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Vornado's Roth says he does back Hudson River tunnel project

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:46pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A billionaire real estate executive close to President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that contrary to recent news reports he believes a proposed new rail tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New York City and New Jersey is one of the most critical U.S. infrastructure projects.

'Chelsea Bomber' receives two life sentences

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:20pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New Jersey man convicted of planting bombs in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood in 2016 received two life sentences on Tuesday, after expressing no remorse in a Manhattan courtroom for engineering the explosion that injured 30 people.

Southwest is sued by Arabic speaker who was removed from plane

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:16pm
(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co was sued on Tuesday by an American citizen who came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee and said he was removed from a California flight after another passenger became unnerved upon hearing him speak in Arabic.

Second U.S. judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA program

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:57pm
(Reuters) - A second U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's decision to end a program that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation.

New York City bomber sentenced to life in prison

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:33pm
(Reuters) - A New Jersey man convicted of planting bombs in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood in 2016 was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

Pennsylvania court set to redraw voting maps after governor veto

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:28pm
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court was set to lay out new congressional voting districts for the state after Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday rejected a version drawn by Republican legislative leaders as unfairly skewed in their party's favor.

Wyoming, Utah explore funding legal challenges to West Coast coal policies

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers in coal-producing Utah and Wyoming, faced by a shrinking market for the fuel, this week introduced laws to fund legal challenges in California and Washington of policies that they believe hurt coal sales.

White powder sent to Washington building, housing Obama office: reports

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 1:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington police and fire officials on Tuesday removed a white powdery substance sent to the office building where former President Barack Obama leases space, but the material was found to be harmless, according to media reports.

NY top court says 'private' Facebook photos can be disclosed

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:54pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state's highest court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook users may be required to turn over photos and other information that are relevant to litigation, even if they are shielded by "privacy" settings.

U.S. senators raise concerns about extent of sexual abuse in sports

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:38pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senators investigating sexual abuse in sports said on Tuesday they were concerned about "potential systemic issues" involving abuse after written responses from the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics did not provide significant new details about how they responded to accusations of abuse.

Pennsylvania governor rejects Republican-drawn congressional map

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:58am
(Reuters) - Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf rejected a Republican-drawn congressional map on Tuesday as unfairly skewed toward protecting Republican candidates, likely putting the state's top court in charge of creating new boundaries.

Senate Republican leader embraces Trump immigration plan

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday turned up the heat on Democrats seeking protections for young "Dreamer" immigrants as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell embraced President Donald Trump's demands for broad changes to the country's immigration policies.

U.S. can sue UnitedHealth in $1 billion Medicare case, judge rules

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:52am
(Reuters) - A federal judge has ruled the U.S. Justice Department can move forward with a lawsuit claiming UnitedHealth Group Inc wrongly retained more than $1 billion from the government healthcare program Medicare.

Few Americans reporting cryptocurrency trading to IRS for now: report

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:02am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Less than 100 people out of the 250,000 individuals who have already filed federal taxes this year through company Credit Karma reported a cryptocurrency transaction to U.S. tax authorities, the company said on Tuesday.

Pug, borzoi among breeds to advance to final at Westminster Dog Show

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:41pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A borzoi, pug, bichon frise and border collie won Monday's group competitions at the 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and will vie for the contest's top prize.

Lawsuit claims Steven A. Cohen's firm Point72 is hostile to women

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:12pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A female executive at billionaire Steven A. Cohen's Point72 Asset Management LP on Monday filed a lawsuit accusing the firm of operating as a "boys' club" that subjects women to a openly hostile working environment and pays them less than men.

Liberia church massacre survivors sue alleged perpetrator in U.S. court

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 6:54pm
NEW YORK/MONROVIA (Reuters) - Four survivors of a church massacre that killed 600 people during the Liberian civil war on Monday filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. court against the man they accuse of having ordered the attack.

Opioid makers paid millions to advocacy groups: U.S. Senate report

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 6:44pm
(Reuters) - Five opioid manufacturers including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP have paid more than $10 million to advocacy groups and doctors tied to them, many of whom amplified industry messages supporting the use of the painkillers, a U.S. Senate report said on Monday.

Lawsuit claims Steven A. Cohen's investment firm Point72 is hostile to women

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 6:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A female executive at billionaire Steven A. Cohen's Point72 Asset Management on Monday filed a lawsuit accusing the fund management firm of operating as a "boys' club" where women are subjected to a hostile working environment, paid less than men, and kept from advancing their careers.

U.S. charges five ex-Venezuelan officials in PDVSA bribe case

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:57pm
(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Monday announced charges against five former Venezuelan officials accused of soliciting bribes in exchange for helping vendors win favorable treatment from state oil company PDVSA, the latest case to stem from a $1 billion graft probe.

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