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Trial of Islamic State beheading plot in Massachusetts nears end

3 hours 5 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - The case of a Massachusetts man who prosecutors say plotted to attack police and behead a conservative blogger on behalf of Islamic State nears a close on Tuesday as lawyers make closing arguments.

NFL weighs protesting players' passion against Trump rebukes

3 hours 8 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials will weigh the fervor of players who protest racism by kneeling for the national anthem against the anger of U.S. President Donald Trump at their two-day autumn meeting beginning on Tuesday in New York City.

California wildfire evacuees allowed home as crews search for bodies

4 hours 12 min ago
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - More evacuees were expected to return home on Tuesday in Northern California where the state's deadliest wildfires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Search suspended for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion

4 hours 14 min ago
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late on Sunday.

Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist's speech

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:52pm
(Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of a speech by a white nationalist leader later this week at the University of Florida, in order to free up resources to prepare for possible violence.

Searchers pick through burned-out California homes for bodies

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 7:02pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Search-and-rescue teams combed through gutted homes across California's celebrated wine country on Monday, looking for the charred bodies of those killed in the state's deadliest wildfires, as survivors slowly began returning home.

Trucker in deadly Texas immigrant case pleads guilty, faces life sentence

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:03pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The driver of a truck packed with immigrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, pleaded guilty on Monday to human smuggling charges and could face up to life in prison, prosecutors said.

NFL to tackle protests as Trump decries 'disrespectful' players

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:51pm
(Reuters) - The National Football League will tackle criticism from President Donald Trump over players who protest racial discrimination by kneeling during the U.S. national anthem when league officials gather with team owners in New York for their autumn meeting this week.

Woman accusing Trump of misconduct subpoenas presidential campaign

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:50pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman who has said that U.S. President Donald Trump groped her during a 2007 meeting has subpoenaed his presidential campaign for any documents concerning similar allegations, according to a subpoena filed in New York State Supreme Court.

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl could face life sentence for endangering troops

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:45pm
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on Monday to deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, a step toward resolving the politically charged case that could send him to prison for life.

NFL seeks compromise solution to anthem protests

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:08pm
(Reuters) - The National Football League will try to find a way to move on from the controversial issue of players protesting during the national anthem before games when it meets with team owners in New York this week for a regularly-scheduled meeting.

U.S. police deaths on duty spiked in 2016: FBI

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:49pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sixty-six police officers were killed on the job by felons in 2016, up about 61 percent from 41 deaths a year ago, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday.

Patchwork of destruction left by deadly California wildfires

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:38pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Californians on Monday picked through the debris of homes and businesses incinerated by the deadliest wildfires in the state's history while firefighters hoped to have the blazes contained by Friday.

U.S. nursing home chain faces landlord showdown over default

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:57pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The fate of one of the largest U.S. nursing home operators, HCR ManorCare, will reach a critical court deadline on Thursday in a battle over months of unpaid rent, a growing problem in an industry where eviction would put thousands of elderly out on the street.

Massachusetts court: Yahoo can give dead man's emails to siblings

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:33pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - The top court in Massachusetts ruled against Yahoo on Monday by concluding that federal law does not bar it from providing the representatives of an deceased man's estate access to his email account.

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, endangering troops

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:55am
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on Monday to deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, a step toward resolving the politically charged case that could send him to prison for life.

EPA head seeks to avoid settlements with green groups

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:50am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation.

U.S. Senator Menendez's corruption trial to proceed: judge

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:27am
NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - The bribery case against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez survived a key test on Monday, as the federal judge overseeing his trial rejected a defense motion to throw out the most serious charges.

Trump says working on welfare reform proposals

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:21am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he is weighing recommendations for welfare reform as his government looks for ways to cut costs.

California wildfire death toll rises to 41, firefighters gain ground

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:55am
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters began gaining ground on wildfires that killed at least 41 people in the past week, the deadliest blazes in California's history, as winds eased and searchers combed charred ruins for more victims with hundreds still missing.

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FROM PROGRAMS TO VENUES TO FUND-RAISING, TIPPY GARNER GUIDING FORCE OF OPERA

A Jackson native, Tippy Garner has always lived in the north and northeast area of the city.