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Lawmakers urge Trump administration to bolster U.S. pipeline cybersecurity
News ImageTwo Democratic lawmakers urged the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday to better protect U.S. oil and gas pipelines from cyberattacks, after a report they requested detailed a lack of federal oversight of the critical conduits. A federal report released on Wednesday said Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, does not have a process to update its pipeline security guidelines to reflect revisions to standards considered by experts and regulators to be the industry bible on cybersecurity. The report by the General Accountability Office, or GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, was requested by Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:35:03 -0500
Moscow says U.S forced false confession from alleged Russian agent Maria Butina
News ImageRussia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the United States of forcing Russian national Maria Butina to falsely confess to what it described on Wednesday as the ridiculous charge of her being a Russian agent. Butina pleaded guilty in a U.S. court on Thursday to a single conspiracy charge in a deal with prosecutors. The 30-year-old Siberian admitted working with a top Russian official to infiltrate a powerful U.S. gun rights group and to making inroads with American conservative activists and politicians as an agent for Moscow.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:18:40 -0500
MetLife settles Massachusetts case over unpaid pensions
News ImageMassachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin announced the settlement on Wednesday. The deal resolves an administrative case that Galvin's office filed against MetLife in June. As part of the settlement, Galvin's office said that MetLife will provide payments, with interest, to hundreds of Massachusetts retirees and beneficiaries.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:18:06 -0500
Los Angeles bishop resigns over sex abuse as crisis spreads
News ImageA brief Vatican statement said Alexander Salazar, 69, an assistant bishop in Los Angeles, was stepping down. It also distributed a letter on the Salazar case written by the current Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez. The U.S. Catholic Church is still reeling from a U.S. grand jury report that found that 301 priests in the state of Pennsylvania had sexually abused minors over a 70-year period.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:53:24 -0500
U.S. reverses policy in move to speed release of migrant children
News ImageThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which cares for children who cross the border alone, said on Tuesday the policy of fingerprinting all adults living with the sponsors enacted in June had increased the time children were in government custody without turning up more red flags. The number of immigrant children in government-run shelters has ballooned to a record 14,700 as of Dec. 17, according to HHS. U.S. laws limit the time migrant juveniles can be detained, so those caught crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian are often released to adult sponsors in the United States.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 19:41:19 -0500
U.S. judicial council tosses misconduct claims against Kavanaugh
News ImageThe judges said the complaints of misconduct, including accusations that Kavanaugh made false, unduly partisan and disrespectful statements to senators, must be dismissed because he has been confirmed to the Supreme Court and the federal law governing judicial conduct applies only to lower court judges. Kavanaugh was a federal appeals court judge when President Donald Trump appointed him in July.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:11:13 -0500
Pittsburgh considers stricter gun laws after synagogue attack
News ImageThe measure would also ban certain types of ammunition and allow courts to ban gun ownership by people deemed to pose a significant threat of violence. "As gun violence escalates across the country, it would be unconscionable for me to stand by and do nothing," Councilman Corey O'Connor, one of the legislation's authors, said in a statement. O'Connor represents Squirrel Hill, the neighborhood where the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue took place.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:07:43 -0500
Trump bans 'bump stocks' used in Las Vegas mass shooting
News ImagePresident Donald Trump's Republican Party typically supports gun ownership, and its members have fiercely fought off perceived threats to the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment guaranteeing Americans the right to bear arms. The Justice Department's regulation follows the lead of many states and retailers that imposed stricter limits on sales of guns and accessories after a deadly shooting in February at a Florida high school. Gun Owners of America said on Tuesday that it was going to court to fight the new rule and would seek an injunction.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:24:04 -0500
New Hampshire physician assistant guilty of Insys opioid kickback scheme
News ImageA federal jury in Concord, New Hampshire, found Christopher Clough, 45, guilty of all charges he faced in a case that stemmed from a years-long investigation into the Arizona company's efforts to promote its opioid medication Subsys. Patrick Richard, Clough's lawyer, said he is evaluating his options, including an appeal. The verdict came a month before six former Insys executives and managers including John Kapoor, a onetime billionaire who was its founder and chairman, face trial on charges that they conspired to bribe medical practitioners to prescribe Subsys.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 14:46:53 -0500
U.S. Surgeon General wants tougher action to tackle teen vaping epidemic
News ImageThe detailed advisory listed various strategies that states, communities, health professionals and parents can apply to restrict the use of e-cigarettes. The devices, which are often thought of as safer alternative to cigarettes, are not harmless, the advisory noted. E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular among teens because they come in "easy to conceal" shapes such as USB-flash drives, the advisory noted.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:29:54 -0500
Trump charity to dissolve under deal with N.Y. attorney general
News ImageThe lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation also seeks to recoup $2.8 million and ban Trump and his three eldest children from leadership roles in any other New York charity. The agreement, which must be approved by a New York state judge, would give state Attorney General Barbara Underwood the power to vet the charities that receive the foundation's remaining assets. Underwood said in a statement that the foundation had served as "little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's business and political interests," and called the agreement "an important victory for the rule of law." Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the Trumps, responded in a statement that the lawsuit had delayed the foundation's plan to dissolve after Trump won the U.S. presidential election in November 2016.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:01:43 -0500
Sue, the world-famous T. rex, gets a new lair in Chicago
News ImageThe museum on Friday will unveil the 40-1/2-foot-long (12.3-meter) Sue, one of the world's best-known dinosaur fossils, in the giant meat-eater's new permanent exhibition space after 10 months of work moving and remounting the huge bones. Sue's bones were mounted in a way that reflects new understanding about the species acquired over the past two decades. One major change was the addition of gastralia, bones resembling an additional set of ribs spanning the belly that may have provided structural support to help the dinosaur breathe.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:33:18 -0500
Paging Bruce Lee: Judge knocks down New York's nunchuck ban
News ImageA federal judge knocked down a New York state law banning nunchucks that dated to the 1970s, when martial arts star Bruce Lee popularized them in his movies by whipping around the twin sticks linked by a chain. U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Chen sided with an amateur martial artist who opposed the ban, reasoning that the right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies not just to firearms but also to nunchucks. The 44-year-old law that makes possession of "chuka sticks" a crime is "an unconstitutional restriction on the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and are, therefore, void," Chen wrote in a judgment rendered on Friday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:09:12 -0500
U.S. border agents will not speak to lawmakers about girl's death
News ImageMembers of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday plan to visit the New Mexico patrol station where Jakelin Caal and her father were taken on Dec. 7 to learn more about why she died the next day. Caal's death fueled criticism of President Donald Trump's immigration policies from Democrats and migrant advocates. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said it showed the dangers of her journey and the family's decision to cross the border illegally.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:24:59 -0500
Migrant family who fled tear gas at U.S. border seeks asylum
News ImageThe family appeared in a widely circulated photograph taken by Reuters as they fled tear gas thrown by U.S. authorities during a protest at the border last month when some migrants rushed the U.S. fence. Sandra Cordero, from advocacy group Families Belong Together, which accompanied the migrants, said eight unaccompanied minors were being processed for asylum. A system dubbed "metering" limits how many can ask for asylum each day at U.S. ports of entry, leading to months-long waits in Mexico for thousands of migrants fleeing violence in Central America.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:12:00 -0500
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