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Ex-lawyer of pharma executive Shkreli gets 18 months prison for fraud scheme
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:54:59 -0400

Ex-lawyer of pharma executive Shkreli gets 18 months prison for fraud schemeEvan Greebel, who was outside counsel to Shkreli's former company Retrophin Inc , was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn. The judge also ordered Greebel to pay about $10.4 million in restitution to Retrophin. "I will regret, every day of my life, the day I met Martin Shkreli," Greebel said.


U.S. court orders Trump administration to enforce chemical safety rule
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:46:31 -0400

U.S. court orders Trump administration to enforce chemical safety ruleThe D.C. Circuit Court ruling was the latest to counter efforts under President Donald Trump, a Republican, to delay environmental regulations introduced by former President Barack Obama, a Democrat. The court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Chemical Disaster Rule, saying the agency did not have authority to delay the rule for 20 months. The EPA cannot delay the rule "by invoking general rulemaking authority under a different statutory provision," of federal clean air law, the court said in the ruling.


Trailer at New Mexico compound had been stolen in Alabama: police
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:56:23 -0400

Trailer at New Mexico compound had been stolen in  Alabama: policeA camping trailer at the New Mexico compound where five people were charged with child abuse earlier this month had been stolen from an Alabama farmer and towed to the ramshackle settlement north of Taos, police said on Friday. The trailer, which was partially buried at the compound, was reported stolen from a farm in Notasulga, Alabama, in August 2017, New Mexico Office of Special Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Mark Torres told Reuters. Torres said it was towed to the compound last December by a white moving truck owned by Lucas Morton, one of the people arrested at the settlement.


Psychologist may examine if Reagan shooter deserves complete freedom
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:49:12 -0400

Psychologist may examine if Reagan shooter deserves complete freedomA federal judge on Friday authorized a psychologist chosen by the U.S. government to examine John Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan in a 1981 assassination attempt, in order to determine whether he deserves unconditional freedom. Hinckley, 63, has been living with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, with many restrictions on his travel and contact with the outside world, since his September 2016 release from a Washington, D.C., psychiatric hospital. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said the psychologist, Mitchell Hugonnet, may examine Hinckley to determine his "present mental condition and risk of dangerousness" if he were released unconditionally or subject to new conditions.


Gunman who killed five at Florida airport sentenced to life
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:41:51 -0400

Gunman who killed five at Florida airport sentenced to lifeEsteban Santiago, 28, had pleaded guilty in May to launching the attack, near a baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 6, 2017. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom had pushed back the sentencing hearing to allow families of victims to be present. A woman who was wounded and whose husband was killed told Santiago he was a coward, WFOR-TV in Miami reported.


California judge rejects plea deal in Oakland warehouse fire
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:13:57 -0400

California judge rejects plea deal in Oakland warehouse fireFamilies whose loved ones died in the Dec. 2, 2016 blaze in Oakland demanded a criminal trial for Derick Almena and Max Harris so they could learn more about how the tragedy unfolded, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said. The families' emotional appeal prompted District Attorney Nancy O'Malley to end plea discussions with defense attorneys for Almena, who ran the warehouse as an art collective and party space, and Harris, the creative director. Instead, she asked Judge James Cramer to set a trial date for the men, who are each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.


U.S. attorney general issues order to speed up immigrant deportations
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:50:47 -0400

U.S. attorney general issues order to speed up immigrant deportationsUnlike the federal judiciary system, U.S. immigration courts fall under the Department of Justice and the attorney general can intervene. Sessions, a Republican former U.S. Senator appointed by President Donald Trump, has been unusually active in this practice compared to his predecessors.


Federal probe targets Ohio State over sex abuse allegations
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:16:51 -0400

Federal probe targets Ohio State over sex abuse allegationsThe investigation by the U.S. Department of Education will focus on what school officials knew about alleged crimes by the late Dr. Richard Strauss, OSU said on Thursday in a statement. Last month, the university said that more than 100 former students have told investigators they were victims of Strauss, who killed himself in 2005. The abuse allegedly occurred from 1979 to 1997, according to claims from athletes in 14 varsity sports and former patients of the student clinic, OSU has said.


Trump says Turkey has acted badly in Brunson case
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:35:38 -0400

Trump says Turkey has acted badly in Brunson caseWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States was not going to take Turkey's detention of U.S. Christian pastor Andrew Brunson "sitting down," a day after his Treasury chief said Washington could hit Ankara with further sanctions.


3M to pay $9.1 million over defective military ear plugs
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:22:02 -0400

3M to pay $9.1 million over defective military ear plugsThe 3M Co. has agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegations it knowingly sold defective combat ear plugs to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that limited the effectiveness of the hearing protection devices, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. A settlement frees 3M from the inconvenience of a long investigation and litigation, it said. The 3M payment settles allegations that 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies Inc., knew the ear plugs it sold the military were too short for proper insertion into the users' ears and could loosen and not perform effectively in some people, the Justice Department said.


Body found at New Mexico compound identified as missing boy
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 05:48:44 -0400

Body found at New Mexico compound identified as missing boyThe finding came two days after a Taos County judge received death threats and Islamophobic abuse for granting bail to the five defendants, who are all black and Muslim. Authorities unearthed the boy's body at the compound on Aug. 6, three days after they raided the ramshackle home near Amalia, New Mexico, where they found 11 children in "filthy conditions" with no food or clean water. Marie Legrand Miller, an attorney for one of the defendants, said she feared for her client's safety after threats of violence, "Islamophobia" and "overt racism" directed at judge Sarah Backus after her decision to grant bail.


Pressure mounts on Trump to deliver for Iowa ahead of elections
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:10:10 -0400

Pressure mounts on Trump to deliver for Iowa ahead of electionsOther farmers, meanwhile, are upset that the White House has not yet followed through on a promise to reform rules that would boost demand for corn-based ethanol, one of the state's biggest businesses. “I still support him, but not as much,” Bachman said between bites of pork chops and baked beans at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines last week. “I am afraid we are close to seeing a repeat of the 1980s, where farmers across Iowa lost their land because they ran out of money and couldn’t get loans.” November's congressional elections represent the first nationwide response to Trump's aggressive trade policies, particularly in the Farm Belt, which runs roughly from Indiana to Kansas and the Dakotas, which favored Trump heavily two years ago.


Colorado man held on suspicion of killing wife, two children
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:56:13 -0400

Colorado man held on suspicion of killing wife, two childrenA Colorado man, who earlier this week pleaded for the safe return of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters after they went missing, has been arrested on suspicion of killing them, police said on Thursday. The body of a woman, believed to be the spouse of Christopher Watts, 33, of Frederick, Colorado, was discovered on a property owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp, police said. The search for the bodies of the couple's two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, turned up human remains that were believed to belong to the two children, Frederick police said on Twitter on Thursday.


George Washington gold coin sells for $1.7 million
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:19:21 -0400

George Washington gold coin sells for $1.7 millionAn 18th century gold coin featuring the likeness of first U.S. President George Washington sold for $1.7 million at auction on Thursday, with the net proceeds going to charity, the auction house said. The 1792 Washington President gold eagle coin was never circulated as money but is instead thought to have been presented to Washington when post-Revolutionary War plans were being drawn up for the first U.S. Mint, according to Heritage Auctions. Currency researchers believe that the Washington President coin, which has his profile on the front and an eagle on the back, was given to him as part of a sales promotion in a bid to obtain a contract to strike U.S coinage, and that Washington carried it as a personal memento.


Do not call us Mormons or LDS Church, leaders of faith ask
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:04:50 -0400

Do not call us Mormons or LDS Church, leaders of faith askAn online guide accompanying a pronouncement from the church president also asked people to stop referring to followers of the religion as Mormons and not to use the name "LDS" as a shorthand way of describing the faith. "The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," church President Russell Nelson said in a statement. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have long proclaimed their faith as Christian and fought any association with polygamy, which was practiced by early members of the church before they abandoned it more than 100 years ago.


U.S. judge blocks programs letting 'Grand Theft Auto' players 'cheat'
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:20:25 -0400

U.S. judge blocks programs letting 'Grand Theft Auto' players 'cheat'A federal judge on Thursday awarded Take-Two Interactive Software Inc , the maker of the "Grand Theft Auto" series, a preliminary injunction to stop a Georgia man from selling programs that it said helps players cheat at the best-selling video game. Take-Two had accused David Zipperer of selling computer programs called Menyoo and Absolute that let users of the "Grand Theft Auto V" multiplayer feature Grand Theft Auto Online cheat by altering the game for their own benefit, or "griefing" other players by altering their game play without permission. U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan said Take-Two was likely to show that Zipperer infringed its "Grand Theft Auto V" copyright, and that his programs would cause irreparable harm to its sales and reputation by discouraging users from buying its video games.


Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:30:07 -0400

Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollutionTexas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday. A year ago Harvey dumped more than 60 inches (1.5 meters) of rain on southeastern Texas, halting refineries that produce a quarter of U.S. fuel and damaging infrastructure. Texas industry, including refineries and petrochemical plants, released an extra 8.3 million pounds (3.8 million kg) of air pollutants including cancer-causing benzene, during Harvey, said the report by the Washington-based Environmental Integrity Project.


U.S. judge blocks programs letting 'Grand Theft Auto' players 'cheat'
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:41:39 -0400

U.S. judge blocks programs letting 'Grand Theft Auto' players 'cheat'Take-Two had accused David Zipperer of selling computer programs called Menyoo and Absolute that let users of the "Grand Theft Auto V" multiplayer feature Grand Theft Auto Online cheat by altering the game for their own benefit, or "griefing" other players by altering their game play without permission. U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan said Take-Two was likely to show that Zipperer infringed its "Grand Theft Auto V" copyright, and that his programs would cause irreparable harm to its sales and reputation by discouraging users from buying its video games. Stanton also said an injunction would serve the public interest by encouraging Take-Two to invest more in video games and was appropriate because of the "high risk" that Zipperer, who claimed to be unemployed, could not afford damages.


Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on U.S. targets
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:00:04 -0400

Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on U.S. targetsThe assessment, which comes at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China's efforts to increase its global influence, with defense spending that the Pentagon estimates exceeded $190 billion in 2017. "Over the last three years, the PLA has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against U.S. and allied targets," the report said, using an acronym for China's People's Liberation Army. The report comes as China and the United States plan to hold trade talks, offering hope they might resolve an escalating tariff conflict that threatens to degenerate into an all-out trade war.


U.S. judge bars retrial of ex-Georgeson employees in bribe case
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:40:07 -0400

U.S. judge bars retrial of ex-Georgeson employees in bribe caseA federal judge on Thursday ruled prosecutors could not retry three former employees of a firm that advises companies on shareholder votes who were accused of using bribes to learn how a proxy advisory firm's investor clients voted. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns in Boston barred prosecutors from retrying three former employees of Georgeson LLC, a proxy solicitation firm owned by Computershare Ltd, after an earlier trial ended in a mistrial in March. The ex-employees - Michael Sedlak, Charles Garske and Richard Gottcent - were on trial alongside their colleague Donna Ackerly.



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