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Stocks tumble, bonds and yen gain as trade war fears drive rush to safety

TOKYO (Reuters) - The rumblings of a global trade war shook stock and currency markets on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump announced long-promised tariffs on Chinese goods and China retaliated with a pledge to fight to the end of any such war.


Facebook dropped from Australian Ethical ETF after data breach

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc will be removed from the Australia-based BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders Exchange Traded Fund (ETHI) due to recent "controversies", its Responsible Investment Committee (RIC) said on Friday.


Ecclestone urges F1 to take breakaway threat seriously

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Formula One's former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned owners Liberty Media to take the threat of a breakaway series seriously and said Mercedes could follow Ferrari out of the championship.


China gives Baidu go-ahead for self-driving tests after U.S. crash

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital city has given the green light to tech giant Baidu Inc to test self-driving cars on city streets, indicating strong support for the budding sector even as the industry reels from a fatal accident in the United States.


UPDATE 2-China gives Baidu go-ahead for self-driving tests after U.S. crash

* Crash in U.S. this month has raised safety concerns (Adds comments from sources close to DiDi Chuxing)


Congress approves $1.3-trillion spending bill, sends to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress voted early on Friday to approve a $1.3-trillion government funding bill with large increases in military and non-defense spending, sending it to President Donald Trump, who was expected to sign it into law.


Vietnam scraps South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing: BBC

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its "Red Emperor" project off the country's southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday.


China urges U.S. to 'pull back from brink' as Trump unveils tariffs

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump's plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods brought the world's two largest economies closer to a trade war.


No laughing matter: China regulator bans TV parodies amid content crackdown

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's media regulator is cracking down on video spoofs, the official Xinhua new agency reported, amid an intensified crackdown on any content that is deemed to be in violation of socialist core values under President Xi Jinping.

Protesters block NBA arena over fatal Sacramento police shooting

Protesters marched into City Hall in Sacramento, California, and onto an interstate highway Thursday as the mayor called for calm after police killed an unarmed black man they believed had a gun.


Video of police shooting unarmed black man sparks protests in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Newly released video footage of police killing an unarmed black man in a barrage of gunfire in Sacramento, California, left the mayor "horrified" and sparked street protests on Thursday that gridlocked traffic in the state capital for hours.


Australian rescuers race to save whales after mass stranding

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian rescuers were racing against time to save dozens of short-finned pilot whales on Friday after more than 150 of the migrating mammals got stranded on the country's west coast.

International Trade and World Market

Responding to Trump, China Plans New Tariffs on U.S. Goods

China proposed tariffs on $3 billion worth of American fruit, pork, wine and other goods, striking back just hours after President Trump’s announcement.

McDougal on 'Access Hollywood' tape: 'Not the man that I knew'

Karen McDougal said she had a 10-month affair with Donald Trump before he was President, and while "disgusted" by his comments that surfaced during the 2016 campaign about grabbing women's genitals, she said it was not the Trump she knew.


France's president sees popularity hit record low: poll

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity has fallen to its lowest point so far in his presidency, a poll showed on Friday, a day after nationwide protests against his reform drive brought tens of thousands of public workers on the streets.


China stocks tumble to 6-week low, roiled by trade war fears

* China, HK indexes poised for worst day since early February

Europe Edition: Tariffs, Strikes, Facebook: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


PRESS DIGEST -Wall Street Journal - March 23

March 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


Powell left out of Jamaica's Gold Coast team because of injury: JAAA

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell was left out of the Jamaica team for next month's Commonwealth Games because he was injured, the head of the country's athletics association said on Friday.


Tencent loses $24 billion in market cap after Naspers' selldown

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings Ltd saw its shares down 4.51 percent at the midday trading break on Friday after the internet firm's largest shareholder, Naspers Ltd , said it would lower its stake for the first time in 17 years.

Obama welcomed to New Zealand with Maori nose-rub

Former President Barack Obama got up close and personal with some native New Zealanders.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks tumble, bonds and yen gain as trade war fears drive rush to safety

* Dollar/yen drops below 105.00 for first time since Nov 2016


UPDATE 1-Petronas says involved in TransCanada's proposal to build gas pipeline extension

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Reuters) - Malaysia's Petronas said on Friday it is one of the producers involved in TransCanada's proposal to expand a pipeline system that would open up more markets for the energy company's gas produced in Western Canada.

McDougal on photo with Melania: I tried to keep my distance

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal describes meeting Melania Trump in an exclusive interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.


Apartment blaze in Ho Chi Minh City kills 13, injures 27

HANOI (Reuters) - A fire in a Ho Chi Minh City apartment block killed 13 people in the early hours of Friday, state media and a fire department official in the Vietnamese economic hub said.


UPDATE 2-Oil rises more than 1 pct as Saudi says production curbs could last into 2019

* Brent to rise to $75/b by Q3 on strong demand - Morgan Stanley (Updates prices)


UPDATE 4-Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

* Galaxy, Wynn bosses say companies have same core values (Add detail on other shareholders, stake value)


Asian oil, gas producers stepping up activity after long lull

* Asian govts need to improve fiscal terms to attract investors


Tennis: Kuhn gets early taste of tour victory in Miami

(Reuters) - Nicola Kuhn became the youngest Spaniard to win an ATP World Tour match since Rafa Nadal after the 18-year-old's 7-6(4) 6-4 victory over Darian King at the Miami Open on Thursday.


PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - March 23

March 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


Kentucky Senate passes bill restricting abortion procedure

(Reuters) - The Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday to ban a common abortion procedure once the patient reaches her 11th week of pregnancy, in what would amount to one of the strictest abortion limits yet in the United States.


Motor racing: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 at the top of the timesheets for the first free practice session at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Friday, while McLaren's hopes of a clean start were tempered by reliability issues.

Politics and Government

Emmanuel Macron Becomes France’s Answer to Strongman Populism

With the National Assembly firmly in his pocket, France’s president has had almost unchecked authority to carry out his agenda.


Mexican president defends energy reform from leftist's attacks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's president on Thursday defended his decision to open the energy sector against attacks from the man currently favorite to succeed him, saying a rollback of the measure could cost the country billions of dollars in lost investment.


Ex-Playboy model tells CNN she 'was in love' with Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair with U.S. President Donald Trump starting in 2006, told CNN’S Anderson Cooper 360 in an interview broadcast on Thursday night that she was in love with Trump.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Protests Grip Sacramento After Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man

Stephon Clark was shot dead by officers searching for a man who had been breaking windows. They said they thought he was armed, but no weapon was found.

Asian stocks plummet after Dow's big loss

American Media Inc

Ex-Playboy Model Karen McDougal Details 10-Month Affair With Donald Trump

In a lengthy television interview, Ms. McDougal said she was hurt when the president offered her money after sex, but added that they ended up in love.

Mudd: 'Aggressive' Bolton a WH risk

CNN analyst Phil Mudd weighs in on the effect incoming national security adviser John Bolton might have on President Donald Trump's administration.

Conservative commentator: If you lie with dogs, you get fleas

Republican strategist Alice Stewart tells CNN's Don Lemon it's hard to feel sympathy for Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who alleges she had a 10-month affair with Donald Trump.


Boeing will not appeal trade case against Bombardier: spokesman

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Boeing Co will not appeal against the U.S. trade commission ruling that allows Canada's Bombardier Inc to sell its newest jets to U.S. airlines without heavy duties, a Boeing spokesman said on Thursday.

Bolton's move to White House signals a more hawkish turn

John Bolton promised President Donald Trump that "he wouldn't start any wars" if he were hired to be the third national security adviser at the White House in just 14 months -- a claim that generated skepticism across Washington.


Japan regulator warns cryptocurrency exchange Binance over unregistered operations

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's financial watchdog on Friday issued a warning to Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Binance for operating without registration, the latest move by regulators to tighten standards in the country's digital money industry.


NBA leaps on esports bandwagon with new league

LONDON (Reuters) - The inexorable advance of esports will break new ground next month when the NBA becomes the first American professional sports organization to operate an esports league.


Trade fears loom as Samsung Electronics shareholders approve stock split

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd shareholders approved a stock split on Friday making it easier for retail shareholders to hold shares in the tech giant, at an annual meeting also dogged by concerns about global trade tensions.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

Loyola-Chicago Holds Off Nevada for a Third Straight Upset

The No. 11 Ramblers and Sister Jean continued their unlikely run with a narrow victory over the seventh-seeded Wolf Pack.


Southern California evacuation orders lifted as mudslide threat eases

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities in Southern California lifted evacuation orders on Thursday for more than 60,000 people living adjacent to fire-scarred foothills and mountain slopes along the Santa Barbara coast as rains and the threat of dangerous mudslides abated.

School shooting victim to be taken off life support, family says

The 16-year-old girl who was shot by an armed student at Great Mills High School in Maryland will be taken off life support, her family said.

Austin (Tex)

In Austin, a Bomber’s Rampage Exposes Racial Fault Lines Long Buried

The bombs planted by a 23-year-old white man have raised lingering questions about race, geography and class in one of Texas’ most liberal cities.


Review: ‘Frozen’ Hits Broadway With a Little Magic and Some Icy Patches

The neurotic stage musical adaptation of the animated blockbuster raises questions about how Disney transforms its biggest hits.


Stocks slide, bonds and yen advance as trade war fears drive rush to safety

TOKYO (Reuters) - Stock markets slid and perceived havens such as government bonds and the yen gained on Friday as investors rushed to safety after U.S. President Donald Trump announced long-promised tariffs on Chinese goods, stoking fears of a global trade war.


Seize on 'new dynamic' to agree Brexit deal, May tells EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May urged EU leaders to seize on "a new dynamic" in Brexit talks and solve differences over a future border with Ireland to agree a deal on their future partnership.


BRIEF-‍Amicus Therapeutics Announces Approval Of Galafold For Fabry Disease In Japan​



BRIEF-Boeing Is Not Appealing Case Against Bombardier At U.S. Trade Court - Spokesman ‍​



GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slide, bonds and yen advance as trade war fears drive rush to safety

* Dollar/yen drops below 105.00 for first time since Nov 2016


Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

(Reuters) - Steve Wynn, the former chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd , has agreed to sell all his remaining 8 million shares in the firm in a dramatic exit of the casino and hotel company he founded over 16 years ago.


House Republicans vote to release Russia report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines on Thursday to adopt a Republican report on the panel's investigation of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, formally ending a probe marred for months by bitter partisan conflict.


China strikes back in trade spat, aims tariffs at $3 billion U.S. goods

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China unveiled plans on Friday to impose tariffs on up to $3 billion of U.S. imports in retaliation against U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum products, as the world's two largest economies stood on the brink of a trade war.


Trump picks hardliner Bolton to replace McMaster as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump shook up his foreign policy team again on Thursday, replacing H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against North Korea and Iran.


UPDATE 4-EU leaders await final word from Trump on tariffs

* U.S. Trade Representative says EU to get "pause" on tariffs


UPDATE 1-Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

* Galaxy, Wynn bosses say 'shared values' (Adds details and context)


MOVES-UBS names Kendall interim head for CCS Americas after Reece exit

March 22 (Reuters) - The head of corporate client solutions for the Americas at UBS Group AG, Joe Reece, is leaving the Swiss lender after just four months in the role, according to an internal memo, the contents of which were confirmed by a spokeswoman for the bank.

McDougal: I voted for him, why would I want to damage him?

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal defended her decision to tell her story of her relationship with Donald Trump, and said she didn't want to damage him.

Karen McDougal tells CNN that she was intimate with the future US President 'many dozens of times'

Karen McDougal confirmed to CNN in an interview on Thursday that she had a 10-month sexual relationship with Donald Trump before he was President, saying they were together "many dozens of times."


Record number of U.S. Marines to train in Australia in symbolic challenge to China

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defence minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.


China's Baidu gets green light for self-driving vehicle tests in Beijing

SHANGHAI, March 23 (Reuters) - China's capital city has given the green light to tech giant Baidu Inc to test self-driving cars on city streets, an important step as the country looks to bolster its position in the global race for autonomous vehicles.

It's too early to say whether 'troubled young man' is the wrong term for Austin bomber

The Austin, Texas, serial bomber, 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, was, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, a "very troubled young man."


EU backs Britain in blaming Russia for spy attack, recalls envoy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders backed Britain on Thursday in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and recalled their envoy to Moscow in a symbolic protest.


U.S. Missile Defense Agency budget boosted to $11.5 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency saw its 2018 budget jump to its highest level on record at $11.5 billion in an appropriations bill on Thursday as the agency's head said he was exploring the use of armed drones to counteract North Korea.


U.S. Missile Defense Agency budget boosted to $11.5 bln

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency saw its 2018 budget jump to its highest level on record at $11.5 billion in an appropriations bill on Thursday as the agency's head said he was exploring the use of armed drones to counteract North Korea.

Austin (Tex)

Were the Austin Bombings Acts of Terrorism? Why Law Enforcement Says No

A police chief’s comment about the suspected bomber ignited a debate about who should be considered a terrorist.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

McMaster to Resign as National Security Adviser, and Will Be Replaced by John Bolton

Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster struggled to impose order on a fractious national security team and a president resistant to his sort of military discipline.


California mayor 'horrified' by video of police fatal shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The mayor of Sacramento, California, said on Thursday he was "horrified" by video showing police officers firing 20 gunshots at an unarmed black man who was slain in the backyard shooting.

Bolton says his past comments are now behind him as he gears up for a White House role

Newly named White House national security adviser John Bolton tried to distance himself from his past statements on Thursday, mere minutes after being named President Donald Trump's new top national security aide.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Beyond Gun Control, Student Marchers Aim to Upend Elections

With hundreds of March for Our Lives demonstrations planned for Saturday, high school students say this is a moment of political awakening for their generation.

de Blasio, Bill

De Blasio Donor Says He Steered Thousands in Bribes to Mayor’s Campaigns

A Long Island restaurateur testified that Bill de Blasio not only knew of the illegal scheme; he said that the mayor encouraged it.


Samsung Electronics CEO expects higher demand for value-added memory chips in 2018

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd expects demand to increase for value-added memory chips handling large data this year, its CEO said on Friday.


Maryland high school shooting victim to be taken off life support: mother

(Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl who was critically wounded this week when she was shot by a fellow student at her high school in Maryland will be taken off life support on Thursday evening, her mother said.

McDougal says Trump compared her to Ivanka

Karen McDougal tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that Donald Trump said she was beautiful like his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

China plans to respond with tariffs on US imports

Labeling and Labels (Product)

Op-Ed Columnist: Speaking as a White Male …

How much does identity shape opinion?


Daughter of Uber autonomous vehicle victim retains lawyer

PHOENIX, Ariz (Reuters) - The daughter of the woman killed by an Uber [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle in Arizona has retained a personal injury lawyer, underlying the potential high stakes of the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle.

United States International Relations

Man in the News: John Bolton, an Undiplomatic Voice for American Might

If President Trump wanted a national security adviser who would match his confrontational approach to the world, then Mr. Bolton fits the bill.

McDougal: Trump was sweet, respectful

Karen McDougal tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that the man people see on TV is not the man she knew Donald Trump to be.


In Indonesia, a shadowy campaign to stoke unrest as elections loom

BANDUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - A spate of mysterious attacks on Islamic clerics, schools and mosques in Indonesia in recent weeks has ramped up tensions as the world's most populous Muslim-majority country heads into provincial elections and a presidential poll next year.

International Trade and World Market

Editorial: Trump‘s Half-Baked China Tariffs

He’s right to accuse it of stealing American technology, but has no idea how to fix the problem.


Ibrahimovic says farewell to Manchester United ahead of U.S. move

LONDON (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic said farewell to Manchester United on Thursday after the Premier League club agreed to terminate the Swedish striker's contract ahead of an expected move to Los Angeles Galaxy.

Trump replaces H.R. McMaster with John Bolton as national security adviser

President Donald Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster has agreed to resign, a White House official announced on Thursday.

Former Playboy model to Melania: I'm sorry

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal got emotional about the current first lady while discussing her alleged affair with now-President Trump.

Stelter: President Trump hires a talking head - again

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Would You Want to Be Donald Trump’s Lawyer?

We didn’t think so.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

His Brother Was Shot in Chicago. He’s Marching With Students From Parkland.

Ke’Shon Newman’s brother was shot nine times on Chicago’s South Side, where gun violence is a daily threat. Now, Ke’Shon is heading to Washington to march with high school students from Parkland, Fla.

United States Defense and Military Forces

State Dept. Approves $670 Million Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

The proposed sale, which is bound to be questioned by Congress, came hours after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pentagon leaders to discuss the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

Federal Budget (US)

Spending Plan Moving Through Congress Is a Rebuke to Trump. Here’s Why.

Even with Republicans in charge, the measure increases funding for many programs the president had sought to cut or kill, and in some cases bars him from pursuing his goals.


Saudi Arabia has options if U.S. walks from nuclear power deal: minister

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has international partners it can work with if the United States walks away from a potential deal on nuclear power technology over concerns about nuclear proliferation, Khalid al-Falih, the kingdom's energy minister, said in an interview on Thursday.


Novartis touts U.S. filing plans for MS drug as patent losses loom

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis plans to file its BAF312 multiple sclerosis drug for U.S. approval within weeks, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, as it seeks to refresh its portfolio of neurological medicines that is about to be hit by patent losses.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

AT&T Would Use Time Warner as a ‘Weapon,’ Justice Dept. Says

In opening statements of government’s case to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, the two sides offered starkly different visions of the TV industry.


Facebook apology does little to satisfy lawmakers, Wall Street

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc came under further pressure from lawmakers, investors, advertisers and users on Thursday, the day after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted the social media network made mistakes in letting 50 million users' data get into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.


Dropbox IPO priced higher than expected on strong demand

(Reuters) - Dropbox Inc's initial public offering, the largest tech stock debut in more than a year, was priced at $21 per share, the company announced on Thursday, higher than expected.


Government funding bill hits snag in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to fund the government beyond Friday, which was on a fast track toward passage by the U.S. Congress, hit a bump on Thursday as Republican Senator Rand Paul employed procedural delays while he hunkered down to read the 2,232-page tome.


Investors pull $9.6 billion from U.S. equity funds, deepening selloff

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors stripped billions from stocks during the most recent week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, adding to the selling pressure building on markets.

McMaster's outspoken military career

H.R. McMaster is a military general with a reputation for speaking his mind, and rumors of tension with the President have clouded his White House tenure.


Nike forecasts reversal in North America sales decline, tops estimates

(Reuters) - Nike Inc on Thursday signaled an end to revenue declines in North America as the world's largest footwear maker reaps the benefits of its efforts to sell directly to customers and focus on new launches.


Syrian refugee sets himself on fire at a Greek migrant camp

ATHENS (Reuters) - A 26-year old Syrian man set himself on fire at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday, in one of the most serious incidents involving stranded migrants in many months.

Social Media

Op-Ed Contributor: How to Prevent Smart People From Spreading Dumb Ideas

Think first before you retweet that bit of fake news.

Divorce, Separations and Annulments

Unbecoming a Trump

After a dozen years, Vanessa Haydon Trump says she is leaving the first family.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: If You Love High TV Bills, This is the Merger for You

An antitrust challenge to AT&T’s merger with Time Warner is the last chance to stop pay-television bills from getting any higher.


Art Review: Real, or Too Real? A Dazzling Show Goes the Way of All Flesh

Welcome to the dollhouse, sideshow, morgue, cabinet of wonders and art-thriller that is “Like Life” at the Met Breuer.


Former NFL quarterback Romo shoots 77 in PGA Tour debut

(Reuters) - Tony Romo acknowledged the unforgiving nature of professional golf after carding five-over-par 77 in the opening round at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.


Halep survives Dodin scare to advance in Miami

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep survived a scare from France's Oceane Dodin on Thursday, beating the lucky loser 3-6 6-3 7-5 to reach the Miami Open third round.

Scottish comedian's Nazi salute dog video was awful. But it wasn't a crime

A Scottish comedian was literally convicted of a crime for making a joke.


Texas bomber's roommates released by police after questioning

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two roommates of the 23-year-old man behind this month's deadly bombing spree that unnerved Austin have been questioned and released from custody, police in the Texas capital said on Thursday.


Wisconsin governor ordered to hold special elections after Democratic outcry

(Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker must hold special elections in two state districts, a judge ruled on Thursday, after Democrats said he was putting off the votes over fears of losing the formerly Republican-held seats.

Facebook, John Dowd, Syria: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


Kansas militia members wanted to kill Muslims -prosecutor

WICHITA, Kan. (Reuters) - Three men charged with plotting to bomb an apartment complex in western Kansas, where Muslim immigrants from Somalia lived and had a mosque, wanted to kill as many as possible and send a message they were not welcome in the United States, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

Bannon: If Kelly goes, replacement unlikely

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says that if current White House chief of staff John Kelly were to leave his position, he does "not believe there will be another chief of staff."


JPMorgan mulls spin-off of blockchain project Quorum: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co is considering a spin-off of its marquee blockchain project Quorum believing independence from the bank could increase the platform's appeal, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Opinion: Only 117 years 'til this asteroid (possibly) hits us

Chicken Little was right. In a very literal sense, the sky is falling. Not today and not tomorrow, but eventually. NASA has announced that on September 22, 2135 (which happens to be a Thursday, if you need to check your schedule), there is a small chance an asteroid a third of a mile across (named Bennu) will slam into the Earth with an impact energy equivalent to the currently deployed arsenal of US nuclear ballistic missiles.


Kubinka Journal: Patriotic Youth Army Takes Russian Kids Back to the Future

The Youth Army, a recent Kremlin creation, is designed to imprint nationalist fervor, but critics doubt Russia needs a militaristic league for the young.


Syria rebels depart eastern Ghouta town on government buses in first surrender

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian rebels withdrew in busloads from a town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday and handed it over to the army, the first such surrender since one of the fiercest campaigns of the seven-year war began more than a month ago.

The pandemic that threatens women globally

The #MeToo campaign has shed light on sexual harassment and assault in shocking ways. The legal and political fallout, from Harvey Weinstein to convicted US Olympics doctor Larry Nassar, marks a shift in our culture. But noticeably absent from the conversation is how to support women's health and reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG).


Saudi Arabia's new crown prince to sit down with Wall Street

BOSTON/NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's crown prince will rub shoulders in New York next week with top figures from Wall Street and Corporate America, part of a whistle-stop first visit to the United States since becoming King Salman's heir apparent last year.


BRIEF-Avigilon Shareholders Approve Acquisition By Motorola Solutions



Russian agent may have limited mental capacity after nerve attack

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A military-grade nerve toxin attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have left them with compromised mental capacity and it is unclear whether they will recover, a British judge said on Thursday.


Strikes Disrupt France as Thousands Protest Macron Overhauls

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across the country as civil servants and railway workers angry with President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms went on strike.


Investors pull $9.6 bln from U.S. stock funds in week -Lipper

NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors stripped $9.6 billion from stocks during the most recent week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, adding to the pressure building on markets.


BRIEF-Oasis Petroleum CEO's 2017 Total Compensation $6.8 Mln



BRIEF-Occidental Petroleum CEO's 2017 Total Compensation $12.7 Mln



BRIEF-Dover Says CEO's 2017 Total Compensation $9.95 Mln



No repeat championship for Johnson at WGC Match Play

(Reuters) - Defending champion Dustin Johnson has no chance of advancing to the knockout phase of the WGC-Match Play after suffering a second straight defeat in Austin, Texas on Thursday.


BRIEF-Baidu Announces Pricing Of $1.5 Bln Notes Offering

* BAIDU INC - ‍PUBLIC OFFERING CONSISTS OF US$1 BILLION OF 3.875% NOTES DUE 2023 AND US$500 MILLION OF 4.375% NOTES DUE 2028​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Vital Medicare counseling service escapes U.S. budget cuts for now

Catherine Jones lives on $930 a month in Social Security benefits, so every dollar counts for the retired Detroit nurse. Her income is low enough to qualify for a special Medicare program that covers...


BRIEF-vTv Therapeutics Says Phase 1B Study Of TTP399 For The Treatment Of Type 1 Diabetes Completed



BRIEF-J M Smucker Announces Limited, Voluntary Recall


Congress blocks DeVos agenda in spending bill

Some significant proposals championed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump were rejected in the $1.3 trillion spending bill that's making its way through Congress.


Stocks tumble to worst day in six weeks after Trump tariff action

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slumped on Thursday as President Donald Trump's move to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports drove fears about the impact on the global economy, fueling the biggest percentage declines in Wall Street's three major indexes since they entered correction territory six weeks ago.


BRIEF-Sierra Metals Reports Q4 Financial Results



U.S. airline traffic rose 3.4 percent in 2017 to all-time high: government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday that airlines carried 3.4 percent more passengers on U.S. domestic and international flights in 2017 for an all-time high of 965 million passengers.

Toys 'R' Us founder dies a week after company announced it will close


House sends $1.3 trillion spending bill to Senate as Friday deadline looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill on Thursday to fund federal agencies and avert a government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, sending it to the Senate despite a revolt by fiscal conservatives worried by what they called runaway spending.


Poland says U.S. missile shield site delayed until 2020

WARSAW (Reuters) - Technical problems will delay the completion of the Polish section of a U.S. defence shield by two years to 2020, Poland's defence ministry said on Thursday.


Tillerson bids farewell to 'mean-spirited' Washington in speech to staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left the State Department on Thursday, calling Washington a "mean-spirited town" but saying nothing about President Donald Trump in his farewell remarks to department employees.

Woman suing over Trump affair story to appear on CNN tonight

Karen McDougal, who reportedly signed an agreement in 2016 compelling her silence about an affair with President Donald Trump years prior, is scheduled to appear on CNN Thursday night.

More anti-Muslim, conspiratorial tweets emerge from Trump's pick for top UN migration job

Ken Isaacs, the Trump administration pick to head the international organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide, once wrote on Twitter that Austria and Switzerland should consider building a wall in the Alps to keep refugees out.

Billionaire CEO is on a mission to save Toys 'R' Us

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Bits: Kevin’s Week in Tech: Zuckerberg’s Answers to Privacy Scandal Raise More Questions

Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook’s reliance on advertising aligned with its mission to build a community. But what if Facebook cost $5 per month to use?

Rand Paul is reading all 2,232 page of the spending bill -- and live-tweeting

Sen. Rand Paul doesn't like Congress' omnibus spending bill, and he wants you to know it.


Trump edges closer to China tariffs, appears to avert trade war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China, although his action was far removed from threats that could have ignited a global trade war.


Nike tops revenue, profit estimates on strong global sales

(Reuters) - Nike Inc's quarterly revenue and profit beat analysts' estimates on Thursday, helped by robust demand in its international markets and initiatives such as selling directly to customers.


Stock market principles needed in crypto world: SEC official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The cryptocurrency trading marketplace could be improved by applying some of the principles from the stock market such as best execution and surveillance, a senior U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official said on Thursday.


Severe combat wounds, PTSD tied to high blood pressure

(Reuters Health) - Members of the military who received severe combat wounds and have chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an amplified risk of high blood pressure as well, according to a U.S. Veterans Affairs study.

Report: Saudi crown prince bragged that Kushner was 'in his pocket'

Jared Kushner, tasked by his boss and father-in-law, President Donald Trump, with mediating Middle East peace early in the administration, has so far staked a bulk of those efforts on the ascendant Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.


Trump's lead lawyer in Russia probe resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday, the same week Trump added another Washington lawyer to his team.


Family of 'Star Trek' actor settles with Fiat Chrysler over fatal accident

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of late "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV over the rollaway crash of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed the up-and-coming actor almost two years ago.


EU plans tougher consumer laws for Facebook, Gmail

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is planning to apply tougher consumer laws to social media networks and email providers like Facebook and Google's Gmail as scrutiny of data protection grows in the wake of an outcry over Facebook's handling of data.

Bombs and Explosives

In Austin Bombings, Investigators Sift Through Clues, Looking for the Why

Investigators tried to determine what had motivated Mark Conditt to go on a bombing spree that killed two and terrorized Austin for weeks.

Asia and Australia Edition: Tariffs, Facebook, Joe Biden: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Cynthia Nixon and the Degradation of Experience

In politics, too, training and knowledge matter. Hasn’t Trump taught us that?

Sessions: Use death penalty when appropriate

Attorney General Jeff Sessions urges federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for serious drug trafficking crimes.

Elizabeth Warren spars with Ben Carson: This should get you fired

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tells HUD Secretary Ben Carson that his "unwillingness" to do his job is a bigger scandal than the HUD's recent furniture purchases.

The Austin bombings weren't labeled 'terrorism.' Here's why

A man terrifies a city for weeks, detonating explosive devices that kill two people. Then, when cornered by police, he blows himself up with one of his bombs. The acts of a terrorist in some Middle Eastern nation? No, the acts of a "very challenged young man" in Texas.

Standard & Poor's 500-Stock Index

Stock Markets Tumble Amid Heightening Tensions Over Trade

Major indexes fell by more than 2 percent Thursday as investors began to take seriously the prospects of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

United States Politics and Government

‘I Take Responsibility,’ Carson Says of $31,000 Furniture Purchase

Facing withering criticism from a Senate subcommittee, the secretary of housing and urban development followed the advice of his aides, who in recent days have urged him to apologize for the purchase.


Investigators probe whether Texas bomber had help

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Federal investigators on Thursday scoured the home of the 23-year-old man they say was behind this month's deadly Texas bombing spree, seeking clues about what motivated Mark Conditt and whether anyone helped him build or plant his bombs.


Ackman exits Nike stake with $100 million in profit: source

(Reuters) - Investor William Ackman has stepped out of his Nike sneakers, at least in a financial sense.


New York, New Jersey airport workers could get hike in minimum wage

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The board that oversees major airports in New York and New Jersey voted on Thursday to consider phasing in a minimum wage increase to $19 per hour by 2023, affecting about 20,000 workers.

Data-Mining and Database Marketing

The Stone: How Democracy Can Survive Big Data

We can blame Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for the damage they’ve done, but the responsibility lies with all of us.

Don't run for president, says Trump

President Trump jokingly said he would advise his 25-year-old self to not run for president.


E-cigarettes tied to less smoking cessation

(Reuters Health) - Smokers who also use e-cigarettes may be half as likely to give up tobacco as smokers who never vape at all, a European study suggests.

Video shows Uber's failure to protect pedestrian, experts say

Analysis: Why Trump's China tariffs are likely to be bad for him

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced a series of tariffs totaling $50 billion against China, the second time this month he has instituted tariffs. (The first were on steel and aluminum and not specifically directed at China.)

Ailing parents get one last family adventure

Back in 2002, cancer wasn't on Jon Albert's radar. He and his wife Jill had successful careers and busy lives, caring for their two young children, Jake, 9, and Jamie, 7.

Behold Gunbook -- Facebook for gun lovers

A social network for gun lovers who might be frustrated by Facebook's policies allows them to showcase their weapons, discuss and give advice on all aspects of shooting, and even sell their guns.


Chipotle wins dismissal of investor lawsuit over foodborne illness

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Thursday won the dismissal of an investor lawsuit claiming it concealed food safety risks, causing its stock to drop after widely publicized outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in 2014 and 2015.


Russia may annul election results at two polling stations: officials

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia could annul results at two polling stations where Reuters reporters witnessed people voting more than once during Sunday's presidential election, election officials said on Thursday.


Sports of The Times: Sisters of Sister Jean Embrace Her Loyola Team and Marvel at Her Fame

At the Iowa home of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt is more than an overnight superstar at the N.C.A.A. tournament.


Goldman Sachs no longer one of top three commodities banks

LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs lost its place among the top three earners of commodities-related revenue in 2017, falling below rivals JPMorgan , Morgan Stanley and Citibank for the first time,...

Expensive trip, priceless memories

Since 2006, Jon Albert's nonprofit has helped more than 1,000 families facing late-stage cancer to create lasting memories on free, fun-filled trips.

What's not in the omnibus is what matters most

It's closing time on Capitol Hill.


Deutsche Bank to reap $1.7 billion from asset management IPO

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's asset management arm DWS set the price for its initial public offering on Thursday at a level which is expected to generate proceeds of about 1.4 billion euros...


Mattis tells Saudi leader of urgent need to find end to Yemen war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There is an urgent need to find a political solution to Yemen's war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, as he voiced hope for a U.N. special envoy's peace efforts and firmly backed Riyadh.


Women's soccer league gaining foothold in U.S.

(Reuters) - Women's professional soccer has long been a tough sell in the United States but the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is already in uncharted territory as it gets set to open its sixth season this weekend.


U.S. Justice Department urges judge to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration urged a federal judge on Thursday to block AT&T Inc's proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc, saying the deal would hand the company a "weapon" to harm competition and raise consumer prices.


China should prepare for military action over Taiwan: Chinese paper

BEIJING (Reuters) - China should prepare for military action over self-ruled Taiwan and pressure Washington over cooperation on North Korea after the United States passed a law to boost ties with Taiwan, a widely read Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday.

Bombs and Explosives

Austin Bombing Victims Included a Father and a 17-Year-Old Musician

A finance professional and a teenage bass player were killed in a series of bombings that left five others injured and Texas’ capital city on edge.

Cosby, Bill

Bill Cosby Wants Judge Replaced Because of His Wife’s Advocacy

Mr. Cosby, nearing a retrial on sexual assault charges, says the judge must recuse himself because his wife is an advocate for assault victims. Legal experts disagree.

Wages and Salaries

New York-Area Airport Workers on Way to $19 Per Hour

The Port Authority, which oversees Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark Airports, is expected to recommend that the agency raise the minimum wage by the fall of 2023.


BRIEF-Transmontaigne Partners Expects No Direct Financial Impact From Proposed FERC Pipeline Policy Revisions



Norway plans to buy electric planes, mimicking green car success

* Norway's Avinor reckons short-haul flights electric by 2040


BRIEF-Dana Neves Promoted To Vice President And GM Of Wfsb-TV In Hartford

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BRIEF-Petro-Victory Energy Announces Senior Secured Debt Financing



BRIEF-SRS Investment Management Says Intend To Nominate 5 Director At Upcoming Avis Annual Meeting


John Dowd steps down as President Trump ramps up his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

United States Politics and Government

John Dowd Resigns as Trump’s Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry

Mr. Dowd’s departure is the latest change among President Trump’s legal team as the president has begun directly attacking the special counsel in public.


MOVES-Hot hedge fund Coatue hires ex-Och-Ziff exec -source

NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) - James Keith "JK" Brown, a top hedge fund marketer who left Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC last year, is set to join Coatue Management LLC to lead its investor relations unit, according to a person familiar with the situation.


House approves government spending bill despite conservative revolt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill to avert a government shutdown and fund federal agencies through Sept. 30, despite a revolt by fiscal conservatives worried about what they called runaway spending.


Mattis tells Saudi leader: urgent need to find end to Yemen's war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday there was an urgent need to find a political solution to Yemen's war, as he voiced hope for a U.N. special envoy's peace efforts and firmly backed Riyadh.


Investors, lawmakers, advertisers pressure Facebook over data

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's apology for how his company handled 50 million users' data did little on Thursday to ease investor worries about the cost to fix mistakes and lawmakers' dismay that his response did not go far enough.


Mexico's wholesale mobile network launches without major carriers

MEXICO CITY, March 22 (Reuters) - Mexico's landmark wholesale national mobile network launched this week, but without a single major wireless carrier on board, renewing debate about how best to boost competition in the telecom sector dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim.


UPDATE 5-U.S. House approves government spending bill despite conservative revolt

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill to avert a government shutdown and fund federal agencies through Sept. 30, despite a revolt by fiscal conservatives worried about what they called runaway spending.