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The Longer It Lasts, the More a Shutdown Could Hurt the Economy

The early days of the federal government shutdown won’t slow the American economy much, but that could change if the impasse drags out.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump So Far Is More Farce Than Tragedy

Our president is an authoritarian in his Twitter feed and nowhere else.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Republicans Claim Surveillance Power Abuses in Russia Inquiry

A report claims that a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide, was improperly obtained.

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BRIEF-Hugoton Royalty Trust Declares No January Cash Distribution

* HUGOTON ROYALTY TRUST DECLARES NO JANUARY CASH DISTRIBUTION AND GIVES NOTICE OF TENTATIVE XTO SETTLEMENT AMOUNT

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BRIEF-Kroger Declares Quarterly Dividend of 12.5¢ Per Share

* KROGER CO - ‍DECLARED A QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 12.5¢ PER SHARE TO BE PAID ON MARCH 1, 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UK Takeover Panel extends deadline for IWG bidding

Jan 19 (Reuters) - The UK's Takeover Panel has extended the deadline for a consortium of companies to make an offer for British office firm IWG Plc until 1700 GMT on Feb. 2.

Elections, House of Representatives nytimes.com

A Problem for Republicans Fighting to Keep California House Seats: Trump

California, with its vulnerable Republicans in Congress, is ground zero for the Democratic plan to take back the House. President Trump may be making those efforts easier.

sportsNews reuters.com

Tennis: Edmund outlasts Basilashvili in brutal battle

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund overcame Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a brutal three-and-a-half hour battle to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time on Friday.

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Tennis: Edmund outlasts Basilashvili in brutal heat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund overcame Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a brutal three-and-a-half hour contest to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time on Friday.

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Former Trump adviser Bannon will not go to House panel Thursday: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was not expected to return to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee on Thursday, a committee source said.

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Senate panel to probe Hawaii alerts as FCC investigates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a Jan. 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter.

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Senate environment panel chief backs probe into uranium imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee said on Thursday he wants the Commerce Department to investigate the impacts of uranium imports from Russia and central Asia on national security, backing a request from two U.S. uranium mining firms who filed the petition.

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CORRECTED-Senate environment panel chief backs probe into uranium imports

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee said on Thursday he wants the Commerce Department to investigate the impacts of uranium imports from Russia and central Asia on national security, backing a request from two U.S. uranium mining firms who filed the petition.

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House intelligence panel votes to release Fusion GPS co-founder interview

The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday voted to release the transcript of its interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, with Democrats and Republicans joining together in a move likely to shed new light on the opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia.

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Trump's ex-aide Bannon to appear again before House intelligence panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was expected to return on Thursday to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee, two days after refusing to answer questions about his time with the Trump administration or the transition period leading to it.

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UPDATE 1-Mongolia's Oyu Tolgoi declares force majeure after border protests

ULAANBAATAR, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia's southern Gobi Desert declared force majeure after protests by Chinese coal haulers disrupted deliveries near the border, majority owner Turquoise Hill said Wednesday.

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

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

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BRIEF-Oyu Tolgoi declares force majeure due to Chinese border blockade and protest

* OYU TOLGOI DECLARES FORCE MAJEURE DUE TO CHINESE BORDER BLOCKADE AND PROTEST

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Report: Bannon had a 'slip-up' before panel

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to tell the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about his time at the White House, with the exception of one major "slip-up," the website Axios reported.

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U.S. Interior Department blasts resigning National Parks board members

(Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday said it welcomed the mass resignation of members of the National Parks Service advisory board, saying they had ignored sexual harassment cases and lied about how they were treated by the Trump administration.

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BRIEF-Finish Line Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.115 Per Share

* FINISH LINE - ‍BOARD DECLARED QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.115 PER SHARE OF OUTSTANDING COMMON STOCK​

Elections, State Legislature nytimes.com

Wisconsin Upset Raises Hopes for Democrats in 2018 Races

A Democrat on Tuesday won a State Senate seat long held by Republicans in western Wisconsin, and some saw it as a sign of worry for Republicans in elections ahead.

Global Warming nytimes.com

Citing ‘Inexcusable’ Treatment, Advisers Quit National Parks Panel

The majority of members of the National Parks System Advisory Board have jointly resigned in protest of Trump administration policies.

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WH directed Bannon to avoid answering panel's questions in Russia probe, Schiff says

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious interview that stretched more than 10 hours on Tuesday, as he was hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts and was accused by a top Democrat of agreeing to a White House "gag order."

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U.S. House panel to hold hearing on emergency alerts after Hawaii error

(Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel said on Tuesday it planned a hearing to review a false missile alert sent in Hawaii over the weekend that stirred panic and anger in the Pacific island state.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Doctor Declares Trump’s Health Excellent, With Perfect Score on Cognitive Test

President Trump could benefit from more exercise and losing a few pounds, the presidential physician said after Mr. Trump’s annual physical.

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Graham blasts White House staff over immigration fight

Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted President Donald Trump's staff over their reaction to a bipartisan immigration deal, saying they have not served the President well and some have "an irrational view."

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon to meet with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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Pastor blasts Trump in front of Pence

With Vice President Pence sitting in the front pew, Rev. Maurice Watson called out President Trump's vulgar comments on Haiti and African countries during his sermon.

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Philippine province declares 'calamity' as volcano lava spreads

MANILA (Reuters) - A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon meets with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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BRIEF-Alliant Energy Declares Quarterly Common Stock Dividend

* ORATION DECLARES QUARTERLY COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND; ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION OF SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN

Abbas, Mahmoud nytimes.com

Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts U.S.: ‘Damn Your Money!’

The Palestinian Authority leader assailed the Trump administration over its handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, vowing to reject American leadership of any peace talks.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

A DACA Question: Should Judges Use Local Cases to Halt National Orders?

When a federal judge in California ordered a stop to a key plank of President Trump’s immigration agenda, he revived a debate over the impartiality of the judiciary.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

U.S. Supreme Court takes up challenge to SEC in-house judges

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a challenge to a key Securities and Exchange Commission practice - its use of in-house judges to enforce investor protection laws - by a...

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UPDATE 1-U.S. trade panel allows China aluminum sheet dumping probe to proceed

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday said in an initial finding that imports of aluminum alloy sheet metal from China harm U.S. producers, allowing a U.S. probe to proceed into whether the product was being dumped or unfairly subsidized.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Republicans’ Fantasy Investigation

Republicans would rather defend Donald Trump than find the truth.

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Four judges of India's top court criticize its functioning

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Four justices of India's top court on Friday criticized its distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments, in an unprecedented public airing of problems at one of the country's most respected institutions.

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Four judges of India's top court criticize its administration

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Four sitting judges of the Supreme Court of India on Friday said the administration of the highest court was not in order, warning that democracy would not survive in the country unless the institution was preserved.

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Four Indian Supreme Court judges slam administration of country's top court

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Four sitting judges of the Supreme Court of India said on Friday that the administration of the country's highest court was not in order and warned that democracy would not survive in the country unless the institution was preserved.

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Wing panel falls off Japanese prime minister's jumbo

TOKYO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A panel the size of a laptop computer fell off one of the Japanese prime minister's jumbo jets, the defence force said on Friday, a potentially embarrassing mishap amid concern over the dangers posed by parts falling off U.S. military aircraft based in Japan.

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Don Lemon cuts mic on panelist

CNN's Don Lemon cut conservative radio host John Fredericks' mic off during a panel discussion on President Trump's reported comments criticizing immigrants coming to the US from what he called "shithole countries."

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Bannon to meet with House panel next week, source says

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has retained a top Washington lawyer to represent him in his closed-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee expected next week, a source confirmed to CNN.

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Senate panel to vote January 17 on Powell nomination for Fed chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee will hold a second vote on Jan 17 over the Trump administration's nomination of Fed Governor Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve, the committee's calendar showed on Thursday.

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U.S. Senate panel to vote January 17 on Powell nomination for Fed chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee will hold a second vote on Jan 17 over the Trump administration's nomination of Fed Governor Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve, the committee's calendar showed on Thursday.

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North Carolina governor blasts 'technologically diabolical gerrymandering'

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper railed against gerrymandering in his home state Thursday after federal judges said this week that congressional districts would have to be redrawn because they were unconstitutionally partisan.

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Syrian rebels declare counter attack in Idlib province

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Rebels launched a counter attack against Syrian government forces and their allies in Idlib province on Thursday, seeking to roll back an advance that is fuelling tension with neighboring Turkey.

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German union boss confident "decent" pay rise can be agreed on

FRANKFURT, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Germany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, expects a "decent" pay rise in ongoing talks on wages and flexible hours, its chief Joerg Hofmann said, adding that companies had made enough profits in the past year to give more to workers.

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Senate panel to discuss bitcoin with markets regulators: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate's financial services panel will hold a hearing next month with the country's top markets regulators to discuss bitcoin amid rising concerns over the risks cryptocurrencies pose to the financial system, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate panel to discuss bitcoin with markets regulators -source

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate's financial services panel will hold a hearing next month with the country's top markets regulators to discuss bitcoin amid rising concerns over the risks cryptocurrencies pose to the financial system, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

Head-Spinning Days for Young Immigrants as Lawmakers and Judges Debate Their Fate

As their protections disappear, hundreds of thousands of immigrants watch anxiously as each day brings hope or dismay from Washington or the courts.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Editorial: Who Will Listen to Democrats’ Warning on Russia?

In the face of Republican complacency, Senate Democrats issue the most comprehensive public analysis thus far of Moscow’s war on the West.

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Trump blasts immigration ruling, calls U.S. court system 'broken and unfair'

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the federal court system as "broken and unfair" after a judge blocked his administration's move to end a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

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BRIEF-Orchid Island Capital Declares ‍January Monthly Dividend Of $0.11/Share​

* ORCHID ISLAND CAPITAL INC - ‍ESTIMATED GAAP NET LOSS OF $0.12 PER SHARE FOR QUARTER ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017​

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BRIEF-Codorus Valley Declares Qtrly Cash Dividend Of $0.155 Per Common Share-SEC Filing

* CODORUS VALLEY SAYS ON JAN 9 BOARD DECLARED REGULAR QTRLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.155 PER COMMON SHARE, A 15 PERCENT INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS QUARTER -SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2CRQW8s) Further company coverage:

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Trump blasts DACA ruling, calls U.S. court system 'broken and unfair'

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the federal court system as "broken and unfair" on Wednesday after a judge blocked his administration's move to end a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

Palestinians nytimes.com

ISIS Declares War on Hamas, and Gaza Families Disown Sons in Sinai

A shocking video from Islamic State’s Sinai branch showed one former Gazan instructing another to kill a man accused of smuggling weapons to Hamas.

topNews reuters.com

Voter panel made no findings, will destroy data: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial voter fraud panel made no early findings and will not give the Department of Homeland Security any voter data it received, the White House's top technology official said.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed and the Firm Behind Russia Dossier

Saying “enough is enough,” Michael D. Cohen filed the defamation suit after denying for the past year that he played any part in a conspiracy to help elect President Trump.

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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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N. Carolina congressional districts are partisan and unconstitutional, judges rule

Federal judges said Tuesday that North Carolina will have to quickly redraw its 13 congressional districts because the map is unconstitutionally partisan.

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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.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier

The president called the Steele report ‘fake news.’ A year later, it’s clear that’s not the case.

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Venezuela's Congress declares 'petro' cryptocurrency illegal

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-run parliament on Tuesday outlawed a "petro" cryptocurrency promoted by socialist President Nicolas Maduro, calling it an effort to illegally mortgage the cash-strapped country's oil reserves.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: My Invitation From Donald Trump Jr.’s Father

A missed opportunity “to Learn the Trump Family’s Most Successful Wealth Creation Secrets.”

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White House: Lawmakers agreed immigration bill to focus on four areas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday agreed to work toward an immigration bill that focuses on four areas: border security, so-called chain migration, the visa lottery system and the plight of 'Dreamer' immigrants.

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Coal mining executive blasts U.S. regulators for rejecting subsidies

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Robert Murray, the chief executive one of America's largest coal mining companies, criticized U.S. regulators on Tuesday for rejecting the Trump administration's proposed subsidies for aging coal and nuclear power plants - saying the decision could lead to higher electricity costs for consumers.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Joe Arpaio Announces Bid for Senate in Arizona

Joe Arpaio, the polarizing former Arizona sheriff pardoned by President Trump, upended the race to replace Senator Jeff Flake.

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Tesco top in UK Christmas trading battle: Kantar Worldpanel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest supermarket group Tesco was the best performer over Christmas, Kantar Worldpanel said on Tuesday, with a 3.1 percent rise in sales in the past 12 weeks beating its "big four" rivals Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons.

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Tesco triumphs in Christmas trading battle: Kantar Worldpanel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest supermarket group Tesco was the best performer over Christmas, Kantar Worldpanel said on Tuesday, with a 3.1 percent rise in sales in the past 12 weeks beating its "big four" rivals Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Fusion GPS Founder Hauled From the Shadows for the Russia Election Investigation

Glenn R. Simpson’s firm quietly compiled the notorious dossier of possible links between President Trump and Russia. Then it became public.

healthNews reuters.com

Zambia declares curfew in Lusaka slum struck by cholera

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia has declared a curfew in a poor Lusaka township badly affected by a cholera outbreak that has killed 58 people across the country since September, the government said on Sunday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role

An Israeli insurance company’s previously undisclosed $30 million investment in Jared Kushner’s family company could fuel the perception of conflicts of interest.

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Head of new crisis panel urges access to Myanmar's Rakhine State

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Humanitarian workers and journalists should be given free access to Myanmar's Rakhine State, where violence has prompted some 650,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, the head of a new international advisory panel on the crisis said.

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Analysis: Has Trump declared a policy war on California?

It's Washington versus California on marijuana, climate change, offshore oil drilling and immigration this week as bubbling disagreements between President Donald Trump's administration and California all seemed to spill over at once.

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Senator Durbin blasts Trump for 'anti-immigrant' moves in 'Dreamer' talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, the lead Democratic negotiator on legislation to protect at least 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, on Friday blasted "hardline anti-immigrant" demands from the White House including the construction of a southwestern border wall.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Did Trump Obstruct Justice?

New reporting makes for a compelling case that he did, on multiple counts.

healthNews reuters.com

Brazil expects to be declared free of foot-and-mouth with vaccination

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil expects the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to declare the country free from foot-and-mouth disease with vaccinations at a meeting in May, according to a government statement on Friday.

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Messi agreed no-fee Barca exit clause in case of Catalan independence: media

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona without a transfer fee if Catalonia ceded from Spain and the club did not compete in any of Europe's top four leagues, El Mundo said on Friday, citing a clause in his new contract.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation

The special counsel’s investigation has uncovered several incidents involving the president that raise questions about whether he obstructed justice.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Closes His Voter Fraud Panel, but He Isn’t Happy About It

After announcing an inquiry into voter fraud shortly after his inauguration, President Trump has disbanded the group after support for it waned.

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BRIEF-Urbana Corp Declares Special Dividend Of $0.03/Share

* BOARD ALSO DECLARED SPECIAL DIVIDEND OF THREE CENTS PER SHARE ON ISSUED, OUTSTANDING COMMON, NON-VOTING CLASS A SHARES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Senate panel chairman doesn't see a need to talk to Bannon

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said Thursday he doesn't see a need for his committee to talk to President Donald Trump's former senior adviser Steve Bannon, breaking with the top Democrat on the panel, Sen. Mark Warner.

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Trump attacks Democrats over voter fraud panel, urges voter ID rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pushed for stricter voter identification rules on Thursday and accused Democratic-led states of failing to cooperate with a presidential election fraud commission that he disbanded this week.

Elections nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Training Early for Post-Putin Politics

With the outcome of Russia’s presidential election in March all but decided, reformers keep hoping for a real contest once Putin leaves the scene.

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Bannon blasts President and first family

"Fire and Fury" brings brutal new details into the limelight including attacks on the first family's IQ.

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Ivanka Trump, husband agreed she'd be the one to run for president, book says

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, made a deal when they came to Washington to serve in the White House that the first daughter would become the first female president if the opportunity arose, according to a forthcoming book obtained by The Guardian.

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Trump dissolves election fraud panel after states balk at data requests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday shut down a presidential commission charged with looking into allegations of electoral fraud during the 2016 election, after many states refused to provide it with data, the White House said.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Paul Manafort Sues Mueller and Asks a Judge to Narrow the Russia Investigation

The highly unusual lawsuit says the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was given an overly broad mandate and needs to be reined in.

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The former WH chief strategist blasts Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer in new book

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon called the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer purportedly offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton "treasonous," according to a new book obtained by The Guardian.

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LIVE MARKETS-Gnawing on the bone of European equities: enjoy it while it lasts

* European stocks rise * Next drives retail sector up after strong Christmas update * Tech stocks, industrials make gains * MiFID II reforms, U.S. Fed FOMC minutes in focus Jan 3(Reuters) - Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Kit Rees. Reach her on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: kit.rees.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net Gnawing on the bone of Euro

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BRIEF-MSC Declares 21% Increase In Regular Quarterly Dividend

* MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO INC - BOARD DECLARED CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.58 PER SHARE, 21% INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS REGULAR QUARTERLY DIVIDEND Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Talk: Masha Gessen Is Worried About Outrage Fatigue

The journalist on alternative facts, what Putin thinks of Trump and whether the Mueller investigation will be able to prove collusion.

Colbert, Stephen nytimes.com

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Blasts Trump for Twitter Feud With Kim Jong-un

Mr. Colbert criticized the president for talking about nuclear war in what Mr. Colbert considered blasé terms.

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Toobin blasts 'authoritarian' Trump tweet

CNN's Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin said President Trump's tweet calling for the Justice Department to jail Huma Abedin is "what happens in authoritarian countries."

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

The attack on our firm, Fusion GPS, is a diversionary tactic by Republicans who don’t want to investigate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

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The panel will likely reach competing partisan conclusions on Russia meddling in the 2016 election

Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are on a collision course, as the two sides appear increasingly likely to issue competing reports coming to starkly different conclusions about the panel's Russia investigation.

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U.S. House transportation panel chair says he will not seek re-election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Bill Shuster, the chairman of the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, will not run for re-election in November, he said in a statement on Tuesday.

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U.S. House transportation panel chair says he will not run for re-election: Washington Examiner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Bill Shuster, the chairman of the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, will not run for re-election in November, the Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Johnson & Johnson Declares Cash Dividend For Q1 2018 Of $0.84 Per Share On Co's Common Stock

* JOHNSON & JOHNSON ANNOUNCES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND FOR FIRST QUARTER 2018

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BRIEF-Caledonia declares quarterly dividend of 6.875 cents per share​

* ‍CALEDONIA DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 6.875 CENTS PER SHARE​

Football (College) nytimes.com

Georgia 54, Oklahoma 48 | Two overtimes: College Football Playoff: Georgia Outlasts Oklahoma in Rose Bowl

Sony Michel’s 25-yard touchdown in the second overtime sent the Bulldogs to the national championship game.

Elections, Comptrollers nytimes.com

At de Blasio Inaugural, Speeches by Two Who Might Replace Him

Addresses by the comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, and public advocate, Leticia James, marked a kind of unofficial start to the 2021 mayoral campaign.

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German lawmaker blasts EU for opposing Niki sale to Lufthansa

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government will probably lose a 150 million-euro government-backed loan to insolvent Air Berlin because the European Union opposed Lufthansa's purchase of Air Berlin's Austrian unit, Niki, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said on Sunday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

George Papadopoulos, a Trump foreign policy adviser, was the improbable match that set off a blaze that has consumed the first year of the Trump administration.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Eagle Materials Says Co, Unit Agreed To Pay About $39 Mln In Cash To Settle Claims Against Them

* EAGLE MATERIALS SAYS ON DEC 29, CO, UNIT, NEW NGC INC, PABCO BUILDING PRODUCTS ENTERED INTO SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH COUNSEL - SEC FILING

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Trump Says Russia Inquiry Makes U.S. ‘Look Very Bad’

The president said in an interview on Thursday that the special counsel will treat him fairly, contradicting a campaign by some Republicans to discredit the investigation.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

No to Jones. No to Moore. But Yes to Bugs, Elmer, Mickey and SpongeBob.

Alabama officials released the recipients of thousands of write-in votes. Some are living. Some are dead. Some were never alive in the first place.

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Islamic State claims blasts at Afghan Shi'ite center, news agency that kill dozens

KABUL (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Shi'ite cultural center and news agency on Thursday in the Afghan capital that killed dozens of people attending a conference.

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LG Display says did not supply OLED panels for Apple's iPhone X this year

SEOUL, Dec 28 (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd on Thursday said it did not supply any organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels for Apple's iPhone X smartphones this year.

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Dozens killed in multiple blasts in Kabul

At least 40 people were killed Thursday in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, according to authorities.

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No proof Kaesong cash funded North Korea arms programs: South Korea expert panel

SEOUL (Reuters) - There was no evidence that North Korea had diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean companies operating in a now-closed industrial park on their border to bankroll its weapons programs, an expert panel appointed by Seoul's Ministry of Unification said on Thursday.

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

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

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BRIEF-HTG Molecular, Illumina Agreed To Third Development Plan Under Parties' Amended & Restated Development & Supply Agreement

* HTG MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS - ON DEC 23, CO, ILLUMINA AGREED TO THIRD DEVELOPMENT PLAN UNDER PARTIES' AMENDED & RESTATED DEVELOPMENT & SUPPLY AGREEMENT

Women's Rights nytimes.com

Deal With Japan on Former Sex Slaves Failed Victims, South Korean Panel Says

The conclusions threaten the 2015 agreement over so-called comfort women, forced to work in brothels for the Japanese military from the 1930s until 1945.

environmentNews reuters.com

China blasts two provinces for deception in environment fight

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has criticized officials in the industrialized province of Shandong for deceiving authorities to evade capacity cuts in the polluting coal, steel, aluminum and chemical sectors, and slammed another province for lying about closing golf courses.

worldNews reuters.com

Brazil declares top Venezuelan diplomat persona non-grata

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's government will declare Venezuela's chargé d'affaires persona non-grata, stripping him of his diplomatic status, Brazil's foreign affairs ministry told Reuters on Tuesday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Great Elm Capital Declares Special Distribution Of $0.20/Shr

* GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP. DECLARES SPECIAL DISTRIBUTION OF $0.20 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Elections nytimes.com

Liberian Runoff Could Mark First Peaceful Transition of Power Since 1944

In a presidential runoff, voters are choosing between a soccer star, George Weah, and Vice President Joseph Boakai, to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

politicsNews reuters.com

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Trump voter fraud panel

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in Washington on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to allow President Donald Trump's commission investigating voter fraud to request data on voter rolls from U.S. states.

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BRIEF-Sucampo Pharma Says If Merger Agreement Terminated, Co Agreed To Pay Mallinckrodt Fee Of $44 Million

* SUCAMPO PHARMACEUTICALS SAYS IF MERGER AGREEMENT TERMINATED UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, CO AGREED TO PAY MALLINCKRODT FEE OF $44 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text : (http://bit.ly/2BUtNpK) Further company coverage:

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

New York’s Attorney General in Battle With Trump

Eric Schneiderman’s office recently took its 100th legal or administrative action against “the biggest threat” to New Yorkers: the federal government.

cnn.com

Under Obama, judges were encouraged to avoid fining poor defendants. Not anymore

The Justice Department on Thursday rescinded a tranche of agency-issued "guidance documents" that explained and interpreted policy across a range of issues, including a 2016 memo that cautioned courts against the burdensome enforcement of fines for criminal offenders.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

F.B.I. Director Wants to Move Forward, but the President Is Making His Job Harder

Five months since Christopher Wray started the job, President Trump’s verbal assaults have put Mr. Wray and his team in a difficult position.

politicsNews reuters.com

House panel asks Trump ex-top aide Bannon to testify: Bloomberg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon, a former top White House strategist and a former chief campaign aide to Donald Trump, has been asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence panel next month, Bloomberg News reported.

worldNews reuters.com

Philippines' Maoists declare traditional Christmas truce

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine Maoist rebels declared a traditional Christmas truce on Friday after the government announced the same, calling off hostilities for six days.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Editorial: Forget the Strategy Paper. Watch What He Does.

President Trump’s first security strategy statement says many of the right things, but the administration’s actions tell a different story.

cnn.com

Separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia declare victory in election

Voters in the Spanish region of Catalonia have backed pro-independence parties in elections -- with more than 97% of the vote counted -- dealing a major blow to leaders in Madrid, which has been desperate to quell the separatist movement.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Old Republic International Declares Special, One-Time Cash Dividend Of $1.00 Per Share

* OLD REPUBLIC REPORTS ON NOTABLE FINANCIAL MATTERS AND EVENTS FOR THE FINAL QUARTER OF 2017; COMPANY DECLARES SPECIAL, ONE-TIME CASH DIVIDEND OF $1.00 PER SHARE

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: The Four Threats to Robert Mueller

Trump may be holding off from firing the special counsel. That doesn’t mean he’s safe.

companyNews reuters.com

MOVES-JPMorgan's Dimon adds public policy chief Scher to executive panel

NEW YORK, Dec 21 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon on Thursday added Peter Scher, global head of corporate responsibility, to the bank's 10-member operating committee of top executives.

Appointments and Executive Changes nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why Judges Matter

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

Midterm Elections (2018) nytimes.com

Democrats Are Pulling Away in the Generic Ballot. What Does That Mean?

The party’s advantage has ballooned over the last few months, improving its outlook for retaking the House.

Elections nytimes.com

A One-Vote Victory in Virginia Lasts One Day as Judges Declare a Tie

A panel of judges agreed to count a challenged ballot for the Republican incumbent, so control of the House of Delegates may be decided in a drawing.

topNews reuters.com

Mistrial declared for Nevada rancher who led revolt over U.S. land dispute

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in the criminal case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three others for their role in a 2014 armed standoff with U.S. government agents, and rebuked prosecutors for withholding evidence from the defense.

cnn.com

1-vote win is now a tie after judges declare a ballot good

A battle over one vote has left control of the Virginia House of Delegates up in the air -- and headed for the winner's name to be drawn at random.

Decisions and Verdicts nytimes.com

Judge Declares Mistrial in Bundy Case in Las Vegas

The judge said prosecutors had improperly withheld evidence from the defense in the case which stemmed from an armed standoff over grazing rights.

politicsNews reuters.com

FBI deputy director to sit for closed interview with House panels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI'S deputy director, Andrew McCabe, will appear for a closed-door interview on Thursday with two key U.S. congressional committees, after Republicans asked him to discuss the bureau's handling of its Hillary Clinton email probe.

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Mistrial declared for Nevada rancher who led grazing rights revolt

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in the criminal case of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who led a 2014 armed standoff with U.S. government agents in a range-land dispute, and tentatively set a new trial date for February.

politicsNews reuters.com

FBI deputy director to appear in closed meeting with House panels: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will appear for a closed-door interview on Thursday with two key U.S. congressional committees, after Republicans asked him to come discuss the bureau's handling of its Hillary Clinton email probe.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

U.S. Punishes Chechen Leader in New Sanctions Against Russians

Sanctions could be a sign the Trump administration is heightening pressure on some Russians despite a more accommodating tone with President Vladimir V. Putin.

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Mistrial declared in case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in the criminal case of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who led a 2014 armed standoff with U.S. government agents in a range-land dispute, and set a new trial date of Feb. 26, 2018.

Elections, Borough Presidents nytimes.com

Eccentric, Sure. But a Violent Criminal? Staten Island Puzzles Over the Case of Richard Luthmann

According to prosecutors, the Staten Island lawyer used “Mafia-style tactics” in bullying campaigns against political enemies.

worldNews reuters.com

Philippine leader declares unilateral ceasefire for Christmas

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a 10-day unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels to allow Filipinos to celebrate a "stress-free" Christmas season, two weeks after peace talks with the insurgents were formally scrapped.

Elections, State Legislature nytimes.com

Single Vote Decides Race That Creates Even Split in Virginia House

Republicans appear to have lost control of the House of Delegates in a nail-biting recount that produced a 50-50 division in the Legislature.

politicsNews reuters.com

Senate panel snubs Trump's pick to run EXIM, OKs other nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Export-Import Bank on Tuesday but approved four other board nominees, enough to restore the trade bank's full lending powers upon their confirmation by the full Senate.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate panel snubs Trump's pick to run EXIM, OKs other nominees

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Export-Import Bank on Tuesday but approved four other board nominees, enough to restore the trade bank's full lending powers upon their confirmation by the full Senate.

worldNews reuters.com

Exclusive: Anti-money laundering group blasts Mexico in draft report

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican prosecutors are failing to systematically punish money launderers and tax authorities are too lax with potential drug money fronts such as real estate and luxury goods firms, according to a draft report on Mexico's efforts to fight illicit finance.

politicsNews reuters.com

Senate panel rejects Garrett for EXIM Bank, OKs other nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Export-Import Bank, but approved four other board nominees, enough to restore the trade bank's full lending powers upon their confirmation by the full Senate.

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BRIEF-Genesis Land Development Declares Special Cash Dividend Of $0.25/Common Share

* GENESIS LAND DEVELOPMENT CORP. ANNOUNCES DECLARATION OF APPROXIMATELY $10.81 MILLION SPECIAL DIVIDEND

politicsNews reuters.com

House panel chair introduces $81 billion disaster aid bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee introduced a bill on Monday to provide $81 billion in emergency aid for recent hurricanes and wildfires.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-CIM Commercial Trust Announces Private Repurchase Of 14,090,909 Shares And Declares Special Dividend On Common Stock

* CIM COMMERCIAL TRUST ANNOUNCES PRIVATE REPURCHASE OF 14,090,909 SHARES AND DECLARES SPECIAL DIVIDEND ON COMMON STOCK

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U.S. Senate panel likely to reject Trump EXIM Bank pick; others to advance

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee looks set to reject President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Export-Import Bank on Tuesday, but the 2-1/2-year freeze on its ability to finance major export projects could begin to thaw soon anyway.

environmentNews reuters.com

Malawi declares 20 districts disaster areas after armyworm outbreak

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Malawi, already struggling with flooding from heavy rains, has declared 20 districts disaster areas after infestations of crop munching fall army worm threatened food security.

Midterm Elections (2018) nytimes.com

Rebelling Republican Suburbs Offer Democrats Path to House Control

From Houston to Seattle, suburban districts once locked down by Republicans are looking to Democratic candidates to oppose President Trump.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Trump National Security Strategy Sees U.S. Confronting China and Russia

The strategy the president plans to outline Monday is at odds with his often-warm relations with the leaders of China and Russia.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Feature: What (if Anything) Does Carter Page Know?

He has been wiretapped by the F.B.I. and grilled by congressional investigators over his suspected Russia connections. But the Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser can’t seem to stop talking.

Honduras nytimes.com

Honduran President Declared Winner in Disputed Election

The electoral commission said President Juan Orlando Hernández had won re-election, but the fight seemed far from over.

worldNews reuters.com

Honduran President Hernandez declared winner of November 26 election

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' electoral tribunal on Sunday declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner of the Nov. 26 presidential election, sparking fraud accusations and calls for renewed street protests after a bitterly disputed contest.

cnn.com

House panel to interview publicist who arranged Trump Tower meeting

The House Intelligence Committee has at least two interviews scheduled Monday to kick off a packed week of witnesses in the panel's Russia probe.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Trump Lawyer Says Mueller Illegally Obtained Transition Emails

The move was the latest in the mounting attacks by the president and his surrogates on the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

scienceNews reuters.com

U.S., Russian, Japanese crew blasts off for space station

(Reuters) - A trio of U.S. and Japanese astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

Elections nytimes.com

Rajoy Hopes to Return Catalonia to ‘Normality’ With an Abnormal Election

A long-distance campaign for re-election by the ousted Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, highlights the unorthodox circumstances of the Dec. 21 vote.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Real Russia Scandal

It’s not just what they did to us. It’s our leader’s sympathy with a dictator.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

G.O.P. Establishment Declares Open Season on a Weakened Bannon

Roy S. Moore’s loss in Alabama has stirred up fresh worry that Republicans are again descending again into Tea Party-type spasms of self-defeating rage.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

House Intelligence Panel Is Rushing to Complete Russia Probe

With key interviews shoehorned into next week before the holiday break, the House Intelligence Committee appears to be rushing its Russia probe to an end.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

President Trump Escalates Criticism of F.B.I. Role in Russia Inquiry

President Trump stepped up his criticism of some F.B.I. agents helping to investigate possible Russian involvement in his campaign, calling it a “very sad thing to watch.”

healthNews reuters.com

Novo Nordisk wins EU panel's backing for key diabetes drug

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk came closer to winning European approval for diabetes drug Ozempic, its biggest growth prospect, when a European Medicines Agency (EMA) experts' panel issued a positive recommendation on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Novo Nordisk wins EU panel's backing for key diabetes drug

COPENHAGEN, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk came closer to winning European approval for diabetes drug Ozempic, its biggest growth prospect, when a European Medicines Agency (EMA) experts' panel issued a positive recommendation on Friday.

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Kremlin: Putin and Trump agreed to exchange information on North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had agreed in a phone call to exchange information about North Korea and cooperate on possible initiatives to resolve a crisis around the Asian nation.

Midterm Elections (2018) nytimes.com

Once Unthinkable, Now Possible: Senate Looks Like a Tossup in 2018

Alabama’s surprising result gives Democrats a plausible path to take control.

Sex Crimes nytimes.com

Australia Gripped by Decades of Sexual Abuse of Children, Panel Finds

Calling it a “national tragedy” perpetrated by “our most trusted institutions,” a royal commission found that tens of thousands of children had been victimized.

cnn.com

Republicans are trying to stifle Intel panel probe 'as a prerequisite to shutting Mueller down,' top Dem says

The House Intelligence Committee plans to hold two off-site interviews next week with high-profile witnesses who have ties to President Donald Trump, prompting grumbling among Democrats who contend that the GOP is rushing to wrap up the Russia probe, with more left to investigate.

technologyNews reuters.com

U.S. panel urges regulators to monitor financial innovation risks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. regulatory panel on Thursday called for watchdogs to closely monitor risks created by financial innovation, warning that "fintech" and virtual currencies such as bitcoin threaten to disrupt the traditional financial services industry.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Boulevard Acquisition Says Institutional Investors Agreed To Private Placement Of New Estre Shares For About $130 Mln

* BOULEVARD ACQUISITION CORP. II AND ESTRE AMBIENTAL S.A. TRANSACTION UPDATE

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

One Clue to the Upset in Alabama: 22,800 Write-In Votes

Many of the write-in votes, which exceeded the margin of victory for Doug Jones, are thought to have been cast by Republicans displeased with Roy S. Moore.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 3-Ineos declares force majeure on North Sea oil after Forties shutdown

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - North Sea operator Ineos has declared force majeure on all shipments of crude oil, natural gas and condensates through its Forties pipeline system that has shut off vital energy supplies to Britain, according to a source familiar with the matter on Wednesday.

Midterm Elections (2018) nytimes.com

Why Turnout Shifts in Alabama Bode Well for Democrats

Turnout of black voters surged, and Trump’s less educated version of the Republican coalition has eroded a traditional G.O.P. edge.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Facebook Sees Little Evidence of Russian Meddling in ‘Brexit’ Vote

The social media giant’s statement came in response to questions from the British Parliament, but a member of Parliament called Facebook’s answer insufficient.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Heartland Financial USA Declares Special Cash Dividend

* HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC. DECLARES SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND

cnn.com

Woman blasts ex-NFL Network hiring head

A female television sports reporter and host has shared her story following the news of NFL Network and ESPN suspending five former football players who are accused of sexual harassment while they worked for NFL Network.

worldNews reuters.com

Judges consider HK double murder appeal by convicted former British banker

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three judges in Hong Kong's Court of Appeal are set to decide the fate of a former British banker who was jailed for life last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped after his appeal hearing closed on Wednesday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-94Th Common Stock Monthly Dividend Increase Declared By Realty Income

* 94TH COMMON STOCK MONTHLY DIVIDEND INCREASE DECLARED BY REALTY INCOME

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Editorial: Fox News v. Robert Mueller

The propaganda machine has kicked into high gear, and has a single goal: convincing President Trump to fire the special counsel.

cnn.com

Trump Jr. asks House panel to investigate leaks

Donald Trump Jr.'s attorney, on behalf of the eldest Trump son, sent a letter on Tuesday to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence requesting an investigation into leaks from his client's interview with the committee earlier this month.

Courts and the Judiciary nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Law Schools Should Protect Students From Judges Like Alex Kozinski

Professors should refuse to send students to a problematic judge and publicly explain why.

cnn.com

Key GOP senator: These Trump picks shouldn't be judges

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley issued a rare rebuke Tuesday of two of President Donald Trump's most controversial judicial nominees, urging the White House to rethink the picks.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Many G.O.P. Blunders Put Seat at Risk, Even Before Scandal

Republicans made a lengthy list of errors, giving Democrats an opening well before Roy Moore was accused of sexual misbehavior.

cnn.com

Senator blasts Trump as 'misogynist' and 'liar'

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) calls Donald Trump a "misogynist" and "liar," saying the President should resign.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Envirostar Declares Special Cash Dividend Of $0.12 Per Share

* ENVIROSTAR DECLARES SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND – A 20% INCREASE OVER 2016

healthNews reuters.com

'Heat-not-burn' tobacco may be safer but still a risk: UK panel

LONDON (Reuters) - A new wave of "heat-not-burn" tobacco products are probably safer than traditional cigarettes but the devices still produce a number of potentially harmful compounds, some of which are carcinogenic, a British panel of experts said on Tuesday.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Alabama Senate Race: Four Things to Watch

Alabama voters go to the polls to choose between Roy S. Moore and Doug Jones in a special election with huge stakes for both parties and President Trump.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Autoliv declares dividend of 60 cents/share for Q1 2018​

* AUTOLIV DECLARES DIVIDEND AND SETS DATE FOR SHAREHOLDER AGM

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Tiffany & Co says Jana agreed to inclusion of 3 directors on slate for 2018 annual meeting

* TIFFANY & CO - ON DEC 8, JANA AGREED TO INCLUSION OF 3 DIRECTORS -ROGER FARAH, JAMES LILLIE & FRANCESCO TRAPANI- ON SLATE FOR 2018 ANNUAL MEETING

cnn.com

Diplomat blasts Tillerson in stinging resignation letter

A rising star at the State Department has written a blistering resignation letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that under his leadership, the agency's influence has withered and morale among staff has plummeted, in part because of the "stinging disrespect" shown by the Trump administration.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Alabama Senate Race, Unlikely Nail Biter, Races to Finish Line

Amid a blur of question marks and conflicting polls, Roy S. Moore, the Republican, and Doug Jones, the Democrat, made their final appeals to voters Monday.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Roy Moore Edge

Surfing political sex scandals.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Roy Moore’s Alabama

Winston County once opposed secession but now enthusiastically supports Donald Trump. What does that tell us about Roy Moore’s chances?

topNews reuters.com

Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

With Alabama Senate Race Defined by Scandal, Policy Issues are Overlooked

Alabama struggles with health care, education and infrastructure. But such issues have often been forgotten during the race between Doug Jones and Roy S. Moore.