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U.S. high court rebuffs Hawaii B&B that turned away lesbian couple

U.S. high court rebuffs Hawaii B&B that turned away lesbian coupleThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a new dispute involving gay and religious rights, leaving in place a lower court ruling against a Hawaii bed and breakfast owner who turned away a lesbian couple, citing Christian beliefs. The justices refused to hear an appeal by Phyllis Young, who runs the three-room Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu, of the ruling that she violated a state anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to Diane Cervilli and Taeko Bufford in 2007. A state court ruled that Young ran afoul of Hawaii's public accommodation law, which among other things bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.



03/18/2019 - 11:46 AM

 

U.S. high court takes up sentencing appeal in 'D.C. Sniper' case

U.S. high court takes up sentencing appeal in 'D.C. Sniper' caseThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether a man serving life in prison over his role in a deadly 2002 shooting spree in the Washington area should be resentenced because he was only 17 years old at the time. The nine justices will hear an appeal filed by the state of Virginia objecting to a lower court's decision ordering that Lee Boyd Malvo's sentence of life in prison without parole in the so-called D.C. Sniper crimes be thrown out. Malvo and an older accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, shot dead 10 people over three weeks in Washington, Maryland and Virginia.



03/18/2019 - 11:34 AM

 

Top U.S. court spurns Georgia death row inmate's racist juror claim

Top U.S. court spurns Georgia death row inmate's racist juror claimThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for a black Georgia death row inmate to be executed, turning away his bid to challenge his death sentence for the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law on the basis that the trial was tainted by a racist white juror who questioned whether black people have souls. The allegations of racial bias arose from an interview with one of the jurors years later, not comments made during the trial. Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a statement agreeing with the court's decision not to hear the case, noting that it turned on whether Tharpe could appeal and not the merits of his claim.



03/18/2019 - 10:57 AM

 

Supreme Court takes up Kansas identity theft case

Supreme Court takes up Kansas identity theft caseThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a bid by Kansas to revive the state's policy of prosecuting people for identity theft for using other people's Social Security numbers to gain employment in a case linked to immigration issues. The justices will hear the state's appeal of a 2017 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that voided the convictions of three restaurant workers and found that a 1986 federal law, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, prevents states from pursuing such prosecutions. The three men - Ramiro Garcia, Donaldo Morales and Guadalupe Ochoa-Lara - had provided their employers Social Security numbers that were not their own before being prosecuted for identity theft.



03/18/2019 - 10:57 AM

 

U.S. prosecutors charge former UAW vice president in corruption probe

U.S. prosecutors charge former UAW vice president in corruption probeWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors in Detroit on Monday charged a former United Auto Workers vice president with conspiracy to violate labor laws.



03/18/2019 - 10:48 AM

 

Nebraska nuclear plant still at full power as floodwaters recede

Nebraska nuclear plant still at full power as floodwaters recede"We are operating at full power and the water is receding ... and we expect the water level to continue dropping," NPPD spokesman Mark Becker said, noting there was no danger to the plant employees or the public. Becker said NPPD and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have checked the levees at Cooper and they are "in good shape." He also noted the Army Corps was reducing water releases from the Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River between Nebraska and South Dakota to help reduce flooding downriver.



03/18/2019 - 10:13 AM

 

U.S. youth plan Washington rally to protest climate inaction

U.S. youth plan Washington rally to protest climate inactionHundreds of youngsters are planning to skip school to join a rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers are calling an international Youth Climate Strike to seek action on climate change. The demonstrations, which will call on politicians to take action to combat climate change, express support for measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democratic environmental proposal that has become a lightning rod for Republican criticism. "So many kids are going to be in the street, so many kids are going to influence people, so many kids are finally going to be able to have their voices heard, so many adults are going to finally wake up," said 12-year-old Haven Coleman of Denver, one of three youth organizers of the protest in the United States, in a phone interview.



03/18/2019 - 10:03 AM

 

Democratic donor in $292 million bank fraud gets early prison release

Democratic donor in $292 million bank fraud gets early prison releaseA New York financier and Democratic political donor who pleaded guilty to a $292 million bank fraud is being released early from his 12-year prison term and moving to home confinement, court papers show. Hassan Nemazee, 69, who has spent about 8-1/2 years in prison, obtained approval last week from the federal Bureau of Prisons for the move, which is scheduled for late this week. Nemazee in January had asked his sentencing judge, U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein, for early release.



03/18/2019 - 09:56 AM

 

Trump wants GM CEO 'to do something quickly' to reopen Ohio plant

Trump wants GM CEO 'to do something quickly' to reopen Ohio plantPresident Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he urged General Motors Co's chief executive to "do something quickly" to reopen the company's Lordstown, Ohio, plant that was idled more than a week ago. Referring to his conversation with CEO Mary Barra, Trump added: "I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. Trump also tweeted on Saturday to urge GM to reopen the plant, saying: "Toyota is investing 13.5 $Billion in U.S., others likewise.



03/18/2019 - 09:25 AM

 

Fire engulfs eight massive petrochemical storage tanks in Houston

Fire engulfs eight massive petrochemical storage tanks in HoustonA fire at a fuels storage company at the Houston Ship Channel spread on Monday to eight massive petrochemical storage tanks, shutting schools and forcing residents in the suburb of Deer Park to stay indoors. The fire, which sent a plume of black smoke across the city's eastern half and was visible from 10 miles (16 km) away, began in a giant storage tank containing naphtha, a volatile component of gasoline, at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. School officials in Deer Park, population 32,000, and nearby La Porte, Texas, with about 34,000 residents, suspended classes and told employees not to report to work on Monday.



03/18/2019 - 08:54 AM

 

Far-flung job offers pose tough choices for GM Ohio workers

Far-flung job offers pose tough choices for GM Ohio workersGeneral Motors Co built the final Chevrolet Cruze small car at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant on March 6, despite demands from President Donald Trump, Ohio political leaders and the United Auto Workers union not to close the plant and leave nearly 1,500 workers laid off. Dina Mays, a 14-year veteran of Lordstown Assembly, was not at the plant for its last day. Consumers shifting away from traditional sedans such as the Cruze have left GM with more workers assigned to building cars than the market can support.



03/18/2019 - 08:40 AM

 

Americans to bet $8.5 billion on NCAA's 'March Madness' basketball tournament: report

Americans to bet $8.5 billion on NCAA's 'March Madness' basketball tournament: reportA plurality of bettors - 29 percent - favor Duke University's Blue Devils to win, according to a report from the American Gaming Association (AGA), a casino industry group. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's tournament to determine the Division I men's basketball champions begins on Tuesday and ends April 8 in Minneapolis. This year is the first time the tournament will be held since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May 2018 allowed states to legalize, regulate and tax sports betting.



03/18/2019 - 07:25 AM

 

Spring weather to bring more floods to waterlogged U.S. Plains states

Spring weather to bring more floods to waterlogged U.S. Plains states"The good news is that apart from some very light rain tonight, this will be generally a dry week across the region," said Bob Oravec, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's (NWS) Weather Prediction Center. Slightly above average springtime temperatures means more water from snow melt is going into already flooded river basins," Oravec said. Temperatures across the hardest-hit areas of Nebraska and Iowa will be reach highs in the low 50 degrees Fahrenheit through midweek and into the 60s by Friday, he said.



03/18/2019 - 05:56 AM

 

Tank fire sends black smoke plume across Houston

Tank fire sends black smoke plume across HoustonA storage tank fire on the Houston Ship Channel sent a plume of black smoke across the eastern half of the city on Sunday forcing residents in the suburb of Deer Park, Texas, to remain indoors. A giant storage tank containing volatile naphtha at Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) Deer Park site continued to burn six hours after the blaze broke out at about 10:30 a.m. local time (1530 GMT). Ships were continuing to move along the ship channel which connects refineries and chemical plants in Houston and Texas City, Texas, with the Gulf of Mexico.



03/17/2019 - 06:36 PM

 

More flooding expected for devastated U.S. plains states

More flooding expected for devastated U.S. plains statesWater levels were expected to rise through the week, according to the National Weather Service, prompting evacuations in communities along the Missouri River on the Nebraska and Iowa border, as well as the Elkhorn and Platte rivers in Nebraska. "We're looking at widespread flooding that continues until at least early next week in the Plains and Midwest region," said meteorologist Marc Chenard with the service's Weather Prediction Center. "The big ones are at record stages right now," Chenard said.



03/17/2019 - 05:12 PM

 

Two people hurt in Los Angeles gasoline tanker blast

Two people hurt in Los Angeles gasoline tanker blastA plume of thick black smoke rose into the sky over 216 West Slauson Avenue in Florence as planes headed for nearby Los Angeles International Airport, according to photographs on social media. "At 7:45 a.m., there were reports of a gas leak with an explosion," firefighter Nicholas Prange told Reuters in a phone interview. "Fire was coming from a storm drain and a leaking tanker," he said.



03/17/2019 - 01:55 PM

 

Trump urges General Motors to reopen Ohio plant in tweet

Trump urges General Motors to reopen Ohio plant in tweetU.S. President Donald Trump urged General Motors Co to reopen Ohio plant in a tweet on Saturday, ten days after the plant made its last Chevrolet Cruze. The last Cruze rolled off the assembly line a week ago Wednesday at GM's plant in Lordstown, Ohio, the first of five plants in North America to end production this year and ending U.S. production of the Cruze.



03/16/2019 - 05:48 PM

 

Police have man in custody for murder of New York Mafia boss

Police have man in custody for murder of New York Mafia bossPolice have a 24-year-old suspect in custody in the slaying of reputed Mafia boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali in New York City, authorities said on Saturday. The 53-year-old Cali, who was shot to death on Wednesday outside his Staten Island home, was allegedly the head of the Gambino family, one of the five Italian-American Mafia families that have historically dominated organized crime in New York and New Jersey. Police apprehended Anthony Comello in New Jersey on Saturday and expect to charge him with murdering Cali, the New York Police Department's Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told a news conference.



03/16/2019 - 05:12 PM

 

U.S. seizes 1 million pounds of pork from China on swine fever concerns

U.S. seizes 1 million pounds of pork from China on swine fever concernsU.S. border agents have seized around 1 million pounds of pork from China, a spokesman for the agency said on Friday, over suspicions that it might contain African swine flu disease which has hit Chinese pork output. "The seizure was in an effort to battle the spread of African swine fever," Anthony L. Bucci, Public Affairs Specialist at U. S. Customs and Border Protection, told Reuters over email. Asked if the seized pork had African swine fever, Bucci said, "This is an ongoing investigation," and added that the federal agents were working with U.S. Department of Agriculture on the issue.



03/16/2019 - 10:54 AM

 

U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inaction

U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inactionHundreds of youngsters skipped school to rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers called an international youth climate strike to seek action on climate change. Chanting "climate action now!", some 1,500 students joined the event in front of the Capitol Building, where Congress sits, while similar rallies were held in 46 states. The demonstrations, which demanded politicians take action to combat climate change, backed measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democratic environmental proposal that has become a lightning rod for Republican criticism.



03/16/2019 - 05:44 AM

 

U.S. eases protections for threatened bird in Western states

U.S. eases protections for threatened bird in Western statesConservation groups denounced the move as a handout to the oil and gas industries, while an industry group praised it. Former President Barack Obama's 2015 plan to protect the ground-dwelling sage grouse imposed restrictions to development in their habitat but fell short of placing the bird on the endangered species list, which would have imposed far more rigid rules. Of the 11 Western states included in the 2015 plans, seven opted for changes, according to BLM.



03/16/2019 - 05:39 AM

 

Probe widens into deaths of 22 racehorses at Santa Anita Park near LA

Probe widens into deaths of 22 racehorses at Santa Anita Park near LAThe Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has joined the inquiry into circumstances surrounding the recent deaths of 22 horses at Santa Anita Park, one of America's premiere thoroughbred racetracks, the agency said on Friday. Word that local law enforcement was involved in seeking the underlying causes for the spate of deaths came a day after Santa Anita announced an unprecedented ban on the use of drugs and whips in competition there. Santa Anita suspended racing indefinitely in early March to launch its own investigation into whether track conditions led to a unusually high number of breakdowns.



03/15/2019 - 10:02 PM

 

U.S. high court broadens scope of census citizenship question case

U.S. high court broadens scope of census citizenship question caseIn the aftermath of a March 6 ruling by a federal judge in California, the high court said it will decide whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ran afoul of the Constitution's so-called Enumeration Clause, which sets out the terms under which people should be counted in the census, when he added the citizenship question in March 2018. Various states including New York and California as well as civil rights groups have challenged the question in court. Two judges have blocked the addition of the question.



03/15/2019 - 09:51 PM

 

U.S. farm belt slammed by floods, heavy snow from bomb cyclone

U.S. farm belt slammed by floods, heavy snow from bomb cycloneA "bomb cyclone" hurled hurricane-force winds, sparked tornadoes and dumped heavy snow and rain across the Plains and western Midwest on its march across the United States this week. Prolonged supply disruptions could rattle cattle, hog and feed grain markets around the region and futures on the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Archer Daniels Midland Co was forced to shutter its massive Columbus, Nebraska, corn processing facility due to flooding.



03/15/2019 - 07:25 PM

 

'Bomb cyclone' triggers flooding on Mississippi, Missouri rivers

'Bomb cyclone' triggers flooding on Mississippi, Missouri riversNebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued an emergency declaration for the state, citing forecasts of up to 2 feet (0.61 m) of snow and high winds that are expected to make travel "difficult to impossible" on roads. "Nebraskans should watch the forecast closely in the coming days and be prepared for severe weather events in conjunction with potential historic flooding," Ricketts said in the declaration. "Widespread and extremely dangerous flooding will continue today and tonight," the National Weather Service office in Omaha, Nebraska, said on Friday in a statement.



03/15/2019 - 07:12 PM

 

Hung jury declared in Florida officer's attempted manslaughter trial

Hung jury declared in Florida officer's attempted manslaughter trialThe six-member Miami-Dade County jury also acquitted the North Miami police officer, Jonathan Aledda, of a single misdemeanor count of culpable negligence in the non-fatal 2016 shooting. The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on two counts of attempted manslaughter and a second negligence count, a state attorney spokeswoman said. Prosecutors will decide by March 27 whether to pursue the three undecided charges, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.



03/15/2019 - 06:37 PM

 

U.S. Soccer Federation defends support for women's team after lawsuit

U.S. Soccer Federation defends support for women's team after lawsuitAll 28 members of the U.S. women's squad were named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was filed in federal court in Los Angeles on International Women's Day last week. Federation president Carlos Cordeiro said in an open letter that the body had made a sincere effort to provide the very best resources possible to the women's team. "U.S. Soccer believes that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay, and we strive to meet this core value at all times," he added.



03/15/2019 - 06:23 PM

 

Ex-U.S. intelligence officer pleads guilty to attempted espionage for China

Ex-U.S. intelligence officer pleads guilty to attempted espionage for ChinaA former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency officer pleaded guilty to attempted espionage for China, the Justice Department said on Friday. The officer, Ron Rockwell Hansen, was accused of trying to transmit classified U.S. national defense information to China and receiving "hundreds of thousands of dollars" while illegally acting as an agent for the Chinese government. Hansen started working at the DIA, which specializes in military intelligence, in 2006 after his retirement from the U.S. Army, and held a top-secret security clearance for many years, according to the Justice Department.



03/15/2019 - 05:24 PM

 

Pimco says college scandal mastermind spoke at two events it hosted

Pimco says college scandal mastermind spoke at two events it hostedThe figure at the center of the U.S. college cheating scandal spoke twice in the past decade at events hosted by Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco), one of the world's largest asset managers whose former chief executive is ensnared in the fraud, the company said on Friday. Some Pimco employees also used William 'Rick' Singer's "legitimate college prep services," Pimco said in a statement. "We have no information at this time, however, to indicate Pimco employees acted improperly in their private capacity," Pimco said.



03/15/2019 - 05:08 PM

 

U.S. eases protections for threatened bird in Western states

U.S. eases protections for threatened bird in Western statesConservation groups denounced the move as a handout to the oil and gas industries, while an industry group praised it. Former President Barack Obama's 2015 plan to protect the ground-dwelling sage grouse imposed restrictions to development in their habitat but fell short of placing the bird on the endangered species list, which would have imposed far more rigid rules. Of the 11 Western states included in the 2015 plans, seven opted for changes, according to BLM.



03/15/2019 - 02:39 PM

 

Few Americans see savings from Trump's tax reform: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Few Americans see savings from Trump's tax reform: Reuters/Ipsos pollNEW YORK (Reuters) - Only one in five U.S. taxpayers expects to pay less income tax this year as a result of the tax reform law passed in 2017 by Republicans who promised big savings for everyday Americans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.



03/15/2019 - 02:36 PM

 

U.S. college admissions scam shows coaches in smaller sports can be big players

U.S. college admissions scam shows coaches in smaller sports can be big playersWithout the focus or funding enjoyed by the heads of top college football and basketball teams, these obscure influencers turned out to be major players in a scheme to sell admissions slots to the wealthy parents of children with no real sports credentials. No figures are publicly available on how many slots college admissions offices reserve for athletic recruits each year, but they can add up to dozens at large universities, recruited athletes and college admissions advisers said in interviews this week. Parents and high school students have increasingly turned to athletic recruitment as an advantage in the admissions process over the past two decades, Newcomer said.



03/15/2019 - 02:33 PM

 

U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inaction

U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inactionHundreds of youngsters skipped school to rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers called an international youth climate strike to seek action on climate change. Chanting "climate action now!", some 1,500 students joined the event in front of the Capitol Building, where Congress sits, while similar rallies were held in 46 states. The demonstrations, which demanded politicians take action to combat climate change, backed measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democratic environmental proposal that has become a lightning rod for Republican criticism.



03/15/2019 - 02:33 PM

 

U.S. regulators want public's view on cars with no steering wheel, brakes

U.S. regulators want public's view on cars with no steering wheel, brakesThe U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has delayed action for 15 months on General Motors Co's request to deploy a limited number vehicles on U.S. roads without steering wheels or other human controls such as a brake pedal. In GM's petition, NHTSA will for the first time compare a vehicle in which all driving decisions are made by a computer versus a human driver. NHTSA called it "an important case of first impression," presenting "novel and important issues." The decision to move forward comes amid heightened concerns about automated piloting systems in vehicles and aircraft.



03/15/2019 - 02:05 PM

 

U.S. mosques increase security after New Zealand attack

U.S. mosques increase security after New Zealand attackMosques around the United States increased security measures for Friday prayers after a gunman shot dead 49 people and wounded more than 40 at two New Zealand mosques. Police in New York and other cities said they were stepping up patrols at mosques and other places of worship as a precaution, although there was no sign of any specific threat. Nihad Awad, head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said at a Washington news conference that he urged Muslims who would be praying at the more than 3,000 mosques in the United States to "not abandon your mosques." For years, American Muslims have become used to police patrols, active shooter drills and private security officers guarding mosques for Friday prayers.



03/15/2019 - 01:39 PM

 

Nebraska preps nuclear plant for possible flooding, no public danger

Nebraska preps nuclear plant for possible flooding, no public dangerNPPD said its workers have filled sandbags along the river levee and procured other materials and supplies for flood protection. The biggest danger to a nuclear plant from flooding is the loss of power, which can make it difficult to cool the uranium fuel in the reactor core and the fuel stored in the spent fuel pool.



03/15/2019 - 12:32 PM

 

Trump 'wall' in desolate stretch of New Mexico has some asking: Why here?

Trump 'wall' in desolate stretch of New Mexico has some asking: Why here?The radio on a Border Patrol SUV driving along the divide was mostly silent. To many locals and public officials familiar with the area, the $74-million structure just west of tiny Santa Teresa marks a surprising priority in the Trump administration’s efforts to build a wall against illegal immigration, drugs and human trafficking. Just dead money going into the middle of the desert," said Jerry Pacheco, president and CEO of the Border Industrial Association, a nonprofit representing industries in southern New Mexico.



03/15/2019 - 07:38 AM

 

Post-Katrina promise of oil money leaves states shortchanged

Post-Katrina promise of oil money leaves states shortchanged(Reuters) - In 2006, a year after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the U.S. government struck a deal to give states in the region a growing share of offshore drilling revenues to finance projects protecting them from future monster storms.



03/15/2019 - 07:30 AM

 

Hudson Yards redraws New York skyline

Hudson Yards redraws New York skylineHudson Yards, a $25 billion complex of skyscrapers, shops and attractions reshaping the skyline on Manhattan's far west side, is throwing a coming-out party on Friday to mark the opening of New York City's newest neighborhood. With about a dozen glass-and-steel towers, a vertical shopping mall and a cultural center, the development has reimagined a neighborhood once dominated by rundown industrial buildings and auto repair shops as an architectural landmark. The scale and ambition of the 28-acre project along the Hudson River are impressive, said Patrice Derrington, director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University.



03/15/2019 - 06:06 AM

 

Southern Poverty Law Center fires its co-founder, chief litigator

Southern Poverty Law Center fires its co-founder, chief litigatorDees, 82, was terminated on Wednesday after he failed to meet the organization's standards, said Richard Cohen, the president of the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in a statement.



03/14/2019 - 09:37 PM

 

'Bomb cyclone' winter storm moves east after punishing Colorado

'Bomb cyclone' winter storm moves east after punishing ColoradoDENVER (Reuters) - A powerful late-winter blizzard dubbed a "bomb cyclone" by meteorologists moved east on Thursday, hurling hurricane-force winds, tornadoes after dumping heavy snow on Colorado and the plains states and killing a state trooper.



03/14/2019 - 09:32 PM

 

TPG Rise founder leaves firm in wake of U.S. college admissions scandal

TPG Rise founder leaves firm in wake of U.S. college admissions scandalTPG Capital said on Thursday it had fired senior executive Bill McGlashan after he was charged in connection with a U.S. college fraud scheme that has ensnared Hollywood celebrities and corporate elite. "We believe the behavior described to be inexcusable and antithetical to the values of our entire organization," TPG said in a statement. In a separate statement via a spokesman, McGlashan said he was resigning from the TPG Rise Fund and TPG Growth.



03/14/2019 - 07:27 PM

 

Advantage Lithium replaces CEO in wake of college admissions scandal

Advantage Lithium replaces CEO in wake of college admissions scandal(Reuters) - Advantage Lithium Corp said on Thursday it has temporarily replaced Chief Executive David Sidoo as he battles U.S. fraud charges connected to a sweeping college admissions scandal.



03/14/2019 - 07:27 PM

 

Defendants in New Mexico compound case hit with new charges

Defendants in New Mexico compound case hit with new chargesFive people taken into custody in August at a New Mexico compound where 11 children were found ragged and starving have been charged with a conspiracy to carry out attacks on U.S. targets, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.The superseding indictment adds to firearms offenses already filed against the defendants in U.S. District Court following a raid at the makeshift training camp where a 3-year-old boy was found buried. "The superseding indictment alleges a conspiracy to stage deadly attacks on American soil," U.S. Attorney John Anderson said in a written statement. Federal public defender Kari Converse, a lead attorney for the defendants in the case, said she was out of state on Thursday and could not comment on the superseding indictment until she had studied it more thoroughly.



03/14/2019 - 06:26 PM

 

Southern Poverty Law Center fires its co-founder, chief litigator

Southern Poverty Law Center fires its co-founder, chief litigatorDees, 82, was terminated on Wednesday after he failed to meet the organization's standards, said Richard Cohen, the president of the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in a statement.



03/14/2019 - 05:52 PM

 

Vectrus wins $548 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

Vectrus wins $548 million U.S. defense contract: PentagonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vectrus Systems Corp has been awarded a $548 million U.S. defense contract for Kuwait base operations and security support services, the Pentagon said on Thursday.



03/14/2019 - 05:19 PM

 

Mississippi River closed near Baton Rouge after towboat sinks: U.S. Coast Guard

Mississippi River closed near Baton Rouge after towboat sinks: U.S. Coast GuardThe river was closed from mile marker 224.5 to 226 while a Coast Guard team monitors the water for any signs of pollution and an Army Corps of Engineers crew searches for the sunken towboat. Four crew members aboard the vessel Michelle Ann were rescued with no reported injuries, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard declined to project how long the river would remain closed, according to a spokesman.



03/14/2019 - 04:26 PM

 

Families can sue gun maker for Sandy Hook school massacre: court

Families can sue gun maker for Sandy Hook school massacre: courtIn a 4-3 ruling widely expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Connecticut's highest court found the lawsuit could proceed based on a state law protecting consumers against fraudulent marketing. "The Connecticut Supreme Court has blown a very large hole into the federal immunity for firearms manufacturers in lawsuits alleging criminal misuse of the products they sell," said Timothy Lytton, a law professor at Georgia State University and author of a book on gun litigation.



03/14/2019 - 04:24 PM

 

Trump fails to end 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation lawsuit

Trump fails to end 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation lawsuitA New York state appeals court rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's effort to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on his television show "The Apprentice," or delay it until after he leaves the White House. In a 3-2 decision on Thursday, the Appellate Division in Manhattan said the U.S. Constitution did not strip state courts of power to decide cases arising under state constitutions, even if they involved sitting presidents. Despite suggesting he embodies the executive branch and has significant responsibilities, "the President is still a person, and he is not above the law," Justice Dianne Renwick wrote.



03/14/2019 - 02:07 PM

 

U.S. lawmakers say Boeing 737 MAX 8 grounded for at least 'weeks'

U.S. lawmakers say Boeing 737 MAX 8 grounded for at least 'weeks'U.S. lawmakers said after a briefing with the acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday that Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded for "weeks" at a minimum, until a software upgrade could be tested and installed in all of the planes. FAA Administrator Dan Elwell told reporters on Wednesday the software update will be ready within a couple of months after regulators around the world grounded the plane following a second fatal crash in the 737 MAX 8 since October. The FAA said Monday it planned to require the upgrade it termed "design changes" by April.



03/14/2019 - 01:57 PM

 

 

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