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Justice Department to ban bump stocks

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


FCC chief cites concerns on spy threats from Chinese telecoms firms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he shares the concerns of U.S. lawmakers about espionage threats from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co and plans to take "proactive steps" to ensure the integrity of the U.S. communications supply chain.


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

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


Trump signs budget deal after raising government shutdown threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill on Friday, ending suspense over a surprising threat he made hours earlier to veto the budget and shut down the federal government.


Europeans promise more steps against Russia over UK spy attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states agreed at a summit on Friday to take additional punitive measures against Russia for a nerve agent attack in Britain, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it.


Thousands join 'Black Friday' marches against Polish abortion restrictions

WARSAW (Reuters) - Thousands of Poles dressed in black protested across the country on Friday against an attempt by the ruling conservatives and the powerful Catholic Church to ban most abortions.

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.


Buckets of rocks are Pennsylvania schools' last defense against shooters

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A rural Pennsylvania school district has equipped all 200 of its classrooms with buckets of rocks that students and teachers could use as a "last line of defense" in the event of a school shooting, the district's superintendent said on Friday.


Europeans to take new steps against Russia over UK spy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states agreed at a summit in Brussels to take further punitive steps against Russia in the coming days for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it.


Boeing loses case against Denmark over fighter jet purchase

COPENHAGEN, March 23 (Reuters) - Boeing lost a lawsuit against Denmark on Friday which related to the Danish government's decision to buy Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II combat jets in preference to Boeing's F/A 18 Super Hornets.


Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising government shutdown risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprising threat to veto Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill, a move that raised the specter of a possible government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline to keep federal agencies open.

President threatens to reject plan passed by Congress over a lack of a DACA fix and money for a border wall

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress just after midnight, citing concerns the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


EMA panel recommends against Portola's clot prevention drug

(Reuters) - A panel of European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended against granting marketing approval to Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc's oral blood thinner, saying the benefits of the drug did not outweigh risks.


Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) - Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday.


Some charges to be dropped against Vatican treasurer Pell, court hears

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Some of the alleged historical sexual offense charges against Vatican treasurer George Pell will be dropped because one of his accusers is unfit to give evidence, an Australian court heard on Friday.


Ecclestone urges F1 to take breakaway threat seriously

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Formula One's former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned owners Liberty Media to take the threat of a breakaway series seriously and said Mercedes could follow Ferrari out of the championship.


Boeing will not appeal trade case against Bombardier: spokesman

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Boeing Co will not appeal against the U.S. trade commission ruling that allows Canada's Bombardier Inc to sell its newest jets to U.S. airlines without heavy duties, a Boeing spokesman said on Thursday.


Southern California evacuation orders lifted as mudslide threat eases

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities in Southern California lifted evacuation orders on Thursday for more than 60,000 people living adjacent to fire-scarred foothills and mountain slopes along the Santa Barbara coast as rains and the threat of dangerous mudslides abated.


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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.

The pandemic that threatens women globally

The #MeToo campaign has shed light on sexual harassment and assault in shocking ways. The legal and political fallout, from Harvey Weinstein to convicted US Olympics doctor Larry Nassar, marks a shift in our culture. But noticeably absent from the conversation is how to support women's health and reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG).


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

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


BRIEF-H&R Real Estate Investment Trust And H&R Finance Trust Announce Receipt of Approval for Internal Reorganization


US dropped charges against Turkish bodyguards over brawl in DC

The US has dropped charges against 11 of the 15 bodyguards for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who were indicted after a brawl with protesters outside the country's embassy in Washington last May, a spokesperson for the US Attorney in DC told CNN on Thursday.


Britain seeks European help against Russian spy networks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain is asking other European states to crack down together on Russian spy networks that could be preparing similar attacks to the nerve agent assault on a former Russian spy in England, diplomats said.


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

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

United States International Relations

Trump’s Trade Threats Put China’s Leader on the Spot

President Trump’s latest restrictions on Chinese goods and investments could shake China’s economy and strain the power structure Xi Jinping has created for himself.

Ana Navarro: Two old white men threaten to beat each other up

In this week's episode of "As the Trumpworld Turns," a porn actress, a former Playboy Playmate and a reality TV "Apprentice" walked into a bar ... and served the President of the United States a little of his own medicine.


Britain seeks European help against Russian spy networks: diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain is seeking help from other European countries to take action against Russian spy networks that could be preparing similar attacks as the nerve agent assault on a former Russian spy in England, diplomats said.


Sandy Hook dad: Florida students' vote threat is gun safety 'sea change'

NEWTOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - A grieving father whose child was killed in Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, frustrated by five years of inaction by U.S. lawmakers on gun control, said survivors of a Florida high school shooting are powering a "sea change" in public sentiment.

Trump, Biden go back and forth with physical threats

Donald Trump responds to former Vice President Joe Biden's reaction to the President's comments on women.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Threatens Biden, Saying He ‘Would Go Down Fast and Hard’ if They Fought

Mr. Trump said Mr. Biden “would go down fast and hard” if the two men fought. Mr. Biden had said that, if he was in high school, he would “beat the hell” out of Mr. Trump for disrespecting women.


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.


Motor racing: Hamilton, Vettel savor competing against the 'best'

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The tension of a rivalry that produced 'road rage' and acrimony between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in 2017 was absent on Thursday as the four-times Formula One champions made nice before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.


Boxing: Parker a bigger all-round threat than Wilder, says Joshua

(Reuters) - Britain's Anthony Joshua says his next opponent, WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, is a more well-rounded fighter than Deontay Wilder and does not appear overly impressed with the WBC belt holder's recent win over Luis Ortiz.

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

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.


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


Cycling-Bikes to be dismantled in fight against technological fraud - UCI

GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) will use X-ray technology and randomly select bikes to dismantle following a race in an increased effort to fight technological fraud, the governing body said on Wednesday.


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.


Trump, Saudi leader discuss Houthi 'threat' in Yemen: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi rebel and Iranian activity and the humanitarian crisis, the White House said.


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.


Asia a key battleground in fight against killer air pollution: U.N.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Asia is a critical battlefield in the global fight to rein in air pollution, registering about 5 million premature deaths each year, delegates at a United Nations conference said on Wednesday, as urged tougher enforcement of curbs.


China smartphone makers join hands on apps, pose threat to WeChat

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's biggest smartphone makers are collaborating to promote download-free "fast apps", in a move backed by the government and likely to threaten Tencent Holdings' grip on mobile traffic with its wildly popular WeChat app.


G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to defuse trade war threat

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders rejected protectionism on Tuesday and urged "further dialogue" on trade, but failed to diffuse the threat of a trade war days before U.S. metals tariffs take effect and Washington is to announce measures against China.

FBI chief won't say if he threatened to quit

In an interview with NBC News, FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to say whether or not he threatened to resign.


G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to diffuse trade war threat

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders rejected protectionism on Tuesday and urged "further dialogue" on trade, but failed to diffuse the threat of a trade war days before U.S. metals tariffs take effect and Washington is to announce measures against China.


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.


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.


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California Today

California Today: California Today: A Sheriff Speaks Out Against a Sanctuary Law

Tuesday: Sheriffs’ objection to sanctuary policies, Uber suspends autonomous car tests, and a warning about very potent pot.


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

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


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.

DeVos, Elizabeth (1958- )

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

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


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.


Australian court rejects part of News Corp defense against Geoffrey Rush defamation suit

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court on Tuesday threw out part of News Corp's defense against a defamation lawsuit by Geoffrey Rush, a win for the Oscar-winning actor who objected to a series of newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct.


Australian court rejects part of News Corp defence against Geoffrey Rush defamation suit

SYDNEY, March 20 (Reuters) - An Australian court on Tuesday threw out part of News Corp's defence against a defamation lawsuit by Geoffrey Rush, a win for the Oscar-winning actor who objected to a series of newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct.

United States Politics and Government

Soldier in Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned of Gaps, Defense Officials Say

Pentagon leaders are said to be troubled by draft conclusions of an inquiry that blames low-level officers in an ambush that killed four American troops.


Extortion case against Boston officials faces dismissal after ruling

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday declined to reconsider a ruling that prosecutors said could lead to the dismissal of charges against two members of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's administration who are accused of extorting a music festival production company.


Palestinian President threatens to end Gaza reconciliation with Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for a bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, and threatened to end reconciliation efforts with his bitter rivals.


Exploiting women for prostitution a crime against humanity: pope

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis branded exploitation of women for prostitution a "crime against humanity" on Monday and asked forgiveness from society for Catholic men who use prostitutes.


REFILE-Large retailers urge Trump against China tariffs

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - Several large retail companies, including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and Macy's, are making a direct appeal to President Donald Trump not to impose massive tariffs on goods imported from China, in a letter sent to the White House on Monday.


Japan court rejects lawsuit against construction of nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) - A court in northern Japan on Monday rejected a lawsuit to halt construction of a nuclear plant, said the company building the facility, Electric Power Development Co (J-Power).


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.

Concert canceled after SXSW bomb threat

A bomb threat at South by Southwest on Saturday caused Bud Light to cancel a concert featuring The Roots.

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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Efforts to protect the special counsel are stalled in Congress as Trump poses serious threat to Russia probe


Forty-five U.S. trade groups urge Trump to avoid tariffs against China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty-five U.S. trade associations representing some of the largest companies in the country are urging President Donald Trump not to impose tariffs on China, warning it would be "particularly harmful" to the U.S. economy and consumers.

State of the Cartoonion: March Madness

On State of the Cartoonion, it's March Madness in the White House and Jake Tapper looks at the question everyone's been asking: Who's out next?


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.


Israeli military says carried out Gaza operation against attack tunnel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces operating on the Gaza border on Sunday foiled an attempt by the Hamas militant group to rebuild an attack tunnel, the Israeli military said.


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.

Read McCabe's statement: This is what happens when law enforcement is politicized

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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.

What's next for the movement against gun violence

A generation of students raised in the shadow of gun violence is sending a loud and united message to lawmakers: Enough is enough.

United States International Relations

Remember Rex Tillerson? The Secretary of State’s Changing Role

Rex W. Tillerson had a difficult relationship with President Trump almost from the start. The challenges he faced help illustrate how the cabinet role has transformed.


EU starts retaliation process against U.S. tariffs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called for industry views on Friday on a list of U.S. products it will subject to import tariffs, the first step towards measures to counter planned U.S. taxes on European steel and aluminum.


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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.


Porn actress Stormy Daniels physically threatened over Trump: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels was physically threatened and warned to remain silent about her relationship with President Donald Trump, her lawyer told MSNBC and CNN on Friday.


UPDATE 3-Row over Breivik massacre threatens Norway's justice minister, cabinet

* Critics accuse justice minister of Trump-like populism (Adds comment by political scientist)

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Case Against Cuts to Public Pensions

Friday: Joan Baez on retirement, a former reporter now homeless and the death of a retail mecca


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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Chamber of Commerce warns Trump against China tariffs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the most influential U.S. business lobbying group warned the Trump administration on Thursday that unilateral tariffs on Chinese goods could lead to a destructive trade war that will hurt American consumers and U.S. economic growth.

Skripal, Sergei V

Britain Hints at Tougher Blow Against Russia: Stripping Tycoons’ Assets

Russian elites have been secretly buying up London property for years through shell companies. With tensions high, British leaders mull a crackdown.


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.


U.S. judge dismisses currency-rigging claims against big banks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against 16 big banks by retail foreign currency investors who claimed they were indirectly harmed by a conspiracy to rig prices.


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.

Decisions and Verdicts

Judge Says Five More Women Can Testify Against Bill Cosby

The decision could be a damaging one for Mr. Cosby, who is facing a retrial on charges he sexually assaulted a woman at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

Poland reckons with 1968 campaign against Jews

In February, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a bill making it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust. Speaking to journalists days later, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki rejected criticism of the law and prompted censure for implying that Jews should be seen as among the perpetrators of the Holocaust.

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."

Smoking and Tobacco

Global Health: In Poor Countries, Antismoking Activists Face Threats and Violence

Killings, death threats and “wanted” posters are used to intimidate advocates fighting the spread of tobacco to poor and middle-income nations.

Daniels' lawyer says other women are considering legal cases against Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels says that, on the heels of her lawsuit against Donald Trump, several other women are now exploring the possibility of legal action against the President.

Manafort asks judge to dismiss criminal charges against him

Paul Manafort has asked a federal judge in DC to dismiss the five criminal charges against him, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller had no right to indict him for work done before he joined the Trump campaign as chairman in 2016.


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Stormy Daniels crowdfunding her legal fees in suit against Trump

The porn star suing President Donald Trump is using a crowdfunding effort to cover her legal fees and other related expenses.


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.”

Hearing set in Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump

A hearing date has been set for the lawsuit adult film actress Stormy Daniels filed against President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen's company to dissolve their non-disclosure agreement.

Nunberg: I warned Roger Stone about WikiLeaks

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg says he warned Roger Stone, whom he has referred to as his mentor, not to associate with WikiLeaks and does not believe Stone actually met with Julian Assange.


Myanmar urged not to drag out case against Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - Some international observers urged Myanmar on Wednesday not to drag out legal proceedings against two Reuters journalists, as they appeared in court for the 10th time since they were arrested in December and accused of possessing secret government papers.


New Trump tariff threat overshadows strong China factory, investment data

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's industrial output grew much faster than expected at the start of the year, suggesting the economy may be picking up momentum even as U.S. President Donald Trump readies hefty tariffs against one its most strategic growth drivers -- technology.

United States International Relations

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

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


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.

Politics and Government

U.K. Has Weapons to Use Against Russia, All With Drawbacks

As Britain weighs retaliation for the poisoning of a former spy with nerve agent, an array of financial and diplomatic tools are being proposed.


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.

Tillerson didn't get to speak with Trump and is unaware of the reason for his firing, State official says

Tillerson, Rex W

Rex Tillerson Out as Trump’s Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo

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.

Politics and Government

China Unveils Superagencies to Fight Pollution and Other Threats to Party Rule

President Xi Jinping’s plan would shake up some of China’s most powerful bureaucracies, but there are many uncertainties about whether it can achieve its goals.


Russia: British threats to boycott World Cup over spy attack hurt ties, sport - Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Monday British threats to boycott the 2018 soccer World Cup over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England would damage ties with Moscow and hurt world sport, Interfax news agency reported.

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.

Basketball (College)

Here Are 6 N.C.A.A. Bracket Busters. You’ve Been Warned.

Could a No. 16 beat a No. 1? We think this could be the year.


Saudi Arabia must ban discrimination against women: U.N. rights panel

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. rights watchdog called on Saudi Arabia on Monday to end discriminatory practices against women, including its pervasive system of male guardianship, and give them full access to justice.


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.


137 House Democrats sign letter urging action against Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Over two-thirds of U.S. House of Representatives Democrats urged President Donald Trump to enact sanctions on Russia, the latest push by lawmakers for a response to investigators' findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.


U.S. warns it may act on Syria as onslaught against Ghouta grinds on

UNITED NATIONS/AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned on Monday that Washington "remains prepared to act if we must," if the U.N. Security Council fails to act on Syria, as the Syrian army's onslaught in eastern Ghouta continued unabated.


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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.


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.

Putin 'couldn't care less' if Russian citizens meddled in US election

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he "couldn't care less" if Russian citizens tried to meddle in the 2016 US election because, he claimed, the perpetrators weren't linked to the Kremlin.


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.


Racial Justice Drives Fight for, and Against, Legal Pot in New Jersey

Advocates say legalizing marijuana would address inequities in incarceration rates. But the state’s senior black senator says shops will harm minority communities.


Germany, China warn Trump tariff moves threaten global trade

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany denounced moves by President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on U.S. metal imports, saying Europe needed a united response to the threat and echoing criticism from China that it risked undermining the global trade system.


UPDATE 2-Germany, China warn Trump tariff moves threaten global trade

* But EU countermeasures remain on the table (Recasts, adds VDA automobile association)


Putin order for bomb threat plane to be downed in 2014 canceled after false alarm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Vladimir Putin in 2014 ordered a passenger aircraft which was reported to be carrying a bomb and targeting the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to be downed, the president said in a film shown on Sunday.


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

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


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).


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.


Justice Department files regulation to ban 'bump stocks'

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


South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A human rights lawyer plans to launch a class action lawsuit against South African food producer Tiger Brands on behalf of the families of people who died and those affected by the worst listeria outbreak in history.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


U.S.'s Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courts

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday in Nairobi that he had shared his concerns with Kenya's president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.


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.


Sri Lankan police ask who promoted violence against Muslims

KANDY/COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police said on Friday they were investigating whether 10 suspected ringleaders of a wave of attacks on Muslims by Sinhalese Buddhists had outside funding or foreign help.


Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courts

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that he had shared his concerns with Kenya's president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.


Monsoon floods and landslides threaten 100,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

CHAKMAKUL REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The Rohingya refugees who live in shacks clinging to these steep, denuded hills in southern Bangladesh pray that the sandbags fortifying the slopes will survive the upcoming monsoon.


German industry warns against "spiral of protectionism" after U.S. tariffs

BERLIN, March 9 (Reuters) - Four German industry groups on Friday warned against a "spiral of protectionism" after U.S. President Donal Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum, urging the government and the European Union to remain committed to free trade.

Children and Childhood

Modern Love: It’s Us Against a Particle of Dust

Parents of children with potentially fatal allergies exist in a state of constant high alert, one that can unify them as a couple.

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

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

International Trade and World Market

Fact Check: Little Evidence Supports Trump’s Claims Against China on Tariffs and Trade

There is little evidence to validate the president’s concerns that unfair trade practices like transshipping are a widespread problem.


UPDATE 2-Disney shareholders vote against CEO Iger's pay package

March 8 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co shareholders rejected an executive compensation plan that could reward Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger with up to $48.5 million a year over four years plus an equity grant worth about $100 million, in a non-binding vote on Thursday.


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.


Hong Kong by-elections seen as protest vote against China control

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp is seeking to regain lost turf in crucial legislative by-elections on Sunday that it hopes will draw protest votes against perceived political screening and creeping control from Communist Party rulers in Beijing.


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

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


State Department offers rewards for info on Pakistani militant leaders

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


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.

Jeff Flake threatens bill to nullify Trump's tariffs

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake has threatened to introduce legislation to nullify the President tariffs if they are anything like what Donald Trump is predicting.

Dems: Uranium One whistleblower provided no evidence against Clintons

Democrats say a whistleblower who has been a key component of a Republican-led investigation into Hillary Clinton's role in the approval a uranium sale to a Russian state energy company provided Congress with no evidence of wrongdoing involving Clinton, President Bill Clinton or the Clinton Foundation.


Venezuela opposition calls for protest against presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition is calling for a national protest later this month against a "fraudulent" election it says is stacked in favor of President Nicolas Maduro, the first major mobilization since last year's wave of street protests.

11 countries sign trade pact without the United States


U.S. not coordinating against Russian cyber threat: top general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that the U.S. government did not have an effective unified approach to deal with Russia's cyber threat.


Motor racing: Verstappen sees no threat from other Renault teams

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Max Verstappen doubts Renault and McLaren will be a threat to his Red Bull Formula One team this season despite all three former champions now having the same engines.


Austrian no-smoking petition against government reaches 500,000 mark

VIENNA (Reuters) - Half a million Austrians have signed a petition calling for a smoking ban in bars and restaurants, embarrassing the ruling coalition of conservatives and far right that has championed both direct democracy and the right to smoke.


Spanish women hold nationwide strike against inequality and macho culture

MADRID (Reuters) - Women across Spain went on strike and held street protests against gender inequality on Thursday, including midnight pot-banging rallies, bike demos and demonstrations under the...


'TPP-11' signees to send powerful signal against trade wars

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Eleven countries will sign a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement without the United States in Santiago on Thursday in what one minister called a powerful signal against protectionism and trade wars.


World steel markets unfazed by Trump's tariff threat

LONDON (Reuters) - The prospect of 25 percent U.S. tariffs on steel imports has raised fears of a global trade war but steel producers outside North America believe they can weather the storm without too much disruption to their business or steel prices.


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.


Indian cotton seed companies threaten supply halt over price cut

NEW DELHI, March 8 (Reuters) - Indian seed companies threatened on Thursday to halt supplies to 8 million cotton farmers in protest against a potential government plan to cut prices by 7.5 percent, the chief of a producers' body said.

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."

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.


Indian court dismisses RCom's appeal against arbitration order

(Reuters) - An Indian court has dismissed Reliance Communications Ltd's (RCom) plea against an arbitration court order that barred the telecom operator from selling or transferring its assets without the tribunal's permission.


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.


White House says Trump won arbitration order against Stormy Daniels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has won an arbitration proceeding against adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday, a day after Daniels sued Trump for the right to speak about the "intimate relationship" she claims they had.

Krauss, Lawrence M

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.


Third rape case filed against Muslim scholar Ramadan

PARIS (Reuters) - A 45-year-old woman filed a new rape case in France on Wednesday against Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan, the third against the Islamic studies professor, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

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.


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

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


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.

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.


'Acts of genocide' suspected against Rohingya in Myanmar: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday that he strongly suspected that "acts of genocide" may have taken place against Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state since August.


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.


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.


Bulls warned against playing weak team for good pick: reports

(Reuters) - The NBA has warned the Chicago Bulls for resting healthy players in what appears to be an attempt to lose intentionally to boost their chances of a top draft pick, according to several reports on Tuesday, including the Chicago Tribune.

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.


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

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