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VW to give up to $1,000 payments to polluting diesel owners in Vermont, Arizona

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:48am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG is paying owners of polluting diesel-powered vehicles up to $1,000 in additional payments to settle state lawsuits in Vermont, the state's attorney general said on Wednesday.

Unique George Washington gold coin at auction in first since 1890

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:39am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A one of a kind 18th century gold coin bearing the likeness of the first U.S. President, George Washington, is expected to fetch more than $1 million when it goes up for auction in August, auctioneers said on Wednesday.

Minnesota online sensation raccoon captured atop skyscraper

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 8:57am
(Reuters) - A raccoon that climbed to the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday was captured after becoming a star on the web, where it won the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.

Raccoon reaches top of Minnesota skyscraper, touches hearts

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 7:35am
(Reuters) - A raccoon reached the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday after becoming a star on the web, where it captured the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.

Parkland survivors keep memory of shooting alive

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 7:27am
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Hundreds of seniors in red caps and gowns at their Florida high school graduation ceremony on June 3 listened intently to speakers who told them what they could achieve. "Don't let anything stop you," one said.

U.S. disaster-response force stretched thin as hurricane season starts

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 6:37am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last September, the top U.S. disaster-response official ordered all hands on deck.

UAW's new leader faces contract talks, federal probe

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 6:09am
DETROIT (Reuters) - The union that represents factory workers at the Detroit Three automakers was due to elect a new leader on Wednesday ahead of tough 2019 contract talks likely to coincide with declining U.S. sales of new vehicles.

Winds, high temperatures forecast as large wildfires burn in western U.S.

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 5:30am
(Reuters) - Prime conditions for wildfires are forecast for Wednesday in the western United States, where firefighters are battling to gain control over several large blazes that have forced the evacuation of more than 4,400 homes.

Colorado wildfires displace thousands, prompt national forest closure

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:03am
DENVER (Reuters) - Firefighters battled to gain control over several large wildfires in Colorado on Tuesday, including two blazes at opposite ends of the state that have prompted the evacuation of more than 3,500 homes and the closure of a national forest.

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.