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California proposes more spending on schools and roads

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:55pm
(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Wednesday that would be a 5 percent increase over the current year, with greater spending on education and transportation, while he warned about a likely a economic downturn in the future.

Judge deals setback to Cherokee Nation lawsuit over opioids

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:44pm
TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Oklahoma has dealt a blow to a Cherokee Nation lawsuit seeking to stop the flow of addictive opioid painkillers in its territory by issuing a preliminary injunction to prevent the case from being heard in tribal court.

Ohio man indicted for using 'Fruitfly' malware to spy on Americans

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Ohio man was charged in a 16-count indictment on Wednesday for allegedly using malware known as "Fruitfly" to surreptitiously record people by secretly taking over their computer cameras and microphones, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Vermont senate passes bill to legalize marijuana use

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:24pm
(Reuters) - Vermont's senate on Wednesday passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, which would make the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative.

Divided Supreme Court may allow Ohio voter purge policy

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices were joined by liberal Stephen Breyer on Wednesday in signaling sympathy toward Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from registration rolls -- a practice critics say disenfranchises thousands of people -- in a pivotal voting rights case.

California proposes a $131.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2018-19

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:21pm
(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown proposes a $131.7 billion general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2018-19, a 5.0 percent increase from the current fiscal year.

Fifteen dead, up to two dozen missing, after California mudslides

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:49am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and thermal-imaging equipment searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for up to two dozen people missing after rain-driven mudslides swept through the coastal community, killing at least 15.

After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:41am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.

After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:34am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.

Fifteen confirmed dead in California mudslide, search for survivors

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:50am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews using helicopters and dogs searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for people trapped or killed by rain-driven mudslides that left at least 15 people dead in the coastal community.

Supreme Court divided over Ohio voter purge policy

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:30am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared at odds on Wednesday in a closely watched voting rights case, differing over whether Ohio's purging of infrequent voters from its registration rolls -- a policy critics say disenfranchises thousands of people -- violates federal law.

U.S. says Massachusetts cannot sue student loan servicer

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:56am
BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has filed papers arguing Massachusetts's attorney general cannot pursue claims that one of the nation's largest student loan servicers undermined a federal debt forgiveness program.

Fifteen confirmed dead in California mudslide, more casualties feared

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:53am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews using helicopters and dogs searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for people trapped or killed by rain-driven mudslides that left at least 15 people dead in the coastal community.

U.S. Supreme Court hears Ohio voter purge case

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:28am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the issue of voting rights on Wednesday as the justices began hearing arguments over whether Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls disenfranchises thousands of people and violates federal law.

Trump calls U.S. court system 'unfair' after DACA ruling

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the U.S. court system as "broken and unfair" after a federal judge blocked his move to end the program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, commonly known as "Dreamers."

Voter panel made no findings, will destroy data: White House

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 8:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial voter fraud panel made no early findings and will not give the Department of Homeland Security any voter data it received, the White House's top technology official said.

California mudslide death toll up to 15 as rescues continue

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 8:49am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California rescuers worked through the night plucking stranded Santa Barbara residents from mudslides that have killed at least 15 people and devastated the coastal community after it was drenched by rain, authorities said on Wednesday.

Death toll in California mudslides expected to rise

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 4:27am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of those killed by mudslides in California was expected to rise from at least 13 dead but rescue efforts would become easier on Wednesday after the powerful rain storm heads west and skies clear, authorities said.

U.S. Supreme Court considers legality of Ohio voter purging

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the issue of voting rights on Wednesday as the justices hear arguments over whether Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls disenfranchises thousands of people and violates federal law.

U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:01pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge blocked President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday from ending a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

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