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Nebraska regulator to announce Keystone XL permit decision on November 20

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 4:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Nebraska Public Service Commission announced Monday it will issue its decision on whether to approve the permit to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Nov. 20, the last regulatory hurdle for the controversial project.

CalPERS considers upping fixed-income investment, lowering volatility

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:57pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is considering more than doubling its investment in municipal bonds and other fixed-income assets while lowering volatility, according to proposals set for discussion at a workshop on Monday.

U.S. judge denies request for outsider to oversee Puerto Rico's PREPA

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Monday rejected a request to install a former military officer to oversee Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility, PREPA, a victory for Governor Ricardo Rossello, whose government opposed the appointment.

Jurors in U.S. Senator's bribery trial told to keep talking

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:05pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The judge in the bribery trial of Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey told a jury on Monday to continue deliberating after the panel said it was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, according to defendant's spokesman.

Recovered Penn State hazing death video leads to fresh charges

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:52pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - A prosecutor brought fresh charges against 12 members of a Pennsylvania State University fraternity on Monday in the death of a 19-year-old student after examining recovered surveillance-camera video of an alcohol-fueled initiation rite that turned deadly.

U.S. charges Chinese woman in college exam fraud

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:16pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Chinese college student was arrested on Monday in the latest case to stem from U.S. investigations into international students who authorities say hire imposters to take exams on their behalf to gain admission to American universities.

House Democrats seek probe of FCC chairman's treatment of Sinclair

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:14pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. House Democrats on Monday asked the Federal Communications Commission inspector general to probe whether FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was biased in favor of Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is seeking approval of a $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co.

Puerto Rico requests $94.4 billion from U.S. Congress for rebuilding

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:07pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday requested $94.4 billion from Congress to rebuild the island's infrastructure, housing, schools and hospitals devastated by Hurricane Maria.

First U.S. trial opens in FIFA corruption probe

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 1:55pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers defending three former soccer officials at trial on U.S. corruption charges strove to distance their clients from a scandal that has engulfed the sport as they delivered opening statements to jurors on Monday.

U.S. appeals court sides with blind voters in Ohio

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 1:47pm
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday revived a lawsuit claiming that Ohio's paper-ballot absentee voter system discriminates against blind people by preventing them from voting anonymously, and forcing them to get help from people with sight.

U.S. top court to hear fight over California pregnancy center law

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 1:35pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.

Recovered video in Penn State hazing death leads to 12 more charged

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 1:24pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania prosecutor charged an additional 12 members of a Pennsylvania State University fraternity on Monday in the death of a 19-year-old student after examining recovered surveillance-camera video of an alcohol-fueled initiation rite that turned deadly.

U.S. hate crimes rise for second straight year: FBI

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 1:15pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of hate crimes committed in the United States rose in 2016 for the second consecutive year, with African-Americans, Jews and Muslims targeted in many of the incidents, the FBI said on Monday in an annual report.

U.S. court lets Trump travel ban go partially into effect

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:55pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let part of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban go into effect, ruling that the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries if they have no connections to the United States.

Senator Rand Paul returns to work after being tackled while mowing lawn

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:39pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said he returned to work on Monday, more than a week after he suffered six broken ribs when tackled by a neighbor while mowing his lawn.

Russia's RT America registers as 'foreign agent' in USA: editor

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:37pm
MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - RT America, the U.S. arm of the Kremlin-backed TV station RT, has registered with the U.S. Department of Justice as a "foreign agent" in the United States, the outlet's editor in chief said on Monday.

U.S. court allows part of Trump travel ban to go into effect

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:52am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let part of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban go into effect, ruling that the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries if they have no family connections to the United States.

Russia's RT registers as 'foreign agent' in USA: editor

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:36am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - RT America, the U.S. arm of the Kremlin-backed TV station RT, has registered as a "foreign agent" in the United States, the outlet's editor in chief said on Monday.

U.S. top court to hear dispute over California pregnancy center law

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 9:09am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.

Supreme Court to hear Minnesota voter apparel law challenge

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 9:06am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a conservative group's free speech challenge to a Minnesota law prohibiting voters from wearing T-shirts or other apparel adorned with overtly political messages inside polling stations.

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