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Colorado wildfire scorches woodland, at least 1,000 people evacuated

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 4:42pm
(Reuters) - A wildfire near the University of Colorado in Boulder burned through about 62 acres (25 hectares) of woodland on Sunday, prompting authorities to urge at least 1,000 people to evacuate the drought-hit region.

Republicans revamp U.S. health bill to help older Americans

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 10:45am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and to add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday.

Pulitzer-winning New York columnist Jimmy Breslin dies at age 86

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 9:49am
(Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, a self-described “street reporter” who chronicled New York City life for decades and won acclaim for his coverage of the "Son of Sam" serial killings, died on Sunday at age 86.

U.S. Republicans working on Medicaid, tax credit changes: Ryan

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 8:33am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill that would implement a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, as well as boost tax credits for older, lower income people, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday.

U.S. Supreme Court’s ideological balance at stake in confirmation fight

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:06am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is sworn in for his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, Democrats will make the case that he is a pro-business, social conservative insufficiently independent of the president.

Person in custody after incident at White House gates: Secret Service

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 12:43am
(Reuters) - One person was in custody after a suspicious vehicle drove up to a White House checkpoint on Saturday night, the Secret Service said, after CNN reported that the driver claimed to have a bomb.

Fire extinguished at Motiva Convent refinery; no injuries

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 8:26pm
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A fire was extinguished at Motiva Enterprises [MOTIV.UL] 235,000 barrel per day (bpd) Convent, Louisiana, refinery on Saturday with no injuries, a company spokeswoman said in a statement.

Rock'n'roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:55pm
(Reuters) - Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock'n'roll as one of its most influential guitarists and the creator of raucous anthems that defined its early sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday at his Missouri home. He was 90.

Meals on Wheels says donations surged after U.S. budget

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 3:42pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Meals on Wheels America, the umbrella organization for 5,000 providers of home-delivered meals for seniors, said on Saturday that online donations have surged since the White House released a proposed budget that could lead to a big drop in its funding.

Tennessee police hunt former teacher accused of kidnapping student

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 1:41pm
(Reuters) - Tennessee police are searching for a former high school teacher accused of luring a 15-year-old student into his car outside of a restaurant and disappearing with the girl earlier this week, investigators said on Saturday.

Another person tries to jump White House fence

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 1:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A person jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House on Saturday while President Trump was in Florida, but was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter.

Trump ‘travel ban bands’ take to stage in Texas capital

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:49am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Bands with diaspora from the seven Muslim-majority countries on U.S. President Donald Trump’s original travel ban took to the stage in Austin to build resistance against executive orders critics see as perpetuating bigotry.

DNA links man to two Michigan police shootings: law enforcement

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 2:03am
(Reuters) - A man charged in the shooting of two Detroit police officers earlier this week has been linked through DNA evidence to the fatal shooting of a university police officer last year, authorities said.

Idaho boy injured, family dog killed by government 'cyanide bomb'

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:58pm
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A "cyanide bomb" planted by U.S. predator-control agents targeting coyotes near homes and hiking trails in Idaho exploded when a boy handled the device, injuring him and killing his dog, authorities and relatives said on Friday.

Arkansas restores Martin Luther King holiday without Robert E. Lee

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:17pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas lawmakers on Friday gave final approval to a bill setting aside an official state holiday solely for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and relegating Confederate General Robert E. Lee to a separate, lesser observance.

South Dakota's governor vetoes loosening of concealed carry gun laws

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:32pm
(Reuters) - South Dakota's Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard on Friday vetoed a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in the state, after saying current laws made sense and were adequate.

Victims of Marines nude photo-sharing scandal increase

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of victims who have come forward to investigators looking into a growing scandal involving some Marines sharing nude photos of women online has doubled to more than 20, an official from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service said on Friday.

Kentucky mayor asks FBI to probe sex assault claims versus police

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:58pm
LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday asked the FBI to investigate potential violations of federal law in a case involving sexual abuse charges made against two city police officers.

Exclusive: Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:35pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials.

New York park named for disabled FDR sued by wheelchair users

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:27pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - People confined to wheelchairs are unable to fully enjoy a New York City park named after President Franklin Roosevelt, one of the most famous wheelchair users in U.S. history, a class-action lawsuit claims.