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Volcanic lava buries two housing tracts on Hawaii's Big Island

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 8:18pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - An ever-creeping wall of lava from Kilauea Volcano has engulfed two entire seaside housing tracts at the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island, government scientists reported on Wednesday, an area where civil defense officials said nearly 280 homes once stood.

Women candidates surge but face tough fights in battle for U.S. Congress

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 6:47pm
(Reuters) - Dozens of women on Tuesday won congressional and gubernatorial nominations as voters in eight U.S. states chose candidates ahead of November's elections, including several who notched firsts in a year boasting a historic number of female contenders.

Designer Kate Spade suffered depression for years, husband says

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 6:41pm
(Reuters) - The husband of fashion designer Kate Spade on Wednesday broke his silence on her death, saying she suffered from depression for years and that the couple had been living separately for 10 months.

Bolton takes back seat, but remains looming North Korea summit presence

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 6:38pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just weeks after John Bolton’s hardline rhetoric infuriated North Korea and nearly derailed a planned summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, the U.S. national security adviser appears to have taken a back seat to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the historic meeting.

House Republicans work to craft Dreamer immigration deal

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 5:57pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Wednesday worked to come up with legislation protecting "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation while meeting President Donald Trump's demands for tougher border security and possibly new limits on legal migration.

Republicans in tight U.S. House races feel heat from Mexican tariffs

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 5:24pm
WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican tariffs are roiling U.S. congressional campaigns in states where U.S. exporters could take a hit and President Donald Trump's Republicans face tough races in November congressional elections.

Trump commutes sentence after appeal by Kim Kardashian

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 5:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the life sentence of a woman for a first-time drug offense whose cause was taken up by celebrity Kim Kardashian West, and he is prepared to use his constitutional clemency powers to give relief to dozens more convicts, a White House source said.

Congress has few options to stop Trump from saving China's ZTE

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 5:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There is little Congress can do to stop President Donald Trump if he wants to relax penalties on ZTE Corp , despite strong bipartisan opposition to easing restrictions on China's No. 2 telecommunications equipment maker.

Wall Street rises on economic data, easing trade worries

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 3:27pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street indexes rallied on Wednesday with help from financial stocks as investors eyed strong economic data and trade war fears took a back seat while the Nasdaq registered its third straight record closing high.

Ex-Cambridge Analytica boss admits getting Facebook data from researcher

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 1:58pm
LONDON (Reuters) - The former head of Cambridge Analytica admitted on Wednesday his firm had received data from the researcher at the center of a scandal over Facebook users' personal details, contradicting previous testimony to lawmakers.

Alphabet shareholders reject diversity proposal backed by employees

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 1:11pm
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's shareholders, including top executives, voted down several proposals on Wednesday, defeating campaigns to tie pay to diversity goals and to get the Google parent to provide more data about efforts to moderate user-generated content.

Democratic hopes for House control buoyed by voting results

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:57pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif./PRINCETON, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. Democrats on Wednesday said the results of nominating contests in California and New Jersey put them in a stronger position to gain control of Congress in November and oppose Republican President Donald Trump.

Trump commutes sentence of drug offender, examining dozens more potential pardons

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:49pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who had served more than 20 years in prison on a first-time drug offense, and is prepared to use his constitutional clemency powers to give relief to dozens more offenders, a White House source said.

In Europe, Mattis is in familiar spot: calming U.S. allies

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:43pm
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Brussels on Wednesday seeking to mollify European allies, again finding himself in the familiar position of mending relationships frayed by President Donald Trump's policies.

Tesla drives fourth day of gains for Nasdaq, banks up

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:33pm
(Reuters) - Wall Street's tech-heavy Nasdaq index was on track for its fourth straight day of gains on Wednesday, hitting a record high, while the S&P 500 and the Dow also inched higher.

Alphabet's stockholders vote against gender pay gap, diversity proposals

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:29pm
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's top executives voted down several shareholder proposals on Wednesday, defeating campaigns to tie their pay to hiring diversity goals and to get the Google parent to provide more data about efforts to moderate user-generated content.

Cambridge Analytica did receive data from researcher in Facebook storm, ex-chief says

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:16am
LONDON (Reuters) - Cambridge Analytica's former chief denied deliberately misleading British lawmakers, even as he admitted that his firm did receive data from the researcher at the center of a scandal over Facebook data, contradicting his previous testimony.

Lawmakers press Facebook over Chinese data sharing

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 10:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two key U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday rebuked Facebook Inc for not being more transparent over its data sharing after the social media company said it had collaborated with at least four Chinese companies, including a smartphone maker that has raised U.S. security concerns.

Voters remove California judge criticized over rape sentencing

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 9:56am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Voters removed from office a California judge who drew worldwide condemnation for giving a six-month jail sentence to a Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, unofficial returns from a special election showed on Wednesday.

Tech stocks mixed after recent surge; banks lift S&P, Dow

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 9:33am
(Reuters) - Gains for Amazon and Tesla helped the Nasdaq open at a record high on Wednesday, before the index fell slightly as Facebook led a decline in the technology sector.