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Los Angeles mayor to mediate in talks to settle first teachers' strike in 30 years

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Negotiators for 30,000 striking Los Angeles teachers and America's second-largest school district have agreed to return to the bargaining table on Thursday, with Mayor Eric Garcetti acting as mediator, his office said. Learn More


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Sixteen coal ash pits contaminating Texas groundwater: report

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Sixteen coal ash pits in Texas are leaking contaminants including arsenic, boron, cobalt and lithium into groundwater, according to a report released on Thursday by the Environmental Integrity Project. More »


Five deaths blamed on storms that dump snow, rain on California

(Reuters) - At least five people have died in severe rain and snowstorms that blanketed parts of California with at least five feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains this week, besides triggering flooding and mudslides, officials said. More »


Ex-Michigan governor says he will resign university post in Nassar fallout

(Reuters) - Michigan State University's interim president John Engler said on Wednesday he would resign following renewed criticism of how he handled the fallout from the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar. More »


U.S. watchdog faults handling of government lease for Trump D.C. hotel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An internal U.S. government watchdog on Wednesday found "serious shortcomings" in federal officials' handling of a lease by President Donald Trump's company of a historic government building in Washington now home to a Trump International Hotel. More »


Man charged in plot to attack White House with anti-tank rocket

(Reuters) - A 21-year-old man from Georgia has been arrested and charged over allegations he plotted to attack the White House by blowing a hole in it with an anti-tank rocket then storming the building with guns and grenades, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. More »


As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse. More »


'Grifters, weaklings, felons': Christie on the Trump White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sees the Trump White House as a rogues' gallery of flawed people sidetracking the work of the U.S. president, according to excerpts of his forthcoming memoir posted on the news site Axios on Wednesday. More »


Tennessee ex-teacher who took off with student sentenced to 20 years

(Reuters) - A former Tennessee high school teacher who took off with a female student in 2017 on a cross-country journey that ended with his arrest in California was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday. More »


U.S. shutdown taking toll on FDA, USDA inspection roles: experts

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The partial government shutdown is taking a toll on key safety inspection duties performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture, food safety experts said on Wednesday. More »


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