News Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to U.S. presidents, dies at 99 2018-02-21T12:12:43.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years in the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said. Number of U.S. hate groups jumps 20 percent since 2014: watchdog 2018-02-21T12:09:39.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. hate groups rose again in 2017, during President Donald Trump's first year in office, and has surged 20 percent since 2014, a U.S. civil rights watchdog said on Wednesday. Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban 2018-02-21T12:07:53.000000000-05:00 TALLAHASSEE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of teenaged survivors of the second-deadliest public school shooting in U.S. history marched on Florida's capital on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to ban sales of assault rifles of the sort used to kill 17 students and educators last week. Trump signals open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program 2018-02-21T12:05:43.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday praised an experimental program in Oregon that charges a mileage tax to volunteer drivers, adding to signals that President Donald Trump is open to finding new revenue sources to pay for his proposed infrastructure program. Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99 2018-02-21T11:55:02.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said. Broadcom trims Qualcomm offer to $117 billion after new NXP deal 2018-02-21T11:40:49.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd cut its bid for Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday by 4 percent to $117 billion, after the latter raised the stakes in the chipmaker takeover battle with a sweetened $44 billion agreement to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV . Senator Cruz heads to bankrupt PA refinery for rally against biofuels policy 2018-02-21T11:06:24.000000000-05:00 Philadelphia (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will speak at a rally against the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on Wednesday hosted by bankrupt refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc - a company that blames the controversial biofuels policy for its financial demise. Fed's Harker sees two U.S. rate hikes this year 2018-02-21T10:17:17.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker on Wednesday said he still thinks just two interest-rate hikes this year is "likely appropriate," but signaled he is open to more if needed. Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters' arrest: defense 2018-02-21T10:06:27.000000000-05:00 YANGON (Reuters) - The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defense lawyer said. Secret Service reopens area around White House after suspicious car 2018-02-21T10:00:18.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service reopened streets around the White House and allowed workers back into an evacuated building on Wednesday after authorities cleared a suspicious car parked nearby.