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Turkish gold trader says he paid $45,000 bribe to U.S. prison guard

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:14pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying in the trial of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions said on Tuesday that he paid a $45,000 bribe to a U.S. prison guard to obtain alcohol and use the guard's phone.

Andeavor undeterred by Washington state panel's rail-terminal snub

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 6:39pm
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Independent U.S. refiner Andeavor said on Tuesday it will not abandon a push to build a Pacific Coast rail-to-marine terminal despite a Washington state panel's recommendation against the project.

Uber investor Pishevar takes leave of absence amid misconduct claims

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:27pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber, said on Tuesday he was taking a leave of absence from his venture capital firm and the startup he co-founded to fight allegations of sexual harassment.

Interior secretary urges size cuts, management changes to more monuments

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday recommended President Donald Trump reduce the size and change the management of more national monuments in the western United States, and lashed out at critics of cuts already announced to protected areas in Utah.

Hundreds of homes destroyed by out-of-control California wildfire

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:47pm
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire whipped by hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in and around Ventura, California, on Tuesday as thousands of residents were forced to flee ahead of the flames.

Gold trader says he never liked Turkish banker facing trial

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:26pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank, who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, said Tuesday that he and the banker never liked each other.

U.S. Justice Department considers possible 'bump stocks' ban

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it is considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, the attachments that make semiautomatic rifles fire faster and were used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas in October.

Minnesota's two-year budget springs a leak in latest forecast

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:23pm
(Reuters) - Minnesota's biennial budget faces a deficit for the first time since 2013 as state revenue is expected to fall while expenditures climb, according to a forecast released on Tuesday.

Ex-police officer shot South Carolina motorist after struggle: defense

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:15pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Defense experts at the sentencing hearing for a white former police officer who killed an unarmed black man in South Carolina said on Tuesday that cellphone video indicated the two men struggled over the patrolman's stun gun before the shooting.

Interior secretary urges size cuts to more national monuments

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:00pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday recommended President Donald Trump reduce the size of more national monuments in the western United States, and he lashed out at critics of cuts already announced to protected areas in Utah.

Emergency declared as wildfires rage near Los Angeles; thousands flee

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:38pm
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Reuters) - Thousands of Californians north and west of Los Angeles fled their homes as two out-of-control wildfires spread rapidly overnight, fueled by strong desert winds that hampered firefighters, officials said on Tuesday.

Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:37pm
(Reuters) - A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who called himself "Mr. Social Security" was deported from Honduras on Tuesday where he had fled after pleading guilty in a $550 million disability fraud scheme, U.S. authorities said.

U.S. Justice Department, ATF to decide if bump stocks are prohibited

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:31pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Tuesday they are considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, used in Las Vegas in October in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Trump, Obama dominate Twitter year, but chicken nuggets prevail

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:36pm
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump continued to dominate Twitter in 2017 even though former President Barack Obama's tweets were more liked and both were blown away by one man's quest for free chicken nuggets.

Pizza Hut delivery in Phoenix: 'Would you like beer with that?'

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:27pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pizza Hut on Tuesday began offering beer delivery in a downtown Phoenix restaurant as part of a larger test aimed at setting the chain apart from stronger rivals such as Domino's Pizza Inc.

U.S. deportations down in 2017 but immigration arrests up

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government deported fewer illegal immigrants in 2017 than it did last year, even as it arrested far more people suspected of being in the United States illegally, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released on Tuesday.

Honduras deports to Kentucky lawyer sought in $550 mln fraud

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:07am
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Honduras on Tuesday deported to the United States a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to charges over his role in a more than $550 million disability fraud scheme, months after he fled U.S. law enforcement, an official said.

Pivotal Justice Kennedy poses tough questions in gay wedding case

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:00am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided with likely pivotal vote Justice Anthony Kennedy posing tough questions about a Christian baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple but also questioning whether a Colorado civil rights commission that ruled on the issue was unduly biased against religion.

Wildfires near Los Angeles force thousands to evacuate; one dead

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:08am
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Reuters) - Two wind-fueled wildfires north and west of Los Angeles have caused at least one death, forced the evacuations of thousands of people and triggered widespread power outages, officials said on Tuesday.

Treasury sanctions cleric Faisal for Islamic State recruiting

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:53am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday said it had sanctioned Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal for recruiting for Islamic State, alleging the Jamaican cleric had influenced people around the world in attacking civilians and creating bomb plots and also had helped new recruits to the extremist group travel and hide.