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Ex-N.Y. legislative leader Silver to be sentenced for corruption

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who spent decades as one of the state's most powerful politicians before being convicted of corruption, is set to be sentenced on Tuesday for collecting millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks. Learn More


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Islamic State forces kill U.S. armed forces member in Iraq

STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters killed a member of the U.S. armed forces in northern Iraq on Tuesday, when they pushed through a forward line of Iraqi Kurdish forces, officials said. More »


Solar-powered plane lands in Arizona on round-the-world flight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solar-powered airplane midway through a historic bid to circle the globe completed the 10th leg of its journey on Monday, landing in Arizona after a 16-hour flight from California, the project team said. More »


Seattle city council rejects street closing plan for proposed arena

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle's city council on Monday narrowly rejected a proposal that would pave the way for a new sports arena, dimming the hopes for the NBA to return to the city after the beloved SuperSonics moved away in 2008. More »


New York asks StubHub, Ticketmaster to curb 'speculative' sales

(Reuters) - The New York Attorney General has sent letters to ticket selling platforms StubHub and Ticketmaster to discourage "speculative" sales of tickets by unlicensed re-sellers. More »


Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by business groups to Seattle's law raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, a move echoed by other locales, in a case focusing on how the ordinance affected local franchises like McDonald's. More »


Puerto Rico government bank misses payment, talking with creditors

SAN JUAN/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank, the main funding source for the U.S. commonwealth's public agencies, said it reached a tentative restructuring deal with some major creditors hours after declaring it would skip a $422 million debt payment. More »


Former FBI agent pleads guilty to stealing $136,000 in drug proceeds

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused of stealing more than $136,000 in drug money and spending it on cars, vehicle accessories and cosmetic surgery for his wife pleaded guilty to federal charges on Monday. More »


L.A.'s 'Grim Sleeper' murder trial closing arguments underway

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles sanitation worker charged with murdering nine women and a teenage girl was a serial killer who quietly blended into his community to in order to kill, prosecutors said on Monday as closing arguments began in the so-called "Grim Sleeper" case. More »


L.A. chef Goin, Chicago restaurant Alinea win top U.S. food awards

(Reuters) - California chef Suzanne Goin, known for her use of seasonal local ingredients in European-inspired dishes, was named best U.S. chef by the James Beard Foundation on Monday. More »


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