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Wisconsin man could face life in prison for kidnapping Jayme Closs, murdering parents

Wisconsin man could face life in prison for kidnapping Jayme Closs, murdering parentsJake Patterson, 21, in March admitted to committing the October killings and abduction in Barron County, Wisconsin. The 1:30 p.m. CDT (1830 GMT) sentencing on Friday in Barron County gives Patterson and his lawyers a final chance to explain why he shot the girl's parents at close range then held the eighth grader for 88 days in his rural cabin. Patterson faces a maximum of life in prison for each of the homicide counts along with up to 40 years in prison for the count of kidnapping, according to prosecutors.

Fri, 24 May 2019 10:04:36 -0400
Pentagon eyes expanding DARPA future warfare research office

Pentagon eyes expanding DARPA future warfare research officeThe U.S. Department of Defense is close to expanding its legendary future warfare and technology agency DARPA by combining it with the Pentagon office in charge of adapting existing weapons to new uses, people familiar with the plans said. The Defense Applied Research Projects Agency would absorb the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) and centralize more research units under the Pentagon's Chief Technology Officer Michael Griffin. SCO reported directly to the defense secretary, removing it from traditional bureaucratic channels at the Pentagon.

Fri, 24 May 2019 07:06:21 -0400
National Spelling Bee drops perfection as a prerequisite to entry

National Spelling Bee drops perfection as a prerequisite to entryThe bee, which begins on Tuesday in an auditorium outside Washington and ends on Thursday with a live telecast on ESPN, will test the spelling mettle of a record 565 young people, age 7 to 15. While a handful of regions have traditionally sent more than one participant to the national contest, the new RSVBee program opens a door for dozens of others. It is a question of fairness, said Valerie Miller, a spokeswomen for the bee, which started in 1925.

Fri, 24 May 2019 07:01:56 -0400
Democrats grapple with 'electability' question as white men lead diverse field

Democrats grapple with 'electability' question as white men lead diverse fieldDemocrats seeking to unseat Republican U.S. President Donald Trump in 2020 will choose from the largest and most diverse set of candidates in history - yet, so far, two older white men are leading the pack. The early dominance of former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, 77, is raising uncomfortable questions about whether Democratic voters think a woman or minority candidate has what it takes to defeat Trump, the likely Republican nominee.

Fri, 24 May 2019 06:24:25 -0400
Trump campaign views healthcare as a 2020 campaign weapon

Trump campaign views healthcare as a 2020 campaign weaponU.S. President Donald Trump's campaign believes he can turn Republicans' biggest liability from last year's congressional elections - the debate about the future of healthcare in America - into a winning issue for his reelection. Some candidates have suggested abolishing private insurance in favor of a single government-run plan, sometimes referred to as "Medicare for All," while others favor more modest reforms. Trump's campaign is betting that whoever emerges with the Democratic nomination next year will have been forced to embrace a sweeping healthcare reform proposal that may spook moderate voters.

Fri, 24 May 2019 06:23:56 -0400
Heavy rains limit operations at Oklahoma refinery, oil pipeline

Heavy rains limit operations at Oklahoma refinery, oil pipelineHeavy rains and storms slamming the central United States forced the closure of a HollyFrontier Corp refinery in Oklahoma and a portion of Tallgrass Energy LP's crude oil pipeline on Thursday. Severe weather in the central United States has left three people dead on Thursday, local media said, as tornadoes raked across southwest Missouri and devastated the state capital, and heavy rain flooded rivers in Oklahoma. The Midwest region has been hit with rain throughout the spring, disrupting supply and demand of refined products in the region, while ongoing refinery maintenance has scrambled market conditions further.

Fri, 24 May 2019 03:01:44 -0400
Death toll from storms lashing central U.S. rises to seven

Death toll from storms lashing central U.S. rises to sevenThe latest in a line of destructive storms pounding the central United States killed at least three people as tornadoes raked across Missouri while heavy rain flooded rivers in Oklahoma, authorities said on Thursday. The three deaths and several injuries were recorded in and around Golden City, Missouri, some 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Joplin where a tornado touched down on Wednesday evening, the Missouri Department of Public Safety said on Twitter. "It looks to stay quite wet over the next week across the central portion of the country," said meteorologist Mark Chenard of the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Fri, 24 May 2019 03:01:44 -0400
Tallgrass embargoes deliveries of shut Pony Express pipeline segment

Tallgrass embargoes deliveries of shut Pony Express pipeline segmentExtensive flooding on the Cimarron River in Oklahoma required the temporary embargo on all movements into destinations located near Cushing, Oklahoma, the company said. The Pony Express pipeline has a capacity of 320,000 barrels per day. The pipeline starts in Guernsey, Wyoming, and flows southeast to Cushing, according to the company's website.

Thu, 23 May 2019 23:47:42 -0400
Las Vegas businessman gets 50 years prison in $1.5 billion Ponzi scheme

Las Vegas businessman gets 50 years prison in $1.5 billion Ponzi schemeEdwin Fujinaga, 72, the former chief executive of MRI International Inc, was sentenced by Chief Judge Gloria Navarro of the Nevada federal court, following his conviction last November on 20 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Fujinaga was also ordered to forfeit $813.3 million and make $1.13 billion of restitution, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Thu, 23 May 2019 21:59:38 -0400
New York state regulator investigating pension transfer deals: sources

New York state regulator investigating pension transfer deals: sourcesAt issue is whether brokers, who help put such deals together, solicited insurers who are not licensed in New York to take on the pension transfers, the people familiar with the matter said. The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), on Wednesday, issued subpoenas to units of Morgan Stanley, Aon PLC, Willis Towers Watson PLC and Mercer, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc, seeking documents about their communications with insurer Athene Holding Inc about "pension risk transfer" transactions, the people said.

Thu, 23 May 2019 21:58:43 -0400
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