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Dec 15, 2017

U.S. rights group files for abortion access for two more immigrants
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said it filed in federal court on Friday to stop the administration of President Donald Trump from preventing two more young immigrant women in federal custody from obtaining an abortion.

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Dec 15, 2017

Family sues retailer for sale of gun used in Texas church massacre
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The family of a woman and two children killed when a gunman opened fire in a rural Texas church has sued the store that sold the assault rifle used in the deadliest mass murder in the state's history, lawyers said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Hamburger chain Wendy's to reduce antibiotic use in beef supply
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hamburger chain Wendy's Co laid out plans on Friday to trim the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its beef supply, the latest step by a food company to fight concerns about resistance to the drugs in people.

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Dec 15, 2017

Honduran politician sentenced to three years in U.S. for money laundering
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A member of a prominent Honduran family who once served in the nation''s cabinet was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to a U.S. money laundering charge.

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Dec 15, 2017

N.J. nuclear power subsidy bill could cost $320 million per year
(Reuters) - Three state senators in New Jersey sponsored a bill that could cost electric ratepayers about $320 million a year to subsidize nuclear reactors that could otherwise be closed.

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Dec 15, 2017

Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Dec 15, 2017

Former cell phone company executive convicted of text message scam
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Friday found the former chief executive of mobile aggregation company Mobile Messenger guilty of defrauding mobile phone customers by charging them millions of dollars for unwanted text messages.

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Dec 15, 2017

Student borrowers under most stress in New York City's poorest areas
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's poorest neighborhoods are home to the city's student borrowers under the most stress, according to a central bank report released on Friday showing 'troublingly high' loan default and delinquency rates mainly in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

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Dec 15, 2017

Judge blocks Trump administration rule on contraceptive coverage
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Dec 15, 2017

Crews wary as gusty winds stoke huge California wildfire
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battled shifting winds and difficult terrain on Friday to stop a mammoth wildfire that has burned for nearly two weeks along the scenic California coastline, killing a firefighter and destroying more than 720 homes.

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Dec 15, 2017

Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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Dec 15, 2017

U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Dec 15, 2017

Penn State's 'shocking apathy' to drinking blamed in hazing death
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's 'shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse contributed to the death of a student after he consumed 18 drinks in less than an hour and a half during a fraternity initiation, according a report issued on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Pennsylvania man admits to trading on tips about drug company
(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he traded on confidential, inside information that a former Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc employee supplied him, including that the company now owned by Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc was planning to be acquired.

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Dec 15, 2017

Utah lawmaker invites retailer Patagonia to testify in Congress
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House natural resources committee chairman on Friday invited outdoor retailer Patagonia's CEO to testify before the panel after the company criticized the Trump administration's decision to drastically reduce two national monuments in Utah.

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Dec 15, 2017

'Shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse at Penn State: grand jury
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's 'shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse permitted crimes that led to the fraternity hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a grand jury found on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Gusty winds could expand deadly California wildfire
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Strong winds in the mountains near Santa Barbara may cause flare-ups on Friday in one of the largest-ever California wildfires that has claimed the life of a firefighter and burned down more than 700 homes, officials said.

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Dec 15, 2017

Penn State showed 'shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse, grand jury says
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's 'shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse permitted crimes that led to the fraternity hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a grand jury found on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

U.S. court dismisses $3 billion suit against Deutsche Bank by Jewish family heirs
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A U.S. district court in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit by the heirs of a prominent Jewish family seeking $3 billion from Deutsche Bank.

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Dec 15, 2017

Trump administration issues new rules on U.S. visa waivers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, including that they use U.S. counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said.

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Dec 15, 2017

U.S. institutes new requirements for Visa Waiver Program
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is instituting new requirements for the 38 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program, including that they screen travelers using U.S. counterterrorism data, Trump administration officials said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Vicious winds to test crews battling California wildfire
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters in California will be tested by vicious winds on Friday morning as they battle a huge wildfire that has claimed the life of one of their colleagues and torched more than 700 homes.

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Dec 15, 2017

Pennsylvania grand jury to report on fraternity hazing death
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A long-awaited grand jury report about fraternity hazing at Pennsylvania State University was set to be unveiled on Friday, 10 months after the death of Timothy Piazza, 19, during an alcohol-fueled initiation ritual.

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Dec 14, 2017

Inquiry launched into harassment allegations against U.S. appeals judge
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The chief judge of a federal appeals court on Thursday initiated an inquiry into harassment accusations involving another judge that were reported by The Washington Post, a court filing showed.

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Dec 14, 2017

Missouri issues first fines over misuse of farm chemical in 2016
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Missouri has issued its first fines over the misuse of a farm chemical in 2016 that went on to be linked in different formulations to widespread U.S. crop damage this year, the state said on Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

White nationalist charged with first-degree murder in Virginia car killing: media
(Reuters) - A white nationalist accused of killing a 32-year old woman when he plowed his car into a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday, local media reported.

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Dec 14, 2017

New York woman charged with laundering money to help Islamic State
(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said Thursday that they had charged a Long Island, New York woman with laundering more than $85,000 in fraudulently obtained money through Bitcoin to help Islamic State.

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Dec 14, 2017

New York, New Jersey commit $3.65 billion to fund tunnel project
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey on Thursday committed $1.75 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively, to fund a new rail tunnel underneath New York's Hudson River, part of an urgent program to expand and renovate Amtrak's aging and heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line.

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Dec 14, 2017

Nigerian man pleads guilty to taking part in global email scams
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Nigerian man was sentenced to three years and five months in prison by a U.S. judge on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to taking part in email scams to defraud thousands of victims around the world of millions of dollars, U.S. prosecutors said.

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Dec 14, 2017

Nephews of Venezuela's first lady sentenced to 18 years in U.S. drug case
(Reuters) - Two nephews of Venezuela''s first lady were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday following their convictions in New York on drug trafficking charges.

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Dec 14, 2017

Firefighter killed battling massive California blaze
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A firefighter was killed while battling a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

Homegrown attacks rising worry in U.S. as Islamic State weakens abroad
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The online video's message was clear: Supporters of Islamic State who could not travel overseas to join the militant group should carry out attacks wherever they were in the United States or Europe.

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Dec 14, 2017

U.S. states sue Trump administration for not granting student-loan relief
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration is breaking the law in not granting loan relief to students defrauded by Corinthian Colleges and other defunct for-profit schools, according to four U.S. state attorneys general who sued the Education Department and Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

Leadership of New York Times passes to next-generation Sulzberger
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Times on Thursday named a new publisher in 37-year-old A.G. Sulzberger, a fifth-generation descendant of Times leaders whose internal report on innovation has guided a newspaper known as 'The Gray Lady' into the digital era.

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Dec 14, 2017

U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

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Dec 14, 2017

Federal Communications Commission repeals net neutrality rules
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

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Dec 14, 2017

Turkish banker expected to testify in Iran sanctions trial in New York
(Reuters) - Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker accused of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions, plans to testify in his own defense at his trial in New York, his lawyers said Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

Sulzberger Jr to retire as NYT publisher by end of December
(Reuters) - Arthur Sulzberger Jr. will retire as publisher of the New York Times by the end of December and will be replaced by his son A.G. Sulzberger, the New York Times Co said on Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

EPA seeks input to rework rule on lead in drinking water
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will seek input from state and local officials as it considers how to rework a 1991 rule meant to protect people from lead and copper contamination in drinking water.

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Dec 14, 2017

Crime data in Native American tribal lands 'virtually useless': watchdog
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department does not adequately collect or use crime statistics from Native American tribes, a problem that has left the department with stale and 'virtually useless' crime data, according to a new internal watchdog report released on Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

Protesters gather as U.S. regulators meet to end net neutrality
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, as protesters gathered to oppose the change.

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Dec 14, 2017

Drone operator caused U.S. Army helicopter collision: safety board
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 visual range, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

Fierce winds to intensify as California wildfire grows
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.

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Dec 14, 2017

U.S. weather forecaster sees La Niña chances exceeding 80 percent
(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday said La Niña conditions are predicted to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2017-18.

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Dec 14, 2017

Record number of Americans to travel during Christmas holiday: AAA
NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 group said on Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

With no deal on children's health plan, U.S. states scramble for Plan B
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For Nancy Minoui of Portland, Oregon, and Crystal Lett of Dublin, Ohio, Congress' failure to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program is not some distant tale of political wrangling.

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Dec 14, 2017

Federal Communications Commission set to reverse net neutrality rules
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that barred the blocking or slowing of internet traffic.

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Dec 14, 2017

Fierce winds to intensify as firefighters battle California wildfire
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California firefighting crews may face on Thursday another round of fierce gusts that have fed a volatile wildfire, one of the largest in the state's history, as they protect homes from flames and build control lines.

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Dec 14, 2017

U.S. executions edge up in 2017 but stay at decades' low: study
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - 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.

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Dec 13, 2017

Kentucky lawmaker a 'probable suicide' amid sexual misconduct accusations
(Reuters) - Kentucky state Representative Dan Johnson, who was facing sexual assault accusations, died in a probable suicide on Wednesday, Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said.

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Dec 13, 2017

U.S. appeals court vacates conviction of drug distributor over Botox
(Reuters) - 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 the government, which has struggled at times to successfully prosecute similar such cases.

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Dec 13, 2017

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - 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 Kasich''s desk.

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Dec 13, 2017

Turkish banker accused of helping Iran launder money seeks mistrial
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for a Turkish banker on trial in New York on charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions asked a judge on Wednesday to declare a mistrial, saying testimony by a former Turkish police investigator should not have been allowed in court.

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Dec 13, 2017

U.S. agency to vote on net neutrality rules despite outcry
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Internet service providers clashed with Democrats and celebrities like 'Star Wars' actor Mark Hamill ahead of a vote on the Trump administration's plan to revoke net neutrality rules barring the blocking or slowing of internet traffic.

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Dec 13, 2017

Ex-New York town official sentenced to two-and-half years for bond fraud
NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 fraud case brought over municipal bonds.

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Dec 13, 2017

Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on
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 Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds.

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Dec 13, 2017

Accused N.Y. bomber's family says attack 'our worst nightmare'
DHAKA (Reuters) - 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 of her husband wounded after allegedly trying to set off a bomb in a crowded New York commuter hub.

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Dec 13, 2017

Three U.S. men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks
(Reuters) - 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 knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks.

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Dec 13, 2017

U.S. judge orders accused New York bomber detained ahead of trial
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 charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

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Dec 13, 2017

U.S. sanctions two Africans over ivory, weapons trade
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 aimed at fueling conflict in the region.

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Dec 13, 2017

Trump administration calls for government IT to adopt cloud services
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 accelerate efforts to use cloud-based technology.

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Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate
(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

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Dec 13, 2017

Three men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks
(Reuters) - 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 knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court documents.

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Dec 13, 2017

U.N. expert says torture persists at Guantanamo Bay; U.S. denies
GENEVA (Reuters) - 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 'enhanced interrogation techniques' almost 10 years ago.

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Dec 13, 2017

Obamacare sign-ups rise but overall enrollment set to fall
NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 to be enough to grow the program.

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Dec 13, 2017

Three men to plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks
(Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men have agreed to plead guilty to computer crimes related to the creation and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court documents.

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Dec 13, 2017

N.Y. power seen sufficient after Indian Point nuclear retirement: report
(Reuters) - New York's power grid operator said on Wednesday the state should have enough electricity after the closure of two reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2020 and 2021, as new sources of mostly natural gas-fired generation enter service.

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Dec 13, 2017

Anti-pipeline group goes back to work against Keystone XL
SEWARD, Nebraska (Reuters) - 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 voice in the regulatory process.

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Dec 13, 2017

Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans scramble for answers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 nation's most conservative states.

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Dec 13, 2017

White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman resigns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

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Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken
(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference.

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Dec 13, 2017

Obamacare sign-ups rise to 1 million as pace picks up before deadline
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance next year surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment on the federally-run HealthCare.gov website, picking up the pace ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

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Dec 13, 2017

Renewed winds, dry conditions hamper fight to tame California wildfire
CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters trying to tame a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California were facing bone-dry conditions and the return of powerful wind gusts on Wednesday.

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Dec 13, 2017

Obamacare sign-ups gain steam as 2018 deadline nears
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 1.07 million consumers selected 2018 Obamacare individual insurance plans on the HealthCare.gov website during the week ended Dec. 9, the U.S. government reported on Wednesday, indicating a pick up in the pace of enrollment as the Dec. 15 deadline nears.

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Dec 13, 2017

Accused NYC bomber to formally face terrorism charges as soon as Wednesday
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs is expected to be formally charged as early as Wednesday with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and other crimes.

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Dec 13, 2017

U.N. expert says inmate U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay
GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Dec 13, 2017

U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers.

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Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken: report
(Reuters) - Minnesota's governor will appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as U.S. senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

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Dec 13, 2017

U.N. expert says U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay
GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Dec 13, 2017

Winds, dry conditions to hamper efforts to tame California wildfire
CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Powerful gusts of wind and bone dry conditions will remain overriding concerns for Californian firefighters on Wednesday as they seek to tame a huge blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes.

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Dec 13, 2017

After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides
CARPINTERIA, Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California are slowly gaining control of one of the largest wildfires in state history, but residents may not enjoy much relief as experts said the flames are laying the groundwork for the next disaster - mudslides.

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Dec 13, 2017

Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - 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.

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Dec 13, 2017

Manhattan luxury condo sales skew apartment prices: survey
NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 years, a property report on Wednesday showed.

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Dec 12, 2017

FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win' race to White House: NYT
(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 House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Dec 12, 2017

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, U.S. media projected, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Republican candidate Roy Moore.

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Dec 12, 2017

Overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. Safety Board
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday.

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Dec 12, 2017

Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical
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, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits.

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Dec 12, 2017

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on birth control rules
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 provide insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Dec 12, 2017

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire
CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive 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 that slowed its progress.

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Dec 12, 2017

Perfect storm of overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. authorities
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.S. maritime disaster in three decades, a federal safety board said on Tuesday.

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Dec 12, 2017

Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 internet.

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Dec 12, 2017

U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber
NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 terrorist organization.

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Dec 12, 2017

Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 sexual harassment and misconduct against him.

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Dec 12, 2017

El Faro captain ignored storm reports before tragedy: U.S. authorities
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard in the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, after the captain ignored reports the ship was heading directly into a strengthening hurricane, a U.S. safety board concluded on Tuesday.

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Dec 12, 2017

Times Square bomb suspect charged; Bangladesh questions wife
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against a Bangladeshi man, accusing him of using a weapon of mass destruction in Monday's bombing of a Manhattan commuter hub.

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Dec 12, 2017

California and Washington state join carbon pledge in defiance of Trump
PARIS (Reuters) - California and Washington state joined five nations on the Pacific coast of the Americas on Tuesday to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.

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Dec 12, 2017

Firefighters wrestle to control California wildfire as winds persist
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters on Tuesday fought to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist throughout the week.

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Dec 12, 2017

New York charges Times Square bomb suspect; Bangladesh questions wife
DHAKA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials on Tuesday said they charged a Bangladeshi man with terrorism, accusing him of setting off a pipe bomb a day earlier in a crowded Manhattan commuter hub, as investigators in his home country questioned his wife.

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Dec 12, 2017

Trump denies accusations of sexual misconduct, attacks Democrats
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he did not know the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and alleged their claims were a political attack pushed by Democrats, rejecting renewed calls to look into his behavior.

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Dec 12, 2017

Investigators search for clues in attempted New York subway bombing
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators are searching for reasons a Bangladeshi man set off a bomb strapped to his body in a New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour in what is being characterized as an attempted terrorist attack.

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