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Alabama, California, Donald Trump: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

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Blade running Thai dog gets new lease of life

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai dog which had its legs hacked off for chewing a pair of shoes is running free again after being fitted with the type of blades used by paralympic runners.

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RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Healthcare draws election-year worry, but 2016 repeat not seen

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - With another election year looming, investors in the healthcare sector are wary the coming months could reopen wounds suffered during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

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Trump administration bans selected words at health agencies: paper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has told agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

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Opinion: EPA cuts could risk a public health emergency

With time running out for Congress to reach an agreement on the budget, lawmakers are advancing a quiet but crippling assault on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has already suffered years of hollowing out from budget cuts. At stake is the EPA's fundamental ability to carry out its most basic public health and environmental missions. Without full funding for the agency, the health of our children, our seniors and our communities are at risk.

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Kids' health should outweigh tax cuts

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions nytimes.com

News Analysis: File Your Taxes on a Postcard? A G.O.P. Promise Marked Undeliverable

The tax bill on the cusp of being passed by Congress is not the grand simplification of the code that Republicans promised when they set out to eliminate tax breaks and cut the number of tax brackets.

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Metlife says it failed to pay some pensions, flags hit to reserves

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Metlife Inc failed to pay pensions to potentially tens of thousands of people and will have to strengthen its reserves because of the costs of finding and repaying them, the New York insurer said. Metlife said in a filing on Friday that it believed the group missing out on the payments represented less than 5 percent of about 600,000 people who receive benefits from the company via its retirement business. Those affected generally have average benefits of le

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Healthcare draws election-year worry, but 2016 repeat not seen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With another election year looming, investors in the healthcare sector are wary the coming months could reopen wounds suffered during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

Women and Girls nytimes.com

Global Health: Six Lessons in Helping African Women Avoid H.I.V.

Countering the bleak history of AIDS prevention in Africa, a nonprofit explains how it helped women hide H.I.V. prevention pills and deflect male anger.

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Canadian billionaire found dead in Toronto: Ontario health minister

(Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife Honey, were found dead in Toronto on Thursday, Ontario's health minister said on Twitter.

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Republican Party, Ajit Pai, North Korea: Your Friday Evening Briefing

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

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BRIEF-Metlife Says In 2018 Baseline Capital Management Plan Would See Return Close To $5 Bln To Common Shareholders

* METLIFE INC - EXPECT TO HAVE CASH COMMITMENTS OF BETWEEN $2.0 BILLION & $3.0 BILLION OVER 2017 AND 2018 RELATING TO LIABILITY MANAGEMENT TRANSACTIONS

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Peru president fights for political life as impeachment looms

LIMA (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Peru's opposition-ruled Congress filed a motion on Friday to impeach center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on grounds he was morally unfit to lead after he resisted calls to resign over alleged corruption.

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Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labeling rules

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates.

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UPDATE 1-Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labelling rules

* Court said federal rule on bigger tobacco warnings arbitrary

Podcasts nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure

It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our past?

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Wall St. rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes rose in morning trading on Friday, driven by gains in shares of banking and healthcare companies and on hopes that a final Republican tax bill will be unveiled in Congress later in the day.

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Wall St Week Ahead-Healthcare draws election-year worry, but 2016 repeat not seen

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - With another election year looming, investors in the healthcare sector are wary the coming months could reopen wounds suffered during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

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US STOCKS-Wall St rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain

* Indexes up: Dow 0.51 pct, S&P 500 0.65 pct, Nasdaq 0.57 pct (Changes comment, adds details, updates prices)

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CORRECTED-BRIEF-METLIFE EXPECTS CORPORATE, OTHER OPERATING LOSS OF $450-650 MLN AFTER-TAX IN 2018

* EXPECTS GROUP BENEFIT UNIT PREMIUMS, FEES, OTHER REVENUE TO GROW 3 TO 5 PERCENT - OUTLOOK CALL

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From life as thugs to baking, El Salvador's ex-gang members seek peace

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Gang life in the poor Central American country of El Salvador is hard, but for a dozen former members of the feared 18th Street Gang, building a new life outside is no less difficult.

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Finland lets stores sell stronger drinks, health chiefs complain

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish lawmakers narrowly voted on Friday to let grocery stores sell stronger alcoholic drinks, after months of public debate pitting supporters of drinker's rights against health campaigners.

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Net Neutrality, Disney, ‘Star Wars’: Your Friday Briefing

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

Disabilities nytimes.com

Disability: My Supercharged, Tricked Out, Bluetooth Wheelchair Life Force

The bond I have with my fellow bus commuter isn’t just tolerant. It’s fully embracing of me.

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10 health questions that had you Googling this year

What is lupus? How long does the flu last? What causes hiccups?

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BRIEF-Siemens Healthineers Buys Fast Track Diagnostics

* SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF FAST TRACK DIAGNOSTICS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Europe Edition: Theresa May, Net Neutrality, Russia: Your Friday Briefing

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

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Man with ALS to senator: You can save my life

Ady Barkan, a man with ALS, confronted Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) about Barkan's need for medicare disability benefits ahead of the upcoming vote on the latest version of the GOP tax bill.

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21st Century Fox, Net Neutrality, Roy Moore: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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

healthNews reuters.com

Perrigo lines up bid for Merck's consumer health unit: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Generic drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KGaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of a deadline on Friday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Disney, Korea, Theresa May: Your Friday Briefing

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

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UPDATE 1-Perrigo lines up bid for Merck's consumer health unit -sources

* Perrigo to submit non-binding offer for Merck KGaA's OTC unit

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S&P, Dow flat as healthcare losses offset by tech, media gains

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow were trading flat in early afternoon on Thursday as losses in healthcare stocks such as Johnson & Johnson were offset by gains in shares of technology and consumer discretionary companies.

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow flat as healthcare losses offset by tech, media gains

* Weekly jobless claims fall; Nov. retail sales beat estimates

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Perrigo preparing non-binding bid for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters on Thursday, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

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BRIEF-Jaguar Health ‍Enters Collaboration Agreement With SEED For Equilevia​

* JAGUAR HEALTH INC - ‍ENTERED COLLABORATION AGREEMENT WITH SEED MENA BUSINESSMEN SERVICES FOR EQUILEVIA​

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Donald Trump won 81% of the vote in this small town. Life has changed little, but people remain in his corner

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Brazil's Temer delays pension-vote talks as he recovers after surgery

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer has postponed meetings scheduled for Thursday to discuss a crucial pension reform vote as he recovers well in hospital following minor surgery, his office said, and he will not be back on the job until Friday.

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With no deal on children's health plan, U.S. states scramble for Plan B

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For Nancy Minoui of Portland, Oregon, and Crystal Lett of Dublin, Ohio, Congress' failure to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program is not some distant tale of political wrangling.

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These states are running out of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Sixteen states will run out of federal funding for CHIP -- the Children's Health Insurance Program -- by the end of January, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Three-quarters of all states expect to exhaust funds by the end of March unless Congress can agree to fund it.

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Alabama, Salma Hayek, Net Neutrality: Your Thursday Briefing

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

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Last-Ditch Effort to Sway Senator on Tax Bill Involves Personal Pleas

Progressive activists met with Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, in a bid to persuade her to vote against the $1.5 trillion tax bill.

Parties (Social) nytimes.com

A Smarter Way to Clean Up After Your Big Party

Now the party’s over …

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Europe Edition: Brexit, Salma Hayek, Alabama: Your Thursday Briefing

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

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Alabama, White House, Janet Yellen: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

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

Health Insurance and Managed Care nytimes.com

Strong Demand for Health Insurance as Deadline Looms

Nearly 4.7 million people have signed up for health insurance despite cutbacks in federal efforts to promote enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

Art nytimes.com

Down an Internet Rabbit Hole With an Artist as Your Guide

Artists explore some of their off-kilter obsessions in a series of distinctive online videos.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Alabama, Google, North Korea: Your Thursday Briefing

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

cnn.com

See how the tax bill will affect your paycheck

As the Senate rushed to vote on a tax bill, everyone asked the same question: Will my taxes go up or down?

healthNews reuters.com

Half of world's people can't get basic health services: WHO

LONDON (Reuters) - At least half the world's population is unable to access essential health services and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare they cannot afford, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

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Doug Jones, Kirsten Gillibrand, ‘Star Wars’: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

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Why cold air makes your nose run

About 50-90% of people get a runny nose when it's cold. We call this "cold-induced rhinitis", or "skier nose". People with asthma, eczema and hay fever seem to experience it more.

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The very real health dangers of virtual reality

Is the magical world of virtual reality arriving in your home this holiday season?

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UPDATE 1-Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco, helping it cut its debt by 41.4 million pounds.

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Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco for about 47.7 million pounds ($63.55 million).

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Navarro: I'm done with your mansplaining

CNN political analysts discuss what Roy Moore's defeat in Alabama's special election could mean for the Republican party.

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Europe Edition: Alabama, Emmanuel Macron, Austria: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

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Roy Moore, Kirsten Gillibrand, ‘Star Wars’: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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

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Sanders: 'Your mind is in the gutter' over Trump tweet

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders states President Trump's tweets about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are not sexist, saying "only if your mind was in the gutter would you read it that way."

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Asia and Australia Edition: Roy Moore, New York City, Jerusalem: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

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Anchor shares post-brain surgery video

Six months after undergoing brain surgery, former co-anchor of "E! News" Maria Menounos shares a video taken 24 hours after the life-saving procedure.

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IOC bans six Russian female ice hockey players for life over doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned six Russian female ice hockey players from the Olympics for life over doping allegations linked to the 2014 Sochi Games, the ruling body said on Tuesday.

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EU health and food safety experts warn of stubborn salmonella

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of salmonella food poisoning cases in the European Union has risen by 3 percent since 2014 in a "worrying" reversal of a decade-long declining trend, EU health and food safety officials said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Drawbridge Health And Thorne Research Announce Strategic Collaboration

* GENERAL ELECTRIC CO - DRAWBRIDGE HEALTH AND THORNE RESEARCH ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC COLLABORATION Source text - http://bit.ly/2AMRkVN Further company coverage:

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New York City, Alabama, NFL Network: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

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Jimmy Kimmel brings out his son to talk about health care

Late night audiences were given two Kimmels on Monday night.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

The write stuff: Life lessons from author James Patterson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - (The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

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Europe Edition: New York, Vladimir Putin, Johnny Hallyday: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

Exercise nytimes.com

Phys Ed: How Exercise Can Make for Healthier Fat

A single session of exercise may change the molecular workings of fat tissue in ways that, over time, should improve metabolic health.

Influenza nytimes.com

Global Health: The Next Flu Pandemic Will Appear When You Least Expect It

An examination of the great flu epidemics in recent history concludes that next one is likely to arrive in late spring or early summer — not during flu season.

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Tax overhaul could mean major changes to your paycheck

If Republicans succeed in passing a tax overhaul by Christmas, the law could mean major changes for your take-home pay -- not all of them welcome.

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The real-life buildings that inspired Star Wars

In January 1973, George Lucas wrote his first treatment for "Star Wars." Words did not come easily to the director, who always considered himself more a filmmaker than a screenwriter, but the universe in his mind was already bulging at the seams.

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British banker to appeal against life sentence for Hong Kong double murder

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A British banker, jailed for life in Hong Kong last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped in his luxury apartment, is due to launch an appeal on Tuesday.

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New York City, Alabama, Putin: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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

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Finding new life after limb loss

On a spring day in 1990, Mona Patel was walking to class at Cal Poly University when a drunken driver slammed into her. She was 17.

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New York City, North Korea, Jerusalem: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

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Zurich Insurance to buy ANZ's life insurance businesses for $2.14 billion

ZURICH (Reuters) - Zurich Insurance has agreed to buy ANZ's OnePath Life insurance businesses for 2.85 billion Australian dollars ($2.14 billion), the latest and largest foray by the Swiss company into the Australian market.

Ice nytimes.com

Video of Starving Polar Bear ‘Rips Your Heart Out of Your Chest’

A team of conservationists documented the plight of an emaciated polar bear in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Now some wonder what can be done to save them.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Healthcare Realty Trust Expects To Complete Sale Of $300 Mln Of Senior Notes

* HEALTHCARE REALTY TRUST- ON DEC 11, 2017, CO EXPECTS TO COMPLETE SALE OF $300 MILLION AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF CO'S 3.625% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028 Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jvF1sM) Further company coverage:

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You'll be able to watch NFL on your smartphone on any carrier

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Golden Globes: Will your top films and TV shows make the cut?

The nominees for the 75th Golden Globe Awards will soon be revealed.

Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) nytimes.com

The New Health Care: People Don’t Take Their Pills. Only One Thing Seems to Help.

High-tech approaches and “reminder” packaging don’t work well. Reducing prices does.

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BRIEF-Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp ‍Reaffirms 2017 Financial Guidance As Provided On Oct 26, 2017​

* - ‍REAFFIRMING 2017 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE AS PROVIDED ON OCTOBER 26, 2017​

Depression (Mental) nytimes.com

Personal Health: How Loneliness Affects Our Health

Scientists are gaining a more refined — and surprising — understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on health.

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Donald Trump, Roy Moore, N.F.L.: Your Monday Briefing

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

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Keeping tabs on your kids' screen time

When it comes to mobile devices, how much screen time is too much for your kids? CNN's Jacqueline Howard has the details.

Cleansers, Detergents and Soaps nytimes.com

How to Clean Up Your Holiday Messes

Welcome to the latest edition of the Smarter Living newsletter.

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Europe Edition: Donald Trump, Laurent Wauquiez, Syria: Your Monday Briefing

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

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Bitcoin, Nobel Peace Prize: Your Monday Briefing

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

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Jerusalem, Wildfires, Roy Moore: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

Jews and Judaism nytimes.com

Daily Life in Jerusalem? ‘Difficult’ and ‘Intense’ for Arab and Jew

For residents of Jerusalem, over which the world has been battling for thousands of years, everyday frictions can be draining on both sides of the Green Line.

Income Tax nytimes.com

Tax Plans May Give Your Co-Worker a Better Deal Than You

The G.O.P. bills impose different rates on the same income based on things like organizational structure or occupation. At the losing end? Employees with paychecks.

Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) nytimes.com

How to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs

Online prescription sites may help you find cheaper prices for some drugs, sometimes without using your insurance.

cnn.com

Why 'Coco' is so much more than your average box office hit

A little boy wielding a special guitar has made beautiful music at the box office since "Coco" debuted in theaters last month.

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

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

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Wildfires, Puerto Rico, Star Wars: Your Friday Evening Briefing

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

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Capital Research Global Investors Reports 11.1 Pct Passive Stake In Integra Lifesciences As Of Nov 30

* CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS REPORTS 11.1 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES HOLDINGS CORP AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jb88l1) Further company coverage:

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions nytimes.com

Your Money: Under New Tax Plan, the Cost of Aging Could Rise

If the tax bill removes medical expense deductions, many people could lose over $10,000 annually.

Cooking and Cookbooks nytimes.com

A Good Appetite: Want to Pamper Your Holiday Guests? Make Gougères

Served still warm from the oven, pancetta and sage gougères are an indulgent and elegant hors d’oeuvres.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Manulife Financial Corp Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up To $5 Billion

* MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UP TO $5 BILLION– SEC FILING‍​ Source text - (http://bit.ly/2BhcmyL) Further company coverage:

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Trent Franks, Brexit, ‘The Crown’: Your Friday Briefing

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

cnn.com

How to hit your brain's 'kill switch' -- before it's too late

Many of us have found ourselves in the following situation at least once: You're driving down the road, approaching a traffic light, and it turns yellow.

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Avocados: History of an unlikely health food craze

From California to Manila, avocados are a common ingredient on restaurant menus around the world.

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Europe Edition: Jerusalem, California, Johnny Hallyday: Your Friday Briefing

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

State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Please Save Kids’ Health Care

A bipartisan group of state governors warns of the consequences of failing to reauthorize CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the "Star Wars" franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

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Los Angeles, Al Franken, Same-Sex Marriage: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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

Suicides and Suicide Attempts nytimes.com

Sifting Through a Life After Suicide

In a documentary, a filmmaker sorts through the items her sister left behind to try to make sense of her life, and her death.

cnn.com

Opinion: It's your move now on harassment, Republicans

Your ball, GOP.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Al Franken, Los Angeles: Your Friday Briefing

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

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Molina Healthcare - On Dec 4 Co Entered Commitment Letter With Suntrust Bank And SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

* MOLINA HEALTHCARE - ON DEC 4 CO ENTERED COMMITMENT LETTER WITH SUNTRUST BANK AND SUNTRUST ROBINSON HUMPHREY - SEC FILING

worldNews reuters.com

'This is not a life': migrants stranded on Greek island

LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) - Syrian migrant Bashar Wakaa and his heavily pregnant wife are days away from the birth of their third child, stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos in a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove with no running water or toilets.

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Israel, Al Franken, Los Angeles: Your Thursday Briefing

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

PersonalFinance reuters.com

Yes, she's judging you: Luvvie Ajayi on writing a bestselling life

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sometimes in life, the best teachers are not elder statesmen who have been around for decades. Sometimes we can learn the most from young entrepreneurs who are creating something...

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Europe Edition: Jerusalem, Russia, Volkswagen: Your Thursday Briefing

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

Computer and Video Games nytimes.com

How to Choose the Best Apps for Your Kids

Educational tech is still a new field, but parents don’t have to be lost when their kids come asking them to install something new.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Tax Bill Is Likely to Undo Health Insurance Mandate, Republicans Say

House Republicans are embracing the Senate’s repeal of the health law’s mandate that most people have insurance, but they are not buying a side deal to stabilize insurance markets.

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Jerusalem, Franken, Wildfires: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

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

healthNews reuters.com

Knee surgery outcomes linked with education level

(Reuters Health) - Patients who live in low-income communities and lack a college education may have worse pain after knee replacement surgery than their more educated neighbors, a recent study suggests.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Edwards Lifesciences Corp Acquires Harpoon Medical

* EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP - EDWARDS PAID $100 MILLION IN CASH FOR HARPOON AT CLOSING ON DEC. 1

healthNews reuters.com

U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016

(Reuters) - Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday.

companyNews reuters.com

Qualcomm adds security, battery life features to phone chips

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday revealed new security and battery life features on its latest Snapdragon 845 mobile phone processor, a chip that customarily powers high-end Android-based phones from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and others.

Pain-Relieving Drugs nytimes.com

Fewer Pain Pills May Be Best Bet After Surgery

Surgical patients can get as good or better pain relief with a fraction of the amount of opioids typically prescribed.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Vladimir Putin, Wildfires: Your Thursday Briefing

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

PersonalFinance reuters.com

My taxes probably are going up. Are yours?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - No matter what version of the U.S. tax overhaul being considered by Congress becomes law, it looks like I am going to be paying more in taxes next year.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Novartis Says Premenopausal Women Taking Kisqali Benefited For Longer Time Until Health-Related QOL Deterioration

* NOVARTIS KISQALI IS FIRST AND ONLY CDK4/6 INHIBITOR TO SHOW SUPERIOR MEDIAN PFS COMPARED TO ORAL ENDOCRINE THERAPY AS FIRST-LINE TREATMENT IN A PROSPECTIVE, RANDOMIZED PHASE III TRIAL DEDICATED TO PREMENOPAUSAL WOMEN WITH HR+/HER2- ADVANCED BREAST CANCER

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Nominate Yourself to Be Part of Our Reader Center Facebook Community

We’re bringing together a group of our most dedicated readers to talk about our coverage and connect with our journalists and other Times readers.

cnn.com

Colorado's ski rescue dogs are the real-life Paw Patrol

For avid skiers and snowboarders, it's the most wonderful time of year -- the winter ski season has officially begun. But it's not just vacationers and action sports buffs hitting mountains across the country.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 3-UnitedHealth to buy DaVita primary care unit for $4.9 billion

Dec 6 (Reuters) - The largest U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc will buy DaVita Inc's primary and urgent care services for $4.9 billion in its second acquisition this year to expand its fast-growing medical group, it said on Wednesday.

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The stories behind your favorite Christmas songs

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

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These are your white allies on Facebook

Social media conversations on race typically take one of two routes.

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Bannon on Romney: 'You hid behind your religion' to avoid Vietnam

Steve Bannon bashed Mitt Romney Tuesday night for, as he put it, hiding behind his religion to avoid getting drafted into the Vietnam War.

businessNews reuters.com

UnitedHealth to buy DaVita primary care unit for $4.9 billion

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc on Wednesday announced a $4.9 billion deal to buy a unit of DaVita Inc, looking to bolster its primary and urgent care services.

businessNews reuters.com

UnitedHealth to buy DaVita's medical unit for $4.9 billion

(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Wednesday it would buy kidney care services provider DaVita Inc's medical unit for about $4.9 billion cash, as the health insurer looks to expand operations in outpatient care services.

Health Insurance and Managed Care nytimes.com

UnitedHealth Buys Large Doctors Group as Lines Blur in Health Care

The purchase of DaVita Medical Group moves UnitedHealth more into the role of doctor as it buys nearly 300 clinics across six states.

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More than 1M kids could lose health insurance next year

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Jerusalem, Harvey Weinstein, Christine Keeler: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

Disabilities nytimes.com

Disability: I Use a Wheelchair. And Yes, I’m Your Doctor.

Despite the progress we’ve made, a doctor with a disability is still an extremely rare sight.

technologyNews reuters.com

Singapore drone frees your fingers to take photos

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - As more people shoot pictures and videos from consumer drones, researchers in Singapore have found a way round the frustrating task of framing and taking photos while manually piloting the craft. 

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Europe Edition: Jerusalem, Russia, Hallyday: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Tabula Rasa Healthcare Prices Share Offering At $27.5 Per Share

* TABULA RASA HEALTHCARE PRICES OFFERING WHICH INCLUDES 1.35 MILLION AND 1.65 MILLION SHARES AT PRICE TO PUBLIC OF $27.50 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Olympics, Jerusalem, John Conyers: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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

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John Mayer has emergency surgery

John Mayer is on the mend following an emergency appendectomy, his representative confirms to CNN.

environmentNews reuters.com

While U.S. Senate pushes Alaska wildlife refuge drilling, industry looks elsewhere

(Reuters) - Even as the U.S. Senate moves to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the real action is 150 miles (241 km) west, where industry proponents hope a coming sale of 10 million acres of land will revitalize the state's sagging crude production.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Winter Olympics, Yemen: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

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How CVS-Aetna merger could change your health care

As a CVS-Aetna deal looms, here are four ways that a merger just might change health care for those insured under Aetna. "If there isn't a clinic already in your CVS, I think one is coming," one expert says.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Check-Cap Announces Advancement In GE Healthcare Manufacturing Collaboration

* CHECK-CAP ANNOUNCES ADVANCEMENT IN GE HEALTHCARE MANUFACTURING COLLABORATION

cnn.com

Jimmy Kimmel's son has 2nd heart surgery

Jimmy Kimmel is off his show this week, but it's for a good reason.

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Roy Moore, Yemen, Amazon: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

Pain-Relieving Drugs nytimes.com

Global Health: ‘Opiophobia’ Has Left Africa in Agony

Uganda has a strategy for giving scarce morphine to patients in pain. But many poor nations won’t emulate it, over fear of an opioid epidemic.

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Europe Edition: Yemen, Brexit, Jerusalem: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

CVS Caremark Corporation nytimes.com

CVS and Aetna Say Merger Will Improve Your Health Care. Can They Deliver?

The two major health players promise better care and lower costs, but skeptics question whether they can achieve those goals.

cnn.com

North Korean defector's life-saving surgery

CNN's Paula Newton gains exclusive access to video inside the operating room as doctors save the life of a young North Korean defector.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Moody's says CVS-Aetna merger would have negative implications for other health care companies‍​

* Moody's: CVS-Aetna merger would have negative implications for other health care companies‍​ Source text: http://bit.ly/2BzpKdY Further company coverage:

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Republicans Are Coming for Your Benefits

They never cared about deficits, but will gladly use them as an excuse to take away aid for those who need it.

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Utah, Roy Moore, Travel Ban: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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

sportsNews reuters.com

Golf: Woods seemingly healthy again, but too early to predict future glory

(Reuters) - When Tiger Woods tees up next year he will be at an age at which few have dominated, but that will not stop the PGA Tour hype machine and others from promoting his appearance with an implied suggestion Tiger 2.0 will be as good as the previous version which won 14 major championships between 1997 and 2008.

Classical Music nytimes.com

A Symphony Breathes Life Into 400 Broken School Instruments

David Lang’s “symphony for a broken orchestra” had its premiere as part of a project to fix damaged instruments from Philadelphia’s public schools.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Yemen, Michael Flynn: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

domesticNews reuters.com

Six-year-old skeptic tells Santa 'your life is empty'

(Reuters) - A 6-year-old boy from the Washington area has shaken up social media with an all-too-skeptical letter to Santa Claus in which he pretends to know jolly Saint Nick's life is empty and that Santa had no idea whether he had been naughty or nice.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

F.B.I. ‘Destroyed’ Flynn’s Life for Lying, Trump Says, but ‘Nothing Happened’ to Clinton

President Trump did not specify what he thought Hillary Clinton lied to the F.B.I. about.

healthNews reuters.com

Healthcare prices hard to find online

Reuters Health - Consumers who search online for prices of common medical procedures may be disappointed by what they find, a U.S. study suggests.

cnn.com

What it's like to freeze your eggs on the company's dime

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Care1st Health Plan Arizona Signs Agreement With Equality Health

* CARE1ST HEALTH PLAN ARIZONA SIGNS VALUE-BASED AGREEMENT WITH EQUALITY HEALTH TO OFFER AN EXPANDED NETWORK AND CULTURALLY COMPETENT SERVICES

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Nominating Your Neighbors

Monday: our annual New Yorkers of the Year contest, and a literary salon for all ages.

Cataracts nytimes.com

Personal Health: Cataract Surgery May Prolong Your Life

People who can see better are more likely to get exercise, take their medication and avoid falls, experts say.

Research nytimes.com

The New Health Care: Why a Lot of Important Research Is Not Being Done

Lawsuits have an intimidating effect on an already difficult enterprise.

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Billy Bush, Kennedy Center Honors, N.F.L.: Your Monday Briefing

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

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Europe Edition: Donald Trump, Syria, Corsica: Your Monday Briefing

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

Serial Murders nytimes.com

11-Year-Old Has Spent Her Life in Jail, a Serial Killer as a Cellmate

Meena, an Afghan girl born behind bars, has never been outside, and her convicted mother can keep her until she is 18. She is not the only child there, either.

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CVS buys Aetna in huge deal that could change health care

CVS is buying health insurance giant Aetna, the companies announced Sunday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-CVS Health to acquire Aetna in $69 bln deal

* CVS HEALTH TO ACQUIRE AETNA; COMBINATION TO PROVIDE CONSUMERS WITH A BETTER EXPERIENCE, REDUCED COSTS AND IMPROVED ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE EXPERTS IN HOMES AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

McConnell, Mitch nytimes.com

On Washington: For McConnell, Health Care Failure Was a Map to Tax Success

The Senate majority leader explained how Republicans secured the votes they needed, and said the economy would show whether they were right about the bill.

businessNews reuters.com

CVS Health to acquire Aetna for $69 billion in year's largest acquisition

(Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for $69 billion, seeking to tackle soaring healthcare spending through lower-cost medical services in pharmacies.

businessNews reuters.com

CVS-Aetna deal to change how big employers buy health benefits

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp's proposed purchase of Aetna Inc will change the way many major U.S. corporations buy health coverage for employees and raise new questions over the cost of those benefits, benefit consultants said.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 2-CVS Health to acquire Aetna for $69 bln in year's largest acquisition

Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for $69 billion, seeking to tackle soaring healthcare spending through lower-cost medical services in pharmacies.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Michael Flynn, North Korea, Rohingya: Your Monday Briefing

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

CVS Caremark Corporation nytimes.com

The New Health Care: Why a CVS-Aetna Merger Could Benefit Consumers

Consolidation in health care has generally not been good for Americans. Here’s why this seems to be an exception.

CVS Caremark Corporation nytimes.com

CVS Is Said to Agree to Buy Aetna, Reshaping Health Care Industry

The huge deal, in the works for months, is partly a pre-emptive move to fend off competition in the pharmacy business from Amazon.

businessNews reuters.com

Aetna agrees to $69 billion sale to CVS Health: sources

(Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors approved on Sunday the U.S. health insurer's sale to drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-Aetna agrees to $69 bln sale to CVS Health -sources

Dec 3 (Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors approved on Sunday the U.S. health insurer's sale to drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

cnn.com

Jared Kushner gets personal

Jared Kushner discusses his personal life and work in the White House at a rare public appearance at the Saban Forum in Washington.

businessNews reuters.com

Aetna's board set to approve $68 billion sale to CVS Health: sources

(Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors was meeting on Sunday to approve the U.S. health insurer's sale to U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

companyNews reuters.com

Aetna's board set to approve $68 bln sale to CVS Health -sources

Dec 3 (Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors was meeting on Sunday to approve the U.S. health insurer's sale to U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America (Book) nytimes.com

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Debating Pot in America

Emily Dufton discusses “Grass Roots,” her look at the history of activism on both sides of the marijuana debate.

cnn.com

75 days after Maria, this is life in St. Croix

As the islands' residents negotiate their daily lives, there's a gigantic line on their calendar: before Maria, and after. Almost nothing about the two is the same.

healthNews reuters.com

Philippine president vows to get to the bottom of dengue vaccine 'health scam'

MANILA (Reuters) - The office of the Philippine president on Sunday vowed to hold accountable those responsible for a suspended dengue immunization program, which it said placed thousands of lives at risk.

nytimes.com

Republican Party, Michael Flynn, North Korea: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

Baseball nytimes.com

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.

Teeth and Dentistry nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: For the Holidays, Pull a Tooth or Save a Life

Here are ideas for gifts that will make a difference.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Books News: Sex, Plagiarism and Spyware. This Is Not Your Average Copyright Complaint.

Dueling lawsuits by novelist Emma Cline and her ex-boyfriend involve high-profile lawyers in what has become a high-profile case.

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Michael Flynn, Tax Bill, Rex Tillerson: Your Evening Briefing

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

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Jaguar Health Announces Adjournment Of Special Meeting Of Stockholders Until Friday, December 15, 2017

* JAGUAR HEALTH ANNOUNCES ADJOURNMENT OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS UNTIL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Weedmd Secures License From Health Canada To Sell Cannabis Oil

* WEEDMD SECURES LICENSE FROM HEALTH CANADA TO SELL CANNABIS OIL

healthNews reuters.com

Nestle, Stada prepare rival bids for Germany's Merck consumer health: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Swiss food giant Nestle and the private equity owners of German drug firm Stada are both preparing tentative bids for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, several sources told Reuters.

businessNews reuters.com

Exclusive: CVS eyes major expansion of health clinics with Aetna deal - sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp is planning to significantly expand health services at its retail pharmacies if it completes a more than $66 billion deal for insurer Aetna Inc , a move that could save more than $1 billion annually, people familiar with the matter said.

Opera nytimes.com

Review: A ‘Phantom Opera’ Dreams Between Life and Death

Pauline Oliveros’s “The Nubian Word for Flowers,” left unfinished at its composer’s death last year, had its premiere on Thursday in Brooklyn.

healthNews reuters.com

Doctors rarely discuss end-of-life care for chronic lung conditions

(Reuters Health) - Though most people suffering from chronic respiratory diseases want to discuss their preferences for end-of-life care with medical providers, they seldom do, a new review of past research suggests.

healthNews reuters.com

Italy needs to do more against olive tree disease: EU health chief

PARIS (Reuters) - The EU's top health official called on Italy to do more to contain a bacterium that has ravaged olive groves in part of the country and for which no treatment currently exists.