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Democrats beat vote quirk to challenge Republicans in California

Democrats beat vote quirk to challenge Republicans in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif./PRINCETON, N.J. (Reuters) - California Democrats overcame quirks in the state's electoral system and managed to mount challenges to Republicans in most key Congressional races, as voters in eight U.S. states chose candidates for November's midterm elections.

Scores more homes destroyed by lava flow on Hawaii's Big Island

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - A growing river of molten rock flowing from a fissure at the foot of Kilauea Volcano is believed to have demolished scores of additional homes and filled in a small bay at the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island, civil defense officials said on Tuesday.

Voters expected to remove California judge criticized over rape sentencing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Voters appeared likely to remove from office a California judge who drew worldwide condemnation for giving a six-month jail sentence to a Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, early returns in a special election showed.

U.S. house prices to rise at twice the speed of inflation and pay: Reuters poll

(Reuters) - An acute shortage of affordable homes in the United States will continue over the coming year, according to a majority of property market analysts polled by Reuters, driving prices up faster than inflation and wage growth.

Homes evacuated as firefighters battle Colorado wildfire

(Reuters) - Hundreds more people prepared to evacuate their homes on Wednesday as a largely unchecked wildfire raged in southwest Colorado and officials warned that blazes could spread to other states.

Soldier steals armored vehicle, takes it on two-hour ride in Virginia: police

(Reuters) - A soldier stole an armored personnel carrier from a National Guard base in Virginia on Tuesday and took the vehicle on a two-hour drive that ended in a police chase through downtown Richmond, the state capital, state police said.

U.S. officials warn Congress on risks of drones, seek new powers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday will urge Congress to approve legislation giving the federal government new powers to disable or destroy threatening drones, according to testimony viewed by Reuters.

Kate Spade, designer who built handbag empire, found dead

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kate Spade, the designer who built a fashion empire on the popularity of her signature handbags before selling the brand, was found dead in her New York City apartment on Tuesday morning in an apparent suicide, police said.

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.

Serial murder suspect in Arizona used legally purchased pistol: ATF

PHOENIX (Reuters) - The man suspected of killing six people in the Phoenix area, including a high-profile forensic psychiatrist, before committing suicide, used a legally owned .40-caliber handgun to shoot at least four of the victims, a law enforcement official said on Tuesday.

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