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Private companies to profit as US shelters immigrant children

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – For a handful of U.S. companies that have exclusive or longstanding contracts with federal agencies dealing with illegal immigrants, the recent wave of children crossing the southern border with Mexico is a business opportunity. Private prison companies Geo Group and competitor Corrections Corporation…

House Majority Leader Cantor to resign seat early

(Reuters) – Congressman Eric Cantor said he will resign his seat effective Aug. 18, months earlier than expected following a shock primary election defeat, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Friday. Cantor, who on Thursday stepped down from his leadership position in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, said he had asked…

Supreme Court asked to review Obamacare subsidy case

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday. The petition requests the U.S. high court decide the issue after two lower U.S. court…

Senate passes $16.3 billion bipartisan bill overhauling Veterans Affairs dept.

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate late on Thursday overwhelmingly gave final congressional approval to a $16.3 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding the bulk of the cost to the federal deficit. The 91-3 vote sends the measure to…

San Diego police: Comic-Con cosplaying teen’s injuries caused by a six-foot fall

San Diego Harbor Police said in a statement on Thursday that the injuries suffered by a 17-year-old girl during San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend were a result of a fall. “Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six…

Senate Republicans block $2.7 billion bill addressing Central American refugee kids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate legislation giving President Barack Obama $2.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of Central American migrant children amassing at the southwestern U.S. border was blocked on Thursday by Republican opposition. By a vote of 50-44, 10 short of the 60 needed, the bill failed…

CIA apologizes after admitting it spied on Senate investigators

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA conceded on Thursday that it had improperly monitored computers used by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee in an investigation of CIA interrogation tactics and secret prisons for terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Central Intelligence Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said…

Protesters plan ‘gay stoning’ at Beverly Hills Hotel to shame owner for homophobic laws

Protesters on Thursday hope to show customers at the Beverly Hills Hotel that they are supporting the establishment’s homophobic owner by broadcasting video of a person being stoned to death in front of the building. In recent months, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah — whose Dorchester Collection owns the Beverly…

House Republican leaders cancel vote on border funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republican leaders on Thursday canceled a vote on a $659 million border security funding bill amid divisions within the party and lack of support from Democrats. The decision throws into disarray congressional efforts to deal with a crisis over tens of thousands of Central American…

Ex-NYPD officer sues his accuser and NYC for $175 million over ‘rape cop’ label

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former New York City police officer cleared of charges of raping a drunken fashion executive in her Manhattan apartment but jailed for misconduct over the incident is suing his accuser and the city for $175 million, his attorney said on Thursday. The case against Kenneth…

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