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American Indian Movement founder Dennis Banks dead at 80

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 8:57pm
(Reuters) - Civil rights activist Dennis Banks, who co-founded the American Indian Movement that pushed for indigenous rights during the 1960s and '70s, died in his native Minnesota, his family said on Monday. He was 80.

Death toll from California blazes rises to 43, after teen dies

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 8:30pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from the deadliest rash of wildfires in California history has risen to 43, after a 17-year-old girl who was badly burned in the fires earlier this month died at a hospital, officials said on Monday.

Fake news hurts trust in media, mainstream outlets fare better: poll

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 8:20pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Controversies over fake news have damaged trust in media in the United States and elsewhere, but the impact is far worse for social media and online-only outlets than it is for traditional print and TV outlets, a survey has found.

In Russia probe, Mueller's first charges a show of force

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 7:20pm
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump brushed off the first indictments in the probe of his campaign’s ties to Russian election meddling, but the charges sent a clear signal to the White House and other Trump associates: Robert Mueller means business.

Puerto Rico's path to restore power shifts after Whitefish exit

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 6:24pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico nearly six weeks after Hurricane Maria are shifting as the island's utility and its regulators, along with U.S. authorities, removed a key contractor Sunday and moved to triple the funding of another.

Pennsylvania governor signs revenue bills to wrap up stalled budget

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 5:15pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Monday signed a set of bills to provide $2.3 billion in new revenue for the state and end a four-month impasse with lawmakers over how to pay for the state's fiscal 2018 budget.

Army deserter Bergdahl apologizes to troops injured searching for him

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 5:06pm
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl took the stand at his sentencing on Monday, apologizing to the troops who got hurt searching for him after he deserted in Afghanistan in 2009 and detailing the harsh conditions of Taliban captivity.

Facebook says 126 million Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 5:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two year period in an effort to sway U.S. politics, and that about 126 million Americans may have seen the posts during that time.

MIT research scientist pleads guilty to insider trading

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:55pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology pleaded guilty on Monday to charges that he engaged in insider trading based on information he obtained from his wife, a corporate lawyer working on a deal involving a mining company

Connecticut man pleads guilty to 'Ponzi-like' hedge fund scheme

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Connecticut man on Monday pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud investors in a hedge fund in what U.S. prosecutors called a "Ponzi-like scheme" run with another man already charged in a ticketing scam for events like "Hamilton".

In defeat for Trump, judge blocks transgender military ban

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:46pm
(Reuters) - A federal judge in Washington on Monday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, handing a victory to transgender service members who accused the president of violating their constitutional rights.

Texas costume party turns deadly when man in Santa suit opens fire: police

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:07pm
DALLAS (Reuters) - A man dressed in a Santa Claus outfit opened fire at a weekend Halloween party in his Texas home, killing one person and injuring three others, Austin police said on Monday.

Bernie Sanders backs 'millionaires' tax' to fix New York subway

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:38pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's fight for a "millionaires' tax" to help repair the country's largest subway system got a boost as U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, one of the nation's most popular politicians, endorsed the plan on Monday.

Two ex-Trump aides charged in Russia probe, third pleads guilty

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:56pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, was charged on Monday with money laundering and another onetime aide pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, in a sharp escalation of a federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

U.S. pledges up to $60 million for security in Sahel region

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:45pm
UNITED NATIONS/ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The United States has promised up to $60 million to support the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel) Joint Force's counter-terrorism efforts, the State Department said on Monday.

U.S. Northeast rocked by powerful storm on Sandy anniversary

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:20pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fierce winds and torrential rain downed trees and knocked out power across the U.S. Northeast on the 5th anniversary of deadly Superstorm Sandy, halting trains during the Monday morning commute and darkening neighborhoods from Boston to Washington.

U.S. court blocks Trump's transgender military ban

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:04pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in Washington on Monday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, handing a victory to transgender service members who accused the president of violating their constitutional rights.