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U.S. top court set to rule on religious rights; travel ban looms

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:02:46 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Monday in a closely watched religious rights case involving limits on public funding for churches and other religious entities as the justices issue the final rulings of their current term.(image)

Texas mother charged in deaths of toddlers left in hot car

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:01:07 -0400

(Reuters) - A Texas mother has been arrested for the deaths of her two toddlers who she said were left in a hot car to teach the older child a lesson while the woman smoked marijuana and took a nap, authorities said.(image)

U.S. judge asked to expand order blocking Iraqis' deportation

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:33:54 -0400

(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union asked a U.S. judge on Saturday to expand an order that temporarily blocks the deportation of 114 Iraqis in Michigan, to cover Iraqis nationwide, according to a court filing.(image)

Florida block party shooting leaves one dead, four wounded

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:08:07 -0400

(Reuters) - Police said on Saturday they were searching for a suspect or suspects who fired gunshots at a large neighborhood block party in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the early hours of the morning, killing one man and wounding four others.(image)

Former Vanderbilt football player found guilty of rape

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:14:24 -0400

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A Tennessee jury on Friday found a former Vanderbilt University football player guilty of raping an unconscious female student in a teammate's dormitory room in 2013.(image)

Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:53:55 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their party's healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage.(image)

Gunman in California UPS shooting targeted co-workers for slayings

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:04:31 -0400

(Reuters) - The UPS employee who shot three coworkers to death last week inside a United Parcel Service facility in San Francisco before killing himself appears to have singled out his victims deliberately, but a motive remains unknown, police said on Friday.(image)

U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism program

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:28:29 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday announced changes to a $10 million government grant program, narrowing its focus around efforts to combat Islamist extremism.(image)

Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruits

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:06:17 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it was reviewing recommendations from the U.S. military chiefs that included calls for more time to implement plans to allow new transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces.(image)

Illinois governor signs bill targeting repeat gun offenders

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:42:28 -0400

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Repeat gun offenders in Illinois will face longer prison sentences under a bill Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Friday that aims to curb gun violence in Chicago, which has long struggled with street shootings and violent crime.(image)