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Bureau of Prisons ending contracts with 16 halfway houses

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The Bureau of Prisons is cutting off funding for halfway houses throughout the country, saving money the bureau says it needs at the expense of what reform advocates say are vital programs to help prisoners transition effectively and safely out of the corrections system. [Source]

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FBI Director Wray defends bureau in wake of Republican criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation defended his employees on Thursday against a growing chorus of accusations by Republicans, including President Donald Trump, that its agents were allowing political bias to seep into their investigations.

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Libyan mayors meet for more leverage to tackle country's meltdown

TUNIS (Reuters) - More than 90 mayors from across Libya's political divides are meeting for the first time in an effort to shore up their role in tackling conflict-linked crises and promote themselves as a unifying movement.

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Album Review: For Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, You Can’t Teach an Old Country Bro New Tricks

New albums from the two singers are at odds over whether country is in the lyrics or the sounds.

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Couple aims to wed in every country with same-sex marriage

They've been married four times -- to each other.

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Feature: From Farm to Farm With the King of ‘Bro-Country’

Luke Bryan has been testing the sonic limits of country music for a decade. Just how much novelty can the genre take?

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Consumer Bureau’s New Leader Steers a Sudden Reversal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new acting director has suspended or softened several investigations and lawsuits. Some employees are quietly resisting.

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Sen. Jeff Flake writes a check to Democrat opposing Roy Moore with the message, 'Country over Party'

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who's been adamantly opposed to Republican Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore, posted a photo Tuesday of a check with his signature on it that was addressed to Moore's Democratic rival, Doug Jones.

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BRIEF-Bureau Veritas: Strategic Alliance With Avitas Systems

* REG-BUREAU VERITAS: STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH AVITAS SYSTEMS, TO CREATE THE NEXT GENERATION OF INSPECTION SERVICES DRIVEN BY ADVANCED ANALYTICS.

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North Korean defector's life-saving surgery

CNN's Paula Newton gains exclusive access to video inside the operating room as doctors save the life of a young North Korean defector.

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Director Defends F.B.I. After Trump Says Bureau Is in ‘Tatters’

Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, did not mention the president in defending the agency’s work force as “focused on our critical mission.”

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Ex-U.S. consumer bureau head Cordray set to run for Ohio governor

(Reuters) - Richard Cordray, a Democrat whose resignation as head of the U.S. consumer bureau last month triggered a political battle over who should replace him, plans to run for governor of Ohio, an advisor said on Monday.

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Mulvaney says no plans to fire U.S. consumer bureau's English

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget chief and acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said on Monday that he has no intention to fire the regulatory office's deputy director, Leandra English, who had attempted to block him from taking control of the agency.

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CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 billion deal with eye on savings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts who questioned the $69 billion deal, promising both near- and long-term savings for the combined company.

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Foreign policy analyst: Trump making me feel like a foreigner in my own country

Author and foreign policy analyst Max Boot feels President Donald Trump is making him feel like a "foreigner" in his own country.

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Syrian Kurdish YPG says seized eastern Deir al-Zor countryside from IS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish forces and their Arab allies fully captured the eastern Deir al-Zor countryside from Islamic State, with the help of both the U.S.-led coalition and Russia, the Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-China's Xi says country will not close door to global internet

WUZHEN, China Dec 3 (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key in its vision of internet development.

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China's Xi says country will not close door to global internet

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key to the development of the internet.

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China extends new water tax to encourage saving: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has extended a pilot taxation scheme to encourage water conservation to another nine provinces and regions, including the arid capital Beijing, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia in the desertified northwest, Xinhua news agency reported late on Thursday.

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E.P.A. Heads to Coal Country to Hear Views on an Obama Climate Rule

The public hearing in West Virginia was a required step before undoing the Clean Power Plan. One expert said the venue “does not denote a keen interest in alternative views.”

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Judge Blocks Consumer Bureau Veteran’s Attempt to Stop Mulvaney Appointment

The case addressed a legal spat at an agency thrown into chaos as two acting directors publicly laid claim to the title of rightful leadership.

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U.S. repeal of carbon rule criticized in coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - Health groups, environmentalists and a former coal miner criticized the Trump administration's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era rule to slash carbon emissions from power plants at a public hearing held in the heart of coal country on Tuesday.

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U.S. EPA takes repeal of clean power plan to coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency heard testimony from coal miners, lobbyists, environmentalists and others on Tuesday at a public meeting in West Virginia on the agency's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants.

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Obama to meet with China's Xi on 3-country trip

Former President Barack Obama embarks Tuesday on an five-day trip to China, India and France, where he will meet with many of his former counterparts, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Obama's spokeswoman told CNN.

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EPA takes repeal of clean power plan to coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hear testimony from coal miners, lobbyists, environmentalists and others on Tuesday at a public meeting in West Virginia on the EPA's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants.

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The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: What’s Going On at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

We look at the messy public fight for control of the government’s top consumer financial watchdog and at the deregulatory pressures it faces.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Trump’s Bureaucratic Showdown

Congress gave the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau an unusual amount of autonomy — including the power to appoint a successor.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau nytimes.com

2 Bosses Show Up to Lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

One Trump pick and one Obama holdover are publicly and messily fighting over control of the government’s top consumer financial watchdog.

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World's most high-profile Christian taking center stage in staunchly Buddhist country

The world's most high-profile Christian is about to take center stage in a staunchly Buddhist country accused of horrifying acts of brutality against its Rohingya Muslim minority.

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Trump asserts legal power in fight over consumer bureau

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has the power he needs to put his top budget aide in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), federal officials said on Saturday, weighing in on a battle for control over the powerful agency.

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Trump has legal power to put Mulvaney in charge of consumer bureau: officials

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has the clear legal authority to name a temporary director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent agency that Republicans argue has become too powerful, federal officials said on Saturday.

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Dueling Appointments Lead to Clash at Consumer Protection Bureau

President Trump named his budget director as the agency’s acting leader, moving to take control just hours after its departing leader had taken steps to install his own choice for acting chief.

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Opinion: A Gold Rush in Salmon Country

Thanks to Trump, a mining project that threatened fish is back in play.

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Head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau quits

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Workers at Amazon's main Italian hub, German warehouses strike on Black Friday

MILAN (Reuters) - Workers at Amazon's main distribution hub in Italy are planning their first ever strike for Friday, trade unions said, while they are also striking at six warehouses in Germany, threatening to disrupt one of the year's busiest shopping days.

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UPDATE 1-Workers at Amazon's main Italian hub, German warehouses strike on Black Friday

* Workers in Germany also announce Black Friday walkouts (Adds strike in Germany)

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PM Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday that the recent period was a wake up call for the Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country first ahead of regional issues.

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Likely Census Bureau pick questioned over writings on competitive elections

The likely pick to fill the role of deputy director at the Census Bureau has no government experience and authored a book that argues that competition in district races is bad for the country, Politico has reported.

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Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to return to the country after Mugabe's resignation

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to return to the country on Wednesday and should be sworn in as president following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power, a senior ruling party official said.

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BRIEF-‍FCPC responds to completion of Competition Bureau civil investigation​

* ‍FCPC responds to completion of Competition Bureau civil investigation​

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Australia's weather bureau issues La Nina alert

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an alert on Tuesday for a La Nina weather event next month, saying the chance it would take place was triple the normal likelihood.

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EU agrees to end country-specific limits for online retailers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has agreed a plan obliging online retailers operating in the bloc to make electrical goods, concert tickets or car rental available to all EU consumers regardless of where they live.

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BRIEF-Competition Bureau closes investigation into allegations of abuse of dominance by Loblaw​

* Competition Bureau says it is closing its investigation into allegations of "abuse of dominance" by Loblaw​

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How healthcare is saving the rainforest

The roosters were still asleep when Sri Wayunisih woke her daughter, Puteri. They could not afford to sleep till dawn.

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Bureau of Prisons ending contracts with 16 halfway houses

The Bureau of Prisons is cutting off funding for halfway houses throughout the country, saving money the bureau says it needs at the expense of what reform advocates say are vital programs to help prisoners transition effectively and safely out of the corrections system.

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UPDATE 1-Saudi agency says country targeted in cyber spying campaign

LONDON/RIYADH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian security officials said on Monday that the country had been targeted as part of a wide-ranging cyber espionage campaign observed since February against five Middle East nations as well as several countries outside the region.

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Saudi agency says country targeted in cyber spying campaign

LONDON/RIYADH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian security officials said on Monday that the country had been targeted as part of a wide-ranging cyber espionage campaign observed since February against five Middle East nations as well as several countries outside the region.

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Dear senators: Don't bankrupt our country

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Morocco Food Stampede Leaves 15 Dead and a Country Shaken

Morocco has generally fared better than other countries in the region, but poverty is high in rural areas like the town where the stampede took place.

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Country music star Mel Tillis dies

Country music legend Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning, according to a statement from his publicist. He was 85.

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Mel Tillis, country music star known as 'Stutterin' Boy,' dead at 85

(Reuters) - Mel Tillis, who embraced his own speech impediment to become one of Nashville's most celebrated singer-songwriters during a six-decade career in country music, has died at age 85, his publicist said on Sunday.

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Mel Tillis, Country Star Known for His Songs and His Stutter, Dies at 85

Mr. Tillis found a way to turn his speech impediment into an asset by getting audiences to laugh along with him.

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Country music star Mel Tillis dead at age 85, publicist says

(Reuters) - Mel Tillis, a Country Music Hall of Fame singer and songwriter who recorded more than 60 albums and penned a string of hits for Kenny Rogers, George Strait and other major artists, has died at age 85, his publicist said on Sunday.

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Tapper: People in 'glass White Houses' shouldn't throw stones

President Trump went after Sen. Franken (D-MN) on Twitter for sexual harassment accusations, despite numerous women who have accused President Trump of sexual harassment.

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Analysis: There's a massive moral vacuum in the country

When an "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Donald Trump making comments about how money and power allowed him to grab women in their private parts without penalty -- and he still won the White House -- we knew there would be political and cultural repercussions.

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BRIEF-Teva announces prescription copay savings program for generic Gleevec tablets in the U.S.

* Teva announces prescription copay savings program for generic Gleevec® tablets in the United States Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-JPMorgan says fears Brexit day upheaval if UK clearing houses cut off

LONDON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Financial markets face Brexit day upheaval if clearing houses in Britain are abruptly cut off from continental customers, a senior JPMorgan bank official said on Wednesday.

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Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau launches case against sister agency

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian investigators on Tuesday said they had opened a criminal case into suspected extortion by officials at a sister anti-corruption agency, based partly on information from a whistleblower who also implicated the president's office.

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Afghans believe country headed in wrong direction, but optimism rising slightly: survey

KABUL (Reuters) - More than 60 percent of Afghans still believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, but signs of better governance and rebuilding has slightly lifted the national mood, according to a survey by the Asia Foundation.

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Silence Lifts in Statehouses as Harassment Scandals Bring Swift Penalties

The cascade of allegations has prompted broad disavowals and public calls for resignations in male-dominated legislatures.

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China shopping festival smashes record at halfway mark

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba , the Chinese e-commerce giant, said its Singles' Day sales surged past last year's total just after midday Saturday, hitting a record $18 billion, pointing to a likely giant haul for the world's biggest shopping event.

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UPDATE 3-China shopping festival smashes record at halfway mark

* More use of technology, but fewer deals - analysts, shoppers (Updates sales figure, adds new record being set)

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Genesis Healthcare sees nursing home lease deals saving cash

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Genesis Healthcare Inc, one of the largest U.S. nursing home operators, expects to bounce back from industry woes after reaching a deal to restructure some of its leases, Chief Executive George Hager told investors on Thursday.

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Chorus of sexual harassment allegations spreads among U.S. statehouses

(Reuters) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Thursday urged a state lawmaker accused of sexual harassment to step down, the latest fallout from a growing chorus of harassment allegations gripping U.S. statehouses.

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Chile police block boxer Mike Tyson from entering country

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean police prevented U.S. boxer Mike Tyson from entering the country citing non-compliance with immigration laws and were putting him on a flight home, the Investigative Police (PDI) said on Thursday.

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Four Russian cross-country skiers get life bans for doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Four Russian cross-country skiers have been banned for life from the Olympics after being found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

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Chile police block U.S. boxer Mike Tyson from entering country

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean police prevented U.S. boxer Mike Tyson from entering the country citing non-compliance with immigration laws and were putting him on a flight home, the Investigative Police (PDI) said on Thursday.

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Four Russian cross-country skiers get life ban for doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Four Russian cross-country skiers have been banned for life from the Olympics after they were found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Russian cross-country federation said on Thursday.

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Northern California's wine country needs you to visit

The wine is flowing again at Steve Ledson's ornate castle winery in Sonoma County.

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A look at wine country after the wildfires

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UPDATE 1-Peugeot speeds Opel technology shift to secure savings

* Opel pledges to avoid factory closures, forced layoffs (Adds Opel CEO comments, further details)

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Country Music Association Awards show remembers tragedies

Country music's biggest night kicked off Wednesday with a remembrance of what has been a year of tragedy.

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UPDATE 3-Coach owner Tapestry's profit beats; doubles Kate Spade savings estimate

* Takes $188 million charge related to Kate Spade deal (Adds comments from CEO interview, conference call, updates share price)

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Country music awards show reverses ban on questions about Vegas shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Country Music Association (CMA) on Friday reversed a ban on journalists asking questions at its annual awards show about last month's Las Vegas mass shooting, hours after singer Brad Paisley criticized the rules as "ridiculous."

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Donald Trump, ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ Daylight Saving Time: Your Friday Briefing

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

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BRIEF-Stilwell Value Partners believes multiple suitors interested in buying Wayne Savings Bancshares - SEC filing

* Stilwell Value Partners says it believes there have been multiple suitors interested in acquiring Wayne Savings Bancshares - SEC filing

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Square Feet: To Fans They’re Tiny Houses. To Businesses They’re Billboards.

A trend’s marketing potential is catching the attention of companies like Hormel and Untuckit, which use the homes to woo customers and solidify their brands.

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BRIEF-‍Loblaw Companies says co, George Weston confirmed they are aware of an industry-wide investigation by the competition bureau​

* ‍Loblaw Companies - co, George Weston confirmed that they are aware of an industry-wide investigation by the competition bureau​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Country music star crashes wedding

Country music artist Luke Bryan took a break from taping American Idol to crash a wedding in Savannah, Georgia.

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U.S. consumer spending grows at fastest pace since 2009, savings drop

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than eight years in September, likely as households in Texas and Florida replaced flood-damaged motor vehicles, but underlying inflation remained muted.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Limit on 401(k) Savings? It’s About Paying for Tax Cuts

“This is not a retirement security story,” a tax expert says. It’s about finding revenue to pay for reductions in business taxes sooner rather than later.

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BRIEF-Celgene Corp updates on court order at request of Canadian Competition Bureau - SEC filing

* Celgene Corp says ‍​in Aug, co received an order issued by the Federal Court in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at request of Canadian Competition Bureau

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Finland wants EU to give up daylight saving time

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish government should actively push the European Union to abolish its directive on daylight saving time, a parliament committee said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-AB InBev raises merger savings target, profits rise in Brazil

BRUSSELS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, increased its cost-savings target from its takeover of SABMiller and saw profits rise in its second-most important market, Brazil, for the first time in nearly two years in the third quarter.

Banking and Financial Institutions nytimes.com

Consumer Bureau Loses Fight to Allow More Class-Action Suits

A Senate vote to overturn a rule restricting arbitration clauses, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie, was part of a Republican push to roll back Obama-era financial regulations.

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Australia weather bureau says climate indicators near La Nina thresholds

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday climate indicators were near the levels associated with a La Nina weather event and pegged the chance of the weather pattern developing this year at 50 percent.

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Trump says popular retirement savings program unscathed in tax plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed the possibility of curbing a popular tax-deferred U.S. retirement savings program to help pay for sweeping tax cuts, and expressed doubts about adding another top bracket targeting the wealthiest Americans.

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Unsolved crimes recreated in dollhouses

The patron saint of forensic science is not a cast member of CSI but Frances Glessner Lee, a Chicago heiress, who, in the 1940s, upended homicide investigation with a revolutionary tool: dollhouses.

Sports Injuries nytimes.com

Donations Will Help Former Tennis Prodigy Get Career-Saving Surgery

Tornado Alicia Black could not afford the hip operation needed to continue her tennis career. But donors raised thousands of dollars for her surgery and rehabilitation.

Terrorism nytimes.com

Opinion: My Parents’ Country, in the Grip of the Shabab

This year, I felt compelled to travel to Mogadishu, the city of my father’s youth. Along the way, I saw order, puritanism, fear and villages without men.

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White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet's profile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Donald Trump faced criticism from advocacy groups for not including more women and minorities in his cabinet last January, the incoming administration promised that the lower rungs of the bureaucracy would ultimately look more diverse.

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Trailers could house those displaced by fires in California wine country

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Residents of Northern California's wine country left homeless by the state's deadliest-ever wildfires could be temporarily housed in federal government trailers, officials said on Wednesday, as the death toll from the blazes rose to 42.

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Anthem expects $4 billion in savings with pharmacy deal

NEW YORK, Oct 18 (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc expects $4 billion in savings starting in 2021 from its plan to end its current pharmacy contract and start managing those benefits itself, executives said on Wednesday in a conference call with investors.

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Kenyan election official flees country ahead of presidential poll

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A top Kenyan election commissioner has quit and fled the country a week before a re-run of the presidential vote, citing political intimidation and saying the election would be a "mockery" of democracy.

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'Love for country' behind move to Ryanair, says Malaysia Airlines' CEO

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia Airlines' outgoing chief executive Peter Bellew said on Wednesday his decision to leave the airline for Ryanair was due to a sense of responsibility to his native country.

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China's Xi pledges to build 'modern socialist country'

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a "modern socialist country" that will never copy the political systems of others and will remain open to the world.

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WRAPUP 1-China's Xi pledges to build "modern socialist country"

* Xi opens Communist Party Congress, expected to cement control

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California Today: California Today: Reporting on Wildfires Felt ‘Like a Country at War’

Tuesday: A Times reporter digs out his satellite phone, San Diego courts Amazon, and how fire retardant works.

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As Fires Move On, Wine Country Wonders Whether Immigrants Will, Too

Many of the foreign-born workers the region depends on are undocumented, do not qualify for most disaster aid and may struggle to find local housing.

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Three biggest U.S. clearing houses pass liquidity stress tests -CFTC

* Concerns growing that clearing houses are "too big to fail"

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Latino workers flee California wine country fires for shelters, beaches

PETALUMA, Calif./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - At the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds north of San Francisco, Spanish is the language that dominates many conversations about shelters, work and how to survive the California wine country wildfires, one of the deadliest fire events to strike the Golden State.

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Exclusive: Trump administration reduces support for prisoner halfway houses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The administration of President Donald Trump has been quietly cutting support for halfway houses for federal prisoners, severing contracts with as many as 16 facilities in recent months, prompting concern that some inmates are being forced to stay behind bars longer than necessary.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: In California’s Wine Country, Reckoning With an Inferno

Cadaver dogs look for victims. Chimneys stand like tombstones in incinerated neighborhoods. Smoke hangs thick and low.

Puigdemont, Carles (1962- ) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Can Spain Become a Country That No One Wants to Leave?

Nationalists on both sides should realize that the best path is not to part ways, tearing their country apart in the process, but to rebuild.

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The richest poor country in the world

It is an island of fabulous beasts and unforgettable vistas.

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Kushner's background form a new low for bureau chief

The head of a government bureau responsible for clearing background checks told lawmakers Wednesday he has "never seen that level of mistakes" when asked about numerous omissions in Jared Kushner's security clearance application.

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The U.S. solar industry's new growth region: Trump country

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent on government subsidies.

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Firefighters work tirelessly as blazes scorching Northern California's wine country are nowhere near containment

The flames are spreading fast, the firefighters are stretched thin and the blazes rampaging through Northern California's wine country are nowhere near containment.

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Wildfires kill 17 in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battling wildfires in California's wine country face the prospect of new outbreaks when dry, windy conditions return on Wednesday to an area where at least 17 people have been killed and 2,000 homes and businesses destroyed in blazes.

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Wildfires kill 15, destroy 1,500 homes and other buildings in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Fast-moving wildfires raging across Northern California's wine country have killed 17 people, left about 150 missing and destroyed 1,500 homes, wineries and other structures, state fire officials said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 6-Wildfires kill 15, destroy 1,500 homes and other buildings in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Oct 10 (Reuters) - Fast-moving wildfires raging across Northern California's wine country have killed 17 people, left about 150 missing and destroyed 1,500 homes, wineries and other structures, state fire officials said on Tuesday.

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In Wine Country, Wildfires Take a Toll on Vintages and Tourism

Fatal fires that have devastated parts of Northern California this week engulfed several wineries and destroyed several hotels and restaurants.

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UPDATE 5-Wildfires kill 15, damage 1,500 homes in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Oct 10 (Reuters) - Fast-moving wildfires still raging across Northern California's wine country had killed 15 people, left some 150 missing and destroyed 1,500 homes, wineries and other structures as of Tuesday afternoon, state fire officials said.

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Wildfires kill 15, damage 1,500 homes in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Fast-moving wildfires burning across Northern California's wine country had claimed at least 15 lives by Tuesday afternoon and destroyed an estimated 1,500 homes and commercial buildings, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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UPDATE 4-Wildfires kill 15, damage 1,500 homes in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Oct 10 (Reuters) - Fast-moving wildfires burning across Northern California's wine country had claimed at least 15 lives by Tuesday afternoon and destroyed an estimated 1,500 homes and commercial buildings, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Why country music's biggest names wait a year for these guitars

At a youthful 37 years old, Stephen Gallagher is a throwback.

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U.S. small-cap firms look to spend tax savings on tech, not jobs

NEW YORK(Reuters) - A Texas-based chain of strip clubs would go on a buying spree. A growing technology company would move fewer jobs overseas. And a regional bank would boost its spending on cybersecurity.

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Flames rip through the state's famous wine country, killing 10 people and destroying 1,500 structures

Fifteen wildfires raged across Northern California, with the biggest ones scorching the state's famous wine country, killing at least 10 people, and burning over 1,500 homes and businesses, authorities said.

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Wildfires kill at least 10 in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Wildfires fanned by strong winds swept through northern California's wine country on Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and forcing some 20,000 people to flee.

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At least 10 killed by wildfires in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - A spate of wildfires fanned by strong winds swept through northern California's wine country on Monday, leaving at least 10 people dead, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and chasing some 20,000 people from their dwellings.

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Wildfires blaze in California's wine country

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One dead as thousands flee wildfires in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Wildfires fanned by strong winds swept through California's wine country on Monday after killing at least one person, forcing some 20,000 residents to flee, and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses.

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Satire on EU bureaucracy wins German book prize

BERLIN (Reuters) - A satirical look at the European Union and its bureaucracy, which opens with a pig running amok in one of Brussels' main squares, has won the prestigious German Book Prize.

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Wildfires prompt evacuations in California's wine country

(Reuters) - Wildfires swept through California's wine country on Monday, forcing thousands of residents in Napa and Sonoma counties to flee and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, state officials and local media reported.

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NFLPA's Smith: 'No player is disrespecting our country or our flag'

(The Sports Xchange) - NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith released a statement Monday regarding players protesting during the national anthem, saying "no player is disrespecting our country or our flag."

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Wildfires rage in California's wine country

Alyssa O'Gorman and her family evacuated their Napa County home in the nick of time, dodging wind-driven wildfires spreading across northern California's wine country.

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Nigeria first African country to qualify for 2018 soccer World Cup

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Alex Iwobi’s second-half winner ensured Nigeria became the first African nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup when their 1-0 home victory over Zambia on Saturday moved them into an unassailable lead in their group.

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Zurich's Greco says nearly halfway to 2019 goal to cut costs: NZZ

ZURICH (Reuters) - Zurich Insurance will have cut costs by $700 million by the end of the year, nearly halfway to its goal to save $1.5 billion by 2019, Chief Executive Mario Greco said in an interview published on Saturday.

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t Worth Saving

The Trump administration has the chance to fix it or nix it.

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Corker: 3 men 'separate our country from chaos'

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly "help separate our country from chaos."

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Mother thanks mystery man for saving daughter

Tina Frost, a 27-year-old woman from Crofton, Maryland, is fighting for her life. She sustained grievous injuries Sunday after being struck above her right eye by the gunman's bullet in Las Vegas.

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Walmart Puts Its Eggs in a Time-Saving Basket: Grocery Pickup

Seeking an edge against Amazon, the retail giant is pushing a service that delivers your order to your car. Customers never have to step inside the store.

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Gun control debate enters country music

The massacre in Las Vegas was at once a national tragedy and a family one.

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Brazil detains Italian fugitive Battisti leaving country

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian highway police on Wednesday detained Cesare Battisti, an Italian former left-wing guerrilla convicted of murder in his country, as he was attempting to cross the border into Bolivia in a taxi, federal police said.

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Like Theresa May's speech, my country is a joke

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The man saving Kenya's endangered sea turtles

Fikiri Kiponda's path from accountant to marine conservationist was sparked by a chance encounter.

Gun Control nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Rosanne Cash: Country Musicians, Stand Up to the N.R.A.

Patriotism is not antithetical to gun control.

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Deputy of Cambodian opposition leader says she has fled the country

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A prominent deputy of Cambodia's opposition leader has left the country a day after Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened further arrests of opposition politicians.

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Country stars heartbroken over shooting at Vegas 'neon sleepover'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - American country music stars were gripped by fear and horror after Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas turned a three-day open-air festival attended by some 22,000 people into a scene of carnage.

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Country music will help America heal after Las Vegas

Up until 2011, I was one of those people who never gave country music a chance. That all changed that spring, when a friend of mine had an extra lawn seat to a show out in Bristow, Virginia, headlined by Jason Aldean and Eric Church.

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Country music world stunned by Vegas shooting

Country music star Jason Aldean was on stage when a gunman attacked the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada late Sunday night.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Opinion: Want to Know What Divides This Country? Come to Alabama

It’s a state proud of how far it’s come, and yet it picked Roy Moore as a Senate nominee.

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

What’s Up in Coal Country: Alternative-Energy Jobs

Miners may have just the skills for scaling wind towers and putting solar panels on roofs. And that’s no small thing in Wyoming and West Virginia.

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Bank of England warns on draft law for handling failed clearing houses

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - The European Union should not circumvent long-standing principles in insolvency proceedings when allocating losses from a failed clearing house, Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe said on Friday.

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Celebrity chef steps up amid country's food crisis

Chef Jose Andres says he loves feeding the many as he leads a food mission in one of the poorest neighborhoods in San Juan, Puerto Rico. CNN's Bill Weir reports.

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BRIEF-Canadian Competition Bureau clears Abbott Laboratories' takeover of Alere

* Canadian Competition Bureau clears Abbott Laboratories' proposed takeover of Alere; for deal to go ahead, Alere must sell units to Siemens and Quidel Further company coverage: (Reporting by David Ljunggren)

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Saving carbs for last may help ward off blood sugar spike for diabetics

(Reuters Health) - Saving the bread for last at mealtime could help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar under control, new research suggests.

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UPDATE 2-Trump says unnamed country plans to build, expand five U.S. auto plants

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday an unnamed foreign leader told him at the United Nations last week that the country would soon announce plans to build or expand five automobile industry factories in the United States.

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BRIEF-Flowers Foods says on track to achieve cost savings associated with project Centennial​

* Flowers Foods Inc - ‍on track to achieve cost savings associated with project centennial​

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China says Taiwan not a country, Taiwan says China needs reality check

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China warned self-ruled Taiwan on Wednesday that it would "reap the consequences" of promoting formal independence, a red line for Beijing which claims the island as its own.

Muslim Americans nytimes.com

Personal Journeys: A Muslim American’s Homecoming: Cowboys, Country Music, Chapatis

Would I be an outsider in a country that had banned travelers from Muslim nations and was shutting its doors to immigrants? I hit the road to find out.

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Graham: 'John McCain was willing to die for this country, and he can vote any way he wants'

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CORRECTED-COLUMN-College savings in 529 plans may be worth less than hoped

CHICAGO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Parents who are counting on savings in 529 plans to pay for college this year or next could be in for an unpleasant surprise.

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The country's foreign minister says it may shoot down US bombers flying over the Korean Peninsula

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country by tweeting over the weekend that North Korea "won't be around much longer."

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Police investigating militants search Brussels houses

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Police searched eight houses in and around Brussels on Monday and detained one suspect in investigations into people who had joined militants in Syria in 2014, prosecutors said.

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New Zealand PM says likely weeks before country has new government

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said on Monday it could take weeks for the country to form a new government after a weekend general election left a nationalist minor party in the role of kingmaker.

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WH replaces travel ban with country-specific restrictions

The Trump administration will unveil more tailored restrictions on travelers from certain countries as a replacement to the controversial travel ban, according to a senior administration official.

Country Music nytimes.com

In Country Music, Nice Guys Finish First (for Now)

For most of the 2010s, Nashville was dominated by the masculinity of bro country. But now the pendulum has swung to the other side: Meet the country gentleman.

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The man saving Boko Haram orphans

He has helped to educate and feed hundreds of displaced Boko Haram orphans and his efforts have earned him the United Nations' highest honor.

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Trump praises Nambia, a nonexistent African country

President Donald Trump lavished praise on the health care system of Nambia during a speech at the United Nations. But there's one little problem -- there's no such country.

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Private vehicles beat ambulances in saving gunshot and stabbing victims

(Reuters Health) - Inner-city gunshot and stabbing victims had a better chance of surviving when they rode to trauma centers in private vehicles, rather than in ambulances, a new study showed.

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REFILE-COLUMN-College savings in 529 plans may be worth less than hoped

CHICAGO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Parents who are counting on savings in 529 plans to pay for college this year or next could be in for an unpleasant surprise.

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College savings in 529 plans may be worth less than hoped

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Parents who are counting on savings in 529 plans to pay for college this year or next could be in for an unpleasant surprise.

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Kenya tightens security as country waits for Supreme Court verdict

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Police sealed off roads near Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday as judges prepared to deliver a detailed ruling laying out their reasons for annulling last month's presidential election.

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Country's president says he's coordinating response to earthquake centered 75 miles from Mexico City

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Country music singer Thomas Rhett debuts atop Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country singer Thomas Rhett's latest album debuted at the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, leading six new entries in the top 10.

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Trump to UN: No country should shoulder burden

President Trump addresses the United Nations regarding reform, saying, "We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world."

Hurricane Irma (2017) nytimes.com

When the Rescuers Come From Across the Country

The United States has 28 search-and-rescue teams it can send into disaster zones. The New York Times embedded with one for its work after Hurricane Irma.

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Country music star helps rescue teens

An incredible tale of survival for two boys has a happy ending courtesy of country music star Kenny Chesney. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

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In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling

Some members of the famously tech-shunning sect have begun to incorporate cellphones and computers into their lives, raising unique questions about the balance between work and home.

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UPDATE 2-Renault-Nissan seeks to double savings from closer cooperation

* Chairman Ghosn looks set to continue as leader (Adds context)

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No country for migrant stowaways caught on ferry between Ukraine and Turkey

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Twelve migrants, apparently from North Africa, have been sailing to and fro on a Danish passenger ferry between Istanbul and Odessa for the last seven weeks locked in four cabins, with no country willing to take them.

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Hong Kong's 'One Country, Two Systems' framework under pressure: Britain

HONG KONG (Reuters) - "Important areas" of Hong Kong's "One Country, Two Systems" framework are coming under growing pressure, illustrated by developments such as reports of mainland security officials operating in the autonomous city, a British government report said on Thursday.

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Pakistan kicks out medical charity MSF from country's tribal region

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan on Wednesday told medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres' (MSF) to stop work and leave its impoverished tribal areas that border Afghanistan, the health organization said, ending its 14 year stay in the volatile region.

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BRIEF-Cracker Barrel Old Country Store reports q4 earnings per share $2.23

* Cracker barrel reports fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2017 results and provides guidance for fiscal 2018

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CHESNEY: Country music star vows to help Virgin Islands

Country singer Kenny Chesney said Tuesday that he was heartbroken after seeing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma.

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BRIEF-Tallgrass Energy announces open season to link natural gas from the Denver-Julesburg basin to markets across the country

* Tallgrass Energy Partners announces open season to link natural gas from the Denver-Julesburg basin to markets across the country

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BRIEF-Keycorp says will reach $450 mln in cost savings by early 2018

* "There is additional revenue opportunity from First Niagara, which we're in the early days of realizing" - Conf call

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Hezbollah declares Syria victory, Russia says much of country won back

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah has declared victory in the Syrian war while Russia said government forces had driven militants from 85 percent of the country where President Bashar al-Assad's rule seemed in danger two years ago.

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Belgian mayor's throat slashed in cemetery, shocking country

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The murder of a Belgian city mayor whose throat was cut in a cemetery on Monday has shocked the country, and the country's prime minister expressed "horror" at the death of the retired national lawmaker.

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I'm a US military vet, and I feel afraid in my own country

Two days after 9/11, I watched as the news continued to replay images of steel towers crumbling in flames. I looked at the screen from my perch at the hostess stand of a swanky Italian restaurant in downtown Chicago, where I worked.

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Prominent Russian journalist leaves country after threats

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prominent Russian political commentator and writer Yulia Latynina has left Russia fearing for her life, she told a Moscow radio station.

Deaths (Obituaries) nytimes.com

Troy Gentry of the Country Music Duo Montgomery Gentry Dies at 50

Mr. Gentry made dynamism out of country hollers and recorded three platinum albums with Eddie Montgomery.

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Country singer Troy Gentry killed in helicopter crash

Troy Gentry, one half of country duo Montgomery Gentry, has died following a helicopter crash in New Jersey, according to a statement posted on the group's official site. He was 50.

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Country's "Gentle Giant" Don Williams dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country music singer Don Williams, one of the biggest stars of the 1970s and 1980s, died on Friday at the age of 78, his publicist said.

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Country singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry dies in helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Troy Gentry, of country music group Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Friday, the band's website said. The singer was 50.

Williams, Don nytimes.com

Don Williams, Singer of Plain-Spoken Country Songs, Dies at 78

Mr. Williams, whose admirers included Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton, was best known for ballads extolling the virtues of romantic commitment.

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Taiwan's new premier vows to 'build country', scrap investment hurdles

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's new premier, William Lai, vowed on Friday to work towards luring greater investment to the self-ruled island, while sticking to the policies of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

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CORRECTED-SAFT ON WEALTH-Saving hurts, and so do the errors of self-invested plans: James Saft

Sept 6 (Reuters) - A little thought experiment for retirement savers:

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A country divided: This bridge will bring it together

Proboscis monkeys, flying foxes, waterfalls, and sunrise canopy walks -- the remote region of Temburong, in Brunei, is a natural wonderland.

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Saving hurts, and so do the errors of self-invested plans: James Saft

(Reuters) - A little thought experiment for retirement savers:

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SAFT ON WEALTH-Saving hurts, and so do the errors of self-invested plans: James Saft

Sept 6 (Reuters) - A little thought experiment for retirement savers:

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Rohingya Muslims flee as more than 2,600 houses burned in Myanmar's Rakhine

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - More than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas of Myanmar's northwest in the last week, the government said on Saturday, in one of the deadliest bouts of violence involving the Muslim minority in decades.

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Immigrant dad held 6 months in detention: 'This is my country, too'

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BRIEF-Wayne Savings Bancshares appoints James VanSickle II as CEO

* Wayne Savings Bancshares, Inc. announces the appointment of James R. VanSickle II as President and Chief Executive Officer Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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North Korea sentences South Korean reporters to death over review of book about country

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean court sentenced two South Korean journalists and their publishers to death for "seriously insulting the dignity" of the country by reviewing and interviewing the British authors of a book about life in the North, its state media said on Thursday.

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Baldwin: When it matters, this country comes together

CNN's Brooke Baldwin reflects on a month that began with violence in Charlottesville and ended with compassion in Houston.

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BRIEF-Northern Trust names Yen Leng Ong as country head Singapore and head of South East Asia

* Northern Trust names Yen Leng Ong as country head Singapore and head of South East Asia Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Federal prisons to make tampons, pads available for free

Federal prisons are now required to provide female inmates with a range of feminine hygiene products free of charge, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

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Cutting U.S. foreign aid for HIV would cost lives, without much savings

(Reuters Health) - Reducing U.S. foreign aid for HIV prevention and treatment might not save that much money in the long run, and it could lead to a surge in new infections and fatalities, a new study suggests.

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This country has a serious gambling problem