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  • U.S. Army soldier accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants

    By Lisa Maria Garza (Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier has been accused of smuggling two undocumented immigrants across the Texas-Mexico border while in uniform, according to a federal criminal complaint. Eric Alexander Rodriguez, 20, a private in the Army, was charged with felony "bringing in and…

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  • Obama could deploy U.S. military advisers to forward positions in Iraq: White House

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would consider requests to "forward deploy" U.S. military advisers with Iraqi troops "on a case-by-case basis" if they are needed, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday. "They would not be personally or directly engaging the…

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  • California wildfire in national forest threatens at least 1,600 homes

    By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said. The increasing danger from the so-called King Fire came after…

  • Yelp, TinyCo to settle U.S. charges of improperly collecting kids' data

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The popular online review site Yelp and mobile app developer TinyCo have agreed to settle separate charges that they improperly collected children's information online, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Under the terms of the settlements, Yelp will pay a…

  • U.S. attorney general urges changes to fight more Wall St. crime

    By Aruna Viswanatha and Nate Raymond WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called for changes that could help prosecutors build criminal cases against senior Wall Street executives, saying companies often insulated their leaders from responsibility for…

  • U.S. panel weighs new designs for troubled Eisenhower Memorial

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The troubled Eisenhower Memorial reaches a crossroads on Wednesday as the panel overseeing its construction weighs alternatives to the original contentious design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry. The memorial to the 34th U.S. president and World War Two…

  • Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate probe finds

    By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other firms involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed…

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  • Pro-pot activists launch first U.S. 'Consume Responsibly' campaign

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Taking a cheeky jab at a New York Times columnist who had a bad experience with marijuana-infused candy on a visit to Denver, pro-pot activists launched a campaign urging adults to "consume responsibly" in states where the drug is legal. The Marijuana Policy…

  • Transgender Connecticut teen found safe after escaping custody

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A transgender teenager whose detainment without charges at a Connecticut adult prison sparked protests this year, was back at a juvenile detention facility after fleeing a private treatment center, state officials said on Wednesday. Hartford police picked up the 16-year-old,…

  • U.S. needs better end-of-life care, which might cut costs: study

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States needs to improve its medical care for people nearing death, a move that might cut rising healthcare costs, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) study said on Wednesday. The 507-page "Dying in America" study is aimed at opening a debate on how the…

  • U.S. states boost anti-trafficking laws but slow to help sex, labor slaves

    By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A rising number of U.S. states have strengthened laws to combat human trafficking in the past year but programs to help victims of forced prostitution and labor are lagging behind, according to a report by an anti-slavery group on…

  • Top U.S. general urges Congress to think again on defense cuts

    By Adrian Croft WIESBADEN Germany (Reuters) - Congress should look hard at whether to continue automatic budget cuts that weaken the U.S. military at a time when security around the world is deteriorating, a top U.S. general said on Wednesday. The rapid advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq…

  • Judge pauses Detroit's bankruptcy trial again

    By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ordered a week-long break in Detroit's bankruptcy trial on Wednesday, giving the last major objector to the city's restructuring plan time to rework its case. The hearing will be adjourned from Friday and reconvene on Monday,…

  • Texas set to execute woman convicted of starving nine-year-old

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman convicted of the 2004 starving death of a nine-year-old boy is scheduled to die on Wednesday by lethal injection at a Texas state prison, authorities said. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, would be the second woman executed in the United States this year and the 15th…

  • Heavy rainfall, flash flooding threaten Arizona, New Mexico

    (Reuters) - Heavy rainfall could bring flash flooding to Arizona and New Mexico, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday, as severe weather associated with weakening Tropical Storm Odile sweeps across the drought-stricken U.S. Southwest. Weather forecasters warned that as much as 9 inches…

  • Los Angeles schools police to return grenade launchers to U.S.: L.A. Times newspaper

    (Reuters) - Los Angeles schools' police said on Tuesday it would give up three grenade launchers it acquired for free through a federal program now facing mounting scrutiny for supplying local agencies with military-grade equipment, the L.A Times newspaper reported. The move follows scrutiny over…

  • South Korea arrests American trying to swim to North Korea: report

    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean marines arrested an American man late on Tuesday who had been swimming in a river that flows towards North Korea and said he had been trying to go to the North to meet its leader, Korean media reported. South Korean marines guarding the Han river, which flows into an…

  • Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old…

  • Hurricane Edouard weakening, moving away from U.S. coast: NHC

    (Reuters) - Hurricane Edouard, the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, is weakening and accelerating north-eastward, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. Edouard was about 495 miles (795 km) east-northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained wind of 90…