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Trump blasts Oprah over 60 Minutes episode

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blasted media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Twitter on Sunday night over a segment on CBS's 60 Minutes program and again said he hoped she would face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race.


Alpine skiing: Venier sets women's downhill pace with Goggia, Vonn on her tail

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Stephanie Venier set the fastest time in second training for the women's downhill at the Winter Olympics on Monday but race favorites Sofia Goggia and Lindsey Vonn were close behind.

Automobile Racing

At Daytona, Austin Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. Break Through Behind Familiar Numbers

Driving the well-known No. 3 and No. 43 cars, Dillon and Wallace finished in the top two spots in a race that was packed with tantalizing story lines.


Jittery U.S. bond market braces for supply wave

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bond investors, who have been on edge over signs of growing inflation and a possibly more aggressive Federal Reserve, will have their work cut out for them as the U.S. government seeks to sell $258 billion worth of debt this coming week.

Analysis: Trump's Russia delusion bubbles over

President Donald Trump has long been obsessed with the idea that the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election is really nothing more than a political scheme to rob him of the credit he so rightly deserves for winning that race. Over the last 24 hours, however, that obsession has been tuned up a notch, with Trump unleashing a series of bitter tweets attacking even his own top advisers and agencies for their alleged complicity in this narrative.

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.


Biathlon: Fourcade wins biathlon to make French record

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Martin Fourcade became France's most successful Olympian of all time on Sunday with a brilliant display of shooting and skiing to win the men's 15km mass start biathlon race in a photo finish at the Alpensia resort for his fourth Olympic gold.


Olympic Curlers Are Buff Now, and Have the Calendars to Prove It

A (sculpted) arms race has erupted as athletes in the ice sport with the brooms seek any competitive advantage. Oh, and there is a Men of Curling calendar now.


Leftist and young buck lead as Mexico parties make presidential picks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's political parties will formally choose presidential candidates on Sunday, setting the stage for a race between a leftist holding a strong lead, a young leader of a right-left coalition catching up, and a trailing ruling party candidate.


Evangelical still ahead as lead shrinks in Costa Rica election: poll

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Evangelical Christian Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz maintained his lead in Costa Rica's second-round presidential race even as his center-left rival narrowed the gap, according to a poll published on Friday.

Group chat messages show school shooter was obsessed with race and violence

In a private Instagram group chat, confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz repeatedly espoused racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views and displayed an obsession with violence and guns.


Pyeongchang winds return to delay women's super-G

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The high winds which wreaked havoc on the Alpine skiing schedule at Pyeongchang Olympics earlier this week returned on Saturday to delay the women's super-G race.


Cross-country skiing: Smiling Tongan mulls watersport challenge

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Tonga's bare-chested flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua crossed the finish line in 114th place, almost 23 minutes after the winner in the Olympic men's 15km freestyle race on Friday, but he still claimed a moral victory.

Books and Literature

Fiction: Two Novels Trace Parallels Between Past and Present, or Create Them

“The Maze at Windermere,” by Gregory Blake Smith, imagines Newport, R.I., from the 17th century to today. “Peculiar Ground,” by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, does the same for a British estate.

Olympic Games (2018)

Olympics Slalom Live Results: Mikaela Shiffrin Says She Was Ill Before Race

Shiffrin is a big favorite to win the slalom, her best event, at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Stay here for live updates and analysis.


Limb amputation rates for blocked arteries vary by race and setting

(Reuters Health) - Patients with severe blockages in leg arteries can sometimes be treated with surgery to reroute blood flow; otherwise they require amputation - which black patients are more likely than whites to get, according to a study of New York State data.


Boeing stays in race to supply Canada with fighter jets: sources

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Boeing Co , locked in a trade dispute with the Canadian government, has applied to stay in the race to supply Canada with 88 new fighter jets, three well-placed sources said on Thursday.

Race and Ethnicity

Op-Ed Contributor: Jacob Zuma and the Legacy of Race in South Africa

He governed as a man distorted by the violence and oppression of white supremacy.


How Elegant, How Lethal

An odd little museum exhibition in London traces the curious, double-edged life of scissors.


A Challenge Race Shakes Up the Running Routine

Races designed to almost guarantee you won’t set a new personal record are becoming increasingly popular among runners who crave something new.

Figure Skating

How Nathan Chen Became an Artist

He’s the United States’ best shot at an Olympic gold medal in figure skating. His embrace of a Chinese defector’s story may help him get there.


Biathlon: 'Sick' wait the hardest part for golden Oeberg

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sweden's Hanna Oeberg may have crossed the finish line in the fastest time, but the 22-year-old faced a long and agonizing wait to see if her efforts in the women's 15km individual biathlon race would be rewarded with an Olympic gold medal.


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.


RPT-Indian state warns local firms over spread of unauthorised Monsanto GM cotton

NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A top Indian cotton-growing state has told two local companies that seeds they sold to farmers may have contained traces of an unapproved GM strain from Monsanto, according to government notices seen by Reuters that warn of action against the firms.

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.


Indian state warns local firms over spread of unauthorised Monsanto GM cotton

NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (Reuters) - A top Indian cotton-growing state has told two local companies that seeds they sold to farmers may have contained traces of an unapproved GM strain from Monsanto, according to government notices seen by Reuters that warn of action against the firms.

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.

Davis, Angela Y

A New Home for Angela Davis’s Papers (and Her ‘Wanted’ Poster)

The papers of Angela Davis, just acquired by Harvard, trace her evolution from obscure philosophy professor to global icon to prophetic voice on mass incarceration.


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.


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.


From Russia with love: OAR skier weds athlete not invited to Games

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian freestyle skier Semen Denshchikov on Wednesday married a skeleton racer who was not invited to compete in Pyeongchang in a Valentine's Day ceremony meant...

Jones, Leslie (1967- )

Leslie Jones’s Twitter Makes Her the De Facto Olympics Fashion Critic (Again)

In 2016, the “Saturday Night Live” comedian went viral (and then went to Rio) for being an Olympics superfan. Now, in 2018, she’s off to the races again.

A dog in Kansas tried to run for governor -- yes, really

All Angus Woolley wanted was to be the top dog in the Kansas governor's race.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Op-Ed Contributors: Treat Teenage Moms Like Moms, Not Children

In 11 states, adolescent mothers still need their own parents’ consent to receive contraceptives.

FBI chief contradicts White House on Rob Porter timeline

FBI Director Chris Wray upended the White House's stated timeline of information about disgraced aide Rob Porter on Tuesday, as he outlined when the agency briefed officials on the matter.

Porter's ex-wives: White House has not reached out

The two ex-wives of disgraced former aide Rob Porter tell CNN on Tuesday that they have not heard from anyone at the White House since they went public with stories of abuse, even as the administration insists that President Donald Trump "supports victims of domestic violence."


Senate Republican leader embraces Trump immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday turned up the heat on Democrats seeking protections for young "Dreamer" immigrants as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell embraced President Donald Trump's demands for broad changes to the country's immigration policies.


French nun speaks of Lourdes 'miracle' that ended crippling disability

BEAUVAIS, France (Reuters) - A nun whose recovery from decades of debilitating back pain was declared a "miracle" by the Catholic Church spoke on Tuesday of the day she stood up, removed a brace from...


Russian & American skeleton racers refuse to break the ice

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian and American skeleton racers are refusing to speak to each other at the Pyeongchang winter Games in a spat that centers on allegations of widespread Russian doping.


Short track: Italian Fontana wins 500m, Korean Choi disqualified

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Italy's Arianna Fontana won the Olympic women's 500 metres race on Tuesday after a photo finish with home favorite Choi Minjeong who was later disqualified.

Children and Childhood

Who’s Allowed to Wear a Black Panther Mask?

As children express fandom for Marvel’s latest superhero, parents face new questions about race, cultural appropriation and permission.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

2 Baltimore Police Detectives Are Convicted of Racketeering

Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor worked for the city’s elite Gun Trace Task Force, whose members stole cash and resold looted narcotics. Other officers had pleaded guilty.


Former senior Chinese politician Sun Zhengcai charged with bribery: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese prosecutors have charged disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai with bribery, state media said on Tuesday.


Motor racing: Patrick says Indy 500 deal is set-report

(Reuters) - Danica Patrick said her plans to run the Indianapolis 500 in what is scheduled to be the final race of her career are set, according to a report on IndyCar's website on Monday.

Obama: Thanks for capturing wife's hotness

President Obama jokingly thanked artist Amy Sherald for capturing his wife's "beauty, grace, intelligence, charm and hotness" in her official portrait unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.


Horse racing: Teams and jockeys to compete in new F1-style series

(Reuters) - British horse racing is hoping to be on to a winner after unveiling a new Formula One-style championship for teams and jockeys with prize money of more than 100,000 pounds ($138,200) per race.

Midterm Elections (2018)

Big Republican Advantages Are Eroding in the Race for House Control

Retirements and reversals in gerrymandering give Democrats a clearer path to a majority.


Figure skating: At 15, Zagitova dazzles in Olympic debut

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Floating gracefully on the ice to secure silver in the team event for the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) in Pyeongchang on Monday, 15-year-old Alina Zagitova showed she is the one to beat.


For Ghana's sole racer, it's not about taking part

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Taking part in the Pyeongchang Games is not the end goal for Ghana's first skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong -- he wants to set the foundations for more Winter Olympians from Africa.


Tonga braces as powerful Cyclone Gita bears down

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Pacific nation of Tonga braced for destructive winds and potential flash flooding from Tropical Cyclone Gita on Monday after the powerful storm pummeled Samoa over the weekend.


Women's giant slalom switched to Thursday

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A second attempt to get the Alpine skiing underway at the Pyeongchang Olympics failed on Monday when the women's giant slalom was postponed because of high winds, adding to the scheduling woes of race organizers.


Tonga braces for Cyclone Gita after storm batters Samoa

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Tonga was bracing for Tropical Cyclone Gita to hit on Monday after the powerful storm sparked evacuations and cut off water supplies in Samoa over the weekend.


Wall St Week Ahead-Investors brace for more swings as U.S. inflation specter rises

NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - The inflation bogeyman has reared its ugly head and sent U.S. stock investors racing for the hills in recent days.

Olympic Games (2018)

It’s Crazy Mikaela Shiffrin Will Aim for 3 Skiing Golds. It’s Crazier She May Get Them.

Already the world’s best in the slalom events, the 22-year-old has set her sights on all the Alpine races.

Larry Nassar transferred to federal prison

Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor who admitted to sexually abusing underage girls, has been transferred from a Michigan facility to a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, to start a 60-year sentence for child pornography crimes, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Saturday.


Disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor sent to Arizona federal prison

(Reuters) - Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to a high security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, after being convicted of molesting scores of young women who went to him for treatment, authorities said on Saturday.

Opinion: Time to revisit Black History Month?

It is a strange thing to celebrate Black History at this jagged, racially divided, moment in US history. Some of the passages from the 1968 Kerner Commission Report on race and racial violence in cities, for example, sound like they could have been written in our own moment.


Norwegian racers out to erase downhill anomaly

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - A trio of Norwegian raiders -- "a joker and two pretty good cards" in the words of one of them -- have a chance to erase one of Alpine skiing's greatest anomalies in the men's downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday.


Investors brace for more swings as U.S. inflation specter rises

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The inflation bogeyman has reared its ugly head and sent U.S. stock investors racing for the hills in recent days.


Wall Street rebounds but posts worst week in two years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a wild week with a burst of buying, pushing the S&P 500 up 1.5 percent on Friday, but still recorded their worst week in two years, and investors braced for more volatile trading days ahead.


US STOCKS-Wall Street rebounds but posts worst week in two years

NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a wild week with a burst of buying, pushing the S&P 500 up 1.5 percent on Friday, but still recorded their worst week in two years, and investors braced for more volatile trading days ahead.


Trump wishes disgraced aide well after domestic abuse allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday praised White House aide Rob Porter, who resigned this week after allegations that he abused two former wives, and stressed that Porter has maintained his innocence.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Praises Top Adviser Accused of Abusing Ex-Wives

“We wish him well,” the president said, as a nearly all-male top White House staff appears to have looked the other way about allegations against the disgraced adviser, Rob Porter.


India's Modi heads to Palestinian territories to balance warming ties with Israel

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - After a public embrace of Israel as a strategic partner, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is heading to the Palestinian territories and the Gulf on Friday to bolster long-standing political and economic ties.

Women and Girls

Op-Ed Contributor: North Korea’s Lipstick Diplomacy

The North’s Olympic cheerleaders continue a practice of using pretty young women to represent Pyongyang. Why does South Korea embrace them?


Before the Gun at a Biathlon Race

When the pressure starts to build, Lowell Bailey wonders: “Can I do this?” Then he looks at the snow ahead and imagines himself as a bow with an arrow drawn, ready to accelerate.


Athletics: World champion Gatlin to test out 150-metres in South Africa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - World 100-metre champion Justin Gatlin will race over a new distance next month at the inaugural Athletics South Africa (ASA) Athletix Grand Prix series meet in Pretoria.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Is ‘The Shape of Water’ the Movie to Beat?

Thursday: A look at the Oscars race, the L.A. Times sale is official, and Elon Musk freaks out Californians once again.


U.S., Israeli drone makers keep wary eye on rising Chinese

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Cheaper Chinese military drones are chipping away at U.S. and Israeli domination of the industry, fuelling a new race as companies predict a rise in demand especially in regions such as Asia.


Waiting to Treat the Cancer

It would be a race between the leukemia returning and the insurance company approving the procedure that could keep it at bay permanently.


Men's downhill under threat from high winds

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Race officials are considering alternative plans in case forecast high winds force the postponement of Sunday's men's downhill but the option of moving the race forward by a day has already been rebuffed by Olympic officials.


Shiffrin fitness will set her apart, says Miller

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Mikaela Shiffrin's results may have dipped slightly since he recently described her as the "best ski racer I've ever seen", but former Olympic champion Bode Miller believes the American will be back to her best when the Games kick off on Friday.

Strong fundraising shifts several House races in Dems' favor

An energized Democratic base is translating into a clear fundraising advantage for the party's House candidates in this year's midterm elections.


Blister buster: Runners contest global, multi-marathon endurance race

(Reuters) - From the freezing tundra of Antarctica to the sweltering shores of Miami beach, contestants reached the finish line of a grueling international marathon event this week which saw them complete seven marathons on seven continents within seven days.

Dems win Missouri state House race in district where Trump won big

Democrats on Tuesday picked up a state House seat in a Missouri legislative district that President Donald Trump won easily in 2016.


Race stories: An Elegy to India’s Vanishing Cinemas

Nandita Raman spent three years photographing the decline of India’s single-screen movie houses for her series “Cinema Play House.”


Wall Street roars back, traders eye volatility ahead

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shaken out of many months of calm, Wall Street braced for a higher level of volatility in the days ahead, after a roughly 2 percent rebound in U.S. stocks on Tuesday followed the biggest one-day selloff in more than six years.

'Black Panther' pounces onto Marvel's top tier

Black superheroes have reached the screen before, but seeing the collective weight of Marvel/Disney thrown behind a blockbuster like "Black Panther" still feels like a cultural watershed, one that the movie exuberantly embraces. Boasting perhaps the strongest supporting characters yet among Marvel titles, director Ryan Coogler's visually dynamic film should transform a lesser-known comic-book hero into a household name.


Wall Street braces as world sell-off runs to $4 trillion

LONDON (Reuters) - World stock markets nosedived for a fourth day running on Tuesday, having seen nerves about higher interest rates and overcooked valuations wipe $4 trillion off what just eight days ago had been record highs.

Trump seizes on NFL player's 'disgraceful' death to push immigration policy

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that it was "disgraceful" that an NFL player was killed by a man whom police believe is an undocumented immigrant in a suspected drunk driving accident over the weekend.

Dating and Relationships

How to Stop Rushing Into Love

Exercising restraint and applying a sensible structure to the relationships aids in the full embrace of a romantic partner.


Alpine skiing: Ligety pleased to see North Koreans compete in Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - American ski racer Ted Ligety is all in favor of North Korean athletes competing at this month's Winter Games in Pyeongchang and says one of the key goals of the Olympics is to help countries overcome their differences through sport.


At car secrets trial, Uber decries 'conspiracy theory', Waymo says Uber cheats

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] was either a cheating competitor willing to break the law to win the race to develop self-driving cars, or the victim of an unproven conspiracy theory stitched together by its main rival, Waymo, jurors heard in opening statements of a trade secrets trial on Monday.

Holocaust denier likely to represent GOP on Illinois congressional ballot

A long-shot candidate with a history of anti-Semitic statements and Holocaust denial is primed to represent the Republican Party in a congressional race in Illinois.


U.S. services sector activity jumps to 12-1/2-year high

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. services sector activity raced to a near 12-1/2-year high in January, buoyed by robust growth in new orders, the latest sign of strong momentum in the economy at the start of the year.


Waymo lawyer tells U.S. jury Uber 'cheating' on autonomous car secrets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber was so driven to "win at all costs" in the race to develop self-driving vehicles that it cheated, a Waymo lawyer told a jury on Monday, the opening salvo in a trade-secrets lawsuit between the two technology companies that could help determine who emerges in the forefront of the autonomous car business.


Motor racing: Formula One to use "Grid Kids" in place of female models

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One announced a new "Grid Kids" scheme on Monday to replace the female models who stood next to drivers' cars before the start of every grand prix with aspiring young racers.

Lindsey Vonn ready for 'full charge' at Winter Olympics

Lindsey Vonn says she's going to South Korea in "full charge" mode after scoring back-to-back wins in the final World Cup downhill races ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Wall Street braces for another bad day


Disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor faces additional prison term

(Reuters) - Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, already convicted of molesting young women athletes and sentenced to 175 years in prison, is due to receive a further sentence on Monday for his plea of guilty to related charges.


Indonesian capital braces for floods as sluice gates opened

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Torrential rain has caused floods and landslides in satellite cities around the Indonesian capital, with authorities warning that floods could hit Jakarta later on Monday after being forced to open sluice gates on a major upstream reservoir.

Nuclear Weapons

To Counter Russia, U.S. Signals Nuclear Arms Are Back in a Big Way

A new nuclear policy issued by the Trump administration, which vows to counter a rush by the Russians to modernize their forces, is touching off a new kind of nuclear arms race.


Costa Rica votes for new president amid gay rights debate

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Ricans voted for a new president on Sunday in a race upended by debate over same-sex marriage, with leading candidates in the crowded field fiercely opposing gay rights and challenging the country's traditionally centrist politics.


Deadline looming for Boeing to decide on Canada fighter jet bid

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Boeing Co must decide by the end of this week whether to take part in a multi-billion-dollar race to supply Canada with fighter jets, even as the U.S. company's relationship with Ottawa has soured due to a trade dispute.


RPT-Deadline looming for Boeing to decide on Canada fighter jet bid

OTTAWA, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Boeing Co must decide by the end of this week whether to take part in a multi-billion-dollar race to supply Canada with fighter jets, even as the U.S. company's relationship with Ottawa has soured due to a trade dispute.


Costa Rica votes for a new president amid row over gay rights

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Ricans vote for a new president on Sunday in a race upended in the final weeks by a debate over same-sex marriage, as leading candidates in the crowded field fiercely opposed gay rights that have recently been expanding in Latin America.


Alpine skiing-American Wiles ruled out of Pyeongchang after crash

(Reuters) - American ski racer Jacqueline Wiles has been ruled out of this month's Winter Olympics after sustaining serious leg injuries in a crash during a World Cup downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on Saturday.

Harvey Weinstein assaulted me, Uma Thurman says

Uma Thurman is ready to share her story about Harvey Weinstein -- the disgraced movie mogul who stands accused of sexual misconduct by more than 60 women.

Listed as missing, California woman found on 'The Bachelor'

If you watch "The Bachelor," you know Rebekah Martinez. She's the free spirit with the pixie cut who established great chemistry with the former race car driver looking for true love.

Trump calls investigations into possible ties between his campaign and Russia 'an American disgrace'

President Donald Trump says a GOP memo declassified on Friday "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe.