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New sealed charges brought in case against ex-Trump campaign manager

By Sarah N. Lynch and Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against two of President Donald Trump's former campaign officials, a court...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:47pm

Cruz urges biofuels policy revamp at rally for bankrupt U.S. refiner

By Jarrett Renshaw Philadelphia (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump's administration to push for an overhaul of the nation's biofuels policy, during a rally at a Pennsylvania oil refinery that blames its...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:37pm

Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:47pm

House panel sets Feb 28 hearing on Puerto Rico's power restoration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee plans to hold a hearing next week to discuss efforts to restore Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure in the wake of last year's devastating storms, the panel said in a statement released on Wednesday...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:47pm

Supreme Court declines to broaden whistleblower protections

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to broaden protections for corporate insiders who call out misconduct, ruling they must take claims of wrongdoing to the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to be...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:37pm

Democrats want $300 million to fight possible Russia election tampering

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic leaders called on Congress on Wednesday to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation $300 million to fight foreign efforts to interfere in congressional and state elections in November, amid growing...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:37pm

Trump signals he's open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday praised an experimental program in Oregon that charges a mileage tax to volunteer drivers, adding to signals that President Donald Trump is open to finding new revenue sources to pay for...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:55pm

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 21) - Obama administration, Jeff Sessions

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:25pm

Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban

By Zachary Fagenson and Roberta Rampton TALLAHASSEE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of teenaged survivors of the second-deadliest public school shooting in U.S. history marched on Florida's capital on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to ban sales of...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99

By Bill Trott (Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

Albertsons to buy Rite Aid as Amazon threat looms

(The Feb. 20 story was corrected to remove a reference to Albertsons dropping IPO plans in 2017 in paragraph 4) By Siddharth Cavale (Reuters) - U.S. grocer Albertsons Cos Inc said it would buy drug store chain Rite Aid Corp <RAD.N>...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

Broadcom trims Qualcomm offer to $117 billion after new NXP deal

By Greg Roumeliotis (Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd <AVGO.O> cut its bid for Qualcomm Inc <QCOM.O> on Wednesday by 4 percent to $117 billion, after the latter raised the stakes in the chipmaker takeover battle with a sweetened $44 billion agreement to...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

Trump signals open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday praised an experimental program in Oregon that charges a mileage tax to volunteer drivers, adding to signals that President Donald Trump is open to finding new revenue sources to pay for...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

Number of U.S. hate groups jumps 20 percent since 2014: watchdog

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. hate groups rose again in 2017, during President Donald Trump's first year in office, and has surged 20 percent since 2014, a U.S. civil rights watchdog said on Wednesday....

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as more bombs fall

By Dahlia Nehme and Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their "turn to die" on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

By Ellen Francis and Ece Toksabay BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Wednesday that pro-Damascus forces would face "serious consequences" for entering Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive. Their...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

New U.S. criminal charges filed under seal in Manafort case

By Sarah N. Lynch and Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the criminal case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

Democrats want $300 million to fight possible Russia election tampering

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic leaders called on Congress on Wednesday to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation $300 million to fight Russian efforts to interfere in congressional and state elections in November...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm

Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban

By Zachary Fagenson and Roberta Rampton TALLAHASSEE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of teenaged survivors of the second-deadliest public school shooting in U.S. history marched on Florida's capital on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to ban sales of assault rifles of the sort used to kill 17...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:05pm

Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released, rules pushed by U.S. on ice

By Charlotte Greenfield and Colin Packham WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signalling the pact was a step closer...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:00pm