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  • Gunman in Aurora, Illinois, shooting described as 'loner'

    Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said Martin shot six fellow employees, five of them fatally, at the sprawling warehouse where he had worked for 15 years, and wounded five police officers before he was slain by police 90 minutes later. Jeremy Sherman, a neighbor of Martin's at Acorn Woods Condominium Complex in Aurora, about 40 miles west of Chicago, told Newsweek's Daily Beast website that Martin could often be found outside playing with his remote-control toy cars and drones. "He kept to himself a lot, and he was always on his porch," he told the Daily Beast.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:39:17 -0500
  • College intern on first day among Illinois factory shooting victims

    Trevor Wehner was working his first day as a human resources intern at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, when a worker who had just been fired killed him and four of his colleagues. Friday's shooting rampage at the water distribution products factory and warehouse west of Chicago also killed the plant's manager and its head of human resources. Wehner, 21, from the village of Sheridan, Illinois, was on track to graduate in May from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a degree in human resource management, the school said.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:15:49 -0500
  • Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis' younger sister, dies at 85

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    CBS News, citing family friend Mathilde Favier, the public relations director for Christian Dior, said Radziwill died on Friday. Women's Wear Daily had first reported the death on its website, saying it occurred at Radziwill's New York City home. Radziwill's world was inhabited by doyennes of high society, artistic celebrities, fashion moguls and wealthy, prominent husbands - including one whose royal status made her a real-life princess.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:09:18 -0500
  • Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes

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    Pope Francis has decided that the ruling, which followed an appeal by McCarrick, a power-broker as Archbishop of Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2006, was now final. A Vatican statement said his crimes were made more serious by "the aggravating factor of the abuse of power". The 88-year-old, who in July became the first Roman Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the title of cardinal, has now become the highest profile church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 10:27:15 -0500
  • Dismissed employee kills five co-workers in Illinois factory shooting

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    A gunman opened fire at an Illinois factory just after receiving notice of termination from his job there on Friday, killing five fellow workers and wounding five policemen before he was slain by police, authorities said. The assailant, identified as Gary Martin, 45, had worked at the Henry Pratt Company for 15 years before Friday's violence unfolded at the firm's sprawling facility in Aurora, 40 miles (65 km) west of Chicago, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said. At a late-night news conference, Ziman said it was not yet clear whether the suspect, armed with a Smith & Wesson handgun, was carrying the weapon at the time of his dismissal or whether he "went to retrieve it" before opening fire.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:03:21 -0500
  • Suspects in alleged attack on 'Empire' actor released

    "Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete," the Chicago Police Department said in a email to Reuters. A spokesman for the department on Friday night declined to confirm to Reuters whether the individuals released were the two Nigerian brothers police said they arrested on Wednesday at Chicago O'Hare Airport in connection to the attack. Authorities had previously said only that the pair, whose names have not been released, were persons of interest after they were recognized from surveillance camera footage taken in the area where Smollett said two men shouted slurs at him and put a rope around his neck on Jan. 29.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:33:18 -0500
  • U.S. court faults Puerto Rico board appointments, keeps bankruptcy alive

    A U.S. Appeals Court ruled on Friday that members of Puerto Rico's federally created oversight board were unconstitutionally appointed but declined to dismiss the bankruptcy cases the board filed for the U.S. commonwealth. The ruling allows the island's 2017 federal court cases seeking to restructure about $120 billion of debt and pension obligations to continue and leaves court-approved restructuring deals in place. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit set a 90-day period to allow President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate to constitutionally validate the appointments or reconstitute the board.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:54:13 -0500
  • U.S. to slash payouts from 9/11 victims fund

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    Rupa Bhattacharyya, the special master, said the reduction in payouts from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is necessary because the $2.375 billion remaining in the $7.375 billion fund is not enough to compensate the thousands of additional eligible victims and family members. "I am painfully aware of the unfairness of this plan," Bhattacharyya said on a conference call with reporters. Bhattacharyya said the fund would have needed to be $12 billion, instead of $7.375 billion, to compensate everyone fully.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:49:57 -0500
  • Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe

    The Republican president's move, circumventing Congress, seeks to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a border wall that Trump insists is necessary to curtail illegal immigration he blames for bringing crime and drugs into the United States. Within hours, the action was challenged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of three Texas landowners, saying that Trump's declaration violates the U.S. Constitution and that the planned wall would infringe on their property rights. Hours after Trump's announcement, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee said it had launched an investigation into the emergency declaration.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:46:03 -0500
  • Trump to nominate Jeffrey Byard as U.S. emergency management chief

    President Donald Trump intends to nominate Jeffrey Byard, a senior official at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be its administrator, replacing Brock Long who said this week he was resigning, the White House said on Friday.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:44:49 -0500
  • U.S. Supreme Court to decide legality of census citizenship query

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    The justices, in a brief order, granted the administration's request to hear its appeal of Manhattan-based U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman's Jan. 15 ruling even before a lower appeals court has considered the matter. Furman's ruling came in lawsuits brought by 18 U.S. states, 15 cities and various civil rights groups challenging the Republican administration's decision to include the question. Furman ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had concealed the true motives for his "arbitrary and capricious" decision to add the citizenship question in violation of federal law.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:51:24 -0500
  • Five killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse

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    A gunman opened fire in an industrial warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain, law enforcement officials said. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the gunman, identified as Gary Martin, 45, was an employee at the industrial complex. Please avoid the area," the Aurora Police Department said in a tweet shortly after 2 p.m. CST, adding that additional details would be forthcoming.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:48:48 -0500
  • Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez for tour, calls worker claims untrue

    Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected progressive Democrat who was an outspoken critic of the plans to locate Amazon's second headquarters in a New York City neighborhood near her congressional district, asked on Twitter if Amazon's culture of "strict performance" is "why Amazon workers have to urinate in bottles & work while on food stamps to meet 'targets?' Performance shouldn’t come at the cost of dehumanizing conditions." She cited a September Newsweek story that raised those claims. A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to a request for comment. Ocasio-Cortez was among progressive New York Democrats who had objected to the $2.8 billion in incentives from the city and New York state to woo Amazon to build a new headquarters in the city's borough of Queens.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:33:03 -0500
  • U.S. court faults Puerto Rico board appointments, keeps bankruptcy alive

    A U.S. Appeals Court ruled on Friday that members of Puerto Rico's federally created oversight board were unconstitutionally appointed but declined to dismiss the bankruptcy cases the board filed for the U.S. commonwealth. The ruling allows the island's 2017 federal court cases seeking to restructure about $120 billion of debt and pension obligations to continue and leaves court-approved restructuring deals in place. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit set a 90-day period to allow President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate to constitutionally validate the appointments or reconstitute the board.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:13:49 -0500
  • Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe

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    The Republican president's move to circumvent Congress represented an escalation in his efforts to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a wall to halt the flow into the country of illegal immigrants, who Trump says bring crime and drugs. Hours after Trump's announcement, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee said it had launched an investigation into the emergency declaration. In a letter to Trump, committee Democrats asked him to make available for a hearing White House and Justice Department officials involved in the action.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:49:16 -0500
  • House panel announces emergency declaration probe in letter to Trump

    A key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Friday it was launching an immediate investigation into President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, saying his move to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border raised constitutional and statutory issues. In a letter to Trump, Democrats who control the House Judiciary Committee asked the Republican president to make available for a hearing White House and Justice Department officials involved in the action. "We believe your declaration of an emergency shows a reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system," said the letter signed by committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and other top Democrats on the panel.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:51:19 -0500
  • Army calls base housing hazards 'unconscionable,' details steps to protect families

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    Deeply troubled by military housing conditions exposed by Reuters reporting, the U.S. Army's top leadership vowed on Friday to renegotiate its housing contracts with private real estate firms, test tens of thousands of homes for toxins and hold its own commanders responsible for protecting Army base residents from dangerous homes. In an interview, the Secretary of the Army Mark Esper said Reuters reports and a chorus of concerns from military families had opened his eyes to the need for urgent overhauls of the Army’s privatized housing system, which accommodates more than 86,000 families. The secretary’s conclusion: Private real estate firms tasked with managing and maintaining the housing stock have been failing the families they serve, and the Army itself neglected its duties.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:13:28 -0500
  • U.S. to slash payouts from 9/11 victims fund

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    Rupa Bhattacharyya, the special master, said the reduction in payouts from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is necessary because the $2.375 billion remaining in the $7.375 billion fund is not enough to compensate the thousands of additional eligible victims and family members. "I am painfully aware of the unfairness of this plan," Bhattacharyya said on a conference call with reporters. Bhattacharyya said the fund would have needed to be $12 billion, instead of $7.375 billion, to compensate everyone fully.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:52:57 -0500
  • Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg back at court after cancer bout

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    Ginsburg, a liberal jurist who will turn 86 in March, took part in the private conference among the nine justices on the court to discuss cases. Friday's conference proved highly significant, with the justices agreeing to decide the fate of a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, which opponents say will scare immigrant communities from participating, leading to an undercount. While Ginsburg was expected to attend the next round of oral arguments beginning next Tuesday, court officials could not confirm she would be on the bench.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:06:52 -0500
  • Trump, in proclamation, says military help needed due to 'gravity' of emergency

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, in a proclamation on Friday declaring an emergency at the U.S. border with Mexico, said he need to call upon the military for assistance "because of the gravity of the current emergency situation." "The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency," Trump said in the proclamation, which he is using as a means to go around Congress to obtain funds to build a wall. ...

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:17:20 -0500
  • NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays

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    The U.S. space agency has since had to rely on Russia's Roscosmos program to ferry astronauts to the orbital space station at a cost of roughly $80 million per seat, NASA has said. After 2019 there are no seats available on the spacecraft for U.S. crew, and a NASA advisory panel recommended on Friday that the U.S. space program develop a contingency plan to guarantee access to the station in case technical problems delay Boeing and SpaceX any further. A NASA spokesman on Friday characterized a solicitation request NASA filed on Wednesday as a contingency plan.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:00:06 -0500
  • Philadelphia beats U.S. appeal in sanctuary city case

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    In a 3-0 decision, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said the U.S. attorney general lacked power to condition that city's receipt of $1.6 million for local law enforcement on its compliance with three new requirements. In Friday's decision, Circuit Judge Marjorie Rendell said the attorney general has only limited oversight of the program for awarding the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants. "Allowing the attorney general to withhold all funds because a jurisdiction does not certify compliance with any federal law of the attorney general's choosing undermines the predictability and consistency embedded in the program's design," Rendell wrote.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:21:34 -0500
  • California, New York promise legal challenges to Trump's emergency declaration

    California and New York suggested on Friday they would take legal action against President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars in funds to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump's move would circumvent Congress, and he predicted in comments made in the White House's Rose Garden that the emergency declaration would face a lengthy legal challenge. New York state's Democratic attorney general, Letitia James, fired back almost immediately after Trump announced his action.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:16:32 -0500
  • Russia detains prominent U.S. investor on suspicion of fraud

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    Calvey, senior partner at Baring Vostok, was first detained on Thursday along with three other executives after investigators accused him and others of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles ($37.61 million). Calvey, who is well known in financial circles as one of Russia's most prominent investors, told the court he was innocent and that the accusations against him had been initiated by Russian businessmen embroiled in a commercial conflict with him and his fund over a Russian bank. "Almost everything said here is false," said Calvey.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:12:49 -0500
  • U.S. investigators probing years of WikiLeaks activities: sources

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    American investigators are gathering information and pursuing witnesses involved in both recent WikiLeaks disclosures and the website's large-scale postings of U.S. military and diplomatic messages over several years from 2010. A former U.S. Army soldier, Chelsea Manning, was charged and convicted for leaking the reports and cables to WikiLeaks but was released from a lengthy prison term after her sentence was commuted by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:35:26 -0500
  • Russian court orders Baring Vostok founder to be held for 72 hours

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday ordered Baring Vostok's founder Michael Calvey to be kept in custody for 72 hours following his detention on suspicion of fraud, allegations that he denies.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:20:14 -0500
  • Portland, Oregon, police probe texts between officer and right-wing leader

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    Hundreds of emails and text messages released by the city's police bureau on Thursday showed Portland Police Lieutenant Jeff Niiya and Joey Gibson, leader of right-wing group Patriot Prayer, often discussed Gibson's plans to demonstrate. Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said she ordered an internal investigation to review the communications and determine if any bureau directives were violated. "If anything is identified that is deemed outside of our values and directives, it will be addressed," Outlaw said late on Thursday in a statement.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:08:43 -0500
  • U.S. targeted 21 Savage for his rap lyrics, lawyer says

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    The entertainer, whose real name is She'yaa BinAbraham-Joseph, was arrested on Feb. 3 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on charges he is a foreign citizen who had overstayed his visa by more than a decade. Officials said he came to the United States from Britain. During a Friday appearance on ABC News' "Good Morning America," Abraham-Joseph said he arrived in the United States when he was 7 years old with his mother and brothers, and that his visa expired in 2006.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:54:47 -0500
  • Russian court orders Baring Vostok executive Delpal be held in custody

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday ordered Baring Vostok executive Phillipe Delpal, a French national, to be held in custody for one month and 30 days after he was detained on suspicion of embezzlement. Delpal was one of several executives at private equity group Baring Vostok including Michael Calvey, a U.S. citizen, who were detained on Thursday. (Reporting by Maria Vasilyeva and Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Mark Potter)

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:10:27 -0500
  • Trump set to declare border emergency, sign shutdown-averting bill

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    Trump was also expected to sign a bipartisan government spending bill approved by Congress on Thursday that would prevent another federal shutdown by funding several agencies that otherwise would have closed on Saturday morning. The Republican president was scheduled to deliver remarks on the issue at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) in the Rose Garden at the White House. The bill, lacking any money for his wall, is a defeat for Trump in Congress, where his demand for $5.7 billion in barrier funding yielded no results, other than a record-long 35-day December-January partial government shutdown that damaged the U.S. economy and his poll numbers.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:33:50 -0500
  • Russia detained U.S. founder of Baring Vostok over bank dispute: Interfax

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Private equity group Baring Vostok said on Friday its founder Michael Calvey and three other employees had been detained in Moscow because of a dispute over Vostochny Bank, the Interfax news agency reported on Friday.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 06:00:48 -0500
  • Chicago police dispute reports 'Empire' actor investigated for staging attack

    Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said there was no evidence to support a report by Chicago ABC7 television, which cited sources familiar with the investigation. "Media reports about the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives. Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate," Guglielmi said in a tweet.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:56:22 -0500
  • U.S. court dismisses Energy Transfer Partners lawsuit against Greenpeace

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    ETP had sued https://reut.rs/2SASoIv Greenpeace and other environmental groups in 2017, accusing them of racketeering and defamation with the aim of blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the lawsuit, ETP argued that the environmental groups' actions and negative publicity against it, its sister company Energy Transfer Equity LP and other firms caused billions of dollars in damages.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:07:26 -0500
  • U.S. judge rules former Venezuelan oil minister owes $1.4 billion

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    A federal judge in Houston ordered a former Venezuelan oil minister this week to pay the owners of a defunct Houston oil company $1.4 billion in damages in a fraud suit, although it is unclear if or how the payment will ever be made. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Rosenthal issued the default judgment on Wednesday after Rafael Ramirez did not contest Harvest Natural Resources' claims, according to an opinion accompanying the ruling. James Edmiston, Harvest Natural's former chief executive and director, said on Thursday he was pleased with the order.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:06:55 -0500
  • House advances border security funds toward final passage

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved the rules for debating a bill to avert another partial federal government shutdown by funding several agencies but denying President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:58:10 -0500
  • Senate passes border security bill, sends to House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to avert another partial government shutdown with bipartisan spending legislation that funds new barriers for part of the U.S.-Mexico border, but not the $5.7 billion that President Donald Trump sought for a wall. The Republican-led Senate backed the bill, which would provide over $300 billion for several government departments and agencies, 83-16. It now goes to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, which is also expected to pass it. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Eric Beech)

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:58:10 -0500
  • Explainer: Trump risks legal fight with emergency threat on wall

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    Legal scholars say it is unclear how such a step would play out, but they agree a court test would likely focus on whether an emergency actually exists on the southern border and on the limits of presidential power over taxpayer funds. Trump is unhappy with a bipartisan border security bill that is going through Congress to avert another government shutdown, because it contains only a fraction of the funds he demanded for his promised border wall. The White House said Trump would sign the bill but declare a national emergency to try to obtain funds for the wall.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:58:10 -0500
  • U.S. issues new rules requiring rail oil spill response plans

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    The U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday issued final rules requiring railroads to develop oil spill response plans and to disclose details of shipments to states and tribal governments after a series of high-profile incidents. The new rules apply to High Hazard Flammable Trains transporting petroleum oil in a block of 20 or more loaded tank cars and trains that have a total of 35 loaded petroleum oil tank cars. The rules partially address recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board after a 2013 crude-by-rail derailment killed 47 people in the town of Lac Megantic in Quebec and released 1.6 million gallons of crude oil.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:53:04 -0500
  • House passes border security bill, sends to Trump

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    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bipartisan border security bill aimed at averting a government shutdown and sent it to President Donald Trump, including new barriers for part of the U.S.-Mexico border but not the $5.7 billion he sought. The White House has said Trump will sign it into law, but will also attempt to use unilateral powers to obtain money for a wall.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:07:04 -0500
  • 'Forever haunted' Parkland mourns a year after shooting

    School buses brought only a handful of students to a shortened class day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student with an assault gun killed 17 people on Feb. 14, 2018. "As men and women of faith, we stand with you Parkland, painful Parkland, profound Parkland, powerful Parkland," said David Hughes, the lead pastor at Church by the Glades in Coral Springs. "In the name of a living God, we say together never, never, never, never again." Leaders of March for Our Lives, a national student movement formed in the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy to fight gun violence, were not in the spotlight, having noted they would "go dark" or cease most communications during the anniversary.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:25:55 -0500
  • Colorado man who strangled mountain lion describes life-or-death struggle

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    A 31-year-old man who fended off and suffocated a mountain lion when it attacked him on a Colorado jogging trail last week described on Thursday how he killed the big cat by stepping on its throat during a life-and-death struggle. Speaking for the first time publicly since the Feb. 4 incident that left him with still-visible lacerations on his neck and face, Travis Kauffman described for reporters the harrowing three-minute encounter. Kauffman said he was running at the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, about 65 miles northwest of Denver, when he heard pine needles rustling and turned his head only to come face-to-face with a young cougar.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:56:15 -0500
  • U.S. sends first families to Mexico to await asylum, rights groups sue

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    Five families with a total of 16 people, including children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, arrived in the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Wednesday, according to a person who works in migration for the Mexican government, who asked not to be named. In late January, the United States began sending non-Mexican migrants who had crossed at the U.S. border with Mexico back to Mexico to wait as their asylum requests are processed, a program called Migrant Protection Protocols. Rights groups say the program endangers asylum seekers by forcing them to remain in regions of Mexico experiencing record levels of violence.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:55:47 -0500
  • Trump puts on a few pounds, enters obese range: medical report

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    Trump, known for his love of hamburgers and well-done steaks and an aversion to the gym, was warned by his doctor last year that he needed to change his diet and start to exercise. The added pounds pushed Trump's body mass index into the obese category, which increases the risk of heart disease and is associated with a higher risk for cancers. "He's definitely carrying too much weight," said Dr. Matthew Sorrentino, a preventive cardiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:44:03 -0500
  • Trump vows emergency declaration over wall, agrees to shutdown-averting bill

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    Conceding defeat in his demand that Congress provide him with $5.7 billion in wall money, Trump agreed to sign a government funding bill that lacks money for his wall but prevents another damaging government shutdown. The bill, passed by the Republican-led Senate on Thursday, will go to the Democratic-led House of Representatives for final congressional approval. While it contains money for fencing and other forms of border security, it ignores the "great, great wall" that Trump promised in his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:41:04 -0500
  • U.S. issues new rules requiring rail oil spill response plans

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    The U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday issued final rules requiring railroads to develop oil spill response plans and to disclose details of shipments to states and tribal governments after a series of high-profile incidents. The new rules apply to High Hazard Flammable Trains transporting petroleum oil in a block of 20 or more loaded tank cars and trains that have a total of 35 loaded petroleum oil tank cars. The rules partially address recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board after a 2013 crude-by-rail derailment killed 47 people in the town of Lac Megantic in Quebec and released 1.6 million gallons of crude oil.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:36:23 -0500
  • Explainer: Trump risks legal fight with emergency threat on wall

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    President Donald Trump will almost certainly face legal challenges over his decision to declare a national emergency to get additional funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, circumventing the power of Congress to set spending policy. Legal scholars say it is unclear how such a step would play out, but they agree a court test would likely focus on whether an emergency actually exists on the southern border and on the limits of presidential power over taxpayer funds. Trump is unhappy with a bipartisan border security bill that is going through Congress to avert another government shutdown, because it contains only a fraction of the funds he demanded for his promised border wall.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:17:52 -0500
  • Monster mudslides, water rescues as storm punishes California

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    In Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, a mudslide carried away two homes and engulfed five cars, sending one woman to the hospital, Southern Marin Fire Department tweeted. In Cabazon, about 84 miles (135 km) east of Los Angeles, two motorists swam from their vehicle and were rescued by helicopter after their car was engulfed by churning brown floodwaters, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman said. "We've had multiple water rescues throughout the day, I think today our helicopter is up to about a dozen," said CalFire spokesman Richard Cordova.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:09:54 -0500
  • 'Forever haunted' Parkland mourns a year after shooting

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    School buses brought only a handful of students to a shortened class day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student with an assault gun killed 17 people on Feb. 14, 2018. Leaders of March for Our Lives, a national student movement formed in the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy to fight gun violence, were not in the spotlight, having noted they would "go dark" or cease most communications during the anniversary. "Every day it feels like the shooting is happening again, or happened yesterday, or will happen tomorrow," said Gonzalez, who rose to prominence by urging her fellow students to "call B.S." on supporters of the gun lobby.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:33:29 -0500
  • U.S.-owned utility to close two coal plants, in blow to Trump

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    The Tennessee Valley Authority voted on Thursday to close two aging coal-fired power plants, including one supplied by a company led by a major supporter of President Donald Trump, who had urged the U.S.-owned utility to keep it open. This decision is about economics," said President and Chief Executive Bill Johnson, who is retiring from the TVA. The 870-megawatt Bull Run coal plant in Tennessee will close by December 2023 and the 971-MW Paradise 3 plant in Kentucky will be shut by December 2020.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:20:11 -0500
  • Feeling unwelcome, Amazon ditches plans for New York hub

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    Opponents of the project feared congestion and higher rents in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, and objected to handing billions in incentives to a company run by Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man. State Senator Michael Gianaris, who represents Queens and was a vocal critic of the deal, told a news conference on Thursday that the Amazon subsidies were unnecessary. Amazon's sudden pullout from New York City prompted finger pointing by Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo, the politicians who crafted the deal.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:41:03 -0500
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