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  • U.S. to release grant funds for California transit project

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday it will release grant funds for a project to electrify a northern California transit project.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 15:07:48 -0400
  • U.S. transit agency OKs funding for California rail electrification project

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Transit Administration said on Monday it has agreed to fund California's San Carlos Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, also known as Caltrain.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 14:49:11 -0400
  • Trump budget poised to slash healthcare for poor, other programs

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    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is set to release President Donald Trump's first full budget on Tuesday, a plan that will include a cut of more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program for the poor and reductions in other social spending. The Medicaid cuts were part of a Republican healthcare bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in early May, which aims to gut the Obama administration's 2010 law that expanded insurance coverage and the government-run Medicaid program. Trump's initial budget outline for discretionary spending received a tepid response from Congress, which controls the purse strings, and, ultimately, government spending.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 14:38:37 -0400
  • Trump administration asks for time to weigh Obamacare subsidies

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    The Trump administration and House of Representatives Republicans on Monday asked a federal court for more time to decide how to proceed on the cost-sharing subsidies paid to health insurers that play a vital role in the Obamacare healthcare law. In a joint filing submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the administration and Republican lawmakers who had previously challenged the payments asked for a second three-month extension.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 14:14:49 -0400
  • New England prep school: 13 past staffers engaged in sexual misconduct

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    An elite New Hampshire prep school acknowledged on Monday that 13 former members of its staff engaged in sexual misconduct with students in incidents dating back decades, following an independent review by a Boston law firm. The St. Paul's School apologized and said that it had failed to adequately investigate allegations of sexual abuse by staff. "The school failed to protect students from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct done to them by adults entrusted with their care," wrote Rector Michael Hirschfeld and Board of Trustees President Archibald Cox in an open letter to school families.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 13:47:29 -0400
  • U.S. extends 'temporary protected status' to Haitians until January

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow more than 50,000 victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake to remain in the United States with work authorizations until January 2018, department officials told reporters on Monday. The Obama administration first granted protections to Haitians who arrived in the United States within a year of the devastating earthquake and the group's status has since been extended. Three DHS officials, who agreed to speak to reporters only on the condition of anonymity, said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has assessed the situation in Haiti and believes conditions there are improving but still necessitate protected status for Haitians living in the United States.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 13:38:16 -0400
  • Loss-making Air Namibia wins permit to fly into U.S.: report

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    WINDHOEK (Reuters) - State-owned Air Namibia has won approval to fly into the United States and hopes to generate revenues through its codesharing agreements, the government-run daily New Era reported on Monday,

    Mon, 22 May 2017 13:00:35 -0400
  • Puerto Rico pension, highway agency join government in bankruptcy

    Puerto Rico's federal oversight board has sought bankruptcy protection for the island's highway authority and largest public pension, making them the latest commonwealth entities to turn to a court to work out debt. The board filed the cases late on Sunday in U.S. District Court in San Juan, under a process akin to U.S. bankruptcy, known as Title III, that was created by the U.S Congress last year. The latest filings could set the stage for an unconventional fight between retirees and the very lenders whose money was supposed to sustain them, an indication of just how complex Puerto Rico's debt structure is.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 12:47:23 -0400
  • U.S. accuses Massachusetts hedge fund manager of fraud

    A Massachusetts hedge fund manager has been arrested and accused of misappropriating millions of dollars from investors and engaging in a Ponzi-like scheme, U.S. authorities said. Yasuna Murakami, who managed Cambridge, Massachusetts-based MC2 Capital Management LLC, was arrested in Vermont on Saturday and charged in a criminal complaint with wire fraud, according to papers unsealed in federal court in Boston on Monday. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a related lawsuit against Murakami and Avi Chiat, his partner at MC2, and their firm, accusing them of defrauding investors about the funds' performance after raising $15 million.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 12:40:13 -0400
  • Billy Bush on Trump tape: didn't have "strength" to change topic

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    Former NBC "Today" show host Billy Bush wishes he had changed the subject during a taped conversation with Donald Trump, in which the Apprentice star bragged about grabbing women by the genitals, Bush said in an interview with the entertainment magazine, The Hollywood Reporter. Bush, 45, lost his job as a host of NBC's flagship morning show after the tape, recorded more than a decade ago, was leaked to the media in October, causing public outrage and threatening to kill Trump's chances of becoming president. Bush laughed on the video as Trump boasted about groping women without their permission and of trying to seduce a married woman.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 12:31:13 -0400
  • Story on U.S. gender confirmation surgery withdrawn

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The story headlined "U.S. gender confirmation surgery up 19 pct in 2016, doctors say" published at 1201 New York time Monday May 22 (0401 GMT) is withdrawn as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons which provided the data cannot vouch for the data which the Society originally supplied. No replacement story will be issued.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 11:45:42 -0400
  • Massachusetts college apologizes for racist tweets on hacked Twitter account

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    Salem State University President Patricia Meservey said in an emailed statement that none of the recent tweets, which were sent out around 11:45 p.m. on Friday, represented the views of the school. "We have done great work in the area of social justice and will continue to do so until incidents such as this no longer occur," Meservey said. According to screenshot photos posted online, the tweets called the Black Lives Matter movement "unneeded and unnecessary," said that Trump "has done nothing but great things" for America and used a racial slur to describe former President Barack Obama.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 11:34:19 -0400
  • Westinghouse says locking out union members at New Hampshire plant

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    Westinghouse, which has been operating under bankruptcy protection, had only begun formal negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers in April for a contract that expired April 29 of this year. The Boilermakers and Westinghouse engaged in a mediation process that was unfortunately not successful, and the union has refused to accept the company's last, best and final contract offer, the company said in a statement.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 11:15:57 -0400
  • In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem's Western Wall

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    By Luke Baker and Steve Holland JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones. One of them, Psalm 122, speaks of Jerusalem as a "city that is united together". The ancient stones are in a part of Jerusalem that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 11:14:28 -0400
  • Supreme Court rejects challenge to state retroactive tax changes

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by several major corporations to a Michigan law that retroactively changed the way businesses are taxed in the state, leading to $1 billion extra for government coffers. The justices turned away appeals by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co , IBM Corp , AT&T Inc's DirecTV, Monster Beverage Corp and others of a lower court's ruling in favor of the state. The companies argued that Michigan's retroactive change to its tax regime violated their rights to due process under the U.S. Constitution.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:56 -0400
  • Stabbing death of black U.S. Army officer probed as possible hate crime

    Police have charged a white University of Maryland student with the on-campus stabbing death of a newly commissioned black U.S. Army lieutenant, and the FBI is investigating the case as a possible hate crime, authorities said on Sunday. The suspect, Sean Urbanski, of Severna Park, Maryland, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of Second Lieutenant Richard Collins III, 23, early on Saturday, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said. Urbanski, 22, approached Collins and two friends on a campus sidewalk and told Collins, who was commissioned as an officer on Thursday, "Step left, step left if you know what's good for you," Mitchell said.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 22:25:42 -0400
  • Warriors' Pachulia receiving threats after Leonard injury

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    USA Today reported on Sunday the situation was considered serious enough that security guards were sent to the entrance of his children's school as a precaution. During the first game of the Western Conference Finals, Leonard landed on Pachulia's foot while taking a jump shot and sprained his already injured ankle.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 21:11:51 -0400
  • Pentagon assesses readiness for transgender hires: memo

    By Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense is assessing its ability to recruit transgender people as soon as 1 July, according to a memo signed by a top Pentagon official and seen by Reuters. The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military last year under Defense Secretary Ash Carter. A Pentagon spokesperson verified the contents of the memo, but declined further comment on the document.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 21:01:14 -0400
  • New York governor urges Trump to provide emergency funds for Penn Station

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to treat disruptions in train service at Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station as an emergency and provide federal aid to fix what he termed deplorable conditions at the transit hub. Cuomo said 600,000 daily commuters who use rail service at Penn faced a "summer of agony" if essential track repairs were left under the control of Amtrak, which operates the nation's busiest train station.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 20:40:16 -0400
  • 'Greatest Show on Earth' takes its final bow after 146 years

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    The clowns, animal acts and acrobats of the storied Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus took their final bow at an arena outside New York on Sunday, with a space-themed balancing act kicking off the farewell performance of the "Greatest Show on Earth" after nearly 150 years. Capping a legacy that stretches back to 19th century showman P.T. Barnum, the circus bade adieu at a series of shows this weekend at the newly refurbished Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on New York's Long Island. "It's incredibly heartwarming to see all of you that have come out for the final performance," Kenneth Feld, chairman and chief executive of parent Feld Entertainment Inc, said at the show, which was sold out and live streamed on the Ringling website.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 20:28:45 -0400
  • Notre Dame graduates walk out on Pence as he touts free speech

    The protesters, among the thousands of graduates and guests assembled in the university's football stadium, stood up when the conservative Republican began his speech and streamed out of the ceremony, to the jeers of some of those who remained. A few of the students had messages of protest attached to their traditional "mortarboard" graduation caps. One of them displayed an inverted U.S. flag, a sign of protest popularized during the Vietnam War era, and the words "Are we great again yet?," a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 18:40:36 -0400
  • Polarizing Milwaukee sheriff denies CNN report that he plagiarized

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    Clarke, an African-American who became a staunch critic of the Black Lives Matter movement and supported Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign, lifted language from multiple sources for his thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School, CNN reported on Saturday. Clarke provided footnotes for the sources of the thesis, titled "Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible," the story by CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski said. The post linked to a story in which Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky pushed back against a Kaczynski story for Buzzfeed News, in which he was accused of using disputed quotes.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 18:19:29 -0400
  • New York governor urges Trump to provide emergency funds for Penn Station

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    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday urged President Donald Trump to treat disruptions in train service at Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station as an emergency and provide federal assistance to fix "deplorable" conditions at the transit hub. Cuomo said 600,000 daily commuters who use rail service at Penn faced a "summer of agony" if essential track repairs were left under the control of Amtrak, which operates the nation's busiest train station.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 17:27:05 -0400
  • Westinghouse to lock out 172 union members at New Hampshire plant

    (Reuters) - Westinghouse Electric Co, a unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp , said on Sunday it issued a lockout notice to 172 union members at its nuclear components manufacturing plant in Newington, New Hampshire, declaring that the sides had reached a stalemate in contract negotiations. Westinghouse, which has been operating under bankruptcy protection, began formal negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers in April for a contract that expired almost a year earlier.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 16:39:37 -0400
  • 'Greatest Show on Earth' takes its final bow after 146 years

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    By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - The clowns, animal acts and acrobats of the storied Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus are taking their final bow at an arena outside New York City on Sunday in the farewell performance of the "Greatest Show on Earth" after nearly 150 years. Capping a legacy that stretches back to the legendary 19th century showman P.T. Barnum, the circus bids adieu at a series of shows this weekend at newly refurbished Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on New York's Long Island. The final show on Sunday evening was a sell-out and a worldwide audience can watch the event via a live stream on the Ringling website.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 15:50:36 -0400
  • Trump's FBI comments to Russians were aimed at cooperation: aides

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    By Ginger Gibson and Julia Harte WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump raised the firing of the FBI director in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister to explain why he had been unable to find areas of cooperation with Moscow, two top administration officials said on Sunday. "The gist of the conversation was that the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with Russia to find areas of cooperation because this has been obviously so much in the news," National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" program. On the "Fox News Sunday" show Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump was also trying to convey to the Russians that he was "not going to be distracted by all these issues at home that affect us domestically." Tillerson and McMaster were present at the May 10 meeting where Trump discussed his firing of James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister and Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 14:06:13 -0400
  • American climber dies on Everest, Indian missing

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    An American climber on Mount Everest died on Sunday, officials said, the third death on the world's highest mountain in the past month and raising safety concerns for climbers. Roland Yearwood, 50, from Alabama, perished at an altitude of about 8,400 meters (27,500 feet) in an area called "death zone" which is known for thin air, Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivas trekking company that sponsored his climb said. "We have confirmation of his death but no other details are known," Sharma told Reuters in Kathmandu.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 09:28:05 -0400
  • Trump's FBI comments to Russians were aimed at cooperation: McMaster

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    U.S. President Donald Trump raised the firing of his FBI director in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister to explain why he had been unable to find areas of cooperation with Moscow, the White House national security adviser said on Sunday. "The gist of the conversation was that the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with Russia to find areas of cooperation because this has been obviously so much in the news," H.R. McMaster said in an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Reports that Trump boasted to Russian officials of firing former FBI director James Comey to relieve "great pressure" from a law-enforcement probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election engulfed his administration in turmoil just as Trump left for his first foreign trip as president on Friday.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 09:13:04 -0400
  • Texas lawmakers clear way for Uber, Lyft return to major cities

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    Texas governor Greg Abbott will sign in the next few days a bill that would shield ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft from bruising battles over fingerprint background checks that led them to leave some of the state's most important markets. It clears the way for Lyft Inc to reenter Houston, where Uber Technologies Inc currently dominates, and for both to reenter Austin, Corpus Christi and Galveston.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 07:12:43 -0400
  • Motorist who ran amok in Times Square says he tried 'to get help'

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    The U.S. Navy veteran charged with killing a young woman and injuring 20 others by speeding down a crowded Times Square sidewalk in his car said in published remarks on Saturday that he had sought psychiatric care beforehand, to no avail. "I was trying to get help," Richard Rojas, 26, was quoted as telling the New York Post in a tearful jailhouse interview two days after the carnage in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. According to the Post, Rojas said he had recently spoken to a mental health counselor at a local veterans center who promised to call him on Monday.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 02:14:52 -0400
  • Passenger jet collides with truck at Los Angeles airport, injuring eight

    An Aeromexico passenger jet collided with a utility truck on a taxiway of Los Angeles International Airport shortly after landing on Saturday, injuring eight employees who were aboard the truck, but no one on the plane was hurt, authorities said. The cause of the mishap, which damaged the right wing of the Boeing 737 and left the large supply truck overturned on its side, remained under investigation, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Airport officials said all eight were listed in stable condition.

    Sat, 20 May 2017 20:48:56 -0400
  • Massachusetts college apologizes for racist tweets on hacked Twitter account

    Salem State University President Patricia Meservey said in an emailed statement that none of the recent tweets, which were sent out around 11:45 p.m. on Friday, represented the views of the school. "We have done great work in the area of social justice and will continue to do so until incidents such as this no longer occur," Meservey said. According to screenshot photos posted online, the tweets called the Black Lives Matter movement "unneeded and unnecessary," said that Trump "has done nothing but great things" for America and used a racial slur to describe former President Barack Obama.

    Sat, 20 May 2017 17:07:32 -0400
  • Man killed in unprovoked stabbing on Maryland campus: police

    University police arrested a suspect soon after the stabbing, based on witnesses identifying him as the man who assaulted the victim at about 3:05 a.m., University of Maryland police said in a statement on the department's website. The stabbing, which authorities described as random, was captured by surveillance cameras, a spokeswoman for the university police said.

    Sat, 20 May 2017 16:44:48 -0400
  • China killed CIA sources, hobbled U.S. spying from 2010 to 2012: NYT

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    China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012, hobbling U.S. spying operations in a massive intelligence breach whose origin has not been identified, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Investigators remain divided over whether there was a spy within the Central Intelligence Agency who betrayed the sources or whether the Chinese hacked the CIA's covert communications system, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials. One was shot and killed in front of a government building in China, three officials told the Times, saying that was designed as a message to others about working with Washington.

    Sat, 20 May 2017 14:44:48 -0400
  • Ohio grand jury declines to charge officer in shooting of teen who had pellet gun

    The grand jury found the shooting to be justified and as a result did not consider charging the officer with a crime, Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Ron O'Brien told Columbus television station NBC4. Columbus police officer Bryan Mason was responding to a report of an armed robbery on Sept. 14, 2016, when he followed Tyre King, 13, into an alley, Columbus police said last year.

    Sat, 20 May 2017 03:17:00 -0400
  • Colorado governor pardons convict facing deportation to Cuba

    Colorado's governor on Friday pardoned a convicted armed robber released from prison decades early, but who now faces deportation to Cuba, from where he fled as a child during the 1980 Mariel boat lift. The decision by Governor John Hickenlooper was the latest wrinkle in legal maneuvering surrounding Rene Lima-Marin, 38, who was ordered freed from a state prison this week after a clerical error that cut short his original sentence. In 2000, Lima-Marin was convicted of aggravated robbery with intent to kill, kidnapping and other charges stemming from a crime spree that he and an accomplice committed in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

    Sat, 20 May 2017 00:45:31 -0400
  • New Orleans removes last of four statues linked to pro-slavery era

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    Crews in New Orleans on Friday used a crane to lift a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee off its pedestal as the city removed the last of four monuments its leaders see as racially offensive. Most of a crowd of about 200 people cheered just after 6 p.m. (2300 GMT) as the bronze figure of Lee with crossed arms was pulled from atop a 60-foot marble column in the center of a busy traffic circle. Landrieu said the four monuments were out of step with a modern city that embraces people of all races while acknowledging that New Orleans was also once one of the biggest slave markets in America.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 21:06:28 -0400
  • NAACP civil rights group dismisses chief in mission recast

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    The NAACP is dismissing its president as the biggest U.S. civil rights organization tries to recast itself to strengthen its advocacy role and better support local activism, officials said on Friday. Cornell Brooks, who also had been chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People since mid-2014, will not have his three-year contract renewed when it expires at the end of June, NAACP Chairman Leon Russell said. Brooks' dismissal comes as the 108-year-old NAACP is preparing to rebuild itself to face such issues as voter rights, environmental protection, education, police brutality and education, Russell said.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 19:05:50 -0400
  • New Orleans removing last of four statues linked to pro-slavery era

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    Crews in New Orleans on Friday fastened straps around a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee as the city worked to remove the last of four monuments its leaders see as racially offensive. As the blue straps encircled the bronze figure of Lee with crossed arms atop a 60-foot marble column in the center of a busy traffic circle, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was half a mile away speaking to an audience that included civil rights leaders, city officials and activists. Landrieu said the four monuments were out of step with a modern city that embraces people of all races while acknowledging that New Orleans was also once one of the biggest slave markets in America.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 18:42:47 -0400
  • U.S. charges Virginia man in Fitbit stock hoax

    A Virginia man who orchestrated a hoax takeover bid that drove up Fitbit Inc's stock price last November, yet made only about $3,000 for his efforts, has been arrested and charged with fraud, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. Robert Walter Murray, 24, of Chesapeake, was accused of submitting a sham regulatory filing in which the nonexistent, Shanghai-based ABM Capital Ltd offered to buy Fitbit for $12.50 per share, roughly a 46 percent premium. The filing caused Fitbit's share price to rise 8 percent to $9.27 on Nov. 10, boosting the company's market value by $122 million, before the San Francisco-based maker of step counters and other wearable devices denied knowledge of any tender offer.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 18:36:39 -0400
  • Times Square mayhem raises question about recent redesign

    By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mayhem and death left in the trail of a car that sped along crowded sidewalks in New York's Times Square has revived calls for banning vehicles from the Manhattan crossroads, one of the world's busiest tourist destinations. The incident on Thursday, which killed one person, injured 20 others and brought a new sense of vulnerability to New Yorkers and visitors alike, has raised concerns about other safety provisions in a recent $55 million revamp of the area. The project, completed in 2016 after six years of planning and construction, included a limited number of barricades designed to protect pedestrians.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 18:28:25 -0400
  • Trump to offer exclusive contract to service U.S. student loans

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    President Donald Trump's administration will soon offer an exclusive contract that will give one company the right to service billions of dollars of outstanding federal student loans now handled by four companies, officials said on Friday. The U.S. Education Department, led by Trump pick Betsy DeVos, said the streamlining will save money and increase efficiency. The Trump approach would represent one more radical change for the financial aid system that former President Barack Obama overhauled.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 18:22:39 -0400
  • Oklahoma jury that acquitted Tulsa officer says she had non-deadly options

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    Officer Betty Shelby, 43, was found not guilty on Wednesday of manslaughter by a Tulsa jury after a week-long trial for killing Terence Crutcher, 40, in September 2016. "While Officer Shelby made a justifiable decision at the very moment she pulled the trigger according to her training, when reviewing the moments before she discharged her weapon, the jury wonders and some believe that she had other options available to subdue Mr. Crutcher before he reached his car," the jury foreperson said in a letter to court. The four-page letter filed last Friday with the Tulsa County District Court Clerk’s Office was given to Judge Doug Drummond on Wednesday during deliberations, with the initial request that it be read aloud when the verdict had been rendered.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 17:22:51 -0400
  • New York town official convicted in landmark bond fraud case

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    An elected official of a New York City suburb was convicted on Friday of what authorities have called the first criminal securities charges brought over municipal bonds, a spokesman for federal prosecutors said. Christopher St. Lawrence, the elected supervisor of Ramapo, New York, was convicted by jurors in federal court in White Plains, New York, of 20 counts including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. A lawyer for St. Lawrence could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 15:57:51 -0400
  • Ryan says to send health bill to Senate after CBO score

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    By Susan Heavey and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will send its healthcare overhaul plan passed this month to the Senate after it receives a final analysis by congressional reviewers, probably in a couple of weeks, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Friday. Ryan said in a radio interview that the delay was "out of an abundance of caution" until the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releases its findings on the legislation's costs and its impact on health insurance coverage. The CBO's analysis, or "score," is expected late Wednesday, taking into account final changes to the bill before it passed the Republican-led House earlier this month.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 15:33:47 -0400
  • Approval of President Trump drops to lowest since inauguration: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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    By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Public approval of President Donald Trump has dropped to its lowest level since his inauguration, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, after Trump was accused of mishandling classified information and meddling with an FBI investigation. The May 14-18 opinion poll found that 38 percent of adults approved of Trump while 56 percent disapproved. The remaining 6 percent had "mixed feelings." [Click here for the full poll results: https://goo.gl/h58p2z] Americans appear to have soured on Trump after a tumultuous week in the White House during which the president fought back a steady drumbeat of critical news reports that ramped up concerns about his administration’s ties to Russia.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 15:13:20 -0400
  • Chicago school system plans to borrow up to $389 million

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    Chicago's cash-strapped public school system plans to seek up to $389 million in short-term loans to avoid closing schools early for the summer and to make required pension payments next month, the mayor's office said on Friday. The fix will be secured through short-term financing against $467 million in delayed block grant funding by Illinois' fiscally paralyzed state government, which has not passed a full-year operating budget in 23 months. Escalating pension payments have led to drained reserves, debt dependency and junk bond ratings for Chicago Public Schools.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 13:56:15 -0400
  • U.S. regulators approve VW diesel fix for 84,000 vehicles

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    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board on Friday announced approval of a fix for about 84,000 older Volkswagen diesel vehicles that can emit excess emissions. Volkswagen, the world's largest automaker, agreed last year to offer to buy back up to 475,000 2.0-liter diesel vehicles that had been sold in the United States or offer fixes if regulators approved. Friday's announcement covers a fix for 84,390 2012-2014 Passat diesel vehicles with automatic transmissions.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 13:23:59 -0400
  • Three people still critical after Times Square car incident: police

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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three people were in critical condition on Friday after a driver plowed into pedestrians a day earlier in Times Square, killing a young woman and injuring 20 others, police said.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 13:18:29 -0400
  • Ex-Congressman Weiner pleads guilty in teen 'sexting' case

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    By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner wept on Friday as he pleaded guilty in federal court to sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl, ending an investigation into a "sexting" scandal that played a role in last year's U.S. presidential election. Wearing a navy-colored suit, maroon tie and his wedding band, a tearful Weiner, 52, described his conduct before U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York City. "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse," Weiner said, apologizing to the 15-year-old girl to whom he sent sexually explicit images and messages last year.

    Fri, 19 May 2017 12:40:18 -0400
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