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Alpine Skiing nytimes.com

Women’s Downhill Live Results: Lindsey Vonn Races Seventh

Vonn was the winner in 2010, but missed the 2014 Games because of an injury. Stay here for live updates and analysis.

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GM offers $2.8 billion investment in South Korea over 10 years: South Korea official

SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors has proposed $2.8 billion fresh investment in South Korea over the 10 years as part of its plan to restructure its embattled Korean unit, a South Korean senior government official said.

Figure Skating nytimes.com

Women’s Figure Skating Live Results: Bradie Tennell Has Early Lead

Evgenia Medvedeva, a two-time world champion, is the favorite for the gold medal, which begins with the short program. Stay here for live updates and analysis.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks nytimes.com

With Grief and Hope, Florida Students Take Gun Control Fight On the Road

Students fed up with gun violence hopped a bus to Tallahassee, Fla., and planned protests from coast to coast. Whether their activism would amount to anything was far from clear.

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State House votes against taking up a bill to ban assault weapons as a busload of students heads to Capitol

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Maldives parliament approves extension of state of emergency by 30 days

MALE (Reuters) - Parliament in the Maldives on Tuesday approved a 30-day extension of a state of emergency sought by President Abdulla Yameen who cited an ongoing national security threat and constitutional crisis.

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Artificial intelligence poses risks of misuse by hackers, researchers say

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are raising risks that malicious users will soon exploit the technology to mount automated hacking attacks, cause driverless car crashes or turn commercial drones into targeted weapons, a new report warns.

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Former cyclone Gita traverses New Zealand, batters South Island

(Reuters) - At least 5,000 people in New Zealand's South Island were cut off by massive landslips and hundreds of tourists stranded on Wednesday after former cyclone Gita whipped through the country, sparking a state of emergency in several southern towns.

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UPDATE 1-Artificial intelligence poses risks of misuse by hackers, researchers say

FRANKFURT, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are raising risks that malicious users will soon exploit the technology to mount automated hacking attacks, cause driverless car crashes or turn commercial drones into targeted weapons, a new report warns.

businessNews reuters.com

Asia stocks dip, dollar recovery continues as yields rise

TOKYO (Reuters) - Stock markets dipped after a long winning run on Wall Street ended overnight, while the dollar gained momentum on Wednesday as yields on U.S. Treasury debt headed for highs not seen in four years.

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North Koreans canceled meeting with Pence at Olympics

Vice President Mike Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un's sister, during his politically charged visit to the Olympics earlier this month, his office confirmed on Tuesday.

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3M to pay $850M to end 2010 pollution case

Senate nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: I Interned for Senator Rubio. Now I’m Begging Him to Act on Guns.

A graduate of Stoneman Douglas High School has been close to four mass shootings in Florida. She wants last week’s to be the last.

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North Korea canceled planned meeting with U.S. VP Pence: Pence's office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-goeasy Reports Quarterly ‍Diluted Earnings Per Share Of C$0.38​

* SEES 2018 TOTAL REVENUE GROWTH IN THE RANGE OF 16 PERCENT TO 18 PERCENT (NOT "18 PERCENT TO 20 PERCENT")

Diet and Nutrition nytimes.com

Counting Calories Is Not the Key to Weight Loss, New Study Finds

People who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and processed foods lost weight without worrying about calories or portion size.

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NBA commissioner responds to Jay-Z

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sits down with CNNMoney's Ahiza Garcia to discuss the challenges of being the head of a sports league right now, tackling racism and a shifting business environment.

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REFILE-UPDATE 7-U.S. oil prices rise on Cushing draw, hopes of producer cooperation

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

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UPDATE 1-Mexico's Televisa profit falls as advertising slumps

MEXICO CITY, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Mexican broadcaster Televisa on Tuesday posted a quarterly net profit down 12.5 percent from a year ago, hurt by declines in advertising.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How to Monitor Fake News

A software technique could help oversee the spread of disinformation.

companyNews reuters.com

Lotte chairman offers to resign from holding company - YTN

SEOUL, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The head of South Korea's Lotte Holdings has offered to quit as chairman at its Japan-based holding firm, following his arrest for bribery earlier this month, a cable news network YTN said on Wednesday.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Judge says IMDb can show Hollywood actors' ages under First Amendment

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a California law requiring IMDb, the movie and television information website, to remove actors' ages at their request.

technologyNews reuters.com

Computer shops embrace lucrative business: outfitting cryptocurrency miners

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Some of the biggest electronics bazaars in Asia are being flooded with customers looking for the latest piece of technology: cryptocurrency mining rigs.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Dream Industrial REIT reports Q4 FFO per unit of 22.5 cents

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust:

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BRIEF-Prophase Labs Announces New Compensatory Arrangement With CEO And Termination Of Stockholder Rights Plan

* PROPHASE LABS, INC. ANNOUNCES NEW COMPENSATORY ARRANGEMENT WITH CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND TERMINATION OF STOCKHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN

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BRIEF-Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Announces Preliminary Q4 Loss Per Share $0.69

* AEGEAN MARINE PETROLEUM NETWORK INC ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY EARNINGS FOR FOURTH QUARTER 2017 AND TIMING OF FULL EARNINGS RESULTS AND CONFERENCE CALL

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BRIEF-Aegean Marine Petroleum Network To Acquire H.E.C. Europe Ltd For About $367 Mln

* AEGEAN MARINE PETROLEUM NETWORK INC ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE H.E.C. EUROPE LIMITED

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Survivor: It became real when I went to my friend's funeral

Dozens of students and staff who survived the Florida school shooting departed for the state Capitol to demand change from state lawmakers.

worldNews reuters.com

Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron's government will on Wednesday propose toughening France's immigration and asylum laws amid strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority.

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Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks,' considers other steps after Florida shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to ban an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute as he considers additional firearms restrictions after last week's school shooting in Florida.

sportsNews reuters.com

Serena says 'almost died' after giving birth

(Reuters) - Serena Williams "almost died" after giving birth to her daughter last September, the former women's world number one tennis player wrote in a column for CNN that was published on Tuesday.

Mental Health and Disorders nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Mental Health System Can’t Stop Mass Shooters

There is no reliable cure for angry young men who harbor violent fantasies. The only solution is to keep guns out of their hands.

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Bill Gates to guest star on 'The Big Bang Theory'

The tech-loving characters on "The Big Bang Theory" are about to find themselves severely star-struck.

Gun Control nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Get Out of Facebook and Into the N.R.A.’s Face

Only raw electoral power can beat the gun lobby.

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Trump Jr.: Wait, I can't do deals?

Donald Trump Jr. dismissed suggestions that his family is profiting from his father's presidency on the first day of a tour of India to promote luxury apartments.

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Oprah, Spielberg match Clooneys' $500,000 donation to Florida march

Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw are taking a cue from George and Amal Clooney and making their own sizable donations to March For Our Lives, an event formed in the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school.

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Alcohol linked to increased dementia risk

Excessive alcohol use could increase your risk for all types of dementia, particularly early-onset dementia, according to a new study.

Social Media nytimes.com

On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive

Millions of “bots” posing as real users are promoting celebrities, spreading misinformation and sowing discord. And it’s far easier to build a bot than to kill one.

Olympic Games (2018) nytimes.com

Elizabeth Swaney, Viral Olympic Skier, Says She Put Her Whole Heart Into Her Halfpipe

“I don’t think I’ve ever been satisfied with my halfpipe runs, and I don’t think a lot of skiers are,” she said, after her Olympic halfpipe run drew attention.

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Temer's failure on Brazil pension reform leaves tricky task to successor

BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Michel Temer's decision to throw in the towel on reforming Brazil's loss-making pension system leaves the unpopular measure as a campaign issue for October's elections and a major headache for his successor.

sportsNews reuters.com

Tiger named as U.S. Ryder Cup vice captain

(Reuters) - Fourteen-times major winner Tiger Woods will serve as one of the vice captains on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad that will try to snap a 25-year drought on European soil later this year, Jim Furyk said on Tuesday.

environmentNews reuters.com

3M, Minnesota settle water pollution claims for $850 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Industrial group 3M Co and Minnesota's attorney general have agreed to settle a lawsuit over polluted groundwater, with the company agreeing to grant $850 million to the state for groundwater projects, the attorney's office said on Tuesday.

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Florida, Special Counsel, Syria: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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

politicsNews reuters.com

Sessions forms U.S. cyber task force after election warnings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced he would create a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Fact Check: Is Israel a Model When It Comes to Guns, as Mike Huckabee Says?

Israel has compulsory military service and firearms are a common sight, but personal gun ownership is tightly restricted.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Brazil's 'What a shot' music video stirs debate amid violent crime wave

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A viral music video called "What a shot" is stirring debate in Brazil about the glamorization of crime and freedom of expression, as surging crime in Rio de Janeiro has led the government to put troops in charge of security in the tourist city.

domesticNews reuters.com

Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause.

Theater nytimes.com

3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring

Get to know the playwright Hammaad Chaudry, the 13-year-old actress Rileigh McDonald and the actor Andrew Burnap.

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Why you might be getting a card from Facebook

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Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Dozens of students and parents from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members died in a shooting rampage boarded buses on Tuesday for a trip to the state capital Tallahassee to push for a ban on assault rifles.

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UNICEF's statement on children's suffering in Syria is '_____________'

Survivors often say they have no words to describe tragedies.

companyNews reuters.com

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

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

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-LendingClub profit misses estimates due to higher expenses

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

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

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

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

* CHORUS AVIATION ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PUBLIC OFFERING

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BRIEF-Kraton Corporation Announces Q4 Earnings Per Share $2.17

* ORATION ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2017 RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

companyNews reuters.com

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

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

companyNews reuters.com

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

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

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Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller's investigators.

Paid Time Off nytimes.com

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

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

Gun Control nytimes.com

Florida School Shooting Survivors Take Gun Control Message on the Road

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

cnn.com

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

politicsNews reuters.com

FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

businessNews reuters.com

Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72

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

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

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

sportsNews reuters.com

Coleman headlines U.S. world indoor championships team

(Reuters) - New 60 metres world record holder Christian Coleman and defending world champions Brittney Reese, Vashti Cunningham and Marquis Dendy headline a 49-member American team for next month's IAAF world indoor championships in Birmingham, England, USA Track and Field announced on Tuesday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Moves to Regulate ‘Bump Stock’ Devices

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

Securities and Commodities Violations nytimes.com

New Netanyahu Corruption Allegations: The Details

Here is a rundown of the new allegations in the inquiry into the Israeli prime minister and his inner circle, according to the police and Israeli news reports.

cnn.com

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

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

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Teen's invention could save lives in a shooting

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

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

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

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Analysis: 1 number that explains the madness of gun politics

97%.

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Dow, S&P snap winning streak as Walmart weighs

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

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Florida survivor: It's a start.

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

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

healthNews reuters.com

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

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

worldNews reuters.com

Missing Mexico City journalist found safe and sound

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico City's attorney general's office announced on Tuesday that it has located a journalist who had been missing since Friday, saying he was in good health.

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Trump orders regulations drawn up to ban bump stocks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to draw up regulations banning devices that turn firearms into machine guns, like the bump stock used in October's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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White House says Trump son-in-law Kushner can do job without security clearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, can continue in his role as a senior White House adviser even if he does not obtain a security clearance, the White House said on Tuesday.

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

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

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U.S. Attorney General Sessions forms cyber task force to probe election meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat a wide cross-section of global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure.

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

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

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures nytimes.com

AT&T Loses Bid to Obtain White House Call Logs

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

cnn.com

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

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WH pressed on Trump's FBI tweet

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

healthNews reuters.com

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

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

businessNews reuters.com

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

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

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'Black Panther' actor is also a Dreamer

He's in the biggest film in the world right now and he's undocumented.

worldNews reuters.com

Syria pro-government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against Turkey

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict.

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More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta district on Tuesday, in a surge of violence which a war monitor said has killed at least 250 people since Sunday night.

Awards, Decorations and Honors nytimes.com

Polk Awards Honor Articles on Russia Investigation and #MeToo Movement

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

technologyNews reuters.com

Bitcoin nearly doubles in value from year's low hit in early February

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin hit a three-week high on Tuesday and has surged nearly 100 percent from its lowest level this year, as its recovery continued after South Korea's financial regulator eased its stance on cryptocurrencies, weeks after it considered shutting down digital currency exchanges.

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After father's plea, Texas board recommends clemency for death row inmate

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Death row inmate Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, convicted of hatching a plot that left his mother and brother dead and his father with a gun wound to the chest, received a unanimous clemency recommendation on Tuesday after his father pleaded for his life.

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The least and most dangerous countries to be a newborn

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

Hunting and Trapping nytimes.com

Op-Docs: Arctic Boyhood

Coming of age on the Greenland tundra.

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Survivor's dad escaped harm in Las Vegas shooting

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

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

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

worldNews reuters.com

Canada's PM says India trip about broader ties not just political ones

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau downplayed talk of a snub by the Indian government on his first state visit to the country this week, and cast his trip as being focused on building business and cultural ties and not just political ones.

politicsNews reuters.com

Supreme Court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

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

Curling nytimes.com

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

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

United States Economy nytimes.com

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

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

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

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

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Judge blocks AT&T request for White House communications about Time Warner deal

environmentNews reuters.com

Congo approves logging near carbon-rich peatlands

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

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Opinion: To stop mass shootings, fix culture of hate

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

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Seventh grader shoots himself in Ohio school, prompting lockdown

(Reuters) - A seventh-grade student shot and wounded himself inside a school bathroom in Ohio on Tuesday morning with a gun he brought to school, but no one else was injured, police said.

Minorities nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Destructive Dynamics of Political Tribalism

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

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men) nytimes.com

Louisville Must Forfeit Basketball Championship Over Sex Scandal

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

Population nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: China Dropped Its One-Child Policy. So Why Aren’t Chinese Women Having More Babies?

The government’s latest demographic program has unmistakably eugenic undertones.

Muslim Americans nytimes.com

The Scion of a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out

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

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

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

Animated Films nytimes.com

Kobe Bryant Could Add an Oscar to His Record of Wins

The ex-basketball star worked with animation and music stars to make the short “Dear Basketball.” It’s an academy front-runner, though it’s drawn #MeToo protests.

technologyNews reuters.com

ING says cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has an account with it

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch financial services company ING on Tuesday confirmed that Bitfinex, one of the largest exchanges for trading in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, has a bank account with it in the Netherlands.

What Are We Doing Here? (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: Marilynne Robinson’s Essays Reflect an Eccentric, Exasperating, Profound and Generous Mind

The essays in “What Are We Doing Here?” take aim at orthodoxies on all sides of civic and theological debates.

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Albertsons to buy Rite Aid as Amazon threat looms

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

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Amazon credit card adds Whole Foods to 5 percent cash back offer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Tuesday extended its 5 percent cash back benefit for Prime service subscribers to shoppers at its newly acquired Whole Foods Market grocery chain.

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Audi CEO rejects speculation about his future

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

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

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

lifestyleMolt reuters.com

Queen Elizabeth makes surprise appearance at London fashion catwalk

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance in the front row at a fashion catwalk on Tuesday where she watched a show by emerging designer Richard Quinn.

Fashion and Apparel nytimes.com

A Whirlwind London Fashion Week With Adwoa Aboah

In two jam-packed days, the model and activist speaks about positive fashion, walks in Christopher Bailey’s final show for Burberry — and supports emerging designers.

Dancing nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: How Balanchine Turns a Fairy Story Into Tragedy

Our dance critic walks us through the finale of George Balanchine’s “Divertimento From ‘Le Baiser de la Fée,’” the work of a master dramatist.

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Kesha postpones concerts to have surgery

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

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How to keep your kids from being ignorant with money

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Why razors got cheaper and shampoo pricier

healthNews reuters.com

Popular push for Austrian smoking ban gathers pace

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

healthNews reuters.com

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

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

sportsNews reuters.com

Curling: Viva Las Vegas, curling is ready to rock the Strip

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas but when the world's best curlers sweep into Sin City in April the sport's officials want the world to know.

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28 sick in salmonella outbreak linked to kratom

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

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US picking a fight with its biggest creditor

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House Democrats ask EPA chief for details on premium travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on the House energy committee on Tuesday asked Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to explain travel records that recently came to light, which showed he has taken frequent first-class flights at taxpayer expense.

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

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

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Gap brand CEO Jeff Kirwan to leave retailer, shares fall

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

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Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map

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

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

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

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

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

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Italy rails against company relocations in bitter election campaign

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

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

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

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Dallas official wants NRA to move convention to another city

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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She sawed her own gun in half to send a message

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

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Walmart holiday-quarter profit drops, online struggles spook investors

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

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

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

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EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm currencies weaken as dollar rebounds globally

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

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UPDATE 2-Bilfinger to seek compliance damages from former executives

* Alleges ex-execs failed to install proper compliance system

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How 'thoughts and prayers' became a cynical meme

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

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Army awards medals to students killed in Florida shooting

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

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

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

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Harsher sanctions needed against Venezuela, targeting oil: OAS chief

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

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The airstrikes keep coming in this besieged Syrian suburb

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

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Vatican special envoy hears sex abuse victim testimony in Chile

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

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Supreme Court won't take up CA gun cases

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

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KFC Has a Problem in Britain: Not Enough Chicken

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

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Top court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

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

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Peru says Southern Copper wins auction to develop Michiquillay mine

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

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

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

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Golf: Universal world handicap system to be introduced from 2020

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

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

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

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Britain set to take further budgetary control of Northern Ireland

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

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

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

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Jimmy Fallon interviews Paul Rudd in 60 seconds

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

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

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

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George and Amal Clooney to attend March For Our Lives

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

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Finding Produce in Alaska’s Long Winter Takes Wiles and Luck

Even in Anchorage, hunting down fresh fruit and vegetables can be like panning for gold. The smartest prospectors have a strategy.

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Guess co-founder steps aside amid Kate Upton allegations

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The deadliest day in 3 years

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

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Analysis: 15 questions for Sarah Sanders

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

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

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

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

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

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Florida teens travel to state capital demanding action on guns

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

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Qatar says may switch part of A350 order to biggest model

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Classmate: Shooter talked about killing our friends, parents

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

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New corruption cases entangle Netanyahu aides

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

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Amazon perk: 5% cash back at Whole Foods

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Albertsons to buy rest of Rite Aid as Amazon threat looms

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

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Iceland proposes ban on male circumcision

A proposed bill to ban non-medically required male circumcision on babies and children in Iceland is receiving backlash from religious communities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stocks slip as Walmart drags down the Dow

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Children run for cover after bombing

More than 100 civilians have been killed in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region in the past 24 hours, according to observers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fergie explains National Anthem performance

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

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

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

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

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

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Biathlon: Brilliant Fourcade claims mixed relay gold for France

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

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No survivors as Iran finds wreckage of plane on mountain

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