Two U.S. swimmers land in Miami after Olympic Committee apology

U.S. Olympic swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz check in at the international airport to board a flight back to the U.S. after spending the day being interrogated by police in Rio de Janeiro, August 18, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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Two U.S. swimmers land in Miami after Olympic Committee apology
MIAMI/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Two U.S. swimmers accused of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Games landed in Miami from Brazil early on Friday, a Reuters witness said.

Firefighters gain ground on California wildfire
(Reuters) – Firefighters were gaining ground on Friday against a wildfire burning in a Southern California mountain pass that has forced some 80,000 residents to flee their homes and has consumed dozens of structures.

Former Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs, Gen. John Vessey Jr., dies: NYT
(Reuters) – The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during former president Ronald Reagan’s administration, General John W. Vessey Jr., died on Thursday night, the New York Times reported. He was 94.

Clinton told FBI Colin Powell suggested she use private email: NYT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told federal investigators that former Secretary of State Colin Powell suggested she use a personal email account, the New York Times reported late on Thursday.

U.S. judge permanently blocks Florida law to end abortion funding
(Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday permanently blocked parts of a Florida law that aimed to cut off state funding for preventive health services at clinics that also provide abortions.

California mayor pleads not guilty in strip poker scandal
(Reuters) – The mayor of Stockton, California, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to criminal charges stemming from a strip poker game he is accused of playing while furnishing beer to minors at a summer camp he hosts for underprivileged children.

Clinton Foundation to bar foreign, corporate funding if Hillary Clinton elected president
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Clinton Foundation will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton is elected president and will stop holding the annual Clinton Global Initiative meetings whatever the outcome of the November election, a foundation spokesman said on Thursday.

U.S. judge says funeral home had religious right to fire transgender worker
(Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Thursday that a Detroit funeral home that “operates as a ministry” was exempt from a law protecting transgender employees because of its owner’s Christian beliefs.

Lawyer accused of fraud by U.S. in BP oil spill case is acquitted
(Reuters) – A prominent Texas lawyer was acquitted on Thursday of charges he made up thousands of fake clients to sue BP Plc for damages that the oil company caused in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, court records show.

Gun advocates file lawsuit to overturn California open-carry restrictions
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – A California gun rights group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s restrictions on openly carrying firearms.

Boeing wins $2.8 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co has been awarded a $2.8 billion contract for KC-46 aircraft, spare parts and wing refueling pod kits, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Zika virus identified in Miami Beach: Miami Herald report
(Reuters) – The Zika virus has been identified in Miami Beach, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the Miami Herald reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with discussions between state and local health officials.

Naked Trump statues draw dozens of onlookers in U.S. cities
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An artists’ collective took credit for exposing Donald Trump to unflattering scrutiny on Thursday, saying it was responsible for a life-sized nude statue of the Republican presidential candidate that turned up in a New York City park.

U.S. health agency weighs rules on outside payments for Obamacare
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. government health agency on Thursday said that it was considering new rules to prevent healthcare providers or related groups from steering patients into Obamacare individual insurance plans instead of Medicare or Medicaid in order to receive higher payments for medical services.

White supremacist stabs black man in Olympia, Washington
(Reuters) – A man who claimed to be affiliated with a white supremacist group stabbed a black man in Olympia, the capital of Washington state, and told police he was lashing out at Black Lives Matter protesters, authorities said on Thursday.

Judge rejects settlement in Uber driver expenses case
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a proposed class action settlement in a lawsuit brought by Uber Technologies Inc drivers who claimed they were employees entitled to expenses.

U.S. to phase out federal use of privately-operated prisons
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department plans to phase out its use of privately-operated prisons, which it called less safe and less effective than government-run facilities, according to a memo released publicly by the department on Thursday.

Investment banker sues Jefferies, alleges pregnancy bias
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jefferies Group LLC was sued by a former female investment banker who accused it of stripping away her bonus and derailing her career because she became pregnant.

Pennsylvania governor nominates replacement for convicted attorney general
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday nominated the state’s inspector general to serve as interim attorney general until November’s election, temporarily replacing Kathleen Kane, who resigned the post earlier this week after her conviction for perjury.

In wake of riots, Milwaukee looks inward for solutions
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – After violent riots, Milwaukeeans in the blighted inner city are searching for their own way out of despair, saying they cannot rely on government-led economic development projects to remedy chronic crime and unemployment.

Seven Chicago officers face firing for role in 2014 shooting of teen
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago’s police superintendent has recommended that seven officers be fired after they were accused of lying about the details of a black teenager’s fatal shooting by a white officer in 2014, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Witness in N.Y. cleric killing ID’d someone other than suspect
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A potential witness in the New York City shooting deaths of a Muslim cleric and his assistant picked out someone during a police lineup who was not the suspect now facing murder charges, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

Ex-NFL star Sharper sentenced to 18 years in prison in drug, rape cases
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Former National Football League star Darren Sharper was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in federal prison in a case that accused him of drugging and raping nine women in four states while working as a television analyst.

Portion of major highway reopens as California wildfire rages
(Reuters) – A portion of a major highway connecting Los Angeles and Las Vegas has been reopened, as a wildfire that forced the evacuation of some 80,000 Southern California residents continued to rage virtually unchecked.

New York state man charged with plotting school attack
(Reuters) – A New York state teen who allegedly plotted an attack on a school and put bomb-making materials on a list of items was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday, authorities said.

Lawmakers review FBI documents on Clinton
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI documents about the agency’s investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state were being reviewed on Wednesday in secure rooms of the U.S. Capitol.

Teen shot by Chicago police suffered gunshot wound to his back
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A teenager who was shot and killed by Chicago police officers last month suffered a single gunshot wound to his back, according to an autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner’s office made public on Wednesday.

Donations pour in for Baltimore ‘Mom of Year’ after house fire
(Reuters) – A Maryland woman who won widespread praise for publicly scolding her teenage son during last year’s riots in Baltimore was made homeless by a house fire, but a flood of donations had poured in to help her by Wednesday. CEO near plea deal in prostitution case
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former chief executive of male escort website is finalizing a plea agreement after his indictment for promoting prostitution, his lawyers said on Wednesday, in a case that has outraged gay and civil rights activists.

Utah heir location firm, co-owner indicted on U.S. antitrust charges
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Utah company which locates heirs to estates was indicted on Wednesday over allegations that it conspired with a second heir-location firm to divide up the market, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Detroit readies 600 lawsuits over unpaid property taxes
(Reuters) – Detroit, currently under post-bankruptcy state oversight, is planning to sue mostly banks and for-profit companies for some $12.2 million dollars in unpaid taxes from investment properties they purchased, the city said on Wednesday.

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