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California mosque led by women opens doors to all

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 5:26pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - The second mosque in the United States led solely by women held its inaugural service in California on Friday, but unlike a Los Angeles congregation that opened two years ago, the new female-led Muslim house of worship in Berkeley is open to both genders.

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez cleared of 2012 double murder

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 2:50pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston jury on Friday found former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez not guilty of murdering two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012, following what prosecutors described as a dispute that began over a spilled drink.

Decades of sexual abuse at elite Connecticut school documented in report

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 2:06pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Students at Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite boarding school in Connecticut, were sexually abused by at least 12 faculty members in incidents that date back to the 1960s, according to a report commissioned by the school and released on Friday.

United Air passenger says scorpion bit him on flight from Texas

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:45pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines found itself on the defensive again on Friday after a passenger complained that a scorpion stung him during a flight from Texas, capping off a bruising week for the public image of the one of the world's largest carriers.

Motorists in U.S. drove 1.9 percent more miles in February vs last year

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:30am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Motorists traveled 233.4 billion miles (376 billion km) on U.S. roads and highways in February, a 1.9 percent increase over the same period last year, according to monthly U.S. Department of Transportation figures released on Friday.

Trump administration drops North Carolina 'bathroom bill' lawsuit: report

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:14am
(Reuters) - The Trump administration dropped a lawsuit accusing North Carolina of discriminating against LGBT residents on Friday in response to the state’s decision to undo its “bathroom bill,” according to the Associated Press.

Wisconsin man accused of sending manifesto to Trump arrested after manhunt

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 8:54am
(Reuters) - A Wisconsin man accused of stealing an arsenal of weapons from a gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump has been arrested after a massive manhunt, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said on Friday.

Drug companies ask court to block Arkansas execution

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 8:43am
(Reuters) - Two pharmaceuticals companies asked a federal court to block Arkansas from using their drugs for upcoming executions, claiming that doing so would violate contractual controls and create a public health risk, court documents showed.

California judge to hear arguments on sanctuary city order

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 5:05am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California federal judge is set to hear arguments on Friday in a case brought by two large counties requesting the suspension of President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants.

Saipan casino workers protest for payment as FBI cites illegal labor

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:28am
HONG KONG (Reuters) - More than 50 construction workers hired for a casino resort on the Pacific island of Saipan staged a street protest on Friday demanding to be paid, after their employer was charged with illegally importing Chinese workers on tourist visas.

To visit Titanic, New York banker dives deep into her savings

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 5:22pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Renata Rojas has longed to visit the wreck of the Titanic since she was a girl, years before the ill-fated passenger liner was discovered on the seabed three decades ago.

New York police arrest 25 at immigration protest in Trump Tower

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 5:18pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police on Thursday arrested 25 people in the lobby of Trump Tower protesting U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration and border policies.

Four shot at Atlanta rail station, suspect held: transit authority

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:33pm
(Reuters) - Four people were shot on Thursday at an Atlanta rail station and a suspect was in custody, the city's transit authority said.

LGBT advocates seek to label opponents as U.S. hate groups

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:38pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A liberal coalition on Thursday started a campaign to label social conservative organizations that oppose transgender rights as hate groups, ratcheting up the antagonism between opposing sides on one of America's most contentious debates.

Police probe death of first U.S. Muslim woman judge as suicide

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:28pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police are investigating the death of the United States' first female Muslim judge as a possible suicide, but lack important clues about how her body ended up in the Hudson River, a police source said on Thursday.

Detroit doctor charged with female genital mutilation of seven-year-olds

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:13pm
(Reuters) - U.S. authorities have charged a Detroit doctor with performing genital mutilation on 7-year-old girls in what is believed to be the first case brought under a law prohibiting the procedure.

CIA chief calls WikiLeaks a 'hostile intelligence service'

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday called WikiLeaks a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.

Arkansas governor backs record executions, saying families need closure

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 2:43pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - An unprecedented series of executions scheduled in Arkansas later this month will bring long-awaited closure to victims' families, the state's governor said on Thursday, as U.S. judges mull whether to halt the proceedings on grounds they are excessive and unlawful.

Trump signs resolution allowing U.S. states to block family planning funds

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 2:39pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners.

Nestle Purina 'Beggin' dog treat lawsuit is scrapped

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 2:11pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawsuit accusing Nestle Purina Petcare Co [NESNP.UL] of fooling dog owners into thinking its Beggin' dog treats are made mostly of real bacon has been dropped.