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U.S. senators seek relaxed screening of border patrol applicants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three Republican senators, hoping to speed the hiring of law enforcement agents on U.S. borders, on Friday introduced legislation waiving lie detector tests for job applicants who already serve in law enforcement or have done military service. Learn More


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Maryland to join lawsuit challenging Trump travel ban: WTOP radio

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said on Friday his office would formally join a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying the measure was still a ban on Muslims and would hurt the state, WTOP radio reported. More »


Pentagon says alleged photo-sharing violates 'fundamental values'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that personnel involved in any alleged sharing of nude photos of female colleagues were guilty of "egregious violations of the fundamental values" and pledged a full investigation. More »


U.S. says court should not block Trump sanctuary city order

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice said a federal court should not suspend President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants. More »


U.S. jury to weigh case against pastor, programer over bitcoin exchange

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in Manhattan federal court on Friday prepared to weigh charges against a Florida software engineer and a New Jersey pastor accused of scheming to help an illegal bitcoin exchange escape scrutiny. More »


Ethanol train derails in Iowa, bursts into flames

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than two dozen tank cars hauling ethanol derailed Friday morning in northwestern Iowa, causing some to catch fire and sending an unknown volume of the biofuel into a nearby creek, officials said. More »


U.S. doctors in training to work longer hours under new guidelines

(Reuters) - Days may get a lot longer for some doctors in training after the group that oversees medical education in the United States rolled back controversial rules limiting the number of hours first-year residents may work. More »


Texas judge orders mosque fire suspect held on separate charge

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A man detained after federal prosecutors said he was involved in a fire in January that destroyed a Texas mosque has been ordered held on a charge unrelated to the arson, court records showed. More »


Trump's disputes with local governments could create fresh conflicts of interest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, has a magnificent course. Just ask its namesake, U.S. President Donald Trump, who until recently was quoted on its website saying the club "provides more than a membership – it's a true luxury lifestyle." More »


Republican U.S. health plan clears first hurdles, fate uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system cleared its first hurdles in Congress on Thursday, but its chances for passage looked uncertain and top Republicans scrambled to bring disgruntled conservatives aboard. More »


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