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  • North American leagues urge vigilance after Manchester attack news

    North America's major sports leagues have strict safety procedures at their arenas but have urged fans attending games to be vigilant following Monday's suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England, officials said on Tuesday. The attack, which killed 22 people, has raised concerns in the U.S. ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when fans flock to baseball stadiums to kick off the summer. It also comes during the playoffs for the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Basketball Association (NBA), high-profile games that typically take place before sold-out crowds.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 17:49:42 -0400
  • Trump budget cuts may stir backlash in rural America

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller federal government but target many of the very people who voted for him last November. In his first detailed budget submission to Congress on Tuesday, Trump requested major reductions to programs that help poor families afford groceries and poor and disabled people get healthcare. Job training for unemployed coal miners would be threatened and drug treatment programs would face cuts at a time when heroin and prescription pill addictions are tearing at rural America.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 17:26:53 -0400
  • Woman arrested for trying to send U.S. space technology to China

    A California woman was arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, 32, of Pomona, was expected to be arraigned later on Tuesday in U.S. District Court on charges contained in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on April 27, the department said. Chen is also charged with conspiracy, money laundering, making false statements on an immigration application and using a forged passport, it said.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 17:20:33 -0400
  • SEC suspends some in-house court cases over hiring of judges

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended some of its pending in-house court cases, after a Denver-based federal appeals court found the agency had violated the Constitution in how it hired its administrative law judges. In an order dated May 22, the SEC said it would suspend any cases in which a defendant will have an option to appeal a case before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers the states of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. The SEC's order comes after that same appeals court earlier this month declined reconsider the ruling which found the SEC's hiring of its judges violated the Constitution's appointments clause.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 17:13:12 -0400
  • Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget news

    U.S. President Donald Trump wants lawmakers to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim in an austere budget unveiled on Tuesday at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor while boosting the military. Republicans who control the U.S. Congress - and the federal purse strings - will decide whether to make politically sensitive cuts, and the proposal is very unlikely to be approved in its current form. Although it is not expected to survive on Capitol Hill, the proposal puts numbers on Trump's vision of the role of government: a budget with radical cuts to government assistance to lower-income Americans.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 17:07:56 -0400
  • U.S. budget proposes allowing new toll roads, higher airline security fees

    The Trump administration wants to allow states to expand the use of tolling on interstate highways while sharply cutting grants for transit projects and raising airline passenger security fees, according to the White House budget released on Tuesday. The overall budget proposal is $76 billion, which the administration said is about the same as for 2016. About $60 billion of that is annual "mandatory spending," including road repairs paid through gas tax collections.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 17:05:42 -0400
  • Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years news

    Uber generally takes a commission from its drivers after deducting taxes and some fees, but it instead took a higher percentage from its New York City drivers using the full fare before accounting for sales taxes and fees, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. "We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed - plus interest - as quickly as possible," Rachel Holt, Uber's regional general manager for U.S. and Canada, said via email. All New York City drivers under the 2014 agreement would be eligible for a refund, regardless of whether they are still active or not, as long as they completed an Uber ride, the Journal report said.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 16:33:38 -0400
  • In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem's Western Wall news

    President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones. One of them, Psalm 122, speaks of Jerusalem as a "city that is united together". The ancient stones are in a part of Jerusalem that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 15:23:58 -0400
  • Texas House passes 'bathroom bill' targeting public schools

    The Texas House of Representatives gave formal approval on Monday to a bill that would restrict bathroom access for transgender students in public schools, a measure that critics say promotes discrimination against such children. The state's Republican-controlled legislature has been at the forefront in advancing measures seen by backers as protecting traditional values and religious liberty but criticized by civil rights groups as eroding protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The Texas House gave preliminary approval on Sunday night to the bill, which requires public school students to use bathrooms, changing facilities and locker rooms that match their biological sex, not the gender with which they identify.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 15:21:00 -0400
  • U.S. derivatives regulator splits with White House over budget

    The Republican-led U.S. derivatives regulator pushed back against White House efforts on Tuesday to rein in its fiscal 2018 budgets, saying it needs additional resources to carry out its mission to monitor the marketplace and analyze rules. In a somewhat unusual move, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Tuesday it is seeking a $31.5 million boost on its current $250 million budget. The White House, by contrast, proposed to keep the budgets of both the CFTC and the Securities and Exchange Commission flat.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 15:13:48 -0400
  • Trump budget would sell entire U.S. Northeast gasoline reserve

    The Trump administration is proposing to sell off in the coming fiscal year the entire gasoline reserve created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to its budget proposal unveiled on Tuesday. The U.S. Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve (NGSR) was established in 2014 to minimize the impact of sudden supply interruptions, such as occurred in 2012 during Sandy, the second-costliest hurricane in the country's history. The gasoline reserve was established as part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

    Tue, 23 May 2017 15:13:48 -0400
  • Trump budget proposal would dramatically cut foreign aid news

    By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would slash nearly a third in funding for diplomacy and foreign aid including global health and food aid, peacekeeping and other forms of non-military foreign involvement. If passed, the steep funding cuts in the plan released on Tuesday would mean much less non-military U.S. government engagement abroad as the administration implements Trump's "America First" worldview. The budget plan may face rough sledding in Congress, where both Republicans and Democrats have said they do not support such drastic cuts to U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 13:32:20 -0400
  • Ex-Eaton Vance trader pleads guilty in U.S. to options fraud

    A former Eaton Vance Corp portfolio manager pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an illegal options trading scheme that defrauded the company and allowed him to make $1.9 million in profits. Kevin Amell, who had been a vice president at the asset management company, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court to one count of securities fraud as part of a plea agreement that prosecutors announced last month. Under the deal, prosecutors are recommending a prison sentence of no more than 27 months, and Amell, 45, will forfeit $1.95 million.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 13:16:01 -0400
  • Amid opposition, Trump makes low budget request for Mexico border wall news

    By Julia Edwards Ainsley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is asking Congress for $1.6 billion to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, far short of the amount needed for a project sharply criticized by Democrats and even some conservative Republicans. An internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan in February estimated the total cost for the wall at $21.6 billion, but the White House's budget proposal for 2018, released in full on Tuesday, included a request for just $1.6 billion. Two Republican aides in Congress said the modest request is an acknowledgement from the White House that full funding is not realistic given opposition from Freedom Caucus conservatives in the House of Representatives as well as Democrats in the House and the Senate.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 13:11:14 -0400
  • Trump budget to increase growth by boosting investment, labor force: Mnuchin news

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration believes its budget plan will boost economic growth by fostering capital investment and creating jobs for workers who gave up their job hunts during tough times, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 13:01:44 -0400
  • Wikipedia can pursue NSA surveillance lawsuit: U.S. appeals court news

    By a 3-0 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia said the Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, can pursue a challenge to the government's "Upstream" surveillance program. The decision could make it easier for people to learn whether authorities have spied on them through Upstream, which involves bulk searches of international communications within the internet's "backbone" of cables, switches and routers. Upstream's existence was revealed in leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 12:49:47 -0400
  • Bond market braces for impact of New York's free tuition plan news

    Little known private colleges that are already struggling to grow their revenues are facing a new threat that could further weaken their finances and make borrowing harder: free tuition at public universities. The State of New York passed in April a bill that will by 2019 offer free tuition at community colleges and public universities in the state to residents whose families make less than $125,000 per year. At least six other states are considering similar laws, to ease the burden of student debt that has doubled since 2008 to over $1.3 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 08:55:48 -0400
  • Factbox: Key points of Trump's 2018 budget proposal

    Trump's first full budget would slash funding for healthcare and food assistance programs that help the poor while it trims the deficit. The plan - if agreed to by Congress - would cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over 10 years, balancing the budget by the end of the decade. THE WALL - Trump is asking Congress for $1.6 billion for fiscal 2018 to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, far short of the amount needed for a project sharply criticized by Democrats and even some conservative Republicans.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 08:20:00 -0400
  • Trump budget wants to halve oil stockpile, open Arctic refuge to drilling

    U.S. President Donald Trump's White House wants to sell half of the nation's emergency oil stockpile and open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to drilling as part of plans to balance the budget over the next 10 years, documents by the administration showed. The White House budget, which will be delivered to Congress on Tuesday, is meant as a proposal and may not take effect in its current form. The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the world's largest, holds about 688 million barrels of crude oil in heavily guarded underground caverns in Louisiana and Texas.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 03:56:22 -0400
  • Trump's budget proposes converting some military grants to loans

    By Yeganeh Torbati and Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration's budget proposal would convert some of the United States' foreign military grants to loans, part of a larger effort to slash spending on diplomacy, aid and programs abroad by more than 29 percent, the White House said on Monday. The cuts to programs under the State Department are in part meant to fund an increase in military spending. The White House budget documents showed total defense spending for the 2018 fiscal year at $603 billion, about 3 percent higher than President Barack Obama's proposed 2018 fiscal year defense budget.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 03:45:20 -0400
  • White House proposes $46.54 billion in cuts to agriculture over ten years

    President Donald Trump's biggest cut would come in the form of a $38 billion bite out of farm supports, including new limits on federal subsidies for crop insurance premiums and caps for commodity payments. The overall proposed budget cuts would eliminate the Rural Economic Development program, which provides zero-interest loans to rural utilities and support to rural businesses. It would also reduce government coverage of costs for federal inspectors at meat plants starting in fiscal 2019 by implementing $600 million in annual user fees for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety Inspection Service.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 03:45:20 -0400
  • Trump budget calls for Wall Street regulators to face restructuring

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Wall Street financial regulators would face cuts or major structural changes under President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal According to an Office of Management and Budget document on Monday, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank reform law to protect borrowers from predatory lending, would undergo a "restructure." This would reduce the federal deficit by $145 million in the 2018 fiscal year, it said. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which polices securities markets, would have its reserve fund, established under Dodd-Frank, used to supplement its budget. In recent years, the fund has been used to overhaul the SEC's information technology, including upgrades to the filing system for public companies and initiatives to help police fraud and track equities trading patterns.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 03:45:20 -0400
  • Trump's budget depends on strong growth, 'feedback' for balance

    President Donald Trump's promise to balance the federal budget in a decade rests on a sustained rise to 3 percent annual economic growth that he promised in his election campaign and a vague "feedback" effect that lowers the annual government deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. The projections are a leap of faith that many economists and the Federal Reserve regard as unlikely in a country where the population is aging and productivity has lagged. According to the summary tables released by the administration on Monday night, the administration is assuming economic growth reaches 3 percent annually by the end of Trump's first term and stays there at least through 2027.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 03:45:20 -0400
  • Unruly passenger aboard Hawaii flight prompted bomb scare: FBI

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation account of Saturday's disturbance was furnished in an affidavit supporting the criminal complaint against Anil Uskanli, 25, who was living in California under a temporary visa revoked after his arrest. Uskanli, making his first court appearance since he was arrested at Honolulu International Airport, was ordered by a federal magistrate judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The FBI initially said the disturbance that Uskanli caused was serious enough for two U.S. warplanes to be scrambled to escort the passenger jet to Hawaii but provided few details of the incident until Monday.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 23:11:28 -0400
  • Los Angeles art dealer gets jail for bilking clients out of $1 million news

    A former Los Angeles art dealer who prosecutors say embezzled more than $1 million from clients including former Walt Disney Co President Michael Ovitz was sentenced on Monday to six months in jail. Perry Rubenstein, 63, was also ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution to Ovitz and a second victim, Michael Salke, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Rubenstein pleaded guilty in March to two counts of grand theft by embezzlement in connection with the sale of art by Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 21:04:06 -0400
  • Boston art heist solved? Nope, just fraud attempt, prosecutors say news

    A West Virginia man was arrested on Monday and charged with fraudulently claiming he could sell some of the $500 million in artwork stolen from a Boston museum a quarter century ago, even though he had no access to the long-sought masterpieces. Todd Andrew Desper, 47, of Beckley, West Virginia, was accused of running a scheme in which he offered to sell Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," and Vermeer's "The Concert," two of the 13 artworks stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in March 1990 in the largest art heist in U.S. history. Desper, who used the alias "Mordokwan," was charged with wire fraud and attempted wire fraud, and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 20:46:32 -0400
  • Trump administration wants Obamacare subsidy case put on hold, again news

    By Lawrence Hurley and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration asked on Monday that a major federal court case weighing the fate of the Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies be put on hold again, leaving billions of dollars in payments to insurers up in the air for 2017 and 2018. The subsidies are available to low-income Americans who buy individual health insurance on the exchanges created under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, popularly known as Obamacare.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 18:58:35 -0400
  • Ex-employee of U.S. defense firm pleads guilty in espionage case

    Gregory Allen Justice, 49, of California is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 18 and faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison for attempting to violate the Arms Export Control Act, the department said in a statement.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 18:46:15 -0400
  • Texas House passes 'bathroom bill' targeting public schools news

    The Texas House of Representatives gave formal approval on Monday to a bill that would restrict bathroom access for transgender students in public schools, a measure that critics say promotes discrimination against such children. The state's Republican-controlled legislature has been at the forefront in advancing measures seen by backers as protecting traditional values and religious liberty but criticized by civil rights groups as eroding protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The Texas House gave preliminary approval on Sunday night to the bill, which requires public school students to use bathrooms, changing facilities and locker rooms that match their biological sex, not the gender with which they identify.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 16:28:12 -0400
  • Three teenagers denied bail in Mississippi boy's shooting death

    Dwan Wakefield, 17, D'Allen Washington, 17, and Byron McBride, 19, have been charged with capital murder in the death of Kingston Frazier, who was found fatally shot in the head on Thursday in his mother's car. The three teens did not enter pleas during a court appearance on Monday at the Madison County Justice Court in Canton, Mississippi.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 16:25:34 -0400
  • Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removal news

    A Mississippi state lawmaker who called for the lynching of Louisiana officials for removing pro-slavery era monuments apologized on Monday after his comments sparked a firestorm of criticism. Republican Representative Karl Oliver had taken to Facebook on Saturday to criticize the removal of monuments in New Orleans that city leaders deemed racially offensive. The last of the four statues, of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was taken down on Friday.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 16:19:40 -0400
  • U.S. to release grant funds for California rail project

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday it will release grant funds for a project to electrify a northern California commuter rail system.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 15:34:58 -0400
  • Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court news

    New York City lawyer Douglas Wigdor filed lawsuits in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of Kathleen Lee, a Fox News Radio shift editor who says she was sexually harassed and subjected to "unceasing retaliation" for complaining, and Naima Farrow, who maintains she was fired from her job as an accounts payable coordinator after telling supervisors she was pregnant. In a third case in the same court, Vidya Mann, a Fox News accounts receivable specialist, said she was taken on as a temporary employee but passed over for permanent jobs in favor of white coworkers.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 15:21:34 -0400
  • U.S. transit agency OKs funding for California rail electrification project

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Transit Administration said on Monday it has agreed to fund California's San Carlos Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, also known as Caltrain.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 14:49:11 -0400
  • Trump budget poised to slash healthcare for poor, other programs news

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is set to release President Donald Trump's first full budget on Tuesday, a plan that will include a cut of more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program for the poor and reductions in other social spending. The Medicaid cuts were part of a Republican healthcare bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in early May, which aims to gut the Obama administration's 2010 law that expanded insurance coverage and the government-run Medicaid program. Trump's initial budget outline for discretionary spending received a tepid response from Congress, which controls the purse strings, and, ultimately, government spending.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 14:38:37 -0400
  • New England prep school: 13 past staffers engaged in sexual misconduct news

    An elite New Hampshire prep school acknowledged on Monday that 13 former members of its staff engaged in sexual misconduct with students in incidents dating back decades, following an independent review by a Boston law firm. The St. Paul's School apologized and said that it had failed to adequately investigate allegations of sexual abuse by staff. "The school failed to protect students from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct done to them by adults entrusted with their care," wrote Rector Michael Hirschfeld and Board of Trustees President Archibald Cox in an open letter to school families.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 13:47:29 -0400
  • U.S. extends 'temporary protected status' to Haitians until January

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow more than 50,000 victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake to remain in the United States with work authorizations until January 2018, department officials told reporters on Monday. The Obama administration first granted protections to Haitians who arrived in the United States within a year of the devastating earthquake and the group's status has since been extended. Three DHS officials, who agreed to speak to reporters only on the condition of anonymity, said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has assessed the situation in Haiti and believes conditions there are improving but still necessitate protected status for Haitians living in the United States.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 13:38:16 -0400
  • Loss-making Air Namibia wins permit to fly into U.S.: report news

    WINDHOEK (Reuters) - State-owned Air Namibia has won approval to fly into the United States and hopes to generate revenues through its codesharing agreements, the government-run daily New Era reported on Monday,

    Mon, 22 May 2017 13:00:35 -0400
  • Puerto Rico pension, highway agency join government in bankruptcy

    Puerto Rico's federal oversight board has sought bankruptcy protection for the island's highway authority and largest public pension, making them the latest commonwealth entities to turn to a court to work out debt. The board filed the cases late on Sunday in U.S. District Court in San Juan, under a process akin to U.S. bankruptcy, known as Title III, that was created by the U.S Congress last year. The latest filings could set the stage for an unconventional fight between retirees and the very lenders whose money was supposed to sustain them, an indication of just how complex Puerto Rico's debt structure is.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 12:47:23 -0400
  • U.S. accuses Massachusetts hedge fund manager of fraud

    A Massachusetts hedge fund manager has been arrested and accused of misappropriating millions of dollars from investors and engaging in a Ponzi-like scheme, U.S. authorities said. Yasuna Murakami, who managed Cambridge, Massachusetts-based MC2 Capital Management LLC, was arrested in Vermont on Saturday and charged in a criminal complaint with wire fraud, according to papers unsealed in federal court in Boston on Monday. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a related lawsuit against Murakami and Avi Chiat, his partner at MC2, and their firm, accusing them of defrauding investors about the funds' performance after raising $15 million.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 12:40:13 -0400
  • Billy Bush on Trump tape: didn't have "strength" to change topic news

    Former NBC "Today" show host Billy Bush wishes he had changed the subject during a taped conversation with Donald Trump, in which the Apprentice star bragged about grabbing women by the genitals, Bush said in an interview with the entertainment magazine, The Hollywood Reporter. Bush, 45, lost his job as a host of NBC's flagship morning show after the tape, recorded more than a decade ago, was leaked to the media in October, causing public outrage and threatening to kill Trump's chances of becoming president. Bush laughed on the video as Trump boasted about groping women without their permission and of trying to seduce a married woman.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 12:31:13 -0400
  • Story on U.S. gender confirmation surgery withdrawn

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The story headlined "U.S. gender confirmation surgery up 19 pct in 2016, doctors say" published at 1201 New York time Monday May 22 (0401 GMT) is withdrawn as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons which provided the data cannot vouch for the data which the Society originally supplied. No replacement story will be issued.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 11:45:42 -0400
  • Massachusetts college apologizes for racist tweets on hacked Twitter account news

    Salem State University President Patricia Meservey said in an emailed statement that none of the recent tweets, which were sent out around 11:45 p.m. on Friday, represented the views of the school. "We have done great work in the area of social justice and will continue to do so until incidents such as this no longer occur," Meservey said. According to screenshot photos posted online, the tweets called the Black Lives Matter movement "unneeded and unnecessary," said that Trump "has done nothing but great things" for America and used a racial slur to describe former President Barack Obama.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 11:34:19 -0400
  • Westinghouse says locking out union members at New Hampshire plant news

    Westinghouse, which has been operating under bankruptcy protection, had only begun formal negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers in April for a contract that expired April 29 of this year. The Boilermakers and Westinghouse engaged in a mediation process that was unfortunately not successful, and the union has refused to accept the company's last, best and final contract offer, the company said in a statement.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 11:15:57 -0400
  • In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem's Western Wall news

    By Luke Baker and Steve Holland JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones. One of them, Psalm 122, speaks of Jerusalem as a "city that is united together". The ancient stones are in a part of Jerusalem that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 11:14:28 -0400
  • Supreme Court rejects challenge to state retroactive tax changes news

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by several major corporations to a Michigan law that retroactively changed the way businesses are taxed in the state, leading to $1 billion extra for government coffers. The justices turned away appeals by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co , IBM Corp , AT&T Inc's DirecTV, Monster Beverage Corp and others of a lower court's ruling in favor of the state. The companies argued that Michigan's retroactive change to its tax regime violated their rights to due process under the U.S. Constitution.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:56 -0400
  • Stabbing death of black U.S. Army officer probed as possible hate crime news

    Police have charged a white University of Maryland student with the on-campus stabbing death of a newly commissioned black U.S. Army lieutenant, and the FBI is investigating the case as a possible hate crime, authorities said on Sunday. The suspect, Sean Urbanski, of Severna Park, Maryland, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of Second Lieutenant Richard Collins III, 23, early on Saturday, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said. Urbanski, 22, approached Collins and two friends on a campus sidewalk and told Collins, who was commissioned as an officer on Thursday, "Step left, step left if you know what's good for you," Mitchell said.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 22:25:42 -0400
  • Warriors' Pachulia receiving threats after Leonard injury news

    USA Today reported on Sunday the situation was considered serious enough that security guards were sent to the entrance of his children's school as a precaution. During the first game of the Western Conference Finals, Leonard landed on Pachulia's foot while taking a jump shot and sprained his already injured ankle.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 21:11:51 -0400
  • Pentagon assesses readiness for transgender hires: memo

    By Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense is assessing its ability to recruit transgender people as soon as 1 July, according to a memo signed by a top Pentagon official and seen by Reuters. The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military last year under Defense Secretary Ash Carter. A Pentagon spokesperson verified the contents of the memo, but declined further comment on the document.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 21:01:14 -0400
  • New York governor urges Trump to provide emergency funds for Penn Station news

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to treat disruptions in train service at Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station as an emergency and provide federal aid to fix what he termed deplorable conditions at the transit hub. Cuomo said 600,000 daily commuters who use rail service at Penn faced a "summer of agony" if essential track repairs were left under the control of Amtrak, which operates the nation's busiest train station.

    Sun, 21 May 2017 20:40:16 -0400
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