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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.

Empty prisons, grounded warplanes: U.S. budget dysfunction hits home

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three hours west of Chicago, a federal prison stands ready to take in thousands of inmates and hire hundreds of guards, but its expansion is on hold, awaiting approval from a U.S. Congress that is again paralyzed by budget disputes.

Stopgap government funding bill clears hurdle in House

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to keep the U.S. government operating beyond midnight Friday (0500 GMT Saturday) cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives, with a vote on passage expected later on Thursday.

U.S. lawmakers may soon be liable for sexual harassment payouts

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:09pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. House of Representatives could no longer use public funds for awards or settlements in sexual harassment cases under bipartisan legislation unveiled on Thursday that updates a 20-year law governing the rights of congressional employees.

Prosecutors accuse parents of torturing California siblings

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:45pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive in the family's squalid home were charged on Thursday with torture, child abuse and false imprisonment, as prosecutors said the victims were beaten, starved and chained.

Growing pains for #MeToo as Ansari tale sparks backlash talk

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:14pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Less than four months after the #MeToo movement inspired a national conversation about sexual misconduct and led to the downfall of dozens of powerful American men, a backlash seems to be underway.

Senate panel to probe Hawaii alerts as FCC investigates

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:41am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a Jan. 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter.

Norfolk Southern pushing for 'more stable' rail service in 2018: CEO

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:32am
LOMBARD, Ill. (Reuters) - Norfolk Southern Corp is working toward a "more stable, resilient" network for 2018 following service issues in recent months, the No. 4 U.S. railroad's top executive said on Thursday.

Commuters in U.S. South cope with ice after deadly storm

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:59am
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South grappled with frigid temperatures and slick driving conditions on Thursday after a storm dumped heavy snow across the region, whipped up winds that snapped power lines and led to the deaths of at least nine people.

U.S. marshal killed in Pennsylvania while serving warrant to suspect

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:45am
HARRISBURG, P.A. (Reuters) - A U.S. deputy marshal was shot and killed in Pennsylvania's capital city and at least two other officers were wounded while attempting to serve an arrest warrant to a suspect who was also hit by return gunfire, authorities said on Thursday.

U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:43am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.

Parents of captive California siblings to appear in court

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:32am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive and malnourished in the family's squalid suburban home will appear in court on Thursday to face charges of torture and child endangerment charges.

Texas 'tourniquet killer' set to be first U.S. inmate executed in 2018

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:23am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - In the first U.S. execution of 2018, Texas was set on Thursday to put to death a man convicted of raping and murdering five girls and young women, using a tourniquet to torture and strangle his victims.

U.S. government creates health division for 'religious freedom'

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:59am
(Reuters) - The U.S. government will create a division within its health agency that focuses on guaranteeing "conscience and religious freedom" for health workers who say their beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures.

California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversight

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:07am
(Reuters) - Lawmakers and advocacy groups are calling for more oversight of home-schooling after a California couple using this method of education was charged with torturing their 13 children.

Commuters in U.S. South face tough trek after deadly storm

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:00am
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South faced frigid temperatures and dangerously slick roads on Thursday after a winter storm, responsible for at least eight deaths, thrashed the region with heavy snow and winds that snapped power lines.

Parents of captive siblings to make court appearance in California

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:11am
PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - A Southern California couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive and malnourished in the family's squalid suburban home were scheduled to make a first court appearance on Thursday.

U.S. South commuters face tough trek after deadly storm

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:36am
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South face frigid temperatures and dangerously slick roads on Thursday after a deadly winter storm thrashed the region with heavy snow and winds that snapped power lines.

Trump administration bars Haitians from U.S. visas for low-skilled work

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Haitians will no longer be eligible for U.S. visas given to low-skilled workers, the Trump administration said on Wednesday, bringing an end to a small-scale effort to employ Haitians in the United States after a catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

U.S. prosecutors charge German man with supporting al Qaeda

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:08pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused a German man currently imprisoned in France of supporting al Qaeda in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York City, and conspiring to kill Americans.

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