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Ex-French President Sarkozy: 'I am accused without physical evidence'

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy says there is no evidence to support allegations he illegally accepted money from Libya to finance his 2007 election campaign.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Commuting After the Snowstorm

Thursday: A look at the morning commute, the Affordable Art Fair, and a search for commuter art.

Pink gloves and receipts led police to the Austin bomber

Mark Anthony Conditt recorded a confession and killed himself in a final explosion, ending a wave of package bombings that terrorized Austin for weeks.

Facebook, Texas, China: Your Thursday Briefing

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

Colbert attempts Ruth Bader Ginsburg's workout

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg invites Stephen Colbert to workout.

In Austin, 19 days of terror end with a bomber's final explosion

For 19 days, exploding packages left Austin residents terrorized and police frantically searching for the elusive bomber.

Officials: Airline worker busted with 9 pounds of cocaine taped to legs

A crew member of Fly Jamaica Airways has been arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States, according to a statement by the US Customs and Border Protection.

China: We will hit back if US announces new tariffs

Anderson Cooper to Trump: Where is Putin's nickname?

CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses US President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Politics and Government

After Months of Acrimony, Baghdad Strikes Deal With Kurds

Since Iraq’s Kurds voted for independence last fall, relations with Baghdad have been strained. A new agreement signals warmer ties.

Funerals and Memorials

Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know

A typical American funeral usually involves a few hallmarks we’ve come to expect. But how necessary are those embellishments?

Macron, Emmanuel (1977- )

Op-Ed Contributor: Are the French the New Optimists?

Americans used to be full of hope. No longer.

Trump attorney will appeal judge's decision in Summer Zervos defamation case

President Donald Trump's attorney plans to appeal a New York Supreme Court judge's decision to allow a defamation lawsuit against the President to go forward.


U.S. retailer Best Buy cuts ties with China's Huawei: source

LAS VEGAS/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, will cut ties with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a person familiar with the matter said, amid heightened scrutiny on Chinese tech firms in the United States.


Philippine police say 13 killed in one day of drug busts

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police killed 13 suspected drug dealers and arrested more than 100 people in dozens of anti-narcotics operations on Wednesday in a province north of the capital, its police chief said.


Forty-five countries urge Cambodia to conduct free vote, release opposition leader

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Forty-five countries called on Cambodia on Wednesday to reinstate the main opposition party, release its jailed leader and ensure a July general election is free and fair.

Analysis: The peril lurking in Trump's deepening legal mire

Robert Mueller's Russia investigation looms larger for President Donald Trump every day, but when it comes to legal jeopardy, the President has far more to worry about than just the special counsel.


BlackBerry to provide software for Jaguar Land Rover EVs

March 22 (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and Tata Motors Ltd's Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said on Thursday they reached a licensing agreement to use the Canadian company's software in the luxury car brand's next-generation electric vehicles.


UPDATE 2-Vivendi selling Ubisoft stake for $2.45 bln, ends battle for control

* Ubisoft makes Assassin's Creed, South Park games (Adds details of Tencent investment, bullets)


China Mobile 2017 net profit up 5 percent on boost from 4G subscriber growth

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, on Thursday posted a 5 percent rise in annual net profit, fueled by growth in 4G subscribers.


Facebook scandal could push other tech companies to tighten data sharing

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Big internet companies and small software developers alike are likely to face scrutiny over how they share customer information in the wake of the scandal involving Facebook Inc and the British election consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.


Och-Ziff exec to start new unit under fund giant Millennium -sources

NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) - An Och-Ziff Capital Management executive is leaving the company to run a new firm backed by global investment firm Millennium Management, according to two sources familiar with the matter, the latest move in the commodities fund industry after a turbulent 2017.

Europe Edition: Russia, Facebook, Trains: Your Thursday Briefing

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UPDATE 1-U.S. retailer Best Buy cuts ties with China's Huawei - source

LAS VEGAS/HONG KONG, March 22 (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc , the largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, will cut ties with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a person familiar with the matter said, amid heightened scrutiny on Chinese tech firms in the United States.


Tencent shares slide after revenue miss and margin warning

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings lost almost $20 billion from its market value on Thursday after the Chinese internet giant missed quarterly revenue estimates and warned that planned investments may hurt margins.

Video shows self-driving Uber hit woman

An Arizona woman has died after being struck by a self-driving Uber in Tempe, Arizona. This is the first known fatality of an accident involving a self-driving car.

Republican concedes 8 days after Pennsylvania race

Democrat Conor Lamb announced Wednesday that his Republican opponent, Rick Saccone, has conceded in the close special election last week for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.


Sousa beats Harrison to set up Goffin clash in Miami

(Reuters) - Brazil's Joao Sousa edged American Ryan Harrison 7-6(4) 7-6(4) in first round action at the Miami Open on Wednesday as unseeded players enjoyed a day in the limelight in Florida.


UPDATE 2-Oil firm on surprise U.S. crude inventory draw, OPEC-led cuts

* Ongoing OPEC-led supply restraint has been supporting oil prices


BRIEF-Blackberry And Jaguar Land Rover Sign Collaborative Supply Agreement



Chinese drone maker DJI seeking at least $500 million in pre-IPO funding: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, the world's largest maker of drones for consumers, is in talks with investors for at least $500 million in funding ahead of a planned stock market debut, people with knowledge of the matter said.

YouTube restricts gun videos


UPDATE 1-China calls U.S. repeat abuser of world trade rules

* WTO says U.S. anti-subsidy tariffs partly violated 2014 ruling


ADB signs $250 million loan deal for China geothermal heating

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Asia Development Bank (ADB) said on Thursday it would provide a $250 million loan to Sinopec Green Energy Geothermal Co (SGE) and Iceland's Arctic Green Energy Corp (AGE) to develop clean geothermal heat in smog-prone northern China.


REFILE-Morning News Call - India, March 22

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See Zuckerberg in rare emotional moment

In an interview with CNN's Laurie Segall, Mark Zuckerberg gets emotional when talking about building Facebook into something that his daughters will be proud of him for.


Ex-Minnesota officer charged with murdering Australian a flight risk: prosecutors

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Prosecutors argued on Wednesday that the former Minnesota police officer charged with murdering an unarmed Australian woman in July represents a flight risk and should face high bail.


Dollar on defensive after Fed, trade worries hit shares

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar slipped on Thursday after the Federal Reserve did not signal a faster pace of rate hikes this year while worries about a coming announcement on tariffs from U.S. President Donald Trump dented Asian shares.


Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.

Facebook changes: How will my account be different?

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Peru prosecutors seek to bar president from leaving country: source

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian prosecutors asked a judge late on Wednesday to bar outgoing President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from leaving the country, hours after he resigned in the face of near-certain impeachment, a judiciary source told Reuters.


'Four'easter' pounds U.S. East as Californians wary of mudslides

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. East's fourth major snowstorm this month brought heavy snow on Wednesday, snarling flights and commuter travel, closing schools and triggering emergency declarations in several states.


Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers' access to such information.

It's official: NYC hasn't seen snow like this in 130 years

The snow has been falling all day in New York City.


Crafts retailer Michaels to close all Aaron Brothers stores: source

(Reuters) - Michaels Companies Inc will shut down all of its approximately 100 Aaron Brothers framing and art supplies stores, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, as the largest U.S. crafts retailer grapples with the popularity of online shopping.


South Korea presidential office proposes two-term presidency, lower voting age

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korea presidential office on Thursday proposed a four-year, two-term presidency, as widely expected, saying the current five-year single-term presidency hails from the age of dictatorship.

Zuckerberg: Someone is trying to disrupt midterms

Zuckerberg: 'I'm really sorry'


U.S. spending bill includes bid to solve international email privacy impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal spending bill released late on Wednesday included bipartisan legislation that would amend a decades-old privacy law to clarify that a U.S. warrant seeking data stored overseas is valid in certain circumstances.

Toys 'R' Us liquidation sales are here


Johnson, McIlroy lose on first day of Match Play

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy suffered surprise defeats on Wednesday as the WGC-Dell Match Play got off to a typically unpredictable start in Texas.


North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament to meet in April ahead of inter-Korean summit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, the isolated state's rubber-stamp parliament, will hold a meeting on April 11, the North's state media said on Thursday, just weeks before an historic summit between North and South Korea.


Measure to limit Palestinian aid over 'martyr payments' due to pass U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to sharply reduce the annual $300 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it take steps to stop making what lawmakers described as payments that reward violent crime is set to be passed by the U.S. Congress this week as part of a major spending bill unveiled on Wednesday.


Congress unveils $1.3 trillion spending bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress late on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the government through September, which includes an additional $80 billion in national defense spending but fails to fund some of President Donald Trump's immigration initiatives.

Analysis: Facebook has a problem even Zuckerberg can't solve

Give Mark Zuckerberg credit: He sat for an interview with CNN amid the worst run of media attention ever for the company he founded in a Harvard dorm room 14 years ago.


Texas serial bomber made video confession before blowing himself up: police

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas man who police say carried out a three-week deadly bombing spree made a 25-minute video "confession" on his phone, which authorities recovered after he blew himself up on Wednesday as officers closed in to make an arrest.

Facebook Inc

A Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg About Data Privacy

Facebook’s chief executive spoke with The New York Times about data privacy of users, Cambridge Analytica and the company’s next steps.


MOVES-Twitter, Google security executives to leave companies

March 21 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc's chief security officer Michael Coates said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that he will be leaving the microblogging site.


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UPDATE 5-Peru's president, ensnared in scandals, resigns on eve of impeachment vote

LIMA, March 21 (Reuters) - Peru's center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation on Wednesday after vote-buying allegations ensnared him in a fresh scandal on the eve of an impeachment vote, capping months of political turmoil in one of Latin America's most stable economies.


Endo, others to pay $270.8 mln to resolve Lidoderm U.S. antitrust cases

(Reuters) - Endo International Plc and two other companies have agreed to pay $270.8 million to resolve class action lawsuits alleging Endo paid a generic drug manufacturer to delay launching a cheaper version of its Lidoderm painkiller patch.


Republican concedes to Democrat in close U.S. House race in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican candidate in a close U.S. House of Representatives special election on March 13 in Pennsylvania conceded to his Democratic opponent on Wednesday, cementing a Democratic upset in a long-time Republican area that President Donald Trump handily won in 2016.


UPDATE 7-U.S. Congress unveils $1.3 trillion spending bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress late on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the government through September, which includes an additional $80 billion in national defense spending but fails to fund some of President Donald Trump's immigration initiatives.


BRIEF-Crown Point Says Qtrly Funds Flow From Operations Per Share $0.07



Trump set for China tariff announcement on Thursday, trade war fears grow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on Chinese imports on Thursday, a White House official said, in a move aimed at curbing theft of U.S. technology and likely to trigger retaliation from Beijing and stoke fears of a global trade war.

Zuckerberg: 'I'm really sorry that this happened'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg tells CNN Senior Tech Correspondent Laurie Segall he's sorry about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.


Dollar on defensive after Fed, trade worries nag shares

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar was on the defensive on Thursday after posting its largest loss in two months when the Federal Reserve turned out to be less hawkish than anticipated.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar on defensive after Fed, trade worries nag shares

* Dollar weakens broadly after Fed forecast 2 more hikes in 2018


Arizona police release video of fatal collision with Uber self-driving SUV

TEMPE, Ariz./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Police in Arizona on Wednesday released a short video of a fatal collision between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, as investigators probe the accident that has put new focus on the safety of autonomous vehicles.

Celine Dion cancels Vegas shows due to ear issues

Unlike her heart, three weeks of Celine Dion's Las Vegas shows won't go on.


UPDATE 3-Arizona police release video of fatal collision with Uber self-driving SUV

TEMPE, Ariz./SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 (Reuters) - Police in Arizona on Wednesday released a short video of a fatal collision between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, as investigators probe the accident that has put new focus on the safety of autonomous vehicles.

'The X-Files' marks likely end to search for truth

Warning: The following contains spoilers about "The X-Files" season finale.


UPDATE 3-FBI reminds couriers on suspicious package protocols after Texas bombings

March 21 (Reuters) - The FBI has reminded parcel delivery companies in the United States to follow "established protocols" for handling suspicious packages following a bomb blast at a FedEx Corp sorting facility in Texas, an agency spokeswoman said on Wednesday.


BRIEF-American Media Says Has ‍No Interest In Acquiring Former Time Inc Brands For Sale By Meredith Corp



Government official says GM Korea finds it hard to share information about global strategies

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's vice finance minister said on Thursday there is tension between GM Korea and the Korea Development Bank because the U.S. automaker isn't sharing internal information about the company necessary for the bank to carry out due diligence.


Police say suspected Maryland school shooter used father's gun

(Reuters) - A 17-year-old Maryland high school student used his father's legally purchased handgun to shoot a female student with whom he had been in a recently ended relationship, police said on Wednesday.


Treasury has prepared China investment restriction options: Mnuchin

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday his agency has prepared U.S. investment restrictions on China for President Donald Trump to consider as part of his upcoming announcements on intellectual property actions against Beijing.


EPA chief's security detail joined him on first-class flights, agency tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's private security detail accompanied him on first-class flights, the agency confirmed on Wednesday to U.S. House Democrats, who requested details on his travels amid growing scrutiny of Cabinet members' spending.


Jaguar Land Rover to test self-driving valet parking on Britain's streets

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) was showcasing self-driving valet technology on Britain's streets on Thursday which allows a car to find a space and park itself.


Britain unveils new fintech plans, including cryptocurrencies

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will announce a task force on Thursday to exploit the technology underpinning cryptoassets, such as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as part of new plans to help fintech companies to find more customers.

United States International Relations

How a Witness for Mueller and a Republican Donor Influenced the White House for Gulf Rulers

Hundreds of pages of correspondence between the two men reveal an active effort to cultivate President Trump on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, both American allies.

President Trump tweets typos ... again

Why is President Trump tweeting about castrated sheep? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a flurry of typos.


Meredith to cut about 1,200 jobs, sell some Time publications

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Meredith Corp said on Wednesday it cut about 200 jobs and would lay off another 1,000 as it streamlines its operations following the completion of its Time Inc acquisition.


Last three years hottest on record, severe weather hits 2018: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) - The past three years were the hottest on record and heat waves in Australia, freak Arctic warmth and water shortages in Cape Town are extending harmful weather extremes in 2018, the United Nations said on Thursday.


Chinese paper says China should prepare for military action over Taiwan

BEIJING (Reuters) - A widely read Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday China should prepare for military action over self-ruled Taiwan, and pressure Washington over cooperation on North Korea, after the United States passed a law to boost ties with Taiwan.

New Tesla pay package could make Elon Musk the richest man alive

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Who’s Worse — Trump Lawyers or Their Client?

Here’s help making sense of the president’s legal team.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Suggests Putin May Have Compromising Information on Trump

John O. Brennan said Russia may have compromising information on President Trump, setting off furious speculation about whether the former spy chief was basing that assertion on inside information.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Why Is Trump So Afraid of Russia?

Nary a bad word about Vladimir Putin can the U.S. president find.

Social Media

Users Abandon Facebook After Cambridge Analytica Findings

Patrons of the social network are deleting their profiles in protest over reports that the company allowed a political data firm to harvest private information.

Lawmakers set off tear gas to delay vote

Lawmakers set off tear gas canisters in Kosovo's Parliament in an attempt to prevent the ratification of a border agreement with Montenegro.

United States Politics and Government

F.B.I. Investigated Sessions for Possible Perjury Over Russia Denials

Andrew G. McCabe, whom Mr. Sessions fired last week, authorized the investigation. Mr. Sessions inaccurately testified that he had no contacts with Russians.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Plans to Slap Stiff Tariffs and Investment Restrictions on China

The president, denouncing China’s trade practices, will announce a range of stiff penalties on Chinese imports and investment, sparking concerns of a trade war.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Can Australia Regulate Intra-Office Sex?

A sexual relationship between a minister and a staff member has become a firing offense, like corruption or a conflict of interest.


Manchester United apply to establish professional women's team

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United have applied to the Football Association to establish a professional team in the second tier of the Women's Super League, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.


Red-hot Osaka powers past Serena in Miami

(Reuters) - Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka defeated 23-times grand slam champion Serena Williams 6-3 6-2 in the Miami Open first round on Wednesday, the latest big win for the emerging 20-year-old Japanese player.

4 things Mueller wants to hear from Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has so far discussed with President Donald Trump's lawyers four main topics they want to talk about with the President.

United States Economy

Can the Fed Engineer the Best Economy Since the 1960s? Chairman Powell Is Going to Try

Keeping a strong economy running hot, but not so hot as to risk inflation or a bubble, is the task facing the Fed’s new leader.

Blankenship, Don L

Editorial: G.O.P. Karma in West Virginia

If a man who spent a year in prison for violating mine safety standards wins the Republican Senate primary, it would be just what the party deserves.


Trial of two Boston officials canceled after prosecution dealt setback

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday called off next week's trial of two members of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's administration accused of extorting a music festival production company into using union labor after a court ruling jeopardized the prosecution's case.

United States International Relations

Trump, Defending Call With Putin, Attacks ‘Crazed’ Media and His Predecessors

The president argued that the conversation in which he congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin could help relations with Russia and, in turn, national security interests.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s Talk Worries Me, Like the Talk Before the Iraq War

His cavalier approach reminds me of Cheney’s 15 years ago.


French civil servants, rail staff strike in test for Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - Teachers, hospital nurses, train conductors and airline controllers will walk off the job and take to the streets across France on Thursday in a test of public anger with President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive.

Analyst says Trump should worry about Zervos case

Donald Trump's attorney says he intends to appeal a judge's decision to allow the defamation lawsuit against Trump to go forward. The suit was filed by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos and alleges Trump defamed her after she publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2007. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Getting Sick Can Be Really Expensive, Even for the Insured

Beyond medical costs, a trip to the hospital can mean a permanent reduction in income for many Americans, new research shows.

Biden meets with 'Blue Collar' Democrats on the Hill

Former Vice President Joe Biden was back on Capitol Hill meeting with Democrats on Wednesday ahead of the midterm elections, attempting to bridge a divide in his party between progressives and blue-collar voters.


Longtime U.S. AIDS researcher picked to run CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Longtime AIDS researcher Dr. Robert Redfield will be the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday.

Trump's calls should be secret, but congratulating Putin is like praising boots when they crush ants

The revelation that President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his, um, hard fought re-election has set off a firestorm of criticism -- from a Twitter scolding by Sen. John McCain on the right to reproach by foreign policy experts connected to former Vice-President Joe Biden on the left.

Lawmaker slams Trump on Senate floor

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) says President Donald Trump's decision to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election win was "foolhardy" and weakened the United States.

Vermont on track to be the only state that has never sent a woman to Congress

Once Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi is sworn in as a US senator, there will be only one state remaining that has never sent a woman to either chamber in Congress -- Vermont.


Dutch approve spy agency tapping powers in referendum: exit poll

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch voters on Wednesday approved a referendum granting spy agencies the power to install bulk taps on Internet traffic, even as news of Facebook's 50 million user profile leak returned digital privacy issues to the fore.

Fox News analyst's stunning note hit network 'like a bombshell'


Meredith Says It Intends to Sell Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money

The magazines, some of the most celebrated titles in the industry, clashed with the lifestyle publications favored by Meredith, which bought Time Inc. last year.

New York's primary is shaping up to be a blockbuster

"Only in New York, kids, only in New York."

Austin, Facebook, Nor’Easter: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

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

United States Politics and Government

Efforts to Secure Elections Moving Too Slow, Senators Tell Homeland Security Chief

“When I listen to your testimony, I hear no sense of urgency to really get on top of this issue,” one member of the Senate Intelligence Committee told Kirstjen Nielsen.

Asia and Australia Edition: Austin, North Korea, Cambridge Analytica: Your Thursday Briefing

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

United States International Relations

Over 20 People Were at the Table When Trump Met the Saudis. None Were Women.

Photos from Tuesday’s meeting show that the dynamics at the table remained relatively unchanged — even amid White House staff shake-ups — and male.


Fed lifts rates, signals tougher stance as economy strengthens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday and forecast at least two more hikes for 2018, highlighting its growing confidence that tax cuts and government spending will boost the economy and inflation and spur more aggressive future tightening.

He called his congressman and dropped an F-bomb. It got complicated from there.

Noah Christensen admits he could have used better language when he called his congressman's office and used the F-word to demand action on gun control.

Corporate Taxes

Targeting Tech Giants, Europe Unveils Digital Tax Proposal

The plan would create a system where digital businesses in Europe would have to pay taxes on their revenues, rather than their profits, to curb tax avoidance.

Opinion: I ditched Facebook in 2013, and it's been fine

You can ditch Facebook. It's OK. You will survive. And not only will you get through it, but your life will get better.


BRIEF-Granite Awarded $51 Mln Road And Bridge Rehabilitation Project In Alaska



BRIEF-Wells Fargo Bank Increases Prime Rate To 4.75 Pct

* WELLS FARGO BANK INCREASES PRIME RATE TO 4.75 PERCENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Zuckerberg says Facebook made mistakes on user data, vows curbs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that his company made mistakes in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers' access to such information.

Odebrecht SA

Peru’s President Offers Resignation in Vote-Buying Scandal

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in office since 2016, was battered by secretly recorded tapes showing votes being exchanged for money and favors.


BRIEF-Bechtel Makes $50 Mln Investment In Tellurian

* TELLURIAN - ‍ INVESTMENT HAS IMPLIED TELLURIAN COMMON SHARE PRICE OF $8.16 PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Keycorp Raises Prime Lending Rate To 4.75 Pct

* KEYCORP RAISES ITS PRIME LENDING RATE TO 4.75 PERCENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-UPS To Invest $500 Mln In Canada And Create More Than 1,000 New Jobs



Is Your E-ZPass the Key to Congestion Pricing?

A Manhattan congestion plan faces not only political challenges but also divisions over whether E-ZPass is the right technology to make it a reality.


BRIEF-Aethlon Medical Participates In Informational Meeting With FDA​


New CDC director named

Dr. Robert Redfield has been selected as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.


BRIEF-Sidus Investment Management And BLR Partners Issue Statement In Response To Acacia Research Corp



BRIEF-M&T Increases Prime Rate

* M&T BANK CORP - EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, M&T BANK WILL INCREASE ITS PRIME LENDING RATE FROM 4.50% TO 4.75% Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Plane taking freed Nigerian schoolgirls to capital Abuja: Reuters witness

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A plane carrying scores of Nigerian schoolgirls freed by Islamist Boko Haram militants on Wednesday has taken off from Maiduguri for the capital Abuja, a Reuters witness reported.


BRIEF-Tecsys Announces Resignation Of CFO



BRIEF-TransAtlantic Petroleum Q4 Loss Per Share $0.09 From Cont Ops



Miss Venezuela pageant to probe contestants' ethics after social media feud

CARACAS (Reuters) - The Miss Venezuela beauty pageant said on Wednesday it will investigate possible unethical conduct by its contestants following a vitriolic social media spat that saw former participants accusing each other of inappropriate behavior.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

AIDS Researcher Robert R. Redfield Named to Lead the C.D.C.

Dr. Redfield, a Baltimore AIDS researcher and advocate for medication-assisted therapies to treat addiction, will take over the public health agency.


Slack Technologies builds engineering team to combat outages

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Collaboration software provider Slack Technologies Inc is building a safety engineering team that will develop methods to help reduce the disruptions that have been more frequent on Slack's service than rival systems, the company told Reuters.


France's Sarkozy told he suspected of taking Gaddafi election money

NANTERRE, France (Reuters) - French former president Nicolas Sarkozy was told after two days in custody on Wednesday that he is being formally treated as a suspect as magistrates investigate claims his 2007 election campaign got funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.


Senate passes bill to penalize websites for sex trafficking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at penalizing website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking, chipping away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry.


Stocks end modestly lower after Fed hikes rates; energy up

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Wednesday, with major indexes giving up gains in choppy trade after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates, while a strong gain in the energy space helped limit losses.


Reckitt Benckiser pulls out of Pfizer consumer health auction

(Reuters) - British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser Group said on Wednesday it had ended discussions with Pfizer Inc over buying its consumer healthcare business, a day before the U.S. drug company was expecting binding offers for the unit.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

While Putin Meddles, Trump Congratulates Him

Punishing Russia for election interference is not a partisan issue.

Lawyer: Sessions no longer under investigation for perjury

In response to an ABC News report that dismissed FBI official Andrew McCabe oversaw an investigation in whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Congress about his contacts with a top Russian diplomat, Sessions' attorney confirmed that he is no longer under investigation for perjury related to statements made at his confirmation hearing.


Deere & Co fears hit from Trump tariffs, retaliation: CEO

GRANADERO BAIGORRIA, Argentina (Reuters) - U.S. tractor maker Deere & Co is bracing for a negative financial impact from U.S. tariffs on steel imports and worries that retaliatory tariffs on American agricultural exports could follow, Chief Executive Samuel Allen told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

Many Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students stayed home today -- for many reasons

Nearly 20% of the student population didn't show up Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after two fellow students were charged with bringing weapons to campus, another made a threat of violence on social media and a security guard was found asleep in his car.


Hamas says searching for suspect in attack on Palestinian PM

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas said on Wednesday it was searching for a prime suspect in a bomb attack last week on the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza.

Democrats get high turnout in Illinois

The primaries in Illinois on Tuesday night were, for the most part melodramatic -- some big names got scares but there were no major upsets.


'Four'easter' storm pounds U.S. East, states declare emergencies

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. East's fourth major snowstorm this month swept through the region with heavy snow and high winds on Wednesday, snarling flights and commuter travel, closing schools and triggering emergency declarations in New York City and New Jersey.

Facebook CEO issues a statement five days after a data scandal engulfed his social media empire


Gluten-free diet may still allow harmful levels of exposure

(Reuters Health) - Carefully following a gluten-free diet might not protect people with celiac disease from exposure to potentially harmful amounts of gluten, new findings suggest.


EU's Tusk confirms Brexit transition offer to London

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will on Friday offer Britain a Brexit transition deal, the summit chair Donald Tusk said - but the deal will only be finalized if London honours its commitments on the Irish border and Gibraltar.


Trump supports massive U.S. funding bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, in talks with congressional leaders on Wednesday, backed a $1.3 trillion spending bill meant to avert a U.S. government shutdown, even though it is expected to exclude some of his specific immigration-related funding requests.


U.S. lawmakers want China's Confucius Institutes to register as foreign agents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they want China's Confucius Institute cultural centers in the United States to register as foreign agents, and to require all U.S. universities to disclose major gifts from foreign sources.

Fred Savage accused of on-set harassment and battery

A costume department employee who worked on the now-canceled Fox series "The Grinder" has accused actor Fred Savage of harassment, discrimination and assault and battery.


In Canada, driverless cars learn to see in the snow

STRATFORD, Ontario (Reuters) - A Canadian town known for its annual theater festival is emerging as a hub of "snowtonomous" research, as automakers face demands to produce self-driving cars that can perform in snow and sleet.

Inside the Trump campaign's ties with Cambridge Analytica

Top Trump campaign brass spent the summer of 2016 grappling with how to build a digital operation for the general election and came upon a possible solution: Cambridge Analytica.


Treasury's Mnuchin says has prepared investment restrictions on China

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday his agency has worked on U.S. investment restrictions on China for President Donald Trump to consider as part of his decisions on intellectual property actions against Beijing.

Social Media

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Bolster Privacy Amid Cambridge Analytica Crisis

In his first public statements concerning a data privacy scandal, Mr. Zuckerberg said “there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”


Devolved UK parliaments pass bills to keep current powers after Brexit

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain's devolved parliaments in Scotland and Wales on Wednesday approved bills that aim to keep their current powers unchanged after Brexit, a backstop in case a dispute with Prime Minister Theresa May's government drags on.


Meredith plans to cut about 1,200 jobs, sell some Time publications

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Meredith Corp , which completed the acquisition of Time Inc in January, said on Wednesday it has cut around 200 jobs and plans to lay off 1,000 more over the next 10 months.


Cryptocurrency issuers clean up, shun U.S. investors as SEC gets tough

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tech start-ups that issue digital tokens to raise funds are falling in line with U.S. securities laws or seeking legal ways to skirt them after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it planned to regulate the market.

Senator calls on Zuckerberg to testify before Congress

Zuckerberg to face questions in CNN TV exclusive at 9 p.m. ET


United CEO acknowledges airline's mistake in puppy's death

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The head of United Airlines acknowledged on Wednesday that the carrier had made a mistake last week when a French bulldog puppy died on a United flight after a cabin attendant forced the dog's owner to stow it in an overhead bin.

How your data makes Facebook billions

Everything you do on Facebook helps the company know you better. Advertisers pay big bucks for those insights. But what happens when that data falls into the wrong hands?

Cambridge Analytica weaponizes 'Crooked Hillary'

Analysis: It's not just that Trump was told DO NOT CONGRATULATE, it's that everyone else was too

The fact that President Donald Trump either didn't read or ignored a warning in his briefing papers not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on a phone call between the two men Tuesday is a sexy story. But, it is not the real story here.


Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Russia's Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.


Texas bombing suspect blows self up on roadside as police close in

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The man accused of carrying out a three-week bombing spree that killed two people in Texas before blowing himself up as police closed in on him was a 23-year-old unemployed man from suburban Austin, authorities said on Wednesday.

Austin killer used pipe bombs, source says

The devices used in the Austin and San Antonio-area explosions were pipe bombs with batteries and smokeless powder and were constructed with materials found in a hardware or sporting goods store, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.


If you want to find Nemo, you may need SoFi, the robotic fish

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When exploring marine environments, underwater robots tend to be a bull trout in a china shop, disturbing marine life with their bulk and disruptive propulsion. Enter SoFi, the soft, agile robotic fish with a delicate demeanor.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Op-Ed Contributor: The Refugees in New York’s Hotel Rooms

Puerto Ricans like me are stranded here. It can hardly be called living; it’s barely surviving.


Op-Ed Contributor: An End to the Class vs. Race Debate

A new study rebuts the belief that if we address class issues, we can fix racism.

Democrats plan crackdown on booming stock buybacks


House panel passes bill handing Federal Reserve control over 'Volcker Rule'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to name the Federal Reserve as the primary regulator for the "Volcker Rule," which bars banks from speculative trading.

United States Economy

Fed Raises Interest Rates for Sixth Time Since Financial Crisis

The Federal Reserve, buoyed by a strengthening economy, raised rates for a sixth time in three years and indicated another two increases are still expected this year.


What the Federal Reserve rate hike means for U.S. households

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The effects of the Federal Reserve interest rate hike announced on Wednesday will extend beyond corporate America to household budgets.

EPA spent $30,000-plus on security detail for Administrator Scott Pruitt's Italy trip

New documents show the Environmental Protection Agency spent more than $30,000 on security detail for Administrator Scott Pruitt's overseas trip to Italy last year.

Biden: I'd 'beat the hell' out of Trump if in school

Former Vice President Joe Biden said he disliked Donald Trump's comments about women so much that he would have "beat the hell" out of him if they were still in high school.

Not worried about Russia? You should be now

United States Politics and Government

Congressional Leaders Near Deal on Over $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Lawmakers must approve the bill by midnight Friday to avoid a government shutdown this weekend, which would be the third closure this year.


Chevron says it will not dispute climate science in U.S. lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Chevron attorney said in court on Wednesday that the company supports scientific conclusions that humans are causing climate change, a response to a lawsuit that accuses five major energy producers of misleading the public for years about their role in global warming.


WADA President confident on Russia despite apparent impasse

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie said changing circumstances made him confident Russia would become compliant with international anti-doping standards despite an apparent impasse.

Hawking, Stephen W

Stephen Hawking to Be Interred at Westminster Abbey

The cosmologist’s ashes will be buried there later this year, near a few legendary scientists like Darwin and Newton.

United States Politics and Government

Borrowing G.O.P. Playbook, Democratic States Sue the Government and Rack Up Wins

Democratic attorneys general are suing the Trump administration, just as their Republican counterparts sued the Obama administration. Each side has scored victories.


Shoe inserts may not help plantar heel pain

(Reuters Health) - Mass-produced shoe inserts available on drugstore shelves and customized orthotics may not work for plantar heel pain, a research review suggests.


Deadly Texas blast suspect was quiet, home-schooled

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The quiet, home-schooled son of a local couple that sold Amway products is suspected of staging a three-week deadly bombing campaign that gripped the Texas capital of Austin.


U.S. infant mortality high even for full-term babies

(Reuters Health) - Infant mortality rates for full-term babies vary across the U.S., but all states are worse than many European countries, a new study suggests.


Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet

(Reuters) - British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally.


'Sound of Music,' 'Rumours' albums deemed U.S. national treasures

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack from "The Sound of Music," Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album "Rumours" and the 1984 song "Footloose" were among 25 recordings deemed national treasures on Wednesday and worthy of preserving by the U.S. Library of Congress.

Religion and Belief

Doctored Photo Prompts a Keeper of the Pope’s Image to Step Down

Msgr. Dario Vigano resigned as the head of Vatican communications after an embarrassing attempt to manipulate a letter written by the retired pope, Benedict.

Analysis: We keep learning more about what Trump allies did to get him elected

The Russia investigation, the Cambridge Analytica developments and a triptych of lawsuits concerning the President's pre-presidential relationships with and treatment of women don't have anything specifically to do with one other -- other than all of them were part of the effort to elect Trump.

Starbucks turns to public for ideas on a better cup

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

In Brexit Give-and-Take, Britain Gives and the E.U. Takes

European leaders are expected to approve a deal to avoid a “cliff-edge” departure. But Brexit supporters are angry at policy retreats from London.


Lens: Capturing Photos of Corporate Office Life in 1970s America

A photographer set out to portray the cookie-cutter culture of corporate America's bygone days.


U.S. investment trusts gobble assets; retirement plans retreat from active funds

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. retirement plans pumped billions of dollars into investment trusts last year, helping asset managers offset some of the heavy cash outflows from their pricier actively managed...