United to offer passengers up to $10,000 to surrender seats
United Airlines said on Thursday it would offer passengers who volunteer to forfeit their seats on overbooked flights up to $10,000 as part of the carrier's efforts to repair the damage from the rough removal of a passenger. The offer came after rival Delta Air Lines Inc outlined plans to offer up to $9,950 in such cases. United also said it would take actions to reduce overbooking flights and improve customer satisfaction.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:03:23 -0400
How did a copy of U.S. Declaration of Independence get to southern England?
British experts will carry out tests to try to determine how a rare copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence found its way to an archive in southern England. The handwritten manuscript, only the second such parchment in existence, had been stored for more than 60 years in a strong-room among miles of documents in the West Sussex Record Office, until its significance was revealed by Harvard University researchers, Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff. Other copies and printed versions of the Declaration exist, but the only other ceremonial parchment is the Matlack Declaration, which dates from 1776 and is kept behind glass at the National Archives in Washington.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:51:15 -0400
Amtrak to launch repairs at New York's troubled Penn Station
Traveling through the nation's busiest transit hub, New York's Pennsylvania Station, will become even more cumbersome as Amtrak takes some tracks out of service for repairs after recent derailments disrupted travel for hundreds of thousands of commuters in recent weeks. "We all clearly understand there has been a sense of frustration," Moorman said. New York, with its crowded station and decaying, century-old rail tunnels underneath the Hudson River, is a chokepoint on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, which runs from Washington to Boston and is the operator's only profitable section.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:34:51 -0400
Southwest Airlines says to stop overbooking flights
"Soon, we will no longer book a flight over capacity as part of the selling process," a Southwest spokesman told Reuters. Southwest, the No.4 airline by passenger traffic, had the highest forced bumping rate among large U.S. carriers, taking nearly 15,000 passengers off flights last year, or 9.9 per 100,000 passengers, down slightly from 2015.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:34:03 -0400
Arkansas nears fourth execution in about a week
Arkansas plans to end its series of April executions by putting to death on Thursday an inmate convicted of murdering a cheerleader and who escaped from prison and killed two other people before being captured again. Arkansas, which had not held an execution in 12 years until this month, has put three inmates to death since April 20. It planned to execute Kenneth Williams, 38, by lethal injection at 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) at its Cummins Unit prison.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:59:08 -0400
'Enormous progress' in U.S.-Mexico ties: Mexican foreign minister
Relations between the United States and Mexico have seen "enormous progress" during the first months of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday. Videgaray said the call, which was initiated by Pena Nieto and lasted about 20 minutes, focused exclusively on the looming talks over NAFTA's "renegotiation and modernization. He noted that Trump wanted to see the talks accelerated.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:24:52 -0400
Difficult legal path forward for Trump in sanctuary cities case
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Even if President Donald Trump wins an appeal of a court ruling blocking his executive order on sanctuary cities, arguments made by the government in the case could permanently harm its efforts to cut off wide swaths of federal funding to targeted cities, some legal experts say. U.S. Justice Department attorneys defending the order in a San Francisco court presented a far narrower view of its reach, however, arguing before U.S. District Judge William Orrick III earlier this month that the only funds the government intended to withhold were certain grants tied to law enforcement programs.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:50:13 -0400
Ann Coulter cancels speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute
By Lisa Fernandez BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said she had scrapped plans to speak on Thursday at the University of California at Berkeley in defiance of campus officials, who had barred her original engagement this week out of concerns about inciting violent protests. Coulter, one America's best-known and most polarizing pundits on the political right, cast blame on conservative student organizers who withdrew their invitation following their dispute with university officials. "There will be no speech," Coulter wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:26:03 -0400
Berkeley braces for unrest despite Ann Coulter cancelation
Police at the University of California at Berkeley braced for potential clashes between militant left-wing and right-wing activists on Thursday, despite conservative commentator Ann Coulter dropping plans to address students at the campus. Coulter, one of America's best-known and most provocative pundits on the political right, said on Wednesday that she no longer intended to defy university officials by addressing UC Berkeley students on campus this week. UC Berkeley officials said classes would be held as scheduled.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:14:34 -0400
Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canadas courts
TORONTO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, fearing they would be swept up in President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, may have miscalculated in viewing Canada as a safe haven. In 2016, 160 asylum cases came to the federal courts after being rejected by refugee tribunals. Of those, 33 had been rejected in part because the applicants had spent time in the United States, the Reuters review found.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:09:03 -0400
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