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Mistrial declared in Houston chokehold case
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 04:13:20 -0400

Mistrial declared in Houston chokehold caseA mistrial was declared after jurors in Houston failed to reach a verdict late Saturday in the murder trial of the husband of a sheriff's deputy accused of choking a Hispanic man in a case that spurred "Brown Lives Matter" protests, local media reported. After more than 26 hours of deliberation, Houston jurors could not agree if Terry Thompson, 42, was guilty over the death of John Hernandez 24, in a chokehold in May, 2017. Thompson is the husband of former Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Chauna Thompson, 46.


U.S. says still working to reunite 2,053 children with families
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 03:46:08 -0400

U.S. says still working to reunite 2,053 children with familiesBy Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government said it still had 2,053 children in its custody who were separated from their parents under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, and set out its most detailed plans yet on how it would reunite families. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said late on Saturday it had a "well coordinated" process in place - in the face of criticism from lawyers for parents and children who have said they have seen little evidence of an organized system. A total of 522 children had already been reunited with parents, the agency added in a fact sheet published three days after Trump ended his policy of separating families on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages triggered outrage at home and abroad.


South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crash
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 22:12:43 -0400

South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crashSouth Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said on Saturday. Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend on Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state medical organization, her campaign said. Campaign spokesman Michael Mule said Arrington will definitely stay in the race for Congress.


Trump defends policies on border, North Korea in visit to Las Vegas
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 19:21:02 -0400

Trump defends policies on border, North Korea in visit to Las VegasPresident Donald Trump defended his tough stance on immigrants crossing the U.S. border with Mexico on Saturday, praising his administration for a job well done and saying his approach will make the United States stronger. Trump also said his peace initiative with North Korea was already paying off despite criticism that his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month was long on positive imagery but short on specific accomplishments. Trump, who was in Las Vegas to lend support to U.S. Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, a Republican who is facing a stiff challenge to re-election, has been under fire for a policy that separates children from their parents when they illegally cross the U.S. border with Mexico.


South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crash
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 19:19:34 -0400

South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crashSouth Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said on Saturday. Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend on Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state medical organization, her campaign said. Tim Scott, a Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina, told the News & Courier newspaper in Charleston that he visited Arrington on Saturday and spoke with her.


White House press secretary says asked to leave restaurant for working for Trump
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 19:18:35 -0400

White House press secretary says asked to leave restaurant for working for TrumpWhite House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Saturday that she had been asked to leave a Virginia restaurant the night before because she worked for U.S. President Donald Trump. "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left," Sanders said on the official Press Secretary Twitter account. On Saturday, the owner of the Red Hen confirmed the incident and said she stood by her decision to refuse service to Sanders, the Washington Post reported.


No drugs in U.S. celebrity chef Bourdain's body when he died: prosecutor
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 03:19:28 -0400

No drugs in U.S. celebrity chef Bourdain's body when he died: prosecutor(This version of the June 22 story was corrected to show traces of alcohol, medicines were found) PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who killed himself in a French hotel room earlier this month, had no narcotics in his body when he died, a local prosecutor said on Friday. Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, was 61. Trace of alcohol," he said, listing the findings of the investigation.


Four arrested in Pittsburgh as protest calls for justice after police shooting
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 02:24:02 -0400

Four arrested in Pittsburgh as protest calls for justice after police shootingPolice made four arrests during the hours-long demonstration that wound through the streets of the Steel City as hundreds of protesters blocked intersections and major thoroughfares, disrupting rush-hour and Friday-night traffic, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a CNN affiliate reported. Protesters have taken to the streets nightly this week since Antwon Rose, 17, was shot and killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer as he ran from a vehicle after it was stopped by police who were searching for a suspect in an earlier drive-by shooting. Friday's protest stopped at one point in front of PNC Park where Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates played the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Prison shares rise as U.S. eyes more migrant family detention space
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400

Prison shares rise as U.S. eyes more migrant family detention spaceBy Sinéad Carew and April Joyner (Reuters) - Shares in private prison operators CoreCivic Inc and Geo Group rose on Friday as investors bet on increasing demand for their services after U.S. authorities asked about available capacity for the detention of immigrant families. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a request for information on Friday afternoon about potential facilities from different providers to accommodate up to 15,000 beds, ideally in several locations. The move came after U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesday aimed at ending his controversial policy of separating immigrant children from their parents caught entering the country illegally.


U.S. Navy drafts plans to house 25,000 immigrants at cost of $233 million
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400

U.S. Navy drafts plans to house 25,000 immigrants at cost of $233 millionBy Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is drafting plans to house up to 25,000 immigrants on its bases and other facilities, at an estimated cost of about $233 million over six months, as the Trump administration seeks to ease a mounting crisis on the Mexican border, a U.S. official said on Friday. The official, who asked not to be named, stressed that the draft memo, which looks at setting up housing on Navy airfields in Alabama, was for planning purposes only. President Donald Trump is facing a public outcry over his policy of separating children from their migrant parents, with lawmakers struggling to get immigration legislation passed.


Parted at U.S. border by Trump policy, migrants seek their children
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400

Parted at U.S. border by Trump policy, migrants seek their childrenSAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lilian Merida-Galicia and her 7-year-old daughter were apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and separated by U.S. officials in mid-May. Since then, the 23-year-old Guatemalan has been trying to learn her daughter's whereabouts, according to her attorney, Michael Avenatti. At one point she sent a note to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


White House accuses Democrats and media of exploiting toddler photo
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400

White House accuses Democrats and media of exploiting toddler photo(Reuters) - After weeks of criticism over the separation of immigrant families, the White House seized on a photo of a Honduran toddler seen sobbing at the U.S.-Mexican border to accuse Democrats and the media on Friday of exploiting the picture to push their agenda on immigration. The photograph, taken by photographer John Moore at the scene of a border detention this month, became a powerful image in the media coverage of the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border. Dozens of newspapers and magazines including Time and the Washington Post published the image.


Mexican airline Volaris offers free flights for separated children
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400

Mexican airline Volaris offers free flights for separated childrenMexican airline Volaris said on Friday it was offering free flights to reunite families separated by the "zero tolerance" immigration policy of U.S. President Donald Trump. "It hurts us to see these children without their parents and it is our vocation to reunite them," Volaris said in a statement. The airline said it would work with authorities in the United States, Mexico and Central America to offer free flights on its pre-existing routes to reunite children with their parents.


Octogenarian New England ex-mob boss convicted of 1993 murder
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:17:17 -0400

Octogenarian New England ex-mob boss convicted of 1993 murderA federal jury on Friday found a former boss of the New England mob and one of his associates guilty of the 1993 murder of a nightclub owner whose remains were discovered buried in Rhode Island two years ago. Jurors in Boston convicted Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, 84, and Paul Weadick, 63, of killing club owner Steven DiSarro because they believed he would cooperate with federal investigators. Steven Boozang, Salemme's lawyer, said he was disappointed and plans to appeal.


U.S. judge says may rule next week on reuniting migrant children
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:14:32 -0400

U.S. judge says may rule next week on reuniting migrant childrenA federal judge said on Friday he could rule as soon as the middle of next week on a request to order the U.S. government to reunite thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their parents after illegally crossing the Mexico-U.S. border. While U.S. President Donald Trump bowed to political pressure on Wednesday and issued an executive order ending the separations, the administration has been silent on plans to reunite parents split from their children. More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated since the Trump administration began a "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal border crossings in early May. At a court hearing on Friday, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union pressed U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego to issue an injunction as soon as Friday evening to force the government to begin reuniting families.


Prison shares rise as U.S. eyes more migrant family detention space
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:14:11 -0400

Prison shares rise as U.S. eyes more migrant family detention spaceThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security's office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a request for information on Friday afternoon about potential facilities from different providers to accommodate up to 15,000 beds, ideally in several locations. The move came after U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesday aimed at ending his controversial policy of separating immigrant children from their parents caught entering the country illegally.


Mexican airline Volaris offers free flights for separated children
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:44:08 -0400

Mexican airline Volaris offers free flights for separated childrenMexican airline Volaris said on Friday it was offering free flights to reunite families separated by the "zero tolerance" immigration policy of U.S. President Donald Trump. "It hurts us to see these children without their parents and it is our vocation to reunite them," Volaris said in a statement. The airline said it would work with authorities in the United States, Mexico and Central America to offer free flights on its pre-existing routes to reunite children with their parents.


White House accuses Democrats and media of exploiting toddler photo
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:01:22 -0400

White House accuses Democrats and media of exploiting toddler photoThe photograph, taken by photographer John Moore at the scene of a border detention this month, became a powerful image in the media coverage of the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border. Dozens of newspapers and magazines including Time and the Washington Post published the image. The image, widely seen as showing the girl crying over being parted from her mother, helped swell outrage at home and abroad that pushed President Donald Trump to back down on Wednesday on his administration's policy of separating children from their families while the adults were prosecuted for illegally crossing the border.


Accused N.Y attacker says U.S. court's judgment 'not important'
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:46:33 -0400

Accused N.Y attacker says U.S. court's judgment 'not important'The Uzbek national accused of killing eight people by driving a speeding truck along a New York City bike path last October spoke of a "war" led by Islamic State at a pre-trial hearing on Friday and dismissed the court's judgment as not important. The statement by Sayfullo Saipov, a legal permanent resident of the United States, came at the end of a hearing at which U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick set an Oct. 7, 2019, trial date in the case. "The Islamic State, in order to impose sharia (Islamic law) on Earth, is leading a war," Saipov said.


Octogenarian New England ex-mob boss convicted of 1993 murder
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:08:31 -0400

Octogenarian New England ex-mob boss convicted of 1993 murderA federal jury on Friday found a former boss of the New England mob and one of his associates guilty of the 1993 murder of a nightclub owner whose remains were discovered buried in Rhode Island two years ago. Jurors in Boston convicted Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, 84, and Paul Weadick, 63, of killing club owner Steven DiSarro because they believed he would cooperate with federal investigators. Steven Boozang, Salemme's lawyer, said he was disappointed and plans to appeal.



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