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Magician's death by hanging in Hollywood ruled accidental by coroner

Magician's death by hanging in Hollywood ruled accidental by coronerThe death of a world-class magician found hanged in his dressing room at a popular Hollywood nightclub called the Magic Castle was ruled an accident on Saturday by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Department, an agency official said. Daryl Easton, 61, touted on his website as a card-trick specialist known internationally as "The Magician's Magician," was found by employees of the club hanged on Friday in a death that police said they were investigating as an apparent suicide. Easton's body was found fully clothed with a bag over his head, said Vicki Greenleaf, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Magical Arts, which owns the Magic Castle.



02/25/2017 - 07:45 PM

 

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceablyBy Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tim Scott faced a quandary on Saturday in hosting his town hall: he promised to meet with his South Carolina constituents, but he wanted to avoid the kind of adversarial free-for-all so many Republicans encountered this week. Scott decided to ban placards from his North Charlestown meeting in hopes of averting the raucousness that erupted at dozens of town halls during the first congressional recess of Donald Trump's month-old presidency. The senator also required the crowd submit questions in writing ahead of time after other Republican lawmakers faced a wave of anger on issues ranging from Trump's immigration and healthcare policies to the president's ties to Russia.



02/25/2017 - 07:00 PM

 

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceablyBy Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tim Scott faced a quandary on Saturday in hosting his town hall: he promised to meet with his South Carolina constituents, but he wanted to avoid the kind of adversarial free-for-all so many Republicans encountered this week. Scott decided to ban placards from his North Charlestown meeting in hopes of averting the raucousness that erupted at dozens of town halls during the first congressional recess of Donald Trump's month-old presidency. The senator also required the crowd submit questions in writing ahead of time after other Republican lawmakers faced a wave of anger on issues ranging from Trump's immigration and healthcare policies to the president's ties to Russia.



02/25/2017 - 06:16 PM

 

Democrats pick Perez to lead party against Trump

Democrats pick Perez to lead party against TrumpU.S. Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Members of the Democratic National Committee, the administrative and fundraising arm of the party, picked Perez on the second round of voting over U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, a liberal from Minnesota. Following one of the most crowded and competitive party leadership elections in decades, Perez faces a challenge in unifying and rejuvenating a party still reeling from the Nov. 8 loss of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.



02/25/2017 - 05:36 PM

 

Kuwait could pay up to $60,000 for party at Trump Hotel in Washington

Kuwait could pay up to $60,000 for party at Trump Hotel in WashingtonBy Julia Harte WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Kuwaiti government could pay up to $60,000 to President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington for a party on Saturday that will be an early test of Trump's promise to turn over profits from such events to the U.S. Treasury. The Kuwait Embassy is hosting an event to mark their National Day. Similar National Day celebrations at the Trump International Hotel for a crowd of several hundred can run from $40,000 to $60,000, according to cost estimates from the hotel seen by Reuters.



02/25/2017 - 02:29 PM

 

Highlights: The Trump presidency on Feb. 24 at 12:35 a.m. EST/17:35 GMT

Highlights: The Trump presidency on Feb. 24 at 12:35 a.m. EST/17:35 GMT(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Friday: MILITARY BUILDUP Trump says he will make a massive budget request for one of the "greatest military buildups in American history" in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists. REGULATION Trump signs an executive order aimed at repealing or simplifying federal regulations. TRUMP AND FBI Trump criticizes the FBI for failing to stop leaks of national security information to the media and directs the agency to find those who pass on classified information.



02/25/2017 - 12:23 PM

 

Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelines

Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelinesBy Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well. The Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, was cleared by law enforcement on Thursday and almost 50 people, many of them Native Americans and environmental activists, were arrested. The number of demonstrators had dwindled from the thousands who poured into the camp starting in August to oppose the pipeline that critics say threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.



02/25/2017 - 06:08 AM

 

Wisconsin man jailed for cutting off woman's pinky finger: media

Wisconsin man jailed for cutting off woman's pinky finger: mediaA Wisconsin man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Friday for cutting off a woman's pinky finger with a machete and trying to close the wound with a blow torch during a ceremony for a fellow fan of a hip hop band, media reported. In August, Jonathan Schrap, 25, and three other people held a "ritualistic memorial" at his home for a fellow fan of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse who died in 2015, a local ABC affiliate reported, citing a criminal compliant filed by the state. Schrap pleaded no contest earlier this week to a felony charge of second degree reckless injury charge, according to online court records.



02/25/2017 - 03:36 AM

 

Pfizer subpoenaed in U.S. over patient assistance plans

Pfizer subpoenaed in U.S. over patient assistance plans(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said it received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts related to its support for organizations that provide financial help to Medicare patients. "Pfizer is among a number of companies that have received subpoenas regarding this matter," the New York-based company said in an emailed statement on Friday. Drugmakers including Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc have disclosed involvement in similar government investigations.



02/24/2017 - 09:52 PM

 

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crimeKANSAS CITY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A white U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible hate crime that shocked the victim's home country. The shooting on Wednesday night led news bulletins in India and triggered outrage on social media, where people voiced concern that U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" position on immigration and jobs has fueled a climate of intolerance. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday that any loss of life was tragic, but it would be absurd to link the killing to Trump's rhetoric.



02/24/2017 - 09:33 PM

 

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crimeBy Dave Kaup and Aditya Kalra KANSAS CITY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A 51-year-old man has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible bias-motivated crime that shocked the victim's home country. The shooting on Wednesday night led news bulletins in India and triggered outrage on social media, where people voiced concern that U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" position on immigration and jobs has fueled a climate of intolerance. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday that any loss of life was tragic, but it would be absurd to link the killing to Trump's rhetoric.



02/24/2017 - 06:20 PM

 

Groups appeal decision that upheld U.S. rule on retirement advice

Groups appeal decision that upheld U.S. rule on retirement adviceFive U.S. financial services groups on Friday appealed a federal court decision handed down earlier this month that upheld an Obama-era rule designed to avoid conflicts of interests when brokers give retirement advice. "This is a misguided rule that will harm retirement savers and financial services firms that provide needed assistance and options to their clients, including modest savers and small business employees," the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Financial Services Institute, Financial Services Roundtable, Insured Retirement Institute, and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association said in a statement.



02/24/2017 - 06:07 PM

 

Industry groups appeal Texas judge's ruling upholding retirement rule

Industry groups appeal Texas judge's ruling upholding retirement ruleThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce appealed a Texas federal judge's ruling upholding a Labor Department's regulation aimed at putting retirement savers' interest first on Friday, the latest salvo in the securities industry's fight against the regulation. Earlier this month, Chief Judge Barbara Lynn of the Northern District of Texas ruled against the Chamber of Commerce and its many co-plaintiffs, dismissing its arguments that the Labor Department had exceeded its legal authority creating the rule, and that it had failed to conduct an adequate cost-benefit analysis to help justify the regulation. The Labor Department's "fiduciary" rule requires brokers to put their clients' best interests first when advising them about individual retirement accounts or 401(k) retirement plans.



02/24/2017 - 05:57 PM

 

Overhaul of Medicaid expansion could cost states $32 billion: report

Overhaul of Medicaid expansion could cost states $32 billion: reportProposals in Congress that would effectively end Medicaid expansion in 31 U.S. states would cost those states at least $32 billion altogether in 2019, according to a report released on Friday. Republican President Donald Trump has pushed to fulfill a campaign promise to replace Obamacare, his Democratic predecessor's signature healthcare plan, with the help of a Republican-controlled Congress. More details of potential replacements by U.S. House Republicans for former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act emerged on Friday, though they have yet to agree on a single detailed policy proposal to repeal and replace the healthcare law.



02/24/2017 - 05:51 PM

 

Petrobras settles four more lawsuits with investors in the U.S

Petrobras settles four more lawsuits with investors in the U.SSAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, said on Friday its board has approved settlements with investors in four more lawsuits in a U.S. federal court in New York.



02/24/2017 - 05:46 PM

 

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rulesBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.



02/24/2017 - 05:42 PM

 

Kansas shooting raises fears with local Indian-Americans

Kansas shooting raises fears with local Indian-AmericansThe suspected gunman, U.S. Navy veteran Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with the premeditated murder in Olathe, just outside Kansas City, of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and the attempted murder of Alok Madasani, also 32, as well as an American who tried to intervene. Before opening fire, Purinton is accused of shouting "get out of my country," a bystander told the Kansas City Star. Several members of the Kansas City area's Indian-American community said the attack had forced them to think about their safety.



02/24/2017 - 05:31 PM

 

NAACP calls for boycott of North Carolina over voting, bathroom laws

NAACP calls for boycott of North Carolina over voting, bathroom lawsBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday said it would not hold its convention in North Carolina and urged other organizations to boycott the state in protest of laws adopted by the Republican-led legislature. The civil rights groups described the move as the first step in an economic boycott that could be expanded in North Carolina and replicated in other states that enact laws limiting voting rights and protections for gay and transgender people. NAACP leaders asked artists, religious groups, educators and sports leagues to join the effort.



02/24/2017 - 05:13 PM

 

Chicago schools rescind $18 million cut, pushing budget gap to $129 million

Chicago schools rescind $18 million cut, pushing budget gap to $129 millionThe Chicago Public Schools (CPS) said on Friday it will return $18 million in funding cuts to certain schools in a move that will increase the cash-strapped district's lingering budget deficit to $129 million. "CPS has not identified a funding stream to pay for these changes," the district said in a statement. The nation's third-largest public school system earlier this month froze $46 million in discretionary funds schools generally use to pay for textbooks, technology and field trips to help offset a loss of $215 million in state money.



02/24/2017 - 04:43 PM

 

Family of Mexican immigrant to U.S. settles lawsuit over videotaped abuse

Family of Mexican immigrant to U.S. settles lawsuit over videotaped abuseFamily members of an illegal immigrant who died in 2010 following a brutal encounter with federal border agents that was captured on videotape have agreed to settle their lawsuit against the U.S. government for $1 million, court documents show. Video footage of a U.S. Customs officer tasering Anastacio Rojas Hernandez at least four times while he lay on the ground handcuffed and surrounded by nearly a dozen agents has been widely broadcast and appeared in a PBS documentary about border deaths. Hernandez's five children sued the Department of Homeland Security and the agents over their father's death.



02/24/2017 - 04:18 PM

 

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flightBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.



02/24/2017 - 03:55 PM

 

California governor proposes spending $437 million on aging dams, flood control

California governor proposes spending $437 million on aging dams, flood controlCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown on Friday proposed spending $437 million for flood control and emergency response and preparedness, days after damage at the country's tallest dam, located northeast of the state capital, led to the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people downstream. Damage to both the regular spillway and its emergency counterpart at the Oroville Dam earlier this month brought issues with aging infrastructure into sharp relief in a state that relies on a complex system of dams and reservoirs to irrigate farms and provide drinking water for nearly 40 million people.



02/24/2017 - 03:16 PM

 

Federal prosecutors question NYC mayor over fundraising: reports

Federal prosecutors question NYC mayor over fundraising: reportsNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio met with federal prosecutors on Friday as part of their lengthy investigation into whether people involved in fundraising for his election campaign broke corruption laws, according to news reports. De Blasio, a Democrat who faces reelection in November, has repeatedly said he and his campaign staff have done nothing wrong and that he was cooperating with prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan in their yearlong criminal investigation.



02/24/2017 - 02:32 PM

 

Virginia taxi driver sentenced to 11 years for supporting Islamic State

Virginia taxi driver sentenced to 11 years for supporting Islamic StateA former Virginia taxi driver was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday for trying to help another man join the Islamic State militant group in Syria, the Justice Department said. Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 26, of Woodbridge, had pleaded guilty in October to driving Joseph Hassan Farrokh to Richmond, Virginia, in January 2016. Farrokh planned to fly from Richmond to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State, with Elhassan to follow him at a later date, the Justice Department said in a statement.



02/24/2017 - 02:29 PM

 

Kansas shooting shatters Indian engineer's American dream

Kansas shooting shatters Indian engineer's American dreamBy Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Working, partying and traveling across the United States, Indian aviation engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was living his American dream in Kansas. A local man shot dead Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounded his colleague Alok Madasani in a case U.S. federal authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime. Local media quoted eyewitnesses as saying the attacker shouted "get out of my country" before opening fire as the colleagues shared an after-work drink in a local bar.



02/24/2017 - 02:25 PM

 

White House says too early to guess at motive in Kansas shooting

White House says too early to guess at motive in Kansas shootingWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House spokesman, addressing the fatal shooting of an Indian engineer and the wounding of two other men in Kansas this week, said on Friday any loss of life is tragic but it would be absurd to link the action to President Donald Trump's rhetoric.



02/24/2017 - 02:24 PM

 

Snow, landowner, delay Utah pipeline repairs

Snow, landowner, delay Utah pipeline repairsRefiners and pipeline shippers in the Salt Lake City area are facing new delays obtaining crude oil after a pipeline outage last week was followed by snow on Friday that made it difficult to deliver much-needed oil by truck. Refiners such as Tesoro Corp and HollyFrontier have been using trucks to replenish oil supplies after Plains All American Pipeline took its Wahsatch pipeline down last week as a precaution after monitoring equipment detected an anomaly. On Tuesday, the pipeline operator sent a note to customers informing them construction and reactivation efforts would begin once it received final work authorizations.



02/24/2017 - 01:46 PM

 

Overnight fire at Florida mosque ruled arson

Overnight fire at Florida mosque ruled arsonThe overnight blaze set outside the Islamic Society of New Tampa mosque in Thonotosassa raised fresh fears of increased anti-Muslim sentiment, as mosques around the country have been threatened or vandalized. "It is worrisome that our community have fallen victim of what appears to be another hate crime," Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, spokesman for the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement. The flames resulted in fire damage to the building's exterior and water damage from sprinklers inside, said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Corey Dierdorff.



02/24/2017 - 01:37 PM

 

Judge allows a second accuser to testify at Cosby sex assault trial

Judge allows a second accuser to testify at Cosby sex assault trialAbout 50 women have accused Cosby, 79, of sexual assault. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing, but the accusations have shattered his image as an icon of family-friendly entertainment. Constand worked with the women's basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby, a university alumnus, befriended her.



02/24/2017 - 12:30 PM

 

U.S. charges company, 11 people for breaking Syria trade embargo

U.S. charges company, 11 people for breaking Syria trade embargoU.S. authorities have charged 11 people and a company for exporting goods to Syria in violation of a U.S. trade embargo against the Middle Eastern nation, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement released on Friday.



02/24/2017 - 11:48 AM

 

Israel bans Human Right Watch worker, accuses group of peddling pro-Palestinian line

Israel bans Human Right Watch worker, accuses group of peddling pro-Palestinian lineIsrael has denied a work permit to a Human Rights Watch researcher, accusing the group of serving as Palestinian propagandists in a move the U.S.-based organisation called an "ominous turn". The news emerged as Israel faced criticism from the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva over the 18-month jail sentence handed to an Israeli soldier who shot an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the head. U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the sentence given to soldier Elor Azaria was "excessively lenient" and part of a "chronic culture of impunity" for Israeli abuse of Palestinians.



02/24/2017 - 09:31 AM

 

Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobs

Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobsBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spoke positively about a border adjustment tax being pushed by Republicans in Congress as a way to boost exports, but he did not specifically endorse the proposal. Trump, who has lashed out at U.S. companies for moving operations and jobs to countries such as Mexico, had previously sent mixed signals on the proposal at the heart of a sweeping Republican plan to overhaul the tax code. "It could lead to a lot more jobs in the United States," Trump told Reuters in an interview, using his most approving language to date on the proposal.



02/24/2017 - 07:20 AM

 

Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at 'top of the pack'

Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at 'top of the pack'By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity. In a Reuters interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea "very easily if they want to," ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang's increasingly bellicose actions. Trump also expressed support for the European Union as a governing body, saying "I'm totally in favor of it," and for the first time as president expressed a preference for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but said he would be satisfied with whatever makes the two sides happy.



02/24/2017 - 07:20 AM

 

Highlights of Reuters interview with Trump

Highlights of Reuters interview with Trump(Reuters) - Here are some of the highlights of the Reuters interview with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday. ON HIS DECEMBER TWEET SAYING THE UNITED STATES SHOULD EXPAND ITS NUCLEAR CAPABILITY "We've fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity.



02/24/2017 - 07:20 AM

 

Exclusive: Trump calls Chinese 'grand champions' of currency manipulation

Exclusive: Trump calls Chinese 'grand champions' of currency manipulationBy Steve Holland and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump declared China the "grand champions" of currency manipulation on Thursday, just hours after his new Treasury secretary pledged a more methodical approach to analyzing Beijing's foreign exchange practices. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Trump said he has not "held back" in his assessment that China manipulates its yuan currency, despite not acting on a campaign promise to declare it a currency manipulator on his first day in office.



02/24/2017 - 06:35 AM

 

U.S. companies decry Trump action on transgender student rights

U.S. companies decry Trump action on transgender student rightsU.S. companies led by tech firms Yahoo Inc , Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp criticized the Trump administration's decision to revoke Obama administration guidance that allowed transgender public school students to use the bathroom of their choice. The resulting boycotts have cost North Carolina more than $560 million in economic activity, according to the online magazine Facing South.



02/24/2017 - 12:40 AM

 

Arkansas lawmaker wants to strip Clintons' name from airport

Arkansas lawmaker wants to strip Clintons' name from airportThe bill makes no mention of former President Bill Clinton or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for whom the Little Rock airport was re-named four years ago - as Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field - but its author does not hesitate to identify its target.



02/24/2017 - 12:04 AM

 

Deadly U.S. heroin overdoses quadrupled in five years: study

Deadly U.S. heroin overdoses quadrupled in five years: studyATLANTA (Reuters) - The number of deadly heroin overdoses in the United States more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015, a federal agency said on Friday, as the price of the drug dropped and its potency increased.



02/24/2017 - 12:02 AM

 

Groups sue EPA to protect wild salmon from climate change

Groups sue EPA to protect wild salmon from climate changeU.S. fishing and conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, seeking to protect wild salmon threatened by rising water temperatures attributed in part to climate change in two major rivers of the Pacific Northwest. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, is believed to be the first court case brought against the EPA under President Donald Trump's newly confirmed chief of the agency, Scott Pruitt.



02/23/2017 - 10:19 PM

 

Caitlyn Jenner, teen singer appeal to Trump on transgender rights

Caitlyn Jenner, teen singer appeal to Trump on transgender rightsA teenaged singer with a transgender sister, best known for performing the U.S. national anthem at President Donald Trump's inauguration in January, and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner have both asked to discuss the issue with him. Jackie Evancho, 16, requested the meeting in a Twitter message late on Wednesday, minutes after the administration revoked landmark guidance to public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice. Trump "gave me the honor" of singing at the inauguration, she added in another tweet.



02/23/2017 - 09:48 PM

 

The Trump presidency on Feb. 23 at 6:45 p.m. EST

The Trump presidency on Feb. 23 at 6:45 p.m. EST(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday: NUCLEAR WEAPONS Trump says he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. One of California's most populous counties asks a judge to suspend Trump's executive order that seeks to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants, saying the directive has thrown its budget process into "disarray." TAXES Trump speaks favorably about an export-boosting border adjustment tax proposal being pushed by Republicans in the U.S. Congress, but does not specifically endorse it.



02/23/2017 - 08:22 PM

 

Pipeline fights move from Dakota prairie to Louisiana bayous

Pipeline fights move from Dakota prairie to Louisiana bayous(This story corrects paragraph 37 to say $12,000 instead of $1,200 in Feb 22 story.) By Liz Hampton HENDERSON, Louisiana (Reuters) - When Hope Rosinski's father gave her a six-acre plot in Louisiana more than a decade ago, she was surprised to find oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the property. Pipeline companies later secured her permission for two more lines, one of which has since caused flooding and consistently leaves her land saturated. Rosinski is fighting the latest request for a right-of-way, this time from Energy Transfer Partners - the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.



02/23/2017 - 07:35 PM

 

White House may boost recreational marijuana enforcement: spokesman

White House may boost recreational marijuana enforcement: spokesmanThe administration of President Donald Trump may ramp up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana use, a White House spokesman said on Thursday, setting up potential conflicts in states where the drug is legal. More than two dozen U.S. states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes, and the administration of former President Barack Obama mostly looked the other way.



02/23/2017 - 07:10 PM

 

Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobs

Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobsBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spoke positively about a border adjustment tax being pushed by Republicans in Congress as a way to boost exports, but he did not specifically endorse the proposal. Trump, who has lashed out at U.S. companies for moving operations and jobs to countries such as Mexico, had previously sent mixed signals on the proposal at the heart of a sweeping Republican plan to overhaul the tax code. "It could lead to a lot more jobs in the United States," Trump told Reuters in an interview, using his most approving language to date on the proposal.



02/23/2017 - 06:59 PM

 

The Trump presidency on Feb. 23 at 6:45 p.m. EST

The Trump presidency on Feb. 23 at 6:45 p.m. EST(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday: NUCLEAR WEAPONS Trump says he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. One of California's most populous counties asks a judge to suspend Trump's executive order that seeks to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants, saying the directive has thrown its budget process into "disarray." TAXES Trump speaks favorably about an export-boosting border adjustment tax proposal being pushed by Republicans in the U.S. Congress, but does not specifically endorse it.



02/23/2017 - 06:49 PM

 

White House sees greater enforcement on recreational marijuana

White House sees greater enforcement on recreational marijuanaThe administration of President Donald Trump expects to see greater federal enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. Asked if the government would take action on recreational marijuana use, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said: "Well I think that's a question for the Department of Justice.



02/23/2017 - 06:47 PM

 

Trump's transgender move puts spotlight on Supreme Court case

Trump's transgender move puts spotlight on Supreme Court caseThe Trump administration’s move on Wednesday to rescind guidance allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice has raised the stakes for an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that could deliver a landmark decision on the issue. The eight justices are due to hear oral arguments on March 28 on whether the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia can block Gavin Grimm, a female-born transgender high school student, from using the boys' bathroom. A key question in the case is whether a federal law, known as Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in education, covers transgender students.



02/23/2017 - 06:39 PM

 

Detroit mayor proposes trust fund to cover future pension payments

Detroit mayor proposes trust fund to cover future pension paymentsUnder the plan, fund deposits and interest earnings would total $377 million by the end of fiscal 2023, according to John Naglick, the city's finance director. Detroit, which exited the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy in December 2014, has already set aside $70 million for the higher pension payments. The court-approved bankruptcy exit plan had projected city pension payments to spike to $111 million beginning in fiscal 2024 after years of minimal or no payments by the city.



02/23/2017 - 06:36 PM

 

Exclusive: Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at 'top of the pack'

Exclusive: Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at 'top of the pack'By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity. In a Reuters interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea "very easily if they want to," ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang's increasingly bellicose actions. Trump also expressed support for the European Union as a governing body, saying "I'm totally in favor of it," and for the first time as president expressed a preference for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but said he would be satisfied with whatever makes the two sides happy.



02/23/2017 - 06:09 PM

 

U.S. reverses Obama-era move to phase out private prisons

U.S. reverses Obama-era move to phase out private prisonsThe U.S. Justice Department has reversed an order by the Obama administration to phase out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons. In a memo made public on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Obama policy impaired the government's ability to meet the future needs of the federal prison system. The Obama administration said in August 2016 it planned a gradual phase-out of private prisons by letting contracts expire or by scaling them back to a level consistent with recent declines in the U.S. prison population.



02/23/2017 - 06:00 PM

 

 

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