New York steam pipe explosion creates urban geyser, no injuries

A subterranean steam pipe explosion on Thursday in New York created an urban geyser that snarled traffic during city's morning rush hour but caused no injuries, authorities said.

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19.Jul.2018


Helicopter blows over tent on California Army base, 22 injured: U.S. Army

A number of soldiers have been injured on a U.S. Army base in California when a military helicopter blew over a tent during an annual training exercise, the base said.

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19.Jul.2018


Trump thanks Novartis, Pfizer for not raising drug prices

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked two major drug companies for not raising their prices and said his administration was working toward "substantially" cutting prescription-drug prices.

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19.Jul.2018


Fierce winds, arid conditions threaten to stoke deadly Oregon wildfire

Fierce winds and arid conditions threatened to feed a massive wildfire in central Oregon on Thursday, a day after it killed a tractor operator who was trying to clear brush.

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19.Jul.2018


Scores of gymnasts who survived doctor's abuse unite at ESPYs

More than 100 survivors who went public with gut-wrenching stories of abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar joined in a show of solidarity on Wednesday as they accepted an award for courage at the annual ESPYs ceremony.

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19.Jul.2018


U.S. judge orders accused Russian agent jailed pending trial

A judge on Wednesday ordered an accused Russian agent jailed until her trial after U.S. prosecutors argued she has ties to Russian intelligence and could flee the United States.

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18.Jul.2018


California man pleads guilty to terrorism charges

A California man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to opening social media accounts to provide support to Islamic State, according to court documents.

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18.Jul.2018


One dead, two firefighters hurt battling wildfires in U.S. West

A tractor operator was killed while trying to clear brush around a massive wildfire in central Oregon and two firefighters were injured battling a blaze burning at the edge of Yosemite in California, officials in the two states said on Wednesday.

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18.Jul.2018


Two rare shark attacks reported along New York's Fire Island beaches

Two youngsters frolicking in the surf miles apart along the Fire Island National Seashore in New York suffered puncture wounds to their legs on Wednesday in apparent shark attacks that would mark the state's first such incidents in 70 years, authorities said.

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18.Jul.2018


California high court orders proposal to split up state removed from November ballot

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the November ballot purged of an initiative that seeks to split California into three states, citing significant questions raised about the proposal's validity.

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18.Jul.2018


Lava from Kilauea 'collapse explosion' destroys Hawaii structures

A "collapse explosion" at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Wednesday sent a surge of lava that destroyed structures in an evacuated housing development, geologists and civil defense authorities said.

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18.Jul.2018


In U.S. prisons, tablets open window to the outside world

Marvin Worthy, confined to a New Jersey state prison since 2004, cannot watch his son play basketball or visit him in college. But for the past three years, a tablet computer has kept their relationship alive.

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18.Jul.2018


Migrants in U.S. custody describe life in 'ice boxes' and 'dog pounds'

During their detention last month in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Laredo, Texas, Karen and her two young sons were constantly cold. The family, which fled violence in Honduras, slept on a hard floor in a holding cell without mattresses, she said, their clothes still wet from crossing the Rio Grande.

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18.Jul.2018


Lockdown, sparked by report of armed man, ends at Washington, DC university

American University in Washington ended a lockdown on Wednesday prompted by reports of a man carrying a handgun near its campus, school officials said.

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18.Jul.2018


States sue U.S. over policy tying funds to immigration compliance

New York and five other states filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration from making cooperation with federal immigration authorities a condition for receiving millions of dollars in federal funding for law enforcement.

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18.Jul.2018


Florida family allowed to keep 'Starry Night' house mural

A Florida couple has won a nearly year-long legal battle for their right to cover their house and wall with a mural of Vincent van Gogh's famed "The Starry Night" painting, after being told the unusual decoration violated city code.

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18.Jul.2018


U.S. intelligence documents on Nelson Mandela made public

Thousands of pages of U.S. intelligence documents on Nelson Mandela were made public on Wednesday, revealing that Washington continued to monitor the South African anti-apartheid hero as a potential Communist menace even after he was released from prison, a group that sued to obtain the papers said.

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18.Jul.2018


U.S. court blocks EPA decision not to enforce 'glider truck' limits

A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily blocked a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would have lifted strict limits on the number of remanufactured heavy duty vehicles known as “glider trucks” that could be sold.

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U.S. judge orders accused Russian agent Butina jailed

A U.S. judge ordered accused Russian agent Maria Butina jailed on Wednesday pending trial after federal prosecutors warned that she has ties to Russian intelligence and was a flight risk.

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18.Jul.2018


Cuomo widens poll lead over Nixon in New York governor race

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo widened his lead over Cynthia Nixon, an actress and activist running to his left in the Democratic gubernatorial primary election in September, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

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U.S. National News

  • Crews scramble to protect homes from fierce California wildfire

    More than 1,200 firefighters aided by water-dropping helicopters battled a wind-driven wildfire raging out of control in Northern California on Monday, threatening homes and other structures as thick black smoke drifted across the San Francisco Bay Area. The so-called County Fire, which broke out on Saturday afternoon in rural Yolo County, west of Sacramento, has already blackened more than 50 square miles of grass, brush and dense scrub oak and was only 3 percent contained as of Monday afternoon. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection said the job of hand crews and bulldozer operators trying to cut containment lines was made more difficult by high winds, which were blowing embers and starting new spot fires.


  • Kentucky woman posing with slain giraffe sparks online outrage

    Images of a Kentucky hunter posing with the body of a black giraffe she killed in South Africa have triggered an online backlash after going viral on social media. Thousands of Twitter users expressed outrage at Tess Thompson Talley, 37, for killing the giraffe on a hunting trip last summer. “Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today! Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite awhile,” Talley wrote in a since-deleted post on Facebook, according to USA Today.


  • Three-year-old girl dies after Idaho birthday party stabbing rampage

    “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that she has passed away today,” Boise police said in a statement about the girl, who had been flown to Utah for medical treatment. The toddler was one of six children stabbed in the attack, which took place at an apartment complex that is home to many refugees. The 30-year-old man arrested in the attack, Timmy Kinner, is being held without bail at the Ada County jail in Boise.


  • PwC must pay FDIC $625.3 million over bank's collapse: U.S. judge

    U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein found it more likely than not that PwC's negligence was the proximate cause of FDIC damages from the August 2009 demise of Montgomery, Alabama's Colonial BancGroup Inc, once among the 25 largest U.S. banks. Rothstein said PwC failed to uncover a multi-year fraud between Colonial, its former client, and Ocala, Florida-based Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, once the nation's 12th largest mortgage lender and a major Colonial customer. The FDIC sued in its role as receiver for Colonial Bank, which once had more than $25 billion of assets and 340 branches.


  • Trump meets with Supreme Court contenders, two in focus

    By Jeff Mason and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he met with four potential Supreme Court justices on Monday, while a person familiar with the selection process said Trump was focused keenly on two people, although others were still in contention. Trump told reporters at the White House that he will meet with "two or three more" candidates to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced last week that he is retiring.


  • Suspect in planned Cleveland July 4 bombing appears in court

    By Kim Palmer and Makini Brice CLEVELAND/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Ohio man arrested on suspicion of planning to detonate a bomb at Cleveland's Fourth of July celebrations and then stand by and watch "it go off" was granted a public defender on Monday during his initial court appearance. FBI agents on Sunday arrested Demetrius Pitts, 48, after he met with an undercover agent and said he planned to plant a bomb at an event celebrating the U.S. Independence Day holiday in the Ohio city. Pitts, a U.S. citizen and Philadelphia native who had expressed allegiance to the al Qaeda militant group, intended to target other locations in Cleveland and Philadelphia, the agency said.


  • Trump administration names new U.S. drug enforcement chief

    (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday named a top White House lawyer as the new head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after the agency's prior acting administrator announced his retirement last month. Uttam Dhillon, who most recently served as deputy White House counsel, was named as the DEA's acting administrator at a time when the agency is devoting much of its attention to grappling with a national opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016.


  • Factbox: Appeals court judges top Trump's Supreme Court contenders list

    U.S. President Donald Trump has said that on July 9 he will name a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy's announcement last week that he will retire at the end of July gives Trump his second opportunity to deepen his imprint on the nation's highest court after restoring its 5-4 conservative majority last year with the selection of Neil Gorsuch. Here are the top five contenders - all appeals court judges - and others on Trump's list for the lifetime appointment.


Health News

Allergan, Molecular Partners eye drug meets main goal in two studies

Allergan Plc and Molecular Partners AG said on Thursday their treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss among people over 65, met the main goal in two late-stage studies.

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Mersana's cancer drug trial put on hold by FDA; shares halted

Mersana Therapeutics said on Thursday an early stage trial testing its lead cancer drug has been put on partial hold by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after a patient's death was possibly linked to the treatment.

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Chinese pharma firm recalls heart drug in U.S. after possible impurity

The Chinese bulk manufacturer of the common blood and heart drug valsartan said it was recalling the product from consumers in the United States and would halt supplies to the country, after an impurity linked to cancer had been detected.

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19.Jul.2018


Roche takes Tecentriq hit on survival data

Roche's hopes of clinching more of the lung cancer treatment market with its Tecentriq immunotherapy had a major setback on Thursday, when a trial failed to deliver survival data the Swiss drugmaker needs to challenge rival Merck.

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Trump thanks Novartis, Pfizer for not raising drug prices

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked two major drug companies for not raising their prices and said his administration was working toward "substantially" cutting prescription-drug prices.

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19.Jul.2018


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Singer Tom Jones, 78, cancels UK shows due to bacterial infection

Welsh singer Tom Jones, 78, has been taken to hospital with a bacterial infection, forcing him to cancel shows in Britain.

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19.Jul.2018


Moon landing drama 'First Man' to open Venice Film Festival

Space drama "First Man", which looks at the mission of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to become the first man to walk on the moon, will open this year's Venice Film Festival, organizers said on Thursday.

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19.Jul.2018


Two Eds better than one: Two Ed Sheerans seen in Berlin but real Ed stays away

Fans of British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran could not believe their eyes when they came to the unveiling of his wax figure in Berlin's Madame Tussauds and saw him - or at least what they believed to be him - emerging from a limousine.

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18.Jul.2018


'The Crown' offers fans glimpse of new cast as royals

Fans of "The Crown", one of the most expensive television series ever produced, have been given a sneak peak of actress Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in the third season of the drama that chronicles Britain's royal family.

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18.Jul.2018


BBC to pay damages to Cliff Richard over police raid, says press freedom at risk

British singer Cliff Richard won substantial damages on Wednesday after London's High Court ruled the BBC had breached his privacy by televising a police raid on his house which he said had left him feeling violated.

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18.Jul.2018


Cancer drug movie strikes nerve in China, becomes box-office hit

A low-budget Chinese movie about a leukemia patient who turns to smuggling cheaper cancer drugs from India has struck a chord with Internet users and even the country's leaders, spotlighting national anxieties about unaffordable hospital care.

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18.Jul.2018


'Saturday Night Live' pulled in China amid crackdown on content

China's version of U.S. broadcaster NBCUniversal's satire show "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) has temporarily been pulled from a domestic video site, amid a crackdown on content ranging from online blogs to livestreamed video.

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18.Jul.2018


TV streaming services overtake pay-TV in Britain: Ofcom

The number of Britons subscribing to TV services like Netflix, Amazon and Sky's NOW TV, has overtaken traditional satellite and cable TV for the first time, media regulator Ofcom said on Wednesday.

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17.Jul.2018


Kurt Cobain's daughter says time for U.S. to get over mental health taboo

Kurt Cobain's daughter said on Tuesday the United States should overcome its taboo about mental health and addiction almost a quarter of century after her rock star father took his own life.

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17.Jul.2018


Boxer Mayweather, George Clooney lead world's highest paid entertainers

American boxer Floyd Mayweather was named the world's highest-paid entertainer on Monday on a list that saw actor George Clooney take the No. 2 spot with the highest annual pay of his career.

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17.Jul.2018