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Amid Brexit deal talk, EU summons envoys, media

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU Brexit negotiators summoned national envoys and journalists at short notice on Monday as speculation mounted among diplomats of an interim deal to grant Britain a transition -- though some urged caution.


Societe Generale hopes for resolution to Libor, Libya inquiries within weeks

PARIS (Reuters) - Societe Generale SA said on Monday that it hoped to resolve "within weeks" U.S. investigations into alleged Libor rigging and transactions made by the French bank involving Libyan counterparts.

2 men injured after explosion in Austin

Austin police and EMS on Sunday evening confirmed a reported explosion on Dawn Song Drive. Two males in their 20s were transported to a hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, Austin EMS said via Twitter.


BRIEF-Beadell Resources Says Reached Agreement With Golden Harp Resources To Merge Cos


Florida International University

Crack on Florida Bridge Was Discussed in Meeting Hours Before Collapse

The engineer of the bridge presented the crack to the construction manager and the State Department of Transportation but said there were no safety concerns.

Transgender and Transsexuals

Transgender Volleyball Star in Brazil Eyes Olympics and Stirs Debate

Tifanny Abreu, a top-ranked player in Brazilian professional volleyball, is transgender. She is setting records and plans to play in the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Petras, Kim (1992- )

Kim Petras Just Wants to Be a Pop Star

“I don’t care about being the first transgender teen idol at all,” said the German-born singer.

Days before bridge collapse, engineer reported cracks

Two days before a bridge crumbled in Miami, killing six people, an engineer for the company that designed it called a Florida Department of Transportation employee, warning of "some cracking."


Engineer reported cracks in bridge before fatal collapse: transportation agency

MIAMI (Reuters) - The engineer overseeing a newly built footbridge that crumbled onto a Miami roadway, killing at least six people, had called the state Transportation Department two days before the collapse to report cracks found in the span, the agency said on Friday.

Engineering and Engineers

Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse

The state Department of Transportation said the lead engineer had left it a voice mail message warning of cracking on the newly installed bridge.


BRIEF-Organovo Holdings- Entered Sales Agreement Where Co May Offer, Sell Shares In 'At Market' Sales Transactions With Offering Price Of Up To $50 Million



ETP Mariner East liquids pipe spills fluid in Pennsylvania again

March 16 (Reuters) - Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Friday issued another notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners LP's Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline for releasing drilling fluids into a stream.

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.

Complicite (Theater Co)

Will ‘Grief Is the Thing With Feathers’ Take Flight on Stage?

A new production starring Cillian Murphy will transform Max Porter’s experimental novel into a play. Just don’t expect any CGI birds.


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


Japan unveils new Shinkansen 'Supreme' bullet train

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics may be two years away, but Japan is already flexing its transportation muscles.


BRIEF-Knight-Swift Transportation Says Unit Acquired All Of Issued And Outstanding Equity Interests Of Abilene Motor Express‍​

March 16 (Reuters) - Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc:


New German transport minister says he's no buddy of auto bosses-Bild

BERLIN, March 16 (Reuters) - New German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer told Bild newspaper he would do everything in his power to avoid driving bans for diesel cars, was not the friend of automobile bosses and would not force carmakers to retrofit vehicles.


Britain, EU may reach 'provisional' Brexit transition deal next week: source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union could agree a "provisional" deal next week on a post-Brexit transition period, a senior Brussels diplomat said on Friday, stressing that this will only happen if London and the bloc resolve all divorce matters first.


China to bar people with bad 'social credit' from planes, trains

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.


Exclusive: Russian billions slip through Latvia's loose net

RIGA (Reuters) - Latvia launched just 85 money-laundering investigations in 2017 even though its banks flagged 17,900 suspect transactions, data seen by Reuters shows, highlighting the challenge the Baltic state faces in repairing its tarnished reputation.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Who’s Greener? California Housing Plan Splits Would-Be Allies

Legislation would allow more home building along transit routes to reduce gas-guzzling commutes. Some who support the goal have denounced the method.


S&P defends ratings methods in Australian derivatives lawsuit

SYDNEY, March 16 (Reuters) - Ratings agency Standard & Poor's was expected on Friday to defend its ratings as transparent and in line with regulations in an Australian lawsuit in which it is accused of going soft on products that caused significant investment losses.


Hopes of Brexit transition deal face Irish barrier

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May and British businesses are banking on European Union leaders granting a Brexit transition deal next week but diplomats said they could face disappointment unless a deadlock is broken over the Irish border.


Colombia tribunal begins mammoth task of investigating, trying war crimes

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's transitional justice tribunal - designed to try former leftist rebels and government soldiers for crimes during the country's five-decade war - will begin collecting evidence and preparing its first hearings, officials said on Thursday.


Many transgender patients pay cash for gender-affirming surgery

(Reuters Health) - Even though a growing number of transgender patients now use insurance for gender-affirming surgery, almost half are still paying cash for procedures their health plans don’t cover, a U.S. study suggests.


BRIEF-TransMontaigne Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.41



Motor racing: New dad Perez sees career-determining year ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Fatherhood has changed Sergio Perez's life since the end of last season and the Mexican hopes the coming year in Formula One could be just as transformative on the track.

New documents raise questions about Michael Cohen's claim that neither the Trump Organization nor campaign 'was a party to the transaction'

New documents obtained by CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Wednesday suggest a deeper link than previously known between the Trump Organization and the company that Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, established in 2016 to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for silence about her alleged affair with Trump.

After a year in space, astronaut's DNA no longer matches that of his identical twin

Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook, it transforms your genes.


Bitcoin exchange reaches deal with Barclays for UK transactions

LONDON (Reuters) - One of the biggest bitcoin exchanges has struck a rare deal which will allow it to open a bank account with Britain's Barclays, making it easier for UK customers of the exchange to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, the UK boss of the exchange said on Wednesday.

Kidnapping and Hostages

Feature: How a Ransom for Royal Falconers Reshaped the Middle East

Qatar went to extreme lengths to secure the release of its hunters — including a deadly population transfer in Syria.


Digital currency sales face rocky path with more regulatory focus

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A global regulatory crackdown on cryptocurrencies created by startups to finance new projects could slow the pace of virtual currency sales as questions mount about their transparency and the risk of scams for investors.

Video shows police helicopters collide

Newly released National Transportation Safety Board video shows two police helicopters collide in Pasadena, California, in 2012.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Answers Questions on Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo: Full Transcript

President Trump answered questions about the shake-up in his administration.


Uber re-enters Barcelona with professional driver service

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber is seeking a second chance in Barcelona three years after it was forced to shut down in the face of taxi driver protests by introducing a fully licensed ride-hailing service that meets local transportation laws.


Britain very close to Brexit transition deal with the EU: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is very close to agreeing the details of an implementation period with the European Union for its transition out of the bloc, junior Brexit minister Robin Walker said on Monday.

Saudi Arabia

Saudis Said to Use Coercion and Abuse to Seize Billions

As the Saudi crown prince comes to the U.S. to court investment, new details cast doubts on his claims of a transparent, legal anti-corruption effort.


Boeing says Israel may opt for Chinooks over Sikorsky choppers

JERUSALEM, March 11 (Reuters) - The Israeli military could decide within months to buy Boeing Co.'s CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters following a strong endorsement by its ground forces, a senior Boeing official said on Sunday.

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.

Elon Musk overhauls tunnels for mass transit


Decline in living kidney donors led by men

(Reuters Health) - The number of kidney transplants using organs from living donors has declined in the U.S. since 2005, and only high-income women are becoming kidney donors at a greater rate than they were more than a decade ago, the authors of a new study have found.

Cohen used Trump Org. email in Stormy Daniels deal

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer used his Trump Organization email account to communicate details of a payment transfer to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with the President before his time in office, Daniels' attorney confirmed to CNN Friday.


Highly rated borrowers drive leveraged loan pricing lower

NEW YORK, March 9 (LPC) - Highly rated US leveraged loan issuers such as packaged foods company Pinnacle Foods and auto parts maker Allison Transmission are taking advantage of strong investor appetite for floating-rate assets to further cut borrowing costs.


UPDATE 1-S.Africa watchdog approves $900 mln Sinopec, Chevron deal

JOHANNESBURG, March 9 (Reuters) - China's Sinopec Corp got a major boost in its pursuit of Chevron's South Africa and Botswana assets after South Africa's Competition Tribunal approved, with conditions, the $900 million transaction on Friday.

International Trade and World Market

Fact Check: Little Evidence Supports Trump’s Claims Against China on Tariffs and Trade

There is little evidence to validate the president’s concerns that unfair trade practices like transshipping are a widespread problem.

United States International Relations

Seeking ‘Peaceful Resolution’: Transcript of South Korean Adviser’s Remarks

Remarks by South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, at the White House after a meeting with President Trump.


Second man pleads guilty in Texas death of 10 immigrants in truck

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A second man pleaded guilty on Thursday to arranging the transport of dozens of immigrants across Texas last year that ended with 10 of them dead or dying in a sweltering tractor-trailer in a San Antonio parking lot.


Exclusive: Boeing has 'cash horsepower' for targeted acquisitions - CEO

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The head of Boeing Co said on Thursday the U.S. planemaker can absorb transactions on the scale of a proposed tie-up with Brazil's Embraer without putting at risk internal investments in its business or returning cash to shareholders.


Exclusive: Boeing says Embraer-size deals compatible with cash strategy

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The head of Boeing Co said on Thursday the U.S. planemaker can absorb transactions on the scale of a proposed tie-up with Brazil's Embraer without putting at risk internal investments in its business or returning cash to shareholders.


More U.S. schools offering safe spaces for LGBTQ youth

(Reuters Health) - A growing number of U.S. schools are offering safe spaces for ‘tweens and adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) and prohibiting harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a U.S. study suggests.


U.S. weather forecaster sees 55 percent chance of La Niña waning during March-May

(Reuters) - The current La Niña phase of the climate cycle will most likely transition during the March-May season to ENSO-neutral conditions, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday, a development that brings equatorial Pacific Ocean temperatures, rainfall patterns and winds closer to average.

International Trade and World Market

U.S. Allies to Sign Sweeping Trade Deal in Challenge to Trump

Eleven countries are expected to sign a slimmed-down version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as they try to counter Washington’s new protectionism.

CIGNA Corporation

Cigna Agrees to Buy Express Scripts in Major Health Care Deal

The transaction comes as insurers and others are looking for ways to control costs and stave off future challenges from companies like Amazon.


Indian court dismisses RCom's appeal against arbitration order

(Reuters) - An Indian court has dismissed Reliance Communications Ltd's (RCom) plea against an arbitration court order that barred the telecom operator from selling or transferring its assets without the tribunal's permission.


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.


Exclusive: Five banks open up trillion dollar gold club

LONDON (Reuters) - The five banks that settle every transaction in London's $6.8 trillion a year gold market are changing the rules of their clearing house to make it easier for newcomers to join.


Eleven nations - but not U.S. - to sign Trans-Pacific trade deal

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Eleven countries are expected to sign a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement in Santiago on Thursday, as an antidote to the increasingly protectionist bent of the United States, which last year pulled out of the pact.

Dems say Trump associate may have misled House panel

The founder of the security firm Blackwater did not mention to the House Intelligence Committee last year that a Lebanese-American businessman had attended a meeting in the Seychelles islands, a trip that has come under intense scrutiny in the Russia investigation, according to a review of the transcript.


Second Storm of the Week Dumps Snow and Cripples Transit

The brunt of the storm hit the region as the evening commute was getting underway, stranding frustrated travelers at Penn Station and Port Authority.


CERAWEEK-Energy Transfer Partners exploring 'partial' shift to c-corp - CEO

March 7 (Reuters) - Pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners is considering a partial shift to a C-corp from a master limited partnership, its chief executive said on Wednesday, a move that rivals have made to simplify their corporate structures.


U.S. appeals court says civil rights law covers transgender workers

(Reuters) - A federal law banning sex bias in the workplace prohibits discrimination against transgender workers, a U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday, ruling in favor of a funeral director who was fired after telling her boss she planned to transition to female from male.

Two words that can transform America


U.S. appeals court says Title VII covers transgender workers

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said a federal law banning sex bias in the workplace prohibits discrimination against transgender workers, ruling in favor of a funeral director who claimed she was fired after telling her boss she planned to transition to female from male.

How an affair with her bodyguard brought down Nashville's mayor

A onetime symbol of integrity, Megan Barry made history as the Music City's first female mayor in 2015. Barry sought to tackle the scarcity of public transportation options and affordable housing, and helped score a professional soccer franchise.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel

The special counsel has asked about the role of the adviser, George Nader, in a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles involving a Russian investor and a Trump transition adviser.

A Middle East specialist who attended secret meetings between Trump associates and the UAE during the transition is cooperating in Russia probe, sources say

A Middle East specialist with ties to Donald Trump's team attended secret meetings during the presidential transition between the United Arab Emirates and Trump associates, and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, two people familiar with the matter say.

'Man of mystery' cooperates with Mueller in Russia probe

A Middle East specialist with ties to Donald Trump's team attended secret meetings during the presidential transition between the United Arab Emirates and Trump associates, and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, two people familiar with the matter say.

Russian military plane crashes in Syria, killing all 39 on board

Thirty-nine people, including military personnel, were killed when a Russian transport plane crashed Tuesday while trying to land at Hmeimin air base in northwest Syria, Russian state media reported.


U.S. says New York, New Jersey must pay more for 'Gateway' project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Tuesday that New York and New Jersey need to shoulder more costs to build a critical tunnel under the Hudson River and denied that the Trump administration had agreed to finance the project.

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.


UK firm pilots using blockchain to help BMW source ethical cobalt

LONDON (Reuters) - Automaker BMW is working with a London-based start-up to use transaction-recording technology blockchain to prove batteries for its electric vehicles will contain only clean cobalt, the start-up's CEO said.


HCR ManorCare files for bankruptcy with $7.1 billion in debt

(Reuters) - The second-largest U.S. nursing home operator, HCR ManorCare Inc, filed for Chapter 11 protection late Sunday with $7.1 billion of debt as part of a pre-arranged deal to transfer ownership to its landlord Quality Care Properties Inc .


BRIEF-POET And Accelink Agree To Co-Develop Transceivers For 100/400G Markets



France's far-right National Front to change name as Le Pen seeks rebound

PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen will this weekend unveil a new name for the 45-year-old National Front and a refocus on immigration as it searches for more voters and relevance in a political landscape transformed by President Emmanuel Macron.


Kimmel leads Oscar celebration of gender equality, artistic diversity

entLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday led a star-studded tribute to Hollywood's best in honoring the campaign against sexual misconduct and breakthroughs in racial and ethnic diversity beginning to transform the movie business.


Chile's 'A Fantastic Woman' wins Oscar for best foreign film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chile's "A Fantastic Woman," a drama about a transgender woman who battles her lover's family after he dies, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film.


UPDATE 2-Chile's 'A Fantastic Woman' wins Oscar for best foreign film

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) - Chile's "A Fantastic Woman," a drama about a transgender woman who battles her lover's family after he dies, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film.


Athletics - Poles break relay world record as sport salutes Bannister

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Poland's sensational 400 meters relay men and inspired British hurdler Andrew Pozzi transformed the final day of the world indoor championships into an athletics celebration as the sport bade a fond farewell to Roger Bannister on Sunday.


Egypt's top court waives legal challenges to Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi

(The story was refiled to corrects paragraph 6 to say .. one week later ..not.. one month later)


German state minister says diesel bans unlikely before 2020

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Any diesel bans would likely take two years to put in place by which time the affected cities may have found other ways to reduce pollution, Hendrik Wuest, the transport minister of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, said.


Ireland, Britain grind slowly back to normal following snowstorms

DUBLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - Airports reopened and public transport began to grind back into service on Saturday after the worst snowstorms in nearly 30 years caused two days of major disruption in Britain and shut most of Ireland.

Infrastructure (Public Works)

Trump Pushes Republicans in Congress to Oppose Funding Hudson Rail Tunnel

The Obama administration had ranked the tunnel project as the United States’ No. 1 priority in transportation infrastructure, and had informally agreed to help pay for it.


Investigators looking at whether Kushner business talks affected U.S. policy: NBC News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal investigators are looking into whether Jared Kushner's business talks with foreigners during the presidential transition had any influence on later White House policy toward those with whom he spoke, NBC News reported on Friday.


Nursing home chain HCR ManorCare to sell itself in bankruptcy

(Reuters) - The second-largest U.S. nursing home operator, HCR ManorCare, will file for Chapter 11 protection in the coming days and transfer ownership to its landlord, Quality Care Properties Inc , the latest sign of distress in the senior housing industry.

'Star Trek' Klingon tourist center opens in Sweden

A theater in Stockholm has been transformed into a "Klingon tourist center" in a good-humoured bid to lure visitors to the warrior species' home planet Qo'noS.


CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Total expands in Libya with Waha stake buy from Marathon

LONDON, March 2 (Reuters) - French energy company Total said it acquired a 16.33 percent stake in Libya's Waha concessions from Marathon Oil in a $450 million transaction.


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.


Transparency? Check. Results? Stay tuned. Trump TV rocks DC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a case of reality TV meets Washington, President Donald Trump is bringing television cameras into normally private White House talks with lawmakers that feature sharp debates and, seemingly, policy-making on the fly.


U.S. regulators seek public views on self-driving trucks and trains

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Thursday that regulators will seek public input on rules for self-driving commercial vehicles and trains, as the administration grapples with how to regulate their expected future use.


Dubai tests autonomous pods in drive for smart city

DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai has begun testing autonomous pods in a trial run the Gulf's trade and tourism hub hopes will help its transformation into one of the smartest cities in the world.

Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)

Trump Targets MS-13, a Violent Menace, if Not the One He Portrays

The transnational gang is a bit player compared with drug cartels. But its violence has helped the Trump administration sell its campaign against immigration.


Banks complete 25 million euros securities transaction on blockchain platform

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Credit Suisse Group AG and ING Groep NV have completed a 25 million euros ($30.48 million) securities lending transaction using blockchain-based software, the companies said on Thursday, as more projects involving the nascent technology behind cryptocurrencies get closer to yielding results.


Banks complete 25 mln eur securities transaction on blockchain platform

NEW YORK, March 1 (Reuters) - Credit Suisse Group AG and ING Groep NV have completed a 25 million euros ($30.48 million) securities lending transaction using blockchain-based software, the companies said on Thursday, as more projects involving the nascent technology behind cryptocurrencies get closer to yielding results.


Singapore's planned terror response stokes concerns over press freedom

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A proposed law in Singapore that would allow authorities to ban the transmission of images from terror attacks and reports about security operations has drawn criticism from non-government bodies and security experts as a curb on press freedom.


Judge says she blocked Louisiana pipeline permit on 'irreparable harm' concern

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A judge in Louisiana who halted development of a section of Energy Transfer Partners' Bayou Bridge oil pipeline last week said on Tuesday that her decision was designed to prevent "further irreparable harm" to wetlands.


At least 15 people killed in Egyptian train crash

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed and 40 others were injured in a train crash on Wednesday in Egypt's northern province of Beheira, the official news agency MENA said, citing the transport ministry spokesman.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Can I Bring My Pet on Public Transit?

Wednesday: Rules for pet riders, what snowflakes say about climate change, and Purim.


BRIEF-Student Transportation To Be Acquired By Group Of Investors Led By CDPQ



Plan to privatize U.S. air traffic control lacks support: congressman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Tuesday there is not enough support in Congress to move forward with a plan backed by President Donald Trump to privatize the air traffic control system.