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Bedbugs, peacocks add to uptick in U.S. animal insurance claims

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:09pm
(Reuters) - Bedbugs in hotel rooms and aggressive peacocks are some of the creatures behind an uptick in animal-related insurance claims filed by U.S. businesses, according to a study published on Thursday by insurer Allianz SE.

Natural gas line ruptures in Providence, Rhode Island: local media

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:43pm
(Reuters) - A high-pressure natural gas line ruptured near the Manchester Street Power Station in Providence, Rhode Island on Wednesday, according to a local media report.

Federal judge in Hawaii extends court order blocking Trump travel ban

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:32pm
HONOLULU (Reuters) - A federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely extended on Wednesday an order blocking enforcement of President Donald Trump's revised ban on travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries.

North Carolina lawmakers reach deal to repeal transgender bathroom law

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:31pm
(Reuters) - North Carolina Republican lawmakers said late on Wednesday they had reached a deal to repeal the state's controversial law prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities.

California to seek death penalty in salon massacre

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:09pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's attorney general said on Wednesday his office would press ahead in seeking the death penalty for a man who pleaded guilty to killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage, even though local prosecutors were sanctioned for acting improperly.

Seattle sues Trump administration over threat to 'sanctuary' cities

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 6:51pm
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The city of Seattle sued U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday over its executive order seeking to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary cities," arguing it amounted to unconstitutional federal coercion.

Mexican state attorney general arrested in San Diego on drug charges

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 6:40pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The attorney general of Mexico's Pacific coast state of Nayarit, hard hit by drug cartel violence in recent years, has been arrested in San Diego on U.S. narcotics trafficking conspiracy charges, federal officials said on Wednesday.

At least 12 killed after Texas church bus crash

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 6:16pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed and three others injured when a Texas church bus carrying senior citizens had a head-on collision with another vehicle on Wednesday, a Texas state trooper said.

Chipotle defeats U.S. class action lawsuit on overtime pay

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:36pm
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday granted a bid by Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc to undo a class action lawsuit by manager trainees in six states who say they were unlawfully denied overtime pay.

Threatened Utah prairie dogs have their day in court...and win

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:32pm
(Reuters) - Prairie dogs in Utah won a turf battle against property developers on Wednesday when a U.S. appeals court reinstated restrictions on development in areas inhabited by the threatened animals.

California would increase fuel taxes under $52 billion road repair plan

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:23pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would increase gasoline taxes and other transportation-related fees for the first time in decades to fund an ambitious $52 billion plan to repair the state's sagging infrastructure under a deal announced Wednesday.

Trump to unveil $1 trillion infrastructure plan in 2017: official

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the Trump administration would unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan later this year, but she did not offer details of funding for projects.

U.S. judge to consider objection to Trump University settlement

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:25pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge will hear arguments on Thursday over whether to grant final approval to a $25 million settlement of fraud lawsuits against President Donald Trump over his Trump University real estate investment seminars, with at least one former student objecting to the deal.

State Department employee to face charges in FBI probe: officials

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 2:17pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department employee is expected to appear in federal court in Washington on Wednesday to face charges in a FBI counterintelligence investigation, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

Montana tribe sues Trump administration for lifting coal moratorium

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 1:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Native American tribe in Montana filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Wednesday, challenging its decision to lift a moratorium on coal leases on public land without first consulting with tribal leaders.

U.S. judge says arrested Mexican 'Dreamer' can be released

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 1:01pm
(Reuters) - A Mexican immigrant with a work permit who was arrested by U.S. authorities was granted bond by an immigration judge and is expected to be released from federal custody on Wednesday, his legal team said in a statement.

Armed man arrested on way to L.A. gay pride parade pleads not guilty

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:29pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Indiana man arrested on his way to a Los Angeles-area gay pride parade last year after police found three assault rifles and potentially explosive chemicals in his car has pleaded not guilty to weapons charges.

Man charged over threats against Jewish groups to appear in court

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:06pm
(Reuters) - A former journalist charged with making a wave of bomb threats to U.S. Jewish organizations by telephone while posing as his ex-girlfriend is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday afternoon.

Miami police arrest 19-year-old suspect in ambush of two detectives

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:59am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old man suspected of ambushing two Miami detectives in an unmarked car during a lookout for gang activity was arrested on Wednesday on attempted murder charges, police said.

Heroin use, addiction up sharply among U.S. whites: study

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:40am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Heroin use in the United States has risen five-fold in the past decade and dependence on the drug has more than tripled, with the biggest jumps among whites and men with low incomes and little education, researchers said on Wednesday.