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  • Mexico calls migrant children separation 'inhumane', urges rethink

    By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's foreign minister Luis Videgaray on Tuesday called the separation of children from immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border "cruel and inhumane" and urged the United States to reconsider the practice. Images published this week of children and youths sitting in concrete-floored cages in U.S. shelter facilities have stirred outrage. U.S. officials have defended the measures as a way to secure the border and deter illegal entry.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:19:16 -0400
  • U.S. state, local tax revenue up 5.8 percent in first quarter: Census news

    U.S. state and local government tax revenue climbed to $350.2 billion in the first quarter of 2018, a rise of 5.8 percent compared with the same time period in 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Tuesday. The data measures the four largest tax categories: property, sales, individual income and corporate income taxes. Individual income tax collections had big gains for a second-straight quarter with a 12.8 percent increase to $107.4 billion in 2018's first quarter.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:14:44 -0400
  • Drumbeat of opposition to family separation grows; Trump not budging news

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats staged an impromptu congressional protest and moderate Republicans and key U.S. business groups pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to stop separating immigrant children from their parents as an opinion poll showed most Americans oppose the policy. The family separations and detentions of children at the southern U.S. border, highlighted by the videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children, have sparked an outcry at home and strong condemnation abroad. Trump, who has made a tough stance on immigration a centerpiece of his presidency, has staunchly defended his administration's actions.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:01:07 -0400
  • U.S. House draft immigration bill would keep families together: aide

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans revised a draft immigration bill to keep authorities from separating children from their parents during criminal proceedings for misdemeanor, first-time illegal border crossings, a House Republican aide said on Tuesday. The draft was meant to address controversy over family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, with President Donald Trump scheduled to speak to House of Representatives Republicans on Tuesday evening about immigration legislation. The draft bill just days ago was seen as unlikely to pass, but has gained some support in the House. ...

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:44:18 -0400
  • Ford to redevelop symbol of Detroit decline to house tech workers news

    Ford Motor Co executives on Tuesday said the automaker will renovate and revamp Michigan Central Station, Detroit's infamous blighted landmark, turning it into offices for up to 5,000 tech workers and software engineers focused on self-driving vehicles and ancillary technologies and services. Speaking to a large crowd outside the grand, yet dilapidated 18-story Michigan Central Station, Ford family scion and the automaker's executive chairman, Bill Ford, recalled how the railway station, opened in 1914, brought countless thousands of immigrants to Detroit during its heyday, before closing in 1988 and falling into disrepair. "This became a place where hope left, it became a symbol of the city's hard times" Ford told a crowd gathered in front of the looming structure.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:16:05 -0400
  • Pizza Hut pledges to drop some chicken antibiotics by 2022 news

    Yum Brand Inc's Pizza Hut chain will fully phase out chickens raised with certain antibiotics in its U.S. restaurants by 2022, in the latest push by a major restaurant chain to follow healthier food practices. The restaurant had said in 2016 it planned to remove antibiotics important to human medicine from chicken for its pizzas by the end of March 2017. The move announced on Tuesday will include all antibiotics considered important to human medicine in all its chicken products, including its WingStreet wings.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:50:34 -0400
  • Top U.S. business group urges end to child separation policy

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday urged an end to the Trump administration policy of separating children from parents trying to enter the United States illegally at the border with Mexico. "Some administration officials reportedly view the policy of separating children from their parents as leverage to gain other immigration policy changes from Congress," Thomas Donohue, the group's president, said in a statement. "Surely a nation as big, generous, and compassionate as the United States can find a way to prevent separating children from their parents at the border.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:28:56 -0400
  • Washington, D.C. residents to vote on plan to hike wage for tipped workers news

    Washington, D.C. residents on Tuesday are voting on a proposal that would more than quadruple the minimum wage for tipped workers, including servers, bartenders and hairstylists, to $15 an hour, matching that of other workers in the U.S. capital. Voters in the District of Columbia last year approved a measure to lift the minimum wage to $15 per hour beginning in 2020, up from $12.50 currently - higher than the current minimum wage in any U.S. state. Last year's measure raised tipped workers' minimum pay to $5 from its current $3.33, though employers in the city are already legally required to pay the current $12.50 hourly wage to workers who do not receive enough in tips to reach that rate.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:54:42 -0400
  • Bucks' Sterling Brown files suit against Milwaukee, police department news

    Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, stemming from an incident in which a stun gun was used during an arrest for a parking violation in January. Brown, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, is the son of a Chicago police officer. Milwaukee police chief Alonso Morales issued an apology on behalf of the officers he said acted "inappropriately." Mark Thomsen, Brown's attorney, filed the lawsuit in federal court Tuesday alleging excessive force and unlawful arrest.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:47:06 -0400
  • High heat, chance of flash floods lingers for parts of U.S. news

    (Reuters) - Hot, humid weather on Tuesday is expected to bring thunderstorms and a risk of flash floods from Texas to the southeastern United States, after damaging overnight storms in the Northeast region of the country, the National Weather Service said. The biggest flooding threat will be in southern and southeastern Texas, which could see several more inches of rain after getting drenched overnight, the NWS said. Much of the northern part of the central and eastern United States had record-setting temperatures on Monday followed by strong overnight thunderstorms that downed some trees and caused flooding.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:34:02 -0400
  • Trump administration puts skimpy health insurance plans in place news

    Health providers, insurers and medical groups have warned that the plans could drive up premiums and make insurance unaffordable for some people by siphoning off healthy consumers who want cheaper coverage, leaving behind a sicker patient pool with higher medical costs in Obamacare plans. The finalized rule is the Trump administration’s most recent effort to provide consumers with alternatives to Obamacare, former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:01:36 -0400
  • California deals with dementia among aging inmates news

    By Sharon Bernstein STOCKTON, Calif. (Reuters) - California prison inmate Richard Arriola does not remember the digestion problems that drove him to the doctor on a recent morning, or details of the conviction for child molestation that sent him to prison at age 88. Arriola is one of about 18,400 inmates over the age of 55 in California prisons, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It is a swelling population that has led authorities to take the first steps toward creating a dementia unit at the state's main prison medical facility in the San Joaquin Valley city of Stockton, Reuters has learned.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:32:51 -0400
  • Inside the prison hospice where no inmate dies alone news

    One of Fernando Murillo's greatest fears is dying in prison. The 38-year-old former gang member, serving a sentence of 41 years to life for second-degree murder when he was 16, says it is that fear which helps him empathize with the terminally ill inmates he looks after at a California prison hospice. Murillo's work in the 17-bed hospice unit at the medium-security California Medical Facility in Vacaville, about 55 miles (88.51 km) northeast of San Francisco, includes helping dying prisoners take a shower or go to the bathroom.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:29:51 -0400
  • Britain stops short of criticizing U.S. immigration policy

    Britain responded to an outcry over the U.S. separation of immigrant parents and children by saying on Tuesday it was happy with its own rules not to separate families and that child welfare was a top priority. On Monday, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump - who visits Britain next month, defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as furore grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, spurred by video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages. Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said of the cages: "What I would point you to is the UK's own immigration policy.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:25:27 -0400
  • Nick Hague dreamed of the stars as a boy, now he's heading to space news

    As a boy growing up in Kansas, Nick Hague looked up at the stars and wanted to explore the unknown. In October, his dream will come true when he blasts off on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. An engineer and colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Hague was one of eight selected in 2013 for NASA's astronaut candidate training program.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:09:29 -0400
  • White House defends immigration policy as outrage grows over children news

    By Lisa Lambert and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday as furor grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages. Democrats blasted such treatment as "barbaric," while a few of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans also voiced concern as the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives moved toward voting later this week on two pieces of immigration-related legislation. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a Trump appointee, told reporters at a White House briefing that the administration was only strictly enforcing the law.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:26:44 -0400
  • U.N. refugee boss concerned over U.S. separating children from families

    The United Nations refugee agency is very concerned over the United States separating children of asylum seekers from their families, and has raised the issue with Washington, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said. In an interview with Reuters, Grandi said the Donald Trump administration has legitimate concerns over how to manage asylum applications, noting that the United States has the largest backlog of asylum cases in the world.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:06:09 -0400
  • Honduras, El Salvador decry U.S. border separations impact on kids news

    By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Honduras called on Monday for the United States to stop separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S. border, while El Salvador warned that the policy puts children's health at risk and could cause psychosocial scars. El Salvador's foreign ministry said in a statement that the Trump administration's hardline policy of separating immigrant parents and children violated human rights and "strongly urged" for an end to the practice. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to an increase in immigration from Central America with a "zero tolerance" migration policy that provides for the arrest of all adults caught trying to enter the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:59:33 -0400
  • Woman rescued after trapped in collapse building in New York

    A woman was rescued after she was trapped in rubble when a vacant seven-story building partially collapsed onto smaller buildings in Poughkeepsie, New York, during a brief thunderstorm on Monday, the city's mayor said. The woman, who has not been identified, was conscious and alert after her lower body was pinned by heavy debris for more than four hours, City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison told the Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed that the woman was rescued in a statement on Monday night.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:14 -0400
  • Turkey indicts father of NBA's Kanter as terror group member: report

    The indictment says the elder Kanter was contacted by 127 people with ties to exiled, U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose religious movement has been designated as a terrorist group by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has accused Gulen of being behind a failed coup attempt in 2016, allegations Gulen has denied.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:30:11 -0400
  • Kansas judge strikes down voter ID law news

    It was one of numerous voter ID laws passed by Republican-led state legislatures in recent years. Supporters of the law included Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the United States' most prominent voter fraud crusaders and an adviser to President Donald Trump on the issue.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:56:08 -0400
  • Maryland woman pleads guilty to using IDs from massive U.S. government hack

    A Maryland woman pleaded guilty on Monday to participating in a scheme to use identification data stolen in a massive 2015 data hack of a U.S. government agency to get fraudulent personal and vehicle loans through a Virginia-based credit union, the Justice Department said. Karvia Cross, 39, and others she recruited used the identities to get loans from Langley Federal Credit Union, according to a Justice Department statement. The charges and guilty plea are among the first to result from the hack of sensitive personal information from the Office of Personnel Management on more than 22 million federal employees, contractors and job applicants disclosed in May 2015.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:52:24 -0400
  • U.S. rappers XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo die in separate shootings

    In Florida, the Broward County sheriff's office said that XXXTentacion, 20, was shot while leaving a motor sports dealership in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Miami. The rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was later pronounced dead, the sheriff's department said. "The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy, aka rapper #XXXTentacion," the sheriff's department said in a posting on Twitter.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:14:32 -0400
  • U.S. charges ex-CIA employee with leaking classified data, child porn offenses news

    U.S. federal prosecutors on Monday charged a former CIA employee with leaking classified national defense information to an unnamed organization that publicly disseminates such data, as well as with child pornography offenses. Joshua Schulte, a New York City resident, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment connected to alleged theft of classified information from the CIA, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement with U.S. Justice Department and FBI officials. The charges, which carry combined maximum prison sentences of 130 years, also include criminal copyright infringement, the statement said.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:08:26 -0400
  • Trump orders creation of space-focused U.S. military branch news

    By Makini Brice and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force. "We are going to have the Air Force and we're going to have the 'Space Force.' Separate but equal. The idea of a Space Force has been raised before, by Trump and previous administrations, with proponents saying it would make the Pentagon more efficient.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:44:31 -0400
  • Judge cancels hearing in Stormy Daniels case against Trump, Cohen news

    According to an order issued on Monday, U.S. District Judge James Otero decided it was unnecessary to hear arguments on the request by Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti to lift a 90-day stay imposed on April 28. In imposing the stay, the judge cited the potential overlap between Daniels' lawsuit and a separate criminal probe by federal prosecutors in Manhattan that he said could result in Cohen's indictment.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:33:47 -0400
  • Woman trapped after building collapse in New York's Hudson Valley news

    At least one woman was trapped in rubble in Poughkeepsie, New York after a vacant seven-story building partially collapsed onto smaller buildings on Monday, according to the city's police department and local media reports. The trapped woman, who was not identified, was conscious and talking to firefighters, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported, citing Mayor Rob Rolison. The partial collapse appeared to have crushed parts of a neighboring building's rear, smothering it and at least two nearby parked vehicles with rubble, according to photographs posted online by the Connecticut Fire Photographers Association, which had a member at the scene.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:00:51 -0400
  • Wendy's under fire after employee films mouse amid buns news

    A Wendy's restaurant in Oklahoma is under fire after an employee video showing a mouse inside a bag of hamburger buns was widely shared online. The Facebook video was filmed at a Wendy's restaurant in Catoosa, Oklahoma, the employee, Sky Frame, said in a post. "Not only does Wendy's now have mice - we have crew members who leave cigarettes all over the place.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:50:21 -0400
  • Bid-rigging trial begins for ex-State University of New York official news

    The former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute went to trial on Monday on charges that he helped rig a 2013 bidding process for a billion-dollar development project intended to revitalize the Buffalo, New York, region. Alain Kaloyeros has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors have said he helped fix bids for "Buffalo Billion," an economic development project to invest $1 billion in Buffalo, the state's second largest city.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:20:39 -0400
  • Heat wave wilts much of U.S. Midwest, Northeast news

    By Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago and St. Louis sweltered on Monday at the center of a heat wave that stretched across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast, although relief could come as soon as Monday evening in some areas. After a hot weekend, the temperature reached 91 Fahrenheit (33 Celsius) in Chicago and 92F in St. Louis by early afternoon, the National Weather Service said, with both cities opening air-conditioned cooling centers to the public. The heat index, which factors in humidity, hit 100F in St. Louis.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:55:25 -0400
  • Prosecution urges murder conviction of former New England mob boss news

    A federal prosecutor on Monday urged jurors to find a former New England mob boss guilty of murdering a nightclub manager in 1993, citing the eyewitness testimony of the ex-partner of convicted Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Ferland asked the federal jury in Boston to credit the testimony of Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, who said he saw the son of Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme strangle Steven DiSarro as the elder Salemme watched. Ferland said Flemmi told authorities about DiSarro's slaying when he cut a deal to plead guilty to 10 murders and become a cooperating witness in 2003, long before DiSarro's remains were found in Rhode Island in 2016.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:40:07 -0400
  • Supreme Court sidesteps major rulings on electoral map manipulation news

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to election reformers by declining to use high-profile cases from Wisconsin and Maryland to curb the ability of state lawmakers to draw electoral districts purely for partisan advantage. Sidestepping major rulings, the nine justices decided both cases on narrow legal grounds and put off perhaps until their next term, which begins in October, a more definitive ruling on whether courts can step in to limit the contentious practice known as partisan gerrymandering. In the Wisconsin case, the court ruled 9-0 in favor of Republican legislators who drew state electoral districts that helped entrench their party in power, throwing out a lower court ruling that the map had deprived Democratic voters of their constitutional rights including equal protection under the law.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:54:16 -0400
  • Embattled Rosenstein wins case at U.S. Supreme Court news

    Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 U.S. Justice Department official who has come under criticism from President Donald Trump, picked up a legal victory for Trump's administration at the Supreme Court on Monday in the first case he ever argued there. In a 5-3 ruling in favor of the administration, the high court rejected convicted drug dealer Adaucto Chavez-Meza's bid to reduce his sentence by six months. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's 30-minute oral argument in April was a break from his regular job, which includes overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia in the 2016 U.S. election.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:51:54 -0400
  • Trump administration seeks to limit court's 'sanctuary cities' order news

    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration, escalating its fight with so-called sanctuary cities, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to narrow a lower court's nationwide order preventing the federal government from denying public safety grants to municipalities that limit cooperation on immigration enforcement. The Justice Department asked the high court to make the injunction issued by a federal judge in Chicago cover only that city and not the entire country. Republican President Donald Trump's administration has gone on an offensive against Democratic-governed cities and states that protect illegal immigrants as part of his hard-line immigration policies.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:48:06 -0400
  • Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: survey news

    Americans make up 4 percent of the world's population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey showed on Monday. The Small Arms Survey, an independent global research project based in Geneva, Switzerland, found that there were more than 1 billion firearms in the world, of which civilians owned 85 percent, while the rest were held by militaries or law enforcement agencies. The number of guns owned by civilians globally rose to 857 million in 2017 from 650 million in 2006, the survey said.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:01:51 -0400
  • GM plans $175 million retooling of Michigan plant for Cadillac sedans news

    General Motors Co will invest $175 million to modernize and retool a plant in Lansing, Michigan, to build the next generation of luxury Cadillac sedans, the company said on Monday. Much of Cadillac's growth is expected to come from China, the luxury brand's largest market. "We expect global luxury sales will continue grow, with Cadillac's global volume and profit expected to double by 2021, and our investments in the U.S. will be a major driver," GM said in a statement.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:45:49 -0400
  • Factbox: Under investigation or indicted - the Trump aides facing scrutiny

    (Reuters) - The federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Donald Trump's campaign has targeted - directly or indirectly - a growing group of presidential associates. As Special Counsel Robert Mueller presses on with his Russia probe, the following is a list of people who have been indicted or are being investigated. The court documents related to Mueller's investigation are at .

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:11:10 -0400
  • Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories: Pew survey news

    By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Only a quarter of U.S. adults in a recent survey could fully identify factual statements - as opposed to opinion - in news stories, the Pew Research Center found in a study released on Monday. The survey comes amid growing concerns about so-called fake news spread on the internet and social media. Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc's Google and other tech companies have recently come under scrutiny for failing to promptly tackle the problem of fake news as more Americans consume news on social media platforms.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:04:56 -0400
  • Too frail for death row? Texas inmate seeks execution reprieve news

    After two recent botched U.S. executions of inmates with compromised veins, a convicted murderer and rapist is arguing he is too ill to be put to death by lethal injection in Texas later this month. Lawyers for Danny Bible, a 66-year-old inmate set to be executed on June 27, said in a federal court filing in June that his health and vein access were worse than inmates in Alabama and Ohio whose executions were called off after IV placements failed. The cases have capital punishment critics questioning whether justice is served by executing a person convicted of horrific crimes but who is now too weak or sick to be considered a threat.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:45:57 -0400
  • Democrats, activists rally against Trump's family separation policy news

    By Joseph Ax ELIZABETH, N.J. (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers joined protesters outside immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas on Sunday for Father's Day demonstrations against the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. "This must not be who we are as a nation," said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from New York and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside a facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:45:40 -0400
  • Gang shootout at New Jersey arts festival kills one, injures 22 news

    One of the shooting victims was a 13-year-old boy who was in extremely critical condition, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told a news conference. Three others were in critical condition. At least two people opened fire around 2:45 a.m. at the annual Art All Night event in Trenton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of New York City.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 02:50:37 -0400
  • Five dead following U.S. Border Patrol car chase in Texas

    Five immigrants died and several others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle careened out of control while being chased by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas about 90 miles (145 km) north of the Mexican border, officials said. Some of the injured were ejected from a Chevy Suburban packed with 14 people that was traveling up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph), Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters. The sport utility vehicle skidded off the road and then attempted to get back onto the highway, but the driver overcorrected and the vehicle flipped over, ejecting several people, Boyd said.

    Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:45:21 -0400
  • Five dead following Border Patrol car chase in Texas: reports

    Some of the injured were ejected from a Chevy Suburban packed with 14 people that was traveling up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph), Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told KFDM News 4 television of San Antonio. Some of the victims were flown by helicopter to San Antonio for medical treatment. Border Patrol agents attempted to stop the vehicle when the chase ensued and were soon joined by Dimmit County deputies, KFDM reported.

    Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:14:57 -0400
  • Fields of dreams: Texas project seeks new corn strains for whiskey news

    By Jon Herskovitz COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Reuters) - A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys. Seth Murray, a top corn breeder at Texas A&M University, and Rob Arnold, working on a doctorate at the school while making whiskey for a Fort Worth distiller, are trying to develop commercially viable strains of corn with identifiable flavors, in the same way as specific grapes define the taste of wine from California's Napa Valley or a Bordeaux produced in southwest France. If the project proves successful, it might not be until the middle of the next decade that it will produce a commercial whiskey.

    Sun, 17 Jun 2018 16:23:05 -0400
  • Suspect dead after 20 hurt in shooting at New Jersey arts festival news

    (Reuters) - A suspected gunman was fatally shot after multiple people opened fire at an all-night arts festival in New Jersey, wounding 20 people including a boy who is in critical condition, authorities said on Sunday. Prosecutors said a 33-year-old man was killed and a second suspect arrested after gunfire erupted at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT) at the event in the city of Trenton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of New York City. ... Multiple weapons have been recovered," Angelo Onofri, prosecutor for Mercer County, told a news conference.

    Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:25:23 -0400
  • Second deputy dies after she was shot during fight with prisoner

    Deputy Theresa King, 44, who was with Kansas City Kansas Police Department for 13 years, died a little after midnight local time at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the department said in a statement. Another deputy, Patrick Rohrer, was also killed during the incident, officials said. The deputies were shot on Friday after a suspect overpowered at least one of them and perhaps took a weapon, said Major Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte Sheriff's Department said during a press conference.

    Sat, 16 Jun 2018 05:55:40 -0400
  • Flooding possible in U.S. Southwest where wildfires scorch earth news

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains expected on Saturday in the U.S. Southwest could help douse the numerous unrelenting wildfires crews are battling in the parched region. "Water can rise quickly downstream of heavy rain, even when thunderstorms and heavy rain are miles away," the service said in an advisory. "When an area has burned, soil become hydrophobic, or water resistant, which causes water to rush over soil instead of soak in," The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said in an advisory, noting that crews are in place to perform water rescues.

    Sat, 16 Jun 2018 03:27:23 -0400
  • Rains expected to help teams battling U.S. Southwest wildfires

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. Southwest will likely get a reprieve thanks to heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains this weekend after facing yet another day of windy and dry weather on Friday. Although the wet weather could help efforts to battle two dozen wildfires that are currently burning in the region, it could also cause flash floods, the National Weather Service added. The largest and most threatening blaze is the 416 Fire, which has scorched nearly 33,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched grass, brush and timber at the edge of the San Juan National Forest near the southwestern Colorado town of Durango.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:59:38 -0400
  • U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail until trial

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former election campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was sent to jail pending trial on Friday after being charged with witness tampering, the latest episode in his long fall from grace. Manafort, a long-time Republican operative and businessman, is a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election, and has been indicted on mostly financial-related charges, including conspiring to launder money and defraud the United States. Mueller last week charged him with witness tampering in the case.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:47:48 -0400
  • Two former Roadrunner Transportation executives charged with fraud: U.S. Justice Department

    Two former executives of Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc were charged in an indictment unsealed on Friday for allegedly participating in an accounting and securities fraud scheme that resulted in a loss of more than $245 million in shareholder value, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mark Wogsland, 53, and Bret Naggs, 52, both of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, were charged with three counts of securities fraud and other violations for allegedly carrying out a scheme between 2014 and 2017 to mislead the company's shareholders, auditors, regulators and the investing public, the department said in a statement.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:25:17 -0400
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