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U.S. House panel to begin tax reform hearings next week: chairman

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:00pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The tax-writing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will begin holding hearings on a Republican tax reform proposal next week, the panel's Republican chairman said on Tuesday.

Two more Illinois universities at risk of junk ratings from Moody's

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:26pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' record-breaking stretch without a complete budget could push the credit ratings of two more state universities into the junk level.

Three killed in Fresno, California shooting spree

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:01pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in downtown Fresno, California, on Tuesday, killing three people before he was taken into custody, local media reported, citing police.

Georgetown University renames buildings to atone for slavery ties

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 2:09pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Georgetown University moved to atone for its historical links to slavery on Tuesday by holding a religious service and renaming buildings after African-Americans, including for one of 272 slaves sold to help fund the Washington school.

U.S. senator raises questions about hospital operator UHS

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 2:08pm
(Reuters) - A Republican senator said on Tuesday he had written to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) raising questions about reports of "troubling conduct" by psychiatric hospital operator Universal Health Services Inc.

NCAA returns to North Carolina after transgender bathroom law repeal

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:53pm
(Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday formally reversed course and scheduled championship games in North Carolina, returning to the state after previously stripping it of events to protest a law on transgender use of public bathrooms.

Alabama's new governor orders speedier election to replace Sessions

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:48pm
(Reuters) - Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday moved up the election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to December because she said the original plan to hold it in late 2018 was not soon enough to meet state law.

Montana real estate agent sues neo-Nazi website over 'troll storm'

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:26pm
(Reuters) - A Montana real estate agent who said she and her 12-year-old son received hundreds of threatening anti-Semitic messages after a neo-Nazi website called on its readers to launch a "troll storm" against her sued the site's owner in federal court on Tuesday.

U.S. top court urged to decide church case despite state policy flip

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:20pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Missouri officials and a church embroiled in a closely watched dispute over public money going to religious entities urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to decide the case despite a pivotal policy change by the state's Republican governor.

U.S. cargo ship blasts off for space station with supplies, experiments

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:14am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Florida on Tuesday, propelling a cargo capsule filled with supplies and science experiments toward the International Space Station.

Lawsuit against Trump over foreign payments expands

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:22am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A nonprofit watchdog expanded a lawsuit accusing U.S. President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by letting his hotels and restaurants accept payments from foreign governments.

Facebook murder suspect remains at large as police ask public for help

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 5:12am
(Reuters) - A murder suspect who police said posted a video of himself on Facebook shooting an elderly man in Cleveland remained on the loose on Tuesday as authorities appealed to the public for help in the case.

N.Y. man to be sentenced for murder in infamous 1979 missing child case

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 5:03am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former delicatessen worker convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz is due to be sentenced on Tuesday, nearly 40 years after the boy's disappearance in New York City helped raise national awareness about the plight of abducted children.

Arkansas attorney general, governor vows to pursue executions

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 2:38am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas' attorney general and governor are vowing to pursue a series of executions scheduled over the next two weeks even after the state's Supreme Court halted the first two lethal injections hours before they were to take place.

Boeing to lay off hundreds more engineers: source

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 9:59pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co warned employees on Monday it planned another round of involuntary layoffs that would affect hundreds of engineers at its commercial airplanes unit, according to a source and a memo seen by Reuters.

Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 9:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs.

California drops rape charge against former NFL player Ray McDonald

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:43pm
(Reuters) - A felony rape charge against former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was dismissed on Monday because his accuser did not want to testify, prosecutors said.

Suspect in Washington state mall shootings found dead in cell

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 2:29pm
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The gunman accused of killing five people during a shooting rampage last year inside a Washington state shopping mall has been found dead in his jail cell, a local official said on Monday.

New York City taxi commission plans to force Uber to add driver tipping feature

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 2:17pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride-services company Uber Technologies Inc may be required to provide passengers a way to tip their drivers, despite its longstanding resistance, if a plan by New York City's taxi regulator is implemented.

Illinois bill would ban forcible removal of passengers after UAL incident

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 2:15pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - It would be illegal for Illinois state or local government employees to forcibly remove travelers from flights under a bill introduced by a lawmaker on Monday after a United Airlines passenger was violently dragged from an aircraft last week.