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State Department reminds staff on ethics after posts on Trump interests

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:43am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department's legal office has reminded employees not to promote private interests on social media after its online accounts publicized President Donald Trump's private Florida resort and his daughter Ivanka Trump's new book.

Democrats want to force vote on independent Russia commission

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:03am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives said on Wednesday they would try to force a vote on an independent commission to investigate Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, and whether there was collusion between President Donald Trump's associates and Moscow.

Puerto Rico creditors open to mediation in bankruptcy court

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:01am
SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's main creditors, meeting before a U.S. bankruptcy judge in the largest public finance restructuring case in history, are interested in continuing mediation settlement talks to resolve the island's unpayable $70 billion debt bill.

U.S. searchers find debris believed from plane lost near Bahamas

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:10am
(Reuters) - Search teams have found and identified wreckage they believe came from a small aircraft that disappeared near the Bahamas this week with four Americans on board, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday.

Illinois' unpaid bills reach record $14.3 billion

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:05am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' unpaid bill backlog has hit a record high of $14.3 billion as the legislature nears a May 31 budget deadline, the state comptroller's office said on Wednesday.

North Carolina's U.S. Senator Tillis collapses at charitable race: AP

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 8:41am
(Reuters) - United States Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed while competing in a three-mile charitable race in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning, the Associated Press reported.

Chelsea Manning leaves prison seven years after giving secrets to WikiLeaks

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 7:54am
(Reuters) - Chelsea Manning walked out of a U.S. military prison on Wednesday, seven years after being arrested for passing secrets to WikiLeaks in the largest breach of classified information in U.S. history.

Closing arguments in Tulsa police officer's trial to begin Wednesday

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 7:54am
TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - Closing arguments are to begin on Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of a white Tulsa police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in an incident caught on video that stoked debate over racial bias in U.S. policing.

Star lot withdrawn at Sotheby's, a Malevich fetches $21 million at N.Y. auction

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:35am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Impressionist and modern art achieved some respectable results at Sotheby's on Tuesday, but the sale was marked by the 11th-hour withdrawal of its much-hyped star offering, an early masterpiece by Egon Schiele.

Georgia murderer who wanted firing squad killed by lethal injection

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:39am
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia executed a convicted robber and murderer by lethal injection early on Wednesday after U.S. courts rejected his appeal to be killed by a firing squad.

At least one killed as tornado tears though dozens of Oklahoma homes: media

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:01am
(Reuters) - A tornado tore through western Oklahoma on Tuesday evening, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and killing at least one person, media reported.

New Orleans crews begin removing statue of Confederate general

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:23pm
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans authorities began dismantling a statue honoring Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard on Tuesday night, marking the third of four historical monuments the city slated for removal because they were deemed racially offensive.

State of Washington law paves way for organic marijuana market

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:21pm
(Reuters) - Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed a bill that paves the way for the state to create what is believed to be the first system in the United States to certify marijuana as organic.

U.S. motorists on roads for Memorial Day weekend to be highest since 2005: AAA

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:11pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of Americans traveling by car for the Memorial Day holiday will hit a 12-year high this year, fueled by a growing economy and relatively low gasoline prices, the nation's largest motorists' advocacy group said on Wednesday.

U.S. sues UnitedHealth again for mischarging Medicare Advantage

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 8:37pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department for the second time in a month sued UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday, accusing the nation's largest health insurer of obtaining over $1 billion from Medicare to which it was not entitled.

Merck, Upsher-Smith to pay $60 million in 'pay-for-delay' drug case

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 5:31pm
(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc and Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc have agreed to pay $60.2 million to resolve a lawsuit that said they entered into a deal to unlawfully delay the availability of generic versions of potassium supplement K-Dur.

Most U.S. troops kicked out for misconduct had mental illness: study

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:39pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of U.S. troops discharged from the military for misconduct during a four-year period ending in 2015 had been diagnosed with mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, a new study found.

Following advice, potential FBI chiefs steer clear of job under Trump

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration's search for a new FBI director hit roadblocks on Tuesday when two high-profile potential candidates, a moderate judge and a conservative senator, signaled they did not want the job.

Arab Bank settlement over attacks may hit snag in U.S. appeals court

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:31pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A settlement between Arab Bank Plc and Americans who accused it of facilitating militant attacks in Israel is in jeopardy after U.S. judges said they may not have jurisdiction over an appeal that would determine how much the bank should pay.

Groups seek removal of Kentucky judge over views on gay adoption

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:15pm
(Reuters) - Civil liberties groups on Tuesday called for the removal of a Kentucky judge who gained national attention last month for announcing that he would refuse to hear cases involving lesbian, gay or bisexual adults hoping to adopt children.

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