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Award reversed for Connecticut inmate who challenged confinement

Award reversed for Connecticut inmate who challenged confinementA divided federal appeals court threw out a $62,650 award that Connecticut had been ordered to pay a former inmate who said the state unconstitutionally kept him in segregation for 23 hours a day for nearly a year, though he was only a pretrial detainee. By a 2-1 vote on Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals chastised Connecticut for violating the due process rights of the former inmate, Almighty Supreme Born Allah, but said state prison officials were entitled to qualified immunity.



11/22/2017 - 12:08 PM

 

Alabama prisoner recaptured after second escape in three weeks

Alabama prisoner recaptured after second escape in three weeksShane Anthony Vernon, 27, was taken into custody without incident late Tuesday by DeKalb County Police just west of Atlanta, about 150 miles from the Coosa County jail in Alabama from which he escaped twice, the Coosa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Vernon, who ditched a stolen car on Sunday then eluded officers on foot in the woods of neighboring Elmore County, north of Montgomery, is being held in the DeKalb County jail and awaiting extradition to Alabama, the sheriff's office said. Vernon had previously broken out of the Coosa County jail on Oct. 29 when he pulled out of his restraints while being booked for burglary and theft, the sheriff's office said.



11/22/2017 - 11:43 AM

 

Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment(Reuters) - The pace slowed in the third week of enrollment for 2018 Obamacare individual insurance as nearly 800,000 people signed up through the federal government website HealthCare.gov, down about 75,000 people from the previous week, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday. There was an increase, however, in the number of new consumers to the program created by former President Barack Obama, to 220,323 from 208,397 in the previous week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said. Republican President Donald Trump and lawmakers are trying to undo Obama's health law but do not have enough votes to repeal it and so must continue to run the insurance program, which offers income-based subsidies.



11/22/2017 - 11:09 AM

 

U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea, three missing

U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea, three missingA U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippine Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. "Search and rescue efforts for three personnel continue with U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships and aircraft on scene," the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a news release.



11/22/2017 - 08:21 AM

 

Trump: Father of UCLA player in shoplifting case is 'ungrateful fool'

Trump: Father of UCLA player in shoplifting case is 'ungrateful fool'(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reignited a feud with the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, calling him an "ungrateful fool" in a series of early-morning tweets. LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, has played down Trump’s involvement in the three athletes’ release from Chinese detention after they admitted to stealing items from three stores during a team trip to China earlier this month. "...LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you.



11/22/2017 - 07:42 AM

 

The social media answer to stressful U.S holiday: Friendsgiving

The social media answer to stressful U.S holiday: FriendsgivingAmericans overwhelmed by crowded highways and the prospect of cooking a turkey and all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving holiday dinner are turning for relief to the latest social-media driven holiday - Friendsgiving. From low-key gatherings of college buddies ahead of a holiday meal with family to intricately choreographed potlucks on Thanksgiving Day proper, celebrated this year on Nov. 23, Americans are sharing ways to avoid the stress of family gatherings. "Forever putting the fun in dysfunctional ... Happy #Friendsgiving," Providence, Rhode Island radio host Bekah Berger said on Twitter.



11/22/2017 - 07:11 AM

 

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Douglas says doctor sexually abused her

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Douglas says doctor sexually abused herThree-times Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas said on Tuesday she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, the latest in a list of female athletes to accuse the doctor of misconduct. Douglas, who last week was criticized for placing some of the onus on women to avoid sexual harassment, apologized again for her remarks while adding that she too was abused by Nassar, who is in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. In an Instagram post on Tuesday addressing last week's comments that were viewed by some as victim shaming, Douglas wrote: "It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar.



11/22/2017 - 12:49 AM

 

Haitians in U.S. malign Trump decision to send them back home

Haitians in U.S. malign Trump decision to send them back homeBy Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - Haitian immigrants on Tuesday decried a U.S. decision to end a program that granted 59,000 Haitians temporary visas after the 2010 earthquake, saying they would be sent back to a country that has yet to recover from that disaster and others since. The United States offered Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, to Haitians after the January 2010 earthquake killed some 300,000 people and devastated a country that has long been the poorest in the Americas. The administration of former President Barack Obama extended the program several times, finding that conditions in Haiti were too dire to send the beneficiaries home.



11/21/2017 - 11:51 PM

 

David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67

David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the "The Partridge Family" television show, died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said. Cassidy, who was diagnosed with dementia in his 60s, entered a Florida hospital over the weekend and succumbed to organ failure. Geffen released a statement from his family that said Cassidy died surrounded by loved ones "with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long." With dark hair cascading over his shoulders, hazel eyes and a look that emulated many rock stars of the day, Cassidy was cast at 19 in "The Partridge Family" for his sex appeal to girls, not his singing.



11/21/2017 - 10:01 PM

 

Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations

Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegationsBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, saying the Alabama Republican had denied allegations of sexual misconduct and emphasizing that he did not want Moore's Democratic opponent to win. Trump previously said that Moore should step aside if the allegations were true.



11/21/2017 - 09:45 PM

 

U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open: State Department

U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open: State DepartmentThe United States wants the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to keep its Washington office open and is in talks with Palestinian officials about the issue despite a U.S. decision that could trigger its closure, the State Department said on Tuesday. Under the law, the PLO, the main Palestinian umbrella political body, cannot operate a Washington office if it urges the ICC to prosecute Israelis for alleged crimes against Palestinians.



11/21/2017 - 09:40 PM

 

White House personnel investigated for improper foreign contact: Washington Post

White House personnel investigated for improper foreign contact: Washington PostThree U.S. military personnel allegedly had improper contact with foreign women while traveling with President Donald Trump on his trip this month to Asia, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The three Army noncommissioned officers, who worked for the White House Communications Agency, have been reassigned from their White House jobs, according to the Post, which cited officials familiar with the situation. “We are aware of the incident, and it is currently under investigation,” said Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright.



11/21/2017 - 08:57 PM

 

Many in Haiti thank U.S. for renewal, not end, of protected status

Many in Haiti thank U.S. for renewal, not end, of protected statusPORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to end from July 2019 a scheme that protects some 59,000 Haitians from deportation from the United States was viewed positively on Tuesday in Haiti, where many were pleased that the program would last for another 20 months. In the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, the U.S. decision was viewed less as an unfortunate end, but instead, as an unexpected extension. "(The) Haitian presidency welcomes with a lot of satisfaction the renewal of TPS and thanks President Trump's administration," said Lucien Jura, spokesman for Haitian President Jovenel Moise.



11/21/2017 - 08:15 PM

 

American, United settle World Trade Center developer's 9/11 claims

American, United settle World Trade Center developer's 9/11 claimsThe developer of the World Trade Center in New York has reached a $95.2 million settlement of all claims against American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and other aviation defendants stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which involved the carriers' hijacked planes. Insurers will cover the payout to entities affiliated with Larry Silverstein and his Silverstein Properties, according to settlement papers filed on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.



11/21/2017 - 07:00 PM

 

Man charged with terrorism, murder in New York truck attack

Man charged with terrorism, murder in New York truck attackA federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Sayfullo Saipov on terrorism and murder charges stemming from last month's truck attack in Lower Manhattan in which eight people were killed, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Saipov was arrested immediately after the Oct. 31 attack in which he plowed a truck down a New York City bike lane and has been in federal custody. The indictment charged Saipov with eight counts of murder, 12 counts of attempted murder, one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to Islamic State and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle resulting in death, the Justice Department said.



11/21/2017 - 06:35 PM

 

Ex-New York prison guards found guilty of charges over 2013 beating

Ex-New York prison guards found guilty of charges over 2013 beatingTwo former New York state jail guards were found guilty by a Manhattan jury on Tuesday of federal charges related to the 2013 beating of an inmate who suffered life-threatening injuries, prosecutors announced. Kathy Scott, 43, and George Santiago, 35, were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the inmate, Kevin Moore, and falsifying records to cover up the beating, according to the office of acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan.



11/21/2017 - 06:31 PM

 

World Trade Center developer settles with United, American over 9/11

World Trade Center developer settles with United, American over 9/11The developer of the World Trade Center site in New York has reached a $95.2 million settlement of all claims against American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and other aviation industry defendants stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which involved the carriers' hijacked planes. Insurers are responsible for the payout to entities affiliated with Larry Silverstein and his Silverstein Properties, according to settlement papers filed on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.



11/21/2017 - 06:27 PM

 

House ethics panel investigating allegations against U.S. Rep. Conyers

House ethics panel investigating allegations against U.S. Rep. ConyersBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Tuesday it was investigating allegations of sexual harassment against U.S. Representative John Conyers, who said his office had resolved a harassment case with a payment but no admission of guilt. A BuzzFeed News report late on Monday cited allegations from former staffers that Conyers, 88, made sexual advances to female staff. The Democratic congressman from Michigan issued a statement on Tuesday prior to the Ethics Committee's announcement that did not give details of the case but said he would fully cooperate in any investigation.



11/21/2017 - 05:49 PM

 

U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open -State Dept

U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open -State DeptThe United States wants the Palestine Liberation Organization to keep its Washington office open and is in talks with Palestinian officials about the issue despite a U.S. decision that could trigger its closure, the State Department said on Tuesday. Under the law, the PLO, the main Palestinian umbrella political body, cannot operate a Washington office if it urges the ICC to prosecute Israelis for alleged crimes against Palestinians.



11/21/2017 - 05:45 PM

 

Chicago's county plugs budget hole from repealed soda tax

Chicago's county plugs budget hole from repealed soda taxIllinois' Cook County, which includes Chicago, will fill a budget gap caused by last month's repeal of a sugary drink tax through hundreds of layoffs and other measures, under a $5.2 billion fiscal 2018 spending plan approved by county commissioners on Tuesday. The county faced intense opposition from beverage companies, retailers and residents to a penny-per-ounce tax on soda, sports and energy drinks and other beverages, which took effect in August. Action by the county board to terminate the tax beginning Dec. 1 left the budget proposed by Board President Toni Preckwinkle more than $200.6 million short on revenue.



11/21/2017 - 05:42 PM

 

Death of Border Patrol agent in Texas may have been assault: FBI

Death of Border Patrol agent in Texas may have been assault: FBIA U.S. Border Patrol agent who died while patrolling a remote part of West Texas may have been assaulted, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday in a case that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to renew his call for a border wall. Rogelio Martinez, 36, died on Sunday from injuries suffered while on patrol in sparsely populated Culberson County, and his partner was seriously injured, authorities said without naming his partner. Both agents sustained traumatic head injuries and broken bones, the FBI in El Paso said.



11/21/2017 - 05:26 PM

 

Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations

Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegationsBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, saying the Alabama Republican had denied allegations of sexual misconduct and emphasizing that he did not want Moore's Democratic opponent to win. Trump has previously said that Moore should step aside if the allegations were true.



11/21/2017 - 05:17 PM

 

Chicago mayor's fiscal 2018 budget wins city council approval

Chicago mayor's fiscal 2018 budget wins city council approvalThe Chicago City Council gave final approval on Tuesday to a fiscal 2018 budget that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said keeps the city's shaky finances on a path toward stability. Emanuel, who took office in 2011, said the city needs to keep addressing its fiscal challenges. "Our work isn't done," he told the council following the 47-3 budget vote.



11/21/2017 - 05:16 PM

 

Virginia election results face delay, possible recounts

Virginia election results face delay, possible recountsDemocrats said that the State Board of Elections "acknowledged that at least 83 people were mis-assigned in the system and thus possibly disenfranchised from voting in their appropriate house district," according to a statement from the Virginia House Democratic Caucus on Monday. If Republicans win the seats, the state's House would be split 51 to 49 between Republicans and Democrats, respectively, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.



11/21/2017 - 05:14 PM

 

Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant goes to jury

Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant goes to juryJuan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, also known as Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, said he shot Kate Steinle by accident on a pier in San Francisco on July 1, 2015. The case, sent to the jury on Tuesday afternoon, became a rallying cry for Trump in his push to halt illegal immigration and penalize so-called sanctuary cities, including San Francisco.



11/21/2017 - 05:12 PM

 

Second U.S. judge halts Trump ban on transgender troops

Second U.S. judge halts Trump ban on transgender troopsA second federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, ruling that the prohibition likely amounted to unconstitutional discrimination. U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis in Baltimore ruled that the ban lacked justification and "cannot possibly constitute a legitimate governmental interest." His ruling followed a similar one by a federal judge in Washington on Oct. 30. Garbis, appointed to the federal bench by former Republican president George Bush in 1989, went further than the Washington judge by also blocking the government's directive to stop funding sex-reassignment surgery while the case moves forward, as some of the plaintiffs would be impacted by the prohibition.



11/21/2017 - 05:10 PM

 

MS-13 gang leader in Massachusetts convicted of racketeering

MS-13 gang leader in Massachusetts convicted of racketeeringThe leader of a Massachusetts-based unit of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang was convicted on Tuesday of racketeering conspiracy in the first trial in Boston to stem from a crackdown that led to charges against 61 people, prosecutors said. Rafael Leoner Aguirre, a Salvadoran national who prosecutors said led an MS-13 "clique" in Chelsea, Massachusetts, was found guilty by a federal jury in Boston following a two-week trial, prosecutors said.



11/21/2017 - 05:08 PM

 

CBS channels go dark on U.S. Dish network over fee dispute

CBS channels go dark on U.S. Dish network over fee disputeIf the blackout continues, nearly 3 million Dish subscribers will not be able to watch the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers play the Dallas Cowboys on the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Subscribers will also miss Southeastern Conference football coverage over the weekend.



11/21/2017 - 04:45 PM

 

U.S. House ethics panel investigating allegations against Rep. Conyers

U.S. House ethics panel investigating allegations against Rep. ConyersWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Tuesday it is investigating allegations of sexual harassment against Representative John Conyers.



11/21/2017 - 04:34 PM

 

Citi hit with $6.5 million in U.S. fines over student loans

Citi hit with $6.5 million in U.S. fines over student loansThe U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said on Tuesday it had ordered Citibank to pay $6.5 million for allegedly harming borrowers with student loan servicing failures. The agency said it ordered Citibank to end illegal loan practices and pay $3.75 million in redress to consumers and a $2.75 million civil penalty. Student debt can carry tax benefits but Citi failed to guide customers through paperwork that could lead to tax savings, according to the agency.



11/21/2017 - 04:30 PM

 

U.S. warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia

U.S. warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi ArabiaThe U.S. State Department on Tuesday warned citizens to "consider the risks" when traveling to Saudi Arabia due to militant threats and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilians by rebels in Yemen. The warning comes two weeks after U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia said it had shot down a ballistic missile fired by Iran-aligned Houthis from Yemen towards the Saudi capital Riyadh. The missile, which the Houthis said was in response to Saudi-led air strikes on civilians in Yemen, was shot down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties.



11/21/2017 - 03:37 PM

 

SEC charges Oyster Bay, New York, with bond fraud

SEC charges Oyster Bay, New York, with bond fraudNEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged Oyster Bay, New York and former town supervisor John Venditto with defrauding municipal bond investors by concealing side deals with a local restaurateur. Prosecutors also added 21 new criminal charges, including securities and wire fraud, to an indictment against Venditto, who had originally been charged with corruption in October 2016, along with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.



11/21/2017 - 03:35 PM

 

U.S. jury clears ex-Swiss banker of aiding tax dodgers

U.S. jury clears ex-Swiss banker of aiding tax dodgersA former Swiss banker was found not guilty on Tuesday of U.S. charges that he conspired to help Americans hide millions of dollars in offshore accounts to evade taxes. Stefan Buck, who was head of private banking at the now-shuttered Zurich-based Bank Frey & Co, was acquitted by a federal court jury of conspiring to defraud the United States, according to James Margolin, a spokesman for the office of acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan. "We are thrilled with the jury’s verdict," said Marc Agnifilo, a lawyer for Buck.



11/21/2017 - 03:21 PM

 

Smithsonian, Christo stole credit from top photographer, lawsuit says

Smithsonian, Christo stole credit from top photographer, lawsuit saysThe Smithsonian Institution and the artist Christo were sued on Tuesday by a New York photographer who accused them of stealing credit for his photos of "Running Fence," a 1976 installation that remains one of Christo's best-known works. Gianfranco Gorgoni said he never gave permission to use his copyrighted photos of the 24-mile (39 km) nylon-and-steel installation for a 2010 book, "Remembering the Running Fence," and film accompanying a Smithsonian exhibition.



11/21/2017 - 01:50 PM

 

U.S. threatens to sue Harvard over admissions policies

U.S. threatens to sue Harvard over admissions policiesBy Scott Malone and Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Harvard University to force it to turn over documents as it investigates whether the Ivy League school's admission policies violate civil rights laws by discriminating against Asian-American applicants. The Justice Department cited a 2015 lawsuit that charges Harvard's affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants, in a letter setting a Dec. 1 deadline for Harvard to hand over documents on its admission policies.



11/21/2017 - 01:20 PM

 

Additional remains found of U.S. soldier killed in Niger

Additional remains found of U.S. soldier killed in NigerInvestigators found additional human remains in early November of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush last month in Niger along with three other U.S. soldiers, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The ambush drew attention to the little-known U.S. military presence in Niger, and it came under further scrutiny when President Donald Trump’s handling of condolence messages to the families of the dead U.S. soldiers was criticized by lawmakers in Washington. Investigators found the remains on Nov. 12 and military medical examiners have verified that the remains were Johnson's, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.



11/21/2017 - 12:17 PM

 

U.S. appeals court revives claims in $1.7 billion Iran terrorism lawsuit

U.S. appeals court revives claims in $1.7 billion Iran terrorism lawsuitA federal appeals court in New York on Tuesday revived part of a $1.68 billion lawsuit against Iran's central bank, Bank Markazi, by families of soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon.



11/21/2017 - 12:14 PM

 

No bail for suspect in fatal Pennsylvania cop shooting

No bail for suspect in fatal Pennsylvania cop shootingPolice had been looking for Rahmeal Holt, 29, since New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw was gunned down late on Friday after a traffic stop and foot chase in the small town about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. "He was on the run, that's for sure, from the minute the shots were fired," and moved from place to place to avoid capture, Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck told reporters.



11/21/2017 - 12:03 PM

 

U.S. border officials violated court orders on travel ban: watchdog

U.S. border officials violated court orders on travel ban: watchdogThe Department of Homeland Security violated two court orders in the days after U.S. President Donald Trump issued a temporary travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, according to the department's watchdog. DHS Inspector General John Roth summarized his findings in a letter dated Monday to three Democratic U.S. senators, saying he has been unable to release the full 87-page report, completed six weeks ago. After the Jan. 27 order by the president, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) "was very aggressive in preventing affected travelers from boarding aircraft bound for the United States, and took actions that, in our view, violated two separate court orders," Roth said.



11/21/2017 - 11:26 AM

 

U.S. charges two with bribing African officials for China energy firm

U.S. charges two with bribing African officials for China energy firmThe United States has charged a former Senegalese foreign minister and a former top Hong Kong government official with links to a Chinese energy conglomerate with bribing high-level officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for the mainland company.



11/21/2017 - 10:34 AM

 

Doubts linger after Florida's Scott pitches biggest budget

Doubts linger after Florida's Scott pitches biggest budgetAfter deep cuts in spending for Florida schools and other public programs following the Great Recession, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott this month proposed an $87.4 billion budget he says boosts spending on some depleted services to record levels. Despite Scott's meaty 2018-2019 budget recommendation, which is about $2.4 billion above current spending, advocates for Florida public education, environment and affordable housing remained skeptical the new plan would go far enough. "It doesn't move Florida (schools) out from the bottom when compared to other states," said Mark Pudlow, spokesman for the Florida Education Association, the state's teachers union.



11/21/2017 - 10:22 AM

 

New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challenges

New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challengesBy Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) - New leadership at Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility may not be sufficient to compensate for missteps following Hurricane Maria that led to delayed work, recurrent blackouts and more than $500 million in contracts with untested companies now under federal investigation. A management shakeup on Friday will not by itself cure the chaotic and slow power restoration efforts two months after the hurricane struck the island. PREPA's chief executive Ricardo Ramos stepped down unexpectedly last week, days after congressional hearings on the restoration.



11/21/2017 - 10:15 AM

 

Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnoutBy Julie Steenhuysen ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Reuters) - Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan. Hospitals such as St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor have been investing in programs ranging from yoga classes to personal coaches designed to help doctors become more resilient. Some leading healthcare executives now say the way medicine is practiced in the United States is to blame, fueled in part by growing clerical demands that have doctors spending two hours on the computer for every one hour they spend seeing patients.



11/21/2017 - 01:21 AM

 

U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019

U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019The United States in July 2019 will end a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation after a devastating 2010 earthquake, senior Trump administration officials said on Monday. The decision by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke gives Haitians 18 months to return to their impoverished Caribbean country or legalize their status in the United States. Former President Barack Obama's administration granted Haitian nationals in the United States so-called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for 18 months after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010, killing more than 300,000 people.



11/20/2017 - 11:08 PM

 

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crashThe two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.



11/20/2017 - 10:32 PM

 

Witness in U.S. FIFA trial describes off-books payments to soccer officials

Witness in U.S. FIFA trial describes off-books payments to soccer officialsA government witness in the U.S. corruption trial related to soccer's world-governing body FIFA testified on Monday about millions of dollars paid to former soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting and sponsorship rights for international tournaments, all logged in a secret spreadsheet. The witness, Santiago Pena, said he was a financial manager at the Argentina-headquartered sports marketing firm Full Play from 2009 to 2015 and kept an Excel file which he presented in court. Each of the officials was given a code name in the spreadsheet of different car brands, Pena testified in Brooklyn federal court.



11/20/2017 - 07:09 PM

 

Nebraska clears path for Keystone XL pipeline, challenges remain

Nebraska clears path for Keystone XL pipeline, challenges remainBy Kevin O'Hanlon and Ethan Lou LINCOLN, Neb./CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators approved a route for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline through the state on Monday, removing a big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project backed by President Donald Trump, but leaving its future shrouded in legal and market uncertainty.



11/20/2017 - 07:05 PM

 

Hundreds of Las Vegas shooting victims file lawsuits in California court

Hundreds of Las Vegas shooting victims file lawsuits in California courtMuhammad Aziz, a Houston-based lawyer heading the lawsuits, said they were filed in California because nearly all the plaintiffs were from the state and had been treated there. Paddock also killed himself.



11/20/2017 - 06:43 PM

 

TransCanada starts excavation work after South Dakota pipeline leak

TransCanada starts excavation work after South Dakota pipeline leakThe 590,000 barrel per day Keystone pipeline, which links Alberta's oil sands to U.S. refineries, was shut down on Thursday after a 5,000 barrel spill. Calgary-based TransCanada is working through the clean-up process, said Brian Walsh, environmental scientist manager for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.



11/20/2017 - 06:40 PM

 

Nebraska regulators approve Keystone XL pipeline route in win for Trump

Nebraska regulators approve Keystone XL pipeline route in win for TrumpBy Kevin O'Hanlon and Valerie Volcovici LINCOLN, Nebraska/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators voted on Monday to approve a route for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline through the state, lifting the last big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project that U.S. President Donald Trump wants built. The 3-2 decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission helps clear the way for the pipeline linking Canada's Alberta oil sands to refineries in the United States, but is likely to be challenged in court by opponents who say the project is an environmental risk. The commission's approval was not for TransCanada's preferred route, but for a slightly longer alternative that could prove more difficult and costly to build.



11/20/2017 - 06:39 PM

 

 

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