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UPDATE 1-Icahn steps up fight against SandRidge's plan to buy Bonanza Creek

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday stepped up its fight against SandRidge Energy Inc's plan to buy a rival, urging fellow stockholders to vote against the oil and gas company's plan to issue shares for the $746 million deal.


Icahn steps up fight against SandRidge's plan to buy Bonanza Creek

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday urged SandRidge Energy Inc's stockholders to vote against the oil and gas company's plan to issue shares for its proposed acquisition of Bonanza Creek Energy .

Sex Crimes

The Police Are Investigating Rape Claims Against Russell Simmons

Following mounting reports accusing the music mogul of sexual misconduct, law enforcement is conducting a preliminary investigation.


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.


German court rules against foreign intelligence mass communication surveillance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) must not store the metadata - such as phone numbers - of international phone calls for the purpose of intelligence analysis, a court rules on Thursday.


Deckers wins proxy contest against hedge fund Marcato

BOSTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Deckers Outdoor Corp. beat back a challenge from activist hedge fund Marcato Capital Management when shareholders reelected all nine of the company's directors, the maker of UGG boots confirmed in a statement.


Google Brain co-founder teams with Foxconn to bring AI to factories

(Reuters) - Andrew Ng, co-founder of some of Alphabet Inc -owned Google's most prominent artificial intelligence projects, on Thursday launches a new venture with iPhone assembler Foxconn to bring AI and so-called machine learning onto the factory floor.


U.N.'s Guterres warns against 'sleepwalking' into war over North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.


China's industrial heartland struggles in Beijing's fight against smog

SHIJIAZHUANG, China (Reuters) - Severe natural gas shortages are hitting businesses and residents across China's industrial heartland as an unprecedented government effort to clean up an environment devastated by decades of unbridled growth backfires.


UPDATE 1-Anti-pipeline group goes back to work against Keystone XL

SEWARD, Neb., Dec 13 (Reuters) - Nebraska's main anti-pipeline group is trying to rally opposition to the TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL project's recently approved route through the state, tracking down landowners it says were not given a voice in the regulatory process.

Sen. Sanders: Trump should resign

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says he thinks President Trump should resign over allegations of sexual assault levied against him.

Sexual Harassment

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump’s Shameless Slur Against Kirsten Gillibrand

His smear on Twitter insinuates that women succeed only if they trade on their sexuality, not because they are smart, savvy or resourceful.

RealReal Inc

Critical Shopper: Why You Should Love Secondhand Fashion Now

The RealReal, the luxury consignment site, has opened its first store.


DoubleLine's Gundlach says investors should add commodities in portfolios: CNBC

NEW YORK (Reuters) - DoubleLine CEO Jeffrey Gundlach said on Wednesday that his best investment idea for the new year is commodities, against the backdrop of increasing global economic activity and...

Analysis: 8 numbers that should terrify Republicans

The Alabama Senate race is over. Doug Jones -- improbably -- is coming to Washington as the next senator from the state. Roy Moore isn't.


Anti-pipeline group goes back to work against Keystone XL

SEWARD, Nebraska (Reuters) - Nebraska's main anti-pipeline group is trying to rally opposition to the TransCanada Keystone XL project's recently approved route through the state, tracking down landowners it says were not given a voice in the regulatory process.


NFL: Bengals co-founder Pete Brown dies

(The Sports Xchange) - Pete Brown, the Cincinnati Bengals' senior vice president of player personnel and co-founder of the team in the mid-1960s along with his brother Mike and father Paul Brown, died Tuesday. He was 74.


Nigerian court drops most asset declaration charges against Senate president

(This version of the December 12th story corrects headline and paragraph one to remove references to corruption)


Sports Direct shareholders veto payment to brother of founder Mike Ashley

LONDON (Reuters) - Independent shareholders in Sports Direct on Wednesday voted against making a retrospective payment of 11 million pounds ($15 million) to the brother of founder and majority shareholder Mike Ashley for his work as an IT expert.


U.S. urges Cambodia to reverse steps against democracy

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States has called on Cambodia to reverse steps that "backtracked on democracy" before a general election next year, a visiting U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Read Roy Moore's speech after Jones' projected victory

Republican Roy Moore did not concede to Democrat Doug Jones in the US Senate race as he addressed supporters Tuesday in Montgomery, Alabama -- even after CNN and other networks projected Jones the winner, Jones declared victory and President Donald Trump congratulated Moore's Democratic opponent.

Read Doug Jones' victory speech

Democrat Doug Jones addressed supporters in Birmingham, Alabama, following his stunning victory in the Senate special election Tuesday. Read his full remarks:


Founder of China's embattled LeEco placed on debt blacklist

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The high-profile founder of struggling Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has been placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a further blow to a firm that had spent heavily to compete in areas from smart cars to online entertainment.


Human Rights Watch calls on Singapore to relax free speech, assembly laws

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore government's laws limiting critical speech and peaceful assembly are overly broad and make the country a repressive place severely restricting what can be said and published, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.


BRIEF-‍Alimentation Couche-Tard Founder Alain Bouchard To Sell Shares


Spokesman says Moore 'probably' thinks homosexual conduct should be illegal

Roy Moore campaign spokesman Ted Crockett defends his candidate's views on homosexuality.

How voters reacted to the accusations against Roy Moore

Courts and the Judiciary

Op-Ed Contributor: Law Schools Should Protect Students From Judges Like Alex Kozinski

Professors should refuse to send students to a problematic judge and publicly explain why.


Older women should not take hormones to prevent chronic diseases

(Reuters Health) - Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions, because the risk of significant side effects outweighs the unclear evidence of a benefit, according to a government-backed panel of experts.

Key GOP senator: These Trump picks shouldn't be judges

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley issued a rare rebuke Tuesday of two of President Donald Trump's most controversial judicial nominees, urging the White House to rethink the picks.


BRIEF-Canada Gov't Says Confident New Policy Of Discriminating Against Bidders Deemed To Be Harming Economy Is Consistent With International Obligations



World is losing the battle against climate change, Macron says

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".


UPDATE 4-World is losing the battle against climate change, Macron says

* Summit takes place on 2-year anniversary of Paris climate deal


World is losing the battle against climate change, says Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".

Hey, President Trump, you should definitely come to visit London

Dear President Donald Trump, I've heard some rumors in the British media that you're considering a trip over to the United Kingdom.


'We are one': Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump's Jerusalem call

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.


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.


Russian court to hear new Rosneft lawsuit against Sistema in Jan

MOSCOW, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Arbitration Court of Bashkortostan will hold preliminary hearings of a 131.6-billion-rouble ($2 billion) lawsuit filed by Russia's Rosneft and Bashneft against Sistema on Jan. 12, court documents showed.

#MeToo Movement

Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit

Congress needs a new process for investigating harassment complaints and disciplining offenders.


British banker to appeal against life sentence for Hong Kong double murder

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A British banker, jailed for life in Hong Kong last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped in his luxury apartment, is due to launch an appeal on Tuesday.

Cillizza: Sarah Sanders just made a hugely offensive allegation against the media

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders isn't a big fan of the media.


Trump to give speech on U.S. tax overhaul on Wednesday: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver a speech on the plan to overhaul the nation's tax code on Wednesday, the White House said on Monday.

Women and Girls

News Analysis: Birth Control Pills Protect Against Cancer, Too

A small increased risk of breast cancer among women using hormonal contraceptives may be offset by the pill’s protective effects.

Women detail sexual allegations against Trump

A group of women who have publicly accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault will detail their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by the businessman-turned-politician at a news conference on Monday.


Britain steps up battle against money laundering

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government said on Monday it will create a new national economic crime center to crack down harder on money laundering by drug dealers and people traffickers who are expected to net 90 billion pounds ($120.3 billion) this year.


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.


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.

Nikki Haley: Trump's accusers should be heard

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during an interview on CBS' "Face The Nation" that the women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard."


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.

Haley on Trump accusers: 'We should all be willing to listen to them'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that any women who speak up about inappropriate sexual behavior "should be heard," including President Donald Trump's accusers.


China starts formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's prosecutor began on Monday formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top leadership, who has been accused of corruption and other crimes.

Opinion: Fox News outrage against Mueller hits wrong target

Outrage! That's what we saw from some Fox News on-air personalities this past week. So why the Fox freak-out? Simple: Robert Mueller's investigation.

For the first time in US history, a road will likely be carved through a protected wilderness refuge

A wilderness refuge protected since the Eisenhower administration could have a road carved right through it

Haley, Nikki R

Nikki Haley Says Women Who Accuse Trump of Misconduct ‘Should Be Heard’

The comments by Ms. Haley, the United Nations ambassador, were a break from the administration’s assertions that the allegations have no merit and should be dismissed.


Thousands of Romanians protest against proposed judicial reforms

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians rallied in the capital Bucharest and other cities on Sunday, protesting against plans by the ruling Social Democrats (PSD) to overhaul the country's judicial system which is seen as undermining efforts to combat corruption.


Thousands of Saakashvili supporters stage protest against Ukraine president

KIEV (Reuters) - Several thousand people marched through central Kiev on Sunday to protest against the detention of Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili and call for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko.

Clean Water Act

Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Down Actions Against Polluters, and Curbed Enforcement

An analysis of enforcement data at the E.P.A. shows a substantial drop in activity against polluters when compared to the Obama and Bush administrations.


Haley: Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Sunday she believes any woman who has felt violated or mistreated by a man has every right to speak up, even if it is President Donald Trump they are accusing.


Thousands march in Tel Aviv to protest against Netanyahu, corruption

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office.


Czech PM designate: EU should not push us over migrants - paper

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The designated Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the European Union should not push Czechs over their refusal to shelter asylum-seekers, because it could strengthen extremist parties in the country.


UPDATE 1-#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter "bots" boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

* But automated, semi-automated Twitter accounts amplify reach


Farenthold should resign if misconduct accusations true: senior House Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, on Friday told Fox News Channel that fellow Republican Representative Blake Farenthold should resign if an ethics investigation finds that sexual misconduct accusations against him have merit.


Trump says fines against Wells Fargo could be increased

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump took aim at the third-largest U.S. bank on Friday, writing on Twitter that government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo & Co could be hiked amid an ongoing sales scandal.

'Crown' star Matt Smith on who should play Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is not only joining Britain's real royal family, she could also have a part in the fictitious one.


UPDATE 1-Trump says fines against Wells Fargo won't be dropped - Twitter

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at the country's third-largest bank on Friday tweeting that government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo & Co could be "substantially increased" amid an on-going sales scandal.


#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter 'bots' boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

MOSCOW (Reuters) - What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia's exclusion from the Winter Olympics - backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes.


Trump says fines against Wells Fargo won't be dropped: Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo & Co will not be dropped and could be "substantially increased."


#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter "bots" boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

* But automated, semi-automated Twitter accounts amplify reach


Trump says fines against Wells Fargo won't be dropped - Twitter

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo & Co will not be dropped and could be "substantially increased."


Russian speaker says lawmakers should shun Olympics if no national flag: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers should not attend the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics to support athletes unless they are competing under the Russian flag, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin as saying on Friday.


U.N. warns against any hasty returns of Rohingya to Myanmar

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday that peace and stability must be restored in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state before any Rohingyas can return from Bangladesh, under international standards on voluntary repatriation.

Race and Ethnicity

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Should Medicine Discard Race?

Science has revealed how arbitrary those categories are. Perhaps doctors will abandon them, too.


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.


Thousands of Muslims in Asia protest against Trump's Jerusalem plan

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia joined rallies on Friday to condemn Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as authorities tightened security outside U.S. embassies.


UPDATE 2-China's HNA pushes back against liquidity concerns, won't sell assets "blindly"

* Group exec says dismisses concerns about "liquidity crisis"


UPDATE 1-China's HNA pushes back against liquidity concerns, wont sell assets "blindly"

* HNA's leverage, ownership under scrutiny after $50 bln in deals (Adds quotes and comments from HNA executive)

GOP Rep Love: Farenthold should resign

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) said that her colleague Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) should resign in light of allegations he sexually harassed members of his staff.

GOP colleague says Farenthold should resign

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah said on Thursday that her colleague GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas should resign in light of allegations he sexually harassed members of his staff.

S.E. Cupp slams resignation speech

HLN's S.E. Cupp responds to Sen. Al Franken's resignation speech on the Senate floor, saying his entire speech was self-serving.


German SPD backs talks with Merkel after impassioned Europe speech

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Thursday to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a government after their leader made an impassioned plea for a free hand to work for a social "United States of Europe".


UPDATE 4-German SPD backs talks with Merkel after impassioned Europe speech

* Schulz asks for support to implement "social Europe" programme

Read Al Franken's speech

Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is resigning following allegations that he touched women inappropriately, he announced in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday. Read Franken's full remarks:


Trilobites: You Should Think of Hummingbirds as Bees With Feathers

Scientists say it will be easier to understand hummingbirds in some cases if we use insights gained from the study of bees.


Gross warns Fed should be 'more cautious' amid investor bond binge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Influential bond investor Bill Gross of Janus Henderson Investors warned Thursday the Federal Reserve should be "more cautious and easier" in its interest-rate hiking campaign,...


Kremlin says up to arbitration court to decide on Rosneft's claim against Sistema

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday it was up to an arbitration court to decide on a new claim brought by Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft against Sistema conglomerate.


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.


Soros-backed GlenPoint opens New York office, co-founder to relocate

LONDON (Reuters) - London-based hedge fund manager Glen Point Capital, which raised cash from billionaire George Soros, has opened an office in New York, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.


Britons who join Islamic State should be hunted and killed: defence minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons who have joined the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq should be hunted down and killed, Britain's new defence minister said.

Did President Trump slur his speech?

While President Donald Trump was giving his historic speech Wednesday to announce that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, some on the internet focused on the manner in which he made his statement.


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.


Blackwater founder Prince details meeting with Russian in Seychelles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, founder of military contractor Blackwater and a supporter of President Donald Trump, told U.S. lawmakers he had discussed U.S.-Russia relations during a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian business executive with ties to the Kremlin, but insisted they did not discuss sanctions.


BRIEF-Rusoro Mining Obtains Judgment In Canada Against The Republic Of Venezuela



Gay man to run against Kentucky clerk who denied him marriage license

(Reuters) - A gay man who was denied a marriage license in Kentucky two years ago by a county clerk who refused to issue licenses for same-sex marriages will run to unseat her next year, he said on Wednesday.


For ‘Transparent,’ Accusations Against Jeffrey Tambor Burst an Idealistic Bubble

The staff of the acclaimed Amazon series believed it had created a special workplace. Then harassment accusations pierced the idealism.

Gay man denied a marriage license by Kim Davis is running against her

A gay man who was twice denied a marriage license by Kim Davis has thrown his hat in the ring to run against her for county clerk.


BRIEF-Finjan Files Complaint Against Zscaler For Patent Infringement


Budget Travel

Tech We’re Using: What Tech Tools Frequent Travelers Should Always Pack

You should always have a portable battery to charge your phone. But other must-haves are not as obvious, says Lucas Peterson, The Times’s Frugal Traveler.


Kids aren’t protecting themselves against STDs during oral sex

(Reuters Health) - Adolescents and young adults regularly engage in oral sex but seldom use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, new research shows.

The allegations against Franken

Five women have come forward to accuse Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching. Two of those incidents occurred while he was on separate USO tours.


Israeli firm's spyware used against Ethiopian dissidents: Canadian group

TORONTO/TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Surveillance software from Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd was used in an espionage campaign targeting Ethiopian dissidents living outside the East African nation, a Canadian research institute said on Wednesday.


Palestinian leader to respond to Trump's Jerusalem announcement in TV speech

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a televised speech on Wednesday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's anticipated announcement that Washington recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a Palestinian official said. 


UPDATE 1-Israeli firm's spyware used against Ethiopian dissidents -Canadian group

TORONTO/TEL AVIV, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Surveillance software from Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems Ltd was used in an espionage campaign targeting Ethiopian dissidents living outside the East African nation, a Canadian research institute said on Wednesday.


Short-seller Muddy Waters bets against OSI Systems

BOSTON (Reuters) - Carson Block, founder of short-seller Muddy Waters LLC, which gained prominence with a bet against a Chinese timber company, said he is shorting OSI Systems Inc, sending the...


Nigeria replaces commander in fight against Boko Haram after six months: sources

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria is replacing the military commander of the fight against Boko Haram after half a year following a string of insurgency attacks despite years of official claims the group has almost been defeated, military sources said on Wednesday.


Short seller Muddy Waters betting against OSI Systems

BOSTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Carson Block, founder of short seller Muddy Waters LLC which rose to fame for betting against a Chinese timber company, on Wednesday said it is betting that the stock of OSI Systems Inc will tumble.

Should Elon Musk merge Tesla and SpaceX?


BRIEF-The Federal Court Of Appeals Has Ruled To Uphold The Suspension Order Against The Volta Grande Project Construction Licence


Official: Blackwater founder proposed private spy network to Trump administration

The founder of the controversial military contracting firm Blackwater, Erik Prince, and his allies lobbied contacts inside the administration to provide the CIA with a private network of intelligence contractors, according to a US official with knowledge of the proposal.


BRIEF-ACCC Institutes Proceedings Against GSK, Novartis

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

United States International Relations

Tillerson, Visiting Europe, Gets Cold Shoulder

The chilly reception given to the secretary of state in Brussels reflected concerns about President Trump’s positions on Jerusalem and Iran.


UPDATE 3-Dish co-founder Ergen steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday co-founder Charlie Ergen has stepped down from his chief executive role to devote more time to build out the company's wireless business.


Trump's lawyers to argue accuser's lawsuit should be tossed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump are expected to ask a New York state judge on Tuesday to throw out a defamation lawsuit by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's television show "The Apprentice" who accused him of sexually harassing her.


Dish co-founder Ergen steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday co-founder Charlie Ergen has stepped down from his chief executive role to devote more time to build out the company's wireless business.


UPDATE 2-Dish co-founder Ergen steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday co-founder Charlie Ergen has stepped down from his chief executive role to devote more time to build out the company's wireless business.


Dish Network founder steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Charlie Ergen has stepped down to devote more time to the company's emerging wireless business.


BRIEF-US appeals court revives lawsuit against Alibaba by ADS investors

Dec 5 (Reuters) - u.s. Appeals court revives shareholder lawsuit against alibaba group holding ltd over pre-ipo regulatory warning -- ruling 2Nd u.s. Circuit court of appeals vacates lower court judge's dismissal of lawsuit by holders of american depository shares and call options Shareholders accused alibaba of concealing a regulator's warning about its ability to suppress counterfeiting on its websites


Myanmar forces may be guilty of genocide against Rohingya, U.N. says

GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar's security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations' top human rights official said on Tuesday, adding that more were fleeing despite an agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to send them home.


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".

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Free Speech and Wedding Cake

A Colorado baker refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. The case is now going to the Supreme Court.


Arab League says U.S. should not take measures that alter Jerusalem status: MENA

CAIRO (Reuters) - Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Tuesday that the United States should not take any measures that would alter Jerusalem's legal and political status, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Billy Bush Says Trump Should Own Up to the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape

Stephen Colbert didn’t let Mr. Bush, in his first televised interview since the infamous tape became public, get away with an easy self-exoneration.


Critic’s Notebook: Should I Put Away My James Levine Recordings?

Our critic reflects on the legacy of the revered Metropolitan Opera conductor, who has been suspended by the company after sexual abuse accusations.


U.N. rights boss says can't rule out crime of genocide against Rohingya

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations' top human rights official said on Tuesday Rohingyas were continuing to flee northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where he said the crime of genocide by state forces could not be ruled out against the Muslim minority.


Kremlin to defend athletes against doping allegations, keep IOC ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will defend its athletes against doping allegations and work to preserve its ties with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.


Olympics: Pyeongchang should be Russia-free, says Tallent

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Having felt "angry" to have to compete with Russian dopers, Australia's race walking champion Jared Tallent hopes the International Olympic Committee will heed calls from clean athletes to exclude the nation from the Winter Games.

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."

Opinion: What Trump and Dershowitz should learn from Nixon

Can the president of United States be prosecuted for obstruction of justice under the US Constitution? The answer is yes, he most certainly can -- though the initial punishment for such an offense is impeachment and removal from office. The Constitution enables impeachment for "high crimes and misdemeanors," but does not define what those offenses are, though they could in theory include obstruction.


RPT-Global factors weigh against Bolivia in gas contract negotiations

SANTA CRUZ, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Bolivia's declining natural gas reserves, rising global supplies and more flexible sale terms in the international market all count against South America's top gas exporter as it negotiates contracts with Brazil and Argentina, its two biggest customers.


New York City Ballet Investigates Sexual Harassment Claim Against Peter Martins

The longtime leader of City Ballet has been removed from teaching his weekly class at the School of American Ballet while the two organizations investigate.

Anderson, John B

John Anderson, Who Ran Against Reagan and Carter in 1980, Is Dead at 95

Drawing support from moderate to liberal Republicans and liberal Democrats, Mr. Anderson held the spotlight for a while before voters turned to candidates who they believed could actually win.


The Battle against Islamic State

(Reuters) - It was an awkward coalition riven by political and sectarian differences, facing an elusive, fanatical enemy dug into an urban maze of narrow streets and alleyways. So, could Iraq's government really deliver on its vow to vanquish Islamic State?


U.S. defense chief urges Pakistan to redouble efforts against militants

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday met Pakistan's civilian and military leaders and urged them "redouble" their efforts to rein in militants accused of using the country as a base to carry out attacks in neighboring Afghanistan.


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.


Audi decides against Hong Kong Formula E appeal

(Reuters) - Audi will not appeal against Daniel Abt's disqualification from Sunday's Hong Kong Formula E race after reviewing documents and processes, the team said on Monday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

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

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


France should know that Iran's missiles are not negotiable: spokesman

BEIRUT (Reuters) - France should know that Iran’s missile program is not an issue that can be negotiated, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said in an interview with state media on Monday.

Trump says investors should sue ABC over bungled story

An erroneous ABC News report about President Trump and his former adviser Michael Flynn met widespread criticism and led the network to suspend the journalist behind the story for making a "serious error."


She Rebelled Against Her Religion, and Now She’s on the Run

A Times video journalist tells of an Egyptian young woman and her risky quest for independence.


Pentagon should move U.S. dependents out of South Korea due to North Korean threat: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday urged the Pentagon to start moving U.S. military dependents, such as spouses and children, out of South Korea, saying conflict with North Korea is getting close.


Saudi-led air strikes support Yemen's Saleh as he shifts against Houthis

ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on Yemen's capital, Sanaa, local media said, lending support to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh after he signaled he was abandoning his support of the Iran-aligned Houthis - a shift that could pave the way to end three years of war.

Neo-Nazi site founder : 'Troll storm' is protected speech

The founder of a popular neo-Nazi website says a "troll storm" he encouraged against a Jewish woman in Montana should be considered protected speech and a lawsuit against him should be dismissed.

Trump, Donald J

News Analysis: Wrenched From Scandal to Success, Trump Looks Ahead, and Over His Shoulder

Even in a whirlwind presidency, it was a dizzying span of hours: One of the president’s closest former aides pleaded guilty, shortly before the Senate voted to cut taxes.


Tens of thousands of Israelis protest against Netanyahu, corruption

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - About 20,000 Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office.


Opinion: A Haughty Rant Against Argentina’s National Drink

Dripping with snobbery, a voice message went viral and prompted a cascade of discussions about the sacred place of mate in Argentine society.

United States Politics and Government

Taxpayers Paid $84,000 to End Sex Harassment Claim Against Texas Lawmaker

Rep. Blake Farenthold, Republican of Texas, settled a sexual harassment suit for $84,000, one of six House settlements funded by taxpayers since 2013.

Trump must lead global fight against HIV/AIDS, not surrender it


Flynn pleads guilty on Russia, reportedly ready to testify against Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about Russia, and ABC News said he was prepared to testify that before taking office President Donald Trump had directed him to make contact with Russians.


Turkish court acquits two of three defendants in case against hunger strikers

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Friday acquitted two of three defendants in a case against hunger strikers, and sentenced the third to six years and three months in jail and ordered her release pending appeals process, defense attorneys told Reuters.

Selena Gomez gives tearful speech thanking friend who gave her a kidney

Selena Gomez gave an emotional acceptance speech on Thursday when she received the Billboard "Woman of the Year" award, saying her best friend, who gave her a kidney earlier this year, should be the rightful recipient of the praise.


Russia to kick off soccer World Cup against Saudis, Germany face Mexico

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hosts Russia will kick off next year's World Cup finals versus Saudi Arabia in Moscow and defending champions Germany will start against Mexico after Friday's draw threw up some mouthwatering clashes.


Italy needs to do more against olive tree disease: EU health chief

PARIS (Reuters) - The EU's top health official called on Italy to do more to contain a bacterium that has ravaged olive groves in part of the country and for which no treatment currently exists.

DOJ considers federal charges against undocumented immigrant acquitted of murder

The Justice Department is considering bringing federal charges against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man found not guilty in Kate Steinle's murder Thursday night, DOJ spokesperson Sarah Flores told CNN.


Massachusetts officials seek probe into claims against Senator's husband

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts officials called for an independent investigation into accusations that state Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg's husband used his political connections to sexually harass men, following a Boston Globe report on the claims.

Craigslist founder: Democracy's immune system is in trouble

Throughout history, the media has been used to manipulate and influence political outcomes. Julius Caesar used war journaling, or a written firsthand account of war and its rationale, to justify the invasion and destruction of the Gallic tribes two millennia ago. His heir, Octavian, used a disinformation campaign to convince the Senate to declare war against Mark Antony.


Exclusive: Tezos founders push for legal bailout from Swiss foundation

NEW YORK/ZURICH (Reuters) - The couple behind the embattled Tezos cryptocurrency tech project wants the Swiss-based Tezos Foundation to cover their costs for lawsuits accusing them of fraud related to an online fundraiser it ran, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.


Gifts Tied to Opioid Sales Invite a Question: Should Museums Vet Donors?

The issue of how museums raise their money has resurfaced in the case of the Sacklers, a family of philanthropists whose company developed OxyContin.


Killing of Mexican prosecutor of crimes against women sparks outcry

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The European Union on Thursday condemned the killing of a female Mexican prosecutor who specialized in violence against women, as the country grapples with its worst murder rate in two decades, including a spate of attacks on rights workers and reporters.

Transit Systems

If the City Never Sleeps, Should Its Subway?

A research group has proposed ending weekday overnight subway service to enable much-needed repairs. Riders and transit advocates called the idea elitist and unfeasible.


UPDATE 1-Qualcomm files new patent infringement complaints against Apple

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc said on Thursday it filed three new patent infringement complaints against Apple Inc , saying there were 16 more of its patents that Apple was using in its iPhones.


Qualcomm files new patent infringement complaints against Apple

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc said on Thursday it filed three new patent infringement complaints against Apple Inc , saying there were 16 more of its patents that Apple was using in its iPhones.


Bikram hot yoga bankruptcy should be dismissed: U.S. Trustee

(Reuters) - The bankruptcy of hot yoga pioneer Bikram Choudhury Yoga Inc should be dismissed or converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation due to a failure to file required documents, according to papers filed by the U.S. Department of Justice's bankruptcy watchdog.

The Point: The 37 most Trumpian lines from Trump's tax speech

Wednesday was one of the wildest news days in modern memory. Because so much happened, you might have missed President Trump's speech in St. Charles, Missouri, to sell his tax plan. As always, when Trump speaks, it's worth paying attention to.


U.S. House Democratic leader Pelosi says Conyers should resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that Representative John Conyers should resign after sexual harassment allegations were brought against him, saying "zero tolerance means consequences for everyone."


BRIEF-Carl Icahn Says Prepared To Initiate Litigation Against SandRidge Energy On Poison Pill



Kremlin: U.S. sanctions aimed at turning business elite against Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday it was confident the United States was using sanctions in an attempt to turn Russia's business elite against President Vladimir Putin.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Is Appalled by the Allegations Against Matt Lauer

Mr. Colbert said it sounded like Mr. Lauer had given a female colleague a sex toy, and then decided to “mansplain” how to use it.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: Washington Eyes a Cold War Strategy Against North Korea

A focus on nuclear deterrence would fall short of President Trump’s promises to finally “solve” the problem with North Korea.

United States Politics and Government

A ‘Main Street’ Tax Speech Becomes a Trump Riff on the Rich

In a rambling speech in Missouri on Tuesday, President Trump criticized the rich and said the tax bill in Washington would not help people like him.

Courts and the Judiciary

Op-Ed Contributor: Conservatives Should Oppose Expanding the Federal Courts

A proposal to create hundreds of new judgeships to undo President Barack Obama’s judicial legacy is wrongheaded and based on false assumptions.

Charges against mom who tried to record bullying are dropped

Virginia prosecutors said Wednesday they had dropped all charges against a mother who was accused of illegally recording audio from her daughter's classroom -- an action she said was meant to help her determine whether the child was being bullied.


Fed should continue to raise rates slowly, Williams says

PHOENIX (Reuters) - With falling U.S. unemployment expected to put upward pressure on inflation, the Federal Reserve should keep raising interest rates gradually, San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams said on Wednesday.


Conyers should resign if accusations are 'founded': No. 2 House Democrat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Wednesday that Democratic representative John Conyers should resign if the sexual harassment allegations against him are found to be true.

White House blogger arrested at 'It's OK to be white' speech

Lucian Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-wing Gateway Pundit website, was arrested Tuesday following a scuffle at the University of Connecticut.

Sexual Harassment

How Should We Respond to Sexual Harassment?

The legal system and social science offer principles to evaluate each case and to explain why this moment is so disorienting.


Chipotle co-founder Ells to step down as CEO

(Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's founder Steve Ells will step down as chief executive of the burrito chain once it finds a replacement with "demonstrated turnaround expertise", the company said on Wednesday.

A free press shouldn't stop at the schoolyard

Eli Manning reflects on playing against Peyton

In 2013, Eli Manning talked to CNN about growing up with big brother and former NFL quarterback, Peyton.


Fractured French Right struggles to unite against Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - A year ago, France's conservatives appeared headed for the presidency. Now the French right is more fractured than at almost any point in the modern-day Fifth Republic, leaving one clear winner: President Emmanuel Macron, a centrist.

Blogs and Blogging (Internet)

Conservative Website’s Correspondent Arrested During Speech at UConn

Lucian Wintrich of The Gateway Pundit was charged with breach of the peace after he became involved in an altercation during his speech.


Beijing warns Taipei against hyping up China's jailing of Taiwanese activist

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday said that any attempt to hype up its decision to jail a Taiwanese rights activist for subversion would be futile, after Taiwan's ruling political party labeled the result "unacceptable".

AT&T and DOJ spar over when antitrust trial should begin


Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Should Fire the E.P.A.’s Scott Pruitt

The agency’s administrator is tearing down environmental protections that his organization should be championing.


Texas victim's family files first claim against U.S. Air Force over church massacre

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Parents of one of the victims killed in the Nov. 5 shooting rampage at a Texas church filed a claim on Tuesday against the U.S. Air Force in what appeared to be the first legal action in connection to the incident.


WHO fears complacency as progress against malaria stalls

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Progress in the global fight against malaria has stalled amid signs of flatlining funding and complacency that the mosquito-borne disease is less of a threat, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.


Texas church shooting victim's family files first claim against U.S. Air Force

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Parents of one of the victims who died in the Nov. 5 shooting at a Texas church on Tuesday filed a claim against the U.S. Air Force.


UPDATE 2-Canada opens WTO case against United States over lumber duties

OTTAWA, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Canada on Tuesday formally opened a case against the United States at the World Trade Organization over a recent Commerce Department decision to impose duties on Canadian lumber exports, the foreign ministry said.


U.S. threatens South Sudan action, Russia warns against U.N. measures

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States threatened on Tuesday to take further action against the South Sudan government if it does not end violence and allow United Nations peacekeepers to do their job, but U.N. sanctions are unlikely as Russia has warned against such a move.


U.S. budget chief Mulvaney says CFPB staff should 'disregard' deputy director: memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. budget chief Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday told staff at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to "disregard" instructions from Leandra English, the deputy director, according to a memo.

Olympic Games (2014)

Olympic Doping Diaries: Chemist’s Notes Bolster Case Against Russia

The International Olympic Committee’s decision next week on how to punish Russia will be informed by diaries seen exclusively by The New York Times.


German minister's vote on weed-killer should not happen again: Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said she regretted a conservative minister's vote in favor of an EU proposal to extend the use of a weed-killer against the wishes of a cabinet colleague, adding such incident should not happen again.


New ETF joins fight against sexual harassment in workplace

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new exchange-traded fund is being introduced for investors who want their money kept far away from sexual harassment in the workplace.

Pope avoids mention of Rohingya in Myanmar speech

Pope Francis has avoided referring to Myanmar's persecuted Muslim minority by name in a major speech after meeting the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.


BRIEF-Founders Advantage Capital Reports Q3 EPS Of $0.03


Roy Moore compares accusations against him to Russia probe

Senate candidate Roy Moore said at a campaign event Monday that the sexual allegations he faces are "completely false" and "malicious," and said he doesn't know any of the women levying them.


Billionaire Insys founder can remove ankle monitor: judge

BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc, charged with engaging in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an opioid, won the lifting of a requirement that he wear a GPS-enabled ankle monitor on Monday, which he said interfered with jogging.


Billionaire Insys founder can remove ankle monitor -judge

BOSTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc, charged with engaging in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an opioid, won the lifting of a requirement that he wear a GPS-enabled ankle monitor on Monday, which he said interfered with jogging.

Tumblr's founder is stepping down


Tumblr founder David Karp to step down

(Reuters) - Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp will step down after more than 10 years at the helm of the blogging service, he said on Monday.


U.S. military says conducted air strike against ISIS in Somalia

BOSASO, Somalia (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Monday it had carried out an air strike against Islamic State militants in northeast Somalia, killing one person.


Founder of Germany's failed Schlecker drugstores convicted, children jailed

STUTTGART (Reuters) - The founder of Germany's failed Schlecker drugstore chain got a suspended sentence and his two children got jail terms on Monday for taking money from the company before its collapse.