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SandRidge sets poison pill after Icahn reveals stake

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(Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc said on Monday its board approved a plan to limit stake ownership in the company, days after activist investor Carl Icahn revealed a 13.5 percent stake, saying he would vote against the oil producer's bid for rival Bonanza Creek Energy . [Source]

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BRIEF-Byte Power Group's ‍Unit Enters Into Heads Of Agreement With Synstream Energy

* ‍ UNIT ENTERS INTO HEADS OF AGREEMENT WITH SYNSTREAM ENERGY CORP TO BE ICO ADVISOR TO SYNSTREAM​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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.

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Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to leave in February: sources

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier plans to leave the aerospace group after the board intervened to resolve tensions over the future succession to Chief Executive Tom Enders, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Oi board may call shareholder meeting to debate restructuring plan -sources

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The board of Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA will meet on Friday, and will likely call a shareholders meeting to debate a restructuring deal struck by its executives and key creditors, two sources familiar with the board's thinking said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to leave in February -sources

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Airbus planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier plans to leave the aerospace group after the board intervened to resolve tensions over the future succession to Chief Executive Tom Enders, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Statkraft sells Sheringham Shoal wind farm stake to UK's Equitix

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Norway's state-owned power firm Statkraft said on Thursday it had agreed to sell its stake in the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm to UK fund manager Equitix.

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Trilobites: An 8th Planet Is Found Orbiting a Distant Star, With A.I.’s Help

A Google neural network analyzed data collected by NASA and helped astronomers detect another planet around a star some 2,500 light years away.

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BRIEF-Oncor And Sempra Energy Reach Settlement Agreement With Several Key Texas Stakeholders

* ONCOR AND SEMPRA ENERGY REACH SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH SEVERAL KEY TEXAS STAKEHOLDERS

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BRIEF-DDR Corp Says Board Unanimously Approved Plan To Spin Off Portfolio Of 50 Assets

* DDR CORP - BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A PLAN TO SPIN OFF A PORTFOLIO OF 50 ASSETS

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BRIEF-SunCoke Energy Partners Announces Pricing Of Private $70 Mln Debt Offering

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

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Southwest Airlines would use tax savings on planes, share buybacks

NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co would use savings from a potential cut to the U.S. corporate tax rate to buy new planes and fund share buybacks, Chief Executive Gary Kelly said on Thursday.

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Homegrown attacks rising worry in U.S. as Islamic State weakens abroad

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The online video's message was clear: Supporters of Islamic State who could not travel overseas to join the militant group should carry out attacks wherever they were in the United States or Europe.

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Google crunches data to help NASA find two new planets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google and NASA said on Thursday that advanced computer analysis identified two new planets around distant stars, including one that is part of the first star system with as many planets as Earth's solar system.

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BRIEF-CBOE Data Shop Plans To Add FX Offerings, Spot & Futures Bitcoin Data

* CBOE DATA SHOP PLANS TO ADD FX OFFERINGS, SPOT AND FUTURES BITCOIN DATA

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Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to step down: sources

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Operating Officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier is expected to step down following a board meeting on Thursday to tackle management tensions at the aerospace group, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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NASA: Eight planets found orbiting distant star

For the first time, eight planets have been found orbiting a distant star, Kepler-90, 2,545 light-years from Earth in the Draco constellation, NASA announced Thursday. It is the first star known to support as many planets as are orbiting our own sun, and researchers believe that this is the first of many to come.

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Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to step down -sources

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Operating Officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier is expected to step down following a board meeting on Thursday to tackle management tensions at the aerospace group, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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BRIEF-The Anschutz Foundation Reports 8.67 Pct Passive Stake In Regal Entertainment Group

* THE ANSCHUTZ FOUNDATION REPORTS 8.67 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP AS OF DECEMBER 4 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2ksCETW Further company coverage:

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Weird planets beyond our solar system

From a scorched world with surfaces hotter than lava, to one of the best chances for life outside of our solar system, scientists have discovered a host of incredible exoplanets orbiting other stars in our night's sky.

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U.S. tax bill to preserve key renewable energy credits, sources say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The final version of comprehensive tax legislation being negotiated by House and Senate lawmakers will preserve key renewable energy tax credits that were once at risk of being removed, congressional and business sources said on Thursday.

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'Bad news for our enemies': EU launches defense pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain's decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defenses, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together.

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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.

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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

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UPDATE 2-Cenovus Energy to axe more jobs during cost-cutting push

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Canadian oil sands company Cenovus Energy Inc said on Thursday it would cut an additional 15 percent of its workforce and lower operating expenses as new chief executive, Alex Pourbaix, seeks to aggressively reduce costs and lower debt.

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Hackers halt plant operations in watershed cyber attack

(Reuters) - Hackers likely working for a nation-state recently invaded the safety system of a critical infrastructure facility in a watershed attack that halted plant operations, according to cyber investigators and the firm whose software was targeted.

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World shares little changed amid slate of central bank meetings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets were little changed on Thursday after policy meetings from major central banks in Europe, while some U.S. shares were buoyed by news that the Republicans' tax legislation could face final votes in Congress before year-end.

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Hungary plans big boost in solar power generation

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary will relax rules on the construction of small solar power plants and subsidize loans to landowners as part of efforts to promote renewable energy, a government official said on Thursday.

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Arms supplied by U.S., Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Arms provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition groups frequently ended up in the hands of Islamic State, an arms monitoring group that analyzed weapons found on the battlefield said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-Lebanon gives go-ahead to first offshore energy exploration

* Sovereign wealth fund, NOC laws not yet passed (Adds PIX, TV, adds energy minister and NGO comments)

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Saudi hopes purge will help push to join anti-illicit funding body

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has high hopes that a campaign of arrests to crack down on corruption will improve its chances of joining the Financial Action Task Force, a global body dedicated to combating illicit money flows.

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BRIEF-Sabby Management​ Reports 9.99 Pct Passive Stake In InspireMD

* SABBY MANAGEMENT​ REPORTS 9.99 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN INSPIREMD AS OF DEC 12 - SEC FILING‍ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2zcFtkG) Further company coverage:

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Seven decades in the making, a defense pact comes to the EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations are set to achieve a 70-year-old ambition to integrate their defenses on Thursday, signing a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together after Britain's decision to quit the bloc.

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

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

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U.S. retail sales surge; weekly jobless claims fall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in November as the holiday shopping season got off to a brisk start, pointing to sustained strength in the economy that could pave the way for further Federal Reserve interest rate hikes next year.

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BRIEF-FirstEnergy to Build Advanced Energy Center in Akron

* FIRSTENERGY SAYS IS SEEKING PERMITS TO BUILD THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, AN 88,000 SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY IN AKRON, OHIO

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region mixed, stimulus plan doesn't buoy Saudi

* Saudi Electricity continues slide on news of payment to state

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BRIEF-Mineral Hill Industries Terminates Share Purchase Agreement With 12 Shareholders Of CPS Energy Resources

* MINERAL HILL INDUSTRIES - TERMINATED SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH 12 SHAREHOLDERS OF CPS ENERGY RESOURCES DUE TO NON-COMPLIANCE WITH TERMS OF SPA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

BEIJING (Reuters) - War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict.

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His Plans Gone Awry, Rupert Murdoch Divides His Spoils

As he prepares to sell off much of 21st Century Fox, the 86-year-old magnate is having his King Lear moment.

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BRIEF-Teva Announces Restructuring Plan And Measures To Improve Its Business And Financial Performance

* TEVA ANNOUNCES RESTRUCTURING PLAN AND ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO IMPROVE ITS BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

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BRIEF-Guyana Goldfields Plans To Release Optimized Mine Plan For Aurora Gold Mine In Q1

* GUYANA GOLDFIELDS INC. CONTINUES TO OPTIMIZE THE AURORA GOLD MINE

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Column: New U.S. state retirement plans are welcome, but why so expensive?

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Next month, Oregon will become the first U.S. state to start automatically signing up workers to save for retirement if they do not already have a workplace 401(k).

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With no deal on children's health plan, U.S. states scramble for Plan B

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For Nancy Minoui of Portland, Oregon, and Crystal Lett of Dublin, Ohio, Congress' failure to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program is not some distant tale of political wrangling.

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Do not expect postcard-sized tax return from Republican plan: experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since mid-2016, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has carried around a "postcard" that he has said shows how easy it will be for Americans to file their taxes once Republicans are finished their tax overhaul.

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New York Today: New York Today: The Plan for the L Train Shutdown

Thursday: Your options during the L train shutdown, wintry weather and readers reflect on the terrorist attack.

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Russia's Putin, on track for easy re-election, laments dearth of rivals

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he faced no credible high-profile political opponents as he prepared to run for re-election in March, but would work to try to create a more balanced political system.

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U.N. chief says arrest of Reuters journalists shows erosion of press freedom in Myanmar

TOKYO (Reuters) - The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

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

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

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Putin says will run as independent candidate for new Kremlin term

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking a new term in office in a March election, said on Thursday he would run as an independent candidate while hoping for support from more than one political party.

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In-flight sexual assaults often unreported; airlines need to step up

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - When a 17-year-old Bollywood actress took to social media this week alleging she was sexually assaulted on an airplane, she appeared to catch the airline industry off-guard.

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The tax plan's benefits will likely take years to unfurl, are too small to enrich most Americans and may deepen inequality and fan resentment

In decades to come, people will talk about the Trump tax cuts as they now reminisce over the Reagan, Bush and Kennedy giveaways.

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Israel closes Gaza border crossings after Palestinian rocket strikes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital stoked Palestinian anger.

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South Africa's Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment: local media

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed an appeal against a court ruling that his appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid, local media reported on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-UK's Domino's Pizza to expand stake in Iceland operation

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Domino's Pizza, a master franchisee of U.S. group Domino's Pizza Inc, said on Thursday it would buy a further 44.3 percent stake in Domino's Iceland for 30.2 million euros ($35.71 million).

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UK's Domino's to buy further 44.3 pct stake in Iceland subsidiary

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Domino's Pizza, a master franchisee of U.S. group Domino's Pizza Inc, said on Thursday it would buy a further 44.3 percent stake in Domino's Iceland for 30.2 million euros ($35.71 million).

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Nikkei slips, telecom shares slump on Rakuten market entry plan

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Thursday, as banks and insurer shares weakened in line with lower interest rates while telecommunications shares withered on news that online retailer Rakuten plans to enter the mobile carrier market.

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-EP Energy announces amendments to offers to exchange new senior secured notes

* EP ENERGY ANNOUNCES AMENDMENTS TO OFFERS TO EXCHANGE NEW SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2024 FOR OUTSTANDING SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020, 2022 AND 2023

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Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision plans to list unit's shares in Shanghai

TAIPEI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, said it planned to list shares of a subsidiary in Shanghai.

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Rerouting Thousands: City Plans for L Train Closure

A new ferry route. Traffic restrictions on the Williamsburg Bridge. New bus lanes and wider sidewalks on 14th Street. These are just a few measures.

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Yellen: Tax plan could make it harder to fight a recession

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U.S. agency to vote on net neutrality rules despite outcry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Internet service providers clashed with Democrats and celebrities like "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill ahead of a vote on the Trump administration's plan to revoke net neutrality rules barring the blocking or slowing of internet traffic.

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BRIEF-Berkshire Hathaway Energy Announces Debt Tender Offer And Consent Solicitation

* BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY ANNOUNCES DEBT TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION

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Trump: Tax plan will boost paychecks

President Trump says the IRS confirmed that if Congress passes the GOP tax reform plan by Christmas, Americans will see lower taxes and bigger paychecks as soon as February 2018.

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U.S. judge orders accused New York bomber detained ahead of trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub will remain in federal custody while he awaits trial on charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

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U.S. court removes creditor hurdle to a Westinghouse bankruptcy plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge shot down on Wednesday a request by creditors of Westinghouse Electric Co LLC for a bigger role in the nuclear technology company's bankruptcy just days after its parent company Toshiba Corp proposed a restructuring plan.

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U.N. expert says torture persists at Guantanamo Bay; U.S. denies

GENEVA (Reuters) - An independent U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility, despite Washington banning "enhanced interrogation techniques" almost 10 years ago.

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Control of Virginia state House at stake as recounts begin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia officials started recounts on Wednesday in the first of four state House of Delegates races, a process that could lead to a Democratic takeover of the chamber after the party's historic election gains last month.

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Muslim leaders call on world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

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Airplane draws one-of-a-kind Christmas tree in the sky

An Airbus plane out of Hamburg, Germany, took a particularly festive flight on Wednesday, mapping out an intricate Christmas tree over the country that could be clearly seen on flight radar sites.

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Republican negotiators on the verge of announcing tax plan deal

A stunning election loss isn't changing the trajectory of the GOP tax overhaul effort -- in fact, it may actual sharpen the desire to move things quickly, according to several Republican aides.

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Accused NYC bomber to formally face terrorism charges as soon as Wednesday

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs is expected to be formally charged as early as Wednesday with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and other crimes.

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U.N. expert says inmate U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

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

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

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L'Oreal turns to plant-based hair dye as natural cosmetics thrive

PARIS (Reuters) - L'Oreal is launching its first wholly plant-based hair dye as cosmetics companies look to win over customers who are becoming increasingly wary of chemical ingredients.

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U.N. expert says U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Primestone Capital Reports 5.2 Pct Stake In Tennant Co ‍​

* PRIMESTONE CAPITAL LLP REPORTS 5.2 PERCENT STAKE IN TENNANT CO AS OF DECEMBER 4, 2017 - SEC FILING‍​

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Palestinian leader says Trump's Jerusalem 'crime' prevents U.S. peace role

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was a crime which showed that Washington should no longer play a role in Middle East peace talks.

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Iran urges Muslim nations to defend Palestinians after Trump move

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday all Muslim nations should work together to defend the rights of Palestinians following Donald Trump's decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco technology companies including Twitter, Salesforce.com, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee.

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Trump's Jerusalem decision shows lack of respect for Palestinian nation: Iran's Rouhani

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital shows the United States lacks any respect for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: After Grenfell fire, same builders rehired to replace dangerous cladding, Reuters finds

LONDON (Reuters) - Some building companies that installed dangerous cladding on social housing blocks across Britain are now winning new contracts following the Grenfell Tower blaze to remove their original work and install panels that can pass safety tests, a Reuters review shows.

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Text Messages in Hand, Republicans Plan to Accuse Justice Department of Bias

A chorus of Republicans, including some party mainstays, are questioning the impartiality of the Justice Department and F.B.I. to discredit the Trump investigation.

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Jones unlikely to impact GOP tax plan

Doug Jones' victory in Alabama means that Democrats are only two seats away from the majority. While a Democratic move into the majority still looks like a long shot, it's now not out of the question. CNN's Tom Foreman explains.

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U.S. prepares to open doors on billion-dollar London embassy

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic team in London, custodians of one of the most significant bilateral relationships of the last 100 years, will next month move into a new home: a billion-dollar, 12-storey glass cube overlooking the River Thames.

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Teva Pharm to unveil restructuring plan on Thursday: report

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will unveil a restructuring plan on Thursday that will include layoffs, the Calcalist financial news website said on Wednesday.

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Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads

The country keeps two million streetlights on overnight, generating profits for utilities and politicians at a cost for consumers and the environment.

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

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

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

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

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UPDATE 3-Thai Beverage emerges as only potential bidder for large stake in Vietnam's Sabeco

* Sabeco auction is on Dec. 18 (Recast with Thai Bev statement)

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Brazil's Oi files new restructuring plan allowing takeover by bondholders

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA filed late on Tuesday a new restructuring plan with the Rio de Janeiro court sweetening the terms for bondholders and government credits in a push to get approval in a key creditors meeting on Dec. 19.

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Polls close in tight Alabama Senate race with high stakes for Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Polls closed on Tuesday in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore despite allegations against the candidate of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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

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

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Exxon deal aside, tough proxy season looms at U.S. energy firms

BOSTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Climate activists said on Tuesday they would take a tough shareholder resolution off the table at Exxon Mobil Corp after the company agreed to provide new details about how climate change could affect its business.

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Crucial details of Republican tax plan in flux as deal deadline looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crucial details of the Republican tax plan, including the proposed corporate rate, were in flux late on Tuesday as negotiators from the U.S. Congress rushed to finalize the plan ahead of a self-imposed Wednesday deadline.

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UPDATE 1-Exxon deal aside, tough proxy season looms at U.S. energy firms

BOSTON/HOUSTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Climate activists said on Tuesday they would take a tough shareholder resolution off the table at Exxon Mobil Corp after the company agreed to provide new details about how climate change could affect its business.

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

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

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BRIEF-Heartland Financial USA Announces Plan To Acquire First Bank Lubbock Bancshares In Texas

* HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC. ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ACQUIRE FIRST BANK LUBBOCK BANCSHARES, INC. IN TEXAS

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Helios and Matheson drops on stock sale plan to raise MoviePass stake

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc said on Tuesday it would sell shares to raise funds to increase its stake in online ticketing service MoviePass, sending Helios' shares plunging 22 percent aftermarket.

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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.

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BRIEF-Xiaochuan Wang Reports 5.3 Percent Passive Stake In Sogou Inc

* XIAOCHUAN WANG REPORTS 5.3 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN SOGOU INC AS OF DECEMBER 4 - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2AOimvS) Further company coverage:

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Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet.

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UPDATE 2-Shares in Brazilian homebuilder MRV shoot up with ambitious growth plan

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Shares in Brazilian homebuilder MRV Engenharia e Participações SA shot up more than 5 percent on Tuesday as executives unveiled plans to start construction on 50,000 new home units in 2018, which could generate more than 7 billion reais ($2.1 billion) in sales.

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UPDATE 4-Broken pipeline cuts British supply during peak energy demand

* Brent jumps above $65 for first time since mid-2015 (Updates with INEOS saying outage could last up to 4 weeks)

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U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization.

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Alabama voters choose senator in race with high stakes for Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore in spite of allegations against him of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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Poland's new PM voices backing for nuclear, green energy in future

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will remain reliant on coal for power generation for now but in future should consider turning to nuclear energy and renewable sources, the new prime minister said on Tuesday in his first policy speech.

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UPDATE 1-Canada scraps plan to buy Boeings, warns firm on future orders

OTTAWA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada said on Tuesday it was scrapping the planned purchase of 18 Boeing Co Super Hornet jets and made clear the U.S. company currently has little chance of winning a larger contract for 88 fighters.

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Canada scraps plan to buy Boeings, warns firm on future orders

OTTAWA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada on Tuesday announced it was scrapping the planned purchase of 18 Boeing Co Super Hornet jets and made clear the U.S. company currently has little chance of winning a larger contract for 88 fighters.

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German soldier accused of planning to kill politicians, frame refugees

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German soldier was charged on Tuesday with plotting to kill senior politicians because of their support for refugees and trying to make it look like asylum seekers carried out the murders.

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Times Square bomb suspect charged; Bangladesh questions wife

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against a Bangladeshi man, accusing him of using a weapon of mass destruction in Monday's bombing of a Manhattan commuter hub.

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Twenty companies join nations planning coal phase out

PARIS (Reuters) - About 20 companies including Unilever, EDF and Iberdrola joined an international alliance of 26 nations on Tuesday pledging to phase out coal to combat global warming.

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Xerox 'desperately' needs new leadership, Icahn says

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn said on Tuesday Xerox Corp "desperately" needed new leadership, arguing that the printer manufacturer was slow to launch new products and grow revenue.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises to record high as financials and energy gain

TORONTO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to a record high on Tuesday, led by the heavyweight financials group as bond yields rose, while the energy group also gained ground.

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New York charges Times Square bomb suspect; Bangladesh questions wife

DHAKA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials on Tuesday said they charged a Bangladeshi man with terrorism, accusing him of setting off a pipe bomb a day earlier in a crowded Manhattan commuter hub, as investigators in his home country questioned his wife.

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U.S. producer prices rise strongly, point to firming inflation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices rose in November as gasoline prices surged and the cost of other goods increased, leading to the largest annual gain in nearly six years.

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Investigators search for clues in attempted New York subway bombing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators are searching for reasons a Bangladeshi man set off a bomb strapped to his body in a New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour in what is being characterized as an attempted terrorist attack.

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Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, advocates who are disappointed with the failure of efforts to limit access to firearms are changing their strategy.

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Voters head to polls in Alabama race with high stakes for Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama were headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race in which President Donald Trump has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign has been clouded by allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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France's Macron announces first 'Make our Planet Great Again' winners

In a rebuke to US antipathy towards climate science, France's leader has announced the first winners of grants for international scientists to carry out their research in France.

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Economic Scene: Tax Plan’s Biggest Cuts Could Be in Living Standards

Cutting taxes is mostly an exercise in slicing the economic pie a different way, not making it bigger, with gains for a few offset by losses for many.

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Saudi Aramco lifts spending plans to $414 bln over next decade

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco plans to raise its spending to $414 billion over the next 10 years, including on infrastructure and drilling, as the state oil giant moves into new businesses, executives said.

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Exclusive: South Africa's Steinhoff considers sale of PSG, KAP stakes to lift liquidity -sources

JOHANNESBURG/ FRANKFURT (Reuters) - South Africa's Steinhoff is considering selling stakes worth a combined $1.4 billion in local companies PSG Group and KAP Industrial to help plug a liquidity gap at the retailer, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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Audi CEO drops plan to sell motorcycle brand Ducati

INGOLSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's Audi has abandoned plans to sell its Italian motorcycle brand Ducati, its chief executive Rupert Stadler said, in a sign of confidence that the carmaker expects to be able to carry the costs of its transformation.

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Norway parties inclined to back fund's plan to slash oil exposure -report

OSLO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, will probably win backing from parliament for its proposal to cut most oil and gas stocks from its portfolio, business daily Dagens Naeringsliv reported on Tuesday.

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Autoliv plans to move ahead with listing of electronics business

STOCKHOLM, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Sweden's Autoliv said on Tuesday it plans to move ahead with a listing of its electronics business, which makes radars, visions systems and driver assistance software.

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BRIEF-Kosmos Energy To Plug A Well Offshore Mauritania

* COMPLETED DRILLING LAMANTIN-1 EXPLORATION WELL LOCATED IN BLOCK C-12 OFFSHORE MAURITANIA IN APPROXIMATELY 2,200 METERS OF WATER​

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Kosmos Energy to plug offshore Mauritania well

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Kosmos Energy Ltd said it would plug one of its exploration wells offshore Mauritania after it failed to find significant amount of oil and gas.

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UPDATE 2-Thai Beverage emerges as only bidder for large stake in Vietnam's Sabeco

* Sabeco auction is on Dec. 18 (Recasts, adds comment, share price movement)

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Blackstone's real estate fund buys 10 pct stake in Logicor- FT

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP's real estate fund is taking a 10 percent stake in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd , the Financial Times reported on Tuesday citing people briefed on the matter.

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BRIEF-Cathedral Energy Services Ltd. Announces New Credit Facility

* CATHEDRAL ENERGY SERVICES LTD. ANNOUNCES NEW CREDIT FACILITY

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Saudi sovereign fund plans cinema venture with AMC Entertainment

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

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BRIEF-Global Brokerage, Inc. Receives Approximately 78.5% Yes Votes To Move Forward With The Prepackaged Plan Of Reorganization

* GLOBAL BROKERAGE, INC. RECEIVES APPROXIMATELY 78.5% YES VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PREPACKAGED PLAN OF REORGANIZATION

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UPDATE 1-China's Tencent plans retail push with Yonghui Superstores stake

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to buy a 5 percent stake in Yonghui Superstores Co Ltd, the department store operator said on Monday, in the latest push by China's internet giants into offline retail.

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Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack.

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Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

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BRIEF-Ra Capital Management Reports 16.2 Percent Passive Stake In Scpharmaceuticals

* RA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC REPORTS 16.2 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN SCPHARMACEUTICALS INC AS OF NOVEMBER 17 - SEC FILING Source text for Eikon: (http://bit.ly/2Bzh23r) Further company coverage:

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Wall Street ends higher with help from tech, energy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street indexes closed higher on Monday and the biggest drivers were technology and energy sectors as oil prices rose and investors waited for an expected U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike later in the week.

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White House claims Trump's immigration plans could have prevented attack

The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump's preferred immigration policies would have prevented the suspect in an attempted New York terrorist attack from entering the country.

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'Amateur' bomber targets New York commuters; suspect held

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man with a homemade bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion at a New York commuter hub during rush hour on Monday morning, wounding himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack.

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Wall Street rises with help from technology, energy sectors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street indexes were higher on Monday with boosts from technology and energy sectors as oil prices rose while investors prepared for an expected U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike later in the week.

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CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St rises with help from technology, energy sectors

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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BRIEF-Rovida Advisors Reports 5.158 Percent Passive Stake In Orion Engineered Carbons As Of Dec 5

* ROVIDA ADVISORS REPORTS A 5.158 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS SA AS OF DECEMBER 5, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text : [ID:http://bit.ly/2iUIQUq] Further company coverage:

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Angelo, Gordon promotes top executives amid succession planning

BOSTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Investment firm Angelo, Gordon is promoting two senior executives to co-chief investment officers to work alongside the firm's co-founder, Michael Gordon, as the firm prepares for an eventual generational change.

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Nuclear plan backer denies Inauguration Day text with top Trump aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company promoting a plan for the United States and Russia to jointly build nuclear reactors in the Middle East denied in a letter made public on Monday that its director received an Inauguration Day text message from incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn saying the project was "good to go."

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Treasury Defends Tax Plan in One-Page Analysis

A long-awaited document says the $1.5 trillion plan will pay for itself, assuming robust economic growth from a host of policies yet to be enacted.

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Sanders slams media mistakes

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defends President Donald Trump's attacks against the media, saying there's a difference between journalists making "honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people."

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BRIEF-T. Rowe Price Associates Reports 11.7 Pct Passive Stake In Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

* T. ROWE PRICE ASSOCIATES INC REPORTS 11.7 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS INC AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2ALIqHV Further company coverage:

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Wall Street higher as technology, energy stocks gain

(Reuters) - Technology and energy stocks gained in early afternoon trading on Monday, helping Wall Street shake off uncertainties following an explosion at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs.

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher as technology, energy stocks gain

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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News Analysis: Birth Control Pills Protect Against Cancer, Too

A small increased risk of breast cancer among women using hormonal contraceptives may be offset by the pill’s protective effects.

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BRIEF-Capital World Investors Reports A 13.8 Percent Passive Stake In Neovasc Inc

* CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS REPORTS A 13.8 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN NEOVASC INC AS OF NOVEMBER 30, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text : [http://bit.ly/2kZxgLY] Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Airbus may cut A380 production to six planes a year -sources

PARIS, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Airbus is exploring plans to cut A380 superjumbo production to as low as six aircraft per year as it battles to make the world's largest airliner commercially viable beyond the end of the decade, industry sources said.

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Ex-contractor says he shut Trump's Twitter account by accident

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The contractor who shut down Donald Trump's Twitter account has told Reuters he did so by mistake, but says he believes some of the U.S. president's recent tweets breach the social network's ban on hate speech.

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UPDATE 1-SandRidge offers Icahn some deal records, rebuts claims

Dec 11 (Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc on Monday pushed back against activist investors Carl Icahn and Fir Tree Partners' attack on the oil and gas producer's proposed $746 million acquisition of rival Bonanza Creek Energy Inc.

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Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.

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Explosion rocks New York commuter hub, suspect in custody

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An explosion rocked New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal, one of the city's busiest commuter hubs, on Monday morning and police said one suspect was injured and in custody, with three other injuries reported.

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Verizon to pay $2.25 billion to NFL for five-year streaming deal: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will pay around $2.25 billion for a five-year digital streaming partnership with National Football League, according to a source.

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One person in custody, several injured, in New York explosion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An explosion rocked New York's Port Authority, one of the city's busiest commuter hubs in midtown Manhattan, during Monday morning's rush hour, injuring several people.

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EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.

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

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

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Verizon and NFL reach digital streaming agreement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc and the National Football League have reached an agreement for a multi-year digital streaming deal, Verizon said on Monday.

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Small Canadian miners in pole position for electric vehicle battery boon

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canadian developers of cobalt and lithium mines stand to benefit from a round of investments from the makers of electric vehicles and the batteries powering them, a potential game-changer for small miners short on money to develop deposits of these critical battery ingredients.

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Icahn nominates four directors to Xerox's board

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn has named four nominees to Xerox Corp's board of directors, the company said on Monday, after a current Icahn-appointed director resigned due to a difference of opinion with the board.

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BRIEF-FS Investments, EIG Global Energy Partners To Form Partnership

* FS INVESTMENTS AND EIG GLOBAL ENERGY PARTNERS TO FORM PARTNERSHIP TO MANAGE $4 BILLION FS ENERGY AND POWER FUND

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The New Health Care: People Don’t Take Their Pills. Only One Thing Seems to Help.

High-tech approaches and “reminder” packaging don’t work well. Reducing prices does.

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Icahn makes four nominations for Xerox board

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn has named four nominees to Xerox Corp's board of directors, the company said on Monday.

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Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's iconic sandwiches - Italian beef heroes dripping with gravy, and hot dogs loaded with pickles and hot peppers - wouldn't be such culinary institutions without the bread.

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China's graft watchdog warns officials over 'concealed' extravagance

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials trying to hide dishonest spending with tricks such as throwing extravagant parties in private will be targeted in a sustained campaign to root out hedonism, the top anti-graft watchdog said on Monday.

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SandRidge to make some internal records available for Icahn

Dec 11 (Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc said on Monday it would make some company records available to Carl Icahn, a week after the activist investor asked the oil and gas producer to release internal documents on its proposed acquisition of a rival.

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Uber appeal case against London license loss planned for April or June next year

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber's [UBER.UL] appeal against the loss of its London license should begin on Apr. 30 for five days but might be delayed until June, a British judge said on Monday at a preliminary hearing.

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Uber appeal case against London licence loss planned for April or June next year

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Uber's appeal against the loss of its London licence should begin on Apr. 30 for five days but might be delayed until June, a British judge said on Monday at a preliminary hearing.

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Russian military chief criticizes U.S., Japan and South Korea drills

TOKYO (Reuters) - Russia's military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region.

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Seeking to extend martial law in Philippine south, Duterte says militants regrouping

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, arguing that Islamist militants have been regrouping since a five-month urban conflict ended there in October.

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Situation on Korean Peninsula risks moving into 'hot phase': Ifax cites Russian foreign minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The situation on the Korean Peninsula risks to move into a "hot phase", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday, the Interfax news agency reported.

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Merck raises stakes in lung cancer as rivals close in

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc, maker of the only immunotherapy approved for patients newly-diagnosed with the most common type of lung cancer, could solidify its lead by playing the long game, even as rivals edge closer.

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Britain's May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will hail "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks on Monday, telling parliament Britain and the European Union should sign off on a deal at a summit this week "to move forwards together" to discuss future trade ties.

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Exclusive: U.S. mall owner GGP rejects Brookfield Property's $14.8 billion offer - sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - GGP Inc , one of the largest owners and operators of U.S. shopping centers, has rejected a $14.8 billion buyout offer from its biggest shareholder, Brookfield Property Partners LP , people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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Iraq holds victory parade after defeating Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi military parade in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone celebrated final victory over Islamic State on Sunday, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi looking on as troops marched in formation, their bodies spelling "victory day" in Arabic.

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GOP Sen. Collins: Not sure if I will support tax reform plan

Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday morning that she hasn't made a decision yet about whether or not she will vote for the the Republican tax reform plan.

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Egypt to sign contracts for nuclear power plant during Putin's visit: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will sign contracts with Moscow during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Cairo on Monday for the country's first nuclear power plant, three senior sources told Reuters on Sunday.

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Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Trump protest flares in Beirut

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem's main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Anti-Trump protests wane in Jerusalem, West Bank; flare in Beirut

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian protests waned in the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip on Sunday while violence flared near the U.S. embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Yazidis caught in 'political football' between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis' mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next.

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Violence flares at protest near U.S. Embassy in Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon on Sunday during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Iraq holds military parade celebrating victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State is underway in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.

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Israel Chemicals sells stake in desalination firm IDE for $167 mln

JERUSALEM, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Israel Chemicals (ICL) said on Sunday it completed a sale of its 50 percent holding in water desalination firm IDE Technologies for $167 million.

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With foes absent, Venezuela's socialists to gain from local vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party looked set to sweep Sunday's nationwide mayoral polls, deepening opposition splits and consolidating President Nicolas Maduro's position ahead of a likely 2018 re-election campaign.

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Man with ALS confronts Senator on plane over tax plan

Ady Barkan, who says he has ALS, confronted Senator Jeff Flake about the the GOP tax plan while on a flight from Washington D.C.

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German conservatives reject 'United States of Europe' ahead of coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.

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

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

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Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.

Colleges and Universities nytimes.com

On Campus: The Importance of Dumb Mistakes in College

Students deserve the chance to try out ideas without incurring the wrath of the entire internet.

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Palestinians to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move

CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during Pence's visit to the region this month, in a snub over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinian Foreign Minister said on Saturday.

Income Tax nytimes.com

Tax Plans May Give Your Co-Worker a Better Deal Than You

The G.O.P. bills impose different rates on the same income based on things like organizational structure or occupation. At the losing end? Employees with paychecks.

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Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

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

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

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As coalition talks loom, German conservatives reject SPD's Europe idea

BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a United States of Europe put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.