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MONTECITO, Calif (Reuters) – Californian authorities called for public help in locating seven people still missing after mudslides that killed at least 18, as crews carried on searching for survivors on Saturday. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office made a plea for information on any of the missing residents, while acknowledging that finding anyone alive
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(Note: 9th and 13th paragraphs includes language some readers will find offensive) WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a bipartisan Senate immigration plan as “a big step backwards,” saying it would force the United States to admit people from “high crime” countries, digging in on a position critics decried as racist.
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KISSIMMEE, Florida (Reuters) – At Leslie Campbell’s office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing. Director of special programs for the Osceola County School District, Campbell helps enroll students fleeing storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. Her job has been a busy one. Since hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Rescuers picking through waist-deep mud on Thursday, two days after a massive mudslide killed at least 17 people along Southern California’s coast, said they feared more bodies may be found but still held out hope for “miracle” survivors. The walls of fast-moving mud and debris that tore through hillside communities
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday reached a tentative agreement on legislation to protect young “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation, along with other immigration policy changes, and is attempting to build support for the deal in Congress. The senators, three Democrats and three Republicans, “have reached an agreement in principle that
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Rescue workers on Thursday searched for eight people missing after mudslides that ripped through a coastal Southern California community, as the identities of some of the 17 who died in Tuesday’s disaster began trickling out. Some 700 rescue workers in helicopters and high-wheeled military vehicles picked through waist-deep mud in
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – An American tourist has died in the Australian outback while hiking though sweltering conditions on the Larapinta Trail, renowned for its ancient Aboriginal sacred sites, police said on Thursday. The 33-year-old Californian had been walking the popular Larapinta Trail some 160 km (100 miles) west of Alice Springs in central Australia with
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17. The two additional fatalities were discovered as some 500
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida’s request to opt out. The backlash could complicate President Donald Trump’s efforts to expand oil and gas production
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(Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Wednesday that would be a 5 percent increase over the current year, with greater spending on education and transportation, while he warned about a likely a economic downturn in the future. Brown, in his last budget address before leaving office
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared at odds on Wednesday in a closely watched voting rights case, differing over whether Ohio’s purging of infrequent voters from its registration rolls — a policy critics say disenfranchises thousands of people — violates federal law. The nine justices heard about an hour of
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SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge in San Francisco temporarily barred President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday from ending a program shielding young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents from deportation. The Trump administration announced in September it would rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a decision that
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown will propose his final state budget on Wednesday, setting out a spending blueprint that last year topped $125 billion and marking the first time the state’s coffers will be bolstered from sales taxes on marijuana. Brown, a Democrat who is leaving office next January after four non-consecutive
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state’s governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. “I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” Zinke
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – At least 13 people died and thousands fled from their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides on slopes where a series of intense wildfires burned off protective vegetation last month. Heavy downpours struck before dawn on Tuesday after thousands of residents in
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Steve Scalise said he would undergo surgery on Wednesday as part of continuing treatment of wounds sustained in a June shooting. Scalise, the No. 3 Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Tuesday that the surgery had been planned for a month. “I look forward to returning
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants allowed to live and work in the United States since 2001 will lose their right to remain in the country in 2019, officials said on Monday, marking the Trump administration’s latest move to tighten immigration enforcement. The United States will end the Salvadorans’ temporary protected status (TPS) on
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BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts’ top federal prosecutor will not rule out prosecuting businesses dealing in marijuana, he said on Monday, less than a week after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era policy easing enforcement in states that legalized the drug. Massachusetts is one of eight states whose voters have legalized use of recreational marijuana, which
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will stop giving immigrants from El Salvador special protections on Sept. 9, 2019, the Homeland Security Department said on Monday, saying the 18-month delay in terminating the status would allow for an orderly transition. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen decided to end the Temporary Protected Status, established after El
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Flooding from a water main break forced the temporary suspension of some flights at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday, adding to the misery of travelers after a winter storm canceled or delayed hundreds of flights in recent days. Water poured from the ceiling onto a check-in counter
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(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp has won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing the coffee chain of overcharging customers by underfilling lattes and mochas to reduce milk costs. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on Friday found a lack of evidence that Starbucks cheats customers by making its cups too small, using “fill-to” lines on
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Six people were killed on Sunday when a vehicle going the wrong direction on a northern California highway collided with another vehicle, causing a fire that engulfed both cars, police said. The female driver of the 2013 Chevrolet going the wrong way on Interstate 5 as well as the five people
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government officials across the United States try to maintain accurate voter rolls by removing people who have died or moved away. But a case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday explores whether some states are aggressively purging voter rolls in a way that disenfranchises thousands of voters. The justices will
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BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A shroud of bone-chilling arctic air covered the U.S. East Coast and Midwest on Saturday, creating dangerous conditions as tens of millions of people struggled to clean up from a blizzard that dumped deep, drifting snow in many areas earlier this week. Wind chill and freeze warnings stretched from New England
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(Reuters) – One Powerball ticket purchased in New Hampshire matched all six numbers for Saturday’s estimated $570 million jackpot drawing, the fifth largest grand prize in the game’s 15-year history, lottery officials said. The winning numbers drawn were 12, 29, 30, 33, 61 and Powerball 26. The identity of the winner or winners was not
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