US Domestic News Roundup: Pittsburgh funerals begin, Waymo gets permit for driverless testing
Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.
Trump to visit Pittsburgh amid funerals, calls for him to stay away
U.S. President Donald Trump was due to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday, as mourners prepared to hold the first funerals for victims of the synagogue massacre and Jewish leaders said he would not be welcome until he denounced white nationalism. Trump said he would visit hospitalized police officers and other people wounded in Saturday's mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue that killed 11 worshipers in the deadliest ever attack on America's Jewish community.
PBF Energy's Delaware City refinery explosion injures three: media
An explosion due to an equipment failure at PBF Energy's Delaware City, Delaware refinery on Monday injured three people, requiring hospitalization, a report by Delaware Online said. PBF runs a 182,200 barrel-per-day refinery in Delaware City.
Land O'Lakes ends support for U.S. Rep. King after furor overviews
Agricultural dairy cooperative Land O'Lakes pulled its support on Tuesday for U.S. Representative Steve King, an Iowa Republican whose past inflammatory comments on immigration and race drew renewed scrutiny after the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue. King, 69, has been widely criticized for his comments and support for candidates with white supremacist affiliations, including by members of his own party. On Monday, King tweeted a photo of multiple breeds of dogs, noting "all the diversity" at his annual pheasant hunt.
Beloved brothers, devoted doctor remembered as Pittsburgh funerals begin
Mourners remembered brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal as "the helpers" at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue, where they were among the 11 congregants shot to death on the Jewish Sabbath. "At synagogue, Cecil handed out prayer books and told people what page they were on," said Marci Caplan, who worked at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and frequently drove Cecil, 59, and David, 54, home.
Republicans focus on defending U.S. Senate in campaign's last week
Republican campaigns took a defensive approach a week before elections to determine control of the U.S. Congress, with the party spending more to try to hold on to previously secure House seats and President Donald Trump preparing a six-day trip focused on Senate races. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday launched a wave of ads targeting 14 House of Representatives races including defences of eight incumbents and four currently Republican-held seats whose current officeholders are not running in the Nov. 6 elections.
Trump targets U.S. birthright citizenship as elections loom
With congressional elections a week away, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he will seek to scrap the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants as he tries again to dramatically reshape immigration policies. Reviving his support for a legally questionable theory, Trump told the Axios news website he would issue an executive order on so-called birthright citizenship, an issue that has long rankled some conservative Republicans.
Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger killed in prison
James "Whitey" Bulger, who lived a double life as one of Boston's most notorious mobsters and as a secret FBI informant before going on the run for 16 years, was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, sources said on Tuesday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into Bulger's death and a prison employee briefed on the matter said it was being investigated as a homicide. A U.S. Bureau of Prisons statement had earlier confirmed Bulger had died and said the FBI was investigating.
Audit finds deadly Florida bridge collapse not tied to U.S. grant
A U.S. Transportation Department inspector general's audit set to be released on Wednesday found no evidence the Obama administration's 2013 grant for a Florida bridge project was a factor in a deadly accident in March but raised concerns about the award process. The collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction at Florida International University killed six, including five people in vehicles, and injured eight. The National Transportation Safety Board said in May it was evaluating the bridge design, construction process, and the construction materials and the emergence of cracks in several areas of the bridge as part of its probe.
Los Angeles prosecutors decline to charge Stallone after sexual assault allegation
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has decided there is not enough evidence to prosecute "Rocky" actor Sylvester Stallone over allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in 1987 and 1990, according to an agency document released on Tuesday. The allegations from a woman in Santa Monica, California, also are outside of the statute of limitations, officials said in a charge evaluation worksheet by the district attorney's office seen by Reuters. The document said the victim, whose name was blacked out, stated that she and Stallone had a consensual relationship in 1987. The complainant's name has never been publicly released.
Waymo gets first California OK for driverless testing without backup driver
Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit on Tuesday became the first company to receive a permit from the state of California to test driverless vehicles without a backup driver in the front seat, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles said. California said Waymo can use about three dozen test vehicles without drivers behind the wheel in Santa Clara County, part of the greater technology hub of Silicon Valley.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)