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Clock running out for Congress to avert government shutdown

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Racing against a midnight deadline, the U.S. Congress will try on Friday to send President Donald Trump legislation to keep the government operating and avoid federal agency shutdowns that would otherwise begin on Saturday.

Trump appointee quits after CNN unearths anti-Muslim rants

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:41am
(Reuters) - A U.S. official appointed by President Donald Trump has resigned after CNN posted excerpts of him making racist and Islamophobic comments on a radio show he used to host, the news network reported.

Trump to address U.S. anti-abortion march, cementing U-turn on issue

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:16am
(Reuters) - Donald Trump will become the third sitting U.S. president to address anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, highlighting his shift in recent years from a supporter of women's access to abortion to a powerful opponent.

Thaw on the way in southern United States

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:26am
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the southern United States will wake up to more frigid temperatures and slick roads Friday, but a thaw is expected by the weekend, forecasters say.

Trump administration appeals against 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:19pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly overturn a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fight erupts

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate.

Trump administration appeals 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it had asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling last week that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.The Republican president in September rescinded, effective in March, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program put in place in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

Starving California children taunted with pie, beaten by parents: prosecutor

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:01pm
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 children imprisoned for years by their parents in their squalid California home were beaten, shackled, starved and even taunted with food that they were forbidden to eat, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

U.S. House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fate uncertain

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress, as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate.

House passes short-term spending bill; sends to Senate

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress, as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate.

House Republicans cite progress in averting government shutdown

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans said late on Thursday they had made progress toward passing a short-term extension of government funding to avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after a day of tough negotiations and confusion when President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan.

Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:48pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning.

Accused Arizona killer linked to seven more fatal shootings

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:33pm
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A convicted Arizona felon arrested on charges of killing his mother and stepfather in their home last month is now believed responsible for at least seven more fatal shootings in the Phoenix area, police said on Thursday.

Apple, Alphabet employee buses damaged by vandals during commute

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:32pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Vandals damaged Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc charter buses carrying employees to and from work in California's Silicon Valley in recent days, police said on Thursday.

U.S. to dismiss charges against 129 people in Trump inaugural protests

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department intends to dismiss criminal charges against 129 defendants in connection with the protests that took place during President Donald Trump's Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration, according to a court filing on Thursday.

Congress scrambles for votes to avoid government shutdown

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:58pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans struggled to line up support on Thursday for a short-term extension of government funding that would avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan.

California parents starved 13 children, taunted them with pie: prosecutor

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:11pm
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - The California parents accused of imprisoning their 13 children in the family's squalid home beat, starved and chained them to their beds for years, taunting them with apple pie, according to a prosecutor on Thursday who called it a case of "human depravity."

U.S. marshal killed in Pennsylvania while arresting suspect

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:05pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A deputy U.S. marshal helping police to arrest a woman in a Harrisburg home was shot and killed on Thursday by a man who was with her, federal officials said.

Prosecutors want testimony of 19 other accusers for Cosby retrial

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:04pm
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania prosecutors on Thursday asked the judge who will preside over the second sexual assault trial of actor Bill Cosby to allow the testimony of 19 other accusers, including 12 women who were not allowed testify in the entertainer's first trial.

Amid confusion, Congress scrambles for deal to avoid shutdown

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans struggled to line up support on Thursday for a short-term extension of government funding that would avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan.

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