Heavy rains and snow clobber California and more is on the way

Jan 7 (Reuters) – Another “atmospheric river” of dense, humid tropical air will blanket California on Monday with rain and mountain snow – the fifth weather phenomenon since Christmas – even as the state was rocked by storms this weekend, forecasters said. The current episode of heavy showers and high winds swept across the northwest … Read more

Kevin McCarthy elected Republican U.S. House speaker, but at a cost

WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Republican Kevin McCarthy was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday morning, after making numerous concessions to right-wing extremists who have raised questions about the party’s ability to govern . The 57-year-old Californian suffered a final humiliation when Representative Matt Gaetz withheld his vote on the 14th … Read more

United States blank Poland to reach United Cup final

SYDNEY, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Taylor Fritz propelled the United States to the United Cup final with a tenacious 7-6(5) 7-6(5) win over Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz before completing a 5- 0 in the $15 million mixed tournament on Saturday. The scorching Americans got off to a strong start in the semis after taking a 2-0 … Read more

U.S. likely headed for economic ‘soft landing’ -White House’s Boushey

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. economy appears headed for a soft landing, with recent economic data pointing to an ongoing recovery, not a recession, White House economist Heather Boushey told Reuters on Friday. Boushey praised Friday’s data that showed the U.S. economy was creating jobs at a solid level in December, with the … Read more

Shells fly at Ukraine front despite Russia’s claimed Christmas ceasefire

Putin orders ceasefire to observe Orthodox Christmas Ukraine says Russia is buying time to rearm Rockets hit Kramatorsk and Kherson ahead of truce KYIV/KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, January 6 (Reuters) – Russian and Ukrainian forces exchanged artillery fire on the frontline in Ukraine on Friday, even after Moscow said it had ordered its troops to halt to … Read more

Exclusive: Russian hackers targeted U.S. nuclear scientists

LONDON/WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – A Russian hacking team known as Cold River targeted three nuclear research labs in the United States last summer, according to internet records reviewed by Reuters and five cybersecurity experts . Between August and September, when President Vladimir Putin indicated that Russia would be willing to use nuclear weapons to … Read more

Now able to sell abortion pill, U.S. pharmacies weigh if they should

Jan 6 (Reuters) – Pharmacies across the United States are considering whether to sell mifepristone, a pill used in medical abortions, following the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement earlier this week that they can now do so. What they decide is mostly based on where they are given that nearly half of the states ban … Read more

Russia’s Medvedev snaps back after U.S. appeal over Ukraine war

MOSCOW, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned the United States on Thursday that hypersonic missiles would soon be near NATO shores after the U.S. embassy said in a video that it was in solidarity with the Russians who opposed the war in Ukraine. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparked one of the … Read more

U.S. Capitol police officer’s family sues Trump over death

Jan 5 (Reuters) – The estate of a U.S. Capitol police officer who died a day after the January 6, 2021 riots sued former President Donald Trump on Thursday for wrongful death, saying he incited his supporters to commit violence that day. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington against Trump on … Read more

Prince Harry’s memoir sheds light on bust-ups among British royals

UK prince’s upcoming book goes on sale early in Spain Book details angry spat with elder brother William Harry won’t commit to attending father’s coronation Royal brothers have fallen out in recent years LONDON/MADRID, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry says his older brother and heir to the throne Prince William knocked him to … Read more