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RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Shift from non-GAAP bottom lines could be good for stock prices

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Investors worried about lofty stock-market valuations may take comfort in signs that companies in the benchmark S&P 500 index are padding their bottomlines less than they have in previous years.

World War II (1939-45)

Wreckage of U.S.S. Indianapolis, Lost for 72 Years, Is Found in the Pacific

A search team led by Paul G. Allen, a founder of Microsoft, found the Navy cruiser, whose sinking is among the worst disasters in American naval history.

USS Indianapolis wreckage found 72 years later

The remains of the USS Indianapolis, which delivered parts of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and was later sunk by a Japanese submarine, have been found.


India investigates after fourth big train accident in past year kills 23

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India began investigating on Sunday a train crash in which 23 people were killed, the fourth major accident over the past year on the world's fourth biggest rail network which is grappling with chronic under-investment and over-crowding.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: With Bannon’s Ouster, Question Remains Whether His Agenda Will Be Erased, Too

Although Stephen K. Bannon lost as often as he won in White House debates, his departure could tip the balance on trade, climate, China and Afghanistan.


Mali Islamist police chief gets 10-year jail term for amputations

(Reuters) - A Malian Islamist police chief who cut off people's hands as part of a harsh form of Islamic law during an occupation of the north in 2012-13 by jihadi rebels was handed a 10-year jail term, his lawyer said on Saturday.

10-year-old delivers baby, saves mom

When 10-year-old Jayden Fontenot's mother went into labor at their home, he quickly jumped in to help, saving the life of his mom and newborn brother in the process.


Shift from non-GAAP bottom lines could be good for stock prices

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Investors worried about lofty stock-market valuations may take comfort in signs that companies in the benchmark S&P 500 index are padding their bottomlines less than they have in previous years.

United States Politics and Government

‘We Can’t Just Pull Out Our Gun’: Border Patrol Alters Training

New training in New Mexico for future Border Patrol agents teaches them how to defuse tense situations involving people they encounter while on patrol.

United States Politics and Government

Bannon Said to Be Planning His Return to Breitbart News

A comeback of its onetime chairman could help reanimate the website as a gathering spot for President Trump’s most ardent populist supporters.


U.S. prosecutors recommend three years in prison for VW engineer Liang

DETROIT (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Friday recommended a three-year prison sentence for Volkswagen AG engineer James Liang for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion.


Summer rumblings could herald a stormy fall for U.S. stocks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump-fed rally in stocks, lately showing signs of faltering as the long Wall Street summer nears its end, faces a key test in the weeks ahead with the approach of a historically unkind season for equities and a clutch of issues - such as raising the debt ceiling - awaiting the return of lawmakers to Washington.


Wall St Week Ahead-Shift from non-GAAP bottom lines could be good for stock prices

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Investors worried about lofty stock-market valuations may take comfort in signs that companies in the benchmark S&P 500 index are padding their bottomlines less than they have in previous years.

Trump jitters could flatten Wall Street's Trump bump

United States Politics and Government

Seeking Reset, Trump Dines with Some of His Biggest Donors

The president spent Thursday evening with some of his wealthiest supporters, trying to regain momentum after criticism over his response to violence in Charlottesville, Va.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Tells Aides He Has Decided to Remove Stephen Bannon

Stephen K. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Must Apologize for Causing ‘Racists to Rejoice,’ Romney Says

In a Facebook post, Mitt Romney urges President Trump to repudiate racists and admit they were “100% to blame” for the violence in Charlottesville, Va.


Lourenço, the quiet man leading Angola’s 38-year changing of guard

MALANJE, Angola (Reuters) - On a hot morning in August, João Lourenço, a man more used to army barracks and the closed doors of party politics, rose awkwardly to address thousands of rural supporters.


Syrian city's rebel districts still in ruins years after Assad victory

HOMS, Syria (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's victory in Homs is still evident in the rubble of Baba Amr, a former symbol of the rebellion where five years later only a handful of people live among ruins.


Russian triple-jumper Pyatykh gets four-year ban: CAS

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has imposed a four-year ban on Russian triple-jumper Anna Pyatykh for violating rules on prohibited substances, the tribunal said on Friday.

United States Politics and Government

Right and Left on Removal of Confederate Statues

Writers from across the political spectrum consider the debate over whether statues of Confederate heroes should be torn down.

United States Politics and Government

James Murdoch Pledges $1 Million to Anti-Defamation League as Trump Protest

Mr. Murdoch, the son of a frequent ally of President Trump’s, gave a candid statement, via email, against the white supremacist sentiment that swept through Virginia last weekend.

United States Politics and Government

Top Two Officers on Navy Ship in Deadly Collision Off Japan to Be Relieved of Duties

The ship, the destroyer Fitzgerald, collided with a cargo freighter in the middle of the night, killing seven sailors.


Preemies do better now than years ago, but still at risk

(Reuters Health) - Children born very prematurely today are more likely than those born years ago to survive without a serious disability, but they're still at risk for developmental delays, according to a new study from France.


FDA approves expanded use of AstraZeneca ovarian cancer drug

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded the use of Lynparza, sold by AstraZeneca Plc and Merck & Co Inc, to include ongoing treatment of patients with recurrent ovarian cancer who have responded to platinum-based chemotherapy.


Trump's attacks could leave him friendless if impeachment comes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Republican senators, an approach he may regret if he is someday impeached and the Senate has to weigh charges against him stemming from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

James Bond through the years

Daniel Craig will be taking his martinis shaken, not stirred, for a fifth time as James Bond. Here is a look at the other actors who have gone "undercover" as 007.

Midterm Elections (2018)

Southwest Rises as 2018 Senate Battleground

As the region’s politics evolve, and as Republicans wrestle with internal divisions under President Trump, Democrats see a chance to pick up seats in Arizona and Nevada.

Las Ramblas: First terror attack in Spain for years

Spanish police say they are treating a deadly van ramming in Barcelona as a terror attack -- a revelation that is likely to come as a shock to a country that has largely been spared the assaults that have hit its neighbors in recent years.

United States Politics and Government

Pelosi Calls for Confederate Statues to Be Removed from Capitol

After the violent white nationalist rally in Virginia last weekend, Representative Nancy Pelosi urged the removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol.


Caftans and Quivers: An Archery Competition 500 Years in the Making

Dressed in ancient-style robes and clutching bows and arrows made of traditional materials, competitors at the Conquest Cup in Istanbul preserve Ottoman-style archery in a modern setting.


METALS-Copper, aluminium slip from multi-year highs on profit-taking

* LME/ShFE arb: (Updates with closing prices)


Azarenka could miss U.S. Open due to custody battle

(Reuters) - Two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka said on Thursday she may withdraw from the U.S. Open as she is unwilling to part with her son during legal proceedings to separate from her former partner.

Ten-year-old rape victim gives birth in India

A ten-year old rape victim who was denied an abortion has given birth in northern India.


UPDATE 1-Britain's Asda reports first sales growth in three years

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Asda, the British supermarket arm of Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, on Thursday reported its first underlying sales growth for three years, helped by food price inflation and very weak comparative numbers last year.

United States Politics and Government

Congressional Memo: Republicans in Congress May Be Stuck in a Relationship With Trump

Some Republican Congress members are creating distance from President Trump, but they are still depending on the White House.


Ericsson could shed 25,000 jobs in cost-cutting drive: report

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson may lay off around 25,000 employees outside Sweden as part of its savings program, Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources at the company.

United States Politics and Government

Bannon Mocks Colleagues and ‘Alt-Right’ in Interview

In an interview he said he believed was private, Stephen K. Bannon described the alt-right as a “collection of clowns” and lashed out at rivals in the Trump administration.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.

President Trump was abandoned by executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by his defense of white nationalists.

Driver in Texas migrant deaths could face death penalty

A federal grand jury in Texas has indicted the driver of a semi in which dozens of undocumented immigrants were found last month.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis

The president’s response to the Charlottesville violence has drawn starkly different reactions between his core supporters and party leaders who fear political oblivion.


Ex-Eaton Vance Corp trader gets 1-1/2 years in prison for fraud

BOSTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - A former Eaton Vance Corp portfolio manager was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison on Wednesday for engaging in a fraudulent options trading scheme that prosecutors said had netted him more than $1.5 million in profits.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Trump Refuses to Set a Moral Standard, Abandoning a Traditional Duty

The president’s predecessors, going back to George Washington, have all tried, with varying degrees of success, to summon Americans to a higher moral purpose.


U.N. inquiry finds Congolese militia likely killed U.N. monitors

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations inquiry found that two U.N. investigators were murdered by a group of Congolese, likely militia members from central Democratic Republic of Congo, but an absence of evidence "does not preclude the possibility that others are involved."

United States Politics and Government

Jewish Trump Officials Silent on President’s Defense of Anti-Semitic Protesters

Gary D. Cohn, Steven Mnuchin and Jared Kushner have not commented publicly, though Mr. Cohn was described by those close to him as disgusted with the remarks.

United States Politics and Government

F.B.I. Agents Supported Comey, Surveys Show, Weakening Trump’s Claim of Turmoil

The president had said he fired the F.B.I. director in part because agents had lost confidence in him, but agents gave him high marks for leadership.

United States Politics and Government

Right and Left React to Trump’s Latest Charlottesville Comments Blaming ‘Both Sides’

Read about how the other side thinks about the President’s news conference, Confederate monuments, and responding to the violence of hate groups.

United States Politics and Government

Hope Hicks Will Be Trump’s Interim Communications Director

The longtime aide will temporarily fill the spot left by Anthony Scaramucci and help the president find a replacement, an administration official said.


Four years without Big Ben's bongs? It can't be right, says UK PM May

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday it could not be right for "Big Ben", the bell in the British parliament's clock tower whose bongs are one of the country's most...


Target posts higher quarterly comp sales after a year of declines

(Reuters) - Target Corp reported a 1.3 percent rise in quarterly comparable sales, after a year of declines, helped by higher customer visits to its stores and website.


Turkey says Kurdish Iraq's referendum could worsen situation, lead to civil war

ANKARA (Reuters) - A planned independence referendum in Kurdish northern Iraq could make the situation in the region worse and even lead to a civil war, Turkey's foreign minister warned on Wednesday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking

For the first time, an actual witness has emerged in the hack of the Democratic National Committee, and he has been interviewed by the F.B.I.

Teen drug overdose deaths climbed 19% in one year

The rate of teen drug overdose deaths in the United States climbed 19% from 2014 to 2015, from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 teens to 3.7 per 100,000, according to data released this week. The new numbers involve teens ages 15 to 19 and were released by the National Center for Health Statistics.


UK could continue EU peace funding for Northern Ireland after Brexit, May says

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Britain will consider replacing some European Union funding for peace projects in Northern Ireland after it leaves the bloc in 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.


Trump-backed candidate for Senate heads to Alabama run-off

(Reuters) - A Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but will still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected.


Trump-endorsed Senate candidate heads to Alabama run-off

(Reuters) - A Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected.

Elections, Senate

Roy Moore and Luther Strange Head for G.O.P. Runoff in Alabama Senate Race

After a crowded Republican race for a United States Senate seat, Mr. Moore, a former chief justice of the State Supreme Court, and Mr. Strange, the current senator, will face off in a runoff next month.

United States Politics and Government

Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments

The president said removing Confederate monuments was “changing history.” But historians say that monuments don’t always tell the story we think.

After years of not waiting for the facts, Trump blames Charlottesville vagueness on just that

President Donald Trump, a man who has quickly and bluntly called out terrorist attacks for years and slammed his opponents for being too sheepish in the face of terror, said Tuesday that he gave a vague statement about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday because he wanted to wait for the facts.

Wife charged in murder, 21 years later

A 21-year-old murder mystery is finally getting some clarity.


The Little Golf Course That Could

Sweetens Cove Golf Club, a nine-hole course that opened in 2014, is winning acclaim at a time when golf is facing declining participation and stagnant course construction.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Reminded Threats Work Differently in Diplomacy Than in Real Estate

President Trump is accustomed to using strong statements as a negotiating tactic. But on the global stage, the politics of intimidation can get complicated.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Says Bannon Is ‘Not a Racist,’ but His Job Status Remains in Doubt

The president defended his embattled chief strategist even as Washington waits for Mr. Bannon’s departure from the White House.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Takes Aim at Executives Leaving Presidential Council

President Trump, on a day he faced a rebuke from Walmart’s C.E.O. and another departure from his manufacturing council, said the executives were “embarrassed” for making products overseas.


Wells Fargo board chairman to retire, be replaced at year end

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co Vice Chair Betsy Duke will replace retiring Chairman Stephen Sanger next year, one of several changes announced on Tuesday in response to shareholder displeasure over the...

United States Politics and Government

A Combative Trump Criticizes ‘Alt-Left’ Groups in Charlottesville

The president said he did nothing wrong in his first remarks on Saturday following racial unrest in Virginia.

United States Politics and Government

Trump: ‘Not All of Those People Were White Supremacists’

President Trump, in a long, combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower, insisted that he did nothing wrong on Saturday when he declined to specifically condemn Nazi and white supremacist groups.


Centene to sell Obamacare plans in Nevada next year

(Reuters) - Centene Corp, one of the largest players in the Obamacare individual insurance market, said it would offer Obamacare plans in Nevada in 2018.


UPDATE 1-Centene to sell Obamacare plans in Nevada next year

Aug 15 (Reuters) - Centene Corp, one of the largest players in the Obamacare individual insurance market, said it would offer Obamacare plans in Nevada in 2018.


Tennis:Last two years have taken heavy toll on Murray, says mum Judy

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The last two years on the relentless ATP Tour have taken their toll on Andy Murray, the three times grand slam champion's mum Judy told Reuters.

What could happen if Trump ends key health care subsidies

GOP PAC leader backs Kid Rock Senate run

The president of a Republican PAC said he's interested in Kid Rock running for Senate.

Grenfell Tower Fire (June, 2017)

London Inferno Inquiry Will Scrutinize How Officials Dealt With Complaints of Fire Risk

At least 80 people died in the blaze at Grenfell Tower, and local authorities were accused of having ignored warnings from the tenants.

United States Politics and Government

Economic Scene: It’s the Economy, Democrats, but Inequality Is Not the Issue

The party risks tacking too far to the left when more centrist solutions could provide what many voters yearn for: a decent job with a secure future.


Republicans on track for tax reform this year: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee said on Tuesday Republicans are on track to pass tax reform this year and, unlike with healthcare, are united around a common plan even as the details are still being hammered out.


UK inquiry to examine Grenfell Tower fire but not broader social issues

LONDON (Reuters) - A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed 80 people in June began on Tuesday with a mission to examine the cause of and response to the tragedy, but not broader issues such as social housing policy.


House Ways and Means chairman: Tax reform on track for this year - CNBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday said Republicans were on track to pass tax reform this year and, unlike with healthcare, were united around a common plan even as the details are still being hammered out.

United States Politics and Government

Theories Abound Over Meaning of Trump’s ‘Many Sides’ Remark

President Trump’s reluctance to single out the far right reflects a view widely held by conservatives that the news media willingly overlooks left-wing extremism.


Thai activist jailed for two and a half years for posting BBC article

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai student activist was jailed for two and a half years on Tuesday for posting on Facebook a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand's king, his lawyer said.


Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday.


Trump's popularity faces test in Alabama's Senate race

(Reuters) - Voters in Alabama head to the polls on Tuesday to choose Republican and Democratic nominees for a U.S. Senate seat, in a race that has been dominated by debate over President Donald Trump.

Rouhani says Iran could quit nuclear deal in 'hours' if US imposes new sanctions

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani has threatened to quit the 2015 nuclear deal "within hours" if the United States continues to impose new sanctions on the country.


Iran could quit nuclear deal in 'hours' if new U.S. sanctions imposed: Rouhani

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

Laura Ingraham could get a talk show on Fox News

Longtime Fox News contributor and fill-in host Laura Ingraham is in line for her own show on the channel, possibly in a key prime time hour.

United States Politics and Government

Following ‘Fire and Fury,’ Trump Looks to Ease Tensions in Asia

President Trump used unusually restrained language in opening a trade offensive against China as his military advisers tamped down talk of war with North Korea.

How Trump could start fixing ugly history on race

Donald Trump's supporters are convinced that no matter what the President says on the thorny issue of race, it will never be enough for his critics.


Car plows into pizzeria near Paris, killing 12-year-old girl

(Reuters) - A car plowed into the outdoor terrace of a pizzeria in the small town of Sept-Sorts east of Paris on Monday, killing a 12-year-old girl and seriously injuring several other people.

United States Politics and Government

Bannon in Limbo as Trump Faces Growing Calls for the Strategist’s Ouster

The president’s delay in denouncing neo-Nazis in Charlottesville has put new pressure on Stephen K. Bannon, who ran the Breitbart website.


Golf: Winning one major is a great year, says Spieth

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - A major season that began with the Masters favorite falling down stairs ended with one of the game’s best young players capturing the PGA Championship, a reminder of the ephemeral nature of the most unpredictable of sports.

Trump, GOP make push in AL Senate primary

President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are making a major last-minute push to save Sen. Luther Strange in Tuesday's three-way primary here.

United States Politics and Government

Right and Left on the Violence in Charlottesville

Read about how the other side thinks: Writers from across the political spectrum reacted to the outpouring of racial tension over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va.


UPDATE 2-Brazil's BNDES sees no large provision ramp-up this year

SAO PAULO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Loan-loss provisions at state development bank BNDES are unlikely to increase significantly in coming months unless an unexpected case arises, a sign Brazil's No. 1 source of long-term corporate lending is comfortable with current levels of capital buffer.


Fed's Dudley eyes September balance sheet move, sees one more rate hike this year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley said on Monday that it was not unreasonable to think that the central bank would begin trimming its balance sheet in September and sees another rate hike this year should economic data hold up.


Trump's probe on China intellectual property theft could spur change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump returned to Washington on Monday to authorize an inquiry into China's alleged theft of intellectual property, a step that analysts say is aimed at pressuring Beijing into a negotiated settlement to revise its practices.

London's Big Ben to fall silent for 4 years

Big Ben will fall silent next week for four years as "major conservation works" are carried out on the tower which houses the bell, UK Parliament announced Monday.


BRIEF-Western Union and Pay-O-Matic renew agreement with 7-year extension

* Western Union and Pay-O-Matic renew agreement with 7-year extension

Number of kids going to ER for pot more than doubles in 10 years

As attitudes about marijuana shift around the world, researchers are warning parents that it's risky to keep it around children, especially those who are too young to know what it is.


UK parliament's "Big Ben" bell to fall silent for four years

LONDON (Reuters) - The "Big Ben" bell in the British parliament's famous clock tower will cease its regular bongs at noon on Aug. 21, falling silent for most of the next four years while renovation...


Tropical storm Gert could become hurricane by Wednesday: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Gert, located about 485 miles (785 km) west-southwest of Bermuda, could strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Economic Conditions and Trends

Japan’s Economy Grows Again, in Longest Streak in 11 Years

An uptick in domestic consumer and business spending suggests a rising optimism that the good times will continue. Government spending helped, too.


Illinois Senate votes to reject governor's school funding veto

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Illinois Senate on Sunday rejected Governor Bruce Rauner's changes to an education funding bill, sending the measure to the House, where similar action is uncertain, and leaving school districts guessing when state-aid dollars will begin flowing.


Years After Acid Attack, an Afghan Story of Survival Takes a Dark Turn

Mumtaz, splashed with acid by a spurned suitor at 18, had surgery in India and started a family. Her attacker faced a long prison sentence. Then the kidnapping and killing began.

United States Politics and Government

White House Acts to Stem Fallout From Trump’s First Charlottesville Remarks

The White House, under siege over President Trump’s initial comments, on Sunday condemned “white supremacists” for inciting violence that left a woman dead.


This British Fruitcake Is Over 100 Years Old. It’s ‘Almost’ Edible.

Conservationists in Antarctica who found the ice-covered dessert believe it once belonged to the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott.


In Alabama's Senate race, contenders fight over who is Trump's biggest fan

(Reuters) - At first glance, U.S. Representative Mo Brooks seems exactly the kind of candidate President Donald Trump would love to see win Tuesday's Republican primary election for Alabama's open U.S. Senate seat.


Trump's threat of Venezuela military action could bolster Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's talk of possible military action in Venezuela could be a political life-line for the country's unpopular leader, who has long used the threat of U.S. aggression to justify policies that have shredded the economy.

United States Politics and Government

Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at Moderates and Generates Chants of ‘Warren 2020’

In a speech to a Netroots Nation meeting, Warren says liberals are “the heart and soul” of the Democratic Party, but still calls for unity.

United States International Relations

Trump Cautious on China Inquiry Over Intellectual Property Theft

The president is seeking to fulfill hard-edge campaign promises on trade without alienating Beijing during the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

DNA test reunites brother with mom after 46 years

Texas brothers Anthony Wiggs and Raymond Abreu reunite with their mother Elsie Ramirez after decades apart, they were separated as infants because social services got involved.


Athletics: Botswana miss out after baton drop, U.S. run year's fastest time

LONDON (Reuters) - Botswana missed out on the men's 4x400 meters relay final at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday after dropping the baton in their semi-final heat while the United States ran the year's fastest time.


Bolt leads Jamaica into final, U.S. run year's fastest time

LONDON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt, running the penultimate race of his career, led Jamaica safely through their semi-final in the 4x100 meters relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday while United States ran the fastest time of the year.

DNA test reunites brothers with mom after 46 years

There she is ... I think I see her," an anxious Anthony Wiggs told Raymond Abreu. "With the sunglasses on."

United States Politics and Government

On Washington: Senate Inquiry Into Russian Meddling Could Wrap Up This Year, Burr Says

Senator Richard Burr, the leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the inquiry had expanded but he hoped it would conclude by the end of the year.


Divided Muslim family yearns to reunite, 70 years after India, Pakistan split

KARACHI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As India and Pakistan prepare to celebrate 70 years of independence from Britain next week, thousands of families in the nuclear-armed neighbors remain divided by a border that strained diplomatic ties make harder to cross.

United States Politics and Government

Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say

He has made it clear that his mission is to dismantle the E.P.A.’s environmental mission. His critics say he is deploying extraordinary secrecy as he does so.

United States Politics and Government

Uproar Over Omarosa Manigault-Newman at Black Journalists Convention

The White House aide spoke at the annual gathering of the National Association of Black Journalists for a panel that was moderated by Ed Gordon, a host at Bounce TV.

United States Politics and Government

‘We’ve Had Enough’: Conservatives Relish the ‘Fury’ in Trump’s Talk

Conservatives in the mainland United States are celebrating the idea of potentially taking down someone they see as a bully.

United States Politics and Government

How U.S. Military Actions Could Play Out in North Korea

Military officials insist no action is imminent. But both pre-emptive and defensive options are available, should President Trump choose them. Here’s a breakdown.

Inside the fight that could derail the Democratic Party

In what should be Democrats' strongest moment since November, a series of emotional and racially charged clashes are forcing the party to once again confront the problem that has plagued it for a year: How to incorporate the supporters of Bernie Sanders.

United States Politics and Government

White House Aide Forced Out After Claim of Leftist Conspiracy

A National Security Council staff member, Rich Higgins, was told to resign last month after a memo accused “deep state” Marxists of seeking to overthrow the president.


Anthem to exit Obamacare market in Virginia next year

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Friday it will exit Obamacare markets in Virginia and reduce its plan offerings in Washington and Scott counties and the city of Bristol next year.


Ex-Los Angeles investment banker gets extra five years for tribal bond fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles investment banker imprisoned for 11 years for a stock manipulation scheme was sentenced on Friday to an additional five years for misappropriating proceeds from a bond issue by a Native American tribe.

Senate panel wants more answers on Kushner's security clearance

The Senate judiciary committee is calling on the White House to provide new details about President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's security clearance application, including whether his initial failure to list meetings with Russian officials influenced the administration's ability to trust him with sensitive information.

4 ways China could pressure North Korea


Petrobras expects $17 bln investment, $8 bln divestitures this year

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-controlled Petróleo Brasileiro SA has targeted spending $17 billion in investments and selling $8 billion worth of assets this year, a presentation by the oil company published on Friday said.


It never got paid for the Volvos, but could Sweden mediate with North Korea?

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden has not yet been paid by North Korea for the hundreds of Volvo saloons it imported in the 1970s and which can still be seen on the streets of the communist country.


After years, South Koreans worry about North: food sales up, civil drills expanded

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Koreans are buying more ready to eat meals and the government plans to expand nation-wide civil defense drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the United States ramps up tension.

United States Politics and Government

Right and Left on the North Korean Nuclear Threat

Read about how the other side thinks: Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the growing tensions with North Korea.

'We could be gone tomorrow': Guam locals under threat

With rough, calloused hands, Guam local Marco Martinez steadily trims his fishing line.


UPDATE 1-European shares head towards their worst week this year

* Sinking metals prices drive miners down (Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon - see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)


UPDATE 2-Old Mutual to list not sell businesses next year in break-up

LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Anglo-South African financial services group Old Mutual aims to list two divisions rather than sell them as it pursues a plan to split into four parts by the end of next year.


U.S. economic expansion to last another two years or more: Reuters poll

BENGALURU (Reuters) - The U.S. economic expansion will last at least another two years, according to a majority of economists polled by Reuters who also forecast growth will not accelerate the way the Trump administration has predicted.

United States Politics and Government

Mysterious Health Issues Drove U.S. Diplomats From Cuba

Some Americans returned home from the embassy in Havana after experiencing a variety of symptoms, including hearing loss, but officials identified no cause or culprit.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Says He Has Not Considered Firing Mueller, Contradicting Himself

The president has privately told friends that he has weighed whether to dismiss Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel.


Argentina's Fernandez leads Buenos Aires Senate race: poll

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's leftist ex-President Cristina Fernandez leads the candidate for President Mauricio Macri's coalition in the Senate race for politically-crucial Buenos Aires province, a poll showed on Thursday.


Wall Street stock rally could be derailed by U.S.-North Korea war of words

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cracks are showing in what has been a virtually non-stop U.S. equity rally after a rapid escalation of tension between North Korea and the United States this week.

Climate report: Hottest year, highest greenhouse gas marks, record sea levels

The records highlighted in the "State of the Climate in 2016" report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sound ominous.

Yes, you could go blind

On August 21, the moon's shadow will block the sun from view in a total solar eclipse.


Any new Korean war could quickly escalate to catastrophe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War Two and an untold economic impact worldwide, former U.S. defense officials and experts say.


Trump attacks Senate leader for second straight day on health policy failure

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump attacked his own party's Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, for a second day on Thursday, complaining from the steps of his private New Jersey golf club about Republicans' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Toughens Warning on North Korea

The president says perhaps his earlier “fire and fury” comment was not strong enough.

United States Politics and Government

President Trump Escalates Criticism of Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader

For days, Mr. Trump has trained his fire on Mr. McConnell, venting on Twitter about the Senate’s inability to pass a health care repeal bill.


BRIEF-Perrigo says Rx segment, year-over-year price erosion assumption remains at 9 pct to 11 pct

* Perrigo says Rx segment, year-over-year price erosion assumption remains at 9 percent to 11 percent - Conf Call


UK fraud office expects decision on GSK, Rolls-Royce cases next year

LONDON (Reuters) - The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said on Thursday it expects to decide next year whether it will file criminal charges in bribery investigations related to drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline and aero engine company Rolls-Royce .


Citi stock to double in 4-5 years, says Mike Mayo

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc's stock price is likely to double in the next four to five years, banking analyst Mike Mayo wrote in his first note after joining Wells Fargo Securities.


British police arrest 41-year-old jogger suspected of knocking woman in front of bus

LONDON (Reuters) - British police on Thursday said they had arrested a 41-year-old jogger on suspicion of knocking a woman into the path of a bus on a busy west London street earlier this year.


Trump attacks Senate leader McConnell over healthcare failure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump attacked his own party's Senate leader for a second day running on Thursday, venting frustration over Republicans' dramatic failure to repeal and replace the Obamacare healthcare law on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

13-million-year-old ape skull found

Researchers say the ancient fossil found in Kenya is the most well preserved ape skull ever discovered.


RPT-BRIEF-Genmab CEO confident to close some tech deals this year



METALS-China aluminium hits 5-year high on capacity closures

MELBOURNE, Aug 10 (Reuters) - China aluminium extended gains on Thursday to strike its highest since 2012, with investors flooding into the market on prospects that capacity closures in the world's top producer would tighten supply. FUNDAMENTALS * SHFE ALUMINIUM: Shanghai Futures Exchange aluminium had climbed 1.4 percent to 16,275 yuan ($2,443) a tonne by 0240 GMT, having earlier hit its highest since May 2012 at 16,460 yuan. Open interest flew to a record-high around 900

United States Politics and Government

With North Korea, Past Presidents Preferred Words Over ‘Fire’

Mr. Trump’s remarks warning of “fire and fury” if North Korea continued threatening the U.S. broke with a tradition of American presidents using urgent diplomacy to quell crises with North Korea.

United States Politics and Government

5 Transgender Service Members Sue Trump Over Military Ban

The lawsuit was filed by two rights groups, but others say they are holding off until the Trump administration takes steps toward implementing the ban.

'Sex and the City' star could run for NY governor

"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon appears to be considering a run for governor of New York. On the "Today" show on Tuesday, she said she was being encouraged to throw her hat in the ring, but declined to say whether she would do so.


Facebook makes new bid for TV viewers with expanded video

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professional women's basketball to a safari show and a parenting program.

First Atlantic hurricane this year forms

Tropical Storm Franklin gained strength Wednesday to become a Category 1 hurricane -- with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.


UPDATE 1-Facebook makes new bid for TV viewers with expanded video

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professional women's basketball to a safari show and a parenting program.

Senate panel gets more details about Trump Tower meeting

The Senate judiciary committee is now going through documents that could give a fuller picture of the controversial Trump Tower meeting where Donald Trump Jr. was promised Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton's campaign -- and whether there were any improper contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates during the course of the election.

United States Politics and Government

V.A. Plans to Fire Its D.C. Medical Director — Again

The department’s secretary intends to use the authority given to him in a new law that makes it easier to fire deficient employees.


BRIEF-Genmab CEO confident to close some tech deals this year



Puerto Rico's biggest creditors envision resolving key dispute this year

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, presiding over Puerto Rico's massive bankruptcy, approved an agreement between the island's competing creditor classes on Wednesday aimed at moving forward with an effort to resolve claims on sales tax revenue.


Shell sees Brazil R&D investment this year at $38 mln

SAO PAULO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc estimates it will invest around 120 million reais ($38 million) in research and development in the country this year, said André Araújo, head of Shell Brazil unit, on Wednesday. (Reporting by Marta Nogueira and Alexandra Alper; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Manafort’s Home Searched as Part of Mueller Inquiry

The F.B.I. searched the home of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, as part of the special investigation on Russia.


BRIEF-Harsco renews five-year scrap management contract with Egypt’s EZDK Steel

* Harsco renews five-year scrap management contract with egypt’s ezdk steel company


France opens anti-terrorist inquiry after hit-and-run on soldiers

PARIS (Reuters) - French counter-terrorist investigators have been asked to probe an incident in which a car rammed into a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb on Wednesday, a source in the judiciary said.

The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip

Republican primaries -- everywhere.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: 1922: The Year That Transformed English Literature

Bill Goldstein’s “The World Broke in Two” looks at four British writers — Woolf, Eliot, Forster and Lawrence — at a turning point in history.

United States Politics and Government

Even on Break, a Congress Weary of Trump Gets No Respite From Him

So much for relaxing. The president is in meetings and taking calls, he said on Twitter, keeping the capital on edge when it badly needs a breather.

United States Politics and Government

Talk: Andy Slavitt Wants to Unite America on Health Care

The former head of Medicaid on the most recent efforts to repeal or replace the A.C.A. and whether President Trump can distinguish between health and life insurance.


RPT-GRAPHIC-Ten-years from global financial crisis: a decade in charts

LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Ten years ago on Wednesday marked the start for many observers of the global financial crisis - a series of rolling credit shocks and bank crashes that led to the deepest world recession for a generation and a decade of slow growth and painful repair.

North Korea threatens nuclear attack on US mainland; Trump says US could unleash 'fire and fury' on Pyongyang

North Korea is threatening to launch preemptive military strikes against the United States, including targeting the US Pacific island territory of Guam, the latest salvo in an increasingly aggressive back-and-forth between Pyongyang and Washington.


Japan Display to save $455 million a year from structural reforms

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Display Inc on Wednesday said it would reduce 50 billion yen ($455 million) in annual fixed costs through restructuring steps, including consolidating production sites and cutting jobs.


Thailand sentences man to 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai man was jailed for 18 years on Wednesday for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, his lawyer said, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Rewards Loyalty in Alabama Senate Race by Tweeting Endorsement

The president threw his support to Senator Luther Strange in a special Alabama election in which Republicans have fought to appear the closest to Mr. Trump.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Harsh Language on North Korea Has Little Precedent, Experts Say

The statement went far beyond the usual tough-but-vague words that past presidents have used to confront the North’s frequent provocations.

United States Politics and Government

Right and Left React to the Tensions With North Korea

Read about how the other side thinks: Writers from across the political spectrum examine the growing tensions with North Korea.

United States Politics and Government

Climate Report Could Force Trump to Choose Between Science and His Base

The looming publication of a climate report again raises a contentious policy issue that has deeply divided President Trump’s closest advisers since he arrived in the Oval Office.


U.S. aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam next year: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier will visit Vietnam next year, the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday, in a sign of improving relations between the two countries.


Al Gore says 'ethical reasons' could end Trump presidency early

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore suggested on Tuesday that the presidency of Donald Trump could end prematurely for "ethical reasons," drawing laughter from a packed movie theater at the European premiere of his latest film on climate change.

Up for grabs: You could get your own lighthouse for cheap

You can usually get a nice used car or at least six months of rent for $15,000. Now with that sum, you can buy your very own little concrete island -- with a view.


Wisconsin won't break even on Foxconn plant incentives for 25 years: analysis

(Reuters) - Wisconsin is not projected to break even on a $3 billion incentive package for a proposed LCD screen plant by Taiwan's Foxconn for at least 25 years, a legislative analysis showed on Tuesday.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Threatens North Korea With ‘Fire and Fury’

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” President Trump said after the isolated nuclear-armed country criticized the United States earlier in the day.


Calvin Harris tops Forbes list of highest-earning DJs for fifth year

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Scottish musician Calvin Harris ruled Forbes' annual list of electronic cash kings on Tuesday as he was named the highest-paid DJ for the fifth consecutive year, outpacing Dutch DJ Tiesto and newcomers The Chainsmokers.


Spotakova reclaims world javelin title 10 years on

LONDON (Reuters) - Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic regained the javelin world title she first won 10 years ago at the World Championships on Tuesday.


BRIEF-CKX Lands says President Brian Jones to resign after 2018 fiscal year​

* ‍On August 7, Brian Jones, President and Treasurer, provided notice to company of his decision to resign after 2018 fiscal year​

Where India will be in another 70 years?

As the clock struck midnight on August 15, 1947, the world's biggest democracy was born. India had become an independent nation.


Drugmaker Endo cuts full-year sales forecast, shares slide

(Reuters) - Endo International Plc on Tuesday lowered its full-year revenue forecast, saying it expected lower sales of branded drugs to add to the pricing pressure its generic drugs are facing, sending the company's shares to their lowest since 2003.


World number one Johnson says this could be his week at PGA

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson reckons he may be poised to give a winning performance in his "home game" this week and shed four months of frustration at the PGA Championship at North Carolina's Quail Hollow starting on Thursday.


UPDATE 3-Michael Kors lifts full-year revenue forecast, shares soar

* Store operating margins up for 1st time in two yrs-Jefferies

4-year-old shot in possible road rage incident

Cleveland police are looking for two men suspected of following a mother and her two kids and opening fire.


Let them play: kids glued to phones could save UK, ex-spy chief says

LONDON (Reuters) - Parents who think they are being responsible by limiting their children's time online should think again: they could be putting their kids and Britain's security at a disadvantage, according to a former British spy chief.


Boasts could expose culprits in decapitation of Australian dinosaur replicas

(Reuters) - Australian police on Tuesday said they expected the individuals who decapitated three dinosaur replicas at a museum to boast about their trophies to friends, so bringing about their own exposure.

Four big things that could stand in the way of tax reform

There's a long list of reasons why Republicans' plan to overhaul the nation's tax system is going to be complicated this fall.


China marks 70 years of Inner Mongolia's founding, activist complains of curbs

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday celebrated 70 years since the founding of Inner Mongolia, its first self-proclaimed region run by ethnic minorities, as a leading Mongol activist said her communications had been interrupted and the police were following her.

South Africa's president could be forced out today

South African President Jacob Zuma faces a parliamentary vote of no-confidence Tuesday in a secret ballot that will test the loyalty of members of his party, the African National Congress (ANC).

United States Politics and Government

Now Starring in the West Wing: Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The new White House press secretary is more understated than her predecessor, Sean Spicer, but she still speaks for a president at war with the media.

United States Politics and Government

Right and Left React to the Justice Dept.’s Moves on Affirmative Action

Writers from across the political spectrum weigh in on the news that the government may investigate college admissions programs that some say are discriminatory.


Australia seeks to resolve gay marriage debate this year

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia will vote in November on whether to allow same-sex marriage, settling a long-stalled debate by the end of this year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday.

Parents of 8-year-old who hanged himself sue school system

The parents of Gabriel Taye, the 8-year-old boy who hanged himself with a necktie in his Cincinnati home in January, have filed a lawsuit against the Cincinnati Public School district.

What will the office look like in 10 years?

It happens every few years: a seismic shift in the way we live our lives fuels a change in human behavior so significant, it blows the concept of the office as we know it out of the water.

United States Politics and Government

Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

The report directly contradicts Trump administration claims about global warming and concludes that temperatures have risen rapidly since 1980.