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  • Two supervisors suspended after New York subway crash

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    Two New York City subway supervisors were suspended without pay on Wednesday, a day after a derailment in Manhattan that injured 34 people and was blamed on a piece of unsecured replacement track, the transit authority said. "Two supervisors who were responsible for oversight of the work have been suspended without pay pending a formal review process (and final outcome of the investigation)," MTA spokeswoman Beth DeFalco said in a statement. Transit inspectors are now checking "every inch of rail to ensure that each and every replacement part is properly stored and secured," the MTA said.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:42:25 -0400
  • Prosecutor, governor spar over death penalty in Florida's top court

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    Aramis Ayala, a Democrat who took office in January, sued the Republican governor this spring over his decision to take her off two dozen murder cases. Scott says Florida state attorneys should "prosecute individuals to the fullest extent of the law," including the death penalty.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:14:30 -0400
  • Activists who probed Ivanka shoe factories freed on bail in China

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    SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three activists detained while investigating Chinese factories that have made shoes for Ivanka Trump's brand have been released on bail awaiting trial, their rights group said on Wednesday. The U.S.-based China Labor Watch said police in Ganzhou in southeast China notified the families of Su Heng, Li Zhao and Hua Haifeng that they could go to the city and pay bail for their release. Two U.S. officials said the Chinese may be aiming to embarrass Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter, by releasing the activists so they could talk about their findings.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:00:55 -0400
  • U.S. charges Penn West Petroleum, ex-executives with accounting fraud

    U.S. securities regulators on Wednesday filed civil accounting fraud charges against Canada-based oil and gas company Penn West Petroleum Ltd and several of its former top finance executives. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Penn West Petroleum, which changed its name earlier this week to Obsidian Energy, had moved hundreds of millions of dollars from operating expense accounts to capital expenditure accounts. The company issued a statement saying the lawsuit was based on "historic" accounting practices that were discovered and reported to the SEC in July 2014.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:53:37 -0400
  • U.S. to unveil enhanced airline security plan to avoid laptop ban

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    U.S. Homeland Security officials on Wednesday will unveil enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States to avoid an expansion of an in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices because they might carry bombs, sources briefed on the matter said. The decision not to impose new restrictions on laptops is a boost to U.S. airlines, which have worried that an expansion of the ban to Europe or other locations could cause significant logistical problems and deter some travel.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:52:09 -0400
  • Yes he can: Obama returns to Indonesia for family vacation

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    By Jessica Damiana JAKARTA (Reuters) - From white water rafting in Bali to visiting temples on Java, former U.S. President Barack Obama's private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent four years as a child. Obama was six when he moved to Jakarta after his American mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man following the end of her marriage to Obama's Kenyan father. "I feel proud that my friend became a president," said Sonni Gondokusumo, 56, a former classmate of Obama at the Menteng 01 state elementary school in Jakarta.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:46:47 -0400
  • Man smashes Arkansas Capitol's new Ten Commandments monument

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    A newly installed Ten Commandments monument on Arkansas state Capitol grounds was destroyed on Wednesday by a man police said drove his vehicle into the granite slab and posted the incident on Facebook. "It was shattered into a lot of pieces," Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Secretary of State and Capitol Police, said in an interview. The suspect, identified as Michael Reed, 32, was arrested on three charges, including defacing an object of public interest.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:29:16 -0400
  • Senate Republican leaders want health bill revised by Friday: Cornyn

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn on Wednesday indicated Republican leaders want changes to their draft healthcare legislation completed this week so lawmakers could review the revised plan over next week's congressional recess.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:38:40 -0400
  • Meat processor cuts deal with ABC in 'pink slime' defamation case

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    BPI had claimed that ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co , and Avila defamed the company by calling its ground-beef product “pink slime” and making errors and omissions in a 2012 report. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:36:23 -0400
  • Michigan sues Flint over failure to approve long-term drinking water source

    Since October 2015, Flint has obtained its water from the Great Lakes Water Authority, which has proven to be safe, the lawsuit said. Flint's mayor negotiated an agreement to keep residents on water supplied by that source on a long-term basis and reduced cost.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:32:29 -0400
  • Trump says Senate Republicans likely to pass healthcare bill

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed confidence that the Republican-led Senate would ultimately prevail in passing legislation aimed at repealing and replacing the 2010 healthcare law passed under his predecessor, former Democratic president Barack Obama. "It's very tough ... I think we're going to get it over the line," Trump told reporters at the White House ahead of a separate event on energy, adding that healthcare was "probably the toughest subject" to get passed in Congress. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Susan Heavey)

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:13:33 -0400
  • Control of biggest U.S. school system weighed by New York lawmakers

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    New York state lawmakers returned to the legislature on Wednesday for a special session to consider granting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio a one-year extension to control the city's public school system, the largest in the United States. Unless the New York State Legislature acts, control of the education system that serves 1.1 million students reverts on Friday to the state's Board of Education. Governor Andrew Cuomo called vacationing lawmakers back to the statehouse in Albany a week after they adjourned their regular 2017 session.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:39:52 -0400
  • Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing to remain in detention

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    A man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in an attack federal investigators are probing as an act of terrorism will remain in detention until a hearing next week, his lawyers said on Wednesday. Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, Canada, was charged in federal court with violence at an international airport for stabbing officer Jeff Neville at the Bishop International Airport in Flint on June 21.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:23:16 -0400
  • Utah wildfire levels 13 homes, forces evacuation of 1,500 people

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    A fierce wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents raged largely unchecked in southwestern Utah for an 11th day, as an army of firefighters struggled to corral the flames. As of Tuesday morning, the blaze had scorched nearly 50,000 acres, the bulk of that in the Dixie National Forest, with crews managing to carve containment lines around just 10 percent of the fire's perimeter, officials said. The fire erupted on June 17 near the ski resort of Brian Head, Utah, about 30 miles northeast of Zion National Park, and spread quickly as high winds drove flames into dense forests, threatening homes in nearby communities.

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:31:44 -0400
  • U.S. prosecutors seek to halt pretrial release of Uzbek terror suspect

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver filed an emergency motion with the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the release of Jamshid Muhtorov. The motion came four days after U.S. District Judge John Kane granted a motion by Muhtorov for his release pending his trial, which is set for early next year.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:36:06 -0400
  • Cosby says he has no plans for 'sexual assault tour'

    LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Cosby said on Tuesday he has no plans to hold town hall events to discuss sexual assault, days after his spokesman suggested the comedian planned a series of public talks to educate men about how to avoid false accusations. Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, first put forward the idea for the town hall talks in an interview with a Birmingham, Alabama, TV station last week, five days after Cosby's sex assault trial ended in a hung jury. The proposal drew immediate criticism from a lawyer representing some of the dozens of women who have leveled sex assault accusations at the 79-year-old entertainer, whose long career was built on a family-friendly style of comedy.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:58:03 -0400
  • Linde's Lincare settles U.S. whistleblower case for $20 million

    The accord, confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, will resolve a lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act by former employees of the respiratory therapy services provider on behalf of the U.S. government. "The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all involved parties, with no admission of liability by any party," Lincare said in a statement.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:38:06 -0400
  • Judge reopens case of Colorado 'intersex' veteran denied passport

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    A federal judge on Tuesday agreed to review the constitutionality of a U.S. State Department policy of refusing to grant passports to people who identify as neither male nor female. In November, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson directed the State Department to reconsider its "binary-only gender passport policy," in the case of Navy veteran Dan Zzyym, an “intersex” Colorado resident who sued the federal government for refusing to issue a passport because it requires an applicant to denote either male or female gender. After conducting its court-ordered review, the State Department last month again denied Zzyym’s application, according to a motion filed on the plaintiff's behalf by the Lambda Legal Defense Fund asking Jackson to reopen the case.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:10:36 -0400
  • 'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli's notoriety slows New York jury selection

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    Jury selection in the New York trial of former drug company executive Martin Shkreli will enter its third day Wednesday, after some potential jurors said they could not be fair to a man who gained notoriety by raising the price of a life-saving drug more than 5,000 percent. U.S. prosecutors have accused Shkreli, dubbed the "pharma bro," of running a Ponzi-like scheme at his former hedge fund and a drug company he once ran. Shkreli has pleaded not guilty to charges of securities and wire fraud.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:51:41 -0400
  • Illinois House Democrats push new budget plan to end impasse

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    Staring down the start of a new fiscal year, Illinois House Democrats offered a budget on Tuesday that would spend less than the Republican governor's plan, but kept their specific revenue-raising proposal under wraps. An impasse between Governor Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the legislature has left Illinois without complete budgets for an unprecedented two-straight fiscal years. The nearly $36.5 billion general funds budget was the first spending blueprint offered by House Speaker Michael Madigan for the fiscal year that begins Saturday.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:20:11 -0400
  • Madoff settlements reach $12 billion with new accords

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    The trustee recouping money for Bernard Madoff's victims on Tuesday announced nearly $371 million of new settlements with two groups of offshore funds that invested with the imprisoned Ponzi schemer, boosting the total recovery to about $12 billion. Irving Picard, the trustee, said Lagoon Investment Ltd agreed to repay $240.7 million from an account through which Hermes International Fund Ltd invested with Madoff, while Thema Fund Ltd and an affiliate agreed to repay $130.1 million. Picard announced the settlements with British Virgin Islands-based Lagoon and Bermuda-based Thema one day after revealing more than $23 million of settlements with the estates of Madoff's late sons Andrew and Mark, and entities affiliated with the Madoff family.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:48:21 -0400
  • Linde's Lincare settles U.S. whistleblower case for $20 million

    The accord, confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, will resolve a lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act by former employees of the respiratory therapy services provider on behalf of the U.S. government. "The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all involved parties, with no admission of liability by any party," Lincare said in a statement.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:24:25 -0400
  • Lockdown lifted at Alabama base after false reports of shooter

    No threat was found and an investigation is under way to determine who made the calls from within a building where the shooter was reported to have been, Colonel Thomas Holliday, commander of the Redstone Arsenal, said at a press conference. "We have no evidence of shots actually (being) fired," Holliday said. Neither of those were credible, Holliday said.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:12:26 -0400
  • Chicago officers charged in alleged cover-up of black teen shooting

    Three current and former Chicago police officers were indicted on Tuesday on felony charges for conspiring to cover up the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer, prosecutors said. The indictments stem from a 2014 incident in which Laquan McDonald, 17, was shot to death. A video of the shooting, released in 2015, sparked days of protests and thrust Chicago into a national debate over the use of excessive force by police against minorities.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:58:34 -0400
  • Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban order

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    Without close family in the United States, Elly and her husband had few options for getting permission to immigrate to America from Iran. "Since last year, we made all the important decisions in our lives because we hoped we would get a visa," Elly said, declining to give her full name because her visa application is still in process. The couple decided to put off having children and purchasing a home until after their move to the United States.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:34:32 -0400
  • New York mob suspects admit to vendetta arson, robbery

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    Three men, including the late mobster John Gotti's grandson, admitted on Tuesday that they torched a car because its driver cut off a reputed Bonanno crime family associate in traffic in April 2012, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Vincent Asaro, 82, who was cleared in November 2015 of involvement in the famed 1978 Lufthansa airport heist that helped inspire the movie "Goodfellas," became enraged when a motorist moved in front of his car at a traffic light. John J. Gotti, Matthew "Fat Matt" Rullan and Asaro, an alleged member of the Bonanno crime family, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to charges related to the arson and robbery under an agreement with federal prosecutors, said John Marzulli, a spokesman for Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:20:10 -0400
  • Family sues over fatal police shooting of Louisiana black man

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    The family of a black man killed last year by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and police on Tuesday, alleging a history of excessive-force incidents and racism toward African-Americans. The death of Alton Sterling, 37, was among a series of racially charged police killings that inflamed a national debate over treatment of minorities by law enforcement. The lawsuit, filed in state court on behalf of Sterling's five children, seeks unspecified damages from the city, Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. and his department, and the two officers involved in the shooting, among others.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:10:00 -0400
  • Colombian corruption watchdog charged in U.S. for money laundering

    Luis Gustavo Moreno Rivera, the national director of anti-corruption in Colombia, and Leonardo Luis Pinilla Gomez, an attorney practicing in the South American country, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Miami. Both men were arrested in Colombia, federal prosecutors said. Attorneys for Moreno, 35, and Pinilla, 31, could not be immediately identified.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:05:24 -0400
  • University of Texas at Dallas re-opens campus after bomb threat

    The university tweeted at around 2:45 p.m. local time that all faculty, students, staff, and visitors needed to immediately leave buildings and parking garages on the campus, located roughly 18 miles (29 km) north of downtown Dallas, in Richardson. Campus police received the bomb threat around 2 p.m. local time from an anonymous caller who demanded a large amount of money, the Dallas Morning News quoted University of Texas at Dallas Police Department Lieutenant Ken MacKenzie as saying. Less than an hour later, university officials tweeted that campus police had determined the bomb threat was a hoax.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:57:10 -0400
  • Connecticut will seek solution in Yale gender-neutral bathroom suit

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    A Connecticut official said on Tuesday the state would reconsider policies that can limit gender-neutral bathrooms in public buildings following a lawsuit by Yale University, the latest skirmish in the broader U.S. fight about gender identity. The Ivy League school said in the lawsuit it wants to designate all single-occupant restrooms at its law school as gender neutral, but the plan runs afoul of the state building code, which does not count gender-neutral bathrooms when it assesses whether a public building has enough toilets.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:53:28 -0400
  • EPA and Army Corps seek to rescind clean water rule

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    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers released a proposal on Tuesday to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the latest move by the Trump administration to unwind environmental regulations put in place under former President Barack Obama. The agencies are working to rescind the rule, known as the Waters of the United States rule, and reinstate the language of the rule before it was changed in 2015. The rule updated the federal Clean Water Act to define what waterways - including streams, rivers and other bodies - can be regulated by the federal government, stirring anger by the agriculture and energy industries, which said it gave regulators too much authority.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:52:28 -0400
  • North Carolina man gets life in prison for plotting Islamic State attack

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    Justin Sullivan, 21, of Morganton, was sentenced in federal court in Asheville on one count of attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, the Justice Department said in a statement. Sullivan had pleaded guilty in November 2016, and the agreement with prosecutors called for the life sentence. Prosecutors said Sullivan conspired with Junaid Hussain, a British hacker who was an online recruiter of people to carry out attacks on behalf of the militant group Islamic State.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:09:57 -0400
  • Ten Commandments monument installed in Arkansas; ACLU vows court fight

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    Arkansas installed a Ten Commandments monument on the state's Capitol grounds on Tuesday, and a civil liberties group pledged a court challenge, saying it showed an unconstitutional government preference for a certain religion. Legislators approved the act for the monument in 2015, and whether it was appropriate for the public grounds has been debated since. At the installation ceremony for the some 3,000-pound (1,360 kg) granite slab in Little Rock, state Senator Jason Rapert noted that the Ten Commandments were chiseled into the portals of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:36:24 -0400
  • Judge orders Minnesota to fund legislature through Oct. 1

    Ramsey County District Court Chief Judge John Guthmann also ordered the state Senate to make rent and debt service payments for an office building and parking garage. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton touched off the legal battle with his line-item veto of funding for the Republican-controlled state legislature in the fiscal 2018-2019 biennial budget. Lawmakers sued Dayton earlier this month, claiming his May 30 veto of nearly $130 million for salaries, benefits and operating expenses was unconstitutional.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:30:29 -0400
  • Supreme Court tosses ruling against religious school subsidies

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a lower court's ruling prohibiting the use of public funds to pay for children to attend private religious schools, a day after it issued a major ruling narrowing the separation of church and state. The justices ordered Colorado's top court to reconsider the legality of school "voucher" programs in light of Monday's ruling that churches and other religious entities cannot be categorically denied public money even in states whose constitutions explicitly ban such funding. In that ruling, which could bolster the case for vouchers and other subsidies to religious schools, the justices sided with a Missouri church that objected to being denied access to public grant money for a playground improvement project because the state's constitution bans public funding of religious entities.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:29:36 -0400
  • New York City subway train derails, 34 injured

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    A New York City subway train derailed in upper Manhattan on Tuesday, causing minor injuries to 34 people and forcing the evacuation of passengers from dark, smoke-filled carriages, officials and witnesses said. Authorities said the southbound train struck a tunnel wall just before 10 a.m., causing two cars to derail near the 125th-street station in Harlem. The crash was being investigated, the city's Office of Emergency Management said.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:07:07 -0400
  • Evangelical Christians becoming less opposed to gay marriage, poll finds

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    U.S. groups who traditionally have opposed same-sex marriage, including Republicans and white evangelical Christians, have become much less steadfast in their objections, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Sixty-two percent of U.S. respondents now approve of same-sex marriage, up from 57 percent when the Supreme Court legalized it in all 50 states two years ago and from 37 percent in 2007, according to the survey, which was released on Monday. The survey found rising support for same-sex marriage across affiliations with political parties, race and religion, with support strongest among younger Americans born after 1980 and Democrats.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:04:22 -0400
  • Delaware top court rules for Chicago Bridge in Westinghouse dispute

    The Delaware Supreme Court ruled in favor of Chicago Bridge & Iron Co on Tuesday in a $2 billion dispute with Westinghouse Electric Co that stems from cost overruns at a pair of unfinished U.S. nuclear power plants. Chicago Bridge shares soared after the court ended the battle over a 2015 deal in which Westinghouse, a unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp , bought the Shaw nuclear construction business of Chicago Bridge. Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse later sought an adjustment to the closing deal price by questioning Chicago Bridge's historical accounting, which Chicago Bridge said amounted to an attempt to recut the deal.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:03:19 -0400
  • Watchdog group sues EPA to access communications with Icahn

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    A U.S. watchdog group filed a lawsuit in a federal court on Tuesday to force the Environmental Protection Agency to release communications with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who it says tried to influence biofuels policy for personal gain. American Oversight, which has filed nearly a dozen lawsuits against the Trump administration on a range of issues, filed the suit after it did not get an "adequate" response from two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for communications between Icahn and representatives of his oil refining company CVR Energy Inc and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and senior agency officials.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:20:50 -0400
  • Maine governor warns of partial government shutdown in budget fight

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    Maine Governor Paul LePage warned residents on Tuesday that parts of the state's government could shut down as soon as Friday if lawmakers are unable to reach an agreement on the next two-year budget of roughly $7 billion. LePage said he and legislative leaders are $145 million apart in their negotiations over the budget, with Democrats seeking additional funding for schools while LePage is urging cuts elsewhere in the budget to offset spending.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:46:32 -0400
  • Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers

    (This June 22 story has been refiled to correct study author's name to "Aydelotte" instead of "Adedoyte" in third paragraph.) By Taylor Harris (Reuters) - Two U.S. studies on the effects of marijuana on drivers in states where it is allowed for recreational use came to different conclusions about whether it increases risks behind the wheel. A study by the American Journal of Public Health published on Thursday looked at motor vehicle fatalities and found no significant increase in Colorado and Washington State, where recreational marijuana use is legal, compared with eight states where it is not legal that have similar populations, vehicle ownership, and traffic laws. “Our study focused on deaths and actually found what we expected going into this," Jason Aydelotte, lead author of the study said in a telephone interview.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:01:32 -0400
  • 'Bring on more renewables,' U.S. regulator says as grid study looms

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wind and solar power does not make the U.S. electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration readies a study that will examine whether renewable energy has had a harmful effect. Colette Honorable, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a conference that renewables have different attributes than base load power, which includes coal and nuclear energy, and that those difference need to be overcome.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:30:22 -0400
  • U.S. judge halts deportation of Iraqis nationwide

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    By Steve Friess DETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge halted late on Monday the deportation of all Iraqi nationals detained during immigration sweeps across the United States this month until at least July 10, expanding a stay he imposed last week. The stay had initially only protected 114 detainees from the Detroit area. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith sided with lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union who filed an amended complaint on Saturday seeking to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from deporting Iraqis from anywhere in the United States.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:05:28 -0400
  • Talks over boosting Illinois Medicaid payments fail

    Negotiations over increasing Illinois' payments to Medicaid providers have failed, opening the door for a U.S. judge to force the cash-strapped state to pay as much as $1 billion a month to ensure medical care continues for the program's three million recipients, according to a court filing on Monday. It could force Illinois to stop making full payments on other state-mandated or court-ordered spending such as pensions and payroll. The filing in U.S. District Court by attorneys representing Medicaid recipients asked Judge Joan Lefkow to order the state to pay $500 million a month for four months to start reducing a $3.1 billion pile of unpaid bills owed to managed care organizations that turn pay doctors and others.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:36:06 -0400
  • U.S. top court takes up fight over ancient Persian artifacts

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether people injured in a 1997 bombing attack in Jerusalem can seek to enforce a $71 million judgment against Iran over its alleged role by seizing ancient Persian artifacts held by two Chicago museums. The justices will hear the plaintiffs' appeal of a ruling last year in favor of Iran by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court's ruling in the case is also likely to dictate the outcome of a similar dispute pending before the justices in which four different groups of plaintiffs representing those injured in other allegedly Iran-backed attacks are seeking to enforcement court judgments by seizing $17.6 million in assets held by Iranian government-owned Bank Melli.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:57:34 -0400
  • California to list herbicide as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight

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    (Reuters) - Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday.

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:34:03 -0400
  • Three CNN journalists resign after Russia-related article retracted

    The Russia-related story, published on Thursday, reported Congress was investigating the ties of a Russian investment fund to an aide of U.S. President Donald Trump. CNN had reported an internal investigation by its management found that certain editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.

    Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:07:59 -0400
  • California to list glyphosate as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight

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    Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday. Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required under a state law known as Proposition 65, and called the decision "unwarranted on the basis of science and the law." The listing is the latest legal setback for the seeds and chemicals company, which has faced increasing litigation over glyphosate since the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer said that it is "probably carcinogenic" in a controversial ruling in 2015.

    Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:42:51 -0400
  • Texas sanctuary city law could lead to immigration police state: lawyer

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    A small border town and some of the largest cities in Texas told a federal judge on Monday a new state law aimed at punishing sanctuary cities could lead to an immigration police state and asked him to halt it because it was unconstitutional. The Republican-backed law in Texas, the U.S. state with the longest border with Mexico, takes effect on September 1. It is the first of its kind since Republican Donald Trump became president in January, promising to crack down on illegal immigration.

    Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:18:23 -0400
  • Wal-Mart faces lawsuit over Illinois Uber slaying

    The family of an Illinois Uber driver who was stabbed to death filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc for failing to stop the teen suspect in the incident from stealing a machete and knife from one of its stores. The lawsuit was filed in the Cook County Circuit Court by the family of Grant Nelson, 34. Nelson was killed early on May 30 after picking up 16-year-old Eliza Wasni outside a Wal-Mart in Skokie, Illinois, around 16 miles (26 km) north of Chicago.

    Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:29:09 -0400
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