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Renewed winds, dry conditions hamper fight to tame California wildfire

1 hour 12 min ago
CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters trying to tame a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California were facing bone-dry conditions and the return of powerful wind gusts on Wednesday.

Obamacare sign-ups gain steam as 2018 deadline nears

1 hour 30 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 1.07 million consumers selected 2018 Obamacare individual insurance plans on the website during the week ended Dec. 9, the U.S. government reported on Wednesday, indicating a pick up in the pace of enrollment as the Dec. 15 deadline nears.

Accused NYC bomber to formally face terrorism charges as soon as Wednesday

2 hours 6 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs is expected to be formally charged as early as Wednesday with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and other crimes.

U.N. expert says inmate U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

2 hours 6 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks

2 hours 19 min ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers.

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken: report

2 hours 52 min ago
(Reuters) - Minnesota's governor will appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as U.S. senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

U.N. expert says U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

3 hours 12 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

Winds, dry conditions to hamper efforts to tame California wildfire

4 hours 44 min ago
CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Powerful gusts of wind and bone dry conditions will remain overriding concerns for Californian firefighters on Wednesday as they seek to tame a huge blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes.

Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

5 hours 48 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco technology companies including Twitter,, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee.

After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides

5 hours 53 min ago
CARPINTERIA, Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California are slowly gaining control of one of the largest wildfires in state history, but residents may not enjoy much relief as experts said the flames are laying the groundwork for the next disaster - mudslides.

Manhattan luxury condo sales skew apartment prices: survey

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:10pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A boom in newly built luxury apartments in Manhattan has skewed prices for the overall residential real estate market in the borough and masked a sharp drop in transaction volume over the past five years, a property report on Wednesday showed.

FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win' race to White House: NYT

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:49pm
(Reuters) - Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 9:48pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, U.S. media projected, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Republican candidate Roy Moore.

Overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. Safety Board

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday.

Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:31pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits.

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on birth control rules

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 5:42pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge questioned on Tuesday whether the federal government properly formulated new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide insurance that covers women's birth control.

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:45pm
CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress.

Perfect storm of overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. authorities

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard, after an overconfident captain let the ship steam into a hurricane, while poor training and equipment also factored into the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, a federal safety board said on Tuesday.

Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet.

Tillerson seeks to ease skepticism about U.S. State Department reorganization

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dogged by media speculation about how long he will last as top U.S. diplomat, tried to ease skepticism among staff about his leadership and planned State Department reorganization on Tuesday.