Trump offers olive branch to NFL players with input on pardons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump held out an olive branch in his feud with National Football League players on Friday, asking them for recommendations as he considers pardoning several thousand people who may have been unfairly treated by the criminal justice system. But civil rights activists were skeptical of Trump’s gesture, given his repeated use of a controversy around the national anthem at NFL games to stoke the country’s culture wars, and his fraught relationship with the African-American community.     Trump has been highly critical of NFL players…

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Colorado wildfire grows 40 percent as more homes evacuated

(Reuters) – Colorado officials ordered another 300 homes in the southwestern part of the state evacuated on Friday as a massive wildfire grew 40 percent larger than it had been the day before after jumping a highway that had previously been a barrier on its east side. FILE PICTURE: A helicopter drops water on the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, U.S. in this June 4, 2018 handout photo obtained by Reuters June 5, 2018. La Plata County/Handout via REUTERS Residents of some 1,500 homes have now been ordered to evacuate…

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Disney animation chief, Pixar co-founder Lasseter to quit after ‘missteps’

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co animation head and co-founder of Pixar John Lasseter will be leaving Disney at the end of the year, the company said in a statement. FILE PHOTO: Executive Producer John Lasseter attends Disney-Pixar’s U.S. premiere of “Coco” in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 8, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo Lasseter, who directed the 1995 hit “Toy Story,” went on a leave of absence in November, following what he called “missteps,” including unwanted hugs that made employees uncomfortable, according to a memo at the…

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Disney animation executive Lasseter to leave company at year-end

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co animation head and co-founder of Pixar John Lasseter will be leaving Disney at the end of the year, the company said in a statement. FILE PHOTO: Executive Producer John Lasseter attends Disney-Pixar’s U.S. premiere of “Coco” in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 8, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo Lasseter, who directed the 1995 hit “Toy Story,” went on a leave of absence in November, following what he called “missteps,” including unwanted hugs that made employees uncomfortable, according to a memo at the…

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