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Pennsylvania court: congressional map unconstitutionally gerrymandered

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 1:19pm
(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday threw out the state's congressional map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered and gave lawmakers until Feb. 9 to redraw the boundaries, a decision that will have major ramifications for the 2018 midterm elections.

Illinois budget impasse cost state $1 billion in late payment penalties

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:52pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois incurred $1.03 billion in late bill payment penalties last year largely as a result of the state's unprecedented two-year budget impasse, the state comptroller reported on Monday.

Three USA Gymnastics board members resign in wake of sex abuse scandal

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:37pm
(Reuters) - Three USA Gymnastics board members resigned on Monday in the wake of a sex abuse scandal involving its former team physician, the organization said in a statement.

Senate moves to end government shutdown

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:36pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators voted to move forward on legislation that would reopen the federal government until Feb. 8, ending a three-day standoff between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security.

Five workers missing in explosion at Oklahoma drilling site: sheriff's office

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:53am
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Five workers were missing in a gas explosion on Monday at an Oklahoma drilling site controlled by Red Mountain Operating Co, local officials said.

Senators reach deal to reopen government

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:43am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers struck a deal to reopen the federal government three days into a shutdown prompted by an impasse over immigration and border security, the Senate Democratic leader said on Monday.

U.S. top court backs police over arrests at racy Washington party

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:38am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out almost $1 million in damages won by a group of partygoers in a civil rights lawsuit against Washington police stemming from a 2008 gathering in a vacant house featuring scantily clad women with money tucked in their garter belts.

Judge rejects Uber $3 million settlement with New York drivers

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:06am
(Reuters) - A federal judge refused to grant preliminary approval for Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] proposed $3 million class-action settlement with 2,421 New York drivers who accused the ride-sharing company of retaining excessive fees from their fares.

Kentucky accuses McKesson of helping fuel opioid epidemic

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:03am
(Reuters) - Kentucky's attorney general on Monday accused the drug distributor McKesson Corp of helping fuel the opioid epidemic by failing to halt shipments of suspiciously large or frequent orders by pharmacies of prescription painkillers.

U.S. requiring enhanced cargo screening from Middle Eastern airports

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:37am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said Monday it was requiring six Middle Eastern carriers to participate in an enhanced cargo screening program as part of an effort to raise global aviation security.

U.S. authorities ban cargo transport from Cairo airport-Egyptian sources

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 9:19am
CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have banned the transport of all cargo coming from Cairo International Airport destined for the United States, other than passenger luggage, sources at Cairo airport and EgyptAir told Reuters on Monday.

Government workers begin shutdown as Senate vote looms

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 7:13am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of federal workers began shutting down operations on Monday with the U.S. government closed and the Senate prepared to try again to restore funding, if only temporarily, and resolve a dispute over immigration.

Government workers wake to shutdown, Senate vote looms

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:19am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of federal workers woke up on Monday with the U.S. government still shut down and the Senate expected to try again to restore federal funding, if only temporarily, and work on resolving a dispute over immigration.

Ferry service helps Alcatraz escape from government shutdown

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:02am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lights are on at Alacatraz Island, the famous federal prison turned tourist destination in San Francisco Bay, even though the U.S. government has shut down. Private business is stepping up.

Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania to go on trial on corruption charges

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:01am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The mayor of Pennsylvania's third largest city, Allentown, is scheduled to appear at the start of his federal corruption trial on Monday, accused of soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for public contracts.

FDA's tobacco stance faces test with Philip Morris iQOS device

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:11am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a decision expected to test the Trump administration's approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc to sell its novel iQOS tobacco device and claim it is less harmful than cigarettes.

U.S. government workers awake to shutdown, Senate vote looms

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:06am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will wake up on Monday with the U.S. government still shut down and the Senate expected to try again to restore federal funding, if only temporarily, and work on resolving a dispute over immigration.

Government still shut down on Monday as Senate fails to clinch deal

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 11:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach agreement late on Sunday to restore federal spending authority and deal with demands from Democrats that young "Dreamers" be protected from deportation.

U.S. government to remain closed on Monday as Senate still short of deal

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 8:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach a deal late on Sunday on Democrats' demand for legislation protecting "Dreamers," young people brought to the country illegally as children.

Senate sets noon Monday vote after it is unable to reach deal to open government

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 8:35pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate scheduled a vote for Monday at noon (1700 GMT) on a stopgap spending measure, canceling a planned vote for Monday at 1 a.m. (0600 GMT), ensuring that the federal government will remain closed when the work week begins.

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