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  • Passengers killed when Amtrak train on new route derails in Washington state

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    The derailment caused "multiple fatalities," Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer said, without giving a specific number. Thirteen of the train's 14 cars jumped the tracks, Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said. Several hours after the 7:40 a.m. (1540 GMT) crash in DuPont, Washington, train cars remained dangling from the overpass, with others strewn across Interstate 5.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:13:10 -0500
  • EPA seeks comment on carbon rule replacement

    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued a notice that it wants public input for a possible replacement of Obama-era regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants that the agency is repealing. The agency's advance notice kicks off a 60-day comment period on "specific topics for the Agency to consider in developing any subsequent proposed rule," according to an EPA release. The move comes after the agency proposed in October to repeal the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, a collection of emissions standards for U.S. states intended to reduce pollution from power plants - the largest emitters of greenhouse gases - by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:55:13 -0500
  • Sarah Palin's son charged in domestic dispute at parents' Alaska home

    The son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has been charged with assault and burglary in a violent confrontation with his father at his parents' Alaska home, court records showed on Monday. According to a police account contained in the criminal complaint and other supporting documents, Track Palin, 28, broke through a window and bloodied his father, Todd Palin, in a physical struggle after his father pulled a gun but was disarmed. Police said it was Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, who called police to the scene of the Saturday night incident.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:52:21 -0500
  • Charlottesville police chief retires after report faults department

    (Reuters) - The police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia, announced his retirement on Monday, about two weeks after a report faulted his department and others for failing to protect public safety during a white nationalist rally in August that turned deadly. On Dec. 1, a three-month review by former U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy blamed law enforcement agencies for breakdowns in planning and coordination, as well as a timid response, that led to "disastrous results." Police Chief Al Thomas' retirement was effective immediately, the city said in a statement. The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:48:26 -0500
  • U.S. bars drones over nuclear sites for security reasons

    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it will bar drone flights over seven major U.S. nuclear sites, including Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The move is the latest in a series of growing restrictions on unmanned aerial vehicles over U.S. sites that have national security implications. The new restrictions begin Dec. 29 and include the Hanford Site in Washington State, Idaho National Laboratory, Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina, Pantex Site in Texas and the Y-12 National Security Site and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:06:47 -0500
  • Jury convicts ex-Metro Transit police officer of trying to help ISIS

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal jury convicted a former police officer of the Metro Transit in Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday for attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIS, the U.S. Justice Department said.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:39:43 -0500
  • Trump judicial nominee withdraws from consideration

    A lawyer nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as a federal judge withdrew from consideration on Monday after video of his Senate confirmation hearing showing him unable to provide answers to rudimentary legal questions went viral last week. Trump accepted Matthew Petersen's offer to withdraw his nomination as a district court judge in Washington, a White House official said. Petersen, a Republican member of the Federal Election Commission, became the latest of Trump's judicial nominations to fail as the president seeks to win confirmation of judges who will make the federal judiciary more conservative.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:55:13 -0500
  • U.S. appeals judge steps down amid harassment inquiry

    Alex Kozinski, a renowned U.S. federal appeals court judge based in San Francisco, resigned on Monday after the court's chief judge initiated an inquiry into harassment accusations, Kozinski said in a statement. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge said he was retiring immediately from the lifetime appointment to avoid being a distraction for the federal judiciary. The Washington Post, which on Monday first reported the retirement, said earlier this month that six women had come forward to accuse Kozinski, 67, of subjecting them to inappropriate sexual conduct or comments.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:42:42 -0500
  • Weakening winds aid battle against colossal California wildfire

    California firefighters were helped overnight by weakening winds in their battle against a two-week-old deadly wildfire that has cost nearly $131 million and blackened a widening area about one-third the size of Rhode Island, officials said on Monday. The blaze and other area wildfires have been whipped up by strong and steady Santa Ana winds sweeping in from eastern California deserts.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:27:17 -0500
  • More flights canceled after Atlanta airport's day without power

    More than 400 planned flights to or from Atlanta were scrapped and another 86 were delayed, according to the FlightAware tracking service. The airport lost power on Sunday morning after what Georgia Power believes was an equipment failure and subsequent fire in an underground electrical facility. By then, miserable would-be passengers had posted pictures and videos that were widely shared online of their confinement inside planes stuck outside darkened terminals as boredom and hunger mounted.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:05:37 -0500
  • As California fires blaze, homeowners fear losing insurance

    Massive, out-of-season fires in northern and southern California are causing billions of dollars in claims and challenging expectations of when and where to expect blazes. State law gives insurers more leeway to drop coverage than to raise rates, and some are taking the opportunity, concerning California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills were dropped after wildfires swept through the region in recent years, and some other Northern California homes also have been cut from rosters, Jones said.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:04:15 -0500
  • U.S. taxpayers rush to claim deductions under threat from tax bill

    By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial advisers and accountants are working overtime as many U.S. taxpayers scramble to pay the rest of their 2017 taxes before Jan. 1 when the proposed Republican tax overhaul would sharply cut the amount they can deduct on federal tax bills. The tax legislation, which top U.S. Republicans said on Sunday they expected Congress to pass this week, caps the amount of state, local and property taxes individuals can deduct from their federal tax bills at $10,000. The average American who itemized his or her tax bill in 2015 claimed more than $27,000 in deductions.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 06:51:12 -0500
  • Power restored to Atlanta airport after daylong outage paralyzes travel

    The early afternoon outage paralyzed operations at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport before power was finally restored at 11:45 p.m. Sunday EST for flight operations, wreaking havoc on holiday travel plans for thousands of people hit by airline cancellations extending into Monday. Delta said it was cancelling about 300 flights on Monday, on top of the 900 Sunday cancellations as a result of the Atlanta outage.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:33:37 -0500
  • James takes another shot at Trump during Washington visit

    (Reuters) - LeBron James used a visit to Washington on Sunday to express his continued displeasure at Donald Trump, without once mentioning the United States president by name. James took the court wearing one white and one black shoe for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Washington Wizards in an NBA game in the national capital. "Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men, and as women, black or white or Hispanic." James, a frequent and outspoken critic of Trump, backed losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:51:56 -0500
  • Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in Alaska

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    The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday, facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska. Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer, Alaska, earlier in the day, on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:31:44 -0500
  • Break in winds helps California battle historic wildfire

    By Phoenix Tso VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Calming winds on Sunday helped firefighters slow the spread of a California wildfire that already ranks as the third largest in state history, having scorched 270,000 acres (109,000 hectares) along the scenic Pacific Coast north of Los Angeles. Officials said more than 8,500 firefighters were battling the so-called Thomas Fire in Southern California, which began on Dec. 4. It has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and threatened 18,000 others, including homes in the wealthy town of Montecito just outside the coastal city of Santa Barbara.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:04:40 -0500
  • Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain is expected to miss an upcoming vote on a tax code overhaul, after his office said he had returned to his home in Arizona following medical treatment.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:49:16 -0500
  • Atlanta's Hartsfield airport hobbled by power outage

    The partial shutdown at the start of one of the busiest travel weeks of the year forced the Federal Aviation Administration to hold back flights bound for Atlanta. The cause of the outage, which occurred just after 1 p.m. EST, was not immediately known, the airport said in a statement. It was working with crews from Georgia Power to identify the problem and fix it.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:37:58 -0500
  • Trump says not considering firing U.S. special counsel Mueller

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, when asked on Sunday if he was considering firing U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, told reporters, "No. I'm not." Democratic lawmakers in recent days have expressed concern that Trump might fire Mueller, who is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether Trump or anyone on his team colluded with Moscow. Russia denies meddling in the election and Trump has denied any collusion. (Reporting by Jan Pytalski; Editing by Paul Simao)

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:44:30 -0500
  • Diminished winds help California battle historic wildfire

    By Phoenix Tso VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Calming winds on Sunday helped slow the spread of a California wildfire that already ranks as the third largest in state history, having scorched 269,000 acres (109,000 hectares) along the scenic Pacific Coast north of Los Angeles. Officials said more than 8,500 firefighters were battling the so-called Thomas Fire in Southern California, which began on Dec. 4. It has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and threatened 18,000 others, including homes in the wealthy town of Montecito just outside the coastal city of Santa Barbara.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:35:22 -0500
  • Thousands flee as wildfire 'beast' grows to California's third-largest

    By Caroline Anderson VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire powered by fierce winds grew into the third-largest in state history on Saturday as forced evacuations turned neighborhoods into ghost towns and ash fell in some areas like heavy snow. High winds and dry conditions were expected to remain through the weekend to power the so-called Thomas Fire in Southern California. It has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and threatened 18,000 more since erupting on Dec. 4, including homes in the wealthy enclave of Montecito just outside the coastal city of Santa Barbara.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:51:57 -0500
  • Congressman will not seek relection amid misconduct probe

    U.S. Representative Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest member of Congress to end his legislative career in the face of sexual harassment allegations. The first-term Nevada Democrat, who is the subject of an ethics investigation in the House of Representatives, denied the allegations against him but concluded that the charges would distract from "a fair and thorough discussion of the issues" on the campaign trail. "It is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek reelection," Kihuen, 37, said in a statement issued by his campaign committee.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:03:31 -0500
  • Winds fuel California wildfire, state's third-largest on record

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state's third-largest on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly blaze since the beginning of the month. The so-called Thomas Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in Southern California coastal communities since erupting on Dec. 4, the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement. Authorities described the current conditions, including returning winds and extremely low humidity, as "critical fire weather." Coastal Santa Barbara and more sparsely populated inland areas were of special concern, they said.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:25:15 -0500
  • N.J. nuclear power subsidy bill could cost $320 million per year

    Last week, Ralph Izzo, chief executive of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, which operates three reactors in the state at the Salem and Hope Creek plants, said he may be forced to shut the units unless the state provides subsidies. Izzo, who made his comments at a joint committee session in the New Jersey legislature, said the reactors were profitable now but could start losing money over the next couple of years because cheap natural gas has depressed power prices. If it ultimately passes and becomes law, it would require utilities to recover 0.4 cent per kilowatt hour from customers to cover the cost of the subsidy.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:24:47 -0500
  • Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions

    An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who has been on trial in federal court for three weeks, told jurors that he "never" conspired with fellow defendant, Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab, as U.S. prosecutors have charged. U.S. prosecutors have charged nine people with conspiring to help Iran evade sanctions through fraudulent gold and food transactions.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:50:01 -0500
  • Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage

    A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control. U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of rules the administration announced in October that allowed businesses or non-profits to obtain exemptions on moral or religious grounds. Beetlestone wrote that Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat who sued to block the rules, was likely to succeed in establishing that the administration did not follow proper notice procedures when issuing the new rules.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:49:38 -0500
  • Former cell phone company executive convicted of text message scam

    A U.S. jury on Friday found the former chief executive of mobile aggregation company Mobile Messenger guilty of defrauding mobile phone customers by charging them millions of dollars for unwanted text messages. Darcy Wedd, 40, was convicted in Manhattan federal court of wire fraud and conspiracy charges after a two-week trial, the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan said. Robert Caliendo, a lawyer for Wedd, declined to comment on the verdict, which came after Wedd's third trial.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:36:34 -0500
  • Crews wary as gusty winds stoke huge California wildfire

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battled shifting winds and difficult terrain on Friday to stop a mammoth wildfire that has burned for nearly two weeks along the scenic California coastline, killing a firefighter and destroying more than 720 homes. The so-called Thomas Fire, which broke out on Dec. 4 near a private college in the community of Ojai, has since raged across 252,000 acres, or nearly 400 square miles, making it the fourth-largest wildfire since record-keeping began in California in 1932. Fire officials said a return of gusty Santa Ana winds made further progress difficult.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:44:55 -0500
  • Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions

    An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who has been on trial in federal court for three weeks, told jurors that he "never" conspired with fellow defendant, Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab, as U.S. prosecutors have charged. U.S. prosecutors have charged nine people with conspiring to help Iran evade sanctions through fraudulent gold and food transactions, although only Zarrab, 34, and Atilla, 47, have been arrested by U.S. authorities.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:57:11 -0500
  • Florida man sentenced to 15 years in prison for vandalizing mosque

    A man who vandalized a Florida mosque in January 2016 and left a raw slab of bacon on its doorstep was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a hate crime conviction, a state attorney's spokesman said on Wednesday. Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal mischief to a place of worship in a case considered a felony hate crime, said Todd Brown, spokesman for Florida's 18th Judicial District, which includes Brevard and Seminole counties.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:40:55 -0500
  • Florida man sentenced to 15 years in prison for vandalizing mosque

    A man who vandalized a Florida mosque in January 2016 and left a raw slab of bacon on its doorstep was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a hate crime conviction, a state attorney's spokesman said on Wednesday. Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal mischief to a place of worship in a case considered a felony hate crime, said Todd Brown, spokesman for Florida's 18th Judicial District, which includes Brevard and Seminole counties. Surveillance video after the 2016 incident showed a man with a shaved head and camouflage clothing breaking windows, cameras and lights with a machete at the mosque in Titusville, Florida, near Cape Canaveral, police said.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:28:14 -0500
  • Penn State's 'shocking apathy' to drinking blamed in hazing death

    Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse contributed to the death of a student after he consumed 18 drinks in less than an hour and a half during a fraternity initiation, according a report issued on Friday. Grand jury members wrote the report after hearing testimony on hazing and alcohol use within the sprawling university's fraternity system. Prosecutors issued it at Centre County Court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 10 months the death of Timothy Piazza, 19.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:21:43 -0500
  • Pennsylvania man admits to trading on tips about drug company

    Daniel Perez, who authorities said lived next door to a former Celator accountant in Yardley, Pennsylvania, entered his plea to one count of securities fraud in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, prosecutors said. Prosecutors at that time announced that three other people, including Evan Kita, the former employee at the New Jersey drug company, had pleaded guilty to participating in the insider trading scheme. Prosecutors said Kita told Perez and another friend, Richard Yu, in 2016 that clinical trials for his company's leukemia drug had produced positive results, allowing both men to place trades before Celator announced the news.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:08:28 -0500
  • Utah lawmaker invites retailer Patagonia to testify in Congress

    The U.S. House natural resources committee chairman on Friday invited outdoor retailer Patagonia's CEO to testify before the panel after the company criticized the Trump administration's decision to drastically reduce two national monuments in Utah. Patagonia has been feuding with Bishop and Trump administration officials after President Donald Trump said he would reduce the Bears Ears monument, a sacred cultural site for five Native American tribes, by 85 percent and cut the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in half.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:54:43 -0500
  • U.S. court dismisses $3 billion suit against Deutsche Bank by Jewish family heirs

    A U.S. district court in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit by the heirs of a prominent Jewish family seeking $3 billion from Deutsche Bank. The Wertheim Jewish Education Trust, in a suit filed in January, said heirs of the German entrepreneur Joseph Wertheim deposited the family's fortune at Credit Suisse in Switzerland as the Nazis rose to power and they emigrated to Spain. The funds were later transferred to Deutsche Bank but never made it back to the heirs, the plaintiffs said.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:06:35 -0500
  • Trump administration issues new rules on U.S. visa waivers

    The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, including that they use U.S. counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said. The program allows citizens of mainly European countries to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without a visa. Citizens from the 38 countries are required to obtain a so-called travel authorization to enter the United States.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:39:01 -0500
  • No place like 'Om': Ojai retreats keep their zen in California fire

    The Thomas Fire that has raged through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for more than a week destroyed more than half of Meditation Mount's gardens and a two-story residence and knocked out the electricity, he said. "It's kind of a miracle that it didn't all go up in smoke," Hall said of the center atop a hill in the picturesque Southern California city. "We also feel tremendous gratitude for what we have left because a lot of people have nothing left," added Hall, who said the center may not reopen for another three weeks.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:02:53 -0500
  • Firefighter killed battling massive California blaze

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    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A firefighter was killed on Thursday while battling a mammoth California wildfire as crews sought to protect coastal cities and towns in the path of flames that have destroyed more than 700 homes. The flag-draped remains of firefighter Cory Iverson, 32, were driven out of the fire zone in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, in a hearse as his comrades saluted from roadsides and overpasses. "Anne and I are saddened by Engineer Cory Iverson’s tragic death.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:09:35 -0500
  • U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal in a 3-2 vote marked a victory for internet service providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access. Democrats, Hollywood and companies such as Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc had urged Pai, a Republican appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump, to keep the Obama-era rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:00:18 -0500
  • Inquiry launched into harassment allegations against U.S. appeals judge

    The chief judge of a federal appeals court on Thursday initiated an inquiry into harassment accusations involving another judge that were reported by The Washington Post, a court filing showed. Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sidney Thomas asked that allegations against 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski be reviewed by judges in another circuit. Kozinski declined to comment when reached by Reuters on Thursday.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:45:20 -0500
  • Missouri issues first fines over misuse of farm chemical in 2016

    By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Missouri has issued its first fines over the misuse of a farm chemical in 2016 that went on to be linked in different formulations to widespread U.S. crop damage this year, the state said on Thursday. Authorities fined eight people a total of $145,125 for improperly spraying the chemical known as dicamba, used to kill weeds, in what Missouri called "the first wave of civil penalties issued to applicators," according to a statement. The delay between sprayings last year and the state's action shows how a long process of investigating many complaints about dicamba use is straining resources in farm states.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:09:11 -0500
  • White nationalist charged with first-degree murder in Virginia car killing: media

    James Fields Jr., 20, appeared at Charlottesville District Court for a preliminary hearing, during which a previous charge of second degree murder was changed to first degree murder, local TV station WSET and others reported from the court. Fields would face up to life in prison if convicted of first degree murder, while second degree murder carries a penalty of five to 40 years in prison, according to the Virginia penal code.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:52:21 -0500
  • Nigerian man pleads guilty to taking part in global email scams

    A Nigerian man was sentenced to three years and five months in prison by a U.S. judge on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to taking part in email scams to defraud thousands of victims around the world of millions of dollars, U.S. prosecutors said. David Chukwuneke Adindu, 30, was sentenced U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan, according to an announcement from Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan. Prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday that Adindu tricked victims into wiring more than $25 million into bank accounts he opened in China, where they said the funds would be difficult for victims in the United States to recover.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:37:34 -0500
  • New York woman charged with laundering money to help Islamic State

    Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was arrested Wednesday on charges of bank fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde in Brooklyn announced. Shahnaz pleaded not guilty on Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Tomlinson in Central Islip, New York, according to John Marzulli, a spokesman for Rohde's office.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:35:24 -0500
  • New York, New Jersey commit $3.65 billion to fund tunnel project

    New York and New Jersey on Thursday committed $1.75 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively, to fund a new rail tunnel underneath New York's Hudson River, part of an urgent program to expand and renovate Amtrak's aging and heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line. The announcement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and outgoing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie resolves questions about how the states would fulfill a promise to provide half of the funds toward the $12.7 billion Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project, among the country's largest infrastructure programs. New York said it would raise its portion through bond offerings while New Jersey would hike charges on NJ Transit rail passenger trips across the Hudson.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:24:49 -0500
  • U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom

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    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal in a 3-2 vote marked a victory for internet service providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:23:40 -0500
  • Nephews of Venezuela's first lady sentenced to 18 years in U.S. drug case

    Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday following their convictions in New York on U.S. drug trafficking charges. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty sentenced the two men, Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 32, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 31, at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan. The two are cousins, both nephews of Cilia Flores, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's wife.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:11:10 -0500
  • California firefighter killed battling massive blaze: fire officials

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A firefighter was killed while battling a massive blaze burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Thursday.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:14:28 -0500
  • Homegrown attacks rising worry in U.S. as Islamic State weakens abroad

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The online video's message was clear: Supporters of Islamic State who could not travel overseas to join the militant group should carry out attacks wherever they were in the United States or Europe. Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah, 27, followed those instructions on Monday when he tried to set off a homemade bomb in one of New York's busiest commuter hubs, in an attack that illustrates the difficulty of stopping "do-it-yourself" attacks by radicals who act alone. "They tend to be less organized and less deadly," said Seamus Hughes, a former adviser at the U.S. government's National Counterterrorism Center.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:01:54 -0500
  • U.S. states sue Trump administration for not granting student-loan relief

    President Donald Trump's administration is breaking the law in not granting loan relief to students defrauded by Corinthian Colleges and other defunct for-profit schools, according to four U.S. state attorneys general who sued the Education Department and Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, the top law-enforcement officers of New York, Illinois and Massachusetts also said the administration has unlawfully declared that some of the loans are still valid, which has led to involuntary collections from students' paychecks.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:57:11 -0500
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