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U.S. home prices for May rise slower than expected

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home prices accelerated at a slower pace in April, falling short of forecasts, a survey showed on Tuesday.


U.S. judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals

DETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge in Michigan on Monday halted the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case.

How the Trump-Sessions ties fell apart

Playing pundit again on Monday morning, President Donald Trump delivered a bleak assessment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' standing in his administration.


Atlantic hurricane season in 2017 seen more active than normal

(Reuters) - Most meteorologists project the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will have more named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes than normal.

'Insecure' is more sure of itself than ever

Warning: This post contains spoilers from the Season 2 premiere of "Insecure."


‘You Create That Chemistry’: How Actors Fall in Instant Love

The foursome of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” talk trust, lust and the art of stage kissing.


Europe seen warmer than usual this Autumn: The Weather Company

LONDON (Reuters) - Mainland Europe should experience above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation in the period from August to October, The Weather Company said on Monday.


Nikkei drops to more than 2-week lows, investors eye small caps

TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks dropped to more than two-week lows on Monday after Wall Street retreated and a stronger yen dampened sentiment, while investors looked for opportunities to buy small and mid-size stocks.


Nikkei drops to more than 2-week lows on weak U.S. stocks, strong yen

* Topix on track to fall below 25-day moving average at market close for 1st time in 3 months

Oxygen therapy brings boost for toddler who fell in pool


BRIEF-Clover Partners LP reports 5.4 pct stake in Bancorp Of New Jersey

* Clover Partners LP reports 5.4 percent stake in Bancorp Of New Jersey Inc as of July 19 - sec filing


BRIEF-Momenta Pharmaceuticals says U.S. court found its patent for manufacturing LOVENOX "was infringed"

* Momenta Pharmaceuticals announces jury verdict in Enoxaparin Sodium Injection patent litigation against Amphastar

Will Smith says 'Star Wars' was better than sex

Will Smith's love for science fiction started at a young age.


Critic's Notebook: This Podcast Is a Love Story, for Your Ears Only

The new podcast “36 Questions” sets a standard for the future of musical theater.

For Fonsi, 'Despacito' is more than a summer hit

"Despacito" is breaking records as one of the summer's hottest songs, but for the singer-songwriter behind the track, it's also a love letter to his home island of Puerto Rico.


BRIEF-PetIQ Inc's Class A common shares open at $21 in debut, 31.3 pct higher than IPO price

* PetIQ Inc's Class A common shares open at $21.00 in debut on The NASDAQ versus IPO price of $16.00 per Class A common share

It's not black or white: They both had loved ones shot dead by cops in Minnesota

Valerie Castile and Don Damond embraced each other minutes before the "Justice for Justine" rally in suburban Minneapolis.

Books and Literature

Egos: New in Memoir: Lessons in Falling in Love, and 2 Accounts of Its Horrors

Three books trace the highs and the (very) lows of love and marriage, says our memoir columnist, Meghan Daum.


Vodafone reports better-than-expected 2.2 percent growth in firs quarter

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, reported better-than-expected 2.2 percent revenue growth in its first quarter, reflecting a robust performance in Italy and Spain and an acceleration in demand in Turkey.

Mobile Applications

Future Tense: Thanks to Venmo, We Now All Know How Cheap Our Friends Are

The app “changes friendships and makes them more transactional,” one user said. “It’s nickel-and-diming everything, literally.”

Love (Emotion)

Modern Love: The 12-Hour Goodbye That Started Everything

A spurned woman confronts the question: When you lose love, should you even try to get over it?

Writing and Writers

The Story of a Thing: The Author of ‘I Love Dick’ — on One Crazy Coincidence

When Chris Kraus set out to write a biography on Kathy Acker, she had no idea the surprising artistic connection she would discover they shared.


After a rescue, running or rolling better for lifeguards than resting

(Reuters Health) - After a water rescue, lifeguards need to actively help their muscles recover so they’ll be ready for the next call to perform, according to a small study from Spain.

McCain tweets his thanks for support, says he'll 'be back soon'

Sen. John McCain tweeted his thanks to his supporters Thursday morning following news of his cancer diagnosis.


Continental to buy 8-10 percent stake in mapping firm HERE: Magazin

BERLIN (Reuters) - German car manufacturing supplier Continental is in talks to acquire an 8-10 percent stake in the digital mapping firm HERE which is now controlled by Germany's leading carmakers, Manager Magazin said on Thursday, citing unnamed company sources.


KeyCorp's 2nd-qtr profit more than doubles

July 20 (Reuters) - U.S. regional bank KeyCorp's profit more than doubled in the second quarter as total interest income rose 63.3 percent.


Outback axes suggest humans reached Australia 18,000 years earlier than thought

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Axheads and grinding stones from a cave in Australia's far north suggest humans arrived on the continent about 65,000 years ago, or 18,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to research published on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-Rec Silicon Q2 pretax loss bigger than expected, needs capital to China JV

* Rec silicon q2 revenues $ 61.4 million (Reuters poll $63 million) vs $71.1 mln in Q2 2016

Grenfell Tower Fire (June, 2017)

‘Where Is the Money?’ Ask Grenfell Tower Victims Still Awaiting Donations

Only about $1 million of some $26 million in donations raised for residents affected by the London tower fire has been distributed, reports say.


Slovenian banks' balance sheet assets up in May

LJUBLJANA, July 19 (Reuters) - Joint balance sheet assets of Slovenian banks rose by 1.5 percent year-on-year in May, up for the third month in a row, four years after the country narrowly avoided an international bailout for its banks.


A 9-Year-Old Tripped, Fell and Discovered a Million-Year-Old Fossil

Jude Sparks was playing with his brothers in New Mexico when he stumbled over the fossilized tusk of a Stegomastodon, a prehistoric, elephantine creature.


BRIEF-McCormick to pay more than $4 bln for Reckitt Benckiser's foods business - FT, citing sources

* McCormick to pay more than $4 billion for Reckitt Benckiser's foods business - FT, citing sources Source text - Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom)


Malala condemns China over death of fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai condemned China's treatment of her fellow peace prize-winner Liu Xiaobo following his death of liver cancer in custody last week.


Mosquitoes less likely than people to spread disease via air travel

Human travelers are much more likely than stowaway mosquitoes to import illnesses like Zika, yellow fever, malaria and dengue to a new part of the world via airplane, researchers say.


BRIEF-CAE awarded defence contracts valued at more than C$175 mln

* CAE awarded defence contracts valued at more than C$175 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Nikkei skids to more than 1-week lows as higher yen, Abe's falling support hurt

* If Abe's support falls more, yen likely to strengthen - analyst

How the Republican health care bill fell apart

The Republicans' signature campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare came to a screeching halt Monday night after Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas came together, shocked Capitol Hill and vowed to vote against the latest draft of the GOP's health care bill.


Nikkei falls to more than 1-week lows as cyclical stocks weigh; Toshiba jumps

* Takeda Pharmaceutical surges after U.S. court upholds patent

United States Politics and Government

Trump Says He Has Signed More Bills Than Any President, Ever. He Hasn’t.

The president's legislative record for his first six months in office is about average among recent presidents. But he has time to compile major achievements.


BRIEF-Ethan Allen Interiors says expects Q4 adj. earnings in range of 41-42 cents/shr

* Ethan Allen Interiors Inc - company expects to report fiscal year 2017 consolidated net sales of $763.4 million compared to $794.2 in prior year


Some vegetarian diets more heart-healthy than others

(Reuters Health) - People may turn to vegetarian diets to reduce their risk of heart disease, but a new study suggests not all plant-based foods are created equal.


UPDATE 1-Lufthansa lifts profit target on bumper summer bookings

* Full results due on Aug. 2 (Adds H1 results, forecasts for unit revenues, fuel costs)


Lufthansa lifts profit target on bumper summer bookings

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, July 17 (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa increased its profit target for 2017 after a busy summer for bookings that has been boosted by demand on North American routes and a strong Germany economy.

How a continent fell in love with Guinness

Who loves Guinness more than the Irish?

Books and Literature

Fiction: This New York Love Story Subverts Its ‘Happily Ever After’

“The Changeling,” by Victor LaValle, is a dark fairy tale of a father’s frantic quest through New York City.


More than 30 missing after Cameroon military boat sinks

DOUALA (Reuters) - More than 30 people are missing after a boat belonging to an elite Cameroonian military unit sank off the coast on Sunday, the president's office said.

McCain, John

McCain’s Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say

The recovery from a procedure on Friday to remove a blood clot could delay Senator John McCain’s return to Washington for a vote on health care, medical experts said.


Greenlight Capital takes stake in Toshiba, says its funds fell 4 percent in second quarter

(Reuters) - Hedge fund Greenlight Capital said on Friday that it had added a stake in Toshiba Corp as it expects the stock to rise once the Japanese company resolves uncertainties around its bankrupt Westinghouse unit and the sale of its memory business.


Greenlight Capital takes stake in Toshiba, says its funds fell 4 pct in Q2

July 14 (Reuters) - Hedge fund Greenlight Capital said on Friday that it had added a stake in Toshiba Corp as it expects the stock to rise once the Japanese company resolves uncertainties around its bankrupt Westinghouse unit and the sale of its memory business.


North Korea may have more nuclear bomb material than thought: U.S. think tank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thermal images of North Korea's main nuclear site show Pyongyang may have reprocessed more plutonium than previously thought that can be used to enlarge its nuclear weapons stockpile, a U.S. think tank said on Friday.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fixing the Met: Art Lovers Speak

The next director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will have a full inbox. Here, 20 well-known Met watchers offer their own bold ideas and expectations.


Exclusive: North Korea may have more bomb fuel than thought - U.S. think tank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thermal images of North Korea's main nuclear site show Pyongyang may have reprocessed more plutonium than previously thought that can be used to enlarge its nuclear weapons stockpile, a U.S. think tank said on Friday.


FDI in Slovenia up by 11.2 pct in 2016 -

LJUBLJANA, July 14 (Reuters) - Foreign direct investment in Slovenia amounted to 1.3 billion euros ($1.48 billion) in 2016 to reach a stock of 12.9 billion euros or 32.6 percent of GDP, the Bank of Slovenia said in a report on Friday.

The lovers even China couldn't keep apart

The enduring love story of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia.

Books and Literature

Modern Love: How to Stop Breaking Up

A writer and artist valued their creative independence too much to stay together. But they couldn’t stay away.


U.S. court gives environmental regulator 14-day extension on methane rule

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. court on Thursday gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 14 extra days to comply with a July 3 order requiring the EPA to enforce rules on methane leaks in oil and gas equipment, which the agency had sought to freeze, a filing showed.


A Cherry Lover’s Paradise

A photographer's diary of this year's National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, an annual event that dates back to around 1925.


U.S. Medicare reserves to last one year longer than previous forecast

NEW YORK, July 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. government's healthcare program for the elderly will exhaust its reserves for hospital insurance in 2029, a year later than last year's forecast, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees said on Thursday, implying a rate of growth that will not trigger the creation of a government board to cut spending.


Slovenia turns to its near neighbors to save lynx population

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia plans to save its dwindling lynx population by importing the wild cats from near neighbors Slovakia and Romania.


Trilobites: Living Another Day, Thanks to Grandparents Who Couldn’t Sleep

Age-related changes in sleep patterns may have helped early humans survive by ensuring at least one person was always alert to nighttime threats.


Greenlight Capital investors pull out more than $400 million in H1: WSJ

(Reuters) - Greenlight Capital Inc, a hedge fund run by David Einhorn, was forced to pay back more than $400 million in clients withdrawals at midyear, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday,...

Uber Technologies Inc

Uber Offers a Thankless Job, and the Applications Flood In

Even as Uber faces problems like a broken culture and a legal battle, many are coveting the ride-hailing company’s vacant chief executive job.

In Alaska, some are more worried about bears than bombs

Alaska has been the subject of recent scary headlines about the threat posed by North Korean missiles -- like the one launched July 4 by the regime as an Independence Day present for the US.


Continental, Osram plan vehicle lighting joint venture: Wirtschaftswoche

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Continental and Osram are planning to set up a joint venture to develop lighting products for the automotive industry, German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche said on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

35 Shanghai street foods you'll love

Living in metropolitan Shanghai, you can choose to dine in a Michelin-star restaurant on the Bund, or opt for a scavenger hunt down dark alleyways.

Beauty queen's gloves spark outrage

Miss South Africa 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, addressed a controversy over photos of her wearing gloves while serving food to black children at a charity event.

More than 44 million Americans have a side hustle

Feel like every day you're hustling, hustling? Yeah, you and 44 million other people.


Slovenia may turn to EU over Croatia border dispute

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia said on Wednesday it may turn to the European Commission for help in implementing an international ruling on its border with Croatia.


The New Health Care: Don’t Assume That Private Insurance Is Better Than Medicaid

A closer look at a notion embraced by conservatives, who are backing big changes to Medicaid.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Russian Dirt on Clinton? ‘I Love It,’ Donald Trump Jr. Said

Email exchanges reviewed by The Times offer a detailed unspooling of how an eager Donald J. Trump came to meet with a Kremlin-connected lawyer.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The Austen Legacy: Why and How We Love Her, What She Loved

From the role-playing of modern Janeites to the theatrical performances that inspired Austen’s own work, three books explore her roots and her legacy.

Study: Earth's sixth mass extinction more severe than thought

Many scientists say it's abundantly clear that Earth is entering its sixth mass-extinction event, meaning three-quarters of all species could disappear in the coming centuries.


Chile's salmon output may increase more than expected, help shares

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's farmed salmon production could increase more than expected this year, helping share prices of Chilean producers at a time when salmon from leading global producer Norway is limited, according to a trade association and analysts.


BRIEF-John Hancock Investments says expense reductions on 6 mutual funds, 2 closed-end funds represent more than $6.9 bln in AUM

* John Hancock Investments says expense reductions on 6 mutual funds, 2 closed-end funds together represent more than $6.9 billion in assets under management Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


UPDATE 1-Broadcaster CME selling Croatian, Slovenian stations to cut debt

* Shares rise as much as 6 percent in Prague (Adds details, shares, analyst, more on United Group)


Broadcaster CME selling Croatian, Slovenian stations to cut debt

PRAGUE, July 10 (Reuters) - Broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME) will sell its Croatian and Slovenian operations to United Group's Slovenia Broadband for 230 million euros ($262.18 million) to pay down debt.


Nikkei rises to more than 1-week high on yen; shipping sector surges

TOKYO, July 10 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose to more than one-week highs on Monday after Wall Street gained on Friday, while the dollar strengthened against the yen on the heels of U.S. jobs data that gave investors more confidence in the strength of the U.S. economy.


RPT-INSIGHT-Silence over whether Grenfell Tower materials passed safety test

LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) - The cladding system used on London's Grenfell Tower would only have met British regulatory standards if the two main materials had passed a key safety test together, according to a Reuters analysis of the building code and data on the materials.


Trump stumps South Korean markets more than any missile tests

* Cost to insure against N. Korea risks up since Trump took office


Silence over whether Grenfell Tower materials passed safety test

LONDON (Reuters) - The cladding system used on London's Grenfell Tower would only have met British regulatory standards if the two main materials had passed a key safety test together, according to a Reuters analysis of the building code and data on the materials.


INSIGHT-Silence over whether Grenfell Tower materials passed safety test

LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) - The cladding system used on London's Grenfell Tower would only have met British regulatory standards if the two main materials had passed a key safety test together, according to a Reuters analysis of the building code and data on the materials.


Golf: Colombian Munoz two clear at Greenbrier, Love four back

(Reuters) - Sebastian Munoz's hot putter earned the Colombian a two-shot lead after the third round at the Greenbrier Classic on Saturday, while Davis Love III stayed in the hunt to become the oldest winner on the PGA Tour.


Cycling: Contador, rather than Quintana, can shake up race - LeMond

(Reuters) - It will take a big personality to shake things up on the Tour de France on Sunday and Spaniard Alberto Contador, rather than Colombian Nairo Quintana, is more likely to be that man, according to three-time champion Greg LeMond.

Putin: Trump is different than he is on TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin discusses his meeting with President Trump at the G20 conference.

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream? It May Be Sooner Than You Think

A growing number of analysts say pessimism about plug-in cars could be becoming outdated, thanks in part to plunging battery prices.

Putin set a trap and Trump fell into it

A parent killing a child happens more often than we think

It's the most unfathomable of crimes: a parent killing their own child. It grabs headlines when it happens -- like this week in Georgia, where a mom is accused of stabbing four of her children to death. The reality is, filicides happen with depressing regularity in the US. And mothers are almost as likely to be the killers as fathers.


Chance of El Nino weather this year now less than 50 percent, U.N. says

GENEVA (Reuters) - The likelihood of El Nino weather conditions developing in the Pacific Ocean in the rest of 2017 is about 35-45 percent, rather than the 50-60 percent chance foreseen in April, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Agency said on Friday.


Germany says cyber threat greater than expected, more firms affected

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Germany's BSI federal cyber agency said on Friday that the threat posed to German firms by recent cyber attacks launched via a Ukrainian auditing software was greater than expected, and some German firms had seen production halted for over a week.

Dating and Relationships

Modern Love: A FaceTime Relationship Turns Face to Face

A woman discovers that in-person love is much more taxing than just holding up a phone.


Canon falls to more than two-month low after EU threatens huge fine

TOKYO, July 7 (Reuters) - Shares of Canon Inc 7751.T dropped to their lowest levels in more than two months on Friday after EU antitrust regulators said they could fine it up to 10 percent of annual revenue if they concluded it had breached merger rules.


Colombian Munoz leads on 61, Love shoots 63 at Greenbrier

(Reuters) - Colombian Sebastian Munoz stormed home with a late birdie blitz to grab a two-shot lead over Davis Love III after the opening round of the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on Thursday.


Serious Knee Injury Ends Bethanie Mattek-Sands’s Wimbledon

Mattek-Sands shouted “Help me!” after crumpling in her second-round singles match. She was seeded first in doubles with her partner, Lucie Safarova.


More than 5,500 buildings in Mosul's Old City need repair, U.N. says

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State has damaged thousands of structures in the historic Old City and destroyed nearly 500 buildings, satellite imagery released by the United Nations on Thursday showed.

Muslims and Islam

Looking for Empathy, Not Love, at ‘Speed Date a Muslim’

A monthly event in Melbourne, in which the public is invited to ask frank questions of Muslim women, does not involve any dating, but is meant to be a forum for education.


Drop in cancer deaths in rural America slower than urban areas: CDC

(Reuters) - Cancer deaths in America's rural areas are not falling as much as they are in urban areas even though the total deaths from the disease are dropping across the country, a U.S health agency report showed, emphasizing the gap in access to healthcare.

Pain-Relieving Drugs

Opioid Prescriptions Fell Over 5 Years, but No Easy End to Addiction Crisis

The prescribing rate in 2015 was lower than 2010, but still three times as high as it was in 1999. Tremendous regional variation around the country remains.


BRIEF-Novae top shareholder Neptune says fair offer at least 5 or 6 pct higher than Axis bid

* Top shareholder neptune's mark martin and holly cassell say fair offer for novae would be at least 5 or 6 percent higher than axis capital's offer


Trump to visit Slovenia, country of wife Melania's birth

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenian President Borut Pahor, attending a meeting of EU leaders with Donald Trump in Warsaw, has invited the U.S. president to visit Slovenia and Trump has accepted the invitation, Pahor's cabinet said in a statement on Thursday.


BRIEF-Intercontinental Exchange Inc says reported June 2017 trading volume and related revenue statistics

* Intercontinental Exchange Inc says reported june 2017 trading volume and related revenue statistics

DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled Loves His Garden

DJ Khaled, the longtime producer, performer and social-media star, gives an affectionate tour of his backyard in 360 degrees.


For Teammates in Love, an Island Oasis

Bianca Sierra and Stephany Mayor played for Mexico in the 2015 Women’s World Cup. But after coming out as a couple, they have traveled far from home to find acceptance.

Grenfell Tower and the psychology of survival

The tower looms over West London, a stark reminder of the tragedy that took place three weeks ago.

Poland loves US presidents. Will Trump be next?

Republican presidents have been drawn to Poland ever since Ronald Reagan worked with Pope John Paul II and the Solidarity movement to help usher in the Eastern European country's democratic political system. And President Donald Trump, who landed in Poland Wednesday night.


More than 100 shot in Chicago during long Fourth of July weekend

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A total of 101 people were shot in Chicago over an unusually violent Fourth of July weekend, leaving at least 14 dead, according to police and local media, as the city continues to grapple with gun crime.


EPA to propose keeping conventional ethanol requirements unchanged in 2018: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday was set to propose requiring fuel companies to blend 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels in the nation's fuel supply, down slightly from 2017 levels, according to two industry sources.


BRIEF-Intercontinental Exchange acquires remaining stake in ICE Endex from N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

* Intercontinental Exchange acquires remaining stake in ICE Endex from N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

The lovestruck genius of Steve Urkel

Actor Jaleel White remembers his starring role on the '90s hit sitcom "Family Matters." "The Nineties" airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

EPA mulls options after appeals court blocks delay of Obama-era methane gas rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is weighing its options the day after a federal appeals court blocked the EPA from delaying implementation of Obama-era methane regulations, a major victory for groups fighting against the rollback of environmental rules under the Trump administration.

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

Bronx-Lebanon, Site of Shooting, Is More Than a Hospital to Neighbors

A disgruntled doctor’s rampage won’t stop residents who go there for care, support and prayer — or even lottery tickets and a cup of coffee.


BRIEF-Goodfellow Q2 loss per share C$0.07

* Goodfellow reports its results for the second quarter ended May 31, 2017


Continental to invest in driverless mobility with EasyMile stake

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German auto parts and tyre maker Continental said on Tuesday it would take a minority stake in French autonomous driving company EasyMile and cooperate with it on environmental sensors, braking systems and driving safety technologies.  


UPDATE 4-N.Korea says intercontinental ballistic missile test successful

* Trump: "Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea" (Recasts with N.Korea announcement, market reaction)


State-run love motels, once a rousing success, coming back to Cuba

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba is reviving a network of state-run "love motels" in Havana where couples can rent rooms by the hour as the communist government seeks to "diversify options for love," the official trade union weekly Trabajadores said on Monday.

Global Warming

Court Blocks E.P.A. Effort to Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule

The ruling, on a regulation to restrict emissions from new oil and gas wells, signaled that President Trump’s plans to erase his predecessor’s environmental record are likely to face an uphill battle.


Court rejects Trump administration move to delay methane regulation

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot freeze implementing a rule requiring oil and gas companies to fix methane leaks in their equipment, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday in a setback for President Donald Trump's push to cut environmental regulations.


BRIEF-Welcia Holdings likely recorded more than 40% rise in operating profit in March-May quarter - Nikkei

* Welcia Holdings likely recorded a more than 40% rise in operating profit to about 6.5 billion yen in the March-May quarter - Nikkei

Jay-Z's '4:44' is even better than you thought

We can thank Beyoncé for Jay-Z's new album in more ways than one.

Traffic Accidents and Safety

Bus Crashes in Germany; More Than a Dozen Feared Dead

The vehicle, carrying 46 seniors and bound for Italy, burst into flames on a major north-south artery after hitting a tractor-trailer.


Slovenian comic's parody has Merkel dancing with 'zombie' refugees

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - A Slovenian comic who has attracted millions of online hits with extravagant musical parodies of such figures as Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and the pope gives Angela Merkel the same satirical treatment in a clip released on Monday.


Renaissance draws billions in new cash as love for quants blooms

BOSTON (Reuters) - As hedge fund investors have been choosing computers over star stock-pickers, putting ever more money into "quant" funds, one firm has become the undisputed leader in attracting...


Michael K. Williams Is More Than Omar From ‘The Wire’

Mr. Williams has made a career of bringing nuance and contrast to his roles, inspired by the swaggering characters he grew up with in East Flatbush.

More than 1.3M are in the US military. This is their world

More than 1.3 million people serve in the five branches of the US armed forces. Add in civilian employees from the US Department of Defense, and you get the world's largest employer: 3.2 million employees, according to the World Economic Forum. Take a look at some of the things the military has been doing in the past month.

Grenfell Tower Fire (June, 2017)

2 Officials Resign Amid Outcry Over Grenfell Tower Fire

The leader of the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea stepped down, as did the head of the building’s management company.


BRIEF-Wells Fargo Asset Management appoints Jonathan Hobbs and Kevin Kneafsey

* Wells Fargo Asset Management appoints Jonathan Hobbs as head of U.S. Portfolio Solutions and Kevin Kneafsey as a senior investment strategist with the Multi-Asset Client Solutions group


REFILE-Brussels ponders deadly smoke after Grenfell Tower blaze

LONDON/BRUSSELS, June 29 (Reuters) - EU policymakers are unlikely to agree to Europe-wide rules on toxic smoke from burning building materials despite years of lobbying from fire fighters and safety experts, according to a draft report ordered by the region's executive seen by Reuters.

Johnny Galecki thanks firefighters following house blaze

"Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki has expressed his thanks to the men and women of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, days after a large blaze claimed his home.


More than 2,000 workers flee Thailand after labor crackdown

BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 2,000 undocumented migrant workers from Myanmar and Cambodia fled from Thailand this week, officials said on Friday, after a decree aimed at managing foreign workers came into effect.

Dating and Relationships

Modern Love: Seeking the Comfort of an Old Flame: Solitude

After leaving a man she had feared, a woman finds solace in anonymity and separation.


BRIEF-Arca Continental and Coca-Cola set new dairy plant in Ecuador

* Arca continental and Coca-Cola boost the dairy industry in Ecuador

Trump tweets about this more than anything

CNN's Jake Tapper reacts to President Trump's tweets targeting MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts by breaking down and categorizing the content of the President's tweets, finding that he has tweeted about the media more than any other topic.


Nike posts higher-than-expected quarterly revenue

(Reuters) - Nike Inc , the world's No. 1 footwear maker, reported quarterly revenue that beat analysts' estimates, helped by higher demand in Western Europe, China and emerging markets.

Bee, Samantha

Best of Late Night: Samantha Bee Says the Health Care Bill Is Worse Than ‘Suicide Squad’

“It turns out, 13 rich white guys alone in a room isn’t how good legislation happens,” Ms. Bee said. “It’s how ‘Suicide Squad’ happens.”


UPDATE 1-More than a third of Mylan investors voted against chairman

NEW YORK, June 28 (Reuters) - More than a third of investors voting at Mylan NV annual meeting last week cast votes against Chairman Robert Coury's re-election as the generic drugmaker faced a shareholder campaign against its directors and executive pay packages.

More optimism than progress for Senate health care bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still has a few more tricks up his sleeve to pass the health care bill. What he doesn't have is much more time.


More than a third of Mylan investors voted against chairman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than a third of investors voting at Mylan NV annual meeting last week cast votes against Chairman Robert Coury's re-election as the generic drugmaker faced a shareholder campaign against its directors and executive pay packages.


Froome 'fresher than ever' as under-scrutiny Sky embark on Tour

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Chris Froome, who is targeting a fourth Tour de France title, has warned that despite under-par recent performances, he is fresher than ever as he embarks on another three weeks on the road.


Out-of-hospital cardiac arrests fell under the Affordable Care Act

(Reuters Health) - In Oregon, the rate of cardiac arrests happening outside of hospitals fell significantly after implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its expansion of health insurance coverage, researchers report.


Trilobites: Drumming Cockatoos and the Rhythms of Love

Palm cockatoos are the only animals observed to use tools for rhythmic drumming, seemingly to attract mates, prompting speculation about the rise of human music.


LeEco chairman says cash crunch 'far worse than expected'

HONG KONG (Reuters) - LeEco's cash problems are "far worse than expected" and the funds raised in recent months are unexpectedly not enough to help the Chinese technology conglomerate ride out the crunch, its chairman, Jia Yueting, said on Wednesday.


Shaw Communications profit from cont ops more than doubles

June 28 (Reuters) - Shaw Communications Inc's said on Wednesday its quarterly profit from continuing operations more than doubled, boosted by wireless subscriber gains even as it spent heavily to build up the business.

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After Grenfell Tower Fire, U.K. Asks: Has Deregulation Gone Too Far?

The deadly blaze at a high-rise apartment block has helped crystallize resentment over the country’s embrace of neoliberalism, privatization and austerity.

How exercise can improve your love life

You've likely heard that regular exercise can reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis.


Fewer admissions for heart failure, but blacks still fare worse than whites

(Reuters Health) - Between 2002 and 2013, hospital admissions for heart failure fell by nearly a third in the U.S., but blacks are still more than twice as likely as whites to be hospitalized for the condition, researchers say.

People really love eating at Olive Garden

Darden Restaurants, the owner of the popular Italian restaurant chain, reported a healthy jump in sales in its most recent quarter.

Cillizza: Globally, more have confidence in Putin than Trump

Donald Trump is the fairly elected leader of the most prominent democracy in the world. Vladimir Putin is an authoritarian with a long record of punishing political allies and suppressing views divergent from his own.


BRIEF-‍united Airlines says beginning this fall, carrier will take new steps to elevate customer experience at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport​

* ‍united Airlines says beginning this fall, carrier will take new steps to elevate customer experience at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport​


U.S. home prices for April rise slower than expected

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home prices accelerated at a slower pace than expected in April, a survey showed on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Pacific Ethanol to acquire Illinois Corn Processing

* Pacific Ethanol Inc - deal includes $15 million in working capital


INSIGHT-Wind power's big bet: turbines taller than skyscrapers

COPENHAGEN/FRANKFURT, June 27 (Reuters) - Wind farm operators are betting on a new generation of colossal turbines, which will dwarf many skyscrapers, as they seek to remain profitable after European countries phase out subsidies that have defined the green industry since the 1990s.


Wind power's big bet: turbines taller than skyscrapers

COPENHAGEN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Wind farm operators are betting on a new generation of colossal turbines, which will dwarf many skyscrapers, as they seek to remain profitable after European countries phase out subsidies that have defined the green industry since the 1990s.


Shares in Russia's Sistema down more than 10 pct in early trade

MOSCOW, June 27 (Reuters) - Shares in Russian business conglomerate Sistema lost more than 10 percent in early trade in Moscow on Tuesday, after a Russian court arrested stakes in its three units late on Monday under a legal dispute with oil producer Rosneft.

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Trump Meets India’s Leader, a Fellow Nationalist Battling China for His Favor

The display of warmth between President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at least partly aimed at China, which has disappointed Mr. Trump in recent weeks.

Opinion: Can McConnell do more than obstruct?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing a major test this week. Since revealing the details of the Republican health care plan, McConnell has watched as a number of important senators in his own party announced their concerns or opposition. Some, such as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have urged him to postpone the vote based on the assumption that, at this moment, it would not pass the upper chamber where the majority only has a slim 52 seats.


Mexico approves increasing ethanol content in gasoline to 10 percent

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's energy regulator, CRE, gave the go-ahead on Monday to an increase in the ethanol content in gasoline for domestic consumption to as much as 10 percent, from 5.8 percent currently, even as environmental groups warned the action would worsen pollution.

Senate GOP bill would leave 22M more uninsured by 2026 than Obamacare, nonpartisan budget office says


Germany: better to wind down unprofitable banks than prop them up

BERLIN, June 26 (Reuters) - It is better to wind down unprofitable banks than keep them afloat artificially and state aid should be used as little as possible in bankruptcy cases, Germany said on Monday after Italy started winding down two failed regional banks.


The gloves are off between Hamilton and Vettel

LONDON (Reuters) - The gloves are off and the fight is on between Formula One title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

More than a billion people are celebrating today. Here's why

More than one billion Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, as the month-long Ramadan fast ends and the festivities begin.


Rossi takes his first MotoGP win in more than a year

(Reuters) - Yamaha's Italian great Valentino Rossi made history and returned to the top of the MotoGP podium for the first time in more than a year on Sunday after winning the Dutch TT at Assen by a fraction of a second.


Oil Tanker Fire in Pakistan Leaves More Than 140 Dead

At least 50 were also seriously injured after people rushed to the overturned tanker to collect leaking fuel and it caught fire, officials said.

Dozens dead, more than 100 missing in China landslide

Thousands of rescuers are searching through rubble to find 109 people missing after a landslide devastated their village in Sichuan province, southwestern China.


Oil tanker explosion kills more than 123 in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - An oil tanker crashed and later exploded in Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 123 people, government officials said.


Two decades after handover, scant love for China among Hong Kong youth

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong student activist Chau Ho-oi, born in the year the Asian financial hub returned to Chinese rule 20 years ago, recalls the sense of pride she once felt toward mainland China.

93-year-old mom: 'I love my lesbian daughters'

Every year on the last Sunday in June, Frances Goldin can be found on the northwest corner of 18th Street and 5th Avenue in New York.

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Why Grenfell Tower Burned: Regulators Put Cost Before Safety

The incineration of the 24-story London high rise, the deadliest fire in Britain in more than a century, was fueled by a regulatory breakdown.


VW is cutting jobs at core brand more quickly than planned: HR boss

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Volkswagen is reducing the workforce at its core division more rapidly than planned, its human resources chief said, helping the brand make headway on cost-cuts needed to revive the business.

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Modern Love: To Stay in Love, Sign on the Dotted Line

They launched their relationship by answering 36 questions. To keep it going, they drew up a contract.


Judge in Michigan blocks deportation of more than 100 Iraqis

(Reuters) - A U.S. district court judge in Michigan has temporarily blocked the deportations of more than 100 Iraqi nationals until a decision is reached over who has jurisdiction over the matter, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

One-of-a-kind shop offers more than just coffee

Dems face bigger problems than Pelosi

Democrat: Pelosi is worse than Trump in some parts of the US

Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia's special House election -- an election Democrats hoped would have been a referendum on President Donald Trump -- has renewed some soul searching among its members.


More than 5 million children need urgent humanitarian aid in Iraq: UNICEF

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than 5 million children are in urgent need of aid in Iraq, the United Nations said on Thursday, describing the war on Islamic State as "one of the most brutal" in modern history.


Melania's birth country Slovenia hopes to boost tourism revenues

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia, the country where U.S. First Lady Melania Trump was born, hopes to strongly increase tourism revenues in the coming years, the government said in a statement on...


Jail threat haunts unlikely lover of Calais migrant

CALAIS, France (Reuters) - She once supported France's anti-immigrant National Front party. She met and fell in love with Mokhtar, a teacher who fled Iran and ended up in Calais. She now risks 10 years in jail.


BRIEF-Ebay says launched price match guarantee on more than 50,000 deals in U.S.

* Ebay - Launched price match guarantee on more than 50,000 deals in the United States

Baywatch star's 2 great loves: Vegan lifestyle and Julian Assange

Pamela Anderson cares a great deal about both the vegan lifestyle and Julian Assange.

United States Politics and Government

Democrats Seethe After Georgia Loss: ‘Our Brand Is Worse Than Trump’

A demoralizing special-election defeat has left some Democrats questioning the leadership and political strategy of Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader.

These athletes exercise their brains rather than bodies

It's Thursday night in the "Sweetest Place on Earth," Hershey, Pennsylvania, the town famed for its chocolate.

Congresswoman: Trump 'loves drama'

Rep. Jackie Speier claims President Donald Trump "always loves to create drama" and "absolutely" made up the claim that tape recordings of his conversation with former FBI director James Comey exist.


Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc said the head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, left the company in less than six months since joining the electric carmaker.

Turns out Trump voters loved the shove

Trump voters love the shove. CNN's Jeanne Moos says they approve of the President pushing the Prime Minister.


Death of U.S. student held by North Korea shocks fellow ex-detainees

(Reuters) - The death this week of an American university student held prisoner for 17 months by North Korea left Ohio municipal worker Jeffrey Fowle shaken.

Trump to China: Thanks for trying with N. Korea. Trump's aides: Huh?

For months, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and top aides have staked any progress dealing with North Korea's burgeoning nuclear program on China's involvement.

Constance Zimmer loves when 'UnREAL' gets real

There's not much in the world of "UnREAL" that fazes the unflappable power producer Quinn, played by Constance Zimmer.

I love my factory job, but I don't want my kid to do it

CNNMoney has traveled the country talking to factory workers. Over and over, they tell us they love their manufacturing jobs and don't want them to go away. But they don't want their kids to do these jobs.


UPDATE 2-Novartis eye drug works with fewer injections than rival

ZURICH, June 20 (Reuters) - A Novartis drug to treat a leading cause of vision loss in people over 65 does not need to be injected as frequently as a rival medicine from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to be effective, clinical trials showed on Tuesday.


Coconut oil has more ‘bad’ fat than beef and butter: heart doctors

(Reuters Health) - Coconut oil raises ‘bad’ cholesterol in the same way as other foods high in saturated fats like butter and beef, according to the American Heart Association.


Fighting kills more than 3,000 in Congo's Kasai region: Catholic church

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence.

Fighter pilots love to fly 'Star Wars Canyon'

Rainbow Canyon in Death Valley California is known as "Star Wars Canyon" to aviation geeks because fighter pilots love to fly through it.


Novartis eye drug works with fewer injections than rivals

ZURICH (Reuters) - A drug developed by Novartis to treat vision loss in people over 65 does not need to be injected as frequently as a rival medicine from Regeneron to be effective, clinical trials showed on Tuesday.


Novartis eye drug works at less frequent dosing than rival's

ZURICH, June 20 (Reuters) - Novartis eye drug RTH258 works as well as a rival product from Regeneron and at less frequent dosing in clinical trials, the Swiss drugmaker said on Tuesday, boosting its shares.


Continental joins BMW, Intel, Mobileye platform for self-driving cars

BERLIN (Reuters) - Continental said on Tuesday it would join a self-driving platform developed by BMW , Intel and Mobileye with the German auto parts and tire maker handling integration of components and software.

Girl: 'God loves me just this way'

Savannah, 12, made a decision this January; she was going to come out as lesbian at her Mormon Church.


More than 120 migrants feared dead at sea after boat's motor stolen: IOM

ROME (Reuters) - More than 120 migrants are feared to have died at the weekend when the motor of their boat was stolen, causing it to sink, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, citing testimony from survivors brought to Italy.

Maritime Accidents and Safety

Japan Says Deadly Ship Collision Happened Earlier Than Reported

Japan’s Coast Guard is now investigating the inaccuracy in the timeline of the crash, in which seven United States sailors were killed.

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Death Toll From Grenfell Tower Fire in London Rises to 79

The government has been accused of making a slow and ineffective response to the blaze.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

More People Were Forcibly Displaced in 2016 Than Ever Before

War, mayhem and persecution drove the number of people displaced from their homes to 65.6 million worldwide last year — 300,000 more than the record set in 2015.


Exclusive: Lockheed nears F-35 block buy deal worth more than $37 billion - sources

(Reuters) - U.S. weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp is in the final stages of negotiating a deal worth more than $37 billion to sell a record 440 F-35 fighter jets to a group of 11 nations including the United States, two people familiar with the talks said. This would be the biggest deal yet for the stealthy F-35 jet as it is set to make its Paris Airshow debut this week. The sale represents a major shift in sales practices from annual purchases to more economic multi-year deal

Bill Cosby, Grenfell Tower, Whole Foods: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.