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Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:15pm
(Reuters) - The trade group representing U.S. drugmakers on Friday said it has a filed a lawsuit to stop California from implementing a law aimed at reining in prescription drug prices.

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

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:32pm
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years.

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

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:51pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed "Dreamers" brought into the country illegally as children.

No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:27pm
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community.

Boston Herald files for bankruptcy protection to pursue sale

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:15pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The parent company of the Boston Herald filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and will look to sell the newspaper to Gatehouse Media LLC, a move that underscores the hard times facing traditional print journalism.

New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBI

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:13pm
TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - A gunman who killed two students at a New Mexico high school and then took his own life was a former student who was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last year after he asked online about buying weapons for a mass shooting, officials said on Friday.

U.S. top court takes up Republican challenge to Maryland electoral district

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday added a second case to its docket on a contentious issue that could have major consequences for American elections, agreeing to decide whether Democratic lawmakers in Maryland unlawfully drew a congressional district in a way that would prevent a Republican candidate from winning.

Delta Air Lines cancels hundreds of flights due to winter storm

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:10pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines has canceled more than 600 flights due to inclement weather at its Atlanta hub, the carrier said on Friday, as a winter storm travels towards the northeast, threatening more cancellations and delays.

N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 3:47pm
(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would consider a bill in his last month in office that would subsidize the state's nuclear power plants to prevent them from retiring early, sparking criticism from some energy companies and environmental and public interest groups on Friday.

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

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 2:08pm
(Reuters) - The adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, was sentenced on Friday to serve up to seven years in prison for child sex crimes, a court official said.

High winds to hamper California firefighters into weekend

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:11am
FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds expected to drive the conflagrations into the weekend.

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

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:10am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said it began fully implementing President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries on Friday, four days after the Supreme Court ruled the order could be enforced while legal appeals continue.

High winds to hamper California firefighters through weekend

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:26am
FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds driving the conflagrations expected to continue into the weekend.

Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:26am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in California due to raging wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of structures and forced thousands from their homes.

NYC mother seeks millions from city after child's lead poisoning

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:29am
(Reuters) - A Brooklyn mother is seeking millions from the city after her toddler was poisoned while living in a lead-infested apartment, the latest charge that New York has failed to protect children from the toxin.

Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:02am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic.

Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:36am
FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days.

Trump lifts refugee ban, but admissions still plummet, data shows

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:13am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In late October, President Donald Trump lifted a temporary ban on most refugee admissions, a move that should have cleared the way for more people fleeing persecution and violence to come to the United States.

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

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:53am
(Reuters) - U.S. authorities are searching for a fugitive who escaped a federal minimum-security work camp in California, where he was being held for duping investors out of more than $100 million, local media reported.

Exclusive: U.S. spy chief orders changes in 'unmasking' policy

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official has ordered tighter restrictions on how the names of Americans kept secret in intelligence reports can be revealed during presidential transitions, according to documents seen by Reuters.