, with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, escalating a case that has added to tensions between the United States and Turkey.
03/29/2017 - 03:36 AM
Halkbank shares slump as much as 16 percent after executive's arrest
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Shares in Turkey's Halkbank tumbled as much as 16 percent on Wednesday, after U.S. prosecutors charged one of its senior executives with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran.
03/29/2017 - 03:27 AM
Three storm chasers killed in car crash in northwest Texas: media
Weather Channel contractors Kelley Williamson, 57, and Randall Yarnall, 55, were in a Suburban that ran a stop sign and hit a Jeep, driven by Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, at about 3:30 p.m. local time near Spur, Texas, the Star-Telegram newspaper reported.
03/29/2017 - 12:38 AM
Troubled California oil refinery puts PBF's turnaround skills to the test
An aging California refinery is testing PBF Energy Inc's reputation as a turnaround whiz, with mounting production woes and costly repairs at the 88-year-old plant throwing a wrench into efforts to quickly revive profits. The refinery, acquired from Exxon Mobil Corp for $537.5 million, has reported frequent breakdowns since the deal closed last July. On April 1, a regional air-quality regulator expects to consider the plant's frequent breakdowns and emissions, along with a plan to enhance safety with an expensive phase out of a chemical used in gasoline production.
03/29/2017 - 12:15 AM
Signet Jewelers sued for not disclosing harassment allegations
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in Dallas federal court by Irving Firemen's Relief & Retirement Fund, claimed the fund suffered economic loss as a result of violations of the securities laws by Signet. The lawsuit accused the company of disseminating false or misleading statements to the public about the true nature and severity of the allegations made by former employees.
03/28/2017 - 11:20 PM
California immigration forum highlights state's red-blue divide
Supporters and critics of President Donald Trump's deportation policy packed a gymnasium in California's heartland on Tuesday, trading jeers and ridicule during a raucous town hall meeting attended by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a pro-Trump Republican who enjoys strong backing in the region's conservative suburbs, invited acting ICE Director Thomas Homan to address the public forum in the state capital.
03/28/2017 - 10:49 PM
North Carolina in stalemate over bathroom law as NCAA deadline looms
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's leading Republican lawmakers and Democratic governor hit a fresh impasse on Tuesday over a fix for a state law that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, putting lucrative hosting duties for NCAA championships at risk. State Senate leader Phil Berger and House of Representatives Speaker Tim Moore held an evening news conference to announce a tentative deal to repeal the bathroom measure, which has spurred boycotts by corporations, conventions and concerts.
03/28/2017 - 09:55 PM
Trump tells lawmakers he expects deal 'very quickly' on healthcare
U.S. President Donald Trump told a group of senators on Tuesday that he expected lawmakers would be able to reach a deal on healthcare, without offering specifics on how they would do it or what had changed since a healthcare reform bill was pulled last week for insufficient support. "I have no doubt that that's going to happen very quickly," Trump said at a bipartisan reception held for senators and their spouses at the White House. A Republican plan backed by Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system was pulled on Friday after it failed to garner enough support to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
03/28/2017 - 08:59 PM
Partner at New York hedge fund jumped to his death: police
A partner at New York hedge fund Paulson & Co died on Monday after jumping out of a hotel window in Midtown Manhattan, according to police. The New York City Police Department said it received a call late on Monday afternoon that the man had jumped out of a 24th-floor window of the Sofitel New York Hotel. The man was identified as Charles Murphy by his employer, billionaire investor John Paulson.
03/28/2017 - 08:45 PM
Kansas passes Medicaid expansion bill despite governor's objection
The 25-14 Senate vote followed the House's 81-44 passage of the bill last month, with the vote totals falling short of veto-proof margins in both Republican-controlled chambers. "To expand Obamacare when the program is in a death spiral is not responsible policy," she tweeted. After legislation to replace and repeal the act championed by former President Barack Obama was pulled in the U.S. House last week, President Donald Trump warned Obamacare would collapse.
03/28/2017 - 08:18 PM
Trump tells lawmakers he expects a deal 'very quickly' on healthcare
President Donald Trump told a group of senators on Tuesday that he expects lawmakers will be able to reach a deal on healthcare. "I have no doubt that that's going to happen very quickly," Trump said at a bipartisan reception held for senators and their spouses at the White House.
03/28/2017 - 07:59 PM
Police union warns Trump 'sanctuary city' cuts could risk safety
Leaders of the largest police union in the United States have warned President Donald Trump that he could endanger public safety if he follows through with cuts in federal grants to immigrant "sanctuary cities," the union's director told Reuters after a White House meeting. In a move that concerned the Fraternal Order of Police, one of Trump's biggest supporters in the 2016 election campaign, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the Justice Department would restrict grants to jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
03/28/2017 - 07:44 PM
California immigration town hall to highlight state's red-blue divide
Liberal California was set to square off against conservative elements in the state at a town hall meeting on immigration on Tuesday night featuring the director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Sheriff Scott Jones, a supporter of President Donald Trump's with strong backing in the region's conservative suburbs, invited acting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan to the public forum.
03/28/2017 - 07:29 PM
Two Miami police officers shot in ambush-style attack
Two plainclothes police detectives in Miami were wounded when a group of men fired dozens of shots into their unmarked car Monday night in an ambush, the Miami-Dade Police Department said. Police apprehended several suspects early Tuesday and charges were pending, police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said by phone. The attack on the detectives occurred as they conducted surveillance for gang activity outside an apartment complex in northwestern Miami, police said in a news release.
03/28/2017 - 06:40 PM
Siemens Medical Solutions wins $4.1 billion U.S. defense contract
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc, a unit of Siemens AG, has been awarded a maximum $4.1 billion firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for radiology systems, accessories and training, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
03/28/2017 - 06:13 PM
California man gets 20 years for Hollywood-style bank heists
A California man who prosecutors say led a gang of burglars in a decade-long string of Hollywood-style bank robberies, rappelling through roofs in matching outfits and carrying walkie-talkies, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Alceu Johnny Andreis, who was already serving 51 months behind bars for an attempted bank robbery in 2014, was also ordered by a federal judge to pay $12 million in restitution and forfeit two Mercedes-Benz cars and four Ducati motorcycles purchased with stolen loot.
03/28/2017 - 06:07 PM
Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies
By Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry and calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming. Flanked by coal miners and coal company executives, Trump proclaimed his "Energy Independence" executive order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency.
03/28/2017 - 05:49 PM
New Mexico student loses free speech appeal over anti-lesbian essay
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said the university had legitimate pedagogical concerns when its professors refused to grade Monica Pompeo's critique of a film about a lesbian romance and suggested that she rewrite it, prompting her withdrawal from the class in the spring of 2012. Writing for a two-judge panel, Circuit Judge Carlos Lucero said Pompeo did not have an unfettered right to use language in a course assignment that professors might find offensive.
03/28/2017 - 05:16 PM
Tennessee judge charged with obstructing justice, witness tampering
A Tennessee state judge was arrested on Tuesday and charged with obstructing justice as part of an investigation of whether he traded favors for sex, officials said. Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge Cason "Casey" Moreland was charged with obstructing justice through bribery and with witness tampering following a two-month investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. Moreland, 59, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee said in statement.
03/28/2017 - 05:12 PM
Thousands of water lines to be replaced in Flint settlement
The state of Michigan will replace water lines serving at least 18,000 homes in Flint over the next three years under a settlement approved by a U.S. judge to address a 2015 crisis that exposed residents to lead in their drinking water. The state will pay $87 million to identify and replace the service lines containing lead or galvanized steel by 2020, according to the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge David Lawson in Detroit, court documents said. The deal marked a major agreement to replace piping that played a significant role in the Flint water crisis that prompted dozens of lawsuits and criminal charges against former government officials.
03/28/2017 - 04:09 PM
Uber diversity report shows shortage of women, minorities
A former employee last month recounted a workplace of sexual harassment and cut-throat competition, prompting Uber to launch an internal investigation. Uber's workforce overall is comprised of 36 percent women, but that number falls to 15 percent when looking at employees with technical roles, the company said. By comparison, Alphabet Inc's Google's staff is 31 percent women, Twitter Inc's is 37 percent women and messaging startup Slack's workforce is 43 percent women, according to the companies' websites.
03/28/2017 - 03:57 PM
Trump declines Nationals' invite to throw first pitch
Trump, who was inaugurated on Jan. 20, was extended an invitation by the Nationals but declined, a team spokesman told ESPN. Washington opens its season on Monday against the Miami Marlins. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush threw out ceremonial first pitches at Nationals games previously.
03/28/2017 - 03:55 PM
Trump applauds Ford's previous planned investment in Michigan plants
DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Tuesday said it would invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities and create 130 jobs in projects largely in line with a previous agreement with the United Auto Workers union, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump touted a "major investment" by the automaker on Twitter. In January, Ford scrapped plans to build a $1.6 billion car factory in Mexico and instead added 700 jobs in Michigan following Trumps criticism that centered on trade and investing in America.
03/28/2017 - 03:47 PM
After Seattle woman fights off attacker, self-defense classes boom
Kelly Herron, 36, was taught to "be loud and fight like a savage" in self-defense training at her workplace three weeks before the March 5 incident in which she defeated her male assailant and locked him in the bathroom where he was arrested. Since then, after publicity about the attack, women have flocked in unprecedented numbers to the same course that helped Herron, and internet searches for the course have increased tenfold, according to Jordan Giarratano, owner of Fighting Chance Seattle, the karate and kickboxing school that prepared Herron.
03/28/2017 - 03:27 PM
North Carolina close to losing NCAA events over bathroom law: official
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The NCAA will deny North Carolina lucrative hosting duties for college sports championship events through 2022 if the state does not change a law that restricts bathroom access for transgender people by Thursday, a local sports official said on Tuesday. Scott Dupree, executive director for the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, said in a statement on Twitter that a "contact very close to the NCAA" had confirmed the impending deadline for a fix of the law commonly known as House Bill 2.
03/28/2017 - 03:23 PM
Fourth body found following Oakland building fire
The unidentified remains were being brought to the coroner's office, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter. Firefighters rescued at least seven people from the blaze, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Last December, 36 people were killed when a fire erupted at a dance party at a sprawling, two-story warehouse in Oakland known as the Ghost Ship that had been leased to an artists' collective.
03/28/2017 - 02:35 PM
Cache of Civil War cannon balls found at Pennsylvania construction site
The discovery of a cache of cannon balls left behind after the worst civilian disaster of the U.S. Civil War brought construction on a Pennsylvania apartment complex to a halt on Tuesday while workers waited for the ordnance to be removed. At least 20 cannon balls were unearthed on Monday in Pittsburgh by a contractor on the site of the former Allegheny Arsenal, where a Sept. 17, 1862 explosion killed 70 mostly teenaged workers. There were too many cannon balls for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police's bomb disposal unit to remove so a specialty firm from Maryland was called in to clear the site, said Sonya Toler, a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety.
03/28/2017 - 02:27 PM
Black Tesla worker says he faced racist taunts, violent threats
A black production worker at Tesla Inc has filed a lawsuit claiming his job quickly turned from "a dream come true" to a nightmare when he was subjected to racial epithets and threats of violence from coworkers. DeWitt Lambert says Tesla supervisors at the Fremont, California, factory where he has worked building electric cars since 2015 ignored his complaints about the harassment, even after he showed them a video his coworkers made on his phone in which they threatened to cut him up and send the pieces to his family members. The lawsuit was filed on Monday in California state court.
03/28/2017 - 01:59 PM
Amazon launches store-pick grocery service in Seattle
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc launched AmazonFresh Pickup service from two locations in Seattle, as the online giant attempts to crack into the multi-billion dollar grocery market dominated by retail giants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. AmazonFresh Pickup, currently open only to employees, allows users enrolled in its Prime service, to drive in and pick up groceries from the pick up locations. Amazon Prime members can place the order online and choose a time for the pick up, the company said on Tuesday.
03/28/2017 - 12:56 PM
Supreme Court rules for Texas death row inmate over IQ claim
The Supreme Court on Tuesday faulted Texas, the U.S. leader in executions, in a death penalty case for the second time in a month and again ruled in favor of a black inmate, finding the state used an obsolete standard to assess whether he is intellectually disabled and exempt from capital punishment. The justices, in a 5-3 decision, threw out a Texas court's ruling upholding the death sentence of Bobby Moore, 57, who was convicted at age 20 of fatally shooting an elderly grocery store clerk during a 1980 robbery in Houston. Moore's lawyers argue he is intellectually disabled and thus not eligible for the death penalty, and now get another chance to show that in court.
03/28/2017 - 12:27 PM
U.S. charges three Iraqi refugees with immigration fraud
Three Iraqi refugees in Virginia were charged with immigration fraud on Tuesday after failing to disclose their relationship to a man who was involved in the kidnapping of a U.S. citizen in Iraq in 2004, the Justice Department said.
03/28/2017 - 12:22 PM
Oklahoma man kills three suspected burglars with AR-15 rifle
The three had forced their way into the house near the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow on Monday when the homeowner's son opened fire with an AR-15 military-style rifle, Deputy Nick Mahoney, spokesman for the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, said by telephone. The male intruders were wearing all-black clothing, masks and gloves, while one was armed with a knife and another had brass knuckles, according to authorities.
03/28/2017 - 12:19 PM
Man in custody after bringing suspicious package near White House
Tours were suspended at the White House on Tuesday and the Secret Service established a "security perimeter" after a man with a suspicious package approached a Secret Service officer near the presidential mansion, a spokeswoman said. The unidentified man was taken into custody and explosive disposal teams were on the scene, Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan told reporters in the White House briefing room.
03/28/2017 - 11:58 AM
At least three dead in fire at Oakland residential building
The fire broke out at about 6 a.m. local time, ravaging a building that media said had been the target of safety complaints. One of the dead was identified as Edwarn Anderson, 64, said Deputy S. Sobrero, a spokesman for the Alameda County Coroner's office. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter three people were killed in the fire and a fourth person was missing.
03/28/2017 - 06:06 AM
Suspect arrested, accused of throwing 'biblical text' into mosque
Investigators in Colorado arrested on Monday a man suspected of throwing a “biblical text” inside a mosque after smashing windows and a glass door of the Islamic center and overturning furniture inside, police said. Joseph Giaquinto, 35, was taken into custody and accused of criminal mischief, trespassing and a bias-motivated crime at the Fort Collins Islamic Center on Sunday, the Fort Collins Police Department said in a statement.
03/28/2017 - 01:09 AM
Manhunt prompts evacuation of Arizona wildlife park
A manhunt for an armed fugitive that triggered the evacuation of a popular wildlife park south of the Grand Canyon ended peacefully on Monday with the arrest of the suspect, police in Arizona said. The accused gunman was believed to have possibly fled into the Bearizona Wildlife Park after a confrontation with police that began as a traffic stop and turned into a high-speed chase, a spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said.
03/27/2017 - 11:26 PM
U.S. attorney general escalates pressure on 'sanctuary' cities
Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on Monday to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers. Sessions' statements were aimed at a dozens of cities and other local governments, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, that have joined a growing "sanctuary" movement aimed at shielding illegal immigrants from stepped-up deportation efforts. Police agencies in those jurisdictions have barred their officers from routinely checking on immigration status when making arrests or traffic stops.
03/27/2017 - 09:33 PM
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