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U.S. Marine Corps to resume F-35 operations a day after suspension at Arizona base

U.S. Marine Corps to resume F-35 operations a day after suspension at Arizona baseThe jets are from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 based at Air Station Yuma in Arizona. Mark Wise, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing had decided on Thursday to suspend flight operations after because of "anomalies" in the autonomic logistics information system (ALIS) software upgrade.


Former Vanderbilt football player found guilty of rape

Former Vanderbilt football player found guilty of rapeA Tennessee jury on Friday found a former Vanderbilt University football player guilty of raping an unconscious female student in a teammate's dormitory room in 2013. The Nashville jury found Brandon Banks, 23, guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery after deliberating for about 15 hours over two days. Banks faces at least 15 years in prison, Assistant District Attorney Roger Moore told media.


Gunman in California UPS shooting targeted co-workers for slayings

Gunman in California UPS shooting targeted co-workers for slayingsInvestigators have yet to examine the contents of computers, cell phones and a journal seized from the gunman's home in their search for clues to the June 14 attack, San Francisco Police Commander Greg McEachern said at a news conference. McEachern also revealed the murder weapon was a MasterPiece Arms "assault-type pistol" that he said was "commonly known as a MAC-10," equipped with an extended 30-round magazine.


Judge orders release of Uzbek suspect on terror charges

Judge orders release of Uzbek suspect on terror chargesU.S. District Judge John Kane granted the petition filed by Jamshid Muhtorov, who claims he should be given bail after repeated delays in the case violated his right to a speedy trial. Muhtorov, 40, is accused of trying to smuggle smart phones and other electronic equipment to the Islamic Jihad Union, a Pakistan-based extremist group that opposes secular rule in Uzbekistan and seeks to install a government based on Islamic law.However, the judge noted that Muhtorov will have spent six years in custody by the time his trial gets under way early next year. He faces a maximum 15 years in prison if convicted.


U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism program

U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism programThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday announced changes to a $10 million government grant program, narrowing its focus around efforts to combat Islamist extremism. In an update to awards announced in January by former President Barack Obama's administration, the department released a new list of grant recipients and amounts, shifting money to law enforcement offices and away from groups that combat U.S.-based extremism. Reuters reported in February that President Donald Trump's administration wanted to revamp the program to focus solely on Islamist extremism.


North Korea says U.S. student's death a 'mystery to us as well'

North Korea says U.S. student's death a 'mystery to us as well'By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that Warmbier had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless". North Korea's foreign ministry spokesman said Warmbier was "a victim of the policy of strategic patience" of former U.S. President Barack Obama whose government never requested his release, according to comments carried by the official KCNA agency. "The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. ... is a mystery to us as well," KCNA quoted the spokesman as saying.


Factbox: Where Republican U.S. senators stand on healthcare bill

Factbox: Where Republican U.S. senators stand on healthcare bill(Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans' legislation to overhaul Obamacare hit roadblocks almost as soon as it was unveiled: opposition from all 48 Democratic and independent senators and four conservative Republican lawmakers, as well as skepticism from several other Republicans.


Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'

Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'By Jeff Mason and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their party's healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage. Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is designed to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form. White House officials said on Friday that Trump has been in touch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and made calls on Thursday and Friday to other lawmakers.


At women-only salon in Brooklyn, Muslim-Americans prepare for Eid

At women-only salon in Brooklyn, Muslim-Americans prepare for EidNevien Shehadeh, 19, was one of many Muslim women who chose Le'Jemalik Salon and Boutique in New York's borough of Brooklyn on Friday to prepare for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The beauty salon, designed by owner Huda Quhshi to cater mostly to Muslim women, opened in January in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn.


U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism program

U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism programThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday announced changes to a $10 million government grant program, narrowing its focus around efforts to combat Islamist extremism. In an update to awards announced in January by former President Barack Obama's administration, the department released a new list of grant recipients and amounts, shifting money to law enforcement offices and away from groups that combat U.S.-based extremism. Reuters reported in February that President Donald Trump's administration wanted to revamp the program to focus solely on Islamist extremism.


Reputed New York gangster released from prison at age 100

Reputed New York gangster released from prison at age 100Franzese has been in and out of prison for much of his adult life, having been granted parole by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons at least six times, Newsday reported. Federal prison officials could not be reached immediately to confirm his release or details of his criminal record. Franzese was acquitted in several murder cases going back for decades, Newsday reported, but he was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 1967 for his involvement in a bank robbery conspiracy.


Ahead of Modi visit, U.S. sees no threat to Pakistan from arms deal with India

Ahead of Modi visit, U.S. sees no threat to Pakistan from arms deal with IndiaBy Sanjeev Miglani and David Brunnstrom NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the United States expected to authorize India's purchase of naval drones, a senior White House official cautioned on Friday that any U.S. military transfer to India would not represent a threat to its rival neighbor Pakistan. The official spoke to reporters in advance of U.S. President Donald Trump's first meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, a White House visit that will include one-on-one talks and a working dinner.


Judge orders two Wisconsin youth detention centers to improve conditions

Judge orders two Wisconsin youth detention centers to improve conditionsThe preliminary injunction requires the Wisconsin Department of Corrections to reach an agreement on detainee treatment with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Juvenile Law Center, which in January sued the state over conditions at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls. As many as 20 percent of detainees at the facilities are held in solitary confinement for all but one or two hours each day, the lawsuit alleged, and officers "repeatedly and excessively" use pepper spray and routinely handcuff detainees.


Ex-lottery worker has Iowa conviction voided, still faces prison

Ex-lottery worker has Iowa conviction voided, still faces prisonThe Iowa Supreme Court ruled that state prosecutors waited beyond the three-year statute of limitations to bring charges against Eddie Tipton, a security expert with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which provides services to Iowa, Wisconsin and several other state lotteries. An Iowa jury convicted Tipton in 2015 of fraudulently passing or redeeming a lottery ticket, and tampering with lottery equipment to influence the drawing of the state's $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot in December 2010.


Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruits

Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruitsThe Pentagon said on Friday it was reviewing recommendations from the U.S. military chiefs that included calls for more time to implement plans to allow new transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said no decision on the matter had been made yet. The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military in 2016 under the Obama administration.


 
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