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Ice hockey: Unified Korean team could be Beijing-bound

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The prospect of seeing a unified Korean women's ice hockey team return to action at the 2022 Winter Olympics would be welcomed by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), who believe it would keep alive the message of peace and hope.


Russian team in shock over Games doping scandal

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - A Russian Olympic medalist has left the Pyeongchang Winter Games on suspicion of doping, a team official said on Monday, in a scandal that has shocked his teammates and could imperil Russia's efforts to regain full Olympic status.


Trump says FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe, draws criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S presidential election, drawing sharp criticism for saying an excessive focus on Russia led investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly school shooting in Florida.

Federal Budget (US)

Spending Bill Sets Path to Fix a Looming Pension Crisis

The sprawling agreement to boost government spending quietly included a step toward defusing what could be a financial time bomb for 1.5 million retirees.


Student survivors of Florida shooting slam Trump over FBI tweets

PARKLAND, Fla (Reuters) - Student survivors of the deadliest-ever shooting at a U.S. high school reacted angrily on Sunday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the FBI may have been too distracted with a Russia probe to follow leads that could have prevented the massacre.


Trump: FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: U.S. Revives Concerns About European Defense Plans, Rattling NATO Allies

After pressing European nations to spend more on their security, Americans now worry that their projects could weaken the Atlantic alliance and block U.S. defense contractors from deals.


Trump accuses FBI of 'spending too much time' on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented the deadly school shooting in Florida last week.


Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's 'empire'

MUNICH (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would act against Iran, not just its allies in the Middle East, if needed, reiterating his country's position that Tehran was the world's greatest threat.


Cyclone Kelvin lashes West Australia, no damage reported to mines, gas projects

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia on Sunday, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the main highway for up to two weeks.


Firearms debate rages as Florida rally coincides with gun show

MIAMI (Reuters) - Student survivors of a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school called for gun restrictions on Saturday during an angry and somber rally, but attendees at a nearby gun show said firearms could not be blamed for the massacre.


Exclusive: Indian banks may take more than $3 billion hit from PNB fraud - tax department

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian banks could take a hit of more than $3 billion from loans and corporate guarantees provided to diamond companies at the center of a massive alleged fraud at the state-run Punjab National Bank, the tax department has estimated.

Trump's plan for military parade is worrying some at Pentagon

There is growing concern within the US military about the costs of President Donald Trump's proposed military parade and the disruption it could cause.


Ukraine progress should soften sanctions on Russia: Germany's Gabriel

MUNICH (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday said he favored easing some sanctions imposed on Russia if a ceasefire could be implemented in eastern Ukraine with the help of U.N. peacekeepers.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Visits Florida Hospital That Treated School Shooting Victims

“It’s very sad something like that could happen,” a solemn Mr. Trump told reporters afterward.

Opinion: Trump's carefully built house of lies

No one could be surprised to learn that, according to an article in The New Yorker, Donald Trump allegedly employed an elaborate scheme to hide a betrayal of his wife Melania while carrying on an affair with ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Friend of shooter: I could have stopped it

Allan Varela, a 20-year-old friend of the Florida school shooter, speaks to CNN's Gary Tuchman about his relationship with Nikolas Cruz.

Big business tells Trump that tariffs could backfire


Exclusive: GE exploring industrial gas engine business sale - sources

(Reuters) - General Electric Co is exploring a sale of its industrial gas engine business that could be worth as much as $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.


Russian indictments could set stage for more Mueller charges

(Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three organizations for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election sets the stage for the prosecution of Americans who may have helped the Russian effort, some legal experts said.


Trader sues Fidelity over website glitch during market rout

BOSTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A New Jersey trader filed a lawsuit against Fidelity Investments, accusing it of "gross negligence" because he could not make trades on the company's website earlier this month during a volatile time on the stock market.


Turkey frees German-Turkish journalist, who flies to Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Turkish court freed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel on Friday pending trial after indicting him for alleged security offences, in a move welcomed by Berlin and which could lead to an easing of tensions between the two NATO allies.


Airbus concerned about German coalition's tougher stance on arm sales

MUNICH (Reuters) - The head of Airbus's defense unit criticized Germany on Friday for not spending more on defense and said the new coalition agreement's call for a tougher approach to arms exports could prompt the weapons maker to re-examine its business plans.


U.S. top court mulls whether to take up 'Dreamers' dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday discussed in private how to handle President Donald Trump's appeal of a judge's decision blocking his plan to end protections for young illegal immigrants dubbed "Dreamers," and the nine justices could announce as early as Tuesday whether they will take up the case.


BRIEF-Waymo Is Readying A Ride-Hailing Service That Could Directly Compete With Uber -Quartz



Turkey frees German-Turkish journalist pending trial

ISTANBUL/BERLIN (Reuters) - A Turkish court freed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel on Friday pending trial after indicting him for alleged security offences, in a move welcomed by Berlin and which could lead to an easing of tensions between the two NATO allies.


'Easy on the fries!', Japan scientists tell hopeful bald people

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese scientists have warned that eating french fries will not cure baldness, after research was published suggesting that chemicals used in cooking fried potatoes could help fight hair loss.


U.S. Supreme Court weighs intervening in 'Dreamers' problem

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court could say on Friday whether it will consider President Donald Trump's appeal of a lower court decision blocking his order to end a program that shields hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Olympic Games (2018)

Seeing Bounty Abroad, Will North Koreans Change Their Homeland?

At the Olympics, curious onlookers scrutinize visitors from the isolated North and wonder what a peek at a broader world could achieve.


Japan opposition lawmakers look to pressure PM over school scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese opposition lawmakers on Friday urged a former finance official to testify in parliament about a suspected cronyism scandal that could pose a risk to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support and hurt his push to revise the pacifist constitution.


Pakistan could face economic pain from return to terrorist financing 'gray list'

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - The prospect of Pakistan being placed back on a global terrorist financing watchlist could endanger its handful of remaining banking links to the outside world, causing real financial pain to the economy just as a general election looms.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

S.E.C. Blocks Chinese Takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange

The proposed deal drew sharp criticisms from Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who said it could put the security of United States financial markets at risk.

How do laws prevent mentally ill people from buying guns?

How could a young man whose lawyers say he has been "experiencing and enduring mental illness his entire life" purchase an automatic rifle?


U.S. officials warn 'intense' flu season to continue, urge shots

(Reuters) - Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, predicting that the current "intense" season could continue for weeks.


Volatility holds key to bank revenue revival from 2017 slump: survey

LONDON (Reuters) - Revenues at the world's 12 biggest investment banks fell to their lowest levels since 2008 last year, a survey showed on Friday, while a return to more volatile global markets in 2018 could be a mixed blessing for their business.

Parkland student: My generation won't stand for this

I thought it was going to be a wonderful day. My high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was full of cheerful students -- many of whom were celebrating Valentine's Day with one another. Even those who didn't have a Valentine seemed like they could find reasons to smile.


U.S. market gurus who predicted selloff say current calm an illusion

Some veteran investors who were vindicated in calling for a pullback in shares and a spike in volatility could now be cheering. Actually, they're looking at the risks that still lie ahead in the...


Merck KGaA, Pfizer's immunotherapy fails in lung cancer trial

FRANKFURT, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Merck KGaA and Pfizer's cancer drug Bavencio could not be shown to improve survival in lung cancer patients that had previously undergone unsuccessful chemotherapy, Merck said.

Inspectors General

F.C.C. Watchdog Looks Into Changes That Benefited Sinclair

An investigation could lead to questions that the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, has so far tried to avoid answering in public.

DACA hangs in the balance as bipartisan deal gets hit

The fate of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients could rest with moderate lawmakers in the Senate -- and whether they can convince President Donald Trump that their path forward is the only answer left, even if it doesn't give him everything he wants.

Bipartisan Senate group reaches immigration deal

A group of bipartisan senators Wednesday struck a much-anticipated deal on a narrow immigration compromise -- but it remains unclear whether the proposal could garner the elusive 60 votes needed to advance legislation in the Senate.

Politics and Government

Maldives Crisis Could Stir Trouble Between China and India

Opposition leaders want India to intervene against the nation’s president, who declared a state of emergency this month, and who is seen as an ally of China.


U.S. Senate showdown over 'Dreamer' immigrants seen Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan Senate plan to protect young illegal immigrants from deportation and pour billions of dollars into border security appeared headed toward a Senate showdown on Thursday as wary Democrats signaled that a solution could be close.


Bobsleigh: No reason given for my Jamaica team demotion, says Kiriasis

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Former Olympic and world champion Sandra Kiriasis on Thursday blamed her sudden departure as coach of the Jamaican women's bobsleigh team to an inexplicable demotion by team officials that she could not have accepted.


Hedge funds Steadfast and Suvretta jump onto CSX in fourth quarter

BOSTON (Reuters) - Wall Street investors were so convinced that Hunter Harrison could turn around railroad CSX Corp that the company lost $4 billion in market value when the former CEO took a medical leave in December and died only a few days later.


'Serious derelictions' found in U.S. veteran affairs chief's Europe trip: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament during a government trip to Europe last summer, and his chief of staff made false statements so the secretary's wife could travel at government expense, the inspector general reported on Wednesday.


First Blood Test to Detect Concussions Is Approved

The device may be able to quickly identify people with suspected brain injuries that could be widely used by the Pentagon and in sports.


Trump's military parade could cost up to $30 million: budget chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The military parade that President Donald Trump wants to stage, likely in Washington, would cost U.S. taxpayers up to $30 million, the White House budget chief said on Wednesday in remarks on the administration's fiscal 2019 spending plan.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost $30 Million

President Trump wants a military parade. His budget director says it could cost the United States $30 million at a time of rising deficits.


Northern Ireland talks collapse, London says deal still possible

BELFAST (Reuters) - Talks to restart Northern Ireland's power-sharing government broke down yet again on Wednesday, the province's main parties said, blaming each other, though Britain held out hope that a solution could still be reached.


Wrong turn could have sparked security scare at U.S. spy agency: FBI

FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A wrong turn may have led three men to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington on Wednesday, sparking a scare that drew gunfire from guards and sent three to the hospital, FBI officials said.

Elections, House of Representatives

How an Abundance of Democratic Candidates Could Help the G.O.P. Hold the House

In a lesson in unintended consequences, a voting reform put in place in California could end up keeping Democrats off the ballot in two battleground districts.

Trump's military parade would cost between $10M and $30M, Mulvaney says

Budget director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday that he has seen estimates that a potential military parade requested by President Donald Trump could cost between $10 million and $30 million.


Hedge funds wager on inflation with consumer, materials shares

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several big-name hedge funds made bets on consumer discretionary and materials stocks at the end of 2017 that could benefit from the signs of rising inflation that have roiled...


UPDATE 2-Portugal´s Sonae denies interest in Walmart Brazil operations

SAO PAULO, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Portuguese retail conglomerate Sonae SGPS SA denied an interest in Walmart Inc's Brazilian operations after Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico reported on Wednesday that the company could partner with buyout firms.


Skeleton: We're innovators, not cheaters, says British racer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - British skeleton racer Jerry Rice has dismissed speculation that the team's high-tech skin suits could be illegal and said people were welcome to point the finger all they liked.


U.S. inflation test looms large, dollar falls

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar slid to a 15-month low against the yen on Wednesday, while world stock markets found firmer ground ahead of U.S. inflation numbers that could soothe, or inflame, fears of faster interest-rate hikes globally.


GLOBAL MARKETS- US inflation test looms large, dollar falls

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - The dollar slid to a 15-month low against the yen on Wednesday, while world stock markets found firmer ground ahead of U.S. inflation numbers that could soothe, or inflame, fears of faster interest-rate hikes globally.


Russian civilians in Syria not linked to our military: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday he could not rule out that there were Russian civilians in Syria, but that they had no connection to the Russian armed forces.


China expects to see heavy air pollution during Lunar New Year

BEIJING (Reuters) - Some regions of China could suffer heavy pollution because of fireworks and unfavorable weather conditions during Lunar New Year celebrations, despite a ban on firecrackers in more than 400 cities, the Ministry of Environmental Protection warned.


Asia shares wary of U.S. inflation, dollar breaks down

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets turned mixed on Wednesday as investor nerves were strained ahead of a U.S. inflation report that could soothe, or inflame, fears of faster rate hikes globally.

Talks over possible Kelly successor heat up

There has been no decision by President Donald Trump to replace embattled White House chief of staff John Kelly, but multiple sources say conversations over who could succeed him have heated up.


Asia shares, dollar tense for inflation test

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares were set for a tense session on Wednesday as investors await readings on U.S. inflation that could fan fears of faster rate hikes and unleash another burst of global volatility.


Trilobites: How Cockroaches Crash Into Walls and Keep Going

The ability of the ancient pests may owe less to their speed than to their tough-shock absorbent exoskeletons. The finding could help engineers design tougher robots.


Twitter's CEO downplays chatter about possible acquisition

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said on Tuesday that he saw value in the social media network remaining an independent company, downplaying recent speculation by analysts that it could be an acquisition target.


Blue Apron puts EBITDA breakeven on table for late 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Blue Apron Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it could break even on a key measure of profitability earlier than Wall Street analysts had expected, fueling a brief surge in the meal-kit maker's shares.


Wall Street ends up for third straight session; inflation data ahead

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street climbed on Tuesday for a third straight session, buoyed by and Apple , while investors focused on inflation data on Wednesday that could upset the market's fragile recovery - or clear the way for more gains.

Mnuchin's wife Louise Linton: 'I was so stupid. I wish I could take it back'

Louise Linton may be the most honest person in Washington. Ask her if she's ready to leave town after a rocky start and she'll say no -- she's just finished decorating her house.

Tiny homes, big benefits for homeless military veterans

Marvin Gregory is a large man living in a tiny home. And he couldn't be happier.

The GOP could get their top North Dakota Senate prospect, after all

Rep. Kevin Cramer could run against North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, after all -- potentially reversing one of Republicans' biggest recruiting misses of the 2018 midterm elections.

Scientific breakthrough could be as simple as measuring the wobble of a muon

This past week was an exciting one for scientists. No, not only because of the breathtaking launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, but also because a new, ultra-precise, scientific facility is beginning operations at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, just outside Chicago. The facility, called the g-2 experiment (pronounced "g minus 2") could lead to the world's scientific community rewriting the textbooks.


Hurricane Irma costs for insurers to reach 1.8 billion euros: French lobby

PARIS (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma, which battered the Caribbean islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy last September, could cost insurers 1.83 billion euros ($2.26 billion), the French insurance lobby FFA said on Tuesday.

American oil boom could spoil OPEC's plans


Daimler warns of supply chain risk from switch to electric cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daimler AG, owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand, warned that a fall in demand for diesel cars and a switch to electric vehicles could force it to prop up its supplier base.


Teens face trial for alleged plot to kill Austrian police

VIENNA (Reuters) - Two Austrian teenagers have been charged with planning to kill as many police officers as they could in a jihadist attack on a provincial police station ordered by a Chechen member of Islamic State, according to court documents.

Trump's budget would add trillions to the deficit

President Donald Trump's budget plan could add more than $7 trillion to the country's debt over the next decade. Such a plan goes against supposed Republican orthodoxy of trying to eliminate (or at least bring down) the federal budget debt and deficit. Some Republican members of Congress have voiced their frustration with raising deficits, which could derail Trump's budget proposal.


Norway's wealth fund to issue policy on ocean environment

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund could soon set out expectations for how companies it invests in should manage saltwater resources, it said on Tuesday.


A Hot, Dry Winter in California. Could It Be Drought Again?

A persistent ridge of air in the Pacific is keeping winter storms away, and the Sierra snowpack, source of much of the state's water, is suffering.


GM to shut South Korean plant, more cuts could follow

DETROIT/SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors Co said it will close one of its four plants in South Korea and incur an $850 million impairment charge as part of a restructuring of its money-losing business in Asia's fourth-biggest economy.


UPDATE 1-GM will shut a South Korean plant, more cuts could follow

DETROIT, Feb 12 (Reuters) - General Motors Co will close one of four vehicle assembly plants in South Korea, and will decide the future of the remaining operations within weeks, based on the outcome of talks with the government and labor unions, GM President Dan Ammann told Reuters on Monday.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Editorial: Close the Police Rape Loophole

Dozens of states around the country have vaguely written statutes in place that could be letting police officers get away with sexual assault.


Judge to rule on Assange's bid to escape legal action in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will hear on Tuesday whether his legal bid to halt action against him for breaching bail has been successful, in a ruling that could pave the way for him to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

DACA twins may be deployed or deported

As the Senate debates an immigration solution and the future of DACA, twin brothers who are willing to serve the country that could kick them out are waiting for a decision on their future.


At long last, Senate debates 'Dreamer' immigrants' future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate began a major, free-for-all immigration debate, its first in nearly five years, on Monday evening that could decide the fate of at least 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants, young people brought into the country illegally years ago as children.

Life Insurance

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

Insurers have denied life and disability coverage to men taking Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection, say gay rights advocates and medical experts.


At long last, Senate to debate 'Dreamer' immigrants' future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was to begin a major, free-for-all immigration debate, its first in nearly five years, on Monday evening that could decide the fate of 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants, young people brought into the country illegally years ago as children.


Pence raises prospect of talks with North Korea while applying 'maximum pressure'

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has appeared to endorse deeper post-Olympics engagement between South and North Korea that could lead to direct U.S. talks, but has agreed with Seoul that sanctions must be intensified to push Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.


Factbox: Who could wield the knife? Scenarios for a Merkel exit

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel is heading into her final term as German chancellor, a close ally conceded on Monday, intensifying the jockeying over the succession to Europe's most powerful leader.


Could Real Madrid lure PSG's Neymar to the Bernabeu?

MADRID (Reuters) - As Paris St Germain gear up for their blockbuster Champions League last-16 first leg tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday, much of the media attention has focused on whether their most prized asset Neymar will eventually make a sensational move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Oxfam warned it could lose millions in funding over sex crimes scandal

The British charity Oxfam will fight to keep millions of pounds in public funding in a meeting with UK officials Monday over allegations that its aid workers hired prostitutes in Haiti.

Bisphosphonates (Drugs)

Personal Health: A Perfect Storm for Broken Bones

Untreated osteoporosis could spawn an epidemic of bone fractures, hospital and nursing home admissions, even premature deaths.


Russia, Turkey and Iran discuss meeting on Syria in Kazakhstan - TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday that Russia, Turkey and Iran had discussed a possible meeting of their foreign ministers on Syria, which could be held in Kazakhstan's Astana in March, the TASS news agency reported.

Tropical cyclone may be most powerful to ever hit Tonga

A storm barreling toward the Pacific island nation of Tonga could be the most powerful to ever hit the country.

Puerto Rico Hit by Blackouts After Power Station Blast

Officials said several municipalities were without power, including parts of San Juan, but were optimistic it could be restored within a day.


South African President Zuma's fate to be decided on Monday, says ANC head

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The ANC will decide President Jacob Zuma's fate at a special meeting on Monday, the party's new chief said, in what could be the most serious bid yet to unseat a leader damaged by corruption allegations.


New York sues Weinstein Co., Harvey Weinstein over sexual misconduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general sued the Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein on Sunday alleging years of sexual harassment and misconduct by the movie producer, in a move that could jeopardize talks on a potential sale of the studio.

Prisons and Prisoners

Editorial: The Problem with Parole

The state could adopt several common-sense reforms to reduce the number of people in prison, often for minor rule violations.

Editorial: Trouble in Maldives Paradise Could Become a Global Threat

A power struggle in the tiny nation could pull India and China into conflict.

Bannon: #MeToo movement could take down Trump

Author Joshua Green describes Steve Bannon's relationship with President Trump. Bannon told Green that he believes the #MeToo movement could be an existential threat to Republicans.


Knife-wielding attacker wounds four church-goers in Indonesia: police

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker wounded four church-goers in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta on Sunday, officials said, before being shot by police who could not yet confirm if it was a terror-related incident.