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Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening


WASHINGTON/NEW YORK U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

High stakes for Trump in vote on healthcare plan

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump may face his first major legislative hurdle on Thursday: a do-or-die vote in the House of Representatives on a plan that would roll back the signature healthcare law of former President Barack Obama.

Politics, Election 2016 6:22am EDT

Police officer, three others killed in Wisconsin shooting: reports

MILWAUKEE A police officer and three other people were killed in a string of shootings, including at a bank and a law firm, in central Wisconsin following what police referred to as domestic incident, media reported on Wednesday.

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California regulator to vote on United States' strictest methane rule

California's air pollution regulator is due to hold a vote on Thursday on methane emission regulations that it says would be the strictest in the United States in controlling the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Exclusive: Lead poisoning afflicts neighborhoods across California

NEW YORK Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows. | Video

Environment, Health Mar 22 2017

Security tightened at UK sites in New York after London attack

NEW YORK New York police ramped up security at British sites across the city on Wednesday after an assailant fatally stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament and was then shot and killed by police.

World, United Nations, Mar 22 2017

Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widow

TAMPA, Fla. More than 50 victims and survivors of the June 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub sued the gunman's employer and widow on Wednesday, blaming them for failing to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Mar 22 2017

Plan for $7.5 billion Kushner family New York tower faces hurdles: report

NEW YORK The family-owned company that until recently was headed by U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law hopes to turn an aging New York office tower into a signature development that could be worth up to $12 billion, a report said on Wednesday.

Mar 22 2017

Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue

PAWHUSKA, Okla. A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 decision making the practice legal in all states.

Gay Marriage, Subjects Mar 22 2017

Immigrant whose daughter appealed to pope requests asylum in U.S.

LOS ANGELES A Mexican immigrant whose daughter appealed to Pope Francis three years ago to stop his deportation from the United States requested asylum at a federal court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Mar 22 2017

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