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Last stand: Nebraska farmers could derail Keystone XL pipeline

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:03pm
Neligh, NEBRASKA (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump handed TransCanada Pipeline Co. a permit for its Keystone XL pipeline last month, he said the company could now build the long-delayed and divisive project "with efficiency and with speed."

Loud sex sounds stall pro tennis match in Florida

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:57pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The score of a televised professional tennis match in Florida was love-15 when the apparent sounds of a woman in the throes of lovemaking interrupted it Tuesday night.

Canada police charge woman for smuggling asylum-seekers from U.S.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:48pm
TORONTO/WINNIPEG (Reuters) - Canadian police on Wednesday said they charged a woman with human smuggling offences in connection with the asylum seekers who have been streaming over the border from the United States in growing numbers in recent months.

Ohio man admits soliciting murder of U.S. military members

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:56pm
(Reuters) - An Ohio man who professed support for the Islamic State militant group has pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of U.S. military personnel, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

U.S. high court says Colorado must refund exonerated defendants

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:29pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a Colorado law that allowed the state to keep fees and restitution paid by criminal defendants even when their convictions are overturned, calling it an unconstitutional violation of their rights.

Two inmates claiming innocence try to stop Arkansas executions

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:55am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas plans to carry out its first executions in a dozen years on Thursday by killing two inmates who claim they are innocent and have launched last-minute appeals to have their lives spared.

Trump to hold news conference next week on U.S. veterans issues

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:47am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will hold a news conference on April 27 to discuss veterans issues, as he tries to elevate an issue he campaigned on heavily last year.

Trump to host Palestinian President Abbas on May 3: White House

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:29am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington on May 3, the White House said on Wednesday.

U.S. justices sympathize with church in key religious rights case

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared sympathetic to a church that sued Missouri for denying it state taxpayer funds for a playground project in a closely watched religious rights case involving public money going to religious entities.

House Oversight head Chaffetz to leave Congress after 2018

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:44am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, who chairs a House committee with broad investigative powers, on Wednesday announced his plans to leave Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, saying he had no intention of running for any political office.

Emirates cuts flights on five U.S. routes as restrictions hit demand

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:10am
DUBAI (Reuters) - Emirates [EMIRA.UL], the largest international airline by passenger traffic, said on Wednesday it was cutting flights on five U.S. routes after restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration on some air travel had weakened demand.

Trial ending for Pennsylvania man who eluded manhunt in trooper ambush

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 8:55am
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The trial of Eric Frein, a Pennsylvania outdoorsman accused of killing a state trooper in a 2014 sniper attack that triggered a massive manhunt, wraps up with closing arguments on Wednesday.

Former NFL star Hernandez hangs self in jail cell: officials

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 7:11am
BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in the jail cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, just days after being acquitted of a second murder charge, state prison officials said on Wednesday.

U.S. top court to hear key religious rights case involving Missouri church

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:12am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a closely watched dispute over supplying taxpayer money to religious entities in which a church accuses Missouri of violating its religious rights by denying it state funds for a playground project.

New York town official to face trial in landmark bond fraud case

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:02am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An elected official of a New York City suburb faces trial on Wednesday in what authorities have called the first criminal securities fraud case involving municipal bonds.

Three arrested during protest against white nationalist speech in Alabama

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:21am
(Reuters) - At least three people were arrested during a protest against an appearance by white U.S. nationalist Richard Spencer at Alabama's Auburn University late on Tuesday, hours after a judge ordered the school to let him give a speech, media reported.

Rising seas could push some U.S. migration to areas far from coast: study

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 8:24pm
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Rising sea levels caused by climate change may drive U.S. coastal residents to areas far from the seaboard, not just to adjacent inland regions, according to a study published online in the journal Nature Climate Change.

'Dreamer' returned to Mexico despite Trump promise: USA Today

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 8:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A young man who was protected from deportation under an Obama-era program aimed at allowing immigrants brought to the United States as children to stay was sent back to his native Mexico by U.S. border authorities, USA Today reported on Tuesday.

U.S. Supreme Court hesitant to expand debt collection abuse law

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 6:45pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared skeptical of widening the scope of who can be subject to a federal law targeting debt collectors' abusive practices by including those who buy debt, sometimes for pennies on the dollar.

Company sues Arkansas, charging fraud over lethal injection drugs

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 6:16pm
(Reuters) - U.S. drug wholesaler McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc sued Arkansas a second time on Tuesday, saying the state acted fraudulently in obtaining a drug it intends to administer in a record number of executions this month and demanding it not use the batch to kill people.