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Trump tax plan slashing business rates to test support in Congress

26 April[ —]

Trump tax plan slashing business rates to test support in CongressU.S. President Donald Trump will release a tax plan on Wednesday proposing some deep rate cuts, mostly for businesses, including a slashed corporate income tax rate and steeply discounted tax rate for overseas corporate profits brought into the United States, officials said. Trump intends for his broad blueprint, which will fall short of the kind of comprehensive tax reform that Republicans have long discussed, to be a guidepost for lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. "We're driving this a little bit more," a senior White House official told a group of reporters late on Tuesday.



Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to United States

26 April[ —]

Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to United StatesA 3-foot giant rabbit has died on a United Airlines flight from London, prompting a review at the Chicago-based airline which faced a global backlash this month over its treatment of a passenger who was dragged from his seat. The 10-month old rabbit named Simon, who was tipped to become one of the world's largest rabbits, was traveling to O'Hare in Chicago from Britain after a celebrity owner purchased him. "Simon had a vet’s check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle," breeder Annette Edwards told The Sun newspaper.



Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump

26 April[ —]

Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich TrumpPublic pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. The Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium in Manhattan is an upscale 46-story property owned by a Los Angeles investment group, the CIM Group, through one of its real estate funds.



Air travel to U.S. drops in first quarter, Canada, Mexico gain: ForwardKeys

26 April[ —]

Air travel to U.S. drops in first quarter, Canada, Mexico gain: ForwardKeysAir passenger arrivals in the United States fell in the first quarter of the year, while arrivals in Canada and Mexico rose, according to data from travel analysis company ForwardKeys. Travelers from the Middle East and Europe were possibly deterred by uncertainty over President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, as well as the strong dollar, it said on Wednesday. Long-haul arrivals in the U.S. dropped by 4.3 percent in the first quarter, ForwardKeys, which analyses 16 million flight booking transactions a day from major global reservation systems, said.



ACLU sues Los Angeles police over public records requests

26 April[ —]

ACLU sues Los Angeles police over public records requestsThe complaint claims the police department in the second largest city in the United States fails to comply with the California Public Records Act by not responding to requests for records within the time allotted by law and, in some cases, ignores requests altogether, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Access to information about the conduct of government agencies is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state," said Adrienna Wong, attorney with the ACLU SoCal, in a statement.



Lawyer for ex-NFL star Hernandez denies letter mentioned prison lover

26 April[ —]

Lawyer for ex-NFL star Hernandez denies letter mentioned prison loverBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday denied media reports that the athlete wrote a letter to a prison lover before hanging himself in his prison cell last week. The former New England Patriots player's body was found on Wednesday hanging in a cell where he was serving a life prison sentence. Law enforcement officials last week confirmed that Hernandez left behind three handwritten letters.



Trump administration to review dozens of U.S. national monuments

26 April[ —]

Trump administration to review dozens of U.S. national monumentsBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them - part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development. The move comes as Trump seeks to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by former President Barack Obama that he said were hobbling economic growth - an agenda that is cheering industry but enraging conservationists. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Tuesday Trump's executive order would require him to conduct the review of around 30 national monuments and recommend which designations should be lifted or resized over the coming months.



Palantir settles U.S. lawsuit charging bias against Asians

26 April[ —]

Palantir settles U.S. lawsuit charging bias against AsiansThe data analytics and security company Palantir Technologies Inc has agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve charges it discriminated against Asian applicants for engineering jobs at its Palo Alto, California, office, the U.S. Labor Department said on Tuesday. Palantir, a privately owned data firm best known for helping the U.S. government track down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, entered into a consent decree under which it will pay $1.7 million back wages and other funds, including the value of stock options, to several people, the department said. Palantir has disputed the Labor Department's allegations but said in a statement it agreed to settle the case in order to get on with its business.



Massive Los Angeles crash kills one, snarls freeways

26 April[ —]

Massive Los Angeles crash kills one, snarls freewaysTwo big rigs and several cars collided on a freeway north of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, sparking an explosion and fire, killing at least one person and forcing authorities to shut down two major arteries into the city for hours. Several other people were injured in the fiery crash, which sent plumes of thick black smoke billowing into the sky, said Officer Kevin Tao of the California Highway Patrol. The Los Angeles Times reported that nine people were hurt.



Former President H.W. Bush still hospitalized, has bronchitis

26 April[ —]

Former President H.W. Bush still hospitalized, has bronchitisBush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 for a cough that was later diagnosed as a mild case of pneumonia. "While President Bush has recovered from pneumonia, he continues to deal with the effects of chronic bronchitis, which is a condition more prevalent with age," the hospital said in a written statement. The hospital said staff there would continue to monitor Bush and expected to discharge him by the end of the week.



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