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Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu leads heading into Saturday's long program as Nathan Chen bobbles his short program

In the final practice before Friday’s men’s short program at the Gangneung Ice Area, there were signs that all was not well with U.S. champion Nathan Chen. The country’s best hope of an individual figure-skating medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Chen, 18, was twice forced to put a hand down …

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U.S. institutes new requirements for Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is instituting new requirements for the 38 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program, including that they screen travelers using U.S. counterterrorism data, Trump administration officials said on Friday. Countries whose citizens stay longer than authorized during business or tourism visits to the United …

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U.S. Justice Department taps prosecutor to oversee asset forfeiture program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has tapped a North Carolina-based prosecutor for a new role designed to provide more checks and balances to its civil asset forfeiture program, following criticism of its abuse by the police. Corey Ellis, the first assistant U.S. attorney of the Western District of …

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U.S. lawmaker says House intel panel near consensus on NSA spy program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee are close to an agreement on how to overhaul a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program and hope to complete legislation soon, the top Democrat on the panel said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO – An aerial view shows …

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Acting DHS chief denies White House pressured her over immigration program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Friday denied reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly pressured her to end protections for tens of thousands of immigrants, and said she plans to remain in the Trump administration. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke …

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Trump calls for ending visa program after N.Y. attack, blasts Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump seized on the fatal New York City truck attack to press his call on Wednesday for tighter immigration measures to prevent terrorism, asking Congress to end the visa program under which the Uzbek immigrant suspect entered the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump hosts …

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