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18 states sue U.S. Education Department over student loan relief

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than one-third of U.S. states on Thursday sued the U.S. Education Department and its secretary, Betsy DeVos, over a recent decision to suspend rules intended to speedily cancel the student-loan debt of people defrauded by for-profit Corinthian Colleges Inc and other firms, according to the state of Maryland.

Georgia woman detained after police find husband, four children dead

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 9:53am
(Reuters) - A Georgia woman was in custody after her husband and four of their young children were found dead on Thursday in an apparent stabbing attack in their suburban Atlanta home, police said.

U.S. military in Afghanistan to delay casualty reports

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 8:07am
KABUL (Reuters) - The American military in Afghanistan says it will delay announcing any troop casualties until after next of kin have been notified, potentially leaving casualties unreported for days.

Virginia man facing execution draws international support for clemency

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 5:02am
(Reuters) - A Virginia inmate convicted of killing two men during a 2006 escape from custody is set to be put to death on Thursday in an execution that has drawn international pleas for clemency on grounds that he is severely mentally ill.

Trump says CNN took mock video 'too seriously'

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:44am
WARSAW (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, asked about a mock video he tweeted that depicted him tackling and punching a man with the logo of CNN super-imposed on his head, said on Thursday the news network had taken the issue "too seriously".

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes east of Lincoln, Montana: USGS

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:53am
LONDON (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck 9 km (5.6 miles) southeast of Lincoln, Montana, at a shallow depth of 4.3 km, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Thursday.

Qatar Airways says joins major Middle East carriers in lifting of U.S. laptop ban

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:23pm
DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar Airways said on Thursday that passengers travelling to the United States can now carry their laptops and other large electronics on board, ending a three month in-cabin ban on devices for the Doha-based airline.

Steve Scalise's condition worsens

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, shot and wounded during a baseball practice last month, developed an infection and was readmitted to an intensive care unit, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said on Wednesday.

Illinois risks rating cut to junk even with budget: Moody's

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 9:22pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Even if Illinois' House of Representatives takes action to enact a new budget on Thursday, the state still risks a downgrade in its credit rating to junk, Moody's Investors Service warned on Wednesday.

Baseball - MLB, NBA champion Gene Conley dies at 86

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 8:02pm
(Reuters) - Gene Conley, the only man to win both a baseball World Series and an NBA championship in basketball, died on Tuesday at the age of 86, the Boston Red Sox said in a statement.

Hobby Lobby to forfeit ancient Iraqi artifacts in settlement with U.S. DOJ

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 7:02pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday it had reached a settlement with national arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby to forfeit thousands of ancient artifacts illegally smuggled into the country from the Middle East.

Firm commissioned by Tillerson recommends that DHS issue U.S. visas

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 6:24pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The issuance of U.S. visas, passports and other travel documents should be transferred to the Department of Homeland Security from the State Department, a consulting company commissioned by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recommended in a report.

Judge denies bail to alleged kidnapper of Chinese scholar

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 4:54pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois man charged with abducting a missing Chinese scholar will remain in jail under a judge's order as the FBI investigates her disappearance, a court official said on Wednesday.

More than 100 shot in Chicago during long Fourth of July weekend

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 2:36pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A total of 101 people were shot in Chicago over an unusually violent Fourth of July weekend, leaving at least 14 dead, according to police and local media, as the city continues to grapple with gun crime.

Plea deal discussed for ex-Ohio cop who fatally shot motorist: lawyers

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 2:25pm
CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Lawyers on both sides in the trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist and whose two cases ended in mistrials said on Wednesday they previously discussed a plea agreement.

EPA to propose cutting U.S. biofuels requirements in 2018: sources

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 2:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government was set to propose reduced biofuel use requirements in 2018, sources said on Wednesday, a move that could mark the first step toward triggering a broader overhaul to the controversial energy policy.

Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing indicted

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:00pm
FLINT, Mich. (Reuters) - A Canadian man was charged on Wednesday with stabbing a Michigan airport police officer in an attack federal investigators are probing as an act of terrorism, according to an indictment filed with the federal court in Flint.

Nevada death sentence over 1982 murder is thrown out

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 11:57am
(Reuters) - An inmate who has spent nearly 35 years on Nevada's death row for a 1982 murder outside Reno had his sentence overturned on Wednesday by a federal appeals court.

'Pharma bro' Shkreli barred from discussing trial around courthouse

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 11:53am
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday ordered Martin Shkreli to stop talking about his fraud case in or around the Brooklyn courthouse where he is standing trial, five days after the former drug company executive burst into a room full of spectators and attacked the credibility of a government witness.

Three dead, one wounded in shootings in central Maine

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:35am
(Reuters) - Three people were killed and a fourth wounded on Wednesday in a series of shootings in central Maine, according to State Police, who said that officers shot and killed the suspected gunman.