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As more women run for office, U.S. state legislatures are poised to change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As women line up to run for U.S. political office at historic rates, state legislatures - where some of America's most critical policy decisions get made - could see a slew of new female lawmakers after November's vote, according to a Reuters analysis of election data. Learn More


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Pennsylvania report details decades of sexual abuse by priests

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused thousands of children over a 70-year period and silenced victims through "the weaponization of faith" and a systematic cover-up campaign by their bishops, the state attorney general said on Tuesday. More »


U.S. and Mexico to set up joint team to fight drug cartels

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Mexico will set up a joint team in Chicago targeting Mexican drug cartels and their leaders and finances, to try to stem a flow of drugs that has led to a spike in U.S. overdose deaths, officials said on Wednesday. More »


In first, transgender woman wins Democratic nomination for Vermont governor

(Reuters) - Vermont Democrats made Christine Hallquist the first openly transgender person to win a major party nomination for statewide office in U.S. history as she clinched Tuesday's primary election for governor. More »


Lightning storms mass over California, Oregon as wildfires blaze

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Storm clouds gathered over southern Oregon and northern California early on Wednesday, threatening to spark more wildfires with lightning strikes as emergency crews battled several deadly blazes, forecasters said. More »


Florida school opens for class with new security after massacre

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February opened on Wednesday for a new school year with three armed guards and other new security measures that some parents and students worried would not be enough. More »


Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor's appeal, upper court yet to rule: lawyer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - One Turkish court has rejected an American Christian pastor's appeal to be released from house arrest and for his travel ban to be lifted, but an upper court is yet to rule on the appeal, his lawyer told Reuters on Wednesday. More »


New Mexico judge gets death threats after granting bail to Muslim compound members

TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - A New Mexico judge received death threats and Islamophobic abuse on Tuesday a day after she granted bail to five Muslims charged with child abuse and accused of training children at their compound to carry out attacks, court officials said. More »


BNSF adds to restrictions on older oil-tank cars ahead of phase-out: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BNSF Railway Inc, the largest U.S. railroad, is expanding efforts to remove older oil tank cars from its lines ahead of a federal deadline, according to three people familiar with the matter, adding to restrictions that could worsen transport bottlenecks. More »


Florida university latest to cut ties with China's Confucius Institute

BEIJING (Reuters) - The University of North Florida will close a campus branch of a Chinese-run cultural institute, the latest U.S. college to do so amid criticism from U.S. legislators that China uses the institute to influence American higher education. More »


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