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Severe storm kills one as it sweeps northern Georgia

15 hours 22 min ago
(Reuters) - Strong winds, quarter-sized hail and lightning ripped through towns in northern Georgia, killing one man and leaving several cities with severe damage and power outages on Wednesday, local media and officials said.

Exclusive: Lead poisoning afflicts neighborhoods across California

16 hours 57 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows.

U.S. farm heartland lobbies to steer Trump away from Mexico trade war

17 hours 23 sec ago
GARNER, Iowa/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Farmers in the U.S. agricultural heartland that helped elect Donald Trump are now pushing his administration to avoid a trade dispute with Mexico, fearing retaliatory tariffs that could hit over $3 billion in U.S. exports.

Chuck Barris, 'The Gong Show' host, dies at 87

21 hours 22 min ago
(Reuters) - Chuck Barris, who tapped into Americans’ hunger to be on television by creating game shows such as “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and his showcase for the acutely untalented, “The Gong Show,” died on Tuesday, media outlets reported.

L.A. police see drop in Latino reports of crime amid deportation fears

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:28pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Latinos in Los Angeles are lodging fewer reports of rape and spousal abuse to police so far this year amid heightened concerns among immigrants that contact with law enforcement could lead to deportation, police Chief Charlie Beck said on Tuesday.

U.S. pulls out of human rights panel on Trump executive orders

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:50pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States pulled out of a regional hearing held on Tuesday to discuss the possible effects on human rights from executive orders signed by U.S. President Donald Trump targeting immigrants and refugees, organizers said.

LA sheriff's office apologizes to Wyclef Jean for handcuffing incident

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:47pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department apologized on Tuesday for briefly detaining Grammy-winning hip hop artist Wyclef Jean in handcuffs during a robbery investigation, after Jean said he was "treated like a criminal" by law enforcement officers.

Virginia governor pardons 'Norfolk Four' sailors in 1997 rape-murder

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:47pm
(Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday pardoned four U.S. Navy veterans known as the "Norfolk Four," clearing them of high-profile rape and murder convictions based on false confessions following high-pressure police questioning, attorneys said on Tuesday.

World War Two Rosies celebrated on U.S. day of recognition

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:45pm
RICHMOND, Calif. (Reuters) - They welded pipes. They drew blueprints. And, of course, they fastened munitions and machine parts together with rivets.

China's HNA to buy New York office tower for $2.2 billion: source

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:19pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - China's HNA Holding Group Co Ltd has agreed to purchase a marquee Manhattan office building for $2.21 billion in a deal that showcases the role of Chinese capital in New York's heady commercial real estate market.

Groups sue to block Michigan funding private schools with public money

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:00pm
DETROIT (Reuters) - Public education officials and parents groups in Michigan on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to prevent the governor from funding private schools with public money, arguing a $2.5 million line item in the state budget for school health and safety was a "gateway" to school vouchers.

U.S. commercial drone use to expand tenfold by 2021: government agency

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in the United States will jump dramatically over the next five years, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday.

N.Y. energy investor gets five years, 10 months for $45 million tax scheme

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:56pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York energy investor was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to engaging in a years-long scheme to avoid more than $45 million in income and other taxes.

U.S. charges Philadelphia's top prosecutor with corruption

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:30pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Tuesday charged Philadelphia's top prosecutor with accepting bribes, including a Caribbean vacation, furniture and cash, in exchange for favors such as reducing a defendant's sentence and seeking to limit the airport security screening of an associate.

Trump warns Republican lawmakers to get behind healthcare bill

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:19pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Republican lawmakers on Tuesday that voters could punish them if they do not approve a plan he favors to dismantle Obamacare, as pressure grew on the businessman-turned-politician to win the first major legislative battle of his presidency.

Student sues Columbia University over response to reports of rape

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:22pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A student at Columbia University sued the school on Tuesday, claiming officials showed indifference and apathy after she reported two separate incidents of sexual assault on the school's New York City campus in 2015.

Families of Sept. 11 victims sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. court over attacks

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:48pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of relatives of individuals killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have sued Saudi Arabia in U.S. court, seeking to take advantage of a law passed by Congress last year that allows victims of such attacks on U.S. soil to sue state sponsors.

Polaris Industries to recall about 19,200 ATVs

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:16pm
(Reuters) - Polaris Industries Inc is recalling about 19,200 all-terrain vehicles due to fire hazard and risk of injury, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday.

Friend of South Carolina church shooter gets prison time for lying

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:07pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The South Carolina man who admitted he lied to the FBI and concealed knowledge of the massacre carried out by his friend Dylann Roof at a historically black church was sentenced on Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison.

New Jersey to give $1 million to religious groups at risk of attack

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:05pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey will give up to $1 million in grants to religious institutions and other non-profit groups vulnerable to attacks in the wake of a spate of threats against Jewish organizations around the country, Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday.