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19 March 2017

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  • After weird winter, U.S. forecasters see warm, wet spring
    Reuters
    After weird winter, U.S. forecasters see warm, wet spring

    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – If you liked the balmy weather that dominated on the U.S. East Coast and much of the South this winter, you will probably enjoy the spring of 2017, too. Spring, which starts with the vernal equinox at 6:28 a.m. EDT on Monday, will begin warmly but Wednesday&

  • Reuters
    Lawmakers seek FBI, NSA answers on Trump, Russia at rare public hearing

    The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency will break their public silence on Monday about their investigations into possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign at a rare open congressional intelligence committee hearing. Representatives

  • Republicans revamp health bill, boost benefits to older Americans
    Reuters
    Republicans revamp health bill, boost benefits to older Americans

    By Susan Cornwell and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday

  • Reuters
    Highlights: The Trump presidency on March 19 at 6:50 p.m. EDT

    (Reuters) – Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Sunday: HEALTHCARE U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for

  • Reuters
    Colorado wildfire scorches woodland, may be man-made

    (Reuters) – A wildfire near the University of Colorado in Boulder that may be man-made burned about 62 acres (25 hectares) of woodland on Sunday and prompted the evacuation of 426 homes in the drought-hit region, authorities said. The fire in Sunshine Canyon, just outside the university town, started

  • Reuters
    New York governor unveils South Bronx highway rebuilding plan

    It was the latest public works plan announced by Cuomo at a time when such projects are increasingly on the national agenda. Republican President Donald Trump has vowed to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, which the American Society of Civil Engineers has given a near-failing grade. Cuomo’s

  • Reuters
    Highlights: The Trump presidency on March 19 at 6:50 p.m. EDT

    (Reuters) – Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Sunday: HEALTHCARE U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for

  • Man arrested after claiming bomb at White House gates: police report
    Reuters
    Man arrested after claiming bomb at White House gates: police report

    A 29-year-old man who was arrested near the White House late on Saturday falsely told the U.S. Secret Service he had a bomb, according to a police report released on Sunday. Sean Patrick Keoughan of Roanoke, Virginia, was arrested after he pulled up to the security checkpoint near the White House just

  • Republicans revamp U.S. health bill, boost benefits to older Americans
    Reuters
    Republicans revamp U.S. health bill, boost benefits to older Americans

    By Susan Cornwell and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday

  • Reuters
    Ice hockey: USA Hockey, women’s team to meet over wage dispute

    Players from the defending world champions will meet USA Hockey executives in Philadelphia in an effort to sort out the impasse two days before training camp for the week-long tournament begins. U.S. forwards Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Kendall Coyne and defenseman

  • Reuters
    Colorado wildfire scorches woodland, at least 1,000 people evacuated

    (Reuters) – A wildfire near the University of Colorado in Boulder burned through about 62 acres (25 hectares) of woodland on Sunday, prompting authorities to urge at least 1,000 people to evacuate the drought-hit region. The fire in Sunshine Canyon, just outside the university town, started before dawn

  • Reuters
    Pulitzer-winning New York columnist Jimmy Breslin dies at 88

    Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, a self-described “street reporter” who chronicled New York City life for decades and won acclaim for his coverage of the “Son of Sam” serial killings, died on Sunday morning at age 88. Breslin died at his home on Manhattan’s West

  • U.S. Republicans working on Medicaid, tax credit changes: Ryan
    Reuters
    U.S. Republicans working on Medicaid, tax credit changes: Ryan

    U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill that would implement a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, as well as boost tax credits for older, lower income people, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday. “We think we should be offering

  • Secret Service says laptop stolen from agent's car in New York
    Reuters
    Secret Service says laptop stolen from agent’s car in New York

    The U.S. Secret Service said on Friday a laptop was stolen from an agent’s car in New York City but that such agency-issued computers contain multiple layers of security and are not permitted to contain classified information. ABC News, citing law enforcement sources, said the laptop contained floor

  • Reuters
    Factbox: Six facts about rock ‘n’ roll trailblazer Chuck Berry

    * Before music, Berry worked as a carpenter, a freelance photographer, auto plant janitor and hairdresser. * Despite writing several rock ‘n’ roll classics, Berry’s only No. 1 song was 1972’s “My Ding-a-Ling,” a live recording of a novelty song he had written years earlier.

  • Reuters
    Fire extinguished at Motiva Convent refinery; no injuries

    A fire was extinguished at Motiva Enterprises’ 235,000 barrel per day (bpd) Convent, Louisiana, refinery on Saturday with no injuries, a company spokeswoman said in a statement. Two sources familiar with plant operations said the fire broke out shortly before noon on the 45,000 bpd heavy oil hydrocracker

  • Meals on Wheels America sees surge in donations after U.S. budget
    Reuters
    Meals on Wheels America sees surge in donations after U.S. budget

    By Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) – Meals on Wheels America, the umbrella organization for 5,000 providers of home-delivered meals for seniors, said on Saturday that online donations have surged since the White House released a proposed budget that could lead to a big drop in its funding. The organization

  • Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90
    Reuters
    Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90

    Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock ‘n’ roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and as the creator of raucous anthems that defined the genre’s early sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday at his Missouri home. Police in St. Charles County, outside

  • Reuters
    Tennessee police hunt former teacher accused of kidnapping student

    Tad Cummins, 50, who is believed to be armed with two hand guns, was placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s top 10 “most wanted” list on Friday on charges of aggravate kidnapping and having sexual contact with a minor. Cummings, who is married, was fired from his Maurey County

  • Another person tries to jump White House fence
    Reuters
    Another person tries to jump White House fence

    A person jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House on Saturday while President Trump was in Florida, but was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter. CNN reported that two Secret Service agents tackled the individual

  • Reuters
    Trump ‘travel ban bands’ take to stage in Texas capital

    Bands with diaspora from the seven Muslim-majority countries on U.S. President Donald Trump’s original travel ban took to the stage in Austin to build resistance against executive orders critics see as perpetuating bigotry. For many musicians in the “ContraBanned” showcase that went from Friday

  • Reuters
    Idaho boy injured, family dog killed by government ‘cyanide bomb’

    A “cyanide bomb” planted by U.S. predator-control agents targeting coyotes near homes and hiking trails in Idaho exploded when a boy handled the device, injuring him and killing his dog, authorities and relatives said on Friday. Canyon Mansfield, 14, was playing with his yellow Labrador retriever

  • White House intruder on grounds 16 minutes before arrest: Secret Service
    Reuters
    White House intruder on grounds 16 minutes before arrest: Secret Service

    A man who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property’s grounds for 16 minutes before he was detained, the U.S. Secret Service said in a statement on Friday. Jonathan Tran, 26, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for entering the grounds without permission. “The Secret

  • Reuters
    DNA links man to two Michigan police shootings: law enforcement

    Raymond Durham, 60, who was charged in shootings of two Detroit officers on Wednesday, is now the “prime suspect” in the November shooting death of Wayne State University Police Sergeant Collin Rose, Detroit Police Chief James Craig told the media on Friday. Craig declined to provide details

  • Reuters
    Kentucky mayor asks FBI to probe sex assault claims vs police

    The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday asked the FBI to investigate potential violations of federal law in a case involving sexual abuse charges made against two city police officers. Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement he also has named a special investigator to oversee an investigation into

  • Arkansas restores Martin Luther King holiday without Robert E. Lee
    Reuters
    Arkansas restores Martin Luther King holiday without Robert E. Lee

    By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) – Arkansas lawmakers on Friday gave final approval to a bill setting aside an official state holiday solely for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and relegating Confederate General Robert E. Lee to a separate, lesser observance. Supporters

  • Trump ramps up fight for votes on U.S. healthcare overhaul
    Reuters
    Trump ramps up fight for votes on U.S. healthcare overhaul

    By Susan Cornwell and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday agreed to changes in the Republican plan for Obamacare, conservative lawmakers said, as he stepped up his fight to win support for the bill ahead of a vote in the House of Representatives next week. Republicans

  • South Dakota's governor vetoes loosening of concealed carry gun laws
    Reuters
    South Dakota’s governor vetoes loosening of concealed carry gun laws

    One measure would have allowed carrying concealed weapons in the state without a permit. The second proposed allowing carriers of an enhanced permit to carry concealed weapons at the state capitol. South Dakota bars convicted felons and those convicted of some violent or drug crimes from obtaining

  • White House intruder on grounds 16 minutes before arrest: Secret Service
    Reuters
    White House intruder on grounds 16 minutes before arrest: Secret Service

    A man who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property’s grounds for 16 minutes before he was detained, the U.S. Secret Service said in a statement on Friday. Jonathan Tran, 26, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for entering the grounds without permission. “The Secret

  • South Dakota's governor vetoes loosening of concealed carry gun laws
    Reuters
    South Dakota’s governor vetoes loosening of concealed carry gun laws

    One measure would have allowed carrying concealed weapons in the state without a permit. The second proposed allowing carriers of an enhanced permit to carry concealed weapons at the state capitol. South Dakota bars convicted felons and those convicted of some violent or drug crimes from obtaining

  • Reuters
    Kentucky mayor asks FBI to probe sex assault claims versus police

    The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday asked the FBI to investigate potential violations of federal law in a case involving sexual abuse charges made against two city police officers. Mayor Greg Fisher said in a statement he also has named a special investigator to oversee an investigation into

  • Reuters
    White House intruder was on grounds for 16 minutes before arrest: Secret Service

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man who jumped over the White House fence last week was on the grounds for 16 minutes before he was apprehended, the U.S. Secret Service said in a statement on Friday.

  • Reuters
    New York park named for disabled FDR sued by wheelchair users

    People confined to wheelchairs are unable to fully enjoy a New York City park named after President Franklin Roosevelt, one of the most famous wheelchair users in U.S. history, a class-action lawsuit claims. The suit, filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, contends that the design of

  • Reuters
    New Jersey pastor, Florida programer convicted of bitcoin exchange scheme

    A New Jersey pastor and a Florida software engineer were convicted on Friday of scheming to help an illegal bitcoin exchange avoid having banks and regulators look into its activities. The bitcoin exchange, Coin.mx, was linked to an investigation of a data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co, revealed in

  • Reuters
    Small blaze in basement of New York’s Empire State Building

    New York City firefighters were responding to a small blaze that broke out in the basement of the Empire State Building on Friday, fire officials said. No injuries were reported in the fire, which started at about 2:20 p.m. ET (1820 GMT) and prompted the basement of the iconic 102-story skyscraper to

  • Reuters
    Jury will see video of ex-cop shooting fleeing motorist

    Cell phone video of a white South Carolina police officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back will be allowed as evidence at the former patrolman’s upcoming federal trial, a judge ruled at a hearing on Friday. Michael Slager, 35, could be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty of violating

  • U.S. says Walt Disney subsidiaries to pay $3.8 million in back wages
    Reuters
    U.S. says Walt Disney subsidiaries to pay $3.8 million in back wages

    Disney Vacation Club Management Corp and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc — after U.S. officials found violations regarding minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping, the department said. “The Department of Labor has identified a group of cast members who may have performed work outside

  • Republican healthcare bill would harm state finances: Moody's
    Reuters
    Republican healthcare bill would harm state finances: Moody’s

    The Republican-proposed bill to replace Obamacare would be a credit negative for U.S. states, according to Moody’s Investors Service, because it would shift a greater share of the cost of Medicaid to the states. The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, aims to replace the Affordable Care

  • Reuters
    Fatal hoverboard fire in Pennsylvania triggers federal probe

    Two girls were killed in Harrisburg on March 10 in a fire that the local fire department said it had traced to a battery-operated hoverboard that was charging. Hoverboards – two-wheeled transportation devices – are generally powered by lithium-ion batteries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Reuters
    Trump says ‘very seldom’ regrets tweets despite criticism of wiretap charge

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he “very seldom” regrets anything he tweets, brushing off questions about his claims without evidence that his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, wiretapped him during last year’s presidential campaign.

  • Reuters
    Trump to name New York lawyer to lead Justice Dept. civil unit: source

    President Donald Trump is expected to nominate New York lawyer George T. Conway III to lead the U.S. Justice Department’s civil division, a source briefed on the matter said on Friday. Conway, the husband of Trump’s senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton

  • Trial concluding for pharmacist charged in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak
    Reuters
    Trial concluding for pharmacist charged in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak

    A federal prosecutor urged jurors on Thursday to find the co-founder of a now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy guilty of murder over the deaths of 25 people during a meningitis outbreak in 2012 caused by contaminated drugs sold by his company. Barry Cadden, 50, ran the New England Compounding Center in

  • Reuters
    Illinois’ unpaid bill pile hits a record $12.8 billion: comptroller

    Illinois’ pile of unpaid bills, a barometer of the state’s deep financial problems, hit an all-time high of $12.8 billion, the state comptroller announced on Friday. With the bill backlog representing $1,000 for every state resident, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza called on Governor Bruce

  • EPA awards $100 million to upgrade Flint water system
    Reuters
    EPA awards $100 million to upgrade Flint water system

    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had awarded $100 million to upgrade Flint, Michigan’s drinking water infrastructure to address a crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning. The grant to the Michigan Department

  • Reuters
    No special prosecutor for Bridgegate complaint against N.J.’s Christie: judge

    A New Jersey judge on Friday ruled for the third time that a special prosecutor will not be appointed to investigate a citizen’s criminal complaint against Governor Chris Christie over the Bridgegate lane-closure scandal. The decision from state Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol may finally close

  • Trump budget would slash cleanup of hazardous waste sites by 30 percent
    Reuters
    Trump budget would slash cleanup of hazardous waste sites by 30 percent

    The White House budget proposal submitted to Congress on Thursday includes a 31 percent cut in spending for the U.S. Environmental Protecting Agency, including a similar reduction of the agency’s Hazardous Substance Superfund Account by $330 million to $762 million. The Superfund program, started

  • U.S. Catholics allowed corned beef on Paddy's Friday, meat industry cheers
    Reuters
    U.S. Catholics allowed corned beef on Paddy’s Friday, meat industry cheers

    In recent weeks, the U.S. meat industry has found itself wrestling with a culinary conundrum: Would American Roman Catholics be able to eat corned beef this St. Patrick’s Day? Catholics are required to abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent.

  • Reuters
    Republican lawmakers: health plan tax credit changes likely to help seniors

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans’ proposed healthcare plan to unravel Obamacare likely will be changed to adjust its tax credits to help older Americans buy health insurance coverage, two Republican lawmakers said on Friday.

  • Trump seeks to ax Appalachia economic programs, causing worry in coal country
    Reuters
    Trump seeks to ax Appalachia economic programs, causing worry in coal country

    By Valerie Volcovici PAINTSVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating funding for economic development programs supporting laid-off coal miners and others in Appalachia, stirring fears in a region that supported him of another letdown on the heels of the coal industry

  • Reuters
    Hijacker kills New York paramedic under wheels of her ambulance

    A paramedic was killed after a man hijacked her ambulance in New York City and reversed over her, city officials said on Friday. Police have arrested a suspect on murder charges. Yadiro Arroyo, 44, and her female partner were traveling in their ambulance in the Bronx when a passing motorist alerted

  • Judge approves $27 million driver settlement in Lyft lawsuit
    Reuters
    Judge approves $27 million driver settlement in Lyft lawsuit

    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge gave final approval on Thursday to a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit against Lyft Inc, ending a legal case that challenged the independent contractor status of the ride-hailing service’s drivers. U.S. District Judge Vince

  • California judge seeks to prevent immigration arrests inside state courts
    Reuters
    California judge seeks to prevent immigration arrests inside state courts

    The chief justice of California’s Supreme Court on Thursday asked the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to prevent immigration agents from arresting undocumented immigrants inside the state’s courthouses. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said she was gravely troubled by recent reports

  • Lawmakers vow to fight proposed cuts in Chesapeake, Great Lakes clean-ups
    Reuters
    Lawmakers vow to fight proposed cuts in Chesapeake, Great Lakes clean-ups

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s proposal to defund programs to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes, two of the country’s largest water systems, brought scorn on Thursday from a bipartisan array of lawmakers who vowed to fight the cuts. Members of Congress

  • Reuters
    Ex-lawyer gets 40 years for California abduction first deemed hoax

    Matthew Muller, 39, pleaded guilty in September to kidnapping Denise Huskins in Vallejo, California, near San Francisco, after breaking into the home where she and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, were sleeping, then tying up and drugging the couple. Huskins and Quinn declined through a spokesman to comment

  • Florida governor replaces anti-death penalty prosecutor
    Reuters
    Florida governor replaces anti-death penalty prosecutor

    Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday replaced a local prosecutor who declared she would not seek the death penalty in a case against a man accused of killing an Orlando police officer and refused to recuse herself. In an executive order, Scott removed State Attorney Aramis Ayala, the elected prosecutor

  • Judge approves $27 million driver settlement in Lyft lawsuit
    Reuters
    Judge approves $27 million driver settlement in Lyft lawsuit

    A U.S. judge gave final approval on Thursday to a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit against Lyft Inc, ending a legal case that challenged the independent contractor status of the ride-hailing service’s drivers. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco gave his final approval

  • Trump's budget cuts to domestic, aid programs draw Republican scorn
    Reuters
    Trump’s budget cuts to domestic, aid programs draw Republican scorn

    By Richard Cowan and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s first budget outline, calling for a security-heavy realignment of federal spending, drew resistance on Thursday from his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Congress as many balked at proposed deep cuts to diplomatic

  • Reuters
    Agriculture leaders slam Trump’s USDA budget cut proposal

    Agriculture leaders including lawmakers from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party on Thursday criticized his planned 21 percent cut to discretionary spending at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), saying it could take a toll on the rural communities that helped elect him last November

  • Bird flu hits another U.S. farm that supplies Tyson Foods
    Reuters
    Bird flu hits another U.S. farm that supplies Tyson Foods

    Bird flu that is highly lethal to poultry has infected a second commercial chicken farm in Tennessee that supplies Tyson Foods Inc, company and state officials said on Thursday. A case of less dangerous bird flu was confirmed in Alabama on Thursday. In Tennessee, authorities have started to cull the

  • No charges for New York mayor in fundraising probes: prosecutors
    Reuters
    No charges for New York mayor in fundraising probes: prosecutors

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal and state prosecutors said on Thursday they would not bring criminal charges against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio or his aides in two simultaneous year-long investigations into his fundraising practices. The decisions are a victory for de Blasio, who

  • Reuters
    Citing Trump, New Jersey legislature passes tax disclosure bill

    New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill requiring U.S. presidential candidates to submit their tax returns to have their names listed on the state ballot, reacting to President Donald Trump’s refusal to disclose his returns during the 2016 campaign. The legislation, which also applies to

  • Reuters
    Oklahoma lawmaker, found with boy in motel, charged with prostitution

    An Oklahoma Republican state senator who campaigned as a champion of family values was booked on felony prostitution charges on Thursday after police found him in a motel room with a teenage boy and drugs, court documents showed. Ralph Shortey, 35, was charged with three felony counts, including engaging

  • Al Qaeda operative guilty in deaths of U.S. servicemen, bomb plot
    Reuters
    Al Qaeda operative guilty in deaths of U.S. servicemen, bomb plot

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Saudi Arabia-born man was convicted on Thursday of participating in a 2003 attack in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. servicemen and plotting to bomb a U.S. embassy in West Africa, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said. A jury found Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun

  • McDonald's deletes Trump tweet, says Twitter account compromised
    Reuters
    McDonald’s deletes Trump tweet, says Twitter account compromised

    By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp quickly deleted a tweet sent from the company’s handle slamming President Donald Trump on Thursday and said its official Twitter account had been compromised. The tweet, which was copied and shared widely before being deleted, came

  • Reuters
    Trump budget would slash cleanup of hazardous waste sites by 30 percent

    The White House budget proposal submitted to Congress on Thursday includes a 31 percent cut in spending for the U.S. Environmental Protecting Agency, including a similar reduction of the agency’s Hazardous Substance Superfund Account by $330 million to $762 million. The Superfund program, started

  • Trump vows appeal up to Supreme Court after loss on travel ban
    Reuters
    Trump vows appeal up to Supreme Court after loss on travel ban

    By Dan Levine and Mica Rosenberg HONOLULU/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A defiant President Donald Trump has pledged to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary to fight for his revised travel ban, parts of which were halted by two different federal judges in recent days. The legal path forward will be

  • Reuters
    Trump air traffic control proposal draws mixed reviews

    President Donald Trump’s proposal to privatize U.S. air traffic control won the backing of major U.S. airlines, but drew criticism from other groups concerned smaller airlines and private companies would lose airport access. Privatization advocates argue that spinning off air traffic control from

  • Trial concluding for pharmacist charged in deadly meningitis outbreak
    Reuters
    Trial concluding for pharmacist charged in deadly meningitis outbreak

    A federal prosecutor urged jurors on Thursday to find the co-founder of a now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy guilty of murder over the deaths of 25 people during a meningitis outbreak in 2012 caused by contaminated drugs sold by his company. Barry Cadden, 50, ran the New England Compounding Center in

  • Republicans split, conservatives angry as healthcare overhaul inches ahead
    Reuters
    Republicans split, conservatives angry as healthcare overhaul inches ahead

    By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Deeply divided Republicans squeezed their U.S. healthcare overhaul, backed by President Donald Trump, through a key House of Representatives panel on Thursday despite defections by three conservatives who consider it too similar to the Obamacare law it is intended

  • Appeals court considers overturning sentence of former NY Assembly speaker
    Reuters
    Appeals court considers overturning sentence of former NY Assembly speaker

    Judges in a federal appeals court on Thursday sharply questioned whether the corruption conviction of Sheldon Silver, former speaker of the New York State Assembly, could stand in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. During oral arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan

  • Reuters
    Man left undetonated explosive at NYC bus terminal, police say

    Police arrested a man after he left a crude explosive device in a briefcase during rush hour at a busy New York City bus terminal, according to a criminal complaint filed on Thursday. Arsenio Mason, 39, is accused of leaving the briefcase on a chair inside a deli at the Port Authority of New York and

  • German prosecutor searches VW's dieselgate law firm
    Reuters
    German prosecutor searches VW’s dieselgate law firm

    German prosecutors have searched the offices of the law firm hired by Volkswagen to investigate its diesel emissions test cheating, as they step up their efforts to identify those involved in the scandal. The law firm, Jones Day, declined to comment. Jones Day was searched on the same day as Volkswagen

  • New York Mayor details cuts to city under Trump budget proposal
    Reuters
    New York Mayor details cuts to city under Trump budget proposal

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said the city would suffer huge cuts to a wide array of services and capital funding, jeopardizing everything from housing inspections and senior services to transit projects and counter-terrorism efforts, under President Donald Trump’s proposed federal

  • Reuters
    Man indicted for hate crimes after attack on Muslim airport employee

    A Massachusetts man has been indicted on hate crime charges after assaulting a female Muslim employee at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in January, yelling that President Donald Trump “will get rid of all of you,” prosecutors said on Thursday. Robin Rhodes, 57, of Worcester

  • Reuters
    U.S. Air Force releases names of airmen killed in New Mexico crash

    (Reuters) – Three U.S. Air Force officers killed when their small reconnaissance plane crashed near a municipal airport in eastern New Mexico were identified on Thursday.

  • Reuters
    Miami baseball star Fernandez responsible for deadly boat crash: report

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – Miami baseball star Jose Fernandez was to blame for a boat crash that killed him and two passengers last year, Florida officials said on Thursday, finding that his reckless and impaired driving led the vessel to slam into a rock jetty. Florida Fish and Wildlife

  • U.S. judge orders Volkswagen executive held until emissions case trial next January
    Reuters
    U.S. judge orders Volkswagen executive held until emissions case trial next January

    DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Detroit on Thursday ordered that a Volkswagen AG executive charged in the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal be detained until his trial set for next year, agreeing with prosecutors that the German national represented a flight risk. Oliver Schmidt

  • Reuters
    Emirates, Etihad boarding as usual after second Trump travel ban blocked

    Passengers from six mainly Muslim countries who would have been barred from the United States under President Donald Trump’s latest travel order will be allowed to board U.S.-bound flights on Emirates and Etihad Airways now that a federal judge has blocked it, the Middle East carriers said on Thursday

  • Trump puts the skinny in his 'skinny budget'
    Reuters
    Trump puts the skinny in his ‘skinny budget’

    It’s not unusual for a newly minted White House to present what’s known as a “skinny budget,” a wish list of spending requests for Congress and some basic economic projections. Weighing in at a mere 53 pages, and containing just four slender tables, Trump’s budget had little meat

  • Ryan says Trump playing constructive role on healthcare
    Reuters
    Ryan says Trump playing constructive role on healthcare

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that President Donald Trump is playing a constructive role in new health care legislation and helping bridge differences among congressional Republicans. “This president is getting deeply involved,” Ryan said

  • Reuters
    House Armed Services chairman: Trump budget not enough for U.S. military

    The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said on Thursday President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal does not include enough funds to rebuild the nation’s military. “It is clear to virtually everyone that we have cut our military too much and that it has suffered

  • Reuters
    U.S. House budget panel backs Republican healthcare plan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Budget Committee approved Republicans’ healthcare bill in a 19-17 vote on Thursday that moves the legislation to a final committee before sending it for a full vote before the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Hyundai recalling nearly 1 million Sonata cars in U.S.: regulator
    Reuters
    Hyundai recalling nearly 1 million Sonata cars in U.S.: regulator

    DETROIT (Reuters) – Hyundai Motor Co will recall about 978,000 Sonata cars in the United States because of a seat belt glitch that has led to one minor injury, according to a report filed on Thursday by the South Korean automaker with U.S. regulators.

  • Reuters
    Two Detroit police officers shot, suspect taken into custody

    The two unidentified officers were in critical condition in hospital after they were wounded when they approached a suspect who pulled out a gun and opened fire before fleeing on foot, Police Chief James Craig told reporters. The armed suspect was found hiding in weeds in a field about two hours after

  • Trump budget would slice domestic programs, foreign aid
    Reuters
    Trump budget would slice domestic programs, foreign aid

    President Donald Trump on Thursday will offer the first details of his plans for deep cuts in domestic programs and foreign aid, releasing a budget outline that would boost military spending by $54 billion and seek cuts of the same size in non-defense programs. Early drafts described by government officials

  • Cleveland police dispatcher in Tamir Rice shooting suspended 8 days
    Reuters
    Cleveland police dispatcher in Tamir Rice shooting suspended 8 days

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A Cleveland police dispatcher was suspended for eight days for failing to warn officers in the 2014 shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice that a 911 caller had described the scene as probably a child with a fake gun, the boy’s family lawyer said on Wednesday. How

  • Reuters
    Factbox: Trump budget boosts military, slashes domestic programs

    President Donald Trump will propose beefing up military spending and slashing domestic programs and foreign aid in his fiscal year 2018 budget to be released on Thursday. Here are the highlights: DEFENSE The budget calls for an increase of $52 billion for the Defense Department above the 2017 base

  • Trump barnstorms to push healthcare plan; signs of conservative support
    Reuters
    Trump barnstorms to push healthcare plan; signs of conservative support

    Back on Capitol Hill, Republican leaders negotiated behind closed doors, held media conferences and gave cable-news interviews as they tried to push forward their plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. After Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the new plan last

  • Reuters
    Ex-Oppenheimer adviser gets six months in U.S. insider trading case

    David Hobson, 48, was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan by U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who recommended Hobson serve his sentence at a halfway house. Hobson was also ordered to forfeit more than $385,000. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of at least two years.

  • Reuters
    U.S. Catholics allowed corned beef on Paddy’s Friday, meat industry cheers

    In recent weeks, the U.S. meat industry has found itself wrestling with a culinary conundrum: Would American Roman Catholics be able to eat corned beef this St. Patrick’s Day? Catholics are required to abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent.

  • Reuters
    Former Los Angeles sheriff convicted on corruption charges

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted on Wednesday on federal charges stemming from what prosecutors said was an attempt to thwart an FBI investigation into corruption at his department. Baca, 74, was found guilty on one count each of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct

  • California ready to pursue clean car standards as Trump brakes
    Reuters
    California ready to pursue clean car standards as Trump brakes

    By Peter Henderson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Automakers hailed President Donald Trump’s call on Wednesday for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review and possibly dial back car fuel efficiency standards. California plans to move ahead with tougher car pollution rules for 2022-2025, which

  • Reuters
    California ready to pursue clean car standards as Trump brakes

    Automakers hailed President Donald Trump’s call on Wednesday for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review and possibly dial back car fuel efficiency standards. California plans to move ahead with tougher car pollution rules for 2022-2025, which the administration of former Democratic President

  • White House works to sway conservatives on healthcare plan
    Reuters
    White House works to sway conservatives on healthcare plan

    President Donald Trump was working late on Wednesday to shore up support among skeptical fellow Republicans in Congress for a plan to dismantle much of Obamacare, as signs emerged that some conservatives skeptical of the proposal were now coming around. Trump was expected to try to drum up support among

  • Hawaii judge halts Trump's new travel ban before it can go into effect
    Reuters
    Hawaii judge halts Trump’s new travel ban before it can go into effect

    By Dan Levine and Mica Rosenberg HONOLULU/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge in Hawaii dealt another legal blow to President Donald Trump on Wednesday, issuing an emergency halt to his revised travel ban just hours before it was set to go into effect early on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Derrick

  • Arkansas legislature approves measure to expand concealed gun carry
    Reuters
    Arkansas legislature approves measure to expand concealed gun carry

    Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Arkansas legislature sent a measure to the governor on Wednesday that expands the number of places where permit holders can carry concealed weapons in the state, including the Capitol building. Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson has said he will sign the bill that

  • Reuters
    Trump budget would cut State budget up to 31 percent: congressional aides

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A budget proposal to be released by President Donald Trump on Thursday will call for spending cuts of up to 31 percent for the U.S. State Department and 28 percent for foreign aid, congressional aides said on Wednesday. The reduction in the State Department budget, while steep,

  • Reuters
    Former Los Angeles sheriff convicted on corruption charges

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted on Wednesday on federal charges stemming from what prosecutors said was an attempt to thwart a federal investigation into corruption at his department. Baca, 74, was convicted on one count each of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct

  • Reuters
    Ex-Oppenheimer adviser gets six months in U.S. insider trading case

    David Hobson, 48, was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan by U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who recommended Hobson serve his sentence at a halfway house. Hobson was also ordered to forfeit more than $385,000. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of at least two years.

  • Big win for automakers as Trump orders fuel economy standards review
    Reuters
    Big win for automakers as Trump orders fuel economy standards review

    By Nick Carey and David Shepardson DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered a review of tough U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration, handing a victory to auto industry executives and provoking criticism from Democrats and environmental

  • GM will rehire 500 Michigan workers slated for layoffs
    Reuters
    GM will rehire 500 Michigan workers slated for layoffs

    General Motors Co plans next year to rehire 500 Michigan assembly plant workers who are to be laid off in May, citing increased demand for larger vehicles, the company said on Wednesday. GM said last week it planned to lay off 1,100 workers in May at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant in Michigan

  • Walters' insider trading defense hinges on U.S. government witness: lawyer
    Reuters
    Walters’ insider trading defense hinges on U.S. government witness: lawyer

    Prosecutors say Davis passed confidential information about Dean Foods to Walters, allowing him to make more than $40 million in profits and avoided losses between 2008 and 2014. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ferrara kicked off the trial with his own opening statement laying out the charges against

  • Reuters
    Trump working with Republican leaders on healthcare plan changes: spokesman

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is working with Republican leaders in the House of Representatives to make changes to their healthcare overhaul plan to ensure it has enough support to be approved by lawmakers, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday.

  • Reuters
    Rise in reports of sexual assault at U.S. Navy, Army academies

    There was a rise in reports of sexual assault at U.S. Navy and Army military academies in the last year, the Department of Defense said on Wednesday. An annual report, based on anonymous surveys, said reports of sexual assault in total across the military academies had decreased slightly in the last

  • U.S. judge to issue ruling on halting Trump's travel ban before Thursday
    Reuters
    U.S. judge to issue ruling on halting Trump’s travel ban before Thursday

    HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said at a court hearing in Hawaii on Wednesday that he will issue a written ruling about whether to halt President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban before it is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) on Thursday. The State of Hawaii

  • Judge says accused Florida airport shooter is mentally sound for trial
    Reuters
    Judge says accused Florida airport shooter is mentally sound for trial

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – An Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people in a shooting at a Florida airport this year appears mentally fit to stand trial despite psychiatric health issues, a federal judge said on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said she would not order a mental

  • Motorists in U.S. drove 2.2 percent more miles in January versus last year
    Reuters
    Motorists in U.S. drove 2.2 percent more miles in January versus last year

    Motorists traveled 242.3 billion miles (390 billion km) on U.S. roads and highways in January, a 2.2 percent increase over the same period last year, according to U.S. Department of Transportation figures released on Wednesday. The strong driving numbers undercut preliminary estimates from the Energy

  • Cleveland police dispatcher in Tamir Rice shooting suspended 8 days
    Reuters
    Cleveland police dispatcher in Tamir Rice shooting suspended 8 days

    A Cleveland police dispatcher was suspended for eight days for failing to warn officers in the 2014 shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice that a 911 caller had described the scene as probably a child with a fake gun, the boy’s family lawyer said on Wednesday. The shooting of the black child, who was

  • Cold snap whacks Washington's famed cherry blossoms
    Reuters
    Cold snap whacks Washington’s famed cherry blossoms

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington’s famed cherry blossoms, one of the U.S. capital’s major tourist attractions, were badly damaged by this week’s late-season winter storm, the National Park Service said on Wednesday. Damaged blooms could cut into the tens of thousands of

  • New, safer U.S. rail cars gather dust even as ethanol trains grow longer
    Reuters
    New, safer U.S. rail cars gather dust even as ethanol trains grow longer

    While crossing a small wooden bridge in northwestern Iowa last Thursday, 20 rail tank cars in a mile-long train transporting ethanol flew off the tracks, sending fireballs into the sky, while thousands of gallons of the biofuel leaked into the creek below.

  • Flight cancellations persist as storm weakens in U.S. Northeast
    Reuters
    Flight cancellations persist as storm weakens in U.S. Northeast

    (Reuters) – A late-season snowstorm that swept the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States began to weaken on Wednesday after killing six people and closing schools, but airline cancellations persisted. The cold took a toll on Washington D.C.’s famed cherry trees, many of which had reached their

  • U.S. judge denies tribe's request to stop oil flow in Dakota Access pipeline
    Reuters
    U.S. judge denies tribe’s request to stop oil flow in Dakota Access pipeline

    A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by a Native American tribe for an emergency injunction to prevent oil from flowing through part of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying such a move would be against the public interest. The ruling, issued in court documents ahead of plans to start pumping

  • Reuters
    FBI, NSA chiefs to testify on Trump wiretap claims, Russia: lawmakers

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday they do not believe Trump Tower was tapped during the 2016 presidential campaign and that FBI and NSA directors will testify at a hearing next week about that claim and any Russian meddling in the

  • U.S. government says 12.2 million consumers in Obamacare individual plans
    Reuters
    U.S. government says 12.2 million consumers in Obamacare individual plans

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Wednesday that 12.2 million Americans across 50 states had selected an individual insurance plan as of Jan. 31, 2017, one-third of whom were new to this market created under Obamacare.

  • Reuters
    Three airmen killed in U.S. Air Force plane crash in New Mexico

    The U-28A reconnaissance plane with three people aboard went down in a field at 6:50 p.m. local time on Tuesday, said the 27th Special Operations Wing of the Cannon Air Force Base, outside Clovis, New Mexico. “Three airmen are killed,” said Master Sergeant Dennis Henry.

  • Reuters
    Highlights: The Trump presidency on March 14 at 9:25 p.m. ET

    The White House and congressional leaders say they are weighing changes to their plan to dismantle the Obamacare health law as Republicans’ questions mount following an estimate that it would cause 14 million Americans to lose insurance next year. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says on Twitter she has

  • U.S. wildfires ravage ranches in three states
    Reuters
    U.S. wildfires ravage ranches in three states

    By Lucas Jackson LIPSCOMB, Texas (Reuters) – When the Schwerzenbach family saw a wildfire racing toward their remote ranch in Lipscomb, Texas, there was no time to run. The fire, moving up to 70 miles per hour (112 kph), was one of several across more than 2 million acres (810,000 hectares) that hit

  • In conservative America, small cities stand up for LGBT rights
    Reuters
    In conservative America, small cities stand up for LGBT rights

    By Letitia Stein WHEELING, W.Va. (Reuters) – When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride.

  • Texas executes man for crime spree that left four dead, including infant
    Reuters
    Texas executes man for crime spree that left four dead, including infant

    The state of Texas on Tuesday executed a man for launching a 1987 crime spree that led to the killing of four people, including a 4-month-old boy he drowned in a sink. After more than 25 years on death row, James Bigby, 61, was put to death by lethal injection at the state’s death chamber and pronounced

  • Texas executes man for crime spree that left four dead, including baby
    Reuters
    Texas executes man for crime spree that left four dead, including baby

    The state of Texas on Tuesday executed a man for launching a 1987 crime spree in which four people were killed, including a 4-month-old boy he drowned in a sink. After more than 25

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