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UPDATE 2-Shares in Brazilian homebuilder MRV shoot up with ambitious growth plan

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Shares in Brazilian homebuilder MRV Engenharia e Participações SA shot up more than 5 percent on Tuesday as executives unveiled plans to start construction on 50,000 new home units in 2018, which could generate more than 7 billion reais ($2.1 billion) in sales.

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Fury says 'nightmare' over after UKAD clears him to return to ring

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he was glad the "nightmare" was behind him as he was cleared to resume his boxing career after agreeing a two-year backdated ban for an anti-doping violation on Tuesday.

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UK seeks new anti-fraud head after crime agencies overhaul

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The British government on Tuesday began a long-delayed hunt for a new head of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after announcing plans to create a new national economic crime centre with the power to instruct the anti-fraud agency to investigate cases.

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Zidane delighted to call on 'world's best' Ronaldo

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he was delighted to be able to call on the "best player in the world" in Cristiano Ronaldo as his side gear up to defend their Club World Cup title.

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Fury free to fight again as UKAD resolves anti-doping case

(Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is free to resume his boxing career after reaching an agreement with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over the charges against him, the agency said on Tuesday.

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U.S., European stock markets climb ahead of Fed meeting; oil hits peak

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S. and European stock indexes advanced on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers, while oil prices reached $65 per barrel earlier in the day for the first time since mid-2015.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S., European stock markets climb ahead of Fed meeting; oil hits peak

* Dollar gains as Fed expected to raise rates (Updates to U.S. trading open; changes byline, dateline, previously LONDON)

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Exclusive: Australia sound out Scolari for World Cup job

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Australia have approached World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari about leading them to the 2018 tournament in Russia, the former Brazil and Portugal boss has told Reuters.

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Motorcycle passengers have higher head injury risks

Reuters Health - Motorcycle passengers are less likely than drivers to wear helmets, and they are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes, a U.S. study suggests.

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IOC bans six Russian female ice hockey players for life over doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned six Russian female ice hockey players from the Olympics for life over doping allegations linked to the 2014 Sochi Games, the ruling body said on Tuesday.

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Doping: Russia backs athletes wanting to take part in Winter Olympics

Russian athletes wanting to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea will have the unanimous support of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), the body said Tuesday.

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Russia's Olympic Committee to support its neutral athletes at Winter Games

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Olympic Committee agreed on Tuesday to support its athletes who choose to compete in next year's Winter Games in South Korea as neutrals following a ban on the Russian national team.

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Turkey chides Arabs for 'weak' reaction ahead of Jerusalem summit

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey criticized what it said was a feeble Arab reaction to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying on the eve of Wednesday's Muslim summit in Istanbul that some Arab countries were scared of angering Washington.

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Oscar Pistorius suffers bruise in prison fight

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Jailed South African track star Oscar Pistorius suffered a bruise in a fight with another inmate over the use of a phone in prison where he is serving a sentence for murdering his girlfriend, a prison spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Trump's push to cut federal jobs has modest impact, mostly in defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's campaign to shrink the "bloated federal bureaucracy" so far has made a small dent in the federal workforce, and that largely because of a decline in civilian defense jobs.

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Voters head to polls in Alabama race with high stakes for Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama were headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race in which President Donald Trump has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign has been clouded by allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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Russia Olympic body to support neutral Russian athletes at Winter Games

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will support Russian athletes who choose to compete in next year's Winter Games in South Korea, ROC President Alexander Zhukov said on Tuesday.

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South Korea conducts anti-terror drills ahead of Winter Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Set to host the Winter Olympics in February, South Korea conducted a series of security drills on Tuesday to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone.

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Thai PM says no trade with North Korea, ahead of U.S. envoy's visit

BANGKOK (Reuters) - No trade takes place between Thailand and North Korea, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday, ahead of an expected visit by a U.S. envoy seeking to step up pressure on North Korea over its weapons programs.

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Russian Olympic Committee to support Winter Games athletes: draft

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will support Russian athletes who choose to compete in next year's Winter Games in South Korea, according to a draft document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

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Autoliv plans to move ahead with listing of electronics business

STOCKHOLM, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Sweden's Autoliv said on Tuesday it plans to move ahead with a listing of its electronics business, which makes radars, visions systems and driver assistance software.

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Russian Olympic Committee proposes backing Russian athletes to attend Winter Olympics: draft

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Olympic Committee proposes supporting Russian athletes to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, according to a draft document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

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Cutler, Dolphins snap Patriots' eight-game win streak

(The Sports Xchange) - Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes as the double-digit underdog Miami Dolphins upset the New England Patriots 27-20 on Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium.

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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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Ball brothers sign with Lithuanian club

(The Sports Xchange) - Lavar Ball is taking two of his sons to play overseas in Lithuania.

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If Moore wins, GOP leaders may keep him off committees

Republican leaders won't commit to giving Roy Moore a seat on any Senate committee if he wins Tuesday's race for the Alabama seat, a highly unusual move showcasing internal tensions between the controversial candidate and his prospective colleagues.

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UPDATE 1-Canada's British Columbia moves ahead with mega dam project

Dec 11 (Reuters) - The government of the western Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it would proceed with a large hydroelectric dam project approved and put into construction by the province's previous government.

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Canada's British Columbia moves ahead with mega dam project

Dec 11 (Reuters) - The government of the western Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it would proceed with a large hydroelectric dam project already under construction.

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Canada beefing up housing data as policy pushes ahead

OTTAWA, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Fresh data on foreign investment in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada's largest cities, will be released next week in a move economists hope will shed light on what is driving demand - and a potential bubble - in the country's housing market.

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Eagles QB Wentz out for season with torn ACL

(The Sports Xchange) - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs, coach Doug Pederson announced Monday.

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Serena hints at return, says 'be excited'

(Reuters) - American Serena Williams dropped a large hint that she could soon be back on court competing when she posted an Instagram photo of a pair of dazzling gold and white tennis shoes.

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Olympics: Don't underestimate me, Vonn warns young athletes

(Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is warning young athletes in next year's Pyeongchang winter Olympic Games not to underestimate the older competitors.

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Yankees confirm slugger Stanton as newest Bronx Bomber

(Reuters) - Slugger Giancarlo Stanton is officially a New York Yankee, the Major League Baseball team confirming on Monday they had obtained the reigning National League most valuable player in a trade with the Miami Marlins.

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UBS leads blockchain data reporting pilot ahead of new EU rules

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial companies led by Swiss bank UBS are testing a blockchain platform to help them comply with new European Union trade data standards due to come into force next year.

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Golf: Fans no longer able to call shots on rule violations

(Reuters) - Golf officials will no longer consider rules violations pointed out by fans watching tournaments on television, the United States Golf Association and R&A said on Monday.

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Newly minted bitcoin futures indicate more modest growth ahead

NEW YORK/SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) - Newly launched bitcoin futures indicated on Monday that financial markets expect the cryptocurrency to climb further but at a far slower rate than in recent weeks as warnings of a bubble grew.

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UPDATE 6-Newly minted bitcoin futures indicate more modest growth ahead

* Futures indicate less heady growth to come (Recasts, adds quote, updates prices)

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Three more Russian athletes file doping appeals: sport court

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday three more Russian athletes -- champion biathlete Olga Zaytseva and cross country skiers Yulia Chekaleva and Anastasia Dotsenko -- have appealed against doping bans levied by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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ITU launches mixed relay triathlon series ahead of Olympics

(Reuters) - The International Triathlon Union (ITU) launched a mixed relay series on Monday to give athletes more ways to earn qualification points for the mixed relay at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and broaden the sport's appeal.

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Trump records 'robo-call' for Moore ahead of Alabama vote

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - President Donald Trump sought to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by releasing a recorded phone call on his behalf in the final stretch of a bitter Alabama election fight marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

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Carrefour's Brazilian unit elects Malige as chairman

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The board at the Brazilian unit of French retailer Carrefour has elected Matthieu Malige as chairman, it said in a statement on Monday.

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From Covfefe to Hollyweed: Weird news grabs headlines in 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Oval Office style dominated U.S. headlines in 2017, but readers were particularly perplexed by his use of the word "covfefe," in what turned out to be one of the oddest news stories of the year.

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Russians want to compete at Olympics, even as neutrals, says official

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Most Russian athletes want to go to next year's Winter Olympic Games even though they would have to compete as neutrals, an official of the country's Olympic committee said on Monday.

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Indonesia races to contain diphtheria outbreak ahead of 2018 Asian Games

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Health authorities in Jakarta kicked off a special immunization program on Monday to rein in an "extraordinary" outbreak of diphtheria that has sparked concerns about the Indonesian capital’s readiness to host the Asian Games next June. Diphtheria cases have spiked 42 percent since last year, health officials say, with at least 32 deaths and more than 590 cases recorded across the archipelago, the bulk of them in densely populated Jakarta and neighboring provinces.

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GSK's new pharma head on lookout for cancer deals to boost pipeline

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline will scout for deal opportunities in cancer medicine, as well as immunology, as the drugmaker seeks to rebuild its presence in oncology, its new head of pharmaceuticals told Reuters.

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What’s the Fastest Color? Olympic Speedskaters Now Say Blue

Even Norway, famously red, is wearing blue at major competitions. Was the change based on science? Gamesmanship? Something else?

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BRIEF-Boudewijn Duinstra Named Head Of First Line Clearing Risk, ICE Clear Europe

* INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE APPOINTS BOUDEWIJN DUINSTRA AS HEAD OF FIRST LINE CLEARING RISK FOR ICE CLEAR EUROPE

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Golf: Sharma holds nerve to claim maiden tour win at Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - India's Shubhankar Sharma claimed a maiden European Tour title at the rain-hit Joburg Open on Monday when he returned to the course to card a final round 69 to secure a three-shot victory at the Randpark Golf Club.

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BRIEF-Silence Therapeutics Says Sold Further Part Of Holding In Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc

* HAS SOLD A FURTHER PART OF ITS HOLDING OF COMMON SHARES IN ARROWHEAD PHARMACEUTICALS INC.

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Concussion protocol questioned after Savage hit

(Reuters) - The NFL's concussion protocol was brought into question on Sunday when Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage appeared to suffer a temporary lack of consciousness against the San Francisco 49ers but was allowed to play on.

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Seahawks Jefferson attempts to storm stands in row with fans

(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson attempted to jump into the stands during a confrontation with fans in Jacksonville near the end of his team's 30-24 defeat to the Jaguars on Sunday.

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Seahawks Jefferson restrained during altercation with fans

(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson attempted to jump into the stands during a confrontation with fans in Jacksonville near the end of his team's 30-24 defeat to the Jaguars on Sunday.

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Japanese police refer former champion Harumafuji to prosecutors

TOKYO (Reuters) - Police on Monday referred former sumo grand champion Harumafuji to prosecutors on suspicion of bodily injury to a junior wrestler, Japanese media reported, the latest development in an incident that has tainted the image of the national sport.

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Bitcoin futures make firm debut, dollar holds gains ahead of Fed

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Futures in bitcoin, which has taken global financial markets by storm, swung above their launch price, while the dollar kept gains in Monday's Asian session on expectations the Federal Reserve will stick to its tightening path.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Bitcoin futures make firm debut, dollar holds gains ahead of Fed

* Fed expected to hike rates this week; BoE, ECB also meeting

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Ahead of Brexit, Paris Tries a Business Makeover

Hoping to woo companies that will move employees from London, leaders in Paris are trying to replace red tape with a red carpet.

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Former Tigers Morris, Trammell elected to Hall of Fame

(The Sports Xchange) - Former Detroit Tigers stars Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday by the Modern Era Baseball committee.

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Uber heads to court in fight for London survival

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] will defend its right to operate in London in a court hearing on Monday after the app was deemed unfit to run a taxi service and stripped of its license in its most important European market.

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Ice hockey brothers first bans after NZ drug probe

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Two brothers who played ice hockey for New Zealand have become the first athletes to be banned after an investigation into the sale of performance-enhancing drugs to amateur sportspeople in the country.

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Leaders Manchester City go 11 points clear on derby day

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

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Steinhoff calls in Moelis and AlixPartners to advise ahead of lenders' meeting

BERLIN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Troubled international retail conglomerate Steinhoff , whose shares plunged last week after disclosing accounting problems, said on Sunday it had appointed two advisory firms ahead of a meeting with lenders on Dec. 19.

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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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Qatar goes ahead with $6.7 billion Typhoon combat jets deal with UK's BAE Systems

LONDON (Reuters) - BAE Systems and Qatar have entered into a contract valued at around 5 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) for the country to buy 24 Typhoon combat aircraft, the British defense group said on Sunday.

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Golf: Sharma in command as weather pushes Joburg Open into Monday

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - India’s Shubhankar Sharma remained on course for his maiden European Tour victory as lightning, rain and hail forced the Joburg Open into a Monday finish.

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Review: Taylor Swift Leads a Jingle Ball Full of Hardheaded Women and Nice Guys

The annual concert of hitmakers at Madison Square Garden slighted pop’s diversity, offering a narrow definition of what “hit radio” looked like in 2017.

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Alpine skiing: Hirscher defies difficult conditions to win slalom

VAL D'ISERE (Reuters) - Six-times overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher defied difficult conditions to win the slalom at Val d'Isere on Sunday.

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Alpine skiing: Vonn pulls out of Super G race

ST MORITZ (Reuters) - American Lindsey Vonn pulled out of Sunday's Super G World Cup race at St Moritz, saying she needed to take care of herself in the run-up to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in two months' time.

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Boxing: Lomachenko stops Rigondeaux to retain WBO world title

(Reuters) - Vasyl Lomachenko retained his WBO super-featherweight title with a sixth round technical knockout of Guillermo Rigondeaux in New York City on Saturday, the impressive Ukrainian handing the Cuban-born American his first professional defeat.

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Baseball: Ohtani introduced by Angels amid high expectations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shohei Ohtani said he had felt "something click" with the Los Angeles Angels as his reason for joining the team when being introduced at Anaheim Stadium on Saturday.

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Altidore goal helps propel Toronto FC to first MLS Cup

TORONTO (Reuters) - Jozy Altidore's second half goal helped propel a relentless Toronto FC to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday to claim their first Major League Soccer championship after a gut-wrenching loss in last year's final.

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Altidore goal propels Toronto FC to first MLS Cup

TORONTO (Reuters) - Jozy Altidore's second half goal propelled a relentless Toronto FC to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday to claim their first Major League Soccer championship after a gut-wrenching loss in the final last year.

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South Korea's Hyundai says faces headwinds from weaker yen next year

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean automakers face a major headwind from a weakening Japanese yen, which will boost rivals like Toyota Motor Corp. next year, a Hyundai Motor think tank said.

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Vonn injured, Gut crashes at St Moritz

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) - American Lindsey Vonn sustained an injury during the World Cup super-G race in St Moritz on Saturday as Switzerland's Lara Gut crashed halfway down the course.

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California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

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United 2026 bid needs to build support for U.S. not stadiums

TORONTO (Reuters) - The heads of a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada to host the 2026 World Cup trumpeted a winning plan on Saturday that technically ticks most if not all the boxes FIFA wants, but could miss the mark when it comes to winning friends.

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German conservatives reject 'United States of Europe' ahead of coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.

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Wiggins' rowing debut ends in disappointment

LONDON (Reuters) - Retired former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was back in a velodrome but not on two wheels as his competitive rowing debut ended in disappointment on Saturday.

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Yankees to land Marlins' Stanton: reports

(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Yankees agreed to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins in a blockbuster trade, according to multiple reports on Saturday.

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Rowing: Wiggins' rowing debut ends in disappointment

LONDON (Reuters) - Retired former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was back in a velodrome but not on two wheels as his competitive rowing debut ended in disappointment on Saturday.

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Golf: Sharma closes in on maiden tour win at Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - India's Shubhanker Sharma produced a birdie-fuelled 65 to claim a five-shot lead at the European Tour’s Joburg Open on Saturday to enter the final round with an excellent chance of claiming a maiden professional title.

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Soccer: Japanese and North Korean fans brush off 'irrelevant' politics

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and North Korea met on Saturday in what had the potential to be a tumultuous soccer match but spectators largely shrugged off the tensions between the two countries and focused on supporting their teams.

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Alpine skiing: Pinturault wins in Val d'Isere after Hirscher tangles with a flag

VAL D'ISERE, France (Reuters) - Six-times World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher was upstaged by Frenchman Alexis Pinturault after getting in a tangle with a gate flag at the Val d'Isere giant slalom on Saturday.

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Alpine skiing: Vonn injured and Gut crashes at St Moritz

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) - American Lindsey Vonn was injured after finishing the World Cup Super G race in St Moritz on Saturday while Switzerland's Lara Gut crashed halfway down the course.

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Motor racing: Bottas shrugs off his low rating by F1 bosses

PARIS (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas has shrugged off a poll of Formula One team bosses that rated the Mercedes driver in only 10th place despite him winning three races this year and ending up third in the championship.

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Formula One reports bigger crowds, Mexico best race again

PARIS (Reuters) - Formula One saw an eight percent rise in the number of fans attending races in 2017 with 13 of the 20 races reporting bigger crowds, according to figures published by the sport's commercial rights holder.

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Figureskating: Russia's Zagitova takes gold in debut Grand Prix Final

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Russian teenager Alina Zagitova took gold in the women's skate at her debut Grand Prix Final on Saturday, while French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron ended the winning streak of Canadian team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

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UPDATE 1-#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter "bots" boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

* But automated, semi-automated Twitter accounts amplify reach

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Baseball: Family atmosphere helped lure Ohtani to Angels - GM

(Reuters) - A family-like atmosphere helped the Los Angeles Angels win the frenzied battle to sign Japanese ace Shohei Ohtani, the team's general manager Billy Eppler said on Friday.

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Nepal leftist alliance appears heading for election victory

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A leftist alliance between Nepal’s former Maoist rebels and moderate communists appeared to be heading for a victory in elections aimed at completing a transition to democracy after the abolition of the monarchy and end to civil war.

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Golf: McIlroy to undertake busy build-up to 2018 Masters

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has announced he will play at least seven events in early 2018 in a busy build-up to the U.S. Masters, where he will attempt to complete the grand slam of major titles in April.

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Motor racing: Hamilton crowned F1 champion at royal palace

VERSAILLES, France (Reuters) - Britain's Lewis Hamilton was handed the Formula One world championship trophy for the fourth time on Friday at a gala prizegiving ceremony in the sumptuous palace of France's former monarchy.

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Golf: Former European Ryder Cup player Horton dies, aged 76

(Reuters) - Tommy Horton, a two-times Ryder Cup player and a stalwart of the European Tour, has died at the age of 76.

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N. Korea threats raise Olympic security fears

US and South Korean security agencies are becoming increasingly concern that North Korea may attempt an attack during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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U.S. House committee 'may reconsider' WHO cancer agency funds

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional committee members warned on Friday that Washington's funding of the World Health Organization's cancer research agency could be halted unless it is more open about its operations.

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Soccer: Garber quizzed on plodding progress of Beckham franchise

TORONTO (Reuters - Ever since David Beckham ended his playing career in 2013 it has become a Major League Soccer tradition that commissioner Don Garber is asked during his annual state of the league address about the former-England captain's effort to bring a franchise to Miami.

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Ohio plan to sue MLS owner over team move likely to fail: experts

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio's threatened lawsuit to prevent a Major League Soccer (MLS) team from leaving the state is unlikely to be successful in court, legal experts say.

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BRIEF-Silence Therapeutics Cuts Stake In Arrowhead Pharma To 3.7 Pct From 6.4 Pct

* SILENCE THERAPEUTICS PLC CUTS STAKE IN ARROWHEAD PHARMACEUTICALS TO 3.7 PERCENT AS OF DECEMBER 8 FROM A STAKE OF 6.4 PERCENT AS OF NOVEMBER 29 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2BPqQSX) Further company coverage:

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Olympics: USOC says all systems go for Pyeongchang

(Reuters) - The United States Olympic Committee on Friday said it will send a full team to compete at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February despite mixed messages this week from the White House about whether the U.S. would participate.

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Baseball: Japan's Ohtani to sign with Los Angeles Angels

(Reuters) - Coveted Japanese pitching and hitting star Shohei Ohtani will sign with the Los Angeles Angels, his agent has told the Major League Baseball team.

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Bitcoin drops after dramatic gains ahead of futures launch

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin lost almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours on Friday, having surged more than 40 percent in the preceding 48 hours, sparking fears the market may be heading for a price collapse.

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UPDATE 3-Bitcoin drops after dramatic gains ahead of futures launch

(Updates prices, adds graphic, analyst comment) By Jemima Kelly and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss LONDON/NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Bitcoin lost almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours on Friday, having surged more than 40 percent in the preceding 48 hours, sparking fears the market may be heading for a price collapse. In a hectic day on Thursday, bitcoin leapt from below $16,000 to $19,500 in less than an hour on the U.S.-based GDAX, one of the biggest exchanges globally, while it was

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Alpine skiing: Vonn's stock is sky high in the risk business

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Reuters) - The downhill is very much a high risk, high reward business and American speed queen Lindsey Vonn was reminded again of the price you pay for success on the alpine World Cup ski circuit.

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Alpine skiing: Women's combined called off due to fog

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) - The opening women's combined race of the World Cup season was called off after the first of the two legs on Friday because of fog.

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Bitcoin tumbles after dramatic gains ahead of futures launch

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin lost almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours on Friday, having surged more than 40 percent in the preceding 48 hours, sparking fears the market may be heading for a price collapse.

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Ahead of Canada fighter jet announcement, Boeing looks to future

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Boeing Co , which is locked in a dispute with the Canadian government, said on Friday it would continue to look for ways to work with the country, which is expected next week to announce it is scrapping plans to buy 18 of the U.S. planemaker's Super Hornet fighter jets.

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#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter 'bots' boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

MOSCOW (Reuters) - What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia's exclusion from the Winter Olympics - backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes.

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UBS investment bank head wary on 2018 outlook

ZURICH (Reuters) - The head of Swiss bank UBS's investment banking business gave a cautious outlook for market conditions next year, with fees set to fall again and volatility staying low.

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#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter "bots" boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

* But automated, semi-automated Twitter accounts amplify reach

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Golf: Rookie Pulkkanen leads at birdie-filled Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen fired a 64 to move to 14 under par on Friday and take a one-shot lead in the second round of the Joburg Open.

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Motor racing: Matching Fangio's five would be cool, says Hamilton

PARIS (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton wants to equal Juan Manuel Fangio's five Formula One world titles but doubts he will have the staying power to try and match Michael Schumacher's record seven, even if he cannot rule it out entirely.

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Auchan opens probe after suspected counterfeit FIFA products found in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian branch of French retailer Auchan said on Friday it had launched an internal investigation after suspected counterfeit products bearing the insignia of global soccer governing body FIFA were found on its shelves.

Uniforms nytimes.com

Olympic Athletes From Russia, and the Politics of What They’ll Wear

The International Olympic Committee hasn’t decided on uniforms for Russians authorized to compete independently, but that has as much to do with geopolitics as with design.

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Motor racing: Todt re-elected unopposed as FIA head, role for Massa

PARIS (Reuters) - Jean Todt was re-elected unopposed as president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), Formula One's governing body, for a further four-year term on Friday with a new role for his former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

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Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic.

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Competitions needed for Russians not going to Games, says ROC chief

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said competitions should be organized for Russian athletes who decide not to compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, R-Sport news agency reported on Friday.

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Figure skating: American Chen overcomes mistakes to win Grand Prix Final

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Nathan Chen of the United States overcame an error-filled program including a fall to win the men's Grand Prix Final on Friday, beating hometown favorite Shoma Uno by half a point.

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Peru's Guerrero to miss World Cup after drugs ban

(Reuters) - Peru's hopes at next year's World Cup finals were dealt a huge blow when captain and all-time record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero was banned for one year on Friday after failing an anti-doping test for cocaine.

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Roche, Novartis' Italian heads risk trial for alleged market rigging: sources

ROME (Reuters) - The local heads of Swiss drugmakers Roche and Novartis risk facing trial in Italy for alleged market manipulation, judicial sources said on Friday.

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Lloyd's of London pushes ahead with Brexit plans

LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyd's of London [SOLYD.UL] will press ahead with plans to establish a foothold in the European Union regardless of progress in EU divorce talks that industry groups said was welcome but did little to dispel uncertainty.

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Spaniards Nadal, Muguruza named ITF world champions

LONDON (Reuters) - Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza were named as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) world champions on Friday - the first time in 19 years the awards have gone to players from the same country.

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UPDATE 1-Lloyd's of London pushes ahead with Brexit plans

* TheCityUK says time running out (Recasts, adds industry comment)

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FIFA bans Peru skipper Guerrero for one year for drug offence

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's disciplinary committee has banned Peruvian soccer captain Paulo Guerrero for one year after he failed a doping test, the watchdog said on Friday.

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Russian speaker says lawmakers should shun Olympics if no national flag: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers should not attend the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics to support athletes unless they are competing under the Russian flag, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin as saying on Friday.

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EU regulators order skating body ISU to scrap disproportionate penalties

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators sided on Friday with speed skaters seeking to compete in new money-spinning events as they ordered the sport's governing body ISU to scrap "disproportionately punitive" penalties aimed at stopping athletes from doing so.

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Mixed martial arts: St-Pierre vacates UFC middleweight belt

(Reuters) - Canadian Georges St-Pierre has vacated the UFC middleweight title he won on his recent return to the octagon as the recent upheaval in the sport continued.

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Figureskating: Canada's Osmond takes surprise lead in Grand Prix Final

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond took a surprise lead in the women's short program at the Grand Prix Final on Friday, edging ahead of Russian teenager Alina Zagitova by less than a point.

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Asia cheers China trade boost, bitcoin comes off heady heights

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares rallied for a second session on Friday as economic news from China and Japan beat all expectations while bitcoin, the market's new crypto-star, tumbled more than 10 percent after a meteoric ascent in recent weeks.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia cheers China trade boost, bitcoin comes off heady heights

* Sterling twitchy as EU and UK makes breakthrough on border talk

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South Africa's rand stumbles in bear plays ahead of U.S. jobs data

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 8 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand weakened early on Friday as the case to sell mounted ahead of the U.S. jobs data, seen set to lift the dollar, while short positioning by traders eyeing key economic and political events on the horizon also pressured the currency.

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Falcons stop Saints to keep division hopes alive

(The Sports Xchange) - Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones intercepted a Drew Brees pass in the end zone with less than two minutes remaining to preserve the NFC South champion Falcons' 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

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Kuznetsova out of Australian Open with wrist injury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Russia's world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month's Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organizers confirmed on Friday.

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Soccer: Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - Born and raised in Japan, three North Korean soccer players are expecting to face boos from the home crowd in a match that comes less than two weeks after the latest North Korean test missile splashed into the Sea of Japan.

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Ethics Committee clears Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes

The House Ethics Committee has cleared Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes in its investigation into whether he disclosed classified information to the Trump White House, which could create an avenue for Nunes to return to the helm of the panel's Russia investigation.

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Trump's meeting with congressional leaders makes little headway

The House and Senate passed legislation Thursday to fund the government through December 22, removing the threat of a disruption to federal agencies for two weeks while Republican and Democratic leaders work to resolve a tough set of policy differences that would allow them to pass a long-term spending bill.

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U.S. delays rule on methane emissions from federal lands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands, it said on Thursday, a move slammed by environmentalists.

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Polish ruling party replaces PM ahead of elections

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling conservatives named Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as the country's new prime minister on Thursday as they gear up for a series of elections in the coming years.

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Brazilian airline Gol considers share offering in 2018 - sources

SAO PAULO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA is considering a share offering in the early months of 2018, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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Ronaldo pips Messi to win Ballon d'Or for joint-record fifth time

PARIS (Reuters) - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d'Or for world player of the year on Thursday for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times.

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U.S expects to participate in Winter Olympics - White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing.

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U.S. gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years for child pornography

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation.

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Ronaldo's fifth Ballon d'Or reignites eternal debate with Messi

PARIS (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo collected his joint-record fifth Ballon d'Or on Thursday in Paris in the middle of his worst domestic season for Real Madrid, but with a deserved reputation for delivering on the biggest stage of all and when it matters most.

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Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon denies harassment claim

(Reuters) - Professional football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon denied accusations of sexual harassment by a woman who was an executive assistant to the former National Football League player at the sports marketing firm he co-founded.

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U.S. gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation, local media reported.

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UPDATE 3-German SPD head seeks 'United States of Europe', open to coalition talks

* Schulz asks for support to implement "social Europe" programme

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Golf: Davidse rises from hospital bed to lead at Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Keenan Davidse overcame illness and a spell in hospital to card a 63 and take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the European Tour’s Joburg Open at the Randpark Golf Club on Thursday.

Yemen nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Man Who Danced on the Heads of Snakes

For decades, Ali Abdullah Saleh seemed welded to Yemen’s landscape. Now he’s gone.

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Alpine skiing: German teenager dies after Lake Louise crash

(Reuters) - German teenager Max Burkhart has died of injuries sustained in a crash during a Nor Am Cup race in Lake Louise, Alpine Canada said in statement.

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German SPD head seeks 'United States of Europe', open to coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) urged his party on Thursday to push for the creation of a "United States of Europe" and keep open the option of helping Chancellor Angela Merkel form a new government.

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UPDATE 2-German SPD head seeks 'United States of Europe', open to coalition talks

* Schulz asks for support to implement "social Europe" programme

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U.S. Masters champion Garcia named Europe's best golfer

(Reuters) - U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia was named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for the first time on Thursday, capping an excellent year in which he also triumphed in the Dubai Desert Classic and the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

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Hungary's Jobbik party says fine risks making it insolvent ahead of 2018 vote

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's main opposition party would be unable to compete at an election next April if state auditors impose a heavy fine in a campaign finance case, a vice chairman for the nationalist Jobbik party told Reuters on Thursday.

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Pyeongchang in a cold sweat over freezing opening ceremony

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's winter Olympics organizers have worries other than a ban on Russia competing, poor ticket sales and tensions over North Korea. They fear it may be too cold.

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BRIEF-Cel-Sci Reports Recent Data Review By The Independent Data Monitoring Committee

* CEL-SCI REPORTS RECENT DATA REVIEW BY THE INDEPENDENT DATA MONITORING COMMITTEE FOR ITS PIVOTAL PHASE 3 HEAD AND NECK CANCER STUDY

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Figure skating: Chen edges Uno for lead in Grand Prix final

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Nathan Chen of the United States edged Japan’s Shoma Uno in the men’s short program to take the lead at the Grand Prix final on Thursday, setting up a showdown between the two jumping powerhouses two months before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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Motor racing: Hamilton tops poll of Formula One bosses

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One team bosses have voted Lewis Hamilton as the sport's top driver for the fourth year in a row but Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas slipped to 10th place in the rankings.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Nikki Haley Calls U.S Presence at South Korea Olympics an ‘Open Question’

The American envoy to the United Nations expressed concerns about whether tensions on the Korean Peninsula could pose a threat to athletes.

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BRIEF-GE Power Announces Global Headcount Reduction Of 12,000 Jobs

* GE POWER ANNOUNCES GLOBAL HEADCOUNT REDUCTION OF 12,000 JOBS

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FBI head Wray will testify after Trump trashed agency

FBI Director Chris Wray will step into the public eye on Thursday for the first time since President Donald Trump disparaged the agency last weekend as "in tatters."

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HSBC has 3-year head start on foreign investment banking rivals in China: Gulliver

HONG KONG (Reuters) - HSBC has a three-year head start on its foreign investment banking rivals in China because of the British bank's unique position of having management control of its securities venture there, chief executive Stuart Gulliver said on Thursday.

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Konta appoints Joyce as new coach

(Reuters) - British world number nine Johanna Konta has named American Michael Joyce as her new coach for the 2018 season following her split from Belgian Wim Fisette in October.

Nobel Prizes nytimes.com

Right-Wing Populist Is Blocked From Joining Nobel Peace Prize Committee

The politician, Carl I. Hagen, opposes immigration and Islam, denies climate change and supports President Trump.

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Haley: Open question if US athletes can attend Olympics

Whether US athletes will be able to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea remains an "open question," US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday night.

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BRIEF-Orbital ATK Receives Second Request From Federal Trade Commission

* ORBITAL ATK RECEIVES SECOND REQUEST FROM FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

Buerkle, Ann Marie nytimes.com

Trump Pick to Head Consumer Safety Board Is Seen as Too Close to Industries

Ann Marie Buerkle, a commissioner poised to run the federal agency, has rarely voted for a mandatory recall, a maximum fine, or a tougher safety standard.

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No Brexit deal worst-case scenario for Britain: Lords committee

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will fail to agree a free trade deal with the EU before it plans to leave the bloc in 2019 and should seek a transition period to avoid a worst-case scenario of crashing out without an agreement, lawmakers from parliament's upper house said.

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Tiger still a major threat, say Calcavecchia and Janzen

(Reuters) - The show that Tiger Woods put on last week in his latest comeback from injury was enough to convince a pair of major winners that he may still be able to triumph in golf's blue riband events.

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Toronto Blue Jays owner Rogers considers selling team

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian telecom company Rogers Communications Inc is considering selling the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team in an effort to generate cash that could be used in its core business, the company's chief financial officer said.

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F1 bosses recommend new security measures for Brazil

PARIS (Reuters) - Formula One bosses have recommended new security measures for the Brazilian Grand Prix after team staff were robbed at gunpoint when leaving the circuit last month.

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Goodell signs extension to remain NFL Commissioner

(Reuters) - Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension to remain the commissioner of the National Football League, according to a letter from the league's compensation committee that was sent to owners on Wednesday.

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NHL's Ovechkin, Kuznetsov support Russian athletes

(Reuters) - Russian Washington Capitals players Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov will support any of their countrymen who chose compete at the Winter Olympics despite an IOC decision banning Russia from the Games, they said on Wednesday.

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Ronaldo sets new Champions League scoring record

MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo set another Champions League record on Wednesday by scoring for Real Madrid against Borussia Dortmund and becoming the first player to net in all six group games.

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Game on for F1 teams in virtual future

HORLEY, England (Reuters) - Grand prix teams could be racing each other in the virtual world as well as the real one next season, and fighting to sign up the hottest gamer talent, as Formula One wakes to the power of eSports.

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IOC's Bach met with Russian doping whistleblowers

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach met with Russian whistleblowers Vitaly and Yulia Stepanov, who were responsible for helping uncover one of the biggest doping scandals in sport, he said on Wednesday.

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IOC stops payments to boxing federation AIBA

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said it would not make any payments to the international boxing federation AIBA until problems over governance and finances are sorted out.

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Trump warns of government shutdown threat ahead of meeting with lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday again raised the possibility of a U.S. government shutdown by week's end - blaming Democrats for that possible outcome - one day before he is due to host Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on a spending bill.

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Putin says Russia won't prevent athletes from competing in Pyeongchang

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if they wanted to, damping down calls from some Russians for a boycott of the Games.

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Putin says Russia won't prevent athletes from competing in Pyeongchang - agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if they so desired.

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Russia's Olympic ban strengthens Putin's re-election hand

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Opinion polls show Vladimir Putin is already a shoo-in to win a fourth presidential term. But a ban on Russia taking part in the Winter Olympics is likely to make support for him even stronger, by uniting voters around his message: The world is against us.

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BRIEF-The Federal Court Of Appeals Has Ruled To Uphold The Suspension Order Against The Volta Grande Project Construction Licence

* BELO SUN REPORTS THAT THE FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS HAS RULED TO UPHOLD THE SUSPENSION ORDER AGAINST THE VOLTA GRANDE PROJECT CONSTRUCTION LICENCE

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IOC hopeful of late surge for Pyeongchang tickets

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Pyeongchang 2018 daily ticket sales have tripled since the start of the Olympic torch relay in South Korea last month with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) hopeful of 90 percent of them being sold by the start of the Winter Games on Feb. 9.

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Oosthuizen forced out of Joburg Open after freak injury

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Local favorite Louis Oosthuizen has pulled out of the Johannesburg Open starting on Thursday after a freak accident that will go down as one of sport’s more unusual injuries.

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Soccer: Kuwait's international ban lifted after more than two years

ZURICH (Reuters) - Kuwait can return to international football following an absence of more than two years after FIFA lifted a ban on the country's football association on Wednesday.

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Growing length of U.S. freight trains in federal crosshairs after crashes: GAO

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The investigative arm of the U.S. Congress is launching a probe into the safety of increasingly long freight trains being operated by CSX Corp , Union Pacific Corp and other major U.S. railroads to boost profitability, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.

Meyers, Seth nytimes.com

Best of Late Night: Seth Meyers Says Russia Meddled in the Olympics — and the Election

Mr. Meyers and other late-night hosts took on the news that Russia had been banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Games because of doping.

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Russia ban adds to South Korea's Winter Olympics woes

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Haye's rematch with Bellew to take place in May

(Reuters) - The postponed rematch between former heavyweight world champion David Haye and fellow Briton Tony Bellew has been scheduled for May 5 at the O2 Arena in London, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

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Olympics: Russia doping culture will take years to change - whistleblower

(Reuters) - Russia's doping "culture" will take years to change, regardless of the nation's ban from the Winter Olympics, whistle-blower Vitaly Stepanov said on Tuesday.

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Weightlifting: New Zealand transgender wins medal, Talakhadze breaks records

ANAHEIM (Reuters) - A transgender weightlifter from New Zealand and an Iranian returning from an eight-year doping ban both won silver medals at the World Championships on the final day, which also witnessed two world records for Georgian Lasha Talakhadze.

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Undocumented immigrant who killed woman was indicted on federal charges in case

The undocumented immigrant who fatally shot a young San Francisco woman at a popular tourist spot two years ago has been indicted on two federal charges in connection with the controversial case.

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Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after San Francisco murder acquittal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted on federal charges an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was acquitted last week of murder by a San Francisco jury, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

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Tom Ridge, first head of Homeland Security, released from hospital

(Reuters) - Tom Ridge, who served as the first head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005, was released on Tuesday from Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a spokesman said.

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U.S. rejects federal protection for white-tailed prairie dogs

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The white-tailed prairie dog will not be declared an endangered or threatened species after the U.S. government deemed on Tuesday there was no danger despite declines in its population from human development and disease.

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Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC found evidence of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system that has led to a series of suspensions for the country's athletes in recent months.

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House tax positions begin to emerge ahead of talks with Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in U.S. House of Representatives began staking out their positions on final tax legislation on Tuesday, days ahead of talks with the Senate to shape the tax package lawmakers hope to send to President Donald Trump by year end.

Doping (Sports) nytimes.com

On Olympics: Did Russia Get Off Easy in Olympic Ban? Read the Fine Print

The I.O.C. declined an outright ban and provisions to invite athletes “clean” of doping, and permitting a uniform with the Russia name, show key concessions.

Olympic Games nytimes.com

Banned From Winter Olympics, Russia Faces Greatest Sports Crisis Since Soviet Era

The decision carries the whiff of history, although back then the conflicts were rooted in political ideology rather than performance-enhancing drugs.

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Olympics, Jerusalem, John Conyers: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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

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Tyrol to investigate allegations of sexual abuse in Austria's ski scene

VIENNA (Reuters) - An independent commission will investigate former Austrian skiers' allegations of sexual assaults by coaches, supervisors and team members from the 1970s until at least 2005, the Austrian province of Tyrol said on Tuesday.

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Soccer: Seattle out to silence critics in MLS Cup rematch

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Seattle Sounders hope to silence critics in Saturday's MLS Cup rematch with Toronto FC following last year's triumph on penalty kicks after they failed to put a single shot on goal during regulation.

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Olympics: Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC found evidence of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system that has led to a series of bans for the country's athletes in recent months.