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  • U.S. Navy to remove senior leaders of warship after deadly June crash

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    By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will relieve the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that collided with a Philippine container ship in June off the coast of Japan, the Navy said on Thursday, A separate official report released on Thursday contained dramatic accounts of what happened when the freighter hit the USS Fitzgerald, killing seven Navy sailors. Admiral Bill Moran, deputy chief of naval operations, told reporters that the USS Fitzgerald's commander, executive officer and master chief petty officer would be removed. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are still under way into how the Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:54:20 -0400
  • Car owners' lawyers accuse GM of threats in ignition switch deal

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    Lawyers for car owners suing General Motors Co over faulty ignition switches and other defects on Thursday accused the carmaker of meddling in settlement talks and having issued threats that led to the canceling of an agreement. Under a deal with a trust that holds many GM liabilities from before its 2009 bankruptcy, the automaker would have been forced to pay $1 billion in shares to resolve millions of claims.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:45:29 -0400
  • Wisconsin Foxconn bill clears first legislative chamber

    (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled Wisconsin State Assembly voted 59-30 on Thursday to approve a bill that paves the way for a $3 billion incentives package for a proposed liquid-crystal display plant by Taiwan's Foxconn.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:33:36 -0400
  • Arkansas gets new batch of lethal injection drug, seeks execution date

    Arkansas in April put four inmates to death by lethal injection in its first executions in about a dozen years, ahead of the May expiration date of the state's drug supply. The resumption came as the number of U.S. executions in 2016 fell to a low not seen in a quarter century.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:32:24 -0400
  • Solar eclipse coming with nearly $700 million tab for U.S. employers

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    Add next week's total eclipse of the sun to the list of worker distractions that cost U.S. companies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity. American employers will see at least $694 million in missing output for the roughly 20 minutes that outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates workers will take out of their workday on Monday, Aug. 21 to stretch their legs, head outside the office and gaze at the nearly two-and-a-half minute eclipse. "There's very few people who are not going to walk outside when there's a celestial wonder happening above their heads to go out and view it," Challenger said, estimating that 87 million employees will be at work during the eclipse.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:54:57 -0400
  • Statue defaced as Confederate monument protests grow

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was defaced at North Carolina's Duke University and there were more arrests on Thursday over the toppling of a similar statue as communities in the U.S. South faced a contentious debate over such divisive monuments. The discovery came as President Donald Trump stoked the controversy over the statues, echoing white nationalists by decrying the removal of what he said were "beautiful" monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy. The statue of Lee at the Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina, was found early on Thursday with its nose and other facial features chipped off, the university said in a statement.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:44:28 -0400
  • Uber wins U.S. court appeal to push price-fixing case to arbitration

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    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Thursday won a victory in its effort to keep unhappy customers from suing in court, persuading a federal appeals court to send a Connecticut passenger's price-fixing case against the ride-service company into arbitration. Overturning a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Uber and former Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick properly notified customers in online user agreements that disputes should be arbitrated. In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court also said the passenger, Spencer Meyer, agreed to arbitrate his own claims, but could try to show Uber waived its right to arbitration by actively fighting him in court.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:30:24 -0400
  • Ex-Venezuela parliament head loses bid to sue Dow Jones for libel

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    A U.S. judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the former head of Venezuela's National Assembly accusing The Wall Street Journal of libeling him in an article that identified him as the target of a U.S. drug trafficking investigation. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday that Diosdado Cabello had failed to explain exactly how the article was false. Gary Redish, a lawyer for Cabello, said he was reviewing the decision with his client.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:10:20 -0400
  • Durant won't go to White House to visit Trump

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    Durant was honored in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md. and the 2017 Finals MVP told ESPN he will not attend any possible ceremony with Trump. "Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN. Durant and the Warriors are scheduled to visit the Washington Wizards Feb. 28.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:08:06 -0400
  • Canada sees 'unsustainable' spike in asylum seekers at U.S. border

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    TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - The number of asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government data released on Thursday, as migrants worried about the U.S. administration's immigration crackdown head north. More than 3,100 people walked across the border illegally in July to file refugee claims and were arrested, up from 884 in June, the federal government said. Ninety-six percent of them went to Quebec, where an influx of asylum seekers, primarily Haitians, is sparking a backlash from opposition politicians and anti-immigrant groups in the primarily French-speaking province.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:02:07 -0400
  • Iran denies appeal of jailed Princeton student: university

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    By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have denied the appeal of a Princeton University student who had been convicted on espionage charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the university and his wife said on Thursday. Xiyue Wang, a history doctoral student and U.S. citizen who was conducting dissertation research in Iran in 2016 when he was detained by Iranian authorities, was accused by Iran of "spying under the cover of research," a claim his family and university deny. "Iranian authorities have denied Xiyue Wang's appeal of his conviction and 10-year prison sentence for espionage that he did not attempt or commit," Princeton University said in a statement.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:03:22 -0400
  • Governor urges Trump to drop Virginia from offshore drilling plan

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    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday. McAuliffe, a Democrat, had previously said that any federal drilling plan that includes his state must include a revenue-sharing program. In the letter, dated Aug. 11 and sent to Kelly Hammerle, national program manager of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), McAuliffe said he could not trust President Donald Trump, a Republican, to share revenues because he had proposed axing revenue sharing with Gulf Coast states where the drilling already occurs.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:59:56 -0400
  • Students head back to unfunded schools in three U.S. states

    The failure of three U.S. states to enact legislation to fund education has left hundreds of school districts scrambling for cash as students return to the classroom. Connecticut, Illinois and Wisconsin began fiscal 2018 on July 1, but lawmakers have been unable to pass an overall budget or a way to distribute budgeted money to schools, which depend on local property taxes and state dollars for their operations. A political dispute over a new school funding formula is holding up $6.7 billion in state aid for Illinois' 852 districts.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:58:03 -0400
  • Florida prisons on partial lockdown over unspecified threat

    The department decided to boost security at its facilities through the weekend due to "credible intelligence indicating that small groups of inmates at several institutions may attempt to disrupt FDC operations and impact safety and security," the spokeswoman, Ashley Cook, said in a telephone interview. Cook did not offer further details on the nature of the possible disturbances.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:28:17 -0400
  • Wisconsin debates billions in incentives for Foxconn plant

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    The Wisconsin State Assembly on Thursday opened debate on a $3 billion incentive package for a proposed liquid-crystal display plant by Taiwan's Foxconn, a deal that caused a stir when it was announced by President Donald Trump last month. It will be the first time a chamber of Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature has voted on the Foxconn plan. Foxconn, an electronics manufacturer formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , hopes to open a $10 billion plant in 2020 at a 1,000-acre site in southeastern Wisconsin.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:17:14 -0400
  • Museum or dumpster? U.S. cities wrestle with Confederate statues' fate

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    (Reuters) - As communities across the United States redouble efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces after a far-right rally in Virginia turned deadly, city leaders now face another conundrum: what to do with the statues.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:49:20 -0400
  • Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement

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    Mylan NV has finalized a $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, resolving claims it overcharged the government for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, which became the center of a firestorm over price increases. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts revealed the accord on Thursday, 10 months after Mylan said it reached a deal resolving claims it misclassified the EpiPen as a generic rather than a branded product to reduce the rebates it pays to the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:10:29 -0400
  • Heartland Bank of Arkansas needs capital, must remedy in 90 days: Fed

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Heartland Bank of Little Rock Arkansas is "significantly undercapitalized" and must increase shares, sell itself or otherwise satisfy regulators, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:23:34 -0400
  • Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups

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    (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia over the weekend. "I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans," Cook wrote in a note late on Wednesday to employees, according to technology news website Recode.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:12:12 -0400
  • Rare trio of stinky corpse flowers to bloom at Washington garden

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    A botanic garden on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is expecting a stinky first in coming days as a trio of so-called corpse flowers is due to open and release an odor likened to the smell of rotting flesh. The event would mark the first time that three of the giant plants, also known as titan arums, have bloomed close to the same time at a North American institution, U.S. Botanic Garden spokesman Ray Mims said on Wednesday. The Botanic Garden, at the foot of Capitol Hill, will be open until 10 p.m. once the flower blooms to handle crowds.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:05:29 -0400
  • Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. West

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    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week's total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season. "It's all hands on deck," said U.S. Forest Service ranger Kurt Nelson, who works in the Sawtooth National Forest near the affluent resort of Sun Valley in central Idaho.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:10:39 -0400
  • Man falls to his death from Los Angeles port crane after police standoff

    A man fell to his death on Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles after he led police on a chase before he climbed a crane where he stripped, danced and did acrobatics during a hours-long standoff, local media reported. Police began chasing a SUV that was reported stolen near the Los Angeles suburb of Mid-City at about 3:50 p.m. and then through Long Beach and into the Wilmington neighborhood, an local ABC news affiliate reported. The driver bailed from the vehicle at the Port of Los Angeles and then climbed a crane.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:33:25 -0400
  • Trump on Twitter (Aug 16)- Manufacturing Council, Policy forum

    The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:06:29 -0400
  • Virginia rally victim's message 'magnified,' mother tells memorial

    With tears and defiant tributes, hundreds of purple-clad people packed an historic Charlottesville theater on Wednesday to remember the 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators. Heather Heyer, a paralegal whom colleagues said was devoted to social justice, was killed after clashes on Saturday between white nationalists attending a "Unite the Right" gathering and counter-protesters. You just magnified her," Heyer's mother Susan Bro said to long and loud applause from those gathered at the city's 1930s-era Paramount Theater.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:31:16 -0400
  • Truck driver formally indicted for 10 immigrant deaths in Texas

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    A truck driver accused of smuggling immigrants inside a packed and sweltering tractor-trailer through Texas, 10 of whom died, was formally indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on charges that can carry the death penalty, prosecutors said. James Bradley Jr., 60, was given a five-count indictment that included charges of transportation of undocumented aliens resulting in death and conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in death. If convicted on these charges, he could face up to life in prison or death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:00:39 -0400
  • Possession of small amounts of narcotics now minor offense in Oregon

    The bill, passed by the state legislature last month and signed into law on Tuesday, reduces to a misdemeanor offense the possession of small quantities of drugs that an individual has for personal use. Oregon joins at least nine other states that have reduced penalties or the class of offenses for possession of non-marijuana drugs, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Oregon already allows the use of both medical and recreational marijuana.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:08:23 -0400
  • Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threats

    A U.S. congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, Republican Michael McCaul, announced the Sept. 12 hearing in a letter to the panel's top Democrat, Bennie Thompson. The committee holds a hearing once a year, around the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, to discuss worldwide threats.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:48:21 -0400
  • Violence prompts U.S. Congress review of militants

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    Violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, will top the agenda at a Sept. 12 U.S. congressional hearing, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee chairman, Republican Michael McCaul, announced the hearing in a letter to the panel's top Democrat, Bennie Thompson. The committee once a year meets to discuss militant threats, with the focus usually on abroad, but a committee aide said the Charlottesville protests had raised interest in domestic threats.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:38:23 -0400
  • Maryland judge reaffirms life sentences for D.C. sniper Malvo

    Six life sentences for a man convicted in a deadly Washington area sniper spree when he was 17 have been allowed to stand after a Maryland judge found that he had not been given mandatory life terms, which the U.S. Supreme court has ruled unconstitutional for juveniles. Lee Boyd Malvo, now 32, was one of two men found guilty in the 2002 shootings that left 10 people dead and three others wounded. Malvo has appealed his sentences in Maryland and in Virginia, where he is serving three life terms.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:32:40 -0400
  • New York Times editor testifies in Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit

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    James Bennet testified at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in a Manhattan federal court that he meant to link Palin to an "overall climate" of incitement to political violence, but not to say she caused the shooting. Palin, the former Alaska governor who was Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate in an unsuccessful 2008 campaign, is seeking in excess of $75,000 for compensatory, special and punitive damages.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:00:57 -0400
  • U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding

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    A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis reversed a ruling forbidding Arkansas from carrying through with Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson's directive to suspend Medicaid reimbursements to a Planned Parenthood affiliate.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:41:53 -0400
  • U.S. ends program for Central American minors fleeing violence

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    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security terminated a program on Wednesday that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle in the United States, ending travel hopes for more than 2,700 children awaiting approval. In a notice published in the Federal Register that goes into effect Aug. 16, the government said it was ending the practice of granting parole under the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, which was offered to children even if they had been denied refugee status. The program started at the end of 2014 under the administration of former President Barack Obama as a response to tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and families from Central America who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking entry into the United States.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:48:44 -0400
  • Seven charged in U.S. insider trading ring

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    U.S. authorities on Wednesday announced insider trading charges accusing seven people of generating more than $5 million of profit based on tips from a Bank of America Corp employee about dozens of pending corporate transactions. Daniel Rivas, who was the alleged tipper and later worked at Royal Bank of Canada , and James Moodhe, the father of Rivas' girlfriend, both pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:33:16 -0400
  • Baltimore removes four Confederate statues after Virginia rally

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    The statues, including one of General Robert E. Lee and another of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, were taken off their bases in Wyman Park Dell, beside the Baltimore Museum of Art, and carried away on a flatbed truck. City Councilman Brandon Scott had called for immediate action following the "domestic terrorism" carried out on Saturday by white supremacists in Charlottesville. In Los Angeles on Wednesday, the United Daughters of the Confederacy asked the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to remove a monument that since 1925 honored Confederate veterans.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:24:51 -0400
  • U.S. civil rights group sues Nebraska prisons for overcrowding

    The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Lincoln, Nebraska, on behalf of prisoners, asks a federal judge to order the state to fix problems including the overuse of solitary confinement and neglect of medical, disability and mental health needs. "For over twenty years, Nebraska state prisons have been overcrowded, under-resourced, and understaffed. Officials with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, named in the suit along with the Board of Parole, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:18:39 -0400
  • Carmakers win brief reprieve from lawsuits over faulty Takata air bags

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    The decision gives the Japanese auto supplier breathing room to work through its bankruptcy reorganization. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon in Wilmington, Delaware, granted a 90-day halt on lawsuits brought by Hawaii, New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as individuals. Takata argued for a six-month freeze on hundreds of lawsuits so management could complete a $1.6 billion sale of its viable operations, crucial to its reorganization, and replace air bag inflators that are subject to the biggest recall in automotive history.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:05:09 -0400
  • U.S. too slow to require rear seat belt warnings, lawsuit says

    In a complaint filed on Wednesday, two nonprofits said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has done nothing to implement legislation signed in July 2012 by former President Barack Obama that required the warnings. The Center for Auto Safety, and Kids and Cars Inc, said nearly 1,000 people are killed annually in the rear seats of U.S. passenger vehicles because they do not buckle up, and proper belt usage would lower the risk of death by 44 percent. "No one disagrees that seat belts save lives," Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said in a phone interview.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:58:35 -0400
  • Black banker sues Goldman Sachs for racial discrimination

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    Rebecca Allen in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan said Goldman's virtually all-white senior leadership team favors white bankers for promotions and lucrative accounts, so they earn more than black coworkers. "Simply put, Goldman Sachs does virtually nothing to hire, promote or develop black talent, instead focusing its efforts on retaining and promoting white employees to positions of leadership," Allen said in the complaint. Goldman in a statement said the claims were meritless.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:29:06 -0400
  • Virginia rally victim's message 'magnified,' mother tells memorial

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    With tears and defiant tributes, hundreds of purple-clad people packed an historic Charlottesville theater to remember the 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators. Heather Heyer, a paralegal whom colleagues said was devoted to social justice, was killed after clashes on Saturday between white nationalists attending a "Unite the Right" gathering and counter-protesters. You just magnified her," Heyer's mother Susan Bro said to long and loud applause from those gathered at the city's 1930s era Paramount Theater.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:51:41 -0400
  • U.N. experts condemn racist violence in U.S., urge investigations

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    United Nations human rights experts called on U.S. political leaders "at all levels" on Wednesday to combat rising racist violence and xenophobia and urged prosecution of perpetrators of hate crimes. U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that both left- and right-wing extremists had become violent during a weekend rally by white nationalists in Virginia, reigniting a political firestorm over race relations in the United States and his own leadership of a national crisis. "We are outraged by the violence in Charlottesville and the racial hatred displayed by right-wing extremists, white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups," the independent U.N. experts said in a joint statement issued in Geneva.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:38:55 -0400
  • Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 16)- Kim Jong Un, Amazon

    The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:31:51 -0400
  • German politicians accuse Trump of trivializing Nazi violence

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    By Michael Nienaber and Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior German politicians on Wednesday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of trivializing violence by white supremacists in Virginia and called for a clear rejection of their ideology. Governments could only win the fight against hatred, racism and anti-Semitism by rejecting such ideology and the willingness to use violence, said Martin Schulz, the center-left candidate for chancellor, adding that this applies to Germany and the United States. "The trivialization of Nazi violence by the confused utterances of Donald Trump is highly dangerous," said Schulz, leader of the Social Democrats (SPD).

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:35:37 -0400
  • Army helicopter with five aboard crashes off Hawaii: U.S. Coast Guard

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    (Reuters) - Rescue teams searched for a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew members aboard that was last reported off the west coast of Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday. Coast Guard Hercules and Army Black Hawk aircrews spotted debris near Kaena Point, Oahu at 11:28 p.m. local time after staff at Wheeler Army Airfield said they had lost contact with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews, the Coast Guard said. Rescue crews searched for five missing people who were training between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, also on Oahu, when communications were lost. ...

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:27:12 -0400
  • Trump blames 'both sides' for Virginia violence as many Republicans balk

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    By Amanda Becker and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump inflamed tension after a deadly rally by white nationalists in Virginia by insisting that counter protesters were also to blame, drawing condemnation from some Republican leaders and praise from white supremacists. In a combative news conference, Trump backed off from his Monday statements explicitly denouncing the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the violence that erupted at a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, and reverted to his weekend contention that "many sides" were to blame. "You had a group on one side that was bad," Trump said on Tuesday.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:03:14 -0400
  • Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletive

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    (Editor's note: Please be advised that paragraph 2 contains language that some readers may find offensive) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Lincoln Memorial in the U.S. capital was spray painted with expletive graffiti that was discovered on Tuesday, days after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, over an American Civil War-era monument. The graffiti appeared to read "fuck law" spray painted in red on a column of the memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the American president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the United States. The National Park Service said in a statement that it was removing the graffiti from the monument and a Smithsonian Institution directional sign blocks away that was also vandalized with spray paint.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:35:01 -0400
  • Texas 'bathroom bill' dies in special legislative session

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    Texas measures criticized as being discriminatory for limiting transgender people's access to bathrooms in schools and public buildings died on Tuesday, as the House adjourned and ended its special legislative session. The measures were blocked by moderate House Republicans. Adoption by Texas, the most populous Republican-dominated state, could have fed momentum in other socially conservative states on the issue, a flashpoint in the U.S. culture wars.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:09:18 -0400
  • Trump-backed candidate for Senate heads to Alabama run-off

    A Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but will still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected. In the election for the seat vacated by Republican Jeff Sessions when he became U.S. attorney general, Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat and was backed by Trump, will move to the Republican primary along with former Alabama Supreme Court Chief justice Roy Moore, the projections said.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:08:36 -0400
  • Jurors begin deliberating in trial of four Bundy supporters in Nevada

    Jurors at a federal court in Nevada began deliberations on Tuesday in the retrial of four men accused of numerous charges for acting as gunmen in the 2014 standoff led by renegade rancher Cliven Bundy against federal authorities. U.S. prosecutors said the four defendants - Scott Drexler, Ricky Lovelien, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart - committed crimes including conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, extortion and weapons law violations when they traveled to Nevada with firearms to participate in a plan to halt the cattle roundup.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:26:38 -0400
  • Factbox: Trump on Twitter (August 15) - Luther Strange, Manufacturing Council

    The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : - Senator Luther Strange, who is doing a great job for the people of Alabama, will be on @foxandfriends at 7:15. Tough on crime, borders etc. [0630 EDT] - Big day in Alabama. Vote for Luther Strange, he will be great! [0808 EDT] - For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. ...

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:13:01 -0400
  • AIG shops $2 billion death benefits portfolio: sources

    AIG, the largest commercial insurer in the United States and Canada, is working with investment bankers at Goldman Sachs Group Inc to unload the assets, said the sources, who were not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly. Apollo Global Management LLC is looking at buying at least some of the policies, one of the sources said. Parties including Blackstone Group LP have purchased similar life settlements, or "death benefits" from AIG in previous transactions, the people said.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:02:58 -0400
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