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California to file lawsuit over Trump border wall

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:17
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's attorney general plans to file a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, the state AG's office said, adding to the obstacles facing a key Trump campaign promise.

Hurricane Maria blasts Puerto Rico, kills at least nine in Caribbean

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:02
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, turning streets into debris-laden rivers, damaging buildings and cutting power, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean.

Rescuers in desperate search for girl as Mexico quake toll hits 225

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:44
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers frantically worked to dig a young girl out from under the rubble of a partially collapsed school on Wednesday, a small glimmer of hope amid devastation from a major earthquake that killed at least 225 people across central Mexico.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:35
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Fed conflicted by weak U.S. inflation, global economic rebound

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:20
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caught between a lull in U.S. inflation and a stronger global economy, the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year or back off until prices rise more briskly.

U.S. existing home sales fall to 12-month low

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell to their lowest in a year in August as Hurricane Harvey depressed activity in Houston and a perennial shortage of properties on the market sidelined buyers.

Rescuers search rubble of school as Mexican quake toll hits 217

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:50
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue workers scrabbled through rubble as dawn broke on Wednesday, searching for dozens of children feared buried beneath a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation.

Trump endorses latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday threw his weight behind congressional Republicans' latest bill to dismantle Obamacare and called on party senators to vote for the healthcare overhaul.

Toshiba says seals $18 billion deal to sell chip unit to Bain Capital group

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:46
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it has agreed to sell its prized semiconductor business to a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital LP, a key step in keeping the struggling Japanese conglomerate listed on the Tokyo exchange.

Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico with high rains, storm surge

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:41
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, ripping windows from their fixtures and sending debris hurtling through the streets as it approached the capital, San Juan.

Special Report: The garage science behind the stun gun that changed policing

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:34
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - When Rick Smith launched his supercharged stun gun in 1999, his startup had produced two failed products, several years of losses and a load of debt.

Exclusive: From Russia with fuel - North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:16
MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

Battering smaller islands, powerful Hurricane Maria barrels toward Puerto Rico

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:53
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength storm to hit the Caribbean this month, battered the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix on Wednesday and headed toward Puerto Rico, set to be the strongest storm to hit the island in about 90 years.

Desperate night search in Mexico school, other ruins as quake deaths pass 200

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:48
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Desperate rescue workers scrabbled through rubble in a floodlit search on Wednesday for dozens of children feared buried under a Mexico City school, one of hundreds of buildings wrecked by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation.

Walmart, Target join call for 'Dreamer' legislation

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 05:26
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation, according to organizer FWD.us.

Fed conflicted by tepid U.S. inflation, global economic rebound

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 04:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caught between a lull in U.S. inflation and a stronger global economy, the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year or back off until prices rise more briskly.

Strong quake near Mexico City kills at least 226, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 04:25
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226.

Powerful Hurricane Maria lashes St. Croix, takes aim at Puerto Rico

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 03:03
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength storm to hit the Caribbean this month, battered the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix on Wednesday and was headed to Puerto Rico with catastrophic winds and dangerous storm surges.

Desperate night search for children in Mexico school ruins after quake

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 03:03
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Desperate parents and rescue workers pulled through rubble in a floodlit search on Wednesday for dozens of young children feared buried under a Mexico City school destroyed by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation.

Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 01:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.   

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