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House judiciary’s top Republican urges hearings into Russian election meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday called for hearings into interference by Russia and others in the 2016 election and beyond, on the heels of a statement here by former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and ahead of presidential elections next year. House Judiciary Committee ranking member […]

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen ‘loving’ prison life, ‘hates’ the food: source

(Reuters) – Michael Cohen, the convicted former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, says he is making new friends in prison and enjoying time away from the spotlight, according to a person familiar with Cohen’s first few weeks there. FILE PHOTO: Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, arrives at the Federal Correctional […]

Illinois hangs on to low investment-grade credit rating from Moody’s

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois avoided deterioration in one of its low investment-grade credit ratings on Tuesday when Moody’s Investors Service affirmed the state at Baa3 with a stable outlook, citing recent steps taken to shore up the state’s shaky finances. FILE PHOTO: lllinois Governor J.B. Pritzker delivers remarks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions […]

After massacre, Virginia governor takes on Republican legislature over gun control

(Reuters) – Virginia’s Democratic governor on Tuesday called for a special legislative session to consider new gun control laws following a massacre of 12 people, but a top Republican lawmaker immediately pushed back on a plan he called “hasty and suspect.” Governor Ralph Northam has previously faced resistance from the legislature to increase restrictions on […]

Top lawmaker signals support to classify all illicit fentanyl copycats like heroin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. Senator signaled some support on Tuesday for legislation permanently placing illicit chemical knock-offs of the extremely potent opioid fentanyl into the same legal class as heroin to boost prosecutions of traffickers and makers of the drugs, a proposal championed by top federal officials. FILE PHOTO: Plastic bags of fentanyl […]

House votes to protect ‘Dreamer’ immigrants amid White House opposition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to end the threat of deportation that has long hung over undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who entered the United States when they were children. By a vote of 237-187, the Democratic-controlled House approved the legislation despite opposition from the White House, which […]

Los Angeles homelessness rises sharply as housing crisis deepens

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County’s homeless population has swelled by 12% during the past year as a shortage of affordable housing deepens in and around America’s second-largest city, pushing more people into poverty, a study released on Tuesday found. A homeless person sleeps on the sidewalk in the skid row area of downtown […]

Former officer charged for not responding to Florida school shooting

(Reuters) – A former Florida sheriff’s deputy was arrested on Tuesday on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from his lack of response in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, the county sheriff said. Scot Peterson, 56, who was taken into custody, faces multiple counts of child neglect, […]

House to vote next week on whether to find Barr, McGahn in contempt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the No. 2 House official said on […]

Quest Diagnostics says data breach could have hit 11.9 million patients

(Reuters) – Quest Diagnostics Inc said on Monday it was notified by a billing collections vendor that an unauthorized user gained access to information on nearly 11.9 million patients, including credit card numbers and bank account information. The company has not received all the information about the incident from American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) and […]