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Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

U.S. judge denies Manafort's request to modify his bail terms

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:14pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, lost a bid on Thursday to modify the terms of his bail, after a federal judge said his proposal to pledge certain properties as collateral was "unsatisfactory."

U.S. charges more than 250 in elder fraud scam crackdown

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 250 people were charged in a major U.S. crackdown on elder fraud scams that victimized over 1 million people and led to $500 million in losses, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.

Florida doctor linked to New Jersey senator sentenced in fraud case

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:29pm
(Reuters) - A Florida eye doctor linked by prosecutors to New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez in an unsuccessful bribery case against him was sentenced on Thursday to 17 years in prison after an unrelated Medicare fraud conviction, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Billy Graham to lie in honor at Capitol: House speaker

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:24pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The body of evangelist Billy Graham will lie in honor under the U.S. Capitol rotunda next week as Congress pays tribute to a clergyman who counseled presidents and preached the Gospel to millions worldwide, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday.

Trump emphasizes arming teachers as response to school shootings

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday emphasized that he wants to see trained teachers able to carry concealed guns to ward off potential school shooters, and said he has recently spoken with the National Rifle Association about his ideas.

NRA chief slams anti-gun "elites" after Florida school massacre

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:45am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to erode the country's constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

Pentagon to provide recommendation on transgender individuals to Trump this week

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:42am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will provide his recommendation to President Donald Trump on transgender individuals and military service sometime this week, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Takata agrees to settle U.S. probe by 44 state AGs over deadly air bags

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:32am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Takata Corp's U.S. unit agreed Thursday to settle a probe by 44 state attorneys general into claims it concealed a deadly safety defect with air bag inflators.

Lawsuit says race motivated Trump to end immigrant protections

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:16am
BOSTON (Reuters) - A group of Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants on Thursday filed a lawsuit claiming that the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to terminate the protections that allowed them to remain in the country was racially motivated.

Pence rallies conservatives with call to fight hard at 2018 elections

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:03am
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence rallied thousands of conservative activists on Thursday to fight back against a Democratic drive to take over the U.S. Congress in 2018 elections, calling it crucial to advance President Donald Trump's agenda.

NRA chief attacks anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school shooting

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, calling them Democratic elites who are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to chip away at the country's constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

Puerto Rico should rebuild power from scratch: Fed official

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:57am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico should "start from scratch" rebuilding its already outdated power infrastructure after deadly Hurricane Maria last year devastated it and left citizens marooned, the U.S. central banker overseeing the island territory said on Thursday.

BMW settles U.S. claims it refused lease refunds to military personnel

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:55am
(Reuters) - BMW AG agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle U.S. government claims that it failed to refund lease payments to 492 military personnel who lawfully terminated their leases because they were called to duty.

Puerto Rico should rebuild power from scratch: U.S. Fed official

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 9:07am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico should "start from scratch" rebuilding its already outdated power infrastructure after deadly Hurricane Maria last year devastated it and left citizens without power, the U.S. central banker overseeing the island territory said on Thursday.

Trump says arming some teachers would stop shootings 'instantly'

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:41am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed his call to arm teachers following last week's school massacre in Florida, saying it would be limited to those with military or special training but "would solve the problem instantly."

Trump says weighing possibility of 'the best' teachers having guns

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:55am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to clarify his support for arming teachers in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida, saying he only wanted to examine the idea and would limit it to those with military or special training.

Easy fixes to school security prove elusive after Florida shooting

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:06am
(Reuters) - Two weeks before a gunman fatally shot 17 people at a Florida high school, Bill Lee, the president of the state's school administrators association, warned that Florida's schools were vulnerable to just such an attack.

Three executions planned Thursday for three U.S. states

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:03am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Alabama, Florida and Texas plan to execute inmates on Thursday and if carried out, it would be the first time in eight years that three people on death row have been executed on the same day since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States.

Deadly flooding forces evacuations across U.S. South, Midwest

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:00am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Southern Plains and Midwest braced for more flooding on Thursday as snow-melting temperatures and heavy rains swelled waterways after claiming the lives of at least two people, including a child, and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.

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