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Winds whip up wildfires, forcing mass evacuations in California

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 5:04am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to fan several relentless wildfires in southern California on Thursday, where hundreds of houses have burned and tens of thousands have fled their homes around Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city.

Soros-backed GlenPoint opens New York office, co-founder to relocate

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:50am
LONDON (Reuters) - London-based hedge fund manager Glen Point Capital, which raised cash from billionaire George Soros, has opened an office in New York, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Obamacare insurance options dwindle for neediest U.S. patients

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:35am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Josh Brookhart has four health insurers to choose from in Seattle's King County for 2018, more than many Americans like him who buy coverage on the Obamacare individual market.

Lawsuit sets stage for long legal battle over U.S. consumer watchdog

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 8:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for Leandra English, the deputy director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), on Wednesday filed fresh paperwork challenging President Donald Trump and his pick to lead the consumer watchdog.

U.S. reviews rule removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 8:21pm
PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing a decision to strip some grizzly bears of federal protections after a court ruling found flaws with a formula used to delist Great Lakes wolves, officials said on Wednesday.

Ex-South Carolina cop could soon learn fate for motorist's shooting

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 6:49pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man fleeing a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina could learn as soon as Thursday whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison for violating the motorist's civil rights.

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.

Wildfire burns homes, winery in L.A.'s posh Bel-Air neighborhood

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:58pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wind-whipped wildfire raged on Wednesday into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least four homes, threatening dozens more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

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.