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Elderly American-Iranian jailed in Iran hospitalized with heart problems: lawyer

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:15pm
BEIRUT (Reuters) - An 81-year old American-Iranian imprisoned in Iran, Baquer Namazi, was hospitalized earlier this week due to a drop in blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

U.S. justices sympathize with death row inmate's claim against lawyer

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled sympathy toward a Louisiana death row inmate convicted of a 2008 triple murder who is seeking a new trial because his lawyer told jurors over the defendant's objections that the man had carried out the shootings.

Republican lobbyist tied to controversial causes attacked in Virginia

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:24am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican lobbyist best known for fueling a conspiracy theory about the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer was attacked with pepper spray outside his home in a Washington suburb, police and his publicist said on Wednesday.

Flights canceled, schools closed across snowy U.S. South

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:26am
(Reuters) - A bitter winter storm gripped much of the South on Wednesday, prompting schools to close and causing thousands of flight delays and cancellations as snow, ice and record-breaking cold hit the region.

Fight over Indonesian immigrants back in U.S. court

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:15am
BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for 51 Indonesians living illegally in New Hampshire are due in court on Wednesday to urge a federal judge to grant an injunction blocking U.S. immigration officials from moving forward with efforts to deport them.

Strike averted at New York's main fruit and vegetable market

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:02am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A work stoppage at a market that supplies much of New York City's fresh fruit and vegetables was averted early on Wednesday when negotiators tentatively reached a new pay deal, the labor union and merchants' association said.

#MeToo effect: Calls flood U.S. sexual assault hotlines

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The phones at U.S. sexual assault hotlines have been ringing in record numbers as the #MeToo social movement spurs victims to reach out for help, sending organizations scrambling to keep up.

Majority of U.S. National Park Service board resigns, saying it was ignored

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:33am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Most members of a U.S. National Park Service advisory board, appointed while Barack Obama was president, have resigned after saying they were ignored by President Donald Trump's administration, the panel chairman said on Tuesday.

Nine charged over fraternity pledge's death at Florida State University

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:27am
(Reuters) - Nine men were charged on Tuesday over the hazing death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge, who died of alcohol poisoning at Florida State University late last year, police said.

Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:17am
(Reuters) - A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers.

House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 8:39pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children.

Police still baffled by discovery of 13 starved, abused siblings

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:57pm
PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they were still seeking answers after finding 13 siblings starving in their parents' squalid Southern California home, some of them chained to beds under "horrific" conditions in an otherwise ordinary suburb.

Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Police still baffled by discovery 13 starved, abused siblings

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:12pm
PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they were still seeking answers after finding 13 siblings starving in their parents' squalid Southern California home, some of them chained to beds under "horrific" conditions in an otherwise ordinary suburb.

U.S. judge excludes 70,000 women from Sterling Jewelers sex bias lawsuit

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 6:46pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday overturned an arbitrator's ruling allowing about 70,000 women to take part in a nationwide sex discrimination case against Sterling Jewelers Inc even though they had not opted to join.

U.S. House panel to hold hearing on emergency alerts after Hawaii error

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 6:45pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel said on Tuesday it planned a hearing to review a false missile alert sent in Hawaii over the weekend that stirred panic and anger in the Pacific island state.

'Chelsea bomber' tried to radicalize fellow inmates, U.S. prosecutors say

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 6:27pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New Jersey man found guilty last year of planting two homemade bombs in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, one of which wounded 30 people, has tried to radicalize fellow inmates with Islamic State and al Qaeda propaganda, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Second U.S. winter storm forces hundreds of flight cancellations

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 5:51pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A second winter storm in as many weeks is causing hundreds of flight cancellations across the United States, airlines reported on Tuesday, potentially dealing a further blow to carriers' first quarter outlooks.

U.S. government shutdown looms amid immigration battle

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 5:50pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that.