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When Noah meets Emma: Top U.S. baby names for 2016

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 3:04pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - When 18-year-olds register as first-time voters in the 2034 U.S. congressional elections, many of the signatures will include the names Emma and Noah.

U.S. settles Russian money laundering case

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 2:14pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian-owned group of companies has agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle U.S. civil allegations that the firms laundered proceeds of a $230 million tax fraud, ending a politically charged case days before it was set to go to trial.

After tough week, Trump looks for a lift at Liberty University

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 4:04am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Saturday is set to deliver the commencement address - his first as president - to Liberty University, the nation's largest Christian college, where he is expected to find to a friendly audience after a week of turmoil in Washington.

Former Kentucky jail guard convicted of beating inmate who later died

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:56pm
(Reuters) - A former Kentucky jail guard was convicted of beating an inmate and leaving him lying with blood on his face, until another jail employee saw the victim and he was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead, officials said on Friday.

LA not sure it will play Trump card in Games bid

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:05pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Whether U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to Peru in September to promote Los Angeles' 2024 Olympics bid is an open question but many believe the controversial leader would do more harm than good as the city vies with Paris for the Games.

Los Angeles throws down gauntlet to Paris in 2024 hosting battle

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:32pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles 2024 made a final pitch to the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission on Friday and now will wait and see if they hit a home run to win the right to host the Summer Games for a third time.

Tennessee set to be first to make community college free for adults

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:32pm
(Reuters) - Tennessee will become the first state in the country to offer free community college to all adults without a degree under a measure Republican Governor Bill Haslam is likely to quickly sign into law, a spokesman said Friday.

Judge denies accused Tennessee kidnapper's request for release

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:19pm
(Reuters) - A 50-year-old former Tennessee schoolteacher accused of kidnapping one of his high school students will remain behind bars after a federal judge on Friday found probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.

NLRB files complaint against VW over practices at Tennessee plant

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:36pm
DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has filed an unfair labor practices complaint against Volkswagen AG for hiking health insurance premiums and changing working hours of a group of skilled workers who voted for union representation in 2015.

Historically black university in Texas cancels Senator's speech

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:32pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Senator John Cornyn will no longer deliver the commencement address at Texas Southern University this weekend, the school said on Friday, after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed at another historically black university.

Wells Fargo may have created 3.5 million unauthorized accounts: lawyers

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:49pm
(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co may have opened as many as 3.5 million unauthorized customer accounts, far more than previously estimated, according to lawyers seeking approval of a $142 million settlement over the practice.

Retired baseball player DeCinces found guilty of insider trading

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:43pm
(Reuters) - A retired Major League Baseball player and another man were found guilty on Friday of having engaged in insider trading, while jurors deadlocked on charges against a onetime chief executive of a medical device company.

Hanford nuclear site accident puts focus on aging U.S. facilities

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:29pm
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The collapse of a tunnel used to store radioactive waste at one of the most contaminated U.S. nuclear sites has raised concerns among watchdog groups and others who study the country's nuclear facilities because many are aging and fraught with problems.

Former Los Angeles sheriff gets three years in obstruction scheme

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:59pm
(Reuters) - Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday after his conviction in March on federal charges stemming from a scheme to derail an FBI investigation into corruption at his department.

Florida probes Koch Foods, Wayne Farms over chicken pricing

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:20pm
(Reuters) - Florida's attorney general has demanded records from Koch Foods Inc, Wayne Farms LLC and other chicken companies in connection with an investigation into anticompetitive conduct within the poultry industry, according to newly released documents.

Two scientists resign to protest U.S. EPA dismissals

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two scientists who serve on an independent board reviewing Environmental Protection Agency research resigned on Friday to protest what they see as a weakening of scientific integrity of the agency.

U.S. Justice Department orders tougher criminal punishments

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:31pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration called for tougher charges and longer prison time for criminals in a move to return to strict enforcement of federal sentencing rules, according to a memo the U.S. Department of Justice released on Friday.

Police chief, on job for 3 weeks, fatally shot at Ohio nursing home

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:30pm
(Reuters) - A police chief in a central Ohio town, on the job for just three weeks, was among four people fatally shot on Friday morning at a nursing and rehabilitation home, officials said.

Engineer in deadly Philadelphia Amtrak crash could still be charged

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:02am
(Reuters) - The engineer in a deadly 2015 Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia could be charged by the Pennsylvania attorney general as soon as Friday even though local prosecutors had cleared him of criminal wrongdoing earlier in the week.

New York's embattled corrections chief to resign: media reports

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:37am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of New York City's jails is expected to resign on Friday amid mounting pressure following a series of scandals over the misuse of city property and his department's spying on city investigators, according to local media reports.