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Apr 2, 2015

Airbnb opens rental listings for U.S. travelers to Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc now offers properties in Cuba, the company said on Thursday, as it looks to capitalize on an expected travel boom resulting from the normalizing of relations between the United States and the Communist-run nation.

President Barack Obama has loosened some Cold War-era travel restrictions, allowing Americans to visit the Caribbean island for a range of reasons, such as family visits or education.

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. charges against Sen. Menendez could come Wednesday: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey has been advised by federal officials that he is likely to face corruption-related criminal charges, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Menendez is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A second source familiar with the matter said any criminal charges would be brought by federal prosecutors in Florida.

Mar 30, 2015

U.S. Justice Dept sues Oklahoma university over transgender professor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department filed a
lawsuit on Monday against Southeastern Oklahoma State
University, alleging the school discriminated against a
transgender assistant professor.

The DOJ said it also sued the Regional University System of
Oklahoma. The department said Rachel Tudor was denied a
promotion because of her gender identity and retaliated against
after she complained.

Mar 30, 2015

Illinois Democrat Duckworth to run for U.S. Senate in 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, saying in a video posted to her website on Monday that she would “fight my heart out” for constituents.

Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost both legs in a helicopter crash, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and previously was an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mar 26, 2015

U.S. consumer watchdog unveils plans to regulate payday loans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. consumer financial watchdog
on Thursday outlined its plans for cracking down on the payday
lending industry and ensuring that borrowers can repay their

The framework unveiled by the U.S. Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau was a key step toward new rules for various
types of loans that regulators say trap borrowers in debt.

Feb 27, 2015

U.S. investigators recover 32,744 emails in IRS targeting probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The discovery of a trove of thousands of emails reinvigorated a long-running inquiry by U.S. House of Representatives Republicans into the Internal Revenue Service’s handling of tax-exempt conservative political groups.

U.S. officials told lawmakers late on Thursday that investigators had found 32,774 emails linked to former IRS official Lois Lerner, a key figure in a scandal that broke in 2013. But the emails’ importance was still unclear.

Feb 24, 2015

White House defends Veterans Affairs head after false statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday defended U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald after he apologized for falsely saying he served in the U.S. special forces, but a top Republican said the incident could hurt trust in the department.

McDonald said he recently met a homeless man in Los Angeles who said he served in the special forces. McDonald said he incorrectly responded that he had also served there. The exchange aired on the CBS Evening News.

Feb 23, 2015

U.S. Justice Department asks for stay to allow immigration action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Monday
argued that halting President Barack Obama’s executive actions
on immigration from taking effect threatens national security,
in a request for an emergency stay to put on hold a Texas
judge’s decision that temporarily blocked the actions.

The Department of Homeland Security would sustain
“irreparable harm” if a stay is not granted, the Justice
Department argued in its request.

Feb 17, 2015

U.S. establishes policy for exports of armed drones

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on
Tuesday established a policy for exports of military and
commercial drones, including armed ones, and plans to work with
other countries to shape global standards for the use of the
controversial weapons systems.

The State Department said it would allow exports of lethal
U.S. military drones under strict conditions, including that
sales must be made through government programs and that
recipient nations must agree to certain “end-use assurances.”

Feb 10, 2015

Republicans eye bill to limit U.S. rescues of failing banks

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers in the
U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are discussing a joint
effort to repeal a key section of the landmark Wall Street
reform law, seeking to limit the U.S. government’s role in
supporting financial institutions on the brink of collapse,
according to people familiar with the matter.

Efforts by Republicans to revamp the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act,
including its handling of failing banks, went nowhere in the
past because the Democrat-controlled Senate defended the law.