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South Dakota's governor vetoes loosening of concealed carry gun laws

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:24pm
(Reuters) - South Dakota's Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard on Friday vetoed a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in the state, after saying current laws made sense and were adequate.

Victims of Marines nude photo-sharing scandal increase

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of victims who have come forward to investigators looking into a growing scandal involving some Marines sharing nude photos of women online has doubled to more than 20, an official from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service said on Friday.

Kentucky mayor asks FBI to probe sex assault claims versus police

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:58pm
LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday asked the FBI to investigate potential violations of federal law in a case involving sexual abuse charges made against two city police officers.

Exclusive: Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:35pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials.

New York park named for disabled FDR sued by wheelchair users

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:27pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - People confined to wheelchairs are unable to fully enjoy a New York City park named after President Franklin Roosevelt, one of the most famous wheelchair users in U.S. history, a class-action lawsuit claims.

Small blaze in basement of New York's Empire State Building

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:59pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City firefighters were responding to a small blaze that broke out in the basement of the Empire State Building on Friday, fire officials said.

Alabama waits for U.S. verdict on bird flu; importers limit trade

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:50pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. trading partners on Friday limited shipments of poultry from Alabama, a top producer of chickens for meat, over bird flu concerns as the state's wait for federal confirmation of two suspected cases stretched past a week.

Jury will see video of ex-cop shooting fleeing motorist

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:32pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Cell phone video of a white South Carolina police officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back will be allowed as evidence at the former patrolman's upcoming federal trial, a judge ruled at a hearing on Friday.

Republican healthcare bill would harm state finances: Moody's

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:14pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Republican-proposed bill to replace Obamacare would be a credit negative for U.S. states, according to Moody's Investors Service, because it would shift a greater share of the cost of Medicaid to the states.

Fatal hoverboard fire in Pennsylvania triggers federal probe

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:02pm
(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania house fire that killed two children has triggered a federal safety investigation after local officials said it was caused by a malfunctioning hoverboard, believed to be the first fatal blaze in the United States caused by one of the devices.

Trump says 'very seldom' regrets tweets despite criticism of wiretap charge

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:00pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he "very seldom" regrets anything he tweets, brushing off questions about his claims without evidence that his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, wiretapped him during last year's presidential campaign.

Secret Service says laptop stolen from agent's car in New York

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:30pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service said on Friday a laptop was stolen from an agent's car in New York City but that such agency-issued computers contain multiple layers of security and are not permitted to contain classified information.

Trump to name New York lawyer to lead Justice Dept. civil unit: source

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:23pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is expected to nominate New York lawyer George T. Conway III to lead the U.S. Justice Department's civil division, a source briefed on the matter said on Friday.

Pastor, programer convicted of scheme involving bitcoin exchange

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:57pm
(Reuters) - A New Jersey pastor and a Florida software engineer were convicted on Friday of scheming to help an illegal bitcoin exchange avoid having banks and regulators look into its activities.

White House intruder was on grounds for 15 minutes before arrest: CNN

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:49pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A California man who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property's south grounds for at least 15 minutes before he was captured, CNN reported on Friday, citing an unnamed U.S. Secret Service source.

Illinois' unpaid bill pile hits a record $12.8 billion: comptroller

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:36pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' pile of unpaid bills, a barometer of the state's deep financial problems, hit an all-time high of $12.8 billion, the state comptroller announced on Friday.

U.S. says Walt Disney subsidiaries to pay $3.8 million in back wages

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:28pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Florida subsidiaries of Walt Disney Co have agreed to provide $3.8 million in back wages to comply with federal law, the U.S. Labor Department said in a statement on Friday.

EPA awards $100 million to upgrade Flint water system

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:35am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had awarded $100 million to upgrade Flint, Michigan's drinking water infrastructure to address a crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning.

No special prosecutor for Bridgegate complaint against N.J.'s Christie: judge

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:26am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey judge on Friday ruled for the third time that a special prosecutor will not be appointed to investigate a citizen's criminal complaint against Governor Chris Christie over the Bridgegate lane-closure scandal.

Trump, health secretary fight for votes on U.S. healthcare overhaul

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday stepped up his fight for support on Republicans' plan to dismantle Obamacare, wooing some conservative lawmakers at the White House while legislation advanced toward a possible vote in the House of Representatives next week.

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