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  • The Latest: PenAir plans to remove plane from site Saturday

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    PenAir said in a statement Friday evening that it plans to remove its airplane from the scene of a crash of one of its jets on Saturday. The state Department of Transportation determined the runway was not damaged by the crash, the company said. A Ravn Air Group flight brought in investigators from the state transportation department and the NTSB, PenAir said.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 21:51:56 -0400
  • RPT-UPDATE 7-'Failure:' Mexico admits bungled arrest of kingpin's son after mayhem

    Mexican officials on Friday admitted they had bungled the arrest of kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's son, who they let go during shootouts with drug gangs in the streets of a major city, but the president insisted his security strategy was working. Cartel gunmen surrounded around 35 police and national guards in the northwestern city of Culiacan on Thursday and made them free Ovidio Guzman, one of the jailed drug lord's dozen or so children, after his brief detention set off widespread gun battles and a jailbreak that stunned the country. The chaos in Culiacan, a bastion of Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel, turned up pressure on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December promising to pacify a country weary of more than a decade of gang violence and murders.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 21:21:44 -0400
  • Indiana woman convicted of reckless homicide in 3 deaths

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    An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in the Oct. 30, 2018, crash that killed 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl. Maverik Lowe, 11, was critically injured.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 21:12:26 -0400
  • U.S. social networks withhold data on spread of livestreamed Germany shooting video

    Companies including Facebook and Twitter committed in May to take "transparent, specific measures" to prevent the amplification of violent content, after the killing of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook. Releasing the data would provide an indication of the impact of the new policies.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 21:11:15 -0400
  • Shocked by cartel firefight, Mexico's Culiacan seeks return to normality

    CULIACAN, Mexico/MEXICO CITY, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Stunned residents of the Mexican city of Culiacan gingerly ventured back into the streets on Friday as police cleared away shell casings and scorched cars from an eruption of gangland violence on the home turf of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel. Scores of cartel henchmen swarmed parts of the capital of the northwestern state of Sinaloa on Thursday when authorities briefly detained a son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a house in an area packed with hotels, shops and restaurants. Wielding assault rifles, torching cars and blocking roads at various locations across town, the cartel footsoldiers unleashed a show of firepower that sent people scurrying for cover and prompted security forces to free the son, Ovidio Guzman.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:59:17 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Chile shuts down capital city metro as violent protests spread

    Chilean officials shut down the metro system in Santiago on Friday after demonstrators protesting recent fare hikes took to the streets and attacked subway stops, leaving widespread damage across the capital city of nearly 6 million people. Metro officials said the system would remain closed through the weekend, citing "serious destruction" that made it impossible to operate trains safely. "It is one thing to demonstrate and another to commit the vandalism we have observed," President Sebastian Pinera told national radio station Radio Agricultural earlier in the day.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:29:02 -0400
  • California utility sees decade of power cuts to avoid wildfires

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    Bill Johnson, who became CEO of bankrupt PG&E Corp earlier this year, told an emergency meeting with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that recent power outages included lack of information and hardships that cannot be repeated. "Eventually the technology will get us to a point where we don't need to be doing it," he said.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:27:57 -0400
  • California utility sees decade of power cuts to avoid wildfires

    Northern Californians can expect widespread power cuts aimed at preventing wildfires for a decade while Pacific Gas & Electric upgrades wires systems, cuts back trees and takes other safety measures, the utility's chief executive said on Friday. Bill Johnson, who became CEO of bankrupt PG&E Corp earlier this year, told an emergency meeting with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that recent power outages included lack of information and hardships that cannot be repeated.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:22:50 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-EXPLAINER-Mexico's week of bloodshed. What is going on?

    Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, promising not to repeat the "failed policies" of past administrations that have done little to stem a tide of drug-related violence that cost some 29,000 lives last year. WHAT HAPPENED IN MEXICO THIS PAST WEEK? On Monday, cartel hitmen shot dead at least 13 police in an ambush in Aguililla in the western state of Michoacan, long convulsed by turf wars between drug gangs, latterly the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and its enemies.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:19:25 -0400
  • Tropical Storm Nestor forms, threatening US Gulf Coast

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    Tropical Storm Nestor bore down on the northern Gulf Coast with high winds, surging seas and heavy rains Friday evening, threatening to hit an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. "We've done very little preparation only because there's nothing really to prepare for," said Mexico City Beach Mayor Al Cathey.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:15:08 -0400
  • Clinton email probe finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information

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    A U.S. State Department investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state has found no evidence of deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees. The investigation, the results of which were released on Friday by Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's office, centered on whether Clinton, who served as the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, jeopardized classified information by using a private email server rather than a government one.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:09:56 -0400
  • FDA approves Alexion's Ultomiris for another rare blood disease

    The treatment, Ultomiris, has already been approved in the United States, Japan and the European Union to treat adults with blood disorder called paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. Friday's approval allows its use in treating atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), a condition that causes abnormal blood clots to form in small blood vessels in the kidneys, which could result in kidney failure. The label for the treatment carries a boxed warning, the FDA's harshest, flagging risks of life-threatening meningococcal infections or sepsis, that have occurred in patients treated with Ultomiris.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:09:19 -0400
  • Judge orders New Mexico compound suspect hospitalized

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    A federal judge has ordered a woman charged with firearms and terrorism-related counts to be hospitalized for mental health treatment more than a year after authorities arrested her and four other adult residents of a squalid New Mexico compound. In his order, Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Johnson said Jany Leveille has not been able to understand the proceedings in the case against her because she is suffering from mental illness. The order Thursday allows for a maximum of four months of hospitalization for Leveille before the court determines whether she might eventually prove competent to stand trial.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:08:32 -0400
  • Ivanka Trump says developing countries must do more to empower women to get U.S. aid

    Developing countries that want to do business with the United States must do more to empower women and give them better access to the workforce, education and legal protections, White House adviser Ivanka Trump said on Friday. Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, outlined initiatives to bolster the economic status of women at a panel during the IMF/World Bank annual meetings. "We in the United States think about our development assistance through the lens of achieving the goal for countries of self-reliance," she told an audience of hundreds.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:07:52 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. energy secretary will not comply with congressional Democrats' impeachment probe -reports

    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will not turn over documents to congressional Democrats who had subpoenaed them over his role in Ukraine as part of their impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, according to U.S. media reports on Friday. Three U.S. House of Representatives committees subpoenaed Perry on Oct. 10 for any role he played in Trump's push to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate his political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:06:08 -0400
  • The Latest: Nestor sends heavy rains onto Florida Panhandle

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    Heavy rains are spreading over parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Nestor approaches the Florida Panhandle. The National Hurricane Center says Nestor was centered Friday evening about 215 miles (340 kilometers) southwest of Panama City, Florida. The storm's moving to the northeast at 22 mph (35 kph) and has top sustained winds of 60 mph (90 kph).

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:05:40 -0400
  • Gabbard calls Clinton 'personification of the rot' as war of words heats up

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    "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain," said Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii who is a favorite of Russian state media as well as many liberals. Gabbard has said she will not run as a third-party candidate.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:04:45 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-FAA turns over emails from former Boeing 737 pilot

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday turned over 10 pages of emails to Congress from a former chief technical pilot on the Boeing 737 MAX that disclosed new details of the company's efforts to win approval from regulators around the world and drew the ire of a top Democratic lawmaker. Earlier Friday, the FAA disclosed to Congress instant messages from Forkner about the 737 MAX suggested more concerns about MCAS than was previously known and that Boeing may have misled the FAA.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:56:55 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a challenge backed by President Donald Trump's administration to the structure of a federal agency assigned to protect consumers in the financial sector that could undermine its independence from presidential interference. The nine justices will hear an appeal involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought by a law firm that had been investigated by the agency, arguing that its structure infringes on presidential powers as laid out in the U.S. Constitution. A federal judge in Florida ruled on Friday that a state law requiring felons to pay fines, fees and restitution related to their convictions before being allowed to vote cannot be applied to people unable to make payments.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:51:54 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson puts his last-minute Brexit deal to a vote in an extraordinary sitting of the British parliament on Saturday, a day of reckoning that could decide the course of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. More than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48 to be the first sovereign country to leave the European project, Johnson will try to win parliament's approval for the divorce treaty he struck in Brussels on Thursday. Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, promising not to repeat the "failed policies" of past administrations that have done little to stem a tide of drug-related violence that cost some 29,000 lives last year.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:51:53 -0400
  • Castro blindsides Buttigieg over Chicago donation

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    Julián Castro rebuked Pete Buttigieg in a fundraising email to supporters Friday, criticizing the Indiana mayor over his decision to accept funds from a former Chicago city attorney involved in the botched handling of the police shooting of teen Laquan McDonald. Castro was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call out Buttigieg for his connection to Steve Patton, who made a $5,600 donation to the Buttigieg campaign in June and was scheduled to co-host a fundraising event Friday. “I applaud Mayor Buttigieg for returning the contribution, but at a time where police violence remains such a critical issue, it shouldn’t take four months to return such a problematic contribution,” Castro wrote.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:47:10 -0400
  • Energy secretary will not comply with congressional Democrats' impeachment probe: reports

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    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will not turn over documents to congressional Democrats who had subpoenaed them over his role in Ukraine as part of their impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, according to U.S. media reports on Friday. Three U.S. House of Representatives committees subpoenaed Perry on Oct. 10 for any role he played in Trump's push to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate his political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his son. In a letter to the three committees, Melissa Burnison, an assistant energy secretary, wrote that the impeachment inquiry had not been properly authorized.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:28:11 -0400
  • Report: Diocese of Lansing mishandled 1990 sexual abuse case

    An independent investigator hired by the Roman Catholic Diocese has determined that the diocese failed to investigate allegations that a priest had sexually assaulted a man at a boxing training camp decades ago. The investigator's report released Thursday found that a man sent a letter to the Rev. Pat Egan in 1990 saying that Egan sexually assaulted him the previous year, when the victim was about 25 years old. "I repeat publicly now what I have said privately and personally to the victim in question: I am deeply sorry for the Diocese's past failure and all should know that the allegation would have been handled differently today," Bishop Earl Boyea said in a statement.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:24:43 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-U.S. diplomat told Congress he raised red flag about Biden and Ukraine -source

    A U.S. diplomat told congressional investigators this week that he raised concerns about Hunter Biden's position with a Ukrainian energy company in 2015, only to be turned away by an aide to then-Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the testimony said on Friday. Hunter Biden's role https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hunter-biden-ukraine/what-hunter-biden-did-on-the-board-of-ukrainian-energy-company-burisma-idUSKBN1WX1P7 on the board of Burisma Holdings Ltd while his father was in the White House plays into a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. Late on Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy notified Congress that it would not comply with a subpoena and provide documents Democrats want to review, according to media reports.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:20:42 -0400
  • Authorities: 2 Iowa deputies and suspect wounded in shootout

    A man opened fire on sheriff's deputies serving a warrant at a central Iowa apartment complex overnight, wounding two of them and setting off a gunbattle in which he, too, was wounded, authorities said Friday. The shooting occurred at around 10:40 p.m. Thursday in Stuart, about 35 miles (57 kilometers) west of Des Moines. Authorities on Friday identified the injured officers as Guthrie County Sheriff's Deputies Steven Henry and Jim Mink, and the suspect as 52-year-old Randall Comly.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:18:02 -0400
  • U.S. judge limits Florida law curtailing felons' voting rights

    In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee pointed to a U.S. constitutional amendment that prohibits denying citizens the right to vote in federal elections for failure to pay taxes. "Each of these plaintiffs have a constitutional right to vote so long as the state's only reason for denying the vote is failure to pay an amount the plaintiff is genuinely unable to pay," Hinkle wrote in his ruling. To enforce the law properly against felons who can pay their obligations but choose not to, he said the state could create a system for assessing true inability to pay.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:09:37 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Biden expands edge in U.S. Democratic nomination race

    Former Vice President Joe Biden expanded his lead over more than a dozen other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination this month as U.S. House Democrats looked into allegations that President Donald Trump tried to pressure a foreign leader to investigate him, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. The Oct. 17-18 opinion poll found that 21% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden in statewide nominating contests that begin next year, up 3 percentage points from a similar poll that was conducted at the end of September. Democrats in the House of Representatives are holding hearings to investigate whether Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:07:09 -0400
  • Chicago's mayor says top cop drinking before incident in car

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    Chicago's mayor said Friday that the city's top police officer told her he'd had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home, an incident that the chief contends was related to a change in his blood pressure medication. Superintendent Eddie Johnson didn't mention having anything to drink when he spoke to reporters Thursday night, and the department spokesman said officers who responded a 911 call reporting a man asleep in a car at a stop sign didn't observe any signs of impairment. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday that she agreed with Eddie Johnson's decision to request an internal affairs investigation of the Thursday incident to assure the public he's not trying to hide anything about his actions.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:06:06 -0400
  • U.S. judge limits Florida law curtailing felons' voting rights

    A federal judge in Florida ruled on Friday that a state law requiring felons to pay fines, fees and restitution related to their convictions before being allowed to vote cannot be applied to people unable to make payments. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee pointed to a U.S. constitutional amendment that prohibits denying citizens the right to vote in federal elections for failure to pay taxes. "Each of these plaintiffs have a constitutional right to vote so long as the state's only reason for denying the vote is failure to pay an amount the plaintiff is genuinely unable to pay," Hinkle wrote in his ruling.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:03:52 -0400
  • Angry over Brexit, thousands to gather in London demanding new referendum

    The battle over Brexit spills onto the streets of London on Saturday when many thousands of people are expected to march through London to demand a new referendum just as parliament decides the fate of Britain's departure from the European Union. After more than three years of tortuous debate, it is still uncertain how, when or even if Brexit will happen as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to pass his new Brexit deal and plots a way out of the deepest political crisis in a generation. James McGrory, director of the People’s Vote campaign, which organised the march, said the government should heed the anger of pro-Europeans and hold another referendum on Brexit.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:01:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Brexit day of reckoning: parliament to vote on Johnson's deal

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson puts his last-minute Brexit deal to a vote in an extraordinary sitting of the British parliament on Saturday, a day of reckoning that could decide the course of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. More than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48 to be the first sovereign country to leave the European project, Johnson will try to win parliament's approval for the divorce treaty he struck in Brussels on Thursday. In a day of Brexit high drama, lawmakers convene for the first Saturday sitting since the 1982 Argentine invasion of the Falklands, while hundreds of thousands of people march to parliament demanding another referendum.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:00:01 -0400
  • Clothing co. gets attention with billboard of hog-tied Trump

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    A clothing company has put up a billboard in New York City's Times Square that depicts President Donald Trump being hog-tied by a woman clad in its athletic wear. The 30-foot-high billboard featuring a model binding a Trump look-alike with red, white and blue rope while stomping on his face, was put up Tuesday as part of an advertising campaign by Dhvani, a Portland-based clothing company. Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr, tweaked the media Friday for not writing about the billboard sooner.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:56:05 -0400
  • Proposal seeks to modernize campgrounds at national parks

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    The Interior Department is reviewing recommendations to modernize campgrounds at national parks. The recommendations posted online this week come from an advisory committee created under former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that has been looking at ways for private businesses to operate on public lands. The vice chairman of the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee, Derrick Crandall, said many campgrounds don't meet visitors' expectations.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:51:16 -0400
  • ‘The Boy Next Door Killer’ handed death penalty for murdering two women including Ashton Kutcher date

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    A man dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" will face the death penalty after he was found guilty of two murders and an attempted murder by a jury in Los Angeles.Among Michael Gargiulo's victims was 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was killed on a night in 2001 when she had plans with Ashton Kutcher.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:47:00 -0400
  • EXPLAINER-Mexico's week of bloodshed. What is going on?

    Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, promising not to repeat the "failed policies" of past administrations that have done little to stem a tide of drug-related violence that cost some 29,000 lives last year. WHAT HAPPENED IN MEXICO THIS PAST WEEK? On Monday, cartel hitmen shot dead at least 13 police in an ambush in Aguililla in the western state of Michoacan, long convulsed by turf wars between drug gangs, latterly the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and its enemies.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:40:09 -0400
  • Botched Miranda warning excludes statements in Tibbetts case

    Part of the case against a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts appears to be in jeopardy because an officer failed to properly read him his Miranda rights. Prosecutors have agreed to exclude at trial some statements that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera made to police, the Des Moines Register reported . Court documents prosecutors filed Friday acknowledge that the initial Miranda warning given to Rivera around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2018, was incomplete because the officer "inadvertently" failed to inform Rivera that anything he said could be used against him in court.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:26:16 -0400
  • News Corp to supply headlines for Facebook's upcoming news tab

    Facebook Inc's upcoming news tab will feature headlines from the Wall Street Journal and some other News Corp media properties when it launches in fall of 2019, the social network said on Friday. The WSJ, which first reported about the deal, said news publications Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, and Business Insider have also reached a similar deal with Facebook. The news organizations will be paid a licensing fee to supply headlines, the WSJ reported.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:23:23 -0400
  • Late Representative Cummings to lie in state in U.S. Capitol

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    The late U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, one of a handful of Democrats leading an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, will be honored in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday when a coffin carrying his remains will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall. Cummings, 68, a civil rights champion and 22-year veteran of the House of Representatives, died on Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. The African-American congressman will be honored in "Statuary Hall," as it is known among those working in the Capitol.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:20:51 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. hits Cuba with new sanctions over human rights, Venezuela

    The United States is imposing new sanctions on Cuba over its human rights record and its support for Venezuela's government, the U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday. In a statement, the department said it will restrict Cuba's access to commercial aircraft by revoking existing licenses for aircraft leases to Cuban state-owned airlines and denying future applications for aircraft leases. The United States will also expand sanctions to include more foreign goods containing U.S. content and impose additional restrictions on exports to the Cuban government, the statement said.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:15:30 -0400
  • IMF awaits new fuel decree to revise Ecuador lending program -official

    The International Monetary Fund on Friday said it is awaiting the Ecuadorian government's next move regarding fuel subsidies to continue the revision of its lending program for the South American country. On Monday, after days of violent protests and in a major win for Ecuador's indigenous peoples, President Lenin Moreno abandoned an IMF-backed measure to end decades-old fuel subsidies aimed at getting the country's finances in check. "We are waiting for the new decree that the government will publish regarding its policies associated with the price of fuels," said Alejandro Werner, director of the IMF's Western Hemisphere department.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:12:48 -0400
  • Cohen turns to Congress in bid to shorten prison sentence

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    President Donald Trump's imprisoned former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is again turning to Congress as part of a renewed bid to reduce his prison sentence. Cohen's lawyers sent a letter to the Democratic heads of three congressional committees last month urging them to ask U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III to cut the length of his three-year prison term, and allow Cohen to serve his time at his New York City apartment. The letter said Cohen deserved leniency because of the "substantial assistance" he had provided to congressional committees scrutinizing Trump.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:12:31 -0400
  • Biden expands edge in U.S. Democratic nomination race: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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    Former Vice President Joe Biden expanded his lead over more than a dozen other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination this month as U.S. House Democrats looked into allegations that President Donald Trump tried to pressure a foreign leader to investigate him, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. The Oct. 17-18 opinion poll found that 21% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden in statewide nominating contests that begin next year, up 3 percentage points from a similar poll that was conducted at the end of September. Democrats in the House of Representatives are holding hearings to investigate whether Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:12:19 -0400
  • POLL-Biden expands edge in U.S. Democratic nomination race

    Former Vice President Joe Biden expanded his lead over more than a dozen other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination this month as Congress looked into allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump tried to pressure a foreign leader to investigate him, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. The Oct. 17-18 opinion poll found that 21% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden in statewide nominating contests that begin next year, up 3 percentage points from a similar poll that was conducted at the end of September. Another 16% said they would support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and 15% said they would back U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:07:40 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Thunberg rally in Canada's energy heartland runs into oil and gas counter-protest

    Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg joined thousands of protesters marching in Canada's energy heartland Alberta on Friday, as a smaller counter-rally led by a truck convoy of oil and gas workers also converged on the provincial capital Edmonton. A crowd of several thousand led by indigenous drummers with students, young people and families marched slowly from a downtown intersection towards the Alberta legislature building. At the same time, the honking horns of big rig trucks blared from a nearby thoroughfare, where vehicles emblazoned with "We love Canada energy" signs were driving up and down.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:04:19 -0400
  • US says it recently paid cash-strapped UN $180 million

    The United States said Friday it has paid the United Nations $180 million toward its annual dues and expects to make another payment of $96 million within the next few weeks, which should help ease the U.N.'s worst cash crisis in nearly a decade. U.S. deputy ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet, who is in charge of management and reform issues, made the announcement Friday to the General Assembly's budget and finance committee. Last week, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the U.N. was facing a major cash crisis because 64 of its 193 member nations hadn't paid their annual dues — Including the United States, its largest contributor.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:03:43 -0400
  • Impeachment's hectic fourth week ends. Here's what to look for next week.

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    The fourth week of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in Congress was the busiest so far, with five different depositions, a fractious meeting of Republicans and Democrats at the White House, and a shocking press conference by President Trump’s chief of staff.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:45:15 -0400
  • A day in Elton John's life: Buy Rolls, write hit song, dine with Ringo

    When Elton John was working on his new autobiography, the legendary singer, songwriter and performer pulled out diaries he had been encouraged to write during a stint in rehab. One entry read like this: "Got up, tidied the house, bought a Rolls Royce, had dinner, wrote 'Candle in the Wind,' had dinner with Ringo Starr," the musician said. The diary entries helped jog John's memories from his 50-year career filled with hit records, Grammy awards and royal friendships but also addiction and a suicide attempt two days before a show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:37:35 -0400
  • Early life stress tied to increased pain sensitivity later

    Researchers focused on stressful life events that might occur in children’s households during pregnancy or early childhood such as pregnancy complications, the death of a close friend or family member, marital problems or breakups, job loss or other financial hardships, or residential moves. Then, researchers tested pain sensitivity for 1,065 participants when they reached 22 years old. “Significant life stress is known to result in changes to the body’s biological systems partially by modifying gene expression,” said Rob Waller, lead author of the study and a researcher at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:35:20 -0400
  • Charges: Cemetery killer booby-trapped home to target police

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    Henry West, of Schofield, appeared Friday in court, where his cash bond was set at $10 million. West, 64, is charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, 11 counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, one count of arson, three counts of attempted arson and resisting or obstructing an officer, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. Authorities say he opened fire Oct. 3 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:34:06 -0400
  • Ex-officer who killed black man given 1-year prison sentence

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    A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, fleeing black man was sentenced to one year in prison Friday, nearly two weeks after a jury acquitted him of manslaughter charges but found him guilty of violating his oath of office. Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett in Camden County near the Georgia-Florida state line also gave Zechariah Presley four years of probation. Presley's wife said her husband was the "backbone" of their family, and their sons would be devastated if he were away longer.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:30:06 -0400
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