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This Parkland shooting victim would have turned 18 today

As he read the names of the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, student Cameron Kasky saved one name for last:

Gun Control

March for Our Lives: Students Protesting Guns Say ‘We Just Have Our Lives to Lose’

Tens of thousands of people, outraged by a recent school shooting and energized by the student survivors, planned to protest in Washington and around the world on Saturday, demanding an end to gun violence.


Croatians protest against European treaty they say threatens traditional family

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Thousands of Croat conservatives protested on Saturday against the proposed ratification of a European treaty that describes gender as a "social role," fearing it could undermine traditional family values in the predominantly Catholic country.

Police shooting protesters: 'Cells up, don't shoot'

Demonstrators in Sacramento marched for hours Friday through California's capital and called for justice in the contentious police shooting death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man.


California police shooting of unarmed black man forcing look at policies

SACRAMENTO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Did police tell an unarmed black man who they were before shooting him to death in a dark backyard in Sacramento, California? That question is forcing an examination of policies dictating when and how police identify themselves while encountering suspects.


Family disputes California police account in shooting of black man

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - The family of an unarmed black man shot to death by police officers in the backyard of his grandparents' house in Sacramento, California, disputes the police account that he had earlier been breaking windows, the family's attorney said on Friday.

Cambridge Analytica

British Authorities Search Offices of Cambridge Analytica

The company harvested data from 50 million Facebook users to develop psychological profiles on behalf of political campaigns, including that of President Trump.

Why MLK's protests worked ... and these don't

Black Lives Matter. Occupy Wall Street. The Women's March. All big movements that didn't really lead to any policy change. Will the March for Our Lives be different?


Family disputes police account in shooting of unarmed California black man

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - The family of an unarmed black man shot to death by police officers in the backyard of his grandparent's house in Sacramento, California, disputes the police account that he had earlier been breaking windows, the family's attorney said on Friday.


Who's your friend? Wistful EU embraces May before Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - With Brexit a year away, European Union leaders made a point on Friday of embracing Theresa May, with some treating her troubles with Russia and the United States as an opportunity to show Britain who its friends are.


Assault victim can sue UCLA for failing to protect her: California court

(Reuters) - A former student who was stabbed by a classmate can sue the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for failing to protect her from the assailant who had been treated for mental illness and barred from campus housing because of a prior physical altercation, California's top court ruled on Thursday.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Right to Disconnect

Friday: A bill to cut back on after-hours email, weekend events, and your thoughts on working after clocking out.

'Subvertising' hackers are using street ads to protest

Commuters in London were recently given a glimpse of Harry Potter as he had never been seen before.

Protesters block NBA arena over fatal Sacramento police shooting

Protesters marched into City Hall in Sacramento, California, and onto an interstate highway Thursday as the mayor called for calm after police killed an unarmed black man they believed had a gun.


Video of police shooting unarmed black man sparks protests in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Newly released video footage of police killing an unarmed black man in a barrage of gunfire in Sacramento, California, left the mayor "horrified" and sparked street protests on Thursday that gridlocked traffic in the state capital for hours.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Protests Grip Sacramento After Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man

Stephon Clark was shot dead by officers searching for a man who had been breaking windows. They said they thought he was armed, but no weapon was found.


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.


California mayor 'horrified' by video of police fatal shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The mayor of Sacramento, California, said on Thursday he was "horrified" by video showing police officers firing 20 gunshots at an unarmed black man who was slain in the backyard shooting.


Strikes Disrupt France as Thousands Protest Macron Overhauls

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across the country as civil servants and railway workers angry with President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms went on strike.


Sports of The Times: Sisters of Sister Jean Embrace Her Loyola Team and Marvel at Her Fame

At the Iowa home of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt is more than an overnight superstar at the N.C.A.A. tournament.


Southern California on guard as heavy rains raise mudslide risk

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Heavy rains in Southern California on Thursday threatened to cause dangerous mudslides in the hills northwest of Los Angeles, after thousands of people evacuated their homes in a region where slides killed 21 people in January.

Midterm Elections (2018)

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Should Democrats Embrace the Center or Abandon It?

In the Trump era, an age-old argument takes on a new twist.


Thousands to march in U.S. gun protests, but will they vote?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As hundreds of thousands of young people protest for stricter gun laws at "March For Our Lives" demonstrations across the United States on Saturday, the Democratic Party and nonpartisan groups plan to register first-time voters.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Commuting After the Snowstorm

Thursday: A look at the morning commute, the Affordable Art Fair, and a search for commuter art.


Southern California on guard as heavy rains may trigger mudslides

(Reuters) - The threat of dangerous mudslides will grow on Thursday as a storm rolls through coastal California, where thousands have fled from homes near hillsides that were stripped of vegetation by massive wildfires.


'Four'easter' pounds U.S. East as Californians wary of mudslides

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. East's fourth major snowstorm this month brought heavy snow on Wednesday, snarling flights and commuter travel, closing schools and triggering emergency declarations in several states.

Many Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students stayed home today -- for many reasons

Nearly 20% of the student population didn't show up Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after two fellow students were charged with bringing weapons to campus, another made a threat of violence on social media and a security guard was found asleep in his car.


Designed in California, made in China: how the iPhone skews U.S. trade deficit

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump often tweets from his iPhone about pressuring China to address its $375 billion trade surplus with the United States. But a closer look at the Apple smartphone reveals how the headline figure is distorted.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Facebook Under Fire, Yet Again

Wednesday: The tech giant’s latest controversy, California is exporting its housing problems, and a severe storm approaches SoCal.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Spring Snowstorm

Wednesday: The latest on the storm heading toward New York City, and how it could affect your commute.

More 3,200 flights canceled as 70M people brace for nor'easter

A nor'easter already closing schools and canceling thousands of flights Wednesday is set to bring record-setting snow to the region.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Supreme Court Warily Eyes California Law Involving Abortion and Free Speech

The justices heard arguments in a First Amendment challenge to a law requiring “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide information on abortion.

Rain forecast prompts mandatory evacuations in California

Santa Barbara County officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order affecting about 30,000 people in extreme and high-risk debris flow areas ahead of the strongest storm of the season for Southern California.


U.S. high court skeptical toward California law on anti-abortion centers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled sympathy toward Christian-based facilities that argued that a California law requiring them to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.


New York Region Braces for Major Snowstorm

Even as the calendar turns to spring, winter refuses to relinquish its grip with forecasters predicting 12 to 16 inches of snow starting on Wednesday.

Reno (Nev)

California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders

Reno is among several Western cities experiencing congestion and new tensions as California residents and businesses seek more affordable locations.


Slovak president calls for stronger cabinet shuffle as protests continue

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska rejected prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini's proposed cabinet on Tuesday and called for stronger changes to the government by Friday to help calm a political crisis brought on by the murder of a journalist.

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.


UK royal wedding cake to be made by London-based California baker

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle have chosen an east London bakery to make a lemon elderflower cake for their wedding in May, his office said on Tuesday.


Thousands on California coast ordered to leave ahead of possible mudslides

(Reuters) - Authorities on southern California's Pacific coast ordered thousands of residents to evacuate their homes on Tuesday to avoid possible mudslides caused by rain on hills denuded by wildfires of vegetation.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Sniffing Out Trouble

Tuesday: Spring cleaning with bedbug-hunting dogs, the Queens World Film Festival, and five newly renovated city parks.


Supreme Court mulls California law on anti-abortion facilities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday tackles a dispute over whether a California law requiring Christian-based facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.


Top court mulls California law on anti-abortion facilities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday tackles a dispute over whether a California law requiring Christian-based facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.

As storms pummel Southeast, New England braces for another nor'easter

It doesn't look like winter is giving up easily.


COLUMN-Banks brace for higher funding costs as crisis-era signal flashes: McGeever

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - The last time banks had to pay this much to borrow dollars from each other over near risk-free borrowing costs, the euro zone's very existence was in peril. The time before that, the global financial system was slowly coming back from the brink of collapse.


California regulator proposes to regulate Uber like tour buses, limos

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California regulator issued a proposed decision on Monday classifying Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] as the same type of transportation as limousines and tour buses, a finding that could change how the ride-hailing company is regulated in its home state.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Can Californians Drive Less?

Monday: Cities divided over recreational marijuana, a church for the Instagram era and a ban on reading while walking.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Evolution of the Apartment

Monday: A history of city living, the Socially Relevant film festival, and researching your apartment.

Workplace Hazards and Violations

Deadline Is Today in McDonald’s Labor Case That Could Affect Millions

The National Labor Relations Board’s chief lawyer, a Trump appointee, is reportedly trying to reach a settlement to avert a landmark ruling.


Tropical storm Eliakim kills 17 in Madagascar: authorities

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - At least 17 people died when a tropical storm hit eastern Madagascar over the weekend, authorities said.


A World Series Embrace Was Only One Stop on a Shared Journey

Brian McCann and Charlie Morton’s careers came full circle at the end of Game 7 of the World Series, as they celebrated the Astros’ first championship.

Austin bombs were 'meant to send a message,' authorities believe

Authorities continue to chase hundreds of leads in an effort to find the person responsible for three package bombs that have rocked Austin, Texas, this month, killing two and injuring two others.

Black man beaten at Charlottesville rally acquitted of assaulting protester

An African-American man was acquitted Friday on charges he assaulted a white protester last August at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, authorities said.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Young Slovaks Buck a Trend, Protesting to Save Their Democracy

The tumult in Slovakia has now distinguished the country from others in the region, where disillusioned voters have sided with illiberal populists.


Oakland Embraces Marijuana Sales. Compton Bans Them. How Is Justice Best Served?

A program in Oakland that offers marijuana licenses to those with prior convictions contrasts with Compton, where voters banned marijuana sales.

Michael Flynn to appear at California congressional candidate's event

Michael Flynn is back on the campaign trail -- this time for a California congressional candidate.


Hundreds gather for Madrid protest after death of street vendor sparked riots

MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of people held a peaceful protest in central Madrid on Friday to demand better police treatment of street vendors, a day after the death of a Senegalese man sparked clashes with riot police.


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.

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.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Journey of an Irish Bar Owner

Friday: A bartender on immigration reform, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the CareForce One Travelogues.

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

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Who’s Greener? California Housing Plan Splits Would-Be Allies

Legislation would allow more home building along transit routes to reduce gas-guzzling commutes. Some who support the goal have denounced the method.


Finding alternative viewpoints as U.S. students protest

New York - At Colorado’s Columbine High School, where 15 people were killed in 1999, about 250 students walked out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. local time on March 14.

Social Media

Rihanna Protests Ad on Snapchat that Mocks Domestic Violence

“This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service,” said a Snapchat spokesperson.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The City’s Claim to Shakespeare

Thursday: Signs of Shakespeare in the city, race and the #MeToo movement, and literary leftovers.


Global brands brace for impact ahead of China's dreaded consumer day show

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, March 15 (Reuters) - Chinese and foreign firms are steeling themselves ahead of the country's annual consumer day TV show, which uncovers corporate bad behaviour and has a history of rattling major global brands in the world's No. 2 economy.


Moroccan protesters clash with police in poor mining town

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan protesters on Wednesday clashed with security forces in a poor mining town where residents have been demanding government help to tackle poverty, officials and activists said.

California student: Parkland inspired us

CNN's Stephanie Elam speaks to Ben Ramirez, a California high school student who participated in a series of nationwide walkouts to demand stricter gun laws.

These students didn't walk out to protest tougher gun laws

For 17 minutes, as classrooms across the country emptied and students streamed into school yards, Noah Borba stayed put.


U.S. students to abandon class for 17 minutes to protest gun violence

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Students will walk out of classrooms across the United States on Wednesday to demand tighter gun safety laws, joining a movement spearheaded by student survivors from the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last month.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Students in Solidarity Over Gun Violence

Wednesday: A nationwide walkout over gun violence, nippy weather and Pi Day.

Teacher accidentally fires gun and injures student in California

A teacher accidentally discharged a firearm while teaching a public safety class, injuring one student at a Northern California school on Tuesday, police said.

A generation shaped by gun violence plans to make itself heard today

Jackson Mittleman opened a news alert on his phone on Valentine's Day, and saw a tragically familiar image: Students with their hands raised, fleeing a shooting.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Biggest Refugee Camp Braces for Rain: ‘This Is Going to Be a Catastrophe’

More than half a million Rohingya refugees face looming disaster from floods and landslides when the first storms of the monsoon season hit their camp in Bangladesh.


Trump on Twitter (March 13) - Mike Pompeo, Rex Tillerson, California

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

United States Politics and Government

In California, Trump Attacks Jerry Brown and ‘Sanctuary Policies’

In his first visit as president to California, President Trump attacked the Democratic governor and called on Congress to punish jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.


Britain and Russia brace for showdown as deadline expires for nerve attack explanation

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain braced for a showdown with Russia on Wednesday after a midnight deadline set by Prime Minister Theresa May expired without an explanation from Moscow about how a Soviet-era nerve toxin was used to strike down a former Russian double agent.

Trump's visit reveals a California GOP in crisis

Rex Tillerson, Russia, California: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


In California, Trump examines Mexico border wall designs

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump toured the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday and examined eight styles of walls, prototypes for the barrier he promised to build to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.

SXSW embraces today's tough topics: #MeToo, fake news, and more

California Today

California Today: California Today: Meet L.A.’s New Design Czar

Tuesday: The authorities brace for protest, an intense snowfall hits Sierra Nevada, and a new statue commemorates agricultural guest workers.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Finding a Place to Disconnect

Tuesday: Phone-free spots in the city, more snow, and Brain Awareness Week.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

How Young Is Too Young for Protest? A National Gun-Violence Walkout Tests Schools

A coordinated protest on Wednesday at schools across the U.S. has administrators making special plans for students who may not be old enough to handle the subject.


'A big one' - New England braces for third major storm in two weeks

BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm packing a powerful snowy punch bore down on the northeastern United States on Tuesday, closing schools, snarling travel and threatening to knock out power to thousands of homes and businesses.


With immigration on his mind, Trump heads to California

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will bring a tough message on illegal immigration to California on Tuesday, taking aim at "sanctuary cities" in his first visit in office to the heavily Democratic state that has served as a base of resistance to many of his policies.

Demonstrators in California protest Trump's upcoming visit

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered full-throated support for special counsel Robert Mueller and defended his investigation into Russian election meddling as it weathers criticism in an interview with USA Today published Monday.


A Visit Behind the Lines: President Trump Heads to California

Mr. Trump is making his first visit as president to California at a time of extraordinary tensions between these two governments.


Trump to raise $5 million in California for re-election bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will raise about $5 million for his prospective re-election campaign in 2020 and for the Republican National Committee at a fundraising event in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a party official said on Monday.

Protesters throw pill bottles in famous museum

Anti-opioid protesters occupied the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 10, 2018.

United States Politics and Government

U.S. Braces for Return of Terrorist Safe Havens to Afghanistan

Officials have justified the war in Afghanistan as necessary to stopping extremists who targeted American interests. But the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and the Taliban all have a foothold.


U.S. northeast braces for third powerful storm in two weeks

(Reuters) - The third nor'easter to hit parts of the U.S. northeast in two weeks was expected to start late on Monday and Amtrak said it would suspend service on Tuesday between Boston and New York, as the storm could bring high winds, a foot or more of snow and power outages.


Review: ‘The Fall’ Delivers Stirring Protest in South Africa

This ensemble piece from the Baxter Theater Center of Cape Town traces the exhilaration and ache of group activism.


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.

California Today

California Today: California Today: ‘We Are Focusing on Bridges, Not Walls,’ Brown Says to Trump

Monday: President Trump is visiting SoCal, Gavin Newsom fights his “Davos Democrat” image, and a Hispanic community center defies the rain.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Overlooked Women in Our City

Monday: Overdue obituaries for New York women, a march for safer streets and the founding of the Girl Scouts of America.

Northeast braces for third storm in under two weeks

The northeastern United States is bracing for its third significant winter storm in less than two weeks, with the potential for heavy snow from New York to Maine.


U.S. northeast braces for third nor'easter in two weeks

(Reuters) - Parts of the U.S. northeast brace for a third powerful winter storm in two weeks that could bring high winds, a foot or more of wet snow and power outages Monday night and into Tuesday, officials said.

New England States (US)

New England Braces for Third Nor’easter in Less Than Two Weeks

As New England recovers from the latest in a string of winter storms, more snow is in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday.


California man arrested for killing one police officer, wounding another

(Reuters) - A California man was arrested Saturday after a 15-hour standoff with a police SWAT team and charged with killing one police officer and wounding another, authorities said.

The suspect is barricaded in a Pomona, California, apartment after fatally shooting one officer and wounding another, officials say

A standoff between police and an armed suspect that killed one officer and wounded another remains underway Saturday morning in Pomona, California, near Los Angeles, more than 12 hours after it began.


Gunman in deadly California siege was decorated veteran treated for PTSD

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Details emerged on Saturday about a decorated former U.S. serviceman who took three women hostage at a California veterans home where he had undergone treatment for PTSD, in a standoff that ended when police found him and his captives dead.

California officer dead as standoff continues

A standoff between police and an armed suspect that resulted in one officer's death and the wounding of another remains underway in Pomona, California, near Los Angeles.

Colleges and Universities

Far From Home and Censors, Some Chinese Students Protest Xi’s Power Move

Posters at some American and overseas universities are opposing plans to erase term limits for China’s president, a rare show of protest among Chinese students.

Jeff Sessions embraces his immigration super powers

The US immigration courts are set up to give the attorney general substantial power to almost single-handedly direct how immigration law is interpreted in this country -- and Jeff Sessions is embracing that authority.


Turning the Rubble of China’s Mass Evictions into Protest Art

China’s heavy-handed attempts to drive tens of thousands of migrant workers out of big cities have inspired a backlash of paintings, songs and poetry.

Yountville (Calif)

Gunman and 3 Hostages Found Dead at California Veterans Home

The bodies were found at the home in Northern California hours after the gunman had fired at a deputy, the authorities said.


Gunman and three hostages found dead at California veterans home

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Three women and a gunman who held them hostage at a California veterans home were found dead late on Friday, bringing a tragic end to an all-day standoff with police at the sprawling facility, authorities said.


Gunman holed up at California veterans home with three hostages

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - A gunman who once served in the U.S. military opened fire on Friday inside a California home for disabled and aging war veterans, where he took three hostages and was holding police at bay as negotiators sought to make contact with him for several hours, authorities said.


Gunfire and hostages taken at California veterans home: media

(Reuters) - The California Highway Patrol was responding on Friday to an incident at a veterans' home in Napa Valley after local media said there were reports of shots fired and a hostage situation.

A gunman opened fire and has taken hostages at the Veterans Home of California, authorities say

There is an active shooter and a hostage situation at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, the California Highway Patrol reports on Twitter.


Four arrested after balcony protest at Iranian embassy in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Four people were arrested after they climbed on to a first-floor balcony of the Iranian embassy in London on Friday and waved flags in an apparent protest against the government in Tehran.


Police respond to shots-fired report at California veterans' home

(Reuters) - The California Highway Patrol was responding on Friday to an incident at a veterans' home in Napa Valley after local media said there were reports of shots fired and a possible hostage situation.


Largest Slovak protests in decades ratchet up pressure on PM Fico

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Slovaks rallied on Friday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico's government following the murder of a journalist that has shocked the central European nation and stoked anger over sleaze in public life.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Is the Long-Looming Pension Crisis Already Here?

Friday: David Crane on pension solutions, more jousting between President Trump and California leaders, and a proposal to raise the minimum gun age.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Beneath the Big Foam Head

Friday: College mascots reveal themselves, what to do this weekend, and a marathon soccer match.


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.

Labor and Jobs

Op-Ed Contributor: Democrats Should Embrace an Open Economy

The left should welcome an America that confidently competes around the world.


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.

Opinion: Jeff Sessions' 'problem' with California is bogus

"We have a problem." That is what Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a gathering of law enforcement officers in California on Wednesday, in announcing that the Trump administration was suing the state over its so-called sanctuary laws. Federal immigration law, Sessions emphasized, is the supreme law of the land. "But California, we have a problem," he said. "A series of actions and events have occurred here that directly and adversely impact the work of our federal officers."


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.

Illegal Immigration

‘I Am a Pawn’: Trump’s Immigration Fight With California Squeezes Those Caught in the Middle

Companies and law enforcement agencies in California carefully tread between federal laws devised to catch undocumented workers and new state laws meant to protect them.


Home Depot in $27.84 million California hazardous waste, privacy settlement

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc agreed to pay $27.84 million to settle charges by California's attorney general that it illegally disposed of hazardous waste in that state and threw out customer records without first rendering personal information unreadable.

Women and Girls

International Women’s Day 2018: Beyond #MeToo, With Pride, Protests and Pressure

There was a keen awareness of a sense of urgency and a shift on issues of gender parity, women’s treatment in the workplace and sexual dynamics.

Hundreds of doctors are protesting. They say they make too much

What would you do if you and your coworkers were getting raises totaling $700 million? If you're like a group of doctors in Canada, you'd fight it.


Refiners, traders brace for fuel-market volatility ahead of sulfur caps

HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global executives and traders are bracing for higher volatility in fuel markets as they expect refiners to process more light crude oil in the lead-up to new rules aimed at slashing the use of dirty high-sulfur fuel oil in global shipping.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Peter Thiel Is Leaving Silicon Valley. Will Others?

Thursday: Backlash against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s visit, San Francisco is sinking, and wild turkeys stir divisions in the East Bay.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Story of the Snowman

Thursday: The evolution of snow sculptures, the Antiquarian Book Fair, and your favorite storm activities.


Osaka too strong for Sharapova in California

(Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova lost her second consecutive first round match with a 6-4 6-4 defeat to Japan's Naomi Osaka at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Wednesday.

Students protest at McConnell's office

A group of students from the Washington area held a protest outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell's calling for gun control in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

The anti-Trump fight California wants

When the Trump administration declared war on California with a lawsuit challenging sanctuary state policies this week, it played right into the hands of Kevin de León -- and virtually every other Golden State Democrat running for higher office.

Stormy Daniels' attorney claims Trump's lawyer pressured her today

The attorney representing the porn star who is suing President Donald Trump says the President's personal lawyer had a restraining order issued against her and continues to pressure her to keep her silent.

Illegal Immigration

Sessions Targets California Immigrants Using a Ruling That Protected Them

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


In Immigration Speech, Jeff Sessions Scolds California: ‘We Have a Problem’

The attorney general announced a suit claiming the state’s immigrant-protection laws violated federal law, while Gov. Jerry Brown struck back in his own appearance.

California governor taunts Sessions and Trump: 'Mueller is closing in'

California Gov. Jerry Brown fired back at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump on Wednesday after their lawsuit challenging the state's immigration laws, calling the administration "full of liars" and repeatedly referencing the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.


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.


Sessions blasts California after filing U.S. immigration suit

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, escalating the Trump administration's rhetoric against the most populous U.S. state, accused California on Wednesday of obstructing federal immigration enforcement efforts and vowed to stop the state's defiance.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Why This Year’s Low Snowpack Doesn’t Indicate a Drought

Wednesday: The reservoirs are in good shape, Jeff Sessions teases a sanctuary city announcement, and Democrats put up more House candidates.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: A Winter Storm Hits the City

Wednesday: The latest on today’s storm, Cynthia Nixon considers challenging Cuomo, and your favorite snowstorm activities.


Palestinians in Gaza plan tent city protest along Israeli border

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are planning a six-week-long tent city protest near the Israeli border starting on March 30 to demand Palestinian refugees be allowed to return to what is now Israel, organizers said on Wednesday.


Republican lawmakers in tight races now embrace gun control measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Republican lawmakers in the tightest congressional races are changing their message on guns, expressing new support for restrictions after last month’s high school shooting in Florida, according to a Reuters review of the candidates’ public statements.

Trump administration to sue California over immigration

After nearly a year of threats, the Trump administration will take its most aggressive step to date against a familiar target of its ire: California and its immigration policies.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws

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


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

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


Royal welcome and noisy protests await Saudi crown prince on UK trip

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's grand welcome for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will begin on Wednesday with a lunch with Queen Elizabeth, as the two countries seek to widen longstanding defense ties into a far-reaching partnership.

New York Times

Why Data Nerds Embrace Election Night Jitters

A senior editor on The Times’s interactive news desk explains why crunching the returns feels a little like a competitive rocket launch.

California Today

California Today: California Today: The East L.A. Walkouts, 50 Years Later

Tuesday: Students get a history lesson as they prepare their own protests, a committee that could kill the Qualcomm takeover bid, and a Museum of Selfies.


Taxi drivers protest against Uber 'invasion' in Greece

ATHENS (Reuters) - Hundreds of taxi drivers marched in central Athens on Tuesday to protest at what they called an "invasion" by Uber, and attacked passing cars they thought were being used by the ride-hailing service.

Analysis: This small California city symbolizes the new America

If recent population trends continue at their current pace, it's likely that by Election Day this November, minorities will constitute the majority of the population in the Congressional District centered on this prospering small city in Orange County about an hour south of Los Angeles.

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.


Call for more women speakers spurs rival California cyber security conference

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cyber security professionals from companies including Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc announced on Monday a small alternative to Dell Inc's [DI.UL] RSA Conference after criticizing the major industry gathering for scheduling just one female keynote speaker.

Today was a DACA deadline. Then, this happened

It's been six months since President Donald Trump moved to end a program that protected young undocumented immigrants from deportation, and Washington seems to be no closer to a resolution on the day everything was supposed to be solved by.

California Today

California Today: California Today: An Oscars Roundup You Can Read in 3 Minutes

Monday: “The Shape of Water” wins best picture, avalanches slam California resorts, and that other award show you might have missed.


Protests as Myanmar parliament debates new curbs on demonstrations

YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of people marched through Myanmar's largest city Yangon on Monday to oppose changes to a protest law being discussed in parliament which activists warn would limit free speech.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Heartwarming Commutes

Monday: Positive stories from the underground, celebrating Alice Coltrane, and the Bunion Derby.

Prefabricated Buildings

Prefab Finds a Home in Fire-Ravaged Neighborhoods of California

Some residents — who can afford it — are choosing the speed of the prebuilt home rather than enduring the hassle of building from scratch.

Today, Do That One Thing You’ve Been Putting Off

You’ve been avoiding it long enough.


Libyan El Sharara oilfield in shutdown from pollution protest

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's giant El Sharara oilfield was shut down on Sunday after a local landowner closed a valve in protest against pollution near a pipeline crossing his land.


'Fatherland' no more, German equality czar pens gender neutral anthem

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's equality czar wants to remove words like "fatherland" and "brotherly" from the country's national anthem, following Canada and Austria in adopting gender neutral phrases.


Alaska's Iditarod race starts with smiles, barks and protests

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - With light snow falling, spectators cheering and hundreds of dogs barking, sixty-seven mushers and their teams took off for a ceremonial 11-mile jaunt through Alaska's...

Netanyahu, Benjamin

News Analysis: Netanyahu, Under Fire at Home, Seeks a Warm Embrace in U.S.

Facing bribery allegations in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with President Trump may be a chance to show voters, contemplating a future without him, that he is indispensable.


Authorities Say Man Shoots Himself to Death Near White House

The Secret Service says a man shot himself to death Saturday as he stood near the fence along the north side of the White House.


Bosnia police, protesting war veterans in standoff after clash

MRAVICI, Bosnia (Reuters) - Bosnian police and hundreds of veterans of the country's 1990s war were locked in a tense standoff on Saturday on the country's main highway as the protesters demanded fairer distribution of government benefits.


Nine California students hospitalized in possible opioid overdose

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Nine students from the University of California, Santa Barbara suffered an apparent mass overdose of prescription opioids at a party and were taken to a local hospital, police said on Friday.

United States Economy

Trump Embraces a Trade War, Which Could Undermine Growth

President Trump is finally following through on the trade crackdowns that terrify Republican leaders in Congress and many economists.


Anti-Putin protests after election could get violent, opposition warns

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Protests against Vladimir Putin after his expected re-election as president this month could descend into street clashes if police crack down too hard on demonstrators, a senior opposition politician said.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Preparing for What Could Be an Unpredictable Oscars

Friday: The #MeToo movement mixes with tight award races, the Weinstein Company will be sold after all, and a look back at the Golden Gate Bridge’s groundbreaking.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: An End-of-Week Winter Storm

Friday: Treacherous weather, your weekend lineup, and an Oscars preview.


Sandbags and warnings as northeast U.S. braces for storm-driven flood

BOSTON (Reuters) - Businesses blocked doors with sandbags and officials warned residents of waterfront homes to be ready to evacuate as the northeastern United States braced for a powerful storm on Friday that threatened to flood coasts from Maine to North Carolina.

Billy Graham will be laid to rest today

The Protestant preacher known as "America's pastor" will be remembered at a funeral Friday under a large white tent evoking his first "Canvas Cathedral" revival nearly 70 years ago.

Californians evacuate ahead of mudslide risk

Tens of thousands of Californians have been ordered to evacuate as an approaching storm brings the risks of "dangerous flash flooding, mud and debris flow," Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Thursday.


Mudslide threat prompts mandatory-evacuation order for 30,000 in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The threat of deadly mudslides from an impending Pacific storm prompted authorities on Thursday to order mandatory evacuations for some 30,000 people living adjacent to fire-scarred foothills and mountain slopes along California's Santa Barbara coast.

California's gun seizure squad finds an arsenal under a bed

Piled high with clothes and junk, a bedroom in this small stucco home looks like it belongs to a hoarder.

Northeast braces for 'bomb cyclone.' This one comes with a huge flood risk

New England is gearing up for its most significant storm since early January's "bomb cyclone," with heavy rain, roaring winds and excessive coastal flooding expected Friday and Saturday from the mid-Atlantic to New England.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Democrats Fault Governor on Homelessness Crisis

Thursday: Democrats point fingers at one another on poverty, President Trump changes his tune on gun control, and a horse walks onto a freeway.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Art of Healing

Thursday: Two local Army veterans make the national stage, a comedic Oscars preview, and the festival of Holi.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Stuns Lawmakers With Seeming Embrace of Gun Control

In a televised meeting in the White House, the president appeared to stun giddy Democrats and stone-faced Republicans by calling for comprehensive gun control.


California areas advised to evacuate ahead of potential mudslides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of residents in a Southern California county where 21 people died from mudslides in January were advised on Wednesday to leave their homes, ahead of a rainstorm that officials said could again trigger a cascade of mud and rocks.

Today he's a leader. Back then, he was an outlaw.

Today, he's the spiritual leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. But how did the Pope become one of the most powerful people on Earth? Learn more and watch the new CNN Original Series, "Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History," Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

She survived the school shooting but won't rejoin her classmates today. Here's why.

Samantha Fuentes walks with a cane after a bullet pierced her thigh and shrapnel hit her legs and face during the deadly shooting at South Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


Trump says California border wall on hold until entire wall approved

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the parts of a proposed border wall he says California wants will not be built until the entire southern wall is approved, although state officials have said they are strongly opposed to the plan.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Should Bail Be Set Above What Defendants Can Pay?

Wednesday: What it costs to get out of jail in San Francisco, the Supreme Court’s blow to detained immigrants, and a study linking drinking to longevity.


BRIEF-Giggles N' Hugs Appoints Former CFO Of California Pizza Kitchen As New CEO And Director



Trump says won't build California border wall until whole wall is approved

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the parts of a proposed border wall that California wants built will have to await approval for the entire southern border wall.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Can I Bring My Pet on Public Transit?

Wednesday: Rules for pet riders, what snowflakes say about climate change, and Purim.


Jerusalem's Church of Holy Sepulchre reopens after protest

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered as the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial, reopened on Wednesday after Israel backtracked on Tuesday from a tax plan and draft property legislation that triggered a three-day protest.


With patchwork and peace signs, Dior channels 1960s protest spirit

PARIS (Reuters) - Christian Dior paid homage to the youth movements of the 1960s on Tuesday with an explosion of color on the catwalk, as models in baker boy caps and vibrant patchwork designs walked...


As Xi Jinping Extends Power, China Braces for a New Cold War

The Chinese leader has new authority to pursue his drive to make China a dominant global power — even if it risks putting Beijing in conflict with Washington.


U.S. judge halts California plan to require glyphosate warnings

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked California's plans to require cancer warnings on products containing the popular weed killer glyphosate, in a win for manufacturer Monsanto Co.


Judge halts California plan to require glyphosate cancer warnings

CHICAGO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked California's plans to require cancer warnings on products containing the popular weed killer glyphosate, in a win for manufacturer Monsanto Co.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Some Central Valley Crops Imperiled by Cold

Tuesday: “There will be damage,” a grower warns, the Supreme Court turns down a DACA request, and a decades-old Jewish deli makes a change.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Protecting the Reservoir That Made Brooklyn

Tuesday: A local treasure on the National Register of Historic Places, splendid weather and hidden city reservoirs.


California appeals court revives U.S. FTC's case against AT&T

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A full panel of a California appeals court ruled on Monday that the Federal Trade Commission may push forward with a lawsuit alleging that AT&T Inc was deceptive in slowing internet speeds to customers with unlimited plans.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Documenting Protest

Monday: the reflections of a photojournalist, clearer weather and the anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.


Chlorine gas symptoms seen after blast near Damascus-opposition health authorities

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Several people suffered symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta district near Damascus on Sunday, and one child was killed, the health authorities in the opposition-held area said in a statement.

Feinstein, Dianne

In Blow to Dianne Feinstein, California Democrats Won’t Endorse Senate Run

Democrats at the party convention threw their support behind Kevin de León, the Democratic leader in the California Senate, who has been running an insurgent campaign.

Fashion and Apparel

Fashion Review: Playing It Safe Amid the Protests

Armani, Cavalli and Ferragamo sent out classic styles but Versace took a chance by pairing styles with matching scarves.


Congo police kill protester in church-led march against Kabila

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa shot dead an anti-government protester and wounded two others during church-led demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila on Sunday.


Church leaders shut Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre in land, tax protest

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called a "systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land".


Protesters target North Korean VIPs heading for Games ceremony

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean protesters tried and failed on Sunday to block a motorcade carrying North Korean dignitaries to the Pyeongchang Winter Games closing ceremony, accusing the delegation's leader of being behind a deadly 2010 attack on a South Korean warship.