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  • American Express to pay $96 million over discriminatory card terms

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    American Express will end up paying $96 million to credit card customers in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories for charging higher interest rates and engaging in other discriminatory practices, federal regulators said on Wednesday. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that more than 200,000 consumers at two of the company's banking subsidiaries had been harmed by the practices, which also included stricter credit cutoffs and less debt forgiveness than offered to customers in U.S. states. American Express said in a statement the discrepancy was discovered in an internal review and reported to the CFPB in 2013.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:07:55 -0400
  • Cuba 'incidents' caused brain injury, nerve damage to diplomats: CBS News

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    A doctor who evaluated American and Canadian diplomats working in Cuba diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury and damage to the central nervous system, CBS News said on Wednesday, citing medical records it reviewed. The diplomats had complained of symptoms including hearing loss, nausea, headaches and balance disorders after what were described as "incidents" that began affecting them in Havana beginning in late 2016, CBS News said. Officials are investigating whether the diplomats were targets of some form of sonic attack directed at their homes, CBS reported, citing a source familiar with the incidents.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:40:17 -0400
  • SAC's Martoma fails to overturn U.S. insider trading conviction

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    A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the insider trading conviction of Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager for billionaire Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors LP, after the U.S. Supreme Court made such cases easier to pursue. In a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan found "overwhelming" evidence that a Michigan doctor received financial benefits from providing confidential information to Martoma about a 2008 Alzheimer's drug trial.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:15:29 -0400
  • Confederate General Lee doppelganger pulled from college broadcast

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    White nationalists rallied earlier this month against a proposal to take down a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, and clashed with counterprotesters. The decision to remove announcer Robert Lee, which sparked anger on social media, was made for safety reasons, ESPN spokeswoman Keri Potts said. "When the protests in Charlottesville were happening, we raised with him the notion of switching games," ESPN spokesman Chris LaPlaca said.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:11:46 -0400
  • Trump voices mild optimism about ties with North Korea

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    PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday about a possible improvement in relations with North Korea after months of mounting tension over its weapons programs. "I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us," Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "And maybe - probably not, but maybe - something positive can come about," he said at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Paul Tait)

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:23:33 -0400
  • U.N. rights experts urge U.S. to 'unequivocally' condemn racism

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. human rights experts called on the United States and its leadership on Wednesday to "unequivocally and unconditionally" condemn racist speech and crimes, warning that a failure to do so could fuel further violent incidents. The "early warning and urgent action" statement, reserved for serious situations, was issued by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), although it stopped short of criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump by name.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:23:33 -0400
  • First lady thanks Chelsea Clinton for defending Barron Trump

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    Chelsea Clinton criticized the Daily Caller, a conservative news website, for publishing an article by its entertainment reporter criticizing the clothes of 11-year-old Barron Trump. The article drew widespread scorn, notably from Chelsea Clinton, whose appearance was often picked over by news outlets while she was a child growing up in the White House and her father, Bill Clinton, was president in the 1990s. "It's high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves," Clinton wrote on Twitter on Monday, referring to the article.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:52:59 -0400
  • Trump warns may terminate NAFTA treaty

    U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday he might terminate the NAFTA trade treaty with Mexico and Canada after three-way talks failed to bridge deep differences. The United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up their first round of talks on Sunday to revamp the trade pact with little sign of a breakthrough coming. Trump reopened negotiations of the 1994 treaty out of concern U.S. economic interests were suffering.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:36:17 -0400
  • Factbox: Trump on Twitter (August 23) - Arizona, Phoenix, Filibuster

    The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:19:19 -0400
  • Army drill sergeants at Fort Benning, Ga. suspended in sex assault probe

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    A number of U.S. Army drill sergeants at Fort Benning, Georgia, have been temporarily suspended from their duties following allegations of sexual misconduct with trainees, the Army base said on Wednesday. Investigators looking into an initial sexual assault allegation by a female trainee against a drill sergeant at the fort uncovered other incidents of alleged sexual misconduct, prompting a wider investigation, the base said in a statement. A spokesman declined to say how many drill sergeants had been suspended as part of the investigation, but the statement indicated it was more than one.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:56:51 -0400
  • Cheap oil undercuts U.S. rail, bus service: study

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    Cheap gasoline is squeezing U.S. bus companies and the Amtrak passenger rail system that bet more consumers would embrace alternatives to driving for trips shorter than 400 miles, a study by researchers at DePaul University concluded. The study, released Tuesday, found nine metropolitan areas in the United States with populations above 700,000 now have no Amtrak passenger rail service or express bus service.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:08:58 -0400
  • Brazil police launch new phase of 'Car Wash' corruption probe

    Brazil's federal police said on Wednesday they launched a new phase of the "Car Wash" corruption probe, targeting individuals who allegedly favored a private contractor to win business from state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. The police served four search warrants in two states and the federal district, a statement said. Last week, Brazilian authorities carried out two new phases of "Car Wash," ensnaring U.S. asphalt maker Sargeant Marine, six Greek shipping companies and a former Brazilian congressman in the wide-ranging graft probe.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:38:01 -0400
  • Clinton, in book, says Trump's debate stalking made her skin crawl

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    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says in her new book that Donald Trump made her skin crawl by stalking her around the stage in a campaign debate and she wonders if she should have told him to "back up, you creep." In audio excerpts of the book "What Happened" aired on Wednesday on MSNBC, Clinton described her 2016 campaign as "joyful, humbling, infuriating and just plain baffling" and acknowledged she failed her millions of supporters by losing to Trump in the November election. In the excerpts, Clinton described the Oct. 9 debate in St. Louis in which Trump followed her closely about the stage, lurking behind her as she fielded questions from a live television audience. The debate came two days after an audiotape emerged in which Trump was heard bragging about groping women.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:16:29 -0400
  • Connecticut governor eyes economic investments amid fiscal crisis

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    By Hilary Russ HARTFORD (Reuters) - Connecticut, one of the wealthiest states in the nation, also has some of the highest debt levels and its capital city of Hartford is facing potential bankruptcy. Now, the state faces a fiscal crisis. Governor Dannel Malloy, a second-term Democrat who is not seeking reelection, discussed with Reuters tough decisions he has wrestled with to address a fiscal calamity decades in the making.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:28:52 -0400
  • Singapore rejects U.S. academic's appeal against expulsion

    Singapore has rejected a U.S. citizen's appeal to stay in the city-state following the cancellation of his permanent residence status after the government branded him as an agent of foreign influence. Early this month, Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revoked the permanent residence of Huang Jing, then a professor at Singapore's prominent Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and of his wife, Shirley Yang Xiuping, also a U.S. citizen.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:46:47 -0400
  • Americans wish for luck in $700-million Powerball lottery jackpot

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    The odds against wining are astronomical, but millions of Americans will be hoping for some life-altering luck on Wednesday night when winning numbers are drawn for the second-highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery. A winning ticket could bring the holder an estimated $700 million windfall, a prize topped only by a January 2016 $1.56 billion Powerball jackpot, the world's largest lottery reward ever. Anna Domoto, spokeswoman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said that even more tickets are expected to be sold in the four-day period leading up to Wednesday night's drawing.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:23:46 -0400
  • U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander in wake of collisions in Asia

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    WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap. Aucoin's removal comes after a pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on Monday, the fourth major incident in the U.S. Pacific Fleet this year. "Admiral Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, today relieved the commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command," the U.S. Navy said in a press release.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:57:16 -0400
  • Trump hints at pardon for former Arizona Sheriff Arpaio

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    U.S. President Donald Trump hinted on Tuesday that he would issue a pardon for Joe Arpaio, a controversial former sheriff convicted last month of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case. Trump, who had already held out the possibility of a pardon for Arpaio, decided against announcing it at a major rally in Arizona on Tuesday night but suggested that he would step in at some point. Arpaio, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, was the sheriff of Maricopa County in Phoenix before he lost a re-election bid in 2016.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:16:01 -0400
  • Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at Trump's Phoenix rally

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    Police fired pepper spray to disperse protesters outside a rally by U.S. President Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday after being pelted with rocks and bottles, police said. Police have not given an estimate of the number of protesters, but Arizona media said there were several thousand. Police did not say whether the pepper spray was used on pro- or anti-Trump protesters, or both.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:02:47 -0400
  • Trump unshackled: President defends Charlottesville response at raucous rally

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    By Jeff Mason and Keith Coffman PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump revved up supporters on Tuesday with a defense of his response to a white supremacist-organized rally in Virginia and a promise to shut down the U.S. government if necessary to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Under fire for saying "both sides" were to blame for the violence between white supremacists and left-wing counter protesters in Virginia on Aug. 12, Trump accused television networks of ignoring his calls for unity in the aftermath. "I didn't say I love you because you're black, or I love you because you're white," Trump said.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:54:44 -0400
  • Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meeting

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    City councilors in Charlottesville, Virginia, voted unanimously on Tuesday to cover two statues of Confederate war heroes in black fabric after ejecting spectators from a chaotic council meeting as residents demanded answers over how a recent white nationalist rally turned deadly. It was the first council meeting since the Aug. 12 rally, when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed a 32-year-old woman. Many at the meeting shouted at the councilors and Mayor Mike Signer, forcing them at one point to leave the chamber.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:24:45 -0400
  • Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 22) - Virginia, U.S. Navy

    The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:19:49 -0400
  • U.S. Navy to relieve commander after collisions in Asia: source

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will in the coming hours relieve the three-star admiral who commands its seventh fleet following a series of collisions in Asia, a U.S. official told Reuters late on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:17:23 -0400
  • U.S. Navy to relieve admiral of command after collisions: WSJ

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    The U.S. Navy plans to remove from duty the commander of the fleet that has suffered four recent collisions in Asia and the deaths of a number of sailors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. officials. Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan, will be relieved of command on Wednesday in connection with four collisions since January, including two involving fatalities, two U.S. officials said, according to the Journal. It said Navy officials declined to comment.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:10:26 -0400
  • Bundy followers found not guilty at Nevada trial: newspaper

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    Scott Drexler, Ricky Lovelien, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart - committed crimes including conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, extortion and weapons law violations when they traveled to Nevada with firearms to participate in a plan to halt a cattle roundup. The uprising at Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada, 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Las Vegas, grew out of a dispute in which federal agents seized Bundy's cattle over his refusal to pay fees required for grazing his livestock on government land.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:04:55 -0400
  • After solar eclipse, Americans' eyes seem mostly none the worse

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    One man showed up at a New York City hospital on Tuesday with a damaged retina after acting on the mistaken belief he could safely stare at an eclipse through a hole punched in a garbage bag. "I'm sort of amazed so far that we haven't examined anybody who has damage," Dr. M. Edward Wilson said by telephone from the Medical University of South Carolina's Storm Eye Institute in Charleston. It was a similar story at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, New York City's Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon: not a blurry eye in sight.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:22:25 -0400
  • Missouri governor halts execution to examine questions over DNA

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    By Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens halted the execution of a man scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday for killing a woman during a burglary after his attorneys argued that recent DNA evidence showed he is innocent. Greitens issued the stay of execution for Marcellus Williams, 48, just over four hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection in a Bonne Terre state prison for the stabbing death of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle during an August 1998 robbery at her home. Greitens said in a statement he would appoint a Board of Inquiry to examine the new DNA evidence and recommend whether he should commute Williams' death sentence.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:06:38 -0400
  • Number of charter schools, students in U.S. rises: report

    The number of children attending charter schools in the United States hit a record of about 6 percent of all students in public schools, according to a federal education report released on Tuesday. Charter schools are publicly funded schools operated separately from local school districts. About 3 million students were enrolled in charter schools in the 2015-2016 school year, up from roughly 1.8 million students five years prior, according to the report by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:59:47 -0400
  • Family of Chinese scholar missing in Illinois asks Trump for help

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    (Reuters) - Family members of a Chinese scholar presumed kidnapped in Illinois asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to provide additional resources to help find her.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:49:59 -0400
  • Protests expected at Trump's Phoenix rally, senators will not attend

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    Arizona's two U.S. senators, who have both clashed with President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, were expected to skip his campaign rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, where large protests are planned. In his first such event since causing an uproar last week with remarks about a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia, Trump was expected to make remarks at the rally but not use the event to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, had asked Trump to postpone Tuesday's event scheduled for 7 p.m. MST (0200 GMT on Wednesday).

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:45:19 -0400
  • Commuter train slams into parked train car near Philadelphia, 33 hurt

    The railcar hit the vacant parked car at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, 10 miles west of Philadelphia, around 12:15 a.m. EDT as it pulled into the station, said Heather Redfern, a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Some 42 passengers were on the railcar that was moving.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:25:25 -0400
  • Bond sale to pay overdue bills may aid Illinois' rating: S&P

    The sale of up to $6 billion of bonds by Illinois to shrink its enormous unpaid bill backlog, an action the governor has yet to take, could protect the state from a credit rating downgrade to junk, S&P Global Ratings said on Tuesday. The credit rating agency said the issuance of 12-year general obligation bonds would be cheaper than late payment penalties of as high as 12 percent that the nation's fifth-largest state owes on much of its nearly $14.9 billion backlog of bills. The bond authorization was included in a fiscal 2018 budget enacted in July by the Democratic-controlled legislature over Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's vetoes.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:45:29 -0400
  • Treasury secretary's wife apologizes for Instagram sniping

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    The flap erupted after Mnuchin's wife, Scottish-born actress Louise Linton, posted a photo of herself emerging from the aircraft wearing a white outfit and sunglasses, using the hashtags "#tomford," "#hermesscarf" and "#valentino," according to images of the Monday evening post on social media. In her initially vitriolic response to the "deplorable" criticism, Linton had lashed out about how much she and her husband contribute to the economy and pay in taxes.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:25:25 -0400
  • Trump not to pardon former Sheriff Arpaio during Arizona trip: White House

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    President Donald Trump will not issue a pardon on Tuesday for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his trip to Arizona, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. Trump had held out the possibility of a pardon for Arpaio, a former sheriff of Maricopa County in Phoenix and an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:58:25 -0400
  • Los Angeles seeks to join lawsuit over U.S. sanctuary policies

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    The city of Los Angeles on Tuesday sought to join a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over federal restrictions on some law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities, according to a court filing. The state of California and city of San Francisco earlier this month filed legal challenges that accused the administration of President Donald Trump of improperly trying to force local jurisdictions to enforce national immigration law by imposing funding conditions. In proposed legal claims filed in Northern California federal court, attorneys for Los Angeles called the Justice Department's proposals "unconstitutional on their face." A judge would have to approve Los Angeles' request to intervene in the existing San Francisco lawsuit.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:46:55 -0400
  • Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meeting

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    It was the first council meeting since the Aug. 12 rally, when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed a 32-year-old woman. Many at the meeting shouted at the councilors and Mayor Mike Signer, forcing them at one point to leave the chamber. Videos posted on social media showed some in the crowd yelling "shame" and "shut it down" and calling for Signer's resignation.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:23:22 -0400
  • Village Voice to end print edition after nearly 62 years

    The publication is still considering when it will end the print edition, said Luke Carron, a Village Voice spokesman. The company has discussed a number of potential partnership opportunities, and will continue to host events like The Pride Awards, which honors work in LGBTQ communities, Barbey said in the statement.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:07:33 -0400
  • After solar eclipse, Americans' eyes seem mostly none the worse

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    One man showed up at a New York City hospital on Tuesday with a damaged retina after acting on the mistaken belief he could safely stare at an eclipse through a hole punched in a garbage bag. "I'm sort of amazed so far that we haven't examined anybody who has damage," Dr. M. Edward Wilson said by telephone from the Medical University of South Carolina's Storm Eye Institute in Charleston. It was a similar story at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, New York City's Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon: not a blurry eye in sight.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:46:48 -0400
  • U.S. Justice Department seeks $11 million forfeiture from firms with ties to North Korea

    The United States said Tuesday it is seeking forfeitures of $11 million from companies that allegedly laundered money for North Korean banks that are subject to U.S. sanctions. The Justice Department's complaints, filed against Singapore-based Velmur Management Pte Ltd and Transatlantic Partners Pte Ltd., and China-based Dandong Chengtai Trading Co. Ltd by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, represent two of the largest North Korea-related seizures the government has ever pursued. The actions by the Justice Department came on the same day as the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) separately imposed fresh North Korean sanctions against a string of Chinese and Russian firms for supporting Pyongyang, including the companies at the heart of the Justice Department's case.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:36:57 -0400
  • U.S. Bioservices to resolve kickback claims for $13.4 million: filing

    US Bioservices, a unit of drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen, agreed to pay $10.6 million to the federal government and $2.8 million to states, according to a filing on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court by Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim. The deal, which must be approved by the court, would resolve a civil lawsuit filed by Kim earlier on Tuesday claiming that U.S. federal and state insurance programs were illegally billed for Exjade prescriptions that stemmed from kickbacks.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:54:05 -0400
  • U.S. appeals court rules for TSA screener who had run-in with flier

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    A federal appeals court in Philadelphia threw out a First Amendment claim by an architect, Roger Vanderklok, who said he was arrested in retaliation for asking to file a complaint against an ill-tempered Transportation Security Administration supervisor. "We, of course, do not suggest that TSA screeners should act with disdain for passenger rights or that they can escape all the consequences of their bad behavior," Circuit Judge Kent Jordan wrote for a three-judge panel. "Ultimately, the role of the TSA in securing public safety is so significant that we ought not create a damages remedy in this context," Jordan added.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:29:31 -0400
  • Pennsylvania judge delays Cosby sex assault retrial till March

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    Comedian Bill Cosby's retrial on charges of sexually assaulting a former administrator at his alma mater in 2004 at his Philadelphia-area home will be postponed from November to March of next year, a judge said on Tuesday. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill said the move will give Cosby's new defense team enough time to prepare for the trial. Cosby's first trial ended in a mistrial in June after more than 50 hours of jury deliberation failed to yield an unanimous verdict on whether he drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand, who got to know Cosby while working for the women's basketball team at Temple University.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:26:01 -0400
  • Verizon launches cheaper unlimited plan to compete with rivals

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    By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said on Tuesday that it was introducing a cheaper unlimited mobile data plan with some limits as it tries to lure customers away from rival wireless carriers. "While entry-level pricing appears more competitive, the changes more likely reflect the impact current plans are having on Verizon's network," Mike McCormack, an analyst at Jefferies, said in a note. "The move also follows a trend of differentiating unlimited plans to manage congestion and monetize the network." Verizon has been competing for customers with smaller rivals T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp in a saturated U.S. market for wireless service as most consumers already have cell phones.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:16:56 -0400
  • Manhattan high-end condo prices rise with strong demand: report

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    The unit, at 432 Park Avenue, billed as the tallest residential tower in the Americas, was one of three at the Midtown East building that were in the top-five most expensive condominium sales in Manhattan, an analysis by CityRealty said. The analysis examined sale prices and what was paid per square foot in an index the realty company has created to gauge investment performance for what it considers the top 100 condominium buildings in Manhattan.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:06:09 -0400
  • Massachusetts man arrested for trying to punch police horse in face

    A Massachusetts man was arrested for trying to punch a police horse in the face at a street festival, according to Worcester police. The incident occurred on Saturday when police were responding to a disturbance at a beer tent at the street festival in the city, located about 40 miles (64 km) west of Boston. The man, 59-year-old Donald Pagan, tried to walk between a column of police horses when officers asked him to stop.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:00:32 -0400
  • U.S. admiral says remains found inside damaged destroyer

    U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift on Tuesday said divers have found human remains inside the USS John S. McCain, which collided with a merchant vessel this week. "The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today," Swift told reporters at Singapore's Changi Naval Base, where the damaged vessel is docked. Swift also said the U.S. Navy was working to identify a body found by the Malaysian navy to see if it was one of 10 missing U.S. sailors in the accident.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:35:05 -0400
  • U.S. Navy says divers searching warship's flooded compartments for missing sailors

    The U.S. Navy said on Tuesday divers have begun searching in the flooded compartments of a U.S. warship for 10 U.S. sailors missing since the guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia. U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers will access sealed compartments located in damaged parts of the ship, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement posted on its website.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:35:33 -0400
  • Texas man charged with trying to blow up Confederate statue

    (Reuters) - Authorities in Houston charged a 25-year-old man on Monday with trying to blow up a Confederate statue, federal prosecutors said, following demonstrations and fierce debate in the United States about race and the legacy of America's Civil War.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:48:24 -0400
  • Bergdahl to have U.S. Army desertion case heard by judge, not jury

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    (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, charged with desertion and endangerment of U.S. troops for leaving his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009, has chosen to have a judge hear the case instead of a military jury, according to a court filing.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:52:01 -0400
  • U.S. Navy announces fleet-wide probe after new warship collision; 10 sailors missing

    By Fathin Ungku and David Brunnstrom SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy announced on Monday a fleet-wide probe and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety, as it searched for 10 sailors missing after the fourth major accident in the U.S. Pacific fleet this year. The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the warship was nearing Singapore for a routine port call. The collision tore a hole in the warship's waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:57:24 -0400
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