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New York top court clears man held six years at Rikers Island without trial

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 6:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Thursday threw out the indictment of a man who spent more than six years in the Rikers Island jail in a Manhattan murder case, saying his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated.

West Virginia man admits to fraud tied to Boston art heist

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:44pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A West Virginia man pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges he fraudulently offered to sell some of the $500 million in artwork that was stolen from a Boston museum in 1990 and never recovered, even though he had no access to the paintings.

U.S. officials warn 'intense' flu season to continue, urge shots

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:23pm
(Reuters) - Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, predicting that the current "intense" season could continue for weeks.

Senate rejects immigration bills, leaves Dreamers in limbo

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate rejected a series of bills to protect "Dreamer" immigrants on Thursday, leaving in limbo the future of 1.8 million young adults brought to the United States illegally as children.

U.S. charges Chicago trader with stealing bitcoin

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:22pm
(Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a Chicago trader with wire fraud for allegedly stealing $2.06 million of bitcoin and litecoin from his employer.

Accused Florida gunman visited restaurants, store after killing: police

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:18pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school fled hidden in a crowd of frightened students and visited two fast food restaurants before he was arrested less than two hours after the massacre, officials said on Thursday.

Seattle ICE lawyer admits stealing immigrants' identities for cash

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:15pm
(Reuters) - The former chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Seattle pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a scheme to steal the identities of immigrants for financial gain.

U.S. groups sue Trump administration over teen pregnancy grant cuts

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:56pm
(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood, other organizations and a Washington state county filed lawsuits on Thursday challenging a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to defund more than $200 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs.

Gun restraining order might have thwarted Florida shooting: experts

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:55pm
(Reuters) - A few U.S. states have laws allowing police and family members to obtain orders barring people suspected of being a threat from possessing guns, but Florida does not. Some gun control proponents and legal experts said Wednesday's school shooting might have been thwarted if it had.

New York top court clears man held 6 years at Rikers Island without trial

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:17pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Thursday threw out the indictment of a man who spent more than six years in the Rikers Island jail in a Manhattan murder case, saying his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated.

FBI was warned about Florida man accused of killing 17 at school

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:40pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned in September about an ominous online comment by the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at his former high school but was unable to locate him, an agent said on Thursday.

Senate rejects immigration bills after Trump veto threat

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate failed to advance any legislation to protect "Dreamer" immigrants on Thursday, falling short of the 60 votes needed to move forward on four proposals including one backed by President Donald Trump and two bipartisan measures.

New York police sergeant cleared in deadly shooting of woman: union

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:07pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police sergeant was found not guilty of all charges on Thursday in the 2016 death of a emotionally disturbed woman whom he shot as she wielded a baseball bat in her apartment, the officer's union said.

U.S. senator questions FEMA over Puerto Rico contracts

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 2:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Senate's budget panel has questioned the federal disaster response agency about two contracts totaling more than $180 million, awarded to companies that failed to deliver the goods to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico last year.

Rights group sues to block Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 2:00pm
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The ACLU filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes abortions if a doctor performing a termination is aware that the woman has received a diagnosis that her fetus has Down syndrome.

FBI was warned about accused Florida gunman but unable to locate him

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:39pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned last year about an ominous online comment by the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at his former high school but was unable to locate him, an agent said on Thursday.

Congress urges railroads to meet looming safety deadline

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chair of a congressional committee on Thursday urged U.S. railroads and transit agencies to meet a looming deadline to install an anti-crash technology called positive train control after a series of recent crashes.

FBI was warned about alleged Florida gunman, could not locate

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:29pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned last year about an ominous online comment by the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people in his former high school but was unable to locate him, an agent said on Thursday.

White House rejects bipartisan Senate immigration plan

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:28pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House stuck to its hard-line immigration approach on Thursday and said advisers would recommend that President Donald Trump veto a bipartisan U.S. Senate proposal to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants and tighten border security.

Trump says will make schools safer after Florida shooting

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:27pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called for healing and peace one day after a gunman killed at least 17 people at a Florida high school, saying his administration would work to improve school safety and address mental illness.

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