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Ex-Venezuelan official pleads guilty in U.S. corruption case

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:22pm
(Reuters) - A former Venezuelan official on Thursday pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme involving bribes paid by U.S. companies to Venezuelan officials to secure energy contracts and speed up payments on outstanding invoices, U.S. prosecutors said.

New York's 'Fearless Girl' to stare down the Stock Exchange

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:52pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The bronze statue of a little girl that became a tourism phenomenon by staring down Wall Street's massive "Charging Bull" sculpture is to be moved to a nearby spot where its stern gaze will be on the male-dominated New York Stock Exchange, city officials said on Thursday.

Columbine students to register voters in Colorado ahead of anti-gun walkouts

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:31pm
LITTLETON, Co. (Reuters) - Colorado teenagers will kick off a voter registration rally on Thursday, a day ahead of the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School, when students nationwide plan to walk out of class in the latest demonstrations against gun violence.

Puerto Rico governor will not impose pension cuts sought by board

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:09pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Thursday that he would not implement pension cuts and changes to employment rules sought by the bankrupt U.S. territory's oversight board.

Chicago's gun-toting students outnumber those of New York, Los Angeles: study

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:01pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago high school students were far more likely to report carrying a firearm in recent years than their peers in New York and Los Angeles, a probable factor in Chicago's 2016-17 spike in gun violence, a study showed on Thursday.

Justice Department watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:44pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-awaited U.S. Justice Department internal watchdog report on former FBI chief James Comey's public disclosures on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state and whether FBI employees leaked information to try to hurt her 2016 presidential bid is expected to be issued next month.

Quaaludes, Benadryl in spotlight at Cosby sex assault retrial

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:19pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's sex assault trial on Thursday focused on the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before raping her, with a toxicologist saying the pills could have left the comedian's alleged victim feeling incapacitated or even paralyzed.

Colorado students rally for voter registration ahead of anti-gun school walkout

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:16pm
LITTLETON, COLORADO (Reuters) - Colorado teenagers will kick off a voter registration rally on Thursday ahead of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre on Friday, when students across the United States plan to walk out of class to protest gun violence.

EPA inspector general opens new probe into Pruitt's travels

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:14pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general will investigate agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of his official security detail on recent personal trips, the latest in a string of congressional, White House and internal probes into his spending on security and travel.

Justice Dept. watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-awaited U.S. Justice Department internal watchdog report on former FBI chief James Comey's public disclosures on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state and whether FBI employees leaked information to try to hurt her 2016 presidential bid is expected to be issued next month.

FAA to order inspections of jet engines after Southwest blast

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:25am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspection of about 220 aircraft engines as investigators have found that a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion this week on a Southwest flight, killing a passenger.

Trump launches effort to boost U.S. weapons sales abroad

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:12am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration rolled out a long-awaited overhaul of U.S. arms export policy on Thursday aimed at expanding sales to allies, saying it will bolster the American defense industry and create jobs at home.

Puerto Rico restores power to over 70 percent of customers after blackout

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:30am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's power company said it had restored power to over 1.1 million homes and businesses by Thursday morning after a transmission line failure cut service to almost all of the island's 3.4 million residents the day before.

Alabama to execute inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:20am
(Reuters) - Alabama is set on Thursday to execute an 83-year-old convicted pipe-bomb killer, said to be the oldest person put to death in the modern era of U.S. capital punishment.

Judge rejects Missouri governor's bid to dismiss criminal case

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:17am
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A St. Louis judge on Thursday rejected a bid to dismiss a criminal invasion of privacy charge against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens stemming from a sex scandal involving an extramarital affair.

Former Texas emergency operator jailed for hanging up on thousands of calls

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:14am
(Reuters) - A former emergency operator in Texas was convicted of hanging up on thousands of 911 calls and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation, prosecutors said.

Puerto Rico restores power to over 70 perecnt of customers after blackout

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 8:54am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's power company said it had restored power to over 1.1 million homes and businesses by Thursday morning after a transmission line failure cut service to almost all of the island's 3.4 million residents the day before.

Black men arrested at Starbucks want change in U.S. racial attitudes

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 8:21am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks Corp cafe in Philadelphia while waiting for a friend said on Thursday they hoped the widely publicized incident would lead to changes in U.S. racial attitudes.

Both sides to call toxicologists in Cosby sex assault trial

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:57am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Expert toxicologists for both sides are expected to take the stand on Thursday in the trial of Bill Cosby who is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a former friend more than a decade ago.

FAA to order inspections of jet engines after Southwest blast

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:15am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspection of about 220 aircraft engines as investigators have found that a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion this week on a Southwest flight, killing a passenger.

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