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  • Troops search ruins as California wildfire death toll climbs

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    The "Camp Fire" blaze last Thursday obliterated the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, once home to 27,000 people. Most of the missing in and around Paradise, which lies about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, are aged over 65. The National Guard contingent, 50 military police officers, has joined dozens of search-and-recovery workers and at least 22 cadaver dogs.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:47:18 -0500
  • After 2,000 miles they crossed the U.S. border; then tragedy struck

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    TUCSON, Ariz./AGUACATE, Guatemala (Reuters) - The 911 emergency call came in to the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson station around midnight. Gomez said he was lost. The Border Patrol tallied 294 deaths in fiscal year 2017, the last year for which data is available.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:30:42 -0500
  • DNA firm schooled in war zones helps ID California fire victims

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    ANDE, the only Rapid DNA analysis company approved by the FBI for work on military, forensic, homeland security and intelligence projects, was hired by the Butte County Sheriff's office to identify remains of some of the 56 people killed in northern California's Camp Fire. Coroner-led recovery teams, cadaver dogs and a National Guard contingent scouring debris from the deadliest fire in California's history turn over tissue and bone fragments to the ANDE team, which is able to generate DNA IDs in under two hours through Rapid DNA analysis. "People have experienced so much loss and it's not over yet," said ANDE's chief communications officer, Annette Mattern.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:05:26 -0500
  • Texas executes Mexican who killed his family 26 years ago

    Robert Moreno Ramos, 64, was given a lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville, and pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m., state corrections officials said. Before he died, Ramos said he was thankful to the Mexican consulate for battling his death sentence and ensuring he received humane treatment while in prison. Ramos was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for killing his wife Leticia and their children, Abigail, 7, and Jonathan, 3, the state's Department of Justice said in court filings.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:29:04 -0500
  • Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak - commander

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    The number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border positions. The outlook by Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan, while not definitive, suggests that the high-profile military mission could soon achieve its goal of helping harden the border ahead of the expected arrival of caravans of Central American migrants in the coming weeks. The deployment, which critics have called a pre-election political stunt by President Donald Trump, was initially expected to reach more than 7,000 forces, acting in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:08:56 -0500
  • At least 56 killed, 130 missing in California's deadliest wildfire

    National Guard troops joined the grim search on Wednesday for more victims in the ruins of an incinerated northern California town while the death toll climbed to 56 in the most deadly and destructive wildfire in the state's history. The latest fatality count was announced as authorities released a revised list of 130 people reported missing by loved ones after flames largely obliterated the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, last Thursday. Nearly 230 people were initially reported as missing in the killer blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:56:10 -0500
  • Texas executes Mexican man for bludgeoning to death his family

    (Reuters) - A Mexican man was executed in Texas on Wednesday for bludgeoning his 42-year-old wife and two children to death with a sledgehammer at their home in 1992, the state said.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:17:07 -0500
  • Cadaver dogs lead grim search for victims in California fire

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    A shaggy male Australian shepherd named IC darted nervously through the charred remnants of a house in Paradise, California, sniffing for victims of the deadliest blaze in the state's history. "He’s getting an overload of scent," said his handler, Trish Moutard, a volunteer with CARDA, the California Animal Rescue Dog Society, while searching properties on Forest Glen Road in Paradise. IC was among several cadaver dogs brought in to look for victims of the Camp Fire, which has so far killed 48 people and burned 135,000 acres (55,000 hectares).

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:02:59 -0500
  • Michael Avenatti arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence

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    Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Jeff Lee said no further details were immediately available, but he said Avenatti was released on bail after he was formally booked in the case. "They'll take a look at it and see if there's enough evidence to proceed." The celebrity news website TMZ, which broke the news of Avenatti's arrest, reported that it stemmed from a physical confrontation between him and a woman at an apartment building Tuesday night in the Century City district of Los Angeles. Avenatti, who has indicated that he might run for president in 2020 as a Democrat, denied wrongdoing in a statement issued through his law firm and in a statement to reporters outside the LAPD West Los Angeles police station following his release.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:37:19 -0500
  • Two killed, dozens injured in Mississippi bus crash

    The accident took place along Interstate 269 about 1:30 p.m. CST (1930 GMT). Two of the people hurt were sent to local trauma centers with critical injuries and a third was listed in serious condition, said Ayoka Pond of Baptist Memorial Hospital. Pond said a total of 26 passengers were sent to Baptist hospitals - one in Southaven, Mississippi, and the other in Collierville, Tennessee.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:56:10 -0500
  • Chicago's focus turns to pensions after budget approval

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    The Chicago City Council on Wednesday gave overwhelming approval to the final budget proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who leaves office next year, and who said he will address looming pension funding challenges in December. "Our work is not done but we can say given where we were at a fiscal cliff seven years ago, financial drain on the city, we can say with confidence we're back on solid ground," Emanuel told the council following its 48-1 vote on his $10.67 billion budget for fiscal 2019. Chicago's unfunded pension liability was $28 billion in 2017, down from $35.7 billion in the prior year.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:29:28 -0500
  • Brother of Sinaloa Cartel leader testifies against 'El Chapo'

    The testimony from Jesus Reynaldo Zambada, 57, came on the second day of Guzman's drug trafficking trial in Brooklyn federal court. Jesus Zambada, who was extradited to the United States from Mexico in 2012 and is cooperating with U.S. authorities, offered a look at the inner workings of the cartel, which prosecutors say has made billions of dollars selling cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine. Guzman, 61, faces 17 criminal counts, and life in prison if convicted.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:07:23 -0500
  • 'Progress is being made' against California's deadliest wildfire

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    The confirmed death toll from the Camp Fire stood at 48 as the footprint of the fire grew by 5,000 acres to 135,000 acres(55,000 hectares), even as diminished winds and rising humidity allowed firefighters to carve containment lines around more than a third of the perimeter. "Progress is being made," said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) at a news conference flanked by Governor Jerry Brown, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other officials. The escalating search for additional human remains in the fire zone is focused on what little is left of Paradise, California, in the Sierra foothills about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, which was mostly incinerated last Thursday.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:51:20 -0500
  • Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit

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    President Donald Trump's politically charged decision to send U.S. troops to the Mexico border came ahead of U.S. midterm congressional elections last week, as Trump sought to strengthen border security as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration. Trump's supporters, including Republicans in Congress, have embraced the deployment. "It's very clear that support to border police or border patrol is necessary right now," Mattis said, noting that that was the assessment of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:58:29 -0500
  • Possible witnesses against 'El Chapo' revealed at U.S. trial

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    Defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman said as part of his opening statement that he expected prosecutors to call Cesar Gastelum, Damaso Lopez and Miguel Angel Martinez, former drug traffickers who are now cooperating with authorities. Gastelum moved tons of cocaine a week through Central America to Mexico for Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel, the U.S. Treasury Department said in 2014.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:14:37 -0500
  • Mexican man faces execution in Texas for bludgeoning death of family

    Roberto Ramos Moreno, 64, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for killing his 42-year-old wife Leticia Ramos and their children, Abigail Ramos, 7, and Jonathan Ramos, 3, with a sledgehammer, according to court filings from the state's Department of Justice. After Leticia Ramos' sister reported that she and the two children were missing, officers found their bodies buried beneath the bathroom floor of their Progreso, Texas, home. Ramos' attorney Danalynn Recer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:01:36 -0500
  • U.S. safety board holds hearing on fatal Southwest engine explosion

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    Dallas-based Southwest has been under scrutiny since an engine on a flight headed from New York to Dallas blew apart in mid-air over Pennsylvania, shattering a plane window, flinging shrapnel and killing passenger Jennifer Riordan, one of 149 people aboard. The hearing in Washington turned to a detailed summary of the engine failure on flight 1380, including details of the fan blade design and development history of the engine type that failed, a CFM56-7B made by CFM International, a transatlantic joint-venture between General Electric Co and France's Safran SA . The hearing also focused on engine fan blade inspection methods.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:33:21 -0500
  • U.S. seeks to strike El Chapo lawyer's opening statement

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    U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday asked a federal judge to strike the opening statement made a day earlier by the lawyer for accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on the first day of his trial in Brooklyn for drug smuggling. In a letter to U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan, prosecutors said the lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, tried improperly to sway the jury by arguing that Guzman had been selectively targeted for prosecution, an argument the court had barred him from making.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:07:58 -0500
  • Air Force pilot killed, another injured in crash in Texas: Air Force

    (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed and another injured when their supersonic jet crashed in Texas, the Air Force said on Wednesday.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 06:12:11 -0500
  • Sitting in the embers, Californians wonder: can Paradise be rebuilt?

    Like many residents of this town of about 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, Reasons came to Paradise for its spectacular natural vistas and affordability. By Tuesday, the fire about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco expanded to 130,000 acres. "We consider ourselves survivors, and we will come back from the ashes," said Paradise Emergency Operations Coordinator Jim Broshears, a resident since 1974. "We are fully committed to building a new Paradise".   Rebuilding will take a lot of work, but those who love the town say it will be worth it.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:27:55 -0500
  • Death toll hits 48 in California's worst wildfire disaster

    The remains of six more fire victims were found on Tuesday in a northern California town overrun by flames last week, raising the death toll to 48 in the most lethal and destructive wildfire in California's history. The latest fatality count was announced by Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea after forensic teams with cadaver dogs spent the day combing through a ghostly landscape strewn with ash and charred debris in what was left of the Sierra foothills hamlet of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. Honea said 100 National Guard troops were being sent in at his request to assist the search for additional human remains left by the so-called Camp Fire.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:07:24 -0500
  • House Democrats to probe Trump impact on FBI, Justice: lawmaker

    Representative Jerrold Nadler, now the panel's top Democrat, gave acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and FBI Director Christopher Wray until Dec. 31 to respond to more than 100 letters House Democrats have already sent concerning Trump's behavior toward U.S. law enforcement, including verbal attacks on senior officials. "I write with growing concern over President Trump's repeated attacks on the integrity of the Department of Justice and the FBI," Nadler told Whitaker and Wray in the Tuesday letter that was made public.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:33:36 -0500
  • Deadly 'megafires' the new normal in California

    Born of tinder dry conditions and erratic winds, the "Camp Fire" was the latest California megafire, a huge blaze that burns more intensely and quickly than anything the state has experienced before. The U.S. Forest Service defines a megafire as a single blaze that burns more than 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares). In recent years authorities in California have reported an increase in such large, explosive and swiftly spreading wildfires over a virtually year-round fire season.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:01:41 -0500
  • Man convicted on terrorism charge in 2017 Michigan airport stabbing

    A jury in Flint, Michigan, found Amor Ftouhi, 51, of the Canadian province of Quebec, guilty on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport, interference with airport security and committing an act of terrorism, the court said. Ftouhi had pleaded not guilty and the trial began last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:41:45 -0500
  • Teams 'look for skulls' in ashes of California's deadliest wildfire

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    The intensified effort to locate victims came on the sixth day of a blaze that incinerated over 7,000 homes and other buildings, including most of the town of Paradise in the Sierra foothills of rural Butte County about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. County Sheriff Kory Honea said 228 people were listed as missing, and his office also was conducting "well-being checks" on nearly 1,300 individuals whose loved ones had reported concern for their whereabouts. By Tuesday, the killer blaze dubbed the Camp Fire had blackened 125,000 acres (50,500 hectares) of drought-parched scrub and brush, up 8,000 acres from the night before, but crews had carved containment lines around nearly a third of the fire's expanding perimeter.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:52:48 -0500
  • Sitting in the embers, Californians wonder: can Paradise be rebuilt?

    Like many residents of this town of about 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, Reasons came to Paradise for its spectacular natural vistas and affordability. By Tuesday, the fire about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco expanded to 125,000 acres. "We consider ourselves survivors, and we will come back from the ashes," said Paradise Emergency Operations Coordinator Jim Broshears, a resident since 1974. "We are fully committed to building a new Paradise".   Rebuilding will take a lot of work, but those who love the town say it will be worth it.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:52:48 -0500
  • El Chapo is a scapegoat for drug lord who bribed Mexico's president: lawyer

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    "He's blamed for being the leader while the real leaders are living freely and openly in Mexico," attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said on the first day of Guzman's trial for drug smuggling in Brooklyn federal court, which is expected to last up to four months. Mayo Zambada did." Lichtman also said that Zambada had been left free because he "bribes the entire government of Mexico including up to the very top, the current president of Mexico," Enrique Pena Nieto. Pena Nieto's spokesman said of the accusation: "That is false." Lichtman's statement came after Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels laid out the U.S. government's case, describing how prosecutors would prove that Guzman rose from a low-level marijuana trafficker in the 1970s to lead the powerful Sinaloa Cartel.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:46:27 -0500
  • House Democrats to probe Trump impact on FBI, Justice: lawmaker

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    Representative Jerrold Nadler, now the panel's top Democrat, gave acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and FBI Director Christopher Wray until Dec. 31 to respond to more than 100 letters House Democrats have already sent concerning Trump's behavior toward U.S. law enforcement, including verbal attacks on senior officials. "I write with growing concern over President Trump's repeated attacks on the integrity of the Department of Justice and the FBI," Nadler told Whitaker and Wray in the Nov. 13 letter that was made public.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:30:05 -0500
  • Pentagon official: 'No fundamental concern' over defense consolidation

    The U.S. government is still reviewing a merger of Harris Corp and L3 Technologies, a top Pentagon official said on Tuesday, adding that she had no fundamental concerns about further consolidation in the U.S. defense sector. Harris and L3, maker of military communications equipment and other weapons, on Oct. 14 said they planned an all-stock merger that will create the sixth-largest U.S. defense contractor with a market value of $34 billion.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:05:41 -0500
  • Motorists drove 0.8 percent fewer miles on U.S. roads in September: DOT

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    Motorists drove 0.8 percent fewer miles on U.S. roads and highways in September versus last year, according to figures released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Travel for the month is estimated to be 260.6 billion vehicle miles, DOT says, down from 262.6 billion miles last year. Motorists increased miles traveled on U.S. roads and highways for the sixth consecutive year in 2017, according to DOT.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:03:35 -0500
  • U.S. judge to hold hearing on CNN White House lawsuit

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    In its lawsuit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, the cable news network said the White House violated the First Amendment right to free speech as well as the due process clause of the Constitution providing fair treatment through judicial process. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, dismissed the action as "just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit." U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to respond to the lawsuit by 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) on Wednesday and he set a hearing for 3:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) that day on the request for a restraining order. Kelly, a former lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Committee, was nominated to the bench by Trump last year.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:00:06 -0500
  • U.S. anti-Semitic hate crimes spiked 37 percent in 2017: FBI

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    The release of the data comes just weeks after a gunman burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue and shot dead 11 worshippers while shouting "All Jews must die." According to the FBI's annual Hate Crime Statistics report, there were a total of 7,175 hate crime incidents reported last year by law enforcement agencies, up from 6,121 incidents in 2016. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement that hate crimes were "despicable violations" of America's values. "I am particularly troubled by the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes," Whitaker said.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:41:30 -0500
  • Factbox: The career of Mexico's brutal Robin Hood, 'El Chapo' Guzman

    The evidence likely to be presented at the New York trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will paint a picture of a Robin Hood figure, albeit a brutal one, who amassed a $14 billion fortune by bribery, murdering rivals and smuggling huge amounts of drugs. Guzman’s lawyers have signaled that they intend to downplay their client’s role in the Sinaloa Cartel which prosecutors say he led for years, at the trial which starts on Tuesday. The following includes some of the most colorful claims made by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) in pre-trial documents: * Guzman started as a teenager cultivating marijuana and growing poppies for heroin production, going on to become the main leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, "the world’s largest and most prolific drug trafficking organization." * While he was guarded by a virtual army of enforcers and cartel assassins, Guzman was also known to carry a gold-plated AK-47 assault rifle and a diamond-encrusted pistol for his own personal protection.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:34:23 -0500
  • Ohio lays murder charges in deaths of eight people in rural family feud

    Four members of the Wagner family were charged with murdering seven members of the Rhoden family and a fiancée of one of the victims, DeWine said by Twitter. In April 2016, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and DeWine said it was clear the victims, ranging in age from 16 to 44, had been deliberately singled out for attack at four different crime scenes, most of them while they slept.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:16:06 -0500
  • Man convicted on terrorism charge in 2017 Michigan airport stabbing

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    A jury in Flint, Michigan, found Amor Ftouhi guilty on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport, interference with airport security and committing an act of terrorism, the court said.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:50:30 -0500
  • 'Megafire' that torched town now common in California

    Born of tinder dry conditions and erratic winds, the "Camp Fire" was the latest California megafire, a huge blaze that burns more intensely and quickly than anything the state has experienced before. In recent years authorities in California have reported an increase in such large, explosive and swiftly spreading wildfires over a virtually year-round fire season. Four out of the five largest fires in California history have occurred in the last six years.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:48:44 -0500
  • Iowa senator says expect fewer biofuel waivers from Wheeler's EPA

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may issue fewer biofuel waivers to small refineries under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler than it did under its previous leadership, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said on Tuesday. "I sense that Wheeler has a feeling that (former Administrator Scott Pruitt) was very liberal on his issuing of waivers," Grassley told a conference call.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:18:54 -0500
  • U.S. top court to review Virginia voting districts in race case

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    The high court will hear an appeal by the Republican-led state House of Delegates of a June ruling by a federal three-judge panel that said the 11 state House districts in question all violated the rights of black voters to equal protection under the law under the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. Democrats have accused Republicans in Virginia and other states of crafting such legislative maps in a way that crams black and other minority voters into certain districts in order to reduce their overall sway in the state. The justices said the lower court had not sufficiently analyzed the consideration of race by the Republican legislators in the process of drawing Virginia's electoral map.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:01:13 -0500
  • U.S. court orders Georgia to continue review of governor's race

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    Georgia voters will wait until at least Friday for the final word on who will be their next governor after a U.S. federal judge ordered state election officials to review provisional ballots cast in last week's election. In an order late on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg urged county election officials to conduct a "good faith" or "independent" review of ballots cast by voters on a provisional basis in the race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican and former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:27:30 -0500
  • Colorado voters reject tougher rules on oil and gas drilling

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    The measure was defeated in an election that saw oil companies pour millions of dollars into efforts to combat the proposal and was one of several ballot initiatives that sought to curb fossil fuels use. Shares in producers active in the state gained ground on Wednesday, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp , which rose 5.7 percent, and Noble Energy Inc , which climbed 4.2 percent. It garnered 43 percent of votes, according to final data from the Colorado Secretary of State's office.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:19:06 -0500
  • U.S. plans new limits on heavy-duty truck emissions

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce plans to propose new rules to significantly decrease emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxide from diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks, an agency official said. Industry groups and state environmental officials have urged the EPA to set new nationwide rules as the state of California has been moving forward with plans to set new state emissions limits. California also wants nationwide rules, in part because more than half of all trucks delivering goods in the state are registered in other states.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:16:33 -0500
  • Trump seeks end of Florida recount; Democrats win Arizona Senate seat

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    TAMPA, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged Florida election officials to end a recount and declare his fellow Republicans the winners of disputed races in last week's elections, while Democrats picked up a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona. U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema declared victory and Republican opponent Martha McSally conceded after multiple media outlets called the closely contested Arizona race for the Democrat. Sinema will succeed Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic, who did not seek-election.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:09:52 -0500
  • At least 42 fatalities tallied in California's deadliest wildfire ever

    The latest death toll, up from 29 tallied over the weekend, was announced by Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea at an evening news conference in the nearby city of Chico after authorities found the bodies of 13 more victims of the devastating blaze dubbed the Camp Fire. The fire already ranked as the most destructive on record in California in terms of property losses, having consumed more than 7,100 homes and other structures since igniting on Thursday in Butte County's Sierra foothills, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. Honea said 228 people were officially listed as missing in the disaster, but added that his office had received requests to check on the wellbeing of more than 1,500 people who had not been heard from by loved ones.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:28:29 -0500
  • Fewer foreign students coming to United States for second year in row: survey

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    The number of international students entering U.S. colleges and universities has fallen for the second year in a row, a nonprofit group said on Tuesday, amid efforts by the Trump administration to tighten restrictions on foreigners studying in the United States. Visa and immigration policy changes by the Trump administration have deterred some international students from enrolling, college administrators and immigration analysts said. A strong dollar has made U.S. college tuition relatively more expensive, Canadian and European universities are competing fiercely for the same students and headlines about mass shootings also may have deterred some students, said Allan Goodman, president of IIE.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:10:56 -0500
  • Carpenter erects wooden crosses in honor of shooting rampage victims

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    Mourners returned on Monday to the scene of a shooting rampage at a bar in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks, where a Chicago-area carpenter erected wooden crosses dedicated to each of the 12 victims. Greg Zanis, who has been building crosses to remember shooting victims for more than two decades, said he arrived in Thousand Oaks, 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, early on Sunday morning to meet the families and put up the crosses. A former U.S. Marine combat veteran opened fire last week in the Borderline Bar and Grill bar, which was packed with line-dancing college students, killing 12 people in a mass shooting that stunned Thousand Oaks, a bucolic Southern California community with a reputation for safety.

    Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:06:31 -0500
  • California's PG&E reports outage in area at time Camp wildfire erupted

    In a regulatory filing, PG&E said it "observed by aerial patrol damage to a transmission tower" one mile (1.6 km) northeast of the town of Pulga, which is about 27 miles (43 km)from the town of Paradise, which was devastated by the wildfire. Shares of PG&E Corp , which operates in the northern part of California, dropped 16 percent on Monday, bringing its loss over two sessions to 29 percent, equivalent to $8 billion. Emergency teams searched on Monday for more than 200 people listed as missing in the deadliest northern California wildfire on record as officials voiced concerns the casualty toll will climb higher and crews battled for a fifth day to suppress the flames.

    Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:08:37 -0500
  • Paradise lost: Grim search under way in incinerated California town

    University anthropologists, trained in spotting bone fragments and other blackened body parts, systematically mined the ash and detritus of buildings wiped out when a wildfire swept through the town of Paradise, 100 miles north of Sacramento, on Thursday. For friends and relatives of the unaccounted-for in and around the town of 26,000 residents, the wait has been excruciating, knowing that the remains of some of the dead may never be recovered. "In some cases, the fire burned so intensely that it burned everything to the ground, and in some cases it melted the metal," Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Sunday.

    Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:07:36 -0500
  • At least 42 killed in northern California wildfire, now deadliest in U.S. history: sheriff

    Remains have been recovered from at least 42 people killed by a devastating wildfire that largely incinerated the town of Paradise in northern California, making it the deadliest in U.S. history, the Butte County sheriff said on Monday. The latest death toll was announced after authorities located the remains of 13 additional victims from the Camp Fire, which also ranks as the most destructive on record in California, having leveled more than 7,100 homes and other buildings since it erupted on Thursday, officials said.

    Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:48:46 -0500
  • Factbox: Too close to call - U.S. federal, state elections still in flux

    The outcomes of two Senate races, 13 House seats and two governorships had yet to be settled on Monday. The results of Arizona's U.S. Senate race became clear on Monday, when Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema declared victory and Republican candidate Martha McSally conceded after multiple media outlets called the race for Sinema. Florida ordered a recount in the race where Democratic Senator Bill Nelson trailed his Republican challenger, Florida Governor Rick Scott.

    Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:32:20 -0500
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