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  • Ex-CIA officer arrested for retaining classified information

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Central Intelligence Agency officer was arrested at a U.S. airport on Monday night in connection with charges that he illegally retained highly classified information, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:01:08 -0500
  • U.S. Hispanic Caucus head rejects Senate 'Dreamer' immigration deal

    U.S. Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, expressed opposition on Tuesday to a bipartisan Senate immigration deal set to be unveiled on Wednesday. Lujan Grisham has thrown her weight behind a bipartisan bill being introduced in the House of Representatives that is narrower than the Senate bill and would not address all the immigration issues being sought by the White House.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:27:51 -0500
  • Starved California siblings treated after rescue from 'horrific' home

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    David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49 - had subjected their children to abuse behind the doors of their darkened, foul-smelling home, Captain Greg Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said. The couple, who three times had traveled to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows at an Elvis chapel, was arrested on Sunday. Authorities were alerted after one of the children, an emaciated, 17-year-old girl, called police after escaping through a window of the house in Perris, a city about 70 miles (115 km) east of Los Angeles.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:24:40 -0500
  • U.S. government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange

    (Note language that may offend some readers) By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that. Republicans who control Congress are expected to try to push another stopgap funding bill and get it to President Donald Trump's desk before Friday's midnight deadline. Many Democrats might withhold their support unless immigration policy is addressed.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:15:45 -0500
  • Former Fiat Chrysler exec expected to plead guilty in payments probe: sources

    Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vice president Alphons Iacobelli is expected to plead guilty in connection with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into allegations he made at least $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, two people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. Iacobelli, a former Fiat Chrysler vice president of employee relations, was charged in July in U.S. District Court in Detroit with taking part in a conspiracy to pay prohibited money and gifts to United Auto Workers union officials.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:58:52 -0500
  • Wage dispute at NY City's main produce market could lead to strike

    The market that supplies New York City with most of its fresh fruits and vegetables faces the prospect of its first work stoppage since 1986 if last-ditch bargaining on Tuesday fails to bridge pay differences in a contract covering 1,100 warehouse workers. “I'm not very optimistic that we’re going to get a settlement, let’s put it that way," said Dan Kane, president of Teamsters union Local 202, which represents the workers. Kane said the union has not issued a strike deadline.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:57:16 -0500
  • Widow of Eagles guitarist Frey sues NYC hospital for wrongful death

    The widow of Glenn Frey on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over its treatment of the former co-lead singer and guitarist for The Eagles before he died in January 2016 at age 67. Cindy Frey accused the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence for failing to properly treat her late husband's ulcerative colitis, diagnose and treat infection, and advise of the risks and side effects from treatment. As a result, "Glenn Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled," and suffered pain and mental anguish prior to his Jan. 18, 2016 death, according to the complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:57:01 -0500
  • Victim of ex-USA gymnastics doctor says abuse led to dad's suicide

    By Brendan McDermid LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - One of the victims of USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting dozens of girls, on Tuesday blamed the disgraced doctor for her father's suicide. Kyle Stephens, pausing to compose herself during Nassar's sentencing hearing in a courtroom in Lansing, Michigan, said the doctor, a family friend, began molesting her when she was 6 years old and her parents did not believe her when she told them. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for the 54-year-old Nassar, who served as the USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:36:43 -0500
  • Trump administration to appeal 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling

    The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said it will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling last week that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The Trump administration will file an appeal of the judge's injunction directly with the conservative-majority Supreme Court as well as seeking to appeal to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the department said. The Republican president in September rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program put in place in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, effective in March.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:18:07 -0500
  • U.S. Homeland Security chief: did not hear Trump use vulgarity during meeting

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    By Yeganeh Torbati and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, under intense questioning from Democratic senators, said on Tuesday she did not hear President Donald Trump use a vulgarity to describe African countries during an impassioned White House meeting last week. Nielsen's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee echoed statements she has made since the meeting on Thursday with Trump and Republican and Democratic legislators, which roiled the debate on an immigration law deal and generated accusations of racism toward Trump. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting, said Trump used the word "shithole" to describe African countries but Nielsen, also who participated in the meeting, said she did not hear that.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:32:36 -0500
  • Factbox: High-profile recent U.S. captivity cases

    - Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight: Former school bus driver Ariel Castro of Cleveland was charged in 2013 with kidnapping three young women and keeping them captive as sex slaves in his Cleveland home for a decade. Neighbors rescued the three after Berry in May 2013 broke out of the room she had been locked in and screamed for help. - Elizabeth Smart: A homeless man named Brian Mitchell, who claimed to be a prophet, kidnapped Smart, then age 14, in 2002.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:23:33 -0500
  • Four South Carolina police wounded exchanging gunfire with suspect

    Police responded to an emergency call late Monday night about a man assaulting a woman at a home outside the small city of York, sheriff's office spokesman Trent Faris told reporters at a news conference. The suspect, Christian Thomas McCall, fled on foot and shot a York Police Department officer, Faris said. Other local and state law enforcement officers joined the manhunt.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:06:44 -0500
  • U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade: Gallup

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade. Several factors likely contributed to the jump, Gallup said, including attempts by Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and the White House, to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. The law extended health insurance to 20 million Americans.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:47:18 -0500
  • U.S. top court rejects former New York lawmaker Silver's appeal

    Silver, a Democrat, had appealed a July 2017 lower court ruling that set aside his conviction because of a 2016 Supreme Court precedent but concluded that prosecutors had "sufficient" evidence to prove the extortion, money laundering and honest services fraud counts on which a jury found Silver guilty. Silver's new trial is tentatively set to begin on April 16 in Manhattan federal court. Prosecutors accused Silver of collecting close to $4 million of illegal fees for awarding state grants to a top cancer researcher, and steering real estate developers to a friend's law firm and supporting their interests on rent legislation.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:37:17 -0500
  • Foreign governments, candidates, trade groups spent at Trump properties: report

    Sixty-four trade groups, foreign governments, Republican candidates and others stayed at or held events at properties linked to U.S. President Donald Trump during Trump's first year in office, a political watchdog group said in a report released on Tuesday. The arrangements represented "unprecedented conflicts of interest" because Trump oversees the federal government and has not divested from properties he owns or that carry his name, Public Citizen, a nonpartisan group, said in the report. Shortly before taking office last year, Trump said he would hand off control of his global business empire to his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and move his assets into a trust to help ensure that he would not consciously take actions as president that would benefit him personally.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:03:24 -0500
  • Three still missing in California's deadly mudslides

    (Reuters) - The number of people missing from last week's deadly Southern California mudslides fell to three on Monday as hundreds of rescue workers searched for survivors from the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people. A 53-year-old transient, John Keating, had been listed among the four still missing but was found safely in Ventura, California, with his dog, the Santa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Three people ages 2 to 28 are still listed as missing after sheriff's detectives investigated more than 100 missing persons cases, the statement said.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:21:19 -0500
  • Thirteen siblings found chained in California home; parents charged

    By Mike Blake PERRY, Calif. (Reuters) - A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds, and neighbors on Monday described the family as shut-ins who shunned social contact. Police made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house in Perris, about 70 miles (113 km) east of Los Angeles, and used a cellular phone she had found in the house to call them, the Riverside County Sheriff's Office said on Monday. "Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults," police said in a statement.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:54:12 -0500
  • Thirteen siblings found chained, starving in California home; parents charged

    (Reuters) - Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday. The hostages were found in a neighborhood of closely spaced one- and two-story single-family homes.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:52:18 -0500
  • LeBron James says Trump has emboldened racists in the U.S.

    (Note language that may offend some readers in fourth paragraph) By Rory Carroll (Reuters) - Basketball star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers said on Monday President Donald Trump has emboldened racists in the United States and urged the country not to allow itself to be divided along racial lines. "The guy in control has given people and racism ... an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear," James, a frequent Trump critic, told reporters prior to the Cavaliers' game against the Golden State Warriors on the U.S. holiday honoring civil rights activist Martin Luther King. "And that's the fearful thing for us because it's with you and it's around every day but he's allowed people to come out and just feel confident about doing negative things." Trump has come under fire for reportedly calling some African nations "shithole countries" during a White House meeting with lawmakers discussing U.S. immigration policy.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:01:22 -0500
  • North Carolina mother kills two children, jumps off bridge

    After 34-year-old Christina Treadway's suicide on Saturday, police found Isaiah Miller, 7, and Iliyah Miller, 3, with life-threatening injuries at their home, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte media said.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:21:37 -0500
  • California rescuers search for victims of deadly mudslides

    (Reuters) - The search for victims of last week's deadly Southern California mudslides pushed into Monday, with hundreds of rescue workers with dogs and scanners hunting for four people still listed as missing after the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people. Emergency officials said hopes were diminishing that they would pull more survivors from the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and twisted debris left behind by the Tuesday mudslides that scoured a landscape already left barren by last year's record-setting wildfires. "We're still out there with search and rescue crews who will continue to work until we can account for those four still missing," Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokeswoman Amber Anderson said in a phone interview.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:23:55 -0500
  • Hawaii says lack of adequate fail-safe measures led to false missile alert

    Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state emergency management agency spokesman acknowledged on Sunday. Elaborating on the origins of Saturday's false alarm, which went uncorrected for nearly 40 minutes, spokesman Richard Rapoza said the employee who mistakenly sent the missile alert "has been temporarily reassigned" to other duties. Rapoza said an internal investigation of the blunder would be completed by week's end and that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency welcomed outside review by the Federal Communications Commission, which has jurisdiction over wireless U.S. alert systems.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:05:08 -0500
  • Trump denies saying he probably had good relationship with Kim

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed a newspaper's account of an interview with him last week in which he was quoted as saying he probably had a "very good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Accusing the Wall Street Journal of misquoting him, Trump said in tweets that he told the newspaper on Thursday that "I'd probably" have a good relationship with Kim, using a conditional tense, which he insisted was a "big difference."The White House released a portion of the audio from the interview that it said showed Trump said "I'd." The Wall Street Journal released its own audio that it said backed up its version of the events.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:45:37 -0500
  • Twenty now dead in California mudslides, major highway closed

    By Caroline Anderson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Sunday, with four other people still reported missing. Emergency officials said chances of finding more survivors in the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and other debris had waned considerably since heavy rains unleashed torrents of mud down hillsides before dawn last Tuesday.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:44:58 -0500
  • Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal

    By Steve Holland WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday "I'm not a racist" in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from "shithole countries." Trump also said he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreement. The debate over immigration policy became increasingly acrimonious after it was reported on Thursday that the Republican president used the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries in a private meeting with lawmakers. The comments led to harsh recriminations from Democrats and Republicans alike, with some critics accusing Trump of racism, even as bipartisan talks continued in the U.S. Congress to seek a bipartisan compromise to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:00:27 -0500
  • Motor racing-Dan Gurney, all American racer, dead at 86

    "With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today, January 14, 2018," it said. The family said Gurney, whose Formula One career spanned one of the most glamorous and dangerous periods of the sport's history from 1959 to 1970, had died of complications from pneumonia. A winner also in IndyCar and NASCAR, and inventor of the 'Gurney Flap' aerodynamic device, he was inducted into the Indianapolis Hall of Fame after finishing second in the 1968 and 1969 Indy 500s and third in 1970.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:01:37 -0500
  • Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI suspicion in California

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman was released from jail in California on Sunday after being arrested hours earlier on suspicion of driving under the influence, Newport Beach police said.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:38:11 -0500
  • Fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida coast, 15 injured

    At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said. A preliminary investigation showed the fire broke out at about 4:17 p.m. EST from an apparent engine issue, said Shawn Whited, division chief with Pasco Fire Rescue. The 60-foot shuttle boat was on its way to the Sun Cruz Casino boat, a little more than three miles away in international waters.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:13:28 -0500
  • FCC says appears Hawaii had no safeguard to stop missile scare

    Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert about a missile attack that panicked residents for more than a half-hour before it was withdrawn, a federal official said on Sunday. Speaking after Saturday's errant ballistic missile warning to Hawaii residents, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said government officials must work to prevent future incidents. The FCC "will focus on what steps need to be taken to prevent a similar incident from happening again," he said.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:59:33 -0500
  • Twenty dead as search for California mudslide survivors grinds on

    By Paula Lehman-Ewing LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive, officials said. "We're still in rescue mode and we still hope to find someone alive, although the chances of that are becoming slim," said Justin Cooper, a spokesperson for the multi-agency response team. The death toll rose to 20 on Sunday with four people still missing, Cooper said.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:18:51 -0500
  • Missile false alarm causes panic for PGA Tour players

    The alert, issued shortly after 8 A.M. local time (1800 GMT), was sent mistakenly some three hours before the start of the third round of the PGA Tour's Sony Open. Everyone is freaking out in the hotel," Steve Wheatcroft tweeted at 8.14 A.M. local time (1814 GMT). Another player, J.J. Spaun, took refuge in his hotel basement.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:55:58 -0500
  • Transgender U.S. military recruits enlist amid uncertainty

    Transgender Americans are openly enlisting in the U.S. military for the first time, saying they feel confident that court rulings blocking Republican President Donald Trump's ban on their service will stand. Military officials do not know how many transgender people have begun to enlist since Jan. 1, when the Defense Department began accepting openly transgender recruits. Aspiring transgender military service members in several U.S. states told Reuters they were pushing ahead with enlistments despite lingering uncertainty about whether they would be welcome in the future.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:12:55 -0500
  • Trump denies saying he probably had good relationship with Kim

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed a newspaper's account of an interview with him last week in which he was quoted as saying he probably has a very good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said in tweets that in the Wall Street Journal interview on Thursday, he said "I'd probably" have a good relationship with Kim, using a conditional tense. The White House released a portion of the audio from the interview that it said showed Trump said "I'd." The Wall Street Journal released its own audio that it said backed up its version of the events.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:51:19 -0500
  • Strangers at home, Salvadoran deportees welcomed at call centers

    Alexander Ramos was deported to El Salvador from the United States seven years ago, forced to leave jobs as a gardener and at McDonald's after getting caught driving without a license. Back in his native San Salvador, the 31-year-old brushed up on his English and landed a job at one of the nation's 70 call centers. The decision has alarmed Salvadoran immigrants, many of whom have lived for years in the United States and fear returning to a homeland that frequently features among the world's most violent nations.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:03:35 -0500
  • U.S. resumes DACA applications after judge blocks end to program

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on its website that people who previously received a grant of protection under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may apply for a renewal under the terms in place before it was rescinded in September. The announcement comes after a U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a decision by President Donald Trump to end DACA later this year. Former President Barack Obama enacted DACA to keep the undocumented immigrants, known as dreamers, from being deported.

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 01:15:59 -0500
  • Tears and panic as false missile alert unnerves Hawaii

    By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - Panic and confusion swept Hawaii on Saturday as a mistaken alert about a ballistic missile attack spread across the Pacific U.S. state, sending residents and tourists scrambling for shelter and questioning why an all-clear was not issued faster. Rhonda Ramirez and Michael Sterling, both 56 and from Los Angeles, were staying at a hotel in the Waikiki tourist district when the state emergency agency issued the bogus alert at 8:07 a.m. HAST (1807 GMT). Ikaika Hussey, 39, publisher of Summit Magazine and candidate for Honolulu City Council, was home with his children when he got the alert.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:44:02 -0500
  • Death toll rises to 19 in California mudslides, five still missing

    By Paula Lehman-Ewing LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing. One missing person was found alive on Saturday but chances were dwindling fast that more survivors could still be located from the torrent of mud and debris that struck on Tuesday, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. Seven people had been missing at the start of the day, which saw about another 900 emergency personnel arrive in Montecito, north of Los Angeles, to join the relief effort under way by more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the American Red Cross.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:28:20 -0500
  • Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

    By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said. State officials and the U.S. military's Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat to the state. The mistaken alert stated: "EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:07:04 -0500
  • FCC says launching full inquiry into false Hawaii missile alert

    The alerts to Hawaii cellphone users were issued at about 8:07 a.m. local time (1807 GMT), saying "ballistic missile threat inbound" and urging residents to seek shelter immediately. The message also appeared on Hawaii television stations, according to news reports. The FCC has jurisdiction over the emergency alert system.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 19:15:58 -0500
  • Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

    An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said. State officials and the U.S. military's Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat to the state. The mistaken alert stated: "EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:04:27 -0500
  • FCC says launching full inquiry into false Hawaii missile alert

    The alerts to Hawaii cellphone users were issued at about 8:07 a.m. local time (1807 GMT), saying "ballistic missile threat inbound" and urging residents to seek shelter immediately. The message also appeared on Hawaii television stations, according to news reports. The FCC has jurisdiction over the emergency alert system.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:09:41 -0500
  • Factbox: Victims of deadly California mudslides

    The founder of a Roman Catholic school and four children were among the victims of a deadly series of Santa Barbara County, California, mudslides that killed 18 people along the coast, officials said. The mudslides also injured nearly 30 people and destroyed about 100 homes in the Montecito area between the Pacific Ocean and the Los Padres National Forest. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office this week identified the 18 killed, citing the cause of death as multiple traumatic injuries resulting from flash floods with mudslides.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:01:46 -0500
  • Crews ramp up effort to rescue live victims of California mudslide

    By Paula Lehman-Ewing LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive influx of search and rescue crews scoured parts of California's Santa Barbara County on Saturday for seven people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18. An additional 900 emergency personnel arrived in Montecito, north of Los Angeles, to join the relief effort underway by more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the American Red Cross.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:04:04 -0500
  • Trump briefed on Hawaii 'emergency management exercise': White House

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was briefed on Saturday after an official message was mistakenly sent to Hawaii residents' mobile phones warning them of an imminent ballistic missile attack. "The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise. This was purely a state exercise," White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Will Dunham)

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:54:18 -0500
  • Sportscaster Keith Jackson, voice of college football, dead at 89

    "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co, which owns ABC. Jackson's work for ABC covered a wide range of sports and included 10 Olympics and 11 World Series but college football was his domain.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:52:36 -0500
  • Suspect held after first court appearance in fatal Kansas 'swatting' case

    Tyler Barriss, 25, who made a video appearance on Friday from Sedgwick County jail, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with law enforcement. Barriss was accused of "swatting," in which a caller falsely reports an emergency requiring a police response, usually by special weapons and tactics, or SWAT, teams, authorities said.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:34:08 -0500
  • 'Shithole' epithet turned immigration debate into new Trump drama

    After talking on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was optimistic that a compromise deal with some Republicans to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants was on the verge of success. Less than three hours later, Durbin and a Republican colleague, Senator Lindsey Graham, drove away from the White House with the deal in pieces and a controversy over offensive language about to reverberate worldwide. The remarks leaked out, transforming a debate about saving from deportation some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children into another drama about Trump himself.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:31:06 -0500
  • Haitians proud on day of quake memorial, after Trump comments

    (Note language that may offend some readers) By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitians on Friday pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump's reported description of the Caribbean country as a "shithole," instead celebrating a history of slave revolution and resilience on the eighth anniversary of a devastating earthquake. The government said Trump should apologize if he made such comments, and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country for an explanation. "Mr Trump may say what he pleases, but I am proud of being Haitian.

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:31:06 -0500
  • Illinois nursing homes sue state over low Medicaid rates

    By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A handful of Illinois-based nursing homes sued the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services on Friday, saying low Medicaid rates are jeopardizing their ability to provide adequate quality of care. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, five groups that jointly operate more than 100 skilled nursing facilities across the state said Illinois' reimbursement rates and methodologies violated certain requirements under the Medicaid Act. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the governor's office did not immediately return requests for comment.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:54:57 -0500
  • Celebrity getaway San Ysidro Ranch hit by California mudslides

    By Alex Dobuzinskis MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - The San Ysidro Ranch, a five-star resort near Santa Barbara where President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline honeymooned, has been severley damaged by the deadly mudslides in Southern California this week. Officials have yet to fully assess the damage at the ranch, which sits on 500 acres in the foothills of the Los Padres National Forest. Triggered by heavy rains, the massive mudslides in southern California struck before dawn on Tuesday this week, killing at least 18 people.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:42:35 -0500
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