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10 August 2018

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  • Reuters

    Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills family cat

    A mountain lion crawled into a Colorado home and killed a family’s pet house cat and fled into a canyon after wildlife officers shot it with non-lethal bean bag rounds to force it outside, authorities said on Friday. The prowling cougar came through an unlocked screen door at a home in Boulder in the

  • Reuters

    Employee takes off in empty airplane from Seattle’s airport, crashes

    (Reuters) – An airline employee stole an airplane at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport on Friday and was chased by two military jets before crashing on an island in Puget Sound, the local sheriff said. There was no indication that the incident was an act of terror, the Pierce County Sheriff’s

  • Fifth body found in crashed Alaska plane; no body recovery planned
    Reuters

    Fifth body found in crashed Alaska plane; no body recovery planned

    A fifth body was found on Friday in the wreckage of an Alaska sightseeing plane that crashed near North America’s tallest peak, leaving no doubt the pilot perished with his four Polish passengers on the steep mountainside, authorities said. The impact left the plane in two pieces, lodged in the

  • Reuters

    California police chief’s son charged in beating of Sikh man

    Tyrone McAllister, 18, whose parents assisted police in tracking him down following Monday’s attack in the town of Manteca, about 75 miles east of San Francisco, was arraigned in San Joaquin County Superior Court and ordered held on $300,000 bond. Court records show a public defender was appointed

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  • Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial
    Reuters

    Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world’s first Roundup cancer trial

    The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury at San Francisco

  • Bank sped up Manafort loan approval as CEO sought Trump cabinet job: witness
    Reuters

    Bank sped up Manafort loan approval as CEO sought Trump cabinet job: witness

    Dennis Raico, a former Federal Savings Bank executive testifying under immunity, said the bank’s chief executive, Steve Calk, expressed interest in such posts as Treasury secretary or Housing and Urban Development secretary. Calk took a “personal interest” in Manafort’s loan applications

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  • Mother of slain youth, Michael Brown, running for Ferguson City Council
    Reuters

    Mother of slain youth, Michael Brown, running for Ferguson City Council

    Lezley McSpadden announced her candidacy at an emotionally charged rally surrounded by supporters, a day after the fourth anniversary of her son’s death, which thrust the St. Louis suburb into the global spotlight as an emblem of troubled U.S. race relations. McSpadden, a onetime grocery store worker

  • Judge encouraged by U.S. plan to reunite separated immigrant families
    Reuters

    Judge encouraged by U.S. plan to reunite separated immigrant families

    The reunification plan set forth in a Thursday night court filing described several processes to locate parents who had been removed from the country, determine their intentions for their children, and ensure that children remain safe. “There’s no question the government has put in a great

  • Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial
    Reuters

    Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world’s first Roundup cancer trial

    The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury at San Francisco

  • Confirmation hearings for U.S. top court nominee Kavanaugh open Sept. 4
    Reuters

    Confirmation hearings for U.S. top court nominee Kavanaugh open Sept. 4

    Confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin on Sept. 4, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced in a statement on Friday. Opening statements by committee members will take place on Sept. 4, and the questioning of Kavanaugh will start the following

  • Manafort witness says bank CEO coveted Cabinet job, pushed to approve loans
    Reuters

    Manafort witness says bank CEO coveted Cabinet job, pushed to approve loans

    Dennis Raico, a former Federal Savings Bank executive testifying under immunity, said the bank’s chief executive, Stephen Calk, expressed interest in such posts as Treasury secretary or Housing and Urban Development secretary. Manafort later asked the incoming administration to consider tapping

  • Group asks Trump to unblock 41 Twitter users after court ruling
    Reuters

    Group asks Trump to unblock 41 Twitter users after court ruling

    A U.S. free speech group on Friday asked President Donald Trump to unblock 41 Twitter users after a federal judge in May ordered him to restore access to a group of individuals who filed suit. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled on May 23 that comments on the president’s

  • California wildfire said set by arsonist threatens community
    Reuters

    California wildfire said set by arsonist threatens community

    A Southern California wildfire – which authorities say was set by an arsonist with a grudge against a neighbor – doubled in size overnight into Friday as crews built fire lines and fought to protect thousands of homes in a lakefront community. The Holy Fire, which broke out on Monday in Holy Jim Canyon

  • U.S. census citizenship question panned by scientists, civil rights groups
    Reuters

    U.S. census citizenship question panned by scientists, civil rights groups

    The comments have not yet been published, but some groups and individuals reinforced their opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to ask census respondents whether they are U.S. citizens. At least 250,000 people have called for removing the question, according to a coalition of civil rights

  • Trump renews attacks on protesting NFL players, says 'be cool'
    Reuters

    Trump renews attacks on protesting NFL players, says ‘be cool’

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday renewed his attacks on NFL players pushing for criminal justice and other social reforms, after a number of players protested during the league’s preseason opening late on Thursday. The National Football League has struggled to address the issue of players who

  • As U.S. unleashes sanctions, Americans view Russia as bigger threat than Iran: Reuters/Ipsos poll
    Reuters

    As U.S. unleashes sanctions, Americans view Russia as bigger threat than Iran: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    While a majority of U.S. adults view Iran as a threat to the United States, that number has decreased slightly over the past three years, the poll shows. In comparison, the number of Americans who consider Russia a threat to their country increased since 2015, as U.S. intelligence agencies concluded

  • Tennessee executes man for 1985 rape, murder of seven-year-old girl
    Reuters

    Tennessee executes man for 1985 rape, murder of seven-year-old girl

    Billy Irick, 59, who had spent more than three decades on death row, was put to death at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tylee Tracer said. Pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m. Central time, he became the 15th inmate executed this year in the United

  • Anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally puts city, D.C. on edge
    Reuters

    Anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally puts city, D.C. on edge

    “They feel that not being here is giving in to fear and terror.” Officials in Charlottesville have vowed a massive police presence – with some 1,000 personnel assigned – to deter any violence. The organizer of last year’s event, white nationalist Jason Kessler, was denied a permit in

  • Reuters

    California police chief’s son due in court over beating of Sikh man

    Tyrone McAllister, 18, has been charged, along with an unnamed 16-year-old, with second-degree robbery, harming an elderly adult and one other charge over the incident on Monday, which was recorded by a security camera on a nearby house. The video, posted online by officials in the city of Manteca in

  • Florida school shooting families want board removed
    Reuters

    Florida school shooting families want board removed

    “The current school board has failed to properly prepare the county’s 234 schools for the upcoming school year,” said Tony Montalto, president of Stand With Parkland, a group formed by families of victims of the Feb. 14 attack, during a televised press conference. The Florida shooting prompted

  • Brooklyn imam dismayed by family's tragedy at New Mexico compound
    Reuters

    Brooklyn imam dismayed by family’s tragedy at New Mexico compound

    Siraj Wahhaj, a Brooklyn-based imam, spoke to reporters at his mosque, Masjid Taqwa, a day after his son, two daughters, a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law were charged with 11 felony counts of child abuse in New Mexico. The son, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, also was charged with custodial interference in

  • U.S. appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide said to harm children
    Reuters

    U.S. appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide said to harm children

    The 2-1 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle overturned former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s March 2017 denial of a petition by environmental groups to halt the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops such as fruits, vegetables and nuts. “This shows that the EPA can’

  • New Mexico compound girls briefly reunited with grandfather
    Reuters

    New Mexico compound girls briefly reunited with grandfather

    Two girls who were among 11 children taken from a New Mexico compound raided last week by police were briefly reunited on Thursday with their grandfather, who said that with their parents in jail he wanted to take them to his home in Egypt. The girls, wearing pink and yellow headscarfs, appeared happy

  • U.S. reunions of immigrant families grind to a near halt
    Reuters

    U.S. reunions of immigrant families grind to a near halt

    The number of immigrant children in U.S. care who have still not been reunited with their families after being separated at the Mexican border has barely budged in the past week, as the government struggles to locate parents no longer in the United States. Over 500 children out of more than 2,500 separated

  • Los Angeles prosecutors review sex assault cases against actors Seagal, Anderson
    Reuters

    Los Angeles prosecutors review sex assault cases against actors Seagal, Anderson

    The case involving Weinstein brings to six the number under review by Los Angeles prosecutors. District Attorney spokesman Greg Risling did not give details of the allegations or when the alleged assaults took place. Representatives of Weinstein, Seagal and Anderson did not immediately respond to requests

  • Mechanic latest to die in fight against California fires
    Reuters

    Mechanic latest to die in fight against California fires

    Andrew Brake, 40, was assigned to the Carr Fire burning around Redding in Northern California and died in a crash on Highway 99 in nearby Tehama County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) said. “On behalf of all Californians, we honor Andrew and the many other brave

  • Judge orders migrants returned to U.S. in midst of deportation flight
    Reuters

    Judge orders migrants returned to U.S. in midst of deportation flight

    The pair were among 12 plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging changes in asylum policies ordered by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Washington D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan was hearing a request to stay the plaintiffs’ deportations

  • Oklahoma teen who killed parents, siblings gets life in prison
    Reuters

    Oklahoma teen who killed parents, siblings gets life in prison

    Michael Bever who was 16 at the time of the killings, was found guilty in May by a jury in a Tulsa County District Court of five counts of first-degree murder along with assault and battery with intent to kill in connection with his attack on a sibling who survived. “This is the most brutal homicide

  • Reuters

    Science Applications International wins $597 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Science Applications International Corp has been awarded a $597 million U.S. defense contract for the production and delivery of integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

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  • Supreme Court clears way for Tennessee to execute murderer
    Reuters

    Supreme Court clears way for Tennessee to execute murderer

    The decision cleared the path for the lethal injection and came just hours before the state was scheduled to put to death Billy Irick, 59, at 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. The execution would be the first in the state since 2009 and the 15th this year

  • Reuters

    Mechanic killed in road accident while fighting Carr Fire in California

    (Reuters) – A heavy equipment mechanic working for California fire authorities and assigned to the Carr wildfire was killed on Thursday as a result of traffic accident, officials said, bringing the death toll from that blaze to eight. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the

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  • After disaster alert failures, U.S. moves toward national system
    Reuters

    After disaster alert failures, U.S. moves toward national system

    In California last month, two young children and their great-grandmother died in a wildfire that family members say they never saw coming. In January, thousands of people were panic-stricken in Hawaii by a false alarm that a ballistic missile was about to strike the islands. “For all practical

  • The 'Friends' trend: '90s fashion revival for back-to-school season
    Reuters

    The ‘Friends’ trend: ’90s fashion revival for back-to-school season

    U.S. apparel retailers, hurt by more consumers shopping online and declining mall traffic, have been starved for a major new fashion movement to entice finicky millennial buyers. With back-to-school spending expected to rise due to a strong economy and high consumer confidence this year, retailers are

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  • Court rejects appeal of ex-Stanford swimmer against sexual assault conviction
    Reuters

    Court rejects appeal of ex-Stanford swimmer against sexual assault conviction

    By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – A California court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by a former Stanford University swimmer who was found guilty of sexual assault and served a sentence that many say was too lenient. Brock Turner, then 19, was arrested in 2015 after two fellow students at the Northern

  • New York City votes to cap Uber, Lyft vehicle licenses
    Reuters

    New York City votes to cap Uber, Lyft vehicle licenses

    (Reuters) – The New York City Council on Wednesday agreed to cap the number of licenses for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc for one year, dealing a blow to the companies that have relied on the largest U.S. metro area for a major source of their revenue. The package, opposed by major

  • Fundraise or 'look for a job,' Republicans warn after close election races
    Reuters

    Fundraise or ‘look for a job,’ Republicans warn after close election races

    As Republican candidates backed by President Donald Trump clung to small leads in closely watched races in Ohio and Kansas on Wednesday, nervousness grew in Republican circles about their ability to continue extending millions of dollars in aid to candidates in November’s Congressional elections.

  • New Mexico child abuse suspects accused of training children for shootings
    Reuters

    New Mexico child abuse suspects accused of training children for shootings

    Five adults charged with abusing 11 children at a New Mexico compound, where they were found ragged and starving, were training those children to use firearms to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents on Wednesday. The principal suspect, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, also was charged with

  • Trump administration faces lawsuit over pesticides in wildlife refuges
    Reuters

    Trump administration faces lawsuit over pesticides in wildlife refuges

    (Reuters) – Conservationists on Wednesday notified the Trump administration that they would sue over its reversal of a 2014 decision prohibiting bee-killing pesticides and genetically modified crops on U.S. wildlife refuges. The reversal, issued on Aug. 2 in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service memo, suggested

  • New York City votes to cap Uber, Lyft vehicle licenses
    Reuters

    New York City votes to cap Uber, Lyft vehicle licenses

    (Reuters) – The New York City Council on Wednesday agreed to cap the number of licenses for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc for one year, dealing a blow to the companies that have relied on the largest U.S. metro area for a major source of their revenue. The package, opposed by major

  • U.S. joins lawsuits against Indivior, Reckitt over drug Suboxone
    Reuters

    U.S. joins lawsuits against Indivior, Reckitt over drug Suboxone

    The Justice Department in filings last week in federal court in Abingdon, Virginia, said it was intervening in four separate whistleblower lawsuits related to the Britain-based companies’ marketing of Suboxone and the related drug Subutex. The action came after Indivior, which was spun out of Reckitt

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  • Reuters

    Fire extinguished at HollyFrontier’s Tulsa, Oklahoma refinery

    HollyFrontier Corp said it did not expect operational disruptions at its 85,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Tulsa West refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a fire in a wastewater plant was put out on Wednesday afternoon. “Our employees and contractors are accounted for and safe.” said HollyFrontier

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  • Puerto Rico sends costlier reconstruction plan to U.S. Congress
    Reuters

    Puerto Rico sends costlier reconstruction plan to U.S. Congress

    (Reuters) – Puerto Rico submitted a recovery plan to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday that carries an estimated price tag of $139 billion, which is 47 percent more than the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth requested in November. The economic and disaster recovery plan allocates the money to housing, water and

  • Beer drinkers lose U.S. appeal over Anheuser-SABMiller merger
    Reuters

    Beer drinkers lose U.S. appeal over Anheuser-SABMiller merger

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Oregon said SABMiller’s agreement with antitrust regulators to divest its U.S. beer business, by selling its stake in the MillerCoors joint venture to Molson Coors Brewing Co , would prevent increased concentration in the industry. It also rejected

  • Crews gain ground on monster California wildfire
    Reuters

    Crews gain ground on monster California wildfire

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews battling the largest wildfire in California’s history took advantage of milder overnight temperatures to gain considerable ground in containing the blaze on Wednesday, a day after officials said it would take until September to snuff it out. The Mendocino

  • New Mexico child abuse suspect accused of training children for shootings
    Reuters

    New Mexico child abuse suspect accused of training children for shootings

    The primary suspect charged in the abuse of 11 youths found malnourished at a ramshackle compound in New Mexico was training the children with firearms to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents filed in the case on Wednesday.

  • Reuters

    Federal agencies directed to use any water needed to fight California fires

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday directed federal agencies to use any water that was needed to “protect life and property” threatened by wildfires in California, a statement from the Commerce Department said. In the statement, Ross said he had directed the National Marine Fisheries

  • Reagan's would-be assassin seeks unconditional release
    Reuters

    Reagan’s would-be assassin seeks unconditional release

    John Hinckley, 63, has resided with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, since he was released from the Washington hospital in September 2016 under a slew of living conditions. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity at a 1982 trial and was diagnosed with depression and psychosis, both

  • U.S.-Mexico border arrests fall in July, fewer unaccompanied children
    Reuters

    U.S.-Mexico border arrests fall in July, fewer unaccompanied children

    U.S. border agents arrested about 8 percent fewer people in July at the southwest border than in June, but the number of migrant families detained remained nearly constant, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security. Of those detained after attempting to enter

  • Trump says will make announcement next week on reducing drug prices
    Reuters

    Trump says will make announcement next week on reducing drug prices

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his administration would make an announcement next week on reducing drug prices, but he did not offer specifics. Speaking at a dinner with business leaders at his New Jersey club, Trump said, “We are announcing something next week which is going

  • Reuters

    Trump says administration in contact with California officials over wildfires

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration was in contact with officials in California over wildfires burning in the state and would look into what could be done to mitigate fire danger in the state. “My administration is in constant contact … with

  • Manafort defense questions star witness Gates about 'secret life'
    Reuters

    Manafort defense questions star witness Gates about ‘secret life’

    By Sarah N. Lynch, Nathan Layne and Karen Freifeld ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – The star witness in the trial against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faced tough questioning on cross-examination on Tuesday about a “secret life” that included an extramarital affair and stealing

  • Mattis throws support behind new space-focused military command
    Reuters

    Mattis throws support behind new space-focused military command

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday threw his support behind the idea of creating a space-focused military command but stopped short of promising the new “Space Force” branch of service that President Donald Trump has touted. Trump called for

  • California defies Trump, plans tighter rules on vehicle emissions
    Reuters

    California defies Trump, plans tighter rules on vehicle emissions

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California air regulators on Tuesday said they plan to keep tightening state vehicle emissions rules despite a Trump administration proposal last week that would strip the state of the ability to set its own limits. The California Air Resources Board (CARB

  • Puerto Rico bankruptcy judge upholds oversight board powers over government
    Reuters

    Puerto Rico bankruptcy judge upholds oversight board powers over government

    A U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday that Puerto Rico’s federal oversight board has the power to enforce fiscal discipline on the bankrupt island’s government through the budgetary process, but lacks authority to demand changes in law. Governor Ricardo Rossello and Puerto Rico’s legislature filed

  • First trial alleging Monsanto's Roundup causes cancer goes to jury
    Reuters

    First trial alleging Monsanto’s Roundup causes cancer goes to jury

    A trial in which a school groundskeeper alleged that his use of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused his terminal cancer will go to a California jury after lawyers for both sides delivered their closing arguments on Tuesday. Groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson is one of more than 5,000 plaintiffs across

  • Former MLB pitcher expected to plead guilty to cocaine charge
    Reuters

    Former MLB pitcher expected to plead guilty to cocaine charge

    Loaiza, 46, earlier this year pleaded not guilty to charges of possession with intent to sell cocaine, stemming from a February arrest in San Diego. Loaiza’s lawyer had requested that a trial scheduled to start on Friday be changed to a plea hearing for her client, the court records said.

  • Dig up Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, councilors urge
    Reuters

    Dig up Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star, councilors urge

    (Reuters) – Two men with pickaxes have tried and failed to remove U.S. President Donald Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame but now it is West Hollywood City Council’s turn.

  • U.S. agent can be sued over Mexican boy's shooting death across border
    Reuters

    U.S. agent can be sued over Mexican boy’s shooting death across border

    The dissenting judge from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 decision accused the majority of ignoring legal precedent and said the Supreme Court may need to weigh in. Tuesday’s decision allows Araceli Rodriguez to sue the agent Lonnie Swartz over the Oct. 10, 2012 shooting of 16-year-old

  • Charlottesville confronts identity one year after clashes
    Reuters

    Charlottesville confronts identity one year after clashes

    For many residents of Charlottesville, Virginia, last year’s white nationalist rally shattered the city’s carefully curated reputation as a progressive, idyllic place to live. In her view, the rally has forced Charlottesville to confront its own complicated legacy. “You can have three

  • Eleven U.S. passengers sue Aeromexico over plane crash
    Reuters

    Eleven U.S. passengers sue Aeromexico over plane crash

    Eleven U.S. passengers who survived an Aeromexico crash in the northern Mexican state of Durango on July 31 filed lawsuits against the airline in Chicago on Monday, according to a statement by Chicago-based attorneys Corboy & Demetrio. The Mexico City-bound Embraer 190 passenger jet smashed into scrubland

  • Hawaii volcano eruption slows to virtual halt after more than three months
    Reuters

    Hawaii volcano eruption slows to virtual halt after more than three months

    The destructive lava eruption at the foot of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii has slowed to a virtual halt in recent days for the first time in over three months, geologists said on Monday, although it was too soon to tell what might happen next. The lone volcanic fissure that was still active

  • Reuters

    Hurricane John forms off Mexico’s Pacific coast

    Hurricane John formed off of Mexico’s Pacific coast on Monday, but the storm was projected to move parallel to the coast before wheeling off into the Pacific Ocean later this week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. John packed maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per

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  • Mendocino Complex becomes largest wildfire in California history - state officials
    Reuters

    Mendocino Complex becomes largest wildfire in California history – state officials

    (Reuters) – The Mendocino Complex became the largest wildfire in California state history on Monday as it raged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, state wildfire officials said. The Mendocino Complex Fire, made up of two separate conflagrations that merged, has burned 283,800 acres

  • Trump tweets on California wildfires spark confusion, debate
    Reuters

    Trump tweets on California wildfires spark confusion, debate

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire authorities insisted on Monday that they have ample water supplies to fight California’s devastating wildfires, contrary to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets that unspecified water diversions to the Pacific were making matters worse. Officials

  • U.S. judge rules against Trump policy restricting transgender troops
    Reuters

    U.S. judge rules against Trump policy restricting transgender troops

    A U.S. court on Monday ruled the Trump administration could not enforce an updated policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, becoming the second court in the country to rule against the government since it unveiled the policy in March. President Donald Trump announced

  • Apple, YouTube, and others drop conspiracy theorist Alex Jones
    Reuters

    Apple, YouTube, and others drop conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

    Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, Facebook Inc and Spotify all took down podcasts and channels from U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying on Monday that the Infowars author had broken community standards. The sweeping moves are the broadest actions yet by internet companies that previously

  • Reuters

    Pentagon restricts use of geolocation software for troops

    The U.S. military is prohibiting its deployed personnel from using geolocation features on smartphones, fitness trackers and other devices because they could create security risks by revealing their location, the Pentagon said on Monday. The decision follows concerns raised in January when an Australian

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  • Firefighters battle to save communities from epic California fire
    Reuters

    Firefighters battle to save communities from epic California fire

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews battling the second-largest wildfire on record in California fought on Monday to keep flames from descending into foothill communities, as reinforcements arrived from as far away as Alaska. The Mendocino Complex Fire, made up of two separate conflagrations

  • Reuters

    Hurricane John forms off Mexico’s Pacific coast

    Hurricane John formed off of Mexico’s Pacific coast on Monday, but the storm was projected to move parallel to the coast before wheeling off into the Pacific Ocean later this week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. John packed maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers

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  • U.S. court orders Trump administration to fully reinstate DACA program
    Reuters

    U.S. court orders Trump administration to fully reinstate DACA program

    A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore a program that protects from deportation some young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, including accepting new applications for the program. U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington

  • Reuters

    Dominion does not expect U.S. court order to hold up Atlantic Coast pipe

    In response to the court’s concerns about the environment, Dominion said it would work with the agencies to reinstate the permits for the 600-mile (966-km) pipe from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina. “We believe the court’s concerns can be promptly addressed … without causing

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  • Reuters

    Barbados ex-minister charged in United States with laundering bribes

    A former minister in the government of Barbados has been criminally charged in the United States with laundering bribes he received from a Barbadian insurance company, federal prosecutors said on Monday. Donville Inniss, who formerly served as minister of industry in Barbados and as a member of the

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  • Reuters

    Alaska sightseeing plane crashes killing four, pilot missing

    All four Polish passengers on a sightseeing plane that crashed near North America’s tallest peak in Alaska were found dead at the crash site on Monday, the National Park Service said. Missing but presumed dead was the plane’s pilot, the park service said. The plane crashed on Saturday evening

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  • Eleven children found at squalid New Mexico compound, two arrested
    Reuters

    Eleven children found at squalid New Mexico compound, two arrested

    Three women believed to be the children’s mothers also were detained during last week’s sweep, which followed a two-month investigation by authorities in New Mexico and Georgia as well as the FBI, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said in a statement on the department’s Facebook page. Hogrefe

  • Reuters

    No arrests after 66 shot, 12 killed, in weekend Chicago gun violence

    Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said additional officers had been deployed to prevent retaliatory shootings, leading to the arrests of 46 people on firearms charges. Police seized 60 guns, adding to a total of 5,600 already confiscated in Chicago so far this year. “I share the anger and

  • Reuters

    At least 40 shot and four killed in a night of Chicago gun violence

    “These were both random and targeted shootings on our streets,” said Fred Waller, Chief of the Patrol Division of the Chicago Police Department, in a press conference. Waller touted that shootings in 2018 were down from last year. The Chicago Tribune, which has been tracking shooting statistics

  • New York's Cuomo rejects NRA claim that 'blacklisting' jeopardizes mission
    Reuters

    New York’s Cuomo rejects NRA claim that ‘blacklisting’ jeopardizes mission

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday rejected a claim by the National Rifle Association that his efforts to get banks and insurers to stop doing business with the group threatened its ability to advocate for gun rights. Underwood acknowledged Cuomo’s and the NRA’s “longstanding history

  • Trump administration lifts GMO crop ban for U.S. wildlife refuges
    Reuters

    Trump administration lifts GMO crop ban for U.S. wildlife refuges

    The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted. Environmentalists, who had sued to bring about the 2-year-old ban,

  • Reuters

    Hurricane Hector regains strength as it plows toward Hawaii

    Hurricane Hector regained strength in the eastern Pacific late on Sunday and swelled into a Category 4 storm again with sustained 140 mph winds as it stayed on target to possibly hit Hawaii by midweek, officials said. Some predictions put the storm on a virtual collision course with the Kilauea Volcano

  • Eleven children found at squalid New Mexico compound, two arrested
    Reuters

    Eleven children found at squalid New Mexico compound, two arrested

    Three women believed to be the children’s mothers also were detained during last week’s sweep, which followed a two-month investigation by authorities in New Mexico and Georgia as well as the FBI, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said in a statement on the department’s Facebook page. Hogrefe

  • Massive California wildfire becomes fifth largest in state history
    Reuters

    Massive California wildfire becomes fifth largest in state history

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A massive, out-of-control Northern California wildfire that destroyed 68 homes and forced thousands to flee has become the fifth largest in state history, officials said on Sunday, as crews battled high temperatures and strong winds. The Mendocino Complex Fire

  • Hardline U.S. 'gundamentalists' pressure NRA from within
    Reuters

    Hardline U.S. ‘gundamentalists’ pressure NRA from within

    About 100 protesters, many wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “NRA = Not Real Activists,” marched through the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Dallas in May to slam the powerful gun lobby as too conciliatory on gun rights and rally for their candidate for the board. Adam Kraut

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    Hurricane Hector closing in on Hawaii and volcano

    (Reuters) – Hurricane Hector became a Category 4 storm for a few hours early Sunday but then dipped back to Category 3, still a dangerous force, as it headed across the Pacific, threatening to hit Hawaii’s Big Island and possibly its active volcano, officials said early Sunday. Hector’s winds

  • Right-wing protesters and opponents square off in Portland
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    Right-wing protesters and opponents square off in Portland

    Four people were arrested late Saturday as scores of right-wing and anti-fascist demonstrators squared off in Portland, Oregon, where four people were injured in similar rallies on June 30, police said. Police tried to keep the two sides apart as protesters chanted and hurled insults at each other.

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    Rowing: Cincinnati teacher completes record trans-Atlantic row

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) – Cincinnati schoolteacher Bryce Carlson set a record for the fastest solo unsupported west-east row across the North Atlantic ocean on Saturday and also became the first U.S. citizen to complete the feat. The previous record for the solo west-east crossing was 53 days

  • Right-wing protesters and opponents square off in Portland
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    Right-wing protesters and opponents square off in Portland

    Scores of right-wing and anti-fascist demonstrators squared off on Saturday in Portland, Oregon, where four people were injured in similar rallies on June 30. Police tried to keep the two sides apart as protesters chanted and hurled insults at each other. Clashes after similar protests in Portland

  • Officials identify Texas pipeline worker killed in explosion
    Reuters

    Officials identify Texas pipeline worker killed in explosion

    Texas officials released the name of a pipeline worker who died from injuries suffered when a Midland County, Texas, natural gas pipeline caught fire and exploded on Wednesday, sending seven people to the hospital. Bud Taylor, an employee of Navitas Midstream Partners, was one of five workers and two

  • Reuters

    Hector vs. Kilauea: Hurricane on track to skirt past Hawaii’s erupting volcano

    Two of Mother Nature’s most potentially devastating forces – a major hurricane and an erupting volcano – appear headed for a close encounter on Hawaii’s Big Island next week, weather forecasters said on Friday. Hurricane Hector, swirling harmlessly in the Pacific some 1,700 miles (2,760 km)

  • Thousands more evacuated from California's largest wildfire
    Reuters

    Thousands more evacuated from California’s largest wildfire

    (Reuters) – Thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the path of California’s biggest wildfire on Friday as fatigued firefighters battled gusting winds driving one of the state’s worst fire seasons in a decade. The Mendocino Complex Fire grew to 157,450 acres (63,700 hectares) late

  • Trump administration lifts GMO crop ban for U.S. wildlife refuges
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    Trump administration lifts GMO crop ban for U.S. wildlife refuges

    The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted. Environmentalists, who had sued to bring about the 2-year-old ban,

  • Reuters

    Brookfield gains lease on Kushner’s landmark New York tower

    Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management said on Friday it acquired a 99-year lease on a flagship New York office tower controlled by the family of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, capping a long saga to refinance the building. Brookfield said it gained a leasehold on the

  • U.S. appeals court rejects challenges to California gun laws
    Reuters

    U.S. appeals court rejects challenges to California gun laws

    A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the constitutionality of two California laws restricting the ability of people to buy and carry firearms, rejecting appeals by gun rights advocates. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges to Unsafe Handgun Act requirements that new semiautomatic

  • Reuters

    Man in Yellowstone bison video arrested on wildlife harassment charge

    A man seen in a widely circulated video provoking a Yellowstone National Park bison by waving his arms at the creature, prompting it to charge him, was arrested by rangers on suspicion of harassing wildlife, park officials said on Friday.   Raymond Reinke, 55, of Pendleton, Oregon, was taken into custody

  • Judge calls U.S. efforts to reunite deported parents 'unacceptable'
    Reuters

    Judge calls U.S. efforts to reunite deported parents ‘unacceptable’

    A federal judge on Friday described as “unacceptable” the U.S. government’s progress in reuniting immigrant children in the United States with deported parents and ordered the government to appoint a person to take charge of its efforts. “This is going to be a significant undertaking

  • Reuters

    Brookfield gains lease on Kushner’s indebted New York tower

    Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management said on Friday it acquired a 99-year lease on a flagship New York office tower controlled by the family of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, capping a long saga to refinance the building. Brookfield said it gained a leasehold on the

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  • Reuters

    Police find Chinese girl who disappeared from Washington airport

    A 12-year-old Chinese girl who went missing from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has been found with her parents in the New York borough of Queens, authorities said on Friday. “We are grateful that Jinjing is safe and with family. The FBI has taken the lead on the investigation, according

  • Worker dies from injuries in west Texas pipeline blaze
    Reuters

    Worker dies from injuries in west Texas pipeline blaze

    HOUSTON (Reuters) – One worker died after a fire and series of pipeline explosions two days ago in Midland County, Texas, officials said on Friday.

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  • Texas jury indicts Arkema, two executives over chemical releases
    Reuters

    Texas jury indicts Arkema, two executives over chemical releases

    By Gary McWilliams HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Texas grand jury on Friday indicted chemicals manufacturer Arkema North America and two of its executives for releasing emissions that allegedly endangered the public after a 2017 hurricane. The U.S. arm of the French chemicals firm, its Chief Executive Richard

  • Invasion of big, voracious lizards threatens U.S. South: study
    Reuters

    Invasion of big, voracious lizards threatens U.S. South: study

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A group of South American lizards that can grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters) has established a home in the Florida wild after being brought to the United States as pets, and the reptiles could begin a voracious march across the U.S. South, according to

  • Mendocino becomes largest of California's 'killer' wildfires
    Reuters

    Mendocino becomes largest of California’s ‘killer’ wildfires

    (Reuters) – A wildfire churning among mountain towns in Mendocino County in California mushroomed into the largest in the state on Friday, threatening 9,200 homes, as fatigued firefighters battled gusting winds fanning multiple other blazes. The Mendocino Complex Fire grew to 153,738 acres (62,000 hectares

  • No clear motive found for 2017 Las Vegas massacre: sheriff
    Reuters

    No clear motive found for 2017 Las Vegas massacre: sheriff

    (Reuters) – Police have uncovered no clear motive for the gunman who killed 58 people at outdoor concert in Las Vegas last year, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a sheriff said on Friday. Stephen Paddock, 64, a retired real estate investor, poured gunfire from a sniper’s nest

  • Reuters

    Suspect in murder of Houston doctor committed suicide: police

    Police were searching for Joseph Pappas, who they say shot and killed cardiologist Mark Hausknecht on July 20 as the doctor rode his bicycle to work in Houston’s sprawling Medical Center complex. Authorities received a tip on Friday morning from a member of the public who spotted Pappas near a Jewish

  • U.S. deports Mexican wife of American Marine veteran
    Reuters

    U.S. deports Mexican wife of American Marine veteran

    The U.S. government deported a Mexican woman on Friday who had lived in the country illegally for nearly two decades despite efforts by lawmakers to keep her in Florida with her husband, a Marine Corps veteran, and her two American children. Alejandra Juarez, 38, was joined by her family and her congressman

  • More U.S. states join lawsuit over online 3-D gun blueprints
    Reuters

    More U.S. states join lawsuit over online 3-D gun blueprints

    California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia were added in a Thursday court filing to the list of eight mainly Democratic-controlled states and the District of Columbia who sued the U.S. government in federal court. The states

  • ICE denies hunger strike by immigrants at Texas detention center
    Reuters

    ICE denies hunger strike by immigrants at Texas detention center

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said there had not been a hunger strike by residents of the Karnes County Residential Center, about 51 miles (82 km) southeast of San Antonio. “On Aug. 2, a small group of fathers and their children (fewer than 50 total) staged a brief sit-in

  • Reuters

    Australia, NZ firefighters fly out to battle deadly California wildfires

    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Firefighters from Australia and New Zealand flew out of Sydney on Friday on a mission to relieve exhausted crews battling deadly wildfires sweeping the northwest of the United States. Australian fire authorities said the contingent of about 100 firefighters set off as conditions turned

  • Reuters

    U.S., Alaska seek law opening state forests to roads

    (Reuters) – Alaska and the U.S. government are seeking new regulations that could open more of the state’s forests to roads and development to drive its economy, the U.S. National Forest Service said on Thursday. President Donald Trump has vowed to open greater sections of public land to energy

  • Trump national security team says Russia behind effort to meddle in U.S. elections
    Reuters

    Trump national security team says Russia behind effort to meddle in U.S. elections

    By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security team said on Thursday that Russia is behind “pervasive” attempts to interfere in upcoming U.S. elections, in a rejection of denials of meddling that Russian President Vladimir Putin made

  • Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds
    Reuters

    Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

    Crews battling a deadly wildfire in California faced a resurgence of gusty winds on Thursday, hampering progress they were making this week to keep the blaze from spreading. Strong gusts began kicking up again on Wednesday night across upper ridge lines of the fire’s mountainous western flank, where

  • U.S. urges end to lawsuits over 'abstinence-only' for pregnant teens
    Reuters

    U.S. urges end to lawsuits over ‘abstinence-only’ for pregnant teens

    The U.S. government is urging federal judges to dismiss two lawsuits by Planned Parenthood affiliates over its efforts to impose what they called an “abstinence-only-until-marriage” focus in its Teen Pregnancy Protection Program. In court filings this week, government lawyers representing

  • U.S. states vow to fight Trump rollback on auto emissions
    Reuters

    U.S. states vow to fight Trump rollback on auto emissions

    By Joseph White and David Shepardson DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California and 18 other U.S. states promised on Thursday to fight a Trump administration proposal to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks and force states into line, arguing the United States has an obligation to protect

  • Detained immigrants in Texas on hunger strike: rights group
    Reuters

    Detained immigrants in Texas on hunger strike: rights group

    (Reuters) – A group of immigrant fathers, recently reunified with their sons and detained in Texas, have gone on hunger strike to demand their release, an immigrant rights group representing them said on Thursday. The immigrants said they were being held at a detention center in Karnes, Texas, with

  • Texas investigators probe pipeline blaze that injured seven
    Reuters

    Texas investigators probe pipeline blaze that injured seven

    HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Authorities on Thursday were investigating what caused a fire and a series of natural gas pipeline explosions in Midland County, Texas, that sent seven people to hospital and shut down five lines before being extinguished. Workers from two

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