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Trump defends cabinet member Acosta embroiled in Epstein sex-abuse case

By Roberta Rampton and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who is under pressure from Democrats to resign over his handling of a decade-old sex abuse case against financier Jeffrey Epstein, but said he, too,...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 5:49pm

Fire rips through Philadelphia refinery, no significant injuries

(Reuters) - Firefighters are battling a massive fire at Philadelphia Energy Solutions' refinery in Philadelphia that has resulted in several explosions but caused no significant injuries, the company said on Friday. The fire began early Friday morning in a butane vat at the 335,000 barrel-per-day...

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:36am

U.S. Supreme Court rules for cross-shaped war memorial on public land in Maryland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 40-foot-tall (12 meters) cross-shaped war memorial standing on public land in Maryland does not represent an impermissible government endorsement of religion, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a major decision testing the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution's...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:40am

'Horror movie' sex cult hid in 'cookie cutter' New York suburb-prosecutor

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A reputed New York sex cult whose leader is accused of holding a woman hostage and having women branded with his initials carried out his crimes in an upstate subdivision that hid a "horror movie" reality, a federal prosecutor said on Monday. Keith Raniere...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 5:10pm

U.S. Supreme Court sends lesbian wedding cake dispute back to lower court

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling against the owners of an Oregon bakery who refused based on their Christian beliefs to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in another case pitting gay rights against religious rights. The justices sent the case back...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:27am

Street clashes erupt in Memphis after marshals kill black man

(Reuters) - A crowd of protesters, some of them throwing rocks, squared off against police in riot gear in Memphis, Tennessee, overnight after officers from the U.S. Marshals Service fatally shot a black man during an attempted arrest, officials said on Thursday. At least two dozen police officers...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:55am

California synagogue mourns woman who 'took the bullet' in weekend shooting

By Joseph Ax and Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - The woman who was killed in a deadly shooting at a Southern California synagogue will be buried on Monday after being hailed as a hero, as police continue to investigate the motive of the 19-year-old suspect. Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, had attended...

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 11:28am

Florida judge blocks release of video in Patriots owner prostitution case

(Reuters) - A Florida judge on Wednesday blocked prosecutors from releasing surveillance video from inside the massage parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and dozens of other men have been accused of soliciting prostitution. Prosecutors said earlier in the day in...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 5:31pm

Patriots owner Kraft can avoid prosecution in Florida prostitution sting: prosecutors

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - The owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots could be spared prosecution on charges of soliciting prostitution in Florida if he agrees to community service and other obligations, a spokesman for prosecutors said on Tuesday. Robert Kraft, the National...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 4:43pm

Statue of Liberty climber sentenced to community service, probation

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman convicted of trespassing and disorderly conduct after she climbed the Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal on July 4 last year to protest U.S. immigration policy was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and five years' probation on Tuesday. Therese Patricia...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 1:11pm

Students tied to U.S. college admissions scandal could face expulsion

(Reuters) - The University of Southern California said it may expel students linked to the largest college-admissions cheating scandal in U.S. history after it completes a review of their records. The school said on Monday night that it has already "placed holds on the accounts of students who may...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:15am

U.S. Supreme Court gives Trump victory on immigration detention

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed U.S. government authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime - potentially even years - after they have completed prison terms for criminal convictions, handing President Donald Trump a victory as he pursues hardline...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:48am

Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among 50 charged in U.S. college fraud scheme

BOSTON (Reuters) - Federal authorities arrested dozens of people on Tuesday for a $25 million scheme to help wealthy Americans, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and some CEOs, cheat their children's way into elite universities, such as Yale and Stanford. The largest college...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 4:06pm

U.S. minorities consume less but suffer more from pollution: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. air pollution is disproportionately caused by white consumers, while African-Americans and Hispanics are burdened most by the emissions, a peer-reviewed study showed on Monday. On average, African-Americans are exposed to about 56 percent more fine particulate matter...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 11:09am

Trump proposes e-cigarette user fee to combat youth usage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is proposing adding a user fee to e-cigarettes to fund FDA oversight of new tobacco and nicotine products as part of an effort to reduce use by teenagers, according to his budget proposal released on Monday. The budget estimated that the fee could...

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 2:40pm

Trump visits Alabama communities devastated by tornadoes

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday visited communities in eastern Alabama devastated by tornadoes that tore through homes and businesses, killing 23 people. The president and first lady Melania Trump took a helicopter tour of the area before visiting the homes of...

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 4:07pm

Top women's soccer players sue U.S. Soccer for gender discrimination

 The U.S. women's national soccer team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation on Friday with allegations of gender discrimination just three months before they open their World Cup title defense in France. All 28 members of the United States squad were named as plaintiffs in federal...

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 1:57pm

Ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning jailed for defying grand jury subpoena

(Reuters) - Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was taken to jail on Friday after a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, held her in contempt for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury, representatives for Manning and the U.S. Justice Department confirmed. Manning had...

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 1:26pm

U.S. chef Mario Batali cuts ties with restaurants after abuse accusation

(Reuters) - Celebrity chef Mario Batali on Wednesday said he had cut ties with his U.S. restaurants as he fights an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment. Batali has sold his shares in the 16-restaurant operation, including Babbo and Del Posto, to former partners Tanya Bastianich...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:56pm

King the wire fox terrier wins crown at Westminster dog show

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wire fox terrier won "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, emerging as the top dog among nearly 3,000 barking, tail-wagging competitors. The animal, named King, captured the most coveted prize at the two-day event...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:37am