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BRIEF-Antero Midstream Forecasts 2018 Net Income Of $435 Mln To $480 Mln

* ANTERO MIDSTREAM AND AMGP HOST ANALYST DAY, ANNOUNCE 2018 GUIDANCE AND LONG-TERM TARGETS AND PROVIDE 2017 UPDATE

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Kristen Wiig to star in comedy series from Apple

You'll soon be seeing more of Kristen Wiig on the small screen.

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British lawmakers back Brexit legislation, stiffer tests yet to come

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers voted in favor of the government's legislative blueprint for Brexit on Wednesday, marking a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May over political opponents who want a softer approach to leaving the European Union.

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'Just Hit Budget!' bankers at RBS restructuring unit told during crisis: memo

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland staff helping small firms to restructure debt during the financial crisis were given a list of ways to squeeze more money from struggling clients and told to "Just Hit Budget!", a memo released on Wednesday showed.

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Farage backs off second Brexit referendum talk as EU says UK still welcome

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Leading British anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage rowed back on Wednesday from remarks favoring a second referendum on Brexit, a week after he unleashed a new round of debate and a chorus of invitations from European politicians for Britain to reconsider.

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Bank of America net profit slumps on $2.9 billion tax charge, adjusted income beats

(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp's net profit nearly halved compared with a year earlier as it booked a $2.9 billion charge stemming from the new federal tax law although it beat analysts' estimates when adjusted for the charge.

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BofA net profit slumps on $2.9 billion tax charge, adjusted income beats

(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp's net profit nearly halved compared with a year earlier as it booked a $2.9 billion charge stemming from the new federal tax law although it beat analysts' estimates when adjusted for the charge.

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Snow comes to the South, bringing frigid temps

From Texas to Maine, a storm swept in frigid temperatures and snow, putting portions of 23 states and more than 70 million people under winter weather alerts.

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Karlovic becomes oldest man in third round for 40 years

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to reach the third round of the Australian Open for 40 years when he edged Japan's Yuichi Sugita in five sets in searing heat on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Karlovic becomes oldest man in third round for 40 years

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to reach the third round of the Australian Open for 40 years when he edged Japan's Yuichi Sugita in five sets in withering heat on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Realty Income Announces Dividend Increase Of 4 Pct

* ‍BOARD DECLARED AN INCREASE IN COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK MONTHLY CASH DIVIDEND TO $0.219 PER SHARE FROM $0.2125 PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Budgets and Budgeting nytimes.com

Cuomo Says Budget Will Defend New York Against Trump’s ‘Economic Missile’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a $168 billion spending plan that called for a raft of ideas to counter President Trump’s tax changes.

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'The Fakeys': Comedians turn tables on Trump's 'fake news' awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for "Shrillest Reporting," late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York's Times Square in a bid to win votes, and rival Jimmy Kimmel calls them "The Stupid People's Choice Awards."

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Kim Kardashian West welcomes 3rd child

Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West have welcomed a baby girl. Kardashian West shared the news on her website and verified social media accounts early Tuesday.

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Manafort, Gates trial could come days before midterms

The midterm elections this year might be haunted by allegations of Russian meddling in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, after a federal judge said Tuesday that Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates may face their criminal trial just before November.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

Be a money superhero and cosplay on a budget

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you ever happen to run into Burbank’s Mark Chu-Lin, he might not respond if you call out to him by name.

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BRIEF-Main Street Says Preliminary Estimate Of Net Investment Income Is $0.63 To $0.64 Per Share For Q4

* MAIN STREET ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OF FOURTH QUARTER 2017 RESULTS

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Comerica's profit dips 31 pct in fourth quarter

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Comerica Inc's profit fell 31.3 percent in the fourth quarter as the Dallas-based bank took a $107-million charge to adjust deferred taxes due to new U.S. tax laws.

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BRIEF-Comerica Inc Posts Q4 Earnings 63 Cents Per Share

* QTRLY NET INTEREST INCOME $545 MILLION VERSUS $455 MILLION LAST YEAR

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides nytimes.com

Grief Has Become Routine for Students at Baltimore School

The city is trying everything it can think of to reverse a soaring homicide rate. But its fundamental problems keep getting in the way.

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Panama probes ex-officials in graft network suspected of taking bribes

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panamanian prosecutors are investigating a network of over 30 people that includes former high-level officials suspected of taking bribes worth $40 million between 2011 and 2012 for public works projects, Attorney General Kenia Porcell said on Monday.

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Whisky and waders as fishermen welcome salmon season in Scotland

KENMORE, Scotland (Reuters) - On the banks of the River Tay in the Scottish highlands, a parade of pipers and a whisky-based blessing helped mark the start of the country's salmon fishing season on...

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BMW optimistic on favorable outcome to NAFTA talks

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW is optimistic Washington's drive to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will result in a deal that benefits the German carmaker, it said on Monday.

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BMW optimistic on favourable outcome to NAFTA talks

FRANKFURT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - BMW is optimistic Washington's drive to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will result in a deal that benefits the German carmaker, it said on Monday.

Human Rights and Human Rights Violations nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Tuesday Becomes Execution Day in Egypt

The Sisi government, facing violence in the Sinai and preparing for an election, is hastening executions and the trials that authorize them.

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UPDATE 1-After emissions scandal, VW on U.S. comeback trail with all-new Jetta

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Volkswagen launched an all-new Jetta compact car, its biggest seller in America, at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday as it looks to revive sales in the world's second-largest auto market and move on from the emissions scandal that has tarnished its reputation over the past few years.

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Box Office: 'Jumanji' dominates MLK weekend, 'The Post' leads newcomers

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is dominating the North American box office to easily win the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with about $33.4 million at 3,849 sites, estimates showed Sunday.

Music nytimes.com

Review: Risk-Taking New Opera Tells a Tragic 1950s Gay Love Story

In “Fellow Travelers,” a story of persecuted gay love during the 1950s, the composer Gregory Spears demonstrates how to be original.

Nuclear Weapons nytimes.com

The Interpreter: Hawaii False Alarm Hints at Thin Line Between Mishap and Nuclear War

Security experts called it a frightening warning of how a technical error could trigger an unintended conflict with North Korea.

sportsNews reuters.com

Tennis: Kyrgios can become global superstar, says Becker

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios is ready to win over his doubters and can become an 'international sporting superstar' according to former world number one Boris Becker.

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After emissions scandal, Volkswagen on U.S. comeback trail with all-new Jetta

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen will launch an all-new Jetta compact car, its biggest seller in America, at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday as the German carmaker looks to revive sales in the world's second-largest auto market and move on from the emissions scandal that has tarnished its reputation over the past few years.

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After emissions scandal, VW on U.S. comeback trail with all-new Jetta

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Volkswagen will launch an all-new Jetta compact car, its biggest seller in America, at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday as the German carmaker looks to revive sales in the world's second-largest auto market and move on from the emissions scandal that has tarnished its reputation over the past few years.

Uranium nytimes.com

Uranium Miners Pushed Hard for a Comeback. They Got Their Wish.

Hundreds of mining claims fall neatly outside the new boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, and a Navajo town scarred by uranium is bracing for new woes.

Whiskey nytimes.com

Canadian Whisky’s Long-Awaited Comeback

Interest in all kinds of whiskeys has spurred a new wave of distilleries, and a renewed respect for a distinctive spirit.

healthNews reuters.com

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

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

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

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

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Strangers at home, Salvadoran deportees welcomed at call centers

SAN SALVADOR, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Alexander Ramos was deported to El Salvador from the United States seven years ago, forced to leave jobs as a gardener and at McDonald's after getting caught driving without a license.

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US ambassador resigns, says he can no longer work with Trump

The US ambassador to Panama has resigned over differences with the Trump administration.

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

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

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U.S. ambassador to Panama resigns, says cannot serve Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump.

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France's Macron welcomes Merkel's deal with Social Democrats, says good for Europe

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday welcomed a deal in Germany between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat (SPD) that paves the way for a coalition government, saying its provisional terms were good for Europe.

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Canada welcomes Trump suggestion of NAFTA deadline extension

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada welcomes the suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that the deadline for concluding talks to modernize NAFTA could be extended beyond the end of March, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Friday.

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BRIEF-Wells Fargo Reports Q4 Net Income Of $6.2 Bln

* WELLS FARGO REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER 2017 NET INCOME OF $6.2 BILLION; DILUTED EPS OF $1.16

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Bolivia's Alpine skier overcomes mountains of a different kind

ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Bolivia's lone Olympic Alpine skier had to overcome mountains of paperwork, as well as ones covered in snow and ice, on his torturous route to a place at next month's Pyeongchang Games.

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New ambassador grilled at briefing

President Donald Trump's new US Ambassador to the Netherlands held his first press conference with Dutch media at The Hague on Wednesday, and it was awkward.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: What Does It Take to Overcome Adversity?

In “Supernormal,” the psychologist Meg Jay derives lessons from the lives of her troubled patients.

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Judge to review Comey memos on Trump for possible release

A federal judge Thursday said he would look at the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote about his interactions with President Donald Trump before deciding whether the Justice Department can withhold them from the public. It's a signal that the judge may be skeptical of Justice's argument that the Comey memos should stay confidential because their release could compromise the Russia probe.

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Trump questions taking immigrants from 'shithole countries': sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries," according to two sources familiar with the comments.

Education (K-12) nytimes.com

‘I Want Change to Come From This,’ Louisiana Teacher Says of Arrest

Deyshia Hargrave was arrested at a school board meeting on Monday after speaking out against a renewed contract for the district’s superintendent.

Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates nytimes.com

Pressed on False Claims About Muslims, U.S. Ambassador Goes Silent

In an exchange with Dutch journalists, Peter Hoekstra declined to clarify his prior remarks. “This is the Netherlands, you have to answer questions,” one reporter said.

worldNews reuters.com

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

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

businessNews reuters.com

Canada taking U.S. NAFTA threat seriously, seeks to end logjam

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - The threat of the United States quitting NAFTA has to be taken seriously, Canada's foreign minister said on Thursday, even as Ottawa prepares creative ideas to unblock talks to update the tri-nation treaty.

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Missouri governor admits to extramarital affair before taking office

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

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

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

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: Jerry Brown Warns of Recession and Reveals His Final Budget

Thursday: The governor plays down talk of his legacy, the death count from the mudslides grows, and Representative Darrell Issa is the latest G.O.P. retirement.

lifestyleMolt reuters.com

Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in...

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China opposes U.S. pro-Taiwan bills welcomed by Taipei

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday expressed firm opposition to a decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass two pieces of pro-Taiwan legislation, but Taipei welcomed them as helping to strengthen ties with Washington.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Canada Attacks U.S. Tariffs by Taking Case to World Trade Organization

A sweeping challenge to the Trump administration’s “America First” policies could add to tensions already frayed by Nafta negotiations.

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GOP House investigators want James Comey to testify on Clinton email investigation

House Republicans are preparing to ask former FBI Director James Comey to testify as part of the Republican-led probe into the FBI and Justice Department handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

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

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

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Father’s sacrifice helps Kim become snowboard star

LONDON (Reuters) - Chloe Kim has the chance to become the youngest female snowboarder to win Olympic gold when the 2018 Pyeongchang Games kick off in South Korea next month and the American teen says she owes much of her success to her dedicated dad.

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Dems seek to avoid DACA's isolation in budget negotiations

Democrats are facing a tightrope challenge to achieve their goal of protecting young undocumented immigrants this month: Keep attention on the issue, but don't let it get singled out.

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Marijuana taxes and a surplus expected to boost California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will propose his final state budget on Wednesday, setting out a spending blueprint that last year topped $125 billion and marking the first time the state's coffers will be bolstered from sales taxes on marijuana.

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Over 2 out of 3 who try a cigarette become smokers

At least three out of five people who experiment with a cigarette end up becoming daily smokers at some point, a new study finds.

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Lawmakers admit they need another stopgap budget bill to avoid a shutdown

Ten days before the government would run out of funding, bipartisan negotiators are still struggling to reach a budget deal, and many lawmakers on Capitol Hill are already admitting Congress will need another stopgap bill to avoid a shutdown.

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Trump's former chief strategist has come under fire for comments he made in an explosive book

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BRIEF-Crescent Point Announces Its 2018 Budget

* CRESCENT POINT ANNOUNCES 2018 BUDGET AND SIGNIFICANT INCREASE TO UINTA INVENTORY

Women and Girls nytimes.com

Come on Over to My Place, Sister Girlfriend, and We’ll Co-Work

Quilt, a start-up in Los Angeles, links women who want to schmooze, study and surf the internet — all in the comfort of another’s home, for a fee.

Television nytimes.com

Review: ‘grown-ish’ Comes Into Its Own-ish

The “black-ish” spinoff is still finding its identity a few weeks into its first season. But it has the potential to do with college comedy what its parent did with 21st-century race.

Monuments and Memorials (Structures) nytimes.com

Taking a Knee and Taking Down a Monument

In a Louisiana town, a mother navigates racial tensions that flare up around her son’s wish to take a knee during the national anthem, and her own wish to have a local Confederate monument removed.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Cigna Says Reaffirms Projected FY2017 Consolidated Adjusted Income From Operations, Which Remains In Range Of $2.60 Bln To $2.65 Bln

* CIGNA SAYS REAFFIRMS PROJECTED FY 2017 CONSOLIDATED ADJUSTED INCOME FROM OPERATIONS, WHICH REMAINS IN RANGE OF $2.60 BILLION TO $2.65 BILLION

Middle East and Africa Migrant Crisis nytimes.com

Nigerian Migrants Get a Welcome Home. Jobs Are Another Story.

Thousands of Nigerians are being returned from Libya after failing to make it to Europe. What will they do now?

vis-photo nytimes.com

In Deepest Cold, a Subway Car Becomes the Shelter of Last Resort

With temperatures in the single digits over the weekend, the E train turned into a rolling refuge for the homeless.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Trump would welcome challenge from Oprah Winfrey for president

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would gladly face Oprah Winfrey as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race, a White House spokesman said on Monday after social media buzz from her speech at an awards show thrust her name into the political arena.

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BRIEF-Cannabis Wheaton Income Announces Increase Of Private Placement Financing Of Convertible Debenture Units To Up To $100 Mln

* CANNABIS WHEATON INCOME CORP. ANNOUNCES INCREASE OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING OF CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURE UNITS TO UP TO $100 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Top Democrats send mixed signals on Dreamers, budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The two top Democrats in the U.S. Congress sent mixed signals on Monday about chances for cutting a deal with Republicans to save the "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation and preventing a federal government shutdown ahead of a Jan. 19 deadline.

Enterprise Zones nytimes.com

Horgos Journal: A Visa-Free Zone Welcomes Your Wallet. But Maybe Not Your Beard.

It’s unusually easy to enter a special economic development zone between China and Kazakhstan, unless your garb suggests you have Islamist leanings.

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Your pizza could come in a self-driving van

healthNews reuters.com

Severe obesity declining among low-income U.S. kids

(Reuters Health) - The proportion of poor kids receiving government food assistance who are severely obese has declined following benefits changes designed to encourage healthier purchases, a U.S. study suggests.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Aptiv Estimates One-Time Reduction To Net Income Of About $50 - $100 Mln in Q4​

* APTIV - AS A RESULT OF ENACTMENT OF THE TAX LEGISLATION, CO ESTIMATES ONE-TIME REDUCTION TO NET INCOME OF ABOUT $50 - $100 MILLION IN Q4 2017‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2meguGV) Further company coverage:

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Ferrer shows up-and-comer Wu the door in Auckland

AUCKLAND (Reuters) - Experience was more than a match for youthful exuberance at the Auckland Classic on Monday as four-times champion David Ferrer beat Chinese teenager Wu Yibing 7-6(7) 6-4 to advance to the second round.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Box Office: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' roars past 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' 'Insidious 4'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" handily won the first box office weekend of 2018 over the launch of "Insidious: The Last Key" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" with $36 million at 3,801 North American locations.

environmentNews reuters.com

U.S. to endure another day below freezing before relief comes

(Reuters) - The bitter cold that has gripped much of the United States since the new year will last another day, forecasters said on Sunday, predicting an end to a frigid spell that featured a "bomb cyclone" snowstorm and frozen iguanas falling from trees in Florida.

Radio nytimes.com

As Low-Power Local Radio Rises, Tiny Voices Become a Collective Shout

A diverse new wave of stations, united by the word “alternative” and broadcasting from basements or attics, has arrived in urban America.

Cholesterol nytimes.com

The New Old Age: You’re Over 75, and You’re Healthy. Why Are You Taking a Statin?

It’s not clear that statins prevent first heart attacks and strokes in older patients, and the drugs do have side effects that can be harmful.

worldNews reuters.com

We'll do all we can to overcome difficulties in German-Turkish ties: Gabriel

GOSLAR, Germany (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Saturday he had agreed with visiting Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to do everything possible to improve the ties between Berlin and Ankara that have soured in a series of disputes.

sportsNews reuters.com

Kyrgios overcomes Dimitrov, to face Harrison in Brisbane final

(Reuters) - Australia's Nick Kyrgios battled past defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 6-1 6-4 to set up a final against American Ryan Harrison at the Brisbane International on Saturday.

cnn.com

For Golden Globes, comedy can be a joke

The Golden Globes have cleaned up their act from the bad old days, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was accused of ethically questionable behavior in picking winners. But when it comes to movie comedy -- and the films occasionally categorized as such -- the awards remain something of a joke.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: Raises Come With Increase in Minimum Wage

Friday: Minimum wage at $11, marijuana distributors react to White House threat of crackdown, and Sierra vs. Sierras.

sportsNews reuters.com

Tennis: Nishikori set to launch comeback in Newport Beach

(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori plans to launch his comeback at the inaugural Challenger Tour event in Newport Beach, California, beginning Jan. 22, the organizers said.

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Review: Fox's music competition show 'The Four' comes out flat

Fox decided to retire "American Idol," then experienced remorse when ABC stepped in to acquire the franchise. Yet the network's attempt to fill the void, "The Four: Battle for Stardom," is an uninspired addition to the singing-competition genre, with as much "American Gladiators" in its DNA as "Idol."

Blacks nytimes.com

Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

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

Marijuana nytimes.com

Trump Administration Taking Step That Could Threaten Marijuana Legalization Movement

Federal prosecutors will be given discretion to more aggressively enforce marijuana laws, threatening to undermine the legalization movement at the state level.

companyNews reuters.com

RPT-Euronext becomes latest exchange to escape competition rule

PARIS/LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Euronext has joined a growing list of exchanges to win a reprieve from a new rule aimed at promoting competition in clearing services for derivatives trades.

companyNews reuters.com

RPT-JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs come top of banker pay league in Britain

LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs paid their top bankers in Britain an average of $1.5 million each in 2016, compared with $1 million for local rivals HSBC and Barclays, data released by the banks last year shows.

businessNews reuters.com

JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs come top of banker pay league in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs paid their top bankers in Britain an average of $1.5 million each in 2016, compared with $1 million for local rivals HSBC and Barclays , data released by the banks last year shows.

cnn.com

Nikki Haley hosts reception for countries that backed US on Jerusalem resolution

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hosted a "Friends of the US" reception Wednesday night, inviting those who had voted against or abstained from voting on a resolution condemning the United States for officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Courts and the Judiciary nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Justice Shouldn’t Come With a $250 Fine

It’s great that progressive prosecutors are against incarceration, but alternative punishments shouldn’t cause people to go broke.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: After #MeToo Comes to the Courts

The notoriously secretive branch of government should respond better to sexual misconduct allegations.

cnn.com

Romney could become Trump's new Washington foe

The Republican opposition to President Donald Trump is poised to get a new champion: Mitt Romney.

cnn.com

Nikki Haley on Iran: 'We must not be silent'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised Iranian protesters Tuesday, adding that the US is seeking an emergency Security Council meeting in New York and the Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding Iran.

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Nikki Haley: We will never accept a nuclear North Korea

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a stern warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying the US "will never accept a nuclear North Korea."

Comedy and Humor nytimes.com

On Comedy: Dave Chappelle Stumbles Into the #MeToo Moment

In a new Netflix special, the comic addresses the sexual misconduct of famous men. It’s not the first time he’s tried to minimize the actions of abusers.

sportsNews reuters.com

IOC welcomes North Korean Olympic overture

(Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) welcomed on Tuesday the possibility of North Korea competing at next month's Pyeongchang Games in South Korea and said the invitation remained open.

topNews reuters.com

Pakistan summons U.S. ambassador after Trump's angry tweet

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's angry tweet about Pakistan's "lies and deceit", while Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed the outburst as a political stunt.

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The move comes after a rare overture from North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Opera nytimes.com

Review: The Met Opera’s ‘Tosca’ Overcomes Months of Chaos

The stakes were high and the cancellations many. What the Met delivered was fine singing in a traditional-looking, scrupulously inoffensive production.

sportsNews reuters.com

Konta overcomes blip to get past Keys in Brisbane opener

(Reuters) - Johanna Konta made a shaky start to the new season before battling past U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys and into the second round of the Brisbane International on Monday.

cnn.com

Comedian says what he'd do as president

Comedian Dave Chappelle and musician John Mayer tell Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen what their first act as president would be.

cnn.com

Astronauts welcome 2018 in 16 time zones

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station send their New Year's greetings from space as they ring in 2018 in 16 different time zones.

businessNews reuters.com

As U.S. budget fight looms, Republicans flip their fiscal script

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a conservative Republican faction in the U.S. Congress, who voted this month for a huge expansion of the national debt to pay for tax cuts, called himself a "fiscal conservative" on Sunday and urged budget restraint in 2018.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Critical Outcome Technologies Reports Q2 Loss Per Share Of C$0.11

* CRITICAL OUTCOME TECHNOLOGIES REPORTS FISCAL 2018 SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS

Waste Materials and Disposal nytimes.com

First Person: Taking Out the Trash? That’s Still a Man’s Job, Even for the Liberal Coastal Elite

Trash duty might be the last bastion of accepted 1950s behavior among big-city liberals. “Women deal with the rest of the garbage,” one theorized.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Essay: When ‘All Thumbs’ Becomes a Compliment

Calvin Trillin reflects on the idioms lost in the age of the smartphone.

worldNews reuters.com

Taiwan president says island's defense budget to grow, given China pressures

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday China's military ambitions are becoming more apparent and that the island's defense budget would "grow steadily" each year.

cnn.com

Charges in Justine Ruszczyk's death won't come in 2017

The decision over whether to charge a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer for shooting an unarmed woman last July won't come until 2018, according the county attorney.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

New Year’s Eve 2017: A Guide to Music and Comedy Events

Set the DVR for Mariah Carey’s “Rockin’ Eve” do-over and head out to catch the cabaret, comedy, dance music, rock shows and jazz lineups ringing in 2018.

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Tennis: Fitness comes first for returning Murray, Djokovic

(Reuters) - Former world number ones Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are relishing their return to competition after serious injuries cut their last campaigns short, but the overriding aim for both players in the New Year is to stay fit and healthy.

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Taking credit for the Dow's success is risky business. A market correction could leave him flailing for a rationale

President Donald Trump seems determined to ignore the small print disclaimer that brokers use to warn investors eying a bumper return -- stocks can go down as well as up.

Weather nytimes.com

Record-Breaking Cold Grips Northern U.S., With More to Come

Frigid temperatures have settled in from Boston to Bismarck, N.D.

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BRIEF-Summit Industrial Income REIT Enters JV With Urbacon Montreal

* ESTABLISHES JOINT VENTURE PARTNERSHIP WITH EXPERIENCED DATA CENTRE DEVELOPER TO GENERATE SIGNIFICANTLY ACCRETIVE INVESTMENTS

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Belgian zoo welcomes baby elephant on Christmas day

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A baby elephant born on Christmas day made its first public appearance at a Belgian zoo on Wednesday.

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Huawei's China smartphone sales chief detained for suspected bribe-taking

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies , the world's third-largest smartphone maker, said on Wednesday that Chinese police are conducting an investigation, after the China sales head of its smartphone unit was detained on suspicion of accepting bribes.

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‘Nobody Thought It Would Come to This’: Drug Maker Teva Faces a Crisis

The move by Israel’s corporate version of a celebrity to lay off 14,000 workers was greeted with outrage, a nationwide strike and much disappointment.

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Israel ambassador asks to meet New Zealand pop star Lorde over canceled show

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Israel's ambassador to New Zealand on Wednesday appealed to the pop star Lorde to meet him after she canceled a show in Tel Aviv after appeals from activists for her to shun Israel as a protest against its treatment of Palestinians.

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Asia and Australia Edition: India, Nikki Haley, North Korea: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

Comedy and Humor nytimes.com

Comedy Highlights of 2017

From the biggest breakthrough to the best live set, here are the funniest moments in a year of paradoxes.

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Haley touts reduced UN budget

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday touted a quarter billion dollar cut to the UN's annual budget, capping off a contentious year between the Trump administration and the international body.

Income nytimes.com

Economic Scene: Incomes Grew After Past Tax Cuts, but Guess Whose

While the well-to-do did even better than before, average income for Americans on the bottom half of the scale actually shrank under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

Demolition nytimes.com

21st-Century Span: The End for the Tappan Zee Bridge Comes in Pieces, Not With a Boom

With a replacement bridge spanning the Hudson River almost complete, the old crossing has to be taken apart piece by piece.

United Nations nytimes.com

Taking Credit for U.N. Budget Cut, Trump’s Envoy Hints at More to Come

Ambassador Nikki R. Haley coupled her applause for a $285 million cut in the 2018-2019 budget with a suggestion that she would seek further reductions.

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Serena set for comeback after pregnancy

Serena Williams is set to appear on court for the first time since giving birth after confirming she will play at the Mubadala exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, next Saturday.

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Seahawks' Thomas tells Cowboys to 'come get me'

(Reuters) - Seattle safety Earl Thomas courted controversy on Sunday when he appeared to offer his services to the Cowboys following the Seahawks' 21-12 victory in Dallas.

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Serena Williams set to launch comeback in Abu Dhabi

(Reuters) - Twenty-three time grand slam champion Serena Williams will play her first match since the birth of her daughter when she faces off against French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi next week.

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US ambassador's 'fake news' claim backfires

In an interview, US Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra denied a comment he made in 2015 about the "Islamic movement," calling it fake news. He later apologized on Twitter.

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Help refugees wherever they come from, Austria's Kurz says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Austria's new Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, called for an end to "failed" attempts to achieve a quota system for distributing asylum seekers around the European Union and urged new efforts to help refugees in their country of origin.

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US ambassador apologizes for 2015 remarks after he initially denied making them

The new US Ambassador to the Netherlands is apologizing for "certain remarks" he made in 2015 suggesting that the Netherlands was in chaos because of Muslims.

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Let me come back, Catalan leader tells Spain

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Saturday called on the Spanish government to allow him to return to Spain in time for the opening session of the Catalan parliament by January 23 so that he can become the region's next president.

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Italian parliament passes 2018 budget, clearing way for elections

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's upper house Senate on Saturday gave parliament's final approval to the government's 2018 budget, clearing the way for national elections expected to be held in March.

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Macedonia's parliament adopts 2018 budget, opposition boycotts vote

SKOPJE - Macedonia's parliament has adopted a 2018 draft budget, lowering the deficit to 2.7 percent of national output from 2.9 this year and forecasting growth of 3.2 percent.

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California wildfire becomes largest on record in the state

(Reuters) - A sprawling Southern California wildfire that has been burning through rugged, drought-parched coastal terrain since Dec. 4 has become the largest on record in the state, state fire officials said on Friday.

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McCabe could corroborate Comey 'loyalty pledge' story

CNN Manu Raju reports.

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BRIEF-Newmont Mining Expects Tax Reform To Result In Income Tax Expense Increase Between $200 Mln & $400 Mln

* NEWMONT MINING- IDENTIFIED THAT REDUCTION IN U.S. CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATE TO 21% WILL RESULT IN RE-VALUATION OF DEFERRED TAX ASSETS, LIABILITIES

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US ambassador denies own comments. Then denies denial

The new US ambassador to the Netherlands lied twice to a Dutch news crew about 2015 comments he made saying the country was in chaos because of Muslims.

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BRIEF-Loomis Expects To Account One-Off Positive Tax Income In Range Of SEK 55 Mln To SEK 70 Mln During Q4 2017​

* ‍TCJA'S MAIN IMPACT ON LOOMIS IN Q4 THIS YEAR IS REDUCTION OF CORPORATE TAX RATE IN US FROM 35 TO 21 PERCENT​

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Daimler says U.S. tax reform will lift 2017 net income

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaker Daimler said on Friday the U.S. tax reform would result in an income tax benefit of around 1.7 billion euros ($2.01 billion) in its 2017 results.

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UPDATE 1-Daimler says U.S. tax reform will lift 2017 net income

* Says other issues reduce the increase by around 700 mln euros

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BRIEF-Cannabis Wheaton Income Announces Private Placement Of Convertible Debenture Units

* CANNABIS WHEATON INCOME CORP. ANNOUNCES PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURE UNITS AND CONVERSION OF PRIOR CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURE UNITS

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Opinion: Will 2017's toxic outrage become 2018's humanity?

This winter, just after I'd written an op-ed for CNN about gun violence, I received a bunch of notes, mostly lovely ones, in my inbox. Some were unpleasant, and among them two really stood out to me -- one threatened my life, while another truly charming correspondent wrote: "Women like you should just shut up. We were great at enforcing the Second Amendment before you all had the right to vote."

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Callista Gingrich becomes Trump's envoy to pope as differences mount

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Callista Gingrich, wife of the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Friday became U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, which is at odds with Washington over immigration, climate change and Jerusalem.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Comeback Words for 2018

The words Trump has tried to erase, or change the meaning of, will come roaring back to haunt him next year.

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Latest Tokyo budget down $300 million to $12.6 billion, more cuts eyed

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 organizers unveiled on Friday a budget of $12.6 billion for the next Summer Olympics, a $300 million reduction from projections earlier this year, and said they are targeting more cuts in a bid to reduce the burden on Japanese taxpayers.

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McCabe comes to Comey's defense

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is backing up James Comey's claims that President Donald Trump demanded his loyalty, according to multiple sources.

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FBI official grilled on Comey, Clinton and Trump dossier

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe faced numerous questions this week about his interactions, conversations and correspondence with his one-time boss, former FBI Director James Comey, spanning both the FBI's Russia investigation and its probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server, according to multiple sources from both parties with knowledge of his testimony.

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In tied U.S. elections, chance, not voters, often decides final outcome

(Reuters) - After months of campaigning, Melissa Trenary's election last month to the city council in Colorado's historic mining town of Cripple Creek came down to the luck of the draw – literally.

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Houston woman accused of killing friend, taking baby as her own

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Houston woman who police said stabbed her friend to death, stole the mother's six-week-old baby girl and tried to pass the infant off as her own was arrested on Thursday, the same day authorities said they had found the missing child alive.

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Why Zac Efron's having a musical comeback

After nearly a decade break from movie musicals, Zac Efron is making his return to the genre a meaningful one.

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Because this ballot was counted for the GOP, control of the VA House essentially comes down to a coin toss

A single ballot has put the control of the Virginia House chamber back in limbo for the second time in one week, and next Wednesday morning, the balance of power will be settled in a random drawing.

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Critics accuse UK government of not taking Brexit preparations seriously enough

LONDON (Reuters) - Pro-European campaigners accused ministers of failing to take preparations for Brexit seriously enough on Thursday, after a committee of lawmakers published the government's sector-by-sector analysis on the impact of leaving the European Union.

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UPDATE 1-Iraq oil ministry starts taking over Majnoon oilfield operations

BAGHDAD, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Iraq's oil ministry said on Thursday it had started to take over operations of Majnoon oilfield from Royal Dutch Shell and planned to lift output in future.

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Confederate statues come down in Memphis

Crews worked through the night Wednesday to remove two Confederate statues from parks in Memphis, Tennessee, after city officials sold the land to a nonprofit entity.

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BRIEF-Mexichem Said It ‍signed Credit Facility With BBVA-Bancomer OF UP TO $200 mln

* MEXICHEM ANNOUNCES IT HAS SIGNED A CREDIT FACILITY AGREEMENT

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Barca edge Real on income but Liga growth key to usurping United

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona head into Saturday’s "Clasico" against Real Madrid with a whopping 11-point gap over their bitter rivals in the Liga title race -- and they also have the advantage in financial terms, albeit by smaller margins.

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Soccer-Barca edge Real on income but Liga growth key to usurping United

BARCELONA, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Barcelona head into Saturday’s "Clasico" against Real Madrid with a whopping 11-point gap over their bitter rivals in the Liga title race -- and they also have the advantage in financial terms, albeit by smaller margins.

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Nikki Haley: The US is 'taking names' on Jerusalem resolution

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warns the US will be "taking names" of the countries that vote in favor of a resolution that condemns the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Feminism and press freedom come together in 'The Post'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's movie "The Post" is being hailed as a timely reminder about press freedom, democracy, whistle-blowing and government lies.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf moves little, Saudi cement shares lose steam after budget

DUBAI, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Gulf stock markets moved little on Wednesday as Saudi Arabian cement shares lost steam after the release of the 2018 state budget, and Qatar's market pulled back after a leap on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Goodrich Petroleum Announces Preliminary Capital Expenditure Budget For 2018 Of $65 - $75 Mln

* GOODRICH PETROLEUM ANNOUNCES CAPITAL EXPENDITURE BUDGET AND 2018 GUIDANCE

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BRIEF-Avis Budget Group Named Exclusive Car Rental Partner Of Hawaiian Airlines

* AVIS BUDGET GROUP INC SAYS IT IS NOW THE EXCLUSIVE CAR RENTAL PARTNER OF HAWAIIAN AIRLINES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Italian budget commission approves web tax on digital services

ROME, Dec 19 (Reuters) - The budget commission of Italy's lower house approved on Tuesday a measure obliging companies to pay a 3 percent levy on some internet transactions in a move aimed at bypassing EU tax rules that benefit large tech firms.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar leaps, Saudi barely changed before state budget

DUBAI, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Qatar's stock market jumped on Tuesday as local retail investors piled back into the bourse, while Saudi Arabia closed barely changed ahead of the release of its 2018 state budget.

Movies nytimes.com

Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Has Dwayne Johnson as a Nerd

The magical game is back, and this time it’s turning geeks into action heroes and jocks into zoologists.

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BRIEF-ReneSola Reports Q3 Income From Operations $3.8 Mln

* RENESOLA ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2017 RESULTS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

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Italian budget commission approves web tax on digital services

ROME, Dec 19 (Reuters) - The budget commission of Italy's lower house approved on Tuesday a provision obliging companies to pay a 3 percent tax on some internet transactions made in Italy.

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Cooperation between China, U.S. to lead to win-win outcome: China's embassy in U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Cooperation between China and the United States will lead to a win-win outcome for both sides, but confrontation will result in mutual losses, China's embassy in the U.S. said in a statement posted on its website on Tuesday.

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

15 Years After Deportation, Marine Wins Right to Come Back to U.S.

Marco A. Chavez, a green card holder and Marine Corps veteran, was deported in 2002 after a conviction, but a pardon this year allowed him to return.

Amusement and Theme Parks nytimes.com

President Trump, the Animatronic Version, Comes to Disney World

Mr. Trump joined the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom on Monday. The exhibit was closed before his inauguration, prompting some people to theorize that Disney was trying to silence him.

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A Pierce County, Washington official tweeted that 'injuries and casualties reported, numbers to come'

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Moldova recalls ambassador from Moscow for consultations

KIEV/CHISINAU (Reuters) - Moldova recalled its ambassador to Russia for consultations in response to the harassment and intimidation by Russian authorities of Moldovan politicians and officials, the Moldovan foreign ministry said on Monday.

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Internet giants told: Accept cyber curbs to be welcome in China

GENEVA (Reuters) - Google and Facebook will have to accept China's censorship and tough online laws if they want access to its 751 million internet users, Chinese regulators told a conference in Geneva on Monday.

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Republicans confident tax bill to become law this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Republicans said on Sunday they expected Congress to pass a tax code overhaul this week, with a Senate vote as early as Tuesday and President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill by week's end.

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Republicans confident tax bill will become law this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Republicans said they expected Congress to pass a tax code overhaul this week, with a Senate vote as early as Tuesday and President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill by week's end.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region edges up, building-related shares boost Saudi before budget

* Saudi 2018 budget seen hiking infrastructure spending a bit

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Here comes Dow 25,000

Prisons and Prisoners nytimes.com

Cook County Jail’s Comeback

After a decade-long reform effort, Cook County Jail in Chicago is now being described as a model facility. Walk through the jail complex to see what has changed.

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Foreign minister warns UK cannot become 'vassal state' of EU

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain must strike a strong trade deal with the European Union after Brexit and avoid becoming a subordinate state of the bloc, foreign minister and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson has told the Sunday Times newspaper.

Christmas nytimes.com

Welcome to Chez Santa. Do You Have a Reservation?

The annual trip to the department store has long been a Christmas tradition, but in 2017, you can’t just show up anymore.

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Amazon becomes Mexico's top online retailer in 2017 -report

MEXICO CITY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc likely doubled its sales to become the biggest internet retailer in Mexico this year, helping to grow the country's nascent e-commerce market by a third, according to a report by market research firm Euromonitor International.

Vervoordt, Axel nytimes.com

Disused Distillery Becomes the Antwerp Art Scene’s Newest, Biggest Thing

The Kanaal complex designed by the art dealer and interior designer Axel Vervoordt reinforces the Belgian city’s resurgence as a cultural hub.

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BRIEF-Moody's Says Stable U.S. Retail Outlook In 2018, Reflective Of Higher Operating Income, Sales

* MOODY'S SAYS STABLE U.S. RETAIL OUTLOOK IN 2018, REFLECTIVE OF HIGHER OPERATING INCOME AND SALES

Cairo (Egypt) nytimes.com

Frugal Traveler: Cairo, Vibrant and Budget-Friendly, Is Ready Again for the World Stage

The Egyptian capital is as engaging as ever — and is a particularly great destination for bargain seekers.

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Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev found guilty of bribe-taking

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty on Friday of soliciting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin in a court case that has shone a rare light on infighting among the Russian elite.

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UPDATE 1-Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev found guilty of bribe-taking

MOSCOW, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty on Friday of soliciting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin in a court case that has shone a rare light on infighting among the Russian elite.

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Russian court finds ex-minister Ulyukayev guilty of taking a bribe - judge

MOSCOW, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday found ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev guilty of taking a bribe.

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Exclusive: China's CNPC weighs taking over Iran project if Total leaves - sources

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - China's top oil and gas company CNPC is considering taking over Total's stake in a giant Iranian gas project if the French company leaves Iran to comply with any new U.S. sanctions, industry sources said.

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BRIEF-‍Painted Pony Announces Fully-Funded 2018 Capital Budget​

* ‍GROWING ANNUAL AVERAGE DAILY PRODUCTION VOLUME BY OVER 45%​ IN 2018

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WH economist predicts Rubio will come around on tax bill

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser said Thursday night he's confident Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will ultimately be a "yes" on the GOP tax bill despite the senator's threat to vote against the legislation unless there is a more generous child tax credit -- a threat that could leave Senate Republicans with no room for error with their slim 52-48 majority.

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BRIEF-‍Trinidad Drilling Says 2018 Capital Spending Budget Of About $40 Mln

* ‍TRINIDAD DRILLING LTD. ANNOUNCES 2018 CAPITAL SPENDING BUDGET AND INTERNATIONAL CONTRACT AWARD​

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Hewitt comes out of retirement to play doubles at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt is to come out of retirement temporarily and play doubles with compatriot Sam Groth at next month's Australian Open, local media reported on Friday.

Zika Virus nytimes.com

As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk

They are 2 years old, but developmentally they are 6 months old. The children most severely affected by Zika face a lifetime of care, new research shows.