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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.

Trump fights for healthcare bill, makes headway with conservatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump and House of Representatives leaders pushed on Wednesday for votes for their plan to overhaul Obamacare and said they were making progress in their efforts to win over conservative Republicans who have demanded changes to the legislation.

Lawmaker says U.S. foreign surveillance 'unmasked' Trump associates

WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee set off a political firestorm on Wednesday when he said the communications of members of Donald Trump's transition team were caught up in incidental surveillance targeting foreigners.

Trump fights for support ahead of U.S. healthcare vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders appeared on Wednesday to be losing the battle to get enough support in the House of Representatives to pass their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets.

Black lawmakers meet with Trump about infrastructure, reducing crime

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about infrastructure and reducing urban crime, calling the sit-down a "positive" first step toward finding common ground.

Democrats grill U.S. high court nominee over Trump concerns

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said on Wednesday presidents must obey court orders and expressed uncertainty about language in the Constitution barring U.S. government officials from taking payments from a foreign country as Democrats grilled him on issues involving President Donald ...

Trump sends holiday greetings to Iranians, does not mention travel ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to ban travelers from Iran and other Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, issued a holiday greeting on Wednesday to Iranians celebrating the New Year holiday known as Nowruz.

Lawmaker suggests U.S. surveillance of foreigners picked up Trump calls

WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee said on Wednesday some of President Donald Trump's personal communications may have been caught up in "incidental" surveillance involving a foreign power in the months after the election.

Trump appears to be losing battle ahead of healthcare vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders appeared on Wednesday to be losing the battle to get enough support in the House of Representatives to pass their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets.

Assailant shot, at least a dozen injured in incident at UK parliament

LONDON - An assailant was shot outside the British parliament by armed police, the leader of the House of Commons said on Wednesday after loud bangs were heard and a Reuters photographer saw at least a dozen injured people on a nearby bridge.

U.S. existing home sales fall from 10-year high

WASHINGTON - U.S. home resales fell more than expected in February amid a persistent shortage of houses on the market that is pushing up prices and sidelining potential buyers.

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.

Trump tries to rally support for healthcare bill

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump tried to rally Republican lawmakers behind a plan to dismantle Obamacare on Tuesday as U.S. stock markets showed their worst one-day performance since the November election.

Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra

GELENDZHIK, Russia - Russia's force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has disclosed.

Trump's high court pick vows independence, says he is no 'rubber stamp'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday pledged independence from President Donald Trump, bristled at his criticism of the judiciary and said not even the president is above the law amid Democratic concerns he would be beholden to the man who selected him.

Trump tries to move past controversies, says he is keeping promises

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump argued on Tuesday that his 60 days in office have been a successful keeping of his campaign promises as he attempted to turn the page from a variety of controversies that have bedeviled his White House tenure.

Trump's high court pick vows independence, says he's no 'rubber stamp'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday pledged independence from President Donald Trump, bristled at his criticism of the judiciary and said not even the president is above the law amid Democratic concerns he would be beholden to the man who selected him.

Trump tries to rally support for healthcare bill as U.S. markets drop

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump tried to rally Republican lawmakers behind a plan to dismantle Obamacare on Tuesday as U.S. stock markets showed their worst one-day performance since the November election.

Trump's high court pick vows independence, says he's no 'rubber stamp'

WASHINGTON - Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick, said on Tuesday he would not hesitate to rule against the president as he vowed independence amid concerns by Democrats he would be beholden to the man who nominated him.

Trump warns Republican lawmakers to get behind healthcare bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Republican lawmakers on Tuesday that voters could punish them if they do not approve a plan he favors to dismantle Obamacare, as pressure grew on the businessman-turned-politician to win the first major legislative battle of his presidency.

Exclusive: North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms - envoy

GENEVA - North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs, a Pyongyang envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

Supreme Court reins in president's appointment powers

- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put new restrictions on presidential powers, limiting a president's authority to staff certain top government posts in a case involving an appointment to the National Labor Relations Board.

U.S. must stick to WTO rules when overhauling tax code: EU, German officials

BERLIN - The new U.S. administration should keep its international obligations and common trade rules in mind when overhauling its tax code to favor exports over imports, senior European and German government officials said on Tuesday.

Twitter suspended more than 636,000 accounts since 2015 to tackle extremism

- Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had suspended more than 636,000 accounts since the middle of 2015 as the company steps up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform.

Advertisers seek more control after unintended Breitbart spots

- Some advertisers are working overtime to scrub their spots from websites including Breitbart News, an unintended consequence of the automated ad buying systems that are meant to lower costs and allow for more targeted advertising.

Trump seeks backing of Republican lawmakers in latest healthcare push

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump met briefly with Republicans in Congress on Tuesday to consolidate support for a plan to overhaul the Obamacare healthcare law with a partial replacement, the biggest legislative effort of his presidency so far.

Trump to address Republican lawmakers in latest healthcare push

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump was set to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to shore up support for the party's healthcare bill to replace Obamacare, increasing pressure to pass his first major legislative initiative despite rifts within their ranks.

Supreme Court nominee stakes out independence from Trump

WASHINGTON - Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick, said on Tuesday he would have no trouble ruling against the president as he tried to stake out his independence amid concerns by Democrats that he would be beholden to the man who nominated him.

South Korea's Park apologizes, promises cooperation in graft probe

SEOUL - Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye apologized to the country on Tuesday as she arrived at prosecutors' offices for questioning as a criminal suspect in a corruption scandal that has gripped the country for months.

Syrian rebels launch offensive on Damascus gateway, retake ground

AMMAN - Syrian rebels stormed a major road junction leading into the heart of Damascus on Tuesday as they launched an offensive to regain ground lost to the army over the weekend, rebels and state media said.

U.S. to ban some airline passengers from carrying larger electronics

WASHINGTON - Passengers traveling on certain U.S.-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once U.S. authorities formalize a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

Exclusive: Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April - sources

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow's concerns ahead of theirs.

FBI head confirms Russia election probe, says Moscow backed Trump

WASHINGTON - FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating possible ties between Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia as Moscow sought to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

U.S. to ban some airline passengers from carrying larger electronics

WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities are planning to ban passengers traveling on certain U.S.-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

Exclusive: Trump administration weighing broad sanctions on North Korea - U.S. official

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions aimed at cutting North Korea off from the global financial system as part of a broad review of measures to counter Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threat, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

Trump's Russian imbroglio prompts Republican rethink on surveillance law

WASHINGTON - Some Republican lawmakers appear to be reassessing whether to make changes to a surveillance law that allows broad snooping of Internet communications, citing concerns over the handling of classified intercepts after leaks of conversations between Russian officials and American ...

Republicans tweak Obamacare bill as Trump moves to promote overhaul

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans on Monday recrafted their Obamacare replacement bill in hopes of satisfying critics as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to promote his first major legislative initiative on Capitol Hill.

FBI head denies Trump wiretap claim, confirms Russia election probe

WASHINGTON - The head of the FBI publicly challenged U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, denying the Republican's claim that former president Barack Obama wiretapped his 2016 election campaign and confirming his agency had launched a criminal investigation into any collusion between Trump's ...

Democrats raise doubts about Trump's high court nominee Gorsuch

WASHINGTON - Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, on Monday emphasized the need for judicial independence even as Trump castigates jurists who have ruled against him, while Democrats questioned whether he would rule against abortion rights and gun control while favoring ...

As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul, car bomb in Baghdad kills 23 people

MOSUL, Iraq - Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers on Monday after they ran out of ammunition during a skirmish in the battle for western Mosul, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

Comey confirms FBI probing alleged Russian interference in U.S. vote

WASHINGTON - FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed the agency was investigating possible Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, including any links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Comey confirms FBI probing alleged Russian interference in U.S. vote

WASHINGTON - FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed the agency was investigating possible Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election including any links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.

House intelligence panel chairman says there was no wiretap on Trump Tower

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee flatly denied on Monday that there had been a wiretap on President Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, but said it was possible other surveillance was used against Trump.

New U.S.-led force to deter Russia in Poland from April

BRUSSELS - A U.S.-led battalion of more than 1,100 soldiers will be deployed in Poland from the start of April, a U.S. commander said on Monday, as the alliance sets up a new force in response to Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Trump's Supreme Court nominee to face senators in marathon hearing

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee will face tough scrutiny at a Senate confirmation hearing starting on Monday, with Democrats seeking to make the case that Neil Gorsuch is a pro-business, social conservative insufficiently independent of the Republican president.

Republicans revamp health bill, boost benefits to older Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday.

Lawmakers seek FBI, NSA answers on Trump, Russia at rare public hearing

WASHINGTON - The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency will break their public silence on Monday about their investigations into possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign at a rare open congressional intelligence committee hearing.

Trump's Supreme Court nominee to face senators in marathon hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will face tough scrutiny at his Senate confirmation hearing starting on Monday, with Democrats seeking to make the case that he is a pro-business, social conservative insufficiently independent of the president.

Colorado wildfire scorches woodland, may be man-made

- A wildfire near the University of Colorado in Boulder that may be man-made burned about 62 acres of woodland on Sunday and prompted the evacuation of 426 homes in the drought-hit region, authorities said.

Republicans revamp U.S. health bill, boost benefits to older Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday.