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Armed burglary at Bellagio in Las Vegas sends panic through casino: media

3 hours 47 min ago
(Reuters) - The Bellagio Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip was put on lockdown early on Saturday after an armed burglary of a high-end jewelry store sent panicked guests and gamblers running for the exits, local media reported and police said.

Louisiana deputy marshal convicted of manslaughter in boy's death

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:33pm
MARKSVILLE, LA (Reuters) - A Louisiana jury convicted a deputy marshal of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter on Friday in the killing of a 6-year-old boy during a volley of gunfire after chasing his father's car in 2015.

Obamacare exploding? Maybe just a slow burn

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 7:41pm
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Obamacare was "exploding" after Republican lawmakers shelved legislation that would have dismantled the healthcare law.

U.S. judge grants Singaporean blogger's asylum request

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 7:11pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. immigration judge in Chicago on Friday granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Southeast Asian city-state.

Planned Parenthood sees brief reprieve after healthcare bill yanked

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 7:08pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood, the national health organization that would have lost federal funding under sweeping healthcare overhaul legislation, views the withdrawal of the bill on Friday as a temporary reprieve, not the end of a threat to its existence.

Judge dismisses second lawsuit over Columbia 'mattress protest'

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:17pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday threw out the second lawsuit filed by a former Columbia University student who had been accused of rape over the school's decision to permit his accuser to carry around a mattress in protest after he was cleared.

Penn State ex-president convicted of one charge in Sandusky scandal

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:29pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A jury convicted the former president of Penn State University of child endangerment on Friday for his handling of a 2001 report that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was seen molesting a boy in a campus shower.

Kentucky disability lawyer admits to role in $550 million scheme

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:52pm
(Reuters) - A Kentucky lawyer pleaded guilty on Friday to charges stemming from what prosecutors said was his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain $550 million in federal disability payments for thousands of people.

Powerful Texas Republican sees tough road for 'bathroom bill'

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:27pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican speaker of the Texas House of Representatives said on Friday a bill to limit bathroom access for transgender people would face a tough time in the chamber, where there are worries of an economic hit to the state if it became law.

Baltimore mayor vetoes $15/hour minimum wage

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:19pm
(Reuters) - Baltimore's mayor said on Friday she would veto legislation that would nearly double the Maryland city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in a setback for advocates of a "living wage" for restaurant workers and other low-wage earners.

Conviction of Venezuelan first lady's nephews stands: U.S. judge

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:18pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday refused to overturn the conviction of two nephews of Venezuela's first lady on charges that they tried to carry out a multimillion-dollar drug deal to help their family stay in power.

California sets vehicle pollution rules after Trump brakes U.S. plan

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:11pm
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - California on Friday approved vehicle pollution targets that the Trump administration last week put on hold, setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators that could be expensive for automakers and a headache for consumers.

Judge finds UPS liable to New York over cigarette shipments

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday said United Parcel Service Inc is liable for having illegally shipped hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, depriving the state and New York City of millions of dollars of taxes.

North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permit

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:52pm
(Reuters) - North Dakotans will no longer need a permit to carry a concealed weapon after Republican Governor Doug Burgum signed legislation lifting restrictions, a victory for gun rights advocates that came a week after South Dakota's governor vetoed a similar bill.

Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform 'not an improvement': Reuters/Ipsos poll

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:36pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly half of American adults said the Republican healthcare reform measure is "not an improvement" over Obamacare, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.

Uber tells U.S. court customers must arbitrate disputes

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:27pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in New York on Friday weighed arguments over whether Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] customers gave up their right to sue the company when they registered for its popular taxi hailing service.

Virginia court rules for Trump in travel ban dispute, order still halted

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 1:09pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge in Virginia ruled on Friday that President Donald Trump's travel ban was justified, increasing the likelihood the measure will go before the Supreme Court as the decision took an opposing view to courts in Maryland and Hawaii that have halted the order.

Boston man sentenced for sale of guns stolen from U.S. Army site

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:09pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston man was sentenced on Friday to serve almost five years in federal prison for having helped to sell weapons including six machine guns stolen from a Massachusetts U.S. Army Reserve facility in 2015.

U.S. Jewish groups beef up security after threats despite arrest

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:59am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The arrest in Israel on Thursday of a U.S.-Israeli teenager suspected of a rash of hoax bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers across the United States brought some relief to community leaders, who nevertheless say they will stick to plans to beef up security.

Treehouses and mansions: Life in the shadow of the U.S.-Mexico fence

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:50am
TIJUANA (Reuters) - The rust-red U.S. fence along the Mexican border has inspired various quirky architectural structures, from a frontier-themed mansion to a humble treehouse with uninterrupted views across the Californian scrubland.