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Ex-employee of U.S. defense firm pleads guilty in espionage case

2 hours 36 min ago
(Reuters) - A former employee of a U.S. defense contractor has pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to sell sensitive satellite information to a person he believed was a Russian intelligence agent, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

Texas House passes 'bathroom bill' targeting public schools

4 hours 54 min ago
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives gave formal approval on Monday to a bill that would restrict bathroom access for transgender students in public schools, a measure that critics say promotes discrimination against such children.

Three teenagers denied bail in Mississippi boy's shooting death

4 hours 56 min ago
(Reuters) - Three Mississippi teenagers charged in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy killed last week after his mother's car was stolen from a grocery store parking lot were denied bail on Monday, local media reported.

Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removal

5 hours 2 min ago
(Reuters) - A Mississippi state lawmaker who called for the lynching of Louisiana officials for removing pro-slavery era monuments apologized on Monday after his comments sparked a firestorm of criticism.

U.S. to release grant funds for California rail project

5 hours 47 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday it will release grant funds for a project to electrify a northern California commuter rail system.

Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court

6 hours 45 sec ago
(Reuters) - Fox News was hit with new sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits on Monday, adding to the catalog of complaints that has rattled the U.S. cable news network and its corporate parent 21st Century Fox Inc .

Father of tourist killed in NYC attack: 'She loved Times Square'

6 hours 59 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A framed tribute from the father of an 18-year-old Michigan woman killed last week in New York's Times Square appeared on Monday morning near the spot where a driver intentionally hit her, circled by a rain-soaked mound of flowers and stuffed toys.

Alcoholics Anonymous sues to recover original manuscript

7 hours 31 min ago
(Reuters) - The original manuscript that became the basis for Alcoholics Anonymous is the subject of a new lawsuit by the organization, which wants to reclaim it before it can be auctioned next month.

New England prep school: 13 past staffers engaged in sexual misconduct

7 hours 34 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - An elite New Hampshire prep school acknowledged on Monday that 13 former members of its staff engaged in sexual misconduct with students in incidents dating back decades, following an independent review by a Boston law firm.

U.S. extends 'temporary protected status' to Haitians until January

7 hours 44 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow more than 50,000 victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake to remain in the United States with work authorizations until January 2018, department officials told reporters on Monday.

Trump budget poised to slash healthcare for poor, other programs

8 hours 7 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is set to release President Donald Trump's first full budget on Tuesday, a plan that will include a cut of more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program for the poor and reductions in other social spending.

Loss-making Air Namibia wins permit to fly into U.S.: report

8 hours 21 min ago
WINDHOEK (Reuters) - State-owned Air Namibia has won approval to fly into the United States and hopes to generate revenues through its codesharing agreements, the government-run daily New Era reported on Monday,

Puerto Rico pension, highway agency join government in bankruptcy

8 hours 34 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's federal oversight board has sought bankruptcy protection for the island's highway authority and largest public pension, making them the latest commonwealth entities to turn to a court to work out debt.

U.S. accuses Massachusetts hedge fund manager of fraud

8 hours 42 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts hedge fund manager has been arrested and accused of misappropriating millions of dollars from investors and engaging in a Ponzi-like scheme, U.S. authorities said.

Trump administration asks for time to weigh Obamacare subsidies

9 hours 26 sec ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Monday told a federal court they have not yet decided on how to proceed in a major case that could end cost-sharing subsidies paid to insurers that are vital to the functioning of the Obamacare healthcare law.

In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem's Western Wall

10 hours 7 min ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones.

Billy Bush on Trump tape: didn't have "strength" to change topic

10 hours 27 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former NBC "Today" show host Billy Bush wishes he had changed the subject during a taped conversation with Donald Trump, in which the Apprentice star bragged about grabbing women by the genitals, Bush said in an interview with the entertainment magazine, The Hollywood Reporter.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to state retroactive tax changes

11 hours 21 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by several major corporations to a Michigan law that retroactively changed the way businesses are taxed in the state, leading to $1 billion extra for government coffers.

U.S. gender confirmation surgery up 19 percent in 2016, doctors say

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:07pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gender confirmation surgeries rose 19 percent in 2016 from the previous year, a survey of plastic surgeons said, an increase some doctors attribute to expanded Medicare coverage and greater social acceptance of transgender people.

Stabbing death of black U.S. Army officer probed as possible hate crime

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 9:25pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police have charged a white University of Maryland student with the on-campus stabbing death of a newly commissioned black U.S. Army lieutenant, and the FBI is investigating the case as a possible hate crime, authorities said on Sunday.