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11 June May 2018

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  • U.S. opens inquiry into gynecologist scandal at University of Southern California
    Reuters

    U.S. opens inquiry into gynecologist scandal at University of Southern California

    The U.S. Education Department has opened an investigation into how the University of Southern California handled complaints that a longtime campus health clinic gynecologist sexually harassed or abused his patients during pelvic examinations. The agency’s Office for Civil Rights will examine USC

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    Orlando rally marks second anniversary of nightclub mass shooting

    Hundreds of protesters, including survivors from two of Florida’s deadliest modern mass shootings, staged a rally in Orlando on Monday to call for tougher firearms restrictions two years after a gunman killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub. The demonstration, held on the eve of the shooting anniversary

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  • Trump economic adviser Kudlow in 'good' condition after heart attack
    Reuters

    Trump economic adviser Kudlow in ‘good’ condition after heart attack

    By Steve Holland SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump’s tough stance on global trade, was in good condition in a Washington-area hospital after suffering a heart attack, the White House said on Tuesday. Trump announced

  • Driving winds fan Colorado wildfire, 2,000 homes under evacuation
    Reuters

    Driving winds fan Colorado wildfire, 2,000 homes under evacuation

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – Gusting winds and stubborn hot, dry weather in southwestern Colorado helped stoke a largely uncontrolled wildfire that grew by nearly a third to more than 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares) on Monday, with more than 2,000 homes under evacuation order. The 12-day-old conflagration

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  • U.S. attorney general curbs asylum for immigrant victims of violence
    Reuters

    U.S. attorney general curbs asylum for immigrant victims of violence

    By Reade Levinson and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday overturned a grant of asylum to a Salvadoran domestic abuse victim, potentially excluding immigrants seeking refuge from sexual, gang and other forms of violence in their home countries. Sessions

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    Washington police say found no shooter in sweep of Justice Department

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Police in Washington responded to reports of an active shooter at the Justice Department headquarters on Monday, but a spokeswoman said officers found no shooter in a sweep of the building.

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  • U.S. top court backs Ohio voter purge; Democrats blast ruling
    Reuters

    U.S. top court backs Ohio voter purge; Democrats blast ruling

    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived Ohio’s contentious policy of purging infrequent voters from registration rolls in a ruling powered by the five conservative justices and denounced by liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor as an endorsement of the disenfranchisement

  • New Jersey governor's signature paves way for sports betting
    Reuters

    New Jersey governor’s signature paves way for sports betting

    “Our casinos in Atlantic City and our racetracks throughout our state can attract new business and new fans, boosting their own long-term financial prospects,” Murphy said in a statement. Monmouth Park Racetrack, where the U.S. unit of U.K.-based William Hill PLC has already built a sports

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  • Rosenstein calls for global collaboration on crime amid trade tension
    Reuters

    Rosenstein calls for global collaboration on crime amid trade tension

    United States Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday called for global governments to “work together” on law enforcement, at a time when an escalating trade rift is pitting the United States against Canada and a number of Washington’s other close trade partners. Rosenstein said

  • Trump's coal, nuclear bailout no shield from hackers: cyber experts
    Reuters

    Trump’s coal, nuclear bailout no shield from hackers: cyber experts

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bailing out nuclear and coal-fired power plants will not toughen the U.S. power grid against cyber attacks as the Trump administration claims, according to cyber experts, because hackers have a wide array of options for hitting electric infrastructure and nuclear

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  • Reuters

    Three workers burned by acid at Exxon’s Baton Rouge complex

    Three contract workers were burned by sulfuric acid on Monday in the chemical plant at Exxon Mobil Corp’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refining and petrochemical complex, a state environmental spokesman said. “Three workers were injured by sulfuric acid,” said Louisiana Department of Environmental

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    U.S.-bound flight diverted to Ireland after security scare

    NEW YORK/DUBLIN (Reuters) – A United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago was diverted to Ireland’s Shannon Airport on Monday after a message perceived as a potential security concern was discovered on board, Irish police and airline officials said. The passengers of flight UA971 were in the process

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    New York in $1.2 billion settlement over housing authority: EPA

    New York City and its housing authority have reached a proposed settlement with U.S. government agencies on a consent degree requiring a federal monitor and $1.2 billion in capital spending over five years to remedy violations of basic health and safety rules, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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  • Reuters

    Tennessee woman due in court after video shows grandchild in dog cage

    The viral video, which showed two kennels and another child by the car, led to an investigation after the Memphis Police Department received a complaint, according to police documents seen by Reuters. The children, aged 7 and 8, were in the backseat of the vehicle by the time the police found the woman

  • Ex-NY state senate leader, son fail to end corruption case
    Reuters

    Ex-NY state senate leader, son fail to end corruption case

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge let stand a corruption indictment against former New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam, and refused to move next week’s retrial out of state despite their claim it would be too hard to find an impartial jury.

  • NYC housing agency agrees to lead cleanup under federal supervision
    Reuters

    NYC housing agency agrees to lead cleanup under federal supervision

    The agency overseeing public housing in New York City has reached a deal to settle claims by federal authorities that it failed for years to remedy toxic lead paint and other hazards, according to a filing in Manhattan federal court on Monday. Under terms of the settlement with Manhattan U.S. Attorney

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    Anadarko says monitoring Mozambique security situation

    Anadarko Petroleum Corp is closely monitoring the security situation in northern Mozambique, it said on Monday, after a spate of beheadings and attacks by suspected Islamist militants. “We take very seriously any potential threat to the safety of our employees and we continue to closely monitor

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    U.S. embassy warns citizens to consider leaving district in north Mozambique

    The U.S. embassy in Mozambique said Americans should consider leaving a northeastern district close to a major gas field as imminent attacks are likely after suspected Islamist militants beheaded 10 people and killed seven others since May. Any sign of militant activity is a concern for the country&

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    Four killed in small plane crash in Wisconsin

    (Reuters) – Four people were killed on Sunday when a small plane lost altitude, slammed into trees and caught fire in a field just north of an airport in southern Wisconsin, authorities said.

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  • Probe finds PG&E power lines sparked deadly 2017 California wildfires
    Reuters

    Probe finds PG&E power lines sparked deadly 2017 California wildfires

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A dozen of the wind-driven blazes that swept northern California’s wine country last fall, killing 46 people in the deadliest firestorm in state history, were sparked by PG&E-owned power lines, state officials said on Friday. The California Department of

  • Colorado wildfire doubles in size, hundreds more evacuations underway
    Reuters

    Colorado wildfire doubles in size, hundreds more evacuations underway

    (Reuters) – A Colorado wildfire nearly doubled in size from Saturday to Sunday and prompted hundreds more evacuations as dry and windy conditions were expected to persist, officials said. The so-called 416 Fire in southwest Colorado had burned nearly 17,000 acres by Sunday morning, an area larger than

  • Cuba says cause of illness in U.S. diplomats remains a mystery
    Reuters

    Cuba says cause of illness in U.S. diplomats remains a mystery

    Cuba said on Sunday it remained baffled by health issues affecting U.S. diplomats, after the U.S. State Department reported two Cuba-based functionaries had symptoms similar to previous cases that began in late 2016. The State Department said on Friday the cases were similar to those of 24 diplomats

  • Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen
    Reuters

    Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen

    (Reuters) – A stubborn Colorado wildfire grew by around a fifth on Saturday and was expected to continue to grow Sunday, consuming sparsely populated land as low humidity and high winds left firefighters bracing for it to spread, officials said. An additional 220 homes were evacuated Saturday, said

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  • Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen
    Reuters

    Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen

    (Reuters) – A stubborn Colorado wildfire grew by around a fifth on Saturday, consuming sparsely populated land as low humidity and high winds left firefighters bracing for it to spread, officials said. “Weather will be a concern this weekend as critical fire weather conditions are expected,”

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    U.S. charges Arizona man with threatening Harvard’s black commencement

    A federal grand jury in Boston indicted Nicholas Zuckerman, 24, on two counts of “transmitting in interstate and foreign commerce a threat to injure the person of another.” Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Zuckerman was arrested on Friday and

  • Rise in U.S. suicides highlights need for new depression drugs
    Reuters

    Rise in U.S. suicides highlights need for new depression drugs

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – A spike in suicide rates in the United States has cast fresh light on the need for more effective treatments for major depression, with researchers saying it is a tricky development area that has largely been abandoned by big pharmaceutical companies. U.S. health

  • Environmentalists slam Interior chief Zinke over Yellowstone chief's ouster
    Reuters

    Environmentalists slam Interior chief Zinke over Yellowstone chief’s ouster

    (In June 8 story, corrects in paragraph 7 to show what was reviewed were national monuments, not national parks.) By Laura Zuckerman PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) – Environmentalists on Friday accused the Trump administration of political interference and retaliation in the ouster of Yellowstone National

  • Exclusive: Nearly 1,800 families separated at U.S.-Mexico border in 17 months through February
    Reuters

    Exclusive: Nearly 1,800 families separated at U.S.-Mexico border in 17 months through February

    By Mica Rosenberg WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from October 2016 through February of this year, according to a senior government official, as President Donald Trump implemented stricter border enforcement policies.  The numbers are

  • Kate Spade items fly off virtual thrift shop shelves after designer's death
    Reuters

    Kate Spade items fly off virtual thrift shop shelves after designer’s death

    The unexpected death of fashion designer Kate Spade on Tuesday has shoppers rushing to buy her brightly colored handbags, raising prices of used merchandise several times over, second-hand online retailers said.     Online fashion market Tradesy saw a sextupling of average prices, a doubling of supply

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    Main customer of Arizona coal plant goes green, ignoring Interior Department

    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The main buyer of electricity from an Arizona coal plant on the verge of closure said on Friday it will instead source its electricity largely from a solar power project, ignoring an appeal by the U.S. Interior Department to buy more power from the plant to

  • Insurer lobby group weighs in on Obamacare individual mandate case
    Reuters

    Insurer lobby group weighs in on Obamacare individual mandate case

    The comments from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) come a day after the U.S. Justice Department called Obamacare’s individual mandate – which requires individuals to have health insurance or pay a penalty – unconstitutional. The mandate introduced with Obamacare, the popular name for

  • Texas family sues U.S. for $50 million over church massacre
    Reuters

    Texas family sues U.S. for $50 million over church massacre

    A couple whose nine relatives were among the 26 people fatally shot in a Texas church massacre in November has sued the U.S. government for $50 million, saying its “institutional failures” played a part in the murders, court filings on Friday showed. The lawsuit filed this week in federal

  • Reuters

    Federal judge blocks Indiana from enforcing voter purge law

    A federal judge on Friday blocked the state of Indiana from enforcing a 2017 law allowing election officials to remove voters from the rolls if they were flagged by a controversial tracking system. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in a legal challenge brought by the American Civil Liberties

  • U.S. states should not copy Nevada sports betting law: MLB
    Reuters

    U.S. states should not copy Nevada sports betting law: MLB

    By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) – Decades-old rules that govern sports betting in Las Vegas, with no requirement that casinos share data with sports leagues, are outdated and should not be copied around the country, Major League Baseball’s investigations chief said on Friday. It “makes no

  • Environmentalists slam Interior chief Zinke over Yellowstone chief's ouster
    Reuters

    Environmentalists slam Interior chief Zinke over Yellowstone chief’s ouster

    By Laura Zuckerman PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) – Environmentalists on Friday accused the Trump administration of political interference and retaliation in the ouster of Yellowstone National Park’s chief after his disputes with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the park’s celebrated bison.

  • Lawyers, workers question putting immigration detainees in U.S. prisons
    Reuters

    Lawyers, workers question putting immigration detainees in U.S. prisons

    WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Trump administration’s transfer of hundreds of detained immigrants into five U.S. prisons puts the detainees and prison staffers at risk, said prison workers and immigration lawyers on Friday. Prison staff, accustomed to dealing with convicted criminals,

  • Trump offers olive branch to NFL players with input on pardons
    Reuters

    Trump offers olive branch to NFL players with input on pardons

    By James Oliphant 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

  • Reuters

    Main customer of Arizona coal plant goes green, ignoring Interior Department

    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The main buyer of electricity from an Arizona coal plant on the verge of closure said on Friday it will instead source its electricity largely from a solar power project, ignoring an appeal by the U.S. Interior Department to buy more power from the plant to

  • Colorado wildfire grows 40 percent as more homes evacuated
    Reuters

    Colorado wildfire grows 40 percent as more homes evacuated

    Residents of some 1,500 homes have now been ordered to evacuate the area threatened by fire, La Plata County officials said in a statement. Two dozen wildfires in eight states were being tracked by federal agencies on Friday. Wildfires have increased in number and size in recent years, a trend expected

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    Ex-CIA officer convicted of spying for China: U.S. Justice Department

    A federal jury on Friday convicted a former CIA case officer on espionage charges for passing classified documents to China, the U.S. Justice Department said. The jury in Virginia found Kevin Mallory, 61, guilty of delivery of defense information to aid a foreign government and other charges, and he

  • Former U.S. Senate staffer charged with lying to FBI over contacts with media
    Reuters

    Former U.S. Senate staffer charged with lying to FBI over contacts with media

    A former U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee staffer appeared in federal court on Friday on charges of lying to FBI agents in a case that has raised concerns about media freedoms. Prosecutors said James Wolfe, 57, who worked for the committee as director of security for three decades, lied to FBI agents

  • Reuters

    Harris Corp wins $400 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Harris Corp has been awarded a $400 million modification to a contract to support production of Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite systems for foreign military sales, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.

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    U.S. suicide prevention programs say more funding needed

    Efforts to fight suicide in the United States are desperate for additional funding, suicide-prevention experts said, following this week’s high profile deaths of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, and new statistics showing a growing problem. “Our crisis centers across the country

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    Lockheed Martin wins $736 million Pentagon contract

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a $736 million U.S. defense contract for materials, parts and components to support the F-35 fighter jet program, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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    Boeing wins $862 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co was awarded a $862 million modification to a contract for procurement of 15 F/A-18E and 3 F/A-18F aircraft for the U.S. Navy, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.

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  • Texas family sues U.S. for $50 million over church massacre
    Reuters

    Texas family sues U.S. for $50 million over church massacre

    A couple whose nine relatives were among the 26 people fatally shot in a Texas church massacre in November has sued the U.S. government for $50 million, saying its “institutional failures” played a part in the murders, court filings on Friday showed. The lawsuit filed this week in federal

  • Insurer lobby group weighs in on Obamacare individual mandate case
    Reuters

    Insurer lobby group weighs in on Obamacare individual mandate case

    (Reuters) – Removing certain provisions tied to the Affordable Care Act, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, could strike out important consumer protections and potentially harm millions of Americans, a trade association that represents U.S. health insurers said on Friday

  • Exclusive: U.S. sending 1,600 immigration detainees to federal prisons
    Reuters

    Exclusive: U.S. sending 1,600 immigration detainees to federal prisons

    WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are transferring into federal prisons about 1,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees, officials told Reuters on Thursday, in the first large-scale use of federal prisons to hold detainees amid a Trump administration crackdown on people

  • Indiana man arrested for Boston 'free speech' rally shooting threat
    Reuters

    Indiana man arrested for Boston ‘free speech’ rally shooting threat

    Authorities on Friday arrested an Indiana man on a federal charge he threatened to shoot white attendees at a Boston rally last August of far-right speakers days after a deadly protest by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, prosecutors said. The Boston “Free Speech” rally, in

  • Trump says he will not invite NBA champs to White House
    Reuters

    Trump says he will not invite NBA champs to White House

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will not host either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors at the White House, echoing the controversy over the National Basketball Association champ Warriors’ invitation last year. Leading players Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James

  • Yellowstone chief says he is ousted after dispute with Trump administration
    Reuters

    Yellowstone chief says he is ousted after dispute with Trump administration

    The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park said on Thursday he was being forced from his post after disagreeing with the Trump administration over management of the park’s famed bison herd. Dan Wenk, who has led one of the nation’s most popular national parks since 2011, said in an interview

  • Trump says 'too early' to consider pardons in Russia probe
    Reuters

    Trump says ‘too early’ to consider pardons in Russia probe

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declined to say whether he would consider pardoning any of his associates amid the ongoing Russia probe, declaring it was too early to consider such action and noting that so far no one has been convicted. An investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller

  • U.S. Justice Department says Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional
    Reuters

    U.S. Justice Department says Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional

    The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday that the part of Obamacare requiring individuals to have health insurance is unconstitutional, an unusual move that could lead to stripping away some of the most significant and popular parts of the law. In a brief filed in a federal court in Texas, the department

  • Longtime U.S. Senate intel panel staffer indicted for allegedly lying to FBI
    Reuters

    Longtime U.S. Senate intel panel staffer indicted for allegedly lying to FBI

    A longtime staffer of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee was arrested on Thursday on charges of lying to FBI agents investigating the illegal disclosure of classified information, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia said. James Wolfe, who worked for the committee as director of security

  • Reuters

    More evacuations ordered as Colorado wildfire spreads

    (Reuters) – Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate their homes in southwestern Colorado on Thursday as hot, dry and windy conditions stoked a wildfire that was 90 percent uncontained, federal and local officials said. Residents of 1,600 other homes have been told to be prepared for possible evacuation

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  • Reuters

    Thousands of fans celebrate Washington’s NHL victory in the streets

    By David Shepardson and and Michelle Price WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fans poured onto the streets on Thursday night after the Washington Capitals won the National Hockey League’s coveted Stanley Cup with a 4-3 defeat of Las Vegas’s Golden Knights in Game 5. Cars were honking in rhythmic succession

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    Washington talisman Ovechkin named playoffs MVP

    Washington Capitals wing Alex Ovechkin made the most of his first appearance in the NHL title series when the Russian scoring machine lifted the playoffs MVP Conn Smythe Trophy after leading his team to a maiden Stanley Cup triumph on Thursday. The two glittering trophies marked the greatest haul of

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  • Rivers of lava destroy 600 homes on Hawaii's Big Island: mayor
    Reuters

    Rivers of lava destroy 600 homes on Hawaii’s Big Island: mayor

    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Approximately 600 homes have been swallowed by lava flows from Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island since early last month, marking its most destructive eruption in modern times, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said on Thursday. The latest estimate

  • Capitals beat Golden Knights to win their first Stanley Cup
    Reuters

    Capitals beat Golden Knights to win their first Stanley Cup

    The Washington Capitals won the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup for the first time in their 44-year history with a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday. The victory saw the Capitals clinch the best-of-seven championship series 4-1 in Las Vegas and brought an end to what had been

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  • Reuters

    List of Conn Smythe Trophy winners

    (Reuters) – List of Conn Smythe Trophy winners, given to the most valuable player for his team in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoffs.

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    NHL: List of Stanley Cup champions

    (Reuters) – List of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup champions (best-of-seven series introduced in 1939):

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  • Construction planned to prepare Alaska's Arctic refuge for oil drilling
    Reuters

    Construction planned to prepare Alaska’s Arctic refuge for oil drilling

    By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Thursday it would spend $4 million on construction projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in preparation for oil drilling in the nation’s biggest wildlife park. In an announcement that touted planned improvements

  • Uber driver charged with murder in shooting of Denver passenger
    Reuters

    Uber driver charged with murder in shooting of Denver passenger

    A Denver-area driver with the ride-sharing service Uber who police say fatally shot a passenger in his vehicle was charged on Thursday with first-degree murder, prosecutors said. Michael Andre Hancock, 29, who has been held without bond in the shooting death of Hyun Kim, 45, is charged with one count

  • Reuters

    TransCanada contains West Virginia natgas pipeline blast, no injuries

    There were no employees at the site at the time of the blast around 4:15 a.m. EDT (0815 GMT) and no homes were in danger, officials from the Roberts Ridge Volunteer Fire Department told local news media. Moundsville is located in Marshall County on the West Virginia panhandle on the Ohio-West Virginia

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  • Volcanic lava buries two housing tracts on Hawaii's Big Island
    Reuters

    Volcanic lava buries two housing tracts on Hawaii’s Big Island

    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – An ever-creeping wall of lava from Kilauea Volcano has engulfed two entire seaside housing tracts at the eastern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island, government scientists reported on Wednesday, an area where civil defense officials said nearly 280 homes once

  • Reuters

    Mississippi Supreme Court says judges cannot ban concealed guns

    The court said judges of the 14th Chancery District, which includes six counties in eastern central Mississippi, exceeded their authority under the state constitution because only the legislature could regulate or forbid the carrying of concealed weapons. “The orders at issue usurp that power,&

  • Sports betting passes New Jersey legislature, moves to governor
    Reuters

    Sports betting passes New Jersey legislature, moves to governor

    New Jersey’s legislature unanimously passed a bill on Thursday to regulate and tax sports betting at casinos and racetracks, which would make it one of the first states to legalize the activity following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month. The bill contains none of the fraud-fighting measures

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  • Reuters

    U.S. urges judge to toss lawsuit over immigrant children detention

    U.S. government lawyers on Thursday urged a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit brought by a New York civil rights group over what it has called excessively long detention of immigrant children, arguing that the judge has no authority to review a federal agency’s internal processes. The lawsuit

  • Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash driver had hands off wheel: U.S. agency
    Reuters

    Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash driver had hands off wheel: U.S. agency

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The driver of a Tesla Inc Model X car using Autopilot did not have his hands on the steering wheel in the six seconds before a fatal crash in California in March, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The NTSB said in a preliminary report

  • 'Whitey' Bulger partner ties ex-New England mob boss to 1993 murder
    Reuters

    ‘Whitey’ Bulger partner ties ex-New England mob boss to 1993 murder

    The ex-partner of convicted Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger testified on Thursday that he witnessed the strangling of a nightclub manager who died in 1993 as the former boss of the New England mafia watched. Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, who is serving a life sentence for

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    U.S. suicide rates see sharp increase from 1999 to 2016: CDC

    Suicide rates rose in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 to 2016, with the rate spiking by more than 30 percent in half of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday. While suicide rates rose across age groups, the CDC said people ages 45-64 had the biggest

  • Reuters

    More evacuations ordered as Colorado wildfire spreads

    Residents of nearly 1,600 other houses have been told to be prepared for possible evacuation, said Megan Graham, spokeswoman for La Plata County. Temperatures in the mid 80s F (30 C) and 15 mile (25 km) per hour winds and low humidity are in the forecast for the area on Thursday, the National Weather

  • Florida shooting survivors sue police over response tactics
    Reuters

    Florida shooting survivors sue police over response tactics

    ORLANDO, Fla./NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than two dozen survivors of a deadly 2016 Florida nightclub shooting sued the city of Orlando and 30 police officers on Thursday, claiming law enforcement failed to protect their rights during an hours-long hostage standoff with the gunman. The lawsuit, filed

  • Reuters

    Citgo says Corpus Christi refinery fire put out

    HOUSTON (Reuters) – Citgo Petroleum Corp [PDVSAC.UL] said a fire was quickly extinguished on Thursday at its 157,500 barrel-per-day Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery.

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  • U.S. weekly jobless claims drop as labor market picks up steam
    Reuters

    U.S. weekly jobless claims drop as labor market picks up steam

    The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to a further tightening in labor market conditions. The robust labor market and firming inflation have cemented expectations the Federal Reserve will raise benchmark U.S. interest rates next week. Many economists

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    Pennsylvania trucker distracted by football game charged in motorcyclist death: police

    A Pennsylvania trucker who struck and killed a motorcyclist while the truck driver allegedly watched a football game on his cellphone was charged with homicide by vehicle, police said. Souriyavong had been sending and receiving text messages throughout his drive that day, police said, in violation of

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    Lobbyist sued by Trump fundraiser ends work for Qatar

    (Reuters) – A Washington lobbying firm sued by a top fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump based on allegations it was involved in helping Qatar hack into the fundraiser’s emails said on Thursday that it has ended its advocacy for the Gulf state. Stonington Strategies, which had a $300,000

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  • U.S. household net worth $100 trillion in first-quarter 2018
    Reuters

    U.S. household net worth $100 trillion in first-quarter 2018

    The jobless rate has continued to fall, hitting 3.8 percent in May, while stock prices have risen more than 30 percent since Trump’s election in November 2016, which buoyed optimism among investors in a fiscal expansion that would help company profits. The strength of the U.S. economy has prompted

  • U.S. Interior Department weighs plan to save Navajo coal plant from closing
    Reuters

    U.S. Interior Department weighs plan to save Navajo coal plant from closing

    (In this June 6 story corrects name of agency in second paragraph to Bureau of Reclamation instead of Bureau of Land Reclamation) By Valerie Volcovici and Scott DiSavino (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department may use executive powers to prevent a large coal-fired power plant from shutting down next

  • Some states taking electoral maps out of politicians' hands
    Reuters

    Some states taking electoral maps out of politicians’ hands

    The U.S. Supreme Court is due to rule by the end of June on the contentious practice called partisan gerrymandering in which state legislators draw electoral maps designed to entrench their own party in power, but states in growing numbers already are taking action to rein in the politicians. Ohio last

  • Reuters

    Toy grenade prompts brief evacuation at Houston airport

    U.S. Transportation Security Administration officials spotted the bag carrying the suspicious item around 4:30 a.m. CDT (0930 GMT) as it was going through an X-ray machine at William P. Hobby Airport, said Bill Begley, a spokesman for the Houston Airport System.

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  • Honolulu lawmakers pass 'surge pricing' cap for ride-hailing companies
    Reuters

    Honolulu lawmakers pass ‘surge pricing’ cap for ride-hailing companies

    Ride-hailing companies such as Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Lyft Inc use a model known as “surge pricing” in which the fare for a ride rises when factors such as rush hour and bad weather increase demand for the service. The practice could be limited in the future in Hawaii’s largest

  • Reuters

    White House contractor was wanted on attempted murder warrant

    A man wanted on a warrant for attempted murder was able to gain White House clearance as a contractor because key information identifying him had been omitted from a national database used in background checks, the U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday. The contractor, Martese Edwards, 29, was arrested

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    U.S. agency loses appeal over alleged LabMD data security lapses

    By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. consumer protection agency on Wednesday lost an appeals court fight with now-defunct cancer testing company LabMD over accusations that the firm’s data security was inadequate and allowed the exposure of sensitive patient information. The Federal Trade

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  • House Republicans work to craft Dreamer immigration deal
    Reuters

    House Republicans work to craft Dreamer immigration deal

    U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Wednesday worked to come up with legislation protecting “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation while meeting President Donald Trump’s demands for tougher border security and possibly new limits on legal migration. With a group of centrist Republicans

  • Reuters

    Taiwanese student hit with federal charges in U.S. school threat

    An-Tso “Edward” Sun, 18, was charged in a federal criminal complaint issued on Tuesday with possessing ammunition while in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Sun was sentenced earlier this week to between four and 23

  • House Republicans work to craft Dreamer immigration deal
    Reuters

    House Republicans work to craft Dreamer immigration deal

    U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Wednesday worked to come up with legislation protecting “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation while meeting President Donald Trump’s demands for tougher border security and possibly new limits on legal migration. With a group of centrist Republicans

  • Designer Kate Spade suffered depression for years, husband says

    Designer Kate Spade suffered depression for years, husband says

    (Reuters) – The husband of fashion designer Kate Spade on Wednesday broke his silence on her death, saying she suffered from depression for years and that the couple had been living separately for 10 months. Andy Spade said in a lengthy statement to the New York Times that he and his teenaged daughter

  • Texas reinstates inmate's death penalty after halt from Supreme Court
    Reuters

    Texas reinstates inmate’s death penalty after halt from Supreme Court

    An inmate on death row in a Texas prison who was temporarily spared by the U.S. Supreme Court had his death sentence reinstated by a state court on Wednesday after it determined that he was competent to be executed, legal filings showed. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2017 had faulted Texas for its obsolete

  • First lady Melania Trump makes first public appearance in weeks
    Reuters

    First lady Melania Trump makes first public appearance in weeks

    Melania Trump underwent a surgical procedure on May 14 to treat a benign kidney condition which the White House said was successful. “She went through a little rough patch, but she’s doing great,” the president said, introducing his wife at the beginning of a hurricane briefing at the

  • Trump commutes sentence after appeal by Kim Kardashian
    Reuters

    Trump commutes sentence after appeal by Kim Kardashian

    By James Oliphant and Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the life sentence of a woman for a first-time drug offense whose cause was taken up by celebrity Kim Kardashian West, and he is prepared to use his constitutional clemency powers to give relief

  • Voters remove California judge criticized over rape sentencing
    Reuters

    Voters remove California judge criticized over rape sentencing

    Californians voted in a special election to unseat a state judge who drew worldwide condemnation for giving a six-month jail sentence to a Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, a former prosecutor appointed

  • In Missouri, J&J faces biggest trial yet alleging talc caused cancer
    Reuters

    In Missouri, J&J faces biggest trial yet alleging talc caused cancer

    A lawsuit by 22 ovarian cancer patients against Johnson & Johnson went to trial on Wednesday in Missouri state court, marking the largest case the company has faced over allegations its talc-based products contain cancer-causing asbestos. The women and their families suing in the Circuit Court of the

  • U.S. Interior Department weighs plan to save Navajo coal plant from closing
    Reuters

    U.S. Interior Department weighs plan to save Navajo coal plant from closing

    The U.S. Interior Department may use executive powers to prevent a large coal-fired power plant from shutting down next year in Arizona, the latest attempt by the Trump administration to throw a lifeline to at-risk coal and nuclear plants. The head of Interior’s Bureau of Land Reclamation said on

  • Colorado wildfire threatens more homes as wind spreads blaze
    Reuters

    Colorado wildfire threatens more homes as wind spreads blaze

    (Reuters) – A wildfire raging largely unchecked on Wednesday in southwest Colorado forced hundreds of residents to prepare to evacuate and could spread to other states, officials warned. Emergency crews said they had only managed to contain 10 percent of the fire near the towns of Durango and Hermosa

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  • U.S. says internet use rises as more low income people go online
    Reuters

    U.S. says internet use rises as more low income people go online

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Internet use by Americans increased in 2017, fueled by a rise among people with lower incomes, a government report viewed on Wednesday by Reuters found. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) also reported that for the first

  • U.S. appeals court revives 9/11 workers' debris exposure claims
    Reuters

    U.S. appeals court revives 9/11 workers’ debris exposure claims

    A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived claims against New York’s Battery Park City Authority by 18 workers who became ill after cleaning up debris at the World Trade Center site following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected the agency’

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  • Reuters

    U.S. farmers, agribusiness feel lingering strain from cold, wet spring

    U.S. agribusinesses are facing lingering inventory snafus and economic pain over farm chemicals and fertilizer, as a cold, wet spring that slowed crop plantings continues to cause ripple effects across the agricultural sector. Farmers fell behind on planting corn in April due to the unfavorable weather

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  • Democratic hopes for House control buoyed by voting results
    Reuters

    Democratic hopes for House control buoyed by voting results

    By Sharon Bernstein and Joseph Ax SACRAMENTO, Calif./PRINCETON, N.J. (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats on Wednesday said the results of nominating contests in California and New Jersey put them in a stronger position to gain control of Congress in November and oppose Republican President Donald Trump. The

  • U.S. officials warn Congress on risks of drones, seek new powers
    Reuters

    U.S. officials warn Congress on risks of drones, seek new powers

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration urged Congress on Wednesday to give it new powers to disable or destroy threatening drones, according to testimony viewed by Reuters. David Glawe, undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Soldier steals armored vehicle, takes it on two-hour ride in Virginia: police
    Reuters

    Soldier steals armored vehicle, takes it on two-hour ride in Virginia: police

    (Reuters) – A soldier stole an armored personnel carrier from a National Guard base in Virginia on Tuesday and took the vehicle on a two-hour drive that ended in a police chase through downtown Richmond, the state capital, state police said. The unidentified man took the vehicle at about 7:50 p.m. from

  • Democrats beat vote quirk to challenge Republicans in California
    Reuters

    Democrats beat vote quirk to challenge Republicans in California

    By Sharon Bernstein and Joseph Ax SACRAMENTO, Calif./PRINCETON, N.J. (Reuters) – California Democrats overcame quirks in the state’s electoral system and managed to mount challenges to Republicans in most key Congressional races, as voters in eight U.S. states chose candidates for November’s

  • U.S. house prices to rise at twice the speed of inflation and pay: Reuters poll
    Reuters

    U.S. house prices to rise at twice the speed of inflation and pay: Reuters poll

    After losing over a third of their value a decade ago, which led to the financial crisis and a deep recession, U.S. house prices have regained those losses – led by a robust labor market that has fueled a pickup in economic activity and housing demand. Annual average earnings growth has remained below

  • Microsoft expands program for women returning to work
    Reuters

    Microsoft expands program for women returning to work

    Microsoft Corp is expanding a program designed to increase its hiring of women seeking to rejoin the workforce, following a rash of complaints about sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the world’s largest software company. Women make up 26 percent of Microsoft’s worldwide employees

  • Serial murder suspect in Arizona used legally purchased pistol: ATF
    Reuters

    Serial murder suspect in Arizona used legally purchased pistol: ATF

    The man suspected of killing six people in the Phoenix area, including a high-profile forensic psychiatrist, before committing suicide, used a legally owned .40-caliber handgun to shoot at least four of the victims, a law enforcement official said on Tuesday. Dwight Jones, 56, killed himself on Monday

  • U.S. drug prices hit by insurer tactic against copay assistance: analysis
    Reuters

    U.S. drug prices hit by insurer tactic against copay assistance: analysis

    A recently adopted tactic by U.S. health plans to limit the financial assistance drugmakers provide directly to consumers for prescription medicines is taking a toll on drug prices, according to a new analysis released on Tuesday. Real U.S. drug prices, including discounts and rebates, fell 5.6 percent

  • Colorado wildfire grows, firefighters gain on New Mexico blaze
    Reuters

    Colorado wildfire grows, firefighters gain on New Mexico blaze

    (Reuters) – Authorities sought the evacuation of hundreds of residences in southwest Colorado on Tuesday as a largely unchecked wildfire grew in size, with forecasters placing several western and southwestern U.S. states under an elevated risk for blazes. The wildfire, dubbed the 416 Fire, grew to about

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  • Ex-Michigan State president apologizes in gymnastics sex abuse scandal
    Reuters

    Ex-Michigan State president apologizes in gymnastics sex abuse scandal

    By Makini Brice and David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The president of Michigan State University, who resigned over a scandal involving a doctor convicted of molesting young female gymnasts, apologized before a U.S. Senate Committee on Tuesday. “I am so sorry that a trusted, renowned physician

  • Voters in opioid-plagued districts demand solutions from candidates
    Reuters

    Voters in opioid-plagued districts demand solutions from candidates

    By Ginger Gibson BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (Reuters) – Voters in this struggling Rust Belt region in upstate New York, backed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, hoping he could help turn back a relentless tide of factory and business closures. This year’s hard-fought contest for New York’

  • 'Status quo' Illinois budget leaves fiscal woes unaddressed: S&P
    Reuters

    ‘Status quo’ Illinois budget leaves fiscal woes unaddressed: S&P

    Illinois’ new budget does little to tackle the state’s financial problems like escalating pension contributions and a structural deficit, dimming prospects for a credit rating upgrade, S&P Global Ratings said on Tuesday. The $38.5 billion fiscal 2019 budget was signed into law on Monday by Governor

  • Delaware sports betting first out of gate, but competitors close in
    Reuters

    Delaware sports betting first out of gate, but competitors close in

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) – Delaware gained a competitive edge on Tuesday in newly legal sports betting as the first U.S. state in a quarter century to expand its athletics gambling program, but the boost could be short lived as rival states close in, analysts said. At 1:30 p.m. EDT, the

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  • Gay adoption fight looms after Supreme Court's cake ruling
    Reuters

    Gay adoption fight looms after Supreme Court’s cake ruling

    A major legal fight similar to the blockbuster Christian baker case decided by the Supreme Court on Monday is already brewing in several U.S. states over laws allowing private agencies to block gay couples from adoptions or taking in foster children. The justices, in a 7-2 ruling, sided with a baker

  • Reuters

    U.S. Medicare reserves seen lasting three years less than prior forecast

    The U.S. government’s healthcare program for the elderly will exhaust its reserves for hospital insurance in 2026, three years earlier than last year’s forecast, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees said in a report on Tuesday. The report also said the costs of the U.S. Social

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