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BRIEF-General Mills Declares Quarterly Dividend At Prevailing Rate Of $0.49 Per Share



Trump not moving to fire Mueller but is frustrated: White House

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is not moving to fire U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller but is frustrated by the length of the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the White House said on Monday.

Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

A woman in Tempe, Ariz., died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in the first known fatality of a pedestrian from an autonomous vehicle on public roads.


ECB, BOJ seen holding rates as Fed plows ahead: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The European Central Bank and Bank of Japan are about three years behind the Federal Reserve in policy normalization as inflation in Europe and Japan will likely stay below their...


BRIEF-AIG Files For Potential Fixed-To-Floating Rate Series A-9 Junior Subordinated Debentures Due 2048



SoftBank could relist British chip designer ARM: FT

(Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp could relist ARM Holdings, the British chip designer it bought two years ago, according to a senior executive at the Japanese conglomerate, the Financial Times reported on Monday.


Ikea rival Home24 trims losses as it eyes listing​

BERLIN (Reuters) - German online retailer Home24, which wants to challenge IKEA's dominance of the European furniture market, accelerated sales and trimmed its losses in the fourth-quarter after sources said it is considering a stock market listing.


UPDATE 2-Shares in Britain's Micro Focus plunge as revenues deteriorate, CEO quits

* Annual revenues could fall 6-9 percent Chief operating officer to replacing departing CEO


European shares open lower, Micro Focus plummets

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Monday as caution gripped investors ahead of an expected Fed rate hike, while earnings and M&A took centre stage with software company Micro Focus' sinking and a bid for Hammerson boosting commercial real estate stocks.


Shares mixed, yen firm as anxious markets await Fed

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets traded mixed on Monday as caution gripped investors in a week in which the Federal Reserve is likely to hike U.S. interest rates and perhaps signal that as many as three more lie in store for the rest of the year.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares mixed, yen firm as anxious markets await Fed

SYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - Asian share markets traded mixed on Monday as caution gripped investors in a week in which the Federal Reserve is likely to hike U.S. interest rates and perhaps signal that as many as three more lie in store for the rest of the year.


Powell's Fed to show policy caution, shun political friction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jerome Powell heads for his first interest rate increase as Federal Reserve Chairman this week with an unanswered question looming above others: could his optimism about the U.S. economy lead to more hikes than markets have prepared for?


A World Series Embrace Was Only One Stop on a Shared Journey

Brian McCann and Charlie Morton’s careers came full circle at the end of Game 7 of the World Series, as they celebrated the Astros’ first championship.


Shares in the red as nervous markets await Fed

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets slipped into the red on Monday as caution gripped investors in a week in which the Federal Reserve is likely to hike U.S. interest rates and perhaps signal that as many as three more lie in store for the rest of the year.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares in the red as nervous markets await Fed

SYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - Asian share markets slipped into the red on Monday as caution gripped investors in a week in which the Federal Reserve is likely to hike U.S. interest rates and perhaps signal that as many as three more lie in store for the rest of the year.


Triumphant Osaka draws Serena Williams in first round at Miami

(Reuters) - Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka will have little time to celebrate in her first career victory with the Japanese drawing eight-time champion Serena Williams in the first round of next week's Miami Open.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia gets the jitters as Fed meeting looms

SYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - Asian share markets got off to a hesitant start on Monday for a week in which the Federal Reserve is likely to deliver a hike in U.S. interest rates and perhaps signal that as many as three more lie in store for the rest of the year.


RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Wall Street's tech love affair might end in tears

SAN FRANCISCO, March 16 (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.


BRIEF-China Greatwall Technology In Strategic Agreement With Baidu On AI, Smart Tech

March 18 (Reuters) - China Greatwall Technology Group Co Ltd :


Gaza security shuts mobile company's main office in PM bomb probe

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas-run security services in Gaza have shut down a cellular company's headquarters over its alleged failure to cooperate in their investigation of a suspected attempt to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister, security officials said on Sunday.

Trump spending spree may lead to higher interest rates

Pelosi, Nancy

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Lead. More Democratic Candidates Want Her Out.

Conor Lamb’s victory in Pennsylvania, with his vow to oppose Ms. Pelosi, has emboldened other moderate and liberal Democrats to distance themselves from her.

US blames Russia for power grid cyberattacks

Homeland Security officials say that Russia tried to penetrate the US energy power grid, and left tracks to show its hackers had the ability to shut down the grid, but didn't. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, Fired F.B.I. Deputy, Is Said to Have Kept Memos on Trump

The memos could corroborate the testimony of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director who said President Trump had pressured him to shut down an investigation.

Colleges and Universities

Bridge Collapse Saps Spirits and Research Efforts at Florida International University

The pedestrian bridge collapse has dealt a blow to the school and to a center there devoted to accelerated bridge construction.

Presidential Election of 2016

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign.

St. Patrick's Day by the numbers

When you suit up in green and head to the St. Patrick's Day parade or your favorite Irish bar to celebrate, dropping these facts and figures about the holiday's origins will impress your fellow revelers!

Refugees and Displaced Persons

At Least 16 Migrants Drown Off Greek Island, Including 5 Children

It was the first such mass casualty in several months on a route once taken by thousands of desperate people each day.

Alcoholic Beverages

This Study May Find That Moderate Drinking Is Healthy. The Alcohol Industry Was Asked to Pay for It.

Scientists and government officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet.

Trump celebrates McCabe firing on Twitter

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 had risen to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.


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.

#MeToo Movement

Table for Three: Catharine MacKinnon and Gretchen Carlson Have a Few Things to Say

The two discuss sexual harassment in the workplace, how to change corporate culture in meaningful and sustained ways, and whether Miss America can be relevant in the #MeToo era.


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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.

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.


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.


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.


White House seeks to allay staff concerns about personnel changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly assured aides to President Donald Trump on Friday that no immediate personnel changes were in the works, as he sought to tamp down a wave of uncertainty generated by persistent indications Trump wants more turnover.


Caterpillar's latest restructuring move could cut 880 jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc will close two facilities in Texas and Panama and is also considering shutting its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois as part of a strategy to boost profitability and better handle business cycles, but the move could cut 880 jobs.

Panelists erupt over Trump-Stormy Daniels saga

Trump Advisory Board member Paris Dennard and Republican strategist Rick Wilson clash while discussing Stormy Daniels and President Trump.

United States International Relations

Remember Rex Tillerson? The Secretary of State’s Changing Role

Rex W. Tillerson had a difficult relationship with President Trump almost from the start. The challenges he faced help illustrate how the cabinet role has transformed.


BRIEF-Suzano says will launch Level 3 ADRs On NYSE, will maintain one class of stock


Piper, Billie

Billie Piper Hasn’t Looked Back Since She Left the Tardis

The English actor has played a television time-traveler, a call girl and a woman desperate to conceive a child. Next stop? New York and new projects.


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South Korea aims for high-level talks about talks with North

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will seek high-level talks with North Korea this month as preparations for a summit began on Friday, the presidential chief of staff said, while officials in the South expressed interest in a separate summit with the United States.


Islam doesn't belong to Germany, new interior minister says

BERLIN (Reuters) - New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam did not belong to Germany, in an interview published on Friday, setting him on a collision course with Chancellor Angela Merkel who has stressed the need to integrate Muslims.


CK Hutchison posts higher-than-expected annual profit

HONG KONG, March 16 (Reuters) - CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd on Friday reported a 6 percent rise in annual profit, and said billionaire Li Ka-shing would step down as chairman of the ports-to-telecoms conglomerate after the annual general meeting.


Where is the fear? Markets wave off global risks

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Simmering fears of a global trade war. An embarrassing political scandal in Japan. Rapid job-turnover inside the White House and the threat of faster interest rate hikes in the United States.

Dana Bash: McMaster's briefing style grated on Trump

CNN's Dana Bash discusses President Donald Trump's decision to remove his national security adviser H.R. McMaster, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.


Oil prices extend gains, but higher output caps rise

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices crept higher on Friday after the International Energy Agency said global crude demand would accelerate this year, but warned supply is growing at a faster pace.

Progressives rallied hard to kill the bank bill. It didn't work.

Even as Democrats celebrate their narrow victory in southwest Pennsylvania, party solidarity is in doubt -- and progressive groups, Capitol Hill darlings for so much of the past year, are getting a preview of the challenges to come.


Meredith moves to sell Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated titles: sources

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Meredith Corp has hired advisers to explore a sale of its Time, Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated magazines following its $1.84 billion acquisition of Time Inc in January, people familiar with the matter said.

How real news can combat disinformation on Facebook

In 2016, more than a quarter of Americans read online stories that were "fake news" -- or deliberately false information or propaganda disguised as actual news reporting, researchers found.

Maryland's state song calls Northerners 'scum.' That may change soon

For almost eight decades, the official state song of Maryland has been a Confederate ballad whose lyrics call Unionists "Northern scum" and President Abraham Lincoln a "despot" and a "tyrant."


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Bee, Samantha

Best of Late Night: Samantha Bee Celebrates Conor Lamb’s Win in Pennsylvania

“You know, I’m really enjoying this radical new Democratic strategy called ‘trying,’” Bee said.


Global brands brace for impact ahead of China's dreaded consumer day show

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, March 15 (Reuters) - Chinese and foreign firms are steeling themselves ahead of the country's annual consumer day TV show, which uncovers corporate bad behaviour and has a history of rattling major global brands in the world's No. 2 economy.


Unilever picks Rotterdam HQ over London in blow to UK before Brexit​

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's third biggest company Unilever will scrap its London corporate headquarters and make Rotterdam its sole legal home in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's government almost one year to the day before Brexit.

Unilever NV

Unilever to Make Netherlands Its Sole Headquarters, in Blow to Britain

The consumer products giant has had headquarters in both London and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, but is moving to simplify its corporate structure.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Welcome to the Era of Presidents for Life

Xi Jinping’s abolition of term limits will reverberate far beyond China’s borders.


RPT-COLUMN-2018 euro corporate profit sequel unlikely to match 2017 blockbuster: McGeever

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) - As the curtain comes down on the Q4 earnings season, it's clear that Europe put on a show not seen for years. Investors hoping for a repeat performance this year, however, are likely to be disappointed.

United had the highest rate of airline pet deaths in 2017. And in 2016. And in 2015

For pets, the skies of United Airlines lately have not been so friendly.


Birth defect rate pegged at 7 percent for babies born to Zika-infected women

(Reuters Health) - A pregnant woman who becomes ill from the Zika virus faces a 7 percent chance that her child will be born with birth defects, and that risk jumps to nearly 13 percent if she becomes ill during the first trimester, a new study conducted in French territories in the Americas has concluded.

Pennsylvania shows the party appears to have a new playbook for success in 'very red areas'

Democrats in Washington believe they have found a winning strategy in Trump country: don't nationalize the race.

Democrats want no part of Clinton's diss on Trump voters

Hillary Clinton's frustrated critique of her rejection by a portion of the American electorate has drawn criticism from fellow Democrats who need to win those parts of the country to keep their jobs in November.


Exclusive: Vivendi ready to support other investor-backed strategy at Telecom Italia to boost share price

MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia's main shareholder Vivendi believes in the phone company's new strategic plan but is ready to consider any move supported by shareholders to boost its share price, a Vivendi spokesman told Reuters on Monday.


BRIEF-AGS Reports Q4 Loss Per Share of $0.37



Your Money: New U.S. gift tax strategies could alter giving

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Get a big check from a wealthy great aunt every year for your birthday? Parents buying you a car? Grandparents paying for private school tuition?


Wall Street opens higher as tech stocks recover

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday as technology stocks recovered from losses and economic data further eased fears of faster interest rate hikes in 2018.


US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall Street opens higher as tech stocks recover

March 14 (Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday as technology stocks recovered from losses and economic data further eased fears of faster interest rate hikes in 2018.


CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall Street set to recover after bumpy session

March 14 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to open higher on Wednesday, gaining momentum from economic data that further eased fears of faster interest rate hikes in 2018. Also helping the sentiment was a faster-than-expected growth in China's factory activity in the first two months of the year, which boosted commodity prices and oil prices.


BlackRock overweight local currency EM debt, sees buffer in spreads

LONDON (Reuters) - BlackRock is overweight local currency emerging market debt, seeing a potential for positive returns and a buffer in spreads as U.S. interest rates rise, Sergio Trigo Paz, the...

Man Booker Prize

Feature: The Evolution of One of Fiction’s Gay Liberators

Alan Hollinghurst, one of England’s most celebrated novelists, has changed with the times and found new ways to surprise.


Corporate America's undertakers prepare for feast after lean years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the era of cheap money gradually draws to a close and rising inflation and interest rates cast a shadow over Wall Street's nine-year bull market, one corner of the financial industry is cheering.


Pennsylvania House Race, in a District Trump Won by 20 Points, Is Too Close to Call

A special House election in western Pennsylvania ended the night too close to call, with Conor Lamb, a Democrat, and Rick Saccone, a Republican, separated by a few hundred votes.


New Trump tariff threat overshadows strong China factory, investment data

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's industrial output grew much faster than expected at the start of the year, suggesting the economy may be picking up momentum even as U.S. President Donald Trump readies hefty tariffs against one its most strategic growth drivers -- technology.


ExxonMobil expects to resume paying Australian corporate tax in 2021

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - ExxonMobil Corp said on Wednesday it is likely to resume paying corporate tax in Australia only in 2021, after recouping billions of dollars in investments made in the country in the past decade.


Goldman's Solomon sets out to prove bank's revenue engine can roar again

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before Goldman Sachs Group Inc operating chief David Solomon takes the next step in his career, the 56-year-old banker will have to prove that a strategy he has championed to increase annual revenue by $5 billion can actually work.

United States Politics and Government

In California, Trump Attacks Jerry Brown and ‘Sanctuary Policies’

In his first visit as president to California, President Trump attacked the Democratic governor and called on Congress to punish jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.


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Asian shares slip on U.S. protectionism fears

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares eased on Wednesday amid fears of rising U.S. protectionism as President Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State, regarded as a moderate in his administration, and eyes hefty tariffs on Chinese imports.


JPMorgan invests in fixed-income data startup

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co has made a strategic investment in Mosaic Smart Data, a company that has developed technology to help banks make their fixed-income sales and trading businesses more profitable.


Bank of China authorized to operate in Chile -regulator

SANTIAGO, March 13 (Reuters) - Chilean banking regulator SBIF on Tuesday said it had authorized Bank of China Limited, one of China's largest banks, to operate in the country, a further sign of deepening economic ties between China and Latin America.

Interior Design and Furnishings

The ‘Weird Al Yankovic of Drag’ Gets an Extreme Home Makeover

Jackie Beat’s five-bedroom suburban showplace was decorated with inspiration from “Planet of the Apes,” “Carrie” and other pop-culture touchstones.


UPDATE 1-Starbucks signs licensing agreement with Brazil investment firm

SAO PAULO, March 13 (Reuters) - Sao Paulo investment firm SouthRock Capital has signed an agreement with Starbucks Corp that gives it the right to develop and operate branches of the Seattle-based chain in Brazil, the companies said late on Monday.


Tijuana residents laugh at border wall prototypes, call Trump 'loco'

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump's planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop desperate immigrants.


Trump fires Tillerson, a moderate; replaces him with hawkish spy chief Pompeo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo.


U.S. health spending twice other countries' with worse results

(Reuters Health) - The U.S. spends about twice what other high-income nations do on health care but has the lowest life expectancy and the highest infant mortality rates, a new study suggests.

EPA's proposed repeal will make Americans sicker

Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of a process to repeal the Clean Power Plan, adopted in 2015 as the first national strategy to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Taking steps to reduce carbon pollution, as outlined in the Clean Power Plan, not only limits this major driver of climate change, but reduces other toxic air pollution from power plants at the same time.


Fed's FX swap line may not cap dollar LIBOR/OIS spread: Citi

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve's currency swap line with overseas central banks may not stem a further widening of the spread on dollar three-month London interbank offered rate and...


Big banks shake up Washington lobbying shops

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two of Wall Street's largest Washington-based trade groups said on Tuesday that they were merging, as big banks rethink their lobbying strategies under the business-friendly administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.


Celebrated dino-bird Archaeopteryx could fly, but not very well

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It may not have been a champion aviator, but the famous dino-bird Archaeopteryx was fully capable of flying despite key skeletal differences from its modern cousins, though not exactly gracefully, according to a new study. Think Wright Brothers, not F-22 fighter jet.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Trump May Make America Miss Rex Tillerson

Tillerson eviscerated the State Department, but his replacement, Mike Pompeo, will encourage the president’s hot-headed hawkishness.

I want my child to walk out even if she's punished

When my daughter, a high school senior, came home and told me she wanted to help spearhead the National School Walkout at her school, all I felt was pride. I'm not ashamed to admit that it was unadulterated, pure bragging-rights, puffed-up, patting-myself-on-the-back, social-media-post-worthy-pride.


Dana CEO meeting top GKN investors in attempt to fight off Melrose

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - The chief executive of U.S. firm Dana Incorporated is in London meeting top GKN shareholders in a drive to persuade the British engineer's investors to back a deal with Dana and reject a hostile bid by Melrose Industries.


Wall Street opens higher

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Tuesday as a decline in expectations for the pace of interest rate rises outweighed news of Rex Tillerson's ouster as U.S. Secretary of State.


IMF's Lagarde says cooperation needed to keep crypto-assets safe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governments and central banks need to collaborate on developing regulations for crypto-assets to prevent them from becoming a new vehicle for money laundering and terrorist financing, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday.


U.S. consumer prices slow as gasoline falls, rents moderate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer price growth slowed in February amid a decline in gasoline prices and a moderation in the cost of rental accommodation, the latest indication that an anticipated pickup in inflation probably will be only gradual.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Meet L.A.’s New Design Czar

Tuesday: The authorities brace for protest, an intense snowfall hits Sierra Nevada, and a new statue commemorates agricultural guest workers.