North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump 'deranged'
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:21:26 -0400
SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make a "mentally deranged" Trump pay dearly for his threats.

NFL star Hernandez's family sues league over 'severe' CTE
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:45:46 -0400
BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison in April, had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a lawyer said on Thursday as he sued the team and NFL on behalf of the athlete's young daughter.

Exclusive: U.S. Homeland Security found SEC had 'critical' cyber weaknesses in January
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:59:12 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detected five "critical" cyber security weaknesses on the Securities and Exchange Commission's computers as of January 23, 2017, according to a confidential weekly report reviewed by Reuters.

Defying Trump, Iran says will boost missile capabilities
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:44:26 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities and will not seek any country's permission, President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday in a snub to demands from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Hurricane Maria churns toward Turks and Caicos, death toll mounts
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:23:17 -0400
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria barreled toward the Turks and Caicos on Friday after lashing Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands with winds and rain that destroyed homes, caused flooding, devastated economies and left at least 32 people dead.

State funding changes in spotlight in Republican healthcare bill
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:33:00 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders sought to nail down the final votes needed to pass what U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called their "last best chance" to repeal Obamacare while a new analysis underscored how Democratic-leaning states stand to lose large amounts of federal funding under the legislation.

Flood, fix and flip: Houston housing investors see profit in Harvey's wake
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:11:36 -0400
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Addressing a real estate conference in flood-ravaged Houston this month, longtime investor Ray Sasser detailed his strategy: buy up to 50 flooded homes at deep discounts, then fix and flip them for a hefty profit.

Yellen's stock rises as she leads Fed from crisis-era policy
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:50:28 -0400
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From her early days as Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen has been the target of criticism from Republicans worried that the central bank's massive bond-buying programs and near-zero interest rates engineered by her predecessor would be the ruin of the country.

U.N. estimates $200 million needed for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh for six months
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:34:40 -0400
DHAKA (Reuters) - The United Nations estimates that $200 million will be needed over the next six months to help Rohingya Muslims refugees who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in "massive numbers" to escape a bloody military campaign.

White House seen easing limits on drone strikes: NY Times
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:54:55 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing to relax Obama-era rules on drone strikes and commando raids, paving the way for more frequent operations against Islamic State and other militant groups, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing officials familiar with the internal deliberations.