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  • Hawaii reports first serious injury from volcano as lava threatens escape routes

    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - A stream of lava threatened to block a key Hawaii highway on Saturday that serves as an escape route for coastal residents, while the first known serious injury was reported from fresh explosive eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. "A homeowner on Noni Farms Road who was sitting on a third-floor balcony got hit with lava spatter," said Janet Snyder, a spokesperson for the Office of the Mayor, County of Hawaii. "It hit him on the shin and shattered everything there down on his leg," she said, adding that lava spatters "can weigh as much as a refrigerator and even small pieces of spatter can kill." No other information was immediately available.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 01:03:27 -0400
  • Cougar kills U.S. mountain biker, mauls another, later shot

    The mountain bikers were riding together down a remote, backwoods trail at 11 a.m. (2 p.m. ET) in an area near North Bend, Washington state, around 30 miles (48 km) east of Seattle, when the two men encountered the animal. Cougars are the fourth largest cat species worldwide, with adult females weighing up to 141 pounds (64 kgs) and males weighing as much as 220 pounds (100 kgs).

    Sat, 19 May 2018 21:52:19 -0400
  • Texas school shooter 'nonemotional,' lawyer says as motive sought

    By Erwin Seba SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - The 17-year-old student charged with killing 10 people when he opened fire in an art class at his Houston-area high school appeared "weirdly nonemotional" on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said on Saturday. The teenager, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail in Santa Fe, Texas, where authorities said he went on a shooting spree shortly before 8 a.m. CDT on Friday. One of those in critical condition was one of the two school resource officers who engaged the shooter before his surrender.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 21:10:51 -0400
  • Texas victims include smiling Pakistani girl, fill-in teacher with two jobs

    Among the fatalities at Santa Fe High School were a Pakistani exchange student and a substitute teacher trying to make ends meet for her family. A 17-year-old Pakistani with a bright smile, Sheikh was proud to be studying in the United States as an exchange student. The experience was organized through YES, a program funded by the U.S. State Department which provides scholarships for students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the United States.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 19:43:04 -0400
  • Texas shooting suspect seems 'weirdly nonemotional,' lawyer says

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    By Erwin Seba SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - The 17-year-old student who authorities said killed 10 people when he opened fire in an art class in his Houston-area high school appeared "weirdly nonemotional" on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said on Saturday. The teenager, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail in Santa Fe, Texas, where authorities said he went on a shooting spree shortly before 8 a.m. on Friday. For graphic on timeline of major mass shootings in the United States since 2007 click https://tmsnrt.rs/2LfKug6 Nicholas Poehl, one of two lawyers hired by the suspect's parents to represent him, told Reuters he had spent a total of one hour with Pagourtzis on Friday night and Saturday morning.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 18:37:38 -0400
  • Hawaii lava flow engulfs more homes as ash plume ascends

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    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - New, fast-moving lava poured from the flank of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Saturday, destroying four more homes on the Big Island after a second explosive eruption shot a nearly two-mile-high (10,000 foot) ash plume from the crater. Molten rock from two huge cracks formed a single channel and traveled 1,000 feet in under an hour, twice the speed of previous flows of older lava that have torn through homes, roads and tropical forest for over two weeks, the County of Hawaii's Civil Defense Agency said. The new lava, which is flowing east underground from the sinking lava lake at Kilauea's summit, is expected to create more voluminous flows that travel further, threatening homes and a coastal road that is a key exit route for around 2,000 residents.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 18:21:27 -0400
  • Melania Trump returns to White House after kidney procedure

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    President Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, returned to the White House on Saturday after undergoing a surgical procedure this week to treat a benign kidney condition, her office said. The first lady, 48, had been recovering at Walter Reed medical center since Monday, when she underwent an embolization procedure to treat the kidney condition. Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday morning.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 14:57:54 -0400
  • Two weeks on, Hawaii residents look for "normalcy" amid ash, lava

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    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Two weeks after fountains of lava and poisonous gas from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced hundreds of people to flee their homes in the middle of the night, things were only getting worse for residents on Friday after another eruption. As Kilauea oozed lava from 22 fissures on its eastern flank, residents of Pahoa on the Big Island, some wearing ash masks, hunkered down in shelters and waited for an expected resumption of major eruptions. "We're all trying to establish or find some normalcy in our lives knowing that we're on an active volcano that's very active right now," said Cindy Hartman, a dietician at Hilo Medical Center.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 10:10:05 -0400
  • "Born to kill" Texas shooter a quiet teenager in trench coat

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    He was a quiet Texas teenager who danced with his Greek church group and played football. On Friday, authorities said, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis put on a trenchcoat, walked into an art class at his high school in Santa Fe, near Houston, and shot nine fellow students and a teacher dead. There were no red flags beforehand to indicate that Pagourtzis was headed for trouble, Governor Greg Abbott said.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 08:09:25 -0400
  • Greek village "lost for words" over news of Texan teen gunman

    By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS (Reuters) - The family of the Texan teen gunman were "quiet, peaceable people" who never raised eyebrows in the Greek village where his father spent his youth, residents said on Saturday. Classmates described him as a quiet loner. Photographs posted on the Facebook page of the Greek Orthodox Church in Galveston pictured him dancing with other costumed performers.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 07:51:24 -0400
  • Diana's favorite flowers adorn her son's wedding chapel

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    White roses - the favorite flowers of Prince Harry's late mother Diana - arched over the organ loft and West Door of St George's chapel, where he will marry American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday. London florist Philippa Craddock used roses, peonies and foxgloves, set against beech, birch and hornbeam branches, many of them gathered from the gardens and parkland of the Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, the royal family's press office said. "One of the things that has been very important in this brief to me is to make sure we're sourcing locally and that the designs reflect the landscape that's around Windsor Castle, that's what we're looking to do in the chapel," Craddock said in a statement.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 06:25:24 -0400
  • 'Loner' student shoots and kills 10 at Texas school

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    A 17-year-old student dressed in a trench coat and armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire at his high school outside Houston on Friday, killing nine students and a teacher, before surrendering to officers, authorities said. Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, joined a long list of U.S. campuses where students and faculty have been killed in a spray of gunfire. The Texas shooting stoked the nation's long-running debate over firearms ownership and came about three months after 17 teens and educators were fatally shot in Parkland, Florida.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 22:59:05 -0400
  • Missouri legislators begin weighing impeachment of governor

    (Reuters) - Missouri legislators convened on Friday to weigh the possible impeachment of Governor Eric Greitens, who has been embroiled in separate sex and fundraising scandals that have led to mounting pressure for his resignation. The Republican-controlled Missouri General Assembly began a special session in Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital, to consider what disciplinary steps to take against the first-term Republican governor, including impeachment, after hearing the recommendations of a special House of Representatives investigative panel. Greitens has vowed to remain in office while he fights to clear his name.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 20:20:38 -0400
  • 'Quiet' student shoots and kills 10 at Texas school: authorities

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    By Liz Hampton and Erwin Seba SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - A 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire at his Texas high school on Friday, killing nine fellow students and a teacher, authorities said, in an attack with eerie echoes of the massacre at a Florida high school in February. Students said the gunman, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, opened fire in an art class at Santa Fe High School shortly before 8 a.m. Students and staff fled after seeing classmates wounded and a fire alarm triggered a full evacuation.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 19:46:19 -0400
  • Factbox: Major school shootings in the United States

    (Reuters) - A 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire in a Texas high school on Friday, killing nine fellow students and a teacher, authorities said, in an attack similar to the massacre at a Florida high school in February.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 18:48:41 -0400
  • White House looking at 'best ways to protect kids' in wake of shooting: spokeswoman

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Friday said the Trump administration is continuing to explore "the best ways to protect kids across the country" in the wake of a shooting that killed 10 people at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school. Sanders said that a school safety commission established by U.S. President Donald Trump after the shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school in February had been "activated" and would meet next week. (Reporting by James Oliphant; editing by Grant McCool)

    Fri, 18 May 2018 18:18:09 -0400
  • N.Y. developer pleads guilty ahead of 'Buffalo Billion' corruption trial

    A former executive at an upstate New York developer pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in a corruption case against a former state university official and others over a $1 billion government project. Kevin Schuler, formerly an executive at Buffalo-based LPCiminelli, admitted on Friday to wire fraud and conspiracy charges before U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan, less than a month before a scheduled trial. Schuler said he was involved in a bid-rigging scheme that allowed his company to win a lucrative contract as part of "Buffalo Billion," a signature economic development project of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to revitalize the region around Buffalo, New York.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 18:05:33 -0400
  • 'I had to get out' - students fled Texas high school shooter

    Students at Santa Fe High School in Texas were just beginning Friday classes when an alarm bell sounded, gun shots rang out, and they had to run from the latest mass shooting at a U.S. school. Authorities said a student wearing a trenchcoat and armed with a shotgun and revolver fatally shot at least 10 people before he was arrested. Two police officers were assigned to the school and the local police chief was among those who raced to the scene, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said at a news conference.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 17:52:23 -0400
  • Accused Texas high school gunman described as bullied loner in a trench coat

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    The teen accused of killing 10 people in a mass shooting at his Texas high school on Friday was described by fellow students as a quiet loner who played football but kept to himself and was reportedly the victim of some bullying. The suspect, identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was a junior at Santa Fe High School near Houston. Classmates remembered he often wore a trench coat, similar to the garment authorities said the assailant used to conceal the two firearms he carried into the school.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 17:52:23 -0400
  • 'DO SOMETHING,' Parkland survivors urge action after Texas school shooting

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    Survivors of the high school massacre in Parkland, Florida, vowed support on Friday for Texas students caught up in the latest deadly school shooting, saying tighter gun laws were needed to stop further bloodshed. Students at Santa Fe High School, about 30 miles (48 km) outside Houston, were among the thousands across the country who staged a walkout in April to protest congressional inaction after 17 students and staff members were killed by a former student on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 17:01:36 -0400
  • Governor says 10 dead, 10 others wounded in Texas school shooting

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott said 10 people were killed and 10 others wounded in a high school attack he called "one of the most heinous" in the history of the state's schools. "It's impossible to describe the magnitude of the evil of someone who would attack innocent children in a school," Abbott told reporters.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 15:15:23 -0400
  • Trump expresses 'sadness and heartbreak' at deadly Texas school shooting

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said a deadly shooting at a U.S. high school in Texas was heartbreaking and that federal and local authorities were coordinating in the wake of the gun attack. "My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others," Trump said at the White House.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 12:07:03 -0400
  • Gunman shouting anti-Trump slogans arrested at Miami resort

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    By Zachary Fagenson DORAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A gunman railing against U.S. President Donald Trump opened fire in one of the Republican's Florida golf resorts early on Friday, exchanging gunshots with Miami police who wounded and arrested him, officials said. Neither Trump nor any of his immediate family members were at the Trump National Doral Miami at the time, according to the Secret Service. The golf club is about 70 miles (113 km) south of the Palm Beach resort that Trump has visited regularly during his term.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 11:25:48 -0400
  • Two buses collide in New York City, injuring dozens

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two commuter buses collided while exiting a tunnel linking New York City to suburban New Jersey on Friday, injuring about 31 people, local media reported.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 11:13:11 -0400
  • Former Le Bernardin server ends lawsuit against New York restaurant

    A former server at Le Bernardin ended her lawsuit accusing the famed New York City seafood restaurant of ignoring sexual harassment complaints or shaming people from coming forward. Kristin Avery, a server from September 2012 to July 2015, agreed to drop her lawsuit, though "there has been no settlement or waiver" of any claims, her lawyer, Maimon Kirschenbaum, said in a letter filed in the federal court in Manhattan. U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan dismissed the case on Thursday night without prejudice, meaning Avery could bring it again.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 10:34:14 -0400
  • U.S. State Department OKs possible $45 million sale of bomb bodies to Bahrain

    The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Bahrain of 3,000 bomb bodies worth an estimated $45 million aimed at boosting the Royal Bahraini Air Force's F-16 combat aircraft operations, the department said on Friday. The sale was requested by the Government of Bahrain and "will enhance the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally which is an important security partner in the region," it said.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 08:56:49 -0400
  • Puerto Rico power grid braces for hurricane season

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    By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. federal agency tasked with restoring electricity to Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean last year, is leaving the island though thousands still have no power heading into the next hurricane season starting next month. Only a last-minute request from the governor of the island, bemoaning the "fragile state" of the power grid, managed to keep most of the generators brought by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Puerto Rican soil for another six months. The remaining generators might help keep the lights on for hospitals or police stations if the island gets hit again during the coming hurricane season, which begins June 1.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 03:49:32 -0400
  • Hawaii volcano spews 6 mile-high plume of ash, could blow again

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    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spewed ash nearly six miles (9 km) into the sky on Thursday and scientists warned this could be the first in a string of more violent explosive eruptions with the next possibly occurring within hours. "This has relieved pressure temporarily," U.S. Geological Survey geologist Michelle Coombs told a news conference in Hilo. "We may have additional larger, powerful events." Residents of the Big Island were warned to take shelter from the ash as toxic gas levels spiked in a small southeast area where lava has burst from the ground during the two-week eruption.

    Fri, 18 May 2018 00:14:09 -0400
  • Wild foods foraging tours help gatherers see beyond 'green wall'

    A dozen wild food foragers listened intently to botanist Hayden Stebbins in an upstate New York field, entrusting him to steer them clear of the poisonings and arrests that have plagued others across the United States. Plucking a dandelion he said could be consumed from blossom to root, Stebbins said the purpose of his foraging tours is to reveal the scrumptious, nutritious and no-cost edibles in your own backyard as well as to connect participants with nature. "To most people, when they're walking through the world, plants just form this green background, this green wall," said Stebbins.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 23:05:34 -0400
  • Two dead, 43 injured in New Jersey school bus torn apart in crash

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    A student and a teacher were killed and 43 others injured when a school bus with preteens on a field trip collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway on Thursday, ripping the bus apart and leaving students dangling by seat belts, officials said. The crash occurred about 10:20 a.m. in Mount Olive Township in northern New Jersey's Morris County, Governor Phil Murphy told a news conference. The bus was carrying 38 students and seven adults, including the driver.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 21:59:40 -0400
  • China seeks investigation into University of Southern California abuse accusations

    The Chinese government has expressed "deep concern" over published reports that a University of Southern California gynecologist was allowed for years to treat students, many of them from China, despite accusations of sexual abuse and harassment. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that Dr. George Tyndall, 71, resigned from USC last year after an internal investigation at the university found he performed unnecessary or unprofessional physical exams and made inappropriate comments to some of the young women in his care. Tyndall was not suspended by the university until 2016 despite complaints dating to the 1990s, according to the article.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 21:01:59 -0400
  • Some Republicans see progress on 'Dreamer' immigration deal

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    Republicans in the U.S. Congress who are pushing for action on immigration legislation said on Thursday they were getting closer to an agreement on a bill that President Donald Trump could support. "I think we've had better discussions in the last 48 hours than in the last 48 months," said Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus. Meadows was referring to negotiations with both the White House and centrist House Republicans on a bill that would address the future of young immigrants known as "Dreamers" who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 18:48:35 -0400
  • Two dead, 43 injured in New Jersey school bus, dump truck crash

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    By Elly Park MORRISTOWN, N.J. (Reuters) - A student and a teacher were killed and 43 others injured on Thursday when a school bus of 5th graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway, officials said. The crash occurred at about 10:20 a.m. in Mount Olive Township in northern New Jersey's Morris County, Governor Phil Murphy told a news conference. "Some patients are in critical condition and currently undergoing surgery, so please keep everybody in your prayers," Murphy said.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 18:12:41 -0400
  • New York man's tirade against Spanish speakers prompts online petition

    Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the disbarment of a New York lawyer accused of threatening to have cafe workers deported after he heard them speaking Spanish, an incident caught on video that went viral. The clip, recorded on Tuesday by a customer at Fresh Kitchen in Midtown Manhattan and posted on Facebook, shows a man who appeared to be about 40 years old, with short dark hair and a white dress shirt, growing enraged and loudly complaining to the sandwich shop staff after hearing conversations in Spanish.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 18:11:20 -0400
  • Hawaii volcano erupts in 6-mile-high plume, 'ash fallout' alert

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    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spewed ash nearly six miles (30,000 feet/9 km) into the air on Thursday and scientists warned this could be the first of a string of explosive eruptions in the crater. "This has relieved pressure temporarily," U.S. Geological Survey geologist Michelle Coombs told a news conference in Hilo. "We may have additional larger, powerful events." Residents of the Big Island were warned to take shelter from the ash as toxic gas levels spiked in a small southeast area where lava has burst from the ground during the two-week eruption, authorities said.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 16:54:36 -0400
  • Hawaii community clings to life in shadow of fiery volcano

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    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - When magma first began spouting like a demonic lawn sprinkler from a fissure near Mark Clawson's Hawaii home, it was exciting. "It's gotten oppressive," said Clawson, 64, a semi-retired plumber who has lived in the area for 15 years and grows fruit and macadamia nuts on his lush property. "I'm ready for it to be over." About every 10 minutes, the fissure shoots jets of steam and smoke 20 to 30 feet (7 to 9 m) high, whining like a fighter jet.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 14:35:52 -0400
  • Trump fails to halt 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation lawsuit

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    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state appeals court on Thursday denied U.S. President Donald Trump's bid to halt a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his reality TV show "The Apprentice" who accused him of making unwanted sexual advances. In a one-page order, the Appellate Division in Manhattan did not explain why it refused to stay the lawsuit by Summer Zervos while the president appeals a March 20 lower court ruling that allowed the California restaurateur to pursue her case.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 13:26:03 -0400
  • U.S. power grid ready for summer, but California & Texas are concerns: FERC

    (Reuters) - Most U.S. regions are prepared to meet power and natural gas demand this summer, but shortages are possible in Southern California due to low hydropower and gas supplies and Texas following the retirement of several coal plants, federal energy regulators said in a report on Thursday. In Southern California, staff at the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said lower-than-average hydro generation may create challenges as natural gas-fired generation - the replacement for hydro production shortfalls in past years - may be limited due to reduced gas storage capacity and local pipeline outages in the region. Nationwide, the staff said North American reliability coordinators forecast demand for electricity from the grid would be about the same as last summer due to increased use of demand response programs to reduce usage and distributed energy resources like home solar panels.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 13:08:15 -0400
  • Florida officials probe cause of fatal vape device explosion

    Tallmadge D'Elia, 38, was found dead on May 5 when police and firefighters responded to a blaze at his home in St. Petersburg. D'Elia was killed by fragments of a vape device that shot through his skull. Fire investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of the explosion, mostly by systematically ruling out any possible causes besides the device's battery.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 12:21:01 -0400
  • Wild foods foraging tours help gatherers see beyond 'green wall'

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    A dozen wild food foragers listened intently to botanist Hayden Stebbins in an upstate New York field, entrusting him to steer them clear of the poisonings and arrests that have plagued others across the United States. Plucking a dandelion he said could be consumed from blossom to root, Stebbins said the purpose of his foraging tours is to reveal the scrumptious, nutritious and no-cost edibles in your own backyard as well as to connect participants with nature. "To most people, when they're walking through the world, plants just form this green background, this green wall," said Stebbins.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 12:07:37 -0400
  • Turkey condemns Halkbank sentencing as political attack

    Turkey condemned the sentencing of an executive from one of its state-owned banks as a political attack by the United States on Thursday, after a New York court handed down a 32 month prison sentence in an Iran-sanctions busting case. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, previously the deputy general manager at Halkbank, was sentenced by a U.S. district judge for his role in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. While the penalty was significantly lighter than the 20 years sought by prosecutors, the case has strained ties between Turkey and the United States, both members of the NATO alliance.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 05:14:36 -0400
  • Turkish banker gets 32 months prison in U.S. case over Iran sanctions

    A U.S. judge sentenced Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a banker at Turkey's state-controlled Halkbank , to 32 months in prison on Wednesday after he was convicted earlier this year of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. Atilla, a 47-year-old Turkish citizen, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan. The case has strained diplomatic relations between the United States and Turkey, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has condemned it as a political attack on his government.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 04:12:18 -0400
  • Turkey says U.S. ruling on Turkish banker illegitimate, not credible

    Turkey said on Wednesday a U.S. court's sentencing of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a banker at the Turkish state-controlled Halkbank , to 32 months in prison was not legitimate or credible due to what it said were fake evidence and incorrect statements during the trial. A U.S. judge sentenced Atilla on Wednesday after he was convicted earlier this year of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions, in a case that has strained ties between Washington and Ankara. In a statement, Turkey's foreign ministry accused the U.S. court of taking false evidence and statements fabricated by supporters of Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, and said Atilla had been sentenced despite being innocent.

    Thu, 17 May 2018 04:12:18 -0400
  • 'Ballistic blocks' shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions

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    By Terray Sylvester VOLCANO, Hawaii (Reuters) - "Ballistic blocks" the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for miles (km), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Such eruptions, last seen nearly a century ago, have been a looming threat since Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted nearly two weeks ago. Explosions in Kilauea's crater sparked an aviation red alert due to risks the ash plume could blow into aircraft routes and damage jet engines.

    Wed, 16 May 2018 21:17:44 -0400
  • Texas executes 'Lovers' Lane' killer, convicted of 2003 murder

    Texas executed an inmate on Wednesday dubbed the "Lovers' Lane" killer who was convicted of a 2003 ambush in which he tried to rob a man in a parked car on a remote road in San Antonio and then fatally shot him. Juan Castillo, 37, was put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. It was the 11th execution this year in the United States and the sixth in Texas, which has executed more inmates than any other state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.

    Wed, 16 May 2018 20:18:55 -0400
  • Texas executes man dubbed 'Lovers' Lane' killer for 2003 murder

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    Texas executed an inmate on Wednesday dubbed the "Lovers' Lane" killer who was convicted of a 2003 ambush in which he tried to rob a man in a parked car on a remote road in San Antonio and then fatally shot him. Juan Castillo, 37, was put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. It was the 11th execution this year in the United States and the sixth in Texas, which has executed more inmates than any other state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.

    Wed, 16 May 2018 19:58:18 -0400
  • Texas murder-suicide leaves five dead, including three children

    (Reuters) - A man fatally shot three children and his ex-wife's boyfriend inside a Ponder, Texas, home on Wednesday, before shooting and killing himself, the sheriff's department said.

    Wed, 16 May 2018 18:37:59 -0400
  • 'We vote!' North Carolina teachers walk out for higher pay

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    North Carolina the sixth state in which teachers' have publicly protested to bring attention to the state of education in the United States. Democratic Governor Roy Cooper praised teachers for their roles with children and spoke about his budget plan, which includes ending tax cuts for businesses and wealthy families so the state would have more money for teachers' salaries and school repairs. Now we need to put our money where our trust is," Cooper told cheering protesters in red T-shirts who filled a plaza outside the legislature.

    Wed, 16 May 2018 18:25:48 -0400
  • U.S. has more than 2,000 probes into potential or suspected terrorists: FBI Director

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is pursuing 1,000 investigations into suspected "lone wolf" militants and another 1,000 into "domestic terrorists," FBI director Christopher Wray told a congressional committee on Wednesday.

    Wed, 16 May 2018 18:08:39 -0400
  • 'Ballistic blocks' shot from Hawaii volcano could mark onset of explosive eruptions

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    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - "Ballistic blocks" the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for miles (km), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Such eruptions, last seen nearly a century ago, have been a looming threat since Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted nearly two weeks ago. The explosive, steam-driven eruptions could drive a 20,000-foot (6,100-meter) ash plume out of the crater, hurl boulders the size of small cars up to half a mile (800 meters) and scatter smaller rocks over 12 miles (19 km), the USGS has warned.

    Wed, 16 May 2018 17:53:00 -0400
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