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  • Atlanta Fed pares U.S. second-quarter GDP growth estimate to 3.7 percent

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is expected to expand at a 3.7 percent annualized pace in the second quarter based on reports released earlier this week that showed decreases in new and existing home sales in April, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 12:17:53 -0400
  • Woman awarded $95.6 million in Philadelphia building collapse settlement

    A Ukrainian immigrant who underwent amputations after a Philadelphia building collapsed on her was awarded $95.6 million as part of a settlement for victims of the 2013 disaster that killed seven people and injured 12 others, her attorney said on Friday. An arbitrator responsible for dividing between victims the $227 million personal injury settlement reached in February assigned 55-year-old Mariya Plekan the biggest piece of the sum, attorney Andrew Stern said. Plekan was shopping in a Salvation Army on June 5, 2013, when the one-story thrift store was struck by debris from a vacant neighboring building that collapsed while being demolished.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 12:07:58 -0400
  • U.S. fossil fuel groups pull out of climate change court case

    By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three fossil fuel industry groups dropped their attempt to intervene in a court case over climate change this week after failing to reach an agreement on a unified legal position on climate science, court filings show. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), prominent trade groups in the oil and gas industry, along with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), intervened in a federal case in which a group of teenagers sued the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights by causing climate change.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 10:01:20 -0400
  • U.S. home prices to rise at a strong pace on tight supply: Reuters poll news

    After climbing 5.0 percent in each of the last two years, the S&P/Case Shiller composite index of home prices in 20 metropolitan areas is expected to gain another 5.6 percent this year and 4.2 percent next year. This is the fifth straight quarterly Reuters poll in which analysts have bolstered their view of higher prices in 2017.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 09:15:04 -0400
  • American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member died after being hurt when a vehicle rolled over in northern Syria, the U.S. military said on Friday. No further details were immediately available, according to a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force that oversees the U.S.-led coalition in the region. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander)

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:16:32 -0400
  • U.S. college teaches veterans to heal each others' mental wounds news

    Former U.S. Army Specialist Tara Barney will never forget the 2013 night when a fellow soldier cried as he described holding a dying friend in his arms, a wartime memory he had not shared with anyone. Barney, now 34, says that moment defined her future. Founded in 2011, the school's programs aim to address the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental health conditions experienced by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other conflicts.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 06:07:13 -0400
  • Alabama executes 75-year-old inmate convicted of 1982 murder news

    Tommy Arthur was put to death by lethal injection at 12:15 a.m. (0515 GMT) in Atmore, Alabama, prison spokesman Bob Horton said, adding there were no complications during the execution. Arthur said goodbye to his children before his execution, Horton said. Arthur was executed shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on his execution as it considered arguments from his attorneys.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 02:29:55 -0400
  • Republican wins Montana special election despite assault charge news

    By Justin Mitchell BOZEMAN, Mont. (Reuters) - Republican Greg Gianforte defeated a political novice to win Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, barely 24 hours after he was charged with assaulting a reporter who asked him about the Republican healthcare bill. A race that was expected to be a test of President Donald Trump's political influence ahead of next year's U.S. congressional elections was jolted by the charge against Gianforte, a wealthy technology executive who had urged voters to send him to Congress to help Trump. "I should not have treated that reporter that way." Gianforte beat Democrat Rob Quist, a banjo player and first-time candidate who had focused his campaign on criticism of the Republican effort to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 02:26:55 -0400
  • Colorado oil tank fire kills one, injures three

    A blaze engulfed a Colorado oil tank battery on Thursday, killing one worker and injuring three, authorities said. Emergency crews were dispatched to the Anadarko Petroleum Corp plant outside the town of Mead and found the site in flames, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Two workers were taken to a local hospital for burns while a third worker was taken to a separate hospital for undisclosed injuries, the sheriff said.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 01:09:10 -0400
  • Before the White House, Kennedy was a high-school prankster news

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Years before he captained the torpedo boat PT-109, ran for office or set the United States on a path to put a man on the moon, President John F. Kennedy was a troublesome teen whose hijinks nearly got him kicked out of his prestigious boarding school. The scion of a wealthy Boston family, Kennedy spent his mid-teens at Connecticut's elite Choate Rosemary Hall, where he excelled at history and literature - but infuriated the school's headmaster by organizing pranks as a member of an unofficial school club known as "The Muckers." Those details of the early life of the 35th president, whose term was cut short by an assassin's bullet in Dallas in 1963, emerge in a new exhibit at Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth on May 29, 1917.

    Fri, 26 May 2017 00:26:36 -0400
  • U.S. court fines UPS $247 million over illegal cigarette shipments

    The ruling by District Judge Katherine Forrest of Manhattan justified the amount saying the court was convinced "modest penalties" will not make a "sufficient corporate impact" on UPS. In total, New York state is awarded $165.8 million and plaintiff New York City is awarded $81.2 million. The federal judge in March held UPS liable for having illegally shipped hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, depriving the state and New York City of millions of dollars of taxes.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 23:20:06 -0400
  • Up to 600,000 immigrants in U.S. South may have path to legal status: analysis news

    A statistical review of immigrant screenings done by Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) determined that around 15 percent of the 4 million illegal immigrants in seven southern U.S. states had grounds to apply for legal status based on fears of persecution in their homeland, family ties or other factors. The percentage of the 11 million illegal immigrants across the country who might be eligible to stay in the United States could be even higher, according to University of California at San Diego political scientist Tom Wong, who conducted the analysis for CLINIC. "As we ramp up immigration enforcement in the United States, we should take this figure and remind ourselves that we shouldn't deport first and then ask questions," Wong said in a telephone interview.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 21:19:22 -0400
  • California inmate firefighter killed in line of duty news

    One of thousands of prison inmate volunteers trained to fight wildfires in California was killed by a falling tree in the far northwestern corner of the state, marking the fourth such fatality in 60 years, state corrections officials said on Thursday. Matthew Beck, 26, who had been serving a six-year sentence for burglary and was due to be paroled in October, was leading a crew in clearing brush to contain a fire in the Hoopa Valley area of Del Norte County on Wednesday. Beck was one of roughly 3,900 specially trained prison inmates, all volunteers and all non-violent offenders, who form the backbone of California's wildfire protection force.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 21:00:48 -0400
  • Alabama inmate seeking to avoid eighth execution date given temporary reprieve news

    In a two-sentence order, the court issued a temporary stay for the execution of Tommy Arthur, with the action announced less than an hour before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) in Atmore, Alabama. Alabama was still planning for the execution to be held on Thursday night, Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said. Three juries have found him guilty of shooting Troy Wicker to death as he slept.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:56:55 -0400
  • Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports news

    President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday. Kushner is being investigated because of his meetings in December and other possible interactions with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the investigation. Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe, the newspaper reported.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:45:59 -0400
  • Civil rights group sues in U.S. court over immigration detention

    The ACLU said in its filing that in recent weeks there have been a new series of hunger strikes at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in Georgia, Oregon and Washington, adding hunger strikes have previously hit detention centers in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. The suit comes as U.S. Republican President Donald Trump has promised a crackdown on illegal immigration and the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress this month agreed to fund an additional 5,300 detention beds for those suspected of illegally entering the country.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:25:58 -0400
  • Alabama doctor tied to Insys gets 20 years for illegal prescriptions

    John Couch, who with Xiulu Ruan ran the Physicians Pain Specialists of Alabama clinics, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile, Alabama, after a jury in March found them guilty of racketeering conspiracy and other felonies. According to court papers, Physician's Pain Specialists of Alabama had two clinic locations in Mobile. The case, filed in 2015, focused partly on two brand name instant-release fentanyl drugs, Subsys, manufactured by Insys, and Abstral, which was then manufactured by Galena Biopharma Inc.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:03:28 -0400
  • San Francisco fund manager pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy

    A San Francisco investment fund manager pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to defraud investors by fabricating an impressive investing track record, New York federal prosecutors announced. Nicholas Mitsakos, who ran a fund called Matrix Capital Markets, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 18:56:54 -0400
  • Protest in New York over Palestinian-American graduation speaker news

    Dozens of right-wing demonstrators, including far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, gathered in New York on Thursday to protest a university's decision to invite a Palestinian-American activist to deliver its graduation speech next week. The City University of New York's (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, which will have its commencement on Tuesday, described liberal, Muslim speaker Linda Sarsour on its website as a "powerful public health and social justice" leader. Yiannopoulos, 32,said she should be allowed to speak but should be held accountable for actions he considered anti-American.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:43:13 -0400
  • U.S. says three N.Y. prison guards sexually assaulted female inmates

    Three male prison guards repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped several female inmates under their supervision at a federal detention center in New York over time periods of up to three years, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde submitted documents asking a federal magistrate to deny bail for the three guards until their cases come to trial. "By using their authority and power to prey upon and abuse female inmates in their care, these defendants violated their oaths of public service as well as numerous criminal laws," said Rohde.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:29:49 -0400
  • Web of tracks, switches complicates NY Penn Station summer repairs news

    Down in a damp, cavernous space beneath the western end of New York's Pennsylvania station, national rail operator Amtrak showed on Thursday the three tracks it will take offline for emergency repairs, outlining the complicated operation. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the coming months will be a "summer of agony" for commuters between the Empire State and New Jersey along with those riding the entire northeast rail corridor, Amtrak's busiest and most profitable route.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:07:28 -0400
  • Two Yemenis deported from Mexico after escaping U.S. prison

    Mexico's government on Thursday said it had deported two escaped prisoners of Yemeni origin to the United States and dismissed local media reports that the detainees were suspected militants. The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement the two men, identified as Kamal Qazah, 37, and Salah Mohamed, 35, were serving time in the United States for cigarette smuggling and drug dealing, respectively, and escaped from a high security federal penitentiary in Lee County, Virginia, on May 3 before coming to Mexico. The two were detained in a hotel with a third man who said he was of Australian-Jordanian nationality and is still in Mexico while authorities check his immigration status, a Mexican government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:05:38 -0400
  • Unions sue to stop Kentucky's 'right-to-work' law

    Two labor groups filed a lawsuit in a Kentucky court on Thursday challenging the so-called right-to-work law the state legislature passed earlier this year. The law, which allows workers the right to work in union-represented shops and receive union-negotiated benefits without paying dues to the representing body, violates the equal protection clause of the state constitution, said Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky AFL-CIO. The union, as well as Louisville-based Teamsters Local 89, filed the lawsuit - which seeks class-action status - against the state and Governor Matt Bevin in Franklin Circuit Court in Frankfort.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 16:35:49 -0400
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to contemplate risk news

    By Valerie Vande Panne CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg returned on Thursday to Harvard University, the school he dropped out of to start the pioneering social network, to urge its graduating class to help create a new social safety net to allow creative risk-taking. The 33-year-old tech founder of the world's largest social networking company said he would never have been able to risk leaving the elite Ivy League school if he had not known that his family would have been able to support him if he failed. "There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in ten years when millions of students can't afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business," Zuckerberg told the crowd on a cold, drizzly day when graduates' dark academic robes stood in contrast to the brightly colored plastic rain ponchos scattered through the audience.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 16:28:55 -0400
  • New Jersey town settles lawsuit brought by U.S. over rejected mosque

    A New Jersey town has reached a settlement with the U.S. government and a local Islamic group to resolve allegations that the town illegally denied plans for a proposed mosque. Officials in Bernards Township voted 4-1 on Tuesday night to approve settling lawsuits filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, according to a spokesman for the town, Michael Turner. Turner did not comment on the details of the settlement, which will not be made public until the agreement is filed with a federal judge in New Jersey.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 16:18:20 -0400
  • GM is accused in lawsuit of cheating on diesel truck emissions news

    General Motors Co was accused in a lawsuit on Thursday of rigging hundreds of thousands of diesel trucks with devices similar to those used by Volkswagen AG , to ensure they pass emissions tests. The proposed class-action lawsuit covers people who own or lease more than 705,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups fitted with "Duramax" engines from the 2011 to 2016 model years. It said GM used at least three "defeat devices" to ensure that the trucks met federal and state emission standards, even if they generated more pollution in real-world driving.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 15:24:05 -0400
  • Forget Trump White House, Belgium shows Melania the surreal

    By Camille Bottin BRUSSELS (Reuters) - As her reality TV star husband met many of his Western allies for the first time as U.S. president on Thursday, Melania Trump was offered a different take on the surreal by her hosts in Brussels. The first lady, a Slovenian-born former model, toured a museum dedicated to Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte in the company of wives of other national leaders who were attending a summit of the NATO military alliance across town. Famed for works like the 1964 "self-portrait" of a bowler-hatted man whose face is hidden by an apple or the image of a pipe subtitled "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" (This is not a pipe), Magritte has much to teach the world about questioning outward appearances, and about self-effacement, Belgian organisers said.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 15:09:10 -0400
  • U.S. weather forecasters predict above-normal hurricane season news

    U.S. weather forecasters on Thursday predicted more tropical storms in 2017 than normal for the Atlantic hurricane season, which last year brought one of the deadliest recorded storm systems that killed several hundred people. Meteorologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said there was a 70 percent chance of seeing between 11 and 17 named tropical storms this season, which begins on June 1 and runs for six months. "There is a potential for a lot of storm activity this year," Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator, said at a press conference in College Park, Maryland.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 14:57:58 -0400
  • New York firms offer 'Plan B' to staff ahead of summer transit woes

    Faced with this summer's partial shutdown of New York's Pennsylvania Station due to track repairs, some employers in the largest U.S. city are scrambling to come up with "Plan B" offerings to allow their suburb-dwelling staff to avoid the largely shuttered transit hub. Inquiries have spiked for temporary office spaces that do not require travel through the busiest train station in the U.S., where weeks-long outages in July and August are expected to trigger a travel nightmare for employees living in New Jersey and Long Island suburbs, according to businesses and real estate specialists. "People are trying to avoid the harrowing commute to get into that part of town," said Marcus Moufarrige, chief operating officer at Servcorp Ltd , a landlord for shared workspaces.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 12:59:08 -0400
  • Wikipedia can pursue NSA surveillance lawsuit: U.S. appeals court news

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a Wikipedia lawsuit that challenges a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program of mass online surveillance, and claims that the government unconstitutionally invades people's privacy rights. By a 3-0 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, had a legal right to challenge the government's Upstream surveillance program. The decision could make it easier for people to learn whether authorities have spied on them through Upstream, which involves bulk searches of international communications within the internet's backbone of cables, switches and routers.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 12:53:32 -0400
  • U.S. auto sales seen up 0.5 percent in May: JD Power and LMC news

    U.S. new vehicle sales in May will be about 1.54 million units, compared with 1.53 million units, a year earlier. The forecast was based on the first 17 selling days of the month. The consultancies cut new vehicle sales forecast for 2017 to 17.2 million units from 17.5 million units.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 09:28:45 -0400
  • Some Uber and Lyft riders are giving up their own cars: Reuters/Ipsos poll news

    “I take Uber like pretty frivolously,” he said. It is not clear whether ride service drivers, who rack up vehicle miles and are likely to buy new cars relatively frequently, will make up for any long term drop in personal car ownership.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 07:15:19 -0400
  • Ivanka Trump meets human trafficking victims in Rome news

    Ivanka Trump spoke with African women who were trafficked into prostitution and discussed ways to tackle the problem at a meeting on Wednesday in Rome that she described as a "privilege". The daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, who as a White House adviser is seen as having increasing influence, met the women while accompanying her father on his first foreign trip. On her way to the closed-door encounter, Trump said she was looking forward to hearing how the 11 women, originally from Nigeria and the Horn of Africa, had rebuilt their lives.

    Thu, 25 May 2017 06:06:59 -0400
  • Five charged with insider trading involving U.S. health agency news

    Five men, including a Washington political consultant and a federal employee, were criminally charged on Wednesday with engaging in an insider trading scheme based on leaks from within a federal healthcare agency.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 20:48:45 -0400
  • Playboy model sentenced for posting photo of unsuspecting nude

    Dani Mathers, the 2015 Playboy Playmate of the year, pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a criminal charge of invasion of privacy for secretly photographing a 70-year-old nude woman and was sentenced to 30 days of graffiti removal work, prosecutors said. Mathers last July posted to social media a picture of the woman in the shower area of a Los Angeles fitness center, city officials said. At her sentencing, the judge also placed Mathers on probation for three years, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 19:54:42 -0400
  • Eight guards, seven inmates injured in California prison melee

    Corrections officers at a maximum-security prison in Northern California opened fire with live ammunition on inmates to quell a melee on Wednesday that ended with eight guards and seven inmates sent to hospitals, prison officials said. The disturbance at maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison began about 10:30 a.m. PDT when prison staff responded to a fistfight between two inmates, according to a statement from the California corrections department.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 19:50:00 -0400
  • California highway to be closed for months after Big Sur landslide news

    A section of highway winding along California's breathtaking Big Sur coastline will probably remain closed for months by damage from a massive landslide unleashed by a rain-soaked hillside over the Pacific, state transportation officials said on Wednesday. After the wettest winter on record in the state, the collapse marked the third major closure in Big Sur, a roughly 76-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway that hugs California's rugged Central Coast between Cambria and Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Big Sur portion of State Route 1 is designated as a National Scenic Byway for its spectacular coastal vistas and is famed as one of the longest stretches of largely undeveloped shoreline in the continental United States.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 18:56:19 -0400
  • Jury selected for Bill Cosby's sex assault trial news

    Seven men and five women, including two black jurors, will determine comedian Bill Cosby's fate at his upcoming sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania, after claims from his lawyers that race played a factor in their selection. Judge Steven O'Neill seated the 12th and final juror on Wednesday, along with six alternates, after three days of jury selection in Pittsburgh ahead of what will be the biggest celebrity trial in years. Cosby's lawyers on Tuesday accused prosecutors of deliberately excluding black jurors, a charge that O'Neill rejected absent further evidence.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 18:40:11 -0400
  • Ivanka Trump meets human trafficking victims in Rome

    Ivanka Trump spoke with African women who were trafficked into prostitution and discussed ways to tackle the problem at a meeting on Wednesday in Rome that she described as a "privilege". The daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, who as a White House adviser is seen as having increasing influence, met the women while accompanying her father on his first foreign trip. On her way to the closed-door encounter, Trump said she was looking forward to hearing how the 11 women, originally from Nigeria and the Horn of Africa, had rebuilt their lives.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 18:26:37 -0400
  • BNP Paribas to pay $350 million to settle New York currency-rigging probe news

    French bank BNP Paribas on Wednesday agreed to pay $350 million to New York’s banking watchdog to resolve a probe of misconduct in its foreign exchange business, which the regulator said enhanced the bank's profits at customers' expense. More than a dozen traders and salespeople in New York and other trading hubs manipulated foreign exchange rates and engaged in other illegal activity while the bank failed to properly supervise the business, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) said in a statement. BNP Paribas said it "deeply regrets the past misconduct," which occurred between 2007 and 2013, the bank said in a statement Wednesday.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 17:00:58 -0400
  • Vermont governor snuffs legal pot, tells lawmakers to 'get it right' news

    Scott said the bill should "make clear" that there will be no change in current penalties for giving or selling the drug to minors under 21 or near schools, and it should have stiffer penalties for smoking marijuana while driving or in front of children. Of the eight states and the District of Columbia that have legalized recreational marijuana, two - Massachusetts and Maine - are nearby, while Canada, to Vermont's north, is considering legalization.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 16:35:28 -0400
  • Teenage suspect sought in triple stabbing in Midtown Manhattan news

    A 16-year-old boy stabbed three other teens near their high school in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday and then fled, New York City police said. The attack grew out of a verbal dispute among the four youths that turned violent when the 16-year-old brandished a knife and began stabbing and slashing his classmates, police detective Ahmed Nasser said. The three victims - aged 15, 17 and 18 - were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Nasser said.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 16:29:33 -0400
  • Driver indicted in deadly Times Square attack, crash news

    A grand jury has indicted the driver charged with killing a young woman and injuring 22 people when he careened through three blocks in New York City's crowded Times Square, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Richard Rojas, 26, is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on July 13. Authorities say Rojas drove his Honda sedan down Seventh Avenue on May 18, made a U-turn and mowed down pedestrians on the packed sidewalk for three city blocks before crashing.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 15:53:09 -0400
  • U.S. review criticizes U.S. handling of Honduras drug operation

    A joint U.S.-Honduras anti-drug operation that resulted in several fatal shootings in the Central American country in 2012 was poorly coordinated, according to an internal review on Wednesday. The review looked at three fatal incidents that were part of Operation Anvil, a 90-day pilot program designed to disrupt drug flights from South America to Honduras. Neither U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents nor Honduran tactical police involved in the operation had a clear understanding of "how their partners would respond to an imminent threat of death or serious physical injury," the report on the shootings found.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 15:17:51 -0400
  • Hundreds protest over minimum wage at McDonald's stockholder meeting news

    Hundreds of fast-food workers demanded wage increases as they marched outside McDonald's Corp headquarters during the company's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. The demonstrators were part of a nationwide protest organized by "Fight for 15," a labor group that has regularly targeted McDonald's in calls for higher pay and union rights for workers. More than two dozen protesters were arrested outside the United Continental Holdings Inc shareholder meeting in downtown Chicago.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 15:16:32 -0400
  • Baltimore lawyer told rape victim Trump would deport her: prosecutors

    The lawyer, Christos Vasiliades, 38, also offered the woman and her husband a $3,000 bribe to stay away from court in order to get his client's 2016 felony rape charges dismissed, according to a grand jury indictment. Vasiliades and another man charged in the case, Edgar Rodriguez, last week told the woman's husband that the current environment for immigrants in the United States meant he and his wife risked being arrested by immigration agents if they testified, the indictment said. The husband had met with law enforcement ahead of the meeting with Rodriguez and Vasiliades and was wearing a recording device that captured their comments, the indictment said.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 14:56:24 -0400
  • New York firms offer 'Plan B' to staff ahead of summer transit woes news

    Faced with this summer's partial shutdown of New York's Pennsylvania Station due to track repairs, some employers in the largest U.S. city are scrambling to come up with "Plan B" offerings to allow their suburb-dwelling staff to avoid the largely shuttered transit hub. Inquiries have spiked for temporary office spaces that do not require travel through the busiest train station in the U.S., where weeks-long outages in July and August are expected to trigger a travel nightmare for employees living in New Jersey and Long Island suburbs, according to businesses and real estate specialists. It is an effort to spare some 600,000 daily commuters from what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo predicted could be a "summer of agony," based on recent delays and cancellations triggered by a pair of derailments at the station infamous for its deteriorating tracks.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 14:45:32 -0400
  • U.S. blacklists members of Mexican drug trafficking group: Treasury

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday blacklisted Mexican national Jose Luis Ruelas Torres for leading what the U.S. Treasury Department said is a family organization that smuggles heroin across the border for sale in cities across the United States.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 14:39:19 -0400
  • Five charged with insider trading involving U.S. health agency news

    Five men, including a Washington, D.C. political consultant and a federal employee, were criminally charged on Wednesday with engaging in an insider trading scheme based on leaks from within a federal healthcare agency.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 13:44:19 -0400
  • U.S. decision on expanded laptop ban not imminent: Homeland Security news

    The U.S. Homeland Security Department said on Wednesday that no specific timeline had been set for a decision on whether to expand a ban on larger electronics as carry-on luggage for air travel. DHS spokesman David Lapan told reporters at a briefing there was "nothing imminent" that would require an immediate decision to expand the ban on laptops, which currently applies to 10 mostly Middle Eastern airports. In March, the United States announced laptop restrictions on flights originating from 10 airports, including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, because of fears a bomb could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 13:07:20 -0400
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