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Biden says he owes Anita Hill an apology

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Former Vice President Joe Biden says he owes Anita Hill an apology for not doing more for her during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. [Source]

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U.S. FDA releases initial review of Philip Morris' iQOS device

Jan 22 (Reuters) - An electronic tobacco product made by Philip Morris International Inc that heats rather than burns tobacco contains lower levels of harmful and potentially harmful compounds than cigarettes, a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Monday.

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BRIEF-Connecticut Water Service Declares Dividends And Announces New Direct Stock Purchase Program

* CONNECTICUT WATER SERVICE INC. DECLARES DIVIDENDS, ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECT STOCK PURCHASE PROGRAM AND SETS DATE FOR ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

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Ferry service helps Alcatraz escape from government shutdown

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lights are on at Alacatraz Island, the famous federal prison turned tourist destination in San Francisco Bay, even though the U.S. government has shut down. Private business is stepping up.

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Germany confirms Audi recall due to illicit emission-control device

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's transport ministry confirmed a media report on Monday that the KBA automotive watchdog detected illicit emission-control software in Audi's latest Euro-6 diesel models and ordered a recall of the vehicles.

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FDA's tobacco stance faces test with Philip Morris iQOS device

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a decision expected to test the Trump administration's approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc to sell its novel iQOS tobacco device and claim it is less harmful than cigarettes.

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Vice President Pence arrives in Israel

BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began a visit to Israel on Sunday after being praised as a "great friend" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and shunned by the Palestinians over U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Hillary Lost, but the Future Is Hers

Women will follow Clinton’s lead right into the White House.

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Record-chasing Vonn cruises to Cortina downhill victory

(Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn cruised to her 79th career World Cup victory in the Cortina downhill on Saturday, finishing ahead of Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather and fellow American Jackie Wiles.

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Delta Air Lines Tightens Rules for Service and Support Animals

The carrier will require more preflight documentation as a surge in animals used to aid disabled travelers and offer emotional support has raised safety concerns.

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Venezuela's woes poised to hit U.S. oilfield service firms' earnings

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield service companies exposed to Venezuela face new hits to earnings from the South American nation's ongoing economic turmoil and U.S. sanctions on the country and state-run oil company PDVSA.

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Delta is changing the rules on service animals

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Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years.

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UPDATE 1-Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years.

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BRIEF-Alibaba Pictures Group Says Shanghai TPP Enters Advertising Services Framework Agreements

* SHANGHAI TPP ENTERS ADVERTISING SERVICES FRAMEWORK AGREEMENTS WITH UNITS OF ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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Amazon raises monthly fee for Prime service by 18 percent

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Friday raised the monthly fee for Amazon Prime, its fast-shipping and video-streaming service, to $12.99 from $10.99, while maintaining the annual fee.

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Amazon hikes price for its Prime service by 18 percent

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Friday raised the monthly fee for Amazon Prime, its fast-shipping and video-streaming service, to $12.99 from $10.99.

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BRIEF-AmTrust Financial Services Announces Retention Of Financial Advisor To Review Proposal By Stone Point Capital, CEO, Karfunkel Family

* AMTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. ANNOUNCES RETENTION OF FINANCIAL ADVISOR TO REVIEW PROPOSAL BY STONE POINT CAPITAL, THE CEO AND THE KARFUNKEL FAMILY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Goggia delights home crowd in Cortina downhill

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Italian Sofia Goggia won a second successive women's downhill in front of an elated home crowd, with the American duo of Lindsey Vonn and overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin also enjoying a podium finish in a thrilling race on Friday.

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BRIEF-Nine Energy Service Prices IPO

* SAYS INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF 7.00 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED AT $23.00PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Rahm cards his lowest score on PGA Tour for first-round lead

(Reuters) - Spaniard Jon Rahm carded his lowest score on the PGA Tour, a bogey-free 10-under-par 62, for a one-stroke lead after the first round at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the California desert on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Speedcast International To Provide Equipment And Services To Noble Corp's Drilling Fleet​

* SELECTED BY NOBLE CORPORATION TO PROVIDE NEW COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES TO GLOBAL DRILLING FLEET​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Spirit Airlines Adds ‍New Service Between Atlantic City and New Orleans

* SPIRIT AIRLINES SAYS STARTS ‍NEW NONSTOP SERVICE CONNECTING ATLANTIC CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO LOUIS ARMSTRONG NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Cold weather chills U.S. homebuilding; jobless claims at 45-year low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding fell more than expected in December, recording its biggest drop in just over a year, likely as unseasonably cold weather at the end of the month disrupted the construction of single-family housing units.

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BRIEF-Okta And Servicenow Integrate To Improve Security Incident Response

* OKTA AND SERVICENOW INTEGRATE TO IMPROVE SECURITY INCIDENT RESPONSE

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Norfolk Southern pushing for 'more stable' rail service in 2018: CEO

LOMBARD, Ill. (Reuters) - Norfolk Southern Corp is working toward a "more stable, resilient" network for 2018 following service issues in recent months, the No. 4 U.S. railroad's top executive said on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Blackstone's Hill hands hedge fund reins to McCormick

BOSTON (Reuters) - After nearly two decades of growing Blackstone Group into the world's biggest hedge fund investor with some $74 billion in assets, J. Tomilson Hill is passing the baton.

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WRAPUP 2-Cold weather chills U.S. homebuilding; jobless claims at 45-year low

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding fell more than expected in December, recording its biggest drop in just over a year, likely as unseasonably cold weather at the end of the month disrupted the construction of single-family housing units.

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Bannon given more time to sort out with WH what he can tell Hill investigators

The House Intelligence Committee has agreed to give former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon until the end of the month to return to the panel and finish his closed-door interview, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

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Deutsche Bahn halts rail service across Germany due to storm

BERLIN (Reuters) - German railway operator Deutsche Bahn [DBN.UL] on Thursday said it had suspended all long-distance rail service across Germany due to a powerful storm blowing across Germany and the Netherlands.

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BRIEF-GE Says Co's Power Services Business Signed Long-Term Agreements With Consortium Formed By Macquarie Capital, Techint Valued At About Over $330M ‍​

* GE - CO'S POWER SERVICES BUSINESS SIGNED LONG-TERM AGREEMENTS WITH CONSORTIUM FORMED BY MACQUARIE CAPITAL, TECHINT VALUED AT ABOUT OVER $330M ‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2EUMaaT) Further company coverage:

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Uber partners with taxi firm ComfortDelGro for new Singapore service

SINGAPORE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies and Singapore's top taxi operator ComfortDelGro Corp Ltd will launch a new ride-hailing service in Singapore from Friday, as they team up against their key regional rival Grab.

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Nintendo's latest video game devices are made of cardboard

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Turquoise Hill says Oyu Tolgoi declares force majeure due to border protests

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Turquoise Hill Resources said that Oyu Tolgoi, a copper and gold mine in the southern Gobi Desert, has declared force majeure in connection with customer contracts for concentrate due to a protest by Chinese coal transporters in the Ganqimaodu Border Zone.

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BRIEF-Trican Well Service prices upsized underwritten secondary offering at $18.25 per share​

* TRICAN WELL SERVICE-PRICING OF UPSIZED UNDERWRITTEN SECONDARY OFFERING WHICH INCLUDES TRICAN OF 13.3 MILLION SHARES OF KEANE GROUP'S STOCK AT $18.25 PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Phillips 66 Partners Announces 5 Pct Raise In Quarterly Cash Distribution

* PHILLIPS 66 PARTNERS ANNOUNCES 5 PERCENT INCREASE IN QUARTERLY CASH DISTRIBUTION

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Man stabbed before Atletico Madrid game: emergency services

MADRID (Reuters) - A 22-year-old man was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being stabbed near Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium before a King's Cup game between Atletico and Sevilla on Wednesday, emergency services said.

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Keep going to work, Britain's May tells public service employees at Carillion

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May urged workers employed by failed services and construction company Carillion for public service contracts to keep going to work confident that they will be paid.

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Majority of U.S. National Park Service board resigns, saying it was ignored

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Most members of a U.S. National Park Service advisory board, appointed while Barack Obama was president, have resigned after saying they were ignored by President Donald Trump's administration, the panel chairman said on Tuesday.

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Weather service: Flash of light in Michigan is likely a meteor

The night sky briefly lit up in Michigan on Tuesday night, with a bright flash of light and a loud noise that startled residents.

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9 Park Service advisory board members quit

Nine members of the National Park System Advisory Board quit Tuesday, citing concern over the Trump administration's priorities regarding the national parks, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

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Round Hill, investor in Beatles and Bruno Mars songs, raises new fund

(Reuters) - Round Hill Music Royalty Partners, a private equity firm which invests in the copyright of songs from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruno Mars, said on Tuesday it...

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BRIEF-Aecom Awarded $442 Mln Contract To Provide U.S. Army With Rotary Wing Training Services

* AECOM AWARDED NINE-YEAR, US$442 MILLION CONTRACT TO PROVIDE U.S. ARMY WITH ROTARY WING TRAINING SERVICES

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BRIEF-Nokia Wins Five-Year Managed Services Agreement To Manage Optus' Network

* NOKIA WINS FIVE-YEAR MANAGED SERVICES AGREEMENT TO MANAGE OPTUS' NETWORK

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BRIEF-Turquoise Hill Announces Fourth Quarter 2017 Production

* TURQUOISE HILL RESOURCES LTD - ‍OYU TOLGOI MEETS 2017 PRODUCTION GUIDANCE​

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Google to relaunch map service in China: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Google to relaunch map service in China -Nikkei

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Dear President Trump: Churchill would have been a climate leader

There could be no starker illustration of the profound differences that exist between Washington and London -- despite alignment on many other issues -- than comments this week by our two leaders on climate change and the environment.

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UK to ensure services provided by Carillion will continue-minister

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's government will ensure that services provided by failed construction and services group Carillion will continue and the company's joint-venture partners will be involved, minister David Lidington said on Monday.

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Trump owes us money

Donald Trump owes each and every American money. And I don't mean the trickle-down economics kind that supposedly accompanies tax cuts to the one percent. I'm talking a check to every man, women and child for $3,239 per week until his presidency ends.

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UK government keeping close eye on services company Carillion - Conservative chairman

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's government is keeping a close eye on building and services company Carillion and ministers hope its partners will find the working capital to ensure it remains a "going concern", the chairman of the governing Conservatives said on Sunday.

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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.

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News Analysis: Hillary Clinton Ignited a Feminist Movement. By Losing.

She was poised to lead and now is on the sidelines.

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Former Argentine vice president freed pending corruption trial

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's former economy minister and vice president, Amado Boudou, was freed from jail on Friday after an appeals court ruled that he was unlikely to interfere in a corruption case against him.

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For Brooklyn Rape Victim, a Long-Awaited Apology From Police

Physically attacked and vilified in print in 1994, the now 51-year-old victim calls the #MeToo movement an ongoing reality

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Chris Matthews apologizes for making comment about 'Bill Cosby pill' before interviewing Hillary Clinton

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BRIEF-Avid Bioservices Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up To $125 Mln

* AVID BIOSERVICES INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UP TO $125 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2mpEPJ1) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Taylor Devices Qtrly Earnings Per Share $0.02

* TAYLOR DEVICES ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER AND SIX MONTH RESULTS

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The future of DACA negotiations still unclear on Capitol Hill

Things were getting heated on Capitol Hill on immigration even before President Donald Trump asked lawmakers in a closed-door meeting Thursday why the US was bringing in immigrants from "shithole" countries into the US.

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Japan Balks at Calls for New Apology to South Korea Over ‘Comfort Women’

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could miss the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics as tensions with Seoul flare anew over World War II-era sex slaves.

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China scolds Delta and demands apology

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China demands public apology from Delta for listing Taiwan, Tibet as countries

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's aviation authority on Friday said it had asked Delta Air Lines to investigate why Taiwan and Tibet were listed as countries on its website, and demanded an "immediate and public" apology.

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China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for four years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's imports from North Korea plunged in December to their lowest level in dollar terms since at least the start of 2014, with trade curbed by U.N. sanctions aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

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Haitian-American GOP congresswoman demands an apology

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah called on President Donald Trump to apologize Thursday for his reported comments criticizing immigrants coming to the United States from what he called "shithole countries."

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Wilder sentenced to community service for marijuana possession

(Reuters) - Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service on Thursday after being found guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

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BRIEF-WestJet Says Three New Vice-Presidents Will Join Senior Leadership Team

* WESTJET AIRLINES LTD - THREE NEW VICE-PRESIDENTS WILL BE JOINING SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Walmart wage hike may show wage pressures building for lowest paid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Walmart's tit-for-tat minimum wage battle with Target, ratcheting to $11 an hour for the least experienced workers with likely pressure to move higher, may signal broader gains...

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Conway's Hillary Clinton claim debunked

CNN's John King takes a look at some of the times President Trump has talked or tweeted about Hillary Clinton after Kellyanne Conway said of the White House staff, "nobody here talks about her."

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U.S. service member in Afghanistan wounded in possible insider attack

KABUL (Reuters) - The U.S. military in Afghanistan is investigating an incident in the eastern province of Nangarhar in which one of its forces was wounded in an apparent insider attack by members of a pro-government militia.

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IBM to reassign 30 percent of Global Services staff in 2018: The Register

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp plans to reassign up to 30 percent of the 103,000 staff in its computer service delivery business this year with job cuts through attrition of around 10,000, technology website The Register reported on Thursday, citing unnamed company insiders.

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Cheaper services weigh on U.S. wholesale prices; jobless claims up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years in December amid declining costs for services, which could temper expectations that inflation will accelerate in 2018.

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IBM to reassign 30 pct of Global Services staff in 2018: The Register

LONDON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp plans to reassign up to 30 percent of staff in its 103,000 computer service delivery business this year with job cuts through attrition of around 10,000, technology website The Register reported on Thursday, citing unnamed company insiders.

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UPDATE 1-IBM to reassign 30 pct of Global Services staff in 2018 -The Register

LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp plans to reassign up to 30 percent of staff in its 103,000 computer service delivery business this year with job cuts through attrition of around 10,000, technology website The Register reported on Thursday, citing unnamed company insiders.

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Trump once again brings up Hillary Clinton

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning kept up his attacks on 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton, more than 14 months after his victory over her.

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Op-Ed Columnist: ‘The Lowest White Man’

For white supremacy to thrive, the lowest white man must be exalted above those who are black.

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BRIEF-Irico Display Devices To Set Up JV With Corning's Singapore Unit For Production Project

* SAYS IT PLANS TO SET UP JV WITH CORNING'S SINGAPORE UNIT FOR PRODUCTION PROJECT WITH INVESTMENT OF ABOUT $60 MILLION Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/2mhBBqX Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)

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Kellyanne Conway: 'Nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton'

Kellyanne Conway claimed Wednesday evening that while many cannot get over the 2016 presidential election, the White House does not talk about Hillary Clinton.

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Retiring lawmaker's advice for 2018 candidates

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) offers advice to 2018 midterm election candidates as he heads for the exit.

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U.S. says Massachusetts cannot sue student loan servicer

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has filed papers arguing Massachusetts's attorney general cannot pursue claims that one of the nation's largest student loan servicers undermined a federal debt forgiveness program.

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Vice President Pence to lead U.S. delegation to Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-SNC-Lavalin Awarded Engineering Services Agreement Worth Over $100 Mln

* SNC-LAVALIN AWARDED ENGINEERING SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH A DOWNSTREAM REFINING AND PETRO-CHEMICAL COMPANY IN THE GULF COAST, USA

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Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now

In the movie, “I, Tonya,” the disgraced figure skater looks back on the 1994 Nancy Kerrigan scandal and her struggles to tell her side of the story.

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BRIEF-‍Chorus unit Jazz reaches new tentative agreement with its Airport Services employees​

* ‍CHORUS SUBSIDIARY JAZZ REACHES A NEW TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH ITS AIRPORT SERVICES EMPLOYEES​

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McConnell reaches out to 'Hillbilly Elegy' author about Senate run

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has spoken to "Hillbilly Elegy" author JD Vance about a potential run for Senate in Ohio following GOP candidate Josh Mandel's unexpected departure from the race last week, a source familiar with the call confirmed to CNN.

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BRIEF-Nine Energy Service Inc Sees IPO Of Up To 7 Mln Shares

* NINE ENERGY SERVICE INC SEES IPO OF UP TO 7.0 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK PRICED BETWEEN $20.00 AND $23.00 PER SHARE - SEC FILING

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Trump a genius? Hill Republicans not so sure

President Donald Trump has boldly declared that he is a genius -- a "very stable" one at that. His Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill were not so quick to agree.

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BRIEF-NEC Acquires UK-Based IT Services Company Northgate Public Services

* NEC ACQUIRES UK-BASED IT SERVICES COMPANY NORTHGATE PUBLIC SERVICES

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BRIEF-Apple Says "Effectively Anything" A Child Could Access Online On iOS Devices Can Be Blocked By Parents

* APPLE, ON INVESTORS CONCERNS ABOUT YOUTH PHONE ADDICTION, SAYS "EFFECTIVELY ANYTHING" A CHILD COULD ACCESS ONLINE ON IOS DEVICES CAN BE BLOCKED BY PARENTS - SPOKESWOMAN‍​

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IPhone addiction may be a virtue, not a vice for investors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc investors are shrugging off concerns raised by two shareholders about kids getting hooked on iPhones, saying that for now a little addiction might not be a bad thing for profits.

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Apple update protects devices from Spectre

Apple users should install the latest software releases for smartphones and computers to protect against the Spectre flaw.

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Trump close to decision on Fed vice chair pick: administration official

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is close to making a decision on who to nominate as vice chair of the Federal Reserve, an administration official said on Monday.

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Top U.N. humanitarian official to visit Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The head of the United Nations office for humanitarian affairs will visit Syria starting Tuesday, partly to discuss how to improve access and delivery of aid to conflict-affected zones, the UN said on Monday.

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BRIEF-LP Insurance Services Agrees To Acquire Assets Of Loan Protector Insurance Services

* LP INSURANCE SERVICES HAS AGREED TO ACQUIRE THE ASSETS OF LOAN PROTECTOR INSURANCE SERVICES

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BRIEF-Gain Capital announces ‍launch Of Bitcoin Trading In Australia, Singapore On Co's City Index Branded Service​

* GAIN CAPITAL HOLDINGS INC - ‍LAUNCH OF BITCOIN TRADING IN AUSTRALIA AND SINGAPORE ON COMPANY'S CITY INDEX BRANDED SERVICE​

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BRIEF-Enterprise Group Announces $9.1 Million Equipment Supply And Services Agreement

* ENTERPRISE GROUP ANNOUNCES $9.1 MILLION EQUIPMENT SUPPLY AND SERVICES AGREEMENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Britain should choose hard Brexit if no financial services deal: Farage

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain should opt for a hard Brexit if the European Union does not offer an agreement on financial services, British member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage said on Monday before a meeting with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator.

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South Korea inspects six banks over virtual currency services to clients

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean financial authorities on Monday said they are inspecting six local banks that offer virtual currency accounts to institutions, amid concerns the increasing use of such assets could lead to a surge in crime.

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UPDATE 2-S.Korea inspects 6 banks over virtual currency services to clients

* S.Korea bigger hacking target due to price gap (Adds comment from bank responses, analyst on price gap, background)

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RPT-U.S. oilfield service firms dust off IPO plans as crude prices surge

HOUSTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield service companies are gearing up for initial public offerings, according to regulatory filings and analysts, after several shelved equity sales last year during a weak period for oil prices.

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U.S. oilfield service firms dust off IPO plans as crude prices surge

HOUSTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield service companies are gearing up for initial public offerings, according to regulatory filings and analysts, after several shelved equity sales last year during a weak period for oil prices.

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How the FBI and Secret Service are preparing

The FBI, the Secret Service, snipers and other law enforcement teams are working to keep the College Football National Championship festivities in Atlanta safe for fans ahead of the game on Monday night.

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Bannon Issues Apology for Attack on Trump’s Son

Stephen K. Bannon, who is quoted in a new book calling Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians in 2016 “treasonous,” said that Mr. Trump was “both a patriot and a good man.”

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Ski jumping: Stoch seals Four Hills title with record-equaling win

(Reuters) - Holder Kamil Stoch became the second man to win all four legs of the Four Hills competition as he retained the title with victory at Bischofshofen on Saturday.

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Argentina approves Telecom 'quadruple play' services

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's communications regulator Enacom said on Friday it had signed off on new rules allowing companies to offer so-called quadruple play services that include landlines, mobile phones, pay television and the internet.

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How to protect your devices from Spectre and Meltdown chip flaws

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DHS issues new rules for searching electronic devices at the border

The Department of Homeland Security on Friday released new policies on searching electronic devices at the US border.

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BRIEF-Wisconsin Public Service Files For Senior Debt Shelf Offering Of Up To $1.2 Bln

* WISCONSIN PUBLIC SERVICE CORP FILES FOR SENIOR DEBT SHELF OFFERING OF UP TO $1.2 BILLION - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2E9Dnlh) Further company coverage:

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Justice Dept. launches new Clinton Foundation probe: The Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation conducted "pay-to-play" politics or other illegal activities during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, The Hill reported on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials and a witness.

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Justice Dept launches new Clinton Foundation probe: The Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation conducted "pay-to-play" politics or other illegal activities during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, The Hill reported on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials and a witness.

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Marijuana businesses brace for investment chill as U.S. changes policy

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cannabis businesses across the United States said they are bracing for an investment slowdown following the U.S. Justice Department’s Thursday directive that will allow the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug.

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BRIEF-Apple Says All Mac Systems And iOS Devices Are Affected By Vulnerabilities In ARM-Based, Intel CPUs

* - INFORMS ABOUT SPECULATIVE EXECUTION VULNERABILITIES IN ARM-BASED AND INTEL CPUS

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CMS to cover Abbott's glucose monitoring device

(Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories said on Thursday its newly launched glucose monitoring device would be covered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, expanding its usage to millions of diabetes patients in the United States.

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Stoch edges closer to Four Hills title with Innsbruck win

(Reuters) - Four Hills champion Kamil Stoch is on the verge of retaining the title after continuing his stellar run with victory in the third leg at Innsbruck on Thursday.

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Putin OKs resumption of Russian airline service to Cairo: document

MOSCOW/CAIRO (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin authorized the resumption of regular Russian airline flights to Cairo, according to a document published on the Moscow government's website on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-European stocks rally picks up pace as services growth impresses

* Autos boosted by better-than-expected U.S. car sales (Updates prices, adds detail, quotes)

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Major chip flaws affect billions of devices

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BRIEF-Soros Fund Management Reports 7.78 Pct Passive Stake In ServiceSource International‍​

* SOROS FUND MANAGEMENT REPORTS 7.78 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN SERVICESOURCE INTERNATIONAL INC AS OF DEC 3 - SEC FILING‍​ ‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2lPLH2C) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-FDA issues recall on J&J heart device

Jan 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued a recall of a heart device made by a unit of Johnson & Johnson due to a faulty valve, following a recall by the company in June.

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It's cold. No, it's really cold. Here are the bone-chilling stats...

Check out some of these eye-popping statistics from the Arctic outbreak that has put the US in a deep freeze and the monster winter storm threatening the East Coast.

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BRIEF-Abbott gets New FDA Labeling For Some Of Its MRI-Ready Devices

* NEW FDA MR-CONDITIONAL LABELING APPROVALS FURTHER EXPAND ABBOTT'S PORTFOLIO OF MRI-READY DEVICES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Death toll from Peru bus crash rises to 48 : emergency services

LIMA (Reuters) - At least 48 people were killed in Peru when a bus collided with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of the capital Lima, emergency services officials said.

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BRIEF-Apple buys app development service Buddybuild

* CANADA'S BUDDYBUILD SAYS HAS JOINED THE XCODE ENGINEERING GROUP AT APPLE TO BUILD DEVELOPER TOOLS FOR THE ENTIRE IOS COMMUNITY‍​ Source: http://bit.ly/2CHqvmS

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Altice drops Starz, directs customers to its online service

Jan 2 (Reuters) - Cable company Altice USA Inc is employing a new negotiating tactic when it comes to reaching agreements with content providers on prices: pointing customers to programmers' own streaming services.

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Vice puts two executives on leave over harassment allegations

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BRIEF-Liberty Oilfield Services Inc Sees IPO Of 10.7 Million Shares Priced Between $14-$16 Per Share

* LIBERTY OILFIELD SERVICES INC SEES IPO OF 10.7 MILLION SHARES OF CO'S CLASS A COMMON STOCK PRICED BETWEEN $14.00 AND $16.00 PER SHARE - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Ecolab Acquires Cascade Water Services

* ECOLAB - CASCADE WATER SERVICES WILL BECOME PART OF CO'S WATER BUSINESS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Vice Media Places Two Executives on Leave

After an investigation by The Times, the company reconsiders sexual harassment allegations against its president and chief digital officer.

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FDA issues recall on J&J heart device

Jan 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued a recall of a heart device made by a unit of Johnson & Johnson due to a faulty valve.

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Paul posts emotional apology

YouTube star Logan Paul is facing sharp criticism after posting video of a suicide victim that he came across in a forest in Japan.

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Cold chills U.S. shale gas production as heating demand jumps

HOUSTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Cold weather gripping much of the United States is denting natural gas production in the nation's shale patches, with output of the heating fuel down more than 20 percent since last month in North Dakota's Bakken region, according to analyst estimates.

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U.S. service member killed, four wounded in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One U.S. service member was killed and four others wounded during a "combat engagement" in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, the U.S military said in a statement on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Amazon Been In Talks With Several Companies Including P&G, Clorox About Letting Them Promote Products On Its Echo Devices - CNBC‍​

* AMAZON HAS BEEN IN TALKS WITH SEVERAL COMPANIES INCLUDING P&G AND CLOROX ABOUT LETTING THEM PROMOTE PRODUCTS ON ITS ECHO DEVICES - CNBC, CITING SOURCES ‍​ Further company coverage:

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U.S. service member killed, four injured in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One U.S. service member was killed and four others injured during a "combat engagement" in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, the U.S military said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Alpine skiing: Speed merchants still kings of the hill

LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic downhills have a special allure, with the fastest and bravest Alpine skiers going full tilt for gold and a place in history.

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Israel's Spacecom expands deal for satellite service to Nepal

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Space Communication Ltd, operator of the Amos satellites, said on Tuesday Nepal's Dish Media Network has contracted for more capacity on the Amos-4 satellite starting in the fourth quarter.

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Britain wants financial services included in EU trade deal: Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants to include financial services in a trade deal with the European Union which covers a full sweep of economic areas, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday.

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Brutal cold across US will get worse, weather service says

The frigid temperatures that ushered in 2018 across the United States aren't going away anytime soon.

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Why Americans just can't quit Hillary Clinton

Two seemingly contradictory recent Gallup Poll findings sum up what it means to be a woman in the United States who dares to go where only men have gone before: Americans love to think of talented, ambitious women who have overcome obstacles — but the reality of a woman assuming a position of power, particularly over men? That's not welcome.

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Holder Stoch wins second leg at Four Hills

(Reuters) - Poland's Kamil Stoch is on course to retain his Four Hills title after overcoming Richard Freitag for the second leg in a row to triumph at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on Monday.

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WhatsApp messaging service returns after global outage

Dec 31 (Reuters) - WhatsApp, a popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, suffered a global outage for about an hour on Sunday before the problem was fixed.

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Ski jumping: Stoch defies wind and rain to win opening Four Hills event

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Defending champion Kamil Stoch upstaged home favorite Richard Freitag to win the opening leg of ski jumping's prestigious Four Hills tournament at Oberstdorf on Saturday.

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BRIEF-Delek Logistics Announces Transportation Services Agreement Period For Incentive Rates For Paline Pipeline

* DELEK LOGISTICS ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AGREEMENT PERIOD FOR INCENTIVE RATES FOR THE PALINE PIPELINE FROM LONGVIEW TO NEDERLAND

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Speculators cut net short dollar bets to lowest since November -CFTC, Reuters

NEW YORK, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Speculators reduced their net short U.S. dollar bets earlier this week to their lowest level since mid-November, according to calculations by Reuters and Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Trump wants Postal Service to charge "much more" for Amazon shipments

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE, Dec 29 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge "much more" to ship packages for Amazon, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

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Trump takes on Postal Service in tweet

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump decided to take on the U.S. Postal Service.

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Trump wants Postal Service to charge 'much more' for Amazon shipments

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge "much more" to ship packages for Amazon Amazon, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

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UPDATE 3-Trump wants Postal Service to charge "much more" for Amazon shipments

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE, Dec 29 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge "much more" to ship packages for Amazon Amazon, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

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UPDATE 2-Trump targets Amazon in call for postal service to hike prices

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Amazon on Friday in a call for the country's postal service to raise prices of shipments in order to recoup costs, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

Alcoholic Beverages nytimes.com

We’re Not ‘National Hangover Service,’ N.H.S. Tells U.K. Drinkers

The chief executive of the National Health Service in England said people who drank to excess were “selfish” and suggested greater use of drunk tanks.

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Trump targets Amazon in call for postal service to hike prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday targeted online retailer Amazon in a call for the country's postal service to raise prices of shipments in order to recoup costs.

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China's Huawei flags slowest revenue growth in four years

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd expects 2017 revenue to rise 15 percent to 600 billion yuan ($92.08 billion), its rotating chief executive, Ken Hu, said in a New Year's message to staff posted on its official WeChat account on Friday.

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Hillary Clinton supporters outraged at Vanity Fair, to Trump's glee

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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.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Dec 28) - Vanity Fair, Hillary Clinton

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

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U.S. to fully resume visa services in Turkey: State Dept.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department on Thursday said it will fully resume U.S. visa services in Turkey after an earlier diplomatic row over local employees and U.S. citizens who had been arrested during a state of emergency in Ankara.

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BRIEF-J.B. Hunt Transport Services Sees Q4 Revenue $1.9 Bln To $2.0 Bln

* J.B. HUNT TRANSPORT SERVICES, INC. ANNOUNCES EARNINGS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017

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Former Zimbabwe army boss Chiwenga sworn in as vice president

HARARE (Reuters) - Recently retired army chief Constantino Chiwenga, who led a de facto coup last month that ended Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule, was installed as Zimbabwe's vice president in Harare on Thursday.

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Liverpool’s Price for Van Dijk? A Wait, an Apology and $100 Million

Liverpool finally adds Virgil Van Dijk. All it took to push the deal over the line was a formal apology, six months of waiting and a world-record transfer fee.

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BRIEF-Ssr Mining Receives Eia Approval For The Chinchillas Project

* SSR MINING RECEIVES EIA APPROVAL FOR THE CHINCHILLAS PROJECT

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BRIEF-Keryx Biopharma Says Norwich Pharmaceuticals Agreed To Terminate Manufacturing Services Agreement

* KERYX BIOPHARMACEUTICALS- ON DEC 20,CO,NORWICH PHARMACEUTICALS AGREED TO TERMINATE MANUFACTURING SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN CO,NPI,DATED JAN 17, 2014‍​

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Arctic air will bring a chilly end to 2017

Blasts of Arctic air have brought weather-related deaths, record low temperatures and historic amounts of snowfall to parts of US.

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Gallup: Obama, Hillary Clinton remain most admired

Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain the most admired man and woman in the United States -- a 10-year trend for Obama and 16 years running for Clinton.

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BRIEF-Biondvax Plans Phase 3 Clinical Trial Following Receipt Of Scientific Advice From The European Medicines Agency

* BIONDVAX PLANS PHASE 3 CLINICAL TRIAL FOLLOWING RECEIPT OF SCIENTIFIC ADVICE FROM THE EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY (EMA)

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Ex-army boss to be sworn in as Zimbabwe vice president on Thursday

HARARE (Reuters) - Retired army chief Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi will be sworn in as Zimbabwe's vice presidents on Thursday, state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-H&E Equipment Services Extends Existing $602.5 Mln Senior Secured Credit Facility With Wells Fargo Capital Finance

* H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES-ON DEC 22, CO AMENDED, EXTENDED, RESTATED EXISTING $602.5 MILLION SENIOR SECURED CREDIT FACILITY WITH WELLS FARGO CAPITAL FINANCE

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Trump on Twitter (Dec 26) - Hillary Clinton, Tax Cut Bill

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

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NYC on pace to record lowest murder tally in decades

Despite enduring its deadliest terror attack since 9/11, New York City is on pace to record its lowest murder total in decades.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Dec 26) - Healthcare, Hillary Clinton

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

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BRIEF-EHi Car Services Appoints Independent Financial Advisor And Legal Counsel To The Special Committee

* EHI CAR SERVICES ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND LEGAL COUNSEL TO THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry join royal family service

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were met by hundreds of well-wishers as they turned out for the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service Monday.

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Philippines' Duterte's son quits as vice mayor of hometown Davao

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son quit as vice mayor of the southern city of Davao on Monday, citing his being linked to a drug smuggling case by opponents and personal problems from a failed marriage as reasons for the move.

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Russia's Yandex.Taxi buys food delivery service Foodfox

MOSCOW, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Yandex.Taxi, a subsidiary of Russian internet group Yandex, said on Monday it is buying Russian food delivery service Foodfox for an undisclosed amount.

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Just got a new device? Here's everywhere you can find CNN

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A tragic injury to a Syrian infant sparks a social media campaign spotlighting a humanitarian crisis

Karim Abdel Rahman -- a Syrian infant who lost his left eye two months ago in an artillery attack -- has become a symbol of the carnage and the humanitarian crisis in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.

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Vice Media co-founders apologize for 'boy's club' environment at firm

(Reuters) - Vice Media co-founders issued an apology on Saturday, saying the Millennial-focused media company had allowed a "boy's club" atmosphere that included sexual harassment to flourish.

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Vice Media on harassment: 'We are truly sorry'

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment

A media company built on subversion and outlandishness was unable to create “a safe and inclusive workplace” for women, two of its founders acknowledge.

Christmas nytimes.com

Personal Journeys: On Christmas Eve in Ukraine, the Church Is Chilly (or Is It?)

I celebrated Christmas with relatives in the village of Shutromynsti. There were many courses, multiple toasts, piercing memories and joyful singing.

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BRIEF-C&J Energy Services Files For Resale Of 4.4 Mln Shares

* C&J ENERGY SERVICES FILES FOR RESALE OF 4.4 MILLION SHARES OF CO TO BE SOLD BY SELLING STOCKHOLDERS - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2BRliZk) Further company coverage:

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Daniel Day-Lewis stitches together chilly 'Phantom Thread'

If "Phantom Thread" truly does represent Daniel Day-Lewis' announced swan-song from acting, he heads into retirement on a high note in terms of his performance. The movie itself -- reuniting the star and director Paul Thomas Anderson -- is a sumptuous but chilly affair, meticulously stitched together, but intriguing without being emotionally involving.

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Early NTSB review says crew not using electronic devices before Amtrak crash

The crew on the passenger train that derailed this week in Washington state was not seen using any personal electronic devices, an initial review from the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

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Uzbek leader says he will curb power of state security service

TASHKENT (Reuters) - Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev said on Friday he would reform the Central Asian nation's state security service, adding that its power had become excessive under his predecessor Islam Karimov.

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U.S. FDA plans to let device makers report malfunctions less frequently

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said it plans to let medical device makers report less serious malfunctions of some devices on a quarterly basis to cut down on repeated reviews of common problems.

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BRIEF-Icahn Automotive Group Purchases 19 Independently-Owned Service Locations Throughout U.S.

* ICAHN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP LLC SAYS HAS PURCHASED 19 INDEPENDENTLY-OWNED SERVICE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT UNITED STATES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. consumer spending rises more than expected; savings lowest since 2008

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending accelerated in November amid an increase in demand for recreational goods and utilities, but the strong pace of consumption is unlikely to be sustained as savings dropped to their lowest level in more than nine years.

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Joe Biden: So hot right now

Almost 6 in 10 Americans have a favorable opinion about Joe Biden in a new CNN national poll, a finding sure to give the Democratic former vice president a boost as he considers whether to run for president in 2020.

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No rain relief seen for South Africa's drought-striken southwest - weather service

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken southwest, where the city of Cape Town is located, faces severe water shortages and is still expected to experience higher average temperatures and periodic hot spells, the weather service said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Strad Energy Services Says Approved 2018 Capital Expenditure Program Of $8 Mln

* STRAD ENERGY SERVICES ANNOUNCES 2018 CAPITAL EXPENDITURE PROGRAM AND UPDATE TO ITS NORMAL COURSE ISSUER BID

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BRIEF-California Water Service Says Unit Entered An $85 Million Settlement Agreement

* CALIFORNIA WATER SERVICE SAYS ON DEC 20, UNIT ENTERED AN $85 MILLION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH DOW CHEMICAL CO, SHELL OIL CO, CHEVRON U.S.A., AMONG OTHERS

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U.N. to join Syria talks in Astana, with humanitarian hopes

MOSCOW/GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he would take part in the latest round of Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday, with a month to go before he hopes to break the deadlock in political talks in Geneva.

Movies nytimes.com

The Carpetbagger: Can Anita Hill Fix Hollywood’s Harassment Problem?

The Brandeis professor is in charge of a commission backed by the most powerful players in the industry. The hard part is figuring out what comes next.

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Big retailers are testing out subscription services

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BRIEF-X Rail Enterprises Appoints Michael Mason Executive Vice President

* X RAIL ENTERPRISES APPOINTS MICHAEL MASON EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Special Report: How Philip Morris is selling regulators on its hot new smoking device

By Paritosh Bansal, Tom Lasseter, Duff Wilson Thomas Wilson, Ami Miyazaki and Aditya Kalra

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UPDATE 4-Uber dealt blow after EU court classifies it as transport service

* Member states can regulate transport companies (Adds tweet from CEO in paragraphs 15-16)

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BRIEF-Phillips 66 Partners LP Files For Stock Shelf Offering Of Up To $250 Mln

* PHILLIPS 66 PARTNERS LP FILES FOR STOCK SHELF OFFERING OF UP TO $250 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text (http://bit.ly/2BSemNZ) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-DFS Services and NAPAS Sign Agreement To Form Strategic Alliance

* DFS SERVICES LLC SAYS CO, NATIONAL PAYMENTS CORPORATION OF VIETNAM SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO FORM A STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

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Analysis: 4 theories on why Hillary Clinton isn't very popular

You would think that with President Donald Trump's approval ratings at historic lows for a first-year president, the candidate he beat in the 2016 election might see a similar improvement in their popularity numbers -- a sort-of buyer's remorse bump.

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Hillsong Unites Believers and Those Old Agnostics John, Paul, George and Ringo

More than a thousand worshipers attended a Pentecostal singalong whose set list included Beatles hits like “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Here Comes the Sun.”

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Chilled music: performer makes instruments out of ice

LONDON (Reuters) - While most musicians seek to avoid a frosty reception at concerts, for Norwegian composer and performer Terje Isungset a chilly feeling is nothing to fear: he performs with instruments he makes himself out of ice.

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BRIEF-Avinger Receives CE Marking Approval For Next Generation Pantheris Image-Guided Atherectomy Device

* AVINGER RECEIVES CE MARKING APPROVAL FOR NEXT GENERATION PANTHERIS IMAGE-GUIDED ATHERECTOMY DEVICE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: