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Ohio State University closes sexual assault unit; cites mismanagement
News ImageThe university launched its comprehensive prevention effort to combat sexual misconduct in 2015, at a time of intense public focus on sex assault on U.S. college campuses. Its move to shut down the program comes as the #MeToo movement has intensified focus on sexual harassment and assault in many spheres of American life. A review conducted by an external law firm revealed that the campus Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit did not properly document and report information about some sexual assault complaints by students, Chris Davey, a spokesman for the university, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:04:16 -0400
In Mexico, Trump's child separations trigger wrenching decisions
News ImageCIUDAD JUAREZ/TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Epigmenio Centeno had hoped to cross the Mexican border into the United States in the coming months, but he and his wife have shelved their plans for fear of being separated from their two sons under U.S. President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. The family's quandary mirrors life-changing decisions being made all the way from Central America to the Mexico-U.S. border, as migrant families en route to the United States take pause to consider whether losing sight of their children is worse than the violence back home.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:32:21 -0400
House to vote Thursday on immigration legislation: Ryan
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said on Wednesday the House would vote on immigration legislation on Thursday that would end the practice of separating families who cross the U.S. border illegally. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:24:02 -0400
Heavy rains due to drench Texas Gulf Coast, Midwest
News ImageUp to 5 inches (13 cm) of rain was forecast for parts of the Texas coast along the Gulf of Mexico and in the Middle Mississippi Valley states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas throughout the day and into Thursday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. "Be prepared for water over roads due to rapid rises on creeks and streams or even water flowing from farm fields," the NWS in Des Moines, Iowa, said in an advisory. Authorities closed roadways early Wednesday in several communities along the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers in the Midwest where intense rains have already fallen over the last few days, according to the NWS.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:25:01 -0400
Ex-NY state Senate leader, son face retrial on corruption charges
News ImageBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam face the start of a second trial on federal corruption charges on Wednesday, nearly a year after an appeals court threw out their 2015 convictions. Jurors are expected to hear opening arguments in Manhattan federal court before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood. Wood later sentenced Dean Skelos to five years in prison, and Adam Skelos to 6-1/2 years.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:04:10 -0400
Washington D.C. residents approve wage hike for tipped workers
News ImageTipped workers in Washington, D.C. will eventually become the highest paid in the United States after voters passed a measure to drastically increase their minimum wage. "The is a huge victory for tipped workers," Diana Ramirez, director of Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington D.C., said after the polls closed. The measure was the latest effort to raise pay for low-income workers across the United States through the "Fight for $15" campaign, which contends that service-industry employees have been left behind economically in recent years.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:02:06 -0400
Trump says would back both House immigration bills as separation crisis grows
News ImageBy Sarah N. Lynch and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Republican lawmakers on Tuesday he would back either of the immigration bills making their way through the House of Representatives, as the outcry grew over his administration's separation of immigrant parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Representative Mark Meadows said Trump told Republican members of the House at a meeting on Capitol Hill that they needed to get something done on immigration "right away." In the meeting, Trump said separating families was "certainly not an attractive thing and does look bad, added Representative Tom Cole.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 03:47:32 -0400
Ex-TCW fund manager ordered to turn over texts in harassment lawsuit
News ImageA New York State judge on Tuesday ordered a former TCW Group Inc fund manager to hand over text messages sent to her friend around the same time that she had messaged about an alleged sexual encounter with her boss. Fund manager Sara Tirschwell filed a $30 million lawsuit earlier this year claiming TCW terminated her in retaliation for complaining that her boss, TCW head of alternative products Jess Ravich, coerced her into having sex. Attorneys for TCW and Ravich said on Tuesday that they believe a text message Tirschwell sent to her friend about having sex with Ravich in May 2016 was fabricated, an allegation representatives for Tirschwell deny.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 02:21:38 -0400
New York to sue Trump administration over family border separations: governor
News ImageNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a political opponent of U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday that the state would sue the Trump administration for separating children of immigrants from their parents when apprehended illegally crossing the U.S. border. The separations and detention of children at the southern U.S. border with Mexico have caused an uproar in the United States and condemnation abroad, fueled by videos of children in cages and audiotape of children wailing for their parents that has been broadcast on cable networks and posted on social media. "The Trump Administration's policy to tear apart families is a moral failing and a human tragedy," Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:00:31 -0400
U.S. judge dismisses Charleston shooting lawsuits, criticizes FBI
News ImageU.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also criticized what he called "abysmally poor" Federal Bureau of Investigation policies for the system that allowed Dylann Roof buy the gun he used to kill nine people, all African-Americans, at a historic black church in Charleston. Wrongful death lawsuits filed by survivors and family members of victims of the shooting alleged that at least one of the background check databases maintained by the federal government had information that should have prevented the firearm sale.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 22:39:44 -0400
EPA chief to face Senate panel in August
News ImageU.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt will testify before the Senate's environment committee in August, panel chairman Senator John Barrasso said on Tuesday, where he will face questions about spending and ethics controversies. Barrasso said previously that he would call Pruitt to testify about Pruitt's spending on first class travel, use of security detail and connections with lobbyists and industry groups.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 22:37:42 -0400
U.S. Marines award amphibious vehicle deal to BAE
News ImageThe U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems PLC a contract for wheeled amphibious combat vehicles (ACV) that transport Marines from ship to shore under hostile conditions, the defense contractor said on Tuesday. The award is a blow to defense services company Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), which was competing to be lead contractor on the vehicle.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:40:47 -0400
China's Jinko to produce solar panels in Florida by fourth quarter despite tariffs
News ImageBy Dave Gregorio NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd expects to start manufacturing solar panels at a new factory in Jacksonville, Florida, by the fourth quarter, and production will not be affected by the latest round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese products, a company executive said on Tuesday. The administration of President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to slap a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods in addition to import duties previously announced on $50 billion in goods, deepening a trade conflict that has hit financial markets and has led Beijing to vow a firm response. Jeff Juger, business development director of JinkoSolar, said the $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese products "do not impact our operation in Florida because all the cells we're going to import (to the plant) come from Malaysia." And to deal with tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported solar panels earlier this year, Juger said the Florida plant would take advantage of an exemption that allows U.S. manufacturers to import 2.5 gigawatts of tariff-free cells for use in manufacturing solar modules at American plants.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:17:53 -0400
At-risk Republicans separate themselves from Trump's border policy
News ImageBy Sharon Bernstein and James Oliphant MODESTO, Calif./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant parents and their children at the U.S.-Mexico border has vulnerable Republican congressional candidates scrambling to distance themselves from the issue - but not from the president. As images of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children affected by Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy filled worldwide media, the overwhelming majority of Republicans in competitive districts in November's elections issued statements and took to social media to try to tell voters that they did not condone removing children from their parents. At the same time, many of those Republicans dared not stray too far from Trump and his agenda, given his popularity with his conservative base.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:03:21 -0400
Mexico calls migrant children separation 'inhumane,' 'racist'
News ImageBy Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's foreign minister on Tuesday called the separation of children from immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border "cruel and inhumane" while the leftist front-runner ahead of next month's presidential vote called it "racist." Images published this week of children and youths sitting in concrete-floored cages in U.S. shelter facilities have generated outrage. "This is a clear violation of human rights and puts children, including those with disabilities, in a vulnerable situation," Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray told a news conference in Mexico City, where he urged the United States to reconsider the practice. Videgaray said the Mexican government had made its position clear to U.S. President Donald Trump's administration and raised the issue with senior United Nations officials, including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:03:40 -0400
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