News Trends, News Analysis, News Archive.

Related Articles

Real Estate (Commercial)

Out With the Old Building, in With the New for JPMorgan Chase

The global financial services company will tear down its Park Avenue headquarters and take advantage of new zoning rules to build a bigger, sleeker one.


New U.S. criminal charges filed under seal in Manafort case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the criminal case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a court record seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed.


U.S. bond funds post 1st week of withdrawals since 2016 -ICI

By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, Feb 21 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors tiptoed back into stocks after pulling the most cash on record the week prior, but they are now punishing bonds, Investment Company Institute (ICI) data showed on Wednesday. Investors pulled $12.1 billion from bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the United States during the most recent week, the trade group said, marking the most cash drained out of those products since December 2015 and the first


Sinn Fein leader says UK does not have plan for restoring Northern Ireland's government

LONDON (Reuters) - Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said on Wednesday that the British government does not have a plan for restoring Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration after holding talks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.


UPDATE 1-European supermarket alliance drops Nestle products in price stand-off

BRUSSELS/ZURICH, Feb 21 (Reuters) - European supermarkets including Belgium's Colruyt and Switzerland's Coop have dropped some Nestle products, as a buying group representing them pushes for better prices.


BRIEF-Avesoro Resources Says Unit Enters Into Further Equipment Finance Facility Deals With Mapa For About $10.3 Mln


Chris Cornell's widow opens up about his death

Vicky Cornell spoke out about her husband Chris Cornell's death in her first TV interview since his May 2017 suicide.

How Billy Graham became the most famous preacher in US

Billy Graham was having doubts -- in his ministry, in his rock-ribbed Christian faith, in himself.


EMERGING MARKETS-Latin American currencies cautious ahead of Fed minutes

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies seesawed on Wednesday as traders awaited the release of the minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting that could offer clues on the pace of future U.S. interest rate hikes. Currencies from Brazil, Mexico and Chile treaded water, while the Colombian peso weakened 0.8 percent. Traders have been anxiously awaiting new hints over the Fed's strategy in coming months following an unexpectedly strong

Wendy Williams diagnosed with Graves' Disease, announces show hiatus

Talk show host Wendy Williams revealed on Wednesday that she has Graves' disease.


UPDATE 1-Barington wants more sizzle in Bloomin' Brands steakhouses

BOSTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Activist investor Barington Capital Group, L.P. wants Outback Steakhouse owner Bloomin' Brands Inc to spin off three smaller restaurant chains into a new company, cut costs and improve diners' experiences, steps it says can double its flagging share price.


Trump signals open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday praised an experimental program in Oregon that charges a mileage tax to volunteer drivers, adding to signals that President Donald Trump is open to finding new revenue sources to pay for his proposed infrastructure program.

A YouTube video called a shooting survivor an actor. That's a lie

A top trending video on YouTube Wednesday suggested an outspoken survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is an actor.


Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 21) - Obama administration, Jeff Sessions

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Gun owners are talking about gun control. Stop and listen

Pump the brakes, progressives, and listen. Thanks to those activist kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the national conversation surrounding guns is evolving -- and it's evolving in a serious way. Some gun owners are already taking action.


German neo-Nazis are trying to infiltrate Daimler: works council

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Neo-Nazis are attempting to infiltrate one of Germany's biggest car makers, Daimler , to turn a key factory into a showcase for their views, the plant's works council said on Wednesday.


Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as more bombs fall

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their "turn to die" on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government forces on the besieged, rebel-held enclave near Damascus.


Canadian pension fund Caisse aims to double Indian real estate investments

MONTREAL, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The real estate arm of Canada's second-largest pension fund manager wants to "more than double" the C$800 million ($631 million) it has already committed to investments in India in the short term, President Daniel Fournier told Reuters on Wednesday.

This viral trend is lighting up the internet

The #HobbyLobbyChallenge is going viral as photographers use the craft store's plastic flower aisle as a backdrop for portraits.


Cigars and pipes tied to same risks as cigarettes

(Reuters Health) - Cigarettes are not the only type of tobacco products that can lead to premature death or fatalities from smoking-related cancers, a U.S. study confirms.


METALS-Copper steadies after hitting one-week low on dollar gains

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Copper steadied on Wednesday after hitting a one-week low earlier in the session as investors moved into the safety of the dollar before the release of the minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's most recent policy meeting.


U.S. FDA says recalls, destroys certain kratom-containing dietary products

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it recalled and destroyed a large volume of kratom-containing dietary supplements made by a company in Missouri.


Italian investor looks to rev up Shanghai Tang sales

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian entrepreneur Alessandro Bastagli set his sights on Shanghai Tang two decades ago and having finally bought the brand in 2017 from Richemont he aims to increase the group's sales by 15-20 percent next year.


Transocean upbeat about offshore recovery, despite quarterly loss

HOUSTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Drilling contractor Transocean Ltd on Wednesday expressed optimism about a recovery in offshore drilling activity this year, despite reporting its third quarterly loss in a row.

Students rejected from the state Senate president's office

Just one week after surviving a massacre that killed 17 people, grieving students confronted Florida lawmakers Wednesday to demand a ban on assault weapons.


Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of teenaged survivors of the second-deadliest public school shooting in U.S. history marched on Florida's capital on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to ban sales of assault rifles of the sort used to kill 17 students and educators last week.


UPDATE 2-European shares recoup losses as miners, financials rise

* Strong European earnings season so far (Adds closing prices)


Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to U.S. presidents, dies at 99

(Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years in the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said.


Marcos-era musical resonates with modern Philippines, director says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Filipino director Lav Diaz's musical about martial law under President Ferdinand Marcos is set firmly in the 1970s, but the movie is as much about today, he told Reuters at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday.


UPDATE 3-Dish says Sling TV has 2.2 million subscribers

* Shares down 2 pct (Adds details on quarter, analyst comments on spectrum, updates shares)


Number of U.S. hate groups jumps 20 percent since 2014: watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. hate groups rose again in 2017, during President Donald Trump's first year in office, and has surged 20 percent since 2014, a U.S. civil rights watchdog said on Wednesday.

As survivors take their fight to the State Capitol, students across Florida are leaving class in solidarity


Novo Nordisk gets nod from U.S. drug purchaser for new diabetes hope

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Insulin maker Novo Nordisk said its Ozempic diabetes drug had been included on a list of medicines approved for patients covered by U.S. private health schemes, setting the stage for a battle with Eli Lilly's Trulicity.


U.S. top court refuses to widen whistleblower protections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to broaden protections for corporate insiders who call out misconduct, throwing out a lawsuit brought against a real estate trust by a former employee who had reported alleged wrongdoing internally but not to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Corruption (Institutional)

Top Aide to Netanyahu Turns State Witness as Graft Cases Multiply

The aide, Shlomo Filber, could support the most damning charge of favors to an Israeli communications giant in exchange for fawning news coverage.


Democrats want funding to fight possible Russia election tampering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Congressional Democratic leaders suggested on Wednesday that Congress allocate $300 million dollars for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to fight Russian efforts to interfere in the November 2018 U.S. election.

Atlanta airport is now offering flights to Wakanda -- sort of

It started with a tweet.


Gains in tech stocks, Amazon drive Wall St. higher

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with technology shares and Amazon driving gains ahead of minutes of the Federal Reserve's most recent policy meeting.

Gun Control

Florida Republicans Face Mounting Pressure to Act on Gun Control

Student protesters who survived last week’s shooting want a range of new restrictions. Yet G.O.P. leaders appear set on pursuing a package of narrower measures.


Broadcom trims Qualcomm offer to $117 billion after new NXP deal

(Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd cut its bid for Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday by 4 percent to $117 billion, after the latter raised the stakes in the chipmaker takeover battle with a sweetened $44 billion agreement to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV .

Trump is right: Obama was asleep at the switch on Russia

NRA to participate in CNN town hall at 9 p.m. ET

The National Rifle Association will participate in CNN's nationally televised town hall Wednesday with students, parents and community members who were affected by last week's school shooting.


British bank RBS hires 'digital human' Cora on probation

LONDON (Reuters) - A life-like avatar called Cora is being put through her paces by Royal Bank of Scotland , helping customers with basic queries and giving its digital banking drive a more human face.


Tight supply, rising prices weigh on U.S. home sales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home sales unexpectedly fell in January, leading to the biggest year-on-year decline in more than three years, as a persistent shortage of houses pushed up prices and kept first-time buyers out of the market.

Trump challenges Sessions to investigate Obama

President Donald Trump, after being criticized for his response to Russia's election meddling, challenged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into the Obama administration for failing to do enough to stop the 2016 election foreign interference.


GE CFO says no plans for an equity raise; "not discussed"

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co Chief Financial Officer Jamie Miller said on Wednesday that the industrial conglomerate has no plans to raise equity to strengthen its balance sheet, dismissing speculation about such a move.


Bobsleigh: Germany's 'Berlin Bob' was not the golden favorite

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - There were hopes of a German win in the women's bobsleigh final at the Winter Games on Wednesday but not necessarily from the hands of former hammer thrower and Berlin-resident Mariama Jamanka.

Remembering the Parkland massacre victims

CNN's Brianna Keilar shares the names, photos, and stories of 10 victims killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


Macron's EU debate idea gains momentum after Poland joins in

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron has won support from 25 of the EU's remaining 27 states for his idea to hold democratic debates on the future of Europe later this year, with Hungary and the Netherlands still needing convincing, a French official said.


Philip Morris may have breached Lithuania's advertising rules with new smoking device

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania's tobacco regulator believes Philip Morris's new electronic smoking device should be subject to the same advertising restrictions as tobacco, potentially dealing a blow to a product the company has touted as the future of smoking.


Senator Cruz heads to bankrupt PA refinery for rally against biofuels policy

Philadelphia (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will speak at a rally against the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on Wednesday hosted by bankrupt refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc - a company that blames the controversial biofuels policy for its financial demise.

Father and son escape separate mass shootings

This father and son share an unusual bond: both have been involved in two of the United States' worst mass shootings in history.

The US is divided on guns -- and so is the military


Vaccinating pregnant mothers is safe for babies

(Reuters Health) - Infants are much less likely to get influenza or whooping cough when their mothers were vaccinated against these infections during pregnancy, and a new study suggests this doesn’t pose a safety risk for babies.


How matching money turbo-charges U.S. retirement savings

CHICAGO - After turning miserly when the Great Recession began nearly 10 years ago, U.S. employers are loosening their purse strings and giving workers more money to boost retirement savings.


U.S. top court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran, which they had accused of complicity in the attack.


U.S.-led air strike in Somalia kills three al Shabaab militants: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.-led air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia on Monday killed three members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group, the U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday.

Opinion: What Trump needs from Romney

It must be a mark of how middle-aged and middle-of-the-road I've become that I'm actually excited about Mitt Romney running for the Senate. I'll explain why I'm offering my support later -- because far more important is that Donald Trump has beaten me to it. The President posted an endorsement of Romney's Utah candidacy on Twitter. Romney replied with gratitude.


Ice Hockey: Canada edge Finland 1-0 to get to semis

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Maxim Noreau scored the only goal as Canada beat Finland 1-0 on Wednesday to win a spot in the semi-final round of the Olympic men's ice hockey tournament.


Woods makes rare back-to-back starts as PGA Tour revs up

(Reuters) - Missing the cut last week provided a reality check for Tiger Woods, who nevertheless will be the focus of attention again as he headlines a major-worthy field at the Honda Classic starting in south Florida on Thursday.


British air pollution plans are inadequate: High Court

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's plans to curb air pollution are inadequate and must be improved, the High Court ruled on Wednesday following a legal complaint from environmental lawyers, Client Earth.

Students walk out, demand to be heard

Students hold walkouts across Florida to show solidarity with the students and survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


Bobsleigh: Jamanka steers Germany to gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Germany won the women's Olympic bobsleigh gold medal on Wednesday after a steering masterclass by Mariama Jamanka earned her and partner Lisa Buckwitz their country's first success in the event since 2006.

Gun control's newest activists aren't backing down

No one wants to be here.


Fed's Harker sees two U.S. rate hikes this year

(Reuters) - Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker on Wednesday said he still thinks just two interest-rate hikes this year is "likely appropriate," but signaled he is open to more if needed.

Computers and the Internet

Tech Fix: In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better

It can be tempting to hook up everything you love to the internet. But take a moment to appreciate some of the objects that can remain unplugged.

'Black Panther' director pens emotional thank-you

Fans are loving "Black Panther" and the film's director is loving them right back.


Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters' arrest: defense

YANGON (Reuters) - The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defense lawyer said.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Attacks Obama, and His Own Attorney General, Over Russia Inquiry

President Trump attacked his own attorney general on Wednesday, asking in a Twitter post why Jeff Sessions has not been investigating Democrats for Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Curling: Japan claim final playoff spot despite loss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Japan clinched a semi-final spot in Olympic women's curling and South Korea closed out preliminary round play with a win over Denmark on Wednesday as two Asia nations reached the last four at a Winter Games for the first time.


Secret Service reopens area around White House after suspicious car

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service reopened streets around the White House and allowed workers back into an evacuated building on Wednesday after authorities cleared a suspicious car parked nearby.


Apple turns to miners to lock in cobalt supplies: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt, a silver-gray metal used in iPhone batteries, directly from miners, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources.


African nations urged to avoid hydropower reliance

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - African nations need to diversify energy supply, particularly countries reliant on hydropower, industry experts said at an energy conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.


More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack: sources

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a village in the northeastern state of Yobe, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday.


Saudi water distribution utility hires adviser to bring in private sector

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's state-owned utility National Water Co (NWC) has hired Japan's Mizuho Bank to advise it on bringing private companies into the water distribution sector, NWC said on Wednesday.

7 ways to help prevent school shootings

Some argue for stricter gun control policies, others call for more social and emotional learning, but it's important not to let the debate get in the way of action. Here are seven interrelated ideas that can move our country forward toward actual solutions that reduce school shootings.


Avis steers into crowded field for managing ride services fleets

DETROIT (Reuters) - When Avis Budget Group Inc reports its results on Wednesday, executives under pressure from restive shareholders will likely point to the potential for profits from managing fleets of vehicles for ride services and robo-taxi companies.

Kentucky Democrat wins state House seat in Trump stronghold

Democrats claimed a landslide victory in a special election for a Kentucky House district that voted heavily for Donald Trump in 2016.

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Cherished Black Bookstore in a Changing South L.A.

Wednesday: Eso Won Books preserves its identity decades after opening, a state gun law stands, and cold weather sends a chill through the state.


EU lawmakers back CO2 limits to power reserve subsidies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers on Wednesday backed attaching emissions limits to subsidies paid to utilities for backup power capacity to avert blackouts.


U.S. Intel plans $5 billion investment in Israeli plant: minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Intel Corp plans to invest $5 billion to expand production at its Kiryat Gat plant in southern Israel, Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen said on Wednesday after talks with the U.S. chipmaker.

Graham, Billy

Billy Graham, Media Pioneer

Over the course of his career, the Rev. Billy Graham capitalized on modern communication technologies — from television to satellite to the internet — to give his ministry a global reach.


Billy Graham; preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99

(Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said.

Graham, Billy

Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents

Mr. Graham spread the Gospel around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of advanced communication technologies.


BRIEF-High Liner Foods Q4 Adjusted Earnings Per Share C$0.19



BRIEF-Western Gas Partners LP Files Preliminary Prospectus Supplement Related To A Potential Two-Part Senior Notes Offering



Florida rally to ban assault-style weapons set for Wednesday

PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Student activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff were shot and killed will call for a ban on assault-style weapons when they meet with lawmakers and hold a rally on Wednesday in Tallahassee, the state capital.


BRIEF-USAF Selects UTC Aerospace Systems DB-110 Airborne Reconnaissance System For Multi-Nation Foreign Military Sales Acquisition



BRIEF-Mastercard Files Preliminary Prospectus Supplement Related To A Potential Notes Offering ‍​


A look back at Billy Graham's life

Famed evangelist Billy Graham has passed away at 99 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.


BRIEF-Boeing Files Prospectus Supplement Related To Offering Of $1.4 Bln Six-Part Senior Notes ‍​



UPDATE 2-Telefonica Brasil reports 25 pct profit jump amid high-end push

SAO PAULO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Telefonica Brasil SA , the country's largest telecommunications company, on Wednesday reported that fourth-profit rose 25 percent from a year ago as it increased its reliance on higher-end offerings.


UPDATE 2-Natgas producer EQT to spin off midstream operations amid investor pressure

Feb 21 (Reuters) - Oil and gas producer EQT Corp said on Wednesday it would spin off its midstream business to create a standalone publicly traded company, yielding to months of pressure from shareholders.


BRIEF-Eyenovia Advances Micropine For Myopia Into Phase III Clinical Development



Secret Service responds to suspicious vehicle near White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the White House and the new executive building is being evacuated, it said in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.


BRIEF-Shopify Prices Offering Of Class A Subordinate Voting Shares


The globe-trotting preacher who reached millions of Christians dies at the age of 99, spokesperson says


Norway glide to gold in men's team pursuit

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norway skated to a stunning victory in the men's team pursuit at the Gangneung Oval on Wednesday, winning gold ahead of hosts South Korea as defending champions the Netherlands wilted.


Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court removed him as premier.


BRIEF-Naked Brand Group And Bendon Limited Enter Into Amended Agreement And Plan Of Reorganization


Cross-Country Skiing

U.S. Shocks Cross-Country Field With Sprint Gold Medal

Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won gold in the women’s team sprint freestyle, the first U.S. medal in cross country since 1976.


Broadcom cuts Qualcomm bid by $3 per share

(Reuters) - Broadcom Corp has lowered its takeover offer for chipmaker Qualcomm Inc to $79 per share from $82 to account for the latter's increased offer for NXP Semiconductors NV , Broadcom said on Wednesday.


U.S. Secret Service responds to suspicious vehicle near White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the White House and the new executive building is being evacuated, it said in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.


H&M, C&A, 3M investigate China prison labor report

BERLIN (Reuters) - European fashion giants H&M and C&A, as well as technology company 3M , are looking into a report in the Financial Times alleging that inmates of a Chinese prison made packaging used by the companies.


Behind walls of his mansion, Zimbabwe's Mugabe turns 94

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's former ruler Robert Mugabe observed his 94th birthday in private behind the walls of his Harare mansion on Wednesday, without the lavish parties that marked the occasion during his nearly four-decade rule.


Two killed, 11 injured, by bomb in Myanmar city of Lashio: police

YANGON (Reuters) - A bomb explosion on Wednesday in Myanmar's northeastern city of Lashio killed two bank workers and injured 11 people, the government said. Police said they were investigating but had no word on possible suspects.


Public transit app Moovit raises $50 million in round led by Intel

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Public transit app Moovit said on Wednesday it raised $50 million in an investment round led by Intel Capital, bringing its total raised to date to $133 million.

Parkland, Billy Graham, Lindsey Vonn: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

Analysis: Political scientists rate Trump as worst ever, but you should be skeptical

You may have read about the new study from political scientists that ranks President Donald Trump as the worst president ever. There's nothing inherently wrong with the study, and the political scientists who worked on it are well-respected. Most Americans, though, don't rank Trump as the worst president ever, even if most disapprove of the job Trump is doing.


Nokia sees no path for 'struggling' digital health business: memo

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia does not see meaningful potential for its "struggling" digital health business which includes activity trackers and smartwatches, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Florida lawmakers refuse to debate assault rifles -- but say porn is dangerous

What's more of a public health risk -- assault weapons or porn?

Billy Graham Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of evangelist Billy Graham.

Harry Potter (Fictional Character)

How Much Magic Can ‘Harry Potter’ Make?

The Broadway home for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has been rebuilt in the hope that it will run for many, many years. So why is J.K. Rowling worried?


Volkswagen reaches German deal on wages, leave, pensions

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen has agreed to raise the wages of around 120,000 workers in Germany by 4.3 percent from May, resolving a dispute that had prompted its first strikes since 2004.


Cross-country skiing: Diggins delivers long-awaited U.S. gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins delivered the first Olympic cross-country medal for the United States since 1976 with a stunning victory in a thrilling finish to the women's team sprint relay on Wednesday.


Cross-country skiing: History-maker Bjoergen not finished yet

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norway's Marit Bjoergen cemented her place as the greatest ever Winter Olympian with a relay bronze medal on Wednesday, but with the 30km classic mass start still to come, she is not quite ready to ski off into the sunset just yet.


Spain's Supreme court orders the arrest of former Catalan MP Anna Gabriel

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court has called for the arrest of former Catalan member of parliament Anna Gabriel after she failed to appear in court on Wednesday to answer charges related to the region's independence push.


How to Manage Stress Like an Olympic Biathlete

The pressure of an intense physical race combined with methodical target shooting gives biathletes a unique perspective on coping with stress.


Speed skating: Japan dethrone Dutch to win women's team pursuit

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Japan dethroned defending champions the Netherlands to claim gold in the women's Olympic team pursuit final on Wednesday as the Dutch took the silver medal.

Gun safety can coexist with the Second Amendment -- here's how I know

Trump has enabled the 'crisis actors' conspiracy

It hadn't even been one week since a gunman murdered 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, before the conspiracy theories about the surviving students began bubbling up.


Intel plans $5 billion investment in Israel by 2020: minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp plans to invest $5 billion to expand production at its Kiryat Gat plant in Israel in the next three years, Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen said on Wednesday.


Kremlin says hopes investigation into doping case will clear athlete

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday it hopes an investigation into the case of a Russian curler who tested positive for doping at the ongoing Winter Olympics would clear the athlete's name.

A massive US farming industry fears China trade trouble


EU should raise fossil fuel taxes to plug Brexit budget gap: former officials

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union should raise taxes on fossil fuels to help meet goals on climate change and plug a budget gap after Britain leaves the bloc, former senior EU officials said in a letter to EU leaders.


Drought-hit Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when taps will run dry

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa's main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded "Day Zero" when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry.


Germany gives free rein to boar hunters to contain swine fever risk

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany issued a decree on Wednesday to allow hunters to shoot wild boar year-round to stop the animals, which can carry African swine fever, from passing the deadly infection on to farm pigs.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Stands With Florida Students Fighting for Gun Control

“I hope these kids don’t give up,” Colbert said on Tuesday. “Someone else may be in power, but this country belongs to them.”


Pratt may revert to previous engine seal for A320neo: sources

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - Engine maker Pratt & Whitney is likely to return to a previous seal as a way of temporarily dealing with the latest issues on the geared turbofan engine for the Airbus A320neo, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Elections, Senate

Trump’s Republican Critics Find a Sudden Need for His Support

Their hopes for a détente with Mr. Trump, who effectively staged a hostile takeover of a party he joined only in 2012, reflect the realization that rank-and-file Republicans have come to embrace the president.


Kremlin says Russian defense sector 'fine', accuses U.S. of unfair competition

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that "everything is fine" in the Russian defense sector, responding to an assertion by the U.S. State Department that sanctions had cost Russia $3 billion in lost defense contracts.


Daimler to invest 2.6 billion euros in trucks division by 2019

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daimler said it will invest 2.6 billion euros ($3.2 billion) in research and development at its trucks division by 2019, as part of a broader effort to mass produce electric heavy-duty commercial vehicles from 2021.


Dollar up and stocks down before key Fed meeting minutes

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar rose to its highest level in a week on Wednesday and world stocks fell for the third day as investors braced for minutes from the Fed's last policy meeting to see if they would herald more rises in interest rates and global bond yields.


Dish Network profit surges on $1.2 billion U.S. tax law benefit

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp's fourth-quarter profit surged due to a roughly $1.2 billion benefit related to U.S. tax law reforms, the U.S. satellite and internet TV provider said Wednesday.


Alabama policeman killed trying to apprehend murder suspect: media

(Reuters) - A police officer in Mobile, Alabama was shot and killed as he was attempting to apprehend a murder suspect late on Tuesday, local media reported.

Can you vaccinate yourself against cancer?

The thought of a vaccine might conjure up memories of that flu shot you get each year, or taking your kids to get their immunizations against polio or measles. Cancer rarely comes to mind when most people think of vaccines, but that appears to be changing.


Bodies recovered from Iran plane crash site

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The bodies of seven victims of Sunday's air crash in Iran were brought down from the mountainous crash site on Wednesday, according to Mizan, the official news site of the Iranian judiciary.


Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned of grave consequences on Wednesday after pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive.


Ice Hockey: Finland claim bronze with win over Russians

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Finland beat the Olympic Athletes from Russia 3-2 on Wednesday to claim the bronze medal in women's Olympic ice hockey.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Ghost Signs

Wednesday: Fading advertisements, record temperatures expected, and the murder of Malcolm X.


Ice Hockey: Gold medal battle royal awaits U.S., Canadian women

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - For four years, the women's ice hockey world has been gearing up for one thing: The Olympic Rematch.


Ice Hockey: Russians dump Norway 6-1 en route to semis

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Six different players scored to power the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) past Norway 6-1 and set up a semi-final matchup with the Czech Republic in the men's ice hockey tournament of the Pyeongchang Games on Wednesday.


'Peace' doesn't sell at Pyeongchang, say Games sponsors

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - An image of a giant dove lit up the night sky and singers performed John Lennon's "Imagine" at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, not long after athletes from enemies South and North Korea marched into the stadium together.


Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state witness in corruption case: media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival, local media said.


Op-Ed Contributor: What Does a True Populism Look Like? It Looks Like the New Deal

An honest response to globalization avoids cosmetic gimmicks like tariffs and goes after economic injustice directly.

Immigration and Emigration

Op-Ed Contributor: A Lesson on Immigration From Pablo Neruda

Politicians in Chile have stoked anti-immigrant sentiment, especially against Haitian immigrants. Chileans would do well to remember our own history.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: The Trolling of the American Mind

The Russian email hacking mattered. Their troll army is a phantom menace.


Daimler to start serial production of eActros truck in 2021

STUTTGART (Reuters) - Daimler said on Wednesday it aims to start serial production of an electric heavy truck with a range of 200 km (124 miles) in 2021, Daimler Trucks chief Martin Daum said.

'Stranger Things' star's dance goes viral

"Stranger Things" actor David Harbour got the opportunity to dance with penguins in Antarctica after his Twitter campaign went viral.

Korean Food (Cuisine)

Reporter’s Notebook: An Olympic Challenge: Eat All the Korean Food That Visitors Won’t

“It’s peak snow crab season right now,” the noted chef David Chang said. “I don’t know if people understand.” Our correspondent knew that, and much more.

'Access+Ability' showcases surprising designs

Eye-catching objects designed for, and by, people with physical and other disabilities are the focus of the current "Access+Ability" exhibition in New York.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

An Armed Principal Detained a Campus Gunman. But He’s Against Arming School Staff.

A national effort is underway to arm and train school staff members, but a former assistant principal who survived an attack believes it’s misguided.

Hot baths, saunas can relieve pain, may help heart

Don Benedict played handball competitively for 30 years in the Pacific Northwest. To stay in shape, he ran 5 miles every other day.


No medals but plenty of cheers for North Korean athletes

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - North Korea will not be the only nation leaving the Pyeongchang Olympics without a medal, but they are one of the few minnows of winter sports to have earned rousing cheers wherever they go.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: From Justin Bieber to Martin Buber, Zadie Smith’s Essays Showcase Her Exuberance and Range

The novelist’s latest collection is “Feel Free.”

Home Automation and Smart Homes

State of the Art: Why We May Soon Be Living in Alexa’s World

Next to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, Amazon’s voice assistant may be turning into the third great consumer computing platform of our era.

Olympic Games (2018)

Why Mikaela Shiffrin Brought 35 Pairs of Skis to the Olympics

She usually takes 70 pairs to competitions, ready for every kind of race, weather and snow, but she scaled down for the Pyeongchang Games.

United States Politics and Government

Under Trump, Border Patrol Steps Up Searches Far From the Border

The Border Patrol is aggressively using a little-known authority to set up checkpoints and search private property to crack down on illegal immigration.

Actors and Actresses

Feature: Laurie Metcalf Was Hiding in Plain Sight

From “Lady Bird” to “Three Tall Women” to a revival of “Roseanne,” the 62-year-old actress is finally showing off the extent of her range.

United States Economy

The Economy Is Getting Hotter. Is a Productivity Boom Next?

New research from McKinsey suggests that for the economy to become more productive, demand matters.


RPT-Olympics-The brand Olympics: getting attention without getting in trouble

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) - In packing for the Winter Olympics, Canadian entrepreneur Domenico Ciarallo stuffed his bags with hats and t-shirts bearing the logo of his company, which makes locker-room dryers.


South Africa's parliament to launch inquiry into mines minister Zwane

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 21 (Reuters) - South Africa's parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling against mines minister Mosebenzi Zwane, its oversight committee on mineral resources department said on Wednesday.


Entrance of Syrian forces into Afrin to have serious consequences - Erdogan spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces which tried to enter the Afrin region on Tuesday retreated after artillery fire by Turkish forces fighting a Kurdish militia there, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday.


Olympics-'Peace' doesn't sell at Pyeongchang, say Games sponsors

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 21 (Reuters) - An image of a giant dove lit up the night sky and singers performed John Lennon's "Imagine" at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, not long after athletes from enemies South and North Korea marched into the stadium together.

Colbert: Adults aren't cutting it anymore

Stephen Colbert praises the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for their activism in the wake of the mass shooting on their campus.


Merck to buy Viralytics for $394 mln to boost immuno-oncology

Feb 21 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, already one of the leaders in the hot area of cancer immunotherapy, said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy Viralytics for 502 million Australian dollars ($394 million) to expand its drug pipeline.


Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin relinquishes management rights at Japanese holding company

SEOUL (Reuters) - Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin has relinquished his representative rights at a key Japanese holding company, the Japanese company announced on Wednesday.


Rally calling for ban on assault-style rifles to be held in Tallahassee

PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Student and parent activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain last week in a shooting rampage will hold a rally on Wednesday at the state capital, calling for a ban on assault-style rifles.


Temenos agrees to 1.4 billion pounds deal for Fidessa, activist Elliott enters

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss software company Temenos said it has agreed a 1.4 billion pound ($1.96 billion) deal to buy British peer Fidessa Group, whose shares traded above the offer price as an activist investor disclosed a stake of nearly 5 percent.


BRIEF-Merck And Viralytics Announce Acquisition Agreement



Slowing U.S. auto sales prompts Japan automakers to rethink discounts

TOKYO (Reuters) - A second year of slowing growth in the U.S. auto market is forcing Japanese automakers to look beyond discounts to grow market share and focus more on boosting profitability in their largest market.


Bitcoins for free? Japanese cryptocurrency exchange lands in hot water again

TOKYO (Reuters) - A blunder at a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange let investors briefly buy bitcoins for free - though none were able to profit from the mistake.


BRIEF-MTU Aero CEO expects more clarity on possible Boeing middle of market plane this year

Feb 21 (Reuters) - Mtu Aero Engines management during a press conference:


EU should sanction Slovakia if it lured companies with state aid - Italy minister

ROME, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Wednesday that the European Commission should sanction Slovakia if it is using state aid to lure companies away from European Union partners.


UPDATE 2-Confident AccorHotels books record annual profit

* Expects robust trends in Asia, Europe in 2018 (Recasts with CEO comments from call)


CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 21

Feb 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE futures were down 0.06 percent ahead of the cash market open.

Powerful photos capture injustices of the civil rights era

He photographed fashion for Vogue, directed the 1971 blaxploitation film "Shaft," composed orchestral scores, and wrote memoirs, novels and poems. But it was with his sensitive, insightful documentary photos of black America that Gordon Parks made himself one of the 20th century's most important cultural figures.


Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state's witness in corruption case: media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the country's biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.


Telecoms, Lloyds a bright spot on a down day for European stocks

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - European shares retreated in early dealing on Wednesday, under pressure from a continued rise in bond yields, though well-received results updates from telecom companies, bank Lloyds and miner Glencore helped limit the declines.


Gunmen kill five police in attack on South African police station

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Gunmen killed six people in an attack on a police station in a small South African town on Wednesday, stealing quantities of weapons and a vehicle in what police were treating as a robbery.


Putin nemesis Navalny, barred from election, tries political siege

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two young anti-Putin activists trudged through a snow-logged Moscow housing estate on a recent Saturday, putting up fliers promoting a boycott of a presidential election next month.


Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as bombs fall

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta said they were "waiting their turn to die" early on Wednesday, after more pro-government rockets and barrel bombs fell on the besieged rebel enclave.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Will 2018 Be as Revolutionary as 1968?

A new generation of rebels is rising in Europe, this time from the right, with echoes of the huge protest movements of 50 years ago.


Trump Jr. says missing out on India deals because of father's self-imposed curbs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's elder son described India as an important market for The Trump Organization but said the global company will lose out on new deals because of self-imposed restrictions put in place by his father since he took office.


More than 60 lawmakers demand UK PM May delivers Brexit with full autonomy: BBC

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 60 lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party have signed a letter demanding that she deliver a Brexit that ensures "full regulatory autonomy" for Britain after it leaves in March 2019, the BBC reported.


Stakes rise in Turkish Afrin attack as pro-Assad militia arrive

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey shelled Afrin overnight on Tuesday and showed no sign of slackening its assault on the Kurdish-held region despite the arrival of pro-Syrian government militia there, a war monitor said.


Moncler bids farewell to catwalk with eight new collections

MILAN (Reuters) - The traditional catwalk show is dead and the way forward is to attract customers with new products each month, the chairman of Moncler said, as the luxury group kicked off Milan...

David Hogg and some classmates, who are outspoken about needing stricter gun laws, have become the subject of conspiracy theories and smear campaigns

David Hogg has become a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and some are calling him a "crisis actor" and a pawn for anti-gun legislation.


Apple in talks to buy cobalt directly from miners: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt for iPhone batteries directly from miners, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources.


Ice Hockey: Czechs beat U.S. in shootout to reach semis

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Petr Koukal scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 win over the United States on Wednesday to become the first team through to the semi-finals of the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.

Analysis: This is Trump's chance to change gun laws


Exclusive: Investment star Alan Howard's comeback hits headwind

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fund managed directly by Alan Howard, one of Britain’s best known investors, lost nearly 9.0 percent net of fees from May through December 2017, according to information...


Asian stocks gain, dollar extends recovery

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks gained on Wednesday, while the dollar advanced as traders near-term focus shifted to the minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting for hints on the future pace of U.S. monetary tightening.

Panel shreds ex-lawmaker over Florida comments

CNN commentators criticize former GOP Congressman Jack Kingston following his suggestion that students who speak up on gun control are being manipulated by Democrats.

Pence, Mike

North Korea Dropped Out of Meeting With Pence at Last Minute, U.S. Says

Vice President Mike Pence had planned to secretly meet with North Korean officials at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the State Department said.


'Samurai' Goggia denies Vonn to win downhill gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sofia Goggia carved up the Jeongseon slope "like a Samurai" to win the women's downhill on Wednesday and leave American Lindsey Vonn with a bronze medal in her final run in the marquee event of Olympic Alpine skiing.


Figure skating: Zagitova breaks world record for short program

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Alina Zagitova set a world record in figure skating's women's singles short program on Wednesday, breaking the previous record set barely 15 minutes earlier.


Bobsledders, snowboarders rule Tinder at Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The most popular athletes on Tinder at the Olympics in Pyeongchang are male bobsledders and female snowboarders, the dating app said on Wednesday.


CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Australia's Wesfarmers sees signs of grocery recovery as H1 profit slumps

* Coles earnings drop 14 pct, British hardware impairment drags

CNN to hold town hall with students and Florida's politicians

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has set off a national discussion on gun laws and how to keep communities safe.