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  • Anchorage hiker, missing for two days, killed by bear: police

    Anchorage hiker, missing for two days, killed by bear: policeA hiker who had been missing for two days was found dead on Wednesday, the victim of a bear attack on the outskirts of Alaska's biggest city, Anchorage police said. The body of Michael Soltis, 44, was discovered after a brown bear mauled one of the volunteers searching for the missing man, said MJ Thim of the Anchorage Police Department. The cause of Soltis' death has not been confirmed and is still being investigated, but it appears that he was killed by the same bear that attacked the volunteer, Thim said.




  • Pummeled for days on immigration crisis, Trump told top aides: 'Fix it'

    Pummeled for days on immigration crisis, Trump told top aides: 'Fix it'By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt reversal in a volatile immigration crisis resulted from pressure by close family members, friends and lawmakers who urged him to climb down from a deeply unpopular hardline policy. As recently as Monday, Trump was vowing to stick to a policy that led to children being separated from their parents when they crossed illegally into the United States from Mexico. Privately, Trump understood that he was facing a huge political problem, and he was keenly aware of negative news coverage, watching TV at times on a television in the small dining room adjacent to the Oval Office, a source close to him said.




  • China Energy executives cancel West Virginia trip amid trade dispute

    China Energy executives cancel West Virginia trip amid trade disputeA scheduled trip to West Virginia by executives from China Energy Investment Corp to discuss a planned $83.7 billion investment in the state has been canceled, the latest victim of a growing trade war between the United States and China. The investment by China Energy, which ranks among the world's largest power companies by asset value, was the biggest among a slew of deals signed during U.S. President Donald Trump's state visit to Beijing in November. Brian Anderson, director of the West Virginia University Energy Institute, told Reuters on Wednesday the executives were due to arrive in West Virginia last weekend to discuss where to invest in shale gas, power and petrochemical projects.




  • Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, legal problems remain

    Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, legal problems remainU.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad. Trump signed an executive order requiring that immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take. While the change may end a policy that drew a rebuke from Pope Francis and everyone else from human rights advocates to business leaders, it may also mean immigrant children remain in custody indefinitely.




  • Scores of South Asia asylum seekers held in Oregon: U.S. senator

    Scores of South Asia asylum seekers held in Oregon: U.S. senatorAt least 72 South Asian asylum-seekers are being detained at a federal prison in Oregon after getting caught up in the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border-crossers, a U.S. Senator's office said on Wednesday. The detainees, held at the Sheridan Federal Corrections Institution, include 52 from India, 18 from Nepal and two from Bangladesh. All of them are single men, who flew into Mexico and crossed the border into the United States, said Sara Hottman, a spokeswoman for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat.




  • U.S. nuclear expert departs White House in 'regular rotation': officials

    U.S. nuclear expert departs White House in 'regular rotation': officialsThe Trump administration's top nuclear expert involved in talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programs is leaving the White House as part of a regular rotation, three senior administration officials said on Wednesday. The expert, Andrea Hall, has already been replaced by Julie Bentz as acting senior director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction directorate at the National Security Council (NSC), another U.S. official said. Bentz has a doctorate in nuclear engineering, and has served three times previously on the National Security Council dealing with nuclear policy, the official said.




  • Organizer of deadly Virginia rally plans follow-up in Washington

    Organizer of deadly Virginia rally plans follow-up in WashingtonThe organizer of a far-right rally last year in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly is planning to hold a rally near the White House in Washington on the first anniversary of the event, federal officials said on Wednesday. Jason Kessler filed an application last month and it has been approved to hold what he described as a "white civil rights rally" on Aug. 11-12, although a permit has not yet been issued, Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said in an email. Kessler organized the Aug. 12, 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville that drew international attention when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one woman.




  • Trump immigration order may not prevent some family separations: lawmakers

    Trump immigration order may not prevent some family separations: lawmakersSeveral Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives who were briefed by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday about President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration said they do not know if it would prevent family separations during detentions longer than 20 days. In the briefing that lasted about 10 minutes, Nielsen explained the order Trump had signed an hour earlier to keep immigrant families together as they await immigration proceedings.




  • Flash floods punish Texas border towns, Gulf coast area

    Flash floods punish Texas border towns, Gulf coast area(Reuters) - Heavy downpours lashed Texas' Gulf Coast and unleashed flash floods on Wednesday, submerging vehicles, swamping homes and forcing numerous water rescues in towns still recovering from last year's Hurricane Harvey. Residents waded shoulder deep through flood waters running down their streets in Mercedes, Texas, about 5 miles (8 km) north of the Mexico-U.S. border, while water was rising in nearby Weslaco. Some 121 miles northeast on the Texas Gulf coast, a flash flood watch was in effect for towns around Corpus Christi after more than a foot of rain had fallen, the National Weather Service said.




  • U.S. airlines ask government not to put separated migrant children on flights

    U.S. airlines ask government not to put separated migrant children on flightsFour major U.S. airlines have asked the federal government not to use their flights to transport migrant children who have been separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's policy on illegal immigration. American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and Frontier Airlines issued statements on Wednesday before U.S. President Donald Trump backed down from the policy and signed an executive order to end the immediate separation of families detained at the U.S.-Mexico border for entering the country illegally. "The family separation process that has been widely publicized is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines - we bring families together, not apart," the company said.




  • U.S. will ask judge to allow illegal immigrant families to be held for more than 20 days

    U.S. will ask judge to allow illegal immigrant families to be held for more than 20 daysThe U.S. Justice Department will ask a federal judge to modify a court settlement to allow authorities to detain illegal immigrant families together for more than 20 days, a department official said on Wednesday. "Right now we have the lawful authority to detain a family unit together for up to 20 days. What we are seeking with Judge Gee is a modification of that so we can detain beyond 20 days the entire family unit together," Gene Hamilton, counselor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said in a media briefing.




  • Speeding to auction record? 1962 Ferrari could fetch $45 million

    Speeding to auction record? 1962 Ferrari could fetch $45 millionAuctioneers RM Sotheby's said on Wednesday that the red Ferrari was one of just 36 examples of the 250 GTO model built by the famed Italian car maker. It has been owned since 2000 by American car collector and Numerix software company chairman Dr. Greg Whitten, who has raced it in vintage events, the auction house said. "The GTO was essentially the final true road racer, marking the end of an era when drivers really got their hands dirty," RM Sotheby's car specialist Shelby Myers said in a statement.




  • ACLU to continue lawsuit over Trump policies toward immigrant families

    ACLU to continue lawsuit over Trump policies toward immigrant families(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday said it plans to continue pursuing its lawsuit challenging U.S. President Donald Trump's policies concerning the treatment of immigrant families trying to enter the country. The nonprofit plans to seek an order in the federal court in San Diego compelling the reunification of immigrant parents with their children, a lawyer for the ACLU said in a phone interview. The announcement came after Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending the separation of families and instead calling for the detention of parents and children together.




  • New York sues 3M, five others over toxic chemical contamination

    New York sues 3M, five others over toxic chemical contaminationBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state sued 3M Co and five other companies to recover the cost of cleaning up environmental contamination caused by toxic chemicals in firefighting foam that they manufactured. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Barbara Underwood said on Wednesday the lawsuit seeks more than $38.8 million plus punitive damages and is the first of its type by a U.S. state. New York said the use of the foam at five military and civilian airports in the state caused "extensive contamination" to nearby fish, soil and water and increased the risk to people of immune system damage and other health problems.




  • EPA to propose reallocating waived biofuels volumes to other refiners: sources

    EPA to propose reallocating waived biofuels volumes to other refiners: sourcesBy Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose reallocating biofuel blending obligations waived under its small refinery exemption program to other refiners, in an announcement that could come as early as Friday, according to two sources familiar with the agency's plans. The EPA is expected to make the announcement as part of the release on Friday of the agency's proposed annual biofuel blending mandates under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), one source told Reuters. The RFS requires refiners to blend biofuels like ethanol into the fuel pool or buy compliance credits from those who do.




  • Tent city for migrant children puts Texas border town in limelight

    Tent city for migrant children puts Texas border town in limelightBy Jon Herskovitz TORNILLO, Texas (Reuters) - A small Texas farming community near El Paso with no traffic lights, a cotton gin and two dollar stores has found itself playing the uncomfortable host to a U.S. government tent city for children suspected of illegal border crossings. In a quiet corner of Texas with vast desert spaces, dusty roads and cotton fields, Tornillo was thrust into the limelight when the first tents went up last week. The tent city has come under scrutiny amid outcry at home and abroad over the Trump administration's policy of separating parents and children after families cross the border from Mexico illegally.




  • Trump administration to ask court to modify order on detained immigrant families

    Trump administration to ask court to modify order on detained immigrant familiesWASHINGTON (Reuters) - An executive ordered signed by President Donald Trump on Wednesday directs the U.S. Justice Department to seek a modification of a court order to permit families that enter the United States illegally to be detained together until their criminal proceedings are concluded, a text of the order shows. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Bill Trott)




  • Canada PM pressured to suspend U.S. refugee agreement in face of 'unacceptable' policy

    Canada PM pressured to suspend U.S. refugee agreement in face of 'unacceptable' policyOTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday the U.S. practice of separating immigrant children from their parents on its southern border was "unacceptable", even as he resisted pressure to suspend a bilateral agreement designating the United States a "safe" country for refugees. Trudeau has been under increasing pressure to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, a 2004-era pact under which asylum seekers presenting at a land border crossing in either country are turned back and told to apply for refugee status in the first country they arrived in.




  • Trump signs executive order to keep immigrant families together

    Trump signs executive order to keep immigrant families togetherWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, addressing what his administration has characterized as an unwanted side effect of his zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration, signed an executive order on Wednesday to keep families who illegally cross the U.S. southern border together as they await immigration proceedings. "It's about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border,” Trump told reporters as he signed the measure. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Sandra Maler)




  • West Virginia Supreme Court justice charged with fraud

    West Virginia Supreme Court justice charged with fraudLoughry, 47, who was elected in 2012, was charged with using a government vehicle and credit card on personal trips, submitting mileage claims for reimbursement for a government vehicle he used and making unlawful personal use of a historically significant desk, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a statement issued by his office in Charleston. The indictment also accused him of trying to obstruct the grand jury investigation by seeking to influence the testimony of a Supreme Court employee.




  • U.S. Air Force says Boeing KC-46 aircraft delivery to start in October

    U.S. Air Force says Boeing KC-46 aircraft delivery to start in OctoberThe first delivery was scheduled for the second quarter of 2018, but, the Air Force said in March it would more likely occur late in the year. "The KC-46 is a top priority for The Boeing Company, and we have the best of Boeing working to ensure the U.S. Air Force gets their tankers as quickly as possible," Boeing said on Wednesday.




  • Michael Bloomberg to spend $80 million to help elect Democrats: NYT

    Michael Bloomberg to spend $80 million to help elect Democrats: NYTFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a frequent critic of Republican President Donald Trump, intends to spend $80 million helping Democratic candidates in November's U.S. congressional elections, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The report said that Bloomberg, a political independent, has directed aides to spend the money in order to expel Republicans from power. "I've never thought that the public is well-served when one party is entirely out of power, and I think the past year and half has been evidence of that," Bloomberg said in a statement to Reuters, which did not confirm the dollar amount.




  • Families to be held together under Trump immigration order: official

    Families to be held together under Trump immigration order: officialWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Immigrant families who illegally cross the U.S. southern border will be detained together under an executive order President Donald Trump will sign on Wednesday, an administration official said. The order will also give these families precedence when it comes to immigration proceedings, but it will not end the administration's so-called zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration, the official said. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by James Dalgleish)




  • Catholic cardinal in Washington accused of sex abuse

    Catholic cardinal in Washington accused of sex abuseThe Vatican has asked retired Washington, D.C., Archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to cease public ministry after finding he was credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager almost 50 years ago, the archdiocese and McCarrick said on Wednesday. McCarrick is among the highest-ranking of the more than 6,700 U.S. Roman Catholic clerics to be accused of sexually abusing children since the church's sex abuse scandal broke in 2002, according to BishopAccountability.org, a private group that tracks the allegations. McCarrick, 87, was accused of sexually abusing a teenager when he was a priest in New York, he said in a statement.




  • Ex-NY state Senate leader, son face retrial on corruption charges

    Ex-NY state Senate leader, son face retrial on corruption chargesBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam began their second trial on federal corruption charges on Wednesday, nearly a year after an appeals court threw out their 2015 convictions. "This case is about the abuse of political power to satisfy personal greed," Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Zolkind told jurors in his opening statement in Manhattan federal court. "That is pure corruption," Zolkind said.




  • Special Report: Trump's catch-and-detain policy snares illegal immigrants long in U.S

    Special Report: Trump's catch-and-detain policy snares illegal immigrants long in U.SBy Mica Rosenberg and Reade Levinson OCILLA, Georgia (Reuters) - Morena Vasquez didn’t want to drive that February night last year, but a co-worker at her job cleaning offices near Atlanta needed some keys dropped off. “I knew it was my responsibility,” Vasquez said. An El Salvador native, she had crossed illegally into the United States as a teenager, and though she had lived in Georgia for 23 years, she was unable to get a driver’s license under state law.




  • Ohio State University closes sexual assault unit; cites mismanagement

    Ohio State University closes sexual assault unit; cites mismanagementThe university launched its comprehensive prevention effort to combat sexual misconduct in 2015, at a time of intense public focus on sex assault on U.S. college campuses. Its move to shut down the program comes as the #MeToo movement has intensified focus on sexual harassment and assault in many spheres of American life. A review conducted by an external law firm revealed that the campus Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit did not properly document and report information about some sexual assault complaints by students, Chris Davey, a spokesman for the university, said in a statement on Tuesday.




  • In Mexico, Trump's child separations trigger wrenching decisions

    In Mexico, Trump's child separations trigger wrenching decisionsCIUDAD JUAREZ/TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Epigmenio Centeno had hoped to cross the Mexican border into the United States in the coming months, but he and his wife have shelved their plans for fear of being separated from their two sons under U.S. President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. The family's quandary mirrors life-changing decisions being made all the way from Central America to the Mexico-U.S. border, as migrant families en route to the United States take pause to consider whether losing sight of their children is worse than the violence back home.




  • House to vote Thursday on immigration legislation: Ryan

    House to vote Thursday on immigration legislation: RyanWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said on Wednesday the House would vote on immigration legislation on Thursday that would end the practice of separating families who cross the U.S. border illegally. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)




  • Washington D.C. residents approve wage hike for tipped workers

    Washington D.C. residents approve wage hike for tipped workersTipped workers in Washington, D.C. will eventually become the highest paid in the United States after voters passed a measure to drastically increase their minimum wage. "The is a huge victory for tipped workers," Diana Ramirez, director of Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington D.C., said after the polls closed. The measure was the latest effort to raise pay for low-income workers across the United States through the "Fight for $15" campaign, which contends that service-industry employees have been left behind economically in recent years.




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