California pension ruling skips test of constitutional protections

(Reuters) – The California Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the elimination of a program allowing public workers to boost their pensions was constitutional, but it sidestepped the bigger issue of constitutional protections for increasingly expensive public worker pension benefits that are eating away at the state’s finances. The case brought by a California firefighters union against the California Public […]

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U.S. courts have funds to operate through Jan. 31: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. federal courts can operate through Jan. 31 despite a partial government shutdown, but warned they will not have funds to operate as normal beyond Feb. 1, officials said in a statement on Tuesday. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, which oversees operations for the federal district and appeals courts, revised its estimate as to when […]

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Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress on Thursday approved a two-week stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, setting up a potential showdown over President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall later this month. Without action by Congress, funding for several federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland Security, had been set to expire […]

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EU willing to concede Britain's demand for a UK-wide backstop: Euronews

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union is willing to agree to Britain’s demand to include the whole of the United Kingdom in a backstop customs union if they cannot agree a free-trade deal when the planned transitional arrangement runs out, Euronews reported. Talks between Britain and the European Union have stalled over a disagreement over the so-called backstop – an […]

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EU bank watchdog examining Danish handling of Danske

LONDON (Reuters) – Denmark’s financial watchdog faces an inquiry by the European Union’s banking supervisor into how it supervised Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO), which last week said it was being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice over alleged money laundering. The European Banking Authority has powers to make recommendations that national supervisors must follow, as it did during a probe […]

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'Fully confident' White House receives FBI report on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House received the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and is “fully confident” the Senate will approve his nomination, a spokesman said. The chamber was expected to receive the report early on Thursday, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Senators were to be […]

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Senators get FBI report on Kavanaugh, Republicans push vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday rejected Democratic criticism of its handling of an FBI probe into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as Senate Republicans maneuvered to confirm the conservative judge within days. President Donald Trump, pushing to get his nominee for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court, said in a Twitter […]

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Trump calls Kavanaugh allegations 'scary time' for men falsely accused

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday allegations of sexual misconduct against his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh showed that “it’s a very scary time for young men in America” who now may be presumed guilty even when innocent. Five days after an extraordinary Senate hearing watched by millions of people in which a university professor, Christine […]

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Online firms face EU fine if extremist posts stay up over an hour

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union’s chief executive on Wednesday proposed fining Google, Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms if they fail to remove extremist content within one hour. Facebook and Twitter logos are seen on a shop window in Malaga, Spain, June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jon NazcaBrussels gave internet firms three months in March to show they were acting faster […]

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