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Editorial: Here’s Another Fine Mess They’ve Gotten Us Into

Once again, Trump and Congress cannot perform a basic task, preventing a government shutdown.

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Voters in Iowa happy with Trump even as they fear what's next

Since Donald Trump came along, they have a "safe word" at the Table of Knowledge inside Darrell's Diner in Monticello, Iowa.

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Review: '12 Strong' tells by-the-numbers war story

Since "American Sniper," Hollywood has been searching for another breakthrough war story, with decidedly mixed results. "12 Strong," a harrowing fact-based tale of heroism set in the immediate wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, would appear to have the right armament, but this by-the-numbers movie ultimately falls short of completing that mission.

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More Senate Democrats say they won't support a stopgap bill

The Senate is ripening for a potential shutdown.

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They Have Seen the Future, and It’s Wasting Zombies at the Arcade

Virtual reality, long-promised, is finally gaining traction in New York video boutiques. But is there more to VR than just games?

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BRIEF-Storyful Says Mandy Jenkins Has Assumed Role Of Editor In Chief

* STORYFUL SAYS MANDY JENKINS HAS ASSUMED ROLE OF EDITOR IN CHIEF Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Trump tweets his views on border wall haven't changed after Kelly says they have

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he has remained consistent in his plans for a border wall, a day after his chief of staff, John Kelly, said he has "changed his attitude" on it.

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BRIEF-Callaway Golf Sees Tax Reform To Result In Net Increase Of About $5 Mln-$10 Mln In Income Tax Expense In Q4

* CALLAWAY GOLF- SEES ENACTMENT OF TAX LEGISLATION TO RESULT IN NET INCREASE OF ABOUT $5 MILLION-$10 MILLION IN INCOME TAX EXPENSE IN Q4, FY ENDED DEC 31, 2017​ Source: (http://bit.ly/2DlD0I9) Further company coverage:

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In the Great Lakes, They’re Battling Ice, and Time. Take a Look.

With temperatures dipping, ice accumulating, and a deadline looming to close locks, ships race in January to get where they are going on the Great Lakes.

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UPDATE 1-Shell oil heist: the story so far

SINGAPORE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Singapore authorities say they have uncovered a complex, cross-border scheme to steal large quantities of oil from Shell's biggest refinery.

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Actress linked to Trump told story in 2011

Some media outlets shelved a story that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stormy Daniels and President Donald Trump before the 2016 election. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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History shows that a government shutdown would have severe consequences for the party in control

If House Republicans can't find a way to wrangle their always-fractious conference to support legislation that would avoid a government shutdown by Friday night, they are likely to bear the brunt of the blame for the closure and pay a serious political price as well.

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Neighbor: We tried to talk to the kids once. They froze.

When Kimberly Milligan moved into her California home in 2015, she was told her grandson might soon have a playmate, since a family of 12 lived across the street.

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Prosecutors Had the Wrong Man. They Prosecuted Him Anyway.

The wrongfully convicted have tried, and failed, to hold the New Orleans district attorney’s office accountable for breaking evidence rules. Now a lawsuit is citing 45 examples.

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They are shaking up footwear with wool shoes

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

‘Your Visa Is Approved,’ They Were Told. And Then It Wasn’t.

The State Department notified hundreds of Yemenis they could enter the United States, but when the travel ban went into effect, they were rejected.

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Booker: Trump's words fester, they poison

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks with CNN's Chris Cuomo about President Trump's disparaging comments during an immigration meeting in the Oval Office.

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Trilobites: Where Did Animals With Tail Weapons Go? Here’s a Back Story

Scientists have identified traits that may have been related to dinosaurs like stegosaurus and ankylosaurus and other animals developing fearsome rear-end weapons.

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Alec Baldwin defends film maker Woody Allen as Hollywood backs away

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin on Tuesday expressed support for film maker Woody Allen as a growing number of entertainment industry stars seek to distance themselves from the "Annie Hall" director as part of the Time's Up campaign against sexual misconduct.

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Fox News shelved Stormy Daniels-Trump story before election

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Actor Alec Baldwin defends film maker Woody Allen as Hollywood backs away

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin on Tuesday expressed support for film maker Woody Allen as a growing number of entertainment industry stars seek to distance themselves from the "Annie Hall" director as part of the Time's Up campaign against sexual misconduct.

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History suggests Trump avoiding interview with Mueller is unlikely

If special counsel Robert Mueller wants to talk to the President, there's not much Donald Trump's team can do to stop him, if history is any guide. Past presidents' legal teams have always lost when they tried to avoid testifying or turning over documents in criminal investigations.

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'Little girls don't stay little forever. They turn into strong women who return to destroy your world'

Kyle Stephens said she had her first sexual experience when she was 6 years old.

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'Assassination of Gianni Versace' ably wears 'Crime Story' mantle

"American Crime Story" faced a daunting challenge in following up the compulsive appeal of "The People v. O.J. Simpson." The result, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," carves out its own distinctive approach to another high-profile, salacious murder without, perhaps inevitably, wearing the mantle quite as well.

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See moment car goes flying into second-story office

Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after crashing into the second floor of a dentist's office in Santa Ana, California.

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Analysis: Why Trump voters need the immigrants they want to turn away

The irony in President Donald Trump's hostility to immigration, expressed again in reports of his vulgar comments about Africa and Haiti last week, is that in appealing to the racial and cultural resentments of his political base he is directly threatening their economic interests.

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Tennis: Kerber consigns 2017 to the history books

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber has turned the page on a horror 2017 season and is focused firmly on making a fresh start to her career, the German said after sailing into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Bombardier Specialized Aircraft Says Conair Group Purchased Six Q400 Aircraft

* BOMBARDIER AND CONAIR ANNOUNCE PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR SIX Q400 AIRCRAFT FOR CONVERSION INTO Q400 MULTIROLE AIRTANKERS‍​

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We're 5 days away from a shutdown, and there are more questions than answers

President Donald Trump -- with the quiet, but strong support of congressional Republican leaders -- has rejected the lone bipartisan proposal on the table to address the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Tiffany Haddish's viral story nabs her a Groupon gig

Going viral has landed actress Tiffany Haddish a new gig.

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Ancient Greek tragedy tells timeless story of Syrian flight

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of Syrian women are adapting the Euripides' tragedy "Iphigenia", using a a play set during an ancient war to bring Berlin audiences closer to the plight of women driven...

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Pope warns world is one step away from nuclear war

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at "the very limit".

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Oil dips away from 2014 highs on rising U.S. rig count, but analysts say market supported

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped on Monday as rising drilling activity in the United States pointed to higher future output, although output cuts led by OPEC and Russia as well as healthy demand kept crude near December 2014 highs reached last week.

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Review: Risk-Taking New Opera Tells a Tragic 1950s Gay Love Story

In “Fellow Travelers,” a story of persecuted gay love during the 1950s, the composer Gregory Spears demonstrates how to be original.

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McAuliffe: He gets away with foolishness

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) tells CNN's Jake Tapper that it is time for people to stand up to President Trump.

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History of government shutdowns in 1 chart

Agriculture and Farming nytimes.com

The Look: Somewhere, Away From It All

On the northwest coast of Washington State, a community has chosen to live off the grid, some of them for the simplicity and saved money, some for safety.

Uranium nytimes.com

Uranium Miners Pushed Hard for a Comeback. They Got Their Wish.

Hundreds of mining claims fall neatly outside the new boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, and a Navajo town scarred by uranium is bracing for new woes.

Squid nytimes.com

Trilobites: The Squid That Sink to the Ocean’s Floor When They Die

Some squid sink to the ocean floor when they die, researchers found, and they may take a lot of carbon down there with them.

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Editorial: Donald Trump Flushes Away America’s Reputation

No useful answers on immigration will come from a bigoted president with warp view of the world, and his nation’s principles.

Kentucky nytimes.com

To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

Led by the state’s Republican governor, the plan calls for many Medicaid recipients ages 19-64 to work at least 20 hours a week, beginning in July.

Lobsters nytimes.com

Trilobites: The Swiss Consider the Lobster. It Feels Pain, They Decide.

The Swiss government has banned tossing lobsters and other crustaceans into boiling water. But what’s the science behind that decision?

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Democrat Dick Durbin called out Trump for 'racist' comments, but Republicans didn't say what they heard or said they 'do not recall' slurs

A day after President Donald Trump reportedly made highly incendiary comments about immigrants and African countries, two Republican senators said they don't recall those vulgar characterizations from the President.

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A Picture and its Story: Syrian pulled from rubble mourns 'martyred' young son

EASTERN GHOUTA, Syria (Reuters) - His brow dripping with blood and his skin caked with brick dust, Abu Abdallah was pulled out from under the rubble of his house near Damascus after it was blown up in an air raid.

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You can't tell the story of the US without telling the story of Haiti

You can't mention Haiti's struggles without explaining its complicated relationship with the US.

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The complicated gender history of pink

When you think about the color pink, you are probably conjuring up images of little girls in pink dresses, with pink toys like Barbie or a Disney princess in a pretty gown.

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Australia's Port Hedland set to reopen as Cyclone Joyce moves away

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal will likely reopen on Saturday after Australia's weather bureau cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest, the port's operator said on Friday.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

Victims of California Mudslides Were Swept Away Weeks After Surviving Fires

The mudslides in Montecito, Calif., wiped out entire blocks, pulling people from their homes and killing at least 17.

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Chrome's parental control program is going away

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Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino say they'll never work with Woody Allen again

Mira Sorvino and Greta Gerwig have credits in Woody Allen movies, but they never will again, the women say.

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Fossil of dinosaur swept away in ancient Australian river found

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river.

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UPDATE 1-British PM May tells bankers they are a priority for Brexit amid job warnings

* London mayor says could face 'lost decade', 500,000 job losses (Recasts, adds details of meeting)

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Olympics: Canada sends out NHL castaways to chase gold hat-trick

(Reuters) - Canada unveiled a mostly unknown collection of National Hockey League castaways on Thursday as the men's national team that will try to bring home a third consecutive Olympic gold medal from the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

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Babies were pulled from the mud that swept away homes and killed 17

Ben Hyatt rushed to wake everyone up when rivers of mud started banging the doors and walls of his Montecito, California home.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Robots Can’t Vote, but They Helped Elect Trump

The areas of the country with the largest robot work forces gave the president an unanticipated advantage in the Electoral College.

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An Ending for a Love Story

Kenneth and Peter were together for 59 years, a rarity in their world. And when Peter died, Kenneth was ready for that last Champagne and caviar.

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After Serena Williams gave birth, 'Everything went bad'

In January 2017, two months into her pregnancy, tennis superstar Serena Williams competed in -- and won -- the Australian Open. At 20 weeks pregnant, with the smallest of baby bumps, she posted a picture on Snapchat of her athletic body, in a yellow bikini. Hers was a fortunate and healthy pregnancy, by any standard.

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On Dessert: How Rice Pudding Gave Me Courage

Using intuition can bring delicious surprises.

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Tom Brady Gave a Filmmaker Unusual Access to His Private Life

It is unclear how much Bill Belichick and the Patriots know about the project.

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NBC plans to show player protests if they occur at Super Bowl

PASADENA, California, Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. television network NBC, broadcaster of this year's Super Bowl, will show any players who kneel during the pre-game national anthem to protest racial inequality, the game's executive producer said on Tuesday.

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Lawmakers admit they need another stopgap budget bill to avoid a shutdown

Ten days before the government would run out of funding, bipartisan negotiators are still struggling to reach a budget deal, and many lawmakers on Capitol Hill are already admitting Congress will need another stopgap bill to avoid a shutdown.

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They voted to expand Medicaid. Their governor is resisting

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Floodwaters wash away cars

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Jeff Bezos is the richest person in history

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: The War That Never Goes Away

Max Boot’s “The Road Not Taken” looks at one American’s role in Vietnam.

Middle East and Africa Migrant Crisis nytimes.com

Nigerian Migrants Get a Welcome Home. Jobs Are Another Story.

Thousands of Nigerians are being returned from Libya after failing to make it to Europe. What will they do now?

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UPDATE 2-AT&T walks away from deal to sell Huawei smartphones -WSJ

Jan 8 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, has backed off from a deal to sell smartphones made by Chinese Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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'Fire and Fury' author: They're all liars

CNN's Don Lemon talks to Michael Wolff, author of "Fire and Fury," about his access to White House staff and the staff's denials of that access.

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AT&T walks away from deal to sell Huawei smartphones: WSJ

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, has backed off from a deal to sell smartphones made by Chinese Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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UPDATE 1-AT&T walks away from deal to sell Huawei smartphones -WSJ

Jan 8 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, has backed off from a deal to sell smartphones made by Chinese Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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BRIEF-AT&T Backs Away From Deal To Sell Huawei Smartphones - CNBC, Citing DJ‍​

* AT&T BACKS AWAY FROM DEAL TO SELL HUAWEI SMARTPHONES - CNBC, CITING DJ‍​ Source text: http://cnb.cx/2AGcl2D Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com )

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Factbox: What Republicans mean when they talk about U.S. welfare reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump had indicated he would like to rein in spending on U.S. social welfare programs to follow up on his 2017 victory in overhauling the U.S. tax code.

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Met Museum needs to live up to its history & public

For the first time in 48 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will begin charging some of its visitors a fixed and mandatory admission fee. Starting March 1, anyone visiting the museum from outside New York state will have to pay to enter the Met's hallowed halls: $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students -- except those studying in Connecticut or New Jersey, who will still be covered by the museum's current pay-what-you-wish policy. New Yorkers who show proof of residence will also be able to continue paying what they like.

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U.S. top court turns away challenge to Mississippi LGBT law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ended the first legal challenge to a Republican-backed Mississippi law that permits businesses and government employees to refuse to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people due to religious beliefs.

Travel and Vacations nytimes.com

The Getaway: What to Expect in 2018

A look at what’s ahead, from new airport security procedures to new airline routes and rules for those so-called smart bags.

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Thai king orders history-themed festival paying homage to past monarchs

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered a history-themed festival for the public, a government spokesman said on Monday, as the Southeast Asian nation emerges from a year of mourning for his revered father.

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Stars transformed the red carpet. Shows featuring women won awards. Then Oprah made history.

The Golden Globes delivered a powerful, concerted message about and from women, addressing sexual harassment and gender inequity. Yet they also highlighted the at-times awkward challenge of tackling such sobering issues within an award-show format.

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The Interpreter: Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away

With government often more the problem than the solution, communities are taking matters into their own hands. But gains against crime can carry a cost.

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Norway's Bjoergen eyeing medal history in Pyeongchang

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Four years after equalling the record for the number of Olympic medals won by a woman, 37-year-old cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen will be aiming to make that accolade her own in Pyeongchang as she leads the Norwegian medal charge.

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Rohingya insurgents say they have no option but to fight Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslim insurgents said on Sunday they have no option to fight what they called Myanmar state-sponsored terrorism to defend the Rohingya community, and they demanded that the Rohingya be consulted on all decisions affecting their future.

Two Thousand Seventeen nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History

Here’s what’s more important than a Trump tweet.

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They've lived here legally for years. Now the US could send these 250,000 immigrants away

They number upwards of 250,000.

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Mega Millions numbers drawn for fourth largest jackpot in game's history

(Reuters) - Mega Millions numbers were drawn on Friday for estimated an $450 million jackpot, the fourth largest jackpot prize in the game's history, according to the California Lottery.

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Most unclaimed lottery prizes are small. But together, they add up to $2.89 billion

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Oil dips away from 2015 highs as doubts emerge over rally

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Friday, dropping away from highs last seen in 2015, as soaring U.S. production undermined a 10-percent rally from lows hit in December that was driven by tightening supply and political tensions in OPEC member Iran.

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Book: Trump insisted on false story about Trump Tower meeting

President Donald Trump insisted that a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower was about adoption policy -- after knowledge of the meeting had become public -- despite the likelihood reporters already had evidence demonstrating the meeting had been arranged to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton, a new book about the Trump presidency says.

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Oil dips away from 2015 highs as doubts over rally emerge

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Friday, dropping away from highs last seen in 2015, as soaring production in the United States undermined the 10 percent rally from lows hit in December that was driven by tightening supply and political tensions in OPEC member Iran.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Internet Users in China Expect to Be Tracked. Now, They Want Privacy.

Chinese are demanding better protections even as the government and tech giants like Alibaba and Tencent gather ever more data.

Global Warming nytimes.com

Global Warming’s Toll on Coral Reefs: As if They’re ‘Ravaged by War’

New research has found that mass bleaching of coral reefs, once virtually unknown, now happens every 6 years on average. That means the reefs don’t have time to recover.

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History Lessons: First jobs of famous historians

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Historians study the beginnings of things, even their first work experiences. For the latest in Reuters’ “First Jobs” series, we talked to a few prominent historians about their...

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'The Chi' deftly brews up South Side story

Absorbing and organic from practically the get-go, "The Chi" will inevitably draw comparisons to "The Wire," the definitive drama about the perils of inner-city life. Yet this richly detailed look at intersecting paths, cutting across generations, quickly carves its own niche, one where tragedy begets tragedy, and vengeance comes with consequences.

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Here's the rule that would chip away at Obamacare

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Figureskating-Quads: how far will they go?

TOKYO (Reuters) - To quad or not to quad would not even be a question for any man aiming for the podium at this year's Olympics, as more of the complicated jumps fill routines and bring in the points.

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When anyone gets between Trump and his starring role in his own story, he reacts, keeping the world on edge

The political bomb cyclone otherwise known as the Trump presidency has brought 2018 in with a roar.

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BRIEF-Warren Buffett gifts 150,000 Class B common stock Of Berkshire Hathaway on Jan. 3 - SEC Filing ‍​

* WARREN BUFFETT GIFTS 150,000 CLASS B COMMON STOCK OF BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC ON JAN. 3 - SEC FILING ‍​ Further company coverage:

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'Scandal,' 'How to Get Away with Murder' crossover coming

Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope are women who have blazed their own paths, but those paths are now going to collide.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

A Foreign Hand in Protests? Iranians See Confirmation in Their History

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s accusation resonates for many Iranians, whose country has long been subject to foreign interference.

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GOP foreign policy expert: US chose to walk away from key alliances

The Trump administration is engaged in an "abdication" of US global leadership, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations argued Tuesday night, saying the US "chose to walk away" from key institutions and alliances.

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Oil dips away from mid-2015 highs as higher output looms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices on Wednesday dipped away from the mid-2015 highs reached the previous session as high output in the United States and also Russia undermined ongoing efforts led by OPEC to tighten the market.

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BRIEF-Aurora Cannabis Says ‍Purchased 116,000 Common Shares Of Cannimed Therapeutics Inc​

* ‍PURCHASED 116,000 COMMON SHARES OF CANNIMED THERAPEUTICS INC​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com )

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Critic’s Notebook: At City Ballet, History Is About to Change. How?

Peter Martins inherited George Balanchine’s roles: running the School of American Ballet and City Ballet and choreographing. Should this model persist?

Cuba nytimes.com

A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison

The Isle of Youth — which has been both a Communist Utopian getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a time — is a world apart, even by Cuban standards.

Airports nytimes.com

Teterboro Airport: Steeped in Glamour, History and Noise

The New Jersey airport, once a source of pride for the region, has recently fallen out of favor among neighbors who call it dangerous and noisy. Its loyalists say it is an underappreciated gem.

Food nytimes.com

Personal Health: They Took On the Food Giants — and Won

For decades, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has worked to influence public policy on nutrition.

Cruises nytimes.com

Cruise Ships Have Made Bar Harbor Popular. But Have They Ruined It?

A Maine town is embroiled in a debate over the ships that have magnified its status and brought huge crowds.

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Iran said protesters should pay a high price if they break the law

LONDON (Reuters) - Protesters in Iran who have staged three days of demonstrations over economic hardship and alleged corruption should pay a high price if they break the law, the government said on Sunday.

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Polish group aims for history by winter scaling of world's second highest peak

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A group of Polish mountaineers set off for northern Pakistan on Sunday to start an attempt to be the first to scale K2, the world's second highest peak, in wintertime.

Prison Escapes nytimes.com

Why an Upstate Prisoner With a History of Escape Foiled His Latest

He cooked up an ingenious scheme to break out of prison. So he tried to make a deal. But it wasn’t just any plan. And he wasn’t just any inmate.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

About New York: In the Bronx, History Repeats Itself With Deadly Force

At the site of a deadly fire from a decade ago, a rebuilt home disguises the terrible loss of 10 people, nine of them children, but a mother remembers.

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The inside story of North Korea's smuggling network

A North Korean defector who used to help run Kim Jung Un's vast smuggling network describes how the nation sells its weapons and other banned items on the black market. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Married cops prove they can beat deadly odds

Travel and Vacations nytimes.com

The Getaway: Visiting Windsor Before the Royal Wedding: A Guide

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed this spring just outside London, but why wait for the crowds to descend to soak up the royal atmosphere?

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Three women set to make Olympics history

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BRIEF-Berkshire Hathaway Energy Announces Pricing Of Debt Tender Offer

* BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY ANNOUNCES EARLY TENDER DATE RESULTS AND PRICING OF DEBT TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION

Writing and Writers nytimes.com

‘Spalding Gray,’ the Color? It’s a Long Story

How the monologuist inspired a best-selling paint. A dog is also involved.

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BRIEF-Berkshire Hathaway Energy Announces Increase Of Maximum Tender Amount In Debt Tender Offer And Consent Solicitation

* BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY ANNOUNCES INCREASE OF MAXIMUM TENDER AMOUNT IN DEBT TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION

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Philippines' drug enforcement agents face heat now that they are running Duterte's war on drugs

MANILA (Reuters) - Carrying firearms and search warrants, and prepared for fierce resistance, about 30 Philippine anti-drugs agents pour out of three vans in a dramatic raid in one of the capital's illicit drugs hotbeds.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Sessions Says to Courts: Go Ahead, Jail People Because They’re Poor

Ferguson’s so-called debtors’ prisons devastated its black community. The attorney general wants to keep it that way.

Opera nytimes.com

Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History

A lavish new staging of Puccini’s “Tosca,” envisioned as an act of redemption, loses three singers and two conductors. But the show must go on.

Museums nytimes.com

Behind the Scenes at the Natural History Museum

Look around the museum’s frozen tissue lab, paleontology collection, object conservation lab and more on this virtual reality tour of the American Museum of Natural History.

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Democrat: GOP rep. calling for FBI 'purge' needs a history lesson

A Democratic congresswoman says she wants to give one of her Republican colleagues "a history lesson" after he faced criticism for demanding a "purge" at the FBI and Justice Department, warning that it brings back memories of McCarthyism during the Cold War.

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Friends learn they're brothers after 60 years

Seventy-four-year-old Walter Macfarlane and 72-year-old Alan Robinson have been friends for more than 60 years. Born in Honolulu, they first met in elementary school, played high school football together and joke they could have married the same girl. They sent their children to the same schools they attended and vacationed together as families.

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When They Met: That Time Andy Cohen Asked Anderson Cooper Out (and About His Mom)

The hosts of New Year’s Eve on CNN banter about Panda Express, gay nightclubs, Mr. Cooper’s angry silences and Mr. Cohen’s advice about Hurricane Katrina.

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Oil prices slip away from 2015 highs, but market remains tight

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices on Wednesday slipped away from two-and-a-half year highs hit the previous session as the gradual resumption of flows through a major North Sea pipeline made up for supply disruption in Libya.

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BRIEF-Callaway Golf Says Currently Owns About 14% Of Topgolf​- SEC Filing

* CALLAWAY GOLF SAYS ON DEC 26, TOPGOLF ANNOUNCED IT COMPLETED PRIVATE PLACEMENT IN WHICH CO INVESTED ADDITIONAL $20.0 MILLION‍​ IN TOPGOLF - SEC FILING

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Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson on How They Created ‘Phantom Thread’

The stars and director of the provocative psychosexual drama detail the controlled chaos of the shoot Mr. Day-Lewis says will be his last.

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I'm 6'3" with tattoo sleeves -- and I have a #MeToo story

I'm 6'3" with tattoo arm sleeves and a shaved head. I served as an Army Ranger and an FBI SWAT team leader. I don't look like someone you'd imagine as a poster child for the #MeToo movement.

Christmas Trees nytimes.com

Don’t Just Throw Away Your Christmas Tree

Old trees can be used as mulch in city parks, to create fish habitats and to rebuild coastal dunes.

US Dollar (Currency) nytimes.com

Cash Might Be King, but They Don’t Care

A growing number of New York businesses do not accept U.S. currency, to the consternation of some and the indifference of others.

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How history's first photos of snowflakes were made

In 1885, American farmer Wilson Bentley attached a camera to his microscope and took what is believed to be the very first photo of a snowflake.

Education (K-12) nytimes.com

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.

worldNews reuters.com

Help refugees wherever they come from, Austria's Kurz says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Austria's new Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, called for an end to "failed" attempts to achieve a quota system for distributing asylum seekers around the European Union and urged new efforts to help refugees in their country of origin.

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The history of 'A Christmas Carol'

A look at the backstory of the Charles Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol." CNN's Nick Glass reports.

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The Thomas Fire, which has burned for three weeks, is the largest in the state's modern history

The Thomas Fire is now the largest wildfire in California's modern history after torching 273,400 acres.

Automobiles nytimes.com

Fiat Chrysler to Recall 1.8 Million Ram Trucks Over Rollaways

The automaker said the vehicle could be shifted out of park without a driver’s foot on the brake. Seven injuries were linked to the defect.

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McCabe could corroborate Comey 'loyalty pledge' story

CNN Manu Raju reports.

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They escaped child marriage. Now they're speaking out

Eunice was just 9 years old when she was married off to a man older than her father.

lifestyleMolt reuters.com

Behold the Christmas story - in a limestone cave

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - One of the world's largest limestone caves, the Postojna Cave in western Slovenia, is a long way from a stable in Bethlehem, but its traditional living nativity is getting more...

vis-photo nytimes.com

Verona Journal: Pandoro Is Italy’s Christmas Miracle. Easter Is Another Story.

Workers at Melegatti, the maker of traditional Christmas cakes, have staved off layoffs by urging Italians to eat pandoro.

Corporate Taxes nytimes.com

Tax Bill Is Great for Accountants — Unless They Have Holiday Plans

Working vacations. Pizza-fueled all-nighters. Overflowing inboxes. Auditors, analysts and accountants are racing to dissect the new tax law.

Christmas nytimes.com

Modern Love: Shooing Carolers Away for a Love That Stays

As Christmas nears, a young woman hospitalized with pediatric leukemia basks in a new romance even as her health fails.

Shopping and Retail nytimes.com

Common Sense: Holiday Windows Brighten a Bleak Retail Scene, but How Long Will They Last?

Christmas windows at department stores still have allure, but much less so in the age of e-commerce and big box stores like Walmart.

Art nytimes.com

Art Review: 5 Great Art Exhibitions to See in New York Before They Close

Here are some notable shows that may have escaped your notice and will all close after New Year’s (with one gallery exhibition that ends sooner).

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Tax Cuts Buoy Republicans, but They’re Swimming Against an Undertow

Passage of President Trump’s “beautiful” tax cuts will give Republicans a victory to talk about, but they still have to contend with an unpopular president.

Chaplains nytimes.com

In an Unforgiving Sport, They Minister to Hearts and Souls

A chaplain is part of the team for about three-quarters of England’s professional teams, offering spiritual or secular counseling to the players.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-International Seaways Announces Agreement To Acquire Six VLCCs

* INTERNATIONAL SEAWAYS ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE SIX VLCCS

Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain nytimes.com

‘The Crown’: The History Behind Season 2 on Netflix

Here’s an episode-by-episode survey of Season 2 of “The Crown” and a look at how some of the events it depicts were covered in The New York Times.

Christmas nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Away in a Manger... Or Under a Palm Tree?

We’ll probably never know for sure where Jesus was born. But there are some things that Christians and Muslims alike can agree on.

Midterm Elections (2018) nytimes.com

Democrats Are Pulling Away in the Generic Ballot. What Does That Mean?

The party’s advantage has ballooned over the last few months, improving its outlook for retaking the House.

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2 days away with no plan to avoid shutdown

As House Republicans spilled out of a closed-door meeting Wednesday night, it was clear that things hadn't gone well. Members gave wildly varying accounts of the proposal that's being cobbled together to keep the government open ahead of Friday's shutdown deadline.

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Trump Jr.'s history of conspiracy theories

President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., has a penchant for floating conspiracy theories. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

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Sweeping tax overhaul sheds the individual mandate, chipping away at the Affordable Care Act

In the midst of a long statement to tout the passage of Republicans' massive tax cut bill, President Donald Trump let slip something else he said he had been keeping to himself and trying to keep quiet.

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The Palin family's rocky history

Sarah Palin's son, Track Palin, was arrested on multiple charges, including assault, after an incident at his parent's house. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

Delivery Services nytimes.com

‘Porch Pirates’ Steal Holiday Packages as They Pile Up at Homes

Police say package theft is up during the holiday shopping crush, but homeowners and retailers are striking back with cameras and other technology.

businessNews reuters.com

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.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Reza Aslan’s ‘God: A Human History’

In “God: A Human History,” the author of “Zealot” follows up his book about Jesus with one about God.

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Workers Paradise

How Republicans can take care of their own.

cnn.com

'A Christmas Story Live' gets bad reviews

Fox's "A Christmas Story Live!" didn't quite bring the holiday cheer on Sunday night.

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Slain soldier's mom: Military changed story

Cowanda Johnson, mother of Sergeant La David Johnson who was killed in an ambush in Niger, says the military evolved their story about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Republicans Have Tax Bill Victory in Sight as Democrats Try to Chip Away at Support

The bill’s expected passage along party lines had Democrats scrambling to pressure a late supporter, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, to vote against the bill.

Television nytimes.com

Review: ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Wasn’t Lively Enough

A game cast, lively score and sturdy source material made Fox’s holiday special pleasant enough, but the presentation was lackluster.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

News Analysis: Champion of the ‘Little Guy’? Trump’s Actions Tell Another Story

Instead of tearing down the establishment, President Trump’s critics say, he has helped prop it up through the tax bill, the “net neutrality” reversal and other steps.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: History in a Holiday Window

Monday: A peek behind holiday decorations, the most creative latkes in our city, and festive windows by the numbers.

Television nytimes.com

Review: Kit Harington’s ‘Gunpowder’ Is a Nasty Bit of History, Handsomely Dressed

Kit Harington, best known for playing the King of the North on “Thrones,” stars in HBO’s “Gunpowder” as an ancestor who plotted to kill an actual king.

worldNews reuters.com

Palestinian billionaire Masri released by Saudis; says they 'gave him all respect'

AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al Masri, a Palestinian billionaire and Jordan's most influential businessman, was released after several days of detention in Saudi Arabia, who he said gave him "all respect".

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Democrats Could Claim a New American Majority. Will They?

The unlikely Senate win in Alabama showed the path to victory across the country.

technologyNews reuters.com

False paradise? EU is no haven of Net neutrality, say critics

LISBON/MILAN (Reuters) - America's decision to scrap rules designed to ensure a free and open internet leaves the European Union as the biggest market where Net neutrality still prevails -- but critics say the EU is not a level playing field.

Podcasts nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure

It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our past?

cnn.com

Analysis: This story on Trump's Russia paranoia is terrifying

The Washington Post published a breathtaking piece this week detailing the depth and breadth of President Donald Trump's blind spot on Russia. The story is, in a word, terrifying.

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Marco Rubio says he's a 'no' vote for now. A handful of other Republicans say they're still evaluating the bill

Republicans have an aggressive schedule for getting their tax plan through Congress, but with a vote on final passage coming as early as Monday, congressional observers are keeping a close eye on a handful of GOP senators who can prevent or pass the legislation.

Jean-Claude Van Johnson (TV Program) nytimes.com

Review: In ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,’ Van Damme Gives Us the True Hollywood Story

In Amazon’s “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” we learn that films like “Bloodsport” and “Timecop” were covers for a career as a secret agent. That’s a relief.

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Survivors say they're in the dark

More than two months have passed since 58 country music fans were gunned down in the Las Vegas massacre and survivors, as well as victims' families, are still searching for some semblance of closure. CNN's Sara Sidner has more.

Illegal Immigration nytimes.com

Feature: ‘Will They Take Me, Too?’

More than a thousand children are counting on Nora Sándigo to become their guardian if their undocumented parents are deported. How many of those promises will she now have to keep?

cnn.com

The inside story of the GOP's Alabama meltdown

Mitch McConnell was worried about Alabama.

Doping (Sports) nytimes.com

Sports of The Times: Chris Froome Tests Positive, and Cycling History Repeats Itself

It’s hard to be surprised by the news that cycling’s most dominant rider has tested positive for a banned drug.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Berkshire Hathaway Energy Announces Debt Tender Offer And Consent Solicitation

* BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY ANNOUNCES DEBT TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions nytimes.com

Republicans Say They Have a Deal on Tax Bill

House and Senate negotiators reach agreement, appear on track to send bill to President Trump by Christmas

cnn.com

What they lack in age, they show with ambition

What they lack in age, they make up for in ambition.

worldNews reuters.com

As resistance builds, Macron shifts focus away from euro reform

PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron, concerned that a divisive discussion over euro zone reform might undermine his broader European agenda, has begun prioritizing other areas of EU cooperation, French officials say.

Television nytimes.com

Review: ‘Mosaic’ is a Frustrating Soderbergh Story, Some Assembly Required

“Mosaic” will be an HBO mini-series in January. But first, it’s an intriguing if unsatisfying app, testing the limits of interactivity.

scienceNews reuters.com

Waddling into history: huge ancient penguin inhabited New Zealand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unearthed in New Zealand fossil bones of what might be the heavyweight champion of the penguin world, a bird nearly 6 feet tall (1.77 meters) that thrived 55 to 60 million years ago, relatively soon after the demise of the dinosaurs.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Key Takeaways From Doug Jones’s Alabama Victory

The defeat of Roy S. Moore, the Republican, in Alabama’s Senate election contains some worrying signs for the party as it heads into the 2018 midterms.

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Analysis: 5 takeaways from Doug Jones' victory

The Alabama Senate race is over. And Democrat Doug Jones has pulled off an absolutely massive upset, edging embattled Republican Roy Moore.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Tillerson Says Embassy in Jerusalem Is at Least Three Years Away

On Tuesday, Rex W. Tillerson discussed the future of the embassy in a speech at the State Department and then took questions from department employees.

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Alabama Senate candidates: Where they stand on issues

Alabama voters are heading to the polls today to vote for their next US senator. Here's a breakdown of where Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore stand on some of this year's biggest issues.

Dating and Relationships nytimes.com

The Sweet Spot: That Age-Old Question: How Much Sexual History Should I Share?

A reader wonders whether to tell her fiancé that she has slept with a couple of friends, and if “not telling” is the same as lying.

cnn.com

America's malls are rotting away

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The race could come down to Roy Moore's history, the Trump effect and the city of Mobile

On Tuesday, Alabama voters will deliver their verdict on Roy Moore.  

Restaurants nytimes.com

Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurants Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Mr. Batali made his announcement in a statement after four women accused the chef of groping. He is also stepping aside from ABC’s “The Chew.”

Bullies nytimes.com

A Nation Answers a Sobbing Boy’s Plea: ‘Why Do They Bully?’

After his mother shared a video of him, Keaton Jones received a flood of support from football players, actors and thousands of other well-wishers.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Bloomin' Brands Says Chris Sullivan Gave Notice Of Resignation From Board

* BLOOMIN' BRANDS - ON DEC 6,CHRIS T. SULLIVAN GAVE NOTICE OF RESIGNATION FROM BOARD; ON SULLIVAN’S RESIGNATION, BOARD REDUCED SIZE TO 7 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jOzTN7) Further company coverage:

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U.S. high court turns away dispute over gay worker protections

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian, avoiding an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

worldNews reuters.com

Pictures of the Year: A picture and its story

(Reuters) - Reuters photographers witnessed the biggest stories of 2017 -- from Donald Trump's first year as U.S. president to the flight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, from Venezuela's crisis to the fall of Islamic State and a tower block inferno in London.

Iceland nytimes.com

Community and History in Iceland’s Geothermal Pools

Iceland has more than 100 public pools, most of which are heated by the country’s abundant geothermal energy.

businessNews reuters.com

Britain's Labour Party looks to move some BoE functions away from London

(Reuters) - Britain's Labour Party is considering moving some of Bank of England's functions to Birmingham, from its current home in Threadneedle Street in the City of London, according to an interim report on the British financial system released on Sunday.

cnn.com

For the first time in US history, a road will likely be carved through a protected wilderness refuge

A wilderness refuge protected since the Eisenhower administration could have a road carved right through it

cnn.com

Nuclear destruction 'one impulsive tantrum away,' Nobel winners warn

The winners of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize have warned countries that possess nuclear weapons to eliminate their "instruments of insanity" or risk mutual destruction.

Alabama nytimes.com

Alabama, Despite History of Unruly Politics, Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’

The wild and ugly campaign for Senate, fraught with incendiary comments and molestation claims, has left even veterans of the state’s politics searching for parallels.

Jackson (Miss) nytimes.com

Trump, Rejecting Calls to Stay Away, Speaks at Civil Rights Museum

In Jackson, Miss., the president hailed heroes of the civil rights movement even as activists and politicians said his presence insulted the effort to confront the state’s history.

politicsNews reuters.com

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.