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  • Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

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    A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidated the entire Obamacare law. The coalition of states challenging the law was led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, both Republicans.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:53:50 -0500
  • Police search ranch belonging to missing Colorado woman's fiance

    Police looking for a Colorado mother who was reported missing from her small mountain town nearly two weeks ago searched her fiance's ranch on Friday but stopped short of calling him a suspect in the case. The police chief of Woodland Park, Colorado, also publicly called on Patrick Frazee, 32, to submit to a formal interview with detectives, saying he was the last person believed to have seen or heard from his fiance, 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. "We are asking him to sit down with our investigators since he was the last person to talk with Kelsey," Woodland Park Police Chief Miles DeYoung told reporters at an afternoon press conference.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:27:39 -0500
  • Challenging judges' orders, Trump aims to enlist Supreme Court

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    The Supreme Court traditionally has been viewed as the court of last resort in the United States, but Trump's Justice Department increasingly has tried to enlist it in paring back or halting unfavorable rulings by lower courts on signature Trump policies, often at early stages of litigation. In another tactic, the administration has asked the justices to review disputes even before lower appeals courts have acted. Trump has appointed conservatives Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to lifetime jobs on the Supreme Court since taking office last year, cementing its 5-4 conservative majority.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:01:44 -0500
  • U.S. government watchdog to probe child's death after border arrest

    WASHINGTON/TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog will investigate the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant which occurred after she was detained by U.S. border agents, officials said on Friday. The Trump administration defended the treatment of the child, identified as Jakelin Caal by a Guatemalan official, and said there was no indication that she had any medical problems until several hours after she and her father were taken into U.S. custody on Dec. 6. The Guatemalan government had earlier identified the girl as Jackeline Caal.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:18:24 -0500
  • Police probe hoax bitcoin bomb threats across U.S., Canada

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    U.S. law enforcement officials on Friday were investigating a wave of hoax emailed bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment that caused worry but no damage in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The threats led to scattered evacuations of schools and transit stations before the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies dismissed them as lacking credibility. Hoax threats were received in cities including Washington, New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Grand Rapids, Iowa, Denver, Ottawa and Calgary, Alberta.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:57:05 -0500
  • Saudi man pleads guilty in Oklahoma to lying about al Qaeda training

    Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, who was arrested in February, faces up to 18 years in prison, the department said in a statement. Alfallaj's fingerprints turned up on documents found by the U.S. military at an al Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan, the statement said. The documents included an application to an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, it said.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:24:10 -0500
  • Big Washington clean-up bill leads House Democrats' list

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    When the Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives in three weeks, their first order of business is expected to be a wide-ranging bill about political corruption, voter disenfranchisement and cleaning up campaign finance. Aimed at sending a message, the legislation is unlikely to become law with Republicans still in control of the Senate and the White House. An outline of the bill, titled H.R. 1, shows it would require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns, which Trump has refused to do despite decades of precedent.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:05:46 -0500
  • California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators

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    California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by the liberal-leaning state that sets it apart from the environmental policies of the Trump administration. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on the proposal to ramp up the use of battery electric or fuel-cell buses until 2029, at which point all new transit buses will have to be zero-emission vehicles. The move away from diesel buses will be a boon to companies such as Chinese automaker BYD , backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Silicon Valley startup Proterra Inc, which have bet that zero-emissions buses will eventually catch on.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:43:44 -0500
  • ICE arrests of immigrants in U.S. illegally highest since 2014: agency

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    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested more immigrants who were in the United States illegally in the fiscal year through Sept. 30, 2018, than in any year since 2014, the agency said on Friday. The 158,851 people arrested in the 2018 fiscal year by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations division, the branch that carries out immigration arrests and deportations, represented an 11 percent increase over 2017, according to agency data. ICE arrests of immigrants with no criminal history but who are in the country illegally increased by nearly one-third compared to 2017, to reach 20,464.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:30:14 -0500
  • Connecticut school evacuated for bomb threat on sixth anniversary of massacre

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    Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where 26 children and educators were killed in 2012, received a threatening phone call around 9 a.m. EST, said police Lieutenant Aaron Bahamonde. "It was a bomb threat over the phone," Bahamonde said. Bahamonde said the threat was unrelated to a Thursday incident in which hundreds of schools, businesses and buildings across the United States and Canada receive email bomb threats demanding payment in cryptocurrency.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:07:41 -0500
  • U.S. sues YRC Worldwide freight units, alleges overcharging

    U.S. officials have filed a lawsuit against several units of freight company YRC Worldwide Inc alleging that they systematically overcharged the federal government for services and lied to hide their misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The YRC units named in the lawsuit are YRC Freight Inc, Roadway Express Inc and Yellow Transportation Inc.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:29:43 -0500
  • Georgia police officer shot to death; gunman killed

    A rookie suburban Atlanta police officer was shot and killed Thursday by a man who was also killed in a shoot-out with other officers, officials said. The names of the DeKalb County police officer and the suspected gunman were not immediately available and few other details were released. "Tonight, a DeKalb County police officer died in the line of duty serving the citizens of DeKalb County," James Conroy, the DeKalb County chief of police, said in a statement on the Internet.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:19:07 -0500
  • Australia, NZ investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agencies

    WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand are investigating bomb threat emails received by some residents, cyber security officials said on Friday, after similar threats were made in the United States and Canada. "Given the widespread nature of these malicious emails, we have reason to believe this to be a scam," the Australian Cyber Security Centre said in an email to Reuters. A rash of bomb threats were emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools across the United States and Canada demanding payment in cryptocurrency but none of the threats appeared credible.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:45:40 -0500
  • Number of U.S. inmates on death row at 25-year low: report

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    The number of U.S. inmates executed this year has reached a 25-year low as fewer death sentences are handed down and death row inmates clear their names or die of natural causes, the Death Penalty Information Center reported on Friday. Fewer than 2,500 inmates are awaiting execution as 2018 draws to an end after 25 executions, making this the third consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions, the DPIC, a non-profit organization that collects data on the death penalty in the United States, said in its annual report. "Public appetite for the death penalty has declined dramatically since the 1990s," Robert Dunham, executive director of the DPIC, said in a phone interview.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:11:47 -0500
  • U.S. Green Beret charged with murder of man in Afghanistan

    A U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to shooting and killing a man in Afghanistan because he suspected he was a bombmaker for the Taliban militant group, NBC News reported. Golsteyn admitted twice to the killing, once in an interview for a job at a spy agency and again during an interview with Fox News Channel, NBC News said.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:46:30 -0500
  • Florida executes man convicted of killing woman during 1992 burglary

    Jose Jimenez, 55, was put to death by lethal injection at 9:48 p.m. EST at Florida's execution chamber in Raiford, according to Patrick Manderfield, a spokesman for the state department of corrections. Manderfield said Jimenez made no final statement. Jimenez was convicted of first-degree murder and burglary in 1994, stemming from the beating and stabbing to death Phyllis Minas, 63, two years earlier.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:52:36 -0500
  • No free money in New Jersey: Police want spilled banknotes back

    East Rutherford police began receiving calls at around 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT) on Thursday that cash was blowing out of the bullet-resistant truck and multiple vehicles had crashed after several motorists abandoned their cars to chase the money. Videos posted on social media showed a Brinks armored truck with its hazard lights flashing on Route 3, about 10 miles (16 km) outside New York City, as people ran after bills blowing between cars and trucks on the busy roadway. A person in uniform chasing the money appeared to be the truck's driver.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:54:09 -0500
  • Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol-Washington Post

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    A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Early on Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, the Post said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:33:06 -0500
  • No foul play suspected in deaths of two workers at U.S. research station in Antarctica

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    The two fire-safety technicians died in unexplained circumstances on Wednesday while performing preventive maintenance on a building that houses a generator for a radio transmitter outside the NSF-managed McMurdo Station, the agency said. While the science foundation, a U.S. government agency, said an official inquiry into the deaths was just getting under way, spokesman Peter West told Reuters that investigators had turned up no evidence of foul play. NSF also declined to disclose any personal information about the two workers, except to say they were employed by a Virginia-based company, PAE, which in turn was hired by the U.S. Antarctica Program's logistics contractor, Leidos, headquartered in Colorado.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:33:51 -0500
  • U.S. appeals court narrows order on Trump birth control rules

    Last year two federal judges - one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California - had blocked the government from enforcing a new guideline allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions from the contraception policy on moral or religious grounds. The Justice Department appealed both rulings. The appeals court said, however, the injunction issued in California should not apply nationwide, but only within the five states that sued over the policy.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:49:52 -0500
  • Bitcoin ransoms just are not what they used to be

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    (Reuters) - Give me bitcoin or your life. Seriously? The people behind a rash of bomb threats made across the United States and Canada on Thursday demanded a $20,000 ransom to be paid in bitcoin. Authorities said none of the threats - emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools - appeared credible. Frankly, the perpetrators would have been better off asking for Turkish lira. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have long been a favorite ransom tender for cyber criminals thanks to the currencies' anonymous nature. U.S. ...

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:06:08 -0500
  • New Zealand police investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agency

    Police in New Zealand are investigating email threats received by some residents that claim explosive devices were hidden in their offices, the cyber security agency CERT NZ said on Friday after similar threats were made in the United States and Canada. A rash of bomb threats were emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools across the United States and Canada demanding payment in cryptocurrency but none of the threats appeared credible. CERT NZ said the emails received by New Zealanders appeared to be very similar to those in the United States and Canada.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:48:12 -0500
  • New York sues Target, Walmart for sale of lead-contaminated toys

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    Underwood said her office conducted tests in New York City, Long Island, and the Syracuse and Buffalo areas on "Cra-Z-Jewelz" jewelry-making kits that were imported by LaRose and found levels up to 10 times higher than the federal limit. The kits were supplied by LaRose and sold at Walmart and Target stores.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:31:16 -0500
  • Bomb threats demanding bitcoin sweep U.S., Canada, none found credible

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    One email targeting a St. Louis-area middle school was traced by local investigators to an internet protocol, or IP, address in Moscow, the sheriff's office in Lincoln County, Missouri said. Two weeks previously, a married couple inspired by Islamic State had killed 14 people at a California county office building in a shooting rampage.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:25:05 -0500
  • Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA

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    Allard Beutel, a spokesman for the agency who this week invited Curry to tour the Johnson Space Center in Houston, told science publication Inverse on Thursday the Golden State guard said he would be willing to make the trip. The controversy started on Monday when Curry said on a podcast that he did not believe humans had ever been to the Moon. NASA landed 12 American astronauts on the Moon from 1969-1972.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:51:54 -0500
  • Butina admits being Russian agent, pleads guilty in U.S. to conspiracy

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    Maria Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, entered the plea to a charge of conspiracy to act as a foreign agent at a hearing in Washington. Butina admitted to conspiring with a Russian official and two Americans from 2015 until her July arrest to infiltrate the National Rifle Association, a group closely aligned with U.S. conservatives and Republican politicians including President Donald Trump, and create unofficial lines of communication to try to make Washington's policy toward Moscow more friendly. Alexander Torshin, who was a deputy governor of Russia's central bank, has been identified by Butina's lawyers as the Russian official.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:09:19 -0500
  • U.S. appeals court narrows Trump birth control ruling

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    Last year two federal judges, one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California, had blocked the government from enforcing rules allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions from the contraception policy on moral or religious grounds. The Justice Department appealed both rulings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Thursday the injunction issued in California should not apply nationwide, but only within the five states that sued over the policy.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:00:47 -0500
  • Jury convicts ex-employees of pharmacy in U.S. meningitis outbreak

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    A co-owner and four ex-employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were convicted on Thursday of committing frauds and other illegal activities that helped boost its business before a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to drugs it made. The verdict by a federal jury in Boston came in the latest criminal trial involving former executives and employees of New England Compounding Center, which produced mold-tainted steroids that prosecutors said sickened hundreds of people and killed more than 100. Jurors found pharmacist Gene Svirskiy guilty of racketeering and pharmacist Christopher Leary guilty of mail fraud over what prosecutors said was their role in misleading NECC's hospital customers about the quality of the drugs it produced.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:15:09 -0500
  • Alabama attorney general takes over probe of police shooting at mall

    In a letter to Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr, Attorney General Steve Marshall said he made the decision after Carr admitted the presence of potential conflicts and biases between him and other parties in the case. "While I have no reason to believe that you are actually biased or compromised, I agree that other fair-minded persons might question your neutrality based on the information that you provided in the letter and during our private conversations," Marshall said in the letter, which was posted on the website of the attorney general. On Thanksgiving night during Black Friday sales, a police officer in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover shot and killed Emantic "EJ" Bradford, 21, at the Riverchase Galleria, believing him to be the gunman in a shooting at the mall that wounded two people.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:21:12 -0500
  • Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself

    Becky Linebaugh, an incumbent alderman in the small town of Hoxie, rolled a "six" to hold on to her seat for a third term, defeating challenger Cliff Farmer who came up short with a "four." The dice roll broke a 223-223 tie in a Dec. 4 runoff election, according to the Lawrence County Clerk's Office, which oversaw the game of chance that ultimately decided the winner. The runoff was scheduled after none of three candidates for alderman in the Nov. 6 election got a majority of the vote in Hoxie, a town of about 2,700 people located 120 miles (193 km) northeast of Little Rock. "I early voted because I was afraid something might happen and I might not be able to make it to the election." Her opponent, Cliff Farmer, 33, had a different approach.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:11:05 -0500
  • Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary

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    Jose Jimenez, 55, is set to die by lethal injection at the Florida's execution chamber in Raiford at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT), the state's department of corrections said. Jimenez was convicted of first-degree murder and burglary and sentenced to die in 1994. Jimenez was accused of beating and stabbing to death Phyllis Minas, 63, after he broke into her North Miami apartment on Oct. 2, 1992.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:09:24 -0500
  • Kentucky Supreme Court tosses pension law on procedural factors

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a law aimed at addressing the state's cash-strapped retirement system because it was improperly passed by the Republican-controlled legislature.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:21:22 -0500
  • Accused Russia agent pleads guilty over U.S. charges: Fox

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maria Butina, accused of acting as an agent of Russia's government, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in a U.S. court on Thursday as part of a deal with prosecutors, Fox News reported.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:45:41 -0500
  • Teen fatally shoots himself at Indiana school, police say

    No students were injured in the incident at David W. Dennis Intermediate School, in Richmond, Indiana, about 70 miles east of Indianapolis, state police said on Twitter. Police received information that an individual might be heading to the school to commit a violent act, a Fox television station in Indianapolis reported, citing Sergeant John Bowling of the Indiana State Police.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:32:53 -0500
  • Advocacy group drafts U.S. privacy bill as effort grows to make law next year

    The Washington-based Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) said it hopes members of Congress incorporate its proposal into a number of draft privacy bills they have begun to discuss in recent weeks. Many business groups, along with individual companies such as big CDT donors Alphabet Inc and Apple Inc, are pushing for a national privacy law before the California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. Businesses have raised concerns about their ability to comply with California's law, which enables fines of up to $7,500 for intentional failure to disclose data collection or selling others' data without permission.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 09:24:23 -0500
  • More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

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    A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an “imminent” threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. The public concern over global warming in the United States clashes with President Donald Trump’s policies aimed at maximizing fossil fuels production and dismantling climate protections he views as too onerous and costly for industry. Trump last year announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, an accord to curb global warming struck by nearly 200 nations in 2015 that he said would kill American jobs and have no tangible environmental benefit.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:29:36 -0500
  • Three rescued from West Virginia mine may have been seeking copper scrap

    Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly, 21, were all being taken to a hospital for treatment after the rescue, said Samantha Smith of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training. A fourth person who was with the group when they entered the mine while riding all-terrain vehicles, 43-year-old Eddie Williams, found his way out on Monday to alert authorities about his missing friends. Randy Williams, the father of Kayla Williams, one of those rescued, told an ABC News affiliate that he believed the group entered the abandoned mine to look for scrap copper to sell.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:58:23 -0500
  • Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

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    Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The claims, so far, fall short of the record $12 billion in wildfire-related insured losses sustained in California in 2017, most of that from more than a dozen blazes that swept a large swath of wine country north of San Francisco Bay, killing 46 people. This year, the Camp Fire that erupted on Nov. 8 has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:54:39 -0500
  • South Carolina boy, 16, pleads guilty in school shooting rampage

    Jesse Osborne, who was 14 at the time of the 2016 attack on Townville Elementary School some 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Greenville, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors said they did not make any deals with Osborne and his guilty plea would not reduce the sentence they are were asking a judge to impose. "I am seeking the maximum sentence in this case, life without parole, which is the appropriate sentence for the murder of six-year-old Jacob Hall, and the attempted murders of his classmates and teachers," Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor David Wagner said in a statement.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:29:57 -0500
  • Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

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    Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:39:34 -0500
  • Opioid maker Insys paid kickbacks to physician assistant, jury hears

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    The testimony came at the start of the trial in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire, of Christopher Clough, a physician assistant who prosecutors say accepted nearly $50,000 from Insys in exchange for prescribing its powerful opioid pain drug, Subsys. The trial could provide a glimpse into some of the evidence prosecutors will use in next month's trial of six former Insys executives and managers, including John Kapoor, a onetime billionaire who was the company's founder and chairman. Prosecutors say they conspired to pay kickbacks to doctors and others like Clough by paying them fees to participate in "sham" speaker programs ostensibly meant to educate medical professionals about the drug.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:09:40 -0500
  • U.S. probe cites 'ineffective' safeguard in Husky oil refinery blast

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    An "ineffective" safeguard failed to prevent an explosive mixing of air and fuel at a Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, leading to a blast and fire in the plant's gasoline-producing unit in April, a U.S. industrial safety group said on Wednesday. Air seeped through a hole in a valve within a fluidic catalytic cracking unit (FCCU), the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said, causing an April 26 explosion that led to a massive fire and a 24-hour-long evacuation of residents living within miles of the plant. The board said 36 people sought medical treatment after the blast, including 11 working at the refinery.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:45:34 -0500
  • West Virginia mine explorers still missing as rescuers dig deeper

    Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly, 21, have been stranded deep inside the Rock House Powellton mine near the town of Clear Creek since they crawled through a ventilation shaft into the caverns on Saturday after riding to the site on all-terrain vehicles. A fourth person who was with the group when they entered the mine, 43-year-old Eddie Williams, found his way out on Monday to alert authorities that his friends were missing, Raleigh County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Mark McCray said.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:37:59 -0500
  • Chicago mayor pushes bond sale, constitutional change to aid pensions

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel laid out a multi-pronged plan on Wednesday to tackle Chicago's huge pension burden, urging the city council to approve the issuance of $10 billion of bonds to boost funding for the city's four retirement systems. Emanuel, who leaves office in May after declining to run for a third term as mayor, also called for changing the Illinois Constitution and earmarking new revenue from a possible casino and legalized marijuana for pensions. "Issuing these bonds and depositing the proceeds directly into our pension funds would immediately increase the health of our pension funds to levels not seen in at least a decade before asking more of Chicago's hard-pressed taxpayers," the mayor said in a speech to the city council.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:33:53 -0500
  • U.S. Commerce Sec. Ross unaware of any planned warning for China travel

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday downplayed talk that President Donald Trump's administration is poised to warn Americans against traveling to China.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:43:30 -0500
  • United Airlines to add international routes from San Francisco

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    The airline also plans to start a second daily flight between San Francisco and Seoul as well as new year-round nonstop flights between the U.S. city and Auckland, Tahiti and Amsterdam in 2019. "This route expansion solidifies United's position at San Francisco as the gateway airline serving destinations across the Pacific, the continental United States, as well as to Europe and beyond," Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz said.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:31:55 -0500
  • Ex-N.Y. state university official gets prison for bid rigging

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    The former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Tuesday for helping to rig the bidding process for a billion-dollar, state-funded development project. Alain Kaloyeros was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan, who also ordered him to pay a $100,000 fine, according to a spokesman for federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Kaloyeros had been found guilty of fraud and conspiracy by a jury in June following a three-week trial.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:44:39 -0500
  • Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order

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    The U.S. Justice Department asked the court to lift a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules issued by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar. Trump has taken a hard line toward legal and illegal immigration since taking office last year. Citing what he called an overwhelmed immigration system, Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that authorities process asylum claims only for migrants crossing the southern U.S. border at an official port of entry.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:44:27 -0500
  • Cosby's lawyers cite grounds for appealing sexual assault conviction

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    The 81-year-old performer, best known for his role as the lovable family man and physician on the hit television sitcom "The Cosby Show," was found guilty by a Pennsylvania jury in April of drugging and sexually assaulting a onetime friend in 2004. It marked the first such criminal conviction of a celebrity accused of sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement that has brought down dozens of powerful, privileged men in American media, politics and business since the autumn of 2017. In September, the trial judge, Steven O'Neill, designated Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law, requiring the entertainer to register as a sex offender for life, and sentenced him to a term of three to 10 years in prison.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:43:58 -0500
  • Texas executes man convicted of 1993 murder

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    Alvin Braziel, 43, was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. local time, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Asked by the warden if he had any last words before he was put to death, Braziel expressed thanks to "all those overseas, Italy and France, for their support for death row prisoners. Braziel was convicted and sentenced to death in 2001 for attacking Douglas and Lora White at gunpoint while they were on a walk along a jogging trail at Eastfield College, a Dallas-area community college, on Sept. 21, 1993, according to court documents.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:43:25 -0500
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