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Winning in court, losing on the ground: uncertainty clouds U.S. voting rights
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. voting rights advocates scored a string of courtroom victories this year that rolled back some of the nation's most restrictive voting laws. Now they face another challenge: making sure those rulings are not undermined by officials who oversee elections at the local level.
U.S. charges 61 over India-based impersonation scam
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for nonexistent debts.
Iraqi army aims to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq.
U.S. business spending tepid; labor market firming
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New orders for U.S. manufactured capital goods unexpectedly fell in September amid weak demand for computers and electronic products, which could temper expectations for an acceleration in business spending in the fourth quarter.
Qualcomm to buy NXP for $38 billion in biggest chip deal
(Reuters) - Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm Inc agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV for about $38 billion in the biggest-ever deal in the semiconductor industry, making it the leading supplier to the fast-growing automotive chips market.
Twitter cuts jobs with eye on 2017 profit; Vine discontinued
(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said Thursday it would cut 9 percent of its global workforce to keep costs down even as quarterly results eclipsed Wall Street's beaten-down expectations, lifting shares that had fallen after a failed effort to sell the company.
Man arrested for defacing Trump's Walk of Fame star in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man was arrested on Thursday for defacing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's star a day earlier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles with a sledgehammer and a pickax, police said.
France tells migrants to forget Calais as 'Jungle' camp razed
CALAIS, France (Reuters) - Bulldozers cleared mounds of debris and demolished makeshift shelters in the "Jungle" migrant camp on Thursday, and French authorities said more than 6,000 people had been evacuated from the squalid site.
New Jersey 'Bridgegate' judge delays closing arguments
NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - Closing arguments in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" trial were unexpectedly postponed by a day on Thursday because of an unspecified "legal issue" that must be resolved, the trial judge said.
British data prompts global bond selloff; U.S. stocks flat
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Strong growth data out of Britain prompted the worst daily selloff in gilts for months and pushed yields on the world's benchmark bonds higher on Thursday, as expectations eased for a Bank of England interest rate cut.