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Despite political risk, Republicans tinker with welfare

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:23pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.

Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to implement Medicaid work requirements

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to receive approval from the federal government to implement work requirements in Medicaid, a fundamental change to the 50-year-old government health insurance program for the poor.

'Mississippi Burning' KKK leader Edgar Ray Killen dies in prison

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:01pm
(Reuters) - Edgar Ray Killen, the preacher and Ku Klux Klan leader convicted and imprisoned more than 40 years after he plotted the 1964 slayings of three civil rights activists in the "Mississippi Burning" case, has died, correction officials said on Friday.

Trump denies 'shithole' remarks as condemnation mounts at home and abroad

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:33am
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U.S. ambassador to Panama resigns, says cannot serve Trump

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:23am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump.

Jeff Bezos contributes $33 million to Dreamers scholarship program

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:02am
(Reuters) - Scholarship program TheDream.US said on Friday it had received a $33 million donation from Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos to fund 1,000 college scholarships.

U.S. upholds New York denial of Constitution natgas pipe

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:24am
(Reuters) - U.S. energy regulators rejected Williams Cos Inc's request to overturn New York's denial of a water permit for the company's proposed Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York, according to a filing on Thursday.

Rescuers at California mudslide expand search for missing

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:13am
MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Emergency officials in southern California said on Friday they were looking for five people missing and feared dead or trapped by deadly mudslides and have expanded the search area.

Trump slams Senate immigration deal, denies offensive language

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 9:18am
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California mudslide rescuers expand search area for missing

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 8:47am
MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescuers in southern California on Friday looking for as many as 43 people feared dead or trapped by this week's deadly mudslides have expanded the area they are searching and told residents that they might need to stay away for weeks.

U.S. Representative McSally of Arizona to seek Senate seat

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 8:40am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Martha McSally of Arizona said on Friday she would run for the Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake, joining a contentious primary contest.

Trump slams Senate 'Dreamer' deal, seeks to walk back 'tough' words

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 8:27am
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Fires and mudslides have some rethinking the California dream

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 7:48am
MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - A few who live amid the usually serene beauty and year-round warmth of Santa Barbara County say nature's recent onslaughts of wildfires and mudslides have dampened their California dreams.

Trump rejects senators' bipartisan 'Dreamer' immigration plan

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 6:35am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday rejected a bipartisan "Dreamer" immigration plan proposed by a group of U.S. senators, saying it did not properly fund his long-touted wall along the southern border with Mexico and calling it "a step backward."

Connecticut police to release report on Sandy Hook massacre: media

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 6:12am
(Reuters) - The Connecticut State Police are set to release a report on Friday analyzing their response to the 2012 Sandy Hook gun massacre of 26 young children and educators at Newtown elementary school, the Hartford Courant reported.

Trump to get first presidential medical exam amid questions about fitness

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 5:09am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump has his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday after a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

Search for survivors of devastating California mudslide enters third day

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 5:03am
MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - The search for survivors from a devastating Southern California mudslide that has killed at least 17 people moved into its third day on Friday, with some 700 rescue workers expecting to find more dead victims.

Florida communities scramble to help displaced Puerto Ricans

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:38am
KISSIMMEE, Florida (Reuters) - At Leslie Campbell’s office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing.

Rescuers 'searching for a miracle' in California mudslide zone

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 8:22pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescuers picking through waist-deep mud on Thursday, two days after a massive mudslide killed at least 17 people along Southern California's coast, said they feared more bodies may be found but still held out hope for "miracle" survivors.

Missouri prosecutor to probe Missouri governor over affair

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 6:16pm
(Reuters) - The top prosecutor in St. Louis said on Thursday she will investigate the actions of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens after he admitted an extramarital affair with a woman before his election in November 2016, but then denied that he tried to blackmail her to keep it a secret.