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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:20:02 -0500

(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's g....
Obamacare sign-ups rise to 1 million as pace picks up before deadline

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:18:09 -0500

The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance next year surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment on the federally-run HealthCare.gov website, p....
Renewed winds, dry conditions hamper fight to tame California wildfire

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:15:40 -0500

By Ben Gruber CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters trying to tame a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California were facing bone-dry conditions and the return of powerfu....
White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman resigns

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:07:32 -0500

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former reality television star-turned political aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, has resigned from the White House to "pursue other opportunities," Trump's spokeswoman ....
Analyst View: Democrat Jones wins Alabama U.S. Senate seat in blow to Trump

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:55:19 -0500

Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusa....
U.N. expert says inmate U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:49:08 -0500

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday....
U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:36:11 -0500

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massi....
Accused NYC bomber to formally face terrorism charges as soon as Wednesday

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:30:43 -0500

The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs is expected to be formally charged as early as Wednesday with supporting a foreign terroris....
No evidence NY bomb suspect linked to Bangladesh militants: security chief

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:20:14 -0500

Bangladesh has found no evidence linking a Bangladeshi man charged with an attempted suicide bombing in New York with militants in Bangladesh, its counter-terrorism chief told Reuters on Wednesday. U....
Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:59:49 -0500

Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race defined by sexual misconduct accus....
Manhattan luxury condo sales skew apartment prices: survey

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:49:32 -0500

A boom in newly built luxury apartments in Manhattan has skewed prices for the overall residential real estate market in the borough and masked a sharp drop in transaction volume over the past five ye....
After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:31:13 -0500

CARPINTERIA, Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California are slowly gaining control of one of the largest wildfires in state history, but residents may not enjoy much relief as ....
Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:07:49 -0500

San Francisco technology companies including Twitter, Salesforce.com, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee. Lee, 65, a former tenants' rights lawyer....
Trump loses his big bet on Alabama U.S. Senate race

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:29:16 -0500

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In backing Roy Moore in Alabama's U.S. Senate race even though the candidate faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, President Donald Trump....
FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win' race to White House: NYT

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:49:41 -0500

(Reuters) - Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White Hou....
Trump congratulates Democrat for Alabama U.S. Senate victory in tweet

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:24:02 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday for winning a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama against the Republican candidate the president backed.....
Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:42:48 -0500

By Ben Gruber CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside communi....
U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:35:43 -0500

U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terr....
U.S. transit agencies cautious on electric buses despite bold forecasts

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:01:04 -0500

Communities across the United States are looking to replace their dirty diesel buses, ushering in what some analysts predict will be a boom in electric fleets. Out of more than 65,000 public buses pl....
Overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. Safety Board

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:32:45 -0500

The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the Nat....
Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:31:03 -0500

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage....
California lawmakers meet with Pence about fires

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:55:04 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the House of Representatives from California areas currently battling massive wildfires met with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Tuesday, telling repo....
Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:55:04 -0500

An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds....
U.S. judge questions Trump administration on birth control rules

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:42:41 -0500

By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge questioned on Tuesday whether the federal government properly formulated new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to prov....
Tillerson seeks to ease skepticism about U.S. State Department reorganization

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:41:46 -0500

Rex Tillerson, dogged by media speculation about how long he will last as U.S. secretary of state, tried on Tuesday to ease skepticism among staff about his leadership and planned State Department reo....
Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:22:49 -0500

Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open int....
Alabama voters choosing senator in race with high stakes for Trump

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:20:30 -0500

By Andy Sullivan MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama were casting ballots on Tuesday in a U.S. Senate race with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican R....
Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:59:30 -0500

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of....
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's office

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:50:27 -0500

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a champion for the technology sector and former civil rights attorney who sued the city on behalf of tenants and would go on to lead as its first Chinese American mayor, di....
New York to adapt New Year's Eve security after botched suicide bomb

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:42:17 -0500

New York police will adjust security plans for the traditional New Year's Eve celebrations attended by hundreds of thousands of revelers in Times Square after a botched suicide bombing in a subway tun....
Perfect storm of overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. authorities

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard, after an overconfident captain let the ship steam into a hurricane, while poor training and equipment also factored into the worst U.....
Trump's attack on Senator Gillibrand 'nasty': Senator Schumer

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:13:48 -0500

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's tweeted attack on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was "nasty," but Schumer did not join Gillibrand's call for Trump....
Special Report: Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:53:41 -0500

When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house. One month later, across....
Bangladesh authorities question wife of New York bomb suspect: police

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:25:29 -0500

Police in Bangladesh are questioning the wife of Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man U.S. authorities say set off a pipe bomb in a crowded New York City commuter hub, two senior police officials in Bangla....
U.S. prosecutors bring terrorism charge against Manhattan bomb suspect

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:14:07 -0500

Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction, bombing ....
Trump's push to cut federal jobs has modest impact, mostly in defense

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:03:16 -0500

President Donald Trump's campaign to shrink the "bloated federal bureaucracy" so far has made a small dent in the federal workforce, and that largely because of a decline in civilian defense jobs. D....
U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:08:10 -0500

A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77. One of the Cold War's strangest dramas....
Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:50:36 -0500

Cuba told senior U.S. officials during talks on migration in Havana on Monday that the U.S. decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was "seriously hampering" family relations ....
New York charges Times Square bomb suspect; Bangladesh questions wife

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:24:03 -0500

By Ruma Paul and Daniel Trotta DHAKA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials on Tuesday said they charged a Bangladeshi man with terrorism, accusing him of setting off a pipe bomb a day earlier in a ....
U.S. transit agencies cautious on electric buses despite bold forecasts

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:11:02 -0500

Communities across the United States are looking to replace their dirty diesel buses, ushering in what some analysts predict will be a boom in electric fleets. Out of more than 65,000 public buses pl....
Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:07:52 -0500

Instead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office them....
Bangladesh police looking for family, associates of New York bombing suspect

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:36:08 -0500

Officials in Bangladesh are trying to track down the extended family and any known associates of Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man U.S. authorities say set off a homemade pipe bomb in a crowded New York....
Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:41:35 -0500

By Ben Gruber VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters, taking advantage of a lull in the winds, on Monday held in check a massive Southern California wildfire that has torched hundreds of buildings ....
Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:57:15 -0500

A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted ....
U.S. House Democratic women seek probe of Trump misconduct accusations

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:11:13 -0500

More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Monday for a congressional investigation into allegations by various women of sexual misconduct against Presiden....
Houston man arrested for trying to aid Islamic State: U.S. government

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:28:18 -0500

An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the radical group Islamic State and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said. Kaan Se....
Ex-investigator tells of fleeing Turkey with evidence of corruption

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:04:57 -0500

Huseyin Korkmaz, 30, was testifying in Manhattan federal court for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at the majority state-owned Halkbank, who is accused of taking par....
Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:01:13 -0500

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product ev....
Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:55:16 -0500

By Nick Zieminski and Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Mo....
Factbox: Attacks on mass transit around the world

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:53:17 -0500

London: A homemade bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 30 people, but apparently failed to fully explode. April 3, 2017 - St. Petersburg: A s....