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BRIEF-ACCC Updates On Western Union-related Money Laundering Case

Jan 23 (Reuters) - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission:

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U.S. top court takes up property rights case involving endangered frog

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed hear a bid by Louisiana landowners seeking to limit the federal government's power to designate private land as critical habitat for endangered species in a case involving a warty amphibian called the dusky gopher frog.

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Fiction: A Novel That Asks, What if Abortion Were Again Illegal?

“Red Clocks,” by Leni Zumas, imagines a dystopian near-future in which women are once again stripped of reproductive freedoms.

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Groundbreaking medical marijuana case lets little girl go back to school

A little girl was back in a school she loves in Schaumburg, Illinois, last week, but only after a federal judge said it was OK for her to bring her prescription medication with her.

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Patrick Meehan, Congressman Combating Harassment, Settled His Own Misconduct Case

Representative Patrick Meehan, a Republican member of the House Ethics Committee, used taxpayer money to pay a former aide who had seen him as a father figure before he made unwanted advances.

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Profile: Your Book Editor Just Snagged Your Spot on the Best-Seller List

Daniel Mallory submitted “The Woman in the Window,” a psychological thriller, under a pseudonym. His own publishing house bought it.

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BRIEF-Blackstone / GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund Announces Preliminary Filing For Rights Offering

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Blackstone / GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund:

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Calls Grow for Michigan State University President to Resign Over Nassar Case

The school’s board of trustees asked for a state inquiry over whether officials ignored or covered up abuse complaints over Larry Nassar.

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Ex-Honduran minister gets nearly two-and-a-half years prison in U.S. drug case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former member of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez's cabinet was sentenced by a New York federal judge to nearly 2-1/2 years in prison on Friday, after pleading guilty to attempting to launder drug money from the Central American country.

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BRIEF-Suntrust Says Scott Case Will Succeed Anil Cheriyan As CIO And Begin Role Effective February 5, 2018​

* SUNTRUST ANNOUNCES CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER RETIREMENT, APPOINTMENT

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Fiction: A Novel That Echoes Naipaul, Exploring the Limits of Freedom

Neel Mukherjee’s “State of Freedom” offers five interconnected stories set in India and exploring the lives of the unmoored.

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Fiction: From Isabel Allende, a Novel of Three Immigrants and a Brooklyn Misadventure

Two professors aid an undocumented worker following an accident that launches a trio of narratives about life lived across America’s borders in “In the Midst of Winter.”

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Fiction: Madeleine Thien’s New Novel of Communist Occupation Turns Inward

“Dogs at the Perimeter” follows a woman born under the reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia as she navigates the mental perils of life as a survivor.

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Fiction: Beware of Family Members Bearing Gifts

In “Winter,” the second in her cycle of seasonal novels, Ali Smith engineers a contentious Christmas reunion between two long-estranged sisters.

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U.S. workforce shortages bolster case for Fed rate hikes

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (Reuters) - HydraForce Inc is going to almost desperate lengths, including offering to bus in out-of-town workers, to find the muscle it needs to meet growing demand for hydraulic valves from its three factories north of Chicago.

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Will the #MeToo Moment Shape the Cosby Case?

Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges will unfold in a different America, where judge and jury have seen the power of multiple accounts by women.

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Exclusive: Blackstone's Hill hands hedge fund reins to McCormick

BOSTON (Reuters) - After nearly two decades of growing Blackstone Group into the world's biggest hedge fund investor with some $74 billion in assets, J. Tomilson Hill is passing the baton.

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Nassar says his case is a 'media circus'

Serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar accused the judge presiding over his case of conducting a "four-day sentencing media circus" for her own benefit, he wrote in a letter read aloud in court on Thursday

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California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversight

(Reuters) - Lawmakers and advocacy groups are calling for more oversight of home-schooling after a California couple using this method of education was charged with torturing their 13 children.

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Nonfiction: When Rape Becomes a Weapon of War

Nadia Murad’s “The Last Girl” describes a Yazidi woman’s kidnapping by Islamist militants.

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Fiction: Knausgaard’s Seasonal Book Series Continues With a Wintry Mix

The essays in “Winter” have a characteristically Scandinavian focus on darkness, snow, quiet, emptiness and depression.

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Tech We’re Using: How Technology Is (and Isn’t) Changing Our Reading Habits

Alexandra Alter, who covers books for The Times, discussed the limits to how tech has transformed the industry.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Aziz Ansari Case Sparks Conversation About Consent

A sexual-misconduct allegation against the comedian Aziz Ansari adds a new dimension to discussions of dating norms and consent.

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Sex Abuse Case Shadows Pope Francis’ Visit to Peru

Prosecutors say that Luis Fernando Figari, who led a powerful all-male Catholic organization, perpetrated sexual and physical abuse. He moved to Rome in 2015.

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Judge doubles as therapist in Larry Nassar case

As a teenager, Amanda Cormier loved music. She would sing in musicals and choirs and be endlessly creative as she wrote songs on the guitar, she said.

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Case raises questions about home school regulation

David Turpin, administrator and principal of a Southern California private school operated out of his home, gave it an inviting name: Sandcastle Day School.

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'Jersey Shore' star Sorrentino to plead guilty in tax case

(Reuters) - Former reality TV celebrity Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino is expected to plead guilty in a tax evasion case where U.S. prosecutors accused him and his brother of hiding millions of dollars he made while starring in the MTV series "Jersey Shore."

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Brazilians rush to get yellow fever vaccinations amid fatal cases

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilians lined up for hours to get yellow fever vaccinations in Brazil's largest states, alarmed by the increase in the number of fatal cases of infection and a warning from the World Health Organization to tourists visiting parts of the country.

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BRIEF-Dentsply Sirona Says ‍CEO Appointment Donald Casey Jr. Will Be Paid An Annual Base Salary Of $925,000​

* DENTSPLY SIRONA SAYS ‍CEO APPOINTMENT DONALD M. CASEY JR. WILL BE PAID AN ANNUAL BASE SALARY OF $925,000​ - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2mHy2KG) Further company coverage:

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Gerrymandering case reaches Pennsylvania court with stakes for 2018 election

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's high court will hear arguments on Wednesday on whether the state's congressional districts were illegally drawn to benefit Republican lawmakers, a case that could have major ramifications for the 2018 midterm elections.

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Fiction: A Novel of 1918 New Orleans, With Murder and All That Jazz

In Nathaniel Rich’s “King Zeno,” a great American city and a new kind of music take shape as the Spanish flu and a serial killer both run rampant.

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Nonfiction: Gifted and Talented and Complicated

In “Off the Charts,” Ann Hulbert examines the lives of child prodigies, who often fail to sustain their accomplishments into adulthood.

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Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims His Approval Among Black Americans Has Doubled

According to the polling company that President Trump cited, his approval among black Americans has actually declined.

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Thai court drops royal insult case over ancient king

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military court on Wednesday dropped the prosecution of an 85-year-old academic who had been accused of royal insult for questioning the truth of a 17th century elephant-back battle, he and his lawyer said.

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The Awl and The Hairpin, Eccentric Showcases for Writers, Are Shutting Down

The Awl’s publisher said “a steady decline in direct sales” was to blame. For years, the websites featured intelligent writing on eclectic subjects.

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Rio Tinto says U.S. SEC fraud case should be dismissed

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Rio Tinto Plc on Tuesday said a U.S. regulator's lawsuit accusing the big Anglo-Australian mining company of fraud for overstating the value of Mozambique coal assets it had bought in 2011 should be dismissed.

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CRITIC’s NOTEBOOK: J.M. Coetzee’s Boyhood, in Black and White

Newly discovered photographs by the Nobel-winning novelist reveal a South African adolescence shaped by art and apartheid.

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Trump tweeted his black approval rating has doubled. It hasn't.

President Donald Trump bragged on Twitter that his approval rating with black Americans has doubled. It hasn't.

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Books of The Times: In This Thriller, a Cold Case Turns Hot 26 Years Later

Christopher J. Yates’s “Grist Mill Road” opens with a shooting involving three teenagers, then revisits the crime and its consequences once they’re grown.

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Op-Docs: Black Colleges in the Age of Trump

The president’s dealings with these important institutions have ranged from out-of-touch to outright bizarre.

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Black Death spread by humans, vindicating rats

One of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Death, along with a string of plague outbreaks that occurred during the 14th to 19th centuries, was spread by human fleas and body lice, a new study suggests.

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Interview: No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say

In an exclusive interview, the (former) novelist shares his thoughts on Trump, #MeToo and retirement.

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DealBook: BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support

Laurence Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, the $6 trillion investment firm, plans to tell C.E.O.s in a letter that businesses must serve a social purpose.

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BlackBerry launches cybersecurity software for self-driving cars

(Reuters) - Canadian software maker BlackBerry Ltd on Monday launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.

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Review: ‘Black Lightning’ Is Pulp With a Purpose

CW’s latest serial has a race-forward sensibility and a reluctant superhero who grapples with heroism’s limits.

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Sidebar: A Case for Math, Not ‘Gobbledygook,’ in Judging Partisan Voting Maps

If courts are to combat voting districts warped by politics, a judge wrote, they must take account of advances in social science.

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False Missile Alert Looms as a Black Eye for Hawaii and Its Governor

The false alarm and its delayed retraction added to criticism of Gov. David Ige and raised worries about the state’s reputation with tourists.

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In Trump’s Remarks, Black Churches See a Nation Backsliding

On the day before Martin Luther King’s Birthday, churchgoers said President Trump’s denigration of immigrants was one more turn toward an uglier past in America.

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A DACA Question: Should Judges Use Local Cases to Halt National Orders?

When a federal judge in California ordered a stop to a key plank of President Trump’s immigration agenda, he revived a debate over the impartiality of the judiciary.

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Profile: Brussels, E.U. Capital, Gets a Novel, Both Tart and Empathic

Robert Menasse writes a polyphonic novel of satire and sympathy about Brussels, Europe’s symbolic capital — its bureaucrats, nationalisms and police.

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Plane skids off Turkish runway on Black Sea coast, passengers unhurt

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and ended up halfway down a steep slope into the Black Sea, but no passengers or crew were hurt, Turkish media reported on Sunday.

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French telcos commit three billion euros to cover network black spots: report

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

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Suspect held after first court appearance in fatal Kansas 'swatting' case

(Reuters) - A California man accused of making a hoax call that led police in Kansas to kill an unarmed man was in a Wichita jail on Saturday after his first court appearance in the "swatting" case, local media reported.

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Black Colleges Swept Up in For-Profit Crackdown Find Relief From DeVos

The United Negro College Fund has been among the most vocal critics of Obama-era student borrower protections, saying they threaten the viability of its 37 member institutions.

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Teacher reprimand after telling black teen that other students might lynch him

The mother of an African-American teenager who was told by his teacher that other students would lynch him if he didn't do better in class said a reprimand of the Ohio educator is not sufficient.

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Black ice sends man sliding down driveway

HLN's Erica Hill speaks with Tim Besecker, the Virginia man whose video of him sliding down an icy driveway has gone viral.

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BlackRock CEO Fink shows no signs of entering bitcoin ETF race

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc has profited by being beating its competitors in exchange-traded funds to the punch, but Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink seems happy to be out of step with at least one trend - the race to build a bitcoin fund.

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

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

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Klansman convicted in 'Mississippi Burning' case dies in prison

A Klansman found guilty for his role in the 1964 Freedom Summer killings of three civil rights workers has died in prison, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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Alibaba's Taobao again on U.S. blacklist list for fakes

(Reuters) - The U.S. Trade Representative put Alibaba's Taobao on its blacklist for the second year in a row over suspected counterfeits sold on the shopping platform, a move the Chinese e-commerce giant said did not reflect its IP-protection efforts.

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RPT-UPDATE 5-BlackRock hits record $6 trillion assets, helped by Trump tax law

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc charged past a record $6 trillion in assets, its profit beating Wall Street forecasts, as investors flooded into the relatively low-cost funds of the world's largest asset manager.

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UPDATE 4-BlackRock hits record $6 trillion, helped by Trump tax law

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc charged past a record $6 trillion in assets, its profit beating Wall Street forecasts, as investors flooded into the relatively low-cost funds of the world's largest asset manager.

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BlackRock, Alliance Bernstein tapping more into electronic bond trading

(This January 11 story, corrects name of firm in headline, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 10th paragraphs to Alliance Bernstein from Vanguard)

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James Spader Still Lives for the Surprise of ‘The Blacklist’

Mr. Spader talks about his 100th episode, the pleasures of playing the provocateur and why now is the time for men to keep quiet and listen.

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CORRECTED-BlackRock, Alliance Bernstein tapping more into electronic bond trading

NEW YORK, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Electronic trading is becoming increasingly important when it comes to corporate debt as fund management firms try to knit together sources of liquidity in a fragmented market, executives from Alliance Bernstein LP and BlackRock Inc said on Thursday.

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BlackRock profit beats as ETFs attract more investment

(Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Friday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as investors flooded into the world's biggest asset manager's exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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UPDATE 2-BlackRock profit beats as ETFs attract more investment

Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Friday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as investors flooded into the world's biggest asset manager's exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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BlackRock profit beats as ETFs attract more investments

(Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Friday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as the world's biggest asset manager pulled in more money to its exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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UPDATE 1-BlackRock profit beats as ETFs attract more investments

Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Friday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as the world's biggest asset manager pulled in more money to its exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: What Does It Take to Overcome Adversity?

In “Supernormal,” the psychologist Meg Jay derives lessons from the lives of her troubled patients.

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Nonfiction: Seeing the Civil War From the Ground Up

Edward L. Ayers’s “The Thin Light of Freedom” presents the War Between the States as experienced by ordinary people.

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Nonfiction: The Outlaw Novelist as Literary Critic

J.M. Coetzee reinvents the rules of fiction, but his “Late Essays” about other writers infuse traditional formulas with brilliant psychologizing.

Theater nytimes.com

Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’

In a touching tribute to his father and the tradition of reading aloud, Mr. Lithgow recites two classic tales of deception and comeuppance.

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BlackRock, Vanguard tapping more into electronic bond trading

NEW YORK, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Electronic trading is becoming increasingly important when it comes to corporate debt as fund management firms try to knit together sources of liquidity in a fragmented market, executives from Vanguard Group Inc and BlackRock Inc said on Thursday.

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Front and Center: Celebrating Black Comics and Their Creators

The animator David Heredia, who will be at the Black Comic Book Festival this weekend, brings to life heroes who don’t necessarily wear capes.

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Gov. admits to affair but not blackmail allegation

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair, but denied blackmailing the woman with a nude photo, which was alleged to have been taken without her consent.

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UPDATE 1-Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

* Suggests consumer spending rebounded in Q4, adding to GDP growth

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CORRECTED-Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Australian retail sales boasted the biggest monthly rise in four years in November as consumers splashed out on Apple iPhones and Black Friday promotions, a major boost for an economy that had been struggling with sluggish spending.

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More cases reported in deadly US E. coli outbreak

Federal health officials reported seven additional cases of E. coli illness Wednesday in a deadly E. coli outbreak that has now struck 15 US states.

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Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Australian retail sales boasted the biggest monthly rise in four years in November as consumers splashed out on Apple iPhones and Black Friday promotions, a major boost for an economy that had been struggling with sluggish spending.

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Canada Attacks U.S. Tariffs by Taking Case to World Trade Organization

A sweeping challenge to the Trump administration’s “America First” policies could add to tensions already frayed by Nafta negotiations.

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Blackout at the world's largest consumer tech show

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Canada takes U.S. to WTO, U.S. says case helps China

GENEVA (Reuters) - Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade complaint against the United States, the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday, in a dispute that Washington said would damage Canada's own interests and play into China's hands.

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UPDATE 3-Canada takes U.S. to WTO, U.S. says case helps China

* United States has 60 days to respond (Adds comment from Canadian foreign minister)

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U.S. Supreme Court hears Ohio voter purge case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the issue of voting rights on Wednesday as the justices began hearing arguments over whether Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls disenfranchises thousands of people and violates federal law.

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Lawmaker claims 'character makeup' makes blacks more susceptible to marijuana

A Kansas state legislator has stepped down from the chairmanship of a Kansas House committee after he said African-Americans were more susceptible to marijuana because of "their character makeup" and "their genetics."

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Supreme Court to hear Ohio voter roll case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear a case concerning whether Ohio's method of removing names from its voter rolls violates federal law.

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Turkey says all court cases of coup participants to be concluded by year-end

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish courts will have ruled on all cases of suspects who allegedly took part in failed coup attempt by the end of this year, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday.

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Nonfiction: Real Worlds, Possible Worlds and Fantasy Worlds

In “The Origins of Creativity,” E.O. Wilson argues for a different relationship between the humanities and both the practical and theoretical sciences.

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Japan reports first suspected bird flu case in poultry this winter

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's agriculture ministry on Wednesday reported a suspected case of bird flu in Kagawa prefecture, western Japan, potentially marking the country's first bird flu outbreak in poultry this winter.

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Lawmakers invited to wear black to State of the Union to support #MeToo movement

Some members of Congress plan to make a statement during President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address later this month by wearing the color black.

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DNA Helps New York Police Solve Infamous 1994 Rape Case

Detectives identified a suspect, who is serving life in prison, for a rape in Prospect Park that drew widespread attention and even figured in a Broadway play.

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Nonfiction: At a Public School in Denver, Refugee Children Find Hope and Frustration

In “The Newcomers,” Helen Thorpe documents a class of immigrant teenagers while the Trump campaign stirs up nativist resentment.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

On ‘Black Lightning,’ a Superhero Takes On Race, Justice and the Real World

Based on the DC crime fighter, this new CW series takes on present-day issues of race and social justice directly and unambiguously.

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Lawmaker: Black people respond worst to drugs

A Kansas lawmaker apologizes for suggesting blacks have a genetic predisposition to abusing drugs.

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Nonfiction: The War That Never Goes Away

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

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Nonfiction: What Life in Confinement Meant for Ezra Pound’s Work

In “The Bughouse,” Daniel Swift explores the relationship between Pound’s mental state and his poetic genius.

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U.S. case against banker is 'political coup attempt': Turkey's Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday condemned a U.S. sanctions-busting case against a Turkish bank executive as a "political coup attempt" and a joint effort by the CIA and FBI to undermine Ankara.

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BRIEF-Blackbird Energy says capital obligations in first half of 2018 will be limited​

* BLACKBIRD ENERGY INC SAYS ‍CAPITAL OBLIGATIONS IN FIRST HALF OF 2018 WILL BE LIMITED​

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BRIEF-Intel partners with BMW, Nissan, Saic Motor, Volkswagen, Paramount Pictures, Ferrari North America to showcase power of data at CES

* INTEL PARTNERS WITH BMW, NISSAN, SAIC MOTOR, VOLKSWAGEN, PARAMOUNT PICTURES, FERRARI NORTH AMERICA TO SHOWCASE POWER OF DATA AT CES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Former Hong Kong Official Pleads Not Guilty in Africa Bribery Case

Patrick Ho is accused of trying to bribe Chad’s president and Uganda’s foreign minister in exchange for oil rights for a Chinese energy company.

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Blackstone's new insurance unit targets $100 billion in assets

(Reuters) - Blackstone Group wants to quadruple to $100 billion the assets it manages at its new unit for insurers as it seeks to boost returns for firms struggling under low interest rates, the unit's newly appointed chief said on Monday.

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Blackstone's new insurance unit targets $100 bln in assets

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group wants to quadruple to $100 billion the assets it manages at its new unit for insurers as it seeks to boost returns for firms struggling under low interest rates, the unit's newly appointed chief said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Celanese Statement On Proposed Joint Venture With Blackstone

* CELANESE STATEMENT ON PROPOSED JOINT VENTURE WITH BLACKSTONE

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Fiction: A Stylistically Daring Novel Considers Fundamental Questions

In Mike McCormack’s “Solar Bones,” an engineer reflects on the fractured contemporary world and the life he left behind.

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Judge ends case over standoff in Nevada land dispute

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday threw out a criminal case against a Nevada rancher and three other men over a 2014 militia standoff with federal agents, saying prosecutors had repeatedly withheld evidence from the defense.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Political Firestorm

Michael Wolff has everyone talking about a possibly dysfunctional president.

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Judge ends case over armed standoff in Nevada land dispute

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed the criminal case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on charges stemming from an armed 2014 standoff with federal law enforcement officers over a cattle grazing rights dispute.

Decisions and Verdicts nytimes.com

Charges Against Bundys in Ranch Standoff Case Are Dismissed

A federal judge said that the government’s missteps in withholding evidence against the three Bundy family members were so grave that the indictment against them would be dismissed.

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Judge ends case over armed standoff in Nevada grazing dispute

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed the criminal case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on charges stemming from an armed 2014 standoff with federal law enforcement officers over a cattle grazing rights dispute.

Capital Punishment nytimes.com

Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme Court

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a juror’s racist statements required an appeals court to reconsider a death row inmate’s case.

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Myanmar journalists ask government for details of Reuters reporters' case

YANGON (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar reporters asked the government on Monday for details about the arrest of two Reuters journalists last month, arguing that the case could have implications for the ability of journalists to do their jobs, two members of the group said.

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Trump tells black and Hispanic voters: 'Dems did nothing for you'

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H&M apologizes for using black child to sell 'coolest monkey' hoodie

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Nonfiction: Before Glitter and Glue Sticks, ‘Craeft’

In his new book, Alexander Langlands wants readers to appreciate what it meant to make things with your hands, as our ancestors did for millenniums.

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The female-focused stories that swept the Globes

A lady bird, a marvelous Mrs., a heroic handmaid, a Missouri mom, and a group of women caught up in some big little lies all took home awards at a Golden Globes ceremony that highlighted and was ruled by strong female characters.

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Black gowns, sex scandal jokes mark Golden Globe awards show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Golden Globe host Seth Meyers on Sunday tackled head-on the sexual misconduct scandal that has roiled Hollywood, pulling no punches with a series of barbed jokes about powerful men and the women who are standing up to them.

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UPDATE 3-Black gowns, sex scandal jokes mark Golden Globe awards show

LOS ANGELES, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Golden Globe host Seth Meyers on Sunday tackled head-on the sexual misconduct scandal that has roiled Hollywood, pulling no punches with a series of barbed jokes about powerful men and the women who are standing up to them.

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Stars explain wearing black at Golden Globes

Many stars wore black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes to show their support for the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

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'This Is Us' star on why she's wearing black

Actress Susan Kelechi Watson explains to CNN's Stephanie Elam why she is wearing black for the Golden Globes.

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Stars say 'Time's Up' wearing black on the Golden Globes red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From flowing gowns to tailored tuxedos, Hollywood's film and television stars dressed in their finest black on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday in solidarity with the Time's Up campaign to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Reader’s Notebook: Total Recall: A Reader’s Guide to Memory Gain

There are a host of recent books on battling forgetfulness. Just in time for the new year — and a fresh start — our writer spent a month testing out some of their solutions.

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Stars wear black on the red carpet

See photos of celebrities at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Many people were wearing black to raise awareness of gender and racial inequality.

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Golden Globes a sea of black as Hollywood marks sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Golden Globes kicked off Hollywood's countdown to the Oscars on Sunday with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as stars showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment after a scandal that has roiled show business.

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UPDATE 1-Golden Globes a sea of black as Hollywood marks sex scandal

LOS ANGELES, Jan 7 (Reuters) - The Golden Globes kicked off Hollywood's countdown to the Oscars on Sunday with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as stars showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment after a scandal that has roiled show business.

Blacklisting nytimes.com

Boycott Drive Put Israel on a Blacklist. Now Israel Has One of Its Own.

Israel published a blacklist of 20 organizations, including a Jewish-American group, whose leaders are barred from entering the country for supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

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Women share #WhyWeWearBlack

Ahead of Sunday's Golden Globes, women in entertainment are taking to social media to share their personal reasons for joining an effort ensure all-black fashion dominates the red carpet.

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Op-Ed Contributor: I Did the Strand

Tom Verlaine remembers working for the late Fred Bass at the Strand bookstore — his first job in New York.

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Encounters: What Will Laura Dern Wear to the Golden Globes? (Hint: It Will Be Black)

The star of “Big Little Lies” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” picks out red carpet looks at Gabriela Hearst’s studio in Chelsea.

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The U.S. Wanted to Discuss Iran. Russia Brought Up Black Lives Matter.

The United Nations Security Council discussed the recent protests in Iran over economic conditions there.

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It’s Emily Brontë’s Party. Can Lily Cole Host It if She Wants To?

The former model’s involvement in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the novelist’s birth spurred an author to pen a scathing attack.

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Behind the all-black fashion at the Globes

The Golden Globes red carpet has been home to many iconic fashion moments, but this year's pre-award show promenade will be fueled by one mantra: don't stand out, stand up.

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After a Tragedy, Making the Case for Costa Rica

The tragedy of the crash is particularly difficult to reconcile with the remarkable beauty of Costa Rica — a place I wouldn’t hesitate to return to.

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Black unemployment hits all-time low

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The politics stories you missed while the book stole the spotlight

The White House was forced into a full defensive crouch as details emerged this week from "Fire and Fury," the explosive new book that offers an inside view of a chaotic Trump administration. But that was far from the only story making headlines in politics.

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Messi agreed no-fee Barca exit clause in case of Catalan independence: media

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona without a transfer fee if Catalonia ceded from Spain and the club did not compete in any of Europe's top four leagues, El Mundo said on Friday, citing a clause in his new contract.

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Nonfiction: Throwing a Poolside Cocktail Party for ‘The Graduate’

Beverly Gray’s “Seduced by Mrs. Robinson” looks back at a classic American movie, half a century later.

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Fiction: A Debut Novelist’s Elegy for Post-Katrina New Orleans

“The Floating World,” by C. Morgan Babst, follows a survivor and her family through the ruined city.

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Nonfiction: The Presidential Election That America Lost

Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Playing With Fire” retells the story of the 1968 presidential election and sees parallels with today.

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Fewer black, Hispanic patients get kidney transplants from live donors

(Reuters Health) - - Black and Hispanic patients who need kidney transplants are less likely than white people to receive organs from live donors and this disparity has worsened over time, a U.S. study suggests.

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Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

The comedian Masatoshi Hamada dressed up as Eddie Murphy in a widely viewed television show on New Year’s Eve.

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Brazil doubles investigators in corruption cases against sitting politicians

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Federal Police have nearly doubled the number of agents assigned to investigate sitting politicians suspected of corruption in the nation's largest graft scandal ever, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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German would-be coalition partners agree news blackout during talks: Spiegel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to impose a news blackout during exploratory talks next week on forming another 'grand coalition', Der Spiegel magazine said on Thursday.

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Suspected diphtheria cases in Yemen near 500: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 471 people in Yemen are believed to have been infected with diphtheria, killing one in 10 of them since the outbreak began in mid-August, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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Zimbabwe court dismisses case of U.S. woman charged with insulting Mugabe

HARARE (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen charged with attempting to overthrow the Zimbabwean government after police accused her of insulting then-president Robert Mugabe had her case dismissed by a Harare court on Thursday.

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Nonfiction: A City Where East Meets West and the Past Is Always Present

Richard Fidler’s “Ghost Empire” and Bettany Hughes’s “Istanbul” explore the intricate, improbable history of one of the world’s great urban centers.

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The Case for Using a Paper Planner

Your life doesn’t have to fit entirely on your phone. Writing it down can better keep you on track.

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With Sale, Essence Is Once Again a Fully Black-Owned Magazine

Richelieu Dennis, the founder of Sundial Brands, said he bought the publication “to serve and empower women of color.”

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Architecture in monochrome: The complex allure of black buildings

Black monochrome architecture has a long history and a global reach. Its boundless variety of expression is testament to black's power to convey message and to perform function.

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BlackBerry surges on deal with Baidu for self-driving cars

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and Chinese internet search firm Baidu Inc on Wednesday signed a deal to jointly develop self-driving vehicle technology, sending BlackBerry's Toronto-listed shares up 13 percent to a four-year high.

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BRIEF-Casey's Comments On Letter From JCP Shareholder Group

* CASEYS GENERAL STORES INC - ‍MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM JCP THIS PAST SUMMER​

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BRIEF-Intel CEO Krzanich says co has not found any case of chips issue being exploited - CNBC‍​

* Intel Corp CEO BRIAN KRZANICH SAYS CO WAS MADE AWARE OF CHIPS ISSUE "A WHILE AGO" BY GOOGLE RESEARCHERS - CNBC‍​

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California suspect accepts extradition in Kansas 'swatting' case

(Reuters) - A California man suspected of making a hoax call that led police in Kansas to kill an unarmed man will not fight extradition to the Midwestern state, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

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The Carpetbagger: On the Golden Globes Red Carpet, Fighting Back in Black

Sunday’s red-carpet statement may seem superficial, but it’s part of a larger initiative that’s striking for its leap from the days of #AskHerMore.

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Republicans in South Carolina want to honor black Confederate soldiers. There's just one problem...

At a time when people are battling over whether to take down Confederate War statues and memorials, a pair of state lawmakers in South Carolina want to put one up.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: Breaking the Hold of Drugs to Earn the Embrace of Her Children

Cassandra Darlington hit rock bottom when her five children were placed in foster care. Sixteen years into sobriety, she is awed by their capacity to forgive.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX at all-time high as BlackBerry, cannabis stocks jump

TORONTO, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index hit a fresh all-time high on Wednesday, boosted by a jump in shares of BlackBerry Ltd after it announced a self-driving deal with China's Baidu and by sharp gains for several marijuana producers.

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Baidu to use BlackBerry software in self-driving platform

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and Chinese internet search firm Baidu Inc on Wednesday signed a deal to work jointly on developing self-driving vehicle technology, sending BlackBerry's Toronto-listed shares up 8 percent to an over four-year high.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with banks, oil stocks, and BlackBerry

TORONTO, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened higher on Wednesday, boosted by gains among financial stocks and energy companies and a jump in shares of BlackBerry Ltd after it announced an autonomous driving deal with China's Baidu Inc.

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BlackBerry software to be used in Baidu's self-driving platform

(Reuters) - BlackBerry said on Wednesday it will collaborate with Chinese internet search firm Baidu Inc to tap the fast-growing autonomous vehicle market.

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Feature: The Case for the Subway

It built the city. Now, no matter the cost — at least $100 billion — the city must rebuild it to survive.

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Nonfiction: No Light at the End of This Tunnel

Ian Black’s “Enemies and Neighbors” sees no clear solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Nonfiction: What Happens When You Go Under

Two new books by Kate Cole-Adams and Henry Jay Przybylo look at the mysteries of anesthesia.

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

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

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Turkish banker loses second bid for mistrial in U.S. sanctions case

NEW YORK, Jan 2 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday refused to order a mistrial in the case of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Erica Garner and How America Destroys Black Families

She didn’t just fight against police brutality. She also resisted the forced destruction of black families by the state.

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'Black-ish' spins off to college with 'Grown-ish'

Thirty years ago "The Cosby Show" shipped one of its daughters off to college, creating the spinoff "A Different World." "Black-ish" pulls off a similar operation with "Grown-ish," a good-ish comedy whose change of venue also represents a sign of the synergistic times.

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Essay: How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

Poor black lives weren’t depicted in the serious fiction of Hughes’s day. As Angela Flournoy notes, his debut novel, “Not Without Laughter,” changed that.

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Nonfiction: We Are What We Read

Two new books, by Martin Puchner and Abigail Williams, explore how literature has shaped human society.

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Not just Hollywood: Survivors share their stories

Millions of people have taken to social media to talk about sexual harassment and assault. CNN asked a few survivors to share their stories.

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A Literary Portrait of Richard Avedon Causes Controversy

A book about the photographer by his longtime business manager has drawn criticism from Avedon’s friends and colleagues, who say it is riddled with errors and falsehoods.

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Essay: What to Read if You Want to Know More About North Korea

Nicholas Kristof recommends books about one of the most closed countries on Earth.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Sentient-Being Diet

Making New Year resolutions as a hedge against apocalypse.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Goddess of Anarchy’

Jacqueline Jones discusses her new biography of Lucy Parsons, a woman born into slavery who became an outspoken advocate for the working classes.

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Swatting case poses legal challenges for police and prosecutors

The 911 call was fake, authorities said, but the bullet was very real.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: ‘It Was His Life or Mine’: A Drastic Plan Altered Her Course

Feeling terrified and tormented, Jacqueline Torres bought a gun. Two decades later, she is still rebuilding her life after serving time for attempted murder.

Television nytimes.com

Free Your Mind? ‘Black Mirror’ Isn’t Too Hopeful

A new season of Netflix’s digital-age creep show warns that technology can empower misanthropes and misogynists.

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BRIEF-Avista Receives Approval Of The Multi-Party Settlement And Two-Year Rate Plan In Idaho General Rate Case

* AVISTA RECEIVES APPROVAL OF THE MULTI-PARTY SETTLEMENT AND TWO-YEAR RATE PLAN IN IDAHO GENERAL RATE CASE

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Nonfiction: We Aren’t Destroying the Earth

In a new book, “Inheritors of the Earth,” Chris Thomas argues that animals and plants are adapting to the world we are creating. We need not worry.

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Essay: Planned Obsolescence

For fiction writers, keeping up with technological and political change in their work is a risky proposition. But nowadays it is more essential than ever.

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Essay: When ‘All Thumbs’ Becomes a Compliment

Calvin Trillin reflects on the idioms lost in the age of the smartphone.

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Oregon appeals court upholds damages in gay wedding cake case

(Reuters) - An Oregon state appeals court on Thursday let stand $135,000 in damages levied against the owners of a Portland-area bakery for discrimination after they refused on religious grounds to prepare a wedding cake for a local lesbian couple.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: Staring Down Addiction and Fending Off Harmful Voices

After conquering a lifetime of drug addiction, Allan Wilson now fights major depression while working to found a nonprofit to reduce recidivism.

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Nonfiction: Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

Daniel Ellsberg’s “The Doomsday Machine” is a passionate call for reducing the risk of total destruction.

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Nonfiction: The Oil and Gas Sector Is Changing — and So Is Geopolitics

In “Windfall,” Meghan O’Sullivan offers a tour of the world and how the rise of cheap gas and fracking are causing shifts in power.

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Obesity, poverty help explain higher diabetes risk for U.S. blacks

(Reuters Health) - Even though black adults are more likely to develop diabetes than white adults, the increased risk is largely due to obesity and other risk factors that may be possible to change, a U.S. study suggests.

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The top trending stories of 2017

From BBC dad to the #MeToo movement to the Tweeter-in-Chief, here are the 7 stories that dominated social media in 2017.

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Climate Fwd:: 5 of Our Favorite Climate Stories of the Year

We asked our reporters and editors to pick a memorable story they worked on, large or small.

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Books of The Times: On the Lam With Timothy Leary

“The Most Dangerous Man in America,” by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, recounts the LSD advocate’s globe-trotting attempt to outrun Richard Nixon and the American law.

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'Black Mirror' returns solid, with some cracks

Rating "Black Mirror" against its own creative resume, the latest batch of a half-dozen installments -- which Netflix will drop right before New Year's -- offers more of a mixed bag than usual, with two or three standouts and the rest conceptually interesting but rather ho-hum affairs.

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Nonfiction: Two Books Consider Earthquakes and Their Human Tolls

In “The Great Quake,” Henry Fountain recounts what we learned from North America’s biggest temblor. In “Quakeland,” Kathryn Miles takes a fault-eye view of the continent.

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Nonfiction: When Woolly Mammoths Roamed the Earth

Three books examine our fascination with the ancient pachyderms and their extinction.

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South Korea prosecutors seek 12 years jail for Samsung heir Lee in corruption case

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors sought a 12-year jail term on Wednesday for Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, in a corruption case that led to the ouster of the nation's president earlier this year.

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DealBook: In a Year of Nonstop News, a Batch of Business Books Worth Reading

Our DealBook columnist picks his favorite business books to dive into as 2017 comes to a close.

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Former Peru soccer official found not guilty in U.S. FIFA bribery case

(Reuters) - Former Peru soccer federation president, Manuel Burga, was found not guilty on Tuesday of racketeering conspiracy by a U.S. jury in New York.

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Otherworldly: From ‘Frankenstein’ to Nora Roberts in 200 Years

New releases in speculative fiction include a viral dystopia, a fantasy kingdom ruled by magic, a lesbian pulp noir satire and a classic revisited.

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Nonfiction: Waves of Destruction, Physical and Spiritual, Buffet Japan

In “Ghosts of the Tsunami,” Richard Lloyd Parry probes the emotional effects of the catastrophe that killed thousands of men, women and children.

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A non-black person's guide to Kwanzaa

You don't have to be black to understand how Kwanzaa works.

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Man blacklisted by Russian media is now on YouTube

Blacklisted by state-controlled media, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is using YouTube to galvanize protests against the Kremlin.

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Op-Ed Contributor: To the Chicago Police, Any Black Kid Is in a Gang

My son is a black teenager, so he could easily end up in the dubious database of supposed gang members.