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  • U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

    The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came just days after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday after Congress declined to fulfill his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise. "We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states.

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:15:36 -0500
  • U.S. FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ

    A company spokeswoman said there was an open Letter of Investigation (LOI), which is a common mechanism for the FAA to document and share safety interests or concerns with an airline. The airline has not been issued fines and faces no enforcement action regarding its weight and balance program, Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said. "In this case, the LOI addresses an issue that Southwest voluntarily reported to the FAA last year and since that time, Southwest has implemented controls to address weight and balance program concerns, and shared those measures with the FAA," King said.

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:26:00 -0500
  • Official cites 'unlawful' balloting in U.S. congressional vote

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    Kim Strach, executive director of the state election board, on Monday said investigators had uncovered a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" orchestrated by a political operative working for Harris. Strach said operative Leslie McCrae Dowless hired workers to collect absentee ballot requests from voters and then return to retrieve the ballots, in violation of state law. Lisa Britt, who worked for Dowless on the absentee ballots, testified that he instructed his workers to fill in responses for races left blank to avoid “red flags” with the local elections board.

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:44:57 -0500
  • Exclusive: Air Force to push Congress for military housing tenant bill of rights

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    The proposed measure, outlined in an interview at the Pentagon by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff David L. Goldfein, follows complaints from military families who say they are often powerless to challenge private industry landlords when they encounter dangerous mold, lead paint and vermin infestations. Added Secretary Wilson: “That could put a little more leverage into the hands of the renters.” The Air Force push adds to a drumbeat of reforms to emerge in recent weeks following a Reuters series, Ambushed at Home, that documented shoddy housing conditions at bases nationwide and described how military families are often empowered with fewer rights than civilian tenants. Read the series Ambushed at Home at https://reut.rs/2t1Y2UA Wilson said the Air Force is actively working with the Army and Navy to push a tenant bill of rights that would give military families a stronger hand in housing disputes.

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:06:54 -0500
  • Presidents Day protests decry Trump's emergency declaration

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    Calling Trump's declaration an abuse of power and usurpation of Congress, organizers with the nonprofit advocacy group MoveOn.org and other participants said it was important to let the outrage over the move be heard. “We disagree with the state of emergency declared by the president and stand with our immigrant colleagues and friends,” said Darcy Regan, executive director of Indivisible Chicago, which co-hosted the protest there. Trump invoked the emergency powers on Friday after Congress declined to fulfill his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise.

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:08:40 -0500
  • FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ

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    The airline has not been issued fines and faces no enforcement action regarding its weight and balance program, Southwest spokesman Brandy King said. "In this case, the LOI addresses an issue that Southwest voluntarily reported to the FAA last year and since that time, Southwest has implemented controls to address weight and balance program concerns, and shared those measures with the FAA," King said.

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:03:24 -0500
  • Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir by former official: NPR

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    Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the "relentless attack" he said U.S. President Donald Trump has launched against the agency, according to released excerpts of an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, to be aired early Monday. "I think the FBI has been under a relentless attack in the last two years," said McCabe, who is promoting his new memoir, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terrorism and Trump." Trump's attack is one of the reasons he wrote his book, he said in a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from his own firing, the probe into Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election, and FBI morale.

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:37:20 -0500
  • California tells Trump that lawsuit over border wall is 'imminent'

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    California will "imminently" challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday. "Definitely and imminently," Becerra told ABC's "This Week" program when asked whether and when California would sue the Trump administration in federal court. Trump invoked the emergency powers on Friday under a 1976 law after Congress rebuffed his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall that was a signature 2016 campaign promise.

    Sun, 17 Feb 2019 18:59:23 -0500
  • Chicago police seek follow-up interview with 'Empire' actor

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    Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett's report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday. According to Smollett's account, his assailants struck him in the face, draped a rope around his neck and doused him with an "unknown chemical substance" before fleeing. On Wednesday evening this week, police said they arrested two Nigerian brothers described as "persons of interest" who were recognized from surveillance camera footage taken in the area of the alleged Jan. 29 assault.

    Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:08:46 -0500
  • Alabama jury awards $152 million in Ford Explorer rollover case

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    The jury awarded $100 million in punitive damages and the rest in compensatory damages after finding on Friday that the 1998 Ford Explorer did not meet Ford's own safety guidelines and that Ford "acted wantonly" in designing the vehicle, according to a court document seen by Reuters and lawyers for plaintiff Travaris "Tre" Smith. Ford said it plans to appeal.

    Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:41:08 -0500
  • Ex-congressman Weiner released from prison after sexting scandal

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    Weiner, 54, has been released from the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, and is under the supervision of a residential re-entry management office in Brooklyn, according to prison records. The seven-term congressman who ran unsuccessfully several times for New York City mayor will be free on May 14, records show, about three months earlier than his 21-month sentence. The FBI discovered a trove of emails belonging to his then-wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, on Weiner's laptop.

    Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:25:16 -0500
  • Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall

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    President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval. A U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Shanahan was likely to approve the $3.6 billion being redirected from the military construction budget. By declaring a national emergency, Trump can use certain Department of Defense funding to build the wall.

    Sun, 17 Feb 2019 10:19:58 -0500
  • Illinois factory gunman obtained firearm permit despite felony conviction

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    Gary Martin, 45, who carried his pistol to work on Friday apparently suspecting he faced dismissal from his job, opened fire after being told of his termination in a meeting at the Henry Pratt Company plant in Aurora, Illinois, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago, police said. The dead included the plant manager, a human resources supervisor, a human resources intern and two other workers. A sixth employee and five police officers responding to the scene were wounded, and the gunman himself was slain about 90 minutes later in a gunfight with police who stormed the building.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:12:50 -0500
  • College intern on first day among Illinois factory shooting victims

    Trevor Wehner was working his first day as a human resources intern at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, when a worker who had just been fired killed him and four of his colleagues. Friday's shooting rampage at the water distribution products factory and warehouse west of Chicago also killed the plant's manager and its head of human resources. Wehner, 21, from the village of Sheridan, Illinois, was on track to graduate in May from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a degree in human resource management, the school said.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:22:04 -0500
  • U.S. military not decided yet on necessity of border wall

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    Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval. By declaring a national emergency, Trump can use certain Department of Defense funding to build the wall.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 18:08:24 -0500
  • Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis' younger sister, dies at 85

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    CBS News, citing family friend Mathilde Favier, the public relations director for Christian Dior, said Radziwill died on Friday. Women's Wear Daily had first reported the death on its website, saying it occurred at Radziwill's New York City home. Radziwill's world was inhabited by doyennes of high society, artistic celebrities, fashion moguls and wealthy, prominent husbands - including one whose royal status made her a real-life princess.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:42:10 -0500
  • College intern on first day among Illinois factory shooting victims

    Friday's shooting rampage at the water distribution products factory and warehouse west of Chicago also killed the plant's manager and its head of human resources. Wehner, 21, from the village of Sheridan, Illinois, was on track to graduate in May from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a degree in human resource management, the school said. "Our little town of Sheridan is rocked to its very core! ... RIP Trevor Wehner.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:37:58 -0500
  • Illinois factory gunman killed five victims after being fired

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    The gunman who killed five co-workers and wounded five police officers at an Illinois factory was a violent felon who had just been fired, and the plant manager and a young intern were among his victims, authorities said on Saturday. Gary Martin, 45, armed himself with a handgun, which he owned illegally, before reporting for a meeting on Friday at the Henry Pratt Company where his employment was terminated, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters. Martin had bought the gun he used, a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with a laser sight, in 2014 before authorities realized he had a prior felony conviction, Ziman said.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:27:38 -0500
  • Gunman in Aurora, Illinois, shooting described as 'loner'

    Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said Martin shot six fellow employees, five of them fatally, at the sprawling warehouse where he had worked for 15 years, and wounded five police officers before he was slain by police 90 minutes later. Jeremy Sherman, a neighbor of Martin's at Acorn Woods Condominium Complex in Aurora, about 40 miles west of Chicago, told Newsweek's Daily Beast website that Martin could often be found outside playing with his remote-control toy cars and drones. "He kept to himself a lot, and he was always on his porch," he told the Daily Beast.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:52:41 -0500
  • Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes

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    Pope Francis has decided that the ruling, which followed an appeal by McCarrick, a power-broker as Archbishop of Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2006, was now final. A Vatican statement said his crimes were made more serious by "the aggravating factor of the abuse of power". The 88-year-old, who in July became the first Roman Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the title of cardinal, has now become the highest profile church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 10:27:15 -0500
  • Dismissed employee kills five co-workers in Illinois factory shooting

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    A gunman opened fire at an Illinois factory just after receiving notice of termination from his job there on Friday, killing five fellow workers and wounding five policemen before he was slain by police, authorities said. The assailant, identified as Gary Martin, 45, had worked at the Henry Pratt Company for 15 years before Friday's violence unfolded at the firm's sprawling facility in Aurora, 40 miles (65 km) west of Chicago, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said. At a late-night news conference, Ziman said it was not yet clear whether the suspect, armed with a Smith & Wesson handgun, was carrying the weapon at the time of his dismissal or whether he "went to retrieve it" before opening fire.

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:03:21 -0500
  • Suspects in alleged attack on 'Empire' actor released

    "Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete," the Chicago Police Department said in a email to Reuters. A spokesman for the department on Friday night declined to confirm to Reuters whether the individuals released were the two Nigerian brothers police said they arrested on Wednesday at Chicago O'Hare Airport in connection to the attack. Authorities had previously said only that the pair, whose names have not been released, were persons of interest after they were recognized from surveillance camera footage taken in the area where Smollett said two men shouted slurs at him and put a rope around his neck on Jan. 29.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:33:18 -0500
  • U.S. court faults Puerto Rico board appointments, keeps bankruptcy alive

    A U.S. Appeals Court ruled on Friday that members of Puerto Rico's federally created oversight board were unconstitutionally appointed but declined to dismiss the bankruptcy cases the board filed for the U.S. commonwealth. The ruling allows the island's 2017 federal court cases seeking to restructure about $120 billion of debt and pension obligations to continue and leaves court-approved restructuring deals in place. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit set a 90-day period to allow President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate to constitutionally validate the appointments or reconstitute the board.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:54:13 -0500
  • U.S. to slash payouts from 9/11 victims fund

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    Rupa Bhattacharyya, the special master, said the reduction in payouts from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is necessary because the $2.375 billion remaining in the $7.375 billion fund is not enough to compensate the thousands of additional eligible victims and family members. "I am painfully aware of the unfairness of this plan," Bhattacharyya said on a conference call with reporters. Bhattacharyya said the fund would have needed to be $12 billion, instead of $7.375 billion, to compensate everyone fully.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:49:57 -0500
  • Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe

    The Republican president's move, circumventing Congress, seeks to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a border wall that Trump insists is necessary to curtail illegal immigration he blames for bringing crime and drugs into the United States. Within hours, the action was challenged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of three Texas landowners, saying that Trump's declaration violates the U.S. Constitution and that the planned wall would infringe on their property rights. Hours after Trump's announcement, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee said it had launched an investigation into the emergency declaration.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:46:03 -0500
  • Trump to nominate Jeffrey Byard as U.S. emergency management chief

    President Donald Trump intends to nominate Jeffrey Byard, a senior official at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be its administrator, replacing Brock Long who said this week he was resigning, the White House said on Friday.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:44:49 -0500
  • U.S. Supreme Court to decide legality of census citizenship query

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    The justices, in a brief order, granted the administration's request to hear its appeal of Manhattan-based U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman's Jan. 15 ruling even before a lower appeals court has considered the matter. Furman's ruling came in lawsuits brought by 18 U.S. states, 15 cities and various civil rights groups challenging the Republican administration's decision to include the question. Furman ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had concealed the true motives for his "arbitrary and capricious" decision to add the citizenship question in violation of federal law.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:51:24 -0500
  • Five killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse

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    A gunman opened fire in an industrial warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain, law enforcement officials said. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the gunman, identified as Gary Martin, 45, was an employee at the industrial complex. Please avoid the area," the Aurora Police Department said in a tweet shortly after 2 p.m. CST, adding that additional details would be forthcoming.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:48:48 -0500
  • Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez for tour, calls worker claims untrue

    Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected progressive Democrat who was an outspoken critic of the plans to locate Amazon's second headquarters in a New York City neighborhood near her congressional district, asked on Twitter if Amazon's culture of "strict performance" is "why Amazon workers have to urinate in bottles & work while on food stamps to meet 'targets?' Performance shouldn’t come at the cost of dehumanizing conditions." She cited a September Newsweek story that raised those claims. A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to a request for comment. Ocasio-Cortez was among progressive New York Democrats who had objected to the $2.8 billion in incentives from the city and New York state to woo Amazon to build a new headquarters in the city's borough of Queens.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:33:03 -0500
  • U.S. court faults Puerto Rico board appointments, keeps bankruptcy alive

    A U.S. Appeals Court ruled on Friday that members of Puerto Rico's federally created oversight board were unconstitutionally appointed but declined to dismiss the bankruptcy cases the board filed for the U.S. commonwealth. The ruling allows the island's 2017 federal court cases seeking to restructure about $120 billion of debt and pension obligations to continue and leaves court-approved restructuring deals in place. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit set a 90-day period to allow President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate to constitutionally validate the appointments or reconstitute the board.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:13:49 -0500
  • Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe

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    The Republican president's move to circumvent Congress represented an escalation in his efforts to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a wall to halt the flow into the country of illegal immigrants, who Trump says bring crime and drugs. Hours after Trump's announcement, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee said it had launched an investigation into the emergency declaration. In a letter to Trump, committee Democrats asked him to make available for a hearing White House and Justice Department officials involved in the action.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:49:16 -0500
  • House panel announces emergency declaration probe in letter to Trump

    A key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Friday it was launching an immediate investigation into President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, saying his move to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border raised constitutional and statutory issues. In a letter to Trump, Democrats who control the House Judiciary Committee asked the Republican president to make available for a hearing White House and Justice Department officials involved in the action. "We believe your declaration of an emergency shows a reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system," said the letter signed by committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and other top Democrats on the panel.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:51:19 -0500
  • Army calls base housing hazards 'unconscionable,' details steps to protect families

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    Deeply troubled by military housing conditions exposed by Reuters reporting, the U.S. Army's top leadership vowed on Friday to renegotiate its housing contracts with private real estate firms, test tens of thousands of homes for toxins and hold its own commanders responsible for protecting Army base residents from dangerous homes. In an interview, the Secretary of the Army Mark Esper said Reuters reports and a chorus of concerns from military families had opened his eyes to the need for urgent overhauls of the Army’s privatized housing system, which accommodates more than 86,000 families. The secretary’s conclusion: Private real estate firms tasked with managing and maintaining the housing stock have been failing the families they serve, and the Army itself neglected its duties.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:13:28 -0500
  • U.S. to slash payouts from 9/11 victims fund

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    Rupa Bhattacharyya, the special master, said the reduction in payouts from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is necessary because the $2.375 billion remaining in the $7.375 billion fund is not enough to compensate the thousands of additional eligible victims and family members. "I am painfully aware of the unfairness of this plan," Bhattacharyya said on a conference call with reporters. Bhattacharyya said the fund would have needed to be $12 billion, instead of $7.375 billion, to compensate everyone fully.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:52:57 -0500
  • Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg back at court after cancer bout

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    Ginsburg, a liberal jurist who will turn 86 in March, took part in the private conference among the nine justices on the court to discuss cases. Friday's conference proved highly significant, with the justices agreeing to decide the fate of a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, which opponents say will scare immigrant communities from participating, leading to an undercount. While Ginsburg was expected to attend the next round of oral arguments beginning next Tuesday, court officials could not confirm she would be on the bench.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:06:52 -0500
  • Trump, in proclamation, says military help needed due to 'gravity' of emergency

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, in a proclamation on Friday declaring an emergency at the U.S. border with Mexico, said he need to call upon the military for assistance "because of the gravity of the current emergency situation." "The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency," Trump said in the proclamation, which he is using as a means to go around Congress to obtain funds to build a wall. ...

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:17:20 -0500
  • NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays

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    The U.S. space agency has since had to rely on Russia's Roscosmos program to ferry astronauts to the orbital space station at a cost of roughly $80 million per seat, NASA has said. After 2019 there are no seats available on the spacecraft for U.S. crew, and a NASA advisory panel recommended on Friday that the U.S. space program develop a contingency plan to guarantee access to the station in case technical problems delay Boeing and SpaceX any further. A NASA spokesman on Friday characterized a solicitation request NASA filed on Wednesday as a contingency plan.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:00:06 -0500
  • Philadelphia beats U.S. appeal in sanctuary city case

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    In a 3-0 decision, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said the U.S. attorney general lacked power to condition that city's receipt of $1.6 million for local law enforcement on its compliance with three new requirements. In Friday's decision, Circuit Judge Marjorie Rendell said the attorney general has only limited oversight of the program for awarding the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants. "Allowing the attorney general to withhold all funds because a jurisdiction does not certify compliance with any federal law of the attorney general's choosing undermines the predictability and consistency embedded in the program's design," Rendell wrote.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:21:34 -0500
  • California, New York promise legal challenges to Trump's emergency declaration

    California and New York suggested on Friday they would take legal action against President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars in funds to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump's move would circumvent Congress, and he predicted in comments made in the White House's Rose Garden that the emergency declaration would face a lengthy legal challenge. New York state's Democratic attorney general, Letitia James, fired back almost immediately after Trump announced his action.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:16:32 -0500
  • Russia detains prominent U.S. investor on suspicion of fraud

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    Calvey, senior partner at Baring Vostok, was first detained on Thursday along with three other executives after investigators accused him and others of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles ($37.61 million). Calvey, who is well known in financial circles as one of Russia's most prominent investors, told the court he was innocent and that the accusations against him had been initiated by Russian businessmen embroiled in a commercial conflict with him and his fund over a Russian bank. "Almost everything said here is false," said Calvey.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:12:49 -0500
  • U.S. investigators probing years of WikiLeaks activities: sources

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    American investigators are gathering information and pursuing witnesses involved in both recent WikiLeaks disclosures and the website's large-scale postings of U.S. military and diplomatic messages over several years from 2010. A former U.S. Army soldier, Chelsea Manning, was charged and convicted for leaking the reports and cables to WikiLeaks but was released from a lengthy prison term after her sentence was commuted by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:35:26 -0500
  • Russian court orders Baring Vostok founder to be held for 72 hours

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday ordered Baring Vostok's founder Michael Calvey to be kept in custody for 72 hours following his detention on suspicion of fraud, allegations that he denies.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:20:14 -0500
  • Portland, Oregon, police probe texts between officer and right-wing leader

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    Hundreds of emails and text messages released by the city's police bureau on Thursday showed Portland Police Lieutenant Jeff Niiya and Joey Gibson, leader of right-wing group Patriot Prayer, often discussed Gibson's plans to demonstrate. Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said she ordered an internal investigation to review the communications and determine if any bureau directives were violated. "If anything is identified that is deemed outside of our values and directives, it will be addressed," Outlaw said late on Thursday in a statement.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:08:43 -0500
  • U.S. targeted 21 Savage for his rap lyrics, lawyer says

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    The entertainer, whose real name is She'yaa BinAbraham-Joseph, was arrested on Feb. 3 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on charges he is a foreign citizen who had overstayed his visa by more than a decade. Officials said he came to the United States from Britain. During a Friday appearance on ABC News' "Good Morning America," Abraham-Joseph said he arrived in the United States when he was 7 years old with his mother and brothers, and that his visa expired in 2006.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:54:47 -0500
  • Russian court orders Baring Vostok executive Delpal be held in custody

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday ordered Baring Vostok executive Phillipe Delpal, a French national, to be held in custody for one month and 30 days after he was detained on suspicion of embezzlement. Delpal was one of several executives at private equity group Baring Vostok including Michael Calvey, a U.S. citizen, who were detained on Thursday. (Reporting by Maria Vasilyeva and Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Mark Potter)

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:10:27 -0500
  • Trump set to declare border emergency, sign shutdown-averting bill

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    Trump was also expected to sign a bipartisan government spending bill approved by Congress on Thursday that would prevent another federal shutdown by funding several agencies that otherwise would have closed on Saturday morning. The Republican president was scheduled to deliver remarks on the issue at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) in the Rose Garden at the White House. The bill, lacking any money for his wall, is a defeat for Trump in Congress, where his demand for $5.7 billion in barrier funding yielded no results, other than a record-long 35-day December-January partial government shutdown that damaged the U.S. economy and his poll numbers.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:33:50 -0500
  • Russia detained U.S. founder of Baring Vostok over bank dispute: Interfax

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Private equity group Baring Vostok said on Friday its founder Michael Calvey and three other employees had been detained in Moscow because of a dispute over Vostochny Bank, the Interfax news agency reported on Friday.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 06:00:48 -0500
  • Chicago police dispute reports 'Empire' actor investigated for staging attack

    Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said there was no evidence to support a report by Chicago ABC7 television, which cited sources familiar with the investigation. "Media reports about the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives. Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate," Guglielmi said in a tweet.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:56:22 -0500
  • U.S. court dismisses Energy Transfer Partners lawsuit against Greenpeace

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    ETP had sued https://reut.rs/2SASoIv Greenpeace and other environmental groups in 2017, accusing them of racketeering and defamation with the aim of blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the lawsuit, ETP argued that the environmental groups' actions and negative publicity against it, its sister company Energy Transfer Equity LP and other firms caused billions of dollars in damages.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:07:26 -0500
  • U.S. judge rules former Venezuelan oil minister owes $1.4 billion

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    A federal judge in Houston ordered a former Venezuelan oil minister this week to pay the owners of a defunct Houston oil company $1.4 billion in damages in a fraud suit, although it is unclear if or how the payment will ever be made. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Rosenthal issued the default judgment on Wednesday after Rafael Ramirez did not contest Harvest Natural Resources' claims, according to an opinion accompanying the ruling. James Edmiston, Harvest Natural's former chief executive and director, said on Thursday he was pleased with the order.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:06:55 -0500
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