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Psychic paid $3.5 million for exorcisms gets prison for evading U.S. taxes

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:55pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A self-proclaimed psychic was sentenced on Wednesday to 26 months in prison after admitting that she tried to avoid paying taxes on over $3.5 million that she received from an elderly Massachusetts woman seeking to cleanse herself of demons.

Exclusive: Trump vows to campaign intensively for Republicans, may avoid primaries

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to devote much of his time this year to helping Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Congress, but suggested he may stay out of divisive intra-party primary fights.

Accused NY attacker's lawyers propose deal to avoid death penalty

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:16pm
(Reuters) - Lawyers for the Uzbek man accused of killing eight people by speeding a truck down a New York City bike path in October proposed a plea deal on Wednesday in which their client would accept life in prison without parole if prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Police comb through filthy California home where starving siblings found

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:29pm
(Reuters) - Investigators on Wednesday conducted an exhaustive search of the foul-smelling, filthy tract home east of Los Angeles where a California couple are accused of keeping captive and nearly starving 13 minor and adult children, police said.

Snowstorm, deep freeze leaves four dead in U.S. South

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:50pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A winter storm that caused at least four deaths in the U.S. South on Wednesday brought record low temperatures to parts of the region, where it coated roads with ice, snapped power lines and prompted schools to close.

Elderly American-Iranian jailed in Iran hospitalised with heart problems: lawyer

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:45pm
BEIRUT (Reuters) - An 81-year old American-Iranian imprisoned in Iran, Baquer Namazi, was hospitalised earlier this week due to a drop in blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Coach tells ex-USA gymnastics doctor Nassar in court to 'go to hell'

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:55pm
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - A coach who sent dozens of young girls for treatment to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes, told the disgraced physicians on Wednesday to "go to hell" for his crimes.

U.S. judge may extend freeze on Indonesian immigrants' deportation

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:36pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday signaled she may extend an order preventing the deportation of roughly 50 Indonesian Christians living illegally in New Hampshire, a process that immigration officials began after U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

Elderly American-Iranian jailed in Iran hospitalized with heart problems: lawyer

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:15pm
BEIRUT (Reuters) - An 81-year old American-Iranian imprisoned in Iran, Baquer Namazi, was hospitalized earlier this week due to a drop in blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

U.S. justices sympathize with death row inmate's claim against lawyer

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled sympathy toward a Louisiana death row inmate convicted of a 2008 triple murder who is seeking a new trial because his lawyer told jurors over the defendant's objections that the man had carried out the shootings.

Republican lobbyist tied to controversial causes attacked in Virginia

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:24am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican lobbyist best known for fueling a conspiracy theory about the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer was attacked with pepper spray outside his home in a Washington suburb, police and his publicist said on Wednesday.

Flights canceled, schools closed across snowy U.S. South

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:26am
(Reuters) - A bitter winter storm gripped much of the South on Wednesday, prompting schools to close and causing thousands of flight delays and cancellations as snow, ice and record-breaking cold hit the region.

Fight over Indonesian immigrants back in U.S. court

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:15am
BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for 51 Indonesians living illegally in New Hampshire are due in court on Wednesday to urge a federal judge to grant an injunction blocking U.S. immigration officials from moving forward with efforts to deport them.

Strike averted at New York's main fruit and vegetable market

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:02am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A work stoppage at a market that supplies much of New York City's fresh fruit and vegetables was averted early on Wednesday when negotiators tentatively reached a new pay deal, the labor union and merchants' association said.

#MeToo effect: Calls flood U.S. sexual assault hotlines

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The phones at U.S. sexual assault hotlines have been ringing in record numbers as the #MeToo social movement spurs victims to reach out for help, sending organizations scrambling to keep up.

Majority of U.S. National Park Service board resigns, saying it was ignored

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:33am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Most members of a U.S. National Park Service advisory board, appointed while Barack Obama was president, have resigned after saying they were ignored by President Donald Trump's administration, the panel chairman said on Tuesday.

Nine charged over fraternity pledge's death at Florida State University

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:27am
(Reuters) - Nine men were charged on Tuesday over the hazing death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge, who died of alcohol poisoning at Florida State University late last year, police said.

Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:17am
(Reuters) - A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers.

House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 8:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children.