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This may be an antibiotic powerhouse

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Opinion: Mom, Pop -- you're the losers in this tax plan

As the Republican tax plan continues to advance -- and morph -- with dizzying speed, those of us in the accounting business continue to be astonished by the thickening maze of loopholes emerging from the bill.

This isn't Paul Ryan's party anymore

The news that Speaker Paul Ryan is engaged in "soul searching" about his political future and could leave Congress after the 2018 election shocked a political Washington sprinting toward a tax cut vote and Christmas recess.

Computers and the Internet

Op-Ed Contributor: What if You Couldn’t Access This Page?

This nightmare internet scenario is at our digital doorstep.


Saudis welcome U.N. report, U.S. stand on Iran's missile supplies to Yemen's Houthis: agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed a United Nations report and a U.S. stand on Iran's missile supplies to Yemen's Houthis and demanded immediate action to hold Tehran accountable for its actions, state news agency SPA reported.


Germany's Merck to make new bid to enter U.S. MS pill market

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Merck KGaA is reviving plans to bring an oral multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment to the U.S. market, hoping for blockbuster sales despite regulators' concerns about side effects having frustrated its ambitions almost seven years ago.


UPDATE 1-Germany's Merck to make new bid to enter U.S. MS pill market

* Unit head Garijo says targeting most severely affected patients

Donald Trump won 81% of the vote in this small town. Life has changed little, but people remain in his corner


NFL-Cardinals' coach unsure if running back Peterson will play again this season

(Reuters) - Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he has "no idea" whether veteran running back Adrian Peterson will play again this season.

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions

Republican Tax Bill Overhauls Rules Many Were Counting On

The tax bills moving through Congress could penalize individuals for financial decisions they made based on longstanding law, affecting the financial situations of millions.


Merkel courts Germany's skittish SPD as talks open on government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) held their first formal talks on forming a government with Angela Merkel's conservatives on Wednesday, more than two months after the national election that plunged Europe's largest economy into unaccustomed uncertainty.

Voting and Voters

Op-Ed Columnist: Scam I Am: Why is the G.O.P. Rushing This Tax Abomination?

It’s bad politics as well as bad policy, but Republicans either don’t get that or don’t care

Alabama results and the race for Virginia governor this year reflect trends that could bode well for Democrats

Doug Jones became the first Democrat to win a statewide office in Alabama since 2008, defeating Republican Roy Moore, 49.9% to 48.4%, in a special election Tuesday to fill the Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions before he became Donald Trump's Attorney General. Democrats haven't won a Senate race in Alabama since 1992, back when GOP. Sen. Richard Shelby was still a Democrat (he switched parties in 1994).


Germany monitoring bitcoin market impact: FinMin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is carefully monitoring the impact of cryptocurrencies on markets, a finance ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, as bitcoin surged and the futures of the best known cryptocurrency made their world debut on a U.S. stock exchange.


Germany's SPD plays hard-to-get before first talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats said on Wednesday they would share power with Angela Merkel's conservatives only if ordinary voters get a fairer deal, seeking to reassure party skeptics hours before highly-sensitive talks between the two camps.


On Soccer: This Premier League Player’s Position? Left Out

Fans think Stuart Taylor has it made: a Premier League salary and a job he is rarely asked to perform. But his long career as a third-choice goalkeeper isn’t the one he saw for himself.

Analysis: The many layers of the Trump-Gillibrand feud

President Donald Trump's showdown with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand shows that the cultural moment triggered by allegations of sexual harassment is the most vibrant and emotional issue in politics.


Many young U.S. men at high risk for HIV do not take anti-HIV pill

(Reuters Health) - Less than 4 percent of young adult men-who-have-sex-with-men in the U.S. – a population at significant risk of contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – reported ever using the pill that protects them from the virus, in a recently published study.

Elections, Senate

Many G.O.P. Blunders Put Seat at Risk, Even Before Scandal

Republicans made a lengthy list of errors, giving Democrats an opening well before Roy Moore was accused of sexual misbehavior.

'Last Jedi' tickets have outsold any other movie on Fandango this year

New York Times

11 Things We Learned From Our Readers This Year

How to speak your love briefly. How to heal from trauma. How to stop thinking and start doing. Here's what you, our readers, taught us this year.

This state bumps Hawaii from the top of the list

Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report.

Analysis: Trump got 3 things wrong in 1 tweet this morning

On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted.

This company can build an apartment in 2 weeks

'Feminism' is this dictionary's word of 2017

In the year of the #MeToo movement, it's no surprise that Merriam-Webster dictionary's word of the year for 2017 is 'feminism.'


German pilots union calls for strikes at Ryanair in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit said strike action at Ryanair was possible in Germany, as of now, as staff join pilots in other countries in pushing for better conditions at the Irish budget carrier.


Germany's VDMA sees UK engineering market stagnating under Brexit

FRANKFURT, Dec 12 (Reuters) - German engineering association VDMA expects the British market to stagnate next year as manufacturers hold off investments in factory equipment while they wait for a degree of clarity in Brexit negotiations.


Review: In This ‘Cruel Intentions,’ High School Schemers Sing the Best of the ’90s

The choice lines and the soundtrack hits are there in this enjoyable adaptation of the movie. Now it’s time to make a full-fledged show out of a quasi concert.

Industrial Espionage

Germany Accuses of China of Using LinkedIn to Recruit Informants

A top German intelligence agency said that more than its 10,000 citizens were targeted, including lawmakers and government employees.

'This Is Us,' 'The Good Doctor' among broadcast TV's nominees

Yes, streaming and cable television shows still got the bulk of attention during Monday's Golden Globes. But broadcast TV wasn't left out in the cold thanks to two returning Globe favorites, a new breakout drama and an old favorite that shined like it's new again in 2017.


Germany favours Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

BERLIN, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was in poll position to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to phase out starting in 2025.


As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote, Many Feel It’s a ‘Waste of Time’

Voter turnout in Venezuela’s municipal elections was low as many considered the results a foregone conclusion: domination by President Nicolás Maduro and his party.

Moore in 2011: Getting rid of amendments after 10th would 'eliminate many problems'

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would 'eliminate many problems' in the way the US government is structured.

Schiff: This is why GOP criticizes Mueller

Rep. Adam Schiff is dismissing the GOP's accusations of bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, saying they're partisan efforts to discredit the significance of the investigation's potential findings.


Why Experts Don’t Believe This Is a Rare First Map of America

Christie’s had planned to sell the map this week, for possibly $1.2 million, but withdrew it from an auction when questions arose about its authenticity.

Nikki Haley on Jerusalem decision: This will move ball forward for peace

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital would "move the ball forward" in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

Politics and Government

Macron Steps Into Middle East Role as U.S. Retreats

President Emmanuel Macron of France is carving out an ambitious and assertive global role, as many see the United States under President Trump abandoning leadership.


Alabama, Despite History of Unruly Politics, Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’

The wild and ugly campaign for Senate, fraught with incendiary comments and molestation claims, has left even veterans of the state’s politics searching for parallels.


VW executive convicted in U.S. may seek transfer to Germany: Welt am Sonntag

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, convicted in the United States this week for his role in the German carmaker's emissions scandal, may ask to serve his prison sentence in Germany, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing sources close to Schmidt.


VW executive convicted in U.S. may seek transfer to Germany - Welt am Sonntag

BERLIN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, convicted in the United States this week for his role in the German carmaker's emissions scandal, may ask to serve his prison sentence in Germany, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing sources close to Schmidt.


Germany's Gabriel denies report he is eyeing finance minister post

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday denied a report that said the Social Democrat, whose party has agreed to enter talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a coalition, was eyeing the post of finance minister.

Sexual Harassment

‘You Know, I Never Told You This’

After #MeToo, families discuss sexual assault.

Obama invokes Nazi Germany in warning

Former President Barack Obama referenced Nazi Germany while cautioning voters to "tend to this garden of democracy" during an event at the Economic Club of Chicago.

Obama invokes Nazi Germany in warning about today's politics

Former President Barack Obama urged voters this week to stay engaged in democracy, warning that complacency was responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany.


Trilobites: Actually, You Do Want to Know How This Sausage Gets Made

Starter bacteria used in salami made by industrial manufacturers is safer, but results in less flavorful dried sausage than the artisanal process.

Chicago cop: 'We can't arrest our way out of this'

Jennifer Maddox is no stranger to the violence in the city of Chicago.

Tillerson: Jerusalem embassy move probably won't happen this year or next

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "is not something that is going to happen this year, probably not next year."


High prices for haute cuisine in France this Christmas

RUNGIS, France (Reuters) - If you're holidaying in France this festive season, you'll have to pay more for delicacies like foie gras and snails after a turbulent year for agricultural production that...


RBS CEO says chance of U.S. settlement this year diminishing: Bloomberg

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland's chances of reaching a settlement this year with the U.S. Department of Justice over its mis-selling of toxic mortgage-backed securities are "diminishing", its chief executive said in a Bloomberg TV interview.


UPDATE 1-RBS CEO says chance of U.S. settlement this year diminishing -Bloomberg

* Resolving case key to RBS's forecast profit in 2018 (Adds background, share price movement)


Trial over 'Love Parade' deaths begins in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ten people went on trial in Germany on Friday for alleged failures in planning the "Love Parade" music festival in 2010 when 21 people were killed and more than 650 injured in a stampede.


Germany's SPD says talks with Merkel's conservatives to start Wednesday

BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior member of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Friday her party would start exploratory talks on Wednesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a coalition, a move that could end the political impasse in Europe's largest economy.

This cargo ship is banned from every single port in the world

The United Nations brought down the hammer and that was it for the Hao Fan 6.

Smerconish: I'm not sure this is end for Franken

CNN's Michael Smerconish says he thinks Sen. Al Franken's announcement that he will resign from the Senate in the coming weeks may not be "the end" and Franken may be waiting to see the results of the Alabama Senate race before he resigns.

Brexit: 3 shockers we learned this week


'This is not a life': migrants stranded on Greek island

LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) - Syrian migrant Bashar Wakaa and his heavily pregnant wife are days away from the birth of their third child, stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos in a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove with no running water or toilets.


Saudi-backed fighters capture coastal area in Yemen from Houthis

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Western-backed Saudi-led coalition scored its first major gains in Yemen since former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday when local fighters captured an area on the Red Sea coast from Houthi rebels, residents said on Thursday.


GE proposes to cut 1,600 jobs in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - General Electric said it plans to cut around 1,600 jobs in Germany as it shrinks its troubled power generation business.

YouTube's top viral videos this year

YouTube's top viral video in 2017 was a singing man in an oyster costume.

Fires and Firefighters

4 Reasons California’s Fires Are So Bad This Year

California has suffered unusually destructive fires this year. Here’s why.

Nikki Haley: This is about courage

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gives context to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The hazardous nominee who could lead this EPA program


Trilobites: This Duck-Like Dinosaur Could Swim. That Isn’t the Strangest Thing About it.

With a swan-like neck and flippers, this raptor’s hodgepodge of features left paleontologists working to confirm that this fossil was a fraud.

'This Is Us' star finds heroes in unexpected places

Emmy award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown regularly turns in three-tissue performances on NBC's "This Is Us." Now he'll help present the emotionally stirring stories of 10 regular people working to improve the world one community at a time.

From Princess to General: How Many Times Can Leia Save the Galaxy?

She’s one of the most powerful figures in her galaxy — and one of the most iconic characters in our galaxy. A brief history of Leia Organa.

This French chateau has 9,000 owners

La Mothe-Chandeniers is a romantic French château straight out of a storybook. Dating back to the 13th century, it now lies abandoned -- and its turrets and towers have begun to crumble.

This is what wildfires look like from space

How massive are the wildfires torching Southern California? Smoke from the blazes is clearly visible from 438 miles above the Earth.


SPD leader promises to push Germany to embrace Macron

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) will do everything in their power to ensure that Berlin embraces the European ideas of French President Emmanuel Macron, SPD leader Martin Schulz said on Wednesday.


South Africa's rand retreats as sellers return to take profits

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand weakened on Wednesday, giving back gains made after a larger-than-expected expansion in third-quarter GDP as investors took some profits on the recent rally.

Politics and Government

In Era of Trump, Germany Seeks a Stronger Role Abroad

The acting foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, calls for a bolder foreign policy role for Berlin, as Germans say they worry more about the U.S. than North Korea or Iran.

Tapper: Why so many lies about Russia?

CNN's Jake Tapper looks at the continued fallout from the guilty plea of President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.


Gearing Up: 5 Easy, Breezy Skin Care Tips for Guys this Winter

Don’t let the cold weather dry out your skin. Here are a few simple ways to maintain a good complexion.


Disrupt This! Innovation ETFs are storming the market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - is disrupting retail. Airbnb is disrupting hotels. Uber is disrupting transportation. Who is going to be disrupted next?

This could be the world's longest-lasting rainbow?

Professors from Chinese Culture University in Taiwan have recorded a rainbow reportedly on display for a record-breaking nine hours.

Instagram doesn't want you doing this

Trans student: This isn't about a wedding cake, it's about civil rights

Over the past few years I've learned what it means to fight for my right to be treated just like everyone else. When my high school implemented a bathroom ban that forbade me from using the men's bathroom even though I am a transgender male student, I fought back. My fight took me to the US Supreme Court and still continues today -- despite the Court sending my case back to the district court.

Cocaine kills as many blacks as opioids kill whites, study finds

The American opioid crisis is only part of an overall drug abuse emergency. Cocaine-related overdose deaths among non-Hispanic blacks are on par with overdose deaths caused by heroin and prescription opioids among whites, according to a study published Monday in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine.


Trump son, former partner due before House panel this week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son and a former business associate of the president are due to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the schedule said.


He’s Channeling Emma Stone. But This Ain’t ‘La La Land.’

Two Los Angeles performers have turned the one-woman show glimpsed in the Oscar-winning movie into a one-man spoof of their own.

Trump: Utah people said this is incredible

President Donald Trump announced he will shrink the size of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument by over 80% and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by roughly 45% during a speech in Salt Lake City.


Trump son, former business partner due before House panel this week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son and a former business associate of the president are due to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the schedule said.


Investors line up for Germany's Techem, which could fetch $5 bln -sources

* Ista sale multiple gives almost 4 bln euro enterprise value

Olympic Games (2014)

Sports of The Times: How Will This Putin-I.O.C. Thriller End?

Thomas Bach, the I.O.C. president, is going head-to-head with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in deciding Russia’s eligibility for the 2018 Winter Games.


France, Germany want Iran to reverse ballistic missile program

PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany agree that Iran must reverse its ballistic missile program and end its "hegemonic temptations" across the Middle east, the French foreign minister said on Monday.


Germany's SPD lay out position for talks with Merkel

BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) agreed on Monday to enter talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a government that could end political deadlock in Europe's largest economy.


Yemen's Houthis blow up ex-president Saleh's house

SANAA (Reuters) - Fighters from Yemen's armed Houthi movement blew up house the house of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the center of the capital Sanaa on Monday, residents reported, as his whereabouts remain unknown.


Saudi warplanes strike Houthis as alliances shift in Yemen war

SANAA (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck at Houthi militia positions in Yemen's capital Sanaa for a second day on Monday in support of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a former Houthi ally who has now renounced his alliance with the Iranian-backed group.


Russia to start registering some foreign media as 'foreign agents' this week: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's justice ministry will start registering some foreign media as "foreign agents" this week, the RIA news agency cited a source in the Russian upper house of parliament as saying on Monday.


Review: ‘Once on This Island,’ Revived and Ravishing

After a dismal theatrical fall, this 1990 musical fable, set in the French Antilles, is a big, bold delight.

Women will host CBS and NBC morning shows this week

Two network news morning shows, two all-women lineups.


Saudi-led air strikes support Yemen's Saleh as he shifts against Houthis

ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on Yemen's capital, Sanaa, local media said, lending support to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh after he signaled he was abandoning his support of the Iran-aligned Houthis - a shift that could pave the way to end three years of war.


TIM's board to discuss network options this week: source

MILAN (Reuters) - The board of Telecom Italia (TIM) will this week discuss options for its fixed-line network, including possibly splitting it off, although no decision is expected to be made, a source close to the company said on Sunday.

75 days after Maria, this is life in St. Croix

As the islands' residents negotiate their daily lives, there's a gigantic line on their calendar: before Maria, and after. Almost nothing about the two is the same.


Germany's far-right AfD chooses nationalist as co-leader

HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - Members of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party elected a right-wing nationalist to be their co-leader on Saturday, signaling a possible toughening of tone before regional votes next year.

Federal Taxes (US)

Few Hurdles Left, G.O.P. Is Confident Tax Cuts Will Be Signed This Month

The same forces that rocketed the House and Senate tax measures to passage appear likely to bond Republicans as they work to hash out the differences.


Police clear protesters as Germany's far-right AfD picks new leaders

HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - Riot police fired water canon at protesters blocking a road outside an Alternative for Germany (AfD) congress on Saturday, as members of the far-right party gathered inside preparing to pick new leaders.


BRIEF-Fiat Chrysler mulls Alfa Romeo, Maserati spin-off but only in "many years from now"-CEO

Dec 2 (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Nv CEO Sergio Marchionne says :

McConnell: 'Not a single Dem thought this was a good idea'

Republican senators hold a press conference after their tax plan passed the Senate with a 51-49 victory.


Cyclone batters southwestern India coast killing 14, many missing

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Cyclone Ockhi barrelled into the Lakshwadeep islands in southwestern India on Saturday after drenching the neighboring states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, claiming so far around 14 lives with many fishermen still feared trapped at sea.

Books and Literature

Books News: Sex, Plagiarism and Spyware. This Is Not Your Average Copyright Complaint.

Dueling lawsuits by novelist Emma Cline and her ex-boyfriend involve high-profile lawyers in what has become a high-profile case.

War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

A War Criminal Drank Poison in Court, and Died. How Could This Happen?

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia is investigating Slobodan Praljak’s suicide on Wednesday in The Hague.


Nestle, Stada prepare rival bids for Germany's Merck consumer health: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Swiss food giant Nestle and the private equity owners of German drug firm Stada are both preparing tentative bids for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, several sources told Reuters.


Coalition with Merkel not automatic, all options open: Germany's SPD

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Friday he ruled out no option for forming a new government but stressed that a re-run of the outgoing "grand coalition" with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives was not a done deal.


Russia to kick off soccer World Cup against Saudis, Germany face Mexico

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hosts Russia will kick off next year's World Cup finals versus Saudi Arabia in Moscow and defending champions Germany will start against Mexico after Friday's draw threw up some mouthwatering clashes.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Police Failed on Many Fronts at Charlottesville Rally, Review Finds

Police agencies failed to coordinate or properly equip their officers for a white nationalist rally in August that turned deadly, an independent review has found.

Trump's ex-national security adviser is expected to make a court appearance later this morning

Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn with "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI regarding conversations with Russia's ambassador.


UPDATE 1-Germany removes Tesla from subsidies list as too pricey

* Tesla denies this, says drivers can buy no-frills version (Recasts, adds Tesla response, background on subsidy programme)


Germany removes Tesla from subsidies list as too pricey

BERLIN, Dec 1 (Reuters) - A German government agency has removed Tesla's Model S from the list of electric cars eligible for subsidies because it is not available in a version that falls within a 60,000 euro ($71,448) price limit.


UPDATE 1-VW truck boss urges Germany to resolve political deadlock

* Sector needs clear rules from government, regulators (Adds detail)

Tillerson doesn't deserve this

Today, multiple news outlets reported that according to administration sources a tentative plan for a double switch was in the works: CIA Director Mike Pompeo would replace Rex Tillerson at the State Department and Sen. Tom Cotton would replace Pompeo at CIA.

This case sparked a sanctuary city debate

The murder case for Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old who was allegedly shot by undocumented immigrant Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is going to trial. CNN's Dan Simon reports on the case that brought sanctuary cities to the forefront and inspired new legislation.


Germany's Social Democrats refuse to jump into bed with Merkel quickly

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrat Foreign Minister said his party would not be quick to agree to another grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives as party leaders met with the president in a bid to end the country's political deadlock.


Why You’ll Probably Pay More for Your Christmas Tree This Year

Tree sellers warn that market forces tied to the recession are driving up the price of trees and, in some places, making them scarce.

Champagne (Wine)

The Pour: Five Wine Books to Give This Holiday Season

The top choices of this year’s wine books include an essential Champagne guide, an argument to organize wine by soil type and a thin volume of advice.

Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles

Judge Tells Uber Lawyer: ‘It Looks Like You Covered This Up’

A long-awaited trade-theft trial between Waymo and Uber was delayed until next year so Waymo’s lawyers can examine evidence that surfaced in recent days.


Senate takes step toward passage of tax bill, vote likely this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday took a step toward passage of tax legislation that is a top White House priority, setting up a likely decisive vote later this week even though it was unclear if the bill has enough Republican support to become law.Congressional Republicans spent the day scrambling to reformulate their tax bill to satisfy lawmakers worried about how much it would balloon the U.S. budget deficit.

Opinion: Women will remember who voted for this

Tax plans can be hard to decipher, but with each passing day, women and moms across the country understand more clearly how the GOP tax plans — both the US Senate and the House versions -- will affect their families and our economy.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

Brexit Cost Rises as Britain Retreats on Divorce Demands

Britain has capitulated to the E.U., doubling its cash offer as part of exit talks. It was not the first time, analysts say, and won’t be the last.

This 81-year-old woman has worked at NASA for 60 years

Sue Finley began working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory three days before the US space program launched its first satellite, four years before President John F. Kennedy declared a space race and more than a decade before men first walked the moon.

Opinion: This must be the final straw

The President of the United States woke up this morning and decided to retweet three videos from the account of Jayda Fransen -- the deputy leader of Britain First: a far-right, ultranationalist, neo-fascist hate group.

This startup hopes you'll host a holiday party

Social Conditions and Trends

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: ’Tis the Season to Assess Your Complicity in This Catastrophe’s word of the year for 2017 implicates us all.


Tech Fix: The Best Ways to Share Your Smartphone Photos This Holiday

Tech tools make it easy to efficiently share large numbers of photos with your family. Here are some of the best approaches.

Europe will pay the price for Germany's paralysis

Germany's current political limbo is not a tragedy for Germany. Its stale democracy could use a good shaking up, which is exactly what's been happening since the national vote in September. Germans are once again talking politics and hashing out political differences.

Analyst: This could spiral out of control

CNN's Don Lemon talks to retired Col. Cedric Leighton on the possibility of the United States going to war with North Korea.

Analysis: This was a hurdle. Trump cleared it

Victories have been few and far between for President Trump in his first year in office -- the result of a series of self-inflicted errors, sinking poll numbers and a decidedly fractious Republican Party.

Federal Taxes (US)

Republican Victory May Rest Once Again With McCain, This Time on Taxes

After sinking his party’s hopes of repealing the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, the Republican from Arizona may hold the fate of a tax overhaul in his hands.

This is the GOP's big gamble on tax reform

Bone treats could be deadly, FDA says

It's understandable that you'd want to pamper your pooch. But if you're doing so with bone treats, you're actually risking its life.


Germany clears $1.19 billion in diesel pollution funds for cities

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's federal government on Tuesday released 1 billion euros ($1.19 billion) of promised funding to help municipalities tackle diesel pollution but environmentalists doubt the move will help avert bans of polluting vehicles.

Analysis: What this conservative activist doesn't get about the media

As someone who spent a decade working in The Washington Post newsroom, I could have told James O'Keefe that his attempt to trick Post reporters into running a made-up story about Roy Moore forcing a woman to have an abortion -- and capture those same reporters saying bad things about the Alabama Republican Senate candidate (and Donald Trump) -- was never going to work.


UPDATE 2-Norway's wealth fund would take many years to sell energy shares

* Parliament could vote on proposal at earliest in June 2019 (Adds detail, quotes)

Why this chicken costs a fortune

A tiny town in eastern France may seem a long way to travel for a plate of chicken, but it's worth it.


Turkey, United States 'on same wavelength', to speak again this week: Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump last week were the first occasion in a long time the two NATO allies were "on the same wavelength" and they would speak against this week.


Turkey's Erdogan says will speak to U.S. Trump again this week

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would hold another phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, after the two leaders spoke last week.

Can this spark change in Russia?

Artists have always held a special place in Russian society. My father, the playwright Alexander Guelman, was well known in the 1970s and was once lauded by Mikhail Gorbachev as the father of perestroika , the movement for reform within the Communist Party. At that time, theater was changing the perceptions of an entire generation.

Last year, she invited him to Thanksgiving by mistake. This year he came on his own

When Wanda Dench sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family this year at her home in Mesa, Arizona, all of the guests were invited on purpose.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Again Derides Warren as ‘Pocahontas,’ This Time at Event Honoring Navajo Veterans

Standing in the Oval Office alongside three World War II code talkers, Mr. Trump made the unscripted comment after other officials praised the veterans’ history and contributions.


Germany's Christmas markets open under tight security a year after attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Christmas markets opened on Monday at the start of the holiday season, with security staff on hand and concrete barriers to protect shoppers, nearly a year after an Islamist militant killed 12 people by driving a truck into crowds.

Sen. Al Franken on allegations: 'This has been a shock'

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken returned to Capitol Hill Monday for the first time since reports of sexual harassment against him were reported last month, apologizing for letting people down and vowing to regain lost trust.


Senator Franken, on groping allegations, vows 'this will not happen again'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken returned to Congress on Monday to begin what he called a process of rebuilding trust shattered by allegations he had groped or inappropriately touched women, vowing "this will not happen again."

This is how long it takes to sell a house


Founder of Germany's failed Schlecker drugstores convicted, children jailed

STUTTGART (Reuters) - The founder of Germany's failed Schlecker drugstore chain got a suspended sentence and his two children got jail terms on Monday for taking money from the company before its collapse.

Politics and Government

After Tumultuous Week, Germany’s Politics Look to the Familiar

Leaders of the German chancellor’s conservative party say a coalition with the Social Democrats would provide more stability than a minority government.

Trump wants this tax cut. It was a disaster in Kansas

One of the key offerings of the Republican tax plan: reducing the tax rate for pass-through businesses. It's a move they say will boost small businesses and create jobs. One state tried it recently, and the result was an economic and political fiasco.

What this police department doesn't want you telling their officers

Sometimes it's easy to forget that without the uniform and badge, cops are regular people.


Germany swings EU vote in favor of weed-killer glyphosate

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany defeated its key EU ally France in a very tight vote on Monday to clear the use of weed-killer glyphosate for the next five years after a heated debate over whether it causes cancer.


UPDATE 2-Germany swings EU vote in favour of weed-killer glyphosate

* German environment minister wanted abstention again (Adds reactions, internal division in Germany)


Founder of Germany's failed Schlecker drugstore convicted, children jailed

STUTTGART (Reuters) - The founder of Germany's failed Schlecker drugstore chain got a suspended sentence and his two children got jail terms on Monday for offences relating to the company's collapse.


Germany may need constitutional change to allow it to strike back at hackers

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany may need to change its constitution to allow it to strike back at hackers who target private computer networks and it hopes to complete any legal reforms next year, a top Interior Ministry official said on Monday.


Europe, global environment mean Germany needs stable government, Merkel says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany needs a stable government as soon as possible in order to respond to proposals for reforming the European Union and to deal with an uncertain global environment, Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference on Monday.

Europe Edition: Yemen, Germany, Ireland: Your Monday Briefing

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


Merkel's CDU agrees to pursue grand coalition in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party agreed on Sunday to pursue a "grand coalition" with the Social Democrats (SPD) to break the political deadlock in Europe's biggest economy.

The Catch-22 that keeps many vets from getting help

Joseph Heller would have had a field day describing what happens to too many American soldiers these days. While on active duty in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, they begin suffering mental health problems -- often they reflect the early onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Because of their illness, they act out, get in trouble with their chain of command, and are forced to leave with less than honorable discharges.

Stelter: This is how Trump shades the truth

CNN's Brian Stelter says much of what President Donald Trump says lies somewhere between fact and fiction and looks at how the president is able to blur that line to shade the truth.

Charles Barkley: Moore should have been disqualified 'before this women stuff'

Former NBA star Charles Barkley weighed in on the Alabama Senate race Saturday, saying embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore should be disqualified from the race because of his association with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Many injured by blast in China's eastern Ningbo city, cause unknown

BEIJING (Reuters) - A powerful blast on Sunday morning in China's eastern Zhejiang province brought down buildings and injured many people, state media reported, while police said the cause had still to be determined.

This isn't genocide, say hardline Buddhist monks in Myanmar

Black Friday shoppers spent 17% more this year, while in-store foot traffic dipped slightly

Why Wall Street and Republicans hate this agency


Germany's Merkel vows to get government in place quickly

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she aimed to get a government in place as quickly as possible after she was left scrambling to find a way to govern when three-way coalition talks collapsed last Sunday.


Momentum grows for another grand coalition in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) will likely approve a renewed coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives if party leaders present a convincing proposal, a member of the party's executive leadership said on Saturday.

This year's top Black Friday deals

What happened this week in anything but politics

A story melted our hearts. A strange visitor came by. And celebs surprised fans. Here's the politics-free side of the news from the past seven days.

Travel and Vacations

Looking for the Sublime? It’s in This Swiss Valley.

A hiking trip through a glacial ravine crowded with waterfalls and enclosed by sheer cliff faces is just about as breathtaking as it sounds.

JCPenney coupon change confuses many

As ISIS retreats, US is set to reveal troop numbers in Syria

The US currently has approximately 2,000 troops in Syria on an ongoing basis, mainly special operations forces, according to several defense officials.


Black Friday deals lure some early U.S. shoppers, many buy online

CHICAGO/GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (Reuters) - Relatively few early-morning shoppers turned out on Black Friday to mark the start of the U.S. holiday shopping season, as more people picked up deals online and the traditional rush was split by stores opening the night before.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Germany Embraces a Third Gender. What’s Next?

The country has taken a big step forward, but its politicized gender wars could lead to a backlash.

This may be an antibiotic powerhouse

Manuka honey is often touted as a "superfood" that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flus, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds.


Germany's SPD says open to coalition talks with other parties

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) are ready to hold talks with other parties on breaking political deadlock created by Chancellor Angela Merkel's failure to form a coalition government, a senior member of the center-left party said.

Colon and Colorectal Cancer

Why Is This Bacterium Hiding in Human Tumors?

Whether Fusobacterium nucleatum causes colon tumors is unknown. But a new study hints that it may be ‘an integral part of the cancer.’


Germany reports outbreak of mild bird flu on farm: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Germany has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the Lower Saxony region in the north of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.

This virtual politician wants to run for office

There's no handshaking for this politician.

American Museum of Natural History

This Exhibition Will Help You Make Sense of Your Senses

“Our Senses” takes visitors out of their comfort zone at the American Museum of Natural History.

Is this the last Black Friday?

This is the only time these luxury home goods are on sale

Television Sets and Media Devices

Tech Fix: How to Buy a Great TV This Black Friday

Black Friday tends to be when prices for great TVs drop to their lowest. But there are pitfalls, so we put together a playbook for how to snag the best TV for you.

This top-rated headphone rarely goes on sale, until now


Many hospitals lack specialists for hand, face emergencies

(Reuters Health) - In an emergency involving face or hand trauma, barely one in four hospitals can muster a specialist surgeon, a recent U.S. study suggests.

This GOP congressman won't support Moore

Republican representative Leonard Lance during a Wednesday morning appearance on CNN's "New Day" supported the women who have come forward with allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.


Sechin not able to appear in court in Ulyukayev's trial this year -judge

MOSCOW, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Russian oil major Rosneft, will not be able to appear in court this year to act as a witness in the trial of ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, judge Larisa Semyonova said during court hearings on Wednesday.

Editorial: Ms. Merkel Struggles to Hold Germany Together

Her failure to form a governing coalition could lead to new elections amid a growing threat from the right.


Many in Haiti thank U.S. for renewal, not end, of protected status

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to end from July 2019 a scheme that protects some 59,000 Haitians from deportation from the United States was viewed positively on Tuesday in Haiti, where many were pleased that the program would last for another 20 months.

Books and Literature

Editors’ Choice: 7 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Nuclear Energy

Op-Ed Contributor: This Uranium Deal Was No Scandal

Russia’s purchase of a mining firm while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state did not endanger America’s uranium supply.

Politics and Government

Six of Our Favorite Stories on Germany’s Politics

Some of our recent coverage of Germany and its leader, Angela Merkel, who is now facing an enormous challenge in forming a new government.

Charlie Rose played the role of dirty older man on 'CBS This Morning'

The sexual harassment and assault claims against powerful men keep rolling in, and this week, it's Charlie Rose under scrutiny after a stunning piece in The Washington Post detailed allegations of years of Rose's harassment and unwanted sexual advances toward younger female employees and prospective employees. In a statement, Rose apologized, adding, "I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."


Germany, citing own history, urges work to bridge Gulf divisions

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel offered his Qatari counterpart a small piece of the Berlin Wall on Tuesday, saying Germany's post-war history was proof it was possible to overcome deep divisions such as those now plaguing the Gulf region.

This photo tells you all you need to know about Syria

Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, the Black Sea and a balcony corner of the Bocharov Ruchey State residence in Sochi, a favorite of the Kremlin head. You can also see one of Putin's many luxury watches peeking out from under his shirt, this one perhaps a Blancpain $10,000 piece, one that is often spotted on his wrist, according to activists.

Opinion: How to make #MeToo stick this time

I am having a serious case of déjà vu. Every day, when I switch on my computer, I, like everyone else, am hit by yet another exposé of a powerful male celebrity, industry leader or politician allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting women; and along with it, another slew of heartbreaking stories from the #MeToo movement.

Gayle King: This is deeply disturbing and painful

CBS News host Gayle King reacts after eight women accuse journalist Charlie Rose of sexual harassment.


Suicide bomber kills 50 in Nigeria in deadliest attack this year

YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.


Germany detains six Syrian suspected of planning attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police on Tuesday detained six Syrians suspected of planning an attack using weapons or explosives on behalf of the Islamic State militant group, prosecutors said.


French shoppers to spend more online this Xmas compared to 2016

PARIS, Nov 21 (Reuters) - French shoppers plan on average to spend more on online sales this Christmas compared to a year ago, the country's Commerce Federation (Fevad) said on Tuesday, marking the latest sign of a gradual improvement in the economy.

Analysis: This President wants you to give thanks every day

President Donald Trump has shown an incessant craving for praise during his first 10 months in office.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Germany and the Age of Political Absolutism

The collapse of coalition talks on Sunday doesn’t mean the country is collapsing. But it does show how much the far right has changed German politics.


Many U.S. schools don’t teach CPR even when states require it

(Reuters Health) - Even though high schools in most U.S. states are required to offer training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to students, many do not, a new study suggests.


Rising Medicare costs leave many U.S. seniors with a flat COLA

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Millicent Graves will get a raise from Social Security next year, but her household budget will get worse, not better.

Roy Moore accuser: I wonder how many me's he doesn't know

One of the women accusing Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was in her teens is calling him out on his denials.

Politics and Government

Germany Faces Prolonged Uncertainty After Coalition Talks Fail

The potential for instability would be a major blow to a European Union that is finally enjoying an economic revival.