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Sexual Harassment

Michael Feinberg, a Founder of KIPP Schools, Is Fired After Misconduct Claims

Mr. Feinberg was accused of sexually abusing a female student in the late 1990s. An investigation found the claim credible, though he has denied it.


Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri Indicted on Invasion of Privacy Charge

The indictment comes weeks after Mr. Greitens, a first-term Republican, acknowledged an extramarital affair before he took office.

Figure Skating

Winter Olympics Women’s Figure Skating: Live Results

After the women’s figure skating short program, the race for the gold seems to be between two Russians, Alina Zagitova, 15, and Evgenia Medvedeva, 18.

United States Politics and Government

Justice Dept. to Prioritize Prosecutions for Lying in Gun Background Checks

The guidance, expected to be announced in the coming days, allows the Trump administration to take action on guns without issuing rules that might inflame gun rights supporters.


PRECIOUS-Gold prices inch down on firmer dollar

Feb 23 (Reuters) - Gold prices slipped on Friday on a stronger dollar and the yellow metal was on track for its sharpest weekly drop in 2-1/2 months. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,329.16 an ounce at 0127 GMT. Prices gained 0.6 percent in the previous session, in their biggest one-day percentage rise since Feb. 14. * The precious metal was on track for its biggest weekly fall since the week ended Dec. 8, 2017. * U.S. gold futures

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Mueller Files New Fraud Charges Against Paul Manafort and Campaign Deputy

The charges do not involve President Trump or his campaign, but they compound the legal problems for Mr. Manafort, his former campaign chairman.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy ‘Never Went In’

Surveillance video showed the only armed sheriff’s deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., doing “nothing” during last week’s deadly shooting.


Puerto Rico governor announces independent probe into Maria death toll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor said on Thursday he has tapped researchers at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., to lead an independent probe into his administration's controversial tally of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria.

Experts: Trump deriding shooter's mental health could be harmful

In a tweet Thursday, President Donald Trump described someone who would shoot up a school as a "savage sicko." At CNN's town hall on the Parkland, Florida, school shootings on Wednesday, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch described the gunman as "an insane monster" who is "nuts" and crazy." And at a White House briefing Thursday, the President again used the term "sicko."

US immigration agency deletes 'nation of immigrants' from mission statement

The agency in charge of US immigration services has updated its mission statement to no longer include the phrase "nation of immigrants."


Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was briefly taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said.

Analysis: Gov. Greitens in deep, deep trouble

The indictment of Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony charge of invasion of privacy Thursday night further imperils his already dicey political future.


White North Carolina man convicted of murdering unarmed black man

(Reuters) - A North Carolina jury on Thursday convicted a white homeowner of first-degree murder for the 2016 shooting death of an unarmed black man, an attorney for the slain man's family said.


Mueller files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's ex-campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates that include bank and tax fraud, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.


Simpson, Noren share lead in Florida, Woods shoots even par

(Reuters) - Sweden's Alex Noren and American Webb Simpson shot four-under-par 66s for the lead as Tiger Woods was at even par for the opening round of Florida's Honda Classic on Thursday.


Asian shares rebound as U.S. rate fears ebb

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares rebounded on Friday as comments from a Federal Reserve official eased worries that the central bank might raise rates more aggressively this year, while the safe-haven yen held on to its gains amid heightened volatility across markets.

Ted Cruz embraces Trump ahead of re-election

Up for a second Senate term in Texas this year, "Lyin' Ted" Cruz, as President Donald Trump nicknamed him, is suddenly Trump's biggest fan.


World's last remaining wild horses aren't really wild after all

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It may come as a disappointment to equine enthusiasts, but a new genetic study has found that no truly wild horses still exist and that a population inhabiting Mongolian grasslands actually is a feral descendant of the earliest-known domesticated horses.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rebound as U.S. rate fears ebb

* Market seen in 'holding pattern' ahead of key data next week

Teachers and School Employees

‘Teachers Are Educators, Not Security Guards’: Educators Respond to Trump Proposal

Many teachers reacted with alarm at the idea they would be trained and armed.


BRIEF-Sempra Energy Raises Annualized Stock Dividend By 9 Pct



BRIEF-Intermap Technologies Reports 2017 Financial Results And New Task Order


Sources: Mueller probe part of why Kushner hasn't got full security clearance

Jared Kushner has been unable to obtain a full security clearance in part because of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two sources familiar with the matter.


Chinese paper says U.S. should learn from China, restrict guns, protect rights

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The United States should learn from China and "genuinely" protect human rights by restricting gun ownership, an editorial in a widely read state-run Chinese newspaper said on Friday.


Texas commutes death sentence, Florida executes murderer

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday, after the death row inmate's family begged for mercy and won a rare clemency recommendation.


U.S. blocks chip equipment maker Xcerra's sale to Chinese state fund

Feb 22 (Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor testing company Xcerra Corp said on Thursday that a U.S. national security panel had blocked its $580 million sale to a Chinese state-backed semiconductor investment fund, the latest such deal to be thwarted.


Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder's aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction...


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UPDATE 1-Brazil's BRF swings to 4th-qtr loss on write-downs, export challenges

SAO PAULO, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Brazil's BRF SA swung to a loss in the fourth quarter, missing a consensus estimate for a profit, as the food processor wrote down unsold inventory and faced a difficult market for its exports to Europe and Asia.

KFC ran out of chicken

CNN's Richard Quest explains KFC's chicken delivery problem that temporarily closed hundreds of stores, and how something so critical to the business went wrong.


Mexican oil shake-up likely if frontrunner wins presidency, says adviser

MEXICO CITY, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Mexico's presidential frontrunner is not opposed to foreign investment in the country's oil, his top energy adviser said, but his government would make dramatic changes to energy strategy, including a new focus on refining rather than crude exports.

Gun Control

Editorial: Let the Teachers Teach

Even police officers often fail to hit their target when they shoot. How much worse would such an unintended consequence be in a crowded school?


Armed deputy at Florida high school resigns after failing to engage shooter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The armed sheriff's deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed has resigned rather than face suspension after an internal investigation showed he failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during the attack, the county sheriff said on Thursday.

Lesbian couple not allowed to foster refugee child

A lesbian couple wanted to foster a refugee child through Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, but said they were refused because they didn't "mirror the holy family."


Exclusive: Trump calls meeting on biofuels policy blamed by bankrupt refiner

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has called a cabinet-level meeting early next week to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy, according to three sources familiar with the matter.


EU leaders to clash over post-Brexit budget

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will lay down the first markers on Friday on the size and aims of the bloc's next long-term budget, as a large hole in its finances begins to take shape with next year's departure of one of its main net contributors.


Prada brings Milan to its feet, with a collection of bold lines and colors

MILAN (Reuters) - With Milan at her feet, designer Miuccia Prada unveiled her fluorescent and urban chic fall-winter collection on Thursday, in a high rise building towering over Italy's fashion...

Astronaut: Trump's plan for the space station a huge mistake

Donald Trump's administration is floating a proposal to return to the moon -- and to shut down the International Space Station to help pay for it.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Why Americans Could Believe the Worst From Russian Trolls

What was most disconcerting about the indictment of Russian operatives is what it says about the state of democracy in America.

Ivanka Trump becomes an attack line in Nevada GOP primary

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller's Republican primary challenger is trying to tie him to Ivanka Trump as a way to cast him as too liberal.


Social interaction, staff training reduce agitation in dementia patients

(Reuters Health) - An approach to nursing home care that fosters interest and social interaction among patients and staff may reduce agitation and other neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia sufferers and improve their quality of life, a recent trial suggests.

State Legislatures

Tony Mendoza, California Lawmaker, Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Mr. Mendoza, a Democratic state senator from the Los Angeles area, was facing an expulsion vote. He is the third legislator in the state to resign over sexual allegations.


U.S. gun lobby slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.


BlackRock puts gunmakers on notice after Florida school shooting

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The world's largest asset manager put U.S. gunmakers on notice on Thursday that it is no longer business as usual in the wake of a shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school.

Salmonella outbreak tied to chicken salad

An outbreak of salmonella infections linked to chicken salad has sickened 65 people in five states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. No deaths have been reported, but 28 people have been hospitalized.


Japan wins WTO dispute over Fukushima-related food

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization largely upheld a Japanese complaint against South Korean import bans and additional testing requirements imposed on Japanese seafood because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.


Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.

Missouri governor indicted over nude picture

Missouri GOP. Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted on Thursday, amid looming allegations of sexual misconduct and blackmail following an admission of an affair last month.

Women's Ski Cross off to flying start

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Question at Murder Trial, ‘Have You Ever Hired a Nanny?’

Jury selection in the case of a nanny accused of killing two children in her charge put attitudes toward child care, and raw emotions, on display.

Gun Control

Op-Ed Columnist: Nasty, Brutish and Trump

America’s gun madness is part of an assault on the very idea of community.

Voter Registration and Requirements

Op-Ed Contributor: The Case for Allowing Felons to Vote

Every American should be able to cast a ballot.


U.S. fund investors creep back in to market: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors inched back in to the markets during the most recent week, putting $2.5 billion into bonds and $1.1 billion into stocks, Lipper data showed on Thursday.


Pennsylvania Republicans file second challenge to new congressional map

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republicans, including eight U.S. congressmen, filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging a new congressional map created by the state's top court, in the party's latest effort to block the map from taking effect ahead of November's mid-term elections.


GoDaddy revenue tops estimates as customer base expands

(Reuters) - GoDaddy Inc's quarterly revenue topped Wall Street estimates on Thursday, as the web-hosting company earned more from each user and expanded customer base with its acquisition of Host Europe Group.

N.R.A., Manafort, Syria: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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


After war cabinet, Britain's May to set out 'way forward' on Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out "the way forward" for Brexit next week after a meeting with top aides on Thursday intended to resolve differences over strategy that are dividing her team, and frustrating European Union negotiators.


Short track: Hungary storms to first Winter Games gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Hungary claimed their first gold medal at a Winter Olympics by pulling off a stunning victory in the men's 5,000 meters relay on Thursday after a fall cost South Korea a place on the podium.

Van Jones: Jesus would be backing the kids

Gun violence is rocking our world again -- and our politics. But even as political rancor runs high, Americans' views are dramatically shifting.

Sheriff: Deputy disciplined for inaction

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says 3 officers are facing consequences for failure to help stop the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.


Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

University serves Kool-Aid and watermelon water for Black History Month

When Kayla Eubanks saw a sign for a Black History Month special menu in a New York University dining hall on Tuesday, she was interested to see what they were serving.


HP Inc results beat estimates, raises 2018 profit forecast

HP Inc reported first-quarter revenue and profit on Thursday above Wall Street estimates as it sold more personal computers and printers, helping the company raise its full-year profit forecast.


Angels' Ohtani to make pitching start on Saturday

(Reuters) - Japanese two-way standout Shohei Ohtani will make his first start for the Los Angeles Angels when he pitches in a spring training game on Saturday, the Angels said on Thursday.


Venezuelans' legal entry to Colombia dips 30 percent with tighter border: government

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The legal daily entry of Venezuelan migrants into Colombia has fallen by 30 percent in the last two weeks, the Colombian migration agency said on Thursday, after the government imposed stricter border controls.


Boeing, Lockheed interested in launching rockets from Brazil, minister says

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's defense minister said on Thursday that Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and other U.S. aerospace companies have expressed interest in launching rockets from its Alcantara military base near the equator and visited the site in December.

Credit Cards

Bank to End N.R.A. Visa Card After Customer Outcry

The First National Bank of Omaha said it would withdraw its N.R.A. Visa card after a barrage of complaints this week.

Neanderthals, humans more alike than we thought

Neanderthals may not have been that different from us, after all.


Soccer is basically medicine, some researchers argue

(Reuters Health) - Compared to inactive people, recreational soccer players have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and resting heart rates as well as less fat mass, a research review suggests.


North Korea says U.N. chief 'picking a quarrel' with sanctions remarks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea on Thursday accused United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres of "picking a quarrel" with Pyongyang by praising international sanctions for putting pressure on the country over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

House GOP gear up for hearings on bipartisan opioid crisis legislation

House Republicans will hold a hearing next week on a series of bipartisan bills to address patient safety and enforcement efforts for opioids, marking the latest push for legislation to combat the opioid crisis.

Syria is devastated. Where are the women?


Palantir ordered to open books to investor seeking U.S. fraud probe

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Data analytics and security company Palantir Technologies Inc must open its books to early investor Marc Abramowitz, who wants to investigate possible fraud and mismanagement at the highly valued private U.S. company, a judge ruled on Thursday.


New indictment filed against former Trump campaign aides Manafort and Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday filed a new indictment against former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, according to court records.


HP Inc quarterly results beat estimates on higher PC sales

HP Inc , which houses the hardware business of former Hewlett-Packard Co, reported a better-than-expected revenue and profit in the first quarter as the company sold more personal computers and printers.


BRIEF-Guardian Capital Qtrly EPS Per Class A And Common EPS $‍1.07​



BRIEF-Integer Holdings Announces Refocused Strategy To Drive Sales



BRIEF-Dr. Ben Patel Elected To Lincoln Electric Board



UPDATE 1-HP Inc quarterly results beat estimates on higher PC sales

Feb 22 - HP Inc, which houses the hardware business of former Hewlett-Packard Co, reported a better-than-expected revenue and profit in the first quarter as the company sold more personal computers and printers.


BRIEF-Highwoods Prices $350 Mln Of 4.125 Pct Notes Due 2028



BRIEF-Comfort Systems USA Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.20


Average mortgage just jumped to highest rate since April 2014


BRIEF-STEP Energy Services Announces Acquisition Of U.S. Fracturing



BRIEF-GTx Trial Results In Stress Urinary Incontinence Accepted For Podium Presentation At SUFU



BRIEF-AV Homes Reports Q4 Adjusted Earnings Per Share $0.40



BRIEF-Bevo Agro Qtrly ‍Shr $0.01​

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Anger in Nigerian village as girls still missing after Boko Haram attack

DAPCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - The governor of Nigeria's Yobe state told residents of the village of Dapchi in person on Thursday that 76 of their schoolgirls who were reported to have been rescued from Islamist Boko Haram kidnappers were in fact still missing.


Argentina eases residency application for Venezuelan immigrants

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina is giving Venezuelan immigrants extra time to present documents needed to obtain residency due to delays in obtaining paperwork from their homeland, the head of the country's migration authority said on Thursday.


Dow, S&P climb on energy and industrials; Nasdaq falls

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow and S&P 500 advanced on Thursday to halt a two-session losing skid, buoyed by gains in industrial and energy shares as U.S. Treasury yields eased, while the Nasdaq lost ground for a third straight session.

Mueller files new charges against Manafort and Gates

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed new charges against former Donald Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.


Kremlin critic Navalny held, then released ahead of Russian election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was briefly detained on Thursday and accused of organizing illegal protests, weeks before a presidential election in which he has been barred from running.

Neanderthal Man

Matter: Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists

Cave paintings in Spain were made by Neanderthals, not modern humans, archaeologists reported. The finding adds to evidence that Neanderthals were capable of symbolic thought and perhaps language.


Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Trump, Donald J Jr

As Donald Trump Jr. Drums Up Business in India, Some Ask What’s Being Sold

The president’s son is in India on behalf of the family business, but word that he planned a speech on foreign policy took the controversy to a new level.


Trump emphasizes arming teachers as response to school shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday emphasized that he wants to see trained teachers able to carry concealed guns to ward off potential school shooters, and said he has recently spoken with the National Rifle Association about his ideas.


NRA chief slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.


BlackRock says will seek 'response' from gunmakers to Florida school shooting

BOSTON (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc said on Thursday it plans to speak with weapons manufacturers and distributors 'to understand their response' to last week's mass school shooting in Florida.


Trump's call for more gun regulation boosts firearm stocks

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of gunmakers American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger & Company rallied on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump advocated tightening background checks for guns in response to last week's high school massacre in Florida.


A wartime tragedy resurfaces in Berlinale refugee study

BERLIN (Reuters) - Decades after he won a Silver Bear prize for a pioneering film about the fate of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, Swiss director Markus Imhoof returns to the Berlinale with "Eldorado", a meditation on Europe's attitudes to refugees arriving today.

Senator's town hall comments show he's gearing up for race against Rick Scott

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson attended CNN's town hall on Wednesday night to talk about school safety and gun violence. But by the end of the night, the vulnerable senator up for reelection this year proved one thing clearly: He is gearing up for a fight against Florida Gov. Rick Scott.


GoDaddy reports 24 percent rise in quarterly revenue

(Reuters) - GoDaddy Inc on Thursday reported a 24 percent rise in quarterly revenue, as the web-hosting company expanded its customer base with its acquisition of Host Europe Group last year.


Air strikes again hit Syria's Ghouta, U.N. considers ceasefire resolution

AMMAN (Reuters) - Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near Syria's capital for a fifth day running on Thursday as the U.N. Security Council considered demanding a 30-day ceasefire across the country to allow emergency aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

Asia and Australia Edition: India, Donald Trump Jr., North Korea: Your Friday Briefing

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

Armed, trained teachers should get bonuses, Trump says

President Donald Trump spent Thursday grappling with how to prevent more school massacres and address the gun debate gripping the country, offering solutions such as giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training.


Blacks in U.S. lose quality of life due to fewer knee replacements

(Reuters Health) - Black people with knee osteoarthritis may have a worse quality of life than white patients in part because they’re less likely to be offered knee replacement surgery or to get the procedure when it’s recommended, a U.S. study suggests.


Billy Graham to lie in honor at Capitol: House speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The body of evangelist Billy Graham will lie in honor under the U.S. Capitol rotunda next week as Congress pays tribute to a clergyman who counseled presidents and preached the Gospel to millions worldwide, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday.


U.S. judge denies Manafort's request to modify his bail terms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, lost a bid on Thursday to modify the terms of his bail, after a federal judge said his proposal to pledge certain properties as collateral was "unsatisfactory."

See videos of young Beyoncé

A collection of lost videos that show a young Beyoncé Knowles are set to be auctioned off after they were found in a storage facility.

Republican leaders silent so far on Trump's gun proposals

President Donald Trump is making a fresh -- if unexpected -- push for some gun law reforms following a tragic mass shooting last week in Florida, but it's not clear they will be embraced by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill nor rank-and-file conservatives who have long stood against diminishing gun rights.


Canada's Trudeau spurs criticism, raises eyebrows on India trip

OTTAWA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Canadian and Indian officials scrambled on Thursday to explain how a convicted Sikh extremist was invited to a New Delhi reception for Justin Trudeau, the latest misstep in the Canadian prime minister's bumpy eight-day trip to India.


$50 Million for the Hammer Museum, and Fresh Energy for Arts Giving in L.A.

A thriving art scene is nurturing philanthropy in Los Angeles, and young artists are moving in or staying put instead of heading to New York.

Trump admin wants to know if rubber bands are putting American jobs at risk


Review: In ‘Annihilation,’ a Heroic Journey into the Alien Shimmer

In the new movie from Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), Natalie Portman plays a biologist who tries to unlock the mysteries of an extraterrestrial whatsit.


States refile lawsuits to block repeal of U.S. net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect.

The last 24 hours have featured a more intense national conversation about guns than in recent memory

The last 24 hours have featured a more intense -- and, generally speaking, more honest -- national conversation about guns and culture than in, at least, the last five years.

White House spokesman: I haven't asked Trump about Stormy Daniels payment

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah says he has not asked the President about Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's payment of $130,000 to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels leading up to the 2016 election.


'France first', far right's Marechal-Le Pen says in comeback speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - France should follow U.S. President Donald Trump's lead and fight for "France first", Marion Marechal-Le Pen, seen as a potential leader of France's far right, told U.S conservatives on Thursday in her first public appearance in months.

Race and Ethnicity

Op-Ed Contributor: Frederick Douglass’s Fight Against Scientific Racism

He understood that the ends to which science could be used were forever bound up with the moral choices of its practitioners.

What role does genetics play in opioid addiction?

Researchers have identified another gene that could influence the risk of opioid dependence, a new study shows, adding to the evidence that genetic factors play a crucial role in determining who develops addiction.

Comedy and Humor

Comedian Going to White House Correspondents’ Dinner. What About Trump?

Michelle Wolf, a stand-up comic and contributor to “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” takes on one of the most prominent — and perilous — gigs in comedy.


Intel did not tell U.S. cyber officials about chip flaws until made public

(Reuters) - Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet Inc notified the chipmaker of the problems, according to letters sent by tech companies to lawmakers on Thursday.

S&P frets over Gibson Guitars' debt problem

Ethics and Official Misconduct

Ex-Arkansas Judge Receives 5 Years for Coercing Sexual Acts From Defendants

The former judge had told young men their charges could be reduced if they performed what he called “community service,” according to the Justice Department.


Swede Noren leads in Florida, Woods shoots even par

(Reuters) - Sweden's Alex Noren shot a four-under-par 66 for the early lead as Tiger Woods was at even par in the opening round of Florida's Honda Classic on Thursday.

Government Employees

A Supreme Court Showdown Could Shrink Unions’ Power

Workers in a small Illinois town are worried that a Supreme Court decision curbing union power would hurt their community.


Kurdish YPG militia urges Syrian army to help it stop Turkey

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Thursday that fighters backing the Syrian government were deploying on the frontlines to help repel a Turkish assault, but that assistance would be needed from the Syrian army itself.

Streep, J. Law slam Harvey Weinstein's defense

Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep are not happy about Harvey Weinstein quoting them in an attempt to get a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him dismissed.

Trump considers pulling customs agents to punish California

President Donald Trump declared on Thursday he was considering withdrawing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from California as punishment for what he claimed was a "lousy management job" in patrolling illegal immigration.

'Game Night' serves up a comedy winner

Two words, nine letters: "Game Night" is a riot -- an energetic, consistently clever comedy that playfully toys with the expectations of a savvy audience weaned on such fare. Filled with knowing pop-culture references and deriving laughs from every key character, it's the kind of smart, fast-paced entertainment that makes a pretty delicate juggling act look easy.

Trump defends the NRA as a group of 'patriots' who want to 'do the right thing'

President Donald Trump defended the National Rifle Association on Thursday, saying he believes the organization wants to "do the right thing" in wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.


Primitive art: Neanderthals were Europe's first painters

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's oldest known cave paintings were made by Neanderthals, not modern humans, suggesting our extinct cousins were far from being uncultured brutes.

Trump opposes 'active shooter drills' because it's a negative thing for kids

President Donald Trump grew indignant on Thursday in opposing "active shooter drills" in schools, making a rare reference to his own son as he described the practice as "crazy."

#MeToo Movement

In This #MeToo Moment, Academy Awards Want to Spotlight the Films

“The Oscars should be a spectacle,” one of the show’s lead producers said, a sign that the industrywide reckoning over sexual harassment may not take center stage during the March 4 telecast.


Chinese trawlers travel farthest and fish the most - study

(Reuters) - China has the world's largest and farthest-ranging fishing operation, outstripping the next 10 biggest combined, according to what researchers say is the most comprehensive and data-intensive study on the subject.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

School Safety: What the Experts Say About Preparing for a Shooting

Experts are divided on how to protect students from violence or whether, for that matter, there is anything that can be done to prevent a determined attacker.


Coral reefs at risk of dissolving as oceans get more acidic: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Coral reefs could start to dissolve before 2100 as man-made climate change drives acidification of the oceans, scientists said on Thursday.

Gun maker cuts 700 jobs due to plunging sales


Hamilton sees rivalry with Vettel hotting up

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton expects his Formula One rivalry with Sebastian Vettel to become even more intense this season and says he is prepared for anything the Ferrari driver throws at him.


Young men’s drinking tied to later liver disease risk

(Reuters Health) - Men who drink alcohol in late adolescence are more likely to develop severe liver disease decades later than young people who don’t drink at all, a Swedish study suggests.

An under-10 softball team is planning to raffle off an AR-15

Gun raffles or giveaways aren't anything new, especially in rural parts of the country. But they're drawing renewed scrutiny after 17 people were killed last week in a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Student promises to call the mother of her fallen teacher every day

Mother and son had a daily ritual.


Self-compassion may protect perfectionists from getting depressed

(Reuters Health) - Learning to respond to your failures with kindness, or self-compassion, may help offset the negative effects of perfectionism at any age, according to a small study of Australian teens and adults.


Idris Elba brings 'Yardie' to Berlin International Film Festival

BERLIN (Reuters) - A film depicting the Jamaican community in London in the 1980s is a reminder of Britain's multicultural complexity, British actor Idris Elba said presenting "Yardie", his directorial debut, at the Berlin Film Festival.


Five ways millennial caregivers can find help

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amanda Singer had her plate full running a dance studio in Massachusetts.

Trump blames video games, movies for violence

President Trump pointed to violent video games and movies as a possible cause for violence among the youth in the US.


Iran hints at seaborne reactors while respecting nuclear deal

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has fired a diplomatic warning shot at Washington by raising the prospect of building nuclear reactors for ships while staying within the limits set by its atomic deal with major powers, a U.N. nuclear watchdog report showed on Thursday.


Mexico's Televisa to create content for Amazon Prime

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican broadcaster Televisa said on Thursday that it plans to start producing original content to be distributed on Inc's platform, underscoring streaming services' increasing efforts to woo Latin American audiences.

Appointments and Executive Changes

New Candidates Emerge for Trump’s Top Environmental Adviser

A new candidate was needed after the White House withdrew its previous nominee, who had drawn criticism for calling carbon dioxide the “gas of life.”

Billy Graham to lie in honor at US Capitol next week

The Rev. Billy Graham will lie in honor in the US Capitol rotunda beginning next week, House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement on Thursday.


Air strikes hammer Syria's Ghouta for fifth day, U.N. mulling ceasefire resolution

AMMAN (Reuters) - Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near Syria's capital for a fifth day running on Thursday as the U.N. Security Council considered demanding a 30-day truce  across the country to allow emergency aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

Obama cheers on the 'fearless students'

Former President Barack Obama voiced his support Thursday for the "fearless students" of Parkland, Florida, telling them, "we've got your backs."

Chloe Kim and Jimmy Fallon photobomb fans

17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim stopped by "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to photobomb unsuspecting fans.

Security footage from school misled cops

Surveillance footage from the Florida high school where 17 people were gunned down was not live, as responding officers initially thought -- it was actually on tape delay, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported.


Groups refile lawsuits to block net neutrality reversal

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Web browser developer Mozilla Corp and video-sharing website Vimeo Inc said on Thursday they had refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark net neutrality rules from taking effect.


NRA chief slams anti-gun "elites" after Florida school massacre

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to erode the country's constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.


Chevrolet Bolt wins top 'green car' from Consumer Reports

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co's Genesis brand topped the annual ranking of new vehicles by influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports, while General Motors Co's electric Chevrolet Bolt was named top pick for compact green car.


Romanian justice minister calls for dismissal of anti-corruption prosecutor

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader called on Thursday for the dismissal of chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi for what he said were "acts and facts intolerable to the rule of law."


U.S. Curling Team, Once Called ‘Rejects,’ Beats Canada to Advance to Final

The United States had never beaten Canada in Olympic competition. Now it has done it twice in four days.

Olympic Games

Whenever a Russian Athlete Wins Gold You’ll Hear a Golden Oldie

Russian winners at these Games will hear the unfamiliar Olympic hymn, from 1896, on the medal stand, rather than their national anthem, a penalty for the country’s doping scandal.


Pentagon to provide recommendation on transgender individuals to Trump this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will provide his recommendation to President Donald Trump on transgender individuals and military service sometime this week, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Lens: Coming of Age Amid Patriotic Training

Sarah Blesener documented 10 programs that teach patriotic values and military skills to American children and teenagers.


Unfiltered and Unpretentious: A New, Old Wave in Craft Beer

The names may be daunting: zwickelbier and kellerbier. But the results are easier to drink than I.P.A.’s, and gaining ground with American brewers.


President of Tezos Swiss foundation steps down

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The president of a Swiss foundation that conducted a $232 million online fundraiser for the embattled Tezos cryptocurrency project has stepped down, the foundation said in a statement on Thursday.

Fashion and Apparel

Fosun Triumphs in Bidding War for Lanvin, Troubled Fashion House

The deal was the second Chinese takeover of a European luxury brand in a month.

Amazon hits $1,500 for the first time ever


Toys are not us: Target investors

(Reuters) - Target Corp should hold off on plans to cash in on a perceived advantage in toys after the collapse of Toys "R" Us, several of the company's investors told Reuters, worried it could eat up capital desperately needed in an Amazon-dominated retail world.


BRIEF-Neuberger Berman To Vote For Shareholder Proposal Regarding Right To Call Special Meeting At Nuance Communications



Snap chief earns $638 million in 2017, third-highest CEO payout ever

(Reuters) - Snap Inc Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel received $637.8 million as total compensation as the company went public last year, the third-highest annual payout ever received by a company's chief executive.


Turkish opposition sounds alarm over proposed voting law changes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's opposition said on Thursday new electoral regulations proposed by President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party and its nationalist allies could open the door to fraud and jeopardise the fairness of 2019 elections.


BRIEF-Abarca, Amgen Enter Outcomes-Based Agreement For Repatha



Takata agrees to settle U.S. probe by 44 state AGs over deadly air bags

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Takata Corp's U.S. unit agreed Thursday to settle a probe by 44 state attorneys general into claims it concealed a deadly safety defect with air bag inflators.


Nigerian state governor says no missing schoolgirls rescued: residents

DAPCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - The governor of the Nigerian state of Yobe on Thursday told residents of a village that no missing girls had been rescued following a Boko Haram attack, according to four of those who heard the official speak.


BMW settles U.S. claims it refused lease refunds to military personnel

(Reuters) - BMW AG agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle U.S. government claims that it failed to provide required refunds to 492 military personnel who lawfully terminated their vehicle leases because they were called to duty.


UPDATE 1-Bombardier CFO says used business jet market inching toward sellers

MONTREAL, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The market for higher-end, pre-owned business jets is beginning to favor sellers, after years where buyers had the upper hand because of elevated supply, Bombardier Inc's chief financial officer said on Thursday.


UPDATE 2-BMW settles U.S. claims it refused lease refunds to military personnel

Feb 22 (Reuters) - BMW AG agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle U.S. government claims that it failed to provide required refunds to 492 military personnel who lawfully terminated their vehicle leases because they were called to duty.


BRIEF-BRT Apartments Acquires 586 Unit Value Add Property In Lawrenceville, Georgia



UPDATE 1-Snap chief earns $638 mln in 2017, third-highest CEO payout ever

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Snap Inc Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel received $637.8 million as total compensation as the company went public last year, the third-highest annual payout ever received by a company's chief executive.

School cameras had over 20-minute delay

CNN's Kaylee Hartung reports on new details that the security cameras at Stoneman Douglas High School had a 20-minute tape delay that slowed police from capturing the shooter.

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: The Art and Anxiety of Booking a Hit Comedy Showcase

Marianne Ways is a tastemaker in the Brooklyn comedy scene, but putting together a show also requires connections and a lot of persistence.


Lawsuit says race motivated Trump to end immigrant protections

BOSTON (Reuters) - A group of Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants on Thursday filed a lawsuit claiming that the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to terminate the protections that allowed them to remain in the country was racially motivated.


Stymied by regulators, Airbnb looks to luxury vacations, hotels for growth

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Airbnb is rolling out new services aimed at attracting travelers looking for luxury accommodations and traditional hotels, the latest move to contend with sputtering growth in its original home-renting business.


Pence rallies conservatives with call to fight hard at 2018 elections

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence rallied thousands of conservative activists on Thursday to fight back against a Democratic drive to take over the U.S. Congress in 2018 elections, calling it crucial to advance President Donald Trump's agenda.


UPDATE 6-Oil prices climb after unexpected drop in U.S. crude stocks

* Weaker dollar supports oil prices (New throughout, updates prices, market activity and comments; new byline, changes dateline, previously LONDON)

Gun Control

How the N.R.A. Keeps Federal Gun Regulators in Check

The A.T.F.’s weakened political position is partly because the N.R.A. has long used its sway to hobble the agency as well as because of a dearth of leadership and resources.

Trump wants to raise the gun purchase age to 21 and end bump stock sales

President Donald Trump sought Thursday morning to firm up his political positions on the swirling gun debate while also defending the National Rifle Association, which has come under fierce criticism in the wake of last week's school shooting in Florida.


Brazil's defense minister says SpaceX, Boeing interested in launching from Amazon base

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's defense minister said on Thursday that SpaceX, Boeing and other companies have expressed interest in launching rockets from the South American nation's Alcantara military base near the equator, and that a delegation of interested parties visited the site late last year.


New Jersey Democrats seek to bar gunmakers from pension funds

BOSTON (Reuters) - New Jersey legislators on Thursday said they plan to introduce bills to bar state pension funds from investing in gun manufacturers.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Contributor: A Combat Zone, With Desks

Much of what I learned in the Army is horrifyingly relevant in the classroom.

Parkland students raise $3.7 million in 3 days. Here's how they'll spend it

As the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting turn their waking nightmares into a national revolution, their supporters have funneled huge sums of money to the students' cause.


Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 22) - School shootings, bump stocks, school safety

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

The end of net neutrality is coming in April

Analysis: Rubio takes heat but finds his voice

He didn't look like "Little Marco."

#MeToo Movement

Op-Ed Contributor: I’m a Campus Sexual Assault Activist. It’s Time to Reimagine How We Punish Sex Crimes.

We cannot jail, fire or expel our way out of this crisis. We need other options.

Hedge fund billionaire: 70% chance of recession before 2020 election


Puerto Rico should rebuild power from scratch: Fed official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico should "start from scratch" rebuilding its already outdated power infrastructure after deadly Hurricane Maria last year devastated it and left citizens marooned, the U.S. central banker overseeing the island territory said on Thursday.


Wall St. rises sharply as rate hike fears ease

(Reuters) - Gains in technology and industrial shares helped U.S. stocks rebound from a two-day fall on Thursday as investors shrugged off the prospects of more interest rate hikes this year.


U.S. judge in Russia probe orders sealed hearing in Gates case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ordered a closed hearing for Friday in the Russia probe case of Rick Gates, a former campaign aide for President Donald Trump, according to a court filing on Thursday.

All of West Virginia's public schools are closed due to a teacher walk-out over pay

Public schools across West Virginia are closed Thursday as teachers and other school employees hit the picket lines, demanding higher wages and better benefits.

Wayne LaPierre calls out Democrats and warns of a government overreach over and above gun control

The National Rifle Association's executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre slammed Democrats for their reaction to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and warned of government overreach extending far beyond the limiting of fire arms.

Marco Rubio: Banning semiautomatic rifles is 'well outside' mainstream

Sen. Marco Rubio is defending his stance against a ban on semiautomatic rifles -- claiming that the position is "well outside" mainstream opinion -- after he signaled an openness to limited gun control measures at a CNN town hall on school shootings.