U.S. winter storms cause 10 deaths, flight cancelations, power outages

(Reuters) - At least 10 people died, more than 1,000 flights were canceled and hundreds of thousands were without power in five states on Saturday as a massive winter storm system dumped snow, freezing rain and hail from Texas to Michigan. Hurricane-force wind gusts, golf-ball-sized hail and 2 to 5 inches (5-13 cm)of snow fell on Friday night and early Saturday as storms pushed from Texas through the Southeast and Great Lakes into Maine, the Nat..

Sanders leads, with Warren, Buttigieg, Biden chasing in Iowa Democratic poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has taken a narrow lead among Democratic presidential candidates in the important early-voting state of Iowa in a tight battle with three rivals, a poll released by the state’s largest newspaper showed on Friday. Iowa voters cast ballots in Feb. 3 party caucuses in the first contest in the state-by-state process of selecting a Democratic challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov..

Judge clears path for voter petition to recall embattled Alaska governor

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The campaign to oust Alaska’s governor received court approval to proceed on Friday when a judge ruled that the allegations against the first-term Republican meet the legal requirements for including a recall initiative on the 2020 ballot. The voters have the right to determine whether Mike Dunleavy, 58, an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, should be ousted, Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth said in ruling from t..

Mexican migrants removed from border camp after family separation threat

CIUDAD JUAREZ (Reuters) - Mexican authorities on Tuesday removed almost 100 Mexican migrants seeking asylum in the United States from a camp in downtown Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, according to a Reuters witness, after state police threatened to separate parents from their children. Mexican asylum seekers camping near the Paso del Norte international border crossing bridge while waiting to apply for asylum to the U.S. a..

CNN settles defamation lawsuit with Kentucky teen in Washington Memorial case

DENVER (Reuters) - CNN has settled with a Kentucky teenager who sued the network for defamation over its coverage of his encounter with a Native American at the Washington Memorial a year ago. The amount of the settlement between Nick Sandmann and CNN was not disclosed. A CNN spokesperson on Tuesday confirmed the settlement in a statement emailed to Reuters, but declined to comment on the details. Sandmann said on Twitter: “Yes. We settled with..

Senate Republicans close ranks on rules for Trump impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he had enough support from his fellow Republicans to set the rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, dealing a blow to Democrats’ efforts to call new witnesses against the president. Democrats responded by saying they still want more details on the trial process before any further action is taken although they have little leverage if Republicans, who cont..

Hanukkah machete suspect indicted in New York on six counts of attempted murder

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man accused of going on a machete rampage at the New York-area home of a Hasidic rabbi during a Hanukkah celebration was indicted on Friday on six counts of attempted murder, up from five counts the suspect was charged with previously. FILE PHOTO: A New York Police Department vehicle parks at Fifth Avenue Synagogue in New York, U.S., December 30, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon The indictment also charges Grafton Thomas, 37, w..

Singular ‘they’ is voted Word of the Decade by U.S. linguists

(Reuters) - U.S. linguists on Friday chose “they” as their Word of the Decade, recognizing the growing use of third-person plural pronouns as a singular form to refer to people who identify their gender as neither entirely male nor entirely female. FILE PHOTO: Women march during a protest as a part of the #MeToo movement on International Women's Day in Seoul, South Korea, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo Separately, the America..

Avenatti says evidence he’s cash-strapped doesn’t belong in Nike extortion trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Avenatti does not want U.S. prosecutors to present evidence at his criminal trial this month that his alleged financial straits, including an inability to pay child support, gave the celebrity lawyer a motive to extort Nike Inc. FILE PHOTO: Attorney Michael Avenatti exits the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid In a filing on Friday, lawy..

Uber, Postmates sue to block California gig worker law, claiming it’s unconstitutional

(Reuters) - Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc and courier services provider Postmates Inc asked a U.S. court to block a California labor law set to go into effect on Wednesday, arguing the bill violates the U.S. Constitution. FILE PHOTO: Uber's logo is pictured at its office in Bogota, Colombia, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court on Monday, the companies and two app-..

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