Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds U.S. Northeast

Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday after ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people.

North Carolina teachers rally for more funds in latest U.S. school walk-out

RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - Thousands of North Carolina teachers were expected to rally at the capitol on Wednesday for higher pay and increased education spending in a walk-out that follows similar protests from teachers in other states seeking more money for schools.

Two Pennsylvania men due in court in quadruple murder case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Two Pennsylvania men accused of luring four young men to a farm with the promise of marijuana, shooting them dead and then burning their bodies in a pig roaster were due in court in the murder case on Wednesday.

Texas to execute man dubbed 'Lovers' Lane' killer for 2003 murder

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday plans to execute a man dubbed the "Lovers' Lane" killer who was convicted of a 2003 ambush attack on a remote road in San Antonio where he tried to rob another man in a parked car and then fatally shot him.

U.S. judge refuses to dismiss ex-Trump aide Manafort's criminal case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge dealt President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort a major blow on Tuesday by refusing to dismiss criminal charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, after Manafort claimed that Mueller's probe has run amok and should be reined in.

U.S. judges weigh fate of program protecting young immigrants

NEW YORK/PASADENA, California (Reuters) - A panel of three appeals court judges in California on Tuesday asked the federal government to defend its decision to end a program protecting from deportation some immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children, who are often referred to as "Dreamers."

Groups sue to stop Iowa's 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban

(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union's Iowa branch said they sued on Tuesday to stop a state law that would impose the strictest abortion limits in the United States from taking effect.

U.S. agency seeks new authority to disable threatening drones

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Homeland Security Department on Tuesday told Congress that the agency needs new legal authority to track threatening drones and disable or destroy them if necessary.

Family of Waffle House victim in Nashville sues accused shooter's father

(Reuters) - The family of one of the four people killed in last month's shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the accused shooter's father, saying he improperly gave his son access to weapons.

U.S. state lawsuits against Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic mount

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Litigation against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is intensifying as six more U.S. states on Tuesday announced lawsuits, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.

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