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  • Genealogy websites help California police find Golden State Killer suspect

    California investigators tracked down the former policeman who they suspect is the Golden State Killer responsible for dozens of rapes and murders by comparing crime scene DNA to genetic information on genealogy websites, a prosecutor said on Thursday. The suspect, former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested on Tuesday outside the Sacramento-area home where he has lived for at least two decades, not far from the first of eight murders he is charged with committing 40 years ago. DeAngelo is suspected in a dozen slayings as well as 45 rapes and scores of home invasions in a crime spree that spanned 10 years and 10 California counties during the 1970s and 1980s.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:46:54 -0400
  • At least 10 hurt in blast at Wisconsin oil refinery: officials news

    NEW YORK/HOUSTON (Reuters) - An explosion at Husky Energy's refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, injured at least 10 people, sent smoke billowing into the sky and prompted an evacuation of tens of thousands of residents, local and medical officials said on Thursday. After an initial blaze was extinguished, a storage tank was punctured, and a second fire erupted, Husky Energy spokesman Mel Duvall said. There were no reports of fatalities, and all of the refinery's workers have been accounted for, Duvall said.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:31:55 -0400
  • Trump distances himself from his personal lawyer as probe moves forward news

    By Brendan Pierson and Doina Chiacu NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump distanced himself from his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Thursday, hours before a judge ruled that documents seized from Cohen by the FBI should be reviewed by an independent court-appointed official. The appointment of former judge Barbara Jones as a "special master," to review the documents and decide which ones prosecutors should be allowed to see, was essentially a compromise that both prosecutors and Cohen's lawyers had said they would be open to, even though that option was not their first choice. The FBI raided Cohen's office and home on April 9, infuriating Trump.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:25:30 -0400
  • Genealogy websites helped lead investigators to Golden Gate Killer suspect news

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Investigators in California narrowed in on the Golden State Killer suspect by using the genetic profile of a relative on ancestry websites that solicit DNA samples from users, a Sacramento County prosecutor said on Thursday.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:18:27 -0400
  • Grilled by U.S. lawmakers, Trump's EPA chief calls ethics scandals lies news

    By Valerie Volcovici and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday rejected a litany of ethics complaints against him as lies intended to derail President Donald Trump's agenda, and put much of the blame for any agency missteps on his staff. During two tense congressional hearings, Pruitt faced tough questions from Democrats and even some fellow Republicans in marathon high-stakes testimony as he seeks to avoid becoming the latest in a long list of Cabinet members and senior White House officials to have either been fired by Trump or quit.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:07:36 -0400
  • Parents sue North Korea, saying Warmbier 'tortured and murdered' news

    The wrongful-death suit was filed in U.S. District Court at a diplomatically delicate time, weeks ahead of an expected meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump. “Otto was taken hostage, kept as a prisoner for political purposes, used as a pawn and singled out for exceptionally harsh and brutal treatment by Kim Jong Un," his father Fred Warmbier said in a statement. Warmbier, from Wyoming, Ohio, died at age 22 after being imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 until he was returned to the United States in June 2017 in a coma.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:47:54 -0400
  • Toyota to invest $170 million in Mississippi plant, create 400 jobs news

    Toyota Motor Corp will invest $170 million in an existing plant in Mississippi to build the next generation of its Corolla sedan, the Japanese automaker said on Thursday. The investment will lead to the creation of 400 jobs over the next 12 months at Toyota's Blue Springs, Mississippi, plant.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:22:43 -0400
  • 'Our Schools Deserve More!' - Arizona, Colorado teachers in walkouts news

    Tens of thousands of teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of public school classrooms on Thursday to demand better pay and more education funding, in the latest revolt by educators that has spread to the U.S. West. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, has offered a cumulative 20 percent pay rise by 2020 to be largely paid for by growth. "We've all been listening - but now, it's time to act," Ducey said in a statement, as he pushed lawmakers to fund his plan.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:20:10 -0400
  • Bill Cosby, once beloved 'America's Dad,' convicted of sexual assault news

    (Language in fourth and 31st paragraphs may be offensive to some readers) By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted on Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a onetime friend in 2004, marking the first such conviction of a celebrity since the #MeToo movement that has brought down rich and powerful men for their treatment of women. After maintaining decorum throughout the trial, Cosby exploded following the verdict when prosecutors asked the judge to take him into custody, saying he was a flight risk in part because he owned a plane. "He doesn't have a plane, you asshole!" Cosby responded in a booming voice as he leapt to feet.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:49:31 -0400
  • Boston to take former baseball team owner's name off street news

    The Boston Red Sox, under the ownership of Thomas Yawkey, were the last team in Major League Baseball to field a black player, in 1959, a dozen years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Boston's Public Improvement Commission voted on Thursday to change Yawkey Way back to its original name, Jersey Street.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:35:52 -0400
  • UC Berkeley must face lawsuit alleging bias against conservative speakers

    In a decision late Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco said two conservative groups could pursue claims that the school applied its policy for handling "major events" and an earlier policy for "high-profile speakers" in a manner that unfairly suppressed conservative speech. The Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation, a Tennessee group, had sued after the university canceled Coulter's scheduled speech last April 27, citing security concerns.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:27:39 -0400
  • White House doctor steps back from Trump veterans job after controversy news

    By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's physician Ronny Jackson on Thursday withdrew from consideration to head the Veterans Affairs department after allegations that he had been lax with prescription drugs and drank alcohol on the job. The allegations, which Jackson categorically denied as false, had prompted the Senate to put a hold on his hearing for the job of leading the federal government's second largest department. The upset was the latest chaotic personnel decision to rock Trump's White House, which has been roiled by an unusually high number of firings and resignations.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:27:42 -0400
  • U.S. judge blocks cuts to teen pregnancy prevention grants

    A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump's administration from terminating grants issued through a teen pregnancy prevention program, marking the third time in a week that a court has held that the administration's 2017 decision was unlawful. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake in Baltimore ruled on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services improperly moved to terminate five-year grant awards issued to the city and a non-profit two years early. Blake said HHS failed to comply with at least one of four conditions before it terminated the grants, such as showing that Baltimore or Healthy Teen Network failed to comply with the terms of their awards.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:46:59 -0400
  • Johnson & Johnson wins appeal to overturn $151 million hip implant verdict news

    Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday secured a favorable U.S. appellate court ruling, overturning a verdict that had awarded $151 million to five people who blamed injuries they suffered on the company's Pinnacle hip implant devices. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said two of the plaintiffs' defective marketing claims were legally insufficient and a new trial was required overall in the case because of a judge's evidentiary rulings and "deceptions" by their lawyer. U.S. Circuit Judge Jerry Smith, writing for the three-judge panel, said U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas erred in allowing the hip implant recipients' lawyers to present certain "inflammatory character evidence" about J&J. Smith said the "most problematic evidence" were bribes J&J paid to "henchmen" of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, allegations stemming from the company's agreement in 2011 to pay $70 million to resolve U.S. foreign bribery probes.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:14:44 -0400
  • Trump lawyer Cohen will invoke 5th Amendment rights in Stormy Daniels case news

    In a filing in Los Angeles federal court, Cohen said he decided to assert his constitutional right after the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room two weeks ago. "Based on the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th Amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York," Cohen wrote in the filing.

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:13:38 -0400
  • U.S. Marines say new CH-53K helicopter program on track

    The U.S. Marine Corps is on track to declare an initial four CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters, built by Lockheed Martin Corp's Sikorsky unit , ready for combat use as planned in December 2019, senior Marine Corps officials said on Thursday. Colonel Hank Vanderborght, who manages the CH-53K program for the U.S. military branch, told reporters at the ILA Berlin Air Show the new aircraft was performing well in testing, and "many, many" routine technical issues that emerged during development had been solved. The current plan called for the Marines to carry out an operational evaluation after testing ends in December 2019 that will pave the way for a declaration of "initial operational capability".

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:44:30 -0400
  • Ex-Minnesota policeman to argue self-defense in Australian woman's shooting death-newspaper news

    Mohamed Noor, 32, who has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond, will next appear in court on May 8, online court records showed. Minnesota's Star Tribune newspaper reported it obtained a court filing in the case made on Wednesday that said Noor intends to claim he used “reasonable force” when he shot Damond, a spiritual healer from Sydney, should the case go to trial.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:26:30 -0400
  • Ex-California policeman arrested in 'Golden State' serial killer case

    An elderly former policeman has been arrested and charged with eight murders attributed to the Golden State Killer, a serial criminal responsible for dozens of rapes and slayings that terrorized parts of California during the 1970s and 1980s, authorities said on Wednesday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has previously said that the man sought in the 40-year-old case was tied to 12 slayings, 45 rapes and more than 120 burglaries in and around Sacramento, the eastern San Francisco Bay area and Southern California.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:24:01 -0400
  • Liberals on top U.S. court ask if Trump travel waivers just 'window dressing' news

    By Mica Rosenberg and Dan Levine NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices sought assurances on Wednesday that the Trump administration's policy for granting medical or other exceptions to a ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries amounted to more than window dressing. Immigration attorneys and visa applicants from countries covered have complained about the scarcity of waivers granted and the lack of transparency around a process intended for applicants with serious medical needs or significant personal and business ties to the United States. The four-month-old ban, Republican President Donald Trump's third attempt to restrict travel from countries he says pose a threat, is the latest to face court challenges.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:09:02 -0400
  • New York taxi drivers call for pay guarantee, limits on cars for hire

    New York's yellow taxi drivers on Wednesday joined with drivers for Uber and other app-based ride services at a rally to call for guaranteed minimum pay and limits on growth in the number of cars for hire in the largest U.S. city. In a steady drizzle outside City Hall in lower Manhattan, dozens of drivers carried signs with slogans such as "Respect the Drivers," and "Stop the Race to the Bottom," before presenting their demands to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council. "We want regulation that will create a ground so that people have a chance to stand on something and not just sink into a miserable poverty," said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the 19,000-member New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:08:34 -0400
  • Texas executes man convicted of killing two at birthday party

    Texas on Wednesday executed a man convicted of opening fire at a children's birthday party in 2008, believing a rival gang member was present and fatally shooting a woman and her 5-year-old granddaughter in a spray of bullets. Erick Davila, 31, died by lethal injection at Texas' execution chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. It was the ninth execution this year in the United States, and the 550th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:05:07 -0400
  • Former California policeman arrested in 'Golden State' serial killer case news

    By Fred Greaves SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - An elderly ex-policeman has been arrested and charged with four murders attributed to the Golden State Killer, a serial criminal responsible for dozens of rapes and slayings that terrorized parts of California during the 1970s and 1980s, authorities said on Wednesday. The suspect was identified by authorities at a Sacramento news conference as Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, in a case officials said was finally solved by DNA evidence two months after gaining renewed attention in the bestselling book "I'll Be Gone in the Dark." Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones credited the book with helping to generate new tips but added, "There was no information extracted from that book that directly led to the apprehension." The Federal Bureau of Investigation has previously said that the man sought in the 40-year-old case was tied to 12 slayings, 45 rapes and more than 120 burglaries in and around Sacramento, the eastern San Francisco Bay area and two Southern California counties.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:52:11 -0400
  • New York taxi drivers call for pay guarantee, limits on cars for hire

    New York's yellow taxi drivers on Wednesday joined with drivers for Uber and other app-based ride services at a rally to call for guaranteed minimum pay and limits on growth in the number of cars for hire in the largest U.S. city. In a steady drizzle outside City Hall in lower Manhattan, dozens of drivers carried signs with slogans such as "Respect the Drivers," and "Stop the Race to the Bottom," before presenting their demands to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council. "We want regulation that will create a ground so that people have a chance to stand on something and not just sink into a miserable poverty," said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the 19,000-member New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:40:37 -0400
  • Trump lawyer Cohen says will take 5th in Stormy Daniels case news

    In a filing in Los Angeles federal court, Cohen said he decided to invoke his constitutional right after the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room two weeks ago. The FBI search was partly a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Russia denies meddling in the election and Trump has denied any collusion.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:05:39 -0400
  • Supreme Court clears way for Texas to execute convicted murderer news

    The U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal from a Texas death row inmate on Wednesday, clearing the way for the state to execute the man convicted of firing into a children's birthday party, killing a woman and her 5-year-old granddaughter. The decision was released less than 15 minutes before Texas planned to put Erick Davila, 31, to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. at its execution chamber in Huntsville. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the ninth this year in the United States and the 550th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:03:28 -0400
  • Russell Simmons and accuser agree to dismiss rape lawsuit news

    Hip hop producer Russell Simmons and an aspiring documentary filmmaker have agreed to dismiss her civil lawsuit claiming that Simmons raped her at his Los Angeles home in 2016, court documents filed on Wednesday showed. The case, filed in January in U.S. Court in Los Angeles, was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be filed again. The filmmaker, Jennifer Jarosik, had accused Simmons of forcing her to have sex with him after she refused his advance.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:21:15 -0400
  • U.S. judge criticizes immigration arrest of Chinese woman in exam scam

    A federal judge expressed outrage on Wednesday that a U.S. immigration agent came to court to arrest a Chinese woman just as she was sentenced to probation for using a fake passport and visa to take a graduate school entrance exam for someone else. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston said she was upset that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had come to the sentencing of Xinyan Wang, 27, with the purpose of taking her into custody, assuming she was not sentenced to prison.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:16:04 -0400
  • FLIR Systems to pay $30 million to settle U.S. allegations: State Department

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FLIR Systems Inc will pay $30 million to settle government allegations it violated a U.S. law restricting military-related exports, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:59:39 -0400
  • California voters to decide on $8.9 billion water bonds in November

    California voters will get to decide in a statewide November ballot whether their state should borrow $8.9 billion for water projects, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said on Wednesday. If approved, the state would issue bonds to pay for $3 billion of drinking water projects, $2.9 billion of watershed and fisheries improvements and $940 million of habitat protection, with the rest going for groundwater storage, dam repairs and other water infrastructure. Interests payments of $8.4 billion over 40 years would add to the total costs, with annual principal and interest costs averaging about $433 million, Padilla's office said in a statement.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:25:57 -0400
  • U.S. regulator sues LendingClub over hidden fees news

    A U.S. regulator sued online lender Lending Club Corp on Wednesday for allegedly overcharging consumers and misleading them on hidden fees. LendingClub also allegedly deducted payments automatically from consumers' bank accounts even when they had paid off their loans, or had canceled automatic payments, according to the complaint. Some consumers were allegedly charged double payments, the complaint said.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:54:02 -0400
  • Former South Carolina prison workers charged with smuggling contraband news

    The charges were unsealed little more than a week after seven inmates were killed in a riot sparked by a fight among prison gangs over turf and contraband at South Carolina's Lee Correctional Institution. "These investigations have been going on a while and they continue," U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said at a news conference in Columbia, the state capital.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:51:37 -0400
  • Suspect charged with capital murder for shooting Dallas officer

    Armando Juarez, 29, was caught after a high-speed chase following Tuesday's shooting at a Home Depot store, Dallas police said. The officer who died was identified as Rogelio Santander, 27. Officer Crystal Almeida, 26, remained in critical condition, police said.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:23:48 -0400
  • United States to lower foreign arms sales surcharge: DSCA director

    The U.S. government will reduce its administrative surcharge on foreign arms sales to 3.2 percent from 3.5 percent from June as part of a broader effort to make U.S. weapons more competitive internationally, a top U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday. U.S. Lieutenant General Charles Hooper, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, announced the change during an interview at the ILA Berlin Air Show, where Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co and U.S. companies are showcasing helicopters, fighter jets and other military equipment. "This rate reduction will immediately reduce the cost of new business for our international partners," said Hooper, whose agency facilitates all foreign military sales.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:45:13 -0400
  • Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush out of intensive care news

    The 93-year-old former president "is alert and talking with hospital staff, family and friends, and his doctors are very pleased with his progress," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Bush, a Republican who served a single term from 1989 to 1993, is expected to continue his recovery in the hospital for several more days, McGrath said. Bush was admitted to the Houston hospital on Sunday, a day after he attended the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a former first lady who died on April 17.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:42:54 -0400
  • In #MeToo's shadow, Cosby awaits verdict in sexual assault trial news

    The case against Bill Cosby, the man once known as "America's Dad," is now in the hands of a jury charged with deciding whether the comedian is guilty of drugging and molesting a onetime friend at his Pennsylvania home more than a decade ago. It is the second time that Cosby, now 80, has faced the charges that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. With the rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the outcome of Cosby's second trial may hint at whether jurors are now more willing to believe women who say they were victims.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:57:29 -0400
  • Flowers and grits as Waffle House reopens after Nashville killings news

    The Waffle House restaurant in Nashville where a gunman killed four people reopened on Wednesday for the first time since the weekend attack, filling up with customers ordering breakfasts as a makeshift memorial of flowers piled up outside. Eric Puschmann, a pastor at the nearby Free Will Baptist church, joined staff for prayers before the restaurant opened, he said. The suspect in the shooting, Travis Reinking, used an AR-15 rifle to kill two people inside and two people outside the restaurant before a bystander knocked him down, sending him fleeing, police said.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:53:37 -0400
  • Puerto Rico's governor says power should return within a month news

    Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello on Wednesday said he expects electricity to be restored across the U.S. territory within a month, but warned that the island's infrastructure needed to be strengthened ahead of the upcoming hurricane season. "The expectation is that ... within the next month we'll be able to reach that normalcy," he told CBS News. Puerto Rico has struggled to recover after Hurricane Maria wiped out power across the territory about seven months ago.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:54:47 -0400
  • U.S. cannot cut teen pregnancy prevention grants : federal judge

    A federal judge has blocked U.S. President Donald Trump's administration from terminating grant funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs run by affiliates of Planned Parenthood, saying the decision was arbitrary. U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice in Spokane, Washington, ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had failed to satisfactorily explain why it decided in July to terminate the five-year grants two years early. HHS failed to follow proper administrative procedures and "arbitrarily and capriciously" terminated the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which provides grants for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, Rice said.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:27:32 -0400
  • U.S. to seek court approval to terminate 'outdated' antitrust judgments

    The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it plans to seek court approval to terminate "outdated" antitrust judgments that remain on the books throughout the United States. The government said there are nearly 1,300 “legacy” judgments remaining on the books of its Antitrust Division, and nearly all likely remain open in U.S. courts.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:48:21 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court leans toward upholding Trump's travel ban news

    Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled they are likely to uphold President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries, one of the most contentious policies of his presidency. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote on the nine-justice court, indicated they were unwilling to second-guess the president on the national security justifications for the policy. The challengers led by the state of Hawaii have argued the policy was motivated by Trump's enmity toward Muslims and that it violates federal immigration law and the U.S. Constitution's prohibition on the government favoring one religion over another.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:38:04 -0400
  • Arizona Republican takes early lead in tight race for House seat news

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Republicans were heading for victory in an Arizona election for a U.S. House of Representatives seat, early results suggested on Tuesday, after a tight race that may still bolster Democratic momentum heading into November’s midterm vote.    Republican Debbie Lesko was leading Democratic Hiral Tipirneni, a former emergency room doctor, by about 9,100 votes with about 10,500 votes still to be counted at 11 p.m. local time, according to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. "I want to promise you that I am going to continue to work hard for the people of my district and continue to represent you with the values that have continued to make our nation great," Lesko told her supporters in a speech.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:01:27 -0400
  • Suspect arrested in the shooting of two Dallas police officers: police

    (Reuters) - A suspect was arrested on Tuesday after two Dallas police officers were shot and critically wounded at a Home Depot Inc store and a civilian was also shot in the incident, police said. Armando Juarez, 29 was arrested and being held on multiple counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall said during a news conference. The man had a handgun and shot two responding officers and a store loss-prevention officer, the Dallas Morning News reported.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:43:33 -0400
  • Supreme Court upholds legality of patent review process

    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to a government review process prized by high technology companies as an easy and cheap way to combat "patent trolls" and others that bring patent infringement lawsuits. The justices ruled 7-2 that a type of in-house patent review at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office does not violate a defendant's right under the U.S. Constitution to have a case adjudicated by a federal court and jury. The court ruled against Oil States International Inc , a Houston-based oilfield services company that had challenged the legality of the process, called inter partes review (IPR).

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:55:05 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court divided over Texas electoral district fight news

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided along ideological lines as it heard a bid by Texas to revive Republican-drawn electoral districts thrown out by a lower court for diluting the clout of black and Hispanic voters. Some of the conservative justices seemed willing during arguments in the case to accept that the Republican-led Texas legislature acted in good faith when it adopted new electoral maps in 2013 for state legislative and U.S. congressional seats. Liberal justices seemed skeptical that those maps resolved racial discrimination concerns that caused earlier maps to be invalidated, and questioned whether it was premature to hear the case because a lower court had not yet issued a final ruling on the dispute.

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:24:54 -0400
  • Florida shooting suspect qualifies for public defender, judge rules news

    The man charged with killing 17 people at Florida high school qualifies to have a public defender represent him at taxpayer expense, even though he may inherit money from his late mother's estate, a Florida judge ruled on Tuesday. The 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, has a current net worth of about $28,000 and access to only part of that sum, Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer wrote in a court ruling. The judge said she would reconsider the question of whether Cruz qualified for a public defender should he inherit money from the estate, according to a court filing.

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:24:13 -0400
  • Busloads of migrants from 'caravan' arrive at U.S.-Mexico border news

    By Edgardo Garrido TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Dozens of Central American migrants from about 600 traveling in a "caravan" through Mexico arrived at the border city of Tijuana late on Tuesday despite warnings it would be futile to try to cross to claim asylum in the United States. By evening, two busloads of men, women and children arrived in Tijuana, a city that grazes southern California. U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered officials to repel them.

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:16:24 -0400
  • Rapper Meek Mill freed from U.S. jail after months-long campaign news

    (Reuters) - Rapper Meek Mill, who had been incarcerated for five months on a probation violation, was released from a Pennsylvania jail on Tuesday, his attorney said, after the state's top court granted him bail, capping a star-laden campaign to have him freed. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to release the "All Eyes on You" rapper and grant him a new hearing because of "credibility issues with a police officer who was a 'critical witness'" in his 2008 gun and drug convictions, court documents show. Meek Mill's attorney, Joe Tacopina, said on Tuesday that the 30-year-old rapper had been released from jail near Philadelphia.

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:13:04 -0400
  • White House doctor refuses to pull out as Trump's nominee for veterans job news

    By Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's physician Ronny Jackson will continue as the nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs department after allegations about his conduct stalled his Senate hearing for the job, a White House official said on Tuesday. Jackson met with Trump after the president left open the possibility during a news conference that the physician would withdraw from the process. Afterward, the White House said there was a feeling the doctor - well liked by administration figures from both parties - was being railroaded.

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:10:46 -0400
  • Two police officers, civilian shot in Dallas: police

    (Reuters) - Two Dallas police officers were shot and critically wounded on Tuesday at a Home Depot Inc store and a civilian was also shot in the incident, Dallas police said on Twitter.

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:06:51 -0400
  • Cosby prosecutors say his 'time to escape justice is over' news

    Evidence of being a serial rapist finally caught up with Bill Cosby after decades of assaulting women and hiding behind his kindly television persona, prosecutors told a Pennsylvania jury on Tuesday in closing arguments of his sexual assault trial. With evidence and closing arguments concluded, the jury of seven men and five women was due to begin deliberations on Wednesday to decide whether to convict Cosby, 80, on trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, 45, at his home outside Philadelphia in January 2004. Some 50 women have accused Cosby, the once-beloved comedian and TV dad, of sexual assault going back decades, but only Constand's case was recent enough to be prosecuted.

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:21:03 -0400
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