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Dec 11, 2017

Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

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Dec 11, 2017

HSBC announces end to suspended sentence for Mexican cartel case
LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC on Monday said its deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice has expired, marking an end to the threat of further punishment for lapses in its anti-money laundering controls.

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Dec 11, 2017

Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.

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Dec 10, 2017

California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week.

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Dec 10, 2017

Roy Moore campaign casts Alabama race as referendum on Trump
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct, appealed on Sunday to President Donald Trump's supporters, saying a vote for Moore would be a vote for Trump's agenda.

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Dec 10, 2017

New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California's largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week.

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Dec 10, 2017

New evacuations ordered as California wildfires rage on
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.

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Dec 10, 2017

Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Santa Ana winds that have stoked wildfires across Southern California, destroying hundreds of buildings and forcing evacuations of some 200,000 people are forecast to return in force on Sunday, authorities said.

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Dec 09, 2017

California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away
JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations.

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Dec 09, 2017

Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state's devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify.

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Dec 09, 2017

California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes
(Reuters) - Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well.

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Dec 09, 2017

Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again.

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Dec 09, 2017

Court upholds conviction in 'Making of a Murderer' case
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the murder conviction of a Wisconsin man in a case chronicled in the television documentary 'Making of a Murderer,' overturning a lower court judge who had tossed out the original guilty verdict.

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Dec 08, 2017

Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes.

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Dec 08, 2017

Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law
(Reuters) - The trade group representing U.S. drugmakers on Friday said it has a filed a lawsuit to stop California from implementing a law aimed at reining in prescription drug prices.

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Dec 08, 2017

Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years.

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Dec 08, 2017

U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed 'Dreamers' brought into the country illegally as children.

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Dec 08, 2017

No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community.

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Dec 08, 2017

Boston Herald files for bankruptcy protection to pursue sale
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The parent company of the Boston Herald filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and will look to sell the newspaper to Gatehouse Media LLC, a move that underscores the hard times facing traditional print journalism.

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Dec 08, 2017

New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBI
TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - A gunman who killed two students at a New Mexico high school and then took his own life was a former student who was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last year after he asked online about buying weapons for a mass shooting, officials said on Friday.

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Dec 08, 2017

U.S. top court takes up Republican challenge to Maryland electoral district
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday added a second case to its docket on a contentious issue that could have major consequences for American elections, agreeing to decide whether Democratic lawmakers in Maryland unlawfully drew a congressional district in a way that would prevent a Republican candidate from winning.

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Dec 08, 2017

Delta Air Lines cancels hundreds of flights due to winter storm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines has canceled more than 600 flights due to inclement weather at its Atlanta hub, the carrier said on Friday, as a winter storm travels towards the northeast, threatening more cancellations and delays.

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Dec 08, 2017

N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism
(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would consider a bill in his last month in office that would subsidize the state's nuclear power plants to prevent them from retiring early, sparking criticism from some energy companies and environmental and public interest groups on Friday.

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Dec 08, 2017

Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's son sentenced for child sex crimes
(Reuters) - The adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, was sentenced on Friday to serve up to seven years in prison for child sex crimes, a court official said.

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Dec 08, 2017

High winds to hamper California firefighters into weekend
FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds expected to drive the conflagrations into the weekend.

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Dec 08, 2017

U.S. has begun fully implementing Trump travel ban: State Dept.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said it began fully implementing President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries on Friday, four days after the Supreme Court ruled the order could be enforced while legal appeals continue.

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Dec 08, 2017

Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in California due to raging wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of structures and forced thousands from their homes.

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Dec 08, 2017

High winds to hamper California firefighters through weekend
FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds driving the conflagrations expected to continue into the weekend.

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Dec 08, 2017

NYC mother seeks millions from city after child's lead poisoning
(Reuters) - A Brooklyn mother is seeking millions from the city after her toddler was poisoned while living in a lead-infested apartment, the latest charge that New York has failed to protect children from the toxin.

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Dec 08, 2017

Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic.

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Dec 08, 2017

Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California
FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days.

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Dec 08, 2017

Trump lifts refugee ban, but admissions still plummet, data shows
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In late October, President Donald Trump lifted a temporary ban on most refugee admissions, a move that should have cleared the way for more people fleeing persecution and violence to come to the United States.

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Dec 08, 2017

Fugitive, convicted of $100 million Ponzi scheme, escapes from prison
(Reuters) - U.S. authorities are searching for a fugitive who escaped a federal minimum-security work camp in California, where he was being held for duping investors out of more than $100 million, local media reported.

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Dec 08, 2017

Exclusive: U.S. spy chief orders changes in 'unmasking' policy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official has ordered tighter restrictions on how the names of Americans kept secret in intelligence reports can be revealed during presidential transitions, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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Dec 08, 2017

Firefighters battle intense wildfires ravaging southern California
FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days.

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Dec 08, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice investigating fetal tissue transfers
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice asked on Thursday for documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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Dec 08, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice seeks documents on fetal tissue transfers
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter on Thursday, seen by Reuters, seeking documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

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Dec 07, 2017

Civil rights pioneer to eschew museum opening after Trump says will attend
(Reuters) - Longtime U.S. congressman from Georgia John Lewis, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said on Thursday that he would not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend because President Donald Trump planned to attend.

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Dec 07, 2017

Indiana police officer reinstated after 'white male privilege' remark
(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for 'white male privilege' during a transgender awareness training session was reinstated on Thursday.

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Dec 07, 2017

Two students, gunman dead in New Mexico school shooting
(Reuters) - A gunman fatally shot two students at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, before he himself died, state and local police said.

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Dec 07, 2017

Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage
FARIA BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing 200,000 people to flee their homes with dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday.

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Dec 07, 2017

Connecticut infrastructure funding in question: state report
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut's infrastructure projects are in jeopardy after revenue that helps pay off the state's transportation debt has decreased and additional funding sources have not yet been identified, according to a report released on Thursday.

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Dec 07, 2017

U.S. to deport Ohio man charged with hiding role in Bosnian massacre
(Reuters) - An Ohio man accused of serving with a paramilitary police unit that participated in the 1995 Serbian massacre of 8,000 Muslim Bosnians will be deported under a plea deal reached Thursday in federal court.

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Dec 07, 2017

EPA chief says public climate debate may be launched in January
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency unwinds Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

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Dec 07, 2017

Gold trader Zarrab says he was threatened in jail for cooperating with U.S.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a criminal trial involving sanctions against Iran said on Thursday that he was removed from a New York federal jail after another inmate threatened to kill him for cooperating with authorities.

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Dec 07, 2017

U.S. delays rule on methane emissions from federal lands
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands, it said on Thursday, a move slammed by environmentalists.

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Dec 07, 2017

Ex-South Carolina cop gets 20 years in prison for black motorist's death
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The white former policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back after a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, with a federal judge ruling that the killing amounted to murder.

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Dec 07, 2017

U.S. gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years for child pornography
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation.

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Dec 07, 2017

Gunman, two students dead after New Mexico high school shooting
(Reuters) - A suspected shooter opened fire at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, killing two students before being killed, according to police and officials from the nearby Navajo Nation.

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Dec 07, 2017

U.S. Justice Department taps prosecutor to oversee asset forfeiture program
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has tapped a North Carolina-based prosecutor for a new role designed to provide more checks and balances to its civil asset forfeiture program, following criticism of its abuse by the police.

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Dec 07, 2017

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon denies harassment claim
(Reuters) - Professional football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon denied accusations of sexual harassment by a woman who was an executive assistant to the former National Football League player at the sports marketing firm he co-founded.

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Dec 07, 2017

Low water halts shipping on Ohio River near Paducah, Ky.: U.S.Army Corps
(Reuters) - The Ohio River was closed to shipping traffic at locks and dam 52 in Paducah, Kentucky, on Wednesday due to low water after a vessel ran aground in the area, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Thursday.

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Dec 07, 2017

EPA chief says may launch public climate debate in January
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to unwind Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

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Dec 07, 2017

Gunman, two others dead after New Mexico high school shooting
(Reuters) - A shooter opened fire at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, killing two students before being shot dead, according to police and officials from the nearby Navajo Nation.

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Dec 07, 2017

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon accused of sexual harassment
(Reuters) - Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman who worked for the former National Football League player's sports marketing firm.

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Dec 07, 2017

Ex-South Carolina cop sentenced to 20 years in prison for black motorist's death
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back after a 2015 traffic stop was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in federal prison for violating the motorist's civil rights.

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Dec 07, 2017

U.S. gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation, local media reported.

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Dec 07, 2017

WikiLeaks faces U.S. probes into its 2016 election role and CIA leaks: sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are facing multiple investigations by U.S. authorities, including three congressional probes and a federal criminal inquiry, sources familiar with the investigations said.

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Dec 07, 2017

Exclusive: U.N. watchdogs call for probe of Taser assaults in U.S. jails
GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. special rapporteur on torture urged U.S. authorities to investigate and weigh criminal charges against jail officials in Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas for the 'clearly gratuitous infliction of severe pain and suffering' from the use of Tasers on inmates, citing a Reuters report this week.

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Dec 07, 2017

Ex-South Carolina cop's shooting of motorist was murder: judge
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former South Carolina police officer who pleaded guilty to violating an unarmed black motorist's civil rights in a 2015 fatal shooting committed second-degree murder, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

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Dec 07, 2017

Indiana officer suspended for 'white male privilege' remark to learn fate
(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for 'white male privilege' during a transgender awareness training session may learn her job status on Thursday.

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Dec 07, 2017

Southern California fires force 200,000 people to flee
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors on Thursday as raging wildfires wreaked havoc on Southern California, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses.

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Dec 07, 2017

Just subtract water - how a dry spell allowed winds to lash California with flames
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds will likely whip up the unseasonably fierce wildfires ravaging Southern California on Thursday, forecasters said. The gales have come at the worst time, at the end of a long dry spell.

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Dec 07, 2017

Winds whip up wildfires, forcing mass evacuations in California
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.

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Dec 07, 2017

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

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Dec 07, 2017

Obamacare insurance options dwindle for neediest U.S. patients
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

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

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Dec 06, 2017

U.S. reviews rule removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

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

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Dec 06, 2017

Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes U.S. House
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

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

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Dec 06, 2017

Gay man to run against Kentucky clerk who denied him marriage license
(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.

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Dec 06, 2017

Florida man sentenced to 15 years in prison for vandalizing mosque
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

Son seeks stiff penalty for South Carolina policeman who killed his father
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

U.S. attorney general calls for efficient review of immigration cases
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

California fires force evacuation in exclusive L.A. area
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

Some U.S. truckers ask Trump to tap brakes on electronic logs
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

Sign-ups pick up in week five of 2018 Obamacare open enrollment: U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people signing up for 2018 Obamacare plans picked up significantly during the fifth week of open enrollment, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday, but the number of people signed up for such plans appears to be falling short of last year's numbers with just over a week of enrollment left.

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Dec 06, 2017

Google beats class action sex bias claims, for now
(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.

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Dec 06, 2017

U.S. Air Force unveils criminal reporting reforms in wake of Texas shooting
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

Attorney general calls for expedient review of immigration cases
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

Turkey links U.S. judge in sanctions case to wanted cleric
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

More than 1,000 firefighters battle California inferno
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

U.S. says Dentsply Sirona to pay $1.2 million settlement over exports to Iran
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.

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Dec 06, 2017

Sign-ups pick up in week five of 2018 Obamacare open enrollment - U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people signing up for 2018 Obamacare plans picked up significantly during the fifth week of open enrollment, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday, but the number of people signed up for such plans appears to be falling short of last year's numbers with just over a week of enrollment left.

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Dec 06, 2017

Growing length of U.S. freight trains in federal crosshairs after crashes: GAO
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The investigative arm of the U.S. Congress is launching a probe into the safety of increasingly long freight trains being operated by CSX Corp , Union Pacific Corp and other major U.S. railroads to boost profitability, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.

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Dec 06, 2017

Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homes
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - An unrelenting wildfire fanned by hot, dry Santa Ana winds threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, California, on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to race for safety.

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Dec 05, 2017

Trump ally Bannon campaigns for Moore in Alabama
(Reuters) - A day after President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon campaigned in the state, telling a crowd that allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore were part of a smear campaign to keep him from office.

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Dec 05, 2017

Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after San Francisco murder acquittal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted on federal charges an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was acquitted last week of murder by a San Francisco jury, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

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Dec 05, 2017

Tom Ridge, first head of Homeland Security, released from hospital
(Reuters) - Tom Ridge, who served as the first head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005, was released on Tuesday from Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a spokesman said.

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Dec 05, 2017

U.S. rejects federal protection for white-tailed prairie dogs
PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The white-tailed prairie dog will not be declared an endangered or threatened species after the U.S. government deemed on Tuesday there was no danger despite declines in its population from human development and disease.

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Dec 05, 2017

Turkish gold trader says he paid $45,000 bribe to U.S. prison guard
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying in the trial of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions said on Tuesday that he paid a $45,000 bribe to a U.S. prison guard to obtain alcohol and use the guard's phone.

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Dec 05, 2017

Andeavor undeterred by Washington state panel's rail-terminal snub
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Independent U.S. refiner Andeavor said on Tuesday it will not abandon a push to build a Pacific Coast rail-to-marine terminal despite a Washington state panel's recommendation against the project.

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Dec 05, 2017

Uber investor Pishevar takes leave of absence amid misconduct claims
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber, said on Tuesday he was taking a leave of absence from his venture capital firm and the startup he co-founded to fight allegations of sexual harassment.

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Dec 05, 2017

Interior secretary urges size cuts, management changes to more monuments
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday recommended President Donald Trump reduce the size and change the management of more national monuments in the western United States, and lashed out at critics of cuts already announced to protected areas in Utah.

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Dec 05, 2017

Hundreds of homes destroyed by out-of-control California wildfire
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire whipped by hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in and around Ventura, California, on Tuesday as thousands of residents were forced to flee ahead of the flames.

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Dec 05, 2017

Gold trader says he never liked Turkish banker facing trial
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank, who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, said Tuesday that he and the banker never liked each other.

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Dec 05, 2017

U.S. Justice Department considers possible 'bump stocks' ban
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it is considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, the attachments that make semiautomatic rifles fire faster and were used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas in October.

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