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High stakes for Trump in vote on healthcare plan

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:22am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump may face his first major legislative hurdle on Thursday: a do-or-die vote in the House of Representatives on a plan that would roll back the signature healthcare law of former President Barack Obama.

California regulator to vote on United States' strictest methane rule

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:07am
(Reuters) - California's air pollution regulator is due to hold a vote on Thursday on methane emission regulations that it says would be the strictest in the United States in controlling the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:05am
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

Police officer, three others killed in Wisconsin shooting: reports

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:55pm
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A police officer and three other people were killed in a string of shootings that unfolded in three small communities in central Wisconsin, local media reported on Wednesday.

Australian water advocate kicks off 1,000-mile run in Las Vegas

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:33pm
(Reuters) - Last time she ran 40 marathons in a row, Mina Guli wore out eight pairs of shoes. Now she is trying it a second time.

Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:08pm
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (Reuters) - A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 decision making the practice legal in all states.

Ex-Dean Foods chairman's story in Walters trial comes under fire

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:26pm
(Reuters) - A lawyer defending Las Vegas sports gambler William "Billy" Walters against insider trading charges on Wednesday sought to discredit former Dean Foods Chairman Tom Davis, who told jurors he used a special "bat phone" to give Walters confidential tips.

California State University system votes to raise tuition

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:19pm
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Trustees for the 23 California State University campuses on Wednesday voted to increase tuition for the nation's largest four-year public university system by 5 percent despite loud protests from students.

Immigrant whose daughter appealed to pope requests asylum in U.S.

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:57pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Mexican immigrant whose daughter appealed to Pope Francis three years ago to stop his deportation from the United States requested asylum at a federal court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Security tightened at UK sites in New York after London attack

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:23pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police ramped up security at British sites across the city on Wednesday after an assailant fatally stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament and was then shot and killed by police.

Plan for $7.5 billion Kushner family New York tower faces hurdles: report

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:21pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The family-owned company that until recently was headed by U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law hopes to turn an aging New York office tower into a signature development that could be worth up to $12 billion, a report said on Wednesday.

Illinois bills seek to legalize, tax marijuana sales to adults

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:01pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults and tax it to raise at least $350 million a year for the cash-strapped state under legislation introduced on Wednesday.

U.S. charges New York mob suspects with vendetta arson, robbery

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:57pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday rounded up seven mob suspects on charges of robbery and a vendetta arson in which a reputed Bonanno crime family associate was accused of having a car torched because its driver cut him off at a traffic light.

Mayor of Allentown, Penn., implicated in ex-official's guilty plea

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:28pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former top administrator of Allentown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal fraud charges, becoming the seventh person convicted in a long-running FBI pay-to-play investigation that includes Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widow

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:23pm
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - More than 50 victims and survivors of the June 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub sued the gunman's employer and widow on Wednesday, blaming them for failing to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

About 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:52pm
(Reuters) - About 17,000 AT&T Inc workers in California and Nevada went on strike on Wednesday, alleging that the company violated contract terms by forcing employees to do work outside their areas of expertise.

White man who wanted to 'harm' blacks arrested after NYC stabbing

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:48pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A white man who traveled to New York City to harm black people turned himself in with knives in his pocket at a Manhattan police station on Wednesday, police said, a day after police say he fatally stabbed a black man in an attack on a sidewalk.

U.S. high court hands disabled students win on education standards

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a victory for disabled students, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that public schools must offer them a special educational program that is sufficiently ambitious to ensure they make progress.

Trump seeks to nail support for healthcare bill before House vote

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:45am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders worked on Wednesday to try to secure enough support in the House of Representatives to win passage of their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets.

Puerto Rico governor grilled on timetable for PREPA deal

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:36am
(Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor on Wednesday told a Congressional committee the island's debt-laden power utility, PREPA, could undergo an in-court restructuring process akin to U.S. bankruptcy "if a [consensual] deal is not able to be executed."