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Cambridge Analytica Suspends C.E.O. Amid Facebook Data Scandal

The company’s board said it was suspending the chief executive, Alexander Nix, with immediate effect, pending an independent investigation.

Asia and Australia Edition: Vladimir Putin, Facebook, White Rhino: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

Data-Mining and Database Marketing

How Researchers Learned to Use Facebook ‘Likes’ to Sway Your Thinking

Your interest in Kim Kardashian West can tell researchers how extroverted (very), how conscientious (more than most) and how open-minded (only somewhat) you are.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The Calm Before the Stormy

What’s behind President Trump’s curious silence about a porn star and her story?

Airline suspends pet cargo flights


Macron says too much English spoken in pre-Brexit Brussels

PARIS (Reuters) - The English language is too dominant in Brussels, especially with Britain soon to exit the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday as he vowed to fight for a wider use of French in EU institutions and abroad.

For months, the President's advisers kept him constrained. But he's taking public his private resentment about the man running the Russia probe.

There's been an important shift over the last few days in President Donald Trump's approach to the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as his rhetoric and his legal team have begun to reflect an increased focus on winning the fight for public opinion rather than cooperating with the actual probe.


Judge blocks Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks in a ruling handed down one day after the state's governor signed the measure.


G20 to recognize need for 'further dialogue and actions' on trade

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders are likely to reaffirm on Tuesday their commitment to fighting protectionism and recognize the need for "further dialogue and actions" on trade, just days before U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are to enter into force.


Senate committee launches effort to prevent election hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday released its first draft recommendations on how to prevent foreign hacking of U.S. elections, calling on Congress to help states tighten security after spending more than a year investigating Russian attempts to target the voting system in the 2016 campaign.

Women in Bill O'Reilly defamation suit want settlement agreements made public


Maryland high school shooter dies after gunfight with officer: sheriff

GREAT MILLS, Md. (Reuters) - A 17-year-old student shot and critically wounded two fellow students at a Maryland high school on Tuesday morning before dying after exchanging gunfire with a campus security officer, the county sheriff said.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Says He Congratulated Putin on His Re-Election and They May Meet Soon

“We had a very good call,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We will be meeting in the not-too distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control.”

Presidential Election of 2016

Ex-Playboy Model Sues to Break Silence on Trump

The former model, Karen McDougal, is the second woman this month to challenge Trump associates’ efforts to bury stories of extramarital affairs.


BRIEF-Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc Says CEO C. Michael Petters' 2017 Total Compensation Was $7.97 Million



JPMorgan names Mellody Hobson to board

March 20 (Reuters) - JPMorgan & Chase Co has appointed Mellody Hobson, the president of a Chicago-based investment firm, to its board of directors, the Wall Street bank said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-JPMorgan Chase Elects Mellody Hobson To Board Of Directors



Cryptocurrencies need monitoring, not banning: Italy's Visco

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Financial policymakers gathering in Buenos Aires on Tuesday agreed cryptocurrencies posed some risks but should not be banned altogether, the head of Italy's central bank said on Tuesday after the meeting.

Researcher at center of data-mining scandal touted techniques in Russia speech


Fifth device explodes in Texas; White House sees no link to terrorism

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, hastening investigators to seek the public's help in determining if there is any link to four homemade bombs that have rocked the state capital of Austin this month.


Exclusive: Salesforce in advanced talks to buy MuleSoft - sources

(Reuters) - Inc is in advanced discussions to acquire U.S. software maker MuleSoft Inc , people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, as it looks to expand its offerings beyond customer relationship management software.


UPDATE 8-Fifth device explodes in Texas; White House sees no link to terrorism

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas, March 20 (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, hastening investigators to seek the public's help in determining if there is any link to four homemade bombs that have rocked the state capital of Austin this month.


Stephen Hawking to join Newton, Darwin in final resting place

LONDON (Reuters) - British physicist Stephen Hawking is to take his place among some of the greatest scientists in history when his ashes are interred inside Westminster Abbey, close to the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

Saudi prince's WH visit continues Kushner courtship

When Donald Trump stepped into the White House in 2017, the President gave his son-in-law-turned-senior-aide Jared Kushner considerable power in trying to strike a deal for Middle East peace. Enter Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, another anointed son looking to make a name for himself after his father gave him considerable power.


BRIEF-Acasta Announces Court Hearing Date For Arrangement In Connection With Sale Of Stellwagen Business Unit



UPDATE 1-Zambia uncovers $8 bln tax scam at prominent mining firm

LUSAKA, March 20 (Reuters) - Zambia's tax collection agency said on Tuesday it had uncovered an five-year, $8 billion tax scam at an unspecified "prominent mining company".


Wall St. climbs with oil, but Facebook's slide checks gains

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as a jump in oil prices lifted energy stocks, though another drop in Facebook's shares curbed the gains on the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P.


Rocket attack kills at least 29 in Damascus market: Syrian state media

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 29 people were killed and scores injured on Tuesday when a rocket landed in a busy market place in an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said.


Seattle Genetics' Hodgkin's lymphoma drug wins U.S. approval

(Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved Seattle Genetics Inc's Adcetris as part of a chemotherapy cocktail to treat advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in newly diagnosed patients, opening up a key market for the drugmaker.


Toyota pauses self-driving car testing amid Uber accident probe

DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will pause autonomous vehicle testing following an accident in which an Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona.


UPDATE 1-Seattle Genetics' Hodgkin's lymphoma drug wins U.S. approval

March 20 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved Seattle Genetics Inc's Adcetris as part of a chemotherapy cocktail to treat advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in newly diagnosed patients, opening up a key market for the drugmaker.


US STOCKS-Wall St climbs with oil, but Facebook's slide checks gains

* Still, more stocks drop than gain on NYSE and Nasdaq (Updates to early afternoon)


Iran, Yemen in focus as Trump and Saudi crown prince meet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday discussed tensions with Iran and a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen which has come under criticism in Congress.

Polish priest publicly wishes for Pope's quick death in homily

A Catholic priest from Poland is facing rebuke after calling Pope Francis a "foreign body" in the church and implying the Pope should pass away soon if his views on refugees and non-Christian beliefs don't change.


EPA chief's security detail on Italy trip cost $30,000: document

(Reuters) - The U.S. government spent over $30,000 on personal security for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt during his trip last year to Italy, according to documents obtained by a watchdog group that said the spending was irresponsible at a time of budget cuts.


Senators to press automakers, regulators on Takata air bag recall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday will ask automakers and regulators why tens of millions of vehicles with faulty Takata air bag inflators remain on the road years after deaths prompted the largest auto safety recall in history.


U.S. high court skeptical toward California law on anti-abortion centers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled sympathy toward Christian-based facilities that argued that a California law requiring them to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.


BRIEF-Black Box To Work On Engineering Program For U.S. Army Southwest Asia Outside Plant (SWA-OSP)



METALS-Copper hits three-month low on rising inventories, trade war fears

* GRAPHIC-2018 asset returns: (Updates with closing prices)

North American Free Trade Agreement

In Nafta Talks, U.S. Tries to Limit Junk Food Warning Labels

A Trump administration proposal would limit the ability of Mexico, Canada and the U.S. to warn consumers about the dangers of foods linked to obesity.

I tweeted about diversity and got hammered by haters


Egypt court orders suspension of Uber, Careem services in victory for taxis: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt suspended the licenses of ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem on Tuesday, in a court ruling after taxi drivers sought to shut down the two firms' operations in the country, judicial sources said.

NRA rips Florida GOP house speaker over gun control law

The National Rifle Association is criticizing Florida's Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran for his comments lauding the passage of gun control legislation and accusing him of "betrayal."


Trump congratulates Putin on poll victory, possible meeting discussed: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump phoned Russia's Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election and they discussed the possibility of a meeting, the Kremlin said.

Amazon CEO takes robotic dog for a walk

United States Politics and Government

Saudi Crown Prince Arrives at White House to Meet with Trump

The president has lavished praise on Mohammed bin Salman, who has rapidly consolidated his position as Saudi Arabia’s heir apparent.

Smithsonian moves Michelle Obama portrait due to 'high volume of visitors'

Michelle Obama was so popular she needed more space.

Police raid BMW in diesel emissions probe

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Maryland School Shooting Suspect Is Dead After Confrontation With Officer

A student opened fire with a handgun, the sheriff said, wounding two students and exchanging gunfire with an officer who was stationed at the school.


Congress leaders seek to finalize spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers sought to reach an agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, with immigration issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall and protections for young 'Dreamer' immigrants at the center of negotiations.

Trump: I congratulated Putin

While meeting with Saudi Arabia's crown prince, President Donald Trump said he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and that they will be meeting soon.


Senators criticize U.S. support for Saudi campaign in Yemen as crown prince visits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators debated a resolution seeking an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen's civil war on Tuesday, the same day President Donald Trump was due to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House.


EU's Barnier sees most difficult Brexit issues to come at the end of talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier said on Tuesday he expected the most difficult negotiations with London to come at the end of the process.

Facebook's stock tumbles again

Ex-NFL players to help launch new football league

GOP senator blocks top spy lawyer's confirmation

Last week, quietly and without fanfare, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley blocked President Donald Trump's nominee to be the intelligence community's top lawyer, the General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Jason Klitenic.


New York Region Braces for Major Snowstorm

Even as the calendar turns to spring, winter refuses to relinquish its grip with forecasters predicting 12 to 16 inches of snow starting on Wednesday.


Children risk serious injuries on golf carts

(Reuters Health) - Golf cart crashes involving children can result in serious injuries, a new study confirms.


Slovak PM-designate to rework cabinet list after president rejects proposals

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia's prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini said on Tuesday he would propose a new list of ministers on Wednesday after the president rejected his cabinet proposals.


Google launches news initiative to combat fake news

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is launching the Google News Initiative, to weed out fake news online and during breaking news situations, it said in a blog post on Tuesday.


Expedia's Orbitz says 880,000 payment cards hit in breach

(Reuters) - Orbitz, a subsidiary of online travel agency Expedia Inc , said on Tuesday that hackers may have accessed personal information from about 880,000 payment cards.


FTC to investigate Facebook over use of personal data: report

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook Inc over its use of personal data, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, after a whistleblower said a political consultancy hired by Donald Trump improperly accessed information on 50 million Facebook users to sway public opinion.


BMW searched by German police in emissions swoop

FRANKFURT/MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW's headquarters were raided on Tuesday by German prosecutors investigating the suspected use of illegal emissions control software capable of manipulating exhaust levels.

Reno (Nev)

California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders

Reno is among several Western cities experiencing congestion and new tensions as California residents and businesses seek more affordable locations.


Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies in Kenya

Just two members of the charismatic subspecies remain, both female. But scientists still hope to prevent the extinction of the animals.

United States Defense and Military Forces

At War: 15 Years Ago, I Helped Start a War That Hasn’t Ended

As the United States enters its 15th year of war in Iraq, a former Marine Corps tanker remembers the invasion that set the occupation, and all its destruction, in motion.

Economic Conditions and Trends

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Aggressive Abroad, Putin Plays a Cautious Economic Game at Home

While other leaders scramble to boost economic growth, Vladimir Putin cares only about stability. And the Russian people seem fine with that.


General Dynamics raises offer for sector peer CSRA

(Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics on Tuesday raised its offer for sector peer CSRA Inc to $9.7 billion, including $2.8 billion in debt, in an attempt to top an unsolicited bid from CACI International Inc .


Birds in rural France wiped out at "dizzying" rate

PARIS (Reuters) - Bird populations are collapsing in rural France at a catastrophic rate, according to two studies published on Tuesday which drew a link to the intense use of pesticides in farming.


Morgan Stanley had 'very high' wealth-business revenue in early '18: president

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley had "very high" revenue in its wealth business in the first two months of 2018, but that has tailed off, President Colm Kelleher said on Tuesday at a European...


Op-Ed Contributor: Avoiding Collisions in Outer Space

To sustain the commercial space race, we need to streamline and coordinate rules to manage the proliferation of private satellites.


Boxing-Injured Saunders postpones WBO title defense

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has postponed his title defense against Martin Murray next month after suffering a hand injury in training.

Rap and Hip-Hop

Roxanne Finally Gets Her Revenge, 3 Decades After Her Hit Single

Roxanne Shanté was among the first solo female rappers when she made “Roxanne’s Revenge” in 1984. Her stymied career is now the subject of a biopic.

In March for Our Lives, don't forget Trayvon Martin

Students of all ages last week joined their courageous and eloquent peers from Parkland, Florida in protest. They are showing us that the damage from school shootings is not only the tragic loss of young lives, but also the pervasive fear that exists in modern American schools, where "active shooter" drills embed terror the way that "duck and cover" once did.


TSA says doesn't search phones, devices of air travelers for content

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, responding to a lawsuit, said on Tuesday it does not search devices like the mobile phones of air travelers for electronic content.

United States Politics and Government

F.T.C. Investigating Facebook in Use of Personal Data by Firm Tied to Trump

The Federal Trade Commission is examining whether Facebook violated a 2011 agreement with the agency on data privacy, a person with knowledge of the inquiry said.

United States Politics and Government

Ben Carson Defends Purchase of $31,000 Dining Set at Congressional Hearing

“People were stuck by nails, and a chair had collapsed with someone sitting in it,” said Mr. Carson, describing the furniture he replaced.

Jake Tapper to interview James Comey

CNN's Jake Tapper will interview former FBI Director James Comey on April 19, the network announced Tuesday.

Paul Ryan says he received assurances that firing Mueller 'not even under consideration'

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he received "assurances" that President Donald Trump is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

San Juan (Puerto Rico)

The 52 Places Traveler: The Suffering and Spirit of San Juan

A visit by our 52 Places Traveler to the Puerto Rican capital, still recovering from last year’s hurricanes, was one of the most calming and soul-filling experiences of her trip so far.


Prosecutors search Volkswagen headquarters in new emissions investigation

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Tuesday they had searched Volkswagen's headquarters as part of a new investigation into whether the carmaker had overstated the fuel efficiency of more vehicles than previously disclosed.


House Speaker Ryan says assured Trump won't fire Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday said he has been assured that fellow Republican President Donald Trump is not considering firing U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


McDonald's sets greenhouse gas reduction targets

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp on Tuesday announced an approved, science based target to cut greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change, saying it is the first restaurant company to do so.


FDA seeks data on role of flavors in tobacco addiction

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday asked for data, research and public comment on the role that flavors such as menthol play in tobacco addiction, the agency's latest move to curb nicotine addiction in the country.


Investors crowded into tech sector, BAML March survey finds

LONDON (Reuters) - Global investors were crowded into so-called FAANG and BAT tech shares in March and continue to cling to equity holdings despite fears of trade wars and growth slowdown, Bank of...


Arise Sir Ringo: Beatles drummer knighted at Buckingham Palace

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and joked with reporters afterwards: "I expect you to use my title."

Travel and Vacations

The Caribbean Now: Smaller Crowds, Quieter Shores as St. John Slowly Recovers

Evenings can be lively in Cruz Bay and the beaches are still inviting. But major resorts are closed and cleanup efforts continue.


UPDATE 1-General Dynamics raises offer for CSRA

March 20 (Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics said on Tuesday it raised its offer for sector peer CSRA Inc to $9.7 billion, including $2.8 billion in debt, in an attempt to top an unsolicited bid from CACI International Inc's.


UPDATE 5-Fifth package bomb strikes Texas, at FedEx facility near San Antonio

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas, March 20 (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was linked to a series of four homemade bombs that hit the Texas capital of Austin this month.


UPDATE 2-Starboard's Newell board nominees retreat after Icahn swoop

March 20 (Reuters) - Four of Starboard Value's nominees to Newell Brands Inc's board of directors withdrew their nominations, a day after the company rebuffed the activist hedge fund's challenge by giving billionaire investor Carl Icahn four board seats.


BlackBerry shares rise after software security pact with Microsoft

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's shares rose 4 percent in early trading on Tuesday after the company said it would provide security for one-time rival Microsoft Corp's flagship Office apps.


United Airlines pauses cargo-hold pet transport after missteps

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines is halting the shipment of pets in airplane cargo holds while it studies improvements, the carrier said on Tuesday, after the death of a puppy and mistakes in handling other dogs last week sparked negative publicity.


BRIEF-Eco Oro Files Memorial In Arbitration Against Colombia‍​

* ECO ORO MINERALS CORP - ‍ECO ORO IS SEEKING $764 MILLION AS COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Dozens of toy suppliers object to Toys 'R' Us liquidation plan

(Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us heads to U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday to defend its liquidation plan against an onslaught of objections from creditors, particularly suppliers demanding payment for thousands of toys ranging from Poopeez to Bratz.


Monsanto backs new company focused on gene editing, not GMOs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will fund a new U.S. company that aims to develop crops using technology known as gene editing, rather than the genetic modification that helped it become the world's biggest seed seller.


EU's Juncker follows France, Germany in congratulating Putin

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's chief executive has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his reelection, saying that Russia and Europe should "reestablish a cooperative pan-European security order".


Fifth package bomb strikes Texas, at FedEx facility near San Antonio

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) - A homemade bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution center near San Antonio early on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was linked to a series of four homemade bombs that struck capital city Austin this month.


Arise Sir Ringo - Beatles drummer knighted at Buckingham Palace

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and joked with reporters afterwards: "I expect you to use my title."

Bombs and Explosives

Package Explodes at FedEx Center Near San Antonio

The explosion comes amid heightened concern after a series of bombings in the nearby city of Austin, Tex.


FedEx to roll out 500 more stores inside Walmart

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Package delivery company FedEx Corp said on Tuesday it will open 500 FedEx Office stores inside Walmart Inc's U.S. locations, a partnership intended to help both companies attract new customers and handle online order returns.

Maryland high school on lockdown after shooting

A shooting has been reported at Great Mills High School in Maryland, the St. Mary's County Public Schools said on its website. "The school is on lock down," the school district said, and the incident has been contained. "The Sheriff's office is on the scene; additional information to follow," the statement said.

Facebook's data crisis could get even worse

Trump's opioid plan to kill drug dealers is about vengeance, not solutions

Vengeance is not a public health policy. But it's implicit in a policy measure coming out of the White House, which would attempt to solve the opioid crisis with a plan that includes sentencing some high-intensity traffickers to death. It may feel good, and for some segment of the population, vengeance may even look good.


Stocks heal after FANG bite, Fed bets lift dollar

LONDON (Reuters) - A worldwide selloff of internet stocks caused by reports of industrial-scale misuse of Facebook data began to ease on Tuesday, while the dollar was flying ahead of what is expected to be the first of at least three U.S. rate hikes this year.

Uber's self-driving car fatality: Questions answered


UK investigates Facebook over data breach, to raid Cambridge Analytica

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is investigating whether Facebook did enough to protect data after a whistleblower said a London-based political consultancy hired by Donald Trump improperly accessed information on 50 million Facebook users to sway public opinion.


Expelled Russian diplomats leave Britain in nerve agent crisis

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twenty three expelled Russian diplomats and their families left the embassy in London and headed back to Moscow on Tuesday in the deepest crisis in Russian-British relations since the Cold War sparked by a nerve agent attack in England.


BRIEF-Nanophase Announces New Chief Financial Officer

* NANOPHASE ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises at open as higher oil prices help energy shares

March 20 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday, recovering some of its losses from a day earlier, as the energy sector gained from higher oil prices.


Wall Street opens higher as financials gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Tuesday, led by gains in financial stocks ahead of a near-certain interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, but declines in Facebook and Oracle weighed on technology shares.


Slovak president calls for stronger cabinet shuffle as protests continue

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska rejected prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini's proposed cabinet on Tuesday and called for stronger changes to the government by Friday to help calm a political crisis brought on by the murder of a journalist.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks heal after FANG bite, Fed bets lift dollar

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) - A worldwide selloff of internet stocks caused by reports of industrial-scale misuse of Facebook data began to ease on Tuesday, while the dollar was flying ahead of what is expected to be the first of at least three U.S. rate hikes this year.


BRIEF-U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Awards Biopharmx Patent Protection For Novel Tetracycline-Class Topical Drug Compositions



BRIEF-Monsanto And Pairwise Announce R&D Collaboration


This is how lawmakers plan to end the opioid crisis

Fresh on the heels of President Donald Trump's plan to tackle the opioid crisis, House lawmakers this week plan to introduce more than two dozen bills aimed at ending the epidemic, ranging from better access to treatment programs to exploring opioid alternatives for pain.


Soviet-era scientist says he helped create poison in UK spy attack row

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Cold War-era scientist acknowledged on Tuesday he had helped create the nerve agent that Britain says was used to poison an ex-spy and his daughter, contradicting Moscow's insistence that neither Russia nor the Soviet Union ever had such a program.


Several people shot at Maryland high school: media report

(Reuters) - Several people were shot at a Maryland high school on Tuesday, local news media reported, after school officials confirmed the campus was on lockdown and the incident had been "contained."


World record holder Kimetto snubs London for Vienna Marathon

(Reuters) - World record holder Dennis Kimetto will run the Vienna City Marathon on April 22, organizers announced on Tuesday.


General Dynamics ups offer in battle for CSRA

(Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics said on Tuesday it had raised its offer for smaller sector peer CSRA Inc to $9.7 billion, including $2.8 billion in debt, as it strives to top CACI International Inc's offer.

Russian envoys expelled by UK head home

Twenty-three Russian diplomats expelled from the UK over the poisoning of a former spy on British soil have begun their journey to Moscow, Russia state news agency TASS reported.

Student speaks from math class

Jonathan Freese talks to CNN in the aftermath of a shooting that took place while he was in math class at Great Mills High School in Maryland.


Court rules in favor of case on Britain's ability to reverse Brexit

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - - A legal attempt by anti-Brexit campaigners to establish that Britain could unilaterally reverse Brexit was given a boost on Tuesday by Scotland's top court, which said it wants to examine the case in greater depth.

'Stranger Things' stars to get major raise

The stars of Netflix's "Stranger Things" are set for a major pay raise for season three of the hit show.


Tennis: Fever-Tree puts fizz back into Queens

LONDON (Reuters) - The makers of Fever-Tree mixer drinks are putting some fizz into the annual Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's Club with a three-year sponsorship deal announced on Tuesday.


Journey to Antarctica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty

ABOARD THE ARCTIC SUNRISE (Reuters) - The trip began in Punta Arenas, the capital of Magallanes region, Chile. We had spent three days aboard the Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ship docked in one of the city’s harbors, to test our equipment and conduct security drills. I was eager to get to Antarctica.

Illinois primary: What to watch for

The Land of Lincoln heads to the polls today for its primary, the second state to hold a primary this year for the 2018 midterms. While four congressional districts are ranked on CNN's Key Races, the one major House race to watch tonight is a Democratic primary that's turned some of the party's biggest leaders and outside supporters against each other.

Politics and Government

Nicolas Sarkozy, Ex-President of France, Is Held for Questioning on Libyan Cash

Mr. Sarkozy is facing an investigation into whether his 2007 election campaign received funding from the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.


Egypt court orders suspension of Uber, Careem licences: judicial sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered the suspension of licences for ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem pending a lawsuit calling for them to halt services in Egypt, judicial sources said.

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Sheriff Speaks Out Against a Sanctuary Law

Tuesday: Sheriffs’ objection to sanctuary policies, Uber suspends autonomous car tests, and a warning about very potent pot.


Pratt & Whitney to deliver spare A320neo engines soon to India's IndiGo: source

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Pratt & Whitney will soon begin deliveries of spare engines to India's IndiGo airlines, which was forced to ground eight of its Airbus A320neo aircraft last week after engine problems, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.


Burger beats jambon-beurre as France's top sandwich

PARIS (Reuters) - The French may be fiercely proud of their gastronomy, but for the first time last year they ate more U.S-style burgers than the iconic jambon-beurre sandwich of baguette with ham, a...

Teachers and School Employees

Their Pay Has Stood Still. Now Oklahoma Teachers Could Be the Next to Walk.

After West Virginia, teachers in some other conservative states are protesting over pay and benefits, with a statewide strike looming in Oklahoma at the start of April.

Grab a bucket. The maple sap is running!

Is there anything more wonderful than a stack of buttermilk pancakes dripping with golden maple syrup?


Turkey detains more than 100 suspected PKK members ahead of Newroz spring festival

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained more than 100 suspected Kurdish militants on suspicion of planning illegal demonstrations or plotting attacks for the Newroz spring festival, police, state media and a security source said.


Paris mulls free public transport to reduce pollution

PARIS (Reuters) - The mayor of Paris wants to make all public transport free in an effort to reduce air pollution, but faces staunch opposition from the head of the regional transport authority who said the move would hit taxpayers.


U.S. 3-month LIBOR/OIS spread widest since May 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gauge of stress in the U.S. money markets climbed to its highest level in nearly nine years on Tuesday on concerns about growing costs for banks and other companies to borrow...

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reveal details of wedding cake

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed who will make the cake for their May 19 wedding.


On Baseball: Yankees Enter the Season Looking for Something to Worry About

A series of off-season moves fortified the team, and barring the typical refrain about staying healthy, they do not have much room for complaint.


Former Israeli spy chief and team of elite hackers form cybersecurity firm

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Retired Mossad chief Tamir Pardo said he has assembled a team of more than 30 hackers from Israel's security and intelligence services into a startup called XM Cyber that seeks to keep companies' networks safe by imitating how real hackers work.


Former French leader Sarkozy held over Libyan funding inquiry

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held in custody on Tuesday and questioned by magistrates investigating whether late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said.

Power and plantains are back -- for some -- six months after Maria hit Puerto Rico

I hear coquis, the tiny frogs that sing like birds at night, as the sun drops behind the mountains.


UK royal wedding cake to be made by London-based California baker

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle have chosen an east London bakery to make a lemon elderflower cake for their wedding in May, his office said on Tuesday.

Opinion: What happens when a patient says, 'Doc, help me die'

"But can't you help me die, Doc?"

United States Defense and Military Forces

‘At War,’ The Times’s Renegade Blog From the Front Lines, Returns

On the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, The Times reintroduces At War, a forum for the firsthand experiences of global conflict.


Spring cleaning for Western Wall's notes to God

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Even God's mailbox needs a spring cleaning.


Ghana to name four lead advisors for $2.5 billion Eurobond sale

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana is set to name four banks as lead advisers for a planned sale of up to $2.5 billion of Eurobonds, expected by June, sources close to the transaction said on Tuesday.


Exclusive: On Amazon, a quarter of merchants' sales are cross-border

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Inc is making a push for merchants on its website to sell goods into other countries, setting the stage for greater competition with rival marketplaces run by eBay Inc and potentially Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.


Exclusive: Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners, according to people familiar with the plan.


Japanese researchers seek to unmask Draghi's poker face to predict policy changes

TOKYO (Reuters) - If European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi appears slightly more downbeat at his regular news conference than before, it could foreshadow a possible move by to the bank to trim its monetary policy stimulus.

'Big Little Lies' stars share Season 2 preview

The filming for the second season of "Big Little Lies" has started, and some of the stars are stoking the excitement.


Elon Musk in talks with Israeli AI vision firm Cortica: report

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk was in Israel to discuss a collaboration between electric car company Tesla Inc and Tel Aviv-based artificial intelligence firm Cortica, the Globes financial news website said on Tuesday.


U.S. Interior Department offers oil leases near Utah's wilderness monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday will auction off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, over objections from conservationists, who say the move threatens sensitive archaeological and wilderness sites.

Trump's death penalty plan for drug a 'step backwards'

President Donald Trump on Monday rolled out his three-part plan to tackle the opioid epidemic -- including some programs long championed by public health advocates -- but it's the proposal to impose the death penalty on drug traffickers that has raised the most eyebrows.

Advertising and Marketing

Advertising: Air France Reminds Travelers What Their Flight Could Be Like

In a new ad campaign aimed at distinguishing itself from low-cost competitors, the airline is emphasizing the in-flight perks included with a standard ticket.

Fashion and Apparel

The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes and the Black Turtleneck

When you wear the same thing every day, it stops being a shirt and becomes a symbol.


Europe’s Grandest Art Fair Draws the Faithful. But Can It Expand Its Appeal?

Times have changed and old master paintings and the decorative arts no longer have the same draw for collectors.

Police question France's former president over campaign financing

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being questioned by police over allegations he accepted money from Libya to finance his 2007 election campaign.


Thousands on California coast ordered to leave ahead of possible mudslides

(Reuters) - Authorities on southern California's Pacific coast ordered thousands of residents to evacuate their homes on Tuesday to avoid possible mudslides caused by rain on hills denuded by wildfires of vegetation.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe’s Firing: Here’s What We Know

A by-the-book dismissal for cause, or part of a White House smear campaign? We sort out the facts.


Democratic incumbent faces challenge from the left in Chicago

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago-area Democrats cast their ballots on Tuesday in a nationally watched congressional primary election that could signal whether the anti-Trump sentiment that has galvanized the party's base could also sweep moderate lawmakers out of office.


Missouri set to execute man despite claims of undue suffering

(Reuters) - A condemned killer was due for execution in Missouri on Tuesday as his lawyers sought an 11th-hour reprieve on grounds that a rare but worsening medical condition would cause him undue suffering during the planned lethal injection.

Robots and Robotics

FedEx Follows Amazon Into the Robotic Future

Humans will have to get used to their machine co-workers. But the robot next to you may not be ready to be your replacement. At least, not yet.


Roche's Tecentriq notches third cancer cocktail trial win

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche's immunotherapy Tecentriq on Tuesday racked up a third trial win in combination with other cancer drugs, a boost for the Swiss drugmaker as it seeks to muscle in on space dominated by Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

International Trade and World Market

Op-Ed Contributor: What the West Doesn’t Get About Xi Jinping

Why would China commit to a liberal world order that doesn’t reflect its own political values?

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Sniffing Out Trouble

Tuesday: Spring cleaning with bedbug-hunting dogs, the Queens World Film Festival, and five newly renovated city parks.


UPDATE 2-Roche's Tecentriq notches third cancer cocktail trial win

* Still awaiting overall survival data (Recasts to focus on Roche's strategy, adds analyst comment)


Global stocks tread water ahead of Fed meeting

LONDON (Reuters) - Global equities trod water on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting, while investors reassessed their views of tech stocks following a slump in Facebook's shares after reports of data misuse.


U.N. calls for Turkey to end state of emergency, halt violations

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to end the state of emergency in place since July 2016 that it said had led to widespread human rights violations including the arrest of 160,000 people and dismissal of nearly the same number of civil servants, often arbitrarily.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Fixes: Fighting Death By Gunshot

Police departments have new tools that let them respond faster to incidents of gunfire, and to stanch bleeding when they arrive.

War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Op-Ed Contributor: The Death of a Genocide

In Argentina, murderers bought groceries at the supermarket, torturers were in line at the bank.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Op-Ed Contributor: Forgotten and Suffering in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico six months ago this week. We’re still struggling to rebuild.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Op-Ed Contributors: The Abortion Case That’s Really About the First Amendment

A Supreme Court decision could lead to widespread, ideologically motivated censorship.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Global stocks tread water ahead of Fed meeting

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) - Global equities trod water on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting, while investors reassessed their views of tech stocks following a slump in Facebook's shares after reports of data misuse.


BRIEF-Dubai's Mashreqbank Partners With Alipay


How your next meal could help fight depression and stress

Do you find that food deeply affects your mood? Science is beginning to back up such gut feelings.

Facebook, Uber, Weinstein Company: Your Tuesday Briefing

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


UK investigating Facebook's response to alleged data breach

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is investigating whether Facebook did enough to secure data after reports that a political consultancy hired by Donald Trump improperly accessed information about 50 million Facebook users, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said on Monday.


Saudi Prince Alwaleed reached secret agreement with government: BBG TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the chairman of Kingdom Holding who spent nearly three months in detention in the kingdom's anti-corruption campaign, told Bloomberg TV he had reached an agreement with the government for his release.


Fidelity's Eight Road Ventures Europe raises $375 mln fund

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) - Fidelity's Eight Roads Ventures Europe has raised a new $375 million fund, its third, with plans to invest in growth-stage tech firms across Europe and Israel that aim to scale up globally, the venture firm said on Tuesday.


RPT-A small oil field in Oklahoma is seeing big bets from producers

March 19 (Reuters) - A little-known shale oil play in Oklahoma is attracting more drilling and investment as rising output from newer wells is enticing companies to boost production beyond the giant Permian basin in Texas.


World's last male northern white rhino dies

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world although scientists still hope they can save it from extinction.


Puma sets 2022 targets to lift profits, sales

BERLIN, March 20 (Reuters) - German sportswear brand Puma outlined new mid-term targets on Tuesday, expecting to lift currency-adjusted sales by around 10 percent a year up to 2022 and raise its operating profit margin to about 10 percent of sales by then.

Trying to force an end to the Russia probe would test the GOP's support of Trump and may impact midterms

Robert Mueller has Donald Trump in a box.


VW says headquarters searched again by prosecutors in emissions case

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said on Tuesday that its global headquarters were searched again by German prosecutors in early March as part of an investigation into its diesel emissions scandal, confirming a magazine report.


UPDATE 1-Taiwan's export orders post first decline in 19 months on Lunar New Year effects

* Feb export orders -3.8 pct vs +3.0 pct f'cast (Jan +19.7 pct)


Judd Apatow Puts Garry Shandling Under the Microscope

Mr. Shandling, the influential comedian who died in 2016, gets his due in a sprawling new HBO documentary.

International Trade and World Market

Mnuchin Defends Trump Tariffs as World Economic Leaders Worry

As global finance ministers gather in Argentina, the United States’ protectionist position on trade has consumed the discussions.


The Supermarket Cafeteria That Major League Baseball Players Love

Players from Latin America flock to Bravo, a supermarket that provides heaping piles of rice and beans, oxtail and plantains, just like home.


Canada’s Outdoor Rinks Are Melting. So Is a Way of Life.

Canada loves its ice, and outdoor hockey is part of the nation's cultural identity. So what happens when winters get too warm for backyard rinks?

DeVos, Elizabeth (1958- )

As DeVos Faces Congress, Officials Say She Hid Plans to Overhaul Department

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will defend her agency’s budget before a House panel, including a reorganization plan that staff members say she tried to withhold from Congress.

United States Economy

Up, Up, Up Goes the Economy. Here’s What Could Knock It Down.

Some economists say the recovery could continue for years. But many see the seeds of the next crisis being sown in government policy choices.

Venture Capital

Hundreds of Start-Ups Tell Investors: Diversify, or Keep Your Money

Leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are forming a Founders for Change coalition to deliver a message to the white- and male-dominated world of venture capital.

Women and Girls

Talk: Vivica A. Fox Wants Women in Hollywood to Last Past 35

The actress and author on her time in Trump’s orbit and aging in Hollywood.

Police in Austin hunt for serial bomber

Police in Austin, aided by federal and state forces, are combing for clues to find the serial bomber behind four explosions.


China's premier hopes trade war can be averted, pledges more open economy

BEIJING (Reuters) - Voicing hopes that Beijing and the United States could avoid a trade war, Premier Li Keqiang told the close of the annual parliament session that China would open its economy further, so that foreign and Chinese firms can compete on an equal footing.


China electric car execs call for policy support, end to protectionism

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Delegates to China's annual meeting of parliament have urged the state to provide more policy clarity for the electric car industry and overhaul a local government subsidy program they say has distorted the market.


WRAPUP 2-China's premier hopes trade war can be averted, pledges more open economy

* China's Li says foreign firms will compete on equal footing


South Korea to send K-pop singers to Pyongyang in late March

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of South Korea's K-pop singers will visit Pyongyang from March 31, the South said on Tuesday, a reciprocal visit after North Korea sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Significant damage in the Southeast from severe storms

Severe storms smacked the Southeast Monday, bringing possible tornadoes, powerful winds and hailstones the size of baseballs.


BRIEF-Pratt & Whitney Said To Ship Spare Engines For Grounded IndiGo Jets Within 40 Days - ET Now Citing Agencies