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Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelines

4 hours 49 min ago
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well.

Wisconsin man jailed for cutting off woman's pinky finger: media

7 hours 21 min ago
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Friday for cutting off a woman's pinky finger with a machete and trying to close the wound with a blow torch during a ceremony for a fellow fan of a hip hop band, media reported.

Groups appeal decision that upheld U.S. rule on retirement advice

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 5:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five U.S. financial services groups on Friday appealed a federal court decision handed down earlier this month that upheld an Obama-era rule designed to avoid conflicts of interests when brokers give retirement advice.

Overhaul of Medicaid expansion could cost states $32 billion: report

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:51pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Proposals in Congress that would effectively end Medicaid expansion in 31 U.S. states would cost those states at least $32 billion altogether in 2019, according to a report released on Friday.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc.

NAACP calls for boycott of North Carolina over voting, bathroom laws

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:13pm
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday said it would not hold its convention in North Carolina and urged other organizations to boycott the state in protest of laws adopted by the Republican-led legislature.

Chicago schools rescind $18 million cut, pushing budget gap to $129 million

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:43pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) said on Friday it will return $18 million in funding cuts to certain schools in a move that will increase the cash-strapped district's lingering budget deficit to $129 million.

Teenage wrestler takes transgender rights to the mat in Texas championship

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:24pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - High school athlete Mack Beggs and many of his opponents want him to wrestle against boys, but the transgender boy on Friday wrestled in a Texas championship for girls because of state sport regulations on gender.

Family of Mexican immigrant to U.S. settles lawsuit over videotaped abuse

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:18pm
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Family members of an illegal immigrant who died in 2010 following a brutal encounter with federal border agents that was captured on videotape have agreed to settle their lawsuit against the U.S. government for $1 million, court documents show.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 2:21pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday.

California governor proposes spending $437 million on aging dams, flood control

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 2:16pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday proposed spending $437 million for flood control and emergency response and preparedness, days after damage at the country's tallest dam, located northeast of the state capital, led to the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people downstream.

Virginia taxi driver sentenced to 11 years for supporting Islamic State

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 1:29pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Virginia taxi driver was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday for trying to help another man join the Islamic State militant group in Syria, the Justice Department said.

Snow, landowner, delay Utah pipeline repairs

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:46pm
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Refiners and pipeline shippers in the Salt Lake City area are facing new delays obtaining crude oil after a pipeline outage last week was followed by snow on Friday that made it difficult to deliver much-needed oil by truck.

Overnight fire at Florida mosque ruled arson

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:37pm
(Reuters) - A fire that caused minor damage to a mosque in suburban Tampa, Florida on Friday has been ruled an arson, officials said, and a Muslim advocacy group offered a $5,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest.

Former Border Patrol officials question Trump plan to add agents

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:24pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Department of Homeland Security plan to add more than 5,000 border enforcement agents will present logistical challenges and might be unnecessary, according to former government officials familiar with earlier pushes to accelerate border hiring.

U.S. charges company, 11 people for breaking Syria trade embargo

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:48am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have charged 11 people and a company for exporting goods to Syria in violation of a U.S. trade embargo against the Middle Eastern nation, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement released on Friday.

At conservative gathering, Trump blasts purveyors of 'fake news'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:37am
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump heaped criticism on what he called purveyors of "fake news" on Friday at a gathering of conservative activists that took him back to his roots as an anti-establishment candidate.

Judge allows a second accuser testify at Cosby sex assault trial

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 9:35am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Friday that a second woman who said the comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her would be allowed to testify at his upcoming trial in Pennsylvania on charges he sexually assaulted a former employee of Temple University.

Trump blasts FBI, says need to find leakers 'now'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:32am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday attacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying the agency has been unable to stop people from giving national security information to the media and calling for such leakers to be found "now."

Federal prosecutors to question NYC mayor over fundraising: media

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:27am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will meet with federal prosecutors on Friday as part of their lengthy investigation into whether people involved in fundraising for his election campaign broke corruption laws, according to news reports.