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  • U.S. garlic growers profit from trade war as most farmers struggle

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    Unlike millions of other U.S. farmers, garlic growers are profiting from the trade war with China and have cheered President Donald Trump's latest economic attack accordingly. Sales of California-grown garlic are now increasing after decades of losing ground to cheaper Chinese imports. Sales are poised to get even better as Chinese garlic faces even higher tariffs, with no end to the trade war in sight.

    Tue, 21 May 2019 01:12:09 -0400
  • With shelters at 'max' California border agents drop migrants at bus station

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    U.S. Border Patrol in the El Centro area of southern California said it began to drop migrants off at San Bernardino's Greyhound Station on Wednesday after it ran out of room to hold them. "It was a decision that was made because they couldn’t take any more families and obviously we cannot keep them in custody for much longer because we are at capacity," said Miguel Garcia, acting assistant chief patrol agent. Apprehensions of migrant families in California's El Centro sector rose 383 percent in the seven months through April from a year earlier as record numbers of mainly Central Americans crossed the border, Border Patrol data shows.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 23:08:02 -0400
  • Rural Iowans ponder Trump alternatives as China trade war drags on

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    The world's two largest economies have been locked in a 10-month trade war that has roiled global supply chains and rattled financial markets. U.S. farmers, who helped carry Trump to his surprise 2016 election win, have been among the hardest-hit as China has imposed tariffs on imports of U.S. agricultural products, including soybeans, pork and grain sorghum in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. Now, increasing frustrations over the prolonged dispute are prompting some rural residents in Iowa, home of the first presidential nominating contest in February, to consider candidates other than President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 15:20:12 -0400
  • U.S. Border agent accused of calling migrants 'savages' before knocking one over

    Agent Matthew Bowen sent the messages in November 2017, two weeks before he is accused of deliberately knocking over a Guatemalan man with his Border Patrol vehicle in Nogales, Arizona, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson. Prosecutors Monica Ryan and Lori Price filed the documents on April 30 with a request to use the messages in court to show Bowen's "state of mind" prior to the incident and his "willful" intent to knock over the migrant on Dec. 3, 2017.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 14:49:02 -0400
  • Supreme Court gives Merck another shot to avoid Fosamax lawsuits

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave Merck & Co a new opportunity to avoid lawsuits accusing the company of failing to properly warn patients of debilitating thigh-bone fractures from taking its osteoporosis drug Fosamax, throwing out a lower court decision that had revived the litigation. The nine justices unanimously directed the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision to let the lawsuits proceed even though the Food and Drug Administration had rebuffed Merck when the company sought to add a warning to Fosamax's label about fracture risk.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 14:17:25 -0400
  • White House does not need a 'strongman,' Hickenlooper says in 2020 policy speech

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    "I think history clearly demonstrates that when you have a so-called strongman - a dictator - you don't have rule of law," Hickenlooper said when asked at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs if that was a better approach to foreign policy than multilateralism.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 14:05:39 -0400
  • Alabama police arrest suspect in shooting death of officer

    Grady Wayne Wilkes, 29, was taken into custody about nine hours after the shooting, which happened on Sunday night when police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance and were met with gunfire, Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said. "It was relatively uneventful," Register said, describing the arrest at a news briefing.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 13:33:31 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court sides with Native American elk hunter

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    The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Native American elk hunter, citing an 1868 treaty between his tribe and the U.S. government as it revived his legal challenge to a conviction for hunting out of season in Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. It found that the treaty, which gave tribe members hunting rights on "unoccupied" lands, is still in force even though it was signed before Wyoming became a U.S. state in 1890. Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, who has a record of backing tribal rights, sided with the court's four liberals, with the other four conservative justices in dissent.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 12:03:28 -0400
  • Missouri governor expected to sign eight-week abortion ban into law

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    Missouri's Republican governor could sign a law as early as this week banning most abortions in the Midwestern state after the eighth week of pregnancy, part of a wave of restrictions aimed at driving a challenge of abortion to the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican Governor Mike Parson told reporters on Friday he planned to sign the bill, which was approved by the Republican-controlled state legislature last week and would enact one of the United States' most restrictive bans. The state is one of eight where Republican-controlled legislatures this year have passed new restrictions on abortion.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 11:54:33 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects Iraqi man's torture-related deportation challenge

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid to avoid deportation by a Christian Iraqi immigrant who argued he would be tortured if sent back to his home country for a drug conviction after more than three decades in the United States. The justices declined to hear an appeal by Amir Shabo, who was detained in 2017 during a sweep targeting hundreds of Iraqi immigrants who had prior criminal convictions and had been ordered deported as part of by President Donald Trump's push to intensify immigration enforcement. Shabo, 51, had challenged a lower court ruling that went against him.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 10:03:28 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court takes no action in Indiana abortion cases

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took no action on appeals seeking to revive two restrictive Republican-backed abortion laws from Indiana, even as debate rages over a new measure in Alabama that would prohibit the procedure almost entirely. Neither Indiana case was on the list of appeals on which the court acted on Monday morning. If the nine-justice court takes up either case, it would give the conservative majority an opportunity to chip away at the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide and recognized a right under the U.S. Constitution for women to terminate pregnancies.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 09:52:23 -0400
  • Billionaire pledges to pay off Morehouse students’ debt

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    Video footage of Smith's remarks show mouths falling agape before students rise to their feet to cheer and applaud as the pledge is made. "This is my class, 2019, and my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans," Smith said during his speech, pointing towards hundreds of students dressed in black robes and mortarboards.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 08:09:31 -0400
  • Kamala Harris proposes equal pay measure to close gender gap

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    Harris' proposal aims to shift the burden from workers, who now must prove pay discrimination by employers, to corporations, which would have to show they eliminated pay disparities between men and women doing work of equal value. In 2017, full-time, year-round working women earned 80% of what male counterparts earned, the U.S. Census Bureau says, and minority women earned even less. At a college rally in Los Angeles on Sunday, Harris decried the pay gap between men and women.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 06:17:01 -0400
  • Atlanta college graduation speaker pledges to pay off students' debt

    Video footage of Smith's remarks show mouths falling agape before students rise to their feet to cheer and applaud as the pledge is made. "This is my class, 2019, and my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans," Smith said during his speech, pointing towards hundreds of students dressed in black robes and mortarboards. Morehouse is a historically black college, one of more than 100 schools founded to serve black students, mostly in the U.S. South, before the 1964 Civil Rights Act outlawed school segregation.

    Sun, 19 May 2019 16:17:07 -0400
  • Trump may pardon military men accused or convicted of war crimes: New York Times

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    U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several U.S. military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Trump requested the immediate preparation of paperwork needed, indicating he is considering pardons for the men around Memorial Day on May 27, the report said, citing two unnamed U.S. officials. Assembling pardon files normally takes months, but the Justice Department has pressed for the work to be completed before that holiday weekend, one of the officials said.

    Sat, 18 May 2019 17:49:14 -0400
  • Suspect arrested in Detroit murder that sparked serial killer fears

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    Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters at an impromptu afternoon news conference that minutes earlier detectives had taken the suspect, James Quill Cockerham, into custody in the death of 26-year-old Elizabeth Candice Nichole Laird. "I appreciate our friends in the media for really dispelling a horrible rumor that was circulating across the city that there was a serial killer and that he had dumped five bodies in dumpsters across the city," Craig said.

    Sat, 18 May 2019 16:56:52 -0400
  • Bernie Sanders proposes U.S. education overhaul in appeal to black voters

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    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled an education policy proposal on Saturday designed to pump billions of dollars into the public schools system, in a bid to appeal to black voters who shunned the U.S. senator during his previous presidential run. The 10-point plan Sanders detailed in a speech in South Carolina aims to end racial disparities in the public education system. America's education policy debate has long been steeped in discussions of race and racial discrimination.

    Sat, 18 May 2019 14:26:34 -0400
  • U.S. embassy issues Indonesia security alert ahead of election results

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    The U.S. embassy in Jakarta has issued a security alert ahead of election results due on Wednesday, as Indonesian authorities have arrested nearly 30 suspected militants, including some who police say are able to detonate bombs using Wi-Fi networks. The embassy advised U.S. citizens to avoid areas where large demonstrations may occur in Jakarta, and in other cities including Surabaya in East Java and Medan in North Sumatra, in a statement that was dated on Friday, May 17. Indonesian authorities have said they are heightening security ahead of May 22, when the official result of last month's presidential election will be announced.

    Sat, 18 May 2019 07:20:00 -0400
  • Migrant families being flown to San Diego from Texas in U.S. border crisis

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    Hundreds of detainees from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in Texas and elsewhere are being flown to San Diego for processing beginning on Friday, the agency said. This is making it difficult to process and release family units within 20 days of their arrival at a detention center, as required by law, the CBP said in a statement. U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year declared the immigration influx a national emergency, which allowed him to circumvent Congress to redirect more than $6 billion in funding to start building the border wall that he campaigned on in the 2016 presidential election.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 22:31:57 -0400
  • Nearly 180 former Ohio State University students claim sexual abuse by doctor

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    Dr. Richard Strauss was accused of abusing at least 177 male students when he worked as a physician for the university's athletic department and the student health center from 1978 to 1998, the report said, detailing the findings of a year-long independent investigation. Staff members knew of the abuse as early as 1979, but complaints were never elevated to administrators and senior officials of the athletics or student health departments until 1996. At that time, the school suspended and ultimately removed Strauss after a "very limited investigation" into a student's claim that the doctor fondled him during an exam, the report said.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 22:31:23 -0400
  • New York seizes state's oldest credit union after ex-CEO's embezzlement plea

    New York's top financial regulator on Friday seized the state's oldest credit union, Municipal Credit Union, saying it suffered from "unsafe and unsound" conditions after its former chief executive pleaded guilty to embezzlement. The seizure by New York's Department of Financial Services followed Kam Wong's guilty plea last Nov. 19 in federal court to embezzling millions of dollars from the Manhattan-based credit union, which he led from 2007 to 2018. Linda Lacewell, the state's acting financial services superintendent, said her office appointed the National Credit Union Administration as the credit union's conservator.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 22:30:16 -0400
  • Former 'slave' in New York sex cult says founder ordered naked meetings

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    The former "slave," Lauren Salzman, told jurors in federal court in Brooklyn that the group's leader, Keith Raniere, would preside over the meetings fully clothed. When he was unable to attend the meetings in person, the women would take a naked photo and text it to him - making sure he could see where they had been branded with his initials, Salzman said. "We were to look uniform and happy," said Salzman, 42.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 22:28:40 -0400
  • Prosecutors say NYC policewoman sought murder of her husband and 14-year-old girl

    Officer Valerie Cincinelli, 34, was taken into custody by the FBI on Friday and charged in U.S. District Court in New York with conspiracy to commit murder. In the federal criminal complaint filed against Cincinelli, prosecutors allege that the 12-year New York Police Department veteran had been discussing a murder-for-hire plot with an unnamed man since February. A person with knowledge of the case told Reuters under condition of anonymity that the man, referred to in the seven-page complaint only as a "confidential source," was Cincinelli's boyfriend.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 21:12:53 -0400
  • Detroit police deny 'serial killer' rumors sparked by woman's murder

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    The whispers apparently stem from the murder of 26-year-old Elizabeth Candice Nichole Laird, whose body was found in a dumpster outside an apartment building on the city's east side on Wednesday. "There is false information circulating on social media that there is a serial killer at large in downtown Detroit, and that five to six female victims have been found in dumpsters prior to the May 15 homicide ... and that Detroit Police have failed to communicate this information to the public," police officials said on Facebook.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 20:45:31 -0400
  • As Fed seeks policy advice, officials visit a struggling New Jersey city

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    CAMDEN, N.J./PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Two top Federal Reserve officials went to Camden, New Jersey, on Friday, taking a different reading of the pulse of the U.S. economy by visiting what is by one measure the country's lowest-income city, as the central bank seeks advice on how to do a better job. Patrick Harker, president of the Philadelphia Fed, and Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida spent the morning in Camden, which squats in the shadows of Philadelphia's downtown skyscrapers but has the lowest median household income among U.S. cities. The dichotomy of Philadelphia's gleaming office buildings and destitute people on the streets of nearby Camden underlines the limits of Fed policy, even as most policymakers see the central bank's dual mandate of price stability and maximum employment as having been met.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 20:03:08 -0400
  • California utility in big 2015 gas leak had failed to probe leaks for decades

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    Because Southern California Gas, a unit of Sempra Energy, had failed to investigate and analyze leaks since the 1970s, the consequences of such corrosion were not understood, leading to the 2015 incident, the report found. The report was commissioned by two state regulatory agencies, the California Public Utilities Commission and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, and conducted by a third party, Blade Energy Partners. More than 60 casing leaks occurred since the 1970s at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility and were not investigated, the report found.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 19:40:02 -0400
  • Illinois governor eyes $41.5 billion plan to rebuild state's infrastructure

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    Illinois would spend $41.5 billion over six years to rebuild roads, bridges, schools and other facilities that have fallen into "dire shape," under a preliminary plan floated by Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday. The Democratic governor's plan, which was distributed to lawmakers and seen by Reuters, would be funded in part with $17.8 billion of bonds even as Illinois pays the biggest yield penalty among states to sell debt. A huge $133.5 billion unfunded pension liability and chronic structural budget deficits have helped push Illinois' credit ratings down to a notch or two above the junk level.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 19:38:03 -0400
  • Nearly 180 former Ohio State University students claim sexual abuse by doctor

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    Dr. Richard Strauss was accused of abusing at least 177 male students when he worked as a physician for the university's athletic department and the student health center from 1978 to 1998, the report said, detailing the findings of a year-long independent investigation. Staff members knew of the abuse as early as 1979, but complaints were never elevated to administrators and senior officials of the athletics or student health departments until 1996. At that time, the school suspended and ultimately removed Strauss after a "very limited investigation" into a student's claim that the doctor fondled him during an exam, the report said.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 19:13:31 -0400
  • Detroit police deny 'serial killer' rumors sparked by woman's murder

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    The whispers apparently stem from the murder of 26-year-old Elizabeth Candice Nichole Laird, whose body was found in a dumpster outside an apartment building on the city's east side on Wednesday. "There is false information circulating on social media that there is a serial killer at large in downtown Detroit, and that five to six female victims have been found in dumpsters prior to the May 15 homicide ... and that Detroit Police have failed to communicate this information to the public," police officials said on Facebook.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 18:17:13 -0400
  • New York seizes state's oldest credit union after ex-CEO's embezzlement plea

    New York's top financial regulator on Friday seized the state's oldest credit union, Municipal Credit Union, saying it suffered from "unsafe and unsound" conditions after its former chief executive pleaded guilty to embezzlement. The seizure by New York's Department of Financial Services followed Kam Wong's guilty plea last Nov. 19 in federal court to embezzling millions of dollars from the Manhattan-based credit union, which he led from 2007 to 2018. Linda Lacewell, the state's acting financial services superintendent, said her office appointed the National Credit Union Administration as the credit union's conservator.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 17:10:23 -0400
  • Former 'slave' in New York sex cult says founder ordered naked meetings

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    The former "slave," Lauren Salzman, told jurors in federal court in Brooklyn that the group's leader, Keith Raniere, would preside over the meetings fully clothed. When he was unable to attend the meetings in person, the women would take a naked photo and text it to him - making sure he could see where they had been branded with his initials, Salzman said. "We were to look uniform and happy," said Salzman, 42.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 15:45:03 -0400
  • Net neutrality supporter sentenced for death threats to FCC Chairman Pai

    A California man was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty for threatening to kill the family of U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai over the regulator's successful effort to repeal net neutrality rules. The Justice Department said Markara Man, 33, of Norwalk, California, sent the email threats "in hopes it would cause (Pai) to reverse his position on net neutrality." The FCC did not immediately comment after the sentencing by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Led by Pai, the FCC in December 2017 repealed landmark net neutrality protections, which required internet service providers to provide users equal access to all data, regardless of their kind, source or destination.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 13:40:37 -0400
  • Second U.S. appeals court rules Trump cannot end protections for 'Dreamers'

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    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said in its ruling that the 2017 rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program violated administrative law because the policy change was not adequately explained. The ruling reversed a decision by a federal court in Maryland, and sent the case back for further proceedings. Republican Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, began DACA in 2012.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 12:41:32 -0400
  • Factbox: Selected works of architect I.M. Pei

    I.M. Pei, whose modern designs and high-profile projects made him one of the best-known and most prolific architects of the 20th century, has died, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Some of his better-known works included: * National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado: Finished in the early 1960s, it sits on a mesa above Boulder with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. * John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester, Massachusetts: Set on a former landfill site overlooking the ocean, the late president's wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, played a major role in selecting Pei for the job in the mid-1960s.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 08:09:42 -0400
  • Architect I.M. Pei dies at age 102: New York Times

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    Pei, whose portfolio included a controversial renovation of Paris' Louvre Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, died overnight, his son Chien Chung Pei told the newspaper. Ieoh Ming Pei, the son of a prominent banker in China, left his homeland in 1935, moving to the United States and studying architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The Louvre, parts of which date to the 12th century, proved to be Pei's most controversial work, starting with the fact that he was not French.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 08:09:42 -0400
  • Alabama boycott builds as states retaliate against abortion law

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    A day after the southern state passed the country's most restrictive abortion law, Maryland's Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot said he would advise his state's $52 billion pension fund to divest from Alabama, and urged other states to follow suit. Colorado's Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold called for a boycott of Alabama and urged the Election Center, an organization that trains election officials from across the country, to move out of the state. The hashtag #BoycottAlabama gained momentum online, with activists calling for boycotts of products ranging from Mercedes-Benz cars to broiler chickens that are produced in Alabama.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 04:49:30 -0400
  • U.S. citizen arrested during protests in Nicaragua killed in prison shooting

    The prisoner, Eddy Montes, was a U.S. citizen, his cousin Paola Montenegro told Reuters, after Nicaraguan media published photos of what appeared to be his U.S. passport. The U.S. embassy in Nicaragua condemned the use of lethal force against Montes, calling him a political prisoner in a post on social media. The Nicaraguan interior ministry had said in an earlier statement Montes had family who were of foreign nationality but gave no further detail.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 01:53:03 -0400
  • F-16 pilot ejects before jet crashes into California building

    An F-16 fighter jet being flown in routine training exercises crashed into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in Southern California on Thursday, the pilot ejected and five people on the ground were reported injured, military officials said. The extent of the injuries was unclear and the pilot was reportedly "transported to a local hospital for evaluation," officials with the United States Air Force Reserve said in a release late Thursday. Earlier it was stated by officials that there were no reported injuries.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 00:40:16 -0400
  • California bill to expand privacy protections fails

    California's senate blocked a bill on Thursday that would have expanded the ability of consumers to sue companies over their handling of personal data, a win for tech industry groups concerned about wide-ranging privacy lawsuits. Under California's data privacy law, which is set to take effect next year, consumers may file complaints to the state attorney general over alleged violations of privacy rules, but can sue over a data breach. California's law, the toughest in the United States, enables fines of up to $7,500 for intentional failure to disclose data collection or selling others' data without permission.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 22:14:11 -0400
  • Alabama executes man convicted of 1997 quadruple murder

    Michael Samra was put to death by lethal injection at 7:10 p.m. CDT at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement. Amen," Samra said in his final statement, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. Samra was convicted in 1998 of four counts of murder and sentenced to die.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 21:21:42 -0400
  • U.S. Speaker Pelosi opens door to more funds for border migrant crisis

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    Pelosi was not talking about money for the border wall Trump wants, which Democrats oppose. Republican Trump on May 1 requested $4.5 billion for programs that house, feed, transport and oversee record numbers of Central American families seeking asylum and straining capacity at migrant shelters in border cities. Democrats initially questioned whether the administration was seeking more funding to expand the detention of migrants entering the United States illegally.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 21:07:20 -0400
  • Tennessee executes man convicted of wife's murder three decades ago

    Donnie Johnson was put to death by lethal injection at 7:37 p.m. CDT at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, the state's Department of Correction said in a statement. Johnson's co-worker Ronnie McCoy, an inmate on work release, testified that he left the couple alone in an office for about 15 minutes. When he returned, he found Connie suffocated, according to his court testimony.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 21:06:49 -0400
  • Tennessee executes man convicted of killing his wife

    (Reuters) - Tennessee on Thursday executed a 68-year-old man who was convicted three decades ago of suffocating his wife with a large plastic garbage bag, a crime he blamed on an inmate on work release.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 20:50:20 -0400
  • F-16 fighter jet crashes into California building: reports

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An F-16 fighter jet crashed into a commercial building at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California on Thursday, touching off a fire, local media reported.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 19:32:53 -0400
  • New round of claims against vendors, bondholders on tap in Puerto Rico bankruptcy

    Puerto Rico’s federally appointed oversight board will file another round of lawsuits against government vendors and bondholders, Luc Despins, a lawyer representing unsecured creditors in the U.S. commonwealth's bankruptcy, said on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who is hearing Puerto Rico's attempt to restructure about $120 billion of debt and pension obligations through a form of bankruptcy, approved on Thursday a stipulation between the board and an unsecured creditors committee allowing them to jointly pursue litigation ahead of a Monday deadline to file claims. The board recently filed a flurry of lawsuits seeking to recoup payments made to government vendors and owners of the island's general obligation bonds.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 19:16:57 -0400
  • Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions after eight weeks

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    The vote came a day after Alabama's governor signed into law the country's most restrictive abortion bill, outlawing nearly all abortions, absent a medical emergency. The Missouri bill now goes back to the state House of Representatives, where it originated, for final legislative action. The Alabama and Missouri measures, along with similar legislation proposed in more than a dozen other states, represent the latest efforts by political conservatives to challenge Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 19:13:44 -0400
  • Judge orders former U.S. soldier and WikiLeaks source Manning back to jail

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    A U.S. judge on Thursday found former U.S. soldier and WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning in contempt of court for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury and ordered her back to jail, a law enforcement official said. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga also ruled that if Manning does not comply with the grand jury subpoena after 30 days she will be fined $500 a day, the official said.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 18:05:10 -0400
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