Plaintiff in Boston lawsuit against former Haitian mayor dies
Nissage Martyr, a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed Thursday against ex-mayor Jean Morose Viliena, fell suddenly ill while watching football with neighbors Friday night in Les Irois, a town on Haiti's far western coast, and died on the way to hospital. Lawyers for the three plaintiffs said Viliena now works as a school bus driver and lives in Malden, Massachusetts, where he fled after Haitian courts began investigating his conduct while in office. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Martyrs family and friends.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:02:11 -0400
Angry over U.S. healthcare fail, Trump voters spare him blame
By Letitia Stein NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (Reuters) - The day after the flaming out of U.S. President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative, his supporters across America were lashing out - at conservatives, at Democrats, at leaders of his Republican Party in Congress. "Being a businessman, he'll not take 'no' for an answer," said Tony Nappi, a 71-year-old from Trinity, Florida, one of the many disappointed Republicans on his weekend softball team. "He'll get the job done." Support for Trump appeared unflagging, from the playing fields of a Republican stronghold in central Florida to the small town diners of North Carolina, the suburbs of Arkansas and the streets of working-class Staten Island in New York City.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:48:55 -0400
Fights erupt at pro-Trump rally on California beach
Supporters of President Donald Trump holding a rally on a popular southern California beach clashed with counter-protesters on Saturday and four people were arrested, law enforcement said. Multiple fights broke out and at least one Trump supporter was doused with pepper spray when pro-Trump demonstrators marching along Bolsa Chica State Beach encountered a small group opposed to the Republican president who had gathered to denounce the rally. Four counter-protesters were arrested, three for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery, Kevin Pearsall, a spokesman for the California State Parks Police said on Saturday evening.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:19:55 -0400
More Americans reach for a daily coffee in 2017: NCA
More Americans are drinking a daily cup of coffee in 2017, a reversal of four years of declines, as gourmet brews gain in popularity, according to an industry group's report released on Saturday. "More of us are drinking coffee, and younger consumers appear to be leading the charge," said National Coffee Association USA (NCA) Chief Executive Officer Bill Murray. "A steadily growing taste for gourmet varieties is also driving a wider trend toward specialty beverages," he said.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:48:51 -0400
U.S. judge grants Singaporean blogger's asylum request
A U.S. immigration judge in Chicago on Friday granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Southeast Asian city-state. Amos Yee, 18, who had been jailed twice in Singapore, qualifies as a political refugee, according to a 13-page opinion by the U.S. immigration judge. Yee is immediately eligible for release after having been held in U.S. immigration detention since Dec. 16, 2016, according to his attorney, Sandra Grossman, who is based in Bethesda, Maryland.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:01:56 -0400
Louisiana deputy marshal convicted of manslaughter in boy's death
A Louisiana jury convicted a deputy marshal of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter on Friday in the killingof a 6-year-old boy during a volley of gunfire after chasing his father's car in 2015. Derrick Stafford, 33, was found guilty by 10-2 jury vote in a Marksville, Louisiana, courtroom, more than a year after he and another deputy opened fire on Chris Few's Kia SUV after a two-mile pursuit. Few's son, Jeremy Mardis, 6, who was inside the vehicle, was shot and killed and Few was wounded.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:33:30 -0400
California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump
By Peter Henderson RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - California on Friday challenged the Trump administration's approach to car pollution, approving standards that the White House said still need review and setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators. California Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials have vowed to lead the defense of environmental and other traditionally liberal causes against President Donald Trump. About a dozen states follow California's car regulations in full or part, and the potential face-off between federal and state regulators could be expensive for automakers and a headache for consumers.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:57:56 -0400
Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform 'not an improvement': Reuters/Ipsos poll
By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly half of American adults said the Republican healthcare reform measure is "not an improvement" over Obamacare, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The Republican bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is up for a vote in the House of Representatives later on Friday, is expected to cut the federal deficit while greatly increasing the number of Americans without health insurance. Democratic leaders are unified against the bill while some conservative Republicans have criticized it for not doing enough to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the measure familiarly known as Obamacare which was passed in 2010 and was the signature domestic achievement of former President Barack Obama.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:47:07 -0400
Obamacare exploding? Maybe just a slow burn
By Caroline Humer and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Obamacare was "exploding" after Republican lawmakers shelved legislation that would have dismantled the healthcare law. The more than 12 million people who bought 2017 health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov and other websites the law created are not in danger of losing their healthcare or having their premiums go up right now, experts say. Republicans could choose to pass a budget that defunds Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies, which help low-income people cover out-of-pocket and other medical costs.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:41:14 -0400
Planned Parenthood sees brief reprieve after healthcare bill yanked
Planned Parenthood, the national health organization that would have lost federal funding under sweeping healthcare overhaul legislation, views the withdrawal of the bill on Friday as a temporary reprieve, not the end of a threat to its existence. Officials of the organization - long a target of those who oppose its abortion services - anticipate further attempts by Republicans to curb its participation in federally funded public health programs, a major source of its funding. In a major setback for Republican President Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives leaders pulled the healthcare bill after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party's most conservative lawmakers left them short of votes.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:08:45 -0400
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