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Snowstorm marches towards Washington, after pummeling U.S. Midwest

Snowstorm marches towards Washington, after pummeling U.S. Midwest

(Reuters) – A winter storm that dumped heavy snow on the U.S. Midwest, causing several roadway deaths, stranding some motorists in Missouri and cancelling dozens of flights, marched east toward Washington on Saturday. Horses stand over a major winter storm which dropped around 8 inches of snow in Taos, New Mexico, U.S., January 11, 2019. […]

Government shutdown becomes longest in U.S. history

Government shutdown becomes longest in U.S. history

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S. history, with no end in sight. FILE PHOTO: A sign the reads “Federal employees all […]

Texas tent city that holds migrant teens to close

Texas tent city that holds migrant teens to close

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – A tent city in Texas for migrant teens will close, the U.S. government said on Friday, and the children held in what had become a controversial symbol of President Donald Trump’s migration policy will be transferred to sponsors or other shelters. FILE PHOTO: Immigrant children are led by staff in […]

U.S. shutdown sends grain traders, farmers hunting for data

U.S. shutdown sends grain traders, farmers hunting for data

CHICAGO (Reuters) – When the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that a slew of key farm reports would not be released on Friday due to the partial government shutdown, the phones at crop forecaster Gro Intelligence blew up. FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seen in Washington, DC, U.S., March 18, […]

'Jayme is the hero' sheriff says of Wisconsin girl who escaped captor

'Jayme is the hero' sheriff says of Wisconsin girl who escaped captor

(Reuters) – A 13-year-old girl’s escape from a rural home where she was held captive for three months by a Wisconsin man charged with murdering her parents helped break the case and she should be treated as a hero, the local sheriff said on Friday. Jayme Closs is with her aunt after her rescue on […]

California police use genealogy websites to arrest suspect in 1990s rapes

California police use genealogy websites to arrest suspect in 1990s rapes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man has been arrested in connection to rapes committed in the 1990s after his DNA was linked to the crime scenes through commercial genealogy websites, which initially turned up the both the suspect and his twin, police said on Friday. Kevin Konther, 53, suspected of committing multiple rapes in […]

Trump stops short of emergency declaration in border wall fight

Trump stops short of emergency declaration in border wall fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he would not declare a national emergency “right now” to end a standoff over border security that has idled large swaths of the U.S. government, all but guaranteeing that he will preside over the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The dispute has disrupted everything from air […]

Wisconsin teen safe after escaping three-month kidnapping ordeal: police

Wisconsin teen safe after escaping three-month kidnapping ordeal: police

(Reuters) – Police in Wisconsin on Friday charged a 21-year-old unemployed man with kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and murdering her parents, the morning after she escaped three months of captivity and was found by a woman walking her dog. The teenager, missing since her parents were found shot dead in their home in October, was […]

Factbox: Impact on U.S. government widens on 21st day of shutdown

Factbox: Impact on U.S. government widens on 21st day of shutdown

(Reuters) – A shutdown of about a quarter of the U.S. government reached its 21st day on Friday, tying it with the longest shutdown to date, and many of the 800,000 employees who have been furloughed or who are working without pay missed their first paychecks. A National Park entrance fee collection service is temporarily […]

Las Vegas police seek DNA from soccer star Ronaldo in sexual assault inquiry

Las Vegas police seek DNA from soccer star Ronaldo in sexual assault inquiry

(Reuters) – Police in Nevada have formally asked Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in the investigation of accusations that he raped a woman a decade ago in Las Vegas, police said on Thursday. Ronaldo, 33, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, […]