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  • Five killed in Texas tornadoes; rains, winds lash US midsection: media

    Tornadoes killed five people east of Dallas in Texas, local media reported on Saturday, as heavy rains and damaging winds struck a broad swath of the U.S. heartland. At least three tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in nearby Canton, with about 50 people being treated for related injuries at area hospitals, news outlets reported, citing hospital officials. Media, including CBS News' local affiliate in Dallas-Ft. Worth, and WFAA-TV, which cited the chief of Canton's fire department, reported late Saturday that five people were confirmed dead as tornadoes struck Canton, a city about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Dallas.

    Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:02:39 -0400
  • Toned-down White House press dinner carries on without Trump news

    The White House press corps gathered on Saturday for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to bow out in 36 years. Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents' Association took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders. Most of Trump's administration also skipped the event in solidarity with the president, who has repeatedly accused the press of mistreatment.

    Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:41:49 -0400
  • Environmental protesters swarm outside White House as Trump hits milestone news

    By Lacey Johnson and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sea of protesters swarmed in front of the White House on Saturday to voice displeasure with President Donald Trump's stance on the environment and demand that he rethink plans to reverse the climate change policies backed by his predecessor. The Peoples Climate March, the culmination of a string of Earth Week protests that began with last Saturday's March for Science, coincides with Trump's 100th day in office, the end of the traditional "honeymoon" period for a new president. As temperatures rose above 90 degrees Fahrenheit under hazy skies in the nation's capital, tens of thousands of people marched from the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and passed the White House en route to the Washington Monument for a rally.

    Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:46:34 -0400
  • 25 years after Los Angeles riots, progress and distrust live side by side news

    By Alex Dobuzinskis and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twenty-five years after the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the deadly riots that followed the verdict, an undercurrent of distrust pulses through a city that says it worked hard at police reform. Long before the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement, the name Rodney King became synonymous with the use of excessive force in policing minority groups. King, then 25, was battered by a squad of white officers after a traffic stop in March 1991, an incident caught in graphic detail on a bystander's video.

    Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:45:48 -0400
  • U.S. service member killed in blast near Mosul, Iraq

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member died of wounds caused by an explosive device outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday, the U.S.-led military coalition said. A statement from Operation Inherent Resolve gave no other details. U.S.-backed forces have been fighting to retake the Islamic State strongholds of Mosul. News of the U.S. casualty came as U.S. President Donald Trump marked his first 100 days in office. During last year's presidential election campaign, Trump vowed to give priority to destroying Islamic State, which operates mostly in Syria and Iraq. ...

    Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:08:02 -0400
  • Torrential rains, damaging winds lash U.S. midsection

    Heavy rains and damaging winds struck a broad swath of the U.S. heartland on Saturday, causing power outages for thousands of Oklahoma residents while triggering road closures and flash flood warnings in parts of the Midwest. The downpour, which began on Friday, was so intense the ground could not absorb the moisture, creating a high likelihood of flooding, said meteorologist Kenneth James of the Weather Prediction Center, which is part of the National Weather Service. Parts of Indiana have received up to 8 inches (20 cm) of rain while areas in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas have been drenched with up to 4 inches (10 cm), James said.

    Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:22:21 -0400
  • Apple, Tesla ask California to change proposed self-driving car test policy

    Apple Inc urged California to toughen up its proposed policy on testing self-driving cars, a move that would result in more public data that could help Apple catch up to rivals in the self-driving space by giving it a better window into their strengths and weaknesses. In a letter made public on Friday, Apple suggested a series of changes to the draft policy that is under development and said it looks forward to working with California and others "so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public." Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet Inc , Ford Motor Co , Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], Toyota Motor Corp , Tesla Motors Inc and others also filed comments suggesting changes.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:18:05 -0400
  • Florida eye doctor found guilty of scamming Medicare news

    The ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgen, is also part of a separate corruption case in which prosecutors say he bribed U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Menendez's bid to have the case involving donations from Melgen thrown out.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:51:17 -0400
  • Massachusetts sues Ocwen over mortgage servicing practices

    The Massachusetts attorney general sued a unit of Ocwen Financial Corp on Friday, accusing the mortgage servicing company of engaging in abusive practices that harmed thousands of homeowners in the state. The lawsuit, filed in Suffolk County Superior Court, came a week after the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Florida attorney general and more than 20 state banking regulators took action against Ocwen. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC charged homeowners for unnecessary forced-place insurance policies, hit delinquent borrowers with excessive fees and failed to process escrow and insurance payments.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:21:28 -0400
  • Two arrested on charges of illegal exports to Russia get time served

    Two Russian nationals arrested in the United States last October on charges of conspiring to export sensitive military technology from the United States to Russia were sentenced to time served on Friday, a spokesman for U.S. prosecutors said. Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Karpenko, 33, and Alexey Krutilin, 27, both pleaded guilty on March 8 and were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leo Glasser in Brooklyn.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:12:52 -0400
  • Judge tosses Chicago school lawsuit over Illinois funding inequities

    An Illinois judge dealt a blow to Chicago's cash-strapped school system on Friday by dismissing its lawsuit that argued the state's school-funding formula discriminates against minority students. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Franklin Valderrama gave the nation's third-largest public school system until May 26 to amend the lawsuit after determining it failed to identify alleged discriminatory practices under Illinois' Civil Rights Act. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) sued Illinois officials in February, claiming the state's method of education funding discriminates against its largely black and Hispanic student body in violation of the Civil Rights Act.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:08:18 -0400
  • California enacts $52 billion fuel tax hike for road, bridge repairs news

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a bill to raise gasoline taxes and other transportation-related fees for the first time in decades in an ambitious $52 billion plan to repair the state's long-neglected roads and bridges. The measure will increase excise taxes on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon, from the current rate of 28 cents, and on diesel fuel by 20 cents per gallon over the next 10 years.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:07:48 -0400
  • Former Chicago Public Schools chief sentenced for fraud

    A federal judge on Friday sentenced the former chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools to 4-1/2 years in prison for her role in a scheme to steer lucrative contracts to one of her previous employers in exchange for kickbacks and bribes, the Department of Justice said. Barbara Byrd-Bennett was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang at a Chicago courthouse, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:07:19 -0400
  • Four employees injured in incident at BP's Whiting, Indiana refinery: company

    Four employees were injured on Friday in a power distribution center at BP Plc's 413,500 barrel per day (bpd) Whiting, Indiana, refinery, the company said in a statement. The four BP employees were taken to local hospitals as a result of the incident, the company said. Work on an electrical substation led BP to reduce production on two of three crude distillation units at the refinery on Thursday.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:54:50 -0400
  • U.S. spy agency abandons controversial surveillance technique news

    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency said on Friday it had stopped a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans who mentioned a foreign intelligence target in their messages, marking an unexpected triumph for privacy advocates long critical of the practice. The halt is among the most substantial changes to U.S. surveillance policy in years and comes as digital privacy remains a contentious issue across the globe following the 2013 disclosures of broad NSA spying activity by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. "NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target," the agency said in a statement.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:36:30 -0400
  • American Realty ex-CFO loses bid to dismiss fraud indictment

    A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss an indictment accusing a former chief financial officer of American Realty Capital Properties Inc of fraudulently inflating financial data for the big real estate investment trust. U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhattan said prosecutors could pursue charges that Brian Block knowingly misled investors by plugging fake numbers into a spreadsheet later incorporated into American Realty's reported results, making them appear better than they actually were. American Realty shares plunged as much as 37 percent on Oct. 29, 2014, wiping out roughly $4 billion of market value, after the REIT said employees "intentionally" concealed accounting errors.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:33:24 -0400
  • Coughing, convulsing and calls for probe after Arkansas execution news

    Arkansas, which had not held an execution in 12 years, concluded its executions series by putting to death Kenneth Williams on Thursday night. Accounts of his execution raised fresh concerns about whether the sedative midazolam, a Valium-like drug, is effective in lethal injection mixes.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:42:42 -0400
  • Indiana man pleads guilty in murder spree referencing the movie 'The Purge'

    An Indiana man pleaded guilty to killing three people during a four-day crime spree during which he referred to "The Purge," a movie about a day where all crimes are legal, prosecutors said on Friday. Under the plea agreement, Johnathan Cruz, 20, will be sentenced to three consecutive sentences of life without parole for the May 2016 murders of Billy Boyd, Jay Higginbotham and Jose Alberto, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:58:59 -0400
  • State Department OKS $1.46 billion aircraft sale to New Zealand: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $1.46 billion sale to New Zealand of four P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft and associated support, a Pentagon agency said on Friday.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:22:51 -0400
  • Trump pledges fealty to NRA gun lobby news

    By Steve Holland ATLANTA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump pledged to uphold Americans' right to possess guns on Friday in a speech that he used to revisit some 2016 election campaign themes from his vow to build a border wall to dismissing a Democratic senator as "Pocahontas." Trump pledged his allegiance to the powerful National Rifle Association, the country's leading gun-rights advocacy group, at a convention attended by thousands. Elected in part on a law-and-order platform, Trump was the first sitting president to address the NRA since fellow Republican Ronald Reagan in 1983. "As your president, I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms," Trump told thousands of people attending the NRA's annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:12:21 -0400
  • Apple, Tesla ask California to change its proposed policies on self-driving car testing news

    Apple Inc has asked the state of California to make changes in its proposed policies on self-driving cars, the latest sign the technology giant is pursuing driverless car technology. In a letter made public Friday, Apple made a series of suggested changes to the policy that is under development and said it looks forward to working with California and others "so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public." Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet Inc , Ford Motor Co , Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], Toyota Motor Corp , Tesla Motors Inc and others also filed comments suggesting changes. California said on Tuesday it would review comments before deciding whether to make changes to the policy that aims to allow companies to test vehicles without traditional steering wheels and controls or human back-up drivers.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:05:56 -0400
  • 'Shaving Cats!!??' Virginia police probe seven pet abductions

    Since December, at least seven cats have suddenly shown up at their homes with shaved belly, groin and leg areas, Waynesboro Police Captain Kelly Walker said on Friday. "Shaving Cats!!??" says the poster in Waynesboro, a city of 21,000 about 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Washington, D.C. Walker said the cats were collar-wearing, well-groomed pets, not strays or feral cats, although some were outdoor cats.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:51:14 -0400
  • Court scolds New York county for 'total obstructionism' on housing

    A federal appeals court on Friday admonished New York's wealthy Westchester County to stop its "total obstructionism" in implementing an agreement designed to boost affordable housing. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its warning after finding that Westchester, one of the nation's richest suburbs, twice breached a 2009 consent decree requiring it to build 750 affordable housing units in 31 mostly white communities.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:48:19 -0400
  • Possible $440 million sale to Israel of naval guns approved: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale to Israel of 76mm naval guns and technical support worth an estimated $440 million, a Pentagon agency said on Friday.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:36:18 -0400
  • SEC charges ex-executives over accounting at government contractor L3

    U.S. regulators on Friday filed civil charges against two former executives at government contractor L3 Technologies over accounting violations that led the company to improperly recognize $17.9 million in revenue from a contract with the U.S. Army. The Securities and Exchange Commission said that David Pruitt, former vice president of finance in the Army Sustainment Division at L3, plans to fight the charges, while L3's former Army Sustainment Division President Mark Wentlent has agreed to settle related charges.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:08:48 -0400
  • Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital news

    Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was discharged on Friday from a Houston hospital where he was treated for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis, a family spokesman said. Bush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 for a cough that was later diagnosed as a mild case of pneumonia, spokesman Jim McGrath has said. After Bush recovered from the pneumonia, the hospital said on Tuesday that he would need to extend his stay through the end of the week for treatment of chronic bronchitis.In January, the former Republican president spent more than two weeks at Houston Methodist, much of it in the intensive care unit, during a previous bout with pneumonia.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:06 -0400
  • United Airlines chief executive set to testify before Congress news

    The chief executive of United Airlines Inc will testify before a House panel on Tuesday in the aftermath of the forced removal on April 9 of a passenger from a Chicago flight, an incident that drew international condemnation. The House Transportation Committee will hear from United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz, along with the airline's president, Scott Kirby, as well as lower level executives from American Airlines Inc, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:33:36 -0400
  • U.N. says 'deeply troubled' by Arkansas executions

    The United Nations human rights office voiced deep concern on Friday at the execution of four men in Arkansas in the past week saying that the rush to carry them out before a drug expired added to the "arbitrariness and cruelty" of the process. Arkansas on Thursday executed its fourth inmate in eight days, administering a lethal injection to a man who killed two people after escaping from a prison where he had been serving a life sentence for murdering a woman. "We are deeply troubled that, after a 12 year de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty, the U.S. state of Arkansas has executed four men in the space of eight days," U.N. human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell told a news briefing.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:56:59 -0400
  • More Americans say race relations deteriorating: Reuters poll news

    Tiffany Cartagena said she was eating with her mixed-race girlfriend at a restaurant in Ohio last month when she heard nearby diners remark about the "monkey" at the next table. Denver resident Gwendolyn Mami, an African-American, was on a January flight when another passenger proclaimed President Donald Trump's proposed border wall would stem the flow of "those people", she recalled. Allen Dees, a white Louisiana house painter, said two black men hurled racial slurs at him in March and told him to get out of their neighborhood.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:16:39 -0400
  • Next battleground: An aging Great Lakes pipeline stirs new protest news

    Now, in Michigan, a broad coalition of opponents is entering a new frontier: Pushing to rip out and reroute an existing pipeline - Enbridge Inc.'s aging Line 5, which crosses the Straits of Mackinac. The firm plans to add 18 additional supports in the Straits this summer, he said.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:33:20 -0400
  • Kentucky's pension deal offers lessons on risks, cost cuts news

    When Kentucky's public pension put U.S. buyout firm KKR & Co LP in charge of its hedge fund investments in May 2015, its board expected the deal to save money and boost its returns. For the Wall Street firm the deal paid off - over more than a year its unit, KKR Prisma, increased by nearly half the amount of money it managed on Kentucky’s behalf and its fee income rose by at least a quarter, according to KKR Prisma documents seen by Reuters. Kentucky, so far, has come up short.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:04:25 -0400
  • Arkansas's fourth execution in eight days ends death chamber flurry news

    By Steve Barnes GRADY, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas on Thursday executed its fourth inmate in eight days, administering a lethal injection to a man who killed two people after escaping from a prison where he had been serving a life sentence for murdering a cheerleader. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. at the state's Cummins Unit prison. The state, which had not held an execution in 12 years until this month, had already put three other inmates to death since April 20.

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:37:49 -0400
  • Exclusive: 'If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown,' Trump says news

    By Jeff Mason, Steve Holland and Stephen J. Adler WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of a potential government shutdown on Thursday, just two days shy of a deadline for Congress to reach a spending deal to avert temporary layoffs of federal workers. If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown," Trump told Reuters in an interview, adding that Democrats would be to blame if the federal government was left unfunded. Congress has until 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday to pass a bill to fund the government or face a shutdown, which would temporarily lay off hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:37:06 -0400
  • Berkeley largely quiet after Ann Coulter speech cancelation

    Police at the University of California at Berkeley braced for civil unrest on Thursday in the aftermath of a canceled speech by conservative commentator Ann Coulter, but the campus remained tranquil through the day while hundreds of her supporters rallied nearby. Some in the pro-Coulter crowd engaged in a brief shouting match with counter-demonstrators who confronted them on the edge of a Berkeley city park several blocks from campus late in the afternoon, but police managed to keep the two sides apart. Coulter, one of America's best-known and most provocative pundits on the political right, said on Wednesday that she no longer intended to defy university officials by speaking on campus without their permission.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:25:28 -0400
  • Berkeley braces for unrest despite Ann Coulter cancelation news

    Police at the University of California at Berkeley braced on Thursday for potential civil unrest stemming from a now-canceled speaking engagement by conservative commentator Ann Coulter following a recent spate of politically charged violence on or near the campus. Coulter, one of America's best-known and most provocative pundits on the political right, said on Wednesday that she no longer intended to defy university officials by addressing UC Berkeley students on campus this week. Campus police Captain Alex Yao said his department would maintain "a highly visible presence," pointing to continued threats of violent protests by Coulter supporters and opponents.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:39:20 -0400
  • Police charge second suspect in Illinois judge's murder

    Police have charged a second suspect in the murder of an Illinois judge shot outside his home on Chicago's South Side earlier this month in what they believe was a robbery, officials said on Thursday. Earl Wilson, 45, of Chicago, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Raymond Myles, who was killed on April 10, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Wilson had previously served a prison sentence for attempted murder in 1992, police said.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:21:43 -0400
  • United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger dragged from plane news

    United Airlines and the passenger who was dragged from a Chicago flight earlier this month have reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum, they said on Thursday, in the carrier's latest step to contain damage from an incident that sparked international outrage. Viral videos of Dr. David Dao being dragged down the aisle of a United jet and Chief Executive Oscar Munoz's handling of the incident touched off a public outcry, prompted calls from congressmen for new industry regulation, and led United's board of directors to reverse an agreement to make Munoz company chairman in 2018. Southwest Airlines also said on Thursday that it would end overbooking of flights.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:37:08 -0400
  • Timeline detailed for New York City bus terminal project

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday laid out a new timeline for its revamped efforts to replace or renovate New York City's aging main bus terminal in midtown Manhattan. Selection of a consultant to help run an environmental review is expected by the third quarter of this year, Steven Plate, the authority's chief of major capital projects, told its board of commissioners.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:16:42 -0400
  • Number of U.S. visas to citizens of Trump travel ban nations drops news

    By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States issued about 40 percent fewer temporary visas in March to citizens of seven countries covered by President Donald Trump's temporary travel bans than it did in an average month last year, according to a Reuters analysis of preliminary government data released on Thursday. At the same time, the data showed that the total of U.S. non-immigrant visas issued to people from all countries was up by nearly 5 percent in March compared to the 2016 monthly average.     Citizens of the seven Muslim-majority nations under the bans - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - received about 3,200 non-immigrant visas in March 2017, compared to about 5,700 on average per month during the 2016 fiscal year and more than 6,000 on average per month in 2015 and 2014.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:00:50 -0400
  • Illinois school districts pressured by payment delay -Moody's

    Some Illinois school districts, including the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), are being squeezed by late payments due to the state's ongoing budget problems, Moody's Investors Service said on Thursday. The most vulnerable districts are heavily dependent on state grant funding, which is more than $1 billion in arrears, as well as districts with limited operating reserves, Moody's said in a report. Illinois is limping toward the June 30 end of its second-straight fiscal year without a complete budget due to an impasse between the state's Republican governor and Democrats who control the legislature.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:23:12 -0400
  • Florida Senate seeks pardon for wrongly accused 'Groveland Four'

    Florida's Senate on Thursday apologized to the families of four black men wrongly accused of raping a white teenager nearly 70 years ago, and lawmakers called on the state's governor to issue full pardons. One of the men known as the "Groveland Four," Ernest Thomas, was hunted down by a posse of over 1,000 men and killed as he was shot 400 times, days after the men were accused of abducting and sexually assaulting the 17-year-old girl in 1949 near Groveland, Florida. Renewed interest in the Groveland Four was sparked by the book, “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America" by Gilbert King that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:21:43 -0400
  • Appeals court grants Trump request to delay mercury air pollution case news

    A U.S. appeals court on Thursday granted a request from the Trump administration to put litigation on hold in which states and industry groups are challenging an Obama administration pollution control rule for mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit canceled oral arguments that were due to take place on May 18. The rule, known as the MATS rule, has been in place for years and utilities have already complied by upgrading or shutting older coal-fired power plants.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:21:11 -0400
  • How did a copy of U.S. Declaration of Independence get to southern England? news

    British experts will carry out tests to try to determine how a rare copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence found its way to an archive in southern England. The handwritten manuscript, only the second such parchment in existence, had been stored for more than 60 years in a strong-room among miles of documents in the West Sussex Record Office, until its significance was revealed by Harvard University researchers, Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff. Other copies and printed versions of the Declaration exist, but the only other ceremonial parchment is the Matlack Declaration, which dates from 1776 and is kept behind glass at the National Archives in Washington.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:12:20 -0400
  • Singapore man sentenced in U.S. for plot to export bomb parts to Iran

    A Singaporean man was sentenced on Thursday to 40 months in a U.S. prison for his role in exporting to Iran radio frequency modules, some of which were later found in bombs in Iraq, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Lim Yong Nam, also known as Steven Lim, 43, pleaded guilty in December to illegally exporting the modules through Singapore, and later to Iran, knowing that the export of U.S. goods to Iran was a violation of U.S. law, the statement said.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:31:24 -0400
  • Idaho man gets 28 years in beating death of gay man

    An Idaho man who killed a gay man by kicking him up to 30 times with steel-toed boots was sentenced on Wednesday by a federal judge to 28 years in prison, prosecutors said on Thursday. In February, Kelly Schneider, 23, of Nampa, pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for attacking Steven Nelson last year at a remote wildlife refuge while repeatedly using a homophobic slur, acting U.S. Attorney for Idaho Rafael M. Gonzalez said in a statement on Thursday. "Steven Nelson was assaulted, and later died, because he was gay," Gonzalez said.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:04:47 -0400
  • Arkansas nears fourth execution in about a week news

    Arkansas plans to end its series of April executions by putting to death on Thursday an inmate convicted of murdering a cheerleader and who escaped from prison and killed two other people before being captured again. Arkansas, which had not held an execution in 12 years until this month, has put three inmates to death since April 20. It planned to execute Kenneth Williams, 38, by lethal injection at 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) at its Cummins Unit prison.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:55:32 -0400
  • United to offer passengers up to $10,000 to surrender seats news

    United Airlines said on Thursday it would offer passengers who volunteer to forfeit their seats on overbooked flights up to $10,000 as part of the carrier's efforts to repair the damage from the rough removal of a passenger. The offer came after rival Delta Air Lines Inc outlined plans to offer up to $9,950 in such cases. United also said it would take actions to reduce overbooking flights and improve customer satisfaction.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:03:23 -0400
  • Amtrak to launch repairs at New York's troubled Penn Station news

    Traveling through the nation's busiest transit hub, New York's Pennsylvania Station, will become even more cumbersome as Amtrak takes some tracks out of service for repairs after recent derailments disrupted travel for hundreds of thousands of commuters in recent weeks. "We all clearly understand there has been a sense of frustration," Moorman said. New York, with its crowded station and decaying, century-old rail tunnels underneath the Hudson River, is a chokepoint on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, which runs from Washington to Boston and is the operator's only profitable section.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:34:51 -0400
  • Southwest Airlines says to stop overbooking flights news

    "Soon, we will no longer book a flight over capacity as part of the selling process," a Southwest spokesman told Reuters. Southwest, the No.4 airline by passenger traffic, had the highest forced bumping rate among large U.S. carriers, taking nearly 15,000 passengers off flights last year, or 9.9 per 100,000 passengers, down slightly from 2015.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:34:03 -0400
  • 'Enormous progress' in U.S.-Mexico ties: Mexican foreign minister news

    Relations between the United States and Mexico have seen "enormous progress" during the first months of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday. Videgaray said the call, which was initiated by Pena Nieto and lasted about 20 minutes, focused exclusively on the looming talks over NAFTA's "renegotiation and modernization.” He noted that Trump wanted to see the talks accelerated.

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:24:52 -0400
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