Ann Coulter cancels speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:26:03 -0400
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.
'Enormous progress' in U.S.-Mexico relations over past months
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:02:38 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - 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.
Berkeley braces for unrest despite Ann Coulter cancelation
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:14:34 -0400
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.
Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada’s courts
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:09:03 -0400
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.
Arkansas plans fourth execution in about a week
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:03:09 -0400
(Reuters) - 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 plans to execute Kenneth Williams, 38, by lethal injection at 7 p.m. CDT at its death chamber in its Cummins Unit prison.
Trump's plan to slash business taxes seen as 'guidepost' by congressional Republicans
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:48:04 -0400
President Donald Trump unveiled a one-page plan on Wednesday proposing deep U.S. tax cuts, many for businesses, that would make the federal deficit balloon if enacted, drawing a cautious welcome from fiscal conservatives and financial markets. While the proposed tax cuts would please those helped by them, such as multinational corporations and wealthy taxpayers, Trump's package fell far short of the kind of comprehensive tax reform that both parties in Washington have sought for years. As his milestone 100th day in office on Saturday nears, Trump has been scrambling to show progress on his agenda.
United to offer passengers up to $10,000 to surrender seats
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:06:57 -0400
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. United also said it would take actions to reduce overbooking flights and improve customer satisfaction. United had spent the last two weeks embroiled in controversy after videos recorded by fellow passengers, which went viral, showed David Dao, 69, yanked from his seat aboard a Louisville, Kentucky-bound United flight before takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to make room for crew members.
Survivalist sentenced to death for murder of PA state trooper
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:28:13 -0400
By Joe McDonald MILFORD, Pa. (Reuters) - A survivalist convicted of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a 2014 sniper attack that launched a massive manhunt was sentenced to death on Wednesday by jurors. The Pike County jury deliberated for about five hours before returning the verdict in the penalty phase of Eric Frein's trial. "Tonight full justice was delivered!!" District Attorney Ray Tonkin wrote on Twitter after the jury sentenced Frein to die.
Trump slams federal court ruling on funding for 'sanctuary cities'
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:18:01 -0400
President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked a federal judge's ruling that blocked his executive order seeking to withhold funds from "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants, vowing to appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco was the latest blow to Trump's efforts to toughen immigration enforcement. "First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings.
Slain friend of Robert Durst once posed as his missing wife: testimony
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:14:45 -0400
Real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to three slayings were portrayed in HBO series "The Jinx," had his close friend Susan Berman make a phone call pretending to be his missing wife, a former acquaintance of Berman testified on Wednesday. Durst, 74, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Berman's 2000 death in Los Angeles. Prosecutors allege Durst killed Berman, a writer and the daughter of an organized crime figure, because of what she knew about his wife's unsolved disappearance.