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China's industrial heartland struggles in Beijing's fight against smog

SHIJIAZHUANG, China (Reuters) - Severe natural gas shortages are hitting businesses and residents across China's industrial heartland as an unprecedented government effort to clean up an environment devastated by decades of unbridled growth backfires.


BRIEF-EastGroup Properties Says Acquired Gwinnett Progress Center In Atlanta For $29.2 Million


Biden, Joseph R III

Joe Biden Comforts Meghan McCain in Heartfelt Exchange on ‘The View’

“One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John,” Mr. Biden told a tearful Ms. McCain. Her father, John McCain, has the same form of cancer that killed his son Beau.


A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

Rapid, erratic heartbeats — called ventricular tachycardia — can lead to sudden death. An experimental radiation treatment has eased the condition in five patients.

Baby survives after being born with heart outside her body

ADHD meds in pregnancy raise risk of heart defects

The attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder drug methylphenidate is associated with an increased risk of heart defects in infants whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.


BRIEF-Heartland Financial USA Declares Special Cash Dividend


Birth Defects

Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Body Is Saved by U.K. Surgeons

Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who had her first operation within an hour of birth, is believed to be first newborn in Britain to survive the corrective procedure.


Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco technology companies including Twitter,, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee.

Google to open artificial intelligence center in China


Google launching artificial intelligence research center in China

BEIJING, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country's local talent, even as the U.S. search firm's products remain blocked in the country.


BRIEF-Heartland Financial USA Announces Plan To Acquire First Bank Lubbock Bancshares In Texas



UPDATE 5-San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65 - mayor's office

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a champion for the technology sector and former civil rights attorney who sued the city on behalf of tenants and would go on to lead as its first Chinese American mayor, died early on Tuesday, officials said.


BRIEF-Daiichi Sankyo And Puma Biotechnology To Collaborate With Major Cancer Center In HER2-Mutated Cancer


Bitcoin (Currency)

The Shift: I Was Wrong About Bitcoin. Here’s Why.

Our columnist predicted in 2013 that Bitcoin, then a new digital currency, would soon die. He points to five assumptions he got wrong.

President threw his support behind Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually abusing teens

Alabama voters are casting their ballots today as the nation watches their US Senate election between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.


Cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase, Bitfinex down

(Reuters) - Digital currency exchange operators Coinbase and Bitfinex reported problems with service through their websites on Tuesday, frustrating traders seeking to cash in on the latest surge in the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.


Irish start-up helps local shops compete with online giants

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Pointy, a Dublin-based firm with Silicon Valley backers, is solving the problem of how to make it easier for people to find products they want close to home, as shopping online gets easier but locating what you want locally remains elusive.

If Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore tonight, he'll achieve something that hasn't been done in more than a decade


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

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


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

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

Lee, Edwin M

Ed Lee, San Francisco Mayor, Dies at 65

Mr. Lee was a civil rights lawyer who, in 2011, became the first Asian-American to be elected as mayor of the city.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee died early Tuesday morning at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, according to a statement from his office.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

Westfield, Owner of World Trade Center Mall, to Be Sold for $15.7 Billion

Unibail-Rodamco is set to acquire Westfield, owner of the Garden State Plaza in New Jersey and the shopping center at One World Trade Center, among others.


BRIEF-Trico Bancshares Enters San Francisco Bay Area With Acquisition Of FNB Bancorp



Basics: Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

We may covet gemstones for their beauty, but their real value lies in what they tell scientists about the extreme forces at work deep underground.


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.

Voter Registration and Requirements

Op-Ed Contributor: The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided

Blame the state’s voter suppression campaign.


Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.

Cosmetics and Toiletries

Opinion: I Grew Up Around Korean Beauty Products. Americans, You’ve Been Had.

The pedestrian origin story of the triple cleanse and snail slime face serum.


Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili says he has been detained again in Kiev

KIEV (Reuters) - The former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili said on Friday he had been detained again by Ukrainian authorities, after he escaped police custody earlier this week.


Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Micronesia: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

(Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck east-northeast of Yap in Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said, but there was no tsunami threat.

Bitcoin (Currency)

Bitcoin’s Price Has Soared. What Comes Next?

The value of a single Bitcoin has risen 1,500 percent this year. Traditional financial institutions and a dose of irrationality are fueling the boom.


He’s 22. She’s 81. Their Friendship Is Melting Hearts.

The two met on the Words With Friends app, and photos of their in-person meeting delighted thousands of people on social media.

Bitcoin (Currency)

Bitcoin Hasn’t Replaced Cash, but Investors Don’t Care

Investors have lifted Bitcoin past $13,000, likening it to gold as a place to store money. Early followers who hoped for a faster, cheaper way to pay for things are looking elsewhere.

Bitcoin (Currency)

Coinbase: The Heart of the Bitcoin Frenzy

The San Francisco start-up has been at the center of the virtual currency boom. But like any young company, it is experiencing growing pains.

New York Times

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.


California Fires: Blaze Breaks Out Near Getty Center in Los Angeles

A brush fire erupted on the west side of Los Angeles before dawn on Wednesday, while a much larger fire continued to rage out of control in the Ventura area.

Balding, premature graying tied to higher heart disease risk

Male-pattern baldness and premature greying are associated with a greater risk of heart disease before the age of 40 than obesity, according to a new study from India. Does this mean that doctors should be screening our hairline alongside traditional risk factors such as our weight and blood pressure?


Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after San Francisco murder acquittal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted on federal charges an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was acquitted last week of murder by a San Francisco jury, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.


BRIEF-Preferred Apartment Communities To Acquire Grocery-Anchored Shopping Center Through Subsidiary



Britain says 'conceivable' Manchester attack might have been stopped

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd said on Tuesday a government report had concluded it was "conceivable" that security services could have prevented a suicide attack which killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester in May.

Jimmy Kimmel's son has 2nd heart surgery

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

Analyst: North Korean missile images appear to have been tampered with

The photographs North Korean state media released of last week's Hwasong-15 nighttime missile test appear to have been tampered with, an analyst told CNN.

Venture Capital

DealBook: From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups

The fund started by an AOL co-founder and an author has attracted a Who’s Who of American business to invest in the heartland’s entrepreneurs.

Who's been charged in the Mueller probe

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is the fourth person connected to President Donald Trump's campaign to be charged as part of an investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump's team, as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.


BRIEF-Moleculin Biotech Says Co Was Informed That Investigational NDA For Phase I Trial Of WP1066 Has Been Allowed By FDA


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

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

Kennedy Center Honors goes on without Trump

Town at center of Brexit tug-of-war fears border changes

Tucked away in the rolling hills of County Armagh in Northern Ireland lies a quiet village called Middletown. Its name couldn't be more apt. That's because Middletown stands amid a Brexit tug-of-war.


Without Trump, Kennedy Center celebrates Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts.

Trump, Donald J

Kennedy Center Honors Evoke Politics, Even Without Trump

The five artistic trailblazers who were recognized spoke openly about President Trump and his policies. He skipped the gala to avoid “political distraction.”

Bitcoin (Currency)

In South Korea, the Virtual Currency Boom Hits Home

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are booming around the world. In South Korea, regular investors are leading the way for the global frenzy.


Without Trump, Kennedy Center honors Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts.

Rockefeller Center tree lights up New York holidays

It's been one of the essential New York holiday traditions for decades now: The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.


FDA approves heart protection claims for Amgen cholesterol drug

(Reuters) - Amgen Inc can now promote the ability of its potent but expensive cholesterol drug to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, after U.S. health regulators approved adding those benefits to the medicine's prescribing label, the company said on Friday.


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Weddings and Engagements

Vows: Bling Bling Had the Rings, the Pilot Her Heart

Sarah Ward and Jonathan Rupp met after she had spent the day trying to wrangle a pony at her family’s farm. She was covered in “horse slime.”

Corker is at the center of the uncertainty surrounding the Senate tax bill

Republican leaders are racing to find support for their tax bill just hours ahead a critical vote, harkening back to the health care bill debacle this summer that left them empty handed.


Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in San Francisco, Trump slams verdict

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.


Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in politically charged San Francisco trial

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.


Mexican immigrant acquitted in shooting death of woman in San Francisco: local media

(Reuters) - A jury acquitted a Mexican immigrant of murder and manslaughter charges on Thursday in the shooting death of a woman in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on its Twitter page.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Happy Anniversary, Heart Transplant

Fifty years after the first procedure in a human, the organ still has a hold on us.


Hospital quality-control program tied to rise in heart failure deaths

(Reuters Health) - Financial penalties designed to encourage hospitals to avoid repeat hospitalizations are working, but they’re also associated with higher mortality rates for patients with heart failure, a U.S. study suggests.

The media men who have been accused of sexual misconduct


West Africa population planners battle to woo Muslim hearts

DAKAR/LIBORE, Niger (Reuters) - Mabingue Ngom, the head of the U.N. Population Fund in West Africa, knows that if he wants to cut birth rates he can't ignore religion.


Garrison Keillor Says He Has Been Fired Over Allegations of Improper Conduct

The creator of “A Prairie Home Companion” told The Associated Press that he was fired from Minnesota Public Radio.

Savannah Guthrie: We are heartbroken


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Phys Ed: How Running May or May Not Help the Heart

Running marathons may not make up for some of the bad choices we make in our diet and lifestyles.


BRIEF-Novoheart Holdings Reports Qtrly Loss Per Share Of C$0.09‍​

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RPT-COLUMN-Cobalt, the heart of darkness in the shiny electric vehicle story: Andy Home

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The electric vehicle (EV) story continues to gather momentum, with even major oil companies scrambling to join the coming green energy revolution.

'Coco' is the movie Latinos have been waiting for


Russian envoy to U.S. to inspect San Francisco consulate: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow's ambassador to the United States will inspect the Russian consulate in San Francisco, from which staff has been expelled, on a visit to California later this month, the Russian embassy to the United States said on Tuesday, according to the news agency RIA.


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Bitcoin (Currency)

As Bitcoin Scrapes $10,000, an Investment Boom Like No Other

The virtual currency’s price reached a new threshold, leaving critics and enthusiasts alike stunned by its soaring value.


Bruce Springsteen’s Tenure on Broadway Has Been Extended

The singer’s sold-out solo show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” was extended from Feb. 28 through June 30, 2018.

Sen. Al Franken on allegations: 'This has been a shock'

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken returned to Capitol Hill Monday for the first time since reports of sexual harassment against him were reported last month, apologizing for letting people down and vowing to regain lost trust.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Added to the Storm’s Toll, Guilt and Heartache for Puerto Ricans Who Fled

After Hurricane Maria, the reasons for leaving Puerto Rico were obvious. Still, an exodus has stirred guilt, resentment and fear it could slow the recovery.

Charles Barkley: Moore should have been disqualified 'before this women stuff'

Former NBA star Charles Barkley weighed in on the Alabama Senate race Saturday, saying embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore should be disqualified from the race because of his association with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

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

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

Baryshnikov, Mikhail

Mikhail Baryshnikov Gives a Tour of His Arts Center

Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, introduces the Baryshnikov Arts Center and its most recent crop of international artists.

Hovater, Tony

In America’s Heartland, the Nazi Sympathizer Next Door

Tony Hovater, a 29-year-old welder, helped form a pro-Nazi group that marched in Charlottesville. Now he is hoping his ideas will go mainstream.


BMW to spend $237 million on battery cell center

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW will bundle its battery cell expertise in a new competence center, the German luxury carmaker said on Friday, adding it would invest 200 million euros ($237 million) in the site over the next four years.


Ask Well: Am I at High Risk for a Heart Attack?

Physicians use a number of different factors to assess your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Spacey, Kevin

News Analysis: The Artist Has Been Rebuked. Now What Do We Do With His Art?

Shows and films caught up in harassment scandals have become radioactive, and the culture is wrestling with where to draw the line.


Japan's Osaka to snap sister city link with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue

TOKYO (Reuters) - The mayor of Japan's western city of Osaka plans to cut ties with U.S. sister city San Francisco after the latter accepted the donation of a "comfort women" statue from a private group there.


Exclusive: China's SenseTime plans IPO, U.S. R&D center as early as 2018

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) start-up SenseTime Group, valued at more than $2 billion, is planning an IPO and aims to open a U.S. research and development center as early as next year, its founder told Reuters.


Exclusive: China's SenseTime plans IPO, aims to open R&D center in U.S.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese artificial intelligence start-up SenseTime Group is planning an initial public offering (IPO) and aims to open a research and development (R&D) center in the United States as early as next year, its founder told Reuters in an interview.

Police remove 400 refugees from closed detention center

A police operation is underway on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to try and remove up to 400 refugees from a recently shut down detention center for people seeking asylum in Australia, according to PNG police and Australia's immigration minister.


Tech still hedge funds' sweetheart sector: Goldman Sachs

LONDON (Reuters) - Tech stocks remain the largest net sector exposure for equity hedge funds, which are set to deliver their strongest returns since 2013, Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday in a note on the industry's most and least favored areas of the market.


Tech still hedge funds' sweetheart sector -Goldman Sachs

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Tech stocks remain the largest net sector exposure for equity hedge funds, which are set to deliver their strongest returns since 2013, Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday in a note on the industry's most and least favoured areas of the market.


First love, gay love, take center stage in 'Call Me By Your Name'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Call Me By Your Name" became a landmark for gay romantic fiction when it was first published in 2007, but the makers of a new movie version say it will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good love story.


Samsung Electronics to set up AI research center

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it would create an artificial intelligence (AI) research center and strengthen an executive role to look for new business areas for all its three major business groups.

Deaths (Obituaries)

David Cassidy, Heartthrob and ‘Partridge Family’ Star, Dies at 67

Mr. Cassidy was beloved by fans during the 1970s and worked as a performer for decades but he struggled with his early exposure to fame.

'70s teen heartthrob who shot to fame as Keith on 'The Patridge Family' dies at age 67, his publicist says

David Cassidy, who came to fame as a '70s teen heartthrob and lead singer on "The Partridge Family," has died, according to his publicist Jo-Ann Geffen. He was 67.


David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67

(Reuters) - David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the television show "The Partridge Family," died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said.


American, United settle World Trade Center developer's 9/11 claims

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The developer of the World Trade Center in New York has reached a $95.2 million settlement of all claims against American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and other aviation defendants stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which involved the carriers' hijacked planes.


World Trade Center developer settles with United, American over 9/11

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The developer of the World Trade Center site in New York has reached a $95.2 million settlement of all claims against American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and other aviation industry defendants stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which involved the carriers' hijacked planes.


Death of Border Patrol agent in Texas may have been assault: FBI

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent who died while patrolling a remote part of West Texas may have been assaulted, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday in a case that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to renew his call for a border wall.

Submarines and Submersibles

Crew of Missing Argentine Submarine Had Been Ordered Back to Home Port

The disclosure confirmed what relatives of the 44 sailors on board had feared: that the vessel had been experiencing equipment malfunction.


Retailer Auchan says it has not been approached by Amazon in Europe

PARIS, Nov 20 (Reuters) - French retailer Auchan said on Monday it had not been approached by E-commerce giant Amazon about deals or partnerships in Europe, with speculation still rife that Amazon may be eyeing European transactions.


Patriots 33, Raiders 8: Patriots Get Hearty Welcome, and Win Over Raiders, in Mexico

An announced crowd of 77,000 at Estadio Azteca cheered from start to finish as Tom Brady passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-8 victory.

Arts and Antiquities Looting

Critic’s Notebook: The Void at the Heart of ‘Gurlitt: Status Report’

Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove of inherited art, hidden for decades, is finally on view in two exhibitions. But bringing it into the light can’t dispel his ghost.

The President's aides try to prevent comparisons to Trump, who's been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women

As a swirl of sexual impropriety allegations roil Washington, President Donald Trump's top aides are trying to inoculate him from comparisons with the stories of more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.


Google buys plot near Apple's planned Danish data center

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said it has bought a plot of land in southern Denmark adjacent to a planned Apple Inc data center to make sure it has the option of building one there too.


Sausage Roll Jesus Creates Heartburn for U.K. Bakery Firm

To promote an advent calendar, Greggs stirred outrage with a Nativity scene in which the infant Jesus was replaced by a flaky sausage roll.


Former number one Donald in hospital after heart scare

(Reuters) - Former world number one Luke Donald was admitted to a Georgia hospital after feeling prolonged chests pains, the English golfer said in a social media post on Thursday.

Franken accuser: 'I've been angry about it' for 10 years

Leeann Tweeden, who has said that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken forcibly kissed and groped her, said Thursday that Franken's forced kiss on her years ago was "persistent" and "uncomfortable."

Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Who’d Gain From an Estate Tax Rollback: The 0.2 Percenters

Scarcely 5,000 estates a year fall under the tax, but those seeking to reduce or eliminate it have outsize influence.


Slightly elevated blood sugar not tied to higher risk of heart attack

(Reuters Health) - For people who already have cardiovascular problems, having high blood sugar below the cutoff for diabetes diagnosis doesn’t raise the risk of potentially fatal heart “events,” a recent study suggests.

American Heart Association president has heart attack

The president of the American Heart Association, Dr. John Warner, had a minor heart attack Monday during the organization's scientific conference taking place in Anaheim, California, according to a press release.


BRIEF-Celgene Corp and bluebird bio announce bb2121 anti-BCMA CAR-T cell therapy has been granted Breakthrough Therapy designation from FDA

* Celgene Corp and bluebird bio announce bb2121 anti-BCMA CAR-T cell therapy has been granted Breakthrough Therapy designation from FDA and prime eligibility from EMA for relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma


Has All of Opera’s Gold Already Been Mined? John Adams Thinks Not.

Hiking in California’s gold country with John Adams, an enfant-terrible-turned-elder-statesman whose new Gold Rush opera is definitely not Puccini’s.


Cardiac arrest study in young athletes raises heart screening questions

(Reuters Health) - Screening exams to identify young athletes at risk for cardiac arrest might not be worthwhile, a new study suggests.


Heart failure patients’ odds of hospitalization tied to diabetes

(Reuters Health) - Heart failure patients may be less likely to be hospitalized or die prematurely if they don’t also have diabetes – but even if they do have it, they may still minimize their risk by controlling their blood sugar, a recent study suggests.


Head of U.S. National Counterterrorism Center departing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The highly regarded head of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, which coordinates intelligence sharing on militant plots, is retiring at the end of the year, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement on Wednesday.

Law and Legislation

Hidden in the Senate Tax Bill: Surprise Gifts for Breweries and Start-Ups

The legislation so far has proved difficult for lobbyists to crack, but an amendment on Tuesday included some exceptions.


BRIEF-Intercontinental Exchange says Benjamin Jackson has been named president​

* Intercontinental exchange announces management team promotions


Start-up at Mexico's top refinery has begun, still no output

MEXICO CITY, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Mexico's national oil company Pemex's biggest refinery has begun bringing plants back online following a prolonged stoppage caused by a major earthquake in September, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Mostly Mozart Festival

Lincoln Center to End Its Namesake Summer Festival

Jane Moss, who revived the center’s Mostly Mozart festival, will take control of all summer programming with the demise of the Lincoln Center Festival.

Trapped in detention center: 'They don't know my name'

'The whole city has been destroyed'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traveled Tuesday to the areas worst hit by Sunday's devastating earthquake, where some residents say they are struggling to cope without basic necessities.


U.S. top court to hear fight over California pregnancy center law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.


Variety of nuts tied to lower risk of heart disease

(Reuters Health) - People who regularly eat a variety of nuts including walnuts, peanuts and tree nuts may be less likely to develop heart disease than individuals who rarely or never eat nuts, a U.S. study suggests.


Nigeria's Buhari to visit heartland of Biafra secessionists

ABUJA (Reuters) - President Muhammadu Buhari is to visit southeast Nigeria this week, his spokesman said on Monday, his first trip since taking office to a region formerly known as Biafra.


Why Richard Avedon’s Work Has Never Been More Relevant

The photographer’s social conscience, revealed in a show at Pace/MacGill and a new edition of “Nothing Personal,” deepens his enduring legacy.


Sex rarely makes heart stop beating

(Reuters Health) - Most people who worry that having sex might stop their heart can probably just relax and enjoy themselves, a new study suggests.


Novartis launches heart drug counter-offensive

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis plans to plow through doubts over its canakinumab drug by asking regulators this year to approve the medicine as a treatment for a group of heart attack survivors that the Swiss drugmaker says is most likely to benefit.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Justices Take Cases on Free Speech at Pregnancy Centers and Polling Places

One case asks whether centers operated by abortion opponents must provide information on the procedure. The other is on political apparel at polling places.


U.S. top court to hear dispute over California pregnancy center law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.


ESPN brings SportsCenter show to Snapchat

(Reuters) - U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN launched its flagship SportsCenter program on messaging app Snapchat on Monday, reimagining the show that provides sports highlights and commentary into a short-form series.


Microsoft founder Gates commits $100 million for fund, start-ups, to fight Alzheimer's

LONDON (Reuters) - Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is to invest $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture capital fund that brings together industry and government to seek treatments for the brain-wasting disease.


PNG threatens to forcibly remove asylum seekers from abandoned Australian detention center

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said authorities would take steps on Monday to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention center without food or running water.


Papua New Guinea to begin forcible removal of asylum seekers from detention center

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said authorities would take steps on Monday to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention center without food or running water.

Man at heart of Clinton 'dirt' claim mysteriously vanishes

Professor Joseph Misfud, one of the main subjects in the FBI affidavit against candidate Donald Trump's ex-foreign policy adviser George Papadopolous, has disappeared. CNN's Nic Robertson has more.

US troops killed in ambush may have been on unapproved mission

Military investigators looking at the Niger mission that killed four US troops are aiming to determine whether the Green Beret-led team had proper authorization and the most current intelligence about ISIS in the area before they went to a deserted camp to look for evidence of extremist activity, two US officials told CNN.

Trump: US has not been treated fairly by WTO

During the APEC CEO summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, President Donald Trump accuses the World Trade Organization of treating the United States unfairly.


Some leave remote Australian-run asylum detention center as deadline and crisis loom

SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 20 asylum seekers left an abandoned Australian-run detention center in remote Papua New Guinea on Friday, leaving hundreds threatened with forcible eviction within days amid an immigration standoff that has blighted Australia for years.


Chipmaker Nvidia tops estimates on gaming, data center boost

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp's quarterly profit and revenue topped market estimates and the chipmaker also gave a strong revenue forecast for the current quarter, powered by demand for its graphics chips used in gaming and data centers.


UPDATE 2-Chipmaker Nvidia tops estimates on gaming, data center boost

* Shares up 2 pct after hours; up 92 pct this year (Adds analysts' comment, background on self-driving cars)


Chipmaker Nvidia tops estimates on gaming, data center gains

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong demand for its graphics chips used in personal computers and devices for gaming, and in data centers.


Pope Francis: Mass Is for Lifting Hearts, Not Cellphones

During a general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said Catholics should stop picking up their phones to take pictures during Mass.


Heart valve replacement success may depend on age, valve type

(Reuters Health) - People who need a heart valve replaced often face a dilemma: should they have a mechanical valve made of graphite or a biological valve derived from a cow or pig? A new study suggests the answer depends on the age of the patient and which of the heart’s valves needs to be replaced.


BRIEF-Rent-A-Center sends letter to Vintage Capital Management

* Rent-A-Center says board of co sent letter to Vintage Capital Management Llc‍​ responding to Vintage's nonbinding proposal to buy co - SEC filing

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

The Neediest Cases Fund: Her Brother’s Death Left Her Heartbroken. Then She Had a Heart Attack.

Sylvia Rivera, 56, felt chest pain in the hours after her younger brother died. On bed rest and unable to work, she faced eviction from her Bronx home.


Running Through the Heart of Navajo

The Canyon de Chelly Ultra on the Navajo reservation tests hearts, minds and legs on a treacherous, 34-mile path up 1,000 feet, to finish “in beauty.”


Lift up your hearts, not your cell phones, pope tells priests, bishops

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday chastised priests and bishops who take pictures with their cell phones during Masses, saying they should focus on God instead.


San Francisco fund manager gets 2-1/2 years for fraud conspiracy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A San Francisco investment fund manager was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud investors by fabricating an impressive...

Opinion: She shouldn't have been let go

Jill Filipovic says the Trump critic was expressing her personal opinion on her own time, not representing her company, and, if that's why she was fired, should not have lost her job as a result

Shooter's past: Report says he escaped behavior center in '12

Texas church gunman Devin Kelley escaped a New Mexico mental health facility in 2012, according to documents from the El Paso Police Department.


Israeli start-up says Apple copied its patented smartphone camera technology

Nov 7 (Reuters) - An Israeli startup has sued Apple Inc , accusing the iPhone maker of copying its patented smartphone camera technology.


Berlin start-up raises nearly $12 million to create first equity token

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Berlin-based Neufund said it has raised 10 million euros ($11.6 million) from private investors for its fund-raising platform, the first ever that will allow companies to issue a token or digital currency that will represent equity.


At the Met Opera, a Note So High, It’s Never Been Sung Before

It’s an A above high C — the equivalent of a pole vault to the sun. Few performers can hit it, but it’s a requirement in “The Exterminating Angel.”


UPDATE 1-Centerra Gold to buy AuRico Metals in C$310 mln deal

Nov 7 (Reuters) - Canadian miner Centerra Gold Inc said on Tuesday it would buy smaller rival AuRico Metals Inc in a deal valued at C$310 million ($243 million).


Papua New Guinea court rejects bid to restore water, food to detention center

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court rejected an application on Tuesday to restore water, electricity and food supply to an Australian-run detention center in which nearly 600 men have been barricaded for a week, refusing to move.

Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Researchers Leave Elon Musk Lab to Begin Robotics Start-Up

Pieter Abbeel, a Berkeley professor, is part of the team that has started Embodied Intelligence to make it possible for robots to learn on their own.


Eyeing national vote, Berlusconi celebrates win for center right in Sicily

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi looked poised on Monday for a stunning political comeback, as his rightist bloc claimed victory in an election in Sicily that puts it in pole position for a national vote due by next May.


Berlusconi claims win for center-right in Sicily vote

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was poised for a stunning political comeback on Monday, as he claimed victory in an election in Sicily that puts him and his rightist allies in pole position for a national vote due by next May.

Is a Ritz-Carlton serving as the detention center for these royals?

Classical Music

Chopin’s Heart, Pickled in a Jar, Offers Clues to His Death

The heart of the Polish composer, preserved for nearly 170 years, was examined by scientists who say he most likely died of tuberculosis.


Trump's Seoul visit to put him at heart of North Korea nuclear standoff

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will step directly into the shadow of the North Korean nuclear standoff on Tuesday on a visit to South Korea in which his words alone could risk further inflaming tensions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

San Francisco (Calif)

Go Hill Bombing in San Francisco

Race down city streets with a crew of skaters as they weave in and out of traffic, pedestrians and intersections without stopping.


Trump seeks better economic ties with Tokyo, says 'Japan has been winning' on trade

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would discuss how to improve economic ties between America and Japan, saying that "Japan has been winning" on trade in recent decades.


Berlusconi's center-right leads narrowly in Sicily election: exit polls

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition on Sunday looked set to win by a narrow margin a regional vote in Sicily seen as a crucial test of national trends ahead of forthcoming parliamentary elections, exit polls suggested.


Center-right leads narrowly in Sicily regional vote: exit polls

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition has a narrow lead over the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in Sicilian regional elections held on Sunday, according to exit polls, with the center-left a distant third.

Commentator: She wouldn't have been able to do it

Former DNC interim chair Donna Brazile says she considered replacing Hillary Clinton with Joe Biden during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Washington Post reported.


Irish PM says future of $1 billion Apple data center uncertain

DUBLIN (Reuters) - A planned $1 billion Apple data center is in doubt after Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the U.S. company's Chief Executive Tim Cook would no longer commit to it, adding that Dublin would do whatever necessary to get it built.


Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says no tsunami threat from quake

(Reuters) - An earthquake magnitude 6.9, depth 32 km, struck 192 km South West of Apia, Samoa, at 0900 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

‘Disaffected, Usually Disturbed Loners Have Always Been With Us’

Our top 10 comments of the week: Readers discussed criminal charges for Trump campaign figures, the truck attack in Manhattan and male mammoths.


U.S. dollar enters center stage for earnings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar has moved from a supporting role to a featured player this earnings season, a boon to U.S. multinationals which have benefited from the biggest quarterly year-on-year decline in the greenback in three years.


Wall St Weekahead-U.S. dollar enters center stage for earnings

NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The dollar has moved from a supporting role to a featured player this earnings season, a boon to U.S. multinationals which have benefited from the biggest quarterly year-on-year decline in the greenback in three years.


BRIEF-Rent-A-Center ‍confirms Vintage Capital offer to buy co

* Confirmed it has received a conditional, non-binding proposal from Vintage Capital Management to acquire co for $13.00 per share in cash​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


UPDATE 2-Vintage Capital makes new, lower bid for Rent-A-Center

Nov 3 (Reuters) - Vintage Capital on Friday offered to buy Rent-A-Center Inc for about $693 million, a week after the furniture retailer decided to explore strategic options under pressure from two activist investors.

'Last Flag Flying' earns heartfelt salute

"Last Flag Flying" is a low-key gem, a sober reflection on grief that connects the Iraq and Vietnam wars, burnishing Richard Linklater's credentials as one of the day's most gifted filmmakers. With a terrific trio in Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne, additional salutes might come when award time rolls around.

Weddings and Engagements

Vows: They Found the Harbor for Their Hearts

Jacqueline Spagnola and Guido Wolff lived an ocean apart, but fell in love during a weeklong yachting trip — on different boats.


Mission intangible: 'Warm-hearted' Koreans serve up super-spicy kimchi for a cause

SEOUL (Reuters) - Plunging their pink-gloved hands into cartons of cabbages, and slathering the vegetables with a bright-red sauce, more than 2,300 people on Friday got to grips with making the...


BRIEF-Centerpoint Energy Q3 earnings per share $0.39

* Centerpoint Energy reports third quarter 2017 earnings of $0.39 per diluted share; $0.38 per diluted share on a guidance basis

Defense and Military Forces

ISIS Has Been Ousted From Deir al-Zour, Syrian Media Says

A pro-government alliance has reportedly driven the militants from their last foothold in a major city.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

After her most recent week at the lectern, Sean Spicer looks better and better.

CDC: Heart disease death rate plummets, but overdose death rate rises

Three new reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring both good and bad news about Americans' health.


Golf: Olympic Club in San Francisco to host 2032 Ryder Cup - report

(Reuters) - The Olympic Club in San Francisco will host the 2032 Ryder Cup and the 2028 PGA Championship, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday.


BRIEF-BTB announces acquisition of a retail power center in Lévis

* BTB announces the acquisition of a retail power center in Lévis


U.S. probe into UAW training center funds extends to GM, Ford

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co confirmed Thursday they are cooperating with an expanded Justice Department probe into alleged misspending at United Auto Workers union training centers funded by U.S. automakers.

Investigators have been asking in witness interviews about Jared Kushner's role in the firing of James Comey

Stents (Medical Devices)

‘Unbelievable’: Heart Stents Fail to Ease Chest Pain

With a sham treatment, British researchers found that a common and often costly cardiac procedure does not relieve discomfort.

Computers and the Internet

Feature: How Facebook’s Oracular Algorithm Determines the Fates of Start-Ups

The platform is so good at ‘microtargeting’ that many small e-commerce companies barely even bother advertising anywhere else.


BRIEF-Rent-A-Center expects additional hurricane related charges in Q4 2017-SEC filing

* Says expect additional charges related to the hurricanes to be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2017 - SEC filing‍​ Source text : ( ) Further company coverage:

Manhattan, NY, Attack (October, 2017)

Driver Had Been Planning Attack in Manhattan for Weeks, Police Say

As investigators look into whether the attacker had ties to terrorist organizations, it became clear that close to him had feared that he was heading toward extremism.


Broadway’s Comic Chameleon Writes a Heartfelt New Tune

Known for brassy musicals like “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” David Yazbek is also a dark solo act. Now, with “The Band’s Visit,” his different personas come together.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: America Is Not a ‘Center-Right Nation’

In fact, on economic policy, America is a center-left nation.


Futures jump on strong earnings; Fed takes center stage

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a strong opening for Wall Street on Wednesday, as an upbeat third-quarter earnings season lifted sentiment while investors waited for clues on future rate hikes from the latest Fed meeting.


Irish court rejects appeal against $1 billion Apple data center

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal against Apple's plans to build an 850 million euro ($1 billion)data center in Ireland, clearing the way for the project to proceed.


UPDATE 1-Uzbek immigrant with New Jersey ties at center of New York attack probe

Oct 31 (Reuters) - The man accused of killing eight people by racing a pickup truck down a New York City bike path on Tuesday may have worked as a driver and lived in New Jersey after emigrating from Uzbekistan seven years ago, according to authorities and media reports.


BRIEF-eHealth Inc says ‍entered into a proxy direct enrollment agreement with centers for medicare and medicaid services​

* eHealth Inc says ‍entered into a proxy direct enrollment agreement with centers for medicare and medicaid services​


Older patients having a heart attack often delay hospital trip

(Reuters Health) - A significant proportion of older people having heart attacks put off going to a hospital, a recent study found.


MSF says closing most cholera centers in Yemen as epidemic wanes

GENEVA (Reuters) - The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) is closing most of its 37 cholera treatment centers in Yemen, saying the epidemic appears to have peaked.