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Thousands of armed activists gather at Virginia's pro-gun rally

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Thousands of armed pro-gun activists from across the United States rallied outside Virginia's capitol building on Monday to protest new restrictions proposed by state lawmakers, with authorities bracing for violence. Learn More


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Supreme Court religious rights case has big implications for U.S. schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite wondering every autumn whether she can afford it, Kendra Espinoza has worked hard to keep her two daughters in a small private Christian school in Kalispell, Montana, costing about $15,000 annually for them to attend. More »


Trump to offer first detailed impeachment defense as pivotal week begins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After refusing to cooperate with the Democratic Party-led impeachment probe in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump will on Monday offer his first comprehensive defense, before his trial begins in earnest in the Senate. More »


Democrats mark King's birthday on presidential campaign trail

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - Democrats locked in a tight race for their party's presidential nomination will mark the holiday that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. by seeking the support of black voters. More »


U.S. judge dismisses assault case against British retailer Philip Green: Arcadia

LONDON (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the United States have dropped a case against British retailer Philip Green that had alleged assault, his Arcadia company said on Monday, citing court documents. More »


U.S.-bound migrant caravan in tense standoff at border between Mexico and Guatemala

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (Reuters) - A large caravan of Central Americans was preparing to cross the Guatemalan border into Mexico on Monday, posing a potential challenge to the Mexican government's pledge to help the United States contain mass movements of migrants. More »


Vows of peace, fears of violence at Virginia gun rally

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - The top Republican in Virginia's lower house said that any group planning to incite violence at a large gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond should stay home, while far-right leaders of militias planning to attend swore they were coming in peace. More »


Trump promises farmers that China trade deal will be good for them

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - President Donald Trump sought on Sunday to assure American farmers and ranchers hit by a protracted tariff war with China that a trade agreement he signed with Beijing will lead to major purchases of U.S. agricultural products. More »


Alaska volcano spews thick ash cloud, triggering aviation warning

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaska volcano that has been rumbling since midsummer shot ash about 5 miles (8 km) into the sky on Sunday, triggering a warning to aviators and dusting one small fishing village, officials reported. More »


Democrat Bloomberg vows to narrow wealth gap for black Americans

(Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Sunday pledged to narrow the wealth gap between black and white Americans by boosting black ownership of homes and businesses and investing in poor neighborhoods. More »


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