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  • China angered at new U.S. defense act, to assess content

    China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of a U.S. panel that reviews foreign investment proposals. China's complaints about the act come as the world's two biggest economies engage in an increasingly bitter fight over trade, levying tariffs on each others' products. U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716-billion defense policy act on Monday that authorizes military spending and waters down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd .

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 03:28:39 -0400
  • New Mexico family believed dead boy's spirit would lead attacks: prosecutors

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    A 3-year-old boy found buried at a New Mexico desert compound died in a ritual to "cast out demonic spirits," but his extended family believed he would "return as Jesus" to identify "corrupt" targets for them to attack, prosecutors said in court on Monday. Prosecutors' account of an exorcism-like ritual, allegations of weapons training for children and references to martyrdom and conspiracy were aimed at persuading a judge to deny bond for the five adults charged with child abuse in the case. Defense attorneys said prosecutors sought to criminalize their clients for being African-Americans of Muslim faith.

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:45:37 -0400
  • Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks

    A break in the brutal heat wave that has baked California for much of the summer gave firefighters a chance to attack a string of major wildfires across the state that have killed eight people and destroyed thousands of homes. The cooler temperatures, off triple digits across much of Northern California, came during a two-day tour of the area by two Trump administration officials, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The intensity of this year's fire season, one of California's worst in more than a decade, showed the need for clearing underbrush and removing dead trees, Zinke told KRCR-TV during the visit.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 22:59:14 -0400
  • Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures

    U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday that authorizes military spending and includes watered-down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL]. Trump signed the law at the U.S. Army's Fort Drum base in upstate New York on his way back to Washington after a 12-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. The bill was named for one of Trump's political critics, the ailing U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, but he did not mention McCain's name.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 22:50:15 -0400
  • Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures

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    U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday that authorizes military spending and includes watered-down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Trump signed the law at the U.S. Army's Fort Drum base in upstate New York on his way back to Washington after a 12-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. The bill was named for one of Trump's political critics, the ailing U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, but he did not mention McCain's name.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:58:30 -0400
  • Boy at New Mexico compound died in ritual ceremony, prosecutors say

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    Authorities found the remains at a ramshackle compound north of Taos where 11 other children were found alive but malnourished in a raid on the site 10 days ago. The prosecutor said during a court hearing for five adults arrested on charges of abusing the 11 children that they had been trained to use weapons and defend the compound in the event of an FBI raid. The adults, including three women who police said were the mothers of the 11 children, were charged with 11 counts of felony child abuse.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:49:15 -0400
  • Former Transmar executive sentenced to three years prison for fraud

    Former Transmar Commodity Group Ltd chief executive Peter G. Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to defrauding banks in order to win a $400 million credit line for the now bankrupt New Jersey-based cocoa trading company, prosecutors said. Prosecutors had said in a court filing that federal guidelines would call for a sentence of more than 15 years.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:21:18 -0400
  • Florida man charged in 'stand your ground' shooting

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    The suspect, Michael Drejka of Clearwater, was taken into custody on Monday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. “We did our own investigation," said Bernie McCabe, the state attorney for Pinellas and Pasco Counties who filed the charges in explaining his decision to prosecute. The law, which removes legal responsibility to retreat from a dangerous situation, was cited as a factor in the fatal 2012 shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain who was eventually acquitted.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:14:55 -0400
  • Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks

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    A break in the sizzling heat wave that has baked California for much of the summer gave firefighters a chance to attack a string of major wildfires burning across the state that have killed eight people and destroyed thousands of homes. The cooler temperatures came during a two-day tour of devastated neighborhoods by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Zinke told local KRCR-TV during the visit that the intensity of this year's fire season showed the need for clearing underbrush and removing dead trees.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:43:46 -0400
  • Washington white nationalist rally sputters in sea of counterprotesters

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    A large police presence kept the two sides separated in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House. After two hours and a few speeches, the "Unite the Right 2" rally ended early when it began to rain and two police vans took the demonstrators back to Virginia. Sunday's events, while tense at times, were a far cry from the street brawls that broke out in downtown Charlottesville a year ago, when a local woman was killed by a man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:55:49 -0400
  • Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Alaska's oil-producing North Slope

    A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on Sunday near the native Alaskan village of Kaktovik and part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where the Trump administration plans to allow oil drilling, but no injuries or damage were reported. The temblor, which occurred just before 7 a.m. (1500 GMT), was the most powerful on record to hit Alaska's oil-producing North Slope, said Paul Huang, a seismologist and deputy director of the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska. No tsunami alert was generated, though ground motion was felt as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska, nearly 400 miles (644 km) to the south.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:15:06 -0400
  • Washington white nationalist rally sputters in sea of counterprotesters

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    A large police presence kept the two sides separated in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House. After two hours and a few speeches, the "Unite the Right 2" rally ended early when it began to rain and two police vans took the demonstrators back to Virginia. Sunday's events, while tense at times, were a far cry from the street brawls that broke out in downtown Charlottesville a year ago, when a local woman was killed by a man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 19:31:26 -0400
  • Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Alaska, no initial reports of damage

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Kaktovik in Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Sunday.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 12:15:50 -0400
  • Smoke gets in your eyes: wildfires sting California park tourism

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    For the past two weeks, a wildfire has forced much of Yosemite National Park in California to close, with smoke blanketing its famous rock formations and clouding the summer travel season for one of the largest tourism economies tied to a U.S. park. Steven Anker, 53, has seen business decrease by 80 percent at his Priest Station Café in nearby Groveland."People come to Yosemite to see the outdoors. Wildfires burning in the U.S. West have scorched 5.6 million acres (2.3 million hectares) this year, including parts of other national forests, the National Interagency Fire Center said on its website.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:53:00 -0400
  • NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere

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    The craft will endure extreme heat while zooming through the solar corona to study the Sun's outer atmosphere that gives rise to the solar winds. It is set to fly into the Sun's corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) of the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft. The corona gives rise to the solar wind, a continuous flow of charged particles that permeates the solar system and can cause havoc with communications technology on Earth.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 05:23:31 -0400
  • FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker steals plane, crashes it

    A Horizon Air ground service agent got into a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft on Friday night in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took off, Horizon sister carrier Alaska Airlines said. Relatives and co-workers identified the man as Richard Russell of Sumner, Washington, who also went by the name Beebo. "He was a faithful husband, a loving son, and a good friend," the Russell family said in a statement.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 01:36:09 -0400
  • More than 100 large wildfires in U.S. as new blazes erupt

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    (Reuters) - Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday. More than 30,000 personnel, including firefighters from across the United States and nearly 140 from Australia and New Zealand, were battling the blazes that have consumed more than 1.6 million acres (648,000 hectares), according to the National Interagency Coordination Center. "We are expecting that there will be more fire-starts today," Jeremy Grams, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma, said in an interview on Saturday.

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 23:54:43 -0400
  • FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker stole plane and crashed it

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    A Horizon Air ground service agent got into a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft on Friday night in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took off, Horizon sister carrier Alaska Airlines said. "There were some maneuvers that were done that were incredible maneuvers with the aircraft," Beck said. In partial recordings of the employee's conversations with air traffic controllers that were published online by Broadcastify.com, the man said he was sorry to disappoint people who cared about him and described himself as a "broken guy." "Got a few screws loose, I guess," he is heard saying in the recording.

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 18:28:39 -0400
  • Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills family cat

    A mountain lion crawled into a Colorado home and killed a family’s pet house cat and fled into a canyon after wildlife officers shot it with non-lethal bean bag rounds to force it outside, authorities said on Friday. The prowling cougar came through an unlocked screen door at a home in Boulder in the Colorado foothills late Thursday night while the occupants were not home, Jason Clay, spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said in a statement. The residents, who were not named, discovered the mountain lion inside their residence when they arrived home, and called police who then summoned the wildlife agency, Clay said.

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 02:16:45 -0400
  • Fifth body found in crashed Alaska plane; no body recovery planned

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    A fifth body was found on Friday in the wreckage of an Alaska sightseeing plane that crashed near North America's tallest peak, leaving no doubt the pilot perished with his four Polish passengers on the steep mountainside, authorities said. The impact left the plane in two pieces, lodged in the crevasse of a hanging glacier nearly 11,000 feet high on a steep, avalanche-prone slope from which unstable ice blocks are protruding, Park Service officials said. “The tail and fuselage of the aircraft are just hanging on by a piece of metal,” Park Service spokeswoman Katherine Belcher said.

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 01:15:15 -0400
  • California police chief's son charged in beating of Sikh man

    Tyrone McAllister, 18, whose parents assisted police in tracking him down following Monday's attack in the town of Manteca, about 75 miles east of San Francisco, was arraigned in San Joaquin County Superior Court and ordered held on $300,000 bond. Court records show a public defender was appointed to represent McAllister, and he was scheduled to return to court on Aug. 17. A video of the attack, which occurred in a park and was recorded by a security camera on a nearby house, was posted online by municipal authorities.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 22:03:10 -0400
  • Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial

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    The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury at San Francisco's Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weed killers.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 21:26:11 -0400
  • Bank sped up Manafort loan approval as CEO sought Trump cabinet job: witness

    Dennis Raico, a former Federal Savings Bank executive testifying under immunity, said the bank's chief executive, Steve Calk, expressed interest in such posts as Treasury secretary or Housing and Urban Development secretary. Calk took a "personal interest" in Manafort's loan applications and expedited them, Raico said. One loan was approved a day after a July 27, 2016, call in which Calk let it be known to Manafort he wanted a role in the administration.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 21:00:56 -0400
  • Mother of slain youth, Michael Brown, running for Ferguson City Council

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    Lezley McSpadden announced her candidacy at an emotionally charged rally surrounded by supporters, a day after the fourth anniversary of her son's death, which thrust the St. Louis suburb into the global spotlight as an emblem of troubled U.S. race relations. McSpadden, a onetime grocery store worker who founded and runs a charitable foundation in her son's name dedicated to various social causes, had previously hinted at her intention to seek a City Council seat at an event in April. "I learned to walk again, and this is one of my first steps, running for Ferguson City Council of 2019." McSpadden, who earned her high school diploma last year at age 37, said her three main focuses would be community policing, economic equality and healthcare access, especially for children.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 19:24:18 -0400
  • Judge encouraged by U.S. plan to reunite separated immigrant families

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    The reunification plan set forth in a Thursday night court filing described several processes to locate parents who had been removed from the country, determine their intentions for their children, and ensure that children remain safe. "There's no question the government has put in a great deal of thought into this," U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego said at a hearing. The plan provided that the government would resolve concerns about the children's safety and parentage.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 19:16:02 -0400
  • Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial

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    The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury at San Francisco's Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weed killers.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:53:49 -0400
  • Manafort witness says bank CEO coveted Cabinet job, pushed to approve loans

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    Dennis Raico, a former Federal Savings Bank executive testifying under immunity, said the bank's chief executive, Stephen Calk, expressed interest in such posts as Treasury secretary or Housing and Urban Development secretary. Manafort later asked the incoming administration to consider tapping Calk for secretary of the Army, according to testimony earlier in the week. Calk, a retired Army officer and helicopter pilot, did not get the job.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:01:46 -0400
  • Group asks Trump to unblock 41 Twitter users after court ruling

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    A U.S. free speech group on Friday asked President Donald Trump to unblock 41 Twitter users after a federal judge in May ordered him to restore access to a group of individuals who filed suit. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled on May 23 that comments on the president's account, and those of other government officials, were public forums and that blocking Twitter Inc users for their views violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on Friday sent the Justice Department a list of 41 accounts that remain blocked from Trump's @RealDonaldTrump account.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:33:46 -0400
  • California wildfire said set by arsonist threatens community

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    A Southern California wildfire - which authorities say was set by an arsonist with a grudge against a neighbor - doubled in size overnight into Friday as crews built fire lines and fought to protect thousands of homes in a lakefront community. The Holy Fire, which broke out on Monday in Holy Jim Canyon in Orange County southeast of Los Angeles, has already destroyed 12 structures and was only 5 percent contained as of Friday. Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, who owns a cabin in Holy Jim Canyon, was arrested earlier this week after a standoff with police and charged with arson, making criminal threats and resisting arrest.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:05:27 -0400
  • Confirmation hearings for U.S. top court nominee Kavanaugh open Sept. 4

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    Confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin on Sept. 4, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced in a statement on Friday. Opening statements by committee members will take place on Sept. 4, and the questioning of Kavanaugh will start the following day, the committee statement said. Republican President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, on July 9 to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:00:33 -0400
  • U.S. census citizenship question panned by scientists, civil rights groups

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    The comments have not yet been published, but some groups and individuals reinforced their opposition to the Trump administration's plan to ask census respondents whether they are U.S. citizens. At least 250,000 people have called for removing the question, according to a coalition of civil rights groups, led by the Leadership Conference Education Fund https://leadershipconferenceedfund.org/about on Wednesday. "This egregious citizenship question is a political effort to weaponize the census to redefine American democracy for a narrow set of people,” Vanita Gupta, the fund's president, said in a statement.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:51:08 -0400
  • Trump renews attacks on protesting NFL players, says 'be cool'

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    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday renewed his attacks on NFL players pushing for criminal justice and other social reforms, after a number of players protested during the league's preseason opening late on Thursday. The National Football League has struggled to address the issue of players who silently protest against police brutality and social inequality during the national anthem, amid Trump's regular criticism of such protests and as it tries to manage relations with both its players and fans. Trump, who has urged the NFL to suspend protesting players - who have mostly been black Americans - again called on the NFL to act, and said players should find another way to speak out.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:24:48 -0400
  • As U.S. unleashes sanctions, Americans view Russia as bigger threat than Iran: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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    While a majority of U.S. adults view Iran as a threat to the United States, that number has decreased slightly over the past three years, the poll shows. In comparison, the number of Americans who consider Russia a threat to their country increased since 2015, as U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and on new accusations of Russian meddling ahead of the November midterm elections. Highlights from Reuters/Ipsos polls show: Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults said in a poll conducted in July 2018 that Iran poses a "moderate," "serious" or "imminent" threat to the United States.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:22:04 -0400
  • Anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally puts city, D.C. on edge

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    "They feel that not being here is giving in to fear and terror." Officials in Charlottesville have vowed a massive police presence – with some 1,000 personnel assigned – to deter any violence. The organizer of last year's event, white nationalist Jason Kessler, was denied a permit in Charlottesville this year but has secured permission to hold a demonstration on Sunday in Washington, across the street from the White House. Washington officials said on Thursday that police were ready for the rally as well as five planned counterprotests that could attract close to 2,000 people in all.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:14:07 -0400
  • California police chief's son due in court over beating of Sikh man

    Tyrone McAllister, 18, has been charged, along with an unnamed 16-year-old, with second-degree robbery, harming an elderly adult and one other charge over the incident on Monday, which was recorded by a security camera on a nearby house. The video, posted online by officials in the city of Manteca in northern California, showed two men confronting the 71-year-old victim, who was wearing a turban and walking alone on a sidewalk. Following McAllister's arrest on Wednesday, the police department of Union City, about an hour from Manteca, posted a letter on its Facebook page.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 08:24:06 -0400
  • Florida school shooting families want board removed

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    "The current school board has failed to properly prepare the county’s 234 schools for the upcoming school year," said Tony Montalto, president of Stand With Parkland, a group formed by families of victims of the Feb. 14 attack, during a televised press conference. The Florida shooting prompted schools across the United States to introduce a host of security measures, ranging from metal detectors to security fences. Montalto said the Broward County School District had no "unified plan" for school safety.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 22:58:47 -0400
  • Tennessee executes man for 1985 rape, murder of seven-year-old girl

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    Billy Irick, 59, who had spent more than three decades on death row, was put to death at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tylee Tracer said. Pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m. Central time, he became the 15th inmate executed this year in the United States and the first in Tennessee since 2009. Irick had been a boarder in the home where the girl lived with her mother, stepfather and siblings.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 22:56:09 -0400
  • Brooklyn imam dismayed by family's tragedy at New Mexico compound

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    Siraj Wahhaj, a Brooklyn-based imam, spoke to reporters at his mosque, Masjid Taqwa, a day after his son, two daughters, a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law were charged with 11 felony counts of child abuse in New Mexico. The son, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, also was charged with custodial interference in the alleged abduction of his 3-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, last December from the Atlanta home of the child's mother.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 21:12:52 -0400
  • New Mexico compound girls briefly reunited with grandfather

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    Two girls who were among 11 children taken from a New Mexico compound raided last week by police were briefly reunited on Thursday with their grandfather, who said that with their parents in jail he wanted to take them to his home in Egypt. The girls, wearing pink and yellow headscarfs, appeared happy to see Gerard Jabril Abdulwali, 64, as they hugged in the lobby of the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) office in Taos, New Mexico. All of the children have been in protective custody since authorities said they were found ragged and starving at the compound last Friday, and their parents were arrested.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:22:34 -0400
  • U.S. reunions of immigrant families grind to a near halt

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    The number of immigrant children in U.S. care who have still not been reunited with their families after being separated at the Mexican border has barely budged in the past week, as the government struggles to locate parents no longer in the United States. Over 500 children out of more than 2,500 separated from their parents by officials at the border remain in the care of the government. The children were removed from their parents as part of President Donald Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy to discourage illegal immigration.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:08:31 -0400
  • Los Angeles prosecutors review sex assault cases against actors Seagal, Anderson

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    The case involving Weinstein brings to six the number under review by Los Angeles prosecutors. District Attorney spokesman Greg Risling did not give details of the allegations or when the alleged assaults took place. Representatives of Weinstein, Seagal and Anderson did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:41:24 -0400
  • Mechanic latest to die in fight against California fires

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    Andrew Brake, 40, was assigned to the Carr Fire burning around Redding in Northern California and died in a crash on Highway 99 in nearby Tehama County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) said. "On behalf of all Californians, we honor Andrew and the many other brave firefighters and emergency responders who have risked their lives to protect others," California Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement. The 177,000-acre (71,629-hectare) Carr Fire, roughly 200 miles (320 km) north of San Francisco, has killed two other firefighters along with three members of one family and has destroyed nearly 1,100 homes.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:49:02 -0400
  • Judge orders migrants returned to U.S. in midst of deportation flight

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    The pair were among 12 plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging changes in asylum policies ordered by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Washington D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan was hearing a request to stay the plaintiffs' deportations, when the ACLU learned that two of them were already on a flight to Central America, the civil rights group said. Upon hearing the news, Sullivan ordered their flight returned and suggested that Sessions could be held in contempt of court, according to the ACLU.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:21:09 -0400
  • U.S. appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide said to harm children

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    The 2-1 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle overturned former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's March 2017 denial of a petition by environmental groups to halt the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops such as fruits, vegetables and nuts. "This shows that the EPA can't just ignore the science that this pesticide damages children's brains," Marisa Ordonia, a lawyer for Earthjustice, which represented the petitioners, said in an interview. "The Trump administration has to follow the law, as does everyone else." Pruitt's ruling, one of many by the administration to reduce federal regulatory oversight, had reversed a 2015 Obama administration recommendation to extend to food a 2000 ban on chlorpyrifos that covered most household settings.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:53:37 -0400
  • Oklahoma teen who killed parents, siblings gets life in prison

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    Michael Bever who was 16 at the time of the killings, was found guilty in May by a jury in a Tulsa County District Court of five counts of first-degree murder along with assault and battery with intent to kill in connection with his attack on a sibling who survived. "This is the most brutal homicide case I have ever prosecuted," Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in an interview. An attorney for Bever was not immediately for comment.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:37:35 -0400
  • Science Applications International wins $597 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Science Applications International Corp has been awarded a $597 million U.S. defense contract for the production and delivery of integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:32:25 -0400
  • Supreme Court clears way for Tennessee to execute murderer

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    The decision cleared the path for the lethal injection and came just hours before the state was scheduled to put to death Billy Irick, 59, at 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. The execution would be the first in the state since 2009 and the 15th this year in the United States. Lawyers for Irick, who has been on death row more than three decades, said he has suffered from psychosis for his entire life and putting him to death would violate legal norms barring the execution of people with severe mental disorders or disabilities.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 16:51:16 -0400
  • Mechanic killed in road accident while fighting Carr Fire in California

    (Reuters) - A heavy equipment mechanic working for California fire authorities and assigned to the Carr wildfire was killed on Thursday as a result of traffic accident, officials said, bringing the death toll from that blaze to eight. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the mechanic was from the Butte Unit and that the accident took place on Highway 99 in Tehama County.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:58:32 -0400
  • The 'Friends' trend: '90s fashion revival for back-to-school season

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    U.S. apparel retailers, hurt by more consumers shopping online and declining mall traffic, have been starved for a major new fashion movement to entice finicky millennial buyers. With back-to-school spending expected to rise due to a strong economy and high consumer confidence this year, retailers are hoping renewed interest in '90s fashion will fuel a recovery in the sector after several quarters of sales declines. The fashion reboot is being characterized as the "Friends" trend, according to A-Line Partners analyst Gabriella Santaniello, with teens and millennials inspired by what characters wore on the '90s hit television show that is now available on Netflix and YouTube.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 07:46:04 -0400
  • After disaster alert failures, U.S. moves toward national system

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    In California last month, two young children and their great-grandmother died in a wildfire that family members say they never saw coming. In January, thousands of people were panic-stricken in Hawaii by a false alarm that a ballistic missile was about to strike the islands. "For all practical purposes we don't really have a national warning system," Dennis Mileti, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told Reuters.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 07:43:17 -0400
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