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U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.

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Government shutdown looms as Senate short of votes for spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was short of the votes needed to approve a bill to keep the federal government running as a midnight deadline loomed on Friday night, although high-level negotiations continued.

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U.S. government shutdown looms as Senate short of votes for spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was short of the votes needed to approve a bill to keep the federal government running as a midnight deadline loomed on Friday night, but high-level negotiations continued.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Previously Unreleased Hendrix, and 10 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable new music from Tracey Thorn, the Chainsmokers, Brazilian Girls and more.

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Team Sky should suspend Froome, says UCI chief

(Reuters) - Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome until an investigation into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication is over, according to International Cycling Union (UCI) president David Lappartient.

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Mexico's energy opening faces test in deepwater oil auction

MEXICO CITY, Jan 19 (Reuters) - An auction of deepwater oil and gas fields in Mexico this month may prove the last major opportunity for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government to capitalize on its opening of the energy sector, the central plank of its economic agenda.

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House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fight erupts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate.

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U.S. House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fate uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress, as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate.

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Asia's most exciting hotel openings this year

It seems a new hotel opens up every day in Asia, where a tourism boom is expected to continue well into the next decade.

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House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Setting Up Shutdown Battle in Senate

The successful vote in the House provided only a faint glimmer of hope that a crisis could be averted before much of the government exhausts its funds at midnight on Friday.

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Tax overhaul leads AmEx to first loss in 26 years, suspend buybacks

(Reuters) - Credit card issuer American Express Co posted its first quarterly loss in 26 years and said it would not buy back shares for the next six months, both due to the impact of the recently enacted U.S. tax overhaul.

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Arrested Former C.I.A. Officer Had Ties to Chinese Spies, Ex-Colleague Says

Jerry Lee, the former officer, had repeated contacts with Chinese intelligence both at the agency and afterward, the former colleague said.

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Brazil issues $1.5 bln in reopening of 2047 dollar bond

BRASILIA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazil has issued $1.5 billion worth of a 2047 dollar bond at a spread of 271 bps over U.S. Treasuries, in a reopening that is its first sovereign debt transaction of the year, the National Treasury said on Thursday.

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Album Review: Caitlyn Smith, a Hitmaking Nashville Songwriter, Sings Her Own on ‘Starfire’

After years writing songs for Lady Antebellum and Meghan Trainor, among others, the 31-year-old shows off her own striking voice on her major-label debut.

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Italy's Berlusconi says he is ready to be premier if European court lifts ban

ROME (Reuters) - Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday he was ready to lead Italy again if the European Court of Human Rights scrapped a ban on him holding public office.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil offers $1 bln in reopening of 2047 dollar bond -source

BRASILIA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazil on Thursday offered an initial $1 billion worth of 2047 dollar bonds in the first sovereign debt transaction of the year, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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Wilander fears Rod Laver slot may inhibit Kyrgios vs. Tsonga

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios must not let playing on Rod Laver Arena douse his natural fire when he plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the standout match of the Australian Open third round on Friday, according to former champion Mats Wilander.

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India plans to raise health spending by 11 percent in budget; less than requested

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is poised to raise its public health spending by 11 percent in the annual budget next month, after rejecting the health minister's demand for a much bigger increase to ramp up disease control, according to government sources and documents.

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Eric Wynalda Discusses His Financial Problems — and Everything Else

The former member of the United States national team is taking an aggressive outsider approach in his campaign to be president of U.S. Soccer.

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Republican calls short-term spending bill a 'crap sandwich'

A top Republican congressman said Wednesday he believed a short term bill to keep the government open would pass on Thursday, saying "I think it's in better shape than what's being reported."

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Brazil's Caixa replaces suspended executives

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Brazilian state lender Caixa Economica Federal has announced replacements for four vice presidents that stepped down amid a corruption probe, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Premier Gold Mines Sees 2018 Gold Production Of Between 85,000 To 95,000 Ounces

* PREMIER REPORTS PRODUCTION RESULTS FOR 2017 AND GUIDANCE FOR 2018

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UPDATE 1-Zalando says to spend to build market share this year

BERLIN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - German online fashion retailer Zalando said it would push ahead with a strategy of investing to gain market share in 2018 rather than seek to improve profitability even as it reported a recovery in fourth-quarter operating earnings.

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Tennis: Tsonga edges Shapovalov to strike blow for old guard

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - There was a time when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was one of the new kids bounding on to the block, swinging from the hip and shaking up the established hierarchy in men's tennis.

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Tennis: Tsonga tames Shapovalov in five-set classic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga required all his years of experience to tame Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Pimco doubts U.S. will enact infrastructure spending, welfare reform in 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investment firm Pimco thinks it is unlikely that Washington will enact welfare reform or a major spending plan to improve bridges, roads and other infrastructure in 2018, Libby...

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Morocco Wants to Host the World Cup. Just Don’t Ask for Any Details.

Five months after declaring its interest in hosting the 2026 World Cup, Morocco hasn’t said much about how it proposes to stage the world’s most-watched sporting event.

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UPDATE 2-Brazil's Caixa suspends VPs after presidential order

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian state lender Caixa Economic Federal suspended four of its vice presidents on Tuesday after President Michel Temer called on them to step down and defend themselves from accusations of wrongdoing.

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U.S. holiday shoppers spend record $108 billion online - Adobe

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. shoppers spent a record $108 billion snapping up discounts on Amazon and other websites during the 2017 holiday season, with more people using smartphones and tablets, Adobe Analytics said on Tuesday.

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World Bank urges Russia to spend more on healthcare, education

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's new government after its March presidential election should invest more in education and healthcare to help spur economic growth, the World Bank's chief executive officer said on Tuesday.

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Round Hill, investor in Beatles and Bruno Mars songs, raises new fund

(Reuters) - Round Hill Music Royalty Partners, a private equity firm which invests in the copyright of songs from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruno Mars, said on Tuesday it...

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BRIEF-Cellect Announces Opening Of Second Clinical Trial Site And Approval From Safety Board (DSMB) For Dose Escalation

* CELLECT ANNOUNCES OPENING OF A SECOND CLINICAL TRIAL SITE AND APPROVAL FROM SAFETY BOARD (DSMB) FOR DOSE ESCALATION

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Halep survives date with Destanee in opening round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep flirted with another early exit from the Australian Open and suffered an ankle injury before rallying to reach the second round with a 7-6(5) 6-1 victory over local teenager Destanee Aiava on Tuesday.

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Premier Foods third-quarter sales up on non-branded products

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Premier Foods, owner of Mr Kipling cakes and Oxo stock cubes, reported higher third-quarter sales on Tuesday, helped by strength in its non-branded products.

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Clock ticking as Congress returns to one big spending mess

With just four days until a spending deadline, the government could be heading for a shutdown on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency.

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Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM

RIGA (Reuters) - The Danish government expects to win backing for a substantial increase in defense spending next month, to counter Russia's intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe, the NATO-member's prime minister said Monday.

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Riyadh Ritz, Converted to Posh Prison by Saudis, Is Reopening to Guests

The Ritz-Carlton website showed it was accepting reservations as of Feb. 14, starting at $650 a night.

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Trump spends MLK Jr. Day golfing

President Donald Trump appears poised to ignore his own calls for Americans to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with "acts of civic work and community service."

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VW to spend more than $3.3 billion through 2020 on U.S. model expansion

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen plans to spend more than $3.3 billion on development and production of new models in North America from 2018 to 2020 as the German group reboots operations in the world's second-largest auto market.

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VW to spend more than $3.3 bln through 2020 on U.S. model expansion

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Volkswagen plans to spend more than $3.3 billion on development and production of new models in North America from 2018 to 2020 as the German group reboots operations in the world's second-largest auto market.

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French telcos to spend $3.7 billion to plug network gaps

PARIS (Reuters) - France's mobile telephone operators will spend more than 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) rolling out a 4G network to ensure there are no coverage gaps by 2020, a government minister said.

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'The Handmaid's Tale' season 2 has premiere date

Get ready to return to Gilead.

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On Soccer: Liverpool Beats Manchester City, Dealing Blow to Its Invincible Aura

Liverpool ensured Manchester City would not go unbeaten through its Premier League schedule by edging the league leaders, 4-3, in a thriller at Anfield.

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Buying a Piece of Bob Marley’s Song Catalog, and His Enduring Legacy

Primary Wave, a boutique New York company that aggressively markets “icons and legends”, bought the rights to Marley’s songs in a $50 million deal.

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Costa Rica suspends airline amid probe of fatal plane crash

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica's civil aviation agency suspended local airline Nature Air on Friday, two weeks after one of its small planes crashed near a tourist beach, killing two Costa Rican pilots and 10 U.S. citizens.

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BRIEF-Valeura Says Has Temporarily Suspended Testing Operations On Yamalik-1 Well

* VALEURA PROVIDES OPERATIONAL UPDATE AND ANNOUNCES BOARD CHANGES

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Playlist: The Playlist: Black Eyed Peas Get Serious About Injustice, and 12 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable news songs from Lil Peep, Karen O, Carrie Underwood and more.

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Sunday Routine: How 50 Cent, Rapper and Actor, Spends His Sundays

The Midtown West resident stays busy, logging time at the gym, the office and the studio, where he’s been working on the album, “Street King Immortal.”

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Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany's global role and raised questions about her political future.

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Trump Says He Will Not Go to London for Embassy Opening

British reports have cited concerns about protests during a Trump visit, but the president said he disapproved of the new U.S. Embassy’s “off location.”

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Axing 'Cadillac' health plan tax may be part of spending deal: House chairman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said on Thursday getting rid of the so-called “Cadillac” tax on high-cost employer-provided health insurance could be part of the spending deal now under negotiation in Congress.

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BRIEF-Youngevity International Inc ‍Announces Opening Of Its Operations In Colombia​

* YOUNGEVITY INTERNATIONAL INC - ‍ANNOUNCED OPENING OF ITS OPERATIONS IN COLOMBIA​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Ultra Electronics sees "significant exposure" to U.S. defence spending

Jan 11 (Reuters) - British defence contractor Ultra Electronics, which has warned of lower defence orders in the country, said on Thursday it had significant exposure to a rising U.S. defence budget, and had seen growing demand for advanced technologies.

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Ultra Electronics sees "significant exposure" to U.S. defence spending

Jan 11 (Reuters) - British defence contractor Ultra Electronics, which has warned of lower defence orders in the country, said on Thursday it had significant exposure to a rising U.S. defence budget, and had seen growing demand for advanced technologies.

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On Soccer: Michael Eisner Sketches a Happy Ending for Portsmouth F.C.

Eisner, the former Disney chairman, bought Portsmouth F.C., a proud club fallen on hard times, in part by persuading its fan-owners that their club was a fairy tale in the making.

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Chelsea spurn chances in League Cup stalemate with Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea failed to make their home advantage count as they missed a string of chances to draw 0-0 with Arsenal in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

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California proposes more spending on schools and roads

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Wednesday that would be a 5 percent increase over the current year, with greater spending on education and transportation, while he warned about a likely a economic downturn in the future.

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Polish PM seeks new opening with EU but sticks to courts overhaul

WARSAW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki fired several senior ministers and visited Brussels on Tuesday in an effort to patch up relations with the European Union, but said he would not unwind the country's most-contested judicial reforms.

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BRIEF-Paychex Announces Offering Of Netspend's Tip Network For Paying Tipped Employees​

* PAYCHEX INC - ‍ANNOUNCED ITS OFFERING OF NETSPEND'S TIP NETWORK, STREAMLINING PROCESS FOR PAYING TIPPED EMPLOYEES​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. job openings, layoffs fall to six-month lows in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job openings fell for a second straight month in November, with declines in the manufacturing and real estate sectors, supporting economist forecasts that job growth will slow in 2018.

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Walking wounded make opening slam hard to predict

(Reuters) - For good reason a two-week grand slam can be described as a 'last man standing' marathon of mental and physical endurance, which makes Roger Federer's haul of 19 all the more incredible.

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Arab League to lobby U.N. to recognize Palestinian state

AMMAN (Reuters) - Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war, Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Justin Timberlake Stays Funky (for Now), and 9 More New Songs

Hear the new songs that caught our critics' attention this week, from Bruno Mars and Cardi B, They Might Be Giants and more.

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Sunday Routine: How Howard Bloom, Writer and Former Publicist, Spends His Sundays

For 15 years, Mr. Bloom suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome so severe that he barely got out of bed. But thanks to sleep shifts, pills and exercise, he’s back.

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U.S. suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups.

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U.S. suspends security aid to Pakistan over militant groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was suspending an undisclosed amount of security assistance to Pakistan, which two officials said was worth more than $255 million, until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

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US suspends security aid to Pakistan

The United States is suspending security assistance to Pakistan over what it sees as a failure by the Pakistani government to adequately clamp down on terror groups within its borders, the State Department announced Thursday.

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U.S. suspending more than $255 million in security aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan, which one official said was worth more than $255 million, until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

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Does the N.F.L. Have a Usain Bolt? Here Are the League’s Fastest Players

The fastest times at the N.F.L. combine do not always translate to top game speed, data from wearable technology shows.

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Top EU and Cuban diplomats herald opening to closer economic ties

HAVANA (Reuters) - The European Union’s top diplomat met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Thursday, saying a landmark accord ratified in November had opened the door to broader economic ties between the Communist-ruled island and 28-nation bloc.

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US, South Korea to suspend military drills during Olympics

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have agreed to delay their regular joint military drills during the Winter Olympic Games in February, Korea's presidential office said Thursday.

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Farm spending to focus on environment after Brexit: UK minister

OXFORD, England (Reuters) - Britain will only pay public funds to farmers who provide public benefits such as wildlife habitats or improved soil quality under a post-Brexit shake-up in agricultural policies announced on Thursday.

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RPT-JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs come top of banker pay league in Britain

LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs paid their top bankers in Britain an average of $1.5 million each in 2016, compared with $1 million for local rivals HSBC and Barclays, data released by the banks last year shows.

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Fertilizer producer Nutrien to keep Saskatchewan base: premier

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Nutrien Ltd, the fertilizer company formed this week by a merger of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan and Agrium, has committed to establishing its head office in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and increasing corporate office jobs there, Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall said on Thursday.

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JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs come top of banker pay league in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs paid their top bankers in Britain an average of $1.5 million each in 2016, compared with $1 million for local rivals HSBC and Barclays , data released by the banks last year shows.

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LIVE MARKETS-Opening snapshot: European shares climb, FTSE hits fresh record high

* European stocks open higher, FTSE touches record * Euro zone services PMI to show continued momentum * Debenhams drops after profit warning * Iran unrest pours extra fuel on oil rally Jan 4(Reuters) - Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Helen Reid. Reach her on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: helen.reid.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net OPENING S

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Philippines fines Sanofi, suspends clearance for Dengvaxia

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has fined Sanofi $2,000 and suspended clearance for the French drug maker's controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, citing violations on product registration and marketing, its health secretary said on Thursday.

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Democrats: Positive meeting with Republicans on spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional Democratic leaders said Wednesday they had a productive meeting with leaders of the Republican majority and White House officials about spending issues ahead of a Jan. 19 deadline to keep the government funded.

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Critics Say FIFA Is Stalling a Doping Inquiry as World Cup Nears

In failing to contact a key witness, FIFA faces accusations of slowing its inquiry into allegations of failed doping tests by Russian soccer players.

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U.S. factory activity accelerates; construction spending at record high

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. factory activity increased more than expected in December, boosted by a surge in new orders growth, in a further sign of strong economic momentum at the end of 2017.

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Italy's Northern League pledges to put right 'error' of euro

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's rightist Northern League brushed off on Wednesday suggestions it had dropped its opposition to the euro and renewed its pledge to rectify the "error" of the single currency.

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Spotify sued for $1.6B over Tom Petty, Doors songs

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The Neediest Cases Fund: Seeing an Opening to Leave Her Husband, She Took It and Didn’t Look Back

After seeking help at a domestic violence shelter in 2012, Katherine Rivera says she has pushed forward “because my kids haven’t seen happiness yet.”

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Philippines suspends work at call center of U.S. firm, mall after deadly fire

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has suspended operations of a shopping mall and a call center run by a U.S. firm where a fire killed 38 people, citing failure to fully comply with fire safety requirements for five successive years.

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Republican Senator Hatch to retire, opening door for bid by Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said on Tuesday he will not seek re-election in November, opening the door to a potential Senate bid by Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and one of the party's harshest critics of President Donald Trump.

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Orrin Hatch to Retire from Senate, Opening Path for Mitt Romney

Orrin G. Hatch, the longest-serving Senate Republican, will announce that he will retire at the end of the year, clearing a path for Mitt Romney to run.

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Moldova leader pans "shameful" court decision to suspend his powers

KIEV (Reuters) - Moldovan President Igor Dodon on Tuesday rejected a decision by the country's constitutional court to suspend his powers temporarily due to a wrangle between him and the pro-Western government over ministerial appointments.

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One-legged Egyptian soccer players aim for a league of their own

CAIRO (Reuters) - A group of Egyptian soccer players have formed a team for one-legged players, hoping to start league for disabled players in the country.

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The New Health Care: Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care

Studies point to a simple reason, the prices, not to the amount of care. And lowering prices would upset a lot of people in the health industry.

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Oil posts strongest year opening since 2014 as Iran unrest pushes up crude

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices posted their strongest opening to a year since 2014 on Tuesday, with crude rising to mid-2015 highs amid large anti-government rallies in Iran and ongoing supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia.

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On Soccer: In a Top-Heavy Premier League, More Teams Rush to the Bunker

The dominance of the league’s top six teams this season has led to a pattern of dull matches in which their opponents sit back and desperately try to defend all game.

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Oil posts strongest year opening since 2014; Iran unrest pushes up crude

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices posted their strongest opening to a year since 2014 on Tuesday, with crude rising to mid-2015 highs amid large anti-government rallies in Iran and ongoing supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia.

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Oil rises to mid-2015 high in strongest year opening since 2014

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices had their highest January opening since 2014 on Tuesday, with Brent and WTI crude prices rising to mid-2015 highs, supported by ongoing supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia as well as strong demand.

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Oil marks highest January opening price since 2014

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices had their highest January opening since 2014 on Tuesday, supported by ongoing supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia as well as strong demand.

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Norway Labour Party's deputy leader suspended over harassment allegations

OSLO (Reuters) - The deputy head of Norway's top opposition Labour Party has temporarily stepped down from his leadership post following accusations of sexual harassment, the party said on Monday.

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China to suspend some car production over fuel consumption standards

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will suspend the production of 553 passenger vehicle models that have failed to meet the government's fuel consumption standards, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday.

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Ski jumping: Stoch defies wind and rain to win opening Four Hills event

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Defending champion Kamil Stoch upstaged home favorite Richard Freitag to win the opening leg of ski jumping's prestigious Four Hills tournament at Oberstdorf on Saturday.

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White House, Congress prepare for talks on spending, immigration

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it was set to kick off talks next week with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders on immigration policy, government spending and other issues that need to be wrapped up early in the new year.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Lil Wayne Recaptures His Old Magic and 8 More New Songs

Hear the tracks that caught our critics' attention this week, from Major Lazer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cassie and more.

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Your Money: Expecting a Tax Cut Next Year? Spend It on Others

Most people will pay less in taxes in the next few years. If you can, redirect that money toward hiring help, spending locally and supporting charities.

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Germany's top court rejects VW's bid to suspend emissions audit

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's highest court has rejected a bid by Volkswagen AG to suspend the work of a special auditor appointed to investigate management's actions in the "Dieselgate" emissions scandal.

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UPDATE 1-Germany's top court rejects VW's bid to suspend emissions audit

FRANKFURT, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Germany's highest court has rejected a bid by Volkswagen AG to suspend the work of a special auditor appointed to investigate management's actions in the "Dieselgate" emissions scandal.

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Spend on defense, Merkel's allies say, widening gap with SPD

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian sister party (CSU) has proposed increasing Germany's defense spending to a level that widens a policy gap with the Social Democrats (SPD) ahead of talks on forming a governing coalition.

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Sunday Routine: How Carter Cleveland, of Artsy, Spends His Sundays

The entrepreneur sleeps in, goes to yoga, sits under a tree, steams, and always has dinner with his family on the Upper West Side, where he grew up.

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Moore spokeswoman pressed on colleague's anti-Semitic remark

CNN's John Berman presses Janet Porter, spokeswoman for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, about the campaign's use of an election expert who has tweeted about an "evil Jewish shadow government."

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10 great places to spend New Year's Eve

Some of the details may change, but year in and year out, these destinations around the world have a well-deserved reputation for traditionally throwing a great New Year's Eve shindig.

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Brazil's top court suspends parts of President Temer's Christmas pardons

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) - The president of Brazil's Supreme Court suspended parts of a Christmas decree from President Michel Temer granting pardons to convicted criminals on Thursday, saying Temer's actions needed further examination by the court.

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On Soccer: For England’s Next Generation, Shine of Youth Trophies Only Carries So Far

Halfway through the league season, a talented crop of young English players is finding that age-group success doesn’t necessarily translate to Premier League minutes.

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No proof Kaesong cash funded North Korea arms programs: South Korea expert panel

SEOUL (Reuters) - There was no evidence that North Korea had diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean companies operating in a now-closed industrial park on their border to bankroll its weapons programs, an expert panel appointed by Seoul's Ministry of Unification said on Thursday.

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Liverpool’s Price for Van Dijk? A Wait, an Apology and $100 Million

Liverpool finally adds Virgil Van Dijk. All it took to push the deal over the line was a formal apology, six months of waiting and a world-record transfer fee.

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Big league 2018 goal: Trump hopes for infrastructure deal

President Donald Trump, looking ahead to a critical election year where his record will be on the ballot alongside Republican lawmakers, plans a major push on infrastructure in January, aides said this week.

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U.S. department store stocks jump on holiday spending record

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. department stores jumped on Tuesday as Mastercard Inc said shoppers spent over $800 billion during the season, more than ever before, boosted by growing consumer confidence, rising employment and early discounts.

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Tunisia suspends flights following female passenger travel ban

Tunisian authorities say their decision to suspend all Emirates airline flights into the country "cannot be described as a diplomatic crisis" between the North African country and the United Arab Emirates.

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Opinion: As Trump Rages About Immigrants, They Go to the Ivy League

Three American sisters born in Cameroon can articulate the American ethos better than our president.

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Nadal out of season-opening Abu Dhabi event

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week's season-opening exhibition event in Abu Dhabi due to ongoing fitness problems, the world number one has said.

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BRIEF-Transport Canada Suspends West Wind Aviation's Air Operator Certificate

* TRANSPORT CANADA SUSPENDS WEST WIND AVIATION'S AIR OPERATOR CERTIFICATE

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Playlist: The Playlist: Cardi B Isn’t Going Anywhere and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable new music, from the return of Sugarland to Laura Marling covering a Bob Dylan classic.

Soccer nytimes.com

2 Top Soccer Officials Found Guilty in FIFA Case

The verdicts against Juan Ángel Napout, the former top official in South America, and José Maria Marin, the former top official in Brazil, partially resolved a trial in the United States’ case focused on FIFA.

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Strong U.S. consumer, business spending bolster growth picture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending accelerated in November and shipments of key capital goods orders increased for the 10th straight month, data showed on Friday, the latest signs of strong momentum in the economy as the year winds down.

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Trump signs tax, government spending bills into law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed Republicans' massive $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law on Friday, cementing the biggest legislative victory of his first year in office, and also approved a short-term spending bill that averts a possible government shutdown.

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UPDATE 3-Trump signs tax, government spending bills into law

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed Republicans' massive $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law on Friday, cementing the biggest legislative victory of his first year in office, and also approved a short-term spending bill that averts a possible government shutdown.

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Trump says he will sign tax, government spending bills on Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he will sign Republicans' massive $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law on Friday to cement the first major legislative win of his first year in office.

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Strong U.S. consumer, business spending bolster fourth quarter growth picture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending accelerated in November and shipments of key capital goods orders increased for the 10th straight month, the latest signs of strong momentum in the economy as the year winds down.

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U.S. consumer spending rises more than expected; savings lowest since 2008

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending accelerated in November amid an increase in demand for recreational goods and utilities, but the strong pace of consumption is unlikely to be sustained as savings dropped to their lowest level in more than nine years.

Therapy and Rehabilitation nytimes.com

Sunday Routine: How Latham Thomas, Wellness Guru, Spends Her Sundays

Ms. Thomas takes luxurious baths, runs with her fiancé along the West Side Highway, goes to brunch with friends, and listens to her son play guitar.

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Lotte chief gets suspended prison sentence; free to run firm

SEOUL (Reuters) - A Seoul court on Friday found Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin guilty of breach of trust and embezzlement and sentenced him to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, leaving him free to try and revive the conglomerate after steep losses in China.

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Lotte chief gets suspended prison sentence leaving him free to run firm

SEOUL (Reuters) - A Seoul court on Friday found Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin guilty of breach of trust and sentenced him to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, leaving him free to try and revive the conglomerate after steep losses in China.

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Seoul court hands down suspended sentence for Lotte chairman

SEOUL (Reuters) - A Seoul court on Friday handed down to Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin a two-year suspension of a jail sentence related to corruption charges.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Where Jesus Would Spend Christmas

Today’s Bethlehem is a teeming refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

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UPDATE 1-Japan approves record defence spending that favours U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defence kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.

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Japan approves record defense spending that favors U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defense kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.

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Japan approves record defence spending that favours U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defence kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.

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Congress votes to avert shutdown, sends Trump stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress on Thursday averted a government shutdown just one day before federal funding was due to expire, sending President Donald Trump a bill to provide just enough money to keep agencies operating through Jan. 19.

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U.S. Congress votes to avert shutdown, sends Trump stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress on Thursday averted a government shutdown just one day before federal funding was due to expire, sending President Donald Trump a bill to provide just enough money to keep agencies operating through Jan. 19.

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U.S. tax overhaul likely to spur spending by refiners, pipeline cos

By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK, Dec 21 (Reuters) - U.S. refiners and pipeline companies are likely to embark on a capital spending spree in the next year, fueled by a provision in the recently-passed U.S. tax bill that rewards investment in new projects, said energy industry lobbyists and analysts. On Wednesday, Congress gave final approval to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, the first major legislative victory for President Donald Trump since he took office.

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Major League Soccer delays naming next expansion team

(Reuters) - Major League Soccer said on Thursday it would delay until the New Year a decision on whether to add Cincinnati, Detroit or Sacramento as its next expansion team.

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Fearful of a Shutdown, Congress Inches Toward Stopgap Spending Bill

An end-of-the-year showdown over issues like immigration, health care and surveillance appeared to fizzle on Wednesday.

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House Republicans battle over defense spending in stopgap bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, lacking the votes to pass legislation to keep the federal government functioning beyond midnight Friday when existing funds expire, floated new proposals late on Wednesday in the hope of averting agency shutdowns.

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Mamie Johnson, Trailblazer in the Negro Leagues, Dies at 82

Johnson, known as Peanut, was the only woman known to pitch in the leagues, playing for the Indianapolis Clowns and compiling an impressive record.

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Man United knocked out by Bristol City in League Cup shock

LONDON (Reuters) - Bristol City, from English soccer's second-tier, pulled off a sensation in the League Cup quarter-finals as they knocked out the holders Manchester United 2-1 amid late and wholly improbable drama at their Ashton Gate home on Wednesday.

Movies nytimes.com

Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Keeps the Songs but Loses the Plot

The latest entry in this movie series fares best when its director treats it as a fantastical buddy comedy.

News and News Media nytimes.com

Glenn Thrush, Suspended Times Reporter, to Resume Work but Won’t Cover White House

Mr. Thrush, who was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, will no longer cover the White House when he returns from his suspension in late January, The Times said.

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Obamacare stabilization will not be part of end-of-year U.S. spending deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican U.S. senators who had previously demanded that an Obamacare stabilization bill be part of a deal to keep the federal government funded said on Wednesday they were dropping their request until after the new year.

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Hillsong Unites Believers and Those Old Agnostics John, Paul, George and Ringo

More than a thousand worshipers attended a Pentecostal singalong whose set list included Beatles hits like “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Here Comes the Sun.”

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Businesses like investment tax breaks, but will they spend?

(Reuters) - Jerry Zeitler says a sweeping Republican tax overhaul will encourage him to take a bigger bite next year out of his $3 million wish list of new equipment for the metal-stamping operation he runs outside Cleveland.

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Trump's approval rating just entered a league of its own

President Donald Trump's approval rating sank to a new low in CNN polling on Tuesday, earning the approval of just 35% of Americans less than a year into his first term.

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CEOs don't plan to spend tax savings to create jobs

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Trading suspended of red-hot bitcoin stock

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House Democratic leaders urging 'no' vote on spending bill: CNN reporter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Tuesday that House Democratic leaders are asking their rank-and-file members to vote against a stopgap government funding bill, according to a CNN reporter on Twitter.

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SEC suspends trading in tiny firm after eye-popping rise

(Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators have temporarily suspended trading in the shares of Crypto Company, a small California firm whose stock sky-rocketed more than 2,700 percent this month.

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BRIEF-Premier Exhibitions ‍Withdraws Proposed Sales Procedures It Filed With Bankruptcy Court

* PREMIER EXHIBITIONS INC - ‍WITHDRAWN PROPOSED SALES PROCEDURES IT FILED WITH BANKRUPTCY COURT TO PURSUE AN AUCTION OF COMPANY'S ASSETS​

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Democrats in New York Can Already Hear Iowa’s Siren Song

The region is home to a glut of nationally ambitious politicians and a confluence of egos that promise friction heading into 2020.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil court suspends Lactalis deal to buy Itambé -sources

SAO PAULO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - A Brazilian court issued an injunction suspending the sale of dairy company Itambé Alimentos SA to France's Groupe Lactalis SA, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

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Twitter suspends account Trump retweeted

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UPDATE 4-Nigerian oil union says will suspend nationwide strike

* Action had threatened Nigerian crude output (Adds details of fuel shortage fears)

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Brazil court suspends Lactalis deal to buy Itambé -source

SAO PAULO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - A Brazilian court issued an injunction suspending the sale of dairy company Itambé Alimentos SA to France's Groupe Lactalis, one source with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scores massive $450 million in opening weekend

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the latest chapter in the hugely popular franchise, debuted with a massive $450 million in global ticket sales over the weekend, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scores massive $450 mln in opening weekend

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the latest chapter in the hugely popular franchise, debuted with a massive $450 million in global ticket sales over the weekend, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Sunday.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scores $450 mln in global opening weekend

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" debuted with a massive $450 million in global ticket sales over the weekend, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Sunday.

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South Africa to increase spending on higher education: Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

As a Must-Pass Republican Tax Bill Headed for the Finish Line, Rubio Saw an Opening

On Thursday, Marco Rubio took a stand: He threatened to vote no unless House and Senate negotiators expanded the child tax credit.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Thought Freestyles for 10 Minutes and 11 More New Songs

Hear the most notable new music out this week, from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamildrops team-up with the Decemberists to a Thelonious Monk reissue.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures point to flat opening

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index futures were little changed on Friday even as oil prices rose amid ongoing OPEC-led production cuts and a pipeline outage in the North Sea.

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Sunday Routine: How Roya Sullivan, Designer of Macy’s Holiday Windows, Spends Her Sundays

For the woman behind the festive department store displays: family, art and plenty of Earl Grey tea.

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Bars on the Windows, Laughter Between the Lines

An Italian nonprofit organizes soccer matches inside the country’s prisons in an effort to foster healthy relationships between inmates and their children.

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BRIEF-‍Trinidad Drilling Says 2018 Capital Spending Budget Of About $40 Mln

* ‍TRINIDAD DRILLING LTD. ANNOUNCES 2018 CAPITAL SPENDING BUDGET AND INTERNATIONAL CONTRACT AWARD​

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UPDATE 3-Teva Pharm to lay off a quarter of workforce, suspends dividend

* Teva to take restructuring charge of at least $700 mln in 2018

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Exclusive: U.S. suspends aid to Somalia's battered military over graft

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia's armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month.

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Teva Pharm to lay off a quarter of workforce, suspends dividend

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will cut its workforce by more than a quarter, give up many of its manufacturing plants and suspend its dividend on ordinary shares in a much-anticipated overhaul to help pay back its massive debt.

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PBS suspends Tavis Smiley's show amid misconduct claims

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It's the way you dress, Democratic congresswoman tells colleagues

At a closed-door meeting of House Democrats to discuss reforming how Congress handles sexual harassment allegations, one senior congresswoman stunned lawmakers when she suggested female lawmakers were inviting unwanted advances because of the way they dressed.

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Ice Hockey: Russia's hockey league gives blessing for players to compete as neutrals at Olympics

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) said on Wednesday it was in favor of its players competing at the Pyeongchang winter Olympics after Moscow agreed to let Russian athletes take part as neutrals.

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UPDATE 1-Natgas producer EQT sets 2018 capital spending budget at $2.4 bln

Dec 13 (Reuters) - EQT Corp on Wednesday said it expected to spend 60 percent more on its capital budget in 2018 after it became the biggest U.S. natural gas producer when it completed its acquisition of Rice Energy last month.

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Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle to spend Christmas with UK royals

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, will join Queen Elizabeth and other senior Windsors for their family Christmas celebrations in what commentators said was a break with royal protocol.

Soccer nytimes.com

On Soccer: This Premier League Player’s Position? Left Out

Fans think Stuart Taylor has it made: a Premier League salary and a job he is rarely asked to perform. But his long career as a third-choice goalkeeper isn’t the one he saw for himself.

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British princes join Jedi knights at 'Star Wars' premiere in London

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Britain's Princes William and Harry joined the cast of the new film "Star Wars: The LastPIC

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NFL Network and ESPN suspend stars after sexual harassment lawsuit

Civil Rights and Liberties nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: In Mississippi’s Museum Openings, a Victory for ‘Local People’

The story about the opening of the museums is also the story of the civil rights movement.

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Saudi Aramco lifts spending plans to $414 bln over next decade

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco plans to raise its spending to $414 billion over the next 10 years, including on infrastructure and drilling, as the state oil giant moves into new businesses, executives said.

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EU suspends funding for Cambodian election

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The European Union has suspended funding for Cambodia's 2018 general election because the vote cannot be credible after the dissolution of the main opposition party, according to a letter sent to the national election committee on Tuesday.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk and 2 Others Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor were suspended by the network over allegations in a lawsuit filed by a former wardrobe stylist for the company.

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PGA Tour suspends Hensby for failing to provide doping sample

(Reuters) - The PGA Tour on Monday said it has suspended Australian Mark Hensby for one year for violating the sport's anti-doping policy.

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Siri, what's that song? Apple buys Shazam

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HSBC announces end to suspended sentence for Mexican cartel case

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - HSBC on Monday said its deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice has expired, marking an end to the threat of further punishment for lapses in its anti-money laundering controls.

Law and Legislation nytimes.com

Editorial: Opening Up New York’s Public Records

Governor Cuomo has a chance to champion government transparency by signing a bill to pick up legal fees when a request is wrongly denied.

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Leaders Manchester City beat United on Premier League derby day

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday to stretch their Premier League lead to 11 points while Liverpool and Everton drew 1-1 in a snowswept Merseyside derby at Anfield.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premieres with tribute to late Carrie Fisher

Los Angeles (Reuters) - The galaxy far, far away was brought to life in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” where the anticipated first screening was dedicated to the franchise’s late star, Carrie Fisher.

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Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away

JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Seun Kuti and Santana Sound an Alarm, and 10 More New Songs

The week's most notable new songs, from Migos to Johnny Mathis.

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Trump signs temporary spending bill as budget talks intensify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation to fund the federal government for two weeks, giving congressional negotiators more time to work out budget priorities through next September and other thorny policy matters.

Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts nytimes.com

Sunday Routine: How Peter Zaharatos, Chocolate Artist, Spends His Sundays

The owner of SugarCube, a dessert shop in Long Island City, shops for Greek ingredients and plays violin with his children in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

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Black lawmakers skip civil rights museum opening over Trump's attendance

Reps. John Lewis and Bennie Thompson will not be attending the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opening because President Trump will be making an appearance, which Rep. Lewis said was insulting to the civil rights activists being honored.

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Civil rights pioneer to eschew museum opening after Trump says will attend

(Reuters) - Longtime U.S. congressman from Georgia John Lewis, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said on Thursday that he would not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend because President Donald Trump planned to attend.

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GOP colleague says Farenthold should resign

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah said on Thursday that her colleague GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas should resign in light of allegations he sexually harassed members of his staff.

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If Trump Goes, John Lewis Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening

Mr. Lewis and Bennie Thompson, both House Democrats, said they would not attend the museum opening because Mr. Trump is scheduled to be there.

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Petals and confetti shower stage at La Scala opening

MILAN (Reuters) - Rose petals, flowers and golden confetti showered the stage of the rarely-performed Italian opera 'Andrea Chenier' at La Scala's season premiere on Thursday.

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Ryan feels good about spending bill, wants budget cap talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he felt good about the vote count on a government spending bill coming before House on Thursday afternoon that is aimed at keeping the government from shutting down this week.

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Uber's license suspended in British city of Sheffield

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber's license to operate in the northern English city of Sheffield was suspended last Friday after it failed to respond to requests about the management of its taxi app, the local authority said.

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UPDATE 1-Uber's licence suspended in British city of Sheffield

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Uber's licence to operate in the northern English city of Sheffield was suspended last Friday after it failed to respond to requests about the management of its taxi app, the local authority said.

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Indiana officer suspended for 'white male privilege' remark to learn fate

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session may learn her job status on Thursday.