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  • Keystone XL pipeline route would not harm environment: State Department

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    The U.S. State Department on Friday issued an environmental assessment of a revised route for the Keystone XL crude pipeline that concluded it would not harm water or wildlife, clearing a hurdle for the project that has been pending for a decade. "Prompt cleanup response would likely be capable of remediating the contaminated soils before the hazardous release reaches groundwater depth," the review said. Last month a federal judge in Montana had ordered the State Department to conduct the review of a revised route of the project to take into account new information relevant to a permit it issued for the pipeline last year.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:46:15 -0400
  • FCC chairman ramps up defense of net neutrality repeal

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    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has this month also criticized California's legislature for approving a state measure to guarantee open internet access and said "bad behavior" on the part of internet service providers (ISPs) could be prevented by the FCC's new transparency requirements. The FCC voted 3-2 in December to reverse the Obama era rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization. FCC repeal of the 2015 net neutrality rules was a win for ISPs Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, whose practices faced significant government oversight.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:45:55 -0400
  • United Airlines pilots resist contract changes over regional routes

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    President of the U.S. No. 3 carrier, Scott Kirby, has called for changes to the so-called "scope clause" which sets guidelines on the size of planes that can be operated by regional feeder carriers, among other things. A scope clause restricts planes heavier than 86,000 pounds (39,000 kg) with more than 76 seats from regional routes, where pilots are generally paid less than their mainline counterparts. "We are holding the line," said Todd Insler, chairman of the unit of the Air Line Pilots Association that represents United pilots.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:30:53 -0400
  • PayPal ends business dealings with Alex Jones's Infowars

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    The move makes PayPal the latest tech company to take action against Jones, a deeply controversial right-wing radio talk-show host who has suggested that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, among other sensational claims. "We've made a decision to end our relationship with Infowars websites, including PrisonPlanet," a PayPal spokesman said.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:36:10 -0400
  • Duke shuts natgas plant due to Florence floods, coal ash leak feared

    Duke also said it cannot rule out the possibility that coal ash from another plant is flowing into nearby waters. Water breached the cooling lake dam at Duke's 625-megawatt natural gas L.V. Sutton plant, causing the company to shut the plant. Site personnel are supplementing on-site supplies with large stones and other materials, and engineering experts are on their way to the site, Duke said.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:32:44 -0400
  • Three infants, two adults stabbed at New York City daycare center

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    A female worker stabbed three babies, two of whom are less than a month old, at a home-based daycare center in New York City on Friday before slashing her own wrists and being taken into custody, police said. The unidentified woman, age 52, who also stabbed two adults in the predawn incident in the borough of Queens, was in stable condition, Juanita Holmes, assistant chief of patrol for the New York City Police Department, said at a news conference. The woman also stabbed a 31-year-old man, believed to be the father of one of the children, and a woman at the overnight nursery in Flushing, known as Mei Xin Care.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:34:20 -0400
  • Over 54,000 still without power in Carolinas after Florence

    Flooding across the Carolinas was expected to worsen over the next couple of days, forecasters said. Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the Carolinas with over 4 million customers, said it had restored power to more than 1.7 million of its nearly 1.8 million customers affected by the storm.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:34:13 -0400
  • More flooding feared for South Carolina, a week after Florence

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    Residents of Georgetown County, South Carolina, where five rivers flow into the ocean, were preparing on Friday for a deluge of water in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed at least 40 people. The county of 60,000 people, on the Atlantic coast between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, is one of several areas in the Carolinas waiting anxiously for rivers to crest, a week after Florence dumped some three feet of rain on the region. "Please heed the warnings," Sheriff Lane Cribb said.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:34:13 -0400
  • Texan running 3-D printed guns company ordered to leave Taiwan

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    AUSTIN, Texas/TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Texan running a 3-D printed guns company who flew to Taiwan as police investigated an accusation he had sex with an underage girl was detained in Taipei on Friday and ordered to leave the island after his U.S. passport was annulled, officials said. Cody Wilson, 30, was taken to immigration authorities in the capital by officers from Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to officials. Zhang said Wilson was being held by the agency and that its officials were in talks with U.S. representatives in Taiwan concerning his repatriation.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:27:57 -0400
  • Trump questions Kavanaugh's accuser, says opponents want to 'destroy' nominee

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    After days of restrained comments on the allegations by California professor Christine Blasey Ford, Trump took to Twitter to question her account of what happened between her and Kavanaugh at a party in 1982 when they were in high school. The tweets came as a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate committee struggled on how to proceed with Kavanaugh's nomination. Democrats have demanded more time for scrutiny and Republicans want to move ahead quickly with a confirmation vote in an increasingly volatile political climate ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:21:49 -0400
  • U.S. agency accuses Walmart of pregnancy discrimination in lawsuit

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    The EEOC, which enforces federal laws banning discrimination in the workplace, said Walmart's distribution center in Menomonie, Wisconsin, has discriminated against pregnant employees since 2014. Federal law requires employers to accommodate workers' pregnancies in the same way as physical disabilities. Arkansas-based Walmart is the largest retailer and private employer in the United States.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:39:13 -0400
  • Senate Republicans to propose Wednesday hearing for Kavanaugh, accuser: CNN

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans are likely to propose moving a committee hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to Wednesday, CNN reported, citing two sources familiar with the negotiations. The sources said the woman who accused Kavanaugh of an assault three decades ago, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, would testify first, then Kavanaugh. Republicans are not willing to subpoena any outside witnesses, as Ford requested, CNN reported on Friday. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:49:56 -0400
  • Cruz to take on Senate challenger O'Rourke in Texas-sized debate

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    Democratic U.S. Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke will come face-to-face with the man he has been chasing for months, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, at a debate on Friday in one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country. O’Rourke’s candidacy has drawn large crowds in Texas and a following among progressives nationally. While he remains an underdog against Cruz in the traditionally conservative state, some recent polls have indicated the contest is tightening.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:51:32 -0400
  • Trump says Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh is 'under assault'

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    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was "under assault" by radical leftist politicians, appearing to grow impatient with the delay of his appointee's confirmation proceedings. "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay," Trump said in a Twitter post. A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed after a California professor accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago while both were in high school.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:53:52 -0400
  • At Las Vegas rally, Trump backs Kavanaugh, treads carefully around accusations

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    U.S. President Donald Trump gave a full-throated endorsement to his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday and tip-toed carefully around the sexual assault accusations that are facing him. At a rally in Las Vegas, Trump appeared with Republican U.S. Senator Dean Heller of Nevada and offered strong support for him in his tough re-election battle against Democrat Jackie Rosen in November congressional elections.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:38:09 -0400
  • Democrats' enthusiasm to blunt Trump soars for congressional election: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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    Carol Donovan became convinced 2018 could be a good year for Democrats in Dallas County, Texas, when so many enthusiasts jammed into the party's annual fish fry fundraiser last October that they ran out of catfish. What the county Democratic chair Donovan saw at the event is backed up by a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, which found enthusiasm among Democrats is soaring ahead of elections on Nov. 6 that will determine whether Republicans maintain control over the U.S. Congress. Across almost all demographic groups, more Democrats say they are certain to vote compared to poll results in 2014, the last non-presidential election year.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:04:40 -0400
  • Five shot, including a girl, 8, in Syracuse, New York: police

    (Reuters) - Five people were shot, including an eight-year-old girl, in Syracuse, New York on Thursday, the city's police chief said. "This is very tragic event," Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said during a news conference. The Syracuse Firefighters union reported earlier that seven people were shot on Midland Avenue in the city, according to a Facebook post.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:20:48 -0400
  • Maryland woman kills three people and herself in warehouse gun rampage

    The shooting unfolded shortly after the suspect, a temporary employee there, reported for work around 9 a.m. EDT at the warehouse in Perryman, Maryland, about 34 miles (55 km) northeast of Baltimore, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news conference. The sheriff said investigators had not yet determined a motive, but a law enforcement source told Reuters the shooting was believed to have been sparked by a work-related grievance. The sheriff's office later identified the killer as Snochia Moseley, 26, a resident of Baltimore County.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:49:50 -0400
  • A year after deadly Maria, U.S. housing funds on way to Puerto Rico

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    A year after Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico with 150 mile-per-hour (241 kph) winds, government officials on Thursday announced that about $1.5 billion in federal funds aimed primarily at rebuilding housing will start flowing to the island. “One year (after the event) is quite good for what we generally do," U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson said. HUD allocated the funds in February.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:45:04 -0400
  • Muslim-American can sue over 'no-fly list': U.S. appeals court

    Reversing a lower court ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Oregon said Yonas Fikre's due process claims did not become moot when he was removed from the list without explanation in May 2016, three years after he sued. The court said the government's refusal to acknowledge that Fikre did not belong on the list and would not be returned there left an overhang that could cause business associates, friends and even family to shun him.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:21:11 -0400
  • Over 84,000 without power in North Carolina after Florence

    (Reuters) - More than 84,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina were still without power on Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Florence which hit the state's coast on Sept. 14, according to local power companies. Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, said it has restored power to more than 1.6 million of its nearly 1.7 million customers affected by the storm.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:47:32 -0400
  • Kavanaugh's accuser ready to testify under certain conditions: New York Times

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    A lawyer for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, told a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday that Ford would be prepared to testify next week if the terms are fair and her safety is ensured, the New York Times reported on Thursday. In an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee, attorney Debra Katz said, however, that it was "not possible" for Ford to testify on Monday, as the committee had hoped, the Times said.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:37:30 -0400
  • Man charged with trying to steal passenger jet at Orlando airport

    The Florida Institute of Technology student had a commercial pilot's license but was not qualified to fly the aircraft, an Airbus 321, Orlando Melbourne International Airport spokeswoman Lori Booker told reporters. "There is no evidence to indicate a connection to terrorism," Melbourne Police Chief David Gillespie said at a news conference. The man's motive was unknown, Gillespie said, after police searched his home and vehicle and found no weapons or explosives.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:34:09 -0400
  • Arizona head-on crash kills eight, including four illegal immigrants

    A sport utility vehicle carrying seven suspected illegal immigrants was hit head-on by another car on an Arizona highway, killing eight people, state police said on Thursday. Three other people were seriously injured in the collision on Wednesday when a Chevrolet Suburban, containing seven immigrants and two U.S. citizens, was hit by a Buick passenger vehicle near Florence, Arizona, about 125 miles (200 km) from the border, a police spokesman said. The state Department of Public Safety earlier had reported nine people were killed in the accident.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:26:46 -0400
  • Maryland woman kills three people and herself in warehouse gun rampage

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    The shooting unfolded shortly after the suspect, a temporary employee there, reported for work around 9 a.m. EDT at the warehouse in Perryman, Maryland, about 34 miles (55 km) northeast of Baltimore, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news conference. The sheriff's office identified the assailant in a tweet as Snochia Moseley from Baltimore County. The sheriff said investigators have not yet determined a motive, but a law enforcement source told Reuters the shooting was believed to have been sparked by a work-related grievance.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:10:24 -0400
  • Accuser of Trump's court nominee sets conditions for testifying

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    A lawyer for the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault told a Senate panel on Thursday the professor will not testify on Monday as Republicans want but would be willing to appear sometime next week if certain terms are met. Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has been given a Friday deadline by the Republican-led Judiciary Committee to decide whether to testify at a high-stakes hearing it has scheduled for Monday. If Ford agrees to appear, it would set the stage for a potentially explosive hearing just weeks before congressional elections that will decide the balance of power in Congress, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:47:54 -0400
  • American Airlines joins rivals in hiking U.S. baggage fees by five dollars

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    American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it would raise domestic U.S. baggage fees by $5, joining major rivals in the price hike amid higher fuel costs. The largest U.S. airline said it would hike the price of a first checked bag by $5 to $30 and the second bag to $40 in the first price increase since 2010. Other U.S. airlines, including Delta Airlines Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and JetBlue Airways Inc, have also announced price hikes recently.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:33:23 -0400
  • Judge bars parade of Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing

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    A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday denied a request by prosecutors to allow additional women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct to tell their stories at his sentencing hearing on a sexual assault conviction. Cosby, 81, is due in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas on Monday to be sentenced by Judge Steven O'Neill in the drugging and sexual assault of his one-time friend Andrea Constand, a former Temple University administrator, in 2004.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:55:06 -0400
  • Trump releases first two names of U.S. war dead handed over by North Korea

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    U.S. President Donald Trump released the names on Thursday of two Army soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War whose remains were handed over by North Korea this year in a goodwill gesture. Trump said the first remains identified by the U.S. military belonged to Army Master Sergeant Charles H. McDaniel, 32, of Vernon, Indiana, and Army Private First Class William H. Jones, 19, of Nash County, North Carolina. "These HEROES are home, they may Rest In Peace, and hopefully their families can have closure," Trump said in his Twitter post.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:43:52 -0400
  • New York lawsuit targets student loan debt relief fraud

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    New York's attorney general on Thursday sued 10 companies and two executives over their alleged roles in a scam to induce thousands of struggling borrowers into buying student loan debt relief services that they could have received for free. Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, said defendants typically charged more than $1,000 for their services, which often came with usurious interest rates, after luring borrowers with false claims such as being affiliated with the government, or that their help was needed. "It strikes me that the lawsuit has merit," Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Savingforcollege.com, said in an interview.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:24:03 -0400
  • Ex-prosecutor to examine New York archdiocese sex abuse policies

    Barbara Jones, who retired as a U.S. district judge in 2013, said she and a team of lawyers would have unfettered access to all materials as they reviewed sex abuse claim policies and procedures in the country's second largest archdiocese. The Church in the United States, Chile, Australia, and Ireland is in the midst of a crisis over sexual abuse of minors.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:55:01 -0400
  • U.S. court rules for Colorado 'intersex' veteran denied passport

    Navy veteran Dana Zzyym, a Colorado resident born in 1958 with ambiguous sex characteristics, sued the federal government for refusing to issue a passport because it requires an applicant to denote gender of either male or female on applications. U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson in Denver ruled the State Department exceeded its authority under the Passport Act of 1926 and barred the department from relying on its binary-only gender marker policy to withhold a passport.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:36:25 -0400
  • Trump chips away at liberal U.S. appeals court majorities

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    Although there are no guarantees a judge will rule the way a president might like, the number of Republican and Democratic appointees is generally an indicator of an appeals court's conservative-liberal balance. With the Republican-led Senate rapidly considering and confirming many of his judicial nominees, Trump already has appointed 26 appeals court judges. Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, appointed 55 in eight years as president.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:44:06 -0400
  • Suspect in Maryland shooting is 'down': NBC News

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspect in an alleged shooting at a Rite Aid Corp facility near Aberdeen, Maryland, is "down" and the incident is over, NBC News said on Thursday, citing multiple unnamed law enforcement officials.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:32:49 -0400
  • Hurricane raises questions about rebuilding along North Carolina's coast

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    The privately owned Rodanthe pier has already undergone half a million dollars in renovation in seven years and the owners started a new round of repairs this week. “The maintenance and upkeep on a wooden fishing pier is tremendous,” said co-owner Terry Plumblee. “We get the brunt of the rough water here." Scientists have warned such rebuilding efforts are futile as sea levels rise and storms chew away the coast line but protests from developers and the tourism industry have led North Carolina to pass laws that disregard the predictions.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:33:48 -0400
  • Flooding expected to worsen in Carolinas in Florence's aftermath

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    Flooding from rain-swollen rivers was expected to worsen across the Carolinas on Thursday and the next couple of days in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which killed 36 people in three states, forecasters said. Twenty flood gauges showed some level of flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where some major waterways, well above their flood stages, were expected to rise through the weekend before they crest, the National Weather Service said. "People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a written statement.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:26:04 -0400
  • Trump urges Republicans to 'get tough' on border wall spending

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    The Senate passed a massive spending package that included a provision to fund the federal government through Dec. 7.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:32:52 -0400
  • Creator of 3-D printed guns flies to Taiwan amid U.S. sex assault accusation

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    Cody Wilson, 30, was placed under investigation after a counsellor on Aug. 22 told police that a 16-year-old girl had said she was paid $500 to have sex with Wilson at an Austin hotel, Austin Police Commander Troy Officer said at a news conference. Police later interviewed the girl and on Wednesday obtained a warrant for Wilson's arrest, but by then he had caught a flight to Taiwan, Officer said. "We know Mr. Wilson frequently travels for business.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:03:01 -0400
  • Mavs' Cuban to donate $10 million after probe into workplace harassment

    The investigation followed a Sports Illustrated report in February that described a culture in the Mavericks' front office "rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior". The findings of an independent investigation, carried out on behalf of the Mavericks by external law firms and overseen by the NBA, were published on Wednesday.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 22:19:54 -0400
  • New Mexico observatory closure stemmed from FBI child porn probe: documents

    The National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, was evacuated without public explanation on Sept. 6, leading to a swirl of social media speculation and rumors driven by its proximity to two U.S. military installations and the town of Roswell. Approximately two hours away from the observatory by car, Roswell was the site of a famous 1947 sighting of unidentified flying objects that the U.S. Air Force later said were top-secret high-altitude weather balloons.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:44:47 -0400
  • U.S. Catholic Church plans hotline for complaints of abuse by bishops

    The hotline was one of several moves unveiled on Wednesday by bishops to try to rebuild trust in the U.S. church hierarchy after recent allegations that bishops had abused children and covered up decades of sex crimes by priests. "Some bishops, by their actions or their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and the Church," the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) administrative committee said in a statement.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:24:04 -0400
  • NBA- Mavs' Cuban to donate $10 million after probe into workplace harassment

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    The investigation followed a Sports Illustrated report in February that described a culture in the Mavericks' front office "rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior". The findings of an independent investigation, carried out on behalf of the Mavericks by external law firms and overseen by the NBA, were published on Wednesday. The NBA issued a statement summarizing the investigation's findings, which said that there was no wrongdoing on Cuban's part.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:05:19 -0400
  • More than 53,000 Carolinas customers without power after Florence

    (Reuters) - More than 53,600 U.S. homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Wednesday, after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast last week, power companies said. Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the area, on Wednesday said power had been restored to 1.6 million customers out of nearly 1.7 million customers who experienced an outage during the storm. Florence, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before it was downgraded, has already killed at least 36 people, including 27 in North Carolina and eight in South Carolina.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:02:43 -0400
  • Trump defends Supreme Court nominee, accuser faces deadline

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    President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his defense of his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, saying it was hard to imagine Brett Kavanaugh committed a sexual assault and that it would be unfortunate if his accuser did not testify before the Senate. With Trump's effort to cement conservative control of the nation's highest court on a knife's edge, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley set a Friday morning deadline for Christine Blasey Ford to decide if she will talk to lawmakers. Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:58:52 -0400
  • Four wounded as gunman chases wife into Pennsylvania court building

    Three others, including a police officer, were wounded in the incident that began with an argument between the man and woman outside the court building in Masontown, a small borough south of Pittsburgh, local TV station WPXI reported. The woman fled into the building and he chased after her, shooting with a handgun and wounding at least two people outside, WPXI said. Bower declined to confirm the relationship between the man and woman, saying the next of kin had not been notified, but told reporters the man was due in court on strangulation and assault charges related to domestic violence and had a restraining order against him.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:39:04 -0400
  • Lawyer for Kavanaugh's accuser says Senate panel rushing to hearing

    A lawyer for a woman who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault on Wednesday criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for scheduling a hearing on the matter for Monday, the Washington Post reported. "The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth," the Post quoted Lisa Banks, a lawyer for Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford, as saying.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:23:47 -0400
  • Creator of 3-D printed guns flies to Taiwan amid U.S. sex assault accusation

    Cody Wilson, 30, was placed under investigation after a counselor on Aug. 22 told police that a 16-year-old girl had said she was paid $500 to have sex with Wilson at an Austin hotel, Austin Police Commander Troy Officer said at a news conference. Police later interviewed the girl and on Wednesday obtained a warrant for Wilson's arrest, but by then he had caught a flight to Taiwan, Officer said. "We know Mr. Wilson frequently travels for business.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:48:57 -0400
  • U.S. judge dismisses GM ignition switch criminal case

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    U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan approved a request filed Monday by federal prosecutors to dismiss the two-count criminal information. In 2015, GM entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York after the Detroit automaker was charged with concealing information from government officials, and wire fraud. GM agreed to pay a $900 million fine and accept three years of oversight by an independent monitor.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:42:50 -0400
  • Sessions limits U.S. judges' ability to dismiss deportation cases

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    Unlike the federal judiciary system, U.S. immigration courts fall under the Department of Justice and the attorney general can rewrite opinions issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Sessions, a Republican former U.S. senator appointed by President Donald Trump, has been unusually active in this practice compared to his predecessors. Judges “have no inherent authority to terminate removal proceedings even though a particular case may pose sympathetic circumstances,” he said.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:27:55 -0400
  • 'Calm before storm,' Trump warns South Carolina after Florence deluge

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    "Over the next couple of days, it's going to get rough in South Carolina... Whatever you need from Washington, we are there," Trump told an official briefing in Conway, South Carolina. "Now it looks nice, but it's really the calm before the storm," he said referring to water draining into rising rivers after Florence's epic deluge over the weekend. Trump visited a neighborhood in Conway where residents were loading moving vans in anticipation of more flooding.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:08:36 -0400
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