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America's nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 6:25am
AMARILLO, Texas (Reuters) - In a sprawling plant near Amarillo, Texas, rows of workers perform by hand one of the most dangerous jobs in American industry. Contract workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pantex facility gingerly remove the plutonium cores from retired nuclear warheads.

Students to walkout across the United States in call for gun reforms

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:16am
LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) - Thousands of students across the United States will mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School by walking out of classes on Friday, in a show of unity intended to put pressure on politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions.

Three defense witnesses to testify in Cosby sex assault retrial

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:34am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Three witnesses are expected to testify on Friday for the defense in the trial against comedian Bill Cosby, who is accused of drugging and sexual assaulting a former friend more than a decade ago.

California does 'poor job' in assisting homeless: state auditor

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:12am
(Reuters) - California does a poor job helping homeless people who live in cars, abandoned buildings and on the street find shelter and must do more to address the problem in their state that leads the nation in homelessness, the state's auditor said on Thursday.

Some 50 members of migrant caravan reach Mexico, U.S. border

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 9:54pm
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of 50 Central American migrants who set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, having endured the long journey despite threats by President Donald Trump to secure the border with National Guard personnel.

Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 9:25pm
(Reuters) - Alabama on Thursday executed an 83-year-old man convicted of a deadly 1989 serial bombing spree, making him the oldest known person put to death in the modern era of U.S. capital punishment.

Gun-control activists rally near Columbine High School ahead of walkouts

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 9:18pm
LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado gun control activists rallied on Thursday near Columbine High School, calling for an end to gun violence one day before the 19th anniversary of the massacre there and a planned nationwide student walkout.

New York governor presses banks, insurers to weigh risk of NRA ties

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 8:49pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday ramped up pressure on banks and insurers to revisit whether their ties to the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups harm their reputations and the public interest.

Valero's Texas City refinery hit by explosion, fire

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:46pm
HOUSTON (Reuters) - An explosion set off a huge fire at Valero Energy Corp's 225,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Texas City, Texas, refinery on Thursday afternoon but the fire was quickly contained, according the City of Texas City Emergency Management office.

Supreme Court allows Alabama to execute 83-year-old inmate

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:46pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday denied last-minute appeals to spare the life of an 83-year-old convicted killer, clearing the path for Alabama's execution of a man who would be the oldest inmate put to death in the modern era of U.S. capital punishment.

Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who was said to have praised "violent jihad," was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana 'selective' abortion law

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:37pm
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday declared unconstitutional an Indiana law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence that banned women from having abortions because of the gender, race or disability, including Down's syndrome, of their fetuses.

Supreme Court temporarily halts Alabama execution of 83-year-old inmate

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:51pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily halted Alabama's planned execution of an 83-year-old convicted pipe-bomb killer, minutes before he was set to become the oldest person put to death in the modern era of U.S. capital punishment.

Cosby sex assault retrial to go to jury next week - judge

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:21pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Prosecutors wrapped up their sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday as experts offered conflicting testimony about the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before allegedly raping her.

Ex-Liberian warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' gets 30 years in U.S. prison

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 5:18pm
(Reuters) - A former Liberian warlord known as "Jungle Jabbah" was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday for gaining U.S. asylum by lying about his role in the civil war in his homeland and atrocities he committed, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday.

Black men arrested at Starbucks hope scandal sparks change

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 5:15pm
(Reuters) - A week after their arrests at a Starbucks Corp cafe in Philadelphia sparked protests and calls for boycotts of the coffee chain, the two black men involved broke their silence and said they wanted the incident to change U.S. racial attitudes.

Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:48pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one-time federal prosecutor, is joining U.S. President Donald Trump's personal legal team, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Thursday.

Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:44pm
(Reuters) - Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong on Thursday agreed to pay $5 million to settle a federal suit claiming he defrauded his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs, his attorney and federal officials said.

Wisconsin court allows lawsuit against gun sale website to proceed

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:01pm
(Reuters) - A Wisconsin appeals court on Thursday ruled that the daughter of a woman killed in a 2012 mass shooting can sue the operator of a firearms classified ad website from which the killer illegally bought his gun.

Ex-Venezuelan official pleads guilty in U.S. corruption case

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:22pm
(Reuters) - A former Venezuelan official on Thursday pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme involving bribes paid by U.S. companies to Venezuelan officials to secure energy contracts and speed up payments on outstanding invoices, U.S. prosecutors said.



CHARLESTON — Charley Lee Williams, age 64, passed away at his home Tuesday, April 17.