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Hurricane Maria skirts Turks and Caicos as Puerto Rico endures fresh flooding

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 9:29pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to ravage the Caribbean in a month, skirted past the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday, leaving devastation in its wake that included fresh flooding on Puerto Rico two days after pummeling the U.S. island territory.

Man found guilty of 2011 murder of Tennessee nursing student

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 8:33pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - The first of three men arrested and facing trial in the 2011 kidnapping, rape and murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo was found guilty on all counts on Friday in Savannah, Tennessee.

Corporate donations for Harvey, Irma disaster relief near $225 million

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 7:05pm
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Corporate donations for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief funds totaled nearly $225 million by Friday and pledges continued to be made, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation said.

Spelunker in Indiana rescued after 60 hours locked in cave

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 6:23pm
(Reuters) - A 19-year-old Indiana University student was grateful to be alive after he was left behind by a college spelunking club and spent nearly three days locked in a cave without food or drinking water.

U.S. judge will not disturb Wilmington Trust indictment linked to crisis

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 5:22pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in Delaware on Friday refused to let four former Wilmington Trust executives charged with bank fraud gather new evidence they hoped would prove that their indictment was tainted by false grand jury testimony and should be dismissed.

Indiana student trapped in cave 60 hours: college newspaper

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:32pm
(Reuters) - A 19-year-old Indiana University student said on Facebook this week that he was "safe and sound" after being left behind by a college spelunking club and spending nearly three days locked in a cave without food or water.

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits off northern California: USGS

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:40pm
(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury.

St. Louis sued for misconduct toward protesters of white officer's acquittal

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:40pm
(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri sued the city of St. Louis in federal court on Friday, alleging police misconduct against demonstrators protesting the acquittal of a white former officer in the killing of a black man.

Doomsday sale: U.S. survivalists stock up as disasters roil the planet

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:25pm
(Reuters) - Two earthquakes, three monstrous hurricanes and the North Korean missile crisis have U.S. survivalists convinced that the end of the world is nigh. And they are clearing store shelves to stock bunkers in anticipation of Earth's final chapter.

California mass killer sentenced to life in prison for hair salon attack

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:41pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California man was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the worst mass killing in Orange County history, the 2011 shooting deaths of eight people at a hair salon where his ex-wife worked.

Former mobster Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano released from prison

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:40pm
(Reuters) - Former mob underboss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, who admitted to involvement in 19 murders and testified against Gambino crime family head John Gotti, has been released from prison after serving more than 17 years, his attorney said on Friday.

U.S. mainland Puerto Ricans anguished, unable to reach loved ones

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:35pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Deserie Rivera is having difficulty sleeping at night, unable to get through to Puerto Rico to find out if her mother is safe after Hurricane Maria struck.

Trump administration drops guidance on college sex-crime probes

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:33pm
(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday reversed Obama-era guidelines on how colleges should handle sexual assault allegations that it said treated the accused unfairly.

NFL vows 'vigorous' fight against Aaron Hernandez CTE lawsuit

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:16pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - The National Football League on Friday vowed to vigorously fight a lawsuit filed on behalf of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's family that claimed his severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy led to his suicide.

Hurricane-ravaged U.S. cities hit by rising cleanup costs

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:29pm
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Communities in Texas and Florida, each swamped by a hurricane within two weeks of one another, are rewriting debris removal contracts and paying millions of dollars more to lure trucks, as subcontractors say costs have jumped.

Accused mobster tied to Boston art heist to undergo psychiatric test

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:01pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - An octogenerian alleged mobster who police believe may be able to help solve the largest art heist in U.S. history will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being sentenced on gun charges, a federal court judge in Connecticut ruled on Friday.

Comey talks 'real world,' meets protests at black university

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:45pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters at Howard University chanted and booed on Friday through James Comey's first public address since he testified to Congress about his firing by U.S. President Donald Trump, challenging the former FBI director with a taste of the "real world" he was trying to describe to them.

Trump administration drops Obama-era guidance on college sex crimes

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:50am
(Reuters) - U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Friday her department was issuing new interim guidelines to colleges on how to handle sexual assault allegations, rescinding Obama administration rules that it said treated the accused unfairly.

Protesters chant, boo through Comey university address

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:39am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters at Howard University chanted and booed on Friday through James Comey's first public address since he testified to Congress on the Russia probe and his firing by U.S. President Donald Trump, challenging the former FBI director with a taste of the "real world" he was trying to describe to them.

Bill Clinton's upcoming suspense novel to become Showtime series

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:09am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's debut novel will not hit shelves for almost a year, but it is already getting the TV treatment as Showtime said Friday that it would adapt the anticipated book into a series.

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