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Advocacy group drafts U.S. privacy bill as effort grows to make law next year

Advocacy group drafts U.S. privacy bill as effort grows to make law next yearThe Washington-based Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) said it hopes members of Congress incorporate its proposal into a number of draft privacy bills they have begun to discuss in recent weeks. Many business groups, along with individual companies such as big CDT donors Alphabet Inc and Apple Inc, are pushing for a national privacy law before the California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. Businesses have raised concerns about their ability to comply with California's law, which enables fines of up to $7,500 for intentional failure to disclose data collection or selling others' data without permission.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 09:24:23 -0500
Tied election to be broken for Arkansas candidate twice too late to vote

Tied election to be broken for Arkansas candidate twice too late to vote"It doesn't matter what you're doing - get out there and vote!" said Cliff Farmer, whose 223-223 tie with incumbent City Council Member Becky Linebaugh will be decided by dice, cards or a coin toss at 11 a.m. local time at the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge. Farmer, 33, a manager at a lumber yard, faced a run-off on Dec. 4 after none of three alderman candidates in the Nov. 6 election got a majority of the vote in Hoxie, a town of about 2,700 people located 120 miles (193 km) northeast of Little Rock. The second time, he was returning from a Florida business trip on Dec. 4, the Arkansas runoff election day, and he planned to vote after his plane arrived in Memphis, Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. local time.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 08:25:40 -0500
More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos PollA growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an imminent threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. The public concern over global warming in the United States clashes with President Donald Trumps policies aimed at maximizing fossil fuels production and dismantling climate protections he views as too onerous and costly for industry. Trump last year announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, an accord to curb global warming struck by nearly 200 nations in 2015 that he said would kill American jobs and have no tangible environmental benefit.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:29:36 -0500
Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary

Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglaryJose Jimenez, 55, is set to die by lethal injection at the Florida's execution chamber in Raiford at 6 p.m. EST, the state's department of corrections said. Jimenez was convicted of first-degree murder and burglary and sentenced to die in 1994. Jimenez was accused of beating and stabbing to death Phyllis Minas, 63, after he broke into her North Miami apartment on Oct. 2, 1992.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:20:42 -0500
Accused Russian agent Butina expected to plead guilty in Washington

Accused Russian agent Butina expected to plead guilty in WashingtonA woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group and influence U.S. policy toward Moscow is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Thursday in a deal that could help prosecutors gain insight into Russian efforts to meddle in American politics. Maria Butina, a Russian former graduate student at American University in Washington who has publicly advocated for gun rights, is slated to change her plea from not guilty to guilty in a hearing before Judge Tanya Chutkan in U.S. District Court in Washington. Butina was charged in July with acting as an agent of Russia's government and conspiracy to take actions on behalf of Moscow.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:14:50 -0500
Three rescued from West Virginia mine may have been seeking copper scrap

Three rescued from West Virginia mine may have been seeking copper scrapErica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly, 21, were all being taken to a hospital for treatment after the rescue, said Samantha Smith of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training. A fourth person who was with the group when they entered the mine while riding all-terrain vehicles, 43-year-old Eddie Williams, found his way out on Monday to alert authorities about his missing friends. Randy Williams, the father of Kayla Williams, one of those rescued, told an ABC News affiliate that he believed the group entered the abandoned mine to look for scrap copper to sell.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:58:23 -0500
Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billionInsurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The claims, so far, fall short of the record $12 billion in wildfire-related insured losses sustained in California in 2017, most of that from more than a dozen blazes that swept a large swath of wine country north of San Francisco Bay, killing 46 people. This year, the Camp Fire that erupted on Nov. 8 has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:54:39 -0500
South Carolina boy, 16, pleads guilty in school shooting rampage

South Carolina boy, 16, pleads guilty in school shooting rampageJesse Osborne, who was 14 at the time of the 2016 attack on Townville Elementary School some 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Greenville, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors said they did not make any deals with Osborne and his guilty plea would not reduce the sentence they are were asking a judge to impose. "I am seeking the maximum sentence in this case, life without parole, which is the appropriate sentence for the murder of six-year-old Jacob Hall, and the attempted murders of his classmates and teachers," Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor David Wagner said in a statement.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:29:57 -0500
Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billionInsurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:39:34 -0500
Opioid maker Insys paid kickbacks to physician assistant, jury hears

Opioid maker Insys paid kickbacks to physician assistant, jury hearsThe testimony came at the start of the trial in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire, of Christopher Clough, a physician assistant who prosecutors say accepted nearly $50,000 from Insys in exchange for prescribing its powerful opioid pain drug, Subsys. The trial could provide a glimpse into some of the evidence prosecutors will use in next month's trial of six former Insys executives and managers, including John Kapoor, a onetime billionaire who was the company's founder and chairman. Prosecutors say they conspired to pay kickbacks to doctors and others like Clough by paying them fees to participate in "sham" speaker programs ostensibly meant to educate medical professionals about the drug.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:09:40 -0500
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