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U.S. withdraws from wind energy power line project

March 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday withdrew from a 2016 agreement to partner with a private developer on a more than 700-mile transmission line that would have delivered wind power from blustery Oklahoma to Tennessee and beyond.


Justice Department to ban bump stocks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department is proposing rule changes that will effectively ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday.


Virginia man threatens U.S. congressman's life after venting about marijuana

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia man was arrested on Friday, after a discussion about marijuana policy in the district office of U.S. Representative Scott Taylor devolved into violent threats, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Bush-era diplomat: You should be scared, very scared

A high-ranking official from former President George W. Bush's State Department shared a dire assessment of the current geopolitical state of affairs, calling it "the most perilous moment in modern American history."


Abbott's Alere resolves U.S. diagnostic device probe for $33.2 million

BOSTON (Reuters) - Alere Inc has agreed to pay $33.2 million to resolve claims it knowingly sold unreliable diagnostic testing devices to hospitals prior to its acquisition by Abbott Laboratories last year, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

Wages and Salaries

Trump Administration Retreats on Tip-Sharing Plan in Compromise

A Labor Department proposal would have given employers control over redistribution of tips, but the congressional spending bill would establish strict limits.


Apartment blaze in Ho Chi Minh City kills 13, injures 27

HANOI (Reuters) - A fire in a Ho Chi Minh City apartment block killed 13 people in the early hours of Friday, state media and a fire department official in the Vietnamese economic hub said.


U.S. airline traffic rose 3.4 percent in 2017 to all-time high: government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday that airlines carried 3.4 percent more passengers on U.S. domestic and international flights in 2017 for an all-time high of 965 million passengers.


Tillerson bids farewell to 'mean-spirited' Washington in speech to staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left the State Department on Thursday, calling Washington a "mean-spirited town" but saying nothing about President Donald Trump in his farewell remarks to department employees.


U.S. Justice Department urges judge to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration urged a federal judge on Thursday to block AT&T Inc's proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc, saying the deal would hand the company a "weapon" to harm competition and raise consumer prices.


Justice Department urges judge to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration urged a federal judge on Thursday to block AT&T Inc's proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc, saying the deal would hand the company a "weapon" to harm competition and raise consumer prices.

The sexual assault problem we can't afford to ignore

In this ongoing #MeToo moment, there is a group of people who also deserve our attention: the victims of rape whose sexual assault kits, hundreds of thousands of them, are languishing untested in police department storerooms throughout the United States. If these kits were tested, DNA might be recovered that could be compared to the samples already stored in the national DNA crime database called CODIS (for "Combined DNA Index System"). A match, or in law enforcement parlance a "hit," to CODIS could lead to a conviction.

New CDC director named

Dr. Robert Redfield has been selected as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.

Fred Savage accused of on-set harassment and battery

A costume department employee who worked on the now-canceled Fox series "The Grinder" has accused actor Fred Savage of harassment, discrimination and assault and battery.


Federal prosecutors told to seek death penalty in drug cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on Wednesday to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is "appropriate," saying the Justice Department must boost efforts to counter America's epidemic of opioid abuse.


France's Galeries Lafayette turns to art and gourmet food to lure shoppers

PARIS (Reuters) - France's chic department store Galeries Lafayette is betting on an art foundation and an Italian gourmet food hall in Paris to help differentiate its brand from bricks-and-mortar...


Record U.S. oil offshore lease sale to test Trump energy push

(Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department will hold the largest lease sale in American history in the offshore Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, in a major test of the oil industry’s appetite for federal acreage being offered by the Trump administration.


Pope sacks Vatican communications chief following 'Lettergate' scandal

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Monsignor Dario Vigano, the Italian head of the Vatican communications department who was caught up in the so-called "Lettergate" scandal, has resigned, the Vatican said on Wednesday.


U.S. Transportation Secretary seeks probe of fatal Florida bridge collapse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asked the department’s inspector general to probe whether a federally funded pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six in Florida complied with all rules, her office said on Tuesday.


U.S. Interior Department offers oil leases near Utah's wilderness monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday will auction off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, over objections from conservationists, who say the move threatens sensitive archaeological and wilderness sites.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Fixes: Fighting Death By Gunshot

Police departments have new tools that let them respond faster to incidents of gunfire, and to stanch bleeding when they arrive.

DeVos, Elizabeth (1958- )

As DeVos Faces Congress, Officials Say She Hid Plans to Overhaul Department

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will defend her agency’s budget before a House panel, including a reorganization plan that staff members say she tried to withhold from Congress.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Promotions, Not Punishments, for Officers Accused of Lying

Of the 81 cases in which a civilian review board found an officer had lied, the Police Department pursued “false statement” charges in only two.


Trump administration preparing list of possible biofuels tweaks: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to winnow down proposals to lower the cost of the nation's biofuels policy to oil refiners, according to two sources familiar with the matter.


Trump adds Washington lawyer diGenova to legal team in Russia probe

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is beefing up his legal team with a lawyer who accuses the FBI and U.S. Justice Department of trying to frame Trump with false charges of colluding with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, possibly signaling a more aggressive drive to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump to hire lawyer who pushed a theory that DOJ framed him

President Donald Trump will hire an attorney to join his personal legal team who has alleged the President is being framed by a group of FBI and Justice Department officials, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

Trump lawyer pushed conspiracy theory

President Donald Trump has hired Joseph diGenova, who has alleged the President is being framed by a group of FBI and Justice Department officials, to join his personal legal team. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.


Pompeo to meet Tillerson, U.S. senators on transition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will meet with Rex Tillerson at the State Department on Monday before heading to the Capitol to start trying to win confirmation from the Senate, a U.S. official said.


Trial kicks off in U.S. challenge to AT&T, Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trial that could shape the future of U.S. media ownership kicks off in Washington this week as the Department of Justice seeks to block AT&T Inc's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc.

What you need to know about the AT&T merger

A high-stakes trial begins over the Justice Department's decision to block the mega-merger between AT&T and Time Warner -- a deal that President Donald Trump thrust into the political spotlight.

United States International Relations

Before Saudi’s Visit, Administration Implores Congress Not to Block Military Aid

Even as the State Department weighs approval of more than $1 billion in new arms, lawmakers are pushing for a resolution that they say would prevent Washington from giving the Saudis “a blank check.”

Pompeo set to meet with Tillerson

CIA Director Mike Pompeo will meet with outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department on Monday after the former was picked to be Tillerson's replacement.

United States Politics and Government

Army, Struggling to Get Technology in Soldiers’ Hands, Tries the Unconventional

The new Futures Command, breaking the traditional model of an Army department, will aim to get new weapons rapidly from the lab to the battlefield.

Gowdy to Trump lawyer: If your client is innocent, act like it

Outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy on Sunday bristled at President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd calling for the Justice Department to end the special counsel probe.

Interior Department

Offshore Drilling Companies Want Less Regulation. But Safety Problems Persist.

The Interior Department conducted surprise inspections in the Gulf of Mexico last week after an alert about “potentially catastrophic” crane accidents.

Deck collapse at Georgia bar injures 14

At least 14 people were injured Saturday when a deck collapsed in Savannah, Georgia, the city's fire department said on Twitter.


U.S. government to accept metals tariffs exclusion requests from Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said it will begin accepting requests on Monday for product exclusions from President Donald Trump's new steel and aluminum import tariffs, but it could take up to 90 days for the agency to make determinations.

Florida International University

Crack on Florida Bridge Was Discussed in Meeting Hours Before Collapse

The engineer of the bridge presented the crack to the construction manager and the State Department of Transportation but said there were no safety concerns.

Days before bridge collapse, engineer reported cracks

Two days before a bridge crumbled in Miami, killing six people, an engineer for the company that designed it called a Florida Department of Transportation employee, warning of "some cracking."


Engineer reported cracks in bridge before fatal collapse: transportation agency

MIAMI (Reuters) - The engineer overseeing a newly built footbridge that crumbled onto a Miami roadway, killing at least six people, had called the state Transportation Department two days before the collapse to report cracks found in the span, the agency said on Friday.


Product exclusions from U.S. metals tariffs may take 90 days: document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steel and aluminum users that depend on imported products not available from U.S. producers may have to wait up to 90 days for an exclusion from the Trump administration's new metals tariffs, according to a Commerce Department document.

Engineering and Engineers

Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse

The state Department of Transportation said the lead engineer had left it a voice mail message warning of cracking on the newly installed bridge.


Product exclusions from U.S. tariffs may take 90 days: document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steel and aluminum users that depend on imported products not available from U.S. producers may have to wait up to 90 days for an exclusion from the Trump administration's new metals tariffs, according to a Commerce Department document.


Coca-Cola, U.S. State Dept to use blockchain to combat forced labor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co and the U.S. State Department along with two other companies said on Friday they are launching a project using blockchain's digital ledger technology to create a secure registry for workers that will help fight the use of forced labor worldwide.


NYPD sued for forcing Muslim women to remove headscarves in arrest photos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Muslim-American women and a non-profit group on Friday sued the New York City Police Department for forcing Muslim women and others to remove their hijabs or other religious head coverings in post-arrest photographs.

Regulation and Deregulation of Industry

Court Overturns Obama-Era Rule on Retirement Planners

A federal appeals court ruled that the Labor Department overstepped its authority in requiring financial professionals to act in their clients’ best interests.


U.S. appeals court voids Obama-era 'fiduciary rule'

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday voided the U.S. Department of Labor's "fiduciary rule," an Obama administration measure adopted in 2016 meant to curb conflicts of interest among...


Streaming Soon: A Fight Over AT&T, Time Warner, and the Future of TV

The Justice Department’s case to block AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner is set for trial next week, in one of the most anticipated antitrust battles in years.


U.S. envoy says he urged North Korea to release Americans before summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department's recently retired envoy for North Korea said on Thursday he has urged North Korea to send a positive signal by releasing three American prisoners before a possible summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Tillerson to talk soon with successor nominee Pompeo: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fired U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to speak soon with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated to succeed him, the State Department said on Thursday.

At least one person dies after newly installed walkway falls at Florida International University, mayor says

A pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Andrew McCabe is set to retire Sunday, but could lose his job -- and pension -- if a recommendation is followed

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is currently at the Justice Department meeting with the deputy attorney general's office making his case why he should not be fired days before his 50th birthday and lose his pension, a source familiar with the meeting said.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: Mike Pompeo Is Good for Diplomacy

An effective State Department needs a secretary with the president’s ear.

Did Ben Carson lie about $31K dining set?

Newly released emails cast doubt on claims by Secretary Ben Carson that he had little or no involvement in the purchase of a $31,000 furniture set for his Department of Housing and Urban Development dining room.


Mexico's Cemex says under U.S. DOJ investigation

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Cemex said on Wednesday that it had received information requirements from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over its operations in Colombia and other jurisdictions.

Emails show Ben and Candy Carson selected $31,000 dining set

Newly released emails cast doubt on claims by Secretary Ben Carson and his spokesman that he had little or no involvement in the purchase of a $31,000 furniture set for his Department of Housing and Urban Development dining room.


UPDATE 3-U.S. finds Canada groundwood paper dumped, sets duties

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said on Tuesday it had made a preliminary finding that some imports from Canada of uncoated groundwood paper used in newsprint were dumped, and imposed preliminary duties of up to 22.16 percent.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: Samantha Power: How Mike Pompeo Could Save the State Department

He can’t change the president, but he can get back to trying to solve problems in the real world.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Eyes Replacing His Veterans Affairs Secretary With His Energy Chief

President Trump, looking to broaden the shake-up of his cabinet, has spoken to Energy Secretary Rick Perry about taking over the Department of Veterans Affairs.

No thanks: The one person Tillerson didn't thank

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thanked the American people, his State Department staff and the nation's extensive network of diplomats in his farewell statement on Tuesday.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Trump May Make America Miss Rex Tillerson

Tillerson eviscerated the State Department, but his replacement, Mike Pompeo, will encourage the president’s hot-headed hawkishness.


U.S. wants judge to exclude key AT&T argument in Time Warner merger trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to bar AT&T Inc from using a voluntary commitment it made on licensing content as part of its defense when an antitrust trial begins next week over the fate of the company's planned $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc , court documents show.

White House fires top Tillerson aide

Hours after his boss, Secretary of Rex Tillerson, was ousted Steve Goldstein, the under secretary of Public Affairs at the State Department has been fired.

Opinion: Breaking glass ceiling doesn't give her a pass

Donald Trump's elevation of Gina Haspel to director of the CIA is historic: She will be the first woman to lead the agency. While the announcement comes amid the chaos of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's firing and the move of present CIA Director Mike Pompeo to run the State Department, it's important to note that in a nation focused on women's equality, payments to porn stars and a Trump administration that is far behind its predecessors in the promotion of women to top posts, Haspel has broken a glass ceiling.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Pressured by Trump, A.T.F. Revisits Bump Stock Rules

In repeatedly promising that bump stocks would be banned, President Trump may have opened his Justice Department to lawsuits.

US starts preps for North Korea summit

Administration officials are scrambling to turn President Donald Trump's surprise decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into a reality, preparing for an unprecedented, high stakes summit with little time, an understaffed State Department and a mercurial President who may not stick to his script when the time comes.


USDA withdraws proposal to stiffen rules for organic egg farms

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture scrapped proposed rules on Monday that for the first time would have mandated specific space requirements for hens laying organic eggs and spelled out what it means for the birds to have access to the outdoors.


U.S. says Broadcom review confirms security concerns

(Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department told Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd it confirmed some of its national security concerns about the chipmaker's unsolicited bid to buy rival Qualcomm Inc , in an apparent attempt to block any deal before it is signed.

Secretaries of state slam provision to allow Secret Service at polling places

More than a dozen secretaries of state slammed a rider attached to legislation to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security that would allow Secret Service to be dispatched to polling places nationwide during a federal election.


U.S. says Broadcom violated order in process of moving domicile

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Broadcom Ltd violated a U.S. Treasury Department order by not giving sufficient notice to a national security panel of its plans to redomicile in the United States, the Treasury said in a letter to the Singapore-based company.

Education Secretary struggles to answer questions about schools in her home state

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbled her way through a tense portion of her interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night, struggling to answer some basic questions about schools in her home state of Michigan and admitting that she does not "intentionally" visit underperforming schools.


At Least 2 Killed in Helicopter Crash in East River Off Manhattan

A spokesman for the New York Fire Department said units were responding to a helicopter crash near Roosevelt Island, between Manhattan and Queens.

Three people are in critical condition after the aircraft went down in New York's East River, official says

A helicopter crashed into New York's East River on Sunday night, the city's fire department said.

Officials respond to downed helicopter in New York river

A New York Police Department spokesperson tells CNN they are responding to calls about a helicopter down in the East River.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Disputes Times Report on His Legal Team

The Times, in a statement issued by its communications department, said, “We stand by our reporting, which was confirmed by multiple people close to the president.”


Saudi sets up departments to investigate, prosecute corruption cases: royal decree

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman has ordered the establishment of specialized departments in the public prosecutor's office to investigate and prosecute corruption cases, the government's information office said in a statement on Sunday.

Fox host to Trump: Don't reward poaching

The federal government has quietly said it will consider big game trophy imports on a "case-by-case" basis, an issue that split President Donald Trump and his Interior Department.


Justice Department files regulation to ban 'bump stocks'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice formally submitted a regulation on Saturday to ban "bump stocks," a modification to high-capacity rifles that lets them fire like an automatic weapon.


Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson canceled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of a visit to Kenya because he had been feeling unwell, a State Department spokesman said, adding that he would resume his program on Sunday.


U.S.'s Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson canceled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of a visit to Kenya because "he is not feeling well", a State Department spokesman said.


U.S. Justice Department, AT&T spar over merger in final pre-trial documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and AT&T Inc on Friday presented starkly different futures for online video if the wireless and pay-TV giant is allowed to buy Time Warner Inc, as they laid out their cases for a blockbuster antitrust trial.


EMERGING MARKETS-Latin American equities jump on U.S. jobs data

SAO PAULO, March 9 (Reuters) - Latin American equities soared across the board on Friday, with Brazil's benchmark Bovespa index gaining the most intraday in three weeks, after new economic data in the United States eased fears of tighter monetary policy there. The U.S. Labor Department said non-farm payrolls rose by 313,000 jobs in February, the biggest increase in more than 1-1/2 years. Crucially, wage growth was relatively subdued, which tempered concerns that the Federal Reserve

Report: Leadership crisis leads to VA dysfunction

Infighting among the top ranks at the Department of Veterans Affairs has paralyzed the agency's efforts to serve veterans, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Ex-lawmaker rips 'first-rate grifters'

Former Congressman David Jolly slams the Trump administration for its questionable spending practices, the latest being the Interior Department laying out nearly $139,000 to upgrade the doors of Secy. Ryan Zinke's office.

Interior Department explains $139K doors for secretary's office

The doors to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's office are getting a nearly $139,000 upgrade.

State Department warns spring breakers of Mexico threat

The State Department warned US citizens against travel to Mexico's Playa del Carmen late Wednesday, a week after an explosive device was found on a tourist ferry in the area.


Interior Department pays $139,000 to fix doors in Zinke's office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Interior spent $139,000 to fix three sets of doors in Secretary Ryan Zinke's office, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, a move quickly criticized as wasteful by activists.


State Department offers rewards for info on Pakistani militant leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it is offering a $5 million reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban, whose men shot Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Senior adviser at HUD spread conspiracy theory that Clinton campaign chairman was Satanist

A senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development spread a false conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign chairman took part in a Satanic ritual, a CNN KFile review of his tweets show.


State Department says offering rewards for info on Pakistani militant leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it was offering a $5 million reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban.

Flu experts call for new vaccines, drugs and diagnostics

Though no new ground was broken at Thursday's congressional hearing about national influenza preparedness and response, several less-familiar points were underlined by officials testifying on behalf of the US Department of Health and Human Services.


U.S. State Dept approves $467 million in military sales to Qatar and UAE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department approved a total of $467 million worth of potential foreign military sales to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon said in separate approval notices on Thursday.


Lawyer who stole U.S. whistleblower lawsuits receives prison term

(Reuters) - A former partner at a major U.S. law firm who admitted to trying to sell stolen copies of sealed whistleblower lawsuits against corporations he obtained while working at the Justice Department was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison.

Illegal Immigration

Sessions Targets California Immigrants Using a Ruling That Protected Them

The principle of federal supremacy over immigration established in a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Obama administration could help the Trump Justice Department advance a different goal.

HUD reportedly looking to remove its anti-discrimination language

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is looking to remove anti-discrimination language from its mission statement, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.


California governor says Trump administration waging war against state

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump's administration of declaring war on the most populous U.S. state, after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation.


Trump administration to provide records on Obama-era gun-smuggling probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has agreed to provide congressional investigators confidential records on a failed gun-trafficking operation during the Obama administration known as "Fast and Furious" that long has been criticized by Republican lawmakers.


Justice Department to share records in Obama-era gun smuggling probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has reached an agreement with congressional investigators to hand over confidential records about a failed gun trafficking operation during the Obama administration known as "Fast and Furious."

United States Politics and Government

Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws

Three state laws make it impossible for federal immigration officials to deport criminals born outside the United States, the Justice Department said in a lawsuit.


U.S. Justice Department sues California over 'sanctuary' policies

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department sued the state of California over so-called "sanctuary" policies that try to protect illegal immigrants against deportation, ramping up a confrontation over whether local police should enforce federal law.