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Plane by plane, New York greets Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane

1 hour 53 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - There were only a few minutes left before baggage carousel No. 4 jolted to life at John F. Kennedy International Airport, soon to be ringed with people coming from Puerto Rico on one-way tickets they never would have bought if not for the hurricane.

One dead, another missing after oil barge fire off Texas

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 7:48pm
(Reuters) - At least one person was killed and another was missing on Friday after an oil barge being pulled by a tug boat caught fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, officials said.

Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto Rico

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:10pm
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc said on Friday it is collaborating with AT&T Inc to deliver limited internet connectivity to the hardest-hit areas of Puerto Rico through its "Project Loon" balloon project.

Florida programmer sentenced to 16 months for bitcoin exchange scheme

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:47pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida software engineer was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of scheming to help an illegal bitcoin exchange avoid having banks and regulators look into its activities.

U.S. court blocks immigrant teen's bid to obtain abortion

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:31pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday prevented a pregnant teen detained by the government as an illegal immigrant from immediately obtaining an abortion while leaving open the possibility that she could undergo the procedure within days.

Creditors win closely watched appeal in Momentive bankruptcy

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:18pm
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in New York on Friday ruled in favor of senior creditors who had contested interest rates imposed on them during the bankruptcy of silicone maker Momentive Performance Materials, reversing a decision that had sparked alarm among lenders.

Lawyer charged alongside Martin Shkreli goes on trial

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:14pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors were presented with a stark choice during opening statements Friday in the trial of Evan Greebel, the lawyer charged with conspiracy alongside former drug executive Martin Shkreli: was he Shkreli's "right hand man," or a victim of his deceit?

U.S. court hears arguments over immigrant detainee's abortion access

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:52pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. attorney told a federal appeals court on Friday that the government had no obligation to facilitate an abortion for a 17-year-old detained as an illegal immigrant in Texas, but a lawyer for the teen argued she has a constitutional right to receive the procedure.

Oil barge explosion off Texas kills one, fire now out

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:38pm
(Reuters) - At least one person was killed and another was missing on Friday after an oil barge being pulled by a tug boat caught fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, officials said.

Three charged in shooting after white nationalist's Florida speech

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:19pm
(Reuters) - A Texas man who shot at protesters after a white nationalist's speech at the University of Florida and two brothers who urged him to "kill them" have been charged with attempted homicide, police said on Friday.

U.S. judge wrestles with issue of Indonesian immigrants

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:42pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge wrestled on Friday with how much longer she can delay a Trump administration move to deport 47 Indonesian Christians who fled deadly violence in that country two decades ago and have been living illegally in New Hampshire under an informal deal with immigration officials.

Pharmacist's 'deadly' choices sparked U.S. meningitis outbreak: prosecutors

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:23pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor told jurors on Friday that a Massachusetts pharmacist gambled with patients' lives by making drugs in unsafe ways that led to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, but a defense lawyer said he was no murderer.

Merck to cut 1,800 U.S. sales jobs, add 960 in chronic care

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:45am
(Reuters) - Drugmaker Merck & Co Inc , moving to a new sales team structure in the United States, plans to cut 1,800 sales positions, while adding 960 jobs to a new chronic care sales force, the company said on Friday.

Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:40am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.

Merck to cut 1,800 U.S. sales jobs, add 960 jobs in chronic care

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:22am
(Reuters) - Drugmaker Merck & Co Inc , moving to a new sales team structure in the United States, plans to cut 1,800 sales positions, while adding 960 jobs to a new chronic care sales force, the company said on Friday.

Prosecutors seek pharmacist's conviction over U.S. meningitis outbreak

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 9:12am
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor on Friday told jurors that a Massachusetts pharmacist, charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak, acted with a "depraved heart" while knowingly producing non-sterile drugs.

Trump launches petition against NFL players' anthem protests

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:27am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it.

EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressure

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:08am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation's biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters.

EPA abandons changes to renewable fuel program after lawmaker pressure: letter

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 7:05am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of controversial changes to the nation's renewable fuel program after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers, the agency said in a letter to lawmakers seen by Reuters.

Trial wraps up for pharmacist in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:26am
BOSTON (Reuters) - Closing arguments are set for Friday in the trial of a Massachusetts pharmacist accused of murder and fraud for his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more across the United States.

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