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  • Mueller's Russia report outlines episodes of possible Trump obstruction

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    Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election detailed a series of actions by President Donald Trump to impede the probe, raising questions about whether he committed the crime of obstruction of justice. The release on Thursday of the 448-page report that disclosed the findings of a 22-month investigation represented a watershed moment in Trump's tumultuous presidency. Mueller did not make a conclusion on whether Trump, whose presidency has been overshadowed by the Russia investigation, had committed obstruction of justice but did not exonerate him either.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:58:53 -0400
  • Trump curses Mueller appointment: 'This is the end of my presidency'

    (Advisory: Story includes language that might offend some readers.) By Ginger Gibson and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump believed the appointment of a special counsel to take over the federal probe of Russian interference into the 2016 election would spell the end of his presidency, according to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed Trump of Mueller's appointment in May 2017, the report said, Trump slumped back in his chair and said: "Oh my God.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:50:17 -0400
  • Top Democrats say Mueller report undercuts Barr claims on Trump obstruction

    The two top Democrats in Congress said on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report undercuts claims by Attorney General William Barr that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice in the federal Russia probe. "The differences are stark between what Attorney General Barr said on obstruction and what Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller said on obstruction," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:49:31 -0400
  • White House counsel refused Trump's order to fire Mueller - report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House counsel Don McGahn refused to carry out President Donald Trump's order to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller "for fear of being seen as triggering another 'Saturday night massacre,'" according to Mueller's report.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:51:28 -0400
  • Senate leader calls for raising minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21

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    McConnell said https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=C7912202-0742-4404-8775-8836F261DDEF the bill would be introduced in May. Shares of Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc, which owns a 35 percent stake in e-cigarette maker Juul, fell 3 percent on the news. Philip Morris International and U.S-listed shares of British American Tobacco were also trading lower.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:44:10 -0400
  • Factbox: Guilty pleas, indictments abound in Trump-Russia probe

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

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:34:50 -0400
  • Factbox: Five things to look for in Mueller's Trump-Russia report

    Barr on March 24 sent a four-page letter to lawmakers detailing Mueller's "principal conclusions" including that the 22-month probe did not establish that President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team conspired with Russia. Barr said he found insufficient evidence in Mueller's report to conclude that Trump committed obstruction of justice, though the special counsel did not make a formal finding one way or the other on that.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:27:10 -0400
  • Factbox: Key quotes from Special Counsel Mueller's report

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his nearly two-year investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia or attempted to obstruct probes. "When (former Attorney General Jeff) Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, 'Oh my God.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:25:22 -0400
  • Instant View: Reaction to Mueller's report on Russia's role in 2016 U.S. election

    Key reaction to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report on Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, released on Thursday: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S LEGAL TEAM: "The results of the investigation are a total victory for the President. After a 17-month investigation, testimony from some 500 witnesses, the issuance of 2,800 subpoenas, the execution of nearly 500 search warrants, early morning raids, the examination of more than 1.4 million pages of documents, and the unprecedented cooperation of the President, it is clear there was no criminal wrongdoing.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:11:28 -0400
  • Report says Trump foresaw end of presidency when told of special counsel investigation: report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions "this is the end of my presidency" when Sessions told him a special counsel was being appointed to investigation links between his campaign and Russia, the special counsel's report said.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:51:58 -0400
  • New York City defends measles vaccination order in court

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    New York City's Department of Health defended its mandatory measles vaccination order in a state court on Thursday after a group of anonymous Brooklyn parents sued, arguing that the order was unconstitutional. The outbreak has infected 329 people so far, most of them children from Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. The order, which was extended this week, requires unvaccinated people living in certain affected Brooklyn neighborhoods to get the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine if they cannot otherwise demonstrate immunity to measles, or face a $1,000 fine.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:47:37 -0400
  • Trump says Muller report found 'no collusion, no obstruction'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was a "having a good day" following the release of the Mueller report, adding, "It's called no collusion, no obstruction."

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:32:37 -0400
  • Mueller report says Trump asked White House counsel to intervene with Justice Dept

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump repeatedly asked White House counsel Don McGahn to intervene with the U.S. Justice Department after former FBI Director James Comey disclosed the investigation of the Trump campaign to Congress, according the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:32:31 -0400
  • Mueller report says 'substantial evidence' Trump's firing of FBI head linked to investigation

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller said there is "substantial evidence" that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey due to his "unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation."

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:30:07 -0400
  • Factbox: Five things Attorney General Barr revealed about the Mueller report

    Barr repeated his finding that President Donald Trump's election campaign did not collude with Russia. Here are five new things we learned: TRUMP ANGER In determining whether Trump obstructed justice, Barr said the president's anger at the time he took office was a factor. "There is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks," Barr said.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:19:20 -0400
  • In campaign against gun violence, Columbine students aim to shock with final photos

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    “In the event that I die from gun violence, please publicize the photo of my death,” the pledge reads. The group's website, http://www.mylastshot.org, says the public should not be shielded from the gruesome scenes of mass shootings. A Florida teenager who authorities said was armed, dangerous and "infatuated" with the Columbine massacre became the latest victim of the Columbine tragedy on Wednesday.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:53:34 -0400
  • Barr says Mueller probe did not establish Trump coordination with Russia

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign worked with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. The "investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," Barr told a news conference. (Reporting By Amanda Becker, Ginger Gibson and Karen Freifeld)

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:54:28 -0400
  • Barr says Mueller did not uncover evidence Trump obstructed Russia probe

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    U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not uncover evidence that President Donald Trump obstructed the probe of whether he or members of his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. "The deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense," Barr said during a media conference.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:54:28 -0400
  • Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election

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

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:00:32 -0400
  • Factbox: Smoke or fire? Contacts between Trump campaign and Russia

    The special counsel and U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia used a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States, denigrate Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boost Trump's candidacy. Russia has denied election interference. Barr said on March 24 Mueller did not establish that Trump's 2016 campaign team engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:54:18 -0400
  • Barr to discuss executive privilege in Russia report: spokeswoman

    U.S. Attorney General William Barr plans to address whether executive privilege was invoked by the White House in the Russia report to be released on Thursday and also elaborate on Justice Department communications with the White House over the past several weeks, a Justice Department spokeswoman said on Thursday. "He'll address whether that was invoked and what that looked like," spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said. Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, have planned a news conference on Thursday morning before the release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:29:19 -0400
  • Trump adviser visits Moscow for Kremlin talks

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Fiona Hill, an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, visited Moscow this week and discussed bilateral relations with Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday. Ties between Washington and Moscow are at post-Cold War lows and later on Thursday a long-awaited report on Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election is set to be released. Moscow denies any role. Hill is senior director for European and Russian affairs at the U.S. National Security Council. (Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Andrey Kuzmin; Editing by Gareth Jones)

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:29:19 -0400
  • Top Congressional Democrats call for Mueller to testify publicly

    The top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday called on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify publicly about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized Attorney General William Barr for writing what they called a "slanted" summary letter and for planning a press conference to immediately follow the expected release of the report detailing the probe's findings on Thursday.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:50:34 -0400
  • Man caught walking into New York cathedral with full gasoline cans, lighters: police

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    The incident occurred two days after a massive fire severely damaged the eight-century-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, causing global shock and sorrow. In New York, the man entered the Roman Catholic cathedral in midtown Manhattan just before 8 p.m. (0000 GMT) and was confronted by a security guard, according to a New York City Police Department (NYPD) official.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:13:52 -0400
  • Ban the bunny: California aims to end post-Easter parade of unwanted rabbits

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    Californians can eat chocolate bunnies and snuggle plush Peter Cottontail dolls to their heart's content this Easter. The legislation, which took effect in January, prohibits retail shops from selling commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits. Legislatures in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are considering similar bills.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:11:58 -0400
  • Florida judge blocks release of video in Patriots owner prostitution case

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    Prosecutors said earlier in the day in court filings that they would release the recordings, which were captured by police using hidden cameras, in response to public records requests under Florida's expansive open government laws. Lawyers for Kraft, who has apologized for his actions at the Orchids of Asia Spa but pleaded not guilty to the charges, on Friday asked the judge handling Kraft's case to suppress the videotaped evidence of their client, saying it amounted to "basically pornography." A hearing on that matter is scheduled for next week.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 22:12:28 -0400
  • Creditor group seeks to wrest probing power from Puerto Rico board

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    A group of public labor unions and other creditors on Wednesday asked a judge to grant it power to pursue probes into individuals who contributed to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis because the U.S. commonwealth's federally created financial oversight board has failed to do so. The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, which includes Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Teachers, as well as suppliers and contractors to the Puerto Rican government, said the board recently informed the committee it will not pursue claims against advisers, underwriters and public officials involved in debt sales by the island prior to its May 2017 bankruptcy filing. "The oversight board has alternated between slow-walking a proper investigation into potential causes of action relating to Puerto Rico’s debt issuances, actively obstructing the committee’s own efforts to investigate the debtors’ prior conduct and indebtedness, and simply allowing causes of action to lapse by failing to anticipate and meet statutory deadlines," the motion stated.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 22:11:16 -0400
  • Carl's Jr to be first U.S. fast food chain to sell CBD-laced burger

    The Tennessee-based chain is selling the burger for just one day at one location in northeast Denver as part of its strategy to test out "bold and unexpected" flavors, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. "CBD is one of the hottest culinary trends right now, and what better place to test this new burger than in Denver, a city that has been a trailblazer in the CBD movement," said Carl's Jr spokeswoman Candice Jacobson. The CBD oil in the burgers is sourced from local company Bluebird Botanicals.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:54:34 -0400
  • Wisconsin governor says he wants to renegotiate Foxconn contract

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    Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who took office in January, inherited a deal to give Foxconn around $4 billion in tax breaks and other incentives that was championed by Scott Walker, Evers' Republican predecessor. Announced at a White House ceremony in 2017, Foxconn's 20-million-square-foot campus marked the largest greenfield investment by a foreign-based company in U.S. history and was praised by President Donald Trump as proof of his ability to revive American manufacturing. Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple Inc, has pledged to eventually create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin, but said earlier this year it had slowed its pace of hiring.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:55:53 -0400
  • 'I wanna be dead': Teen obsessed with Columbine posted dark thoughts online

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    The Florida teenager whose purported fascination with the 1999 Columbine school massacre sparked a massive hunt for her this week appears to have kept an online journal peppered with violent imagery and awash in despair, anger and suicidal thoughts. An online journal written by someone who identified herself as "Sol Pais" - the teenager who authorities said was found dead on Wednesday - included entries that alluded to "plans" that would lead to the author's death, though they did not describe specific threats against others. Pais, 18, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday, authorities said, days after she traveled to Denver from her home in Florida and bought a shotgun ahead of Saturday's 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:50:05 -0400
  • Young woman obsessed with Columbine found dead after frantic manhunt

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    The body of Sol Pais, a student from Surfside, Florida, was found by authorities about 40 miles (64 km) west of Columbine High School, at about 10:30 a.m. local time, said Dean Phillips, special agent in charge of the Denver office of the FBI. Pais was found alone in a wooded area of Clear Creek County and appeared to have shot herself with the pump-action shotgun she had purchased after arriving in Colorado from Miami earlier this week, Phillips said at a news conference hours later.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:43:40 -0400
  • Florida judge blocks release of video in Patriots owner prostitution case

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    Prosecutors said earlier in the day in court filings that they would release the recordings, which were captured by police using hidden cameras, in response to public records requests under Florida's expansive open government laws. Lawyers for Kraft, who has apologized for his actions at the Orchids of Asia Spa but pleaded not guilty to the charges, on Friday asked the judge handling Kraft's case to suppress the videotaped evidence of their client, saying it amounted to "basically pornography." A hearing on that matter is scheduled for next week.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:24:14 -0400
  • Creditor group seeks to wrest probing power from Puerto Rico board

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    A group of public labor unions and other creditors on Wednesday asked a judge to grant it power to pursue probes into individuals who contributed to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis because the U.S. commonwealth's federally created financial oversight board has failed to do so. The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, which includes Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Teachers, as well as suppliers and contractors to the Puerto Rican government, said the board recently informed the committee it will not pursue claims against advisers, underwriters and public officials involved in debt sales by the island prior to its May 2017 bankruptcy filing. "The oversight board has alternated between slow-walking a proper investigation into potential causes of action relating to Puerto Rico’s debt issuances, actively obstructing the committee’s own efforts to investigate the debtors’ prior conduct and indebtedness, and simply allowing causes of action to lapse by failing to anticipate and meet statutory deadlines," the motion stated.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:17:12 -0400
  • Dozens of doctors in Appalachia charged in opioid fraud bust

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    Sixty people, including 31 doctors, were accused of illegally prescribing opioid drugs in exchange for cash and sexual favors in the rural, mountainous region stretching from Pennsylvania and West Virginia to Alabama and Louisiana. “The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Appalachia has suffered the consequences more than perhaps any other region,” Attorney General William P. Barr said in a statement.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:46:58 -0400
  • U.S. authorities investigate American Airlines flight at JFK Airport

    The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Wednesday it is investigating an April 10 American Airlines flight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport that struck an object on takeoff and landed safely about 30 minutes later. The NTSB said the American Airlines Airbus A321, operating as American Airlines flight 300, experienced a roll during takeoff and hit a runway distance marker with the left wingtip. The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating, a spokesman said.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:52:19 -0400
  • U.S. advances review of Musk's Baltimore-Washington tunnel project

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    Musk's Boring Co has proposed a privately funded 35.3-mile "loop project" that would include twin underground tunnels transporting passengers at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. The company says passengers would be able to travel from downtown Washington to Baltimore in as little as 15 minutes. Musk, who also leads electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, is seeking to revolutionize transportation by digging tunnels, including one that would connect downtown Chicago and the city's main airport.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:08:00 -0400
  • Twenty years after Columbine, mass shooting survivors help others heal

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    Michelle Wheeler, 38, escaped the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado, when two students killed 12 students and a teacher, thrusting the horror of school shootings into the American consciousness. Chad Williams, 19, was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a former student killed 17 students and staff members, including one of Williams’ best friends, on Feb. 14, 2018. The conversation with Wheeler made him feel less alone, Williams said.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:52:16 -0400
  • Companies warn Trump: Census citizenship question could be costly

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    Corporate executives, lobbyists and representatives from major industry groups like the Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation and the International Council of Shopping Centers have raised the issue in meetings with government officials, according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the matter. Some meetings date back to 2017, when the administration was first mulling adding the question. Industry officials continue to seek assurances from the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department that the question's impact on the quality of Census data will be minimized, according to the sources, who described the meetings on condition of anonymity.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:50:42 -0400
  • Trump attorney general's ruling expands indefinite detention for asylum seekers

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    NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday struck down a decision that had allowed some asylum seekers to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge, in a ruling that expands indefinite detention for some migrants who must wait months or years for their cases to be heard. The first immigration court ruling from President Donald Trump's newly appointed Attorney General William Barr is in keeping with the administration's moves to clamp down on the asylum process as tens of thousands of mostly Central Americans cross into the United States asking for refuge. U.S. immigration courts are overseen by the Justice Department and the Attorney General can rule in cases to set legal precedent.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:20:56 -0400
  • Columbine principal, haunted by 20-year-old massacre, still recites victims' names

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    Each morning for the last two decades, Frank DeAngelis has recited aloud the names of the 13 people killed at Columbine High School, where he served as principal during the 1999 massacre that marked a modern era of mass school shootings. On April 20, 1999, two heavily armed Columbine students stormed the school in suburban Denver, killing 12 classmates and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide. At the time, it was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:15:19 -0400
  • Second wave of tornadoes, thunderstorms to pummel the U.S. South and Midwest

    At least five people, including three children, were killed over the weekend in a storm system that drove more than three dozen tornadoes across the U.S. South. Communities in central Texas and western Louisiana, already hit by flash floods and twisters in the first round, will be hit once more by high winds, twisters and intense rain, according to AccuWeather and the NWS. "This is a dangerous, vigorous storm," Jim Hayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in Maryland, said early Wednesday.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:10:29 -0400
  • FBI seeks woman 'infatuated with Columbine' in Colorado schools threat

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    "We consider her a credible threat to the community,"said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the Denver office, Dean Phillips, at a news briefing. Earlier Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office issued a warning, calling the woman they identified as Sol Pais, 18 of Florida, as "extremely dangerous." Phillips said the local FBI were notified by the FBI's Miami office that Pais made verbal threats and had traveled to Colorado.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:49:31 -0400
  • States say half of wetlands would lose protection under EPA proposal

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    The attorneys general issued a joint statement on Monday critical of the EPA's proposal to narrow the scope of protections in the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that President Barack Obama’s administration expanded in 2015 to cover a wide range of water bodies. Current EPA officials, several Republican-leaning states and farmers said the Obama-era WOTUS rule was too generous in defining what constituted a navigable waterway, often saying small puddles would be subject to regulations.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 22:10:02 -0400
  • Minnesota student sues China's JD.com CEO Liu with allegation of rape

    The lawsuit filed in Hennepin County court seeks undisclosed damages and names Richard Liu and JD.com as defendants. It also identifies the student for the first time as Liu Jingyao, a Chinese woman who is not related to the JD.com executive. "Defendant Liu was physically larger in size and significantly stronger than the plaintiff and used his superior size and strength to subdue and rape her," the court document said.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:34:00 -0400
  • Columbine and other Colorado schools placed under security alert

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    Officers were "investigating what appears to be a credible threat possibly involving the schools," the sheriff's department said on Twitter, adding that students were safe and additional deputies were dispatched to the schools. "Last night, Sol Pais traveled to Colorado & made threats. The Sheriff's office spokesman, Deputy Mike Taplin, said the anniversary of the Columbine mass shooting was not a "direct" factor in the security alert.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:55:23 -0400
  • Minnesota student sues China's JD.com CEO Liu with allegation of rape

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    The lawsuit in Hennepin County court seeks undisclosed damages and names Richard Liu and JD.com as defendants. It also identifies the student for the first time as Liu Jingyao, a Chinese woman who is not related to the JD.com executive. "Defendant Liu was physically larger in size and significantly stronger than the plaintiff and used his superior size and strength to subdue and rape her," the court document said.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:39:43 -0400
  • Man accused of tossing boy off Mall of America balcony ordered held without bond

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    In his first court appearance since Friday's incident, when he allegedly dropped the boy nearly 40 feet (12 meters), Emmanuel Aranda was charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney's office spokesman Chuck Laszewski said. Prosecutors had asked for bail to be set at $2 million, but Hennepin Country District Court Judge Jeannice Reding reserved her decision on the request, ordering Aranda held in lieu of $2 million bond until a May 14 hearing, Laszewski said. Aranda, 24, who lives in Minneapolis, did not enter a plea, Laszewski added.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:38:00 -0400
  • Tornadoes, thunderstorms to pummel U.S. again this week

    Communities in central Texas and western Louisiana hit by deadly flash flooding and twisters over the weekend will see another round of high winds, twisters and intense rain, according to AccuWeather and the National Weather Service (NWS). Dallas and Oklahoma City could take hits from the storm, which is expected to stretch from Iowa and Missouri in the north through Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to the south, said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Feerick.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:19:49 -0400
  • Voting underway in Indonesia, world's biggest one-day election

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    President Joko Widodo, a furniture businessman who entered politics 14 years ago as a small-city mayor, is seeking re-election against former general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in the last election, in 2014. Papuans in six regional legislative elections will use a traditional "noken" system, where a village chief collects votes from residents and casts one collective vote on their behalf. Around 100 worshippers, mostly supporters of Prabowo dressed in white, gathered at a central Jakarta mosque for prayers at dawn before casting their votes when polls open at 7 a.m. local time (0000 GMT).

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:01:12 -0400
  • Oregon sued over 'overwhelmed' and 'ineffective' foster care system

    The 77-page lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene on behalf of 10 young people in Oregon's foster care system by two child advocacy groups and a national law firm. The plaintiffs seek class action status to represent all children in the program. "The state has simply failed to address the overwhelming needs of its most vulnerable children and the situation is only getting worse," Marcia Robinson Lowry, executive director of A Better Childhood, said in a written statement.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:55:31 -0400
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