California, New Jersey primaries crucial to November U.S. elections

California, New Jersey primaries crucial to November U.S. elections

SACRAMENTO, Calif./PRINCETON, N.J. (Reuters) - Voters in competitive congressional districts in New Jersey and California will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose candidates in primary elections that will shape the fight to control the U.S. Congress during the era of President Donald Trump.

Voters in opioid-plagued districts demand solutions from candidates

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (Reuters) - Voters in this struggling Rust Belt region in upstate New York, backed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, hoping he could help turn back a relentless tide of factory and business closures.

Gay adoption fight looms after Supreme Court's cake ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major legal fight similar to the blockbuster Christian baker case decided by the Supreme Court on Monday is already brewing in several U.S. states over laws allowing private agencies to block gay couples from adoptions or taking in foster children.

Ex-officials in U.S. gymnastics sex abuse scandal to testify to Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The heads of Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, who resigned in the wake of a sex abuse scandal involving a former doctor at their organizations, could face tough questions when they appear on Tuesday at a U.S. Senate hearing on how to protect athletes from similar behavior.

Trump pulls invitation to NFL champions Eagles over anthem

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump canceled the planned visit on Tuesday of the Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, saying he disinvited the team after it disagreed with his call for players to stand for the national anthem.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein due to enter plea on rape charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to enter a plea in a New York court on Tuesday to charges of rape and sexual assault, the first cases involving the disgraced producer to be tested in criminal court since scores of accusers emerged last year, New York court documents showed.

U.S. ex-defense intelligence officer held over alleged spying for China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former officer with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested over the weekend for allegedly trying to spy on the United States for China, the Justice Department said on Monday.

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who rebuffed gay couple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory on narrow grounds to a Colorado baker who refused based on his Christian beliefs to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, stopping short of setting a major precedent allowing people to claim religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws.

Colorado wildfire rages as firefighters gain on New Mexico blaze

(Reuters) - Hot weather was expected to stoke an unchecked wildfire in southern Colorado on Tuesday that forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

Property losses mount on Hawaii's Big Island as lava flow spreads

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to nearly 120 the number of dwellings devoured since last month, officials said on Monday.

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