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  • Hawaii helicopter evacuation readied as new lava stream hits ocean

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    By Marco Garcia PAHALA, Hawaii (Reuters) - A third lava flow from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean on Thursday as U.S. Marine Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route. Six huge fissures sent rivers of molten rock through a blackened, volcanic wilderness that was once jungle, farmland and rural homes. Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, entered the fourth week of what may be an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at its summit crater and along a six-mile (9.7-km) string of fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its east flank.

    Fri, 25 May 2018 03:29:28 -0400
  • Gunman at Oklahoma restaurant shot dead by bystander

    The gunman opened fire when he entered a Louie's restaurant in Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner district on Thursday evening, wounding two people, police said on Twitter. "A bystander with a pistol confronted the shooter outside the restaurant and fatally shot him," the police Twitter feed said.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 22:58:46 -0400
  • Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: U.S. agency

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    Uber had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed. The report gives new fuel to opponents in Congress who have stalled a bill designed to speed the deployment of self-driving cars on U.S. roads and puts a spotlight on the fact that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is also investigating, does not test self-driving vehicles or certify them before they are deployed on U.S. roads.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 21:36:23 -0400
  • U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment

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    The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers. The bipartisan legislation, which had more than 40 co-sponsors in the 100-seat Senate, would also make public the harassment settlements and the lawmakers involved, automatically refer such settlements to the Senate Ethics Committee and more closely track allegations of harassment within the U.S. Capitol.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 21:32:50 -0400
  • Hollywood women applaud impending Harvey Weinstein charges

    Women in Hollywood applauded on Thursday after Harvey Weinstein agreed to turn himself into authorities in New York after a months-long investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. "BOOM", tweeted Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the Cannes film festival in 1997 when she was 21. Argento repeated her accusations in an emotional speech at the Cannes festival on Saturday.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 21:29:51 -0400
  • Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges

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    By Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Film producer Harvey Weinstein was expected to surrender to authorities in New York on Friday, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of sexual assault, a person familiar with the case said. Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. The imminent criminal charging of Weinstein, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, follows a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney's office.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 21:29:51 -0400
  • 'It is happening everywhere' Texas mass shooting victims tell governor

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    Victims and survivors of mass shootings in Texas choked back tears, recounted the bloodshed that unfolded before their eyes and pleaded with Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday to improve safety so that another massacre does not take place. "May 18th came around and it finally happened to our school and we weren’t surprised," said Grace Johnson, a senior at Santa Fe High School, the latest campus in a string of deadly U.S. mass shootings that stoked a debate about the best ways to stop the carnage. "Why Santa Fe and we said why not.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 19:16:18 -0400
  • Players react to Trump's comments; linebacker Marshall calls them 'disgusting'

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    Several NFL players responded harshly Thursday to President Donald Trump's comments supporting the league's new national anthem policy, which calls for fines or punishment for any form of disrespect during the anthem. "I think that's good," Trump said in an interview with "Fox & Friends" that taped Wednesday and aired Thursday. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 18:52:39 -0400
  • U.S. forecasters say 2018 hurricane season may be above normal

    U.S. forecasters expect the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near-normal to above-normal in number and intensity of storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. The forecasters estimate between one and four major hurricanes packing winds of 111 miles per hour (178.6 kph) could develop during the 2018 season, which begins June 1. The NOAA forecast also said about half of the 10 to 16 named storms will be hurricane strength with winds of at least 74 mph (119 kph).

    Thu, 24 May 2018 18:10:24 -0400
  • Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges

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    By Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Film producer Harvey Weinstein was expected to surrender to New York police on Friday, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of sexual assault, a person familiar with the case said. Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. The charging of Weinstein, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, follows a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney's office.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 17:39:48 -0400
  • U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment

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    The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers. The bipartisan legislation, which had more than 40 co-sponsors in the 100-seat Senate, would also make public the harassment settlements and the lawmakers involved, automatically refer such settlements to the Senate Ethics Committee and more closely track allegations of harassment within the U.S. Capitol.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 17:35:28 -0400
  • Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: U.S. agency

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    Uber [UBER.UL] had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed. The report gives new fuel to opponents in Congress who have stalled a bill designed to speed the deployment of self-driving cars on U.S. roads and puts a spotlight on the fact that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is also investigating, does not test self-driving vehicles or certify them before they are deployed on U.S. roads.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 17:09:16 -0400
  • Trump pardons late black boxing champion Jack Johnson

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    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion, who was jailed a century ago due to his relationship with a white woman. "I believe Jack Johnson is a worthy person to receive a pardon, to correct a wrong in our history," Trump said. In a case that came to symbolize racial injustice, Johnson was arrested in 1912 with Lucille Cameron, who later became his wife, for violating the Mann Act.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 16:24:02 -0400
  • Ex-New York town official found not guilty in bribery case

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    A former town official in New York's Nassau County was found not guilty on Thursday of taking bribes from a restaurateur, as jurors continued to weigh the fate of the county's former top elected executive charged in the same case. Former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto was acquitted following a trial in federal court in Central Islip, New York, according to John Marzulli, a spokesman for federal prosecutors. Marzulli declined to comment on the verdict.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 15:49:46 -0400
  • U.S. House starts recess as immigration battle rages

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    The U.S. House of Representatives broke on Thursday for an 11-day recess with majority Republicans deadlocked over legislation to protect "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation while President Donald Trump insisted that Congress meet all his hard-line immigration demands. Republicans have been deeply divided for years over immigration.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 14:37:40 -0400
  • Trump asks if NFL players who protest should be in country

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    U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed a decision by the National Football League to fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying in an interview broadcast on Thursday that if they do not want to stand, perhaps they should not be in the United States. Last season some NFL players took a knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy. Trump denounced the players as unpatriotic and repeatedly demanded an end to such protests.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 14:14:33 -0400
  • United Airlines settles with owner of puppy that died in overhead bin

    United Airlines has reached a "resolution" with the owners of a small French bulldog puppy that died during a flight after a cabin attendant ordered it stowed in an overhead bin in March, the carrier said on Thursday. "We are deeply sorry for this tragic accident and have worked with the Robledo family to reach a resolution," the carrier said in a statement. United did not disclose how much it would pay the family of the dog, Kokito, in the settlement.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 14:11:12 -0400
  • 70 percent chance of cyclone near Yucatan Peninsula: U.S. hurricane center

    (Reuters) - A broad low-pressure system drifting slowly northward over the eastern Yucatan Peninsula has a 70 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. A subtropical or tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the NHC said. (This version of the story has been refiled to fix typographical error in headline to make it "hurricane" instead of "hurrican") (Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

    Thu, 24 May 2018 14:05:30 -0400
  • U.S. Chemical Safety Board urges chemical plants to weigh disaster risks

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    By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday urged chemical plants to weigh the risks of natural disasters just as they would the integrity of pipes and production equipment. "Such facilities should perform an analysis to determine their susceptibility to extreme weather events," the board said in its final report on a chemical fire at the Arkema SA plant in Crosby, Texas, during Hurricane Harvey in August and September 2017. "In addition, companies should assess seismic hazard maps to determine the risk of earthquakes and consider the risk of other extreme weather such as high-wind events," the board said in the report.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 12:47:01 -0400
  • With gratitude, ailing John McCain looks back in HBO documentary

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    By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At age 81, and with a terminal cancer diagnosis, U.S. Senator John McCain is looking back on his life, not with rancor or to settle old scores, but with immense gratitude. "John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls," an HBO documentary premiering on May 28, takes its title from the Ernest Hemingway novel that McCain says he has used as a guide for his life. "You will never talk to anyone who is as fortunate as John McCain," says the six-term senator from Arizona, two-time presidential candidate and Vietnam War hero, summing up his life.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 12:06:32 -0400
  • Same grief, different outcomes: Texas mulls school safety

    (This version of the May 21st story corrects first paragraph to say fourth-deadliest school shooting, not fourth deadly school shooting) By Erwin Seba SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - Mourners knelt before white wooden crosses on Monday outside the Texas high school where 10 people were killed in the fourth-deadliest U.S. school shooting this year, an image recalling similar gatherings after February's Florida school massacre. A few dozen people, including student survivors of the attack, family members, chaplains and police, gathered at 10 a.m. outside Santa Fe High School to observe a moment of silence called for by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 08:50:22 -0400
  • Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured

    By Marco Garcia PAHALA, Hawaii (Reuters) - The restive Kilauea Volcano belched clouds of ash into the skies over Hawaii's Big Island twice more on Wednesday as civil defense authorities reported that pressurized geothermal wells at a nearby power plant had been spared from approaching lava. The latest back-to-back upheavals of ash from the main summit crater of Kilauea -- one before dawn and another several hours later -- came on the 21st day of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles in a century from one of the world's most active volcanoes. The earlier ash plume rose to a height of 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), while the later one reached about 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), authorities said.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 23:14:58 -0400
  • United Air CEO grilled over NRA discount, workers rights at annual meeting

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    United Airlines executives faced questions about ending its discount for a gun rights group and how it treats its workers at the carrier's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday. Asked about United's decision to sever ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the wake of the recent U.S. high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Chief Executive Oscar Munoz said the decision was reached largely in response to a United pilot's daughter who was killed in the massacre. United was one of several companies, including rival Delta Air Lines Inc, to end its relationship with the NRA after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and staff members dead.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 22:09:55 -0400
  • Texas considers 'red flag' law in wake of school shooting: governor

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott sought consensus on firearms in a second round of talks on preventing gun violence on campus on Wednesday and may look at "red flag laws" to keep guns out of the hands of people deemed by a judge to be danger to themselves or others. After last week's fatal shooting of 10 people in a Houston-area high school, Abbott invited the Texas State Rifle Association, affiliated with the National Rifle Association, and Texas Gun Sense, which favors tighter gun laws, to join him in Austin, the state capital. Alice Tripp, legislative director of the Texas State Rifle Association, told reporters after the meeting she found "no common ground" with groups at the session supporting tougher gun laws.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 21:37:43 -0400
  • In costly quest for security, U.S. schools face law of diminishing returns

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    Pressure from parents and community members to find solutions, both high and low tech, has grown in the wake of deadly mass shootings at high schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, among other violent incidents. Meanwhile, some schools are spending precious funds on untested technologies, safety experts said, even though the most robust and effective safety measures can only mitigate the risk, not eliminate it. School officials must also strive to balance the need for security with a desire to preserve an atmosphere conducive to learning, experts said, warning that schools can become fortified bunkers that feel like prisons to students.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 21:31:07 -0400
  • California man, two others indicted in fatal Kansas 'swatting' case

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    Using a false name, Tyler Barriss, 25, of California, contacted Wichita authorities and reported that after a fight between his parents, he had shot and killed his father, held his mother and brother at gunpoint and threatened to light the house on fire before committing suicide, according to the indictment unsealed on Wednesday. A Wichita police officer fatally shot Andrew Finch, 28, after law enforcement officials rushed to his home following the false reports. On Dec. 28, Casey Viner, 18, of Ohio, got into a dispute while playing an online game with Shane Gaskill, 19, of Kansas, the indictment said.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 21:25:24 -0400
  • Uber shuts Arizona self-driving program two months after fatal crash

    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber has shut down its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on Wednesday. Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle program and will focus on limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and two cities in California, a spokeswoman said. Arizona's wide, flat roads, good weather and corporation-friendly regulations are considered ideal to test autonomous vehicles.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 21:03:17 -0400
  • Wyoming approves controversial hunt of Yellowstone area grizzlies

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    By Laura Zuckerman PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - State wildlife officials approved plans on Wednesday for Wyoming's first season of grizzly bear hunting in 43 years, a move cheered by sportsmen but decried by Native Americans and conservation groups fighting to restore Endangered Species Act protections to the bears. The decision, clearing the way for hunters to shoot and kill as many as 22 grizzlies in a season that begins on Sept. 1, comes two weeks after the neighboring state of Idaho approved a plan allowing for no more than one grizzly to be taken in its hunting season opening the same day. The stage for state-licensed hunting of grizzlies outside of Yellowstone National Park was set last June when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the large, hump-shouldered bears would cease to be listed as a threatened species in the region.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 20:48:25 -0400
  • Texas round table to include both sides of gun debate

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    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two groups at opposite ends of the gun debate will meet Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday as part of a second round of talks on preventing gun violence on campus, a response to last week's fatal shooting of 10 people in a Houston-area high school. Abbott invited representatives from the Texas State Rifle Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association, and Texas Gun Sense, which favors gun control, to join him in Austin, the state capital. A group of experts are also expected to take part in the second of three round tables that the governor said would focus on mental health issues and the causes of gun violence.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 19:31:40 -0400
  • Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured from harm

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    By Marco Garcia VOLCANO, Hawaii (Reuters) - The restive Kilauea Volcano belched clouds of ash into the skies over Hawaii's Big Island twice more on Wednesday as civil defense authorities reported that pressurized geothermal wells at a nearby power plant had been secured from approaching lava. The latest back-to-back upheavals of ash from the main summit crater of Kilauea -- one before dawn and another several hours later -- came on the 21st day of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles in a century from one of the world's most active volcanoes. The Hawaii County Civil Defense agency warned in its latest bulletin that residents downwind of Kilauea should take care to avoid exposure to ash, which can cause eye irritation and breathing difficulties, particularly in people with respiratory problems.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 17:43:04 -0400
  • U.S. cautions citizens in China after 'abnormal' sound incident

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    By Michael Martina and Lesley Wroughton BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American citizen working at the U.S. consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported suffering from "abnormal" sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday and China said it was investigating the incident. The embassy, which issued a health alert to Americans living in China, said it could not link the case to health issues suffered by U.S. government staff in Cuba dating back to late 2016.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 16:38:26 -0400
  • Bowing to Trump, NFL will require players to stand for anthem

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    The National Football League will fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem, the league said on Wednesday in a victory for U.S. President Donald Trump, who loudly demanded an end to such protests last year. Some NFL players knelt during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy as Trump criticized the players as being unpatriotic. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday announced a new policy that will fine teams if players on the field fail to stand during the "Star-Spangled Banner." Players who choose not to stand may now remain in the locker room until after the anthem is finished.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 15:57:01 -0400
  • New Jersey governor signs nuclear power subsidy bill into law

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    (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed several legislative initiatives on Wednesday to advance the state's clean energy goals, including a controversial bill that would subsidize the continued operation of nuclear power plants. The new nuclear law, which could cost about $300 million a year, establishes a Zero Emissions Certificate (ZEC) program to maintain New Jersey's nuclear energy supply, which contributes close to 40 percent of the state's electric capacity and is by far its largest source of carbon free energy. Plants seeking to participate in the program would be required, among other things, to demonstrate that they make a significant contribution to New Jersey air quality and are at risk of closure within three years.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 15:17:37 -0400
  • Democratic voters challenge Ohio congressional district map

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    A group of Democratic voters asked a federal court on Wednesday to throw out a Republican-drawn map of Ohio's 16 U.S. House of Representatives districts, saying the boundaries were devised to entrench Republicans in power in violation of the voters' constitutional rights. Democratic voters residing in all of the districts filed suit in Cincinnati against Ohio Governor John Kasich and other Republican state officials over a practice called partisan gerrymandering. The U.S. Supreme Court is due by the end of June to issue rulings in two major partisan gerrymandering cases from Wisconsin and Maryland that could affect the Ohio suit.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 15:01:40 -0400
  • Uber ends Arizona self-driving program following fatality

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    Uber has shut down its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on Wednesday. Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle program, a spokeswoman said, adding that it will focus on limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and two cities in California. "We're committed to self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the near future," the spokeswoman said.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 14:52:41 -0400
  • Head of USA Gymnastics apologizes to sex abuse victims

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    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top executive of USA Gymnastics apologized during a congressional hearing on Wednesday to hundreds of female athletes who were sexually abused by longtime team doctor Larry Nassar and declared that "those days are over." Kerry Perry, chief executive of USA Gymnastics since December, said she was "appalled and sickened" by Nassar's sexual abuse of athletes while he was a USA Gymnastics volunteer. "First, I want to apologize to all who were harmed by the horrific acts of Larry Nassar," she said during the hearing of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee looking into whether U.S. Olympic sports have done enough to protect athletes from sexual abuse.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 14:46:07 -0400
  • U.S. veteran pleads guilty to airport killings to avoid death penalty

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    A U.S. veteran of the war in Iraq on Wednesday pleaded guilty to fatally shooting five people to death at Fort Lauderdale International Airport in January 2017, in a deal approved by a federal judge that spared him the death penalty. Esteban Santiago, 28, agreed in U.S. District Court in Miami to a plea deal that calls for him to serve five consecutive life sentences followed by 120 years in prison without a right to appeal. Santiago flew from his home in Anchorage, Alaska, to Fort Lauderdale, retrieved a Walther 9mm pistol and two clips of ammunition that he had checked on the flight and opened fire near a baggage carousel.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 13:28:04 -0400
  • Gun control support fades three months after Florida massacre: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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    By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Parkland, Florida, school massacre has had little lasting impact on U.S. views on gun control, three months after the shooting deaths of 17 people propelled a national movement by some student survivors, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday. While U.S. public support for more gun control measures has grown slowly but steadily over the years, it typically spikes immediately after the mass shootings that have become part of the U.S. landscape, then falls back to pre-massacre levels within a few months. The poll found that 69 percent of American adults supported strong or moderate regulations or restrictions for firearms, down from 75 percent in late March, when the first poll was conducted following the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 12:53:58 -0400
  • NTSB probing cracks in Florida bridge collapse

    The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it is probing cracks in a deadly pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida and plans additional testing as it works to determine the cause, according to a preliminary report. The Miami bridge collapse at Florida International University killed one bridge worker and five in vehicles. The NTSB said it is evaluating the bridge design, construction process, and the construction materials and the emergence of cracks in several areas of the bridge.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 12:13:14 -0400
  • As U.S. shrinks refugee operations, new arrivals in Kansas town lose a lifeline

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    Through all the confusing experiences since they arrived in February, Htoo, his wife Htoo Say and their 2-year-old child had been guided by a refugee center run by the non-profit International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of nine designated resettlement agencies in the country. Now, on an overcast March morning, staff members were eager to help him land a job quickly.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 12:11:08 -0400
  • U.S. says American consulate worker in China back in U.S. after abnormal injury

    An American consulate worker at a U.S. consulate in southern China has returned to the United States for further evaluation after reporting symptoms that appear similar to those of head concussion or mild brain injury, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 11:17:29 -0400
  • Hit the road, son: Parents win court battle to evict 30-year-old

    A New York state judge has backed a couple's battle to kick their 30-year-old son out of their home because he has not contributed toward household expenses or helped with chores and they wanted him to get a job. New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood on Tuesday ordered Michael Rotondo to leave his parents' home in the town of Camillus, about 200 miles(320 km) northwest of New York City, according to Anthony Adorante, an attorney for the parents, Mark and Christina Rotondo.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 10:38:26 -0400
  • Pompeo says 'sonic attack' in China similar to reported Cuba incident

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that a 'sonic attack' reported in Guangzhou, China, had similarities to incidents in Cuba where U.S. diplomats later became ill.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 10:30:05 -0400
  • 'Surf's up' takes on new meaning for California foilboarders

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    Harnessing the "foiling" technology more typically seen on racing catamarans in sailing's America's Cup, the surfboards appear to fly above the water thanks to a fin attached to the bottom of the board. "You feel like a little kid," said professional athlete and stuntman Chuck Patterson, who rides a custom short board with a aluminum and fiberglass hydrofoil. The foil is like a wing that extends into the water under the surfboard.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 09:20:21 -0400
  • Pirate attacks grow in South America and Caribbean: report

    Pirate attacks around South American and Caribbean waters are growing, and violence is increasingly used during robberies committed on vessels at anchor, a report showed on Wednesday. The Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) non-profit group recorded 71 incidents in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, a 163 percent increase over 2016. OBP said the majority of the attacks occurred in territorial waters, with around 59 percent of incidents involving robbery on yachts.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 07:16:48 -0400
  • Teacher defeats rising Republican star in Kentucky's state house race: media

    (Reuters) - A high school math teacher in Kentucky rode a wave of discontent among educators on Tuesday when he defeated a rising Republican star in a primary for a seat in the state's House of Representatives. Travis Brenda, 43, pulled a 51-49 percent upset in the race for the state's 71st district seat over House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, who had the backing from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, according to local media. Brenda said Shell called him and conceded, the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper reported.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 07:02:50 -0400
  • University of Southern California torn by scandal surrounding gynecologist

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    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two-hundred faculty members of the University of Southern California on Tuesday called for the USC's top official to resign over the school's handling of complaints that a campus health clinic gynecologist sexually abused his patients during pelvic exams. The demand for USC President C.L. Max Nikias to step down came in an open letter from professors to the school's Board of Trustees as USC faced a mounting tide of litigation accusing Dr. George Tyndall of misconduct and the university of complicity and negligence. Tyndall resigned from the university last year after an internal inquiry found his pelvic examination practices were beyond accepted medical standards and that he had harassed patients.

    Wed, 23 May 2018 01:03:41 -0400
  • Black candidate makes history as women advance in U.S. midterms

    Democratic voters rallied on Tuesday for the chance to make history in November by selecting a ticket filled with female candidates, including a bid to elect the first African-American female governor in the United States. Stacey Abrams won the party's nomination for governor in Georgia, where she faces long odds in a Republican-dominated southern state testing divergent Democratic strategies. Contests in Texas and Kentucky also moved women to the forefront of the fight for the U.S. House of Representatives, where Democrats need to wrest 23 seats from Republicans to gain control.

    Tue, 22 May 2018 23:39:14 -0400
  • Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption

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    By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters. Inland, where molten rock is burning through jungle, methane explosions are hurling boulders while toxic gas is reaching some of the highest levels seen in recent times. Lava edged towards a geothermal power plant on Tuesday after destroying an old warehouse near the facility, County of Hawaii Civil Defense said.

    Tue, 22 May 2018 20:48:16 -0400
  • U.S. court backs transgender student at center of bathroom dispute

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    A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled that federal law protects a transgender student who fought all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to use a bathroom at a high school in Virginia that corresponded with his gender identity. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk rejected a bid by the Gloucester County School Board to dismiss the civil rights lawsuit filed by student Gavin Grimm. The judge said Grimm has valid claims under a federal law, called Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, that bars discrimination on the basis of sex in education as well as the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.

    Tue, 22 May 2018 20:24:04 -0400
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