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  • Tight security eased near White House after suspicious vehicle scare

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service eased tight security prompted by a suspicious vehicle on Wednesday, allowing White House staff to enter and leave the grounds and letting staff at the New Executive Office Building to return to work after an evacuation.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:26:51 -0500
  • Survivors of Florida school massacre rally for gun ban in state capital

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    TALLAHASSEE/PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Student activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff were shot and killed began a march to the state capital of Tallahassee on Wednesday, where they were to meet with lawmakers to call for a ban on assault-style weapons. The latest in a series of deadly shootings in schools in the United States has inflamed the long-running national debate about gun rights. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have emerged as the new faces of the gun-control movement.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:13:23 -0500
  • Trump meets with students, teachers after gun violence

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    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, a strong supporter of gun rights, planned to meet on Wednesday with parents, students and teachers who have been victims of gun violence, including those affected by last week's school shooting in Florida. The White House meeting comes a day after Trump said his administration would take steps to ban bump stocks, an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. The Republican president, who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association gun lobby during the 2016 presidential campaign, was considering additional firearms restrictions after 17 people were killed in a shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:08:12 -0500
  • Factbox:Some facts about the life of evangelist Billy Graham

    (Reuters) - In more than 70 years Billy Graham, who died on Wednesday, preached to nearly 215 million people around the world. Here are some facts about Graham: * Graham grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a Presbyterian with dreams of playing professional baseball. * Graham did not consider himself a strict interpreter of the Bible and preached a conservative, but not fundamentalist, Christianity.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:03:29 -0500
  • Factbox: Quotes from Billy Graham's autobiography

    (Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham died on Wednesday at the age of 99. Selected quotes from his 1997 autobiography, "Just As I Am": * Graham was a 20-year-old college student taking a moonlight stroll on a golf course at the Florida Bible Institute near Tampa, Florida, when he decided to dedicate his life to preaching the Gospel: "No sign in the heavens.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:52:44 -0500
  • Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99

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    U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said. Graham died at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT) at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. With his steely features and piercing blue eyes, Graham was a powerful figure when he preached in his prime, roaming the stage and hoisting a Bible as he declared Jesus Christ to be the only solution to humanity's problems.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:33:02 -0500
  • U.S. Secret Service responds to suspicious vehicle near White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the White House and the new executive building is being evacuated, it said in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:42:22 -0500
  • Barington wants more sizzle in Bloomin' Brands steakhouses

    Activist investor Barington Capital is pushing restaurant group Bloomin' Brands Inc. to spin off three smaller brands into a new company, cut costs and improve diners' experiences to boost a flagging share price which it believes could double. There is little overlap between Bonefish Grill, an upscale casual seafood chain, Flemings, an upscale steakhouse chain and Outback, a more casual steakhouse chain, said the hedge fund, which scored a big payday by investing in Darden Restaurants five years ago.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:04:02 -0500
  • Alabama policeman killed trying to apprehend murder suspect: media

    Justin Billa was wounded in Toulminville, a neighborhood west of downtown Mobile, when he and other officers approached the home of Robert Hollie, who was suspected in the homicide of his ex-wife earlier in the day, a local NBC affiliate reported. Billa was rushed to the hospital where he died, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told a local Fox affiliate.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:31:44 -0500
  • Video of gun owner's assault on an AR-15 goes viral after Florida mass shooting

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    A video of a man cutting his semi-automatic weapon in half has gone viral following last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, prompting a social media movement decrying easy access to high-powered assault rifles. Scott Pappalardo of New York state is the star of a clip posted on Facebook that had been shared more than 360,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon. It shows him taking a power saw to the barrel of an AR-15 assault rifle, saying he wanted to make sure it would never be used in a massacre like the one in Florida that killed 17 students and faculty last week.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:28:11 -0500
  • Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push

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    By Katanga Johnson and Zach Fagenson PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Dozens of students and parents from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain last week in a shooting rampage arrived in the state capital of Tallahassee on Tuesday to lobby for a ban on assault-style rifles. Last week's massacre, the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and across the United States to demand action for stricter firearms controls. Students from the South Florida high school were tearful as they stepped down from the bus in Tallahassee to be welcomed with waves, cheers and somber applause from fellow teens.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:45:46 -0500
  • 'Making of a Murderer' case may go to Supreme Court: report

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    Attorneys for Brendan Dassey, 28, made a similar argument to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in December and failed. The judges voted 4-3 to uphold his conviction in the slaying of Teresa Halbach. Dassey confessed when he was 16 of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach, a freelance photographer, in 2005.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:43:34 -0500
  • Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72

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    A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's request to temporarily seal a lawsuit accusing his hedge fund firm Point72 Asset Management LP of sexism toward women. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan said Point72 failed to overcome the presumption under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment that the complaint by Lauren Bonner, its head of talent analytics, should be accessible to the public. Point72 had said the complaint revealed "highly confidential and sensitive" information about third parties, including employee pay, and should be sealed until Torres decided whether Bonner's contract required her to arbitrate with the Stamford, Connecticut-based firm.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:09:12 -0500
  • Missouri residents sue over radioactive material storage sites

    Two lawsuits seeking class action status were filed at St. Louis County court for sites that included the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri, and an area near the Coldwater Creek in the county. Among the 10 defendants are Republic Services, Exelon Corp and the Cotter Corp. Officials from those companies were not immediately available for comment. "Defendants treated these hazardous, toxic, carcinogenic, radioactive wastes with about the same level of care that a reasonable person might give to common household garbage, dumping it without authority from the State of Missouri and in violation of law," the lawsuits contend.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:07:04 -0500
  • Agonizing subway ride lands New York woman Worst Commute award

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    This is one contest no New York City subway rider wants to win. An advocacy group for city commuters on Tuesday awarded its first "Worst Commute of the Week" award to a librarian from the borough of Queens for her story of an agonizing two-hour wait in a tunnel one stop from her home after skipping a restroom visit before leaving work. The Riders Alliance awards are aimed at shaming New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's Legislature into enacting a long-term plan to fund and fix the city's declining subway system.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:09:15 -0500
  • Democrat picks up seat in special election for Kentucky legislature

    Linda Belcher won by more than a 2-1 margin over Republican Rebecca Johnson, the widow of a Republican whose death in December led to the election. Belcher had held the seat before being narrowly defeated by Dan Johnson as Republican Trump won the presidency in November 2016.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:02:09 -0500
  • Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children

    A New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause. The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, is seeking to represent a class of children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal agency, in New York.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:46:24 -0500
  • FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources

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    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect. The Republican-led FCC in December voted 3-2 to overturn rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:45:03 -0500
  • Sessions forms U.S. cyber task force after election warnings

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    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced he would create a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure. The Justice Department will have until the end of June to report its findings, according to a memorandum Sessions signed on Friday but released on Tuesday.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:44:06 -0500
  • TCW claims it fired female fund manager for compliance violations

    Portfolio manager Sara Tirschwell, who claims she was fired from TCW Group Inc in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment, was terminated for violating company compliance policies, the asset management firm said in court papers on Tuesday. Tirschwell last month sued for $30 million in damages, claiming that TCW fired her after she complained that her boss, Jess Ravich, sexually harassed her and "coerced" her into sex. The lawsuit filed in a New York state court in Manhattan also named Ravich, TCW's head of alternative products, and chief executive David Lippman as defendants.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:15:48 -0500
  • Judge says IMDb can show Hollywood actors' ages under First Amendment

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    U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said the law violated the First Amendment rights of IMDb, a unit of Amazon.com Inc that challenged the law, by singling out age data for special treatment, despite being intended to serve the compelling interest of curbing age discrimination in Hollywood. The law was passed in 2016.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:28:17 -0500
  • Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map

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    State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday. The new map would give Democrats better odds of capturing as many as half a dozen U.S. House of Representatives seats in Pennsylvania, where Republicans currently hold 13 of the 18 seats. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew a new map for the state's 18 congressional districts after previously invalidating the existing lines as an unconstitutional gerrymander, finding the Republican-controlled legislature drew them to marginalize Democratic voters.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:52:05 -0500
  • Clooney, Winfrey, Spielberg offer $500,000 each for gun control march

    By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg said on Tuesday they would each donate $500,000 to the "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington in support of gun control following last week's shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead. Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, were the first to make the financial pledge and also said they will march alongside the students behind the rally on March 24. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a 19-year-old former student is accused of going on a rampage with a semiautomatic AR-15-style assault rifle on Feb. 14, are assisting in planning the march.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:41:43 -0500
  • Oil worker killed on Talos Energy platform in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

    An oil and gas worker on a Talos Energy platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was killed on Saturday while replacing piping, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Tuesday. The worker was injured while removing out-of-service fire suppression equipment and later died as a result of the injuries. The company has not publicly identified the deceased worker.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:10:06 -0500
  • Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push

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    Dozens of students and parents from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members died in a shooting rampage boarded buses on Tuesday for a trip to the state capital Tallahassee to push for a ban on assault rifles. Last week's massacre, the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and across the United States to demand legislative action. The incident has galvanized advocates for stricter gun controls, including many survivors of the shooting.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:09:55 -0500
  • Student survivor in Florida puts her dreams on hold to demand change

    By Katanga Johnson PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Kali Clougherty, an 18-year-old senior with big dreams of an acting career, was in the middle of a rehearsal for her high-school's theater production of the dark cult comedy "Heathers" last Wednesday when she heard the first gunshots. The chilling blasts at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, not only heralded one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, but convinced Clougherty to put her personal dreams on pause for a greater cause. Clougherty is setting everything aside - including preparing for her crucial college auditions - to join a student movement advocating for measures to stop the epidemic of mass shootings in U.S. schools in recent years.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:00:56 -0500
  • Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children

    A New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause. The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, is seeking to represent a class of children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal agency, in New York.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:26:39 -0500
  • Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge

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    U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller's investigators. The attorney, Alex van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of one of Russia’s richest men, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to a charge of lying to the Special Counsel's office. The case involves work that van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, performed in 2012 about Ukraine for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, senior officials in Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:14:44 -0500
  • Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72

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    A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's request to temporarily seal a lawsuit accusing his hedge fund firm Point72 Asset Management LP of sexism toward women. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan said Point72 failed to overcome the presumption under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment that the complaint by Lauren Bonner, its head of talent analytics, should be accessible to the public. Point72 had said the complaint revealed "highly confidential and sensitive" information about third parties, including employee pay, and should be sealed until Torres decided whether Bonner's contract required her to arbitrate with the Stamford, Connecticut-based firm.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:03:50 -0500
  • Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks' after Florida shooting

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    President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to outlaw an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute, as the White House added he may consider other firearms restrictions after last week's school shooting in Florida. "Just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns," Trump told a White House event. It puts Trump at odds with powerful gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association that previously opposed efforts to ban them.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:01:21 -0500
  • FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources

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    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect. The Republican-led FCC in December voted 3-2 to overturn rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:39:04 -0500
  • Two men plead not guilty in deadly Oakland, California, warehouse fire: report

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    (Reuters) - Two men pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of involuntary manslaughter in a deadly 2016 Oakland, California, warehouse fire where 36 people died at an illegal dance party, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:21:15 -0500
  • Trump orders regulations drawn up to ban bump stocks

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to draw up regulations banning devices that turn firearms into machine guns, like the bump stock used in October's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:12:26 -0500
  • Age limit for buying AR-15 assault rifle 'on the table': White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday setting an age limit for buying AR-15-type assault rifles, the type purchased legally by a teenager who shot dead 17 people at a Florida high school last week, was under consideration.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:10:01 -0500
  • VW bid to delay first U.S. diesel emissions trial rejected

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    A Virginia state court judge on Tuesday rejected a request by the U.S. unit of Volkswagen AG to delay several of the company's trials over excess emissions because of "inflammatory" comments made by a lawyer representing car owners that it fears will prejudice the jury. Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Bruce White said after a hearing that he would proceed with a Feb. 26 trial involving a North Carolina man who bought a 2014 diesel Jetta. Volkswagen said publicity from a Netflix documentary that disclosed the company had jointly sponsored tests that exposed monkeys in 2014 to toxic diesel fumes could prejudice its chances of receiving a fair trial.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:51:37 -0500
  • After father's plea, Texas board recommends clemency for death row inmate

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    Death row inmate Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, convicted of hatching a plot that left his mother and brother dead and his father with a gun wound to the chest, received a unanimous clemency recommendation on Tuesday after his father pleaded for his life. Whitaker's father Kent Whitaker broke down in tears when he heard that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles gave what amounted to its first clemency recommendation to come primarily at the request of a victim's forgiving family. "Victim’s rights should mean something in this state even when the victim is asking for mercy and not vengeance," Kent Whitaker later told a news conference.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:37:34 -0500
  • Puerto Rico utility gets $300 million after truce with creditors

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    On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved the loan which had been opposed by creditors of the U.S. commonwealth and its utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, better known as PREPA. The federal oversight board, which represents Puerto Rico and PREPA in the island's historic financial restructuring, initially sought $1.3 billion to assist with restoring power after Hurricane Maria cut off electricity across much of the island. Creditors of the utility and the U.S. territory opposed the initial loan over its terms and size.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:29:50 -0500
  • Supreme Court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

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    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides. The court's action underscored its continued reluctance to step into a national debate over gun control roiled by a series of mass shootings including one at a Florida school last week. One of the court's staunchest conservatives, Justice Clarence Thomas, dissented from the decision to reject the case and accused his colleagues of showing contempt toward constitutional protections for gun rights.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:18:58 -0500
  • Seventh grader shoots himself in Ohio school, prompting lockdown

    The school, located in the city of Massillon, about 55 miles (90 km) south of Cleveland, went into lockdown after the shooting, before closing early for the day, police and school officials said. The boy, whose age and name have not been released, brought a .22-caliber long gun and a backpack filled with "distractionary devices" to Jackson Memorial Middle School, Jackson Township Police Chief Mark Brink said. "It's not a bomb, I can tell you that," Brink told reporters.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:59:42 -0500
  • Father who forgave son for family's murder asks Texas to spare his life

    A Texas man who survived a deadly domestic attack hatched by his son is pushing the state to grant clemency to the condemned man, although it has never spared a death row inmate solely at the formal request of the victim's family. In the 31 states with capital punishment, district attorneys make the decision whether to seek death, balancing the punishment that they consider best serves society with the wishes of the victim's family. In this case, the local Texas prosecutors pursued death and jurors decided Bart Whitaker, 38, deserved to be executed.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:11:21 -0500
  • U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare

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    By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Caroline Humer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule that such plans, now available only for periods of three months or less, will be available for up to 12 months. The plans will not include the benefits that define the insurance created under Democratic former President Barack Obama, including required health benefits such as maternity coverage and the guarantee of insurance regardless of health.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:01:40 -0500
  • U.S. top court rejects investor appeals over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revive litigation in which shareholders accused the federal government of overstepping its authority when it restructured mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac following the 2008 housing crisis. The justices left in place a lower court's 2017 ruling that the investors, led by hedge fund Perry Capital, could not pursue legal claims accusing the government of unlawfully channeling profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the U.S. Treasury Department. The government seized so-called government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the height of the financial crisis as they teetered on the brink of insolvency.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:33:07 -0500
  • Agonizing subway ride lands New York woman Worst Commute award

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    This is one contest no New York City subway rider wants to win. An advocacy group for city commuters on Tuesday awarded its first "Worst Commute of the Week" award to a librarian from the borough of Queens for her story of an agonizing two-hour wait in a tunnel one stop from her home after skipping a restroom visit before leaving work. The Riders Alliance awards are aimed at shaming New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's Legislature into enacting a long-term plan to fund and fix the city's declining subway system.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:10:52 -0500
  • Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

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    A former student accused of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors. Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled at his waist and wearing a red, jail-issued jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the procedural session in Fort Lauderdale. The hearing ended with Broward Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer ruling that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:20:57 -0500
  • Trump endorses Romney in run for U.S. Senate seat in Utah

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah despite Romney often being critical of Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney excoriated Trump as a "fraud" who was "playing the American public for suckers.” Trump responded that Romney had "choked like a dog" in his 2012 campaign against President Barack Obama. ...

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:41:20 -0500
  • Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats

    (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Monday unveiled a new map carving out the state's U.S. congressional voting districts, imposing a plan it said was based on "traditional criteria" after rejecting a proposal drawn up by Republican lawmakers as unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court had ruled that the Republican plan effectively marginalized likely Democratic voters. As a result, the Republicans have a more than 2-1 advantage in the state's U.S. House of Representatives delegation, even though the number of registered Republicans and Democrats in Pennsylvania is roughly even.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:59:02 -0500
  • Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

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    A former student accused of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for one of two hearings on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors. Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled to his waist and wearing a red, jail-issued jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the first, procedural session in Fort Lauderdale. The hearing ended with Broward Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer ruling that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:09:15 -0500
  • Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks

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    By Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people. Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, on Friday about a bipartisan bill that he and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:58:56 -0500
  • Pennsylvania top court releases new U.S. congressional voting map for state

    The new map was posted on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's website after the court's Democratic majority voted last month to invalidate the previous map as an unconstitutional gerrymander. The court ruled that Republican lawmakers marginalized Democratic voters to win more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pennsylvania is a hotly contested swing state, and the redistricting is expected to boost Democrats' chances of winning several U.S. House seats in the state in the November elections.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:49:17 -0500
  • Kentucky accuses Cardinal Health of contributing to opioid epidemic

    Attorney General Andy Beshear in the lawsuit accused Cardinal of unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices that he said led to the excessive distribution of opioids in Kentucky. The lawsuit alleged that Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health, one of the country's largest wholesale drug distributors, ignored red flags that prescription opioids were being diverted for illegal uses, allowing it to profit in the process. It comes amid a wave of lawsuits by cities, counties and states seeking to hold corporations responsible for the drug abuse epidemic.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:12:29 -0500
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