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Ex-Tennessee teacher indicted on two charges in suspected abduction

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 9:36pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A former Tennessee school teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old student in a cross-country journey that ended with his arrest in California was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury on two felony counts.

Oregon enacts law to ease transgender changes in birth records

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 8:04pm
(Reuters) - Oregon on Thursday became the second U.S. state, after California, to enact legislation easing the process for transgender individuals to amend their birth records, allowing name and gender-identification changes without going to court.

U.S. judge allows first transgender person to sue under disability law

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 8:03pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that a transgender woman could move forward with a sex discrimination lawsuit against her employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act, even though the ADA explicitly excludes transgender people from protection.

Nevada likely to become second state to require police body cameras

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:56pm
(Reuters) - Police officers in the state of Nevada may soon be required to wear body cameras under a measure that was sent on Thursday to Governor Brian Sandoval for his signature.

Puerto Rican activist receives hero’s welcome in Chicago return

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:54pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of supporters gathered in Chicago on Thursday to celebrate a Puerto Rican activist who was freed from prison after serving over three decades behind bars for his involvement with a nationalist group that carried out more than 100 bombings in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Ex-U.S. Secret Service officer gets 20 years for sexting while on duty

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:11pm
(Reuters) - A former Secret Service uniformed officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for sending sexually explicit messages to minors, sometimes while on duty at the White House, the U.S. Justice Department said.

For Trump's defenders, White House turmoil is politics as usual

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:55pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In Washington, the chatter about a deepening, Watergate-style crisis has engulfed the White House - and those conversations are echoed in big cities across the country and in a succession of headlines that seem to suggest almost certain doom for the young Trump administration.

Planned Parenthood to close four Iowa clinics after cuts

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:49pm
(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood said on Thursday it would shutter four of its 12 clinics in Iowa as a result of a measure backed by Republican Governor Terry Branstad that blocks public money for family planning services to abortion providers.

Amtrak engineer to be arraigned in deadly 2015 crash

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:56pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The engineer in a deadly 2015 Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia surrendered to authorities on Thursday after being charged with involuntary manslaughter last week, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office said.

U.S. academic groups oppose Trump's visa-vetting plans

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of American academic groups have taken a stance against a Trump administration proposal to toughen scrutiny of some U.S. visa applicants, saying it will have a chilling effect on international students studying in the United States.

Chelsea Manning shares first picture of herself since release

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:49pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier responsible for a massive leak of classified material, shared a photo of herself for the first time since she was released from prison.

Colorado man charged with murder in fatal shooting of three

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:45pm
DENVER (Reuters) - A 24-year-old man was formally charged on Thursday with murder in the fatal shooting of three people found slain last month in a Colorado mountain home filled with marijuana plants being grown inside the dwelling, prosecutors said.

Ex-N.Y. state senate leader asks U.S. appeals court for new trial

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:12pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam on Thursday urged a U.S. appeals court to overturn the two men's corruption convictions in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Mississippi boy found dead after being kidnapped in mother's car

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:01pm
(Reuters) - A six-year-old Mississippi boy who was sleeping in his mother's car when it was stolen from a grocery store parking lot was found shot to death on Thursday inside the abandoned vehicle, police said.

Inspector finds holes in U.S. consumer agency's information safeguards

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:31pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. watchdog agency that investigated and fined Wells Fargo & Co for creating phantom accounts, and which regularly penalizes large banks and lenders on behalf of consumers, has holes in its systems for protecting confidential information, the office charged with inspecting its operations said on Thursday.

Treasury's Mnuchin concerned about alternate scoring models of Trump tax plan

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:24pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Thursday that he has some doubts that what are known as alternate scoring models will give enough credit to the potential for economic growth when assessing the impact of the Trump administration's tax plan.

Tulsa braces for protests after officer acquitted for killing unarmed man

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:08pm
TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were preparing for protests on Thursday after a white officer was acquitted by a jury of killing an unarmed black man in a case that stirred tensions over racial bias in policing.

Don't drink the water! Diarrhea from U.S. swimming pools rising

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:05pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - As warm weather approaches, U.S. health officials are warning that outbreaks of diarrhea caused by swallowing swimming pool water containing parasites have doubled in the past few years.

Car slams into Times Square pedestrians, killing one, injuring others

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A speeding car plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's busy Times Square on Thursday, killing one person and injuring a dozen, according to witnesses, and police said the incident did not appear to be an act of terrorism.

Facebook wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuits linked to terrorism

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:41am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed two lawsuits accusing Facebook Inc of supporting terrorist groups by letting them use its social media platform to further their aims, including violence against Jews.