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White House 'committed' to Puerto Rico relief after Trump criticism

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 1:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that it was "committed" to disaster relief in Puerto Rico after President Donald Trump said government response teams could not stay in the U.S. territory "forever."

Hundreds missing, 24 dead as dry winds fan California wildfires

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:41pm
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters struggled for a fourth day on Thursday to halt 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.

How to rebuild Puerto Rico: Rubio asks Trump for expert panel

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:34pm
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 rebuild after Hurricane Maria, adding that the president was receptive to the idea.

Ex-Chemours employee accused by U.S. of trade secrets theft scheme

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:42am
(Reuters) - A former Chemours Co employee has been indicted on U.S. charges that he conspired to steal trade secrets related to its lucrative sodium cyanide business and monetize them with Chinese investors, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday.

Trump signs order to weaken Obamacare, boost bare-bones insurance

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:25am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday to weaken the Obamacare law and make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans, but the action faces possible legal challenges.

New York police say investigating 2004 claim of Weinstein sex assault

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:41am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Police Department said on Thursday it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault by movie producer Harvey Weinstein in 2004.

Congressman seeks probe of chartered flights by U.S. energy secretary

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:38am
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. congressman is asking the Energy Department's watchdog to investigate Energy Secretary Rick Perry's travel on chartered aircraft, the congressman said at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Hundreds missing, 23 dead as dry gusts fan California wildfires

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:26am
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters struggled to halt the spread of wildfires that have killed at least 23 people in Northern California and dry, gusty winds threatened on Thursday to push flames into the evacuated town of Calistoga.

Attorney General says four 'sanctuary cities' may be violating the law

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:25am
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 which requires them to communicate with federal immigration officials about a person's citizenship status.

Trump to sign order circumventing Obamacare rules

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 9:43am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday to make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans and circumvent Obamacare rules, the White House said, but the action faces possible legal challenges.

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl to enter plea in military court

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 8:59am
(Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban for five years, will enter a plea in his court-martial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Monday, the Army said in an emailed statement.

U.S. Justice Dept says sanctuary cities are violating the law

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 8:47am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States Justice Department singled out five cities and counties on Thursday for allegedly having so-called "sanctuary policies" that may violate a federal law which requires them to communicate with federal immigration officials about a person's citizenship status.

As US House weighs $36.5 billion disaster relief, Trump slams Puerto Rico

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 7:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed back against federal aid for Puerto Rico as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to weigh $36.5 billion in emergency relief for the U.S. territory and other hurricane-hit areas as well as fire-ravaged California.

Trump points to Congress on Puerto Rico assistance

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:29am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said federal assistance cannot stay "forever" on the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico following recent hurricanes, and that Congress must determine how much disaster funding to provide.

Democrats rising? Early statehouse wins test new faces

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:18am
(Reuters) - Democrats desperate to rebuild after losing the White House last year have scored a string of election victories for statehouse seats, testing a new generation of candidates and activists eager to resist President Donald Trump's conservative agenda.

Trump expected to sign order side-stepping Obamacare rules

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was expected to sign an executive order on Thursday that would make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans and circumvent rules put in place by Obamacare, though such an order could face legal challenges.

U.S. House to vote on $36.5 billion disaster relief package

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected on Thursday to approve $36.5 billion in emergency relief for hurricane-hit areas such as Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as California, struck by devastating wildfires.

At least 23 dead, hundreds missing, as winds fan California fires

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:33am
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters struggled overnight to halt the spread of wildfires known to have killed 23 people in North California, preparing for winds to shift after one town threatened by flames evacuated all residents.

At least 23 dead, hundreds missing as winds fan California wildfires

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:16pm
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters facing a resurgence of high winds on Wednesday struggled to halt wildfires that have killed at least 23 people, destroyed 3,500 structures and left hundreds missing in chaotic evacuations across northern California's wine country.

At least 21 dead, hundreds missing as winds fan California wildfires

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 8:30pm
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters facing a resurgence of high winds on Wednesday struggled to halt wildfires that have killed at least 21 people, destroyed 3,500 structures and left hundreds missing in chaotic evacuations across northern California's wine country.

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