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BlackBerry launches cybersecurity software for self-driving cars

(Reuters) - Canadian software maker BlackBerry Ltd on Monday launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.

Television nytimes.com

Review: ‘Black Lightning’ Is Pulp With a Purpose

CW’s latest serial has a race-forward sensibility and a reluctant superhero who grapples with heroism’s limits.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

False Missile Alert Looms as a Black Eye for Hawaii and Its Governor

The false alarm and its delayed retraction added to criticism of Gov. David Ige and raised worries about the state’s reputation with tourists.

Blacks nytimes.com

In Trump’s Remarks, Black Churches See a Nation Backsliding

On the day before Martin Luther King’s Birthday, churchgoers said President Trump’s denigration of immigrants was one more turn toward an uglier past in America.

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China sees 1,300 fugitives returned from overseas in 2017: China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A total of 1,300 fugitives were returned to China from overseas last year, including 347 corrupt officials, the China Daily reported on Monday, citing figures from the country's corruption watchdog.

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Plane skids off Turkish runway on Black Sea coast, passengers unhurt

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and ended up halfway down a steep slope into the Black Sea, but no passengers or crew were hurt, Turkish media reported on Sunday.

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French telcos commit three billion euros to cover network black spots: report

PARIS (Reuters) - France's mobile telephone operators will spend more than 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) rolling out a 4G network in black spots across the country to ensure there are no coverage gaps by 2020, according to a government minister.

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Hawaii's chill lifestyle was turned upside down after an incoming missile alert was mistakenly sent

Residents of Hawaii and folks on holiday glanced at their phones Saturday morning and were greeted by an ominous message.

Crime and Criminals nytimes.com

Gray Matter: Two Lessons of the Urban Crime Decline

Disadvantaged people benefited the most from it. And nonprofits deserve more credit for it.

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Why Walmart's bait and switch matters

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'Shithole' epithet turned immigration debate into new Trump drama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After talking on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was optimistic that a compromise deal with some Republicans to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants was on the verge of success.

Colleges and Universities nytimes.com

Black Colleges Swept Up in For-Profit Crackdown Find Relief From DeVos

The United Negro College Fund has been among the most vocal critics of Obama-era student borrower protections, saying they threaten the viability of its 37 member institutions.

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Teacher reprimand after telling black teen that other students might lynch him

The mother of an African-American teenager who was told by his teacher that other students would lynch him if he didn't do better in class said a reprimand of the Ohio educator is not sufficient.

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Black ice sends man sliding down driveway

HLN's Erica Hill speaks with Tim Besecker, the Virginia man whose video of him sliding down an icy driveway has gone viral.

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BlackRock CEO Fink shows no signs of entering bitcoin ETF race

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc has profited by being beating its competitors in exchange-traded funds to the punch, but Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink seems happy to be out of step with at least one trend - the race to build a bitcoin fund.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Eyed Peas Get Serious About Injustice, and 12 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable news songs from Lil Peep, Karen O, Carrie Underwood and more.

businessNews reuters.com

Alibaba's Taobao again on U.S. blacklist list for fakes

(Reuters) - The U.S. Trade Representative put Alibaba's Taobao on its blacklist for the second year in a row over suspected counterfeits sold on the shopping platform, a move the Chinese e-commerce giant said did not reflect its IP-protection efforts.

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RPT-UPDATE 5-BlackRock hits record $6 trillion assets, helped by Trump tax law

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc charged past a record $6 trillion in assets, its profit beating Wall Street forecasts, as investors flooded into the relatively low-cost funds of the world's largest asset manager.

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Tillerson tells State Dept. staff 'values matter'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave an impassioned speech to State Department staff about the value of diversity and the importance of treating people with respect on Friday, just a day after his boss, President Donald Trump, drew ire for allegedly describing certain nations as "shithole countries."

lifestyleMolt reuters.com

Ancient statues looted in Lebanese war returned decades later

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A marble bull's head made 2,400 years ago for a Phoenician temple and looted during Lebanon's civil war arrived in Beirut on Friday after American officials found it in the United...

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UPDATE 4-BlackRock hits record $6 trillion, helped by Trump tax law

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc charged past a record $6 trillion in assets, its profit beating Wall Street forecasts, as investors flooded into the relatively low-cost funds of the world's largest asset manager.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

BlackRock, Alliance Bernstein tapping more into electronic bond trading

(This January 11 story, corrects name of firm in headline, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 10th paragraphs to Alliance Bernstein from Vanguard)

Television nytimes.com

James Spader Still Lives for the Surprise of ‘The Blacklist’

Mr. Spader talks about his 100th episode, the pleasures of playing the provocateur and why now is the time for men to keep quiet and listen.

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Hurricane Katrina was 'tragedy turned into blessing' for musician

2017 swept into the record books as the most destructive hurricane season in US history. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria forced millions to evacuate, leaving families from Texas to Puerto Rico fearing that they might never see their homes again.

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CORRECTED-BlackRock, Alliance Bernstein tapping more into electronic bond trading

NEW YORK, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Electronic trading is becoming increasingly important when it comes to corporate debt as fund management firms try to knit together sources of liquidity in a fragmented market, executives from Alliance Bernstein LP and BlackRock Inc said on Thursday.

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BlackRock profit beats as ETFs attract more investment

(Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Friday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as investors flooded into the world's biggest asset manager's exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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UPDATE 2-BlackRock profit beats as ETFs attract more investment

Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Friday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as investors flooded into the world's biggest asset manager's exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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BlackRock profit beats as ETFs attract more investments

(Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Friday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as the world's biggest asset manager pulled in more money to its exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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UPDATE 1-BlackRock profit beats as ETFs attract more investments

Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Friday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as the world's biggest asset manager pulled in more money to its exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Accordions nytimes.com

Character Study: The Squeezebox Surgeon

From a nondescript suburban house in New Jersey, Guenadiy Lazarov runs one of the most heralded accordion repair shops in the business.

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BlackRock, Vanguard tapping more into electronic bond trading

NEW YORK, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Electronic trading is becoming increasingly important when it comes to corporate debt as fund management firms try to knit together sources of liquidity in a fragmented market, executives from Vanguard Group Inc and BlackRock Inc said on Thursday.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions nytimes.com

Matter: Climate Change Is Altering Lakes and Streams, Study Suggests

Like the ocean, fresh water absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But the effects are likely to vary widely from place to place.

David Heredia nytimes.com

Front and Center: Celebrating Black Comics and Their Creators

The animator David Heredia, who will be at the Black Comic Book Festival this weekend, brings to life heroes who don’t necessarily wear capes.

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Turkey to end extraditions to U.S. unless cleric is turned over, Erdogan says

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will not extradite any suspects to the United States if Washington does not hand over the cleric Ankara blames for orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

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Gov. admits to affair but not blackmail allegation

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair, but denied blackmailing the woman with a nude photo, which was alleged to have been taken without her consent.

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UPDATE 1-Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

* Suggests consumer spending rebounded in Q4, adding to GDP growth

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CORRECTED-Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Australian retail sales boasted the biggest monthly rise in four years in November as consumers splashed out on Apple iPhones and Black Friday promotions, a major boost for an economy that had been struggling with sluggish spending.

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Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Australian retail sales boasted the biggest monthly rise in four years in November as consumers splashed out on Apple iPhones and Black Friday promotions, a major boost for an economy that had been struggling with sluggish spending.

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Blackout at the world's largest consumer tech show

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Lawmaker claims 'character makeup' makes blacks more susceptible to marijuana

A Kansas state legislator has stepped down from the chairmanship of a Kansas House committee after he said African-Americans were more susceptible to marijuana because of "their character makeup" and "their genetics."

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Lawmakers invited to wear black to State of the Union to support #MeToo movement

Some members of Congress plan to make a statement during President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address later this month by wearing the color black.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

On ‘Black Lightning,’ a Superhero Takes On Race, Justice and the Real World

Based on the DC crime fighter, this new CW series takes on present-day issues of race and social justice directly and unambiguously.

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Lawmaker: Black people respond worst to drugs

A Kansas lawmaker apologizes for suggesting blacks have a genetic predisposition to abusing drugs.

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BRIEF-Blackbird Energy says capital obligations in first half of 2018 will be limited​

* BLACKBIRD ENERGY INC SAYS ‍CAPITAL OBLIGATIONS IN FIRST HALF OF 2018 WILL BE LIMITED​

Rollins, Tim nytimes.com

Tim Rollins Dies at 62; Turned Bronx Teenagers Into Art Stars

Mr. Rollins devoted almost all of his career to an unusual combination of art-making and teaching, and to the group known as Tim Rollins + K.O.S.

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Blackstone's new insurance unit targets $100 billion in assets

(Reuters) - Blackstone Group wants to quadruple to $100 billion the assets it manages at its new unit for insurers as it seeks to boost returns for firms struggling under low interest rates, the unit's newly appointed chief said on Monday.

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Blackstone's new insurance unit targets $100 bln in assets

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group wants to quadruple to $100 billion the assets it manages at its new unit for insurers as it seeks to boost returns for firms struggling under low interest rates, the unit's newly appointed chief said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Celanese Statement On Proposed Joint Venture With Blackstone

* CELANESE STATEMENT ON PROPOSED JOINT VENTURE WITH BLACKSTONE

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Trump tells black and Hispanic voters: 'Dems did nothing for you'

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H&M apologizes for using black child to sell 'coolest monkey' hoodie

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Black gowns, sex scandal jokes mark Golden Globe awards show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Golden Globe host Seth Meyers on Sunday tackled head-on the sexual misconduct scandal that has roiled Hollywood, pulling no punches with a series of barbed jokes about powerful men and the women who are standing up to them.

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UPDATE 3-Black gowns, sex scandal jokes mark Golden Globe awards show

LOS ANGELES, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Golden Globe host Seth Meyers on Sunday tackled head-on the sexual misconduct scandal that has roiled Hollywood, pulling no punches with a series of barbed jokes about powerful men and the women who are standing up to them.

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Stars explain wearing black at Golden Globes

Many stars wore black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes to show their support for the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

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'This Is Us' star on why she's wearing black

Actress Susan Kelechi Watson explains to CNN's Stephanie Elam why she is wearing black for the Golden Globes.

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Stars say 'Time's Up' wearing black on the Golden Globes red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From flowing gowns to tailored tuxedos, Hollywood's film and television stars dressed in their finest black on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday in solidarity with the Time's Up campaign to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Stars wear black on the red carpet

See photos of celebrities at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Many people were wearing black to raise awareness of gender and racial inequality.

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Golden Globes a sea of black as Hollywood marks sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Golden Globes kicked off Hollywood's countdown to the Oscars on Sunday with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as stars showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment after a scandal that has roiled show business.

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UPDATE 1-Golden Globes a sea of black as Hollywood marks sex scandal

LOS ANGELES, Jan 7 (Reuters) - The Golden Globes kicked off Hollywood's countdown to the Oscars on Sunday with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as stars showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment after a scandal that has roiled show business.

Blacklisting nytimes.com

Boycott Drive Put Israel on a Blacklist. Now Israel Has One of Its Own.

Israel published a blacklist of 20 organizations, including a Jewish-American group, whose leaders are barred from entering the country for supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

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Women share #WhyWeWearBlack

Ahead of Sunday's Golden Globes, women in entertainment are taking to social media to share their personal reasons for joining an effort ensure all-black fashion dominates the red carpet.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Trump Defends His Mental Capacity, Calling Himself a ‘Genius’

Mr. Trump, seeming to respond to revelations in a new book, issued an extraordinary defense of his fitness for office.

Actors and Actresses nytimes.com

Encounters: What Will Laura Dern Wear to the Golden Globes? (Hint: It Will Be Black)

The star of “Big Little Lies” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” picks out red carpet looks at Gabriela Hearst’s studio in Chelsea.

Names, Organizational nytimes.com

Wealth Matters: There’s More to Naming a Company After Yourself Than Ego

For some entrepreneurs, their name is the only logical choice for a company. But problems arise with the success and failure of a namesake business.

Haley, Nikki R nytimes.com

The U.S. Wanted to Discuss Iran. Russia Brought Up Black Lives Matter.

The United Nations Security Council discussed the recent protests in Iran over economic conditions there.

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Behind the all-black fashion at the Globes

The Golden Globes red carpet has been home to many iconic fashion moments, but this year's pre-award show promenade will be fueled by one mantra: don't stand out, stand up.

Children and Childhood nytimes.com

Gray Matter: Is Your Child Lying to You? That’s Good

Kids who know how to deceive are smarter and better adjusted.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump and Republicans to Meet at Camp David With Urgent Matters Looming

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are to meet Friday at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, to discuss a range of urgent domestic matters.

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Black unemployment hits all-time low

healthNews reuters.com

Fewer black, Hispanic patients get kidney transplants from live donors

(Reuters Health) - - Black and Hispanic patients who need kidney transplants are less likely than white people to receive organs from live donors and this disparity has worsened over time, a U.S. study suggests.

Blacks nytimes.com

Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

The comedian Masatoshi Hamada dressed up as Eddie Murphy in a widely viewed television show on New Year’s Eve.

worldNews reuters.com

German would-be coalition partners agree news blackout during talks: Spiegel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to impose a news blackout during exploratory talks next week on forming another 'grand coalition', Der Spiegel magazine said on Thursday.

Essence (Magazine) nytimes.com

With Sale, Essence Is Once Again a Fully Black-Owned Magazine

Richelieu Dennis, the founder of Sundial Brands, said he bought the publication “to serve and empower women of color.”

cnn.com

Architecture in monochrome: The complex allure of black buildings

Black monochrome architecture has a long history and a global reach. Its boundless variety of expression is testament to black's power to convey message and to perform function.

technologyNews reuters.com

BlackBerry surges on deal with Baidu for self-driving cars

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and Chinese internet search firm Baidu Inc on Wednesday signed a deal to jointly develop self-driving vehicle technology, sending BlackBerry's Toronto-listed shares up 13 percent to a four-year high.

Golden Globes (Awards) nytimes.com

The Carpetbagger: On the Golden Globes Red Carpet, Fighting Back in Black

Sunday’s red-carpet statement may seem superficial, but it’s part of a larger initiative that’s striking for its leap from the days of #AskHerMore.

Genetics and Heredity nytimes.com

Matter: In the Bones of a Buried Child, Signs of a Massive Human Migration to the Americas

Genetic analysis of an 11,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Alaska suggests that North America was settled by a previously unknown people who originated in Siberia.

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Republicans in South Carolina want to honor black Confederate soldiers. There's just one problem...

At a time when people are battling over whether to take down Confederate War statues and memorials, a pair of state lawmakers in South Carolina want to put one up.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX at all-time high as BlackBerry, cannabis stocks jump

TORONTO, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index hit a fresh all-time high on Wednesday, boosted by a jump in shares of BlackBerry Ltd after it announced a self-driving deal with China's Baidu and by sharp gains for several marijuana producers.

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Baidu to use BlackBerry software in self-driving platform

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and Chinese internet search firm Baidu Inc on Wednesday signed a deal to work jointly on developing self-driving vehicle technology, sending BlackBerry's Toronto-listed shares up 8 percent to an over four-year high.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with banks, oil stocks, and BlackBerry

TORONTO, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened higher on Wednesday, boosted by gains among financial stocks and energy companies and a jump in shares of BlackBerry Ltd after it announced an autonomous driving deal with China's Baidu Inc.

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BlackBerry software to be used in Baidu's self-driving platform

(Reuters) - BlackBerry said on Wednesday it will collaborate with Chinese internet search firm Baidu Inc to tap the fast-growing autonomous vehicle market.

Halperin, Mark nytimes.com

Showtime’s ‘The Circus’ Will Go On Without Mark Halperin

The journalist will not return in the wake of claims of sexual assault. Alex Wagner of CBS News will replace him, joining John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon.

Blacks nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Erica Garner and How America Destroys Black Families

She didn’t just fight against police brutality. She also resisted the forced destruction of black families by the state.

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'Black-ish' spins off to college with 'Grown-ish'

Thirty years ago "The Cosby Show" shipped one of its daughters off to college, creating the spinoff "A Different World." "Black-ish" pulls off a similar operation with "Grown-ish," a good-ish comedy whose change of venue also represents a sign of the synergistic times.

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Race may matter in hospital care for preemies

(Reuters Health) - Among the tiniest preemies, black and Hispanic infants are more likely than white babies to be born at hospitals with worse death and complication rates, a study in New York City suggests.

Fiber (Dietary) nytimes.com

Matter: Fiber Is Good for You. Now Scientists May Know Why.

A series of unusual experiments in mice finds that dietary fiber fine-tunes the immune system and may help prevent chronic inflammation.

Computer Security nytimes.com

How Antivirus Software Can Be Turned Into a Tool for Spying

Government officials warn that software from Kaspersky Lab could be subverted by Russian intelligence. A security researcher shows how it could be done.

cnn.com

Opinion: No matter your take on Trump, the fight is real

After almost a full year of Donald Trump's presidency, and with a new year freshly started, I think it's safe to say that we're all exhausted.

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Why NYT report on a Trump aide meeting matters, a lot

George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that Russia had "political dirt" on Hillary Clinton in May of last year, a conversation that might have played a role in the FBI's decision to open an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to the New York Times.

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Why the NYT report on a Trump aide meeting matters, a lot

George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that Russia had "political dirt" on Hillary Clinton in May of last year, a conversation that might have played a role in the FBI's decision to open an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to the New York Times.

Television nytimes.com

Free Your Mind? ‘Black Mirror’ Isn’t Too Hopeful

A new season of Netflix’s digital-age creep show warns that technology can empower misanthropes and misogynists.

Emotions nytimes.com

Gray Matter: The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions

Willpower is for chumps. Here’s what actually works.

Midtown Area (Manhattan, NY) nytimes.com

Character Study: Running an Indie Bookstore, With Churchillian Resolve

By selling rare Churchill books to wealthy buyers, Barry Singer, 60, has kept his midtown shop open for 34 years.

Wangchen, Dhondup nytimes.com

Tibetan Filmmaker Flees to U.S. After ‘Arduous’ Escape from China

The filmmaker was jailed for interviewing Tibetans about their lives under Chinese rule. His escape reflects a growing climate of repression in China.

healthNews reuters.com

Obesity, poverty help explain higher diabetes risk for U.S. blacks

(Reuters Health) - Even though black adults are more likely to develop diabetes than white adults, the increased risk is largely due to obesity and other risk factors that may be possible to change, a U.S. study suggests.

cnn.com

'Black Mirror' returns solid, with some cracks

Rating "Black Mirror" against its own creative resume, the latest batch of a half-dozen installments -- which Netflix will drop right before New Year's -- offers more of a mixed bag than usual, with two or three standouts and the rest conceptually interesting but rather ho-hum affairs.

cnn.com

A non-black person's guide to Kwanzaa

You don't have to be black to understand how Kwanzaa works.

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Man blacklisted by Russian media is now on YouTube

Blacklisted by state-controlled media, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is using YouTube to galvanize protests against the Kremlin.

Racial Profiling nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: To the Chicago Police, Any Black Kid Is in a Gang

My son is a black teenager, so he could easily end up in the dubious database of supposed gang members.

Voter Registration and Requirements nytimes.com

Black Turnout in Alabama Complicates Debate on Voting Laws

In the wake of an election in Alabama with extraordinary turnout among black voters, questions remain about the role and impact of voting restrictions.

Winfrey, Oprah nytimes.com

The White Internet’s Love Affair With Digital Blackface

All across the internet, white people feel empowered to play around with black identity.

oddlyEnoughNews reuters.com

Estonian police send 'black' Christmas cards to driving offenders

TALLINN (Reuters) - Estonian police have sent 700 Christmas cards to the Baltic country's worst drivers, hoping that pictures of car crashes and road accident statistics will get repeat offenders to change their ways.

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Elephant dung turned into luxury coffee

Elephant dung coffee is the world's most expensive brew made by feeding the elephants coffee beans and then picking the beans out of their dung.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX gains as energy, bank stocks gain, BlackBerry pulls back

TORONTO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended slightly higher on Thursday, boosted by energy companies as well as gains among big banks and some miners, while BlackBerry Ltd pulled back after a sharp jump.

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Britain's 'Madame Brexit' tells Poland: Your constitution is your own matter

WARSAW (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May gave Poland a rare dose of big power support on Thursday by saying that its constitution was its own affair, a sharply different tone to that of the European Union which has scolded Warsaw over judicial reforms.

Appointments and Executive Changes nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why Judges Matter

As the government’s war on abortion and even birth control mounts, Trump is trying to remake the courts with the least diverse nominees in decades.

Santa Claus nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Why Holiday Stories Matter

A recent study of hunter-gatherers reminds us that our fictions are more than entertainments.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Blackstone Holdings I LP Reports 8.5 Pct Stake In CVR Partners LP As On Dec 18

* BLACKSTONE HOLDINGS I L.P. REPORTS 8.5 PERCENT STAKE IN CVR PARTNERS LP AS ON DEC 18 - SEC FILING

cnn.com

26 voices on why the free press matters

2017 was a year when discussions of press freedom and the media's choices reached a new level of intensity.

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UPDATE 3-BlackBerry profit beats estimates, shares jump 12 pct

TORONTO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Canada's BlackBerry Ltd beat third-quarter earnings forecasts on Wednesday amid strong enterprise software sales and licensing revenue, sending its Toronto-listed shares surging 12 percent to a four-year high.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips, BlackBerry surges after earnings beat

TORONTO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index turned lower on Wednesday morning as energy stocks, telecoms and consumer equities weighed, while BlackBerry Ltd surged after its quarterly earnings beat expectations.

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UPDATE 1-BlackBerry Q3 results beat estimates, shares surge

TORONTO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Canada's BlackBerry Ltd reported third-quarter results on Wednesday that beat analysts' forecasts, helped by an increase in business software sales and licensing revenue, sending its stock up more than 7 percent in premarket trading.

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Blackstone buys Taliesin Property Fund in 260 million euro deal

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. investment firm Blackstone said on Wednesday it had clinched an all cash deal to buy real estate specialist Taliesin Property Fund in its latest push into European real estate.

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U.S. asks U.N. to blacklist 10 ships over banned North Korea cargo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States has proposed that the United Nations Security Council blacklist 10 ships for transporting banned items from North Korea, according to documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

companyNews reuters.com

MOVES-BlackRock appoints Deborah Ho as head of Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Fund manager BlackRock said on Tuesday it appointed Deborah Ho as the new head of its Southeast Asian business.

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BRIEF-Stanley Black & Decker Inc Executive James Loree Joins Whirlpool Corporation Board Of Directors

* STANLEY BLACK & DECKER, INC. EXECUTIVE JOINS WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Lights back on in Venezuela after five-hour blackout

CARACAS (Reuters) - A power outage hit parts of the Venezuelan capital Caracas as well as the nearby states of Miranda and Vargas for around five hours on Monday, in what critics said was another sign of the oil-rich nation's economic meltdown.

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BRIEF-Sikorsky Says Received Notice City Of San Diego Intends To Award Contract For 1 S-70I Black Hawk Helicopter

* SIKORSKY SAYS RECEIVED NOTICE CITY OF SAN DIEGO INTENDS TO AWARD CONTRACT FOR 1 S-70I BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER IN BASELINE CONFIGURATION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-IRobot Announces Agreement With Black & Decker In Patent Dispute

* IROBOT ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH BLACK & DECKER IN PATENT DISPUTE

worldNews reuters.com

Blackout hits parts of Venezuelan capital Caracas

CARACAS (Reuters) - A blackout hit parts of the Venezuelan capital Caracas as well as the nearby states of Miranda and Vargas on Monday, state-run electricity company Corpoelec said, adding that authorities were working to restore service.

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BRIEF-Valmet: BlackRock Holds More Than 5 Percent In Company

* BLACKROCK, INC HOLDS MORE THAN 5 PERCENT IN COMPANY Source text: http://bit.ly/2ATmB8A Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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CME's Black Sea wheat, corn futures open for trading

PARIS, Dec 18 (Reuters) - CME Group's Black Sea wheat futures attracted trade on their debut session on Monday.

cnn.com

When the lights went out: 'Completely pitch black' at airport

Travelers stranded on planes on the tarmac for hours. Darkness in the terminal. Passengers guiding their cautious steps by the flashlights on their phone.

Budgets and Budgeting nytimes.com

Uproar Over Purported Ban at C.D.C. of Words Like ‘Fetus’

The Department of Health and Human Services played down a report that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told not to use several words in budget documents.

Apotex Inc nytimes.com

Police Investigate ‘Suspicious’ Death of Prominent Toronto Couple

Barry Sherman, founder of the pharmaceutical company Apotex, and his wife, Honey, were among Canada’s wealthiest couples.

Space and Astronomy nytimes.com

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

The shadowy program began in 2007 and was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, who has had a longtime interest in space phenomena.

Blacks nytimes.com

Opinion: Don’t Just Thank Black Women. Follow Us.

White women’s votes show that gender unity in Democratic politics is a myth. You know where to look for real leadership.

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Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.

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Weinstein denies blacklisting actresses Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein on Friday denied barring actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from working on the movie adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" or blacklisting them from further projects.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Russell Simmons, R. Kelly, and Why Black Women Can’t Say #MeToo

When your community fights for the people who terrorized you, it means your pain is not a priority.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Black Thought Freestyles for 10 Minutes and 11 More New Songs

Hear the most notable new music out this week, from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamildrops team-up with the Decemberists to a Thelonious Monk reissue.

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What happened when a Klansman met a black man in Charlottesville

Daryl Davis' home is filled with memories of the days he has spent with the Ku Klux Klan.

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UPDATE 1-Fed's Quarles to recuse himself from Wells Fargo matters

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Randal Quarles, the top Federal Reserve official tasked with policing Wall Street, said on Friday that he would recuse himself from any matters concerning Wells Fargo & Co, the nation's third largest bank.

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Fed's Quarles to recuse himself from Wells Fargo matters

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Randal Quarles on Friday said he would recuse himself from any Fed matters concerning Wells Fargo & Co.

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BRIEF-Blackhawk Network Announces Sale Of Grass Roots Meetings & Events

* BLACKHAWK NETWORK ANNOUNCES SALE OF GRASS ROOTS MEETINGS & EVENTS

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Omarosa: It was lonely being a black woman in the White House

Former Trump aide and reality television star Omarosa Manigault spoke out about a lack of diversity in the White House on ABC's "Nightline."

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Op-Ed Columnist: Can Black Voters Turn the South Blue?

Doug Jones’ victory shows the importance of investing in African-American turnout.

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Democrats Draw Vivid Lesson From Alabama: Mobilize Black Voters

Doug Jones’s victory on Tuesday was a measure of the big benefits Democrats enjoy when they put more resources into reaching black and other minority voters.

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UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales

LONDON (Reuters) - British shoppers pounced on electrical goods and other Black Friday bargains last month, giving an unexpectedly big boost to retail sales, which contrasted with earlier signs of a subdued start to Christmas spending.

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UPDATE 1-UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales

* Retail sales +1.6 pct yy, beats all forecasts in Reuters poll * Black Friday promotion boosted household goods sales * Economists split on signals for broader economy * Bank of England announcement due at 1200 GMT (Updates with reaction from economists and markets) By David Milliken and William Schomberg LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - British shoppers pounced on electrical goods and other Black Friday bargains last month, giving an unexpectedly big boost to retail sales,

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UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales: ONS

LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales grew much faster than expected last month as shoppers took advantage of Black Friday bargains, official figures showed on Thursday, contrasting with more downbeat industry surveys.

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Wrestler turned actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson receives star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Professional wrestler turned actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson paid tribute to his family on Wednesday as he accepted his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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How black voters boosted Doug Jones to victory in Alabama

In the closing days of Alabama's rancorous special US Senate election between Doug Jones and Roy Moore, a procession of black politicians and celebrities descended on the state.

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Opinion: How Black women saved democracy

America, you were in danger, girl.

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BRIEF-Denso, Blackberry partner to develop Integrated Automobile HMI Platform

* DENSO AND BLACKBERRY PARTNER TO DEVELOP WORLD’S FIRST INTEGRATED AUTOMOBILE HMI PLATFORM

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Voices From Alabama: Black Women Who Voted for Doug Jones

Exit polling shows 98 percent of female African-American voters supported Doug Jones in the Senate election in Alabama. We spoke to some of them to learn what was so important to them in this election.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Black Voters to Democrats: You’re Welcome

If they want to win more elections, they need to integrate black voters into the heart and soul of the party.

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Why Black Voters Backed Doug Jones: ‘It’s a Matter of Character for Us’

Turned off by Roy S. Moore, Stephen K. Bannon and President Trump, African-Americans turned out at levels that ensured victory for the Democratic Senate candidate.

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China Names and Shames Tech Tycoon With Debt Blacklist

The ambitious head of an embattled tech company is the latest casualty of China’s efforts to rein in irresponsible borrowing through public humiliation.

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BRIEF-Blackrock To Support Chairman Donald Brydon In London Stock Exchange-TCI Row- Source

* BLACKROCK TO SUPPORT CHAIRMAN DONALD BRYDON IN LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE-TCI ROW- SOURCE Further company coverage:

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Black voters turned out for Doug Jones

Black voters in Alabama -- particularly black women -- voted overwhelmingly in favor of Democrat Doug Jones, according to exit poll data.

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UK PM May says RBS branch closures are a commercial matter for the bank

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said that branch closures announced by the Royal Bank of Scotland were a commercial matter for the bank, after she was asked to intervene to halt the closures.

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Bon Jovi Leads 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: ‘It’s About Time’

The band will join the institution in April along with Nina Simone, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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Blackstone hires Bain dealmaker in Japan corporate buyout push - sources

* Bain's Toshiba chip deal is top PE-backed global deal this yr

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Opinion: Alabama's message to women: You matter

Three words resounded out of the election of Doug Jones to the US Senate: women's stories matter.

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Founder of China's embattled LeEco placed on debt blacklist

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The high-profile founder of struggling Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has been placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a further blow to a firm that had spent heavily to compete in areas from smart cars to online entertainment.

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Doug Jones: A Lawyer in the Thick of Alabama’s Big Moments

As a prosecutor and defense lawyer, Mr. Jones played a role in some of his state’s biggest cases, putting him in a position to make electoral history.

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The Alabama Senate race in 280 characters

CNN Opinion is curating tweets from commentators on the Alabama Senate race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore.

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Matter: Ancient Penguins Were Giant Waddling Predators

Scientists have discovered an fossilized penguin as big as a human, and with a long, spear-like beak.

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UPDATE 1-Blackstone buys back 10 pct in warehouse firm Logicor - source

Dec 12 (Reuters) - A Blackstone real estate fund is buying a 10 percent stake in Logicor Ltd just months after selling the European warehouse firm to a Chinese sovereign wealth fund, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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Blackstone's real estate fund buys 10 pct stake in Logicor- FT

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP's real estate fund is taking a 10 percent stake in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd , the Financial Times reported on Tuesday citing people briefed on the matter.

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BRIEF-Blackstone Buys Back 10 Pct Of Logicor From CIC- FT,Citing Sources

* BLACKSTONE BUYS BACK 10 PERCENT OF LOGICOR FROM CIC- FT,CITING SOURCES

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FS Investments moves lending platform from Blackstone to KKR

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Debt investment company FS Investment Corp and buyout firm KKR are pooling together more than $18 billion in private capital to invest in mid-sized businesses, in a push to do bigger deals which are out of reach for other alternative lenders.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Yes, the Truth Still Matters

Donald Trump has turned “fake news” into a battle cry to attack reporting critical of him, spawning a difficult debate in newsrooms.

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BRIEF-Kimberly Blackwell To Become Vice President Of Early Phase Development And Immuno-Oncology At Lilly Oncology

* KIMBERLY BLACKWELL, M.D., TO BECOME VICE PRESIDENT OF EARLY PHASE DEVELOPMENT AND IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY AT LILLY ONCOLOGY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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The mystery of the early universe's enormous black hole

For a scientist, perplexity is the most exhilarating state of mind, because unexpected phenomena are often the most direct path to discoveries. And a recent observation from one of the furthest corners of the universe -- an ancient and enormous black hole -- has set the astronomical world buzzing. It is hard to understand how a black hole became so big, so long ago.

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Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away

JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations.

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions nytimes.com

Wealth Matters: Tax Changes Are Coming Next Year, but You Can Plan for Them Now

High-earning taxpayers cannot afford to wait and see what happens with the tax overhaul; they need to act this month before certain opportunities go away.

Traffic Accidents and Safety nytimes.com

How to Avoid a White-Knuckle Drive on Black Ice

The slick roadway condition can be difficult to detect and develops unpredictably. Here’s what you can do to avoid this hazard.

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California Fires Live Briefing: A ‘Very Dangerous’ Time for an Already Charred State

Fires continued to ravage much of Southern California on Friday, where fast-moving flames had scorched more than 142,000 acres across four counties.

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Black lawmakers skip civil rights museum opening over Trump's attendance

Reps. John Lewis and Bennie Thompson will not be attending the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opening because President Trump will be making an appearance, which Rep. Lewis said was insulting to the civil rights activists being honored.

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BRIEF-U.S. Army Awards Black Box $10.4 Million Contract

* U.S. ARMY AWARDS BLACK BOX $10.4 MILLION FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES AND SUPPORT FOR THE UKRAINE SECURITY ASSISTANCE INITIATIVE

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Matter: Scientists ‘Inject’ Information Into Monkeys’ Brains

In an experiment with science fiction implications, neurologists say they taught monkeys to play a game by stimulating their brains with electrodes.

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Ex-South Carolina cop gets 20 years in prison for black motorist's death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The white former policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back after a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, with a federal judge ruling that the killing amounted to murder.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

The Adopted Black Baby, and the White One Who Replaced Her

Amid the simmering racial tensions of the time, a family in Illinois made a wrenching decision that sent a black girl and a white girl on diverging paths.

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Ex-South Carolina cop sentenced to 20 years in prison for black motorist's death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday in a federal civil rights case connected to the 2015 killing.

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BlackBerry, Qualcomm expand partnership to connected automotive

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and Qualcomm Inc are expanding their partnership to tap the fast-growing connected automotive market, the companies said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Blackstone Acquires Majority Stake In Titus

* BLACKSTONE ACQUIRES A MAJORITY STAKE IN LEADING DATA CLASSIFICATION PROVIDER TITUS

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Malawi hit by blackout as falling dam levels drain hydropower

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Many parts of Malawi remained without electricity on Thursday after water levels at the country's two main dams sunk to critical levels and affected hydro power plants, the power utility said on Thursday.

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Black voter turnout could help tight AL race

The group that could decide the Alabama race? African-American voters ... but it'll all come down to voter turnout. CNN's Alex Marquardt has the report.

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Colossal distant black hole holds surprises about early universe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The oldest and most distant black hole ever observed -- a celestial brute 800 million times more massive than the sun -- is providing scientists some surprises about the nature of the universe when, on a cosmic scale, it was a mere toddler.

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Doug Jones seeks Obama-level black turnout in Alabama Senate race

Doug Jones' bid to become the first Democrat to win a Senate race in Alabama in 25 years could hinge on whether he convinces African-Americans -- the party's only reliable voting bloc in the deep-red state -- to turn out in huge numbers.

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Blackwater founder Prince details meeting with Russian in Seychelles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, founder of military contractor Blackwater and a supporter of President Donald Trump, told U.S. lawmakers he had discussed U.S.-Russia relations during a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian business executive with ties to the Kremlin, but insisted they did not discuss sanctions.

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Sean Combs leads four black artists as world's highest paid musicians

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs was ranked the world's highest-paid musician on Wednesday in an annual list that saw black artists take the top four spots.

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Analysis: If Trump is in legal peril, it's the obstruction of justice charge that matters

How much legal peril is President Donald Trump actually in? That's the $1 million question as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to probe Russia's involvement in the 2016 campaign and potential collusion between the foreign power and Trump's presidential team. Trump lawyer John Dowd threw a grenade into that thicket of legal issues earlier this week when he asserted that the President simply cannot obstruct justice.

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Official: Blackwater founder proposed private spy network to Trump administration

The founder of the controversial military contracting firm Blackwater, Erik Prince, and his allies lobbied contacts inside the administration to provide the CIA with a private network of intelligence contractors, according to a US official with knowledge of the proposal.

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Consistently lower cancer survival rates for black patients in U.S.

(Reuters Health) - Whether it's colon cancer, breast cancer, or ovarian cancer, survival rates in the U.S. are lower for black people than for white people, three new studies show.

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UPDATE 2-EU adopts tax haven blacklist, British territories spared

* EU states failed to agree on levy on transactions to tax havens

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EU adopts tax haven blacklist, British territories spared

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union finance ministers adopted a blacklist of 17 jurisdictions deemed as tax havens on Tuesday, in an unprecedented step to counter worldwide tax avoidance, although they did not agree on financial levies for the listed countries.

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UPDATE 1-EU adopts tax haven blacklist, British territories spared

* EU states failed to agree on levy on transactions to tax havens

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EU to decide on tax haven blacklist, assess U.S. tax reform

BRUSSELS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - European Union finance ministers plan to adopt a blacklist of tax havens and assess the impact of the United States' planned tax overhaul in a meeting on Tuesday in Brussels.

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Cocaine kills as many blacks as opioids kill whites, study finds

The American opioid crisis is only part of an overall drug abuse emergency. Cocaine-related overdose deaths among non-Hispanic blacks are on par with overdose deaths caused by heroin and prescription opioids among whites, according to a study published Monday in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Judge to weigh sentence for South Carolina ex-policeman who killed black man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said on Monday that a white former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back committed murder, while defense lawyers argued their client did not deserve to go to prison for life for his crime.

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She turned in her son after he admitted molesting 50 kids

It was 3 in the morning, and a California woman was attempting to flag down a police officer; she wanted to report that her son just told her he had molested two boys.

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Judge to decide fate of South Carolina ex-policeman who killed black man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday will begin hearing evidence on whether a former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back should spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime that many say exemplified racist law enforcement.

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Ex-officer to be sentenced in killing of unarmed black man

The Scott family found strength in prayer as they sat through court testimony from the former South Carolina officer who killed Walter Scott two years ago.

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MOVES-Former BlackRock governance leader Oleksiuk joins Evercore-sources

Dec 3 (Reuters) - Zach Oleksiuk, the former leader of asset manager BlackRock Inc's investment stewardship team in the Americas, has joined New York-based investment bank Evercore Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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Turkey's Erdogan says will not succumb to U.S. 'blackmail' over court case

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey would not succumb to "blackmail" by the United States in the trial of a Turkish bank executive being charged with evading U.S. sanctions on Iran.

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Opinion: No matter what Flynn says, Trump family won't go to jail

When Michael Flynn walked into a federal courthouse in Washington and entered into a plea and cooperation deal, some people thought this marked the beginning of the end for Donald Trump's presidency. Could Flynn be the man to take down this President, and maybe even send him to jail?

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Character Study: Meet ‘Supergirl,’ the World’s Strongest Teenager

Naomi Kutin, 16, is an Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey with a knack for setting powerlifting records.