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Trump, Republicans face tricky task of averting U.S. government shutdown

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:12am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress face their first major budget test next week, with the threat of a U.S. government shutdown potentially hinging on his proposed Mexican border wall as well as Obamacare funding.

Ohio investigates Visa's debit card transactions

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:12am
(Reuters) - Visa Inc said on Friday it was being investigated on rules related to acceptance of its debit cards, cardholder verification methods and routing of debit transactions.

Trump to order U.S. Treasury to delve into taxes, post-crisis reforms

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:09am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will order the Treasury on Friday to find and reduce tax burdens and review post-financial crisis reforms that banks and insurance companies have said hinder their ability to do business.

Uber extends sexual harassment probe; expects report by end-May

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:54pm
(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said it has extended its internal investigation into sexual harassment claims in its own organization, and a report is expected by the end of May.

U.S. judicial panel finds Texas hurt Latino vote with redrawn boundaries

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:44pm
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A special federal judicial panel ruled for the second time in two months on Thursday that the Republican-led Texas Legislature deliberately redrew political boundaries so as to unfairly diminish voter clout of the state's growing Latino population.

U.S. regulators block Texas, Arizona over import of execution drug

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 9:02pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. regulatory agency told Texas and Arizona that more than a thousand vials of drugs they ordered for executions in their states from India in 2015, and seized by U.S. Customs, will not be released to them, an official said on Thursday.

Accused gunman in Fresno shooting spree charged in motel murder

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:20pm
(Reuters) - A suspect nicknamed Black Jesus who police say killed three white men during a racially motivated shooting spree in downtown Fresno, California, was charged on Thursday with the murder of an unarmed Motel 6 security guard days earlier.

Group sues Trump for repealing U.S. wildlife rule in rare legal challenge

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 6:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An environmental group sued President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday over the repeal of a U.S. rule intended to protect wildlife, in the first court challenge to a law being used by Republicans to ease federal regulation.

Virginia governor spares convicted murderer from execution

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:59pm
(Reuters) - A Virginia death row inmate will spend his life in prison instead of being executed for the 2001 murder of his ex-girlfriend after the state governor commuted the sentence on Thursday, saying it was flawed.

Georgia grants couple's request to give daughter surname 'Allah'

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:11pm
(Reuters) - Georgia officials have granted a couple's request to issue a birth certificate giving their toddler daughter the surname "Allah" after earlier refusing to do so because neither parent has that name, civil liberties advocates said on Thursday.

4/20 pot celebrations marked by arrests at U.S. Capitol

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana smoke-ins, street parties and concerts marked the informal 4/20 pot holiday across the country on Thursday, but police spoiled one cannabis event near the U.S. Capitol with arrests and seizure of joints.

Man gets 25-year sentence in shooting death of ex-NFL player

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:35pm
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Cardell Hayes, the 29-year-old tow truck driver convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of retired NFL player Will Smith last April, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, a Louisiana judge ruled on Thursday.

SeaWorld in Texas welcomes last orca to be born in its parks

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:11pm
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The last orca to be born in Texas at a SeaWorld park, which popularized killer whale shows in the 1960s but faced growing opposition in recent years, has been born at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush to remain in hospital

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:48pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will remain in a Houston hospital at least through Thursday night as he recovers from his second bout of pneumonia this year, a family spokesman said.

Messaging app said to be used in White House does not work: lawsuit

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:29pm
(Reuters) - Confide, a popular encrypted messaging app said to be used by White House officials, does not keep communications confidential as its maker promises, a proposed class-action lawsuit charges.

Day after ex-NFL star Hernandez's death, fight over his brain

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:26pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Thursday accused the Massachusetts' medical examiner's office of reneging on a deal to turn over the athlete's brain to a Boston laboratory a day after he was found dead in his prison cell.

California's 'weed nuns' on a mission to heal with cannabis

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:10pm
MERCED, Calif. (Reuters) - The Sisters of the Valley, California's self-ordained "weed nuns," are on a mission to heal and empower women with their cannabis products.

Former Tennessee teacher in kidnapping case captured, girl safe

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:34pm
(Reuters) - A former Tennessee high school teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old student in March was arrested on Thursday in northern California where the teenager was also safely recovered, authorities said.

'Straw hat bandit' arrested in 11 Pennsylvania bank robberies

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:18pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania bank robber who earned the nickname "straw hat bandit" for wearing colorful head wear during heists was arrested on Thursday for a string of 11 robberies, authorities said.

Trump launches trade probe targeting Chinese steel

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:59am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump launched an investigation on Thursday to determine whether Chinese and other foreign-made steel threatens U.S. national security, raising the possibility of new tariffs and triggering a rally in U.S. steel stocks.