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Exxon Baton Rouge 2016 blast began with stuck valve: U.S. board

1 hour 22 min ago
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said on Wednesday that the events leading to a 2016 blast at ExxonMobil Corp's Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery began when an operator disassembled a stuck valve on the alkylation unit, releasing a cloud of isobutane vapor.

Interfering with flight crew not always violent crime: U.S. appeals court

1 hour 42 min ago
(Reuters) - Interfering with a flight crew is not always a "crime of violence," a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday in a decision favoring a New York man who rushed the cockpit and shouted about jihad while aboard a United Airlines flight.

U.S. to impose stricter electronic carry-on airport screening

2 hours 16 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday it will implement new stricter security rules requiring airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones from checked baggage for screening.

Minneapolis orders stricter police body-camera rules after fatal shooting

2 hours 46 min ago
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minneapolis officials set stricter police body camera rules on Wednesday, more than a week after officers failed to activate cameras during the fatal police shooting of an Australian woman.

Foxconn to announce new U.S. manufacturing plant: source

2 hours 56 min ago
(Reuters) - Apple Inc supplier Foxconn Technology Co will announce plans to build a multi-billion dollar electronics manufacturing plant in Wisconsin at a White House event later on Wednesday, a source briefed on the matter said.

From a church sanctuary, Colorado woman resists deportation

3 hours 50 min ago
MANCOS, Colorado (Reuters) - Rosa Sabido stares out a church window pondering her future and worrying about her ailing mother.  

Man tied to planned Islamic State-inspired attack due in Boston court

3 hours 56 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man charged with conspiring in an Islamic State-inspired plot to behead a woman who had organized a 2015 competition featuring cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed is due in court on Wednesday.

Trump: no transgender people will serve in U.S. military - Twitter

4 hours 57 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity.

Ohio set to execute man after delays over lethal injection drugs

9 hours 43 min ago
(Reuters) - Ohio will put to death on Wednesday a 43-year-old man convicted of raping and killing a 3-year-old child in what will be the state's first execution in more than three years after a lengthy legal dispute over the choice of lethal injection drugs.

Father of Australian tennis star arrested on child sex charges

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:04pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis was arrested on Tuesday at his San Diego home on suspicion of sexually abusing two children who he has been coaching in the sport, police said.

Robert Durst unfaithful to wife before her disappearance, friend says

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 8:21pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Real estate scion Robert Durst and his wife were unfaithful to each other before she went missing in 1982, a friend of Durst said in court on Tuesday, in testimony that could be used by prosecutors to show there was discord in the marriage.

Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathrooms

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 8:04pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a bill that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, endorsing a piece of legislation derided by civil liberties advocates as discriminatory.

L.A. man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 7:37pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles man was arrested on Tuesday after federal prosecutors said he arranged to smuggle into the United States three live, highly venomous king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip canisters.

New York subway chief unveils emergency plan for 'failing' system

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 6:23pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of New York City's subway asked the city and state for $836 million on Tuesday to immediately stabilize the century-old underground transit system, plus another $8 billion for capital improvements.

U.S. judge refuses to halt New York nuclear power plant subsidies

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 6:06pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by energy companies and trade groups to stop New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from providing billions of dollars in subsidies to prop up struggling nuclear power plants in the state.

Wisconsin company offers employees microchip implants

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 5:58pm
(Reuters) - A Wisconsin vending machine company is offering its employees a chance to have a microchip implanted in their hands that they could use to buy snacks, log in to computers or use the copy machine.

Survivors of Texas truck where 10 immigrants died seek to trade testimony for visas

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 5:38pm
AUSTIN, Texas/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of the illegal immigrants who survived a deadly human-smuggling journey into Texas are seeking visas to stay in the United States in exchange for testimony against those responsible for an operation that killed 10 people on a sweltering truck, a lawyer said on Tuesday.

Adviser charged with insider trading on Pfizer-King deal pleads guilty

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 4:54pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Long Island, New York, investment adviser accused of engaging in insider trading after being tipped off about Pfizer Inc's $3.6 billion acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals Inc pleaded guilty on Tuesday, federal prosecutors said.

Sessions sets limits on U.S. federal funding for sanctuary cities

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 4:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday released a memo restricting Justice Department grants from going to so-called sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration agents.

Warrant in Minnesota police shooting says woman slapped squad car

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 4:43pm
(Reuters) - A woman slapped the back of police squad car just before the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in Minneapolis, according to newly released court documents.