Day after rejecting veto, U.S. lawmakers concerned about Sept. 11 lawBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday expressed doubts about Sept. 11 legislation they forced on President Barack Obama, saying the new law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia could be narrowed to ease concerns about its effect on Americans abroad. A day after a rare overwhelming rejection of a presidential veto, the first of Obama's eight years in the White House, the Republican leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives opened the door to fixing the law as they blamed Obama for not consulting them adequately.
UK signs long-awaited Franco-Chinese nuclear project behind closed doors
By Kate Holton and Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - A $24-billion deal to build Britain's first new nuclear power station in decades was signed behind closed doors in London on Thursday in a private ceremony that underlined Prime Minister Theresa May's cautious approach to the Franco-Chinese project. Journalists were not invited to the event but the government said the contract had been formally signed by Britain's Business Secretary Greg Clark, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and China's National Energy Administration Director Nur Bekri. Hinkley Point C will now be built in southwest England by France's EDF with $8 billion of cash from China.
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Angry lawmakers heaped another round of blistering criticism on Wells Fargo's CEO, pressing Thursday for details about what senior managers knew about allegedly illegal sales practices and when any concerns ...
Clinton joins Israel in paying last respects to Peres
Israeli leaders, former US president Bill Clinton and tens of thousands of mourners gathered outside parliament Thursday to pay last respects to Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, whose body was lying in state. A major security operation was being put in place ahead of Friday's funeral, which is to be attended by leaders from across the world, including US President Barack Obama and Britain's Prince Charles. In a rare visit to Jerusalem, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was also planning to attend, Palestinian officials told AFP.
Official says failure in Syria may leave Russia in quagmire
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A senior Obama administration official told lawmakers Thursday that the failure of a cease-fire in Syria poses serious consequences for Moscow and gives the United States leverage, an argument that drew a skeptical response from Republicans and Democrats.
House panel lambasts Wells Fargo boss over phantom accounts
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf on Thursday offered Capitol Hill lawmakers a series of actions to fix widespread sales abuses but remained defensive on issues like consumer lawsuits, the weakness of an internal investigation and his sale of Wells Fargo shares. Jeb Hensarling, the Republican chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said in his opening statement that he has lost faith in Wells Fargo, where he has a mortgage. "Mr. Stumpf, I have a mortgage with your bank," Hensarling said.
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Train crashes into New Jersey station; 1 dead, 100-plus hurt
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) ? A crowded commuter train crashed into the bustling Hoboken station during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others, some critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said.