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'Don't worry about the NRA,' Trump tells U.S. governors

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 1:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told governors on Monday not to worry about the National Rifle Association lobbying group as states consider how to improve school safety after 17 students and educators were killed at a Florida high school on Feb. 14 by a gunman with semiautomatic rifle.

Conservative Supreme Court justices take aim at union fees

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a case that could weaken the finances and political clout of organized labor, conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated strong support for stopping millions of dollars in fees that non-members are forced to pay annually to unions representing public employees.

U.S. finalizes long-delayed 'quiet cars' rule, extending deadline

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:45pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday finalized rules that will require "quiet cars" like electric vehicles and hybrids to emit alert sounds to warn pedestrians of their approach, extending to 2020 the deadline for full compliance.

Supreme Court justices skeptical of American Express merchant fees

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday sharply questioned American Express over restrictions the company places on merchants forbidding them from encouraging customers to use rival credit cards with lower fees, which several states and the Trump administration claim violate federal antitrust law.

Trump personal pilot under consideration for FAA chief: sources

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is considering his longtime personal pilot, John Dunkin, as a candidate to lead the Federal Aviation Administration among a small group of candidates, two administration officials briefed on the matter told Reuters Monday.

Trump calls for closer attention to warnings after Florida massacre

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:35am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said authorities need to do a better job of handling warnings about violent people of the sort that were missed ahead of this month's shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.

Asylum seeker in detention sues U.S. administration over family separation

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:56am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Congolese woman seeking asylum in the United States for herself and her daughter sued the Trump administration on Monday, alleging that she and other immigrants in detention have been unfairly separated from their children.

Trump says must improve early response system for violent people

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:25am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, meeting with governors at the White House, said on Monday that authorities need to improve early-warning response systems for violent people after a Florida attacker killed 17 people in one of the country's deadliest school shootings.

Supreme Court divided in pivotal challenge to union fees

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:23am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided along ideological lines on Monday in a high-stakes case that could deprive unions representing police, firefighters and certain other public employees of a key source of funds -- millions of dollars in fees they can collect annually from non-members.

U.S. patent court deals setback to Allergan's Restasis strategy

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:01am
(Reuters) - A U.S. administrative court said it has the authority to decide the validity of patents Allergan Plc transferred to a Native American tribe, dealing a setback to a strategy the company adopted to protect one of its best-selling medicines from generic competition.

U.S. appeals court says Title VII covers discrimination based on sexual orientation

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 9:35am
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in Manhattan on Monday ruled that a federal law banning sex bias in the workplace also prohibits discrimination against gay employees, becoming only the second court to do so.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to EPA water regulation

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 9:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge led by states and environmental groups to an Environmental Protection Agency regulation that lets government agencies transfer water between different bodies, such as rivers and lakes, without needing to protect against pollution.

Supreme Court to hear pivotal challenge to union fees

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 8:55am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday was set to hear a high-stakes case that could deprive unions representing police, firefighters and certain other public employees of a key source of funds -- millions of dollars in fees they can collect annually from non-members.

Supreme Court rejects Trump over 'Dreamers' immigrants

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 8:37am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to President Donald Trump, requiring his administration to maintain protections he has sought to end for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children.

U.S. energy drilling boom could mean $6 billion in federal well cleanups

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 6:24am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cleaning up the tens of thousands oil and gas wells on U.S. federal land after they stop producing could cost over $6 billion, and taxpayers may need to pitch in, according to an analysis of state and federal data commissioned by a conservation watchdog group.

Avalanche kills Washington state hiker, injures five

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 5:41am
(Reuters) - A 32-year-old man was killed and five other people were injured Sunday after being buried in an avalanche in western Washington state, local authorities said.

Michelle Obama memoir 'Becoming' set for publication in November

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:06pm
(Reuters) - Michelle Obama's forthcoming memoir, "Becoming," is set for worldwide release on Nov. 13, at which time the former first lady will embark on a global tour to promote the book, publisher Penguin Random House said on Sunday.

Sheriff faces mounting criticism over Florida school massacre

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 7:03pm
(Reuters) - A Florida sheriff came under mounting criticism on Sunday for his deputies' response to this month's deadly high school shooting and potential warning signs as dozens of state lawmakers called for his ouster and the governor ordered an independent inquiry.

Alabama's aborted execution was botched and bloody -lawyer

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 3:36pm
(Reuters) - Alabama's aborted execution last week of an inmate with severely compromised veins led to more than 10 puncture wounds in the man from failed needle placements and left behind a bloodied death chamber, his lawyer said.

Sheriff says only one deputy at fault in Florida school shooting

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 12:01pm
(Reuters) - Only one sheriff's deputy failed to stop the gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school, the Broward County sheriff said on Sunday, dismissing reports that other deputies did not enter the school during the attack as unverified.