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Hundreds of volunteers to search for California wildfire remains

Hundreds of volunteers to search for California wildfire remainsHundreds of volunteers will spend Thanksgiving combing through ruins in heavy rain for the remains of victims killed in the deadliest wildfire in California history, with strong winds and the risk of mudslides an additional complication. The blaze killed 83 people and 563 people remain unaccounted for in and around Paradise, a community of nearly 27,000 people that was largely incinerated by the so-called Camp Fire two weeks ago, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. Searchers moving through affected areas around Paradise, 175 miles (280 km) northeast of San Francisco, are expected to face heavy rains that may hinder their efforts.



11/22/2018 - 05:35 AM

 

Oldest surviving U.S. veteran of Pearl Harbor dies in California: media

Oldest surviving U.S. veteran of Pearl Harbor dies in California: mediaRay Chavez, 106, died in his sleep early on Wednesday in a hospice in Poway, a community north of San Diego, his daughter Kathleen Chavez told the San Diego Union Tribune. Chavez frequently attended commemorative events around the United States, including a visit to the White House on Memorial Day weekend, the newspaper reported.



11/22/2018 - 12:53 AM

 

First rain in months douses California wildfire, raises risk of mudslides

First rain in months douses California wildfire, raises risk of mudslidesThe first significant rain in months in northern California all but extinguished the deadliest wildfire in the state's history on Wednesday but also raised risks of flash flooding that could hinder teams searching for human remains. Between 4-6 inches (102-152 mm) of rain was expected to fall through the weekend in areas around the town of Paradise, the community of nearly 27,000 people 175 miles (280 km) northeast of San Francisco that was largely incinerated by the so-called Camp Fire. The blaze killed at least 83 people and 563 remain unaccounted for, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news briefing.



11/21/2018 - 11:36 PM

 

Fatal shooting in downtown Denver gang-related: prosecutor

Fatal shooting in downtown Denver gang-related: prosecutorA gun battle on a downtown Denver street this week that left one person dead and four wounded stemmed from an exchange of gunfire between two rival gang members, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said on Tuesday that investigators arrested Josh Hayward, 24, a day after he fled the shooting scene in a vehicle.



11/21/2018 - 09:28 PM

 

Romaine remains on U.S menus despite nationwide E.coli warning

Romaine remains on U.S menus despite nationwide E.coli warningThe blanket warning, precipitated by an E.coli outbreak in 11 states and Canada that has made at least 50 people ill, was issued on Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC and industry officials said evidence pointed to the central coast of California as the probable source of the outbreak. Large chain grocers such as Whole Foods Market, owned by Amazon.com Inc , and nationwide salad retailers such as Chopt and Fresh & Co told Reuters they stopped selling romaine as soon as the warning was issued.



11/21/2018 - 09:10 PM

 

Los Angeles prosecutors won't charge Avenatti with felony

Los Angeles prosecutors won't charge Avenatti with felonyLos Angeles prosecutors declined on Wednesday to file felony domestic abuse charges against Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, referring the case instead to city attorneys for possible lesser charges. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office did not offer a reason for the decision, which was announced in a brief written statement. Avenatti, who thrust himself into the public eye as the outspoken attorney for Daniels in her legal battles against U.S. President Donald Trump, was arrested in Los Angeles last week on suspicion of domestic violence.



11/21/2018 - 07:33 PM

 

U.S. Border Patrol agent acquitted in Mexican teen's killing

U.S. Border Patrol agent acquitted in Mexican teen's killingA U.S. Border Patrol agent was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday in the shooting death of a Mexican teenager through a border fence, marking another defeat for federal prosecutors in the second trial over the 2012 killing. Lonnie Swartz, 43, was acquitted by a federal jury in Tucson after two days of deliberations in the death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. Swartz had been acquitted of a second-degree murder charge in April, but the jury remained deadlocked on two other charges, requiring a second trial that began in October.



11/21/2018 - 06:01 PM

 

Ex-Panama president's sons detained in Miami on corruption charges

Ex-Panama president's sons detained in Miami on corruption chargesAttorney General Kenia Porcell told local television that Martinelli's sons, Luis Enrique Martinelli and Ricardo Martinelli, had been arrested, but said he was awaiting further details. The elder Martinelli, a former supermarket tycoon who led Panama from 2009 to 2014, has been held in a prison on the outskirts of Panama City since June after being extradited from the United States. Martinelli has said he is being persecuted for political reasons by President Juan Carlos Varela.



11/21/2018 - 05:57 PM

 

Trump clashes with conservative U.S. chief justice over judiciary

Trump clashes with conservative U.S. chief justice over judiciaryThe remarks by Roberts represented his first public response to Trump over the Republican president's persistent criticism of the federal courts. "We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," Roberts, a conservative who was appointed by Republican former President George W. Bush, said in a statement released by the Supreme Court in response to a news media inquiry.



11/21/2018 - 05:43 PM

 

White House gives Mattis expanded powers for U.S. troops on border

White House gives Mattis expanded powers for U.S. troops on borderReuters reported on Monday that the White House was likely to give troops authority to protect Customs and Border Protection agents stationed along the U.S. border with Mexico if they come under threat from migrants seeking to cross into the United States. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Mattis confirmed that he had been given the additional authority, but would await a request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before deciding how to use it. Mattis said, depending on the DHS request, that troops may be given powers to temporarily detain migrants, but not the authority to arrest them.



11/21/2018 - 05:42 PM

 

American missionary killed by tribe on remote Indian island

American missionary killed by tribe on remote Indian islandJohn Allen Chau, 26, was slain on North Sentinel Island, which is home to what is considered the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world and typically out of bounds to visitors, said Dependra Pathak, the director general of police in Andaman and Nicobar. Responding to a travel blog query about what was on the top of his adventure list, Chau said: "Going back to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India." Chau also said in the blog: "I definitely get my inspiration for life from Jesus." Based on his social media posts, Chau appears to have visited India multiple times in the last few years, exploring and preaching in many parts of southern India. "We recently learned from an unconfirmed report that John Allen Chau was reported killed in India while reaching out to members of the Sentinelese Tribe in the Andaman Islands," members of the Chau family said in a post on his Instagram page.



11/21/2018 - 05:24 PM

 

Romaine is on the menu at some New York delis despite E.coli warning

Romaine is on the menu at some New York delis despite E.coli warningRomaine lettuce still had a place at the salad bars of some cafes and delicatessens in New York City on Wednesday despite a blanket warning to Americans from U.S. public health officials that none of the lettuce was safe to eat because it might be contaminated by E.coli. The warning, precipitated by an E.coli outbreak in 11 states and Canada, was issued on Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday that 32 people in 11 states had been sickened by E.coli between Oct. 8 and 31.



11/21/2018 - 04:49 PM

 

California wildfire evacuees prepare their tents for rains

California wildfire evacuees prepare their tents for rainsHeavy rains due on Wednesday in northern California are expected to hinder search teams sifting through ash and rubble for the remains of victims of the deadliest wildfire in the state's history, while inflicting misery on evacuees camped out in tents. Up to nearly eight inches (20 cm) of rain is forecast to fall by Friday in areas around the town of Paradise, the community of nearly 27,000 people 175 miles (280 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco that was largely incinerated by the Camp Fire. Kelly Boyer, who lost his home in Paradise, has been sharing a tent with a friend at an encampment outside a Walmart store in nearby Chico, where overnight low temperatures have fallen to just above freezing.



11/21/2018 - 04:01 PM

 

U.S. judge overturns New York man's conviction in tribal bond scheme

U.S. judge overturns New York man's conviction in tribal bond schemeU.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams in Manhattan ruled that the evidence at the trial earlier this year had not shown that the man, Devon Archer, knew that the bond issue was fraudulent, or that he received any personal benefit from it. "Mr. Archer has maintained his innocence throughout this painful process, and today's decision is a critical step in clearing his good name once and for all," Matthew Schwartz, one of Archer's lawyers, said in a statement.



11/21/2018 - 03:07 PM

 

CDC says U.S. abortion rate plunged in decade ending 2015

CDC says U.S. abortion rate plunged in decade ending 2015The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that statistics for 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, show the abortion rate was 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. Teens aged 15 to 19 experienced a greater decrease than older women, with the rate falling 54 percent from 2006 to 2015, the CDC said. "This decrease in abortion rate was greater than the decreases for women in any older age group," the CDC said in a statement.



11/21/2018 - 02:52 PM

 

Judge strikes down Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks

Judge strikes down Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeksIt had already been put on hold by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves after the state's lone abortion clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, immediately sued. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, states may not ban abortions before a fetus is viable, and the medical consensus is that viability typically begins between 23 and 24 weeks, Reeves wrote on Tuesday. The judge acknowledged feeling "frustration" that Mississippi lawmakers passed the statute even though similar bans in other states have also been thrown out by federal courts.



11/21/2018 - 07:19 AM

 

In Mississippi U.S. Senate race, a 'hanging' remark spurs Democrats

In Mississippi U.S. Senate race, a 'hanging' remark spurs DemocratsThe U.S. Senate race between appointed Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, a black former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary, will test the power of the black vote and the viability of Democrats in a region where Republicans have dominated for decades. Republicans will hold a Senate majority even if Hyde-Smith loses and Democrats will control the House of Representatives. Espy, 64, is a heavy underdog in the Deep South state, which has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1982.



11/20/2018 - 09:38 PM

 

Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruption

Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruptionA witness at the U.S. drug trafficking trial of accused Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Tuesday testified that he paid a multimillion-dollar bribe to an underling of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in 2005. The witness, Jesus Zambada, also said he paid millions of dollars in bribes to former Mexican government official Genaro Garcia Luna on behalf of his brother, drug lord Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, who remains at large. A spokesman for Lopez Obrador did not immediately respond to a call and text message seeking comment.



11/20/2018 - 09:36 PM

 

U.S. judge strikes down Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks

U.S. judge strikes down Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeksIt had already been put on hold by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves after the state's lone abortion clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, immediately sued. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, states may not ban abortions before a fetus is viable, and the medical consensus is that viability typically begins between 23 and 24 weeks, Reeves wrote on Tuesday. The judge acknowledged feeling "frustration" that Mississippi lawmakers passed the statute even though similar bans in other states have also been thrown out by federal courts.



11/20/2018 - 06:48 PM

 

Judge voids U.S. female genital mutilation law

Judge voids U.S. female genital mutilation lawU.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said Congress lacked authority under the Commerce Clause to adopt the 1996 law, and that the power to outlaw female genital mutilation, or FGM, belonged to individual states. "FGM is not part of a larger market and it has no demonstrated effect on interstate commerce.



11/20/2018 - 06:31 PM

 

Exclusive: Trump weighs authorizing U.S. troops to medically screen migrants

Exclusive: Trump weighs authorizing U.S. troops to medically screen migrantsThe proposal, which is still in draft form and circulating within the administration, would involve the military in screenings for things like illness and injury only if U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency personnel were overwhelmed and unable to do so on their own, the officials said. The proposal would expand the mission for the Pentagon, which said previously it did not expect its forces to directly interact with migrants. The Pentagon declined to comment on internal deliberations.



11/20/2018 - 06:01 PM

 

Traffic jams, bitter cold on this year's Thanksgiving menu

Traffic jams, bitter cold on this year's Thanksgiving menuAmericans may need an extra helping of patience this Thanksgiving weekend, with the largest number of travelers in a decade expected to hit the road or board flights to celebrate with family and friends after a prosperous year for many. The weather could complicate the journey in many parts of the country, as bitter, record-breaking cold blankets much of the Northeast on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and heavy rain in Northern California threatens to bring mudslides. Beginning on Tuesday, more than 54 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the traditional feast, jamming highways, airports, railroads and waterways, according to the American Automobile Association, the largest U.S. automotive advocacy group.



11/20/2018 - 05:20 PM

 

Two suspects arrested in deadly downtown Denver shooting

Two suspects arrested in deadly downtown Denver shootingTwo men have been arrested in a shooting on a street corner in downtown Denver in which one person was killed and four others wounded, including one of the two suspects, the city's police chief said on Tuesday. Chief Paul Pazen also said that Monday's late-afternoon barrage of gunfire in the area known as LoDo, a bustling district of hotels, restaurants and high-rise residential lofts, was a "targeted" attack, not random. The Denver Post cited a witness as saying he saw a gunman open fire with a pistol on a group of people, then get into the driver's seat of his car, slam the door shut and speed away.



11/20/2018 - 05:07 PM

 

Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruption

Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruptionThe witness, Jesus Zambada, also said he paid millions of dollars in bribes to former Mexican government official Genaro Garcia Luna on behalf of his brother, drug lord Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, who remains at large. A spokesman for Lopez Obrador did not immediately respond to a call and text message seeking comment. Garcia Luna could not immediately be reached through an email to GLAC Consulting, a security consulting firm he heads.



11/20/2018 - 04:56 PM

 

Interior's Zinke blames environmentalists for California wildfires

Interior's Zinke blames environmentalists for California wildfires"Radical environmental groups that would rather burn down the entire forest than cut a single tree or thin the forest," have brought lawsuits to stop forest management, Zinke told reporters in a teleconference about the California wildfires. "Yes, I do lay it on the feet," of environmentalists, he said. Randi Spivak, lands director for the Center of Biological Diversity, an environmental group that has sued the government over forest practices, said there have been just 38 lawsuits over the federal government's 576 forest management decisions involving California from 2009 to 2017.



11/20/2018 - 04:39 PM

 

Californians left homeless by wildfire brace for heavy rain

Californians left homeless by wildfire brace for heavy rainState and federal officials warned people to be alert to the risk of sudden flows of debris down the scorched, denuded slopes of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where the Camp Fire has killed at least 79 people since breaking out on Nov. 8. "There are people still living in tents," Eric Kurth, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service's Sacramento office, said in a telephone interview. The fire largely obliterated the town of Paradise, a community of nearly 27,000 people about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco.



11/20/2018 - 04:01 PM

 

Chicago police investigate hospital shooting that left four dead

Chicago police investigate hospital shooting that left four deadChicago police on Tuesday were seeking a motive for a shooting rampage outside and inside a hospital late Monday that left four people dead, including the gunman, a physician who was his former girlfriend and a police officer, officials said. The gunman, Juan Lopez, 32, was the former boyfriend of Dr. Tamara O'Neal, 38, who he shot and killed outside Mercy Hospital on Monday, Officer Jose Jara of the Chicago Police Department said. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday described that first killing as an act of domestic violence.



11/20/2018 - 03:49 PM

 

U.S. judge orders release of Iraqis detained by Trump administration

U.S. judge orders release of Iraqis detained by Trump administrationA U.S. judge on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to release more than 100 Iraqis it detained longer than six months while seeking to deport them, saying the government acted "ignobly" and made "demonstrably false" statements in the case. Judge Mark Goldsmith of the Eastern District of Michigan sharply criticized the government for dragging its feet in following court orders and making untrue statements about Iraqi willingness to repatriate its citizens deported from the United States. "The government has acted ignobly in this case, by failing to comply with court orders, submitting demonstrably false declarations of Government officials, and otherwise violating its litigation obligations," Goldsmith wrote.



11/20/2018 - 03:32 PM

 

U.S. to deport Taiwan student who threatened to shoot up Pennsylvania school

U.S. to deport Taiwan student who threatened to shoot up Pennsylvania schoolU.S. immigration officials were preparing on Tuesday to deport a Taiwanese exchange student who pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to shoot up the Catholic high school he attended in suburban Philadelphia. An-Tso “Edward” Sun, 18, is being held in the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. U.S. District Judge Nitza Quinones Alejandro sentenced Sun on Monday to time served, approximately five months, and ordered his immediate deportation, which could take four to six weeks, according to the student's lawyer.



11/20/2018 - 03:29 PM

 

California wildfires-related insured losses within anticipated level: Fitch

California wildfires-related insured losses within anticipated level: FitchLosses from the ongoing California wildfires will likely hurt fourth-quarter earnings of insurers, but are expected to remain within anticipated levels, ratings agency Fitch said on Tuesday. Camp Fire is the deadliest wildfire in California's history, incinerating some 12,000 homes along the way, while the Woolsey Fire in the foothills above Malibu has threatened thousands of homes. Catastrophe risk modeler Risk Management Solutions has estimated insured losses from the Camp and Woolsey fires to range from $9 billion to $13 billion.



11/20/2018 - 01:10 PM

 

U.S. judge blocks Trump asylum restrictions

U.S. judge blocks Trump asylum restrictionsA U.S. judge on Monday temporarily blocked an order by President Donald Trump that barred asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico, the latest courtroom defeat for Trump on immigration policy. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules. Tigar's order takes effect immediately, applies nationwide, and lasts until at least Dec. 19 when the judge scheduled a hearing to consider a more long-lasting injunction.



11/20/2018 - 12:18 PM

 

U.S. court allows generic version of Indivior opioid abuse drug

U.S. court allows generic version of Indivior opioid abuse drugThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit lifted a preliminary injunction that blocked Dr. Reddy's from selling the generic, saying a lower court judge erred in granting the request. Indivior said in a statement that it would continue to vigorously pursue ongoing U.S. patent litigation against Dr. Reddy's that seeks to block sales of the generic version.



11/20/2018 - 11:23 AM

 

Some California wildfire victims may never be found: searcher

Some California wildfire victims may never be found: searcher(Editor's Note: Please be advised this story contains details that may upset some readers) By Andrew Hay (Reuters) - Searchers looking for the remains of victims of the wildfire that destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise said some bodies may never be found because of the intensity of the blaze. "We have been told we're to look as hard as we can, but it's still possible we may not be able to find something left of someone," said Trish Moutard, a volunteer with the California Rescue Dog Association, who may undertake a second deployment to Paradise on Tuesday with her dog IC. "If the fire stayed long enough and burned hot enough, the bones could, at a minimum, be fragmented down to such a small amount that we couldn't see them, and it's possible that even the dogs might not be able to detect them." Authorities have been urging residents to look at the missing persons list so they can remove people now known to be safe or whose names are duplicated, said Miranda Bowersox, a spokeswoman for the Butte County Sheriff's Office.



11/20/2018 - 08:16 AM

 

EPA plans biofuel 'reset' as program misses Congress' targets

EPA plans biofuel 'reset' as program misses Congress' targetsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose new targets for the final three years of the nation's renewable fuel program in January, replacing ambitious decade-old goals set by Congress with volumes closer to the industry's current output, two people familiar with the matter said. The planned reset of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard is likely to set up a fresh battle between two industries, with corn growers wanting the highest possible targets to spur investment, and oil companies eyeing the smallest to reduce costs. Oil companies say the policy costs them a fortune.



11/20/2018 - 08:05 AM

 

Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operator

Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operatorTen John Doe defendants representing additional parties whose acts contributed to the woman's injuries and death were also named in the lawsuit filed in New York state supreme court. Amanda Rivenburg was among 20 people killed in the Oct. 6 crash. The Ford Excursion limousine carrying 17 people to a birthday party ran a stop sign at a highway intersection in Schoharie, about 40 miles (65 km) west of Albany, officials said.



11/20/2018 - 07:16 AM

 

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend Obamacare

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend ObamacareDemocrats will scrutinize the Trump administration's decision not to defend Obamacare in federal court, when Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, a leading Democrat said on Monday. In June, the Department of Justice declared the healthcare law's individual mandate unconstitutional in federal court, which threatened to undermine insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions, and helped make healthcare a winning issue for Democrats in House elections on Nov. 6.



11/20/2018 - 07:15 AM

 

White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fight

White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fightThe White House on Monday restored press access for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, ending a legal fight that had so far gone against the Trump administration. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement the press pass for Acosta, which was revoked after a contentious Nov. 7 news conference with President Donald Trump, was restored but reporters who ignored new rules for news conferences could have their credentials taken away. The White House Correspondents' Association said it had not helped craft the White House's list of rules for news conferences.



11/20/2018 - 07:14 AM

 

Trump likely to give U.S. troops authority to protect immigration agents

Trump likely to give U.S. troops authority to protect immigration agentsAhead of U.S. congressional elections earlier this month, Trump denounced the approach of a caravan of migrants as an "invasion" that threatened American national security, and he sent thousands of U.S. troops to the border to help secure it. Currently, the troops do not have authority to protect U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel. U.S. officials briefly closed the busiest border crossing from Mexico early on Monday to add concrete barricades and razor wire amid concerns some of the thousands of Central American migrants at the border could try to rush the crossing.



11/20/2018 - 07:14 AM

 

Chicago hospital shooting leaves four dead, including police officer and gunman

Chicago hospital shooting leaves four dead, including police officer and gunmanThe shooter knew the doctor he shot outside Mercy Hospital, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told a news conference, describing the initial killing as an act of domestic violence. The gunman was the ex-fiance of the doctor, Chicago media outlets reported, with one witness saying he demanded a ring back. The shooting sent doctors and patients streaming out of the facility, some with their hands up, as heavily armed police officers sought to secure the hospital.



11/20/2018 - 12:32 AM

 

Five people shot, one fatally, in downtown Denver

Five people shot, one fatally, in downtown DenverA shooting on a downtown Denver street corner on Monday left one person dead and four hospitalized with bullet wounds, as investigators sought at least one suspect still at large, a police spokesman said. No further official details were immediately available about the circumstances of the shooting, which erupted about 4 p.m. in the lower downtown area of Denver known as LoDo, a district of hotels, restaurants and high-rise residential lofts. The area is close to Coors Field, home to Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies.



11/19/2018 - 11:37 PM

 

U.S. likely to give troops authority to protect border officials

U.S. likely to give troops authority to protect border officialsThe White House is likely to grant U.S. troops on the border with Mexico additional authority to protect customs and border personnel if needed, a U.S. official said on Monday. There are about 5,900 active-duty troops on the border with Mexico. Reinforcements were sent by U.S. President Donald Trump with the goal of helping bolster the border ahead of the expected arrival of caravans of Central American migrants.



11/19/2018 - 08:27 PM

 

'El Chapo' killed man after he refused to shake his hand: trial witness

'El Chapo' killed man after he refused to shake his hand: trial witnessJoaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was a ruthless killer who ordered the murder of a man who had refused to shake his hand at a meeting, a prosecution witness told jurors at Guzman's U.S. trial on Monday. Jesus Zambada, the brother of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada who was Guzman's alleged partner in running the Sinaloa Cartel, gave his most dramatic testimony after three days on the witness stand as he described Guzman's involvement in a series of murders. In a cross-examination, one of Guzman's defense lawyers launched an attack on Zambada's credibility, highlighting inconsistencies between his testimony and his original statements to U.S. prosecutors.



11/19/2018 - 07:11 PM

 

White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fight

White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fightThe White House on Monday restored press access for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, ending a legal fight that had so far gone against the Trump administration. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement the press pass for Acosta, which was revoked after a contentious Nov. 7 news conference with President Donald Trump, was restored but reporters who ignored new rules for news conferences could have their credentials taken away. The White House Correspondents' Association said it had not helped craft the White House's list of rules for news conferences.



11/19/2018 - 06:54 PM

 

Two killed in shooting at Chicago hospital, including gunman: local media

Two killed in shooting at Chicago hospital, including gunman: local mediaTwo people were killed and two others critically wounded in a shooting at a Chicago hospital on Monday, and among the dead was the gunman who started shooting in the parking lot and then burst into the medical facility and opened fire, according to local media. A police officer was among those wounded in the shooting on Chicago's South Side at Mercy Hospital, officials said. Police cars and ambulances swarmed the hospital after the shooting.



11/19/2018 - 06:29 PM

 

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend Obamacare

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend ObamacareDemocrats will scrutinize the Trump administration's decision not to defend Obamacare in federal court, when Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, a leading Democrat said on Monday. In June, the Department of Justice declared the healthcare law's individual mandate unconstitutional in federal court, which threatened to undermine insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions, and helped make healthcare a winning issue for Democrats in House elections on Nov. 6.



11/19/2018 - 05:46 PM

 

Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operator

Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operatorTen John Doe defendants representing additional parties whose acts contributed to the woman's injuries and death were also named in the lawsuit filed in New York state supreme court. Amanda Rivenburg was among 20 people killed in the Oct. 6 crash. The Ford Excursion limousine carrying 17 people to a birthday party ran a stop sign at a highway intersection in Schoharie, about 40 miles (65 km) west of Albany, officials said.



11/19/2018 - 03:47 PM

 

U.S. briefly shutters border crossing to brace for migrants

U.S. briefly shutters border crossing to brace for migrantsU.S. officials briefly closed the busiest border crossing from Mexico early on Monday to add concrete barricades and razor wire amid concerns that some of the thousands of Central American migrants at the border could try to rush the crossing. Northbound lanes at the San Ysidro crossing from Tijuana to San Diego, California, were closed "to position additional port hardening materials," a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said.



11/19/2018 - 03:41 PM

 

Trial spotlights U.S. drug safety concerns at compounding pharmacies

Trial spotlights U.S. drug safety concerns at compounding pharmaciesJanet Woodcock, who heads the FDA's pharmaceuticals division, testified in Boston federal court that she had never seen an outbreak like the one New England Compounding Center's mold-tainted steroids caused in 2012. Compounding pharmacies make tailor-made drugs for patients whose needs cannot be met by FDA-approved medications. Woodcock's testimony came during the sixth week of a trial of six former NECC employees or executives indicted after the outbreak.



11/19/2018 - 03:37 PM

 

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on asylum policy

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on asylum policyA U.S. judge closely questioned the government on Monday as he weighed whether to temporarily halt an order from President Donald Trump that bars asylum for migrants who illegally cross the border with Mexico. Trump cited an overwhelmed immigration system for his recent proclamation that officials will only process asylum claims for migrants who present themselves at an official entry point. Civil rights groups argue that Trump's Nov. 9 order violated administrative and immigration law.



11/19/2018 - 02:58 PM

 

Rain may hamper search for California wildfire victims

Rain may hamper search for California wildfire victimsThe remains of 77 people have been recovered, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said late on Sunday, as it cut the number of missing to 993 from 1,276. The Camp Fire broke out in northern California on Nov. 8 and quickly all but obliterated Paradise, a mountain town of nearly 27,000 people around 90 miles (150 km) north of the state's capital, Sacramento. It has burned about 151,000 acres (61,107 hectares) and was 66 percent contained early on Monday, up from 65 percent late on Sunday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.



11/19/2018 - 02:06 PM

 

 

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