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  • Trump renews clash with U.S. sports world

    By Barbara Goldberg and James Oliphant SOMERSET, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump renewed his spat with the sports world on Sunday, again calling for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the U.S. national anthem. In an early morning tweet, Trump suggested fans could boycott NFL games in order to pressure teams to discipline players who protest the anthem. "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast," Trump wrote on Sunday.

    Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:22:36 -0400
  • Trump pressures U.S. senators to back Republican healthcare bill

    By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday blasted Senator John McCain for dealing a possibly fatal blow to the latest Republican attempt to dismantle Obamacare. According to a new independent analysis, the bill awaiting a Senate vote could lead to 21 million fewer Americans having health insurance. McCain, an Arizona Republican who is being treated for brain cancer and cast a crucial "no" vote to defeat a similar bill in July, said on Friday that he could not "in good conscience" vote for the proposal authored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:30:37 -0400
  • Trump clashes with sports world over player protests, invitation news

    By Barbara Goldberg and Joel Schectman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and the sports world engaged in an intensifying spat on Saturday after he called for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the U.S. national anthem and disinvited a National Basketball Association star from a White House visit. Responding to Trump's attacks on football players who protested during the national anthem, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday that Trump's statements revealed “unfortunate lack of respect” for the NFL and its players.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:26:53 -0400
  • Man spared death penalty for 2011 murder of Tennessee nursing student

    Zachary Adams will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2011 kidnapping, rape and murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo after a plea deal on Saturday spared him from the death penalty. Adams, 33, the first of three men to face trial in the high-profile case, was found guilty of all counts on Friday in Savannah, Tennessee. After the agreement was disclosed in court on Saturday, Bobo’s mother, Karen Bobo, thanked the jury and then asked to address Adams.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:50:07 -0400
  • Trump pressures U.S. senators to back Republican healthcare bill news

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday blasted Senator John McCain for dealing a possibly fatal blow to the latest Republican attempt to dismantle Obamacare. According to a new independent analysis, the bill awaiting a Senate vote could lead to 21 million fewer Americans having health insurance. McCain, an Arizona Republican who is being treated for brain cancer and cast a crucial "no" vote to defeat a similar bill in July, said on Friday that he could not "in good conscience" vote for the proposal authored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:07:26 -0400
  • U.S. army probes fake evacuation orders sent to U.S. military, families in South Korea news

    The U.S. military said on Saturday it has opened an investigation into fake mobile phone alerts and social media messages advising U.S. military personnel and their families to evacuate the Korean Peninsula. The phony messages, which were spread on Thursday, came at a sensitive time, with tensions high after North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sept. 3. The test and a series of missile launches have triggered a war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:16:44 -0400
  • Protests could derail St. Louis' bid for second Amazon hub: sources news

    By Brendan O'Brien ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Protests in St. Louis over the acquittal of a white former policeman who killed a black man could impede the city's bid to attract's second headquarters, academics and business executives said. Marked by scuffles, teargas and property damage, the protests have been unfolding as the city, which has a history of social unrest, is vying for the lucrative Amazon deal. "There is no good timing for something like this and it will have an impact," said Didi Caldwell, founding principal with Global Location Strategies in South Carolina, which helps companies choose locations for new businesses and expansion.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:18:10 -0400
  • Hurricane Maria skirts Turks and Caicos as Puerto Rico endures fresh flooding news

    By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to ravage the Caribbean in a month, skirted past the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday, leaving devastation in its wake that included fresh flooding on Puerto Rico two days after pummeling the U.S. island territory. Maria, which ranked as the most powerful hurricane to strike Puerto Rico in nearly a century, has killed at least six people there and claimed 19 lives on several other Caribbean islands, according to government officials and local news media accounts. Roughly 70,000 people live in the area downstream from the earthen dam that was under evacuation, the island's governor, Ricardo Rossello, said in a late-afternoon news conference.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:26:41 -0400
  • Man found guilty of 2011 murder of Tennessee nursing student

    The first of three men arrested and facing trial in the 2011 kidnapping, rape and murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo was found guilty on all counts on Friday in Savannah, Tennessee. It took jurors about 10 hours over two days of deliberations to find Zachary Adams guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape. Circuit Court Judge Charles Creed McGinley moved the trial from Decatur County to neighboring Hardin County to secure an unbiased jury, local media reported.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:33:39 -0400
  • Corporate donations for Harvey, Irma disaster relief near $225 million news

    Corporate donations for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief funds totaled nearly $225 million by Friday and pledges continued to be made, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation said. Automakers and energy companies, some of them affected by the most powerful storm to hit Texas' Gulf Coast in 50 years, are among the prominent corporate donors. Texas, the biggest oil-producing state, was pummeled by Harvey when it made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane and proceeded to dump more than 50 inches of rain on the Houston region.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:05:53 -0400
  • Spelunker in Indiana rescued after 60 hours locked in cave

    "I managed to get some water from the cave walls, by basically licking the moisture off the wall," Lukas Cavar said in a telephone interview on Friday. Cavar was on a beginner's field trip to a cave south of the university's main campus in Bloomington, Indiana. "My biggest worry was not making it out alive," Cavar said.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:23:46 -0400
  • U.S. judge will not disturb Wilmington Trust indictment linked to crisis

    A federal judge in Delaware on Friday refused to let four former Wilmington Trust executives charged with bank fraud gather new evidence they hoped would prove that their indictment was tainted by false grand jury testimony and should be dismissed. U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews' decision preceded a scheduled trial next month of the former executives and Wilmington, the first recipient of federal bailout money in the 2008-2009 financial crisis to be indicted. The former Wilmington executives are President Robert Harra, Chief Financial Officer David Gibson, Controller Kevyn Rakowski and Chief Credit Officer William North.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:22:36 -0400
  • Hurricane Maria skirts Turks and Caicos as Puerto Rico endures fresh flooding news

    By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the second major hurricane to wreak havoc in the Caribbean this month, skirted by the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday and was blamed for fresh flooding on Puerto Rico two days after ravaging the U.S. island territory. The storm, which ranked as the most powerful hurricane to strike Puerto Rico in 90 years, has killed at least 25 people there and on other Caribbean islands, according to government officials and local news media accounts. U.S. weather forecasters and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello warned that a dam on the rain-swollen Guajataca River in northwestern Puerto Rico was failing, causing flash flooding in the area.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:11:36 -0400
  • Factbox: How U.S. multinationals in Puerto Rico are responding to Hurricane Maria

    (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria has devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, another blow to its already precarious economic situation. Puerto Rico's government owes $72 billion to bondholders, and an additional $50 billion in pension obligations to teachers and almost all other government employees. The following are responses from multinational companies on how they are dealing with the aftermath of Maria: WAL-MART STORES INC Phillip Keene, Wal-Mart's director of corporate communications, said, "Like many businesses, we are working to assess any damage to our facilities as we are safely able to access them and working to connect with our associates to assess what their needs are so we can support as appropriate.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:14 -0400
  • Kentucky psychologist gets 25 years in prison for $550 million disability fraud

    Alfred Adkins, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves in Lexington, Kentucky, after a federal jury in June found him guilty of charges including conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud, the U.S. Justice Department said. Adkins, of Pikeville, Kentucky, was also ordered to pay over $93 million in restitution, the Justice Department said.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:00:28 -0400
  • St. Louis sued for misconduct toward protesters of white officer's acquittal news

    The civil rights lawsuit was filed in U.S. district court in St. Louis by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. It names Maleeha Ahmad, Alison Dreith and "a class of similarly situated individuals" as plaintiffs.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:39:55 -0400
  • Storm Maria pitches Puerto Rico barrio into sunken 'Venice' news

    By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut CATANO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Wading through highways swamped by turbid waters that sloshed over scattered, sunken belongings, residents of this Puerto Rican barrio flooded by Hurricane Maria have begun emerging from their shattered homes. Lying southwest of the capital San Juan, the Juana Matos neighborhood in Catano municipality took a huge hit from Maria after the storm slammed winds of up to 155 mph (249 kmh) into Puerto Rico early on Wednesday, destroying or damaging an estimated 80 percent of housing in the working-class barrio. The storm, the second Category 5 hurricane to batter the Caribbean this month, claimed at least 32 lives across the region, including 15 in Puerto Rico, and shut down power and communications across the island of 3.4 million people.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:42:15 -0400
  • Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits off northern California: USGS

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury. It was quickly followed by a second quake of 5.6 closer to shore, the USGS said. Both quakes struck west of the California town of Petrolia and were very shallow, amplifying their effects, but a USGS map showed that they were not widely felt along the coast.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:40:36 -0400
  • Doomsday sale: U.S. survivalists stock up as disasters roil the planet news

    Sales of freeze-dried food, gas masks and other survival equipment have spiked in recent weeks as so-called "preppers" get ready to ride out any disaster, whether natural or man-made. People buried in rubble after earthquakes rattled Mexico.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:25:52 -0400
  • N.Y. power company sends crew to aid Puerto Rico after hurricane

    (Reuters) - The New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Friday sent 10 engineers, planners and technical supervisors to Puerto Rico to help with the assessment and reconstruction of the island's power grid, which was completely shut down by Hurricane Maria. The NYPA workers were part of a group that traveled to Puerto Rico with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on the first flight to depart for Puerto Rico's capital San Juan since the Category 4 hurricane hit the island on Wednesday, according to a statement from the governor's office. "We have assembled top emergency response experts to support Puerto Rico and help repair its devastated power structure, and we are providing supplies and any additional assistance we can to support the island as they recover from this unprecedented natural disaster," Cuomo said in a statement.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:16:04 -0400
  • Buckeye Partners' Puerto Rico oil terminal still closed after Maria

    Buckeye Partners LP's Yabucoa oil terminal in Puerto Rico remained closed on Friday, the company said, days after Hurricane Maria left a trail of destruction and at least 25 people dead across the Caribbean. The U.S. oil storage and transportation company did not say if the tanks at the 4.6-million-barrel terminal were damaged by the storm, which made landfall near Yabucoa, but it said a full assessment of the facility is under way. "We are working to maintain the safety and well-being of our Yabucoa, Puerto Rico employees," it said in a statement.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:16:04 -0400
  • California mass killer sentenced to life in prison for hair salon attack news

    A California man was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the worst mass killing in Orange County history, the 2011 shooting deaths of eight people at a hair salon where his ex-wife worked. Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat worker, was spared the death penalty in August when a judge ruled that serious misconduct by Orange County prosecutors had violated his rights to a fair trial. “The gates of Hell flew open and you emerged as the face of evil in this community” Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals told Dekraai before pronouncing the sentence, according to the Orange County Register newspaper.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:41:35 -0400
  • Former mobster Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano released from prison news

    Gravano, 72, was freed from federal custody on Monday after completing his sentence for running a drug ring, his New York-based lawyer Thomas Farinella said by phone. Farinella declined to say which facility released his client or where Gravano would live. "Right now, he's just enjoying the fact that he's free after 17 and a half years," Farinella said, adding he was spending time with family.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:40:32 -0400
  • U.S. mainland Puerto Ricans anguished, unable to reach loved ones news

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Deserie Rivera is having difficulty sleeping at night, unable to get through to Puerto Rico to find out if her mother is safe after Hurricane Maria struck. Rivera, a 34-year-old waitress at a Puerto Rican restaurant in the southern Florida city of Sunrise, says that she knows that she is not alone.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:35:24 -0400
  • Trump administration drops guidance on college sex-crime probes news

    The Trump administration on Friday reversed Obama-era guidelines on how colleges should handle sexual assault allegations that it said treated the accused unfairly. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the guidelines established under former Democratic President Barack Obama, under the Title IX U.S. education equality rules, led to too many students being falsely charged, and that schools were scared of being accused of ignoring accusations. The Education Department is issuing new "interim guidance" to help schools combat sexual misconduct while treating all students fairly, DeVos said in a statement.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:33:56 -0400
  • NFL vows 'vigorous' fight against Aaron Hernandez CTE lawsuit news

    The National Football League on Friday vowed to vigorously fight a lawsuit filed on behalf of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's family that claimed his severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy led to his suicide. Hernandez, 27, hung himself in April in a Massachusetts jail where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. The lawyer who secured his that acquittal, Jose Baez, on Thursday sued the league on behalf of Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter and fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, saying a severe case of the brain disease CTE that Hernandez developed as a player contributed to his death.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:16:20 -0400
  • Hurricane-ravaged U.S. cities hit by rising cleanup costs news

    By Rod Nickel HOUSTON (Reuters) - Communities in Texas and Florida, each swamped by a hurricane within two weeks of one another, are rewriting debris removal contracts and paying millions of dollars more to lure trucks, as subcontractors say costs have jumped. The willingness of communities to renegotiate such contracts in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida shows the limits of pre-planning for events as unpredictable as back-to-back hurricanes. Higher fees, however, may not be covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), even after these huge storms brought intense public pressure to clear millions of cubic yards of rubbish from streets and damaged furnishings from flooded homes and businesses.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:29:58 -0400
  • Accused mobster tied to Boston art heist to undergo psychiatric test news

    An octogenerian alleged mobster who police believe may be able to help solve the largest art heist in U.S. history will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being sentenced on gun charges, a federal court judge in Connecticut ruled on Friday. The decision came after Robert Gentile, 81, appeared in court earlier this month for sentencing on charges he pleaded guilty to in April, but claimed to have no memory of entering a plea or of the events involved. "The defendant's counsel has become increasingly concerned about the defendant's ability to understand the charges against him and assist in his defense," defense attorney Ryan McGuigan wrote in a motion asking for the competency hearing.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:01:13 -0400
  • Comey talks 'real world,' meets protests at black university news

    Protesters at Howard University chanted and booed on Friday through James Comey's first public address since he testified to Congress about his firing by U.S. President Donald Trump, challenging the former FBI director with a taste of the "real world" he was trying to describe to them. Students protesting the Federal Bureau of Investigation's treatment of black activists began chanting the civil rights song "We Shall Not Be Moved" as Comey stood at the podium, waiting out the demonstrators during a video about the historically black university in Washington, D.C.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:45:48 -0400
  • Armed woman makes threats at Kardashian-owned boutique near L.A

    A woman armed with a handgun pointed it at employees at a boutique owned by reality TV stars the Kardashians in the Los Angeles area on Thursday and later came back brandishing a machete, according to police and media. "We want to know who she is, we want to get her off the streets," Juanita Navarro of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said by telephone. The woman entered the boutique in West Hollywood, just outside Los Angeles, shortly before noon shouting "Stay away from Cuba" as she pointed a handgun at an employee, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:09:52 -0400
  • U.S. issues fuel waiver for diesel in Florida after Hurricane Irma news

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it had approved an emergency fuel waiver for diesel in Florida for the response effort to Hurricane Irma. "EPA has waived the highway diesel fuel red dye requirements to allow the use of 15 parts per million sulfur non-road diesel fuel for on-highway vehicles in Florida" through Oct.6, the agency said in a statement. (Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:53:21 -0400
  • BYU lifts decades-long ban on caffeinated soft drink sales

    Brigham Young University has ended a 60-year ban on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks at its flagship campus in Provo, Utah, the Mormon Church-owned school said on Thursday. Students or visitors will no longer need to bring their own sodas onto the 33,000-student campus, Dean Wright, the school's director of dining services, said on the university's website. "This decision was not based on financial considerations," Wright said.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:09:13 -0400
  • NFL star Hernandez's family sues league over 'severe' CTE news

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison in April, had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a lawyer said on Thursday as he sued the team and NFL on behalf of the athlete's young daughter. Hernandez was a rising star in the National Football League when he was arrested in 2013 and charged with murdering an acquaintance. Days later, he hanged himself in a Massachusetts prison.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:45:46 -0400
  • U.S. attorney general ties gang violence to immigration news

    Protesters gathered outside a federal court in Boston on Thursday where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to address law enforcement about what he called the need to tackle transnational gang violence and to secure the Mexican border. Sessions reemphasized what he said was a need to target cross-border criminal organizations, specifically the gang MS-13, which the Justice Department says has more than 30,000 members worldwide and 10,000 members in the United States. Tying the effort to fight the gang and Republican President Donald Trump's administration's efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration, Sessions said the Justice Department was directing more prosecutorial resources to the U.S.-Mexican border.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:29:26 -0400
  • Puerto Rico, St. Croix devastated by powerful Hurricane Maria news

    By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Deadly Hurricane Maria caused flooding in the Dominican Republic as it brushed past the country on Thursday after destroying buildings and knocking out power across the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and St. Croix. The second major hurricane to rage through the Caribbean this month, Maria has killed at least 17 people and devastated several small islands, including St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:49:52 -0400
  • London's National Gallery prevails in 'stolen' Matisse lawsuit: New York judge news

    The National Gallery in London on Thursday won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which three grandchildren of a muse of the artist Henri Matisse sought to recover a painting they said was stolen shortly after World War Two. Oliver Williams and Margarete Green, both of Great Britain, and Iris Filmer, of Germany, had accused the National Gallery of ignoring signs that the 1908 painting might have been stolen, and should not profit from "war-related" theft.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:49:25 -0400
  • Navajo tribe says ready to sue Trump over changes to Utah monument news

    The Navajo Nation will sue the Trump administration if it tries to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, its top lawyer told Reuters on Thursday, ahead of the release of a broad government review of such sites across the country. President Donald Trump had ordered the Interior Department to examine whether 27 national monuments designated by past presidents could be reduced or rescinded to make way for oil and gas drilling and other economic development. The results have not been announced, but a leak of the review obtained by the Washington Post shows the Interior Department will recommend shrinking some sites, including Bears Ears, a 1.35-million-acre wilderness that the Navajo and other tribes consider sacred.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:41:08 -0400
  • Storm Maria brings fear, pain and shock to Puerto Ricans news

    By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Miguel Cruz awoke to the descent of Hurricane Maria on his home on Wednesday morning when the massive storm peeled off most of the roof, sent his belongings flying in all directions, but left intact an icon of Jesus hanging above his bed. Cruz was one of thousands of Puerto Ricans picking through the wreckage left by Maria after the hurricane devastated basic services on the debt-laden U.S. territory, pitching most of its 3.4 million residents into darkness as night fell. Crashing into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, Maria flipped the tops off buildings, knocked out phones and electricity across the island and turned low-lying roads into swollen rivers awash with debris.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:35:58 -0400
  • U.S. safety board says train crash engineers had undiagnosed sleep disorder news

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The engineers in two New York City area commuter train crashes suffered from sleep apnea that had not been diagnosed, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. The NTSB released factual findings on Thursday regarding its investigations into the crashes and said it planned to hold a meeting next February about both incidents and safety recommendations. The NTSB said the brakes were working on the New Jersey Transit train that was traveling at 8 miles (13 km) per hour 38 seconds before the crash.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:16:32 -0400
  • Death toll from overheated Florida nursing home rises to 10 news

    The resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died on Wednesday, police in Hollywood, Florida, said in a statement, without giving details. Police have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths at the center, which city officials have said continued to operate with little or no air conditioning after power was cut off by Irma, which struck the state on Sept. 10. Julie Allison, a lawyer for the nursing home, did not respond to a request for comment.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:59:20 -0400
  • U.S. judge aims to quickly decide lawsuits over DACA news

    A U.S. judge on Thursday said he wanted to decide quickly lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's decision to end a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents. President Donald Trump this month decided to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in March 2018. Since it was authorized in 2012 by President Barack Obama, the program has provided protection from deportation and the right to work legally to nearly 800,000 young people.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:40:03 -0400
  • Power crews scramble to Puerto Rico after Maria smashes its grid

    By Devika Krishna Kumar NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utility crews from the U.S. mainland were scrambling to Puerto Rico on Thursday after Hurricane Maria left nearly the entire U.S. territory, and many of its Caribbean neighbors, without power, according to officials. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported almost 100 percent of its 1.5 million customers were without power as of late Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy said in an update on the hurricane's impact on Thursday, after Maria's winds snapped trees and utility polls. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told CNN PREPA was so severely hit that it could be months before electricity is restored to all those customers.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:13:35 -0400
  • Illinois high court upholds former cop Peterson's murder conviction news

    Peterson, 63, who was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of Kathleen Savio, was given an additional 40 years in 2016 after being found guilty of trying to hire a hit man to kill the prosecutor who argued for his conviction at his first trial. Peterson's attorneys had urged the state's highest court to overturn his conviction of Savio's murder on several technical grounds, including the admission of hearsay statements and the competence of his lawyer for calling as a defense witness Savio's divorce lawyer, Harry Smith.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:11 -0400
  • Maryland proposes $9 billion plan to relieve traffic congestion

    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan proposed on Thursday an ambitious $9 billion public-private partnership to add new traffic lanes around the traffic-clogged U.S. capital region and assume control of a highway operated by the federal government. Hogan, a Republican, said his administration plans to add four new lanes to the Capital Beltway (I-495), a ring highway around Washington, and four new lanes on Interstate-270. "These projects will substantially and dramatically improve our state highway system and traffic in the region," Hogan said at a press event in Maryland.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:10:40 -0400
  • Former U.S. Attorney Bharara joins CNN as senior legal analyst news

    Bharara was fired as U.S. Attorney in March by President Donald Trump, after refusing to resign his post when asked to do so by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Bharara joins CNN, a unit of Time Warner Inc , at a time when the cable network faces numerous accusations of being "fake news" from President Trump on Twitter.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:05:28 -0400
  • U.S. motorists kept up record driving pace in July: DOT

    U.S. motorists logged 0.8 percent more miles on the road in July than they did in the year-ago month, keeping 2017 on a pace to break last year's record of total miles driven, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data released Thursday. Motorists drove 1.5 percent more miles on U.S. roads through July than in the same period last year, the data shows. The record driving volumes represent good news for U.S. refiners, who expressed some concern earlier this year about weaker gasoline demand.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:39:48 -0400
  • U.S. household net worth rises again in second quarter 2017

    The wealth of U.S. households rose to $96.2 trillion in the second quarter of this year as U.S. stock prices hit record highs and home values continued to climb, a report by the Federal Reserve showed on Thursday. Household borrowing rose at a 3.7 percent annual rate in the April-June period, the report also showed, up from a 3.4 percent growth rate in the first quarter. The United States is currently in its ninth year of economic growth, the third-longest stretch of expansion since World War Two.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:11:56 -0400
  • Trump says Puerto Rico obliterated by Hurricane Maria

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Hurricane Maria "totally obliterated" the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico with its electrical grid destroyed. Trump told reporters during a meeting with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko that he would visit Puerto Rico at some point. He did not specify a time. He described Puerto Rico as in "very, very, very perilous shape" and said U.S. emergency authorities were starting to work on helping in the recovery. (Reporting By Steve Holland)

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:47:46 -0400
  • Trump says will be putting more sanctions on North Korea news

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would be adding more sanctions on North Korea. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks over Pyongyang's missile and nuclear weapons program, despite intense pressure from world powers. "We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea," Trump said in response to a question at a meeting with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani. On Afghanistan, Trump said the U.S. military was doing more leading than fighting. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:06:21 -0400
  • Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows news

    The more intense scrutiny of the applications for H-1B visas comes after President Donald Trump called for changes to the visa program so that it benefits the highest-paid workers, though he has not enacted any such reforms. Data provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows that between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, the agency issued 85,000 challenges, or "requests for evidence" (RFEs), to H-1B visa petitions - a 45 percent increase over the same period last year. The challenges, which can slow down the issuance of visas by months, were issued at a greater rate in 2017 than at any time in the Obama administration except for one year, 2009, according to the USCIS data, which has not been previously reported.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:57:03 -0400
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