WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration hopes that the U.S.-backed fight against Islamic State in its last foothold in northeastern Syria will end within months but American forces will remain to ensure the "enduring defeat" of the militant group, a top U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday.
Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement, said the United States believes the way forward in Syria includes defeating Islamic State, reinvigorating the political process and winding down the long-running civil war.
California, New Jersey Republicans Concedes, Utah Representative Sues
(Reuters) - A Republican U.S. representative of Utah who is trailing her Democratic challenger filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to halt vote counting while two incumbent Republican congressmen in California and New Jersey conceded, more than a week after the U.S. midterm elections.
The races are among about a dozen high-profile contests that remained unresolved. But the outstanding races will not tip the balance in Congress after Democrats took control of the U.
U.S. Lawmaker Says Facebook Cannot Be Trusted to Regulate Itself
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Representative David Cicilline, expected to become the next chairman of House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, said on Wednesday that Facebook Inc cannot be trusted to regulate itself and Congress should take action.
Cicilline, citing a report in the New York Times on Facebook's efforts to deal with a series of crises, said on Twitter: "This staggering report makes clear that @Facebook executives will always put their massive profits ahead of the interests of their customers.
Trump Endorses U.S. House Prison Reform Bill
By Sarah N. Lynch and Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump endorsed a bipartisan U.S. House bill on Wednesday intended to reform the federal prison system and help inmates prepare for life after release, but the legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
The First Step Act, co-sponsored by Republican Doug Collins of Georgia and Democrat Hakeem Jeffries of New York, passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives in May.
U.S. Senator Takes a Stand on Protecting Mueller Probe
By David Morgan and Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A lone Republican lawmaker on Wednesday vowed to block judicial nominations in the U.S. Senate until Republican leader Mitch McConnell agrees to hold a vote on a measure to protect a probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.
Senator Jeff Flake made the threat after McConnell blocked Flake's measure from moving forward. The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act would make it harder for President Donald Trump to undermine the investigation into Russian meddling and any coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
Mexican Man Executed in Texas
By Gina Cherelus
(Reuters) - A Mexican man was executed in Texas on Wednesday for bludgeoning his 42-year-old wife and two children to death with a sledgehammer at their home in 1992, the state said.
Roberto Ramos Moreno, 64, was put to death by lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville, where he was pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m. local time, state correction officials said.
Moreno was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for killing his wife Leticia Ramos and their children, Abigail Ramos, 7, and Jonathan Ramos, 3, according to court filings from the state's Department of Justice.
Cheese Recalled Because of Possible Health Risk
Alebrije Dist Wholesale Recalls Quesillo Queseria "La Milagrosa" and "Alebrije Cheese" Because of Possible Health Risk
For Immediate Release
ALEBRIJE DIST WHOLESALE is collaborating with health ofﬁcials due to a positive ﬁnding of Salmonella in a sample of Quesillo "Queseria La Milagrosa".