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U.S. Appeals Court Judge Reinhardt known as the 'liberal lion', dies

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:32am
(Reuters) - U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt has died after a 37-year career as a liberal icon on the bench during which he struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban and called President Donald Trump's immigration policy inhumane.

Mega Millions jackpot tops $500 million for only fourth time

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:07am
(Reuters) - The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery has climbed to $502 million for Friday's drawing, only the fourth time in the game's history it has surpassed the half a billion dollar mark, the lottery said.

Jury set to resume deliberations in trial of Orlando gunman's widow

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:05am
ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Jurors were scheduled to resume their deliberations on Friday in the trial of a Florida woman on charges that she did nothing to stop her husband from opening fire at Orlando's Pulse nightclub in 2016, killing dozens of people.

Autopsy results for Stephon Clark to be announced: lawyer

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 3:38am
(Reuters) - Autopsy results will be announced on Friday for Stephon Clark, a black man who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by police in Sacramento, California in his grandparent's back yard, his family's attorney said.

Appeals Court Judge Reinhardt, 87, known as the 'liberal lion,' dies: court

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:45pm
(Reuters) - U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a liberal icon who sat on the bench for 37 years, died on Thursday, the court said. He was 87.

Hawaii lawmakers approve medical aid in dying for terminally ill

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 9:44pm
(Reuters) - Hawaii would become the seventh U.S. state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients under legislation passed by the state Senate on Thursday and sent to the governor.

Sacramento protests resume after family buries Stephon Clark

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 7:34pm
(Reuters) - Black Lives Matter activists protested again in Sacramento on Thursday over the shooting of an unarmed black man by police, calling for criminal charges against the officers after an emotional funeral service for the 22-year-old father of two.

Puerto Rico board must bring creditors to table: U.S. lawmaker

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 6:31pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources censured Puerto Rico's federally-appointed oversight board on Thursday over delays in the island's debt restructuring, the latest sign of discord over how to fix the bankrupt, storm-ravaged U.S. territory.

Jury yet to decide if Orlando gunman's widow had role in Pulse attack

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 6:10pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Jurors in the trial of the woman whose husband killed dozens at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub in 2016 ended their second day of deliberations on Thursday with no decision about whether she helped him plan the rampage and then misled authorities.

Iranian granted U.S. visa to aid brother with cancer despite travel ban

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 5:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department granted a visa to a man in Iran hoping to donate bone marrow to his U.S. citizen brother with blood cancer, obtaining a rare waiver to President Donald Trump's travel ban, the family's lawyer said on Thursday.

Arkansas sues opioid manufacturers for roles in epidemic

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:33pm
(Reuters) - Arkansas' attorney general on Thursday joined the widening mass of litigation against opioid manufacturers, accusing three drugmakers of promoting addictive painkillers in ways that falsely denied or trivialized their risks.

UAW added members in 2017, but union dues fell versus 2016

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:12pm
DETROIT (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers added new members for the ninth consecutive year in 2017 and the union remained in the black, but overall dues fell versus the previous year, according to the union's annual filing with the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday.

Ads pulled from Ingraham show after she mocked Parkland survivor

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:08pm
(Reuters) - At least three companies said on Thursday they were pulling advertisements from a Fox News show hosted by conservative pundit Laura Ingraham, heeding a call from a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre whom Ingraham mocked on Twitter.

New York offers free cyber security tools to public to deter hackers

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:04pm
(Reuters) - New York City will offer free cyber security tools to the public as part of a new effort to improve online safety, officials said on Thursday, a week after Atlanta was hit with a ransomware attack that knocked some municipal systems offline.

Baltimore man highlighted in 'Serial' to get new murder trial

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 2:21pm
(Reuters) - A Baltimore man whose murder conviction was questioned by the popular 2014 "Serial" podcast will be retried, a Maryland appeals court ordered on Thursday, after concluding that his lawyer had failed to defend him effectively.

U.S. ends presumed freedom for pregnant immigrants

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:58pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said on Thursday it would no longer presume that many pregnant women detained by immigration authorities should be released from custody, reversing an Obama-era directive.

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