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Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds U.S. Northeast

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 5:16am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday after ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people.

North Carolina teachers rally for more funds in latest U.S. school walk-out

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 5:07am
RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - Thousands of North Carolina teachers were expected to rally at the capitol on Wednesday for higher pay and increased education spending in a walk-out that follows similar protests from teachers in other states seeking more money for schools.

Texas to execute man dubbed 'Lovers' Lane' killer for 2003 murder

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 5:06am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday plans to execute a man dubbed the "Lovers' Lane" killer who was convicted of a 2003 ambush attack on a remote road in San Antonio where he tried to rob another man in a parked car and then fatally shot him.

Two Pennsylvania men due in court in quadruple murder case

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 5:02am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Two Pennsylvania men accused of luring four young men to a farm with the promise of marijuana, shooting them dead and then burning their bodies in a pig roaster were due in court in the murder case on Wednesday.

U.S. Northeast storms kill two, snarl transport, cause power outages

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:19pm
(Reuters) - Powerful storms carrying high winds, torrential rain and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, knocking over trees that killed two people, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages.

California judge tosses state's physician-assisted suicide law

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 7:05pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California judge on Tuesday overturned the state's physician-assisted suicide statute, ruling that lawmakers did not have the authority to pass it during a special session convened to take up healthcare legislation.

U.S. judges weigh fate of program protecting young immigrants

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 6:53pm
NEW YORK/PASADENA, California (Reuters) - A panel of three appeals court judges in California on Tuesday asked the federal government to defend its decision to end a program protecting from deportation some immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children, who are often referred to as "Dreamers."

Storms slam U.S. Northeast, snarling transport and causing power outages

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 6:01pm
(Reuters) - Powerful storms packing high winds, torrential rain and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages in an area home to tens of millions of people.

Cyber attack delays Atlanta mayor's first budget pitch

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 5:34pm
(Reuters) - Atlanta's 2019 budget process has been delayed by a March cyber attack that scrambled a swath of government data, temporarily closing courts, halting bill payments and slowing other key services in the most devastating "ransomware" assault on a major U.S. city, a city spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Ash threatens Hawaii communities after volcano explosions

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 5:03pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Rockfalls and explosions at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano shot ash into the air on Tuesday as residents for the first time in the 12-day eruption got text messages from county officials warning them the ash could cause eye and breathing irritation.

U.S. state lawsuits against Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic mount

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:54pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Litigation against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is intensifying as six more U.S. states on Tuesday announced lawsuits, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.

U.S. judge refuses to dismiss ex-Trump aide Manafort's criminal case

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:30pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge refused on Tuesday to dismiss criminal charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, after Manafort claimed that Mueller had exceeded his prosecutorial powers.

Family of Waffle House victim in Nashville sues accused shooter's father

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 2:54pm
(Reuters) - The family of one of the four people killed in last month's shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the accused shooter's father, saying he improperly gave his son access to weapons.

U.S. agency seeks new authority to disable threatening drones

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 2:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Homeland Security Department on Tuesday told Congress that the agency needs new legal authority to track threatening drones and disable or destroy them if necessary.

Senate aims to finish bipartisan farm bill in June

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 2:29pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said on Tuesday that the U.S. Senate expects to finish a bipartisan farm bill sometime in June.

U.S. state attorneys general sue Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:27pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several U.S. state attorneys general on Tuesday announced lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.

Groups sue to stop Iowa's 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:15pm
(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood and the Iowa branch of the American Civil Liberties Union said they sued on Tuesday to stop a state law from coming into effect that would impose the strictest abortion limits in the United States.

Republican senator says EPA chief must slow refinery waivers or resign

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:38pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican Senator Chuck Grassley on Tuesday said Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt must scale back the use of biofuels waivers for small refineries, or else he will join other lawmakers calling for Pruitt's resignation.

Baltimore's top cop quits after getting hit with federal tax charges

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:31pm
(Reuters) - Baltimore's police commissioner resigned on Tuesday after being charged with failing to file income taxes, in another setback for the eighth-biggest U.S. police department as it grapples with high levels of violent crime.

Oklahoma woman sought in stabbing of daughter, endangering another

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:02am
(Reuters) - Police in Oklahoma launched a nationwide search on Tuesday for a woman they said repeatedly stabbed and critically wounded the eldest of her three young daughters and left her in their burning house before making off with the youngest girl.

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