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RPT-Olympics-The brand Olympics: getting attention without getting in trouble

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) - In packing for the Winter Olympics, Canadian entrepreneur Domenico Ciarallo stuffed his bags with hats and t-shirts bearing the logo of his company, which makes locker-room dryers.

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South Africa's parliament to launch inquiry into mines minister Zwane

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 21 (Reuters) - South Africa's parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling against mines minister Mosebenzi Zwane, its oversight committee on mineral resources department said on Wednesday.

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Entrance of Syrian forces into Afrin to have serious consequences - Erdogan spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces which tried to enter the Afrin region on Tuesday retreated after artillery fire by Turkish forces fighting a Kurdish militia there, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Olympics-'Peace' doesn't sell at Pyeongchang, say Games sponsors

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 21 (Reuters) - An image of a giant dove lit up the night sky and singers performed John Lennon's "Imagine" at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, not long after athletes from enemies South and North Korea marched into the stadium together.

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Merck to buy Viralytics for $394 mln to boost immuno-oncology

Feb 21 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, already one of the leaders in the hot area of cancer immunotherapy, said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy Viralytics for 502 million Australian dollars ($394 million) to expand its drug pipeline.

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Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin relinquishes management rights at Japanese holding company

SEOUL (Reuters) - Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin has relinquished his representative rights at a key Japanese holding company, the Japanese company announced on Wednesday.

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Rally calling for ban on assault-style rifles to be held in Tallahassee

PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Student and parent activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain last week in a shooting rampage will hold a rally on Wednesday at the state capital, calling for a ban on assault-style rifles.

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Temenos agrees to 1.4 billion pounds deal for Fidessa, activist Elliott enters

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss software company Temenos said it has agreed a 1.4 billion pound ($1.96 billion) deal to buy British peer Fidessa Group, whose shares traded above the offer price as an activist investor disclosed a stake of nearly 5 percent.

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BRIEF-Merck And Viralytics Announce Acquisition Agreement

* MERCK AND VIRALYTICS ANNOUNCE ACQUISITION AGREEMENT, EXPANDING MERCK'S LEADING IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY PIPELINE

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Slowing U.S. auto sales prompts Japan automakers to rethink discounts

TOKYO (Reuters) - A second year of slowing growth in the U.S. auto market is forcing Japanese automakers to look beyond discounts to grow market share and focus more on boosting profitability in their largest market.

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Bitcoins for free? Japanese cryptocurrency exchange lands in hot water again

TOKYO (Reuters) - A blunder at a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange let investors briefly buy bitcoins for free - though none were able to profit from the mistake.

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BRIEF-MTU Aero CEO expects more clarity on possible Boeing middle of market plane this year

Feb 21 (Reuters) - Mtu Aero Engines management during a press conference:

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EU should sanction Slovakia if it lured companies with state aid - Italy minister

ROME, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Wednesday that the European Commission should sanction Slovakia if it is using state aid to lure companies away from European Union partners.

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UPDATE 2-Confident AccorHotels books record annual profit

* Expects robust trends in Asia, Europe in 2018 (Recasts with CEO comments from call)

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 21

Feb 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE futures were down 0.06 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state's witness in corruption case: media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the country's biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

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Telecoms, Lloyds a bright spot on a down day for European stocks

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - European shares retreated in early dealing on Wednesday, under pressure from a continued rise in bond yields, though well-received results updates from telecom companies, bank Lloyds and miner Glencore helped limit the declines.

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Gunmen kill five police in attack on South African police station

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Gunmen killed six people in an attack on a police station in a small South African town on Wednesday, stealing quantities of weapons and a vehicle in what police were treating as a robbery.

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Putin nemesis Navalny, barred from election, tries political siege

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two young anti-Putin activists trudged through a snow-logged Moscow housing estate on a recent Saturday, putting up fliers promoting a boycott of a presidential election next month.

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Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as bombs fall

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta said they were "waiting their turn to die" early on Wednesday, after more pro-government rockets and barrel bombs fell on the besieged rebel enclave.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Will 2018 Be as Revolutionary as 1968?

A new generation of rebels is rising in Europe, this time from the right, with echoes of the huge protest movements of 50 years ago.

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Trump Jr. says missing out on India deals because of father's self-imposed curbs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's elder son described India as an important market for The Trump Organization but said the global company will lose out on new deals because of self-imposed restrictions put in place by his father since he took office.

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More than 60 lawmakers demand UK PM May delivers Brexit with full autonomy: BBC

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 60 lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party have signed a letter demanding that she deliver a Brexit that ensures "full regulatory autonomy" for Britain after it leaves in March 2019, the BBC reported.

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Stakes rise in Turkish Afrin attack as pro-Assad militia arrive

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey shelled Afrin overnight on Tuesday and showed no sign of slackening its assault on the Kurdish-held region despite the arrival of pro-Syrian government militia there, a war monitor said.

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Moncler bids farewell to catwalk with eight new collections

MILAN (Reuters) - The traditional catwalk show is dead and the way forward is to attract customers with new products each month, the chairman of Moncler said, as the luxury group kicked off Milan...

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David Hogg and some classmates, who are outspoken about needing stricter gun laws, have become the subject of conspiracy theories and smear campaigns

David Hogg has become a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and some are calling him a "crisis actor" and a pawn for anti-gun legislation.

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Apple in talks to buy cobalt directly from miners: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt for iPhone batteries directly from miners, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

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Analysis: This is Trump's chance to change gun laws

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Exclusive: Investment star Alan Howard's comeback hits headwind

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fund managed directly by Alan Howard, one of Britain’s best known investors, lost nearly 9.0 percent net of fees from May through December 2017, according to information...

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Asian stocks gain, dollar extends recovery

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks gained on Wednesday, while the dollar advanced as traders near-term focus shifted to the minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting for hints on the future pace of U.S. monetary tightening.

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North Korea Dropped Out of Meeting With Pence at Last Minute, U.S. Says

Vice President Mike Pence had planned to secretly meet with North Korean officials at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the State Department said.

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'Samurai' Goggia denies Vonn to win downhill gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sofia Goggia carved up the Jeongseon slope "like a Samurai" to win the women's downhill on Wednesday and leave American Lindsey Vonn with a bronze medal in her final run in the marquee event of Olympic Alpine skiing.

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Figure skating: Zagitova breaks world record for short program

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Alina Zagitova set a world record in figure skating's women's singles short program on Wednesday, breaking the previous record set barely 15 minutes earlier.

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Bobsledders, snowboarders rule Tinder at Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The most popular athletes on Tinder at the Olympics in Pyeongchang are male bobsledders and female snowboarders, the dating app said on Wednesday.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Australia's Wesfarmers sees signs of grocery recovery as H1 profit slumps

* Coles earnings drop 14 pct, British hardware impairment drags

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CNN to hold town hall with students and Florida's politicians

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has set off a national discussion on gun laws and how to keep communities safe.

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Olympics-Bobsledders, snowboarders rule Tinder at Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The most popular athletes on Tinder at the Olympics in Pyeongchang are male bobsledders and female snowboarders, the dating app said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Pan American Silver Corp Qtrly ‍Basic Adjusted Earnings Per Share​ $0.13

* ANNOUNCES $79.3 MILLION IN NET CASH GENERATED FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES IN Q4 2017​

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Europe Edition: Syria, Poland, Winter Olympics: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

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Human rights groups say Mexico not investigating spyware claims

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of human and digital rights activists said on Tuesday that the Mexican government had failed to properly investigate allegations their smartphones were infected with spying software. They have asked for an independent investigation.

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Venezuela says launch of 'petro' cryptocurrency raised $735 million

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that Venezuela had received $735 million in the first day of a pre-sale of the country's “petro” cryptocurrency, aimed at pulling the country out of an economic tailspin.

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GM proposes $2.8 billion, 10-year investment in South Korea: government official

SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors has proposed investing $2.8 billion into its struggling South Korean operations over the next 10 years and has asked Seoul to provide funds for the investment, a South Korean government official said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-GM proposes $2.8 bln, 10-yr investment in S.Korea - govt official

* Investment would be on top of over $2.2 bln debt-for-equity swap

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Bahrain's sovereign fund in talks to invest in SoftBank's Vision Fund: CEO

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat is in early talks to invest in Softbank Group's private equity fund that aims to target the technology sector, its chief executive said.

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AT&T names first cities to get its 5G network

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Hear Queen's candid comments about crown

In a new Smithsonian Channel documentary airing January 14, Queen Elizabeth II recounts her 1953 coronation.

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Figure skating: Japan's Sakamoto in surprise lead, Olympic Athletes from Russia yet to come

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Kaori Sakamoto of Japan, in her Olympic debut, skated a clean, lyrical program to take a surprise lead in the women's figure skating contest on Wednesday, although a number of medal favorites had yet to skate.

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Zero yen: Japanese cryptocurrency exchange briefly trips up trade

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese cryptocurrency exchange undergoing checks by regulators has said a system failure let investors briefly trade a digital currency for zero yen, highlighting security concerns about such assets after last month's cyber heist at Coincheck Inc.

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Japan donates ballot boxes worth $7.5 million for Cambodia election

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Japan donated over 10,000 ballot boxes for Cambodia's 2018 election on Wednesday, the first international aid for the vote after European Union and the United States withdrew their support following the dissolution of the main opposition party.

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US FDIC sues 16 banks alleging Libor manipulation in Doral collapse

(Reuters) - A U.S. regulator on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against 16 U.S. and international banks alleging they had manipulated bbaLIBOR, which is a series of interest-rate benchmarks, leading to the collapse of Puerto Rico's Doral Bank.

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Snowboarding: NZ's Garcia Knight best of big air qualifiers

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - New Zealand's Carlos Garcia Knight topped qualifying for the men's snowboarding big air competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Wednesday, while Olympic slopestyle champion Redmond Gerard also scraped into the final.

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UPDATE 2-Oil falls as dollar firms, U.S. oil output expected to rise

* Ongoing OPEC-led output cuts provide some support (Adds BHP 2018 comment, updates prices)

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Castellina in Chianti Journal: An Ancient Tuscan Village, Like Italy, Is Reshaped by Migration

Electoral campaign slogans warn against the migrants’ “invasion,” but Italy’s social fabric has already changed.

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Poland’s Nationalism Threatens Europe’s Values, and Cohesion

The European Union has bestowed huge sums on Poland, but the country has fomented discord over identity, solidarity and, perhaps most important, the rule of law.

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'Making of a Murderer' case may go to Supreme Court: report

(Reuters) - A Wisconsin man convicted of murder in the case that was chronicled in the Netflix documentary, "Making of a Murderer," on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out his 2005 confession that his attorneys claim was coerced by investigators, the Washington Post reported.

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Curling: Stunned Canada out of women's competition

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - World and defending Olympic champions Canada, the most dominant force in women's curling, were knocked out at the preliminary stage after losing to Britain on Wednesday in one of the biggest shocks of the Pyeongchang Games.

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Congress wonders if this time will be different for gun control

In America, gun violence has become a reoccurring fact of life, and the response to it is even more predictable.

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Parkland students: This is why we're going to Florida's capital

Busloads of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School headed for the Florida capital on Tuesday with one goal in mind: Make change.

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The Trump supporters used by Russia

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Newsweek publishes critical piece on company after staffers threaten to resign

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Mexico's Televisa profit falls as advertising slumps

MEXICO CITY, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Mexican broadcaster Televisa on Tuesday posted a quarterly net profit down 12.5 percent from a year ago, hurt by declines in advertising.

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South Korea regulator flags better deal for cryptocurrency industry

SEOUL (Reuters) - A better deal for South Korea's cryptocurrency industry might be in the offing as the market regulator changes tack from its tough stance on the virtual coin trade, promising instead to help promote blockchain technology.

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Trump accuser says she's 'not surprised' he called her a liar

Rachel Crooks says she is "not surprised" that President Donald Trump called her a liar.

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Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released, rules pushed by U.S. on ice

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signaling the pact was a step closer to reality even without its star member the United States.

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Husband of woman who went missing at sea faces charge

A British man who is already in US federal custody will face a second-degree murder charge in connection with the disappearance of his wife, who went missing while the couple sailed through the Florida Straits last year, according to a criminal complaint.

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Don Lemon calls out politicians who refused to consider ban

CNN's Don Lemon calls out Florida legislators who voted down a motion to consider a weapon ban following a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and describes one thing they almost all have in common - an A or A+ rating from the NRA.

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Missouri residents sue over radioactive material storage sites

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Residents living near landfill sites in the St. Louis area where radioactive waste has been stored filed lawsuits on Tuesday seeking compensation, claiming negligence in handling materials they said were some of the most dangerous on Earth.

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Hearing yet to be set in Russian medalist doping case: CAS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A hearing in the case of Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, was yet to be scheduled, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.

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From Tokyo to Paris without leaving the ground

Imagine jet-setting from Tokyo to Paris, enjoying first-class travel, a four-course dinner and a city tour -- all without leaving the ground.

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HNA property unit pledges 41 percent stake as collateral for loan

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A HNA Group unit said it has pledged about 41 percent of the company as collateral for a loan from a Hong Kong private equity firm, part of a slew of fundraising efforts by the Chinese conglomerate to address a liquidity crunch.

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School’s R.O.T.C. Had 3 Cadets Killed. The Gunman Had Been a Member.

The Junior R.O.T.C. program at Stoneman Douglas High School attracts hundreds of students who study subjects like leadership, military drilling and marksmanship.

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Kushner Resists Losing Access as Kelly Tackles Security Clearance Issues

Jared Kushner, frustrated about the issue and concerned that Mr. Kelly has targeted him personally with the directive, has told colleagues that he is reluctant to give up his high-level access.

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Asian stocks led higher by Japan as dollar extends recovery

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese shares led Asian markets higher after a weak start on Wednesday, with Japanese export focused companies attracting investors as the dollar gained against the yen thanks to U.S. Treasury debt yields hovering near highs not seen in four years.

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Accuser fires back: He should be afraid

Trump accuser Rachel Crooks responds after President Donald Trump directs a tweet at her.

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NYT: Kushner pushes back on keeping classified info access

White House officials Jared Kushner and John Kelly are privately feuding over Kushner's access to classified information despite having only an interim security clearance, according to a report in The New York Times.

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North Korea canceled planned meeting with Pence

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

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Survivor: Trump Jr. 'disgusting' for endorsing false story

Student activist and survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, David Hogg, calls alt-right conspiracy theories about the shooting "disturbing" and responds to Donald Trump Jr. endorsing it.

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Venezuela Launches Virtual Currency, Hoping to Resuscitate Economy

Government officials are hoping to spur vitally needed imports like food and medicine and, perhaps, give investors a way of skirting American sanctions.

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Exclusive: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said.

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Democrat picks up seat in special election for Kentucky legislature

(Reuters) - A Democrat easily won a Kentucky House of Representatives special election on Tuesday, the 37th U.S. legislative seat flipped to the party from Republicans since Donald Trump's 2016 election as president, the Democratic National Committee said.

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Philippines 'concerned' as U.S. intelligence tags Duterte a threat to democracy

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is taking seriously the U.S. Intelligence Community's report tagging the firebrand leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Anderson Cooper slams 'sick' alt-right conspiracy theories

CNN's Anderson Cooper blasts alt-right conspiracy theories cropping up after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida — one particularly endorsed by Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter.

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Tavis Smiley sues PBS, saying sexual misconduct investigation was biased

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Video of gun owner's assault on an AR-15 goes viral after Florida mass shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A video of a man cutting his semi-automatic weapon in half has gone viral following last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, prompting a social media movement decrying easy access to high-powered assault rifles.

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TCW claims it fired female fund manager for compliance violations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Portfolio manager Sara Tirschwell, who claims she was fired from TCW Group Inc in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment, was terminated for violating company compliance policies, the asset management firm said in court papers on Tuesday.

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Parkland students: We are trying to succeed where the adults have failed

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Right-Wing Media Uses Parkland Shooting as Conspiracy Fodder

Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Jack Kingston express suspicion toward the teenage survivors. The website Gateway Pundit claims they were coached.

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D.C. Schools Chancellor Resigns Amid Outcry Over Daughter’s School Transfer

The chancellor, Antwan Wilson, had come under investigation for how his daughter recently transferred to a coveted high school, bypassing about 700 students on a wait-list.

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Women’s Downhill Live Results: Lindsey Vonn Races Seventh

Vonn was the winner in 2010, but missed the 2014 Games because of an injury. Stay here for live updates and analysis.

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Meet Trump's new best frenemy

Trump endorses Romney despite both saying terrible things about each other. Jeanne Moos has the insult-fest.

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GM offers $2.8 billion investment in South Korea over 10 years: South Korea official

SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors has proposed $2.8 billion fresh investment in South Korea over the 10 years as part of its plan to restructure its embattled Korean unit, a South Korean senior government official said.

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Women’s Figure Skating Live Results: Bradie Tennell Has Early Lead

Evgenia Medvedeva, a two-time world champion, is the favorite for the gold medal, which begins with the short program. Stay here for live updates and analysis.

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With Grief and Hope, Florida Students Take Gun Control Fight On the Road

Students fed up with gun violence hopped a bus to Tallahassee, Fla., and planned protests from coast to coast. Whether their activism would amount to anything was far from clear.

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State House votes against taking up a bill to ban assault weapons as a busload of students heads to Capitol

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Maldives parliament approves extension of state of emergency by 30 days

MALE (Reuters) - Parliament in the Maldives on Tuesday approved a 30-day extension of a state of emergency sought by President Abdulla Yameen who cited an ongoing national security threat and constitutional crisis.

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Artificial intelligence poses risks of misuse by hackers, researchers say

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are raising risks that malicious users will soon exploit the technology to mount automated hacking attacks, cause driverless car crashes or turn commercial drones into targeted weapons, a new report warns.

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Former cyclone Gita traverses New Zealand, batters South Island

(Reuters) - At least 5,000 people in New Zealand's South Island were cut off by massive landslips and hundreds of tourists stranded on Wednesday after former cyclone Gita whipped through the country, sparking a state of emergency in several southern towns.

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UPDATE 1-Artificial intelligence poses risks of misuse by hackers, researchers say

FRANKFURT, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are raising risks that malicious users will soon exploit the technology to mount automated hacking attacks, cause driverless car crashes or turn commercial drones into targeted weapons, a new report warns.

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Asia stocks dip, dollar recovery continues as yields rise

TOKYO (Reuters) - Stock markets dipped after a long winning run on Wall Street ended overnight, while the dollar gained momentum on Wednesday as yields on U.S. Treasury debt headed for highs not seen in four years.

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North Koreans canceled meeting with Pence at Olympics

Vice President Mike Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un's sister, during his politically charged visit to the Olympics earlier this month, his office confirmed on Tuesday.

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3M to pay $850M to end 2010 pollution case

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Op-Ed Contributor: I Interned for Senator Rubio. Now I’m Begging Him to Act on Guns.

A graduate of Stoneman Douglas High School has been close to four mass shootings in Florida. She wants last week’s to be the last.

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North Korea canceled planned meeting with U.S. VP Pence: Pence's office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-goeasy Reports Quarterly ‍Diluted Earnings Per Share Of C$0.38​

* SEES 2018 TOTAL REVENUE GROWTH IN THE RANGE OF 16 PERCENT TO 18 PERCENT (NOT "18 PERCENT TO 20 PERCENT")

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Counting Calories Is Not the Key to Weight Loss, New Study Finds

People who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and processed foods lost weight without worrying about calories or portion size.

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NBA commissioner responds to Jay-Z

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sits down with CNNMoney's Ahiza Garcia to discuss the challenges of being the head of a sports league right now, tackling racism and a shifting business environment.

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REFILE-UPDATE 7-U.S. oil prices rise on Cushing draw, hopes of producer cooperation

* Genscape says crude at Cushing hub falls 2.1 mln bbls- trade

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UPDATE 1-Mexico's Televisa profit falls as advertising slumps

MEXICO CITY, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Mexican broadcaster Televisa on Tuesday posted a quarterly net profit down 12.5 percent from a year ago, hurt by declines in advertising.

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Op-Ed Contributor: How to Monitor Fake News

A software technique could help oversee the spread of disinformation.

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Lotte chairman offers to resign from holding company - YTN

SEOUL, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The head of South Korea's Lotte Holdings has offered to quit as chairman at its Japan-based holding firm, following his arrest for bribery earlier this month, a cable news network YTN said on Wednesday.

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Judge says IMDb can show Hollywood actors' ages under First Amendment

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a California law requiring IMDb, the movie and television information website, to remove actors' ages at their request.

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Computer shops embrace lucrative business: outfitting cryptocurrency miners

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Some of the biggest electronics bazaars in Asia are being flooded with customers looking for the latest piece of technology: cryptocurrency mining rigs.

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BRIEF-Dream Industrial REIT reports Q4 FFO per unit of 22.5 cents

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust:

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BRIEF-Prophase Labs Announces New Compensatory Arrangement With CEO And Termination Of Stockholder Rights Plan

* PROPHASE LABS, INC. ANNOUNCES NEW COMPENSATORY ARRANGEMENT WITH CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND TERMINATION OF STOCKHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN

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BRIEF-Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Announces Preliminary Q4 Loss Per Share $0.69

* AEGEAN MARINE PETROLEUM NETWORK INC ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY EARNINGS FOR FOURTH QUARTER 2017 AND TIMING OF FULL EARNINGS RESULTS AND CONFERENCE CALL

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BRIEF-Aegean Marine Petroleum Network To Acquire H.E.C. Europe Ltd For About $367 Mln

* AEGEAN MARINE PETROLEUM NETWORK INC ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE H.E.C. EUROPE LIMITED

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Survivor: It became real when I went to my friend's funeral

Dozens of students and staff who survived the Florida school shooting departed for the state Capitol to demand change from state lawmakers.

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Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron's government will on Wednesday propose toughening France's immigration and asylum laws amid strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority.

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Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks,' considers other steps after Florida shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to ban an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute as he considers additional firearms restrictions after last week's school shooting in Florida.

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Serena says 'almost died' after giving birth

(Reuters) - Serena Williams "almost died" after giving birth to her daughter last September, the former women's world number one tennis player wrote in a column for CNN that was published on Tuesday.

Mental Health and Disorders nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Mental Health System Can’t Stop Mass Shooters

There is no reliable cure for angry young men who harbor violent fantasies. The only solution is to keep guns out of their hands.

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Bill Gates to guest star on 'The Big Bang Theory'

The tech-loving characters on "The Big Bang Theory" are about to find themselves severely star-struck.

Gun Control nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Get Out of Facebook and Into the N.R.A.’s Face

Only raw electoral power can beat the gun lobby.

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Trump Jr.: Wait, I can't do deals?

Donald Trump Jr. dismissed suggestions that his family is profiting from his father's presidency on the first day of a tour of India to promote luxury apartments.

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Oprah, Spielberg match Clooneys' $500,000 donation to Florida march

Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw are taking a cue from George and Amal Clooney and making their own sizable donations to March For Our Lives, an event formed in the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school.

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Alcohol linked to increased dementia risk

Excessive alcohol use could increase your risk for all types of dementia, particularly early-onset dementia, according to a new study.

Social Media nytimes.com

On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive

Millions of “bots” posing as real users are promoting celebrities, spreading misinformation and sowing discord. And it’s far easier to build a bot than to kill one.

Olympic Games (2018) nytimes.com

Elizabeth Swaney, Viral Olympic Skier, Says She Put Her Whole Heart Into Her Halfpipe

“I don’t think I’ve ever been satisfied with my halfpipe runs, and I don’t think a lot of skiers are,” she said, after her Olympic halfpipe run drew attention.

worldNews reuters.com

Temer's failure on Brazil pension reform leaves tricky task to successor

BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Michel Temer's decision to throw in the towel on reforming Brazil's loss-making pension system leaves the unpopular measure as a campaign issue for October's elections and a major headache for his successor.

sportsNews reuters.com

Tiger named as U.S. Ryder Cup vice captain

(Reuters) - Fourteen-times major winner Tiger Woods will serve as one of the vice captains on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad that will try to snap a 25-year drought on European soil later this year, Jim Furyk said on Tuesday.

environmentNews reuters.com

3M, Minnesota settle water pollution claims for $850 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Industrial group 3M Co and Minnesota's attorney general have agreed to settle a lawsuit over polluted groundwater, with the company agreeing to grant $850 million to the state for groundwater projects, the attorney's office said on Tuesday.

nytimes.com

Florida, Special Counsel, Syria: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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

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Sessions forms U.S. cyber task force after election warnings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced he would create a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Fact Check: Is Israel a Model When It Comes to Guns, as Mike Huckabee Says?

Israel has compulsory military service and firearms are a common sight, but personal gun ownership is tightly restricted.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Brazil's 'What a shot' music video stirs debate amid violent crime wave

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A viral music video called "What a shot" is stirring debate in Brazil about the glamorization of crime and freedom of expression, as surging crime in Rio de Janeiro has led the government to put troops in charge of security in the tourist city.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks nytimes.com

‘Is This the Day I Die?’: Teachers React to the Florida School Shooting

Teachers and other educators described to us what it’s like to teach amid lockdown drills and fear of attacks.

domesticNews reuters.com

Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause.

Theater nytimes.com

3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring

Get to know the playwright Hammaad Chaudry, the 13-year-old actress Rileigh McDonald and the actor Andrew Burnap.

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Why you might be getting a card from Facebook

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Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Dozens of students and parents from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members died in a shooting rampage boarded buses on Tuesday for a trip to the state capital Tallahassee to push for a ban on assault rifles.

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UNICEF's statement on children's suffering in Syria is '_____________'

Survivors often say they have no words to describe tragedies.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. yields rise in auctions as stocks sink; dollar recovers

* U.S. Treasury yields rise with first of week's debt auctions

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UPDATE 1-LendingClub profit misses estimates due to higher expenses

Feb 20 (Reuters) - LendingClub Corp reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings that missed Wall Street estimates by a cent as the online lender spent more for origination and servicing of loans.

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BRIEF-Portola Pharmaceuticals Announces Results Of CHMP Oral Explanations For Andexanet Alfa And Betrixaban

* PORTOLA PHARMACEUTICALS ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF CHMP ORAL EXPLANATIONS FOR ANDEXANET ALFA AND BETRIXABAN

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BRIEF-Chorus Aviation Announces $100 Million Bought Deal Public Offering

* CHORUS AVIATION ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PUBLIC OFFERING

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BRIEF-Kraton Corporation Announces Q4 Earnings Per Share $2.17

* ORATION ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2017 RESULTS

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BRIEF-Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores Inc Announces $40 Million Term Loan

* SEARS HOMETOWN AND OUTLET STORES INC ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION TERM LOAN

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BRIEF-Newfield Exploration Expects 2018 Domestic Production Will Increase By 14 - 18 PCT

* NEWFIELD EXPLORATION DISCLOSES THREE-YEAR OUTLOOK; DRIVING DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH WITHIN EXPECTED CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS (2018-20)

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-3M And The State Of Minnesota Establish Environmental Partnership, Settle Lawsuit

* 3M AND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA ESTABLISH ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP, SETTLE LAWSUIT

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-American Water Reports Q4 GAAP Loss Per Share $0.01

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.66 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Siris Capital Group Now Owns 19.84 Pct Stake In Synchronoss Technologies

* SIRIS CAPITAL GROUP LLC SAYS NOW OWNS 19.84 PERCENT STAKE IN SYNCHRONOSS TECHNOLOGIES INC AS OF FEB 15 - SEC FILING

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Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller's investigators.

Paid Time Off nytimes.com

Why a Republican Plan for Paid Leave Has Stirred Concern About Social Security

A proposal would allow people to collect Social Security after a birth, but there’s a catch.

Gun Control nytimes.com

Florida School Shooting Survivors Take Gun Control Message on the Road

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed last week, are traveling to the state capital to call for a ban on assault rifles.

cnn.com

Russia's trying to toss us an apple of discord. We mustn't bite

politicsNews reuters.com

FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

businessNews reuters.com

Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's request to temporarily seal a lawsuit accusing his hedge fund firm Point72 Asset Management LP of sexism toward women.

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The President says he has asked the attorney general to propose ways to ban the devices, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban so-called bump stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly.

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Coleman headlines U.S. world indoor championships team

(Reuters) - New 60 metres world record holder Christian Coleman and defending world champions Brittney Reese, Vashti Cunningham and Marquis Dendy headline a 49-member American team for next month's IAAF world indoor championships in Birmingham, England, USA Track and Field announced on Tuesday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Moves to Regulate ‘Bump Stock’ Devices

The president asked the Justice Department to propose regulations that would ban “bump stocks,” which can convert a semiautomatic gun into an automatic weapon.

Securities and Commodities Violations nytimes.com

New Netanyahu Corruption Allegations: The Details

Here is a rundown of the new allegations in the inquiry into the Israeli prime minister and his inner circle, according to the police and Israeli news reports.

cnn.com

Opinion: Donald Trump Jr. sells America's integrity cheap

With Donald Trump as President, American integrity is on sale -- get it while it lasts.

cnn.com

Teen's invention could save lives in a shooting

A Wisconsin teenager developed "JustinKase," a device that *will help* keep shooters out of the classroom even if the lock is destroyed by gunshot.

cnn.com

What's in a name? In global affairs, street signs can be political irritants

Olive Branch Street in Ankara, Turkey. Boris Nemtsov Plaza in Washington, DC. Bobby Sands Street in Tehran, Iran.

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Analysis: 1 number that explains the madness of gun politics

97%.

businessNews reuters.com

Dow, S&P snap winning streak as Walmart weighs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow and S&P 500 fell on Tuesday to snap a six-session winning streak as a sharp decline in Walmart weighed heavily, but gains in Amazon and chip stocks helped the Nasdaq hold near the unchanged mark.

cnn.com

Florida survivor: It's a start.

cnn.com

Trump wasn't blaming school shooting on FBI's Russia investigation, Sanders says

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to finesse a weekend tweet from President Donald Trump blaming the FBI's Russia investigation for missing a tip about the Florida shooting, saying the agency should not focus on a "hoax in terms of investigating the Trump campaign."

healthNews reuters.com

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

(Reuters Health) - Heart devices that use software or wireless communications may be vulnerable to hacker attacks that could cause life-threatening malfunctions, U.S. cardiologists say.

worldNews reuters.com

Missing Mexico City journalist found safe and sound

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico City's attorney general's office announced on Tuesday that it has located a journalist who had been missing since Friday, saying he was in good health.

politicsNews reuters.com

Trump orders regulations drawn up to ban bump stocks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to draw up regulations banning devices that turn firearms into machine guns, like the bump stock used in October's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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White House says Trump son-in-law Kushner can do job without security clearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, can continue in his role as a senior White House adviser even if he does not obtain a security clearance, the White House said on Tuesday.

nytimes.com

Asia and Australia Edition: Florida, Syria, Olympics: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

politicsNews reuters.com

U.S. Attorney General Sessions forms cyber task force to probe election meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat a wide cross-section of global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure.

businessNews reuters.com

Judge denies AT&T access to White House correspondence on Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied AT&T Inc's request to see White House communications that might shed light on whether U.S. President Donald Trump pressured the Department of Justice to try to block the wireless carrier's purchase of Time Warner Inc .

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures nytimes.com

AT&T Loses Bid to Obtain White House Call Logs

The decision by a federal judge hampers the company’s argument that politics influenced the government’s move to block its $85 billion merger with Time Warner.

cnn.com

Why Thomas Friedman issued a 'code red' warning to America

cnn.com

WH pressed on Trump's FBI tweet

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders takes questions from the press in the first press briefing since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

healthNews reuters.com

‘Bucket lists’ might help with end-of-life discussions

(Reuters Health) - Sharing your “bucket list” could be easier than discussing end-of-life medical preferences, and it might be just as useful to your physician, researchers suggest.

businessNews reuters.com

VW bid to delay first U.S. diesel emissions trial rejected

FAIRFAX, Va. (Reuters) - A Virginia state court judge on Tuesday rejected a request by the U.S. unit of Volkswagen AG to delay several of the company's trials over excess emissions because of "inflammatory" comments made by a lawyer representing car owners that it fears will prejudice the jury.

cnn.com

'Black Panther' actor is also a Dreamer

He's in the biggest film in the world right now and he's undocumented.

worldNews reuters.com

Syria pro-government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against Turkey

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict.

topNews reuters.com

More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta district on Tuesday, in a surge of violence which a war monitor said has killed at least 250 people since Sunday night.

Awards, Decorations and Honors nytimes.com

Polk Awards Honor Articles on Russia Investigation and #MeToo Movement

Journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who uncovered ties between the Trump campaign and Russia were among the winners of the George Polk Awards.

technologyNews reuters.com

Bitcoin nearly doubles in value from year's low hit in early February

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin hit a three-week high on Tuesday and has surged nearly 100 percent from its lowest level this year, as its recovery continued after South Korea's financial regulator eased its stance on cryptocurrencies, weeks after it considered shutting down digital currency exchanges.

domesticNews reuters.com

After father's plea, Texas board recommends clemency for death row inmate

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Death row inmate Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, convicted of hatching a plot that left his mother and brother dead and his father with a gun wound to the chest, received a unanimous clemency recommendation on Tuesday after his father pleaded for his life.

cnn.com

The least and most dangerous countries to be a newborn

Every year around the world, about 2.6 million babies die within their first month of life -- and some countries see more of those tragic deaths than others.

Hunting and Trapping nytimes.com

Op-Docs: Arctic Boyhood

Coming of age on the Greenland tundra.

cnn.com

Survivor's dad escaped harm in Las Vegas shooting

Father and son stories aren't supposed to look like this.

cnn.com

Analysis: There are no longer any words to describe Syria's horror

The war in Syria has exhausted all superlatives. Worst day, worst month, worst year, worst ever. Words fail to describe the destruction of this ancient, beautiful land.

worldNews reuters.com

Canada's PM says India trip about broader ties not just political ones

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau downplayed talk of a snub by the Indian government on his first state visit to the country this week, and cast his trip as being focused on building business and cultural ties and not just political ones.

politicsNews reuters.com

Supreme Court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

Curling nytimes.com

Garlic Girls Take Over the Olympics, and Their Hometown Is Loving It

How to explain the sudden dominance of the bespectacled South Korean women’s curling team? “It’s definitely the power of the garlic.”

United States Economy nytimes.com

Economic Scene: Come the Recession, Don’t Count on That Safety Net

Republicans seek a leaner welfare system tying government benefits to hard work. But such benefits are worthless when there is no work to be had.

cnn.com

Trump tweets denial of woman's claim he kissed her without consent

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied the account of a woman who alleges he kissed her on the mouth without her consent.

cnn.com

Judge blocks AT&T request for White House communications about Time Warner deal

environmentNews reuters.com

Congo approves logging near carbon-rich peatlands

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's environment ministry said on Tuesday it had reinstated thousands of square kilometers of logging concessions in its equatorial forests, a move environmentalists fear could cause huge volumes of greenhouse gases to be released.

cnn.com

Opinion: To stop mass shootings, fix culture of hate

Hate is a problem that affects all of us, a reality we were reminded of when Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and killed 17 people. As more information about Cruz emerges, it is becoming clear he had a sordid history of espousing racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views on social media.

domesticNews reuters.com

Seventh grader shoots himself in Ohio school, prompting lockdown

(Reuters) - A seventh-grade student shot and wounded himself inside a school bathroom in Ohio on Tuesday morning with a gun he brought to school, but no one else was injured, police said.

Minorities nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Destructive Dynamics of Political Tribalism

Anti-elite fervor in America bears a striking resemblance to the explosive tension between haves and have-nots all over the world.