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  • Creator of 3-D printed guns flies to Taiwan amid U.S. sex assault accusation

    Creator of 3-D printed guns flies to Taiwan amid U.S. sex assault accusationCody Wilson, 30, was placed under investigation after a counsellor on Aug. 22 told police that a 16-year-old girl had said she was paid $500 to have sex with Wilson at an Austin hotel, Austin Police Commander Troy Officer said at a news conference. Police later interviewed the girl and on Wednesday obtained a warrant for Wilson's arrest, but by then he had caught a flight to Taiwan, Officer said. "We know Mr. Wilson frequently travels for business.




  • Mavs' Cuban to donate $10 million after probe into workplace harassment

    Mavs' Cuban to donate $10 million after probe into workplace harassmentThe investigation followed a Sports Illustrated report in February that described a culture in the Mavericks' front office "rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior". The findings of an independent investigation, carried out on behalf of the Mavericks by external law firms and overseen by the NBA, were published on Wednesday.




  • New Mexico observatory closure stemmed from FBI child porn probe: documents

    New Mexico observatory closure stemmed from FBI child porn probe: documentsThe National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, was evacuated without public explanation on Sept. 6, leading to a swirl of social media speculation and rumors driven by its proximity to two U.S. military installations and the town of Roswell. Approximately two hours away from the observatory by car, Roswell was the site of a famous 1947 sighting of unidentified flying objects that the U.S. Air Force later said were top-secret high-altitude weather balloons.




  • U.S. Catholic Church plans hotline for complaints of abuse by bishops

    U.S. Catholic Church plans hotline for complaints of abuse by bishopsThe hotline was one of several moves unveiled on Wednesday by bishops to try to rebuild trust in the U.S. church hierarchy after recent allegations that bishops had abused children and covered up decades of sex crimes by priests. "Some bishops, by their actions or their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and the Church," the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) administrative committee said in a statement.




  • 'Water coming your way', Trump warns during hurricane tour

    'Water coming your way', Trump warns during hurricane tourTrump made his comments after visiting an emergency operations center in Conway, South Carolina, and speaking to residents who were preparing to evacuate as rivers rose. "Over the next couple of days, it's going to get rough in South Carolina ... Whatever you need from Washington, we are there," Trump told state and local officials at a briefing. "Now it looks nice, but it's really the calm before the storm," Trump said, referring to water draining into rivers and waterways after Florence's epic deluge over the weekend.




  • NBA- Mavs' Cuban to donate $10 million after probe into workplace harassment

    NBA- Mavs' Cuban to donate $10 million after probe into workplace harassmentThe investigation followed a Sports Illustrated report in February that described a culture in the Mavericks' front office "rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior". The findings of an independent investigation, carried out on behalf of the Mavericks by external law firms and overseen by the NBA, were published on Wednesday. The NBA issued a statement summarizing the investigation's findings, which said that there was no wrongdoing on Cuban's part.




  • More than 53,000 Carolinas customers without power after Florence

    More than 53,000 Carolinas customers without power after Florence(Reuters) - More than 53,600 U.S. homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Wednesday, after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast last week, power companies said. Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the area, on Wednesday said power had been restored to 1.6 million customers out of nearly 1.7 million customers who experienced an outage during the storm. Florence, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before it was downgraded, has already killed at least 36 people, including 27 in North Carolina and eight in South Carolina.




  • Trump defends Supreme Court nominee, accuser faces deadline

    Trump defends Supreme Court nominee, accuser faces deadlinePresident Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his defense of his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, saying it was hard to imagine Brett Kavanaugh committed a sexual assault and that it would be unfortunate if his accuser did not testify before the Senate. With Trump's effort to cement conservative control of the nation's highest court on a knife's edge, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley set a Friday morning deadline for Christine Blasey Ford to decide if she will talk to lawmakers. Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.




  • Four wounded as gunman chases wife into Pennsylvania court building

    Four wounded as gunman chases wife into Pennsylvania court buildingThree others, including a police officer, were wounded in the incident that began with an argument between the man and woman outside the court building in Masontown, a small borough south of Pittsburgh, local TV station WPXI reported. The woman fled into the building and he chased after her, shooting with a handgun and wounding at least two people outside, WPXI said. Bower declined to confirm the relationship between the man and woman, saying the next of kin had not been notified, but told reporters the man was due in court on strangulation and assault charges related to domestic violence and had a restraining order against him.




  • Lawyer for Kavanaugh's accuser says Senate panel rushing to hearing

    Lawyer for Kavanaugh's accuser says Senate panel rushing to hearingA lawyer for a woman who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault on Wednesday criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for scheduling a hearing on the matter for Monday, the Washington Post reported. "The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth," the Post quoted Lisa Banks, a lawyer for Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford, as saying.




  • Creator of 3-D printed guns flies to Taiwan amid U.S. sex assault accusation

    Creator of 3-D printed guns flies to Taiwan amid U.S. sex assault accusationCody Wilson, 30, was placed under investigation after a counselor on Aug. 22 told police that a 16-year-old girl had said she was paid $500 to have sex with Wilson at an Austin hotel, Austin Police Commander Troy Officer said at a news conference. Police later interviewed the girl and on Wednesday obtained a warrant for Wilson's arrest, but by then he had caught a flight to Taiwan, Officer said. "We know Mr. Wilson frequently travels for business.




  • U.S. judge dismisses GM ignition switch criminal case

    U.S. judge dismisses GM ignition switch criminal caseU.S. District Judge Alison Nathan approved a request filed Monday by federal prosecutors to dismiss the two-count criminal information. In 2015, GM entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York after the Detroit automaker was charged with concealing information from government officials, and wire fraud. GM agreed to pay a $900 million fine and accept three years of oversight by an independent monitor.




  • Sessions limits U.S. judges' ability to dismiss deportation cases

    Sessions limits U.S. judges' ability to dismiss deportation casesUnlike the federal judiciary system, U.S. immigration courts fall under the Department of Justice and the attorney general can rewrite opinions issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Sessions, a Republican former U.S. senator appointed by President Donald Trump, has been unusually active in this practice compared to his predecessors. Judges “have no inherent authority to terminate removal proceedings even though a particular case may pose sympathetic circumstances,” he said.




  • 'Calm before storm,' Trump warns South Carolina after Florence deluge

    'Calm before storm,' Trump warns South Carolina after Florence deluge"Over the next couple of days, it's going to get rough in South Carolina... Whatever you need from Washington, we are there," Trump told an official briefing in Conway, South Carolina. "Now it looks nice, but it's really the calm before the storm," he said referring to water draining into rising rivers after Florence's epic deluge over the weekend. Trump visited a neighborhood in Conway where residents were loading moving vans in anticipation of more flooding.




  • Elizabeth Smart says prison release of her captor poses danger

    Elizabeth Smart says prison release of her captor poses dangerOne of Smart's captors, Brian David Mitchell, was sentenced to life imprisonment. Barzee had been scheduled to be in prison until 2024 but was released after prison officials recalculated her sentence to account for time already served before going to state prison. "I do believe she's still a danger ... I am very concerned for the community, for the public, as much as I am for myself," Smart, now 30, said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" that aired on Tuesday and Wednesday.




  • Delta joins United, JetBlue in hiking U.S. baggage fees to $30

    Delta joins United, JetBlue in hiking U.S. baggage fees to $30Delta Airlines Inc, the second-largest U.S. airline, on Wednesday joined other major airlines in hiking domestic flight baggage fees by $5 per bag to $30. Delta, United and JetBlue are now charging $30 for the first checked bag on domestic routes, up from $25 previously, and $40 for the second bag, up from $35.




  • Grassley sets Friday deadline for Trump top court pick Kavanaugh's accuser

    Grassley sets Friday deadline for Trump top court pick Kavanaugh's accuserWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexually assaulting her decades ago has until Friday morning to provide prepared testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel's chairman said on Wednesday.




  • Immigrant accused of killing Iowa student pleads not guilty

    Immigrant accused of killing Iowa student pleads not guiltyCristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old farm worker from Mexico accused of stabbing 20-year-old Tibbetts, appeared in a black-and-white striped jumpsuit at his arraignment in Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa. "Mr. Rivera pleads not guilty," his lawyer Chad Frese told the judge as Rivera listened through black headphones to a translator.




  • A picture and its story: Dogs in the disaster zone

    A picture and its story: Dogs in the disaster zoneThree days after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, I was documenting the damage to Wilmington and communities to the south when I was tipped that volunteer rescuers were headed to a Leland church where people were isolated by rising floodwaters. Ryan Nichols and David Rebollar have another way of getting to people and animals trapped by floods: a boat they haul from their Texas home to disaster zones. In the case of North Carolina, that was more than a thousand miles (1,600 km).




  • U.S. prosecutors charge three men in $364 million Ponzi scheme

    U.S. prosecutors charge three men in $364 million Ponzi schemeFederal prosecutors have accused three men of portraying themselves as investment professionals and using a phony portfolio of consumer debt to defraud hundreds of unwary investors out of tens of millions of dollars as part of a $364 million Ponzi scheme. Kevin Merrill of Maryland, 53, Jay Ledford of Texas and Nevada, 54, and Cameron Jezierski of Texas, 28, misused millions of dollars to maintain a lavish lifestyle, according to an indictment unsealed on Tuesday in a federal court in Baltimore.




  • Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos pollThe Sept. 11-17 poll found that 36 percent http://polling.reuters.com/#!response/TM1519Y18/type/day/dates/20180801-20180918/collapsed/true of adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh in the Supreme Court, up 6 points from a similar poll conducted a month earlier. Only 31 percent of U.S. adults polled said they were in favor of Kavanaugh's appointment. If support for his nomination remains this weak, Trump's pick would rank among the lowest-supported Supreme Court nominees to later be confirmed, according to historical data from Gallup.




  • Tightening Texas race boosts Democrats' hopes of taking Senate: Reuters poll

    Tightening Texas race boosts Democrats' hopes of taking Senate: Reuters pollThe Democratic congressman aiming to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in Texas has pulled even in the race, a Reuters poll found, a spark of hope for a party seeking a Senate majority to curb President Donald Trump's agenda. The Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Poll released on Wednesday of several competitive U.S. Senate races offered a mixed picture of Democrats' chances in November of winning the two seats they would need to take control of that chamber. It showed tight races in Arizona, where Democrats are hoping to win a seat held by a retiring Republican, and in Florida, where Republicans aim to unseat a Democratic incumbent.




  • Some gun-toting Texans embrace Democrat's call for tougher firearm laws

    Some gun-toting Texans embrace Democrat's call for tougher firearm lawsMartin’s nuanced view on firearms - he loves them but wants to see tougher restrictions - is one U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke hopes is gaining traction in Texas. O'Rourke, a congressman from El Paso and the Democratic challenger to Ted Cruz in November's Texas Senate race, has made reforming gun laws a central part of his platform, calling for universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons. In previous elections, a Democrat calling for gun reforms in Texas, which has the country's highest rate of gun ownership, faced almost certain political suicide.




  • Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify

    Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testifyA woman who has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago wants her allegations to be investigated by the FBI before she appears at a U.S. Senate hearing, her lawyers said on Tuesday. The development further roiled a confirmation process that once seemed smooth for Kavanaugh, whose confirmation to the lifetime post could consolidate the conservative grip on the top U.S. court.




  • Los Angeles, city of fashion and glamour, moves to ban fur products

    Los Angeles, city of fashion and glamour, moves to ban fur productsThe city of Los Angeles, a leading center of the world's fashion industry, moved on Tuesday toward becoming the largest U.S. metropolis to outlaw the sale and manufacture of most fur products within its limits. Following the lead of San Francisco and two smaller California municipalities, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to direct the City Attorney's Office to draft an ordinance banning fur apparel and accessories ranging from mink coats to rabbit's foot charms. The draft must then gain final approval by the council and be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to be enacted.




  • U.S Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimony

    U.S Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimonySenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday there is no reason to delay the testimony of Christine Bassley Ford, and an invitation for her to appear before the committee on Monday stands. Ford, a university professor in California, has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago.




  • Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricane

    Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricaneThe North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services projected the animal death toll after emergency workers and veterinarians spent days in the field assessing losses at farms following the storm. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew," Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview, referring to hog losses. North Carolina has 8.9 million swine, representing 12 percent of the U.S. herd, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA).




  • Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify: lawyer

    Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify: lawyerA woman who has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago wants her allegations to be investigated by the FBI before she appears at a U.S. Senate hearing, one of her lawyers said on Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the nomination, has called a hearing for Monday to look into the matter, and the White House has said Kavanaugh was ready to testify.




  • Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pick

    Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pickU.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the FBI should not investigate a California professor's allegations of sexual assault against Trump's pick for U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, adding that he wants his nominee confirmed quickly. Asked whether he would ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open its background check on Kavanaugh, Trump told reporters at the White House, "I don't think the FBI really need to be involved because they don't want to be involved.




  • Over 267,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

    Over 267,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence(Reuters) - More than 267,000 U.S. homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Tuesday after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on Friday, power companies said. Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday. The remnants of the storm are producing heavy rain and power outages over portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New England, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.




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