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Senate judiciary panel calls on Paul Manafort to appear, while source says he'll privately meet with intel panel

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to meet behind closed doors with the Senate intelligence committee within the next two days, a source close to Manafort told CNN on Tuesday, as a separate Senate committee announced it has subpoenaed the former Trump aide.


UPDATE 1-U.S. may revise 2021 fuel efficiency standards, freeze targets

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday it may revise auto fuel efficiency requirements starting with the 2021 model year, a year earlier than previously disclosed, and could adopt lower standards through 2025.


BRIEF-Pultegroup expects to deliver 5,400-5,600 homes in Q3

* Lumber tariffs, forest fires in Canadian province to put pressure on H2 - conf call Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Eli lilly says seeks external early cancer assets

* Eli Lilly says intends to be more active seeking external preclinical and early stage immuno-oncology assets


UPDATE 1-Domino's international sales miss estimates, shares slide

July 25 (Reuters) - Domino's Pizza Inc reported quarterly international same-restaurant sales that fell short of analysts' estimates, overshadowing strength in the United States and sending its shares down almost 10 percent in morning trading on Tuesday.


UPDATE 1-Mexico's Femsa Q2 profit falls, dragging down shares

MEXICO CITY, July 25 (Reuters) - Shares in Mexican bottler and retailer Fomento Economico Mexicano (Femsa) fell on Tuesday after it reported a drop in quarterly profits hurt by rising costs.

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Manafort Talks With Senate Investigators to Discuss June 2016 Meeting With Russians

Paul Manafort met with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators on Tuesday to discuss the June 2016 meeting between a Russian lawyer and President Trump’s inner circle.


Iran-linked cyber spies use simple yet effective hacks: report

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A cyber spying group with links to Iran and active for the past four years is targeting countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Germany and the United States, security researchers said on Tuesday.


Pro-Kurdish party launches protests against Turkish crackdown

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's pro-Kurdish parliamentary opposition launched three months of protests on Tuesday against a state crackdown which has seen dozens of lawmakers and mayors jailed over suspected links to militant separatists.


Russian athletes going to world championships as neutrals will be paid by state

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday told athletes set to compete as neutrals at next month's world championships that they will be paid by the state despite not officially representing their country.


Toshiba board to meet Wednesday, weigh offers for chip unit: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp's board will meet on Wednesday to consider offers for its chip unit from Western Digital and Taiwan's Foxconn in addition to a bid from a consortium that was previously favorite, a source familiar with the matter said. Toshiba is scrambling to sell its flash memory unit to cover losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear business Westinghouse.


BRIEF-eQube Gaming announces appointment of interim CFO

* Says Mark Dineen appointed interim CFO Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


UPDATE 1-Toshiba board to meet Wednesday, weigh offers for chip unit - source

* Toshiba also weighing offers from Western Digital, Foxconn -source (Adds details on auction, bidders)

Trump's strategy -- troll Sessions to get to Mueller


Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is "highly inappropriate" and threatens to erode the separation between law and politics, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday.


UPDATE 2-United Tech quarterly revenue up 2.7 percent; raises forecast

July 25 (Reuters) - United Technologies Corp, maker of Otis Elevators, Pratt & Whitney engines and Carrier air conditioners, on Tuesday reported a 2.7 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher sales in three of its four business units.


Gang offering $1 million bounty for Colombia's FARC rebel leaders: lawyer

BOGOTA (Reuters) - A criminal gang is offering bounties of $1 million to assassins who kill leaders from Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group, a lawyer for the guerrillas said on Tuesday, as the group prepares to take seats in Congress as part of a peace deal.


Insulin resistance linked to lower bone density

(Reuters Health) - Decreasing sensitivity to insulin - often associated with obesity and eventual type 2 diabetes - may also cause young adults to have lower bone mass at a time of life when it should be at its peak, Korean researchers say.


Swiss chainsaw attacker still on loose in international manhunt

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Police with search hounds hunted on Tuesday for a chainsaw-wielding loner who mostly lived in the woods, a day after he stormed into an insurance office in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen and wounded two staff members.


Elliott says Akzo Nobel 'flouting' basic shareholder rights

LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge fund Elliott Advisors on Tuesday criticized Akzo Nobel for dismissing its request yesterday for shareholders to add items to the agenda of a Sept. 8 extraordinary general meeting.


BRIEF-3M says expects pricing to be closer to flat in the U.S. for 2017 - Conf call

* 3M says expects FY 2017 share repurchases to be in range of $2 billion to $3.5 billion versus $2.5 billion to $4.5 billion previously


British TV personality Edmonds demands $392 million compensation for Lloyds HBOS' unit fraud

LONDON (Reuters) - British TV presenter and former disc jockey Noel Edmonds has more than quadrupled the damages he is seeking from Lloyds Banking Group to 300 million pounds ($392 million) as he steps up a 12-year demand for compensation.


U.S. electric industry knew of climate threat decades ago: report

(Reuters) - The U.S. electric industry knew as far back as 1968 that burning fossil fuels might cause global warming, but cast doubt on the science of climate change and ramped up coal use for decades afterward, an environmental watchdog group said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Viacom, Discovery vying for Scripps and deal could come soon - CNBC

* Viacom, Discovery vying for Scripps & deal could come soon; Scripps family said to want 50 pct of deal in cash - CNBC, citing sources


Jordanians protest against Israel at funeral of shot teenager

AMMAN (Reuters) - Several thousand Jordanians urged their government on Tuesday to close the Israeli embassy in Amman and scrap an unpopular peace treaty during the funeral of a young Jordanian shot dead by an Israeli security guard in the embassy.


U.S. senators seek ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of Democratic senators hope to ban a pesticide the U.S. government has greenlighted for use, according to a bill unveiled on Tuesday in a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump's push to loosen environmental regulations.


U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian vessel near the northern Arabian Gulf on Tuesday after the vessel came within 150 yards (137 meters), a U.S. official told Reuters.


ABC News to target millennials with social video partnership

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's ABC News on Tuesday launched a partnership with millennial-focused video news site ATTN: to co-produce videos for social media including Facebook Inc's Instagram and for Twitter Inc .


Last orca born at a SeaWorld park dies from illness in Texas

(Reuters) - A three-month-old killer whale, the last orca to be born in captivity at a SeaWorld park, died on Monday in San Antonio, Texas after suffering a possible pneumonia infection, the park said.


Blackrock, Lightsource target 1 billion pound UK solar power portfolio

LONDON (Reuters) - Asset manager Blackrock and solar energy firm Lightsource have agreed to jointly create a 1 billion pound ($1.3 billion) portfolio of solar power assets in Britain over the next three years, the two companies said on Tuesday.


Investors unhappy as Alphabet shells out more to drive traffic

(Reuters) - There are very few things that make Alphabet Inc's investors unhappy. A rising TAC - the cost of driving traffic to its site - is one of them.

Can nudity crack Hollywood's double standard?

US fired warning shots at Iranian boat

A US Navy ship fired warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat Tuesday in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to two US defense officials.


Syria says U.S. halting aid to rebels is step toward ending war

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria views a U.S. decision to halt CIA support to rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad as a "start" toward ending the six-year conflict, a government minister told Reuters.


Former Trump campaign chief Manafort to talk to Senate investigators: NBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will speak with Senate investigators on Capitol Hill within the next 48 hours, NBC News reported on Tuesday, citing a source close to Manafort.


Maradona backs use of video technology to prevent another 'Hand of God'

(Reuters) - Diego Maradona has backed the use of video assistant referees (VARs) in soccer even though he is aware that his infamous 'Hand of God' goal would not have stood if the technology had existed during his heyday.


Norwegian Air under pressure to boost finances

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) - Norwegian Air , the fast-growing budget airline trying to crack the transatlantic market by undercutting established rivals, faces mounting pressure to control costs and shore up its balance sheet to weather fierce competition.


LPC: WebMD acquisition to be backed by US$1.7bn loan package

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - US online health publisher WebMD Health Corp’s acquisition by KKR & Co-backed Internet Brands will be financed in part by an all-loan debt structure led by Credit Suisse, according to three sources familiar with the matter.


Egypt court sentences 43 anti-government protesters to life: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian criminal court sentenced 43 activists to life in prison on Tuesday, judicial sources said, in a retrial of anti-government protesters who clashed with authorities in late 2011.


S&P hits record; Alphabet weighs on Nasdaq

(Reuters) - The S&P hit a record high, while the Dow opened higher on Tuesday, helped by strong earnings from Caterpillar and McDonald's, but Google-parent Alphabet weighed on the tech-heavy Nasdaq.


No ho-ho-ho-liday as Santas meet in Denmark

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - It's summertime in Denmark but Santas from around the world are already planning for the festive season, with more than 150 gathering in Copenhagen to share some early...


US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P hits record; Alphabet weighs on Nasdaq

July 25 (Reuters) - The S&P hit a record high, while the Dow opened higher on Tuesday, helped by strong earnings from Caterpillar and McDonald's, but Google-parent Alphabet weighed on the tech-heavy Nasdaq.

'James Bond' movie announced, but no word on who will star

A new James Bond film will hit theaters in 2019, but it's not clear yet who will play the debonair spy in the franchise's latest movie.


Trump, without evidence, cites Ukraine ties to ex-rival Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election and raised questions, without offering evidence, about Ukrainian support for his Democratic presidential rival.

Cillizza: 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Trump's speech to Boy Scouts

On Monday night, President Donald Trump jetted to West Virginia to address the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. And oh what a speech it was!


UPDATE 1-Germany's Software AG starts probe into S.Africa kickback reports

FRANKFURT/CAPE TOWN, July 25 (Reuters) - Software AG is launching an internal investigation after a media report alleged it had paid kickbacks as part of a wide-ranging South African scandal in which fellow German software maker SAP has also been caught up.


BRIEF-Eagle Pharmaceuticals issues statement regarding ryanodex application pdufa date for exertional heat stroke

* Eagle Pharmaceuticals issues statement regarding ryanodex application pdufa date for exertional heat stroke


BRIEF-Sotherly Hotels says co has declared qtrly cash dividend of $0.11 per common share of beneficial interest

* Sotherly Hotels - board of directors has authorized and co has declared quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per common share of beneficial interest


BRIEF-Dusolo awarded new GUIA permit for santiago project - doubles permitted extraction to 200,000 TPA

* Dusolo awarded new GUIA permit for santiago project - doubles permitted extraction to 200,000 TPA


BRIEF-Nasdaq says 14 new exchange-traded product (etp) listings from five issuers during Q2 of 2017

* Says 14 new exchange-traded product (etp) listings from five issuers during Q2 of 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-General Motors reports Q2 earnings per share from cont ops of $1.60

* Q2 adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations $1.89


BRIEF-Ocean Power Technologies establishes a houston presence to support oil & gas business development

* Ocean power technologies establishes a houston presence to support oil & gas business development


BRIEF-Mandalay Resources Corporation announces new US$40 million revolving credit facility and change to dividend policy

* Mandalay Resources corporation announces new us$40 million revolving credit facility and change to dividend policy


Daimler board to discuss alleged German auto cartel: sources

FRANKFURT/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Daimler's supervisory board will meet on Wednesday to discuss allegations that German carmakers were involved in anti-competitive behavior, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.


McCain to return for pivotal U.S. Senate vote on healthcare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain will return to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to play what could be a crucial role in salvaging Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare and keep their years-long pledge to unwind the 2010 healthcare overhaul.


BMW says electric version of Mini to be built in Oxford ​

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW on Tuesday said it had chosen its plant in Oxford, England as the location to produce an electric Mini from 2019, confirming an earlier Reuters report.


U.S. may revise 2021 fuel efficiency standards

(Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday it may revise the 2021 model year fuel efficiency requirements as it reviews the Obama administration vehicle emissions rules a year earlier than previously disclosed.


German developer to renovate Lisbon site for tech hub

LISBON (Reuters) - A German developer for the technology sector has reached an agreement to renovate a former military factory next to the Tagus River in downtown Lisbon, as the city's efforts to become a hub for European startups begins to attract foreign investors.

Charlie Gard's parents want to bring him home for his final moments

The parents of the terminally ill British child Charlie Gard return to court Tuesday to seek permission to bring their son home from hospital to die, family spokesman Alison Smith-Squire told CNN.


U.S. home prices for May rise slower than expected

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home prices accelerated at a slower pace in April, falling short of forecasts, a survey showed on Tuesday.

Is this the world's best whiskey?

Musk: Zuckerberg's understanding of AI is 'limited'

It's a battle of the tech billionaires.


BRIEF-Merck's investigational NNRTI, doravirine, meets primary efficacy endpoint

* Merck's investigational NNRTI, doravirine, meets primary efficacy endpoint of non-inferiority to efavirenz, both in combination with other antiretroviral agents, in pivotal phase 3 trial for treatment of hiv-1 infection


BRIEF-GlaxoSmithKline says ViiV announces results from NEAT 022 study



BRIEF-Invacare reaches new consent decree milestone

* Invacare says received notice from FDA that co has successfully satisfied requirements to resume full operations at its manufacturing facility in Elyria, Ohio


Hospital operator HCA Healthcare's quarterly revenue rises 4 pct

July 25 (Reuters) - HCA Healthcare Inc, the largest U.S. for-profit hospital operator, reported a 4 percent rise in quarterly revenue on higher patient admissions.


BRIEF-AK Steel reports Q2 2017 earnings per share of $0.19

* AK Steel announces financial results for second quarter 2017


BRIEF-ViiV announces positive results from DAWNING



BRIEF-Bonso Electronics announces signing of a letter of intent on reconstruction of the Shenzhen Factory

* Bonso Electronics announces signing of a letter of intent on reconstruction of the Shenzhen Factory


Nielsen to track Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV viewing in U.S. ratings

(Reuters) - Nielsen Holdings Plc will begin including Hulu Live TV and Google's YouTube TV viewing in its TV ratings in the United States in an effort to capture the shift from traditional broadcast to watching shows on laptops or smartphones, the company said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Clearfield quadruples manufacturing capacity in Mexico

* Clearfield Inc - through space and head-count additions, Clearfield is positioned to quadruple its manufacturing presence in Mexico Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Turkey's Erdogan rails against 'agents', fuelling Germany dispute

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan stoked a dispute with NATO ally Germany on Tuesday, warning of Western agents "roaming free" in Turkey and telling those who threaten the country with embargoes to be ready for the consequences.


UPDATE 1-Miner Newmont's qtrly adj profit jumps 60 pct, beats estimate

July 25 (Reuters) - Gold miner Newmont Mining Corp reported a much bigger-than-expected 60 percent jump in quarterly adjusted profit on Tuesday as production improved, more than offsetting losses from lower realized gold prices.


BRIEF-Brink's in exclusive negotiations to acquire Temis in France

* Brink's in exclusive negotiations to acquire Temis in france


Trump praises work on UK trade deal, says EU 'protectionist'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised ongoing work on a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain while criticizing the European Union's trade relationship with the United States, although he provided no other details.

She travels the world via Google Street View

In a single day Londoner Jacqui Kenny continent-hops from Sun City, Arizona to Naryn, Kyrgyzstan -- and back again.


McDonald's U.S. same-restaurant sales beat estimates

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp on Tuesday reported a higher-than-expected rise in quarterly sales at established U.S. restaurants, helped by promotions on beverages as well as the launch of signature crafted sandwiches.


Parents of UK baby Charlie Gard to return to court: Daily Mail

LONDON (Reuters) - The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will return to the London High Court on Tuesday for a hearing to decide whether their son should have his life support withdrawn at home or in hospital, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on its website.

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California Today: California Today: Starting Over, With the Help of Tattoo Removal

Tuesday: Former Los Angeles gang members reinvent themselves, Richard Dawkins is uninvited in Berkeley, and a look back at the legend of Joaquin Murrieta.


Biogen raises 2017 forecast on Spinraza success

(Reuters) - Biogen Inc's second-quarter profit smashed estimates on Tuesday, boosted by strong sales of its spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) drug, Spinraza, which is priced at $750,000 for the first year of therapy.


Fire crews battle to halt spread of Montana blaze, largest in the U.S.

(Reuters) - More than 600 firefighters in Montana on Tuesday battled to halt the spread of the biggest wildfire in the United States after it torched buildings, raced through forests and drove scores of people from their homes.

Why Germany has a dirty climate secret

Germany's Angela Merkel is often referred to as the "climate chancellor" because of her impassioned stand on climate protection, which has included the muscular arm-twisting of laggard nations in Europe and beyond -- as she demonstrated at the G20 summit in Hamburg in earlier this month.


Economic Trends: Maybe We’ve Been Thinking About the Productivity Slump All Wrong

What if the weak productivity growth of the last several years is not the cause of low growth, but rather the result of it?

At least 12 dead in Mumbai building collapse

At least 12 people were killed when a five-story building collapsed in a suburb of the Indian metropolis of Mumbai Tuesday morning, local authorities said.


Domino's delivers Street-beating sales and profit

(Reuters) - Domino's Pizza Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, boosted by store openings, lower food costs and higher supply chain revenues from franchises.

Cillizza: Trump's public bullying of Sessions is embarrassing

At 6:12 a.m. ET, the President of the United States tweeted this:


Man jailed for life in Britain after beating child to death over lost shoe

LONDON (Reuters) - A man who beat his girlfriend’s five-year-old son to death in a British park because the child had lost a shoe was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday.

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Microchip Implants for Employees? One Company Says Yes

Employees at a Wisconsin technology company are volunteering to have microchips implanted in their hands to make unlocking doors and paying for food easier.


UK courts must keep jurisdiction over EU citizens' rights in Britain: Davis

PRAGUE (Reuters) - British courts should protect the rights of European Union citizens living in the country after it leaves the bloc, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday, defending Britain's rejection of the EU's position.

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Trump Steps Up Attacks on His Own Attorney General

In early morning tweets, President Trump criticized his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and the acting head of the F.B.I.


Caterpillar posts 46 percent rise in profit, boosts forecast

(Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc reported a 46 percent jump in quarterly profit on Tuesday, helped by strength in its construction and resources businesses, and raised its profit outlook for the year.


Eurex says EU euro clearing plans don't go far enough

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - European Union plans to supervise euro-denominated clearing in London after Brexit don't give the bloc's regulators enough power to intervene in a crisis, Germany's stock exchange said on Tuesday.

Senator: We have no idea what we are voting on

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) is silent when asked which version of the GOP Senate health care plan he is going to vote on, saying he knows almost nothing about the bill.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Fed and Trump keep dollar glum as Greece warms Europe

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - The dollar sat at a more-than-one-year low while stocks climbed on Tuesday, as investors bet that subdued U.S. inflation and strains in Washington would limit Federal Reserve interest rate moves for the rest of the year.


JetBlue Airways quarterly profit rises 16.6 percent

July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. budget carrier JetBlue Airways Corp reported a 16.6 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped partly by improving average fares.


General Motors quarterly profit falls

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co on Tuesday reported a lower quarterly net profit from continuing operations due to lower vehicle sales and restructuring charges, but results beat Wall Street expectations.


Wildfires lay waste to hillsides along French Riviera

NICE/MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Firefighters battled wind-whipped infernos along the French Riviera coast on Tuesday as the flames torched vegetation on hills overlooking glitzy Mediterranean resorts thronged by summer holidaymakers.


UPDATE 1-Ad company Interpublic misses profit, revenue estimates

July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. advertising company Interpublic Group on Tuesday reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, hurt by tepid client spending.


Turkey's Erdogan says Israel will suffer most from Aqsa dispute

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Israel would pay a price for a dispute over security measures it imposed at the entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.


UPDATE 2-Centene profit beats on Obamacare strength, higher enrollments

* Shares up 3.3 pct premarket (Adds analysts' comments, details, shares)