced labor charges
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  • 2019-03-22 20:56:09Z

A former executive for a Chinese construction company was found guilty on Friday of U.S. charges that he forced Chinese laborers to work in the New York area under a form of debt bondage. Dan Zhong, 49, was convicted by a jury in Brooklyn federal court after a nearly three-week trial. Zhong had served as the president of U.S. Rilin Corp, a unit of privately held Chinese construction conglomerate China Rilin Construction Group, which is headed by Zhong's billionaire uncle Wang Wenliang.

U.S. adds criminal charges against ex-Autonomy CEO Lynch
U.S. adds criminal charges against ex-Autonomy CEO Lynch
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  • 2019-03-22 20:46:37Z

Lynch faces a new charge of securities fraud, which carries a maximum prison term of 25 years, as well as additional charges of wire fraud and conspiracy in the 17-count indictment filed with the federal court in San Francisco. The charges were revealed ahead of Monday's scheduled start of a $5 billion civil fraud trial in London's High Court, where HP is accusing Lynch and former Autonomy Chief Financial Officer Sushovan Hussain of involvement in accounting irregularities that caused it to overpay for the company. The wire fraud and conspiracy charges were also added against Lynch's co-defendant Stephen Chamberlain, a former Autonomy vice president of finance.

Chemicals leak at Houston-area petrochem fire prompts new travel restrictions
Chemicals leak at Houston-area petrochem fire prompts new travel restrictions
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  • 2019-03-22 19:04:09Z

HOUSTON (Reuters) - An earthen barrier holding chemicals that leaked from a massive petrochemical fire outside Houston breached on Friday, prompting restrictions on travel around the site, part of the busiest U.S. oil export port.

New Jersey sues company over illegal 'ghost gun' sales
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  • 2019-03-22 18:37:47Z

The civil lawsuit against U.S. Patriot Armory and its founder James Tromblee Jr was filed three days after Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the arrests of four men for conspiring to sell six homemade AR-15 assault rifles. Such weapons are known as ghost guns because they cannot readily be traced. Ghost guns include firearms assembled from kits or made with 3D printers, and are sold with parts to make them operational.

Citizenship question on U.S. Census would cause big Latino undercount: study
Citizenship question on U.S. Census would cause big Latino undercount: study
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  • 2019-03-22 18:22:52Z

By Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration's proposal to ask a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. census could lead to an undercount of some 4.2 million among Hispanics, costing their communities federal aid and political representation, according to a study by Harvard researchers released on Friday. The study by the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is the first to assess the impact of the proposed question since U.S. ...

GM confirms plans to build new EV, invest $300 million in Michigan plant
GM confirms plans to build new EV, invest $300 million in Michigan plant
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  • 2019-03-22 15:34:15Z

The largest U.S. automaker has come under heavy criticism from President Donald Trump in recent days over its decision to end production at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant earlier this month. GM officials said the announcement was planned well before Trump's series of angry GM tweets that started on Saturday. Trump called GM CEO Mary Barra on Sunday to urge her to reverse the decision to end production at the Ohio plant, which is in a crucial state for the 2020 presidential election.

Trump says he did not know about Kushner
Trump says he did not know about Kushner's WhatsApp messaging
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  • 2019-03-22 15:21:33Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he knew nothing about son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner's use of the WhatsApp encrypted messaging tool, a day after a top U.S. Democratic congressman questioned the unofficial communications.

UCLA head soccer coach charged in admissions fraud scandal resigns
UCLA head soccer coach charged in admissions fraud scandal resigns
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  • 2019-03-22 14:01:56Z

Salcedo was one of nine current or former college coaches, as well as an associate athletic director, who were charged by federal prosecutors in Boston on March 12 in connection with the fraud scheme that has captured national attention. According to court documents, Salcedo was among school officials who are accused of accepting bribes in exchange for designating admissions candidates as recruited athletes to increase their chances of gaining acceptance at elite universities. UCLA officials placed Salcedo on leave on last week after learning he was charged with accepting up to $200,000 for helping two students gain admission by posing as competitive soccer players.

Racist violence threat keeps Charlottesville schools closed
Racist violence threat keeps Charlottesville schools closed
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  • 2019-03-22 13:06:53Z

City leaders have worked to ease racial tensions in the city since a white nationalist rally in August 2017 descended into violence, with a white nationalist killing a counter-protester and injuring others after he drove into a crowd. A threat against Charlottesville High School was reported to the police on Wednesday afternoon, according to the police department. According to U.S Census Bureau data, African Americans make up around 19 percent of Charlottesville's population of nearly 50,000 people.

Tyson recalls tons of chicken strips for possible metal contamination
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  • 2019-03-22 11:55:46Z

Tyson Foods Inc is recalling about 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips that may be contaminated with metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said late on Thursday. The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said https://bit.ly/2UPFfIC it had received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in Tyson's chicken strip products and that there were no reports of illnesses. Tyson, the top U.S. meat processor, is recalling its fully cooked buffalo-style chicken strips fritters, crispy chicken strips and chicken breast strip fritters with a before-use date of Nov. 30, 2019.

Engineering elections? U.S. top court examines electoral map manipulation
Engineering elections? U.S. top court examines electoral map manipulation
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  • 2019-03-22 11:39:38Z

Thanks to partisan gerrymandering - a practice the Supreme Court will examine on Tuesday in two cases that could impact American politics for decades - that is no longer the case. A U.S. House of Representatives district that once covered heavily Democratic Greensboro was reconfigured in 2016, with the voters in the city of 290,000 people inserted into two other districts spanning rural areas with reliable Republican majorities. In adopting the electoral map, the legislature partitioned the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, the nation's largest historically black public college, into two separate districts.

Democrats push financial inclusion as 2020 election race heats up
Democrats push financial inclusion as 2020 election race heats up
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  • 2019-03-22 11:13:10Z

Following the 2008 financial crisis, many banks pulled back from their poorest customers. The shift has had lasting costs for millions of Americans now struggling to access mainstream financial services such as checking accounts and credit cards. The three Democrats, along with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, have advocated for the U.S. Postal Service to provide banking services.

Climate change
Climate change's fingerprints are on U.S. Midwest floods: scientists
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  • 2019-03-22 09:40:06Z

The "bomb cyclone" that dumped rain on Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri and killed at least four people now threatens a wider region downstream of swollen rivers and smashed levees. "The atmosphere is pretty close to fully saturated, it's got all the water it can take," said Michael Wehner, a senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Big storms like the bomb cyclone and Hurricane Harvey, which smacked Houston in 2017 with record downpours, are where the impact of climate change can most clearly be seen, he said, adding that climate change's fingerprints were all over the recent storm.

Amid U.S. Midwest flooding, residents in Missouri, Kansas rush to fill sandbags
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  • 2019-03-22 01:04:29Z

Flooding of the Missouri River triggered by last week's so-called "bomb cyclone" storm has already inflicted damage estimated at nearly $1.5 billion in Nebraska, killed at least four people in Nebraska and Iowa and left a man missing below Nebraska's collapsed Spencer Dam. Missouri Governor Mike Parson declared a state of emergency for his state as high water forced evacuations of several small farm communities. Larger towns from St. Joseph to Kansas City braced for additional flooding forecast through the weekend.

New Mexico compound suspects plead not guilty, targeted as Muslims: lawyers
New Mexico compound suspects plead not guilty, targeted as Muslims: lawyers
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  • 2019-03-22 00:37:54Z

The three women and two men faced charges last week of conspiring to support planned attacks on U.S. law enforcement officers, military members and government employees while living in their makeshift home in Taos County, New Mexico. The case gained significant attention after Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the group were "extremist of the Muslim belief" and prosecutors accused them of training two teenage sons to carry out school shootings. Defendants Jany Leveille, 36, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, Subhanah Wahhaj, 36, and Lucas Morton, 41, are all related as siblings or by marriage.

Man charged with sending bombs to Trump critics pleads guilty
Man charged with sending bombs to Trump critics pleads guilty
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  • 2019-03-21 21:48:30Z

A Florida man pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal charges in connection with the mailing of bombs to prominent Democrats and other critics of U.S. President Donald Trump. Cesar Sayoc, 57, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan federal court. Prosecutors accused Sayoc of mailing bombs through the U.S. Postal Service to Democrats such as former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.

Trump signs executive
Trump signs executive 'free speech' order for U.S. colleges
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  • 2019-03-21 21:41:24Z

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order linking "free speech" efforts at public universities to federal grants in an effort to combat what he considers a clamp down on conservative students' abilities to share their views. Under the order, the schools will themselves certify whether they are protecting students' free speech rights, which are already guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment. Trump administration officials have suggested that the rights of speakers on college campuses have been trampled by student protesters, and that conservatives have been unfairly targeted.

Climate change's fingerprints are on U.S. Midwest floods: scientists
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  • 2019-03-21 21:17:07Z

The "bomb cyclone" that dumped rain on Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri and killed at least four people now threatens a wider region downstream of swollen rivers and smashed levees. "The atmosphere is pretty close to fully saturated, it's got all the water it can take," said Michael Wehner, a senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Big storms like the bomb cyclone and Hurricane Harvey, which smacked Houston in 2017 with record downpours, are where the impact of climate change can most clearly be seen, he said, adding that climate change's fingerprints were all over the recent storm.

Pastor convicted of hacking, insider trading gets five years prison: NY judge
Pastor convicted of hacking, insider trading gets five years prison: NY judge
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  • 2019-03-21 20:08:48Z

A former hedge fund manager who also worked as a pastor was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison after being convicted of insider trading on non-public corporate press releases stolen by computer hackers. Vitaly Korchevsky, 53, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn after being convicted by a jury last July on two securities fraud counts and three conspiracy counts. Korchevsky was among 10 people, including seven traders and three Ukraine-based hackers, criminally charged in Brooklyn and New Jersey over the theft of more than 150,000 press releases from Business Wire, Marketwired and PR Newswire that had yet to be made public from February 2010 to...

U.S. Powerball jackpot soars to $625 million ahead of Saturday's drawing
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  • 2019-03-21 17:15:21Z

"A lot like the flowers in the southwest, this $625 million Powerball jackpot is a spectacular super bloom," David Barden, Powerball Product Group Chairman, said in the statement. The latest increase comes more than two weeks after an anonymous sole winner of a $1.5 billion U.S. Mega Millions drawing last fall claimed the jackpot, according South Carolina's lottery commission. In the four days leading up to the drawing, about 370 million of the $2 Mega Millions tickets were sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kentucky launches probe into drug overcharges by pharmacy benefit managers
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  • 2019-03-21 17:06:03Z

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said on Thursday he had launched an investigation into allegations that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) had overcharged state health insurance programs for drugs and discriminated against independent pharmacies. The investigation comes against the backdrop of widespread criticism of rising costs of prescription medicines in the United States, with PBMs, middlemen who negotiate prices for employers and health insurers, coming under intense scrutiny. Ohio's attorney general earlier this week sued UnitedHealth Group's OptumRx unit, which houses the largest U.S. health insurer's PBM business, to recover nearly $16 million in prescription drug...

FBI not properly assessing potential U.S. maritime terrorism threats: report
FBI not properly assessing potential U.S. maritime terrorism threats: report
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  • 2019-03-21 16:53:10Z

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is not taking appropriate steps to review and assess potential maritime terrorism risks facing U.S. sea ports, the Justice Department's internal watchdog has found. In a letter to Horowitz dated Aug. 30 that was released as part of the final audit, FBI Acting Section Chief Thomas Seiler for the External Audit and Compliance Section of the Inspection Division said the FBI concurs with all of the report's recommendations and will work to implement them.

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