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  • U.S. attorney general ties gang violence to immigration news

    Protesters gathered outside a federal court in Boston on Thursday where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to address law enforcement about what he called the need to tackle transnational gang violence and to secure the Mexican border. Sessions reemphasized what he said was a need to target cross-border criminal organizations, specifically the gang MS-13, which the Justice Department says has more than 30,000 members worldwide and 10,000 members in the United States. Tying the effort to fight the gang and Republican President Donald Trump's administration's efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration, Sessions said the Justice Department was directing more prosecutorial resources to the U.S.-Mexican border.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:29:26 -0400
  • Puerto Rico, St. Croix devastated by powerful Hurricane Maria news

    By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Deadly Hurricane Maria caused flooding in the Dominican Republic as it brushed past the country on Thursday after destroying buildings and knocking out power across the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and St. Croix. The second major hurricane to rage through the Caribbean this month, Maria has killed at least 17 people and devastated several small islands, including St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:49:52 -0400
  • London's National Gallery prevails in 'stolen' Matisse lawsuit: New York judge news

    The National Gallery in London on Thursday won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which three grandchildren of a muse of the artist Henri Matisse sought to recover a painting they said was stolen shortly after World War Two. Oliver Williams and Margarete Green, both of Great Britain, and Iris Filmer, of Germany, had accused the National Gallery of ignoring signs that the 1908 painting might have been stolen, and should not profit from "war-related" theft.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:49:25 -0400
  • NFL star Hernandez's family sues league over 'severe' CTE news

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison in April, had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a lawyer said on Thursday as he sued the team and NFL on behalf of the athlete's young daughter. Hernandez was a rising star in the National Football League when he was arrested in 2013 and charged with murdering an acquaintance. Days later, he hanged himself in a Massachusetts prison.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:35:06 -0400
  • Navajo tribe says ready to sue Trump over changes to Utah monument news

    The Navajo Nation will sue the Trump administration if it tries to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, its top lawyer told Reuters on Thursday, ahead of the release of a broad government review of such sites across the country. President Donald Trump had ordered the Interior Department to examine whether 27 national monuments designated by past presidents could be reduced or rescinded to make way for oil and gas drilling and other economic development. The results have not been announced, but a leak of the review obtained by the Washington Post shows the Interior Department will recommend shrinking some sites, including Bears Ears, a 1.35-million-acre wilderness that the Navajo and other tribes consider sacred.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:41:08 -0400
  • Storm Maria brings fear, pain and shock to Puerto Ricans news

    By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Miguel Cruz awoke to the descent of Hurricane Maria on his home on Wednesday morning when the massive storm peeled off most of the roof, sent his belongings flying in all directions, but left intact an icon of Jesus hanging above his bed. Cruz was one of thousands of Puerto Ricans picking through the wreckage left by Maria after the hurricane devastated basic services on the debt-laden U.S. territory, pitching most of its 3.4 million residents into darkness as night fell. Crashing into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, Maria flipped the tops off buildings, knocked out phones and electricity across the island and turned low-lying roads into swollen rivers awash with debris.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:35:58 -0400
  • U.S. safety board says train crash engineers had undiagnosed sleep disorder news

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The engineers in two New York City area commuter train crashes suffered from sleep apnea that had not been diagnosed, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. The NTSB released factual findings on Thursday regarding its investigations into the crashes and said it planned to hold a meeting next February about both incidents and safety recommendations. The NTSB said the brakes were working on the New Jersey Transit train that was traveling at 8 miles (13 km) per hour 38 seconds before the crash.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:16:32 -0400
  • Death toll from overheated Florida nursing home rises to 10 news

    The resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died on Wednesday, police in Hollywood, Florida, said in a statement, without giving details. Police have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths at the center, which city officials have said continued to operate with little or no air conditioning after power was cut off by Irma, which struck the state on Sept. 10. Julie Allison, a lawyer for the nursing home, did not respond to a request for comment.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:59:20 -0400
  • U.S. judge aims to quickly decide lawsuits over DACA news

    A U.S. judge on Thursday said he wanted to decide quickly lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's decision to end a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents. President Donald Trump this month decided to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in March 2018. Since it was authorized in 2012 by President Barack Obama, the program has provided protection from deportation and the right to work legally to nearly 800,000 young people.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:40:03 -0400
  • Power crews scramble to Puerto Rico after Maria smashes its grid

    By Devika Krishna Kumar NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utility crews from the U.S. mainland were scrambling to Puerto Rico on Thursday after Hurricane Maria left nearly the entire U.S. territory, and many of its Caribbean neighbors, without power, according to officials. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported almost 100 percent of its 1.5 million customers were without power as of late Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy said in an update on the hurricane's impact on Thursday, after Maria's winds snapped trees and utility polls. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told CNN PREPA was so severely hit that it could be months before electricity is restored to all those customers.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:13:35 -0400
  • Illinois high court upholds former cop Peterson's murder conviction

    Peterson, 63, who was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of Kathleen Savio, was given an additional 40 years in 2016 after being found guilty of trying to hire a hit man to kill the prosecutor who argued for his conviction at his first trial. Peterson's attorneys had urged the state's highest court to overturn his conviction of Savio's murder on several technical grounds, including the admission of hearsay statements and the competence of his lawyer for calling as a defense witness Savio's divorce lawyer, Harry Smith.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:11 -0400
  • Maryland proposes $9 billion plan to relieve traffic congestion

    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan proposed on Thursday an ambitious $9 billion public-private partnership to add new traffic lanes around the traffic-clogged U.S. capital region and assume control of a highway operated by the federal government. Hogan, a Republican, said his administration plans to add four new lanes to the Capital Beltway (I-495), a ring highway around Washington, and four new lanes on Interstate-270. "These projects will substantially and dramatically improve our state highway system and traffic in the region," Hogan said at a press event in Maryland.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:10:40 -0400
  • Former U.S. Attorney Bharara joins CNN as senior legal analyst news

    Bharara was fired as U.S. Attorney in March by President Donald Trump, after refusing to resign his post when asked to do so by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Bharara joins CNN, a unit of Time Warner Inc , at a time when the cable network faces numerous accusations of being "fake news" from President Trump on Twitter.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:05:28 -0400
  • U.S. motorists kept up record driving pace in July: DOT

    U.S. motorists logged 0.8 percent more miles on the road in July than they did in the year-ago month, keeping 2017 on a pace to break last year's record of total miles driven, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data released Thursday. Motorists drove 1.5 percent more miles on U.S. roads through July than in the same period last year, the data shows. The record driving volumes represent good news for U.S. refiners, who expressed some concern earlier this year about weaker gasoline demand.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:39:48 -0400
  • U.S. household net worth rises again in second quarter 2017

    The wealth of U.S. households rose to $96.2 trillion in the second quarter of this year as U.S. stock prices hit record highs and home values continued to climb, a report by the Federal Reserve showed on Thursday. Household borrowing rose at a 3.7 percent annual rate in the April-June period, the report also showed, up from a 3.4 percent growth rate in the first quarter. The United States is currently in its ninth year of economic growth, the third-longest stretch of expansion since World War Two.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:11:56 -0400
  • Trump says Puerto Rico obliterated by Hurricane Maria

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Hurricane Maria "totally obliterated" the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico with its electrical grid destroyed. Trump told reporters during a meeting with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko that he would visit Puerto Rico at some point. He did not specify a time. He described Puerto Rico as in "very, very, very perilous shape" and said U.S. emergency authorities were starting to work on helping in the recovery. (Reporting By Steve Holland)

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:47:46 -0400
  • Trump says will be putting more sanctions on North Korea news

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would be adding more sanctions on North Korea. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks over Pyongyang's missile and nuclear weapons program, despite intense pressure from world powers. "We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea," Trump said in response to a question at a meeting with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani. On Afghanistan, Trump said the U.S. military was doing more leading than fighting. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:06:21 -0400
  • Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows news

    The more intense scrutiny of the applications for H-1B visas comes after President Donald Trump called for changes to the visa program so that it benefits the highest-paid workers, though he has not enacted any such reforms. Data provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows that between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, the agency issued 85,000 challenges, or "requests for evidence" (RFEs), to H-1B visa petitions - a 45 percent increase over the same period last year. The challenges, which can slow down the issuance of visas by months, were issued at a greater rate in 2017 than at any time in the Obama administration except for one year, 2009, according to the USCIS data, which has not been previously reported.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:57:03 -0400
  • Girl in hospital after being struck by baseball at Yankee Stadium

    The girl, who was seated down the third-base line, was treated by medics at Yankee Stadium before being taken to hospital as players -- including Frazier -- were visibly distraught. "I saw the whole thing," said Frazier, who kneeled outside the batter's box with his head bowed. Another New York player, Matt Holliday was seen wiping away tears as the girl received medical attention.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:32:09 -0400
  • Martinique escapes brunt of Hurricane Maria, Guadeloupe takes lashing

    The French island of Martinique escaped Hurricane Maria largely unscathed but a communications blackout with Guadeloupe meant it would be several more hours before damage there could be assessed, a senior French Civil Protection official said on Tuesday. Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month, lashed Guadeloupe's southern shores as it tracked northwest toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. "In Martinique, reconnaissance operations are still underway but already we can see that there is no significant damage," Jacques Witkowski, France's head of civil protection and crisis response, told a news briefing in Paris.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:23:03 -0400
  • Dominican Republic shuts most ports ahead of Hurricane Maria

    By Jorge Pineda SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Dominican Republic closed most of its ports ahead of Hurricane Maria, but the country's 34,000-barrel-per-day refinery was still running, the government said on Wednesday. Ports that suspended operations under the "red alert" declared for extreme weather conditions are La Romana, Samana, Arroyo Barril, Puerto Plata and Manzanillo, the Dominican Port Authority said in a statement. Maria was a Category 4 hurricane when it hit Puerto Rico earlier on Wednesday.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:23:03 -0400
  • St. Louis approves police body cameras ahead of more protests

    St. Louis officials decided on Wednesday to supply police officers with body cameras for a year following nearly a week of protests touched off by the acquittal of a former police officer for the shooting death of a black man. The city's Board of Estimate and Apportionment voted 3-0 to hire Axon Enterprise Inc, a police body camera company, to supply its 1,200 officers with free software, hardware and training for a year.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:53:34 -0400
  • Oklahoma City police fatally shoot deaf man who did not respond to commands

    An investigation into a hit-and-run accident on Tuesday night led officers to a residence where Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was on the porch, Oklahoma City police spokesman Captain Bo Mathews said during a news conference. Sanchez was holding a 2-foot-long metal pipe that was wrapped in material and had a leather loop at the end, Mathews told reporters. Witnesses, who heard the officers yelling commands, shouted that Sanchez was deaf, Mathews said.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:05:15 -0400
  • St. Louis approves police body cameras ahead of more protests news

    St. Louis officials decided on Wednesday to supply police officers with body cameras for a year as the city prepares for a sixth night of protests after a white former police officer was acquitted of killing a black man. The city's Board of Estimate and Apportionment voted 3-0 to have Axon Enterprise Inc, a police body camera company, supply its 1,200 officers with free software, hardware and training for a year.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:44:10 -0400
  • Tax breaks cost New York $1.2 billion in financial year 2017, half went to film industry news

    The state included the information in a July financial statement, but the report was not widely known until the group Good Jobs First spotted it. Hundreds of cities, counties and other local governments across the country have already reported similar information under a new mandated accounting rule now in effect. "It's important for state taxpayers and residents to be able to see accounting in one place and make their own judgments about whether those investments have been worth it," said Good Jobs First researcher Scott Klinger.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:56:40 -0400
  • Trump makes his debut at ceremonies for new U.S. citizens news

    More than 4,500 people from 120 countries were among the first to catch Trump's video as they were sworn in at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday morning. "You now share the obligation to teach our values to others, to help newcomers assimilate to our way of life, and uplift America by living according to its highest ideals of self-governance and its highest standards," Trump says in the video. Attendees applauded at the end of the one-minute-and-37- second recording, which few realized was new to such ceremonies.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:17:44 -0400
  • Attorney General Sessions says marijuana still illegal news

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown. "I've never felt that we should legalize marijuana," Sessions said in response to a question from a reporter during a press conference in San Diego announcing record-breaking narcotics seizures by the U.S. Coast Guard in fiscal 2017. "It doesn't strike me that the country would be better if it's being sold at every street corner," he said, adding that medical organizations oppose it and federal law prohibits it.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:47:56 -0400
  • Washington state sues over $1/day wages paid to immigrant detainees news

    The lawsuit, filed in state court in Tacoma, follows a months-long investigation by the Attorney General's office that found immigrant detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma who prepared food and did maintenance in the center sometimes only received only snacks for their work. Geo Group has owned and operated the 1,575-bed facility for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which holds immigrants awaiting court hearings or deportation, since 2005.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:47:21 -0400
  • U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

    The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:39:18 -0400
  • Tusk-smuggling case ends in prison for Canadian ex-mountie :U.S. judge

    A retried Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was sentenced on Wednesday by a U.S. judge to five years and two months in prison, after pleading guilty to 10 money laundering charges related to a scheme to smuggle Arctic narwhal tusks. Gregory Logan, 59, of Saint John, New Brunswick, had been accused by U.S. prosecutors of smuggling more than 250 tusks from 2000 to 2010 into the United States from Canada, in a scheme to sell tusks to collectors and send proceeds back to Canada.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:24:23 -0400
  • California sues Trump administration over border wall news

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday over the Trump administration's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, adding to the obstacles facing one of the Republican president's key campaign promises. President Donald Trump has insisted Mexico would pay for building the wall, which experts said could cost about $22 billion and take more than three years to complete. With Mexico refusing to pay, Trump has said since taking office in January that the wall will initially need U.S. funding but that he will find a way to make Mexico ultimately pay for it.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:08:27 -0400
  • S&P downgrades Pennsylvania credit to A-plus, cites budget problems

    S&P Global Ratings downgraded Pennsylvania's general obligation debt one notch to A-plus on Wednesday as state officials struggle to close a $2.3 billion budget gap, the credit rating agency said. Pennsylvania lawmakers are battling on how to balance its $32 billion spending plan nearly three months into the 2018 fiscal year, forcing Governor Tom Wolf to delay scheduled bill payments. "The downgrade largely reflects the commonwealth's chronic structural imbalance dating back nearly a decade, a history of late budget adoption and our opinion that this pattern could continue," S&P analyst Carol Spain said in a statement.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:21:22 -0400
  • Pelosi calls DACA deal a first step toward comprehensive immigration reform

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that supporting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, the so-called "Dreamers," was a "first step" toward broader reform.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:06:38 -0400
  • Boston beheading plotter cited 2013 bombing: prosecutor news

    A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack police and behead a conservative blogger on behalf of Islamic State told someone online that he wanted to cause more harm than the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. David Wright's trial on charges of conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization opened in Boston federal court with a prosecutor describing what she called his plan with two other men to kill Pamela Geller, a blogger who organized a 2015 "Draw Mohammed" contest in Texas. "He stated in an online conversation that he wanted to harm the United States more than the Boston Marathon bombings, because in his words, that was not sufficient," Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann told jurors.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:02:09 -0400
  • Trump urges 'strong and swift' U.N. action to end Rohingya crisis: Pence

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is urging the United Nations Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to bring Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to an end, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday. Speaking at the United Nations, Pence reiterated a call for Myanmar's military to end the violence immediately, warning that if it continued, it would "sow seeds of hatred and chaos that may well consume the region for generations to come and threaten the peace of us all." (Reporting by David Brunnstrom)

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:59:08 -0400
  • Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Sept 20) - Graham-Cassidy bill, Luther Strange

    The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : - Big meetings today at the United Nations. So many interesting leaders. America First will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! [0614 EDT] - After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes. ...

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:49:46 -0400
  • Eerie calm hangs over Puerto Rican capital before storm news

    By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Streets usually abuzz with diners, shoppers, and traffic stood silent, shuttered and empty in the center of San Juan on Tuesday as the Puerto Rican capital prepared for the onslaught of a massive hurricane the following morning. Category 5 storm Maria was expected to tear across Puerto Rico after barreling through St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the early hours of Wednesday, becoming the second highest-category hurricane to ravage the Caribbean this month. "We're taking more precautions this time after Irma." Swathes of the Caribbean are still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Irma, which killed more than 80 people as it plowed through the Leeward Islands, Cuba and Florida this month.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:37:41 -0400
  • Convicted killer recaptured after escape from Mississippi prison

    The two men were discovered missing on Monday during a routine inmate count at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, about 125 miles west of Tupelo, and were presumed to have escaped between late Sunday night and early the next morning, prison officials said. How the pair made their getaway from the maximum-security prison farm in Mississippi's Delta region remained under investigation. Sanders, 41, incarcerated since 2000 and serving a life term for murder, was caught late Tuesday afternoon after a reward for information leading to both men's capture was increased to $10,000, the Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a statement.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:14:04 -0400
  • Trump's U.N. speech shows nationalist instincts firmly intact news

    Among the many signals that Donald Trump sent in his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, one was especially clear: former chief strategist Steve Bannon's White House departure has not muted the president's "America First" foreign policy instincts. Trump's eight months in office have been characterized by a sometimes dramatic tug-of-war between "globalists" and "nationalist" advisers who have sought to move the president in myriad ways on issues both domestic and international. Bannon's exit last month caused some of the former New York businessman's core supporters to fret that the more multilateral-leaning group inside the administration had gained ground.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:14:24 -0400
  • Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room news

    A San Diego children's hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to 'drive' themselves to the operating room. The cars at the Rady Children's Hospital are actually operated by a nurse or a doctor, and are part of a new program designed to make children more relaxed before their procedures. The parents are seeing that they're relaxed and that they're happy," said Dr. Daniela Carvalho, medical director of surgical services at the hospital.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:47:34 -0400
  • Attorney General Sessions steps up anti-'sanctuary' rhetoric after setbacks news

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped up the Trump administration's critique of so-called sanctuary cities on Tuesday, saying local and state policies to limit cooperation with immigration enforcement are a criminal's "best friend." Sessions' remarks, at a gathering of law enforcement authorities in Portland, Oregon, came days after repudiation of his stance against the sanctuary movement in separate actions by a federal judge in Chicago and the California legislature. The judge in Chicago on Friday barred the Justice Department from withholding public safety grants to cities unless they allowed U.S. immigration authorities unlimited access to local jails and provided 48 hours' notice before releasing individuals sought for deportation.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:48:43 -0400
  • Democratic Senator Murray thinks bipartisan Obamacare deal still possible

    U.S. Democratic Senator Patty Murray said Tuesday she thought a bipartisan deal to repair Obamacare was still possible, despite the announcement by her negotiating partner, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, that they had failed to reach an agreement. Murray, in a statement, said she had made some "tough concessions" in the talks, when it came to giving states more flexibility under Obamacare. Alexander and Murray had been working to protect the government payments made to insurers to help reduce medical expenses for low-income Americans enrolled in Obamacare.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:27:27 -0400
  • As clock ticks, Republicans try to move ahead on Obamacare repeal news

    By Susan Cornwell and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and top U.S. Senate Republicans pushed on Tuesday for action on a bill to dismantle Obamacare, but time was running out and they were still hunting for the votes needed to pass their latest attempt to gut the 2010 healthcare law. Vice President Mike Pence lunched with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill to urge them to approve the legislation introduced last week by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. Pence said President Donald Trump backs the bill.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:27:27 -0400
  • U.S. senator: No bipartisan deal on Obamacare repair

    U.S. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on Tuesday that he had failed to reach an agreement with Democrats on a bipartisan effort to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets. In a statement, Alexander said he and Democratic Senator Patty Murray "have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats to put a bill in the Senate leaders' hands that could be enacted." Alexander and Murray had been working to protect the government payments made to insurers to help reduce medical expenses for low-income Americans enrolled in Obamacare. Alexander also wanted states to have more flexibility to design insurance plans under the program.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:27:27 -0400
  • After protests, St. Louis mayor says address racism news

    By Brendan O'Brien ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - The legacies of racism, not only the violent protests that gripped St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of murdering a black man, must be addressed, the city's mayor said on Tuesday. Mayor Lyda Krewson said she had listened and read the reaction of residents since the controversial verdict on Friday and was ready to find ways to move the city forward. "This is institutional racism." The city has been working to expedite existing plans to increase equity as well as develop new approaches, including changing how police shootings are investigated and granting subpoena powers to a police civilian oversight board, and expanding jobs programs, Krewson said.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:40:41 -0400
  • Police, protesters clash after vigil for slain Georgia Tech student news

    The clashes at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta broke out when several dozen of the almost 500 people who had attended the vigil for slain student Scout Schultz faced off with officers at the campus police headquarters, the school said. Two Georgia Tech officers were injured and a police car was damaged, the school said in a statement.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:40:33 -0400
  • Exclusive: Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns news

    The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S. officials. Aides to President Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department, four officials told Reuters. While the State Department is primarily concerned about international threats to stability and maintains tight restrictions on weapons deals, the Commerce Department typically focuses more on facilitating trade.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:07:43 -0400
  • Gunmakers shoot higher on Trump plan to ease export rules: Reuters

    ** Gunmaker stocks rise sharply on strong volume after Reuters report that Trump administration is preparing to make it easier to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S. officials

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:07:43 -0400
  • White man arrested in killings of two black men in Louisiana news

    Kenneth Gleason is accused of carrying out the killings on Sept. 12 and Sept. 14. In both incidents a motorist opened fire on a pedestrian, said Parish of East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore. Once the victims were on the ground, Moore said, the assailant got out of the car and shot them again several times.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:43:49 -0400
  • Factbox: Some 195,000 customers still without power in Florida after Irma

    (Reuters) - Florida utilities said on Tuesday they restored power to about 98 percent of the 7.8 million homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving some 195,000 customers still without electricity. Based on the number of individuals each customer represents, that leaves over 400,000 people sweltering in the Florida heat without air conditioning. Most of the remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern parts of the state.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:33:21 -0400
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