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  • U.S. judge says may rule next week on reuniting migrant children

    A federal judge said on Friday he could rule as soon as the middle of next week on a request to order the U.S. government to reunite thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their parents after illegally crossing the Mexico-U.S. border. While U.S. President Donald Trump bowed to political pressure on Wednesday and issued an executive order ending the separations, the administration has been silent on plans to reunite parents split from their children. More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated since the Trump administration began a "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal border crossings in early May. At a court hearing on Friday, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union pressed U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego to issue an injunction as soon as Friday evening to force the government to begin reuniting families.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:48:57 -0400
  • Mexican airline Volaris offers free flights for separated children

    Mexican airline Volaris said on Friday it was offering free flights to reunite families separated by the "zero tolerance" immigration policy of U.S. President Donald Trump. "It hurts us to see these children without their parents and it is our vocation to reunite them," Volaris said in a statement. The airline said it would work with authorities in the United States, Mexico and Central America to offer free flights on its pre-existing routes to reunite children with their parents.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:44:08 -0400
  • White House accuses Democrats and media of exploiting toddler photo

    The photograph, taken by photographer John Moore at the scene of a border detention this month, became a powerful image in the media coverage of the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border. Dozens of newspapers and magazines including Time and the Washington Post published the image. The image, widely seen as showing the girl crying over being parted from her mother, helped swell outrage at home and abroad that pushed President Donald Trump to back down on Wednesday on his administration's policy of separating children from their families while the adults were prosecuted for illegally crossing the border.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:01:22 -0400
  • Accused N.Y attacker says U.S. court's judgment 'not important' news

    The Uzbek national accused of killing eight people by driving a speeding truck along a New York City bike path last October spoke of a "war" led by Islamic State at a pre-trial hearing on Friday and dismissed the court's judgment as not important. The statement by Sayfullo Saipov, a legal permanent resident of the United States, came at the end of a hearing at which U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick set an Oct. 7, 2019, trial date in the case. "The Islamic State, in order to impose sharia (Islamic law) on Earth, is leading a war," Saipov said.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:46:33 -0400
  • Octogenarian New England ex-mob boss convicted of 1993 murder news

    A federal jury on Friday found a former boss of the New England mob and one of his associates guilty of the 1993 murder of a nightclub owner whose remains were discovered buried in Rhode Island two years ago. Jurors in Boston convicted Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, 84, and Paul Weadick, 63, of killing club owner Steven DiSarro because they believed he would cooperate with federal investigators. Steven Boozang, Salemme's lawyer, said he was disappointed and plans to appeal.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:08:31 -0400
  • Trump urges Republican lawmakers to drop immigration bill until election news

    By Doina Chiacu and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday to drop their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November elections, sending mixed signals to his party amid an ongoing crisis over his border policies. Trump, faced with a public outcry over his policy that separated children from their migrant parents at the U.S. border with Mexico, has gone back and forth on ways to solve the country's immigration problems, which he blames on Democrats.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:45:55 -0400
  • New York ban on gravity knives upheld by U.S. appeals court

    A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the constitutionality of New York state's ban on gravity knives, which can be opened to a locked position with a one-handed flick of the wrist. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims by three Manhattan plaintiffs that the ban was vague and could trap unsuspecting people who want to buy, sell or own common folding knives. The decision is a defeat for the artist John Copeland and art dealer Pedro Perez, both arrested for violating the ban, and Native Leather Ltd, a Greenwich Village retailer that agreed to test its knives and submit to inspections to avoid prosecution.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:37:44 -0400
  • No drugs, no alcohol in U.S. celebrity chef Bourdain's body when he died: prosecutor news

    U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who killed himself in a French hotel room earlier this month, had no narcotics or alcohol in his body when he died, a local prosecutor said on Friday. Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, was 61. "No trace of narcotics, no trace of any toxic products, no trace of medicines, no trace of alcohol," prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told Reuters.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:26:33 -0400
  • Showers soak much of U.S. Corn Belt; more storms next week

    By Julie Ingwersen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Rains soaked portions of the U.S. Corn Belt this week, swamping fields in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and more storms are expected early next week ahead of a warm-up, meteorologists said Friday. The wet and warm outlook is generally favorable for U.S. corn and soybean crops overall, forecasters said, despite areas of flooding. The National Weather Service posted flood warnings Friday in northern Illinois, northwest Iowa and neighboring southeast South Dakota, where some areas received 5 to 6 inches (12 to 15 cm) of rain over the last seven days.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:15:28 -0400
  • Supreme Court restricts police on cellphone location data news

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday imposed limits on the ability of police to obtain cellphone data pinpointing the past location of criminal suspects in a major victory for digital privacy advocates and a setback for law enforcement authorities. In the 5-4 ruling, the court said police generally need a court-approved warrant to get the data, setting a higher legal hurdle than previously existed under federal law. The court said obtaining such data without a warrant from wireless carriers, as police routinely do, amounted to an unreasonable search and seizure under the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:13:44 -0400
  • Uber car's 'safety' driver streamed TV show before fatal crash: police news

    By Heather Somerville and David Shepardson SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber car in Tempe, Arizona, was streaming a television show on her phone until about the time of a fatal crash, according to a police report that deemed the March 18 incident "entirely avoidable." A report by the Tempe Police Department said the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, repeatedly looked down and not at the road, glancing up a half second before the car hit Elaine Herzberg, 49, who was crossing the street at night. The report said police concluded the crash, which has dealt Uber Technologies Inc a major setback in its efforts to develop self-driving cars, would have been "entirely avoidable" if Vasquez had been paying attention.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:07:17 -0400
  • Tesla recycling machine catches fire at Fremont, California campus news

    The fire occurred after a cardboard baling machines that is used for recycling overheated, and was contained, Fremont Fire Department Division Chief Diane Hendry said on Friday. In a tweet earlier this week, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk touted a new tent on the campus that is being used for the production of the Model 3. The Tesla spokeswoman said the production tent was not affected by the fire.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:48:26 -0400
  • Death, disputes and disgrace, but the TV show must go on

    Charlie Sheen's "Two and a Half Men" character was run over by a bus and got a full-scale funeral. "Glee" actor Corey Monteith died in real life and had a tribute episode. "House of Cards" will return minus scandal-tainted Kevin Spacey, with his screen wife taking center stage.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:04:20 -0400
  • ERCOT expects Texas power demand to break June record in heat wave

    (Reuters) - Homes and businesses in Texas are expected to set a daily electricity consumption record for June on Friday as consumers crank up their air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave, according to the operator of most of the state's power grid. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, forecast demand will peak at 68,374 MW on Friday, topping the record for the month, 67,887 MW, set on June 1. Summer came early to Texas this year.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:58:47 -0400
  • Where are the beds? Questions surround Trump's plan to hold families in detention

    One child stopped eating and fell into a depression. A third child started biting other children. The Dilley site is one of only three in the United States designed to hold parents and children together in immigration detention.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:37:17 -0400
  • Hundreds block Pittsburgh interstate in police shooting protest

    Antwon Rose, 17, was shot and killed on Tuesday by an East Pittsburgh police officer as he ran from a vehicle after it was stopped by police who were searching for suspect in an earlier drive-by shooting, police said earlier this week. The death of Rose was the latest in a string of killings of black men by police that have triggered street protests and fueled a renewed national debate about bias in the U.S. criminal justice system. The incident has sparked largely peaceful protests in the Pittsburgh area with demonstrators calling for justice.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:25:55 -0400
  • Thirty-three children fall ill at Florida summer camp

    Some of those affected complained of headaches and vomited and one person passed out, CBS News reported, citing Highlands County Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor. The cause of the illness was unknown and the local health department was investigating the incident, the Highlands County Fire and Rescue said on Twitter. "None appear to be serious," the fire department tweeted.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:04:09 -0400
  • U.S. accuses Chinese man of smuggling anti-submarine warfare devices

    The head of a company that distributes marine-related products was arrested on Thursday on U.S. charges that he conspired with an entity affiliated with China's armed forces to export devices to that country that could be used in anti-submarine warfare. Shuren Qin, a Chinese national living in Wellesley, Massachusetts, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Boston with visa fraud and conspiring to commit violations of U.S. export regulations. A lawyer for Qin did not respond to a request for comment.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:40:01 -0400
  • Reality Winner to change her plea on leaking Russian interference report news

    Reality Leigh Winner pleaded not guilty in June, 2017 after she was charged with passing the top secret National Security Agency report to The Intercept last year while working with Pluribus International Corp, which provides analytical services for U.S. defense and intelligence. Attorneys for Winner, a 26-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, filed on Thursday a request in the Southern District of Georgia to change her not guilty plea, a court document showed. A plea agreement, detailing her new plea, was also filed with the court, but was not made public.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:49:49 -0400
  • Father says little Honduran girl on Time cover was not taken from mother

    The Honduran toddler pictured sobbing in a pink jacket before U.S. President Donald Trump on an upcoming cover of Time magazine was not separated from her mother at the U.S. border, according to a man who says he is the girl's father. The powerful original photograph, taken at the scene of a border detention by photographer John Moore, became one of the iconic images in the flurry of media coverage about the separation of families by the Trump administration. Dozens of newspapers and magazines around the globe published the picture, swelling the tide of outrage that pushed Trump to back down Wednesday and say families would no longer be separated.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:43:29 -0400
  • U.S. military may house immigrant children as Trump policy beset by confusion

    By Idrees Ali, Richard Cowan and Steve Holland WASHINGTON/MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - The U.S. military has been asked to get ready to house up to 20,000 immigrant children, officials said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back a widely condemned policy of separating children from their parents were beset by confusion. While no decision has been made, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has already assessed three military bases in Texas and would review another in Arkansas, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:03:22 -0400
  • Melania Trump's jacket mixes message during visit to detained immigrant children

    By Steve Holland and Jonathan Allen MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - First Lady Melania Trump's visit on Thursday to a Texas shelter housing migrant children separated from their parents was overshadowed by a jacket she wore with the words: "I really don't care, do u?" scrawled in white brush strokes on the back. Melania Trump was shown in photos wearing the hooded green khaki jacket designed by fashion chain Zara as she boarded a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to the border facility in McAllen, Texas. "It's a jacket," Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's spokeswoman, told reporters.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:59:49 -0400
  • 'Are you the mother?' A woman's search for baby taken by U.S. immigration

    It took 85 days for Olivia Caceres to retrieve her baby boy, pulled from his father's arms at the U.S. border, a traumatic experience many more parents face to reunite with children separated under President Donald Trump's immigration policies. Now nearly 20 months old, Mateo was returned to his family on Feb. 8 after a battle across borders, officialdom and languages. Months later, the boy still screeches even as Caceres rocks him on her chest, sometimes until dawn.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:51:45 -0400
  • U.S. House Republicans delay immigration vote until next week

    Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday delayed at least until next week votes on an immigration bill that was painstakingly negotiated over the last several weeks but has failed to attract enough support for passage. While Republicans called the measure a compromise, it has been crafted without any Democratic input and was supposed to be a compromise between warring conservatives and moderates in the party. Meanwhile, it remained unclear how and when more than 2,300 children who have been separated from their parents under President Donald Trump's immigration policy would be reunited.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:30:19 -0400
  • U.S. State Department imposes visa ban on several DRCongo officials

    The United States said on Thursday it had imposed visa bans on several senior officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo for corruption tied to the country's electoral process to send a "strong signal" about the need for a peaceful transfer of power. "Today's actions send a strong signal that the U.S. government is committed to fighting corruption, to supporting credible elections that lead to DRC's first peaceful and democratic transfer of power," the State Department said.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:45:32 -0400
  • Conservative U.S. commentator Charles Krauthammer dies news

    By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer, who gave up a psychiatric career to become one of the leading conservative political commentators in the U.S. media, died on Thursday at the age of 68, the Washington Post and Fox News said. Krauthammer was a fixture on the Fox News Channel as well as on editorial pages of the Washington Post and other U.S. newspapers. "My fight is over." Less than a month earlier, Krauthammer had told a Fox colleague that the worst appeared to be behind him.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:49:03 -0400
  • U.S. House again postpones vote on Republican immigration bill news

    By Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives delayed for a second time - likely to next week - a vote on an immigration bill they had originally planned to take up on Thursday. The vote on the so-called compromise Republican plan had earlier been delayed to Friday to allow members additional time to review it. The Republican-controlled House earlier on Thursday defeated another, more conservative immigration bill designed to significantly reduce visas for legal immigration to the United States and to temporarily protect from deportation young "Dreamers" brought to the country illegally as children.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:16:26 -0400
  • Same court, different outcomes in Texas after Trump order on families

    What a difference a day seemed to make for immigrants suspected of illegal border crossing. Some 19 people, many of whom had been separated from their children, had charges of illegally entering the United States dismissed on Thursday at a federal court hearing in the Texas border city of El Paso, said Vivek Grover, a lawyer for immigrants. The action came hours after the White House order against separating adults and children went into effect in the immigration crisis.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:11:41 -0400
  • 'Are you the mother?' A woman's search for baby taken by U.S. immigration

    Now nearly 20 months old, Mateo was returned to his family on Feb. 8 after a battle across borders, officialdom and languages. Months later, the boy still screeches even as Caceres rocks him on her chest, sometimes until dawn. The Salvadoran family's story of struggle in U.S. immigration detention presaged what was to come: Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that led to more than 2,300 migrant children being separated from parents in recent weeks.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:04:47 -0400
  • El Salvador demands U.S. return child taken from deported father

    El Salvador on Thursday demanded the United States return a child who had been taken from his father before the man was deported this week without any prior notification to embassy officials. El Salvador's foreign ministry said it registered its first deportation of a father who had been separated from his son for trying to illegally enter the United States. The man, who was not identified, was deported on Wednesday without any word to El Salvadoran embassy officials, as is required under an immigration deal with the United States, deputy foreign minister Liduvina Magarin said.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:01:40 -0400
  • Three men indicted for Minnesota mosque bombing

    Michael McWhorter, 29, Joe Morris, 23, and Michael B. Hari, 47, were accused of carrying out a pipe bomb attack on the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Aug. 5, 2017. The bomb damaged the building, but caused no injuries, according to a statement from the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:41:46 -0400
  • Trump tries to defuse immigrant crisis, but policy hit by confusion news

    By Richard Cowan and Steve Holland WASHINGTON/MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ordered federal agencies on Thursday to begin reuniting immigrant families recently separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, but his efforts to roll back a policy that drew global condemnation were beset by confusion. Despite Trump's order, it remained unclear how and when more than 2,300 children who have been separated from their parents in the past few weeks would be reunited with them, and where the families would be held while the parents face criminal charges. It was also not clear if the government would keep prosecuting cases against people caught crossing the border illegally.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:23:33 -0400
  • Melania Trump's jacket mixes message during visit to detained immigrant children news

    Melania Trump, the wife of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Thursday visited children displaced by the country’s immigration crisis in Texas, only a day after Trump reversed course and ordered families to be kept intact when entering the United States illegally from Mexico. According to her spokesperson, Melania Trump decided to visit detention centers housing children because she deeply cares about the controversial issue. The trip to Texas was the most high-profile public appearance Melania Trump had made since undergoing a surgical procedure for a kidney condition on May 14.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:16:23 -0400
  • Parents in California torture case ordered to stand trial: prosecutors news

    A judge on Thursday ordered a married couple to stand trial on 49 counts of torture, false imprisonment and abuse over the treatment of 13 siblings who were found imprisoned and starving in their suburban California home, prosecutors said. David and Louise Turpin were bound over for trial after a two-day hearing in Riverside County Superior Court in which the court heard tape of an emotional 911 call by a 17-year-old girl who climbed out a window and dialed police on a borrowed and deactivated cell phone, said John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. Officers who went to the Turpins’ home in Perris, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, found 12 siblings ranging in age from two to 29 inside, suffering from malnourishment, muscle wasting and other signs of severe abuse.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:47:57 -0400
  • Illinois, Iowa, Rhode Island urge rejection of Sinclair-Tribune tie-up news

    In April, Sinclair said it would sell 23 television stations to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals of the Tribune transaction. Sinclair, based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, said that if the deal was approved it would reach nearly 59 percent of the nation’s television households.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:44:42 -0400
  • Asked about prosecutions, Trump says U.S. must have tough border policy

    President Donald Trump, asked on Thursday whether families crossing the U.S. border with Mexico will continue to face prosecution, said the government must maintain a "tough policy" to prevent millions of people from coming in. The Washington Post reported earlier Thursday that the Trump administration will stop prosecuting migrant parents who cross the border illegally with children until immigration authorities have the resources to allow them to be held in custody. "We have to have a very strong border," Trump said.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:33:35 -0400
  • Minnesota firms sue over Trump administration mine leases near wilderness

    (Reuters) - Minnesota outdoor recreation firms have sued the federal government over its decision to reinstate leases for a mine next to a state wilderness as part of the Trump administration's drive to allow mining in some of the country's wildest areas. The Interior Department's May 2 decision was unlawful and posed an immediate threat to the environment and the areas' outdoor-recreation economy, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in the District of Columbia on Thursday. Plaintiffs included outdoor equipment stores, a resort and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, a group created to protect the area known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:27:59 -0400
  • U.S. prosecutors accuse Texas oil man 'Frack Master' of fraud

    Christopher Faulkner, 41, was arrested on Monday at the Los Angeles International Airport and charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Dallas, Texas, prosecutors said. The criminal charges came two years after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Faulkner, a frequent media commentator on oil-and-gas topics, and his Dallas-based Breitling Energy Corp and accused them of fraud.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:08:53 -0400
  • Majority of Americans say Trump should agree to interview with Mueller: poll news

    Most Americans think President Donald Trump should agree to an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, if asked, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. A majority of Democrats wants Trump to consent to an interview while Republicans appear divided after months of negotiations between Trump and Mueller's teams and the president's changing position on the matter. The following are some key findings from the poll:     ** Sixty percent of U.S. adults said President Trump should agree to an interview with Special Counsel Mueller, to answer questions about whether there was any coordination between associates of Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia.     Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and Russia has denied election meddling.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:07:00 -0400
  • Immigration detainees influx squeezes healthcare at California prison: workers

    An influx of hundreds of immigration detainees at a U.S. prison in California is straining its medical staff and raising concerns about the adequacy of healthcare for detainees and inmates, several employees at the prison have told Reuters. The Victorville Federal Correctional Institution, a prison for convicted criminals about 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is temporarily housing up to 1,000 men detained by federal immigration officials as a result of the U.S. administration's crackdown on illegal border crossings.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:04:55 -0400
  • Despite Trump order, border child separations could go on: legal experts news

    "The first thing that hit me when I read the order was the tremendous amount of wiggle room built into it," said John Banzhaf, a professor or public interest law at George Washington University. The order signed by Trump on Wednesday calls for those families to be detained together but it permits separation if deemed that detention with a parent "would pose a risk to the child's welfare." Family unity is the policy "where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources," the order said. Legal experts said this language could be exploited by the government to separate families on various grounds and be challenged in court, potentially adding to the welter of litigation against Trump's hardline immigration policy.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:03:16 -0400
  • Hedge fund drops Kentucky pension fund over ethics requirement

    David Eager said the decision by Davidson Kempner Capital Management was a first for the $17 billion public pension system, which has been holding discussions with investment managers about adhering to CFA Institute code of ethics and standards of professional conduct as required by a 2017 Kentucky law. The firm declined to comment on the matter.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:50:48 -0400
  • Head of new U.S. corporate health plan cites surgery as biggest cost

    Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon who was named this week to head the company being formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to trim employee healthcare costs, on Thursday cited surgery as the single biggest U.S. healthcare cost and said there are ways to both cut costs and improve patient care. Speaking in San Diego at the annual meeting of America's Health Insurance Plans, a health insurance trade association, Gawande also said that end-of-life care needs to take into account the wishes of patients, something which he said is now sorely lacking.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:48:47 -0400
  • U.S. energy industry's methane gas emissions underestimated by EPA: study

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oil and gas drilling gives off far more of the powerful greenhouse gas methane than the U.S. government estimates as leaky wells go unnoticed by federal regulators, scientists said on Thursday. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is colorless and odorless. The amount of methane leaked from U.S. oil and gas wells and related infrastructure in 2015 equaled about 2.3 percent of the country's overall natural gas output, a study led by the Environmental Defense Fund advocacy group said.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:45:36 -0400
  • SEC judge appointments unconstitutional, U.S. high court says news

    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court gave presidents more control over key jobs in federal agencies on Thursday, ruling that the way the Securities and Exchange Commission selected in-house judges who enforce investor protection laws violated the U.S. Constitution. The justices agreed with President Donald Trump's administration that the SEC, in having low-level staff install administrative law judges, infringed upon powers given to the president in the U.S. Constitution's "appointments clause" regarding the filling of certain federal posts. The ruling could reverberate through the federal government, which has nearly 2,000 administrative law judges who decide matters as varied as unfair trade practices, veterans benefits and patent infringement.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:30:36 -0400
  • U.S. appeals court calls D.C. sniper's life sentences illegal news

    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal by prosecutors who said Lee Boyd Malvo need not be resentenced over his role in the D.C. sniper case, which left 10 people dead over three weeks in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. It cited recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles were unconstitutional, and that this rule applied retroactively. "We make this ruling not with any satisfaction, but to sustain the law," Circuit Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote for a three-judge panel of the Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:30:17 -0400
  • Trump seeks to ease limits on child immigrant detentions

    The Trump administration asked a federal court on Thursday to ease curbs on the detention of immigrant children who enter the country illegally with their parents, a key part of President Donald Trump's executive order aimed at ending the separation of immigrant families. In a filing in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Justice Department asked a judge to modify a 1997 settlement that has been interpreted as setting a 20-day limit on detaining children who entered the country illegally, regardless of whether they entered with a parent. It also sought an exemption from state licensing requirements for federal facilities that house the children.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:15:52 -0400
  • U.S. states set to gain billions in sales taxes after court ruling news

    U.S. states could reap billions in online sales tax revenue and buttress their budgets after the nation's top court ruled on Thursday that e-commerce companies could be forced to collect the money, even if they have no physical presence in a state. The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of South Dakota and against Wayfair Inc and two other online retailers was a victory for state governments, and a boost for brick-and-mortar stores. The effect is expected to be positive and widespread because 45 states impose sales taxes and until now were barred from requiring those companies to collect remote sales taxes.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:15:31 -0400
  • Tent city for migrant children puts Texas border town in limelight news

    A small Texas farming community near El Paso with no traffic lights, a cotton gin and two dollar stores has found itself playing the uncomfortable host to a U.S. government tent city for children suspected of illegal border crossings. In a quiet corner of Texas with vast desert spaces, dusty roads and cotton fields, Tornillo was thrust into the limelight when the first tents went up last week. The tent city has come under scrutiny amid outcry at home and abroad over the Trump administration's policy of separating parents and children after families cross the border from Mexico illegally.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:12:50 -0400
  • U.S. to continue referring adult illegal border crossers for prosecution

    The U.S. Border Patrol will continue to refer for prosecution adults who are caught crossing the border illegally, a spokesman for the Customs and Border Protection said on Thursday. "Family unity will be maintained for families apprehended crossing the border illegally, and they will be transferred together to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement," the spokesman said in a statement.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:10:21 -0400
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