First Amendment group asks Representative Ocasio-Cortez to unblock users

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University said on Thursday it has asked Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to unblock any Twitter users she has barred on the basis of their political views. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks at a news conference after Democrats in the U.S. Congress moved to formally condemn President …

Dorian forecast to become highly dangerous Category 4 hurricane

Hurricane Dorian is forecast to strengthen and become a highly dangerous Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, threatening the Atlantic coast of central and south Florida, the National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. Spurred on by warm Atlantic waters, Dorian is predicted to pack winds reaching 130 mph (209 kph) in 72 hours, the Miami-based forecasting …

Hurricane Dorian to approach Florida as Category 4 with 130 mph winds: Hurricane Center

Hurricane Dorian is expected to intensify over the weekend as a Category 4 storm with winds picking up to 130 miles per hour (210 kph), a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. The storm was due to move over the Bahamas on Thursday and blast Florida’s east coast with high winds over …

DOJ declines to prosecute Comey despite finding that he leaked info

The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey despite an internal investigation that found he improperly leaked information to the news media, the department’s Office of Inspector General said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Former FBI Director James Comey departs after giving a private deposition to the House Judiciary and …

DOJ declines to prosecute Comey despite finding that he leaked memo

The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey despite an internal investigation that found he improperly leaked information to the news media, the department’s Office of Inspector General said on Thursday. The inspector general’s office, which serves as the agency’s internal watchdog, said Comey shared a handwritten memo with …

Strengthening Hurricane Dorian takes aim at Bahamas and Florida

Hurricane Dorian took aim at the Bahamas and the Florida coast on Thursday, spurred on by warm Atlantic waters as it threatens to strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 storm. Dorian earlier sideswiped the Caribbean without doing major damage but is expected to strengthen and slam the Bahamas and the southeastern United States with rain, …

Trump promises ‘giant package’ related to ethanol to please farmers

President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration is planning a “giant package” related to ethanol that would please U.S. farmers angry over the government’s expanded approval of waivers freeing oil refiners from obligations to use the corn-based fuel. The announcement reflects Trump’s challenges pleasing both the corn and oil industries, two key political constituencies …

Surge in young Republicans worried about the environment: survey

A growing majority of U.S. Republicans, especially younger voters, are worried that human behavior is damaging the planet, according to a survey of global attitudes to the environment conducted by an Amsterdam-based polling agency. FILE PHOTO: Fissures that opened up under a highway during a powerful earthquake that struck Southern California are seen near the …

White House hopeful Kamala Harris to emphasize access for individuals with disabilities

U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris will announce a plan on Thursday aimed at ensuring individuals with disabilities have equal access to job opportunities, education, housing and healthcare. FILE PHOTO: 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) attends a health care roundtable at the Loft at the First United Methodist Church …