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Texas, Alabama halt executions, Florida puts inmate to death

5 hours 20 min ago
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday, after the death row inmate's family begged for mercy and won a rare clemency recommendation.

Special counsel files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:09pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel in the Russia probe filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

Armed deputy who failed to confront gunman at Florida school resigns

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:57pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The armed sheriff's deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were shot dead has resigned rather than face suspension after an internal investigation showed he failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during the attack, the county sheriff said on Thursday.

Puerto Rico governor announces independent probe into Maria death toll

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:32pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor said on Thursday he has tapped researchers at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., to lead an independent probe into his administration's controversial tally of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria.

Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:23pm
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was briefly taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said.

White North Carolina man convicted of murdering unarmed black man

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:22pm
(Reuters) - A North Carolina jury on Thursday convicted a white homeowner of first-degree murder for the 2016 shooting death of an unarmed black man, an attorney for the slain man's family said.

Texas commutes death sentence, Florida executes murderer

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:04pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday, after the death row inmate's family begged for mercy and won a rare clemency recommendation.

Texas governor commutes death sentence, two other states plan executions

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:15pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday, after the death row inmate's family was able to receive a rare clemency recommendation.

Armed deputy at Florida high school resigns after failing to engage shooter

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:15pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The armed sheriff's deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed has resigned rather than face suspension after an internal investigation showed he failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during the attack, the county sheriff said on Thursday.

Mueller files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:39pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's ex-campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates that include bank and tax fraud, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

U.S. gun lobby slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:17pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:08pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Armed deputy at Florida school resigns after failing to engage shooter

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:06pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The armed deputy assigned to the campus of a Florida high school during a deadly shooting last week stayed outside the building during the attack and failed to engage the shooter, the county sheriff said on Thursday.

Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge: prosecutor

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:04pm
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge, a St. Louis prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.

California state senator resigns after sexual misconduct accusations

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:49pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California state senator accused of engaging in "unwelcome flirtation and sexually suggestive behavior" with several women, including subordinates, resigned on Thursday as colleagues were due to vote on whether he should be expelled.

U.S. special counsel files new charges against Trump former campaign aides

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:34pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new set of criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates that include bank and tax fraud, escalating a legal battle that started last year.

Pennsylvania Republicans file second challenge to new congressional map

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:08pm
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republicans, including congressmen, filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging a new congressional map created by the state's top court in the party's latest effort to block the map from taking effect ahead of November's mid-term elections and potentially boosting Democratic prospects.

New indictment filed against former Trump campaign aides Manafort and Gates

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:49pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday filed a new indictment against former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, according to court records.

Intel did not tell U.S. cyber officials about chip flaws until made public

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 2:22pm
(Reuters) - Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet Inc notified the chipmaker of the problems, according to letters sent by tech companies to lawmakers on Thursday.

Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

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