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Florida boy dies in hot daycare van, worker to face charges

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:21pm
(Reuters) - A three-year-old boy died after being left for hours in a Florida daycare van, and criminal charges are pending against the worker who transported him in the vehicle, officials said on Tuesday.

U.S. plane passenger foils text message plot to molest children

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:03pm
(Reuters) - Impromptu detective work by a woman on an airline flight resulted in the arrest of another passenger whose text messages about sexually abusing children she photographed and gave to police, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.

U.S. dropping charges in another high-profile Wall Street case

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:58pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday moved to drop their criminal case accusing Benjamin Wey of running a fraudulent stock manipulation scheme, after a federal judge threw out much of the evidence they hoped to use against the Wall Street financier.

New Hampshire sues Purdue Pharma over opioid marketing practices

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:40pm
(Reuters) - New Hampshire sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the drugmaker of engaging in deceptive marketing practices that have helped fuel a national opioid addiction epidemic.

Trump says U.S. will 'win' in fight against opioid crisis

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:25pm
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States had no alternative but to defeat an epidemic of opioid drug use, but announced no new policies to combat the health crisis that kills more than 100 Americans daily.

South Carolina seeks $100 million from U.S. over plutonium removal

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:49pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina is suing the U.S. government to recover $100 million in fines it says the Department of Energy owes the state for failing to remove one metric ton of plutonium stored there, state Attorney General Alan Wilson said on Tuesday.

U.S. orangutan Chantek, 'the ape who went to college,' dies at 39

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:48pm
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant, died on Monday at age 39, Zoo Atlanta said.

Maryland man indicted for attempted murder of FBI agent, Islamic State support

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:19pm
(Reuters) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Maryland man on charges of attempting to murder an FBI agent and trying to provide support to Islamic State militants, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Trump administration switches sides, backs Ohio over voter purges

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:08pm
(Reuters) - The Trump administration has reversed an Obama administration stance and will support Ohio in its bid at the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a state policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots.

West Point wine store changing name after U.S. complains

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 1:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An owner of a wine and spirits store near the gates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday said he is changing the store's name after the government accused him of infringing trademarks belonging to the Army.

Fired Google memo writer draws scorn, cheers and a job offer

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:26am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The male Google engineer fired for circulating a memo decrying the company's diversity hiring program became the center of a heated debate on sexism, drawing scorn, cheers and even a job offer on Tuesday from WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

PHH to pay $74.5 million to resolve U.S. mortgage probes

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:20am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said mortgage company PHH Corp will pay nearly $74.5 million to resolve claims it generated defective loans that the government then insured and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bought.

Six UPS workers injured by chemical leak at New Hampshire facility

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:10am
(Reuters) - Six workers were treated for respiratory problems on Tuesday after nitric acid leaked from a package at a United Parcel Service distribution facility in southern New Hampshire, a fire official said.

California insurance regulator to probe Wells Fargo over unwanted auto policies

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:56am
(Reuters) - California will investigate whether Wells Fargo & Co and an insurance company harmed hundreds of thousands of residents by selling them insurance they did not need, the state's insurance regulator said on Tuesday.

Most Houston-area refineries unaffected by flooding after heavy rains

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:49am
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Most Houston-area refineries were unaffected by heavy rains that caused flooding across wide areas of the city, the companies and sources said on Tuesday.

U.S. asks judge to dismiss Toyota acceleration case as monitoring ends

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:01am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a criminal charge against Toyota Motor Corp after the Japanese automaker completed three years of monitoring as part of a $1.2 billion settlement over claims of sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles.

FDA to launch campaign against e-cigarette use among youth

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 9:15am
(Reuters) - Hot on the heels of its proposal to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced plans for an education campaign to discourage use of electronic cigarettes among youth.

Few expect Trump's 15-percent corporate tax rate: Deloitte survey

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 6:23am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Only a small number of U.S. tax, finance and business professionals expect President Donald Trump's 15-percent corporate tax rate to become reality as part of tax reform, according to a Deloitte Tax LLP survey released on Tuesday.

U.S. to haul stricken destroyer from Japan back to U.S. for repairs

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:36am
TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said it will haul the guided missile destroyer severely damaged in a collision with a freighter in Japanese waters back to the United States for repairs as soon as September.

Opening salvo set for Taylor Swift trial against Denver DJ accused of groping

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:14am
DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers on both sides of a trial pitting pop star Taylor Swift against a Colorado radio personality she accused of groping her were expected on Tuesday to deliver opening statements to jurors hearing the case in a federal courtroom in Denver.