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Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

53 min 58 sec ago
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds.

Accused N.Y. bomber's family says attack 'our worst nightmare'

1 hour 3 sec ago
DHAKA (Reuters) - Zulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would live the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi living in the United States, but that dream turned into a nightmare when the family saw pictures of her husband wounded after allegedly trying to set off a bomb in a crowded New York commuter hub.

Three U.S. men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

1 hour 45 min ago
(Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks.

U.S. judge orders accused New York bomber detained ahead of trial

1 hour 57 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub will remain in federal custody while he awaits trial on charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

U.S. sanctions two Africans over ivory, weapons trade

2 hours 21 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday blacklisted two people it said supported the outlawed Lord's Resistance Army in Central African Republic through the illegal trade in ivory, weapons and money aimed at fueling conflict in the region.

Trump administration calls for government IT to adopt cloud services

3 hours 3 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said Wednesday the U.S. government needs a major overhaul of information technology systems and should take steps to better protect data and accelerate efforts to use cloud-based technology.

Three men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

3 hours 47 min ago
(Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court documents.

U.N. expert says torture persists at Guantanamo Bay; U.S. denies

4 hours 6 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - An independent U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility, despite Washington banning "enhanced interrogation techniques" almost 10 years ago.

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

4 hours 21 min ago
(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator by the state's governor on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

Obamacare sign-ups rise but overall enrollment set to fall

4 hours 42 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment, the government said on Wednesday, but it did not appear to be enough to grow the program.

Three men to plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

5 hours 25 min ago
(Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men have agreed to plead guilty to computer crimes related to the creation and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court documents.

N.Y. power seen sufficient after Indian Point nuclear retirement: report

5 hours 33 min ago
(Reuters) - New York's power grid operator said on Wednesday the state should have enough electricity after the closure of two reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2020 and 2021, as new sources of mostly natural gas-fired generation enter service.

Anti-pipeline group goes back to work against Keystone XL

5 hours 34 min ago
SEWARD, Nebraska (Reuters) - Nebraska's main anti-pipeline group is trying to rally opposition to the TransCanada Keystone XL project's recently approved route through the state, tracking down landowners it says were not given a voice in the regulatory process.

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

6 hours 9 min ago
(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference.

Obamacare sign-ups rise to 1 million as pace picks up before deadline

6 hours 11 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance next year surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment on the federally-run HealthCare.gov website, picking up the pace ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

Renewed winds, dry conditions hamper fight to tame California wildfire

6 hours 14 min ago
CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters trying to tame a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California were facing bone-dry conditions and the return of powerful wind gusts on Wednesday.

White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman resigns

6 hours 22 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former reality television star-turned political aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, has resigned from the White House to "pursue other opportunities," Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

Accused NYC bomber to formally face terrorism charges as soon as Wednesday

7 hours 40 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs is expected to be formally charged as early as Wednesday with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and other crimes.

U.N. expert says inmate U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

7 hours 40 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks

7 hours 53 min ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers.

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