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Flood, fix and flip: Houston housing investors see profit in Harvey's wake

4 hours 51 min ago
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Addressing a real estate conference in flood-ravaged Houston this month, longtime investor Ray Sasser detailed his strategy: buy up to 50 flooded homes at deep discounts, then fix and flip them for a hefty profit.

Storm Maria pitches Puerto Rico barrio into sunken 'Venice'

4 hours 55 min ago
CATANO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Wading through highways swamped by turbid waters that sloshed over scattered, sunken belongings, residents of this Puerto Rican barrio flooded by Hurricane Maria have begun emerging from their shattered homes.

Armed woman makes threats at Kardashian-owned boutique near L.A

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:09pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman armed with a handgun pointed it at employees at a boutique owned by reality TV stars the Kardashians in the Los Angeles area on Thursday and later came back brandishing a machete, according to police and media.

U.S. issues fuel waiver for diesel in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:53pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it had approved an emergency fuel waiver for diesel in Florida for the response effort to Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, heads for Turks and Caicos

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 8:08pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria destroyed buildings and knocked out power across Puerto Rico before flooding parts of the Dominican Republic and then regaining some of its strength as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas on Thursday night.

BYU lifts decades-long ban on caffeinated soft drink sales

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 7:09pm
(Reuters) - Brigham Young University has ended a 60-year ban on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks at its flagship campus in Provo, Utah, the Mormon Church-owned school said on Thursday.

U.S. attorney general ties gang violence to immigration

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 5:29pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Protesters gathered outside a federal court in Boston on Thursday where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to address law enforcement about what he called the need to tackle transnational gang violence and to secure the Mexican border.

London's National Gallery prevails in 'stolen' Matisse lawsuit: New York judge

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:49pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Gallery in London on Thursday won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which three grandchildren of a muse of the artist Henri Matisse sought to recover a painting they said was stolen shortly after World War Two.

Puerto Rico, St. Croix devastated by powerful Hurricane Maria

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Deadly Hurricane Maria caused flooding in the Dominican Republic as it brushed past the country on Thursday after destroying buildings and knocking out power across the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and St. Croix.

NFL star Hernandez's family sues league over 'severe' CTE

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 3:55pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - The daughter of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in April, sued the NFL and the team on Thursday after learning her father had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Navajo tribe says ready to sue Trump over changes to Utah monument

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 3:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Navajo Nation will sue the Trump administration if it tries to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, its top lawyer told Reuters on Thursday, ahead of the release of a broad government review of such sites across the country.

U.S. safety board says train crash engineers had undiagnosed sleep disorder

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 3:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The engineers in two New York City area commuter train crashes suffered from sleep apnea that had not been diagnosed, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

Death toll from overheated Florida nursing home rises to 10

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 2:59pm
(Reuters) - A 10th elderly patient at a Miami-area nursing home has died after she was exposed to sweltering heat in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, police said on Thursday.

U.S. judge aims to quickly decide lawsuits over DACA

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 2:40pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday said he wanted to decide quickly lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's decision to end a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

Maryland proposes $9 billion plan to relieve traffic congestion

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 1:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan proposed on Thursday an ambitious $9 billion public-private partnership to add new traffic lanes around the traffic-clogged U.S. capital region and assume control of a highway operated by the federal government.

Hurricane Maria floods Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 1:10pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Deadly Hurricane Maria flooded parts of the Dominican Republic as it grazed past on Thursday and dumped more heavy rain on the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico after destroying buildings and knocking out power to the entire island.

Former U.S. Attorney Bharara joins CNN as senior legal analyst

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 1:05pm
(Reuters) - Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara is joining CNN as a senior legal analyst, a CNN spokesman said on Thursday.

U.S. motorists kept up record driving pace in July: DOT

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:39pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. motorists logged 0.8 percent more miles on the road in July than they did in the year-ago month, keeping 2017 on a pace to break last year's record of total miles driven, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data released Thursday.

U.S. safety board: Train-crash engineers had sleep disorders

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The engineers in two New York City area commuter train crashes suffered from undiagnosed sleep disorders, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

Illinois high court upholds former cop Peterson's murder conviction

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:31am
(Reuters) - The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson for murdering his third wife.