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Cyril Ramaphosa Wins A.N.C. Leadership Battle in South Africa

The wealthy businessman and former Mandela protégé is now in position to succeed Jacob Zuma as president of the country.

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South Africa's Ramaphosa wins election as ANC president

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress on Monday in a close-run vote that will set the direction for the country and the scandal-plagued party that has ruled since the end of apartheid.

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BRIEF-IRobot Announces Agreement With Black & Decker In Patent Dispute

* IROBOT ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH BLACK & DECKER IN PATENT DISPUTE

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Blackout hits parts of Venezuelan capital Caracas

CARACAS (Reuters) - A blackout hit parts of the Venezuelan capital Caracas as well as the nearby states of Miranda and Vargas on Monday, state-run electricity company Corpoelec said, adding that authorities were working to restore service.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Federal Judge Alex Kozinski Retires Abruptly After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Mr. Kozinski, an appeals court judge in California for 32 years, had been accused of misconduct by multiple women.

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BRIEF-Valmet: BlackRock Holds More Than 5 Percent In Company

* BLACKROCK, INC HOLDS MORE THAN 5 PERCENT IN COMPANY Source text: http://bit.ly/2ATmB8A Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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Lead singer of South Korean boy band SHINee dies in possible suicide

SEOUL (Reuters) - The lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee died in hospital on Monday in a possible suicide that robs fans of the globally-famous K-Pop genre of one of its biggest stars.

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U.S. appeals judge steps down amid harassment inquiry

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

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Judge Alex Kozinski, accused of sexual misconduct, resigns

A well-known federal judge has resigned Monday after multiple former clerks and junior staffers came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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

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

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South Sudan rebels accuse army of attack as peace talks restart

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels accused the government army of attacking one of their bases overnight as a new round of peace talks between the warring sides opened in the Ethiopian capital on Monday.

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South Africa ANC vote too close to call, markets on edge

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ANC began counting ballots on Monday to determine who will lead the party which has ruled since the end of apartheid but is tarnished by scandals and allegations of corruption.

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CME's Black Sea wheat, corn futures open for trading

PARIS, Dec 18 (Reuters) - CME Group's Black Sea wheat futures attracted trade on their debut session on Monday.

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Lead singer of South Korean boy band Shinee dies: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - The lead singer of South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, several news outlets including the Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information.

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Republican Party, Atlanta Airport, Carolina Panthers: Your Monday Briefing

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

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Lead singer for South Korean boy band Shinee dies: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - The lead singer for South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information.

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UPDATE 1-South Korea's GS Caltex buys rare Canadian crude cargo for Feb

* GS Caltex trying out heavy crude from Canada -source (Adds comment, shipment details)

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South Korea's GS Caltex buys rare Canadian crude grade for Feb

* South Korean refiner GS Caltex Corp has bought a rare cargo of Cold Lake crude, the company's first purchase in more than two decades of this Canadian oil grade, a company spokesman said on Monday

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South Africa's ANC votes to elect successor for party leader Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Battle lines were drawn for South Africa's ANC on Monday as voting began to elect a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but faced scandals and corruption allegations.

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Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska.

Football nytimes.com

Jerry Richardson Will Sell Carolina Panthers Amid Misconduct Allegations

In a statement that made no reference to the accusations he faces, Richardson said he would sell the team after this season.

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South Korea trade ministry says ready to begin renegotiating U.S. trade pact

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's trade ministry said on Monday it had reported to parliament a plan to renegotiate the 2012 free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States after President Donald Trump threatened earlier this year to scrap the accord unless it was revised.

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South Africa's ANC votes to elect leader to replace scandal-ridden Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ANC delegates started voting early on Monday to elect a leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but has faced scandals and corruption allegations.

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When the lights went out: 'Completely pitch black' at airport

Travelers stranded on planes on the tarmac for hours. Darkness in the terminal. Passengers guiding their cautious steps by the flashlights on their phone.

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Insurgents burn bus in southern Thailand

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Armed insurgents stopped and torched a Bangkok-bound passenger bus on a highway in southern Thailand on Sunday, police said.

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South Africa's ANC set to elect leader to replace scandal-ridden Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ANC is set to elect a successor to President Jacob Zuma in a leadership vote by a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but lost its luster in a welter of scandal and corruption allegations.

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North Korea threat on agenda when South Korean foreign minister visits Japan

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's foreign minister will visit Japan this week to meet her Japanese counterpart, the foreign ministry said on Sunday, with Seoul and Tokyo seeking to boost cooperation over the handling of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

environmentNews reuters.com

Mudslide in southern Chile kills five, at least 15 missing

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A mudslide on Saturday tore through a small village in southern Chile near a popular national park, leaving five people dead and at least 15 missing after a night of torrential downpours, authorities said.

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Mudslide in southern Chile kills three; 15 others missing

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A mudslide tore through a small village near a popular national park in southern Chile on Saturday, leaving three people dead and 15 missing after a night of torrential downpours, authorities said.

Space and Astronomy nytimes.com

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

The shadowy program began in 2007 and was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, who has had a longtime interest in space phenomena.

Blacks nytimes.com

Opinion: Don’t Just Thank Black Women. Follow Us.

White women’s votes show that gender unity in Democratic politics is a myth. You know where to look for real leadership.

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NEWSMAKER-South Africa's nearly man Ramaphosa may lead country at last

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 16 (Reuters) - The nearly man of South African politics, Cyril Ramaphosa, is at last in with a chance of becoming president after being overlooked for years.

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Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.

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South Africa to increase spending on higher education: Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

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Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border to South Korea has been transferred to a military hospital, a South Korean intelligence official said on Saturday.

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North Korean hackers behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, South Korean newspaper reports

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's spy agency said North Korean hackers were behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges this year in which some 7.6 billion won ($6.99 million) worth of cryptocurrencies were stolen, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

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U.S. rights group files for abortion access for two more immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said it filed in federal court on Friday to stop the administration of President Donald Trump from preventing two more young immigrant women in federal custody from obtaining an abortion.

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Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma in tight race to lead South Africa's ruling ANC

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds an election this weekend - seen as too close to call - to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader, with the winner also likely to become the next president.

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Family sues retailer for sale of gun used in Texas church massacre

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The family of a woman and two children killed when a gunman opened fire in a rural Texas church has sued the store that sold the assault rifle used in the deadliest mass murder in the state's history, lawyers said on Friday.

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Honduran politician sentenced to three years in U.S. for money laundering

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A member of a prominent Honduran family who once served in the nation’s cabinet was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to a U.S. money laundering charge.

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N.J. nuclear power subsidy bill could cost $320 million per year

(Reuters) - Three state senators in New Jersey sponsored a bill that could cost electric ratepayers about $320 million a year to subsidize nuclear reactors that could otherwise be closed.

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Weinstein denies blacklisting actresses Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein on Friday denied barring actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from working on the movie adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" or blacklisting them from further projects.

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Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate antitrust panel, urged the subcommittee on Friday to hold a hearing on Walt Disney Co's plan to buy a number of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc businesses.

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UPDATE 1-Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate antitrust panel, urged the subcommittee on Friday to hold a hearing on Walt Disney Co's plan to buy a number of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc businesses.

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Former cell phone company executive convicted of text message scam

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Friday found the former chief executive of mobile aggregation company Mobile Messenger guilty of defrauding mobile phone customers by charging them millions of dollars for unwanted text messages.

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Student borrowers under most stress in New York City's poorest areas

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's poorest neighborhoods are home to the city's student borrowers under the most stress, according to a central bank report released on Friday showing "troublingly high" loan default and delinquency rates mainly in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

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Judge blocks Trump administration rule on contraceptive coverage

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Russell Simmons, R. Kelly, and Why Black Women Can’t Say #MeToo

When your community fights for the people who terrorized you, it means your pain is not a priority.

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Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings.

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U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Thought Freestyles for 10 Minutes and 11 More New Songs

Hear the most notable new music out this week, from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamildrops team-up with the Decemberists to a Thelonious Monk reissue.

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Penn State's 'shocking apathy' to drinking blamed in hazing death

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse contributed to the death of a student after he consumed 18 drinks in less than an hour and a half during a fraternity initiation, according a report issued on Friday.

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Utah lawmaker invites retailer Patagonia to testify in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House natural resources committee chairman on Friday invited outdoor retailer Patagonia's CEO to testify before the panel after the company criticized the Trump administration's decision to drastically reduce two national monuments in Utah.

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What happened when a Klansman met a black man in Charlottesville

Daryl Davis' home is filled with memories of the days he has spent with the Ku Klux Klan.

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'Shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse at Penn State: grand jury

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse permitted crimes that led to the fraternity hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a grand jury found on Friday.

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Penn State showed 'shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse, grand jury says

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse permitted crimes that led to the fraternity hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a grand jury found on Friday.

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U.S. court dismisses $3 billion suit against Deutsche Bank by Jewish family heirs

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A U.S. district court in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit by the heirs of a prominent Jewish family seeking $3 billion from Deutsche Bank.

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BRIEF-Blackhawk Network Announces Sale Of Grass Roots Meetings & Events

* BLACKHAWK NETWORK ANNOUNCES SALE OF GRASS ROOTS MEETINGS & EVENTS

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France cautious over U.S. 'evidence' on Iran weaponry in Yemen

PARIS (Reuters) - France reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions.

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Omarosa: It was lonely being a black woman in the White House

Former Trump aide and reality television star Omarosa Manigault spoke out about a lack of diversity in the White House on ABC's "Nightline."

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South African regulator probes conduct of Steinhoff auditors

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) is investigating Steinhoff's auditor following the retail group's disclosure of accounting irregularities, it said on Friday.

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Pennsylvania grand jury to report on fraternity hazing death

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A long-awaited grand jury report about fraternity hazing at Pennsylvania State University was set to be unveiled on Friday, 10 months after the death of Timothy Piazza, 19, during an alcohol-fueled initiation ritual.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Can Black Voters Turn the South Blue?

Doug Jones’ victory shows the importance of investing in African-American turnout.

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Russian court finds ex-minister Ulyukayev guilty of taking a bribe - judge

MOSCOW, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday found ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev guilty of taking a bribe.

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South Korea's Kakao to issue GDRs of up to $1 billion for M&A

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean messaging app service provider Kakao Corp said on Friday it is targeting raising up to $1 billion overseas for use in global mergers and acquisitions.

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South Africa's governing ANC to announce party leader on Sunday

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) will announce current president Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday as it looks to conclude a bruising leadership battle and focus on policy, a party spokesman told radio station 702 on Friday.

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Moves in South Korea to make cryptocurrency trading more transparent

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.

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

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

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South Korea blockchain association announces virtual currency transparency measures

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.

Blacks nytimes.com

Democrats Draw Vivid Lesson From Alabama: Mobilize Black Voters

Doug Jones’s victory on Tuesday was a measure of the big benefits Democrats enjoy when they put more resources into reaching black and other minority voters.

United States Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

U.S. Accuses Iran of U.N. Violation, but Evidence Falls Short

American officials showcased weapons thought to be used by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen but failed to show how they proved Iran violated an international agreement.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Editorial: Who Will Judge the Judge?

Judge Alex Kozinski has been sexually harassing his female clerks and other employees for years.

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White nationalist charged with first-degree murder in Virginia car killing: media

(Reuters) - A white nationalist accused of killing a 32-year old woman when he plowed his car into a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday, local media reported.

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New York woman charged with laundering money to help Islamic State

(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said Thursday that they had charged a Long Island, New York woman with laundering more than $85,000 in fraudulently obtained money through Bitcoin to help Islamic State.

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New York, New Jersey commit $3.65 billion to fund tunnel project

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey on Thursday committed $1.75 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively, to fund a new rail tunnel underneath New York's Hudson River, part of an urgent program to expand and renovate Amtrak's aging and heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line.

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While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday.

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Two dead, several wounded in stabbing in southern Dutch city Maastricht: police

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - At least two people were killed and several others wounded by stabbings in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht on Thursday evening, police said.

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Southwest Airlines would use tax savings on planes, share buybacks

NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co would use savings from a potential cut to the U.S. corporate tax rate to buy new planes and fund share buybacks, Chief Executive Gary Kelly said on Thursday.

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Nephews of Venezuela's first lady sentenced to 18 years in U.S. drug case

(Reuters) - Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday following their convictions in New York on drug trafficking charges.

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One dead, several injured in stabbing in southern Dutch city Maastricht: police

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - One person was killed and several others injured in a stabbing incident in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht on Thursday evening, police said.

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U.S. states sue Trump administration for not granting student-loan relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration is breaking the law in not granting loan relief to students defrauded by Corinthian Colleges and other defunct for-profit schools, according to four U.S. state attorneys general who sued the Education Department and Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday.

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Leadership of New York Times passes to next-generation Sulzberger

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Times on Thursday named a new publisher in 37-year-old A.G. Sulzberger, a fifth-generation descendant of Times leaders whose internal report on innovation has guided a newspaper known as "The Gray Lady" into the digital era.

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In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iran weaponry from Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions.

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Turkish banker expected to testify in Iran sanctions trial in New York

(Reuters) - Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker accused of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions, plans to testify in his own defense at his trial in New York, his lawyers said Thursday.

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EPA seeks input to rework rule on lead in drinking water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will seek input from state and local officials as it considers how to rework a 1991 rule meant to protect people from lead and copper contamination in drinking water.

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In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iranian weaponry from Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions.

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Crime data in Native American tribal lands 'virtually useless': watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department does not adequately collect or use crime statistics from Native American tribes, a problem that has left the department with stale and "virtually useless" crime data, according to a new internal watchdog report released on Thursday.

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Train collides with school bus in southern France: local townhall

PARIS (Reuters) - A train collided with a school bus outside the town of Perpignan in southern France on Thursday and emergency services were at the scene, a local official said.

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Drone operator caused U.S. Army helicopter collision: safety board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A September collision between a small civilian drone and a U.S. Army helicopter was caused by the drone operator's failure to see the helicopter because he was intentionally flying the drone out of visual range, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 4-South Africa's Sibanye-Stillwater to be No. 2 platinum miner with Lonmin buy

* Lonmin underperforms peers: http://bit.ly/2zbL36M (Adds deal detail, updates shares)

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: North vs South, That Fading Rivalry

Thursday: A debate over NorCal versus SoCal, fire-resistant Getty Center, waiting for rain, Tavis Smiley show suspended and finally, Jewish humor for Christmas.

Nuclear Tests nytimes.com

South Korea’s Leader, Meeting Xi Jinping, Seeks ‘New Start’ With China

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea was working to end an unofficial trade war over his country’s antimissile system.

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UPDATE 2-South Korea's Moon tries K-Pop and TV stars in China charm offensive

* Charm offensive includes K-Pop and TV stars (Adds memorandum on trade agreement)

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UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales

LONDON (Reuters) - British shoppers pounced on electrical goods and other Black Friday bargains last month, giving an unexpectedly big boost to retail sales, which contrasted with earlier signs of a subdued start to Christmas spending.

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UPDATE 1-UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales

* Retail sales +1.6 pct yy, beats all forecasts in Reuters poll * Black Friday promotion boosted household goods sales * Economists split on signals for broader economy * Bank of England announcement due at 1200 GMT (Updates with reaction from economists and markets) By David Milliken and William Schomberg LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - British shoppers pounced on electrical goods and other Black Friday bargains last month, giving an unexpectedly big boost to retail sales,

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UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales: ONS

LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales grew much faster than expected last month as shoppers took advantage of Black Friday bargains, official figures showed on Thursday, contrasting with more downbeat industry surveys.

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South Africa's Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment: local media

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed an appeal against a court ruling that his appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid, local media reported on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Blocktrade: Alphamin ‍Confirms Close Of South African Private Placement

* ‍CONFIRMS THAT SOUTH AFRICAN PRIVATE PLACEMENT CLOSED AT 12:00 ON 11 DECEMBER 2017​

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South Korea prosecutors seek four-year jail term for Lotte group chief

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's prosecutors are seeking a four-year jail term for Lotte Group chief Shin Dong-bin, the corporate group's spokesman said by telephone on Thursday.

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U.S. executions edge up in 2017 but stay at decades' low: study

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. executions and new death sentences rose slightly in 2017 from a year ago but remained the lowest in decades as capital punishment has declined in the country, a survey released on Thursday showed.

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How black voters boosted Doug Jones to victory in Alabama

In the closing days of Alabama's rancorous special US Senate election between Doug Jones and Roy Moore, a procession of black politicians and celebrities descended on the state.

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Opinion: How Black women saved democracy

America, you were in danger, girl.

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South Korea's Moon tries K-Pop and TV stars in China charm offensive

SEOUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will unveil an array of TV talent and K-Pop celebrities at events, including a state dinner, in China on Thursday as he attempts to smooth out a year of difficult diplomacy with a star-laden charm offensive.

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BRIEF-Denso, Blackberry partner to develop Integrated Automobile HMI Platform

* DENSO AND BLACKBERRY PARTNER TO DEVELOP WORLD’S FIRST INTEGRATED AUTOMOBILE HMI PLATFORM

Blacks nytimes.com

Voices From Alabama: Black Women Who Voted for Doug Jones

Exit polling shows 98 percent of female African-American voters supported Doug Jones in the Senate election in Alabama. We spoke to some of them to learn what was so important to them in this election.

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Ex-New York town official sentenced to two-and-half years for bond fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former elected official of a New York City suburb was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison on Wednesday following his conviction in what U.S. prosecutors have called the first criminal securities fraud case brought over municipal bonds.

Voter Registration and Requirements nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Black Voters to Democrats: You’re Welcome

If they want to win more elections, they need to integrate black voters into the heart and soul of the party.

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Accused N.Y. bomber's family says attack 'our worst nightmare'

DHAKA (Reuters) - Zulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would live the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi living in the United States, but that dream turned into a nightmare when the family saw pictures of her husband wounded after allegedly trying to set off a bomb in a crowded New York commuter hub.

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After Alabama upset, Democrats see new prospects in U.S. South

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The solidly Republican South suddenly looks a little less solid.

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U.S. judge orders accused New York bomber detained ahead of trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub will remain in federal custody while he awaits trial on charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

cnn.com

Ex-House speaker can't be alone with kids, judge rules

Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert is banned from having contact with anyone under 18 unless an adult is present who's aware that he pleaded guilty in a hush money case related to the sexual abuse of teen boys, according to new restrictions imposed by a federal judge.

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U.S. sanctions two Africans over ivory, weapons trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday blacklisted two people it said supported the outlawed Lord's Resistance Army in Central African Republic through the illegal trade in ivory, weapons and money aimed at fueling conflict in the region.

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Three men to plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

(Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men have agreed to plead guilty to computer crimes related to the creation and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court documents.

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N.Y. power seen sufficient after Indian Point nuclear retirement: report

(Reuters) - New York's power grid operator said on Wednesday the state should have enough electricity after the closure of two reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2020 and 2021, as new sources of mostly natural gas-fired generation enter service.

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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.

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

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

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

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Why Black Voters Backed Doug Jones: ‘It’s a Matter of Character for Us’

Turned off by Roy S. Moore, Stephen K. Bannon and President Trump, African-Americans turned out at levels that ensured victory for the Democratic Senate candidate.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

China Names and Shames Tech Tycoon With Debt Blacklist

The ambitious head of an embattled tech company is the latest casualty of China’s efforts to rein in irresponsible borrowing through public humiliation.

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BRIEF-Blackrock To Support Chairman Donald Brydon In London Stock Exchange-TCI Row- Source

* BLACKROCK TO SUPPORT CHAIRMAN DONALD BRYDON IN LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE-TCI ROW- SOURCE Further company coverage:

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Black voters turned out for Doug Jones

Black voters in Alabama -- particularly black women -- voted overwhelmingly in favor of Democrat Doug Jones, according to exit poll data.

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

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

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BRIEF-South Atlantic Bancshares To Acquire Atlantic Bancshares

* SOUTH ATLANTIC BANCSHARES, INC. TO ACQUIRE ATLANTIC BANCSHARES, INC.

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After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides

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

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Blackstone hires Bain dealmaker in Japan corporate buyout push - sources

* Bain's Toshiba chip deal is top PE-backed global deal this yr

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South Korean firms flock to Beijing hoping summit will hasten thaw with China

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hoping a thaw in relations with China will reopen opportunities after a diplomatic spat earlier this year cost many of them business, some 300 South Korean executives joined President Moon Jae-in for the start of his four-day trip to China on Wednesday.

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Philippines Extends Martial Law in South for Another Year

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

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Judges consider HK double murder appeal by convicted former British banker

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three judges in Hong Kong's Court of Appeal are set to decide the fate of a former British banker who was jailed for life last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped after his appeal hearing closed on Wednesday.

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South Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with 'speculative mania'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrecy trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a 'speculative mania" that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains.

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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.

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South Korea to hold emergency meeting on cryptocurrencies, measures expected Friday

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's government has called an emergency meeting to discuss the trading of cryptocurrencies, and measures on the market will be announced on Friday, a central bank official said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Capital Southwest Says Net Proceeds Of Increased Public Offering Will Be About $48.5 Mln

* CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION PRICES AN INCREASED PUBLIC OFFERING OF $50,000,000 - 5.95% NOTES DUE 2022

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Overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. Safety Board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday.

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U.S. judge questions Trump administration on birth control rules

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge questioned on Tuesday whether the federal government properly formulated new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide insurance that covers women's birth control.

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BRIEF-SmartFinancial Inc To Acquire Southern Community Bank

* SMARTFINANCIAL, INC. TO ACQUIRE TULLAHOMA, TN-BASED SOUTHERN COMMUNITY BANK

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Canadian regulator schedules hearing on CanniMed-Aurora takeover battle

Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Ontario Securities Commission on Tuesday scheduled a hearing on CanniMed Therapeutics' request to intervene in a hostile takeover bid by bigger rival Aurora Cannabis Inc on Dec. 20.

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BRIEF-OSC Issues Notice Of Hearing To Consider Application Filed By Cannimed Therapeutics

* ONTARIO SECURITIES COMMISSION ISSUES NOTICE OF HEARING TO CONSIDER APPLICATION FILED BY CANNIMED THERAPEUTICS TO INTERVENE IN HOSTILE AURORA BID- ‍​OSC WEBSITE

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Multiple earthquakes hit southeastern Iran: USGS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's southeastern province of Kerman was hit by multiple strong quakes on Tuesday and Wednesday, injuring at least 18 people and damaging some 20 houses, state media reported.

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Senator Grassley expresses reservations on two Trump judge nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that handles judicial nominations on Tuesday raised concerns about two of President Donald Trump's picks for lower court positions, citing controversial statements each has made.

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

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

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Perfect storm of overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. authorities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard, after an overconfident captain let the ship steam into a hurricane, while poor training and equipment also factored into the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, a federal safety board said on Tuesday.

Courts and the Judiciary nytimes.com

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.

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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.

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Hearing loss may be a risk factor for dementia

(Reuters Health) - Older adults who develop hearing loss may more likely to experience dementia and cognitive decline than their counterparts without hearing problems, a research review suggests.

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El Faro captain ignored storm reports before tragedy: U.S. authorities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard in the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, after the captain ignored reports the ship was heading directly into a strengthening hurricane, a U.S. safety board concluded on Tuesday.

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South Africa's Zuma rejects reports his office is drafting emergency laws

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma has rejected local news reports that his office has started drafting regulations for a state of emergency, the president's office said on Tuesday.

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Tight race as South Africa's ANC prepares to elect Zuma successor

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds an election this weekend to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader in a closely fought contest whose winner is likely to emerge as the nation's next president.

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BRIEF-Capital Southwest Announces Offering Of Notes

* CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORP- TO USE NET PROCEEDS FROM OFFERING TO REPAY OUTSTANDING INDEBTEDNESS UNDER EXISTING CREDIT FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Trump denies accusations of sexual misconduct, attacks Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he did not know the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and alleged their claims were a political attack pushed by Democrats, rejecting renewed calls to look into his behavior.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's office

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early on Tuesday, the mayor's office said in a statement that did not cite the cause of death.

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

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

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at age 65: local media

(Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early on Tuesday, local media reported.

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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeast Iran

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit Kerman province in southeast Iran on Tuesday, injuring 15 people and causing the walls of some houses to collapse, state media reported.

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U.S. safety board to review final report on 2015 El Faro sinking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. safety officials were due to meet on Tuesday to discuss their final report on the 2015 sinking of the El Faro freighter, which killed all 33 crew members in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than three decades.

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South China chemical producer halts ammonia output as gas crisis deepens

BEIJING (Reuters) - A major Chinese chemical producer based in the southern province of Yunnan said it has halted production of synthetic ammonia and urea due to natural gas shortages as China's winter heating crisis deepens.

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Bitcoin exchange Bithumb says 'right' regulations in South Korea would boost market

SEOUL (Reuters) - The Seoul-based operator of the world's busiest virtual currency exchange Bithumb said on Tuesday it will fully comply with potential regulations from the South Korean government and adequately capitalize itself to protect its clients.

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UPDATE 1-Blackstone buys back 10 pct in warehouse firm Logicor - source

Dec 12 (Reuters) - A Blackstone real estate fund is buying a 10 percent stake in Logicor Ltd just months after selling the European warehouse firm to a Chinese sovereign wealth fund, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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

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

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Exclusive: South Africa's Steinhoff considers sale of PSG, KAP stakes to lift liquidity -sources

JOHANNESBURG/ FRANKFURT (Reuters) - South Africa's Steinhoff is considering selling stakes worth a combined $1.4 billion in local companies PSG Group and KAP Industrial to help plug a liquidity gap at the retailer, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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South Korea conducts anti-terror drills ahead of Winter Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Set to host the Winter Olympics in February, South Korea conducted a series of security drills on Tuesday to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone.

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

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

Economic Conditions and Trends nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Jacob Zuma and the Theft of South Africa

The A.N.C. needs to move away from the president’s corrupt politics and look for solutions not based on crude nationalism and racial essentialism.

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Blackstone's real estate fund buys 10 pct stake in Logicor- FT

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP's real estate fund is taking a 10 percent stake in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd , the Financial Times reported on Tuesday citing people briefed on the matter.

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BRIEF-Blackstone Buys Back 10 Pct Of Logicor From CIC- FT,Citing Sources

* BLACKSTONE BUYS BACK 10 PERCENT OF LOGICOR FROM CIC- FT,CITING SOURCES

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Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

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

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South Korea's Moon, China's Xi to talk North Korea, trade in Beijing summit

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions will top South Korean President Moon Jae-in's agenda in Beijing during a visit this week aimed at breaking the ice after a furious row with China over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.

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U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77.

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Houston man arrested for trying to aid Islamic State: U.S. government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the radical group Islamic State and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Ex-investigator tells of fleeing Turkey with evidence of corruption

(Reuters) - A former Turkish police investigator told jurors in a New York court on Monday of fleeing Turkey in 2016 out of fear of retaliation from the government after leading a corruption investigation involving high-ranking officials, taking his evidence with him.

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UPDATE 1-Ex-investigator tells of fleeing Turkey with evidence of corruption

(Adds testimony from Korkmaz) By Brendan Pierson Dec 11 (Reuters) - A former Turkish police investigator told jurors in a New York court on Monday of fleeing Turkey in 2016 out of fear of retaliation from the government after leading a corruption investigation involving high-ranking officials, taking his evidence with him. Huseyin Korkmaz, 30, was testifying in Manhattan federal court for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at the majority state-owned

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FS Investments moves lending platform from Blackstone to KKR

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Debt investment company FS Investment Corp and buyout firm KKR are pooling together more than $18 billion in private capital to invest in mid-sized businesses, in a push to do bigger deals which are out of reach for other alternative lenders.

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'Soup Nazi' company's former CFO pleads guilty to tax evasion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief financial officer of a company that licensed the name and recipes of the chef who inspired the tyrannical “Soup Nazi” character on the TV comedy “Seinfeld” pleaded guilty on Monday to tax evasion, according to court records.

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U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday.

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U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy's trial

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge in the criminal conspiracy trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on Monday warned that prosecutors' failure to produce documents that could support defense arguments could lead to a mistrial.

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Ukrainian judge frees Saakashvili from detention

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili was freed from detention on Monday, after a Ukrainian judge turned down the prosecutors' request to place him under house arrest - the latest twist in his dramatic standoff with the authorities.

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Ukrainian judge turns down request to place Saakashvili under house arrest

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian judge on Monday turned down the prosecutors' request to place Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili under house arrest, paving the way for his release from detention.

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U.S. military must accept transgender recruits by Jan. 1, judge rules

(Reuters) - Transgender people will be able to join the U.S. military as of Jan. 1, a federal judge ruled on Monday, denying a request by President Donald Trump's administration to enforce his ban on transgender troops while the government appeals an order blocking it.

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Judge tells ex-Trump adviser Manafort to stop communicating with media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge told President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort on Monday to stop communicating with the media in ways that might affect the outcome of his trial but she agreed to consider a proposal to ease his bail restrictions.

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U.S. high court turns away dispute over gay worker protections

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian, avoiding an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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

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

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BRIEF-Kimberly Blackwell To Become Vice President Of Early Phase Development And Immuno-Oncology At Lilly Oncology

* KIMBERLY BLACKWELL, M.D., TO BECOME VICE PRESIDENT OF EARLY PHASE DEVELOPMENT AND IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY AT LILLY ONCOLOGY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Russian military chief criticizes U.S., Japan and South Korea drills

TOKYO (Reuters) - Russia's military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region.

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Seeking to extend martial law in Philippine south, Duterte says militants regrouping

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, arguing that Islamist militants have been regrouping since a five-month urban conflict ended there in October.

cnn.com

The mystery of the early universe's enormous black hole

For a scientist, perplexity is the most exhilarating state of mind, because unexpected phenomena are often the most direct path to discoveries. And a recent observation from one of the furthest corners of the universe -- an ancient and enormous black hole -- has set the astronomical world buzzing. It is hard to understand how a black hole became so big, so long ago.

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Rep. Schiff: Evidence of Russian collusion is damning

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says the signs of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign are damning.

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Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week, Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force said on Sunday, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programs.

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South Korea's Hyundai says faces headwinds from weaker yen next year

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean automakers face a major headwind from a weakening Japanese yen, which will boost rivals like Toyota Motor Corp. next year, a Hyundai Motor think tank said.

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One of judge's accusers says she was made to watch porn and then was quizzed about it

A powerful and prominent appeals court judge is being accused of sexual misconduct by six clerks or more junior staffers who worked with him, The Washington Post reported Friday.

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South gets several inches of rare, pre-Christmas snow

The South got a early taste of winter before other regions this year, but the Northeast won't have to wait for too long.

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Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away

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

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California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

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

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Court upholds conviction in 'Making of a Murderer' case

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

Writing and Writers nytimes.com

Profile: Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

Mekong Review’s contributors include some of the best-known authors, journalists and academics who follow the region.

Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas nytimes.com

Southeast Asia’s Ride-Hailing War Is Being Waged on Motorbikes

In Indonesia’s traffic-ridden capital, one start-up makes it easy to get around — or not to have to in the first place.

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

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

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U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed "Dreamers" brought into the country illegally as children.

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No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

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

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New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBI

TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - A gunman who killed two students at a New Mexico high school and then took his own life was a former student who was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last year after he asked online about buying weapons for a mass shooting, officials said on Friday.

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Special Counsel Mueller produces evidence that Manafort drafted op-ed

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