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  • Advocates ready legal showdown with U.S. FCC on net neutrality

    Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet. The FCC is expected to vote on Dec. 14 to scrap the landmark so-called net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama, given FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and two Republican commissioners support the repeal. Industry and public interest groups are considering several strategies to protect the rules banning internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or "throttling" to slow service for certain content, including arguing that the decision is arbitrary and pushing back on the FCC's classification of ISPs.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:45:15 -0500
  • Trump's attack on Senator Gillibrand 'nasty': Senator Schumer

    U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's tweeted attack on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was "nasty," but Schumer did not join Gillibrand's call for Trump to resign the presidency over sexual misconduct accusations. "That tweet was nasty, unbecoming of a president," Schumer told reporters. Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, on Monday called for Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:13:48 -0500
  • Tillerson seeks to ease skepticism about U.S. State Department reorganization

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dogged by media speculation about how long he will last as top U.S. diplomat, tried to ease skepticism among staff about his leadership and planned State Department reorganization on Tuesday.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:07:08 -0500
  • Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear'

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    U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him. Six U.S. senators, including Gillibrand, have said Trump should resign. Trump lambasted Gillibrand on Twitter on Tuesday writing, "Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump." Schumer is the Senate Democratic leader.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:07:39 -0500
  • Alabama voters choose senator in race with high stakes for Trump

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    By Andy Sullivan MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore in spite of allegations against him of sexual misconduct toward teenagers. Moore, 70, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, is battling former U.S. attorney Doug Jones, a Democrat, for the Senate seat. Jones, 63, hopes to pull off an upset victory in the deeply conservative Southern state.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:20:17 -0500
  • Special Report: Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs

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    When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house. One month later, across the Gulf of Mexico in Big Pine Key, Florida, moving company driver Byron Keeble lost about $10,000 worth of belongings, including a new sofa and his television, when Hurricane Irma sent a surge of seawater through his rented ground-floor apartment. Keeble said FEMA paid for him to stay in a hotel for a few weeks while he tried to figure out where he would go next.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:53:41 -0500
  • Bangladesh authorities question wife of New York bomb suspect: police

    Police in Bangladesh are questioning the wife of Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man U.S. authorities say set off a pipe bomb in a crowded New York City commuter hub, two senior police officials in Bangladesh said on Tuesday. Ullah set off an explosion in an underground pedestrian corridor between New York's Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal at rush hour on Monday, injuring himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:25:29 -0500
  • El Faro captain ignored storm reports before tragedy: U.S. authorities

    The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard in the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, after the captain ignored reports the ship was heading directly into a strengthening hurricane, a U.S. safety board concluded on Tuesday. According to the preliminary findings of a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into the sinking, Captain Michael Davidson relied on outdated weather information as he headed into the storm, an NTSB meeting was told. The NTSB panel is reviewing more than 70 findings and 50-plus recommendations stemming from the sinking of the 790-foot (241-meter) freighter off the Bahamas on Oct. 1, 2015, during Hurricane Joaquin.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:55:56 -0500
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's office

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    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a former civil rights attorney who once sued the city he would go on to lead as its first mayor of Chinese descent, died early on Tuesday, officials said. Lee, 65, died of a heart attack, the San Francisco Examiner said. “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away," the mayor's office said in a statement.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:43:14 -0500
  • U.S. prosecutors bring terrorism charge against Manhattan bomb suspect

    Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destruction of property by means of explosive and use of a destructive device.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:14:07 -0500
  • Trump's push to cut federal jobs has modest impact, mostly in defense

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    President Donald Trump's campaign to shrink the "bloated federal bureaucracy" so far has made a small dent in the federal workforce, and that largely because of a decline in civilian defense jobs. Days after his Jan. 20 inauguration, Trump ordered a hiring freeze later replaced with an order for federal agencies to cut staff immediately, and in March he proposed a 2018 budget that sought to shift $54 billion to the military from other departments.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:03:16 -0500
  • U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

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    A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77. One of the Cold War's strangest dramas began in 1965 when Charles Robert Jenkins, then a 24-year-old army sergeant nicknamed "Scooter" from tiny Rich Square in North Carolina, disappeared one January night while on patrol near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. At an emotional court martial in Japan in 2004, Jenkins - who had never gone to high school - said he deserted to avoid hazardous duty in South Korea and escape combat in Vietnam.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:08:10 -0500
  • Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families

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    Cuba told senior U.S. officials during talks on migration in Havana on Monday that the U.S. decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was "seriously hampering" family relations and other people exchanges. Relations between the former Cold War foes became strained after Donald Trump became the U.S. President, partially reversing the thaw seen during Barack Obama's presidency.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:50:36 -0500
  • New York charges Times Square bomb suspect; Bangladesh questions wife

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    By Ruma Paul and Daniel Trotta DHAKA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials on Tuesday said they charged a Bangladeshi man with terrorism, accusing him of setting off a pipe bomb a day earlier in a crowded Manhattan commuter hub, as investigators in his home country questioned his wife. Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism, and making a terroristic threat under New York state law, the New York Police Department said, adding U.S. authorities may also bring federal charges. Investigators in Bangladesh were questioning Ullah's wife, according to two officials who declined to be identified as they were not permitted to discuss the matter publicly.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:24:03 -0500
  • U.S. transit agencies cautious on electric buses despite bold forecasts

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    Communities across the United States are looking to replace their dirty diesel buses, ushering in what some analysts predict will be a boom in electric fleets. Out of more than 65,000 public buses plying U.S. roads today, just 300 are electric. The technology is still a gamble for many cities at a time when bus ridership is falling nationwide and officials are trying to keep a lid on fares, says Chris Stoddart, an executive at Canadian bus maker New Flyer Industries Inc .

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:11:02 -0500
  • Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy

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    Instead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office themselves. Nine of 13 volunteers trained by the group ran for office this year and won seats, ranging from New Hampshire state representative to city council member in West University Place, Texas. Fourteen more have already declared their intentions to run for office in 2018, seeking seats in Congress, state legislatures and local government, all running as Democrats.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:07:52 -0500
  • Bangladesh police looking for family, associates of New York bombing suspect

    Officials in Bangladesh are trying to track down the extended family and any known associates of Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man U.S. authorities say set off a homemade pipe bomb in a crowded New York City commuter hub on Monday. "Police are looking for his family, but so far they've not been able to trace them," said Abul Khair Nadim, the Chair of Musapur Union council, a local government body in the Chittagong division in southern Bangladesh, where Ullah's family originally lived.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:36:08 -0500
  • Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

    By Ben Gruber VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters, taking advantage of a lull in the winds, on Monday held in check a massive Southern California wildfire that has torched hundreds of buildings and charred an area larger than New York City. The Thomas Fire ignited a week ago and has burned 231,700 acres, in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 100 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) officials said at a news conference. The fire threatens 18,000 structures, including some in the wealthy enclave of Montecito where a number of celebrities have their homes.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:41:35 -0500
  • Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

    A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, 27, was taken to a hospital after suffering burns from the explosive device, which was attached to his body with Velcro and zip ties and did not fully ignite, officials said. Investigators told Reuters they believe the attack in midtown Manhattan was intended to be a suicide bombing.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:57:15 -0500
  • U.S. House Democratic women seek probe of Trump misconduct accusations

    More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Monday for a congressional investigation into allegations by various women of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump, who has denied the accusations. "We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump," the lawmakers wrote in their letter, though a formal inquiry was unlikely to result because Republicans control the agenda in Congress. The letter, spearheaded by the Democratic women's working group, which is composed of all the party's female members in the House, was signed by 56 lawmakers.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:11:13 -0500
  • Houston man arrested for trying to aid Islamic State: U.S. government

    An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the radical group Islamic State and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said. Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, who is a U.S. citizen, was arrested on Friday in Houston after the filing of a criminal complaint by federal prosecutors, the Justice Department said in an emailed statement. This followed an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that found he had allegedly said he planned to travel overseas to fight for Islamic State or failing that, commit an attack in the United States, the statement said.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:28:18 -0500
  • Ex-investigator tells of fleeing Turkey with evidence of corruption

    Huseyin Korkmaz, 30, was testifying in Manhattan federal court for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at the majority state-owned Halkbank, who is accused of taking part in a scheme with gold trader Reza Zarrab to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. Halkbank has denied involvement with any illegal transactions. Zarrab, a Turkish and Iranian national, has pleaded guilty and testified against Atilla, saying he used fraudulent food and gold transactions to launder money for Iran with the help of Atilla and others.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:04:57 -0500
  • Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

    By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use. The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, could refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it on soybeans Monsanto engineered to resist the weed killer, according to company data. The United States faced an agricultural crisis this year caused by new formulations of dicamba-based herbicides, which farmers and weed experts say harmed crops because they evaporated and drifted away from where they were sprayed.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:01:13 -0500
  • Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

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    By Nick Zieminski and Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, 27, was taken to a hospital after suffering burns from the explosive device, which was attached to his body with Velcro and zip ties and did not fully ignite, officials said. Investigators told Reuters they believe the attack in midtown Manhattan was intended to be a suicide bombing.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:55:16 -0500
  • Factbox: Attacks on mass transit around the world

    London: A homemade bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 30 people, but apparently failed to fully explode. April 3, 2017 - St. Petersburg: A suicide bomber killed 16 people and wounded more than 40 on a metro train. March 22, 2016 - Brussels: A suicide bomber detonated a bomb on a train in the city's downtown Maelbeek subway station, about an hour after bomb attacks on the main airport.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:53:17 -0500
  • 'Soup Nazi' company's former CFO pleads guilty to tax evasion

    The former chief financial officer of a company that licensed the name and recipes of the chef who inspired the tyrannical “Soup Nazi” character on the TV comedy “Seinfeld” pleaded guilty on Monday to tax evasion, according to court records. Robert Bertrand, 63, pleaded guilty to one count of failing to pay taxes before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn federal court. Michael Weil, a lawyer for Bertrand, declined to comment on the plea.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:45:34 -0500
  • New York subway attack shows limits of counterterror strategy

    Minutes after a man set off a pipe bomb strapped to his body in one of New York's busiest transit hubs, throwing the Monday morning commute into chaos for many, a suspect was in custody, trains were rerouted and throngs of police swarmed the streets. The massive response exposed the limits of the antiterrorism force the city has built since the deadly attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has learned to respond quickly and effectively to attacks but faces an almost impossible task in trying to thwart every threat, particularly the acts of "lone wolves" targeting public places and New York's vast transit system.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:30:27 -0500
  • Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

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    Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use. The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, could refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it on soybeans Monsanto engineered to resist the weed killer, according to company data. The United States faced an agricultural crisis this year caused by new formulations of dicamba-based herbicides, which farmers and weed experts say harmed crops because they evaporated and drifted away from where they were sprayed.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:25:05 -0500
  • U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy's trial

    A U.S. federal judge in the criminal conspiracy trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on Monday warned that prosecutors' failure to produce documents that could support defense arguments may lead to a mistrial. The four men, including two of Bundy's sons Ammon and Ryan, are accused of conspiring to use the threat of force in a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents near Bundy's ranch. The revolt was sparked by the court-ordered roundup of Bundy's cattle by government agents over his refusal to pay fees required to graze the herd on federal land.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:12:49 -0500
  • U.S. military must accept transgender recruits by Jan. 1, judge rules

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    In a ruling, with which the Pentagon said it would comply, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington refused to lift part of her Oct. 30 order stopping the ban from taking effect until the case is resolved, saying it likely violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law. The White House said the Justice Department was reviewing its options. The Pentagon said in a statement that it would follow court orders and begin processing transgender applicants on Jan. 1.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:08:46 -0500
  • California wildfire rages, threatens communities

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    By Ben Gruber VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred an area larger than New York City on Monday struggled to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline. The Thomas Fire ignited a week ago and has burned 230,500 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 100 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Firefighters were contending with severe weather as the fire expanded into Santa Barbara County, threatening the communities of Montecito and Summerland, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a statement.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:57:31 -0500
  • Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars

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    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon. "We are the leader and we're going to stay the leader, and we're going to increase it many fold," Trump said in signing "Space Policy Directive 1" that establishes a foundation for a mission to the moon with an eye on going to Mars. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars," Trump said.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:54:30 -0500
  • U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

    The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday. DeVos is seeking to redo the process for cancelling the debts of people who attended Corinthian Colleges, which collapsed in 2015 amid government investigations into its post-graduation rates, and other failed schools. In the final days of his administration, President Barack Obama approved rules speeding up the debt cancellations.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:47:56 -0500
  • New York blast suspect went from limo driver to accused subway bomber

    The Bangladeshi suspect in Monday's pipe bomb explosion beneath New York's Times Square is an angry former limousine driver who learned to build a bomb on the internet at his Brooklyn apartment, officials said. Akayed Ullah, 27, was in police custody after he was injured by a pipe bomb he fastened to his torso with Velcro and zip ties. This is shocking," said the neighbor, Arlene Jograj, a teacher who had greeted Ullah in passing.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:08:36 -0500
  • Former Turkish investigator tells U.S. jury of uncovering bribe scheme

    The investigator, Huseyin Korkmaz was testifying in Manhattan federal court for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at the majority state-owned Halkbank accused of taking part in a scheme to evade sanctions with gold trader Reza Zarrab. Zarrab, a Turkish and Iranian national, has pleaded guilty and testified against Atilla for the prosecutors.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:48:38 -0500
  • U.S. government calls for teens' climate change lawsuit to be halted

    The U.S. government on Monday urged a federal appeals court to issue an order blocking a lawsuit over climate change brought by a group of Oregon teenagers, warning that allowing it to go forward could lead to a constitutional crisis. At a hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, Eric Grant, a lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice, said an extraordinary order would be justified to block the lawsuit, which names President Donald Trump and members of his cabinets as defendants.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:14:41 -0500
  • HSBC draws line under Mexican cartel case after five-years on probation

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    HSBC drew a line under its punishment for lapses in anti-money laundering controls on Monday, saying the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) would end its deferred prosecution agreement, lifting the threat of further penalties. Europe's biggest bank paid a $1.9 billion fine and entered into the five-year deal in 2012 for failing to prevent Mexican drug cartels from laundering hundreds of millions of dollars. Under the deal, HSBC pledged to strengthen its sanctions and anti-money laundering controls.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:56:56 -0500
  • New York suspect had no criminal record in Bangladesh: police

    The Bangladeshi man suspected of trying to bomb one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs had no criminal record in his home country which he last visited in September, Bangladesh's police chief said on Monday. Inspector General of Police A K M Shahidul Hoque told Reuters the information was based on the passport number of the suspect, Akayed Ullah. Ullah was from the southeastern Bangladeshi district of Chittagong, Hoque said.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:09:24 -0500
  • Justice Department reviewing options after ruling on transgender recruits: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday said the Justice Department was reviewing its options after a federal judge denied a request by President Donald Trump's administration to enforce his ban on transgender troops while the government appeals an order blocking it.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:45:24 -0500
  • Factbox: Attacks against New York City in recent years

    Sayfullo Saipov drove a truck down a lower Manhattan bike lane, killing eight people, including five Argentines who were in the city to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation. A police officer shot Saipov, 29, and arrested him. March 20, 2017 - James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old white man, stabbed Timothy Caughman, an African-American, multiple times with a sword.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:33:51 -0500
  • California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

    ((Corrects paragraph 10 of Dec. 10 story to Molly-Ann Leikin from Emmy Leiken. The error first occurred in Update 4)) By Phoenix Tso SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 800 structures scorched another 56,000 acres on Sunday, making it the fifth largest such blaze in recorded state history, as it ran toward picturesque coastal cities.But fire officials said as darkness fell that with the hot, dry Santa Ana winds not as fierce as expected, crews had been successful in building some fire lines between the flames and the towns of Montecito and Carpinteria. "This is a menacing fire, certainly, but we have a lot of people working very diligently to bring it under control," Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told an evening press conference.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:18:37 -0500
  • Chef Batali exits company, TV show after sex harassment accusations

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    Eater New York reported that four women, who were not identified, accused Batali of touching them inappropriately in a pattern of behavior that spanned at least two decades. Three worked for the chef during their careers, according to Eater New York.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:32:24 -0500
  • U.S. high court turns away dispute over gay worker protections

    The justices left in place a lower court ruling against Jameka Evans, who had argued that workplace sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Workplace protections are a major source of concern for advocates of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Gregory Nevins, an attorney at Lambda Legal, an LGBT legal advocacy group representing Evans, said it was unfortunate the court turned away the case.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:46:40 -0500
  • Ex-contractor says he shut Trump's Twitter account by accident

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    By Douglas Busvine FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The contractor who shut down Donald Trump's Twitter account has told Reuters he did so by mistake, but says he believes some of the U.S. president's recent tweets breach the social network's ban on hate speech. Bahtiyar Duysak, 28, said he clicked "a few wrong things which I shouldn't have done" on Nov. 2, his last day at Twitter, causing Trump's @realDonaldTrump account - which has 44 million followers - to be taken offline for 11 minutes. At the time, Twitter blamed a customer support employee on their last day at work and has since said it has taken steps to prevent such an incident happening again.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:49:16 -0500
  • Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop

    Gonnella Baking Co - which supplies the buns to Major League Baseball's Wrigley Field - faced an unusual problem in October when flour from this year's U.S. wheat harvest arrived at their factories containing low levels of protein. By the time the alchemy was done, Gonnella had thrown away more than $20,000 worth of substandard bread and buns, said president Ron Lucchesi. "That really was a headache," Lucchesi said.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:10:09 -0500
  • California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

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    By Phoenix Tso SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week. Authorities ordered residents in parts of Carpinteria and Montecito to leave early on Sunday as the Thomas Fire edged closer to Santa Barbara, about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles on the scenic central California coast. The blaze, the worst of six major fires in Southern California in the last week and already the 10th largest on record in the state since 1932, has blackened 173,000 acres (62,726 hectares), destroyed hundreds of structures and left nearly 90,000 homes and businesses without power.

    Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:30:59 -0500
  • Roy Moore campaign casts Alabama race as referendum on Trump

    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct, appealed on Sunday to President Donald Trump's supporters, saying a vote for Moore would be a vote for Trump's agenda. In the final days before Tuesday's special election, opinion polls show a tight race between Moore, a 70-year-old conservative Christian and former state judge, and Democrat Doug Jones, a 63-year-old former U.S. attorney. Dean Young, chief political strategist for Moore, cast Jones as a liberal who would vote against Trump's priorities such as building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and cutting taxes.

    Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:41:05 -0500
  • California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

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    Firefighters across Southern California made progress on Saturday battling a slew of scattered wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week. As the dry Santa Ana winds that have fueled the blazes abated slightly, officials lifted evacuation orders for parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and crews started getting the upper hand in containing some major fires. “We’re far from being out of the woods on any of them,” Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), told a news briefing in Ventura.

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:44:39 -0500
  • California wildfire responders lose their own homes: 'It's sobering'

    By Ben Gruber VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California sheriff's Commander Dave Murray, usually the guy who helps others evacuate when wildfires rage through their communities, this week surveyed the charred ruins of his own home in a neighborhood north of Los Angeles. "You never believe that it’s going to be your house, your stuff, you treasures that are going to be turned to rubble," Murray said on Friday, visibly shaken. "It’s sobering." The six major wildfires that erupted throughout Southern California in the past week have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings, forced more than 200,000 people to flee and choked the air across much of the region.

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:53:58 -0500
  • California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

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    By Caroline Anderson VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week. As the dry Santa Ana winds that have fueled the blazes abated slightly, officials lifted evacuation orders for parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and crews started getting the upper hand in containing some of the area's major fires.

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:25:13 -0500
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