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Houston still rebuilding from 2017 floods as new hurricane season arrives

Houston still rebuilding from 2017 floods as new hurricane season arrives

HOUSTON (Reuters) - In an empty lot where Vincent Shields' Houston home once stood, he points out properties whose owners were driven out after Hurricane Harvey inundated the region last summer.

Mandatory evacuation ordered as Hawaii eruption hits four-week mark

HONOLULU (Reuters) - The Hawaii community hardest hit by the Kilauea Volcano was ordered sealed off under a strict new mandatory evacuation on Thursday as the eruption marked its fourth week with no end in sight.

Trump pardons Dinesh D'Souza, says lifestyle maven Stewart may be next

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday pardoned a conservative commentator and said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting a former Illinois governor's prison sentence, prompting critics to accuse him of subverting the rule of law.

Texas boy spells 'koinonia' correctly, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, won the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, taking home a $40,000 cash prize after beating the same speller who defeated him at his countywide bee in February.

Leading oncology group wary of Trump drug price proposals

CHICAGO (Reuters) - America's leading group of cancer doctors is wary of new Trump administration proposals for lowering drug costs, warning that patients must not be barred from medicines that could help them.

Boeing workers vote for 'micro-union' at South Carolina plant

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A small group of workers at Boeing Co's South Carolina jetliner factory voted Thursday to unionize but the planemaker announced it would challenge the legality of the bargaining unit.

Mueller probe spent $4.5 million from October to March: Justice Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating suspected Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election spent $4.5 million between October last year and March 2018, the Department of Justice said on Thursday.

Judge declares mistrial in former New York local official's bribery case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case of a former New York town official accused of taking bribes, after a jury failed to reach a verdict following nine days of deliberations, according to a spokesman for prosecutors.

Utah sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma after settlement talks stall

(Reuters) - Utah's attorney general on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP to hold it responsible for its role in the opioid epidemic after he said talks to reach a settlement between various states and the drugmaker stopped being productive.

Two dead in North Carolina landslide as Alberto no longer a storm

(Reuters) - Two people were killed after floods triggered a landslide in North Carolina, as Alberto was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone with diminished rainfall by the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Thursday.

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