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Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue

Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issueA Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 decision making the practice legal in all states. The same-sex case known as Obergefell v Hodges has rippled through the 567 federally recognized Indian Nations. As sovereign entities, they are not necessarily bound by the Supreme Court decision, leaving many in the precarious position of trying to decide whether to make the hot-button issue part of their traditional law.



03/22/2017 - 08:03 PM

 

Ex-Dean Foods chairman's story in Walters trial comes under fire

Ex-Dean Foods chairman's story in Walters trial comes under fireLawyer Barry Berke's cross-examination, which began on the fourth day of trial in Manhattan federal court, sought to undermine Davis's testimony on topics including his own admitted history of marital infidelity and soliciting prostitutes. Davis has pleaded guilty to insider trading charges and is cooperating with prosecutors.



03/22/2017 - 07:26 PM

 

Plan for $7.5 billion Kushner family New York tower faces hurdles: report

Plan for $7.5 billion Kushner family New York tower faces hurdles: reportThe family-owned company that until recently was headed by U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law hopes to turn an aging New York office tower into a signature development that could be worth up to $12 billion, a report said on Wednesday. Chinese insurer Anbang Insurance Group is in advanced talks to provide as much as half of $2.5 billion in equity for the planned redevelopment of 666 Fifth Avenue, the Wall Street Journal reported. The overall project for the flagship 39-story building, which is controlled by Kushner Cos, is valued at $7.5 billion.



03/22/2017 - 07:24 PM

 

California State University system votes to raise tuition

California State University system votes to raise tuitionTrustees for the 23 California State University campuses on Wednesday voted to increase tuition for the nation's largest four-year public university system by 5 percent despite loud protests from students. The fee hike, the first for the Cal State system since 2011, comes as its leaders lobby Governor Jerry Brown to increase funding that was trimmed as the state racked up deep budget deficits brought on in part by public employee pension obligations. "The university faces a critical juncture where additional revenue is needed if we are to continue the trajectory that has seen campuses reach all-time highs in graduation rates," Steve Relyea, executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer of the CSU, said in a statement announcing the tuition raise.



03/22/2017 - 07:19 PM

 

House caucus leader says looking at essential benefits amendment

House caucus leader says looking at essential benefits amendmentWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Wednesday he has talked to the White House about adding an amendment to the House Republican healthcare bill that would cut essential health benefits mandated by Obamacare. "The president is talking to us about potential concerns that we've had with regards to Title I and essential health benefits," Meadows told reporters after a caucus meeting. (Reporting by David Morgan; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)



03/22/2017 - 07:15 PM

 

Top Senate Democrat says repealing essential benefits would need 60 votes

Top Senate Democrat says repealing essential benefits would need 60 votesA spokesman for Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer said on Wednesday a proposal to add a provision to a Republican healthcare bill repealing essential Obamacare benefits would violate reconciliation rules and thus require 60 votes to pass the chamber. "Repealing the essential health benefits provisions under the Affordable Care Act is a policy change, not budgetary, and thus violates the Byrd Rule," Schumer's spokesman, Matt House, said in a statement.  "It will require 60 votes to repeal these protections, and the votes just aren’t there in the Senate,” the statement said.



03/22/2017 - 07:13 PM

 

Immigrant whose daughter appealed to pope requests asylum in U.S.

Immigrant whose daughter appealed to pope requests asylum in U.S.A Mexican immigrant whose daughter appealed to Pope Francis three years ago to stop his deportation from the United States requested asylum at a federal court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Mario Vargas-Lopez's attorney argued the 45-year-old could be the victim of violence if he is deported to Mexico because of the international attention his case has received. "People in Mexico know who he is, and he might be targeted for ransom and extortion," attorney Alex Galvez said in a phone interview after the hearing.



03/22/2017 - 06:51 PM

 

Factbox: Political risk outlook calendar for Trump agenda

Factbox: Political risk outlook calendar for Trump agenda(Reuters) - Financial market concerns are rising about the pace of policymaking in Washington under U.S. President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans in Congress, with investors focused on knock-on effects from any setbacks in Trump's Obamacare rollback plan.



03/22/2017 - 06:19 PM

 

White man who wanted to harm blacks arrested in New York stabbing: police

White man who wanted to harm blacks arrested in New York stabbing: policeA white man who police said traveled to New York City to harm black people turned himself in with knives in his pocket at a Manhattan police station on Wednesday, a day after authorities say he fatally stabbed a black man on a city sidewalk. James Harris Jackson, 28, told police he left his home in Baltimore on Friday and took the bus to New York "because it is the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement," Bill Aubrey, a deputy chief at the New York Police Department, told reporters. On Monday night, Jackson crossed paths with Timothy Caughman, a black man who was rummaging through garbage on a sidewalk in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, according to police.



03/22/2017 - 06:07 PM

 

Security tightened at UK sites in New York after London attack

Security tightened at UK sites in New York after London attackBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police ramped up security at British sites across the city on Wednesday after an assailant fatally stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament and was then shot and killed by police. Heavily armed officers and explosives-detecting dogs were deployed to locations including the British Consulate and the British Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan, senior New York Police Department officials told a news conference. "You'll see a larger presence of the dogs at these locations, as well as (officers) armed with the long guns," said James Waters, the police department's counterterrorism chief.



03/22/2017 - 05:23 PM

 

Trump fights for support ahead of U.S. healthcare vote

Trump fights for support ahead of U.S. healthcare voteBy David Morgan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders appeared on Wednesday to be losing the battle to get enough support in the House of Representatives to pass their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets. The current House Republican plan is scheduled for a floor vote on Thursday, but faces resistance from some conservative Republicans who view it as too similar to Obamacare, and from moderates concerned it will hurt some voters. Mark Meadows, who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said after a White House meeting with Vice President Mike Pence that his group had more than enough members to stop the bill from passing, although he remained hopeful for potential changes to the legislation.



03/22/2017 - 05:13 PM

 

Democrats grill U.S. high court nominee over Trump concerns

Democrats grill U.S. high court nominee over Trump concernsBy Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said on Wednesday presidents must obey court orders and expressed uncertainty about language in the Constitution barring U.S. government officials from taking payments from a foreign country as Democrats grilled him on issues involving President Donald Trump. Gorsuch, the conservative appeals court judge from Colorado nominated by Trump on Jan. 31 to a lifetime job on the nation's highest court, sparred with Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on the third day of his confirmation hearing. While his confirmation process looked to be proceeding smoothly, Democrats pressed him on matters swirling around Trump, even asking him about the standards for impeachment.



03/22/2017 - 05:03 PM

 

U.S. House Freedom Caucus chair: Healthcare bill lacks votes to pass

U.S. House Freedom Caucus chair: Healthcare bill lacks votes to passWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday said there were still not enough votes to pass the Republican healthcare plan, but that he remained hopeful for potential changes to the bill following a meeting at the White House. U.S. Representative Mark Meadows, who leads the group of conservative lawmakers, said that Vice President Mike Pence discussed "a couple of options" to win votes from caucus members and that he hoped Republicans could reach a consensus on the proposed legislation to rollback Obamacare. ...



03/22/2017 - 04:36 PM

 

House conservatives remain opposed to healthcare plan: caucus chair

House conservatives remain opposed to healthcare plan: caucus chairWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus said his group of conservative Republican lawmakers remained opposed to Republican leaders' proposed bill to rollback Obamacare, raising doubts about the legislation's future ahead of a planned Thursday vote. "The opposition is still strong. They don't have the votes to pass this tomorrow. We believe that they need to start over," Representative Mark Meadows told reporters after a meeting of his group following earlier talks at the White House. (Reporting by David Morgan; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)



03/22/2017 - 04:36 PM

 

Puerto Rico governor, bondholders divided on PREPA deal

Puerto Rico governor, bondholders divided on PREPA dealPuerto Rico's governor told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday the island's struggling power utility, PREPA, could undergo an in-court restructuring process akin to U.S. bankruptcy if a consensual deal with creditors cannot be achieved. Governor Ricardo Rossello said at a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing his administration would prefer a consensual deal to bankruptcy, as lawmakers questioned him about delays in completing a $9 billion restructuring at PREPA. The hearing showcased growing discord between Rossello's administration and PREPA's creditors, which seemed to concern the committee in charge of leading Congress' response to Puerto Rico's ongoing crisis.



03/22/2017 - 04:04 PM

 

U.S. charges New York mob suspects with vendetta arson, robbery

U.S. charges New York mob suspects with vendetta arson, robberyU.S. prosecutors on Wednesday rounded up seven mob suspects on charges of robbery and a vendetta arson in which a reputed Bonanno crime family associate was accused of having a car torched because its driver cut him off at a traffic light. Among the suspects was John J. Gotti, grandson and namesake of New York's infamous "Teflon Don" mob boss.



03/22/2017 - 03:57 PM

 

Oklahoma senator resigns to fight charges of hiring boy prostitute

Oklahoma senator resigns to fight charges of hiring boy prostituteRepublican Ralph Shortey, 35, a gun rights advocate who has campaigned as a champion of family values, made his first statement about the charges since police said they found him on March 9 in a suburban Oklahoma City motel with the teenage boy and drugs. Governor Mary Fallin and other Republican leaders in Oklahoma called on Shortey to resign last week after he was charged with three felony counts, including engaging in child prostitution. Shortly after he announced his resignation, his name was removed from an Oklahoma Senate website listing members.



03/22/2017 - 03:45 PM

 

Mayor of Allentown, Penn., implicated in ex-official's guilty plea

Mayor of Allentown, Penn., implicated in ex-official's guilty pleaThe former top administrator of Allentown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal fraud charges, becoming the seventh person convicted in a long-running FBI pay-to-play investigation that includes Mayor Ed Pawlowski. Francis Dougherty, the eastern Pennsylvania city's former managing director, appeared in U.S. District Court in Allentown and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, according to court filings. As part of his plea deal, Dougherty admitted to conspiring with Pawlowski, a Democrat, to steer a $3 million street lighting contract to a company whose executives had contributed thousands of dollars to the mayor's political action committee.



03/22/2017 - 03:28 PM

 

Illinois bills seek to legalize, tax marijuana sales to adults

Illinois bills seek to legalize, tax marijuana sales to adultsIllinois would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults and tax it to raise at least $350 million a year for the cash-strapped state under legislation introduced on Wednesday. Two Democratic lawmakers sponsoring the bills said the measures pending before the House and Senate would allow law enforcement to focus on other crimes and enable the state to create a system for regulating and taxing marijuana sales. Adults aged 21 and older would be able to possess, grow, and purchase limited amounts of marijuana, under the legislation.



03/22/2017 - 03:27 PM

 

Wisconsin man who threatened to kill Obama loses appeal

Wisconsin man who threatened to kill Obama loses appealThe 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Wednesday rejected Brian Dutcher's request that his January 2016 jury conviction be set aside because of a lack of evidence. Dutcher, 56, of Tomah, said he had been unable to carry out his threat, having been armed only with a slingshot, and no one took him seriously. Dutcher had written on Facebook that he planned to attend a July 2, 2015 event in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where Obama was giving a speech, and hoped to "get a clear shot at the pretend president.



03/22/2017 - 03:25 PM

 

Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widow

Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widowMore than 50 victims and survivors of the June 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub sued the gunman's employer and widow on Wednesday, blaming them for failing to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. Southern District of Florida accused the security firm that hired shooter Omar Mateen of ignoring his comments supporting violence prior to the rampage that killed 49 and injured dozens at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The lawsuit accuses Mateen's widow, Noor Salman, of conspiring in the attack by assisting with his purchase of firearms and surveillance of the Pulse nightclub.



03/22/2017 - 03:23 PM

 

U.S. justices reject Gorsuch in win for disabled student

U.S. justices reject Gorsuch in win for disabled studentThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected legal reasoning used by President Donald Trump's high court nominee Neil Gorsuch in his role as an appellate judge, ruling in favor of an autistic student who said he was denied an adequate education. The 8-0 ruling, authored by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, was issued at the same time Gorsuch was facing questions during his Senate confirmation hearing about a 2008 case in which he ruled against an autistic child who sought a public education more tailored to his needs. The Supreme Court ruled that public schools must offer disabled students a special educational program sufficiently ambitious to ensure they make progress.



03/22/2017 - 03:19 PM

 

Pharmacist guilty of fraud, not murder, in U.S. meningitis outbreak

Pharmacist guilty of fraud, not murder, in U.S. meningitis outbreakBy Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - The co-founder of a now-defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy was found guilty of racketeering and fraud but cleared of murder on Wednesday for his role in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the United States. Barry Cadden, who was a co-owner and president of New England Compounding Center, was convicted by a federal jury in Boston after a two-month trial centered on an outbreak linked to the company's drug that sickened 753 people in 20 states. The outbreak was the largest U.S. public health crisis involving a pharmaceutical drug.



03/22/2017 - 03:00 PM

 

About 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

About 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strikeThe employees, who work in the company's phone, landline and cable services businesses, have been working without a contract for almost a year. Last year, the workers, who are represented by the Communications Workers of America, voted to authorize a strike. AT&T had 268,000 employees as of Jan. 31, according to a filing.



03/22/2017 - 02:52 PM

 

Trump mum on healthcare plan's future if it fails to pass House

Trump mum on healthcare plan's future if it fails to pass HouseWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to say what steps he would take if Republican leaders' proposed legislation to dismantle Obamacare failed to pass the House of Representatives. Asked whether he will keep pushing the bill aimed at replacing former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act if a vote on the replacement fails, Trump told reporters: "We'll see what happens." (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Susan Heavey)



03/22/2017 - 01:41 PM

 

Tight supply, higher prices weigh on U.S. home sales

Tight supply, higher prices weigh on U.S. home salesU.S. home resales fell more than expected in February amid a persistent shortage of houses on the market that is pushing up prices and sidelining prospective buyers. The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday existing home sales declined 3.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million units last month after hitting a 10-year high in January. Sales were up 5.4 percent from February 2016, underscoring the sustainability of the housing market recovery despite the supply constraints.



03/22/2017 - 01:21 PM

 

Exclusive: Lead poisoning afflicts neighborhoods across California

Exclusive: Lead poisoning afflicts neighborhoods across CaliforniaBy Joshua Schneyer and M.B. Pell NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows. The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. In one central Fresno zip code, 13.6 percent of blood tests on children under six years old came back high for lead.



03/22/2017 - 11:40 AM

 

U.S. farm heartland lobbies to steer Trump away from Mexico trade war

U.S. farm heartland lobbies to steer Trump away from Mexico trade warGARNER, Iowa/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Farmers in the U.S. agricultural heartland that helped elect Donald Trump are now pushing his administration to avoid a trade dispute with Mexico, fearing retaliatory tariffs that could hit over $3 billion in U.S. exports. The value of exports at risk is based on a Reuters analysis of a tariff list which Mexico used in a trucking dispute six years ago and which Mexican officials have said could serve as a model if President Trump sets new barriers to Mexican goods. Pork producers contacted Trump's transition team soon after the Nov. 8 election to stress that tariff-free access to Mexico has made it their top export market by volume, said John Weber, president of the National Pork Producers Council.



03/22/2017 - 09:18 AM

 

Severe storm kills one as it sweeps northern Georgia

Severe storm kills one as it sweeps northern GeorgiaStrong winds, quarter-sized hail and lightning ripped through towns in northern Georgia, killing one man and leaving several cities with severe damage and power outages on Wednesday, local media and officials said. The man died when a tree fell on a home near Braselton, about 53 miles northeast of Atlanta, just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Fox 5, a local news affiliate, citing the Jackson County Emergency Management office. As the storm slowly crossed the state on Tuesday afternoon, gusts of winds of about 60 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines, the National Weather Service said.



03/22/2017 - 09:05 AM

 

China's HNA to buy New York office tower for $2.2 billion: source

China's HNA to buy New York office tower for $2.2 billion: sourceChina's HNA Group has agreed to purchase a marquee Manhattan office building for $2.21 billion in a deal that showcases the role of Chinese capital in New York's heady commercial real estate market. The deal for 245 Park Avenue has not closed but HNA, a Chinese conglomerate that has been on an acquisition spree, signed a purchase and sale agreement, a source familiar with the transaction said on Tuesday.



03/22/2017 - 08:59 AM

 

U.S. commercial drone use to expand tenfold by 2021: government agency

U.S. commercial drone use to expand tenfold by 2021: government agencyThe number of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in the United States will jump dramatically over the next five years, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday. Policy makers are still debating whether to allow a sweeping expansion in drone use for activities like deliveries where aircraft would fly beyond the sight of an operator. The aviation safety agency said there could be as many as 1.6 million commercial drones in use by 2021.



03/22/2017 - 08:13 AM

 

Trump tries to rally support for healthcare bill

Trump tries to rally support for healthcare billBy Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump tried to rally Republican lawmakers behind a plan to dismantle Obamacare on Tuesday as U.S. stock markets showed their worst one-day performance since the November election. Trump is trying to win the first major legislative battle of his presidency. In one of the few visits he has made to the U.S. Capitol since taking office two months ago, Trump told fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives on Tuesday morning they would face "political problems" for opposing the bill that takes apart Obamacare and partially replaces it.



03/22/2017 - 04:09 AM

 

Police investigating Dakota pipeline vandalism

Police investigating Dakota pipeline vandalismThe Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was alerted on Friday to a small crack near a valve site on a stretch of the pipeline outside Canton, South Dakota, 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Sioux Falls, Lincoln County Chief Deputy Chad Brown said by telephone. The state Department of Criminal Investigations was investigating the incident as an act of "felony vandalism," said Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney general.



03/21/2017 - 10:52 PM

 

L.A. police see drop in Latino reports of crime amid deportation fears

L.A. police see drop in Latino reports of crime amid deportation fearsLatinos in Los Angeles are lodging fewer reports of rape and spousal abuse to police so far this year amid heightened concerns among immigrants that contact with law enforcement could lead to deportation, police Chief Charlie Beck said on Tuesday. Beck cited 41 fewer reports of rape - down 25 percent - and 118 fewer domestic violence complaints - a 10 percent drop - among the city's Hispanic residents since January, compared with the same period of 2016.



03/21/2017 - 10:28 PM

 

Trump's high court pick vows independence, says he is no 'rubber stamp'

Trump's high court pick vows independence, says he is no 'rubber stamp'By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday pledged independence from President Donald Trump, bristled at his criticism of the judiciary and said not even the president is above the law amid Democratic concerns he would be beholden to the man who selected him. Answering questions from senators during a more than 11-hour session on the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Gorsuch said Trump never asked him to overturn the 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, saying if the Republican president had done so, "I would have walked out the door." Trump promised during last year's presidential campaign to appoint an anti-abortion justice who would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which many conservatives want reversed.



03/21/2017 - 09:08 PM

 

Factbox: Key court cases shed light on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

Factbox: Key court cases shed light on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch(Reuters) - Neil Gorsuch has taken part in more than 2,000 court cases as an appeals court judge. Here are seven that offer insights into his legal views as he faces questioning this week in a U.S. Senate hearing on his nomination to become a Supreme Court justice.



03/21/2017 - 09:08 PM

 

Factbox: Key court cases shed light on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

Factbox: Key court cases shed light on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch(Reuters) - Neil Gorsuch has taken part in more than 2,000 court cases as an appeals court judge. Here are seven that offer insights into his legal views as he faces questioning this week in a U.S. Senate hearing on his nomination to become a Supreme Court justice.



03/21/2017 - 07:29 PM

 

U.S. charges Philadelphia's top prosecutor with corruption

U.S. charges Philadelphia's top prosecutor with corruptionU.S. authorities on Tuesday charged Philadelphia's top prosecutor with accepting bribes, including a Caribbean vacation, furniture, a car and cash, in exchange for favors. In a 23-count indictment, a federal grand jury outlined a pattern of illegal behavior by District Attorney Seth Williams since 2010, shortly after he was elected to the first of his two four-year terms. "The indictment alleges that as district attorney, Mr. Williams compromised himself and his elected office by standing ready to help those who were willing to pay him with money, trips and cars," acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said in a statement.



03/21/2017 - 07:13 PM

 

Police investigating Dakota pipeline vandalism

Police investigating Dakota pipeline vandalismThe Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was alerted on Friday to a small crack near a valve site on a stretch of the pipeline outside Canton, South Dakota, 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Sioux Falls, Lincoln County Chief Deputy Chad Brown said by telephone. The state Department of Criminal Investigations was investigating the incident as an act of "felony vandalism," said Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney general.



03/21/2017 - 06:58 PM

 

U.S. pulls out of human rights panel on Trump executive orders

U.S. pulls out of human rights panel on Trump executive ordersThe United States pulled out of a regional hearing held on Tuesday to discuss the possible effects on human rights from executive orders signed by U.S. President Donald Trump targeting immigrants and refugees, organizers said. The hearing by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), created by the 35-nation Organization of American States (OAS) to protect human rights in the Americas, follows concerns over the impact of three executive orders signed by Trump, including plans to build a wall on the border with Mexico.



03/21/2017 - 06:50 PM

 

U.S. charges Lithuanian man with $100 million email fraud

U.S. charges Lithuanian man with $100 million email fraudU.S. prosecutors have charged a Lithuanian man with engaging in an email fraud scheme in which he bilked two U.S.-based companies out of more than $100 million by posing as an Asian hardware vendor. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, was arrested late last week by Lithuanian authorities, Manhattan federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The alleged scheme is an example of a growing type of fraud called "business email compromise," in which fraudsters ask for money using emails targeted at companies that work with foreign suppliers or regularly make wire transfers.



03/21/2017 - 06:48 PM

 

LA sheriff's office apologizes to Wyclef Jean for handcuffing incident

LA sheriff's office apologizes to Wyclef Jean for handcuffing incidentLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department apologized on Tuesday for briefly detaining Grammy-winning hip hop artist Wyclef Jean in handcuffs during a robbery investigation, after Jean said he was "treated like a criminal" by law enforcement officers. "It is unfortunate that Mr. Jean was detained for six minutes during this investigation, as he had no involvement whatsoever in this violent crime," the sheriff's department said.



03/21/2017 - 06:47 PM

 

Police find Chicago teen sexually assaulted on Facebook Live

Police find Chicago teen sexually assaulted on Facebook LiveA 15-year-old Chicago girl who went missing on Sunday and was seen on Facebook Live being sexually assaulted by multiple young men was found on Tuesday, police said. The girl was being treated at a local hospital after the attack, Chicago Police Department spokesman Frank Giancamilli said by email. The girl's mother approached police Superintendent Eddie Johnson after an unrelated news conference on Monday and showed him images of her daughter being assaulted by five or six young men, Giancamilli said.



03/21/2017 - 06:08 PM

 

Virginia governor pardons 'Norfolk Four' sailors in 1997 rape-murder

Virginia governor pardons 'Norfolk Four' sailors in 1997 rape-murderMcAuliffe, a Democrat, granted full pardons for the four men in the 1997 rape and killing of 18-year-old Michelle Moore-Bosko in Norfolk, attorneys for the ex-sailors said in a statement. Crime scene and forensic evidence, including DNA, showed that another man, Omar Ballard, committed the crimes. One of the four men, Eric Wilson, said he and Danial Williams, Joseph Dick and Derek Tice had been haunted by the wrongful convictions for 20 years.



03/21/2017 - 05:47 PM

 

U.S. official says restrictions on carry-on electronics for 'foreseeable future'

U.S. official says restrictions on carry-on electronics for 'foreseeable future'U.S. restrictions on what electronic devices passengers can carry aboard airline flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa will be in place for the "foreseeable future," a U.S. government official said. It was also possible that such restrictions, now limited to flights on foreign airlines heading to the United States from 10 airports in eight countries, could be extended to other airports and other countries, said the official, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information.



03/21/2017 - 05:36 PM

 

Ex-Dean Foods chairman tells of using 'bat phone' to tip Walters

Ex-Dean Foods chairman tells of using 'bat phone' to tip WaltersDavis, who has pleaded guilty to insider trading charges and is cooperating with prosecutors, began testifying on the third day of Walters' criminal insider trading trial. Prosecutors say Walters was able to make more than $40 million thanks to tips from Davis, and that Walters passed insider information on to star golfer Phil Mickelson.



03/21/2017 - 05:26 PM

 

China's HNA to buy New York office tower for $2.2 billion: source

China's HNA to buy New York office tower for $2.2 billion: sourceChina's HNA Holding Group Co Ltd has agreed to purchase a marquee Manhattan office building for $2.21 billion in a deal that showcases the role of Chinese capital in New York's heady commercial real estate market. The deal for 245 Park Avenue has not closed but HNA, a Chinese conglomerate that has been on an acquisition spree, signed a purchase and sale agreement, a source familiar with the transaction said on Tuesday. The acquisition from majority owner Brookfield Property Partners LP and New York State Teachers' Retirement System, which has a 49-percent stake, would mark one of the highest prices ever paid for a New York office building.



03/21/2017 - 05:19 PM

 

Immigration provision cut from Obamacare rollback, angering conservatives

Immigration provision cut from Obamacare rollback, angering conservativesBy Julia Edwards Ainsley and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some conservatives in Washington were fuming on Tuesday after an Obamacare rollback bill was tweaked by Republican leaders to delete a provision meant to crack down on illegal immigrants getting federal healthcare insurance coverage. The development posed another problem for Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and President Donald Trump, who are trying to win congressional approval of the wider bill, the first big legislative test for Trump since taking office. The provision would have allowed the Treasury Department to access data at the Department of Homeland Security to verify that healthcare tax credits went only to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, not to illegal immigrants.



03/21/2017 - 05:05 PM

 

Groups sue to block Michigan funding private schools with public money

Groups sue to block Michigan funding private schools with public moneyPublic education officials and parents groups in Michigan on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to prevent the governor from funding private schools with public money, arguing a $2.5 million line item in the state budget for school health and safety was a "gateway" to school vouchers. The Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA), the Michigan Association of School Boards, ACLU of Michigan, Michigan Parents for Schools and nine other groups filed the lawsuit in the state Court of Claims in Lansing, the state capital, arguing such a move violated state law. The lawsuit was filed against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Education and Superintendent Brian Whiston.



03/21/2017 - 05:00 PM

 

U.S. commercial drone use to expand tenfold by 2021: government agency

U.S. commercial drone use to expand tenfold by 2021: government agencyThe number of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in the United States will jump dramatically over the next five years, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday. Policy makers are still debating whether to allow a sweeping expansion in drone use for activities like deliveries where aircraft would fly beyond the sight of an operator. The aviation safety agency said there could be as many as 1.6 million commercial drones in use by 2021.



03/21/2017 - 04:18 PM

 

 

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