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Suspect held after first court appearance in fatal Kansas 'swatting' case

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:34am
(Reuters) - A California man accused of making a hoax call that led police in Kansas to kill an unarmed man was in a Wichita jail on Saturday after his first court appearance in the "swatting" case, local media reported.

California police hope for 'miracle' to find missing in mudslide

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 5:14am
MONTECITO, Calif (Reuters) - Californian authorities called for public help in locating seven people still missing after mudslides that killed at least 18, as crews carried on searching for survivors on Saturday.

Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage: documents

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:56pm
(Reuters) - Three months before killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 in Las Vegas last October, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history sent emails discussing buying bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire hundreds of rounds a minute, media reports on unsealed search warrants showed.

Illinois nursing homes sue state over low Medicaid rates

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 8:54pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A handful of Illinois-based nursing homes sued the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services on Friday, saying low Medicaid rates are jeopardizing their ability to provide adequate quality of care.

'Window closing' for California mudslide searchers as death toll rises to 18

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 7:23pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for five missing people as the death toll rose to 18 from mudslides in Southern California that damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge.

Trump in 'excellent health,' White House doctor says after exam

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 6:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House physician pronounced Donald Trump to be in "excellent health" after Trump had his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday, capping off a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisions

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:24pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.

'Window closing' as search expands for missing in California mudslide

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 3:04pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for at least five people missing after mudslides in southern California that killed at least 17 people, damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge.

Florida 20-year-old claims $451 million Mega Millions jackpot

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 2:47pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man from Florida's Gulf Coast claimed a $451 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot and opted to receive a one-time payment of nearly $282 million, Florida lottery officials said on Friday.

Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisos

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 2:31pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.

Supreme Court takes up fight over Texas electoral districts

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:58pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a bid by Texas to revive Republican-drawn electoral districts for state legislative and U.S. congressional seats that were thrown out by a lower court for diminishing black and Hispanic voters' clout.

Trump denies vulgar remarks about Haiti, African countries; condemnation mounts

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:56pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing strong condemnation at home and abroad, U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied using the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries, but kept up criticism of a Senate immigration plan that he said would force the United States to admit people from countries that "are doing badly."

'Dreamer' lives in limbo as Washington battles over immigration

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:55pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jovan Rodriguez plans to go underground if protections for immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children expire, giving up on dreams of a master’s degree and a career in New York’s glittering theater world.

Strangers at home, Salvadoran deportees welcomed at call centers

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:40pm
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Alexander Ramos was deported to El Salvador from the United States seven years ago, forced to leave jobs as a gardener and at McDonald's after getting caught driving without a license.

Political risk looms over Republicans' welfare tinkering

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:15pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.

Flu in U.S. now widespread but season may be peaking: CDC

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:43pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Seasonal influenza is now widespread across the continental United States, causing severe illness and rising numbers of hospitalizations, but this year's outbreak may be peaking, government health officials said on Friday.

Despite political risk, Republicans tinker with welfare

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:23pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.

Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to implement Medicaid work requirements

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:50am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to receive approval from the federal government to implement work requirements in Medicaid, a fundamental change to the 50-year-old government health insurance program for the poor.

Ohio officials worry about possible new spills from Rover natgas pipe

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:42am
(Reuters) - Ohio environmental regulators on Friday told federal energy regulators the state has significant concerns about the potential for a spill from Energy Transfer Partners LP's drilling under a river as the company works on the Rover natural gas pipeline.

Trump denies 'shithole' remarks as condemnation mounts at home and abroad

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:33am
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