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  • Hurricane Lane strengthens to Category 5 as it heads for Hawaii

    Hurricane Lane strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Tuesday as it headed toward Hawaii where residents braced for "life threatening" winds and flooding when it hits the U.S. islands this week, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The hurricane, packing 160 miles per hour (260 km) winds was expected to hit Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday with gusts capable of damaging roofs and knocking out power, the NHC warned. "Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Lane is forecast to remain a dangerous hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands," the center said.

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 02:04:32 -0400
  • Hurricane Lane strengthens to Cat 5 as it heads toward Hawaii: NHC

    (Reuters) - Hurricane Lane strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Tuesday as it headed toward Hawaii, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 01:49:34 -0400
  • NASA chief excited about prospects for exploiting water on the moon news

    "We know that there's hundreds of billions of tons of water ice on the surface of the moon," Bridenstine said in a Reuters TV interview in Washington on Tuesday, a day after NASA unveiled its analysis of data collected from lunar orbit by a spacecraft from India. Bridenstine, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot and Oklahoma congressman tapped by President Donald Trump in April as NASA chief, spoke about "hundreds of billions of tons" of water ice that he said were now known to be available on the lunar surface. NASA lunar scientist Sarah Noble told Reuters separately by phone that it is still unknown how much ice is actually present on the moon and how easy it would be to extract in sufficient quantities to be of practical use.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 22:41:39 -0400
  • Illegal immigrant charged with murder of missing Iowa woman news

    Mollie Tibbetts, 20, who attended the University of Iowa, disappeared in July while jogging. Authorities were awaiting test results to make a positive identification, Rich Rahn, special agent in charge of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, told reporters. Rahn declined to say whether investigators have determined how the woman was killed, saying that the state's medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy on Wednesday.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 21:51:17 -0400
  • Arizona education tax plan qualifies for November ballot

    A proposal to pump $690 million into Arizona's public education system by raising taxes on the state's highest earners has qualified for the November ballot despite opposition from business interests, election officials said on Tuesday. Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan said supporters had collected 187,628 valid voter signatures to have the so-called Invest In Education Act placed on the Nov. 6 ballot. “We are excited that Arizona voters will have a chance to do what politicians have failed to do and invest in our students and our schools,” teacher and activist Joshua Buckley said.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:56:15 -0400
  • KKK figure sentenced to eight years for firing gun at Virginia rally

    (Reuters) - A Maryland man who identified himself as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan was sentenced on Tuesday to eight years in prison, four of which were suspended, for firing a pistol during last summer's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Richard Preston, 53, who identified himself to media as the Imperial Wizard of the KKK white supremacist group, pleaded guilty in Charlottesville Circuit Court. According to media reports, Preston has argued he was acting in self defense.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:56:07 -0400
  • Man charged with murder in case of missing Iowa woman

    Mollie Tibbetts, 20, who attended the University of Iowa, disappeared in July while jogging. Authorities are awaiting test results to make a positive identification, Rich Rahn, special agent in charge of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, told reporters. Rahn declined to say whether investigators have determined how the woman was killed, saying that an autopsy would be conducted by the state medical examiner's office on Wednesday.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:04:59 -0400
  • Republican Rep. Hunter indicted for misusing campaign funds news

    U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, was indicted on charges that he and his wife used campaign funds to pay for personal expenses and filed false campaign finance reports, federal officials said on Tuesday. Hunter, who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, has been accused of conspiracy, wire fraud, falsification of records and other charges, said Adam Braverman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:01:47 -0400
  • Colorado man hears murder charges as victim's dad weeps news

    Chris Watts, 33, barely spoke and did not formally enter a plea to the charges at a hearing in Greeley, about 60 miles (100 km) north of Denver. In their account, Watts said he killed his wife because she had strangled their two daughters after an argument. The case began in the nearby community of Frederick last week when Watts' wife, Shanann, and their two daughters, ages 3 and 4, were reported missing in the former mining town.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:59:44 -0400
  • Colorado prosecutors set to charge man for murdering family

    (This August 20 story corrects spelling of Shanann in fourth paragraph) By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado prosecutors said they plan to formally file murder charges on Monday against a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, days after he told police they went missing and pleaded on TV for their safe return. Christopher Watts, 33, has been held without bond in the Weld County jail since his arrest last week for the murders of his pregnant wife Shanann Watts, 34 and two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4. Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke will formally file charges against Watts on Monday and seek the release of an arrest affidavit, which has been under seal, that lays out details of the crime, his spokeswoman Krista Henery said in a telephone interview.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:57:35 -0400
  • California prosecutors team up in 'Golden State Killer' case

    A former policeman accused of a string of murders, rapes and home invasions attributed to a serial predator dubbed "the Golden State Killer" will stand trial in Sacramento in an unprecedented consolidation of cases from six counties, prosecutors said on Tuesday. A single, amended criminal complaint was filed in Sacramento County Superior Court charging Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, with 13 counts of murder and 13 counts of kidnapping, with "special circumstance" allegations making him eligible for capital punishment. Prosecutors said a decision on whether to seek the death penalty would be made at some point in the future.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:38:18 -0400
  • Trump's EPA unveils weaker alternative to Obama power plant rule news

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal would require states to submit plans for improving efficiency of coal-fired power plants. The federal government will set carbon emission guidelines, but states will have the leeway to set less-stringent standards, taking into account a facility's age and the cost of upgrades. The rule also could allow power plant owners to sidestep costly permits for those improvements.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:10:27 -0400
  • FDA extends EpiPen expiry date to combat shortage

    The decision comes at a time when the shortage has come under focus at the start of back-to-school season, and applies to specific lots of 0.3 milligram EpiPen products, after the regulator reviewed data provided by Mylan. The shortage has largely been due to ongoing manufacturing issues at a Pfizer plant which supplies EpiPens. EpiPen autoinjectors allow the patient or a caretaker to administer a dose of epinephrine in case of a severe allergic reaction, such as to bee stings or exposure to peanuts.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:42:19 -0400
  • Russian hackers targeted U.S. Senate, think tanks: Microsoft news

    The world's biggest software company said late on Monday that it last week took control of six web domains that hackers had created to mimic websites belonging to the U.S. Senate, two conservative think tanks and Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service. The domain takedowns represent Microsoft's latest effort to thwart what it says are hacking attempts by a group known as "Fancy Bear," or APT28, that is linked to the Russian government. The company said it has shut down 84 fake websites in 12 court-approved actions over the past two years.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:25:39 -0400
  • Police seek protesters who toppled Confederate statue in North Carolina news

    Protesters pulled the statue down with rope, cheering as it lay face down in the mud, its head and back covered in dirt. The university system's board chair, Harry Smith, and president, Margaret Spellings, denounced the toppling of the statue in a joint statement. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said in a statement he shared protesters "frustration" over statues but condemned the violent destruction of public property.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:41:13 -0400
  • Probe cites multiple causes for Puerto Rico's fiscal free fall news

    Short-term fixes, deficit financing and political pressures helped drive Puerto Rico into a fiscal catastrophe that landed the U.S. commonwealth in bankruptcy court last year, according to an investigative report released late on Monday. The 600-page report commissioned by the island's federally appointed oversight board last September also addresses potential claims for investors and regulators and recommends ways for Puerto Rico to avoid future fiscal problems. With roughly $120 billion in debt and pension liabilities, Puerto Rico commenced bankruptcy proceedings in federal court in May 2017.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:40:48 -0400
  • U.S. deports accused former Nazi guard to Germany news

    The White House said Jakiw Palij had served as a guard at the Trawniki Labor Camp, where about 6,000 Jewish men, women and children were shot dead on Nov. 3, 1943, in one of the single largest massacres of the Holocaust. The United States had been trying to get Palij out of the country since the issue of a 2004 deportation order, but after talks with top members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's government Germany agreed to take him in. Born in what was then Poland but is now Ukraine, Palij emigrated to the United States in 1949, becoming a United States citizen eight years later, the White House said.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 13:13:22 -0400
  • Kremlin says it does not understand Microsoft's U.S. hacking allegations

    The Kremlin said on Tuesday it did not understand allegations from Microsoft that hackers linked to Russia's government had tried to target the websites of two right-wing U.S. think-tanks. The software giant said it had thwarted the Russia-linked attempts last week, which it suggested showed Moscow was broadening its attacks in the build-up to November mid-term elections. "We don't know what hackers they are talking about," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call when asked about Microsoft's accusations.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:48:14 -0400
  • Russia denies Microsoft allegations it targeted U.S. think tanks: Ifax

    The Russian authorities deny allegations from Microsoft that hackers linked to Russia's government tried to target the websites of two right-wing U.S. think-tanks, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. Interfax cited an unnamed Russian diplomatic source on Tuesday as describing Microsoft's allegations as part of a political game. "Microsoft is playing political games," it cited the source as saying.

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:48:14 -0400
  • Study cites longer dry spells as fueling U.S. wildfires news

    Less rain and longer droughts are the major cause behind larger and more intense wildfires in the U.S. West, not higher temperatures and early snowmelt as previously thought, according to research released on Monday. The findings by the U.S. Forest Service and University of Montana could help scientists better predict the severity of fire seasons, said the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. California is marking one of the most destructive fire seasons on record.

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 22:06:00 -0400
  • Colorado man charged in murder of family claims wife strangled kids news

    Chris Watts, who had been involved in an extramarital affair with a co-worker, said during a police interrogation that his wife, Shannan, strangled their daughters Bella and Celeste after he announced that he wanted a separation, according to an arrest affidavit filed in the sensational case. "While in the bedroom, via a baby monitor located on Shannan's night stand, he observed Bella 'sprawled' out on her bed, blue, and Shannan actively strangling Celeste," Frederick Police Officer Matthew James wrote in the affidavit. "Chris said he went into a rage and ultimately strangled Shannan to death," James wrote.

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:42:13 -0400
  • Father sues St. Louis police in 2015 shooting death of his son news

    Dennis Ball-Bey filed the action against the city of St. Louis, its former police chief and two officers involved in the shooting death of Mansur Ball-Bey. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in St. Louis on Friday, seeks unspecified damages, court records showed. The lawsuit alleged that the officers, both of them white, overreacted while chasing Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, on Aug. 19, 2015, when the teen was shot and killed.

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:09:17 -0400
  • Georgia candidates decry plan to close voting sites in mostly black county news

    The two-member local elections board is expected to vote on Friday on a proposal to shutter seven of nine polling sites in rural Randolph County, located in southwest Georgia, where roughly 60 percent of the 7,800 residents are black. Both Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee who is seeking to become the first female African-American governor in U.S. history, and Republican candidate Brian Kemp, who is white and serves as Georgia's secretary of state, urged county officials to drop the plan. "Although state law gives localities broad authority in setting precinct boundaries and polling locations, we strongly urged local officials to abandon this effort and focus on preparing for a secure, accessible, and fair election for voters this November," Kemp said in a statement.

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:57:11 -0400
  • South Carolina woman walking dog killed by alligator

    A witness called police to report an alligator was attacking a woman at a lagoon on Hilton Head Island, a popular tourist destination, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Police recovered her body and identified the victim as Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island. The alligator believed to be responsible for the attack was captured and killed, said Robert McCullough, a captain for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:01:40 -0400
  • Pope vows no more cover ups on sexual abuse in letter to Catholics news

    Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out "this culture of death" and vowing there would be no more cover ups. In a highly personal letter addressed to "the people of God," Church language for all members, the pope appeared to be launching an appeal for all Catholics to face the crisis together and not let it tear the Church apart. The Catholic Church in the United States, Chile, Australia, and Ireland - where the pope is making a two-day visit this weekend - are reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors.

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:59:15 -0400
  • U.S. health secretary says agency can eliminate drug rebates news

    Such rebates are negotiated in the United States by pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) to lower the cost of medicines for their clients, including large employers and health plans that cover tens of millions of Americans. Drugmakers say they are under pressure to provide rebates to the few PBMs that dominate the market, which include CVS , Express Scripts and UnitedHealth's Optum , and that those payers do not pass on enough of those savings to patients - a contention the PBMs dispute. The drugmakers say the rebates force them to raise the price of their therapies over time to preserve their business.

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:30:26 -0400
  • Exclusive: Pentagon raises alarm about sharp drop in Iraqi refugees coming to U.S. news

    The Pentagon is concerned that not providing safe haven to more of the Iraqis, many of whom interpreted and did other key tasks for U.S. forces, will harm national security by dissuading locals from cooperating with the United States in Iraq and other conflict zones, the officials said. In a closed-door White House meeting last week devoted to the Iraqi issue, officials focused largely on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's method of conducting certain deep background checks on the Iraqis, and identified it as a major source of the drop in admissions, said the two officials aware of the discussions, who declined to be named. As of Aug. 15, just 48 Iraqis have been admitted to the United States this fiscal year through a special refugee program meant for people who worked for the U.S. government or American contractors, news media or non-governmental groups, according to data provided by the State Department.

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:27:07 -0400
  • USA Gymnastics ex-doctor moved from prison after alleged assault news

    Nassar was at a federal transfer facility in Oklahoma City after being removed from a penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona, Federal Bureau of Prisons records showed. Last year, Nassar, 55, was given an effective life sentence by a Michigan court for sexually abusing young female gymnasts entrusted to his care. Nassar's lawyers said in a legal filing last month that the former doctor was assaulted soon after being released into the general population at the medium-security Tucson prison.

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:35:03 -0400
  • Fire that prompted closure of parts of Yosemite Park is contained

    More than 3,000 personnel have battled the Ferguson Fire, which ignited on July 13 and has burned through nearly 97,000 acres (39,250 hectares) of steep slopes and bone-dry terrain southwest of the park, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said. Two firefighters were killed while tackling the blaze and 19 others injured, it said. Cooler weather and calmer winds in recent days have helped firefighters in California and other western states get a handle on major blazes, according to authorities.

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:46:53 -0400
  • U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faith news

    Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church's cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for Saturday’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in York, Pennsylvania, where six priests who at one time worked in that parish are accused in the report of sexually abusing children. “I can't talk about it without crying," said Kathy Morris, a retired steelworker and a member of St. Patrick's for over 15 years.

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:30:58 -0400
  • Vigil held in Colorado town for slain pregnant woman and daughters news

    Shanann Watts, 34, and her daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were reported missing from their home in Frederick, 25 miles north of Denver, by a family friend on Monday afternoon, touching off an exhaustive search by law enforcement agencies. Chris Watts was taken into custody on Wednesday on suspicion of murder, a day before the bodies of his wife and children were found. Watts, 33, had pleaded for the safe return of his pregnant wife and two young daughters while the search was underway.

    Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:31:59 -0400
  • Trans students: A test of identity for U.S. girls schools news

    As students who are openly transgender or non-binary - those who identify as neither male nor female - have become more visible at girls schools in recent years, educators are re-defining policies on admission, retention and other issues. The challenge, experts say, is to create policies that support and respect students while preserving the historic mission of these schools to educate and empower young women in exclusively female environments.

    Sat, 18 Aug 2018 12:45:05 -0400
  • U.S. senators demand answers from Army after Reuters report on lead poisoning news

    "We write to you today concerned about recent reports of lead poisoning at a number of Army installations," the senators wrote. The letter, written by Democratic Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, along with Republican Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, came a day after Reuters reported that more than 1,000 young children tested at military clinics had elevated lead levels between 2011 and 2016. The Reuters investigation also found that several military bases had not been reporting children's blood test results to state health departments, violating state laws and creating public health blind spots.

    Sat, 18 Aug 2018 04:48:26 -0400
  • Texas jury finds Toyota negligent in accident, awards $242 million to family

    The verdict by the jury in Dallas County District Court includes more than $143.6 million in punitive damages after jurors agreed that the actions of Lexus-maker Toyota Motor Corp and Toyota Motor Sales amounted to gross negligence, the Law Offices of Frank L. Branson said in a statement. The 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter of Benjamin and Kristi Reavis were in the car's back seat, in child safety seats, the statement said.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 21:22:56 -0400
  • U.S. judge approves plan to reunite separated immigrant families news

    The plan negotiated by the U.S. government and immigrant rights advocates marked the second stage of federal efforts to reunite 2,551 children ages 5 to 17 with their parents. Sabraw, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, on Friday acknowledged the challenges in efficiently bringing parents and children back together.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:26:53 -0400
  • Ex-lawyer of pharma executive Shkreli gets 18 months prison for fraud scheme news

    Evan Greebel, who was outside counsel to Shkreli's former company Retrophin Inc , was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn. The judge also ordered Greebel to pay about $10.4 million in restitution to Retrophin. "I will regret, every day of my life, the day I met Martin Shkreli," Greebel said.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:54:59 -0400
  • U.S. court orders Trump administration to enforce chemical safety rule news

    The D.C. Circuit Court ruling was the latest to counter efforts under President Donald Trump, a Republican, to delay environmental regulations introduced by former President Barack Obama, a Democrat. The court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Chemical Disaster Rule, saying the agency did not have authority to delay the rule for 20 months. The EPA cannot delay the rule "by invoking general rulemaking authority under a different statutory provision," of federal clean air law, the court said in the ruling.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:46:31 -0400
  • Trailer at New Mexico compound had been stolen in Alabama: police news

    A camping trailer at the New Mexico compound where five people were charged with child abuse earlier this month had been stolen from an Alabama farmer and towed to the ramshackle settlement north of Taos, police said on Friday. The trailer, which was partially buried at the compound, was reported stolen from a farm in Notasulga, Alabama, in August 2017, New Mexico Office of Special Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Mark Torres told Reuters. Torres said it was towed to the compound last December by a white moving truck owned by Lucas Morton, one of the people arrested at the settlement.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:56:23 -0400
  • Psychologist may examine if Reagan shooter deserves complete freedom news

    A federal judge on Friday authorized a psychologist chosen by the U.S. government to examine John Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan in a 1981 assassination attempt, in order to determine whether he deserves unconditional freedom. Hinckley, 63, has been living with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, with many restrictions on his travel and contact with the outside world, since his September 2016 release from a Washington, D.C., psychiatric hospital. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said the psychologist, Mitchell Hugonnet, may examine Hinckley to determine his "present mental condition and risk of dangerousness" if he were released unconditionally or subject to new conditions.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:49:12 -0400
  • Gunman who killed five at Florida airport sentenced to life news

    Esteban Santiago, 28, had pleaded guilty in May to launching the attack, near a baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 6, 2017. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom had pushed back the sentencing hearing to allow families of victims to be present. A woman who was wounded and whose husband was killed told Santiago he was a coward, WFOR-TV in Miami reported.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:41:51 -0400
  • California judge rejects plea deal in Oakland warehouse fire news

    Families whose loved ones died in the Dec. 2, 2016 blaze in Oakland demanded a criminal trial for Derick Almena and Max Harris so they could learn more about how the tragedy unfolded, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said. The families' emotional appeal prompted District Attorney Nancy O'Malley to end plea discussions with defense attorneys for Almena, who ran the warehouse as an art collective and party space, and Harris, the creative director. Instead, she asked Judge James Cramer to set a trial date for the men, who are each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:13:57 -0400
  • U.S. attorney general issues order to speed up immigrant deportations news

    Unlike the federal judiciary system, U.S. immigration courts fall under the Department of Justice and the attorney general can intervene. Sessions, a Republican former U.S. Senator appointed by President Donald Trump, has been unusually active in this practice compared to his predecessors.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:50:47 -0400
  • Federal probe targets Ohio State over sex abuse allegations news

    The investigation by the U.S. Department of Education will focus on what school officials knew about alleged crimes by the late Dr. Richard Strauss, OSU said on Thursday in a statement. Last month, the university said that more than 100 former students have told investigators they were victims of Strauss, who killed himself in 2005. The abuse allegedly occurred from 1979 to 1997, according to claims from athletes in 14 varsity sports and former patients of the student clinic, OSU has said.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:16:51 -0400
  • Trump says Turkey has acted badly in Brunson case news

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States was not going to take Turkey's detention of U.S. Christian pastor Andrew Brunson "sitting down," a day after his Treasury chief said Washington could hit Ankara with further sanctions.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:35:38 -0400
  • 3M to pay $9.1 million over defective military ear plugs

    The 3M Co. has agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegations it knowingly sold defective combat ear plugs to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that limited the effectiveness of the hearing protection devices, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. A settlement frees 3M from the inconvenience of a long investigation and litigation, it said. The 3M payment settles allegations that 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies Inc., knew the ear plugs it sold the military were too short for proper insertion into the users' ears and could loosen and not perform effectively in some people, the Justice Department said.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:22:02 -0400
  • Body found at New Mexico compound identified as missing boy news

    The finding came two days after a Taos County judge received death threats and Islamophobic abuse for granting bail to the five defendants, who are all black and Muslim. Authorities unearthed the boy's body at the compound on Aug. 6, three days after they raided the ramshackle home near Amalia, New Mexico, where they found 11 children in "filthy conditions" with no food or clean water. Marie Legrand Miller, an attorney for one of the defendants, said she feared for her client's safety after threats of violence, "Islamophobia" and "overt racism" directed at judge Sarah Backus after her decision to grant bail.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 05:48:44 -0400
  • Pressure mounts on Trump to deliver for Iowa ahead of elections news

    Other farmers, meanwhile, are upset that the White House has not yet followed through on a promise to reform rules that would boost demand for corn-based ethanol, one of the state's biggest businesses. “I still support him, but not as much,” Bachman said between bites of pork chops and baked beans at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines last week. “I am afraid we are close to seeing a repeat of the 1980s, where farmers across Iowa lost their land because they ran out of money and couldn’t get loans.” November's congressional elections represent the first nationwide response to Trump's aggressive trade policies, particularly in the Farm Belt, which runs roughly from Indiana to Kansas and the Dakotas, which favored Trump heavily two years ago.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:10:10 -0400
  • Colorado man held on suspicion of killing wife, two children

    A Colorado man, who earlier this week pleaded for the safe return of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters after they went missing, has been arrested on suspicion of killing them, police said on Thursday. The body of a woman, believed to be the spouse of Christopher Watts, 33, of Frederick, Colorado, was discovered on a property owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp, police said. The search for the bodies of the couple's two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, turned up human remains that were believed to belong to the two children, Frederick police said on Twitter on Thursday.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:56:13 -0400
  • George Washington gold coin sells for $1.7 million news

    An 18th century gold coin featuring the likeness of first U.S. President George Washington sold for $1.7 million at auction on Thursday, with the net proceeds going to charity, the auction house said. The 1792 Washington President gold eagle coin was never circulated as money but is instead thought to have been presented to Washington when post-Revolutionary War plans were being drawn up for the first U.S. Mint, according to Heritage Auctions. Currency researchers believe that the Washington President coin, which has his profile on the front and an eagle on the back, was given to him as part of a sales promotion in a bid to obtain a contract to strike U.S coinage, and that Washington carried it as a personal memento.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:19:21 -0400
  • Do not call us Mormons or LDS Church, leaders of faith ask news

    An online guide accompanying a pronouncement from the church president also asked people to stop referring to followers of the religion as Mormons and not to use the name "LDS" as a shorthand way of describing the faith. "The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," church President Russell Nelson said in a statement. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have long proclaimed their faith as Christian and fought any association with polygamy, which was practiced by early members of the church before they abandoned it more than 100 years ago.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:04:50 -0400
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