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U.S. top court preserves Alabama campaign finance curbs

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 8:45am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by an Alabama black-voter outreach group with close ties to the state's Democratic Party of a lower court's ruling that upheld a state ban on cash transfers between political action committees.

Funeral set for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 8:14am
BOSTON (Reuters) - The funeral of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will take place on Monday, five days after he was found hanged by a bed sheet in a Massachusetts prison in what state officials have ruled a suicide.

Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a deadline looming this week to avert a U.S. government shutdown, Congress returns to work on Monday as President Donald Trump leans on Democrats to include funding for his promised border wall with Mexico in spending legislation.

St. Louis wins U.S. approval to explore airport privatization

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday it has granted preliminary approval to St. Louis to explore putting its city-owned airport under private management.

Arkansas plans to execute two convicts Monday

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:04am
(Reuters) - The state of Arkansas plans to execute two inmates on Monday evening, which would make it the first U.S. state in 17 years to put a pair of convicts to death on the same day.

Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 6:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the "darkest chapter of human history" in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.

Small children among five dead in New York house fire

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 6:39pm
(Reuters) - Five people, including small children, died on Sunday in a house fire in the New York City borough of Queens, the city's deadliest such blaze in two years, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Florida evacuation orders lifted as rain quells wildfires

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 2:14pm
(Reuters) - Florida officials on Sunday lifted evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes threatened by wildfires in drought-stricken central and southwestern parts of the state, after rainfall helped firefighters battle the blazes.

Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 2:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump weighed in on congressional efforts to avoid a government shutdown, telling Democrats on Sunday that Obamacare will die without a cash infusion the White House has offered in exchange for their agreement to fund his border wall.

CNN anchor alleges Fox News ex-CEO Roger Ailes also harassed her

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 2:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television journalist Alisyn Camerota said on Sunday she was a target of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes when she worked at Fox News, joining other former colleagues at the cable channel who have accused their ex-boss of inappropriate behavior.

Trump says Mexico 'eventually' will pay for border wall

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 1:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Sunday he expected Mexico to pay for the wall he has promised to build along the southern border, resuscitating a campaign promise that roiled U.S. relations with Mexico in the first week of his presidency.

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all began

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 7:23am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday makes his first major appearance since leaving office, having chosen Chicago, the city where his political career started, to emerge from a three-month hiatus from the public eye.

On Earth Day, an environment-minded Republican turns to birds

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 2:27pm
NEW HOPE, Pa. (Reuters) - In his white dress shirt and black pin-striped pants, U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick stood out from the other birdwatchers gathered near a grove of bud-studded trees in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday morning.

Trump's 'big announcement' on tax to be broad principles: official

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 1:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's promised "big announcement" next week on overhauling the U.S. tax code, a top campaign pledge, will consist of "broad principles and priorities," an administration official said on Saturday.

Florida wildfires force evacuations, destroy homes

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:17pm
(Reuters) - Scattered wildfires were burning in drought-stricken parts of central and southwestern Florida on Saturday, destroying nine homes and triggering evacuation orders for about 2,000 other residences.

Trump says to visit wounded U.S. veterans at Washington-area hospital

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 11:29am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would visit wounded U.S. veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the armed forces hospital located in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington.

U.S. scientists to protest Trump policies at Earth Day rally in Washington

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 5:05am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists will stage an unprecedented protest on Saturday, a March for Science provoked by steep cuts President Donald Trump has proposed for science and research budgets, and growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge.

American Airlines' employee suspended after row with passengers

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 4:17am
(Reuters) - American Airlines has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child.

American Airlines' employee suspended after row with passengers

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 1:56am
(Reuters) - American Airlines has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child.

U.S. states realign in legal battle over Trump's travel ban

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:09pm
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations faces its second challenge at a U.S. appeals court next month, and this time more Republican states are backing the measure, while one Democratic state attorney general dropped out of the legal fight this week.

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