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Next battleground: An aging Great Lakes pipeline stirs new protest

Top U.S. News - 5 hours 12 min ago
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The growing protest movement against U.S. oil and gas pipelines has so far focused on stopping or delaying new construction, with some high-profile successes.

Exclusive: Trump says U.S. wants fair treatment in climate pact

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that the United States was being unfairly treated in the Paris Climate Agreement and told Reuters he would announce a decision in about two weeks on whether Washington would remain in the accord.

Exclusive: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is.

Exclusive: Trump vows to fix or scrap South Korea trade deal, wants missile system payment

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters on Thursday he will either renegotiate or terminate what he called a "horrible" free trade deal with South Korea and said Seoul should pay for a U.S. anti-missile system that he priced at $1 billion.

Exclusive: Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defense

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:56pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.

Exclusive: 'If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown,' Trump says

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of a potential government shutdown on Thursday, just two days shy of a deadline for Congress to reach a spending deal to avert temporary layoffs of federal workers.

Exclusive: 'If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown,' Trump says

Top U.S. News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of a potential government shutdown on Thursday, just two days shy of a deadline for Congress to reach a spending deal to avert temporary layoffs of federal workers.

In nod to oil industry, Trump to order review of offshore drilling bans

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:31pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday will order a review of offshore areas currently off limits to oil and gas drilling to determine which might be reopened, in his administration's latest move to expand domestic energy production.

Exclusive: Trump spurns Taiwan president's suggestion of another phone call

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North Korea.

Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.

NFL: Browns take defensive end Garrett with first overall draft pick

Top Sports News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 7:45pm
(Reuters) - Defensive end Myles Garrett was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first pick of the National Football League Draft in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Golf: Spieth/Palmer share lead New Orleans team event

Top Sports News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 7:44pm
(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth and fellow American Ryan Palmer birdied three of their final five holes to grab a share of the lead after the opening-round foursomes matches at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday.

NBA: Injury to Warriors coach Kerr runs deeper than basketball

Top Sports News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 7:05pm
(Reuters) - The back pain that threatens to keep Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr out for the rest of the NBA playoffs is a setback for the team, but colleagues on Thursday said they were more concerned about seeing someone they admire suffer so much.

Risk of deeper involvement as U.S. weighs its options in Afghanistan

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 6:34pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump's administration drafts an Afghanistan policy, U.S. officials are seeking a way to reverse gains by militant groups without wading deeper into a 15-year-long war that has no end in sight.

U.S. Senate confirms Acosta to head Labor Department

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:45pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - R. Alexander Acosta was confirmed on Thursday by the U.S. Senate to head the Labor Department.

Police charge second suspect in Illinois judge's murder

Top U.S. News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:38pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Police have charged a second suspect in the murder of an Illinois judge shot outside his home on Chicago's South Side earlier this month in what they believe was a robbery, officials said on Thursday.

Timeline detailed for New York City bus terminal project

Top U.S. News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:16pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday laid out a new timeline for its revamped efforts to replace or renovate New York City's aging main bus terminal in midtown Manhattan.

U.S. House may vote within days on tighter North Korea sanctions

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as soon as next week on legislation to toughen sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive state, congressional aides said on Thursday.

U.S. House may not kill debit card fee limits: banking panel chair

Political News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House banking chairman said on Thursday his attempt to eliminate limits on fees banks can charge retailers for debit card transactions may not survive as he pushes a bill to overhaul financial rules.

Florida Senate seeks pardon for wrongly accused 'Groveland Four'

Top U.S. News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:21pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's Senate on Thursday apologized to the families of four black men wrongly accused of raping a white teenager nearly 70 years ago, and lawmakers called on the state's governor to issue full pardons.

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