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Senate Republicans reluctantly consider bipartisan healthcare talks

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:03am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As their seven-year effort to repeal and replace Obamacare derailed in the U.S. Senate, Republicans faced the prospect of doing the once unthinkable: working with Democrats to make fixes to former President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law.

Saudi national carrier says laptop ban on U.S. flights ended

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:27am
KHOBAR (Reuters) - A ban on laptops and other large electronic devices from the cabins of direct flights to the United States from Saudi Arabia has been lifted, Saudi Arabian Airlines said on Wednesday.

Simpson given good chance for parole, despite 'O.J. factor'

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 9:03pm
(Reuters) - As O.J. Simpson nears his date with Nevada's parole board this week, the consensus is he stands a good chance of winning release from prison in October, after serving nine years for a botched attempt to steal mementos from his sports career at gunpoint.

Minnesota mystery: Why were cameras off during police shooting?

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 7:14pm
(Reuters) - Amid public outrage over the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by Minneapolis police, the most persistent question was why officers did not turn on body cameras that could have captured what happened.

Trump seeks crackdown on 'Made in America' fakes

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 6:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is looking for ways to defend American-made products by certifying legitimate U.S. goods and aggressively going after imported products unfairly sporting the "Made in America" label, the White House said on Tuesday.

Alabama finds atypical mad cow case, no human threat seen

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 5:58pm
(Reuters) - An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.

New York's JFK Airport seeks proposals for $10 billion renovation

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 5:17pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey's bi-state transportation agency on Tuesday began seeking proposals to develop a master plan for the $10 billion renovation of John F. Kennedy International Airport, a pet project of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Man pleads guilty in failed plot to bomb Colorado police station

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:30pm
DENVER (Reuters) - A man who prosecutors say planted a bomb outside a small-town Colorado police station to avenge a friend's murder nearly a half-century ago pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.

Illinois teenager arrested in Uber slaying could face more charges

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:11pm
SKOKIE, Ill. (Reuters) - An Illinois teenager arrested for fatally stabbing an Uber [UBER.UL] driver may face additional criminal charges for her violent behavior while detained, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Victims' lawyers say unjust to halt U.S. air bag cases vs. carmakers

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 3:10pm
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Lawyers for people injured by Takata Corp's defective air bags told a U.S. judge on Tuesday there was "no basis" for an "unjust" request by the company's U.S. unit to halt hundreds of consumer lawsuits against car companies that used the air bags.

Connecticut employees ratify labor deal, move state closer to budget

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 3:03pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut state employees ratified a new labor deal late on Monday, setting the stage for nearly $1.6 billion of concessions over two years that could help bring the state closer to finalizing a budget.

Mother charged in baby's hot-car death was getting hair done: police

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 2:35pm
(Reuters) - A 25-year-old South Carolina woman was in jail on Tuesday on a murder charge for the death of her 13-month-old daughter, who police said she left in a car last month while she went to a hair salon in suburban Atlanta.

Luxury home sales jump in New York's Hamptons

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 1:06pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Luxury property sales in the Hamptons, New York's weekend haven for the wealthy, are on the upswing thanks to a buoyant stock market, with four closings over the $20 million mark in the three months ended June compared to none last year, real estate data show.

Ohio prosecutors decline to pursue third trial against former police officer

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:39pm
(Reuters) - Ohio prosecutors said on Tuesday they will not pursue a third trial against a former university police officer whose two previous trials for murdering a black motorist during a traffic stop ended with hung juries.

Chipotle shuts Virginia restaurant due to customer illness, shares fall

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:44am
(Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc closed a restaurant in Virginia due to a suspected norovirus outbreak among some diners, sending shares down more than 6 percent on Tuesday.

Hawaii urges Supreme Court to exclude grandparents from U.S. travel ban

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:34am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of Hawaii on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to expand the scope of the Trump administration's temporary ban on refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries by including grandparents and other family members of U.S. residents.

Ex-U.S. House Speaker Hastert released from Minnesota prison

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 9:19am
(Reuters) - Former U.S. House of Representative Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and moved to a Chicago halfway house after serving a 13-month sentence for a financial crime tied to sex abuse, federal records showed on Tuesday.

Virginia deputies fatally shoot driver after threat: authorities

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 8:47am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deputy sheriffs in Virginia shot and killed a motorist who posed a deadly threat to them during a late-night traffic stop, authorities said on Tuesday, and state police were investigating.

Father calls for justice in Minneapolis police shooting

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 6:51am
(Reuters) - The father of an Australian woman fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer over the weekend called for justice on Tuesday hours after a local medical examiner ruled that her death was a homicide.

Small U.S. towns brace for rare solar eclipse, and crowds, in August

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 5:42am
DRIGGS, Idaho (Reuters) - Hyrum Johnson, mayor of the tiny city of Driggs, Idaho, expects some craziness in his one-stoplight town next month when the moon passes in front of the sun for the first total solar eclipse in the lower 48 U.S. states since 1979.