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Uber wins U.S. court appeal to push price-fixing case to arbitration

Uber wins U.S. court appeal to push price-fixing case to arbitrationUber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Thursday won a victory in its effort to keep unhappy customers from suing in court, persuading a federal appeals court to send a Connecticut passenger's price-fixing case against the ride-service company into arbitration. Overturning a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Uber and former Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick properly notified customers in online user agreements that disputes should be arbitrated. By a 3-0 vote, the appeals court also said the Connecticut passenger, Spencer Meyer, could not sue Uber in court despite claiming he never agreed to waive that right.



08/17/2017 - 01:25 PM

 

Asylum seekers to Canada from U.S. tripled in July: Canadian government

Asylum seekers to Canada from U.S. tripled in July: Canadian governmentBy Anna Mehler Paperny TORONTO (Reuters) - The number of asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government data released on Thursday, as migrants fled in fear of U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown. More than 3,100 people walked across the border illegally in July to file refugee claims and were arrested, up from 884 in June, the federal government said. Ninety-six percent of them went to Quebec, where an influx of asylum seekers, primarily Haitians, is sparking a backlash from opposition politicians and anti-immigrant groups in the primarily French-speaking province.



08/17/2017 - 12:08 PM

 

Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement

Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlementMylan NV has finalized a $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, resolving claims it overcharged the government for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, which became the center of a firestorm over price increases. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts revealed the accord on Thursday, 10 months after Mylan said it reached a deal resolving claims it misclassified the EpiPen as a generic rather than a branded product to avoid paying rebates owed to Medicaid.



08/17/2017 - 12:02 PM

 

GM creditor trust drops settlement with ignition switch plaintiffs

GM creditor trust drops settlement with ignition switch plaintiffsIn a blow to people suing General Motors Co over faulty ignition switches and other alleged vehicle defects, a trust that holds many GM liabilities from before its 2009 bankruptcy has canceled a settlement that sought to force the automaker to pay $1 billion in shares to resolve millions of claims. The settlement, first disclosed at a court hearing last week, would have called for the trust to accept $10 billion in claims, triggering a provision in GM's bankruptcy plan that could have forced it to pay $1 billion in stock to the trust to pay off the plaintiffs. GM opposed the settlement.



08/17/2017 - 11:56 AM

 

Heartland Bank of Arkansas needs capital, must remedy in 90 days: Fed

Heartland Bank of Arkansas needs capital, must remedy in 90 days: FedWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Heartland Bank of Little Rock Arkansas is "significantly undercapitalized" and must increase shares, sell itself or otherwise satisfy regulators, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday.



08/17/2017 - 11:23 AM

 

Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups

Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia over the weekend. "I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans," Cook wrote in a note late on Wednesday to employees, according to technology news website Recode.



08/17/2017 - 09:12 AM

 

Rare trio of stinky corpse flowers to bloom at Washington garden

Rare trio of stinky corpse flowers to bloom at Washington gardenA botanic garden on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is expecting a stinky first in coming days as a trio of so-called corpse flowers is due to open and release an odor likened to the smell of rotting flesh. The event would mark the first time that three of the giant plants, also known as titan arums, have bloomed close to the same time at a North American institution, U.S. Botanic Garden spokesman Ray Mims said on Wednesday. The Botanic Garden, at the foot of Capitol Hill, will be open until 10 p.m. once the flower blooms to handle crowds.



08/17/2017 - 09:05 AM

 

Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. West

Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. WestBy Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week's total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season. "It's all hands on deck," said U.S. Forest Service ranger Kurt Nelson, who works in the Sawtooth National Forest near the affluent resort of Sun Valley in central Idaho.



08/17/2017 - 08:10 AM

 

Wisconsin lawmakers debate billions in incentives for Foxconn plant

Wisconsin lawmakers debate billions in incentives for Foxconn plantFoxconn, an electronics manufacturer formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd <2317.TW>, hopes to open a $10 billion plant in 2020 at a 1,000-acre site in southeastern Wisconsin. Foxconn is a major supplier to Apple Inc for its iPhones.



08/17/2017 - 07:29 AM

 

Man falls to his death from Los Angeles port crane after police standoff

Man falls to his death from Los Angeles port crane after police standoffA man fell to his death on Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles after he led police on a chase before he climbed a crane where he stripped, danced and did acrobatics during a hours-long standoff, local media reported. Police began chasing a SUV that was reported stolen near the Los Angeles suburb of Mid-City at about 3:50 p.m. and then through Long Beach and into the Wilmington neighborhood, an local ABC news affiliate reported. The driver bailed from the vehicle at the Port of Los Angeles and then climbed a crane.



08/17/2017 - 03:33 AM

 

Trump on Twitter (Aug 16)- Manufacturing Council, Policy forum

Trump on Twitter (Aug 16)- Manufacturing Council, Policy forumThe following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.



08/17/2017 - 12:06 AM

 

Virginia rally victim's message 'magnified,' mother tells memorial

Virginia rally victim's message 'magnified,' mother tells memorialWith tears and defiant tributes, hundreds of purple-clad people packed an historic Charlottesville theater on Wednesday to remember the 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators. Heather Heyer, a paralegal whom colleagues said was devoted to social justice, was killed after clashes on Saturday between white nationalists attending a "Unite the Right" gathering and counter-protesters. You just magnified her," Heyer's mother Susan Bro said to long and loud applause from those gathered at the city's 1930s-era Paramount Theater.



08/16/2017 - 10:31 PM

 

Truck driver formally indicted for 10 immigrant deaths in Texas

Truck driver formally indicted for 10 immigrant deaths in TexasA truck driver accused of smuggling immigrants inside a packed and sweltering tractor-trailer through Texas, 10 of whom died, was formally indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on charges that can carry the death penalty, prosecutors said. James Bradley Jr., 60, was given a five-count indictment that included charges of transportation of undocumented aliens resulting in death and conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in death. If convicted on these charges, he could face up to life in prison or death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said.



08/16/2017 - 10:00 PM

 

Possession of small amounts of narcotics now minor offense in Oregon

Possession of small amounts of narcotics now minor offense in OregonThe bill, passed by the state legislature last month and signed into law on Tuesday, reduces to a misdemeanor offense the possession of small quantities of drugs that an individual has for personal use. Oregon joins at least nine other states that have reduced penalties or the class of offenses for possession of non-marijuana drugs, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Oregon already allows the use of both medical and recreational marijuana.



08/16/2017 - 09:08 PM

 

Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threats

Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threatsA U.S. congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, Republican Michael McCaul, announced the Sept. 12 hearing in a letter to the panel's top Democrat, Bennie Thompson. The committee holds a hearing once a year, around the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, to discuss worldwide threats.



08/16/2017 - 08:48 PM

 

Violence prompts U.S. Congress review of militants

Violence prompts U.S. Congress review of militantsViolent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, will top the agenda at a Sept. 12 U.S. congressional hearing, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee chairman, Republican Michael McCaul, announced the hearing in a letter to the panel's top Democrat, Bennie Thompson. The committee once a year meets to discuss militant threats, with the focus usually on abroad, but a committee aide said the Charlottesville protests had raised interest in domestic threats.



08/16/2017 - 07:38 PM

 

Maryland judge reaffirms life sentences for D.C. sniper Malvo

Maryland judge reaffirms life sentences for D.C. sniper MalvoSix life sentences for a man convicted in a deadly Washington area sniper spree when he was 17 have been allowed to stand after a Maryland judge found that he had not been given mandatory life terms, which the U.S. Supreme court has ruled unconstitutional for juveniles. Lee Boyd Malvo, now 32, was one of two men found guilty in the 2002 shootings that left 10 people dead and three others wounded. Malvo has appealed his sentences in Maryland and in Virginia, where he is serving three life terms.



08/16/2017 - 07:32 PM

 

New York Times editor testifies in Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit

New York Times editor testifies in Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuitJames Bennet testified at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in a Manhattan federal court that he meant to link Palin to an "overall climate" of incitement to political violence, but not to say she caused the shooting. Palin, the former Alaska governor who was Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate in an unsuccessful 2008 campaign, is seeking in excess of $75,000 for compensatory, special and punitive damages.



08/16/2017 - 07:00 PM

 

U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding

U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood fundingA U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis reversed a ruling forbidding Arkansas from carrying through with Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson's directive to suspend Medicaid reimbursements to a Planned Parenthood affiliate.



08/16/2017 - 06:41 PM

 

U.S. ends program for Central American minors fleeing violence

U.S. ends program for Central American minors fleeing violenceThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security terminated a program on Wednesday that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle in the United States, ending travel hopes for more than 2,700 children awaiting approval. In a notice published in the Federal Register that goes into effect Aug. 16, the government said it was ending the practice of granting parole under the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, which was offered to children even if they had been denied refugee status. The program started at the end of 2014 under the administration of former President Barack Obama as a response to tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and families from Central America who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking entry into the United States.



08/16/2017 - 05:48 PM

 

Seven charged in U.S. insider trading ring

Seven charged in U.S. insider trading ringU.S. authorities on Wednesday announced insider trading charges accusing seven people of generating more than $5 million of profit based on tips from a Bank of America Corp employee about dozens of pending corporate transactions. Daniel Rivas, who was the alleged tipper and later worked at Royal Bank of Canada , and James Moodhe, the father of Rivas' girlfriend, both pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.



08/16/2017 - 05:33 PM

 

Baltimore removes four Confederate statues after Virginia rally

Baltimore removes four Confederate statues after Virginia rallyThe statues, including one of General Robert E. Lee and another of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, were taken off their bases in Wyman Park Dell, beside the Baltimore Museum of Art, and carried away on a flatbed truck. City Councilman Brandon Scott had called for immediate action following the "domestic terrorism" carried out on Saturday by white supremacists in Charlottesville. In Los Angeles on Wednesday, the United Daughters of the Confederacy asked the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to remove a monument that since 1925 honored Confederate veterans.



08/16/2017 - 05:24 PM

 

U.S. civil rights group sues Nebraska prisons for overcrowding

U.S. civil rights group sues Nebraska prisons for overcrowdingThe lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Lincoln, Nebraska, on behalf of prisoners, asks a federal judge to order the state to fix problems including the overuse of solitary confinement and neglect of medical, disability and mental health needs. "For over twenty years, Nebraska state prisons have been overcrowded, under-resourced, and understaffed. Officials with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, named in the suit along with the Board of Parole, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



08/16/2017 - 03:18 PM

 

Carmakers win brief reprieve from lawsuits over faulty Takata air bags

Carmakers win brief reprieve from lawsuits over faulty Takata air bagsThe decision gives the Japanese auto supplier breathing room to work through its bankruptcy reorganization. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon in Wilmington, Delaware, granted a 90-day halt on lawsuits brought by Hawaii, New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as individuals. Takata <7312.T> argued for a six-month freeze on hundreds of lawsuits so management could complete a $1.6 billion sale of its viable operations, crucial to its reorganization, and replace air bag inflators that are subject to the biggest recall in automotive history.



08/16/2017 - 03:05 PM

 

U.S. too slow to require rear seat belt warnings, lawsuit says

U.S. too slow to require rear seat belt warnings, lawsuit saysIn a complaint filed on Wednesday, two nonprofits said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has done nothing to implement legislation signed in July 2012 by former President Barack Obama that required the warnings. The Center for Auto Safety, and Kids and Cars Inc, said nearly 1,000 people are killed annually in the rear seats of U.S. passenger vehicles because they do not buckle up, and proper belt usage would lower the risk of death by 44 percent. "No one disagrees that seat belts save lives," Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said in a phone interview.



08/16/2017 - 02:58 PM

 

Black banker sues Goldman Sachs for racial discrimination

Black banker sues Goldman Sachs for racial discriminationRebecca Allen in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan said Goldman's virtually all-white senior leadership team favors white bankers for promotions and lucrative accounts, so they earn more than black coworkers. "Simply put, Goldman Sachs does virtually nothing to hire, promote or develop black talent, instead focusing its efforts on retaining and promoting white employees to positions of leadership," Allen said in the complaint. Goldman in a statement said the claims were meritless.



08/16/2017 - 02:29 PM

 

Virginia rally victim's message 'magnified,' mother tells memorial

Virginia rally victim's message 'magnified,' mother tells memorialWith tears and defiant tributes, hundreds of purple-clad people packed an historic Charlottesville theater to remember the 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators. Heather Heyer, a paralegal whom colleagues said was devoted to social justice, was killed after clashes on Saturday between white nationalists attending a "Unite the Right" gathering and counter-protesters. You just magnified her," Heyer's mother Susan Bro said to long and loud applause from those gathered at the city's 1930s era Paramount Theater.



08/16/2017 - 12:51 PM

 

U.N. experts condemn racist violence in U.S., urge investigations

U.N. experts condemn racist violence in U.S., urge investigationsUnited Nations human rights experts called on U.S. political leaders "at all levels" on Wednesday to combat rising racist violence and xenophobia and urged prosecution of perpetrators of hate crimes. U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that both left- and right-wing extremists had become violent during a weekend rally by white nationalists in Virginia, reigniting a political firestorm over race relations in the United States and his own leadership of a national crisis. "We are outraged by the violence in Charlottesville and the racial hatred displayed by right-wing extremists, white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups," the independent U.N. experts said in a joint statement issued in Geneva.



08/16/2017 - 11:38 AM

 

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 16)- Kim Jong Un, Amazon

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 16)- Kim Jong Un, AmazonThe following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.



08/16/2017 - 11:31 AM

 

German politicians accuse Trump of trivializing Nazi violence

German politicians accuse Trump of trivializing Nazi violenceBy Michael Nienaber and Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior German politicians on Wednesday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of trivializing violence by white supremacists in Virginia and called for a clear rejection of their ideology. Governments could only win the fight against hatred, racism and anti-Semitism by rejecting such ideology and the willingness to use violence, said Martin Schulz, the center-left candidate for chancellor, adding that this applies to Germany and the United States. "The trivialization of Nazi violence by the confused utterances of Donald Trump is highly dangerous," said Schulz, leader of the Social Democrats (SPD).



08/16/2017 - 10:35 AM

 

Army helicopter with five aboard crashes off Hawaii: U.S. Coast Guard

Army helicopter with five aboard crashes off Hawaii: U.S. Coast Guard(Reuters) - Rescue teams searched for a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew members aboard that was last reported off the west coast of Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday. Coast Guard Hercules and Army Black Hawk aircrews spotted debris near Kaena Point, Oahu at 11:28 p.m. local time after staff at Wheeler Army Airfield said they had lost contact with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews, the Coast Guard said. Rescue crews searched for five missing people who were training between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, also on Oahu, when communications were lost. ...



08/16/2017 - 10:27 AM

 

Trump blames 'both sides' for Virginia violence as many Republicans balk

Trump blames 'both sides' for Virginia violence as many Republicans balkBy Amanda Becker and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump inflamed tension after a deadly rally by white nationalists in Virginia by insisting that counter protesters were also to blame, drawing condemnation from some Republican leaders and praise from white supremacists. In a combative news conference, Trump backed off from his Monday statements explicitly denouncing the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the violence that erupted at a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, and reverted to his weekend contention that "many sides" were to blame. "You had a group on one side that was bad," Trump said on Tuesday.



08/16/2017 - 06:03 AM

 

Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletive

Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletive(Editor's note: Please be advised that paragraph 2 contains language that some readers may find offensive) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Lincoln Memorial in the U.S. capital was spray painted with expletive graffiti that was discovered on Tuesday, days after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, over an American Civil War-era monument. The graffiti appeared to read "fuck law" spray painted in red on a column of the memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the American president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the United States. The National Park Service said in a statement that it was removing the graffiti from the monument and a Smithsonian Institution directional sign blocks away that was also vandalized with spray paint.



08/16/2017 - 05:35 AM

 

Texas 'bathroom bill' dies in special legislative session

Texas 'bathroom bill' dies in special legislative sessionTexas measures criticized as being discriminatory for limiting transgender people's access to bathrooms in schools and public buildings died on Tuesday, as the House adjourned and ended its special legislative session. The measures were blocked by moderate House Republicans. Adoption by Texas, the most populous Republican-dominated state, could have fed momentum in other socially conservative states on the issue, a flashpoint in the U.S. culture wars.



08/15/2017 - 11:09 PM

 

Trump-backed candidate for Senate heads to Alabama run-off

Trump-backed candidate for Senate heads to Alabama run-offA Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but will still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected. In the election for the seat vacated by Republican Jeff Sessions when he became U.S. attorney general, Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat and was backed by Trump, will move to the Republican primary along with former Alabama Supreme Court Chief justice Roy Moore, the projections said.



08/15/2017 - 11:08 PM

 

Jurors begin deliberating in trial of four Bundy supporters in Nevada

Jurors begin deliberating in trial of four Bundy supporters in NevadaJurors at a federal court in Nevada began deliberations on Tuesday in the retrial of four men accused of numerous charges for acting as gunmen in the 2014 standoff led by renegade rancher Cliven Bundy against federal authorities. U.S. prosecutors said the four defendants - Scott Drexler, Ricky Lovelien, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart - committed crimes including conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, extortion and weapons law violations when they traveled to Nevada with firearms to participate in a plan to halt the cattle roundup.



08/15/2017 - 09:26 PM

 

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (August 15) - Luther Strange, Manufacturing Council

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (August 15) - Luther Strange, Manufacturing CouncilThe following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : - Senator Luther Strange, who is doing a great job for the people of Alabama, will be on @foxandfriends at 7:15. Tough on crime, borders etc. [0630 EDT] - Big day in Alabama. Vote for Luther Strange, he will be great! [0808 EDT] - For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. ...



08/15/2017 - 08:13 PM

 

AIG shops $2 billion death benefits portfolio: sources

AIG shops $2 billion death benefits portfolio: sourcesAIG, the largest commercial insurer in the United States and Canada, is working with investment bankers at Goldman Sachs Group Inc to unload the assets, said the sources, who were not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly. Apollo Global Management LLC is looking at buying at least some of the policies, one of the sources said. Parties including Blackstone Group LP have purchased similar life settlements, or "death benefits" from AIG in previous transactions, the people said.



08/15/2017 - 08:02 PM

 

U.S. court strikes down two Republican-drawn Texas congressional districts

U.S. court strikes down two Republican-drawn Texas congressional districtsA U.S. court struck down two Republican-drawn U.S. congressional districts in Texas on Tuesday, saying they were discriminatory and ordering a remedy ahead of elections in 2018, court papers showed. In the case that has been contested in federal courts for about six years, a three-judge panel at U.S. District Court in San Antonio ruled lawmakers drew up the districts to undermine the influence of racial minority voters, who plaintiffs argued typically show more support for Democrats than Republicans. The court said the 27th and 35th congressional districts were drawn in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act.



08/15/2017 - 08:00 PM

 

Trump casts blame on both sides for deadly violence in Virginia

Trump casts blame on both sides for deadly violence in VirginiaBy Jeff Mason NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump unabashedly insisted on Tuesday that both left- and right-wing extremists resorted to violence during a weekend rally by white nationalists in Virginia, and that some present were peacefully protesting plans to remove a Confederate monument when the upheaval began. Trump, taking questions from reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, reverted to his initial comments blaming "many sides" for Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, a day after bowing to pressure to explicitly condemn the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.



08/15/2017 - 07:38 PM

 

U.S. court strikes down two Republican-drawn Texas congressional districts

U.S. court strikes down two Republican-drawn Texas congressional districtsA U.S. court struck down two Republican-drawn U.S. congressional districts in Texas on Tuesday, calling them discriminatory and ordering a remedy ahead of elections in 2018, court papers showed. In the case that has been contested in federal courts for about six years, a three-judge panel at U.S. District Court in San Antonio ruled lawmakers drew up the districts to undermine the influence of racial minority voters, who plaintiffs argued typically show more support for Democrats than Republicans. The court said the 27th and 35th congressional districts were drawn in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act.



08/15/2017 - 07:06 PM

 

Factbox: Trump's manufacturing panel CEOs, companies comment on Charlottesville

Factbox: Trump's manufacturing panel CEOs, companies comment on CharlottesvilleAFL-CIO President Richard Trumka became the latest to resign on Tuesday after Trump blamed both sides for the violence that left one woman dead and several others injured. Merck & Co Inc's Kenneth Frazier, who is African-American, was the first CEO to leave one of Trump's presidential advisory councils and was followed by the chief executives of Intel Corp and Under Armour Inc.



08/15/2017 - 07:00 PM

 

U.N. chief Guterres condemns racism, xenophobia: Twitter post

U.N. chief Guterres condemns racism, xenophobia: Twitter postUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said that "Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia" were "poisoning our societies," after violence erupted between left- and right-wing groups in Virginia following a white supremacist rally on Saturday. "We must stand up against them. Every time. Everywhere," Guterres said in a Twitter post. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by David Alexander)



08/15/2017 - 06:55 PM

 

Neo-Nazi group moves to 'Dark Web' after website goes down

Neo-Nazi group moves to 'Dark Web' after website goes downNeo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, which helped organize a gathering in Virginia on Saturday that turned violent, moved to the so-called Dark Web on Tuesday because its registration to use the open internet was revoked. GoDaddy Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google canceled Daily Stormer's Internet registration on Monday, saying the group had violated terms of service, which prohibit clients from using their sites to incite violence. Andrew Anglin, the founder of Daily Stormer, did not respond to requests for comment.



08/15/2017 - 06:43 PM

 

AFL-CIO leader resigns from Trump's council, says president 'tolerates bigotry'

AFL-CIO leader resigns from Trump's council, says president 'tolerates bigotry'AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee resigned on Tuesday from President Donald Trump's manufacturing council, slamming his remarks about protests in Virginia and saying he "tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism." The statement by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the United States, cited Trump's remarks at a news conference earlier Tuesday in which he said both left- and right-wing groups were to blame for violence in Virginia after a white supremacist rally on Saturday. "President Trump's remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the KKK and neo-Nazis.



08/15/2017 - 06:43 PM

 

Organizers of white nationalist rally in Virginia, driver sued for $3 million

Organizers of white nationalist rally in Virginia, driver sued for $3 millionTwo people who say they were injured in a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia sued the man charged with killing a woman by driving his car through the crowd as well as the event's organizers on Tuesday for $3 million. Tadrint Washington and Micah Washington said in papers filed in Charlottesville circuit court that they had been among the people hurt when James Alex Fields drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one. The lawsuit names Fields, "Unite the Right" rally organizer Jason Kessler and about two dozen alt-right leaders and organizations as defendants.



08/15/2017 - 06:43 PM

 

AIG shops $2 billion death benefits portfolio: sources

AIG shops $2 billion death benefits portfolio: sourcesAIG, the largest commercial insurer in the United States and Canada, is working with investment bankers at Goldman Sachs Group Inc to unload the assets, said the sources, who were not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly. Apollo Global Management LLC is looking at buying at least some of the policies, one of the sources said. Parties including Blackstone Group LP have purchased similar life settlements, or "death benefits" from AIG in previous transactions, the people said.



08/15/2017 - 06:28 PM

 

Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletive

Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletiveThe Lincoln Memorial in the U.S. capital was spray painted with expletive graffiti that was discovered on Tuesday, days after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, over an American Civil War-era monument. The graffiti appeared to read "fuck law" spray painted in red on a column of the memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the American president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the United States. The National Park Service said in a statement that it was removing the graffiti from the monument and a Smithsonian Institution directional sign blocks away that was also vandalized with spray paint.



08/15/2017 - 06:23 PM

 

Denver approves $1.8 billion, 34-year public-private airport contract

Denver approves $1.8 billion, 34-year public-private airport contractDenver City Council approved on Tuesday a $1.8 billion public-private partnership project to redesign the Jeppesen Terminal of Denver International Airport (DEN), the latest airport to use this financing structure for redevelopment. The contract, which is for the next 34 years, is the largest in the city's history, according to DEN. Some U.S. airports are showing increased interest in using P3s to fund larger-scale projects, said Kurt Forsgren, an infrastructure analyst for S&P Global Ratings.



08/15/2017 - 06:12 PM

 

Accused bomber fails to keep notebook mentioning bin Laden out of NY trial

Accused bomber fails to keep notebook mentioning bin Laden out of NY trialA man accused of setting off bombs in New York City and New Jersey last September has failed to persuade a federal judge to keep a notebook that refers to bombs and former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden out of his upcoming trial. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan ruled at a hearing on Tuesday that the notebook belonging to Ahmad Rahimi, dubbed the "Chelsea Bomber," could be used as evidence of his motive at his scheduled Oct. 2 trial. Berman also allowed prosecutors to introduce records of Rahimi's internet activity and videos of his movements, but barred evidence about a shootout with New Jersey police before his capture, saying it was not relevant to the New York case.



08/15/2017 - 06:04 PM

 

 

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