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California State University system votes to raise tuition

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:19pm
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Trustees for the 23 California State University campuses on Wednesday voted to increase tuition for the nation's largest four-year public university system by 5 percent despite loud protests from students.

Immigrant whose daughter appealed to pope requests asylum in U.S.

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:57pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Mexican immigrant whose daughter appealed to Pope Francis three years ago to stop his deportation from the United States requested asylum at a federal court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Security tightened at UK sites in New York after London attack

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:23pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police ramped up security at British sites across the city on Wednesday after an assailant fatally stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament and was then shot and killed by police.

Plan for $7.5 billion Kushner family New York tower faces hurdles: report

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:21pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The family-owned company that until recently was headed by U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law hopes to turn an aging New York office tower into a signature development that could be worth up to $12 billion, a report said on Wednesday.

U.S. charges New York mob suspects with vendetta arson, robbery

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:57pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday rounded up seven mob suspects on charges of robbery and a vendetta arson in which a reputed Bonanno crime family associate was accused of having a car torched because its driver cut him off at a traffic light.

Mayor of Allentown, Penn., implicated in ex-official's guilty plea

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:28pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former top administrator of Allentown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal fraud charges, becoming the seventh person convicted in a long-running FBI pay-to-play investigation that includes Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Illinois bills seek to legalize, tax marijuana sales to adults

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:27pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults and tax it to raise at least $350 million a year for the cash-strapped state under legislation introduced on Wednesday.

Wisconsin man who threatened to kill Obama loses appeal

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:25pm
(Reuters) - A Wisconsin man who wrote on his Facebook page and told several others that he planned to kill then-U.S. President Barack Obama has lost his appeal of his conviction and three-year prison term for threatening the president.

Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widow

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:24pm
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - More than 50 victims and survivors of the June 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub sued the gunman's employer and widow on Wednesday, blaming them for failing to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

White man who wanted to 'harm' blacks arrested after NYC stabbing

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:48pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A white man who traveled to New York City to harm black people turned himself in with knives in his pocket at a Manhattan police station on Wednesday, police said, a day after police say he fatally stabbed a black man in an attack on a sidewalk.

U.S. high court hands disabled students win on education standards

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a victory for disabled students, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that public schools must offer them a special educational program that is sufficiently ambitious to ensure they make progress.

Puerto Rico governor grilled on timetable for PREPA deal

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:36am
(Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor on Wednesday told a Congressional committee the island's debt-laden power utility, PREPA, could undergo an in-court restructuring process akin to U.S. bankruptcy "if a [consensual] deal is not able to be executed."

Trump seeks to nail support for healthcare bill before House vote

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:32am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders worked on Wednesday to try to secure enough support in the House of Representatives to win passage of their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets.

Pharmacist guilty of racketeering in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:33am
BOSTON (Reuters) - The co-founder of a now-defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy was found guilty of racketeering and fraud but cleared of murder on Wednesday for his role in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the United States.

One in three U.S. Muslims fear for safety in Trump presidency: poll

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:15am
(Reuters) - More than one in three U.S. Muslims fear they could be targeted by white supremacist groups following President Donald Trump's election and 42 percent say their children have been bullied in school because of their faith, a survey found.

U.S. existing home sales fall from 10-year high

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell more than expected in February amid a persistent shortage of houses on the market that is pushing up prices and sidelining potential buyers.

Severe storm kills one as it sweeps northern Georgia

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 8:05am
(Reuters) - Strong winds, quarter-sized hail and lightning ripped through towns in northern Georgia, killing one man and leaving several cities with severe damage and power outages on Wednesday, local media and officials said.

Exclusive: Lead poisoning afflicts neighborhoods across California

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:30am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows.

U.S. farm heartland lobbies to steer Trump away from Mexico trade war

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:27am
GARNER, Iowa/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Farmers in the U.S. agricultural heartland that helped elect Donald Trump are now pushing his administration to avoid a trade dispute with Mexico, fearing retaliatory tariffs that could hit over $3 billion in U.S. exports.

Chuck Barris, 'The Gong Show' host, dies at 87

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:05am
(Reuters) - Chuck Barris, who tapped into Americans’ hunger to be on television by creating game shows such as “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and his showcase for the acutely untalented, “The Gong Show,” died on Tuesday, media outlets reported.