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California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:29:35 -0500

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 800 structures scorched another 56,000 acres on Sunday, making it the fifth largest such blaze in recorded state history, as it ran toward picturesque coastal cities.But fire officials said as darkness fell that with the hot, dry Santa Ana winds not as fierce as expected, crews had been successful in building some fire lines between the flames and the towns of Montecito and Carpinteria.(image)



Roy Moore campaign casts Alabama race as referendum on Trump

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:44:18 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct, appealed on Sunday to President Donald Trump's supporters, saying a vote for Moore would be a vote for Trump's agenda.(image)



Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:22:01 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.(image)



Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:35:17 -0500

JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations.(image)



California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:32:22 -0500

(Reuters) - Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well.(image)



Court upholds conviction in 'Making of a Murderer' case

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:36:42 -0500

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the murder conviction of a Wisconsin man in a case chronicled in the television documentary “Making of a Murderer," overturning a lower court judge who had tossed out the original guilty verdict.(image)



Boston Herald files for bankruptcy protection to pursue sale

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:15:58 -0500

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The parent company of the Boston Herald filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and will look to sell the newspaper to Gatehouse Media LLC, a move that underscores the hard times facing traditional print journalism.(image)



U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:19:09 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed "Dreamers" brought into the country illegally as children.(image)



Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:13:45 -0500

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years.(image)



Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:15:28 -0500

(Reuters) - The trade group representing U.S. drugmakers on Friday said it has a filed a lawsuit to stop California from implementing a law aimed at reining in prescription drug prices.(image)