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O.J. Simpson has strong opinions about Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick

O.J. Simpson is sharing his thoughts on some of the nation's most controversial figures.

Days before bridge collapse, engineer reported cracks

Two days before a bridge crumbled in Miami, killing six people, an engineer for the company that designed it called a Florida Department of Transportation employee, warning of "some cracking."


Russia expels 23 British diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a retaliatory move over British accusations that the Kremlin orchestrated a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England.


Russia summons British ambassador as it readies to expel diplomats

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry summoned Britain's ambassador to the country, Laurie Bristow, for a meeting on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing an unidentified ministry source.

Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates

Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats, Escalating Row Over Ex-Spy’s Poisoning

The order came days after Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain expelled the same number of Russian diplomats.


Iraqi PM welcomes FIFA decision to lift ban on Iraqi stadiums

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi welcomed a decision from soccer's world governing body FIFA to lift a ban on hosting competitive international soccer matches at stadiums in three Iraqi cities.

Russia retaliates, expels 23 UK diplomats

Russia's Foreign Ministry ordered the expulsion of 23 British diplomats from Russia on Saturday in a tit-for-tat response to Britain's decision to expel Russian envoys in connection with the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter on British soil.


Car bomb kills at least three in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least three people and wounded two in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent attack on a foreign contractor company, officials said.


Tennis: Osaka stuns Halep as rising stars reach Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka made short work of a subdued world number one Simona Halep on Friday, the unseeded 20-year-old racing to a 6-3 6-0 semi-final victory to set up a surprise BNP Paribas Open final against Daria Kasatkina.


China's environment minister says plans tougher air quality targets

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, its environment minister said on Saturday, as the world's No.2 economy aims to clear its notoriously toxic skies.


Syrian monitor says strikes on Ghouta rebel town kill 30

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes on a rebel pocket in eastern Ghouta killed 30 people gathering to leave to government lines on Saturday.


Turkish military denies it hit Syrian hospital

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish military denied on Saturday that it had struck a hospital in Syria's Afrin region, where it is waging a nearly two-month-old offensive against Kurdish YPG forces.


Australia, Southeast Asia to share intelligence to fight terror

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia signed an agreement on Saturday with Southeast Asian nations including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines promising to share intelligence to combat terrorism.


New European sanctions would affect nuclear deal: Iran official

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Any new European sanctions against Iran will have a direct effect on the nuclear deal struck between world powers and Tehran, Iran’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, according to state media.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

On College Basketball: Virginia Loses in a Way No One Will Ever Forget

Virginia’s defeat against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County may have been historic and shocking, but it is explainable.

Student says he was paddled for walkout

Students across the United States are serving detention or in-school suspension as discipline for walking out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence.

The former FBI deputy director says his firing is part of Trump's war on the FBI and Mueller's Russia probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who rose to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.


Former FBI No.2 McCabe fired; claims he is being targeted

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI's former No.2 official Andrew McCabe Friday, prompting McCabe to say he is being targeted because he is a crucial witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.


Facebook suspends data analytics firm that worked for Trump campaign

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday said it was suspending political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, after finding data privacy policies had been violated.


Cambodia kicks off drills with 'great friend' China as U.S. ties sour

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - China and Cambodia on Saturday kicked off military exercises focused on counter-terrorism and rescue operations, highlighting the strong ties between the two countries amid strained relations between Cambodia and the United States.


Tropical cyclone cancels Darwin flights, delays shipping

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Flights to Australia's northern city of Darwin were canceled on Saturday due to Tropical Cyclone Marcus and will not resume until midnight at the earliest, with commercial shipping also disrupted.

Polar Bears

U.K.’s First Polar Bear Born in 25 Years to Get Star Treatment

The cub, born in Scotland around Christmas, will be the subject of a documentary on Sunday.

Read McCabe's statement: This is what happens when law enforcement is politicized

Statement by Andrew McCabe:

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions

Lack of candor is a fireable offense at the F.B.I., but Mr. McCabe’s last-minute dismissal from the agency was carried out against a highly politicized backdrop.


China's parliament re-elects Xi Jinping as president

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country's president.


Engineer reported cracks in bridge before fatal collapse: transportation agency

MIAMI (Reuters) - The engineer overseeing a newly built footbridge that crumbled onto a Miami roadway, killing at least six people, had called the state Transportation Department two days before the collapse to report cracks found in the span, the agency said on Friday.

Historian: This will be known as 'Friday Night Slaughter'

CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley compares the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to former President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre."


Evangelical conservative leads Costa Rica election race: poll

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Conservative evangelical Christian Fabricio Alvarado Munoz has an effective lead of almost 14 percentage points over ruling party hopeful Carlos Alvarado Quesada in the race to be Costa Rica's next president, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

McCabe breaks his silence: 'I absolutely never misled'

After more than a year of investigations, accusations and taunting tweets from the President of the United States, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is breaking his silence.

Moms took children to a mosque and live-streamed their hate-filled tirade

Two women were arrested Thursday after allegedly stealing items from a mosque and broadcasting the whole episode on Facebook Live, police say. In the videos, the women, with three children in tow, can be heard unleashing a steady stream of invective against Muslims.

McCabe stands to lose benefits for 20-plus years of service

Andrew McCabe, the former No. 2 at the FBI who is fighting for his job in the wake of an internal investigation just hours ahead of his official retirement, potentially stands to lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement benefits if the Trump administration decides to fire him before the week is out.

Trump attorney joins Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Attorneys defending President Donald Trump and the company of his personal legal counsel, Michael Cohen, have filed to move the lawsuit against their clients by porn star Stormy Daniels to federal court and are claiming she could owe as much as $20 million for violating a nondisclosure agreement.


EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm currencies seesaw on U.S. political woes

(Adds detail on Argentina intervention, closing prices) By Bruno Federowski BRASILIA, March 16 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies seesawed on Friday as speculation that more top Trump administration officials could be replaced and concerns U.S. trade tariffs could hurt the global economy weighed on demand for risky assets. U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. At the same tim


Warriors Durant to miss two weeks with rib fracture

(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks of the NBA season after an MRI on Friday revealed a fractured rib in the latest injury setback for the shorthanded defending champions.

Latin America

How Trump Can Make the Most of the Summit of the Americas

Before the president’s trip to Lima, the administration should take a close look at why U.S. credibility in Latin America is at historic lows.


Product exclusions from U.S. metals tariffs may take 90 days: document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steel and aluminum users that depend on imported products not available from U.S. producers may have to wait up to 90 days for an exclusion from the Trump administration's new metals tariffs, according to a Commerce Department document.

Engineering and Engineers

Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse

The state Department of Transportation said the lead engineer had left it a voice mail message warning of cracking on the newly installed bridge.


Trump lawyer seeks $20 million damages from Stormy Daniels: filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.

Pennsylvania GOP wants investigation of special election

Pennsylvania's Republican Party is asking for an investigation into Tuesday's special election.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views the self-ruled island as a wayward province.


BRIEF-Facebook Says Suspending Cambridge Analytica And Strategic Communication Laboratories Group From Its Platform


Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Trump’s Lawyers Claim Stormy Daniels Violated Confidentiality Agreement at Least 20 Times

In a court filing, the president weighs in for the first time directly on a case in which a porn actress was paid $130,000 to stay silent about an affair she claims she had with him.

United States Defense and Military Forces

2 New York City Firefighters Killed in Iraq Helicopter Crash

The crash of an American military helicopter killed seven service members, including the two firefighters attached to an Air National Guard unit.


Wall Street's tech love affair might end in tears

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Outsized returns delivered by , Netflix and other heavyweight technology stocks have made them heroes on Wall Street, but some strategists warn that investors' reliance on them exacerbates the risk of a steep downturn.

United States Politics and Government

No Heads Rolled at the White House Friday (So Far). But Anxiety Abounds.

The lack of any resolution to the relentless reports of coming firings is leaving many of the president’s top advisers in limbo.


Raonic outlasts Querrey, to face Del Potro in semis

(Reuters) - Milos Raonic overcame his frustrations to outlast Sam Querrey and advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a 7-5 2-6 6-3 victory on Friday while Juan Martin del Potro found his form late to down Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 6-4.


BRIEF-Enable Midstream Provides Update On Recent FERC Ruling



Women Arrested After Trespassing at Arizona Mosque and Mocking Islam

Two women brought three children to a mosque in Tempe, Ariz., and in a video can be heard attacking Islam.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: The Rise of Euro-Putinism

Putin’s victory on Sunday is a certainty, but what other victories might he win in Europe?

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Tariffs Set Off Storm of Lobbying

Corporations and foreign leaders are pressing to meet with White House officials and hiring lawyers and lobbyists to push for exemptions that could be worth billions of dollars in trade.

Things that turn green on St. Patrick's Day

Every year on St. Patrick's Day, the world around us suddenly looks a little ... jealous.

Michael Flynn to appear at California congressional candidate's event

Michael Flynn is back on the campaign trail -- this time for a California congressional candidate.

United Airlines flight diverted after third pet incident in a week

Already under scrutiny about a dog dying in an overhead bin and another dog being accidentally sent to Japan, United Airlines on Friday acknowledged its third animal-related mistake in a week.

Trump settles in as reality TV producer in chief: 'I like conflict'

Midway through the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump had an idea. Wouldn't it be fun, he told an associate, to revive his hit NBC reality show "The Apprentice" inside the White House, using his own staffers as the contestants and the West Wing as his board room? The idea, conveyed to CNN by two people familiar with the conversation, was quickly squelched by aides.

Central Intelligence Agency

Spies, Not Diplomats, Take Lead Role in Planning Trump’s North Korea Meeting

The C.I.A.’s emergence as the primary player speaks to the influence of Mike Pompeo, the agency’s director, who has been nominated to replace Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson.


Product exclusions from U.S. tariffs may take 90 days: document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steel and aluminum users that depend on imported products not available from U.S. producers may have to wait up to 90 days for an exclusion from the Trump administration's new metals tariffs, according to a Commerce Department document.

Analysis: 6 signs you're going to lose your White House job

If job security is priority, then joining the Trump administration probably isn't for you.


Colombia's Cerro Matoso mine must pay damages to local communities, court rules

BOGOTA, March 16 (Reuters) - Colombia's Cerro Matoso nickel mine, owned by Australian miner South32, must pay damages to indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities affected by its operations in Cordoba province, Colombia's constitutional court said on Friday.


TIM board members had expected change at top for months -source

SAO PAULO, March 16 (Reuters) - The replacement of TIM Participacoes SA Chairman Mario Cesar Pereira de Araujo on Friday was not a surprise to the company's board given the increasingly hands-on approach of the CEO of the Brazilian company's Italian parent, Telecom Italia, a high-ranking source with direct knowledge of the matter said.


Next to exit Trump White House? Odds favor McMaster, online bookie says

(Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill; China 'strongly dissatisfied'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.

Spy agency contractor posted sensitive code on Facebook, FBI says

A disgruntled government contractor who worked with a US spy agency stole high-tech espionage radio equipment worth $340,000, took classified material, and is suspected of leaking sensitive computer code on his Facebook page, according to a new court filing by FBI agents who recently searched the man's home in Virginia.

Construction company had safety complaints

As investigators seek to determine the cause of the Miami bridge collapse on Thursday that killed six people, attention has turned to the companies involved in the $14.2 million construction project.


Stenson, DeChambeau share second-round lead at Palmer

(Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau closed out his second round with a birdie to join Henrik Stenson at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard on Friday as Tiger Woods struggled in his bid for a record ninth Bay Hill title.


Former Qualcomm chairman Jacobs to exit board of directors

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Friday said former executive chairman Paul Jacobs would not be renominated for the U.S. semiconductor company's board after Jacobs disclosed his intention to pursue a long-shot acquisition of the firm.


UPDATE 2-Former Qualcomm chairman Jacobs to exit board of directors

March 16 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Friday said former executive chairman Paul Jacobs would not be renominated for the U.S. semiconductor company's board after Jacobs disclosed his intention to pursue a long-shot acquisition of the firm.


Spices might get teens to like vegetables

(Reuters Health) - A dash of cumin or dill might help convince high school students to load up their plate with vegetables during lunchtime in the cafeteria, a small study suggests.


Horse racing: BHA to investigate deaths of six horses at Cheltenham

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to investigate the deaths of six horses at this week's Cheltenham Festival, including four on the final day.

Time-saving technology used to build walkway that fell

The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, according to a statement from the university.


U.S. regulator to meet next month with disgruntled railroad customers

SEATTLE, March 16 (Reuters) - The top U.S. railways regulator plans to hold a series of meetings with disgruntled shippers and other customers starting next month, after fresh complaints over service delays and higher costs from automotive and grain lobby groups.


Canada Struggles as It Opens Its Arms to Victims of ISIS

A special refugee program mostly for Yazidis, a tiny religious minority, is testing Canada’s celebrated resettlement system.


Berkshire says median employee makes over half Buffett's pay

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said its median employee last year made a little over half the $100,000 salary that Chairman Warren Buffett was awarded for running the conglomerate that made him the world's third-richest person.

Miami, Louise Slaughter, Putin: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


BRIEF-Thermo Fisher Scientific Acquires Integenx



Mexican election front-runner offers referendums, could end term early

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday he will hold a referendum on his performance every two years if he wins election in July, and would cut his six-year term short if he loses the consultation.

Appointments and Executive Changes

Second Top Nike Executive Departs Amid Complaints of Workplace Behavior

Nike confirmed the departure of a second senior executive within 24 hours on Friday, as it acknowledged internal complaints over behavior at the company.


Canada's De Grasse pulls out of Commonwealth Games

(Reuters) - Canadian triple Olympic sprint medalist Andre De Grasse has withdrawn from next month's Commonwealth Games to concentrate on his fitness for the outdoor season, he said on Friday.


U.S. to cover advanced genomic testing for Medicare cancer patients

(Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Friday it will pay for certain genetic tests for Medicare-eligible patients with advanced cancer, in a bid to help match patients with the drugs most likely to provide benefit.


Slightly elevated blood sugar tied to heart and kidney problems

(Reuters Health) - People who have slightly elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than individuals with normal blood sugar, a U.S. study suggests.


Senator demands documents related to deadly Miami bridge collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. senator demanded documents on Friday related to the construction of a new footbridge in Miami that collapsed a day earlier and killed at least six people, as federal and local investigators worked to determine the cause of the tragedy.


Trump's back-to-back visitors unlikely to solve Gulf dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will beat a path to U.S. President Donald Trump's door in the next few weeks for back-to-back visits that are unlikely to solve a long-running dispute among America's Gulf allies.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer says some alleged incidents took place during Trump presidency

The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.


UPDATE 1-Cenovus seeks partner for C$1.3 bln Narrows Lake project -sources

TORONTO/NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) - Cenovus Energy Inc is seeking a partner to fund C$1.3 billion ($993.1 million) in costs to build the supporting infrastructure at its Narrows Lake oil sands project in Alberta, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.


BRIEF-Organovo Holdings- Entered Sales Agreement Where Co May Offer, Sell Shares In 'At Market' Sales Transactions With Offering Price Of Up To $50 Million



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BRIEF-Ngl Energy Partners Does Not Expect Material Impact From Ferc Ruling



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ETP Mariner East liquids pipe spills fluid in Pennsylvania again

March 16 (Reuters) - Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Friday issued another notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners LP's Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline for releasing drilling fluids into a stream.


Boeing moves to keep 777X on track after engine snag

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co has scrambled to reorganize testing of its new 777X to avoid being delayed by engine snags, while robots and mechanics are starting work on the fuselage, the executive who heads efforts to build the world's largest twin-engined jet said in an interview.

4 indicted in LSU frat pledge death

Four suspects in the alleged hazing death of a Louisiana State University student were indicted on Thursday, according to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office.

Kelly and senior aides aim to quell more shake-up rumors

As rumors of yet another staff shakeup loom over the White House, chief of staff John Kelly and senior White House officials looked to assure their employees on Friday that no firings are imminent.

Kudlow, Lawrence A

Trump, the Television President, Expands His Cast

The choice of Larry Kudlow as chief economic adviser, a position with real influence over Americans, crosses a threshold in an administration that has already blurred the line between it and the media.


Corn-state senators seek Trump meeting as U.S. biofuel changes loom

(Reuters) - A group of senators from U.S. corn states have asked President Donald Trump for a meeting about the nation's biofuels law, amid expectations the administration will soon act to lower the regulation's costs to the oil refining industry.

Fact Check

Fact Check: How Trump Has Split With His Administration on Russian Meddling

The administration has been far tougher on Russia than the president himself, whose pattern of diversion has steadily increased since he took office.


Coca-Cola, U.S. State Dept to use blockchain to combat forced labor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co and the U.S. State Department along with two other companies said on Friday they are launching a project using blockchain's digital ledger technology to create a secure registry for workers that will help fight the use of forced labor worldwide.

FAA restricts 'doors-off' flights after fatal NYC crash

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered no more "doors-off" aircraft flights unless the passenger safety restraints can be quickly released in an emergency, the agency said.


Microsoft hits back at claims it ignored sexual harassment

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A senior executive said Microsoft Corp thoroughly investigates issues raised by women in the workplace and fired about 20 employees last year over complaints of sexual harassment as the company seeks to counter claims that it treats female workers unfairly.


Icahn unveils 6.9 percent stake in Newell, could seek board seat

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday disclosed a 6.86 percent stake in Sharpie pens maker Newell Brands Inc , and said he could seek a board seat at the company, which is already battling another top shareholder over board representation.