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Utah enacts lowest U.S. drunken-driving limit

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:13pm
(Reuters) - Utah Governor Gary Herbert on Thursday signed a law setting the blood alcohol limit for drunken driving at 0.05, the lowest threshold in the United States, over strong objections from the restaurant and beverage industry.

Police detective, three others victims identified in Wisconsin shooting

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:05pm
(Reuters) - Authorities on Thursday identified four victims, including a veteran police officer, who were killed during a shooting spree in central Wisconsin sparked by a domestic violence incident.

Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:27pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking.

Two New York politicians charged with illegal financial schemes

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:21pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state senator was charged on Thursday with secretly padding his salary when he served as an upstate mayor, while his predecessor in the senate seat was accused of devising a scheme to secretly maintain payments to a disgraced former staffer.

U.S. settles AT&T's DirecTV case on talks with rivals over baseball

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:23pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department reached a settlement with AT&T unit DirecTV, which it had accused of illegally swapping information with rival pay-TV providers about negotiations to show Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games in southern California, according to court filings Thursday.

Texas A&M, Rick Perry clash on election of gay student body president

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:05pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas A&M University said on Thursday it respectfully disagreed with comments U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry made a day earlier when he criticized an election at his alma matter that led to the school's first openly gay student body president.

German gummy bear maker Haribo plans to produce candy in U.S.

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:39pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - German candymaker Haribo, famous for its fruit-flavored gummy bears, plans to build its first production facility in the United States and start making confectionery there from 2020.

Americans favor paid family, sick leave; split on funding: report

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:29am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most Americans support paid family and medical leave and think employers, rather than the government, should cover the costs, but they are divided over whether companies should be legally required to provide it, according to a report released on Thursday.

State Dept. to approve Keystone pipeline permit: Politico

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:41am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department will approve by Monday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to Politico.

Florida man's book burning sparks wildfire, destroys homes: officials

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:36am
(Reuters) - A Florida man's illegal burning of paperback books sparked a wildfire that quickly spread across 400 acres of land, damaging or destroying as many as 15 homes and forcing residents to evacuate in the northeastern part of the state, officials said on Thursday.

Striking AT&T workers in California, Nevada return to work

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:57am
(Reuters) - AT&T Inc said 17,000 workers in California and Nevada resumed work on Thursday, after going on a strike on Wednesday.

U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel over bomb threats to Jewish centers

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:54am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A man was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand over the past three months, police said on Thursday.

Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiring

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:19am
(Reuters) - Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some U.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home.

High stakes for Trump in vote on healthcare plan

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:22am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump may face his first major legislative hurdle on Thursday: a do-or-die vote in the House of Representatives on a plan that would roll back the signature healthcare law of former President Barack Obama.

California regulator to vote on United States' strictest methane rule

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:07am
(Reuters) - California's air pollution regulator is due to hold a vote on Thursday on methane emission regulations that it says would be the strictest in the United States in controlling the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:05am
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

Police officer, three others killed in Wisconsin shooting: reports

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:30pm
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A police officer and three other people were killed in a string of shootings that unfolded three small communities in central Wisconsin, local media reported on Wednesday.

Australian water advocate kicks off 1,000-mile run in Las Vegas

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:33pm
(Reuters) - Last time she ran 40 marathons in a row, Mina Guli wore out eight pairs of shoes. Now she is trying it a second time.

Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:08pm
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (Reuters) - A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 decision making the practice legal in all states.

Ex-Dean Foods chairman's story in Walters trial comes under fire

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:26pm
(Reuters) - A lawyer defending Las Vegas sports gambler William "Billy" Walters against insider trading charges on Wednesday sought to discredit former Dean Foods Chairman Tom Davis, who told jurors he used a special "bat phone" to give Walters confidential tips.