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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' falls short of sky-high hopes

If expectations for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" were inordinately (and perhaps unfairly) high, thank "The Force Awakens," which had a huge donut hole in the shape of Luke Skywalker at its center. Yet even with Luke integrated into the story, the film feels like a significant letdown, one that does far less than its predecessor to stoke enthusiasm for the next leg in the trilogy.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil's MRV aims for over $2.1 bln in 2018 home sales

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian homebuilder MRV Engenharia e Participações SA hopes to start construction of 50,000 new home units in 2018, which could generate more than 7 billion reais ($2.1 billion) in sales, a company executive said on Tuesday.

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Nonfiction: Are the American West’s Wildfires Inevitable?

Michael Kodas’s “Megafire” and Edward Struzik’s “Firestorm” analyse the misguided history and dire results of America’s wildfire management policy.

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French government dampens Corsican nationalists' autonomy hopes

PARIS (Reuters) - France's government on Tuesday ruled out major concessions towards autonomy sought by Corsica's nationalists after they won a regional election, but said it was open to talks that took account of the island's distinctive character.

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DealBook: More American Jobs? Broadcom Deal Might Mean the Opposite

President Trump hailed Broadcom’s decision to bring its headquarters to the United States, but if its takeover bid for Qualcomm goes through, it may cost jobs.

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De Blasio Seeks to Turn Homeless ‘Cluster Sites’ Into Affordable Housing

Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce a plan geared toward converting 800 apartments used to house the homeless into affordable housing.

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Finding new life after limb loss

On a spring day in 1990, Mona Patel was walking to class at Cal Poly University when a drunken driver slammed into her. She was 17.

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Donald Trump, the master of working from home

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Trump starts process of sending Americans back to moon

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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Nearly half of Americans still oppose Republican tax bill: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Republicans in the U.S. Congress rush to finish their tax plan, the legislation is not getting more popular with the public, with nearly half of Americans still opposed to it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

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'Ground-breaking' new drug gives hope in Huntington's disease

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntington's disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering new hope for patients with the devastating genetic disease.

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UPDATE 1-'Ground-breaking' new drug gives hope in Huntington's disease

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntington's disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering new hope for patients with the devastating genetic disease.

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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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'Ground-breaking' new drug gives hope on Huntingdon's disease

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntingdon's disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering new hope for patients with the devastating genetic disease.

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BRIEF-American Water Announces 2018 Earnings Guidance

* AMERICAN WATER WORKS COMPANY - ‍INVESTING $7.2 BILLION IN REGULATED INFRASTRUCTURE OVER NEXT FIVE YEARS, AN INCREASE OF $1.3 BILLION OVER 2017 FIVE YEAR PLAN​

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Paris Journal: A Roma Circus Makes a Home, and Builds Bridges, in Paris

The Romanès family puts on a spontaneous performance of song, dance and acrobatics, while promoting a message of acceptance.

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Mediaset hopes truce with Vivendi to come with content deal with Telecom Italia: media

MILAN (Reuters) - Mediaset's chief executive said he hoped the shared interest over TV content with Telecom Italia (TIM) could pave the way to a truce with France's Vivendi , speaking in a interview published late on Sunday.

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UN chief: 'America first' is 'detrimental to American interests'

President Trump said in his inauguration speech that the slogan "America First" would govern his administration and approach to foreign policy. But UN Secretary-General António Guterres believes that the President's pledge is "detrimental to American interests."

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UN Ambassador Haley cites 'will of American people' on Jerusalem decision

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday cited "the will of the American people" in defending President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US Embassy there.

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Beijing razes migrant workers' homes

Modern Beijing was built on the backs of low-paid migrants like Zhao Guihua.

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Opinion: I Grew Up Around Korean Beauty Products. Americans, You’ve Been Had.

The pedestrian origin story of the triple cleanse and snail slime face serum.

Palestinians nytimes.com

Opinion: Palestinians’ Dashed Hopes for Jerusalem

A West Bank demonstration may have been a mild beginning to a sustained violent expression by Palestinians.

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President says his opponents are 'resisting the will of the American people'

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Scoundrel Theory of American Politics

The idea that a candidate’s character doesn’t matter is pervasive and pernicious.

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Russian operatives tried to contact Hope Hicks, NYT reports

Russian operatives tried to correspond with adviser Hope Hicks multiple times after Donald Trump's 2016 election victory, prompting the FBI to caution Hicks, people familiar with the events told The New York Times.

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With Al Franken Coming Home, Minnesotans Watch and Reel

In a state that prides itself on clean politics, Minnesotans seemed puzzled and dazed to be the latest focal point for the nation’s reckoning with sexual harassment.

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F.B.I. Warned Hope Hicks About Emails From Russian Operatives

Top counterintelligence agents met with Ms. Hicks, one of President Trump’s closest advisers, to urge caution about Russian outreach efforts.

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BRIEF-American Airlines Says Brief Technical Glitch With Server Certificate Rectified

* AMERICAN AIRLINES SAYS "WE HAD A MINOR TECHNICAL GLITCH WITH ONE OF OUR SERVER CERTIFICATES FOR A BRIEF PERIOD, AND THAT HAS NOW BEEN RECTIFIED" Further company coverage:

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Steven Tyler opens home for abused girls

When Steven Tyler co-wrote Aerosmith's hit "Janie's Got a Gun" almost 30 years ago, he knew he wanted to help young women who had been abused.

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Americans keep waiting for bigger paychecks

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Review: The Haywire Hospitality of ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’

In her TruTV series — a surreal, affectionate sendup of home shows — the comic actress shows off her versatility, with help from some friends.

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Figure skating: American Chen overcomes mistakes to win Grand Prix Final

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Nathan Chen of the United States overcame an error-filled program including a fall to win the men's Grand Prix Final on Friday, beating hometown favorite Shoma Uno by half a point.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Can Steve Bannon Realign American Politics?

Realignments are made, not born — and unlikely with candidates like Roy Moore.

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Airbnb pushes back on Singapore's tough home rental rules

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Short-term home rental service Airbnb on Friday called Singapore's regulatory framework "untenable" as authorities said they planned to hold discussions with home-sharing platforms and resident groups soon on how such accommodation may be allowed.

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Falcons stop Saints to keep division hopes alive

(The Sports Xchange) - Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones intercepted a Drew Brees pass in the end zone with less than two minutes remaining to preserve the NFC South champion Falcons' 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

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On Tax Bill, It’s Trump vs. His Hometown

The Republican tax bill being shepherded by Mr. Trump would hurt New York, his home state. “You guys seem to be doing O.K.,” he told donors last week.

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China jails 21 people for 2015 nursing home fire: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has jailed 21 people for their roles in a deadly fire that killed 39 elderly people at a private nursing home two years ago, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Ex-Governor’s Run Gives Democrats a Bit More Hope of Retaking the Senate

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen will run for the seat being vacated by Senator Bob Corker, giving Democrats a mathematical but narrow path to the majority.

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R. Kelly's Atlanta homes burglarized

A man who police said did some work for singer R. Kelly is now wanted for allegedly burglarizing two Atlanta area homes rented by the singer.

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Review: ‘Quest’ Is a Moving Portrait of an American Family

This documentary from Jonathan Olshefski follows a North Philadelphia family through the Obama years.

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These cozy home goods are the perfect gift for the holidays

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More than 110,000 residents ordered to leave their homes

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Inside the Queen's home

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Karl Lagerfeld Sails Home to Hamburg for Chanel’s Métiers d’Art

The designer returned to the German port city of his birth to show his latest collection at the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Four Questions About American Greatness

We must not lose sight of what really makes our country special in the modern world.

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Obamacare insurance options dwindle for neediest U.S. patients

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Josh Brookhart has four health insurers to choose from in Seattle's King County for 2018, more than many Americans like him who buy coverage on the Obamacare individual market.

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India's Modi fights to protect home base in election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the final phase of campaigning on Thursday to retain power in his home state and stave off the most serious challenge yet from a combined opposition.

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BRIEF-At Home Group Prices Secondary Offering Of 5 Mln Shares At $24.5 Per Share

* AT HOME ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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Praise and Alarm From American Jews Over Trump’s Jerusalem Move

While some Jewish leaders welcomed recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, many worried that the step would inflame tensions and make peace in the Middle East even harder to achieve.

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

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

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Wildfire burns homes, winery in L.A.'s posh Bel-Air neighborhood

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wind-whipped wildfire raged on Wednesday into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least four homes, threatening dozens more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

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Chelsea Handler evacuates home amid wildfire threat

Comedian Chelsea Handler is among the thousands who have had to flee their homes over the last three days as several wildfires burn in Southern California.

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Trump Jr. told investigators he communicated with Hope Hicks, not his father, about Trump Tower response

Donald Trump Jr. told House investigators that did not communicate directly with his father when confronted with news reports about his June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his testimony.

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Home births in rural areas just as safe as in cities

(Reuters Health) - Home births may not be more dangerous for healthy rural mothers than for their urban counterparts, a recent U.S. study suggests.

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Home Depot sets $15 billion share buyback, investment plan

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc announced a $15 billion share buyback plan on Wednesday and said it would invest in improving its stores to hit a $120 billion annual sales target in the next three years.

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UPDATE 3-Home Depot sets $15 bln share buyback, investment plan

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc announced a $15 billion share buyback plan on Wednesday and said it would invest in improving its stores to hit a $120 billion annual sales target in the next three years.

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The Carpetbagger: ‘I’d Never Seen My Fears as an African-American Man Onscreen’

Jordan Peele, writer-director of “Get Out,” says his own concerns almost prevented it from being made. Now prize givers love it. Will the academy agree?

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UPDATE 1-Monsanto will prevail in Brazil patent dispute, S. American CEO says

SAO PAULO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - U.S. seeds company Monsanto Co is confident Brazilian courts will uphold its Intacta RR2 PRO soy seed patent despite a challenge from grain growers in the state of Mato Grosso, the company's chief of South American operations said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Home Depot On Proposed Tax Reform - Believe Concern Over Mortage Interest Deductibility Overblown

* HOME DEPOT CFO ON PROPOSED TAX REFORM - BELIEVE CONCERN OVER MORTAGE INTEREST DEDUCTIBILITY IS OVERBLOWN

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The Neediest Cases Fund: A Single Mother Had Nowhere to Go. Now She Has ‘A Place of My Own.’

Since leaving her boyfriend’s house shortly after their daughter’s first birthday, Shirmira Wilson has earned a college degree and started pursuing another one.

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UPDATE 2-American Eagle expects strong holiday earnings but lower margins

* Shares rise 5 pct but pare gains after margins forecast (Adds executive and analyst comments, updates share price)

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UPDATE 2-Britain pushes back date for provisional findings on Sky-Fox deal

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Britain's competition watchdog will give its initial verdict on Rupert Murdoch's bid to buy Sky next month, later than expected, due to the vast number of responses it has received on the deal.

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IOC hopeful of late surge for Pyeongchang tickets

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Pyeongchang 2018 daily ticket sales have tripled since the start of the Olympic torch relay in South Korea last month with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) hopeful of 90 percent of them being sold by the start of the Winter Games on Feb. 9.

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UPDATE 1-American Eagle forecasts strong holiday-quarter earnings

Dec 6 (Reuters) - American Eagle Outfitters Inc on Wednesday forecast strong earnings for the key holiday selling season and delivered third-quarter comparable sales ahead of Wall Street targets, driven by robust demand for its Aerie line of lingerie.

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Britain pushes back date for provisional findings on Sky-Fox deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition regulator will publish its provisional findings on Rupert Murdoch's planned takeover of Sky next month, later than expected, but the overall timing of the review should remain unchanged.

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Home Depot sets new $15 billion buyback, long-term sales target

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc , the largest U.S. home improvement chain, on Wednesday announced a new $15 billion share buyback plan and set a target to grow annual sales to between $114.7 billion and $119.8 billion for the year ending January 2021.

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Home Depot announces $15 billion buyback program

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc , the largest U.S. home improvement chain, on Wednesday announced a $15 billion share repurchase plan and set a target to grow annual sales to between $114.7 billion and $119.8 billion by the year ending January 2021.

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Britain pushes back date for provisional findings in Sky-Fox deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition regulator will publish its provisional findings into the planned takeover of pay-TV group Sky by Rupert Murdoch's Fox in January and not December as originally planned, it said on Wednesday.

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Cuts to homeowner tax breaks could cost Republicans in 2018 races

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Laura Russo is just the kind of voter the Republicans need, but the party's proposed tax overhaul, which includes limits on the deductions for mortgage interest, state taxes and property taxes, is pushing her away.

Social Media nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Is Media Driving Americans Apart?

Social media gets all the attention for polarization, but TV is doing more than its share.

Urban Areas nytimes.com

What Happened to the American Boomtown?

The places with the most opportunity used to attract the most new residents, in a cycle of fast-growing cities and rising prosperity. But no more.

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Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homes

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - An unrelenting wildfire fanned by hot, dry Santa Ana winds threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, California, on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to race for safety.

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California fire tore through neighborhoods, razed homes

Burning with extreme speed and ferocity, a flurry of wildfires torched more than 65,000 acres in Southern California, as firefighters struggled to control the simultaneous infernos.

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Mexican army hit by execution finding as Senate mulls new military powers

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican soldiers arbitrarily executed two people after an illegal raid last year, a national rights body said on Tuesday, releasing its findings as protests disrupted a debate in the Senate over a contentious bill to give the military more powers.

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Tom Ridge, first head of Homeland Security, released from hospital

(Reuters) - Tom Ridge, who served as the first head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005, was released on Tuesday from Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a spokesman said.

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As wildfires consumed homes, five friends grabbed garden hoses and went to work

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the fast-moving wildfires in Ventura County, California. And for a few hours late Monday night, they had help from a band of friends armed only with garden hoses.

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Senate confirms Trump's pick for Homeland Security secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a post that opened after John Kelly became Trump's chief of staff earlier this year.

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BRIEF-American Media Says Dylan Howard Has "Full Support Of AMI And Its Executives"

* AMERICAN MEDIA SAYS DYLAN HOWARD HAS "FULL SUPPORT OF AMI AND ITS EXECUTIVES" Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Hundreds of homes destroyed by out-of-control California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire whipped by hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in and around Ventura, California, on Tuesday as thousands of residents were forced to flee ahead of the flames.

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Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Aide, Is Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary

Ms. Nielsen, an aide to John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has defended herself against charges that she is too inexperienced to lead the department.

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U.N. official's visit to North Korea sparks hope of mediation role

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday for a rare visit that some analysts and diplomats hope could spark a U.N.-led effort to defuse rising tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

Fashion and Apparel nytimes.com

It’s a Look: A Macho Home on Guys’ Wrists

The colorful jewelry combo of turquoise and silver is showing up in magazine spreads, social media feeds and hip urban enclaves.

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UPDATE 3-Toll Brothers profit misses on lower-than-estimated home prices

* Sees 2018 adj gross margin 23.75-24.25 pct vs 24.80 pct in 2017

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The quest to make homes that repair themselves

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Wildfire forces thousands to flee homes north of Los Angeles

(Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes on Tuesday, forcing nearby residents to evacuate after causing at least one death and power outages throughout the area, officials said.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Fiction: A Version of Homer That Dares to Match Him Line for Line

Emily Wilson’s landmark translation of the “Odyssey” matches the original’s line count while drawing on a spare, simple and direct idiom.

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Saudi Arabia hopes U.S. will not recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has expressed hope the United States would not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and warned such a decision would have serious implications, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

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Fast-moving wildfire threatens homes near L.A.

Pushed by powerful Santa Ana winds, a Southern California fire spread with explosive speed, forcing hundreds to evacuate.

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Growing wildfire threatens hundreds of homes north of Los Angeles

(Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire, stoked by strong wind gusts, in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened hundreds of homes on Monday and forced nearby residents and students at a small college to evacuate, fire and school officials said.

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Asian shares subdued as tech blues offset U.S. tax cut hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares were subdued on Tuesday as investors' rotation out of technology shares took the toll on some of the region's tech heavyweights although hopes of a major tax cut in the United States underpinned risk sentiment.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares subdued as tech blues offset U.S. tax cut hopes

* Investors rotate to banks and other beneficiaries of lower tax

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American Nazis post bigoted flyers on SMU campus

The Texas chapter of an American Nazi group says its members were just trying to help stop the opioid epidemic. Their signs tell a very different message.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: At 76, Studying Social Work After Reaching for a Helping Hand

Selwyn Allen, a longtime carpenter, fell behind on his rent while fighting bladder cancer. Now he’s seeking to make a late-in-life career change.

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Homeless man rescues 2 children from a burning building

A homeless man walking in an eastside Las Vegas neighborhood didn't hesitate to act when he saw plumes of smoke coming from an apartment building.

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'Prairie Home Companion' to be renamed after Garrison Keillor's firing

(Corrects Dec. 3 story headline and paragraphs 1, 2, 4 to show "A Prairie Home Companion" has not been renamed "Town Hall," a new name has not been chosen)

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'Expats go home': Amsterdam's visitor boom angers locals

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch politicians gave each other high-fives when they won a contest to host the European Medicines Agency last month, but not everyone in the capital is celebrating the...

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Nordic Capital agreed to buy German nursing home group Alloheim -sources

FRANKFURT, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Buyout group Nordic Capital has agreed to buy Alloheim, one of Germany's top three nursing home operators, for about 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) including debt, sources close to the matter said.

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With new plan, Swiss pin anti-extremism hopes on prevention

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland released a national plan on Monday to prevent violent extremism, including training teachers and coaches to recognize warning signs and re-integrating people who have already been radicalized.

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Shaker movement shaped homes around the world

Admittedly, there was more to the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing than pegs, ladder-back chairs and quilts. The Shakers, as they were otherwise known, were an English religious sect that fled to America's east coast in the 18th century to create communities predicated on abstinence, celibacy and pacifism.

Bitcoin (Currency) nytimes.com

In South Korea, the Virtual Currency Boom Hits Home

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are booming around the world. In South Korea, regular investors are leading the way for the global frenzy.

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After return home, former Egypt premier says still mulling election bid

CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who returned home from the United Arab Emirates after announcing his bid for Egypt's presidency, appeared in Cairo on Sunday to say he was still considering his run in next year's election.

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'Prairie Home Companion' renamed after Garrison Keillor's firing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "A Prairie Home Companion," the U.S. radio variety show that Garrison Keillor presented for decades until his retirement last year, has been renamed "Town Hall," days after the raconteur was accused of sexual misconduct.

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Whereabouts of Egyptian ex-PM unknown since deportation home: family

CAIRO (Reuters) - The family of former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik said on Sunday it has lost contact with him since they say he was deported from the United Arab Emirates to Cairo just days after announcing his intention to run for president next year.

Hurricane Harvey (2017) nytimes.com

Developers Said Their Homes Were Out of a Flood Zone. Then Harvey Came.

In the years leading up to Hurricane Harvey, a wrinkle in the federal flood-mapping system helped a company build homes in an at-risk Houston suburb.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: Grief Throws a Young Point Guard Off Her Game

Makaylah Barber, 16, has faced homelessness and expulsion. After her mother died, her grades worsened, making her ineligible to play basketball this season.

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Weightlifting: U.S. hope Cummings flops, South Korean Won wins 69kg gold

ANAHEIM (Reuters) - The United States’ long wait for a men’s weightlifting World Championships medal goes on after their big hope, teenager Clarence ‘CJ’ Cummings, failed to register a total on Friday.

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American Air reaches deal with pilots over scheduling error

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American Airlines has reached an agreement with its pilots union over premium pay for some December flights, both groups said on Friday, after a scheduling snafu gave too many pilots holiday time off and sent the airline scrambling to correct its mistake.

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BRIEF-Mazda North American Reports Total November U.S. Sales Of 21,469 Vehicles, Down 2.6 Pct

* MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN SAYS REPORTED TOTAL NOVEMBER U.S. SALES OF 21,469 VEHICLES, DOWN 2.6 PERCENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Wall Street falls on Russia probe, but tax hopes soften blow

(Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Friday after an ABC News report that President Donald Trump's former national security adviser was prepared to testify that before taking office Trump had directed him to make contact with Russians.

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Vermont woman charged with making deadly poison ricin in retirement home

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Vermont woman who planned to poison herself manufactured the deadly ricin substance in the retirement home where she lived and tested it on her fellow residents, federal officials said in court papers.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential) nytimes.com

The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

Building more housing, more densely, could help address a widespread economic challenge. A fight over one lot in Berkeley, Calif., shows how tough that could be.

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10 years after the recession, have Americans recovered?

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Quake hits southeast Iran, destroys homes; no fatalities reported

ANKARA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck southeastern Iran on Friday, injuring at least 42 people and destroying several homes in an area where most people live in villages of mud-walled homes. State media said no deaths had been reported.

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Cop adopts homeless addict's newborn

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Turkey hopes gold trader Zarrab will 'turn back from mistake', PM says

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday he hoped a gold trader cooperating with U.S. prosecutors in the trial of a Turkish banker will "turn back from his mistake", saying the Iran sanctions-related case targeted Turkey and its economy.

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BRIEF-Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores Q3 Loss Per Share $0.48

* SEARS HOMETOWN AND OUTLET STORES INC REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2017 RESULTS

Hair nytimes.com

Ties: A Sister’s Nurturing, in Countless Home Haircuts

As she trimmed my hair I’d relish her stories about moving to New York in 1960 as a “career girl” instead of marrying young down South.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: After Fleeing Anti-Semitism in Russia, Finding Hope and a Home in the U.S.

“I am American,” said Anatoliy Krongauz, who came to the United States with his family after surviving the Holocaust and facing continued discrimination.

Submarines and Submersibles nytimes.com

Argentine Navy Gives Up Hope of Finding Submarine Crew Alive

More than two weeks after the San Juan vanished, the navy said its rescue mission has become a search for the remains of the vessel.

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Libyan PM Sarraj hopes for easing of arms embargo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said on Thursday that he was hopeful that a U.N.-imposed arms embargo would be partially lifted against some branches of the country's military.

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Niger approves use of armed American drones: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government of Niger has approved the use of armed American drones, a U.S. official said on Thursday, expanding the U.S. ability to target militants in the region.

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Hundreds of American Air flights still lack pilots in December

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American Airlines still has hundreds of flights without pilots assigned to them in December, the company said on Thursday, after a scheduling error gave too many pilots time off.

Detainees nytimes.com

Judge Demands to Know Whether American Detainee Asked for Lawyer

A judge gave the government until 5 p.m. on Thursday to say whether an American held in military custody for more than two months knows his rights.

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Brazil's Oi hopes to advance in talks to settle regulatory debts

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Oi SA, the Brazilian telephone carrier operating under bankruptcy court protection, hopes to advance in talks with the country's solicitor general (AGU) on an agreement to repay the company's regulatory debts, chief executive Eurico Teles Neto said on Thursday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Self-Destruction of American Democracy

Forget Russia for a minute and look where Trump is taking us.

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New vaccine, long-acting drug trials buoy hopes in HIV fight

LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers announced the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS.

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UPDATE 1-New vaccine, long-acting drug trials buoy hopes in HIV fight

* Projects backed by U.S. NIH and Gates foundation (Adds details on new drug trial)

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Playing with fire: tens of thousands refuse to leave Bali volcano homes

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of villagers on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are refusing to evacuate a 10-km (six-mile) danger zone around an erupting volcano, putting their fate in the hands of the gods or simply staying put to protect homes and livestock.

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Hopes for HIV vaccine buoyed by start of second big trial

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Scientists announced the launch of another large HIV vaccine efficacy study on Thursday, fuelling hopes for a protective shot against the virus that causes AIDS, despite past disappointments.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Editorial: Is North Korea’s Nuclear Test a Sign of Hope?

With his nuclear ambitions apparently realized, Kim Jong-un may now be willing to negotiate.

United States Economy nytimes.com

It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.

An overhaul championed by President Trump and Republican leaders could reshape health care, education and social services.

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Trump's disrespect for Native Americans is nothing new

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Nearly half of Americans oppose Republican tax bill: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Opposition has grown among Americans to a Republican tax plan before the U.S. Congress, with 49 percent of people who were aware of the measure saying they opposed it, up from 41 percent in October, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

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American Airlines Error Leaves Thousands of Holiday Flights Without Pilots

The airline is scrambling to fill the scheduling hole, which a pilots’ union estimated would affect more than 15,000 flights from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31.

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Opinion: Why the Matt Lauer case hits home

Savannah Guthrie of NBC's "Today" show reported the breaking news this morning of the network's sudden firing of her long-time colleague Matt Lauer. NBC News had received and investigated a report of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," and in her reaction, she was simultaneously utterly professional and unavoidably human.

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American Airlines doesn't have enough pilots for the holidays

American Airlines said it was "working diligently to address the issue and expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season."

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Egyptian presidential hopeful says barred from travel from UAE

DUBAI (Reuters) - Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, who told Reuters on Wednesday he intended to run in the presidential election early next year, told pan-Arab TV channel Al Jazeera that the United Arab Emirates had barred him from traveling.

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Thousands of American Air flights in December missing pilots: union

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of December flights on American Airlines do not yet have pilots scheduled to work because of a system scheduling error, the carrier's pilots union said as it gears up for one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

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Thousands of American Air flights in December missing pilots -union

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Thousands of December flights on American Airlines do not yet have pilots scheduled to work because of a system scheduling error, the carrier's pilots union said as it gears up for one of the busiest travel periods of the year. (Reporting by Alana Wise, editing by G Crosse)

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This startup hopes you'll host a holiday party

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S&P, Dow open higher on tax bill hopes

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Dow opened higher on Wednesday, fueled by optimism following progress on U.S. tax legislation and hints of lighter regulation in the banking sector.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P, Dow open higher on tax bill hopes

Nov 29 (Reuters) - The S&P and the Dow opened higher on Wednesday, fueled by optimism following progress on U.S. tax legislation and hints of lighter regulation in the banking sector.

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Tax bill hopes pull futures higher

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes were set to climb at opening on Wednesday after progress on a U.S. tax bill and talk of deregulation in the banking sector pushed stocks to record levels.

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US STOCKS-Tax bill hopes pull futures higher

Nov 29 (Reuters) - Wall Street indexes were set to climb at opening on Wednesday after progress on a U.S. tax bill and talk of deregulation in the banking sector pushed stocks to record levels.

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Exclusive: Daimler rebuffs Geely offer to buy stake; Geely still hopeful of a deal - sources

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Daimler AG has turned down an offer from China's Geely to take a stake of up to 5 percent via a discounted share placement, as the German automaker has long been reluctant to see existing shareholdings diluted, sources with knowledge of the talks said.

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Two American tourists fined in Thailand for 'butt selfie' at temple

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities have fined two American tourists for public indecency for posing for a "butt selfie" in front of a famous Buddhist temple, police said on Wednesday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans, Entering Homestretch on Tax Cuts, Are Calm and Cooperative

After an unsuccessful effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have gotten down to doing what they do best — cutting taxes.

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Mexico ruling party hopeful attacks rival's 'hunger for power'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A newly unveiled presidential contender for Mexico's ruling party attacked his main leftist rival on Tuesday, accusing him of being obsessed by power, afraid of debate and unable to tackle corruption when he held public office.

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RPT-COLUMN-Cobalt, the heart of darkness in the shiny electric vehicle story: Andy Home

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The electric vehicle (EV) story continues to gather momentum, with even major oil companies scrambling to join the coming green energy revolution.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall St, dollar up on U.S. policy hopes; sterling swings

* Wall Street hits fresh records despite N. Korea missile nerves

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Panettone Has Become an Obsession for American Bakers

The Italian holiday bread is revered among serious bread bakers for its extraordinary texture and flavor, but getting it right is a challenge.

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Woods hopes to be a winner in another comeback

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods makes another return to competitive golf this week and despite 10 months on the sidelines recovering from a fourth back surgery, the 14-time major winner's goal remains the same -- to win.

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BRIEF-‍American Airlines Says Daily Service To Vancouver Will Begin on May 4, 2018

* PRESS RELEASE - AMERICAN AIRLINES STRENGTHENS SERVICE TO CANADA IN 2018

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BRIEF-‍West Face Confirms Draft Statement of Claim was Provided to Home Capital​

* ‍WEST FACE CAPITAL SAYS REVIEWED PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY HOME CAPITAL AND CONFIRMS A DRAFT STATEMENT OF CLAIM WAS PROVIDED TO HOME CAPITAL​

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Anglo-Dutch Unilever favors single home, but delays choice

LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever favours creating a single corporate structure, but is delaying a choice between its British and Dutch bases, the consumer goods group said on Tuesday, in part because of the heightened political sensitivity of the decision due to Brexit.

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UPDATE 2-Anglo-Dutch Unilever favours single home, but delays choice

* Says review ongoing and no deadline for a decision (Adds comments, bullet points)

Firearms nytimes.com

‘Ghost Guns,’ Homemade and Untraceable, Face Growing Scrutiny

A gun safety group founded by Gabrielle Giffords is trying to shut down websites that sell materials to build homemade weapons.

News and News Media nytimes.com

Media Memo: Trump and Russia Seem to Find Common Foe: The American Press

President Trump criticized CNN International hours after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia signed a law requiring some American news media outlets to register as foreign agents.

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Merkel heads to EU-Africa summit with eye on migrant issue at home

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will focus on expanding business ties and trying to regulate migration with Africa during an EU-Africa summit in Abidjan this week, as she comes under pressure at home to make progress faster on both fronts.

cnn.com

Americans who married into royalty

Meghan Markle is only the latest Yank to marry into a royal family.

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Williams hope Kubica can tick all the right boxes

LONDON (Reuters) - Williams are hoping Robert Kubica ticks all the right boxes in Abu Dhabi testing this week as the Pole moves closer to an astonishing Formula One comeback with the former world champions.

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U.S. new home sales scale 10-year high; supply still tight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly rose in October to hit a 10-year high amid robust demand across the country, offering a boost to the housing market.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. new home sales scale 10-year high; supply still tight

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly rose in October to hit a 10-year high amid robust demand across the country, offering a boost to the housing market.

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Amazon, Home Depot take indexes to new highs

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes hit new intra-day highs on Cyber Monday as an expected surge in online sales boosted Amazon and home improvement retailers climbed after strong home sales data.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: Sister’s ‘Dark Time’ Inspires Couple to Serve Those With Disabilities

Anita and Burt Swerdin volunteer with A Time for Us, a program that organizes events at the Samuel Field Y in Queens for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Sorry Americans, you still can't call her 'Princess Meghan'

Let's be clear: just because Prince Harry's new fiancée Meghan Markle isn't a princess doesn't mean Americans won't call her "Princess Meghan" until the end of time.

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U.S. new home sales hit 10-year high in October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly rose in October, scaling their highest level in 10 years amid robust demand across the country, offering a boost to the housing market.

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BRIEF-American Electric Power ‍Seeks Bids For Coal To Its Generating Stations​

* AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY INC- ‍SEEKING BIDS FOR SUPPLY OF COAL TO ONE OR MORE GENERATING STATIONS​

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UPDATE 1-Kazakhstan hopes for Karachaganak gas field deal by year-end

ASTANA, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan hopes to settle a dispute with global energy companies developing the Karachaganak gas condensate field in the coming weeks, Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev told reporters on Monday.

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Kazakhstan hopes for Karachaganak deal by year-end

ASTANA, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan hopes to settle a dispute with global energy majors developing the Karachaganak gas condensate field in the coming weeks, Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev told reporters on Monday.

cnn.com

Hope Hicks: A witness to Trump's rise

It took Hope Hicks seven years to go from college graduate to White House communications director.

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Democratic mega-donor has spent $20 million and calls Trump 'an urgent threat to the American people'

Democratic mega-donor and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer on Sunday defended his $20 million national television and digital ad campaign calling for Congress to impeach President Donald Trump, saying "it's very important and urgent that we get him out of office."

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund nytimes.com

The Neediest Cases Fund: Living on Scraps, Boy Who Fled Boko Haram Yearns to Heal the Poor

Usman Lawan, 13, dreams of becoming a doctor while contending with his own hunger and irregular access to water amid Nigeria’s eight-year war against the terrorist group.

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Argentina faces 'hope and hopelessness' in submarine search

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - No sign of the Argentine submarine lost in the South Atlantic since Nov. 15 has been found despite a massive international search effort, while families of the 44 crew members face the increasing likelihood that their loved ones will never return.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund nytimes.com

The Neediest Cases Fund: An Aspiring Performer Steps Back From the Edge

G’Mario Charleston left behind Mississippi to chase his dream of becoming a performer. Despite the troubles he faced in his first year in New York, he is not giving up on the city.

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Hope fades after 9 days of searching for Argentine submarine

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Families of the 44 crew members of a missing Argentine submarine gave up hope and went home on Friday after days of waiting at the sub's Mar del Plata naval base, saddened and angered by evidence that the vessel may have exploded.

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New Jersey woman raises $325,000 for homeless Samaritan

(Reuters) - A homeless man who spent his last $20 on a New Jersey woman whose car ran out of gas has received more than $325,000 in charitable pledges after she started a fund-raising drive to reward him for his generosity.

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Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States.

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Belgium's Davis Cup hopes boosted as Goffin shines

LILLE, France (Reuters) - Belgium's chances of claiming a maiden Davis Cup title against hosts France remained intact after Friday's opening singles, in which David Goffin made a huge impression, were tied 1-1.

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Stressed out parents less likely to cook homemade meals

(Reuters Health) - On days when parents feel stressed or depressed, kids are less likely to get homemade food for dinner, a U.S. study suggests.

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Hope fades as search for Argentine submarine enters ninth day

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (Reuters) - Hopes diminished that the 44 crew members on a Argentine submarine missing for nine days would be found alive after evidence pointed to the possibility that it had exploded and because it only had a seven-day supply of oxygen.

Discrimination nytimes.com

‘Nothing Against You’: For a Black Man Covering Race, the Story Is Never Far From Home

Being surrounded by racial diversity, my conversation in a California diner suggested, can make people feel more comfortable with biases and stereotypes.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Finding the Perfect Tree

Friday: Christmas tree-hunting tips, guided hikes through city parks, and a history of sidewalk tree vendors.

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Nikkei recoups losses on hopes BOJ will buy more ETFs, Mitsubishi Materials dives

TOKYO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei recouped early losses and ended slightly higher on Friday as expectations that the Bank Of Japan would buy more exchange-traded funds offset drops in automakers.

cnn.com

Couple raises thousands for homeless veteran to thank him

When Kate McClure first met Johnny Bobbit Jr., he was homeless. He spent this Thanksgiving resting in a hotel, his feet up on the bed, drawing up a grand plan for his new life -- thanks to several thousand dollars she raised to repay him for a good deed.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots nytimes.com

An American Spy Base Hidden in Australia’s Outback

The trials of six Christian antiwar protesters have put a spotlight on a facility that the United States would rather keep in the shadows.

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BRIEF-Firm Capital American announces $10 mln non-brokered private placement

Nov 23 (Reuters) - Firm Capital American Realty Partners Corp:

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund nytimes.com

The Neediest Cases Fund: From Afar, He Confessed His Love. Via an App, He Attended His Wedding.

When his dream of moving to New York came true, he realized he was leaving his dream woman behind in Sudan. The couple talk regularly, but “even four times a day is not enough.”

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Holocaust memorial built outside home of far-right German politician

Political activists built a replica of Berlin's Holocaust Memorial outside the home of a far-right German politician to protest his call for Germany to stop feeling guilty about Nazi atrocities.

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An increasingly desperate search continues a week on in hopes of finding the Argentine vessel's 44 crew members before their air supply runs out

An increasingly desperate search for a missing Argentine submarine continued Thursday as the clock runs down on hopes of finding the vessel's 44 crew members before their air supply runs out.

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Israeli official under fire for comments on American Jews' military service

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A top Israeli diplomat was rebuked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday for suggesting that American Jews have a poor commitment to service in the U.S. military.

Native Americans nytimes.com

Thanksgiving for Native Americans: Four Voices on a Complicated Holiday

A day of celebration and overeating is for some a time of mourning and a testament to the strength of a culture.

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Casey's Ryder Cup hopes receive EurAsia boost

(Reuters) - European Team captain Thomas Bjorn tapped into Paul Casey's vast match play experience on Thursday in naming the Englishman as one of his two wildcard selections for January's EurAsia Cup against hosts Asia.

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Tornado in Indonesia injures 35, damages hundreds of homes

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A tornado ripped through a densely populated area in Indonesia's East Java province on Thursday, injuring 35 people and damaging more than 600 homes, the head of the local disaster mitigation official said.

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RPT-COLUMN-CME turns up the heat on LME with new copper contract: Andy Home

* CME copper open interest and fund positioning: http://tmsnrt.rs/2AmRdTg

cnn.com

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

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As lowest-ranked team, World Cup hosts Russia hope for upset

MOSCOW (Reuters) - World Cup hosts Russia, the lowest-ranked team in next year's tournament, hope to get past the group stage for the first time in post-Soviet history but, with a tepid attack, inconsistent goalkeeping and stiff competition, the odds are slim.

Palestinians nytimes.com

Jerusalem Journal: Border Homes, in Jerusalem but Not, Face an Existential Deadline

The quarter’s quirky status made it a boomtown, but a planned road threatens drive people out of their homes.

cnn.com

American formerly imprisoned in North Korea burns to death

Police in San Diego are investigating the mysterious death of a man who made international headlines eight years ago when former US President Jimmy Carter helped negotiate his release from North Korea.

Thanksgiving Day nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: It’s Thanksgiving. Come On Home.

My parents let me know that as long as they lived, there would be a place in the world for me. I hope my sons know that, too.