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Oklahoma City police fatally shoot deaf man who did not respond to commands

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 3:33pm
(Reuters) - A deaf man holding a metal pipe was fatally shot by Oklahoma City police who yelled for him to drop his weapon and get on the ground but did not know he could not hear, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

Tusk-smuggling case ends in prison for Canadian ex-mountie :U.S. judge

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 2:24pm
(Reuters) - A retried Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was sentenced on Wednesday by a U.S. judge to five years and two months in prison, after pleading guilty to 10 money laundering charges related to a scheme to smuggle Arctic narwhal tusks.

U.S. Attorney General Sessions says marijuana still illegal

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 1:42pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.

California sues Trump administration over border wall

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 1:34pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday over the Trump administration's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, adding to the obstacles facing one of the Republican president's key campaign promises.

Boston beheading plotter cited 2013 bombing: prosecutor

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:33pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack police and behead a conservative blogger on behalf of Islamic State told someone online that he wanted to cause more harm than the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

S&P downgrades Pennsylvania credit to A-plus, cites budget problems

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:21pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - S&P Global Ratings downgraded Pennsylvania's general obligation debt one notch to A-plus on Wednesday as state officials struggle to close a $2.3 billion budget gap, the credit rating agency said.

California to file lawsuit over Trump border wall

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 8:06am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's attorney general plans to file a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, the state AG's office said, adding to the obstacles facing a key Trump campaign promise.

Trial opens for American in Islamic State-linked police beheading plot

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:04am
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to behead police officers in an effort to help Islamic State was due in court on Wednesday for the start of his trial on charges including conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.

Walmart, Target join call for 'Dreamer' legislation

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:26am
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation, according to organizer

Eerie calm hangs over Puerto Rican capital before storm

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 1:07am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Streets usually abuzz with diners, shoppers, and traffic stood silent, shuttered and empty in the center of San Juan on Tuesday as the Puerto Rican capital prepared for the onslaught of a massive hurricane the following morning.

Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:12am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.   

Convicted killer recaptured after escape from Mississippi prison

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:14pm
(Reuters) - Authorities in Mississippi have recaptured a convicted killer who slipped away from a state prison, but a second escaped inmate who was serving time for burglary remains at large, the state department of corrections said on Tuesday.

Trump's U.N. speech shows nationalist instincts firmly intact

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:14pm
Among the many signals that Donald Trump sent in his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, one was especially clear: former chief strategist Steve Bannon's White House departure has not muted the president's "America First" foreign policy instincts.

Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 7:47pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A San Diego children's hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to 'drive' themselves to the operating room.

Attorney General Sessions steps up anti-'sanctuary' rhetoric after setbacks

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 6:48pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped up the Trump administration's critique of so-called sanctuary cities on Tuesday, saying local and state policies to limit cooperation with immigration enforcement are a criminal's "best friend."

After protests, St. Louis mayor says address racism

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 5:40pm
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - The legacies of racism, not only the violent protests that gripped St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of murdering a black man, must be addressed, the city's mayor said on Tuesday.

Drug dealer gets 11 years in death of Hollywood movie executive

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 3:19pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A convicted drug dealer was sentenced on Tuesday to 11 years in prison in the death of a Hollywood studio executive whose remains were found buried in the California desert more than two years after he disappeared in 2012.

'Shocking' disregard for safety in U.S. meningitis case -prosecutor

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:53pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor on Tuesday accused a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak of showing a "shocking" disregard for patients' lives, while his lawyer argued the man was no killer.

Exclusive: Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:30pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S. officials.

Lawsuit over debunked Rolling Stone rape article revived on appeal

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 1:44pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a defamation lawsuit brought by three University of Virginia graduates against Rolling Stone magazine over a now-retracted article describing an alleged gang rape at their fraternity.