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  • U.S. proposes end of grizzly-baiting ban in Alaska's national preserves

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    The Trump administration has proposed rescinding Obama-era rules barring sport hunters from using bait to lure and kill grizzly bears in Alaska's national preserves, as is allowed in other parts of the state, the National Park Service said on Monday. The plan, pushed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and assailed by environmentalists as inhumane, would give state wildlife managers the discretion to decide what kinds of bear-hunting methods are permitted across 20 million acres (8 million hectares) of national preserve lands in Alaska.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 19:27:17 -0400
  • Prodded by Trump, FBI to look into complaint about its 2016 tactics

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    The Justice Department agreed on Monday to investigate "any irregularities" in FBI tactics related to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign after Trump questioned whether an FBI informant had been planted into his political organization. The agreement came during a meeting that Trump had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 19:18:10 -0400
  • Justice Department expands 2016 probe into alleged Russia collusion

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday agreed to expand its investigation into alleged Russia collusion in the 2016 election to include "any irregularities" involving FBI tactics on Trump's presidential campaign, a White House spokeswoman said. The agreement came during a meeting that Trump had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, the spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Richard Chang)

    Mon, 21 May 2018 17:08:00 -0400
  • Pennsylvania sues over troubled Harrisburg incinerator bond deals

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    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's administration on Monday sued an array of financial, legal and other professional firms over their involvement in a 15-year-old incinerator upgrade project that nearly bankrupted the state capital, Harrisburg. The state sued RBC Capital Markets, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Public Financial Management Inc (PFM) and others over the 2003 ill-fated trash-to-energy project, which saddled the city with more than $360 million of debt. In its time, Harrisburg's debt saga was the most dramatic episode in U.S. public finance, coming before both Detroit and Puerto Rico filed their respective bankruptcies.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 17:04:08 -0400
  • Gunman who killed Indian man in Kansas bar pleads guilty to federal charges

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    A Kansas man who shot and killed an Indian software engineer and injured two others in February 2017 pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to hate crime and firearm charges, the Justice Department said. The shooting drew international attention as part of a wave of attacks nationwide against ethnic and religious minority groups following the 2016 election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has railed against illegal immigration. The shooter, Adam Purinton, approached two Indian men, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, at a bar, demanding to know where they were from, calling one a terrorist and shouting, "Get out of my country!" Two other patrons escorted him out of the bar.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 16:00:40 -0400
  • Same grief, different outcomes: Texas mulls school safety

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    Mourners knelt before white wooden crosses on Monday outside the Texas high school where 10 people were killed in the fourth deadly U.S. school shooting this year, an image recalling similar gatherings following February's Florida school massacre. A crowd of a few dozen people including student survivors of the attack, family members, chaplains and police gathered to observe a 10 a.m. CT (1500 GMT) moment of silence called for by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. In contrast to Florida, where the deaths of 17 teens and educators sparked a youth-led movement calling for new restrictions on gun ownership, the Texas tragedy saw elected officials and survivors alike voicing support for gun rights.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 15:57:58 -0400
  • Companies win big at U.S. top court on worker class-action curbs

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    The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to the rights of workers on Monday by allowing companies to require them to sign away their ability to bring class-action claims against management, agreements already in place for about 25 million employees. The justices, in a 5-4 ruling with the court's conservatives in the majority, endorsed the legality of the growing practice by companies to compel workers to sign arbitration agreements waiving their right to bring class-action claims on various disputes, primarily over wages and hours. The ruling could apply more broadly to discrimination claims like those raised by women as part of the #MeToo movement raising awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace but the court did not explicitly address that issue.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 15:09:26 -0400
  • U.S. top court takes up challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

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    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether states have the right to ban uranium mining for public health reasons in a dispute over a moratorium Virginia put in place on the radioactive metal in 1982. The court will hear a bid by a Virginia Energy Resources Inc subsidiary and other owners of the largest U.S. uranium deposit to revive a lawsuit thrown out by a lower court that sought to invalidate Virginia's ban because it conflicted with a federal law that regulates nuclear power generation. Uranium, a main source of fuel for nuclear power plants and material in nuclear warheads, remains a strategic resource for electricity and national defense.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 14:47:30 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court takes up dispute over power plant in India

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    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider reviving a lawsuit by Indian villagers seeking to hold a Washington-based international financial institution responsible for widespread environmental damage they blame on a power plant it financed. The justices will hear an appeal by the villagers of a lower court ruling that the International Finance Corp was immune from such lawsuits under federal law. IFC, part of the World Bank Group, is an international institution with 184 member countries that helps secure financing for projects in developing nations.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 14:47:15 -0400
  • Ex-Vanderbilt football player in U.S. rape case gets suspended sentence

    A former Vanderbilt University football player charged in the 2013 rape of an unconscious female student in a university dormitory accepted a plea deal on Monday that allows him to avoid jail while the other three men in the case serve lengthy terms. Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 23, who had previously been charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, pleaded guilty to one count of facilitation of aggravated rape. The case, which largely rested on cell-phone video the players took of their actions and on McKenzie's testimony, sparked discussion about sexual assault on college campuses.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 13:16:17 -0400
  • Father of Pakistani girl killed in Texas hopes her death can spur reform

    By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The father of a Pakistani girl killed in a Texas school shooting said on Monday he hoped that the death of his daughter, who wanted to serve her country as a civil servant or diplomat, would help spur gun control in the United States. Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, on Friday joined a grim list of U.S. schools and campuses where students and staff have been gunned down, stoking a divisive U.S. debate about gun laws. Among the eight students and two teachers killed in Texas was 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 08:42:40 -0400
  • Hawaii faces new threat of fumes from volcano's lava

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    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hawaii faced a new hazard on Sunday as lava flows from Kilauea's volcanic eruption could produce clouds of acid fumes, steam and glass-like particles as they reach the Pacific, authorities said. Civil defense notices cautioned motorists, boaters and beachgoers to beware of caustic plumes of "laze" formed from two streams of hot lava pouring into the sea after cutting across Highway 137 on the south coast of Hawaii's Big Island late on Saturday and early Sunday.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 05:20:09 -0400
  • Grief and anguish transcend two faiths' prayers after Texas school shooting

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    By Liz Hampton SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - The rituals and religious traditions may have been strikingly different, but a Methodist memorial service and Islamic funeral prayers held in two Houston suburbs on Sunday shared a profound anguish at the lives lost to high school gun violence in Santa Fe, Texas. The two services unfolded a day after authorities officially released the names of the eight students and two teachers slain on Friday at Santa Fe High School, marking the fourth deadliest shooting at a public school in modern U.S. history. "What was supposed to be a safe place was not," Rusty Norman, president of the Santa Fe Independent School District board of trustees, said as he addressed about 100 congregants at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 22:13:18 -0400
  • Spurned advances provoked Texas school shooting, victim's mother says

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    By Liz Hampton SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - A teenage boy charged with fatally shooting eight students and two teachers during a gun rampage at a Houston-area high school had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother told a newspaper. Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, who was killed in the attack, told the Los Angeles Times that her daughter rejected four months of aggressive advances from Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, who is in jail accused of murdering 10 people early on Friday at the high school in Santa Fe. If true, it would be the second school shooting in recent months driven by such rejection.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 21:50:57 -0400
  • Hawaii faces new threat from volcano - gassy, glassy laze

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    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hawaii residents dealing with Kilauea's volcanic eruption faced a potentially deadly new challenge on Sunday as lava that reached the Pacific Ocean threatened to send up laze, a hazardous mix of glass particles and noxious gas. The new challenge came when a stream of lava from the volcano cut through Highway 137 on the south coast of Hawaii's Big Island late on Saturday and then poured into the sea, authorities said. The mix of erupting lava, which can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 degrees Celsius), and sea water could send up plumes of laze, a mix of hydrochloric acid, steam and volcanic glass particles, Hawaii County Civil Defense said in a statement.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 16:51:41 -0400
  • Spurned advances provoked Texas school shooting, victim's mother says

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    A teenage boy who shot and killed eight students and two teachers during a gun rampage at a Houston-area high school had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother told a newspaper. Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, told the Los Angeles Times that her daughter rejected four months of aggressive advances from Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, who is in jail charged with murdering 10 people early on Friday at the high school in Santa Fe. If true, it would be the second school shooting in recent months driven by such rejection.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 14:43:30 -0400
  • A Noah's Ark of animals rescued from Hawaii lava

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    When hundreds of residents of Hawaii's Big Island fled their homes after the Kilauea volcano erupted, some left behind not only most of their belongings, but also their beloved pets. In the two weeks since fountains of lava and poisonous gas spewed from the volcano, volunteers have made heroic efforts to retrieve a veritable Noah's Ark of dogs and cats, geese and ducks, cows and goats, horses, cattle and exotic birds. Many were reuniting with their owners at evacuation shelters.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 09:36:17 -0400
  • Hawaii reports first serious injury from volcano

    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - A stream of lava blocked a Hawaii highway on Sunday that serves as an escape route for coastal residents, while the first known serious injury was reported from fresh explosive eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. A homeowner on Noni Farms Road who was on a third-floor balcony had his leg shattered from his shin to his foot when hit by lava spatter, said Janet Snyder, a spokesperson for the Office of the Mayor, County of Hawaii.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 08:02:20 -0400
  • Cougar kills U.S. mountain biker, mauls another, later shot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thu, 17 May 2018 18:12:41 -0400
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