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  • Appeals court grills U.S. lawyer on NSA phone collection  - (Posted 27 minutes ago at Reuters)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday grilled an Obama administration lawyer about the legality of the continuing collection of millions of Americans' phone records, adding fuel to a debate that has raged since the spy program was revealed more than a year ago.
  • Jury begins deliberations in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor  - (Posted 30 minutes ago at Reuters)
    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Jury deliberations started on Tuesday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, who are charged with taking sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from a businessman.
  • Two ex-U.S. senators to lobby for sanctioned Russian bank  - (Posted 45 minutes ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gazprombank, Russia's third largest bank and the target of Western sanctions, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby on its behalf in Washington, according to a disclosure form.
  • Tax-evasion trial of New York congressman Grimm set for December 1  - (Posted 2 hours ago at Reuters)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday set Dec. 1 as the start of the tax-evasion trial of New York congressman Michael Grimm, one month after an election in which the Republican seeks a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Pentagon: death of al Shabaab leader in U.S. strike would be major blow  - (Posted 2 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is assessing whether an airstrike on an encampment in Somalia killed al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, but if confirmed the militant's death would represent a "very significant" blow to the group, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
  • U.S. appeals court upholds Indiana's right-to-work law  - (Posted 2 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The validity of an Indiana state law that bars companies from requiring workers to join a union and pay union dues was affirmed on Tuesday by a U.S. appeals court in a win for "right to work" advocates.
  • Most NYC voters welcome 2016 Democratic Convention: poll  - (Posted 2 hours ago at Reuters)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most New York City voters want to play host to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, according to a poll released on Tuesday, a week after a city police union raised safety concerns and urged organizers to shop for another venue.
  • Securing release of Americans held in North Korea a top priority: White House  - (Posted 3 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Securing the release of the three Americans detained in North Korea is a top priority, the White House said on Tuesday.
  • Texas voter ID trial opens in U.S. court  - (Posted 3 hours ago at Reuters)
    (Reuters) - A U.S. court in Texas heard arguments on Tuesday in a case over a law requiring voters to present photo identification, a move the state's Republican leaders say will prevent fraud while plaintiffs call it an attempt at suppressing minority turnout.
  • U.S. military strike in Somalia targeted al Shabaab leader  - (Posted 6 hours ago at Reuters)
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - An air strike in Somalia by U.S. armed forces targeted the leader of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, Somali and U.S. officials said on Tuesday, but they said it was unclear whether he was killed in the attack.
  • Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq's Amerli  - (Posted 6 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress on Monday that he had authorized air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the weekend in the Iraqi Shi’ite town of Amerli where Islamic State militants had trapped the civilian population.
  • Exclusive: From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban  - (Posted 19 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.
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