U.S. service member killed in blast near Mosul, Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. service member died of wounds sustained in the explosion of an explosive device outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday, the U.S.-led military coalition said.

Climate protests to mark Trump’s 100 days in office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For the second time in a month, tens of thousands of protesters are expected to turn out in Washington on Saturday to voice concern over climate change in a mass demonstration marking the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Torrential rains, damaging winds on tap for U.S. midsection

(Reuters) – A dangerous storm front will thrash the U.S. midsection over the weekend with torrential rainfall, damaging winds and large hail that will leave behind the threat of flooding throughout the region, the National Weather Service warned.

25 years after Los Angeles riots, progress and distrust live side by side

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Twenty-five years after deadly riots erupted in Los Angeles when four white police officers were acquitted in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, an undercurrent of distrust pulses in a city that says it has worked hard at police reforms.

Massachusetts sues Ocwen over mortgage servicing practices

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Massachusetts attorney general sued a unit of Ocwen Financial Corp on Friday, accusing the mortgage servicing company of engaging in abusive practices that harmed thousands of homeowners in the state.

Judge tosses Chicago school lawsuit over Illinois funding inequities

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois judge dealt a blow to Chicago’s cash-strapped school system on Friday by dismissing its lawsuit that argued the state’s school-funding formula discriminates against minority students.

Former Chicago Public Schools chief sentenced for fraud

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday sentenced the former chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools to 4-1/2 years in prison for her role in a scheme to steer lucrative contracts to one of her previous employers in exchange for kickbacks and bribes, the Department of Justice said.

U.S. spy agency abandons controversial surveillance technique

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency said on Friday it had stopped a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans who mentioned a foreign intelligence target in their messages, marking an unexpected triumph for privacy advocates long critical of the practice.