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China to enshrine Xi's thought into state constitution

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping's political thought into the country's constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution.

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Thaw on the way in southern United States

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the southern United States will wake up to more frigid temperatures and slick roads Friday, but a thaw is expected by the weekend, forecasters say.

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Starving California children taunted with pie, beaten by parents - prosecutor

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 children imprisoned for years by their parents in their squalid California home were beaten, shackled, starved and even taunted with food that they were forbidden to eat, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-United States wins WTO chicken ruling against China

GENEVA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The United States largely won a World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday that China had failed to comply with an earlier ruling against its punitive tariffs on U.S. broiler chickens.

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Accused Arizona killer linked to seven more fatal shootings

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A convicted Arizona felon arrested on charges of killing his mother and stepfather in their home last month is now believed responsible for at least seven more fatal shootings in the Phoenix area, police said on Thursday.

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Trump tries to stop the Democratic wave from crashing Pennsylvania

President Donald Trump's trip to Pennsylvania on Thursday underscored just how important Republicans believe a House special election there in March is to the party's midterm prospects.

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U.S. to dismiss charges against 129 people in Trump inaugural protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department intends to dismiss criminal charges against 129 defendants in connection with the protests that took place during President Donald Trump's Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration, according to a court filing on Thursday.

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Trump goes to Pennsylvania to help Republican in special House election

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump traveled to western Pennsylvania on Thursday to show his backing for the Republican candidate in a special congressional election where Democrats are hoping to score another upset victory in Trump-friendly territory.

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Jordan says Israel apologizes for deaths of two Jordanians at embassy

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Thursday that Israel had formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that soured ties and led to the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman, state media said.

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California parents starved 13 children, taunted them with pie: prosecutor

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - The California parents accused of imprisoning their 13 children in the family's squalid home beat, starved and chained them to their beds for years, taunting them with apple pie, according to a prosecutor on Thursday who called it a case of "human depravity."

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U.S. marshal killed in Pennsylvania while arresting suspect

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A deputy U.S. marshal helping police to arrest a woman in a Harrisburg home was shot and killed on Thursday by a man who was with her, federal officials said.

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BRIEF-Essex Portfolio LP Enters Second Amended, Restated Revolving Credit Agreement ​

* ESSEX PORTFOLIO LP- ‍ON JAN. 17, ESSEX PORTFOLIO, L.P ENTERED SECOND AMENDED, RESTATED REVOLVING CREDIT AGREEMENT - SEC FILING ​

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Empty prisons, grounded warplanes: U.S. budget dysfunction hits home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three hours west of Chicago, a federal prison stands ready to take in thousands of inmates and hire hundreds of guards, but its expansion is on hold, awaiting approval from a U.S. Congress that is again paralyzed by budget disputes.

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U.S. urges Turkey to remain focused on Islamic State, not attack Syria's Afrin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department urged Turkey on Thursday not to take military action against Afrin region in Syria and called instead for Ankara to remain focused on fighting Islamic State militants in the region.

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Prosecutors accuse parents of torturing California siblings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive in the family's squalid home were charged on Thursday with torture, child abuse and false imprisonment, as prosecutors said the victims were beaten, starved and chained.

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Tillerson to visit Europe next week for talks on Iran, Syria: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Europe next week, stopping in London and Paris for talks on Iran and Syria before heading on to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum and then to Warsaw, the State Department said on Thursday.

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Zimbabwe fires more than 30 police commanders: state-owned Herald newspaper

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has fired more than 30 senior police commanders as part of a process to clean up the image of the force, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported in its online edition on Thursday quoting unnamed police sources.

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Venezuela talks off in row over fugitive ex-policeman's death

CARACAS (Reuters) - Talks between Venezuela's government and the opposition coalition foundered on Thursday after the opposition denied providing information that led to the death of a rogue former policeman and six other anti-government militants.

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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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U.S. marshal killed in Pennsylvania while serving warrant to suspect

HARRISBURG, P.A. (Reuters) - A U.S. deputy marshal was shot and killed in Pennsylvania's capital city and at least two other officers were wounded while attempting to serve an arrest warrant to a suspect who was also hit by return gunfire, authorities said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-United States wins WTO chicken ruling against China

GENEVA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The United States largely won a World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday that China had failed to comply with an earlier ruling against its punitive tariffs on U.S. broiler chickens.

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Parents of captive California siblings to appear in court

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive and malnourished in the family's squalid suburban home will appear in court on Thursday to face charges of torture and child endangerment charges.

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Trump flies to Pennsylvania to help Republican in special election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a critical loss for Republicans in Alabama last month, President Donald Trump is wading back into congressional politics on Thursday when he travels to western Pennsylvania to signal his backing for the party's candidate in a special election.

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Texas 'tourniquet killer' set to be first U.S. inmate executed in 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - In the first U.S. execution of 2018, Texas was set on Thursday to put to death a man convicted of raping and murdering five girls and young women, using a tourniquet to torture and strangle his victims.

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California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversight

(Reuters) - Lawmakers and advocacy groups are calling for more oversight of home-schooling after a California couple using this method of education was charged with torturing their 13 children.

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Your estate plan needs an update, even if it is new

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Got a dusty old binder with your will and estate plan? Even if you had your paperwork set up a few years ago, all of your documents are now out of date, thanks to new tax laws...

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Parents of captive siblings to make court appearance in California

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - A Southern California couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive and malnourished in the family's squalid suburban home were scheduled to make a first court appearance on Thursday.

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South Africa's Ramaphosa talks tough on state graft, signals departure from Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday welcomed moves taken by prosecutors against companies accused of corruption and said the ruling party would impose the policy certainty needed to attract investment to the country.

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With Trump’s Visit to Pennsylvania, G.O.P. Scrambles to Save a House Seat

President Trump will fly in to the southwestern Pennsylvania district vacated by a scandal-tarred Republican, hoping to bolster the flagging campaign of his handpicked successor.

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Trump looks to boost Republican in Pennsylvania special election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a disastrous loss for Republicans in Alabama last month, President Donald Trump will again wade into congressional politics on Thursday when he travels to western Pennsylvania to signal support for the Republican candidate in a special election there.

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Russia's World Cup likely target for Islamic State: U.S. analysis firm

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The World Cup soccer tournament to be held in Russia in June and July will be an "attractive target" for Islamic State given Russia's role in the territorial defeat of the militant group, the U.K.-based analysis firm, IHS, said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Hyatt Hotels Enters Amendment To Second Amended And Restated Credit Agreement

* HYATT HOTELS SAYS ON JAN 10, CO ENTERED INTO A FIRST AMENDMENT TO SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT - SEC FILING

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Accused NY attacker's lawyers propose deal to avoid death penalty

(Reuters) - Lawyers for the Uzbek man accused of killing eight people by speeding a truck down a New York City bike path in October proposed a plea deal on Wednesday in which their client would accept life in prison without parole if prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

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Police comb through filthy California home where starving siblings found

(Reuters) - Investigators on Wednesday conducted an exhaustive search of the foul-smelling, filthy tract home east of Los Angeles where a California couple are accused of keeping captive and nearly starving 13 minor and adult children, police said.

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Pennsylvania court could order new congressional map before 2018 midterms

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices on Wednesday grilled a lawyer who defended the way state congressional districts are apportioned, a design opponents have challenged as illegally skewed to benefit Republicans who hold 13 of its 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Accused Bike Path Terrorist Seeks Plea Deal to Avoid Death Penalty

Sayfullo Saipov, the man accused of killing eight people on a Manhattan bike path, offered to spend life in prison without parole.

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Elderly American-Iranian jailed in Iran hospitalised with heart problems: lawyer

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An 81-year old American-Iranian imprisoned in Iran, Baquer Namazi, was hospitalised earlier this week due to a drop in blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

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Most states don’t require that kids be checked for health issues

(Reuters Health) - - Most U.S. states don’t require that children be screened for health conditions that can affect learning, according to new research supported by the Children’s Health Fund (CHF).

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U.S. justices sympathize with death row inmate's claim against lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled sympathy toward a Louisiana death row inmate convicted of a 2008 triple murder who is seeking a new trial because his lawyer told jurors over the defendant's objections that the man had carried out the shootings.

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U.S. judge may extend freeze on Indonesian immigrants' deportation

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday signaled she may extend an order preventing the deportation of roughly 50 Indonesian Christians living illegally in New Hampshire, a process that immigration officials began after U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

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Elderly American-Iranian jailed in Iran hospitalized with heart problems: lawyer

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An 81-year old American-Iranian imprisoned in Iran, Baquer Namazi, was hospitalized earlier this week due to a drop in blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

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Republican lobbyist tied to controversial causes attacked in Virginia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican lobbyist best known for fueling a conspiracy theory about the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer was attacked with pepper spray outside his home in a Washington suburb, police and his publicist said on Wednesday.

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Fight over Indonesian immigrants back in U.S. court

BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for 51 Indonesians living illegally in New Hampshire are due in court on Wednesday to urge a federal judge to grant an injunction blocking U.S. immigration officials from moving forward with efforts to deport them.

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Strike averted at New York's main fruit and vegetable market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A work stoppage at a market that supplies much of New York City's fresh fruit and vegetables was averted early on Wednesday when negotiators tentatively reached a pay deal as the previous contract expired, the labor union said.

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Pennsylvania race to test Democrats' hopes for anti-Trump wave

HOUSTON, Pa. (Reuters) - The conservative southwest corner of Pennsylvania, a patchwork of small towns, farms and Pittsburgh suburbs where voters backed Republican Donald Trump by 20 percentage points in 2016, seems an unlikely spot for a possible Democratic renaissance.

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Gerrymandering case reaches Pennsylvania court with stakes for 2018 election

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's high court will hear arguments on Wednesday on whether the state's congressional districts were illegally drawn to benefit Republican lawmakers, a case that could have major ramifications for the 2018 midterm elections.

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State of the Art: It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone

Apple gave us the modern smartphone. Now, it can create a new take on the device by encouraging us to use it more deliberately — and a lot less.

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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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Nine charged over fraternity pledge's death at Florida State University

(Reuters) - Nine men were charged on Tuesday over the hazing death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge, who died of alcohol poisoning at Florida State University late last year, police said.

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Tyler Hilinski of Washington State Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

The police found Hilinksi, who was expected to start at quarterback for the Cougars next season, after he did not show up for a practice.

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Police still baffled by discovery of 13 starved, abused siblings

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they were still seeking answers after finding 13 siblings starving in their parents' squalid Southern California home, some of them chained to beds under "horrific" conditions in an otherwise ordinary suburb.

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Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.

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'Chelsea bomber' tried to radicalize fellow inmates, U.S. prosecutors say

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New Jersey man found guilty last year of planting two homemade bombs in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, one of which wounded 30 people, has tried to radicalize fellow inmates with Islamic State and al Qaeda propaganda, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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U.S. Navy officers face possible homicide charges over ship collisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and could be charged with negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.

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21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes

(Reuters) - A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Florida Isn’t the Only State That Will Be Hurt by Offshore Drilling

No state faces more potential harm than California. But as a blue state, it apparently isn’t eligible for the free pass Florida got from drilling.

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Wage dispute at NY City's main produce market could lead to strike

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The market that supplies New York City with most of its fresh fruits and vegetables faces the prospect of its first work stoppage since 1986 if last-ditch bargaining on Tuesday fails to bridge pay differences in a contract covering 1,100 warehouse workers.

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BRIEF-Cal-Maine Issues Statement In Response To Video Involving Co's Employee

* CAL-MAINE FOODS INC - ISSUED STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO A VIDEO INVOLVING A CO'S EMPLOYEE AND TREATMENT OF LAYING HENS AT LAKE WALES LOCATION

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High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer

New research suggests a strong link between genes, dietary fat and prostate cancer.

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BRIEF-Visionstate Signs LOI To Invest In Cryptocurrency Company

* VISIONSTATE SIGNS LOI TO INVEST IN CRYPTOCURRENCY COMPANY, ANNOUNCES PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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Former Fiat Chrysler exec expected to plead guilty in payments probe: sources

DETROIT (Reuters) - Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vice president Alphons Iacobelli is expected to plead guilty in connection with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into allegations he made at least $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, two people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

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Widow of Eagles guitarist Frey sues NYC hospital for wrongful death

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The widow of Glenn Frey on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over its treatment of the former co-lead singer and guitarist for The Eagles before he died in January 2016 at age 67.

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Tortured, starved California children rarely seen outside home: neighbors

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings who police said were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their disheveled house and, when they did, appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbors said.

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BRIEF-Long Blockchain Enters Letter-Of-Intent With Stater Blockchain

* LONG BLOCKCHAIN CORP. ENTERS INTO LETTER-OF-INTENT WITH STATER BLOCKCHAIN, UK-BASED BUSINESS THAT IS BUILDING BLOCKCHAIN SOLUTIONS FOR THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL MARKETS

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Cranberries singer's death 'not suspicious'

The death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.

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Death of Cranberries star O'Riordan not suspicious - police

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, police said on Tuesday, as tributes flowed in for one of Ireland's most successful artists.

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Black Death spread by humans, vindicating rats

One of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Death, along with a string of plague outbreaks that occurred during the 14th to 19th centuries, was spread by human fleas and body lice, a new study suggests.

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Four South Carolina police wounded exchanging gunfire with suspect

(Reuters) - A police officer and three sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded as they tried to apprehend a man accused of domestic violence early Tuesday morning in South Carolina's York County, the sheriff's office said.

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Not just Florida: Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling

(Reuters) - The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry.

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Chinese Carmaker May Use Fiat Chrysler for Foothold in United States

GAC Motor said it planned to bring an S.U.V. to the United States in 2019. It may use Fiat Chrysler dealerships hungry for new models.

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Thirteen siblings rescued from California house; parents charged

(Reuters) - Thirteen siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday.

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California police find 13 hostages, aged 2 to 29, captive in house

(Reuters) - Police in California found 13 people, age 2 to 29, held hostage in a house outside Los Angeles, where some were chained to beds, they said on Monday.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Governor Cuomo: The Way to a More Just New York State

A new bill will close the gap between what our criminal justice system says and what it does.

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North Carolina mother kills two children, jumps off bridge

(Reuters) - A North Carolina woman who liked to post videos of her children performing on YouTube fatally injured her son and daughter and then killed herself by jumping off a bridge, police said.

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Openness or protection? Czechs' choice echoes EU, U.S. votes

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs, like fellow voters from Europe to the United States, must weigh promises of a more outward-looking society against protection from the uncertainties of the global economy and immigration when they elect their president later this month.

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Challenging the Afghan State, a Cornered Strongman Tries to Ascend

Atta Muhammad Noor, who has ruled his resource-rich province like a king, is refusing to leave despite being fired by country’s president last month.

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Syrian army to end U.S. presence in the country: state TV citing FM source

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army is determined to end any form of U.S. presence in the country, state television said on Monday, citing an official source in the foreign ministry.

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Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 51, with thousands displaced

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The death toll from a cyclone that hit Madagascar about 10 days ago has risen to 51, with another 22 people reported missing, authorities said on Sunday.

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Nine bodies found in truck in Mexican state of Veracruz

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Nine dismembered bodies were found piled in a truck on Saturday night in the violent Mexican state of Veracruz, the governor said on Sunday, describing the crime as a clash of rival gangs.

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Fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida coast, 15 injured

NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said.

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California mudslides: Death toll rises to 20, 4 still missing

At least 20 people have died as a result of the mudslides that devastated Montecito, California, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection. Four people are still missing.

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Transgender U.S. military recruits enlist amid uncertainty

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Transgender Americans are openly enlisting in the U.S. military for the first time, saying they feel confident that court rulings blocking Republican President Donald Trump's ban on their service will stand.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker has sunk after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker finally sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that had drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone has sunk after a collision on Jan. 6, Chinese state television said on Sunday.

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Death toll rises to 19 in California mudslides, five still missing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing.

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Tears and panic as false missile alert unnerves Hawaii

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Panic and confusion swept Hawaii on Saturday as a mistaken alert about a ballistic missile attack spread across the Pacific U.S. state, sending residents and tourists scrambling for shelter and questioning why an all-clear was not issued faster.

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FCC says launching full inquiry into false Hawaii missile alert

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Saturday it was launching a full investigation into a false emergency alert that said a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission said.

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State Rep. on alert: Sat in bathtub praying

Hawaii State Representative Matt Lopresti discusses what he did after receiving a false missile alert warning.

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Suspect held after first court appearance in fatal Kansas 'swatting' case

(Reuters) - A California man accused of making a hoax call that led police in Kansas to kill an unarmed man was in a Wichita jail on Saturday after his first court appearance in the "swatting" case, local media reported.

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Islamic State affiliate claims deadly attack on U.S. troops in Niger

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - The leader of Islamic State's affiliate in West Africa has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four U.S. special forces and four soldiers from Niger in October, Mauritania's independent Nouakchott News Agency (ANI) reported on Saturday.

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Vital Figure Excludes Family From N.F.L. Settlement: Date of Death

Mike Webster was the first N.F.L. player to receive a diagnosis of C.T.E., but his family has been left out of the $1 billion N.F.L. concussion settlement so far.

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Illinois nursing homes sue state over low Medicaid rates

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A handful of Illinois-based nursing homes sued the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services on Friday, saying low Medicaid rates are jeopardizing their ability to provide adequate quality of care.

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'Window closing' for California mudslide searchers as death toll rises to 18

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for five missing people as the death toll rose to 18 from mudslides in Southern California that damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge.

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U.S. charges Maryland businessman with bribing Russian official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have charged a Maryland businessman with bribing a Russian official in an effort to win contracts to ship uranium to the United States.

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State of the Art: The Difficulties With Facebook’s News Feed Overhaul

Facebook faces complex questions over its prioritization of “meaningful” content in the News Feed, including whether people want that kind of content in the first place.

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Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.

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BRIEF-Williams-Sonoma Says Entered Amended And Restated Credit Agreement To Credit Agreement Dated Nov 19, 2014

* WILLIAMS-SONOMA SAYS ON JAN 8, ENTERED SEVENTH AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT AMENDING AND REPLACING CO'S CREDIT AGREEMENT DATED NOV 19, 2014

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Kentucky is first state ever to require Medicaid recipients to work

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Florida 20-year-old claims $451 million Mega Millions jackpot

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man from Florida's Gulf Coast claimed a $451 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot and opted to receive a one-time payment of nearly $282 million, Florida lottery officials said on Friday.

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'Dreamer' lives in limbo as Washington battles over immigration

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jovan Rodriguez plans to go underground if protections for immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children expire, giving up on dreams of a master’s degree and a career in New York’s glittering theater world.

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Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.

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U.S. top court to decide if online retailers must collect state sales tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether to expand the ability of states to require online retailers to collect sales tax, taking up South Dakota's dispute with three e-commerce companies.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Supreme Court takes up state online sales tax dispute

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether to expand the ability of states to require online retailers to collect sales tax, taking up South Dakota's dispute with three e-commerce companies.

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BRIEF-Aflac Issues Statement Regarding Recent Allegations

* AFLAC SAYS INVESTIGATED CLAIMS MADE IN RECENT MEDIA STORIES AND "FOUND THEM TO BE WITHOUT MERIT"

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Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to implement Medicaid work requirements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to receive approval from the federal government to implement work requirements in Medicaid, a fundamental change to the 50-year-old government health insurance program for the poor.

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Syrian state media says Turkey helped rebel attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media on Friday cited field commanders as saying Turkey helped anti-government rebels launch a counter attack against the Syrian army and its allies in the northwest this week, underlining recent regional tensions over the fighting.

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Jeff Bezos contributes $33 million to Dreamers scholarship program

(Reuters) - Scholarship program TheDream.US said on Friday it had received a $33 million donation from Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos to fund 1,000 college scholarships.

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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."

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U.S. agency probing 2018 VW Tiguan for seat belt issue: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has opened a preliminary investigation into whether seat belts on new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan sport utility vehicles could fail during a crash.

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U.S. agency probing 2018 VW Tiguan for seat belt issue -- statement

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has opened a preliminary investigation into whether seat belts on new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan sport utility vehicles could fail during a crash.

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U.S. upholds New York denial of Constitution natgas pipe

(Reuters) - U.S. energy regulators rejected Williams Cos Inc's request to overturn New York's denial of a water permit for the company's proposed Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York, according to a filing on Thursday.

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BRIEF-BD Statement On FDA Warning Letter For Preanalytical Systems Business Unit

* BD STATEMENT ON FDA WARNING LETTER FOR PREANALYTICAL SYSTEMS BUSINESS UNIT

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Fires and mudslides have some rethinking the California dream

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - A few who live amid the usually serene beauty and year-round warmth of Santa Barbara County say nature's recent onslaughts of wildfires and mudslides have dampened their California dreams.

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Zambian army enters slum after riots over cholera controls: state radio

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian troops entered a slum in Lusaka on Friday to restore order after residents rioted over a curfew and ban on street vending imposed to control a cholera outbreak, state radio said.

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Turkey reinstates 1,823 civil servants linked to app used by coup plotters: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Friday reinstated more than 1,800 civil servants purged after a 2016 failed coup, determining they had no links to the network of a cleric accused of masterminding the putsch, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

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Connecticut police to release report on Sandy Hook massacre: media

(Reuters) - The Connecticut State Police are set to release a report on Friday analyzing their response to the 2012 Sandy Hook gun massacre of 26 young children and educators at Newtown elementary school, the Hartford Courant reported.

Muslims and Islam nytimes.com

Opinion: The Lingering Dream of an Islamic State

Baghdadi’s caliphate is crumbling. But it has given new life to a very old idea.

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UPDATE 4-Ford urges 2,900 pickup owners to stop driving after new Takata death

* Ford confirms second death caused by Takata airbag inflator

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Turkey says citizens traveling to United States face risk of arbitrary arrest

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has warned its citizens against travel to the United States, saying Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest and should take precautions if they do decide to travel.

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Florida communities scramble to help displaced Puerto Ricans

KISSIMMEE, Florida (Reuters) - At Leslie Campbell’s office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing.

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Missouri prosecutor to probe Missouri governor over affair

(Reuters) - The top prosecutor in St. Louis said on Thursday she will investigate the actions of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens after he admitted an extramarital affair with a woman before his election in November 2016, but then denied that he tried to blackmail her to keep it a secret.

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U.S. envoy erred in comments about Muslims in Netherlands: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands made mistakes and feels great remorse for falsely saying two years ago that Muslim migrants had "burned" politicians and created "no-go zones" in Holland, a State Department official said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Deploys $189 Million Of Equity Into $509 Million Of Real Estate Transactions During Fourth Quarter 2017

* BLUEROCK RESIDENTIAL GROWTH REIT DEPLOYS $189 MILLION OF EQUITY INTO $509 MILLION OF REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS DURING FOURTH QUARTER 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. judge pushing for opioid settlement reaches out to states: Ohio

(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a quick settlement of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors by U.S. cities and counties is seeking to meet with states that are separately suing and probing the companies, Ohio's attorney general said on Thursday.

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Texas failed to educate, monitor disabled students: federal report

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas violated federal law by failing to identify and educate students with disabilities and deliberately working to decrease the number of students enrolled in special education programs, the U.S. Department of Education said in a report on Thursday.

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Accused N.Y. subway bomber pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting an Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attack on a busy New York City commuter hub in December pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal terrorism charges.

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Puerto Rico governor orders probe of discovery of hurricane recovery materials

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor has ordered an investigation of materials discovered in a warehouse belonging to the U.S. territory's electric authority that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said are critical to restoring power following September's Hurricane Maria.

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Judge seeking settlement of opioid lawsuits reaches out to states: Ohio

(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a quick settlement of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors by U.S. cities and counties is seeking to meet with states that are separately suing and probing the companies, Ohio's attorney general said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 3-Ford urges 2,900 pickup owners to stop driving after new Takata death

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata Corp and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts.

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Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida.

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California mudslide's death toll includes mother, school founder

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue workers on Thursday searched for eight people missing after mudslides that ripped through a coastal Southern California community, as the identities of some of the 17 who died in Tuesday's disaster began trickling out.

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U.S. judge seeking settlement of opioid lawsuits reaches out to states -Ohio

Jan 11 (Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a quick settlement of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors by U.S. cities and counties is seeking to meet with states that are separately suing and probing the companies, Ohio's attorney general said on Thursday.

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Outrage over teacher's arrest leads to death threats for superintendent

A Louisiana superintendent says he's received death threats after a teacher who criticized his proposed raise was sent to jail.

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Missouri legislators seek probe of governor over affair

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he had an extramarital affair with a woman before his election in November 2016 but denied a local television report that he tried to blackmail her to keep their relationship a secret.

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Ford urges 2,900 pickup owners to stop driving after new Takata death

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective Takata airbag inflator and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts.

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U.S. welcomes Libya's destruction of chemical weapons stockpile: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday congratulated Libya for destroying its remaining chemical weapons stockpile, and also called on Syria to fully eliminate its chemical weapons program.

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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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Teens get probation for livestreaming of Chicago sex assault

(Reuters) - Two teenage boys who pleaded guilty in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook have been sentenced to five years of probation, Chicago prosecutors said on Thursday.

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U.S. Marshals to hold auction of seized bitcoin on Jan. 22

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government will hold an auction of about 3,813 bitcoins that were seized in federal criminal, civil and administrative cases, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Thursday.

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Trump administration to let states adopt Medicaid work requirements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration told U.S. states on Thursday they can for the first time move toward imposing work or job training requirements on people as a condition for obtaining health insurance under the Medicaid government program for the poor.

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Missouri governor admits to extramarital affair before taking office

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he had an extramarital affair before his election in November 2016 after a St. Louis television station aired a recording of a woman confessing to a sexual encounter with him to her now ex-husband.

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BRIEF-Penns Woods' Q4 Net Deferred Tax Assets To Be Reduced By About $3.7 Million

* AS PER PRELIMINARILY ESTIMATE, CO'S NET DEFERRED TAX ASSETS WOULD BE REDUCED BY ABOUT $3.7 MILLION IN Q4 DUE TO TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT

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U.S. says Vietnam should have notified eight state firms to WTO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has notified the World Trade Organization of eight Vietnamese firms it says should have been registered as state trading enterprises under the global trading rules, a U.S. filing published by the WTO showed on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Saudi state taking control of Binladin construction giant - sources

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is taking managerial control of Saudi Binladin Group and discussing a possible transfer of some of the giant construction group's assets to the state while its chairman and other family members are in detention, sources told Reuters.

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Migrants risk death crossing Alps to reach France

BARDONECCHIA, Italy (Reuters) - It took Abdullhai almost three years to get from his home in Guinea to a rocky, snow-covered Alpine mountain pass in the dead of winter, for what he hopes will be the final stage of his journey into France.

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Olympics: United States embraces technology to bridge funding gap

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States may have claimed at least nine gold medals in each of the last four Winter Olympics, yet remarkably, all of this success has been achieved without government funding.

Medicaid nytimes.com

Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid

Federal officials said they would support state efforts to require able-bodied adults to work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.

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Trump administration will allow states to test Medicaid work requirements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow states to test requiring some Medicaid recipients to work or participate in community activities such as volunteering or jobs training as a condition of eligibility for the government health insurance program for the poor.

Net Neutrality nytimes.com

States Push Back After Net Neutrality Repeal

At least six, including California, New York and Washington, are considering bills to restore protections that the F.C.C. ended, but political and legal obstacles may stand in the way.

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Vietnam seeks lengthy jail terms for former officials of state oil firm: media

HANOI (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Vietnam were seeking long jail terms on Thursday for a former member of the country's ruling politburo and a high-profile former official over losses of hundreds of millions of dollars at a state oil firm, domestic media said.

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Californian man dies hiking Australia's sweltering outback

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An American tourist has died in the Australian outback while hiking though sweltering conditions on the Larapinta Trail, renowned for its ancient Aboriginal sacred sites, police said on Thursday.

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U.S. travel warning puts five Mexican states on par with war-torn nations

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rampant crime and gang activity in Mexico prompted the U.S. State Department on Wednesday to issue a stringent travel advisory, warning tourists to completely avoid five Mexican states, an advisory level often reserved for nations at war.

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Death toll rises to 17 in California mudslides, 17 missing

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17.

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US military leader threatens ISIS with death by shovel

The top enlisted leader in the US military has issued a stark and graphic warning to all remaining ISIS fighters: Surrender or face a violent death at the hands of coalition forces, who will carry out the task using anything from bombs to entrenchment shovels.

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Judge denies effort to stop Mulvaney from heading consumer watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge denied on Wednesday a preliminary injunction filed by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Leandra English seeking to stop White House budget director Mick Mulvaney from taking control of the agency.

Global Warming nytimes.com

Florida Is Exempted From Coastal Drilling. Other States Ask, ‘Why Not Us?’

A surprise decision to exclude Florida, but not other states, from a plan to open up most of the nation’s coastline to offshore drilling raised questions about the plan’s legality.

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Investor Rich Hall leaves Harvard to return to University of Texas

BOSTON (Reuters) - Richard Hall, who oversaw private equity investing at Harvard University's $37 billion endowment, is leaving the Ivy League school to become the deputy chief investment officer at the University of Texas' endowment.

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U.S. grand jury indicts man accused of Manhattan terror attack

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub in the name of Islamic State in December was indicted on U.S. terrorism charges by a grand jury on Wednesday.

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U.S. immigration operation targets 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

(Reuters) - U.S. immigration agents fanned out to nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide on Wednesday, arresting 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally and giving owners a tight deadline to prove other employees are authorized to work.

WeCroak (KKIT Creations LLC) nytimes.com

Outing Death

Once a social taboo, the topic is trending.

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New construction to lift Manhattan office rents in 2018: Cushman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The largest amount of new construction to hit Manhattan since the 1980s will lift asking rents this year for office space in New York as demand likely continues to grow faster than the U.S. average, executives from Cushman & Wakefield said on Wednesday.

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California proposes a $131.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2018-19

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown proposes a $131.7 billion general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2018-19, a 5.0 percent increase from the current fiscal year.

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Trump hands GOP Florida governor a win on drilling but leaves other states hanging

It helps to be a Republican governor on Donald Trump's side.

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After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.

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Canada takes United States to WTO in complaint over trade remedies

GENEVA (Reuters) - Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade dispute against the United States, challenging Washington's use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, Canada said in WTO filing dated Dec. 20 and published on Wednesday.

Landslides and Mudslides nytimes.com

Rescuers Search Montecito for Mudslide Survivors as Death Toll Reaches 15

Two dozen people were unaccounted for and 300 were stuck in their homes after hours of heavy rain unleashed a deluge of mud and debris, the authorities said.

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Republican U.S. Representative Issa of California to retire: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, who as head of the House of Representatives' Oversight Committee pursued the investigation of American deaths in Benghazi, Libya, said on Wednesday he would not seek re-election in November.

Drug Abuse and Traffic nytimes.com

Iran Eases Death Penalty for Drug Crimes, Saving Potentially Thousands of Lives

A rare overhaul by Iran’s hard-line dominated judiciary came amid domestic and international pressure to reduce its executions, which are second only to China’s.

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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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Trump says open to talks with North Korea: Seoul statement

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Wednesday he is open to talking with North Korea, the South's presidential office said after the two leaders spoke by telephone.

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California mudslide death toll up to 15 as rescues continue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California rescuers worked through the night plucking stranded Santa Barbara residents from mudslides that have killed at least 15 people and devastated the coastal community after it was drenched by rain, authorities said on Wednesday.

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Real estate investing startup Cadre partners with Goldman Sachs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York-based real estate investment company Cadre has partnered with Goldman Sachs Group Inc to allow the bank's private wealth management clients to invest through the startup's platform.

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Reuters Reporters Are Charged in Myanmar With Obtaining State Secrets

The two journalists, who had been investigating the existence of a mass grave, could face up to 14 years in prison.

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Death toll in California mudslides expected to rise

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of those killed by mudslides in California was expected to rise from at least 13 dead but rescue efforts would become easier on Wednesday after the powerful rain storm heads west and skies clear, authorities said.

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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.

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U.S. judges order overhaul of North Carolina's partisan congressional districts

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A three-judge federal panel ordered congressional districts in North Carolina to be redrawn ahead of the 2018 elections, ruling on Tuesday that the Republican-drawn map was illegal and unconstitutionally partisan.

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California mudslides kill at least 13 people in area ravaged by wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mudslides, boulders and cascading debris killed at least 13 people on Tuesday in an area of Southern California's Pacific Coast ravaged by a series of intense wildfires that burned off protective vegetation last month.

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Judges order overhaul of North Carolina's partisan congressional districts

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A three-judge federal panel ordered congressional districts in North Carolina to be redrawn ahead of the 2018 elections, ruling on Tuesday that the current Republican-drawn map was illegal and unconstitutionally partisan.

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BRIEF-Midland States Bancorp Announces Receipt Of Regulatory Approval For Alpine Bancorp Acquisition

* MIDLAND STATES BANCORP INC ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF FEDERAL REGULATORY APPROVAL FOR ACQUISITION OF ALPINE BANCORPORATION

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U.S. top court considers putting brakes on police vehicle searches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday wrestled with the scope of police authority to search vehicles without warrants, with Chief Justice John Roberts referencing the shiny red convertible taken for a joyride in the 1986 comedy film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to make a serious legal point.

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U.S. to decide on Iran sanctions waivers on Friday: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is expected to decide on Friday whether to continue to waive U.S. penalties on Iran, as agreed under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the State Department said on Tuesday.

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New York state lawmaker charged with fraud, obstructing justice

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state lawmaker was charged with 11 counts of fraud and obstruction of justice, accused of defrauding government agencies out of tens of thousands of dollars, including hurricane relief money, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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Exclusive: Senior State Dept. refugee official sidelined - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. official who has been a defender of refugees has been sidelined within the State Department in what some advocates and former officials fear is part of the Trump administration's goal of limiting refugee resettlement in the United States.

Puerto Rico nytimes.com

On Washington: Advocates of Puerto Rico Statehood Plan to Demand Representation

The island’s political leaders say the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and poor treatment in the new tax law make clear that residents need added political clout.

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U.S. justices weigh lawfulness of police vehicle searches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday wrestled with the scope of police authority to search vehicles without warrants in two distinct circumstances: a rental car driven by a man who was not authorized to do so and a motorcycle covered by a tarpaulin and parked on private property.

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Billionaire Rennert files malpractice lawsuit over $213 million judgment

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire Ira Rennert has filed a $214 million malpractice lawsuit against his former law firm, after a jury found him liable for looting his magnesium company to build a huge mansion in New York's Hamptons.

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In China, Macron urges openness, pitches France Inc

BEIJING (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron offered on Tuesday to open up the French economy to Chinese investment in exchange for greater access to China's booming markets, warning in talks in Beijing that existing trade imbalances would lead to protectionism.

Exercise nytimes.com

State of the Art: What a $4,000 Treadmill Means for the Future of Gadgets

Peloton, which sells an internet-connected spin bicycle, unveiled a $4,000 internet-connected treadmill. The company’s insight: The gadget is not as important as the service.

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Thousands in California flee homes ahead of possible mudslides

(Reuters) - Thousands of Southern Californians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful rain storm that could cause flash floods and trigger mudslides soaked steep slopes where a series of intense wildfires burned off vegetation last month.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Overstates Size of Tax Cuts in Speech to Farmers

At a speech to farmers in Nashville on Monday, Mr. Trump claimed he had cut taxes by $5.5 trillion instead of the actual $1.5 trillion amount.

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Four sentenced to prison, college fraternity banned for hazing death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania court on Monday sentenced four members of a national college fraternity to a maximum of two years in prison and banned the group from operating in the state for 10 years because of the 2013 death of a student during hazing incident.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Right and Left React to Questions About Trump’s Mental State

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss questions about the president’s mental capacity.

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No free pass for Massachusetts pot businesses from feds-prosecutor

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top federal prosecutor will not rule out prosecuting businesses dealing in marijuana, he said on Monday, days after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era policy easing enforcement in states that legalized the drug.

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New York City traffic deaths fall to record low under safety program

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Led by a sharp drop in pedestrian deaths, overall traffic fatalities in New York City fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2017 to their lowest on record, thanks at least in part to an ongoing safety improvement program, city officials 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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BRIEF-Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp Closes Record Level Of New Loan Commitments In 2017

* ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION CLOSES RECORD LEVEL OF NEW LOAN COMMITMENTS IN 2017 AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES ALL-IN PRICING OF SECURED TERM LOAN

Chronic Wasting Disease nytimes.com

States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

Montana is the latest Western state to discover animals infected with chronic wasting disease. It may decimate herds and, biologists say, invade Yellowstone.

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Massachusetts federal prosecutor will not rule out busting pot businesses

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top federal prosecutor will not rule out prosecuting businesses dealing in marijuana, he said on Monday, less than a week after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era policy easing enforcement in states that legalized the drug.

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Mitt Romney successfully treated for prostate cancer: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney, strongly considering a run for a U.S. Senate seat from Utah, underwent successful treatment for prostate cancer last year, a source close to Romney said on Monday.