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U.S. interracial marriage rising, Honolulu tops list: study

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interracial marriages in the United States have jumped more than fivefold in the half-century since the Supreme Court ruled they were legal, making up 17 percent of newlywed couples in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center report on Thursday.

Roger Ailes, former Fox News chief, dies: source

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 8:06am
(Reuters) - Roger Ailes, former chief executive of Fox News Channel , has died, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

Massachusetts tries to allay immigrant concerns about healthcare

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:03am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Massachusetts attorney general issued guidelines on Thursday to healthcare providers to help allay concerns among patients who fear they could be deported or arrested while seeking medical services as U.S. President Donald Trump steps up immigration enforcement.

Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians - sources

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:36am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.

'Bobby Three Sticks' Mueller to probe Russia-Trump imbroglio

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:13am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI director and prosecutor Robert Mueller, known for his independence in high-profile government investigations, is taking on a new challenge in the midst of a crisis that threatens the presidency of the United States.

White Tulsa police officer acquitted over fatal shooting of unarmed black

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:21pm
TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - An Oklahoma jury on Wednesday found a white Tulsa police officer not guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a confrontation caught on video last September, stoking a national debate over racial bias in law enforcement.

Wrestling: U.S. rout undermanned Japan team in Times Square

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:08pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Team USA got the better of Team Japan under the neon lights of Manhattan's Times Square on Wednesday in an annual charity event to benefit youth wrestlers in the New York area.

Former FBI chief Mueller appointed to probe Trump-Russia ties

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 8:43pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Michigan Senate votes to outlaw female genital mutilation

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 6:29pm
(Reuters) - The Michigan Senate approved legislation on Wednesday making genital mutilation of girls a state felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, both for doctors who perform the procedure and parents who transport a child to undergo the surgery.

Former U.S. Navy admiral sentenced to 18 months in bribery scandal

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 6:27pm
(Reuters) - A former U.S. Navy admiral at the center of a massive bribery scandal was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months in prison for choosing "karaoke over character," U.S. prosecutors said.

Senators from both parties try to ease banking for marijuana businesses

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday renewed their drive to make banking easier for marijuana-based businesses in those U.S. states where the drug is legal, undeterred by signals from the Trump administration about maintaining tough marijuana restrictions nationally.

Dozens charged in largest-ever Los Angeles raid against MS-13 gang

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:20pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police arrested 21 members and associates of street gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, in Los Angeles on Wednesday in pre-dawn raids that were the culmination of a three-year probe, officials said.

Alaska Air to begin service at second Seattle-area airport in 2018

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:59pm
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Alaska Air Group said on Wednesday it plans to begin scheduled flights from a second Seattle-area airport next year, giving it exclusive access to a growing part of the Pacific Northwest's Puget Sound region.

U.S. judge blocks federal move against immigration lawyers

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:47pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge issued an order on Wednesday blocking the Department of Justice from taking actions that immigration lawyers say would severely limit their ability to provide services for people facing deportation.

Ex-Baylor student sues school, says gang raped by football players

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:26pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former Baylor University student has sued the college with allegations that she was drugged and gang raped by football players while the school turned a blind eye to sexual assaults by athletes on campus.

U.S. court urged to relax convicted Israeli spy's parole conditions

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:07pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer who served 30 years in prison after being convicted of spying for Israel, on Wednesday urged a U.S. appeals court to loosen his parole conditions.

New Hampshire lawmaker resigns amid charges of online misogyny

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:58pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A New Hampshire lawmaker resigned on Wednesday following controversy over his comments on an online forum that critics called a hotbed of anti-women comments, the speaker of the state House of Representatives said.

Chicago police finalize tighter 'use of force' rules

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:14pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Police on Wednesday unveiled strict new limits on how officers can use their firearms and other force, the latest attempt to reform a department roiled by misconduct and criticism in the wake of a high-profile 2014 shooting of a black teen by a white officer.

U.S. immigration arrests up nearly 40 percent under Trump

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:51pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. arrests of suspected illegal immigrants rose by nearly 40 percent in the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency, following executive orders that broadened the scope of who could be targeted for immigration violations, according to government data released on Wednesday.

Teenage boy arrested on arson charge in historic N.Y. synagogue fire

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:36pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police arrested a 14-year-old boy on Wednesday on an arson charge and were looking for possible accomplices after a fire gutted an abandoned historic synagogue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, authorities said.