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U.S. Homeland Security: no timeline for deciding to expand laptop ban

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:18am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Homeland Security Department said Wednesday the department has no specific timeline for making a decision on whether to expand a ban on larger electronics as carry-on luggage.

N.Y. judge adjourns Times Square crash case until July

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:06am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man charged with killing a young woman and injuring 22 others when he sped through three blocks of crowded Times Square sidewalks in his car will make his next court appearance in July.

Jury selection for Bill Cosby's sex assault trial could be completed Wednesday

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:02am
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The jury that will decide whether to convict or acquit comedian Bill Cosby at his upcoming sexual assault trial in the Philadelphia area is likely to be chosen on Wednesday, even as the defense says prosecutors are trying to exclude black people from the panel.

Five charged with insider trading related to U.S. health agency

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:39am
(Reuters) - Three investment advisors, a political consultant and a former employee of a U.S. healthcare agency have been charged with engaging in an insider trading scheme using confidential information from within the health agency.

Convicted spy Pollard loses bid to relax U.S. parole conditions

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:58am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid by Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence officer who served 30 years in prison after being convicted of spying for Israel, to relax his parole conditions.

New York firms offer 'Plan B' to staff ahead of summer transit woes

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 5:05am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Faced with this summer's partial shutdown of a key New York transit hub due to track repairs, some employers in the largest U.S. city are scrambling to come up with "Plan B" offerings to allow their suburb-dwelling staff to avoid the largely shuttered hub.

Texas House approves new voter ID bill after setbacks in court

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:02pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a new bill on showing identification when voting after a previous voter ID law was struck down by U.S. courts which said it discriminated against black and Hispanic people.

Connecticut proposes wage freeze, higher employee share for benefits

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:52pm
(Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Tuesday proposed a wage freeze and higher employee contributions to pension and healthcare while reducing the state's share, in a framework for an agreement with labor unions that could save the state over $1.5 billion by 2019.

Newark, N.J. airport closed after plane has engine fire

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 9:13pm
(Reuters) - Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey was temporarily shut down on Tuesday evening after a plane with an engine fire deployed emergency chutes, the airport said on Twitter.

North American leagues urge vigilance after Manchester attack

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:49pm
(Reuters) - North America's major sports leagues have strict safety procedures at their arenas but have urged fans attending games to be vigilant following Monday's suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England, officials said on Tuesday.

Trump budget cuts may stir backlash in rural America

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller federal government but target many of the very people who voted for him last November.

Woman arrested for trying to send U.S. space technology to China

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:20pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A California woman was arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

SEC suspends some in-house court cases over hiring of judges

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended some of its pending in-house court cases, after a Denver-based federal appeals court found the agency had violated the Constitution in how it hired its administrative law judges.

Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 1:54pm
(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday it underpaid its New York City drivers for the past two-and-a-half years, an error that could cost the ride-hailing company tens of millions of dollars.

Ex-Eaton Vance trader pleads guilty in U.S. to options fraud

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:16pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A former Eaton Vance Corp portfolio manager pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an illegal options trading scheme that defrauded the company and allowed him to make $1.9 million in profits.

U.S. appeals court revives part of Wikipedia lawsuit against NSA

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 8:55am
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived part of a lawsuit by the publisher of Wikipedia and other groups challenging the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance of their users.

Online insurer Fabric launches life coverage for New York parents

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 6:04am
(Reuters) - Fabric, a web-based insurance agency that promises new parents accidental death coverage in two minutes, opened for business in New York on Tuesday following the state's approval of its key product, the company said.

Bond market braces for impact of New York's free tuition plan

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:07am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Little known private colleges that are already struggling to grow their revenues are facing a new threat that could further weaken their finances and make borrowing harder: free tuition at public universities.

Unruly passenger aboard Hawaii flight prompted bomb scare: FBI

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:11pm
(Reuters) - A Turkish man prompted a bomb scare aboard a weekend American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu through a series of outbursts culminating in a desperate scuffle with crew members and fellow passengers, the FBI said in court documents filed on Monday.

Los Angeles art dealer gets jail for bilking clients out of $1 million

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:04pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles art dealer who prosecutors say embezzled more than $1 million from clients including former Walt Disney Co President Michael Ovitz was sentenced on Monday to six months in jail.