Violence erupts at L.A., N.Y. protests after Trump vows to bring in military

WASHINGTON/MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to use the U.S. military to halt protests over the death of a black man in police custody, before law enforcement officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas to clear demonstrators and allow the president to walk to a church and pose for pictures. But as […]

Democrats launch probe of Trump’s firing of State Department watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress on Saturday launched an investigation into President Donald Trump’s move to oust the State Department’s internal watchdog, accusing the president of escalating his fight against any oversight of his administration. Trump announced the planned removal of Inspector General Steve Linick in a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy […]

Half of U.S. states easing coronavirus restrictions as jobless numbers grow

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The White House let its 2-week-old economic reopening guidelines expire on Thursday as half of all U.S. states forged ahead with their own strategies for easing restrictions on restaurants, retail and other businesses shuttered by the coronavirus crisis. FILE PHOTO: People who lost their jobs wait in line to file for […]

Trump’s move to cut WHO funding prompts world criticism as coronavirus toll mounts

WASHINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday halted funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting criticism from other countries and medical experts as the global death toll mounted. Trump, who has reacted angrily to attacks on his administration’s response to the worst epidemic in a century, […]

What you need to know about coronavirus right now

(Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

New York governor says 82-year-old woman is state’s first COVID-19 death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An 82-year-old woman who previously suffered from emphysema died at a Manhattan hospital of COVID-19, becoming New York state’s first coronavirus-related death, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday. The number of cases throughout the state increased to more than 500, Cuomo told local reporters on a media call. Reporting by Brendan […]

U.S. brewery shooting could spur gun debate in presidential race

Milwaukee (Reuters) – A Molson Coors Beverage Co employee has shot five co-workers to death before taking his own life at the company’s beer-brewing complex in Milwaukee, the latest episode in a rising tide of gun violence already reverberating in the U.S. presidential race. FILE PHOTO: Police investigate a shooting at the Molson Coors headquarters […]

Harvey Weinstein will not testify at his New York rape trial, defense rests case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein will not testify in his own defense at his rape trial, his lawyers said on Tuesday as they rested their case. Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Court for his sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, […]

Factbox: Love and basketball – Profiles of Kobe helicopter crash victims

(Reuters) – As investigators probed the cause of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others, profiles emerged of the victims who perished in the weekend tragedy near Los Angeles. The following are victims of the crash: KOBE BRYANT Bryant, 41, was just an 18-year-old rookie when he […]

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 […]