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Three executions planned Thursday for three U.S. states

1 hour 21 min ago
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Alabama, Florida and Texas plan to execute inmates on Thursday and if carried out, it would be the first time in eight years that three people on death row have been executed on the same day since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States.

Deadly flooding forces evacuations across U.S. South, Midwest

2 hours 24 min ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Southern Plains and Midwest braced for more flooding on Thursday as snow-melting temperatures and heavy rains swelled waterways after claiming the lives of at least two people, including a child, and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.

U.S. students protest over gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:07pm
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages.

U.S. students protest gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 9:10pm
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages.

Pennsylvania Republicans ask Supreme Court to block new congressional map

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:01pm
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republicans on Wednesday filed an emergency appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional map drawn by the state's top court from taking effect ahead of this year's mid-term elections.

Trump says arming teachers could help prevent school massacres

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:29pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres like last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, voicing support for an idea backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights group.

Judge dismisses New York Columbia University student's claims over rape reports

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:06pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a Columbia University student's lawsuit accusing the school of acting with deliberate indifference after she was sexually assaulted twice as a freshman in her dormitory room.

Ex-Arkansas judge who bartered in sexual favors sentenced to prison

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:02pm
(Reuters) - A former Arkansas district judge has been sentenced to five years in prison on charges that included granting leniency to defendants in his court if they gave him sexual favors in return, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday.

U.S. students turn to gun-control group after school shooting

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - When they got prayers and thoughts from U.S. lawmakers after a massacre at a Florida high school that left 17 students and teachers dead, thousands of young people turned to the country's largest gun-control advocacy group to learn how to make their voices heard.

Trump says arming teachers could prevent school massacres

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 5:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres such as last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Family of black man killed by Washington police gets $3.5 million settlement

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The city of Washington will pay $3.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of an unarmed black man who was shot to death by police in 2016, officials said on Wednesday.

United Technologies wins $2.5 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Technologies Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp, has been awarded a maximum $2.5 billion contract for aviation-related spare parts and related services, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Trump vows action on gun background checks after Florida shooting

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:59pm
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed to take steps to improve background checks for gun buyers in the wake of last week's deadly Florida high school shooting as hundreds of students joined scattered protests around the United States.

More than $500,000 raised for 13 siblings held captive in California

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:23pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thirteen siblings in Southern California who authorities say were beaten, shackled and abused by their parents can count on more than $500,000 in donations that local groups have raised for their care.

New York man pleads guilty to attempting to support to Islamic State

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former plumbing assistant from New York City pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to provide material support to Islamic State.

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

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:15pm
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.

Family of black man killed by Washington police get $3.5 million settlement

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:14pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The city of Washington and the family of an unarmed black man shot to death by police in 2016 have agreed to a $3.5 million settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit, officials said on Wednesday.

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

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:44pm
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 manager Paul Manafort and campaign aide Rick Gates, a court record indicated on Wednesday.

Supreme Court declines to broaden whistleblower protections

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:42pm
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 shielded against retaliation.

U.S. hate groups proliferate in Trump's first year, watchdog says

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:40pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. hate groups expanded last year under President Donald Trump, fueled by his immigration stance and the perception that he sympathized with those espousing white supremacy, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday

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