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Somali pirate sentenced to life over USS Ashland attack: Justice Department

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 31-year-old Somali man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for engaging in piracy and other offenses in connection with an attack on a U.S. Navy ship seven years ago, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Trump seeks to shrink federal role in education with new order

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:01pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the U.S. government's role in school policy, which supporters cheered as the first step in creating more local control in education and critics worried could lead to lower quality schools in poorer neighborhoods.

Ex-Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:52pm
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Connecticut on Wednesday sentenced a former Jefferies Group bond trader to serve two years in prison and pay a $2 million fine after he was found guilty earlier this year of defrauding customers on bond prices.

New York's Metropolitan Museum mulls setting fixed admission fee

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:50pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's most visited museums, is in talks with city officials about charging a fixed admission fee for out-of town visitors, rather than urging a donation, the city said on Wednesday.

Drug use tops booze for first time in fatal U.S. crashes: study

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:38pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. data has shown for the first time that drivers killed in crashes were more likely to be on drugs than drunk, with marijuana involved in more than a third of fatal accidents in 2015, a study released on Wednesday showed.

Missouri audit finds Ferguson court records in 'disarray'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:10pm
(Reuters) - The court system in Ferguson, Missouri, where the federal government last year found systemic racial bias by police toward blacks, is in "disarray with disorganized case files" and inadequate records controls, a state audit found on Wednesday.

Former Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:07pm
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Connecticut on Wednesday sentenced a former Jefferies Group bond trader to two years in prison and to pay a $2 million fine after he was found guilty earlier this year of defrauding customers on bond prices.

Massachusetts man found guilty of murdering 'Whitey' Bulger victim

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:07pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was found guilty on Wednesday of murdering an extortion victim of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, a killing that drew considerable media attention because it occurred during the gangster's high-profile trial.

Justices weigh ethnic Serb woman's bid to regain U.S. citizenship

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts raised concerns on Wednesday about the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions.

Automakers want California to revise Volkswagen charging station plan

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:43pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major automakers and other groups are raising objections to the way Volkswagen AG wants to spend $2 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure and projects, as part of the German automaker's atonement for diesel emissions cheating.

Ann Coulter cancels her speech at UC Berkeley

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:12pm
(Reuters) - Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has canceled her speech planned for this week at the University of California's Berkeley campus after a dispute with school officials, who feared violent protests, over whether a safe venue could be found.

Slimy salamander 'Snot Otter' aims to wow Bronx Zoo crowds

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:11am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Eastern Hellbender, a slimy giant salamander creepy enough to be nicknamed "Snot Otter" and "Old Lasagna Sides," is making its debut before animal lovers at the world-renowned Bronx Zoo.

Fox News anchor, others hit network with race bias claims

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:10am
(Reuters) - Fox News is facing renewed legal claims that it mistreated non-white employees, including a television anchor who said he was depicted as "the racist caricature of a black entertainer."

UBS must face ex-bond strategist's whistleblower lawsuit

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:30am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ordered UBS Group AG to face a lawsuit by a former bond strategist who said he was fired in retaliation for refusing to publish misleading research reports and complaining about being pressured to do so.

Trump to order broad review of national monuments

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 7:34am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday to identify national monuments that can be rescinded or resized - part of a push to open up more federal lands to drilling, mining and other development.

Trump slams federal court ruling on funding for 'sanctuary cities'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 7:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked a federal judge's ruling that blocked his executive order seeking to withhold funds from "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants, vowing to appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump tax plan slashing business rates to test support in Congress

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:09am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will release a tax plan on Wednesday proposing some deep rate cuts, mostly for businesses, including a slashed corporate income tax rate and steeply discounted tax rate for overseas corporate profits brought into the United States, officials said.

Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to United States

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:12am
LONDON (Reuters) - A 3-foot giant rabbit has died on a United Airlines flight from London, prompting a review at the Chicago-based airline which faced a global backlash this month over its treatment of a passenger who was dragged from his seat.

Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:11am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. That arrangement could put Trump at risk of violating an obscure constitutional clause, some legal experts say.

Air travel to U.S. drops in first quarter, Canada, Mexico gain: ForwardKeys

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:10am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Air passenger arrivals in the United States fell in the first quarter of the year, while arrivals in Canada and Mexico rose, according to data from travel analysis company ForwardKeys.