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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. yields rise in auctions as stocks sink; dollar recovers

* U.S. Treasury yields rise with first of week's debt auctions

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UPDATE 1-LendingClub profit misses estimates due to higher expenses

Feb 20 (Reuters) - LendingClub Corp reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings that missed Wall Street estimates by a cent as the online lender spent more for origination and servicing of loans.

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BRIEF-Portola Pharmaceuticals Announces Results Of CHMP Oral Explanations For Andexanet Alfa And Betrixaban

* PORTOLA PHARMACEUTICALS ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF CHMP ORAL EXPLANATIONS FOR ANDEXANET ALFA AND BETRIXABAN

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BRIEF-Chorus Aviation Announces $100 Million Bought Deal Public Offering

* CHORUS AVIATION ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PUBLIC OFFERING

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BRIEF-Kraton Corporation Announces Q4 Earnings Per Share $2.17

* ORATION ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2017 RESULTS

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BRIEF-Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores Inc Announces $40 Million Term Loan

* SEARS HOMETOWN AND OUTLET STORES INC ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION TERM LOAN

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BRIEF-Newfield Exploration Expects 2018 Domestic Production Will Increase By 14 - 18 PCT

* NEWFIELD EXPLORATION DISCLOSES THREE-YEAR OUTLOOK; DRIVING DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH WITHIN EXPECTED CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS (2018-20)

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BRIEF-3M And The State Of Minnesota Establish Environmental Partnership, Settle Lawsuit

* 3M AND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA ESTABLISH ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP, SETTLE LAWSUIT

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BRIEF-American Water Reports Q4 GAAP Loss Per Share $0.01

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.66 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Siris Capital Group Now Owns 19.84 Pct Stake In Synchronoss Technologies

* SIRIS CAPITAL GROUP LLC SAYS NOW OWNS 19.84 PERCENT STAKE IN SYNCHRONOSS TECHNOLOGIES INC AS OF FEB 15 - SEC FILING

Paid Time Off nytimes.com

Why a Republican Plan for Paid Leave Has Stirred Concern About Social Security

A proposal would allow people to collect Social Security after a birth, but there’s a catch.

Gun Control nytimes.com

Florida School Shooting Survivors Take Gun Control Message on the Road

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed last week, are traveling to the state capital to call for a ban on assault rifles.

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Russia's trying to toss us an apple of discord. We mustn't bite

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Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's request to temporarily seal a lawsuit accusing his hedge fund firm Point72 Asset Management LP of sexism toward women.

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The President says he has asked the attorney general to propose ways to ban the devices, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban so-called bump stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Moves to Regulate ‘Bump Stock’ Devices

The president asked the Justice Department to propose regulations that would ban “bump stocks,” which can convert a semiautomatic gun into an automatic weapon.

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Opinion: Donald Trump Jr. sells America's integrity cheap

With Donald Trump as President, American integrity is on sale -- get it while it lasts.

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Teen's invention could save lives in a shooting

A Wisconsin teenager developed "JustinKase," a device that *will help* keep shooters out of the classroom even if the lock is destroyed by gunshot.

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What's in a name? In global affairs, street signs can be political irritants

Olive Branch Street in Ankara, Turkey. Boris Nemtsov Plaza in Washington, DC. Bobby Sands Street in Tehran, Iran.

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Analysis: 1 number that explains the madness of gun politics

97%.

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Dow, S&P snap winning streak as Walmart weighs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow and S&P 500 fell on Tuesday to snap a six-session winning streak as a sharp decline in Walmart weighed heavily, but gains in Amazon and chip stocks helped the Nasdaq hold near the unchanged mark.

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Florida survivor: It's a start.

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Trump wasn't blaming school shooting on FBI's Russia investigation, Sanders says

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to finesse a weekend tweet from President Donald Trump blaming the FBI's Russia investigation for missing a tip about the Florida shooting, saying the agency should not focus on a "hoax in terms of investigating the Trump campaign."

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Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

(Reuters Health) - Heart devices that use software or wireless communications may be vulnerable to hacker attacks that could cause life-threatening malfunctions, U.S. cardiologists say.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Florida, Syria, Olympics: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

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Judge denies AT&T access to White House correspondence on Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied AT&T Inc's request to see White House communications that might shed light on whether U.S. President Donald Trump pressured the Department of Justice to try to block the wireless carrier's purchase of Time Warner Inc .

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures nytimes.com

AT&T Loses Bid to Obtain White House Call Logs

The decision by a federal judge hampers the company’s argument that politics influenced the government’s move to block its $85 billion merger with Time Warner.

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Why Thomas Friedman issued a 'code red' warning to America

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WH pressed on Trump's FBI tweet

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders takes questions from the press in the first press briefing since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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‘Bucket lists’ might help with end-of-life discussions

(Reuters Health) - Sharing your “bucket list” could be easier than discussing end-of-life medical preferences, and it might be just as useful to your physician, researchers suggest.

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VW bid to delay first U.S. diesel emissions trial rejected

FAIRFAX, Va. (Reuters) - A Virginia state court judge on Tuesday rejected a request by the U.S. unit of Volkswagen AG to delay several of the company's trials over excess emissions because of "inflammatory" comments made by a lawyer representing car owners that it fears will prejudice the jury.

Awards, Decorations and Honors nytimes.com

Polk Awards Honor Articles on Russia Investigation and #MeToo Movement

Journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who uncovered ties between the Trump campaign and Russia were among the winners of the George Polk Awards.

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The least and most dangerous countries to be a newborn

Every year around the world, about 2.6 million babies die within their first month of life -- and some countries see more of those tragic deaths than others.

Hunting and Trapping nytimes.com

Op-Docs: Arctic Boyhood

Coming of age on the Greenland tundra.

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Survivor's dad escaped harm in Las Vegas shooting

Father and son stories aren't supposed to look like this.

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Analysis: There are no longer any words to describe Syria's horror

The war in Syria has exhausted all superlatives. Worst day, worst month, worst year, worst ever. Words fail to describe the destruction of this ancient, beautiful land.

Curling nytimes.com

Garlic Girls Take Over the Olympics, and Their Hometown Is Loving It

How to explain the sudden dominance of the bespectacled South Korean women’s curling team? “It’s definitely the power of the garlic.”

United States Economy nytimes.com

Economic Scene: Come the Recession, Don’t Count on That Safety Net

Republicans seek a leaner welfare system tying government benefits to hard work. But such benefits are worthless when there is no work to be had.

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Trump tweets denial of woman's claim he kissed her without consent

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied the account of a woman who alleges he kissed her on the mouth without her consent.

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Congo approves logging near carbon-rich peatlands

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's environment ministry said on Tuesday it had reinstated thousands of square kilometers of logging concessions in its equatorial forests, a move environmentalists fear could cause huge volumes of greenhouse gases to be released.

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Opinion: To stop mass shootings, fix culture of hate

Hate is a problem that affects all of us, a reality we were reminded of when Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and killed 17 people. As more information about Cruz emerges, it is becoming clear he had a sordid history of espousing racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views on social media.

Minorities nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Destructive Dynamics of Political Tribalism

Anti-elite fervor in America bears a striking resemblance to the explosive tension between haves and have-nots all over the world.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men) nytimes.com

Louisville Must Forfeit Basketball Championship Over Sex Scandal

The program was ordered to vacate 123 victories, including two trips to the Final Four, as punishment for a case involving players and prostitutes.

Muslim Americans nytimes.com

The Scion of a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the grandson and namesake of the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party, is queer, Muslim and proud.

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'I will not shut up,' Haley tells Palestinian negotiator

Pledging she "will not shut up," US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the Trump administration will not change its decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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Albertsons to buy Rite Aid as Amazon threat looms

(Reuters) - U.S. grocer Albertsons Cos Inc said it would buy drug store chain Rite Aid Corp to create a company with $83 billion in annual revenue, giving it more clout to compete with bigger chains in an industry fearing the entry of Amazon.Com .

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Audi CEO rejects speculation about his future

BERLIN (Reuters) - Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler has rejected suggestions he is about to be ousted and believes he has the support of parent company Volkswagen , a German newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma man gets life in prison for killing neighbor in hate crime

Stanley Vernon Majors, the Oklahoma man who gunned down his Lebanese neighbor in what prosecutors said was a hate crime, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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Kesha postpones concerts to have surgery

Kesha announced Tuesday that she is postponing several upcoming concert dates to undergo knee surgery.

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How to keep your kids from being ignorant with money

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Why razors got cheaper and shampoo pricier

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Popular push for Austrian smoking ban gathers pace

VIENNA (Reuters) - More than 200,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, campaign organisers said - using one of the new right-wing government's signature policies to undermine another.

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Genes might not predict success of low-fat or low-carb diet

(Reuters Health) - People who try to avoid junk food may lose similar amounts of weight on a low-carb or low-fat diet even when their genetics suggest that one of these options should be better for them, a U.S. study found.

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28 sick in salmonella outbreak linked to kratom

An outbreak of 28 salmonella infections in 20 states has been linked to kratom products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Tuesday. Though no deaths have been reported, 11 people have been hospitalized.

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US picking a fight with its biggest creditor

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Qualcomm deals blow to Broadcom's bid with sweetened NXP deal

(Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday unveiled a sweetened $44 billion agreement to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV , its most defiant move in its defense against a hostile $121 billion bid from Broadcom Ltd .

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Gap brand CEO Jeff Kirwan to leave retailer, shares fall

(Reuters) - Gap Inc said on Tuesday it was disappointed with the progress at turning around the fortunes of its eponymous brand and that the head of the business, Jeff Kirwan, was leaving.

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Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map

(Reuters) - State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 6-Qualcomm deals blow to Broadcom's bid with sweetened NXP deal

* Shares of NXP up 6.1 pct (Adds interview with Qualcomm presiding director)

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Lawyer charged with lying in U.S. probe of Russia election role

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special counsel who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has charged an attorney with lying about his communications with Rick Gates, a former aide to Donald Trump's campaign.

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Italy rails against company relocations in bitter election campaign

ROME, Feb 20 (Reuters) - European Union rules are helping less wealthy nations swipe jobs from their bigger partners, Italy's industry ministry said on Tuesday, as plans by a multinational to shift production to Slovakia took centre stage in the national election campaign.

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UPDATE 6-U.S. crude prices rise on Cushing draw, Brent eases

* Genscape says crude at Cushing hub falls 2.1 mln bbls- trade

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Dallas official wants NRA to move convention to another city

The National Rifle Association should move its annual convention from Dallas to somewhere else after last week's massacre at a Florida high school that left 17 students dead, a Dallas city official says.

Emergency Medical Treatment nytimes.com

Treating the Victims, and the Teenager Accused of Gunning Them Down

Emergency workers at a Florida hospital treated victims from last week’s mass shooting, and then they trained their attention on the man accused of the carnage.

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Mueller charges lawyer with lying about interaction with ex-Trump aide

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a charge against a lawyer for lying to investigators about his interaction with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates in September 2016.

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BRIEF-Duke Energy Corp Says Issuing $2 Billion Of Equity In 2018

* DUKE ENERGY CORP SAYS ISSUING $2 BILLION OF EQUITY IN 2018 Source text (http://bit.ly/2EVMrhI) Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +1 646 223 8780)

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She sawed her own gun in half to send a message

Amanda Meyer grew up around guns. She took a hunter safety class in her hometown in Iowa when she was 14 and her parents emphasized proper gun handling from a very early age.

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Walmart holiday-quarter profit drops, online struggles spook investors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Inc , the world's biggest retailer, on Tuesday posted a sharp drop in profit and online sales growth during the critical holiday period and forecast annual profit at the lower end of expectations.

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UPDATE 4-Walmart holiday-qtr profit drops, online struggles spook investors

NEW YORK, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Walmart Inc, the world's biggest retailer, on Tuesday posted a sharp drop in profit and online sales growth during the critical holiday period and forecast annual profit at the lower end of expectations.

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EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm currencies weaken as dollar rebounds globally

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies weakened on Tuesday as the U.S. dollar strengthened worldwide after hitting a three-year low last week. Currencies from Brazil, Mexico and Colombia weakened between 0.3 percent and 0.9 percent. The Chilean peso was barely changed as profit-taking partially offset the global upswing in the U.S. currency. Concerns that the United States could pursue a weaker dollar policy and by mounting worries about the

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UPDATE 2-Bilfinger to seek compliance damages from former executives

* Alleges ex-execs failed to install proper compliance system

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How 'thoughts and prayers' became a cynical meme

Semantic satiation is the phenomenon in which a word or phrase is repeated so often it loses its meaning. But it also becomes something ridiculous, a jumble of letters that feels alien on the tongue and reads like gibberish on paper.

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Army awards medals to students killed in Florida shooting

The US Army is awarding medals for heroism to three students killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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UPDATE 2-$2 bln share issue takes shine off Duke Energy profit beat

Feb 20 (Reuters) - U.S. power provider Duke Energy Corp said on Tuesday it would issue $2 billion in new shares this year to deal with the financial impact of recent tax reforms that it also said would weigh on 2018 earnings growth.

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Harsher sanctions needed against Venezuela, targeting oil: OAS chief

GENEVA (Reuters) - Sanctions should be stepped up against Venezuela's leaders and oil sector in response to the country's repressive political climate, the head of the Organisation of American States (OAS) said on Tuesday.

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The airstrikes keep coming in this besieged Syrian suburb

More than 100 civilians have been killed in Syria's Eastern Ghouta in the past 24 hours, the largest single-day death toll in the rebel-held area in nearly three years, according to observers.

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Vatican special envoy hears sex abuse victim testimony in Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Vatican's top sexual abuse investigator said he had started taking testimony on Tuesday from victims in the Chilean capital, where he is looking into accusations that a bishop appointed by Pope Francis covered up crimes against minors.

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Supreme Court won't take up CA gun cases

The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to take up two gun-related cases out of California, maintaining its reluctance to dive back into the debate concerning the scope of the 2nd Amendment.

Fast Food Industry nytimes.com

KFC Has a Problem in Britain: Not Enough Chicken

The company found itself struggling with shortages, with a hiccup in its supply chain forcing the closure of hundreds of outlets.

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Top court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

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Peru says Southern Copper wins auction to develop Michiquillay mine

LIMA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp won a tender to develop Peru's Michiquillay copper mine with a proposal to transfer $400 million to the government and pay 3 royalties, the government said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Nucor Sets Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.38 Per Share

* NUCOR CORP - SETS QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.38 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Golf: Universal world handicap system to be introduced from 2020

(Reuters) - Golfers will be able to take a universal handicap to courses around the world from 2020 in a shake-up of the system announced by organizers on Tuesday.

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U.S. says ready to talk Mideast peace; Abbas calls for conference

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is "ready to talk" Middle East peace with the Palestinians, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday in remarks directed at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

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Britain set to take further budgetary control of Northern Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must take steps towards setting a budget for Northern Ireland while it explores whether agreement can be reached to restore the province's power-sharing government, the British minister for the region said on Tuesday.

Restaurants nytimes.com

Restaurant Review: Masa’s Chef Comes Out From Behind the Truffles, at Tetsu

Masayoshi Takayama’s new Japanese restaurant in TriBeCa shows he can still dazzle while charging less than $595 for dinner.

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Jimmy Fallon interviews Paul Rudd in 60 seconds

Jimmy Fallon is currently sharing NBC airtime with the Olympics and that means abbreviated episodes of "The Tonight Show."

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UK promises post-Brexit agriculture plan as farmers demand more clarity

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - The British government will publish a consultation paper on future agriculture policy "very shortly", Environment Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday, as farmers demanded more clarity on their prospect after the country quits the European Union.

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George and Amal Clooney to attend March For Our Lives

George and Amal Clooney have stepped up in support of the survivors of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Guess co-founder steps aside amid Kate Upton allegations

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Analysis: 15 questions for Sarah Sanders

For the first time in a week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will take questions from the media on Tuesday afternoon. And what a week it's been.

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South Korea launches WTO trade challenge against U.S. duties

GENEVA (Reuters) - South Korea has launched a wide-ranging complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge the U.S. use of anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties, citing their use on steel and transformers, a WTO filing showed on Tuesday.

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More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta after heaviest death toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces pounded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people after the enclave's heaviest one-day death toll in three years, a monitoring group said.

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Florida teens travel to state capital demanding action on guns

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Busloads of Florida students headed on Tuesday to the state capital Tallahassee to call for a ban on assault rifles, pressing on with protests after a shooting rampage at a high school that killed 17 teens and educators.

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Qatar says may switch part of A350 order to biggest model

TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - Airbus got a boost for its largest twin-engined jet on Tuesday when Qatar Airways said it was considering upgrading some of its A350 orders to the largest model as it took delivery of the first such plane.

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Motor racing: Renault launch F1 car and name Aitken as reserve driver

LONDON (Reuters) - British-Korean youngster Jack Aitken will be the Renault Formula One team's official reserve driver this season, replacing Russian Sergey Sirotkin, who has switched to a race seat with Williams.

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Lesser-known North Korea cyber-spy group goes international: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A North Korean cyber espionage group previously known only for targeting South Korea's government and private sector deepened its sophistication and hit further afield including in Japan and the Middle East in 2017, security researchers said on Tuesday.

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S&P, Dow falter after six days of gains as Walmart weighs

(Reuters) - A steep fall in Walmart's shares put the skids on the S&P 500 and the Dow's six-day winning streak, but gains in Amazon and technology stocks kept the Nasdaq in positive territory.

Water nytimes.com

Cape Town Pushes Back ‘Day Zero’ as Residents Conserve Water

Sharp restrictions on water use and help from farmers pushed back the day when taps would run dry, but the city remains in a water crisis.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

‘Black Panther’ Movie: What You Should Read After Watching the Boundary-Breaking Film

Whether you’re interested in the movie’s racial and gender politics, curious about the future of the Marvel Universe or you simply want to sample the best spoiler-filled essays, read on.

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Classmate: Shooter talked about killing our friends, parents

Ariana Lopez, a former classmate of Nikolas Cruz, said the shooter attempted to sell knives out of his lunchbox at school.

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New corruption cases entangle Netanyahu aides

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police alleged on Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu's former spokesman tried to bribe a judge to drop a fraud case against Netanyahu's wife, the latest corruption investigation encircling the long-serving prime minister.

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Amazon perk: 5% cash back at Whole Foods

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Albertsons to buy rest of Rite Aid as Amazon threat looms

(Reuters) - Supermarket operator Albertsons Companies Inc will buy the rest of Rite Aid Corp not being sold to Walgreens Boots Alliance , the latest in a string of drug industry mergers to tackle the threat of Amazon.com Inc .

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The Point: Why the new Pennsylvania map is a 'huge' deal in the fight for House control

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court redrew the state's congressional lines in advance of the 2018 election. (The court had previously ruled that the map drawn by Republicans earlier in the decade was driven mainly by partisan consideration and therefore in violation of the state's constitution.)

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U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

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Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met - study

OSLO (Reuters) - Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 meters (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said on Tuesday.

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Stocks slip as Walmart drags down the Dow

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Cape Town diary: For the first time, I'm optimistic

Driving through a middle-class suburb of Cape Town a few days ago, I noticed about 20 people lined up in an orderly queue on the sidewalk. As I got closer, I saw that everyone was carrying plastic containers, and some even had garbage bins.

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Oxfam chief apologizes for 'babies in cots' comment as more abuse reported

LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam's chief executive apologized on Tuesday for saying a wave of condemnation over sex abuse by its staff was disproportionate as it had not "murdered babies in their cots" after a scandal that has prompted new reports of abuse.

Doping (Sports) nytimes.com

Russia Confirms Curler’s Doping Positive but Raises Doubts About Drug’s Source

Russian officials said the level of meldonium in Alexander Krushelnytsky’s system suggested he took the drug just once, something that would be “absolutely useless and ineffective.”

Philosophy nytimes.com

The Stone: What We Owe to Others: Simone Weil’s Radical Reminder

She believed we have obligations to attend to our fellow humans. How could that spirit change our politics?

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Home Depot's earnings powered by strong U.S. housing market

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc's profit and revenue topped Wall street estimates for the sixth straight quarter as more shoppers visited the No.1 U.S. home improvement chain and, on average, spent more in an improving housing market.

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Fergie explains National Anthem performance

Fergie is sorry that some people didn't love her rendition of the National Anthem.

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Thomson Reuters says CEO Jim Smith to make full recovery after arrhythmia incident

TORONTO (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Officer Jim Smith is in stable condition after an arrhythmia incident on Feb. 12 and is expected to be released from hospital within the next two weeks.

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Ice Hockey: Finland advance as South Korea's Olympic journey ends

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Finland beat South Korea 5-2 on Tuesday to reach the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals as the hosts bowed out of the tournament after a spirited performance in their final game.

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Biathlon: Brilliant Fourcade claims mixed relay gold for France

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - France's Martin Fourcade gave another brilliant display of skiing and shooting to erase a big German lead and claim the Olympic gold for his team in the Olympic biathlon mixed relay on Tuesday.

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No survivors as Iran finds wreckage of plane on mountain

LONDON (Reuters) - There were no survivors among the 65 passengers and crew on an Iranian plane that ploughed into a mountain top, where most of the bodies lie buried under snow, the first rescue team to reach the wreckage said on Tuesday.

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U.S. top court rejects investor appeals over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revive litigation in which shareholders accused the federal government of overstepping its authority when it restructured mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac following the 2008 housing crisis.

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GOP candidate defends his campaign's AR-15 giveaway

Kansas congressional candidate Tyler Tannahill defends continuing his campaign's AR-15 giveaway in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, saying, "I do support the Second Amendment in the hard times and the bad."

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Trump administration expands short-term health plans in blow to Obamacare

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Bobsleigh: Jamaicans enjoy their Winter moment in the sun

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The much-heralded Jamaican women's bobsleigh team made their Winter Olympic debut on Tuesday on a night of color and emotion and coming 30 years after the country's first appearance at the Games in Calgary.

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

Former Skadden Lawyer Accused in Russia Investigation of Making False Statements

The attorney was interviewed by the special counsel about work he did in Ukraine with Rick Gates, who went on to serve on President Trump’s campaign.

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Toni Braxton announces her engagement

Toni Braxton's last album was in 2014 and titled "Love, Marriage & Divorce."

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Ice Hockey: Germany edge out Switzerland to reach quarters

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Yannic Seidenberg scored less than a minute into overtime to propel Germany past Switzerland 2-1 on Tuesday and give them the last spot in the quarter-finals of the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.

O'Rourke, Beto nytimes.com

The Lone Star Long Shot Who Wants to Topple Ted Cruz

Representative Beto O’Rourke is making a long-shot bid to defeat Ted Cruz and become the first Democrat in Texas to win a statewide office since 1994.

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Agonizing subway ride lands New York woman Worst Commute award

NEW YORK (Reuters) - This is one contest no New York City subway rider wants to win.

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Guess co-founder gives up duties during probe of alleged improper conduct

(Reuters) - Guess Inc said on Tuesday its co-founder Paul Marciano will give up his day-to-day responsibilities at the company on an unpaid basis pending the completion of a probe into accusations of improper conduct.

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Trump to host Swedish prime minister on March 6: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on March 6 at the White House, the president's press secretary said on Tuesday, amid concerns in the Nordic region about Russia's military buildup.

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Xerox shareholders Icahn, Deason urge company to sell itself to rivals

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp shareholders Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason said on Tuesday the U.S. company should seek to sell itself to one of its rivals or a private equity firm.

Kenya nytimes.com

Kenya’s Political Turmoil Is a Tale of Fathers and Sons

The fathers of Kenya’s president and opposition leader were political allies who became adversaries. In a sense, the sons are repeating their battles.

domesticNews reuters.com

Ohio school on lockdown after student apparently shoots self

(Reuters) - A school in Massillon, Ohio, was on lockdown on Tuesday morning after a student suffered an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," the school district said.

technologyNews reuters.com

Medtronic quarterly revenue beats, margins disappoint

(Reuters) - Medical device maker Medtronic Plc's quarterly revenue beat analysts' expectations as new product launches drove sales across its business units, but weaker-than-expected margins clouded the earnings report.

healthNews reuters.com

Zambia cholera epidemic continues to slow as number of deaths declines

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's cholera epidemic continues to slow with seven deaths recorded over the last month, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said on Tuesday.

technologyNews reuters.com

Indian software services sector to grow 7-9 percent in FY19 - lobby group

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - India's software services exports will see revenue growth of 7-9 percent in constant currency terms in the fiscal year to March 2019, a leading lobby group forecast on Tuesday, as the industry continues to recover from what has been a tough year.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Disabled by alcohol - Van Sant brings cartoonist biopic to Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - It was a role Robin Williams wanted to play in honor of his friend "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve - the true story of a quadriplegic who despite his disability makes his name as a talented cartoonist.

cnn.com

'Black Panther' star pays up after bet

Lupita Nyong'o makes "Black Panther" co-star Michael B. Jordan do push-ups after he lost a bet.

cnn.com

Trump keeps up attacks on Obama over Russian meddling

President Donald Trump is continuing to blame his predecessor for not doing enough to deter Russian interference in the 2016 election.

topNews reuters.com

Philippine leader bans news site from covering his events over 'fake news'

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has "lost trust" in local news site Rappler and barred it from covering his official events, his spokesman said on Tuesday, in the latest blow for an outlet known for its tough scrutiny of his government.

Short-Track Speedskating nytimes.com

Short-Track Speedskaters Are Lopsided

They spend hours torqued to the left as they speed around a tight oval. As a result, their bodies are asymmetrical, with much of their right sides bulkier.

healthNews reuters.com

Nestle set to launch first organic products in Brazil in coming weeks

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nestle SA will launch its first organic food line in Brazil in the coming weeks, an executive told Reuters, as the world's biggest food company makes a global push to capture growing interest in healthy and organic products.

sportsNews reuters.com

Short track: South Korea basks in golden chaos

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea powered to gold in a chaotic Olympic women’s short track speed skating 3,000 meters relay on Tuesday, defending the title they won in Sochi.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Albany Agenda

Tuesday: Legislation to watch this year, “Malcolm X Speaks”, and a look at key players in Albany.

sportsNews reuters.com

Russian medalist denies doping after positive test

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian Olympic medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky has denied taking a banned substance in a suspected doping case that has rocked the Pyeongchang Winter Games and could imperil Russia's efforts to regain its full Olympic status.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: Senators Vent Their Frustration About Guns

Tuesday: Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein speak out after a school shooting, an army of bots spring into action, and “Tacros” arrive at the Ferry Building.

cnn.com

Serena Williams: What my near-death experience taught me

I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia.

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

Trump Tries to Shift Blame to Obama for Not Countering Russian Meddling

President Trump suggested that the Obama administration did not do enough to prevent the Kremlin’s influence campaign.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Firm Capital American Realty Partners Announces Acquisitions Of US$33.1 Million Of Residential Properties

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Firm Capital American Realty Partners Corp:

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-Romania says its natural gas output set to double by 2025

BUCHAREST, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Romania could almost double its natural gas production to about 20 billion cubic metres a year by 2025, helped by new offshore discoveries in the Black Sea, the head of the National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANRM), Sorin Gal, said on Tuesday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Ciena Corp CEO's 2017 Total Compensation Was $7.6 Million

* CIENA CORP CEO GARY B. SMITH'S 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $7.6 MILLION VERSUS $6.2 MILLION IN 2016 – SEC FILING‍​ Source text (http://bit.ly/2sEdSaX) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Southeastern Asset Management Reports A 9.8 Pct Stake In Actuant Corp

* SOUTHEASTERN ASSET MANAGEMENT INC REPORTS A 9.8 PERCENT STAKE IN ACTUANT CORP AS OF FEB 15 - SEC FILING Source text (http://bit.ly/2EGDrxB) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Ecolab Reports Q4 EPS Of $1.93

* ECOLAB FOURTH QUARTER REPORTED DILUTED EPS $1.93; ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS $1.39, +11%; EXPECTS FULL YEAR 2018 ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS +12%-16% TO $5.25 TO $5.45 RANGE

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights nytimes.com

Syrian Bombardment Kills Nearly 100 in Eastern Ghouta

Residents of the rebel-held enclave near Damascus described the events as an all-out attack on civilians and infrastructure to force a surrender.

cnn.com

Ex-GOP rep.: Dems coaching the survivors

Former Republican Congressman Jack Kingston questions whether teens who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting can plan a nationwide anti-gun rally, saying Democratic groups are behind the efforts.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Imax Says Marvel Studios' Black Panther Had $35 Mln Four-Day Global Debut

* IMAX - MARVEL STUDIOS' BLACK PANTHER HAD $35 MILLION FOUR-DAY GLOBAL DEBUT ON 676 SCREENS (EXCLUDING CHINA)

businessNews reuters.com

Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in cash-and-stock deal

(Reuters) - U.S. grocery chain operator Albertsons Companies Inc said on Tuesday it would buy the drug stores that Rite Aid Corp is not selling to Walgreens Boots Alliance , in a deal that would create a company with $83 billion in annual revenue.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Boston Scientific Corp Files For Potential Debt Shelf Offering

* BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP FILES FOR POTENTIAL DEBT SHELF OFFERING; SIZE NOT DISCLOSED - SEC FILING‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2GtreIT) Further company coverage:

sportsNews reuters.com

Freestyle skiing: Hungary may rethink after Swaney halfpipe display

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Hungarian Olympic Committee will consider changing its selection procedures after skier Elizabeth Swaney’s halfpipe performance went viral, with many fans wondering why an athlete of such limited ability was competing at the Games.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Gap Announces Departure Of Gap Brand President

* GAP INC - ‍JEFF KIRWAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF GAP BRAND, WILL LEAVE COMPANY​

cnn.com

Survivor hits back on conspiracy theory

Delaney Tarr and Brandon Abzug, two students who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that claims that they're being coached by Democrats are "despicable."

businessNews reuters.com

Walmart worries, bond yields threaten six-day winning streak

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures fell more than half a percent as Wall Street returned from a long holiday weekend on Tuesday, a rise in bond yields and underwhelming results from Walmart halting a six-day winning streak for the major indexes.

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More bombs fall on Syria's Ghouta after heaviest toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces bombarded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people, after the heaviest one-day death toll there in three years on Monday, a war monitoring group said.

businessNews reuters.com

Airbus sees no demand for bigger A350 for now

TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - Airbus is not planning a larger A350 jet and will focus on developing existing versions of the widebody aircraft, an executive said on Tuesday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-American Midstream Enters Definitive Agreement To Sell Refined Products Terminals

* AMERICAN MIDSTREAM ENTERS DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO SELL REFINED PRODUCTS TERMINALS

healthNews reuters.com

Aimmune's peanut allergy drug meets main goal, shares surge

(Reuters) - U.S. drug developer Aimmune Therapeutics Inc said on Tuesday its peanut allergy drug met the main goal of an eagerly awaited late-stage study, sending its shares up 18 percent premarket.

nytimes.com

Florida, Syria, Fox News: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

businessNews reuters.com

Qualcomm gets hedge fund nod with raised offer for NXP

(Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc raised its offer to buy NXP Semiconductors NV to $127.50 per share on Tuesday, and said it has the backing of the shareholder group led by hedge fund Elliott Management that opposed its previous proposal.

cnn.com

Poll: Most blame Congress, Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings

A majority of Americans blame Congress and President Donald Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds.

worldNews reuters.com

U.N. warns of extraordinary humanitarian disaster in southeast Congo

GENEVA (Reuters) - An upsurge of violence in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo is set to cause a "humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions", the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.

sportsNews reuters.com

With glue and tape, skaters strive to keep covered up

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Olympic ice dancers are taking extra precautions to ensure their costumes get attention for all the right reasons, using tape and glue to guarantee they stay covered up as they glide around the ice.

cnn.com

Opinion: The mom's story I could not forget

Some stories do not leave you. You cannot forget them long after you tell them. And you wonder, often, how they end.

healthNews reuters.com

Indonesia seizes record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia seized a record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine from a ship off the northern island of Batam on Tuesday, a narcotics official said, the second major drug bust this month.

Kashmir and Jammu (India) nytimes.com

Journalist or Terrorist? Kashmir Photographer Is Jailed, Pending Answer

The Indian authorities say a young conflict photographer in Kashmir conspired against them. But journalists insist he was jailed to silence him.

cnn.com

More fowl news! KFC chicken shortage will hit UK stores all week

businessNews reuters.com

Walmart profit drops, online sales slow in key holiday quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retail behemoth Walmart Inc on Tuesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and posted a sharp drop in online sales growth during the critical holiday period, sending its shares slumping more than 6 percent in premarket trade.

cnn.com

Albertsons agrees to buy Rite Aid

politicsNews reuters.com

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 20) - Obama administration, America's elections, taxes

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

topNews reuters.com

Britain urges EU to work jointly on Brexit deal, won't undercut rivals

VIENNA (Reuters) - Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday Britain and the European Union could reach a deal to access each others' markets and dismissed fears Britain would use Brexit to cut regulation to attract global businesses, despite past threats to do so.

sportsNews reuters.com

Brilliant Fourcade claims mixed relay gold for France

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - France's Martin Fourcade gave another brilliant display of skiing and shooting to erase a big German lead and claim the Olympic gold for his team in the Olympic biathlon mixed relay on Tuesday.

sportsNews reuters.com

Bobsleigh: Feel the rhythm - Jamaican women make debut

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Jamaican women's bobsleigh team made their Winter Olympic debut on Tuesday, thirty years after the country's first appearance at the Games in Calgary.

cnn.com

Union workers want Disney to pay tax cut bonuses

worldNews reuters.com

Iran summons Swedish envoy over granting of citizenship to prisoner

LONDON (Reuters) - The Iranian foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had summoned the Swedish ambassador to protest over Sweden's granting of citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist being held in Tehran under a death sentence.

sportsNews reuters.com

Snowboarding: American survivor Muss keen to make his mark on snow

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Four years after suffering a life-threatening condition, American snowboarder Aaron "AJ" Muss says he wants to be recognized as one of the best in his sport and "not because I overcame something."

cnn.com

Man wins custody of 13 surrogate children

A Thai court has given a wealthy Japanese businessman sole custody of 13 children he fathered through surrogates in Thailand.

healthNews reuters.com

With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear

CARACAS (Reuters) - Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. The young Venezuelan was able to finish high school and went on to work as a manicurist.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

Guggenheim's Minerd warns of a possible replay of 1987 stock market crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors should brace for a possible replay of the 1987 stock market crash later this year, given this month's slump came against the backdrop of Federal Reserve interest rate...

cnn.com

Bride trapped in elevator on big day

A bride had to call for help after she became stuck in an elevator on the way to her wedding reception.

Actors and Actresses nytimes.com

Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway

After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”

topNews reuters.com

Florida school staff members to return this week after mass shooting that killed 17

(Reuters) - Staff members will return to work on Friday at the Florida school where a gunman shot and killed 17 people in the deadliest shooting ever at a U.S. high school, district officials said, with students expected back next week.

businessNews reuters.com

Home Depot's profit, sales top estimates on higher traffic, spending

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc's profit beat market estimates for the sixth straight quarter on Tuesday as more shoppers visited the No.1 U.S. home improvement chain and spent more on average amid an improving housing market.

technologyNews reuters.com

Spain's Balearic Islands to fine Airbnb 300,000 euros for illegal rentals

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Balearic Islands is fining flat-sharing and rental service Airbnb 300,000 euros ($370,140) for advertising unregistered homes in Mallorca on its web site, the regional government said on Tuesday.

topNews reuters.com

Exclusive: EU scraps border projects as 'Ukraine fatigue' grows

KIEV (Reuters) - The European Union is shutting down a border checkpoint scheme with Ukraine, deepening doubts about Kiev's ability to deliver reforms in return for billions in European aid.

sportsNews reuters.com

Short track: South Korea continue relay dominance

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea powered to gold in the Olympic women’s short track speed skating 3,000 meters relay on Tuesday, defending the title they won in Sochi.

sportsNews reuters.com

Ice Hockey: Norway beat Slovenia in first win since Lillehammer

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norway reached the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals for the first time after Alexander Bonsaksen's wrist shot secured their 2-1 overtime win against Slovenia on Tuesday.

technologyNews reuters.com

Medtronic quarterly profit meets expectations

(Reuters) - Largest U.S. standalone medical device maker Medtronic Plc reported a third-quarter profit in-line with analysts' estimates, as sales across all its units, except the minimally invasive therapies business, grew.

topNews reuters.com

Netanyahu confidants named as suspects in new corruption probe

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police revealed on Tuesday they had arrested the controlling shareholder and CEO of the country's biggest telecoms company, as well as two former officials with close ties to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a corruption case.

Chattanooga (Tenn) nytimes.com

The 52 Places Traveler: Chattanooga Is Changing. But Its Charms Remain.

Despite some transformative growing pains, the city may well be one of the most pleasant and livable ones in the United States.

sportsNews reuters.com

Christie's nightmare Games ends in disqualification

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Elise Christie's disastrous Winter Olympics ended in a third ignominious failure when the British short track skater was disqualified in her women's 1,000 meters heat and had to be carried off the track on Tuesday.

cnn.com

Depressed teen's guns didn't raise red flags for host family

The Florida couple who took in school shooter Nikolas Cruz knew the depressed 19-year-old owned multiple guns, but felt safe knowing the weapons were under lock and key.

cnn.com

Shooter's host family worries about their son

In an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, the couple who took in Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz said they knew the depressed 19-year-old had multiple guns, but felt safe knowing the weapons were locked up.