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Top U.S. military officer seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation

Top U.S. military officer seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation The top U.S. military officer sought on Monday to tamp down criticism the Pentagon had not been forthcoming about the death of four U.S. soldiers in an ambush in Niger, providing a timeline of the incident and acknowledging unanswered questions remained. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that the United States Africa Command was conducting an investigation into the Oct. 4 attack. Some lawmakers have criticized the Pentagon for being slow to provide answers.


Trader pleads guilty in fraudulent fuel credits scheme: U.S. Justice Department

Trader pleads guilty in fraudulent fuel credits scheme: U.S. Justice Department The owner of a company that buys and sells renewable fuel and fuel credits pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a scheme that generated more than $47 million in fraudulent renewable fuels credits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. The scheme also generated more than $12 million in fraudulent tax credits connected to the purported production of renewable fuel, the Justice Department said in a statement. Gregory Schnabel entered his plea in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, it said.


Honduras man living in Miami charged with trying to bomb a mall

Honduras man living in Miami charged with trying to bomb a mall Vicente Solano, 53, planned to detonate an explosive in a crowded area of the Dolphin Mall and if convicted, he could face up to life in prison, it said. Solano discussed his plot with a confidential source and two Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover employees. Solano provided three videos to the source, in which he makes pro-ISIS statements and expresses anti-U.S. sentiments, the department said.


Iowa pulls request to opt out of Obamacare requirements

Iowa pulls request to opt out of Obamacare requirements Iowa on Monday withdrew a request to waive some Obamacare rules to help shore up its struggling healthcare insurance market, marking a setback in efforts by Republican-governed states to sidestep requirements of the Obama-era law. With open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act - better known as Obamacare - set to start in just over a week, the state announced it would no longer wait to hear if federal officials would approve its request aimed at cutting individual healthcare insurance premiums and widening coverage. The withdrawal prompted a leading U.S. Senate Republican to urge Congress to approve a bipartisan fix to Obamacare, which President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap.


Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant starts in San Francisco

Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant starts in San Francisco (Reuters) - The trial of a Mexican man accused of murdering a woman while illegally in the United States began in San Francisco on Monday, a case that President Donald Trump has cited as an example of the dangers posed by lax border security. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, also known as Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, has said he shot Kate Steinle by accident on a pier in the California city on July 1, 2015. "He did not know the object in his hand was a gun," Matt Gonzalez, an attorney for the defendant, was quoted as saying by NBC Bay Area before he headed into the courtroom.


Iowa murder trial to open in gender identity case flagged by Sessions

Iowa murder trial to open in gender identity case flagged by Sessions Kedarie Johnson, 16, a Burlington, Iowa, high school student who occasionally went by the name Kandicee, was shot to death in March 2016. Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, and Jaron Purham, 26, were charged in January in the murder. Sanders-Galvez' trial is due to begin on Tuesday in Keokuk, Iowa.


Timeline: Top U.S. general lays out timeline of deadly Niger attack

Timeline: Top U.S. general lays out timeline of deadly Niger attack Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, held a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon in which he detailed the attack, which led to the deaths of four U.S. military personnel. Early morning - Twelve members of a U.S. Special Operations task force and 30 Nigerien forces depart Niamey, Niger, to an area near the village of Tongo Tongo about 55 miles (85 km) to the north. Dunford said he thought the delay in calling for support was likely because the unit thought it could handle the situation without outside help.


Pentagon seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation

Pentagon seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation The Pentagon sought on Monday to tamp down criticism from lawmakers that it has not been forthcoming about the death of four U.S. soldiers in an ambush in Niger this month. General Joseph Dunford, the top U.S. military officer, told reporters that an officer at the United States Africa Command was conducting an investigation into the incident but that there were no initial signs the soldiers involved had taken too many risks. Dunford said.


From #MeToo to #MenToo? Why men play a role in battling harassment

From #MeToo to #MenToo? Why men play a role in battling harassment The fall from grace of movie producer Harvey Weinstein suggests an American public that is growing less tolerant of sexual assault and harassment – less willing to accept it as a part of Hollywood culture or any other American workplace. Maybe that’s changing, as women have been speaking out in recent days on social media under the hashtag #MeToo.


From ISIS to elephants: the tale of a unique anti-poaching force

From ISIS to elephants: the tale of a unique anti-poaching force Lt. Col. Faye Cuevas says the two decades she spent fighting terror networks was the perfect preparation for her current job: saving elephants in Kenya. The presence of elephants, it turned out, was a surprisingly reliable indicator of an area’s safety. During migration, elephants follow paths etched in memory, but they adjust those routes to avoid areas that they sense may be unsafe.


Trump the 'dangerous clown': Halloween comes early at the New Yorker

Trump the 'dangerous clown': Halloween comes early at the New Yorker The New Yorker magazine cover artist Carter Goodrich believes the “national nightmare” we’re now living in is unprecedented — and won’t go away on Halloween.


Defeating Islamic State by example

Defeating Islamic State by example In a highly symbolic victory against Islamic State (ISIS) last week, the US military helped liberate the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa after a four-month battle. Once a thriving Syrian city of more than 200,000 people, however, Raqqa today has been reduced to rubble while most residents have fled. Now the United States and its allies are asking: Can Raqqa be restored, perhaps even made into a symbol of peace in the Middle East?


After Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas grapples with how to heal together

After Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas grapples with how to heal together A wellness counselor for HIV-positive individuals at a Las Vegas nonprofit, Mr. Mendoza focused on his clients’ needs in the days following the Oct. 1 tragedy, when Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd attending a concert outside Mandalay Bay. The massacre in Las Vegas was among the deadliest mass shootings in US history, with 59 people killed. “Often we frame [mental health] as looking at what happens to individuals,” says Arthur Evans Jr., chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association (APA).


Texas police say body found in Texas 'most likely' missing three-year-old girl

Texas police say body found in Texas 'most likely' missing three-year-old girl The body was found on Sunday with the help of search dogs about a half mile from the family's house in Richardson. "It is most likely her," Richardson Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said, referring to the missing child. The girl's father, Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested on Oct. 7 for suspected child endangerment after he told police that he disciplined Sherin for not drinking her milk by telling her to stand outside at night near an alley behind their residence.


Judge to decide Trump impact in U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl's case

Judge to decide Trump impact in U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl's case By Greg Lacour FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - A military judge will weigh whether President Donald Trump's critical statements about U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl have hurt the soldier's chances of getting fair treatment in the desertion case that could send him to prison for life. Bergdahl's lead attorney, Eugene Fidell, argued on Monday that the 31-year-old Idaho native should be spared prison time because the Republican president had again unlawfully influenced the proceedings. Sentencing proceedings were postponed until Wednesday due to a family emergency for a lawyer in the case and the one-hour hearing instead focused on Trump, who during last year's presidential campaign called Bergdahl "a no-good traitor who should have been executed." "His statements clearly called for Sergeant Bergdahl to be severely punished," Fidell said in court at North Carolina's Fort Bragg.


In a devastated Puerto Rican landscape, getting by on tenacity, patience and the kindness of neighbors

In a devastated Puerto Rican landscape, getting by on tenacity, patience and the kindness of neighbors Yahoo News spent a week in Puerto Rico with a family navigating life without electricity or water in the wake of Hurricane Maria.


Tampa police hunt possible serial killer after three shootings

Tampa police hunt possible serial killer after three shootings Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was alone at the bus stop after dark when he was shot on Oct. 9. Monica Hoffa, 32, was walking through the neighborhood two days later to meet a friend when she was shot. Anthony Naiboa, 20, was trying to find a bus stop when he was shot on Oct. 19.


Trump disputes widow’s account of call, says it was 'respectful conversation'

Trump disputes widow’s account of call, says it was 'respectful conversation' In an interview with “Good Morning America” Monday morning, Myeshia Johnson recounted her condolence call from the president last week, saying Trump struggled to recall her husband’s name. The president soon took to Twitter to disagree.


Norway wealth fund watchdog reviewing investment in U.S. pipeline firm

Norway wealth fund watchdog reviewing investment in U.S. pipeline firm The ethics watchdog for Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is reviewing allegations that U.S. pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners may breach the fund's investment guidelines. Under rules set by Norway's parliament, any firm the fund invests in must meet guidelines related to the environment, human rights, governance and other issues. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has said it could contaminate the Missouri River and said it threatens their sacred sites.


New Jersey's Murphy echoes Sanders in Democratic bid for governor

New Jersey's Murphy echoes Sanders in Democratic bid for governor By Joseph Ax EDISON, N.J. (Reuters) - Phil Murphy, a wealthy former Goldman Sachs investment banker, might seem an unlikely champion of the working and middle classes. With Republican Governor Chris Christie's record-low approval ratings dragging down Guadagno's campaign, Murphy, a 60-year-old who has never held office, has pushed a decidedly liberal agenda that would put his state at the center of his party's resistance to the president's policies. "A lot of people assumed that after the Democratic primary was over, he would pivot more to the center - we haven't seen that happen," said Brigid Callahan Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey.


Tornado leads to evacuations at Chevron's Pascagoula, Miss. refinery: report

Tornado leads to evacuations at Chevron's Pascagoula, Miss. refinery: report (Reuters) - Workers at Chevron's Pascagoula refinery in Mississippi were evacuated after a tornado hit the plant on Sunday afternoon, according to a website affiliated to NBC.


Listeria risk prompts Meijer to recall produce in six U.S. states

Listeria risk prompts Meijer to recall produce in six U.S. states Retailer Meijer Inc said it was recalling packaged vegetables in six U.S. states because of possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause fatal food poisoning in young children, pregnant women and elderly or frail people. Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said there were no illnesses reported as of Sunday. The recall affects 35 products and includes vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus as well as party trays sold in Meijer-branded plastic or foam packaging in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin between Sept. 27 and Oct. 20, the company said on Saturday.


Strange twist in Texas murder case surfaces on death row, delaying execution

Strange twist in Texas murder case surfaces on death row, delaying execution Texas inmate Larry Swearingen, who has been sitting on death row for 17 years, may have been plotting to avoid his date with the execution chamber in November by having a serial murderer take the fall for his crime, according to a county prosecutor. The attorney said over the weekend that the county prosecution's collusion accusation is false and part of a series of blunders in a faulty prosecution.


Schumer calls on Trump to appoint official to oversee Puerto Rico relief

Schumer calls on Trump to appoint official to oversee Puerto Rico relief By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charles Schumer, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, called on President Donald Trump on Sunday to name a single official to oversee and coordinate relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Schumer, along with Representatives Nydia Velàzquez and Jose Serrano, said a "CEO of response and recovery" is needed to manage the complex and ongoing federal response in the territory, where millions of Americans remain without power and supplies. In a statement, Schumer said the current federal response to Hurricane Maria's impact on the island had been "disorganized, slow-footed and mismanaged." "This person will have the ability to bring all the federal agencies together, cut red tape on the public and private side, help turn the lights back on, get clean water flowing and help bring about recovery for millions of Americans who have gone too long in some of the worst conditions," he said.


McConnell on healthcare bills: What does Trump want?

McConnell on healthcare bills: What does Trump want? By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was willing to bring healthcare legislation up for a vote but was waiting for the go-ahead from President Donald Trump, who sent mixed signals last week about a bipartisan bill that would shore up insurance markets. The Republican president said on Oct. 12 that his administration would stop paying billions of dollars in subsidies that help insurers give discounts to low-income households under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Last week, he praised and then dismissed a bipartisan bill to reinstate the subsidies for two years, until a broader replacement to Obamacare can be negotiated.


Trump says he spoke the name of fallen U.S. soldier in call with widow

Trump says he spoke the name of fallen U.S. soldier in call with widow “Look, I’ve called many people. And I would think that every one of them appreciated it,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo in an interview on Fox News on Sunday.


Search for missing Texas oil-barge crew members suspended

Search for missing Texas oil-barge crew members suspended A sea and air search was suspended on Sunday for two crew members who went missing after an oil barge caught fire early on Friday and leaked an undetermined amount of the fuel into the Gulf of Mexico off Port Aransas, Texas, authorities said. The search for the missing crew members was halted after it turned up no signs of the two, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Edward Wargo. Authorities are bringing in additional floating booms to contain oil around the barge, which is anchored about 3 miles off Port Aransas, a Coast Guard spokesman said.


Trump video played at hurricane relief concert

Trump video played at hurricane relief concert (Reuters) - In a rare show of unity, U.S. President Donald Trump praised all five of his living predecessors on Saturday, thanking them in a video for their work helping to raise funds to aid victims of recent hurricanes.


Fox signed O'Reilly again knowing of new harassment settlement: report

Fox signed O'Reilly again knowing of new harassment settlement: report Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News commentator forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32 million sexual harassment settlement in January, and the network's parent knew about the deal when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The previously undisclosed agreement, at least the sixth involving O'Reilly or the company related to harassment charges against him, was "extraordinarily large" for such cases, according to the newspaper, which cited two people "briefed on the matter" as its sources. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc acknowledged that it had been aware of O'Reilly's settlement with Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst, when it signed a contract extension with "The O'Reilly Factor" host in February.


U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms

U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned in a report distributed by email late on Friday that the nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries have been targeted along with government entities in attacks dating back to at least May. The agencies warned that hackers had succeeded in compromising some targeted networks, but did not identify specific victims or describe any cases of sabotage. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Scott McConnell declined to elaborate on the information in the report or say what prompted the government to go public with the information at this time.


A picture and its story: A neo-Nazi in the midst of a protest

A picture and its story: A neo-Nazi in the midst of a protest In August, rallies by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, had led to a deadly clash with counter-protesters. The area was blanketed by police because Florida’s governor had declared a state of emergency to try to prevent violence.


Body of missing worker recovered after Louisiana oil rig explosion

Body of missing worker recovered after Louisiana oil rig explosion The body of Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, was recovered on Friday on the lake's shoreline in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana's equivalent to a county, Sheriff Joe Lopinto said in a video posted on Facebook. The Jefferson Parrish Sheriff's Office continued its search for five days.


Trump gave himself a '10' for Puerto Rico recovery. This congresswoman says it’s a '4.'

Trump gave himself a '10' for Puerto Rico recovery. This congresswoman says it’s a '4.' Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., the first Puerto Rican-born woman elected to Congress, sharply criticized President Trump’s handling of the hurricane damage on the island in an interview with Yahoo News on Friday evening. The congresswoman also suggested the president is treating Puerto Ricans differently than other U.S. citizens because they are Latinos.


Federal judge in Hawaii expands block on Trump travel ban

Federal judge in Hawaii expands block on Trump travel ban (Reuters) - A federal judge in Hawaii extended his halt of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.


Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information'

Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information' By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that, subject to receipt of further information, he planned to allow the opening of long-secret files on the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy due for release next week. Politico magazine earlier quoted Trump administration and other U.S. government officials as saying the president would almost certainly block the release of information from some of the thousands of classified files, which the U.S. National Archives is scheduled to make public by an Oct. 26 deadline. The Nov. 22 1963 assassination cut short "Camelot," as the 1,000 days of the Kennedy presidency became known.


The #MeToo hashtag has reached nearly half the Facebook accounts in America. The consequences have just begun.

The #MeToo hashtag has reached nearly half the Facebook accounts in America. The consequences have just begun. This week Facebook came through as a forum for truth as women across the country unspooled their tales of sexual harassment and abuse under the #MeToo hashtag — and the movement is already having real-world consequences.


JFK at 100: Remembering John F. Kennedy

JFK at 100: Remembering John F. Kennedy Take a look back at the life of President John F. Kennedy on his centennial


Plane by plane, New York greets Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane

Plane by plane, New York greets Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane There were only a few minutes left before baggage carousel No. 4 jolted to life at John F. Kennedy International Airport, soon to be ringed with people coming from Puerto Rico on one-way tickets they never would have bought if not for the hurricane. Moving at a canter, Emily Pagan and three colleagues from various New York state government agencies carted their fold-up table halfway down the Terminal 5 arrivals hall, setting it up by the carousel against a pillar.


U.S. court blocks immigrant teen's bid to obtain abortion

U.S. court blocks immigrant teen's bid to obtain abortion A U.S. appeals court on Friday prevented an illegal immigrant teenager detained by the government from immediately obtaining an abortion, although it left open the possibility she could undergo the procedure within days. The decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit panel gave the government until Oct. 31 to approve a sponsor, who could help the 17-year-old obtain the procedure without the government's assistance. If the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) signed off on the sponsor, she "will be lawfully able, if she chooses, to obtain an abortion on her own," the court said.


One dead, another missing after oil barge fire off Texas

One dead, another missing after oil barge fire off Texas The barge was carrying some 133,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery in Corpus Christi when the explosion occurred at 4:30 a.m., they said. The dead person had not yet been identified, said Rick Adams, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Port Aransas. Six of the eight crew members were rescued and did not suffer any serious injuries, Adams added.