At women-only salon in Brooklyn, Muslim-Americans prepare for Eid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nevien Shehadeh, 19, was one of many Muslim women who chose Le’Jemalik Salon and Boutique in New York’s borough of Brooklyn on Friday to prepare for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday announced changes to a $10 million government grant program, narrowing its focus around efforts to combat Islamist extremism.

Reputed New York gangster released from prison at age 100

(Reuters) – John “Sonny” Franzese, a reputed underboss of the Colombo crime family, was released from a Massachusetts prison hospital on Friday at age 100, ending his tenure as the oldest inmate in a U.S. federal prison, his son and media reports said.

Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday it was reviewing recommendations from the U.S. military chiefs that included calls for more time to implement plans to allow new transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces.

Illinois governor signs bill targeting repeat gun offenders

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Repeat gun offenders in Illinois will face longer prison sentences under a bill Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Friday that aims to curb gun violence in Chicago, which has long struggled with street shootings and violent crime.

Convicted felon Jack Abramoff registers to return to lobbying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jack Abramoff, a high-profile American lobbyist who served four years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to bribing U.S. government officials, has officially returned to lobbying, according to documents he filed with the Justice Department.

Macau billionaire on trial in U.S. in U.N. corruption case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A billionaire real estate developer from Macau will go to trial Monday in Manhattan on charges he bribed senior United Nations officials to support a multibillion-dollar conference center he hoped to build.

Second mistrial declared in killing of black man by ex-Cincinnati cop

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – For the second time, a mistrial was declared in the murder trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop.