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  • Trailers could house those displaced by fires in California wine country

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    By Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Residents of Northern California's wine country left homeless by the state's deadliest-ever wildfires could be temporarily housed in federal government trailers, officials said on Wednesday, as the death toll from the blazes rose to 42. Since erupting on Oct. 8 and 9, the blazes have blackened more than 245,000 acres, (86,200 hectares) and destroyed an estimated 4,600 homes along with wineries and commercial buildings. Many are returning to find nothing left, forcing them to seek housing in emergency shelters or with family and friends.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:52:36 -0400
  • Suspect in Maryland shooting that killed three arrested in Delaware

    An employee of a Maryland kitchen countertop company suspected of fatally shooting three co-workers and critically wounding two others on Wednesday was arrested in neighboring Delaware, a Maryland county sheriff said. The suspected gunman, Radee Prince, 37, was apprehended by U.S. agents and others, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter, without providing further details. Prince was also being sought for a shooting in Delaware that took place after the Maryland shooting.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:36:24 -0400
  • Settlement proposed in North Carolina transgender bathroom lawsuit

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people would be allowed to use public restrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identity under a settlement agreement filed on Wednesday that aims to resolve the federal lawsuit over the state's widely criticized bathroom law. The consent decree proposed by Governor Roy Cooper, the American Civil Liberties Union and transgender people who sued the state would remove some of the law's harmful effects, civil rights groups said. North Carolina has been mired in litigation about transgender rights since Republican lawmakers enacted a law in 2016 that restricted bathroom choice in state-run buildings to the sex on people's birth certificates rather than their gender identity.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:22:36 -0400
  • Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bullets

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    Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos, the first person to confront gunman Stephen Paddock, gave "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Contradictory statements from police and the hotel about what time Campos arrived at Paddock's room have raised questions about the police response. Campos himself came under increased scrutiny last week after he skipped out on scheduled television interviews.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:40:41 -0400
  • Death toll rises to 42 in California wildfires

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    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from more than a dozen major wildfires still burning across Northern California's celebrated wine country rose to 42 on Wednesday, after search and rescue teams picking through burned out neighborhoods found another victim. Few details were available on the latest person confirmed to have died in the so-called North Bay fires, already the deadliest in California history. Law enforcement officials said only that the individual had died in the Fountain Grove section of Santa Rosa, a city of about 175,000 people north of San Francisco that has seen nearly 5 percent of its homes destroyed.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:19:20 -0400
  • Kentucky officials propose plan to save ailing pensions

    Governor Matt Bevin said the state would be mandated to make a full actuarially required pension payment annually. "This is a big, big cost to the people of Kentucky," he told reporters, adding that the yet-to-be-determined higher cost will be dealt with in a "brutally difficult" legislative budget session. In fiscal 2016, Kentucky's pensions were just 31.2 percent funded, which was the lowest funded ratio after New Jersey's among the 50 states, according to a recent S&P Global Ratings report.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:34:59 -0400
  • Texas judge postpones execution of 'tourniquet killer'

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    A Texas judge, acting on requests from prosecutors, halted the planned execution on Wednesday of a man known as the "tourniquet killer" for the grisly method used to murder five girls and young women in the Houston area whom he also raped. The order from Harris County Judge Maria Jackson to put a 90-day stay on the execution was issued a few hours before Anthony Shore, 55, was set to be put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT). District attorneys in Harris County, which includes Houston, and neighboring Montgomery County, requested the stay to examine Shore's claim that another death row inmate tried to persuade him to take the blame for a murder for which the other inmate had been convicted.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:27:09 -0400
  • Gunman kills three at Maryland company, suspected in Delaware shooting

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    An employee of a Maryland kitchen countertop company fatally shot three co-workers and critically wounded two others on Wednesday and is being sought for a later shooting in nearby Delaware, authorities said. A manhunt was on for the suspected gunman, Radee Prince, 37, who entered Advanced Granite Solutions in Edgewood, Maryland, just before 9 a.m. and fired multiple shots from a handgun, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters. Gahler called the shooting a "targeted attack." Asked about the gunman's possible motive, he said: "We believe he's tied into a relationship here at work." Prince had worked for Advanced Granite Solutions for the past four months and had been scheduled to work on Wednesday, the sheriff said.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:35:12 -0400
  • Trump and NFL at odds on how to get players to stand for anthem

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    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Football League rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's calls to punish players who kneel for the national anthem to protest racism but said on Wednesday players "should" stand and it hopes the demonstrations will stop. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made clear he will take a more patient approach than the one urged by the president: Rather than using discipline, the league will continue to nurture players' efforts to fight racial disparities in the criminal justice system, believing this would make the urge to protest fade. "We have about six or seven players that are involved in this protest at this point," Goodell told reporters after a two-day meeting with team owners and the players' labor union in New York City, saying he hoped that number would eventually be zero.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:27:28 -0400
  • ACLU, North Carolina governor reach agreement in transgender bathroom lawsuit

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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people would be allowed to use public restrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identity under a settlement agreement filed on Wednesday that aims to resolve the federal lawsuit over the state's widely criticized bathroom law. The consent decree proposed by Governor Roy Cooper, the American Civil Liberties Union and transgender people who sued the state would remove some of the law's harmful effects, civil rights groups said. The consent decree says that under current state law, transgender people are not prevented from using public facilities that match their gender identity rather than the sex on their birth certificates.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:27:09 -0400
  • Ford to recall 1.34 million trucks in North America for door latch fix

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    Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it would recall 1.34 million 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks in North America to add water shields to side door latches at a cost of $267 million. The No.2 U.S. automaker said the safety recall is due to a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable in the affected vehicles, that may result in a door not opening or closing. A Ford spokeswoman, Elizabeth Weigandt, said customers would be notified next month but did not have a timetable for when parts will be available.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:03:11 -0400
  • Former Penn State coach Sandusky denied new child sex abuse trial

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    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday denied a request by former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky for a new trial on charges that he sexually assaulted pre-teen and teenaged boys for 15 years. Sandusky, 73, was convicted in 2012 of exploiting his position in the top-flight football program to sexually assault 10 boys. Centre County Court of Common Pleas visiting Judge John Foradora struck down all Sandusky's claims of sub-par legal work by his trial attorney, Joseph Amendola, and two other lawyers.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:47:13 -0400
  • Guilty verdict in Boston Islamic State beheading plot

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    A Boston-area man was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy to commit acts of international terrorism and supporting Islamic State for a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a conservative blogger who organized a "Draw Mohammed" contest. David Wright, 28, was found guilty of five criminal charges for planning with his uncle and a friend to behead blogger Pamela Geller. The plot fell apart after Wright's uncle said he wanted to kill law enforcement officers instead and was shot dead by police.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:36:18 -0400
  • Texas house fire kills mother, five children in 'horrific scene'

    Firefighters responded to an alarm shortly after midnight and discovered the bodies as they put out the blaze, which destroyed the home, Davis said. "Tough situation, really a horrific scene here and just so sad that we’re dealing with six victims at a house fire," Davis told Beaumont television station KFDM shortly after the fire had been put out. The identities of the mother and the children, who ranged in age from 3 to 11 and included a set of 4-year-old twins, were being withheld pending notification of other family members, he said.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:16:14 -0400
  • Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bullets

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    Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos, the first person to confront gunman Stephen Paddock, gave "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Contradictory statements from police and the hotel about what time Campos arrived at Paddock's room have raised questions about the police response. Campos himself came under increased scrutiny last week after he skipped out on scheduled television interviews.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:22:55 -0400
  • Bus failed to stop at red light in deadly NYC crash in Sept.: NTSB

    The National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday a tour bus involved in a deadly New York crash in September in New York ran a red light when it struck a municipal city bus. Three people died when the Dahlia Group tour bus crashed into a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus. The victims included the driver of the tour bus, a passenger on the transit bus and a pedestrian.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:30:00 -0400
  • Second federal judge blocks Trump's curbs on travel to U.S.

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    A second U.S. federal judge has blocked parts of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on people entering the United States from eight countries, dealing another legal blow to the administration's third bid to impose travel restrictions. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland, in a ruling issued overnight, said the policy as applied to six majority-Muslim countries likely violates the U.S. Constitution's prohibition on religious discrimination.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:35:07 -0400
  • Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims

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    By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said. While there are often few assets to collect from the young men who typically carry out these killings, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, is thought to have had multi-million-dollar investments in buildings across Texas and California. "It definitely depends on the assets in the estate whether you pursue that claim," said Theida Salazar, a Los Angeles attorney who represented one of the victim's families in the 2015 shooting in San Bernadino, California.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:48:47 -0400
  • U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making illegal versions of fentanyl and selling the highly addictive drug to Americans over the internet and through international mail. Xiaobing Yan, 40, and Jian Zhang, 38, who are both in China and have not been taken into U.S. custody, were charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues into the United States, the Justice Department said.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:49:46 -0400
  • U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump indicates support

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    By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday reached a bipartisan agreement to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president indicated his support for the plan. The deal worked out by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray would meet some Democratic objectives, including reviving the subsidies for Obamacare and restoring $106 million in funding for a federal program that helps people enroll in insurance plans. In exchange, Republicans would get more flexibility for states to offer a wider variety of health insurance plans while maintaining the requirement that sick and healthy people be charged the same rates for coverage.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:15:43 -0400
  • Trump signals support for Alexander-Murray healthcare plan in Senate

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signaled support for a bipartisan healthcare deal in the U.S. Senate, saying it was a short-term fix to get through a "very dangerous little period" but not the ultimate answer to U.S. healthcare needs.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:15:43 -0400
  • Kentucky city removes two Confederate statues

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    The city council in August voted to remove the statues of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge, a U.S. vice president and Confederate secretary of war, the Lexington Herald Leader reported, showing video of the removal work that began without advance notice. The Kentucky vote came soon after a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists angered at the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee clashed with counter-protesters.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:45:25 -0400
  • Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. lawmaker who was President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar withdrew on Tuesday after a report he spearheaded a bill that hurt the government's ability to crack down on opioid makers flooding the market with the addictive painkillers. Trump had pegged Representative Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as the administration faces an epidemic of opioid overdoses that is killing tens of thousands of Americans annually. Trump wrote on Twitter: "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:38:33 -0400
  • CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did not

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    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday. "It's embarrassing and I have apologized," Christopher Sharpley, the acting CIA Inspector General, told the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing as President Donald Trump's nominee for the position. Championed by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein when she chaired the Senate panel, the "torture report," as it is known, is the result of a six-year investigation into so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, during the administration of Republican President George W. Bush.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:03:50 -0400
  • NFL policy on anthem kneeling unchanged, despite Trump rebuke

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    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials weighed the fervor of players protesting racism against U.S. President Donald Trump's anger at their autumn meeting on Tuesday with supporters of the players kneeling outside in solidarity. The NFL did not seek commitments from its players to stop kneeling during pregame renditions of the U.S. national anthem but rather focused on helping them in their political activism. About issues in our communities to make our communities better," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:01:53 -0400
  • Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

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    By Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims. "There are still some concerns that if the west winds come up or we get some erratic winds they could push our lines, but as of right now we're looking pretty good," Steve Crawford, a fire operations chief, told reporters at a briefing in Sonoma County in the heart of California's celebrated wine country. Already 41 people have been confirmed killed in the fires, which erupted last week and were driven by dry, hot winds into Northern California communities, giving residents little or no chance to escape.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:59:58 -0400
  • Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims

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    By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said. While there are often few assets to collect from the young men who typically carry out these killings, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, is thought to have had multi-million-dollar investments in buildings across Texas and California. "It definitely depends on the assets in the estate whether you pursue that claim," said Theida Salazar, a Los Angeles attorney who represented one of the victim's families in the 2015 shooting in San Bernadino, California.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:59:46 -0400
  • Chicago Aviation Dept fires two officers involved in dragging man off flight

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    The Chicago Department of Aviation has fired two security officers for their roles in the forcible removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight in April, an incident that provoked international outrage. The firings were included in a report on the incident released on Tuesday by the Chicago Office of the Inspector General. David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American physician, was hospitalized after aviation officers dragged him from a United Airlines plane to make space for four crew members on the flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:38:01 -0400
  • White man charged with hate crime in black Army officer's murder in Maryland

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    Sean Urbanski, 22, of Severna Park, Maryland, had already been indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge for the death of Lieutenant Richard Collins, 23. An investigation of digital material, including Urbanski's phone and computer records, prompted prosecutors to seek the hate crime charge, Angela Alsobrooks, the state's attorney for Prince George’s County, told a news conference.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:18:27 -0400
  • Louisiana prosecutor creates 'culture of fear' for witnesses: lawsuit

    The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on behalf of seven plaintiffs, accused Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and his assistants of routinely issuing fake subpoenas as well as jailing victims and witnesses who failed to cooperate. "Defendants' policies are designed to create a culture of fear and intimidation that chills crime victims and witnesses from asserting their constitutional rights," said the 124-page complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Civil Rights Corp.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:22:14 -0400
  • Lockdown lifted at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police lifted a lockdown at Howard University in the U.S. capital on Tuesday after finding no sign of a reported gunman on the campus, authorities said.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:50:05 -0400
  • Boston Islamic State beheading plot trial goes to jury

    A federal jury on Tuesday began deliberating whether a Massachusetts man was guilty of conspiring to help the Islamic State by plotting with his uncle and a friend to attack police and behead a conservative blogger. U.S. prosecutors contend that David Wright, 28, along with his uncle and a friend had plotted to kill the blogger, a woman who organized a 2015 "Draw Mohammed" contest in Garland, Texas. "The defendant was a sophisticated recruiter, he manipulated people, including his own uncle, into believing that they needed to join ISIS and kill Americans," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann, using a common acronym to refer to Islamic State.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:49:49 -0400
  • Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineries

    Wineries damaged by wildfires tearing through Northern California are starting insurance claims, and at least some of the smaller vintners are likely to find limits in their policies mean payouts fall short of rebuilding costs. Gaps in coverage and a spike in rebuilding costs, typical after disaster, may come as a shock to many small wineries, favorites of Napa and Sonoma county tourists, said Tom Pagano, who heads the vineyard insurance practice for insurance broker Aon Plc. "The easy part of insurance is buildings burning down,” Pagano said, describing the complicated claims process.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:06:19 -0400
  • U.S. appeals court rejects hedge fund founder's FBI misconduct case

    A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by hedge fund founder David Ganek, who claimed federal authorities lied to get a search warrant against his fund in an insider trading investigation. A unanimous panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that, even if the Federal Bureau of Investigation did make false statements, it had good cause for a warrant to search the offices of Ganek's Level Global Investors anyway.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:48:29 -0400
  • U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making illegal versions of fentanyl and selling the highly addictive drug to Americans over the internet and through international mail. Xiaobing Yan, 40, and Jian Zhang, 38, who are both in China and have not been taken into U.S. custody, were charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues into the United States, the Justice Department said.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:45:59 -0400
  • Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

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    The U.S. lawmaker who was President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar withdrew on Tuesday after it became public he spearheaded a bill that hurt the government's ability to crack down on opioid makers flooding the market with the addictive painkillers. Trump had pegged Representative Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as the administration faces an epidemic of opioid overdoses that is killing tens of thousands of Americans annually. Trump wrote on Twitter: "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:42:22 -0400
  • Britain has no plans to walk away from Brexit talks - Davis says

    LONDON (Reuters) - British negotiators have no plans to walk away from Brexit talks with the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday, after some lawmakers suggested the talks should end if there is no progress at a summit later this week. "There are no plans to get up and walk away," Davis told parliament. (Reporting by William James and Elizabeth Piper; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:55:51 -0400
  • Sixteen inmates charged with murder in Delaware prison uprising

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    A Delaware grand jury has indicted 16 prison inmates for first-degree murder over a February uprising during which a guard was killed and others taken hostage, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Prisoners seized Lieutenant Steven Floyd, two other corrections officers and a counselor during the Feb. 1-2 uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. A New Castle County grand jury handed up charges against a total of 18 inmates that include assault, kidnapping, riot and conspiracy, Delaware's Justice Department said in a statement.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:29:56 -0400
  • U.S. safety board criticizes FAA, pilot on deadly U.S. balloon crash

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    The National Transportation Safety board on Tuesday faulted U.S. aviation regulators and the pilot in the July 2016 Texas balloon crash that killed 16 people, the deadliest U.S. aviation accident in more than seven years. The hearing comes after the Federal Aviation Administration said earlier this year no new balloon regulations were needed, despite a long-standing push by the board to require more oversight of the operations. It was the deadliest crash ever involving a hot air balloon in the Western Hemisphere, according to the Balloon Federation of North America.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:21:56 -0400
  • U.S. top court drops Leidos contracting fraud case after settlement

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled arguments in a securities fraud dispute involving Virginia-based government contractor Leidos Inc after the company and investors told the court they had reached a settlement.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:50:19 -0400
  • U.S. Justice Dept will review new law's impact on DEA powers: official

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said on Tuesday he was very concerned about a report that said new legislation has undermined the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to crack down on opioid dealers and said the Justice Department would review the law.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:00:57 -0400
  • GM to test self-driving cars in N.Y. in early 2018: Gov. Cuomo

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    (Reuters) - General Motors Co plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The planned testing by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, Cuomo said in a statement. A level 3 car still needs a steering wheel and a driver who can take over if the car encounters a problem, while level 4 promises driverless features in dedicated lanes.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:42:31 -0400
  • Search suspended for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion

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    The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late on Sunday. Missing is Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, the Coast Guard said in a statement. "The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one," Commander Zac Ford said in the statement.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:56:57 -0400
  • Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist's speech

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    Rallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent street clashes with counter-protesters. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe," Scott said in a statement. Scott said in the order there was a need to implement a coordinated security plan among local and state agencies before the speech by Richard Spencer on Thursday in Gainesville.

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:52:29 -0400
  • Searchers pick through burned-out California homes for bodies

    By Paresh Dave SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Search-and-rescue teams combed through gutted homes across California's celebrated wine country on Monday, looking for the charred bodies of those killed in the state's deadliest wildfires, as survivors slowly began returning home. With 88 people still unaccounted for in Sonoma County alone, local officials said they expected the death toll to rise. "I would expect to find some of the missing in their burned-out homes," Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano told reporters at a Monday morning news briefing, standing in front of maps and charts of the 14 still-burning blazes.

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:02:41 -0400
  • Senate Republicans gain moment on tax reform budget measure

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    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday gained crucial support for a vote on a budget resolution that is vital to President Donald Trump's hopes of signing sweeping tax reform legislation into law before January. Two Republican lawmakers, once seen as potential 'no' votes, said they would likely support the measure. A third, Senator Rand Paul, may vote 'yes' depending on what the final resolution looks like.

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:43:48 -0400
  • Trucker in deadly Texas immigrant case pleads guilty, faces life sentence

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    The driver of a truck packed with immigrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, pleaded guilty on Monday to human smuggling charges and could face up to life in prison, prosecutors said. James Bradley Jr., 61, pleaded guilty at a federal court in San Antonio to one count of conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in death and one count of transporting aliens resulting in death, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said in a statement. Bradley told investigators he was caught by surprise when he opened the trailer doors outside a Walmart store in San Antonio on July 23, only to be knocked down by a group of "Spanish" people pouring out of the rig, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:03:23 -0400
  • NFL to tackle protests as Trump decries 'disrespectful' players

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    Trump has continued to rail at the symbolic kneeling, which has only become more widespread since his first comments last month, saying as recently as Monday that players who do so should be suspended for insulting the country. "And the NFL should suspended some of these players for one game," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:51:31 -0400
  • U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl could face life sentence for endangering troops

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    By Colleen Jenkins FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on Monday to deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, a step toward resolving the politically charged case that could send him to prison for life. During last year's presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump called Bergdahl "a no-good traitor." In court on Monday, Bergdahl admitted wrongdoing but said he never intended to put anyone at risk. "I didn't think there'd be any reason to pull off a crucial mission to look for one guy," he said, adding that his actions were "very inexcusable." Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, with the latter offense carrying a possible life sentence.

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:45:11 -0400
  • Woman accusing Trump of misconduct subpoenas presidential campaign

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    A woman who has said that U.S. President Donald Trump groped her during a 2007 meeting has subpoenaed his presidential campaign for any documents concerning similar allegations, according to a subpoena filed in New York State Supreme Court. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice," sought all documents from his campaign pertaining to "any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately," identifying nine by name, the subpoena said.

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:41:21 -0400
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