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Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:36am
FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days.

Trump lifts refugee ban, but admissions still plummet, data shows

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:13am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In late October, President Donald Trump lifted a temporary ban on most refugee admissions, a move that should have cleared the way for more people fleeing persecution and violence to come to the United States.

Fugitive, convicted of $100 million Ponzi scheme, escapes from prison

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:53am
(Reuters) - U.S. authorities are searching for a fugitive who escaped a federal minimum-security work camp in California, where he was being held for duping investors out of more than $100 million, local media reported.

Firefighters battle intense wildfires ravaging southern California

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:15am
FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days.

Exclusive: U.S. spy chief orders changes in 'unmasking' policy

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official has ordered tighter restrictions on how the names of Americans kept secret in intelligence reports can be revealed during presidential transitions, according to documents seen by Reuters.

U.S. Department of Justice investigating fetal tissue transfers

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 1:31am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice asked on Thursday for documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

U.S. Department of Justice seeks documents on fetal tissue transfers

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:23pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter on Thursday, seen by Reuters, seeking documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

Civil rights pioneer to eschew museum opening after Trump says will attend

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 8:15pm
(Reuters) - Longtime U.S. congressman from Georgia John Lewis, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said on Thursday that he would not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend because President Donald Trump planned to attend.

Indiana police officer reinstated after 'white male privilege' remark

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 6:23pm
(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session was reinstated on Thursday.

Two students, gunman dead in New Mexico school shooting

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 6:14pm
(Reuters) - A gunman fatally shot two students at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, before he himself died, state and local police said.

Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 5:53pm
FARIA BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing 200,000 people to flee their homes with dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday.

Connecticut infrastructure funding in question: state report

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 5:08pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut's infrastructure projects are in jeopardy after revenue that helps pay off the state's transportation debt has decreased and additional funding sources have not yet been identified, according to a report released on Thursday.

U.S. to deport Ohio man charged with hiding role in Bosnian massacre

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:48pm
(Reuters) - An Ohio man accused of serving with a paramilitary police unit that participated in the 1995 Serbian massacre of 8,000 Muslim Bosnians will be deported under a plea deal reached Thursday in federal court.

EPA chief says public climate debate may be launched in January

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:15pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency unwinds Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

Gold trader Zarrab says he was threatened in jail for cooperating with U.S.

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:01pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a criminal trial involving sanctions against Iran said on Thursday that he was removed from a New York federal jail after another inmate threatened to kill him for cooperating with authorities.

U.S. delays rule on methane emissions from federal lands

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands, it said on Thursday, a move slammed by environmentalists.

Ex-South Carolina cop gets 20 years in prison for black motorist's death

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:51pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The white former policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back after a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, with a federal judge ruling that the killing amounted to murder.

U.S. gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years for child pornography

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:39pm
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation.

Gunman, two students dead after New Mexico high school shooting

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:38pm
(Reuters) - A suspected shooter opened fire at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, killing two students before being killed, according to police and officials from the nearby Navajo Nation.

U.S. Justice Department taps prosecutor to oversee asset forfeiture program

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has tapped a North Carolina-based prosecutor for a new role designed to provide more checks and balances to its civil asset forfeiture program, following criticism of its abuse by the police.