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Congress approves $1.3-trillion spending bill, sends to Trump

15 hours 8 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress voted early on Friday to approve a $1.3-trillion government funding bill with large increases in military and non-defense spending, sending it to President Donald Trump, who was expected to sign it into law.

Video of police shooting unarmed black man sparks protests in Sacramento

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:11pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Newly released video footage of police killing an unarmed black man in a barrage of gunfire in Sacramento, California, left the mayor "horrified" and sparked street protests on Thursday that gridlocked traffic in the state capital for hours.

Kentucky Senate passes bill restricting abortion procedure

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:57pm
(Reuters) - The Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday to ban a common abortion procedure once the patient reaches her 11th week of pregnancy, in what would amount to one of the strictest abortion limits yet in the United States.

Ex-Playboy model tells CNN she 'was in love' with Trump

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:40pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair with U.S. President Donald Trump starting in 2006, told CNN’S Anderson Cooper 360 in an interview broadcast on Thursday night that she was in love with Trump.

U.S. Missile Defense Agency budget boosted to $11.5 billion

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 8:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency saw its 2018 budget jump to its highest level on record at $11.5 billion in an appropriations bill on Thursday as the agency's head said he was exploring the use of armed drones to counteract North Korea.

Daughter of Uber autonomous vehicle victim retains lawyer

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 7:45pm
PHOENIX, Ariz (Reuters) - The daughter of the woman killed by an Uber [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle in Arizona has retained a personal injury lawyer, underlying the potential high stakes of the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle.

Maryland high school shooting victim to be taken off life support: mother

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 7:37pm
(Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl who was critically wounded this week when she was shot by a fellow student at her high school in Maryland will be taken off life support on Thursday evening, her mother said.

California mayor 'horrified' by video of police fatal shooting

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 7:21pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The mayor of Sacramento, California, said on Thursday he was "horrified" by video showing police firing 20 times at an unarmed black man who died in the backyard shooting.

Texas bomber's roommates released by police after questioning

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:46pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two roommates of the 23-year-old man behind this month's deadly bombing spree that unnerved Austin have been questioned and released from custody, police in the Texas capital said on Thursday.

California capital's mayor says he is 'horrified' by video of police shooting

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:38pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Video showing the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man holding a cellphone in Sacramento, California, left the city's mayor "horrified," the official said on Thursday, as protesters gathered to denounce the shooting.

Wisconsin governor ordered to hold special elections after Democratic outcry

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:28pm
(Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker must hold special elections in two state districts, a judge ruled on Thursday, after Democrats said he was putting off the votes over fears of losing the formerly Republican-held seats.

Kansas militia members wanted to kill Muslims -prosecutor

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:20pm
WICHITA, Kan. (Reuters) - Three men charged with plotting to bomb an apartment complex in western Kansas, where Muslim immigrants from Somalia lived and had a mosque, wanted to kill as many as possible and send a message they were not welcome in the United States, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

U.S. airline traffic rose 3.4 percent in 2017 to all-time high: government

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 4:36pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday that airlines carried 3.4 percent more passengers on U.S. domestic and international flights in 2017 for an all-time high of 965 million passengers.

Investigators probe whether Texas bomber had help

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 3:11pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Federal investigators on Thursday scoured the home of the 23-year-old man they say was behind this month's deadly Texas bombing spree, seeking clues about what motivated Mark Conditt and whether anyone helped him build or plant his bombs.

New York, New Jersey airport workers could get hike in minimum wage

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 2:52pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The board that oversees major airports in New York and New Jersey voted on Thursday to consider phasing in a minimum wage increase to $19 per hour by 2023, affecting about 20,000 workers.

U.S. spending bill would stop employers from pocketing workers' tips

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:38pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Congress' $1.3 trillion spending bill includes language that would forbid restaurants and other employers from pocketing employees' tips, the result of a deal between the government's top labor official and a Senate Democrat.

Citi sets restrictions on gun sales by retail clients

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:13pm
(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc added restrictions on firearms sales for new retail-sector clients, the Wall Street bank said on Thursday, the strongest move to date by a major U.S. lender following last month's high school shooting in Florida.

Congress poised to pass modest gun control measures in spending bill

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:47am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With large protests for stricter gun laws planned nationwide on Saturday, the U.S. Congress is expected to approve a massive spending bill this week with grants to help schools prevent gun violence, improvements to background checks and an assurance that a key government agency can conduct related research.

Citi seeks to restrict gun sales by its retail clients

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:54am
(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc will require its retail-sector clients to sell firearms only to customers who have passed a background check, the Wall Street bank said on Thursday.

Investigators scour Texas bomber's home, searching for a motive

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:16am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Federal investigators on Thursday combed through the home of the 23-year-old they say was behind this month's deadly Texas bombing spree, seeking clues about what motivated his attacks the day after he killed himself in a confrontation with police.