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California wildfire rages as third largest recorded in state

2 hours 7 min ago
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth.

California wildfire close to becoming third largest ever in state

6 hours 23 min ago
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California wildfire was close on Saturday to becoming the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth.

U.S. rights group files for abortion access for two more immigrants

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 7:09pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said it filed in federal court on Friday to stop the administration of President Donald Trump from preventing two more young immigrant women in federal custody from obtaining an abortion.

Family sues retailer for sale of gun used in Texas church massacre

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:23pm
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The family of a woman and two children killed when a gunman opened fire in a rural Texas church has sued the store that sold the assault rifle used in the deadliest mass murder in the state's history, lawyers said on Friday.

Hamburger chain Wendy's to reduce antibiotic use in beef supply

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:47pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hamburger chain Wendy's Co laid out plans on Friday to trim the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its beef supply, the latest step by a food company to fight concerns about resistance to the drugs in people.

Honduran politician sentenced to three years in U.S. for money laundering

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:30pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A member of a prominent Honduran family who once served in the nation’s cabinet was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to a U.S. money laundering charge.

N.J. nuclear power subsidy bill could cost $320 million per year

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:24pm
(Reuters) - Three state senators in New Jersey sponsored a bill that could cost electric ratepayers about $320 million a year to subsidize nuclear reactors that could otherwise be closed.

Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:50pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:49pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

Former cell phone company executive convicted of text message scam

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:36pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Friday found the former chief executive of mobile aggregation company Mobile Messenger guilty of defrauding mobile phone customers by charging them millions of dollars for unwanted text messages.

Student borrowers under most stress in New York City's poorest areas

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:32pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's poorest neighborhoods are home to the city's student borrowers under the most stress, according to a central bank report released on Friday showing "troublingly high" loan default and delinquency rates mainly in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Judge blocks Trump administration rule on contraceptive coverage

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:52pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

Crews wary as gusty winds stoke huge California wildfire

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:45pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battled shifting winds and difficult terrain on Friday to stop a mammoth wildfire that has burned for nearly two weeks along the scenic California coastline, killing a firefighter and destroying more than 720 homes.

U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:01pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 2:57pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

Penn State's 'shocking apathy' to drinking blamed in hazing death

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 2:21pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse contributed to the death of a student after he consumed 18 drinks in less than an hour and a half during a fraternity initiation, according a report issued on Friday.

Pennsylvania man admits to trading on tips about drug company

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 2:08pm
(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he traded on confidential, inside information that a former Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc employee supplied him, including that the company now owned by Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc was planning to be acquired.

Utah lawmaker invites retailer Patagonia to testify in Congress

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 1:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House natural resources committee chairman on Friday invited outdoor retailer Patagonia's CEO to testify before the panel after the company criticized the Trump administration's decision to drastically reduce two national monuments in Utah.

'Shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse at Penn State: grand jury

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:03pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse permitted crimes that led to the fraternity hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a grand jury found on Friday.

Gusty winds could expand deadly California wildfire

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:57am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Strong winds in the mountains near Santa Barbara may cause flare-ups on Friday in one of the largest-ever California wildfires that has claimed the life of a firefighter and burned down more than 700 homes, officials said.

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