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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.

Turkish gold trader says he paid $45,000 bribe to U.S. prison guard

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:14pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying in the trial of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions said on Tuesday that he paid a $45,000 bribe to a U.S. prison guard to obtain alcohol and use the guard's phone.

Andeavor undeterred by Washington state panel's rail-terminal snub

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 6:39pm
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Independent U.S. refiner Andeavor said on Tuesday it will not abandon a push to build a Pacific Coast rail-to-marine terminal despite a Washington state panel's recommendation against the project.

Uber investor Pishevar takes leave of absence amid misconduct claims

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:27pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber, said on Tuesday he was taking a leave of absence from his venture capital firm and the startup he co-founded to fight allegations of sexual harassment.

Hundreds of homes destroyed by out-of-control California wildfire

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:16pm
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire whipped by hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in and around Ventura, California, on Tuesday as thousands of residents were forced to flee ahead of the flames.

Interior secretary urges size cuts, management changes to more monuments

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday recommended President Donald Trump reduce the size and change the management of more national monuments in the western United States, and lashed out at critics of cuts already announced to protected areas in Utah.

Gold trader says he never liked Turkish banker facing trial

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:26pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank, who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, said Tuesday that he and the banker never liked each other.

U.S. Justice Department considers possible 'bump stocks' ban

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it is considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, the attachments that make semiautomatic rifles fire faster and were used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas in October.

Minnesota's two-year budget springs a leak in latest forecast

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:23pm
(Reuters) - Minnesota's biennial budget faces a deficit for the first time since 2013 as state revenue is expected to fall while expenditures climb, according to a forecast released on Tuesday.

Ex-police officer shot South Carolina motorist after struggle: defense

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:15pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Defense experts at the sentencing hearing for a white former police officer who killed an unarmed black man in South Carolina said on Tuesday that cellphone video indicated the two men struggled over the patrolman's stun gun before the shooting.

Interior secretary urges size cuts to more national monuments

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:00pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday recommended President Donald Trump reduce the size of more national monuments in the western United States, and he lashed out at critics of cuts already announced to protected areas in Utah.

Emergency declared as wildfires rage near Los Angeles; thousands flee

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:38pm
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Reuters) - Thousands of Californians north and west of Los Angeles fled their homes as two out-of-control wildfires spread rapidly overnight, fueled by strong desert winds that hampered firefighters, officials said on Tuesday.

Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:37pm
(Reuters) - A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who called himself "Mr. Social Security" was deported from Honduras on Tuesday where he had fled after pleading guilty in a $550 million disability fraud scheme, U.S. authorities said.

U.S. Justice Department, ATF to decide if bump stocks are prohibited

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:31pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Tuesday they are considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, used in Las Vegas in October in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Interior Dept. recommends changes to boundaries of six U.S. national monuments

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Donald Trump change the boundaries of six national monuments designated by past administrations, according to a copy of the recommendations seen by Reuters.

Trump, Obama dominate Twitter year, but chicken nuggets prevail

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:36pm
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump continued to dominate Twitter in 2017 even though former President Barack Obama's tweets were more liked and both were blown away by one man's quest for free chicken nuggets.

Pizza Hut delivery in Phoenix: 'Would you like beer with that?'

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:27pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pizza Hut on Tuesday began offering beer delivery in a downtown Phoenix restaurant as part of a larger test aimed at setting the chain apart from stronger rivals such as Domino's Pizza Inc.