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New Orleans removes first of four statues deemed racially offensive

New Orleans removes first of four statues deemed racially offensiveAuthorities took down the statue honoring the so-called Battle of Liberty Place, acting without notice and under the cover of darkness for security reasons, and will move it to a museum or other facility, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. A federal court cleared the way for its removal in March. Erected in 1891, the monument commemorates an 1874 attack on the racially integrated city police and state militia by the white supremacist "Crescent City White League," the mayor's office said.



04/24/2017 - 02:49 PM

 

N.Y. appeals court to review conviction of ex-Goldman programmer

N.Y. appeals court to review conviction of ex-Goldman programmerThe nearly eight-year legal odyssey of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer Sergey Aleynikov is not over, after New York State's highest court agreed to review his reinstated conviction for stealing high-frequency trading code. Aleynikov may appeal the conviction won by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance because "questions of law are involved which ought to be reviewed," the Court of Appeals said in an order dated April 20. The order came nearly three months after an intermediate appeals court in Manhattan voted 5-0 to revive Aleynikov's conviction on one count of stealing Goldman code as he prepared to join a Chicago start-up, Teza Technologies LLC.



04/24/2017 - 02:20 PM

 

Liberal U.S. justices lean toward death row inmate in mental health dispute

Liberal U.S. justices lean toward death row inmate in mental health disputeLiberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated support for a convicted murderer held on Alabama's death row who argued he had a right to an independent medical expert to assess his mental health and potentially help him avoid execution. The legal fight involving Alabama inmate James McWilliams assumed greater importance in the past week after two death row inmates who Arkansas plans to execute, Don Davis and Bruce Ward, had their cases put on holding pending the Supreme Court's decision regarding McWilliams, due by the end of June.



04/24/2017 - 01:58 PM

 

Trump pushes Democrats on border wall as government shutdown looms

Trump pushes Democrats on border wall as government shutdown loomsU.S. President Donald Trump tried to press Democrats on Monday to include funds for his controversial border wall with Mexico in spending legislation as lawmakers worked to avoid a looming shutdown of the federal government. Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but a White House-backed bill to gut former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, failed to gather full party support and imploded last month.



04/24/2017 - 01:03 PM

 

Trump talks about Mars mission on call with record-breaking astronaut

Trump talks about Mars mission on call with record-breaking astronautWhitson, 57, turned a zero-gravity summersault during the video call from the International Space Station, where she serves as station commander. "What an amazing thing you've done," said Trump, speaking from the Oval Office on his first call with an astronaut serving aboard the $100 billion orbital outpost. "It's a huge honor to break a record like this," Whitson said with a beaming smile.



04/24/2017 - 12:40 PM

 

Former Magyar Telekom executives settle FCPA charges with U.S. SEC

Former Magyar Telekom executives settle FCPA charges with U.S. SECWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two former executives at the Hungarian telecommunications company Magyar Telekom will pay financial penalties and accept corporate officer and director bars to settle alleged anti-bribery law violations, U.S. regulators said Monday.



04/24/2017 - 11:36 AM

 

Anti-Semitic acts spiked since Trump election win, watchdog says

Anti-Semitic acts spiked since Trump election win, watchdog saysAnti-Semitic incidents, from bomb threats and cemetery desecration to assaults and bullying, have surged in the United States since the election of President Donald Trump, and a "heightened political atmosphere" played a role in the rise, the Anti-Defamation League said on Monday. Overall, the number of acts targeting Jews and Jewish institutions rose 34 percent in 2016 to 1,266 in 2016 and jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, the ADL said.



04/24/2017 - 11:20 AM

 

U.S. top court won't review Houston police shooting 'waistband' defense

U.S. top court won't review Houston police shooting 'waistband' defenseThe justices, over a dissent by liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, let stand a lower court's dismissal of a civil rights lawsuit brought by Ricardo Salazar-Limon, the drunken driving suspect who was left partially paralyzed after the 2010 traffic stop, against the officer who shot him, Chris Thompson. The issue of police use of force has been in the spotlight in the United States following a series of shootings by officers of minorities in recent years as well as high-profile attacks on law enforcement officers. Sotomayor, writing in a dissent joined by fellow liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said the court's refusal to take up the case continues a "disturbing trend" of shielding police officers from lawsuits and rarely intervening when they act wrongly.



04/24/2017 - 11:14 AM

 

Lawyer representing United passenger takes on American Airlines

Lawyer representing United passenger takes on American AirlinesThe lawyer representing Dr. David Dao, who was dragged from a United Airlines plane, said he will also represent a woman whose clash with an American Airlines flight attendant went viral over the weekend. Thomas Demetrio told CNBC on Monday that he will represent both passengers whose recent confrontations with airline and airport employees sparked global outrage and prompted a nationwide conversation over U.S. carriers' treatment of passengers. The video is a microcosm of what's wrong with the airline industry today," Demetrio said in an interview with CNBC.



04/24/2017 - 10:30 AM

 

U.S. high court won't review WellCare ex-CEO fraud conviction

U.S. high court won't review WellCare ex-CEO fraud convictionFarha began serving a three-year sentence at a minimum security federal prison in Alabama after the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in August 2016. Farha had asked the justices to overturn his conviction, taking issue with the trial judge's handling of his case.



04/24/2017 - 09:58 AM

 

U.S. top court preserves Alabama campaign finance curbs

U.S. top court preserves Alabama campaign finance curbsThe Alabama Democratic Conference had asked the justices to review a September 2016 decision by the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that sided with the state and found that the law did not violate the organization's rights to free expression and free association under the U.S. Constitution.



04/24/2017 - 09:45 AM

 

U.S. Supreme Court snubs Chesapeake Energy in bonds dispute

U.S. Supreme Court snubs Chesapeake Energy in bonds disputeThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by natural gas company Chesapeake Energy Corp to avoid having to pay $438.7 million to investors in a bonds dispute. The justices refused to hear the Oklahoma City-based company's appeal of a September 2016 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of bondholders. The appeals court said the payout was justified after Chesapeake Energy waited too long to tell bondholders of its plan to redeem $1.3 billion of their debt six years early.



04/24/2017 - 09:36 AM

 

Funeral set for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez

Funeral set for former NFL star Aaron HernandezThe funeral of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will take place on Monday, five days after he was found hanged by a bed sheet in a Massachusetts prison in what state officials have ruled a suicide. Hernandez had been a rising star in the National Football League with a $41 million contract when he was arrested in June 2013 and charged with murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park not far from the Patriots' stadium.



04/24/2017 - 09:14 AM

 

St. Louis wins U.S. approval to explore airport privatization

St. Louis wins U.S. approval to explore airport privatizationThe U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday it has granted preliminary approval to St. Louis to explore putting its city-owned airport under private management. The announcement could help gauge private sector interest in the Trump administration's calls for investors to boost infrastructure. The Missouri airport would become the second major U.S. airport after San Juan, Puerto Rico to operate under private management.



04/24/2017 - 06:02 AM

 

Arkansas plans to execute two convicts Monday

Arkansas plans to execute two convicts MondayThe state of Arkansas plans to execute two inmates on Monday evening, which would make it the first U.S. state in 17 years to put a pair of convicts to death on the same day. A flurry of last-minute legal appeals at both the state and federal level are expected, though their likelihood of success may have diminished with the recent appointment of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. The high court cleared the way last week for Arkansas to hold its first execution in 12 years and the state carried out the death penalty on convicted murderer Ledell Lee.



04/24/2017 - 01:04 AM

 

Small children among five dead in New York house fire

Small children among five dead in New York house fireA passing motorist spotted the roaring fire that engulfed the home in the Queens Village neighborhood and called the fire department around 2:30 p.m., the New York Fire Department said in a statement on its Facebook page. "None of the five people in the home survived," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in the statement. Small children were among the dead, de Blasio said.



04/23/2017 - 07:39 PM

 

Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day

Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance DayU.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the "darkest chapter of human history" in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.



04/23/2017 - 07:10 PM

 

Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal

Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall dealPresident Donald Trump put pressure on Democrats on Sunday as U.S. lawmakers worked to avoid a government shutdown, saying Obamacare would die without a cash infusion the White House has offered in exchange for their agreement to fund his border wall. The escalated push to get Trump's priorities, which Democrats reject, into spending legislation could jeopardize prospects for an agreement to keep the government open. If talks fail, the government would shut down on Saturday, Trump's 100th day in office.



04/23/2017 - 04:02 PM

 

Florida evacuation orders lifted as rain quells wildfires

Florida evacuation orders lifted as rain quells wildfires(Reuters) - Florida officials on Sunday lifted evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes threatened by wildfires in drought-stricken central and southwestern parts of the state, after rainfall helped firefighters battle the blazes. As of Sunday morning, a 5,500-acre wildfire in Collier County in southwest Florida that has destroyed nine homes was 50 percent contained, according to officials. In Polk County in central Florida, a wildfire that charred 700 acres was 75 percent contained.



04/23/2017 - 03:14 PM

 

American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over stroller

American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over strollerAmerican Airlines on Saturday apologized to a female passenger and suspended an employee after a video showing an onboard clash over a baby stroller went viral, in the latest embarrassment for a U.S. carrier over how it treated a customer. The clip, posted on Facebook on Friday by a bystander aboard the flight, shows a woman in tears with a young child in her arms, and a man emerging from his seat to confront a male flight attendant who apparently wrested the stroller from the woman. Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya, who posted the video, wrote that the flight attendant had forcefully taken the stroller, hitting the woman with it and just missing her child.



04/23/2017 - 12:46 PM

 

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all began

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all beganBy Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday makes his first major appearance since leaving office, having chosen Chicago, the city where his political career started, to emerge from a three-month hiatus from the public eye. Obama will meet youth leaders and promote community organizing near the same South Side neighborhoods where his own activism blossomed and propelled him to two terms in the White House that ended with Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as Obama’s first White House chief of staff, said that he was proud that Obama picked Chicago to make his last speech as president and the first in his post-presidency.



04/23/2017 - 09:41 AM

 

March for Science draws big crowds, clever signs across U.S.

March for Science draws big crowds, clever signs across U.S.By Lacey Johnson and Lisa Fernandez WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a "celebration of science" to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. Demonstrators carried signs like "There Is No Planet B," "No One Is Above Peer Review," "Revenge of the Nerds" and "Make Science Great Again," a play on U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign promise to "Make America Great Again." Other signs featured mathematical formulas in a display of geek humor. While the events were non-partisan according to organizers, many marchers were in effect protesting Trump's proposal to sharply cut federal science and research budgets and his administration's skepticism about climate change and the need to slow global warming.



04/22/2017 - 08:12 PM

 

American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over stroller

American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over strollerAmerican Airlines on Saturday apologized to a female passenger and suspended an employee after a video showing an onboard clash over a baby stroller went viral, in the latest embarrassment for a U.S. carrier over how it treated a customer. The clip, posted on Facebook on Friday by a bystander aboard the flight, shows a woman in tears with a young child in her arms, and a man emerging from his seat to confront a male flight attendant who apparently wrested the stroller from the woman. Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya, who posted the video, wrote that the flight attendant had forcefully taken the stroller, hitting the woman with it and just missing her child.



04/22/2017 - 06:47 PM

 

Trump tax plan may produce some short-term budget issues: Mnuchin

Trump tax plan may produce some short-term budget issues: MnuchinU.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday that the Trump administration's tax reform plan would produce some "short term issues" when viewed under traditional "static" budget analysis rules. Mnuchin said that the tax plan would pay for itself when viewed through a "dynamic scoring" analysis, which accounts for the increased tax revenues that would be produced by higher growth prompted by the tax changes.



04/22/2017 - 05:39 PM

 

March for Science draws big crowds across U.S.

March for Science draws big crowds across U.S.By Lacey Johnson and Lisa Fernandez WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a "celebration of science" to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. The "March for Science" festivities included scientific "teach-ins," speeches by researchers and environmentalists, and musical performances on Washington's National Mall under cloudy skies with occasional drizzle. Hundreds of cities and towns from Boston to Sydney, Australia hosted rallies and festive parades where marchers carried signs like "There is no Planet B" and "Make Science Great Again," making a play on U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign promise to "Make America Great Again." While the events were non-partisan according to organizers, many marchers were in effect protesting Trump's proposal to sharply cut federal science and research budgets and his administration's skepticism about climate change and the need to slow global warming.



04/22/2017 - 05:38 PM

 

On Earth Day, an environment-minded Republican turns to birds

On Earth Day, an environment-minded Republican turns to birdsBy Emily Flitter NEW HOPE, Pa. (Reuters) - In his white dress shirt and black pin-striped pants, U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick stood out from the other birdwatchers gathered near a grove of bud-studded trees in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday morning. The National Audubon Society had invited the Republican congressman to the affluent town of New Hope on Earth Day for a glimpse at a few of the hundreds of millions of birds that travel to their breeding grounds during the spring migration. The society's aim was to explain to Fitzpatrick the effects that global warming was having on the bright little jewels of spring and the habitats they pass through on their way north.



04/22/2017 - 03:27 PM

 

Trump visits wounded U.S. service members at military hospital

Trump visits wounded U.S. service members at military hospitalPresident Donald Trump visited wounded U.S. service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday, his first visit as president to the armed forces hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington. Accompanied by his wife, Melania, Trump awarded Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos the Purple Heart, the medal given to members of the U.S. military wounded or killed in battle. Barrientos was injured in Afghanistan on March 17 when an Afghan soldier opened fire inside a base in Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers.



04/22/2017 - 02:56 PM

 

Trump's 'big announcement' on tax to be broad principles: official

Trump's 'big announcement' on tax to be broad principles: officialPresident Donald Trump's promised "big announcement" next week on overhauling the U.S. tax code, a top campaign pledge, will consist of "broad principles and priorities," an administration official said on Saturday. Asked for details, the administration official, who asked not to be identified, said, "We will outline our broad principles and priorities" on Wednesday.



04/22/2017 - 02:02 PM

 

Florida wildfires force evacuations, destroy homes

Florida wildfires force evacuations, destroy homesGovernor Rick Scott, who declared a state of emergency on April 11 because of dry conditions in Florida, deployed National Guard troops to help residents to safety. In southwest Florida, a wildfire destroyed nine homes and charred about 4,800 acres (1,942 hectares) in Collier County, said Clark Ryals, a senior forester for the Florida Forest Service. In central Florida, wildfires that spread across more than 600 acres in Polk County were being investigated as suspicious, said a spokesman for the sheriff's office.



04/22/2017 - 01:17 PM

 

Thousands take part in March for Science in Berlin

Thousands take part in March for Science in BerlinThousands of people in Berlin turned out for the first March for Science being held in more than 600 cities worldwide on Saturday due to growing concern about U.S. President Donald Trump's climate change skepticism and cuts to research funding. Demonstrators carried signs reading "We love experts - those with evidence" and "Science not Silence" for the march from Humboldt University toward the Brandenburg Gate, led by mayor Michael Mueller and the leaders of the city's universities. "There are no alternatives to facts," read one large banner, referencing a term used by White House official Kellyanne Conway during a dispute with the media over the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration.



04/22/2017 - 12:50 PM

 

Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida

Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida(Reuters) - A wildfire in southwest Florida triggered evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes on Friday, prompting the governor to deploy National Guard troops to help residents fleeing the flames. The wildfire has charred about 4,800 acres (1,942 hectares) in Collier County and forced residents to evacuate their houses in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Clark Ryals, a senior forester for the Florida Forest Service, said by telephone. "These wildfires are dangerous and if you're within the evacuation area, do not stay in your home," Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement after meeting with fire officials in the area.



04/22/2017 - 12:46 AM

 

Russian lawmaker's son gets 27 years prison in U.S. hacking case

Russian lawmaker's son gets 27 years prison in U.S. hacking caseRoman Seleznev, 32, was found guilty last year by a jury in Seattle of perpetrating a scheme that prosecutors said involved hacking into point-of-sale computers to steal credit card numbers and caused $169 million in losses to U.S. firms. The Russian government has maintained that his arrest in 2014 in the Maldives was illegal. It issued a statement on Friday criticizing the sentence and said it believed Seleznev's lawyer planned to appeal.



04/21/2017 - 11:19 PM

 

Power outage cripples San Francisco for seven hours

Power outage cripples San Francisco for seven hoursA massive power outage threw San Francisco into chaos for most of the work day on Friday, knocking out traffic signals, paralyzing businesses and halting the city's famed cable cars. The power outage, which was triggered by a fire in a PG&E Corp. utility substation, disrupted San Francisco's normally bustling financial district, home to banks and technology companies.



04/21/2017 - 10:07 PM

 

U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case

U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons caseBy David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Homeland Security Department's inspector general said on Friday he was investigating possible abuse of authority in a case that triggered a lawsuit against the department by Twitter Inc . Inspector General John Roth described the probe in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who had asked for an investigation due to concerns about free speech protections. In a lawsuit on April 6, Twitter disclosed that it received a summons in March from the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, an agency within Homeland Security, demanding records about an account on the social media platform identified by the handle @ALT_uscis.



04/21/2017 - 08:53 PM

 

Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida

Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida(Reuters) - A wildfire in southwest Florida triggered evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes on Friday, prompting the governor to deploy National Guard troops to help residents fleeing the flames. The wildfire has charred about 4,800 acres (1,942 hectares) in Collier County and forced residents to evacuate their houses in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, said Clark Ryals, a senior forester for the Florida Forest Service. "These wildfires are dangerous and if you're within the evacuation area, do not stay in your home," Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement after meeting with fire officials in the area.



04/21/2017 - 07:51 PM

 

Power restored to most San Francisco customers: PG&E

Power restored to most San Francisco customers: PG&ESAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fewer that 3,000 customers remained without electricity in San Francisco on Friday after a fire in a utility substation earlier in the day knocked out power for much of the city, according to PG&E.



04/21/2017 - 07:25 PM

 

U.S. identifies, charges Israeli teen accused of Jewish threats

U.S. identifies, charges Israeli teen accused of Jewish threatsMichael Ron David Kadar, 18, who has dual citizenship and lives in Israel, made at least 245 threatening telephone calls between Jan. 4 and March 7, many targeting Jewish community centers in the United States, according to the Florida complaint. Kadar also appears linked to more than 240 hoax threats called into schools in the United States and Canada between August and December 2015, forcing thousands of students to be evacuated, according to the Georgia complaint.



04/21/2017 - 07:25 PM

 

California rains muddy farm fields, higher vegetable prices soak shoppers

California rains muddy farm fields, higher vegetable prices soak shoppersBy Lisa Baertlein SALINAS, Calif. (Reuters) - Record rains are a double-edged sword for California's Salinas Valley: While the recent deluge virtually ended the state's historic drought, it also created muddy, unworkable fields - sending prices for everything from kale to cauliflower soaring. The famed agricultural region just south of Silicon Valley is usually a springtime sea of green vegetables. "Most fields under normal conditions would be planted at this point," Jerrett Stoffel, vice president of operations at Taylor Farms, said in an interview at the privately held company's sprawling outpost in Salinas, California.



04/21/2017 - 07:08 PM

 

Power outage cripples San Francisco for hours

Power outage cripples San Francisco for hoursBy Alexandria Sage and Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A power outage triggered by a fire in a utility substation blacked out much of San Francisco on Friday, paralyzing the city's technology and finance center, halting its famed cable cars and shuttering major retailers. The utility PG&E Corp reported a fire and a circuit-breaker failure at a San Francisco substation, with a series of outages hitting the Bay Area city shortly after 9 a.m. (noon ET/1600 GMT) and ultimately cutting power to some 90,000 customers. "It's pretty big, seems like half the city has no power," said King Lip, chief investment officer at Baker Avenue Asset Management in San Francisco.



04/21/2017 - 06:57 PM

 

Russian lawmaker's son gets 27 years prison in U.S. hacking case

Russian lawmaker's son gets 27 years prison in U.S. hacking case(Reuters) - The son of a Russian lawmaker was sentenced on Friday by a U.S. federal court to 27 years in prison after being convicted of a cyber assault on thousands of U.S. businesses, marking the longest ever hacking-related sentence in the United States. Roman Seleznev, 32, was found guilty last year by a jury in Seattle of perpetrating a scheme that prosecutors said involved hacking into point-of-sale computers to steal credit card numbers and caused $169 million in losses to U.S. firms. It issued a statement on Friday criticizing the sentence and said it believed Seleznev's lawyer planned to appeal.



04/21/2017 - 06:45 PM

 

Chinese citizen pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to export carbon fiber

Chinese citizen pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to export carbon fiberFuyi Sun, 53, who pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York federal court, admitted he tried to procure the carbon fiber for the Chinese military, the statement said. A lawyer for Sun could not immediately be reached for comment. Sun was arrested last April after he traveled to obtain M60 carbon fiber, which is used in military drone aircraft, from people working as undercover U.S. law enforcement agents, prosecutors said.



04/21/2017 - 06:00 PM

 

U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case

U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons caseThe U.S. Homeland Security Department's inspector general said on Friday he was investigating possible abuse of authority in a case that triggered a lawsuit against the department by Twitter Inc . Inspector General John Roth described the probe in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who had asked for an investigation due to concerns about free speech protections. In a lawsuit on April 6, Twitter disclosed that it received a summons in March from the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, an agency within Homeland Security, demanding records about an account on the social media platform identified by the handle @ALT_uscis.



04/21/2017 - 05:38 PM

 

Arkansas execution flurry marks early test for new Justice Gorsuch

Arkansas execution flurry marks early test for new Justice GorsuchNewly appointed conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch helped clear the way for Arkansas to hold its first execution in 12 years, a sign of the challenges facing other inmates seeking to block their executions next week. In his first recorded vote, President Donald Trump's pick for the court sided as expected with its renewed conservative majority. The justices voted 5-4 to reject an emergency application brought by several inmates before Arkansas executed convicted murderer Ledell Lee.



04/21/2017 - 05:09 PM

 

U.S. charges Russian arrested in Spain with operating spam botnet

U.S. charges Russian arrested in Spain with operating spam botnetPeter Yuryevich Levashov, 36, was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury in Bridgeport and charged with causing intentional damage to a protected computer and wire fraud, among other counts, the Justice Department said in a statement. Last week the Justice Department announced it had launched an effort to take down the Kelihos botnet, which has infected computers that ran Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system, after Spanish authorities arrested Levashov while he was on vacation with his family in Barcelona.



04/21/2017 - 05:01 PM

 

Accused Fresno gunman’s arraignment delayed after courtroom outburst

Accused Fresno gunman’s arraignment delayed after courtroom outburstKori Ali Muhammad, 39, had been scheduled for an initial court appearance on murder charges stemming from the death of Motel 6 security guard Carl Williams when the postponed the proceedings, said Steve Wright of the Fresno County District Attorney's Office. The judge also ordered Muhammad, who goes by the nickname Black Jesus, to undergo a mental competency exam by court-appointed physician at the request of a public defender appointed to represent him, Eric Christensen. Prosecutors have not yet filed charges against Muhammad in connection with the shooting rampage, in which he is accused of shooting three white men in quick succession in downtown Fresno on Tuesday.



04/21/2017 - 04:43 PM

 

Top U.S. officials to testify in Trump-Russia probe reboot

Top U.S. officials to testify in Trump-Russia probe rebootBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Friday it had invited FBI, NSA and Obama administration officials to testify as it restarts its investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. After stalling over the committee chairman's ties to President Donald Trump's White House and disagreements over who should testify, the bipartisan committee said it sent a letter inviting James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, to appear behind closed doors on May 2. A second letter invited three officials who left the government as President Barack Obama's administration ended - former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates - to appear at a public hearing to be scheduled after May 2.



04/21/2017 - 03:38 PM

 

Trump greets Egyptian-American freed from Egyptian detention

Trump greets Egyptian-American freed from Egyptian detentionPresident Donald Trump on Friday welcomed back to the United States Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker whose release from jail in Egypt was sought by Trump when he met Egypt's president early this month. Trump and his aides had engaged in behind-the-scenes diplomatic efforts to gain her freedom after attempts by the previous Obama administration failed.



04/21/2017 - 03:34 PM

 

Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich loses bid to cut prison term

Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich loses bid to cut prison termFormer Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich lost his latest bid for leniency as a federal appeals court refused to shorten his 14-year prison term in a vast public corruption case, including an effort to sell Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago dismissed arguments that Blagojevich deserved a lesser punishment because he had been a "model prisoner" in the five years he has already spent in prison and because some counts in his original 2011 conviction had been thrown out. The one-time contestant on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" could ask the entire 7th Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case, but both are long shots.



04/21/2017 - 03:33 PM

 

Russia denies Reuters report think tank drew up plan to sway U.S. election

Russia denies Reuters report think tank drew up plan to sway U.S. electionRussia dismissed as false on Thursday a Reuters report that said a government think tank controlled by President Vladimir Putin had developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election in Donald Trump's favor. Reuters reported on Wednesday that the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) had provided the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. The Reuters report cited three current and four former U.S. officials who had acquired two documents prepared by the institute.



04/21/2017 - 02:55 PM

 

Michigan couple charged with arranging genital mutilation for seven-year-olds

Michigan couple charged with arranging genital mutilation for seven-year-oldsFakhruddin Attar, who owns a medical clinic in Livonia, Michigan, and his wife Farida Attar, who works as an office manager there, were accused of allowing Jumana Nagarwala to perform the procedures at their office. Nagarwala was arrested last week and has been placed on administrative leave from the Detroit hospital where she works as an emergency room doctor.



04/21/2017 - 01:10 PM

 

 

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