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  • Jurors in 'El Chapo' trial told of Mexico's drug wars, corruption

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    A key prosecution witness in the U.S. trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Thursday told jurors that there were "a lot of deaths" as the accused Mexican drug lord and his associates built the Sinaloa Cartel in the 1990s through bloody conflict with rival drug traffickers. Jesus Zambada told the jury that his brother, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, and Guzman used armies of sicarios, or assassins, to kill their enemies. One of Guzman's lawyers, Jeffrey Lichtman, told jurors in his opening statement that Ismael Zambada, who remains at large, actually controlled the cartel, and Guzman was a scapegoat framed with the help of corrupt Mexican officials.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:26:43 -0500
  • Pentagon fails its first-ever audit, official says

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    Results of the inspection - conducted by some 1,200 auditors and examining financial accounting on a wide range of spending including on weapons systems, military personnel and property - were expected to be completed later in the day. "We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it," Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told reporters, adding that the findings showed the need for greater discipline in financial matters within the Pentagon. "It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion dollar organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial," Shanahan added.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:21:44 -0500
  • PG&E's stock deepens slump as wildfire fans liability fears

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    Shares of PG&E Corp sank 31 percent on Thursday, bringing the loss in its stock market value to nearly $16 billion since the breakout of a deadly wildfire in northern California that investors fear will be blamed on the utility. After PG&E warned this week that it could face liability in excess of its insurance coverage if its equipment caused the Camp Fire that a week ago destroyed the town of Paradise, Mizuho analysts on Thursday estimated the company's potential after-tax exposure from the blaze could reach $13 billion. The causes of the Camp Fire, and a second in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire, are still under investigation.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:21:13 -0500
  • Florida races to complete recount in U.S. Senate, governor races

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    A Georgia federal judge issued a similar ruling as that state worked to resolve a close governor's race. In Florida, the recount of close races from the Nov. 6 elections and attendant legal disputes over the validity of votes have stirred memories of the 2000 U.S. presidential election, when the U.S. Supreme Court stopped an ongoing recount in the state and sent George W. Bush to the White House. Walker grew testy during a series of Thursday hearings about lawsuits over the recounts, voicing frustration about how to handle uneven progress in different counties and also questioning the Florida legislature's response to historic election problems.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:00:23 -0500
  • Crews still searching for bodies a week after fire destroys California town

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    A week after the Camp Fire roared through Paradise, more than 9,000 personnel from many U.S. states are fighting the blaze, as well as the Woolsey Fire hundreds of miles to the south. Authorities attributed the high number of casualties to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames incinerated Paradise. Nearly 8,700 homes were destroyed and 15,500 buildings threatened, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on Thursday.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:55:25 -0500
  • California taps war-zone DNA specialists after wildfire

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    With many of them likely burned beyond recognition, traditional DNA analysis techniques are inadequate, as they require samples to be shipped to a laboratory and take weeks to produce a DNA match. In addition, traditional tools sometimes fail when extreme heat damages tissue samples. As a consequence, the Butte County Sheriff's office hired a company specializing in Rapid DNA analysis, a technique primarily employed in war zones and crime scenes to generate results in about two hours.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:37:10 -0500
  • FDA to ban flavored e-cigarettes at U.S. convenience stores

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    The much-anticipated announcement will mean that only tobacco, mint and menthol e-cigarette flavors can be sold at most traditional retail outlets such as convenience stores. The FDA also plans to seek a ban on menthol cigarettes, a longtime goal of public health advocates, as well as flavored cigars. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the moves are meant to prevent young people from continuing to use e-cigarettes, potentially leading to traditional cigarette smoking.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:05:34 -0500
  • U.S. mail bomb suspect pleads not guilty to all charges

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    If convicted, Cesar Sayoc faces a sentence of life in prison. He had previously faced five counts carrying a maximum prison sentence of 48 years.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:59:21 -0500
  • Proposed U.S. Space Force budget could be less than $5 billion: deputy defense secretary

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    The proposed U.S. Space Force, a new military service backed by President Donald Trump, could have an initial budget of less than $5 billion, the deputy defense secretary said on Thursday. The U.S. Air Force estimated start up costs for a proposed U.S. Space Force will be around $13 billion in the first five years. The Air Force is the U.S. military branch that currently has responsibility for space.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:24:10 -0500
  • 'Design errors' faulted in Florida bridge that collapsed: agency

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    The National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday that "design errors" were found in a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in March at Florida International University, killing six people and injuring eight. The NTSB said concrete and steel specimens tested met the project’s build plans' minimum requirements. The 950-ton, $14.2 million bridge, which crossed an eight-lane highway adjacent to Florida International University (FIU) in Miami-Dade County and linked the campus to the city of Sweetwater, collapsed five days after it was installed.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:58:38 -0500
  • Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak - commander

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    The number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border positions. The outlook by Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan, while not definitive, suggests that the high-profile military mission could soon achieve its goal of helping harden the border ahead of the expected arrival of caravans of Central American migrants in the coming weeks. The deployment, which critics have called a pre-election political stunt by President Donald Trump, was initially expected to reach more than 7,000 troops, acting in support of U.S. Customs and Border , or CBP.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:50:38 -0500
  • After 2,000 miles they crossed the U.S. border; then tragedy struck

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    TUCSON, Ariz./AGUACATE, Guatemala (Reuters) - The 911 emergency call came in to the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson station around midnight. Gomez said he was lost. The Border Patrol tallied 294 deaths in fiscal year 2017, the last year for which data is available.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:30:42 -0500
  • Texas executes Mexican who killed his family 26 years ago

    Robert Moreno Ramos, 64, was given a lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville, and pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m., state corrections officials said. Before he died, Ramos said he was thankful to the Mexican consulate for battling his death sentence and ensuring he received humane treatment while in prison. Ramos was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for killing his wife Leticia and their children, Abigail, 7, and Jonathan, 3, the state's Department of Justice said in court filings.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:29:04 -0500
  • At least 56 killed, 130 missing in California's deadliest wildfire

    National Guard troops joined the grim search on Wednesday for more victims in the ruins of an incinerated northern California town while the death toll climbed to 56 in the most deadly and destructive wildfire in the state's history. The latest fatality count was announced as authorities released a revised list of 130 people reported missing by loved ones after flames largely obliterated the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, last Thursday. Nearly 230 people were initially reported as missing in the killer blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:56:10 -0500
  • Texas executes Mexican man for bludgeoning to death his family

    (Reuters) - A Mexican man was executed in Texas on Wednesday for bludgeoning his 42-year-old wife and two children to death with a sledgehammer at their home in 1992, the state said.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:17:07 -0500
  • Cadaver dogs lead grim search for victims in California fire

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    A shaggy male Australian shepherd named IC darted nervously through the charred remnants of a house in Paradise, California, sniffing for victims of the deadliest blaze in the state's history. "He’s getting an overload of scent," said his handler, Trish Moutard, a volunteer with CARDA, the California Animal Rescue Dog Society, while searching properties on Forest Glen Road in Paradise. IC was among several cadaver dogs brought in to look for victims of the Camp Fire, which has so far killed 48 people and burned 135,000 acres (55,000 hectares).

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:02:59 -0500
  • Michael Avenatti arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence

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    Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Jeff Lee said no further details were immediately available, but he said Avenatti was released on bail after he was formally booked in the case. "They'll take a look at it and see if there's enough evidence to proceed." The celebrity news website TMZ, which broke the news of Avenatti's arrest, reported that it stemmed from a physical confrontation between him and a woman at an apartment building Tuesday night in the Century City district of Los Angeles. Avenatti, who has indicated that he might run for president in 2020 as a Democrat, denied wrongdoing in a statement issued through his law firm and in a statement to reporters outside the LAPD West Los Angeles police station following his release.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:37:19 -0500
  • Two killed, dozens injured in Mississippi bus crash

    The accident took place along Interstate 269 about 1:30 p.m. CST (1930 GMT). Two of the people hurt were sent to local trauma centers with critical injuries and a third was listed in serious condition, said Ayoka Pond of Baptist Memorial Hospital. Pond said a total of 26 passengers were sent to Baptist hospitals - one in Southaven, Mississippi, and the other in Collierville, Tennessee.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:56:10 -0500
  • Chicago's focus turns to pensions after budget approval

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    The Chicago City Council on Wednesday gave overwhelming approval to the final budget proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who leaves office next year, and who said he will address looming pension funding challenges in December. "Our work is not done but we can say given where we were at a fiscal cliff seven years ago, financial drain on the city, we can say with confidence we're back on solid ground," Emanuel told the council following its 48-1 vote on his $10.67 billion budget for fiscal 2019. Chicago's unfunded pension liability was $28 billion in 2017, down from $35.7 billion in the prior year.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:29:28 -0500
  • Brother of Sinaloa Cartel leader testifies against 'El Chapo'

    The testimony from Jesus Reynaldo Zambada, 57, came on the second day of Guzman's drug trafficking trial in Brooklyn federal court. Jesus Zambada, who was extradited to the United States from Mexico in 2012 and is cooperating with U.S. authorities, offered a look at the inner workings of the cartel, which prosecutors say has made billions of dollars selling cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine. Guzman, 61, faces 17 criminal counts, and life in prison if convicted.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:07:23 -0500
  • 'Progress is being made' against California's deadliest wildfire

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    The confirmed death toll from the Camp Fire stood at 48 as the footprint of the fire grew by 5,000 acres to 135,000 acres(55,000 hectares), even as diminished winds and rising humidity allowed firefighters to carve containment lines around more than a third of the perimeter. "Progress is being made," said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) at a news conference flanked by Governor Jerry Brown, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other officials. The escalating search for additional human remains in the fire zone is focused on what little is left of Paradise, California, in the Sierra foothills about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, which was mostly incinerated last Thursday.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:51:20 -0500
  • Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit

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    President Donald Trump's politically charged decision to send U.S. troops to the Mexico border came ahead of U.S. midterm congressional elections last week, as Trump sought to strengthen border security as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration. Trump's supporters, including Republicans in Congress, have embraced the deployment. "It's very clear that support to border police or border patrol is necessary right now," Mattis said, noting that that was the assessment of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:58:29 -0500
  • Possible witnesses against 'El Chapo' revealed at U.S. trial

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    Defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman said as part of his opening statement that he expected prosecutors to call Cesar Gastelum, Damaso Lopez and Miguel Angel Martinez, former drug traffickers who are now cooperating with authorities. Gastelum moved tons of cocaine a week through Central America to Mexico for Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel, the U.S. Treasury Department said in 2014.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:14:37 -0500
  • Mexican man faces execution in Texas for bludgeoning death of family

    Roberto Ramos Moreno, 64, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for killing his 42-year-old wife Leticia Ramos and their children, Abigail Ramos, 7, and Jonathan Ramos, 3, with a sledgehammer, according to court filings from the state's Department of Justice. After Leticia Ramos' sister reported that she and the two children were missing, officers found their bodies buried beneath the bathroom floor of their Progreso, Texas, home. Ramos' attorney Danalynn Recer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:01:36 -0500
  • U.S. safety board holds hearing on fatal Southwest engine explosion

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    Dallas-based Southwest has been under scrutiny since an engine on a flight headed from New York to Dallas blew apart in mid-air over Pennsylvania, shattering a plane window, flinging shrapnel and killing passenger Jennifer Riordan, one of 149 people aboard. The hearing in Washington turned to a detailed summary of the engine failure on flight 1380, including details of the fan blade design and development history of the engine type that failed, a CFM56-7B made by CFM International, a transatlantic joint-venture between General Electric Co and France's Safran SA . The hearing also focused on engine fan blade inspection methods.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:33:21 -0500
  • U.S. seeks to strike El Chapo lawyer's opening statement

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    U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday asked a federal judge to strike the opening statement made a day earlier by the lawyer for accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on the first day of his trial in Brooklyn for drug smuggling. In a letter to U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan, prosecutors said the lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, tried improperly to sway the jury by arguing that Guzman had been selectively targeted for prosecution, an argument the court had barred him from making.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:07:58 -0500
  • Air Force pilot killed, another injured in crash in Texas: Air Force

    (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed and another injured when their supersonic jet crashed in Texas, the Air Force said on Wednesday.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 06:12:11 -0500
  • Sitting in the embers, Californians wonder: can Paradise be rebuilt?

    Like many residents of this town of about 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, Reasons came to Paradise for its spectacular natural vistas and affordability. By Tuesday, the fire about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco expanded to 130,000 acres. "We consider ourselves survivors, and we will come back from the ashes," said Paradise Emergency Operations Coordinator Jim Broshears, a resident since 1974. "We are fully committed to building a new Paradise".   Rebuilding will take a lot of work, but those who love the town say it will be worth it.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:27:55 -0500
  • Death toll hits 48 in California's worst wildfire disaster

    The remains of six more fire victims were found on Tuesday in a northern California town overrun by flames last week, raising the death toll to 48 in the most lethal and destructive wildfire in California's history. The latest fatality count was announced by Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea after forensic teams with cadaver dogs spent the day combing through a ghostly landscape strewn with ash and charred debris in what was left of the Sierra foothills hamlet of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. Honea said 100 National Guard troops were being sent in at his request to assist the search for additional human remains left by the so-called Camp Fire.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:07:24 -0500
  • House Democrats to probe Trump impact on FBI, Justice: lawmaker

    Representative Jerrold Nadler, now the panel's top Democrat, gave acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and FBI Director Christopher Wray until Dec. 31 to respond to more than 100 letters House Democrats have already sent concerning Trump's behavior toward U.S. law enforcement, including verbal attacks on senior officials. "I write with growing concern over President Trump's repeated attacks on the integrity of the Department of Justice and the FBI," Nadler told Whitaker and Wray in the Tuesday letter that was made public.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:33:36 -0500
  • Deadly 'megafires' the new normal in California

    Born of tinder dry conditions and erratic winds, the "Camp Fire" was the latest California megafire, a huge blaze that burns more intensely and quickly than anything the state has experienced before. The U.S. Forest Service defines a megafire as a single blaze that burns more than 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares). In recent years authorities in California have reported an increase in such large, explosive and swiftly spreading wildfires over a virtually year-round fire season.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:01:41 -0500
  • Man convicted on terrorism charge in 2017 Michigan airport stabbing

    A jury in Flint, Michigan, found Amor Ftouhi, 51, of the Canadian province of Quebec, guilty on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport, interference with airport security and committing an act of terrorism, the court said. Ftouhi had pleaded not guilty and the trial began last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:41:45 -0500
  • Teams 'look for skulls' in ashes of California's deadliest wildfire

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    The intensified effort to locate victims came on the sixth day of a blaze that incinerated over 7,000 homes and other buildings, including most of the town of Paradise in the Sierra foothills of rural Butte County about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. County Sheriff Kory Honea said 228 people were listed as missing, and his office also was conducting "well-being checks" on nearly 1,300 individuals whose loved ones had reported concern for their whereabouts. By Tuesday, the killer blaze dubbed the Camp Fire had blackened 125,000 acres (50,500 hectares) of drought-parched scrub and brush, up 8,000 acres from the night before, but crews had carved containment lines around nearly a third of the fire's expanding perimeter.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:52:48 -0500
  • Sitting in the embers, Californians wonder: can Paradise be rebuilt?

    Like many residents of this town of about 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, Reasons came to Paradise for its spectacular natural vistas and affordability. By Tuesday, the fire about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco expanded to 125,000 acres. "We consider ourselves survivors, and we will come back from the ashes," said Paradise Emergency Operations Coordinator Jim Broshears, a resident since 1974. "We are fully committed to building a new Paradise".   Rebuilding will take a lot of work, but those who love the town say it will be worth it.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:52:48 -0500
  • El Chapo is a scapegoat for drug lord who bribed Mexico's president: lawyer

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    "He's blamed for being the leader while the real leaders are living freely and openly in Mexico," attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said on the first day of Guzman's trial for drug smuggling in Brooklyn federal court, which is expected to last up to four months. Mayo Zambada did." Lichtman also said that Zambada had been left free because he "bribes the entire government of Mexico including up to the very top, the current president of Mexico," Enrique Pena Nieto. Pena Nieto's spokesman said of the accusation: "That is false." Lichtman's statement came after Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels laid out the U.S. government's case, describing how prosecutors would prove that Guzman rose from a low-level marijuana trafficker in the 1970s to lead the powerful Sinaloa Cartel.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:46:27 -0500
  • House Democrats to probe Trump impact on FBI, Justice: lawmaker

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    Representative Jerrold Nadler, now the panel's top Democrat, gave acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and FBI Director Christopher Wray until Dec. 31 to respond to more than 100 letters House Democrats have already sent concerning Trump's behavior toward U.S. law enforcement, including verbal attacks on senior officials. "I write with growing concern over President Trump's repeated attacks on the integrity of the Department of Justice and the FBI," Nadler told Whitaker and Wray in the Nov. 13 letter that was made public.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:30:05 -0500
  • Pentagon official: 'No fundamental concern' over defense consolidation

    The U.S. government is still reviewing a merger of Harris Corp and L3 Technologies, a top Pentagon official said on Tuesday, adding that she had no fundamental concerns about further consolidation in the U.S. defense sector. Harris and L3, maker of military communications equipment and other weapons, on Oct. 14 said they planned an all-stock merger that will create the sixth-largest U.S. defense contractor with a market value of $34 billion.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:05:41 -0500
  • Motorists drove 0.8 percent fewer miles on U.S. roads in September: DOT

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    Motorists drove 0.8 percent fewer miles on U.S. roads and highways in September versus last year, according to figures released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Travel for the month is estimated to be 260.6 billion vehicle miles, DOT says, down from 262.6 billion miles last year. Motorists increased miles traveled on U.S. roads and highways for the sixth consecutive year in 2017, according to DOT.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:03:35 -0500
  • U.S. judge to hold hearing on CNN White House lawsuit

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    In its lawsuit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, the cable news network said the White House violated the First Amendment right to free speech as well as the due process clause of the Constitution providing fair treatment through judicial process. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, dismissed the action as "just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit." U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to respond to the lawsuit by 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) on Wednesday and he set a hearing for 3:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) that day on the request for a restraining order. Kelly, a former lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Committee, was nominated to the bench by Trump last year.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:00:06 -0500
  • U.S. anti-Semitic hate crimes spiked 37 percent in 2017: FBI

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    The release of the data comes just weeks after a gunman burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue and shot dead 11 worshippers while shouting "All Jews must die." According to the FBI's annual Hate Crime Statistics report, there were a total of 7,175 hate crime incidents reported last year by law enforcement agencies, up from 6,121 incidents in 2016. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement that hate crimes were "despicable violations" of America's values. "I am particularly troubled by the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes," Whitaker said.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:41:30 -0500
  • Factbox: The career of Mexico's brutal Robin Hood, 'El Chapo' Guzman

    The evidence likely to be presented at the New York trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will paint a picture of a Robin Hood figure, albeit a brutal one, who amassed a $14 billion fortune by bribery, murdering rivals and smuggling huge amounts of drugs. Guzman’s lawyers have signaled that they intend to downplay their client’s role in the Sinaloa Cartel which prosecutors say he led for years, at the trial which starts on Tuesday. The following includes some of the most colorful claims made by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) in pre-trial documents: * Guzman started as a teenager cultivating marijuana and growing poppies for heroin production, going on to become the main leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, "the world’s largest and most prolific drug trafficking organization." * While he was guarded by a virtual army of enforcers and cartel assassins, Guzman was also known to carry a gold-plated AK-47 assault rifle and a diamond-encrusted pistol for his own personal protection.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:34:23 -0500
  • Ohio lays murder charges in deaths of eight people in rural family feud

    Four members of the Wagner family were charged with murdering seven members of the Rhoden family and a fiancée of one of the victims, DeWine said by Twitter. In April 2016, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and DeWine said it was clear the victims, ranging in age from 16 to 44, had been deliberately singled out for attack at four different crime scenes, most of them while they slept.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:16:06 -0500
  • Man convicted on terrorism charge in 2017 Michigan airport stabbing

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    A jury in Flint, Michigan, found Amor Ftouhi guilty on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport, interference with airport security and committing an act of terrorism, the court said.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:50:30 -0500
  • 'Megafire' that torched town now common in California

    Born of tinder dry conditions and erratic winds, the "Camp Fire" was the latest California megafire, a huge blaze that burns more intensely and quickly than anything the state has experienced before. In recent years authorities in California have reported an increase in such large, explosive and swiftly spreading wildfires over a virtually year-round fire season. Four out of the five largest fires in California history have occurred in the last six years.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:48:44 -0500
  • Iowa senator says expect fewer biofuel waivers from Wheeler's EPA

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may issue fewer biofuel waivers to small refineries under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler than it did under its previous leadership, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said on Tuesday. "I sense that Wheeler has a feeling that (former Administrator Scott Pruitt) was very liberal on his issuing of waivers," Grassley told a conference call.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:18:54 -0500
  • U.S. top court to review Virginia voting districts in race case

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    The high court will hear an appeal by the Republican-led state House of Delegates of a June ruling by a federal three-judge panel that said the 11 state House districts in question all violated the rights of black voters to equal protection under the law under the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. Democrats have accused Republicans in Virginia and other states of crafting such legislative maps in a way that crams black and other minority voters into certain districts in order to reduce their overall sway in the state. The justices said the lower court had not sufficiently analyzed the consideration of race by the Republican legislators in the process of drawing Virginia's electoral map.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:01:13 -0500
  • U.S. court orders Georgia to continue review of governor's race

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    Georgia voters will wait until at least Friday for the final word on who will be their next governor after a U.S. federal judge ordered state election officials to review provisional ballots cast in last week's election. In an order late on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg urged county election officials to conduct a "good faith" or "independent" review of ballots cast by voters on a provisional basis in the race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican and former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:27:30 -0500
  • Colorado voters reject tougher rules on oil and gas drilling

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    The measure was defeated in an election that saw oil companies pour millions of dollars into efforts to combat the proposal and was one of several ballot initiatives that sought to curb fossil fuels use. Shares in producers active in the state gained ground on Wednesday, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp , which rose 5.7 percent, and Noble Energy Inc , which climbed 4.2 percent. It garnered 43 percent of votes, according to final data from the Colorado Secretary of State's office.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:19:06 -0500
  • U.S. plans new limits on heavy-duty truck emissions

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce plans to propose new rules to significantly decrease emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxide from diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks, an agency official said. Industry groups and state environmental officials have urged the EPA to set new nationwide rules as the state of California has been moving forward with plans to set new state emissions limits. California also wants nationwide rules, in part because more than half of all trucks delivering goods in the state are registered in other states.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:16:33 -0500
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