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Trump's 'big announcement' on tax to be broad principles: official

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 1:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's promised "big announcement" next week on overhauling the U.S. tax code, a top campaign pledge, will consist of "broad principles and priorities," an administration official said on Saturday.

Florida wildfires force evacuations, destroy homes

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:17pm
(Reuters) - Scattered wildfires were burning in drought-stricken parts of central and southwestern Florida on Saturday, destroying nine homes and triggering evacuation orders for about 2,000 other residences.

Trump says to visit wounded U.S. veterans at Washington-area hospital

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 11:29am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would visit wounded U.S. veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the armed forces hospital located in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington.

U.S. scientists to protest Trump policies at Earth Day rally in Washington

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 5:05am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists will stage an unprecedented protest on Saturday, a March for Science provoked by steep cuts President Donald Trump has proposed for science and research budgets, and growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge.

American Airlines' employee suspended after row with passengers

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 4:17am
(Reuters) - American Airlines has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child.

American Airlines' employee suspended after row with passengers

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 1:56am
(Reuters) - American Airlines has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child.

U.S. states realign in legal battle over Trump's travel ban

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:09pm
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations faces its second challenge at a U.S. appeals court next month, and this time more Republican states are backing the measure, while one Democratic state attorney general dropped out of the legal fight this week.

Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:51pm
(Reuters) - A wildfire in southwest Florida triggered evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes on Friday, prompting the governor to deploy National Guard troops to help residents fleeing the flames.

Power restored to most San Francisco customers: PG&E

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:25pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fewer that 3,000 customers remained without electricity in San Francisco on Friday after a fire in a utility substation earlier in the day knocked out power for much of the city, according to PG&E.

California rains muddy farm fields, higher vegetable prices soak shoppers

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:08pm
SALINAS, Calif. (Reuters) - Record rains are a double-edged sword for California's Salinas Valley: While the recent deluge virtually ended the state's historic drought, it also created muddy, unworkable fields - sending prices for everything from kale to cauliflower soaring.

U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:45pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Homeland Security Department's inspector general said on Friday he was investigating possible abuse of authority in a case that triggered a lawsuit against the department by Twitter Inc .

Chinese citizen pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to export carbon fiber

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:24pm
(Reuters) - A Chinese citizen pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of trying to illegally export to China high-grade carbon fiber used primarily in aerospace and military applications, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

Washington threatens funding cut to California, other 'sanctuary' areas

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice threatened on Friday to cut off funding to California as well as eight cities and counties across the United States, escalating a Trump administration crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Social media outrage as Sessions calls Hawaii 'island in the Pacific'

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:51pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Social media did not take kindly to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions referring to the country's 50th state of Hawaii as just "an island in the Pacific."

Accused Fresno gunman’s arraignment delayed after courtroom outburst

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:43pm
(Reuters) - A man accused of murdering a motel security guard and gunning down three white men in a racially motivated Fresno, California shooting spree was ordered to undergo a psychiatric exam on Friday after entering a courtroom yelling "let black people go!"

Russian lawmaker's son gets 27 years prison in U.S. hacking case

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:39pm
(Reuters) - The son of a Russian lawmaker was sentenced on Friday by a U.S. federal court to 27 years in prison after being convicted of hacking into U.S. small businesses and financial institutions, causing more than $169 million in damages.

U.S. charges Russian arrested in Spain with operating spam botnet

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:23pm
(Reuters) - A federal grand jury in Connecticut has returned an eight-count indictment charging a Russian national who was arrested earlier this month with operating the Kelihos botnet, a global network of tens of thousands of infected computers, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

Man charged with threatening Jewish community centers in Florida

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:16pm
(Reuters) - An 18-year-old man who holds dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship was charged on Friday with making threatening calls to Jewish community centers in Florida, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

Florida state senator resigns after racial slur

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 2:59pm
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FBI takes custody of teacher accused of kidnapping Tennessee girl

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:47pm
YREKA, Calif. (Reuters) - A former schoolteacher, who is accused of luring a 15-year-old Tennessee teenager into his car and taking her on a month-long odyssey that ended with his arrest in California, will appear in federal court in Sacramento on Monday, authorities said Friday.