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  • Trump says will sue drug companies over opioids news

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will be suing some drug companies as part of its fight against the opioid drug crisis, without giving more detail. "We'll be suing certain drug companies for what they've done with the opioids and we'll be bringing suits at a federal level," Trump told reporters at the White House days after outlining several steps to combat the epidemic. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:06:35 -0400
  • Assault victim can sue UCLA for failing to protect her: California court

    "Considering the unique features of the collegiate environment, we hold that universities have a special relationship with their students and a duty to protect them from foreseeable violence during curricular activities," the California Supreme Court said, allowing Katherine Rosen to proceed with her lawsuit. The decision overturned dismissal of Rosen's case by an appeals court in 2015, which said colleges "are not liable for the criminal wrongdoing of mentally-ill third parties, regardless of whether such conduct might be in some sense foreseeable." The case will now return to a lower court for further deliberations. Rosen was doing classwork in a chemistry laboratory in 2009 when fellow student Damon Thompson stabbed her in the neck and chest with a kitchen knife.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:37:03 -0400
  • Trump says he has signed $1.3 trillion spending bill into law news

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he has signed Congress' massive $1.3 trillion spending bill into law, funding the government through Sept. 30 and averting a government shutdown hours before funding was scheduled to lapse. The signing came hours after Trump had threatened to veto the measure. It includes large increases in military and non-defense spending, and ends Congress' long struggle to fund federal agencies since last autumn and allows lawmakers to now focus on November's midterm congressional election. ...

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:34:54 -0400
  • U.S. charges, sanctions Iranians for global cyber attacks on behalf of Tehran news

    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday charged and sanctioned nine Iranians and an Iranian company for attempting to hack into hundreds of universities worldwide, dozens of companies and parts of the U.S. government, including its main energy regulator, on behalf of Tehran's government. The cyber attacks, beginning in at least 2013, pilfered more than 31 terabytes of academic data and intellectual property from 144 U.S. universities and 176 universities in 21 other countries, the U.S. Department of Justice said, describing the campaign as one of the largest state-sponsored hacks ever prosecuted. The U.S. Treasury Department said that it was placing sanctions on the nine people and the Mabna Institute, a company U.S. prosecutors characterized as designed to help Iranian research organizations steal information.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:20:46 -0400
  • Trump announces news conference on spending bill

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said there would be a 1 p.m. news conference at the White House on Congress' massive $1.3 trillion spending bill, after earlier threatening to veto the measure. (Reporting by Susan Heavey)

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:39:12 -0400
  • Girl shot at Maryland high school dies from wound

    Jaelynn Willey's death shortly before midnight on Thursday came as hundreds of thousands of Americans were preparing to march nationwide on Saturday to press lawmakers for tighter gun controls. The march will be led by survivors of a Florida high school shooting in February that claimed 17 lives, who have reignited efforts to tighten gun laws after decades of shooting sprees at U.S. schools and colleges. Willey, the second oldest of nine children, died surrounded by her family, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:22:51 -0400
  • Celebrity cash, kudos boost 'March for Our Lives' gun control campaign news

    By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey calls them "warriors of the light," actor Bill Murray says the young Florida gun control campaigners remind him of the students who rallied to end the Vietnam War, and George Clooney has donated $500,000 to their cause. The April 2 cover of Time magazine will feature five students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida who have organized rallies, walk-outs and challenged U.S. lawmakers since the February 14 mass shooting at the school that left 17 students and staff dead.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:57:01 -0400
  • Buckets of rocks are Pennsylvania schools' last defense against shooters

    A rural Pennsylvania school district has equipped all 200 of its classrooms with buckets of rocks that students and teachers could use as a "last line of defense" in the event of a school shooting, the district's superintendent said on Friday. The buckets are just one of the measures that Blue Mountain School District in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, has put in place this academic year, along with security cameras, secured building entrances and fortified classroom doors, Superintendent David Helsel said in a telephone interview. "We didn't want our students to be helpless victims," Helsel said.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:34:30 -0400
  • Car in U.S. Air Force base crash was loaded with propane tanks: media

    The driver, who has not been publicly identified, died at the scene at Travis Air Force Base, which is about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of San Francisco. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Air Force are treating the fiery crash as an act of terrorism, CBS News and other outlets reported, citing unnamed law enforcement officials. Spokespeople for the FBI and the Air Force base did not immediately reply to requests for comment on Friday morning.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:45:51 -0400
  • Ex-Playboy model tells CNN she 'was in love' with Trump news

    Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair with U.S. President Donald Trump starting in 2006, told CNN’S Anderson Cooper 360 in an interview broadcast on Thursday night that she was in love with Trump. Asked if Trump ever said he loved her, McDougal said, "All the time. The White House has said that Trump denies having an affair with McDougal.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:08:47 -0400
  • New York firefighter killed in blaze on set of Bruce Willis movie news

    Firefighter Michael Davidson, 37, was injured in the fire that broke out on Thursday and later died in a hospital, the New York Fire Department said on Facebook. "Horrific tragedy," Mark Levine, a New York City councilman, wrote on Twitter.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:38:03 -0400
  • Maryland Republicans take electoral map fight to U.S. high court news

    By Lawrence Hurley THURMONT, Md. (Reuters) - When Maryland Democrats drew new U.S. House of Representatives district maps in 2011, long-time Republican voter Bill Eyler found himself removed from a conservative rural district and inserted into a liberal one encompassing Washington suburbs. Eyler, a retired business owner in the small town of Thurmont roughly 55 miles north of the U.S. capital, said he thinks he and others like him were being targeted by the Democrats because of their party affiliation. "There's nothing we can do or say or vote that will make any difference," Eyler said in an interview.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:02:32 -0400
  • Exclusive: Trump official quietly drops payday loan case, mulls others - sources news

    By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top cop for U.S. consumer finance has decided not to sue a payday loan collector and is weighing whether to drop cases against three payday lenders, said five people with direct knowledge of the matter. The move shows how Mick Mulvaney, named interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by U.S. President Donald Trump, is putting his mark on an agency conceived to stamp out abusive lending. The payday loan cases are among about a dozen that Richard Cordray, the former agency chief, approved for litigation before he resigned in November.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:07:58 -0400
  • Investigators seek clues whether Austin bomber worked alone news

    Federal investigators were on Friday seeking clues about what motivated the 23-year-old man they say was responsible for the deadly Texas bombing spree and whether he had help building or planting his bombs. Mark Conditt, an unemployed man from the Austin suburb of Pflugerville, was behind bombings that killed two people and wounded five others over three weeks before he killed himself as police officers moved in on him on Wednesday, police in the Texas capital said. Police said Conditt confessed to the bombings in a 25-minute video made on his cellphone hours before he blew himself up.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:22:25 -0400
  • Video of police shooting unarmed black man sparks protests in Sacramento news

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Newly released video footage of police killing an unarmed black man in a barrage of gunfire in Sacramento, California, left the mayor "horrified" and sparked street protests on Thursday that gridlocked traffic in the state capital for hours. Police said the video, captured by body cameras worn by officers involved in Sunday night's confrontation, showed the victim, Stephon Clark, 22, holding an object that later turned out to be a cell phone as he was shot 20 times. More than 200 demonstrators gathered on Thursday to denounce the shooting in a protest organized by the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:16:21 -0400
  • Factbox: What is in the $1.3 trillion spending bill before the Congress

    The U.S. Congress is aiming to pass a $1.3 trillion spending bill and send it to President Donald Trump before a midnight Friday deadline to fund the U.S. government until Oct. 1 and avoid a shutdown. The House of Representatives on Thursday approved the massive deal by a 256-167 vote, sending it to the Senate for its approval.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:06:05 -0400
  • Maryland high school shooting victim to be taken off life support: mother

    Melissa Willey told a news briefing at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, that she would take her daughter, Jaelynn Willey, off life support because she was brain dead. A tearful Melissa Willey held one of her younger children as her husband, Daniel, stood beside her while she spoke about Jaelynn, the second eldest of her nine children. Austin Rollins, a 17-year-old student at Great Mills High School, is suspected of bringing his father's handgun to the school on Tuesday morning and shooting Willey in a hallway, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:22:22 -0400
  • Southern California evacuation orders lifted as mudslide threat eases

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities in Southern California lifted evacuation orders on Thursday for more than 60,000 people living adjacent to fire-scarred foothills and mountain slopes along the Santa Barbara coast as rains and the threat of dangerous mudslides abated. The evacuation was put into effect on Tuesday in the same general area where torrential rains in January unleashed cascades of mud, boulders and other debris that killed 21 people, injured dozens of others and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes. Most of that devastation occurred in the affluent hillside community of Montecito, 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Los Angeles, in a region where vast swaths of the coastal landscape were stripped of vegetation by huge wildfires in December.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:00:01 -0400
  • U.S. Missile Defense Agency budget boosted to $11.5 billion

    The U.S. Missile Defense Agency saw its 2018 budget jump to its highest level on record at $11.5 billion in an appropriations bill on Thursday as the agency's head said he was exploring the use of armed drones to counteract North Korea. The bill in the U.S. House of Representatives increases defense funding and gives the MDA a 40 percent lift, $3.3 billion more than its fiscal 2017 enacted level, amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear missile program. The House approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund federal agencies and avert a government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:12:11 -0400
  • Daughter of Uber autonomous vehicle victim retains lawyer news

    The daughter of the woman killed by an Uber [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle in Arizona has retained a personal injury lawyer, underlying the potential high stakes of the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle. The law firm of Bellah Perez in Glendale, Arizona, said in a statement on Thursday it was representing the daughter of Elaine Herzberg, who died on Sunday night after being hit by the Uber self-driving SUV in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. "As the first pedestrian death involving an Uber autonomous vehicle, the incident has sparked a national debate about the safety of self-driving cars, exposing the technology's blind spots and raising questions of liability," the law firm said.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:45:09 -0400
  • Citi sets restrictions on gun sales by retail clients news

    In an emailed statement Citi said it will require those clients only sell firearms to customers who have passed a background check, restrict firearms sales for buyers under 21, and not sell so-called "bump stocks" or high-capacity magazines. Major retailers and at least one online lender have taken similar steps since the shooting brought new calls for gun safety measures and tighter restrictions.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:54:34 -0400
  • Texas bomber's roommates released by police after questioning news

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two roommates of the 23-year-old man behind this month's deadly bombing spree that unnerved Austin have been questioned and released from custody, police in the Texas capital said on Thursday. The move came as law enforcement officials searched for what motivated Mark Conditt, an unemployed man from the Austin suburb of Pflugerville, to commit the attacks that killed two people. Police say Conditt confessed to a three-week string of bombings in a 25-minute video made on his cellphone hours before he blew himself up, as law enforcement closed in on him Wednesday.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:46:41 -0400
  • California capital's mayor says he is 'horrified' by video of police shooting news

    Video showing the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man holding a cellphone in Sacramento, California, left the city's mayor "horrified," the official said on Thursday, as protesters gathered to denounce the shooting. Police in California's capital released video footage late on Wednesday of the shooting death of Stephon Clark, 22, on Sunday night. The shooting followed a report of car windows being broken in the area.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:38:09 -0400
  • Daughter of Uber autonomous vehicle victim retains lawyer news

    The daughter of the woman killed by an Uber [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle in Arizona has retained a personal injury lawyer, underlying the potential high stakes of the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle. The law firm of Bellah Perez in Glendale, Arizona, said in a statement it was representing the daughter of Elaine Herzberg, who died on Sunday night after being hit by the Uber self-driving SUV in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. "As the first pedestrian death involving an Uber autonomous vehicle, the incident has sparked a national debate about the safety of self-driving cars, exposing the technology's blind spots and raising questions of liability," the law firm said in its statement.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:34:21 -0400
  • Wisconsin governor ordered to hold special elections after Democratic outcry news

    The ruling coincides with a political climate favoring Democrats because President Donald Trump, a Republican, is historically unpopular in opinion polls eight months before midterm elections across the United States. Walker had argued he was not obliged to hold elections for the seats left vacant since December, but Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds said the Republican governor had misinterpreted state law and must hold votes promptly, court documents showed.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:28:40 -0400
  • Kansas militia members wanted to kill Muslims -prosecutor news

    Three men charged with plotting to bomb an apartment complex in western Kansas, where Muslim immigrants from Somalia lived and had a mosque, wanted to kill as many as possible and send a message they were not welcome in the United States, a prosecutor said on Thursday. Prosecutors charged Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Eugene Stein each with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in Garden City, Kansas, and conspiring to deny others' civil rights. Wright also faces weapons-related charges and Stein is charged with lying to the FBI.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:20:01 -0400
  • U.S. judge tosses extortion case against Boston city officials news

    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a criminal case against two members of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's administration accused of illegally pressuring a music festival production company into hiring union labor. The decision by U.S. District Judge Leo Sorokin came a day after he called off a trial scheduled to begin next week in the extortion case brought against the two city officials, Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:18:34 -0400
  • U.S. airline traffic rose 3.4 percent in 2017 to all-time high: government news

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday that airlines carried 3.4 percent more passengers on U.S. domestic and international flights in 2017 for an all-time high of 965 million passengers.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:36:13 -0400
  • U.S. spending bill would stop employers from pocketing workers' tips

    The U.S. Congress' $1.3 trillion spending bill includes language that would forbid restaurants and other employers from pocketing employees' tips, the result of a deal between the government's top labor official and a Senate Democrat. The provision addresses worker advocates' concerns that employers could steal tips under a Labor Department proposal that could have allowed businesses to pool tips made by wait staff and other workers and share them with "back-of-the-house" employees like cooks and dishwashers. A worker advocate on Thursday applauded the language in the spending legislation released late the previous night.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:24:46 -0400
  • New York, New Jersey airport workers could get hike in minimum wage news

    The board that oversees major airports in New York and New Jersey voted on Thursday to consider phasing in a minimum wage increase to $19 per hour by 2023, affecting about 20,000 workers. If approved, the measure would lift wages for eligible workers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, and New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:52:24 -0400
  • New York City probes Kushner Cos buildings over possible 'illegal activity' news

    The online filings by the Department of Buildings show it is investigating the possibility of "false filing" on applications by Kushner Companies for construction work. The documents, dated Wednesday, involve properties in the Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs of New York.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:12:52 -0400
  • Crafts retailer Michaels to close nearly all Aaron Brothers stores

    The move is the latest example of how brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling to compete with e-commerce sites such as Inc. More than 15 U.S. retailers filed for bankruptcy last year. The arts and crafts retailer plans to make Aaron Brothers a store-within-a-store and to provide custom framing in all Michaels stores. Michaels owns and operates about 1,300 stores in the United States and Canada.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:12:21 -0400
  • Congress poised to pass modest gun control measures in spending bill news

    By Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With large protests for stricter gun laws planned nationwide on Saturday, the U.S. Congress is expected to approve a massive spending bill this week with grants to help schools prevent gun violence, improvements to background checks and an assurance that a key government agency can conduct related research. The provisions are Congress' response to intensified public anger and frustration over mass shootings and follow the Feb. 14 massacre at a Florida high school in which 17 people died. "We made incremental but important progress on the issue of gun violence, a debate that this Congress must soon continue," Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters, saying "America has changed on guns." Many Democrats support closing a loophole that allows individuals to skirt government background checks by purchasing weapons at gun shows or over the internet, raising the minimum age to buy a weapon and banning assault-style rifles.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:41:01 -0400
  • Southern California on guard as heavy rains raise mudslide risk news

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Heavy rains in Southern California on Thursday threatened to cause dangerous mudslides in the hills northwest of Los Angeles, after thousands of people evacuated their homes in a region where slides killed 21 people in January. Officials in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, ordered dozens of people to evacuate their homes near areas where last year's wildfires burned away grass and shrubs that normally hold soil in place and baked a hardened level of earth that keeps precipitation near the surface. The storm could drench mountainsides with up to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain before it weakens on Thursday night, said National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:29:06 -0400
  • After Florida massacre, pockets of NRA country weigh gun law reform news

    Vermont, a mostly rural New England state with a passion for hunting, has a reputation as a pro-gun stronghold, but the rising specter of school gun violence has shaken that longstanding political tradition. The state is one of two dozen where efforts to curb gun violence have gained new momentum since the Feb. 14 shooting rampage that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, gun control advocates say.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:10:54 -0400
  • Thousands to march in U.S. gun protests, but will they vote? news

    The hard part will be ensuring that they go to the polls in November to vote in midterm congressional elections. "It's on us," said Sabrina Singh, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee. "We have to make sure that even after young people march across the country, they take time to vote, to register and to actually turn out to do it." Organizers of the voter registration drive hope to sign up at least 25,000 people at more than 800 marches, a potentially big boost for Democrats who generally favor more stringent gun control, including over sales of assault-type weapons, bump stocks that allow semiautomatics to fire like automatic weapons, and tighter access to guns by young people and people who are mentally ill.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:28:28 -0400
  • Exclusive: U.S. miners' union to endorse two more Democrats in coal country news

    The United Mine Workers of America on Friday will endorse Richard Ojeda for U.S. Representative in the state's third district, as well as incumbent Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat and former West Virginia governor, the sources said.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:58:39 -0400
  • Sandy Hook dad: Florida students' vote threat is gun safety 'sea change' news

    A grieving father whose child was killed in Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, frustrated by five years of inaction by U.S. lawmakers on gun control, said survivors of a Florida high school shooting are powering a "sea change" in public sentiment. Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was among 20 first graders and six educators killed by a gunman in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, said his family will join the student rally dubbed March For Our Lives in the nation's capitol on Saturday. The event is spearheaded by students who survived the Feb. 14 mass shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:41:40 -0400
  • Police say suspected Maryland school shooter used father's gun news

    Austin Rollins brought his father's Glock 9-millimeter pistol to Great Mills High School on Tuesday morning and shot the 16-year-old girl in a hallway, gravely injuring her, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The shooting in Great Mills, located about 70 miles (113 km) south of Washington, came five weeks after a high school massacre in Florida and days before a student-led march in the U.S. capital for tougher gun laws. Attempts to reach Rollins' family have not been successful.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:57:10 -0400
  • Americans want armed school guards and tighter gun laws: Reuters/Ipsos poll news

    Hundreds of thousands of students and their families are expected to march in cities across the United States on Saturday to demand stricter gun control, part of the response to a mass shooting at a Florida high school in February. BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR GUN CONTROL A majority of Democrats and Republican voters support stricter gun laws, including 91 percent on both sides who say anyone with a history of mental illness should be banned from owning a gun. Eighty-four percent of Republicans believe people on the "no-fly" list should also be banned from gun ownership and 83 percent are in favor of expanding background checks.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:49:57 -0400
  • Driver dead after crashing car at U.S. air force base

    The driver, who has not been identified, died at the scene after driving through the gate at the U.S. Air Force base gate, about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of San Francisco, at about 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday, the post's public affairs office said in a brief statement. "A car gained unauthorized access to the Travis AFB main gate," the office said.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:55:28 -0400
  • U.S. lawmakers want China's Confucius Institutes to register as foreign agents

    Three U.S. Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they wanted China's Confucius Institute cultural centers in the United States to register as foreign agents, and to require all U.S. universities to disclose major gifts from foreign sources. Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton, and Representative Joe Wilson introduced the "Foreign Influence Transparency Act," which would require the institutes to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:48:08 -0400
  • Texas serial bomber made video confession before blowing himself up: police

    By Jon Herskovitz PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The serial bomber whose deadly attacks terrorized Austin, Texas, for weeks left a 25-minute video "confession" on a cell phone found after he blew himself up on Wednesday as officers closed in to make an arrest, police said. Mark Conditt, 23, an unemployed man from the suburb of Pflugerville, detailed how he made all seven bombs that have been accounted for - five that exploded, one that was recovered before it went off and a seventh that he detonated as officers rushed his vehicle early on Wednesday. "He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate, but instead it is the outcry of a very challenged young man, talking about challenges in his personal life," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:41:46 -0400
  • Fourth U.S. Northeast storm in March snarls air traffic

    By Alana Wise NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airlines canceled thousands of flights in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday as a swirl of strong winds, snow, sleet and ice from the fourth major storm this month crippled the region. Airlines scrapped more than 4,400 flights within, to or from the United States, according to flight tracking website FlightAware, and more than 3,000 other U.S. flights were delayed as the latest "nor'easter" dumped snow and ice on New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. The cancellations piled on to thousands more canceled flights due to an unrelenting series of late-winter storms.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:01:01 -0400
  • FBI reminds couriers on suspicious package protocols after Texas bombings

    The FBI has reminded parcel delivery companies in the United States to follow "established protocols" for handling suspicious packages following a bomb blast at a FedEx Corp sorting facility in Texas, an agency spokeswoman said on Wednesday. A three-week bombing spree, which sent a shiver through the Texas capital of Austin and rattled the rest of the country, raised fears about the possibility of other attackers via package delivery. "In light of the bombings in Austin the FBI has reached out to our private-sector partners to remind them of established protocols of how to handle suspicious packages," Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Lindsay Ram said by email.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:45:48 -0400
  • Point72 executive says sexism case belongs in U.S. court, not arbitration

    A female executive at Steven A. Cohen's Point72 Asset Management LP on Wednesday urged a federal judge to reject the billionaire's effort to move her claims of "pervasive" sexism at the hedge fund firm into arbitration. Point72 had contended that Lauren Bonner, its head of talent analytics, agreed to arbitrate her claims against the firm, Cohen and former President Douglas Haynes as a condition of her employment, which began in August 2016.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:38:28 -0400
  • Republican concedes to Democrat in close U.S. House race in Pennsylvania news

    The Republican candidate in a close U.S. House of Representatives special election on March 13 in Pennsylvania conceded to his Democratic opponent on Wednesday, cementing a Democratic upset in a long-time Republican area that President Donald Trump handily won in 2016. In an ominous sign for Trump's Republicans eight months before national midterm elections, moderate Democrat Conor Lamb led conservative Rick Saccone by a fraction of a percentage point in the race for the southwestern Pennsylvania seat.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:34:47 -0400
  • Arizona police release video of fatal collision with Uber self-driving SUV

    TEMPE, Ariz./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Police in Arizona on Wednesday released a short video of a fatal collision between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, as investigators probe the accident that has put new focus on the safety of autonomous vehicles. The video, taken from inside the Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle that Uber has used for testing, shows the vehicle driving along a dark road when an image of a woman walking a bicycle across the road suddenly appears in the headlights. The woman, Elaine Herzberg, 49, later died from her injuries.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:10:40 -0400
  • EPA chief's security detail joined him on first-class flights, agency tells lawmakers news

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's private security detail accompanied him on first-class flights, the agency confirmed on Wednesday to U.S. House Democrats, who requested details on his travels amid growing scrutiny of Cabinet members' spending. Democrats on the House of Representatives Energy Committee - Frank Pallone, Diana DeGette and Paul Tonko - received confirmation in a letter from EPA Associate Administrator Troy Lyons that Pruitt's security team had accompanied him in premium airplane seats because of security threats.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:39:30 -0400
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