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  • U.S. judge orders federal protection restored to Yellowstone grizzlies

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    A federal judge on Monday ordered Endangered Species Act protections restored to grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park, halting plans for the first licensed trophy hunts of the bears in the region in more than 40 years. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula, Montana, sided with environmentalists and native American groups by overruling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to strip the grizzlies of their status as a threatened species. The outcome caps one of the most high-profile legal battles over the Endangered Species Act in many years, rivaling previous disputes surrounding the gray wolf and northern spotted owl.

    Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:37:18 -0400
  • Factbox: Who would oversee the Mueller investigation after Rosenstein?

    The following explains what happens to oversight of the Mueller probe if Rosenstein is no longer in charge. WHAT IS ROSENSTEIN'S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE MUELLER PROBE? The deputy attorney general took charge of the investigation into Russian interference in the election because U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had some contact with Russian officials while working on the Trump campaign, recused himself.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:19:04 -0400
  • After chaotic day, Rosenstein stays in job but will meet with Trump

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    President Donald Trump and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, will meet on Thursday to discuss whether Rosenstein will stay in his job. Rosenstein had spent the weekend contemplating whether he should resign after a New York Times report last week said he had suggested secretly recording Trump in 2017, a source told Reuters. The White House announced the meeting on Monday after a flurry of conflicting media reports about whether Rosenstein, a frequent target of Trump's anger, would be leaving the post.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:19:04 -0400
  • Instant View: Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein heads to White House amid reports he will resign

    U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, headed to the White House on Monday amid reports he has offered to resign in anticipation of being fired by President Donald Trump, media reports said. There is a large question now also about the longevity of Mr. Sessions and it is never good when the government shows signs of mayhem.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:19:04 -0400
  • U.S. diplomat found dead in Madagascar: State Department

    A suspect is in custody after an American diplomat was found dead at home while serving in Madagascar, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement the U.S. foreign service officer was found during the overnight hours of Friday. "Diplomatic Security is collaborating with local Malagasy authorities on a joint investigation and a suspect is currently in custody," Nauert said, declining to identify the diplomat out of respect for the family and while an investigation is still underway.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:27:48 -0400
  • U.S. judge suggests he may dismiss Stormy Daniels lawsuit against Trump

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    President Donald Trump likely had a free-speech right to make a Twitter comment disputing allegations by adult film actress Stormy Daniels, a federal judge said on Monday, indicating he was inclined to dismiss her defamation lawsuit against Trump. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and who has said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, sued the president for defamation in April in federal court over the tweet. The lawsuit centers on Daniels' assertion that a man approached her in 2011 in a Las Vegas parking lot and made a veiled threat after she agreed to talk about her alleged encounter with Trump to In Touch magazine.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:00:29 -0400
  • U.S. development agency looks to boost funding to $60 billion

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    The head of the main U.S. agency for aiding developing country infrastructure projects said on Monday the ability to extend funding for such investments is expected to double if new legislation is approved by the U.S. Congress. Ray Washburne, president of the Overseas Private Investment Corp, told Reuters that the inclusion of the "Build Act" into must-pass legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration will accelerate the expansion and redesign of the agency. "We've got our running shoes on now," Washburne said, highlighting that the legislation will allow OPIC to extend its financing portfolio to up to $60 billion from its current $29.5 billion.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:38:54 -0400
  • U.S. judge orders federal protection restored to Yellowstone grizzlies

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    PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ordered Endangered Species Act protections restored to grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, halting plans for the first licensed trophy hunts of the region's grizzlies in more than 40 years.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:44:26 -0400
  • Scientists voice opposition to weakening of U.S. Endangered Species Act

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    The extraordinary critique of the administration's proposal, which was unveiled in July, came in an open letter addressed to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from three associations representing 9,000 professional biologists. A separate letter similarly condemning revisions proposed to endangered species policies was signed by 273 leading university scientists from around the country.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:56:01 -0400
  • Trump Supreme Court nominee rejects 'false accusations'

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    "The truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise," Kavanaugh said in an interview on Fox News Channel’s "The Story with Martha MacCallum," to air on Monday evening. The allegations, dating to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Kavanaugh's chances of winning confirmation to the top U.S. court in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away. Confirmation of the federal appeals court judge to the lifetime job would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:17:18 -0400
  • Thousands in South Carolina brace for post-Florence flooding

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    More than 10 days after the storm made landfall and killed 46 people mostly in North Carolina, several rivers throughout the state continued to rise. Georgetown is expecting floodwaters of 5 to 10 feet (1.5 to 3 m) as the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers overrun their banks in coming days. Emergency management officials began sending recorded telephone messages to residents in harm's way and will go door-to-door in the next few days, Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:10:17 -0400
  • Man who threatened Boston Globe also called NY Times, NFL: prosecutor

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    U.S. investigators are probing whether a man accused of threatening to kill journalists at the Boston Globe after calling them "the enemy of the people" made similar threats to the New York Times and National Football League, a prosecutor said on Monday. Robert Chain, 68, pleaded not guilty in Boston federal court to charges that he threatened Globe employees in August after the paper coordinated an editorial response by more than 350 newspapers to President Donald Trump's attacks on the media. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese said authorities were investigating other threatening calls Chain made.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:03:24 -0400
  • Avvo settles New York probe, to reform lawyer ratings

    Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Avvo, a Seattle-based unit of Internet Brands Inc, will no longer call its ratings "unbiased." She also said Avvo was now "clearly and conspicuously" telling users that its ratings, on a one to 10 scale, rely on information that lawyers provide, meaning that lawyers who share their resumes or work experiences tend to rate higher than those who do not. "When seeking legal advice, consumers most often turn to the internet - and directories like this have an obligation to ensure consumers know what they're getting," Underwood said. The attorney general said Avvo also agreed to remove ratings for lawyers who do not actively participate in its directory, and will ensure that forms it posts for consumers are first reviewed by qualified, licensed lawyers in New York.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:27:42 -0400
  • New GM-built 'Beast' presidential limo makes Trump debut

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    The latest version of the heavily armored U.S. presidential limousine known as "The Beast" is making its debut in New York City this week. The custom-built Cadillac produced by General Motors Co appeared for the first time in public on Sunday -- along with an identical version that travels in the motorcade -- when it ferried President Donald Trump around New York ahead of this week's United Nations General Assembly meetings. The previous version of the limo first appeared in January 2009 just before Barack Obama took office.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:45:27 -0400
  • Florida Democratic congressional candidate dies at 54

    April Freeman, 54, who worked as a writer and producer in the film industry, died of an apparent heart attack, local media quoted her husband as saying. Political analysts view the central Florida district as solidly Republican, meaning it is unlikely to be a factor in Democrats' attempt to win the 23 House seats they need to take a majority in that chamber and act as a check on Republican President Donald Trump's agenda. "We are incredibly saddened by the sudden death of April Freeman," Florida Democratic Chair Terrie Rizzo said in a statement on Monday.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:40:47 -0400
  • Senate Republican leader McConnell: Democrats 'trying to destroy' Kavanaugh

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday Democrats were "trying to destroy" Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's personal and professional life with "unsubstantiated" sexual assault allegations. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:25:27 -0400
  • Hurricane Florence insured losses to range from $2.8 billion to $5 billion: RMS

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    (Reuters) - Insured losses from Hurricane Florence, which slammed into North Carolina this month, will range from $2.8 billion to $5 billion, said RMS, a risk modeling and analytics firm on Monday.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:55:51 -0400
  • Dallas police dismiss officer who fatally shot man in his home

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    The Dallas Police Department on Monday fired a police officer who is facing a manslaughter charge after fatally shooting a man in his apartment that the officer said she mistook for her own home. Officer Amber Guyger had been dismissed after nearly five years on the job for her actions on the night of the shooting earlier in September, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement. Guyger, 30, had been on administrative leave since she fatally shot Botham Jean, 26.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:43:23 -0400
  • Kavanaugh tells senators he will not withdraw nomination

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday he will not withdraw his nominations because of "false and uncorroborated" sexual misconduct allegations against him.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:25:04 -0400
  • The night a Chinese billionaire was accused of rape in Minnesota

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    By Koh Gui Qing and Lawrence Delevingne MINNEAPOLIS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the Chinese billionaire Richard Liu at her Minneapolis area apartment, a 21-year-old University of Minnesota student sent a WeChat message to a friend in the middle of the night. She wrote that Liu had forced her to have sex with him. “I was not willing,” she wrote in Chinese on the messaging application around 2 a.m. on August 31. “Tomorrow I will think of a way to escape,” she wrote, as she begged the friend not to call police. “He will suppress it,” she wrote, referring to Liu. “You underestimate his power. ...

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:32:27 -0400
  • Testimony by Kavanaugh accuser set; new allegation surfaces

    The agreement for Christine Blasey Ford to testify came just hours before the New Yorker magazine published an article in which a second woman, identified as Deborah Ramirez, described another instance of alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, also in the 1980s, when both attended Yale University. Ford's agreement to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee came a week after she went public in an interview in the Washington Post with her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:57:11 -0400
  • Wyoming wildfire forces evacuations, closes highway south of Jackson

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    A wind-blown wildfire that has forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes south of the resort town of Jackson, Wyoming, prompted officials on Sunday to close 50 miles of a key highway traveled by tourists to reach Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. The Roosevelt fire has scorched nearly 40,000 acres of drought-parched landscape and destroyed at least four structures, including two dwellings, since erupting Sept. 15 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest about 30 miles south of Jackson. Scores of additional residences were placed on standby for evacuation at a moments notice, according to sheriff's Sergeant Travis Bingham.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:42:51 -0400
  • Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge

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    Cody Wilson, 30, flew to Taiwan after learning he was under investigation, police said, and was picked up by Taiwanese authorities on Friday after his U.S. passport was annulled. Wilson's attorney, Samy Khalil, said in a statement late on Sunday: "We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case. As the founder of Defense Distributed, Wilson became a notable figure in the U.S. debate over guns after the company posted on the internet the blueprints for plastic guns that can be made with a 3-D printer.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:36:06 -0400
  • WTA roundup: Pliskova snaps Osaka streak for title

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    Fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova handed U.S. Open champ Naomi Osaka a 6-4, 6-4 defeat to claim the title at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. It ended the third-seeded Osaka's 10-match victory streak, dating back to the start of the U.S. Open. The title is the 11th of Pliskova's career and her fifth straight triumph in a final.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:05:44 -0400
  • California urges Trump administration to abandon fuel rule plan

    California's top air regulator urged the Trump administration on Sunday to abandon a plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards through 2026, as automakers urged state and federal regulators to reach agreement to extend nationwide rules. The Trump administration also wants to revoke California’s authority to set its own strict tailpipe emissions rules and mandate the sale of electric vehicles.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:41:46 -0400
  • Accuser of Trump's Supreme Court nominee to testify on Thursday

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    The agreement came a week after Christine Blasey Ford went public with her allegation against the conservative federal appeals court judge, endangering his confirmation by the Republican-led Senate to a lifetime job on the top U.S. court. There are, however, unresolved procedural and logistical issues, Ford's lawyers said, including whether the Judiciary Committee's Republican senators, who are all male, or staff attorneys would question her. Ford's lawyers said "various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions." Kavanaugh, who has called the allegation "completely false," also has agreed to testify at the hearing planned for 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:09:16 -0400
  • Danger remains even as flood waters recede in Hurricane Florence's aftermath

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    Much of the region remained under heavy flooding, including one area 40 miles (64 km) north-northwest of Wilmington where waters were still five feet (1.5 meters) above flood status, according to the National Weather Service. Large sections of rivers near the coast won't start cresting until at least early in the week, maybe later," said Bob Oravec, a meteorologist with the NWS's Weather Prediction Center "All that water is going to take a good while to recede," he said. It'll be a slow drop." The storm dumped 30 to 40 inches (75 to 100 cm) of rain on the Wilmington area, temporarily cutting off the historic coastal city that lies along the Cape Fear River.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:33:38 -0400
  • Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge

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    Cody Wilson, 30, flew to Taiwan after learning he was under investigation, police said, and was picked up by Taiwanese authorities on Friday after his U.S. passport was annulled. It was unclear whether Wilson had a criminal defense lawyer. As the founder of Defense Distributed, Wilson became a notable figure in the U.S. debate over guns after the company posted on the internet the blueprints for plastic guns that can be made with a 3-D printer.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:07:32 -0400
  • Cosby sentencing is new milestone for #MeToo movement

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    The sentencing will show how #MeToo has altered the way the U.S. reckons with sexual misconduct by powerful men.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 06:02:52 -0400
  • Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh's accuser tentatively agrees to testify on Thursday: media

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    The agreement is in the works for California professor Christine Blasey Ford to possibly testify on Thursday, but details have yet to be finalized, CNN and other media reported late on Saturday. The report said that her lawyers will talk again on Sunday with Senate officials. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had set a Saturday afternoon deadline for Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her at a high school party 36 years ago, to decide whether and how she will testify.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:34:46 -0400
  • Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude strikes off Guam: USGS

    (Reuters) - A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the U.S. territory of Guam on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 02:29:54 -0400
  • Not all in the family - Arizona lawmaker's siblings back opponent

    In videos scheduled to begin airing on Arizona cable television on Sunday, the four-term conservative was peppered with rebukes from three brothers and three sisters, who urged voters to elect Democrat David Brill. "We've got to stand up for our good name.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:49:15 -0400
  • Trump lawyer Giuliani says Iran's government will be overthrown

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    Rudy Giuliani said that U.S. sanctions on Iran are leading to economic pain that could lead to a "successful revolution."

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:34:48 -0400
  • Trump administration moves to restrict immigrants who use public benefits

    U.S. immigration law has long required officials to exclude a person likely to become a "public charge" from permanent residence. The Trump administration's proposal is a sharp departure from current guidelines, which have been in place since 1999 and specifically bar authorities from considering such non-cash benefits in deciding a person's eligibility to immigrate to the United States or stay in the country. The changes would apply to those seeking visas or legal permanent residency but not people applying for U.S. citizenship.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:21:42 -0400
  • Not all in the family - Arizona lawmaker's siblings back opponent

    In videos scheduled to begin airing on Arizona cable television on Sunday, the four-term conservative was peppered with rebukes from three brothers and three sisters, who urged voters to elect Democrat Paul Brill. "I couldn't be quiet any longer, nor should any of us be," said Grace Gosar, a doctor.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:04:58 -0400
  • Trump administration moves to restrict immigrants who use public benefits

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    U.S. immigration law has long required officials to exclude a person likely to become a "public charge" from permanent residence.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:54:02 -0400
  • Carolina communities race to beat dangerous flooding from Florence

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    Communities in North and South Carolina faced rising floods more than a week after the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:04:04 -0400
  • Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify in Senate hearing

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    A woman who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has agreed to testify before a Senate panel, her lawyers said on Saturday. The Senate Judiciary Committee had delayed a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation after California professor Christine Blasey Ford's allegations emerged last week, and her lawyers and committee staff were negotiating the conditions of her testimony. "Dr. Ford accepts the committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week," Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, Ford's attorneys, said in a statement.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:12:14 -0400
  • Ex-White House aide revises Flynn sanctions conversation account: report

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    An ex-White House official has revised a previous statement by telling investigators that former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have referred to sanctions when they discussed his calls with a former Russian envoy, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. K.T. McFarland's statement revised an earlier assertion to FBI agents that sanctions on Russia did not come up when she spoke to Flynn in December 2016 about his calls with Sergey Kislyak when he was the Russian ambassador to the United States, the newspaper said, quoting unidentified people familiar with the matter. Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia and is cooperating in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:01:16 -0400
  • Senate Judiciary aide resigns amid sexual harassment allegation: NBC

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    An adviser responding to an allegation against Kavanaugh resigned amid a misconduct complaint against him, NBC reports.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:45:00 -0400
  • Senate's Grassley sets Saturday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser: NY Times

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    Sen. Chuck Grassley sets a Saturday afternoon deadline for Christine Blasey Ford to decide if and how she will testify.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:45:23 -0400
  • Texan running 3-D printed guns company sent back to U.S. by Taiwan authorities

    TAIPEI/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texan running a 3-D printed guns company who flew to Taiwan as police investigated an accusation he had sex with an underage girl was deported back to the United States on Saturday after his U.S. passport was annulled, a Taiwanese official said. Cody Wilson, 30, was on Friday taken to immigration authorities in Taipei by officers from Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to officials. Zhang said Wilson, who was held by the agency, had been taken to Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport for a flight to the United States on Saturday evening.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:43:15 -0400
  • U.S. airlines score win as Congress drops 'reasonable fee' rules

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    The U.S. airline industry scored a win on Saturday as bipartisan congressional legislation dropped plans to mandate "reasonable and proportional" baggage and change fees, but included other new passenger protections. After weeks of negotiations, a 1,200-page bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was unveiled early Saturday that would require the FAA to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats -- including legroom and width -- and prohibits airlines from involuntarily removing passengers from flights after they’ve cleared the boarding gate. In April 2017, video went viral on social media of 69-year-old passenger David Dao being dragged from a United Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after he refused to give up his seat to make room for crew members.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:35:04 -0400
  • Ordering opioids online? Mail carrier may also deliver handcuffs

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    He looked like a regular mail carrier, dropping off an unremarkable package at an upscale New York City apartment tower, but neither the man nor the package were quite what they seemed. The mail carrier was really a federal agent, conducting a so-called controlled delivery, a tactic the U.S. government employs to help stem the flow of heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids fueling the nation's epidemic of fatal overdoses. Drug-filled packages with misleading labels have become a common sight at John F. Kennedy International Airport's (JFK) sprawling mail-sorting hangars, a front line in the battle against opioids.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:21:07 -0400
  • Sexual assault probe of California physician, girlfriend expands

    At least a dozen more women have come forward with allegations against a California surgeon and reality TV personality arrested last week with his girlfriend on charges of drugging and raping two women, the Orange County prosecutor said on Friday. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Riley, 31, were arrested last week on charges of rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by a controlled substance, and sexual assault involving two women - one who the couple allegedly met at a Newport Beach bar and the other at a restaurant. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said at a news conference his office is widening its probe of Robicheaux, a one-time subject of the Bravo cable network show "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male," and Riley.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:24:13 -0400
  • Senate candidates Cruz, O'Rourke square off in fractious debate

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    At Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the two battled over hot-button issues such as immigration, gun rights and trade. O'Rourke frequently complained that Cruz was misrepresenting his positions -- at one point accusing the incumbent Republican of "slander." The candidates sparred as well over the embattled Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who faces allegations that he assaulted a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, while both were in high school. Cruz urged Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Cruz is a member, next week.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:14:46 -0400
  • U.S. backs protecting Yellowstone’s northern gateway from mining

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      The recommendation to withdraw 30,370 acres of the Custer Gallatin National Forest from mineral development comes after two large gold-mining operations were proposed near Yellowstone, sparking opposition from conservationists and local businesses in an area known as Paradise Valley. The Forest Service recommendation to protect the acreage for an additional two decades must be formally approved by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to go into effect.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:35:28 -0400
  • 'You better pray:' More flooding in Carolinas a week after Florence

    The county of 60,000 people, on the Atlantic coast between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, is one of several areas in the Carolinas waiting anxiously as rivers start to crest, a week after Florence dumped some three feet of rain on the region. Flooding could begin early next week, officials said during a community meeting on Thursday, as water continues to drain into rivers and reservoirs across North and South Carolina. "Protecting lives and property will be our goal ... You better pray." Thirty-one deaths have been attributed to the storm in North Carolina, eight in South Carolina and one in Virginia.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:28:14 -0400
  • Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to abuse charges

    The Catholic Church worldwide is reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors, deeply damaging confidence in the Church in the United States, Chile, Australia, and Ireland where the scandal has hit hardest, and elsewhere. At an arraignment on Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Molzen, Perrault pleaded not guilty to all seven counts against him, according to the clerk's minutes of the proceeding.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:02:55 -0400
  • Duke shuts natgas plant due to Florence floods, coal ash leak feared

    Duke also said it cannot rule out the possibility that coal ash from another plant is flowing into nearby waters. Water breached the cooling lake dam at Duke's 625-megawatt natural gas L.V. Sutton plant, causing the company to shut the plant. Hurricane Florence brought several feet of rain to parts of North Carolina over a period of days, and the historic level of storm flooding is not expected to subside until next week.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:46:16 -0400
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