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U.S. attorney general issues order to speed immigration cases

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:33:47 -0400

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an order on Thursday seeking to speed up the handling of deportation cases, telling immigration judges they should only issue continuances in immigrant remov....
Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:30:07 -0400

Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane H....
U.S. judge blocks programs letting 'Grand Theft Auto' players 'cheat'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:41:39 -0400

Take-Two had accused David Zipperer of selling computer programs called Menyoo and Absolute that let users of the "Grand Theft Auto V" multiplayer feature Grand Theft Auto Online cheat by altering the....
Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on U.S. targets

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:00:04 -0400

The assessment, which comes at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China's efforts to increase its global influence, with defense sp....
U.S. judge bars retrial of ex-Georgeson employees in bribe case

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:40:07 -0400

A federal judge on Thursday ruled prosecutors could not retry three former employees of a firm that advises companies on shareholder votes who were accused of using bribes to learn how a proxy advisor....
U.S., ACLU agree on plan to reunite separated immigrant families

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:37:46 -0400

In a Thursday court filing, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said the changes would ensure an "efficient process" for reunifications, without requiring that parents removed from the United States be....
Body found at New Mexico compound identified as missing boy

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:35:59 -0400

A child's body found at a New Mexico compound has been identified as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, a missing 3-year-old boy whose father is one of five adults charged with child abuse at the remote settlement, ....
Vatican voices 'shame and sorrow' over damning sex abuse report

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:25:14 -0400

In a long statement that broke the Vatican's silence over a damning U.S. grand jury report that has shaken the American Church, spokesman Greg Burke said the Holy See was taking the report "with great....
Man held on suspicion of killing wife, two kids in Colorado

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:55:38 -0400

The body of a woman, believed to be the spouse of Christopher Watts, 33, has been recovered, authorities said. Watts was taken into custody late on Wednesday for the suspected murder of his wife Shan....
U.S. safety board links plugged drill pipe to Oklahoma well fire

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:02:03 -0400

There were signs that a natural gas well was not fully sealed before it exploded in January, killing five workers, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said in an updated report on the accident on Thursday.....
Vatican feels 'shame and sorrow' over U.S. grand jury report on abuse

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:38:01 -0400

The Vatican, in its first response to a damning report by a U.S. grand jury on sexual abuse of children by priests in Pennsylvania, on Thursday expressed "shame and sorrow". The grand jury on Tuesday....
U.S. judge orders review of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline route

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:57:41 -0400

A federal judge in Montana has ordered the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, possibly delaying its construction and dealing a....
Newspapers across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on press

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:17:24 -0400

Hundreds of U.S. newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people....
Senate adopts resolution backing free press after Trump attacks

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:04:59 -0400

The vote comes after more than 300 hundred U.S. newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as....
Illness at Ohio Chipotle caused by food-borne bacteria: local officials

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:56:22 -0400

The outbreak last month was the latest in a series of food safety lapses at the burrito chain, and health officials said it was caused by the clostridium perfringens bacterium, which often infects foo....
Ross and Kocian add names to Nassar victims list

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:50:36 -0400

In interview with "CBS This Morning," Ross and 2016 Olympic team gold medalist Madison Kocian said a "culture of silence" within USA Gymnastics had allowed Nassar to prey on young athletes for years. ....
On first day of school, Oklahoma girl, 14, stabbed by fellow student

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:45:54 -0400

The girl, who was not identified, was flown to a local hospital and the suspect, 14, was taken into custody. It was not know what prompted the incident at Luther High School, about 25 miles (40 kms) ....
U.S. clergy sex abuse revelation fuels push to reform assault laws

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:30:19 -0400

(Corrects figure in paragraph 20 to $600 million, not billion, in this August 15 story) By Scott Malone and Gabriella Borter BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The latest revelation of widespread child sex....
El Salvador probes alleged cases of child abuse in U.S. detention centers

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:21:13 -0400

El Salvador is investigating three alleged cases of sexual abuse of minors in U.S. immigrant detention centers, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Salvador....
U.S. banks teach financial literacy with hands-on experience

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:58:53 -0400

For 45 minutes each week, she became one of 15 student tellers at the Community Spirit Bank branch at Red Bay High School in Red Bay, Alabama. Community Spirit has used a digital platform to teach Re....
Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:26:27 -0400

Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane H....
U.S. and Mexico to set up joint team to fight drug cartels

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:12:58 -0400

U.S. and Mexican law enforcement authorities will set up a joint team based in Chicago targeting the leaders and finances of drug cartels that ship opioids into the United States, aiming to stanch a s....
New Mexico compound member in U.S. illegally over 20 years: government

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:20:04 -0400

A Haitian woman who was charged with child abuse at a New Mexico compound has been taken into custody by immigration authorities after living in the United States illegally for over 20 years, federal ....
Colorado baker in case of Supreme Court sues state over 'persecution'

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:10:59 -0400

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in the city of Lakewood, accuses Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission of violating his constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of religion, equal prote....
White House cannot shield information on transgender military ban: judge

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:48:39 -0400

The decision on Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge A. David Copperthite came in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf more than one dozen transgender people serving or who want to se....
New Mexico compound member in U.S. illegally over 20 years: government

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:45:28 -0400

A Haitian woman who was charged with child abuse at a New Mexico compound has been taken into custody by immigration authorities after living in the United States illegally for over 20 years, immigrat....
U.S. and Mexico to set up joint team to fight drug cartels

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:09:50 -0400

The announcement of a fresh effort at co-operation on security issues comes at a time of strained relations between the two neighboring countries and around four months before President-elect Andres M....
Ex-NYC union head convicted of taking bribe to invest in fund

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:56:16 -0400

A former head of New York City's correction officers' union was found guilty on Wednesday of accepting a bribe to steer union money to now-defunct hedge fund Platinum Partners for investing. Norman S....
BNSF adds to restrictions on older oil-tank cars ahead of phase-out: sources

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:04:33 -0400

BNSF Railway Inc, the largest U.S. railroad, is expanding efforts to remove older oil tank cars from its lines ahead of a federal deadline, according to three people familiar with the matter, adding t....
Turnout in Minnesota, Wisconsin primaries surges to two-decade highs

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:25:30 -0400

Both states showed sharp increases in participation as voters picked candidates for Congress, Senate and governor, with Minnesota's turnout surpassing a two-decade high and Wisconsin's hitting levels ....
Florida school opens for class with new security after massacre

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:22:34 -0400

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, doubled its campus security detail to 18, including three armed uniformed sheriff's deputies. The school's 3,300 students wore new identific....
Florida university latest to cut ties with China's Confucius Institute

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:42:22 -0400

The University of North Florida will close a campus branch of a Chinese-run cultural institute, the latest U.S. college to do so amid criticism from U.S. legislators that China uses the institute to ....
Lightning storms mass over California, Oregon as wildfires blaze

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:45:01 -0400

The clouds carried little rain and offered little chance of a break from the bone-dry conditions plaguing the region, the National Weather Service said. Elsewhere, crews made slow but steady progress....
Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor's appeal, upper court yet to rule: lawyer

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:37:25 -0400

One Turkish court has rejected an American Christian pastor's appeal to be released from house arrest and for his travel ban to be lifted, but an upper court is yet to rule on the appeal, his lawyer t....
Mayor of Washington D.C. joins El Salvador town to celebrate migration milestone

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:32:15 -0400

Far from U.S. President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration, the people of a small coastal town in El Salvador on Tuesday celebrated half a century of their links to Washington D.C. - join....
New Mexico judge gets death threats after granting bail to Muslim compound members

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:10:35 -0400

A New Mexico judge received death threats and Islamophobic abuse on Tuesday a day after she granted bail to five Muslims charged with child abuse and accused of training children at their compound to ....
Midwest battleground states tap candidates for midterm elections

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:33:38 -0400

Wisconsin Republicans tapped state senator Leah Vukmir to battle incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, according to an Associated Press projection, after a bruising primary that could hampe....
In first, transgender woman wins Democratic nomination for Vermont governor

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:10:28 -0400

"I think Vermont is a beacon of hope for the rest of the country," Hallquist said during an interview with Reuters. "This is what I call expanding our moral compass and that is what I think it repres....
Yosemite reopens its valley, as flames and smoke linger

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:25:58 -0400

The reopening of Yosemite Valley, by far the most heavily visited area of the park, came as firefighters continued to make slow, steady progress containing the last hot spots of the Ferguson Fire, whi....
Nine hurt as Denver gas explosion levels residential building

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:11:01 -0400

Nine people were injured, one critically, on Tuesday when a natural gas explosion leveled a Denver apartment house, a fire department spokesman said. First responders rescued two victims trapped insi....
Ford to invest $740 million in Detroit train station, city development project

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:11:47 -0400

Ford aims to turn the building into a campus of offices for up to 5,000 tech workers and software engineers focused on self-driving vehicles and ancillary technologies and services. The second larges....
U.S. lawsuit over photos at U.S.-Mexico border crossings is revived

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:03:03 -0400

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, ruled 3-0 that a lower court judge acted too hastily in dismissing Ray Askins' and Christian Ramirez's First Amendment claims against the....
Nine hurt as gas explosion levels Denver building

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:37:50 -0400

DENVER (Reuters) - Nine people were injured, one critically, on Tuesday when a natural gas explosion leveled a Denver apartment building, a fire department spokesman said.....
Pennsylvania report details decades of sexual abuse by priests

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:15:22 -0400

An 884-page report made public by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro after a two-year investigation contained graphic examples of children being groomed and sexually abused by clergymen. It w....
Yosemite reopens its valley, as flames and smoke linger

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:42:33 -0400

The reopening of Yosemite Valley, by far the most heavily touristed area of the park, came as firefighters continued to make slow, steady progress containing the last hot spots of the Ferguson Fire, w....
Puerto Rico utility completes restoration 10 months after Maria

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:51:19 -0400

In a message on twitter, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said it had restored power to the last customer that was still offline, a family in Ponce, on the island's southern side. Hur....
Boy, 11, hacks into replica U.S. vote website in minutes at convention

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:57:29 -0400

(Reuters) - An 11-year-old boy managed to hack into a replica of Florida's election results website in 10 minutes and change names and tallies during a hackers convention, organizers said, stoking con....
Top West Virginia judge retires after impeachment vote

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:27:03 -0400

Justice Robin Davis, 62, said she would retire after state legislators accused her of corruption and neglect of duty, including spending $500,000 on office renovations that featured a $20,000 rug and ....
Evacuations, rescues as 'historic' floods hit northeastern U.S.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:18:28 -0400

(Reuters) - New Jersey declared a partial state of emergency on Tuesday as forecasts for further heavy rainfall posed new danger in parts of that state, New York and Pennsylvania, where rescuers haule....
Nebraska carries out its first execution since 1997

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:33:29 -0400

Carey Moore, 60, was put to death at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, a state official told local media at the site. The execution also marked the first time Nebraska has used a lethal inj....