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  • Cosby's retrial for sexual assault postponed to March 2018 news

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges will be moved from November 2017 to March 2018, a Pennsylvania judge said on Tuesday.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:53:48 -0400
  • Commuter train slams into parked train car near Philadelphia; 42 hurt

    The train hit the vacant parked car at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, 10 miles west of Philadelphia, around 12:15 a.m. EDT as it pulled into the station, Heather Redfern, a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), said on Tuesday. Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie told reporters that at least four people were being treated at area hospitals following the crash.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:53:42 -0400
  • Manhattan high-end condo prices rise with strong demand: report news

    The unit, at 432 Park Avenue, billed as the tallest residential tower in the Americas, was one of three at the Midtown East building that were in the top-five most expensive condominium sales in Manhattan, an analysis by CityRealty said. The analysis examined sale prices and what was paid per square foot in an index the realty company has created to gauge investment performance for what it considers the top 100 condominium buildings in Manhattan.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:06:09 -0400
  • Massachusetts man arrested for trying to punch police horse in face

    A Massachusetts man was arrested for trying to punch a police horse in the face at a street festival, according to Worcester police. The incident occurred on Saturday when police were responding to a disturbance at a beer tent at the street festival in the city, located about 40 miles (64 km) west of Boston. The man, 59-year-old Donald Pagan, tried to walk between a column of police horses when officers asked him to stop.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:00:32 -0400
  • U.S. admiral says remains found inside damaged destroyer

    U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift on Tuesday said divers have found human remains inside the USS John S. McCain, which collided with a merchant vessel this week. "The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today," Swift told reporters at Singapore's Changi Naval Base, where the damaged vessel is docked. Swift also said the U.S. Navy was working to identify a body found by the Malaysian navy to see if it was one of 10 missing U.S. sailors in the accident.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:35:05 -0400
  • U.S. Navy says divers searching warship's flooded compartments for missing sailors

    The U.S. Navy said on Tuesday divers have begun searching in the flooded compartments of a U.S. warship for 10 U.S. sailors missing since the guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia. U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers will access sealed compartments located in damaged parts of the ship, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement posted on its website.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:35:33 -0400
  • Charlottesville city council meeting briefly shut down by protesters

    About 100 activists and residents crowded into the council meeting, the first since the violent demonstrations two weekends ago, and shouted "Shame" and "Shut it down" toward council members and the mayor, forcing them to briefly end the meeting and leave the chambers, according to the New York Times. As Mayor Mike Signer and council members left the room, two people held a sign that read "Blood On Your Hands," the Times reported.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:37:02 -0400
  • Texas man charged with trying to blow up Confederate statue

    (Reuters) - Authorities in Houston charged a 25-year-old man on Monday with trying to blow up a Confederate statue, federal prosecutors said, following demonstrations and fierce debate in the United States about race and the legacy of America's Civil War.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:48:24 -0400
  • Bergdahl to have U.S. Army desertion case heard by judge, not jury news

    (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, charged with desertion and endangerment of U.S. troops for leaving his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009, has chosen to have a judge hear the case instead of a military jury, according to a court filing.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:52:01 -0400
  • U.S. Navy announces fleet-wide probe after new warship collision; 10 sailors missing

    By Fathin Ungku and David Brunnstrom SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy announced on Monday a fleet-wide probe and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety, as it searched for 10 sailors missing after the fourth major accident in the U.S. Pacific fleet this year. The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the warship was nearing Singapore for a routine port call. The collision tore a hole in the warship's waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:57:24 -0400
  • 'Print' on Texas family wall is original Rockwell, sells for $1.6 million

    A Texas family who discovered their old Norman Rockwell work of baseball umpires was an authentic painting sold the work at auction for $1.6 million, Heritage Auctions said on Monday. It became one of the best-known Rockwell illustrations after being published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1949. Rockwell gave a signed copy to John "Beans" Reardon, a baseball umpire featured prominently in the work.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:49:58 -0400
  • A majority of Americans want to preserve Confederate monuments: Reuters/Ipsos poll news

    A majority of Americans think Confederate monuments should be preserved in public spaces, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, a view that is at odds with efforts in many cities to remove them. Another 28 percent saw the white supremacists as the aggressors and 10 percent mostly blamed the left-wing counter-protesters.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:45:15 -0400
  • Coast Guard suspends search for five Army aviators off Hawaii

    "Suspension of a search and rescue case without resolution is a very, very difficult decision and it weighs heavily, particularly on the hearts of the Coast Guard," Rear Admiral Vince Atkins, commander of the Coast Guard 14th District, said at a news conference. Wheeler Army Airfield lost contact at that time with the crew of the UH-60 Black Hawk, the Coast Guard said.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:09:18 -0400
  • Father of Ohio football player convicted of rape shoots judge

    The suspect killed at the scene was Nathaniel Richmond, Jefferson County prosecutor Jane Hanlin told a news conference. Richmond was the father of Ma'Lik Richmond, one of two high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a 2012 party in Steubenville, Ohio, Hanlin told the news conference, shown on local TV station WFMJ. "There is absolutely no reason to believe that there is any connection between Ma'Lik Richmond and the actions of his father today," Hanlin said.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:34:23 -0400
  • Car crashes into Kentucky crowd watching eclipse, woman killed: report

    In the incident in Leslie County, Kentucky, which appeared to be an accident, a driver lost control over her car and hit a utility pole, WLKY-TV in Louisville reported. A 23-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in Hyden, Kentucky, the TV station reported. The incident is under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:30:04 -0400
  • Navy chief says no sign USS McCain collision intentional

    There was no indication that the collision between a U.S. Navy ship and a tanker near Singapore on Monday was intentional, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday. Ten U.S. sailors were missing after a collision between the USS McCain destroyer and the tanker, the second involving a U.S. warship and a merchant ship in Asia in about two months, triggering a fleet-wide probe of operations and training. Richardson said, "We have no indication" the collision was intentional.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:04:45 -0400
  • U.S. Navy announces fleet-wide probe after new warship collision; 10 sailors missing news

    By Fathin Ungku and David Brunnstrom SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy announced on Monday a fleet-wide probe and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety, as it searched for 10 sailors missing after the fourth major accident in the U.S. Pacific fleet this year. The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the warship was nearing Singapore for a routine port call. The collision tore a hole in the warship's waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:04:45 -0400
  • Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder across United States news

    By Harriet McLeod and Lee van der Voo CHARLESTON, S.C./SHERIDAN, Oregon (Reuters) - As millions of awestruck Americans cast their gaze skyward on Monday at the extraordinary sight of a total solar eclipse, one Connecticut man had his eyes set firmly on a different prize. Joseph Fleming, 43, went down on one knee in the darkness near the harbor in Charleston, South Carolina, and asked Nicole Durham to marry him. The first total eclipse in a century to sweep across the United States from coast to coast inspired Americans to make marriage proposals, hold family reunions and take time from work to witness with wonder one of the cosmos' rarest phenomena.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:54:53 -0400
  • Texas man charged with trying to blow up Confederate statue news

    Authorities in Houston charged a 25-year-old man on Monday with trying to blow up a Confederate statue, federal prosecutors said, in the latest development amid demonstrations and fierce debate about race and the legacy of America's Civil War. Word of the arrest of Andrew Schneck came just hours after the University of Texas at Austin said it removed four statues tied to the Confederacy from its campus because they had become "symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism." White nationalists rallied earlier this month against proposals to take down a similar statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one woman was killed when a man crashed his car into a crowd of anti-racism counterprotesters.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:01:36 -0400
  • More video emerges of Baltimore police staging evidence: prosecutors news

    In the previous two episodes, video showed officers apparently placing illegal drugs at crime scenes. The Baltimore Police Department said it was investigating charges that some officers were planting drugs to frame innocent people. The latest video to came to light was "self-reported as a re-enactment of the seizure of evidence" by the police department, the office of the state's attorney for Baltimore said in a statement.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:53:47 -0400
  • Wisconsin teen pleads guilty to lesser charge in Slenderman attack

    Anissa Weier, 15, appeared in a Waukesha court on Monday to plead guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime with use of a deadly weapon, as part of a plea agreement, court records show. Under the plea agreement, she will then spend 10 years either in prison or in a state mental hospital, depending on the outcome of the September trial, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. Weier and her friend, Morgan Geyser, were charged with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 stabbing of their classmate in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:21:13 -0400
  • Chalked messages show Charlottesville's shock after weekend violence news

    As Charlottesville reeled from the killing of a woman during a white-nationalist rally, well-wishers left flowers at a makeshift shrine nearby in the heart of downtown. Many of the city's 47,000 residents blamed white supremacists for bringing violence to their normally sedate city, the home of the University of Virginia's main campus. "Charlottesville is a very tolerant place, which is why it's so sad to see this happen here," said Cook, who now works as a tour guide at Monticello, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, the United States' third president and the city's founder.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:36:02 -0400
  • JPMorgan pledges up to $2 million to fight racism, support human rights news

    JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Monday it will contribute up to $2 million to fight racism and support human rights in light of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to violence and the death of a protester. The sum includes $500,000 each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League "to further their work in tracking, exposing and fighting hate groups and other extremist organizations," Peter Scher, head of corporate responsibility wrote in a memo to employees that was provided to Reuters by the company.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:54 -0400
  • U.S. warship collision exposes Singapore-Malaysia sea dispute

    A collision between a U.S. warship and an oil tanker near the Straits of Malacca on Monday has shone a light on a territorial dispute that has simmered between neighbors Singapore and Malaysia for nearly 40 years. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with merchant vessel Alnic MC to the east of Singapore, while heading to the city-state for a routine port call. Ten U.S. sailors are missing and five were injured in the collision, which resulted in significant damage to the hull of the U.S. vessel and the flooding of some of its compartments.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:59:00 -0400
  • Norway's wealth fund takes 48 percent stake in New York property

    OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $975-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, has bought a 48-percent stake in a New York City property, it said on Monday.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:57:26 -0400
  • Taiwan's Foxconn to build three ancillary facilities as part of Wisconsin LCD campus news

    Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Monday said it plans to build three facilities in the U.S. state of Wisconsin for operation as early as next year, as part of a campus housing a $10 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) factory due for 2020. Foxconn, which makes electronics under contract for clients such as Apple Inc , announced its $10 billion plan at the White House in July, saying the LCD plant would occupy 1,000 acres in the state's south east. Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , said it will begin by setting up a back-end packaging line, high-precision molding line and end-device assembly line.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:19:32 -0400
  • USS John S. McCain suffered flooding after collision: U.S. Navy

    The USS John S. McCain, a U.S. warship that collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday, arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore after suffering damage to its hull that caused flooding in compartments, the U.S. Navy said. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding," the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:28:29 -0400
  • 'America First' protesters face off with opponents at California beach rally news

    Anti-immigration demonstrators faced off against a much bigger crowd of counter-protesters in the Southern California town of Laguna Beach on Sunday, as police kept the opposing sides apart. Around 2,500 people in total showed up for what became a raucous shouting match but did not descend into the kind of violence seen at this month's clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one person was killed. Police erected barricades along the oceanfront to deter car attacks like the one in Charlottesville which killed a woman when a suspected white nationalist drove into the crowd.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:15:52 -0400
  • Illinois town gears up to become heart of U.S. eclipse news

    By Elly Park CARBONDALE, Ill. (Reuters) - The small southern Illinois town of Carbondale was revving up on Sunday to become eclipse central on the eve of a total solar eclipse that will traverse the continental United States for the first time in 99 years.     Carbondale is a few miles north of the point of greatest duration of the celestial event and will have a total eclipse for two minutes and 38 seconds on Monday. Many residents of Carbondale, a town of 26,000 people 70 miles (112 km) southeast of St. Louis, have been capitalizing on the celestial blackout, from renting out their homes to creating eclipse-themed merchandise.     Artist Matt Sronkoski has been selling hand-painted eclipse T-shirts for months and said he had created hundreds of individual designs.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:00:59 -0400
  • No oil pollution reported after U.S. warship, tanker collide off Singapore

    No oil spill was reported after a collision between a U.S. guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel in Singapore waters, authorities in the city-state said on Monday. Ten sailors from the USS John S. McCain were missing after the collision with the oil tanker east of Singapore, the U.S. Navy said, the second accident involving U.S. Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:16:52 -0400
  • U.S. Navy says USS John S. McCain sailing to port under own power news

    A U.S. warship damaged after colliding with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday is sailing under its own power and heading to port, the U.S. Navy said. "Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities," the Navy said in a statement posted on the website of the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. "In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant, RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to render assistance," it said.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:24:29 -0400
  • Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville news

    By Doina Chiacu and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Evangelical Christian Jerry Falwell Jr said Trump could be more polished and politically correct but is not racist. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who last week criticized the white nationalists' "evil, sinful, disgusting behavior," said unequivocally on Sunday that the faith community stood by Trump.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:54:15 -0400
  • Canada's Trudeau warns against entering country 'irregularly' news

    "Canada is an opening and welcoming society," he told reporters in Montreal following talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Entering Canada irregularly is not an advantage. More than 3,100 people walked across the border illegally in July to file refugee claims and were arrested, up from 884 in June, the federal government said.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:03:49 -0400
  • Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84 news

    "It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.," his son, Christian, wrote on Instagram. Gregory, who lived in Washington, died of heart failure in Sibley Memorial Hospital, where he had checked in a week ago after falling ill, said his longtime publicist Steve Jaffe. Gregory's success as a comedian in the early 1960s helped pave the way for other black comics, such as Richard Pryor, to gain greater fame by reaching a mainstream audience.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:40:35 -0400
  • Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos

    By Scott Malone and Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a "free speech" rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. Rally organizers had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to a small pen that police set up in the historic Boston Common park to keep the two sides separate. The city avoided a repeat of last weekend's bloody street battles in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:52:16 -0400
  • No winner of Powerball jackpot - prize grows to $650 million

    By Peter Szekely NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nobody won a Powerball jackpot of $535 million in a draw on Saturday night, meaning the grand prize will grow to about $650 million, the second-highest level in the history of the Powerball. With no winner of the grand prize, it will grow to an estimated $650 million ahead of the next draw on Wednesday, according to the website for the game. The highest-ever Powerball jackpot was nearly $1.6 billion in a January 2016 draw, which was split between three winning tickets.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:32:11 -0400
  • U.S. warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean news

    (Reuters) - Researchers have found the wreckage of the U.S. warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday. The cruiser was returning from its mission to deliver components for the atomic bomb that would soon be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima when it was fired upon in the North Pacific Ocean by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. After a Navy historian unearthed new information in 2016 about the warship's last movements that pointed to a new search area, a team of civilian researchers led by Paul Allen, a Microsoft Corp co-founder, spent months searching in a 600-square-mile (1,500-square-kilometer) patch of ocean.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:12:22 -0400
  • South Carolina aquarium to monitor animal behavior during eclipse

    By Nathan Frandino CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Animals in the path of the first total solar eclipse to travel across the United States in 99 years have a big surprise awaiting them on Monday afternoon, biologists say. Zoos, aquariums and other wildlife parks see the celestial phenomenon as a special research opportunity to observe how birds and mammals react when the moon's shadow blots out most of the sun's light in the middle of the day, experts say. The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, the last spot over which the total eclipse will pass during its coast-to-coast journey, will carefully monitor the behavior of creatures during the minute and 36 seconds when the area goes dark.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:08:11 -0400
  • Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos news

    Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a "free speech" rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. Rally organizers had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to a small pen that police set up in the historic Boston Common park to keep the two sides separate. The city avoided a repeat of last weekend's bloody street battles in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:35:14 -0400
  • Bannon's exit not seen to signal Trump shift to center news

    By John Walcott and Steve Holland WASHINGTON/BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's ouster of chief strategist Steve Bannon is unlikely to mark the abandonment of the administration's "America First" agenda that has unnerved investors and trade partners and split the White House into nationalist and globalist camps. Within hours of leaving Trump's administration on Friday, Bannon was back at the helm of Breitbart News, the hard-right news site he ran before becoming the main architect of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Bannon can now do more to further conservative causes because "he can speak his mind" without the constraints of working in the White House, Rick Weatherly, 61, a maintenance technician from the Denver suburb of Lakewood, said on Saturday.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:32:43 -0400
  • Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday's once-in-a-lifetime eclipse news

    The sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, may draw the largest live audience for a celestial event in human history. "It will certainly be the most observed total eclipse in history," astronomer Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) said last week. The eclipse begins its cross-country trajectory over the Pacific Coast of Oregon in late morning.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:09:25 -0400
  • Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect arrested

    In an unrelated shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, a man who shot and wounded two officers was killed when police returned fire, authorities said, while two Pennsylvania state troopers suffered gunshot wounds after exchanging fire with a suspect who later died, local media reported. Kissimmee Officer Matthew Baxter, 27, was shot and killed and Sergeant Richard "Sam" Howard was fatally wounded in an altercation with three men on Friday. With the help of surveillance video, police arrested Everett Miller, 45, at a bar around 11:30 p.m. Miller, who was carrying 9 mm handgun and revolver when arrested, was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Baxter, O'Dell said.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:56:58 -0400
  • Boston police arrest 27 people during protests around 'Free Speech' rally

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston police arrested 27 people in protests surrounding a "Free Speech" rally, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday. Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, with some for assault and battery during scuffles between police and protesters, Evans said. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:46:47 -0400
  • Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era news

    As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era. Utilities and grid operators have been planning for the event for years, calculating the timing and drop in output from solar, running simulations of the potential impact on demand, and lining up standby power sources. It promises a critical test of their ability to manage a sizeable swing in renewable power.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:29:19 -0400
  • Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House news

    By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show. The Kennedy Center also said in a statement the White House reception "will no longer take place." The White House said the president and first lady would not take part in the Kennedy Center Honors "to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction." The announcement came after television producer Norman Lear, singer Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade said they would not attend the White House reception that was set to take place prior to the Dec. 3 annual gala event.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:15:07 -0400
  • Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalism news

    The decision to take down the statue followed discussions among students, faculty, staff and alumni about maintaining safety on campus, university President Vincent E. Price said in a statement. "I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university," Price said. The prestigious university will preserve the statue of Lee, who led Confederate forces in the American Civil War of 1861-1865, and use it as an educational tool so that students can study "Duke's complex past," Price added.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:33:46 -0400
  • Powerball jackpot grows to $535 million, fifth largest ever news

    A $2 investment could yield more than a half-billion dollars in the Powerball lottery's fifth-largest jackpot in a 25-year history that is up for grabs on Saturday. The Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball for 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, said the size of the jackpot increases with the number of tickets sold, and could grow further before the drawing. In the televised drawing set for Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EDT in Tallahassee, Florida, five of 69 white balls and one of 26 red balls - the Powerball - will be randomly selected to form the winning six-digit number.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:35:49 -0400
  • Senator McCain completes first round of radiation and chemotherapy news

    "His resilience & strength is incredible," Meghan McCain, who is a host on the Fox News program "Outnumbered," wrote on Twitter about her father. McCain, 80, who is known for his political independence during three decades in the Senate representing Arizona, was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery in July for a blood clot above his left eye.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:37:33 -0400
  • Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages news

    The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly. Mayor Mike Signer issued his appeal amid an increasingly contentious debate over what to do with memorials to Confederate figures, who fought for the preservation of slavery during the U.S. Civil War, that are seen by opponents as offensive. In what has become the biggest domestic crisis of his presidency, Donald Trump has been sharply criticized, including by fellow Republicans, for blaming Charlottesville's violence not only on the white nationalist rally organizers, but also the anti-racism activists who opposed them.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:21:54 -0400
  • Far-right protests leave U.S. cities scrambling to balance safety, free speech

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cities across the United States are seeking ways to head off the kind of violence seen in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend when white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters over the planned removal of a Civil War-era statue. As they step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces and brace for a right-wing backlash, municipalities are re-evaluating their approaches to crowd control, permits, weapon regulation and intelligence gathering. White supremacists have been emboldened by statements from President Donald Trump.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:50:18 -0400
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