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Man who threatened Boston Globe also called NY Times, NFL: prosecutor

Man who threatened Boston Globe also called NY Times, NFL: prosecutorU.S. investigators are probing whether a man accused of threatening to kill journalists at the Boston Globe after calling them "the enemy of the people" made similar threats to the New York Times and National Football League, a prosecutor said on Monday. Robert Chain, 68, pleaded not guilty in Boston federal court to charges that he threatened Globe employees in August after the paper coordinated an editorial response by more than 350 newspapers to President Donald Trump's attacks on the media. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese said authorities were investigating other threatening calls Chain made.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:03:24 -0400
Avvo settles New York probe, to reform lawyer ratings

Avvo settles New York probe, to reform lawyer ratingsAttorney General Barbara Underwood said Avvo, a Seattle-based unit of Internet Brands Inc, will no longer call its ratings "unbiased." She also said Avvo was now "clearly and conspicuously" telling users that its ratings, on a one to 10 scale, rely on information that lawyers provide, meaning that lawyers who share their resumes or work experiences tend to rate higher than those who do not. "When seeking legal advice, consumers most often turn to the internet - and directories like this have an obligation to ensure consumers know what they're getting," Underwood said. The attorney general said Avvo also agreed to remove ratings for lawyers who do not actively participate in its directory, and will ensure that forms it posts for consumers are first reviewed by qualified, licensed lawyers in New York.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:27:42 -0400
Trump court nominee says he won't be 'intimidated' into withdrawing

Trump court nominee says he won't be 'intimidated' into withdrawingU.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said on Monday he will not step aside after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct decades ago, with President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans showing no signs of relenting in their push for his Senate confirmation. "I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process," Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump in July for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court, wrote in a letter to the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the confirmation process. The allegations, dating to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Kavanaugh's chances of winning confirmation in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:01:06 -0400
New GM-built 'Beast' presidential limo makes Trump debut

New GM-built 'Beast' presidential limo makes Trump debutThe latest version of the heavily armored U.S. presidential limousine known as "The Beast" is making its debut in New York City this week. The custom-built Cadillac produced by General Motors Co appeared for the first time in public on Sunday -- along with an identical version that travels in the motorcade -- when it ferried President Donald Trump around New York ahead of this week's United Nations General Assembly meetings. The previous version of the limo first appeared in January 2009 just before Barack Obama took office.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:45:27 -0400
Florida Democratic congressional candidate dies at 54

Florida Democratic congressional candidate dies at 54April Freeman, 54, who worked as a writer and producer in the film industry, died of an apparent heart attack, local media quoted her husband as saying. Political analysts view the central Florida district as solidly Republican, meaning it is unlikely to be a factor in Democrats' attempt to win the 23 House seats they need to take a majority in that chamber and act as a check on Republican President Donald Trump's agenda. "We are incredibly saddened by the sudden death of April Freeman," Florida Democratic Chair Terrie Rizzo said in a statement on Monday.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:40:47 -0400
Senate Republican leader McConnell: Democrats 'trying to destroy' Kavanaugh

Senate Republican leader McConnell: Democrats 'trying to destroy' KavanaughWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday Democrats were "trying to destroy" Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's personal and professional life with "unsubstantiated" sexual assault allegations. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:25:27 -0400
South Carolinians brace for post-Florence flooding

South Carolinians brace for post-Florence floodingCHARLESTON, S.C./RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - Thousands of people in and around the city of Georgetown, South Carolina, were bracing on Monday for severe flooding from two rain-gorged rivers as a result of the long-departed Hurricane Florence, and officials were urging residents to evacuate. Floodwaters of 5 to 10 feet (1.5 to 3 m) are expected to inundate Georgetown and surrounding communities this week as the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers overrun their banks along the low-lying tidal flats where they converge at Winyah Bay, which flows into the Atlantic. Emergency management officials began sending recorded telephone messages to residents in harm's way over the weekend, and will probably start going door-to-door in the next few days, Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:23:45 -0400
Hurricane Florence insured losses to range from $2.8 billion to $5 billion: RMS

Hurricane Florence insured losses to range from $2.8 billion to $5 billion: RMS(Reuters) - Insured losses from Hurricane Florence, which slammed into North Carolina this month, will range from $2.8 billion to $5 billion, said RMS, a risk modeling and analytics firm on Monday.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:55:51 -0400
Dallas police dismiss officer who fatally shot man in his home

Dallas police dismiss officer who fatally shot man in his homeThe Dallas Police Department on Monday fired a police officer who is facing a manslaughter charge after fatally shooting a man in his apartment that the officer said she mistook for her own home. Officer Amber Guyger had been dismissed after nearly five years on the job for her actions on the night of the shooting earlier in September, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement. Guyger, 30, had been on administrative leave since she fatally shot Botham Jean, 26.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:43:23 -0400
Kavanaugh tells senators he will not withdraw nomination

Kavanaugh tells senators he will not withdraw nominationWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday he will not withdraw his nominations because of "false and uncorroborated" sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:25:04 -0400
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