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New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 1:57pm
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California's largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week.

New evacuations ordered as California wildfires rage on

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 10:38am
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.

Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 5:06am
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Santa Ana winds that have stoked wildfires across Southern California, destroying hundreds of buildings and forcing evacuations of some 200,000 people are forecast to return in force on Sunday, authorities said.

California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 4:25pm
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 2:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.

Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:28pm
JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations.

Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:20am
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state's devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify.

California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:03am
(Reuters) - Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well.

Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 4:22am
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again.

Court upholds conviction in 'Making of a Murderer' case

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:37pm
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the murder conviction of a Wisconsin man in a case chronicled in the television documentary “Making of a Murderer," overturning a lower court judge who had tossed out the original guilty verdict.

Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:56pm
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes.

Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:15pm
(Reuters) - The trade group representing U.S. drugmakers on Friday said it has a filed a lawsuit to stop California from implementing a law aimed at reining in prescription drug prices.

Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:32pm
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years.

U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:51pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed "Dreamers" brought into the country illegally as children.

No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:27pm
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community.

Boston Herald files for bankruptcy protection to pursue sale

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:15pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The parent company of the Boston Herald filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and will look to sell the newspaper to Gatehouse Media LLC, a move that underscores the hard times facing traditional print journalism.

New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBI

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:13pm
TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - A gunman who killed two students at a New Mexico high school and then took his own life was a former student who was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last year after he asked online about buying weapons for a mass shooting, officials said on Friday.

U.S. top court takes up Republican challenge to Maryland electoral district

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday added a second case to its docket on a contentious issue that could have major consequences for American elections, agreeing to decide whether Democratic lawmakers in Maryland unlawfully drew a congressional district in a way that would prevent a Republican candidate from winning.

Delta Air Lines cancels hundreds of flights due to winter storm

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:10pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines has canceled more than 600 flights due to inclement weather at its Atlanta hub, the carrier said on Friday, as a winter storm travels towards the northeast, threatening more cancellations and delays.

N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 3:47pm
(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would consider a bill in his last month in office that would subsidize the state's nuclear power plants to prevent them from retiring early, sparking criticism from some energy companies and environmental and public interest groups on Friday.

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