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Former Expedia IT employee get 15 months in prison for insider trading

Former Expedia IT employee get 15 months in prison for insider tradingJonathan Ly, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Coughenour in Seattle after pleading guilty in December to a securities fraud charge for having engaged in an insider trading scheme that prosecutors said netted him $331,000. As part of a plea deal, Ly had also agreed to repay Expedia the $81,592 it spent investigating the computer intrusion. Prosecutors had sought a two-year prison sentence for Ly, a resident of San Francisco, according to court papers.



04/25/2017 - 02:02 PM

 

Officer says 'minimal but necessary force' used on United passenger

Officer says 'minimal but necessary force' used on United passengerOne of the police officers who forcibly removed a passenger from a United Airlines flight said "minimal but necessary force" was used in the incident that became a public relations disaster for the carrier, according to a report released by the city. Video recorded by other passengers showed David Dao, a 69-year-old doctor, being dragged down the aisle with blood on his face after refusing to give up his seat on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky on April 9. Dao suffered a concussion and a broken nose, lost two front teeth and is likely to sue the airline, according to his lawyer, Thomas Demetrio.



04/25/2017 - 01:08 PM

 

New York City subway faces two lawsuits over disabled access

New York City subway faces two lawsuits over disabled accessMost of New York City's huge, aging subway system is inaccessible to disabled people, and its operator illegally discriminates against them by failing to fix the problems, disability rights advocates said in two lawsuits on Tuesday. According to complaints filed in federal and state courts in Manhattan, only 112 of the city's 472 subway stations are wheelchair-accessible, and even those often end up off-limits to disabled people because elevators break down so often. Nick Paolucci, a spokesman for the city's law department, called the plaintiff's claim against the city "misplaced" because the MTA and the New York City Transit Authority oversee subway operations.



04/25/2017 - 12:49 PM

 

U.S. Supreme Court may limit where companies can be sued

U.S. Supreme Court may limit where companies can be suedU.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled a willingness to place limits on where corporations can be sued in a dispute involving drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, a potential setback to plaintiffs' lawyers who try to bring suits in friendly courts. The justices heard arguments in Bristol-Myers' appeal of a California Supreme Court ruling allowing that state's courts to hear claims related to its blood-thinning medication Plavix even though most plaintiffs do not live in the state and the company is not based there. The justices on Monday also were set to hear a similar appeal by Texas-based BNSF Railway Co of a 2015 Montana Supreme Court ruling allowing out-of-state residents to sue there over injuries that happened anywhere in BNSF's nationwide network.



04/25/2017 - 12:26 PM

 

WTO lets Mexico slap trade sanctions on U.S. in tuna dispute

WTO lets Mexico slap trade sanctions on U.S. in tuna disputeMexico can impose annual trade sanctions worth $163.23 million against the United States after winning a dispute over trade in tuna fish, a World Trade Organization arbitrator ruled on Tuesday. Mexico's economy ministry said it planned immediate action to initiate the trade sanctions. The sanctions award was only a third of the $472.3 million Mexico had asked for.



04/25/2017 - 11:52 AM

 

Mexico plans immediate action on US imports after WTO tuna ruling

Mexico plans immediate action on US imports after WTO tuna rulingThe Mexican economy ministry said on Tuesday it would immediately initiate the process of taking retaliatory steps against U.S. imports following a ruling by the World Trade Organization in Mexico's favor in a dispute over tuna. "Mexico will immediately seek authorization ... to suspend benefits, and in parallel, will initiate the internal procedures necessary to make said suspension effective against imports of products from the USA," the ministry said in a statement. Mexico had complained to the WTO about U.S. tuna labeling rules that it said unfairly penalized its fishing industry, and had asked for retaliatory sanctions of $472.3 million, which it planned to impose on imports of U.S. high-fructose corn syrup.



04/25/2017 - 11:16 AM

 

Waymo testing self-driving car ride service in Arizona

Waymo testing self-driving car ride service in ArizonaAlphabet Inc's Waymo autonomous vehicle group will begin testing a self-driving car program for hundreds of families in Phoenix, Arizona and is buying 500 Chrysler minivans to do so, the companies said on Tuesday. Waymo, which along with Google is owned by Alphabet Inc, recently has been quietly testing the service for a handful of families, learning what potential customers would want from a ride service, the company said in a blog post. It urged people to apply to take part in an expanded test, which is the first public trial of Waymo's self-driving cars.



04/25/2017 - 03:12 AM

 

Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000

Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas carried out back-to-back executions on Monday night, administering lethal injections to two men convicted of rape and murder to become the first U.S. state to put more than one inmate to death on the same day in 17 years. Marcel Williams, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:33 CDT, a little more than three hours after the execution of 52-year-old Jack Jones, according to officials at Cummins Unit prison, about 75 miles southeast of the state capital, Little Rock. The two men were among eight that the state had initially planned to execute over the course of 11 days this month, prompted by the impending expiration date of the state's supplies of midazolam, a sedative used as part of the three-drug protocol.



04/25/2017 - 12:51 AM

 

Arkansas preps for first U.S. double execution since 2000

Arkansas preps for first U.S. double execution since 2000The U.S. Supreme Court denied last-minute appeals from one of two Arkansas killers scheduled for execution on Monday evening, clearing the way for the first of two back-to-back executions to proceed. Jack Jones, 52, who raped and killed a woman in 1995 and left her 11-year-old daughter for dead, and Marcel Williams, 46, who kidnapped, raped and murdered a woman in 1997, were scheduled for lethal injection in what would be the first time in 17 years that a U.S. state executed two inmates on the same day. The two men separately filed 11th-hour applications with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday afternoon seeking to have their executions halted.



04/24/2017 - 07:36 PM

 

Trump pushes Democrats on border wall as government shutdown looms

Trump pushes Democrats on border wall as government shutdown loomsU.S. President Donald Trump pressed Democrats on Monday to include funds for his promised border wall with Mexico in spending legislation as lawmakers worked to avoid a looming shutdown of the federal government. Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but a White House-backed bill to gut former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, failed to gather full party support and imploded last month.



04/24/2017 - 07:32 PM

 

Students sue UC Berkeley over canceled Ann Coulter speech

Students sue UC Berkeley over canceled Ann Coulter speech(Reuters) - Students who invited conservative commentator Ann Coulter to speak at the University of California at Berkeley sued school officials on Monday, saying their cancellation of the event was discriminatory and violated free speech rights. The Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation said in their lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, that U.C. Berkeley was violating their constitutional rights seeking to "burden or ban" events "involving the expression of conservative viewpoints." The groups named University of California President Janet Napolitano and other university officials in the lawsuit. Coulter had been scheduled to speak on April 27 but the appearance was canceled by the university, Berkeley citing violence that broke out at the campus in February hours before another right-wing media figure, Milo Yiannopoulos, was scheduled to speak.



04/24/2017 - 07:18 PM

 

State Department website posts article on Trump's Florida resort

State Department website posts article on Trump's Florida resortBy Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department website on Monday took down an article it published this month about President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort which had prompted criticism from prominent ethics experts that the piece represented use of public office for private gain. The original article was posted on April 4 on the "Share America" website, overseen by the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs. It was also shared on the websites and social media pages of several U.S. embassies, including those in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Albania, as well as the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.



04/24/2017 - 07:09 PM

 

Ex-Guinea minister charged with laundering bribes goes to trial

Ex-Guinea minister charged with laundering bribes goes to trialIn an opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lorinda Laryea told jurors in Manhattan federal court that Mahmoud Thiam, a U.S. citizen, used the money to fund a "lavish lifestyle" including a mansion and private schools for his children in New York. Thiam, 50, has pleaded not guilty to money laundering.



04/24/2017 - 06:33 PM

 

Teacher accused of kidnapping to face federal charges in Tennessee

Teacher accused of kidnapping to face federal charges in TennesseeA former Tennessee schoolteacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old girl and taking her on a multistate odyssey that included sexual abuse before the pair were found in California will be returned to face federal kidnapping charges in Nashville. Tad Cummins, 50, appeared in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, California, on Monday on a charge of transporting Elizabeth Thomas across state lines for sex. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall Newman ordered Cummins to be kept in federal custody as a flight risk and a danger to others, and returned to Tennessee for trial.



04/24/2017 - 06:23 PM

 

U.S. charges investment bank vice president with insider trading

U.S. charges investment bank vice president with insider tradingAn investment banking vice president and risk management specialist was criminally charged on Monday with insider trading in Neustar Inc before the advertising technology company agreed to be acquired by a private equity firm. Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy, an Indian citizen living in West New York, New Jersey, made about $48,000 trading Neustar stock and options in a brokerage account held by him and his wife, after learning that Golden Gate Capital was in talks to buy the company, court papers show. Shares of Neustar rose 21 percent last Dec. 14 after Golden Gate's takeover of the Sterling, Virginia-based company for about $2.9 billion including debt.



04/24/2017 - 06:14 PM

 

Two Bundy supporters convicted in Nevada, mistrial called on others

Two Bundy supporters convicted in Nevada, mistrial called on othersGregory Burleson and Todd Engel, two of six Bundy supporters on trial Monday, were convicted of obstruction of justice and interstate travel in aid of extortion in a case that came to symbolize tensions in the American West over the federal ownership of land. Burleson also was found guilty of firearms charges and threatening and assault of a federal officer, according to Trisha Young, a spokeswoman for the Nevada District Attorney's Office.



04/24/2017 - 06:05 PM

 

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush staying in hospital few more days

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush staying in hospital few more days"Mr. Bush will remain in the hospital for a few more days of observation, and his medical team hopes to discharge him by the end of the week," it said in a written statement. A spokesman for the former president, Jim McGrath, directed Reuters to the hospital statement.



04/24/2017 - 05:50 PM

 

Democratic state attorneys general decry student loan rework by Republicans

Democratic state attorneys general decry student loan rework by RepublicansBy Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been reworking student lending since her appointment in February, raising concerns among Democrats that she will undo former President Barack Obama's overhaul of college financial aid. On Monday, 21 state attorneys general, all Democrats, wrote to Republican DeVos decrying her decision to end the Education Department's work on reforming loan servicing, steps intended to ensure that borrowers understand their outstanding debt and repayment options.



04/24/2017 - 05:47 PM

 

Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at U.S. Capitol

Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at U.S. CapitolTwo dozen red-hatted protesters gathered on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Monday to call for easing federal marijuana laws, but police snuffed out the party by arresting four of them after they lit up joints. The activists, who carried marijuana-leaf flags and a sign saying "Let DC Tax and Regulate Marijuana," were calling for coast-to-coast legalization of the recreational use of marijuana and protections for those who use cannabis for medical reasons. The protest included the recitation of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian and Rastafarian prayers on the lawn outside the domed national landmark.



04/24/2017 - 05:00 PM

 

Former Haiti coup leader pleads guilty in U.S. drug case

Former Haiti coup leader pleads guilty in U.S. drug caseThe leader of a 2004 coup that toppled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide pleaded guilty on Monday to a money laundering charge related to an international drug trafficking scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Guy Philippe, 49, admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering stemming from his receipt of cash payments tied to narcotics sales in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Justice Department said. Prosecutors said Philippe, a former high-ranking official in the Haitian National Police, received more than $1.5 million of bribe payments to ensure the safe transit of drug shipments.



04/24/2017 - 04:57 PM

 

Ex-Eaton Vance portfolio manager to plead guilty to fraud in U.S. court

Ex-Eaton Vance portfolio manager to plead guilty to fraud in U.S. courtA former Eaton Vance Corp portfolio manager has agreed to plead guilty to having engaged in a fraudulent scheme involving call options that enabled him to illegally make $1.9 million, according to papers filed in Boston federal court on Monday. Kevin Amell, 45, a onetime vice president at the Boston-based asset management firm, agreed to plead guilty to securities fraud and forfeit $1.95 million as part of a deal in which prosecutors would seek a prison sentence of no more than 27 months, the documents said. A lawyer for Amell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



04/24/2017 - 04:22 PM

 

New Orleans removes first of four statues deemed racially offensive

New Orleans removes first of four statues deemed racially offensiveAuthorities took down the statue honoring the so-called Battle of Liberty Place, acting without notice and under the cover of darkness for security reasons, and will move it to a museum or other facility, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. A federal court cleared the way for its removal in March. Erected in 1891, the monument commemorates an 1874 attack on the racially integrated city police and state militia by the white supremacist "Crescent City White League," the mayor's office said.



04/24/2017 - 02:49 PM

 

N.Y. appeals court to review conviction of ex-Goldman programmer

N.Y. appeals court to review conviction of ex-Goldman programmerThe nearly eight-year legal odyssey of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer Sergey Aleynikov is not over, after New York State's highest court agreed to review his reinstated conviction for stealing high-frequency trading code. Aleynikov may appeal the conviction won by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance because "questions of law are involved which ought to be reviewed," the Court of Appeals said in an order dated April 20. The order came nearly three months after an intermediate appeals court in Manhattan voted 5-0 to revive Aleynikov's conviction on one count of stealing Goldman code as he prepared to join a Chicago start-up, Teza Technologies LLC.



04/24/2017 - 02:20 PM

 

Liberal U.S. justices lean toward death row inmate in mental health dispute

Liberal U.S. justices lean toward death row inmate in mental health disputeLiberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated support for a convicted murderer held on Alabama's death row who argued he had a right to an independent medical expert to assess his mental health and potentially help him avoid execution. The legal fight involving Alabama inmate James McWilliams assumed greater importance in the past week after two death row inmates who Arkansas plans to execute, Don Davis and Bruce Ward, had their cases put on holding pending the Supreme Court's decision regarding McWilliams, due by the end of June.



04/24/2017 - 01:58 PM

 

Trump talks about Mars mission on call with record-breaking astronaut

Trump talks about Mars mission on call with record-breaking astronautWhitson, 57, turned a zero-gravity summersault during the video call from the International Space Station, where she serves as station commander. "What an amazing thing you've done," said Trump, speaking from the Oval Office on his first call with an astronaut serving aboard the $100 billion orbital outpost. "It's a huge honor to break a record like this," Whitson said with a beaming smile.



04/24/2017 - 12:40 PM

 

Former Magyar Telekom executives settle FCPA charges with U.S. SEC

Former Magyar Telekom executives settle FCPA charges with U.S. SECWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two former executives at the Hungarian telecommunications company Magyar Telekom will pay financial penalties and accept corporate officer and director bars to settle alleged anti-bribery law violations, U.S. regulators said Monday.



04/24/2017 - 11:36 AM

 

Anti-Semitic acts spiked since Trump election win, watchdog says

Anti-Semitic acts spiked since Trump election win, watchdog saysAnti-Semitic incidents, from bomb threats and cemetery desecration to assaults and bullying, have surged in the United States since the election of President Donald Trump, and a "heightened political atmosphere" played a role in the rise, the Anti-Defamation League said on Monday. Overall, the number of acts targeting Jews and Jewish institutions rose 34 percent in 2016 to 1,266 in 2016 and jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, the ADL said.



04/24/2017 - 11:20 AM

 

U.S. top court won't review Houston police shooting 'waistband' defense

U.S. top court won't review Houston police shooting 'waistband' defenseThe justices, over a dissent by liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, let stand a lower court's dismissal of a civil rights lawsuit brought by Ricardo Salazar-Limon, the drunken driving suspect who was left partially paralyzed after the 2010 traffic stop, against the officer who shot him, Chris Thompson. The issue of police use of force has been in the spotlight in the United States following a series of shootings by officers of minorities in recent years as well as high-profile attacks on law enforcement officers. Sotomayor, writing in a dissent joined by fellow liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said the court's refusal to take up the case continues a "disturbing trend" of shielding police officers from lawsuits and rarely intervening when they act wrongly.



04/24/2017 - 11:14 AM

 

Lawyer representing United passenger takes on American Airlines

Lawyer representing United passenger takes on American AirlinesThe lawyer representing Dr. David Dao, who was dragged from a United Airlines plane, said he will also represent a woman whose clash with an American Airlines flight attendant went viral over the weekend. Thomas Demetrio told CNBC on Monday that he will represent both passengers whose recent confrontations with airline and airport employees sparked global outrage and prompted a nationwide conversation over U.S. carriers' treatment of passengers. The video is a microcosm of what's wrong with the airline industry today," Demetrio said in an interview with CNBC.



04/24/2017 - 10:30 AM

 

U.S. high court won't review WellCare ex-CEO fraud conviction

U.S. high court won't review WellCare ex-CEO fraud convictionFarha began serving a three-year sentence at a minimum security federal prison in Alabama after the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in August 2016. Farha had asked the justices to overturn his conviction, taking issue with the trial judge's handling of his case.



04/24/2017 - 09:58 AM

 

U.S. top court preserves Alabama campaign finance curbs

U.S. top court preserves Alabama campaign finance curbsThe Alabama Democratic Conference had asked the justices to review a September 2016 decision by the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that sided with the state and found that the law did not violate the organization's rights to free expression and free association under the U.S. Constitution.



04/24/2017 - 09:45 AM

 

U.S. Supreme Court snubs Chesapeake Energy in bonds dispute

U.S. Supreme Court snubs Chesapeake Energy in bonds disputeThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by natural gas company Chesapeake Energy Corp to avoid having to pay $438.7 million to investors in a bonds dispute. The justices refused to hear the Oklahoma City-based company's appeal of a September 2016 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of bondholders. The appeals court said the payout was justified after Chesapeake Energy waited too long to tell bondholders of its plan to redeem $1.3 billion of their debt six years early.



04/24/2017 - 09:36 AM

 

Funeral set for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez

Funeral set for former NFL star Aaron HernandezThe funeral of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will take place on Monday, five days after he was found hanged by a bed sheet in a Massachusetts prison in what state officials have ruled a suicide. Hernandez had been a rising star in the National Football League with a $41 million contract when he was arrested in June 2013 and charged with murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park not far from the Patriots' stadium.



04/24/2017 - 09:14 AM

 

St. Louis wins U.S. approval to explore airport privatization

St. Louis wins U.S. approval to explore airport privatizationThe U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday it has granted preliminary approval to St. Louis to explore putting its city-owned airport under private management. The announcement could help gauge private sector interest in the Trump administration's calls for investors to boost infrastructure. The Missouri airport would become the second major U.S. airport after San Juan, Puerto Rico to operate under private management.



04/24/2017 - 06:02 AM

 

Small children among five dead in New York house fire

Small children among five dead in New York house fireA passing motorist spotted the roaring fire that engulfed the home in the Queens Village neighborhood and called the fire department around 2:30 p.m., the New York Fire Department said in a statement on its Facebook page. "None of the five people in the home survived," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in the statement. Small children were among the dead, de Blasio said.



04/23/2017 - 07:39 PM

 

Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day

Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance DayU.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the "darkest chapter of human history" in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.



04/23/2017 - 07:10 PM

 

Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal

Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall dealPresident Donald Trump put pressure on Democrats on Sunday as U.S. lawmakers worked to avoid a government shutdown, saying Obamacare would die without a cash infusion the White House has offered in exchange for their agreement to fund his border wall. The escalated push to get Trump's priorities, which Democrats reject, into spending legislation could jeopardize prospects for an agreement to keep the government open. If talks fail, the government would shut down on Saturday, Trump's 100th day in office.



04/23/2017 - 04:02 PM

 

Florida evacuation orders lifted as rain quells wildfires

Florida evacuation orders lifted as rain quells wildfires(Reuters) - Florida officials on Sunday lifted evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes threatened by wildfires in drought-stricken central and southwestern parts of the state, after rainfall helped firefighters battle the blazes. As of Sunday morning, a 5,500-acre wildfire in Collier County in southwest Florida that has destroyed nine homes was 50 percent contained, according to officials. In Polk County in central Florida, a wildfire that charred 700 acres was 75 percent contained.



04/23/2017 - 03:14 PM

 

American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over stroller

American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over strollerAmerican Airlines on Saturday apologized to a female passenger and suspended an employee after a video showing an onboard clash over a baby stroller went viral, in the latest embarrassment for a U.S. carrier over how it treated a customer. The clip, posted on Facebook on Friday by a bystander aboard the flight, shows a woman in tears with a young child in her arms, and a man emerging from his seat to confront a male flight attendant who apparently wrested the stroller from the woman. Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya, who posted the video, wrote that the flight attendant had forcefully taken the stroller, hitting the woman with it and just missing her child.



04/23/2017 - 12:46 PM

 

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all began

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all beganBy Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday makes his first major appearance since leaving office, having chosen Chicago, the city where his political career started, to emerge from a three-month hiatus from the public eye. Obama will meet youth leaders and promote community organizing near the same South Side neighborhoods where his own activism blossomed and propelled him to two terms in the White House that ended with Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as Obama’s first White House chief of staff, said that he was proud that Obama picked Chicago to make his last speech as president and the first in his post-presidency.



04/23/2017 - 09:41 AM

 

March for Science draws big crowds, clever signs across U.S.

March for Science draws big crowds, clever signs across U.S.By Lacey Johnson and Lisa Fernandez WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a "celebration of science" to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. Demonstrators carried signs like "There Is No Planet B," "No One Is Above Peer Review," "Revenge of the Nerds" and "Make Science Great Again," a play on U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign promise to "Make America Great Again." Other signs featured mathematical formulas in a display of geek humor. While the events were non-partisan according to organizers, many marchers were in effect protesting Trump's proposal to sharply cut federal science and research budgets and his administration's skepticism about climate change and the need to slow global warming.



04/22/2017 - 08:12 PM

 

American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over stroller

American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over strollerAmerican Airlines on Saturday apologized to a female passenger and suspended an employee after a video showing an onboard clash over a baby stroller went viral, in the latest embarrassment for a U.S. carrier over how it treated a customer. The clip, posted on Facebook on Friday by a bystander aboard the flight, shows a woman in tears with a young child in her arms, and a man emerging from his seat to confront a male flight attendant who apparently wrested the stroller from the woman. Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya, who posted the video, wrote that the flight attendant had forcefully taken the stroller, hitting the woman with it and just missing her child.



04/22/2017 - 06:47 PM

 

Trump tax plan may produce some short-term budget issues: Mnuchin

Trump tax plan may produce some short-term budget issues: MnuchinU.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday that the Trump administration's tax reform plan would produce some "short term issues" when viewed under traditional "static" budget analysis rules. Mnuchin said that the tax plan would pay for itself when viewed through a "dynamic scoring" analysis, which accounts for the increased tax revenues that would be produced by higher growth prompted by the tax changes.



04/22/2017 - 05:39 PM

 

March for Science draws big crowds across U.S.

March for Science draws big crowds across U.S.By Lacey Johnson and Lisa Fernandez WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a "celebration of science" to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. The "March for Science" festivities included scientific "teach-ins," speeches by researchers and environmentalists, and musical performances on Washington's National Mall under cloudy skies with occasional drizzle. Hundreds of cities and towns from Boston to Sydney, Australia hosted rallies and festive parades where marchers carried signs like "There is no Planet B" and "Make Science Great Again," making a play on U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign promise to "Make America Great Again." While the events were non-partisan according to organizers, many marchers were in effect protesting Trump's proposal to sharply cut federal science and research budgets and his administration's skepticism about climate change and the need to slow global warming.



04/22/2017 - 05:38 PM

 

On Earth Day, an environment-minded Republican turns to birds

On Earth Day, an environment-minded Republican turns to birdsBy Emily Flitter NEW HOPE, Pa. (Reuters) - In his white dress shirt and black pin-striped pants, U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick stood out from the other birdwatchers gathered near a grove of bud-studded trees in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday morning. The National Audubon Society had invited the Republican congressman to the affluent town of New Hope on Earth Day for a glimpse at a few of the hundreds of millions of birds that travel to their breeding grounds during the spring migration. The society's aim was to explain to Fitzpatrick the effects that global warming was having on the bright little jewels of spring and the habitats they pass through on their way north.



04/22/2017 - 03:27 PM

 

Trump visits wounded U.S. service members at military hospital

Trump visits wounded U.S. service members at military hospitalPresident Donald Trump visited wounded U.S. service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday, his first visit as president to the armed forces hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington. Accompanied by his wife, Melania, Trump awarded Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos the Purple Heart, the medal given to members of the U.S. military wounded or killed in battle. Barrientos was injured in Afghanistan on March 17 when an Afghan soldier opened fire inside a base in Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers.



04/22/2017 - 02:56 PM

 

Trump's 'big announcement' on tax to be broad principles: official

Trump's 'big announcement' on tax to be broad principles: officialPresident Donald Trump's promised "big announcement" next week on overhauling the U.S. tax code, a top campaign pledge, will consist of "broad principles and priorities," an administration official said on Saturday. Asked for details, the administration official, who asked not to be identified, said, "We will outline our broad principles and priorities" on Wednesday.



04/22/2017 - 02:02 PM

 

Florida wildfires force evacuations, destroy homes

Florida wildfires force evacuations, destroy homesGovernor Rick Scott, who declared a state of emergency on April 11 because of dry conditions in Florida, deployed National Guard troops to help residents to safety. In southwest Florida, a wildfire destroyed nine homes and charred about 4,800 acres (1,942 hectares) in Collier County, said Clark Ryals, a senior forester for the Florida Forest Service. In central Florida, wildfires that spread across more than 600 acres in Polk County were being investigated as suspicious, said a spokesman for the sheriff's office.



04/22/2017 - 01:17 PM

 

Thousands take part in March for Science in Berlin

Thousands take part in March for Science in BerlinThousands of people in Berlin turned out for the first March for Science being held in more than 600 cities worldwide on Saturday due to growing concern about U.S. President Donald Trump's climate change skepticism and cuts to research funding. Demonstrators carried signs reading "We love experts - those with evidence" and "Science not Silence" for the march from Humboldt University toward the Brandenburg Gate, led by mayor Michael Mueller and the leaders of the city's universities. "There are no alternatives to facts," read one large banner, referencing a term used by White House official Kellyanne Conway during a dispute with the media over the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration.



04/22/2017 - 12:50 PM

 

Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida

Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida(Reuters) - A wildfire in southwest Florida triggered evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes on Friday, prompting the governor to deploy National Guard troops to help residents fleeing the flames. The wildfire has charred about 4,800 acres (1,942 hectares) in Collier County and forced residents to evacuate their houses in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Clark Ryals, a senior forester for the Florida Forest Service, said by telephone. "These wildfires are dangerous and if you're within the evacuation area, do not stay in your home," Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement after meeting with fire officials in the area.



04/22/2017 - 12:46 AM

 

 

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