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California proposes a $131.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2018-19

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:21pm
(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown proposes a $131.7 billion general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2018-19, a 5.0 percent increase from the current fiscal year.

Fifteen dead, up to two dozen missing, after California mudslides

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:49am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and thermal-imaging equipment searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for up to two dozen people missing after rain-driven mudslides swept through the coastal community, killing at least 15.

After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:41am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.

After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:34am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.

Fifteen confirmed dead in California mudslide, search for survivors

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:50am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews using helicopters and dogs searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for people trapped or killed by rain-driven mudslides that left at least 15 people dead in the coastal community.

Supreme Court divided over Ohio voter purge policy

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:30am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared at odds on Wednesday in a closely watched voting rights case, differing over whether Ohio's purging of infrequent voters from its registration rolls -- a policy critics say disenfranchises thousands of people -- violates federal law.

Fifteen confirmed dead in California mudslide, more casualties feared

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:53am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews using helicopters and dogs searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for people trapped or killed by rain-driven mudslides that left at least 15 people dead in the coastal community.

U.S. says Massachusetts cannot sue student loan servicer

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:49am
BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has filed papers arguing Massachusetts's attorney general cannot pursue claims that one of the nation's largest student loan servicers undermined a federal debt forgiveness program.

U.S. Supreme Court hears Ohio voter purge case

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:28am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the issue of voting rights on Wednesday as the justices began hearing arguments over whether Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls disenfranchises thousands of people and violates federal law.

Trump calls U.S. court system 'unfair' after DACA ruling

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the U.S. court system as "broken and unfair" after a federal judge blocked his move to end the program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, commonly known as "Dreamers."

Voter panel made no findings, will destroy data: White House

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 8:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial voter fraud panel made no early findings and will not give the Department of Homeland Security any voter data it received, the White House's top technology official said.

California mudslide death toll up to 15 as rescues continue

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 8:49am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California rescuers worked through the night plucking stranded Santa Barbara residents from mudslides that have killed at least 15 people and devastated the coastal community after it was drenched by rain, authorities said on Wednesday.

Death toll in California mudslides expected to rise

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 4:27am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of those killed by mudslides in California was expected to rise from at least 13 dead but rescue efforts would become easier on Wednesday after the powerful rain storm heads west and skies clear, authorities said.

U.S. Supreme Court considers legality of Ohio voter purging

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the issue of voting rights on Wednesday as the justices hear arguments over whether Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls disenfranchises thousands of people and violates federal law.

U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:26pm
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge blocked President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday from ending a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

California mudslides kill at least 13 in area ravaged by wildfire

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 9:44pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mudslides, boulders and tons of debris killed at least 13 people on Tuesday in communities along California's scenic coastline ravaged by a series of intense wildfires that burned off protective vegetation last month.

Exclusive: Trump's EPA aims to replace Obama-era climate, water regulations in 2018

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will replace Obama-era carbon and clean water regulations and open up a national debate on climate change in 2018, part of a list of priorities for the year that also includes fighting lead contamination in public drinking water.

Marijuana taxes and a surplus expected to boost California budget

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:30pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will propose his final state budget on Wednesday, setting out a spending blueprint that last year topped $125 billion and marking the first time the state's coffers will be bolstered from sales taxes on marijuana.

U.S. judges order overhaul of North Carolina's partisan congressional districts

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:02pm
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A three-judge federal panel ordered congressional districts in North Carolina to be redrawn ahead of the 2018 elections, ruling on Tuesday that the Republican-drawn map was illegal and unconstitutionally partisan.

California mudslides kill at least 13 people in area ravaged by wildfire

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 7:52pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mudslides, boulders and cascading debris killed at least 13 people on Tuesday in an area of Southern California's Pacific Coast ravaged by a series of intense wildfires that burned off protective vegetation last month.

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