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E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in U.S. high-schools: survey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A co-owner and four ex-employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were convicted on Thursday of committing frauds and other illegal activities that helped boost its business before a deadly 201....
Alabama attorney general takes over probe of police shooting at mall

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:21:12 -0500

In a letter to Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr, Attorney General Steve Marshall said he made the decision after Carr admitted the presence of potential conflicts and biases between him a....
Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:11:05 -0500

Becky Linebaugh, an incumbent alderman in the small town of Hoxie, rolled a "six" to hold on to her seat for a third term, defeating challenger Cliff Farmer who came up short with a "four." The dice ....
Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:09:24 -0500

Jose Jimenez, 55, is set to die by lethal injection at the Florida's execution chamber in Raiford at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT), the state's department of corrections said. Jimenez was convicted of first-....
Kentucky Supreme Court tosses pension law on procedural factors

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:21:22 -0500

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a law aimed at addressing the state's cash-strapped retirement system because it was improperly passed by the Republican-contro....
Accused Russia agent pleads guilty over U.S. charges: Fox

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:45:41 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maria Butina, accused of acting as an agent of Russia's government, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in a U.S. court on Thursday as part of a deal with prosecutors,....
Teen fatally shoots himself at Indiana school, police say

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:32:53 -0500

No students were injured in the incident at David W. Dennis Intermediate School, in Richmond, Indiana, about 70 miles east of Indianapolis, state police said on Twitter. Police received information t....
Advocacy group drafts U.S. privacy bill as effort grows to make law next year

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 09:24:23 -0500

The Washington-based Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) said it hopes members of Congress incorporate its proposal into a number of draft privacy bills they have begun to discuss in recent week....
More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:29:36 -0500

A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an “imminent” threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, accordin....
Three rescued from West Virginia mine may have been seeking copper scrap

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:58:23 -0500

Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly, 21, were all being taken to a hospital for treatment after the rescue, said Samantha Smith of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safe....
Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:54:39 -0500

Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state ins....
South Carolina boy, 16, pleads guilty in school shooting rampage

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:29:57 -0500

Jesse Osborne, who was 14 at the time of the 2016 attack on Townville Elementary School some 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Greenville, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors said the....
Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:39:34 -0500

Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state ins....
Opioid maker Insys paid kickbacks to physician assistant, jury hears

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:09:40 -0500

The testimony came at the start of the trial in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire, of Christopher Clough, a physician assistant who prosecutors say accepted nearly $50,000 from Insys in exchange....
U.S. probe cites 'ineffective' safeguard in Husky oil refinery blast

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:45:34 -0500

An "ineffective" safeguard failed to prevent an explosive mixing of air and fuel at a Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, leading to a blast and fire in the plant's gasoline-producing unit i....