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Hawaii helicopter evacuation readied as new lava stream hits ocean
Fri, 25 May 2018 03:29:28 -0400

Hawaii helicopter evacuation readied as new lava stream hits oceanBy Marco Garcia PAHALA, Hawaii (Reuters) - A third lava flow from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean on Thursday as U.S. Marine Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route. Six huge fissures sent rivers of molten rock through a blackened, volcanic wilderness that was once jungle, farmland and rural homes. Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, entered the fourth week of what may be an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at its summit crater and along a six-mile (9.7-km) string of fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its east flank.


Gunman at Oklahoma restaurant shot dead by bystander
Thu, 24 May 2018 22:58:46 -0400

Gunman at Oklahoma restaurant shot dead by bystanderThe gunman opened fire when he entered a Louie's restaurant in Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner district on Thursday evening, wounding two people, police said on Twitter. "A bystander with a pistol confronted the shooter outside the restaurant and fatally shot him," the police Twitter feed said.


Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: U.S. agency
Thu, 24 May 2018 21:36:23 -0400

Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: U.S. agencyUber had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed. The report gives new fuel to opponents in Congress who have stalled a bill designed to speed the deployment of self-driving cars on U.S. roads and puts a spotlight on the fact that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is also investigating, does not test self-driving vehicles or certify them before they are deployed on U.S. roads.


U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment
Thu, 24 May 2018 21:32:50 -0400

U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassmentThe U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers. The bipartisan legislation, which had more than 40 co-sponsors in the 100-seat Senate, would also make public the harassment settlements and the lawmakers involved, automatically refer such settlements to the Senate Ethics Committee and more closely track allegations of harassment within the U.S. Capitol.


Hollywood women applaud impending Harvey Weinstein charges
Thu, 24 May 2018 21:29:51 -0400

Hollywood women applaud impending Harvey Weinstein chargesWomen in Hollywood applauded on Thursday after Harvey Weinstein agreed to turn himself into authorities in New York after a months-long investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. "BOOM", tweeted Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the Cannes film festival in 1997 when she was 21. Argento repeated her accusations in an emotional speech at the Cannes festival on Saturday.


Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges
Thu, 24 May 2018 21:29:51 -0400

Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault chargesBy Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Film producer Harvey Weinstein was expected to surrender to authorities in New York on Friday, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of sexual assault, a person familiar with the case said. Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. The imminent criminal charging of Weinstein, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, follows a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney's office.


'It is happening everywhere' Texas mass shooting victims tell governor
Thu, 24 May 2018 19:16:18 -0400

'It is happening everywhere' Texas mass shooting victims tell governorVictims and survivors of mass shootings in Texas choked back tears, recounted the bloodshed that unfolded before their eyes and pleaded with Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday to improve safety so that another massacre does not take place. "May 18th came around and it finally happened to our school and we weren’t surprised," said Grace Johnson, a senior at Santa Fe High School, the latest campus in a string of deadly U.S. mass shootings that stoked a debate about the best ways to stop the carnage. "Why Santa Fe and we said why not.


Players react to Trump's comments; linebacker Marshall calls them 'disgusting'
Thu, 24 May 2018 18:52:39 -0400

Players react to Trump's comments; linebacker Marshall calls them 'disgusting'Several NFL players responded harshly Thursday to President Donald Trump's comments supporting the league's new national anthem policy, which calls for fines or punishment for any form of disrespect during the anthem. "I think that's good," Trump said in an interview with "Fox & Friends" that taped Wednesday and aired Thursday. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.


U.S. forecasters say 2018 hurricane season may be above normal
Thu, 24 May 2018 18:10:24 -0400

U.S. forecasters say 2018 hurricane season may be above normalU.S. forecasters expect the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near-normal to above-normal in number and intensity of storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. The forecasters estimate between one and four major hurricanes packing winds of 111 miles per hour (178.6 kph) could develop during the 2018 season, which begins June 1. The NOAA forecast also said about half of the 10 to 16 named storms will be hurricane strength with winds of at least 74 mph (119 kph).


Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:39:48 -0400

Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault chargesBy Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Film producer Harvey Weinstein was expected to surrender to New York police on Friday, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of sexual assault, a person familiar with the case said. Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. The charging of Weinstein, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, follows a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney's office.


U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:35:28 -0400

U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassmentThe U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers. The bipartisan legislation, which had more than 40 co-sponsors in the 100-seat Senate, would also make public the harassment settlements and the lawmakers involved, automatically refer such settlements to the Senate Ethics Committee and more closely track allegations of harassment within the U.S. Capitol.


Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: U.S. agency
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:09:16 -0400

Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: U.S. agencyUber [UBER.UL] had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed. The report gives new fuel to opponents in Congress who have stalled a bill designed to speed the deployment of self-driving cars on U.S. roads and puts a spotlight on the fact that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is also investigating, does not test self-driving vehicles or certify them before they are deployed on U.S. roads.


Trump pardons late black boxing champion Jack Johnson
Thu, 24 May 2018 16:24:02 -0400

Trump pardons late black boxing champion Jack JohnsonU.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion, who was jailed a century ago due to his relationship with a white woman. "I believe Jack Johnson is a worthy person to receive a pardon, to correct a wrong in our history," Trump said. In a case that came to symbolize racial injustice, Johnson was arrested in 1912 with Lucille Cameron, who later became his wife, for violating the Mann Act.


Ex-New York town official found not guilty in bribery case
Thu, 24 May 2018 15:49:46 -0400

Ex-New York town official found not guilty in bribery caseA former town official in New York's Nassau County was found not guilty on Thursday of taking bribes from a restaurateur, as jurors continued to weigh the fate of the county's former top elected executive charged in the same case. Former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto was acquitted following a trial in federal court in Central Islip, New York, according to John Marzulli, a spokesman for federal prosecutors. Marzulli declined to comment on the verdict.


U.S. House starts recess as immigration battle rages
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:37:40 -0400

U.S. House starts recess as immigration battle ragesThe U.S. House of Representatives broke on Thursday for an 11-day recess with majority Republicans deadlocked over legislation to protect "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation while President Donald Trump insisted that Congress meet all his hard-line immigration demands. Republicans have been deeply divided for years over immigration.


Trump asks if NFL players who protest should be in country
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:14:33 -0400

Trump asks if NFL players who protest should be in countryU.S. President Donald Trump welcomed a decision by the National Football League to fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying in an interview broadcast on Thursday that if they do not want to stand, perhaps they should not be in the United States. Last season some NFL players took a knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy. Trump denounced the players as unpatriotic and repeatedly demanded an end to such protests.


United Airlines settles with owner of puppy that died in overhead bin
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:11:12 -0400

United Airlines settles with owner of puppy that died in overhead binUnited Airlines has reached a "resolution" with the owners of a small French bulldog puppy that died during a flight after a cabin attendant ordered it stowed in an overhead bin in March, the carrier said on Thursday. "We are deeply sorry for this tragic accident and have worked with the Robledo family to reach a resolution," the carrier said in a statement. United did not disclose how much it would pay the family of the dog, Kokito, in the settlement.


70 percent chance of cyclone near Yucatan Peninsula: U.S. hurricane center
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:05:30 -0400

70 percent chance of cyclone near Yucatan Peninsula: U.S. hurricane center(Reuters) - A broad low-pressure system drifting slowly northward over the eastern Yucatan Peninsula has a 70 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. A subtropical or tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the NHC said. (This version of the story has been refiled to fix typographical error in headline to make it "hurricane" instead of "hurrican") (Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; editing by Jonathan Oatis)


U.S. Chemical Safety Board urges chemical plants to weigh disaster risks
Thu, 24 May 2018 12:47:01 -0400

U.S. Chemical Safety Board urges chemical plants to weigh disaster risksBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday urged chemical plants to weigh the risks of natural disasters just as they would the integrity of pipes and production equipment. "Such facilities should perform an analysis to determine their susceptibility to extreme weather events," the board said in its final report on a chemical fire at the Arkema SA plant in Crosby, Texas, during Hurricane Harvey in August and September 2017. "In addition, companies should assess seismic hazard maps to determine the risk of earthquakes and consider the risk of other extreme weather such as high-wind events," the board said in the report.


With gratitude, ailing John McCain looks back in HBO documentary
Thu, 24 May 2018 12:06:32 -0400

With gratitude, ailing John McCain looks back in HBO documentaryBy Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At age 81, and with a terminal cancer diagnosis, U.S. Senator John McCain is looking back on his life, not with rancor or to settle old scores, but with immense gratitude. "John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls," an HBO documentary premiering on May 28, takes its title from the Ernest Hemingway novel that McCain says he has used as a guide for his life. "You will never talk to anyone who is as fortunate as John McCain," says the six-term senator from Arizona, two-time presidential candidate and Vietnam War hero, summing up his life.



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