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U.S. judge allows Trump election commission to seek voting data

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 4:36pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's commission investigating voter fraud may request voter roll data from U.S. states, a federal judge ruled on Monday, in a setback for groups that contend the effort could infringe on privacy rights.

Republicans in House push for Congressional Budget Office cuts

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 4:15pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are seeking to add an amendment this week to spending legislation that would slash the number of staff at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Alphabet beats Wall Street estimates; revenue up 21 percent

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 4:08pm
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc surpassed expectations for quarterly revenue and earnings on Monday, reporting higher advertising sales across its platforms and trying to move past a record $2.7 billion European Union fine by taking the entire charge at once.

Congressman proposes ban on Trump hotels use by U.S. government

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 3:43pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives proposed legislation on Monday to bar the U.S. government from renting rooms at President Donald Trump's hotels for official business.

Medicaid, pension costs create budget complications for U.S. states: report

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 3:01pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sluggish forecast for U.S. economic growth as well as an increase in U.S. states' Medicaid and pension contribution costs is creating a budgetary squeeze in many state capitols, according to a research report issued by S&P Global Ratings on Monday.

EU increases pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter over user terms

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:46pm
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union authorities have increased pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to amend their user terms to bring them in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient.

U.N. warns of escalation if no Jerusalem mosque solution by Friday

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:43pm
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned on Monday that a solution was needed by Friday to the Jerusalem mosque crisis, which he said threatens to have "potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City."

Polish president halts justice reforms after days of protests

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:38pm
WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda unexpectedly announced on Monday he would veto two of three judicial reform bills passed by parliament that have triggered nationwide protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicization of the courts.

Massachusetts cannot hold immigrants so U.S. can detain them: state top court

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:28pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts police do not have the authority to detain illegal immigrants solely to buy time for federal law enforcement officials to take them into custody, the state's top court ruled on Monday.

Organic ranchers eye Amazon distribution ahead of Whole Foods deal

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:21pm
(Reuters) - Inc plans to meet on Wednesday with a dozen U.S. ranchers, seeking to expand distribution of organic and grass-fed meats as it takes over Whole Foods Market Inc, according to the meeting's organizer.

Chainsaw attacker targets insurer in Swiss rampage, still on run

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:04pm
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - A chainsaw-wielding loner who mostly lived in the woods stormed into an insurance office in a Swiss town on Monday, wounding two members of staff and three other people before fleeing, police said.

Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 9:59am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

What's the issue with metal detectors in Jerusalem?

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 6:39am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - For 10 days, Jerusalem has been in the grip of the worst bloodshed for years over Israel's decision to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Old City's holy compound.

Erdogan gambling with centuries-old ties to Germany: Schaeuble

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 5:42am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is putting at risk vital and long-established relations with Germany, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview published on Monday.

Republicans' push to roll back Obamacare faces crucial test

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 5:03am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A seven-year Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare faces a major test this week in the U.S. Senate, where lawmakers will decide whether to move forward and vote on a bill whose details and prospects are uncertain.

Israel cites immunity for guard in deadly Amman embassy shooting

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 4:11am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli embassy security guard shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver at Israel's embassy compound in Amman and a second Jordanian also died, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Arrested driver of truck that held nine bodies due in court in Texas

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 3:10am
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The driver of a truck in which at least nine men were found dead alongside dozens suffering in sweltering conditions in San Antonio, Texas was expected to appear in court on Monday, over what authorities called a case of ruthless human trafficking.

Death toll in Kabul suicide blast rises to 35: Afghan official

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:44am
KABUL (Reuters) - The death toll from a suicide car bomb blast in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday rose by more than 10 to at least 35, according to a senior government official.

California crews hold wildfire in check, let more residents go home

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:46am
(Reuters) - California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to fully contain the blaze.

Direct lending funds' fading all-weather appeal

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:26am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Miami-area money manager Bob Press appears to offer the ultimate all-weather investment: a "direct lending" hedge fund that does not require a long-term commitment and has produced nearly 90 straight months of positive returns not correlated to other markets.