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Senator Grassley not expecting imminent Supreme Court vacancy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Senate committee that handles Supreme Court nominees said on Friday he no longer expects an imminent court vacancy, bolstering assumptions among court-watchers since mid-year that Justice Anthony Kennedy will not retire this year.

Trump will send envoys to Middle East to discuss peace: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is sending his son-in-law Jared Kushner and negotiator Jason Greenblatt to the Middle East soon to meet with regional leaders and discuss a "path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks," a White House official said on Friday.

N.Korea warns of nuclear war, Trump says U.S. is 'locked and loaded'

BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) - President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying what he called U.S. military solutions were "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

U.S. diplomat engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea - AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has been engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, the Associated Press reported on Friday, as President Donald Trump stepped up his warnings to Pyongyang amid rising tensions in the region.

Trump administration defends travel ban in Supreme Court brief

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration reiterated arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, repeatedly citing the executive's broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States.

Senators urge Trump to avoid blockade of Venezuela oil shipments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. Senate Republicans from oil refining states urged the Trump administration on Thursday to not block oil shipments from Venezuela as part of U.S. sanctions against the country, saying it could raise costs for U.S. fuel consumers.

Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chief, drops legal team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, has tapped a new legal team to represent him as government lawyers examine possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, his spokesman Jason Maloni said.

U.S. government seeks comments for fuel-economy standards review

DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking public comments for a review of tough U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.

Trump says close to decision on Afghanistan

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was very close to making a decision on the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan, which is undergoing a review and could see an increase in troop strength.

Defense Secretary Mattis begins tech outreach with Amazon visit

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis kicked off his first official visit to the U.S. technology industry on Thursday with a tour of Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, the first stop on a two-day outreach campaign intended to highlight the Pentagon's commitment to tech innovation.

Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency and said his administration was drafting papers to make it official.

Oklahoma Supreme Court rules fee on cigarettes unconstitutional

(Reuters) - Oklahoma's Supreme Court declared a fee on cigarettes unconstitutional on Thursday, citing faulty lawmaking practices, prompting the state's governor to suggest calling back the legislature to find a solution to replace the lost revenue.