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State Dept. to approve Keystone pipeline permit: Politico

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:55am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department will approve by Monday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to Politico.

Tata Consultancy says plans to step up local hiring in U.S.

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:12am
BOAO, China (Reuters) - India's top software services exporter Tata Consultancy Services will step up local hiring in the United States and has no plans to cut investments there as it continues to expect robust growth from its biggest overseas market.

Florida man's book burning sparks wildfire, destroys homes: officials

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:57am
(Reuters) - A Florida man's illegal burning of paperback books sparked a wildfire that quickly spread across 400 acres of land, damaging or destroying as many as 15 homes and forcing residents to evacuate in the northeastern part of the state, officials said on Thursday.

Striking AT&T workers in California, Nevada return to work

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:57am
(Reuters) - AT&T Inc said 17,000 workers in California and Nevada resumed work on Thursday, after going on a strike on Wednesday.

U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel over bomb threats to Jewish centers

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:54am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A man was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand over the past three months, police said on Thursday.

Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiring

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:46am
(Reuters) - Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some U.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home.

High stakes for Trump in vote on healthcare plan

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:22am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump may face his first major legislative hurdle on Thursday: a do-or-die vote in the House of Representatives on a plan that would roll back the signature healthcare law of former President Barack Obama.

California regulator to vote on United States' strictest methane rule

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:07am
(Reuters) - California's air pollution regulator is due to hold a vote on Thursday on methane emission regulations that it says would be the strictest in the United States in controlling the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:05am
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

Police officer, three others killed in Wisconsin shooting: reports

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:55pm
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A police officer and three other people were killed in a string of shootings that unfolded in three small communities in central Wisconsin, local media reported on Wednesday.

Australian water advocate kicks off 1,000-mile run in Las Vegas

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:33pm
(Reuters) - Last time she ran 40 marathons in a row, Mina Guli wore out eight pairs of shoes. Now she is trying it a second time.

Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:08pm
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (Reuters) - A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 decision making the practice legal in all states.

Ex-Dean Foods chairman's story in Walters trial comes under fire

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:26pm
(Reuters) - A lawyer defending Las Vegas sports gambler William "Billy" Walters against insider trading charges on Wednesday sought to discredit former Dean Foods Chairman Tom Davis, who told jurors he used a special "bat phone" to give Walters confidential tips.

Immigrant whose daughter appealed to pope requests asylum in U.S.

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:57pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Mexican immigrant whose daughter appealed to Pope Francis three years ago to stop his deportation from the United States requested asylum at a federal court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Plan for $7.5 billion Kushner family New York tower faces hurdles: report

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:21pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The family-owned company that until recently was headed by U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law hopes to turn an aging New York office tower into a signature development that could be worth up to $12 billion, a report said on Wednesday.

Security tightened at UK sites in New York after London attack

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:54pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police ramped up security at British sites across the city on Wednesday after an assailant fatally stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament and was then shot and killed by police.

Illinois bills seek to legalize, tax marijuana sales to adults

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:01pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults and tax it to raise at least $350 million a year for the cash-strapped state under legislation introduced on Wednesday.

U.S. charges New York mob suspects with vendetta arson, robbery

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:57pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday rounded up seven mob suspects on charges of robbery and a vendetta arson in which a reputed Bonanno crime family associate was accused of having a car torched because its driver cut him off at a traffic light.

Mayor of Allentown, Penn., implicated in ex-official's guilty plea

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:28pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former top administrator of Allentown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal fraud charges, becoming the seventh person convicted in a long-running FBI pay-to-play investigation that includes Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widow

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:24pm
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - More than 50 victims and survivors of the June 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub sued the gunman's employer and widow on Wednesday, blaming them for failing to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.