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Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, boost U.S. spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A brief U.S. government shutdown ended on Friday after Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law a wide-ranging deal expected to push budget deficits into the $1 trillion-a-year zone. The bill was approved by a wide margin in the Senate and survived a rebellion of 67 conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives thanks to ...

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U.S. budget deal grants $1.5 billion for drug-affected babies, familie

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependent on opioids. The provision allows assistance on mental health, substance abuse and parenting whenever any child is deemed at ...

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Star witness in ex-Cuomo aide

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The corruption trial of a former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken an unexpected turn, as a star witness for prosecutors was arrested after admitting during his fourth day testifying before a jury that he may have violated his cooperation agreement. Todd Howe was arrested Thursday night after a judge revoked his bail, ...

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Police officer killed, two wounded in Georgia shooting: local media

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A police officer was shot dead and two sheriff’s deputies were wounded in a small Georgia town on Friday by a suspect who was then himself slain, local media reported, citing law enforcement officials. Local television station WSB-TV said the incident took place at a home in a subdivision of Locust Grove, a city about 30 miles ...

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Rain on Trump

(Reuters) – The mayors of big American cities, a largely Democratic bunch, love parades, but few are lining up to host the Bastille Day-style military display that Republican President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare. The mayors of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, all Democrats, rejected the idea of columns of soldiers and armored vehicles on their streets, ...

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Snowstorm hammers U.S. Midwest, hundreds of flights canceled

MILWAUKEE/CHICAGO (Reuters) – A major winter storm pounding the U.S. Midwest on Friday forced cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures threatened to bring travel to a standstill across the region. The storm system stretching from western Montana to southern Michigan could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National ...

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U.S. appeals court voids Arab Bank verdict

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a Sept. 2014 jury verdict finding Arab Bank Plc liable for facilitating militant attacks linked to Hamas by handling its transactions, citing an error in the jury instructions. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the decision triggers a settlement agreement that Arab Bank has ...

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Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, increase U.S. spend

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress ended a brief government shutdown on Friday by reaching a wide-ranging deal that is expected to push budget deficits into the $1 trillion-a-year zone. The bill passed by a wide margin in the Senate and survived a rebellion of 67 conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives thanks to the support of some Democrats. ...

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