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California firefighters battle wildfires in hot, windy weather

(Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles on Wednesday face a second consecutive day of scorching weather and erratic winds that could hinder their efforts. Learn More


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Climate change risk threatens 18 U.S. military sites: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report released on Wednesday. More »


Transgender student asks U.S. high court to keep out of bathroom case

(Reuters) - Lawyers for a transgender high school student in Virginia asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to keep out of a legal dispute about bathroom rights, an issue that has emerged as an increasingly divisive one in the United States. More »


U.S. opens door to a change in blood donation policy for gay men

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently prohibit donations from gay men for a year following their last sexual encounter in order to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. More »


Powerball jackpot grows to $422 million, eighth largest ever

(Reuters) - The Powerball jackpot grew to $422 million before an 11 p.m. EDT drawing on Wednesday, making it the eighth largest in the game's history and the 11th-biggest lottery prize ever in the United States. More »


Ex-Virginia Tech students indicted in death of 13-year-old girl

(Reuters) - A grand jury indicted two former Virginia Tech students on Tuesday for first-degree murder in the death of a 13-year-old girl, a prosecutor said. More »


Charleston church shooter was headed to Tennessee when captured: documents

(Reuters) - The white man accused of killing nine black parishioners in a racist attack at a South Carolina church last year was heading to Tennessee when he was arrested, according to court records filed by prosecutors to support their federal charges. More »


U.S. court rules Beijing meetings helped Las Vegas Sands in Macau

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A U.S. court has ruled that a Hong Kong businessman's role in arranging meetings between Las Vegas Sands and Chinese government officials helped the casino company secure a license in Macau, the world's biggest gambling hub. More »


All 46 crew rescued after fishing vessel sinks off Alaskan coast: Coast Guard

(Reuters) - The 46-member crew of a fishing vessel that sank more than 600 miles off the coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea on Tuesday had to be rescued by boats in the area and taken to a nearby island, the U.S. Coast Guard said. More »


Gulf waterway traffic restrictions lifted: U.S. Coast Guard

(Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday it lifted traffic restrictions on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near Galveston, Texas after temporarily halting movement on a section of the waterway following a barge incident. More »


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