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Lawyer for 'pharma bro' Shkreli paints ex-CEO as misunderstood genius

Lawyer for 'pharma bro' Shkreli paints ex-CEO as misunderstood geniusShkreli's reputation stems largely from his decision to raise the price of anti-parisitic drug Daraprim to $750 a pill, from $13.50 when he was chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals in 2015. Instead, Shkreli, 34, is facing charges over to his tenure as an executive at drug company Retrophin Inc and hedge fund MSMB Capital Management between 2009 and 2012.



06/28/2017 - 09:17 PM

 

U.S. unveils enhanced airline security plan to avoid laptop ban

U.S. unveils enhanced airline security plan to avoid laptop banWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday unveiled enhanced security measures for flights to the country designed to prevent expanding an in-cabin ban on laptops, but an airline trade group said the changes might cause more disruptions. The measures, which European and U.S. officials said would begin taking effect within three weeks, could require additional time to screen passengers and personal electronic devices for possible explosives. The measures would affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.



06/28/2017 - 08:24 PM

 

Afghans who helped U.S. forces may get more visas under defense bill

Afghans who helped U.S. forces may get more visas under defense billThe U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved 4,000 more visas for Afghans who worked for U.S. forces as interpreters or support staff on Wednesday, an effort to preserve a program that had been at risk of shutting down. The committee included the additional visas in its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a must-pass piece of legislation that sets priorities for the Department of Defense budget for fiscal 2018, which will be about $650 billion. The Senate and House of Representatives are currently working on separate versions of the legislation, which must be reconciled and passed by both chambers and signed by President Donald Trump before it can become law.



06/28/2017 - 08:12 PM

 

Lawyer for 'pharma bro' Shkreli paints ex-CEO as misunderstood genius

Lawyer for 'pharma bro' Shkreli paints ex-CEO as misunderstood geniusShkreli's reputation stems largely from his decision to raise the price of anti-parisitic drug Daraprim to $750 a pill, from $13.50 when he was chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals in 2015. Instead, Shkreli, 34, is facing charges over to his tenure as an executive at drug company Retrophin Inc and hedge fund MSMB Capital Management between 2009 and 2012.



06/28/2017 - 07:33 PM

 

Arizona crews struggle to curb fast-growing wildfire

Arizona crews struggle to curb fast-growing wildfireBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Firefighters struggled on Wednesday to slow the advance of a fast-growing wildfire threatening thousands of structures in central Arizona and forcing evacuations of residents from at least a dozen communities, authorities said. The so-called Goodwin Fire, roaring through dense, sun-baked chaparral, has destroyed a number of homes in an area close to where flames erupted on Saturday in the Prescott National Forest, about 70 miles north of Phoenix. As of Wednesday, the wind-whipped blaze had charred 21,000 acres, while firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around just 1 percent of the perimeter.



06/28/2017 - 07:19 PM

 

FBI agent charged with lying about Oregon refuge shooting

FBI agent charged with lying about Oregon refuge shootingThe agent, Joseph Astarita, was charged with three counts of making false statements and two counts of obstruction of justice in an indictment handed down in U.S. District Court in Oregon on June 20. According to the court papers, Astarita falsely told investigators he did not open fire at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum during a confrontation between protesters and law enforcement on a snow-covered road near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 26, 2016.



06/28/2017 - 07:17 PM

 

Brother of Ohio pastor shot dead during service gets 31 years to life

Brother of Ohio pastor shot dead during service gets 31 years to lifeAn Ohio man convicted of fatally shooting his brother, a pastor, during a Sunday morning church service in 2016 was sentenced on Wednesday to 31 years to life in prison, prosecutors said. Daniel Schooler, 69, was sentenced to a range of 15 years to life for murder and an additional three years for using a firearm in the crime after a jury found him guilty earlier in June, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr said in a statement. Schooler had been charged in the death of Reverend William Schooler, 70, at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton.



06/28/2017 - 06:22 PM

 

Illinois man pleads not guilty to threatening to assassinate Trump

Illinois man pleads not guilty to threatening to assassinate TrumpAn Illinois man charged with threatening to assassinate U.S. President Donald Trump after his Facebook posts were reported to authorities pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, according to court documents. Joseph Lynn Pickett, of Edwardsville, Illinois, pleaded not guilty to the federal charge of making a threat against the president at his appearance in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, according to court documents. Pickett's attorney, Thomas Gabel, could not immediately be reached for comment.



06/28/2017 - 06:14 PM

 

Prosecutors drop perjury charge of ex-Texas trooper in jail death case

Prosecutors drop perjury charge of ex-Texas trooper in jail death caseProsecutors dropped a perjury charge on Wednesday against a former Texas state trooper who arrested a black motorist later found hanged in her jail cell, a court document provided by the attorney for the ex-trooper showed. The 2015 traffic stop by former trooper Brian Encinia that resulted in the hanging death three days later of Sandra Bland, 28, was one in a series of incidents that raised questions of racial bias in U.S. policing. Encinia was charged by a grand jury in January 2016 with making a false statement on his arrest report for Bland.



06/28/2017 - 06:08 PM

 

ABC TV settles with beef product maker in 'pink slime' defamation case

ABC TV settles with beef product maker in 'pink slime' defamation caseTerms of the settlement, which also covered the Beef Products Inc (BPI) claims against ABC reporter Jim Avila, were not disclosed. Privately-held BPI had claimed that the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and Avila defamed the company by calling its processed beef product “pink slime” and making errors and omissions in a series of 2012 reports.



06/28/2017 - 06:08 PM

 

Widespread uncertainty as U.S. travel ban start looms

Widespread uncertainty as U.S. travel ban start loomsBy Mica Rosenberg, Andrew Chung and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - One day before President Donald Trump's temporary ban on all refugees and travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries is scheduled to take effect, there is still widespread uncertainty about how the administration will implement it. The confusion follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that allowed the long-delayed executive order to take effect, but significantly narrowed its scope. It exempted travelers and refugees who have a "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States.



06/28/2017 - 05:46 PM

 

Sarah Palin sues New York Times for defamation

Sarah Palin sues New York Times for defamationFormer vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has sued the New York Times for defamation because of an editorial that linked her rhetoric to a 2011 shooting that killed six people and seriously wounded a U.S. congresswoman. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday said the Times deliberately "acted with actual malice" toward Palin and that the editorial was "false and defamatory." It claims the Times violated its policies and procedures.



06/28/2017 - 05:36 PM

 

Appeals court lifts injunction against Ohio executions

Appeals court lifts injunction against Ohio executionsA divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday lifted a preliminary injunction against Ohio's lethal injection process, potentially clearing the way for the state to resume executions. In an 8-6 ruling, the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an injunction affirmed in April by a three-judge panel from the court that had delayed executions in Ohio. The state, which has its next execution scheduled in July, appealed that injunction against the use of a three-drug protocol.



06/28/2017 - 05:16 PM

 

U.S. unveils enhanced airline security plan to avoid laptop ban

U.S. unveils enhanced airline security plan to avoid laptop banWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday unveiled enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States in what officials said was a move that aims to end a limited in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices and prevent its expansion to additional airports. The new security measures, which European and U.S. officials said would begin taking effect within three weeks, could prompt additional screening time for the 325,000 airline passengers arriving in the United States daily.



06/28/2017 - 05:05 PM

 

Ellis Island celebrates immigrant roots of American hot dog

Ellis Island celebrates immigrant roots of American hot dogWhen Americans think of summer, a few standbys come to mind: Baseball games, fireworks shows and hot dogs. Like many American families, the humble hot dog can trace its roots to New York's Ellis Island, where an exhibit called "Hot Out of the Melting Pot: A History of the Hot Dog in America" is set to run through July at the National Museum of Immigration. Twelve million people took their first steps on U.S. soil at that island's immigration processing center from 1892 through 1954, including those who went on to found hot dog makers Hebrew National, Nathan's Famous, Sabrett, Vienna Beef, and Walter's.



06/28/2017 - 04:59 PM

 

Chicago cops in alleged cover-up of black teen's shooting are 'scapegoats': union

Chicago cops in alleged cover-up of black teen's shooting are 'scapegoats': unionThree Chicago police officers indicted for conspiring to cover up the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer are being made "scapegoats," police union officials said on Wednesday. Chicago Police Department Detective David March and officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney were each charged on Tuesday with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice. Kevin Graham, the president of Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge 7, questioned whether the charges were politically motivated and biased.



06/28/2017 - 04:53 PM

 

New Yorkers dial into immigrant stories in phone booths

New Yorkers dial into immigrant stories in phone boothsNew Yorkers and tourists in Times Square can take a trip back in time in repurposed phone booths outfitted with oral histories from the city's storied immigrant population. Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi and Times Square Arts introduced the interactive art installation "Once Upon a Place," which allows people to listen to the stories of immigrants in New York through the receivers of old pay phones that once were a common sight on city streets.



06/28/2017 - 04:49 PM

 

Chicago mayor proposes city ordinance to boost pension funding

Chicago mayor proposes city ordinance to boost pension fundingChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday proposed an ordinance that would lock in higher city payments to two pension funds after state legislation to do so became mired in Illinois' political stalemate. The ordinance would put payments for the city's municipal and laborers' pensions on a five-year ramp to reach actuarial levels that would make the retirement systems 90 percent funded by the end of 2058. Without the additional money, the two pension funds would become insolvent within 10 years.



06/28/2017 - 04:41 PM

 

Despite healthcare setback, Trump says big surprise on bill could come

Despite healthcare setback, Trump says big surprise on bill could comeDespite a major setback in the U.S. Senate, President Trump said on Wednesday that the Republican healthcare bill was moving along well and predicted a "surprise" was yet to come. In a big hit to a seven-year quest to undo Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday abandoned plans to get the bill passed this week. Trump, who met with Republican senators on Tuesday, made his optimistic comments to reporters at the White House on Wednesday while meeting with players from the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs.



06/28/2017 - 04:14 PM

 

Mississippi counties ordered to stop jailing poor people indefinitely

Mississippi counties ordered to stop jailing poor people indefinitelyThe order accompanies the settlement of a federal class action lawsuit challenging one county's practice of detaining people who cannot afford a lawyer for as long as a year without formal charges and appointment of counsel, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center said in a statement. The settlement and court order require Scott, Neshoba, Newton and Leake counties to hire a chief public defender, a rarity in rural Mississippi, to ensure that defense lawyers no longer serve at judges' whims, the statement said.



06/28/2017 - 04:09 PM

 

Michigan sues Flint over failing to approve long-term water deal

Michigan sues Flint over failing to approve long-term water dealFlint switched its water supply in 2014, sparking a crisis that was linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and at least 12 deaths, as well as exposure of residents to dangerously high lead levels. Since October 2015, the city has obtained its water from the Great Lakes Water Authority.



06/28/2017 - 04:04 PM

 

U.S. charges Penn West Petroleum, ex-executives with accounting fraud

U.S. charges Penn West Petroleum, ex-executives with accounting fraudU.S. securities regulators on Wednesday filed civil accounting fraud charges against Canada-based oil and gas company Penn West Petroleum Ltd and several of its former top finance executives. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Penn West Petroleum, which this week changed its name to Obsidian Energy, moved hundreds of millions of dollars from operating expense accounts to capital expenditure accounts.



06/28/2017 - 03:30 PM

 

Two supervisors suspended after New York subway crash

Two supervisors suspended after New York subway crashTwo New York City subway supervisors were suspended without pay on Wednesday, a day after a derailment in Manhattan that injured 34 people and was blamed on a piece of unsecured replacement track, the transit authority said. "Two supervisors who were responsible for oversight of the work have been suspended without pay pending a formal review process (and final outcome of the investigation)," MTA spokeswoman Beth DeFalco said in a statement. Transit inspectors are now checking "every inch of rail to ensure that each and every replacement part is properly stored and secured," the MTA said.



06/28/2017 - 02:42 PM

 

Prosecutor, governor spar over death penalty in Florida's top court

Prosecutor, governor spar over death penalty in Florida's top courtAramis Ayala, a Democrat who took office in January, sued the Republican governor this spring over his decision to take her off two dozen murder cases. Scott says Florida state attorneys should "prosecute individuals to the fullest extent of the law," including the death penalty.



06/28/2017 - 02:14 PM

 

Activists who probed Ivanka shoe factories freed on bail in China

Activists who probed Ivanka shoe factories freed on bail in ChinaSINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three activists detained while investigating Chinese factories that have made shoes for Ivanka Trump's brand have been released on bail awaiting trial, their rights group said on Wednesday. The U.S.-based China Labor Watch said police in Ganzhou in southeast China notified the families of Su Heng, Li Zhao and Hua Haifeng that they could go to the city and pay bail for their release. Two U.S. officials said the Chinese may be aiming to embarrass Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter, by releasing the activists so they could talk about their findings.



06/28/2017 - 02:00 PM

 

Yes he can: Obama returns to Indonesia for family vacation

Yes he can: Obama returns to Indonesia for family vacationBy Jessica Damiana JAKARTA (Reuters) - From white water rafting in Bali to visiting temples on Java, former U.S. President Barack Obama's private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent four years as a child. Obama was six when he moved to Jakarta after his American mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man following the end of her marriage to Obama's Kenyan father. "I feel proud that my friend became a president," said Sonni Gondokusumo, 56, a former classmate of Obama at the Menteng 01 state elementary school in Jakarta.



06/28/2017 - 01:46 PM

 

Man smashes Arkansas Capitol's new Ten Commandments monument

Man smashes Arkansas Capitol's new Ten Commandments monumentA newly installed Ten Commandments monument on Arkansas state Capitol grounds was destroyed on Wednesday by a man police said drove his vehicle into the granite slab and posted the incident on Facebook. "It was shattered into a lot of pieces," Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Secretary of State and Capitol Police, said in an interview. The suspect, identified as Michael Reed, 32, was arrested on three charges, including defacing an object of public interest.



06/28/2017 - 01:29 PM

 

Senate Republican leaders want health bill revised by Friday: Cornyn

Senate Republican leaders want health bill revised by Friday: CornynWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn on Wednesday indicated Republican leaders want changes to their draft healthcare legislation completed this week so lawmakers could review the revised plan over next week's congressional recess.



06/28/2017 - 12:38 PM

 

Trump says Senate Republicans likely to pass healthcare bill

Trump says Senate Republicans likely to pass healthcare billWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed confidence that the Republican-led Senate would ultimately prevail in passing legislation aimed at repealing and replacing the 2010 healthcare law passed under his predecessor, former Democratic president Barack Obama. "It's very tough ... I think we're going to get it over the line," Trump told reporters at the White House ahead of a separate event on energy, adding that healthcare was "probably the toughest subject" to get passed in Congress. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Susan Heavey)



06/28/2017 - 12:13 PM

 

Control of biggest U.S. school system weighed by New York lawmakers

Control of biggest U.S. school system weighed by New York lawmakersNew York state lawmakers returned to the legislature on Wednesday for a special session to consider granting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio a one-year extension to control the city's public school system, the largest in the United States. Unless the New York State Legislature acts, control of the education system that serves 1.1 million students reverts on Friday to the state's Board of Education. Governor Andrew Cuomo called vacationing lawmakers back to the statehouse in Albany a week after they adjourned their regular 2017 session.



06/28/2017 - 11:39 AM

 

Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing to remain in detention

Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing to remain in detentionA man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in an attack federal investigators are probing as an act of terrorism will remain in detention until a hearing next week, his lawyers said on Wednesday. Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, Canada, was charged in federal court with violence at an international airport for stabbing officer Jeff Neville at the Bishop International Airport in Flint on June 21.



06/28/2017 - 11:23 AM

 

Utah wildfire levels 13 homes, forces evacuation of 1,500 people

Utah wildfire levels 13 homes, forces evacuation of 1,500 peopleA fierce wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents raged largely unchecked in southwestern Utah for an 11th day, as an army of firefighters struggled to corral the flames. As of Tuesday morning, the blaze had scorched nearly 50,000 acres, the bulk of that in the Dixie National Forest, with crews managing to carve containment lines around just 10 percent of the fire's perimeter, officials said. The fire erupted on June 17 near the ski resort of Brian Head, Utah, about 30 miles northeast of Zion National Park, and spread quickly as high winds drove flames into dense forests, threatening homes in nearby communities.



06/28/2017 - 12:31 AM

 

U.S. prosecutors seek to halt pretrial release of Uzbek terror suspect

U.S. prosecutors seek to halt pretrial release of Uzbek terror suspectThe U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver filed an emergency motion with the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the release of Jamshid Muhtorov. The motion came four days after U.S. District Judge John Kane granted a motion by Muhtorov for his release pending his trial, which is set for early next year.



06/27/2017 - 11:36 PM

 

Cosby says he has no plans for 'sexual assault tour'

Cosby says he has no plans for 'sexual assault tour'LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Cosby said on Tuesday he has no plans to hold town hall events to discuss sexual assault, days after his spokesman suggested the comedian planned a series of public talks to educate men about how to avoid false accusations. Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, first put forward the idea for the town hall talks in an interview with a Birmingham, Alabama, TV station last week, five days after Cosby's sex assault trial ended in a hung jury. The proposal drew immediate criticism from a lawyer representing some of the dozens of women who have leveled sex assault accusations at the 79-year-old entertainer, whose long career was built on a family-friendly style of comedy.



06/27/2017 - 09:58 PM

 

Linde's Lincare settles U.S. whistleblower case for $20 million

Linde's Lincare settles U.S. whistleblower case for $20 millionThe accord, confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, will resolve a lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act by former employees of the respiratory therapy services provider on behalf of the U.S. government. "The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all involved parties, with no admission of liability by any party," Lincare said in a statement.



06/27/2017 - 08:38 PM

 

Judge reopens case of Colorado 'intersex' veteran denied passport

Judge reopens case of Colorado 'intersex' veteran denied passportA federal judge on Tuesday agreed to review the constitutionality of a U.S. State Department policy of refusing to grant passports to people who identify as neither male nor female. In November, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson directed the State Department to reconsider its "binary-only gender passport policy," in the case of Navy veteran Dan Zzyym, an “intersex” Colorado resident who sued the federal government for refusing to issue a passport because it requires an applicant to denote either male or female gender. After conducting its court-ordered review, the State Department last month again denied Zzyym’s application, according to a motion filed on the plaintiff's behalf by the Lambda Legal Defense Fund asking Jackson to reopen the case.



06/27/2017 - 08:10 PM

 

'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli's notoriety slows New York jury selection

'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli's notoriety slows New York jury selectionJury selection in the New York trial of former drug company executive Martin Shkreli will enter its third day Wednesday, after some potential jurors said they could not be fair to a man who gained notoriety by raising the price of a life-saving drug more than 5,000 percent. U.S. prosecutors have accused Shkreli, dubbed the "pharma bro," of running a Ponzi-like scheme at his former hedge fund and a drug company he once ran. Shkreli has pleaded not guilty to charges of securities and wire fraud.



06/27/2017 - 07:51 PM

 

Illinois House Democrats push new budget plan to end impasse

Illinois House Democrats push new budget plan to end impasseStaring down the start of a new fiscal year, Illinois House Democrats offered a budget on Tuesday that would spend less than the Republican governor's plan, but kept their specific revenue-raising proposal under wraps. An impasse between Governor Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the legislature has left Illinois without complete budgets for an unprecedented two-straight fiscal years. The nearly $36.5 billion general funds budget was the first spending blueprint offered by House Speaker Michael Madigan for the fiscal year that begins Saturday.



06/27/2017 - 07:20 PM

 

Madoff settlements reach $12 billion with new accords

Madoff settlements reach $12 billion with new accordsThe trustee recouping money for Bernard Madoff's victims on Tuesday announced nearly $371 million of new settlements with two groups of offshore funds that invested with the imprisoned Ponzi schemer, boosting the total recovery to about $12 billion. Irving Picard, the trustee, said Lagoon Investment Ltd agreed to repay $240.7 million from an account through which Hermes International Fund Ltd invested with Madoff, while Thema Fund Ltd and an affiliate agreed to repay $130.1 million. Picard announced the settlements with British Virgin Islands-based Lagoon and Bermuda-based Thema one day after revealing more than $23 million of settlements with the estates of Madoff's late sons Andrew and Mark, and entities affiliated with the Madoff family.



06/27/2017 - 06:48 PM

 

Linde's Lincare settles U.S. whistleblower case for $20 million

Linde's Lincare settles U.S. whistleblower case for $20 millionThe accord, confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, will resolve a lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act by former employees of the respiratory therapy services provider on behalf of the U.S. government. "The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all involved parties, with no admission of liability by any party," Lincare said in a statement.



06/27/2017 - 06:24 PM

 

Lockdown lifted at Alabama base after false reports of shooter

Lockdown lifted at Alabama base after false reports of shooterNo threat was found and an investigation is under way to determine who made the calls from within a building where the shooter was reported to have been, Colonel Thomas Holliday, commander of the Redstone Arsenal, said at a press conference. "We have no evidence of shots actually (being) fired," Holliday said. Neither of those were credible, Holliday said.



06/27/2017 - 06:12 PM

 

Chicago officers charged in alleged cover-up of black teen shooting

Chicago officers charged in alleged cover-up of black teen shootingThree current and former Chicago police officers were indicted on Tuesday on felony charges for conspiring to cover up the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer, prosecutors said. The indictments stem from a 2014 incident in which Laquan McDonald, 17, was shot to death. A video of the shooting, released in 2015, sparked days of protests and thrust Chicago into a national debate over the use of excessive force by police against minorities.



06/27/2017 - 05:58 PM

 

Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban order

Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban orderWithout close family in the United States, Elly and her husband had few options for getting permission to immigrate to America from Iran. "Since last year, we made all the important decisions in our lives because we hoped we would get a visa," Elly said, declining to give her full name because her visa application is still in process. The couple decided to put off having children and purchasing a home until after their move to the United States.



06/27/2017 - 05:34 PM

 

New York mob suspects admit to vendetta arson, robbery

New York mob suspects admit to vendetta arson, robberyThree men, including the late mobster John Gotti's grandson, admitted on Tuesday that they torched a car because its driver cut off a reputed Bonanno crime family associate in traffic in April 2012, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Vincent Asaro, 82, who was cleared in November 2015 of involvement in the famed 1978 Lufthansa airport heist that helped inspire the movie "Goodfellas," became enraged when a motorist moved in front of his car at a traffic light. John J. Gotti, Matthew "Fat Matt" Rullan and Asaro, an alleged member of the Bonanno crime family, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to charges related to the arson and robbery under an agreement with federal prosecutors, said John Marzulli, a spokesman for Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde.



06/27/2017 - 05:20 PM

 

Family sues over fatal police shooting of Louisiana black man

Family sues over fatal police shooting of Louisiana black manThe family of a black man killed last year by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and police on Tuesday, alleging a history of excessive-force incidents and racism toward African-Americans. The death of Alton Sterling, 37, was among a series of racially charged police killings that inflamed a national debate over treatment of minorities by law enforcement. The lawsuit, filed in state court on behalf of Sterling's five children, seeks unspecified damages from the city, Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. and his department, and the two officers involved in the shooting, among others.



06/27/2017 - 05:10 PM

 

Colombian corruption watchdog charged in U.S. for money laundering

Colombian corruption watchdog charged in U.S. for money launderingLuis Gustavo Moreno Rivera, the national director of anti-corruption in Colombia, and Leonardo Luis Pinilla Gomez, an attorney practicing in the South American country, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Miami. Both men were arrested in Colombia, federal prosecutors said. Attorneys for Moreno, 35, and Pinilla, 31, could not be immediately identified.



06/27/2017 - 05:05 PM

 

University of Texas at Dallas re-opens campus after bomb threat

University of Texas at Dallas re-opens campus after bomb threatThe university tweeted at around 2:45 p.m. local time that all faculty, students, staff, and visitors needed to immediately leave buildings and parking garages on the campus, located roughly 18 miles (29 km) north of downtown Dallas, in Richardson. Campus police received the bomb threat around 2 p.m. local time from an anonymous caller who demanded a large amount of money, the Dallas Morning News quoted University of Texas at Dallas Police Department Lieutenant Ken MacKenzie as saying. Less than an hour later, university officials tweeted that campus police had determined the bomb threat was a hoax.



06/27/2017 - 04:57 PM

 

Connecticut will seek solution in Yale gender-neutral bathroom suit

Connecticut will seek solution in Yale gender-neutral bathroom suitA Connecticut official said on Tuesday the state would reconsider policies that can limit gender-neutral bathrooms in public buildings following a lawsuit by Yale University, the latest skirmish in the broader U.S. fight about gender identity. The Ivy League school said in the lawsuit it wants to designate all single-occupant restrooms at its law school as gender neutral, but the plan runs afoul of the state building code, which does not count gender-neutral bathrooms when it assesses whether a public building has enough toilets.



06/27/2017 - 04:53 PM

 

EPA and Army Corps seek to rescind clean water rule

EPA and Army Corps seek to rescind clean water ruleBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers released a proposal on Tuesday to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the latest move by the Trump administration to unwind environmental regulations put in place under former President Barack Obama. The agencies are working to rescind the rule, known as the Waters of the United States rule, and reinstate the language of the rule before it was changed in 2015. The rule updated the federal Clean Water Act to define what waterways - including streams, rivers and other bodies - can be regulated by the federal government, stirring anger by the agriculture and energy industries, which said it gave regulators too much authority.



06/27/2017 - 04:52 PM

 

 

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