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O.J. Simpson has strong opinions about Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick

O.J. Simpson is sharing his thoughts on some of the nation's most controversial figures.

Days before bridge collapse, engineer reported cracks

Two days before a bridge crumbled in Miami, killing six people, an engineer for the company that designed it called a Florida Department of Transportation employee, warning of "some cracking."


Russia expels 23 British diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a retaliatory move over British accusations that the Kremlin orchestrated a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England.


Russia summons British ambassador as it readies to expel diplomats

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry summoned Britain's ambassador to the country, Laurie Bristow, for a meeting on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing an unidentified ministry source.

Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates

Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats, Escalating Row Over Ex-Spy’s Poisoning

The order came days after Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain expelled the same number of Russian diplomats.


Iraqi PM welcomes FIFA decision to lift ban on Iraqi stadiums

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi welcomed a decision from soccer's world governing body FIFA to lift a ban on hosting competitive international soccer matches at stadiums in three Iraqi cities.

Russia retaliates, expels 23 UK diplomats

Russia's Foreign Ministry ordered the expulsion of 23 British diplomats from Russia on Saturday in a tit-for-tat response to Britain's decision to expel Russian envoys in connection with the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter on British soil.


Car bomb kills at least three in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least three people and wounded two in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent attack on a foreign contractor company, officials said.


Tennis: Osaka stuns Halep as rising stars reach Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka made short work of a subdued world number one Simona Halep on Friday, the unseeded 20-year-old racing to a 6-3 6-0 semi-final victory to set up a surprise BNP Paribas Open final against Daria Kasatkina.


China's environment minister says plans tougher air quality targets

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, its environment minister said on Saturday, as the world's No.2 economy aims to clear its notoriously toxic skies.


Syrian monitor says strikes on Ghouta rebel town kill 30

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes on a rebel pocket in eastern Ghouta killed 30 people gathering to leave to government lines on Saturday.


Turkish military denies it hit Syrian hospital

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish military denied on Saturday that it had struck a hospital in Syria's Afrin region, where it is waging a nearly two-month-old offensive against Kurdish YPG forces.


Australia, Southeast Asia to share intelligence to fight terror

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia signed an agreement on Saturday with Southeast Asian nations including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines promising to share intelligence to combat terrorism.


New European sanctions would affect nuclear deal: Iran official

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Any new European sanctions against Iran will have a direct effect on the nuclear deal struck between world powers and Tehran, Iran’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, according to state media.

Sarah Sanders used to push back, not so much anymore

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' answers to questions from the press has evolved as questions about the President and his policies became tougher. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

On College Basketball: Virginia Loses in a Way No One Will Ever Forget

Virginia’s defeat against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County may have been historic and shocking, but it is explainable.

Student says he was paddled for walkout

Students across the United States are serving detention or in-school suspension as discipline for walking out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence.

The former FBI deputy director says his firing is part of Trump's war on the FBI and Mueller's Russia probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who rose to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.


Former FBI No.2 McCabe fired; claims he is being targeted

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI's former No.2 official Andrew McCabe Friday, prompting McCabe to say he is being targeted because he is a crucial witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.


Facebook suspends data analytics firm that worked for Trump campaign

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday said it was suspending political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, after finding data privacy policies had been violated.


Cambodia kicks off drills with 'great friend' China as U.S. ties sour

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - China and Cambodia on Saturday kicked off military exercises focused on counter-terrorism and rescue operations, highlighting the strong ties between the two countries amid strained relations between Cambodia and the United States.


Tropical cyclone cancels Darwin flights, delays shipping

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Flights to Australia's northern city of Darwin were canceled on Saturday due to Tropical Cyclone Marcus and will not resume until midnight at the earliest, with commercial shipping also disrupted.

Polar Bears

U.K.’s First Polar Bear Born in 25 Years to Get Star Treatment

The cub, born in Scotland around Christmas, will be the subject of a documentary on Sunday.

Read McCabe's statement: This is what happens when law enforcement is politicized

Statement by Andrew McCabe:

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions

Lack of candor is a fireable offense at the F.B.I., but Mr. McCabe’s last-minute dismissal from the agency was carried out against a highly politicized backdrop.


China's parliament re-elects Xi Jinping as president

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country's president.


Engineer reported cracks in bridge before fatal collapse: transportation agency

MIAMI (Reuters) - The engineer overseeing a newly built footbridge that crumbled onto a Miami roadway, killing at least six people, had called the state Transportation Department two days before the collapse to report cracks found in the span, the agency said on Friday.

Historian: This will be known as 'Friday Night Slaughter'

CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley compares the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to former President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre."


Evangelical conservative leads Costa Rica election race: poll

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Conservative evangelical Christian Fabricio Alvarado Munoz has an effective lead of almost 14 percentage points over ruling party hopeful Carlos Alvarado Quesada in the race to be Costa Rica's next president, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

McCabe breaks his silence: 'I absolutely never misled'

After more than a year of investigations, accusations and taunting tweets from the President of the United States, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is breaking his silence.

Moms took children to a mosque and live-streamed their hate-filled tirade

Two women were arrested Thursday after allegedly stealing items from a mosque and broadcasting the whole episode on Facebook Live, police say. In the videos, the women, with three children in tow, can be heard unleashing a steady stream of invective against Muslims.

McCabe stands to lose benefits for 20-plus years of service

Andrew McCabe, the former No. 2 at the FBI who is fighting for his job in the wake of an internal investigation just hours ahead of his official retirement, potentially stands to lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement benefits if the Trump administration decides to fire him before the week is out.

Trump attorney joins Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Attorneys defending President Donald Trump and the company of his personal legal counsel, Michael Cohen, have filed to move the lawsuit against their clients by porn star Stormy Daniels to federal court and are claiming she could owe as much as $20 million for violating a nondisclosure agreement.


EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm currencies seesaw on U.S. political woes

(Adds detail on Argentina intervention, closing prices) By Bruno Federowski BRASILIA, March 16 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies seesawed on Friday as speculation that more top Trump administration officials could be replaced and concerns U.S. trade tariffs could hurt the global economy weighed on demand for risky assets. U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. At the same tim


Warriors Durant to miss two weeks with rib fracture

(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks of the NBA season after an MRI on Friday revealed a fractured rib in the latest injury setback for the shorthanded defending champions.

Latin America

How Trump Can Make the Most of the Summit of the Americas

Before the president’s trip to Lima, the administration should take a close look at why U.S. credibility in Latin America is at historic lows.


Product exclusions from U.S. metals tariffs may take 90 days: document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steel and aluminum users that depend on imported products not available from U.S. producers may have to wait up to 90 days for an exclusion from the Trump administration's new metals tariffs, according to a Commerce Department document.

Engineering and Engineers

Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse

The state Department of Transportation said the lead engineer had left it a voice mail message warning of cracking on the newly installed bridge.


Trump lawyer seeks $20 million damages from Stormy Daniels: filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.

Pennsylvania GOP wants investigation of special election

Pennsylvania's Republican Party is asking for an investigation into Tuesday's special election.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views the self-ruled island as a wayward province.


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Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Trump’s Lawyers Claim Stormy Daniels Violated Confidentiality Agreement at Least 20 Times

In a court filing, the president weighs in for the first time directly on a case in which a porn actress was paid $130,000 to stay silent about an affair she claims she had with him.

United States Defense and Military Forces

2 New York City Firefighters Killed in Iraq Helicopter Crash

The crash of an American military helicopter killed seven service members, including the two firefighters attached to an Air National Guard unit.


Wall Street's tech love affair might end in tears

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Outsized returns delivered by , Netflix and other heavyweight technology stocks have made them heroes on Wall Street, but some strategists warn that investors' reliance on them exacerbates the risk of a steep downturn.

United States Politics and Government

No Heads Rolled at the White House Friday (So Far). But Anxiety Abounds.

The lack of any resolution to the relentless reports of coming firings is leaving many of the president’s top advisers in limbo.


Raonic outlasts Querrey, to face Del Potro in semis

(Reuters) - Milos Raonic overcame his frustrations to outlast Sam Querrey and advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a 7-5 2-6 6-3 victory on Friday while Juan Martin del Potro found his form late to down Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 6-4.


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Women Arrested After Trespassing at Arizona Mosque and Mocking Islam

Two women brought three children to a mosque in Tempe, Ariz., and in a video can be heard attacking Islam.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: The Rise of Euro-Putinism

Putin’s victory on Sunday is a certainty, but what other victories might he win in Europe?

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Tariffs Set Off Storm of Lobbying

Corporations and foreign leaders are pressing to meet with White House officials and hiring lawyers and lobbyists to push for exemptions that could be worth billions of dollars in trade.

Things that turn green on St. Patrick's Day

Every year on St. Patrick's Day, the world around us suddenly looks a little ... jealous.

Michael Flynn to appear at California congressional candidate's event

Michael Flynn is back on the campaign trail -- this time for a California congressional candidate.

Pro-Trump group hires Carl Higbie, who shared N-word laden post on Facebook in 2014

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

Pelosi, Nancy

Op-Ed Columnist: And Now, the Nancy Pelosi Drama

She stars in more ads than auto insurance.

United Airlines flight diverted after third pet incident in a week

Already under scrutiny about a dog dying in an overhead bin and another dog being accidentally sent to Japan, United Airlines on Friday acknowledged its third animal-related mistake in a week.

Trump settles in as reality TV producer in chief: 'I like conflict'

Midway through the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump had an idea. Wouldn't it be fun, he told an associate, to revive his hit NBC reality show "The Apprentice" inside the White House, using his own staffers as the contestants and the West Wing as his board room? The idea, conveyed to CNN by two people familiar with the conversation, was quickly squelched by aides.

Central Intelligence Agency

Spies, Not Diplomats, Take Lead Role in Planning Trump’s North Korea Meeting

The C.I.A.’s emergence as the primary player speaks to the influence of Mike Pompeo, the agency’s director, who has been nominated to replace Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson.


Product exclusions from U.S. tariffs may take 90 days: document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steel and aluminum users that depend on imported products not available from U.S. producers may have to wait up to 90 days for an exclusion from the Trump administration's new metals tariffs, according to a Commerce Department document.

Analysis: 6 signs you're going to lose your White House job

If job security is priority, then joining the Trump administration probably isn't for you.


Colombia's Cerro Matoso mine must pay damages to local communities, court rules

BOGOTA, March 16 (Reuters) - Colombia's Cerro Matoso nickel mine, owned by Australian miner South32, must pay damages to indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities affected by its operations in Cordoba province, Colombia's constitutional court said on Friday.


TIM board members had expected change at top for months -source

SAO PAULO, March 16 (Reuters) - The replacement of TIM Participacoes SA Chairman Mario Cesar Pereira de Araujo on Friday was not a surprise to the company's board given the increasingly hands-on approach of the CEO of the Brazilian company's Italian parent, Telecom Italia, a high-ranking source with direct knowledge of the matter said.


Next to exit Trump White House? Odds favor McMaster, online bookie says

(Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill; China 'strongly dissatisfied'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.

Spy agency contractor posted sensitive code on Facebook, FBI says

A disgruntled government contractor who worked with a US spy agency stole high-tech espionage radio equipment worth $340,000, took classified material, and is suspected of leaking sensitive computer code on his Facebook page, according to a new court filing by FBI agents who recently searched the man's home in Virginia.

Bribery and Kickbacks

5 Doctors Are Charged With Taking Kickbacks for Fentanyl Prescriptions

The doctors are accused of prescribing millions of dollars worth of the potent opioid and earning fees for fraudulent speaking engagements.

Construction company had safety complaints

As investigators seek to determine the cause of the Miami bridge collapse on Thursday that killed six people, attention has turned to the companies involved in the $14.2 million construction project.

Dog reunited with owners after Japan detour

A dog named Irgo has been reunited with his family, after accidentally being flown to Japan by United Airlines.


Stenson, DeChambeau share second-round lead at Palmer

(Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau closed out his second round with a birdie to join Henrik Stenson at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard on Friday as Tiger Woods struggled in his bid for a record ninth Bay Hill title.


Former Qualcomm chairman Jacobs to exit board of directors

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Friday said former executive chairman Paul Jacobs would not be renominated for the U.S. semiconductor company's board after Jacobs disclosed his intention to pursue a long-shot acquisition of the firm.


UPDATE 2-Former Qualcomm chairman Jacobs to exit board of directors

March 16 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Friday said former executive chairman Paul Jacobs would not be renominated for the U.S. semiconductor company's board after Jacobs disclosed his intention to pursue a long-shot acquisition of the firm.


Spices might get teens to like vegetables

(Reuters Health) - A dash of cumin or dill might help convince high school students to load up their plate with vegetables during lunchtime in the cafeteria, a small study suggests.


Horse racing: BHA to investigate deaths of six horses at Cheltenham

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to investigate the deaths of six horses at this week's Cheltenham Festival, including four on the final day.

Time-saving technology used to build walkway that fell

The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, according to a statement from the university.


U.S. regulator to meet next month with disgruntled railroad customers

SEATTLE, March 16 (Reuters) - The top U.S. railways regulator plans to hold a series of meetings with disgruntled shippers and other customers starting next month, after fresh complaints over service delays and higher costs from automotive and grain lobby groups.


Raytheon wins $511 mln U.S. defense contract - Pentagon

WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) - Raytheon Co has been awarded a $511 million contract for the Cobra Dane radar, the Pentagon said on Friday.


Canada Struggles as It Opens Its Arms to Victims of ISIS

A special refugee program mostly for Yazidis, a tiny religious minority, is testing Canada’s celebrated resettlement system.


Berkshire says median employee makes over half Buffett's pay

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said its median employee last year made a little over half the $100,000 salary that Chairman Warren Buffett was awarded for running the conglomerate that made him the world's third-richest person.

Miami, Louise Slaughter, Putin: Your Friday Evening Briefing

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


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Mexican election front-runner offers referendums, could end term early

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday he will hold a referendum on his performance every two years if he wins election in July, and would cut his six-year term short if he loses the consultation.

Appointments and Executive Changes

Second Top Nike Executive Departs Amid Complaints of Workplace Behavior

Nike confirmed the departure of a second senior executive within 24 hours on Friday, as it acknowledged internal complaints over behavior at the company.

No one is stopping Putin from stoking a war in Syria


Canada's De Grasse pulls out of Commonwealth Games

(Reuters) - Canadian triple Olympic sprint medalist Andre De Grasse has withdrawn from next month's Commonwealth Games to concentrate on his fitness for the outdoor season, he said on Friday.


U.S. to cover advanced genomic testing for Medicare cancer patients

(Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Friday it will pay for certain genetic tests for Medicare-eligible patients with advanced cancer, in a bid to help match patients with the drugs most likely to provide benefit.


Slightly elevated blood sugar tied to heart and kidney problems

(Reuters Health) - People who have slightly elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than individuals with normal blood sugar, a U.S. study suggests.


Senator demands documents related to deadly Miami bridge collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. senator demanded documents on Friday related to the construction of a new footbridge in Miami that collapsed a day earlier and killed at least six people, as federal and local investigators worked to determine the cause of the tragedy.


Trump's back-to-back visitors unlikely to solve Gulf dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will beat a path to U.S. President Donald Trump's door in the next few weeks for back-to-back visits that are unlikely to solve a long-running dispute among America's Gulf allies.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer says some alleged incidents took place during Trump presidency

The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.


UPDATE 1-Cenovus seeks partner for C$1.3 bln Narrows Lake project -sources

TORONTO/NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) - Cenovus Energy Inc is seeking a partner to fund C$1.3 billion ($993.1 million) in costs to build the supporting infrastructure at its Narrows Lake oil sands project in Alberta, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.


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ETP Mariner East liquids pipe spills fluid in Pennsylvania again

March 16 (Reuters) - Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Friday issued another notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners LP's Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline for releasing drilling fluids into a stream.


Boeing moves to keep 777X on track after engine snag

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co has scrambled to reorganize testing of its new 777X to avoid being delayed by engine snags, while robots and mechanics are starting work on the fuselage, the executive who heads efforts to build the world's largest twin-engined jet said in an interview.

4 indicted in LSU frat pledge death

Four suspects in the alleged hazing death of a Louisiana State University student were indicted on Thursday, according to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office.

Kelly and senior aides aim to quell more shake-up rumors

As rumors of yet another staff shakeup loom over the White House, chief of staff John Kelly and senior White House officials looked to assure their employees on Friday that no firings are imminent.

Kudlow, Lawrence A

Trump, the Television President, Expands His Cast

The choice of Larry Kudlow as chief economic adviser, a position with real influence over Americans, crosses a threshold in an administration that has already blurred the line between it and the media.


Corn-state senators seek Trump meeting as U.S. biofuel changes loom

(Reuters) - A group of senators from U.S. corn states have asked President Donald Trump for a meeting about the nation's biofuels law, amid expectations the administration will soon act to lower the regulation's costs to the oil refining industry.


Exclusive: Trafigura set to boost its dominance in Urals - sources

MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - Oil trader Trafigura will regain its position as the largest buyer of seaborne crude from Russia's Rosneft, trading sources told Reuters on Friday, expanding their partnership as Rosneft reduces its dealings with Vitol and Glencore.

Fact Check

Fact Check: How Trump Has Split With His Administration on Russian Meddling

The administration has been far tougher on Russia than the president himself, whose pattern of diversion has steadily increased since he took office.


Coca-Cola, U.S. State Dept to use blockchain to combat forced labor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co and the U.S. State Department along with two other companies said on Friday they are launching a project using blockchain's digital ledger technology to create a secure registry for workers that will help fight the use of forced labor worldwide.

FAA restricts 'doors-off' flights after fatal NYC crash

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered no more "doors-off" aircraft flights unless the passenger safety restraints can be quickly released in an emergency, the agency said.


Microsoft hits back at claims it ignored sexual harassment

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A senior executive said Microsoft Corp thoroughly investigates issues raised by women in the workplace and fired about 20 employees last year over complaints of sexual harassment as the company seeks to counter claims that it treats female workers unfairly.


Icahn unveils 6.9 percent stake in Newell, could seek board seat

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday disclosed a 6.86 percent stake in Sharpie pens maker Newell Brands Inc , and said he could seek a board seat at the company, which is already battling another top shareholder over board representation.


Merrill Lynch keeps approach despite U.S. fiduciary rule changes: memo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of Bank of America's Merrill Lynch wealth management said the firm remains committed to its approach in light of an appeals court's decision to overturn an Obama-era...

Source: Trump enjoying staff speculation

President Donald Trump fuels speculation of more White House turnover as he aims to get closer to having the cabinet that he wants. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.


Exclusive: European powers propose new Iran sanctions to meet Trump ultimatum

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.


VAR will be used at Russia World Cup, says FIFA

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Video assistant referees (VARs) will be used at the World Cup for the first time when the finals get underway in Russia in June, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.


Hundreds gather for Madrid protest after death of street vendor sparked riots

MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of people held a peaceful protest in central Madrid on Friday to demand better police treatment of street vendors, a day after the death of a Senegalese man sparked clashes with riot police.


Academy of Motion Pictures chief accused of sexual misconduct: reports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the organization that hands out the Oscars, has been accused of sexual misconduct, Hollywood trade publications reported on Friday.


White House seeks to allay staff concerns about personnel changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly assured aides to President Donald Trump on Friday that no immediate personnel changes were in the works, as he sought to tamp down a wave of uncertainty generated by persistent indications Trump wants more turnover.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

DeAndre Harris, Beaten by White Supremacists in Charlottesville, Is Found Not Guilty of Assault

The 20-year-old black man was brutally attacked in a parking garage during last year’s rally. He was then charged with assaulting a white supremacist.


Wall Street advances on strong industrial data but posts weekly losses

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials rose on Friday, boosted by strong industrial output numbers, though all three of Wall Street's major indexes posted losses for the week.


'Doors off' chopper flights restricted after deadly NYC crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities ordered an end on Friday to so-called "doors off" helicopter rides unless passengers are equipped with quick-release restraints, following a crash in New York City last week that killed five people.

Opinion: The Toys 'R' Us moments I'll never forget

Like most children growing up, every time my family would drive by Toys 'R' Us, my brothers and I would start the usual shouting routine: Can we go? Can we go? CAN WE GO?! Almost every time, my father had the same answer:


Venezuela begins power rationing as drought causes severe outages

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela imposed electricity rationing this week in six western states, as the crisis-hit country's creaky power grid suffered from a drought that has reduced water levels in key reservoirs needed to run hydroelectric power generators.


F.A.A. Halts All ‘Doors-Off’ Helicopter Flights After New York Crash

Following a crash that killed five passengers in New York City, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered an immediate stop to the flights nationwide.

Vatican removes archbishop but doesn't say why

The Vatican has removed Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Guam from office and barred him from living in the Pacific territory, saying a church tribunal had found the cleric guilty of "certain of the accusations" made against him.

Opinion: John Bolton's mustache is more qualified than he is

News outlets have reported that President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster. Trump is supposedly waiting to announce the decision until he can find a good next posting for McMaster, who remains an active-duty Army general.


Massachusetts court: Merck can be sued over generic drug injury

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court on Friday opened the door for consumers to sue Merck & Co Inc and other makers of brand-name drugs over injuries blamed not on their own medications but on generic versions of their treatments made by other companies.

Politics and Government

He Owns Much of Ethiopia. The Saudis Won’t Say Where They’re Hiding Him.

Many of the billionaires and princes swept up in the Saudi corruption crackdown have been released. Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi has not.


Missing worker feared dead after Texas chemical plant blasts

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A worker was missing and feared dead after explosions destroyed a chemical plant in Cresson, Texas, and rescue personnel were searching for the man, officials said on Friday.


Caterpillar's latest restructuring move could cut 880 jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc will close two facilities in Texas and Panama and is also considering shutting its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois as part of a strategy to boost profitability and better handle business cycles, but the move could cut 880 jobs.

United States Politics and Government

Despite Speculation, Trump’s Cabinet Remains Intact

Two embattled cabinet secretaries — Ben Carson and David Shulkin — remained in their jobs Friday. The absence of any formal announcements suggested an effort to tamp down the anxiety in the West Wing.

Panelists erupt over Trump-Stormy Daniels saga

Trump Advisory Board member Paris Dennard and Republican strategist Rick Wilson clash while discussing Stormy Daniels and President Trump.

I can't say I'm Irish, but I am Irish-American

Hannity jabs Shep Smith in sign of rift between Fox News opinion and news

Wireless Communications

Qualcomm’s Former Chairman Said to Explore Taking Company Private

Paul Jacobs, whose father had helped found Qualcomm, is considering taking the chip maker private after months of turmoil at the company.

Analysis: Trump's staffing upheavals come in spurts

Things seem to happen in spurts. Reince Priebus resigned on July 28, but the cards really started to fall a week and a half earlier.


London court rules UK spy behind Trump dossier must give evidence in U.S. libel trial

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a "dossier" of allegations linking U.S. President Donald Trump to Russia, must give a deposition in a U.S. libel case, lawyers for the Russian businessman involved said on Friday.

Gun Control

Op-Ed Contributor: Why Gun Culture Is So Strong in Rural America

After a mass shooting, where you might blame guns, rural conservatives don’t. They blame the shooter.


Horse racing: Native River wins Cheltenham Gold Cup duel

LONDON (Reuters) - Native River, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup after beating 4-1 favorite Might Bite in an almighty duel on Friday.


Kentucky legislature passes bill to curb teen marriage

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - Kentucky legislators passed a bill on Friday that seeks to tighten restrictions on child marriage, which advocates said is aimed at blocking weddings between younger girls and older men, a situation they say can lead to domestic violence.


New Banksy Mural in New York Protests Turkish Artist’s Imprisonment

Banksy’s latest work, a 70-foot-long piece at Houston and Bowery, honors the artist Zehra Dogan, who was jailed for painting Turkish ruins.


Exercise improves asthma in obese adults

Reuters Health - Exercise training helps improve daily life for obese adults with asthma, a new study found.


Stenson, DeChambeau share early second-round lead at Palmer

(Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau collected a birdie on his last hole to grab a share of the early second-round lead alongside Henrik Stenson at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Friday, as Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler all moved into contention.


Rocket Internet explores IPO of online shopping group Jumia: sources

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German start-up investor Rocket Internet is exploring a stock market listing of loss-making African online shopping platform Jumia, people close to the matter said.


Sharapova withdraws from Miami Open with forearm injury

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's troubled start to the season has continued with the Russian having to withdraw from the Miami Open due to a left forearm injury, tournament organizers said on Friday.

DeVos: On school safety, inaction is not an option

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has horrified our nation, and rightfully so. Such violence has no place in America's schools.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Pearl Jam Kicks Up a Fury, and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's 10 most notable new tracks from Willie Nelson, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Zorn and more.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Was Elected to Govern Without These People

The duty of the president’s team is not to second guess him or the outcome of the last election.


Exclusive: Russia considers extra $17 billion bailout for two rescued banks - sources

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's central bank is considering pumping more than 1 trillion rubles ($17 billion) into two banks it first bailed out last year to shore up their balance sheets, three sources familiar with the discussion told Reuters.


Bosnian Serb leader calls for "peaceful" change of Balkan borders

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik suggested on Friday that Bosnia's Serb region and a Serb-dominated part of Kosovo should merge with Serbia, defying the stance of international peace sponsors against any border changes.


Exclusive: Britain, France, Germany propose new sanctions on Iran - document

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.


Boeing 737 Max 7 narrowbody jetliner begins maiden flight

(Reuters) - The smallest member of Boeing Co's upgraded narrowbody jetliner range, the 138-seat 737 MAX 7, began its maiden flight on Friday, heralding months of trials before it enters service next year, the company said.


Five New York doctors charged with taking kickbacks from Insys

March 16 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors have charged five New York doctors with taking kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing the company's potent spray version of the opioid drug fentanyl.

United States International Relations

Remember Rex Tillerson? The Secretary of State’s Changing Role

Rex W. Tillerson had a difficult relationship with President Trump almost from the start. The challenges he faced help illustrate how the cabinet role has transformed.

Politics and Government

Putin ‘Likely’ Ordered Russian Ex-Spy’s Poisoning, Britain Says

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made the remarks just hours before the police in London said they were treating the death of another Russian expatriate as a murder.

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Louise Slaughter, 16-Term Liberal Congresswoman, Dies at 88

A House member from upstate New York, Ms. Slaughter championed women’s rights, food safety and the Affordable Care Act.

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Jacob Zuma to Be Prosecuted on Corruption Charges

The charges against the former South African leader were the latest chapter in a long-running corruption case that tarnished the country’s governing African National Congress for years.

Trump is creating a dangerous echo chamber

How to stream every March Madness game

A match tips off and office pools across the country brace for college basketball's destiny. The moments that make or break your brackets are streaming on March Madness Live.

Just as Trump urged, Tarkanian drops Senate challenge to run for House seat

Danny Tarkanian is dropping his bid to unseat Nevada Sen. Dean Heller in the Republican primary and running for a House seat instead.


EU starts retaliation process against U.S. tariffs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called for industry views on Friday on a list of U.S. products it will subject to import tariffs, the first step towards measures to counter planned U.S. taxes on European steel and aluminum.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

March Madness 2018 Live Updates: TV Schedule and Scores by Region

The first round of the 2018 men’s N.C.A.A. tournament continues on Friday. Stay here for live scores, updates and analysis.

Local toy stores are thriving as Toys 'R' Us is dying

Outspoken councilwoman gunned down in Rio

Thousands of angry and distraught Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest and mourn the shooting death of Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and a prominent critic of police killings in shantytowns.


Putin Is Certain to Win Re-election, but His Support May Be Slipping

A protest figure, the Communist Party candidate, has shown growing strength in the Russian presidential vote, particularly in the cities.


Seoul aims for more talks about talks with North Korea this month

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a summit and that the South Korean president may meet Donald Trump before the U.S. president's planned meeting with the North Korean leader.

The last day to file taxes in 2018 isn't April 15. Here's why


Wall Street advances as financial, energy stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose on Friday after strong economic data boosted financial stocks and a jump in oil prices lifted shares of energy companies.


US STOCKS-Wall Street advances as financial, energy stocks gain

* Indexes up: Dow 0.5 pct, S&P 0.35 pct, Nasdaq 0.08 pct (Updates to early afternoon)


BRIEF-Nike Vice President Jayme Martin Exits Co - WSJ


Rep. Louise Slaughter dead at 88

New York Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter, dean of the New York congressional delegation, died at 88, her office announced Friday, following injuries sustained from a fall.


Steve Jobs pre-Apple job application fetches $174,000 at auction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A one-page job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflected the Apple founder's technology aspirations sold for $174,000 at a U.S. auction,...


BRIEF-Suzano says will launch Level 3 ADRs On NYSE, will maintain one class of stock


Broken ski lift sends people flying

Several people were injured after a ski lift in Georgia malfunctioned and started going rapidly in reverse.


BRIEF-Pacific Topaz Resources To Combine With Western Atlas Resources



World's priciest chocolate goes on display in Portugal

LISBON (Reuters) - The world's most expensive chocolate went on display at a chocolate fair in Obidos in Portugal on Friday.


U.S. drillers add oil rigs for 7th week in eight -Baker Hughes

March 16 (Reuters) - U.S. energy companies added oil rigs for the seventh time in the last eight weeks on expectations crude prices in 2018 will top 2017, prompting more drillers to boost spending plans for this year. Drillers added four oil rigs in the week to March 16, bringing the total count to 800, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday. The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future o

St Patrick's Day

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: How the Irish Could Still Save Civilization

Ireland’s leader, Leo Varadkar, the gay son of a Hindu father of Indian descent, tries to nudge the United States back to the moral high ground.


Over 100 countries agree to seek digital tax consensus by 2020: OECD

PARIS (Reuters) - Some 110 countries have agreed to work towards forming an international consensus by 2020 on how to tax digital businesses across borders, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Friday.


On Baseball: Mike Schmidt’s Heir Apparent Is Nolan Arenado, Says Mike Schmidt

At 26, Arenado, the Colorado Rockies slugger, has three seasons of 35 homers and 130 runs batted in, and five Gold Gloves.


BRIEF-Citizens Files For Non-Timely 10-K‍​

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Books and Literature

Nonfiction: A Corporeal History of the 19th Century

From baby bumps to facial hair, Kathryn Hughes’s “Victorians Undone” asks what we can learn about a culture by studying the human bodies it produces.


BRIEF-Marriott International CEO Arne M. Sorenson's 2017 Total Compensation Was $13.3 Million


Pennsylvania race shakes up the battle for the House

The results of Tuesday's special election in western Pennsylvania offer an ominous sign for Republican hopes of defending the House this fall. CNN is making changes to its rating of 17 House races -- all of them in the direction of the Democrats.


UPDATE 1-SunPower, facing tariffs, mulls expanding U.S. manufacturing

March 16 (Reuters) - SunPower Corp said on Friday it was strongly considering expanding its solar panel manufacturing in the United States as it grapples with the Trump administration's tariffs on solar imports.


U.S. court halts activities of four people in cryptocurrency schemes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal court has halted the activities and frozen the assets of four people who allegedly promoted schemes falsely promising large returns for small payments of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the Federal Trade Commission said on Friday.


Under scrutiny, New York Fed sets short list for Dudley successor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is considering a "handful" of candidates for what is seen as the second most influential job at the U.S. central bank, its directors said on Friday, as political pressure mounts to choose someone who breaks with past precedent.

Lawmaker: Most teachers are women and 'scared of guns'

An Alabama lawmaker says he's against arming teachers because most are women and "are scared of guns."


Caterpillar to close facilities, could cut 880 jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc will close two facilities and is contemplating the closure of its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois, which together could potentially result in about 880 job losses, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday.


Arizona inmate who says police 'beat the crap out of' him can sue

(Reuters) - A judge should not have dismissed an Arizona state prison inmate's lawsuit accusing police of having "beat the crap out of" him during a traffic stop because the claim appeared "too vague and conclusory," a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.


NYPD sued for forcing Muslim women to remove headscarves in arrest photos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Muslim-American women and a non-profit group on Friday sued the New York City Police Department for forcing Muslim women and others to remove their hijabs or other religious head coverings in post-arrest photographs.

California appoints an undocumented immigrant to a state post

Lizbeth Mateo seems to be a woman that's going places. She was the first person in her family to go to college. She has a law degree, and her own firm in metro Los Angeles. She was just appointed to a California state senate committee.


Qualcomm discussing Jacobs leaving board of directors: sources

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc's board of directors was meeting on Friday to discuss former executive chairman Paul Jacobs stepping down after he told the U.S. semiconductor company he was exploring acquiring it, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Watch bill get rejected in seconds

A resolution in the Tennessee legislature that called on law enforcement to go after white nationalists and Neo-Nazi groups with the same "fervor" as other forms of terrorism died in 36 seconds in committee.

Presidential Election of 1968

Opinion: The Bobby Kennedy Pathway

Fifty years ago, he put together the kind of multiracial, working-class coalition progressives need to defeat Donald Trump decisively.


An Invisible Artwork Reminds Austria of Its Nazi Past

It is 80 years since cheering crowds greeted Hitler in Vienna. A work of public art you hear, rather than see, is asking people to think back on that moment.

A state lawmaker in Tennessee says lawmakers didn't have enough information on white supremacy to debate

It sounds like the kind of legislation that should easily breeze through a statehouse, even in these politically divided times: a resolution denouncing white nationalists and neo-Nazis.


Bodies, cars still pinned by deadly Miami bridge collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - Workers slowly broke up chunks of a newly built footbridge that collapsed onto a major road in Miami, killing at least six people, and police on Friday warned that more victims could be found in crushed vehicles in the rubble.