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Pennsylvania governor seeks natural gas tax to raise $4.5 billion

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 3:42pm
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday proposed a tax on extracting natural gas to pay for his plan to spend $4.5 billion over the next four years to improve the state's infrastructure.
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U.S. court finds Syria liable for journalist Colvin's killing

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 2:53pm
A U.S. judge has ruled that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government is liable for at least $302.5 million in damages for its role in the 2012 death of renowned American journalist Marie Colvin while covering the Syrian civil war for Britain's Sunday Times.
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Increase in sexual assault at U.S. military academies: survey

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 2:16pm
Incidents of unwanted sexual contact increased by nearly 50 percent at top U.S. military academies over the past two years, according to a Pentagon survey released on Thursday, highlighting an issue that has long plagued the military.
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Speaker Pelosi: No wall money in U.S. border deal talks

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:34pm
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said there would not be any money for President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in the deal being worked out by a bipartisan negotiating team.
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Trump doubts deal possible by border security committee

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:34pm
U.S. President Donald Trump cast doubt on chances a deal could be reached between Republican and Democratic lawmakers working on a border security agreement after an impasse that led to a 35-day partial government shutdown.
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Midwest refinery troubles help spur a rally in fuel prices

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:34pm
A spate of refinery outages in the U.S. Midwest spurred in part by extreme cold weather has helped cash fuel prices rally in Chicago, boosting gasoline prices amid a margin-crushing glut, traders said on Thursday.
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Pelosi: No wall money in U.S. border deal talks

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:00pm
Democratic U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said there would not be any money for President Donald Trump's border wall in the deal being worked out by a bipartisan negotiation team.
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U.S. weekly jobless claims jump to near one-and-a-half year high

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:57am
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits surged to near a 1-1/2-year high last week, but economists dismissed the jump as a fluke and said temporary factors, including a partial government shutdown, were to blame.
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Arctic cold pounds on U.S. Northeast and Midwest

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 9:58am
The blast of Arctic air that brought record-breaking cold and caused at least a dozen deaths in the U.S. Midwest spread eastward on Thursday, bringing sub-zero misery to the Northeast.
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U.S. weekly jobless claims race to near one-and-a-half year high

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 9:36am
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits surged to near a 1-1/2-year high last week, which could raise concerns that the labor market is slowing.
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Elephant seals take over California beach during U.S. shutdown

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 9:30am
A herd of elephant seals took over a popular California beach while it was closed during the federal government shutdown and the animals show no sign of wanting to leave.
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Chicago police to release images after attack on 'Empire' actor

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 9:30am
Chicago police said on Wednesday they would soon release images of "persons of interest" in the assault of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in which two men yelled racial and homophobic slurs and wrapped a rope around his neck.
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U.S. cold wave lingers, but should lose some of its bite by weekend

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 9:06am
The blast of arctic cold that hit the U.S. Midwest this week will linger on Thursday, but it's pushing east and losing much of its bite.
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U.S. secretly ships Cold War-era plutonium to Nevada

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 7:18am
The U.S. government secretly shipped a large amount of deadly plutonium from a South Carolina site that produced the radioactive metal for nuclear bombs during the Cold War to Nevada, the Trump administration revealed on Wednesday.
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Youngest member of murderous Manson 'family' again recommended for parole

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 4:21am
The California parole board recommended on Wednesday that Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson's murderous "family" of followers, be released early from the life prison term she is serving for her role in the cult's 1969 killing spree.
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Senate hearings to probe unsafe housing of U.S. military families

Domestic News from Reuters - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 4:17am
Troubled by widespread health and safety hazards uncovered by a Reuters investigation into U.S. military housing, Congress will hold hearings next month to ensure that “what we’re seeing now can never happen again,” said Michigan Democrat Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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Deep freeze grips U.S. Midwest, blamed for at least 12 deaths

Domestic News from Reuters - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:33pm
A blast of icy polar air brought dangerously low temperatures to the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, causing at least three more deaths while halting mail delivery and forcing residents who pride themselves on their winter hardiness to huddle indoors.
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In 'Icebox of the Nation,' arctic blast is just another day

Domestic News from Reuters - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:33pm
The town that embraces its nickname as the "Icebox of the Nation" barely paused on Wednesday for the polar vortex that is gripping the U.S. Upper Midwest.
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Oink, moo and brrr: Polar vortex strikes U.S. farm belt

Domestic News from Reuters - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:33pm
Farmers from North Dakota to Iowa buckled down for some of the coldest weather in a generation on Wednesday, throwing extra rations to pigs or building igloos for chickens in the teeth of sub-zero temperatures and bone-chilling winds.
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