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Girl in hospital after being struck by baseball at Yankee Stadium

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 9:32pm
(The Sports Xchange) - A young girl was transported to hospital after being hit by a foul ball off the bat of third baseman Todd Frazier in the fifth inning of the New York Yankees' home game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon.

Hurricane Maria clobbers Puerto Rico, plunges island into darkness

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 9:23pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to strike Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, carved a path of destruction through the U.S. territory on Wednesday, causing severe flooding and plunging the island into darkness as the storm's death toll in the Caribbean rose to at least 10.

St. Louis approves police body cameras ahead of more protests

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:44pm
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - St. Louis officials decided on Wednesday to supply police officers with body cameras for a year as the city prepares for a sixth night of protests after a white former police officer was acquitted of killing a black man.

Tax breaks cost New York $1.2 billion in financial year 2017, half went to film industry

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:17pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state lost $1.2 billion of revenues from corporate tax breaks in fiscal 2017, with at least half of the total going to the film industry, a Washington watchdog group said on Wednesday.

Trump makes his debut at ceremonies for new U.S. citizens

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:17pm
(Reuters) - For the first eight months of Donald Trump's presidency, new U.S. citizens did not receive the customary presidential welcome at their naturalization ceremonies.

Attorney General Sessions says marijuana still illegal

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 3:47pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.

Washington state sues over $1/day wages paid to immigrant detainees

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 3:47pm
(Reuters) - Washington State's Attorney General on Wednesday sued private prison company Geo Group Inc for violating the state's minimum wage laws by paying detained immigrants a one dollar a day or less for work they do while in detention at one of the company’s federal facilities.

Oklahoma City police fatally shoot deaf man who did not respond to commands

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 3:33pm
(Reuters) - A deaf man holding a metal pipe was fatally shot by Oklahoma City police who yelled for him to drop his weapon and get on the ground but did not know he could not hear, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

Tusk-smuggling case ends in prison for Canadian ex-mountie :U.S. judge

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 2:24pm
(Reuters) - A retried Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was sentenced on Wednesday by a U.S. judge to five years and two months in prison, after pleading guilty to 10 money laundering charges related to a scheme to smuggle Arctic narwhal tusks.

California sues Trump administration over border wall

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 1:48pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday over the Trump administration's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, adding to the obstacles facing one of the Republican president's key campaign promises.

U.S. Attorney General Sessions says marijuana still illegal

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 1:42pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.

Boston beheading plotter cited 2013 bombing: prosecutor

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:33pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack police and behead a conservative blogger on behalf of Islamic State told someone online that he wanted to cause more harm than the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

S&P downgrades Pennsylvania credit to A-plus, cites budget problems

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:21pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - S&P Global Ratings downgraded Pennsylvania's general obligation debt one notch to A-plus on Wednesday as state officials struggle to close a $2.3 billion budget gap, the credit rating agency said.

California to file lawsuit over Trump border wall

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 8:06am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's attorney general plans to file a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, the state AG's office said, adding to the obstacles facing a key Trump campaign promise.

Trial opens for American in Islamic State-linked police beheading plot

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:04am
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to behead police officers in an effort to help Islamic State was due in court on Wednesday for the start of his trial on charges including conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.

Walmart, Target join call for 'Dreamer' legislation

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:26am
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation, according to organizer FWD.us.

Eerie calm hangs over Puerto Rican capital before storm

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:37am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Streets usually abuzz with diners, shoppers, and traffic stood silent, shuttered and empty in the center of San Juan on Tuesday as the Puerto Rican capital prepared for the onslaught of a massive hurricane the following morning.

Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:12am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.   

Convicted killer recaptured after escape from Mississippi prison

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:14pm
(Reuters) - Authorities in Mississippi have recaptured a convicted killer who slipped away from a state prison, but a second escaped inmate who was serving time for burglary remains at large, the state department of corrections said on Tuesday.

Trump's U.N. speech shows nationalist instincts firmly intact

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:14pm
Among the many signals that Donald Trump sent in his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, one was especially clear: former chief strategist Steve Bannon's White House departure has not muted the president's "America First" foreign policy instincts.

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