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Trump signs budget deal after raising government shutdown threat -

Trump signs budget deal after raising government shutdown threatU.S. President Donald Trump signed Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill on Friday, ending several hours of confusion spurred by a tweeted veto threat that raised the specter of a government shutdown. Trump said he had signed the bill, despite his qualms on some issues, because a $60 billion increase in military spending had convinced him it was a worthwhile compromise. "But I say to Congress I will never sign another bill like this again," he told reporters.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:42:35 -0400

Trump says will sue drug companies over opioids -

Trump says will sue drug companies over opioidsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will be suing some drug companies as part of its fight against the opioid drug crisis, without giving more detail. "We'll be suing certain drug companies for what they've done with the opioids and we'll be bringing suits at a federal level," Trump told reporters at the White House days after outlining several steps to combat the epidemic. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:06:35 -0400

Parkland students scarred, determined after lives changed forever -

Parkland students scarred, determined after lives changed foreverPARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Madeline Gaffney, Diego Pfeiffer and Kayla Sanseverino were normal teens focused on homework and college applications before last month's mass shooting catapulted them into the U.S. debate on gun rights.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:38:26 -0400

Assault victim can sue UCLA for failing to protect her: California court -

Assault victim can sue UCLA for failing to protect her: California court"Considering the unique features of the collegiate environment, we hold that universities have a special relationship with their students and a duty to protect them from foreseeable violence during curricular activities," the California Supreme Court said, allowing Katherine Rosen to proceed with her lawsuit. The decision overturned dismissal of Rosen's case by an appeals court in 2015, which said colleges "are not liable for the criminal wrongdoing of mentally-ill third parties, regardless of whether such conduct might be in some sense foreseeable." The case will now return to a lower court for further deliberations. Rosen was doing classwork in a chemistry laboratory in 2009 when fellow student Damon Thompson stabbed her in the neck and chest with a kitchen knife.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:37:03 -0400

U.S. charges, sanctions Iranians for global cyber attacks on behalf of Tehran -

U.S. charges, sanctions Iranians for global cyber attacks on behalf of TehranBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday charged and sanctioned nine Iranians and an Iranian company for attempting to hack into hundreds of universities worldwide, dozens of companies and parts of the U.S. government, including its main energy regulator, on behalf of Tehran's government. The cyber attacks, beginning in at least 2013, pilfered more than 31 terabytes of academic data and intellectual property from 144 U.S. universities and 176 universities in 21 other countries, the U.S. Department of Justice said, describing the campaign as one of the largest state-sponsored hacks ever prosecuted. The U.S. Treasury Department said that it was placing sanctions on the nine people and the Mabna Institute, a company U.S. prosecutors characterized as designed to help Iranian research organizations steal information.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:20:46 -0400

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