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'Underwear bomber' sues U.S. Justice Department over rights

1 hour 3 min ago
(Reuters) - A Nigerian man serving life sentences for trying to set off a bomb in his underwear on a plane on Christmas Day 2009 is suing the U.S. Justice Department for denying his free speech and religious rights.

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

3 hours 31 min ago
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) - A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.

Alabama executes man convicted or murdering police officer

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:12pm
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Alabama on Thursday executed a man convicted of killing a police officer in 1997 by shooting him multiple times in his patrol car.

Notable municipal bankruptcy lawyer talks shop to Hartford taxpayers

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:58pm
HARTFORD (Reuters) - The lawyer who took Detroit, Michigan, through the largest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history brought his message to a new crowd on Thursday: residents of Hartford, Connecticut's cash-strapped capital city.

Exclusive: Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:51pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major U.S. companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.

Obama blasts 'politics of division' on return to campaign trail

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:48pm
(Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama, back on the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, called on voters to reject a growing "politics of division" that he said was corroding American democracy.

Supreme Court clears way for Alabama execution of convicted killer

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:42pm
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court removed one legal roadblock to Alabama's planned execution on Thursday of a man convicted of murdering a police officer and later rejected a last-minute appeal to spare his life, allowing the lethal injection to proceed.

Alabama moves closer to planned Thursday execution of convicted killer

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 7:04pm
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court removed one legal roadblock to Alabama's planned execution on Thursday of a man convicted of murdering a police officer but delayed the lethal injection to consider a last-minute appeal to spare his life.

Protesters to white nationalist speaker at University of Florida: 'Go home Nazis'

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:35pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - Protesters shouted "Go home Nazis" as a white nationalist gave a speech on Thursday at the University of Florida, where hundreds of police set up barricades and separated supporters and demonstrators to guard against violence.

White House says rollback of Obamacare must be part of short-term fix

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior White House aide said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump would demand steps toward repealing Obamacare in any healthcare legislation, comments that cast doubt on the prospects for a short-term bill to shore up insurance markets.

Obama urges New Jersey voters to reject 'politics of division'

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:43pm
(Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama, back on the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, urged voters in New Jersey to reject the "politics of division" by supporting Democrats in next month's state elections.

Trump concludes Fed chair interviews, could decide next week: source

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has concluded interviews with the five candidates he is considering to chair the Federal Reserve and could announce a decision as early as next week, a source familiar with the process said on Thursday.

Supreme court allows planned Alabama execution to proceed

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:30pm
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court allowed Alabama's planned execution of a man convicted of murdering a police officer to proceed on Thursday, lifting a halt imposed by a lower court over concerns about one of the drugs used in the state's lethal injection mix.

White nationalist heckled at University of Florida speech

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:04pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - Protesters shouted "Go home Nazis" at a white nationalist at the University of Florida on Thursday, disrupting his speech at the campus that erected barricades and deployed hundreds of police officers to guard against violence.

California Dept of Insurance estimates wildfires losses at $1.05 billion

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:03pm
(Reuters) - The California Department of Insurance said on Thursday its preliminary estimate for insured wildfire losses was $1.05 billion, based on claims received by the state's eight largest insurers, adding that the numbers are expected to rise.

Former Dean Foods chairman gets two years for insider trading scheme

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:06pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thomas Davis, a former chairman of dairy processing company Dean Foods Co, was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison after pleading guilty to passing insider information to sports gambler William "Billy" Walters.

More Republican senators back bipartisan Obamacare deal

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:45pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of federal subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump's opposition but still faced an uphill battle.

Trump says he will work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:23pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria a month ago.

U.S. agency scraps unused telegraph regulations in Trump rules purge

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is scrapping rules on telegraphs even though carriers no longer exist, part of the Trump administration's effort to slash regulations, the Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday.

In glyphosate review, WHO cancer agency edited out 'non-carcinogenic' findings

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:29pm
LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's cancer agency dismissed and edited findings from a draft of its review of the weedkiller glyphosate that were at odds with its final conclusion that the chemical probably causes cancer.