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U.S. mainland Puerto Ricans anguished, unable to reach loved ones

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:35pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Deserie Rivera is having difficulty sleeping at night, unable to get through to Puerto Rico to find out if her mother is safe after Hurricane Maria struck.

Trump administration drops guidance on college sex-crime probes

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:33pm
(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday reversed Obama-era guidelines on how colleges should handle sexual assault allegations that it said treated the accused unfairly.

NFL vows 'vigorous' fight against Aaron Hernandez CTE lawsuit

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:16pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - The National Football League on Friday vowed to vigorously fight a lawsuit filed on behalf of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's family that claimed his severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy led to his suicide.

Hurricane-ravaged U.S. cities hit by rising cleanup costs

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:29pm
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Communities in Texas and Florida, each swamped by a hurricane within two weeks of one another, are rewriting debris removal contracts and paying millions of dollars more to lure trucks, as subcontractors say costs have jumped.

Accused mobster tied to Boston art heist to undergo psychiatric test

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:01pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - An octogenerian alleged mobster who police believe may be able to help solve the largest art heist in U.S. history will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being sentenced on gun charges, a federal court judge in Connecticut ruled on Friday.

Comey talks 'real world,' meets protests at black university

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:45pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters at Howard University chanted and booed on Friday through James Comey's first public address since he testified to Congress about his firing by U.S. President Donald Trump, challenging the former FBI director with a taste of the "real world" he was trying to describe to them.

Trump administration drops Obama-era guidance on college sex crimes

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:09pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Friday her department was issuing new interim guidelines to colleges on how to handle sexual assault allegations, rescinding Obama administration rules that it said treated the accused unfairly.

Protesters chant, boo through Comey university address

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:39am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters at Howard University chanted and booed on Friday through James Comey's first public address since he testified to Congress on the Russia probe and his firing by U.S. President Donald Trump, challenging the former FBI director with a taste of the "real world" he was trying to describe to them.

Bill Clinton's upcoming suspense novel to become Showtime series

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:09am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's debut novel will not hit shelves for almost a year, but it is already getting the TV treatment as Showtime said Friday that it would adapt the anticipated book into a series.

U.S. Education Dept. ends Obama-era guidance on college sex crimes

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:28am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn guidelines on how colleges should investigate sexual assault that were issued by Barack Obama's administration and released new interim guidelines, according to an announcement on Friday.

Flood, fix and flip: Houston housing investors see profit in Harvey's wake

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:11am
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Addressing a real estate conference in flood-ravaged Houston this month, longtime investor Ray Sasser detailed his strategy: buy up to 50 flooded homes at deep discounts, then fix and flip them for a hefty profit.

Storm Maria pitches Puerto Rico barrio into sunken 'Venice'

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:08am
CATANO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Wading through highways swamped by turbid waters that sloshed over scattered, sunken belongings, residents of this Puerto Rican barrio flooded by Hurricane Maria have begun emerging from their shattered homes.

Armed woman makes threats at Kardashian-owned boutique near L.A

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:09pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman armed with a handgun pointed it at employees at a boutique owned by reality TV stars the Kardashians in the Los Angeles area on Thursday and later came back brandishing a machete, according to police and media.

U.S. issues fuel waiver for diesel in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:53pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it had approved an emergency fuel waiver for diesel in Florida for the response effort to Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, heads for Turks and Caicos

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 8:08pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria destroyed buildings and knocked out power across Puerto Rico before flooding parts of the Dominican Republic and then regaining some of its strength as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas on Thursday night.

BYU lifts decades-long ban on caffeinated soft drink sales

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 7:09pm
(Reuters) - Brigham Young University has ended a 60-year ban on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks at its flagship campus in Provo, Utah, the Mormon Church-owned school said on Thursday.

U.S. attorney general ties gang violence to immigration

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 5:29pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Protesters gathered outside a federal court in Boston on Thursday where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to address law enforcement about what he called the need to tackle transnational gang violence and to secure the Mexican border.

London's National Gallery prevails in 'stolen' Matisse lawsuit: New York judge

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:49pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Gallery in London on Thursday won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which three grandchildren of a muse of the artist Henri Matisse sought to recover a painting they said was stolen shortly after World War Two.

NFL star Hernandez's family sues league over 'severe' CTE

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:35pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison in April, had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a lawyer said on Thursday as he sued the team and NFL on behalf of the athlete's young daughter.

London's National Gallery prevails in 'stolen' Matisse lawsuit -NY judge

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:25pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Gallery in London on Thursday won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which three grandchildren of a muse of the artist Henri Matisse sought to recover a painting they said was stolen shortly after World War Two.

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