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Drone operator caused U.S. Army helicopter collision: safety board

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:15:57 -0500

A September collision between a small civilian drone and a U.S. Army helicopter was caused by the drone operator's failure to see the helicopter because he was intentionally flying the drone out of vi....
Fierce winds to intensify as California wildfire grows

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:38:01 -0500

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California firefighting crews may face strong winds on Thursday that could feed a volatile wildfire which has grown into one of the biggest in state history. ....
Federal Communications Commission set to reverse net neutrality rules

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:11:52 -0500

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind rules that were aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, as protesters gath....
U.S. weather forecaster sees La Niña chances exceeding 80 percent

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:50:15 -0500

(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday said La Niña conditions are predicted to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2017-18. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an ....
Record number of Americans to travel during Christmas holiday: AAA

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:30:50 -0500

U.S. travelers will hit the roads, rails and skies this Christmas holiday in their largest numbers on record, lured by cheap plane tickets and a growing economy, the nation's largest motor advocacy gr....
Anti-pipeline group goes back to work against Keystone XL

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:02:09 -0500

Nebraska's main anti-pipeline group is trying to rally opposition to the TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL project's recently approved route through the state, tracking down landowners it says were not ....
U.S. executions edge up in 2017 but stay at decades' low: study

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:08:18 -0500

U.S. executions and new death sentences rose slightly in 2017 from a year ago but remained the lowest in decades as capital punishment has declined in the country, a survey released on Thursday showed....
Kentucky lawmaker a 'probable suicide' amid sexual misconduct accusations

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:43:57 -0500

Johnson, 57, also the leader of the Louisville-area Heart of Fire Church, held a news conference on Tuesday at which he denied accusations contained in a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigativ....
GM says former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton to resign from board

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:37:51 -0500

Ashton was nominated to his GM board seat by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits trust, which administers funds that pay for health benefits for UAW-GM retirees. The trust can nominate a replacement for....
Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:07:01 -0500

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on W....
U.S. appeals court vacates conviction of drug distributor over Botox

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:01:16 -0500

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday vacated the conviction of the owner of a wholesale drug distributor accused of selling authentic Botox and other drugs with foreign labels, dealing another setback to....
Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:36:51 -0500

Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John ....
Ex-New York town official sentenced to two-and-half years for bond fraud

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:38:10 -0500

A former elected official of a New York City suburb was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison on Wednesday following his conviction in what U.S. prosecutors have called the first criminal securities frau....
Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans point fingers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:02:07 -0500

Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections, while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the ....
Accused N.Y. bomber's family says attack 'our worst nightmare'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:29:41 -0500

Zulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would live the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi living in the United States, but that dream turned into a nightmare when the family saw pictures....
Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:27:54 -0500

Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whip....
Anti-pipeline group goes back to work against Keystone XL

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:49:08 -0500

Nebraska's main anti-pipeline group is trying to rally opposition to the TransCanada Keystone XL project's recently approved route through the state, tracking down landowners it says were not given a ....
Three U.S. men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:33:00 -0500

A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to k....
U.S. judge orders accused New York bomber detained ahead of trial

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:32:35 -0500

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub will remain in federal custody while he awaits trial on charge....
U.S. sanctions two Africans over ivory, weapons trade

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:08:32 -0500

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday blacklisted two people it said supported the outlawed Lord's Resistance Army in Central African Republic through the illegal trade in ivory, weapons and money....
Trump administration calls for government IT to adopt cloud services

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:26:39 -0500

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said Wednesday the U.S. government needs a major overhaul of information technology systems and should take steps to better protect data and....
Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:54:09 -0500

Smith, 59, will serve a one-year term concluding in January 2019, Governor Mark Dayton said at a news conference, and will run in a special election for the seat in November next year. Dayton said he....
California avocado grower douses fire fears, stock surges

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:38:38 -0500

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Limoneira jumped 4 percent on Wednesday after the avocado and lemon grower said its crops escaped significant damage from a wildfire roaring thro....
Obamacare sign-ups rise but overall enrollment set to fall

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:37:01 -0500

The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment, the government said on Wednesday, but it did not appear....
U.N. expert says torture persists at Guantanamo Bay; U.S. denies

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:23:06 -0500

An independent U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility, despite Washington banning "enhanc....
U.S. transit agencies cautious on electric buses despite bold forecasts

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:06:30 -0500

Communities across the United States are looking to replace their dirty diesel buses, ushering in what some analysts predict will be a boom in electric fleets. Out of more than 65,000 public buses pl....
N.Y. power seen sufficient after Indian Point nuclear retirement: report

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:56:26 -0500

In a report, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which operates the state's power grid, said the system would remain reliable during the five-year period (2018-2023) it studied. Entergy....
After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:34:39 -0500

By Ben Gruber and Alex Dobuzinskis CARPINTERIA, Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California are slowly gaining control of one of the largest wildfires in state history, but res....
White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman resigns

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:07:32 -0500

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former reality television star-turned political aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, has resigned from the White House to "pursue other opportunities," Trump's spokeswoman ....
Analyst View: Democrat Jones wins Alabama U.S. Senate seat in blow to Trump

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:55:19 -0500

Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusa....
No evidence NY bomb suspect linked to Bangladesh militants: security chief

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:20:14 -0500

Bangladesh has found no evidence linking a Bangladeshi man charged with an attempted suicide bombing in New York with militants in Bangladesh, its counter-terrorism chief told Reuters on Wednesday. U....
Manhattan luxury condo sales skew apartment prices: survey

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:49:32 -0500

A boom in newly built luxury apartments in Manhattan has skewed prices for the overall residential real estate market in the borough and masked a sharp drop in transaction volume over the past five ye....
Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:07:49 -0500

San Francisco technology companies including Twitter, Salesforce.com, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee. Lee, 65, a former tenants' rights lawyer....
Trump loses his big bet on Alabama U.S. Senate race

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:29:16 -0500

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In backing Roy Moore in Alabama's U.S. Senate race even though the candidate faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, President Donald Trump....
FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win' race to White House: NYT

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:49:41 -0500

(Reuters) - Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White Hou....
Trump congratulates Democrat for Alabama U.S. Senate victory in tweet

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:24:02 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday for winning a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama against the Republican candidate the president backed.....
Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:42:48 -0500

By Ben Gruber CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside communi....
U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:35:43 -0500

U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terr....
Overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. Safety Board

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:32:45 -0500

The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the Nat....
Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:31:03 -0500

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage....
Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:55:04 -0500

An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds....
California lawmakers meet with Pence about fires

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:55:04 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the House of Representatives from California areas currently battling massive wildfires met with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Tuesday, telling repo....
U.S. judge questions Trump administration on birth control rules

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:42:41 -0500

By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge questioned on Tuesday whether the federal government properly formulated new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to prov....
Tillerson seeks to ease skepticism about U.S. State Department reorganization

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:41:46 -0500

Rex Tillerson, dogged by media speculation about how long he will last as U.S. secretary of state, tried on Tuesday to ease skepticism among staff about his leadership and planned State Department reo....
Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:22:49 -0500

Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open int....
Alabama voters choosing senator in race with high stakes for Trump

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:20:30 -0500

By Andy Sullivan MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama were casting ballots on Tuesday in a U.S. Senate race with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican R....
Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:59:30 -0500

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of....
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's office

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:50:27 -0500

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a champion for the technology sector and former civil rights attorney who sued the city on behalf of tenants and would go on to lead as its first Chinese American mayor, di....
New York to adapt New Year's Eve security after botched suicide bomb

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:42:17 -0500

New York police will adjust security plans for the traditional New Year's Eve celebrations attended by hundreds of thousands of revelers in Times Square after a botched suicide bombing in a subway tun....
Perfect storm of overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. authorities

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard, after an overconfident captain let the ship steam into a hurricane, while poor training and equipment also factored into the worst U.....