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Too frail for death row? Texas inmate seeks execution reprieve

Too frail for death row? Texas inmate seeks execution reprieveAfter two recent botched U.S. executions of inmates with compromised veins, a convicted murderer and rapist is arguing he is too ill to be put to death by lethal injection in Texas later this month. Lawyers for Danny Bible, a 66-year-old inmate set to be executed on June 27, said in a federal court filing in June that his health and vein access were worse than inmates in Alabama and Ohio whose executions were called off after IV placements failed. The cases have capital punishment critics questioning whether justice is served by executing a person convicted of horrific crimes but who is now too weak or sick to be considered a threat.


06/18/2018 11:45 AM
Trial of former New England mob boss accused of murder to wrap up

Trial of former New England mob boss accused of murder to wrap upJurors are due to hear closing arguments on Monday in the trial of a former New England mob boss and an associate accused of participating in the 1993 murder of a Boston nightclub manager whose remains were discovered in Rhode Island two years ago. Federal prosecutors in Boston will make their final case for why jurors should find Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, 84, and Paul Weadick, 63, guilty for participating in the slaying of Steven DiSarro.


06/18/2018 10:02 AM
Democrats, activists rally against Trump's family separation policy

Democrats, activists rally against Trump's family separation policyBy Joseph Ax ELIZABETH, N.J. (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers joined protesters outside immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas on Sunday for Father's Day demonstrations against the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. "This must not be who we are as a nation," said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from New York and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside a facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.


06/18/2018 08:45 AM
Gang shootout at New Jersey arts festival kills one, injures 22

Gang shootout at New Jersey arts festival kills one, injures 22One of the shooting victims was a 13-year-old boy who was in extremely critical condition, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told a news conference. Three others were in critical condition. At least two people opened fire around 2:45 a.m. at the annual Art All Night event in Trenton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of New York City.


06/18/2018 06:50 AM
Five dead following U.S. Border Patrol car chase in Texas

Five dead following U.S. Border Patrol car chase in TexasFive immigrants died and several others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle careened out of control while being chased by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas about 90 miles (145 km) north of the Mexican border, officials said. Some of the injured were ejected from a Chevy Suburban packed with 14 people that was traveling up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph), Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters. The sport utility vehicle skidded off the road and then attempted to get back onto the highway, but the driver overcorrected and the vehicle flipped over, ejecting several people, Boyd said.


06/18/2018 01:45 AM
Five dead following Border Patrol car chase in Texas: reports

Five dead following Border Patrol car chase in Texas: reportsSome of the injured were ejected from a Chevy Suburban packed with 14 people that was traveling up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph), Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told KFDM News 4 television of San Antonio. Some of the victims were flown by helicopter to San Antonio for medical treatment. Border Patrol agents attempted to stop the vehicle when the chase ensued and were soon joined by Dimmit County deputies, KFDM reported.


06/17/2018 10:14 PM
Fields of dreams: Texas project seeks new corn strains for whiskey

Fields of dreams: Texas project seeks new corn strains for whiskeyBy Jon Herskovitz COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Reuters) - A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys. Seth Murray, a top corn breeder at Texas A&M University, and Rob Arnold, working on a doctorate at the school while making whiskey for a Fort Worth distiller, are trying to develop commercially viable strains of corn with identifiable flavors, in the same way as specific grapes define the taste of wine from California's Napa Valley or a Bordeaux produced in southwest France. If the project proves successful, it might not be until the middle of the next decade that it will produce a commercial whiskey.


06/17/2018 08:23 PM
Suspect dead after 20 hurt in shooting at New Jersey arts festival

Suspect dead after 20 hurt in shooting at New Jersey arts festival(Reuters) - A suspected gunman was fatally shot after multiple people opened fire at an all-night arts festival in New Jersey, wounding 20 people including a boy who is in critical condition, authorities said on Sunday. Prosecutors said a 33-year-old man was killed and a second suspect arrested after gunfire erupted at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT) at the event in the city of Trenton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of New York City. ... Multiple weapons have been recovered," Angelo Onofri, prosecutor for Mercer County, told a news conference.


06/17/2018 04:25 PM
Second deputy dies after she was shot during fight with prisoner

Second deputy dies after she was shot during fight with prisonerDeputy Theresa King, 44, who was with Kansas City Kansas Police Department for 13 years, died a little after midnight local time at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the department said in a statement. Another deputy, Patrick Rohrer, was also killed during the incident, officials said. The deputies were shot on Friday after a suspect overpowered at least one of them and perhaps took a weapon, said Major Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte Sheriff's Department said during a press conference.


06/16/2018 09:55 AM
Flooding possible in U.S. Southwest where wildfires scorch earth

Flooding possible in U.S. Southwest where wildfires scorch earthBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains expected on Saturday in the U.S. Southwest could help douse the numerous unrelenting wildfires crews are battling in the parched region. "Water can rise quickly downstream of heavy rain, even when thunderstorms and heavy rain are miles away," the service said in an advisory. "When an area has burned, soil become hydrophobic, or water resistant, which causes water to rush over soil instead of soak in," The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said in an advisory, noting that crews are in place to perform water rescues.


06/16/2018 07:27 AM
Rains expected to help teams battling U.S. Southwest wildfires

Rains expected to help teams battling U.S. Southwest wildfiresBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. Southwest will likely get a reprieve thanks to heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains this weekend after facing yet another day of windy and dry weather on Friday. Although the wet weather could help efforts to battle two dozen wildfires that are currently burning in the region, it could also cause flash floods, the National Weather Service added. The largest and most threatening blaze is the 416 Fire, which has scorched nearly 33,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched grass, brush and timber at the edge of the San Juan National Forest near the southwestern Colorado town of Durango.


06/16/2018 12:59 AM
U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail until trial

U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail until trialBy Sarah N. Lynch and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former election campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was sent to jail pending trial on Friday after being charged with witness tampering, the latest episode in his long fall from grace. Manafort, a long-time Republican operative and businessman, is a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election, and has been indicted on mostly financial-related charges, including conspiring to launder money and defraud the United States. Mueller last week charged him with witness tampering in the case.


06/16/2018 12:47 AM
Two former Roadrunner Transportation executives charged with fraud: U.S. Justice Department

Two former Roadrunner Transportation executives charged with fraud: U.S. Justice DepartmentTwo former executives of Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc were charged in an indictment unsealed on Friday for allegedly participating in an accounting and securities fraud scheme that resulted in a loss of more than $245 million in shareholder value, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mark Wogsland, 53, and Bret Naggs, 52, both of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, were charged with three counts of securities fraud and other violations for allegedly carrying out a scheme between 2014 and 2017 to mislead the company's shareholders, auditors, regulators and the investing public, the department said in a statement.


06/16/2018 12:25 AM
White House says Trump supports both House immigration bills, after all

White House says Trump supports both House immigration bills, after allBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump supported both Republican immigration bills being considered in the House of Representatives, offering a lifeline after the president suggested earlier that he opposed the more moderate bill. In an interview on Fox News Channel early on Friday, Trump appeared to blast one of two delicately crafted immigration proposals that had a better chance of passing. Shortly after the president's comments, House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership team suspended their Friday plans to build support for the more moderate of the two draft bills, which would protect 1.8 million "Dreamers" from deportation and provide them a path to citizenship.


06/16/2018 12:12 AM
California police offer $50,000 reward in long-unsolved murders

California police offer $50,000 reward in long-unsolved murdersCalifornia law enforcement officials on Friday offered a $50,000 reward to help crack the 1991 murders of an aspiring crime scene investigator and her family, hoping to capitalize on advances in DNA technology and publicity surrounding another high-profile case. In announcing a new push to solve the 27-year-old killings of state employee Marcy Jacobs, her husband and her daughter, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said they hoped new witnesses would come forward. Due to forensic advances, detectives working with the California Department of Justice have again begun actively working this case," Hahn said in a statement.


06/15/2018 11:40 PM
White House says Trump supports both House immigration bills, after all

White House says Trump supports both House immigration bills, after allBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump supported both Republican immigration bills being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives, offering a lifeline after the president suggested earlier he opposed the more moderate bill. In an interview on Fox News Channel early on Friday, Trump appeared to blast one of two delicately crafted immigration proposals that had a better chance of passing.


06/15/2018 11:35 PM
Kentucky man gets 30-day sentence in attack on Senator Rand Paul

Kentucky man gets 30-day sentence in attack on Senator Rand PaulRene Boucher, 60, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, must also serve one year of supervised release following his prison stay and pay a $10,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana said in a statement. During the period of supervised release, Boucher will also be ordered to serve 100 hours of community service, Boucher's attorney Matt Baker said.


06/15/2018 11:32 PM
Cut off by Hawaii lava, pot growers refuse to let go dream

Cut off by Hawaii lava, pot growers refuse to let go dreamHALEKAMAHINA HILL, Hawaii (Reuters) - Dale Altman and his grandson Josh Doran live on a 5-acre (2-hectare) plot atop a hill on Hawaii's Big Island by the erupting Kilauea volcano, where they grow medical marijuana. 


06/15/2018 10:39 PM
Lockheed Martin wins $503 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

Lockheed Martin wins $503 million U.S. defense contract: PentagonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp is awarded a $503 million modification to a previously issued order for air vehicle initial spares, to include F-35 Lightning II deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages and associated consumables, the Pentagon said on Friday.


06/15/2018 10:34 PM
Two former Roadrunner Transportation executives charged with fraud: U.S. Justice Department

Two former Roadrunner Transportation executives charged with fraud: U.S. Justice DepartmentTwo former executives of Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc were charged in an indictment unsealed on Friday for allegedly participating in an accounting and securities fraud scheme that resulted in a loss of more than $245 million in shareholder value, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mark Wogsland, 53, and Bret Naggs, 52, both of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, were charged with three counts of securities fraud and other violations for allegedly carrying out a scheme between 2014 and 2017 to mislead the company's shareholders, auditors, regulators and the investing public, the department said in a statement.


06/15/2018 10:33 PM
Kansas deputy killed, second officer wounded during prisoner transport

Kansas deputy killed, second officer wounded during prisoner transportThe deputies were shot after a suspect overpowered at least one of them and perhaps took a weapon, said Major Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte Sheriff's Department said during a press conference. "It is very possible that with their own firearm they were both shot," Bailiff said. The deputy who was killed was identified as Patrick Rohrer, 35, who had been with the department for seven years, officials said.


06/15/2018 10:01 PM
Trump supports Republican immigration bills in U.S. House: White House

Trump supports Republican immigration bills in U.S. House: White HousePresident Donald Trump supports both Republican immigration bills currently being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives, the White House said on Friday, clarifying his earlier statement that he opposed one of the measures. "The president fully supports both the (Representative Bob) Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill. In this morning's interview, he was commenting on the discharge petition in the House, and not the new package.


06/15/2018 09:32 PM
Attorney General Sessions hits out at Philadelphia over 'sanctuary' status

Attorney General Sessions hits out at Philadelphia over 'sanctuary' statusU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a speech at a local college on Friday, criticized Philadelphia and its mayor over the city's 'sanctuary' status, one that limits its cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. Sessions accused the city of coddling dangerous criminals and refusing to turn them over to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials when requested. "Philadelphia is not giving sanctuary to Americans but to foreign criminals," he said.


06/15/2018 08:32 PM
U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail pre-trial

U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail pre-trialBy Sarah N. Lynch and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A judge on Friday sent longtime Republican political operator and businessman Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after a charge of witness tampering, the latest episode in a slow fall from grace of a man who was President Donald Trump's campaign chairman in 2016. Manafort, a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, has been indicted on mostly financial-related charges, including conspiring to launder money and defraud the United States. Manafort had been on home confinement in Virginia, and was required to wear an electronic monitoring device.


06/15/2018 08:30 PM
U.S. government says nearly 2,000 child separations at Mexico border in under two months

U.S. government says nearly 2,000 child separations at Mexico border in under two monthsThe government said on Friday that 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults at the U.S.-Mexico border between April 19 and May 31, as the Trump administration implements stricter border enforcement policies. The number represents a dramatic uptick from the nearly 1,800 family separations that Reuters reported had happened from October 2016 through February of this year. The official tally of separations is now nearly 4,000 children, not including March and the beginning of April 2018.


06/15/2018 08:05 PM
Trump's personal lawyer Cohen loses bid for quick Avenatti gag order

Trump's personal lawyer Cohen loses bid for quick Avenatti gag orderBy Brendan O'Brien and Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, on Friday lost his bid for an emergency gag order to stop Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, from maligning him in frequent media appearances. In a brief order, U.S. District Judge James Otero in Los Angeles said Cohen had not shown he would face "immediate, irreparable injury" without an immediate restraining order.


06/15/2018 07:29 PM
Factbox: Under investigation or indicted - the Trump aides facing scrutiny

Factbox: Under investigation or indicted - the Trump aides facing scrutiny(Reuters) - The federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Donald Trump's campaign has targeted - directly or indirectly - a growing group of presidential associates. As Special Counsel Robert Mueller presses on with his Russia probe, the following is a list of people who have been indicted or are being investigated. The court documents related to Mueller's investigation are at https://www.justice.gov/sco.


06/15/2018 06:54 PM
Harvard records show discrimination against Asian-Americans: group

Harvard records show discrimination against Asian-Americans: groupBy Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard University killed an internal investigation in 2013 that found evidence the Ivy League school's admissions system is biased against Asian-American applicants, a nonprofit group suing the university alleged in a court filing on Friday. The claim by Students for Fair Admissions Inc came in a brief that sought to have a federal judge in Boston rule in its favor without a trial in a closely watched lawsuit accusing Harvard of discriminating against Asian-Americans. The group, headed by prominent anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, said evidence showed that Harvard had allowed race to become a dominant consideration in considering applicants rather than just a legally allowed "plus" factor.


06/15/2018 06:02 PM
Soaring costs, loss of benefits top Americans' healthcare worries: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Soaring costs, loss of benefits top Americans' healthcare worries: Reuters/Ipsos pollFor over a year now, Americans have listed healthcare as the most important problem facing the country, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. When asked what concerns them about U.S. healthcare, this is what they had to say: TOTAL COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE Sixty-five percent of Americans said in the poll that they are "very concerned" about the overall cost of health insurance, including premiums, deductibles and copays. This concern is consistent throughout the country: A majority of both millennials and baby boomers, whites and minorities, Democrats and Republicans were worried about healthcare costs.


06/15/2018 05:35 PM
Judge sends Manafort to jail pending trial

Judge sends Manafort to jail pending trialWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday revoked bail conditions for Paul Manafort, a move that will force U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman to spend his time in a jail cell awaiting his criminal trial. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman made the decision after prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, alleged that Manafort and one of his associates had tried to tamper with witnesses in the case. ...


06/15/2018 03:51 PM
Southern Star natural gas pipeline catches fire in Kansas

Southern Star natural gas pipeline catches fire in Kansas(Reuters) - A natural gas pipeline operated by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc caught fire in a rural area of Kansas, the company said on Friday, adding that no injuries were reported.


06/15/2018 03:48 PM
TransCanada fixes part of Leach Xpress natgas pipe after West Virginia blast

TransCanada fixes part of Leach Xpress natgas pipe after West Virginia blastThe Stagecoach meter in Monroe County on the Ohio-West Virginia border connects to EQT Midstream Partners LP's Strike Force South gathering fields in Monroe and Belmont counties in Ohio. Strike Force can also deliver to Energy Transfer Partners LP's Rover and Enbridge Inc's Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) pipelines.


06/15/2018 03:41 PM
Florida roller coaster derails, dropping two riders to ground

Florida roller coaster derails, dropping two riders to groundThe condition of the riders who fell was not known, and calls to the Halifax Health hospital, where they were taken for treatment, were not immediately returned. Six of 10 riders on the three-car "Sand Blaster" roller coaster were taken to the hospital after the incident, which began at about 8:30 p.m. local time (00:30 GMT), the Daytona Beach Fire Department said in a statement on Friday. The two people who fell had been in a car that derailed and was left dangling in the air, the fire department said.


06/15/2018 03:36 PM
Manafort pleads not guilty to witness-tampering charges, judge weighs revoking bail

Manafort pleads not guilty to witness-tampering charges, judge weighs revoking bailWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty on Friday to new witness tampering charges brought by the special counsel investigating Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


06/15/2018 03:19 PM
Crews battling U.S. wildfires face hot, dry conditions before rain comes

Crews battling U.S. wildfires face hot, dry conditions before rain comesBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. Southwest will face windy and dry weather on Friday before possibly getting a reprieve over the weekend, when widespread showers and thunderstorms are forecast. Red flag warnings are in effect for southern Nevada, southern Utah and western Colorado, where winds gusts could reach 45 miles (72 km) an hour and humidity could reach around 10 percent on Friday, the National Weather Service said. Although the wet weather could help efforts to battle two dozen wildfires that are currently burning in the region, it could also cause flash floods, the National Weather Service added.


06/15/2018 02:29 PM
Food aid curbs sought by Republicans would hit rural poor

Food aid curbs sought by Republicans would hit rural poorFor the Greens and other rural Americans who get nutrition assistance, making ends meet could get tougher if Republicans in Washington, including President Donald Trump, carry out plans to make it harder to qualify for food aid. The House plan is an initial step in a welfare-cutting push by Republicans that could play out for years if the party keeps control of Congress in November's midterm election. After approving tax cuts in December that are projected to add $1.9 trillion to the U.S. debt over a decade, Republicans, led by Trump, want to trim the social safety net.


06/15/2018 10:08 AM
Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii's volcano-stricken Big Island

Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii's volcano-stricken Big IslandBy Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday approved federal emergency housing aid and other relief for victims of the six-week-old Kilauea Volcano eruption on Hawaii's Big Island, where hundreds of homes have been destroyed, state officials said. The approval came a day after Governor David Ige formally requested assistance for an estimated 2,800 residents who have lost their homes to lava flows or were forced from their dwellings under evacuation orders since Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has said that rivers of molten rock spewed from volcanic fissures at the foot of Kilauea have engulfed roughly 600 homes.


06/15/2018 09:18 AM
New York sues Trump and his charity over 'self-dealing'

New York sues Trump and his charity over 'self-dealing'The New York state attorney general sued U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and his foundation on Thursday, saying he illegally used the nonprofit as a personal "checkbook" for his own benefit, including his 2016 presidential campaign. Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, asked a state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation and to ban Trump, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and his daughter Ivanka from holding leadership roles in New York charities.


06/15/2018 12:09 AM
Four children slain at start of Florida standoff: police

Four children slain at start of Florida standoff: policePolice who stormed the apartment after 21 hours on Monday night found suspect Gary Wayne Lindsey, 35, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The bodies of four children were also found inside the three-bedroom apartment. Police have said Lindsey was the father of the two youngest children.


06/14/2018 11:59 PM
New York court dismisses Trump appeal in 'Apprentice' contestant's lawsuit

New York court dismisses Trump appeal in 'Apprentice' contestant's lawsuitThe state's Court of Appeals dismissed Trump's request to halt Summer Zervos' lawsuit for calling her a liar after she accused him of sexual misconduct. It said the underlying ruling from which Trump was appealing was not a final ruling, warranting the appeal's dismissal. Trump and his lawyer Marc Kasowitz have argued that the U.S. Constitution deprives state courts of jurisdiction over sitting presidents, and that Trump is immune from lawsuits over private conduct predating his entering the White House.


06/14/2018 11:20 PM
Report rebukes Comey, but says no bias in Clinton email case

Report rebukes Comey, but says no bias in Clinton email caseBy Sarah N. Lynch and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Director James Comey made a "serious error of judgment" when he announced shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election that he was reopening an investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said on Thursday.


06/14/2018 11:19 PM
Kellogg issues massive Honey Smacks cereal recall over Salmonella risk

Kellogg issues massive Honey Smacks cereal recall over Salmonella riskThe U.S. Food & Drug Administration said it worked with Kellogg to issue the recall after preliminary evidence linked the product to more than 60 illnesses. "The FDA is working with the company to quickly remove this cereal from the marketplace," the agency said in a statement. The FDA said it has asked Kellogg to request that all retailers of the product immediately put up signs saying Honey Smacks cereal has been recalled and to remove the potentially contaminated product from shelves.


06/14/2018 11:11 PM
Rare Audubon 'Birds of America' sells for $9.6 million in New York

Rare Audubon 'Birds of America' sells for $9.6 million in New YorkThe richly illustrated 19th century book, featuring more than 400 hand-colored illustrations of 1,037 life-size birds, was one of just 13 complete sets thought to be remaining in private hands. Audubon's "The Birds of America" was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838 and represented his years-long mission to find and paint all the known species of birds in North America.


06/14/2018 10:56 PM
FBI chief says agents will be held accountable for any misconduct

FBI chief says agents will be held accountable for any misconductWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the FBI said on Thursday the agency accepted a watchdog's findings on its conduct during the investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails and said employees would be held accountable for any misconduct.


06/14/2018 10:32 PM
Lawsuit challenges Texas abortion curbs

Lawsuit challenges Texas abortion curbsWhole Woman's Health Alliance and six nonprofits providing abortion-related services said Texas' licensing, parental notification, waiting period, ultrasound and other requirements violated women's due process rights. The complaint was filed in the federal court in Austin, Texas against state officials including Attorney General Ken Paxton and health services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, and seeks to block enforcement of the challenged laws.


06/14/2018 10:29 PM
Boeing wins $1.5 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

Boeing wins $1.5 billion U.S. defense contract: PentagonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co has been awarded a $1.5 billion contract for upgrades of F/A-18A/B, C/D, E/F and EA-18G aircraft for the Navy and foreign military sales customers, the Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday.


06/14/2018 09:19 PM
Trump blasts New York lawsuit: 'I won't settle this case!'

Trump blasts New York lawsuit: 'I won't settle this case!'President Donald Trump lashed out at "sleazy New York Democrats" on Thursday after the state's attorney general sued him, three of his children and his foundation, saying he used the charity as his "personal checkbook." Trump vowed that he would never settle the case, brought by current Attorney General Barbara Underwood. The president took to Twitter on Thursday to blame the action on "disciples" of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in May after four women in a magazine article accused him of physical abuse. "The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000.


06/14/2018 09:13 PM
Place your bets! New Jersey kicks off era of legalized sports betting

Place your bets! New Jersey kicks off era of legalized sports bettingBy Hilary Russ OCEANPORT, N.J. (Reuters) - With two $20 bets and a rambunctious crowd awaiting their turn, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy placed the state's very first legal sports bets on Thursday, capping a years-long battle to end the ban on sports betting in the Garden State." This is a huge step forward for gaming, for the tracks, for the economy of this state," Murphy said before placing his bets, with a crowd of media swarming him as he stepped to the counter at Monmouth Park Racetrack. Murphy's wagers - that Germany will win the World Cup and the New Jersey Devils will take home hockey's Stanley Cup next year - may not seem monumental.


06/14/2018 09:06 PM
Elon Musk's Boring Co to build high-speed airport link in Chicago

Elon Musk's Boring Co to build high-speed airport link in ChicagoBy Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago has selected Elon Musk's Boring Co to build a $1 billion underground transit system that will whisk people from Chicago's downtown Loop district to O'Hare International Airport at 150 miles per hour (240 km per hour), the billionaire entrepreneur and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Thursday. The system will travel the 17 miles from downtown to O'Hare, one of the world's busiest airports, in 12 minutes, less time than it takes to get through airport security, Emanuel said at a news conference in an unfinished underground train station in the Loop that will be used by the system. People will travel nonstop between the Loop and O'Hare in 16-passenger vehicles called "skates," which will leave every 30 seconds, the Boring Co said.


06/14/2018 08:29 PM
Michigan adopts strictest lead water rules in the United States

Michigan adopts strictest lead water rules in the United StatesMichigan on Thursday adopted the strictest U.S. rules to guard against lead in drinking water, a move sparked by the Flint water crisis that exposed thousands of city residents to the toxic chemical, officials said. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who has been criticized for his slow response in the crisis, said state officials decided to exceed federal standards in plans to lower the state's requirement for lead concentration levels in water. "As a state, we could no longer afford to wait on needed changes at the federal level, so Michigan has stepped up to give our residents a smarter, safer rule – one that better safeguards water systems in all communities," he said in the statement.


06/14/2018 07:07 PM