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Johnson & Johnson receives federal subpoenas related to baby powder litigation

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:19:58 -0500

Johnson & Johnson receives federal subpoenas related to baby powder litigationThe disclosure in Johnson & Johnson's annual report on Wednesday is the first time that the company disclosed it had received subpoenas from federal agencies regarding its talc powder products. The Justice Department declined to comment and the SEC did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A Reuters report on Dec. 14 revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that small amounts of asbestos, a known carcinogen, had been occasionally found in its talc and powder products, according to tests from the 1970s to the early 2000s - information it did not disclose to regulators or the public.


FBI investigating deadly police raid in Houston

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:17:40 -0500

FBI investigating deadly police raid in HoustonOfficers raided a Houston home on Jan. 28 to serve a search warrant looking for narcotics, and in an ensuing shootout the home's occupants, Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, were killed and four officers were wounded by gunfire. In an affidavit for the search warrant, veteran officer Gerald Goines wrote before the raid that a confidential informant had reported buying heroin at the home, according to the Houston Chronicle.


West Virginia teachers to return to work after two-day strike

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:01:03 -0500

West Virginia teachers to return to work after two-day strikeThe state's educators, among the lowest-paid in the nation, sparked a wave of U.S. teachers' strikes last year when they walked off the job to demand higher pay. In their latest job action, teachers went on strike on Tuesday to protest a bill in the West Virginia legislature that would have allowed the state's first seven charter schools to open. Although the bill was defeated on Tuesday in the House of Delegates, the strike continued on Wednesday, keeping most of the state's 700 schools closed as teachers rallied to stop lawmakers from reviving the bill.


Woman who joined Islamic State cannot return to U.S., Pompeo says

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:28:17 -0500

Woman who joined Islamic State cannot return to U.S., Pompeo saysHoda Muthana, 24, traveled to Syria over four years ago to join Islamic State, also known as ISIS. In media interviews this week from a detention camp in Syria, Muthana said she was sorry for her actions and wanted to return to her family in Alabama with her toddler son. Pompeo said Muthana was not a U.S. citizen and would not be admitted into the United States.


New York City settles U.S. claims over Superstorm Sandy

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:19:05 -0500

New York City settles U.S. claims over Superstorm SandyNew York City reached a $5.3 million settlement on Wednesday to resolve charges it improperly billed the U.S. government for damage to city vehicles caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The accord resolves claims that the city falsely certified to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2014 that the storm had damaged Department of Transportation (DOT) vehicles beyond repair, entitling it to funds for replacements. According to the federal government, many of the 132 passenger, commercial and heavy equipment vehicles covered by the certification had been damaged or left inoperable long before Sandy and were therefore ineligible for indemnification.


U.S. arrests Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack: prosecutors

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:01:36 -0500

U.S. arrests Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack: prosecutorsU.S. authorities have arrested a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist and amassed a cache of weapons to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to court documents. Christopher Paul Hasson, who is assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington and lives in a Maryland suburb, had drawn up a list of possible targets, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and MSNBC television host Joe Scarborough, prosecutors said in court documents. Calling Hasson a "domestic terrorist," the prosecutors said he was arrested on Friday on weapons and drugs charges.


U.S. Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack arrested -prosecutors

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:35:33 -0500

U.S. Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack arrested -prosecutorsU.S. authorities have arrested a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist and had amassed a cache of weapons to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to court documents. Christopher Paul Hasson, who is assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington and lives in a Maryland suburb, was arrested on Friday on weapons and drugs charges, prosecutors said in court documents. The Office of the Federal Public Defender in Maryland did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the Coast Guard could not immediately be reached for comment.


In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too late

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:24:03 -0500

In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too lateIn the study of his home outside Washington, victims’ advocate Tom Doyle searched a shelf packed with books to find the thick report that led him to stop practicing as a priest and devote himself to helping those who had been sexually abused by clergymen. The 1985 report was one of the first exposes in a sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has called senior bishops to meet for four days starting on Thursday to discuss how to tackle the worsening crisis.


North Carolina Republican's son says warned father about operative's past

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:20:50 -0500

North Carolina Republican's son says warned father about operative's pastA state probe into the election for the 9th Congressional District has uncovered the fraudulent scheme by a consultant working for the campaign of candidate Mark Harris. The probe could lead to a new election to fill the seat, which has remained vacant since state officials refused to certify Harris' apparent victory over Democratic rival Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 282,717 ballots cast. The five-member State Board of Elections heard evidence this week that the political consultant, Leslie McCrae Dowless, hired workers to solicit and collect absentee ballots from voters in violation of state law.


New York City settles U.S. claims over Superstorm Sandy

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:58:46 -0500

New York City settles U.S. claims over Superstorm SandyNew York City reached a $5.3 million settlement on Wednesday to resolve charges it improperly billed the U.S. government for damage to city vehicles caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The accord resolves claims that the city falsely certified to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2014 that the storm had damaged Department of Transportation (DOT) vehicles beyond repair, entitling it to funds for replacements. According to the federal government, many of the 132 passenger, commercial and heavy equipment vehicles covered by the certification had been damaged or left inoperable long before Sandy and were therefore ineligible for indemnification.


Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high court

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:27:00 -0500

Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high courtThe nine justices ruled unanimously in favor of an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs who argued that police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, back on the bench for a second straight day after undergoing lung cancer surgery in December, wrote the court's opinion, which clarified the applicability of the "excessive fines" prohibition contained in the Constitution's Eighth Amendment. "For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history.


U.S. judge dismisses boys' lawsuit against Trump climate rollbacks

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:27:02 -0500

U.S. judge dismisses boys' lawsuit against Trump climate rollbacks(Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by two Pennsylvania boys and an environmental group seeking to stop U.S. President Donald Trump from rolling back regulations addressing climate change, saying the court does not have power to tell the White House what to do.


Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:12:15 -0500

Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flightsA winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City's evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington. Snow turning to sleet slickened roadways in the New York metropolitan area by the early afternoon and was blamed for a rash of fender benders and traffic jams. The widespread weather system piled as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow across the Washington area before turning to sleet, said meteorologist Bryan Jackson of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.


Trump 'fear-mongering' fuels rise of U.S. hate groups to record: watchdog

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:24:37 -0500

Trump 'fear-mongering' fuels rise of U.S. hate groups to record: watchdogThe SPLC, which has tracked hate groups since 1971, found there were 1,020 operating in the United States in 2018, breaking the 1,018 record set in 2011. The group blamed Trump, whose administration has focused on reducing illegal and legal immigration into the United States. "The words and imagery coming out of the Trump administration and from Trump himself are heightening these fears," Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project, told reporters on a conference call.


'El Chapo' lawyers may challenge conviction over juror remarks

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:23:56 -0500

'El Chapo' lawyers may challenge conviction over juror remarksMexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may file a motion challenging his conviction on 10 criminal counts, after a juror told Vice News that jurors read media coverage of the case and discussed it with one another while the trial was going on, one of Guzman's lawyers said on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan had instructed jurors not to read media coverage of the case or discuss it with one another at the end of every day during the nearly three-month trial that led to Guzman's convictions in Brooklyn federal court last week. "The jury clearly ignored the judge's daily admonitions against not only looking at the press but also had inappropriate communications with each other," said lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman.


Charter school battle extends West Virginia teacher strike

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:19:12 -0500

Charter school battle extends West Virginia teacher strikeAlthough the charter school bill was defeated on Tuesday in the state House of Delegates, the strike continued, closing most of the state's 700 schools in an effort to stop lawmakers from reviving the bill, union officials said. Union officials have complained that wealthy organizations from outside the state are pushing for charter schools, which are funded by taxpayers but operate independently of public school systems.


Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Justice Dept. No. 2: senior official

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:52:17 -0500

Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Justice Dept. No. 2: senior officialBy Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy U.S. attorney general, the White House said on Tuesday night, the latest shuffle in the Justice Department at a time when it faces close scrutiny over its Russia investigation. Rosen, currently deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, would succeed Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. ...


Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:45:55 -0500

Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 millionThe lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages, the amount that Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and the world's richest person, paid for the Post in 2013. The lawsuit claims that the newspaper "wrongfully targeted and bullied" the teen to advance its bias against President Donald Trump because Sandmann is a white Catholic who wore a Make America Great Again souvenir cap on a school field trip to the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18. The Washington Post's Vice President for Communications Kristine Coratti Kelly said: "We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense." In a photo that went viral from the incident, Sandmann is seen standing face to face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips.


Colorado man beat fiancé to death with bat, burned body: police

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:06:41 -0500

Colorado man beat fiancé to death with bat, burned body: policeA Colorado man accused of murdering his fiancé last November beat the young mother to death with a baseball bat before burning her body, a homicide investigator told a hearing on Tuesday, a court official said. The gruesome details emerged at a day-long preliminary hearing in Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek, Colorado, to decide if there was probable cause to try Patrick Frazee for the disappearance and slaying of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. Gregg Slater, an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, testified that Frazee blindfolded Berreth and beat her to death by hitting her on the head with a baseball bat, Jon Sarche, a public information officer with the Colorado Judicial Branch, confirmed to Reuters.


West Virginia teachers to continue strike, in charter schools fight

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:22:18 -0500

West Virginia teachers to continue strike, in charter schools fightA bill that would have opened the first charter schools in West Virginia failed to win approval in the state House of Delegates on Tuesday after Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, vowed to veto it. Union leaders vowed to continue the strike on Wednesday after the House of Delegates voted 53-45 to effectively kill the legislation. Teachers would converge on the State Capitol building in Charleston for "one more day to make sure there are no legislative antics," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Fred Albert, president of the labor group's state chapter, said in a statement.


Pressure mounts on Alabama publisher after he urges KKK to 'ride again'

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:59:14 -0500

Pressure mounts on Alabama publisher after he urges KKK to 'ride again'The widespread rebuke of the editorial published last week by The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, a town in western Alabama with a population of about 2,000, came after a student journalist tweeted an image of the piece on Monday, calling attention to its language. The Ku Klux Klan was a white supremacist group that terrorized blacks in the U.S. South and later targeted other minority groups, following the Civil War and the emancipation of African-American slaves. "The rhetoric displayed by the Democrat-Reporter is disturbing, disgusting, and entirely unacceptable," U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, said in a statement on Tuesday.


U.S. agency to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funds

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:55:03 -0500

U.S. agency to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail fundsCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state will dramatically scale back a planned $77.3 billion high-speed rail project that has faced cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but will finish a smaller section of the line. The Transportation Department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter it wanted to halt funding because the state had "failed to make reasonable progress." It cited Newsom's announcement to scale back the project.


Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:40:37 -0500

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declarationPresident Donald Trump expressed confidence on Tuesday that he would prevail against a lawsuit filed by 16 U.S. states seeking to block his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfill a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs. Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the states' legal challenge.


Mississippi man died after beating by sheriff's officers, lawsuit says

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:07:04 -0500

Mississippi man died after beating by sheriff's officers, lawsuit says"Later that day, prison guards of the Madison County Detention Center essentially administered the death penalty to Mr. Hill using excessive force, handcuffs and pepper spray," the complaint said. The suit, filed by Hill's mother, Betty Hill, seeks unspecified damages. Betty Hill's lawyers said that in the months that followed her son's death two more inmates died in custody at the jail run by Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker.


North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:01:54 -0500

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early resultsNorth Carolina poll workers told election officials on Tuesday they illegally viewed early election results last year, the latest evidence in a probe of voting irregularities in a still unsettled congressional race. The investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. The seat has remained vacant since state officials refused to certify Harris' apparent victory over Democratic rival Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 282,717 ballots cast.


Trump signs directive in step to create U.S. Space Force

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:57:53 -0500

Trump signs directive in step to create U.S. Space ForceRepublican U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a directive to start the lengthy process of creating a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space, the U.S. Space Force. Space Policy Directive 4 sets the foundation for a legislative initiative to establish a new force under the aegis of the Air Force, the branch currently responsible for space, comparable to the Marines under the U.S. Navy. The Trump administration has said it plans to usher in the force by 2020.


Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:42:06 -0500

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declarationThe group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfill a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs. The White House declined to comment on the filing late on Monday, but Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the legal challenges. "I think, in the end, we're going to be very successful with the lawsuit," Trump said.


U.S. seeks return of $2.5 billion California high-speed rail funds

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:19:46 -0500

U.S. seeks return of $2.5 billion California high-speed rail fundsCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state will dramatically scale back a planned $77.3 billion high-speed rail project that has faced cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but will finish a smaller section of the line. The Transportation Department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter it wanted to halt funding because the state had "failed to make reasonable progress." It cited Newsom's announcement to scale back the project. Newsom's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:47:27 -0500

Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 millionThe lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages - saying that was the amount Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and the world's richest person, paid for the Post in 2013.


North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:12:35 -0500

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early resultsThe investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. Poll worker Agnes Willis told the five-member State Board of Elections in Raleigh on Tuesday that she and other poll workers viewed early results in the Bladen County sheriff's race before the general election. North Carolina law prohibits running voting results before the general election.


Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram posts

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:40:04 -0500

Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram postsU.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone would need to show cause at a hearing on Thursday as to why the posts did not violate a gag order in the case or the conditions of his release. Stone, who is free on a $250,000 bond and is free to travel to certain U.S. cities without the court's permission, has pleaded not guilty to charges of making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Stone's attorneys filed a formal apology with the court on Monday, after he posted a photograph on Instagram of Jackson alongside what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun.


Key White House deputy press secretary to leave for private sector

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:22:06 -0500

Key White House deputy press secretary to leave for private sectorLindsay Walters, one of the original communications officials in U.S. President Donald Trump's White House, plans to resign soon to join the private sector, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Tuesday. Walters, a former Republican National Committee aide who has been a deputy White House press secretary since Trump's presidency began, is going to be vice president for U.S. public policy at Edelman, a global communications firm.


West Virginia lawmakers reject charter school bill in victory for striking teachers

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:19:04 -0500

West Virginia lawmakers reject charter school bill in victory for striking teachersThe 53-45 vote by the House of Delegates effectively kills the legislation, which Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, had vowed to veto. Charter schools are publicly funded but run by private groups. West Virginia is one of only six states that has not passed laws to allow for charter schools, according to the non-profit research group the Education Commission of the States.


U.S. Supreme Court bars Texas from executing death row inmate

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:43:53 -0500

U.S. Supreme Court bars Texas from executing death row inmateTexas cannot execute a black death row inmate convicted in the 1980 Houston murder of a grocery store clerk, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, concluding that he is intellectually disabled and therefore exempt from capital punishment. The divided court ruled that a Texas appeals court misapplied the law by again rejecting an appeal brought by inmate Bobby Moore, 59, seeking to avoid execution on the basis of intellectual disability. Texas has executed more prisoners than any other state since the Supreme Court allowed the resumption of capital punishment in 1976 after halting it in 1972.


U.S. top court rejects bid to block Indivior opioid drug copycat

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:36:47 -0500

U.S. top court rejects bid to block Indivior opioid drug copycatChief Justice John Roberts, in a brief order, denied Indivior's request to put on hold a lower court's ruling that had opened the door to cheaper generic versions of Suboxone while the company prepares an appeal to the high court. The United States faces an opioid abuse epidemic that President Donald Trump has declared a public health emergency. Suboxone Film, which absorbs into the body by dissolving under a patient's tongue or along the cheek, can be used to treat addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers.


U.S. top court rejects ex-congressman's appeal in spending scandal

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:50:26 -0500

U.S. top court rejects ex-congressman's appeal in spending scandalThe justices declined to hear Schock's appeal of a lower court's refusal to throw out an indictment against the 37-year-old former lawmaker from Illinois after he argued the charges violated U.S. constitutional protections for members of Congress.


U.S. top court takes case that could limit water pollution law

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:44:59 -0500

U.S. top court takes case that could limit water pollution lawThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider limiting the scope of a landmark law aimed at curbing water pollution in a dispute pitting environmentalists against local authorities in Hawaii over a wastewater treatment plant. The justices agreed to hear an appeal by Maui County of a lower court ruling last year siding with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund in its 2012 lawsuit accusing local officials of violating the 1972 Clean Water Act. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that a Clean Water Act program requiring property owners responsible for polluted water discharged from pipes, drains or other "point sources" to obtain federal permits should apply to discharges from the county wastewater facility that end up in the Pacific Ocean.


U.S. top court rejects Maryland bid to revive drug price-gouging law

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:27:13 -0500

U.S. top court rejects Maryland bid to revive drug price-gouging lawThe justices declined to take up Maryland's appeal of a 2018 federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's law, That ruling held that Maryland had regulated wholesale pricing by the companies in violation of the U.S. Constitution's bar on state-level regulation of interstate commerce. The Association for Accessible Medicines, a trade group representing generic drug manufacturers such as Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Mylan NV, filed the legal challenge against the anti-price gouging law. Maryland enacted the measure in 2017 after a series of high-profile price hikes by drugmakers including a 2015 increase by Turing Pharmaceuticals of its anti-parasitic drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill.


Mexican national dies in U.S. Border Patrol custody

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:26:47 -0500

Mexican national dies in U.S. Border Patrol custodyThe man, who was not identified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was taken into custody Feb. 2 in Texas near the Roma Port of Entry on suspicion of "illegal entry," officials said in a statement on Monday. In December, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody.


Leader of U.S. anti-harassment group Time's Up resigns

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:48:22 -0500

Leader of U.S. anti-harassment group Time's Up resignsThe president and chief executive of Time's Up, a group dedicated to fighting sexual discrimination and harassment in the workplace, has resigned in order to focus on undisclosed family concerns, Time's Up said on Monday. "It is with deep regret that I must resign from Time's Up to address family concerns that require my singular focus," Lisa Borders said in a statement. Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim chief executive while Time's Up searches for a replacement, the group said.


Sixteen rescued from SeaWorld ride hanging over a California bay

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:49:04 -0500

Sixteen rescued from SeaWorld ride hanging over a California baySan Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFR) crews lowered the park guests one-at-a-time with ropes and harnesses into boats in Mission Bay and they were assessed by emergency medical workers waiting on the dock, the SDFR said on twitter. "All 16 persons trapped in the gondolas ride are safe and on the ground," SDFR posted online late on Monday.


U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 01:52:00 -0500

U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall fundsThe lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise. Trump's order would allow him to spend on the wall money that Congress appropriated for other purposes. Congress declined to fulfill his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall this year.. "Today, on Presidents Day, we take President Trump to court to block his misuse of presidential power," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.


Former Trump adviser Stone apologizes to judge after photo post

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 23:09:35 -0500

Former Trump adviser Stone apologizes to judge after photo postPresident Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone apologized on Monday after posting on Instagram a photo of the judge overseeing his trial for allegedly making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. The photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, which included a symbol that appeared to represent crosshairs, was later taken down.


U.S. FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:26:00 -0500

U.S. FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJA company spokeswoman said there was an open Letter of Investigation (LOI), which is a common mechanism for the FAA to document and share safety interests or concerns with an airline. The airline has not been issued fines and faces no enforcement action regarding its weight and balance program, Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said. "In this case, the LOI addresses an issue that Southwest voluntarily reported to the FAA last year and since that time, Southwest has implemented controls to address weight and balance program concerns, and shared those measures with the FAA," King said.


Official cites 'unlawful' balloting in U.S. congressional vote

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:44:57 -0500

Official cites 'unlawful' balloting in U.S. congressional voteKim Strach, executive director of the state election board, on Monday said investigators had uncovered a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" orchestrated by a political operative working for Harris. Strach said operative Leslie McCrae Dowless hired workers to collect absentee ballot requests from voters and then return to retrieve the ballots, in violation of state law. Lisa Britt, who worked for Dowless on the absentee ballots, testified that he instructed his workers to fill in responses for races left blank to avoid “red flags” with the local elections board.


Exclusive: Air Force to push Congress for military housing tenant bill of rights

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:06:54 -0500

Exclusive: Air Force to push Congress for military housing tenant bill of rightsThe proposed measure, outlined in an interview at the Pentagon by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff David L. Goldfein, follows complaints from military families who say they are often powerless to challenge private industry landlords when they encounter dangerous mold, lead paint and vermin infestations. Added Secretary Wilson: “That could put a little more leverage into the hands of the renters.” The Air Force push adds to a drumbeat of reforms to emerge in recent weeks following a Reuters series, Ambushed at Home, that documented shoddy housing conditions at bases nationwide and described how military families are often empowered with fewer rights than civilian tenants. Read the series Ambushed at Home at https://reut.rs/2t1Y2UA Wilson said the Air Force is actively working with the Army and Navy to push a tenant bill of rights that would give military families a stronger hand in housing disputes.


Presidents Day protests decry Trump's emergency declaration

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:08:40 -0500

Presidents Day protests decry Trump's emergency declarationCalling Trump's declaration an abuse of power and usurpation of Congress, organizers with the nonprofit advocacy group MoveOn.org and other participants said it was important to let the outrage over the move be heard. “We disagree with the state of emergency declared by the president and stand with our immigrant colleagues and friends,” said Darcy Regan, executive director of Indivisible Chicago, which co-hosted the protest there. Trump invoked the emergency powers on Friday after Congress declined to fulfill his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise.


FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:03:24 -0500

FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJThe airline has not been issued fines and faces no enforcement action regarding its weight and balance program, Southwest spokesman Brandy King said. "In this case, the LOI addresses an issue that Southwest voluntarily reported to the FAA last year and since that time, Southwest has implemented controls to address weight and balance program concerns, and shared those measures with the FAA," King said.


Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir by former official: NPR

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:37:20 -0500

Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir by former official: NPRFormer top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the "relentless attack" he said U.S. President Donald Trump has launched against the agency, according to released excerpts of an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, to be aired early Monday. "I think the FBI has been under a relentless attack in the last two years," said McCabe, who is promoting his new memoir, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terrorism and Trump." Trump's attack is one of the reasons he wrote his book, he said in a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from his own firing, the probe into Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election, and FBI morale.


California tells Trump that lawsuit over border wall is 'imminent'

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 18:59:23 -0500

California tells Trump that lawsuit over border wall is 'imminent'California will "imminently" challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday. "Definitely and imminently," Becerra told ABC's "This Week" program when asked whether and when California would sue the Trump administration in federal court. Trump invoked the emergency powers on Friday under a 1976 law after Congress rebuffed his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall that was a signature 2016 campaign promise.