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Alpine skiing: Vonn to defy online 'bullies'

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Abuse on social media would not silence Lindsey Vonn from voicing her own personal political opinions or stop her from engaging with her fans online, the American has said.


Little-known Venezuelan evangelical pastor launches presidential bid

CARACAS (Reuters) - A little-known Venezuelan evangelical pastor on Sunday launched his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election, an illustration of the growing religious influence in Latin American politics.

Colleges and Universities

Finding a Lock of George Washington’s Hair, and a Link to American History

A librarian going through a book at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., found a thin envelope that may add to the odd history of a founding father’s hair.

Documentary Films and Programs

Cultured Traveler: Retracing America’s Musical Canvas

In the 3-D film “America’s Musical Journey,” the singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc takes viewers on an exuberant exploration of the country’s creative roots.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

The Interpreter: Russian Meddling Was a Drop in an Ocean of American-made Discord

It does not take much to get Americans to turn against one another. Partisan polarization was well underway before Moscow got involved.


‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records and Hollywood Myths

“Black Panther” arrived to a record-setting $218 million in Presidents’ Day weekend ticket sales in North America and a global total of $387 million.

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.

Opinion: 'Black Panther' inspires more than African Americans

The box-office success of "Black Panther" gives me hope that one day my minority group, Arab Americans and Muslims, will see a superhero from our community on the big screen.


'Black Panther' Smashes Records With $218 Million at Holiday Weekend Box Office

LOS ANGELES ( - Disney-Marvel's "Black Panther" is heading for a super-heroic $218 million debut over the four-day President's Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Sunday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Blames Obama and Democrats for Failing to Stop Russian Meddling

The president seemed to embrace the idea that sowing discord in American politics had been Russia’s aim, after previously saying little to acknowledge a threat.


Freestyle skiing: Lillis dons late brother's ski suit in his memory

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - American world champion Jonathon Lillis took to the hill for the Olympic aerials final on Sunday wearing the ski suit of his late brother Mikey, who died in October at the age of 17.


Freestyle skiing: Kenworthy seals tough Games with long-awaited kiss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Four years after being too scared to make a public display of affection at Sochi, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy kissed his boyfriend at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday and was thrilled it was broadcast to the world.

Macy's is now selling hijabs

American department store Macy's sparked a fierce debate on Thursday, when it launched a line of "modest clothing" that featured hijabs.

Politics and Government

In Japan, a Liberal Maverick Is Seeking to Lead a Conservative Party

Taro Kono, a U.S.-educated political blue blood who has made a name as a liberal nonconformist, is positioning himself to one day replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Children and Childhood

Op-Ed Columnist: Letting American Kids Die

Guns, infant mortality and car crashes show that we’re behind other wealthy nations.

Opinion: Indictments reveal strong probability that Russia handed Trump the presidency

As both a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have written and reviewed many indictments. Though often brimming with legalese, they are designed by prosecutors to tell a compelling and detailed crime story. The indictment announced Friday in the Mueller investigation told just such a story -- of Russian attempts to sabotage the American presidential election.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

News Analysis: Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too.

America has long used cash and propaganda to try to steer the outcome of foreign votes.

Trump, Donald J

News Analysis: Trump’s Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader

President Trump depicted indictments charging Russians with interfering in America’s politics as a vindication for himself rather than a threat to the United States.

Sex Crimes

Pope Revives Sexual Abuse Commission Amid Criticism of Vatican

An American cardinal will head the commission, the Vatican said, and it will include survivors of clergy abuse.

See fake posts linked to Russia

A federal indictment against 13 Russian nationals provides new insight into how the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked Russian troll group, set up a vast network of fake American activist groups. The group also used the stolen identities of real Americans in an attempt to wreak havoc on the US political system.


Meet America’s Syrian Allies Who Helped Defeat ISIS

They are Arabs and Kurds, men and women, young and old. Meet some of the fighters who teamed up with the United States to drive the Islamic State out of northeastern Syria.

Psychology and Psychologists

Still Talking After All These Years

At the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the seminars covered the quantum hologram (huh?) and President Trump.


Chen leaps from disaster to Olympic history

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - American jumping ace Nathan Chen lived up to his reputation on Saturday, redeeming himself with quadruple jumps after a pair of disastrous skates in Pyeongchang and making Olympic history into the bargain with a brilliant free skate.


'America's sweetheart' Rippon has his Olympic moment

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - If Pyeongchang proves to be Adam Rippon's figure skating swan song then "America's sweetheart" will look back on the Winter Games without an ounce of regret.


Op-Ed Contributors: Justice for Our Children, Killed by ISIS

A plea from four American couples whose children were brutally slain in Syria: Try the murderers, but don’t make them martyrs by executing them.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Inside a 3-Year Russian Campaign to Influence U.S. Voters

Using American bank accounts, drivers’ licenses and disposable phones, about 80 Russians worked to disparage Hillary Clinton, promote Donald Trump and sow discord.

Bridwell, Jim

Jim Bridwell, Mountaineering Maverick, Is Dead at 73

With a go-for-broke style, Mr. Bridwell conquered countless peaks, many in Yosemite, where he led the 1970s climbers known as the Stonemasters.


Confluence of crises crashes Trump's 'Infrastructure Week'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This was supposed to be “Infrastructure Week” for U.S. President Donald Trump, a time to unveil a long-promised plan to create jobs by revitalizing America's roads and bridges.


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.

Mueller, Robert S III

Op-Ed Contributor: Message to Trump: Let Mueller Do His Job

The indictments of 13 Russians for interfering in the 2016 election are a wakeup call for all Americans.


BRIEF-Comerica Files For Potential Mixed Shelf Offering



Injured Halep pulls out after reaching Qatar Open semi-finals

(Reuters) - Simona Halep pulled out of the Qatar Open with a right foot injury shortly after she reached the semi-final with a dominant 6-0 6-4 win over American qualifier Catherine Bellis on Friday.


ATP says 'no evidence' Harrison made racist remarks

(Reuters) - The ATP said on Friday it found no evidence that Ryan Harrison directed racist remarks at fellow American Donald Young during their stormy first-round match at the New York Open.

Rep. Swalwell to Trump: Do you believe it now?

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell reacts to special counsel Robert Mueller issuing an indictment against 13 Russian nationals for meddling in US elections.


Al Qaeda operative gets life sentence for killing soldiers, bomb plot

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man convicted of participating in a 2003 attack on American soldiers in Afghanistan that killed two people and plotting to bomb a U.S. embassy in West Africa was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.


Novartis readies to auction U.S. generic pills business: sources

(Reuters) - Switzerland's Novartis AG is preparing to auction its U.S. generic pill business, looking to shed a unit that has struggled amid fierce price competition, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.


An Opera Star’s Song Cycle Conjures a Black Man’s Life in America

“Cycles of My Being,” written for the tenor Lawrence Brownlee by Tyshawn Sorey and Terrance Hayes, grapples with hope and hate.

"Isle of Dogs" (Movie)

Critics Lap Up Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’

The American director’s second stop-motion film received a warm reception when it opened the Berlin Film Festival.


Campbell Soup organic sales fall as customer dispute continues

(Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co on Friday reported a 2 percent drop in organic net sales in its second quarter as a key customer in North America placed fewer orders for its canned soups.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Betrays the Bards of Hard Work

Blue-collar America needs storytellers. Storytellers need money.

Analysis: Washington's political impotence is on full display

In Washington, political alienation is now so intense that the world's most powerful nation can't agree how to keep its next generation safe in school -- or fix the system regulating immigration, the human lifeblood which has been America's foundation.


Head of OAS anti-corruption mission in Honduras resigns

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of the Organization of American States' anti-corruption mission in Honduras said on Thursday he would resign over a lack of support from authorities in the Central American country and clashes with OAS leadership.


E-commerce firm Mercado Libre to open distribution centers in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Mercado Libre, Latin America's home-grown e-commerce firm, said on Thursday that it would open two large distribution centers in Mexico as part of an effort to improve its logistics in the country.

Gun Control

Letters: The Florida Massacre: ‘End This Uniquely American Tragedy’

Outrage over yet another mass shooting at an American school, and calls for gun control.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Gunfire Erupts at a School. Leaders Offer Prayers. Children Are Buried. Repeat.

Deadly shootings in schools have become a sad and distinct American ritual, with familiar images and a familiar response.


Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

After examining 21 American diplomats said to have been victims of a mysterious “attack” in Havana, medical experts found concussion-like damage but no obvious causes.


Tillerson meets Turkey's Erdogan for 'open' talks after weeks of strain

ANKARA (Reuters) - Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan had a "productive and open" talk on Thursday about improving ties strained recently over their policies on Syria, in a meeting following weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from Ankara.

Race and Ethnicity

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Wants to Make America White Again

Democrats should be enraged by the immigration policies championed by the White House.

Gun Control

After Florida Shooting, Trump Focuses on Mental Health Over Guns

Mr. Trump’s remarks came amid criticism that the White House had not done enough to reassure the public shortly after one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.

Colleges and Universities

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A University of, by and for the People

Land-grant colleges give all Americans access to an education no matter how much money their parents have.


Art Review: A Groundbreaking Show Presents a New, Inclusive Vision of American Art

“Outliers and American Vanguard Art” in Washington, D.C., levels the wall between outsider and insider art, and finds a Venn overlap of “outliers.”


'Do you fear me?': Venezuela's Maduro vows to gatecrash regional summit

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's unpopular socialist president Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday his right-wing Latin American counterparts showed intolerance by trying to exclude him from an upcoming summit in Lima - and he vowed to go anyway.

American being held as ISIS fighter sought media access

An American citizen being held by the United States in Iraq for allegedly fighting for ISIS said he traveled to Syria to work as a journalist and chronicle what life was like under the terror group, according to newly released court documents.

Van Jones: 'Black Panther' is a revelation

Hollywood is offering a vision of a technological future that is in many ways already an empowering reality for a rising cohort of African and African-American technologists. President Trump, who insults people of color, should take notice, writes Van Jones.

As marijuana use rises, doctors warn pregnant women

Two-year-old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red, plastic car in his grandmother's living room in the picturesque town of Nevada City, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. His playpal Delilah Smith, a fellow 2-year-old, snacks on hummus and cashews and delights over the sounds of her Princess Peppa Pig stuffie.


BRIEF-American Express Reports Credit Card Stats for Jan


Why Americans don't do anything about mass shootings

Analysis: 10 things this school shooting won't change

On Wednesday afternoon, a 19-year-old brought an AR-15 weapon to a high school in Parkland, Florida. He allegedly shot more than two dozen people, killing 17. It was not the first mass shooting of 2018, and it was one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in American history.


Bombardier CEO calls U.S. trade agency reasoning 'good news'

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc Chief Executive Alain Bellemare on Thursday described a U.S. trade agency's explanation for why it rejected hefty duties on the company's CSeries jet sales to American carriers as very "good news."


U.S. weekly jobless claims rebound from near 45-year lows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rebounded from a near 45-year low last week, but remained below a level that is associated with a tightening labor market.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Op-Ed Columnist: American Disdain for Children’s Lives

Those kids had the misfortune of growing up in a country that didn’t care enough about their lives.


Art Review: She Led Latin American Art in a Bold New Direction

Turning to Brazil’s indigenous cultures and folklore for inspiration, Tarsila do Amaral helped give rise to the country’s Modern movement, a MoMA exhibition shows.


Eat: A Chef’s Dream to Restore an Ancient West African Grain

For the Senegalese-American chef Pierre Thiam, a meal with fonio tastes of both past and future.


Alpine skiing: Shiffrin wins giant slalom gold in perfect start

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - American Mikaela Shiffrin put on a show of grace, power and consistency to win her first gold of the Pyeongchang Olympics in the women's giant slalom on Thursday, in the best possible start to her quest for a handful of medals.


Snowboarding: Baumgartner buoyed by family pride

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - As American Nick Baumgartner crashed during the Olympic snowboard cross final on Thursday, the first thought that crossed his mind was not anger or disappointment at missing out on an Olympic medal once again.

North America's most Chinese city

A trip to eat the world's best dumplings might be shorter than expected for those in North America: Forget Shanghai and head to Richmond, British Columbia, a bustling suburb of Vancouver and the most Chinese city in on the continent.


5 Places: Five Places to Go in Montmartre

Gastronomic Montmartre is on the rise. Arty younger Parisians are flocking to this atmospheric old working-class quarter, which has seen a wave of new and reasonably priced restaurants. One was just awarded a Michelin star.


Afghan Taliban say they want to end war through dialogue

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan's 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against U.S. forces would go on.


A Valentine to New York as designers kiss Fashion Week goodbye

(Reuters) - Designers Michael Kors and Calvin Klein showed their love for American icons as they presented visions for Fall 2018 in Valentine's Day shows at the end of New York Fashion Week.


BRIEF-Alaska Airlines, Virgin America And Its Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Merger Agreement


America's unyielding plague of gun violence

Americans often think of themselves as belonging to an exceptional nation, and in many ways they do. They belong to a tolerant, multicultural society that has led the world toward a more innovative and more inclusive future through new technologies and a unique embrace of diverse cultures.


Berkshire buys Teva, feels IBM blues as Apple becomes top investment

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Wednesday disclosed a new stake in generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and said it bought more shares of Apple Inc , which surpassed Wells Fargo & Co as its largest common stock investment.

The rights of disabled Americans are under attack

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been law for 28 years now -- and I can honestly say that rights for Americans with disabilities, including accessibility to public spaces, are now facing more uncertainty and outright hostility than at any time in recent memory.


Rise in U.S. inflation puts spotlight on Fed's Powell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected in January as Americans paid more for gasoline, rental accommodation and healthcare, raising pressure on new Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell to prevent a possible overheating of the economy.

Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, & Politics of Ordinary Abortion (Book)

Books of The Times: ‘Scarlet A’ Wants Less Shouting About Abortion and More Talking

Katie Watson says that with so much focus on “extraordinary” cases, there is something “unreal” about the American conversation about abortion.


UPDATE 1-America Movil will spend $8 bln on capex in 2018, CEO says

MEXICO CITY, Feb 14 (Reuters) - America Movil, Mexico's largest telecommunications firm, will increase capital expenditures to around $8 billion this year, Chief Executive Officer Daniel Hajj said during a call with analysts on Wednesday.

Movies to make you laugh, cry or roll your eyes

Prepare yourself for the hysteric ugly crying you're about to endure.

Movies that will make you laugh, cry or roll your eyes

Prepare yourself for the hysteric ugly crying you're about to endure.

Olympic Games (2018)

The Haunting of Lindsey Jacobellis

In an attempt to finally overcome her famous Olympic blunder, the American snowboarder has teamed with a “performance architect” who wants her to embrace the negative memories.


UPDATE 1-Shire ‍sees slowdown in earnings growth as generic rivals bite

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Shire, which is splitting its rare disease and hyperactivity drugs into two units, said 2018 sales would grow in mid-single digits and profits would rise at an even slower pace, after 2017 earnings per share climbed 16 percent.


Heavy metal band Metallica wins 2018 Polar Music Prize

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - American heavy metal band Metallica was awarded Sweden's Polar Music Prize on Wednesday, drawing a delighted response from the group which has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Can new airlines make it in America?


Skeleton: American Daly back to banish Sochi angst

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - It took only seconds for John Daly's dream of an Olympic medal to be crushed at the Sochi Games but a full three years before the American skeleton racer was prepared to face his demons again.

How much will US spend on Valentine's Day?

It's no surprise that Americans spend quite a bit of money to show their love on Valentine's Day. Here's a breakdown, by the numbers.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: How We Got From Twinkies to Tofu

In “Hippie Food,” Jonathan Kauffman tracks the emergence of the organic, politicized diet so many Americans love today.


American Biesemeyer ruled out of downhill due to injury

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - American Tommy Biesemeyer has been ruled out of the Olympic downhill after suffering an ankle injury during training, the U.S Ski and Snowboard Federation said in a statement on Wednesday.

Managing the pressure of Valentine's Day

Americans have a love-hate relationship with Valentine's Day.


Snowboarding: White delivers again to win third halfpipe gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - American Shaun White cemented his legacy as the most successful snowboarder of all time as he delivered a stunning routine under massive pressure on the final run of a gripping halfpipe final on Wednesday to win his third Winter Olympic gold and a landmark 100th for his country.

Religion and Belief

China’s Catholics Rue Church’s Slide as Powers Debate Control

As the powers that be in Beijing and the Vatican negotiate over who appoints clerics, many worshipers have more pressing worries.


Rising U.S. bond yields offer relief to corporate America's pension plans

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The swift rise in U.S. bond yields in February may be whipsawing some stock market portfolios but it may bring relief to corporate America's largest pension plans.

Murphy, Ryan

Ryan Murphy Heads to Netflix in Deal Said to Be Worth Up to $300 Million

A five-year agreement with the producer behind “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” whose Fox contract expires this summer, leaves Disney and Amazon in the lurch.


Nishikori wins comeback match in New York

(Reuters) - Kei Nishikori returned to an ATP Tour level event for the first time since last August and cruised into the second round of the inaugural New York Open with a 7-5 6-3 win over American wild card Noah Rubin on Tuesday.

Federal Budget (US)

A ‘Harvest Box’ for Low-Income Americans? Not Anytime Soon, Officials Say

The proposal unveiled in President Trump’s budget would overhaul the country’s core food assistance program — commonly known as SNAP. The reaction was immediate, and largely negative.


UPDATE 2-Mexico's America Movil reports steepest loss in 16 years

MEXICO CITY, Feb 13 (Reuters) - America Movil, the crown jewel of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's empire, reported its largest loss in 16 years in the fourth quarter, hampered by the peso's depreciation against the dollar and euro.


Lima Group countries criticize Venezuela election date

LIMA (Reuters) - The "Lima Group" of Latin American nations plus Canada on Tuesday criticized the Venezuelan government's decision to hold a presidential election on April 22 without reaching an agreement with an opposition coalition.

Slavery (Historical)

Op-Ed Contributor: How the Right Co-Opts Frederick Douglass

It cherry-picks his words to advance its narrow visions of libertarianism.


Badgley Mischka, Coach take designs to digital world

(Reuters) - American fashion house Badgley Mischka and handbag maker Coach took a technology-focused approach as they presented their latest collections on the penultimate day of New York Fashion Week: The Shows.


Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking

The search for the missing grain led to Trinidad and Thomas Jefferson, and now excitement among African-American chefs.

Olympic Games

Op-Ed Columnist: The Ivanka Trump of North Korea? Oh, Please

Don’t blur the difference between a rogue state and America.


Tennis: ATP investigate 'racial prejudice' allegations after Harrison-Young clash

(Reuters) - The ATP are investigating "allegations of racial prejudice" after Ryan Harrison's stormy first-round clash against fellow American Donald Young at the New York Open on Monday.