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January 11, 2019 10:57 PM Amtrak works to modernize, speed up trains in busiest U.S. rail corridor

ABOARD AMTRAK TRAIN 182 (Reuters) - Amtrak is gearing up to introduce new high-speed Acela trains as it plans to spend billions of dollars in upgrades on the busiest U.S. rail corridor. The national U.S. passenger railroad on Friday gave reporters a tour by train of the busy northeast corridor from Washington to New York, showing off places where the rail system 142

January 11, 2019 9:17 PM Florida posthumously pardons 4 black men accused of sensational 1949 rape

In this undated image released by the State Library and Archives of Florida, Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, far left, and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee, from left, in Florida. The three men along with a fourth were charged with rape in 1949. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a Cabinet granted posthumous 147

January 8, 2019 1:02 PM India forms panel to deepen digital payments, led by Infosys' Nilekani

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s central bank on Tuesday said it has constituted a panel with Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani as its head in a bid to deepen digital payments in Asia’s third-biggest economy. The five-member panel, which includes a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), will identify ways to widen financial inclusion via the use of digital 162

January 7, 2019 5:42 PM Cyntoia Brown granted clemency years after getting life sentence for killing man as teen

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency Monday to Cyntoia Brown, an alleged sex traffic victim who was sentenced to life in prison when she was 16 after killing a man and whose case was championed by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and LeBron James. Haslam commuted her life sentence and Brown will be released to parole supervision 127

January 6, 2019 11:28 AM Iran's central bank proposes slashing four zeros from falling currency: IRNA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s central bank has proposed slashing four zeros from the rial, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, after the currency plunged in a year marked by an economic crisis fueled by U.S. sanctions. “A bill to remove four zeros from the national currency was presented to the government by the central bank yesterday and I hope this matter 118

January 5, 2019 12:57 AM Washington governor to pardon pot crimes, six years after legalization

(Reuters) - Washington state will create a streamlined system to pardon people convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession before the drug was legal, under an initiative launched on Friday by Governor Jay Inslee, who is considering a run for U.S. president. Voters in Washington state and Colorado in 2012 made their two states the first in the United 179

December 24, 2018 2:44 PM Elephants help scout vast sugarcane plantations in search for missing 2-year-old boy

In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo released by Suphan Buri City, four mahouts and their elephants start a search operation for a two-year-old Myanmar boy who went missing, in Suphan Buri, Thailand. (Suphan Buri City via AP) Authorities enlisted the help of four elephants in their search for a 2-year-old boy from Burma who has been missing in Thailand 154

December 18, 2018 6:52 PM Arizona Republican McSally will fill McCain's Senate seat

(Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Martha McSally will take over the late John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat in January, two months after losing her bid for Arizona’s other Senate seat, the state’s governor said on Tuesday. McSally will replace the retiring John Kyl, whom Governor Doug Ducey appointed after McCain died in August following a battle 147

December 14, 2018 11:19 AM Georgia police officer shot to death; gunman killed

Atlanta (Reuters) - A rookie suburban Atlanta police officer was shot and killed Thursday by a man who was also killed in a shoot-out with other officers, officials said. The names of the DeKalb County police officer and the suspected gunman were not immediately available and few other details were released. Police said that the officer, who had been with the force 84

December 13, 2018 8:42 PM Trump says five people on short list for chief of staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has five people on his short list to become the White House chief of staff when John Kelly leaves the post at the beginning of the new year. Trump is in search of his third chief of staff after Kelly and Reince Priebus. “We’re interviewing people now for chief of staff,” the president 122