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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.

U.S. deportations down in 2017 but immigration arrests up

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government deported fewer illegal immigrants in 2017 than it did last year, even as it arrested far more people suspected of being in the United States illegally, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released on Tuesday.

Pivotal Justice Kennedy poses tough questions in gay wedding case

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:00pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided with likely pivotal vote Justice Anthony Kennedy posing tough questions about a Christian baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple but also questioning whether a Colorado civil rights commission that ruled on the issue was biased against religion.

Honduras deports to Kentucky lawyer sought in $550 mln fraud

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:07am
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Honduras on Tuesday deported to the United States a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to charges over his role in a more than $550 million disability fraud scheme, months after he fled U.S. law enforcement, an official said.

U.S. justices pose tough questions about baker's refusal to make gay wedding cake

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:37am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices including pivotal jurist Anthony Kennedy on Tuesday posed tough questions to lawyers representing a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, but also raised concerns about religious liberty implications in the closely watched case.

Wildfires near Los Angeles force thousands to evacuate; one dead

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:08am
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Reuters) - Two wind-fueled wildfires north and west of Los Angeles have caused at least one death, forced the evacuations of thousands of people and triggered widespread power outages, officials said on Tuesday.

Treasury sanctions cleric Faisal for Islamic State recruiting

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:53am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday said it had sanctioned Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal for recruiting for Islamic State, alleging the Jamaican cleric had influenced people around the world in attacking civilians and creating bomb plots and also had helped new recruits to the extremist group travel and hide.

Top court weighs baker's refusal to make cake for gay couple

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 8:31am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments in a major case on whether certain businesses can refuse service to gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in a dispute involving a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.

Thousands flee wildfire in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 6:48am
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Reuters) - A rapidly spreading wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes on Tuesday, forcing residents to evacuate after causing at least one death and power outages throughout the area, officials said.

Wooden dams and river jams: U.S. strains to ship record grains

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 6:05am
ABOARD THE OLIVER C. SHEARER, Ohio River (Reuters) - America's worst traffic jam this fall occurred on the Ohio River, where a line of about 50 miles of boats hauling grains and other products turned into a waterborne parking lot, as ship captains waited for the river to reopen.

Ohio River towboat captain navigates a changing America

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 5:43am
(Reuters) - In the 29 years that towboat captain Joe Gray has worked flotillas of barges up and down the Ohio River, he has witnessed the decline at the heart of industrial America in what is known as the country's Rust Belt.

Wildfire forces thousands to flee homes north of Los Angeles

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 5:00am
(Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes on Tuesday, forcing nearby residents to evacuate after causing at least one death and power outages throughout the area, officials said.

Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:03am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday said.

Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: source

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:09am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank to share data on accounts held by U.S. President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.

Growing wildfire threatens hundreds of homes north of Los Angeles

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:33am
(Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire, stoked by strong wind gusts, in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened hundreds of homes on Monday and forced nearby residents and students at a small college to evacuate, fire and school officials said.

Supreme Court weighs baker's refusal to make cake for gay couple

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments in a major case on whether certain businesses can refuse service to gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in a dispute involving a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.

Honduras arrests Kentucky lawyer sought in $550-million disability fraud scheme

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:27pm
(Reuters) - Authorities in Honduras on Monday arrested a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to charges over his role in a more than $550 million disability fraud scheme, months after he fled U.S. law enforcement, Honduran officials said.

Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, environmentalists sue

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 8:24pm
WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday shrank two wilderness national monuments in Utah by at least half in the biggest rollback of public land protection in U.S. history, drawing praise from pro-development lawmakers and a lawsuit from environmentalists.

Basketball player Trump helped to leave China after shoplifting arrest leaves UCLA

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 6:56pm
(Reuters) - A UCLA basketball player who was arrested for shoplifting in China and whose father later engaged in a public dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump will leave the university and prepare for the NBA draft next year, the player's father told media on Monday.

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