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Finnish knife attacks investigated as terrorism-related crimes: police

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police are investigating Friday's knife attacks as crimes related to terrorism, it said on Saturday.


Nigeria's Buhari to return home after sick leave in Britain: presidency

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday return from medical leave in Britain where he has been since May 7, a presidential spokesman said.


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.

Mueller's Russia probe: Nothing is unrelated

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's mandate and whether he has crossed some imaginary red line that President Donald Trump appears to have drawn.

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.


BRIEF-Peabody Energy files prospectus related to offering of 18.4 mln shares

* Peabody Energy - filed prospectus related to offering of 18.4 million shares of series A convertible preferred stock by selling stockholders


Nigeria's freed Chibok girls to return home 'fully recovered'

ABUJA (Reuters) - More than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014 are ready to return to normal life after being released and receiving psychological and medical treatment, the government said on Friday.


BRIEF-P&G files prospectus supplement related to a potential offering of floating rate notes due 2067 - SEC filing

* P&G files prospectus supplement related to a potential offering of floating rate notes due 2067 - SEC filing Source text: ( Further company coverage:


MOVES-JPMorgan names Deutsche banker as China investment banking vice chairperson - memo

HONG KONG, Aug 18 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co named on Friday Lan Chen as the vice chairperson of the U.S. bank's global investment banking business in China as part of its efforts to expand in that market, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.


BRIEF-SeaChange International names ‍william Markey chairman of board

* SeaChange International Inc - ‍William Markey has been named chairman of board and Steven Craddock has decided to retire from board​


Kenya police watchdog says investigating at least 28 election-related deaths

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenya police monitor has begun investigating at least 28 deaths following last week's disputed elections, and investigators have already attended the autopsies of a young girl and a baby allegedly killed by the police, officials said on Thursday.

Trump's embattled chief strategist says he's fighting other top White House aides 'every day'

Embattled White House chief strategist Steve Bannon declared in an interview published Wednesday that the US is at "economic war with China," promised aggressive trade actions against Beijing and said he is "fighting" other top White House aides "every day."


Brazil regulator orders Eletrobras to return $951 mln within 90 days

BRASILIA, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Brazil's electricity regulator Aneel on Wednesday ordered state-controlled power holding Eletrobras to return 3 billion reais ($951.54 million) received as subsidies to a government fund.

Administration to pay key Obamacare subsidy in August


UPDATE 1-Oil producers signal offshore return in latest Gulf of Mexico auction

HOUSTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Major oil producers pushed up high bids at a Gulf of Mexico offshore auction to $121 million on Wednesday, a nearly seven-fold increase from a year ago, as their return to deep water exploration gained momentum.


BRIEF-Boothbay Absolute Return Strategies discloses 7.5 pct passive stake in Atlantic Acquisition Corp - SEC filing

* Boothbay Absolute Return Strategies LP discloses 7.5 percent passive stake in Atlantic Acquisition Corp as of August 8, 2017 - SEC filing Source text - ( Further company coverage:

Neo-Nazi website returns with Russian help

DJ in Taylor Swift case says he's innocent

For six days inside of a downtown Denver courtroom, David Mueller sat facing the jury of eight people that would ultimately rule that he assaulted and battered one of the biggest names in music: Taylor Swift.

Social Media

Obama’s Charlottesville Response, Boosted by Nostalgia, Becomes Most-Liked Tweet Ever

The tweet paired a quote from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography with a picture of Mr. Obama smiling up at a diverse group of children.


UnitedHealth names Wichmann CEO, Helmsley executive chairman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Wednesday president David Wichmann will become the company's chief executive, succeeding Stephen Hemsley, who is moving to the newly created role of executive chairman after more than a decade at the helm of the largest U.S. health insurer.


Serena eyes 'outrageous' Australian Open return

(Reuters) - Serena Williams aims to defend her Australian Open title next year, the American saying the rapid return to action would only give her around three months to prepare after giving birth to her first child.


U.S. WW2 veteran returns flag to family of fallen Japanese soldier

TOKYO (Reuters) - When U.S. Marine Marvin Strombo found a Japanese flag on the body of an enemy soldier during World War Two, he took and promised to one day return it to the family of his fallen foe.


Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation.

Daniel Craig says he's back as James Bond

Bond, James Bond will again be played by Craig, Daniel Craig.


Golf: Bae swaps firing range for driving range ahead of return

SEOUL (Reuters) - Bae Sang-moon took his first steps back into civilian life on Wednesday after completing his mandatory stint in the South Korean military and the two-time PGA Tour winner is eager to get his golfing career back on track.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

Policy Under Trump Bars Obama-Era Path to U.S. for Central American Youths

The program was established in 2014 to deal with a surge of migrants fleeing violence and lets them live and work in the United States temporarily.


UPDATE 3-Wells Fargo changes board, names Duke chair in response to scandal

Aug 15 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co Vice Chair Betsy Duke will replace retiring Chair Stephen Sanger next year, one of several changes announced on Tuesday in a board overhaul following a sales practices scandal.


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


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...


Wells Fargo announces board changes, names new chair

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co on Tuesday announced multiple changes in its board of directors, including a new chair, adding a new independent director and changing the composition of board committees.

Obama's Charlottesville tweet gets 2.5 million likes

Former President Barack Obama's tweet reacting to the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, is one of the biggest ever on the social network.


Trump to Roll Back Obama’s Flood Standards for Infrastructure

The White House is expected to eliminate standards set in 2015 to develop new infrastructure with climate change and sea-level rise in mind.


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.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficit Skyward

If President Trump makes good on his promise to “let Obamacare implode,” premiums would rise by as much as 20 percent and the federal deficit would rise.


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.


House tax chairman confident on reform, others less so

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top tax law writer in the U.S. House of Representatives insisted on Tuesday that tax reform will happen this year, despite concerns among some experts that an overhaul of the tax code could drag into 2018, or even collapse altogether.


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.

Presidential Election of 2016

Survey Says: The Obama-Trump Voters Are Real. Here’s What They Think.

They supported Mr. Obama in 2012 and are the main reason Mr. Trump is president now. What can we learn from them?


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.


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.

Watch Obama surprise concert crowd

Former President Barack Obama surprised the crowd at Chance the Rapper's concert in Chicago with an empowering message.

He's using Twitter to out rally demonstrators

CNN's Brooke Baldwin speaks with Logan Smith, who uses Twitter account '@YesYoureRacist' to ask people on social media to identify white nationalist rally attendees who appear in news photos.

Opinion: Trump repeating Obama's mistake

Following the disgraceful hate rally organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, American leaders were unrelenting in their rebuke.


Italy to return ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student

ROME (Reuters) - Italy said on Monday it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its previous envoy.


Canadian pastor returns home after release from N. Korean prison

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian pastor who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than two years has arrived home in Canada, where he was resting after being reunited with his family on Saturday, a family spokeswoman said.


'Logistics' hold up Lebanese deal for rebels, refugees to return to Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Implementation of a deal for the return of a group of Syrian refugees and rebels to Syria from Lebanon was delayed on Saturday, with a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah saying it was due to "a logistical problem".


Canadian pastor returns home after release from North Korean prison

TORONTO (Reuters) - Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Saturday arrived home in Canada, where he was resting after being reunited with his family following a long trek from North Korea, where he had been imprisoned since 2015, according to a family spokeswoman.

Donald Trump is loyal -- until he's not

From long before he took office, President Donald Trump has touted loyalty -- his to others, and others' to himself -- as a prize virtue.

DNC chair: I'm elated for Obama to return

DNC Chair Tom Perez says he's "elated" for former President Obama to return and help Democrats this fall, as The Hill first reported.


BRIEF-Camber Energy chairman and board member Fred Zeidman tenders his resignation

* Camber Energy- co's chairman, Fred Zeidman, has tendered his resignation as chairman and as member of board of directors, effective Aug. 7, 2017


Playlist: The Playlist: Pink Returns, Asking Questions With No Clear Answers

Hear the 9 tracks that caught our critics' attention this week, from Frankie Rose, Marshmello and more.


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.


UPDATE 2-Strong loonie weakens Canada Pension Plan's returns

* Caisse achieves 5 percent return in first half (Adds comment from CPPIB CEO, Caisse results)


Quebec pension fund manager CDPQ's investment returns strengthen

Aug 11 (Reuters) - Caisse de depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ), Canada's second-biggest public pension fund, reported an average return on its investments of 5 percent in the first half of 2017, compared with a 2 percent rise in 2016.


Russian dopers ordered to return Olympic medals, some say no

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The silver medals Russian sprinter Tatyana Firova won at the Beijing and London Olympics are stored in a safe in her apartment near Moscow in defiance of the International Olympic Committee, which has wanted them back for months.

How Obama's 'anger translator' got an invite

The comedic minds behind President Barack Obama's White House Correspondents' Dinners share the secrets to their success. Watch CNN's "The History of Comedy" Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Opinion: Obama was not weak on missile defense

On Thursday, President Donald Trump told reporters that, despite the threat from North Korea, "The people of this country should be very comfortable. The people of our country are safe."


BRIEF-Blue Apron Holdings says in future expect to incur capex, primarily related to fulfillment centers - SEC Filing

* Blue Apron Holdings- in future expect to incur capex, primarily related to fulfillment centers - sec filing

200 days in: Obama is still on Trump's mind

In 1962, as the United States and the Soviet Union wobbled toward nuclear confrontation, then-President John F. Kennedy got his predecessor on the phone.


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.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Public Health: Obamacare Premiums Are Set to Rise. Thank Policy Uncertainty.

Preliminary rate requests from insurance companies in 21 cities show big increases linked to their fears about Trump administration actions.


Wells Fargo likely to appoint Duke as chairwoman: WSJ

(Reuters) - Betsy Duke, a former Federal Reserve official and community banker from Virginia, may become chairwoman of the board of Wells Fargo & Co , according to the Wall Street Journal


Wells Fargo non-executive chairman Sanger likely to step down-WSJ

Aug 10 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co non-executive Chairman Stephen Sanger is expected to step down before the bank's shareholder meeting next spring, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.


BRIEF-Wells Fargo's Sanger said to step down, likely to be replaced by vice-chair Duke- WSJ,citing sources

* Wells Fargo non-exec chair Stephen Sanger likely to step down; vice-chair Elizabeth Duke likely to replace Sanger- WSJ,citing sources Source


BRIEF-Wells Fargo non-exec Chairman Sanger likely to step down- CNBC, citing DJ

* Wells Fargo non-exec. Chairman Sanger likely to step down, co. plans to name new director by Labor day -CNBC, citing DJ Source

'The Crown' Season 2 gets return date

Attention royal subjects: we now know when to get ready for "The Crown."


Banco do Brasil sees return on equity converging on cost of capital

SAO PAULO, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Banco do Brasil SA's operations could soon be profitable again in the coming quarters, executives said on Thursday, underscoring efforts to cut costs and boost efficiency as interest rates decline.


BRIEF-Perrigo updates on restructuring charges related to its workforce reduction plan

* Perrigo - In connection with workforce reduction plan, estimates it will recognize total pre-tax restructuring charges of about $55 million to $65 million

North Korea-related roles remain vacant in Trump administration

Tensions between the United States and North Korea are growing stronger and all eyes are focused on how President Donald Trump and his team will navigate the road ahead.


RPT-COLUMN-Bullish funds' return to copper a taste of things to come? Andy Home

LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - London copper on Wednesday morning touched a high of $6,515 per tonne, a price level last seen in December 2014.


Murray withdraws from Cincinnati Masters, eyes U.S. Open return

(Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray will not compete in the Cincinnati Masters next week due to an ongoing hip injury, but hopes to play at the U.S. Open in New York later this month, he said on Wednesday.


Islamic State still a threat as Mosul residents return to city in ruins

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Abu Ghazi stood smoking a cigarette outside what used to be his home in Mosul's Old City, where only the sound of the footsteps of a few soldiers on patrol and twisted pieces of metal and fabric flapping in the wind disturb the eery silence.


Long wait for captive Yazidis' return spent rebuilding shrine in Iraq's Bashiqa

BASHIQA, Iraq (Reuters) - Yazidi men and boys in the town of Bashiqa north east of Mosul are rebuilding a shrine destroyed by Islamic State as they wait for the return of women from their community taken captive years ago by the jihadists.

FBI searched home of former Trump campaign chairman

FBI agents searched a home of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his spokesperson told CNN Wednesday.


COLUMN-Bullish funds' return to copper a taste of things to come? Andy Home

LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - London copper on Wednesday morning touched a high of $6,515 per tonne, a price level last seen in December 2014.


Kenya Election Returns Were Hacked, Opposition Leader Says

Raila Odinga denounced as a fraud preliminary results that put him a long way behind the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, renewing fears of violence.

Opinion: Obama shows Trump how to be presidential

A decade after vicious election-related violence in Kenya left more than 1,000 dead and the country in shock, Kenyans were voting Tuesday in a hotly contested presidential election. Trust -- in politicians, in the integrity of the political system -- remains low. Fear -- that the vote will be compromised, that unscrupulous leaders will inflame the public -- runs high.

'King of the Hill' might return to Fox

The TV reboot train keeps chugging ahead.

Last week, he ranted about women. Now he's out at Google


David Letterman returns to television with 2018 Netflix series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than two years after signing off from CBS' "The Late Show," David Letterman is returning to television with a six-episode talk show on Netflix Inc , the streaming platform said Tuesday.


David Letterman Will Return to TV in a New Netflix Series

Mr. Letterman, the innovative late-night host, is preparing a program that will feature long-form interviews and his explorations of the wider world.


BRIEF-Noble Energy files prospectus supplement related to potential two-part notes offering

* Noble Energy files prospectus supplement related to potential two-part notes offering, due 2028 and due 2047 - SEC filing


Guardiola hopeful of Gundogan return next week

(Reuters) - Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is close to full-fitness after recovering from a long-term injury with manager Pep Guardiola hoping to include the Germany international in the squad for next week's friendly against Girona.

Obama, Barack

Obama Weighs In on Kenyan Election, Urging Calm

The former president, who has largely stayed out of American politics, said there had been “too much incitement” in the election in his father’s home country.

Anthem exits more Obamacare markets


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.


Anthem to leave Nevada's Obamacare market

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc will no longer offer Obamacare plans in Nevada's state exchange, the state's insurance commissioner said on Monday.


UPDATE 1-Anthem to leave Nevada's Obamacare market

Aug 7 (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc will no longer offer Obamacare plans in Nevada's state exchange, the state's insurance commissioner said on Monday.

Cillizza: Pence wants Trump to know he's not running for president. Not at all. Zip. Zero.

The New York Times published a story over the weekend detailing the "shadow" campaign underway among ambitious Republicans to be prepared in the event that President Donald Trump doesn't run for a second term in 2020.


UPDATE 1-Egypt expects 3-5 IPOs before year-end -stock exchange vice chair

CAIRO, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Egypt expects to see three to five initial public offerings before the end of this year, the Vice Chairman of the country's stock exchange said.


Cyber threats prompt return of radio for ship navigation

LONDON (Reuters) - The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology.


Garcia confirms return to Singapore Open next year

(Reuters) - U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia will play in next year's Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club for the second consecutive time, the organizers said on Monday.


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.


France has seen 271 jihadi militants return: minister

PARIS (Reuters) - France has seen 271 jihadi militants return from war zones in Iraq and Syria and all of them are subject to investigation by public prosecutors, the country's interior minister said in a newspaper interview.

South Korea

North Korean Defector, ‘Treated Like Dirt’ in South, Fights to Return

Disenchanted with life in capitalist South Korea, Kwon Chol-nam is asking to be repatriated, an impossibility under current law.


BRIEF-PdvWireless says FCC issued notice of inquiry related to co's joint petition

* PdvWireless - FCC issued notice of inquiry related to co's joint petition seeking to modernize portion of 900 mhz band from narrowband to broadband​

Even in retirement, Obama still continues this tradition

For many people, their wedding day is the best day of their lives. But for these Americans, the day they received a save-the-date response from Barack Obama may top the list.

How Trump compares with Obama on jobs

Can an accused killer return to teaching?

Carolyn Warmus sits down for an exclusive interview with Kyra Phillips 25 years after being convicted of murdering her lover's wife. Watch CNN Special Report "Fatal Attraction or Fatal Mistake? The Carolyn Warmus Story" Friday, August 4, at 10 p.m. ET.


BRIEF-Goldman Sachs updates on class action related to orders placed on some electronic currency trading platforms

* Goldman Sachs - On July 12, GS&Co and group were named defendants in putative class action filed in U.S. District court for southern district of New York‍​

Pressure grows for Trump to fund Obamacare subsidies

Health insurers aren't the only ones who want President Trump to commit to paying Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies.


Pakistan's new PM forms cabinet; Dar returns as finance minister

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has finalised his cabinet after a reshuffle, local media and a senior government source said on Friday, with Ishaq Dar returning as finance minister.


'Will & Grace' return promises laughs, and a touch of Trump

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - Comedy "Will & Grace," the television show credited with bringing gay men and women into mainstream pop culture long before gay marriage was legal, will return in September for not just one, but two seasons, broadcaster NBC said on Thursday.


Evacuations lifted, allowing return to North Carolina Outer Banks

(Reuters) - Two North Carolina counties on Thursday lifted evacuation orders as of noon on Friday, allowing tens of thousands of people back to the Outer Banks a week after a power outage forced the emergency measures at the height of the summer vacation season.


Senate approves two FCC nominees as it reviews Obama rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed two nominees to serve on the Federal Communications Commission as the Trump administration looks to reverse many Obama-era telecommunications regulations.


Cyber expert who stopped 'WannaCry' attack arrested on unrelated hacking charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A cyber security researcher widely credited with helping to neutralize the global "WannaCry" ransomware attack earlier this year has been arrested on unrelated hacking charges, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.


U.S. Senate approves two FCC nominees as it reviews Obama rules

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed two nominees to serve on the Federal Communications Commission as the Trump administration looks to reverse many Obama-era telecommunications regulations.


Cyber researcher arrested on charges related to Kronos malware: filing

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A British-based computer researcher has been arrested by U.S. authorities on charges that he conspired to advertise and sell Kronos banking malware, a court filing unsealed on Thursday showed.


Bieber says he's 'never going to be perfect' after tour cancellation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Justin Bieber offered a mea culpa to his fans saying he was "never going to be perfect" but hoped to learn from his mistakes, after a tumultuous week in which he abruptly canceled the rest of his world tour and accidentally hit a photographer with his truck.


Health insurer Aetna profit rises as Obamacare business shrinks

(Reuters) - Aetna Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as member health costs were lower than anticipated, including in the Obamacare individual insurance business that it plans to exit at the end of 2017.


Aetna Obamacare member costs improve but second half uncertain

NEW YORK, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Aetna Inc has experienced lower member costs "on the margin" in its Obamacare individual business so far this year, but uncertainty about federal funding for the program in 2018 may spur members, worried they are going to lose insurance next year, to boost use of medical services in the second-half of 2017, its Chief Financial Officer Shawn Guertin said Thursday.

Environmental Protection Agency

E.P.A. Reverses Course, Saying It Won’t Delay Obama-Era Ozone Rule

The agency said in June that states would have extra time to meet a new standard for ozone pollution. The change reverts to the date set by the Obama administration.

Key dates in fight over Obamacare subsidies

Insurers' time and patience is running out.


Amazon’s Hollywood spending soars, returns unclear

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc is quickly ramping up the billions of dollars a year it spends on creating and licensing TV shows and films, signaling the retailer plans to be in show business for the long haul.

Young Syrian refugees don't plan to return home

More than half of young Syrian refugees don't plan to return home permanently unless the war in their country comes to an end and ISIS is eliminated.

Ara Parseghian

Ara Parseghian, Coach Who Returned Notre Dame Football to Greatness, Dies at 94

Parseghian took over a program that had been in decline for years, and led it to national titles in 1966 and 1973.


BRIEF-Grainger announces retirement of Jim Ryan as board chairman

* Grainger announces retirement of Jim Ryan as board chairman


Humana says Obamacare exchange member costs lower than predicted

NEW YORK, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Humana Inc individual insurance customers who purchased their plans through the Obamacare program are having lower costs than expected so far this year, contributing to expectations for the individual business to swing to a profit this year, the company said on Wednesday.

Perrotta, Tom

Tom Perrotta Returns to Familiar Turf: Sex, Schools and Suburbia

The themes of Mr. Perrotta’s novels trace the arc of his life. In his latest, “Mrs. Fletcher,” he explores empty-nest syndrome and middle age.

Mulvaney spars over Obamacare

CNN's Chris Cuomo questions Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Trump's decision to let Obamacare implode by threatening he will stop paying insurance companies cost-sharing subsidies.


Neymar told team mates he's leaving the club: Barcelona tweet

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona football club, in a tweet restricted to press, confirmed that one of its star players Neymar Jr was leaving the club, but gave no further details on Wednesday.


Austria investigating two companies related to VW scandal

VIENNA (Reuters) - Two companies and their bosses are under investigation in Austria for suspected serious fraud, environmental offences and financial crimes in relation to the Volkswagen emissions scandal, a spokeswoman for economic and corruption prosecutors said on Wednesday.


UPDATE 2-Court allows Democratic states to defend Obamacare payments

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday allowed Democratic state attorneys general to defend subsidy payments to insurance companies under the Obamacare healthcare law, a critical part of funding for the statute that President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off.


Anthem to cut back Obamacare plan offerings in California

Aug 1 (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc is pulling back from 16 of 19 pricing regions in California where it offered Obamacare options this year, state officials said on Tuesday.


Court allows Democratic states to defend Obamacare payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday allowed Democratic state attorneys general to defend subsidy payments to insurance companies that are a critical part of the Obamacare healthcare law.


Sponsors may be tempted by Olympics return to Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO(Reuters) - Even if it is more than a decade away, a Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2028 may be a boost to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) efforts to extend its lucrative contracts with top sponsors such as Visa Inc and Coca-Cola Co, Olympic sponsorship experts said.


Costco Chairman and co-founder Jeff Brotman dies

(Reuters) - Warehouse club retailer Costco Wholesale Corp said on Tuesday that its chairman and co-founder, Jeff Brotman, had passed away.

United States Politics and Government

Senators Launch Bipartisan Effort to Shore Up Obamacare

The Senate health committee will begin drafting legislation to stabilize and strengthen the individual insurance market, Senator Lamar Alexander said.


Malawi's former president says "innocent" of graft, will return home

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Malawi's former president denied on Tuesday any wrongdoing in a corruption scandal that erupted when she was in office, saying she will be going back to the southern African nation to prove her innocence.


Afghan politicians demand return of Vice President Dostum

KABUL (Reuters) - Two influential Afghan politicians urged President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday to allow embattled Vice President Rashid Dostum to return home from Turkey, in comments that underlined the tensions threatening the Kabul government.


Sharapova struggles but advances on return at Stanford

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova shook off some rust after injury and a 15-month doping ban to beat Jennifer Brady in her first match in the United States in more than two years on Monday at the Stanford Classic.

EPA ordered to enforce Obama-era methane pollution rule

The EPA must enforce Obama era pollution limits for the oil and gas industry, a federal court said Monday.


BRIEF-Forterra appoints Chris Meyer as chairman of board

* Forterra Inc - on july 27, 2017, Samuel D. Loughlin resigned from his position as chairman and a member of board of directors of Forterra, Inc.

Tomi Lahren admits to benefiting from Obamacare

During a discussion with comedian Chelsea Handler, conservative commentator Tomi Lahren said her current health insurance was through a law she criticizes.

After collapse of Obamacare repeal in the Senate, growing calls for bipartisanship

The sensational collapse of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare in the Senate last week is fueling fresh optimism that lawmakers might finally work in a bipartisan fashion to fix the Affordable Care Act.


Lyft appoints former Obama adviser to board

July 31 (Reuters) - Ride-hailing company Lyft Inc said on Monday it appointed Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to former President Barack Obama, to its board.

Former Obama adviser joins Lyft board


Insurers to fill Obamacare gaps in Ohio's individual market

July 31 (Reuters) - Five health insurance companies in Ohio, including Molina Healthcare Inc, have stepped up to sell health plans in 19 counties that would have been without Obamacare individual coverage in 2018, the state's insurance regulator said on Monday.


BRIEF-Diamond Offshore Drilling files prospectus supplement related to potential senior notes offering

* Diamond Offshore Drilling files prospectus supplement with U.S. SEC related to a potential offering of senior notes due 2025 - SEC filing Source text: ( Further company coverage:

Cillizza: With a Cabinet shakeup, Trump's reset returns him to who he should always have been from the start


One of China's 'most-wanted' fugitives returns after 19 years in U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) - One of China's "most-wanted" overseas fugitives turned herself in on Monday after spending 19 years in the United States, the anti-corruption agency said.

Reality Television

Review: ‘Siesta Key’ Returns to Reality Television’s Awkward Youth

This latest example of sun-streaked conflict and misty boredom takes place in and around an affluent island community just southwest of Sarasota, Fla.


Montana congressman to work at wheelchair nonprofit after attack on reporter

(Reuters) - U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte will perform community services at a Montana nonprofit that builds wheelchairs for children after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter during his election campaign, local media reported on Sunday.

Conway: Trump set to decide on Obamacare subsidies

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that President Donald Trump would make a decision "this week" on whether to continue government payments to insurance companies to help lower costs for lower-income policyholders under Obamacare.

When racism cuts, Michelle Obama helps us heal

Three weeks ago, my house was pelted with watermelon rinds. No other garbage. Just watermelons. As soon as I heard the noise, I ran outside. When I saw the mess, I was enraged. I wanted to confront the culprit.


Iranian pilgrims return to haj in Saudi Arabia after boycott last year

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Nearly 90,000 Iranians are expected to attend the haj in Medina this year, and were due to start arriving on Sunday, after Tehran boycotted the pilgrimage last year amid tensions with Saudi Arabia.


U.S. health secretary says his job is to follow Obamacare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on Sunday that it was his department's job to follow the law on the Affordable Care Act, former President Obama's signature domestic initiative known as Obamacare.


Champagne makes official return to the F1 podium

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - French champagne, rather than sparkling wine, will again be sprayed on the Formula One podium after Carbon was announced as the sport's new official supplier at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Will Obamacare survive?

The Republicans' years-long desire to repeal Obamacare has collapsed, but that doesn't mean all is well with the health reform law.

He's trying to save smallest bears

With his wire-rimmed glasses and mild manner, Siew Te Wong could be described as a Malaysian Clark Kent.


Hundreds of counties at risk for no Obamacare insurer in 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare in disarray, hundreds of U.S. counties are at risk of losing access to private health coverage in 2018 as insurers consider pulling out of those markets in the coming months.


U.S. government delays Obama earnings-stripping rule deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday gave companies an extra year to comply with an Obama-era regulation meant to crack down on corporations that try to minimize their U.S. tax bills by shifting profits abroad to countries with lower tax rates.


The Saturday Profile: Iraqi Surgeon Returns Home to Help the Wounded Get Back in the Fight

Dr. Munjed al-Muderis fled Baghdad in 1999 after being ordered to cut off the ears of army deserters. Now the prime minister wants him to help amputees walk again.


Senator McCain returning to Arizona for cancer treatment: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, is returning home to Arizona for medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic, McCain's office said on Friday.


South Africa's east coast sees return of Sardine Run

KELSO, South Africa (Reuters) - Fishermen on South Africa's east coast were treated on Friday to a sight they have waited five years to see as millions of sardines swam in from the Indian Ocean, almost hurling themselves into nets that bulged to bursting point.


WRAPUP 3-Republican bid to gut Obamacare crashes in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - The seven-year Republican quest to kill Obamacare, a major campaign vow by President Donald Trump, lay in ruins on Friday after the Senate failed to dismantle the healthcare law, with congressional leaders now planning to move on to other matters.


New York City Comptroller Stringer calls for new chairman at Wells Fargo

BOSTON, July 28 (Reuters) - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Friday called on Wells Fargo & Co to replace its chairman Stephen Sanger after the bank said customers were wrongly charged for auto loan insurance.


Democratic leader urges U.S. House to move on Obamacare fixes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi urged Republicans to establish a process to move forward on improvements to Obamacare on Friday after their healthcare reform effort failed in the Senate.

McCain, John

On Washington: John McCain’s Real Return

Critics said he had come back to the Senate preaching the virtues of bipartisanship but not practicing it. They were wrong.


UPDATE 1-Brazil's Embraer returns to profit as E-Jet deliveries surge

SAO PAULO, July 28 (Reuters) - Embraer SA returned to profit in the second quarter as the Brazilian planemaker ramped up deliveries of narrow body E-Jets to airlines and brought down operating costs through job cuts and controls on corporate expenses.

Tracy Morgan returns to TV

Tracy Morgan returns to scripted comedy in "The Last O.G," but the actor feels a lot has changed since he was last on the small screen -- mainly himself.


Treasury Ends Obama-Era Program to Help Workers Save for Retirement

The program, known as myRA, was meant to help people without access to workplace savings plans put away money for retirement.

Days after returning from surgery, he stops the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare

Shortly before Sen. John McCain entered the Senate chamber in the wee hours of Friday morning, reporters wanted to know how he'd vote.


UPDATE 3-U.S. Republican push to gut Obamacare ends in defeat for Trump

* Dollar drops after Trump fails to make legislative win (Adds market impact)

United States Politics and Government

5 Takeaways From the Failed Senate Effort to Repeal Obamacare

Here are some key lessons from the vote early Friday that seemingly brought an end to Republicans’ seven-year dream of dismantling Obamacare.


Sharp returns to first quarter profit on Foxconn's cost-cut drive, beats estimates

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp reported its third consecutive quarter of net profit on Friday, staying on track to achieve its first annual profit in four years following a cost-cutting drive under Taiwanese owner Foxconn.


Bradley returns to MLS to coach Los Angeles FC

(Reuters) - Former United States coach Bob Bradley has been named the inaugural manager of the Los Angeles Football Club, the Major League Soccer expansion team that will start playing next year.

Read the Senate 'skinny' Obamacare repeal bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the "Health Care Freedom Act" shortly before 10 p.m. ET Thursday night.

Devin Nunes details leak investigation, blames Obama officials

House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes detailed key pieces of his leaks investigation Thursday, arguing that the names of transition officials to President Donald Trump were sought by "Obama-era officials" in intelligence reports.


UPDATE 6-U.S. Republican senators threaten to bolt from Obamacare repeal effort

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) - As U.S. Senate Republican leaders feverishly tried to pass a slimmed-down Obamacare repeal, some senators threatened to bring the entire effort to a halt unless there were guarantees that the bill would be significantly changed during negotiations with the House of Representatives.

Opinion: Dems can still win working class without Obamacare

The latest, last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to overturn the Affordable Care Act -- the so-called "skinny repeal" -- gives Democrats a golden opportunity to begin redefining their party as a reliable champion of the bread-and-butter economic issues that working-class voters care about.


BRIEF-Procter & Gamble files preliminary proxy statement, urges co's shareholders not to sign or return white proxy card sent by Trian - SEC Filing

* Files preliminary proxy statement, urges co's shareholders not to sign or return white proxy card sent by Trian - SEC Filing Source text: [] Further company coverage:

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)

Former Obama Aides Lead Opposition to Health Care Repeal

As Republicans seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act, scores of former Obama aides who helped create the law are fighting to save it.


Muslim leaders urge worshippers to return to Al-Aqsa after Israel backs down

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Muslim elders urged worshippers to return to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel backed down in the face of 10 days of often-violent protests and removed all security measures it had installed at the site.

Yazidi (Religious Sect)

Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock’

In tents in northern Iraq, a grim scene of barely conscious women and girls hints at the cost of three years of sexual enslavement.


Four of six Japanese detained in China return to Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Four of six Japanese citizens detained in China since March on suspicion of "illegal activities" have been released, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday.

Jon Stewart to return to stand-up in HBO specials


Massachusetts inmate gets three years in prison for plot to kill Obama

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man who prosecutors said developed a detailed plan while in state custody to kill former U.S. President Barack Obama in a sniper-like attack and then flee was sentenced on Wednesday to 37 months in prison.

Michelle Obama: What cut me the deepest

You can't deny it. Michelle Obama shattered a glass ceiling when she became the first black first lady in the United States.


Obamacare repeal battle back on Senate floor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Senate will try again on Wednesday to approve a repeal of Obamacare as they struggle to keep a seven-year-old promise to end a law that has provided health insurance for millions of Americans but which they say is costly and intrusive.

The proposal, a long shot to pass, would repeal Obamacare without an immediate replacement

The Senate's marathon debate to dismantle Obamacare enters Day Two on Wednesday, as Republican senators continue painstaking deliberations to reach an ultimate agreement on health care reform.


'Wonder Woman' returning for 2019 movie sequel

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Wonder Woman" is coming back for more.


Berlusconi aide meets Telecom Italia deputy chairman: source

ROME (Reuters) - The righthand man of media mogul Silvio Berlusconi visited the headquarters of Telecom Italia on Wednesday and met the company's deputy chairman Giuseppe Recchi, a source said.

United States Defense and Military Forces

How U.S. Military Policy on Transgender Personnel Changed Under Obama

President Trump has reversed an Obama administration policy that evolved rapidly. Here is how The Times covered the issue.


Obamacare repeal battle back on the Senate floor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a months-long struggle, Republicans have succeeded in bringing Obamacare repeal legislation, a centerpiece of their 2016 election campaigns, to a debate on the U.S. Senate floor. Now the hard part begins.


Anthem may exit more individual markets over Obamacare funding

(Reuters) - Anthem Inc said it may leave more individual Obamacare markets due to uncertainty about the potential repeal of the healthcare law and subsidies that make the plans affordable for millions of Americans.

President's decision reverses Defense Department policy initially approved under Obama

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to ban transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces.

He's the reclusive man at the White House who's loyal to no one

Matt Drudge has been in the White House an awful lot these days -- "all the time," as one senior administration official puts it. He's met with President Donald Trump, spent time with Ivanka Trump, and doled out advice to Jared Kushner.


Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

SHEIKH AMIR, Iraq (Reuters) - As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal.


Brawl over Obamacare repeal returns to Senate floor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a months-long struggle, Republicans have succeeded in bringing Obamacare repeal legislation, a centerpiece of their 2016 election campaigns, to a debate on the U.S. Senate floor. Now the hard part begins.

Senators face hours of debate and votes on what could be dozens of amendments to Obamacare repeal bill


UPDATE 6-U.S. Senate advances on healthcare, with dramatic return by McCain

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans narrowly agreed on Tuesday to open debate on a bill to end Obamacare, but the party's seven-year effort to roll back Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law still faces significant hurdles.

Sanders: Pathetic for Trump to want Obamacare to fail

During an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sen. Bernie Sanders said that President Donald Trump and his colleagues will be held accountable if the Affordable Care Act fails.


BRIEF-Santen and Tracon announce initiation of a phase 2a study of drug for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration

* Santen and Tracon announce initiation of a phase 2a study of DE-122 for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration

Trump praises vote on 'Obamacare disaster'

President Trump praised the Senate's recent health care vote at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio.


BRIEF-Fox Factory Holding appoints Dudley Mendenhall to chairman of board

* Fox Factory Holding Corp announces changes to board of directors

United States Politics and Government

McCain Returns to Washington to Cast a Vote to Help the President Who Derided Him

Senator John McCain ambled into the Senate chamber less than two weeks after brain surgery to help put a health care bill over the line.


Trump says Yellen in running to stay as Fed chair: WSJ

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was considering renominating Janet Yellen as Fed chairperson, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.


McCain, in hero's return to Senate, calls for bipartisanship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain, diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, was given a hero’s welcome on his return to the Capitol on Tuesday, but quickly seized the opportunity to blister his party and his president for partisan politics.

McCain makes plea for Senate to return to order

Sen. McCain urges his colleagues to return to order following a vote to open health care debate, saying "we're getting nothing done my friends."