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Russia says Iran nuclear deal breakdown would hurt effort to manage North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a possible breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal would send the wrong signal when it came to trying to resolve the situation around North Korea, the RIA and Interfax news agencies reported on Friday.

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Oil prices rise on North Sea pipeline outage, but growing US output looms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices moved up on Friday, lifted by the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC-led production cuts, although rising output from the United States kept a lid on markets.

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UPDATE 3-Oil prices rise on North Sea pipeline outage, but growing US output looms

* IEA says oil market could be in surplus in H1 2018 (Updates prices)

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Oil prices rise on North Sea pipeline outage, but rising U.S. output looms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices moved up on Friday, lifted by the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC-led production cuts, although rising output from the United States kept a lid on markets.

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US scrambles to find unified message on North Korea

A dispute over North Korea has once again laid bare the apparent rift between the White House and the top US diplomat, leading to behind-the-scenes scrambling this week by aides meant to avoid mixed signals about the world's tensest standoff.

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Documentarian Morgan Spurlock steps down after admitting misconduct

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Award-winning U.S. documentary maker Morgan Spurlock stepped down from his production company on Thursday after saying on social media that he had engaged in sexual misconduct.

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Trump discusses North Korea situation with Putin: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Trump spoke by phone on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the two leaders "discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea," the White House said in a statement.

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Music producer Russell Simmons denies newspaper reports of sexual misconduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and film producer Russell Simmons faced new accusations of sexual misconduct from nine woman dating back to 1983, including four who alleged he raped them, and New York police have opened an investigation, police and U.S. newspapers said on Thursday.

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Three more women accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct -Variety report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three more women have accused Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, Hollywood trade publication Variety reported on Thursday, bringing to six the number of people accusing him of impropriety decades ago.

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BRIEF-Humana Prices $800 Million Debt Offering

* ‍SENIOR NOTES ARE COMPRISED OF $400 MILLION OF COMPANY'S 2.900 PERCENT SENIOR NOTES, DUE 2022, AT 99.830 PERCENT OF PRINCIPAL AMOUNT​

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While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Spectra7 Announces $15 Million Bought Deal Financing

* SPECTRA7 MICROSYSTEMS - ENTERED INTO AGREEMENT WITH CANACCORD GENUITY CORP PURSUANT TO WHICH CANACCORD WILL PURCHASE 15,000 UNITS OF CO Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Documentarian Morgan Spurlock says he engaged in sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Award-winning U.S. documentary maker Morgan Spurlock wrote on Twitter late on Wednesday that he has engaged in sexual misconduct, saying, "I am part of the problem."

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DaVita unit to pay $63.7 million to resolve U.S. billing probe

Dec 14 (Reuters) - A pharmacy services unit of DaVita Inc has agreed to pay $63.7 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed federal healthcare programs for medications and paid illegal financial inducements to patients, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Music producer Russell Simmons denies newspaper reports of new misconduct accusations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and film producer Russell Simmons faced new accusations of sexual misconduct from nine woman in incidents dating back to 1983, including four who alleged that he raped them, according to separate reports in two U.S. newspapers.

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BRIEF-NGEx Announces CDN $10 Million Private Placement

* NGEX RESOURCES - INTENDS TO SELL ON A NON-BROKERED, PRIVATE PLACEMENT BASIS, AN AGGREGATE OF UP TO 10 MILLION COMMON SHARES AT $1.00/COMMON SHARE

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Oasis star Liam Gallagher lends voice to Christmas climate change campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher has lent his distinctive voice to a Christmas-themed video produced by an activist group highlighting climate change.

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BRIEF-‍Northern Trust Company Increased Prime Rate To 4.50 Pct​

* NORTHERN TRUST CORP - ‍NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY HAS INCREASED ITS PRIME RATE FROM 4.25% TO 4.50%, EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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BRIEF-SunCoke Energy Partners Announces Commencement Of Private $70 Million Debt Offering

* SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF PRIVATE $70 MILLION DEBT OFFERING

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BRIEF-Casa Systems Sees IPO Of 6 Million Shares Of Its Common Stock Priced At $13 Per Share

* CASA SYSTEMS INC SEES IPO OF 6 MILLION SHARES OF ITS COMMON STOCK PRICED AT $13.00 PER SHARE - SEC FILING

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California Today: California Today: North vs South, That Fading Rivalry

Thursday: A debate over NorCal versus SoCal, fire-resistant Getty Center, waiting for rain, Tavis Smiley show suspended and finally, Jewish humor for Christmas.

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Tech firm raises $118 million in virtual coin offer to fund blockchain phone

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Swiss-Israeli technology firm Sirin Labs said on Thursday it had raised $118 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to support the development of an open source blockchain smartphone.

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Treating bumps and humps: Dubai opens $10 million camel hospital

DUBAI (Reuters) - Pristine operating theaters and state-of-the-art medical equipment are featured in a new Dubai hospital that opened last week - exclusively for camels.

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U.N. probes alleged abduction of North Korean restaurant workers, official says

SEOUL (Reuters) - A senior United Nations human rights official on Thursday said he was investigating North Korea's allegations that a dozen restaurant workers who arrived in the South from China last year were abducted against their will.

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BAWAG says agrees to buy north German bank Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse

VIENNA, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Austrian bank BAWAG has agreed to buy north German building society bank Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse, it said on Thursday, continuing its policy of making bolt-on acquisitions and expanding in Germany.

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Britain's Bunzl sees 15 pct revenue growth on North America boost

Dec 14 (Reuters) - British business supplies distributor Bunzl Plc forecast an about 15 percent rise in full-year group revenue, helped by new business wins in North America.

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U.N.'s Guterres warns against 'sleepwalking' into war over North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

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U.N. resolutions on North Korea must be fully implemented: Guterres

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

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White House reins in Tillerson's offer to start North Korea talks

The White House and State Department both stated Wednesday that the US is not ready to begin talks with North Korea, a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had suggested the two sides could start talks without preconditions.

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Wrestler turned actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson receives star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Professional wrestler turned actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson paid tribute to his family on Wednesday as he accepted his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Odebrecht paid firms linked to Peru's Kuczynski $4.8 million: document

LIMA (Reuters) - Brazilian builder Odebrecht transferred $4.8 million to companies linked to Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski between 2004 and 2012, some of which was paid to a company Kuczynski controlled when he held senior government roles, according to a document the company sent to Congress.

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BRIEF-EastGroup Properties Says Acquired Gwinnett Progress Center In Atlanta For $29.2 Million

* EASTGROUP PROPERTIES ANNOUNCES RECENT INVESTMENT AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES

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BRIEF-Raging River Exploration Announces 2018 Capital Budget Of $335 Million

* RAGING RIVER EXPLORATION INC. ANNOUNCES DUVERNAY LIGHT OIL DISCOVERY, OPERATIONAL UPDATE AND ANNOUNCES 2018 CAPITAL BUDGET OF $335 MILLION

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'He was my monster': Actress Salma Hayek alleges Harvey Weinstein misconduct

(Editor's Note: Please be advised that paragraph 9 contains a graphic description.)

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Tillerson to North Korea: Let's just meet

CNN's Brian Todd reports on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's bold move- offering talks with North Korea with no preconditions.

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BRIEF-Casi Pharmaceuticals Files For Stock Shelf Of Upto $100 Million

* CASI PHARMACEUTICALS INC FILES FOR STOCK SHELF OF UPTO $100 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2zaieHQ] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Lexinfintech Holdings Ltd Sees U.S. IPO Of 12 Million

* LEXINFINTECH HOLDINGS LTD SEES U.S. IPO OF 12.0 MILLION AMERICAN DEPOSITARY SHARES REPRESENTING 24.0 MILLION CLASS A ORDINARY SHARES - SEC FILING

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Asia and Australia Edition: Alabama, Google, North Korea: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Apple grants $390 million to Finisar to boost laser chip production

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Wednesday it had awarded $390 million to optical components maker Finisar Corp to boost production of laser chips that power iPhone X's features such as Face ID, Animoji and portrait mode photos.

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UPDATE 3-Ineos declares force majeure on North Sea oil after Forties shutdown

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - North Sea operator Ineos has declared force majeure on all shipments of crude oil, natural gas and condensates through its Forties pipeline system that has shut off vital energy supplies to Britain, according to a source familiar with the matter on Wednesday.

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White House Corrects Tillerson on Whether U.S. Will Talk to North Korea

It was only the latest example of a public rift between the president and his chief diplomat over North Korea.

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SAG nominations focus on indie movies, snubbing Streep and Day-Lewis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Small-town dramedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on Wednesday in a list that shut out veterans Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis as well as Steven Spielberg's press freedom movie "The Post."

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Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang anytime and without pre-conditions.

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Medtronic settles states' probe into Infuse marketing for $12 million

BOSTON (Reuters) - Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product used in spinal surgery, the Massachusetts attorney general said on Wednesday.

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On Pro Football: Goodell Gets $200 Million for Last Deal, Owners Get … Continuity?

Exactly what did N.F.L. owners get for the $200 million they just committed to Roger Goodell?

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White House says not right time for North Korea talks, despite Tillerson overture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang anytime and without pre-conditions.

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White House says not right time for talks with North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There can be no negotiations with North Korea until it "fundamentally improves its behavior," a White House official said on Wednesday, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin direct talks with Pyongyang anytime and without pre-conditions.

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'Three Billboards' leads SAG nominations, Spielberg's 'The Post' shut out

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Small-town dramedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on Wednesday in a list that shut out celebrated veterans like Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis as well as Steven Spielberg's press freedom movie "The Post."

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Obamacare sign-ups rise to 1 million as pace picks up before deadline

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance next year surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment on the federally-run HealthCare.gov website, picking up the pace ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

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'Three Billboards' leads 2018 Screen Actors Guild nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Small-town dramedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on Wednesday with four nods, including the top prize for best movie ensemble.

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BRIEF-Comtech Telecommunications Receives $9.4 Million Order for Solid-State Power Amplifiers for In-Flight Connectivity

* COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS-GOT ORDER FOR MORE THAN $9.4 MILLION FOR SOLID-STATE POWER AMPLIFIERSTO BE USED IN AIRBORNE, IN-FLIGHT CONNECTIVITY APPLICATION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-Gas exports from Total's North Sea field halted until early Jan

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Exports of natural gas from one of the North Sea's key fields have been halted for at least three weeks until early January, after the closure of Britain's largest oil and gas pipeline, field operator Total said on Wednesday.

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Finisar gets $390 million from Apple to make more iPhone X chips

(Reuters) - Finisar Corp is getting a $390 million investment from Apple Inc to revive a plant in Texas, which will boost production of chips that power high-profile iPhone X features including Face ID and portrait mode photos.

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BRIEF-Caterpillar's North America Machines Retail Sales For 3-Month Rolling Period Up 12 Pct

* CATERPILLAR - LATIN AMERICA MACHINES RETAIL SALES FOR 3-MONTH ROLLING PERIOD ENDED NOV. UP 48 PERCENT

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Bon Jovi, Nina Simone among five Rock Hall of Fame inductees

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Livin' on a Prayer" rockers Bon Jovi, British bands Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, the late Nina Simone and The Cars will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, organizers said on Wednesday.

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Apple to invest $390 million in Finisar to ramp up chip production

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will give Finisar Corp $390 million to increase production of chips that power high-profile iPhone X features including Face ID, Animojis and portrait-mode photos.

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Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle to spend Christmas with UK royals

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, will join Queen Elizabeth and other senior Windsors for their family Christmas celebrations in what commentators said was a break with royal protocol.

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Apple to invest $390 million in chipmaker Finisar

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Wednesday it would invest $390 million in Finisar Corp, which it will use to build out a plant in Texas to make chips that power popular iPhone features such as face ID, animojis and portrait-mode selfies.

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Presumed North Korean ghost ship washes ashore

Another presumed North Korean vessel has washed up on Japan's shores, with at least one dead body on board.

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Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

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Jones may not take office until 2018

Doug Jones was projected the winner of the Alabama special election Tuesday and he is sure to shake up the Senate, eating into Republicans' slim majority ... but probably not before the new year.

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Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Kim promises more weapons

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

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UPDATE 1-Ex-Trump aide Carter Page tells court to stop AT&T Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page argued in court papers on Tuesday that AT&T Inc should not be permitted to buy CNN parent Time Warner Inc because there was a risk it would lead to "recklessness" in journalism.

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Tillerson overture to North Korea: U.S. ready to talk without pre-conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un fetes rocket scientists, promises more weapons

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons on Tuesday while personally decorating scientists and officials who contributed to the development of Pyongyang's most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15.

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Ex-Trump aide Carter Page tells court to stop AT&T Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page argued in court papers on Tuesday that AT&T Inc should not be permitted to buy CNN parent Time Warner Inc because there was a risk it would lead to "recklessness" in journalism.

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Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

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Tillerson: US ready to talk with North Korea without preconditions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US is ready to talk with North Korea without preconditions.

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UPDATE 5-San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65 - mayor's office

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a champion for the technology sector and former civil rights attorney who sued the city on behalf of tenants and would go on to lead as its first Chinese American mayor, died early on Tuesday, officials said.

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U.S.'s Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, appearing to back away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be based on North Korean nuclear disarmament.

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Egyptian singer jailed over video inciting debauchery

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana.

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U.S. ready to talk but North Korea must be ready to change course: Tillerson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday the United States was prepared to talk to North Korea whenever it is ready but Pyongyang must come to the negotiating table willing to make choices to change course on its nuclear and missile programs.

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BRIEF-Electromed Inc Says Renewed Its $2.5 Million Revolving Line Of Credit With Venture Bank

* ELECTROMED INC - ON DEC 12, CO RENEWED ITS $2.5 MILLION REVOLVING LINE OF CREDIT WITH VENTURE BANK PURSUANT TO RIDER TO BUSINESS LOAN AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Mason Graphite Announces $45 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Offering

* MASON GRAPHITE ANNOUNCES $45 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING

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Lafarge paid 13 million euros to armed groups to keep operating in Syria: rights group

PARIS (Reuters) - French cement group Lafarge paid close to 13 million euros ($15.2 million) to armed groups including Islamic State militants to keep operating in Syria from 2011-2015, human rights lawyers said on Tuesday.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' mostly finds its force with critics

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" won warm reviews from most critics on Tuesday, a day before the latest installment in the sci-fi saga begins hitting movie theaters worldwide in what is projected to be the biggest-grossing movie of 2017.

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BRIEF-Woodward Inc Says CEO Thomas Gendron's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $7.3 Million

* WOODWARD INC SAYS CEO THOMAS GENDRON'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $7.3 MILLION VERSUS $5.8 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2ANFHxJ Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-The North West Company Q3 Shr C$0.42

* THE NORTH WEST COMPANY INC. ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS AND A QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

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VW's truckmaker Scania appeals 880 million euro fine for price fixing

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish truckmaker Scania said on Tuesday it had filed an appeal against a decision by the European Commission to fine it 880 million euros ($1 billion) for taking part in a price fixing cartel.

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South Africa's Zuma rejects reports his office is drafting emergency laws

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma has rejected local news reports that his office has started drafting regulations for a state of emergency, the president's office said on Tuesday.

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Tillerson to back North Korea diplomacy, reject Syria's Assad: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in remarks later on Tuesday, plans to say that he is optimistic about North Korea denuclearization talks and that there is no role for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's future, a U.S. official said.

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BRIEF-Soleno Therapeutics Announces $15 Million Private Placement

* SOLENO THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES $15 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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BRIEF-International Paper Co Enters Into A $660 Million Five-Year Credit Agreement

* ON DEC 8, CO ENTERED INTO A $660 MILLION FIVE-YEAR CREDIT AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Coda Octopus Group Names Michael Midgley Chief Financial Officer

* MIDGLEY WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF COMPANY'S WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY, CODA OCTOPUS COLMEK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's office

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early on Tuesday, the mayor's office said in a statement that did not cite the cause of death.

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Major Cineworld investor 'uncomfortable' with debt for Regal deal

LONDON (Reuters) - One of the biggest shareholders in Cineworld has expressed concern about the company's $3.6 billion takeover of bigger U.S. rival Regal Entertainment, saying it is uncomfortable with the debt the British business will take on to finance the deal.

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Adorable or deplorable? Porgs stir debate in 'Star Wars' galaxy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Furry, wide-eyed and winged critters called Porgs are invading the "Star Wars" galaxy, and Walt Disney Co hopes they will soon be roosting under fans' Christmas trees.

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Taiwan's Far Eastern International fined T$8 million over SWIFT hacking incident

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Far Eastern International Bank T$8 million ($266,524) due to deficiencies related to its SWIFT system hacking incident.

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BRIEF-CareerBuilder Names Anthony Dupree Its Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer

* CAREERBUILDER NAMES ANTHONY DUPREE ITS CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AND CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Climb a $150 Million Stairway to Nowhere

Watch the construction of “Vessel,” an interactive, 15-story sculpture that is the centerpiece of five acres of public space at the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s West Side.

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North Korea may be making a fortune from bitcoin mania

Speculators aren't the only ones cheering the runaway bitcoin boom -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may also be celebrating a windfall.

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Taiwan's Far Eastern Int'l fined T$8 million over SWIFT hacking incident

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Far Eastern International Bank T$8 million ($266,524) due to deficiencies related to its SWIFT system hacking incident.

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

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

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Brent crude oil jumps to mid-2015 high after North Sea pipeline outage

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent oil prices jumped by 1 percent on Tuesday to their highest since mid-2015, after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from a market already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

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BRIEF-Pershing Gold Announces Bought Deal Of Us$6.8 Million And Private Placement Of Us$6.8 Million

* PERSHING GOLD ANNOUNCES BOUGHT DEAL OF US$6.8 MILLION AND PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF US$6.8 MILLION

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Charles Jenkins, U.S. Soldier Who Regretted Fleeing to North Korea, Dies

Mr. Jenkins was patrolling the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea when he fled his post to avoid facing combat duty in Vietnam.

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BRIEF-Cowen Prices Offering Of $120 Million 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2022

* COWEN PRICES OFFERING OF $120 MILLION 3.00% CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES DUE 2022

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Saudi sovereign fund plans cinema venture with AMC Entertainment

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund said it planned to enter the cinema business with major U.S.-based movie exhibition company AMC Entertainment Holdings, as the conservative kingdom lifts a 35-year-old ban on cinemas.

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Brent crude jumps above $65 for 1st time since 2015 after North Sea pipeline outage

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude oil prices jumped above $65 per barrel for the first time since 2015 after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

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South Korea's Moon, China's Xi to talk North Korea, trade in Beijing summit

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions will top South Korean President Moon Jae-in's agenda in Beijing during a visit this week aimed at breaking the ice after a furious row with China over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.

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U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77.

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Brent crude jumps above $65 for first time since 2015 after North Sea pipeline outage

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude oil prices jumped above $65 per barrel for the first time since 2015 after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supplies from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

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Brent crude prices near 2015 high after North Sea pipeline disruption

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude oil prices were near 2015 highs on Tuesday after the unplanned closure of a major North Sea pipeline for repairs, knocking out significant supplies from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

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BRIEF-Advantage Oil & Gas Approved 2018 Capital Budget Of $175 Million

* ADVANTAGE OIL & GAS LTD - APPROVED A 2018 CAPITAL BUDGET OF $175 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Block One Capital Inc. Announces $5 Million Non-Brokered Private Placement

* BLOCK ONE CAPITAL INC. ANNOUNCES $5,000,000 NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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'Shape of Water' leads Globes nominees; risk-takers rewarded

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's long awards season began to take shape on Monday with Golden Globe nominations that rewarded risk-taking and shone a spotlight on veterans and newcomers alike.

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New York City, North Korea, Jerusalem: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for North Korea crisis talks: source

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, an Ottawa source said on Monday.

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'Shape of Water' leads wide ranging Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" led nominations for the Golden Globes on Monday, heading a list of dramas and comedies on issues ranging from press freedom, war, racism and the many aspects of love.

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Fantasy romance 'Shape of Water' leads 2018 Golden Globe nods

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" led the nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes on Monday, landing seven nods, including for best drama film, director and actress Sally Hawkins.

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Buyer of $450 million da Vinci painting revealed

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Fearing the Worst, China Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean Border

A Chinese county has a blueprint in place if a crisis in North Korea results in thousands of refugees crossing the border.

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UK's Petrofac hires Bain & Co to explore options for North Sea business -Times

Dec 11 (Reuters) - British oilfield services company Petrofac Ltd has hired consultancy Bain & Co to explore options for the its North Sea operations, including a sale, the Times reported on Sunday.

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China says 8 northern cities failed air quality targets in Oct, Nov

BEIJING (Reuters) - Eight northern Chinese cities failed to meet air quality targets in October and November, even as local authorities launched rigorous steps to cut emissions during the winter, the government said on Monday.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

North Korean Submarine Missile Threat Prompts U.S.-Led Military Drills

The joint exercises are in response to growing concerns that North Korea is making progress developing hard-to-detect submarine-launched missiles.

Colleges and Universities nytimes.com

Big Jump in Million-Dollar Pay Packages for Private College Leaders

An annual survey showed that 58 presidents of private colleges earned more than $1 million, while the average pay package rose 9 percent.

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Pence and Abbas won't meet, vice president's office confirms

Vice President Mike Pence's office confirmed Sunday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with Pence during his upcoming trip to the Middle East following the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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McLaren's extreme $1 million supercar is street legal but made for the race track

McLaren says its new supercar wasn't built with "usability" in mind -- and the company isn't sorry about it.

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Singer Neil Young's model trains fetch nearly $300,000 at auction

(Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Neil Young's extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $300,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon.

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Box Office: 'Coco' Wins as 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Waits in the Wings

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - With anticipation building for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Disney-Pixar's animated comedy "Coco" handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million at 3,748 sites.

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Former British celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies in prison

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's best-known publicist, Max Clifford, died on Sunday after collapsing in prison, where he was serving an eight-year sentence for indecently assaulting teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Video shows officer shoot unarmed man

Newly released bodycam footage shows former Mesa police officer Philip Brailsford shoot and kill unarmed Daniel Shaver at a hotel in Arizona. Brailsford says he shot Shaver after he reached for his waistband and was acquitted of murder charges.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premieres with tribute to late Carrie Fisher

Los Angeles (Reuters) - The galaxy far, far away was brought to life in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” where the anticipated first screening was dedicated to the franchise’s late star, Carrie Fisher.

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After a rare North Korea visit, a UN envoy warns that tensions on the peninsula must be resolved quickly

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Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week, Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force said on Sunday, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programs.

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Video Shows Officer Fatally Shooting Unarmed, Pleading Man

The video, released after an Arizona jury acquitted the officer of murder, renewed calls for reforms in law enforcement. Activists described the shooting as an execution.

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U.N. envoy told North Korea urgent need to open channels to cut conflict risk

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations political affairs chief told senior North Korean officials during a visit to Pyongyang this week that there was an "urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict," the world body said.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Loose Ends: Office Secret Santa Guidelines for 2017

Remember, this is voluntary! No forcing colleagues to participate — in gift giving, or anything.

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Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two minor tremors were detected on Saturday from near North Korea's nuclear test site and were probably aftershocks from the country's massive nuclear test in early September, a U.S. Geological Survey official said.

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Nobel peace laureate group tells U.S., North Korea to negotiate

OSLO (Reuters) - A survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing and the leader of the group that won this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday urged the United States and North Korea to tone down their rhetoric and negotiate together to avoid a nuclear strike.

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

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

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Thousands mourn rock idol Hallyday at Paris memorial

PARIS (Reuters) - Thousands of people lined the streets of Paris on Saturday as a convoy of 700 Harley Davidson motorcycles escorted the white coffin of late French rock and roll giant Johnny Hallyday to a memorial service attended by French stars and politicians.

Marijuana nytimes.com

Hey, ‘Budtender’: Los Angeles’s Power Brokers of Pot Crank Up the Kook

Sensuality circles! High teas! Expensive vape pens! Who says there’s no intellectual life in this fine city?

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North Korea says U.N. envoy expressed willingness to ease tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.N. political affairs chief expressed willingness to ease tension on the Korean peninsula during a visit to North Korea this week, state media said on Saturday, amid a rising war of words over the North's missile and nuclear programs.

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Japan arrests North Korean crew amid mystery boat arrivals

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police arrested three crew of a North Korean boat on Saturday for stealing a generator from a hut on an uninhabited island, public broadcaster NHK said, the latest drama amid increasing arrivals of North Korean fishing boats off Japan.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

Opinion: Doom Season in Los Angeles

Fires burned here even before there was a city.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Editorial: Trump’s Scare Tactics on North Korea Scare Us

The Trump administration’s threats of war will not make Kim Jong-un back down.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trent Franks, Accused of Offering $5 Million to Impregnate an Aide, Abruptly Resigns

Mr. Franks, Republican of Arizona, resigned earlier than expected after two women said he wanted to use sex as a means to impregnate them.

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Why 'Coco' is so much more than your average box office hit

A little boy wielding a special guitar has made beautiful music at the box office since "Coco" debuted in theaters last month.

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U.S. envoy for North Korean affairs travels to Japan, Thailand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy for North Korea will travel to Japan and Thailand next week to discuss how to increase pressure on Pyongyang after its latest ballistic missile test, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

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

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

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

A Rite of Passage for a Los Angeles Mayor: A Natural Disaster

The fires in Los Angeles are a test not only for the city but for its mayor, Eric Garcetti.

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BRIEF-Toyota Announces Executive Leadership Appointments In North America

* TOYOTA ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New-York based Christie's auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," a painting that sold for $450.3 million.

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'X-Men' film director Bryan Singer sued for alleged sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Brian Singer, the director of the film series "X-Men", has been sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court in Washington state.

Holidays and Special Occasions nytimes.com

From Ho, Ho, Ho to No, No, No! Office Parties Feel the Chill

The days of getting squeezed under the mistletoe after Bob in accounting had a few too many? They’re over, my friends.

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After stinging Athens, Turkey's Erdogan woos crowds in northern Greece

KOMOTINI, Greece (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gave out toy cars and dolls to children on the final leg of a visit to Greece on Friday, a trip meant to boost ties but which has exposed the deep rifts between the two neighbors.

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NYC mother seeks millions from city after child's lead poisoning

(Reuters) - A Brooklyn mother is seeking millions from the city after her toddler was poisoned while living in a lead-infested apartment, the latest charge that New York has failed to protect children from the toxin.

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Where There’s Smoke, There Are the Traffic Reporters of Los Angeles

As fires rage in Southern California, airborne reporters have become guiding lights in the chaos.

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BRIEF-Westmoreland Resource Partners Appoints Michael Hutchinson As Interim Chief Executive Officer

* WESTMORELAND RESOURCE PARTNERS LP SAYS ON DEC 5, BOARD APPOINTED MICHAEL HUTCHINSON TO SERVE AS INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - SEC FILING Source text - http://bit.ly/2kChp5Y Further company coverage:

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Fugitive, convicted of $100 million Ponzi scheme, escapes from prison

(Reuters) - U.S. authorities are searching for a fugitive who escaped a federal minimum-security work camp in California, where he was being held for duping investors out of more than $100 million, local media reported.

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China Guangfa Bank fined $109 million for rule violation - regulator

BEIJING, Dec 8 (Reuters) - China's banking regulator has fined China Guangfa Bank Co 722 million yuan ($109.12 million) for providing illegal guarantees for defaulted corporate bonds, it said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Touchstone To Complete A $5 Million Private Placement And Increase 2018 Drilling Program To 10 Wells

* TOUCHSTONE TO COMPLETE A $5 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT AND INCREASE 2018 DRILLING PROGRAM TO 10 WELLS

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Philippines to seek refund of $59 million from Sanofi amid vaccine risk

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will seek the return of 3 billion pesos ($59 million) it paid French drugmaker Sanofi for a dengue vaccine used to immunize hundreds of thousands of children that Sanofi has said could worsen the disease in some cases.

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Japan to acquire air-launched missiles able to strike North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is to acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, capable of striking North Korea, a controversial purchase of what will become the longest-range munitions of a country that has renounced the right to wage war.

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Actor Geoffrey Rush sues Australian newspaper over 'inappropriate behavior' report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Friday he had filed a defamation lawsuit against Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper after it published a report about a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct.

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BRIEF-‍Air China Launches New Non-Stop Service Between Shenzhen And Los Angeles​

* ‍AIR CHINA LAUNCHES NEW NON-STOP SERVICE BETWEEN SHENZHEN AND LOS ANGELES​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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SoftBank to invest $300 million in food delivery firm DoorDash: Recode

(Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to invest around $300 million into DoorDash, a San Francisco-based food delivery startup, Recode reported.

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BRIEF-SoftBank Is Preparing To Invest Around $300 Million Into The Food Delivery Startup Doordash- Recode, Citing Sources

* SOFTBANK IS PREPARING TO INVEST AROUND $300 MILLION INTO THE FOOD DELIVERY STARTUP DOORDASH- RECODE, CITING SOURCES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

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

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Along Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, Unsettling Feelings to Go With the Scenery

A road known for its postcard views was eerily empty in parts, with fires and the acrid smell of smoke nearby.

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Indiana police officer reinstated after 'white male privilege' remark

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session was reinstated on Thursday.

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Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the "Star Wars" franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

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Trial date set for AT&T, Time Warner case

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Los Angeles, Al Franken, Same-Sex Marriage: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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

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REFILE-Gilead to buy Cell Design Labs for up to $567 million

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc said on Thursday it had agreed to acquire privately-held Cell Design Labs Inc for up to $567 million to boost its CAR-T cancer drug pipeline.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

Fire Alert Sent to Millions of Cellphones Was California’s Largest Warning Yet

The cellphone alert, which went to at least eight million people, was California’s largest use ever of a federal warning system activated in 2012.

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'Wonder Woman,' 'The Post' among AFI's movies of the year

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Press freedom movie "The Post," gay romance "Call Me By Your Name," World War Two film "Dunkirk" and superhero movie "Wonder Woman" were among 10 films of the year chosen by the American Film Institute (AFI) on Thursday, in a list likely to be echoed at Hollywood's high-profile awards shows next year.

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UPDATE 3-AT&T/Time Warner antitrust trial set for March

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The trial to determine if the U.S. Department of Justice can stop AT&T Inc's $85 billion purchase of media company Time Warner Inc will begin on March 19 with no decision expected before the companies' April 22 deadline to complete the deal, a federal judge said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Sotheby’s Prices $400 Million Of Senior Notes Due 2025

* SOTHEBY'S - PRICING OF $400 MILLION OF ITS SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2025 THROUGH AN OFFERING TO QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYERS

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Petals and confetti shower stage at La Scala opening

MILAN (Reuters) - Rose petals, flowers and golden confetti showered the stage of the rarely-performed Italian opera 'Andrea Chenier' at La Scala's season premiere on Thursday.

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AT&T/Time Warner antitrust trial set for March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The trial to determine if the U.S. Department of Justice can stop AT&T Inc's $85 billion purchase of media company Time Warner Inc will begin on March 19, a federal judge in Washington said during a hearing on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-AT&T/Time Warner antitrust trial set for March

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The trial to determine if the U.S. Department of Justice can stop AT&T Inc's $85 billion purchase of media company Time Warner Inc will begin on March 19, a federal judge in Washington said during a hearing on Thursday.

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BRIEF-U.S. Army Awards Black Box $10.4 Million Contract

* U.S. ARMY AWARDS BLACK BOX $10.4 MILLION FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES AND SUPPORT FOR THE UKRAINE SECURITY ASSISTANCE INITIATIVE

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Al Franken, Los Angeles: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable, China urges calm

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war "an established fact."

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J.K. Rowling defends Johnny Depp casting in next 'Fantastic Beasts'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling on Thursday defended the decision to cast Johnny Depp in the next "Fantastic Beasts" movie after a backlash from fans unhappy about the circumstances of the actor's recent divorce.

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Hackers steal $64 million from cryptocurrency firm NiceHash

(Reuters) - Slovenian cryptocurrency mining marketplace NiceHash said it lost nearly $64 million in a hack of its payment system, the latest incident to highlight the risks that uneven oversight and security procedures pose to digital currencies such as bitcoin.

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Oscar body adopts conduct code as Hollywood reacts to harassment issue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Academy of Motion Pictures, the body that chooses the Oscars, has adopted a code of conduct and warned members it reserves the right to expel any who flout the new rules.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides nytimes.com

Michael Slager, Officer Who Killed Walter Scott, Gets 20-Year Sentence

A federal judge announced the sentence nearly seven months after Michael T. Slager pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter L. Scott in North Charleston, S.C.

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U.S. energy office gets new chairman as nuclear, coal vote looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new chairman was sworn in on Thursday at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who will lead the agency as it considers a directive from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to subsidize ailing coal and nuclear power plants.

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Indiana officer suspended for 'white male privilege' remark to learn fate

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session may learn her job status on Thursday.

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Pop star Ed Sheeran receives honor from Britain's Prince Charles

LONDON (Reuters) - Grammy-winning singer Ed Sheeran received an MBE - a British state honor - for services to music and charity from Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Marinemax Inc Files For Mixed Shelf Of Upto $200 Million

* MARINEMAX INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $200 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2BI4aUE) Further company coverage:

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Allison Janney puts her spin on ice-skating scandal in 'I, Tonya'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The stars aligned for Allison Janney when she dressed up in a cheap fur coat, perched a parakeet on her shoulder, and chain-smoked and swore through figure-skating movie "I, Tonya."

Boats and Boating nytimes.com

Ghostly Boats Carry North Korean Crews, Dead and Alive, to Japan

This year, 76 North Korean vessels have washed up, many carrying dead crew. The ghostly armada appears to be disabled fishing boats that drifted on currents.

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BRIEF-Vince Holding Q3 Sales Rose 4.1 Percent To $79.1 Million

* - NET INVENTORY AT END OF Q3 OF FISCAL 2017 WAS $51.4 MILLION COMPARED TO $34.4 MILLION AT END OF Q3 OF FISCAL 2016

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AT&T/Time Warner antitrust hearing to focus on trial date

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T Inc will meet in court for the first time on Thursday as the antitrust regulator attempts to stop the U.S. No. 2 wireless company's $85 billion purchase of media company Time Warner Inc .

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Israel, Al Franken, Los Angeles: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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China scales back northern gas push to avert heating crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing scaled back its plan to convert northern cities to cleaner fuel this winter after provinces warned of gas shortages, residents struggled to keep warm and reports of freezing classrooms deepened concerns about a heating crisis.

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Soros-backed GlenPoint opens New York office, co-founder to relocate

LONDON (Reuters) - London-based hedge fund manager Glen Point Capital, which raised cash from billionaire George Soros, has opened an office in New York, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war "an established fact".

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Millions feared stolen in bitcoin hack

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China eases northern gas push to avert heating crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing has eased a push to convert northern cities to gas or electric heating this winter, after two provinces warned of gas shortages and reports of freezing classrooms deepened concerns about a winter heating crisis, local media said on Thursday.

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Digital currency exchange NiceHash says bitcoin worth nearly $64 million hacked

(Reuters) - Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said nearly $64 million had been lost.

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BRIEF-GW Pharmaceuticals Announces Pricing Of Public Offering Of ADSs Raising Gross Proceeds Of $276 Million

* GW PHARMACEUTICALS PLC ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PUBLIC OFFERING OF ADSS RAISING GROSS PROCEEDS OF $276 MILLION

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BRIEF-Viking Therapeutics Announces Pricing Of $12.8 Million Public Offering Of Common Stock

* VIKING THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $12.8 MILLION PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-Richmond Road Capital And North American Lithium Terminate Qualifying Transaction And Subscription Receipt Financing

* RICHMOND ROAD CAPITAL CORP AND NORTH AMERICAN LITHIUM INC. ANNOUNCE TERMINATION OF QUALIFYING TRANSACTION AND SUBSCRIPTION RECEIPT FINANCING

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BRIEF-Adobe Names Scott Belsky As Chief Product Officer And EVP, Creative Cloud

* ADOBE NAMES SCOTT BELSKY AS CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER AND EVP, CREATIVE CLOUD

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New US weapon could stop North Korean missiles

CNN has learned about one possible defense against Kim Jong Un's missiles and it involves microwaves. CNN's Brian Todd reports.