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Power restored to most San Francisco customers -PG&E

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:20pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fewer that 3,000 customers remained without electricity in San Francisco on Friday after a fire in a utility substation earlier in the day knocked out power for much of the city, according to PG&E.

California rains muddy farm fields, higher vegetable prices soak shoppers

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:08pm
SALINAS, Calif. (Reuters) - Record rains are a double-edged sword for California's Salinas Valley: While the recent deluge virtually ended the state's historic drought, it also created muddy, unworkable fields - sending prices for everything from kale to cauliflower soaring.

Chinese citizen pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to export carbon fiber

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:00pm
(Reuters) - A Chinese citizen pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of trying to illegally export to China high-grade carbon fiber used primarily in aerospace and military applications, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:45pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Homeland Security Department's inspector general said on Friday he was investigating possible abuse of authority in a case that triggered a lawsuit against the department by Twitter Inc .

Washington threatens funding cut to California, other 'sanctuary' areas

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice threatened on Friday to cut off funding to California as well as eight cities and counties across the United States, escalating a Trump administration crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Social media outrage as Sessions calls Hawaii 'island in the Pacific'

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:51pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Social media did not take kindly to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions referring to the country's 50th state of Hawaii as just "an island in the Pacific."

Accused Fresno gunman’s arraignment delayed after courtroom outburst

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:43pm
(Reuters) - A man accused of murdering a motel security guard and gunning down three white men in a racially motivated Fresno, California shooting spree was ordered to undergo a psychiatric exam on Friday after entering a courtroom yelling "let black people go!"

Russian lawmaker's son gets 27 years prison in U.S. hacking case

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:39pm
(Reuters) - The son of a Russian lawmaker was sentenced on Friday by a U.S. federal court to 27 years in prison after being convicted of hacking into U.S. small businesses and financial institutions, causing more than $169 million in damages.

U.S. charges Russian arrested in Spain with operating spam botnet

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:23pm
(Reuters) - A federal grand jury in Connecticut has returned an eight-count indictment charging a Russian national who was arrested earlier this month with operating the Kelihos botnet, a global network of tens of thousands of infected computers, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

Man charged with threatening Jewish community centers in Florida

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:16pm
(Reuters) - An 18-year-old man who holds dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship was charged on Friday with making threatening calls to Jewish community centers in Florida, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

Florida state senator resigns after racial slur

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 2:59pm
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San Francisco power outage hits 90,000, business district affected

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:52pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A power outage on Friday morning in San Francisco affected around 90,000 people, stalling work in the technology and finance center as a vast swath of the financial district lost electricity.

Michigan couple charged with arranging genital mutilation for seven-year-olds

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:10pm
(Reuters) - A Michigan doctor and his wife were charged in federal court on Friday with helping a Detroit physician perform genital mutilation on 7-year-old girls.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez's family wants death scene evidence preserved

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:07pm
(Reuters) - The family of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez will ask a judge on Friday to order prison officials to preserve evidence collected after he was found dead in his cell on Wednesday from an apparent suicide.

U.S. House committee sets more hearings in Trump-Russia probe

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:57am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Friday it sent invitations to FBI, NSA and Obama administration officials to appear at hearings in its investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 election.

Trump greets Egyptian-American freed from Egyptian detention

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:47am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed back to the United States Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker whose release from jail in Egypt was sought by Trump when he met Egypt's president early this month.

Missing Tennessee teen to return home, teacher charged with kidnapping: family

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:53am
(Reuters) - Elizabeth Thomas, a missing 15-year-old Tennessee girl who was found with a former teacher in a remote corner of Northern California on Thursday will return home Friday, her family said in a television interview.

Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich's 14-year prison term upheld

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:58am
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's bid to shorten his 14-year prison sentence in a public corruption case.

North Dakota's 'water protectors' bring their pipeline story to film

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:37am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - They call themselves "water protectors" and describe the Dakota Access pipeline ferrying crude oil across America as "the black snake."

Arkansas executes inmate after U.S. Supreme Court gives go-ahead

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:23am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas executed its first inmate in 12 years on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the inmate's request to halt the lethal injection in a late-night ruling.