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Trump vows tax plan to boost economy; poll cites views on wealthy

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 7:56pm
HARRISBURG, Pa./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday told workers that they would win under his tax plan, saying it would help the middle class and boost the economy, though critics say it would mainly benefit corporations and the rich.

Trump nominates White House aide for homeland security post

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 7:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, who as top aide to his White House chief of staff has sought to instill order in Trump's team, to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

Illinois man charged with kidnapping, death of Chinese scholar

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:41pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois man accused of abducting a Chinese visiting scholar at the University of Illinois faces a new charge of kidnapping resulting in death and was arraigned on Wednesday.

U.S. loan to Puerto Rico a start, but more aid to come: official

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:23pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. federal government is working on a long-term plan to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria tore up the island territory's power grid and other infrastructure three weeks ago, an administration official said on Wednesday.

Las Vegas police chief says response to gunman came as quick as possible

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 5:50pm
(Reuters) - Las Vegas police are getting closer to finding an explanation for why a gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the city's police chief said on Wednesday, as he defended the speed of the department's response to the massacre.

Florida businessman admits to bribery scheme at Venezuela's PDVSA

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 5:48pm
(Reuters) - The part owner of several Florida-based energy companies on Wednesday became the latest person to plead guilty as part of an ongoing U.S. investigation into bribery at Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA.

Trump to name White House aide to homeland security post

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, who as top aide to his White House chief of staff has sought to instill order in Trump's team, to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

New York lawyer gets two years in prison for tax evasion scheme

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:58pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York lawyer charged with failing to report more than $3 million of income from tax shelter and other transactions he handled at the law firm Herrick Feinstein, where he led the tax practice, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday.

At least 21 dead as resurgent winds fan California wildfires

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:35pm
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters, facing resurgent winds and bone-dry conditions on Wednesday, battled to halt the advance of wildfires that have killed at least 21 people, destroyed 3,500 homes and businesses and blanketed Northern California's famed wine country in smoke.

New York man arrested, charged with threatening 'Las Vegas repeat'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:16pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City man has been arrested on charges that he threatened employees of a Colorado software company with a "Las Vegas repeat" days after a gunman opened fire on a crowd from his Las Vegas hotel room, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Las Vegas shooting victim sues hotel, festival organizer, 'bump stock' maker

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:03pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A California woman wounded in the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival has filed a lawsuit against the operators of the hotel where the gunman fired from, the festival organizers and the maker of a device that allowed weapons to be fired at a near-automatic rate.

Dry weather could propel California wildfires that killed 21

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 2:52pm
SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters feared resurgent winds and dry conditions on Wednesday would spread the wildfires that have killed at least 21 people, destroyed 3,500 homes and businesses and blanketed Northern California's famed wine country in smoke.

Ten charged in booze-fueled death of Louisiana State fraternity pledge

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 2:47pm
(Reuters) - Ten men have been charged in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge who had more than six times the legal blood alcohol limit after a night of suspected booze-fueled hazing, officials said on Wednesday.

Utah police lieutenant demoted over arrest of nurse over blood draw

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 2:46pm
(Reuters) - A Utah police lieutenant who ordered a detective to arrest a nurse after she refused to let the detective take a blood sample from an unconscious patient without a warrant was demoted on Wednesday, according to a police spokesman and police records.

Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 2:37pm
(Reuters) - In a historic shift, the Boy Scouts of America will let girls enroll in Cub Scouts starting next year and allow them to eventually earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout through a separate program, the organization said on Wednesday.

Trump to name White House aide to homeland security post: official

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 2:09pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, who as top aide to his White House chief of staff has sought to instill order in Trump's team, to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a White House official said on Wednesday.

Bloomberg's charity donates $64 million to 'war on coal'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:49pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity gave another $64 million to a campaign that aims to slash the number of U.S. coal-fired plants by two thirds by 2020, he said on Wednesday.

House panel approves $36.5 billion for disaster relief

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has approved $36.5 billion in emergency funding for relief and recovery from the recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires, a spokeswoman for the committee's chairman said late on Tuesday.

Las Vegas shooting victim sues hotel, festival organizer, 'bump stock' maker

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:40pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A California woman wounded in the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival has filed a lawsuit against the operators of the hotel where the gunman fired from, the festival organizers and the maker of a device that allowed weapons to be fired at a near-automatic rate.

Charlottesville, Virginia, schools on partial lockdown after threat

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:09pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist protest over a Confederate statue turned deadly this summer, were under a partial lockdown on Wednesday after the FBI discovered a potential online threat, authorities said.

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