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Silicon Valley VC denies calling Kleiner partner ‘sex addict’

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner and Silicon Valley socialite Juliet de Baubigny took the stand Friday in a gender discrimination case against the venture firm and said she never referred to a male partner in the suit as a “se... More »


Pentagon sets up panel to study electronic warfare requirements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday set up a new panel to address shortfalls in U.S. electronic warfare capabilities across the U.S. military and to ensure the United States retains its competitive edge. Deputy Defense Secretary Rober... More »

California judge dismisses gang conspiracy case against rapper

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A San Diego judge has dismissed gang conspiracy charges against a rapper whose music prosecutors said encouraged gun violence against rival gangs, in a ruling his lawyer characterized as a victory for free speech. Rapper Brandon Duncan, w... More »


Ex-NFL star was angry at victim two days before killing: witness

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez appeared upset with a man he is accused of murdering two days before the killing, an associate of the victim said on Tuesday. Kwami Nicholas testified in Bristol County Superior C... More »


U.S. Republican budget cuts social spending, boosts military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday proposed higher defense spending and deep cuts to social services including healthcare for the poor in an aggressive new budget plan that seeks to eliminate deficits by 2024. The blueprint from House Bud... More »


U.S. may impose tougher curbs to contain bird flu in Arkansas

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are considering imposing tougher restrictions in Arkansas to contain a virulent strain of avian flu in the heart of America’s poultry region in a bid to minimize international trade disruptions and contain the virus. The H5... More »

‘Formula E’ electric car race creates a quiet buzz in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – The streets snaking through downtown Miami’s high rises will be buzzing this Saturday as commuters make way for dart-shaped racing cars zooming by at breakneck speeds – and little noise. The race drivers will be competing in the first Formula... More »


Obama says doesn’t text, tweet, or have a smart phone that records

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – President Barack Obama doesn’t send text messages, rarely composes his own tweets, and isn’t allowed to have a smart phone that contains a recording device, he said on Thursday. And don’t ask him for Hillary Clinton’s email address. He ... More »


Obama: no excuse for criminal acts in Ferguson, Missouri

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday there was no excuse for criminal acts at public protests against racially biased law enforcement practices in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting of two police officers at a protest in Ferguson,... More »


Texas jury awards fans $76,000 for Super Bowl seating problem

DALLAS (Reuters) – A federal jury on Thursday awarded about $76,000 to seven fans who sued the National Football League over a seating fiasco at the 2011 Super Bowl where hundreds of fans had problems with their ticketed spots. The jury ruled in favor of the f... More »


Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill limiting union heft

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, considered a likely Republican presidential contender, signed a bill into law on Monday allowing private-sector employees to avoid joining unions or paying them dues even when covered by union-negotiated c... More »

Newly released video shows Suge Knight running over two men

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A videotape posted on celebrity news website TMZ on Monday shows Marion “Suge” Knight running over two men with his pick-up truck at a Los Angeles area burger stand, killing one of them, in an incident that led to hit-and-run charges ag... More »


Babysitter says ex-NFL star came on to her day before murder

(Story refiled to correct dates in the first and second paragraphs) By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez made sexual advances toward his babysitter after driving her and the man he allegedly killed the following day to a... More »


NFL’s tax-exempt status is again under fire in Congress

WASHINGTON xx (Reuters) – Congressman Jason Chaffetz insists his bid to overturn the NFL’s decades-old tax-exempt status has nothing to do with political posturing or electioneering. And the Utah Republican says his campaign to get rid of the tax break is not ... More »


Iditarod mushers begin sled-dog race through Alaska wilderness

JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) – Mushers from around the world set off on Alaska’s famed Iditarod sled-dog race to Nome on Monday in sub zero temperatures on an alternative never-before-used route from Fairbanks that could lend a new level of unpredictability to the... More »


With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Asked last week about his agenda if elected, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker began: “Should I choose to be a candidate…”     Then he added with a grin: “My lawyers love it when I say that.”     Like the other wou... More »


Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton trie... More »

U.S. third bitcoin auction spurs more demand with 34 bids

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday held its third auction of bitcoins seized from Ross Ulbricht, convicted of operating black-market website Silk Road, with a sale of 50,000 units attracting higher demand than the previous auction. The ... More »


Wisconsin Assembly debate begins on right-to-work bill

MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday began a final debate on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contra... More »


Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court’s ruling, expected by late June, w... More »


House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner’s inability to halt the Republican Party’s further descent into disord... More »

Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight taken to jail medical facility again

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight told a judge in Los Angeles on Monday that he had fired his attorneys and could not understand court proceedings against him, the Los Angeles Times reported, before he was taken to a jail medical facility.... More »


Homeland Security funding drama darkens U.S. fiscal outlook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain – fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner’s lack of control over them. ... More »


Americans say keep politics out of the Fed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Americans don’t know who runs the Federal Reserve, but they do believe that elected officials should stay out of its business, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll. Just 24 percent of those polled said Congress should be allowed to hav... More »


NASA resolves issue with spacesuit helmet water leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Water that leaked into an astronaut’s helmet after a spacewalk on Wednesday poses no threat, clearing the way for another outing to rig the International Space Station for new space taxis, NASA said on Friday. Space station fli... More »

U.S. Internet providers hit with tougher rules, plan challenges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the strictest-ever rules on Internet providers, who in turn pledged to battle the new restrictions in the courts and Congress, saying they would discourage investment and stifle innovation. The rules,... More »

Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission is expected Thursday to approve C... More »


U.S. Senate votes to clear path for security agency funding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Wednesday moved to avert a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency this weekend, voting to clear the way for a funding bill free of contentious immigration issues. Hurdles remained, with conservative Republica... More »


Wisconsin Senate takes up right-to-work legislation

MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin state senators on Wednesday were debating a proposal to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state in a tense session marked by periodic shouts from the Senate gallery from demonstrators opposed to the measure. The Republican-led ... More »

Washington, D.C. – from monuments to meetings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It’s not all politics and no play in Washington, D.C. For business travelers like WeWork cofounder Miguel McKelvey, the nation’s capital has plenty to offer the professional-on-the-go. McKelvey frequently makes the train trip from New York... More »

About 20 manatees rescued from Florida storm drain

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – About 20 Florida manatees were freed by early Tuesday morning from a storm drain near Cape Canaveral, where they were apparently trying to warm themselves, officials and local media said. Video footage showed a rescuer comforting one ... More »

Rent walkouts point to strains in U.S. farm economy

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Across the U.S. Midwest, the plunge in grain prices to near four-year lows is pitting landowners determined to sustain rental incomes against farmer tenants worried about making rent payments because their revenues are squeezed. Some grain ... More »


Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary U.S. public

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party. Obama has said he wants to work with ... More »

U.S. West Coast ports talks break for night without deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shipping executives and union leaders for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports ended a third straight day of contract talks late on Thursday without a settlement, despite arm-twisting from the U.S. labor secretary, but planned to meet a... More »


For Obamacare challengers, a Supreme Court case built for speed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court case that could shatter President Barack Obama’s healthcare law this year was launched as a backup plan by a libertarian group and a powerful Washington lawyer frustrated by the slow progress of their original laws... More »

Bomb scare proves false alarm near Hollywood venue for Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A bomb scare triggered by an erratic motorist brandishing a propane tank at a shopping strip near the Hollywood venue for the upcoming Oscars show proved to be a false alarm on Thursday, but the man was detained, Los Angeles police said... More »


Texas county issues historic marriage license to same-sex couple

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas county issued a marriage license to a same-sex couple on Thursday, the first legal certification for a gay couple in the state since its voters about a decade ago approved a measure defining marriage as only being between a ma... More »


L.A. hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to ‘superbug’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A large Los Angeles teaching hospital has told scores of patients they were possibly exposed to a drug-resistant bacterial “superbug” during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and may have contributed to two deaths. The 1... More »


Texas judge’s immigration rebuke may be hard to challenge

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration faces a difficult and possibly lengthy legal battle to overturn a Texas court ruling that blocked his landmark immigration overhaul, since the judge based his decision on an obscure and unsettled are... More »

Beagle named Miss P wins 139th Westminster dog show

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A bouncy 15-inch beagle named Miss P won the top honor at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,700 competitors. Miss P, from Vancouver, British Columbia, was awarded the Best in Show prize at the... More »


U.S. labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Tuesday urged shipping company executives and union leaders for 20,000 dockworkers to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of clogged cargo traffic and other disruptions at 29 West Coast por... More »


Some 11.4 million Americans have enrolled in Obamacare: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some 11.4 million Americans enrolled in private health insurance through Obamacare during the open enrollment period, the White House said in a tweet on Tuesday. “The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is working. It’s working better th... More »


U.S. delays Obama’s immigration steps after judge’s rebuke

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceedi... More »


Ex-NFL star Hernandez dismantled phone in police lot: witness

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez dismantled his cellphone and used another one to make calls inside a car outside a police station the day after the bullet-riddled body of an associate was found, according to video... More »


Draft U.S. rules on commercial drones keep some limits

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules on Sunday for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar activities such as the delivery of packages and inspection of pipelines that have been eyed by companie... More »


Draft U.S. rules on commercial drones keep some limits on use

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules on Sunday for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar activities such as the delivery of packages and inspection of pipelines that have been eyed by companie... More »


U.S. agency fixes problem hampering Obamacare applications

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A day before the open enrollment deadline for private health coverage under Obamacare, some consumers were unable to submit applications because of “intermittent issues” with income verification, the U.S. Health and Human Services Depart... More »


Labor secretary to help reach West Coast port deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to California to help broker an agreement between shipping companies and dockworkers in a dispute that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast, the White House said on Satur... More »


Majority of New Jersey voters view Christie unfavorably: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A majority of New Jersey registered voters view Governor Chris Christie unfavorably, a poll showed on Friday, underscoring the headwinds the outspoken Republican could face in securing his party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential elect... More »


Alabama official ordered to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

MOBILE, Ala. (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday ordered an Alabama official to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in compliance with an earlier order, but couples in most counties were still unable to obtain licenses. U.S. District Judge Calli... More »


Softer, less strident outreach may help calm U.S. vaccine skeptics

ASHLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – When Melissa Orion’s unvaccinated baby contracted whooping cough, she was grateful for modern medicine – its emergency rooms and even its antibiotics. But the Ashland, Oregon, mom did not question her decision not to inoculate her chi... More »

Powerball reaches $485 million for Wednesday drawing

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Gamblers betting on the multi-state Powerball lottery this week could win one of the biggest jackpots in the game’s history, as the total climbed to $485 million on Tuesday, the Powerball website showed. The third-largest jackpot in t... More »


Moon objects found in astronaut Neil Armstrong’s closet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A treasure trove of objects that were supposed to have been left behind after the first moon landing have turned up in the closet of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the lunar surface, the Smithsonian Institution has said. Arms... More »

Obama, Katy Perry team up against domestic abuse at Grammys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A powerful trio formed by President Barack Obama, pop star Katy Perry and a survivor took their fight against domestic abuse to the Grammy Awards on Sunday and exhorted artists to use their power to stop violence against women and girls... More »


Glitch delays launch of SpaceX rocket with U.S. weather satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Launch of a SpaceX rocket with a U.S. weather satellite bound for deep space was called off minutes before liftoff on Sunday due to a technical problem, officials said. Launch had been targeted for 6:10 p.m. EST from Cape Canav... More »


Physician Ben Carson eyes May announcement of presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Retired surgeon Ben Carson on Sunday said he could form a committee to explore a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination this month and make a formal announcement in May. “That’s a reasonable time frame,” Carson told “Fox New... More »


Unusually large Republican 2016 field sparks ‘staff primary’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a dozen Republicans thinking seriously about running for president in 2016 and 10 more talking up the idea, it’s a good time to be an experienced campaign hand. Potential candidates are scrambling to sort through the rosters of camp... More »

U.S. states probe massive data breach at health insurer Anthem

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyberattack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc that a person familiar with the matter said is being examined for possible ties to China. Anthem disclosed the attack late Wednesday, sayin... More »


Obama, at prayer event, calls Dalai Lama ‘good friend’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warmly acknowledged the Dalai Lama on Thursday but did not meet him directly at a religious event in Washington closely watched by China, which has warned against any exchange with Tibet’s exiled spiritual lea... More »


Ex-New York assemblyman convicted of federal bribery charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Democratic New York state Senator Malcolm Smith was found guilty on federal bribery charges on Thursday, authorities said, the latest conviction in a string of public corruption prosecutions that have roiled the state capital Albany... More »


Lawmakers want tougher vaccine exemptions amid measles outbreak

SEATTLE/PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) – Several U.S. states are considering laws to make it harder for parents to legally opt out of vaccinating their children, as health officials fight a measles outbreak that has sickened some 120 people in more than a dozen mostl... More »

Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight returned to jail from hospital

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, charged with murder and other offenses in a fatal hit-and-run incident, was returned to jail from a Los Angeles-area hospital late on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Departmen... More »


Exclusive – The FAA: regulating business on the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – The United States government has taken a new, though preliminary, step to encourage commercial development of the moon. According to documents obtained by Reuters, U.S. companies can stake claims to lunar territory through an e... More »


U.S. workers strike for second day at nine refineries- one to shut

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Union workers were on strike for a second day on Monday at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants as they sought a new national contract with oil companies covering laborers at 63 plants. The walkouts were the first in support of a nation... More »


Patriots euphoric after Super Bowl despite ‘Deflategate’

GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – The New England Patriots rallied to beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in what will go down as one of the greatest Super Bowls of all-time but who the real winner is could well be debated for decades to come. The buildup to the S... More »


New Jersey Governor heads to UK for trade, politics, soccer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a likely 2016 Republican presidential contender, will be promoting his state’s life sciences industry in a trip to the United Kingdom starting Sunday, where he is also scheduled to meet the Prime Ministe... More »