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Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

58 min 17 sec ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said.

White House seeks another $44 billion in hurricane aid

1 hour 47 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it had it asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those affected by recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands.

Tennessee man accidentally shoots self, wife during church gun-violence chat

2 hours 49 min ago
(Reuters) - An 81-year-old Tennessee man, who said he carried a gun everywhere, accidentally shot himself and his wife during a conversation in church about gun violence at houses of worship, a police chief said on Friday.

Ohio State suspends sorority, fraternity activities amid probes

3 hours 17 min ago
(Reuters) - Ohio State University has suspended all sorority and fraternity activities citing investigations into hazing and alcohol abuse involving some chapters, joining a growing list of U.S. schools that have taken similar steps.

One in three U.S. adults to avoid talking politics over holiday season: Reuters/Ipsos poll

6 hours 6 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans will sit down next week for what has become a holiday tradition in the United States: tiptoeing through a turkey dinner without mentioning the president.

1 in 3 adults to avoid talking politics over holiday season

6 hours 58 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans will sit down next week for what has become a holiday tradition in the United States: tiptoeing through a turkey dinner without mentioning the president.

Twenty injured by fire in Philadelphia-area seniors' residence

11 hours 4 min ago
(Reuters) - About 20 people were injured by a fire at a home for seniors in the Philadelphia area late on Thursday, local media reported.

White House plans to seek another $45 billion in U.S. hurricane aid

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House plans to ask the U.S. Congress on Friday for about $45 billion in additional aid for disaster relief to cover damage from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida and other disaster damage, a congressional aide said on late Thursday.

Philadelphia moves one step closer to return of local control of public schools

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 8:14pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Philadelphia's School Reform Commission (SRC) voted Thursday night to begin steps to dissolve itself, paving the way for a return to city control for the nation’s 8th largest school district after 16 years.

Arizona man sentenced to die for murdering girl by locking her in box

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:44pm
PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona man was sentenced to death on Thursday for murdering a 10-year-old girl, by locking her in a footlocker for taking a Popsicle without permission, a court official said.

U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deduction

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:20pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From Pataskala, Ohio, to Conroe, Texas, local government leaders worry that if Republican tax-overhaul plans moving through the U.S. Congress become law, it will be harder for them to pave streets, put out fires, fight crime and pay teachers.

Trump says U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race if allegations true

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:15pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump finds the sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore "troubling" and thinks he should leave the race if they are true, the White House said on Thursday, as party leaders in Alabama stood by their nominee.

U.S. Interior Secretary fails to provide papers in travel probe: inspector

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department has failed to provide documentation needed for an internal probe of Secretary Ryan Zinke's travels, the department's inspector general said on Thursday.

Chicago schools sell $1 billion bonds with lower market penalty

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:54pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The junk-rated Chicago Board of Education completed an up-sized bond sale on Thursday with a pricing that indicated an easing in the municipal market penalty the district has been forced to pay due to its deep financial problems.

U.S. jury hears closing arguments in trial of alleged Benghazi attack organizer

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A jury heard closing arguments on Thursday in the federal government's case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who is accused of conspiring to organize the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

White House says elephant trophy decision not yet finalized

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:14pm
(Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said it had not yet finalized a decision to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African countries to bring the endangered animals home as trophies, a move that had outraged U.S. conservation groups.

Trump stops short of saying U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump believes Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true, the White House said on Thursday, while state party leaders in Alabama vowed to stand by their nominee.

Corruption trial of Senator Menendez ends in mistrial

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:47pm
(Reuters) - The corruption trial of New Jersey's Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges.

More than 200 arrested in U.S. crackdown on MS-13 gang

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 200 alleged members and associates of the violent Mara Salvatrucha gang, better known as MS-13, have been arrested in a crackdown across the United States, federal officials said on Thursday.

Former head of U.S. Homeland Security Ridge in critical condition

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:39pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was rushed to an Austin hospital on Thursday and in critical condition after undergoing a heart procedure, officials said.