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Students to walkout across the United States in call for gun reforms
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:16:28 -0400

Students to walkout across the United States in call for gun reformsThousands of students across the United States will mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School by walking out of classes on Friday, in a show of unity intended to put pressure on politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions. Students from more than 2,600 schools and institutions are expected to walk out of class at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, organizers say. Since then mass shootings have occurred with shocking frequency across the United States.


California does 'poor job' in assisting homeless: state auditor
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:12:37 -0400

California does 'poor job' in assisting homeless: state auditorLawmakers should require the state's newly formed homeless council to create and implement a statewide plan by next April for addressing homelessness in California, where about a fourth of all homeless people in the United States live, State Auditor Elaine Howle said in a report. "California should do more to address homelessness ... and it does a poor job of sheltering this vulnerable population," the report said.


Southwest challenged engine maker over speed of safety checks
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:03:14 -0400

Southwest challenged engine maker over speed of safety checksThe proposed inspections would have cost $170 per engine for two hours of labor, for a total bill to U.S. carriers of $37,400, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in its August 2017 proposal, citing the engine manufacturer. The documents reveal that airlines including Southwest thought the FAA had "vastly understated" the number of engines that would need to be inspected - and therefore the cost. The documents are part of the public record on the FAA's initial proposal for inspections and the response from airlines made in October, within the designated comment period.


Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:25:26 -0400

Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. historyWalter Moody was put to death by lethal injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore and gave no final statement, prison officials said. It was the eighth execution this year in the United States. Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in Mississippi, as the oldest person executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment.


Gun-control activists rally near Columbine High School ahead of walkouts
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:18:28 -0400

Gun-control activists rally near Columbine High School ahead of walkoutsColorado gun control activists rallied on Thursday near Columbine High School, calling for an end to gun violence one day before the 19th anniversary of the massacre there and a planned nationwide student walkout. "The main objective of these students is to ban firearms completely, and confiscate the firearms of law-abiding Americans," Brown said.


New York governor presses banks, insurers to weigh risk of NRA ties
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:49:59 -0400

New York governor presses banks, insurers to weigh risk of NRA tiesBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday ramped up pressure on banks and insurers to revisit whether their ties to the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups harm their reputations and the public interest. Cuomo, a Democrat, noted that some well-known companies, including the insurer MetLife Inc, have ended some business relationships with the NRA after a gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school on Valentine's Day. The governor directed New York's Department of Financial Services to urge state-chartered banks and the more than 1,400 insurers it regulates to review whether their ties to the NRA and similar groups sends the "wrong message" to clients and communities.


Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:48:34 -0400

Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal teamFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one-time federal prosecutor, is joining U.S. President Donald Trump's personal legal team, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Thursday. "Rudy is great," Sekulow quoted Trump as saying.


Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:47:52 -0400

Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorneyThe settlement ends the long-running false claims suit brought by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis and joined by the U.S. government, which had sought $100 million in damages on behalf of the Post Office, according to statements from Armstrong's attorney, Elliot Peters, and the U.S. Department of Justice. "No one is above the law," Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division Chad Readler said in a statement.


Valero's Texas City refinery hit by explosion, fire
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:46:48 -0400

Valero's Texas City refinery hit by explosion, fireAn explosion set off a huge fire at Valero Energy Corp's 225,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Texas City, Texas, refinery on Thursday afternoon but the fire was quickly contained, according the City of Texas City Emergency Management office. No injuries were reported and the blaze, which was burning light hydrocarbons, was contained about an hour and a half after it broke out, Texas City Emergency Management said. Valero spokeswoman Lillian Riojas said the company was cooperating with local, state and federal agencies in responding to the fire, which was being fought by the refinery's firefighting team.


Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:42:15 -0400

Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: PentagonA man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who was said to have praised "violent jihad," was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an acronym for Islamic State.


U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana 'selective' abortion law
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:37:43 -0400

U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana 'selective' abortion lawThe 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the 2016 ban on "selective" abortions imposed an "undue burden" on the ability to have the procedure. It rejected Indiana's suggestion that women's privacy rights covered only the "binary choice" of whether or not to have a child, not whether to terminate particular pregnancies, including for genetic disabilities. "The Supreme Court has been clear: the State may inform a woman's decision before viability, but it cannot prohibit it," Circuit Judge William Bauer wrote for a 3-0 panel of Republican-appointed judges.


Supreme Court temporarily halts Alabama execution of 83-year-old inmate
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:51:38 -0400

Supreme Court temporarily halts Alabama execution of 83-year-old inmateThe execution of Walter Moody had been scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. The death warrant expires at midnight (0500 GMT Friday) and state authorities were still preparing to conduct a lethal injection if the court lifts the hold and denies appeals. The Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment, said the oldest inmate put to death since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 was 77-year-old John Nixon in Mississippi in December 2005.


Cosby sex assault retrial to go to jury next week - judge
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:21:18 -0400

Cosby sex assault retrial to go to jury next week - judgeProsecutors wrapped up their sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday as experts offered conflicting testimony about the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before allegedly raping her. Judge Steven O'Neill said he anticipated Cosby's fate would be in the hands of the jury next week. Lawyers said deliberations could begin as early as late Monday in an attempt to reach a unanimous verdict, which eluded the jury in Cosby's first trial.


Judge rejects Missouri governor's bid to dismiss criminal case
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:17:22 -0400

Judge rejects Missouri governor's bid to dismiss criminal caseA St. Louis judge on Thursday dealt Missouri Governor Eric Greitens another legal setback in the sex scandal embroiling his office, refusing to dismiss a criminal invasion of privacy charge stemming from an admitted extramarital affair. The decision by Judge Rex Burlison paved the way for the single-count felony case against Greitens, a Republican under mounting pressure from both parties to resign, to proceed to trial even as he comes under scrutiny for unrelated accusations of computer tampering. Greitens' lawyers last week sought to throw out the privacy case on grounds of prosecutor misconduct, saying St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, had tried to conceal video evidence supporting the governor and his assertions that the affair was entirely consensual.


Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:57:44 -0400

Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal teamFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one-time federal prosecutor, is joining U.S. President Donald Trump's personal legal team, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Thursday. Giuliani was one of three attorneys Sekulow said were being added to the president's legal team dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Columbine students register voters ahead of anti-gun walkouts
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:50:03 -0400

Columbine students register voters ahead of anti-gun walkoutsColorado teenagers kicked off a voter registration rally on Thursday, a day ahead of the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School, when students nationwide plan to walk out of class in the latest demonstrations against gun violence. Organizers said Thursday's "Vote for Our Lives" event in the Denver suburb of Littleton, home to Columbine High School, where 13 people were gunned down in 1999, was to feature speakers including survivors of the shootings there, in Parkland and elsewhere. Mass shootings have occurred with shocking frequency across the United States in recent years.


Southwest challenged engine maker CFM over proposed FAA inspections
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:33:48 -0400

Southwest challenged engine maker CFM over proposed FAA inspectionsThe documents, which are on a U.S. federal website and were viewed by Reuters, reveal the wrangling over previously proposed safety checks on CFM engines that are now the focus of investigations following a fatal engine explosion this week. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it would order the inspection of some CFM jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off the engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger.


Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:23:28 -0400

Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorneyThe settlement ends the long-running false claims suit brought by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis and joined by the U.S. government, which had sought $100 million in damages on behalf of the Post Office, according to statements from Armstrong's attorney, Elliot Peters, and the U.S. Department of Justice. "No one is above the law," Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division Chad Readler said in a statement.


Ex-Liberian warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' gets 30 years in U.S. prison
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:18:27 -0400

Ex-Liberian warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' gets 30 years in U.S. prisonMohammed Jabbateh, 51, who has lived in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, since the late 1990s, was found guilty in October on two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury. During the height of Liberia’s first civil war from 1992 to 1995, Jabbateh, while serving as commander of a warring group, either personally committed or ordered acts such as rapes, ritual cannibalism, mutilation, murder and the use of child soldiers, according to prosecutors. An attorney for Jabbateh, Greg Pagano of Philadelphia, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Black men arrested at Starbucks hope scandal sparks change
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:15:22 -0400

Black men arrested at Starbucks hope scandal sparks changeThe men, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, sat down with ABC's "Good Morning America" as scrutiny of the popular chain and U.S. police tactics widen. The incident put Starbucks, which prides itself on diversity and inclusiveness, at the center of a social media storm after the cafe manager called police on Nelson and Robinson, who had not made a purchase and were waiting to meet a friend. Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who came under sharp criticism for the incident and his defense of the officers, apologized to Robinson and Nelson and said he had made the situation worse.



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