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Premier of tiny Saarland new secretary general of Merkel's CDU: paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, premier in the tiny western state of Saarland, is to take over as secretary general of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday.

How assassination plot ended in mutiny

They were supposed to be a top-secret assassination squad tasked with attacking the residence of North Korea's then-leader Kim Il Sung.

Are our elections in danger?

Election security has come under scrutiny over the last year -- and deservedly so. The 2016 election opened our eyes to how new technologies we rushed to purchase after the butterfly ballots and hanging chads of the 2000 election created new vulnerabilities hard to imagine at the time.

Environmental Protection Agency

E.P.A. Chief Pruitt Postpones Trip to Israel Amid Scrutiny of High-Priced Travel

The trip, which already had been postponed once before, was intended to focus on water issues. The agency declined to give a reason for the delay.

Gun Control

In Florida, Extraordinary Obstacles for Changes to Gun Laws

Florida’s pro-gun approach came under scrutiny after mass shootings in Orlando in 2016 and in Fort Lauderdale, but little changed.

Washington Post: Embattled VA secretary met with White House chief of staff

Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin met Thursday with White House chief of staff John Kelly amid scrutiny of Shulkin's travel practices during a 2017 European trip, according to The Washington Post.


A Bold Artist, a Quiet Texas Town and the Heritage of the Borderland

Michael Tracy’s art isn’t his only legacy. He is restoring the Spanish colonial heritage of tiny San Ygnacio. So why don’t they love him there?

Tiny homes, big benefits for homeless military veterans

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


South Korea's 'penis park' draws an Olympic crowd

SINNAM, South Korea (Reuters) - Even the bright red lighthouse in the tiny South Korean port of Sinnam is shaped like a penis.


U.S. woman found with eye worm previously known only in cattle

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Oregon woman has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by a tiny worm species previously seen only in cattle that is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication, U.S. government researchers said on Monday.

Editorial: Trouble in Maldives Paradise Could Become a Global Threat

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


Oxfam, British Charity, Admits Sexual Misconduct by Workers in Haiti

A newspaper reported that Oxfam officials hired prostitutes and held sex parties in 2011. The group fired four people and three quit under scrutiny.


Texas flood: U.S. oil exports pour into markets worldwide

NEW YORK/LONDON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - In the two years since Washington lifted a 40-year ban on oil exports, tankers filled with U.S. crude have landed in more than 30 countries, ranging from massive economies like China and India to tiny Togo.

Puerto Rico

FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered.

FEMA terminated a big contract with a tiny vendor hired to produce meals for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Now, Congress is asking questions.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Hong Kong Court Throws Out Protest Leaders’ Prison Sentences

The jailing of Joshua Wong and other protest leaders drew international scrutiny over accusations that the government was punishing political opponents.


Swiss air force grounds five Hornet fighter jets

ZURICH, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The Swiss air force has grounded five of its 30 F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets after finding tiny cracks in their landing flaps.


Melbourne Journal: A Wrestling Team in Australia Fights to Prove It’s Not an ‘African Gang’

The Sudanese community in Australia has come under unwelcome scrutiny after politicians said its members were behind a crime wave in Melbourne.


Ice hockey: Russian players tested after arrival in Korea

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) signaled that Russian athletes cleared to compete at the Winter Games will come in for heavy scrutiny after whisking more than half the women's ice hockey team away for testing shortly before a training session.

The Great Alone (Book)

Books of The Times: A Troubled Dad Takes His Family Into the Wild

In Kristin Hannah’s new novel, “The Great Alone,” a father back from the Vietnam War moves to a tiny Alaskan outpost with his wife and daughter.


With Samsung deal, Qualcomm doubles down on licensing practices

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday aimed to show shareholders that its licensing practices still have a future after having come under scrutiny from antitrust regulators around the world as well as from major customer Apple Inc.

Stormy Daniels' signatures under scrutiny

Discrepancies between the signatures on two letters purportedly signed by Stormy Daniels are raising questions. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Redistricting and Reapportionment

Like Abstract Expressionists, They Draw the Free-Form Political Maps Now Under Scrutiny

The experts who draw political maps are finding their work under scrutiny as courts examine partisan gerrymandering.


Trilobites: A Suitcase-Size Satellite’s Big Image of Frozen Earth Below

A new image of Alaska from the recently launched Iceye satellite shows how much you can accomplish with a tiny satellite.


French prisons on 'brink of blowout', strike must end: ombudsman

PARIS (Reuters) - France's prisons ombdusman said on Friday that inmates in overcrowded jails were on the verge of mutinying as two weeks of work stoppages by wardens over pay and other complaints had made conditions intolerable.


Evangelical tied with major party candidate in Costa Rica race: poll

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - A conservative Christian evangelical from a tiny party and the candidate of one of Costa Rica's main political groups are leading the field ahead of the first round of the country's presidential election next month, a poll showed on Thursday.

Official: Child abuse allegations put doctor under ICE scrutiny

A Michigan doctor came under scrutiny from immigration authorities because of child abuse allegations, which were among his 18 encounters with police, an official with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement told CNN.


Exclusive: Beijing plans to boost scrutiny of Chinese offshore private equity funds - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China plans to tighten oversight of private equity funds set up outside the country by domestic companies, including the disclosure of investors' identities, to mitigate financial risk and keep tabs on a new wave of offshore fund-raising, four people familiar with the matter said.

Robots and Robotics

ScienceTake: This Tiny Robot Walks, Crawls, Jumps and Swims. But It Is Not Alive.

Researchers have created a tiny robot, small enough to navigate a stomach or urinary system, that one day may be used to deliver drugs inside the body.


Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It

Among Persian Gulf states, Qatar was the picked-on little sibling. Gas riches and an independent-minded ruling family changed that. Now it’s in the fight of its life.


Bitcoin use under scrutiny in Indonesian island of Bali

JAKARTA/KUTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities are investigating the use of bitcoin in the holiday island of Bali, amid warnings by the central bank in Southeast Asia's biggest economy over the risks posed by virtual currencies, an official said.


Australian Open players fry as Melbourne heatwave continues

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open's extreme heat policy came under increasing scrutiny on Friday as players struggled through a second consecutive day of 40 degree Celsius (104 F) heat at Melbourne Park.


UPDATE 1-Businesses warn of risks of tighter rules on U.S. foreign investment

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday.


Businesses warn of risks of tighter rules on U.S. foreign investment

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday.


UPDATE 3-S.Africa's Ramaphosa piles pressure on Zuma with anti-graft call

* Anti-graft push puts global firms under scrutiny (Updates with ANC meeting)


UPDATE 2-S.Africa's Ramaphosa piles pressure on Zuma with anti-graft call

* Anti-graft push puts global firms under scrutiny (Recasts, adds finance minister, details)


RPT-Banks expected to share tiny proportion of mammoth Saudi Aramco IPO

* Bankers jostling for mandates for league table credit, prestige


Banks expected to share tiny proportion of mammoth Saudi Aramco IPO

LONDON (Reuters) - The banks that will advise and execute Saudi Aramco's stock market listing are expected to share a tiny proportion of the $100 billion Riyadh hopes to raise in its initial public offering, according to banking sources and industry insiders.

Video Recordings, Downloads and Streaming

YouTube Adds More Scrutiny to Top-Tier Videos

A policy update aims to prevent advertisements from appearing next to troublesome content.

A timeline of Trump's actions during the Hawaii false alarm

As Hawaiians catch their breath following the jarring missile alert mishap over the weekend, scrutiny has reached the White House and how it grappled with the mistaken alarm.

Wireless Communications

False Missile Warning in Hawaii Adds to Scrutiny of Emergency Alert System

An errant cellphone alert about an incoming ballistic missile set off a panic and prompted calls for major improvements to America’s approach to disaster notification.

Car Services and Livery Cabs

Inside Uber’s $100,000 Payment to a Hacker, and the Fallout

How Uber grappled with a 2016 hack is under scrutiny and has cast a chill over how other companies deal with security threats.


Trump in 'excellent health,' White House doctor says after exam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House physician pronounced Donald Trump to be in "excellent health" after Trump had his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday, capping off a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.


Drugmakers see a pricing blueprint in an $850,000 gene therapy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Global drugmakers are looking to a tiny biotech's $850,000 therapy for a rare type of blindness as a model for getting paid for highly expensive – and effective – new medicines.


Trump to get first presidential medical exam amid questions about fitness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump has his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday after a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

Appointments and Executive Changes

Melania Trump Hires Policy Director Amid Scrutiny From New Book

For months, Mrs. Trump’s East Wing had undergone a search for a policy director who could advance an agenda that has been broadly defined as helping children.


The U.K. Has Banned Microbeads. Why?

They’re tiny, colorful and harmless-looking, but these little pellets are being blamed for causing big problems.

Invoking 25th amendment would require a political apocalypse

The 25th Amendment is back in the news so this bears repeating. Again. The type of event in which you could imagine President Donald Trump's Cabinet and his vice president engaging in a political mutiny against him and removing him from power using the 25th Amendment would require something like a presidential coma or a disagreement of such epic proportions as to threaten the fabric of the country or it's very existence.


As Low-Power Local Radio Rises, Tiny Voices Become a Collective Shout

A diverse new wave of stations, united by the word “alternative” and broadcasting from basements or attics, has arrived in urban America.

Trump defends his sanity: I'm 'a very stable genius'

President Donald Trump, coming off a week of heightened scrutiny over his mental health, sought to put the topic to rest on Saturday by declaring himself extraordinarily intelligent and undeniably right in the head.


Pixar's 'Coco' strikes a chord in Mexico guitar town

PARACHO, Mexico, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Pixar's hit film "Coco" has struck all the right notes in the tiny Mexican hamlet of Paracho, home to the traditional Mexican guitar made famous in the movie.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The State Where Everyone Wants to Be Governor

For the key to our political destiny in 2018, look to Colorado.


Consumer loan securitization boom put on hold as China clamps down on leverage

BEIJING (Reuters) - A boom in asset-backed securities issued by micro-lenders aiming to expand in China's fast-growing online credit market looks set to slow this year amid growing regulatory scrutiny.


Consumer loan securitisation boom put on hold as China clamps down on leverage

BEIJING, Jan 5 (Reuters) - A boom in asset-backed securities issued by micro-lenders aiming to expand in China's fast-growing online credit market looks set to slow this year amid growing regulatory scrutiny.

Spicer: There was a scrutiny never seen before

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks with HLN's S.E. Cupp about his time working in the Trump administration.

Big tech's role in the 2018 midterms

With the midterm elections fast approaching, how will tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter limit the spread of "fake news" and hoaxes? And why are the companies under so much scrutiny right now? Sarah Lacy, the founder and editor-in-chief of Pando, shares her thoughts with Brian Stelter.

Olympic Games (2018)

Book Excerpt: A Tiny Vermont Town Is a Big Cradle of Olympians

Norwich’s outsize success in Olympic sports has much to do with the way it collectively rears its children, helping them succeed without causing burnout.


Ties: The More the Merrier, and the Messier

Tiny, tidy homes may be trendy, but mine is not that minimalist house. This is a big old house made for gathering, and particularly so at Christmas.


Shanghai cautions on products from scandal-hit Kobe Steel, tightens checks

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai has issued a warning on the safety of metal products manufactured by scandal-hit Japanese firm Kobe Steel Ltd and strengthened scrutiny measures, state-owned Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the city's inspection body.


Israel passes disputed law muzzling police on high-profile probes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament ratified on Thursday a law barring police investigators from going public with their findings, in what opposition lawmakers saw as a bid to soften scrutiny of corruption probes against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Japanese woman, confined by parents for years, found frozen to death: police

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police said on Wednesday they have arrested a couple whose 33-year-old daughter froze to death in a tiny room where they had confined her for years because they believed she had a form of mental illness that made her violent.


China regulator flags greater scrutiny on chips after price surge

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's economic regulator is paying close attention to a recent surge in the price of mobile phone storage chips and could look into possible price fixing by the firms that make them, a senior official told the state-run China Daily newspaper.


Patch of Bamboo Creates New Legal Thicket for Connecticut City

In a Connecticut city known for showdowns between homeowners and the government, a tiny yard overtaken by bamboo is at the center of a new fight.


Special Report: How to make millions selling passports to Africa

MORONI, Comoros Islands/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In the tiny nation of the Comoros Islands, lying off the east coast of Africa, Albert Karaziwan is a big man - even though he doesn't live there. He's been a roving ambassador for the country, has twice attended the United Nations General Assembly with the Comoros delegation and holds three current Comoros diplomatic passports.


Worries about Malaysia's 'Arabisation' grow as Saudi ties strengthen

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters) - Malaysia’s growing ties to Saudi Arabia - and its puritan Salafi-Wahhabi Islamic doctrines -  are coming under new scrutiny as concerns grow over an erosion of traditional religious practices and culture in the multi-ethnic nation.

KFC and 'pooping logs': How kids' holiday presents vary globally

Tiny tots, with their eyes all aglow, are now relishing -- or eagerly awaiting -- holiday celebrations around the world.


Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China - enters human food

OSLO (Reuters) - Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates.


South Carolina capital could be first U.S. city to ban gun bump stocks

(Reuters) - South Carolina's capital on Tuesday could become the first U.S. city to ban the use of bump stocks, a gun accessory that has drawn national scrutiny after being found among the Las Vegas mass shooter's arsenal of weapons in the October rampage.


Season's micro-greetings: Scientists claim smallest Christmas card

(Reuters) - British scientists have created what they believe is the world's smallest Christmas card, a seasonal greeting so tiny that over 200 million of them could fit into a standard postage stamp.

United States Politics and Government

E.P.A. Employees Spoke Out. Then Came Scrutiny of Their Email.

A Republican research group has requested the emails of E.P.A. employees critical of the agency. Now the E.P.A. has hired an affiliated company.


Tiny stem cell companies close in on major heart disease goals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The early hope that stem cell therapy would make the paralyzed walk, the blind see and cure diabetes have given way to a long list of failures, highlighted by early stem cell champion Geron Corp abandoning the field in 2011.


UK watchdog to take closer look at initial coin offerings

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's markets watchdog will step up its scrutiny of the initial coin offering (ICO) market to see if new rules are needed to protect investors after issuing an alert in September.


CSX CEO Hunter Harrison takes medical leave amid rail overhaul

(Reuters) - CSX Corp said on Thursday its Chief Executive Officer Hunter Harrison was taking medical leave, an announcement that comes amid of a controversial turnaround plan at the No. 3 U.S. railroad that has drawn customer criticism and scrutiny from regulators. The Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad said Harrison, 73, was taking a leave of absence due to unexpected complications from a recent unspecified illness.


London-based investment banks to face closer EU scrutiny- documents

* Move aimed at closing loopholes for large firms after Brexit


UPDATE 1-CSX CEO Hunter Harrison takes medical leave amid rail overhaul

Dec 14 (Reuters) - CSX Corp said on Thursday its Chief Executive Officer Hunter Harrison was taking medical leave, an announcement that comes amid of a controversial turnaround plan at the No. 3 U.S. railroad that has drawn customer criticism and scrutiny from regulators.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

After Police Raid Kills Man, 69, Family Asks Why Trigger Was Pulled

Police said the man confronted officers with a machete when they raided his Bronx apartment. Now the raid, and the investigation that led to it, are under scrutiny.

Pain-Relieving Drugs

Supplements Claiming to Ease Opioid Addiction Come Under Scrutiny

Advocacy groups and the F.D.A. have warned that companies are capitalizing on the epidemic by offering unproven remedies.


UPDATE 1-China's HNA pushes back against liquidity concerns, wont sell assets "blindly"

* HNA's leverage, ownership under scrutiny after $50 bln in deals (Adds quotes and comments from HNA executive)


Israeli-Palestinian Reflexes Take Over in U.S. Embassy Dispute

An Israeli minister said the move to Jerusalem would be “destiny,” while the leader of Hamas called it “an unaccountable gamble.”


Carvana raises cash without scrutiny

Dec 4 (IFR) - Fast-growing used car retailer Carvana raised US$100m through the private sale of convertible preferred securities on Monday, a deal that allowed the listed company to avert public scrutiny.


Intesa CEO warns of Bitcoin 'bubble', urges global regulation: TV

MILAN (Reuters) - The head of Italy's top retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo joined a growing chorus of Bitcoin critics, calling the wild gyrations in the price of the cryptocurrency a speculative bubble and saying global regulatory scrutiny was essential.


Uber's third-quarter net loss widens to $1.46 billion: source

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] quarterly losses widened, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, as the ride-hailing company wades through legal troubles and faces regulatory scrutiny across the globe.


UPDATE 1-Uber's third-quarter net loss widens to $1.46 bln - source

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's quarterly losses widened, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, as the ride-hailing company wades through legal troubles and faces regulatory scrutiny across the globe.

Grammy Awards

Grammy Nominations 2018: Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar Lead the Way

With all major awards shows under scrutiny for how they incorporate diversity, hip-hop and R&B dominate the major categories.

Why this chicken costs a fortune

A tiny town in eastern France may seem a long way to travel for a plate of chicken, but it's worth it.


‘Ghost Guns,’ Homemade and Untraceable, Face Growing Scrutiny

A gun safety group founded by Gabrielle Giffords is trying to shut down websites that sell materials to build homemade weapons.

Weddings and Engagements

British Royal Weddings and the Barriers That Fell With Them

A look back at other weddings by members of the British monarchy highlights the scrutiny and occasional controversy that has surrounded the couples.


BRIEF-Destiny Media Technologies Announces Strategy Update



Sparring escalates over interim leader of U.S. consumer finance agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House's plan to appoint an interim leader for the top U.S. regulator for consumer finance came under further scrutiny on Sunday as a senior Democratic senator said the move would violate the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.


Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial bans high-interest loan products

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd affiliate Ant Financial has banned consumer loans with annual interest rates above 24 percent from its Alipay platform, a move which comes as China's government increases scrutiny of lightly regulated online lending.

Interior secretary's wife under scrutiny for travel

Documents reveal frustration among staffers at the Department of Interior over coordinating travel for Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife on an official trip. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.


U.S. senators seek details on 'dubious' oversight shift by Japanese bank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A decision by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (MUFG) to shift its U.S. banks from state regulators to a federal bank regulator is garnering scrutiny from a pair of U.S. Democratic senators.

Trial of undocumented immigrant in Kate Steinle killing nears end

The courtroom froze -- some observers even gasped -- as the tiny figure on the screen collapsed. The video may have been grainy and captured from a great distance, but prosecutors said the image was unmistakable: 32-year-old Kate Steinle had just been shot on San Francisco's Pier 14, a popular tourist spot. Soon it will be up to the jury to decide whether the man on trial unintentionally shot her or committed murder.


High School Teams Head to China, Mixing Basketball and Business

Eager to market themselves and their players, three United States high schools are likely to face added scrutiny at a tournament in Beijing next month after three U.C.L.A. players were arrested in China.


China's banking regulator plans to tighten shareholder rules

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) - China's banking regulator on Thursday published draft rules that increase scrutiny over the relationship between commercial lenders and their shareholders, the latest in a slew of measures taken by Beijing to bolster supervision of its financial system.

Olympic Games (2014)

Antidoping Regulator Denies Russia’s Appeal for Reinstatement

The decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency is expected to set off a frenzy of scrutiny and debate three months ahead of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Shooter spent 6 minutes trying to enter locked-down school

The start of the school day seemed so routine. Children played in the quad while parents dropped off other students. At Rancho Tehama Elementary, a tiny school in a remote area of Northern California, the bell was just minutes away.

This tiny Welsh car bets that hydrogen is the future

Riversimple, a small independent car manufacturer in rural Wales, is taking a bet that hydrogen vehicles will play a key part in the future of transport.

Buprenorphine (Drug)

Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes

The manufacturers of the two drugs to treat opioid addiction are competing fiercely for market share and drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and prosecutors.


Loxo signs lucrative cancer drug deal with Bayer, but shares fall

(Reuters) - Loxo Oncology on Tuesday signed a collaboration agreement for its promising cancer drugs with Germany's Bayer AG that could be worth up to $1.55 billion to the tiny U.S. company, but its shares fell 11 percent as the deal appeared to end near-term likelihood of a takeover.

Funerals and Memorials

Memorial T-Shirts Create a Little Justice, a Tiny Peace

On the South Side of Chicago and around the U.S., memorial T-shirts are a way to remember, to celebrate — and to indict.