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Hijacker kills New York paramedic under wheels of her ambulance

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:43am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A paramedic was killed after a man hijacked her ambulance in New York City and reversed over her, city officials said on Friday. Police have arrested a suspect on murder charges.

Trump seeks to ax Appalachia economic programs, causing worry in coal country

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:40am
PAINTSVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating funding for economic development programs supporting laid-off coal miners and others in Appalachia, stirring fears in a region that supported him of another letdown on the heels of the coal industry’s collapse.

California judge seeks to prevent immigration arrests inside state courts

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 7:49pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The chief justice of California's Supreme Court on Thursday asked the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to prevent immigration agents from arresting undocumented immigrants inside the state's courthouses.

Ex-lawyer gets 40 years for California abduction first deemed hoax

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 7:20pm
(Reuters) - A Harvard-educated lawyer was sentenced on Thursday to 40 years in prison for a high-profile 2015 California kidnapping that drew comparisons to the film "Gone Girl," ending a bizarre abduction saga that police first dismissed as a hoax.

Florida governor replaces anti-death penalty prosecutor

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 7:02pm
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday replaced a local prosecutor who declared she would not seek the death penalty in a case against a man accused of killing an Orlando police officer and refused to recuse herself.

Citing Trump, New Jersey legislature passes tax disclosure bill

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:14pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill requiring U.S. presidential candidates to submit their tax returns to have their names listed on the state ballot, reacting to President Donald Trump's refusal to disclose his returns during the 2016 campaign.

Judge approves $27 million driver settlement in Lyft lawsuit

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:04pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge gave the final approval on Thursday to a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit against Lyft, ending a legal case that challenged the independent contractor status of the company's drivers.

Al Qaeda operative guilty in deaths of U.S. servicemen, bomb plot

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:01pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabia-born man was convicted on Thursday of participating in a 2003 attack in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. servicemen and plotting to bomb a U.S. embassy in West Africa, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said.

Trump air traffic control proposal draws mixed reviews

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:28pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's proposal to privatize U.S. air traffic control won the backing of major U.S. airlines, but drew criticism from other groups concerned smaller airlines and private companies would lose airport access.

Appeals court considers overturning sentence of former NY Assembly speaker

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:36pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Judges in a federal appeals court on Thursday sharply questioned whether the corruption conviction of Sheldon Silver, former speaker of the New York State Assembly, could stand in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Man left undetonated explosive at NYC bus terminal, police say

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:34pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police arrested a man after he left a crude explosive device in a briefcase during rush hour at a busy New York City bus terminal, according to a criminal complaint filed on Thursday. The device did not detonate.

New York Mayor details cuts to city under Trump budget proposal

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:25pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said the city would suffer huge cuts to a wide array of services and capital funding, jeopardizing everything from housing inspections and senior services to transit projects and counter-terrorism efforts, under President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget.

Man indicted for hate crimes after attack on Muslim airport employee

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:23pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man has been indicted on hate crime charges after assaulting a female Muslim employee at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in January, yelling that President Donald Trump "will get rid of all of you," prosecutors said on Thursday.

Gunning for profit: Firearm makers among the top short trades under Trump

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:32pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Gun owners were thrilled with Donald Trump's election in November. So were short sellers of gun stocks.

U.S. Air Force releases names of airmen killed in New Mexico crash

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:06pm
(Reuters) - Three U.S. Air Force officers killed when their small reconnaissance plane crashed near a municipal airport in eastern New Mexico were identified on Thursday.

Ryan says Trump playing constructive role on healthcare

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:23am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that President Donald Trump is playing a constructive role in new health care legislation and helping bridge differences among congressional Republicans.

Miami baseball star Fernandez responsible for deadly boat crash: report

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:22am
MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami baseball star Jose Fernandez was to blame for a boat crash that killed him and two passengers last year, Florida officials said on Thursday, finding that his reckless and impaired driving led the vessel to slam into a rock jetty.

U.S. judge orders Volkswagen executive held until emissions case trial next January

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:18am
DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in Detroit on Thursday ordered that a Volkswagen AG executive charged in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal be detained until his trial set for next year, agreeing with prosecutors that the German national represented a flight risk.

Oklahoma state senator found with boy in motel charged with prostitution

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:05am
(Reuters) - An Oklahoma Republican state senator who campaigned as a champion of family values was charged with felony prostitution on Thursday after authorities found him in a motel room with a teenage boy, county officials said.

Tennessee finds second case of highly pathogenic bird flu in chickens

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:08am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A form of bird flu that is highly lethal for poultry has infected a second commercial chicken flock in Tennessee, the state's agriculture department said on Thursday, expanding an outbreak near major chicken-producing states in the southern United States.