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Analysis: Florida governor’s bid for conservative pension bloc faces hurdles

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gives a speech during the Turning Point USA?s (TPUSA) Student Action Summit (SAS) held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, U.S. July 22, 2022. REUTERS/Octavio Jones/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 10 (Reuters) – Florida’s governor wants pension......

Alex Jones’ Sandy Hook punitive damages likely to be slashed

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Alex Jones steps outside of the Travis County Courthouse, to do interviews with media after he was questioned under oath about text messages and emails by lawyer Mark Bankston, in Austin, Texas, U.S. August 3, 2022. Briana Sanchez/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register......

Alex Jones may have lied in court, but perjury charge would be unusual

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Alex Jones attempts to answer questions about his emails asked by Mark Bankston, lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, during trial at the Travis County Courthouse, Austin, Texas, U.S., August 3, 2022. Briana Sanchez/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 5 (Reuters) –......

Jury awards $45.2 million in punitive damages in Alex Jones Sandy Hook trial

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Aug 5 (Reuters) – U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre $45.2 million in punitive damages – on top of $4.1 million in compensatory damages already awarded – for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax, a......

Texas governor sends migrants to New York City as immigration standoff accelerates

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds a news conference with state agencies and local officials at Uvalde High School, three days after a gunman killed nineteen children and two adults in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello Register now for FREE......

Jury finds Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million for Sandy Hook hoax claims

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Aug 4 (Reuters) – U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre at least $4.1 million for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax, a Texas jury said on Thursday. The verdict followed a two-week trial in Austin, Texas, where......

White House frustrated as Washington mayor seeks troops to help handle migrants

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WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Thousands of migrants bused to Washington in recent months by Republican governors of states on the U.S.-Mexico border have caused tensions between the White House and the Democratic mayor of the U.S. capital city, four U.S. officials told Reuters. Last week, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser......

‘End this nightmare,’ Sandy Hook parents’ lawyer tells jurors in Alex Jones defamation trial

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Aug 3 (Reuters) – Jurors in the Alex Jones defamation trial began deliberations on Wednesday after a lawyer for a child killed in the Sandy Hook massacre said they should “end this nightmare” and force the U.S. conspiracy theorist to pay them $150 million for falsely claiming the shooting was......

EXCLUSIVE Brigham Minerals explores sale of the company-sources

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Aug 3 (Reuters) – Brigham Minerals Inc (MNRL.N), a company that owns the rights to extract oil and natural gas from land across numerous U.S. shale basins, is exploring options that include a sale or a merger, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Brigham’s shares have risen more......

Father of child killed in Sandy Hook testifies in Alex Jones defamation trial

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Alex Jones walks into the courtroom in front of Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the parents of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, U.S. July 28, 2022. Briana Sanchez/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register......

‘VIP trips’ cost migrants their lives in Texas smuggling tragedy

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Extra cost and comforts were no help for doomed Mexican migrants Dozens suffocated during botched U.S. border crossing Despite dangers, billion-dollar smuggling business booms ‘The air will run out,’ migrant’s mother warned before disaster TLAPACOYAN, Mexico, Aug 1 (Reuters) – At first, Mexican migrants Pablo Ortega and Julio Lopez enjoyed......

California takes swipe at Texas abortion law by allowing private lawsuits in gun cases

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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 9, 2022. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 22 (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that would allow private citizens to sue people who sell,......

U.S. Supreme Court declines to allow Biden’s shift on immigration enforcement

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Migrants from Central and South America walk along a dirt trail after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Roma, Texas, U.S., July 16, 2022. REUTERS/Adrees Latif Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court......

Four indicted in smuggling incident that killed 53 migrants in Texas

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July 20 (Reuters) – A U.S. grand jury on Wednesday indicted four men including the suspected driver in connection with the death of 53 migrants amid the sweltering heat during a smuggling attempt last month in Texas, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Dozens of migrants were packed into the back......

Tesla quarterly profit beats estimates; sells most of its bitcoin

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A Tesla logo is seen in Los Angeles, California U.S. January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register July 20 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as a string of price increases on its best-selling electric vehicles helped......

Texas probe cites ‘systemic failures,’ poor leadership in Uvalde school shooting

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Privacy barriers and bike racks maintain a perimiter at a memorial outside Robb Elementary School, after a video was released showing the May shooting inside the school in Uvalde, Texas, U.S., July 13, 2022. REUTERS/Kaylee Greenlee Beal/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register July 17 (Reuters)......

Texas grid facing another power shortage amid extreme heat

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Texans asked to cut power usage for third time this year Coal and gas plant outages and low wind power weigh on supply July 13 (Reuters) – Texas’s power grid operator on Wednesday asked homes and businesses to raise thermostats and cut power use amid stifling heat that threatened to......

Texas newspaper posts video of police responding to Uvalde shooting

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July 12 (Reuters) – A Texas newspaper on Tuesday posted video of police and federal agents responding to the shooting at an Uvalde elementary school in May, footage at the center of a debate among state and local officials as they investigate the actions of law enforcement in the rampage.......

How Republican-led states are targeting Wall Street with ‘anti-woke’ laws

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WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) – Republican-led states have unleashed a policy push to punish Wall Street for taking stances on gun control, climate change, diversity and other social issues, in a warning for companies that have waded in to fractious social debates. Abortion rights are poised to be the next......

Texas, Ohio top courts allow abortion bans to take effect

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July 1 (Reuters) – The top courts in Texas and Ohio on Friday allowed the Republican-led states to enforce restrictions and bans on abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court last week overturned the nationwide constitutional right to abortion. The Texas Supreme Court late on Friday allowed a nearly century-old abortion......

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