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Republican Sanford loses in South Carolina after Trump urges his ouster

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:44pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost a Republican congressional primary in South Carolina on Tuesday, after Trump urged voters to punish Sanford's disloyalty by tossing him from office.

U.S. House sets debate next week on 'Dreamer' immigration bills

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 9:46pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, in a bid to settle a divisive election-year fight among his fellow Republicans, will bring two competing immigration bills to the House floor next week that are aimed at protecting illegal "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation.

Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb' tweet mystifies China

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 9:00pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - Ivanka Trump did not accompany her father to Singapore for his summit with Kim Jong Un, but in an apparent show of support, tweeted what she described as a Chinese proverb: "Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it."

House Speaker Ryan sets debate next week on 'Dreamer' immigration bills

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 8:55pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan will advance two competing immigration bills to the full House of Representatives next week in an attempt to resolve a deep split within the Republican Party on legislation to protect illegal "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation.

Trump weighs in on South Carolina primary race as 5 states vote

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 8:27pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump waded into a Republican congressional primary in South Carolina a few hours before polls closed on Tuesday, urging voters to oust fellow Republican Mark Sanford because he had not been supportive enough of him.

Suspect in deadly Florida standoff had stockpiled guns: police

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 7:18pm
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A convicted felon found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Orlando, Florida apartment alongside the bodies of four children after a standoff in which he shot a police officer had stockpiled an arsenal of guns, police said on Tuesday.

Ex-N.Y. lawmaker pleads guilty to defrauding federal disaster agency

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 5:51pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former New York state lawmaker pleaded guilty on Tuesday to defrauding a federal disaster relief agency out of aid money meant for victims of Hurricane Sandy and pressuring witnesses to lie to authorities, prosecutors said.

Dancing FBI agent whose gun went off faces charges

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 5:37pm
DENVER (Reuters) - An off-duty FBI agent who accidentally shot a man at a Denver bar after doing a dance floor backflip was charged on Tuesday with second-degree assault, prosecutors said.

Thousands of U.S. asylum claims in doubt after Sessions' decision

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 3:59pm
(Reuters) - New limitations on asylum imposed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions could invalidate tens of thousands of pending claims brought by women, children and others fleeing violence in their home countries, according to immigration attorneys.

Trump economic adviser Kudlow to stay in hospital after heart attack

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 3:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump's tough stance on global trade, will remain in a Washington-area hospital but was expected to "make a full and speedy" recovery after suffering a heart attack, the White House said on Tuesday.

Missouri businessman sentenced to 10 years for payday lending scheme

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:30pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Kansas City, Missouri businessman was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday after he was found guilty running a $220 million payday lending scheme that charged illegally high interest rates and signed up borrowers without their consent, federal prosecutors said.

U.S. electricity commission sees no emergency in power market

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 1:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All five members of the panel that regulates the U.S. power grid indicated at a Senate hearing on Tuesday there was no emergency in the country's electricity markets, potentially undermining efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to save ailing coal and nuclear plants through subsidies.

Virginia battle highlights U.S. Congress primary elections in 5 states

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 1:19pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voters in five U.S. states went to the polls on Tuesday to pick candidates for November's midterm elections, with a battle among Virginia Democrats for the right to challenge an endangered congressional Republican topping the slate of party primaries.

Union leaders to meet General Electric in bid to save Virginia jobs

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 1:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Union leaders plan to meet with General Electric Co on Wednesday in a bid to avert closure of a Virginia factory that makes controls for GE's power plants, the company and the union said on Tuesday.

Minor explosion at Hawaii volcano spews more ash into the air

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:15pm
(Reuters) - Another small explosion at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano shot more ash high into the atmosphere, putting communities in the southern part of the Big Island at risk, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Ex-Chemours employee pleads guilty in U.S. trade secrets case

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:24am
(Reuters) - A former employee of chemicals firm Chemours Co has pleaded guilty to a U.S. charge that he conspired to steal trade secrets related to its lucrative sodium cyanide business and sell them to Chinese investors, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Significant rain for Colorado wildfire unlikely until weekend: NWS

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:12am
(Reuters) - Firefighters battling a raging wildfire in southwestern Colorado faced more hot, dry conditions and gusting winds on Tuesday, and significant rainfall relief was not expected until the weekend, officials said.

Massachusetts sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma, executives

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 9:40am
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP accusing the OxyContin maker of illegally promoting the use of opioids and became the first state to sue the drugmaker's executives and directors to hold them responsible as well.

Democrats aim to mobilize African-American base, win back white moderates

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 6:49am
JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Walking through his law office in Jackson, Mississippi, Mike Espy shows off a framed award from the National Rifle Association recognizing his pro-gun votes in Congress.

Democratic House race in Virginia highlights primary voting in five states

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 6:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voters in five states will select candidates on Tuesday for November's midterm elections, with a Democratic battle in Virginia for the right to challenge one of the most endangered Republicans in Congress topping the slate of party primaries.