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Uber driver charged with raping California woman in car

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 8:52pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Uber driver accused by prosecutors of having sexually assaulted a female passenger after she sought a ride home from a gathering in the upscale seaside city of Newport Beach, California, was charged with rape on Wednesday.

California man charged in Fresno shooting spree that killed three

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 7:14pm
(Reuters) - A man who goes by the nickname Black Jesus was charged with three counts of murder on Wednesday in connection with a shooting spree targeting white men in downtown Fresno, California, local media reported.

Slain friend of Robert Durst once posed as his missing wife: testimony

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:16pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to three slayings were portrayed in HBO series "The Jinx," had his close friend Susan Berman make a phone call pretending to be his missing wife, a former acquaintance of Berman testified on Wednesday.

Judge issues injunction in SEC's 'Hamilton' Ponzi case

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:38pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction freezing assets belonging to the alleged operators of a Ponzi scheme centered on the resale of tickets to the Broadway blockbuster "Hamilton," concerts by British singer Adele, and other popular shows.

Death penalty phase closes in Pennsylvania trooper sniper case

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:01pm
MILFORD, Pa. (Reuters) - The question of whether Eric Frein should be put to death for murdering a state trooper in a 2014 sniper attack that launched a massive manhunt went to a Pennsylvania jury following closing arguments on Wednesday.

Florida Senate apologizes for abuse, deaths at reform school

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:37pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Senate formally apologized on Wednesday to victims who suffered brutality, sexual abuse and even death after being sent as boys to a reform school with a history of troubles long denied by the state.

Trump seeks to shrink federal role in education with new order

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:01pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the U.S. government's role in school policy, which supporters cheered as the first step in creating more local control in education and critics worried could lead to lower quality schools in poorer neighborhoods.

Ex-Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:52pm
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Connecticut on Wednesday sentenced a former Jefferies Group bond trader to serve two years in prison and pay a $2 million fine after he was found guilty earlier this year of defrauding customers on bond prices.

New York's Metropolitan Museum mulls setting fixed admission fee

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:50pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's most visited museums, is in talks with city officials about charging a fixed admission fee for out-of town visitors, rather than urging a donation, the city said on Wednesday.

Drug use tops booze for first time in fatal U.S. crashes: study

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:38pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. data has shown for the first time that drivers killed in crashes were more likely to be on drugs than drunk, with marijuana involved in more than a third of fatal accidents in 2015, a study released on Wednesday showed.

Missouri audit finds Ferguson court records in 'disarray'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:10pm
(Reuters) - The court system in Ferguson, Missouri, where the federal government last year found systemic racial bias by police toward blacks, is in "disarray with disorganized case files" and inadequate records controls, a state audit found on Wednesday.

Former Jefferies Group trader sentenced to two years for fraud

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:07pm
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Connecticut on Wednesday sentenced a former Jefferies Group bond trader to two years in prison and to pay a $2 million fine after he was found guilty earlier this year of defrauding customers on bond prices.

Massachusetts man found guilty of murdering 'Whitey' Bulger victim

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:07pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was found guilty on Wednesday of murdering an extortion victim of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, a killing that drew considerable media attention because it occurred during the gangster's high-profile trial.

Justices weigh ethnic Serb woman's bid to regain U.S. citizenship

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts raised concerns on Wednesday about the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions.

Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. That arrangement could put Trump at risk of violating an obscure constitutional clause, some legal experts say.

Automakers want California to revise Volkswagen charging station plan

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:43pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major automakers and other groups are raising objections to the way Volkswagen AG wants to spend $2 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure and projects, as part of the German automaker's atonement for diesel emissions cheating.

Ann Coulter cancels her speech at UC Berkeley

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:48am
(Reuters) - Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has canceled her speech planned for this week at the University of California's Berkeley campus after a dispute with university officials, who feared violent protests, over whether a safe venue could be found.

Slimy salamander 'Snot Otter' aims to wow Bronx Zoo crowds

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:11am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Eastern Hellbender, a slimy giant salamander creepy enough to be nicknamed "Snot Otter" and "Old Lasagna Sides," is making its debut before animal lovers at the world-renowned Bronx Zoo.

Fox News anchor, others hit network with race bias claims

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:46am
(Reuters) - Fox News is facing renewed legal claims that it mistreated non-white employees, including a television anchor who said he was depicted as "the racist caricature of a black entertainer."

UBS must face ex-bond strategist's whistleblower lawsuit

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:30am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ordered UBS Group AG to face a lawsuit by a former bond strategist who said he was fired in retaliation for refusing to publish misleading research reports and complaining about being pressured to do so.

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