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Afghan Special Forces battle to regain control of Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Special Forces moved through Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel floor by floor on Sunday fighting the surviving gunmen who attacked the hotel a day earlier, seizing hostages and staging an overnight siege.

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Republican congressman removed from ethics committee

(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan's office said.

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Rep. removed from Ethics Committee

House Speaker Paul Ryan removed Rep. Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following a news report that the Pennsylvania Republican used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle a sexual misconduct complaint against him by a former aide.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Trump So Far Is More Farce Than Tragedy

Our president is an authoritarian in his Twitter feed and nowhere else.

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FBI opened inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

The FBI recently opened an inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, two US officials told CNN, as he fights an allegation of blackmail and faces calls to resign just a year into his job. 

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China draws up new 'special' emission curbs on industries

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will impose "special emissions restrictions" on enterprises in major industrial sectors in northern China later this year, as it bids to ensure its war on pollution continues once a tough winter anti-smog campaign ends in March.

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Republicans Claim Surveillance Power Abuses in Russia Inquiry

A report claims that a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide, was improperly obtained.

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Trump goes to Pennsylvania to help Republican in special House election

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump traveled to western Pennsylvania on Thursday to show his backing for the Republican candidate in a special congressional election where Democrats are hoping to score another upset victory in Trump-friendly territory.

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Trump flies to Pennsylvania to help Republican in special election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a critical loss for Republicans in Alabama last month, President Donald Trump is wading back into congressional politics on Thursday when he travels to western Pennsylvania to signal his backing for the party's candidate in a special election.

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Oil specialist Westbeck to launch electric vehicle hedge fund

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil-focused hedge fund firm Westbeck Capital will enter new territory next month with an equities fund designed to tap into growing excitement over electric vehicles, according to...

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Hunting a C.I.A. Mole, Agents Gambled and Let a Suspect Return to China

Officials hoped it would help solve the mystery of the deaths of C.I.A. informants. Five years later, an arrest has been made but the mystery remains.

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Trump looks to boost Republican in Pennsylvania special election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a disastrous loss for Republicans in Alabama last month, President Donald Trump will again wade into congressional politics on Thursday when he travels to western Pennsylvania to signal support for the Republican candidate in a special election there.

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Bannon Agrees to Cooperate With Mueller Inquiry

Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist, will be interviewed by investigators for the special counsel rather than go in front of a grand jury.

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Bannon will do interview with special counsel, avoiding grand jury for now

Steve Bannon has struck a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's team and will be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before the grand jury, two people familiar with the process told CNN. He is expected to cooperate with the special counsel, the sources said.

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Former CIA officer arrested at airport with list of agents, authorities say

A former CIA officer who allegedly kept small notebooks with handwritten lists of the real names of covert agency employees was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday night, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: NYTimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe of alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe into alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe into alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Ex-Trump adviser Bannon subpoenaed in special counsel Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury as part of a special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Jane Fonda had cancerous growth removed

Jane Fonda revealed in interviews this week that her doctor removed a cancerous growth from her lower lip.

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These are the texts people sent to loved ones during the Hawaii missile alert

Hawaiian residents and vacationers spent 38 horrific minutes preparing for an incoming ballistic missile and possible death on Saturday, until the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency corrected a false alarm message.

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BRIEF-Bombardier Specialized Aircraft Says Conair Group Purchased Six Q400 Aircraft

* BOMBARDIER AND CONAIR ANNOUNCE PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR SIX Q400 AIRCRAFT FOR CONVERSION INTO Q400 MULTIROLE AIRTANKERS‍​

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UK parliamentary committee launches inquiry after Carillion collapse

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A British parliamentary committee said on Monday it would hold an inquiry into government sourcing practices following the collapse of contractor Carillion.

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FCC says launching full inquiry into false Hawaii missile alert

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Saturday it was launching a full investigation into a false emergency alert that said a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission said.

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On Baseball: Winter Drags On, With Free Agents Still Waiting by the Phone

In an off-season of few signings, teams leery of overpaying seem content to wait for prices to drop in the spring.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Republicans’ Fantasy Investigation

Republicans would rather defend Donald Trump than find the truth.

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Schiff: GOP is blocking key witnesses in effort to scuttle House Russia inquiry

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that Republicans are blocking dozens of witnesses from being interviewed in the Russia probe, including some who were aware of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting where Donald Trump Jr. was promised dirt on the Clinton campaign.

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Texas Illegally Excluded Thousands From Special Education, Federal Officials Say

A state “target” meant to limit the number of students receiving special education services violated federal law, regulators said in a letter ordering the state to make amends.

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Grain glut leaves U.S. farmers facing losses from specialty corn

CHICAGO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - U.S. farmers who sought to boost revenues by planting corn used to make tortillas may be forced sell their crops at a loss to makers of ethanol or animal feed because of a glut of what typically is a human food-grade product.

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Egypt Opens Criminal Inquiry Over New York Times Article

The Times reported on a secret effort by Egyptian intelligence to sway public opinion on Jerusalem. Officials say the article hurt national security.

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Editorial: Who Will Listen to Democrats’ Warning on Russia?

In the face of Republican complacency, Senate Democrats issue the most comprehensive public analysis thus far of Moscow’s war on the West.

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Immigration Agents Target 7-Eleven Stores in Push to Punish Employers

Agents visited 98 franchises around the country, arresting 21 people and demanding paperwork as they seek out employers who hire undocumented workers.

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Special Report: How courts help companies keep sexual misconduct under cover

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cristina Chen-Oster, a senior salesperson in Goldman Sachs’s convertible bonds department, was a few years out of MIT when a male colleague pinned her against a wall, kissed her, groped her and tried to engage in a sexual act, she said in a lawsuit in federal court. After reporting the incident to her boss, the lawsuit alleged, she missed out on pay and promotions while her accused attacker steadily rose through the ranks.

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Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed and the Firm Behind Russia Dossier

Saying “enough is enough,” Michael D. Cohen filed the defamation suit after denying for the past year that he played any part in a conspiracy to help elect President Trump.

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Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier

The president called the Steele report ‘fake news.’ A year later, it’s clear that’s not the case.

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Op-Ed Contributor: My Invitation From Donald Trump Jr.’s Father

A missed opportunity “to Learn the Trump Family’s Most Successful Wealth Creation Secrets.”

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Fusion GPS Founder Hauled From the Shadows for the Russia Election Investigation

Glenn R. Simpson’s firm quietly compiled the notorious dossier of possible links between President Trump and Russia. Then it became public.

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The President's lawyers are discussing how to limit the scope of what the special counsel can ask

Lawyers for President Donald Trump are anticipating a request for the President to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller and are discussing how to define the parameters of any interview, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

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Trump could be interviewed in Special Counsel probe within weeks: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special counsel Robert Mueller has told President Donald Trump's legal team that his office is likely to seek an interview with the U.S. leader as part of its Russia probe, and one could take place within weeks, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

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Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role

An Israeli insurance company’s previously undisclosed $30 million investment in Jared Kushner’s family company could fuel the perception of conflicts of interest.

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‘Everything I’ve Done Is 100 Percent Proper,’ Trump Says of Russia Inquiry

Mr. Trump again insisted that he was not under investigation by the special counsel, adding that “there’s been no collusion, there’s been no crime.”

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Twitter says world leaders like Trump have special status

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Friday reiterated its stance that accounts belonging to world leaders have special status on the social media network, pushing back against users who have called on the company to banish U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Op-Ed Contributors: Did Trump Obstruct Justice?

New reporting makes for a compelling case that he did, on multiple counts.

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FBI agent describes grisly warehouse in start of body broker's trial

DETROIT (Reuters) - The warehouse of a Michigan man who sold donated body parts to researchers was littered with dead flies, dog bowls and human remains “frozen together in flesh-on-flesh chunks,” a federal agent testified Friday.

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Ex-ethics chief: WH counsel 'is a cancer'

A former director of the US Office of Government Ethics on Friday called White House counsel Don McGahn "a cancer who has done much to undermine anticorruption mechanisms in this country" following an explosive report published in The New York Times.

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Ex-ethics chief: WH counsel is a cancer

A former director of the US Office of Government Ethics on Friday called White House counsel Don McGahn "a cancer who has done much to undermine anti-corruption mechanisms in this country" following an explosive report published in The New York Times.

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Philippine lawmakers to press for inquiry into deadly mall fire

MANILA (Reuters) - A group of Philippine lawmakers will call for a congressional inquiry this month into a recent shopping mall fire that killed 38 people, of whom 37 worked at a call center for an American firm, a House representative said on Friday.

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Trump ordered White House counsel to press Sessions to lead Russia probe, but he failed, NYT reports

Special counsel Robert Mueller is aware of an unsuccessful attempt by President Donald Trump to lobby Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Justice Department's Russia probe, The New York Times reported Thursday.

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Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation

The special counsel’s investigation has uncovered several incidents involving the president that raise questions about whether he obstructed justice.

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BRIEF-Urbana Corp Declares Special Dividend Of $0.03/Share

* BOARD ALSO DECLARED SPECIAL DIVIDEND OF THREE CENTS PER SHARE ON ISSUED, OUTSTANDING COMMON, NON-VOTING CLASS A SHARES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Council leader calls for beggars to be removed before UK royal wedding

LONDON (Reuters) - Beggars need to be cleared by police from the streets of Windsor before the wedding of Prince Harry to girlfriend Meghan Markle because their "detritus" is presenting the picturesque English town in a poor light, the local council leader has said.

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Washington state sues Motel 6 for sharing guest data with immigration agents

Jan 3 (Reuters) - Motel 6 was sued on Wednesday by Washington state's attorney general, who accused the discount hotel chain of illegally providing guest lists to U.S. immigration authorities, knowing of their interest in people with "Latino-sounding" names.

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Critics Say FIFA Is Stalling a Doping Inquiry as World Cup Nears

In failing to contact a key witness, FIFA faces accusations of slowing its inquiry into allegations of failed doping tests by Russian soccer players.

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Paul Manafort Sues Mueller and Asks a Judge to Narrow the Russia Investigation

The highly unusual lawsuit says the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was given an overly broad mandate and needs to be reined in.

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Trump's ex-campaign manager Manafort sues Special Counsel Robert Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort sued Robert Mueller on Wednesday, alleging that the special counsel's wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia exceeded his legal authority and needed to be reined in.

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Talk: Masha Gessen Is Worried About Outrage Fatigue

The journalist on alternative facts, what Putin thinks of Trump and whether the Mueller investigation will be able to prove collusion.

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Trump lawyers talked with special counsel team

President Donald Trump's legal team held talks with the members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team a few days before Christmas, a source briefed on the matter told CNN.

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Op-Ed Contributors: The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

The attack on our firm, Fusion GPS, is a diversionary tactic by Republicans who don’t want to investigate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

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BRIEF-Elliott Associates And Affiliates Report Passive Stake Of About 5.4 Pct In Platform Specialty Products

* ELLIOTT ASSOCIATES AND AFFILIATES REPORT A PASSIVE STAKE OF ABOUT 5.4 PCT IN PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORP AS OF DEC 22 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2lLO8CS) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-PolyOne Expands Specialty Color And Additives Expertise With Acquisition Of IQAP Masterbatch

* POLYONE EXPANDS SPECIALTY COLOR AND ADDITIVES EXPERTISE WITH ACQUISITION OF IQAP MASTERBATCH

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BRIEF-Progenics Pharmaceuticals Completes Enrollment In Phase 3 Study Of Psma-Targeted Imaging Agent 1404

* PROGENICS PHARMACEUTICALS COMPLETES ENROLLMENT IN PHASE 3 STUDY OF PSMA-TARGETED IMAGING AGENT 1404 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Trump tells Mar-a-Lago guests: 2018's 'going to be something very, very special'

President Donald Trump rang in 2018 with shout-outs to his billionaire friends and a warning to his "enemies" during short remarks just before midnight at his posh South Florida club.

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How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

George Papadopoulos, a Trump foreign policy adviser, was the improbable match that set off a blaze that has consumed the first year of the Trump administration.

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Special Report: Meet the force behind Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile' president

HARARE (Reuters) - His wife is a beauty queen, his troops unseated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, and his motorcade is fit for a president. General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces until earlier this month, is on a roll.

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Germans Will Ring in New Year With Extra Security, Especially for Women

Since attacks two years ago in Cologne, German cities, including Berlin, are setting up safety zones for women who feel threatened or have been assaulted

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Special Report: In a hospital ward in Yemen, the collapse of a nation

ADEN (Reuters) - Nahla Arishi, chief pediatrician at the al-Sadaqa hospital in this Yemeni port city, had not seen diphtheria in her 20-year career. Then, late last month, a three-year-old girl with high fever was rushed to Arishi's ward. Her neck was swollen, and she gasped for air through a lump of tissue in her throat. Eight days later, she died.

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Trump Says Russia Inquiry Makes U.S. ‘Look Very Bad’

The president said in an interview on Thursday that the special counsel will treat him fairly, contradicting a campaign by some Republicans to discredit the investigation.

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About New York: Subway Booths Have Gone Quiet. Time for the Agents to Step Out?

New York City Transit still employs 2,660 workers to stand vigil in booths. A pilot program will soon allow some of them to leave their stations and help out on platforms.

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BRIEF-ZK International Announces Initial Investment From Blockchain And Crypto Fund Specialists NGST Ltd And Exigent Capital

* ZK INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES INITIAL INVESTMENT FROM BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTO FUND SPECIALISTS NGST LTD AND EXIGENT CAPITAL Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Calumet Specialty Products Partners Reports Q3 2017 Results

* CALUMET SPECIALTY PRODUCTS PARTNERS, L.P. REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2017 RESULTS

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Philippines' drug enforcement agents face heat now that they are running Duterte's war on drugs

MANILA (Reuters) - Carrying firearms and search warrants, and prepared for fierce resistance, about 30 Philippine anti-drugs agents pour out of three vans in a dramatic raid in one of the capital's illicit drugs hotbeds.

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Special Report: China's leaders fret over debts lurking in shadow banking system

SHANGHAI/BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - In March 2013, retired chemical company employee Anne Xing, her older sister and their husbands visited a China Everbright Bank branch on the outskirts of Shanghai. A private wealth manager at the bank had a special deal to offer them.

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Roy Moore files a complaint alleging potential voter fraud in Alabama's special election for a Senate seat

Roy Moore filed an election complaint on Wednesday, alleging potential voter fraud in Alabama's special election and urged a delay in certifying the results.

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Special Report: A business where human bodies were butchered, packaged and sold

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Sam Kazemi stood over the old man’s corpse. Nearby lay pliers, a scalpel and a motorized saw designed to cut drywall and pipe.

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BRIEF-Great Elm Capital Declares Special Distribution Of $0.20/Shr

* GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP. DECLARES SPECIAL DISTRIBUTION OF $0.20 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Homeland Security Increasingly Means Putting Agents Outside the Homeland

Set up to defend the United States, the Homeland Security Department is going beyond American borders to fight foreign threats from abroad.

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Exclusive: Federal agents found fetuses in body broker's warehouse (Warning: Graphic Images)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal agents discovered four preserved fetuses in the Detroit warehouse of a man who sold human body parts, confidential photographs reviewed by Reuters show.

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BRIEF-EHi Car Services Appoints Independent Financial Advisor And Legal Counsel To The Special Committee

* EHI CAR SERVICES ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND LEGAL COUNSEL TO THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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New York’s Attorney General in Battle With Trump

Eric Schneiderman’s office recently took its 100th legal or administrative action against “the biggest threat” to New Yorkers: the federal government.

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Mystery in West Texas: How Did a Border Patrol Agent Die?

A month after one border agent was killed and another seriously injured, investigators still do not know if they were attacked or hurt in an accident.

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American accused of fighting for ISIS will get legal counsel, judge rules

A federal judge ruled Saturday night that the US Defense Department should allow a US citizen detained as an "enemy combatant" in Iraq immediate access to a legal counsel.

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F.B.I. Director Wants to Move Forward, but the President Is Making His Job Harder

Five months since Christopher Wray started the job, President Trump’s verbal assaults have put Mr. Wray and his team in a difficult position.

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BRIEF-Sinclair Broadcast Group Announces $1,000 Special Bonus As A Result Of Tax Reform

* SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP ANNOUNCES $1,000 SPECIAL BONUS AS A RESULT OF TAX REFORM

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Special Report: How to make millions selling passports to Africa

MORONI, Comoros Islands/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In the tiny nation of the Comoros Islands, lying off the east coast of Africa, Albert Karaziwan is a big man - even though he doesn't live there. He's been a roving ambassador for the country, has twice attended the United Nations General Assembly with the Comoros delegation and holds three current Comoros diplomatic passports.

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Editorial: Forget the Strategy Paper. Watch What He Does.

President Trump’s first security strategy statement says many of the right things, but the administration’s actions tell a different story.

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House Democrats rally to protect Special Counsel Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives rallied behind Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, after recent attempts by Republicans and conservative news outlets to discredit him and his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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BRIEF-Old Republic International Declares Special, One-Time Cash Dividend Of $1.00 Per Share

* OLD REPUBLIC REPORTS ON NOTABLE FINANCIAL MATTERS AND EVENTS FOR THE FINAL QUARTER OF 2017; COMPANY DECLARES SPECIAL, ONE-TIME CASH DIVIDEND OF $1.00 PER SHARE

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Op-Ed Contributors: The Four Threats to Robert Mueller

Trump may be holding off from firing the special counsel. That doesn’t mean he’s safe.

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Special Report: How Philip Morris is selling regulators on its hot new smoking device

By Paritosh Bansal, Tom Lasseter, Duff Wilson Thomas Wilson, Ami Miyazaki and Aditya Kalra

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Russia may widen designation for media outlets it deems 'foreign agents': Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may decide to designate any media as "foreign agents" if they are financed by a foreign state or citizen, or by a Russian organization that gets foreign financing, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

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India's special court acquits all accused in 2G telecoms case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A special court in India on Thursday acquitted a former telecoms minister, politicians and several business executives of graft and money laundering charges in the grant of telecoms licenses in one of the country's biggest graft scandals.

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A month after Border Patrol agent's death, no answers

One month after a Border Patrol agent died and another was injured in a nighttime incident near Van Horn, Texas, FBI investigators still have drawn no clear conclusion about what happened, according to Jeanette Harper, an FBI special agent and spokeswoman for the agency's El Paso office.

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Last piece of Amtrak train wreckage removed from Washington state highway

(Reuters) - Workers had cleared all the wrecked train cars blocking a major West Coast highway by Wednesday morning, two days after the Amtrak train derailed in Washington state while speeding onto a bridge, state transportation officials said.

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U.S. Punishes Chechen Leader in New Sanctions Against Russians

Sanctions could be a sign the Trump administration is heightening pressure on some Russians despite a more accommodating tone with President Vladimir V. Putin.

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Most of Amtrak train wreckage removed from Washington highway

(Reuters) - Workers had cleared most of the wreckage blocking a major West Coast highway by Wednesday morning, two days after an Amtrak train derailed in Washington state while speeding onto a bridge, state transportation officials said.

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Special Report: Scientists describe problems in Philip Morris e-cigarette experiments

By Tom Lasseter, Paritosh Bansal, Thomas Wilson, Ami Miyazaki Duff Wilson and Aditya Kalra

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Beavers Emerge as Agents of Arctic Destruction

Climate change may be enabling beavers to move deeper into the Arctic. And as they move, they magnify climate change’s effects.

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Special Report: How a secretive police squad racked up kills in Duterte's drug war

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The police who burst into Kathrina Polo's house on a rainy night in August 2016, then shot her husband in the head and heart, spoke a language she recognized but didn't understand: Visayan.

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BRIEF-Genesis Land Development Declares Special Cash Dividend Of $0.25/Common Share

* GENESIS LAND DEVELOPMENT CORP. ANNOUNCES DECLARATION OF APPROXIMATELY $10.81 MILLION SPECIAL DIVIDEND

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Ohio politicians call for inquiry into jail stun-gun abuses cited by Reuters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - In one video, Sergeant Mychal Turner stunned a mentally ill inmate with a Taser multiple times after the inmate defied an order to stand in his cell at Ohio’s Franklin County jail.

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BRIEF-CIM Commercial Trust Announces Private Repurchase Of 14,090,909 Shares And Declares Special Dividend On Common Stock

* CIM COMMERCIAL TRUST ANNOUNCES PRIVATE REPURCHASE OF 14,090,909 SHARES AND DECLARES SPECIAL DIVIDEND ON COMMON STOCK

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U.S. appeals judge steps down amid harassment inquiry

(Reuters) - Alex Kozinski, a U.S. federal appeals court judge based in San Francisco, resigned on Monday after the court's chief judge initiated an inquiry into harassment accusations, Kozinski said in a statement.

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U.S. appeals judge steps down amid harassment inquiry: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals judge based in San Francisco is retiring immediately following an inquiry by the court's chief judge over sexual harassment allegations, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

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Trump National Security Strategy Sees U.S. Confronting China and Russia

The strategy the president plans to outline Monday is at odds with his often-warm relations with the leaders of China and Russia.

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Feature: What (if Anything) Does Carter Page Know?

He has been wiretapped by the F.B.I. and grilled by congressional investigators over his suspected Russia connections. But the Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser can’t seem to stop talking.

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BRIEF-Navigators To Acquire Belgian Specialty Insurer

* NAVIGATORS GROUP INC SAYS AS AGGREGATE CONSIDERATION FOR ACQUISITION OF ASCO AND BDM, NAVIGATORS WILL PAY EUR 35 MILLION IN CASH AT CLOSING OF TRANSACTION

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Trump says not considering firing U.S. special counsel Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, when asked on Sunday if he was considering firing U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, told reporters, "No. I'm not."

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Trump Lawyer Says Mueller Illegally Obtained Transition Emails

The move was the latest in the mounting attacks by the president and his surrogates on the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

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'SNL' has special White House Christmas message

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Alleged N. Korean agent arrested in Australia

The Australian Federal Police have arrested a 59-year-old Australian man for allegedly acting as an agent for North Korea with the intent of raising revenue for the Pyongyang government.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Real Russia Scandal

It’s not just what they did to us. It’s our leader’s sympathy with a dictator.

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Trump lawyers set for key meeting with special counsel

President Donald Trump's private lawyers are slated to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his team as soon as next week for what the President's team considers an opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of the next steps in Mueller's probe, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Special Report: At a hotel near you - Cadavers in the banquet room

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (Reuters) - LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – Just outside the operating theater, the organizers of a medical conference wore Minnie Mouse ears.

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President Trump Escalates Criticism of F.B.I. Role in Russia Inquiry

President Trump stepped up his criticism of some F.B.I. agents helping to investigate possible Russian involvement in his campaign, calling it a “very sad thing to watch.”

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MOVES-Insurance broker Marsh names Paul Moody CEO of UK specialties division

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Marsh, the insurance broker arm of Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc, appointed Paul Moody chief executive officer of its UK specialties division, effective Jan. 1.

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End priest celibacy, Australia child abuse inquiry says

A wide-reaching investigation into child abuse across Australia whose revelations shocked the nation has called for sweeping changes to be made, including recommending an end to mandatory celibacy in the Catholic Church.

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DOJ: Release of FBI texts wasn't wrong

Top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday sent a letter to the head of the Justice Department's press shop, quizzing her on how members of the media obtained text messages sent by a former member of the special counsel team on the eve of an appearance by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before the committee.

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Inquiry launched into harassment allegations against U.S. appeals judge

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The chief judge of a federal appeals court on Thursday initiated an inquiry into harassment accusations involving another judge that were reported by The Washington Post, a court filing showed.

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BRIEF-Micropac Industries Approves Special Dividend

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Books and Literature nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: With a Little Help From Their Friends (and Agents and Librarians and Fact-Checkers ...)

Within the rote exercise of authors’ acknowledgments, truths about family, struggle, pride and terror manage to seep out.

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Facebook Sees Little Evidence of Russian Meddling in ‘Brexit’ Vote

The social media giant’s statement came in response to questions from the British Parliament, but a member of Parliament called Facebook’s answer insufficient.

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Republicans double down on attacks on Mueller after anti-Trump texts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers doubled down on attacks against Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday, after new details emerged about anti-Trump text messages sent by an FBI agent who worked on the Russia investigation.

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BRIEF-Heartland Financial USA Declares Special Cash Dividend

* HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC. DECLARES SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND

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In another blow to Zuma, South African top court orders influence-peddling inquiry

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa's High Court ruled on Wednesday that President Jacob Zuma, under fire for alleged corruption, must set up a judicial inquiry into state influence-peddling within 30 days.

Federal Bureau of Investigation nytimes.com

In Texts, F.B.I. Officials in Russia Inquiry Said Clinton ‘Just Has to Win’

Some messages criticized the Clinton team and the Obama administration, but the officials appeared appalled at some of Donald J. Trump’s comments during the campaign.

cnn.com

FBI agent's anti-Trump messages released to Congress

A series of text messages exchanged between top FBI employees that were critical of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump were released to lawmakers Tuesday evening on Capitol Hill amid increasing demands to see them, according to documents reviewed by CNN.

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

Editorial: Fox News v. Robert Mueller

The propaganda machine has kicked into high gear, and has a single goal: convincing President Trump to fire the special counsel.

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U.S. judge orders special counsel to turn over evidence on Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday to turn over any potential evidence that could be material for when he sentences President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

cnn.com

What we learned from 'The Bachelor' special

ABC is getting us ready for a new season of "The Bachelor."

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BRIEF-Envirostar Declares Special Cash Dividend Of $0.12 Per Share

* ENVIROSTAR DECLARES SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND – A 20% INCREASE OVER 2016

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Special Report: Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs

PATTON VILLAGE, Texas (Reuters) - When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Talk of Trump Visit Tests U.K.’s ‘Special Relationship’

The American ambassador in London said he hoped a planned trip by President Trump would go ahead despite vocal opposition.

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How to watch the Alabama special election results

The hotly contested race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones will come to a close Tuesday when Alabama voters go to the polls for the special Senate election.

Ripa, Kelly nytimes.com

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Specialize in Small Talk and Big Ratings

The homey “Live With Kelly and Ryan” sticks to light banter even as its NBC rival, Megyn Kelly, takes on weightier matters.

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Special election set for Conyers' seat

A special election to fill the seat vacated by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers will be held next year, with a primary August 7 and the general election November 6.

Photography nytimes.com

The Look: After-School Special

Andre Wagner captured the brief window when kids run New York.

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Special Counsel Mueller filing shows Manafort drafted Ukraine op-ed despite gag order

WASHINGTON (Reuters on Friday ) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller late on Friday unveiled a trove of evidence against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to convince a judge that he violated a gag order by ghost-writing an article to bolster his public image.

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Special Counsel Mueller produces evidence that Manafort drafted op-ed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled a trove of documents on Friday showing what he said was "irrefutable evidence" that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort violated a court gag order by ghost-writing an opinion piece designed to improve his public image.

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BRIEF-CorMedix Enters Amendment To Existing Sales Agreement With B. Riley FBR To Replace MLV & Co As Sales Agent

* CORMEDIX SAYS ENTERED AMENDMENT TO EXISTING SALES AGREEMENT WITH B. RILEY FBR, INC. TO REPLACE MLV & CO. LLC AS SALES AGENT - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Platform Specialty Products Announces Final Results Of Cash Tender Offer

* PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES FINAL RESULTS OF CASH TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION FOR, AND COMPLETION OF THE REDEMPTION OF, ANY AND ALL OF ITS OUTSTANDING 10.375% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2021 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Special election to replace Conyers to be held Nov. 2018: governor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Friday the state would hold a special election on Nov. 6, 2018, to replace Representative John Conyers, the Democrat who resigned this week amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

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News Analysis: How Russia Cheats

Russia’s election meddling and its Olympic doping are at the heart of President Putin’s effort to recapture his country’s past.

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Liberty Specialty Markets to redomicile UK insurance company to Luxembourg

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Liberty Specialty Markets said on Friday it planned to redomicile its UK insurance company to Luxembourg as a result of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

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Special Report: How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso (Reuters) - In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fiber lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trumpocalypse: The End Game

Our once bright and shiny democracy may be going down the drain before the holidays are out.

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Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Mueller tussle over Ukrainian op-ed

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort did not violate a court gag order when he helped edit an opinion piece about his political work in Ukraine, his defense lawyer Kevin Downing argued in a court filing on Thursday.

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Libya says pushing to be removed from Trump travel ban list

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognized government has appealed to the United States to drop or ease a travel ban imposed on its citizens by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: A Special Fires Edition

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

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Trump Jr. Won’t Provide Details of a Call With His Father

Donald Trump Jr. claimed that his conversation with the president was protected under lawyer-client privilege because lawyers for both men were on the call.

cnn.com

FBI eyes brothers in possible attack on Border Patrol agents

The FBI is investigating two brothers as "persons of interest" in a possible attack two weeks ago that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another seriously injured near Van Horn, Texas.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Paris Review Editor Resigns Amid Inquiry Into His Conduct with Women

Lorin Stein apologized in letters he sent the board Wednesday, saying his behavior had been hurtful and degrading.

Touch (Sense) nytimes.com

The Power of Touch, Especially for Men

Even in our touch-averse culture, men need platonic physical contact.

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BRIEF-Canadian General Investments Declares A Special Dividend of $0.04/Share

* CANADIAN GENERAL INVESTMENTS, LIMITED DECLARES A SPECIAL DIVIDEND ON COMMON SHARES

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German prosecutors begin initial inquiry into BMW diesel emission allegations

MUNICH (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations made this week by Germany's main environmental lobby group that a BMW diesel model is fitted with engine software capable of cheating on emissions tests.

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Munich prosecutors start initial inquiry into BMW emissions allegations

MUNICH (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors said on Wednesday they had opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations raised by Germany's main environmental lobby that a BMW diesel model is fitted with engine software capable of cheating on emissions tests.

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BRIEF-Revenue And Chery Holding Group Enter JV For Manufacturing Of Specialty Vehicles In China

* REVENUE AND CHINA-BASED CHERY HOLDING GROUP ENTER JOINT VENTURE FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF SPECIALTY VEHICLES IN CHINA

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Venezuela's U.N. envoy Ramirez says removed by Maduro

CARACAS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Venezuela's powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said on Tuesday he had resigned from his job as U.N. envoy at the request of President Nicolas Maduro, in a growing spat between the political rivals.

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UPDATE 1-Naspers inquiry drags South African stocks lower, rand steady

* Rand trades sideways (Adds details, fresh quotes, updates figures)

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U.S. Special Counsel Mueller's office has spent $3.2 million since May: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million so far as part of its ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday in a report.

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Special Counsel Mueller's office has spent $3.2 million since May: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million so far as part of its ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday in a report.

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'Smart bags' may not fly if battery cannot be removed

GENEVA (Reuters) - "Smart suitcases" may be able to charge mobile phones or be easily found if misplaced, but unless their battery can be removed they risk being sent packing by the world's airlines.

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

The Conversation: Is Trump Crazy Like a Fox or Plain Old Crazy?

The president’s behavior has got people wondering.

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Russia labels 9 US media as foreign agents

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Russia designates Radio Free Europe and Voice of America as 'foreign agents'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia designated Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA) as "foreign agents" on Tuesday, a move aimed at complicating their work in retaliation for what Moscow says is unacceptable U.S. pressure on Russian media.

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

Manafort Associate Has Russian Intelligence Ties, Court Document Says

In the document, the special counsel cited an op-ed article drafted by Paul Manafort and his Russia-linked associate to shape public opinion about consulting work in Ukraine.

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

Op-Ed Contributors: Don’t Prosecute Trump. Impeach Him.

There is no case for obstruction of justice, but there is a constitutional tool for ousting a corrupt president.

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Editorial: Yes, the President Can Obstruct Justice

Also: Why lie if you’ve done nothing wrong?

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Manafort tried to pen positive op-ed on Ukraine work: special counsel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Monday accused President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, of working with a Russian colleague to draft an opinion piece about his political work for Ukraine.

cnn.com

FBI agent booted from Mueller probe changed description of Clinton from 'grossly negligent' to 'extremely careless'

A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey's description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information, according to US officials familiar with the matter.

Comedy and Humor nytimes.com

On Comedy: 4 Comedy Specials to Watch: Seasoned Stand-Ups Making Debuts

Some of the funniest new stand-up is from veterans releasing their first specials or albums: Judah Friedlander, Michelle Wolf, Yamaneika Saunders and Shane Torres.

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U.S. corporate alternative minimum tax should be removed: House Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The alternative minimum tax on corporations, which had been included in the U.S. Senate's tax bill, should be eliminated in the final legislation, Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said on Monday.

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Special Report: Hidden peril awaits China's banks as property binge fuels mortgage fraud frenzy

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Zhu Chenxia bought a flat early last year from Lei Yarong in the up-market Nanshan district of China's southern metropolis of Shenzhen, the two women drew up three purchase agreements to cover the deal.

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

Op-Ed Contributors: Why the Trump Team Should Fear the Logan Act

The potential hammer at the heart of the Michael Flynn plea.

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Russia to start registering some foreign media as 'foreign agents' this week: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's justice ministry will start registering some foreign media as "foreign agents" this week, the RIA news agency cited a source in the Russian upper house of parliament as saying on Monday.

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BRIEF-ACCC Commences Inquiry Into Digital Platforms Such As Facebook And Google‍​

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission:

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Opinion: Why Mueller banished a top agent to FBI's 'Siberia'

Yesterday, CNN reported that over the summer special counsel Robert Mueller had removed an FBI agent from the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. Widely touted as experienced in high-level, sensitive investigation supervision, Peter Strzok, a deputy assistant director, had been "laterally transferred" to a post within the Human Resources Department (HRD).

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Commander of Taliban 'special forces' killed in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL (Reuters) - The commander of the Taliban's "special forces" branch, known as the "Red Unit," was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan's main intelligence agency.

Baseball nytimes.com

In Japan, Ohtani Is a Special Player but Definitely Not Babe Ruth

Like the Babe, Shohei Ohtani can hit and pitch with distinction. But comparisons to the great Yankees slugger do not seem to resonate in Ohtani’s home country.

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Mueller removed FBI agent from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel examining alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election removed a top FBI investigator from his team for exchanging text messages with a colleague that expressed anti-Trump views, two U.S. newspapers reported on Saturday.

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FBI agent removed from Mueller investigation over anti-Trump messages

Special counsel Robert Mueller removed one of the FBI's top Russian counterintelligence experts from his team of investigators after an internal investigation found messages he sent that could be interpreted as showing political bias for Hillary Clinton and against President Donald Trump, according to US officials briefed on the matter.

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

Trump Says He Fired Michael Flynn ‘Because He Lied’ to F.B.I.

President Trump’s tweet was the first time he had said the firing was not solely related to Mr. Flynn’s false statements to Vice President Mike Pence.

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

Mueller Removed Top F.B.I. Agent Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts

The special counsel had a top agent removed from his inquiry after the Justice Department’s inspector general began examining whether the agent sent texts expressing political views.

Discrimination nytimes.com

Harvard Agrees to Turn Over Records Amid Discrimination Inquiry

The university agreed to turn over confidential documents to the Justice Department, which is investigating whether it has discriminated against Asian-American applicants.

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

White House Memo: Flynn’s Guilty Plea Looms Over a White House on the Verge of a Tax Cut Success

The plea raised uncomfortable questions about what the former national security adviser might be telling the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

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

Op-Ed Columnist: Writing at the Speed of Trump’s Scandals

In which a columnist attempts to keep up with White House news.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to a Special Episode of ‘The Daily’ on Flynn’s Guilty Plea

What it tells us that federal prosecutors have a former senior member of the Trump White House on their side.

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Kosovo PM removed from international arrest warrant: minister

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj was removed from an international arrest warrant issued by Serbia, lifting an obstacle to him travelling outside the country, the justice minister said on Friday.

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

Op-Ed Contributors: After Flynn, Are Kushner and Don Jr. Next?

The Flynn deal opens the door to charges against the president’s inner circle — and his family.

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BRIEF-Platform Specialty Products Corp Announces Pricing Of Tack-On Offering Of 5.875 Pct Senior Notes Due 2025

* PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES PRICING OF TACK-ON OFFERING OF 5.875% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2025

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BRIEF-Jaguar Health Announces Adjournment Of Special Meeting Of Stockholders Until Friday, December 15, 2017

* JAGUAR HEALTH ANNOUNCES ADJOURNMENT OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS UNTIL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

What Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea Means in Mueller’s Russia Probe

President Trump’s former national security adviser admitted lying to the F.B.I. What is notable is what he was not charged with.

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

Op-Ed Contributor: Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea: 10 Key Takeaways

Impeachment just became a lot more likely.

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

Michael Flynn Expected to Plead Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I.

The guilty plea by President Trump’s former national security adviser would be an indication that he is cooperating with the special counsel investigation.

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Flynn charged with lying to FBI, plea hearing set: special counsel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States, the U.S. special counsel's office charged in a court filing made public on Friday.

cnn.com

The royals' special relationship with Africa

When Prince Harry introduced Meghan Markle this week as his fiancee, he talked about their romantic trip to Botswana, where they camped under the stars, away from prying eyes.

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Kim Jong Nam had nerve agent antidote in bag, Malaysian court told

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Kim Jong Nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korea's leader, had a dozen vials of antidote for lethal nerve agent VX in his sling bag on the day he was poisoned, a Malaysian court was told this week.

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

Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry

President Trump told Senators Mitch McConnell, Richard Burr and others that he wanted an inquiry into Russian interference in the election to come to a close.

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Special panel meets to discuss Japan Emperor Akihito's abdication date

TOKYO (Reuters) - A special panel meets on Friday to discuss the date for Emperor Akihito's planned abdication - the first by a Japanese monarch in about two centuries - clearing the way for the government to formally decide when the octogenarian emperor will retire.

cnn.com

FBI has shown no evidence of assault in border agent's death

Less than a day after a Border Patrol agent died and another was badly injured in a November 18 incident in West Texas, President Donald Trump tweeted that "We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!"

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BRIEF-United-Guardian announces regular and special dividends

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