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'Numerous fatalities' at Florida high school after ex-student opens fire

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:02pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A former student at a Florida high school opened fire in the school on Wednesday, causing "numerous fatalities" and wounding at least 14 people before he was arrested by police, authorities said.

U.S. judge weighs challenge to federal marijuana prohibition

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:22pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the United States' longstanding prohibition of marijuana, the latest court battle over federal policy under President Donald Trump's administration.

New York state seeks expedited timeline to close city's Rikers Island jail

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:10pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state officials on Wednesday recommended speeding up New York City's timeline for closing its Rikers Island jail, saying the troubled facility is violating inmates' constitutional rights and state laws.

'Numerous' fatalities after shooting at Florida high school

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:50pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A shooter opened fire in a Florida high school on Wednesday morning, killing multiple people and sending hundreds of panicked students fleeing into the streets while others huddled in classrooms as police hunted for the gunman.

Democrats push $1 billion bill for election security

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of U.S. voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administration's efforts to protect polls from hackers.

Massachusetts top court rejects police traffic stop challenge

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:13pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court ruled on Wednesday that police can carry out traffic stops for motor vehicle violations as a pretext to probe for other crimes, but the justices expressed concerns about how racial bias can influence such stops.

U.S. attorney general opposes plan to reform prison sentencing

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday warned the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to not approve a draft criminal sentencing reform bill that he claims would reduce sentences for "a highly dangerous cohort of criminals."

New York governor's budget raises transparency concerns: comptroller

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:03pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Parts of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's nearly $170 billion proposed budget would raise concerns about transparency by expanding his control over state spending, the state's chief fiscal watchdog said on Wednesday.

Shooter at large after gunfire at Florida high school: police

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:01pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A person opened fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday afternoon, injuring multiple people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into streets as law enforcement officers searched for a shooter who remained at large.

State considers expediting timeline to close New York's Rikers Island jail

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:59pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - State officials on Wednesday recommended speeding up New York City's timeline for closing its Rikers Island jail, saying the troubled facility is violating inmates' Constitutional rights and state laws.

Trump holds the line on immigration as bipartisan plan emerges

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:43pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. Senate Republicans and Democrats promoted an immigration proposal on Wednesday to step up border security and protect young illegal immigrants, but its prospects appeared uncertain as President Donald Trump urged Congress to support a tougher measure.

Attorney General lambasts U.S. Senate bill to reform sentencing

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:38pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a stark warning on Wednesday to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, urging it not to approve a draft criminal sentencing reform bill that Sessions claimed would reduce sentences for "a highly dangerous cohort of criminals."

Minnesota renews push for tax on prescription opioids

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:57pm
(Reuters) - Citing rising opioid fatalities, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday announced a renewed legislative proposal to tax prescription opioid pills to help fund treatment.

Wrong turn could have sparked security scare at U.S. spy agency: FBI

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:29pm
FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A wrong turn may have led three men to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington on Wednesday, sparking a scare that drew gunfire from guards and sent three to the hospital, FBI officials said.

Three in custody after crashing car at U.S. spy agency: FBI

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:54pm
FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - Three people who tried to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington, drawing gunfire from guards, were taken into custody on Wednesday in an incident the FBI said had no link to terrorism.

Trump holds line on immigration as bipartisan plan coalesces

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:50pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump held firm to his demands on Wednesday in a U.S. immigration policy fight with Democrats even as a bipartisan group of senators prepared to unveil a new plan for protecting "Dreamers" immigrants and beefing up border security.

Democrats propose more than $1 billion for election cyber security

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of U.S. voting systems, saying inaction has made elections vulnerable to more interference from Russian hackers.

Seattle ICE lawyer charged with stealing immigrants' identities

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:08pm
(Reuters) - The chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Seattle will appear in federal court on Thursday to face charges that he stole the identities of immigrants to defraud banks.

Several hurt when motorist tries to enter U.S. spy agency

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:39am
FORT MEADE, Md (Reuters) - Several people were injured on Wednesday when an unauthorized motorist tried to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington, prompting guards to open fire on the vehicle, officials said.

U.S. court voids law clerk's sentence in napkin-chewing insider case

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:11am
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court threw out the 46-month prison sentence of a former clerk at a major Wall Street law firm, who was part of an insider trading ring that passed merger tips on napkins and Post-it notes in New York's Grand Central Terminal.

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