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California shooting suspect was a decorated Marine veteran

(Reuters) - The man suspected of killing 12 people in a bar in a Los Angeles suburb was a decorated Marine Corps machine gunner deployed in Afghanistan who had several prior brushes with law enforcement, police and Marine Corps officials said on Thursday. Ian David Long, who also died in the attack late Thursday, was 28 years old and lived in Newbury Park, a prosperous suburb of Californian bungalows and tidy front lawns, about 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Borderline Bar & Grill where the shooting took place. Long joined the Marines in 2008 and rose to the rank of corporal before leaving active service in…

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Hundreds line up to donate blood after California bar shooting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Reuters) - The fatal shooting of a dozen people at a Western-themed bar in Thousand Oaks, California, inspired hundreds of area residents to line up for hours on Thursday to donate blood for the wounded. People wait in line to donate blood outside LaReina High School after a mass shooting by a lone gunman at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Mike BlakeThe blood drive drew at least 300 people to a trailer parked outside a Catholic high school. The line snaked down the driveway and along the street. The blood drive has been scheduled before the massacre late on…

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Trump administration moves to curb migrants’ asylum claims

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Trump administration unveiled new rules on Thursday to sharply limit migrant asylum claims by barring individuals who cross the U.S. southern border illegally from seeking asylum. FILE PHOTO: Border police look on as a group of Central Americans and Cubans hoping to apply for asylum wait at the border on an international bridge between Mexico and the U.S., in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File PhotoImmigrant advocates denounced the move, saying it violated existing U.S. law that allows people fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries to apply for asylum regardless of whether they enter illegally or not.…

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Google Overhauls Sexual Misconduct Policy After Employee Walkout

SAN FRANCISCO — Google said on Thursday that it would end its practice of forced arbitration for claims of sexual harassment or assault after more than 20,000 employees staged a walkout last week to protest how the internet company handles cases of sexual misconduct.Workers at Google had called for an end to arbitration, among other changes, as part of the walkout. The protest was prompted by a New York Times article last month that revealed the company had given a senior executive, Andy Rubin, a $90 million exit package even after it found he had been credibly accused of sexual harassment.[Read about how Google protected Mr. Rubin,…

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EU wants customs border in Irish sea in case of no-deal Brexit: Times

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union wants a customs border in the Irish sea, between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a letter from Theresa May seen by the London Times newspaper suggested. According to the Times, May wrote to the leaders of the small Northern Irish political party she relies on to govern, saying that the EU is still pushing for a so-called “backstop to the backstop” which would keep the province in regulatory alignment with the Republic of Ireland to avoid a hard border. In the letter May said she would never allow a divide…

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Ex-Marine apparently acted alone in California bar shooting: FBI

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Reuters) - A former U.S. Marine combat veteran opened fire in a Los Angeles area bar and dance hall filled with college students, killing 12 people in a mass shooting that stunned a Southern California community with a reputation for safety. The gunman, identified by police as 28-year-old Ian David Long, was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound following the Wednesday night massacre at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, a suburb 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Los Angeles, law enforcement officials said. Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles FBI, told a news conference that…

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Trump administration takes step to limit migrants’ asylum claims

FILE PHOTO: Border police look on as a group of Central Americans and Cubans hoping to apply for asylum wait at the border on an international bridge between Mexico and the U.S., in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration took a major step on Thursday to restrict asylum claims by migrants, putting forward a regulation that would make individuals ineligible for asylum if they cross the U.S. southern border illegally. Once the plan goes into full effect, which is expected to happen in coming days, migrants entering at the U.S. southern border would only be eligible for asylum…

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Recounts, runoffs loom over high-profile elections in Florida, Georgia

(Reuters) - High-profile U.S. elections in Georgia, Florida and Arizona remained unresolved on Thursday, two days after the vote, with the prospect of legal challenges, recounts and ballot reviews setting the stage for possible weeks of uncertainty. The still-undecided races will not tip the balance in either chamber of Congress, but include contests in parts of the country important to the futures of both parties and potentially to President Donald Trump’s re-election chances in two years. In Georgia, where Republican Brian Kemp declared victory in the governor’s contest on Wednesday on a narrow lead, campaign officials for Democrat Stacey Abrams on Thursday vowed to pursue litigation to…

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U.S. Democrats seek hearings on Trump’s ouster of Sessions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats on Thursday demanded emergency hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate President Donald Trump’s ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling the move an effort to undermine a federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions stand for the national anthem at a graduation ceremony at the FBI Academy on the grounds of Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, U.S. December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoTrump forced the resignation of Sessions on Wednesday, a day after elections in which his fellow Republicans lost control of the…

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Tesla names director Denholm to replace Musk as board chair

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc has named director Robyn Denholm as board chair, fulfilling a demand by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to strip the job from Elon Musk, the electric car maker’s wayward chief executive who has dragged the company through months of turbulence. The appointment was required as part of a September deal Tesla struck with the securities regulator to settle fraud charges against Musk and Tesla. Legal experts said it was unclear if Denholm, who has been on Tesla’s board for four years, was independent enough for Tesla to comply with the court-approved settlement. Denholm, 55, joined Tesla as an independent director in 2014…

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