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Missouri River towns face deluge as floods move downstream

VALLEY, Neb. (Reuters) - A string of small Missouri towns prepared for the next deluge along the raging Missouri River on Wednesday after flooding wreaked nearly $1.5 billion in damage in Nebraska, killing at least four people and leaving another man missing. Learn More

 

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U.S. farmers face devastation following Midwest floods

WINSLOW, Neb./CHICAGO (Reuters) - Midwestern farmers have been gambling they could ride out the U.S.-China trade war by storing their corn and soybeans anywhere they could - in bins, plastic tubes, in barns or even outside. More »

 

Trump's border wall money may come at expense of schools for military kids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense is proposing to pay for President Donald Trump's much-debated border wall by shifting funds away from projects that include $1.2 billion for schools, childcare centers and other facilities for military children, according to a list it has provided to lawmakers. More »

 

For asylum seekers in Mexico, U.S. judge asks, 'How does the court serve them?'

SAN DIEGO/EL PASO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday questioned how the government would be able to properly attend to Central American asylum seekers forced to live in Mexico while their claims are processed, on the same day the government expanded the program to El Paso. More »

 

Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared poised to side with a black Mississippi death row inmate put on trial six times for a 1996 quadruple murder who accused a prosecutor of repeatedly blocking black potential jurors, though the court's only black member sounded skeptical. More »

 

Harvard sued by descendant of U.S. slave photographed in 19th century

(Reuters) - A descendant of an American slave on Wednesday sued Harvard University to gain possession of photos of her great-great-great grandfather that the school commissioned in 1850 on behalf of a professor trying to prove the inferiority of black people. More »

 

Mitsui petrochemical unit probed after Texas fire rages for days

HOUSTON (Reuters) - State and local investigators have begun probing a petrochemical storage company outside Houston where a massive fire fed by giant tanks of fuel burned for days, darkening the skies with soot for dozens of miles, officials said. More »

 

In early campaigning, 2020 Democrats try out tactics for taking on Trump

HEMINGWAY, S.C. (Reuters) - In the most polarized political environment in decades, Democratic voters want to know how their eventual nominee will match up against President Donald Trump in the November 2020 general election. More »

 

Ford adds production of electric vehicles at second North American site

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it is adding production of a fully electric vehicle at a second North American plant as part of its $11 billion investment plan set last year. More »

 

Labrador retriever fetches top U.S. dog breed honor for record 28th year

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The loyal and dependable Labrador Retriever hung on for the 28th year in a row to the title of America's most popular dog in 2018, the American Kennel Club said on Wednesday. More »

 

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