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Police in Kansas kill innocent man after prank emergency call

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 3:03am
(Reuters) - A police officer in Kansas shot and killed an innocent, unarmed man after a prank caller told authorities that he had killed his father and was holding hostages inside the man's home, police said.

U.S. military to accept transgender recruits on Monday: Pentagon

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 7:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Transgender people will be allowed for the first time to enlist in the U.S. military starting on Monday as ordered by federal courts, the Pentagon said on Friday, after President Donald Trump's administration decided not to appeal rulings that blocked his transgender ban.

Gunman kills two at Houston garage, takes his own life

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 6:27pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former worker at a Houston auto repair shop fatally shot two employees on Friday and then committed suicide, Houston police said.

White House, Congress prepare for talks on spending, immigration

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 4:29pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it was set to kick off talks next week with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders on immigration policy, government spending and other issues that need to be wrapped up early in the new year.

Boy, three, playing with stove caused deadly New York fire, officials say

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:21pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy playing with the burners on a kitchen stove started a fire in a New York City apartment building that killed 12 people, including four children, city officials said on Friday.

Trio of grisly crimes darken U.S. holiday season

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:07pm
(Reuters) - In the Christmas week, there were reports of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend with a samurai sword in Texas, an Ohio woman indicted for killing her husband and hiding his body parts in their house, and a Florida man arrested for trying to electrocute his wife by rigging a booby trap to a door.

U.S. crime novelist Sue Grafton dies of cancer

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 2:24pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crime novelist Sue Grafton, whose Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series became world-wide best sellers, has died after a two year battle with cancer, her daughter said on Friday.

Numbing cold wave grips U.S., heralding a frigid New Year's Eve

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 1:26pm
(Reuters) - The torrent of arctic air that poured into many parts of the United States this week tightened its grip on Friday and brought record cold to some spots, as forecasters warned revelers from Memphis to New York to expect numbing conditions on New Year's Eve.

Trump wants Postal Service to charge 'much more' for Amazon shipments

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 1:25pm
WASHINGTON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge "much more" to ship packages for Amazon Amazon, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

Barring late legal twist, U.S. military to accept transgender recruits

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 1:17pm
(Reuters) - Transgender people will be allowed to enlist in the U.S. armed forces starting on Monday as ordered by federal courts, unless President Donald Trump's administration seeks last-minute Supreme Court intervention to try to enforce his blocked transgender ban.

Boy, three, playing with stove caused deadly N.Y. fire, officials say

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy playing with the burners on a kitchen stove started a fire in a New York City apartment building that killed 12 people, including four children, city officials said on Friday.

Boy playing with stove caused deadly New York fire, officials say

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:58am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy playing with the burners on a kitchen stove started a fire in a New York City apartment building that killed 12 people, including four children, city officials said on Friday.

Ramen price-fixing class action headed for U.S. trial

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:57am
(Reuters) - A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to dismiss antitrust class action litigation accusing two big South Korean ramen producers of conspiring to fix prices in the United States, clearing the way for a trial.

Trump demands border wall, visa changes as part of immigration fix

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:03am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would not consider reinstating an immigration program that protected young people from deportation without a commitment from Democrats to help build a wall on the border with Mexico and end certain immigration programs.

Child playing with stove may have started deadly N.Y. fire, mayor says

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 9:27am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A child playing with a stove may have caused the fire in a New York City apartment building that killed 12 people, including four children, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.

Apartment fire in New York City kills 12 including four children

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 7:40am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators in New York City searched early on Friday for the cause of an apartment fire that killed 12 people including four children in the city's deadliest blaze in at least a quarter of a century.

Trump targets Amazon in call for postal service to hike prices

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 7:26am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday targeted online retailer Amazon in a call for the country's postal service to raise prices of shipments in order to recoup costs.

California set for New Year's buzz with recreational marijuana sales

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 5:35am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California adults not content to ring in the New Year with the traditional fizz of champagne can look forward to celebrating with the buzz of marijuana, purchased for the first time from state-licensed retailers of recreational pot.

Fire in New York City apartment block kills 12 including four children

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 5:13am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators in New York City searched early on Friday for the cause of a blaze that ripped through an apartment building in the Bronx and killed 12 people including four children, in the city's deadliest fire in at least a quarter of a century.

Fire in New York City apartment block kills 12 including an infant

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 1:29am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators in New York City searched early on Friday for the cause of a blaze that ripped through an apartment building in the borough of the Bronx, killing 12 people including an infant, in the city's deadliest fire in at least a quarter of a century.

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