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Trump administration switches sides, backs Ohio over voter purges

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:08pm
(Reuters) - The Trump administration has reversed an Obama administration stance and will support Ohio in its bid at the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a state policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots.

West Point wine store changing name after U.S. complains

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 1:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An owner of a wine and spirits store near the gates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday said he is changing the store's name after the government accused him of infringing trademarks belonging to the Army.

Fired Google memo writer draws scorn, cheers and a job offer

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:26am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The male Google engineer fired for circulating a memo decrying the company's diversity hiring program became the center of a heated debate on sexism, drawing scorn, cheers and even a job offer on Tuesday from WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

PHH to pay $74.5 million to resolve U.S. mortgage probes

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:20am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said mortgage company PHH Corp will pay nearly $74.5 million to resolve claims it generated defective loans that the government then insured and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bought.

Six UPS workers injured by chemical leak at New Hampshire facility

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:10am
(Reuters) - Six workers were treated for respiratory problems on Tuesday after nitric acid leaked from a package at a United Parcel Service distribution facility in southern New Hampshire, a fire official said.

California insurance regulator to probe Wells Fargo over unwanted auto policies

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:56am
(Reuters) - California will investigate whether Wells Fargo & Co and an insurance company harmed hundreds of thousands of residents by selling them insurance they did not need, the state's insurance regulator said on Tuesday.

Most Houston-area refineries unaffected by flooding after heavy rains

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:49am
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Most Houston-area refineries were unaffected by heavy rains that caused flooding across wide areas of the city, the companies and sources said on Tuesday.

U.S. asks judge to dismiss Toyota acceleration case as monitoring ends

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:01am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a criminal charge against Toyota Motor Corp after the Japanese automaker completed three years of monitoring as part of a $1.2 billion settlement over claims of sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles.

FDA to launch campaign against e-cigarette use among youth

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 9:15am
(Reuters) - Hot on the heels of its proposal to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced plans for an education campaign to discourage use of electronic cigarettes among youth.

Few expect Trump's 15-percent corporate tax rate: Deloitte survey

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 6:23am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Only a small number of U.S. tax, finance and business professionals expect President Donald Trump's 15-percent corporate tax rate to become reality as part of tax reform, according to a Deloitte Tax LLP survey released on Tuesday.

U.S. to haul stricken destroyer from Japan back to U.S. for repairs

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:36am
TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said it will haul the guided missile destroyer severely damaged in a collision with a freighter in Japanese waters back to the United States for repairs as soon as September.

Opening salvo set for Taylor Swift trial against Denver DJ accused of groping

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:14am
DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers on both sides of a trial pitting pop star Taylor Swift against a Colorado radio personality she accused of groping her were expected on Tuesday to deliver opening statements to jurors hearing the case in a federal courtroom in Denver.

Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 9:51pm
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo that ascribed gender inequality in the technology industry to biological differences.

U.S. citizen accused of being agent of foreign influence by Singapore appeals expulsion

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 9:02pm
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen, whose Singapore permanent residence status was revoked after the government identified him as being an agent of foreign influence, said on Tuesday he had appealed the decision to expel him.

U.S. orangutan Chantek, 'the ape who went to college,' dies at 39

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 7:57pm
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant, died on Monday at age 39, Zoo Atlanta said.

U.S. appeals court upholds trader's spoofing conviction

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 7:20pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former New Jersey-based high-speed trader who was found guilty in the first U.S. criminal trial involving the manipulative trading practice known as spoofing.

Suspected Mexican cartel official arraigned in U.S. court on drug charges

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 6:46pm
(Reuters) - A suspected top official in a Mexican criminal cartel was arraigned in a federal court in California on Monday on drug trafficking charges after he surrendered to U.S. law enforcement authorities in July, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Arizona woman sentenced to death for murder of 10-year-old cousin

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 5:51pm
PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona woman was sentenced to death on Monday for killing her 10-year-old cousin, who was locked inside a small storage bin as punishment for taking a Popsicle without permission.

Wal-Mart, insurers settle lawsuits over 2014 Tracy Morgan crash

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 5:18pm
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc has settled a lawsuit by two insurers that sought to avoid covering its multi-million-dollar payout to comedian Tracy Morgan for injuries he suffered in a 2014 crash involving one of the retailer's trucks.

IBM to appeal judge's order to pay $78 million to Indiana

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:36pm
(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp said on Monday it will appeal an Indiana judge's ruling that calls for the technology company to pay more than $78 million in damages to the state for failing to modernize the government's welfare system.