Latest News

Gunman who killed five at Florida airport to get life in prison
Gunman who killed five at Florida airport to get life in prison
  • US
  • 2018-08-17 14:19:30Z

A U.S. veteran of the war in Iraq who killed five people during a shooting spree in the arrivals area of a Florida airport last year is due to be sentenced on Friday to life in a federal prison. Esteban Santiago, 28, pleaded guilty in May to launching the attack near a baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 6, 2017. Santiago carried out the rampage after flying to Florida from his home in Anchorage, Alaska, then recovering a 9mm pistol and two ammunition clips from his checked baggage.

Pressure mounts on Trump to deliver for Iowa ahead of elections
Pressure mounts on Trump to deliver for Iowa ahead of elections
  • US
  • 2018-08-17 05:10:10Z

Other farmers, meanwhile, are upset that the White House has not yet followed through on a promise to reform rules that would boost demand for corn-based ethanol, one of the state's biggest businesses. "I still support him, but not as much," Bachman said between bites of pork chops and baked beans at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines last week. "I am afraid we are close to seeing a repeat of the 1980s, where farmers across Iowa lost their land because they ran out of money and couldn't get loans." November's congressional elections represent the first nationwide response to Trump's aggressive trade policies, particularly in the Farm Belt, which runs roughly from Indiana to Kansas and...

Colorado man held on suspicion of killing wife, two children
Colorado man held on suspicion of killing wife, two children
  • US
  • 2018-08-17 02:56:13Z

A Colorado man, who earlier this week pleaded for the safe return of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters after they went missing, has been arrested on suspicion of killing them, police said on Thursday. The body of a woman, believed to be the spouse of Christopher Watts, 33, of Frederick

Body found at New Mexico compound identified as missing boy
  • US
  • 2018-08-17 02:41:54Z

A child's body found at a New Mexico compound has been identified as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, a missing 3-year-old boy whose father is one of five adults charged with child abuse at the remote settlement, the Taos County Sheriff said on Thursday. The finding came two days after a Taos County judge received death threats and Islamophobic abuse for granting bail to the five defendants, who are all black and Muslim. Authorities unearthed the boy's body at the compound on Aug. 6, three days after they raided the ramshackle home near Amalia, New Mexico, where they found 11 children in "filthy conditions" with no food or clean water.

George Washington gold coin sells for $1.7 million
George Washington gold coin sells for $1.7 million
  • US
  • 2018-08-17 02:19:21Z

An 18th century gold coin featuring the likeness of first U.S. President George Washington sold for $1.7 million at auction on Thursday, with the net proceeds going to charity, the auction house said. The 1792 Washington President gold eagle coin was never circulated as money but is instead thought to have been presented to Washington when post-Revolutionary War plans were being drawn up for the first U.S. Mint, according to Heritage Auctions. Currency researchers believe that the Washington President coin, which has his profile on the front and an eagle on the back, was given to him as part of a sales promotion in a bid to obtain a contract to strike U.S coinage, and that Washington...

Do not call us Mormons or LDS Church, leaders of faith ask
Do not call us Mormons or LDS Church, leaders of faith ask
  • US
  • 2018-08-17 02:04:50Z

An online guide accompanying a pronouncement from the church president also asked people to stop referring to followers of the religion as Mormons and not to use the name "LDS" as a shorthand way of describing the faith. "The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," church President Russell Nelson said in a statement. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have long proclaimed their faith as Christian and fought any association with polygamy, which was practiced by early members of the church before they abandoned it more than 100 years ago.

U.S. attorney general issues order to speed up immigrant deportations
U.S. attorney general issues order to speed up immigrant deportations
  • US
  • 2018-08-17 01:58:43Z

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday sought to speed up the deportation of illegal immigrants, telling immigration judges they should only postpone cases in removal proceedings "for good cause shown." Sessions, in an interim order that was criticized by some lawyers, said the "good-cause" standard "limits the discretion of immigration judges and prohibits them from granting continuances for any reason or no reason at all." Unlike the federal judiciary system, U.S. immigration courts fall under the Department of Justice and the attorney general can intervene. Sessions, a Republican former U.S. Senator appointed by President Donald Trump, has been unusually active in this...

U.S. judge blocks programs letting
U.S. judge blocks programs letting 'Grand Theft Auto' players 'cheat'
  • US
  • 2018-08-17 01:20:25Z

A federal judge on Thursday awarded Take-Two Interactive Software Inc , the maker of the "Grand Theft Auto" series, a preliminary injunction to stop a Georgia man from selling programs that it said helps players cheat at the best-selling video game. Take-Two had accused David Zipperer of selling computer programs called Menyoo and Absolute that let users of the "Grand Theft Auto V" multiplayer feature Grand Theft Auto Online cheat by altering the game for their own benefit, or "griefing" other players by altering their game play without permission. U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan said Take-Two was likely to show that Zipperer infringed its "Grand Theft Auto V" copyright,...

Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution
Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution
  • US
  • 2018-08-17 00:30:07Z

Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday. A year ago Harvey dumped more than 60 inches (1.5 meters) of rain on southeastern Texas, halting refineries that produce a quarter of U.S. fuel and damaging infrastructure. Texas industry, including refineries and petrochemical plants, released an extra 8.3 million pounds (3.8 million kg) of air pollutants including cancer-causing benzene, during Harvey, said the report by the Washington-based Environmental Integrity Project.

U.S. judge blocks programs letting
U.S. judge blocks programs letting 'Grand Theft Auto' players 'cheat'
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 23:41:39Z

Take-Two had accused David Zipperer of selling computer programs called Menyoo and Absolute that let users of the "Grand Theft Auto V" multiplayer feature Grand Theft Auto Online cheat by altering the game for their own benefit, or "griefing" other players by altering their game play without permission. U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan said Take-Two was likely to show that Zipperer infringed its "Grand Theft Auto V" copyright, and that his programs would cause irreparable harm to its sales and reputation by discouraging users from buying its video games. Stanton also said an injunction would serve the public interest by encouraging Take-Two to invest more in video games...

Pentagon says China military
Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on U.S. targets
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 23:00:04Z

The assessment, which comes at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China's efforts to increase its global influence, with defense spending that the Pentagon estimates exceeded $190 billion in 2017. "Over the last three years, the PLA has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against U.S. and allied targets," the report said, using an acronym for China's People's Liberation Army. The report comes as China and the United States plan to hold trade talks, offering hope they might resolve an escalating tariff conflict that...

Body found at New Mexico compound identified as missing boy
Body found at New Mexico compound identified as missing boy
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 22:35:59Z

A child's body found at a New Mexico compound has been identified as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, a missing 3-year-old boy whose father is one of five adults charged with child abuse at the remote settlement, the Taos County Sheriff said on Thursday. The condition of the body made identification difficult, and investigators had to use different methods to make a positive identification, according to a statement from Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.The cause and manner of death remained unclear, the statement said. Authorities unearthed the boy's body at the compound on Aug. 6, three days after they raided the ramshackle home near Amalia, New Mexico, where they found 11 children in "filthy...

U.S. safety board links plugged drill pipe to Oklahoma well fire
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 21:02:03Z

There were signs that a natural gas well was not fully sealed before it exploded in January, killing five workers, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said in an updated report on the accident on Thursday. The incident, which took place at a Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, well being drilled for producer Red Mountain Energy by drilling contractor Patterson-UTI, was the deadliest drilling accident since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, which killed 11 people. The CSB's chronology of events in the hours leading to the fatal blowout and fire showed a drill pipe was removed before it was fully emptied of the "mud" used to seal a well.

U.S. judge bars retrial of three ex-Georgeson employees
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 20:41:19Z

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday ruled that prosecutors could not retry three former employees of a firm that advises companies on shareholder votes who were accused of participating in a scheme to pay bribes to learn how a proxy adviser's clients voted.

Vatican feels
Vatican feels 'shame and sorrow' over U.S. grand jury report on abuse
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 20:38:01Z

The Vatican, in its first response to a damning report by a U.S. grand jury on sexual abuse of children by priests in Pennsylvania, on Thursday expressed "shame and sorrow". The grand jury on Tuesday released the findings of the largest-ever investigation of sex abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church, finding that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years. In a statement, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke also said the Catholic Church "must learn hard lessons from its past", and that the Vatican vowed to hold abusers and enablers accountable.

U.S., ACLU agree on plan to reunite separated immigrant families
U.S., ACLU agree on plan to reunite separated immigrant families
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 19:25:59Z

In a Thursday court filing, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said the changes would ensure an "efficient process" for reunifications, without requiring that parents removed from the United States be returned for that purpose. The plan is the second stage of government efforts to reunite 2,551 children with their parents, after they had been separated under U.S. President Donald Trump's now-abandoned "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigrants. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ordered the reunifications on June 26 and must approve any reunification plan.

Man held on suspicion of killing wife, two kids in Colorado
Man held on suspicion of killing wife, two kids in Colorado
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 19:07:27Z

The body of a woman, believed to be the spouse of Christopher Watts, 33, has been recovered, authorities said. Watts was taken into custody late on Wednesday for the suspected murder of his wife Shanann Watts, 34, and of the couple's children. "This is absolutely the worst possible outcome that any of us could imagine," John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said at a news briefing about the incident in Frederick, about 30 miles (50 kms) north of Denver.

Senate adopts resolution backing free press after Trump attacks
Senate adopts resolution backing free press after Trump attacks
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 18:04:59Z

The vote comes after more than 300 hundred U.S. newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people. "A central pillar of President Trump's politics is a sustained assault on the free press," said the editorial by the Boston Globe, which coordinated publication among more than 350 newspapers.

U.S. bishops urge Vatican, lay investigation into ex-cardinal abuses
U.S. bishops urge Vatican, lay investigation into ex-cardinal abuses
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 18:00:06Z

The call comes two days after a Pennsylvania grand jury released the findings of the largest-ever investigation of sex abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church, finding that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years. "Whatever the details may turn out to be regarding Archbishop McCarrick or the many abuses in Pennsylvania (or anywhere else), we already know that one root cause is the failure of episcopal leadership," Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement.

Illness at Ohio Chipotle caused by food-borne bacteria: local officials
Illness at Ohio Chipotle caused by food-borne bacteria: local officials
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 17:56:22Z

The outbreak last month was the latest in a series of food safety lapses at the burrito chain, and health officials said it was caused by the clostridium perfringens bacterium, which often infects food that is prepared in large quantities and kept warm for a long time. The resulting illnesses are fairly common and affect nearly 1 million people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Customers had last month complained of food poisoning and diarrhea after eating tacos and burrito bowls at the Powell, Ohio Chipotle restaurant.

Ross and Kocian add names to Nassar victims list
Ross and Kocian add names to Nassar victims list
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 16:50:36Z

In interview with "CBS This Morning," Ross and 2016 Olympic team gold medalist Madison Kocian said a "culture of silence" within USA Gymnastics had allowed Nassar to prey on young athletes for years. Nassar, a doctor for USA Gymnastics and former faculty member and physician at an on-campus clinic at Michigan State University, was sentenced in February to up to 125 years in prison after some 200 young women testified about decades of abuse at his hands.

On first day of school, Oklahoma girl, 14, stabbed by fellow student
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 15:45:54Z

The girl, who was not identified, was flown to a local hospital and the suspect, 14, was taken into custody. It was not know what prompted the incident at Luther High School, about 25 miles (40 kms) northeast of Oklahoma City, he said. The stabbing in Oklahoma took place in a crowded auditorium, authorities said.

U.S. clergy sex abuse revelation fuels push to reform assault laws
U.S. clergy sex abuse revelation fuels push to reform assault laws
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 11:30:19Z

(Corrects figure in paragraph 20 to $600 million, not billion, in this August 15 story) By Scott Malone and Gabriella Borter BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The latest revelation of widespread child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy has given impetus to efforts by legislators, including a Pennsylvania lawmaker who has said he was raped by a priest as a child, to make it easier to prosecute such cases. State Representative Mark Rozzi, 47, said he has fought for years to give people who say they were sexually assaulted as children more time to report such crimes to police in Pennsylvania, one of 14 U.S. states considering bills to extend the statute of limitations for such offenses....

U.S. banks teach financial literacy with hands-on experience
U.S. banks teach financial literacy with hands-on experience
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 10:58:53Z

For 45 minutes each week, she became one of 15 student tellers at the Community Spirit Bank branch at Red Bay High School in Red Bay, Alabama. Community Spirit has used a digital platform to teach Red Bay students financial concepts for roughly five years. Recent research suggests that pairing financial literacy efforts and tangible experience has a greater impact on positive money management: higher credit scores, less debt and higher savings rates.

Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on the press
Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on the press
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 09:53:02Z

The Boston Globe and the New York Times took part in the push along with more than 350 other newspapers of all sizes including some in states that Trump won during the 2016 presidential election. The Globe's editorial accused Trump of carrying out a "sustained assault on the free press." "The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful," the Globe's editorial said. "To label the press 'the enemy of the people' is as un-American as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries." Trump has frequently criticized journalists and described news reports that contradict his opinion or policy positions as...

Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution
Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 05:23:17Z

Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday. A year ago Harvey dumped more than 60 inches (1.5 meters) of rain on southeastern Texas, halting refineries that produce a quarter of U.S. fuel and damaging infrastructure. Texas industry, including refineries and petrochemical plants, released an extra 8.3 million pounds (3.8 million kg) of air pollutants including cancer-causing benzene, during Harvey, said the report by the Washington-based Environmental Integrity Project.

U.S. and Mexico to set up joint team to fight drug cartels
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 04:12:58Z

U.S. and Mexican law enforcement authorities will set up a joint team based in Chicago targeting the leaders and finances of drug cartels that ship opioids into the United States, aiming to stanch a spike in overdose deaths, officials said on Wednesday. The new effort comes amid strained ties between the neighbors and about four months before Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-leaning nationalist, is due to take power. Lopez Obrador has vowed to shake up Mexico's war on drug cartels and wants to rewrite the rules, aides have said, suggesting negotiated peace and amnesties rather than a hardline strategy critics blame for perpetuating violence.

Judge orders Keystone XL pipeline review in setback for Trump
Judge orders Keystone XL pipeline review in setback for Trump
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 03:57:27Z

A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday ordered the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, a move that could delay the project and prove a setback for the Trump administration. For more than a decade, environmentalists, tribal groups, and ranchers have fought the $8-billion, 1,180-mile (1,900-km) pipeline to carry heavy crude to Steele City in Nebraska from Canada's oilsands in Alberta. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled for the Indigenous Environmental Network and other plaintiffs, ordering the review of a revised pipeline route through Nebraska to supplement one the department did on the original...

El Salvador probes alleged cases of child abuse in U.S. detention centers
El Salvador probes alleged cases of child abuse in U.S. detention centers
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 03:25:00Z

El Salvador is investigating three alleged cases of sexual abuse of minors in U.S. immigrant detention centers, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Salvadorans Abroad, Liduvina Magarin, told reporters that consulate officials were using private attorneys to investigate the cases of alleged abuse at shelters in the U.S. state of Arizona. The U.S. State Department did not reply immediately to a request for comment, while an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said the agency did not have family facilities in Arizona.

Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on media
Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on media
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 03:16:35Z

The Boston Globe organized the editorial push, which was joined by the New York Times and a number of smaller newspapers, including some in states that Trump won during the 2016 presidential election. A representative for the White House could not immediately be reached for comment on the editorials.

New Mexico compound member in U.S. illegally over 20 years: government
New Mexico compound member in U.S. illegally over 20 years: government
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 01:20:04Z

A Haitian woman who was charged with child abuse at a New Mexico compound has been taken into custody by immigration authorities after living in the United States illegally for over 20 years, federal officials said on Wednesday. Jany Leveille, 35, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Taos County on Tuesday and must appear before a judge to resolve her immigration status, according to a statement by ICE. The immigration proceeding, which could lead to Leveille's deportation, follows a raid on the compound Aug. 3 in which police said they found 11 children living in dirty conditions with no food or water.

Colorado baker in case of Supreme Court sues state over
Colorado baker in case of Supreme Court sues state over 'persecution'
  • US
  • 2018-08-16 01:10:59Z

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in the city of Lakewood, accuses Colorado's Civil Rights Commission of violating his constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of religion, equal protection and due process, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver on Tuesday. "This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado's continuing persecution of Phillips," the written complaint alleges. Also named in the lawsuit are Governor John Hickenlooper and Cynthia Coffman, the state attorney general.

New Mexico compound member in U.S. illegally over 20 years: government
New Mexico compound member in U.S. illegally over 20 years: government
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 23:45:28Z

A Haitian woman who was charged with child abuse at a New Mexico compound has been taken into custody by immigration authorities after living in the United States illegally for over 20 years, immigration officials said on Wednesday. Jany Leveille, 35, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Taos County, New Mexico, on Tuesday and must appear before a judge to resolve her immigration status, according to a statement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Leveille has been unlawfully present in the U.S. for more than 20 years after overstaying the validity of her non-immigrant visitor visa," according to an ICE statement.

White House cannot shield information on transgender military ban: judge
White House cannot shield information on transgender military ban: judge
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 20:34:46Z

The decision on Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge A. David Copperthite came in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf more than one dozen transgender people serving or who want to serve in the military. Copperthite declined to decide whether President Donald Trump deserved a protective order for his own communications, pending a ruling on whether to dismiss Trump as a defendant. Andy Reuss, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, declined to comment.

Ex-NYC union head convicted of taking bribe for investing in hedge fund
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 20:22:49Z

The former head of New York City's correction officers' union was found guilty on Wednesday of accepting a bribe to steer union money to now-defunct hedge fund Platinum Partners for investing. Norman Seabrook, who once led the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, was convicted by a Manhattan federal jury of one count of fraud after his second trial on the charges. The jury has so far failed to reach a verdict on a related conspiracy charge.

BNSF adds to restrictions on older oil-tank cars ahead of phase-out: sources
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 17:04:33Z

BNSF Railway Inc, the largest U.S. railroad, is expanding efforts to remove older oil tank cars from its lines ahead of a federal deadline, according to three people familiar with the matter, adding to restrictions that could worsen transport bottlenecks. The move by BNSF comes as demand for rail transport is rising, with production in West Texas and Canadian oil fields outpacing pipeline capacity, pressuring crude pricing in several regions. Railroads have been pushing crude shippers to use newer tank cars to reduce liability exposure.

Turnout in Minnesota, Wisconsin primaries surges to two-decade highs
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 13:24:37Z

Both states showed dramatic increases in participation as voters picked candidates for Congress, Senate and governor, with Minnesota's turnout surpassing a two-decade high and Wisconsin's hitting levels not seen for a state primary since at least 2002. Democrats are hoping to replicate successes seen around the nation throughout the past 18 months in local and state special elections, where high levels of enthusiasm have propelled them to victories in races from Alabama's Senate seat in December to a southwest Pennsylvania Congressional district in March.

New school year, new security at site of Florida massacre
New school year, new security at site of Florida massacre
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 12:20:15Z

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has doubled its campus security detail to 18, including three uniformed sheriff's deputies, and the school's 3,200 students must wear identification badges as they funnel through three entrances when they arrive at the sprawling campus. On Feb. 14, in the third deadliest shooting by a single gunman at an American school, Nikolas Cruz, 19, who had once been expelled from the school, allegedly opened fire with an assault-style weapon. Cruz is awaiting trial on 17 counts of first-degree murder.

Florida university latest to cut ties with China's Confucius Institute
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 10:42:22Z

The University of North Florida will close a campus branch of a Chinese-run cultural institute, the latest U.S. college to do so amid criticism from U.S. legislators that China uses the institute to influence American higher education. The Jacksonville-based university said on Tuesday it had determined after "careful consideration" that the Confucius Institute, which opened a branch there in 2014 to promote language and culture, did not meet the university's mission. "After reviewing the classes, activities and events sponsored over the past four years and comparing them with the mission and goals of the university, it was determined that they weren't aligned," the university said in a...

Lightning storms mass over California, Oregon as wildfires blaze
Lightning storms mass over California, Oregon as wildfires blaze
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 09:45:01Z

The clouds carried little rain and offered little chance of a break from the bone-dry conditions plaguing the region, the National Weather Service said. Elsewhere, crews made slow but steady progress against wildfires including one, called the Mendocino Complex, which has become largest in California's history and killed one firefighter from Utah on Monday. Emergency crews had managed to set up containment lines around almost two thirds the fire which has raged through the southern end of the Mendocino National Forest, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor
Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor's appeal, upper court yet to rule: lawyer
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 08:24:12Z

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - One Turkish court has rejected an American Christian pastor's appeal to be released from house arrest and for his travel ban to be lifted, but an upper court is yet to rule on the appeal, his lawyer told Reuters on Wednesday.

Mayor of Washington D.C. joins El Salvador town to celebrate migration milestone
Mayor of Washington D.C. joins El Salvador town to celebrate migration milestone
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 05:32:15Z

Far from U.S. President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration, the people of a small coastal town in El Salvador on Tuesday celebrated half a century of their links to Washington D.C. - joined by the capital's mayor. Sigfredo Chavez and Elba Salinas, along with their two sons, were the first migrants from Intipuca to make the long journey to the United States in 1967, ending up in Washington D.C. and paving the way for thousands of people from their town who would follow, local officials said.

New Mexico Judge gets death threats after granting bail to compound members
New Mexico Judge gets death threats after granting bail to compound members
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 03:00:13Z

Police raided the compound in Taos County on Aug. 3 following a tip-off that children held there were starving. Granting bail on Monday, district Judge Sarah Backus said prosecutors failed to show the defendants, all of whom are Muslims, posed a danger to the community. A caller subsequently told

New Mexico Judge gets death threats after granting bail to compound members
New Mexico Judge gets death threats after granting bail to compound members
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 03:00:13Z

District court Judge Sarah Backus on Monday ruled prosecutors failed to show the defendants posed a threat to the community, despite accusations an abducted toddler died at their compound near Amalia, New Mexico, as his father prayed from the Koran to cast out "demonic spirits." "I believe that decision is endangering our community and our people," said Larry Salazar, 67, a rancher who lives about 2 miles from the high-desert compound where police discovered a boy's body on Aug. 6. Where are they going to be going to?" The two men, their wives and a sister must wear GPS ankle bracelets once released on $20,000 bail each and are not allowed back to the compound, Backus ruled.

Wisconsin, Minnesota races could serve as barometer of voter intensity
Wisconsin, Minnesota races could serve as barometer of voter intensity
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 02:30:58Z

Voters had their say in primary races in the upper Midwestern states of Wisconsin and Minnesota on Tuesday, two key battlegrounds in November's congressional elections that could determine control of Congress. States such as Wisconsin helped drive Donald Trump's surprising presidential win two years ago, and voter turnout there and in neighboring Minnesota could serve as a barometer of opposition strength headed into the midterm elections. Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin in 32 years, and he narrowly lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton in Minnesota.

In first, transgender woman wins Democratic nomination for Vermont governor
In first, transgender woman wins Democratic nomination for Vermont governor
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 02:28:17Z

The win "is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality," Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, which seeks to elect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates, said in a statement. The contest comes at a time of uncertainty for transgender rights, which expanded under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama.

Yosemite reopens its valley, as flames and smoke linger
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 01:25:58Z

The reopening of Yosemite Valley, by far the most heavily visited area of the park, came as firefighters continued to make slow, steady progress containing the last hot spots of the Ferguson Fire, which erupted July 13 at the edge of Yosemite. Two roads into Yosemite Valley and the valley itself were reopened on Tuesday for the first time since July 25. Visitors were cautioned to expect diminished visibility in Yosemite Valley.

Nine hurt as Denver gas explosion levels residential building
Nine hurt as Denver gas explosion levels residential building
  • US
  • 2018-08-15 00:11:01Z

Nine people were injured, one critically, on Tuesday when a natural gas explosion leveled a Denver apartment house, a fire department spokesman said. First responders rescued two victims trapped inside the building, described as a "fourplex," in Denver's historic Baker neighborhood, said Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley. No one else was believed trapped in the rubble, alive or dead, Pixley said, but firefighters were conducting a thorough search to make sure.

Ford to invest $740 million in Detroit train station, city development project
Ford to invest $740 million in Detroit train station, city development project
  • US
  • 2018-08-14 23:11:47Z

Ford aims to turn the building into a campus of offices for up to 5,000 tech workers and software engineers focused on self-driving vehicles and ancillary technologies and services. The second largest U.S. automaker based in Dearborn, Michigan, about 10 miles from Detroit, announced the project in June, but had not previously disclosed costs until a community meeting on Tuesday. The company said Tuesday in a statement it is "working with federal, state and local economic development groups and officials, seeking at least $250 million in tax or other incentives to support the development of the five Corktown sites Ford has purchased." Ford said total investment in the development of the...

U.S. lawsuit over photos at U.S.-Mexico border crossings is revived
U.S. lawsuit over photos at U.S.-Mexico border crossings is revived
  • US
  • 2018-08-14 23:03:03Z

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, ruled 3-0 that a lower court judge acted too hastily in dismissing Ray Askins' and Christian Ramirez's First Amendment claims against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection officials. It faulted the judge for deciding in a "conclusory fashion" that the case should be dismissed because of the government's "extremely compelling interest" in border security and general interest in protecting U.S. territorial sovereignty. While reasonable restrictions on speech might be justified, "it is the government's burden to prove that these specific restrictions are the least restrictive means available...

Top News: US

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.