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  • Tropical Storm Nestor peppers the Florida Panhandle

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    After developing in the Gulf of Mexico and strengthening to a tropical storm Friday, Tropical Storm Nestor has begun to pelt parts of Florida. Nestor was expected to come ashore later Saturday morning near the seaside city of Apalachicola, bringing tropical storm-force winds and dangerous storm surge.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 02:41:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. oil major Chevron says hopeful about maintaining Venezuela presence

    U.S. oil major Chevron Corp said late on Friday it is optimistic about maintaining a presence in Venezuela even amid U.S. sanctions on the country and state oil company PDVSA as part of Washington's effort to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The company's remarks follow an earlier report by Bloomberg that said the United States is considering extending Chevron's waiver to operate in Venezuela with more limitations by granting the company a 90-day sanctions reprieve. "We are a positive presence in Venezuela, and we are hopeful that General License 8C is renewed so that we can continue operations in the country for the long-term," Ray Fohr, a Chevron spokesman, told Reuters in an emailed statement.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 02:31:11 -0400
  • Closing arguments up next in deadly prison breakout trial

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    Closing arguments are expected next week in the trial of an inmate accused of murder in a deadly attempted breakout that left four North Carolina prison workers dead. Jurors on Thursday heard grisly details about the disturbance in a video interview, The Virginian-Pilot reported. In the interview, Mikel Brady described striking prison guard Wendy Shannon until she stopped moving during the October 2017 escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 02:13:09 -0400
  • Australia police arrest Iraqi man over deaths of over 350 asylum seekers in 2001

    The Australian Federal Police said on Saturday it had charged a 43-year-old Iraqi man for his part in allegedly organising a people smuggling venture that led to the deaths of more than 350 asylum seekers when their boat sank in 2001. The man was taken into custody at Brisbane Airport late on Friday following his extradition from New Zealand and has been charged with "organising groups of non-citizens to Australia," the police said in a statement. The police claim he was a part of a syndicate that organised people smuggling, mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan, to Australia.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 02:05:19 -0400
  • 'We will fight back': how the police killing of a black woman in Texas sparked fear and anger

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    The officer who shot Atatiana Jefferson was charged with murder – but as police killings continue across the country, communities say the system itself needs to changeProtesters demonstrate against the killing of Atatiana Jefferson, on Tuesday 15 October. Photograph: Yffy Yossifor/APAdarius Carr watched the video of his sister’s killing and struggled to understand.A police bodycam recorded the Fort Worth officer Aaron Dean in the dead of night pulling open the gate to Atatiana Jefferson’s back garden. He had a torch in one hand and a gun in the other. The policeman looked around suddenly wheeled about to shine the light on a window and shout: “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!”Before he finished speaking, Dean fired a single shot.On the other side of the window, Jefferson, a 28-year-old African American woman who had been playing video games with her young nephew, collapsed and died.“None of it makes sense to me,” said her brother, a US navy sailor.Within 48 hours, Dean was arrested on a murder charge. Carr described that as a start but said Dean did not bear responsibility alone for yet another killing of an African American in their own home by a white police officer.“He really cannot be a scapegoat for what’s happened,” said Carr. “Yes, he’s going to take his punishment but the system failed him. Whoever more senior was with him failed him. Whoever sent him out failed him. The training failed him.”Atatiana Jefferson. Photograph: APJefferson’s death has rocked a Texas city already attempting to shore up public confidence in a force responsible for killing seven people in recent months.Angry Fort Worth residents also drew parallels with a police shooting in Dallas – the killing of an unarmed black man, Botham Jean, in his own apartment by Amber Guyger, an officer who was convicted of murder earlier this month.People paying respects amid flowers laid outside Jefferson’s house struggled to understand how officers responding to a neighbour asking for a “welfare check” because he spotted an open door at 2am could have approached it like a crime scene, with guns drawn and failing to announce their presence, and then killed a woman in her own home.“It’s unbelievable. In years past you would say this is an isolated incident but this is happening way too often by law enforcement,” said Alvin Finkley, an African American forensic chemist who analyses seized drugs for the Dallas county police and lives in Fort Worth. The killings of Jefferson and Jean followed the murder conviction last year of another white police officer, in Dallas county, for shooting an unarmed 15-year-old African American boy in the back of the head as he sat in the passenger seat of a car that failed to stop.But if Fort Worth was rocked by the latest shooting, it was also caught off guard by the official response. The Republican mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price, swiftly denounced the shooting as unjustified. The city’s police chief, Ed Kraus, responded with an unusual outpouring of emotion as he spoke of the need for his officers to “react with a servant’s heart instead of a warrior’s heart”. Less than 48 hours after the killing, Dean was arrested for murder.> To say it’s only endemic to the Fort Worth police department ignores the reality> > State representative Harold DuttonFew in Texas would have predicted murder charges against police officers would even be laid until recently, let alone their conviction by juries.The Jefferson family lawyer, Lee Merritt, said that for a brief moment he thought justice might be done.“As we learned that the officer who was responsible for her murder was arrested and charged, that was a positive moment where it seemed like the judicial system was acting a little differently,” he said. “We don’t see officers led away in handcuffs very often.”But the atmosphere quickly soured. Dean was released on bail within hours and it was revealed that the police interrogated Jefferson’s eight-year-old nephew alone and then recorded that he said his aunt was pointing a gun at the window when she was shot. Merritt accused the police of laying the ground for Dean to claim self-defence.Politicians and protesters said the circumstances of the shooting raised questions about the recruitment and training of police officers in Texas and beyond.“Why is this happening?” said the state representative Harold Dutton, a member of the Texas legislative black caucus. “To say it’s only endemic to the Fort Worth police department ignores the reality of a system that has resulted in the deaths of so many all over this country. Unless we fix the system, we can be assured that we have many more deaths to come.”The police department has yet to explain how the neighbour’s call to a non-emergency number asking for a patrol to check on Jefferson’s house because of an open door became an “open structure call” by the time Dean and other officers were dispatched. That meant they treated the check as a suspected break-in and took a more confrontational approach.The officers saw the open front door and looked into the living room. At no point did they announce their presence. Not seeing anyone, Dean went into the back garden and, with his gun drawn, shone a torch in a window.The police say Jefferson reached for her gun and pointed it at the window. Dean demanded she raise her hands, still without saying he was a police officer, and then a split second later shot her.The mayor and the police chief have both been careful to say that Jefferson had every right to pick up her gun if she felt threatened, and the failure was Dean’s for not announcing who he was.The state representative Nicole Collier, chair of the Texas legislature’s criminal jurisprudence committee and vice-chair of the black caucus, said the shooting raised questions about the quality of police training, which often emphasizes an officer’s safety over the welfare of the public.“Unfortunately, to become a cosmetologist is the same amount of time that it is to become a police officer,” she said. “Basic police officers take 720 hours but to become a cosmetologist is 1,000 hours.” ‘So many families’Flowers lie on the sidewalk in front of the house in Fort Worth where a police officer killed Atatiana Jefferson. Photograph: David Kent/APAlex Piquero, a professor of criminology at the University of Texas, said that while he “absolutely understands why people are upset”, he has found no evidence that there is a systematic issue with recruitment or a systematic problem of police officers being too quick to open fire in Texas or across the country.“I don’t see any empirical evidence to demonstrate that recruits into policing are any worse than the recruits to any other profession,” he said. “We have doctors who lose their medical license. We have people in every profession who get fired or make mistakes on those jobs.”That was not how it was seen as anger poured out at a packed city council meeting the day after Dean’s arrest. Amid chants of “this city is not safe”, one speaker after another accused the council of inaction.Angela Darden told the council her brother, Jermaine, died of a heart attack as he was shot with a stun gun and held in a chokehold during a drug raid in 2013.“I’ve been coming here for so many families and I’ve been saying this time and time again: that you people do not give a rat’s ass about this city,” she said.Kraus, the police chief, stood at the back, listening without expression. One speaker, Ed Austin, turned to him and said: “You can’t come to our communities and terrorize us no more. We will fight back.”Pressure had been building after a series of killings by the police in recent months, although Kelly Allen Gray, one of only two African American members of the city council, cautioned they were very different from the circumstances of Jefferson’s death.“We had one shooting where someone took his ex-girlfriend and children hostage and then used a child as a shield as he fired upon police. So I don’t think you can lump all these killings in together,” she said.Allen Gray acknowledged the public anger but she was concerned that blanket vilification of the force would harm communities that rely on it for protection and hurt progress.“The police relationship with the community is not as broken and fractured as it once was,” she said. “Is it ever enough? No. But if I had to look back to when I first came on the council and I look at now, we have made really good strides. There are instances where you really want the police there. You want the police to show up.”

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 02:00:16 -0400
  • Driver who fatally struck 3 siblings at school bus stop is found guilty of reckless homicide

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    A 24-year-old Indiana woman who struck four children with her pickup truck, killing three of them, as they crossed a rural highway to their school bus, has been found guilty of reckless homicide. Alyssa Shepherd was also found guilty of criminal recklessness in the Oct. 30, 2018, crash, which shined a light on issues of school bus safety.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 01:44:00 -0400
  • The Latest: City plans to remove plane from site Saturday

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    The state Department of Transportation determined the runway was not damaged by the crash, the city said in a news release. A Ravn Air Group flight brought in investigators from the state transportation department and the NTSB, the city said. It then returned the Cordova High School swim team to Anchorage.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 01:03:07 -0400
  • Honduran president hobbled after being implicated in brother's bribery conviction

    Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez emerged battered from the trial and conviction of his brother on Friday after the U.S. Justice Department concluded that the evidence showed narcotraffickers had bribed the president and his party. A U.S. jury on Friday found President Hernandez' brother, Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernandez, guilty of conspiring to import cocaine, illicit weapons possession and lying to U.S. authorities. U.S. prosecutors did not indict President Hernandez.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 01:01:00 -0400
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who achieved global acclaim in the 1940s and went on to run the internationally renowned National Ballet of Cuba for decades, died on Thursday at age 98, state-run media said. "Alicia Alonso has gone and left an enormous void, but also an unbeatable legacy," President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in a post on Twitter. "She positioned Cuba at the altar of the best of dance worldwide.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:59:28 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    The world's first Ebola vaccine was recommended for approval by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a "triumph for public health" that would save many lives. The vaccine, developed by U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. Women who go through menopause earlier in life may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke before they reach age 60 than their counterparts who go through menopause later on, a recent study suggests.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:59:27 -0400
  • Reuters People News Summary

    Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who achieved global acclaim in the 1940s and went on to run the internationally renowned National Ballet of Cuba for decades, died on Thursday at age 98, state-run media said. "Alicia Alonso has gone and left an enormous void, but also an unbeatable legacy," President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in a post on Twitter. "She positioned Cuba at the altar of the best of dance worldwide.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:59:26 -0400
  • Reuters Science News Summary

    A Paris zoo showcased a mysterious new organism on Wednesday, dubbed the "blob", a yellowish unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus but acts like an animal. The mockups offer the U.S. space agency ideas for an ideal Gateway - the planned research outpost in lunar orbit that will house and transfer astronauts to the surface of the moon.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:59:25 -0400
  • Sharpton searches for the words to eulogize _ and galvanize

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    A stirring eulogy by the Rev. Al Sharpton. The 65-year-old civil rights activist has become a constant of the Black Lives Matter era with his presence in the pulpit after police shootings of African Americans, showing up in cities like Baltimore, Sacramento and Ferguson, Missouri to comfort loved ones and call for justice. On Saturday, the scene will unfold again, as Sharpton delivers remarks at a service for Atatiana Jefferson, who was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed by a white Fort Worth, Texas, police officer.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:06:24 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-China says will work with the U.S. to address each other's core concerns

    Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said on Saturday that China will work with the United States to address each other's core concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect, and that stopping the trade war would be good for both sides and the world. "The two sides have made substantial progress in many fields, laying an important foundation for the signing of a phased agreement," Liu, also the chief negotiator in the trade talks, told a virtual reality conference in Nanchang, the capital of southeastern Jiangxi province. It's what producers and consumers alike are hoping for," Liu said in a rare public speech about the trade war.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:03:11 -0400
  • U.S. oil major Chevron says hopeful about maintaining Venezuela presence

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    The company's remarks follow an earlier report by Bloomberg that said the United States is considering extending Chevron's waiver to operate in Venezuela with more limitations by granting the company a 90-day sanctions reprieve. "We are a positive presence in Venezuela, and we are hopeful that General License 8C is renewed so that we can continue operations in the country for the long-term," Ray Fohr, a Chevron spokesman, told Reuters in an emailed statement.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:01:20 -0400
  • Texas prosecutors seek murder indictment against officer who shot woman at home

    "We have completed an initial review of the case, and based on the evidence we intend to ask the Grand Jury for an indictment of murder against Aaron Dean," Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said in a statement. Jim Lane, an attorney representing Dean, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Dean, a white police officer, shot pre-med graduate Atatiana Jefferson through the window of her bedroom in the early hours of last Saturday.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 23:48:11 -0400
  • U.S. considers extension of Chevron's Venezuela waiver with more limitations -Bloomberg

    The United States is considering extending Chevron Corp's waiver to operate in Venezuela with more limitations by granting the company a 90-day sanctions reprieve, Bloomberg reported https://bloom.bg/2J4e4pL late on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The company's future in Venezuela now depends on U.S. President Donald Trump, who must decide by Oct. 25 whether to renew a waiver allowing Chevron to keep operating in Venezuela despite U.S. sanctions on the country and its state oil company PDVSA, part of Washington's campaign to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 23:44:45 -0400
  • Texas prosecutors seek murder indictment against officer who shot woman at home

    Texas prosecutors said on Friday they would seek a murder indictment against the former Fort Worth police officer who shot dead a 28-year-old black woman in her home. "We have completed an initial review of the case, and based on the evidence we intend to ask the Grand Jury for an indictment of murder against Aaron Dean," Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said in a statement. Jim Lane, an attorney representing Dean, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 23:35:27 -0400
  • The Latest: Nestor races toward Florida Panhandle

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    Rain from Tropical Storm Nestor is lashing Florida's Gulf Coast as the storm continues to race toward the Florida Panhandle. On Friday night, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was centered about 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Panama City, Florida. It had top sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) and was moving to the northeast at 23 mph (37 kph).

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:53:20 -0400
  • Indiana woman convicted of reckless homicide in 3 deaths

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    An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in the Oct. 30, 2018, crash that killed 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl. Maverik Lowe, 11, was critically injured.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:47:59 -0400
  • China says will work with the U.S. to address each other's core concerns

    Chinese vice premier Liu He said on Saturday that China will work with the United States to address each other's core concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect, and that stopping the trade war would be good for both sides and the world. Liu also said the Chinese government has every confidence in its ability to meet macroeconomic targets for the year. Liu, who is also the chief negotiator in China's trade talks with the United States, was speaking at a virtual reality conference in Nanchang, capital of southeastern Jiangxi province.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:46:42 -0400
  • U.S. oil major Chevron set to receive Venezuelan crude cargo: document

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    If the loading proceeds, it would be the first shipment assigned to Chevron since the United States sanctioned PDVSA in January as part of a campaign to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose 2018 reelection most Western nations consider a sham. The vessel Agios Fanourios is set to load 2 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy crude on Oct. 19-21 at Jose port, according to a PDVSA scheduling document viewed by Reuters.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:42:46 -0400
  • Tropical Storm Nestor forms, threatening US Gulf Coast

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    Tropical Storm Nestor bore down on the northern Gulf Coast with high winds, surging seas and heavy rains Friday evening, threatening to hit an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. Nestor was forecast to hit the coast around Mexico Beach on Saturday morning without strengthening into a hurricane.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:41:26 -0400
  • Hong Kong's leader backs police use of force as protesters plan 'illegal' march

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam took to the airwaves on Saturday to back the use of force by police ahead of a major anti-government march planned this weekend in the Chinese-ruled city, which has been battered by months of violent protests. Following a week of relative calm, Sunday's march will test the strength of the pro-democracy movement. The trigger for unrest in Hong Kong had been a now-withdrawn proposal to allow extradition to mainland China, as well as Taiwan and Macau.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:36:38 -0400
  • Chicago's mayor says top cop drinking before incident in car

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    Chicago's mayor said Friday that the city's top police officer told her he'd had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home, an incident that the chief contends was related to a change in his blood pressure medication. Superintendent Eddie Johnson didn't mention having anything to drink when he spoke to reporters Thursday night, and the department spokesman said officers who responded to a 911 call reporting a man asleep in a car at a stop sign didn't observe any signs of impairment. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday that she agreed with Eddie Johnson's decision to request an internal affairs investigation of the Thursday incident to assure the public he's not trying to hide anything about his actions.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:33:47 -0400
  • Judge halts funeral plans for woman shot at home by officer

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    A probate court judge has halted a funeral scheduled for Saturday for a woman shot in her home by a Fort Worth police officer. Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson on Friday issued a temporary restraining order sought by Marquis Jefferson, the father of Atatiana Jefferson. The father sought the order to gain control over the funeral arrangements of his daughter from his daughter's aunt, Bonita Body.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:27:54 -0400
  • Proposal seeks to modernize campgrounds at national parks

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    The Interior Department is reviewing recommendations to modernize campgrounds at national parks. The recommendations posted online this week come from an advisory committee created under former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that has been looking at ways for private businesses to operate on public lands. The vice chairman of the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee, Derrick Crandall, said many campgrounds don't meet visitors' expectations.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:11:55 -0400
  • RPT-UPDATE 7-'Failure:' Mexico admits bungled arrest of kingpin's son after mayhem

    Mexican officials on Friday admitted they had bungled the arrest of kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's son, who they let go during shootouts with drug gangs in the streets of a major city, but the president insisted his security strategy was working. Cartel gunmen surrounded around 35 police and national guards in the northwestern city of Culiacan on Thursday and made them free Ovidio Guzman, one of the jailed drug lord's dozen or so children, after his brief detention set off widespread gun battles and a jailbreak that stunned the country. The chaos in Culiacan, a bastion of Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel, turned up pressure on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December promising to pacify a country weary of more than a decade of gang violence and murders.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 21:21:44 -0400
  • U.S. social networks withhold data on spread of livestreamed Germany shooting video

    Companies including Facebook and Twitter committed in May to take "transparent, specific measures" to prevent the amplification of violent content, after the killing of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook. Releasing the data would provide an indication of the impact of the new policies.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 21:11:15 -0400
  • Shocked by cartel firefight, Mexico's Culiacan seeks return to normality

    CULIACAN, Mexico/MEXICO CITY, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Stunned residents of the Mexican city of Culiacan gingerly ventured back into the streets on Friday as police cleared away shell casings and scorched cars from an eruption of gangland violence on the home turf of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel. Scores of cartel henchmen swarmed parts of the capital of the northwestern state of Sinaloa on Thursday when authorities briefly detained a son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a house in an area packed with hotels, shops and restaurants. Wielding assault rifles, torching cars and blocking roads at various locations across town, the cartel footsoldiers unleashed a show of firepower that sent people scurrying for cover and prompted security forces to free the son, Ovidio Guzman.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:59:17 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Chile President Pinera declares emergency as capital rocked by riots

    Chile's President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency in the capital Santiago early on Saturday, as the city of 6 million descended into chaos amid riots that left a downtown building engulfed in flames and its metro system shuttered. Black-hooded protesters enraged by recent fare hikes on public transportation lit fires at several metro stations, looted shops, burned a public bus and swung metal pipes at train station turnstiles during Friday's afternoon commute, according to witnesses, social media and television footage. The center-right Pinera said he would invoke a special state security law to prosecute the "criminals" responsible for the city-wide damage, while at the same time saying he sympathized with those impacted by the rate hikes.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:29:02 -0400
  • California utility sees decade of power cuts to avoid wildfires

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    Bill Johnson, who became CEO of bankrupt PG&E Corp earlier this year, told an emergency meeting with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that recent power outages included lack of information and hardships that cannot be repeated. "Eventually the technology will get us to a point where we don't need to be doing it," he said.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:27:57 -0400
  • California utility sees decade of power cuts to avoid wildfires

    Northern Californians can expect widespread power cuts aimed at preventing wildfires for a decade while Pacific Gas & Electric upgrades wires systems, cuts back trees and takes other safety measures, the utility's chief executive said on Friday. Bill Johnson, who became CEO of bankrupt PG&E Corp earlier this year, told an emergency meeting with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that recent power outages included lack of information and hardships that cannot be repeated.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:22:50 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-EXPLAINER-Mexico's week of bloodshed. What is going on?

    Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, promising not to repeat the "failed policies" of past administrations that have done little to stem a tide of drug-related violence that cost some 29,000 lives last year. WHAT HAPPENED IN MEXICO THIS PAST WEEK? On Monday, cartel hitmen shot dead at least 13 police in an ambush in Aguililla in the western state of Michoacan, long convulsed by turf wars between drug gangs, latterly the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and its enemies.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:19:25 -0400
  • Clinton email probe finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information

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    A U.S. State Department investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state has found no evidence of deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees. The investigation, the results of which were released on Friday by Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's office, centered on whether Clinton, who served as the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, jeopardized classified information by using a private email server rather than a government one.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:09:56 -0400
  • FDA approves Alexion's Ultomiris for another rare blood disease

    The treatment, Ultomiris, has already been approved in the United States, Japan and the European Union to treat adults with blood disorder called paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. Friday's approval allows its use in treating atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), a condition that causes abnormal blood clots to form in small blood vessels in the kidneys, which could result in kidney failure. The label for the treatment carries a boxed warning, the FDA's harshest, flagging risks of life-threatening meningococcal infections or sepsis, that have occurred in patients treated with Ultomiris.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:09:19 -0400
  • Judge orders New Mexico compound suspect hospitalized

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    A federal judge has ordered a woman charged with firearms and terrorism-related counts to be hospitalized for mental health treatment more than a year after authorities arrested her and four other adult residents of a squalid New Mexico compound. In his order, Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Johnson said Jany Leveille has not been able to understand the proceedings in the case against her because she is suffering from mental illness. The order Thursday allows for a maximum of four months of hospitalization for Leveille before the court determines whether she might eventually prove competent to stand trial.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:08:32 -0400
  • Ivanka Trump says developing countries must do more to empower women to get U.S. aid

    Developing countries that want to do business with the United States must do more to empower women and give them better access to the workforce, education and legal protections, White House adviser Ivanka Trump said on Friday. Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, outlined initiatives to bolster the economic status of women at a panel during the IMF/World Bank annual meetings. "We in the United States think about our development assistance through the lens of achieving the goal for countries of self-reliance," she told an audience of hundreds.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:07:52 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-U.S. energy secretary will not comply with congressional Democrats' impeachment probe

    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will not turn over documents to congressional Democrats who had subpoenaed them over his role in Ukraine as part of their impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, a department official said in a letter on Friday. Three U.S. House of Representatives committees subpoenaed Perry on Oct. 10 for any role he played in Trump's push to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate his political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his son. In a letter to the three committees, Melissa Burnison, an assistant energy secretary, wrote that the impeachment inquiry had not been properly authorized.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:06:08 -0400
  • Gabbard calls Clinton 'personification of the rot' as war of words heats up

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    "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain," said Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii who is a favorite of Russian state media as well as many liberals. Gabbard has said she will not run as a third-party candidate.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:04:45 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-FAA turns over emails from former Boeing 737 pilot

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday turned over 10 pages of emails to Congress from a former chief technical pilot on the Boeing 737 MAX that disclosed new details of the company's efforts to win approval from regulators around the world and drew the ire of a top Democratic lawmaker. Earlier Friday, the FAA disclosed to Congress instant messages from Forkner about the 737 MAX suggested more concerns about MCAS than was previously known and that Boeing may have misled the FAA.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:56:55 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a challenge backed by President Donald Trump's administration to the structure of a federal agency assigned to protect consumers in the financial sector that could undermine its independence from presidential interference. The nine justices will hear an appeal involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought by a law firm that had been investigated by the agency, arguing that its structure infringes on presidential powers as laid out in the U.S. Constitution. A federal judge in Florida ruled on Friday that a state law requiring felons to pay fines, fees and restitution related to their convictions before being allowed to vote cannot be applied to people unable to make payments.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:51:54 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson puts his last-minute Brexit deal to a vote in an extraordinary sitting of the British parliament on Saturday, a day of reckoning that could decide the course of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. More than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48 to be the first sovereign country to leave the European project, Johnson will try to win parliament's approval for the divorce treaty he struck in Brussels on Thursday. Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, promising not to repeat the "failed policies" of past administrations that have done little to stem a tide of drug-related violence that cost some 29,000 lives last year.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:51:53 -0400
  • Castro blindsides Buttigieg over Chicago donation

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    Julián Castro rebuked Pete Buttigieg in a fundraising email to supporters Friday, criticizing the Indiana mayor over his decision to accept funds from a former Chicago city attorney involved in the botched handling of the police shooting of teen Laquan McDonald. Castro was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call out Buttigieg for his connection to Steve Patton, who made a $5,600 donation to the Buttigieg campaign in June and was scheduled to co-host a fundraising event Friday. “I applaud Mayor Buttigieg for returning the contribution, but at a time where police violence remains such a critical issue, it shouldn’t take four months to return such a problematic contribution,” Castro wrote.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:47:10 -0400
  • U.S. energy secretary will not comply with congressional Democrats' impeachment probe

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    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will not turn over documents to congressional Democrats who had subpoenaed them over his role in Ukraine as part of their impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, a department official said in a letter on Friday. Three U.S. House of Representatives committees subpoenaed Perry on Oct. 10 for any role he played in Trump's push to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate his political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his son. In a letter to the three committees, Melissa Burnison, an assistant energy secretary, wrote that the impeachment inquiry had not been properly authorized.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:28:11 -0400
  • Report: Diocese of Lansing mishandled 1990 sexual abuse case

    An independent investigator hired by the Roman Catholic Diocese has determined that the diocese failed to investigate allegations that a priest had sexually assaulted a man at a boxing training camp decades ago. The investigator's report released Thursday found that a man sent a letter to the Rev. Pat Egan in 1990 saying that Egan sexually assaulted him the previous year, when the victim was about 25 years old. "I repeat publicly now what I have said privately and personally to the victim in question: I am deeply sorry for the Diocese's past failure and all should know that the allegation would have been handled differently today," Bishop Earl Boyea said in a statement.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:24:43 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-U.S. diplomat told Congress he raised red flag about Biden and Ukraine -source

    A U.S. diplomat told congressional investigators this week that he raised concerns about Hunter Biden's position with a Ukrainian energy company in 2015, only to be turned away by an aide to then-Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the testimony said on Friday. Hunter Biden's role https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hunter-biden-ukraine/what-hunter-biden-did-on-the-board-of-ukrainian-energy-company-burisma-idUSKBN1WX1P7 on the board of Burisma Holdings Ltd while his father was in the White House plays into a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. Late on Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy notified Congress that it would not comply with a subpoena and provide documents Democrats want to review, according to media reports.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:20:42 -0400
  • Authorities: 2 Iowa deputies and suspect wounded in shootout

    A man opened fire on sheriff's deputies serving a warrant at a central Iowa apartment complex overnight, wounding two of them and setting off a gunbattle in which he, too, was wounded, authorities said Friday. The shooting occurred at around 10:40 p.m. Thursday in Stuart, about 35 miles (57 kilometers) west of Des Moines. Authorities on Friday identified the injured officers as Guthrie County Sheriff's Deputies Steven Henry and Jim Mink, and the suspect as 52-year-old Randall Comly.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:18:02 -0400
  • U.S. judge limits Florida law curtailing felons' voting rights

    In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee pointed to a U.S. constitutional amendment that prohibits denying citizens the right to vote in federal elections for failure to pay taxes. "Each of these plaintiffs have a constitutional right to vote so long as the state's only reason for denying the vote is failure to pay an amount the plaintiff is genuinely unable to pay," Hinkle wrote in his ruling. To enforce the law properly against felons who can pay their obligations but choose not to, he said the state could create a system for assessing true inability to pay.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:09:37 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Biden expands edge in U.S. Democratic nomination race

    Former Vice President Joe Biden expanded his lead over more than a dozen other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination this month as U.S. House Democrats looked into allegations that President Donald Trump tried to pressure a foreign leader to investigate him, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. The Oct. 17-18 opinion poll found that 21% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden in statewide nominating contests that begin next year, up 3 percentage points from a similar poll that was conducted at the end of September. Democrats in the House of Representatives are holding hearings to investigate whether Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:07:09 -0400
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