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Texas executes man convicted of killing prison guard with shank

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 8:02pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed a man on Thursday convicted of murdering a prison guard in 1999, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal to spare his life despite arguments by his lawyers that he was innocent.

Texas executes man convicted of murdering guard with shank

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 7:00pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed a man on Thursday convicted of murdering a prison guard in 1999, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal to spare his life despite arguments by his lawyers that he was innocent.

Hundreds missing, 29 dead in California wildfires as crews gain ground

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:38pm
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters began to gain ground on Thursday against wildfires that have killed at least 29 people in Northern California and left hundreds missing in the chaos of mass evacuations in the heart of the state's wine country.

Four U.S. 'sanctuary cities' may be violating law: U.S. Attorney General

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:34pm
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department singled out four cities and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called "sanctuary policies" that may violate a federal law that says local governments cannot limit information sharing with U.S. immigration officials.

Las Vegas gunman fired on guard and crowd at about same time: MGM

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:24pm
(Reuters) - The owner of the hotel where a gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history on Thursday provided a new version of the timeline, suggesting there was no time for hotel staff to warn police.

Supreme Court rejects appeal, clears way for Texas execution

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:16pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme rejected a last-minute appeal from a Texas inmate about an hour before his planned execution on Thursday for murdering a prison guard in 1999.

North Carolina prison on lockdown, several employees injured

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:43pm
(Reuters) - An escape attempt at a North Carolina prison in which fires were set left several employees injured on Thursday, and the facility was placed on lockdown, officials said.

Las Vegas gunman fired on guard, crowd at about same time: MGM

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:41pm
(Reuters) - The owner of the hotel from which a gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history on Thursday provided a new version of the timeline, suggesting there was no time for hotel staff to warn police.

Michigan governor denies misleading U.S. House on Flint water

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:38pm
(Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder denied Thursday that he had misled a U.S. House of Representatives committee last year over testimony on Flint's water crisis after lawmakers asked if his testimony had been contradicted by a witness in a court hearing.

Oklahoma jury recommends death sentence for man who beheaded co-worker

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:36pm
(Reuters) - An Oklahoma jury recommended the death penalty on Thursday for a man who beheaded a co-worker with a kitchen knife at a food processing and distribution plant south of Oklahoma City about three years ago, court officials said.

Hundreds missing, 26 dead in California wildfires as crews gain ground

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:46pm
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters began to gain ground on Thursday against wildfires that have killed at least 26 people in Northern California and left hundreds missing in the pandemonium of mass evacuations in the heart of the state's wine country.

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:44pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved $36.5 billion in emergency relief for hurricane-hit Puerto Rico and other areas that have suffered recent disasters.

Employees hurt, fires set in attempted escape at North Carolina prison

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:43pm
(Reuters) - Police rushed to a North Carolina prison on Thursday after fires were set and several of the facility's employees were injured during an attempted escape, officials said.

How to rebuild Puerto Rico: Rubio asks Trump to call in experts

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:28pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Marco Rubio said on Thursday he has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to create a high-level task force to provide ideas and advice for helping Puerto Rico to rebuild after Hurricane Maria, and that the president was receptive to the idea.

U.S. white nationalists sued over Virginia protest violence

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:51pm
(Reuters) - Eleven people have sued white nationalists whose rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly this summer, saying they suffered emotional and physical trauma from protesters' threats and violence.

Frustrated by Congress, Trump signs order to weaken Obamacare

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:29pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an order to make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans, using his presidential powers to undermine Obamacare after fellow Republicans in Congress failed to repeal the 2010 law.

Insider trading suspect out of U.S. jail as judge weighs 'Jekyll & Hyde' risk

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:12pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A former Akebia Therapeutics Inc employee accused of insider trading was released from jail on Thursday despite a judge's concern that the man's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" tendencies could lead him to violate his bail conditions.

Mandalay to build 3,000 Arizona homes with solar and Sonnen batteries

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:11pm
(Reuters) - German battery maker Sonnen GmbH on Thursday said it would partner with home builder Mandalay Homes to outfit 3,000 new Arizona homes with batteries to store the excess energy generated by their rooftop solar installations.

Four U.S. 'sanctuary cities' may be violating law: U.S. Attorney General Sessions

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 1:54pm
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States Justice Department singled out four cities and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called "sanctuary policies" that may violate a federal law that says local governments cannot limit information sharing with U.S. immigration officials.

Hundreds missing, 24 dead in California wildfires as crews gain ground

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 1:47pm
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters began to gain ground on Thursday against the spread of wildfires that have killed at least 24 people in Northern California and left hundreds missing in the pandemonium of mass evacuations in the heart of the state's wine country.

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