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  • Top court rejects challenge to California gun waiting period

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    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a constitutional challenge brought by gun rights activists to a California law imposing a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of firearms, intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides. Signaling its continued reluctance to step into the growing national debate over gun control, the nine justices left in place a lower court ruling that upheld the waiting period put in place in the Democratic-governed state that has some of the broadest U.S. firearms restrictions. Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the court's decision not to hear the case.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:05:08 -0500
  • Florida school staff members to return this week after mass shooting that killed 17

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    Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland near Fort Lauderdale will also hold a voluntary orientation for students and parents on Sunday and hopes to have students resume classes the following Tuesday on a modified schedule, Broward County Public Schools said in a statement. Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student accused of the shooting, made an appearance on Monday in Fort Lauderdale court where he faced 17 counts of premeditated murder.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:20:07 -0500
  • U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare

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    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule that such plans, now available only for periods of three months or less, will be available for up to 12 months. The plans will not include the benefits that define the insurance created under Democratic former President Barack Obama, including required health benefits such as maternity coverage and the guarantee of insurance regardless of health.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:09:21 -0500
  • U.S. top court rejects investor appeals over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revive litigation in which shareholders accused the federal government of overstepping its authority when it restructured mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac following the 2008 housing crisis. The justices left in place a lower court's 2017 ruling that the investors, led by hedge fund Perry Capital, could not pursue legal claims accusing the government of unlawfully channeling profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the U.S. Treasury Department. The government seized so-called government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the height of the financial crisis as they teetered on the brink of insolvency.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:33:07 -0500
  • Agonizing subway ride lands New York woman Worst Commute award

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    This is one contest no New York City subway rider wants to win. An advocacy group for city commuters on Tuesday awarded its first "Worst Commute of the Week" award to a librarian from the borough of Queens for her story of an agonizing two-hour wait in a tunnel one stop from her home after skipping a restroom visit before leaving work. The Riders Alliance awards are aimed at shaming New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's Legislature into enacting a long-term plan to fund and fix the city's declining subway system.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:10:52 -0500
  • Ohio school on lockdown after student apparently shoots self

    The extent of the student's injuries after the incident at Jackson Memorial Middle School was not known, and neither was it known if the shooting was accidental. The student was a seventh grader, according to a dispatcher with the Massillon police department who declined to give her name, citing department policy. The nearby Jackson Memorial High School was also on lockdown, the district said in a message on its Facebook page.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:49:17 -0500
  • Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

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    A former student accused of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors. Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled at his waist and wearing a red, jail-issued jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the procedural session in Fort Lauderdale. The hearing ended with Broward Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer ruling that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:20:57 -0500
  • Trump endorses Romney in run for U.S. Senate seat in Utah

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah despite Romney often being critical of Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney excoriated Trump as a "fraud" who was "playing the American public for suckers.” Trump responded that Romney had "choked like a dog" in his 2012 campaign against President Barack Obama. ...

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:41:20 -0500
  • Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats

    (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Monday unveiled a new map carving out the state's U.S. congressional voting districts, imposing a plan it said was based on "traditional criteria" after rejecting a proposal drawn up by Republican lawmakers as unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court had ruled that the Republican plan effectively marginalized likely Democratic voters. As a result, the Republicans have a more than 2-1 advantage in the state's U.S. House of Representatives delegation, even though the number of registered Republicans and Democrats in Pennsylvania is roughly even.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:59:02 -0500
  • Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

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    A former student accused of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for one of two hearings on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors. Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled to his waist and wearing a red, jail-issued jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the first, procedural session in Fort Lauderdale. The hearing ended with Broward Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer ruling that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:09:15 -0500
  • Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks

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    By Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people. Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, on Friday about a bipartisan bill that he and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:58:56 -0500
  • Pennsylvania top court releases new U.S. congressional voting map for state

    The new map was posted on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's website after the court's Democratic majority voted last month to invalidate the previous map as an unconstitutional gerrymander. The court ruled that Republican lawmakers marginalized Democratic voters to win more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pennsylvania is a hotly contested swing state, and the redistricting is expected to boost Democrats' chances of winning several U.S. House seats in the state in the November elections.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:49:17 -0500
  • Kentucky accuses Cardinal Health of contributing to opioid epidemic

    Attorney General Andy Beshear in the lawsuit accused Cardinal of unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices that he said led to the excessive distribution of opioids in Kentucky. The lawsuit alleged that Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health, one of the country's largest wholesale drug distributors, ignored red flags that prescription opioids were being diverted for illegal uses, allowing it to profit in the process. It comes amid a wave of lawsuits by cities, counties and states seeking to hold corporations responsible for the drug abuse epidemic.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:12:29 -0500
  • Driver of van slated to be in Trump motorcade detained for having gun

    The driver of a van carrying journalists covering President Donald Trump was detained on Monday after Secret Service officials found a gun in his bag during a security sweep before the vehicle was to drive onto the president's Florida property. The Secret Service said no one had been put in danger. "The individual was found to be in lawful possession of a prohibited item (firearm) outside the secure area at a Secret Service security screening checkpoint," the Secret Service said in a statement.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:25:01 -0500
  • Kremlin says charges over U.S. election tampering prove nothing

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    The 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.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:15:38 -0500
  • Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018

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    Ten 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.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:21:54 -0500
  • UberEATS deliveryman wanted in fatal shooting

    The 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.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:46:47 -0500
  • Russian alleged election interference not working: McMaster

    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.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:25:30 -0500
  • Students plan protests, Washington march, to demand gun control after mass shooting

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    By 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.

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:14:15 -0500
  • Student survivors of Florida shooting slam Trump over FBI tweets

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    By 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.

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:31:39 -0500
  • Trump: FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe

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    By 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.

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:30:49 -0500
  • Stunned by massacre, U.S. students demand tighter gun controls

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    Stunned 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.

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:55:21 -0500
  • Russian alleged election interference not working: McMaster

    By 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.

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:04:33 -0500
  • Father who forgave son for family's murder asks Texas to spare his life

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    A 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.

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:08:30 -0500
  • Firearms debate rages as Florida rally coincides with gun show

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    By 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.

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:14:10 -0500
  • Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers

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    By 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.

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:14:34 -0500
  • Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: report

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    A 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.

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:43:30 -0500
  • Russian alleged election interference not working: McMaster

    By 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.

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:30:31 -0500
  • Moscow says no evidence behind U.S. indictment of Russians for alleged election meddling

    MOSCOW (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)

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:28:57 -0500
  • U.S. charges Russians with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost Trump

    By 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.

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:00:49 -0500
  • '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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:22:36 -0500
  • FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, drawing anger

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    By 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:22:36 -0500
  • Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling

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    By 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:13:09 -0500
  • Trump visits Florida hospital to pay respects after school shooting

    POMPANO 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:43:53 -0500
  • Confluence of crises crashes Trump's 'Infrastructure Week'

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    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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:58:48 -0500
  • U.S. charges three with exporting drone parts to Lebanon's Hezbollah

    Federal 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:46:54 -0500
  • '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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:38:54 -0500
  • Trump visits Florida hospital to pay respects after school shooting

    POMPANO 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:38:33 -0500
  • Monsanto loses bid to stop Arkansas ban on farm chemical

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    By 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:22:39 -0500
  • 'Sinister and systematic attack' by Russians prompts U.S. Congress calls for action

    By 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:18:19 -0500
  • South Carolina teen who fatally shot two charged as adult

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    A 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:12:55 -0500
  • FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, draws anger

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    By 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:01:24 -0500
  • 15-year-old boy charged with murder, assault in Kentucky school shooting

    A 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:18:23 -0500
  • 'NO COLLUSION:' Trump says vindicated by Russia meddling indictments

    The 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:35:47 -0500
  • Yemeni man pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to join Islamic State

    A 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:17:08 -0500
  • 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:13:48 -0500
  • NY judge rules Charter Communications must face lawsuit over slow internet

    Charter 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:10:09 -0500
  • U.S. man indicted for identity fraud in Russia probe 'made a mistake': lawyer

    A 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:01:31 -0500
  • 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:43:09 -0500
  • Gunfire rumors prompt brief lockdown at Washington state college

    The 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.

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:26:27 -0500
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