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Factbox: How Russians may have acted to interfere with U.S. Congressional elections

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 06:30:18 -0400

A U.S. indictment charging a Russian national with playing a prominent role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" to influence the U.S. midterm elections suggested that Russian inf....
Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral home

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 00:38:43 -0400

The remains of more than 60 infants and fetuses were found stashed in a Detroit funeral home, police said on Friday, calling the discovery "deeply disturbing." The incident comes about a week after t....
USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:18:18 -0400

The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the universi....
Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:16:12 -0400

In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per ....
'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator Warner

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:41:48 -0400

The indictment on Friday of a Russian woman on charges of attempting to meddle in U.S. elections shows the need for "guardrails" on social media, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Commi....
Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:18:14 -0400

The winner of such a prize would be worth more than Vera Bradley Inc and easily have enough money left over to buy a full set of the company's trademark paisley purses and luggage. Mega Millions tick....
Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:41:34 -0400

President Donald Trump reiterated his support for a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year, even as he came under criticism on Friday from U.S. lawmakers and press organizations. T....
USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:56:54 -0400

The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the universi....
Texas toddler left at stranger's house, instead of with dad

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:47:27 -0400

The woman who left the child, a friend of the mother, was initially suspected of child abandonment after video, shared widely on social media, showed her hoisting the toddler by the arm to a stranger'....
Factbox: Over 124,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:49:12 -0400

In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per ....
Pennsylvania law to make hazing punishable as felony

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:49:19 -0400

Named the “Timothy Piazza Anti-Hazing Law” after a Penn State freshman who died during hazing activities at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in February 2017, the bill unanimously passed the Legisla....
Texas police hunt woman who left toddler at stranger's door

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:48:13 -0400

A woman is suspected of child abandonment for hoisting a two-year-old boy by the arm to the house of a stranger in a northern Houston suburb, ringing the doorbell and running away, authorities said on....
After ad gaffe, North Dakota's Heitkamp apologizes in Senate debate

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:14:50 -0400

The ad, intended to highlight her support of women following the brutal debate over a U.S. Supreme Court nominee accused of sexual assault, was an untimely gaffe for Heitkamp as she struggles to hang ....
Ex-FBI agent charged with leaking sentenced to 48 months

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:45:37 -0400

Albury's sentence is much harsher than his defense lawyers had hoped, but slightly less severe than the 52-month prison term that federal prosecutors were seeking. Albury pleaded guilty to two counts....
Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in Pennsylvania

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:18:52 -0400

The investigation is the first statewide probe by federal authorities of allegations of sex abuse and cover-up by the Catholic Church in the United States.....
Judge orders U.S. to review asylum for separated migrant families

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:00:10 -0400

The order directs the government to begin the process of reviewing asylum claims for about 60 detained parents and children, even if their claims had previously been denied. Civil rights attorneys ar....
Utah man indicted over ricin mail threat to Trump, others

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:11:39 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury returned a seven-count indictment on Thursday against a 39-year-old Navy veteran on charges of mailing letters to President Donald Trump and other officials that co....
U.S. Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion, second largest on record

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:16:29 -0400

The immediate cash value of the Mega Millions prize is $548 million. Among the throngs dreaming of what to do with potential winnings was Erica Young, who works in the Manhattan hotel industry, and w....
Florida's Republicans feel brunt of hurricane in upcoming election

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:41:36 -0400

To her shock, the 69-year-old retired teacher found her mail-in absentee ballot sitting in her post office box in the town of Port St. Joe. With much of the region still working to secure basic servi....
Thousands in U.S. South may not be able to cast ballots in early voting

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:36:45 -0400

The delay disproportionately affected the area around Memphis, a majority African-American city, leading activists to charge the Republican-controlled state government has not done enough to protect t....
Former USA Gymnastics boss arrested for Nassar evidence-tampering

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:59:33 -0400

Steve Penny, the former USA Gymnastics president, was arrested on Wednesday night in Tennessee on charges he tampered with evidence in the case of Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor convicted of ....
Trump administration asks high court to halt climate change case

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:04:12 -0400

President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday for a second time asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put the brakes on a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the U.S. government of ignor....
U.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:50:55 -0400

Greenhouse gases emissions from the largest U.S. industrial plants fell 2.7 percent in 2017, the Trump administration said, as coal plants shut and as that industry competes with cheap natural gas and....
Trump pulling out of pact that discounted foreign postal deliveries

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:04:26 -0400

The Trump administration will begin withdrawing from a United Nations pact that offered low rates for foreign postal deliveries of small packages in the United States, the latest move to challenge pra....
More Honduran migrants seek to join U.S.-bound group in Guatemala

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:10:38 -0400

The migrants hope to reach Mexico and then cross its northern border with the United States, to seek refuge from endemic violence and poverty in Central America. Several thousand people are now journ....
Late brothel owner Hof will win Nevada vote: campaign manager

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:00:45 -0400

Dennis Hof, 72, who died on Tuesday, styled himself as America's best-known pimp and a strip-club owner who ran multiple brothels. "I feel very comfortable predicting that he is still going to win th....
More Honduran migrants seek to join U.S.-bound group in Guatemala

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:51:23 -0400

More Honduran migrants tried to join a caravan of several thousand trekking through Guatemala on Wednesday, defying calls by authorities not to make the journey after U.S. President Donald Trump threa....
U.S. Treasury official charged with leaks linked to Russia probe

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:49:20 -0400

Natalie May Edwards, a senior adviser in the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was arrested on Tuesday and charged with unauthorized disclosure of suspicious activit....
Sheriff says 'every second counts' in search for Wisconsin girl

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:39:08 -0400

"We believe Jayme was in the home at the time of the homicides and we believe she's in danger," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, who is leading the search, told a news conference. Police issue....
Trump slams California wildfire steps, threatens funding halt

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:41:47 -0400

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday rekindled his criticism of California's wildfire prevention steps and threatened to withhold billions of dollars of federal funding amid one of the most destru....
Man sentenced to nearly 25 years for arson of Texas mosque

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:10:48 -0400

A man convicted of a hate crime in setting fire to a mosque in Texas was sentenced to almost 25 years in prison.....
Trump pulling out of pact that discounted foreign postal deliveries

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:11:58 -0400

The Trump administration will begin withdrawing from a United Nations pact that offered low rates for foreign postal deliveries of small packages in the United States, the latest move to challenge pra....
U.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:33:15 -0400

Greenhouse gases emissions from the largest U.S. industrial plants fell 2.7 percent in 2017, the Trump administration said, as coal plants shut and as that industry competes with cheap natural gas and....
Lack of power, phone service hamper post-Hurricane Michael recovery

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:27:51 -0400

It packed top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour) that toppled power lines and unleashed a surge of seawater that demolished homes. Florida officials have not said how many people....
U.S. first lady's plane lands safely after smoke filled cabin

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:07:47 -0400

“They had a problem, but she’s fine,” Trump said in an interview on Fox Business News. The plane had a "minor mechanical issue," after the plane took off for Philadelphia, the first lady's spokeswoma....
O'Rourke gets tough in U.S. Senate battle in Texas, but is it too late?

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:16:04 -0400

Cruz fired back repeatedly, casting O'Rourke as out of touch with the values of Texas voters during a free-swinging debate that turned personal over divisive issues such as healthcare, climate change ....
U.S. courts abruptly tossed 9,000 deportation cases. Here's why

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:22:39 -0400

The notice to appear in court that Barrios had received in her deportation case hadn’t specified a time or date for her first hearing, noting that they would be determined later. The Supreme Court ca....
U.S. CDC confirms 62 cases of rare polio-like neurological condition

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:12:32 -0400

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare, polio-like condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs, across 22 states. The CDC ....
U.S. holiday hiring hits highest since 2014 as consumer confidence soars

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:08 -0400

Retailers have said they would add 704,000 jobs in total to their rosters ahead of the important holiday shopping season, which is up 1.2 percent from the previous best figures in 2014, according to g....
Rising rates knock U.S. mortgage activity to lowest since 2014: MBA

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:11:15 -0400

Loan applications for home refinancing tumbled to their lowest level since late 2000, while mortgage requests to buy a home dropped to their weakest level in 20 months, MBA data showed. The Washingto....
More than 155,000 U.S. customers without power after Hurricane Michael

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:49:55 -0400

More than 155,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. Southeast were still without power early Wednesday, local power companies said, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. In total, more than 3.3 milli....
U.S. states opposed to offshore drilling find hope in Zinke's words

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:37:42 -0400

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has hinted to at least six coastal states that he will keep their waters out of a looming plan to expand U.S. offshore drilling, tellin....
Mega Millions jackpot hits $868 million, second-largest in U.S. history

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:18:55 -0400

The Mega Millions jackpot rose from $667 million after no one hit the six numbers drawn on Tuesday, extending a winless streak for the top prize that has lasted since July. The lottery prize is the l....
Death toll from Florida hurricane at least 27, hundreds missing

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:44:57 -0400

Rescue teams searched ravaged areas of Florida's Panhandle on Tuesday for hundreds of people reported missing nearly a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities in the region and killed at le....
O'Rourke comes out swinging at 'Lyin Ted' Cruz in Texas debate

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:20:30 -0400

O'Rourke resurrected the nickname given Cruz by Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. "It’s why the president called him ‘Lyin’ Ted,’and why the nickname stuck.” Cruz took note of the more ag....
Nevada brothel owner, dubbed 'Trump from Pahrump,' dies: sheriff

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:23:04 -0400

Dennis Hof, 72, styled himself as America's best-known pimp, a strip-club owner who ran multiple brothels. "This really is the Trump movement," Hof said in a June interview at Moonlite BunnyRanch, hi....
Senior FBI official improperly accepted gifts from reporter: report

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:06:35 -0400

An unnamed senior official at the FBI improperly accepted tickets to professional sporting events from a reporter and later misled investigators when confronted about it, the Justice Department's inte....
Heated U.S. congressional races on pace to break fundraising records

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:03:29 -0400

Candidates for the House of Representatives have collectively raised $1.2 billion from January 2017 through the end of September, more than the inflation-adjusted $1 billion record set at this point i....
Death toll from Florida hurricane at least 29, hundreds missing

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:29:26 -0400

The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to at least 29 as crews scoured for hundreds reported missing in Florida. ....
Minnesota accuses insulin makers of deceptive drug pricing

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:21:28 -0400

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson took aim at the companies after the list price for some insulin products more than tripled since 200....