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California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversight

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:21:56 -0500

(Reuters) - Lawmakers and advocacy groups are calling for more oversight of home-schooling after a California couple using this method of education was charged with torturing their 13 children.(image)

Parents of captive California siblings to appear in court

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:32:42 -0500

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive and malnourished in the family's squalid suburban home will appear in court on Thursday to face charges of torture and child endangerment charges.(image)

U.S. marshal killed in Pennsylvania while serving warrant to suspect

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:45:48 -0500

HARRISBURG, P.A. (Reuters) - A U.S. deputy marshal was shot and killed in Pennsylvania's capital city and at least two other officers were wounded while attempting to serve an arrest warrant to a suspect who was also hit by return gunfire, authorities said on Thursday.(image)

U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:53:39 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.(image)

Commuters in U.S. South cope with ice after deadly storm

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:59:41 -0500

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South grappled with frigid temperatures and slick driving conditions on Thursday after a storm dumped heavy snow across the region, whipped up winds that snapped power lines and led to the deaths of at least nine people.(image)

Texas 'tourniquet killer' set to be first U.S. inmate executed in 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:23:34 -0500

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - In the first U.S. execution of 2018, Texas was set on Thursday to put to death a man convicted of raping and murdering five girls and young women, using a tourniquet to torture and strangle his victims.(image)

Senate panel to probe Hawaii alerts as FCC investigates

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:41:39 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a Jan. 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter.(image)

Norfolk Southern pushing for 'more stable' rail service in 2018: CEO

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:32:09 -0500

LOMBARD, Ill. (Reuters) - Norfolk Southern Corp is working toward a "more stable, resilient" network for 2018 following service issues in recent months, the No. 4 U.S. railroad's top executive said on Thursday.(image)

Trump administration bars Haitians from U.S. visas for low-skilled work

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:15:47 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Haitians will no longer be eligible for U.S. visas given to low-skilled workers, the Trump administration said on Wednesday, bringing an end to a small-scale effort to employ Haitians in the United States after a catastrophic 2010 earthquake.(image)

Exclusive: Trump vows to campaign intensively for Republicans, may avoid primaries

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:37:21 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to devote much of his time this year to helping Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Congress, but suggested he may stay out of divisive intra-party primary fights.(image)