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Robot that dived into Washington, D.C., fountain not victim of 'foul play'

1 hour 24 min ago
(Reuters) - A security robot named STEVE that plunged into a Washington, D.C., fountain while on patrol was not a victim of foul play and instead took a tumble after skidding on a "loose brick surface," its manufacturer said on Friday.

U.S. government ordered to solve 'Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat'

1 hour 42 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. aviation authorities were ordered back to the drawing board on Friday to solve what a federal appeals judge called "The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat."

Regulator letter to railroad CSX highlights customer complaints

2 hours 11 min ago
DETROIT (Reuters) - A letter from the top U.S. rail regulator to CSX Corp this week highlights growing customer dissatisfaction with the No. 3 U.S. railroad's service problems since its new chief executive officer Hunter Harrison was appointed to the spot amid investor and analyst fanfare in March.

U.S. FDA aims to cut nicotine in cigarettes, ease e-cigarette rules

3 hours 7 min ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration aims to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes while exploring measures to move smokers toward e-cigarettes, in a major regulatory shift announced on Friday that sent traditional cigarette company stocks plunging.

U.S. regulators approve 2017 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles for sale

4 hours 28 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board on Friday said they approved Fiat Chrysler Automobiles request to sell 2017 diesel vehicles with updated emissions software after months of testing.

In New York, Trump to use gang violence to press for deportations

9 hours 59 min ago
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will travel on Friday to a New York community shocked by a recent spate of graphic gang murders to highlight his efforts to stop illegal immigration and boost deportations.

Kansas governor tapped as religious ambassador reflects on legacy

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 8:57pm
(Reuters) - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Thursday shrugged off the political backlash and budget woes stirred by his aggressive tax-cutting policies at home as he looked forward to a new role as the Trump administration's chief defender of global religious tolerance.

U.S. upgrades probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorers over exhaust odors

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 8:17pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday it is upgrading and expanding a probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorer SUVs over reports of exhaust odors in vehicle compartments and exposure to carbon monoxide that may be linked to crashes and injuries.

U.S. jury finds Macau billionaire guilty in U.N. bribery case

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 5:16pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Thursday found Macau billionaire Ng Lap Seng guilty on charges he bribed two United Nations ambassadors to help him build a multibillion-dollar conference center.

U.S. likely to approve Fiat Chrysler's 2017 diesels: sources

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 5:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and California regulators are expected to approve Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ request to sell 2017 diesel vehicles, two sources said on Thursday – a move that may help the Italian-American automaker win approval for a software fix for older diesel models.

Breeding organization official indicted in N.Y. for cockfighting

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:17pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The president of a game bird breeding organization was charged in New York federal court on Thursday with raising roosters for cockfighting.

Honda says Florida crash death could be linked to Takata inflator

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:30pm
(Reuters) - Honda Motor Co said on Thursday that a Takata airbag inflator ruptured in a July 19 car crash in Florida in what could be the 19th death worldwide linked to a faulty Takata airbag recalled as part of the largest automotive safety campaign in history.

Dutch manufacturer suspends ride that killed one at Ohio fair

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:27pm
(Reuters) - The Dutch manufacturer of the ride that killed one man and injured seven other people at the Ohio State Fair on Thursday instructed operators to suspend use of similar rides.

Long Island cop charged with sexually assaulting arrested woman

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:26pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Long Island, New York, police officer was arrested on Thursday and charged with forcing a woman he arrested to perform oral sex on him in a police station in March.

Jury urged to convict 'pharma bro' Martin Shkreli on fraud charges

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:22pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. prosecutor on Thursday urged jurors to convict former drug company executive Martin Shkreli of defrauding investors in his hedge funds and stealing from his old company to repay them.

White House divisions on display with Scaramucci's comments

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:46pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The rifts inside President Donald Trump's White House were on startling display on Thursday, as his new communications director urged Trump's chief of staff to state publicly that he does not leak information to the media.

Boy Scouts of America apologizes for Trump's 'political rhetoric'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:30pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to members of the youth organization on Thursday for the "political rhetoric that was inserted" into its national gathering this week by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Las Vegas gambler Walters gets five years prison for insider trading

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:32pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Famed Las Vegas sports gambler William "Billy" Walters was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison, following his April conviction in one of the highest profile U.S. insider trading trials in years.

New York Governor Cuomo calls on private sector to help fix subways

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:52am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called on the private sector to help improve New York City's aging subway system, saying business and civic organizations could each contribute $250,000 to join a "partnership council" and clean up dirty, decrepit areas.

House panel approves legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:31am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential U.S. House committee on Thursday approved a revised bipartisan bill on a 54-0 vote that would speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles.