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Doubts about U.S. State redesign deepen with erroneous comments

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a town hall with staff on Tuesday amid skepticism about his planned agency reorganization that has been aggravated by his recent inaccurate comments about the State Department, a dozen current and former officials said.

Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 9:43pm
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters, taking advantage of a lull in the winds, on Monday held in check a massive Southern California wildfire that has torched hundreds of buildings and charred an area larger than New York City.

U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 8:37pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77.

Houston man arrested for trying to aid Islamic State: U.S. government

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 7:28pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the radical group Islamic State and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Ex-investigator tells of fleeing Turkey with evidence of corruption

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 7:04pm
(Reuters) - A former Turkish police investigator told jurors in a New York court on Monday of fleeing Turkey in 2016 out of fear of retaliation from the government after leading a corruption investigation involving high-ranking officials, taking his evidence with him.

'Soup Nazi' company's former CFO pleads guilty to tax evasion

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 5:45pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief financial officer of a company that licensed the name and recipes of the chef who inspired the tyrannical “Soup Nazi” character on the TV comedy “Seinfeld” pleaded guilty on Monday to tax evasion, according to court records.

Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 5:05pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack.

Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday.

U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy's trial

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:05pm
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge in the criminal conspiracy trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on Monday warned that prosecutors' failure to produce documents that could support defense arguments could lead to a mistrial.

U.S. agency prepares to hand over internet oversight to FTC

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to turn over oversight of internet service providers to another federal agency as it plans to vote on Thursday to revoke the landmark 2015 "net neutrality" rules.

Trump starts process of sending Americans back to moon

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:57pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

Former Turkish investigator tells U.S. jury of uncovering bribe scheme

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:48pm
(Reuters) - A former Turkish police investigator on Monday told jurors in the trial of a Turkish bank executive charged with evading U.S. sanctions against Iran that he found shoeboxes full of cash in the home of another high-ranking Turkish banker.

U.S. government calls for teens' climate change lawsuit to be halted

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:14pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday urged a federal appeals court to issue an order blocking a lawsuit over climate change brought by a group of Oregon teenagers, warning that allowing it to go forward could lead to a constitutional crisis.

'Amateur' bomber targets New York commuters; suspect held

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:50pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man with a homemade bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion at a New York commuter hub during rush hour on Monday morning, wounding himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack.

California wildfire rages, threatens communities

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:30pm
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred an area larger than New York City on Monday struggled to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

Women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct seek congressional probe

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:20pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three women who have accused U.S. President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct called on Monday for a congressional investigation into his behavior amid a wave of similar accusations against prominent men in Hollywood, the media and politics.

Nearly half of Americans still oppose Republican tax bill: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:08pm
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Republicans in the U.S. Congress rush to finish their tax plan, the legislation is not getting more popular with the public, with nearly half of Americans still opposed to it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

Medical lab trade group sues over U.S. reimbursement cuts

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:32pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. trade association representing medical laboratories filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging a new reimbursement system used by the federal government that it said would reduce how much Medicare pays for labs by about $670 million in 2018.

U.S. military must accept transgender recruits by Jan. 1, judge rules

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:52pm
(Reuters) - Transgender recruits will be able to join the U.S. military as of Jan. 1, a federal judge ruled on Monday, denying a request by President Donald Trump's administration to enforce his ban on transgender troops while the government appeals an order blocking it.