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  • Ohio set to execute man after delays over lethal injection drugs

    Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, at 10 a.m. local time, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said. The U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals from Phillips on Tuesday. Phillips' execution and two others in Ohio scheduled to take place in September and October have been delayed multiple times as a court fight plays out over the state's use of a drug mixture for lethal injections.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:10:59 -0400
  • Crews gain ground against Montana wildfire, largest in U.S.

    (Reuters) - Fire crews gained ground on Tuesday against a nearly week-old wildfire that has torched more than two dozens buildings and charred hundreds of square miles of Montana prairie and is currently the biggest fire burning in the United States. By Tuesday evening, a firefighting force consisting of 650 personnel had managed to carve buffer lines around 36 percent of the blaze's perimeter, up from a containment level of 20 percent reported earlier in the day, fire officials said. Enough progress was made that authorities on Tuesday lifted evacuation orders that had been in place for about 50 property owners since late last week, fire command spokesman Tim Engrav said.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:49:16 -0400
  • Father of Australian tennis star arrested on child sex charges news

    The father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis was arrested on Tuesday at his San Diego home on suspicion of sexually abusing two children who he has been coaching in the sport, police said. Nikolaos Philippoussis, 68, will be formally charged at an arraignmnent scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in San Diego County Superior Court, said Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Philippoussis was taken into custody at his home in the Mira Mar neighborhood of San Diego after investigators established probable cause to support sexual allegations made against him, Rylaarsdam said.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:04:27 -0400
  • Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathrooms news

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a bill that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, endorsing a piece of legislation denounced by civil liberties advocates as discriminatory. The measure would then be sent to the state House of Representatives, where passage during a 30-day special legislative session that ends in mid-August is less certain despite a Republican majority in that body as well. The preliminary vote in the Senate was 21-10, with one Democrat crossing the aisle to vote with the Republican majority in favor of the measure, Senate Bill 3.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:49:04 -0400
  • Poverty, jobs and debt drive migrants to suffocating Texas truck

    GUATEMALA CITY/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Delmin Lopez Colomo landed in a San Antonio hospital on Sunday along with 28 other migrants who slipped across the U.S. border and climbed into the back of a truck for a suffocating ride that killed 10 people. For the 23-year-old Lopez, it was the second attempt to sneak into the United States - in part, so he could pay off debts he got into financing his first bid for a better life. Now fear of another failure sits heavily on his loved-ones in western Guatemala, where his mother Eulalia Colomo frets his deportation could ruin the family of 12 children she said she had raised in a mountain village of cinder block homes.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:40:47 -0400
  • New York subway chief unveils emergency plan for 'failing' system news

    The head of New York City's subway asked the city and state for $836 million on Tuesday to immediately stabilize the century-old underground transit system, plus another $8 billion for capital improvements. The request followed Governor Andrew Cuomo's declaration last month of a state of emergency to speed up repairs on the subway, which dates to 1904 and survives largely on World War Two-era signaling equipment. Capital investments dwindled while ridership doubled over the past 10 years, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:23:35 -0400
  • Wisconsin company offers employees microchip implants news

    A Wisconsin vending machine company is offering its employees a chance to have a microchip implanted in their hands that they could use to buy snacks, log in to computers or use the copy machine. About 50 employees at Three Square Market have agreed to the optional implant of the chips, which are the approximate size and shape of a grain of rice, said Tony Danna, vice president of international sales at the River Falls-based company. The company is holding an Aug. 1 "chip party" where employees will have the device inserted between their forefinger and thumb using a syringe-like instrument.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:17:20 -0400
  • 'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli's securities fraud trial winds down

    U.S. prosecutors questioned their last witness in the securities fraud trial of Martin Shkreli on Tuesday, while the former drug company executive's lawyers said they do not expect to call any witnesses of their own, setting the stage for closing arguments later this week. Prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto that they expect to rest their case on Wednesday after legal arguments about admitting evidence, which will take place without jurors present. The prosecutors and Shkreli's lawyers told Matsumoto they expect to deliver closing arguments Thursday morning, just over a month after the June 28 opening arguments.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:40:39 -0400
  • Survivors of Texas truck where 10 immigrants died seek to trade testimony for visas news

    AUSTIN, Texas/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of the illegal immigrants who survived a deadly human-smuggling journey into Texas are seeking visas to stay in the United States in exchange for testimony against those responsible for an operation that killed 10 people on a sweltering truck, a lawyer said on Tuesday. There is precedent for such visas and it could help U.S. authorities bring more people to justice, experts said. The case could also provide a test for the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which has promised to crack down on illegal immigration and the criminal syndicates responsible for human trafficking.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:38:13 -0400
  • U.S. says Macau billionaire hoped U.N. bribery would cement legacy news

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ng Lap Seng's dream of "fame and more fortune" drove the Macau billionaire to bribe United Nations officials to win support for a multibillion-dollar conference center he hoped to build, a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday near the end of Ng's criminal trial. In her closing argument in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Assistant U.S. Attorney Janis Echenberg said Ng bypassed the rules of international diplomacy to try to construct the "Geneva of Asia," and "cement his legacy." But a lawyer for Ng, Tai Park, accused prosecutors of spinning a "spider web of inferences and suppositions" to transform activity the defendant was asked to do by diplomats into crimes. Prosecutors said he hoped the Macau center would regularly host events for developing countries as well as fuel the expansion of his real estate empire through the nearby construction of luxury housing, hotels, a shopping mall, marinas and a heliport.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:37:55 -0400
  • Adviser charged with insider trading on Pfizer-King deal pleads guilty

    A Long Island, New York, investment adviser accused of engaging in insider trading after being tipped off about Pfizer Inc's $3.6 billion acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals Inc pleaded guilty on Tuesday, federal prosecutors said. Tibor Klein, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud before U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:54:12 -0400
  • Warrant in Minnesota police shooting says woman slapped squad car news

    The detail came in an application for a search warrant, made public Monday in court documents, from state investigators examining what led to the July 15 shooting of Sydney native Justine Damond, 40. The fatal incident outraged the public in Australia and Minnesota, and led to the resignation of Minneapolis' police chief.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:43:01 -0400
  • California governor signs climate policy extension into law news

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Tuesday a package of bills intended to use market forces to cut greenhouse gas emissions, extending by a decade the state's signature plan to combat climate change. The legislation puts California at the forefront of plans by mostly Democratic governors to reduce carbon emissions and adhere to the goals of the Paris climate change accord after Republican President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the pact.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:07:09 -0400
  • Massachusetts ex-priest convicted in abuse scandal to leave prison news

    A defrocked U.S. Roman Catholic priest who was one of the first to be convicted when the church's worldwide sex abuse scandal was first exposed more than a decade ago is due to be released from prison, a Massachusetts prosecutor said on Tuesday. Paul Shanley, now 86, was convicted in 2005 of repeatedly raping a boy over a period of years in the 1980s and was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison. State regulations forbid disclosing Shanley's date of release, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, who said he remains in custody at the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:06:12 -0400
  • Battle intensifies to contain Montana wildfire, largest in U.S. news

    (Reuters) - More than 600 firefighters in Montana battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the biggest wildfire in the United States after it torched buildings, seared grasslands and drove scores of people from their homes. The Lodgepole Complex fire was 20 percent contained after laying waste to 250,000 acres (101,171 hectares) of timber, brush and range land near the Missouri River, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center, which provides logistical support for wild land firefighting. The Lodgepole fire is the biggest of 45 active large fires burning across the United States, the National Interagency Fire Center said on its website.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:51:47 -0400
  • U.S. appeals court blocks D.C. law restricting gun rights news

    A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday blocked a regulation in Washington, D.C., that limited the right to carry a handgun in public to people with a good reason for self-defense, handing a victory to gun rights advocates. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's 2-1 ruling struck down the local government's third major attempt in 40 years to limit handgun rights in the U.S capital. The decision cited what it said was scant but clear guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court on the right to bear arms.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:40:31 -0400
  • Trump speech to Boy Scouts raises ire of parents, former Scouts news

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's campaign-style address to the Boy Scouts of America touched off a firestorm of criticism on Tuesday as parents and former Scouts decried a speech peppered with partisan attacks and ridicule of "fake media." The youth organization's Facebook page filled with complaints from former Scouts and parents of Scouts that Trump's remarks in West Virginia on Monday evening were out of keeping with the values of the Boy Scouts. A minority of those who commented on the speech, delivered at the organization's National Jamboree, argued that exposure to politics is an important part of a Scout's community engagement. "I'm another American offended and disturbed by Trump's breath-takingly inappropriate campaign rally yesterday," wrote Jim Schakenbach, who described himself as a former Scout leader.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:05:33 -0400
  • New York state tax collections down $1.2 billion in first quarter of FY18 news

    New York State's tax collections of $18.6 billion for the first quarter of its fiscal year were $1.2 billion, or 6.1 percent, lower than the same period last year, the state's top fiscal officer said on Tuesday. Collections were also $315.7 million below projections, said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. "We're three months into New York's fiscal year and personal income tax collections are falling short of what was expected," DiNapoli said.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:01:41 -0400
  • Two members of missing Burundi robotics team found, U.S. police say news

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two members of a teenage robotics team from Burundi who went missing after a competition in Washington last week have been located and are safe, the city's Metropolitan Police Department said on Tuesday. The teens, Don Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were spotted last week crossing the border into Canada. The Metropolitan Police Department would not say on Tuesday where or when they were found, citing department procedures for missing persons.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:37:54 -0400
  • Appeals court rules for NBC in defamation suit over 'bomb' segment news

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday said NBC News did not defame an Oregon sporting goods company by characterizing its exploding rifle targets as "bombs" in a report on the "Today" show. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Tannerite Sports LLC did not show that NBCUniversal, part of Comcast Corp, made false statements about its targets, which contain chemicals that detonate when mixed together and shot with high-velocity bullets.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:21:56 -0400
  • VW executive charged in U.S. emissions probe to plead guilty: court news

    A Volkswagen AG executive charged in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal plans to plead guilty on Aug. 4 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, a court spokesman said on Tuesday. Oliver Schmidt, who was chief of Volkswagen's environmental and engineering center in Michigan, has been held since January when he was arrested trying to return to Germany. Schmidt is one of eight current and former executives charged in the U.S. emissions probe.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:27:15 -0400
  • In secret control center, N.Y.'s Penn Station moves fewer trains as repairs proceed news

    In a secret midtown Manhattan location lies the heart of operations for the busiest train hub in the Western Hemisphere, New York's Pennsylvania Station, which is undergoing a massive emergency repair. Staffed 24 hours a day, the control center is housed in a nondescript office building within a block of the station.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:39:23 -0400
  • U.S. judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals news

    By Steve Friess DETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by American Civil Liberties Union lawyers, who argued the immigrants would face persecution in Iraq because they are considered ethnic and religious minorities there.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:56:06 -0400
  • Trucker in Texas denies knowing immigrants were in stifling tractor trailer

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The truck driver accused of smuggling at least 100 illegal immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer, 10 of whom died, has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop in Texas, court papers showed on Monday. James Bradley Jr., 60, told investigators he was caught by surprise when he opened the trailer doors outside a Walmart store in San Antonio, only to be knocked down by a group of "Spanish" people pouring out of the rig, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:34:46 -0400
  • Republican Senator McCain will return Tuesday for healthcare vote news

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, who has been recuperating in Arizona after being diagnosed with brain cancer, will return to Washington for a vote on healthcare reform on Tuesday, his office said in a statement on Monday. "Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea," the statement said. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by Eric Beech; editing by Diane Craft)

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:31:15 -0400
  • Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck news

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The man accused of smuggling at least 100 illegal immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer, 10 of whom died, has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop in Texas, court papers showed on Monday. James Bradley Jr., 60, was arrested on Sunday after police said they discovered dozens of undocumented Mexican and Guatemalan nationals, some unconscious in the back of the truck, others staggering around the vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart store in San Antonio. Authorities called to the scene found the bodies of eight illegal immigrants, along with 30 to 40 others who survived the ordeal but were suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, some of them as young as 15.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:46:15 -0400
  • Trump pleads with Republicans to roll back Obamacare news

    President Donald Trump made a last-ditch plea to U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" and fulfill seven years of campaign promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The Senate will vote on Tuesday on whether to open debate on an overhaul of the law, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promising an open amendment process and a "robust" debate. "To every member of the Senate I say this: The American people have waited long enough.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:14:51 -0400
  • Woman admits to killing fiance in kayak incident on Hudson River news

    A woman who once reported her fiance missing after his kayak capsized on a frigid Hudson River pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Monday, admitting she pulled the plug on his kayak so it would fill with water, prosecutors said. Angelika Graswald, 37, also admitted that she knew he was not wearing a life vest or wet suit and that the locking clip to his paddle was missing, putting her husband-to-be in grave danger, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler's office said in a statement. The body of Vincent Viafore, 46, was eventually recovered from the river near the site of the incident, about 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:29:54 -0400
  • 'Pharma bro' Shkreli says he will not testify in securities fraud trial news

    Shkreli's statement to U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto came after jurors had been dismissed for the day in the middle of testimony from U.S. prosecutors' last witness in the case, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who investigated Shkreli. Shkreli, 34, outraged patients and U.S. lawmakers by raising the price of the anti-infection drug Daraprim to $750 a pill, from $13.50, in 2015, when he was chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:23:23 -0400
  • Wells Fargo asks court to require client information be returned news

    Wells Fargo & Co has asked judges in New York and New Jersey to require a lawyer representing a former employee to immediately return reams of client information the bank mistakenly sent to the attorney, a bank spokeswoman said on Monday. In response to a New Jersey court case involving a dispute between ex-Wells Fargo employee Gary Sinderbrand and his brother who also worked there, the bank disclosed tens of thousands of client names, Social Security numbers, account balances and more, a lawyer for Sinderbrand wrote in a letter to the court.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:22:26 -0400
  • Kansas man gets 30-year sentence for foiled bomb plot targeting U.S. military base

    John Booker Jr., 22, of Topeka, pleaded guilty in February to plotting the April 2015 attack on Army personnel at Fort Riley, Kansas, and aiding the Islamic State fight against the United States, the Justice Department said in a statement. Booker was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, on one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:13:26 -0400
  • California teen driver arrested after fatal crash she reportedly livestreamed news

    Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, was booked into the Merced County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The California Highway Patrol said in a statement that she was driving two 14-year-old girls on Friday near Los Banos, California, around 6:40 p.m. Merced County Sheriff Deputy Daryl Allen confirmed that the girl who died, Jacqueline Sanchez, was the driver's sister.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:55:24 -0400
  • No. 2 Senate Republican: health bill to be discussed Tuesday before vote

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said on Monday that various options for a healthcare bill will be discussed at a policy lunch on Tuesday prior to the first procedural vote. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said he did not expect Senator John McCain, who is recuperating from surgery in his home state of Arizona, to return to Washington in time for Tuesday's healthcare vote. (Reporting by Richard Cowan and Amanda Becker; Writing by Eric Beech)

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:53:30 -0400
  • Durst kicked man in face at party before wife disappeared: testimony news

    Real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to three slayings were portrayed in the HBO series "The Jinx," kicked a man in the face without provocation in 1981, breaking a bone, the man testified on Monday ahead of a highly anticipated murder trial. Los Angeles county prosecutors have accused Durst of first-degree murder, saying he shot to death his friend Susan Berman, a writer and the daughter of an organized crime figure, in Los Angeles in 2000 because of what she knew about the unsolved disappearance and presumed slaying of his wife Kathleen. Durst, 74, has pleaded not guilty to Berman's murder and was never charged with killing his wife.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:45:28 -0400
  • Homeless man set sleeping West Virginia woman on fire: local media

    A surveillance camera at a house next door captured the incident on Sunday morning in West Virginia's capital, Charleston, Lieutenant Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department told West Virginia Metro News. Victim Rachele Jarrett, 44, was in "grave" critical condition, Cooper said.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:22:23 -0400
  • Senate voting Tuesday on whether to open healthcare debate: McConnell

    The U.S. Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to open debate on a healthcare bill, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. The only way the Senate can actually consider ways to overhaul healthcare law is by opening a debate in the chamber said McConnell, a Republican. "That means voting to begin the open amendment process.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:19:30 -0400
  • State prosecutors sue EPA over chemical safety rule delay

    By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of 11 Democratic state prosecutors sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal court filing. The attorneys general of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington asked the U.S. Appeals Court, District of Columbia Circuit to vacate a two-year delay on the rules' effective date the EPA imposed in June. The set of regulations, called the Chemical Accident Safety Rule, would require industrial facilities to take new steps to prevent accidents and also to conduct more robust examinations of the causes of accidents that do occur.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:05:47 -0400
  • Montana blaze rages as California crews gain ground on wildfire news

    The biggest U.S. wildfire torched buildings and parched grassland forcing evacuations in eastern Montana while California firefighters gained ground on a massive blaze near Yosemite National Park on Monday, authorities said. The two-blaze Lodgepole Complex in Montana, the biggest wildfire in the United States currently, was only 5 percent contained on Monday after racing through 226,000 acres (91,500 hectares) of timber, brush and range land near the Missouri River, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:29:24 -0400
  • Massachusetts cannot hold immigrants so U.S. can detain them: state top court news

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts police do not have the authority to detain illegal immigrants solely to buy time for federal law enforcement officials to take them into custody, the state's top court ruled on Monday. The decision amounts to a rejection of requests by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for courts and law enforcement agencies to hold illegal immigrants, who are facing civil deportation orders, in custody for up to 48 hours after their cases are resolved. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that doing so amounts to a fresh arrest of the person that is not authorized by state law, in the first such ruling to apply to an entire state, according to Massachusetts' attorney general.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:28:46 -0400
  • NYC wins appeal against Wall Street lawyer arrested at protest

    A Wall Street lawyer arrested in 2013 after he stopped on the sidewalk to talk with Occupy Wall Street protesters cannot seek damages from New York City and its police for false arrest and imprisonment, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said police acted reasonably in arresting Stephen Kass, an environmental lawyer at Carter Ledyard & Milburn who was 73 at the time, in downtown Manhattan, and did not violate his First Amendment free speech rights.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:02:57 -0400
  • Tearful parents of UK baby Charlie Gard agree to let him die news

    The parents of Charlie Gard tearfully gave up their legal battle to keep their terminally ill baby alive on Monday, saying his condition had deteriorated too far for any possible recovery, in a case they said had touched the world. "Charlie did have a real chance of getting better. Charlie has a rare genetic condition causing progressive muscle weakness and brain damage and his parents had sought to send him to the United States to undergo therapy, in a campaign backed by U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:25:18 -0400
  • U.S. allows fast processing again for some H-1B visa applications news

    President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to crack down on immigrants, whom he said were taking jobs from U.S. citizens, and signed an executive order in April calling for a review of the H-1B program. The visa allows foreigners with certain skills to work temporarily in the United States. On April 3, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended "premium processing" of the visas for up to six months.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:20:21 -0400
  • Death toll rises to nine in suspected Texas human smuggling case

    At least eight men were found dead on Sunday alongside dozens of people discovered inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, in what authorities called a case of "ruthless" human trafficking. Thirty people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were removed from the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Another person was found in a wooded area nearby and was also being treated, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said in a statement.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:16:45 -0400
  • California crews hold wildfire in check, let more residents go home news

    California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to fully contain the blaze. The Detwiler Fire was 45 percent contained, a slight improvement from Saturday, after burning 76,250 acres (30,857 hectares) and more than 130 structures, including 63 homes, since it broke out on Monday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said. Evacuation orders were lifted by midday Sunday for much of the historic gold rush era town of Coulterville and nearby areas as firefighters completed firelines to contain the blaze, Cal Fire said in a statement.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:44:21 -0400
  • Death toll in suspected Texas human smuggling case rises to nine news

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - At least nine men were found dead on Sunday alongside dozens of people discovered inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, in what authorities called a case of "ruthless" human trafficking. Thirty people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were removed from the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius).

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:43:56 -0400
  • Firefighters gain on California wildfire, some evacuees return news

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in central California was contained enough on Saturday for authorities to consider allowing more people back to their houses, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for a gold rush era town that was previously threatened. The Detwiler Fire just outside Yosemite National Park has scorched 75,500 acres (30,550 hectares)and destroyed more than 120 structures, including 60 homes, since it broke out on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). The blaze, 40 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon, was named after a road near where it erupted in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:17:14 -0400
  • Evacuation orders lifted but California wildfire rages on news

    (Reuters) - Residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California began returning home on Friday as evacuation orders prompted by a massive wildfire were lifted, but some 1,500 structures remained threatened by the flames. Around 2,000 residents of the town of Mariposa, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, fled their homes on Tuesday as the so-called Detwiler Fire bore down on them. The blaze, which has blackened more than 75,000 acres, destroyed 125 structures, 61 of them homes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:18:24 -0400
  • After protests, St. Louis to install air conditioning in sweltering jail

    Police used pepper spray to disperse about 150 demonstrators outside the city's Medium Security Institution (MSI) protesting the sweltering conditions in which inmates were being held, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other news outlets. St. Louis voters in 2015 rejected a bond measure that would have paid for more air conditioning at the jail and other public works projects. “The conditions in the St. Louis Jail are a horrific reminder of how dehumanizing our criminal justice system is for everyone involved," Marbre Stahly-Butts, an advisory committee member of the activist group National Bail Out Fund that lobbied for the change, said in a statement.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:39:19 -0400
  • Firefighters gain ground on Central California wildfire news

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in central California was contained enough on Saturday for authorities to consider allowing more people back to their houses, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for a gold rush era town that was previously threatened. The Detwiler Fire just outside Yosemite National Park has scorched 75,200 acres (30,432 hectares) and destroyed 60 homes since it broke out on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Authorities have since lifted evacuation orders for the town.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:05:00 -0400
  • Drunk teens at Chance the Rapper concert flood hospitals in Connecticut

    90+ Ambulance transports to regional hospitals," Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said on Twitter. The Hartford Courant cited Foley as saying that those charged with underage drinking are scheduled to appear in Community Court in Hartford next week.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:23:11 -0400
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