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LA sheriff's office apologizes to Wyclef Jean for handcuffing incident

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:47pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department apologized on Tuesday for briefly detaining Grammy-winning hip hop artist Wyclef Jean in handcuffs during a robbery investigation, after Jean said he was "treated like a criminal" by law enforcement officers.

Virginia governor pardons 'Norfolk Four' sailors in 1997 rape-murder

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:47pm
(Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday pardoned four U.S. Navy veterans known as the "Norfolk Four," clearing them of high-profile rape and murder convictions based on false confessions following high-pressure police questioning, attorneys said on Tuesday.

World War Two Rosies celebrated on U.S. day of recognition

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:45pm
RICHMOND, Calif. (Reuters) - They welded pipes. They drew blueprints. And, of course, they fastened munitions and machine parts together with rivets.

Groups sue to block Michigan funding private schools with public money

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:00pm
DETROIT (Reuters) - Public education officials and parents groups in Michigan on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to prevent the governor from funding private schools with public money, arguing a $2.5 million line item in the state budget for school health and safety was a "gateway" to school vouchers.

U.S. commercial drone use to expand tenfold by 2021: government agency

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in the United States will jump dramatically over the next five years, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday.

N.Y. energy investor gets five years, 10 months for $45 million tax scheme

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:56pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York energy investor was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to engaging in a years-long scheme to avoid more than $45 million in income and other taxes.

U.S. charges Philadelphia's top prosecutor with corruption

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:30pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Tuesday charged Philadelphia's top prosecutor with accepting bribes, including a Caribbean vacation, furniture and cash, in exchange for favors such as reducing a defendant's sentence and seeking to limit the airport security screening of an associate.

Trump: Republican lawmakers should get behind healthcare bill

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:57pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Republican lawmakers on Tuesday that voters could punish them if they do not approve a plan he favors to dismantle Obamacare, as pressure grew on the businessman-turned-politician to win the first major legislative battle of his presidency.

Student sues Columbia University over response to reports of rape

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:22pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A student at Columbia University sued the school on Tuesday, claiming officials showed indifference and apathy after she reported two separate incidents of sexual assault on the school's New York City campus in 2015.

Families of Sept. 11 victims sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. court over attacks

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:48pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of relatives of individuals killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have sued Saudi Arabia in U.S. court, seeking to take advantage of a law passed by Congress last year that allows victims of such attacks on U.S. soil to sue state sponsors.

Friend of South Carolina church shooter gets prison time for lying

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:25pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The South Carolina man who admitted he lied to the FBI and concealed knowledge of the massacre carried out by his friend Dylann Roof at a historic black church was sentenced on Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison.

Polaris Industries to recall about 19,200 ATVs

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:16pm
(Reuters) - Polaris Industries Inc is recalling about 19,200 all-terrain vehicles due to fire hazard and risk of injury, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday.

New Jersey to give $1 million to religious groups at risk of attack

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:05pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey will give up to $1 million in grants to religious institutions and other non-profit groups vulnerable to attacks in the wake of a spate of threats against Jewish organizations around the country, Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday.

Supreme Court reins in president's appointment powers

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:52am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put new restrictions on presidential powers, limiting a president's authority to staff certain top government posts in a case involving an appointment to the National Labor Relations Board.

North Dakota highway near pipeline protest site to re-open

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:39am
(Reuters) - A stretch of North Dakota highway closed by months of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline was to re-open on Tuesday, law enforcement officials said, a day after the pipeline operator said oil could move through it soon.

U.S. Air Force officer pleads guilty to selling stolen military gear

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:14am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force officer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to selling stolen high-grade military components without authorization, after peddling night-vision goggles and other gear on eBay, federal prosecutors said.

Oklahoma state senator to resign after child prostitution charges

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:43am
(Reuters) - An Oklahoma state senator charged with hiring a teenage boy as a prostitute intends to resign as a lawmaker by Wednesday, the senator's lawyer said on Tuesday.

Girl born with four legs is separated from parasitic twin in Chicago surgery

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:14am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A baby girl from the Ivory Coast born with four legs and two spines has been successfully separated from a parasitic twin in a rare and complex surgery at a Chicago hospital.

Ex-U.S. Attorney Bharara, fired by Trump, joins NYU law school

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:43am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, whom President Donald Trump fired earlier this month, will join New York University's law school on April 1 as a distinguished scholar in residence, the school announced on Tuesday.

Trump to address Republican lawmakers in latest healthcare push

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was set to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to shore up support for the party's healthcare bill to replace Obamacare, increasing pressure to pass his first major legislative initiative despite rifts within their ranks.