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  • The Latest: Family of woman killed in raid welcomes charges news

    Attorneys for the family of a woman who along with her husband were killed in January drug raid by Houston police say charges against two ex-officers involved in the raid are "only the beginning of the pursuit of justice" for the couple. Killed in the raid were 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle. Five officers were injured.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:41:31 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Credit ratings underscore need for Lebanon reforms -finance minister

    Lebanon is committed to economic reforms and will overcome its crisis, the finance minister told Reuters on Friday after Fitch downgraded the country's credit rating to CCC while S&P kept it at B-/B. Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said the ratings reports showed the urgency for reforms, which the government has long put off. Lebanon is grappling with one of the world’s heaviest public debt burdens at 150% of GDP and years of low economic growth.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:40:05 -0400
  • Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

    A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the Pennsylvania House's policy of limiting prayers at the start of legislative sessions to guest chaplains who believe in God or a divine or higher power. After the guest chaplain policy was blocked, House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, began assigning the invocation to House members.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:36:40 -0400
  • U.S. Steel to idle Indiana plant, 150 jobs at risk

    U.S. Steel said on Friday it will idle a plant in Indiana by mid-November as part of the consolidation of its till mill operations in the United States, a move which could result in lay-offs for nearly 150 employees. The steelmaker blamed high levels of low-priced imports for its decision to consolidate work at East Chicago Tin facility into the ones at Gary Works and the Midwest Plant in Northwest Indiana. The East Chicago facility currently employs 297 workers.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:35:50 -0400
  • Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah news

    A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of a sprawling national monument in Utah before President Donald Trump downsized the protected area two years ago. The plan released by the Bureau of Land Management would also open more lands to cattle grazing and recreation and acknowledges there could be "adverse effects" on land and resources in the monument. The BLM says no land will be sold from the 1,345 square miles (3,488 square kilometers) that were cut from what had been the 3,000 square miles (7,770 square kilometers) of the monument.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:30:39 -0400
  • Oklahoma fugitives accused of child abuse found in Missouri

    St. Louis police and the U.S. Marshals Service have found and taken into custody two people wanted on child abuse and other charges after authorities in Oklahoma last month found one of their children dead and three others in critical condition. Police announced in a tweet that Hakim Mustafa Moore, 27, and Robin Alexander, 29, were located Friday. The two were booked on Oklahoma charges into the St. Louis jail, Officer Michelle Woodling said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:28:51 -0400
  • Oklahoma City mulls vote on MAPS 4 sales tax extension

    The Oklahoma City council is expected to set a citywide vote for a one-cent sales tax that would generate nearly $980 million over eight years to fund dozens of city projects, including money for social services like mental health and homelessness. The proposal outlined on Friday is the fourth iteration of the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS), a comprehensive capital improvement program first approved by city voters in 1993. Funding in the MAPS 4 proposal includes $40 million for mental health and addiction services and $38 million for a family justice center offering services to victims of abuse.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:26:20 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-World needs to end risky reliance on U.S. dollar -BoE's Carney

    Bank of England Governor Mark Carney took aim at the U.S. dollar's "destabilising" role in the world economy on Friday and said central banks might need to join together to create their own replacement reserve currency. The dollar's dominance of the global financial system increased the risks of a liquidity trap of ultra-low interest rates and weak growth, Carney told central bankers from around the world gathered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in the United States. "While the world economy is being reordered, the U.S. dollar remains as important as when Bretton Woods collapsed," Carney said, referring to the end of the dollar's peg to gold in the early 1970s.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:22:08 -0400
  • TIMELINE-Key dates in the U.S.-China trade war

    Recasts top.) Aug 23 (Reuters) - Hopes for settlement of the yearlong U.S.-China trade war dimmed further on Friday as China said it will slap retaliatory tariffs on about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, the latest escalation in the dispute between the world's two largest economies. President Donald Trump said he was ordering U.S. companies to exit China, as well as raising tariffs on $250 billion worth of goods to 30% from 25%. Trump also said that recently announced tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese products, virtually every remaining Chinese import, will have 15% tariffs levied on them instead of 10% as previously planned.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:19:40 -0400
  • Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures news

    Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska's blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record. Dead salmon have shown up in river systems throughout Alaska, and the mortalities are probably connected to warm water or low river water levels, said Sam Rabung, director of commercial fisheries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The department has not quantified past heat-related fish deaths because they tended to be sporadic and inconsistent, Rabung said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:13:01 -0400
  • Kansas hiking group overwhelmed in Arizona heat news

    A group of fitness coordinators from Kansas became overwhelmed while climbing a mountain trail near metro Phoenix in sweltering temperatures and two members had to be airlifted to safety, authorities said Friday. The two who were flown by helicopter Thursday off the trail near Apache Junction were treated for heat-related but only one went to the hospital, Superstition Fire & Medical District spokesman Richard Ochs said. Ochs did not know that person's current condition Friday.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:11:35 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks tumble, yen rallies as U.S. and China escalate trade war

    Stocks, the dollar and oil prices fell on Friday while safe havens rose after President Donald Trump demanded U.S. companies look at alternatives to China for manufacturing, following Beijing's retaliatory tariffs on American goods. China's Commerce Ministry said in a statement early on Friday it would impose tariffs on about $75 billion in imports from the United States including some agricultural products, crude oil and small aircraft.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:09:25 -0400
  • Fed's Powell vs. Trump: who's got a 'feel' for markets now? news

    Donald Trump once accused the Federal Reserve of not having a "feel" for the market and compared Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to a golfer who can't putt, but on Friday it was the U.S. president that drove markets into the rough. Investors had anxiously awaited Powell's speech on Friday, but his continued pledge to "act as appropriate" to sustain the U.S. economic expansion generated only tepid financial market reaction. Instead, it was Trump who threw markets for a loop, sending the Dow down more than 600 points after he said he was ordering Americans to look for alternatives to doing business in China.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:07:49 -0400
  • Appeals court upholds ruling on fees in gay marriage case

    Federal appeals judges have upheld a ruling that the state of Kentucky must pay $224,000 in legal expenses stemming from a former county clerk's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Lawyers for Gov. Matt Bevin, who supported former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis when he ran for election in 2015, argued in January that Davis should pay the fees, not the state.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:03:02 -0400
  • Dementia caregiving takes toll on sleep

    In an analysis of the combined data from 35 earlier studies, researchers found that dementia caregivers slept about 3 hours less per week than age-matched adults, according to the report published in JAMA Network Open. "Sleep debt is known to have cumulative associations with physical, mental and cognitive health," the researchers, led by Chenlu Gao wrote. To take a closer look at the impact of caregiving on sleep, the Gao and her colleagues scoured the medical literature for research on the topic.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:57:56 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-IMF to hold weekend meetings in Argentina with advisers for Macri, Fernandez

    "We will have work meetings both Saturday and Sunday," a Treasury Ministry source confirmed to Reuters, adding that it would be the first meeting with the IMF for Argentina's new Treasury Minister Hernan Lacunza, who was sworn in on Tuesday. Argentina has a $57 billion standby agreement with the IMF, negotiated in 2018 by pro-reform Macri.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:56:08 -0400
  • Illinois trooper shot in East St. Louis executing warrant

    An Illinois State Police trooper is in a St. Louis hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries while executing a search warrant early Friday, authorities said. The 33-year-old trooper, who is a 10-year veteran of the force, was wounded during an exchange of gunfire while serving the warrant at an East St. Louis home, according to Trooper Josh Korando. Police didn't say if anyone else was shot, or reveal the issues addressed in the search warrant.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:53:24 -0400
  • WRAPUP 2-As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires

    European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting the growing international dismay and anger with Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified the unfolding environmental crisis. Against the global chorus of condemnation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was mobilizing the army to help combat the blazes, while his administration launched a diplomatic charm offensive to try to mend bridges. The Trump administration said it was "deeply concerned" about the wildfires, which now look set to be discussed at a summit of G7 leaders in France this weekend.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:48:24 -0400
  • Former Houston police officer charged with murder over raid news

    A former Houston police officer has been charged with murder in connection with the deadly January drug raid of a home that killed a couple who lived there and injured five officers, prosecutors announced Friday. Former Officer Gerald Goines, who was shot in the ensuing gunfight during the Jan. 28 raid, is charged with two counts of felony murder after police accused him of lying in a search warrant about having a confidential informant buying heroin at the home. Goines later acknowledged there was no informant and that he bought the drugs himself, authorities said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:42:20 -0400
  • Minnesota filmmakers' lawsuit over gay weddings reinstated

    Carl and Angel Larsen, who run a Christian business called Telescope Media Group in St. Cloud, sued the state's human rights commissioner in 2016, saying Minnesota's public accommodation law would result in steep fines and jail time if they offered services promoting only their vision of marriage. The panel sent the case back to the lower court with instructions to consider a preliminary injunction that would allow the Larsens to operate their business without fear of being found in violation of Minnesota's Human Rights Act, the Star Tribune reported.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:42:18 -0400
  • Deputies: Would-be robber high-fives clerk, leaves knife news

    Lancaster County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Barfield said 63-year-old Gary Broome was arrested shortly after leaving the CVS on Thursday. Barfield says Broome had a kitchen knife when he demanded that a pharmacy technician give him Percocet. After the worker said she had none of the pills, Barfield says Broome demanded money and the technician said she wished she had cash.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:36:46 -0400
  • Trump fires back at China, announces tariffs to increase amid escalating trade war news

    After China announced a new round of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods on Friday, President Trump struck back later in the day by raising the rate of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. The president said in a series of tweets that $250 billion in Chinese goods currently tariffed at a rate of 25% will increase to 30% beginning Oct. 1.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:33:00 -0400
  • VA facilities offering cochlear implants to vets are few and far between

    Cochlear implants are the best treatment available for moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss - the type of permanent hearing loss that can be caused by aging and by exposure to loud noises that many veterans may experience in combat. When people have sensorineural hearing loss, high pitched noises can be muffled and they may struggle to decipher spoken words when there is a lot of noise in the background. For the study, researchers examined how close 19.9 million veterans lived to a VA facility offering cochlear implant services including audiologists to evaluate the extent of hearing loss with or without implants.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:31:50 -0400
  • Britain wants U.S. trade deal quickly, but terms have to be right - UK spokeswoman

    Britain wants to agree a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States quickly, but the terms have to work for both sides, a British spokeswoman said on Friday ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Trump. Johnson, only a month into his leadership, will travel to the French seaside resort of Biarritz on Saturday for a G7 summit where his every move will be scrutinised for clues on how he will position Britain between the European Union and the United States after leaving the EU on Oct. 31.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:30:01 -0400
  • Encouraged by Johnson's visit, UK officials now hoping rest of EU agrees to work on Brexit solution

    Britain is hoping the rest of the European Union falls in behind France and Germany and agrees to work on solving a deadlock over Brexit, with officials sensing a glimmer of hope after meetings this week, but conscious of the need for a wider consensus in Europe. Britain is on course to leave the EU, its biggest trading partner, on Oct. 31 without any formal deal to soften the unprecedented divorce, unless both sides agree to reopen stalled talks and find a way to resolve their differences. This week, some British newspapers cheered what they called a major breakthrough and sterling rose after both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron offered Prime Minister Boris Johnson what he described as "positive noises" on their willingness to consider an exit deal agreement.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:30:00 -0400
  • Minneapolis City Council OKs settlement in police shooting

    The Minneapolis City Council has approved a $200,000 settlement for the family of a black man who was killed by police in 2015. The council previously rejected an unspecified five-figure settlement because it was too low. The officer, Mohammed Noor, was convicted on two counts and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:29:33 -0400
  • Lawsuit: Ex-Citadel staffer drugged, sexually abused cadet

    A student at The Citadel sued an ex-instructor who he says agreed not to discipline him in exchange for sex. Former Citadel Lt. Col. Kenneth Boes was charged last year with sexually assaulting the cadet, but prosecutors dropped those charges for reasons that aren't explained in online court records. Boes' lawyer on Friday described the cadet as a false victim and violent young man who wants to make a quick buck at the expense of a man with an impeccable reputation.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:24:49 -0400
  • USTR to accept public comment period before raising tariffs on $250 bln in Chinese imports

    It said 10% tariffs on about $300 billion worth of additional Chinese-made consumer goods would be increased to 15%, effective on the already scheduled dates for tariff increases on these imports. China on Friday said it would impose retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. goods, targeting crude oil for the first time and renewing punitive duties on American-made autos.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:24:06 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-CDC flags one death and nearly 200 cases of lung illnesses in U.S, possibly tied to vaping

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had identified 193 potential cases of severe lung illness tied to vaping in 22 states as of Aug. 22, including one adult in Illinois who died after being hospitalized. The CDC has been investigating a "cluster" of lung illnesses that it believes may be linked to e-cigarette use, although it has not yet been able to establish whether they were in fact caused by vaping. E-cigarettes are generally thought to be safer than traditional cigarettes, which kill up to half of all lifetime users, according to the World Health Organization.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:11:23 -0400
  • Rep. Steve King wants to make abortion point in 'softer way' news

    Speaking at a news conference Friday in Des Moines, the Iowa Republican affirmed his belief abortion should be outlawed with no exceptions for rape or incest. King faced criticism for his comment Aug. 14 that questioned whether there would be "any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape or incest. King's comments were condemned by Republicans and Democratic leaders.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:10:52 -0400
  • CORRECTED-IMF says team to meet with economic advisers for Argentina president, opposition candidate

    The International Monetary Fund said on Friday that a team will meet with the economic advisers to the country's main presidential candidates to exchange views. The team is due to arrive in Argentina on Saturday, the IMF said in a statement, and will discuss the "recent economic and financial developments" and the government's policy plans. President Mauricio Macri will seek re-election in October, but was trounced in the primary election on Aug. 11 by opposition candidate and main challenger Alberto Fernandez.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:10:25 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Trump challenges court ruling barring him from blocking Twitter users

    President Donald Trump is challenging a federal appeals court decision that ruled he violated the U.S. Constitution by blocking people whose views he disliked from his Twitter account. Trump has more than 63 million followers on Twitter, and often uses his account to make significant announcements, including Friday when his tweets about trade with China sent U.S. stock and oil prices down sharply.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:06:40 -0400
  • Trump jacks up tariffs on Chinese imports in latest tit-for-tat

    President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States would subject Chinese imports to an additional 5% tariff in response to what he called a politically motivated move by China to impose tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. exports. "Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of Fair and Balanced Trade that it has become a great burden to the American Taxpayer," Trump said on Twitter.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:04:08 -0400
  • Norway's Liberals accept PM's ultimatum, preventing government's collapse

    Norway's Liberal Party, a junior member of Norway's four-party government, will accept the prime minister's ultimatum on transport policy, preventing the cabinet's fall, Liberal leader Trine Skei Grande said on Friday. Conservative Party Prime Minister Erna Solberg earlier said the three junior parties in her coalition would have to accept her policy proposal or otherwise leave the government.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:03:25 -0400
  • Biden says Trump making America less secure, less respected news

    The scathing statement from the president's would-be Democratic rival comes hours before Trump's departure for the G7 summit in Biarritz. Biden is also criticizing Trump for saying he'd be open to re-admitting Russia to the group after its 2014 expulsion over its invasion of Ukraine.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:00:49 -0400
  • Biden says Trump making America less secure, less respected news

    The scathing statement from the president's would-be Democratic rival comes hours before Trump's departure for the G7 summit in Biarritz. Biden is also criticizing Trump for saying he'd be open to re-admitting Russia to the group after its 2014 expulsion over its invasion of Ukraine.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:00:48 -0400
  • Biden says Trump making America less secure, less respected news

    The scathing statement from the president's would-be Democratic rival comes hours before Trump's departure for the G7 summit in Biarritz. Biden is also criticizing Trump for saying he'd be open to re-admitting Russia to the group after its 2014 expulsion over its invasion of Ukraine.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:00:32 -0400
  • Brazil's Bolsonaro will send army to fight Amazon fires -governor

    The Brazilian army will be deployed to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest, the governor of the Amazon state of Roraima said on Friday. Governor Antonio Denarium told reporters in Brasilia that President Jair Bolsonaro had signed off on sending the army to the Amazon to help combat the wildfires.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:00:07 -0400
  • Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich launch heats up social media news

    A sign posted inside a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in the Queens borough of New York on Friday said the restaurant was out of its newly launched fried chicken sandwich. Popeyes, the Cajun-inspired fast food chicken chain owned by Restaurants Brands International Inc, took social media by storm when it introduced its chicken sandwich and now customers from around the country are lining up for a chance to taste the new sandwich. Popeyes launched its fried chicken sandwich on a buttered brioche bun with pickles on Aug. 12.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:59:45 -0400
  • Couple says hospital misplaced remains of miscarried baby

    A couple says a suburban Philadelphia hospital misplaced the remains of their miscarried baby. Tiffany Griffin and Chad Greaves filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming Bryn Mawr Hospital mistakenly gave a funeral home Griffin's placenta to cremate instead of the baby's remains. Seventeen days later, the remains were found, having been misplaced like "a set of keys or item of clothing," the lawsuit alleges.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:59:23 -0400
  • Georgia man facing prison for gun disguised as ink pen

    A Georgia man faces a federal prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to carrying a homemade gun that was disguised as an ink pen. U.S. Attorney Charles Peeler's office said in a news release Friday that 28-year-old Billy Christopher Evans of Macon admitted he made the weapon, which fired a .22-caliber bullet from what appeared to be an ink pen measuring less than 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) long. Federal prosecutors said Bibb County sheriff's deputies found the pen gun when they searched Evans after being called to a hotel where he was acting erratically in November 2017.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:58:47 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks tumble, yen rallies as Trump threatens to counter new China tariffs

    Stocks, the dollar and oil prices fell on Friday while safe havens rose after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to further escalate his trade war with China "this afternoon," following a new round of retaliatory tariffs from Beijing. Earlier on Friday China's Commerce Ministry said in a statement it would impose tariffs on about $75 billion in imports from the United States including some agricultural products, crude oil and small aircraft. Trump cannot force U.S. companies to abandon China and he gave no detail on how he might proceed with any such order.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:58:14 -0400
  • Judge says she can't order new trial for convicted murderer

    A judge on Friday denied a motion for a new trial for a St. Louis man serving a life sentence for murder, despite an investigation that contended misconduct by police and prosecutors led to his conviction. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Hogan said in her order that she doesn't have the authority to grant a new trial for Lamar Johnson, 45, who is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for a 1994 murder related to a drug dispute. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner's office, in collaboration with the Midwest Innocence Project, issued a report last month that said police pressured the only eyewitness to implicate Johnson in the shooting death of 25-year-old Marcus L. Boyd, even though two shooters wore masks.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:49:33 -0400
  • Candidate: Michigan city should be as white 'as possible'

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    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:47:03 -0400
  • Trump team defends 2020 campaign manager's compensation news

    Trump team defends 2020 campaign manager's compensation originally appeared on abcnews.go.comPresident Donald Trump's 2020 campaign team on Thursday angrily disputed a report in a British tabloid that campaign chairman Brad Parscale is profiting excessively from his work for Trump.Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh rejected as false anonymous allegations in The Daily Mail that Parscale was getting a cut of 2020 campaign donations."The suggestion that he is siphoning off a percentage of donations is a lie," Murtaugh said in a statement. ...

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:47:00 -0400
  • Kids left without either parent at home for 8 days after Mississippi ICE raid news

    U.S. immigration authorities took eight days before they realized they had detained both parents of two children in Mississippi earlier this month when it launched what became the biggest single-state workplace immigration raid in history, according to interviews with the family. Ana, a mom of two children, ages 12 and 14, and her brother Pedro spoke with ABC News this week on the condition that only their first names be used because they are both still shaken from the raids. Ana, whose husband remains detained and their cases still pending, was released Aug. 15.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:47:00 -0400
  • Trump challenges court ruling barring him from blocking Twitter users news

    President Donald Trump is challenging a federal appeals court decision that ruled he violated the U.S. Constitution by blocking people whose views he disliked from his Twitter account. Trump has more than 63 million followers on Twitter, and often uses his account to make significant announcements, including Friday when his tweets about trade with China sent U.S. stock and oil prices down sharply.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:44:58 -0400
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    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:39:27 -0400
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