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Factbox: Reactions to the death of U.S. evangelist Billy Graham
News ImageBilly Graham became the best-known preacher in the United States during 70 years in the pulpit. "The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. A very special man." - U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter Trump ordered flags lowered to half-staff at U.S. government buildings, including military bases, naval ships and embassies, on the day Graham is interred.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:41:48 -0500
Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to U.S. presidents, dies at 99
News ImageGraham died at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT) at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Graham became the de facto White House chaplain to several U.S. presidents, most famously Richard Nixon.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:41:48 -0500
Trump says arming teachers could help prevent school massacres
News ImageU.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres like last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, voicing support for an idea backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights group. Trump made the comment during an emotional hour-long White House meeting with students who survived the Florida shooting and a parent whose child did not. Hundreds of students joined scattered protests across the country on Wednesday, including in Washington, Chicago and Pittsburgh.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:29:29 -0500
Judge dismisses New York Columbia University student's claims over rape reports
News ImageA federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a Columbia University student's lawsuit accusing the school of acting with deliberate indifference after she was sexually assaulted twice as a freshman in her dormitory room. U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said Amelia Roskin-Frazee failed to show that Columbia responded in a "clearly unreasonable manner" after learning about the October and December 2015 incidents, which she formally reported to its Student Conduct and Community Standards office in August 2016. The judge said Columbia's actions complied with federal guidelines and its own sexual misconduct policy, including in January 2016 when it honored Roskin-Frazee's request not to investigate her rape claims after contacting her about them.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:06:54 -0500
Ex-Arkansas judge who bartered in sexual favors sentenced to prison
News ImageJoseph Boeckmann, 71, pleaded guilty to charges including wire fraud and witness tampering as well as corruptly using his official position as a district judge, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Boeckmann, a judge in Wynne, Arkansas, resigned in 2016 after a state judicial review commission accused him of taking thousands of lewd photographs of young male defendants and sometimes spanking them.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:02:33 -0500
U.S. students turn to gun-control group after school shooting
News ImageWhen they got prayers and thoughts from U.S. lawmakers after a massacre at a Florida high school that left 17 students and teachers dead, thousands of young people turned to the country's largest gun-control advocacy group to learn how to make their voices heard. Students flooded Everytown for Gun Safety with calls after last week's Florida school massacre, prompting the creation of its first student branch, the group said on Wednesday.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:00:53 -0500
Trump says arming teachers could prevent school massacres
News ImageBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres such as last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school. Trump voiced support for the idea during an emotional White House meeting with students who survived the shooting and a parent whose child did not. "If you had a teacher ... who was adept at firearms, it could very well end the attack very quickly," said Trump, who acknowledged the idea would be controversial.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:51:12 -0500
Family of black man killed by Washington police gets $3.5 million settlement
News ImageThe city of Washington will pay $3.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of an unarmed black man who was shot to death by police in 2016, officials said on Wednesday. The shooting death of Terrence Sterling, a 31-year-old motorcyclist who rammed a squad car after a high-speed chase, triggered demonstrations in the U.S. capital amid anger over police killings of African-Americans across the United States. "In the tragic death of Terrence Sterling, a family lost a beloved son and brother, and thus we have a duty to bring some sense of closure to his family," Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:32:37 -0500
United Technologies wins $2.5 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Technologies Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp, has been awarded a maximum $2.5 billion contract for aviation-related spare parts and related services, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:26:25 -0500
New sealed charges brought in case against ex-Trump campaign manager
News ImageBy Sarah N. Lynch and Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against two of President Donald Trump's former campaign officials, a court record indicated on Wednesday. The single-page document, filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, did not reveal the nature of the new charges in the case involving former campaign manager Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates. Its inclusion in a binder in the court clerk's office that is routinely updated with new criminal charges signals that Mueller's office may have filed a superseding indictment replacing a previous one from last year against the two men.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:51:59 -0500
Trump addresses gun violence, vows to be 'very strong on background checks'
News ImageU.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his administration would emphasize background checks and mental health in an effort to deal with gun violence in schools after last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school. "We're going to be very strong on background checks, we're doing very strong background checks, very strong emphasis on the mental health," Trump said at a White House meeting with high school students, teachers and parents, including some from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and educators were killed last week by a former student.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:48:34 -0500
More than $500,000 raised for 13 siblings held captive in California
News ImageThirteen siblings in Southern California who authorities say were beaten, shackled and abused by their parents can count on more than $500,000 in donations that local groups have raised for their care. The parents of the siblings, David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise, 49, were charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment last month. The fundraising drive for the 13 siblings began with an outpouring of donations from local residents, organizers say, after police raided the family's home on Jan. 14 and disclosed that some of the adult children were so malnourished they appeared to be minors.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:23:58 -0500
'Making a Murderer' case may go to Supreme Court: report
News ImageAttorneys for Brendan Dassey, 28, made a similar argument to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in December and failed. The judges voted 4-3 to uphold his conviction in the slaying of Teresa Halbach. Dassey confessed when he was 16 of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach, a freelance photographer, in 2005.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:17:59 -0500
Supreme Court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts
News ImageThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran, which they had accused of complicity in the attack. The justices, in an 8-0 ruling, upheld a lower court's decision in favor of Iran that had prevented the plaintiffs from collecting on the judgment, which Tehran has not paid, by obtaining antiquities held at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:01:08 -0500
New York man pleads guilty to attempting to support to Islamic State
News ImageA former plumbing assistant from New York City pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to provide material support to Islamic State. Sajmir Alimehmeti, 24, also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan to committing passport fraud in order to facilitate an act of terrorism, federal prosecutors said. Prosecutors accused Alimehmeti of trying to help an undercover law enforcement agent travel to Syria to fight with Islamic State.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:00:20 -0500
Factbox: Reactions to the death of U.S. evangelist Billy Graham
News ImageBilly Graham became the best known preacher in the United States during 70 years in the pulpit. "The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. A very special man." - U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter "Billy Graham was a humble servant who prayed for so many - and who, with wisdom and grace, gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans." - Former President Barack Obama in a tweet "Billy Graham was a consequential leader.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:34:15 -0500
Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states
News ImageBy Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections. The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in Massachusetts and California, states that went for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, and South Carolina and Texas, where a majority of votes went to Republican U.S. President Donald Trump. The lawsuits challenge the winner-take-all system used in those states to select electors who cast votes for president and vice president in the Electoral College after a presidential election.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:15:32 -0500
Supreme Court declines to broaden whistleblower protections
News ImageThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to broaden protections for corporate insiders who call out misconduct, ruling they must take claims of wrongdoing to the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to be shielded against retaliation. The justices ruled 9-0 in favor of Digital Realty Trust Inc, throwing out a lawsuit brought against the California-based real estate trust by a fired former employee who had reported alleged wrongdoing only internally and not to the SEC. The 2010 Wall Street reform law known as the Dodd-Frank Act is unambiguous in offering no protection from retaliation such as firing or demotion to employees who report claims of securities law violations only in-house, the court ruled.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:42:50 -0500
U.S. hate groups proliferate in Trump's first year, watchdog says
News ImageBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. hate groups expanded last year under President Donald Trump, fueled by his immigration stance and the perception that he sympathized with those espousing white supremacy, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday There were 954 hate groups in the country in 2017, marking a 4 percent increase over the previous year when the number rose 2.8 percent, the civil rights watchdog said in its annual census of such groups. Among the more than 600 white supremacist groups, neo-Nazi organizations rose to 121 from 99. Last year brought "a substantial emboldening of the radical right, and that is largely due to the actions of President Trump, who's tweeted out hate materials and made light of the threats to our society posed by hate groups," Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLCs Intelligence Project, told reporters.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:40:33 -0500
Oil worker killed on Talos Energy platform in U.S. Gulf of Mexico
News ImageAn oil and gas worker on a Talos Energy LLC platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was killed on Saturday while replacing piping, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Tuesday. The worker was injured while removing out-of-service fire suppression equipment and later died as a result of the injuries. The company has not publicly identified the deceased worker.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:07:09 -0500
Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. report
News ImageA garbage truck was on the tracks despite lowered safety gates when it was struck by a train carrying Republican lawmakers in a fatal crash last month in rural Virginia, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. Data from a camera mounted on the front of the chartered Amtrak train showed the gates were down at the crossing at the time of the crash, according to a preliminary NTSB report on the Jan. 31 accident. A passenger on the garbage truck was killed and two others on the truck were injured.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:03:58 -0500
Tyson Indiana pork plant resumes operations after two-day shutdown
News ImageTyson Foods Inc's hog processing plant in Logansport, Indiana returned to normal operations on Wednesday after resolving a production-related problem that idled the facility since midday on Monday, a company representative said. The issue has been resolved and the plant is back in operation today," Tyson spokeswoman Caroline Ahn said in an email. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated last week's hog slaughter at 2.384 million head.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:02:14 -0500
Trump signals he's open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program
News ImageThe White House on Wednesday praised an experimental program in Oregon that charges a mileage tax to volunteer drivers, adding to signals that President Donald Trump is open to finding new revenue sources to pay for his proposed infrastructure program. Many of Trump's fellow Republicans, however, dislike the idea of a transportation tax as it would go against the grain of the party's push to lower taxes and could hit Republican-leaning rural areas harder than cities. In the annual Economic Report of the President, the White House described Oregon - a Democratic-leaning state where environmental issues are a priority for many voters - as a "pioneer" in transportation funding and highlighted its funding initiative, which began in 2015.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:57:33 -0500
Barington wants more sizzle in Bloomin' Brands steakhouses
News ImageActivist investor Barington Capital Group, L.P. wants Outback Steakhouse owner Bloomin' Brands Inc to spin off three smaller restaurant chains into a new company, cut costs and improve diners' experiences, steps it says can double its flagging share price. It also asked for changes on the board, calling the centralized structure inefficient and company costs too high.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:38:35 -0500
Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to U.S. presidents, dies at 99
News ImageU.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years in the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said. Graham died at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT) at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Graham became the de facto White House chaplain to several U.S. presidents, most famously Richard Nixon.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:12:43 -0500
Factbox: Some facts about the life of evangelist Billy Graham
News Image(Reuters) - In more than 70 years Billy Graham, who died on Wednesday, preached to nearly 215 million people around the world. Here are some facts about Graham: * Graham grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a Presbyterian with dreams of playing professional baseball. * Graham did not consider himself a strict interpreter of the Bible and preached a conservative, but not fundamentalist, Christianity.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:56:47 -0500
Secret Service reopens area around White House after suspicious car
News ImageThe U.S. Secret Service reopened streets around the White House and allowed workers back into an evacuated building on Wednesday after authorities cleared a suspicious car parked nearby. Two downtown blocks were reopened to traffic, the Secret Service said on Twitter, but areas near the White House remained closed to pedestrians. About 100 White House staff were held in a park before authorities began letting some into the White House.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:55:51 -0500
Survivors of Florida school massacre rally for gun ban in state capital
News ImageTALLAHASSEE/PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Student activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff were shot and killed began a march to the state capital of Tallahassee on Wednesday, where they were to meet with lawmakers to call for a ban on assault-style weapons. The latest in a series of deadly shootings in schools in the United States has inflamed the long-running national debate about gun rights. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have emerged as the new faces of the gun-control movement.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:13:23 -0500
Factbox: Quotes from Billy Graham's autobiography
News Image(Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham died on Wednesday at the age of 99. Selected quotes from his 1997 autobiography, "Just As I Am": * Graham was a 20-year-old college student taking a moonlight stroll on a golf course at the Florida Bible Institute near Tampa, Florida, when he decided to dedicate his life to preaching the Gospel: "No sign in the heavens.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:52:44 -0500
U.S. Secret Service responds to suspicious vehicle near White House
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the White House and the new executive building is being evacuated, it said in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:42:22 -0500
Alabama policeman killed trying to apprehend murder suspect: media
News ImageJustin Billa was wounded in Toulminville, a neighborhood west of downtown Mobile, when he and other officers approached the home of Robert Hollie, who was suspected in the homicide of his ex-wife earlier in the day, a local NBC affiliate reported. Billa was rushed to the hospital where he died, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told a local Fox affiliate.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:31:44 -0500
Video of gun owner's assault on an AR-15 goes viral after Florida mass shooting
News ImageA video of a man cutting his semi-automatic weapon in half has gone viral following last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, prompting a social media movement decrying easy access to high-powered assault rifles. Scott Pappalardo of New York state is the star of a clip posted on Facebook that had been shared more than 360,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon. It shows him taking a power saw to the barrel of an AR-15 assault rifle, saying he wanted to make sure it would never be used in a massacre like the one in Florida that killed 17 students and faculty last week.
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:28:11 -0500
Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push
News ImageBy Katanga Johnson and Zach Fagenson PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Dozens of students and parents from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain last week in a shooting rampage arrived in the state capital of Tallahassee on Tuesday to lobby for a ban on assault-style rifles. Last week's massacre, the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and across the United States to demand action for stricter firearms controls. Students from the South Florida high school were tearful as they stepped down from the bus in Tallahassee to be welcomed with waves, cheers and somber applause from fellow teens.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:45:46 -0500
Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72
News ImageA U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's request to temporarily seal a lawsuit accusing his hedge fund firm Point72 Asset Management LP of sexism toward women. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan said Point72 failed to overcome the presumption under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment that the complaint by Lauren Bonner, its head of talent analytics, should be accessible to the public. Point72 had said the complaint revealed "highly confidential and sensitive" information about third parties, including employee pay, and should be sealed until Torres decided whether Bonner's contract required her to arbitrate with the Stamford, Connecticut-based firm.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:09:12 -0500
Missouri residents sue over radioactive material storage sites
News ImageTwo lawsuits seeking class action status were filed at St. Louis County court for sites that included the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri, and an area near the Coldwater Creek in the county. Among the 10 defendants are Republic Services, Exelon Corp and the Cotter Corp. Officials from those companies were not immediately available for comment. "Defendants treated these hazardous, toxic, carcinogenic, radioactive wastes with about the same level of care that a reasonable person might give to common household garbage, dumping it without authority from the State of Missouri and in violation of law," the lawsuits contend.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:07:04 -0500
Agonizing subway ride lands New York woman Worst Commute award
News ImageThis is one contest no New York City subway rider wants to win. An advocacy group for city commuters on Tuesday awarded its first "Worst Commute of the Week" award to a librarian from the borough of Queens for her story of an agonizing two-hour wait in a tunnel one stop from her home after skipping a restroom visit before leaving work. The Riders Alliance awards are aimed at shaming New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's Legislature into enacting a long-term plan to fund and fix the city's declining subway system.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:09:15 -0500
Democrat picks up seat in special election for Kentucky legislature
News ImageLinda Belcher won by more than a 2-1 margin over Republican Rebecca Johnson, the widow of a Republican whose death in December led to the election. Belcher had held the seat before being narrowly defeated by Dan Johnson as Republican Trump won the presidency in November 2016.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:02:09 -0500
Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children
News ImageA New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause. The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, is seeking to represent a class of children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal agency, in New York.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:46:24 -0500
FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources
News ImageBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect. The Republican-led FCC in December voted 3-2 to overturn rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:45:03 -0500
Sessions forms U.S. cyber task force after election warnings
News ImageU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced he would create a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure. The Justice Department will have until the end of June to report its findings, according to a memorandum Sessions signed on Friday but released on Tuesday.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:44:06 -0500
TCW claims it fired female fund manager for compliance violations
News ImagePortfolio manager Sara Tirschwell, who claims she was fired from TCW Group Inc in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment, was terminated for violating company compliance policies, the asset management firm said in court papers on Tuesday. Tirschwell last month sued for $30 million in damages, claiming that TCW fired her after she complained that her boss, Jess Ravich, sexually harassed her and "coerced" her into sex. The lawsuit filed in a New York state court in Manhattan also named Ravich, TCW's head of alternative products, and chief executive David Lippman as defendants.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:15:48 -0500
Judge says IMDb can show Hollywood actors' ages under First Amendment
News ImageU.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said the law violated the First Amendment rights of IMDb, a unit of Amazon.com Inc that challenged the law, by singling out age data for special treatment, despite being intended to serve the compelling interest of curbing age discrimination in Hollywood. The law was passed in 2016.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:28:17 -0500
Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map
News ImageState and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday. The new map would give Democrats better odds of capturing as many as half a dozen U.S. House of Representatives seats in Pennsylvania, where Republicans currently hold 13 of the 18 seats. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew a new map for the state's 18 congressional districts after previously invalidating the existing lines as an unconstitutional gerrymander, finding the Republican-controlled legislature drew them to marginalize Democratic voters.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:52:05 -0500
Clooney, Winfrey, Spielberg offer $500,000 each for gun control march
News ImageBy Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg said on Tuesday they would each donate $500,000 to the "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington in support of gun control following last week's shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead. Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, were the first to make the financial pledge and also said they will march alongside the students behind the rally on March 24. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a 19-year-old former student is accused of going on a rampage with a semiautomatic AR-15-style assault rifle on Feb. 14, are assisting in planning the march.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:41:43 -0500
Oil worker killed on Talos Energy platform in U.S. Gulf of Mexico
News ImageAn oil and gas worker on a Talos Energy platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was killed on Saturday while replacing piping, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Tuesday. The worker was injured while removing out-of-service fire suppression equipment and later died as a result of the injuries. The company has not publicly identified the deceased worker.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:10:06 -0500
Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push
News ImageDozens of students and parents from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members died in a shooting rampage boarded buses on Tuesday for a trip to the state capital Tallahassee to push for a ban on assault rifles. Last week's massacre, the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and across the United States to demand legislative action. The incident has galvanized advocates for stricter gun controls, including many survivors of the shooting.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:09:55 -0500
Student survivor in Florida puts her dreams on hold to demand change
News ImageBy Katanga Johnson PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Kali Clougherty, an 18-year-old senior with big dreams of an acting career, was in the middle of a rehearsal for her high-school's theater production of the dark cult comedy "Heathers" last Wednesday when she heard the first gunshots. The chilling blasts at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, not only heralded one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, but convinced Clougherty to put her personal dreams on pause for a greater cause. Clougherty is setting everything aside - including preparing for her crucial college auditions - to join a student movement advocating for measures to stop the epidemic of mass shootings in U.S. schools in recent years.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:00:56 -0500
Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children
News ImageA New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause. The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, is seeking to represent a class of children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal agency, in New York.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:26:39 -0500
Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge
News ImageU.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller's investigators. The attorney, Alex van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of one of Russias richest men, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to a charge of lying to the Special Counsel's office. The case involves work that van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, performed in 2012 about Ukraine for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, senior officials in Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:14:44 -0500
Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72
News ImageA U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's request to temporarily seal a lawsuit accusing his hedge fund firm Point72 Asset Management LP of sexism toward women. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan said Point72 failed to overcome the presumption under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment that the complaint by Lauren Bonner, its head of talent analytics, should be accessible to the public. Point72 had said the complaint revealed "highly confidential and sensitive" information about third parties, including employee pay, and should be sealed until Torres decided whether Bonner's contract required her to arbitrate with the Stamford, Connecticut-based firm.
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:03:50 -0500
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