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Andrew McCabe's firing in the dark of night started a chain of events raising the stakes in the Mueller probe

Watergate had the Saturday Night Massacre. Now, this generation's White House scandal has its own iconic moment — the Saturday Morning Meltdown.


Zarco takes pole for MotoGP's Qatar opener in record time

(Reuters) - Frenchman Johann Zarco took the first pole position of the MotoGP season for the non-works Tech3 Yamaha team on Saturday with a record lap around Qatar's floodlit Losail circuit.

Social Media

The Human Behind the U.M.B.C. Twitter Account Takes a Victory Lap Too

As the Retrievers pulled off the greatest upset in the history of the men’s basketball tournament, Zach Seidel’s posts resonated on social media.

How Melania is handling Daniels news

CNN's Randi Kaye takes a look at how first lady Melania Trump keeps a low profile after porn star Stomy Daniels' claims of an alleged sexual encounter with President Trump.

Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles

Wheels: When Self-Driving Cars Can’t Help Themselves, Who Takes the Wheel?

Most autonomous cars on the road now have a backup driver inside. But once they’re gone, self-driving cars will turn to remote drivers when they don’t know what to do.


French food retailer Leclerc takes on rivals to crack Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - French supermarket chain Leclerc, which launches a home delivery service in Paris this month, also aims to open click and collect stores and hypermarkets in the capital.

Christians and Christianity

Op-Ed Columnist: Pope Francis Is Beloved. His Papacy Might Be a Disaster.

Francis takes risks while reshaping the Catholic Church’s relations with the modern world.


Deutsche Post's DHL expands U.S. delivery service in swipe at FedEx, UPS

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Deutsche Post AG's DHL said on Thursday it was launching a delivery service for online retailers in eight U.S. cities, as the German logistics company takes a swipe at dominant players UPS and FedEx.


FDA takes fresh step towards curbing U.S. nicotine addiction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a fresh step on Thursday towards setting a maximum nicotine level for tobacco products in a bid to lower tobacco-related deaths across the country, saying it would collect public comment and scientific research over the next three months.


Hungry City: An Ex-Bodega Takes a Star Turn at Cienega Las Tlayudas de Oaxaca

The house specialty at this Corona, Queens, restaurant is tlayudas, built on giant tortillas imported from Mexico, where the corn grows starchier and stronger.


U.S. takes more time to decide on New York denial for Constitution natural gas pipeline

(Reuters) - U.S. federal energy regulators gave themselves more time to decide whether to rehear their earlier order upholding New York's denial of a water permit for Williams Cos Inc's Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York.

Your dementia risk may be tied to your fitness level, study finds

Your stamina -- or the time it takes for you to reach peak exhaustion during exercise -- can be tied to your dementia risk, and a new study reveals how.

Lighter moments from a beautiful mind

Stephen Hawking, the renowned British scientist, was a man with a sense of adventure and fun. CNN takes a look at the lighter moments of his life.


Weakened Merkel begins fourth term beset by challenges

BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers voted on Wednesday to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancellor for a fourth, and likely final, term that may prove her most challenging yet as she takes charge of a fragile coalition with her personal standing diminished.

Appointments and Executive Changes

Op-Ed Columnist: When Trump Takes Charge

The president might want to actually use the office, not just occupy it.

#MyFreedomDay takes aim at modern slavery


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.

Borger: Trump flexes muscles and follows his basic instinct

Ask around about Donald Trump's time as an Atlantic City mogul and the stories are legion: A-larger-than-life figure whose casinos were all about him. Some mistakes he would forgive. But according to one story -- maybe urban legend -- there was one unforgivable sin: If you forget to call it Trump's casino, as one employee apparently once did, you're gone.


Woods brings comeback to happy hunting ground at Bay Hill

ORLANDO (Reuters) - Tiger Woods takes his rousing comeback tour to one of his favorite haunts - Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill layout, where the 14-times major winner has triumphed eight times.

'Our future gone': Parents grieve their lost embryos

When Kate and Jeremy Plants were making plans for their 2014 marriage, they had no idea the future they would face. Just months after they tied the knot, Kate was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a deadly form that the American Cancer Society says takes more lives than any other female reproductive cancer.

US starts preps for North Korea summit

Administration officials are scrambling to turn President Donald Trump's surprise decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into a reality, preparing for an unprecedented, high stakes summit with little time, an understaffed State Department and a mercurial President who may not stick to his script when the time comes.


Review: Skewering White Pieties About Diversity in ‘Admissions’

In Joshua Harmon’s new comedy, all it takes to turn a liberal into a martyr is a deferment from Yale.

New England States (US)

Relentless Weather: More Snow as Another Nor’easter Takes Aim

New England braced for another storm, its third in two weeks. Schools, flights and trains were canceled, as weary residents prepared for a rerun.


Review: ‘Rise’ Is No ‘Friday Night Footlights’

NBC’s new drama centers on a high school musical that divides a Pennsylvania town. But it takes a long time to find its voice.


Greece suspends fixtures after soccer boss takes gun onto pitch

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece indefinitely suspended its Superleague soccer fixtures on Monday after the owner of the club PAOK Salonika was filmed wearing a gun holster as he strode onto the pitch to protest about a disallowed goal.

Politics and Government

In Chile, a Billionaire Takes the Reins From a Socialist, Again

President Michelle Bachelet will transfer power to Sebastián Piñera, marking the end of an era of female political empowerment in Latin America and consolidating the region’s rightward political shift.


Cycling: Yates takes Paris-Nice lead with stage win

PARIS (Reuters) - Briton Simon Yates moved top of the overall standings in the Paris-Nice week long race by claiming the penultimate stage, a 175-km ride from Nice to Valdeblore La Colmiane on Saturday.

Bhabha, Huma

Huma Bhabha Takes an Ax to Her Exhibit at the Met

The artist, born in Karachi, who first made her mark in the art world with paint, is turning to cork for her upcoming sculpture installation.

Waitress' act of kindness goes viral

A waitress takes time to cut a customer's food. The act of kindness lands her a scholarship and more.


U.S. seeks 'concrete actions' from North Korea before planned talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un unless Pyongyang takes "concrete actions," the White House said on Friday as it faced criticism for agreeing to talks that would boost Kim's standing.


Williams Co's PE partners in Caiman Energy II seek to cash out-sources

HOUSTON, March 9 (Reuters) - U.S. pipeline operator Williams Co's private equity partners in a midstream venture dubbed Caiman Energy II are looking to sell their minority stakes for as much as $1 billion, according to four people familiar with the matter.


Best Buy CEO says turnaround done, room to compete with Amazon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc has completed a five-year turnaround and is ready to compete with market leader Inc to prove U.S. retail is not a "winner takes all" situation, Chief Executive Hubert Joly told Reuters on Friday.

White House just put an asterisk on Trump, Kim Jong Un meeting

President Donald Trump will not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un unless North Korea takes "concrete and verifiable actions" toward denuclearization, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday.


U.S. seeks 'concrete actions' from North Korea before talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un unless Pyongyang takes "concrete actions," the White House said on Friday as it faced criticism for agreeing to talks that would give North Korea international legitimacy.

Trump and Kim: What could go right (or wrong)?

US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. CNN's Will Ripley takes a look at what it all means.


German government takes shape as SPD names ministers

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats on Friday named two seasoned pro-European politicians to key posts in a new government, with Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz to become finance minister in Europe's largest economy and Heiko Maas becoming foreign minister.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Sade’s Haunting Lullaby, and 11 More New Songs

Beach House raises the stakes, Theresa Wayman from Warpaint debuts a solo project and Jeremih drops a slinky EP: hear the week's most notable new tracks.


BRIEF-Aurora Cannabis Succeeds In Bid For Cannimed - Takes Up Shares


Analysis: Very high, very scary stakes in the Trump-Kim face-off

Talk about a made-for-TV moment.


U.S. says Idaho cannot sell health plans not compliant with Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government agency on Thursday said Idaho could not allow health insurers to sell plans that do not comply with Obamacare, a sign that the Trump administration will enforce the law even as it takes regulatory actions to weaken it.


Tech Fix: Samsung Galaxy S9 Review: What We Like, and Don’t, Plus Emoji

The new smartphone is packed with gimmicky new features like a personal emoji creator. Don’t be surprised if getting used to those emoji takes what a Samsung executive called “an adjustment period.”


As Subway Crisis Takes Up ‘So Much Oxygen,’ the Buses Drag Along

An increasingly loud drumbeat of transit advocates have demanded the city’s troubled bus system be tackled with the same enthusiasm as the subway.


Twitter takes steps to prevent crypto scams on platform

(Reuters) - Twitter is taking measures to prevent cryptocurrency-related accounts from running scams on its platform, the company said on Wednesday.

Sergei Skripal got to UK in swap that included Anna Chapman

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been left critically ill after being exposed to an 'unknown substance'. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh takes a look at the man behind the headlines.

Thiel, Peter A

Peter Thiel’s Money Talks, in Contentious Ways. But What Does He Say?

In a rare interview, the billionaire Facebook board member and Trump supporter shared his current takes on politics, Silicon Valley and more after “a crazier two years than I would have thought.”

Why Texas Republicans are sweating tonight's primaries

The first official primary for the 2018 congressional elections takes place Tuesday: Texas voters go to the polls for the nation's first contest to decide each party's nominees for November.


'Significant' consequences if China takes key port in Djibouti: U.S. general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general for Africa told lawmakers on Tuesday that the American military could face "significant" consequences should China take a key port in Djibouti, as Beijing becomes increasingly muscular in Africa in an effort to expand its influence.

'Sex and the City' star takes another step toward running for governor

Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon is reportedly gearing up to launch a progressive primary challenge to New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Surfacing 2018

Surfacing: ‘Decolonizing’ Roller Derby? Team Indigenous Takes Up the Challenge

Meet the roller derby athletes who are “reclaiming” their space, promoting female empowerment and standing up for indigenous people.

Salasky, Franklin

The Secret in a Brooklyn Apartment Redo? Plywood

A designer takes on the complexities of transforming a townhouse in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area with 20th-century furnishings and a humble touch.

Geneva International Motor Show

In Geneva, Extreme Luxury Takes the Floor

Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the cars of royalty and deep wealth, will be bringing several of their models to the show and will unveil a few surprises.

Opinion: What Dems and Republicans don't get about Mueller

A warning to those, regardless of their political bent, who are watching special counsel Robert Mueller: prepare for the possibility of disappointment. The reality is that as an apolitical defender of the rule of law, Mueller will go no further than the evidence takes him.

'The Shape of Water' takes best picture

Despite stiff competition in one of the most unpredictable best picture races of recent memory, Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" took the top prize at Sunday's Academy Awards.

Carson, Benjamin S

Ben Carson on His Vexing Reign at HUD: Brain Surgery Was Easier Than This

Mr. Carson has been whipsawed by a job he has found puzzling, with his goals undermined by his indecisiveness, his staffing mistakes and a president indifferent to his department’s mission.


Disney-bound Fox Searchlight takes top Oscar honor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox Searchlight, the arthouse studio of 21st Century Fox Inc, won the film industry's most prestigious prize on Sunday, taking the best picture Oscar for fantasy romance "The Shape of Water."


'Shape of Water' takes best picture Oscar; Oldman, McDormand are best actors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" won best picture, the film industry's most prestigious honor, at Sunday's Oscar ceremony.


WRAPUP 8-'Shape of Water' takes best picture Oscar; Oldman, McDormand are best actors

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) - Fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" won best picture, the film industry's most prestigious honor, at Sunday's Oscar ceremony.


Alpine Skiing: Brignone wins combined, Holdener takes title

(Reuters) - Federica Brignone of Italy won the women's Alpine skiing World Cup combined event at Crans-Montana in Switzerland as Swiss Wendy Holdener secured the season's combined title on Sunday.


Geely chairman not planning more automotive deals: Bild am Sonntag

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Li Shufu, the founder and main owner of China's Geely [GEELY.UL], has no plans to buy further stakes in carmakers after building up a holding of almost 10 percent in Germany's Daimler , he told a German newspaper.


UPDATE 1-Geely chairman not planning more automotive deals - Bild am Sonntag

FRANKFURT, March 4 (Reuters) - Li Shufu, the founder and main owner of China's Geely, has no plans to buy further stakes in carmakers after building up a holding of almost 10 percent in Germany's Daimler, he told a German newspaper.


Playing Trump on ‘S.N.L.,’ Baldwin Takes On White House Turmoil

After a Twitter feud with the real President Trump, Alec Baldwin lampooned him again on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ while the host Charles Barkley gave a pointed monologue.


Geely chairman says not planning more automotive deals: Bild am Sonntag

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Li Shufu, the founder and main owner of China's Geely [GEELY.UL], has no plans to buy further stakes in carmakers after building up a holding of almost 10 percent in Germany's Daimler , he told a German newspaper.


Counting through the night, Germany's SPD readies coalition verdict

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) began counting the votes of hundreds of thousands of party members who will decide if a new coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel takes office, more than five months after a general election.

International Trade and World Market

Stung by U.S. Tariff Plan, Canada Takes a Deep Breath

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, conscious of how much his country’s economy relies on the United States, remained calm and firm.

Fashion and Apparel

48 Hours: A Whirlwind Paris Fashion Week with Virgil Abloh

The Off-White designer finishes his fall/winter 2018 collection, takes time to paint — and signs sweatshirts (and sneakers) for fans.


Big City: When Should Cultural Institutions Say No to Tainted Funding?

The critic Jerry Saltz takes to performance art to protest the Metropolitan Museum’s acquiescence to disagreeable money, our columnist writes.


Athletics - Scot Hawkins on the road to showdown with Farah

LONDON (Reuters) - Callum Hawkins faces a huge test of his ability when he takes on Mo Farah in the inaugural 'Big-Half' race over 13.1 miles on the streets of London on Sunday but getting to the start line might prove an even bigger challenge for the talented Scot.


Tapping the lithium rush, Canadian miner stakes claims in Utah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small Canadian mining company has staked claim to mineral rights on over a hundred thousand acres of federal land in Utah since last year, hoping to tap lithium deposits from spent oil wells to feed America’s high-tech battery industry.

Weddings and Engagements

Vows: Two Chance Meetings, and a Romance Takes Flight

A pair of hard-driven professionals make their connection on the way to business meetings in Shanghai.


Australia watchdog takes Rio Tinto, executives to court over Mozambique deal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's corporate watchdog said on Friday it has launched court action against miner Rio Tinto and two former executives for misleading investors about the coal reserves it reported in a $4 billion acquisition in Mozambique.


UPDATE 2-Australia watchdog takes Rio Tinto, execs to court over Mozambique deal

* Could mean "material financial cost" - Rio Tinto annual report


Canada's First Nations seek bigger stakes, profits from oil sector

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's First Nations are boosting investments and leveraging their clout with regulators to gain stakes in oil and gas projects as they seek greater returns on energy produced or transported across their territory.


Australia watchdog takes Rio Tinto, former executives to court over Mozambique losses

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's corporate watchdog said on Friday it has launched court action against global miner Rio Tinto and two former executives for misleading and deceiving investors about the coal reserves it reported in a $4 billion acquisition in Mozambique.

Homosexuality and Bisexuality

Modern Love: Am I Gay or Straight? Maybe This Fun Quiz Will Tell Me

A young woman seeks answers to her sexual orientation online, where the endless quizzes she takes deliver whatever label she wants.


Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Has a New Evan, and a New Balance

As Taylor Trensch takes over the title role in the Tony-winning musical, the show’s meaning and impact change too.


Chipotle investors see low-hanging fruit for new CEO

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's incoming Chief Executive Brian Niccol has some low-hanging fruit to pluck when he takes the helm at the troubled U.S. burrito seller on Monday, investors told Reuters.


Tiger has shown he's a threat again, say experts

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods may only be three starts into his PGA Tour return but some experts feel the former world number one has shown he still has what it takes to make a meteoric rise up the rankings.


Ackman ends public battle with Herbalife, takes stake in United Technologies

(Reuters) - Six years ago, billionaire investor William Ackman wagered $1 billion that Herbalife's stock price would tumble to zero after publicly calling the nutrition company a fraud in a three-hour presentation before investors, analysts and the media.

Colleges and Universities

On Campus: Ruth Simmons on Cultivating the Next Generation of College Students

A Q. & A. with the former president of Brown University and Smith College as she takes charge of a historically black university.


High jump takes center stage on opening day of world indoors

(Reuters) - The world indoor athletics championships begin in Birmingham on Thursday with the high jump finals as organizers look to replicate the buzz generated by a similar unusual start to the 2016 edition in Portland.


Germany could tighten rules after Geely takes Daimler stake

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will investigate whether to tighten rules governing when an investor needs to disclose a holding in a company after news that China's Geely purchased a $9 billion stake in Daimler surprised the market.


Oscars' '#MeToo' dilemma

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - The Academy Awards, the glitziest night in show business, takes place on Sunday, but the biggest drama may be not on the Dolby Theatre stage but behind-the-scenes moves to tackle the sexual misconduct scandal that has rocked the industry.


Phys Ed: Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Olympian?

Becoming the most decorated Winter Olympics athlete in history requires snow, fortitude, technique, squats, more squats, and more.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: In His New Collection, ‘The Rub of Time,’ Martin Amis Takes On Everyone From Travolta to Trump

“But the deep subject of this book, what holds its disparate bits together, is not celebrity. It’s professionalism,” A.O. Scott writes.


Germany weighs tighter rules after Geely takes Daimler stake

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will investigate whether to tighten the rules that govern when an investor needs to disclose a holding in a company after news that China's Geely purchased a $9 billion stake in Daimler surprised the market.


Review: ‘The Amateurs’ Takes On God, Noah’s Ark and the Plague. For Laughs.

In Jordan Harrison’s wily comedy, a medieval theater troupe tries to outrun the Black Death — and the critics.


Johnson takes aim at Mexico City repeat

(Reuters) - Reigning champion Dustin Johnson is favorite to win a fifth World Golf Championship (WGC) title this week in Mexico City where the world number one will stare down a strong field featuring six of the world's top 10 golfers.

This jet takes off like a helicopter

Picture international air travel without the hassle: no costly airport transfer, no busy security line or passport control, no waiting to board or depart.


Amazon takes on delivery challenge for Australian merchants

SYDNEY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc began selling its in-house delivery service to third-party vendors in Australia on Tuesday, taking on a major logistical challenge in the continent that invented the expression "tyranny of distance".


UPDATE 1-Trump says wants to revive steel jobs even if it takes import tariffs

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he wants to bring the steel industry back to America even if it means applying tariffs to imports from other countries, but the White House said he has not made a final decision on the issue.


Supreme Court divided in pivotal challenge to union fees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided along ideological lines on Monday in a high-stakes case that could deprive unions representing police, firefighters and certain other public employees of a key source of funds -- millions of dollars in fees they can collect annually from non-members.

Snow and Snowstorms

Snow Falls in Rome, and the Eternal City Takes a Holiday

With schools and parks in the city closed for the day, and hundreds of shops shuttered, many Romans took the unexpected blanket of white in cheerful stride.

Kylie Jenner takes a baby step back to Snapchat

Throw the ultimate Oscars party with these festive party goods

The Oscar nominees have been announced, and we can't wait to see who takes home notable awards on March 4.


Stock futures rise as Powell takes center stage

(Reuters) - U.S. index futures pointed to a strong start for Wall Street on Monday, buoyed by gains for stock markets worldwide and the belief that new Fed chair Jerome Powell will keep the U.S. central bank on a steady course of monetary tightening.


Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clients

(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp on Saturday became the latest financial heavyweight to take aim at gunmakers, saying it would ask clients who make assault rifles how they can help end mass shootings like last week's massacre at a Florida high school.


Olympics: Cross-country skiing - Finn Niskanen takes gold in 50km mass start

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Finland's Iivo Niskanen made a lung-busting early break and held off a furious challenge from Alexander Bolshunov to win the 50km mass start classic cross-country ski race and get Finland's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games on Saturday.


Curling Gold Medal Live Results: Mr. T Fires Up Americans

The United States takes on Sweden for the gold medal in men’s curling. Stay here for live updates and analysis.


Virtual reality coronation takes dementia patients down memory lane

HINDHEAD, England (Reuters) - For 93-year-old Daphne Padfield, a dementia sufferer in an English care home, the arrival of a virtual reality (VR) headset offered a window back to the day in 1953 when Britain crowned its new queen.

How do you become president of Russia?

In a country rated authoritarian by the Economist Intelligence Unit, CNN looks at what it takes to become president.