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Tip for accused harassers: Your half-apology isn't working

Tip for accused harassers: Your half-apology isn't working Another thoroughly inadequate statement from [insert name of once trusted media figure here].


Investigators find no conspiracy in murder of Baltimore detective: police

Investigators find no conspiracy in murder of Baltimore detective: police (Reuters) - Investigators in Baltimore have found no conspiracy behind the shooting death of a homicide detective killed the day before he had been set to testify against fellow officers accused of graft, the city's police commissioner said on Wednesday.


Bodyguard to armed Oregon occupation leader sentenced to probation

Bodyguard to armed Oregon occupation leader sentenced to probation Wesley Kjar, 33, a Utah native who prosecutors said acted as a bodyguard for occupation leader Ammon Bundy in the early days of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge siege, pleaded guilty last June to a single count of conspiracy to impede federal officers. Federal prosecutors had recommended Kjar (pronounced "Care") be confined to his home during the first five months of his two-year probation.


Detained Venezuelan-U.S. Citgo executives to be tried as 'traitors': Maduro

Detained Venezuelan-U.S. Citgo executives to be tried as 'traitors': Maduro WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that Venezuelan-American executives at refiner Citgo who were arrested in a corruption sweep this week would be tried as "corrupt, thieving traitors" despite a request by the United States to free them. Five of six executives of U.S.-based refiner Citgo [PDVSAC.UL] who were arrested in Caracas this week are U.S. citizens, according to a source familiar with the matter, possibly complicating Venezuela's corruption sweep of the oil industry.


Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system

Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after a man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was left off the system despite having a criminal record. Sessions said the Nov. 5 shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, by Devin Kelley, a former Air Force serviceman who had a 2012 conviction for domestic assault, showed that not all the necessary information was being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.


U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin issued a permanent injunction against the provisions that were in legislation known as Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) and set to take effect this year, saying they "are facially unconstitutional." He added: "The act intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner." Texas, the most-populous Republican-controlled state, has been at the forefront of trying to impose abortion restrictions.


U.S. judge strikes down Texas law to limit second-trimester abortions

U.S. judge strikes down Texas law to limit second-trimester abortions By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Austin on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued a permanent injunction against the provisions that were in legislation known as Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) and set to take effect this year, saying they "are facially unconstitutional." He added: "The act intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner." Texas, the most-populous Republican-controlled state, has been at the forefront of trying to impose abortion restrictions.


Pressure mounts on U.S. Rep. Conyers after sexual harassment allegations

Pressure mounts on U.S. Rep. Conyers after sexual harassment allegations U.S. Representative John Conyers faced additional fallout on Wednesday related to sexual harassment accusations made by former staffers, as a fellow Democrat called for his resignation and two more suggested he give up a prominent committee post. The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Tuesday it was investigating the allegations, first reported on Monday by BuzzFeed News, that Conyers made unwanted sexual advances toward women who worked for him. A separate Buzzfeed report on Tuesday, citing court documents, detailed allegations by another former staffer who said she suffered unwanted touching by Conyers "repeatedly and daily" while serving as the Michigan Democrat's scheduler.


Trump Organization in buyout deal on struggling NYC tower: report

Trump Organization in buyout deal on struggling NYC tower: report The decision to reach a buyout deal on the Trump SoHo property was made by Eric and Donald Trump, Jr., sons of President Donald Trump, along with a small group of senior executives, the newspaper reported, citing company officials. The Trump Organization did not respond to a request to comment. The property opened about 11 years ago and was promoted on the reality show "The Apprentice," which featured Donald Trump.


Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison

Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison A former general counsel of insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison for making a false statement to Florida's Medicaid program as part of what prosecutors called a $35 million healthcare fraud scheme. Thaddeus Bereday, who was indicted in 2011 along with four other former WellCare executives, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Moody in Tampa, Florida, after pleading guilty to a false statement charge in June, according to court records.


Exclusive: CSX to impose hefty fees on some rail customers in 2018

Exclusive: CSX to impose hefty fees on some rail customers in 2018 CSX Corp will charge new fees for freight shipments to Mexico and hike charges for customers that fail to load or discharge railcars by agreed deadlines or ship unsafely loaded or overweight railcars as of Jan. 1, the company said. A Nov. 15 notice of the changes, seen by Reuters, would encourage customers to better conform to CSX's schedules as it faces persistent service delays and disruptions partly caused by its dramatic operations overhaul. CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said by phone on Wednesday the charges were "in line with efforts to optimize the use of assets," including railcars.


Five U.S. citizens among Citgo executives detained in Venezuela: source

Five U.S. citizens among Citgo executives detained in Venezuela: source By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five of six executives of U.S.-based refiner Citgo who were arrested in Caracas this week are U.S. citizens, according to a source familiar with the matter, a possible complication in Venezuela's growing sweep of corruption in the oil industry. Military intelligence agents detained the Texas-based executives during an event at state oil company PDVSA's headquarters in Caracas on Tuesday, two sources told Reuters, in the latest of dozens of high-level arrests over the last few months.


Finding virtue after a war crimes verdict

Finding virtue after a war crimes verdict A special court set up by the United Nations during the Balkan wars of the 1990s made its final and most important verdict on Nov. 22. It found Ratko Mladić, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb military, guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. While the trial was the most significant since the Nuremberg tribunal, it did not end with any general message about some of Europe’s worst atrocities in the 20th century.


Now between two presidents, Zimbabweans dare to imagine ‘an easier life’

Now between two presidents, Zimbabweans dare to imagine ‘an easier life’ Recommended: Think you know Africa? In the course of her life, that has proven to be a virtue Ms. Moyo has often needed, as she lived through the transformation of the bright Zimbabwe of her childhood into something far dimmer.


U.S. team doctor Nassar pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct in Michigan court

U.S. team doctor Nassar pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct in Michigan court (Reuters) - Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty in a Michigan court on Wednesday to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.


Former U.S. ethics official files complaint against Trump aide Conway

Former U.S. ethics official files complaint against Trump aide Conway The former head of a U.S. government ethics watchdog said on Wednesday he had filed a complaint claiming senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway violated a law barring executive branch employees from engaging in political activity when she spoke on television against a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.


Keystone clean-up to last several weeks, line restart unclear

Keystone clean-up to last several weeks, line restart unclear NEW YORK/CALGARY (Reuters) - The clean-up of an oil spill from TransCanada Corp's Keystone pipeline may last several weeks, South Dakota's environmental regulator said on Wednesday, but it is still unclear when the key artery will restart. Last week, the Keystone system linking Alberta's oil sands with U.S. refineries spilled 5,000 barrels in rural northeastern South Dakota, four days before neighboring Nebraska voted to remove a big regulatory obstacle for the company's Keystone XL project.


U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea, three missing

U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea, three missing A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippine Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and three people were missing, in the latest Navy accident in the region. Eight other people were rescued and transferred to the carrier where they were in good condition, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. "Search and rescue efforts for three personnel continue with U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships and aircraft on scene," the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a news release.


Sutherland Springs church pastor says he's struggling to deal with his grief

Sutherland Springs church pastor says he's struggling to deal with his grief Frank Pomeroy, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, talked to the New York Times about dealing with his grief from the attack.


Award reversed for Connecticut inmate who challenged confinement

Award reversed for Connecticut inmate who challenged confinement A divided federal appeals court threw out a $62,650 award that Connecticut had been ordered to pay a former inmate who said the state unconstitutionally kept him in segregation for 23 hours a day for nearly a year, though he was only a pretrial detainee. By a 2-1 vote on Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals chastised Connecticut for violating the due process rights of the former inmate, Almighty Supreme Born Allah, but said state prison officials were entitled to qualified immunity.


Alabama prisoner recaptured after second escape in three weeks

Alabama prisoner recaptured after second escape in three weeks Shane Anthony Vernon, 27, was taken into custody without incident late Tuesday by DeKalb County Police just west of Atlanta, about 150 miles from the Coosa County jail in Alabama from which he escaped twice, the Coosa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Vernon, who ditched a stolen car on Sunday then eluded officers on foot in the woods of neighboring Elmore County, north of Montgomery, is being held in the DeKalb County jail and awaiting extradition to Alabama, the sheriff's office said. Vernon had previously broken out of the Coosa County jail on Oct. 29 when he pulled out of his restraints while being booked for burglary and theft, the sheriff's office said.


Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment (Reuters) - The pace slowed in the third week of enrollment for 2018 Obamacare individual insurance as nearly 800,000 people signed up through the federal government website HealthCare.gov, down about 75,000 people from the previous week, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday. There was an increase, however, in the number of new consumers to the program created by former President Barack Obama, to 220,323 from 208,397 in the previous week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said. Republican President Donald Trump and lawmakers are trying to undo Obama's health law but do not have enough votes to repeal it and so must continue to run the insurance program, which offers income-based subsidies.


Hillary Clinton: 'We are totally unprepared' for the rise of artificial intelligence

Hillary Clinton: 'We are totally unprepared' for the rise of artificial intelligence Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said "a lot of really smart people are sounding an alarm that we’re not hearing" when it comes to AI.


In post-conflict Colombia, land-rights and funding for peacebuilding face off

In post-conflict Colombia, land-rights and funding for peacebuilding face off When South African mining company AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) arrived in this central Colombian farming town ten years ago, it promised residents like Herver Oliveraula “rivers of milk and honey,” he recalls. Mr. Oliveraula was skeptical, he says, but also wanted to trust that his community – and country – could benefit from the natural resources underfoot. It laid out mining concessions from the government, granting AGA rights to explore in nearly 80 percent of the municipality – including Oliveraula’s 6-hectare farm.


Trump: Father of UCLA player in shoplifting case is 'ungrateful fool'

Trump: Father of UCLA player in shoplifting case is 'ungrateful fool' (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reignited a feud with the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, calling him an "ungrateful fool" in a series of early-morning tweets. LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, has played down Trump’s involvement in the three athletes’ release from Chinese detention after they admitted to stealing items from three stores during a team trip to China earlier this month. "...LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you.


The social media answer to stressful U.S holiday: Friendsgiving

The social media answer to stressful U.S holiday: Friendsgiving Americans overwhelmed by crowded highways and the prospect of cooking a turkey and all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving holiday dinner are turning for relief to the latest social-media driven holiday - Friendsgiving. From low-key gatherings of college buddies ahead of a holiday meal with family to intricately choreographed potlucks on Thanksgiving Day proper, celebrated this year on Nov. 23, Americans are sharing ways to avoid the stress of family gatherings. "Forever putting the fun in dysfunctional ... Happy #Friendsgiving," Providence, Rhode Island radio host Bekah Berger said on Twitter.


U.S. Olympic gold medalist Douglas says doctor sexually abused her

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Douglas says doctor sexually abused her Three-times Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas said on Tuesday she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, the latest in a list of female athletes to accuse the doctor of misconduct. Douglas, who last week was criticized for placing some of the onus on women to avoid sexual harassment, apologized again for her remarks while adding that she too was abused by Nassar, who is in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. In an Instagram post on Tuesday addressing last week's comments that were viewed by some as victim shaming, Douglas wrote: "It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar.


Haitians in U.S. malign Trump decision to send them back home

Haitians in U.S. malign Trump decision to send them back home By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - Haitian immigrants on Tuesday decried a U.S. decision to end a program that granted 59,000 Haitians temporary visas after the 2010 earthquake, saying they would be sent back to a country that has yet to recover from that disaster and others since. The United States offered Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, to Haitians after the January 2010 earthquake killed some 300,000 people and devastated a country that has long been the poorest in the Americas. The administration of former President Barack Obama extended the program several times, finding that conditions in Haiti were too dire to send the beneficiaries home.


David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67

David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67 David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the "The Partridge Family" television show, died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said. Cassidy, who was diagnosed with dementia in his 60s, entered a Florida hospital over the weekend and succumbed to organ failure. Geffen released a statement from his family that said Cassidy died surrounded by loved ones "with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long." With dark hair cascading over his shoulders, hazel eyes and a look that emulated many rock stars of the day, Cassidy was cast at 19 in "The Partridge Family" for his sex appeal to girls, not his singing.


Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations

Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, saying the Alabama Republican had denied allegations of sexual misconduct and emphasizing that he did not want Moore's Democratic opponent to win. Trump previously said that Moore should step aside if the allegations were true.


U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open: State Department

U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open: State Department The United States wants the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to keep its Washington office open and is in talks with Palestinian officials about the issue despite a U.S. decision that could trigger its closure, the State Department said on Tuesday. Under the law, the PLO, the main Palestinian umbrella political body, cannot operate a Washington office if it urges the ICC to prosecute Israelis for alleged crimes against Palestinians.


White House personnel investigated for improper foreign contact: Washington Post

White House personnel investigated for improper foreign contact: Washington Post Three U.S. military personnel allegedly had improper contact with foreign women while traveling with President Donald Trump on his trip this month to Asia, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The three Army noncommissioned officers, who worked for the White House Communications Agency, have been reassigned from their White House jobs, according to the Post, which cited officials familiar with the situation. “We are aware of the incident, and it is currently under investigation,” said Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright.


Many in Haiti thank U.S. for renewal, not end, of protected status

Many in Haiti thank U.S. for renewal, not end, of protected status PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to end from July 2019 a scheme that protects some 59,000 Haitians from deportation from the United States was viewed positively on Tuesday in Haiti, where many were pleased that the program would last for another 20 months. In the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, the U.S. decision was viewed less as an unfortunate end, but instead, as an unexpected extension. "(The) Haitian presidency welcomes with a lot of satisfaction the renewal of TPS and thanks President Trump's administration," said Lucien Jura, spokesman for Haitian President Jovenel Moise.


American, United settle World Trade Center developer's 9/11 claims

American, United settle World Trade Center developer's 9/11 claims The developer of the World Trade Center in New York has reached a $95.2 million settlement of all claims against American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and other aviation defendants stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which involved the carriers' hijacked planes. Insurers will cover the payout to entities affiliated with Larry Silverstein and his Silverstein Properties, according to settlement papers filed on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.


Man charged with terrorism, murder in New York truck attack

Man charged with terrorism, murder in New York truck attack A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Sayfullo Saipov on terrorism and murder charges stemming from last month's truck attack in Lower Manhattan in which eight people were killed, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Saipov was arrested immediately after the Oct. 31 attack in which he plowed a truck down a New York City bike lane and has been in federal custody. The indictment charged Saipov with eight counts of murder, 12 counts of attempted murder, one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to Islamic State and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle resulting in death, the Justice Department said.


Ex-New York prison guards found guilty of charges over 2013 beating

Ex-New York prison guards found guilty of charges over 2013 beating Two former New York state jail guards were found guilty by a Manhattan jury on Tuesday of federal charges related to the 2013 beating of an inmate who suffered life-threatening injuries, prosecutors announced. Kathy Scott, 43, and George Santiago, 35, were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the inmate, Kevin Moore, and falsifying records to cover up the beating, according to the office of acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan.


World Trade Center developer settles with United, American over 9/11

World Trade Center developer settles with United, American over 9/11 The developer of the World Trade Center site in New York has reached a $95.2 million settlement of all claims against American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and other aviation industry defendants stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which involved the carriers' hijacked planes. Insurers are responsible for the payout to entities affiliated with Larry Silverstein and his Silverstein Properties, according to settlement papers filed on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.


House ethics panel investigating allegations against U.S. Rep. Conyers

House ethics panel investigating allegations against U.S. Rep. Conyers By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Tuesday it was investigating allegations of sexual harassment against U.S. Representative John Conyers, who said his office had resolved a harassment case with a payment but no admission of guilt. A BuzzFeed News report late on Monday cited allegations from former staffers that Conyers, 88, made sexual advances to female staff. The Democratic congressman from Michigan issued a statement on Tuesday prior to the Ethics Committee's announcement that did not give details of the case but said he would fully cooperate in any investigation.


U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open -State Dept

U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open -State Dept The United States wants the Palestine Liberation Organization to keep its Washington office open and is in talks with Palestinian officials about the issue despite a U.S. decision that could trigger its closure, the State Department said on Tuesday. Under the law, the PLO, the main Palestinian umbrella political body, cannot operate a Washington office if it urges the ICC to prosecute Israelis for alleged crimes against Palestinians.


Chicago's county plugs budget hole from repealed soda tax

Chicago's county plugs budget hole from repealed soda tax Illinois' Cook County, which includes Chicago, will fill a budget gap caused by last month's repeal of a sugary drink tax through hundreds of layoffs and other measures, under a $5.2 billion fiscal 2018 spending plan approved by county commissioners on Tuesday. The county faced intense opposition from beverage companies, retailers and residents to a penny-per-ounce tax on soda, sports and energy drinks and other beverages, which took effect in August. Action by the county board to terminate the tax beginning Dec. 1 left the budget proposed by Board President Toni Preckwinkle more than $200.6 million short on revenue.