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  • Mormon church opposes Utah LGBTQ conversion therapy ban

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    A proposed conversion therapy ban in Utah is in danger of being derailed after the influential Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Tuesday night in opposition, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar measure under consideration. State regulators crafted the rule at the request of Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, a member of the church, who in June asked for a set of rules after a similar bill died in the Legislature despite the church not taking a position. The church's statement strikes a blow to the hopes of LGBTQ advocates hoping Utah could join 18 states that have enacted laws banning or restricting conversion therapy that's opposed by the American Psychological Association.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:41:14 -0400
  • 'Panama Papers' law firm sues Netflix over film based on scandal

    Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm at the center of the "Panama Papers" scandal, has filed a lawsuit against Netflix, accusing the video streaming heavyweight of defamation in a new movie based on the case and seeking to stop its immanent release. The Panama Papers, which consist of millions of documents stolen from Mossack Fonseca and leaked to the media in 2016, provoked a global scandal after showing how rich and powerful clients including Russian President Vladimir Putin and soccer superstar Lionel Messi used offshore corporations to evade taxes. Netflix film "The Laundromat" stars Gary Oldmann and Antonio Banderas as the two Mossack Fonseca partners at the center of the scandal, Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, and is scheduled to be released on Oct. 18.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:37:49 -0400
  • Republicans infuriated by Schiff's secrecy

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    Trump and the White House have denied those claims. “Volker was devastating for the Democrats’ narrative,” the Republican staffer involved in impeachment asserted, though he was unable to provide any details.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:36:44 -0400
  • Here's everyone who has been sentenced in the college admissions scandal so far

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    Felicity Huffman became the first parent in the college admissions scandal to be sentenced. Here's everyone else facing jail time or fines.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:36:00 -0400
  • Two Belgian Islamic State militants escape camp in north Syria -Belgium

    Two Islamic State militants from Belgium have escaped custody in northern Syria in the course of Turkey's offensive against Kurdish forces there, the head of Belgium's security assessment agency said on Wednesday. Paul Van Tigchelt, head of OCAD, told a parliamentary committee that two men and three women, either Belgian or with links to Belgium, were no longer in prison in a camp where they had been held under Kurdish control since the defeat of Islamic State (IS) by U.S.-backed coalition forces in 2017.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:35:22 -0400
  • Correction: Bike Ride-Iowa story

    In a story Oct. 15 about the resignations of organizers of a popular Iowa bike ride, The Associated Press reported that Gannett, the Des Moines Register's parent company, didn't immediately respond to inquiries. IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Organizers of the popular summer bike ride across Iowa are cutting ties with its longtime sponsor, the Des Moines Register, amid backlash over the newspaper's handling of a story.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:35:06 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. tells Chinese diplomats to give notice of meetings

    Chinese diplomats in the United States must now give advance notice of any meetings with state, local and municipal officials, as well as at educational and research institutions, senior State Department officials said on Wednesday. The officials told reporters the move was an effort to "add reciprocity" to the way U.S. diplomats are treated in China. "This action is a response to what the PRC (Peoples Republic of China) government does to limit the interaction our diplomats can have in China with Chinese stakeholders," a State Department official said.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:33:58 -0400
  • Amazon fish wears nature's 'bullet-proof vest' to thwart piranhas

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    One of the world's largest freshwater fish is protected by the natural equivalent of a "bullet-proof vest," helping it thrive in the dangerous waters of the Amazon River basin with flexible armor-like scales able to withstand ferocious piranha attacks. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego and University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday described the unique structure and impressive properties of the dermal armor of the fish, called Arapaima gigas.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:33:03 -0400
  • Senior U.S. diplomat: Hong Kong freedoms 'must be vigorously protected'

    The United States believes freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Hong Kong must be protected and will continue to press China on the issue, a senior U.S. diplomat said in congressional testimony on Wednesday. "In Hong Kong, we believe that the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly - core values that we share with the people of Hong Kong - must be vigorously protected.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:30:10 -0400
  • Amazon fish wears nature's 'bullet-proof vest' to thwart piranhas

    One of the world's largest freshwater fish is protected by the natural equivalent of a "bullet-proof vest," helping it thrive in the dangerous waters of the Amazon River basin with flexible armor-like scales able to withstand ferocious piranha attacks. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego and University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday described the unique structure and impressive properties of the dermal armor of the fish, called Arapaima gigas.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:30:02 -0400
  • Syrian Kurds fleeing to Iraq wonder if life will ever be the same

    Joumana Akram and her three young children escaped the immediate danger, fleeing their home in northern Syria as the bombardment from Turkish forces began and eventually crossing the border into Iraq. The Kurdish YPG militia, the target of Turkey's onslaught into northern Syria, controls their home city of Qamishli, and might detain him for desertion, Akram explained. "I'm worried my husband won't make it out," Akram, 20, told Reuters in a refugee camp near the Iraqi Kurdish town of Bardarash, her one-year-old daughter Remas cradled in her arms.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:22:02 -0400
  • The Ukrainian Prosecutor Behind the Dossier Targeting Hunter Biden

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    KYIV, Ukraine -- When the Ukrainian prosecutor Kostiantyn Kulyk compiled a seven-page dossier in English that accused the son of former Vice President Joe Biden of corruption, he helped set off a political firestorm that has led to the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. But even as he was reopening a corruption case related to Hunter Biden's service on the board of Burisma Holdings, a major Ukrainian gas company, Kulyk himself was under a cloud of suspicion. He has been indicted three times on corruption charges and accused of bringing politically motivated criminal cases against his opponents. In a Ukrainian security clearance form, Kulyk admitted having ties to a warlord in eastern Ukraine accused of working for the Russian intelligence services. Yet none of this -- including the case related to the Bidens -- has seemed to harm the career of Kulyk, who remains a department head in the Ukrainian prosecutor general's office under a new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. "In Ukraine, a toxic person can keep a job," said Yuriy Butusov, editor-in-chief of the political news outlet Tsenzor.net. "That's not a problem." Kulyk's continued presence in the halls of government illustrates the blending of politics and criminal justice in Ukraine, where investigations are routinely used as political weapons or to grease the business interests of wealthy insiders. And the spread of his dossier in Washington shows how these tactics have spilled into American politics. In a July phone call that is central to the impeachment inquiry, Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate the Biden case, including supposed conflicts of interest by Biden when he was vice president, and a debunked theory that Ukraine, not Russia, hacked the 2016 presidential election. Zelenskiy agreed, according to White House notes on the call, saying a new prosecutor general "will look into the situation," though he said later that the new prosecutor would act fairly and independently. In a statement, the prosecutor general's office declined to clarify if Kulyk retains control over the Biden case, which is now under an audit that delays any prosecutorial decisions. Kulyk did not respond to requests for an interview. Kulyk's dossier did more than revive the Biden case. The seven-page document he compiled and circulated also accused American diplomats of covering up for crimes committed by the Bidens, a spurious theory that played a role in the recall of the American ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. A strapping former military prosecutor with a buzz cut, Kulyk pivoted his allegiance to Zelenskiy late in the Ukrainian presidential race last spring, allowing him to continue holding sway over important matters. Currently, he is pursuing a case against a former central bank governor that could aid a powerful oligarch, Ihor Kolomoisky, a former business partner of Zelenskiy. The case has become entangled in talks with the International Monetary Fund about a $5 billion aid program for Ukraine. Those broke off last month amid concerns about Kolomoisky's influence on the government. Calls seeking comment from Kolomoisky on a phone number he has used in the past went unanswered. The Kolomoisky case and Kulyk's role in it have become a credibility test for Zelenskiy, who swept to office on an anticorruption platform. "If he doesn't fire Kulyk it will be a big negative for him, because then no one will believe that he is a reformer," said Valeria Gontareva, the former central banker involved in the case. "If this country doesn't get real rule of law then all of our reforms will be easily reversed." In March, Kulyk, who with a former prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, had coordinated with Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to promote the allegations against the Bidens, suddenly switched allegiance in Ukraine's domestic politics. He and Lutsenko had been seen as staunch enforcers for President Petro Poroshenko. But two days before the first round of the country's presidential election -- with opinion polls showing Zelenskiy crushing Poroshenko -- Kulyk filed criminal corruption charges against dozens of Poroshenko aides. He then went on a television talk show to discuss the highlights of these cases. An on-air confrontation ensued. Poroshenko rushed to the studio and accused Kulyk of naked political abuse of the justice system. The 11th-hour smear nevertheless reinforced Zelenskiy's campaign message that the country needed a new leader to root out corruption.Corruption allegations trailed Kulyk long before his role in the Biden case. In 2016, he was indicted on charges of illegal enrichment, with prosecutors noting that his expensive tastes seemed incongruous with his modest salary as a prosecutor. Court documents describe Kulyk as owning assets equivalent to 1,615 times the minimum cost of living for Ukraine, including two apartments in central Kyiv and a Toyota Land Cruiser that together cost more than four years' worth of his income. "In any other country a prosecutor like this would have been fired a long time ago," said Andrii Savin, a lawyer with Ukraine's Anticorruption Action Center who has followed Kulyk's career closely. "But what happened in this country? The prosecutor general promoted him." Kulyk has also come under fire for his ties to a man believed to be a Russian intelligence agent in his hometown, Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine. Kulyk disclosed the friendship in an application for security clearance in 2014 as war broke out between Russia-backed separatists and Ukraine, Kulyk's former boss in the military prosecutor's office, Anatoly Matios, told Ukrainian media in 2017. Kulyk had known the man, Yevhen Zhylin, when Kulyk served in the Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office and Zhylin ran a martial arts club in the city, called Oplot, or the Stronghold. Oplot was subsequently transformed into a large, Russian-backed paramilitary unit fighting on the separatist side. Matios told the Ukrainian media that Kulyk had passed the security clearance, but added: "I will tell you something: The moral principles of this person are worthless." Investigators who pursued the illegal enrichment case against Kulyk did, however, find the source of one unexplained asset: the Toyota Land Cruiser. It was registered to the father of Zhylin, the commander on the pro-Russian side in the war. In the middle of his corruption trial, Kulyk was transferred from the military prosecutor's service to Kyiv, where he became a department head in the prosecutor general office's international department. (Yovanovitch, then the new American ambassador, was among those who objected to the move.) It was in this position that Kulyk began digging into Burisma, the gas company where Hunter Biden served on the board. In an interview published in The Hill in April, Kulyk told the conservative commentator John Solomon that he had been trying to give the United States government what he said was evidence of sweeping wrongdoing by Democrats and American diplomats, but had been blocked by officials in the American Embassy in Kyiv. The substance of the interview was consistent with the theory laid out in the dossier he compiled in late 2018, according to his former colleagues at the prosecutor's office. The dossier, which was leaked by a Ukrainian blogger, asserted that Ukrainian prosecutors had evidence that "may attest to the commission of corrupt actions aimed at personal unlawful enrichment by the former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden." Lutsenko, the former prosecutor general, said in an interview that he never gave Kulyk's dossier to Giuliani. But notes taken by Giuliani during their meeting in January, passed to Congress this month by the State Department inspector general, mirror the ideas laid out in Kulyk's memo. And in her testimony in the impeachment inquiry on Friday, Yovanovitch, the former ambassador, suggested that Kulyk's dossier, or its main points, had filtered even higher in the American government. She said her recall from Kyiv last spring was tied to "unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:29:38 -0400
  • Officials eye explosion at California fuel site after quake

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    Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. It occurred 15 hours before the fire Tuesday that consumed thousands of gallons of ethanol, a gasoline additive. The fire badly damaged or destroyed two tanks containing about 250,000 gallons of ethanol.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:15:38 -0400
  • An Equestrian Was Shot by Her Olympic Trainer, Then Pummeled Online

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    LONG VALLEY, N.J. -- The gunshots rang out from the back porch of the farmhouse, a little ways off from the stables and Olympic-level dressage arena, the improbable sound rising over the 53-acre estate. A woman had been shot twice in the chest by a man well known not merely to her but also to just about everyone in the rarefied dressage community: Michael Barisone, an Olympic rider, the owner of the farm and the woman's trainer. The shooting was the shocking culmination of a landlord-tenant dispute that the woman, Lauren Kanarek, had documented all summer on social media, openly fearful of what might happen. "I'm afraid," she wrote, five days before the attack. "I'm being bullied." Barisone, who was charged with two counts of attempted murder, said that he shot Kanarek in self-defense. In the week before the shooting, Barisone had called 911 several times, claiming that she and her fiance were squatters on his farm and were harassing him; in one call, Barisone described the conflict as "a war. And it's going to be dealt with." Kanarek survived the attack but was placed in a medically induced coma. Finally, after an extensive surgery to repair damage from a bullet to her left lung and more than a week of hospitalization, she had recovered enough to start reconnecting with the world. The first thing she saw, she recalled, were comments that "wished I was dead." "They know there is a person suffering multiple gunshot wounds, bullet wounds," she said in an interview, her voice raspy where the ventilator had damaged her vocal cords. "To say those things, is something no one could ever imagine." Seldom do attempted murder cases elicit sympathy for the suspect; rarer still are cases where the victim is blamed. And yet Kanarek somehow found herself the target of an online lynch mob. "Yes, you were shot by an obviously provoked man … but you accept zero accountability," reads one direct reply to Kanarek on an online forum hosted by The Chronicle of the Horse, an equestrian publication. "What a narcissist. It's always someone else's fault." The blind sympathy for Barisone lies partly in his standing in the dressage world; he served as a reserve rider on the U.S. dressage team in the 2008 Olympics and coached Allison Brock, one of the riders for the U.S. squad that won a team bronze in the 2016 Olympics. Few fans could fathom his involvement, and many who tried to find reason behind the shooting ended up focusing on his claims that Kanarek had serially harassed him. Just before the shooting, Kanarek had asked the Division of Child Protection and Permanency to investigate Barisone for potential abuse of a child of his fiancee, according to Jeffery Simms, the lawyer who represented him at the arraignment. "The alleged victim is not a victim," Simms told reporters then. "She's a villain." Kanarek said she did not recall placing the call to child services. Barisone's supporters also point to Kanarek's inflammatory social media presence. She has at least one pending charge against her for cyberstalking in North Carolina, where she used to live."Lauren Kanarek took her bullying too far. Everyone has limits," Susan Wachowich, who runs a popular site covering the sport, wrote on Twitter the day of the shooting. She wrote that the site "100% supports Michael Barisone in his actions." The post has since been deleted by Twitter as a violation of its standards. Wachowich did not respond to a request for comment. As is her way, Kanarek is fighting back. In flurries of posts since her attack, Kanarek has replied to strangers, friends and foes, unspooling her version of events and reminding the people who pile up on her that she was nearly killed. "No matter what -- I was shot twice. It was not in self-defense. While plenty more story exists, what else matters?" she wrote in one response. "Do you condone trainers shooting their students trying to kill them? Sure looks that way." Kanarek met Barisone at a horse competition in Wellington, Florida, in 2018. She decided to move her horses from North Carolina to his Hawthorne Hill farm in Long Valley, in the heart of New Jersey's horse country, for the chance to train with an Olympic great, she said. As part of the arrangement, she and her fiance, Robert Goodwin, would live on the property, in an apartment in a farmhouse where Barisone lived. Tensions grew after a flood in the farmhouse forced Barisone and his fiancee to move into a barn on the property, Kanarek said. Barisone tried to kick Kanarek and Goodwin out of the apartment, according to Kanarek, so he could live there; they refused. A month before the shooting, Barisone began contacting people who had online disputes with Kanarek. He told them that he was trying to build a legal case against Kanarek and Goodwin, and eject them from his property. Joey Ann Stagaard, a hair restoration specialist from New Jersey, received one such call about a week before the shooting. "'I know that you are a victim of this girl Lauren's torture, and she is on our farm,' " Stagaard recalled Barisone telling her over the phone. "He said, 'She is causing nothing but havoc here; we are losing our minds.' " Stagaard has been embroiled in a long online spat with Kanarek, whom she has never met, over a former shared love interest, she said. Her public animus toward Kanarek has continued even after the shooting. Stagaard was one of several women, including a North Carolina-based horsewomen named Kathryn Parkinson, who filed a complaint last spring to the U.S. Equestrian Federation and SafeSport, a nonprofit organization that investigates various forms of misconduct in Olympic sports. They accused Kanarek of bullying. The federation said the complaint was investigated and found not to merit any action. "It seemed to us more like a personal matter," said Vicki Lowell, a spokeswoman for the federation. Separately, Kanarek said she had complained to SafeSport about Barisone this summer. Dan Hill, a spokesman for SafeSport, said he could not confirm whether a report was filed.In the meantime, the situation at Hawthorne Hill worsened in the weeks before the shooting: Police were summoned to the farm at least six times, according to recordings of 911 calls placed by Kanarek, her family and Barisone. "These people have been living here, and they're causing us hell," Barisone told the operator July 31, according to recordings obtained by news site Patch. Three days before the attack, on Aug. 4, Barisone called 911 a final time. "I'm taking my life back," he told the operator. When police responded the day of the shooting, they found Barisone pinned beneath Goodwin, a black and pink 9-millimeter Ruger pistol under both of them. The police report indicated that he also shot at Goodwin but missed. As medical personnel and police officers circled through, Barisone was overheard repeating the same sentence: "I had a good life." Barisone is being held in a Morris County jail, after being refused bail by a judge. His current lawyer, Edward J. Bilinkas, did not respond to multiple emails and calls requesting comment. To Kanarek and her lawyer, the details of the spiraling conflict between trainer and student, whether bandied about in the courtroom or on Facebook, are beside the point. "She is the victim here, and she was fighting for her life and trying to recover, while at the same time being attacked," her lawyer, Andrew O'Connor, said. "A disconnect that a lot of these trolls can't get over, is that, 'I've seen this guy from afar, and I see his bronze medal, and so it must be her.' "Kanarek concurred, saying that it was difficult to "go online and see every single person talking about you." She pulled up her blouse to reveal two entry wounds in her rib cage. "Every part of my body and soul and mind is just thinking, I should be on my horses, riding," she said. "Instead, I was shot." This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:18:31 -0400
  • Obama tweets support for Canadian PM Trudeau in reelection campaign

    Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday voiced his support for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who faces a tough battle for reelection next week. "I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President," Obama said in a tweet. The two progressive leaders formed a close friendship which continues to be a popular topic on social media several years after Obama left the White House.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:14:12 -0400
  • Teva to donate over $15 billion worth of drugs in opioid settlement: source

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    The news follows media reports that major drug distributors McKesson Corp , AmerisourceBergen Corp and Cardinal Health are discussing with governments to settle thousands of opioid-related lawsuits for $18 billion. The companies, including Teva, are all defendants in a landmark trial set to begin in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 21, which will be presided over by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who has long pushed for a global settlement of the litigation.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:11:53 -0400
  • Trump on Turkey going into Syria: 'It's not our border'

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    Asked at a White House photo op with Italy's president, “Are you okay -- are you okay with Erdoğan saying that he is not going to do a ceasefire?” -- referring to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's response to U.S. efforts to broker a stop to the conflict -- Trump, after a lengthy discourse about why the U.S. should not be involved in the fighting, then said, “So, if Russia wants to get involved with the -- with Syria, that's really up to them.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:10:00 -0400
  • Convicted ex-Honolulu police chief files for divorce

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    A retired Honolulu police chief convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii's biggest corruption case wants a divorce from his wife and co-defendant, a former city prosecutor. Louis Kealoha filed for divorce Tuesday, according to court records. A jury in June convicted him and Katherine Kealoha of conspiracy in a plot to frame her uncle to keep him from revealing fraud that financed their lavish lifestyle.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:09:07 -0400
  • Hogan details Bay Bridge repair urgency and traffic action

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    Hogan said the deck surface of a westbound lane is "severely deteriorated" and beyond its service life, creating "a number of very major safety risks." In one section, 75% of the lane's surface is deteriorated, Hogan said. "The condition is worsening every single day," Hogan said a Board of Public Works meeting. It has five lanes, and a westbound lane has been closed since work began.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:07:36 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Lawyer to bring legal case against UK PM Johnson's Brexit deal

    A legal challenge will be brought against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's possible Brexit deal on the grounds that it contravenes domestic tax law, lawyer Jolyon Maugham said on Wednesday. Maugham, who has been involved in successful, high profile cases that challenge the government over plans to exit the European Union, said he intended to lodge a petition to stop the government putting the Withdrawal Agreement before parliament. Britain and the EU appeared on the verge of a last-minute Brexit deal on Wednesday but Prime Minister Boris Johnson still had work to do at home to ensure his government and fractious parliament approve the plan.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:03:44 -0400
  • Judge says lawsuit against Harvard law professor can proceed

    A judge says a lawsuit can proceed to trial that accuses Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz of lying about his sexual history with a woman who claims she was a teenage victim of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring. Dershowitz had sought to toss out the case on several grounds, including that the statute of limitations had passed. Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed her defamation lawsuit against Dershowitz after he made comments publicly saying he had never even met Giuffre.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:01:53 -0400
  • Detectives across US grill serial killer, close cold cases

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    Keep him talking, don't interrupt him and, no matter what, don't ask why he killed his victims. Little ultimately spilled forth with chilling confessions, claiming he killed 93 women in all between 1970 and 2005 and smilingly recounting the details with startling clarity. Miami-Dade Police homicide detective David Denmark and his partner interviewed Little last October about two murders in the Miami area from the 1970s.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:50:38 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court tackles sentencing appeal in 'D.C. Sniper' case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with whether a man serving life in prison over his role in a deadly 2002 shooting spree in the Washington area should be resentenced because he was only 17 years old at the time of the so-called D.C. Sniper crimes. The nine justices heard a one-hour argument in an appeal filed by the state of Virginia objecting to a lower court's decision ordering that Lee Boyd Malvo's sentence of life in prison without parole be thrown out because his age at the time of the crimes was not taken into account during sentencing. If Malvo prevails, he and other prison inmates in similar cases involving certain crimes committed by minors could receive new sentencing hearings in which judges would consider whether their youth at the time of the offense is a reason for a more lenient sentence.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:45:08 -0400
  • New York governor signs law aimed at foiling Trump pardons

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Wednesday clearing away legal hurdles that could have prevented state prosecutions of people pardoned by President Donald Trump for federal crimes. Supporters of the new law, including newly empowered Democrats elected last year, said New York's broad double jeopardy law didn't explicitly give state prosecutors a green light to bring charges when a defendant has received a federal pardon. The law says a presidential pardon wouldn't be sufficient for a member of a president's family or close associate.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:43:04 -0400
  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 dips as economic data, trade worries offset upbeat earnings

    The benchmark S&P 500 stock index edged lower on Wednesday as weak U.S. economic data and simmering geopolitical tensions spooked buyers away from the equities market, despite a string of generally positive third-quarter corporate earnings reports.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:41:49 -0400
  • Indiana attorney general tries barring testimony against him

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    Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is trying to block two women from testifying about allegations of sexual misconduct as he prepares for an upcoming disciplinary hearing on separate claims that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year. The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission wants the women to testify about Hill's actions when they were employees under him as the Elkhart County prosecutor before becoming attorney general in 2017. One of the women is expected to testify about Hill's "inappropriate sexual innuendo and propositions directed to her," commission lawyers said in legal filings in the past week, first reported by The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:35:23 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court tackles sentencing appeal in 'D.C. Sniper' case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with whether a man serving life in prison over his role in a deadly 2002 shooting spree in the Washington area should be resentenced because he was only 17 years old at the time of the so-called D.C. Sniper crimes. The nine justices heard a one-hour argument in an appeal filed by the state of Virginia objecting to a lower court's decision ordering that Lee Boyd Malvo's sentence of life in prison without parole be thrown out because his age at the time of the crimes was not taken into account during sentencing. If Malvo prevails, he and other prison inmates in similar cases involving certain crimes committed by minors could receive new sentencing hearings in which judges would consider whether their youth at the time of the offense is a reason for a more lenient sentence.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:34:42 -0400
  • SDF commander says Trump did not oppose deal with Damascus to fend off Turkish offensive

    U.S. President Donald Trump did not object to an agreement cut between Kurdish-led forces and the Syrian government to protect Syria from a Turkish offensive, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mazloum Kobani said on Wednesday. In an interview broadcast on Kurdish-language Ronahi TV, Kobani said Russia would guarantee the agreement SDF forces made with Damascus, and that it would pave the way for a political solution able to guarantee Kurdish rights in Syria. Kobani said the agreement requires Syrian government forces to deploy across the entire northeastern border with Turkey and that reports of the SDF handing control of their areas over to government forces were incorrect.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:33:45 -0400
  • Two years on, mourners seek justice for Maltese anti-graft journalist

    Thousands of people held candles and pictures on Wednesday at an evening vigil in Malta's capital Valletta to mark two years since anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb outside her home. Three people have been under arrest since December 2017 and face trial for allegedly carrying out the murder, but police say investigations are continuing to identify who ordered it. The Maltese government has been criticized by the Caruana Galizia family and the Council of Europe for its handling of the investigation.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:33:11 -0400
  • CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Polish lawmakers vote for bill criminalising 'promoting underage sex'

    Polish lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favour of a bill to criminalise "the promotion of underage sexual activity," in a move seen by some as a government effort to court conservative support and which outraged liberals who say the bill aims to ban sex education. As protesters gathered outside the parliament and in cities across Poland, lawmakers from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party voted for the bill to go to a parliamentary commission for further work. "Disgrace for the deputies ... who referred for further work a project punishing sex education with prison," tweeted opposition lawmaker Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus, who had earlier raised a motion to have the bill thrown out.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:32:34 -0400
  • 6-year-old 'baby whisperer' helps calm crying baby

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    Six-year-old Welles Peterson is definitely one of those people. "He asked to hold Alek and within seconds, the baby calmed down," Peterson said. The sweet video of Welles the "baby whisperer" has been watched 14 million times so far.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:28:33 -0400
  • Factbox: All the president's men - Supporting actors in Trump's Ukraine scandal

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    The scandal has also featured an extensive cast of Ukrainian officials. Trump's personal attorney, a former New York mayor and 2008 presidential candidate, is a central figure in a scandal that has led to the impeachment inquiry. Acting independently of the U.S. government, Giuliani has urged Ukrainian officials to investigate one of Trump's main Democratic rivals in the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:28:23 -0400
  • British family says detained in US for making wrong turn

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    US authorities are disputing the account of a British couple who claim they have been held in dire conditions with their 3-month-old son for nearly two weeks after mistakenly straying into the US from Canada. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrested the family on October 2 for entering the country illegally from British Columbia where they were vacationing with another couple and their two children. The family has said that they ended up in the United States after swerving down a road to avoid hitting an animal.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:24:09 -0400
  • All the president's men: Supporting actors in Trump's Ukraine scandal

    President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating a top rival in the 2020 U.S. presidential election prompted Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats in the House of Representatives to move ahead with an impeachment inquiry, threatening his presidency. Trump's personal attorney, a former New York mayor and 2008 presidential candidate, is a central figure in a scandal that has led to the impeachment inquiry. Acting independently of the U.S. government, Giuliani has urged Ukrainian officials to investigate one of Trump's main Democratic rivals in the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:24:09 -0400
  • Tracking the nor'easter: Where the heavy rain, gusty winds are heading

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    Heavy rain, gusty winds and possibly flash flooding are headed to the Northeast as a nor'easter strengthens off the coast. The heavy rain is pushing across Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon. Some spots in New Jersey and New York could see up to 4 inches of rain as well as flash flooding.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:21:00 -0400
  • Police search of apartments fails to locate missing girl

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    An intense search of an apartment complex didn't turn up signs of a missing 3-year-old Alabama girl who was abducted from a birthday party days ago, police in Birmingham said Wednesday. A man and a woman described as persons of interest were arrested and charged with crimes that police said were unrelated to the girl's disappearance.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:19:16 -0400
  • Why Natalie Portman is encouraging women to mess up

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    Natalie Portman wants women to know it's OK to be human. In a speech at Elle magazine's annual Women in Hollywood event on Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actress encouraged women in the room to make mistakes -- and feel good about that.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:16:18 -0400
  • Hubble Telescope zooms in on interstellar visitor

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    The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best pictures yet of our newest interstellar visitor. This comet from outside our solar system is zooming by us at a blistering 110,000 mph (177,000 kph). Hubble caught some glam shots over the weekend from a distance of 260 million miles (420 million kilometers).

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:15:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-No final Brexit deal on Wednesday -BBC political editor

    There will not be a finalised Brexit deal on Wednesday, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg reported, citing an unnamed UK government source. "Government source has just told me there will not be a deal tonight," she said in a tweet, with European Union sources saying that Britain and the EU were on the verge of a deal. The political editor of the Sun newspaper also said there would be no Brexit deal on Wednesday.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:10:16 -0400
  • The Latest: Police find no sign of abducted Alabama girl

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    Authorities searching for a missing 3-year-old girl who was abducted say a search of a Birmingham, Alabama, apartment complex didn't turn up signs of the child. Multiple police officers descended on a small apartment development Wednesday morning in Birmingham less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from where Kamille McKinney was last seen Saturday at a birthday party. A police spokesman, Sgt. Johnny Williams, says officers were acting on a tip.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:05:53 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Trump warns of 'devastating' sanctions if U.S.-Turkey meeting not successful

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the United States was "going to try to work it out" with Turkey regarding its assault into northeastern Syrian, but U.S. sanctions would be "devastating" if discussions with Ankara do not go well. "We're in a great position," Trump told reporters at the White House hours before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was due to depart for talks in Ankara along with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:05:32 -0400
  • Kansas lawmaker who left GOP running for Senate as Democrat

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    One of four Kansas legislators who made headlines last year by defecting from the Republican Party is running for the U.S. Senate as a "pragmatic" Democrat, entering a race in which some GOP leaders are worried about immigration hardliner Kris Kobach 's chances should he win their party's nomination. State Sen. Barbara Bollier, a retired suburban Kansas City anesthesiologist, launched her bid Wednesday, a day after campaign finance reports showed that Kobach is well behind a GOP rival, U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, in fundraising. Marshall, who represents western Kansas in Congress, raised twice as much in contributions as Kobach from July 1 through Sept. 30 and ended the period with nearly $1.9 million in cash, compared to about $198,000 for Kobach.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:04:11 -0400
  • 'More than just money': Chicago parents warm to teachers' contract demands

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    Carmen Rodriguez, a life-long Chicagoan who lives on the city's Southeast Side, sends her two children to a predominately Hispanic elementary school where she says teachers are struggling with class sizes of up to 40 students. The crowded conditions at Virgil Grissom Elementary School makes Rodriguez, a 45-year-old stay-at-home mom, sympathetic to Chicago's 25,000 teachers, who have authorized a strike against the public school system unless the two sides can reach a contract deal by Thursday. In addition to wage increases, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is demanding more funding to ease overcrowded classrooms and hire more support staff, two perennial issues plaguing the third-largest U.S. school district.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:03:47 -0400
  • Key rebel group halts direct peace talks with Khartoum

    Peace talks between key rebel groups and the Sudanese government hit an obstacle on Wednesday when one major group said it will not sit down for direct talks with Khartoum until its demands are met. The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, a rebel group in the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, accused Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF), its most powerful paramilitary group, of occupying new areas and attacking and arresting traders. In a press conference in Juba, SPLM-N chief negotiator Ammar Amoun said that his group's preconditions to returning to the negotiating table include the release of all prisoners, the withdrawal of government forces from areas they've taken and a halt to all hostilities.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:59:44 -0400
  • 'More than just money': Chicago parents warm to teachers' contract demands

    Carmen Rodriguez, a life-long Chicagoan who lives on the city's Southeast Side, sends her two children to a predominately Hispanic elementary school where she says teachers are struggling with class sizes of up to 40 students. The crowded conditions at Virgil Grissom Elementary School makes Rodriguez, a 45-year-old stay-at-home mom, sympathetic to Chicago's 25,000 teachers, who have authorized a strike against the public school system unless the two sides can reach a contract deal by Thursday. In addition to wage increases, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is demanding more funding to ease overcrowded classrooms and hire more support staff, two perennial issues plaguing the third-largest U.S. school district.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:59:39 -0400
  • Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

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    At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. Then came the tests that confirmed their suspicions about the light ballasts. Millions of fluorescent light ballasts containing PCBs probably remain in schools and day care centers across the U.S. four decades after the chemicals were banned over concerns that they could cause cancer and other illnesses.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:58:37 -0400
  • U.S. Coalition: forces have left Syrian cities of Raqqa, Tabqah, Lafarge factory

    The U.S.-led coalition said on Wednesday that its forces had left the Syrian cities of Tabqah and Raqqa as well as a Lafarge cement factory as part of the withdrawal from northeast Syria. "Coalition forces continue a deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria. On Oct. 16, we vacated the Lafarge Cement Factory, Raqqa, and Tabqah," coalition spokesman Colonel Myles B. Caggins said on Twitter.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:58:34 -0400
  • U.S. NHC says 50% chance for cyclone formation near Southern Mexico

    "Gradual development is possible, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone could form late this week over the western or central Gulf of Mexico while the system is moving generally north-eastward," the NHC said.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:55:29 -0400
  • Grand Teton National Park removing non-native mountain goats

    Grand Teton National Park officials have announced plans to begin removing non-native mountain goats from the park by lethal and non-lethal means. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Tuesday that the final plan from park officials includes hunting, capturing and relocating the goats. Park officials say the goats migrated from the Snake River Range into the range of native bighorn sheep and could spread diseases that could kill off the native herd.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:53:54 -0400
  • Boeing CEO says 'fully supportive' of board's move to split jobs: memo

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    Boeing Co Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg told employees he was "fully supportive" of the board's decision to split his chairman and CEO roles, allowing him to focus on running the world's largest planemaker, according to a memo seen by Reuters on Wednesday. A Boeing spokesman did not provide an immediate comment. Muilenburg said the "division of labor" was the latest action taken by the board and senior company leaders to "strengthen Boeing's governance and safety management processes" as it struggles to get its fastest-selling 737 MAX jetliner back into the air following deadly crashes.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:52:01 -0400
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