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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.

Senate rejects immigration bills, leaves Dreamers in limbo

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:00pm
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. 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.

Accused Florida gunman visited restaurants, store after killing: police

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:45pm
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.

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.

Senate rejects immigration bills after Trump veto threat

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:50pm
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.

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

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:01pm
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.

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 - 1:58pm
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.

Citizens United loses free speech appeal over New York donor rules

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:11pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a constitutional challenge by the conservative group Citizens United to New York State's requirement that registered charities disclose their donors annually.

Washington state likely to deny permits for Trump oil drilling plan: official

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:08pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Washington state is preparing to reject land leases and easements to stymie the Trump administration's plan to allow oil drilling off its shores, an official of the Pacific northwest state said on Thursday.

FBI was warned about alleged Florida gunman, could not locate

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:03pm
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.

Trump says will make schools safer after Florida shooting

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:03pm
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.

White House rejects bipartisan Senate immigration plan

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:00pm
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.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' to face U.S trial in September

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:20am
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Thursday set a Sep. 5 trial date for Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" who is jailed in the United States on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Speaker Ryan wants to fix possible legal gaps on guns and mental health

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:09am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday lawmakers should close any possible legal gaps that may allow the mentally ill to obtain guns, as the country reeled from a school shooting that killed 17 and a year after Congress ended expanded background checks tied to mental health problems.