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US News Roundup: Missing American scientist found dead in Crete; Trump defends cabinet member Acosta

Reuters Washington DC
Updated: 10-07-2019 05:27 IST
US News Roundup: Missing American scientist found dead in Crete; Trump defends cabinet member Acosta

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Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

Washington, D.C. attorney general sues Marriott for 'deceptive' resort fees

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine said on Tuesday he has sued Marriott International Inc for misleading consumers and allegedly profiting hundreds of millions of dollars by charging hidden resort fees. Marriott did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump administration drug officials clash over how to combat fentanyl copycats

Trump administration officials are divided over part of a proposal to crack down on illicit versions of fentanyl, the deadly synthetic painkiller that U.S. President Donald Trump targeted in declaring a national opioid abuse emergency. In an inter-agency dispute that highlights the challenges of curbing opioid abuse, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is publicly backing tighter rules for fentanyl analogues, which are slightly altered copycat versions of the powerful drug fueling an explosion in overdoses.

Ex-combat pilot Amy McGrath challenges Republican McConnell for Senate

Amy McGrath, a former U.S. Marine combat pilot whose compelling biography drew national attention during an unsuccessful Democratic congressional campaign last year, said on Tuesday she would challenge Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020. In a video announcing her campaign for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky, McGrath, 44, described writing a letter at age 13 to her senator, telling McConnell she wanted to become a fighter pilot even though women were barred from combat at the time - a story she also highlighted when running for the U.S. House of Representatives last year.

Family of Massachusetts youth killed in blast settles suit against company

The family of a teenager killed during a 2018 gas explosion that injured a dozen others and destroyed scores of homes in three Boston suburbs settled its lawsuit against Columbia Gas of Massachusetts on Tuesday. Leonel Rondon died when his car was crushed by a chimney that fell after the blast in a pipeline owned by Columbia Gas, a unit of NiSource Inc.

Trump defends cabinet member Acosta embroiled in Epstein sex-abuse case

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who is under pressure from Democrats to resign over his handling of a decade-old sex abuse case against financier Jeffrey Epstein, but said he, too, would look into it. Federal sex trafficking charges were brought against Epstein on Monday, raising new questions about Acosta's handling of a related case in Florida in 2008. Federal prosecutors including Acosta reached a plea deal with Epstein that has since come under scrutiny as being too lenient.

Judge's order on government lawyer shake-up adds hurdle for Trump in U.S. Census dispute

A judge in New York on Tuesday denied the U.S. Department of Justice's request to shake up the legal team that was handling cases on the 2020 Census, adding another hurdle to the Trump administration's bid to put a contentious citizenship question on the survey. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said in a court order the 11th-hour request to change lawyers handling the case is "patently deficient" and provides no "satisfactory reasons."

Missing American scientist found dead in Crete

An American scientist who disappeared a week ago on the island of Crete was found dead on Tuesday, her employers said. Suzanne Eaton, 60, a molecular biologist at the world-renowned Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was attending a conference in the town of Chania when she was reported missing on July 2.

U.S. billionaire Ross Perot, who shook up 1990s presidential politics, dead at 89

H. Ross Perot, the feisty Texas technology billionaire who rattled U.S. politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s that struck a chord with disgruntled voters, died on Tuesday at the age of 89, his family said. "Ross Perot, the ground-breaking businessman and loving husband, brother, father and grandfather, passed away early Tuesday at his home in Dallas, surrounded by his devoted family," the Perot family said in a statement. A family spokesman said leukemia was the cause of death.

U.S. billionaire Steyer, fierce Trump foe, enters Democratic White House race

Billionaire Tom Steyer, who has pushed Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump and previously flirted with running for the White House, said on Tuesday he will now seek the Democratic nomination. Steyer, 62, painted himself as a political outsider and blasted corporate money in U.S. politics, in a statement and an online video released on Tuesday. He said other Democrats had good ideas but "we won't be able to get any of those done until we end the hostile corporate takeover of our democracy."

U.S. appeals court signals sympathy to bid to strike down Obamacare

A federal appeals court panel appeared sympathetic on Tuesday to Republican efforts to overturn Obamacare, expressing skepticism to Democratic calls to overturn the ruling of a Texas judge who found the landmark U.S. healthcare reform law unconstitutional. Two Republican-appointed members of the three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sharply questioned lawyers for a group of Democratic state attorneys general and the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives defending the Affordable Care Act.

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