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Some U.S. states taking electoral maps out of politicians' hands

Some U.S. states taking electoral maps out of politicians' hands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is due to rule by the end of June on the contentious practice called partisan gerrymandering in which state legislators draw electoral maps designed to entrench their own party in power, but states in growing numbers already are taking action to rein in the politicians.

Hundreds of residents ordered to evacuate as Colorado wildfire rages

(Reuters) - Hundreds of residents in a small town in southwest Colorado were ordered to evacuate on Thursday morning as hot, dry and windy conditions stoked a nearby wildfire that has gone largely unchecked for days.

Volcanic lava buries two housing tracts on Hawaii's Big Island

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - An ever-creeping wall of lava from Kilauea Volcano has engulfed two entire seaside housing tracts at the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island, government scientists reported on Wednesday, an area where civil defense officials said nearly 280 homes once stood.

Trump commutes sentence after appeal by Kim Kardashian

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the life sentence of a woman for a first-time drug offense whose cause was taken up by celebrity Kim Kardashian West, and he is prepared to use his constitutional clemency powers to give relief to dozens more convicts, a White House source said.

Democratic hopes for House control buoyed by voting results

SACRAMENTO, Calif./PRINCETON, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. Democrats on Wednesday said the results of nominating contests in California and New Jersey put them in a stronger position to gain control of Congress in November and oppose Republican President Donald Trump.

House Republicans work to craft Dreamer immigration deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Wednesday worked to come up with legislation protecting "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation while meeting President Donald Trump's demands for tougher border security and possibly new limits on legal migration.

U.S. plans to release American captured in Syria in September

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Wednesday it would release in Syria an American citizen detained on suspicion of being an Islamic State member, a move the American Civil Liberties Union compared to dumping him on the road in a war zone.

Honolulu lawmakers pass 'surge pricing' cap for ride-hailing companies

(Reuters) - Honolulu could become the first U.S. city to limit fares ride-hailing companies can charge when demand spikes, following a city council vote on Wednesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper reported.

First lady Melania Trump makes first public appearance in weeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Melania Trump reappeared in front of the cameras on Wednesday for the first time since May 10, traveling with her husband President Donald Trump to a hurricane briefing.

Designer Kate Spade suffered depression for years, husband says

(Reuters) - The husband of fashion designer Kate Spade on Wednesday broke his silence on her death, saying she suffered from depression for years and that the couple had been living separately for 10 months.

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