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White House defends immigration policy as outrage grows over children
News ImageBy Lisa Lambert and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday as furor grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages. Democrats blasted such treatment as "barbaric," while a few of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans also voiced concern as the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives moved toward voting later this week on two pieces of immigration-related legislation. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a Trump appointee, told reporters at a White House briefing that the administration was only strictly enforcing the law.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:26:44 -0400
U.N. refugee boss concerned over U.S. separating children from families
News ImageThe United Nations refugee agency is very concerned over the United States separating children of asylum seekers from their families, and has raised the issue with Washington, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said. In an interview with Reuters, Grandi said the Donald Trump administration has legitimate concerns over how to manage asylum applications, noting that the United States has the largest backlog of asylum cases in the world.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:06:09 -0400
Honduras, El Salvador decry U.S. border separations impact on kids
News ImageBy Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Honduras called on Monday for the United States to stop separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S. border, while El Salvador warned that the policy puts children's health at risk and could cause psychosocial scars. El Salvador's foreign ministry said in a statement that the Trump administration's hardline policy of separating immigrant parents and children violated human rights and "strongly urged" for an end to the practice. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to an increase in immigration from Central America with a "zero tolerance" migration policy that provides for the arrest of all adults caught trying to enter the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:59:33 -0400
Woman rescued after trapped in collapse building in New York
News ImageA woman was rescued after she was trapped in rubble when a vacant seven-story building partially collapsed onto smaller buildings in Poughkeepsie, New York, during a brief thunderstorm on Monday, the city's mayor said. The woman, who has not been identified, was conscious and alert after her lower body was pinned by heavy debris for more than four hours, City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison told the Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed that the woman was rescued in a statement on Monday night.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:14 -0400
Turkey indicts father of NBA's Kanter as terror group member: report
News ImageThe indictment says the elder Kanter was contacted by 127 people with ties to exiled, U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose religious movement has been designated as a terrorist group by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has accused Gulen of being behind a failed coup attempt in 2016, allegations Gulen has denied.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:30:11 -0400
Kansas judge strikes down voter ID law
News ImageIt was one of numerous voter ID laws passed by Republican-led state legislatures in recent years. Supporters of the law included Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the United States' most prominent voter fraud crusaders and an adviser to President Donald Trump on the issue.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:56:08 -0400
Maryland woman pleads guilty to using IDs from massive U.S. government hack
News ImageA Maryland woman pleaded guilty on Monday to participating in a scheme to use identification data stolen in a massive 2015 data hack of a U.S. government agency to get fraudulent personal and vehicle loans through a Virginia-based credit union, the Justice Department said. Karvia Cross, 39, and others she recruited used the identities to get loans from Langley Federal Credit Union, according to a Justice Department statement. The charges and guilty plea are among the first to result from the hack of sensitive personal information from the Office of Personnel Management on more than 22 million federal employees, contractors and job applicants disclosed in May 2015.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:52:24 -0400
U.S. rappers XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo die in separate shootings
News ImageIn Florida, the Broward County sheriff's office said that XXXTentacion, 20, was shot while leaving a motor sports dealership in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Miami. The rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was later pronounced dead, the sheriff's department said. "The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy, aka rapper #XXXTentacion," the sheriff's department said in a posting on Twitter.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:14:32 -0400
U.S. charges ex-CIA employee with leaking classified data, child porn offenses
News ImageU.S. federal prosecutors on Monday charged a former CIA employee with leaking classified national defense information to an unnamed organization that publicly disseminates such data, as well as with child pornography offenses. Joshua Schulte, a New York City resident, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment connected to alleged theft of classified information from the CIA, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement with U.S. Justice Department and FBI officials. The charges, which carry combined maximum prison sentences of 130 years, also include criminal copyright infringement, the statement said.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:08:26 -0400
Trump orders creation of space-focused U.S. military branch
News ImageBy Makini Brice and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force. "We are going to have the Air Force and we're going to have the 'Space Force.' Separate but equal. The idea of a Space Force has been raised before, by Trump and previous administrations, with proponents saying it would make the Pentagon more efficient.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:44:31 -0400
Judge cancels hearing in Stormy Daniels case against Trump, Cohen
News ImageAccording to an order issued on Monday, U.S. District Judge James Otero decided it was unnecessary to hear arguments on the request by Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti to lift a 90-day stay imposed on April 28. In imposing the stay, the judge cited the potential overlap between Daniels' lawsuit and a separate criminal probe by federal prosecutors in Manhattan that he said could result in Cohen's indictment.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:33:47 -0400
Woman trapped after building collapse in New York's Hudson Valley
News ImageAt least one woman was trapped in rubble in Poughkeepsie, New York after a vacant seven-story building partially collapsed onto smaller buildings on Monday, according to the city's police department and local media reports. The trapped woman, who was not identified, was conscious and talking to firefighters, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported, citing Mayor Rob Rolison. The partial collapse appeared to have crushed parts of a neighboring building's rear, smothering it and at least two nearby parked vehicles with rubble, according to photographs posted online by the Connecticut Fire Photographers Association, which had a member at the scene.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:00:51 -0400
Wendy's under fire after employee films mouse amid buns
News ImageA Wendy's restaurant in Oklahoma is under fire after an employee video showing a mouse inside a bag of hamburger buns was widely shared online. The Facebook video was filmed at a Wendy's restaurant in Catoosa, Oklahoma, the employee, Sky Frame, said in a post. "Not only does Wendy's now have mice - we have crew members who leave cigarettes all over the place.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:50:21 -0400
Bid-rigging trial begins for ex-State University of New York official
News ImageThe former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute went to trial on Monday on charges that he helped rig a 2013 bidding process for a billion-dollar development project intended to revitalize the Buffalo, New York, region. Alain Kaloyeros has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors have said he helped fix bids for "Buffalo Billion," an economic development project to invest $1 billion in Buffalo, the state's second largest city.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:20:39 -0400
Heat wave wilts much of U.S. Midwest, Northeast
News ImageBy Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago and St. Louis sweltered on Monday at the center of a heat wave that stretched across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast, although relief could come as soon as Monday evening in some areas. After a hot weekend, the temperature reached 91 Fahrenheit (33 Celsius) in Chicago and 92F in St. Louis by early afternoon, the National Weather Service said, with both cities opening air-conditioned cooling centers to the public. The heat index, which factors in humidity, hit 100F in St. Louis.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:55:25 -0400
Prosecution urges murder conviction of former New England mob boss
News ImageA federal prosecutor on Monday urged jurors to find a former New England mob boss guilty of murdering a nightclub manager in 1993, citing the eyewitness testimony of the ex-partner of convicted Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Ferland asked the federal jury in Boston to credit the testimony of Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, who said he saw the son of Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme strangle Steven DiSarro as the elder Salemme watched. Ferland said Flemmi told authorities about DiSarro's slaying when he cut a deal to plead guilty to 10 murders and become a cooperating witness in 2003, long before DiSarro's remains were found in Rhode Island in 2016.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:40:07 -0400
Supreme Court sidesteps major rulings on electoral map manipulation
News ImageThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to election reformers by declining to use high-profile cases from Wisconsin and Maryland to curb the ability of state lawmakers to draw electoral districts purely for partisan advantage. Sidestepping major rulings, the nine justices decided both cases on narrow legal grounds and put off perhaps until their next term, which begins in October, a more definitive ruling on whether courts can step in to limit the contentious practice known as partisan gerrymandering. In the Wisconsin case, the court ruled 9-0 in favor of Republican legislators who drew state electoral districts that helped entrench their party in power, throwing out a lower court ruling that the map had deprived Democratic voters of their constitutional rights including equal protection under the law.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:54:16 -0400
Embattled Rosenstein wins case at U.S. Supreme Court
News ImageRod Rosenstein, the No. 2 U.S. Justice Department official who has come under criticism from President Donald Trump, picked up a legal victory for Trump's administration at the Supreme Court on Monday in the first case he ever argued there. In a 5-3 ruling in favor of the administration, the high court rejected convicted drug dealer Adaucto Chavez-Meza's bid to reduce his sentence by six months. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's 30-minute oral argument in April was a break from his regular job, which includes overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia in the 2016 U.S. election.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:51:54 -0400
Trump administration seeks to limit court's 'sanctuary cities' order
News ImageBy Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration, escalating its fight with so-called sanctuary cities, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to narrow a lower court's nationwide order preventing the federal government from denying public safety grants to municipalities that limit cooperation on immigration enforcement. The Justice Department asked the high court to make the injunction issued by a federal judge in Chicago cover only that city and not the entire country. Republican President Donald Trump's administration has gone on an offensive against Democratic-governed cities and states that protect illegal immigrants as part of his hard-line immigration policies.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:48:06 -0400
Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: survey
News ImageAmericans make up 4 percent of the world's population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey showed on Monday. The Small Arms Survey, an independent global research project based in Geneva, Switzerland, found that there were more than 1 billion firearms in the world, of which civilians owned 85 percent, while the rest were held by militaries or law enforcement agencies. The number of guns owned by civilians globally rose to 857 million in 2017 from 650 million in 2006, the survey said.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:01:51 -0400
GM plans $175 million retooling of Michigan plant for Cadillac sedans
News ImageGeneral Motors Co will invest $175 million to modernize and retool a plant in Lansing, Michigan, to build the next generation of luxury Cadillac sedans, the company said on Monday. Much of Cadillac's growth is expected to come from China, the luxury brand's largest market. "We expect global luxury sales will continue grow, with Cadillac's global volume and profit expected to double by 2021, and our investments in the U.S. will be a major driver," GM said in a statement.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:45:49 -0400
Factbox: Under investigation or indicted - the Trump aides facing scrutiny
News Image(Reuters) - The federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Donald Trump's campaign has targeted - directly or indirectly - a growing group of presidential associates. As Special Counsel Robert Mueller presses on with his Russia probe, the following is a list of people who have been indicted or are being investigated. The court documents related to Mueller's investigation are at https://www.justice.gov/sco .
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:11:10 -0400
Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories: Pew survey
News ImageBy Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Only a quarter of U.S. adults in a recent survey could fully identify factual statements - as opposed to opinion - in news stories, the Pew Research Center found in a study released on Monday. The survey comes amid growing concerns about so-called fake news spread on the internet and social media. Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc's Google and other tech companies have recently come under scrutiny for failing to promptly tackle the problem of fake news as more Americans consume news on social media platforms.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:04:56 -0400
Too frail for death row? Texas inmate seeks execution reprieve
News ImageAfter two recent botched U.S. executions of inmates with compromised veins, a convicted murderer and rapist is arguing he is too ill to be put to death by lethal injection in Texas later this month. Lawyers for Danny Bible, a 66-year-old inmate set to be executed on June 27, said in a federal court filing in June that his health and vein access were worse than inmates in Alabama and Ohio whose executions were called off after IV placements failed. The cases have capital punishment critics questioning whether justice is served by executing a person convicted of horrific crimes but who is now too weak or sick to be considered a threat.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:45:57 -0400
Democrats, activists rally against Trump's family separation policy
News ImageBy Joseph Ax ELIZABETH, N.J. (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers joined protesters outside immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas on Sunday for Father's Day demonstrations against the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. "This must not be who we are as a nation," said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from New York and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside a facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:45:40 -0400
Gang shootout at New Jersey arts festival kills one, injures 22
News ImageOne of the shooting victims was a 13-year-old boy who was in extremely critical condition, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told a news conference. Three others were in critical condition. At least two people opened fire around 2:45 a.m. at the annual Art All Night event in Trenton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of New York City.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 02:50:37 -0400
Five dead following U.S. Border Patrol car chase in Texas
News ImageFive immigrants died and several others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle careened out of control while being chased by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas about 90 miles (145 km) north of the Mexican border, officials said. Some of the injured were ejected from a Chevy Suburban packed with 14 people that was traveling up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph), Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters. The sport utility vehicle skidded off the road and then attempted to get back onto the highway, but the driver overcorrected and the vehicle flipped over, ejecting several people, Boyd said.
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:45:21 -0400
Five dead following Border Patrol car chase in Texas: reports
News ImageSome of the injured were ejected from a Chevy Suburban packed with 14 people that was traveling up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph), Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told KFDM News 4 television of San Antonio. Some of the victims were flown by helicopter to San Antonio for medical treatment. Border Patrol agents attempted to stop the vehicle when the chase ensued and were soon joined by Dimmit County deputies, KFDM reported.
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:14:57 -0400
Fields of dreams: Texas project seeks new corn strains for whiskey
News ImageBy Jon Herskovitz COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Reuters) - A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys. Seth Murray, a top corn breeder at Texas A&M University, and Rob Arnold, working on a doctorate at the school while making whiskey for a Fort Worth distiller, are trying to develop commercially viable strains of corn with identifiable flavors, in the same way as specific grapes define the taste of wine from California's Napa Valley or a Bordeaux produced in southwest France. If the project proves successful, it might not be until the middle of the next decade that it will produce a commercial whiskey.
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 16:23:05 -0400
Suspect dead after 20 hurt in shooting at New Jersey arts festival
News Image(Reuters) - A suspected gunman was fatally shot after multiple people opened fire at an all-night arts festival in New Jersey, wounding 20 people including a boy who is in critical condition, authorities said on Sunday. Prosecutors said a 33-year-old man was killed and a second suspect arrested after gunfire erupted at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT) at the event in the city of Trenton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of New York City. ... Multiple weapons have been recovered," Angelo Onofri, prosecutor for Mercer County, told a news conference.
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:25:23 -0400
Second deputy dies after she was shot during fight with prisoner
News ImageDeputy Theresa King, 44, who was with Kansas City Kansas Police Department for 13 years, died a little after midnight local time at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the department said in a statement. Another deputy, Patrick Rohrer, was also killed during the incident, officials said. The deputies were shot on Friday after a suspect overpowered at least one of them and perhaps took a weapon, said Major Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte Sheriff's Department said during a press conference.
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 05:55:40 -0400
Flooding possible in U.S. Southwest where wildfires scorch earth
News ImageBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains expected on Saturday in the U.S. Southwest could help douse the numerous unrelenting wildfires crews are battling in the parched region. "Water can rise quickly downstream of heavy rain, even when thunderstorms and heavy rain are miles away," the service said in an advisory. "When an area has burned, soil become hydrophobic, or water resistant, which causes water to rush over soil instead of soak in," The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said in an advisory, noting that crews are in place to perform water rescues.
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 03:27:23 -0400
Rains expected to help teams battling U.S. Southwest wildfires
News ImageBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. Southwest will likely get a reprieve thanks to heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains this weekend after facing yet another day of windy and dry weather on Friday. Although the wet weather could help efforts to battle two dozen wildfires that are currently burning in the region, it could also cause flash floods, the National Weather Service added. The largest and most threatening blaze is the 416 Fire, which has scorched nearly 33,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched grass, brush and timber at the edge of the San Juan National Forest near the southwestern Colorado town of Durango.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:59:38 -0400
U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail until trial
News ImageBy Sarah N. Lynch and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former election campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was sent to jail pending trial on Friday after being charged with witness tampering, the latest episode in his long fall from grace. Manafort, a long-time Republican operative and businessman, is a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election, and has been indicted on mostly financial-related charges, including conspiring to launder money and defraud the United States. Mueller last week charged him with witness tampering in the case.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:47:48 -0400
Two former Roadrunner Transportation executives charged with fraud: U.S. Justice Department
News ImageTwo former executives of Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc were charged in an indictment unsealed on Friday for allegedly participating in an accounting and securities fraud scheme that resulted in a loss of more than $245 million in shareholder value, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mark Wogsland, 53, and Bret Naggs, 52, both of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, were charged with three counts of securities fraud and other violations for allegedly carrying out a scheme between 2014 and 2017 to mislead the company's shareholders, auditors, regulators and the investing public, the department said in a statement.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:25:17 -0400
White House says Trump supports both House immigration bills, after all
News ImageBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump supported both Republican immigration bills being considered in the House of Representatives, offering a lifeline after the president suggested earlier that he opposed the more moderate bill. In an interview on Fox News Channel early on Friday, Trump appeared to blast one of two delicately crafted immigration proposals that had a better chance of passing. Shortly after the president's comments, House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership team suspended their Friday plans to build support for the more moderate of the two draft bills, which would protect 1.8 million "Dreamers" from deportation and provide them a path to citizenship.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:12:08 -0400
California police offer $50,000 reward in long-unsolved murders
News ImageCalifornia law enforcement officials on Friday offered a $50,000 reward to help crack the 1991 murders of an aspiring crime scene investigator and her family, hoping to capitalize on advances in DNA technology and publicity surrounding another high-profile case. In announcing a new push to solve the 27-year-old killings of state employee Marcy Jacobs, her husband and her daughter, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said they hoped new witnesses would come forward. Due to forensic advances, detectives working with the California Department of Justice have again begun actively working this case," Hahn said in a statement.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:40:04 -0400
White House says Trump supports both House immigration bills, after all
News ImageBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump supported both Republican immigration bills being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives, offering a lifeline after the president suggested earlier he opposed the more moderate bill. In an interview on Fox News Channel early on Friday, Trump appeared to blast one of two delicately crafted immigration proposals that had a better chance of passing.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:35:26 -0400
Kentucky man gets 30-day sentence in attack on Senator Rand Paul
News ImageRene Boucher, 60, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, must also serve one year of supervised release following his prison stay and pay a $10,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana said in a statement. During the period of supervised release, Boucher will also be ordered to serve 100 hours of community service, Boucher's attorney Matt Baker said.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:32:43 -0400
Cut off by Hawaii lava, pot growers refuse to let go dream
News ImageHALEKAMAHINAHILL, Hawaii (Reuters) - Dale Altman and his grandson Josh Doran live on a 5-acre (2-hectare) plot atop a hillon Hawaii's Big Island by the erupting Kilauea volcano, where they grow medical marijuana.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:39:19 -0400
Lockheed Martin wins $503 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp is awarded a $503 million modification to a previously issued order for air vehicle initial spares, to include F-35 Lightning II deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages and associated consumables, the Pentagon said on Friday.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:34:31 -0400
Two former Roadrunner Transportation executives charged with fraud: U.S. Justice Department
News ImageTwo former executives of Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc were charged in an indictment unsealed on Friday for allegedly participating in an accounting and securities fraud scheme that resulted in a loss of more than $245 million in shareholder value, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mark Wogsland, 53, and Bret Naggs, 52, both of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, were charged with three counts of securities fraud and other violations for allegedly carrying out a scheme between 2014 and 2017 to mislead the company's shareholders, auditors, regulators and the investing public, the department said in a statement.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:33:33 -0400
Kansas deputy killed, second officer wounded during prisoner transport
News ImageThe deputies were shot after a suspect overpowered at least one of them and perhaps took a weapon, said Major Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte Sheriff's Department said during a press conference. "It is very possible that with their own firearm they were both shot," Bailiff said. The deputy who was killed was identified as Patrick Rohrer, 35, who had been with the department for seven years, officials said.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:01:44 -0400
Trump supports Republican immigration bills in U.S. House: White House
News ImagePresident Donald Trump supports both Republican immigration bills currently being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives, the White House said on Friday, clarifying his earlier statement that he opposed one of the measures. "The president fully supports both the (Representative Bob) Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill. In this morning's interview, he was commenting on the discharge petition in the House, and not the new package.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:32:51 -0400
Attorney General Sessions hits out at Philadelphia over 'sanctuary' status
News ImageU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a speech at a local college on Friday, criticized Philadelphia and its mayor over the city's 'sanctuary' status, one that limits its cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. Sessions accused the city of coddling dangerous criminals and refusing to turn them over to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials when requested. "Philadelphia is not giving sanctuary to Americans but to foreign criminals," he said.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:32:11 -0400
U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail pre-trial
News ImageBy Sarah N. Lynch and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A judge on Friday sent longtime Republican political operator and businessman Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after a charge of witness tampering, the latest episode in a slow fall from grace of a man who was President Donald Trump's campaign chairman in 2016. Manafort, a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, has been indicted on mostly financial-related charges, including conspiring to launder money and defraud the United States. Manafort had been on home confinement in Virginia, and was required to wear an electronic monitoring device.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:30:20 -0400
U.S. government says nearly 2,000 child separations at Mexico border in under two months
News ImageThe government said on Friday that 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults at the U.S.-Mexico border between April 19 and May 31, as the Trump administration implements stricter border enforcement policies. The number represents a dramatic uptick from the nearly 1,800 family separations that Reuters reported had happened from October 2016 through February of this year. The official tally of separations is now nearly 4,000 children, not including March and the beginning of April 2018.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:05:25 -0400
Trump's personal lawyer Cohen loses bid for quick Avenatti gag order
News ImageBy Brendan O'Brien and Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, on Friday lost his bid for an emergency gag order to stop Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, from maligning him in frequent media appearances. In a brief order, U.S. District Judge James Otero in Los Angeles said Cohen had not shown he would face "immediate, irreparable injury" without an immediate restraining order.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:29:09 -0400
Factbox: Under investigation or indicted - the Trump aides facing scrutiny
News Image(Reuters) - The federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Donald Trump's campaign has targeted - directly or indirectly - a growing group of presidential associates. As Special Counsel Robert Mueller presses on with his Russia probe, the following is a list of people who have been indicted or are being investigated. The court documents related to Mueller's investigation are at https://www.justice.gov/sco.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:54:33 -0400
Harvard records show discrimination against Asian-Americans: group
News ImageBy Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard University killed an internal investigation in 2013 that found evidence the Ivy League school's admissions system is biased against Asian-American applicants, a nonprofit group suing the university alleged in a court filing on Friday. The claim by Students for Fair Admissions Inc came in a brief that sought to have a federal judge in Boston rule in its favor without a trial in a closely watched lawsuit accusing Harvard of discriminating against Asian-Americans. The group, headed by prominent anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, said evidence showed that Harvard had allowed race to become a dominant consideration in considering applicants rather than just a legally allowed "plus" factor.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:02:18 -0400
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