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U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77.

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Houston man arrested for trying to aid Islamic State: U.S. government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the radical group Islamic State and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Ex-investigator tells of fleeing Turkey with evidence of corruption

(Reuters) - A former Turkish police investigator told jurors in a New York court on Monday of fleeing Turkey in 2016 out of fear of retaliation from the government after leading a corruption investigation involving high-ranking officials, taking his evidence with him.

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'Soup Nazi' company's former CFO pleads guilty to tax evasion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief financial officer of a company that licensed the name and recipes of the chef who inspired the tyrannical “Soup Nazi” character on the TV comedy “Seinfeld” pleaded guilty on Monday to tax evasion, according to court records.

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U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday.

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U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy's trial

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge in the criminal conspiracy trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on Monday warned that prosecutors' failure to produce documents that could support defense arguments could lead to a mistrial.

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Former Turkish investigator tells U.S. jury of uncovering bribe scheme

By Brendan Pierson Dec 11 (Reuters) - A former Turkish police investigator on Monday told jurors in the trial of a Turkish bank executive charged with evading U.S. sanctions against Iran that he found shoeboxes full of cash in the home of another high-ranking Turkish banker. The investigator, Huseyin Korkmaz was testifying in Manhattan federal court for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at the majority state-owned Halkbank accused of taking

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White House claims Trump's immigration plans could have prevented attack

The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump's preferred immigration policies would have prevented the suspect in an attempted New York terrorist attack from entering the country.

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Trump to give speech on U.S. tax overhaul on Wednesday: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver a speech on the plan to overhaul the nation's tax code on Wednesday, the White House said on Monday.

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Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.

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U.S. high court turns away dispute over gay worker protections

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian, avoiding an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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HSBC draws line under Mexican cartel case after five-years on probation

LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC drew a line under its punishment for lapses in anti-money laundering controls on Monday, saying the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) would end its deferred prosecution agreement, lifting the threat of further penalties.

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Japanese police refer former champion Harumafuji to prosecutors

TOKYO (Reuters) - Police on Monday referred former sumo grand champion Harumafuji to prosecutors on suspicion of bodily injury to a junior wrestler, Japanese media reported, the latest development in an incident that has tainted the image of the national sport.

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Former Tigers Morris, Trammell elected to Hall of Fame

(The Sports Xchange) - Former Detroit Tigers stars Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday by the Modern Era Baseball committee.

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Former British celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies in prison

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's best-known publicist, Max Clifford, died on Sunday after collapsing in prison, where he was serving an eight-year sentence for indecently assaulting teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

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California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

(Reuters) - Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well.

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Court upholds conviction in 'Making of a Murderer' case

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the murder conviction of a Wisconsin man in a case chronicled in the television documentary “Making of a Murderer," overturning a lower court judge who had tossed out the original guilty verdict.

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Golf: Former European Ryder Cup player Horton dies, aged 76

(Reuters) - Tommy Horton, a two-times Ryder Cup player and a stalwart of the European Tour, has died at the age of 76.

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Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years.

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U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed "Dreamers" brought into the country illegally as children.

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New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBI

TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - A gunman who killed two students at a New Mexico high school and then took his own life was a former student who was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last year after he asked online about buying weapons for a mass shooting, officials said on Friday.

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Ukrainian police recapture former Georgian leader Saakashvili

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's general prosecutor said on Friday police had recaptured the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who was freed from police custody by his supporters in dramatic scenes earlier this week.

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Former Trump adviser interviewed in Congress in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Walid Phares, a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Friday in its investigation of possible Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

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Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's son sentenced for child sex crimes

(Reuters) - The adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, was sentenced on Friday to serve up to seven years in prison for child sex crimes, a court official said.

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Trump senior aide Dina Powell to resign early next year: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser, Dina Powell, plans to resign early next year and return to her home in New York, the White House said on Friday.

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Dina Powell, Influential Foreign Policy Adviser, Is Set to Leave White House

Dina Powell, a deputy national security adviser to President Trump, has been a key player on a variety of issues and a top ally of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

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US unveils new travel advisory system

The State Department unveiled Friday a new system for communicating security risks associated with foreign travel in an effort to reduce confusion and protect US citizens abroad.

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U.S. has begun fully implementing Trump travel ban: State Dept.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said it began fully implementing President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries on Friday, four days after the Supreme Court ruled the order could be enforced while legal appeals continue.

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Trump signs short-term gov't funding bill, averts shutdown: White House spokeswoman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has signed legislation to fund the federal government for two more weeks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Friday, a move that averts a government shutdown while Congress negotiated a longer-term budget deal.

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Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in California due to raging wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of structures and forced thousands from their homes.

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Fugitive, convicted of $100 million Ponzi scheme, escapes from prison

(Reuters) - U.S. authorities are searching for a fugitive who escaped a federal minimum-security work camp in California, where he was being held for duping investors out of more than $100 million, local media reported.

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Congressional Democrats Left Out of White House Hanukkah Party

The White House pared down its invite list for the annual Hanukkah celebration. Democrats and Jewish groups critical of the president were not included.

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Indiana police officer reinstated after 'white male privilege' remark

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session was reinstated on Thursday.

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Two students, gunman dead in New Mexico school shooting

(Reuters) - A gunman fatally shot two students at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, before he himself died, state and local police said.

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Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage

FARIA BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing 200,000 people to flee their homes with dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday.

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Nearly Every Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Disagrees With Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

All but two of the 11 former envoys said the decision — a departure from seven decades of U.S. policy — was foolish and even dangerous.

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Connecticut infrastructure funding in question: state report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut's infrastructure projects are in jeopardy after revenue that helps pay off the state's transportation debt has decreased and additional funding sources have not yet been identified, according to a report released on Thursday.

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U.S. to deport Ohio man charged with hiding role in Bosnian massacre

(Reuters) - An Ohio man accused of serving with a paramilitary police unit that participated in the 1995 Serbian massacre of 8,000 Muslim Bosnians will be deported under a plea deal reached Thursday in federal court.

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Exclusive: White House doesn't foresee shutdown, Trump wants 20 percent corporate tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is confident it can craft a deal to avoid a government shutdown and foresees a compromise with lawmakers that will include increases in defense and non-defense spending, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Thursday.

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Gold trader Zarrab says he was threatened in jail for cooperating with U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a criminal trial involving sanctions against Iran said on Thursday that he was removed from a New York federal jail after another inmate threatened to kill him for cooperating with authorities.

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White House says it believes Saudi Arabia will open Yemen port

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday it believed that Saudi Arabia would allow a blocked port in Yemen to open after President Donald Trump urged Riyadh to lift a blockade to let humanitarian aid reach the Yemeni people.

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Exclusive: Trump wants 20 percent corporate tax rate, shutdown not expected - White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump wants the U.S. corporate tax rate to be 20 percent and the White House is confident that it can craft a deal to avoid a government shutdown, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Thursday.

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U.S expects to participate in Winter Olympics - White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing.

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President's son had legitimate reasons to not answer House panel questions: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Donald Trump Jr. was on solid legal ground when he refused to answer questions from a congressional committee about a conversation he had with his father, President Donald Trump, about emails relating to a meeting he attended with Trump associates and Russians.

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Gunman, two students dead after New Mexico high school shooting

(Reuters) - A suspected shooter opened fire at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, killing two students before being killed, according to police and officials from the nearby Navajo Nation.

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U.S. Justice Department taps prosecutor to oversee asset forfeiture program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has tapped a North Carolina-based prosecutor for a new role designed to provide more checks and balances to its civil asset forfeiture program, following criticism of its abuse by the police.

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Morgan Stanley fires former lawmaker for misconduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley has fired former U.S. Democratic lawmaker Harold Ford, Jr., a managing director at the Wall Street bank, for inappropriate conduct, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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Morgan Stanley fires former U.S. lawmaker for misconduct

NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley has fired former U.S. Democratic lawmaker Harold Ford, Jr., a managing director at the Wall Street bank, for inappropriate conduct, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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White House says it believes Saudi Arabia to allow a Yemeni port to open

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday it had reason to believe that Saudi Arabia would allow a blocked port in Yemen to open.

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Ex-South Carolina cop gets 20 years in prison for black motorist's death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The white former policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back after a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, with a federal judge ruling that the killing amounted to murder.

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The Adopted Black Baby, and the White One Who Replaced Her

Amid the simmering racial tensions of the time, a family in Illinois made a wrenching decision that sent a black girl and a white girl on diverging paths.

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Low water halts shipping on Ohio River near Paducah, Ky.: U.S.Army Corps

(Reuters) - The Ohio River was closed to shipping traffic at locks and dam 52 in Paducah, Kentucky, on Wednesday due to low water after a vessel ran aground in the area, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Thursday.

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Gunman, two others dead after New Mexico high school shooting

(Reuters) - A shooter opened fire at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, killing two students before being shot dead, according to police and officials from the nearby Navajo Nation.

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Ex-South Carolina cop sentenced to 20 years in prison for black motorist's death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday in a federal civil rights case connected to the 2015 killing.

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Indiana officer suspended for 'white male privilege' remark to learn fate

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session may learn her job status on Thursday.

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Lawsuit sets stage for long legal battle over U.S. consumer watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for Leandra English, the deputy director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), on Wednesday filed fresh paperwork challenging President Donald Trump and his pick to lead the consumer watchdog.

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Ex-South Carolina cop could soon learn fate for motorist's shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man fleeing a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina could learn as soon as Thursday whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison for violating the motorist's civil rights.

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Proxy advisory firm ISS switches Deckers recommendation to Marcato nominees

BOSTON (Reuters) - Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services on Wednesday switched its recommendation in one of the season's most hotly contested proxy contests to suggest shareholders...

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Former 'The Voice' contestant responds to rape allegation

A former contestant from "The Voice" is denying a rape accusation made by another female singer.

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Florida man sentenced to 15 years in prison for vandalizing mosque

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A man who vandalized a Florida mosque in January 2016 and left a raw slab of bacon on its doorstep was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a hate crime conviction, a state attorney's spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Son seeks stiff penalty for South Carolina policeman who killed his father

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The son of a black South Carolina motorist killed by a white police officer as he fled a 2015 traffic stop asked a federal judge on Wednesday to sentence the former patrolman to life in prison for the death of his father.

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Harvey Weinstein and His Former Businesses Are Sued by Six Women in Class Action

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim Miramax and The Weinstein Company worked to cover-up Mr. Weinstein’s “widespread sexual harassment and assault.”

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U.S. attorney general calls for efficient review of immigration cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday called on the nation's immigration courts to decide cases more efficiently, amid a burgeoning backlog that is hampering the Trump administration's efforts to deport more illegal immigrants.

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Sign-ups pick up in week five of 2018 Obamacare open enrollment: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people signing up for 2018 Obamacare plans picked up significantly during the fifth week of open enrollment, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday, but the number of people signed up for such plans appears to be falling short of last year's numbers with just over a week of enrollment left.

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U.S. Air Force unveils criminal reporting reforms in wake of Texas shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is toughening its rules for reporting criminal records to the government's gun owner background check database, after a man convicted of assault while in the service was able to purchase guns and later shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church.

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Attorney general calls for expedient review of immigration cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on Wednesday calling on the Justice Department's Executive Office for immigration Review to take steps to expedite its adjudication of immigration cases.

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Turkey links U.S. judge in sanctions case to wanted cleric

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday the U.S. judge hearing the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank had taken part in events organized by a cleric Ankara blames for last year's failed military coup.

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U.S. says Dentsply Sirona to pay $1.2 million settlement over exports to Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dentsply Sirona Inc has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle apparent Iranian sanctions violations by two of its subsidiaries, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said on Wednesday.

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These are your white allies on Facebook

Social media conversations on race typically take one of two routes.

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Zimbabwe court again postpones former finance minister's bail hearing

ZIMBABWE (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court has postponed to Thursday the bail hearing of former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who is facing charges of corruption dating back two decades.

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Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after San Francisco murder acquittal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted on federal charges an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was acquitted last week of murder by a San Francisco jury, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

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Tom Ridge, first head of Homeland Security, released from hospital

(Reuters) - Tom Ridge, who served as the first head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005, was released on Tuesday from Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a spokesman said.

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U.S. rejects federal protection for white-tailed prairie dogs

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The white-tailed prairie dog will not be declared an endangered or threatened species after the U.S. government deemed on Tuesday there was no danger despite declines in its population from human development and disease.

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Turkish gold trader says he paid $45,000 bribe to U.S. prison guard

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying in the trial of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions said on Tuesday that he paid a $45,000 bribe to a U.S. prison guard to obtain alcohol and use the guard's phone.

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Former Trump campaign aide may be hit with more charges

Robert Mueller may not be through with Rick Gates, a deputy Trump campaign aide and one of the four people who have been charged as part of the special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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White House defends Trump's Moore endorsement

President Donald Trump put politics above allegations of sexual misconduct in his decision to endorse Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.

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Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Aide, Is Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary

Ms. Nielsen, an aide to John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has defended herself against charges that she is too inexperienced to lead the department.

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Gold trader says he never liked Turkish banker facing trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank, who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, said Tuesday that he and the banker never liked each other.

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White House says government shutdown always a possibility

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Congress worked to reach agreement on a short-term spending measure to keep the federal government open, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday a shutdown could still happen.

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U.S. Justice Department considers possible 'bump stocks' ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it is considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, the attachments that make semiautomatic rifles fire faster and were used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas in October.

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Minnesota's two-year budget springs a leak in latest forecast

(Reuters) - Minnesota's biennial budget faces a deficit for the first time since 2013 as state revenue is expected to fall while expenditures climb, according to a forecast released on Tuesday.

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Ex-police officer shot South Carolina motorist after struggle: defense

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Defense experts at the sentencing hearing for a white former police officer who killed an unarmed black man in South Carolina said on Tuesday that cellphone video indicated the two men struggled over the patrolman's stun gun before the shooting.

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Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

(Reuters) - A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who called himself "Mr. Social Security" was deported from Honduras on Tuesday where he had fled after pleading guilty in a $550 million disability fraud scheme, U.S. authorities said.

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U.S. Justice Department, ATF to decide if bump stocks are prohibited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Tuesday they are considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, used in Las Vegas in October in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Former Trump aide nomination to be Singapore envoy stalled over Russia concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nomination to be ambassador to Singapore of K.T. McFarland, a former security adviser to President Donald Trump, has been delayed due to concerns about her testimony to Congress over communications with Russia, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday.

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Interior Dept. recommends changes to boundaries of six U.S. national monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Donald Trump change the boundaries of six national monuments designated by past administrations, according to a copy of the recommendations seen by Reuters.

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Exxon takes climate-change probe fight to Massachusetts top court

BOSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to block the state's attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change.

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UPDATE 1-Exxon takes climate-change probe fight to Massachusetts top court

BOSTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to block the state's attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change.

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Venezuela's former ambassador to U.N. leaves the United States: source

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's former ambassador to the United Nations, Rafael Ramirez, has left the United States after being forced to resign by President Nicolas Maduro's government, according to a source with knowledge of his travel plan.

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U.S. deportations down in 2017 but immigration arrests up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government deported fewer illegal immigrants in 2017 than it did last year, even as it arrested far more people suspected of being in the United States illegally, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released on Tuesday.

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Honduras deports to Kentucky lawyer sought in $550 mln fraud

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Honduras on Tuesday deported to the United States a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to charges over his role in a more than $550 million disability fraud scheme, months after he fled U.S. law enforcement, an official said.

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Treasury sanctions cleric Faisal for Islamic State recruiting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday said it had sanctioned Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal for recruiting for Islamic State, alleging the Jamaican cleric had influenced people around the world in attacking civilians and creating bomb plots and also had helped new recruits to the extremist group travel and hide.

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Top court weighs baker's refusal to make cake for gay couple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments in a major case on whether certain businesses can refuse service to gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in a dispute involving a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.

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Wooden dams and river jams: U.S. strains to ship record grains

ABOARD THE OLIVER C. SHEARER, Ohio River (Reuters) - America's worst traffic jam this fall occurred on the Ohio River, where a line of about 50 miles of boats hauling grains and other products turned into a waterborne parking lot, as ship captains waited for the river to reopen.

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Exxon climate-change probe goes to Massachusetts top court

BOSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp will urge Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to allow it to avoid handing over records to the state's attorney general amid a probe into whether the oil company misled investors and consumers about its knowledge of climate change.

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Chaotic scenes as former Georgian president Saakashvili detained in Kiev

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine detained former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday on suspicion of assisting a criminal organization, sparking clashes between his supporters and police who fired teargas into the crowd.

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Spain withdraws international arrest warrant for Catalonia former politicians

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it had withdrawn an international arrest warrant for Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members saying the politicians had shown willingness to return to Spain.

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Tweets and comments about the Russia probe from the White House and Trump's legal team backfired

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Supreme Court weighs baker's refusal to make cake for gay couple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments in a major case on whether certain businesses can refuse service to gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in a dispute involving a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.

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Honduras arrests Kentucky lawyer sought in $550-million disability fraud scheme

(Reuters) - Authorities in Honduras on Monday arrested a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to charges over his role in a more than $550 million disability fraud scheme, months after he fled U.S. law enforcement, Honduran officials said.

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Gold trader says he paid bribes to get out of Turkish jail after 2013 arrest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying at the trial of a Turkish bank executive in a New York federal court said Monday that he paid bribes to secure his release from jail in Turkey following his arrest in 2013.

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Cocaine kills as many blacks as opioids kill whites, study finds

The American opioid crisis is only part of an overall drug abuse emergency. Cocaine-related overdose deaths among non-Hispanic blacks are on par with overdose deaths caused by heroin and prescription opioids among whites, according to a study published Monday in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Trump son, former partner due before House panel this week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son and a former business associate of the president are due to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the schedule said.

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Former Egypt premier says he's 'fine' and still mulling election bid

CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who returned home from the United Arab Emirates in mysterious circumstances after announcing his bid for Egypt's presidency, told Reuters on Monday he was "fine" but was prevented from saying much more.

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Former Florida congresswoman sentenced to five years for fraud

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for her role in helping raise more than $800,000 for a bogus charity that was used as a slush fund, federal court officials said.

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Trump administration proposes rollback of tip-pooling rule

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday proposed eliminating an Obama administration rule that allowed restaurant employees to keep their tips instead of being forced to share them with non-tipped workers, saying the rule had contributed to pay disparities between servers and other staff like cooks and dishwashers.

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Six-year-old skeptic tells Santa 'your life is empty'

(Reuters) - A 6-year-old boy from the Washington area has shaken up social media with an all-too-skeptical letter to Santa Claus in which he pretends to know jolly Saint Nick's life is empty and that Santa had no idea whether he had been naughty or nice.

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Judge to weigh sentence for South Carolina ex-policeman who killed black man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said on Monday that a white former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back committed murder, while defense lawyers argued their client did not deserve to go to prison for life for his crime.

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U.S. top court wary over allowing seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism on Monday over whether ancient Persian artifacts housed in a Chicago museum can be seized to pay for a $71 million court judgment against Iran over its alleged role in a 1997 bombing attack in Jerusalem.

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Massachusetts Senate president steps aside as husband faces probe

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg is taking a temporary leave of absence as his husband faces allegations that he used his political connections to sexually harass men.

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U.S. justices lean toward allowing sports betting in New Jersey case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday signaled a willingness to let New Jersey legalize sports betting in a case that could pave the way for other states similarly interested in allowing such gambling as a way to fill their coffers to do the same thing.

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Trump son, former business partner due before House panel this week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son and a former business associate of the president are due to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the schedule said.

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Former U.S. Rep. Brown of Florida sentenced to five years for fraud: report

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for her role in helping raise more than $800,000 for a bogus charity that was used as a slush fund, a Jacksonville television station reported.

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Conservative U.S. justices lean toward New Jersey in sports betting case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated they may be willing to allow New Jersey to legalize sports betting in a case that could pave the way for other states to do the same thing.

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Yemen's former President killed

Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in the capital Sanaa, dealing a blow to hopes of an end to the country's protracted conflict.

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Judge to decide fate of South Carolina ex-policeman who killed black man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday will begin hearing evidence on whether a former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back should spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime that many say exemplified racist law enforcement.

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Spain's Supreme Court refuses bail for former Catalonia cabinet members

MADRID (Reuters) - Former Catalonian vice-president Oriol Junqueras, former cabinet member Joaquim Forn and two leaders of civic groups ANC and Omnium Cultural, faced with charges of sedition, have been refused bail, Spain's Supreme Court said on Monday.

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Former Catalonia vice-president Oriol Junqueras refused bail: court source

MADRID (Reuters) - Former Catalonia vice-president Oriol Junqueras, former cabinet member Joaquim Forn and two leaders of civic groups ANC and Omnium Cultural, faced with charges of sedition, have been refused bail, a court source said on Monday.

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MOVES-Former BlackRock governance leader Oleksiuk joins Evercore-sources

Dec 3 (Reuters) - Zach Oleksiuk, the former leader of asset manager BlackRock Inc's investment stewardship team in the Americas, has joined New York-based investment bank Evercore Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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After return home, former Egypt premier says still mulling election bid

CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who returned home from the United Arab Emirates after announcing his bid for Egypt's presidency, appeared in Cairo on Sunday to say he was still considering his run in next year's election.

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Dispute over New York parking spot turns deadly

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A driver plowed a car into half a dozen people during a fight over a parking spot outside a hookah bar in the New York City borough of Queens in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing one and injuring the others before fleeing, police said.

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Former Egyptian premier Ahmed Shafik meets lawyer in Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian premier Ahmed Shafik met with his lawyer at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, the lawyer said, after his family said it feared he had been "kidnapped" following his arrival from the UAE after announcing his intention to run for president of Egypt.

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White House open to small changes on corporate tax rate: budget chief Mulvaney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is willing to consider a small increase on the corporate tax rate if it is needed to finalize the bill in the U.S. Congress, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday.

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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is questioning the President's response to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee rebutted President Donald Trump on Sunday, questioning his response to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea and backing former FBI Director James Comey.

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Officials believe body of missing North Carolina girl found

(Reuters) - A body believed to be of a 3-year-old North Carolina girl who was missing for six days was found in a creek on Saturday night, a day after the mother's live-in boyfriend was arrested in connection with her disappearance, the Onslow County Sheriff's Office said.

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Australian former deputy prime minister returns to parliament

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will return to parliament after he won an essential by-election for his seat, just over a month after he was kicked out over a dual citizenship crisis that cost the conservative coalition government its majority.

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Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently on Russia

The president has called claims of unusual contacts with Russia a “hoax.” But emails show top aides closely tracked Michael T. Flynn’s fateful call to the Russian ambassador.

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Man charged as authorities says missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

(Reuters) - A man has been arrested and charged in North Carolina in connection with the disappearance of three-year-old Mariah Woods who went missing from her bedroom five days ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local sheriff said on Saturday.

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Man charged as FBI says missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

(Reuters) - A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged in North Carolina in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods who went missing from her bedroom five days ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Saturday.

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Russia investigation 'wearing' on White House, despite spin

President Donald Trump, who was already incensed by the idea that his accomplishments weren't getting the credit they deserve, grew more worried on Friday after news broke that Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser and longtime campaign aide, pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI.

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White House Memo: Flynn’s Guilty Plea Looms Over a White House on the Verge of a Tax Cut Success

The plea raised uncomfortable questions about what the former national security adviser might be telling the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

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Cooper: Flynn's guilty plea contradicts White House

CNN's Anderson Cooper takes a look at the White House's repeated past denials of any contact with Russia in light of Michael Flynn's recent guilty plea.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Deck the Halls With White House Folly

Fa-la-la-la-la with President Merry Christmas.

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U.S. judge rejects delay of foreign entrepreneur immigration rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to rescind its delay of a rule that allows some foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the United States to grow their companies, court documents show.

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Australia's former deputy PM expected to win election, reclaim seat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is expected to win re-election for the seat he was earlier forced to vacate, and return to his position in parliament on Saturday, just over a month after he was kicked out over a dual citizenship crisis that cost the government its majority.

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EPA passes on rule covering U.S. hardrock miners' cleanup costs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it would not act on a proposal to require hardrock mining companies to show they can afford to clean up their sites.

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Advisory firms split on Deckers' proxy contest vote

(Reuters) - Two proxy advisory firms on Friday weighed in on one of the year's most bitter proxy battles with one backing UGG boot maker Deckers' management and the other giving partial support to...

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Fluor wins $831 million contract for Puerto Rico power work: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fluor Enterprises Inc, a subsidiary of Fluor Corp, was awarded an $831 million contract for construction services to help restore electric power to Puerto Rico, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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Former NSA employee pleads guilty to taking classified documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former National Security Agency employee who worked in its elite hacking unit pleaded guilty on Friday to illegally taking classified information outside the spy agency, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Turkish gold trader testifies on bank executive's role in sham food sales

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a New York court on Friday gave his most detailed account yet of how he claims an executive of Turkey's state-owned Halkbank devised key parts of a plan to launder money for Iran through fake food sales.

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Massachusetts senator's husband subject of sex abuse probe

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Massachusetts state senate on Friday prepared to open an independent probe into accusations that Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg's husband used his political connections to sexually harass men, following a Boston Globe report on the claims.

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Former N.S.A. Employee Pleads Guilty to Taking Classified Information

Nghia H. Pho, a software developer for the intelligence agency, admitted taking secrets that Russian hackers then stole from his home computer.

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Vermont woman charged with making deadly poison ricin in retirement home

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Vermont woman who planned to poison herself manufactured the deadly ricin substance in the retirement home where she lived and tested it on her fellow residents, federal officials said in court papers.

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Tillerson Calls Reports of White House Ouster ‘Laughable’

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has been dogged for months by rumors he would resign but said any White House plan for him to resign was “laughable.”

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Massachusetts officials seek probe into claims against Senator's husband

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts officials called for an independent investigation into accusations that state Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg's husband used his political connections to sexually harass men, following a Boston Globe report on the claims.

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U.S. prosecutors could take Shkreli's Wu Tang Clan album, Picasso

(Reuters) - Martin Shkreli, dubbed the "pharma bro" for exploits such as jacking up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, should forfeit $7.4 million, including his Wu Tang Clan album and a Picasso painting, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

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Exclusive: Former top Brazil prosecutor says successor, police chief slowing graft probes

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Three senior Brazilian law enforcement officials, including the former prosecutor general, said new leaders of the federal police and prosecutors' offices are curbing an anti-corruption drive that challenged centuries of impunity in Latin America's biggest country.

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Former U.S. Marine Gets Life in Prison for Okinawa Rape and Murder

Kenneth Franklin Shinzato admitted raping his victim, a 20-year-old Japanese woman, but denied that he intended to kill her.

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Former Catalan cabinet members to appear before Supreme Court

MADRID (Reuters) - Eight former Catalan cabinet members currently in custody awaiting trial will appear before the Supreme Court on Friday, after requesting their release ahead of a regional election Dec. 21 in the wake of a disputed independence referendum.

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Supreme Court's cake case pits gay rights versus Christian faith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When conservative Christian baker Jack Phillips in 2012 politely but firmly told Colorado gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig he would not make them a cake to celebrate their wedding, it triggered a chain of events that will climax on Tuesday in highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court arguments.

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Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in San Francisco, Trump slams verdict

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.

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White House staff exits likely as Trump's first year draws to a close: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's expected exit from the Trump administration is one of many staff changes likely as President Donald Trump nears the end of his first year in office, with sources saying top economic adviser Gary Cohn and son-in-law Jared Kushner could be among those who depart.

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Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in politically charged San Francisco trial

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.

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Mexican immigrant acquitted in shooting death of woman in San Francisco: local media

(Reuters) - A jury acquitted a Mexican immigrant of murder and manslaughter charges on Thursday in the shooting death of a woman in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on its Twitter page.

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Bikram Yoga seeks to revive chain after wave of lawsuits: lawyer

(Reuters) - A lawyer for Bikram Choudhury Yoga Inc said on Thursday he is aiming to salvage the so-called hot yoga studio after millions of dollars in legal judgments and numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against its fugitive millionaire founder.

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Massachusetts prosecutors to toss 6,000 cases tied to drug chemist

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts prosecutors on Thursday said they would dismiss more than 6,000 convictions linked to a former forensic chemist who authorities said for eight years stole drug evidence and worked in a state lab under the influence.

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Source: White House wanted to publicly shame Tillerson

Reports that the White House have a tentative plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that emerged Thursday were an effort to express President Donald Trump's deep displeasure and publicly shame his secretary of state, a source with direct knowledge of the White House's thinking said Thursday.

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Trump's anti-Muslim retweets elevated the conversation. White House says

President Donald Trump's decision to retweet anti-Muslim content from a leader of a far-right British political group elevated the conversation, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday, admitting that Trump likely didn't know the content came from an ultra-nationalist political group.

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Oklahoma ex-state-senator pleads guilty to hiring boy prostitute

(Reuters) - A former Oklahoma state senator who had campaigned as a champion of family values has pleaded guilty to hiring a 17-year-old boy prostitute "to engage in a commercial sex act," court papers filed on Thursday showed.

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Powerful U.S. auto union caucus nominates regional director for president

DETROIT (Reuters) - An influential caucus at the United Auto Workers on Thursday nominated a regional director as its candidate for union president at a time when the organization has been struggling to unionize auto plants and faces an expanding federal probe into alleged misuse of funds at training centers funded by Detroit's automakers.

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Trump to give State of the Union address on Jan. 30: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation by Congress to deliver a State of the Union address on Jan. 20, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Thursday.

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U.S. Interior Dept. says federal energy, mineral revenues rose by $1 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Energy and mineral production on federal and tribal land generated $7.1 billion in disbursements in fiscal year 2017, $1 billion more than the previous year, the U.S. Interior Department said on Thursday.

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U.S. officials worry immigrant fears could make census inaccurate

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Early test surveys have found that some immigrants are afraid to provide information to U.S. Census workers because of fears about being deported, which could compromise the accuracy of the 2020 census, a government official warned this month.

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Bikram hot yoga bankruptcy should be dismissed: U.S. Trustee

(Reuters) - The bankruptcy of hot yoga pioneer Bikram Choudhury Yoga Inc should be dismissed or converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation due to a failure to file required documents, according to papers filed by the U.S. Department of Justice's bankruptcy watchdog.

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U.S. military indefinitely delays ban on cluster bombs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will indefinitely delay a ban on the use of older types of cluster bombs due to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, officials say, arguing safety advances in munitions technology had failed to advance enough to replace older stockpiles.

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Ex-priest took confession, then murdered Texas beauty queen -prosecutors

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former Roman Catholic priest took the confession of a Texas beauty queen, then lured her to a church rectory and killed her, prosecutors said on Thursday to start a trial for a 1960 murder that has been one of state's most notorious cold cases.

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Turkish gold trader implicates Erdogan in Iran money laundering

(Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader on Thursday told jurors in a federal court in New York that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally authorized a transaction on behalf of Iran.

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White House has plan to replace top diplomat with CIA chief: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has developed a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has had an increasingly tense relationship with President Donald Trump, and replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo within weeks, senior administration officials said on Thursday.

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U.S. regional banks delve deeper into advisory services to boost growth

(Reuters) - Squeezed by lower loan growth as interest rates finally begin to rise, regional U.S. banks have been giving more financial advice to mid-sized companies and affluent Americans to drive...

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More than 400 U.S. troops leaving Syria: coalition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 400 U.S. Marines and their artillery are leaving Syria after helping to capture the city of Raqqa from Islamic State, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the militant group said on Thursday.

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Venezuela arrests former oil bosses in deepening graft purge

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities said on Thursday they detained two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA as part of a deepening anti-corruption purge also seen as a power play by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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UPDATE 2-Venezuela arrests former oil bosses in deepening graft purge

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities said on Thursday they detained two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA as part of a deepening anti-corruption purge also seen as a power play by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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White House has plan to replace top diplomat with CIA chief: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has developed a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, within weeks, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday.

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Securities and Exchange Commission ratifies administrative law judges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that it had ratified the prior appointment of its administrative law judges.

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Turkish gold trader says he discussed Iran scheme with Indian company

(Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader on Thursday told jurors in a federal court in Manhattan that he met with representatives of an Indian company in 2012 to discuss moving Iranian funds out of India, a new development in a case that has so far centered on Turkey.

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White House Plans Tillerson Ouster From State Dept., to Be Replaced by Pompeo, Within Weeks

A transition plan developed by John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, would install Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, as secretary of state, officials said.

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UPDATE 1-Venezuela seizes former oil bosses in graft purge -sources

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities have detained two once-powerful officials who had both run the oil ministry and state oil company PDVSA as a part of a deepening anti-corruption purge, three people familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

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Venezuela seizes former oil bosses in graft purge -sources

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities have detained two once-powerful officials who had both run the oil ministry and state oil company PDVSA as a part of a deepening anti-corruption purge, three people familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

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Will America's judiciary be whiter under Trump?

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy declines release from jail during trial

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy won a court order releasing him from jail to home confinement for the duration of his federal conspiracy and assault trial in Las Vegas, but he has opted to remain locked up on principle, his attorney said on Wednesday.

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Lawyer admits trying to sell secret U.S. whistleblower lawsuits

(Reuters) - A former partner at a major law firm in Washington pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges that he tried to sell copies of sealed whistleblower lawsuits against corporations that he obtained while working at the U.S. Justice Department.

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Turkish gold trader details money laundering scheme for Iran

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader described in a U.S. court on Wednesday how he ran a sprawling international money laundering scheme aimed at helping Iran get around U.S. sanctions and spend its oil and gas revenues abroad.

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Commander of elite U.S. Air Force demonstration squadron removed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds, an elite military demonstration squadron, was removed because of a loss of confidence in his leadership, the military said on Wednesday.

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Another 14 men get probation in fraternity hazing death in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Fourteen more former fraternity members pleaded guilty to reduced charges and were sentenced to probation for the 2013 hazing death of a New York college freshman on Wednesday, a day after 15 men entered similar plea bargains in the case.

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Op-Ed Contributor: A Republican Tax Proposal Would Make Academia Even Whiter

Taxing free tuition would harm all graduate students, but it would be devastating for students of color.

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Exclusive: Former Egyptian premier Shafiq says intends to run in 2018 election

CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, an ex-air force pilot and former presidential candidate, said on Wednesday he intended to run in the presidential election early next year and would return to Cairo in the "coming days".

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Big Brother looms as U.S. top court tackles cellphone dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled on Wednesday they may impose limits on the ability of police to obtain cellphone data from wireless providers to track the location of criminal suspects in a major test of privacy rights in the digital age.

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Gun ties arrested man to series of Tampa killings: police

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A gun owned by a man arrested on charges of murdering four people in Tampa was matched to shell casings found at the crime scenes after a spree that alarmed a city neighborhood, police said on Wednesday.

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Trump to host Libyan Prime Minister Sarraj at White House on Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the White House on Friday for talks on counterterrorism cooperation and ways to expand bilateral engagement, the White House in a statement on Wednesday.

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White House does not expect U.S. government shutdown

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that it does not expect the government to shut down next month, but has contingency plans in place if the U.S. Congress fails to reach a deal on funding the government by a Dec. 8 deadline.

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Perpetrator of 2016 attack at Ohio State acted alone: FBI

(Reuters) - A Somali immigrant who wounded 11 people in a car and knife attack at Ohio State University a year ago was influenced by the ideology of militant group Islamic State, but had no outside help in planning the violence, the FBI said on Wednesday.

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Man arrested, to be charged with murder in four Tampa shootings

(Reuters) - A 24-year-old man will face murder charges for a string of deadly shootings over the past two months that had left a Tampa, Florida neighborhood fearing a serial killer was on the loose.

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Turkish gold trader tells U.S. jury he bribed official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader on Wednesday told jurors in a Manhattan federal court that he bribed a former Turkish government official to set up a deal aimed at helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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Grammys 2018: White men shut out spurs feelings

For the first time since 1999, there are no white male solo artists nominated for a best album Grammy and people have definite feelings about that.

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Thousands of American Air flights in December missing pilots: union

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of December flights on American Airlines do not yet have pilots scheduled to work because of a system scheduling error, the carrier's pilots union said as it gears up for one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

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White House says it doesn't matter if anti-Muslim videos Trump retweeted are real

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Donald Trump's decision to retweet a series of anti-Muslim videos from a British far-right account on Wednesday morning, telling reporters he circulated them to start a conversation about border security and immigration.

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U.S. deports ex-Salvadoran officer to face trial on massacre of priests

BOSTON (Reuters) - The United States deported a former El Salvadoran army colonel on Wednesday to Spain, where he faces charges related to the massacre of six Roman Catholic priests in 1989 during the Central American country's civil war.

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Sign-up pace much slower in week 4 of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The pace of people signing up for individual insurance under Obamacare slowed significantly during the fourth week of 2018 enrollment, as nearly 37 percent fewer people signed up for the health care plans than in the previous week, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday.

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White House blogger arrested at 'It's OK to be white' speech

Lucian Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-wing Gateway Pundit website, was arrested Tuesday following a scuffle at the University of Connecticut.

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Conservative pundit arrested in scuffle at Connecticut university

(Reuters) - A right-wing pundit was arrested following a scuffle with students at the University of Connecticut at the end of a speech titled "It's OK to be white," university officials said on Wednesday.