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March U.S. auto sales seen up nearly 1.9 percent: JD Power and LMC

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:15am
DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. auto sales in March will increase almost 1.9 percent from a year earlier, even as consumer discounts continue to remain at record levels, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Friday.

Trump administration grants permit for Keystone XL pipeline: TransCanada

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:03am
(Reuters) - The United States has issued a presidential permit for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Canadian company said on Friday, ending a years-long battle between environmentalists and the industry over whether Washington should approve it.

Exclusive: Trump to approve Keystone XL at meeting with TransCanada CEO - official

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:07am
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will announce the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline at the White House on Friday, alongside the chief executive officer of builder TransCanada Corp, according to a senior administration official.

Risky House healthcare vote to test Trump's negotiating skills

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:07am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday faces the first concrete test of how well the deal-making skills he honed in his real estate business will translate on Capitol Hill in a high-stakes vote on new Republican health care legislation.

Chicago police officer charged with 16 new counts in shooting case: media

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 1:45am
(Reuters) - A white Chicago police officer accused of murder in the shooting death of a black teenager was charged on Thursday with 16 new counts of aggravated battery, in a case that sparked national debate over police use of force against minorities.

Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:53pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans.

Utah enacts lowest U.S. drunken-driving limit

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:13pm
(Reuters) - Utah Governor Gary Herbert on Thursday signed a law setting the blood alcohol limit for drunken driving at 0.05, the lowest threshold in the United States, over strong objections from the restaurant and beverage industry.

Police detective, three others victims identified in Wisconsin shooting

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:05pm
(Reuters) - Authorities on Thursday identified four victims, including a veteran police officer, who were killed during a shooting spree in central Wisconsin sparked by a domestic violence incident.

Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:27pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking.

Two New York politicians charged with illegal financial schemes

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:21pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state senator was charged on Thursday with secretly padding his salary when he served as an upstate mayor, while his predecessor in the senate seat was accused of devising a scheme to secretly maintain payments to a disgraced former staffer.

U.S. settles AT&T's DirecTV case on talks with rivals over baseball

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:23pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department reached a settlement with AT&T unit DirecTV, which it had accused of illegally swapping information with rival pay-TV providers about negotiations to show Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games in southern California, according to court filings Thursday.

Texas A&M, Rick Perry clash on election of gay student body president

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:05pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas A&M University said on Thursday it respectfully disagreed with comments U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry made a day earlier when he criticized an election at his alma matter that led to the school's first openly gay student body president.

German gummy bear maker Haribo plans to produce candy in U.S.

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:39pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - German candymaker Haribo, famous for its fruit-flavored gummy bears, plans to build its first production facility in the United States and start making confectionery there from 2020.

Americans favor paid family, sick leave; split on funding: report

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:17am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most Americans support paid family and medical leave and think employers, rather than the government, should cover the costs, but they are divided over whether companies should be legally required to provide it, according to a report released on Thursday.

State Dept. to approve Keystone pipeline permit: Politico

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:55am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department will approve by Monday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to Politico.

Florida man's book burning sparks wildfire, destroys homes: officials

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:31am
(Reuters) - A Florida man's illegal burning of paperback books sparked a wildfire that quickly spread across 400 acres of land, damaging or destroying as many as 15 homes and forcing residents to evacuate in the northeastern part of the state, officials said on Thursday.

Tata Consultancy says plans to step up local hiring in U.S.

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:12am
BOAO, China (Reuters) - India's top software services exporter Tata Consultancy Services will step up local hiring in the United States and has no plans to cut investments there as it continues to expect robust growth from its biggest overseas market.

Striking AT&T workers in California, Nevada return to work

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:57am
(Reuters) - AT&T Inc said 17,000 workers in California and Nevada resumed work on Thursday, after going on a strike on Wednesday.

U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel over bomb threats to Jewish centers

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:54am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A man was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand over the past three months, police said on Thursday.

Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiring

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:19am
(Reuters) - Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some U.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home.