Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, trade, curbing Obama’s detente

By Matt Spetalnick and Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Jun 16 : President Donald Trump today will announce plans to tighten restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and clamp down on US business dealings with the island’s military, rolling back parts of former President Barack Obama’s historic opening to Havana. Laying out his new Cuba policy in […]

White House scraps some agency paperwork rules in push for efficiency

By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Jun 15 : The White House has eliminated nearly 60 requirements for agencies to submit paperwork that it has deemed out of date or unnecessary in a bid to begin making the federal government operate more efficiently, US budget director Mick Mulvaney said today. The Office of Management and Budget, which […]

US seeks to recover $540 mln ‘stolen’ from 1MDB wealth fund

By Joel Schectman WASHINGTON, Jun 15 : US authorities moved to seize a set of 11-carat earrings, a Picasso painting and the rights to two Hollywood comedies, all assets authorities say were bought with billions of dollars stolen from a state-owned Malaysian investment fund. The US Justice Department announced today the filing of complaints to […]

Rape victim sues Uber, claiming it wrongly obtained her medical records

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO, Jun 15 : A woman sued Uber Technologies Inc today claiming top executives at the ride-hailing company improperly obtained her medical records after she was raped by a driver in India, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court, comes two days after Uber Chief Executive […]

US top court’s Gorsuch says does not share ‘cynicism’ about government

By Nate Raymond CAMBRIDGE, Mass, Jun 3 : President Donald Trump’s US Supreme Court appointee Neil Gorsuch said that he does not share what he acknowledged was currently “a lot of cynicism about government and the rule of law.” Gorsuch, the newest member to the nation’s top court, spoke about the value of an independent […]

Big US companies stay on White House panel despite climate jolt

By David Shepardson and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Jun 3 : Several major US companies, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, JP Morgan Chase & Co and IBM Corp, said their CEOs will remain in an influential presidential advisory group despite objecting to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Yesterday, citing the need to stay […]