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Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

What Became of the Manson Family?

Most of Charles Manson’s followers were young women who had fled middle-class homes. Here’s a look at where they are now.

Human Trafficking

Slavery Ensnares Thousands in U.K. Here’s One Teenage Girl’s Story.

Across Britain, vulnerable adults and children — both citizens and migrants — have become victims of modern slavery. A teenager trapped by a drug gang tells what happened to her.


Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes southern China: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck southern China near the Indian border on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond -- Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (Movie)

Review: ‘Jim & Andy,’ When Carrey Became Kaufman

In his documentary about Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman and the making of “Man on the Moon,” the director Chris Smith finds multiple realities and laughs.

Coups D'Etat and Attempted Coups D'Etat

Grace Mugabe, Shrewd if Ill-Tempered, Became a Target of Zimbabwe’s Anger

Robert Mugabe’s wife helped oust two successive vice presidents who rivaled her as potential successors to her ailing husband.


Special Report: How a defrocked judge became the chief legal enforcer for Maduro's Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - Last March, Chief Justice Maikel Moreno shocked Venezuela when his Supreme Court nullified the powers of the National Assembly and transferred them to the 32-judge tribunal.


BRIEF-Norfolk Southern announces expiration of early exchange period of exchange offers

* Norfolk Southern announces expiration of early exchange period of previously announced exchange offers and increase in aggregate principal amount of new notes to be issued to $750,000,000

How 'cocktail museum' became world's best bar

As the countdown of the World's 50 Best Bars 2017 climaxed, the 700-strong throng of bar industry luminaries assembled in London for the award's ceremony let out a collective gasp.


RPT-BRIEF-Pratt & Whitney Canada says signed fleet management program contract with Abu Dhabi Aviation​



BRIEF-Vietjet says Pratt & Whitney engine deal worth $600 mln

* Says selects Pratt & Whitney engines for 10 new aircraft, deal valued at $600 million at list prices including 12-year fleet management program Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting by Mai Nguyen)

Slavery (Historical)

Southern Slavery, Unsanitized

The Whitney Plantation became the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery when it opened to the public in 2014.


Man deliberately rams car into students in southern France, three hurt

TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - A man deliberately drove his car into a group of people outside a school near Toulouse in southern France on Friday, injuring three Chinese students, police sources said.


Islamist militants kill six soldiers in southern Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - Pro-Islamic State militants killed six soldiers and wounded four others on a southern Philippine island, the military spokesman said on Friday, as the army focused on the remaining rebel groups after regaining control of Marawi City.

Sexual Harassment

In U.K.’s Clubby Parliament, Abuse Complaints Became Weapons

There was no independent body to handle the reports. Instead, they were forwarded to whips, the party disciplinarians, and used to keep people in line.


BRIEF-Kroger's Ralphs Division offering home delivery in Southern California

* Says ‍Ralphs Grocery Co, a division of co is offering home delivery in select locations in Southern California through partnership with Instacart​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Slavery (Historical)

Princeton Digs Deep Into Its Fraught Racial History

Two years after debate over Woodrow Wilson rocked campus, the Princeton and Slavery Project is unveiling new research into the university’s uncomfortable past


‘We Are Everywhere’: How Ethiopia Became a Land of Prying Eyes

The governing party in this East African nation has a network of millions of loyalists and informers to watch each village and every neighborhood. Meet one of them, a farmer and enforcer.

Poetry and Poets

Up Next: How Amanda Gorman Became the Nation’s First Youth Poet Laureate

The 19-year-old is a sophomore at Harvard University and started a youth literacy group called One Pen One Page.

Sanders denies WH supports slavery

In a tense exchange with CNN political analyst April Ryan, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says it is "disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery."

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

Op-Ed Contributor: Slavery Thrived on Compromise, John Kelly

Our tortured attempt to find some kind of balance on whether it was right to enslave African-Americans wasn’t limited to the Three-Fifths Compromise.


UPDATE 2-Iraq ups southern oil exports to 3.45 mln bpd after Kirkuk shutdown

BEIRUT, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Iraq has increased exports from its southern oilfields to 3.45 million barrels per day (bpd) to make up for a shortfall from the northern Kirkuk fields, Basra Oil Company Director General Ihsan Abdul Jabbar told Reuters on Monday.

Warner, Mark R

Mark Warner: Tech Millionaire Who Became Tech’s Critic in Congress

The Democratic senator from Virginia is emblematic of the shifting politics for big technology companies, which face congressional hearings this week.


Copts call for action over church closures in southern Egypt

MINYA, Egypt (Reuters) - Coptic Christians in the south of Egypt renewed calls on local authorities for an end to discrimination, after a number of churches have been closed down in recent weeks.

Slavery (Historical)

Opinion: James Madison’s Lessons in Racism

He had good intentions but repeatedly fell short, like America itself.


BRIEF-Canadian National Railway, Norfolk Southern say new joint interline service reducing transit times

* Canadian National Railway, Norfolk Southern Corp announce a new joint interline service

How he became the first Vietnam war POW

Retired Navy Commander Everett Alvarez Jr. remembers the day his plane was shot down over Vietnam and recalls the first time he knew he wanted to serve.

Books and Literature

Fiction: A Novelist Asks, What if Women’s Bodies Became Deadly Weapons?

In “The Power,” by Naomi Alderman, women gain the ability to harness a dangerous electricity and the world starts to change in their favor.


Trilobites: How Beets Became Beet-Red

Confronted with a surplus of an amino acid found in many plants, beets evolved the ability to transform it into the scarlet hue found on your dinner table.


BRIEF-Southern First Bancshares reports Q3 earnings per share $0.55‍​

* Southern First Bancshares Inc - Qtrly earnings per share $0.55‍​

California Today

California Today: California Today: Heat Wave Hits Southern California

Monday: A heat wave moves into Southern California, more sexual harassment accusations in Hollywood, and a record climb up El Capitan.


Strong typhoon nears southern Japan the day before election

TOKYO (Reuters) - Heavy rain and powerful winds are expected to lash large areas of Japan on Sunday as a strong typhoon sweeps ashore, possibly hindering voter turnout in a national election.


Fighting in southern Philippine city may end imminently - military

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines is preparing to declare the end of fighting in a southern city seized for five months by pro-Islamic State rebels, a top military commander said on Saturday, as troops continued a phased withdrawal from the devastated lakeside city.

4 soldiers' deaths became a political fight

President Donald Trump's response to four American soldiers' deaths in Niger ignited an ongoing controversy.

Pentagon is still looking at how Johnson became separated from the team in Niger

Sgt. La David Johnson was found nearly a mile away from the central scene of the ambush in Niger that killed four US soldiers -- including Johnson -- and wounded two others, four administration officials familiar with the early assessment of what happened told CNN on Friday.


BRIEF-Southern Co's unit awarded contract by USACE to repair power grid in Puerto Rico​

* PowerSecure, a unit of co, has been awarded contract by USACE for additional support to repair power grid in Puerto Rico​


UPDATE 3-Kansas City Southern overcomes hurricane to beat on revenue

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Regional U.S. railroad Kansas City Southern posted a better-than expected quarterly profit on Friday despite disruptions from Hurricane Harvey but may be impacted by the NAFTA negotiations as more than a quarter of its revenue comes from shipments between Mexico and the United States.


UPDATE 1-Southern Copper says Q3 profit doubled, expects Tia Maria permit

LIMA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp said on Friday that its net profit doubled to $401.8 million in the third quarter from the same period a year earlier as sales surged on higher copper prices.


Southern Copper says Q3 profit doubled, expects Tia Maria permit

LIMA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp said Friday that its net profit doubled to $401.8 million in the third quarter from the same period a year earlier as sales surged on higher copper prices.


UPDATE 1-Higher freight volumes lift Kansas City Southern quarterly profit

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, the fourth-largest U.S. railroad, reported a higher quarterly net profit on Friday, driven by year-over-year growth from all of its six business units and increased rail car volumes.


China Southern to buy 38 Boeing jets worth $5.65 bln

SHANGHAI, Oct 20 (Reuters) - China Southern Airlines has signed a deal to buy 38 aircraft from U.S. planemaker Boeing Co with a combined price tag of $5.65 billion, the Chinese carrier said on Friday.


BRIEF-China Southern Airlines signs agreement to buy aircraft from Boeing

* Says it signs agreement to buy 8 B777-300ER, 30 B737-8 aircraft from Boeing


BRIEF-Fidelity Southern Corporation reports third quarter EPS of $0.30

* Fidelity Southern Corporation reports earnings for third quarter of $7.9 million


Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes off southern Japan: USGS

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck off southern Japan on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.


BRIEF-Great Southern Bancorp Inc reports Q3 preliminary earnings per share $0.82

* Great Southern Bancorp Inc reports preliminary third quarter earnings of $0.82 per diluted common share

Las Vegas, Nev, Shooting (October, 2017)

After the Las Vegas Shooting, Concertgoers Became Medics

Trauma experts say that private citizens saved lives by applying pressure to wounds and rushing victims to hospitals. Such successes have prompted calls for more first-aid training.


Typhoon Khanun to hit southern China Monday as Hong Kong eases warning

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Typhoon Khanun is likely to hit southern China early on Monday with winds of up to 114 kph (70 mph), China's meteorological agency said, as authorities in Hong Kong eased weather warnings and transport slowly returned to normal in the financial hub.


Typhoon Khanun to hit southern China early on Monday - Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - Typhoon Khanun is likely to hit southern China early on Monday with winds of up to 114 kph (70 mph), China's meteorological agency said, as authorities in the finiancial hub of Hong Kong raised the third-highest weather warning.

Here's what would happen to US politics if Puerto Rico became a state

The devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria has brought the small island off the coast of Florida -- home to 3.4 million American citizens -- into the spotlight.


Southern Yemen leader sees independence referendum soon

ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's former Aden governor, who has declared a council that seeks secession for southern Yemen, said late on Friday a referendum on independence would be announced soon.


Magnitude 5.4 quake rumbles southern Mexico, no reports of damage

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A 5.4 magnitude quake struck southern Mexico on Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but there were no immediate reports of damage.


Ceasefire deal sealed for southern Damascus: Egypt state media

CAIRO/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A ceasefire deal for a Syrian rebel-held pocket south of Damascus was reached on Thursday, brokered by Egypt and Russia, Egyptian state media said.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: How a Villa on the Riviera Became the Year-Round Playground of the Superrich

Mary S. Lovell’s “The Riviera Set” eavesdrops on the glamorous entertainments staged by the various owners of a chateau in the south of France.

Opinion: Guns were fun, until my loved ones became victims

If gun violence hasn't yet touched you or someone you love, you might think of it as someone else's problem: a red state problem, an inner-city problem or a mental illness problem.

Surveillance of Citizens by Government

How Police Surveillance Units Became Unlikely Historians

Photographs and film shot by officers in the 1960s and 1970s document a turbulent era and some debated police practices.


Vampire scare prompts U.N. pullout from southern Malawi

LILONGWE (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Monday it has pulled staff out of two districts in southern Malawi where a vampire scare has triggered mob violence in which at least five people have been killed.

Computers and the Internet

Minsk Journal: How Europe’s Last Dictatorship Became a Tech Hub

Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is home to more than 30,000 tech workers, and many of them are creating mobile apps used across the world.

Pop and Rock Music

Pink Quietly Became Pop Royalty. Here’s How She Made It Last.

Nearly 20 years after her debut, she’s never faded away. Instead, she’s steadily sold music, has had four No. 1 hits and now a new album, “Beautiful Trauma.”


BRIEF-India's southern state in initial discussions with Apple for setting up operations

Oct 5 (Reuters) - India's Andhra Pradesh State Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu Says Discussions With Apple Inc for setting up operations in the southern Indian state are in the initial stage.

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum Unveils Plans for David Hammons Artwork in the Hudson

The proposed sculpture — 373 feet long, 50 feet tall — would be along Gansevoort Peninsula in Hudson River Park. The design evokes the original shed on Pier 52.


BRIEF-Washington Prime to retain Southern Hills Mall, sell Colonial Park Mall

* Washington Prime Group Inc - ‍signed definitive agreement to retain Southern Hills Mall, dominant enclosed asset​


CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Spanish crisis sends debt insurance costs surging across southern Europe

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Spain's deepening political crisis drove up the cost of insuring exposure to Spanish sovereign and bank debt to multi-month highs on Wednesday and rippled out to Italian and Portuguese credit default swap (CDS) markets.


UPDATE 1-Spanish crisis sends debt insurance costs surging across southern Europe

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Spain's deepening political crisis drove up the cost of insuring exposure to Spanish sovereign and bank debt to multi-month highs on Wednesday and rippled out to Italian and Portuguese credit default swap (CDS) markets.

How Jimmy Kimmel became America's conscience

If, at any earlier time in his career, anyone had suggested to Jimmy Kimmel that people would someday be citing him as the conscience of the nation, he would surely have done the world's greatest spit-take.


Music mogul Clive Davis tells of heartbreak over Whitney Houston death

LONDON(Reuters) - For music mogul Clive Davis, one memory stands out from a six-decade career - the sudden death of long-time collaborator Whitney Houston.

Davis, Clive

Production of a Lifetime: Whitney Houston and Clive Davis

The singer and the hit maker were entangled for three decades. He wanted chart-topping songs. But what did she want?


BRIEF-Southern Lithium announces amendment to definitive agreement with Millennial Lithium

* Southern Lithium announces amendment to definitive agreement with Millennial Lithium

How London became the capital for acid attacks on young men


A single genetic glitch may explain how Zika became so dangerous

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A single genetic change that occurred in 2013 may explain how Zika acquired the ability to attack fetal nerve cells, causing a severe birth defect in babies whose mothers were infected while pregnant, Chinese and U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.


Whitney Tilson to shut hedge fund, blames market 'complacency'

(Reuters) - Whitney Tilson is closing his hedge fund Kase Capital, and will return capital to investors, he said in a letter to clients.


BRIEF-Norfolk Southern increases stock repurchase program

* Board of directors has authorized repurchase of up to an additional 50 million shares of its common stock through Dec. 31, 2022


Southern California wildfire forces 1,500 to flee homes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews were battling a major Southern California wildfire on Tuesday that has destroyed at least one structure and forced 1,500 people to flee their homes amid high temperatures and gusty winds.


BRIEF-Pratt & Whitney Canada​ says ‍has signed a fleet management program agreement with Avianca

* Pratt & Whitney Canada​ - ‍has signed a fleet management program agreement with Avianca to maintain fleet of PW127N engines powering ATR72-600 aircraft Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Why the NFL controversy became a thing this weekend

Stadiums across the US -- and even further afield -- became the focus of an unprecedented show of defiance against US President Donald Trump Sunday, as some NFL players locked arms or refused to stand for the national anthem, saying that they are protesting racial and social injustice.

United States Special Operations Command

Retro Report: Special Ops Forces: How Elite Forces Became Military Muscle

United States Special Operations forces, deployed across the globe, have grown in power and numbers over four decades. But are they stretched too thin?


Taliban shut down clinics in southern Afghan province, official says

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The Taliban has shut down dozens of clinics in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan in the past few days, officials said, amid demands for special treatment for its fighters who control most of the embattled region.

6.1 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Mexico

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday morning, the US Geological Survey said, rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from two stronger temblors earlier this month.


Rebels say U.S. evacuates base in southern Syrian desert

AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S. troops and allied Arab fighters have evacuated a garrison set up in June in the Syrian desert near the border with Iraq and relocated to their main Tanf base, rebel sources said on Tuesday.

Whitney Museum of American Art

As ‘Diller Island’ Sinks, Whitney Plans Major Artwork on Hudson

The Whitney Museum of American Art is pursuing a permanent installation by the artist David Hammons that would extend into the Hudson River near the museum.


BRIEF-Contango updates southern delaware basin operations and impact of hurricane harvey

* Contango updates southern delaware basin operations and impact of hurricane harvey


Clash between military and suspected gang leaves nine dead in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican military fought back against an armed attack in the violent southwestern state of Guerrero on Saturday night, leaving eight suspected gang members and one soldier dead, authorities said on Sunday.


Gunfight erupts in southern Yemen, one civilian killed - witnesses

DUBAI (Reuters) - A gunfight erupted briefly in Aden on Saturday when a contingent loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi refused to hand over its positions to a local force, security sources said, and witnesses said one civilian was killed in the incident.


Tropical storm warning issued for southern Baja California

(Reuters) - A tropical storm warning was issued on Saturday for the southern Baja California peninsula as Hurricane Norma churns in the Pacific Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said.

Stanton, Harry Dean

Harry Dean Stanton, Character Actor Who Became a Star, Dies at 91

The gaunt, hollow-eyed Mr. Stanton had his breakthrough in “Paris, Texas.” As one critic wrote, he was able “to make everything he does seem immediately authentic.”


Suicide attacks on restaurants, checkpoint, kill 60 in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least 60 people in southern Iraq on Thursday, a health official and police sources said, suggesting a shift in the ultra-hardline group's tactics since it lost control of its stronghold in Mosul.


Suicide attacks on restaurants, checkpoint, kill 50 in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Three suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least 50 people in southern Iraq on Thursday and wounded more than 80, a health official and police sources said.


At least 50 killed in suicide attacks in southern Iraq: officials

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The death toll from suicide attacks in a southern Iraqi city on Thursday had risen to 50 people, with more than 80 wounded, a health official and police sources said.


Bet Shemesh Engine seals big supply deal with Pratt & Whitney

* Israel's Bet Shemesh Engine Holdings said on Thursday it has expanded an agreement to supply parts to aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney by $530 million, bringing the total deal to $640 million.


BRIEF-Cyient signs deal to sell 49 pct stake in Infotech Aerospace Services to Pratt & Whitney

* Says signs agreement to sell its 49 percent stake in Infotech Aerospace Services to Pratt & Whitney


Norfolk Southern says rail traffic closed to ports in U.S. Southeast

Sept 11 (Reuters) - Norfolk Southern Corp said on Monday it was inspecting track for damages and removing fallen trees along rail lines leading to ports in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina due to the impact of the weakened Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma (2017)

How Hurricane Irma Became So Huge and Destructive

A mix of meteorological conditions has conspired over the past week to make the storm unusually large and powerful.


At least 32 die after massive quake off southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 32 people were killed after a massive 8.1 magnitude earthquake, one of the biggest recorded in Mexico, struck off the country's southern coast late on Thursday, causing cracks in buildings and triggering a small tsunami, authorities said.

8.0-magnitude quake strikes off coast of southern Mexico

A strong earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico, near the border with Guatemala, the US Geological Survey reported Friday. The quake, which was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City, had a preliminary magnitude of 8.0, it said. It struck off the Pacific Coast 74 miles southwest of Tres Picos, Mexico. Tres Picos is 600 miles southeast of Mexico City.


Art Review: Kara Walker Traces Slavery’s Bitter Legacy With New Ways of Drawing

After the triumphant “Sugar Baby,” the artist pushes her incendiary art into the present, merging collage, political cartoon and history painting.


BRIEF-Kansas City Southern says hurricane Harvey impact isolated to Beaumont & Rosenberg subs ‍​

* Kansas City Southern says hurricane Harvey impact isolated to co's Beaumont & Rosenberg Subs - SEC filing ‍​


In Southern Magazines, Easy Pleasures and Hard Questions

The Bitter Southerner joins a clutch of publications explaining the most complex American region, with views on race, history and craft cocktails.


Hurricane Irma barrels toward Caribbean, southern United States

(Reuters) - Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 storm, plowed toward the Caribbean and the southern United States on Tuesday as islands in its path braced for possible life-threatening winds, storm surges and flooding.

Tests (Medical)

Traces of Crime: How New York’s DNA Techniques Became Tainted

The city’s medical examiner has been a pioneer in analyzing complex DNA samples. But two methods were recently discontinued, raising questions about thousands of cases.

Colleges and Universities

Calhoun Who? Yale Drops Name of Slavery Advocate for Grace Hopper

The college named for a proponent of white supremacy will be rededicated to Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, a computer programmer.


George Clooney tackles 'original sin' of slavery and racism in dark comedy

VENICE (Reuters) - Breaking the brittle veneer of the picture-perfect suburbs of 1950s America, George Clooney's new satire tackles racial prejudice which the actor and director said on Saturday continues to erupt in today's angry society.


UPDATE 2-Southern Co plans to complete lone new U.S. nuclear plant project

Aug 31 (Reuters) - Southern Co said on Thursday it would seek to complete two unfinished nuclear reactors in the U.S. state of Georgia despite billions of dollars of cost overruns that pushed the main contractor, Westinghouse Electric Co LLC, into bankruptcy.


Flooding kills 18 people in southern Yemen: officials

ADEN (Reuters) - At least 18 people have been killed in southern Yemen in flooding caused by heavy rains, the government-run news agency Saba reported on Wednesday.


BRIEF-Agrium to buy Southern States Cooperative's ag-retail businesses in Georgia and Florida

* Agrium to acquire Southern States Cooperative's ag-retail businesses in georgia and florida


BRIEF-Southern California Edison-‍parties in lawsuit challenging permit allowing temporary storage of used nuclear fuel at San Onofre nuclear plant settled case

* Southern California Edison-‍parties in lawsuit challenging permit allowing temporary storage of used nuclear fuel at San Onofre nuclear plant settled case

Hurricane Harvey (2017)

How Hurricane Harvey Became So Destructive

Scientists say warm waters and stagnant winds in the upper atmosphere built a monster of a storm. Whether climate change is to blame is less clear.


Wine War in Southern France Has Streets Running Red

Winemakers in the region say their livelihoods are threatened by unfair competition under European trade rules. Now they’re in revolt.


Global leaders commit to eradicating modern slavery

SYDNEY, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Global business tycoons and politicians from 48 countries committed to ending human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery on Friday at a landmark gathering of high-profile leaders in the Australian city of Perth.


India says Pratt and Whitney to deliver aircraft engines by end-Sept - official

NEW DELHI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Pratt and Whitney has told India it will provide replacement engines for grounded A320neo aircraft operated by IndiGo and GoAir airlines by the end of September, a civil aviation ministry official said on Thursday.


BRIEF-Toll Brothers says confident about Southern California market in FY 2018 - Conf call

* Toll Brothers says hopeful and confident that FY 2018 should be a continuation of success it's seeing in Southern California - Conf call Further company coverage:


Eighteen semi trucks set on fire in southern Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Eighteen semi trucks used to transport food were set on fire in a parking lot in the southern Chilean city of Temuco on Saturday, local authorities said.

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

In Monument Debate, Calls for an Overdue Reckoning on Race and Southern Identity

A longtime mantra used by many defenders is being undercut by the embrace of Confederate imagery by white supremacists.

'Whitney' exposes rifts in Houston's tragic life

The oddly punctuated title has multiple meanings in "Whitney. Can I Be Me," a documentary about the late singing star Whitney Houston, a woman torn among various factions and constituencies in a charmed, tormented and too-brief life.

Lee, Robert E

What Robert E. Lee Wrote to The Times About Slavery in 1858

The man who would become a Confederate general wanted to correct an article about freeing the slaves on his family’s estate.


Statue of 19th century slavery advocate removed in Maryland

(Reuters) - Authorities in Maryland on Friday removed a statue of a 19th century Chief Justice who wrote the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision in the latest example of action over memorials that have sparked protests across the United States.


UPDATE 2-Trump defends monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy

BRIDGEWATER, N.J/WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dug in defiantly on Thursday in his response to racial violence in Virginia, echoing the position of white nationalists by intensifying his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy.

How Rolling Stones bandmate became an environmental activist

Chuck Leavell is a forester, an environmental activist and a rocker.


NY Times must face defamation lawsuit over professor's slavery comments

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday said the New York Times Co must face a defamation lawsuit by a Louisiana economics professor who said it quoted him out of context by saying he described slavery as "not so bad."


Last blast from Gregg Allman, Southern man

LONDON (Reuters) - So close to death was blues rocker Gregg Allman when he was making his final album, the cover photographer did not get to his Savannah, Georgia, house in time.


Rising rivers flood homes in southern Venezuela

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela (Reuters) - Rising rivers have flooded homes in southern Venezuela, affecting more than 15,000 people and forcing some 500 to leave their homes, according to civil protection officials.


Four killed in southern Italian shooting

ROME (Reuters) - Four men were shot dead in an apparent gangland killing on Wednesday in southern Italy, police said, with two of the victims believed to be farmers who were targeted because they had witnessed the attack.


BRIEF-Southern Arc invests $5 million in Japan Gold Corp

* Southern Arc invests $5 million in Japan Gold Corp. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Solnit, Rebecca

How Rebecca Solnit Became the Voice of the Resistance

In recent years, the writer has amassed a new audience — a younger, mostly female group.

Cook, Barbara

Barbara Cook, Broadway Star Who Became a Cabaret Mainstay, Dies at 89

Ms. Cook, a Tony Award-winning leading lady in Broadway musicals of the 1950s and ’60s, grappled with alcoholism and obesity before reinventing herself.


Policeman killed in clash in southern Egypt: security sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian policeman was killed on Tuesday in a clash with suspected Islamist gunmen in the southern province of Qena, security sources said.


Archaeologists discover a 'Little Pompeii' in southern France

SAINTE-COLOMBE, France (Reuters) - French archaeologists have unearthed the ruins of a Roman settlement in southern France that was deserted by its inhabitants after fires that ultimately helped...

15 Southern cities you need to know about


BRIEF-Cargill to acquire Southern States Cooperative's animal feed business

* Cargill enters into purchase agreement to acquire Southern States Cooperative, Inc.'s animal feed business


U.S.-backed Yemeni troops attack al Qaeda in southern state

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemeni troops, backed by the United States and the United Arab Emirates, conducted several raids against the local affiliate of al Qaeda in Shabwa province on Thursday, the Emirati state news agency WAM said.


Pratt & Whitney tells India will resolve engine issues by September: official

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Pratt & Whitney has told the Indian government that it will by September resolve technical glitches that have affected its engines and hurt operations of two Indian airlines, an official at the country's aviation regulator said on Thursday.


Hansa Medical drug allows kidney transplantation in tough cases

LONDON (Reuters) - An experimental drug from Sweden's Hansa Medical has allowed doctors to perform successful kidney transplants in 24 out of 25 patients with a particularly high risk of organ rejection, researchers said on Wednesday.

How Osama bin Laden became the face of terror

The last decade of the 20th century saw Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror group inflict increasingly deadly attacks on the West. Watch CNN's "The Nineties," Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Kandahar (Afghanistan)

Taliban Bomber Kills 2 Americans in Southern Afghanistan

The assault on an armored NATO convoy is the latest insurgent strike in Kandahar Province, a once-secure region now increasingly at risk.


BRIEF-Southern Co reports qtrly loss per basic share $1.38

* Q2 earnings per share view $0.71 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S


SDF advances against Islamic State in southern Raqqa

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the verge of seizing full control of the southern neighborhoods of Islamic State-held Raqqa, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday.


Wildfire threatens Southern California homes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire broke out on Monday at the edge of a national forest in Southern California, threatening dozens of homes in the path of the flames and prompting authorities to order residents of several neighborhoods to evacuate their homes.


HBO urges critics of slavery drama to hold fire after Twitter outcry

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Reuters) - Cable channel HBO urged critics of its planned slavery-themed drama "Confederate" to reserve judgment until the show develops further, in response to an intense social media campaign demanding that the project be axed.


Philippine security forces find seven headless bodies on southern island

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine security forces found seven headless bodies on Monday believed to be the victims of kidnappings in two towns on the southern island of Basilan, a stronghold of the pro-Islamic State Abu Sayyaf group, police said.


Airbus CEO tells Pratt & Whitney to work harder on engine snags

PARIS, July 27 (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders on Thursday issued a challenge to Pratt & Whitney over delays in engine deliveries that have hit Airbus profits, saying the U.S. supplier needed to "work harder" to bring the situation back to normal.


Southern Copper second-quarter profit rises 35.1 pct yr/yr

LIMA, July 26 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp said on Wednesday that its second-quarter net profit rose 35.1 percent from the same period a year earlier amid a double-digit surge in global copper prices.


BRIEF-Southern Lithium announces non-brokered private placement

* Southern Lithium Corp - Will issue 4.8 million units (each "unit") at a purchase price $0.25 per unit, for total gross proceeds of up to $1.2 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Southern France

At least 10,000 people were forced to flee after a fire started near the town of Bormes-les-Mimosas, as summer blazes raged across the region.


BRIEF-Southern Missouri Bancorp reports Q4 preliminary earnings per share $0.49

* Southern Missouri Bancorp reports preliminary results for fourth quarter of fiscal 2017; increases quarterly dividend by 10%, to $0.11 per common share; schedules conference call to discuss results for Tuesday, July 25 at 3:30 pm Central Time


Fires destroy 1,400 hectares of forest in southern France

PARIS (Reuters) - Fires have destroyed some 1,400 hectares of forest and woodlands in the south of France and the island of Corsica on Monday, authorities said.

Moms sold daughters into sex slavery

CNN's Alexandra Field catches up with three girls featured in the CNN Freedom Project's award-winning 2013 documentary, "Every Day in Cambodia." Sold into sexual slavery by their own mothers, today they have found dignity and hope through gainful employment..


'Confederate' writers defend modern U.S. slavery show as scary but real

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The creators of the new television drama "Confederate," set in an imaginary world where slavery still exists in the United States, defended their vision after the concept provoked outrage on social media this week.


BRIEF-Fidelity Southern reports Q2 earnings per share $0.33

* Fidelity Southern Corporation reports earnings for second quarter of $8.9 million


BRIEF-Norfolk Southern to consolidate operating divisions

* Norfolk Southern to consolidate operating divisions to enhance service and gain efficiencies


Wildfires Roar Across Southern Europe

The blaze season is in full swing along the Mediterranean coast, fed by a mixture of strong winds, dry weather and high heat.


Afghan forces retake district in southern province of Helmand

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces have retaken a southern district from the Taliban as part of a drive to weaken the insurgents' hold on Helmand province and push them back from around its capital, Lashkar Gah, officials said on Monday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

How Trump’s ‘Miss Universe’ in Russia Became Ensnared in a Political Inquiry

The meeting between President Trump's son and a Russian lawyer last year was set up by an acquaintance from Mr. Trump's ownership of the Miss Universe pageant.


Magnitude 5.3 quake hits southern Japan, no tsunami warning

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 hit the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.


UPDATE 1-Magnitude 5.3 quake hits southern Japan, no tsunami warning

TOKYO, July 11 (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 hit the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

How mom became target of neo-Nazi trolls

Once the calls began, they did not stop. Swiping to decline a call just led to the phone ringing again. Blocked number after blocked number filled up the voice mail.


Security forces kill six suspected militants in shootout in southern Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces have killed six suspected militants sympathetic to Islamic State in a shooutout in the southern province of Assiut, an Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

He Became a Hate Crime Victim. She Became a Widow.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s death in an anti-immigrant attack at a Kansas bar made headlines the world over. Now his wife, Sunayana Dumala, opens up about her life and her work to reduce hate crimes.

Amusement and Theme Parks

Ties: How I Became That Weird Theme Park Mom

Screaming on roller coasters is cheaper than therapy, and it takes me back to a time when I was more than just a bit player in my sons’ lives.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

How a Home Bargain Became a ‘Pain in the Butt,’ and Worse

A contract for deed, a seller-financed deal, can make it difficult to determine who owns a property, and who is responsible for paying taxes.


BRIEF-Southern Lithium is granted permit to drill Cruz Property, Salta Argentina

* Southern Lithium is granted permit to drill Cruz Property, Salta Argentina Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Southern First Bancshares says entered into loan and security agreement

* Southern First Bancshares - on june 30, co entered into loan and security agreement, which provides for revolving multiple advances loan of up to $15 million


Togo reports H5N1 bird flu in southern part of the country: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Togo reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu at a poultry farm in the southern part of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from the Togolese farm ministry.


Syrian army announces ceasefire in southern Syria until Thursday

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said it would suspend combat operations in southern Syria until Thursday, including in Quneitra province where Israel has hit army outposts in recent days, according to a statement carried by state television.


BRIEF-Southern Co unit, Wärtsilä sign deal for flexible gas power plant projects

* Unit and Wärtsilä signed a MOU to develop two flexible gas power plant projects Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)


BRIEF-Georgia Power says co, Southern Nuclear prepared to assume Vogtle project management by late july

* Georgia power, southern nuclear prepared to assume vogtle project management by late july


‘American Gothic’ and a Grant Wood Retrospective Are Coming to the Whitney

The painting is coming back to New York for an exhibition opening in March.


Authorities confirm bird flu case in southern Belgium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian health authorities said they confirmed a case of bird flu in southern Belgium concerning the highly contagious H5N8 virus, and established a 3 kilometer perimeter around the area where the transport of birds and eggs was forbidden.


China Southern Air to raise up to $1.9 bln in share issue for aircraft purchase, capital boost

HONG KONG, June 26 (Reuters) - China Southern Airlines said on Monday it will raise up to 12.7 billion yuan ($1.9 billion) in a private sale of new shares to fund the purchase of aeroplanes and replenish working capital.


Hundreds evacuated due to forest fires in southern Spain

(Reuters) - More than 700 people were evacuated from homes, campsites and hotels due to the threat from a forest fire in southern Spain, emergency services said on Sunday.


Pro-Islamic state militants storm school in southern Philippines: police

MANILA (Reuters) - Pro-Islamic State militants stormed a town and occupied a school in the southern Philippines early on Wednesday, a police officer said, on the same island where fighting between government troops and Islamist militants has entered its fifth week.


Southern Japan hit by 5.0 magnitude quake, no tsunami

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 hit southern Japan late on Tuesday but was not likely to cause a tsunami, Japan Meteorological Agency said.


BRIEF-Aviall extends relationship with Pratt & Whitney Canada

* Aviall extends relationship with Pratt & Whitney Canada through new PW980 auxiliary power unit spare parts distribution agreement

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: How Uber and Airbnb Became Poster Children for the Disruption Economy

Three books reckon with pioneers of the sharing economy; a fourth considers their dark side.

Supermarkets and Grocery Stores

How Whole Foods Became the Organic Giant

Over several decades, John Mackey grew a 2,000 square-foot store in Austin into a $13.4 billion deal with Amazon.


Whitney Houston was never ready for fame, says new documentary

LONDON (Reuters) - Before the millions of record sales, hundreds of awards and international acclaim, Whitney Houston was simply "Nippy from Newark", a naive young girl, ill prepared for fame.

Southern Baptist Convention

In Quick Reversal, Southern Baptists Denounce White Nationalists

At a conference, pastors at first declined a resolution denouncing the so-called alt-right. Facing backlash, they approved a less harsh version.

United States Politics and Government

House Divided: How We Became Bitter Political Enemies

Members of the two parties are more likely today to describe each other unfavorably, as selfish, as threats, even as unsuitable marriage material.


Southern California power supply at risk this summer: FERC

(Reuters) - Natural gas constraints in Southern California could pose a risk to the region's power supply this summer, while New England and Texas could face tight electricity supplies, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said on Thursday.


Southern California power supply at risk this summer -FERC

June 15 (Reuters) - Natural gas constraints in Southern California could pose a risk to the region's power supply this summer, while New England and Texas could face tight electricity supplies, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said on Thursday.

My climate change musical became a GOP punching bag

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is scheduled to go to Capitol Hill on Thursday morning to defend draconian cuts to his agency's budget and climate programs. I will be checking my ears for burns.

Southern Baptists condemn Alt-Right white supremacy

In Phoenix, the Southern Baptist Convention pass a resolution condemning Alt-Right white supremacy during a dramatic session.

Southern Baptists torn over whether to condemn 'alt-right'

In a dramatic late-night move Tuesday, the Southern Baptist Convention agreed to hold a vote on denouncing the "alt-right" white nationalist movement, a collective decision that followed a day-long drama where pastors pushed back against denominational leaders who initially chose not to address the issue.


U.S. moves long-range rocket launchers into southern Syria, intelligence sources say

AMMAN (Reuters) - The U.S. military has moved a new truck-mounted, long-range rocket launcher from Jordan to a U.S. base in Tanf, Syria, near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, stepping up its presence in the area, two regional intelligence sources said on Wednesday.

Budget Travel

Frugal Traveler: The Southern Charms of Spain and Portugal

Andalusia, the Sherry Triangle and the vistas of southern Portugal might be the ideal frugal corner of Europe.


Tribal fighting kills 22 in southern Iran: lawmaker

LONDON (Reuters) - Fighting between rival tribesmen in southern Iran left 22 people dead on Friday night, an Iranian lawmaker was quoted by ILNA news agency as saying on Saturday.


BRIEF-Southern Missouri Bancorp says Tammcorp's shareholders approved merger agreement

* Southern Missouri Bancorp Inc - Tammcorp's shareholders have approved merger agreement


BRIEF-Great Southern Bancorp announces early termination of FDIC loss sharing agreements

* Great Southern Bancorp Inc announces early termination of FDIC loss sharing agreements

Fighting modern slavery on Florida farms

Immokalee, Florida, used to be ground-zero for modern-day slavery in US agriculture. Today, slavery is all but eradicated on Florida farms.

Politics and Government

Syrian Boy Who Became Image of Civil War Reappears

Omran Daqneesh, the boy from Aleppo whose bloodied face captured the world’s attention, has appeared in new interviews on news outlets that favor the Syrian government.


BRIEF-Southern Co says Vogtle nuclear expansion interim assessment agreement extended through June 9

* Southern says negotiations regarding the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia are making progress and the parties have agreed to extend the interim assessment agreement through Friday (June 9) at 5 PM


BRIEF-Southern Co says Georgia Power,Westinghouse Electric,Wectec Global Project,Wectec Staffing enter amendment to interim assessment agreement

* Southern Co-on June 3,georgia power,westinghouse electric co,wectec global project services,wectec staffing enter amendment to interim assessment agreement


Ivory Coast cocoa farmers neglect plantations as price drop bites

SAN PEDRO, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Cocoa farmers in top grower Ivory Coast are passing up fertilizer and pesticide treatments and are instead spending their reduced earnings this season on essentials like food, healthcare and school fees as a drop in world prices hits home.


BRIEF-Kansas City Southern adds four directors to board

* KCS adds four directors to board; strengthens key areas on board


India's monsoon rains arrive at southern Kerala coast: weather office source

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Monsoon rains arrived at southern Kerala coast on Tuesday, a weather office source said, making it the earliest since 2011 and setting India up for higher farm output and robust economic growth.


Southern rock music pioneer Gregg Allman dead at 69

(Reuters) - Gregg Allman, whose soulful vocals made the Allman Brothers Band one of rock's top acts in the 1970s with songs such as "Whipping Post," in a career also marred by tragedy and drug abuse, died on Saturday at the age of 69, his official website said.

Southern rock pioneer Gregg Allman dies

Gregg Allman, the founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become a grizzled elder statesman for the blues music he loved, has died. He was 69.


Southern rock music star Gregg Allman dead at 69

(Reuters) - Gregg Allman, whose soulful vocals made the Allman Brothers Band one of rock's top acts in the 1970s with songs such as "Ramblin' Man" in a career also marred by tragedy and drug abuse, died on Saturday at the age of 69, his official website said.


The Latest Unrest in the Southern Philippines, Explained

Philippine troops are fighting militants linked to the Islamic State in the city of Marawi. Here is a look at what is happening and who is involved.

Whales and Whaling

Trilobites: How Whales Became the Biggest Animals on the Planet

Species like the blue whale became so big only in the past 4.5 million years, a result of changes to the food supply in the oceans, scientists say.

Slavery (Historical)

Stories of New Orleans: As Monuments Go Down, Family Histories Emerge

The removal of the city’s Confederate monuments has made the personal histories of whites and blacks all the more immediate. Here are five such stories.


Philippines leader declares martial law on southern island as fighting rages

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday after a fierce bout of fighting between the army and militants linked to Islamic State in the city of Marawi.


Death toll in southern Libyan attack rises to 141: official

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A spokesman for east Libyan armed forces said on Friday that as many as 141 people had been killed a day earlier in an attack on a southern air base.


Two suicide car bombs explode on highway near oilfields in southern Iraq

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Two suicide car bombers blew themselves up at checkpoints on a highway near oilfields in the southern Iraqi province of Basra on Friday, killing several people, police sources and an interior ministry spokesman said.