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Chicago teachers union eyes future security with charter merger


CHICAGO (Reuters) - After trying for years to stymie the growth of charter schools in Chicago, leaders of its public school teachers' union are seeking to enlist staff from charter schools in a bid to strengthen the union’s bargaining power and tap a new source of members’ fees. [Source]

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Leading Democrat: Critics can't conclude Trump is impaired

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that it was premature to try to remove U.S. President Donald Trump by claiming he is physically or mentally impaired.

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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.


Unwavering Trump voters say they will not miss Steve Bannon

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's firing has been met with a collective shrug by some of President Donald Trump's most committed supporters who argue the controversial nationalist became an obstacle to the administration's agenda.


Bannon's exit not seen to signal Trump shift to center

WASHINGTON/BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's ouster of chief strategist Steve Bannon is unlikely to mark the abandonment of the administration's "America First" agenda that has unnerved investors and trade partners and split the White House into nationalist and globalist camps.


Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show.


Trump tweets thanks to Steve Bannon for service and role in campaign against Clinton

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump praised his former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday, thanking him on Twitter for his service and his role in the presidential election campaign against Hillary Clinton.


Pentagon's Mattis again seeks to reassure U.S. allies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis travels to the Middle East and eastern Europe next week to play the increasingly familiar role of reassuring allies that the United States is committed to them despite mixed messages from President Donald Trump.


Amid Trump backlash, his U.N. envoy says stand up, isolate hate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told staff in an email - seen by Reuters on Friday - that everyone must stand up and condemn hate, as President Donald Trump faces a backlash for his response to violence at a protest by white nationalists.


After firing, Bannon returns to his 'killing machine'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With Stephen Bannon, the worry always was that he could be even more disruptive to President Donald Trump’s White House from outside than he was within.


Trump makes no decision on Afghanistan strategy

HAGERSTOWN, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump reviewed an array of options for a strategy on Afghanistan with his top national security aides, but made no decision on whether he would commit more troops to America's longest war.


Bannon departure tips trade scales in favor of White House 'globalists'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The departure on Friday of Steve Bannon, the White House's top economic nationalist, will likely tip the trade policy scales in favor of the Trump administration's "globalist" faction, which could soften the stance toward two of Trump's favorite targets: China and the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump

(Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Friday ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump after facing criticism that his recommendations on policy could help his own investments.


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.


Romania negotiating to buy U.S. rocket systems worth $1.25 billion: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of mobile artillery rocket systems to Romania worth up to $1.25 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Friday.


Trump fires adviser Bannon

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump fired chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday, the White House announced, ending the turbulent tenure of a rabble-rousing conservative media entrepreneur and political activist who was a darling of Trump's base.


Tillerson denounces racism in wake of Trump's Charlottesville comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. President Donald Trump increasingly isolated over his response to white nationalist violence in Virginia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a broad condemnation of racism on Friday and promised to make his department more racially diverse.


Decision on whether Trump adviser Bannon keeps his job is imminent: Axios

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A decision from President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly is imminent on whether White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will keep his job, online news outlet Axios said on Friday.


U.S. State Department hit by system-wide email outage: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department's email systems have been hit by a broad outage, a State Department official said on Friday.


Trump raises Cyber Command status: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump elevated the Pentagon's U.S. Cyber Command on Friday in a move aimed at emphasizing the development of cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders and tackle adversaries.


Amid Spain attacks, Trump says U.S. ready and borders secure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States was prepared for any possible "trouble" and its borders were secure, as authorities in Spain grappled with an attempted attack near Barcelona one day after another attack left more than a dozen dead.


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.


Union says Air Berlin's Niki Airlines future is unclear

VIENNA (Reuters) - Union representatives of insolvent Air Berlin's Austrian unit Niki Airlines said its future was unclear and they hoped for support from the Austrian government if it runs out of money.


Wisconsin bill giving $3 billion incentives to Foxconn advances

(Reuters) - Wisconsin's Republican-controlled state Assembly voted 59-30 on Thursday to approve a bill that paves the way for a $3 billion incentives package for a proposed liquid-crystal display plant by Taiwan's Foxconn.

1.8 million Chicago voter records exposed


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.


Students head back to unfunded schools in three U.S. states

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The failure of three U.S. states to enact legislation to fund education has left hundreds of school districts scrambling for cash as students return to the classroom.


Trump abandons plan to create infrastructure council: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to create an infrastructure advisory council, the White House said on Thursday, after he scrapped two other advisory groups led by corporate CEOs following his controversial remarks on white nationalists.


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.

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.


Republican senator says Trump yet to demonstrate needed stability

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Bob Corker, unleashing one of the most pointed attacks from a Republican official on President Donald Trump, said on Thursday the president had not yet shown the "stability and competence" the United States needs, nor an understanding of the nation's character.


U.S. House Democratic leader Pelosi calls for Confederate statue removal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined calls for the immediate removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol, shortly after President Donald Trump expressed regret over statues and monuments being removed in some cities.


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.


Trump mulling lifting status of Cyber Command: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is close to making a decision to elevate the status of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders and tackle adversaries, current and former officials told Reuters on Thursday.


Top Trump economic adviser Cohn not leaving: White House official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn is remaining in his post, a White House official told Reuters on Thursday after earlier rumors of his departure rattled Wall Street and hit U.S. stocks and the dollar.


Trump blasts Republican senators over Charlottesville criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump on Thursday fired back at a growing number of fellow Republicans who denounced his response to the Charlottesville, Virginia violence, further fueling the latest controversy to engulf his seven-month-old presidency.


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.


Trump blasts Republican senator on 'moral equivalency' after Virginia attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump on Thursday fired back at a critic in his own party who had denounced the president's response to the Charlottesville, Virginia, attack, saying he had not drawn a "moral equivalency" between white hate groups and counter-protesters.


Trump adviser Bannon says U.S. in economic war with China-media

(Reuters) - The United States is in an economic war with China, U.S President Donald Trump's chief political strategist has said, warning Washington is losing the fight but is about to hit China hard over unfair trade practices.

Sessions: Chicago's sanctuary city policies are 'lawlessness'

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized the city of Chicago Wednesday for its "lawless" sanctuary city policies.


Union Pacific to layoff 750 U.S. employees amid broader cost-cutting

(Reuters) - Union Pacific Corp said on Wednesday it will cut roughly 500 management jobs and 250 railroad workers by mid-September as the No. 1 U.S. railroad continues broader cost-cutting.


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.


Trump to make August cost-sharing payments to health insurers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will make cost-sharing payments to insurance companies under Obamacare for August, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday, but the announcement did little to quell long-term concerns about the insurance market.


House panel to hold hearing on white supremacist threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing next month about threats from extremist groups, including domestic terrorism, following a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.


U.S. ends program for Central American minors fleeing violence

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security terminated a program on Wednesday that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle in the United States, ending travel hopes for more than 2,700 children awaiting approval.


Sessions slams Chicago sanctuary policies

(Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly criticized the city of Chicago's political leadership, citing its so-called sanctuary policies as an example of the breakdown of law and order in the country.


Trump's Virginia remarks frustrate Republicans' tax push

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. congressional Republican leaders were set to promote their tax reform goals at a special gathering in California on Wednesday, but their plans were overshadowed by growing furor over President Donald Trump's controversial statements on Virginia protests that turned deadly.


Surveys contradict Trump claim that Comey had lost FBI confidence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Annual employee surveys released by the FBI on Wednesday show former Director James Comey was highly regarded, contradicting President Donald Trump's claim when he fired Comey this year that he had lost the confidence of the agency's workers.


Trump says ending two CEO advisory panels: tweet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dismantled two CEO advisory panels on Wednesday as a growing number of chief executives announced their resignations following his response to a weekend of violence in Virginia that stoked racial tensions nationwide.


3M CEO Inge Thulin resigns from Trump's manufacturing council

(Reuters) - 3M Co said on Wednesday Chief Executive Inge Thulin had resigned from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Advisory Council.


Republican senator Graham says Trump's race remarks dividing U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on Wednesday called out fellow Republican President Donald Trump, saying his remarks in the wake of last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, were dividing the nation and at odds with many Republicans' views.


White House names Hicks interim communications director

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longtime Trump communications aide Hope Hicks has been named as interim communications director, the White House said on Wednesday, in the latest personnel move for President Donald Trump as he continues to seek someone for the job.


U.S. talks tough as NAFTA negotiations get under way

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday laid down a tough line for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, demanding major changes to the pact that would reduce U.S. trade deficits with Mexico and Canada and increase U.S. content for autos.


McConnell says all need to stand against hate and violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday "messages of hate and bigotry" from white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups should not be welcome anywhere in the United States.


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...


White House braces for fallout from Trump remarks on Virginia violence

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump no doubt pleased part of his political base on Tuesday by passionately arguing that both right- and left-wing extremists were responsible for violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia on Saturday.

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.


Texas 'bathroom bill' dies in special legislative session

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas measures to restrict access for transgender people to bathrooms in schools and public buildings appear to have died on Tuesday as the House adjourned and ended its special legislative session.


BRIEF-Western Union Co files pricing term sheet related to $250 million floating rate notes due 2019

* Western Union Co files pricing term sheet related to $250 million floating rate notes due 2019


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.


Trump to revoke Obama-era flood risk building standards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will revoke an Obama-era executive order on Tuesday that required strict building standards for government-funded projects to reduce exposure to increased flooding from sea level rise, sources said.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Region sags as Union Properties loss hits Dubai, Egypt continues slide

DUBAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Middle Eastern stock markets sagged again on Tuesday because of a mediocre economic outlook, with a shock loss at a real estate developer weighing on Dubai and Egypt dropping for a sixth straight day.


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.


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.


Trump faces business backlash over handling of Charlottesville upheaval

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, facing a mounting political furor and backlash from business leaders, has explicitly condemned neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists two days after a rally by hate groups in Virginia turned deadly.


U.S. auto safety advocacy group names Obama-era official to top post

(Reuters) - U.S. auto safety advocacy group Center for Auto Safety has appointed an official with a track record in federal government consumer protection agencies as its new executive director, the industry body said on Tuesday.


Trump to sign executive order Tuesday on infrastructure projects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday "establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects," the White House said on Monday.


Trump signs memo directing probe into China's IP practices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a presidential memorandum authorizing an investigation into China's alleged theft of American intellectual property, declaring it "one big move."


California to sue Trump administration over sanctuary policy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over federal restrictions on some law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities, a spokesperson for California's attorney general office said on Monday.


Merck CEO resigns from Trump council over Charlottesville

(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier resigned from U.S. President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying he was taking a stand against intolerance and extremism.

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


Texas 'bathroom' bills stalled in special legislative session

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas measures to restrict access for transgender people to bathrooms in schools and public buildings appear doomed this week after hundreds of businesses stood in opposition and moderate Republican powerbrokers blocked the bills.


U.S. tax change proposals anger builders, realtors, charities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. Congress members focused during their August recess on finding ways to lower the corporate tax rate, industry groups and other sectors of society are gearing up to fight proposed changes to the personal income tax.

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...


Boris in Union Jack underpants? Musical comedy finds the fun in Brexit

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A retelling of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and its dramatic political consequences might perhaps be framed as high drama or extreme farce.

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.


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.


With budget cuts looming, U.S. aid chief vows to do more with less

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing potentially deep budget cuts to U.S. foreign aid, new USAID administrator Mark Green says he needs to do more with less and prove to President Donald Trump that development assistance can further his "America First" agenda.


President Trump's reelection campaign releases television ad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's reelection campaign released its first television advertisement on Sunday, a 30-second spot that attacks Democrats and touts the accomplishments of his first seven months in office.


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.


Charlottesville violence tests Trump's presidential mettle

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - For President Donald Trump, this was the week when the real world began to intrude upon his presidency.


Russia probe counsel wants to interview senior White House officials: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating whether Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign wants to speak with current and former senior White House officials, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

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.


In call with Trump, China's Xi urges restraint over North Korea

BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping said there needs to be a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue, and in a telephone call with U.S. President Donald Trump he urged all sides to avoid words or action that raise tensions.

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."


Chicago teachers union eyes future security with charter merger

CHICAGO (Reuters) - After trying for years to stymie the growth of charter schools in Chicago, leaders of its public school teachers' union are seeking to enlist staff from charter schools in a bid to strengthen the union’s bargaining power and tap a new source of members’ fees.


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.

New York State

Comment on Race Reopens New York Democrats’ Split Over Schools

A Facebook post by a proponent of charter schools singled out an African-American state senator and invoked the Ku Klux Klan.


Pentagon's empty posts cause uncertainty for defense contractors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's failure to fill dozens of senior-level positions at the Pentagon is making it difficult for defense contractors to forecast business.


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.


BRIEF-Third Point cuts share stake in Charter Communications, Sherwin-Williams

* Third Point LLC cuts share stake in Charter Communications Inc by 37.5 percent to 500,000 Class A shares - SEC filing


U.S. diplomat engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea: AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has been engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, the Associated Press reported on Friday, as President Donald Trump stepped up his warnings to Pyongyang amid rising tensions in the region.


Trump being 'sarcastic' when thanked Putin for cutting U.S. diplomats: NBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was being "sarcastic" when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the United States money by ordering cuts in U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, NBC News reported, citing the White House spokeswoman.


Senator Grassley not expecting imminent Supreme Court vacancy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Senate committee that handles Supreme Court nominees said on Friday he no longer expects an imminent court vacancy, bolstering assumptions among court-watchers since mid-year that Justice Anthony Kennedy will not retire this year.


British college employee accused of Chicago murder agrees to transfer

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An employee of Britain's Oxford University accused of stabbing to death a Chicago-area man with a second suspect agreed on Friday to be transferred to Illinois from California to face a murder charge.


Chicago schools budget counts on uncertain funding

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A fiscal 2018 budget unveiled on Friday by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) counts on nearly $570 million in new money from the state and city that may not materialize or has not been identified.


Trump to make day trip to Washington during his vacation - White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a day trip to Washington, D.C. on Monday, briefly interrupting his 17-day August working vacation, a White House official said on Friday.


Trump will send envoys to Middle East to discuss peace: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is sending his son-in-law Jared Kushner and negotiator Jason Greenblatt to the Middle East soon to meet with regional leaders and discuss a "path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks," a White House official said on Friday.


U.S. Navy secretary says 'any patriot' should be able to serve

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said he would follow directions from the president on transgender people in the military but believes "any patriot" should be allowed to serve.


N.Korea warns of nuclear war, Trump says U.S. is 'locked and loaded'

BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) - President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying what he called U.S. military solutions were "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.


Trump: military solutions 'locked and loaded' against North Korea threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump issued another warning to North Korea on Friday with a reference to American weapons as being "locked and loaded."


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.


UPDATE 1-Union federation accuses Freeport of treating 'fired' Indonesia mine workers 'with contempt'

* Union group says Freeport treated "fired" workers "inhumanely"


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.


Union federation accuses copper miner Freeport of treating 'fired' workers 'with contempt'

JAKARTA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of global workers unions, said on Friday that the Indonesian unit of copper miner Freeport McMoRan Inc and copper smelter PT Smelting treated "fired" workers "inhumanely and with contempt", urging both to reinstate the workers.


Trump administration defends travel ban in U.S. Supreme Court brief

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration reiterated arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, repeatedly citing the executive's broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States.


White House plans to release tax reform framework in September: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House plans to release a brief document in early- to mid-September outlining a framework for overhauling the U.S. tax code, according to three sources familiar with the matter.


Senators urge Trump to avoid blockade of Venezuela oil shipments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. Senate Republicans from oil refining states urged the Trump administration on Thursday to not block oil shipments from Venezuela as part of U.S. sanctions against the country, saying it could raise costs for U.S. fuel consumers.


Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chief, drops legal team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, has tapped a new legal team to represent him as government lawyers examine possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, his spokesman Jason Maloni said.


Trump thanks Russia's Putin for slashing U.S. diplomatic staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for slashing the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, "because now we have a smaller payroll."


U.S. government seeks comments for fuel-economy standards review

DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking public comments for a review of tough U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.


Trump says he has not thought about firing Russia probe special counsel

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has not given any thought to the possibility of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.


Trump says close to decision on Afghanistan

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was very close to making a decision on the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan, which is undergoing a review and could see an increase in troop strength.


Defense Secretary Mattis begins tech outreach with Amazon visit

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis kicked off his first official visit to the U.S. technology industry on Thursday with a tour of Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, the first stop on a two-day outreach campaign intended to highlight the Pentagon's commitment to tech innovation.


Oklahoma Supreme Court rules fee on cigarettes unconstitutional

(Reuters) - Oklahoma's Supreme Court declared a fee on cigarettes unconstitutional on Thursday, citing faulty lawmaking practices, prompting the state's governor to suggest calling back the legislature to find a solution to replace the lost revenue.


Blocking abuse of lower small business rate slows U.S. tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A plan by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to slash taxes on so-called pass-through businesses is testing lawmakers' ability to design rules to prevent wealthy people from dodging taxes by paying a lower rate meant to help small businesses grow.


Trump appoints Chatterjee to chair energy commission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump had appointed Neil Chatterjee as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


U.S. judge dismisses Texas' suit on 'sanctuary city' law

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Austin has rejected an effort by Texas to have a law that would punish so-called sanctuary cities be declared constitutional ahead of the measure taking effect next month.


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.


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.


FBI raid on ex-Trump aide's home shows Russia probe intensifies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A raid on the Virginia home of President Donald Trump's former 2016 election campaign manager showed an investigation of possible ties between the campaign and Russia is intensifying and focused on the financial dealings of Trump associates, sources familiar with the probe said.


UPDATE 1-U.S. SEC puts Chicago Stock Exchange's China deal on hold

NEW YORK, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday put on hold a decision by its staff approving the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange to a group led by China-based investors, giving the regulator more time to mull the politically sensitive deal.


Chicago touts new debt structure aimed at saving money

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Under a plan announced on Wednesday by the mayor's office, Chicago would create a new entity to issue bonds backed by city's share of Illinois sales tax collections in an effort to reduce its borrowing costs.


U.S. says two Cuban diplomats expelled after 'incidents' in Havana

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States in May expelled two Cuban diplomats based in Washington after unspecified "incidents" caused physical symptoms in Americans serving at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the State Department spokeswoman said on Wednesday.


Judge delays NJ Senator Menendez's dismissal bid, trial set for September 6

(Reuters) - A judge has decided to delay ruling on whether federal corruption charges against Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey should be dismissed, clearing the way for the Democrat's trial to begin as scheduled on Sept. 6.


Trump said to favor lawyer to head trade commission: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's leading choice to run the Federal Trade Commission is a Washington lawyer who served at the agency as a top official under President George W. Bush, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.


Trump's 'fire and fury' remark on North Korea was impromptu: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's comment vowing to respond with "fire and fury" if North Korea further threatened the United States was "unplanned and spontaneous," a senior administration official who deals with the issue said on Wednesday.


Transgender military personnel sue Trump over service ban

(Reuters) - Five transgender members of the U.S. military including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans sued President Donald Trump on Wednesday, challenging his ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.


Altice weighing takeover offer for Charter: sources

(Reuters) - Netherlands-based telecom giant Altice NV and its U.S. cable unit are working on an offer to buy Charter Communications Inc , but have yet to submit a proposal, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.


France's Altice weighing takeover offer for Charter -CNBC

Aug 9 (Reuters) - French telecom giant Altice NV and its U.S. cable unit are working on an offer to buy Charter Communications Inc but are yet to submit a proposal, CNBC reported, citing people close to the situation.


FBI raids former Trump campaign manager Manafort's home: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI agents seized documents and other materials from the suburban Virginia home of Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, during a predawn raid as part of a special counsel's investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.


BRIEF-Altice weighing bid for Charter Communications- CNBC, citing sources

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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.


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.


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.


Senior U.S. envoy tries to calm fears over State Department re-design

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 U.S. diplomat on Tuesday sought to allay concerns among the State Department's rank-and-file employees over possible layoffs and perceptions of a lack of firm direction under the administration of President Donald Trump.


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.


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.


South Carolina seeks $100 million from U.S. over plutonium removal

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina is suing the U.S. government to recover $100 million in fines it says the Department of Energy owes the state for failing to remove one metric ton of plutonium stored there, state Attorney General Alan Wilson said on Tuesday.


Trump administration switches sides, backs Ohio over voter purges

(Reuters) - The Trump administration has reversed an Obama administration stance and will support Ohio in its bid at the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a state policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots.

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.


'Clean' debt ceiling bill unlikely to pass U.S. House: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is unlikely to raise the country's debt ceiling without conditions to rein in spending, a Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday, raising the specter of another potential clash even as Republicans control both Congress and the White House.

Chicago (Ill)

Northwestern Professor Held in Stabbing Death That Mystified Chicago

Wyndham Lathem and another man were arrested in the killing of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, a hairstylist, after a far-reaching manhunt.


Trump to hold briefing on opioid crisis at 3 p.m./1900 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he will hold a briefing on Tuesday to discuss the opioid crisis in the United States.


Few expect Trump's 15-percent corporate tax rate: Deloitte survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Only a small number of U.S. tax, finance and business professionals expect President Donald Trump's 15-percent corporate tax rate to become reality as part of tax reform, according to a Deloitte Tax LLP survey released on Tuesday.


Trump administration's Africa policy in focus at AGOA trade talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the Trump administration's trade agenda focused on reining in China and renegotiating the North American Free Trade agreement, Africa has barely appeared on the radar screen.


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.

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.

Chicago, South Africa, ‘Game of Thrones’: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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

Immigration and Emigration

Sessions Scolds Chicago for Suing Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Threat

Hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would fight administration rules requiring it to cooperate with immigration agents in order to receive federal grants, the attorney general struck back.


Illinois governor stalls bond sales for other options to pay bills

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois is holding off on issuing $6 billion of bonds to help pay its hefty pile of overdue bills despite the state comptroller's public plea for the debt sale, the governor's office said on Monday.


Cuba says private sector freeze will not last years

HAVANA (Reuters) - The Cuban government said on Monday the freeze on new licenses for some private-sector occupations would not last years, in an attempt to reassure citizens worried about an apparent pause in the liberalization of the economy.


Anthem to pare back Obamacare offerings in Nevada and Georgia

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Monday it will no longer offer Obamacare plans in Nevada's state exchange and will stop offering the plans in nearly half of Georgia's counties next year.


Aurelius hedge fund seeks to toss Puerto Rico's bankruptcy filing

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's bankruptcy, aimed at restructuring $72 billion of debt, violates the U.S. Constitution and should be dismissed, the Aurelius Capital Management hedge fund said in a court filing on Monday.

Chicago mayor defends lawsuit against DOJ

The City of Chicago escalated its months-long battle with the Trump administration over immigration enforcement Monday, asking a federal court to block Attorney General Jeff Sessions from imposing several new conditions over certain federal grant money.


Fired by Trump, former Attorney Bharara launches podcast

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan who became a scourge of Wall Street wrongdoers before President Donald Trump fired him in March, will soon have a new outlet to voice his criticism of the White House: a podcast.


Chicago sues Trump administration over sanctuary city plan

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago on Monday sued to prevent the Trump administration from enacting new policies that would withhold money from so-called sanctuary cities that deny U.S. immigration officials access to local jails.


BRIEF-Skydance Media extends agreement with Paramount Pictures for four additional years

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Tillerson says U.S., Russia can settle problems, ease tension

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday he believes Washington and Russia can find a way to ease tensions, saying it wouldn't be useful to cut ties over the single issue of suspected Russian meddling in the U.S. election.


Chicago professor to appear in California court on murder charge

(Reuters) - A university professor charged with stabbing a Chicago man to death in July will be arraigned in a California court on Monday, three days after he surrendered to authorities, ending a weeklong manhunt.

Chicago to sue over sanctuary city warning

The city of Chicago says it plans to file a lawsuit against the US Justice Department on Monday over new stipulations placed on federal law enforcement grant money requiring local police departments to assist in federal immigration actions.


Chicago to sue Trump administration over sanctuary city funding threat

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chicago will sue the Trump administration on Monday over threats to withhold public safety grant money from so-called sanctuary cities, escalating a pushback against a federal immigration crackdown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Sunday.


Pence denounces suggestion he is eyeing 2020 U.S. presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday denounced as false a New York Times article suggesting he is eyeing a 2020 run for president, calling it "disgraceful and offensive."


U.S. Justice Department not looking to charge journalists for leaks: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the top officials at the U.S. Justice Department said Sunday that the agency's heightened focus on policing leaks of classified information is not intended to put journalists in legal jeopardy.


In Afghan review, Trump's frustration carries echoes of Obama years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown an affinity, and perhaps even a deference, to the generals he has surrounded himself with in his Cabinet and at the White House, save one exception: the war in Afghanistan.


Tillerson, Russia's Lavrov hold talks in Manila: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov began talks on the sidelines of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations forum in Manila, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Sunday.


Trump eyes top policy aide for communications director role: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House may appoint a senior policy adviser with hardline views on immigration, who recently sparred with reporters in a televised briefing, as its new communications director, a senior administration official said on Saturday.

5 years after Sikh attack, have we learned?

On August 5, 2012, a known white supremacist entered a Sikh place of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and opened fire on the congregation. Wade Michael Page's murderous rampage, which ultimately took six innocent lives, was the deadliest attack on Sikh Americans in our nation's history.

Harvard fight could change 40 years of affirmative action

The Justice Department this week signaled it would pursue Asian-American students' complaints of bias in admissions at Harvard University, a move that could ultimately alter the future of affirmative action nationwide.


After sanctions, Tillerson may find Russia talks an uphill climb

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has the unenviable task of exploring U.S.-Russian cooperation following Washington's latest sanctions on Russia and Moscow's expulsion of U.S. diplomats.


U.A.W. Accuses Nissan of ‘Scare Tactics’ as Workers Reject Union Bid

More than 60 percent of the roughly 3,500 voting employees opposed the union. The result underscored organized labor’s continued difficulties in the South.


As shootings soar, Chicago police use technology to predict crime

CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a control room at a police headquarters on Chicago's South Side, officers scan digital maps on big screens to see where a computer algorithm predicts crime will happen next.


Russia's Kislyak: talks with Trump's ex-security aide 'absolutely transparent'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's former ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, said on Saturday his conversations with former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn had been transparent and focused on matters of U.S.-Russia cooperation.


FEATURE-As shootings soar, Chicago police use technology to predict crime

CHICAGO, Aug 5 (Reuters) - In a control room at a police headquarters on Chicago's South Side, officers scan digital maps on big screens to see where a computer algorithm predicts crime will happen next.


Former senior China Development Bank official jailed for 14 years for graft

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's anti-graft watchdog said on Saturday the former head of the supervisory board at China Development Bank, the country's largest policy lender, has been jailed for 14 years and fined 3.5 million yuan ($520,276) for receiving bribes.


Nissan Mississippi workers vote heavily against unionization

CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Workers at Nissan Motor Co Ltd's plant in Canton, Mississippi, voted heavily against union representation, the company and the United Auto Workers (UAW) said late on Friday.


Nissan Workers in Mississippi Reject Union Bid by U.A.W.

More than 60 percent of the approximately 3,500 employees opposed the union. The vote underscored the difficulty that organized labor continues to face in the South.


Special counsel Mueller asks White House for Flynn documents: New York Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investigators working for U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, have asked the White House for documents related to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the New York Times reported on Friday.


U.S. submits formal notice of withdrawal from Paris climate pact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has officially informed the United Nations it will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement in a document issued on Friday, but left the door open to re-engaging if the terms improved for the United States.


Macron Takes On France’s Labor Code, 100 Years in the Making

The new French president’s boldest initiative is a bid to overhaul French capitalism. Just one thing may stand in his way: 3,324 pages of regulations.


Puerto Rico to furlough workers, proposes pension plan reform

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico's federally appointed financial oversight board said on Friday it will institute a two-day per month work furlough for government employees, excluding frontline law enforcement personnel, in an effort to achieve $218 million in savings.


Professor sought in Chicago stabbing made donation in victim's name

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Northwestern University professor who is a primary suspect in a fatal stabbing in Chicago last week was spotted a day after the killing in Wisconsin, where he made a $1,000 donation to a library in his alleged victim's name, police said on Friday.


House Republicans build case for contempt charges against Consumer Finance Director Cordray

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican staff members in the U.S. House of Representatives are arguing that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray could be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to respond sufficiently to congressional subpoenas.


White House considers lower deduction for U.S. homeowners: Politico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering reducing the annual $1 million mortgage deduction cap for U.S. homeowners as a part of its broader tax reform, despite earlier promises to protect the tax advantage, Politico reported on Friday.


U.S. aims for U.N. vote on Saturday on new North Korea sanctions: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is aiming for a United Nations Security Council vote on Saturday to impose stronger sanctions on North Korea over its two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July, diplomats said on Friday.


Sessions says U.S. has ramped up investigations of classified leaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday the Justice Department had tripled the number of investigations into unauthorized leaks of classified information and that four people had already been charged.


Ireland floats special EU-UK customs union as way to break Brexit logjam

BELFAST (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called on Friday for the European Union and Britain to find "unique solutions" to their Brexit logjam, including a bespoke customs union.


With military discipline imposed, Trump getting more time for decisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's choice of a general as chief of staff has quickly brought more order to the White House and is giving the president more time to ponder decisions as he tries to bounce back from a rocky six months with no major legislative achievements.


Kremlin agrees with Trump that bilateral ties 'at very dangerous low'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday it fully agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump who said in a Twitter message that Washington's "relationship with Russia is at an all-time and very dangerous low".


Vice President Pence's hawkish tone on Russia contrasts with Trump approach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump scolded U.S. lawmakers on Thursday for clamping down on Moscow with new sanctions, his message clashed with the one that Vice President Mike Pence pushed during a four-day trip this week to Eastern Europe.


BRIEF-Charter prices $1.5 billion senior unsecured notes

* Charter communications - notes will bear interest at a rate of 5.000% per annum and will be issued at a price of 100.0% of aggregate principal amount.


Senate confirms new USAID administrator Mark Green

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed former congressman Mark Green as President Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development at a time the administration is proposing cuts in foreign aid and a reorganization of the agency.


College professor, second man sought in fatal Chicago stabbing

(Reuters) - A nationwide manhunt was under way for a Northwestern University professor and an employee of Britain's Oxford University who are accused in a fatal stabbing in Chicago last week, police said on Thursday.