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Norway's humane approach to prison is attracting state leaders who are searching for solutions. North Dakota has gone the farthest in adapting the Norway prison model, including giving some inmates the keys to their own prison quarters. [Source]

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Loyola-Chicago Is in the Final Four After a Rout of Kansas State

The 11th-seeded Ramblers, who won their first three tournament games by a combined 4 points, rolled over Kansas State on Saturday night in the South Regional final.


Boxing: Nevada State suspends Alvarez after second positive test

(Reuters) - Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following two positive tests for the banned fat-burning drug clenbuterol, the body's executive director Bob Bennett said in a statement on Friday.

Addiction (Psychology)

Opinion: Quitting Heroin in the Sunshine State

They call it the South Florida Shuffle: from detox to rehab to detox again, from Tampa to Boca Raton to Delray Beach.


Spain to try Catalan separatist leaders for rebellion

MADRID (Reuters) - Twenty-five Catalan leaders will be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state, Spain's Supreme Court ruled on Friday, in a sharp escalation of legal action against separatists in the northeastern region.


EU leaders confirm Brexit transition offer, joint trade line

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders formally adopted on Friday their joint negotiating stance on a future trade relationship with Britain after it leaves the bloc, said the chairman of the summit, Donald Tusk.


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United States Defense and Military Forces

State Dept. Approves $670 Million Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

The proposed sale, which is bound to be questioned by Congress, came hours after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pentagon leaders to discuss the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.


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Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days

MALE (Reuters) - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted a 45-day state of emergency which had outlawed protests amid political upheaval on the Muslim-majority Indian Ocean island chain.

Vermont on track to be the only state that has never sent a woman to Congress

Once Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi is sworn in as a US senator, there will be only one state remaining that has never sent a woman to either chamber in Congress -- Vermont.


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'Four'easter' storm pounds U.S. East, states declare emergencies

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. East's fourth major snowstorm this month swept through the region with heavy snow and high winds on Wednesday, snarling flights and commuter travel, closing schools and triggering emergency declarations in New York City and New Jersey.

Facebook CEO issues a statement five days after a data scandal engulfed his social media empire

United States Politics and Government

Congressional Leaders Near Deal on Over $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Lawmakers must approve the bill by midnight Friday to avoid a government shutdown this weekend, which would be the third closure this year.

United States Politics and Government

Borrowing G.O.P. Playbook, Democratic States Sue the Government and Rack Up Wins

Democratic attorneys general are suing the Trump administration, just as their Republican counterparts sued the Obama administration. Each side has scored victories.


EU leaders to warn May on Brexit backsliding: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders will issue a warning to Britain on Friday that it will only finally secure a Brexit transition period if it stands by its commitments on the Irish border and Gibraltar, a draft statement showed on Wednesday.


Florida governor orders state troopers to help guard Parkland school

(Reuters) - Eight state troopers will be sent to help guard the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people, the state's governor said on Wednesday after a rash of security incidents this week including the arrest of two students for carrying knives.

Starbucks says it has achieved gender and race pay equity in the United States


Doping-Two key points blocking Russian reinstatement, says WADA chief

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Russia's progress towards being declared compliant with international anti-doping standards has become bogged down over two key points, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday.


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Scotland's female leaders tell Twitter: Clamp down on online abuse of women

EDINBURGH, March 21 (Reuters) - Scotland's three most powerful female politicians have called on Twitter to do more to stop online abuse and harassment of women.


WADA says Russia making slow progress towards reinstatement

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - The head of the world anti-doping agency (WADA) complained on Wednesday of slow progress by Russian authorities towards making the country's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) compliant with international standards.


Ex-New York State Assembly Speaker Silver loses bid to avoid retrial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday rejected former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to dismiss his indictment on corruption charges, clearing the way for a possible retrial after his earlier conviction had been thrown out.


Trump congratulates Putin on election, leaders look to meet soon

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election and said they would likely meet soon as relations between the two countries grow more strained over allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. electoral system.


Congress leaders near deal on government funding bill: senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers neared agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, as congressional leaders worked to narrow their differences on thorny issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall.


Rocket attack kills at least 29 in Damascus market: Syrian state media

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 29 people were killed and scores injured on Tuesday when a rocket landed in a busy market place in an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said.


Congress leaders seek to finalize spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers sought to reach an agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, with immigration issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall and protections for young 'Dreamer' immigrants at the center of negotiations.


U.N. calls for Turkey to end state of emergency, halt violations

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to end the state of emergency in place since July 2016 that it said had led to widespread human rights violations including the arrest of 160,000 people and dismissal of nearly the same number of civil servants, often arbitrarily.

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Mnuchin Defends Trump Tariffs as World Economic Leaders Worry

As global finance ministers gather in Argentina, the United States’ protectionist position on trade has consumed the discussions.


Islamic State takes Damascus area after rebels pull out: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters holding a small district in Damascus have gained some ground after driving out Syrian army units that moved into a neighboring area that rebels abandoned last week, a war monitor said.


G20 leaders to hold fire on cryptocurrencies amid discord: sources

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders gathering in Argentina on Monday are likely to stop short of any specific action aimed at regulating cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, amid discord over the approach, sources at the summit told Reuters.


G20 financial leaders seek 'free trade' pledge amid U.S. tariffs concern

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders were seeking on Monday to clearly endorse free trade and renounce protectionism amid concern that U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and looming actions against China could trigger a trade war that would hurt global growth.


France urges tough EU approach on Iran to save nuclear accord

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France urged the European Union on Monday to consider new sanctions on Iran over its involvement in Syria's civil war and its ballistic missile program, as Paris tries to persuade Washington to preserve a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.


Cracking the co-working code in commercial real estate

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Real estate brokers scoff that just a fraction of U.S. office space is occupied by co-working and other flexible workspace options, yet data shows over one-quarter of new leases signed in the past two years came from this burgeoning business.

Basketball (College)

N.C.A.A. Women’s Tournament: Oregon State Upsets Tennessee

The Beavers triumphed by a score of 66-59. In other games, Louisville beat Marquette and North Carolina State beat Maryland.


China promoting foreign minister as state councilor

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will retain his job and also be promoted to a state councilor, according to a list of nominations for posts for a government reshuffle announced on Monday.


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Rebels in Syria's eastern Ghouta discussing ceasefire with U.N.: statement

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The main rebel group in the southern pocket of Syria's opposition-held eastern Ghouta told Reuters on Sunday it was negotiating with a United Nations delegation about a ceasefire, aid and the evacuation of urgent medical cases.


Albania arrests 39 for smuggling people into Britain and United States

TIRANA (Reuters) - Albanian police arrested 39 people on Saturday including four police officers on charges of having smuggled some 1,000 Albanians to Britain, the United States and Canada, and are looking for a dozen others, including two Bulgarians.


Australia's Liberals win state election in blow for renewables lobby

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's governing Liberal party has won a tight regional election in South Australia, a victory that could deal a blow to national renewable energy plans.

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Nestled into the stunning Arctic landscape with panoramic views of sparkling fjords and snowy mountains, Ny Anstalt could easily be mistaken for a luxury ski lodge. But this stylish complex in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is actually a prison.


Corn-state senators seek Trump meeting as U.S. biofuel changes loom

(Reuters) - A group of senators from U.S. corn states have asked President Donald Trump for a meeting about the nation's biofuels law, amid expectations the administration will soon act to lower the regulation's costs to the oil refining industry.


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.


Merrill Lynch keeps approach despite U.S. fiduciary rule changes: memo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of Bank of America's Merrill Lynch wealth management said the firm remains committed to its approach in light of an appeals court's decision to overturn an Obama-era...


New Banksy Mural in New York Protests Turkish Artist’s Imprisonment

Banksy’s latest work, a 70-foot-long piece at Houston and Bowery, honors the artist Zehra Dogan, who was jailed for painting Turkish ruins.

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California appoints an undocumented immigrant to a state post

Lizbeth Mateo seems to be a woman that's going places. She was the first person in her family to go to college. She has a law degree, and her own firm in metro Los Angeles. She was just appointed to a California state senate committee.

A state lawmaker in Tennessee says lawmakers didn't have enough information on white supremacy to debate

It sounds like the kind of legislation that should easily breeze through a statehouse, even in these politically divided times: a resolution denouncing white nationalists and neo-Nazis.


State Street's Kumar wants answers on shareholder rights

BOSTON (Reuters) - State Street Corp wants answers from companies that lack such things as independent board leaders or equal voting rights for investors, a top executive at the asset manager said,...


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GOP leaders want to put off Yemen war powers vote

The Senate is expected to debate a war powers resolution next week that calls for the United States to end its involvement in the Yemen conflict, but a top Senate Republican leader signaled Thursday GOP leaders would prefer to put off a final vote on the divisive issue until after it can be more closely studied in committee.


Colonial Pipeline to pay Alabama $3.3 million for 2016 spills: state official

(Reuters) - Colonial Pipeline Co will pay $3.3 million to the state of Alabama to cover damages and penalties from an explosion and a spill on its gasoline line in 2016, the state's attorney general said on Thursday.


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.

Maryland's state song calls Northerners 'scum.' That may change soon

For almost eight decades, the official state song of Maryland has been a Confederate ballad whose lyrics call Unionists "Northern scum" and President Abraham Lincoln a "despot" and a "tyrant."

Prisons and Prisoners

Hepatitis C Drugs Save Lives, but Sick Prisoners Aren’t Getting Them

Since this insidious disease became curable, judges have begun ordering prisons to pay the high cost of treatment, setting up a showdown over drug pricing.

Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Victims of Political Violence Want More Than Handshake From Kenyan Leaders

The country’s political rivals have pledged to work together, but the people who suffered violence during their prolonged battles feel forgotten and betrayed.


Oklahoma to become first U.S. state to use nitrogen gas for executions

(Reuters) - Oklahoma plans to start using nitrogen gas for executions, officials said on Wednesday, in what would be the first such method of capital punishment in the United States.


Harper Lee estate sues Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' play

(Reuters) - The estate of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has sued the producer of an upcoming Broadway adaptation, arguing that writer Aaron Sorkin's script deviates too much from the beloved novel about race relations in the Depression-era U.S. South.

Writing and Writers

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’

The federal suit says that Aaron Sorkin’s script for the play, set this fall for Broadway, deviates too much from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Computers and the Internet

The Shift: Tech Leaders Are Growing Up (Again). That’s a Good Thing.

Former whiz kids who made their fortunes in the tech industry are now settling down, seemingly more attuned to the power they wield.


Widow of Orlando nightclub gunman goes on trial, facing life in prison

ORLANDO (Reuters) - A trial for the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in what prosecutors say was an attack in the name of Islamic State, was set to begin on Wednesday with opening statements by both sides.

United States International Relations

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

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Britain's May wins backing of Trump, EU leaders in showdown with Russia

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed on Tuesday that Russia must provide "unambiguous answers" after London gave Moscow until midnight to explain how a Soviet-era nerve weapon was used against a former Russian double agent.


Trump's pick for new CIA chief dogged by secret prisons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gina Haspel, the veteran CIA undercover officer President Donald Trump picked on Tuesday to head the agency, is supported by many in the U.S. intelligence community but has faced criticism for overseeing a secret CIA prison in Thailand where detainees were tortured.


Exclusive: G20 financial leaders to speak against unfair trade practices - draft communique

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders will pledge to fight unfair trade practices and stress the role of global trade rules when they meet on March 20, as the United States raises the threat of a global trade war by imposing import tariffs on steel and aluminum.


CIA's Pompeo brings insider's touch to secretary of state role

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo, if confirmed as the next secretary of state, would bring a number of assets to his new role as the top U.S. diplomat: the confidence of President Donald Trump, government experience and an insider's knowledge of Congress and the federal bureaucracy.

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Rex W. Tillerson, a former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, had been among President Trump’s most well-regarded cabinet choices. He is replaced by Mike Pompeo, currently the C.I.A. director.

Education (K-12)

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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.


In bow to NRA, Trump throws gun purchase age to states, courts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Monday he put off action on raising the minimum age for gun purchases, one of several measures he had backed after the latest U.S. school shooting but skirted after heavy opposition from gun rights groups.


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Data breach victims can sue Yahoo in the United States: judge

(Reuters) - Yahoo has been ordered by a federal judge to face much of a lawsuit in the United States claiming that the personal information of all 3 billion users was compromised in a series of data breaches.


After Murder and Protests, Slovak Leaders Struggle to Keep Power

The interior minister bowed to pressure to resign, and the governing party pledged a thorough investigation into the recent killing of a journalist.


British PM May to make statement about nerve attack on Russian spy

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will bring Britain's parliament up to date on the investigation into a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy on Monday, and one senior lawmaker expected her to point the finger of blame at Moscow.

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.


Exclusive: Mexican state pension fund spent millions on failing builder - sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's state workers' pension fund plowed more than $20 million into ICA and became the largest shareholder as the builder spiraled toward insolvency, according to people familiar with the matter, with the fund's investment set to be wiped out in a restructuring.


Chinese state media defends removing presidential term limits

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday attacked critics of ending presidential term limits, which effectively now allows President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, saying the key to China's path was following the Communist Party.

How to fund a British stately home in the 21st century

Imagine if your home had turrets, a ballroom, or a maze in the garden. Some people's homes have all those things. But while life in a palace -- or a castle -- might sound like a fairytale existence, it costs a princely sum of money to run a stately home.


Trump narrows down approach to gun laws after Florida shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will support a tailored set of fixes to gun laws, stepping back from some of the more sweeping changes he had considered after the country's latest mass school shooting, senior officials told reporters on Sunday.


Israel's Elbit to buy state-owned IMI Systems for 1.8 bln shekels

JERUSALEM, March 11 (Reuters) - The Israeli government said on Sunday it was selling weapons manufacturer IMI Systems to Elbit Systems for 1.8 billion shekels ($523 million).


After visiting North Korea, South Korea officials to meet China, Japan leaders

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two senior South Korean officials who met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un last week will split up to visit the leaders of China and Japan this week to update them on the talks, a South Korean presidential official said on Sunday.


UK says to respond appropriately if foreign state poisoned ex-spy

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will respond "appropriately" if a foreign state is found to have been involved in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England a week ago, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday.


Estate of Oklahoma man killed by reserve deputy to receive $6 million

(Reuters) - Officials in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, have agreed to pay a record $6 million to the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in 2015 by a white volunteer sheriff's deputy who thought his pistol was a Taser, federal court documents showed.


In state media, China presents itself as crucial to U.S.-North Korea talks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China helped bring about a dramatic easing of tensions between the United States and North Korea, according state media outlets, adding evidence that the government sees itself as a central player in any agreement despite largely sitting on the sidelines so far.

Van Jones: Women in prison deserve better than this

There is a powerful movement taking shape to stand up on behalf of some of our country's most silenced and vulnerable women -- the more than 200,000 women and girls who live behind bars in our prisons and jails. That movement has shown its strength from the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. to the Arizona state Capitol in Phoenix, and beyond.


Trump's tariffs could hit U.S. state, city budgets: S&P

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could result in economic growth that is slower than states assumed in their budget forecasts, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday.


Showman Trump abandons cautious Obama approach to North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama counseled his successor Donald Trump on the global threats he should expect to face once he assumed office last year, a nuclear North Korea and its unpredictable leader were at the top of the list.


U.S. states with more support for midwives have better birth outcomes

(Reuters Health) - States with laws that make it easier for midwives to care for pregnant women and deliver babies may have better birth outcomes than states where it’s harder for midwives to provide care, a recent study suggests.


Doctor in Insys opioid kickback scheme gets four years in prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor was sentenced on Friday to more than four years in prison after admitting he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc to prescribe its fentanyl-based cancer pain drug to people who did not suffer from the condition.

Martin Shkreli sentenced to 7 years in prison


New York governor requests to exclude state from offshore drilling program

(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he had formally asked for the state to be excluded from a federal offshore drilling program that he said would threaten its ocean resources and endanger efforts toward a cleaner energy economy.

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Martin Shkreli Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Fraud

Mr. Shkreli, notorious for sharply increasing drug prices and for his attention-seeking antics online, was convicted last year of defrauding investors.


World leaders welcome planned talks between Trump and North Korea leader

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - World leaders welcomed prospects for a possible thaw in the long standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to hold an unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


WRAPUP 3-World leaders welcome planned talks between Trump and N. Korea leader

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - World leaders welcomed prospects for a possible thaw in the long standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to hold an unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Ahmad Sheikhzadeh had worked as a consultant to Iran’s United Nations mission for years, and it was no secret. Life changed when federal agents arrested him in 2016.

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.


Second inmate in a week walks out of federal prison camp in California

(Reuters) - An inmate convicted of selling drugs walked out of a federal minimum security prison camp in California on Thursday, the second prisoner to flee the facility this week and at least the 10th over the last two years, police and local media reported.

US and North Korean leaders will meet by May, South Korean official says. Sanctions to stay for now, US says.

President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May, the South Korean national security adviser announced Thursday at the White House.


States' rights rancher Ryan Bundy to run for Nevada governor

(Reuters) - Ryan Bundy, who was at the forefront of two armed confrontations between right-wing militia activists and the U.S. government over the past four years, said on Thursday he planned to run for Nevada governor on a states' rights platform.

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.

Hear South Korea's statement

North Korea has invited President Donald Trump to meet their leader, Kim Jong Un, according to a senior US official and a former US senior official.


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.


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.

An officer got sent to the wrong house, state patrol says, and ended up dead

A Missouri police officer killed this week in the line of duty met with gunfire only after he was dispatched to the wrong house, a Missouri Highway Patrol official said.

11 countries sign trade pact without the United States


Merrill Lynch to pay $1.25 million penalty in SEC settlement: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Merrill Lynch has agreed to settle U.S. charges over allegations that it did not properly prevent unregistered sales of a software company's shares on behalf of a China-based issuer, the Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday.


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.

Full history of women's leadership hasn't been told

I'd always thought of myself as a feminist, well-versed in women's history. But I discovered my knowledge of it was more limited than I realized when I met Laura Liswood in 2015.


New York plan puts spotlight on graying of U.S. prison population

CHICAGO (Reuters) - (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)

How will Trump's tariffs on imported aluminum and steel affect your state?

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his promised tariffs on steel and aluminum imports -- 25% on steel, 10% on aluminum -- would be applied in a "very loving way."

This is what reforming prison could look like

Norway's humane approach to prison is attracting state leaders who are searching for solutions. North Dakota has gone the farthest in adapting the Norway prison model, including giving some inmates the keys to their own prison quarters.

Organized Labor

Op-Ed Contributors: Right-to-Work Laws Have Devastated Unions — and Democrats

Researchers find a big impact, and bad news for Democrats, in races from the presidential level on down.


Israel's Bezeq abused telecoms market leadership -regulator

JERUSALEM, March 8 (Reuters) - Israel's anti-competition regulator charged Bezeq Israel Telecom with abusing its position as the dominant player in the country's telecoms sector, saying its monopoly over infrastructure may harm the supply of telecoms services.


Cubs of the Caliphate: rehabilitating Islamic State's child fighters

RAWANGA CAMP, Iraq (Reuters) - While children who have been through war typically draw devastating pictures of the violence they have suffered, few show themselves as the perpetrators.

Former corrections officer: Prison should be uncomfortable

Sam Mitchum explains why prison should be an uncomfortable situation for inmates. Watch the documentary, "Welcome to Prison" on now.


As sanctions loom, Venezuelan official seeks U.S. talks over prisoners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Venezuelan state governor made an unusual visit to Washington this week, seeking meetings in Congress to discuss the fate of a U.S. citizen imprisoned in the South American nation, U.S. sources said on Wednesday.


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.

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Arizona State Suspends Lawrence Krauss During Inquiry Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Dr. Krauss, a leading figure in the “skeptics” movement, was placed on paid leave and barred from campus after a report was published by BuzzFeed.

With State Dept. depleted, US may turn to outside help on North Korea

The Trump administration is considering appointing an outside expert as a special envoy to deal with the North Koreans alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson if talks advance to a serious stage, according to an administration official.


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.

State wants to 'spring forward' permanently

Lawmakers in Florida are tired of the whole "fall back" and "spring forward" rigamarole. So they've approved a bill to keep Daylight Saving Time going throughout the year in their state.


StanChart reaches provisional agreement to sell Real Estate unit to Actis

LONDON (Reuters) - Standard Chartered has reached a provisional agreement to sell its real estate investment unit to private equity firm Actis, the bank's Chief Financial Officer Andy Halford told Reuters on Wednesday.


Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits southeast Iran: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit southeast Iran on Wednesday evening, state media said.

Prisons and Prisoners

Frail, Old and Dying, but Their Only Way Out of Prison Is a Coffin

Federal inmates who are aging or very sick can ask for “compassionate release.” Hundreds have died waiting for an answer.

News and News Media

State of the Art: For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.

Our tech columnist tried to skip digital news for a while. His old-school experiment led to three main conclusions.


Trending: Four Wildlife Tours in the United States Worth Taking

Travelers often think they have to travel far abroad to take in majestic wildlife, but there’s an abundance of natural beauty right here in the U.S. worth checking out.


Smurfit Kappa reaffirms rejection of International Paper approach

DUBLIN, March 7 (Reuters) - Smurfit Kappa's board reaffirmed its rejection of a takeover offer from International Paper Co after its U.S. rival revealed late on Tuesday that the bid was worth 8 billion euros ($10 billion).


Buddhist mobs target Sri Lanka's Muslims despite state of emergency

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Buddhist mobs attacked mosques and businesses belonging to Sri Lanka's minority Muslims overnight, police said on Wednesday, despite the imposition of a state of emergency to restore peace in the bitterly divided island.

Mississippi could be the first state with 15-week abortion ban

The Mississippi Senate moved one step closer Tuesday to passing a law that would prevent women from getting abortions after they are 15 weeks pregnant. If the law passes, it would be the earliest abortion limit measured in weeks of pregnancy to become law in the US.

Colleges and Universities

Op-Ed Contributor: Turn Prisons Into Colleges

Imagine if prisoners sat in classrooms learning about climate science or poetry — just like college students. Or even with them.


Trump sees 'positive' statements on possible North Korea talks

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed on Tuesday "positive" statements from South Korea that North Korea was willing to suspend nuclear tests while it held denuclearization talks with U.S. officials, but he declined to say whether he had any preconditions for talks with Pyongyang.

President says he doesn't blame our trade partners for trade imbalances. He blames past US leadership.

President Donald Trump will face reporters on Tuesday amid questions about chaos inside the White House and new prospects for talks with North Korea.


Top Brazil appeals court denies Lula bid to stay out of prison

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's top appeals court on Tuesday denied a request by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that he not be sent to prison on a corruption conviction before he has exhausted his appeals.


U.S. says 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli deserves at least 15 years in prison

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday said former drug company executive Martin Shkreli should spend at least 15 years in prison after being convicted of fraud, saying his lack of remorse and respect for the law justified a long time behind bars.

Relocation of Business

Op-Ed Contributor: Why Are Your State Tax Dollars Subsidizing Corporations?

What looks like competition to attract businesses and jobs is actually nothing more than political theater.

All state employees in West Virginia, including striking teachers, to get 5% raise

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New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Another Nor’easter Approaches

Tuesday: More winter weather, Feminist Film Week, and a love triangle among hawks.


Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clash

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after clashes erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community.


Former Russian double agent critically ill in Britain, police says 'alive to fact of state threats'

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - A former Russian double agent convicted of treason in Moscow was critically ill in a British hospital on Tuesday after exposure to an unknown substance, with police saying it had to be "alive to the fact of state threats".

Washington becomes first state to pass law protecting net neutrality

Washington state has a new law to protect net neutrality at a time when the feds are getting rid of it.

Sam Nunberg: 'I'm not going to get sent to prison'

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg said he doesn't think he'll face consequences like being jailed over his plans to refuse a grand jury subpoena in the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.


Trump administration backs states' bid to collect online sales taxes

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday said states should be able to require online retailers to collect sales taxes, backing an appeal by South Dakota at the U.S. Supreme Court that could mean billions of dollars in revenue for state coffers.


Florida state Senate votes against arming most classroom teachers

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's Republican-controlled Senate voted on Monday to exclude most classroom teachers from a plan to allow school staff to carry firearms as part of a package of measures in response to a school shooting that took 17 lives last month.


Strict state gun laws linked to fewer suicides and murders

(Reuters Health) - U.S. states with the strongest firearm laws have fewer gun-related murders and fewer suicides than states that take a more permissive approach to regulating these weapons, a new study suggests.

A Trump trade war would hit red states hard


New York state's Utica College on lockdown from 'real, credible threat'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utica College in upstate New York ordered students to shelter in place on Monday because of a "real, credible threat," the private college said on Twitter without giving more details.


Arkansas becomes third U.S. state to add Medicaid work requirements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arkansas on Monday became the third U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or participate in employment activities as a condition of receiving health insurance as the Trump administration continues to approve state requests that fundamentally change the 50-year-old program.


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Former Netanyahu spokesman signs state's witness deal in graft probe: Justice Ministry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A former spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a state's witness deal in one of the corruption cases revolving around the Israeli leader, the Justice Ministry said on Monday.


UPDATE 1-Former Netanyahu spokesman signs state's witness deal in graft probe-Justice Ministry

* Netanyahu denies wrongdoing in series of graft probes (Adds background)


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Defense and Military Forces

China’s Leaders Meet, and See ‘Critical Battles’ on Economy and Pollution

Members of the National People’s Congress gathered in Beijing, where they are expected to back a plan letting Xi Jinping remain as president into the next decade.

State Department

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

The delay reflects President Trump’s largely passive response to the interference and doubts by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in his department’s ability to spend its money wisely.


Wilbur Ross says world leaders call Trump about tariffs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken to multiple world leaders about tariff hikes on steel and aluminum but still has no plans for exemptions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Sunday, but he would not rule out the prospect.


Trump has spoken with world leaders, no tariff exemptions: Ross to ABC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken to world leaders about his planned tariff hike on steel and aluminum and is not considering any exemptions to the measure, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Sunday.


German state minister says diesel bans unlikely before 2020

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Any diesel bans would likely take two years to put in place by which time the affected cities may have found other ways to reduce pollution, Hendrik Wuest, the transport minister of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, said.


Cambodia PM accuses United States of lying over aid cut

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's prime minister on Saturday accused the U.S. government of being dishonest in its announced suspension of aid to the Southeast Asian nation, saying Cambodia had already stopped receiving aid from Washington in 2016.


Promise of relaxed gun laws casts shadow over Tasmania's state election

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's smallest state Tasmania began voting on Saturday in a local assembly election, with the incumbent conservative Liberal Party stirring controversy by promising softer regulations for gun ownership if it is returned to power.

Ruzimuradov, Yusuf

World’s Longest-Imprisoned Journalist Is Freed in Uzbekistan

After 19 years in prison in one of the most repressive states, Yusuf Ruzimuradov was released. He had been accused of sedition.


Uber abandons effort to have UberPOP reinstated in Germany

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ride-hailing firm Uber [UBER.UL] said it has withdrawn an appeal lodged with Germany's high court to have its UberPOP service reinstated as part of a broader strategy shift to work with drivers licensed to carry paying passengers.


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From Prokofiev to prison: Macron couples soft power and tough reform

PARIS (Reuters) - Six hours in jail after an overnight rendition of Peter and the Wolf: no challenge, it seems, is off-limits for French President Emmanuel Macron as he seeks to woo wary voters behind his plans for hard-hitting economic reform.

His announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports leaves world leaders angry and confused.

The chaos and bombast that have driven President Donald Trump's White House into its deepest crisis yet just burst America's borders.


Weinstein Co reaches deal with group promising female leadership

(Reuters) - The Weinstein Co on Thursday reached a deal to sell assets to a group led by a former Obama administration official who plans to use a majority-female board to rebuild the Hollywood studio tarnished by sexual misconduct allegations.


PNG declares state of emergency after deadly quake strikes rugged highlands

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea has declared a state of emergency across its remote and rugged highlands, the country's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said on Friday, days after a deadly quake struck the region and killed at least 31 people.


North Korea denies chemical weapons link with Syria: state media

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea denied reports it had cooperated with Syria on chemical weapons, dismissing them as a fabrication by the United States to pressure the country, state media reported late Thursday.

United States Politics and Government

Senate Intelligence Leaders Say House G.O.P. Leaked a Senator’s Texts

In an extraordinary confrontation, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee told the House speaker that his troops had leaked a senator’s texts with a Russia-connected lawyer.


Siberian blizzards blast Britain and Ireland as Storm Emma approaches

EDINBURGH/DUBLIN (Reuters) - Snow storms from Siberia blasted Britain and Ireland on Thursday with the worst weather since 1991, trapping several hundred motorists on roads in Scotland, closing thousands of schools, grounding planes and halting trains.

Hear Hope Hicks' statement on White House resignation

White House communication director Hope Hicks said that she "wishes the President the very best," after announcing her resignation.


Verizon, Straight Path pay $614 million civil penalty to U.S. FCC: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc and its Straight Path Communications Inc unit paid a $614 million civil penalty as part of a January 2017 settlement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the agency said on Wednesday.


Russian Olympic Committee reinstated by IOC

ZURICH/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia was reinstated by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday after the remaining tests of the country's athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were all returned negative.


Russia says International Olympic Committee reinstates its membership

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of Russia's Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had reinstated his organization's membership after suspending it over doping allegations.

Revealing photos from US prisons

With more than 2 million people behind bars, the US has more prisoners than any other nation. Although 4.4% of the world's population lives in the US, nearly a quarter of the world's inmates are in its prisons. According to the World Prison Brief, the proportion of prisoners to the general population is the second highest in the world at 666 per 100,000 inhabitants, beaten only by the tiny island nation of Seychelles.

The states where smoking while pregnant is highest

About one in 14 pregnant women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 smoked cigarettes during her pregnancy, according to a report released Wednesday.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

A Big Divergence Is Coming in Health Care Among States

As the Trump administration chips away at Obamacare, some states are building it back up.


Bunge's coveted Argentina plants lure ADM takeover approach

ROSARIO, Argentina/CHICAGO (Reuters) - On the banks of the Parana River, machines hum 24 hours a day in Argentina's grain ports, churning out soy-based animal feed and shooting it straight into the hulls of ships bound for buyers worldwide.


FOCUS-Bunge's coveted Argentina plants lure ADM takeover approach

ROSARIO, Argentina/CHICAGO, Feb 28 (Reuters) - On the banks of the Parana River, machines hum 24 hours a day in Argentina's grain ports, churning out soy-based animal feed and shooting it straight into the hulls of ships bound for buyers worldwide.

Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Portrait of a Turkish Novelist as Prisoner

Ahmet Altan says, “We will spend the rest of our lives alone in a cell.”

Democrats flip two more statehouse seats

Democrats flipped their 38th and 39th Republican-held state legislative seats since President Donald Trump took office Tuesday, with wins in New Hampshire and Connecticut state House races. 


Trump urges prison reform, not sentencing overhaul after pushback

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday urged U.S. lawmakers to move ahead with legislation to help prisoners prepare for life after release, but stopped short of calling for broader reforms such as changing mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.


Russians compromised election systems in seven states: NBC News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence had evidence that voter registration systems or websites in seven states - Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin - were compromised by Russian-backed operatives before the 2016 election but never told the states, NBC News reported on Tuesday.


Trump discusses Iran in calls with Saudi, UAE leaders: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Iran's "destabilizing activities" and other security and economic issues in separate telephone calls with senior Saudi and Emirati leaders on Tuesday, the White House said.


Russian operatives compromised election systems in seven states in 2016: NBC News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence had evidence that voter registration systems or websites in seven states - Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas, Florida and Wisconsin - were compromised by Russian-backed operatives before the 2016 election but never told the states, NBC News reported on Tuesday.


U.S. state officials offer Delta new home amid NRA blowback

(Reuters) - Several state officials on Tuesday offered Delta Air Lines a new place to call home after a Georgia legislator said he would kill lucrative tax benefits to the Atlanta-based carrier as retribution for its decision to sever ties with the National Rifle Association.


Senate Democrats push for support to reinstate net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats launched efforts on Tuesday to win a vote to reinstate Obama-era rules guaranteeing an open internet, suggesting it would be a major issue in the 2018 mid-term elections.


Man linked to Boston art heist sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison

HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - An 81-year-old alleged mobster who police believe may be able to solve the largest art heist in U.S. history was sentenced on Tuesday to 4-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally selling guns to a convicted murderer.


Exclusive: North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters.

States woo Delta after Georgia GOP's backlash over NRA decision


State of the Art: The Sublime and Scary Future of Cameras With A.I. Brains

A new generation of cameras like Google’s new Clips device can understand what they see, creating intriguing and sometimes eerie possibilities.

Golden State Warriors swap White House visit for African-American history museum

Instead of visiting the White House Tuesday to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors will instead tour the National Museum of African-American History and Culture with local Washington students, all-star guard Klay Thompson said.

Politics and Government

Saudi King Shakes Up Military and Security Leadership

The royal decrees appear intended to elevate a new generation of leaders as the kingdom undergoes sweeping changes in military, security and economic policy.


UPDATE 2-India gives state-run banks 15 days to improve oversight

* Federal police raids law firm tied to PNB case - source (Recasts with finance ministry directive to banks; adds details, background)


Twenty states sue federal government, seeking end to Obamacare

(Reuters) - A coalition of 20 U.S. states sued the federal government on Monday over Obamacare, claiming the law was no longer constitutional after the repeal last year of its requirement that people have health insurance or pay a fine.


India asks state banks to fix operational gaps in 15 days after $2 billion fraud

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's finance ministry on Tuesday set a 15-day deadline for state banks to take pre-emptive action against operational and technical risks, following a $2 billon fraud at the country's second-biggest state lender.


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