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U.S. student imprisoned in Iran is scholar, not spy: colleagues

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 5:31am
PRINCETON, N.J. (Reuters) - By the time Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang arrived in Iran to conduct research for his doctorate in history, he had already spent years living and working in politically turbulent countries.

Windy, dry weather forecast in U.S. West, threatens to stoke wildfires

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 5:20am
(Reuters) - More than 800,000 residents in the U.S. West were told to be ready to evacuate on Tuesday as windy, dry conditions threatened to stoke wildfires, forecasters said.

Case of missing China scholar rattles compatriots at U.S. colleges

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 5:11am
CHICAGO(Reuters) - For many of the 300,000 Chinese students at U.S. colleges and their parents back home, the presumed kidnapping of a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois confirmed their worst fears about coming to America to study.

Republicans divided after second healthcare bill collapses

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:13am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress were in chaos over healthcare legislation after a second attempt to pass a bill in the Senate collapsed late on Monday, with President Donald Trump calling for an outright repeal of Obamacare and others seeking a change in direction toward bipartisanship.

More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:12am
Bay Minette, Alabama (Reuters) - Dr. Nicole Arthur, a family practice physician, was trained to avoid Cesarean deliveries in child-birth, unless medically necessary, because surgery increases risks and recovery time.

U.S. parents spending less on college tuition, study finds

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 9:12pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite a record-high U.S. stock market and a positive economic outlook, U.S. parents spent less on college tuition during the 2016-17 school year, according to Sallie Mae's 10th annual "How America Pays for College" report.

Magnitude 7.7 quake hits Alaska: USGS

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 6:48pm
(Reuters) - A powerful quake of magnitude 7.7 struck in the northern Pacific Ocean between the tip of the Aleutian Islands and Russia's Kamchatka, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Illinois judge orders reform of Cook County bail system

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 6:36pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Defendants who are not considered dangerous will no longer have to stay in jail if they cannot afford to pay bail while awaiting trial in the Illinois county that includes Chicago, a circuit court judge ordered on Monday.

Three shot outside health department building in Florida: sheriff's office

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 5:38pm
(Reuters) - Three people were shot on Monday afternoon outside a health department building in Palm Beach County, Florida, the local sheriff's office said.

Illinois governor to block Chicago schools' funding boost

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 5:33pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Monday he intends to block money earmarked for Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) teacher pensions under recent legislation because he feels it is too much of a "bailout" for a badly managed system.

FBI warns parents of privacy risks associated with internet-connected toys

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 5:20pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI on Monday warned parents of privacy and safety risks from children's toys connected to the internet.

Grandmas, grandpas from travel ban states now welcome -U.S. cable

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:19pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Grandparents of U.S. citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive U.S. visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects the latest court ruling on U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Marijuana shipment disguised as spare tires in new cars: U.S. officials

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:57pm
(Reuters) - About $1 million worth of smuggled marijuana was discovered last week in the spare tire compartments of newly assembled Ford Fusion sedans imported into the United States from Mexico, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Ex-police officer charged with murder for killing black teen in Texas

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:31pm
DALLAS (Reuters) - A former suburban Dallas policeman was indicted by a grand jury for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager who was in a car moving away from the officer when he opened fire with a rifle, Dallas County prosecutors said on Monday.

Prosecutors to reveal plans on ex-Ohio cop who fatally shot motorist

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:29pm
(Reuters) - A white former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist and whose two cases ended in mistrials will learn on Tuesday whether prosecutors will pursue a third murder trial.

Tesla driver denies Autopilot system caused Minnesota crash

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:39pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The driver of a Tesla vehicle involved in a crash in Minnesota on Saturday has denied that its Autopilot system caused the incident, according to an email released by the automaker on Monday.

U.S. ending laptop ban on Middle Eastern airlines

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Monday it had lifted a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard U.S.-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions.

Search for man after Arizona flash flood kills 9 of his family

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:11pm
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Authorities searched on Monday for a missing man after a wall of water crashed down a swollen Arizona canyon, law enforcement officials said, reportedly killing his wife, her three children and five other family members at a popular swimming spot north of Phoenix.

Massachusetts court rules for woman fired for medical marijuana use

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:35pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court on Monday ruled that a woman who had been fired for testing positive for marijuana that she had been legally prescribed under state law could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination.

New York attorney general says will sue over Obamacare repeal

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:50am
(Reuters) - New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman intends to sue the federal government if Republican lawmakers pass proposed legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, his office said on Monday.