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U.S. Surgeon General wants tougher action to tackle teen vaping epidemic

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:29:54 -0500

The detailed advisory listed various strategies that states, communities, health professionals and parents can apply to restrict the use of e-cigarettes. The devices, which are often thought of as sa....
Trump charity to dissolve under deal with N.Y. attorney general

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:01:43 -0500

The lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation also seeks to recoup $2.8 million and ban Trump and his three eldest children from leadership roles in any other New York charity. The agreement, wh....
Pittsburgh considers stricter gun laws after synagogue attack

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:45:42 -0500

The measure would also ban certain types of ammunition and allow courts to ban gun ownership by people deemed to pose a significant threat of violence. "As gun violence escalates across the country, ....
Sue, the world-famous T. rex, gets a new lair in Chicago

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:33:18 -0500

The museum on Friday will unveil the 40-1/2-foot-long (12.3-meter) Sue, one of the world's best-known dinosaur fossils, in the giant meat-eater's new permanent exhibition space after 10 months of work....
Paging Bruce Lee: Judge knocks down New York's nunchuck ban

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:09:12 -0500

A federal judge knocked down a New York state law banning nunchucks that dated to the 1970s, when martial arts star Bruce Lee popularized them in his movies by whipping around the twin sticks linked b....
U.S. border agents will not speak to lawmakers about girl's death

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:24:59 -0500

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday plan to visit the New Mexico patrol station where Jakelin Caal and her father were taken on Dec. 7 to learn more about why she died the next day....
Migrant family who fled tear gas at U.S. border seeks asylum

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:12:00 -0500

The family appeared in a widely circulated photograph taken by Reuters as they fled tear gas thrown by U.S. authorities during a protest at the border last month when some migrants rushed the U.S. fen....
Two Chicago police officers killed by passing train

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 23:50:05 -0500

Two Chicago police officers were struck and killed by a passing commuter train on Monday while investigating a report of gunfire near railroad tracks on the city's Far South Side, police said. The tw....
Three Maryland synagogues receive suspicious letters but no hazards found

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:29:29 -0500

The incidents come amid a rise in hate crimes in the United States, with a 37 percent spike in anti-Semitic attacks, the third straight year that such attacks have increased, FBI data released last mo....
Statue of Liberty climber guilty of trespassing for immigration protest

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:04:20 -0500

A woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal to protest U.S. immigration policy declared in federal court on Monday she would do it again to call attention to the plight of families sepa....
Statue of Liberty climber guilty of trespassing for immigration protest

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:52:58 -0500

A woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal to protest U.S. immigration policy declared in federal court on Monday she would do it again to call attention to the plight of families sepa....
Trump approves second round of trade aid payments for U.S. farmers

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:34:42 -0500

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he has authorized the second round of payments from a $12 billion aid package for farmers stung by the U.S. trade war with China, but did not specify an amou....
New York Governor Cuomo aims to legalize recreational marijuana use

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:54:41 -0500

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday said legalizing marijuana for recreational use would be one of his top legislative priorities next year. The move, which would add New York to the list of 10 ....
Small assault-style rifle firms thriving under activists' radar

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:48:16 -0500

By 2016, it was making more rifles than Smith & Wesson, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Anderson's big seller: assault-....
E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in U.S. high-schools: survey

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:35:46 -0500

The percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days nearly doubled to 20.9 percent from last year, results of a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse show....
Trump hails judge's ruling against Obamacare as 'great'

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 07:23:36 -0500

President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a court decision against Obamacare as "a great ruling for our country," while a U.S. government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no imme....
Hondurans who fled political violence fear for lives if sent home

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:56:57 -0500

Active in the leftist opposition Libre Party, the Pinedas believe their tormentors were loyal to conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez. "They told me that for getting people involved in polit....
After outcry over appointment, Trump's top law enforcer treading lightly

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:25:24 -0500

Matthew Whitaker flew to Dallas last week to deliver his latest speech since U.S. President Donald Trump installed him as acting attorney general, an appointment embroiled in criticism and court chall....
Dead Guatemalan girl dreamed of sending money home to poor family

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:14:47 -0500

Nery Caal, 29, and his daughter Jakelin were in a group of more than 160 migrants who handed themselves in to U.S. border agents in New Mexico on Dec. 6. Jakelin developed a high fever and died hours....
Factbox: Trump administration departures, firings, reassignments

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:32:35 -0500

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will step down at the end of December, the latest senior official to exit Trump's high-turnover administration. An ex-congre....
As Zinke departs, Trump says he will name new interior secretary next week

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:21:05 -0500

Trump did not give a reason for Zinke's departure. "Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation," Trump said on Twitter. "The Trump administrat....
Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:08:21 -0500

Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ballot initiative launches one of the largest enfranchisem....
Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:53:50 -0500

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a cas....
Police search ranch belonging to missing Colorado woman's fiance

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:27:39 -0500

Police looking for a Colorado mother who was reported missing from her small mountain town nearly two weeks ago searched her fiance's ranch on Friday but stopped short of calling him a suspect in the ....
Challenging judges' orders, Trump aims to enlist Supreme Court

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:01:44 -0500

The Supreme Court traditionally has been viewed as the court of last resort in the United States, but Trump's Justice Department increasingly has tried to enlist it in paring back or halting unfavorab....
U.S. government watchdog to probe child's death after border arrest

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:18:24 -0500

WASHINGTON/TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog will investigate the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant which occurred after she was detained....
Police probe hoax bitcoin bomb threats across U.S., Canada

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:57:05 -0500

U.S. law enforcement officials on Friday were investigating a wave of hoax emailed bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment that caused worry but no damage in the United States, Canada, Australia and Ne....
Saudi man pleads guilty in Oklahoma to lying about al Qaeda training

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:24:10 -0500

Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, who was arrested in February, faces up to 18 years in prison, the department said in a statement. Alfallaj's fingerprints turned up on documents found by the U.S. mili....
Big Washington clean-up bill leads House Democrats' list

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:05:46 -0500

When the Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives in three weeks, their first order of business is expected to be a wide-ranging bill about political corruption, voter disenfranchisement ....
California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:43:44 -0500

California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by the liberal-leaning state that sets it apart from the environment....
ICE arrests of immigrants in U.S. illegally highest since 2014: agency

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:30:14 -0500

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested more immigrants who were in the United States illegally in the fiscal year through Sept. 30, 2018, than in any year since 2014, the agency s....
Connecticut school evacuated for bomb threat on sixth anniversary of massacre

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:07:41 -0500

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where 26 children and educators were killed in 2012, received a threatening phone call around 9 a.m. EST, said police Lieutenant Aaron Bahamonde. "It was a bo....
U.S. sues YRC Worldwide freight units, alleges overcharging

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:29:43 -0500

U.S. officials have filed a lawsuit against several units of freight company YRC Worldwide Inc alleging that they systematically overcharged the federal government for services and lied to hide their ....
Georgia police officer shot to death; gunman killed

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:19:07 -0500

A rookie suburban Atlanta police officer was shot and killed Thursday by a man who was also killed in a shoot-out with other officers, officials said. The names of the DeKalb County police officer an....
Australia, NZ investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agencies

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:45:40 -0500

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand are investigating bomb threat emails received by some residents, cyber security officials said on Friday, after simi....
Number of U.S. inmates on death row at 25-year low: report

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:11:47 -0500

The number of U.S. inmates executed this year has reached a 25-year low as fewer death sentences are handed down and death row inmates clear their names or die of natural causes, the Death Penalty Inf....
U.S. Green Beret charged with murder of man in Afghanistan

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:46:30 -0500

A U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to....
Florida executes man convicted of killing woman during 1992 burglary

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:52:36 -0500

Jose Jimenez, 55, was put to death by lethal injection at 9:48 p.m. EST at Florida's execution chamber in Raiford, according to Patrick Manderfield, a spokesman for the state department of corrections....
No free money in New Jersey: Police want spilled banknotes back

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:54:09 -0500

East Rutherford police began receiving calls at around 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT) on Thursday that cash was blowing out of the bullet-resistant truck and multiple vehicles had crashed after several moto....
Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol-Washington Post

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:33:06 -0500

A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Early on Dec. 7, the girl started h....
No foul play suspected in deaths of two workers at U.S. research station in Antarctica

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:33:51 -0500

The two fire-safety technicians died in unexplained circumstances on Wednesday while performing preventive maintenance on a building that houses a generator for a radio transmitter outside the NSF-man....
U.S. appeals court narrows order on Trump birth control rules

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:49:52 -0500

Last year two federal judges - one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California - had blocked the government from enforcing a new guideline allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions fro....
Bitcoin ransoms just are not what they used to be

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:06:08 -0500

(Reuters) - Give me bitcoin or your life. Seriously? The people behind a rash of bomb threats made across the United States and Canada on Thursday demanded a $20,000 ransom to be paid in bitcoin. Auth....
New Zealand police investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agency

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:48:12 -0500

Police in New Zealand are investigating email threats received by some residents that claim explosive devices were hidden in their offices, the cyber security agency CERT NZ said on Friday after simil....
New York sues Target, Walmart for sale of lead-contaminated toys

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:31:16 -0500

Underwood said her office conducted tests in New York City, Long Island, and the Syracuse and Buffalo areas on "Cra-Z-Jewelz" jewelry-making kits that were imported by LaRose and found levels up to 10....
Bomb threats demanding bitcoin sweep U.S., Canada, none found credible

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:25:05 -0500

One email targeting a St. Louis-area middle school was traced by local investigators to an internet protocol, or IP, address in Moscow, the sheriff's office in Lincoln County, Missouri said. Two week....
Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:51:54 -0500

Allard Beutel, a spokesman for the agency who this week invited Curry to tour the Johnson Space Center in Houston, told science publication Inverse on Thursday the Golden State guard said he would be ....
Butina admits being Russian agent, pleads guilty in U.S. to conspiracy

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:09:19 -0500

Maria Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, entered the plea to a charge of conspiracy to act as a foreign agent at a hearing in....
U.S. appeals court narrows Trump birth control ruling

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:00:47 -0500

Last year two federal judges, one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California, had blocked the government from enforcing rules allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions from the contra....
Jury convicts ex-employees of pharmacy in U.S. meningitis outbreak

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:15:09 -0500

A co-owner and four ex-employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were convicted on Thursday of committing frauds and other illegal activities that helped boost its business before a deadly 201....