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U.S. aims to meet deadline on reuniting migrants, government says

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working to meet a court-set deadline to reunify migrant children with their parents next week but would not take shortcuts to do so, the head of the department said on Thursday. Learn More

 

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Women who sued J&J declare victory after $4.69 billion talc verdict

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman who claimed her cancer was caused by using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder for decades said she believes justice was served after a jury found the company should pay her and 21 other women $4.69 billion in damages. More »

 

VA whistleblowers faced greater risk of retaliation by officials: watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Whistleblowers who reported wrongdoing at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs between 2010 and 2014 faced greater risk of disciplinary action than other employees, according to a study released on Thursday by a congressional watchdog. More »

 

Asbestos from New York steam pipe blast forces evacuations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Residents and workers from 49 buildings near the site of an early-morning steam pipe explosion in Manhattan were evacuated, many for at least two days, on Thursday after lung-damaging asbestos was found on debris from the blast, officials said. More »

 

Migrants in U.S. custody describe life in 'ice boxes' and 'dog pounds'

(Reuters) - During their detention last month in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Laredo, Texas, Karen and her two young sons were constantly cold. The family, which fled violence in Honduras, slept on a hard floor in a holding cell without mattresses, she said, their clothes still wet from crossing the Rio Grande. More »

 

U.S. agency enters $1.5 million judgment on payday lender but slashes return of funds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer finance watchdog ordered an Alabama-based payday lender on Thursday to return $500,000 to borrowers who were overcharged, a fine that people familiar with the matter said was only a third of what the prior Obama-era head of the agency had sought. More »

 

A tenth of U.S. veteran coal miners have black lung disease: NIOSH

(Reuters) - More than 10 percent of America’s coal miners with 25 or more years of experience have black lung disease, the highest rate recorded in roughly two decades, according to a government study released on Thursday that showed cases concentrated heavily in central Appalachia. More »

 

New York brings internal charges against officer in Garner chokehold death

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City began disciplinary proceedings on Thursday against the police officer who in 2014 applied a fatal chokehold to Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, the Civilian Complaint Review Board said. More »

 

Trump thanks Novartis, Pfizer for not raising drug prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked two major drug companies for not raising their prices and said his administration was working toward "substantially" cutting prescription-drug prices. More »

 

More firefighters join battle against Yosemite blaze

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Reinforcements arrived on Thursday to engage a dangerous wildfire burning in steep, difficult terrain at the edge of Yosemite National Park in California that has already killed one firefighter and injured two others, fire officials said. More »

 

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