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War memorial or religious symbol? Cross fight reaches U.S. high court
News ImageThere was nothing about it that made me think it was anything other than a Christian cross," Edwords, 70, said in an interview. Edwords and two other plaintiffs filed a 2014 lawsuit challenging the cross as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from establishing an official religion and bars governmental actions favoring one religion over another. While the Establishment Clause's scope is a matter of dispute, most Supreme Court experts predict the challenge to the Peace Cross will fail, with the justices potentially setting a new precedent allowing greater government involvement in religious expression.
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:42:06 -0500
U.S. judge weighs expanding lawsuit over family separations to cover more children
News ImageThe Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a report published earlier this year that the agency had identified many more children in addition to the 2,737 included as part of the class action lawsuit challenging family separations brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last year. In response to the lawsuit, Sabraw ordered the families identified through a court process to be reunited with their children.
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:41:47 -0500
Prosecutors violated Victims Rights Act in deal for Florida financier: judge
News ImageA 2007 agreement by U.S. federal prosecutors not to charge Florida financier Jeffrey Epstein with sex trafficking of minors violated the legal rights of Epstein's alleged victims by keeping them in the dark, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled the prosecutors violated the federal Crime Victims' Rights Act by not letting more than 30 identified victims know of the deal so they would have a chance to oppose it. Under his deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to a lesser Florida state felony prostitution charge and served 13 months in prison.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:33:17 -0500
Latest teachers strike launched in Oakland, California
News ImageThe Oakland Unified School District vowed to keep schools open during the strike, saying it will use central office employees, principals and temporary emergency teachers to conduct classes for the district's 37,000 students. The teachers' chief demands include a 12 percent pay raise, reductions in class sizes and the hiring of more support staff such as nurses, school psychologists and guidance counselors. The union also is opposing a plan presented by Oakland's school superintendent in November to close as many as 24 of the district's schools.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:31:23 -0500
Trump, adult children urge dismissal of marketing scam lawsuit
News ImageU.S. President Donald Trump and his adult children on Thursday urged a federal judge to dismiss a racketeering lawsuit accusing them of using the family name to promote sham marketing opportunities to vulnerable, financially struggling investors. Calling the lawsuit "implausible," the Trump family said in a filing in federal court in Manhattan that the four plaintiffs failed to prove there was fraud or intent to cause harm, or that any statements by Donald Trump caused losses. The lawsuit said the Trumps deliberately conned victims into believing Donald Trump stood behind the investments and thought they would pay off, when the real goal was to enrich themselves.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:30:26 -0500
North Carolina orders new U.S. House election after 'tainted' vote
News ImageThe bipartisan board's 5-0 decision came after Republican candidate Mark Harris, confronted by days of evidence that an operative for his campaign orchestrated a ballot fraud scheme, called for a new vote in the state's 9th Congressional District. Elections Board Chairman Bob Cordle said "the corruption" and "absolute mess" with absentee ballots had cast doubt on the entire contest.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 19:09:48 -0500
Secret U.S. prosecutors' deal violated Epstein victims' rights: judge
News ImageA 2007 agreement by U.S. federal prosecutors not to charge Florida financier Jeffrey Epstein with sex trafficking of minors violated the legal rights of Epstein's alleged victims by keeping them in the dark, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled the prosecutors violated the federal Crime Victims' Rights Act by not letting more than 30 identified victims know of the deal so they would have a chance to oppose it.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:44:10 -0500
Trump, adult children urge dismissal of marketing scam lawsuit
News ImageU.S. President Donald Trump and his adult children on Thursday urged a federal judge to dismiss a racketeering lawsuit accusing them of using the family name to promote sham marketing opportunities to vulnerable, financially struggling investors. Calling the lawsuit "implausible," the Trump family said in a filing in federal court in Manhattan that the four plaintiffs failed to prove there was fraud or intent to cause harm, or that any statements by Donald Trump caused losses. The lawsuit said the Trumps deliberately conned victims into believing Donald Trump stood behind the investments and thought they would pay off, when the real goal was to enrich themselves.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:02:24 -0500
Latest teachers strike launched in Oakland, California
News ImageThe Oakland Unified School District vowed to keep schools open during the strike, saying it will use central office employees, principals and temporary emergency teachers to conduct classes for the district's 37,000 students. The teachers' chief demands include a 12 percent pay raise, reductions in class sizes and the hiring of more support staff such as nurses, school psychologists and guidance counselors. The union also is opposing a plan presented by Oakland's school superintendent in November to close as many as 24 of the district's schools.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:49:11 -0500
North Carolina elections board orders new U.S. House election
News ImageThe bipartisan board's 5-0 decision came after Republican candidate Mark Harris requested a new vote, telling the panel that evidence of possible ballot fraud had undermined confidence in the election. In the televised hearing, board Chairman Bob Cordle said "the corruption" and "absolute mess" with the election's absentee ballots had cast doubt on the fairness of the contest.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:58:34 -0500
U.S. Coast Guard officer accused of terror plot could face more charges
News ImageA U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing a cache of weapons and plotting to attack Democratic politicians and journalists was ordered held for two weeks on Thursday while federal prosecutors consider charging him with more crimes. Chris Hasson, 49, appeared in a burgundy jumpsuit but did not speak during a brief hearing in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland. "There is an intent to murder innocent civilians," U.S. Attorney Jennifer Sykes told Judge Charles Day.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:40:57 -0500
Army landlords agree to expand tenant rights, curb fees in latest reform after Reuters reports
News ImageExecutives from seven real estate companies, which manage some 87,000 Army housing units at more than 40 bases, pledged a series of reforms following a Pentagon meeting earlier this week with the Armys three senior leaders Secretary Mark Esper, Chief of Staff Mark Milley and Sergeant Major Daniel Dailey. In one story, the news agency described how military families lack basic tenant protections in disputes with their landlords over vermin, mold and other hazards. Local inspectors generally lack enforcement authority on military bases, and base command staff said they had limited power to intervene under the companies 50-year contracts.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:26:08 -0500
Catalyst Pharmaceuticals defends $375,000 drug price after Bernie Sanders rebuke
News ImageSanders, a vocal critic of high drug prices, had written to Florida-based Catalyst earlier this month, asking it to justify its price for Firdapse, a medication for a rare neuromuscular disease that affects about one in 100,000 people in the United States. It was also one of the campaign promises made by President Donald Trump in the 2016 elections. Last month, the Trump administration proposed a rule to overhaul the industry's system of rebates, or discounts, while Sanders unveiled legislation aimed at lowering drug prices.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:33:37 -0500
Philadelphia sues seven big banks, alleges municipal bond collusion
News ImageThe city of Philadelphia has filed an antitrust lawsuit accusing seven major banks of conspiring to inflate interest rates for a type of bond used by cities, towns and other public entities, costing them potentially billions of dollars. In a complaint filed on Wednesday night, Philadelphia accused Bank of America Corp, Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Royal Bank of Canada and Wells Fargo & Co of secretly manipulating rates for tax-exempt bonds known as VRDOs, or variable-rate demand obligations.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:24:04 -0500
Former Trump campaign chief Manafort to be sentenced March 8
News ImageManafort, 69, could spend the rest of his life in prison for charges stemming from his work as an international political consultant and lobbyist. Mueller is urging a federal judge in Virginia to impose a prison sentence of up to 24 years and a fine of up to $24 million, after a jury found Manafort guilty of trying to hide millions of dollars he earned as a consultant for pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine, and lying to banks to secure loans to fund his lavish lifestyle after that income dried up. Manafort is also due to be sentenced on March 13 in a parallel federal case in Washington.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:03:16 -0500
Nestle investing $115 million to expand Purina factory in U.S.
News ImageZURICH (Reuters) - Nestle is investing $115 million to expand its Purina factory in Bloomfield, in the U.S. state of Missouri, the Swiss foodmaker said on Thursday, as it seeks to increase production of cat litter.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:06:09 -0500
Factbox: Timeline of incidents in Jussie Smollett's alleged attack
News ImageSmollett, 36, tells police he was attacked at about 2 a.m. outside his apartment by two masked men who shouted racist and homophobic abuse, put a noose around his neck, and poured an unknown substance over him. Smollett is black and openly gay.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:02:08 -0500
Trump urges U.S. telecommunications companies to step up 5G systems
News ImageU.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called on U.S. telecommunications companies to boost their work to build faster 5G wireless communications networks, saying they were lagging and at risk of being left behind other countries' efforts. "American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind," Trump said in a pair of tweets. Representatives for the White House could not be immediately reached for comment.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:33:19 -0500
DowDuPont's agricultural unit expects capex of $650 million this year
News ImageIn the run up to becoming a standalone company, Corteva is also gearing up to broadly sell farmers in North America and Brazil a new type of genetically modified soybean for planting next year in a challenge to rival Bayer AG. Corteva said its Enlist E3 soybeans, which can resist three herbicides, will be offered in Brazil, Canada and the United States with commercial sales to begin in 2019. Beyond 2019, Corteva is targeting net annual sales growth of 3 percent to 5 percent in the mid-term, the unit said in a statement.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:44:51 -0500
Johnson & Johnson receives federal subpoenas related to baby powder litigation
News ImageThe disclosure in Johnson & Johnson's annual report on Wednesday is the first time that the company disclosed it had received subpoenas from federal agencies regarding its talc powder products. The Justice Department declined to comment and the SEC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:34:15 -0500
New York City settles U.S. claims over Superstorm Sandy
News ImageNew York City reached a $5.3 million settlement on Wednesday to resolve charges it improperly billed the U.S. government for damage to city vehicles caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The accord resolves claims that the city falsely certified to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2014 that the storm had damaged Department of Transportation (DOT) vehicles beyond repair, entitling it to funds for replacements. According to the federal government, many of the 132 passenger, commercial and heavy equipment vehicles covered by the certification had been damaged or left inoperable long before Sandy and were therefore ineligible for indemnification.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:32:28 -0500
U.S. judge dismisses boys' lawsuit against Trump climate rollbacks
News Image(Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by two Pennsylvania boys and an environmental group seeking to stop U.S. President Donald Trump from rolling back regulations addressing climate change, saying the court does not have power to tell the White House what to do.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:32:16 -0500
FBI investigating deadly police raid in Houston
News ImageOfficers raided a Houston home on Jan. 28 to serve a search warrant looking for narcotics, and in an ensuing shootout the home's occupants, Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, were killed and four officers were wounded by gunfire. In an affidavit for the search warrant, veteran officer Gerald Goines wrote before the raid that a confidential informant had reported buying heroin at the home, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:17:40 -0500
West Virginia teachers to return to work after two-day strike
News ImageThe state's educators, among the lowest-paid in the nation, sparked a wave of U.S. teachers' strikes last year when they walked off the job to demand higher pay. In their latest job action, teachers went on strike on Tuesday to protest a bill in the West Virginia legislature that would have allowed the state's first seven charter schools to open. Although the bill was defeated on Tuesday in the House of Delegates, the strike continued on Wednesday, keeping most of the state's 700 schools closed as teachers rallied to stop lawmakers from reviving the bill.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:01:03 -0500
Woman who joined Islamic State cannot return to U.S., Pompeo says
News ImageHoda Muthana, 24, traveled to Syria over four years ago to join Islamic State, also known as ISIS. In media interviews this week from a detention camp in Syria, Muthana said she was sorry for her actions and wanted to return to her family in Alabama with her toddler son. Pompeo said Muthana was not a U.S. citizen and would not be admitted into the United States.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:28:17 -0500
U.S. arrests Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack: prosecutors
News ImageU.S. authorities have arrested a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist and amassed a cache of weapons to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to court documents. Christopher Paul Hasson, who is assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington and lives in a Maryland suburb, had drawn up a list of possible targets, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and MSNBC television host Joe Scarborough, prosecutors said in court documents. Calling Hasson a "domestic terrorist," the prosecutors said he was arrested on Friday on weapons and drugs charges.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:01:36 -0500
U.S. Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack arrested -prosecutors
News ImageU.S. authorities have arrested a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist and had amassed a cache of weapons to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to court documents. Christopher Paul Hasson, who is assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington and lives in a Maryland suburb, was arrested on Friday on weapons and drugs charges, prosecutors said in court documents. The Office of the Federal Public Defender in Maryland did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the Coast Guard could not immediately be reached for comment.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:35:33 -0500
In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too late
News ImageIn the study of his home outside Washington, victims advocate Tom Doyle searched a shelf packed with books to find the thick report that led him to stop practicing as a priest and devote himself to helping those who had been sexually abused by clergymen. The 1985 report was one of the first exposes in a sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has called senior bishops to meet for four days starting on Thursday to discuss how to tackle the worsening crisis.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:24:03 -0500
North Carolina Republican's son says warned father about operative's past
News ImageA state probe into the election for the 9th Congressional District has uncovered the fraudulent scheme by a consultant working for the campaign of candidate Mark Harris. The probe could lead to a new election to fill the seat, which has remained vacant since state officials refused to certify Harris' apparent victory over Democratic rival Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 282,717 ballots cast. The five-member State Board of Elections heard evidence this week that the political consultant, Leslie McCrae Dowless, hired workers to solicit and collect absentee ballots from voters in violation of state law.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:20:50 -0500
New York City settles U.S. claims over Superstorm Sandy
News ImageNew York City reached a $5.3 million settlement on Wednesday to resolve charges it improperly billed the U.S. government for damage to city vehicles caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The accord resolves claims that the city falsely certified to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2014 that the storm had damaged Department of Transportation (DOT) vehicles beyond repair, entitling it to funds for replacements. According to the federal government, many of the 132 passenger, commercial and heavy equipment vehicles covered by the certification had been damaged or left inoperable long before Sandy and were therefore ineligible for indemnification.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:58:46 -0500
Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high court
News ImageThe nine justices ruled unanimously in favor of an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs who argued that police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, back on the bench for a second straight day after undergoing lung cancer surgery in December, wrote the court's opinion, which clarified the applicability of the "excessive fines" prohibition contained in the Constitution's Eighth Amendment. "For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:27:00 -0500
U.S. judge dismisses boys' lawsuit against Trump climate rollbacks
News Image(Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by two Pennsylvania boys and an environmental group seeking to stop U.S. President Donald Trump from rolling back regulations addressing climate change, saying the court does not have power to tell the White House what to do.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:27:02 -0500
Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights
News ImageA winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City's evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington. Snow turning to sleet slickened roadways in the New York metropolitan area by the early afternoon and was blamed for a rash of fender benders and traffic jams. The widespread weather system piled as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow across the Washington area before turning to sleet, said meteorologist Bryan Jackson of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:12:15 -0500
Trump 'fear-mongering' fuels rise of U.S. hate groups to record: watchdog
News ImageThe SPLC, which has tracked hate groups since 1971, found there were 1,020 operating in the United States in 2018, breaking the 1,018 record set in 2011. The group blamed Trump, whose administration has focused on reducing illegal and legal immigration into the United States. "The words and imagery coming out of the Trump administration and from Trump himself are heightening these fears," Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project, told reporters on a conference call.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:24:37 -0500
'El Chapo' lawyers may challenge conviction over juror remarks
News ImageMexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may file a motion challenging his conviction on 10 criminal counts, after a juror told Vice News that jurors read media coverage of the case and discussed it with one another while the trial was going on, one of Guzman's lawyers said on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan had instructed jurors not to read media coverage of the case or discuss it with one another at the end of every day during the nearly three-month trial that led to Guzman's convictions in Brooklyn federal court last week. "The jury clearly ignored the judge's daily admonitions against not only looking at the press but also had inappropriate communications with each other," said lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:23:56 -0500
Charter school battle extends West Virginia teacher strike
News ImageAlthough the charter school bill was defeated on Tuesday in the state House of Delegates, the strike continued, closing most of the state's 700 schools in an effort to stop lawmakers from reviving the bill, union officials said. Union officials have complained that wealthy organizations from outside the state are pushing for charter schools, which are funded by taxpayers but operate independently of public school systems.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:19:12 -0500
Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Justice Dept. No. 2: senior official
News ImageBy Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy U.S. attorney general, the White House said on Tuesday night, the latest shuffle in the Justice Department at a time when it faces close scrutiny over its Russia investigation. Rosen, currently deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, would succeed Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. ...
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:52:17 -0500
Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million
News ImageThe lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages, the amount that Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and the world's richest person, paid for the Post in 2013. The lawsuit claims that the newspaper "wrongfully targeted and bullied" the teen to advance its bias against President Donald Trump because Sandmann is a white Catholic who wore a Make America Great Again souvenir cap on a school field trip to the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18. The Washington Post's Vice President for Communications Kristine Coratti Kelly said: "We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense." In a photo that went viral from the incident, Sandmann is seen standing face to face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:45:55 -0500
Colorado man beat fianc to death with bat, burned body: police
News ImageA Colorado man accused of murdering his fianc last November beat the young mother to death with a baseball bat before burning her body, a homicide investigator told a hearing on Tuesday, a court official said. The gruesome details emerged at a day-long preliminary hearing in Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek, Colorado, to decide if there was probable cause to try Patrick Frazee for the disappearance and slaying of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. Gregg Slater, an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, testified that Frazee blindfolded Berreth and beat her to death by hitting her on the head with a baseball bat, Jon Sarche, a public information officer with the Colorado Judicial Branch, confirmed to Reuters.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:06:41 -0500
West Virginia teachers to continue strike, in charter schools fight
News ImageA bill that would have opened the first charter schools in West Virginia failed to win approval in the state House of Delegates on Tuesday after Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, vowed to veto it. Union leaders vowed to continue the strike on Wednesday after the House of Delegates voted 53-45 to effectively kill the legislation. Teachers would converge on the State Capitol building in Charleston for "one more day to make sure there are no legislative antics," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Fred Albert, president of the labor group's state chapter, said in a statement.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:22:18 -0500
Pressure mounts on Alabama publisher after he urges KKK to 'ride again'
News ImageThe widespread rebuke of the editorial published last week by The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, a town in western Alabama with a population of about 2,000, came after a student journalist tweeted an image of the piece on Monday, calling attention to its language. The Ku Klux Klan was a white supremacist group that terrorized blacks in the U.S. South and later targeted other minority groups, following the Civil War and the emancipation of African-American slaves. "The rhetoric displayed by the Democrat-Reporter is disturbing, disgusting, and entirely unacceptable," U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:59:14 -0500
U.S. agency to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funds
News ImageCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state will dramatically scale back a planned $77.3 billion high-speed rail project that has faced cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but will finish a smaller section of the line. The Transportation Department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter it wanted to halt funding because the state had "failed to make reasonable progress." It cited Newsom's announcement to scale back the project.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:55:03 -0500
Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration
News ImagePresident Donald Trump expressed confidence on Tuesday that he would prevail against a lawsuit filed by 16 U.S. states seeking to block his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfill a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs. Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the states' legal challenge.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:40:37 -0500
Mississippi man died after beating by sheriff's officers, lawsuit says
News Image"Later that day, prison guards of the Madison County Detention Center essentially administered the death penalty to Mr. Hill using excessive force, handcuffs and pepper spray," the complaint said. The suit, filed by Hill's mother, Betty Hill, seeks unspecified damages. Betty Hill's lawyers said that in the months that followed her son's death two more inmates died in custody at the jail run by Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:07:04 -0500
North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results
News ImageNorth Carolina poll workers told election officials on Tuesday they illegally viewed early election results last year, the latest evidence in a probe of voting irregularities in a still unsettled congressional race. The investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. The seat has remained vacant since state officials refused to certify Harris' apparent victory over Democratic rival Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 282,717 ballots cast.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:01:54 -0500
Trump signs directive in step to create U.S. Space Force
News ImageRepublican U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a directive to start the lengthy process of creating a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space, the U.S. Space Force. Space Policy Directive 4 sets the foundation for a legislative initiative to establish a new force under the aegis of the Air Force, the branch currently responsible for space, comparable to the Marines under the U.S. Navy. The Trump administration has said it plans to usher in the force by 2020.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:57:53 -0500
Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration
News ImageThe group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfill a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs. The White House declined to comment on the filing late on Monday, but Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the legal challenges. "I think, in the end, we're going to be very successful with the lawsuit," Trump said.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:42:06 -0500
U.S. seeks return of $2.5 billion California high-speed rail funds
News ImageCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state will dramatically scale back a planned $77.3 billion high-speed rail project that has faced cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but will finish a smaller section of the line. The Transportation Department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter it wanted to halt funding because the state had "failed to make reasonable progress." It cited Newsom's announcement to scale back the project. Newsom's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:19:46 -0500
Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million
News ImageThe lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages - saying that was the amount Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and the world's richest person, paid for the Post in 2013.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:47:27 -0500
North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results
News ImageThe investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. Poll worker Agnes Willis told the five-member State Board of Elections in Raleigh on Tuesday that she and other poll workers viewed early results in the Bladen County sheriff's race before the general election. North Carolina law prohibits running voting results before the general election.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:12:35 -0500
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