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As Washington refocuses on tax, anti-tax activist sees bill in September

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 3:00pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans are ramping up discussions on overhauling the U.S. tax code that a prominent Republican anti-tax advocate said on Wednesday will produce a bill by September that will include a hefty corporate tax cut.

Honduran politician pleads guilty to U.S. money laundering charge

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 2:57pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A member of a prominent Honduran family who once served in the nation's cabinet on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a U.S. money laundering charge.

South Carolina court rules domestic violence laws cover same-sex couples

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 2:55pm
(Reuters) - South Carolinians in same-sex relationships should get the same legal protection against domestic violence as heterosexual couples, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, finding part of the state's domestic violence law unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania mayors charged in pay-to-play corruption case

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 2:45pm
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The mayor of Allentown, the third largest city in Pennsylvania, is among the latest officials charged in a long-running federal corruption investigation, according to indictments unsealed on Wednesday.

Nebraska ex-policemen to be charged with assaulting mentally ill man

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:49pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (Reuters) - Two former Nebraska police officers will be charged with assault in connection with the June 5 death of a mentally ill Oklahoma man the officers detained, a Nebraska state prosecutor said on Wednesday.

White House domestic advisers take lead on refugee decision: officials

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:27pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) is taking the lead on a decision about how many refugees to admit to the United States next year, two current and three former officials said, a move that may empower those who wish to reduce immigration.

Exxon Baton Rouge 2016 blast began with stuck valve: U.S. board

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:31pm
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said on Wednesday that the events leading to a 2016 blast at ExxonMobil Corp's Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery began when an operator disassembled a stuck valve on the alkylation unit, releasing a cloud of isobutane vapor.

Interfering with flight crew not always violent crime: U.S. appeals court

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:12pm
(Reuters) - Interfering with a flight crew is not always a "crime of violence," a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday in a decision favoring a New York man who rushed the cockpit and shouted about jihad while aboard a United Airlines flight.

U.S. to impose stricter electronic carry-on airport screening

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:38am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday it will implement new stricter security rules requiring airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones from checked baggage for screening.

Minneapolis orders stricter police body-camera rules after fatal shooting

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:08am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minneapolis officials set stricter police body camera rules on Wednesday, more than a week after officers failed to activate cameras during the fatal police shooting of an Australian woman.

Foxconn to announce new U.S. manufacturing plant: source

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:58am
(Reuters) - Apple Inc supplier Foxconn Technology Co will announce plans to build a multi-billion dollar electronics manufacturing plant in Wisconsin at a White House event later on Wednesday, a source briefed on the matter said.

From a church sanctuary, Colorado woman resists deportation

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:04am
MANCOS, Colorado (Reuters) - Rosa Sabido stares out a church window pondering her future and worrying about her ailing mother.  

Man tied to planned Islamic State-inspired attack due in Boston court

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 9:58am
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man charged with conspiring in an Islamic State-inspired plot to behead a woman who had organized a 2015 competition featuring cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed is due in court on Wednesday.

Trump: no transgender people will serve in U.S. military - Twitter

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 8:57am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity.

Ohio set to execute man after delays over lethal injection drugs

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:10am
(Reuters) - Ohio will put to death on Wednesday a 43-year-old man convicted of raping and killing a 3-year-old child in what will be the state's first execution in more than three years after a lengthy legal dispute over the choice of lethal injection drugs.

Father of Australian tennis star arrested on child sex charges

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:04pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis was arrested on Tuesday at his San Diego home on suspicion of sexually abusing two children who he has been coaching in the sport, police said.

Robert Durst unfaithful to wife before her disappearance, friend says

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 8:21pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Real estate scion Robert Durst and his wife were unfaithful to each other before she went missing in 1982, a friend of Durst said in court on Tuesday, in testimony that could be used by prosecutors to show there was discord in the marriage.

Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathrooms

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 8:04pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a bill that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, endorsing a piece of legislation derided by civil liberties advocates as discriminatory.

L.A. man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 7:37pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles man was arrested on Tuesday after federal prosecutors said he arranged to smuggle into the United States three live, highly venomous king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip canisters.

New York subway chief unveils emergency plan for 'failing' system

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 6:23pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of New York City's subway asked the city and state for $836 million on Tuesday to immediately stabilize the century-old underground transit system, plus another $8 billion for capital improvements.

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