A federal judge on Thursday ordered delivery giant UPS Inc. to pay New York City and the state nearly $247 million in damages and penalties for illegally shipping cigarettes.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest handed down the penalty after finding the company liable in a civil case in federal court in Manhattan in March, saying the company ignored "red flags" that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations.
New York state and New York City sued Atlanta-based UPS in 2015. The lawsuit accused it of having a corporate culture that favored sales opportunities over a responsibility to following regulations helping New York enforce tax law.
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Four days after a suicide bombing plunged Britain into mourning, political campaigning for a general election in two weeks resumed Friday with the main opposition leader linking acts of terrorism at home to foreign wars like the one in Libya.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn risked being assailed for politicizing the Manchester Arena attack that killed 22 people by claiming that his party would change Britain's foreign policy if it takes power after the June 8 vote by abandoning the "war on terror."
President Donald Trump spends two days at the G-7 summit in Taormina, Italy. This is his last stop on his international trip, which stared in Saudi Arabia.
A North Carolina sheriff's deputy recently discovered an opium poppy field outside of Charlotte worth an estimated $500 million, officials told NBC News.
More than 2,000 plants, which can be used to make opium, morphine and heroin, were found on an acre of land on a farm near the town of Claremont, the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Cody Xiong, 37, was arrested at the farm Tuesday and charged with two felonies, officials said. He was later released after posting $45,000 bail.
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President Donald Trump's revised travel ban "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries.
Trump's administration vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A man in Port St. Lucie, Florida, was seen on camera deflating a bounce house filled with kids during a party at his neighbor's house. It's unclear if the man will face any charges.
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst once kept a zoo at his enormous estate along California's coastal Highway 1. After his death, some of the zebras escaped their enclosures, and they have been thriving on the grounds around Hearst Castle since.
Nearby resident Michelle Sherman has been observing the zebras for years, she says, and this week she captured on video a young foal running through the grass.
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Not only have many of the faces changed at this year's Group of Seven summit of leading wealthy democracies, but also many national positions.
Four leaders are making their G-7 debut on Friday, including President Donald Trump. Also new to the table are French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Italian host, Premier Paolo Gentiloni.
Since the group's meeting last year, Britain has decided to leave the European Union. Trump has ordered a review of the U.S. position on climate change, sought a travel ban against several Muslim nations and is challenging the status quo on trade.
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President John F. Kennedy's daughter reminisces about her father in a new video released ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday.
Speaking about her father in the video released by the JFK Library in Boston, Caroline Kennedy says she has "thought about him and missed him every day'' of her life. She also recalls memories of her father, including hiding under his desk in the oval office and sailing on the family yacht.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg became emotional during his commencement speech at Harvard when discussing a high school student who is an undocumented immigrant.
When a suicide attacker detonated his bomb at an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena on May 22, he killed mostly women and children, the pop star’s fan base. An aspiring architect, a policewoman and an 8-year-old with a creative flair were among the 22 people who died. Here are their profiles.
Two months before he was assassinated, John F. Kennedy introduced the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. But three years earlier, as a candidate during the 1960 democratic primary, he knew very little about the plight of the African-American community, according to a prominent figure in the civil rights movement. Harry Belafonte, an American musician and social activist, supported Adlai Stevenson during the 1960 democratic primary, but agreed to meet with Kennedy, who tried to recruit him. The meeting left Belafonte unimpressed with Kennedy. “I was quite taken by the fact that he knew so little about the black community,” Belafonte said in a NBC News interview with Tom Brokaw.
“He knew the headlines of the day but he really wasn’t anywhere nuanced or detailed on the deep depths of black anguish of what our struggle was really about.”
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Home searches across Manchester and beyond have uncovered important items in a fast-moving investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester's police chief said Thursday as a diplomatic spat escalated over U.S. leaks about the investigation to the media.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters the eight suspects detained so far are "significant" arrests, and "initial searches of premises have revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation."
President Donald Trump's push to get in front of the pack at a NATO summit generated indignation in the Balkans and garnered attention on social media — but the man he shoved aside took it in stride.
At Thursday's gathering in Brussels, Trump put his right hand on the right arm of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and pushed himself ahead as NATO leaders walked inside the alliance's new headquarters and prepared for a group photo.
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With long-standing European alliances facing new strain, President Donald Trump chastised NATO member nations for not paying their fair share to protect the long-standing pact and declined to explicitly endorse its mutual defense agreement.
That unprecedented one-two punch from a president in his first major speech in Europe further rattled a continent anxious about Trump's commitment to their bonds and reeling from another deadly terror attack.
The aftermath of that attack in Manchester, England, has produced further tension, as a British official said that police have decided not to share further information on the investigation due to leaks blamed on U.S. officials. Trump, who said there is "no relationship we cherish more" than the one with the United Kingdom, declared the leaks "deeply troubling" and said he was asking the Justice Department to lead an investigation into the matter.