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Chicago Aviation Dept fires two officers involved in dragging man off flight
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:38:01 -0400

Chicago Aviation Dept fires two officers involved in dragging man off flightThe Chicago Department of Aviation has fired two security officers for their roles in the forcible removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight in April, an incident that provoked international outrage. The firings were included in a report on the incident released on Tuesday by the Chicago Office of the Inspector General. David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American physician, was hospitalized after aviation officers dragged him from a United Airlines plane to make space for four crew members on the flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.


White man charged with hate crime in black Army officer's murder in Maryland
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:18:27 -0400

White man charged with hate crime in black Army officer's murder in MarylandSean Urbanski, 22, of Severna Park, Maryland, had already been indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge for the death of Lieutenant Richard Collins, 23. An investigation of digital material, including Urbanski's phone and computer records, prompted prosecutors to seek the hate crime charge, Angela Alsobrooks, the state's attorney for Prince George’s County, told a news conference.


CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did not
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:53:42 -0400

CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did notBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday. "It's embarrassing and I have apologized," Christopher Sharpley, the acting CIA Inspector General, told the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing as President Donald Trump's nominee for the position. Championed by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein when she chaired the Senate panel, the "torture report," as it is known, is the result of a six-year investigation into so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, during the administration of Republican President George W. Bush.


Louisiana prosecutor creates 'culture of fear' for witnesses: lawsuit
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:22:14 -0400

Louisiana prosecutor creates 'culture of fear' for witnesses: lawsuitThe lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on behalf of seven plaintiffs, accused Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and his assistants of routinely issuing fake subpoenas as well as jailing victims and witnesses who failed to cooperate. "Defendants' policies are designed to create a culture of fear and intimidation that chills crime victims and witnesses from asserting their constitutional rights," said the 124-page complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Civil Rights Corp.


NFL meeting kicks off in New York as protesters kneel outside
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:00:27 -0400

NFL meeting kicks off in New York as protesters kneel outsideBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials weighed the fervor of players protesting racism against U.S. President Donald Trump's anger as their two-day autumn meeting began on Tuesday with supporters of the players kneeling outside in solidarity. Trump's repeated denunciation of the players as unpatriotic for kneeling during the national anthem, which he reiterated as recently as Monday, has only made the practice more widespread. Outside the Manhattan luxury hotel where team owners, players and their union's leaders met, about two dozen people showed their backing for the protesting athletes, kneeling on the sidewalk while holding placards that read "Take a knee against police brutality." The demonstrators later dispersed.


Search on for dozens missing in California wildfires as evacuees return home
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:59:42 -0400

Search on for dozens missing in California wildfires as evacuees return homeBy Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Search-and-rescue teams in Northern California combed through the debris of burned-out houses on Tuesday for dozens of people still missing in the state's deadliest wildfires, which have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Herb Percy, allowed back into the Coffey Park section of Santa Rosa, where entire neighborhoods were reduced to ashes, surveyed what little remained of his home. Light winds on Tuesday helped 11,000 firefighters gain more control of the flames, which in the past week have consumed more than 245,000 acres (86,200 hectares) in the state - an area more than five times the size of Washington, D.C. The affected area includes Napa and Sonoma counties in California's wine country.


Lockdown lifted at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:50:05 -0400

Lockdown lifted at Howard University in Washington, D.C.WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police lifted a lockdown at Howard University in the U.S. capital on Tuesday after finding no sign of a reported gunman on the campus, authorities said.


Boston Islamic State beheading plot trial goes to jury
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:49:49 -0400

Boston Islamic State beheading plot trial goes to juryA federal jury on Tuesday began deliberating whether a Massachusetts man was guilty of conspiring to help the Islamic State by plotting with his uncle and a friend to attack police and behead a conservative blogger. U.S. prosecutors contend that David Wright, 28, along with his uncle and a friend had plotted to kill the blogger, a woman who organized a 2015 "Draw Mohammed" contest in Garland, Texas. "The defendant was a sophisticated recruiter, he manipulated people, including his own uncle, into believing that they needed to join ISIS and kill Americans," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann, using a common acronym to refer to Islamic State.


Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineries
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:06:19 -0400

Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineriesWineries damaged by wildfires tearing through Northern California are starting insurance claims, and at least some of the smaller vintners are likely to find limits in their policies mean payouts fall short of rebuilding costs. Gaps in coverage and a spike in rebuilding costs, typical after disaster, may come as a shock to many small wineries, favorites of Napa and Sonoma county tourists, said Tom Pagano, who heads the vineyard insurance practice for insurance broker Aon Plc. "The easy part of insurance is buildings burning down,” Pagano said, describing the complicated claims process.


U.S. appeals court rejects hedge fund founder's FBI misconduct case
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:48:29 -0400

U.S. appeals court rejects hedge fund founder's FBI misconduct caseA U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by hedge fund founder David Ganek, who claimed federal authorities lied to get a search warrant against his fund in an insider trading investigation. A unanimous panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that, even if the Federal Bureau of Investigation did make false statements, it had good cause for a warrant to search the offices of Ganek's Level Global Investors anyway.


U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:45:59 -0400

U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl onlineBy Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making illegal versions of fentanyl and selling the highly addictive drug to Americans over the internet and through international mail. Xiaobing Yan, 40, and Jian Zhang, 38, who are both in China and have not been taken into U.S. custody, were charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues into the United States, the Justice Department said.


Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:42:22 -0400

Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from considerationThe U.S. lawmaker who was President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar withdrew on Tuesday after it became public he spearheaded a bill that hurt the government's ability to crack down on opioid makers flooding the market with the addictive painkillers. Trump had pegged Representative Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as the administration faces an epidemic of opioid overdoses that is killing tens of thousands of Americans annually. Trump wrote on Twitter: "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar.


Britain has no plans to walk away from Brexit talks - Davis says
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:55:51 -0400

Britain has no plans to walk away from Brexit talks - Davis saysLONDON (Reuters) - British negotiators have no plans to walk away from Brexit talks with the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday, after some lawmakers suggested the talks should end if there is no progress at a summit later this week. "There are no plans to get up and walk away," Davis told parliament. (Reporting by William James and Elizabeth Piper; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)


Sixteen inmates charged with murder in Delaware prison uprising
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:29:56 -0400

Sixteen inmates charged with murder in Delaware prison uprisingA Delaware grand jury has indicted 16 prison inmates for first-degree murder over a February uprising during which a guard was killed and others taken hostage, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Prisoners seized Lieutenant Steven Floyd, two other corrections officers and a counselor during the Feb. 1-2 uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. A New Castle County grand jury handed up charges against a total of 18 inmates that include assault, kidnapping, riot and conspiracy, Delaware's Justice Department said in a statement.


U.S. safety board criticizes FAA, pilot on deadly U.S. balloon crash
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:21:56 -0400

U.S. safety board criticizes FAA, pilot on deadly U.S. balloon crashThe National Transportation Safety board on Tuesday faulted U.S. aviation regulators and the pilot in the July 2016 Texas balloon crash that killed 16 people, the deadliest U.S. aviation accident in more than seven years. The hearing comes after the Federal Aviation Administration said earlier this year no new balloon regulations were needed, despite a long-standing push by the board to require more oversight of the operations. It was the deadliest crash ever involving a hot air balloon in the Western Hemisphere, according to the Balloon Federation of North America.


U.S. top court drops Leidos contracting fraud case after settlement
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:50:19 -0400

U.S. top court drops Leidos contracting fraud case after settlement(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled arguments in a securities fraud dispute involving Virginia-based government contractor Leidos Inc after the company and investors told the court they had reached a settlement.


U.S. Justice Dept will review new law's impact on DEA powers: official
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:00:57 -0400

U.S. Justice Dept will review new law's impact on DEA powers: officialWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said on Tuesday he was very concerned about a report that said new legislation has undermined the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to crack down on opioid dealers and said the Justice Department would review the law.


GM to test self-driving cars in N.Y. in early 2018: Gov. Cuomo
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:42:31 -0400

GM to test self-driving cars in N.Y. in early 2018: Gov. Cuomo(Reuters) - General Motors Co plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The planned testing by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, Cuomo said in a statement. A level 3 car still needs a steering wheel and a driver who can take over if the car encounters a problem, while level 4 promises driverless features in dedicated lanes.


Search suspended for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:56:57 -0400

Search suspended for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosionThe U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late on Sunday. Missing is Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, the Coast Guard said in a statement. "The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one," Commander Zac Ford said in the statement.


Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist's speech
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:52:29 -0400

Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist's speechRallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent street clashes with counter-protesters. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe," Scott said in a statement. Scott said in the order there was a need to implement a coordinated security plan among local and state agencies before the speech by Richard Spencer on Thursday in Gainesville.



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