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Pompeo nomination runs into more U.S. Senate Democrat opposition

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday he will oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, making it unlikely he will have the committee's backing before the full Senate votes.

Syrian sanctioned for smuggling people to U.S. border: Treasury

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Syrian man accused of trafficking Syrian and Lebanese nationals to the U.S. border was sanctioned on Wednesday by the U.S. Treasury, which said it was intent on disrupting his "prolific human smuggling operations" around the globe.

Push for 'Dreamer' immigration bill gains steam in U.S. House of Representatives

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:56am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule debate on bills to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a move aimed at reviving a push that sputtered in the Senate in February.

Lawyers for Trump attorney propose candidates to review seized files

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:29am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen have asked a federal judge to consider four candidates to review material seized by the FBI that may be protected by attorney-client privilege, rather than let prosecutors look at it first.

Trump says Stormy Daniels sketch is of a 'nonexistent man'

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:19am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a man portrayed in a sketch released by porn star Stormy Daniels, who she said warned her to stop discussing her claims of a sexual encounter with Trump, does not exist.

Four U.S. senators seek details on unusual cellular surveillance in D.C. area

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) to disclose additional information about unusual cellular surveillance activity that has been detected around the nation's capital.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs South Dakota e-commerce sale tax fight

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:31am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will consider whether to let states force out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases in a fight potentially worth billions of dollars pitting South Dakota against e-commerce businesses.

Albuquerque, New Mexico passes 'immigrant friendly' measures

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:45pm
TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - The U.S. city of Albuquerque passed measures on Monday that make it harder for federal officials to deport illegal immigrants, a week after a federal judge blocked a Trump administration effort to withhold funding from cities that took such steps.

Robert Durst of 'The Jinx' appears for hearing on murder charges

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 7:12pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A frail-looking Robert Durst appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday for the start of a hearing to determine if the real estate scion should stand trial for the murder 18 years ago of a friend who prosecutors say could have tied him to the presumed killing of his wife.

N.Y. prosecutor fights nanny's insanity defense in murder of two children

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 6:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny who stabbed to death two children in her care acted on "a thought-out plan" to murder them due to resentment of their mother, undercutting her insanity defense, a prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments on Monday.

Senator McCain undergoes surgery to treat intestinal infection

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain underwent surgery in an Arizona hospital on Sunday to treat an intestinal infection and was in stable condition on Monday, his office said in a statement.

Passengers, senator hit airline Sun Country after Mexico stranding

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:38pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Angry passengers and a U.S. senator pressed Sun Country Airlines for answers on Monday after the regional airline left more than 200 people stranded in Mexico after canceling two flights on Saturday due to a Midwest blizzard.

Cosby lawyer to sex assault accuser: 'Did you fabricate a scheme?'

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 4:41pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's defense team on Monday sought to undercut the credibility of a woman accusing the comedian of sexual assault by pressing her about accusations she schemed to plant a false story of abuse to reap hush money.

California not taking part in enhanced U.S. border security operation

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 3:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of California has opted not to take part in the Trump administration's effort to send National Guard troops to the country's southern border with Mexico, a Defense Department official confirmed at a briefing Monday.

U.S. Interior chief's $12,000 charter flight 'could have been avoided': watchdog

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 2:56pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took an unnecessary charter flight in June that cost taxpayers over $12,000, the Interior Department's internal watchdog said on Monday - travel linked to his visit to a professional hockey team in Nevada.

Defense: New York nanny heard devil's command to murder children

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 2:49pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny who stabbed to death two of her charges after hallucinating that a devil told her "to kill the children and herself" should be found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, her lawyer told a jury on Monday.

Beyonce to donate $100,000 for scholarships at black colleges

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 1:34pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - On the back of wide praise for her two-hour performance at the Coachella music festival, Beyonce on Monday said she was offering $100,000 in scholarship money to students at four historically black colleges and universities.

Gang dispute sparks deadliest U.S. prison riot in 25 years: official

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 1:30pm
(Reuters) - A gang-related dispute sparked an overnight riot in a South Carolina prison that killed seven inmates, the deadliest U.S. prison riot since 1993, state officials and prison safety experts said on Monday.

Robert Durst of 'The Jinx' faces hearing on murder charges

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 1:28pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A frail-looking Robert Durst appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday as a hearing began to determine whether the real estate scion should stand trial for the murder 18 years ago of a friend who prosecutors say could have tied him to the presumed killing of his wife.

Starbucks CEO says arrests of two black men 'reprehensible'

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 1:18pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Kevin Johnson hopes to meet with the two black men arrested at one of its Philadelphia cafes last week to apologize for the incident, which has sparked accusations of racial profiling at the coffee chain.


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