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Trump declares war on Republican conservatives: 'We must fight them'

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:06:55 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump declared war on members of his own party on Thursday by threatening the political careers of conservative Republicans who helped torpedo healthcare legislation he backed, but was quickly told the lawmakers will not bow to "bullying."(image)

North Carolina legislature replaces transgender bathroom law

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:55:07 -0400

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's Senate and House on Thursday approved a bill to retool a law banning transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities, hoping to bring back companies and sports leagues that had boycotted the state.(image)

Senator Rubio: Hackers targeted former presidential campaign staffers

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:58:24 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said during a Senate intelligence hearing on Thursday that unsuccessful cyber attacks from Russia targeted former members of his presidential campaign staff in July 2016 and within the past 24 hours.(image)

Green groups sue Trump administration for approving Keystone pipeline

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:42:22 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Thursday to challenge its decision to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.(image)

Pence breaks Senate tie on killing family-planning grants rule

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:28:12 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made a rare journey to Capitol Hill on Thursday to break a tie in a Senate vote to roll back federal funding for family planning and reproductive health.(image)

U.N. experts see 'alarming' U.S. trend against free speech, protest

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:38:01 -0400

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nineteen U.S. states have introduced bills that would curb freedom of expression and the right to protest since Donald Trump's election as president, an "alarming and undemocratic" trend, U.N. human rights investigators said on Thursday.(image)

Trump to seek tariff 'snap-back' provision in NAFTA revamp: letter

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:14:40 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will seek changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement allowing it to reimpose tariffs if a flood of imports from Canada and Mexico causes "a threat of serious injury" to U.S. industry, according a draft document sent to Congress.(image)

Volkswagen settles 10 U.S. state diesel claims for $157 million

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:14:44 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG said on Thursday it has agreed to pay $157.45 million to settle environmental claims from 10 U.S. states over its excess diesel emissions, as the world's largest automaker looks to move past the scandal.(image)

Malaysia releases Kim Jong Nam's body in deal ending spat with North Korea

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:36:10 -0400

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia put the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a plane to Pyongyang on Thursday, in a deal that secured the release of its citizens there and ended a drawnout diplomatic spat.(image)

Tillerson tells frustrated Turks: U.S. faces tough choices in Syria

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:29:53 -0400

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Thursday that Washington faced difficult choices in the fight against Islamic State in Syria but sought to downplay differences with NATO ally Turkey over support for Kurdish militia fighters.(image)