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Trump talks about Mars mission on call with record-breaking astronaut

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:40am
(Reuters) - U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the 534-day U.S. record for cumulative time in space on Monday and marked the occasion by speaking with President Donald Trump about plans for human trips to Mars.

Ex-Goldman programmer wins right to appeal conviction

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:38am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The nearly eight-year legal odyssey of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer Sergey Aleynikov is not over, after New York State's highest court agreed to review his reinstated conviction for stealing high-frequency trading code.

Former Magyar Telekom executives settle FCPA charges with U.S. SEC

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:36am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two former executives at the Hungarian telecommunications company Magyar Telekom will pay financial penalties and accept corporate officer and director bars to settle alleged anti-bribery law violations, U.S. regulators said Monday.

Anti-Semitic acts spiked since Trump election win, watchdog says

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:20am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anti-Semitic incidents, from bomb threats and cemetery desecration to assaults and bullying, have surged in the United States since the election of President Donald Trump, and a "heightened political atmosphere" played a role in the rise, the Anti-Defamation League said on Monday.

Lawyer representing United passenger takes on American Airlines

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 9:30am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lawyer representing Dr. David Dao, who was dragged from a United Airlines plane, said he will also represent a woman whose clash with an American Airlines flight attendant went viral over the weekend.

New Orleans removes first of four racially divisive statues

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 9:07am
(Reuters) - New Orleans on Monday removed a statue commemorating a racially charged incident, the first of four monuments that will be relocated to send a message of what the city's mayor called "diversity, inclusion and tolerance."

U.S. top court will not review Houston police shooting 'waistband' defense

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 8:53am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court, turning down a chance to test the limits of police use of force, declined on Monday to revive an unarmed suspect's lawsuit accusing a Houston officer of unconstitutional excessive force for shooting him in the back after he reached for his own waistband.

U.S. top court preserves Alabama campaign finance curbs

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 8:45am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by an Alabama black-voter outreach group with close ties to the state's Democratic Party of a lower court's ruling that upheld a state ban on cash transfers between political action committees.

Funeral set for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 8:14am
BOSTON (Reuters) - The funeral of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will take place on Monday, five days after he was found hanged by a bed sheet in a Massachusetts prison in what state officials have ruled a suicide.

Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a deadline looming this week to avert a U.S. government shutdown, Congress returns to work on Monday as President Donald Trump leans on Democrats to include funding for his promised border wall with Mexico in spending legislation.

St. Louis wins U.S. approval to explore airport privatization

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday it has granted preliminary approval to St. Louis to explore putting its city-owned airport under private management.

Arkansas plans to execute two convicts Monday

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:04am
(Reuters) - The state of Arkansas plans to execute two inmates on Monday evening, which would make it the first U.S. state in 17 years to put a pair of convicts to death on the same day.

Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 6:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the "darkest chapter of human history" in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.

Small children among five dead in New York house fire

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 6:39pm
(Reuters) - Five people, including small children, died on Sunday in a house fire in the New York City borough of Queens, the city's deadliest such blaze in two years, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 3:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump put pressure on Democrats on Sunday as U.S. lawmakers worked to avoid a government shutdown, saying Obamacare would die without a cash infusion the White House has offered in exchange for their agreement to fund his border wall.

Florida evacuation orders lifted as rain quells wildfires

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 2:14pm
(Reuters) - Florida officials on Sunday lifted evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes threatened by wildfires in drought-stricken central and southwestern parts of the state, after rainfall helped firefighters battle the blazes.

CNN anchor alleges Fox News ex-CEO Roger Ailes also harassed her

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 2:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television journalist Alisyn Camerota said on Sunday she was a target of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes when she worked at Fox News, joining other former colleagues at the cable channel who have accused their ex-boss of inappropriate behavior.

Trump says Mexico 'eventually' will pay for border wall

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 1:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Sunday he expected Mexico to pay for the wall he has promised to build along the southern border, resuscitating a campaign promise that roiled U.S. relations with Mexico in the first week of his presidency.

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all began

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 7:23am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday makes his first major appearance since leaving office, having chosen Chicago, the city where his political career started, to emerge from a three-month hiatus from the public eye.

On Earth Day, an environment-minded Republican turns to birds

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 2:27pm
NEW HOPE, Pa. (Reuters) - In his white dress shirt and black pin-striped pants, U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick stood out from the other birdwatchers gathered near a grove of bud-studded trees in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday morning.