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Ball: I think my son has had enough

In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, LaVar Ball explains why he pulled his son, LiAngelo, from UCLA, saying the punishment has been enough. [Source]

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Toyota to make over 10 battery EV models globally in early 2020s

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp will make more than 10 battery electric car models globally in the early 2020s, with sales starting in China, the company said on Monday.


Season's micro-greetings: Scientists claim smallest Christmas card

(Reuters) - British scientists have created what they believe is the world's smallest Christmas card, a seasonal greeting so tiny that over 200 million of them could fit into a standard postage stamp.

House panel to interview publicist who arranged Trump Tower meeting

The House Intelligence Committee has at least two interviews scheduled Monday to kick off a packed week of witnesses in the panel's Russia probe.


Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta before Christmas, killing nine

QUETTA, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.


Twin suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight

QUETTA/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said.


Gunmen attack Christian church in Pakistan, at least one dead

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Attackers detonated a bomb and opened fire on worshippers inside a Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding several others, officials said.

'SNL' has special White House Christmas message


Trump defends tax plan as 'great Christmas gifts' to middle class

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended a Republican tax-cut plan against Democratic charges that it favors the rich, saying it will be "one of the great Christmas gifts" for the middle class with just days to go before Congress votes.

Trump: Tax bill is a great Christmas gift

President Donald Trump praises the GOP tax bill before departing for Camp David, saying it will mostly benefit middle-class Americans.


Nazareth Christmas celebrations will be held as normal: mayor

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Christmas Trees

1,000 Miles, Four Families, One Christmas Tree

A balsam fir tree’s journey from a farm in Nova Scotia to a living room in Ridgewood, Queens, reveals the hard work necessary to deliver holiday cheer.


Opinion: Have a Very Merry War on Christmas

America has a new religion: Fox evangelicalism.


Security tight as Germany marks anniversary of Christmas market attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has tightened security at Christmas markets across the country a year after a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market, with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel under fire from victims' relatives for her handling of the case.


On Pro Basketball: An N.B.A. Team in Mexico City: How Realistic Is That?

Smog, traffic, security concerns — all are issues the league is assessing. But there are lots of reasons to think it might move aggressively into Mexico.


City Kitchen: A Different Kind of Christmas Dinner: Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry

Spicy sizzled shrimp are an impressive, festive dish from a different Christmas tradition.

Cuomo, GOP lawmaker clash: Stick to the facts

CNN's Chris Cuomo pushes back against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) while discussing the GOP tax bill.


Brazilian football boss Del Nero banned for 90 days: FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) - Brazilian soccer chief Marco Polo del Nero was banned for 90 days by FIFA on Friday while he is investigated over possible unethical conduct, the global body said in a statement.

Does Christmas music make you a Grinch?

Does Christmas music put you in the spirit of giving or turn your heart two sizes too small?

United States Politics and Government

With Billions at Stake in Tax Debate, Lobbyists Played Hardball

The rapid pace of the tax bill moving through Congress left lobbyists with little time and few lawmakers to press for changes in the $1.5 trillion overhaul.

'Sunday Night Football' takes a big hit


Steinhoff says Christo Wiese steps down as chairman

BERLIN (Reuters) - Retail group Steinhoff , which is fighting for survival following its disclosure of accounting irregularities, said on Thursday that South African tycoon Christo Wiese has stepped down as chairman.


Oasis star Liam Gallagher lends voice to Christmas climate change campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher has lent his distinctive voice to a Christmas-themed video produced by an activist group highlighting climate change.


Record number of Americans to travel during Christmas holiday: AAA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. travelers will hit the roads, rails and skies this Christmas holiday in their largest numbers on record, lured by cheap plane tickets and a growing economy, the nation's largest motor advocacy group said on Thursday.

How Newtown defined Chris Murphy's mission

Sen. Chris Murphy looks back on how his political career was shaped by the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, five years after it happened.


Red-suited frontman for Finland's Santa village calls for Christmas love

ROVANIEMI, Finland (Reuters) - A red-suited frontman for Santa Claus village in Lapland has asked people to "share the compassion and the love of Christmas" this year.


Austria's Kurz optimistic on coalition deal with far right by Christmas

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday that coalition talks with the far-right Freedom Party were in the "home straight" and a deal on forming a government should be reached by next week.


Review: The Sidekick as Hero in ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’

Bill Pullman stars in this Montana-set western, which tips its cowboy hat to classics of the genre.

Handbags and Purses

Christie’s Just Set Another Auction Record, for Handbag Sales

In Paris, it was Birkins at dawn, and under the gavel.


On Baseball: Derek Jeter Was Once the Captain. But Now He’s the Apprentice.

In his new role as the baseball chief of the Marlins, Jeter has gutted the team, and only time will tell the wisdom of his early moves.


Seasonal flu kills more globally than previously thought -U.S. study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, a rise from earlier assessments of the disease's death toll.


BRIEF-Aqua America Announces Appointment Of Chris Franklin As Chairman


Doping (Sports)

Sports of The Times: Chris Froome Tests Positive, and Cycling History Repeats Itself

It’s hard to be surprised by the news that cycling’s most dominant rider has tested positive for a banned drug.


On Pro Basketball: Jahlil Okafor Gets a Second Chance, and Nets Get a Bargain

Okafor, the No. 2 draft pick in 2015, lost his spot to Joel Embiid in Philadelphia but now has the opportunity to develop in Brooklyn.

National Anthems

On Pro Football: Goodell Gets $200 Million for Last Deal, Owners Get … Continuity?

Exactly what did N.F.L. owners get for the $200 million they just committed to Roger Goodell?

Airplane draws one-of-a-kind Christmas tree in the sky

An Airbus plane out of Hamburg, Germany, took a particularly festive flight on Wednesday, mapping out an intricate Christmas tree over the country that could be clearly seen on flight radar sites.


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Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle to spend Christmas with UK royals

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, will join Queen Elizabeth and other senior Windsors for their family Christmas celebrations in what commentators said was a break with royal protocol.


Five Dancers Accuse City Ballet’s Peter Martins of Physical Abuse

The accusations, spanning decades, come after a sexual harassment claim against Mr. Martins.


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

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

12-year-old interviews Roy Moore

The America First Project, a pro-Trump political action committee, sent a 12-year-old girl to interview Alabama's GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.


Ball brothers sign with Lithuanian club

(The Sports Xchange) - Lavar Ball is taking two of his sons to play overseas in Lithuania.


Marcato sets condition for Deckers interviewing its nominees

(Reuters) - Marcato said on Monday it was open to a proposal by Deckers Outdoor Corp's board to interview the activist investor's nominees only if the footwear maker was willing to reach a settlement...


UPDATE 1-Marcato sets condition for Deckers interviewing its nominees

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Marcato said on Monday it was open to a proposal by Deckers Outdoor Corp's board to interview the activist investor's nominees only if the footwear maker was willing to reach a settlement agreement ahead of a shareholder meeting this week.


Deckers agrees to interview Marcato's board nominees

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Marcato said Deckers Outdoor Corp's board agreed to interview its nominees ahead of the annual shareholder meeting this week, a move it called a record-building exercise and to gain advantage in a contentious proxy battle between the two parties.


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Christoph Waltz, Directing Opera, Moves From Tarantino to Verdi

The Oscar-winning actor concentrates on subtle acting in his new production of “Falstaff” at Opera Vlaanderen in Belgium.


On Pro Football: With Carson Wentz Out for the Season, Eagles’ Dreams Turn to Dread

Wentz, who has led Philadelphia to an 11-2 record, left the game with a season-ending knee injury that upended the Eagles and the N.F.C. playoff race.


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Indonesia detains 18 in pre-emptive bid to boost Christmas security

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian anti-terrorism police have detained 18 people with links to militant groups in a bid to cut the risk of attacks during Christmas and the New Year in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, police said on Monday.


Berlin police say bags of bullets found near Christmas market not linked to terrorism

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no reason to suspect that two bags of bullets found near a Christmas market and mosque in western Berlin have anything to do with terrorism and the find was related neither to the market nor to the mosque, police said on Sunday.

Pop and Rock Music

Review: Taylor Swift Leads a Jingle Ball Full of Hardheaded Women and Nice Guys

The annual concert of hitmakers at Madison Square Garden slighted pop’s diversity, offering a narrow definition of what “hit radio” looked like in 2017.

Nikki Haley on Jerusalem decision: This will move ball forward for peace

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital would "move the ball forward" in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.


Yazidis caught in 'political football' between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis' mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next.


Baseball: Ohtani introduced by Angels amid high expectations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shohei Ohtani said he had felt "something click" with the Los Angeles Angels as his reason for joining the team when being introduced at Anaheim Stadium on Saturday.


On Baseball: The Yankees Will Always Be the Yankees, to the Delight of Only Some

The Yankees’ business model depends on must-see superstars. We have seen big acquisitions like Giancarlo Stanton’s before in the Bronx, but titles do not always follow.

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.


On Baseball: Tommy John Would Love a Plaque to Accompany All of His Fame

Best known for the elbow surgery that is named after him, John now awaits the results of a vote on Sunday that could get him in the door at Cooperstown.


Pilatus jet development far exceeded planned costs - NZZ interview

ZURICH, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Swiss plane maker Pilatus's development costs of "well over 500 million Swiss francs" ($504 million) far exceeded the original budget for the company's first business jet, Chairman Oscar Schwenk told the Neue Zuercher Zeitung in an article published on Saturday.


Russia's delayed Nureyev ballet to test Kremlin tolerance

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Bolshoi Theatre ballet about the life of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev set to premiere on Saturday contains tender scenes of gay romance, testing the Kremlin's tolerance for what it calls "homosexual propaganda".


Baseball: Family atmosphere helped lure Ohtani to Angels - GM

(Reuters) - A family-like atmosphere helped the Los Angeles Angels win the frenzied battle to sign Japanese ace Shohei Ohtani, the team's general manager Billy Eppler said on Friday.


N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism

Dec 8 (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would consider a bill in his last month in office that would subsidize the state's nuclear power plants to prevent them from retiring early, sparking criticism from some energy companies and environmental and public interest groups on Friday.


Baseball: Japan's Ohtani to sign with Los Angeles Angels

(Reuters) - Coveted Japanese pitching and hitting star Shohei Ohtani will sign with the Los Angeles Angels, his agent has told the Major League Baseball team.


Former Trump adviser interviewed in Congress in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Walid Phares, a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Friday in its investigation of possible Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. election.


Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New-York based Christie's auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," a painting that sold for $450.3 million.

See Christmas lights cause house fire

A family in Columbia, Tennessee said a single strand of Christmas lights led to their house catching fire. HLN's Robin Meade has the story.


High prices for haute cuisine in France this Christmas

RUNGIS, France (Reuters) - If you're holidaying in France this festive season, you'll have to pay more for delicacies like foie gras and snails after a turbulent year for agricultural production that...

Football (College)

On College Football: Leading Army’s Running Game, Two Years After He Nearly Walked Away

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw has come a long way: 1,472 yards this season, and much further off the field.

Partial justice for Walter Scott isn't nearly enough


Ronaldo pips Messi to win Ballon d'Or for joint-record fifth time

PARIS (Reuters) - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d'Or for world player of the year on Thursday for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times.


Ronaldo's fifth Ballon d'Or reignites eternal debate with Messi

PARIS (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo collected his joint-record fifth Ballon d'Or on Thursday in Paris in the middle of his worst domestic season for Real Madrid, but with a deserved reputation for delivering on the biggest stage of all and when it matters most.


Bosnian suspected of plotting Christmas market attack in Austria's Graz

VIENNA (Reuters) - A 25-year-old Bosnian man has been arrested in the Austrian city of Graz on suspicion of planning an attack on its Christmas market, police said on Thursday.


Tech recovers, but not enough to push Wall St higher

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 fell a tiny bit on Wednesday, with Microsoft and other technology stocks making modest gains but not quite offsetting losses in energy shares after oil prices dropped more than 2 percent.


Oddball dinosaur was 'mixture between a Velociraptor and a goose'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strange turkey-sized, bird-like dinosaur that boasted a swan's neck, arms resembling flippers, long legs and a mouth full of needle-like teeth staked out a unique amphibious lifestyle in rivers and lakes about 75 million years ago in Mongolia.


Can’t Find Any Fingerlings? Bots Snap Up Popular Christmas Toys for Resale

Hot toys like the Barbie Hello Dreamhouse quickly sold out online this year, then appeared on eBay and Amazon at inflated prices.

The stories behind your favorite Christmas songs

Grab your Mariah Carey vocals. 'Tis the season for Christmas caroling.

Kellyanne Conway, Cuomo spar on taxes

Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway and CNN's Chris Cuomo debate who benefits from the GOP tax plan.

Jerusalem, Harvey Weinstein, Christine Keeler: Your Wednesday Briefing

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


Christine Keeler, woman at the centre of Britain's biggest sex scandal, dies

LONDON (Reuters) - Christine Keeler, the model and dancer whose liaisons with a British minister and a Soviet diplomat at the height of the Cold War shocked Britain and embroiled the government in a notorious political sex scandal, has died aged 75.


Christine Keeler, the love triangle call girl in Britain's biggest sex scandal, dies

LONDON (Reuters) - Christine Keeler, the woman at the center of a 1960s love triangle between a minister and Soviet naval attache that produced Britain's biggest political sex scandal, has died at the age of 75.

Christine Keeler

Christine Keeler, Central Figure in British ‘Scandal of the Century,’ Is Dead at 75

Ms. Keeler’s affair with the government minister John Profumo and other revelations set England abuzz in the early 1960s.

Chris Ruddy on Mueller investigation: Trump 'thinks there's nothing to it'

President Donald Trump thinks his involvement in the special counsel investigation "will be wrapped up pretty soon," according to Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a longtime friend of the President.

The gift LaVar Ball sent Donald Trump

Two weeks after a much talked-about appearance on CNN to explain his feud with President Donald Trump, basketball father and businessman LaVar Ball joined "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo again to discuss the aftermath of that feud and his attempt to patch things up with a gift.


Trilobites: To See the Best Christmas Trees, You’ll Need Scuba Gear

Known as Christmas tree worms, these sea creatures’ bright fir-like cones can be spotted while diving around reefs in tropical waters.

Ball: I think my son has had enough

In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, LaVar Ball explains why he pulled his son, LiAngelo, from UCLA, saying the punishment has been enough.

Billy Bush talks Trump and Lauer in Colbert interview


Japan wants missiles with enough range to strike North Korea-sources

TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Japan is preparing to acquire precision air-launched missiles that for the first time would give it the capability to strike North Korean missile sites, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.


Basketball player Trump helped to leave China after shoplifting arrest leaves UCLA

(Reuters) - A UCLA basketball player who was arrested for shoplifting in China and whose father later engaged in a public dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump will leave the university and prepare for the NBA draft next year, the player's father told media on Monday.


UPDATE 1-Amazon Australia goes live in time to ruin rivals' Christmas

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New York City Ballet Investigates Sexual Harassment Claim Against Peter Martins

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

House Russia investigators to interview senior colleagues

Two senior lawmakers will be questioned by the House Intelligence Committee as part of the panel's Russia investigation as the committee races to interview a bevy of high-profile witnesses in the final weeks of the year.


Bolivians spoil ballots in judicial vote to protest Morales

LA PAZ (Reuters) - More than half the ballots cast in Bolivia's judicial elections on Sunday were spoiled, or nullified, by voters, a sign that the opposition said showed dwindling support for President Evo Morales.


Tattooed wish for withholding treatment not good enough, doctors say

(Reuters Health) - Consumers are often told, "Put it in writing." But in the case of a hospitalized Florida man facing death, displaying his wish by having it tattooed on his chest wasn't good enough.

Lakers to enforce so-called 'LaVar Ball rule'

There's now at least one less place to interview LaVar Ball.


Amazon Australia goes live in time to ruin rivals' Christmas

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Inc's Australian arm said it would start taking orders on Tuesday, ending speculation about the timing of its launch in the world's No. 12 economy and likely dashing hopes of a holiday boost for struggling brick-and-mortar rivals.


France, Germany want Iran to reverse ballistic missile program

PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany agree that Iran must reverse its ballistic missile program and end its "hegemonic temptations" across the Middle east, the French foreign minister said on Monday.

Chris Christie goes to the Supreme Court on sports betting

The Supreme Court will hear New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's challenge on Monday to a federal law that bans most states from sports betting.

Christie, Christopher J

Christie Looks to Sports Gambling for a Rare Second-Term Victory

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey will be in Washington for oral arguments in a case that could set the stage for legalized sports betting, and burnish his legacy.

Football (College)

On College Football: College Football Playoff: Alabama Is In, Ohio State Is Out

Alabama edged Ohio State for the final spot in the College Football Playoff, joining Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma.

'SNL' takes on Flynn's guilty plea in 'A Christmas Carol'

Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" as Donald Trump -- along with some unwelcome ghosts from the President's past in the show's own rendition of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Football (College)

College Football Playoff Picture: Oklahoma Defeats T.C.U., 41-17

The College Football Playoff picture began taking shape on Saturday with four conference championship games.


On Baseball: First Time, Lifetime: Yankees’ Aaron Boone Was Probably Born to Manage

What led the Yankees to Boone? Those who know him say: his baseball lineage, attention to detail, curiosity about all aspects of the game and ability to relate to people.

AA says it now has enough pilots for the holidays


On Pro Basketball: The All-Star Who Ended Ugly Streaks for the Warriors and the Knicks

David Lee, 34, unexpectedly announced his retirement from the N.B.A. last month. He took a ring and some extraordinary memories with him.


German police secure nail-filled package found near Christmas market

POTSDAM, Germany (Reuters) - German police on Friday secured a device full of wires and nails found near an outdoor Christmas market in the city of Potsdam, but could not establish whether it had contained explosives.

8 best places to see Christmas lights in the US

Christmas in the USA is a combination of traditions from around the world.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel, Defending Christianity, Offers to Fight Roy Moore

Mr. Kimmel lashed out at Mr. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama accused of sexual misconduct, after the two tangled on Twitter.


Supreme Court's cake case pits gay rights versus Christian faith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When conservative Christian baker Jack Phillips in 2012 politely but firmly told Colorado gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig he would not make them a cake to celebrate their wedding, it triggered a chain of events that will climax on Tuesday in highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court arguments.

Nonpartisan analysis suggests measure would spur economic growth but not enough to cover its cuts

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

New Seven Wonders in 360: Christ the Redeemer

A colossal statue of Jesus Christ on top of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro.


Why You’ll Probably Pay More for Your Christmas Tree This Year

Tree sellers warn that market forces tied to the recession are driving up the price of trees and, in some places, making them scarce.


Researchers date discovery of Christ's tomb in Jerusalem to Roman era

ATHENS (Reuters) - Mortar under a slab at the heart of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre dates to the era of Roman Emperor Constantine, confirming historical accounts of the discovery of the...

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Mueller’s Prosecutors Are Said to Have Interviewed Jared Kushner on Russia Meeting

The brief interview focused on a meeting attended by a Russian ambassador and the incoming national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to a person briefed on the investigation.


Smartphone pics may be sharp enough for dermatology diagnosis

(Reuters Health) - With a few exceptions, a dermatologist was just as accurate in diagnosing children’s skin conditions from smartphone photos taken by parents as the doctors who saw the kids in person, a small U.S. study found.

American Airlines doesn't have enough pilots for the holidays

American Airlines said it was "working diligently to address the issue and expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season."


Holiday Hits, Christmas Comebacks and Some Jingle Bell Schlock

Notable new seasonal releases from a wide variety of artists, including Gwen Stefani, Sia, Herb Alpert and Liz McComb. And some golden-oldie reissues.


Non-drop shop: Christmas tree farmer prepares for seasonal rush

COLCHESTER, England (Reuters) - With Christmas around the corner, Wick Farm in Colchester, eastern England, is gearing up by harvesting its crop of fir trees.


On Sports Gambling: Among Bettors, College Football Is Shoving the N.F.L. Aside

“Their product isn’t very good these days,’’ a bookmaker said of the N.F.L. and its various troubles, as bets on college football rise.

Football (College)

College Football Playoff Rankings: Alabama Falls Out of Top 4

The Crimson Tide’s chances of making the national semifinals for the fourth straight year were dealt a blow following a loss to Auburn on Saturday.

North Korea launches ballistic missile


North Korea fires ballistic missile: U.S. government sources

(Reuters) - North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, two U.S. government sources said, a week after President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a U.S list of countries that it says support terrorism.

Missiles and Missile Defense Systems

North Korea Fires a Ballistic Missile, in Further Challenge to Trump

The launch came despite President Trump’s warning that continued weapons testing would leave him “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”


Basketball: Kaepernick protests 'touched a nerve', says Durant

(Reuters) - Kevin Durant says Colin Kaepernick's protests during the U.S. national anthem "touched a nerve" in society and sparked a national conversation about issues such as racial equality, the Golden State player told the San Jose Mercury News.


Trump's tax bill balloons deficit, hurts poor: analysts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest U.S. Senate version of a Republican tax bill, strongly backed by President Donald Trump, would balloon the federal budget deficit and hurt poor Americans more than first estimated, congressional fiscal analysts said on Monday.

Coaches and Managers

On College Football: Tennessee, Greg Schiano and Moral Outrage in College Sports

Greg Schiano lost his job as the Vols’ football coach before he got started because of a swift, strong and perhaps undeserved backlash.


Germany's Christmas markets open under tight security a year after attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Christmas markets opened on Monday at the start of the holiday season, with security staff on hand and concrete barriers to protect shoppers, nearly a year after an Islamist militant killed 12 people by driving a truck into crowds.

Gervais, Ricky

The Illustrated Interview: The Illustrated Interview: Ricky Gervais

The actor and comedian did his illustrations from his London home with a Sharpie.


Football: Argos use big play to win Grey Cup

(Reuters) - The Toronto Argonauts used a record catch and fumble return to claim an electric 27-24 win over Calgary in the 105th Grey Cup on Sunday in Ottawa as the Stampeders suffered more Canadian Football League championship game heartbreak.


NFL: Highlights from Sunday's National Football League games

(Reuters) - Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games:

Football (College)

On College Football: For College Football Playoff, a Surplus of Contenders and Arguments

With the conference championship games coming next weekend, there are more than a half-dozen solid contenders for the four places in the College Football Playoff.

World's most high-profile Christian taking center stage in staunchly Buddhist country

The world's most high-profile Christian is about to take center stage in a staunchly Buddhist country accused of horrifying acts of brutality against its Rohingya Muslim minority.


Canadian Football’s Big Steps to Reduce Hits, a Contrast to the N.F.L.

The C.F.L. has added a bye week and eliminated padded practices during the season to reduce concussions and other injuries. Would it work in the N.F.L.?


On Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Steroid Talk and Few Sure Things

Our baseball columnist looks at superstars under chemical clouds. There’s also a trivia quiz.

Football (College)

Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones? In Alabama, a Certain Football Game Comes First

Alabamians sense that outsiders often view their state, or look down on it, through their own political and social lens. So college football often serves as a rebuttal, and a point of pride.


Brain damage from football concussions varies by position and career duration

(Reuters Health) - Football players may experience different degrees of brain damage after concussions depending on what position they play and how long they stick with the sport, a small U.S. study suggests.


Highlights of Thursday's National Football League games

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Football League games:


NFL-Highlights of Thursday's National Football League games

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Football League games:

LaVar Ball wishes Trump a happy Thanksgiving

LaVar Ball, father of one of the three UCLA basketball players held in China after they were arrested for shoplifting, wished President Trump a happy Thanksgiving during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo.

Foreign Workers

Op-Ed Contributor: Is Anyone Good Enough for an H1-B Visa?

Many of my Stanford classmates and I had plans to use our education to contribute to this country. Instead, we’re being kicked out.

Rap and Hip-Hop

Encounters: The Rapper 2 Chainz Sizes Up the Art at Christie’s

On the eve of a record-breaking art auction, the luxury-loving rapper surveys the Warhols, Basquiats and a da Vinci up for sale.

Ex-staffer: Conyers 'harassed' and 'verbally abused' me repeatedly

Former Capitol Hill staffer Melanie Sloan on Wednesday detailed her experiences working in the 1990s for Rep. John Conyers, whom she said had harassed and "verbally abused" her repeatedly.

Mariah Carey on her Christmas music legacy

The singing legend talks to CNN about the enduring popularity of "All I Want For Christmas" as the classic holiday tune is adapted into a new animated film.

Trump calls LaVar Ball an 'ungrateful fool'

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to continue to rail against LaVar Ball, the father of a UCLA basketball player who was detained for shoplifting in China.

6 held in suspected German Christmas market terror plot

A possible terror plot on a Christmas market in Germany was uncovered Tuesday after six Syrian nationals were detained in raids by police, a German intelligence official told CNN.

15 of the best places to have a Christmas vacation

Anyplace can string up a few lights and call it a holiday celebration. When you travel, you want more.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are expecting

Another Legend is set to be born.


Smithsonian, Christo stole credit from top photographer, lawsuit says

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Smithsonian Institution and the artist Christo were sued on Tuesday by a New York photographer who accused them of stealing credit for his photos of "Running Fence," a 1976 installation that remains one of Christo's best-known works.


BRIEF-Facebook to stream 15 state high school football playoff games live

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Analysis: LaVar Ball's 39 most amazing lines about Trump

On Monday night, CNN's Chris Cuomo took on a difficult task: Interviewing talker-in-chief LaVar Ball about his son's arrest in China and the role -- or lack thereof -- that President Trump played in the release of LiAngelo Ball as well as two other UCLA basketball players. LaVar Ball -- as is his reputation -- let fly some doozies about Trump and, well, almost everything else too.


Royal Bank of Canada joins list of globally important banks

TORONTO, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Canada has joined a list of lenders deemed important to the stability of the world's financial system, becoming the first Canadian back to join the global group of 30 required to hold extra capital.

Technology still isn't doing enough for people with disabilities

Football fans tailgate in old train cars

Refurbished antique railcars -- dubbed "Cockabooses" -- are one way University of South Carolina fans celebrate game day.

LaVar Ball denies being in a feud with Trump

LaVar Ball denies being in a feud with President Donald Trump, but repeatedly refused to issue a "thanks" to the President for his involvement in the release of his son from China.

LaVar Ball spars with Chris Cuomo over Trump's UCLA tweets

In a fiery interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, LaVar Ball responds to President Donald Trump's tweets saying he should have left the three jailed UCLA students in China after they shoplifted sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store.


Baseball star Halladay's plane made dive before fatal crash: NTSB

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The aircraft piloted by Roy Halladay made a sharp dive before crashing into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month, killing the retired baseball star, federal investigators said on Monday.

Opinion: Donald Trump is LaVar Ball -- with nuclear weapons

President Donald Trump versus LaVar Ball: It's Toddler-in-Chief versus Dad Toddler.

Boy who asked for Christmas cards dies

Jacob Thompson, 9, passed away after a battle with neuroblastoma. He had an early Christmas celebration and received over 40,000 Christmas cards from people all over the world.

Child that asked for Christmas cards dies after cancer battle

Jacob Thompson, the boy who got thousands of Christmas cards from charmed fans this fall, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Analysis: Donald Trump and Lavar Ball are perfect for each other

The celebrity beef between Donald Trump and Lavar Ball was the most predictable thing in the world.

Pink denies shading Christina Aguilera

Pink and Christina Aguilera are so good.


Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF sets Mugabe impeachment ball rolling

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF will discuss the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe on Monday, its chief whip said, after a noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old to end his nearly four decades in power by resigning.

Mueller team set to interview WH officials

Trump's war of words with Ball

President Donald Trump has called LaVar Ball "very ungrateful" after the father of one of the UCLA players detained in China downplayed Trump's role in the release of his son. CNN's Boris Sanchez reports.

Politics and Government

Trump Blasts LaVar Ball: ‘I Should Have Left Them in Jail!’

A day after Ball downplayed President Trump’s involvement in getting three U.C.L.A. players safely out of China, the president fired back on Twitter.


Israeli police resume interview of Netanyahu in corruption probe

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police officers on Sunday questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the sixth time in a corruption probe, Israeli media reported.

'SNL' begs 'Come Back Barack' in ballad

"Saturday Night Live" took aim at Sen. Al Franken during its Weekend Update skit, meanwhile host Chance the Rapper belted out a few musical numbers including "Come Back Barack."

LaVar Ball belittles Trump's role in release of UCLA players

Days after President Donald Trump touted his role in the release of three UCLA basketball students who were arrested in China, LaVar Ball, the father of one of those players, suggested the President had little to do with the matter.

Mueller seeking interview with publicist who set up Russian-Trump Jr. meeting

Special counsel Robert Mueller is in talks with the attorney for the British publicist who set up the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Politics and Government

Alabama Thought It Had Seen Enough Scandal. Then Came Roy Moore.

The allegations against the Senate candidate represent just the latest political scandal in a state that has known plenty of them.


Critic’s Notebook: What Christian Artifacts of the Middle East Can Show Us About Tolerance

An exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris looks at 2,000 years of Christians in the Arab World. It has a message for France — and for us all.

The world's 15 best Christmas markets

Christmas shopping doesn't have to mean joylessly battling through department store crowds or trawling the Internet for bargains. Why not combine present-buying with some travel?


Images suggest North Korea 'aggressive' work on ballistic missile submarine: institute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate Pyongyang is pursuing an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, a U.S. institute reported on Thursday.

Franken accuser speaks to CNN (full interview)

Radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden speaks with CNN's Jake Tapper after accusing Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) of groping her and kissing her without her consent in 2006.


High School Teams Head to China, Mixing Basketball and Business

Eager to market themselves and their players, three United States high schools are likely to face added scrutiny at a tournament in Beijing next month after three U.C.L.A. players were arrested in China.


BRIEF-Stubhub renews partnership with Major League Baseball

* Stubhub renews partnership with Major League Baseball to continue as the official fan to fan ticket marketplace of and MLB clubs


Saudi foreign minister says message to Iran is: 'enough is enough'

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister told Reuters in an interview on Thursday that the kingdom was reacting to what he called the "aggressive" behavior of its arch-rival Iran in Lebanon and Yemen.


On Pro Basketball: Remember When the Warriors Stunk? These Guys Had a Front-Row Seat

Before Golden State rose to the pinnacle of the N.B.A., members of the franchise’s broadcast crew gave themselves pep talks through many wretched seasons.


UPDATE 2-Da Vinci portrait of Christ sells for record $450.3 mln in New York

NEW YORK, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi", sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's, more than double the old price for any work of art at auction.


UPDATE 1-Da Vinci portrait of Christ sells for record $450.3 mln in New York

NEW YORK, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's in New York -- more than double the old mark for any work of art at auction.


Da Vinci portrait of Christ sells for record $450.3 million in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's in New York -- more than double the old mark for any work of art at auction.

UCLA basketball players released

Three freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team have arrived back in the United States after being arrested for shoplifting in China.

Women and Girls

Op-Ed Contributor: A Christian Case Against the Pence Rule

Men who avoid being alone with women may limit “the appearance of evil,” but they neglect a larger moral imperative.


Head of Afghan election body sacked, raising doubts over 2018 ballots

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sacked the chairman of the country's Independent Election Commission on Wednesday, raising doubts over whether parliamentary and council ballots scheduled for next year will take place as planned.

Prison ball: Meet the San Quentin Warriors

The unlikely connection between the Golden State Warriors and a prison basketball team


Two NCAA basketball coaches plead not guilty to bribery, fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two college basketball coaches on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to fraud charges filed in New York federal court after a two-year probe of claims that promising players were bribed to enroll at schools sponsored by apparel maker Adidas AG.


BRIEF-Ballard Power Systems says it ‍signed ‍development agreement with Siemens AG



Van Gogh Injects Excitement Into Otherwise Solid Auction at Christie’s

Despite the low-energy tenor of the room, the Impressionist and modern sale brought the highest total in a decade.


MOVES-PGIM Investments names Sheri Taylor Gilchrist global marketing chief

Nov 13 (Reuters) - PGIM Investments has named Sheri Taylor Gilchrist global chief marketing officer.


Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Delights, Real and Imagined

A show in Brussels looks back at their projects, including some that never came off — like swathing skyscrapers in Manhattan.


France raises prospect of new sanctions on Iran over ballistic program

PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign ministry suggested on Monday that new sanctions could be imposed on Iran if needed over its ballistic missile program.

Campaign Finance

Cuomo, a Master of the $50,000 Fund-Raiser, Bypasses Small Donors

Since the beginning of 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has raised more than 99 percent of his campaign money from donations larger than $1,000.


NFL-Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games

(The Sports Xchange) - Mark Ingram II rushed for 131 yards and a career-high three touchdowns to power the New Orleans Saints to a 47-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Gun Control

Opinion: Why Christians Must Support Gun Control

Machines regularly used to kill innocent people violate the core of our faith.

Books and Literature

I Interviewed Joe Biden. A Sob Took Me by Surprise.

After all my persistence and preparation for an interview with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., I would go down as the one who bawled.

What Christians say about using Jesus' family to defend Moore from allegations of sexual misconduct


Interview: Russian refusal to admit doping could block Olympic path - WADA

(Reuters) - Russia's refusal to accept responsibility for widespread state-sponsored doping uncovered in the McLaren report could prevent its competitors taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics, WADA director general Olivier Niggli said on Friday.

Reporter headbutted by interviewee

A reporter in Rome was assaulted during an interview when an alleged supporter of a far-right group headbutted him and then chased him with a pipe.


Kenneth MacMillan’s School of Ballet Sex, Neurosis and Grit

A London celebration provided a chance to think about MacMillan’s reputation and legacy 25 years after his death.

Brother says Moore is being persecuted like Jesus Christ was

Roy Moore's brother is defending the GOP Senate candidate "to the hilt" amid the escalating controversy over allegations of sexual misconduct against him, according to CNN correspondent Martin Savidge, who spoke to the brother on the phone.


BRIEF-Consolidated Tomoka appoints Chris Haga to its board

* Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co - ‍ Expects increase in size of its board to eight members resulting from Chris Haga's appointment will be temporary​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: