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  • Colorado woman indicted in attempted sale of 1920s fetuses

    A Colorado woman suspected of trying to sell three human fetuses from the 1920s and a fetal skeleton online has been indicted in California on charges of violating a U.S. law prohibiting the transfer of human fetal tissue. Emily Suzanne Cain, 38, pleaded not guilty to charges Tuesday, KUSA-TV reported . The case has been delayed until Nov. 20 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, according to court records.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:44:07 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Gun battles rock Mexican city after El Chapo's son detained

    Heavy gunfire on Thursday rocked several neighborhoods in the Mexican city of Culiacan, home to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa cartel, after security forces detained a son of the notorious kingpin. Mexican networks Televisa and Milenio both said security forces had confirmed the capture of Ovidio Guzman, who, along with his brothers, is believed to be influential in the cartel since their father was jailed in the United States. Milenio broadcast a photograph that it said showed Ovidio Guzman in detention.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:38:47 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-PG&E noteholders, wildfire victims file formal reorganization plan

    Noteholders of PG&E Corp and a committee for victims of the wildfires that pushed the power producer into bankruptcy filed a formal reorganization plan on Thursday for the company, proposing they get effectively all of its new shares. The plan, filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco over PG&E's wishes, proposes the noteholders buy $15.5 billion in new shares, giving them 59.3% of equity. The plan also proposes issuing 40.6% new PG&E stock to fund a fire victims trust valued at $12.75 billion.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:32:20 -0400
  • Fate of Japan's imperial dynasty rests on shoulders of 13-year-old

    When Japan's youngest prince, Hisahito, visited Bhutan in August on his first overseas trip just months after his uncle Naruhito became emperor, his trip was regarded as the debut of a future monarch on the world stage. Emperor Naruhito, 59, who became monarch on May 1 following the abdication of his father, Akihito, will proclaim his enthronement in an Oct. 22 ceremony before foreign and domestic dignitaries. Japan only allows males to ascend the ancient Chrysanthemum Throne and changes to the succession law are anathema to conservatives backing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:30:12 -0400
  • FOREX-Sterling holds gains near 5-month top on Brexit deal, but hurdles remain

    The British pound traded near a five-month high against the dollar and the euro after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Union leaders agreed a new deal for Britain to exit the bloc. Sterling's gains on the dollar helped push the greenback to a five-month low versus the euro and a three-week low against the Swiss franc. The yuan held steady against the dollar in offshore trade before the release of China's GDP data.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:27:21 -0400
  • New Zealand plans armed police patrols after Christchurch massacre

    New Zealand officials said on Friday armed police will patrol parts of the country in a trial project following heightened security concerns after a mass shooting in Christchurch in March that killed 51 people. New Zealand, like the United Kingdom and Norway, is one of the few countries where police do not carry guns while on general duty. Serious crime is relatively unusual in New Zealand, although frontline police were armed for several weeks following the massacre by a suspected white supremacist at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:12:48 -0400
  • California officer placed on leave after threatening teen skaters at gunpoint

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    A California police officer was placed on administrative leave this week after video appeared to show him threatening a group of teen skaters at gunpoint, authorities said Thursday. Cellphone footage showed the off-duty Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy pointing a handgun while visiting a skate park in San Clemente after a teen raised his skateboard at him.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:09:13 -0400
  • The Latest: Storm moving northeast across Gulf of Mexico

    Forecasters say a disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico will soon become a tropical or subtropical storm that is headed for the northern U.S. Gulf Coast. On Thursday evening, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm was about 525 miles (845 kilometers) southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The system could become Tropical Storm Nestor sometime late Thursday or on Friday.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:02:55 -0400
  • INTERVIEW-Suspect or slave? Children caught in drug trade pose test for UK police

    British police and prosecutors must get better at dealing with a rising number of children caught selling drugs and recognise that they might be victims of modern-day slavery rather than criminal suspects, according to a former police chief. Thousands of children in Britain are estimated to be used by gangs to carry drugs from cities to rural areas, and are increasingly being coerced at a younger age, said Phil Brewer, the ex-head of the Metropolitan Police's anti-slavery squad. Lawyers have raised concerns that many children are prosecuted on drug charges in spite of evidence suggesting they were compelled to commit crimes and a legal defence protecting such defendants under the landmark 2015 Modern Slavery Act.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:01:01 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Judge summons drug company CEOs to discuss opioid settlement - source

    The chief executives of the three largest U.S. drug distributors and a drugmaker have been summoned to appear before a federal judge to discuss a proposal to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging they fueled the U.S. opioid crisis, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The order by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland, Ohio, came as distributors McKesson Corp, Cardinal Health Inc, AmerisourceBergen Corp and Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd moved to reach a deal ahead of a trial before Polster that begins on Monday. All of those companies except J&J are set to be defendants in the trial before Polster, who oversees the bulk of the litigation.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:00:36 -0400
  • School's out: Chicago teachers strike, 1st day deal unlikely

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    Striking teachers marched in picket lines outside hundreds of Chicago schools on Thursday after their union and city officials failed to reach a contract deal in the nation's third-largest school district, canceling classes for more than 300,000 students for the duration of a walkout that seemed likely to head into a second day. The strike in the nation's third-largest school district came after the Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,000 members would not return to their classrooms. It follows months of negotiations between the union and Chicago Public Schools that failed to resolve disputes over pay and benefits, class size and teacher preparation time.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:59:33 -0400
  • Hurricane Center: Tropical storm likely along Gulf Coast

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    A disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is likely to become a tropical storm that will strike the northern U.S. Gulf Coast with high wind and heavy rains, forecasters said Thursday. Moving off the eastern coast of Mexico, the low pressure system was expected to develop into a tropical or subtropical system late Thursday or on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for southeastern Louisiana as well as the northern Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Mississippi line to the Big Bend area of the Florida Panhandle.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:57:11 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    Cargill said on Thursday it had suspended some shifts at its Dodge City, Kansas, beef-packing plant after an explosion injured two employees. Cargill spokesman Daniel Sullivan said the company expects the facility to be fully operational soon and that it would meet all it customer commitments. U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, a civil rights champion who over the last quarter century became one of the most influential Democrats in Congress and a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, died on Thursday.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:54:07 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    Cargill said on Thursday it had suspended some shifts at its Dodge City, Kansas, beef-packing plant after an explosion injured two employees. Cargill spokesman Daniel Sullivan said the company expects the facility to be fully operational soon and that it would meet all it customer commitments. U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, a civil rights champion who over the last quarter century became one of the most influential Democrats in Congress and a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, died on Thursday.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:54:05 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    Cargill said on Thursday it had suspended some shifts at its Dodge City, Kansas, beef-packing plant after an explosion injured two employees. Cargill spokesman Daniel Sullivan said the company expects the facility to be fully operational soon and that it would meet all it customer commitments. U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, a civil rights champion who over the last quarter century became one of the most influential Democrats in Congress and a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, died on Thursday.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:50:18 -0400
  • Man heard in strangling video charged in 2nd death in Alaska

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    A man accused of killing a woman who was seen strangled in videos on a digital memory card was charged Thursday with the death of another woman, authorities in Alaska said. Brian Steven Smith acknowledged to detectives that he was the man in the images and videos recovered from the card, according to a document filed by the state Department of Law. Anchorage police identified that woman as Veronica Abouchuk.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:46:13 -0400
  • Texas prosecutor tosses charges in 1992 teen double slaying

    A Texas man who was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting two teenagers in 1992 is a free man without pending charges after a district attorney dismissed the case. Richard Bryan Kussmaul was convicted of capital murder in 1994 for killing 17-year-old Leslie Murphy and 14-year-old Stephen Neighbors in a mobile home near Moody, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Dallas. The McLennan County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday dismissed the charges, citing "passage of time," testimony retractions from Kussmaul's three co-defendants and improvements in DNA technology, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:31:51 -0400
  • As Britain battles to leave the EU, others struggle to join

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    As Britain battles to leave the European Union, two countries from the Balkans were struggling to be allowed in Friday, despite warnings that turning them away would tarnish the EU's reputation and could risk inflaming the volatile region. Albania and North Macedonia were expecting this week to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining Europe's rich club. The European Commission, which supervises entry talks, insists that both have met all the criteria.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:29:36 -0400
  • Chicago's top cop found lying in car; requests investigation

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    Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson asked the city's police department to conduct an internal investigation on himself Thursday after he was found lying down in a car. Police department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement that Johnson indicated he parked his car after feeling lightheaded. "There were no charges of intoxication, no information of intoxication as far as I know," Guglielmi said.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:25:40 -0400
  • Chicago principal who watched boy's forced ejection retires

    A Chicago elementary school principal who looked on as a security guard physically forced a fourth-grader out of the building on a cold day has retired. Cynthia Miller retired from her job at Fiske Elementary School on Friday. In a letter to parents, she wrote that leaving wasn't easy but was the right thing to do, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:20:00 -0400
  • Plan to close notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved

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    New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane. The City Council voted 36-13 to replace the complex with four smaller jails located closer to the city's main courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Rikers is scheduled to shutter by 2026, ending a decadeslong run as one of the world's largest jails.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:07:05 -0400
  • PG&E noteholders, wildfire victims file formal reorganization plan

    Noteholders of PG&E Corp and a committee for victims of the wildfires that pushed the power producer into bankruptcy filed a formal reorganization plan on Thursday for the company, proposing they get effectively all of its new shares. The plan filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco, over PG&E's wishes, proposes the noteholders buy $15.5 billion in new shares, giving them 59.3% of equity. The plan also proposes issuing 40.6% new PG&E stock to fund a fire victims trust valued at $12.75 billion.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:06:13 -0400
  • U.S. Senate fails to override Trump veto of bill to end border emergency

    President Donald Trump's emergency declaration, which he says allows him to redirect federal funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, will stay in effect after the U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to override his veto of legislation terminating the executive action. The Senate voted 53-36 on whether to override the veto that Trump issued on Tuesday of legislation approved by the Senate and House of Representatives to kill his controversial border emergency.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:05:28 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Brazil police kill three armed robbers making escape after airport heist

    Brazilian police shot dead three suspected armed robbers who broke into an airport terminal and fled with cash on Thursday before blocking a highway by lighting trucks on fire and shooting at security guards and police. Police said two of the men were killed while fleeing Viracopos International Airport in the city of Campinas, near Sao Paulo, while the third ran into a house and took a family hostage before being shot by a sniper. More than a dozen suspects had fled the airport in a well-organized heist that involved waiting transport, police said, adding they were still searching for fugitives.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:03:40 -0400
  • U.S. Senate fails to override Trump veto of bill to end border emergency

    President Donald Trump's emergency declaration, which he says allows him to redirect federal funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, will stay in effect after the U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to override his veto of legislation terminating the executive action. The Senate voted 53-36 on whether to override the veto that Trump issued on Tuesday of legislation approved by the Senate and House of Representatives to kill his controversial border emergency.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:02:07 -0400
  • Mexico shootout's lopsided death toll sparks questions over use of force

    The mass killing in Mexico this week of 14 suspected gang members in a gunfight that claimed the life of one soldier has raised questions about whether the armed forces used excessive force, reviving the specter of notorious cases from the past. According to the government, Tuesday's clash occurred when a military patrol returned fire at a convoy of gunmen on a back road in Tepochica in the southwestern state of Guerrero, one of the most violent in Mexico. Meanwhile President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference on Wednesday that after being wounded by the gunmen, the soldier fought on with his machine gun and killed an unspecified number of adversaries before dying.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:01:41 -0400
  • Helen Hunt is 'at home recovering' after car accident

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    Helen Hunt is home one day after the SUV she was riding in flipped, ABC News has confirmed. Video of the collision obtained by TMZ appears to show the SUV flipping on its side after being hit by another car attempting to cross an intersection. Hunt, 56, was the lone passenger in the back of the flipped vehicle and was transported to Cedars-Sinai hospital afterward, a Los Angeles Police Department source briefed on the case said.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:01:00 -0400
  • China's GDP growth to grind to 27-1/2 year low as tariffs hit demand

    China is expected to post its weakest economic growth in at least 27-1/2 years on Friday, raising pressure on Beijing to roll out more stimulus to counter the effects of a costly trade war with the United States. Downbeat data in recent months has highlighted weaker demand at home and abroad, fanning expectations that Beijing will need new measures to ward off a sharper slowdown that could drive job losses.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:00:00 -0400
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings, House Oversight Committee Chair, is dead at 68

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    Rep. Elijah Cummings, the long-serving Democratic congressman who was deeply involved in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, has died at age 68. Despite that, Trump tweeted his condolences and ordered the flag at the White House to be lowered to half-staff in his honor. The flag was lowered at the Capitol as well -- where Cummings served since 1996, representing Maryland's 7th Congressional District.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:59:17 -0400
  • Woman who livestreamed fatal California crash arrested again

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    A California woman on parole after serving a sentence for driving drunk while livestreaming a crash that killed her younger sister was arrested Thursday after crashing a car during a police pursuit, officials said. Officers arrested Obdulia Sanchez, 20, on weapons and traffic charges and a parole violation, said Officer Joe Silva, a Stockton Police Department spokesman. Officers tried to stop Sanchez for a vehicle code violation, but she did not pull over.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:55:50 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-California launches earthquake early warning system it calls best in world

    California rolled out the nation's first statewide earthquake warning system on Thursday, designed to detect seismic waves and alert residents through a mobile phone app even before the ground starts shaking. Governor Gavin Newsom, who urged Californians to download the MyShake app on the anniversary of the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake on Oct. 17, 1989, boasted the program was more sophisticated than early warning systems already used in Mexico and Japan.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:53:29 -0400
  • South Dakota teen pleads insanity in Wyoming girl's death

    A South Dakota teenager has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a girl from Wyoming whose body was found in his basement. The boy was indicted Wednesday in the killing of 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler of Upton, Wyoming, whose body was found Oct. 7 in the basement of the defendant's home near Sturgis, where he lived with his mother.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:44:29 -0400
  • Mothers of Colombia's disappeared seek justice at war tribunal

    Mothers of young men and teenagers who say their sons were murdered by government soldiers during Colombia's conflict begged a tribunal for answers on Thursday as the country investigates human rights atrocities committed during its war. Colombia's five-decade war pitted leftist rebels against government forces and right-wing paramilitary groups. A 2016 peace accord between the government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels established a Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal which is investigating war crimes.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:38:12 -0400
  • Police: Gang member confesses in mass shooting at festival

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    A 20-year-old gang member has confessed to being one of two shooters in a gunfight that turned a lively summer community festival in Brooklyn into a blood-drenched nightmare, police said Thursday. One person died and 11 were wounded when Kyle Williams and a second, yet-unidentified gunman opened fire, possibly on each other, during the Brownsville neighborhood's annual Old Timers Day celebration July 27, police said. Police arrested Williams on Wednesday and he confessed to the shooting during questioning, Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:36:50 -0400
  • The Latest: Probe after Chicago chief found lying in car

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    Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has asked the department to investigate his actions after he was found lying down in a car near his home. Police department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Johnson indicated he parked his car after feeling lightheaded. The 59-year-old Johnson underwent kidney transplant surgery in August 2017.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:36:12 -0400
  • WarnerMedia's HBO Max to stream films of 'Spirited Away' producer

    This is the first time a streaming provider has obtained rights to Ghibli's films, WarnerMedia said on Thursday. Co-founded by master animator Hayao Miyazaki, the studio is known for its intricate, hand-drawn animation and imaginative coming-of-age story lines that made films like 1988's "My Neighbor Totoro" into an international hit. HBO Max will offer more than a dozen original shows and movies from stars including Reese Witherspoon and Anna Kendrick, as it prepares to go head-to-head with rival services from Netflix Inc, Walt Disney Co and Apple Inc.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:28:08 -0400
  • Individuals tied to Giuliani probe in SDNY plead not guilty

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    Two individuals charged in connection with an alleged scheme to circumvent federal laws against foreign campaign donations pleaded not guilty before a judge in the Southern District of New York on Thursday afternoon. David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin -- who appeared in court Thursday -- were charged along with Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, who have ties to President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:26:24 -0400
  • Northeast officials team up to push pot, vaping regulations

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    The governors from several Northeastern states said Thursday they want to work together to regulate marijuana and vaping, including possible regional restrictions on flavored vaping products. Democratic governors from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania met in New York City with health and legislative officials.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:24:09 -0400
  • Romney speculates Turkey called Trump's bluff: 'Are we so weak and inept?'

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    The Utah senator delivers an impassioned speech on the Senate floor that accuses the president of betraying American values.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:20:21 -0400
  • Pentagon official won't testify Friday to House impeachment probe

    A top Pentagon official who oversees policy on Ukraine won't testify on Friday before the congressional committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump but is expected to do so next week, two sources told Reuters on Thursday. Laura Cooper's testimony has been sought by lawmakers interested in her knowledge of efforts by Trump to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a top candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and allegations the president withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine as part of that effort.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:15:41 -0400
  • WarnerMedia's HBO Max to stream films of "Spirited Away" producer

    HBO Max, the forthcoming streaming service from AT&T Inc's WarnerMedia, will screen films from Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation producer behind the Academy Award-winning movie "Spirited Away". This is the first time a streaming provider has obtained rights to Ghibli's films, WarnerMedia said on Thursday. Co-founded by master animator Hayao Miyazaki, the studio is known for its intricate, hand-drawn animation and imaginative coming-of-age story lines that made films like 1988's "My Neighbor Totoro" into an international hit.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:14:29 -0400
  • New York city council votes to close infamous Rikers Island jails

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    The New York City Council voted on Thursday to close the city's infamous Rikers Island jail complex by 2026, casting off a detention system plagued by chronic violence and decrepit facilities, as the nation rethinks mass incarceration. The council approved an $8.7 billion legislative package to close Rikers and three other jails, replace them with four more humane facilities throughout the city, and eventually turn Rikers Island itself into a public space. "Rikers Island is a symbol of brutality and inhumanity and it is time for us to once and for all close Rikers Island," City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told colleagues before the vote.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:06:14 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-New York city council votes to close infamous Rikers Island jails

    The New York City Council voted on Thursday to close the city's infamous Rikers Island jail complex by 2026, casting off a detention system plagued by chronic violence and decrepit facilities, as the nation rethinks mass incarceration. The council approved an $8.7 billion legislative package to close Rikers and three other jails, replace them with four more humane facilities throughout the city, and eventually turn Rikers Island itself into a public space. "Rikers Island is a symbol of brutality and inhumanity and it is time for us to once and for all close Rikers Island," City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told colleagues before the vote.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:05:51 -0400
  • Study: California's big July quakes strain major fault

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    The earthquakes that hammered the Southern California desert near the town of Ridgecrest last summer involved ruptures on a web of interconnected faults and increased strain on a major nearby fault that has begun to slowly move, according to a new study. Ruptures in the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence ended a few miles from the Garlock Fault, which runs east-west for 185 miles (300 kilometers) from the San Andreas Fault to Death Valley. The Garlock Fault has been relatively quiet for 500 years.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:04:33 -0400
  • Judges grapple with misconduct claims in Jodi Arias case

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    Appellate judges who will decide whether to reverse Jodi Arias' murder conviction in the gruesome 2008 killing of her former boyfriend grappled Thursday with who was responsible for whipping up publicity during the salacious trial and whether alleged misconduct by a prosecutor should cause the verdict to be tossed. A lawyer for Arias told the Arizona Court of Appeals that prosecutor Juan Martinez improperly questioned witnesses, ignored rulings on evidence, courted publicity and made an unfounded accusation that an expert on her defense team had an inappropriate relationship with Arias. Terry Crist, a lawyer for the Arizona attorney general's office, told the judges that he believes Martinez may have occasionally violated court rules, but none of his actions should lead to a reversal of the conviction.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:03:15 -0400
  • Ex-U.S. biotech executive fined for lying to auditors, charges dropped against CFO: SEC

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    The former chief business officer of U.S. biotechnology company Osiris Therapeutics Inc has agreed to pay a $40,000 civil penalty for lying to auditors, the Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday. The SEC had alleged that Bobby Dwayne Montgomery prompted Osiris to book fake revenue and give false information to auditors. Montgomery agreed to a judgment that enjoins him from future violations of securities law, the SEC said in a statement.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:01:00 -0400
  • Boosting women's testosterone can increase muscle mass and endurance

    In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, researchers found they could improve young women athletes' abilities by having them smear a cream containing testosterone on their thighs for 10 weeks, according to the results published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. "Our study gives evidence for the causal effect of testosterone on physical performance in women," said the study's lead author, Dr. Angelica Linden Hirschberg, a professor in the department of women's health at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. "Testosterone levels increased more than four times but were still much below the male range.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:58:05 -0400
  • Wisconsin school guard fired for repeating racial slur

    A black security guard at a Wisconsin high school who was fired after he says he repeated a racial slur while telling a student who had called him that word not to use it has filed a grievance seeking his job back. The Madison School District has a policy forbidding employees from saying racial slurs. West High Principal Karen Boran sent an email to families on Wednesday asaying that racial slurs are not acceptable in schools, regardless of context or circumstance, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:55:52 -0400
  • White House official denies Ukraine investigation into 2016 election was a condition for aid

    Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said on Thursday that the White House had never required Ukraine to investigate the 2016 U.S. election in exchange for military aid, reversing comments he made earlier that day. "Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election ... There never was any condition on the flow of the aid related to the matter of the DNC server," Mulvaney said, using a Latin term to mean a favor in exchange for a favor and referring to the Democratic National Committee. Mulvaney said to reporters earlier on Thursday that there was "no question" that the DNC server was one of the reasons why the White House delayed providing Ukraine with the funds.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:55:15 -0400
  • Virginia police: Officer fatally shot man who pointed gun

    A statement from Virginia State Police says 28-year-old Chase Andrew Austin was killed by a Roanoke officer Wednesday. The statement says officers responding to a trespassing call found Austin at a Krispy Kreme shop, which previously banned him from the location.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:55:08 -0400
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