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Ecuador court sentences VP to six years in jail in Odebrecht graft case

QUITO (Reuters) - An Ecuadorean court on Wednesday sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in jail after finding him guilty of receiving bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht [ODBCT.UL] in return for handing the scandal-ridden firm state contracts.

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UPDATE 1-Ecuador court sentences VP to six years in jail in Odebrecht graft case

QUITO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - An Ecuadorean court on Wednesday sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in jail after finding him guilty of receiving bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in return for handing the scandal-ridden firm state contracts.

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Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds.

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Wall Street extends gains slightly after expected Fed rate hike

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The three major U.S. stock indexes were higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates by a quarter percentage point, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth.

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US STOCKS-Wall St extends gains slightly after expected Fed rate hike

* U.S. consumer prices rise 0.4 pct in Nov, in line with estimates

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Mexican authorities warn cryptocurrency offerings could be a crime

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's finance ministry and central bank warned on Wednesday that cryptocurrencies were risky investments and said fundraising programs known as initial coin offerings (ICOs) could potentially violate Mexican financial law.

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BRIEF-Axe Exploration Says It Intends to Redirect Business To Cryptocurrency

* TO EVALUATE NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, EVENTUALLY REDIRECT BUSINESS TO CRYPTOCURRENCY & BLOCKCHAIN Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney

PARIS, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Dassault Aviation said on Wednesday that it would drop a contract with Safran for the development of a Falcon business jet engine and that it would launch a new project powered by U.S. rival engine maker Pratt & Whitney.

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UPDATE 5-Oil mixed after U.S. crude stocks draw; Forties outage lends support

* Britain's biggest pipeline likely to be shut for several weeks

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

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

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Renewed winds, dry conditions hamper fight to tame California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters trying to tame a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California were facing bone-dry conditions and the return of powerful wind gusts on Wednesday.

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California Today: California Today: A Mayor for a City in Transition

Wednesday: The death of San Francisco’s mayor, California’s failing dams, wildfires, the Go-Go’s and the state Hall of Fame

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BRIEF-Olympic Steel Increases And Extends Asset Based Credit Agreement To Support Future Growth

* OLYMPIC STEEL INCREASES AND EXTENDS ASSET BASED CREDIT AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT FUTURE GROWTH

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Winds, dry conditions to hamper efforts to tame California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Powerful gusts of wind and bone dry conditions will remain overriding concerns for Californian firefighters on Wednesday as they seek to tame a huge blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes.

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After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides

CARPINTERIA, Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California are slowly gaining control of one of the largest wildfires in state history, but residents may not enjoy much relief as experts said the flames are laying the groundwork for the next disaster - mudslides.

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Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

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

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Philippines Extends Martial Law in South for Another Year

President Rodrigo Duterte said continued military rule on the southern island of Mindanao was needed to ensure the “total eradication” of militancy there.

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Pakistani court summons police in case of missing peace activist

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Wednesday summoned a police officer investigating the case of a missing peace activist who is believed to have been kidnapped by unidentified men this month.

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Mom and son scramble 5 times to stay out of California wildfire's path

Emily Vedder's heartbreaking and heartwarming story of evacuation from the Thomas Fire has shadowed the path of the devilish inferno.

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Quakes and Fires? It’s the Cost of Living That Californians Can’t Stomach

For many Californians, natural disasters are a moment to take stock and rethink the dream. But in the end, it almost always comes down to cost.

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BRIEF-Sinclair Raises Additional Term Loans And Amends Bank Credit Agreement

* SINCLAIR RAISES ADDITIONAL TERM LOANS AND AMENDS BANK CREDIT AGREEMENT

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Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress.

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EU sends stark warning to airlines on post-Brexit flying

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British airlines will lose all flying rights to the European Union if there is no transition agreement after Brexit, the EU executive said on Tuesday, a stark reminder of the risks facing the aviation sector if there is no deal.

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Fury free to fight again as UKAD resolves anti-doping case

(Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is free to resume his boxing career after reaching an agreement with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over the charges against him, the agency said on Tuesday.

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California and Washington state join carbon pledge in defiance of Trump

PARIS (Reuters) - California and Washington state joined five nations on the Pacific coast of the Americas on Tuesday to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.

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Firefighters wrestle to control California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters on Tuesday fought to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist throughout the week.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: Carrying a Load of Debt and Pain, and Determined to Get Stronger

Kristian Hidalgo, 24, aims to push through the pain, aches and fatigue of his illnesses while paying off his student debt.

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BRIEF-Capricor & California Institute For Regenerative Medicine​ Entered Into Amendment 3 To CIRM Notice Loan Award

* CAPRICOR SAYS ‍ON DEC 11, CO, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE​ ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT NO. 3 TO CIRM NOTICE OF LOAN AWARD - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-JG Wentworth Says Co, Units Filed Voluntary Cases Under Chapter 11 In United States Bankruptcy Court

* JG WENTWORTH SAYS ON DEC 12, CO, UNITS FILED VOLUNTARY CASES UNDER CHAPTER 11 IN UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR DISTRICT OF DELAWARE - SEC FILING

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Firefighters look to gain on California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters on Tuesday hoped to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist.

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California Today: California Today: A Tax Challenge for Sacramento

Tuesday: Proposition 13, Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco dies, Mulholland Drive and a box of chocolates.

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China warns against livestreaming after 'rooftopper' falls to death

BEIJING (Reuters) - A young Chinese climbing enthusiast's fatal fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a $15,000 "rooftopping" dare has spurred warnings by state media against the perils of livestreaming.

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Sexual Harassment Cases Show the Ineffectiveness of Going to H.R.

Human resources departments face a quandary: protect the employees who bring complaints, or the companies who employ them.

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Death toll from fighting in South Sudan's Great Lakes rises to 170

JUBA (Reuters) - The death toll from inter-clan fighting in South Sudan's Great Lakes region last week - a new source of violence in a country devastated by a four-year civil war - has reached at least 170, officials said on Tuesday.

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Firefighters look to gain on California wildfire as winds remain relentless

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters hope gain further control on Tuesday of a wildfire, the fifth-largest in California's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather conditions are expected to persist.

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California wildfires: 'It's still not great, but it's a better bad'

Thousands of firefighters are making headway against the vast Thomas Fire burning in Southern California, expressing hope that conditions are becoming more favorable.

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Death toll from fighting in South Sudan's Great Lakes region rises to 170: official

JUBA (Reuters) - The death toll from intercommunal fighting between two clans in South Sudan's Great Lakes region last week has reached at least 170, an official said, up from 45, reflecting a new source of violence in a country devastated by a four-year civil war.

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EU suspends funding for Cambodian election

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The European Union has suspended funding for Cambodia's 2018 general election because the vote cannot be credible after the dissolution of the main opposition party, according to a letter sent to the national election committee on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-‍Altice Nv Altice Intends To Reduce Its Share Capital By Cancelling Treasury Shares​

* On June 28, 2017, the general meeting of Altice N.V. granted authority to the Board to cancel common shares A and common shares B in the share capital of the company held by the company.

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NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk and 2 Others Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor were suspended by the network over allegations in a lawsuit filed by a former wardrobe stylist for the company.

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Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters, taking advantage of a lull in the winds, on Monday held in check a massive Southern California wildfire that has torched hundreds of buildings and charred an area larger than New York City.

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In California, Mixed Results for Regulations Meant to Help Stop Fires

While the rules can certainly help in slow-moving fires, they have proved no match to the high-wind fires that made this season so destructive.

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Wife of disgraced Mexican governor taking 'refuge' in UK: report

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The wife of a detained former Mexican governor is living in Britain and has demanded back artwork, golf clubs and crystal that were seized by the government, according to a letter obtained by news site Animal Politico.

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Protesters chant 'Death to America'

Thousands of Hezbollah supporters marched in Lebanon against US President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

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PGA Tour suspends Hensby for failing to provide doping sample

(Reuters) - The PGA Tour on Monday said it has suspended Australian Mark Hensby for one year for violating the sport's anti-doping policy.

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Uber fights ban on cash payments in Mexican state

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Monday that it had appealed regulations that have barred it from accepting cash fares in the Mexican state of Puebla, in a new challenge to clampdowns on the ride-hailing service in Latin America.

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Wall Street ends higher with help from tech, energy

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

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California wildfire rages, threatens communities

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred an area larger than New York City on Monday struggled to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

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Treasury Defends Tax Plan in One-Page Analysis

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

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Transgender People Will Be Allowed to Enlist in Military as Court Case Advances

President Trump had announced on Twitter in July that he was barring transgender people from serving in the military, though a ban was never fully implemented.

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Mexican retail group says November same-store sales rose 5.4 pct

MEXICO CITY, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Mexico's retail association said on Monday that sales at stores open for at least a year rose by 5.4 percent in November, compared to the same month a year earlier.

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Strained firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred 230,500 acres braced on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

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California Today: California Today: A Weekend of Fires

Monday: Fires approach Santa Barbara, delivery robots and the enduring legacy of Willie Brown.

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Iran foreign minister defends missile program, asks European support

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Monday defended its ballistic missile program and urged European countries not to be influenced by U.S. President Donald Trump's confrontational policy towards Tehran.

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HSBC draws line under Mexican cartel case after five-years on probation

LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC drew a line under its punishment for lapses in anti-money laundering controls on Monday, saying the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) would end its deferred prosecution agreement, lifting the threat of further penalties.

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Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

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

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

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Netanyahu defends Trump decision

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defends President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. CNN's Ian Lee has more.

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

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

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California wildfires now larger than New York City and Boston combined

Firefighters are struggling to contain the biggest of six blazes burning in southern California, with the Thomas Fire slipping from 15% containment to 10% Sunday.

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HSBC announces end to suspended sentence for Mexican cartel case

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - HSBC on Monday said its deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice has expired, marking an end to the threat of further punishment for lapses in its anti-money laundering controls.

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Indian police file sexual assault case against airline passenger for allegedly molesting Bollywood actress

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian police have filed a sexual assault case against an airline passenger after a 17-year-old Bollywood actress said the male passenger had molested her during a late New Delhi-Mumbai flight, police said on Monday.

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'Walking Dead' sets stage for key death

The following contains spoilers about the "The Walking Dead" midseason finale.

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California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week.

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Mexican opposition leader Anaya to seek presidency in coalition

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican opposition leader Ricardo Anaya said on Sunday he would seek to win the presidency in a left-right alliance after stepping down as head of the conservative National Action Party (PAN).

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New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California's largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week.

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New evacuations ordered as California wildfires rage on

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.

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Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Santa Ana winds that have stoked wildfires across Southern California, destroying hundreds of buildings and forcing evacuations of some 200,000 people are forecast to return in force on Sunday, authorities said.

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California fires: Governor offers grim outlook

Gov. Jerry Brown has a sobering message for Southern Californians after a week of raging wildfires: This is your new normal.

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California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

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Wiggins' rowing debut ends in disappointment

LONDON (Reuters) - Retired former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was back in a velodrome but not on two wheels as his competitive rowing debut ended in disappointment on Saturday.

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Loose Ends: Office Secret Santa Guidelines for 2017

Remember, this is voluntary! No forcing colleagues to participate — in gift giving, or anything.

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Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort

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

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Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away

JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations.

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Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state's devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify.

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Rowing: Wiggins' rowing debut ends in disappointment

LONDON (Reuters) - Retired former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was back in a velodrome but not on two wheels as his competitive rowing debut ended in disappointment on Saturday.

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California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

(Reuters) - Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well.

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RPT-California wildfires send film, TV productions scrambling

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wildfires raging across Southern California are taking a toll on the region's iconic film industry, forcing producers of commercials, television shows and even student films to pause or seek alternate shooting locations.

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Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again.

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First wildfire-related death confirmed in California

A woman, whose body was found at a crash site along an evacuation route, was the first-related death confirmed in a series of wildfires that ravaged Southern California this week.

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Court upholds conviction in 'Making of a Murderer' case

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the murder conviction of a Wisconsin man in a case chronicled in the television documentary “Making of a Murderer," overturning a lower court judge who had tossed out the original guilty verdict.

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In Scorched California, a Year of ‘Epic Firefighting’ Is Testing Limits

Major fires raging across the state this year from wine country to just shy of the Mexican border have stretched California firefighters.

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Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes.

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Dozens of Horses Killed as Fires Tear Through California

The horses died in two fires this week — and at least three people were injured — even as trainers and rescuers tried to save as many as they could.

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Mexican president asks Senate to broaden discussion over security bill

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday asked Senate lawmakers to include civil society's views in their discussion of a divisive bill that critics say would give the military greater powers and deepen its role in the country's drug war.

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Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law

Dec 8 (Reuters) - The trade group representing U.S. drugmakers on Friday said it has a filed a lawsuit to stop California from implementing a law aimed at reining in prescription drug prices.

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Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years.

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California wildfires send film, TV productions scrambling

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wildfires raging across Southern California are taking a toll on the region's iconic film industry, forcing producers of commercials, television shows and even student films to pause or seek alternate shooting locations.

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‘We Watched Our House Burn.’ Losing It All in California’s Fires.

In Ventura County, Jack Selby watched his childhood home burn to the ground, and Nancy Cole lost all her possessions, including family heirlooms from Holocaust survivors.

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No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community.

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KKR's tender offer for Hitachi Kokusai ends in success - Nikkei

Dec 8 (Reuters) - KKR & Co LP has brought its tender offer for shares of Japan's chipmaking equipment Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc to a successful end, the Nikkei reported on Friday, citing sources.

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Mueller has 400,000 documents in Manafort, Gates case

Prosecutors in the Russia probe have obtained hundreds of thousands of documents and gotten a host of information from laptops and phones in the ongoing investigation into former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.

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In ‘Coco,’ Death Is the Point

A villain’s demise, a parent’s absence. That’s how death used to figure in animated movies for children. Thanks to Pixar and now “Coco,” that’s changing.

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High winds to hamper California firefighters into weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds expected to drive the conflagrations into the weekend.

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Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in California due to raging wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of structures and forced thousands from their homes.

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High winds to hamper California firefighters through weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds driving the conflagrations expected to continue into the weekend.

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California Fires Live Briefing: A ‘Very Dangerous’ Time for an Already Charred State

Fires continued to ravage much of Southern California on Friday, where fast-moving flames had scorched more than 142,000 acres across four counties.

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United in friendship, divided by DACA

Like the board games they love playing together, Aldo Mendoza and Anthony Paz say their US citizenship status is dictated by chance. And they have no choice but to play the hands they've been dealt.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: Guiding L.A. Through a Crisis

Monday: Mayor Eric M. Garcetti responds to the wildfires, 747 Supertankers, Bay Area Firefighters and Xavier Becerra.

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Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days.

Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts nytimes.com

Sunday Routine: How Peter Zaharatos, Chocolate Artist, Spends His Sundays

The owner of SugarCube, a dessert shop in Long Island City, shops for Greek ingredients and plays violin with his children in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

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California wildfires have scorched more than 140,000 acres and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate

Wildfires roared across Southern California for a fifth day Friday, with new blazes prompting additional evacuations as neighborhoods went up in flames in San Diego County.

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Zimbabwe court postpones U.S. citizen's subversion case to January

HARARE (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court has postponed to Jan. 4 the trial of a U.S. citizen accused of attempting to undermine the authority of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's government.

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Firefighters battle intense wildfires ravaging southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days.

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Trial over 'Love Parade' deaths begins in Germany

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

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Vatican should bring money-laundering cases to trial, watchdog agency says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican needs to bring cases of suspected money laundering to trial, a European finance watchdog urged on Friday, saying the good progress made by its financial regulators needed to be matched by judicial muscle.

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Japanese priestess stabbed to death at shrine in apparent family feud

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Shinto priestess was killed on the grounds of a famous Tokyo shrine by a man wielding a traditional Japanese sword who then killed another woman before committing suicide, police said on Friday, in what local media described as an apparent family feud.

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Europe Edition: Jerusalem, California, Johnny Hallyday: Your Friday Briefing

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

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BRIEF-Exponent Says Board ‍Intends To Catherine Ford Corrigan As CEO

* ‍INTENDS TO APPOINT EXPONENT'S PRESIDENT, CATHERINE FORD CORRIGAN AS ITS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT​

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Out-of-control wildfires devastate California

Four major wildfires are torching the Los Angeles area

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Judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court

(Reuters) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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California wildfire racing toward tourist area

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County had burned 96,000 acres as of Thursday, making it roughly the size of Denver and nearly three times bigger than the most destructive of the Napa-Sonoma fires. CNN's Sara Sidner has the updates.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

California’s Fires, by the Numbers

Just one of the fires raging in Southern California has already burned an area larger than Detroit, fueled by winds nearing hurricane strength. Here’s a look at the numbers behind the state’s worst fire season ever.

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U.S. judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Verizon - Customers In Southern California Areas Hardest Hit By Wildfires Will Be Offered Free Unlimited Talk, Text And Data from Dec 7-Dec 10

* VERIZON -CUSTOMERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREAS HARDEST HIT BY WILDFIRES WILL BE OFFERED FREE UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT AND DATA FROM DEC 7 THROUGH DEC 10​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Walmex expands Wi-Fi in Mexican stores, pushing online shopping

MEXICO CITY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart de Mexico said on Thursday that it will install Wi-Fi throughout all but one of its chains in Mexico by next summer, in an attempt to collect user data and drive online sales by familiarizing shoppers with technology.

Disasters and Emergencies nytimes.com

Fleeing the California Wildfires: What to Take and When to Evacuate

When wildfires threaten, be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice, officials say. Here are some suggestions on how to get ready for such an emergency.

cnn.com

Trial date set for AT&T, Time Warner case

domesticNews reuters.com

Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage

FARIA BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing 200,000 people to flee their homes with dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Validus Provides Initial Estimate of Losses from Oct California Wildfires

* VALIDUS HOLDINGS, LTD. PROVIDES INITIAL ESTIMATE OF NET LOSSES FROM OCTOBER 2017 CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES AND COMMENTS ON U.S. HOUSE AND SENATE TAX REFORM BILLS

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BRIEF-Steelcase Sees Q3 Earnings Per Share $0.22

* SEES Q3 REVENUE $772 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Wildfires nytimes.com

In a Warming California, a Future of More Fire

The recent cycle of drought and deluge in California led to major fire risk. Climate change makes that cycle worse.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

Fire Alert Sent to Millions of Cellphones Was California’s Largest Warning Yet

The cellphone alert, which went to at least eight million people, was California’s largest use ever of a federal warning system activated in 2012.

environmentNews reuters.com

Wildfires pile woes on California pot industry after tough year

(Reuters) - Wildfires blazing through Southern California are worrying marijuana growers, who fear that smoke could damage their crops, the basis of a newly legalized industry in the state.

cnn.com

Why California's wildfires are spreading so quickly

It's been an especially devastating year for wildfires in California, with four of the deadliest in the last 12 months, according to state records.

Wildfires nytimes.com

‘It Burns and It Keeps Burning’: Scenes From Southern California’s Wildfires

Wildfires have burned more than 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Fighting them were professionals and homeowners with garden hoses.

domesticNews reuters.com

Ex-South Carolina cop gets 20 years in prison for black motorist's death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The white former policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back after a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, with a federal judge ruling that the killing amounted to murder.

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J.K. Rowling defends Johnny Depp casting in next 'Fantastic Beasts'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling on Thursday defended the decision to cast Johnny Depp in the next "Fantastic Beasts" movie after a backlash from fans unhappy about the circumstances of the actor's recent divorce.

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Moldova ruling party chief says framed by Russia in bogus cases

KIEV/CHISINAU (Reuters) - The powerful head of Moldova's ruling party Vlad Plahotniuc on Thursday accused Russian authorities of harassing him and other officials with dozens of bogus legal cases, ratcheting up a long-running diplomatic row between the two countries.

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Ex-South Carolina cop sentenced to 20 years in prison for black motorist's death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday in a federal civil rights case connected to the 2015 killing.

politicsNews reuters.com

FBI Director Wray defends bureau in wake of Republican criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation defended his employees on Thursday against a growing chorus of accusations by Republicans, including President Donald Trump, that its agents were allowing political bias to seep into their investigations.

companyNews reuters.com

EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case

BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice's appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.

politicsNews reuters.com

Lawmakers press FBI on alleged bias in Clinton, Trump cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee lambasted the FBI on Thursday over how it handled an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and questioned whether Justice Department officials gave her preferential treatment over President Donald Trump.

environmentNews reuters.com

Southern California fires force 200,000 people to flee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors on Thursday as raging wildfires wreaked havoc on Southern California, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses.

Wildfires nytimes.com

California Fires Live Updates: ‘Extreme’ Threat as Wind Gains Strength

Los Angeles and other cities in Southern California are bracing for winds so strong “there will be no ability to fight fire,” the state’s firefighting chief warned.

Friendship nytimes.com

He’s 22. She’s 81. Their Friendship Is Melting Hearts.

The two met on the Words With Friends app, and photos of their in-person meeting delighted thousands of people on social media.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: A Special Fires Edition

Thursday: Fires reach Los Angeles, smoke masks, and tales of evacuation

worldNews reuters.com

UK criticizes Muslim Brotherhood, defends Western policy

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign secretary Boris Johnson singled out the Muslim Brotherhood and its associates for criticism on Thursday in a speech calling for a renewed western diplomatic push in the Middle East to tackle Islamic extremism.

environmentNews reuters.com

Just subtract water - how a dry spell allowed winds to lash California with flames

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds will likely whip up the unseasonably fierce wildfires ravaging Southern California on Thursday, forecasters said. The gales have come at the worst time, at the end of a long dry spell.

environmentNews reuters.com

Winds whip up wildfires, forcing mass evacuations in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to fan several relentless wildfires in southern California on Thursday, where hundreds of houses have burned and tens of thousands have fled their homes around Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city.

businessNews reuters.com

Toymaker Lego wins Chinese copyright case against brick imitators

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Lego has won a landmark case in China against two companies that manufactured and sold toys almost identical to its LEGO Friends range but branded Bela, the Danish toymaker said.

cnn.com

PLO calls move a death knell for the peace process

Top Palestinian officials condemned US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the decision would bolster extremists' calls for holy wars and delegitimize the United States as an arbiter in the peace process.

politicsNews reuters.com

Trump administration sides against unions in high court fees case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday said it would oppose public sector unions in a major case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, reversing the view taken by the Obama administration in an identical dispute.

cnn.com

Speier: Trump Jr. has a case of amnesia

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said that Donald Trump Jr. has a serious case of amnesia after a lot of "nonresponsive" answers from Trump Jr. at today's House Intelligence Committee hearing on the Russia investigation.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

4 Reasons California’s Fires Are So Bad This Year

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

worldNews reuters.com

No Brexit deal worst-case scenario for Britain: Lords committee

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will fail to agree a free trade deal with the EU before it plans to leave the bloc in 2019 and should seek a transition period to avoid a worst-case scenario of crashing out without an agreement, lawmakers from parliament's upper house said.

Football nytimes.com

N.F.L. Extends Roger Goodell’s Contract, Ending Weeks of Discord

A committee of owners signed off on a contract worth about $200 million over five years, ending a bitter standoff with Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ owner.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Corus Entertainment extends credit facilities

* PURSUANT TO AMENDMENT, TERM FACILITY UNDER CREDIT FACILITY WAS ADJUSTED FROM $2.3 BILLION TO $2.1 BILLION

domesticNews reuters.com

U.S. attorney general calls for efficient review of immigration cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday called on the nation's immigration courts to decide cases more efficiently, amid a burgeoning backlog that is hampering the Trump administration's efforts to deport more illegal immigrants.

cnn.com

Analysis: For Palestinians, Trump's move ends the peace process

At the UN General Assembly in September, US President Donald Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a joint appearance before the world's media.

worldNews reuters.com

Checks for free: a Mexican plan to combat poverty

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An opposition alliance in Mexico wants to launch a universal basic wage to combat the poverty that blights the lives of almost half the population, touting an experimental reform discussed globally as a solution to job losses from automation.

WNYC nytimes.com

WNYC Suspends Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz

New York Public Radio is investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct by the longtime hosts, days after similar claims against John Hockenberry.

topNews reuters.com

California fires force evacuation in exclusive L.A. area

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Southern California wildfires raged into an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood on Wednesday, forcing evacuations, threatening multibillion-dollar homes and temporarily shutting a major highway.

domesticNews reuters.com

Attorney general calls for expedient review of immigration cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on Wednesday calling on the Justice Department's Executive Office for immigration Review to take steps to expedite its adjudication of immigration cases.

domesticNews reuters.com

Turkey links U.S. judge in sanctions case to wanted cleric

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday the U.S. judge hearing the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank had taken part in events organized by a cleric Ankara blames for last year's failed military coup.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund nytimes.com

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.

environmentNews reuters.com

More than 1,000 firefighters battle California inferno

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.

companyNews reuters.com

YRC closes freight terminals in California due to wildfire

Dec 6 (Reuters) - YRC Worldwide Inc said on Wednesday it closed two freight terminals in California due to a wildfire.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

France mourns death of "French Elvis" Johnny Hallyday

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France, surviving drug use, family strife and near-death episodes to strut the stage for more than 50 years.

Wildfires nytimes.com

California Fires: Blaze Breaks Out Near Getty Center in Los Angeles

A brush fire erupted on the west side of Los Angeles before dawn on Wednesday, while a much larger fire continued to rage out of control in the Ventura area.

businessNews reuters.com

Volkswagen executive faces sentencing in U.S. emissions fraud case

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced in federal court in Detroit on Wednesday for his part in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: Outlier Fires Are Becoming the Norm

Wednesday: Southern California fires, border arrests plummet, Oakland strike, Christmas tree shortage and finally llamas, yes, llamas.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-RenaissanceRe Announces $90 Million Initial Estimated Net Negative Impact From Oct 2017 California Wildfires

* RENAISSANCERE ANNOUNCES $90 MILLION INITIAL ESTIMATED NET NEGATIVE IMPACT FROM OCTOBER 2017 CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

entertainmentNews reuters.com

French mourn death of 'French Elvis' Johnny Hallyday

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France, surviving drug use, family strife and near-death episodes to strut the stage for more than fifty years.

businessNews reuters.com

California Department of Insurance seeks to suspend Wells Fargo's licenses

(Reuters) - The California Department of Insurance is seeking to suspend or revoke Wells Fargo & Co's licenses for alleged improper insurance sales practices related to the company's online insurance referral program.

environmentNews reuters.com

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.

cnn.com

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.

E-Commerce nytimes.com

Death of Retail? 2017 Was All About the Empire of Luxury E-Tail

These are the Napoleons busy dividing the shopping streets of the virtual world between them.

worldNews reuters.com

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen air strikes after Saleh's death

ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition intensified air strikes on Yemen early on Wednesday as the armed Houthi movement tightened its grip on the capital after it killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who switched sides in the civil war.

worldNews reuters.com

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.

cnn.com

Undocumented immigrant who killed woman was indicted on federal charges in case

The undocumented immigrant who fatally shot a young San Francisco woman at a popular tourist spot two years ago has been indicted on two federal charges in connection with the controversial case.

businessNews reuters.com

Bitcoin extends gains, rises above $12,000 to record high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin retained its overnight momentum and rose to a record high of $12,205.46 on Wednesday, continuing its rally from below $1,000 at the year's start.

domesticNews reuters.com

Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after San Francisco murder acquittal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted on federal charges an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was acquitted last week of murder by a San Francisco jury, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

cnn.com

Justice seems torn on wedding cake case

Justice Kennedy could be the swing vote in the Supreme Court case taking up the dispute of a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

cnn.com

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.

worldNews reuters.com

Yemen humanitarian situation likely to worsen with Saleh death: Mattis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh would, in the short term, likely worsen an already dire humanitarian situation in the country.

companyNews reuters.com

CORRECTED-Enbridge suspends Line 5 pipeline across Great Lakes due to bad weather

* Enbridge Inc temporarily shut down its 540,000 barrel per day Line 5 oil pipeline across Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes on Tuesday due to high winds and nine-foot high waves, according to the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE).

cnn.com

2,000 cases weakened by Baltimore police misconduct, public defender says

The arrests of eight Baltimore police officers on racketeering charges earlier this year may affect more than 2,000 criminal cases, a major increase from previous estimates, according to the public defender's office.

environmentNews reuters.com

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.

cnn.com

White House defends Trump's Moore endorsement

President Donald Trump put politics above allegations of sexual misconduct in his decision to endorse Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Terraform Global Extends Termination Date Of Merger Agreement To March 6, 2018

* TERRAFORM GLOBAL EXTENDS TERMINATION DATE OF MERGER AGREEMENT TO MARCH 6, 2018

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-EP Energy Extends Early Tender Time For Its Offers To Exchange New Senior Secured Notes Due 2024

* EP ENERGY ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF EARLY TENDER TIME FOR ITS OFFERS TO EXCHANGE NEW SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2024 FOR OUTSTANDING SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020, 2022 AND 2023

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BRIEF-Brunswick Corporation Intends To Sell Sea Ray

* BRUNSWICK CORPORATION : BRUNSWICK CORPORATION INTENDS TO SELL SEA RAY

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Uber suspends cash payments in Mexico's Puebla after demands from state

MEXICO CITY, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it will stop accepting cash payments in the central Mexican state of Puebla to comply with demands from authorities, as the ride-hailing company faces a new wave of regulation in Mexico.

domesticNews reuters.com

Interior Dept. recommends changes to boundaries of six U.S. national monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Donald Trump change the boundaries of six national monuments designated by past administrations, according to a copy of the recommendations seen by Reuters.

cnn.com

Photos: Wildfire spreads in Southern California

See photos from the Thomas Fire, which started north of Santa Paula, California, on Monday, December 4. Dozens of buildings have been destroyed and thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes.

topNews reuters.com

Pivotal Justice Kennedy poses tough questions in gay wedding case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided with likely pivotal vote Justice Anthony Kennedy posing tough questions about a Christian baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple but also questioning whether a Colorado civil rights commission that ruled on the issue was unduly biased against religion.

cnn.com

Palestinians say Trump told Abbas he intends to move US embassy to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump outlined his intentions to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in a call with President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday according to Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh.

topNews reuters.com

Trump tells Abbas intends to move embassy to Jerusalem: Abbas spokesman

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump informed Palestinian President Mahmolud Abbas on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Abbas's spokesman said.

Wildfires nytimes.com

‘Out-of-Control’ Fire Torches Southern California, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

The fire has grown with astonishing speed, and conditions are “not going to get any better anytime soon,” an official with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: The Tax Bill’s ‘Spiraling Consequences’

Tuesday: What the tax bill means for California, transplanting Silicon Valley’s magic, the Ventura fire and reaction to our Berkeley housing story

politicsNews reuters.com

Tillerson defends record at State Department

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended his handling of America's foreign service on Tuesday during a visit to Brussels, seeking to reassure U.S. diplomats of American support under President Donald Trump.

businessNews reuters.com

Apple wins EU trademark case against Xiaomi

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Apple Inc succeeded on Tuesday in preventing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc from registering its "Mi Pad" tablet computer as an EU trademark because the name was too similar to Apple's "iPad".

cnn.com

Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage cake case

The Supreme Court will take up one of the most momentous cases of the term on Tuesday as it considers arguments from a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake to celebrate a same-sex couple's marriage because he believes that God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman.

Weddings and Engagements nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Colorado Cake Case Is as Easy as Pie

Businesses have long claimed the First Amendment should excuse them from complying with the law. The Supreme Court has always rejected that argument.

scienceNews reuters.com

Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday said.

Homosexuality and Bisexuality nytimes.com

Justices Return to Culture Wars in Wedding Cake Case

A Colorado baker’s refusal to serve a gay couple on religious grounds has led to a major Supreme Court showdown.

companyNews reuters.com

Macau suspends pro-democracy lawmaker as critics protest

HONG KONG, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Macau has suspended a pro-democracy lawmaker for alleged "disobedience" after he took to the street instead of staying on a sidewalk during a protest, as activists warn suppression of civil rights is growing in the China-ruled gambling hub.

cnn.com

Senator: 'Credible case' for obstruction of justice against Trump

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday that President Donald Trump's tweet over the weekend saying he fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn because he lied to the FBI is "very powerful evidence of obstruction of justice."

Theater nytimes.com

Review: Waltzing With Love and Death in ‘Hundred Days’

A revised version of a musical memoir from the Bengsons affectingly reimagines commitment-phobia in existential terms.