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Kremlin says charges over U.S. election tampering prove nothing

Kremlin says charges over U.S. election tampering prove nothingThe Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. charges against 13 Russians and several Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign contained zero proof of Russian state involvement. The comments were the Kremlin's first reaction to charges drawn up by the office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller which centered on a Russian businessman nicknamed 'Putin's cook' by the Russian media who U.S. officials say has extensive ties to the country's military and political establishment.


02/19/2018 02:15 PM
Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018

Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia. A pair of conferences usually devoted to staid topics about election administration were instead packed with sessions dedicated to fending off election cyber attacks from Russia or others, as federal authorities tried to portray confidence while pleading with some states to take the threat more seriously. "Everyone in this room understands that what we are facing from foreign adversaries, particularly Russia, is real," Chris Krebs, a senior cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), told an audience of secretaries of state, who in many states oversee elections.


02/19/2018 12:21 PM
UberEATS deliveryman wanted in fatal shooting

UberEATS deliveryman wanted in fatal shootingThe 30-year-old man was shot multiple times after exchanging words with the driver in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police told Atlanta's NBC affiliate WXIA, channel 11. The UberEats driver then fled in his vehicle and the wounded man died at a local hospital, police told local media.


02/19/2018 11:46 AM
Russian alleged election interference not working: McMaster

Russian alleged election interference not working: McMasterMoscow's efforts to meddle in Western elections are backfiring, serving instead to strengthen and unify a broad range of people against Russia, top U.S. security official H.R. McMaster said on Saturday, a day after Washington indicted 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies. Russian officials denied the allegations, and one senior diplomat dismissed the charges as "fantasies" being used by some in Washington for political gain in a deeply divided United States after the election of Donald Trump as president.


02/19/2018 10:25 AM
Students plan protests, Washington march, to demand gun control after mass shooting

Students plan protests, Washington march, to demand gun control after mass shootingBy Zachary Fagenson and Katanga Johnson PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students mobilized across the country on Sunday to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people on Wednesday using an assault-style rifle, joined others on social media to plan the events, including a Washington march. "I felt like it was our time to take a stand," said Lane Murdock, 15, of Connecticut.


02/19/2018 03:14 AM
Student survivors of Florida shooting slam Trump over FBI tweets

Student survivors of Florida shooting slam Trump over FBI tweetsBy Katanga Johnson PARKLAND, Fla (Reuters) - Student survivors of the deadliest-ever shooting at a U.S. high school reacted angrily on Sunday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the FBI may have been too distracted with a Russia probe to follow leads that could have prevented the massacre. "Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter," Trump tweeted late Saturday. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion." Trump offered no evidence that there was any connection between the investigation of Russian meddling and the FBI's failure to prevent the Florida shooting.


02/18/2018 10:31 PM
Trump: FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe

Trump: FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probeBy Michelle Price WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school. In a series of tweets over the weekend sent from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump said congressional investigations and political "hatred" showed that Russia had succeeded in sowing "discord, disruption and chaos" in the United States.


02/18/2018 09:30 PM
Stunned by massacre, U.S. students demand tighter gun controls

Stunned by massacre, U.S. students demand tighter gun controlsStunned by last week's bloodiest high school shooting in U.S. history, students across the country were mobilizing on Sunday for stronger gun laws, while Florida officials contemplated when to reopen their badly shaken school. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people on Wednesday, joined others on social media to plan rallies, a Washington march and a national walk-out aimed at getting the attention of an adult population many say has failed to protect them. Murdock, a 15-old sophomore who lives 20 miles (32 km) from Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and six adults were shot dead five years ago, drew more than 36,000 signatures on an online petition Sunday morning calling on students to walk out of their high schools on April 20.


02/18/2018 07:55 PM
Russian alleged election interference not working: McMaster

Russian alleged election interference not working: McMasterBy Andrea Shalal MUNICH (Reuters) - Moscow's efforts to meddle in Western elections are backfiring, serving instead to strengthen and unify a broad range of people against Russia, top U.S. security official H.R. McMaster said on Saturday, a day after Washington indicted 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies. Russian officials denied the allegations, and one senior diplomat dismissed the charges as "fantasies" being used by some in Washington for political gain in a deeply divided United States after the election of Donald Trump as president.


02/18/2018 06:04 PM
Father who forgave son for family's murder asks Texas to spare his life

Father who forgave son for family's murder asks Texas to spare his lifeA Texas man who survived a deadly domestic attack hatched by his son is pushing the state to grant clemency to the condemned man, although it has never spared a death row inmate solely at the formal request of the victim's family. In the 31 states with capital punishment, district attorneys make the decision whether to seek death, balancing the punishment that they consider best serves society with the wishes of the victim's family. In this case, the local Texas prosecutors pursued death and jurors decided Bart Whitaker, 38, deserved to be executed.


02/18/2018 01:08 PM
Firearms debate rages as Florida rally coincides with gun show

Firearms debate rages as Florida rally coincides with gun showBy Katanga Johnson and Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Student survivors of a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school called for gun restrictions on Saturday during an angry and somber rally, but attendees at a nearby gun show said firearms could not be blamed for the massacre. Wednesday's shooting in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland fueled the long-running U.S. debate between supporters of tougher controls on firearms and advocates for gun rights, which are protected by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment. Many at a rally in Fort Lauderdale that was organized to demand tougher gun laws rejected comments by U.S. President Donald Trump and others that mental illness was the main factor behind the slaughter at Margory Stoneman Douglas High School.


02/17/2018 10:14 PM
Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers

Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyersBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday. The postcard verification is Facebook's latest effort to respond to criticism from lawmakers, security experts and election integrity watchdog groups that it and other social media companies failed to detect and later responded slowly to Russia's use of their platforms to spread divisive political content, including disinformation, during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Facebook revealed the plans a day after U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed an indictment accusing 13 Russians and three Russian companies of conducting a criminal and espionage conspiracy using social media to interfere in the election by boosting Republican Donald Trump and denigrating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.


02/17/2018 09:14 PM
Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: report

Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: reportA teenager accused of shooting to death 17 people at a Florida high school was investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support, a newspaper said on Saturday. Nikolas Cruz, 19, is charged with committing multiple murders on Wednesday at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a Miami suburb. More vigils and funerals were scheduled for this weekend in and around Parkland.


02/17/2018 07:43 PM
Russian alleged election interference not working: McMaster

Russian alleged election interference not working: McMasterBy Andrea Shalal MUNICH (Reuters) - Moscow's efforts to meddle in Western elections are backfiring, serving instead to strengthen and unify a broad range of people against Russia, top U.S. security official H.R. McMaster said on Saturday, a day after Washington indicted 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies. Russian officials denied the allegations, and one senior diplomat dismissed the charges as "fantasies" being used by some in Washington for political gain in a deeply divided United States after the election of Donald Trump as president.


02/17/2018 05:30 PM
Moscow says no evidence behind U.S. indictment of Russians for alleged election meddling

Moscow says no evidence behind U.S. indictment of Russians for alleged election meddlingMOSCOW (Reuters) - No evidence is behind the U.S. indictment of Russian nationals for alleged election interference and Moscow has given multiple explanations on what Washington called "Russian meddling efforts", RIA news agency cited the Russian presidential envoy as saying on Saturday. The office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies, including the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, known for its trolling on social media. (Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by David Holmes)


02/17/2018 01:28 PM
U.S. charges Russians with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost Trump

U.S. charges Russians with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost TrumpBy Warren Strobel, Dustin Volz and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscow's purported effort to interfere. The office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies, including St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency known for its trolling on social media. The official who oversees Mueller's work said the investigation was not finished.


02/17/2018 01:00 PM
'Get back in here!' Sandy Hook lessons spared lives in Florida shooting

'Get back in here!' Sandy Hook lessons spared lives in Florida shooting"She was there that day in Sandy Hook and because of her I knew what to do," said Haneski, 57, a library media specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student is charged with shooting dead 17 people on Wednesday. Cech crammed 18 children and four adults into a small closet and locked the door as gunshots rang out.


02/17/2018 02:22 AM
FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, drawing anger

FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, drawing angerBy Bernie Woodall and Zachary Fagenson PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday it had failed to act on a tip warning that the man now accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun, the desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting. The disclosure sparked angry disbelief from residents of the Miami suburb of Parkland still reeling from Wednesday's massacre, the deadliest shooting ever at a U.S. high school, and led Florida's governor to call for the FBI chief to resign. A person described as someone close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, called an FBI tip line on Jan. 5, weeks before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, to report concerns about him, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.


02/17/2018 02:22 AM
Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling

Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddlingBy David Ingram and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Russian influence operation designed to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election used a combination of old-school espionage tactics and 21st-century technologies that will not be easy to stop, even now that the methods have been exposed, experts said. Social media companies, especially Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc, have been under heavy pressure to find ways of stopping what is often referred to as "information warfare" on their services. The indictment of 13 Russian nationals on Friday, announced by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, made extensive use of records from Facebook and Instagram, according to people familiar with the matter.


02/17/2018 01:13 AM
Trump visits Florida hospital to pay respects after school shooting

Trump visits Florida hospital to pay respects after school shootingPOMPANO BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Friday visited a hospital where victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, were treated to "pay their respects," a White House spokeswoman said.


02/17/2018 12:43 AM
Confluence of crises crashes Trump's 'Infrastructure Week'

Confluence of crises crashes Trump's 'Infrastructure Week'By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This was supposed to be “Infrastructure Week” for U.S. President Donald Trump, a time to unveil a long-promised plan to create jobs by revitalizing America's roads and bridges. Instead, the White House careened from crisis to crisis, with Trump's chief of staff fighting for his job, a mass shooting at a school in Florida, a fierce immigration battle on Capitol Hill and a report that a former Playboy model had an affair with Trump over a decade ago. It was capped by news that the office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller had charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies with conducting an operation aimed at sowing political divisions and undermining democracy in the United States, including by meddling in the 2016 presidential election campaign.


02/16/2018 11:58 PM
U.S. charges three with exporting drone parts to Lebanon's Hezbollah

U.S. charges three with exporting drone parts to Lebanon's HezbollahFederal authorities have charged three men with illegally exporting drone parts and other material from the United States to Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. It said in a statement that suspects Usama Darwich Hamade and Issam Darwich Hamade were in custody in South Africa while Samir Ahmed Berro remained at large. According to the indictment, the trio conspired and attempted to export goods including inertial measurement units suitable for use in drones, a jet engine, piston engines and recording binoculars to Hezbollah in Lebanon from 2009 to 2013, the statement said.


02/16/2018 11:46 PM
'Get back in here!' Sandy Hook lessons spared lives in Florida shooting

'Get back in here!' Sandy Hook lessons spared lives in Florida shooting"She was there that day in Sandy Hook and because of her I knew what to do," said Haneski, 57, a library media specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student is charged with shooting dead 17 people on Wednesday. Cech crammed 18 children and four adults into a small closet and locked the door as gunshots rang out.


02/16/2018 11:38 PM
Trump visits Florida hospital to pay respects after school shooting

Trump visits Florida hospital to pay respects after school shootingPOMPANO BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Friday visited a hospital where victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, were treated to "pay their respects," a White House spokeswoman said.


02/16/2018 11:38 PM
Monsanto loses bid to stop Arkansas ban on farm chemical

Monsanto loses bid to stop Arkansas ban on farm chemicalBy Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Arkansas judge on Friday dismissed a Monsanto Co lawsuit aiming to stop Arkansas from blocking the use of a controversial farm chemical the company makes, dealing a blow to its attempts to increase sales of genetically engineered seeds. Monsanto, which is being acquired by Bayer AG, filed the lawsuit last year in a bid to halt the state's ban on sprayings of the weed killer known as dicamba from the period spanning April 16 to Oct. 31. St. Louis-based Monsanto, the biggest U.S. seed company, said it was disappointed with the judge's decision and would consider additional legal action.


02/16/2018 11:22 PM
'Sinister and systematic attack' by Russians prompts U.S. Congress calls for action

'Sinister and systematic attack' by Russians prompts U.S. Congress calls for actionBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans and Democrats both called for concerted action to combat foreign interference in U.S. elections after Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced indictments of Russians for meddling in the 2016 U.S. campaign on Friday. "Today’s announcement underscores why we need to follow the facts and work to protect the integrity of future elections," Ryan said.


02/16/2018 11:18 PM
South Carolina teen who fatally shot two charged as adult

South Carolina teen who fatally shot two charged as adultA 15-year-old accused of killing his father and driving to a South Carolina elementary school playground in 2016 where he opened fire and fatally wounded a 6-year-old student, will be tried as an adult, a South Carolina judge ruled on Friday. Jesse Osborne faces from 30 years to life in prison if he is convicted on charges that include murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors said Osborne, then 14, killed his father Jeffrey Osborne, 47, in September 2016 in their home in Townville, South Carolina, about 40 miles (64.4 km) from Greenville.


02/16/2018 11:12 PM
FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, draws anger

FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, draws angerBy Bernie Woodall and Zachary Fagenson PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday said it failed to act on a tip that the teenager accused of killing 17 people in Florida had guns and the desire to kill, drawing calls from Florida's Republican governor for the FBI director to resign. A person close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz contacted an FBI tip line on Jan. 5 to report concerns about him, the FBI said in a statement.


02/16/2018 11:01 PM
15-year-old boy charged with murder, assault in Kentucky school shooting

15-year-old boy charged with murder, assault in Kentucky school shootingA judge entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf, Marshall County Circuit Court Clerk Tiffany Griffith said. The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, a gun owner who had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was charged on Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder.


02/16/2018 10:18 PM
'NO COLLUSION:' Trump says vindicated by Russia meddling indictments

'NO COLLUSION:' Trump says vindicated by Russia meddling indictmentsThe White House on Friday declared that U.S. indictments of Russians for meddling in the 2016 presidential election showed that the campaign of President Donald Trump had nothing to do with an issue that has overshadowed his year in office. Trump, who was briefed on the indictments, was "glad to see the Special Counsel’s investigation further indicates - that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected," the White House said in a statement. "It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions," Trump said in the statement.


02/16/2018 09:35 PM
Yemeni man pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to join Islamic State

Yemeni man pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to join Islamic StateA Yemen-born New York City resident on Friday pleaded guilty to attempting to provide support to Islamic State, admitting that he tried to join the organization and urged someone else to join too. Mohamed Rafik Naji entered his plea to one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Frederic Block in Brooklyn. "I traveled to Yemen in 2015 to join ISIS and I encouraged another person to join," Naji said at the hearing, using a common acronym for Islamic State.


02/16/2018 09:17 PM
Maryland jury awards $37 million to family of woman shot by police: report

Maryland jury awards $37 million to family of woman shot by police: report(Reuters) - A Maryland jury has awarded more than $37 million in damages to the family of an armed black woman who was fatally shot by Baltimore County police in a 2016 standoff, the Baltimore Sun reported on Friday.


02/16/2018 09:13 PM
NY judge rules Charter Communications must face lawsuit over slow internet

NY judge rules Charter Communications must face lawsuit over slow internetCharter Communications Inc must face a lawsuit by New York's attorney general accusing the cable company of providing customers slower-than-advertised internet speeds, a New York state judge ruled. Justice O. Peter Sherwood of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan rejected Charter's claim that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman failed to plausibly allege the company had short-changed and misled customers.


02/16/2018 09:10 PM
U.S. man indicted for identity fraud in Russia probe 'made a mistake': lawyer

U.S. man indicted for identity fraud in Russia probe 'made a mistake': lawyerA U.S. man indicted for identity fraud in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election "made a mistake" but "had absolutely no knowledge" about who was buying the information or their motivations, his lawyer said on Friday. Jeremy Lessem, a Los Angeles attorney representing Richard Pinedo Jr., said in a statement his client "sold bank information which allowed individuals to fraudulently verify and establish accounts with online financial institutions," but said he "had absolutely no knowledge of the identities and motivations of any of the purchasers of the information he provided." According to a source familiar with indictments announced by the Justice Department on Friday, Pinedo is named as helping Russian conspirators launder money as well as purchase Facebook ads and pay for rally supplies, through PayPal Holdings Inc as part of criminal and espionage conspiracy to intervene in the 2016 U.S. election campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage rival Hillary Clinton.


02/16/2018 09:01 PM
Factbox: Effort to sway election included 'Clinton' in prison garb - indictment

Factbox: Effort to sway election included 'Clinton' in prison garb - indictment(Reuters) - A multipronged effort to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favor of Republican Donald Trump and against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton included a Florida rally with an actress portraying Clinton in a prison uniform, according to an indictment released on Friday. Rallies for Trump, a "Support Hillary, Save American Muslims" rally and a "Down with Hillary" rally were also part of a project to interfere in the election, the U.S. special counsel said in an indictment of 13 Russians and a Russian Internet agency.


02/16/2018 08:43 PM
Gunfire rumors prompt brief lockdown at Washington state college

Gunfire rumors prompt brief lockdown at Washington state collegeThe brief scare prompted the cancellation of classes and a search for a gunman at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington, that officials said came up empty. "We are done searching the campus and have found no injuries or indications of gunshots being fired," Kent Police Commander Jarod Kasner said in an email around midday, about two hours after the lockdown was declared. The alarming warning came just days after a gunman entered a school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring others in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.


02/16/2018 08:26 PM
U.S. top court mulls whether to take up 'Dreamers' dispute

U.S. top court mulls whether to take up 'Dreamers' disputeThe U.S. Supreme Court on Friday discussed in private how to handle President Donald Trump's appeal of a judge's decision blocking his plan to end protections for young illegal immigrants dubbed "Dreamers," and the nine justices could announce as early as Tuesday whether they will take up the case. Trump's administration is appealing San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup's Jan. 9 ruling that halted the president's order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects from deportation young adults who came into country illegally as children and gives them work permits. U.S. lawmakers have been working to resolve the fate of the hundreds of thousands of young adults, mostly Hispanics, protected by the program, but legislation that would have done so failed in the Senate on Thursday.


02/16/2018 08:13 PM
Sessions orders review of federal response to violence warnings

Sessions orders review of federal response to violence warningsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday he had ordered an immediate review of how the Justice Department and the FBI respond to warnings about potential violence such as the mass shooting at a Florida high school this week. "This includes more than just an error review but also a review of how we respond," Sessions said in a statement. "This will include possible consultation with family members, mental health officials, school officials, and local law enforcement." (Reporting by Susan Heavey and Justin Mitchell; Editing by Tom Brown)


02/16/2018 08:02 PM
Russia calls U.S. allegations of election meddling absurd

Russia calls U.S. allegations of election meddling absurdMOSCOW (Reuters) - Allegations by the United States that Russian nationals interfered in U.S. elections are absurd, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday. A U.S. federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with U.S. elections and political processes. "13 people interfered in the U.S. elections?! 13 against an intelligence services budget of billions? Against intelligence and counterintelligence, against the latest developments and technologies? Absurd? Yes," Zakharova wrote in a post on Facebook. ...


02/16/2018 07:50 PM
Indicted Russian businessman says not upset by election meddling charges: RIA

Indicted Russian businessman says not upset by election meddling charges: RIAMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin said on Friday he was not upset about his indictment for alleged election meddling in United States, RIA news agency reported. "The Americans are very emotional people, they see what they want to see. I have great respect for them. I am not at all upset that I am on this list. If they want to see the devil, let them," RIA quoted Prigozhin as saying. A U.S. federal grand jury earlier on Friday indicted Prigozhin and 12 other Russian nationals accused of interfering with U.S. elections and political processes. ...


02/16/2018 07:50 PM
FBI says it did not properly follow-up tip on accused Florida shooter

FBI says it did not properly follow-up tip on accused Florida shooterThe FBI said on Friday that a tip it received about accused Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz should have caused him to be assessed as a threat, but proper protocols were not followed and the information was not sent to its Miami office for follow-up. "Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken," the FBI said in a statement.


02/16/2018 07:10 PM
Al Qaeda operative gets life sentence for killing soldiers, bomb plot

Al Qaeda operative gets life sentence for killing soldiers, bomb plotA man convicted of participating in a 2003 attack on American soldiers in Afghanistan that killed two people and plotting to bomb a U.S. embassy in West Africa was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, who is known by the nom de guerre Spin Ghul, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn. Harun refused to attend his sentencing hearing, as he had previously refused to attend his trial.


02/16/2018 06:07 PM
Factbox: Brave faculty, model students among 17 shot dead at Florida school

Factbox: Brave faculty, model students among 17 shot dead at Florida school(Reuters) - A beloved assistant football coach who acted as a human shield to save others was among the 17 people killed in South Florida when a gunman opened fire this week in the second-deadliest shooting ever at a public school in the United States. Following are profiles of the victims, whose names were officially released on Thursday evening by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. The victims' loved ones have posted memorials on social media: AARON FEIS, 37, COACH Altruism and courage are what drove Feis, an assistant football coach, to give his life to save others, the local sheriff and others said.


02/16/2018 02:22 PM
Gone with the wind: storms deepen Florida's beach sand crunch

Gone with the wind: storms deepen Florida's beach sand crunchBy Laila Kearney FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla (Reuters) - Down the palm tree-lined roads of northeast Florida's Flagler County, a half-dozen dump trucks are shuttling back and forth along the Atlantic coast pouring thousands of tons of sand onto the local beach. Getting enough of it, for the right price and in time for the peak tourist season, has become much harder after a violent storm year that brought Irma, the most powerful hurricane to hit the state in over a decade, and saddled Florida with more than $50 billion in damage. Costs of so-called beach renourishments are a fraction of the total, measured in hundreds of millions of dollars, but the effort is crucial for Florida's $67 billion tourism industry.


02/16/2018 10:24 AM
Britain's Balfour says joint venture bags $1.95 billion U.S. airport contract

Britain's Balfour says joint venture bags $1.95 billion U.S. airport contractThe design and build part of the contract has been awarded to a joint venture of construction groups, in which Balfour and Fluor Corp each have 30 percent stakes, while Flatiron West and Dragados USA each have 20 percent stakes. The contract will include designing and building a 2.25-mile (3.6 km) long, above ground airport transport system to connect LAX central terminal area to a rental car facility, six stations and a vehicle maintenance facility, Balfour said in a statement.


02/16/2018 07:26 AM
Rights group sues to block Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban

Rights group sues to block Ohio Down syndrome abortion banBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The ACLU filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes abortions if a doctor performing a termination is aware that the woman has received a diagnosis that her fetus has Down syndrome. The Ohio state chapter of the American Civil Liberties union filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, arguing the law violated the liberty and privacy clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Cleveland abortion provider Preterm, seeks to delay enforcement of the law, which is scheduled to go into effect March 23.The law was passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor John Kasich last December.


02/16/2018 03:38 AM
U.S. Senate rejects immigration bills, leaves Dreamers in limbo

U.S. Senate rejects immigration bills, leaves Dreamers in limboThe U.S. Senate rejected a series of bills to protect "Dreamer" immigrants on Thursday, leaving in limbo the future of 1.8 million young adults brought to the United States illegally as children. The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to move forward on four separate proposals, including one backed by President Donald Trump and a separate bipartisan bill that had been the most likely to win approval in the deeply divided Senate. In a blow to the Republican president, 14 senators from his own party opposed that bill, which failed by an emphatic 60-39 vote.


02/16/2018 03:01 AM
Telltale internet message may have foreshadowed Florida school massacre

Telltale internet message may have foreshadowed Florida school massacreThe 19-year-old man accused of shooting 17 people to death at a Florida high school legally purchased the assault rifle used in the killings and may have foreshadowed the attack in a social media comment investigated by the FBI last year, authorities said on Thursday. New details about the troubled background and gun ownership of the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, emerged as he appeared in court to face formal charges of carrying out the second-deadliest mass shooting at a public school in U.S. history. The tragedy in the Miami suburb of Parkland, Florida, raised questions among anguished parents about the adequacy of school security measures and renewed a national debate on Capitol Hill and elsewhere about the epidemic of gun violence in American schools.


02/16/2018 03:01 AM
Former NY City teacher, brother charged with attempted bomb-making

Former NY City teacher, brother charged with attempted bomb-makingChristian Toro, the former teacher, and his brother Tyler Toro, both 27, had stockpiled materials for making bombs in the apartment they shared in the city's Bronx borough, according to a criminal complaint and the Department of Justice. Law enforcement agents, in a search of the brothers' apartment, found a backpack with an index card reading, "Under the full moon the small ones will know terror," the complaint said. Agents also found a book that appeared to be a diary with Tyler Toro's name on it, with a line saying, "WE ARE TWIN TOROS STRIKE US NOW, WE WILL RETURN WITH NANO THERMITE,” the complaint said.


02/16/2018 02:30 AM
New York top court clears man held six years at Rikers Island without trial

New York top court clears man held six years at Rikers Island without trialA divided New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Thursday threw out the indictment of a man who spent more than six years in the Rikers Island jail in a Manhattan murder case, saying his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated. The 4-3 decision favoring Reginald Wiggins came less than a month after the federal appeals court in Manhattan dismissed on speedy trial grounds the indictment of an upstate man, Joseph Tigano, held for nearly seven years before being convicted on marijuana charges.


02/16/2018 12:00 AM