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Accused Fresno gunman’s arraignment delayed after courtroom outburst

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:43pm
(Reuters) - A man accused of murdering a motel security guard and gunning down three white men in a racially motivated Fresno, California shooting spree was ordered to undergo a psychiatric exam on Friday after entering a courtroom yelling "let black people go!"

Russian lawmaker's son gets 27 years prison in U.S. hacking case

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:39pm
(Reuters) - The son of a Russian lawmaker was sentenced on Friday by a U.S. federal court to 27 years in prison after being convicted of hacking into U.S. small businesses and financial institutions, causing more than $169 million in damages.

Florida state senator resigns after racial slur

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 2:59pm
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Russian charged in Connecticut with operating Kelihos botnet

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 2:55pm
(Reuters) - A federal grand jury in Connecticut has returned an eight-count indictment charging a Russian national with operating the Kelihos botnet, a global network of tens of thousands of infected computers, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

San Francisco power outage hits 90,000, business district affected

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:52pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A power outage on Friday morning in San Francisco affected around 90,000 people, stalling work in the technology and finance center as a vast swath of the financial district lost electricity.

Michigan couple charged with arranging genital mutilation for seven-year-olds

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:10pm
(Reuters) - A Michigan doctor and his wife were charged in federal court on Friday with helping a Detroit physician perform genital mutilation on 7-year-old girls.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez's family wants death scene evidence preserved

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:07pm
(Reuters) - The family of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez will ask a judge on Friday to order prison officials to preserve evidence collected after he was found dead in his cell on Wednesday from an apparent suicide.

U.S. House committee sets more hearings in Trump-Russia probe

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:57am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Friday it sent invitations to FBI, NSA and Obama administration officials to appear at hearings in its investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 election.

Trump greets Egyptian-American freed from Egyptian detention

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:47am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed back to the United States Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker whose release from jail in Egypt was sought by Trump when he met Egypt's president early this month.

Missing Tennessee teen to return home, teacher charged with kidnapping: family

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:53am
(Reuters) - Elizabeth Thomas, a missing 15-year-old Tennessee girl who was found with a former teacher in a remote corner of Northern California on Thursday will return home Friday, her family said in a television interview.

Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich's 14-year prison term upheld

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:58am
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's bid to shorten his 14-year prison sentence in a public corruption case.

North Dakota's 'water protectors' bring their pipeline story to film

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:37am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - They call themselves "water protectors" and describe the Dakota Access pipeline ferrying crude oil across America as "the black snake."

Trump, Republicans face tricky task of averting U.S. government shutdown

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:12am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress face their first major budget test next week, with the threat of a U.S. government shutdown potentially hinging on his proposed Mexican border wall as well as Obamacare funding.

Ohio investigates Visa's debit card transactions

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:12am
(Reuters) - Visa Inc said on Friday it was being investigated on rules related to acceptance of its debit cards, cardholder verification methods and routing of debit transactions.

Arkansas executes inmate after U.S. Supreme Court gives go-ahead

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:41am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas executed its first inmate in 12 years on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the inmate's request to halt the lethal injection in a late-night ruling.

Trump to order U.S. Treasury to delve into taxes, post-crisis reforms

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:09am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will order the Treasury on Friday to find and reduce tax burdens and review post-financial crisis reforms that banks and insurance companies have said hinder their ability to do business.

Thousands face lead hazards as Trump eyes budget cuts

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:03am
BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) - Laicie Manzella lived in a rundown house on Buffalo’s east side when three of her children tested with dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. Her oldest son suffered nosebleeds, body rashes and a developmental disorder requiring speech therapy.

Uber extends sexual harassment probe; expects report by end-May

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:54pm
(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said it has extended its internal investigation into sexual harassment claims in its own organization, and a report is expected by the end of May.

U.S. judicial panel finds Texas hurt Latino vote with redrawn boundaries

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:44pm
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A special federal judicial panel ruled for the second time in two months on Thursday that the Republican-led Texas Legislature deliberately redrew political boundaries so as to unfairly diminish voter clout of the state's growing Latino population.

U.S. regulators block Texas, Arizona over import of execution drug

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:27pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. regulatory agency told Texas and Arizona that more than a thousand vials of drugs they ordered for executions in their states from India in 2015, and seized by U.S. Customs, will not be released to them, an official said on Thursday.

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