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U.S. House to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 8:26am
(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday on whether to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates have mounted a last-ditch effort to limit its impact on Americans.

Lockheed enhances capability of its Aegis missile-defense system

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 8:06am
(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Thursday it had connected key components of its new long-range discrimination radar (LRDR) with its Aegis Ashore missile-defense system to enhance Aegis's capabilities.

Rescuers race against time to find missing in California mudslides

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 6:00am
SANTA BARBARA, Calif (Reuters) - Rescue crews in Southern California resumed on Thursday the arduous task of combing through tons of debris for survivors from deadly mudslides that struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities.

Trump administration will allow states to test Medicaid work requirements

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 5:11am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow states to test requiring some Medicaid recipients to work or participate in community activities such as volunteering or jobs training as a condition of eligibility for the government health insurance program for the poor.

Californian man dies hiking Australia's sweltering outback

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:43am
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An American tourist has died in the Australian outback while hiking though sweltering conditions on the Larapinta Trail, renowned for its ancient Aboriginal sacred sites, police said on Thursday.

U.S. judge denies effort to stop Mulvaney from heading consumer watchdog

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 8:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge denied on Wednesday a preliminary injunction sought by the deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeking to stop White House budget director Mick Mulvaney from taking control of the agency.

Death toll rises to 17 in California mudslides, 17 missing

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 6:58pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17.

Judge denies effort to stop Mulvaney from heading consumer watchdog

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 5:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge denied on Wednesday a preliminary injunction filed by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Leandra English seeking to stop White House budget director Mick Mulvaney from taking control of the agency.

Investor Rich Hall leaves Harvard to return to University of Texas

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 4:36pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Richard Hall, who oversaw private equity investing at Harvard University's $37 billion endowment, is leaving the Ivy League school to become the deputy chief investment officer at the University of Texas' endowment.

Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 15

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 4:03pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, hunting for some two dozen people missing after mudslides swept through, killing at least 15.

U.S. grand jury indicts man accused of Manhattan terror attack

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:55pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub in the name of Islamic State in December was indicted on U.S. terrorism charges by a grand jury on Wednesday.

U.S. immigration operation targets 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:14pm
(Reuters) - U.S. immigration agents fanned out to nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide on Wednesday, arresting 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally and giving owners a tight deadline to prove other employees are authorized to work.

California mudslides kill 15, more feared dead in deluge

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:59pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, hunting for up to two dozen people missing after mudslides swept through the coastal community and killed at least 15.

Trump blasts DACA ruling, calls U.S. court system 'broken and unfair'

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:35pm
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the federal court system as "broken and unfair" on Wednesday after a judge blocked his administration's move to end a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

New construction to lift Manhattan office rents in 2018: Cushman

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:11pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The largest amount of new construction to hit Manhattan since the 1980s will lift asking rents this year for office space in New York as demand likely continues to grow faster than the U.S. average, executives from Cushman & Wakefield said on Wednesday.

California proposes more spending on schools and roads

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:55pm
(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Wednesday that would be a 5 percent increase over the current year, with greater spending on education and transportation, while he warned about a likely a economic downturn in the future.

Judge deals setback to Cherokee Nation lawsuit over opioids

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:44pm
TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Oklahoma has dealt a blow to a Cherokee Nation lawsuit seeking to stop the flow of addictive opioid painkillers in its territory by issuing a preliminary injunction to prevent the case from being heard in tribal court.

Ohio man indicted for using 'Fruitfly' malware to spy on Americans

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Ohio man was charged in a 16-count indictment on Wednesday for allegedly using malware known as "Fruitfly" to surreptitiously record people by secretly taking over their computer cameras and microphones, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Vermont senate passes bill to legalize marijuana use

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:24pm
(Reuters) - Vermont's senate on Wednesday passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, which would make the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative.

Divided Supreme Court may allow Ohio voter purge policy

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices were joined by liberal Stephen Breyer on Wednesday in signaling sympathy toward Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from registration rolls -- a practice critics say disenfranchises thousands of people -- in a pivotal voting rights case.