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Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes U.S. House

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 5:08pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People would be able to bring legal, concealed guns into any U.S. state under legislation the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday that would also bolster the national background check system and require a study of the "bump stocks" used in October's Las Vegas mass shooting.

Gay man to run against Kentucky clerk who denied him marriage license

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 3:04pm
(Reuters) - A gay man who was denied a marriage license in Kentucky two years ago by a county clerk who refused to issue licenses for same-sex marriages will run to unseat her next year, he said on Wednesday.

Florida man sentenced to 15 years in prison for vandalizing mosque

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:28pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A man who vandalized a Florida mosque in January 2016 and left a raw slab of bacon on its doorstep was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a hate crime conviction, a state attorney's spokesman said on Wednesday.

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

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:15pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The son of a black South Carolina motorist killed by a white police officer as he fled a 2015 traffic stop asked a federal judge on Wednesday to sentence the former patrolman to life in prison for the death of his father.

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

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday called on the nation's immigration courts to decide cases more efficiently, amid a burgeoning backlog that is hampering the Trump administration's efforts to deport more illegal immigrants.

California fires force evacuation in exclusive L.A. area

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:48pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Southern California wildfires raged into an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood on Wednesday, forcing evacuations, threatening multibillion-dollar homes and temporarily shutting a major highway.

Some U.S. truckers ask Trump to tap brakes on electronic logs

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:27pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many independent U.S. truckers are pushing President Donald Trump to back his anti-regulatory rhetoric by delaying an Obama-era rule requiring electronic monitors in trucks, a measure some drivers fear could put them out of business due to extra costs.

Google beats class action sex bias claims, for now

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:59am
(Reuters) - A California state judge has dismissed class action claims accusing Alphabet Inc's Google of paying female employees less than men and giving them fewer opportunities for promotions.

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

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:47am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is toughening its rules for reporting criminal records to the government's gun owner background check database, after a man convicted of assault while in the service was able to purchase guns and later shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church.

Attorney general calls for expedient review of immigration cases

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:12am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on Wednesday calling on the Justice Department's Executive Office for immigration Review to take steps to expedite its adjudication of immigration cases.

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

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:01am
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday the U.S. judge hearing the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank had taken part in events organized by a cleric Ankara blames for last year's failed military coup.

More than 1,000 firefighters battle California inferno

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:40am
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.

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

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:03am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dentsply Sirona Inc has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle apparent Iranian sanctions violations by two of its subsidiaries, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said on Wednesday.

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

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 9:45am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people signing up for 2018 Obamacare plans picked up significantly during the fifth week of open enrollment, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday, but the number of people signed up for such plans appears to be falling short of last year's numbers with just over a week of enrollment left.

Growing length of U.S. freight trains in federal crosshairs after crashes: GAO

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 5:11am
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The investigative arm of the U.S. Congress is launching a probe into the safety of increasingly long freight trains being operated by CSX Corp , Union Pacific Corp and other major U.S. railroads to boost profitability, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.

Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homes

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 3:42am
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - An unrelenting wildfire fanned by hot, dry Santa Ana winds threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, California, on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to race for safety.

Trump ally Bannon campaigns for Moore in Alabama

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:44pm
(Reuters) - A day after President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon campaigned in the state, telling a crowd that allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore were part of a smear campaign to keep him from office.

Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after San Francisco murder acquittal

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 8:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted on federal charges an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was acquitted last week of murder by a San Francisco jury, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

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

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 8:09pm
(Reuters) - Tom Ridge, who served as the first head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005, was released on Tuesday from Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a spokesman said.

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

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:33pm
PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The white-tailed prairie dog will not be declared an endangered or threatened species after the U.S. government deemed on Tuesday there was no danger despite declines in its population from human development and disease.