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USC, gynecologist face more claims despite class-action settlement
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:54:48 -0400

USC, gynecologist face more claims despite class-action settlementWomen's rights attorney Gloria Allred said the tentative $215 million deal reached last week to settle claims brought in federal court against Dr. George Tyndall and USC by his former patients would let the university off too easy, without the school fully accounting for its role in the scandal. Hundreds of women have accused Tyndall of subjecting them to molestation, lewd comments and other sexually inappropriate behavior during medical exams while they were his patients at the university's student health clinic. The university has acknowledged failing to properly act on at least eight complaints that were made against Tyndall between 2000 and 2014 but were never brought to light until uncovered during an inquiry that the university opened in 2016.


Arrests of migrant families at U.S.-Mexico border increase: data
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:42:08 -0400

Arrests of migrant families at U.S.-Mexico border increase: dataU.S. agents arrested nearly 17,000 members of family units attempting to cross the U.S. border with Mexico in September, a 31 percent increase over the previous month, according to official statistics released on Tuesday. In a news briefing with reporters on Tuesday, Trump administration officials pointed to the increase in migrant families as evidence of a "border crisis" because those groups are more difficult for immigration enforcement officials to detain and deport because of protections granted by U.S. law to migrant children. President Donald Trump's administration has expressed alarm at the change in the makeup of migrants attempting to cross into the United States from mostly single adults to children and families traveling together.


New Jersey viral outbreak leaves six young patients dead, 12 others ill
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:22:29 -0400

New Jersey viral outbreak leaves six young patients dead, 12 others illThe 18 patients range in age from a toddler through young adulthood and most are under 18 years old, health department spokeswoman Nicole Kirgan said in an email. The department is not releasing exact ages of any patients because of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and privacy reasons, Kirgan said. The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, which includes a pediatrics center, has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends, the department said.


Prosecutors seek to use Robert Durst's movie comments at murder trial
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:18:00 -0400

Prosecutors seek to use Robert Durst's movie comments at murder trialLos Angeles prosecutors sought on Tuesday to use comments made by Robert Durst praising a feature film based on his life as evidence in the murder case against him, saying the remarks represented admissions of his guilt. Durst made the statements to the director of the 2010 film "All Good Things," starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, in conversations that ultimately gave rise to a six-part HBO documentary about his possible involvement in three killings. "When defendant was asked on camera about his feelings about a film which had alleged that he had murdered three people and a dog, he responded not with denials but by stating, 'I feel the movie was very, very, very close in much of the ways about what pretty much happened,'" Los Angeles prosecutor John Lewin wrote in court papers.


Southwest passenger invokes Trump after groping charge
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 18:48:14 -0400

Southwest passenger invokes Trump after groping chargeBruce Alexander, 49, was arrested after a woman on Sunday accused him of twice grabbing her breast as they were seated on a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston to Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque. Alexander, a heavy equipment operator from Tampa, Florida, later told authorities: "The president of the United States said it's OK to grab women by their private parts," according to the court document. The White House had no immediate comment on Alexander's statement.


White House presses forward with Trump's Space Command
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:51:31 -0400

White House presses forward with Trump's Space CommandU.S. President Donald Trump's planned U.S. Space Command should seek to develop ways for the country's military to operate in outer space, White House advisers recommended on Tuesday, with the government hoping to secure approval for it by 2020. The National Space Council, a White House advisory panel, recommended a review of existing legal issues for military space operations and unveiled proposed legislation for Congress to create and fund a separate space agency to oversee commercial activities. The council's recommendations were made at a meeting on Tuesday at the National Defense University in Washington.


District of Columbia prosecutors open civil probe of Catholic archdiocese
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:29:21 -0400

District of Columbia prosecutors open civil probe of Catholic archdioceseAt least 13 states and the District of Columbia are conducting civil or criminal investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct or cover up the Catholic Church, Attorney General Karl Racine said, according to his office. The Roman Catholic Church has been enmeshed in a sex abuse scandal that has enveloped clergy in a number of countries, including the United States, Germany, Chile, Australia and Ireland.


Agents trace bomb found in mailbox at Soros' N.Y. home
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:16:18 -0400

Agents trace bomb found in mailbox at Soros' N.Y. homeFederal agents were piecing together on Tuesday how a small bomb ended up in a mailbox outside a New York home owned by billionaire financier George Soros. Soros, one of the world's biggest donors to liberal groups and causes, was not there at the time on Monday. Investigators have not named any suspects or disclosed a possible motive, but Soros has become a hated figure among some right-wing activists in the United States and Eastern Europe, and the target of a hostile media campaign by the nationalist government in his native Hungary.


Publicity, transport, food: migrants flock to more caravans after Trump broadsides
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:08:31 -0400

Publicity, transport, food: migrants flock to more caravans after Trump broadsidesFor years, an annual caravan of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border received modest publicity until President Donald Trump condemned it in April, pitching the procession into the glare of the world's media - and into the homes of thousands of potential migrants. "It was a real success," 20-year-old Honduran Antonio Perreira said of the impact of April's caravan, as he rested with 14 friends on the way to Mexico. When another caravan set off in Honduras on Oct. 13, it quickly became larger than the one Trump had castigated six months earlier, swelling to an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people.


Former Pennsylvania mayor sentenced to 15 years for bribery
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:05:38 -0400

Former Pennsylvania mayor sentenced to 15 years for briberyBy David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A former mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on Tuesday to 15 years in prison for bribery and related crimes that prosecutors said he carried out to finance an abortive run for the U.S. Senate. Ed Pawlowski, 53, was convicted on March 1 of 47 counts related to pay-to-play schemes in which he solicited kickbacks from prospective city contractors. Five of the counts were subsequently dropped. Before his sentence was handed down, more than 40 defense witnesses asked for leniency before Pawlowski spoke in defeated tones to the judge. ...


It's all relative: Family blasts Republican running for Nevada governor
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:12:28 -0400

It's all relative: Family blasts Republican running for Nevada governorA Republican candidate for governor of Nevada ran into some stiff opposition on Tuesday from members of his own family, who urged voters not to pick him as the state's chief executive. Adam Laxalt, the 40-year-old Nevada attorney general and grandson of the late Paul Laxalt - a giant in Nevada politics - handily won the Republican gubernatorial primary and holds a razor-thin lead over Democratic opponent Steve Sisolak in opinion polls, two weeks ahead of the Nov. 6 election. President Donald Trump has endorsed Laxalt.


Players on edge for record $1.6 billion jackpot in Mega Millions drawing
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:09:10 -0400

Players on edge for record $1.6 billion jackpot in Mega Millions drawing"A big mistake people think: this is a lot of money so let me help everyone," Laurie Ruckel, a trusts and estates lawyer at Loeb & Loeb law firm in New York, said on Tuesday. The lump sum cash payout is estimated at $354.3 million.


Trump accuses Puerto Rico of using disaster funds for other debt
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 13:20:18 -0400

Trump accuses Puerto Rico of using disaster funds for other debtU.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Puerto Rico's politicians of using "massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding" to pay off other debts, and said he would not allow a bailout with relief money. "The U.S. will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!," Trump said on Twitter. A federally appointed oversight board on Tuesday approved a fiscal reform plan for Puerto Rico over opposition from the island's elected government.


Puerto Rico's revised fiscal plan approved over government opposition
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 12:23:24 -0400

Puerto Rico's revised fiscal plan approved over government oppositionPuerto Rico's federally appointed financial oversight board on Tuesday unanimously approved a revised fiscal reform plan meant to put the bankrupt island on a path toward solvency, but faced opposition from its elected government for being too strict. The seven board members voted in favor of the plan even though some raised concerns about its ultimate viability to help Puerto Rico resume fiscal balance and economic growth. "Frankly speaking, I don't like this fiscal plan," said Ana Matosantos, a board member who expressed concerns over the magnitude of government spending cuts, which she said could "seriously weaken" services to citizens.


Trail-blazing retired U.S. Justice O'Connor says she has dementia
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:05:53 -0400

Trail-blazing retired U.S. Justice O'Connor says she has dementia"Some time ago, doctors diagnosed me with the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's disease," O'Connor, 88, said in a letter issued by the court.


U.S. targets Russian operatives ahead of election: NYT
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 08:34:49 -0400

U.S. targets Russian operatives ahead of election: NYTThe United States has launched a cyber campaign aimed at Russian operatives in an effort to curb misinformation ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, in what it said was the first known such operation to protect American elections. The Times, citing unnamed defense officials briefed on the operation, said the U.S. Cyber Command, the military's cyber warfare division, was using direct messages to target individuals behind influence campaigns in an effort to deter them from spreading propaganda and fake information. While the United States was not directly threatening any individuals, its previous sanctions and indictments could help deter the Russian operatives once they realized they had been identified, according to the Times report.


Hundreds of migrant children held in U.S. tent city for months: filings
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 07:33:13 -0400

Hundreds of migrant children held in U.S. tent city for months: filingsMore than 500 children have been housed in tents near Tornillo, Texas since August, and 46 have been held there since June, according to a Friday court filing in Los Angeles federal court by civil rights organizations and advocacy groups representing migrant children. The filing opposes a government request to exempt the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which runs the tent city as a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from oversight by a court-ordered monitor.


U.S. top court blocks questioning of Ross in census suit
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 07:32:58 -0400

U.S. top court blocks questioning of Ross in census suitThe justices issued a stay of the Sept. 21 order by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan requiring Ross to face questioning by lawyers for the states while litigation over the politically charged dispute continues. It represented only a partial win for President Donald Trump's administration as the justices declined to halt Furman's orders compelling a top Justice Department official, John Gore, to sit for a deposition and for the administration to hand over more documents on the matter. Conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas said they would have issued a complete stay.


Judge bars New Hampshire proof of residency requirement for new voters
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 07:32:40 -0400

Judge bars New Hampshire proof of residency requirement for new votersThe temporary injunction against the Republican-backed law comes two weeks before U.S. Congressional elections that will determine whether opposition Democrats or U.S. President Donald Trump's Republicans retain full control of the federal government's legislative branch. The measure, which passed largely along party lines and went into effect last year, required those seeking to register within 30 days of an election to present documents proving that they live in the area where they intend to vote. "Where the law threatens to disenfranchise an individual's right to vote, the only viable remedy is to enjoin its enforcement," Presiding Justice Kenneth C. Brown wrote in his decision for the Hillsborough Superior Court Northern District in Manchester.


Trump says transgender policy seeks to 'protect the country'
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 07:32:26 -0400

Trump says transgender policy seeks to 'protect the country'Asked about a campaign promise to protect the LGBT community, Trump said: "I'm protecting everybody. Under a proposal first reported by the New York Times on Sunday, the Trump administration would narrow the definition of gender to male or female at birth and it would be unchangeable later in life. The move would remove recognition of and protections for transgender people under U.S. civil rights laws promoted by the prior administration of President Barack Obama in health care, schools and the military.



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