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  • Judge to decide Trump impact in U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl's case

    Judge to decide Trump impact in U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl's caseBy Greg Lacour FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - A military judge will weigh whether President Donald Trump's critical statements about U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl have hurt the soldier's chances of getting fair treatment in the desertion case that could send him to prison for life. Bergdahl's lead attorney, Eugene Fidell, argued on Monday that the 31-year-old Idaho native should be spared prison time because the Republican president had again unlawfully influenced the proceedings. Sentencing proceedings were postponed until Wednesday due to a family emergency for a lawyer in the case and the one-hour hearing instead focused on Trump, who during last year's presidential campaign called Bergdahl "a no-good traitor who should have been executed." "His statements clearly called for Sergeant Bergdahl to be severely punished," Fidell said in court at North Carolina's Fort Bragg.




  • Tampa police hunt possible serial killer after three shootings

    Tampa police hunt possible serial killer after three shootingsBenjamin Mitchell, 22, was alone at the bus stop after dark when he was shot on Oct. 9. Monica Hoffa, 32, was walking through the neighborhood two days later to meet a friend when she was shot. Anthony Naiboa, 20, was trying to find a bus stop when he was shot on Oct. 19.




  • Norway wealth fund watchdog reviewing investment in U.S. pipeline firm

    Norway wealth fund watchdog reviewing investment in U.S. pipeline firmThe ethics watchdog for Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is reviewing allegations that U.S. pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners may breach the fund's investment guidelines. Under rules set by Norway's parliament, any firm the fund invests in must meet guidelines related to the environment, human rights, governance and other issues. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has said it could contaminate the Missouri River and said it threatens their sacred sites.




  • New Jersey's Murphy echoes Sanders in Democratic bid for governor

    New Jersey's Murphy echoes Sanders in Democratic bid for governorBy Joseph Ax EDISON, N.J. (Reuters) - Phil Murphy, a wealthy former Goldman Sachs investment banker, might seem an unlikely champion of the working and middle classes. With Republican Governor Chris Christie's record-low approval ratings dragging down Guadagno's campaign, Murphy, a 60-year-old who has never held office, has pushed a decidedly liberal agenda that would put his state at the center of his party's resistance to the president's policies. "A lot of people assumed that after the Democratic primary was over, he would pivot more to the center - we haven't seen that happen," said Brigid Callahan Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey.




  • Tornado leads to evacuations at Chevron's Pascagoula, Miss. refinery: report

    Tornado leads to evacuations at Chevron's Pascagoula, Miss. refinery: report(Reuters) - Workers at Chevron's Pascagoula refinery in Mississippi were evacuated after a tornado hit the plant on Sunday afternoon, according to a website affiliated to NBC.




  • Listeria risk prompts Meijer to recall produce in six U.S. states

    Listeria risk prompts Meijer to recall produce in six U.S. statesRetailer Meijer Inc said it was recalling packaged vegetables in six U.S. states because of possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause fatal food poisoning in young children, pregnant women and elderly or frail people. Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said there were no illnesses reported as of Sunday. The recall affects 35 products and includes vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus as well as party trays sold in Meijer-branded plastic or foam packaging in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin between Sept. 27 and Oct. 20, the company said on Saturday.




  • Strange twist in Texas murder case surfaces on death row, delaying execution

    Strange twist in Texas murder case surfaces on death row, delaying executionTexas inmate Larry Swearingen, who has been sitting on death row for 17 years, may have been plotting to avoid his date with the execution chamber in November by having a serial murderer take the fall for his crime, according to a county prosecutor. The attorney said over the weekend that the county prosecution's collusion accusation is false and part of a series of blunders in a faulty prosecution.




  • Schumer calls on Trump to appoint official to oversee Puerto Rico relief

    Schumer calls on Trump to appoint official to oversee Puerto Rico reliefBy Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charles Schumer, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, called on President Donald Trump on Sunday to name a single official to oversee and coordinate relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Schumer, along with Representatives Nydia Velàzquez and Jose Serrano, said a "CEO of response and recovery" is needed to manage the complex and ongoing federal response in the territory, where millions of Americans remain without power and supplies. In a statement, Schumer said the current federal response to Hurricane Maria's impact on the island had been "disorganized, slow-footed and mismanaged." "This person will have the ability to bring all the federal agencies together, cut red tape on the public and private side, help turn the lights back on, get clean water flowing and help bring about recovery for millions of Americans who have gone too long in some of the worst conditions," he said.




  • McConnell on healthcare bills: What does Trump want?

    McConnell on healthcare bills: What does Trump want?By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was willing to bring healthcare legislation up for a vote but was waiting for the go-ahead from President Donald Trump, who sent mixed signals last week about a bipartisan bill that would shore up insurance markets. The Republican president said on Oct. 12 that his administration would stop paying billions of dollars in subsidies that help insurers give discounts to low-income households under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Last week, he praised and then dismissed a bipartisan bill to reinstate the subsidies for two years, until a broader replacement to Obamacare can be negotiated.




  • Search for missing Texas oil-barge crew members suspended

    Search for missing Texas oil-barge crew members suspendedA sea and air search was suspended on Sunday for two crew members who went missing after an oil barge caught fire early on Friday and leaked an undetermined amount of the fuel into the Gulf of Mexico off Port Aransas, Texas, authorities said. The search for the missing crew members was halted after it turned up no signs of the two, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Edward Wargo. Authorities are bringing in additional floating booms to contain oil around the barge, which is anchored about 3 miles off Port Aransas, a Coast Guard spokesman said.




  • Trump video played at hurricane relief concert

    Trump video played at hurricane relief concert(Reuters) - In a rare show of unity, U.S. President Donald Trump praised all five of his living predecessors on Saturday, thanking them in a video for their work helping to raise funds to aid victims of recent hurricanes.




  • Fox signed O'Reilly again knowing of new harassment settlement: report

    Fox signed O'Reilly again knowing of new harassment settlement: reportBill O'Reilly, the Fox News commentator forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32 million sexual harassment settlement in January, and the network's parent knew about the deal when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The previously undisclosed agreement, at least the sixth involving O'Reilly or the company related to harassment charges against him, was "extraordinarily large" for such cases, according to the newspaper, which cited two people "briefed on the matter" as its sources. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc acknowledged that it had been aware of O'Reilly's settlement with Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst, when it signed a contract extension with "The O'Reilly Factor" host in February.




  • U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms

    U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firmsThe U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned in a report distributed by email late on Friday that the nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries have been targeted along with government entities in attacks dating back to at least May. The agencies warned that hackers had succeeded in compromising some targeted networks, but did not identify specific victims or describe any cases of sabotage. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Scott McConnell declined to elaborate on the information in the report or say what prompted the government to go public with the information at this time.




  • A picture and its story: A neo-Nazi in the midst of a protest

    A picture and its story: A neo-Nazi in the midst of a protestIn August, rallies by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, had led to a deadly clash with counter-protesters. The area was blanketed by police because Florida’s governor had declared a state of emergency to try to prevent violence.




  • Body of missing worker recovered after Louisiana oil rig explosion

    Body of missing worker recovered after Louisiana oil rig explosionThe body of Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, was recovered on Friday on the lake's shoreline in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana's equivalent to a county, Sheriff Joe Lopinto said in a video posted on Facebook. The Jefferson Parrish Sheriff's Office continued its search for five days.




  • Federal judge in Hawaii expands block on Trump travel ban

    Federal judge in Hawaii expands block on Trump travel ban(Reuters) - A federal judge in Hawaii extended his halt of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.




  • Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information'

    Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information'By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that, subject to receipt of further information, he planned to allow the opening of long-secret files on the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy due for release next week. Politico magazine earlier quoted Trump administration and other U.S. government officials as saying the president would almost certainly block the release of information from some of the thousands of classified files, which the U.S. National Archives is scheduled to make public by an Oct. 26 deadline. The Nov. 22 1963 assassination cut short "Camelot," as the 1,000 days of the Kennedy presidency became known.




  • Plane by plane, New York greets Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane

    Plane by plane, New York greets Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricaneThere were only a few minutes left before baggage carousel No. 4 jolted to life at John F. Kennedy International Airport, soon to be ringed with people coming from Puerto Rico on one-way tickets they never would have bought if not for the hurricane. Moving at a canter, Emily Pagan and three colleagues from various New York state government agencies carted their fold-up table halfway down the Terminal 5 arrivals hall, setting it up by the carousel against a pillar.




  • U.S. court blocks immigrant teen's bid to obtain abortion

    U.S. court blocks immigrant teen's bid to obtain abortionA U.S. appeals court on Friday prevented an illegal immigrant teenager detained by the government from immediately obtaining an abortion, although it left open the possibility she could undergo the procedure within days. The decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit panel gave the government until Oct. 31 to approve a sponsor, who could help the 17-year-old obtain the procedure without the government's assistance. If the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) signed off on the sponsor, she "will be lawfully able, if she chooses, to obtain an abortion on her own," the court said.




  • One dead, another missing after oil barge fire off Texas

    One dead, another missing after oil barge fire off TexasThe barge was carrying some 133,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery in Corpus Christi when the explosion occurred at 4:30 a.m., they said. The dead person had not yet been identified, said Rick Adams, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Port Aransas. Six of the eight crew members were rescued and did not suffer any serious injuries, Adams added.




  • Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto Rico

    Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto RicoExperimental communications balloons provided by Alphabet Inc in collaboration with AT&T Inc will allow some of the carrier's customers in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico to send texts and access critical information on the internet, Alphabet said on Friday. Alphabet said the "Project Loon" balloon project would deliver limited internet connectivity to LTE enabled phones in the hardest-hit areas of Puerto Rico. The island's wireless and broadband communications networks were devastated after Hurricane Maria made landfall last month.




  • U.S. court blocks immigrant teen's bid to obtain abortion

    U.S. court blocks immigrant teen's bid to obtain abortionBy Lawrence Hurley and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday prevented a pregnant teen detained by the government as an illegal immigrant from immediately obtaining an abortion while leaving open the possibility that she could undergo the procedure within days. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on a 2-1 vote gave the government until Oct. 31 to approve a sponsor who could help her obtain the procedure without the government's assistance.




  • Florida programmer sentenced to 16 months for bitcoin exchange scheme

    Florida programmer sentenced to 16 months for bitcoin exchange schemeBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida software engineer was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of scheming to help an illegal bitcoin exchange avoid having banks and regulators look into its activities. Yuri Lebedev was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan, according to Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for federal prosecutors. The bitcoin exchange involved in the case, Coin.mx, was linked to an investigation of a data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co, revealed in 2014, that exposed more than 83 million accounts.




  • Creditors win closely watched appeal in Momentive bankruptcy

    Creditors win closely watched appeal in Momentive bankruptcyA U.S. appeals court in New York on Friday ruled in favor of senior creditors who had contested interest rates imposed on them during the bankruptcy of silicone maker Momentive Performance Materials, reversing a decision that had sparked alarm among lenders. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, New York, erred by not using market rates to determine the interest paid on new notes Momentive forced on holders of about $1.25 billion of secured notes. The replacement notes carried much lower rates, which were set by the court using a formula developed in a consumer bankruptcy case involving a subprime loan for a used truck.




  • Lawyer charged alongside Martin Shkreli goes on trial

    Lawyer charged alongside Martin Shkreli goes on trialJurors were presented with a stark choice during opening statements Friday in the trial of Evan Greebel, the lawyer charged with conspiracy alongside former drug executive Martin Shkreli: was he Shkreli's "right hand man," or a victim of his deceit? Assistant U.S. Attorney David Kessler told jurors that Greebel helped Shkreli steal millions of dollars from his drug company, Retrophin Inc, to pay back investors in two failed hedge funds run by Shkreli, MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare. "The defendant had become Martin Shkreli's right hand man," Kessler said.




  • Oil barge explosion off Texas kills one, fire now out

    Oil barge explosion off Texas kills one, fire now outThe barge was carrying some 133,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery in Corpus Christi when the explosion occurred at 4:30 a.m., they said. The dead person had not yet been identified and the fire was allowed to burn itself out before being extinguished, said Rick Adams, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Port Aransas. Six of the eight crew members were rescued and did not suffer any serious injuries, Adams added.




  • Three charged in shooting after white nationalist's Florida speech

    Three charged in shooting after white nationalist's Florida speechNo one was injured in the shooting incident, which occurred on Thursday near the campus in Gainesville where hundreds of people protested Richard Spencer's speech amid a heavy police presence and a preemptive state of emergency declaration by the governor. Gainesville police said Tyler Tenbrink, 28, and William and Colton Fears, 30 and 28, respectively, stopped their car near the campus to argue with a group of protesters.




  • EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressure

    EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressureBy Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation's biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in the letter dated Oct. 19 that the agency will keep renewable fuel volume mandates for next year at or above proposed levels, reversing a previous move to open the door to cuts. The move marks a big win for the biofuels industry and lawmakers from corn-states like Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois, while dealing a blow to merchant refiners like PBF Energy Inc and Valero Energy Corp who hoped the administration of President Donald Trump would help provide regulatory relief.




  • U.S. judge wrestles with issue of Indonesian immigrants

    U.S. judge wrestles with issue of Indonesian immigrantsA U.S. judge wrestled on Friday with how much longer she can delay a Trump administration move to deport 47 Indonesian Christians who fled deadly violence in that country two decades ago and have been living illegally in New Hampshire under an informal deal with immigration officials. The group had long been allowed to live openly in the state, under an arrangement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials that required them to turn in their passports and appear for regular check-ins. Chief U.S. District Judge Patti Saris wondered at a hearing in Boston federal court why only one of the immigrants had a written record of the deal.




  • Pharmacist's 'deadly' choices sparked U.S. meningitis outbreak: prosecutors

    Pharmacist's 'deadly' choices sparked U.S. meningitis outbreak: prosecutorsBy Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor told jurors on Friday that a Massachusetts pharmacist gambled with patients' lives by making drugs in unsafe ways that led to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, but a defense lawyer said he was no murderer. Glenn Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at New England Compounding Center, made drugs in filthy conditions, producing mold-tainted steroids in the process, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Strachan told a federal jury in Boston in her closing argument. "Make no mistake, Glenn Chin is not sitting in this court room because he was negligent or careless," Strachan said.




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