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French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles

PARIS (Reuters) - A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets.

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Tortured, starved California children rarely seen outside home: neighbors

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings who police said were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their disheveled house and, when they did, appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbors said.

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Belgium to mark Merckx anniversary in 2019 Tour start

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium will host the start of the Tour de France in 2019 with two stages paying homage to the country's greatest ever cyclist, Eddy Merckx, on the 50th anniversary of his first victory in the race.

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Death of Cranberries star O'Riordan not suspicious - police

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, police said on Tuesday, as tributes flowed in for one of Ireland's most successful artists.

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Parents charged after 13 siblings found starved, chained in California

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings who police say were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their disheveled house and, when they did, they appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbors said.

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Husband of 'Real Housewives' star dies

Zarin was the husband of former cast member Jill Zarin. He died from cancer at 71.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The President and the Porn Star

Trump’s sexual license has turned the culture wars upside down.

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Thirteen siblings found chained, starving in California home; parents charged

(Reuters) - Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday.

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Books of The Times: Catching Up With Denis Johnson’s Star-Crossed Drifters

“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,” a posthumous story collection, is a sequel of sorts to Johnson’s influential and beloved “Jesus’ Son.”

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Scientists identify what may have killed millions in mystery epidemic

In the 16th century, an epidemic known as "cocoliztli" that caused bleeding and vomiting swept through large areas of Guatemala, Mexico and even reached Peru. It wiped out 80% of the population, killing millions of people.

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BRIEF-RNC Minerals Plans Initiatives To Allow Decision To Start Dumont Nickel-Cobalt Project Construction In 2019

* RNC MINERALS PLANS INITIATIVES TO ALLOW DECISION TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF DUMONT NICKEL-COBALT PROJECT IN 2019; HIGHLIGHTS LARGE NICKEL AND COBALT RESERVES

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Nadal happy with rollicking start at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

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Kyrgios off to flying start in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Home hope Nick Kyrgios launched his Australian Open campaign with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 demolition of Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva on Monday to continue his bright start to the year.

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BRIEF-Torex Begins Re-Start Of Operations At ELG Mine, Main Access Gate Blockade Remains In Place

* TOREX INITIATES RE-START OF OPERATIONS AT ELG MINE: BLOCKADE AT MAIN ACCESS GATE REMAINS IN PLACE

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Golf: James starts another long drive to success

(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy have the potential to compete in long drive competitions, but would have to focus exclusively on the discipline for a year or so to be competitive, according to world champion Justin James.

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Shapovalov dazzles on Melbourne debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Denis Shapovalov dazzled in pink as he claimed a debut victory over Greek newcomer Stefanos Tsitsipas in a battle of the teenagers at the Australian Open on Monday.

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Colombia's ELN rebels must halt attacks, restart talks: U.N.

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's ELN rebel group must cease attacks and re-start peace talks with the government to end more than a half-century of war, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday, amid renewed violence after the end of a ceasefire between the two sides.

Venture Capital nytimes.com

Big Bets on A.I. Open a New Frontier for Chip Start-Ups, Too

Forty-five young companies are building processors just for artificial intelligence. At least five have raised more than $100 million from investors.

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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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Tennis: Kyrgios can become global superstar, says Becker

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios is ready to win over his doubters and can become an 'international sporting superstar' according to former world number one Boris Becker.

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Bill Murray debuts his Steve Bannon on 'SNL'

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Style Q&A: It’s Time for Another ‘Star Wars’ Best Costume Oscar

The costumer designer for “The Last Jedi,” talks about Oscar snubs, Carrie Fisher and Kylo Ren’s hot pants.

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WSJ: Trump lawyer arranged porn star payment for her silence in October 2016

President Donald Trump's longtime attorney denied that Trump had a sexual encounter with a porn star after a report by The Wall Street Journal on Friday alleged the lawyer helped facilitate a six-figure payment to the actress in October 2016 in exchange for her silence.

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DiCaprio to star in Charles Manson-era Tarantino movie

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a movie set around the Charles Manson murders, Hollywood entertainment publications reported on Friday, but he will not play the role of the American cult leader.

Egypt nytimes.com

The Saturday Profile: Cairo’s Lawsuit King Sues Actors, Belly Dancers, Even Puppet Shows

An Egyptian lawyer’s prolific lawsuits seek to punish those he deems to offend Egypt’s morality or its president.

Clifford, Stephanie nytimes.com

Porn Star Who Claimed Sexual Encounter With Trump Received Hush Money, Wall Street Journal Reports

The $130,000 payment was reportedly made a month before the election. Mr. Trump “vehemently denies” the encounter happened, his lawyer told The Journal.

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For Lorraine Hansberry, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Was Just the Start

The new documentary “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” explores a more complex and complicated playwright than the civil rights figure known to most people.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

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.

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Roche's star MS medicine Ocrevus wins EU approval

ZURICH (Reuters) - The European Union approved Roche's multiple sclerosis medicine Ocrevus, one the Swiss company's key new drugs that likely neared $1 billion in revenue in its first nine months on the U.S. market.

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Japan starts culling chicken after confirming bird flu outbreak

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said.

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Japan starts chicken cull after confirming bird flu outbreak

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said.

Poetry and Poets nytimes.com

Profile: How the Astro Poets Lit Up the Internet

Their popular Twitter account draws over 230,000 followers, with fans including Lorde and Michelle Branch. Next up: the book version.

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UPDATE 3-Strike threat looms as labour talks start in Germany

* Germany is Europe's economic powerhouse (Adds comments after talks, opinion poll)

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Journalist says she started notorious list of allegations against men in the media

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Walmart, Citing Tax Cuts, Will Raise Starting Wages and Expand Benefits

The nation’s largest employer said on Thursday that would increase its minimum hourly wage to $11 from $9, expand parental leave benefits and give some workers a $1,000 bonus.

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BRIEF-Forty Seven Inc Says Announced Deal With Genentech To Collaborate On Novel Immuno-Oncology Combination For Leukemia, Bladder Cancer

* FORTY SEVEN INC SAYS ANNOUNCED DEAL WITH GENENTECH TO COLLABORATE ON NOVEL IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY COMBINATION FOR LEUKEMIA, BLADDER CANCER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Polish parliament starts work on further restricting abortion

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's parliament has started work on a new abortion law, in the conservative government second bid to tighten rules that are already among Europe's toughest.

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Global business jet market starting to recover: Dassault Aviation chief

PARIS (Reuters) - The global business jet market, which had been bruised by the 2007-08 financial crisis, has started to show signs of recovery, the head of France's Dassault Aviation said on Thursday.

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Global business jet market starting to recover -Dassault Aviation chief

PARIS, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The global business jet market, which had been bruised by the 2007-08 financial crisis, has started to show signs of recovery, the head of France's Dassault Aviation said on Thursday.

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LG Electronics to start operating U.S. washing machine factory in fourth-quarter 2018

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics plans to start operating its new washing machine factory in the United States in the fourth quarter this year, its chief executive said on Thursday.

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LG Elec to start operating U.S. washing machine factory in Q4 2018

SEOUL, Jan 11 (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics plans to start operating its new washing machine factory in the United States in the fourth quarter this year, its chief executive said on Thursday.

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Serena absence gives chance for a new superstar to emerge

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Women's tennis starts its 2018 campaign with the usual early focus on the Australian Open and a huge question mark over who can fill the yawning gap left by the absence of Serena Williams.

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White House personal cell ban starts next week

The White House ban on staffers using personal cellphones in the West Wing will go into effect next Tuesday, according to an internal memo sent Wednesday by chief of staff John Kelly.

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BRIEF-Stars Group Appoints Observer To Board Of Directors

* THE STARS GROUP APPOINTS OBSERVER TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH MR. TANG HAO

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Real estate investing startup Cadre partners with Goldman Sachs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York-based real estate investment company Cadre has partnered with Goldman Sachs Group Inc to allow the bank's private wealth management clients to invest through the startup's platform.

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Finnish police starts investigations over forest company hacking

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Wednesday it would start investigations on a suspected data breach at Metsa Group, one of the Nordic country's largest forest companies.

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Father’s sacrifice helps Kim become snowboard star

LONDON (Reuters) - Chloe Kim has the chance to become the youngest female snowboarder to win Olympic gold when the 2018 Pyeongchang Games kick off in South Korea next month and the American teen says she owes much of her success to her dedicated dad.

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Feature: The Mystery of the Exiled Billionaire Whistleblower

From a penthouse on Central Park, Guo Wengui has exposed a phenomenal web of corruption in China’s ruling elite — if, that is, he’s telling the truth.

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Prince Harry, Markle make 2018 debut

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped into a community radio station in south London.

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Former Vietnam official points to ex-PM in high-profile trial

HANOI (Reuters) - A former Vietnamese politburo member on trial over the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars at state oil firm PetroVietnam has testified that a key decision was taken by the previous prime minister, according to video published on local media.

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Collegiate star says she told USA Gymnastics about abuse in 2015

Until Tuesday, former national team gymnast Maggie Nichols had been known as "Athlete A" in investigatory documents in connection with the sexual abuse case against a former team doctor.

Black No More (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: Two Classic American Novels About the Madness and Beauty of Race

George S. Schuyler’s “Black No More” and Nella Larsen’s “Passing” have been reissued in time for Black History Month.

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Tesla says solar roof production has started in Buffalo

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc said on Tuesday it began manufacturing its premium solar roof tiles at the company's Buffalo, New York factory last month and has started surveying the homes of customers who made a deposit of $1,000 to reserve the product last year.

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BRIEF-Nustar Energy LP Announces Open Season For Expansion Of Co’s Permian Crude System

* NUSTAR ENERGY LP SAYS OPEN SEASON COMMENCES ON JANUARY 9, 2018 AT NOON CST AND WILL EXTEND FOR AT LEAST 30 DAYS

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'Farce' - no new start for Britain's May with reshuffle

LONDON (Reuters) - A government reshuffle by British Prime Minister Theresa May was dismissed even by some of her allies on Tuesday as a failure that one said left her attempt to reassert her authority in "smoke and wreckage".

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'Is that it?' No new start for UK's May with reshuffle

LONDON (Reuters) - It was meant to be a fresh start to put a year of gaffes, scandals and an ill-judged election behind Britain's Theresa May, but so far it only seems to have made matters worse.

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'Roseanne' star says revived show reflects Trump's America

PASADENA, Calif., Jan 8 (Reuters) - The March revival of hit 1990s television comedy "Roseanne" will show how a politically divided, working-class American family grapples with daily life and challenges after the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, the show's stars said on Monday.

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CORRECTED-Minimum wage hike has rocky start in Canada's Ontario province

TORONTO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A steep minimum wage increase that went into effect on Jan. 1 in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, has had a rocky start as some employers cut workers' hours and benefits to reduce its impact on the bottom line.

Rollins, Tim nytimes.com

Tim Rollins Dies at 62; Turned Bronx Teenagers Into Art Stars

Mr. Rollins devoted almost all of his career to an unusual combination of art-making and teaching, and to the group known as Tim Rollins + K.O.S.

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Eyal Shani, an Israeli Celebrity Chef, Makes His New York Debut

Mr. Shani’s whole roasted cauliflower will be on offer at a branch of Miznon, his global group of casual restaurants, when it opens at Chelsea Market this month.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

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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Wanting a new start, Britain's May changes leadership team

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May named an ally to run the ruling Conservatives and promoted younger ministers on Monday to try to give her divided party and government a new start after a year marred by an ill-judged election, rows over Brexit and scandals.

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Princess Charlotte starts nursery school

Britain's Princess Charlotte, youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, started nursery school on Monday.

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BRIEF-North Star Investment Management Reports 5.9 Pct Passive Stake In A.H. Belo Corp

* NORTH STAR INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORP REPORTS A 5.9 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN A.H. BELO CORP AS OF DEC 31 - SEC FILING Source text : ( http://bit.ly/2CE6w7D ) Further company coverage:

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UK's Prince William's daughter Charlotte starts nursery school

LONDON (Reuters) - Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Britain's Prince William and wife Kate, began her first day at nursery school near the couple's London home, Kensington Palace, on Monday.

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Hoping for a new start, Britain's May appoints new Conservative Party head

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May named a new head of the ruling Conservatives on Monday in a reshuffle aimed at handing her government a new start after months of divisions over Brexit, scandals and an ill-judged election.

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Theresa May Starts to Reshuffle U.K. Cabinet

The British prime minister is hoping to increase her authority as Britain continues to negotiate the terms of its exit from the European Union.

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Starr: Mueller must look Trump in the eye

Kenneth Starr, a former independent prosecutor who investigated President Clinton, says it is "probable" and "appropriate" for special counsel Robert Mueller to hold a face-to-face interview with President Trump.

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Big air snowboarding looks to thrill on Olympics debut

LONDON (Reuters) - The newest Olympic sport should prove to be a crowd-pleaser straight away.

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BRIEF-Metlife Inc Announces Launch Of Two Insurtech Investment Programs For Start-Up Cos

* METLIFE INC - ANNOUNCED LAUNCH OF TWO INSURTECH INVESTMENT PROGRAMS FOR START-UP COS, METLIFE DIGITAL VENTURES AND METLIFE DIGITAL ACCELERATOR Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Wellstar And Pacira To Minimize Opioid Use Across Surgical Procedures

* WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM AND PACIRA PHARMACEUTICALS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO MINIMIZE OPIOID USE AND STANDARDIZE OUTCOMES ACROSS SURGICAL PROCEDURES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Starboard says chipmaker Mellanox's 2018 targets insufficient

(Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP said on Monday Israeli chipmaker Mellanox Technologies Ltd's 2018 targets were insufficient and too heavily reliant on revenue growth.

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U.S. bank gains from tax law start with red ink

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. bank executives and investors expect a long-term boost from the new federal tax code, but the biggest lenders will first need to book multi-billion-dollar charges that will muddle fourth-quarter results.

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World stock rally rolls on with best start in eight years

LONDON (Reuters) - World stock markets hovered close to all-time highs on Monday as the best start to a year in eight years showed little sign of running out of steam, with the combination of strong global growth and low inflation powering the appetite for risk.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stock rally rolls on with best start in eight years

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - World stock markets hovered close to all-time highs on Monday as the best start to a year in eight years showed little sign of running out of steam, with the combination of strong global growth and low inflation powering the appetite for risk.

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

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

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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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Vietnam starts high-profile trial over oil firm losses

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam put 22 executives on trial over losses at the state oil firm on Monday, including a businessman Germany accuses Hanoi of kidnapping from a Berlin park and the communist state's first politburo member to face trial in decades.

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Golden Globes start award season under a big spotlight

All eyes will be on Hollywood Sunday night, and not just for stargazing.

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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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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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The stars, the clothes, the awards

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Starbucks wins dismissal in U.S. of underfilled latte lawsuit

Jan 7 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp has won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing the coffee chain of overcharging customers by underfilling lattes and mochas to reduce milk costs.

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Box Office: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' roars past 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' 'Insidious 4'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" handily won the first box office weekend of 2018 over the launch of "Insidious: The Last Key" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" with $36 million at 3,801 North American locations.

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French pop star France Gall dies at 70

PARIS (Reuters) - Singer France Gall, whose hits -- including a Eurovision triumph with Serge Gainsbourg -- made her an icon of French pop music, has died aged 70.

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Cornered Merkel upbeat as starts government talks with center-left

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) could agree to join forces as they embarked on five days of talks about reviving the 'grand coalition' that has governed Germany since 2013.

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Merkel optimistic at start of government talks with Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was "optimistic" going into exploratory talks with the Social Democrats (SPD), whose leader Martin Schulz said his party would not draw any red lines at the start of discussions.

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Nigeria starts large scale evacuation of its citizens from Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Nigeria is starting flights to evacuate thousands of its citizens from Libya which will continue until all those wanting to return home have done so, its foreign minister said on Saturday.

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Humira’s Best-Selling Drug Formula: Start at a High Price. Go Higher.

AbbVie’s anti-inflammatory drug Humira was never cheap, selling for about $19,000 a year in 2012. It’s gone up by 100 percent since then.

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U.S. agency starts review for Alaska mine project opposed by environmentalists

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan 5 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators formally launched a review process on Friday that could produce a permit a Canadian mining group needs to build the Pebble Mine copper and gold project in southwest Alaska, which is opposed by environmentalists. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency that regulates the development and dredging of wetlands, has published the completed permit application from the Pebble Limited Partnership on its website.

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Starz tells Altice to stop 'false' statements in carriage fight

Jan 5 (Reuters) - The Starz cable network on Friday said it demanded that distributor Altice USA Inc stop making what Starz called false statements after the two sides failed to reach a contract renewal.

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BRIEF-Starz Says Issued A Cease And Desist Letter To Altice

* STARZ - ISSUED A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER TO ALTICE OVER FALSE STATEMENTS THAT ALTICE MADE TO CUSTOMERS OVER ITS DECISION DROP THE STARZ CHANNELS

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FBI agent describes grisly warehouse in start of body broker's trial

DETROIT (Reuters) - The warehouse of a Michigan man who sold donated body parts to researchers was littered with dead flies, dog bowls and human remains “frozen together in flesh-on-flesh chunks,” a federal agent testified Friday.

Theater nytimes.com

Vows: ‘Waitress’ Star Has a Tip for You: Marry Your Best Friend

Betsy Wolfe, a Broadway actress, marries Adam Krauthamer, a French horn player (who also knows how to make a good cup of coffee).

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Khloe Kardashian's baby bump makes TV debut

Khloe Kardashian sits down with Ellen to discuss her pregnancy, claiming she doesn't want to wear maternity clothes.

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Exclusive: Renault-Nissan sets up $200 million fund to tap startups: sources

PARIS (Reuters) - The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is pooling $200 million in a new mobility tech fund, three sources said, in the latest move by major carmakers to adapt to rapid industry change by investing in startups through their own venture capital arms.

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Second time lucky? Merkel starts over with coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, weakened by an election setback in September, launches a second bid to build a coalition government on Sunday when she sits down with the Social Democrats (SPD) for exploratory talks.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

U.S. to Start Korean Trade Talks Amid Rising Tensions

The renegotiation of the agreement between the United States and South Korea comes at a critical time, as North Korea seeks to drive a wedge between the allies.

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Start a new (good) habit, kill an old (bad) one

Odds are, you are trying to break a bad habit or institute a good one right now. As a species, we are impressively committed to self-improvement, and most of us believe that habits are an effective means to that end.

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Baseball: LA Angels star Ohtani trains in Japan

KAMAGAYA, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese fans braved the winter cold on Friday to catch a glimpse of Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani in training for the upcoming American baseball season.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

The Saturday Profile: A Rival Steps up to Challenge Turkey’s President Erdogan

Meral Aksener, a former interior minister, wants to reverse much of what Mr. Erdogan has forged in nearly 15 years at the helm.

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Peru's pardoned Fujimori leaves clinic, starts life as free man

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's recently-pardoned former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori left a hospital as a free man for the first time in 12 years on Thursday, waving to his supporters from a wheelchair before entering a car with his lawmaker son Kenji.

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Starfish eating Australia's Great Barrier Reef alarm scientists

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia's world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday, prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals.

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Trump lawsuit over White House book 'nonstarter,' legal experts say

(Reuters) - Any lawsuits by President Donald Trump against former chief strategist Steve Bannon or the author and publisher of a book depicting a chaotic White House and Trump as out of his depth would almost certainly fail and could lead to more damaging disclosures, legal experts said.

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Met museum to start charging out-of-staters $25

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Tiger to start 2018 campaign at Farmers Insurance Open

(Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods will make his much-anticipated 2018 debut at this month's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, his first official PGA Tour event since missing the cut at the same tournament last year.

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Snowboard star back after horrific crash

Video in a Yahoo Sports documentary shows snowboard star Shaun White crashing during a training run and sustaining lacerations to his face.

Writing and Writers nytimes.com

Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli Novelist and Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 85

Mr. Appelfeld made the plight of Jews during World War II his great subject, yet he told his stories obliquely, from a seemingly naïve viewpoint.

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BRIEF-Lycera Corp Announces Initiation Of Phase 1b Study Of Novel Immuno-Oncology Candidate LYC-55716 In Combination With Pembrolizumab

* LYCERA CORP ANNOUNCES INITIATION OF PHASE 1B STUDY OF NOVEL IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY CANDIDATE LYC-55716 IN COMBINATION WITH PEMBROLIZUMAB Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Consumers Energy Starts Operations Of Cross Winds Energy Park II In Michigan's Thumb

* CONSUMERS ENERGY STARTS OPERATIONS OF CROSS WINDS® ENERGY PARK II IN MICHIGAN'S THUMB

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

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

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Rising star Thomas vows to avoid distractions

(Reuters) - Justin Thomas is working on the adjustments needed to fulfill his role as one of golf's elite players, while a fit-again Dustin Johnson is ready to fire on all cylinders, the leading Americans said on Wednesday.

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President started 2018 angered over uncertainty around the Russia probe. Then Steve Bannon made it worse.

President Donald Trump started 2018 in a fury partly fueled by anger at his legal team for offering shifting timelines about when the Russia investigation would end, according to two sources familiar with the President's mindset.

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BRIEF-Starbucks Says UPEC And PCSC Assumed 100 Pct Ownership Of Starbucks Operations In Taiwan For About $175 Mln

* STARBUCKS - ON DECEMBER 31, 2017, UPEC AND PCSC ACQUIRED STARBUCKS 50% INTEREST IN PRESIDENT STARBUCKS COFFEE TAIWAN LIMITED‍​

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Sorry, sci-fi fans: star's oddness not due to alien mega-structure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was too good to be true. Scientists have ruled out the most exotic explanation -- an orbiting alien mega-structure -- for the behavior of a celestial oddity dubbed Tabby's Star that has been puzzling scientists with its sporadic dimming and brightening.

Exercise nytimes.com

Encounters: Working Out With Charles Glass, a Trainer to the Stars

In the 1980s, Mr. Glass was a champion bodybuilder. Now he helps sculpt celebrities and bodybuilders at the Gold’s Gym in Venice, Calif.

cnn.com

Why does the 'most mysterious star in the universe' act this way?

More than 1,000 light-years away, there is a star that has been baffling astronomers since it was first observed in data collected by the Kepler mission. KIC 8462852 is 50% bigger than our sun, and 1,000 degrees hotter.

topNews reuters.com

Canada starts legal challenge of 'troubling' U.S. lumber duties

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Ottawa has launched legal challenges of U.S. duties on imports of certain Canadian softwood lumber products, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday.

cnn.com

'Fixer Upper' stars expecting 5th child

HGTV "Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines announce they are expecting their fifth child.

vis-multimedia nytimes.com

The ‘Nuclear Button’ Explained: For Starters, There’s No Button

The image of a leader being able to launch missiles with the push of one finger has, for decades, instilled fear.

businessNews reuters.com

Israel's El Al Airlines to start flights to Silicon Valley

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - El Al Israel Airlines said on Wednesday it will begin nonstop flights between Tel Aviv and San Francisco in the fourth quarter, as it continues to expand into North America.

companyNews reuters.com

LIVE MARKETS-Stronger start for European equities

* European stocks open higher * Next drives retail sector up after strong Christmas update * Tech stocks, industrials rise * MiFID II reforms, U.S. Fed minutes in focus Jan 3(Reuters) - Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Kit Rees. Reach her on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: kit.rees.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net Stronger start for European equities

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Basilea starts clinical phase 1 study in collaboration with U.S. Adult Brain Tumor Consortium ​

* ‍INITIATION OF A PHASE 1 STUDY CONDUCTED UNDER ITS CLINICAL STUDY AGREEMENT WITH ADULT BRAIN TUMOR CONSORTIUM IN U.S.​

companyNews reuters.com

US STOCKS-Wall St starts year on strong note; Nasdaq ends above 7,000

* Indexes up: Dow 0.4 pct, S&P 0.8 pct, Nasdaq 1.5 pct (Updates volume, adds details)

companyNews reuters.com

Altice drops Starz, directs customers to its online service

Jan 2 (Reuters) - Cable company Altice USA Inc is employing a new negotiating tactic when it comes to reaching agreements with content providers on prices: pointing customers to programmers' own streaming services.

Theater nytimes.com

Review: Everyday Chatter Unveils a Mystery in ‘Say Something Bunny!’

Alison S.M. Kobayashi was determined to figure out who made a set of puzzling 1950s recordings. Her detective work led to a sneakily moving interactive play.

businessNews reuters.com

Wall Street starts year on strong note; Nasdaq ends above 7,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday in the first session of the new year, pushing the Nasdaq to close above 7,000 for the first time, as investors were optimistic that 2018 will bring more gains for the market.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 2-European stocks see faltering start to 2018 as autos weigh

* Wednesday's MiFID launch in focus (Adds details, updates prices at close)

cnn.com

US dollar stumbles in start of 2018

businessNews reuters.com

Wall Street off to strong start to 2018 as techs gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street's major indexes were higher on the first trading session of the year on Tuesday, driven by technology and consumer discretionary stocks, setting the stage for another year of robust gains for equities.

healthNews reuters.com

Starting new COPD inhaler tied to heart attack risk

(Reuters Health) - People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who use long-acting inhaled bronchodilators may have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes right after they start taking these medicines, a Taiwanese study suggests.

Logan Paul nytimes.com

YouTube Star Logan Paul Apologizes for Posting Video Showing Dead Body

Mr. Paul, 22, posted a video that showed a body hanging from a tree in a Japanese forest that is known as a destination for suicide victims.

companyNews reuters.com

US STOCKS-Wall Street set for positive start to 2018

Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Tuesday, the first trading day of 2018, signaling a continuation of the solid run from last year.

companyNews reuters.com

Miner Golden Star says two died in Ghana gold mine

Jan 2 (Reuters) - Canadian gold miner Golden Star Resources said on Tuesday two employees died on Dec. 29 after inhaling poisonous gasses at the company's Prestea underground gold mine in Ghana.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

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.

businessNews reuters.com

Dollar starts 2018 in doldrums, European stocks groggy

LONDON (Reuters) - The ailing dollar fell to its lowest in over three months on Tuesday, while surprisingly upbeat Chinese manufacturing data ensured there was no serious new year hangover for world shares despite a groggy start for Europe.

companyNews reuters.com

GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar starts 2018 in doldrums, European stocks groggy

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - The ailing dollar fell to its lowest in over three months on Tuesday, while surprisingly upbeat Chinese manufacturing data ensured there was no serious new year hangover for world shares despite a groggy start for Europe.

cnn.com

YouTube star sorry for gruesome video

YouTube star Logan Paul apologized after he posted a disturbing video that showed a body hanging from a tree in Japan after an apparent suicide. Paul tweeted an apology saying he had been "misguided by shock and awe."

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-European stocks see faltering start to 2018 as autos and miners weigh

* IAG deal to buy Niki assets weighs on Lufthansa (Updates prices, adds detail, quotes)

companyNews reuters.com

European stocks see faltering start to 2018 as miners weigh

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - European stocks faltered at the start of the trading year on Tuesday as an impressive run-up in metals and mining stocks reversed, while strength in oil companies and banks was not enough to stop the slide.

companyNews reuters.com

METALS-LME copper starts 2018 firmer on strong China demand

SYDNEY, Jan 2 (Reuters) - London copper was pushed higher on Tuesday on bets that demand in top consumer China will improve in 2018, keeping prices near four-year highs at the start of trading in the new year.

businessNews reuters.com

Dollar starts new year in doldrums, Asia stocks in good cheer

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The euro stood within striking distance of its 2017 peak on an ailing U.S. dollar on Tuesday, while Asian stocks began the new year close to their highest in a decade.

companyNews reuters.com

GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar starts new year in doldrums, Asia stocks in good cheer

* Asian shares consolidate past gains as Japan takes holidays

Airlines and Airplanes nytimes.com

Those Seatback Screens on Planes Are Starting to Disappear

They may keep passengers happy, but the entertainment systems are expensive and add bulk and weight to the seats. Plus, travelers are bringing their own devices.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Holds Off 'Jumanji' on New Year's Weekend

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In a battle of box office heavyweights, Luke Skywalker just managed to hold off Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the world rang in another year.

New Year nytimes.com

Happy New Year! Start It Off by Relaxing and Centering Yourself

Welcome to the latest edition of the Smarter Living newsletter.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Tops $1 Billion Worldwide

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney-Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has cleared the $1 billion milestone in worldwide grosses in less than three weeks.

cnn.com

New 'Star Wars' movie hits $1 billion

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Tamil film star Rajinikanth to enter politics in India's 'Detroit'

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A big star of India's Tamil-language movies, Rajinikanth, said on Sunday he is launching a political party, adding drama to a heated political scene in a state with a history of film stars becoming chief ministers.

topNews reuters.com

Israeli pipeline, once a link to Iran, will remain a mystery

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An oil pipeline company established decades ago by Israel and Iran, and a new Israeli company that is meant to replace it, can continue to operate secretly, an Israeli parliamentary committee ruled on Sunday.

worldNews reuters.com

Tamil film star to enter politics in India's 'Detroit'

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A big star of India's Tamil-language movies, Rajinikanth, said on Sunday he is launching a political party, adding drama to a heated political scene in a state with a history of film stars becoming chief ministers.

cnn.com

9 celebrity feuds, starring Donald Trump

Whether you relish President Donald Trump's combative style or are overcome with anxiety when he tweets, one thing is clear: Trump never backs down in a feud, and he is not likely to start in 2018.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides nytimes.com

2 Men Charged in Quadruple Homicide in Troy; Motive Is a Mystery

James W. White and Justin C. Mann, both of Schenectady, N.Y., were charged in the deaths of a woman, her 11- and 5-year-old children and her partner.

sportsNews reuters.com

Sharp Federer gives Switzerland winning start at Hopman Cup

(Reuters) - Roger Federer dismissed Japan's Yuichi Sugita 6-4 6-3 in just over an hour on Saturday to give Switzerland a winning start at the Hopman Cup and send out a signal to his opponents ahead of next month's Australian Open.

Social Media nytimes.com

Inside the Hollywood Home of Social Media’s Stars. (Don’t Be Shy.)

High jinks and networking abound at 1600 Vine Street, the apartment complex minting the next generation of Instagram and YouTube celebrities.

cnn.com

Best-selling mystery writer dies of cancer

Sue Grafton, the best-selling mystery writer who penned 25 novels with alphabet-based titles, starting with "A Is for Alibi" and ending with "Y Is for Yesterday," has died after a bout with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark, said Friday in a social media post.

cnn.com

'Real Housewives' star enters treatment following arrest

"The Real Housewives of New York City" star Luann de Lesseps is going to rehab.

domesticNews reuters.com

U.S. crime novelist Sue Grafton dies of cancer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crime novelist Sue Grafton, whose Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series became world-wide best sellers, has died after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter said on Friday.

Grafton, Sue nytimes.com

Sue Grafton, Best-Selling Mystery Author, Dies at 77

Ms. Grafton was best known for her so-called alphabet novels, featuring the detective Kinsey Millhone, which began with “A Is for Alibi” in 1982.

topNews reuters.com

Child playing with stove may have started deadly N.Y. fire, mayor says

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A child playing with a stove may have caused the fire in a New York City apartment building that killed 12 people, including four children, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.

environmentNews reuters.com

Beijing may be starting to win its battle against smog

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing may have turned a corner in its battle against the city's notorious smog, according to Reuters calculations, and environmental consultants say the Chinese government deserves much of the credit for introducing tough anti-pollution measures.

cnn.com

Fire started on first floor and spread quickly

At least 12 people, including a child, were killed in a fire at a five-story apartment building in the Bronx, one of New York City's boroughs, officials said.

Inaugurations nytimes.com

De Blasio’s Second Inauguration: Less Fanfare, Dimmed Star Power

With Mayor de Blasio having alienated some luminaries who attended his first inauguration, his second swearing-in will have a pared-down look.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund nytimes.com

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.

topNews reuters.com

Ex-soccer star 'King George' Weah wins Liberia's presidency

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Former soccer star George Weah has won Liberia's presidential run-off election and will succeed incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf next month, the country's first democratic transition in over 70 years.

topNews reuters.com

Soccer star George Weah wins Liberian presidential election

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Former soccer star George Weah has defeated Vice President Joseph Boakai to win Liberia's presidential run-off election with 61.5 percent of the vote based on 98.1 percent of ballots cast, the election commission said on Thursday.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Why Every Pop Star Wants a Piece of Starrah

With hits for Drake, Rihanna and Maroon 5, an intensely private woman is the secret queen of streaming.

cnn.com

Diet starts Monday? Try the 'non-diet diet'

For the new year, if you've been struggling with your weight, you might turn to a new diet for help with shedding pounds.

cnn.com

Mystery surrounds most expensive home

The world's most expensive house, Chateau Louis XIV, is located in Paris and valued at $300 million. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

businessNews reuters.com

Japan's Nomura poised to start China retail brokerage business: CEO

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nomura Holdings Inc is ready to serve wealthy Chinese as soon as the world's second-largest economy allows foreign financial institutions to open securities brokerages, the chief executive of Japan's biggest brokerage and investment bank said.

vis-photo nytimes.com

At an Air Show in China, Drones, Not Jets, Are the Stars

China makes the world’s most popular drones. The country’s passion for unmanned flying machines runs deep — and starts at an early age.

topNews reuters.com

Israel passes disputed law muzzling police on high-profile probes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament ratified on Thursday a law barring police investigators from going public with their findings, in what opposition lawmakers saw as a bid to soften scrutiny of corruption probes against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Israel ambassador asks to meet New Zealand pop star Lorde over canceled show

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Israel's ambassador to New Zealand on Wednesday appealed to the pop star Lorde to meet him after she canceled a show in Tel Aviv after appeals from activists for her to shun Israel as a protest against its treatment of Palestinians.

Restaurants nytimes.com

Chef Gives Up a Star, Reflecting Hardship of ‘the Other France’

Most chefs work a lifetime for a Michelin star. Jérôme Brochot is giving his back. Why? He can’t afford it. Neither can his declining old mining town.

businessNews reuters.com

Oil rises on Libyan pipeline blast, Forties restart weighs

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil moved higher above $65 a barrel on Tuesday, within sight of its highest since mid-2015, supported by an explosion on a crude pipeline in Libya and voluntary OPEC-led supply cuts.

businessNews reuters.com

Oil trades above $65 on Libyan pipeline blast, Forties restart weighs

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil traded above $65 a barrel on Tuesday, within sight of its highest since mid-2015, supported by an explosion on a crude pipeline in Libya and voluntary OPEC-led supply cuts.

businessNews reuters.com

Oil slips toward $65 as Forties pipeline moves closer to restart

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil edged lower toward $65 a barrel on Tuesday, but remained within sight of its highest level since mid-2015, as the looming restart of a North Sea oil pipeline offset support from OPEC-led supply cuts.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Uber to sell U.S. auto-leasing business to startup Fair.com - WSJ

* UBER TO SELL U.S. AUTO-LEASING BUSINESS TO STARTUP FAIR.COM - WSJ, CITING SOURCES Source: http://on.wsj.com/2zvDfK2 Further company coverage:

businessNews reuters.com

Oil slips towards $65 as Forties pipeline moves closer to restart

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil edged lower towards $65 a barrel on Tuesday, but remained within sight of its highest level since mid-2015, as the looming restart of a key North Sea oil pipeline offset support from OPEC-led supply cuts.

sportsNews reuters.com

Sailing: Near collision at start of Sydney-Hobart yacht race

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian super-maxi Black Jack was first out of the Sydney Heads after two of the leading contenders for line honors almost collided at the beginning of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race on Tuesday.

Agee, William nytimes.com

William Agee, ’70s C.E.O. Whose Star Was Dimmed, Dies at 79

Mr. Agee’s relationship with a female subordinate, Mary Cunningham, raised issues of gender and behavior in the workplace that resonate today.

cnn.com

'Sound of Music' star Heather Menzies Urich dies

More than 50 years after her star turn in "The Sound of Music," actress Heather Menzies Urich has died of brain cancer, her son told CNN. She was 68 years old.

Border Barriers nytimes.com

Mystery in West Texas: How Did a Border Patrol Agent Die?

A month after one border agent was killed and another seriously injured, investigators still do not know if they were attacked or hurt in an accident.

worldNews reuters.com

Russia's Lavrov calls on U.S. and North Korea to start talks: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Monday for the United States and North Korea to start negotiations, the RIA news agency reported.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

After a Chaotic Start, Congress Has Made a Conservative Mark

The 115th Congress, under Republican control, has left a conservative imprint on the courts, taxation, regulation and the environment. Next up: poverty programs.

cnn.com

'Real Housewives' star arrested in Florida

"Real Housewives of New York" star Luann de Lesseps was arrested by Palm Beach police early Sunday morning on several charges including battery of an officer and disorderly intoxication, according to jail records from Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' soars to $745 million worldwide

(Variety.com) - Disney-Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is showing plenty of force at mulitplexes worldwide with $745.4 million globally as of Sunday.

Le, Hiep Thi (1971-2017) nytimes.com

Hiep Thi Le, Vietnamese Refugee Who Became Film Star, Dies at 46

Ms. Le was merely accompanying friends when she went to an open casting call for Oliver Stone’s “Heaven and Earth.” She landed the central role.

Pantanal (Brazil) nytimes.com

Brazil Wavers on Environment, and Earth’s Largest Wetland Starts to Wither

The degradation of the Pantanal region, one of the richest wildlife havens on the planet, is seen by critics as a sign of Brazil’s weakening resolve to protect its environment.

nytimes.com

Trump, North Korea, ‘Star Wars’: Your Friday Evening Briefing

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

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Seven Stars Cloud Says It Is "In No Way A Bitcoin-Related Company"

* SEVEN STARS CLOUD CHAIRMAN & CEO BRUNO WU PROVIDES BRIEF UPDATE ON COMPANY VISION

healthNews reuters.com

Novelion unit asks U.S. judge to approve plea deal, cites money woes

BOSTON (Reuters) - Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc has asked a U.S. judge to quickly approve a new plea agreement aimed at resolving probes into its promotion of a cholesterol drug, saying its parent company has been blocked from capital markets due to the case's uncertainty.

Vatican Observatory nytimes.com

The Saturday Profile: Searching for the (Star) Light at the Vatican Observatory

Brother Guy Consolmagno once taught astronomy at Lafayette College. Now, he leads the Vatican’s centuries-old observatory at Castel Gandolfo.

Movies nytimes.com

The Women Who Run the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

The members of the Lucasfilm story group are fulfilling fans’ expectations — and creating meaningful female characters while they’re at it.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Navistar Enters Into Amendment To Note Purchase Agreement To Reduce Maximum Funded Amount To $350 Mln

* NAVISTAR INTERNATIONAL - ON DEC 21, ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT TO NOTE PURCHASE AGREEMENT TO REDUCE THE MAXIMUM FUNDED AMOUNT TO $350 MILLION- SEC FILING

businessNews reuters.com

U.S. tax break could push startups to share the wealth

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Startup companies came away with a significant victory in the U.S. tax overhaul -- a chance to defer the often-onerous tax bill that is attached to company stock options.

Movies nytimes.com

Leontyne Price, Legendary Diva, Is a Movie Star at 90

The unlikely scene-stealer in a documentary about the 1966 opening of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center reflects on the film and her career.

cnn.com

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