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United States Politics and Government

Efforts to Secure Elections Moving Too Slow, Senators Tell Homeland Security Chief

“When I listen to your testimony, I hear no sense of urgency to really get on top of this issue,” one member of the Senate Intelligence Committee told Kirstjen Nielsen.

Asia and Australia Edition: Austin, North Korea, Cambridge Analytica: Your Thursday Briefing

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


Fed lifts rates, signals tougher stance as economy strengthens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday and forecast at least two more hikes for 2018, highlighting its growing confidence that tax cuts and government spending will boost the economy and inflation and spur more aggressive future tightening.

Corporate Taxes

Targeting Tech Giants, Europe Unveils Digital Tax Proposal

The plan would create a system where digital businesses in Europe would have to pay taxes on their revenues, rather than their profits, to curb tax avoidance.

Opinion: I ditched Facebook in 2013, and it's been fine

You can ditch Facebook. It's OK. You will survive. And not only will you get through it, but your life will get better.


BRIEF-Granite Awarded $51 Mln Road And Bridge Rehabilitation Project In Alaska



BRIEF-Wells Fargo Bank Increases Prime Rate To 4.75 Pct

* WELLS FARGO BANK INCREASES PRIME RATE TO 4.75 PERCENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Zuckerberg says Facebook made mistakes on user data, vows curbs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that his company made mistakes in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers' access to such information.

Odebrecht SA

Peru’s President Offers Resignation in Vote-Buying Scandal

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in office since 2016, was battered by secretly recorded tapes showing votes being exchanged for money and favors.


BRIEF-Bechtel Makes $50 Mln Investment In Tellurian

* TELLURIAN - ‍ INVESTMENT HAS IMPLIED TELLURIAN COMMON SHARE PRICE OF $8.16 PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Keycorp Raises Prime Lending Rate To 4.75 Pct

* KEYCORP RAISES ITS PRIME LENDING RATE TO 4.75 PERCENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-UPS To Invest $500 Mln In Canada And Create More Than 1,000 New Jobs



Is Your E-ZPass the Key to Congestion Pricing?

A Manhattan congestion plan faces not only political challenges but also divisions over whether E-ZPass is the right technology to make it a reality.


BRIEF-Aethlon Medical Participates In Informational Meeting With FDA​



BRIEF-Sidus Investment Management And BLR Partners Issue Statement In Response To Acacia Research Corp



BRIEF-M&T Increases Prime Rate

* M&T BANK CORP - EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, M&T BANK WILL INCREASE ITS PRIME LENDING RATE FROM 4.50% TO 4.75% Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Plane taking freed Nigerian schoolgirls to capital Abuja: Reuters witness

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A plane carrying scores of Nigerian schoolgirls freed by Islamist Boko Haram militants on Wednesday has taken off from Maiduguri for the capital Abuja, a Reuters witness reported.


BRIEF-Tecsys Announces Resignation Of CFO



BRIEF-TransAtlantic Petroleum Q4 Loss Per Share $0.09 From Cont Ops



Miss Venezuela pageant to probe contestants' ethics after social media feud

CARACAS (Reuters) - The Miss Venezuela beauty pageant said on Wednesday it will investigate possible unethical conduct by its contestants following a vitriolic social media spat that saw former participants accusing each other of inappropriate behavior.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

AIDS Researcher Robert R. Redfield Named to Lead the C.D.C.

Dr. Redfield, a Baltimore AIDS researcher and advocate for medication-assisted therapies to treat addiction, will take over the public health agency.


Slack Technologies builds engineering team to combat outages

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Collaboration software provider Slack Technologies Inc is building a safety engineering team that will develop methods to help reduce the disruptions that have been more frequent on Slack's service than rival systems, the company told Reuters.


France's Sarkozy told he suspected of taking Gaddafi election money

NANTERRE, France (Reuters) - French former president Nicolas Sarkozy was told after two days in custody on Wednesday that he is being formally treated as a suspect as magistrates investigate claims his 2007 election campaign got funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.


Senate passes bill to penalize websites for sex trafficking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at penalizing website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking, chipping away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry.


Stocks end modestly lower after Fed hikes rates; energy up

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Wednesday, with major indexes giving up gains in choppy trade after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates, while a strong gain in the energy space helped limit losses.


Reckitt Benckiser pulls out of Pfizer consumer health auction

(Reuters) - British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser Group said on Wednesday it had ended discussions with Pfizer Inc over buying its consumer healthcare business, a day before the U.S. drug company was expecting binding offers for the unit.


Deere & Co fears hit from Trump tariffs, retaliation: CEO

GRANADERO BAIGORRIA, Argentina (Reuters) - U.S. tractor maker Deere & Co is bracing for a negative financial impact from U.S. tariffs on steel imports and worries that retaliatory tariffs on American agricultural exports could follow, Chief Executive Samuel Allen told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

Many Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students stayed home today -- for many reasons

Nearly 20% of the student population didn't show up Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after two fellow students were charged with bringing weapons to campus, another made a threat of violence on social media and a security guard was found asleep in his car.


Hamas says searching for suspect in attack on Palestinian PM

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas said on Wednesday it was searching for a prime suspect in a bomb attack last week on the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza.

Democrats get high turnout in Illinois

The primaries in Illinois on Tuesday night were, for the most part melodramatic -- some big names got scares but there were no major upsets.


'Four'easter' storm pounds U.S. East, states declare emergencies

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. East's fourth major snowstorm this month swept through the region with heavy snow and high winds on Wednesday, snarling flights and commuter travel, closing schools and triggering emergency declarations in New York City and New Jersey.

Facebook CEO issues a statement five days after a data scandal engulfed his social media empire


Gluten-free diet may still allow harmful levels of exposure

(Reuters Health) - Carefully following a gluten-free diet might not protect people with celiac disease from exposure to potentially harmful amounts of gluten, new findings suggest.


EU's Tusk confirms Brexit transition offer to London

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will on Friday offer Britain a Brexit transition deal, the summit chair Donald Tusk said - but the deal will only be finalized if London honours its commitments on the Irish border and Gibraltar.


Trump supports massive U.S. funding bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, in talks with congressional leaders on Wednesday, backed a $1.3 trillion spending bill meant to avert a U.S. government shutdown, even though it is expected to exclude some of his specific immigration-related funding requests.


U.S. lawmakers want China's Confucius Institutes to register as foreign agents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they want China's Confucius Institute cultural centers in the United States to register as foreign agents, and to require all U.S. universities to disclose major gifts from foreign sources.

Fred Savage accused of on-set harassment and battery

A costume department employee who worked on the now-canceled Fox series "The Grinder" has accused actor Fred Savage of harassment, discrimination and assault and battery.


In Canada, driverless cars learn to see in the snow

STRATFORD, Ontario (Reuters) - A Canadian town known for its annual theater festival is emerging as a hub of "snowtonomous" research, as automakers face demands to produce self-driving cars that can perform in snow and sleet.

Inside the Trump campaign's ties with Cambridge Analytica

Top Trump campaign brass spent the summer of 2016 grappling with how to build a digital operation for the general election and came upon a possible solution: Cambridge Analytica.


Treasury's Mnuchin says has prepared investment restrictions on China

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday his agency has worked on U.S. investment restrictions on China for President Donald Trump to consider as part of his decisions on intellectual property actions against Beijing.

Social Media

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Bolster Privacy Amid Cambridge Analytica Crisis

In his first public statements concerning a data privacy scandal, Mr. Zuckerberg said “there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”


Devolved UK parliaments pass bills to keep current powers after Brexit

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain's devolved parliaments in Scotland and Wales on Wednesday approved bills that aim to keep their current powers unchanged after Brexit, a backstop in case a dispute with Prime Minister Theresa May's government drags on.


Meredith plans to cut about 1,200 jobs, sell some Time publications

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Meredith Corp , which completed the acquisition of Time Inc in January, said on Wednesday it has cut around 200 jobs and plans to lay off 1,000 more over the next 10 months.


Cryptocurrency issuers clean up, shun U.S. investors as SEC gets tough

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tech start-ups that issue digital tokens to raise funds are falling in line with U.S. securities laws or seeking legal ways to skirt them after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it planned to regulate the market.

Senator calls on Zuckerberg to testify before Congress

Zuckerberg to face questions in CNN TV exclusive at 9 p.m. ET


United CEO acknowledges airline's mistake in puppy's death

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The head of United Airlines acknowledged on Wednesday that the carrier had made a mistake last week when a French bulldog puppy died on a United flight after a cabin attendant forced the dog's owner to stow it in an overhead bin.

Cambridge Analytica weaponizes 'Crooked Hillary'

Analysis: It's not just that Trump was told DO NOT CONGRATULATE, it's that everyone else was too

The fact that President Donald Trump either didn't read or ignored a warning in his briefing papers not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on a phone call between the two men Tuesday is a sexy story. But, it is not the real story here.


Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Russia's Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.


Texas bombing suspect blows self up on roadside as police close in

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The man accused of carrying out a three-week bombing spree that killed two people in Texas before blowing himself up as police closed in on him was a 23-year-old unemployed man from suburban Austin, authorities said on Wednesday.


If you want to find Nemo, you may need SoFi, the robotic fish

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When exploring marine environments, underwater robots tend to be a bull trout in a china shop, disturbing marine life with their bulk and disruptive propulsion. Enter SoFi, the soft, agile robotic fish with a delicate demeanor.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Op-Ed Contributor: The Refugees in New York’s Hotel Rooms

Puerto Ricans like me are stranded here. It can hardly be called living; it’s barely surviving.


Op-Ed Contributor: An End to the Class vs. Race Debate

A new study rebuts the belief that if we address class issues, we can fix racism.


House panel passes bill handing Federal Reserve control over 'Volcker Rule'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to name the Federal Reserve as the primary regulator for the "Volcker Rule," which bars banks from speculative trading.

United States Economy

Fed Raises Interest Rates for Sixth Time Since Financial Crisis

The Federal Reserve, buoyed by a strengthening economy, raised rates for a sixth time in three years and indicated another two increases are still expected this year.


What the Federal Reserve rate hike means for U.S. households

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The effects of the Federal Reserve interest rate hike announced on Wednesday will extend beyond corporate America to household budgets.

EPA spent $30,000-plus on security detail for Administrator Scott Pruitt's Italy trip

New documents show the Environmental Protection Agency spent more than $30,000 on security detail for Administrator Scott Pruitt's overseas trip to Italy last year.

Biden: I'd 'beat the hell' out of Trump if in school

Former Vice President Joe Biden said he disliked Donald Trump's comments about women so much that he would have "beat the hell" out of him if they were still in high school.

Not worried about Russia? You should be now

United States Politics and Government

Congressional Leaders Near Deal on Over $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Lawmakers must approve the bill by midnight Friday to avoid a government shutdown this weekend, which would be the third closure this year.


Chevron says it will not dispute climate science in U.S. lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Chevron attorney said in court on Wednesday that the company supports scientific conclusions that humans are causing climate change, a response to a lawsuit that accuses five major energy producers of misleading the public for years about their role in global warming.


WADA President confident on Russia despite apparent impasse

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie said changing circumstances made him confident Russia would become compliant with international anti-doping standards despite an apparent impasse.

United States Politics and Government

Borrowing G.O.P. Playbook, Democratic States Sue the Government and Rack Up Wins

Democratic attorneys general are suing the Trump administration, just as their Republican counterparts sued the Obama administration. Each side has scored victories.


Shoe inserts may not help plantar heel pain

(Reuters Health) - Mass-produced shoe inserts available on drugstore shelves and customized orthotics may not work for plantar heel pain, a research review suggests.


Deadly Texas blast suspect was quiet, home-schooled

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The quiet, home-schooled son of a local couple that sold Amway products is suspected of staging a three-week deadly bombing campaign that gripped the Texas capital of Austin.


U.S. infant mortality high even for full-term babies

(Reuters Health) - Infant mortality rates for full-term babies vary across the U.S., but all states are worse than many European countries, a new study suggests.


Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet

(Reuters) - British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally.


'Sound of Music,' 'Rumours' albums deemed U.S. national treasures

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack from "The Sound of Music," Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album "Rumours" and the 1984 song "Footloose" were among 25 recordings deemed national treasures on Wednesday and worthy of preserving by the U.S. Library of Congress.

Religion and Belief

Doctored Photo Prompts a Keeper of the Pope’s Image to Step Down

Msgr. Dario Vigano resigned as the head of Vatican communications after an embarrassing attempt to manipulate a letter written by the retired pope, Benedict.

Starbucks turns to public for ideas on a better cup


U.S. investment trusts gobble assets; retirement plans retreat from active funds

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. retirement plans pumped billions of dollars into investment trusts last year, helping asset managers offset some of the heavy cash outflows from their pricier actively managed...

Can this robotic fish fool real fish into revealing their secrets?


Aisles of Dogs

A canine-friendly showing of “Isle of Dogs” brought out that rare breed: cinephile dogs and their owners.


Texas bombing suspect kills self, reported to be unemployed man, 23

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - An unemployed 23-year-old man suspected of a three-week bombing campaign in Texas that killed two people and injured five others before blowing himself up on the side of a highway was identified by local media on Wednesday.

Fox News analyst's critique of the network draws praise from critics, allies


UBS in $230 million settlement of New York mortgage securities probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - UBS AG has reached a $230 million settlement to resolve charges brought by New York state that it misled and hurt investors by selling subprime mortgage securities that contributed to the 2008 global financial crisis.

Politics and Government

French President’s Next Target: The Railroads. Strikes Loom.

Emmanuel Macron is hoping to win where others failed by reducing railway workers’ benefits, part of a plan to reshape the economy and society.


EU leaders to warn May on Brexit backsliding: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders will issue a warning to Britain on Friday that it will only finally secure a Brexit transition period if it stands by its commitments on the Irish border and Gibraltar, a draft statement showed on Wednesday.


As shutdown looms, Congress crafts massive funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More money for border security and fighting Russian election hacking was expected to be included in a $1.3 trillion U.S. government spending bill taking shape in Congress on Wednesday, along with gun legislation and a fix to a "grain glitch" in last year's sweeping tax law overhaul.


BRIEF-Cott Corp Says CEO Jerry Fowden's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $6.2 Million

* COTT CORP SAYS CEO JERRY FOWDEN'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $6.2 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text : [] Further company coverage:


Florida governor orders state troopers to help guard Parkland school

(Reuters) - Eight state troopers will be sent to help guard the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people, the state's governor said on Wednesday after a rash of security incidents this week including the arrest of two students for carrying knives.


UPDATE 1-UBS in $230 mln settlement of New York mortgage securities probe

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) - UBS AG has reached a $230 million settlement to resolve charges brought by New York state that it misled and hurt investors by selling subprime mortgage securities that contributed to the 2008 global financial crisis.


UPDATE 4-As shutdown looms, U.S. Congress crafts massive funding bill

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - More money for border security and fighting Russian election hacking was expected to be included in a $1.3 trillion U.S. government spending bill taking shape in Congress on Wednesday, along with gun legislation and a fix to a "grain glitch" in last year's sweeping tax law overhaul.

Snow and Snowstorms

Live Briefing: Nor’easter Pummels Eastern Seaboard With Heavy Snow

Planes are grounded and trains are canceled as snow spreads from Washington to Boston.


U.S. spending bill to provide $380 million for election cyber security: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers have included nearly $400 million in a massive federal government spending bill to help safeguard U.S. voting systems from cyber attacks, three sources familiar with negotiations said on Wednesday.


Sparks fly in Moscow as Russia and Britain trade accusations over spy poisoning

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Britain accused Moscow on Wednesday of running an assassination program to eliminate its enemies, while Russia said Britain may itself have orchestrated the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England.


BRIEF-Assured Guaranty Ltd Says CEO Dominic J. Frederico's 2017 Total Compensation Was $13.5 Million


Starbucks says it has achieved gender and race pay equity in the United States


U.S. makes contingency plans in case Iran nuclear talks fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has had constructive talks about the Iran nuclear deal with Britain, France and Germany but is making contingency plans should they fail, the lead U.S. negotiator said on Wednesday.


Pressure builds on GEA for swift CEO, strategy change

* Shareholder groups and analysts call for external candidate

Bombs and Explosives

Who Is Mark Conditt, the Austin Bombing Suspect?

The 23-year-old is believed to be linked to six bombs that killed at least two people and injured five.


BRIEF-Discovery Air Announces Commencement Of Restructuring Proceedings



BRIEF-Scholastic Board Authorizes Further Repurchases Of Up To $50 Million In Common Stock



Britain's use of copycat biotech drugs takes off while U.S. lags

LONDON (Reuters) - Cut-price copies of an expensive Roche biotech drug for blood cancer have taken 80 percent of the British market since launching last year, saving the healthcare system 80 million pounds ($113 million) a year, experts said on Wednesday.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Energy lifts stocks despite jitters on Fed, trade, tech

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) - A rise in oil prices to a six-week high helped reverse a day-long decline in world equity markets Wednesday ahead of a likely increase in U.S. interest rates and guidance on how many more to expect for this year.


Marvin Gaye family prevails in 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism case

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a $5.3 million judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copying a Marvin Gaye song to create their 2013 smash "Blurred Lines."


UPDATE 2-Louis Dreyfus says overhaul steadied profit in tough grain market

* Grain results stay weak, loans to sugar unit mount (Writes through with detail)


BRIEF-ATI Pilots Ratify Amendment To Collective Bargaining Agreement



Academic in Facebook storm worked on Russian 'dark' personality project

MOSCOW/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The psychologist at the center of a scandal over the misuse of millions of Facebook users' personal data worked with Russian researchers on a study of toxic personality traits.


Facebook and UK political consultancy sued in data storm

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S. resident has sued Facebook and a British-based political consultancy for obtaining data from millions of the social media site's users without their permission, while an academic at the center of the storm accused both firms of scapegoating him.


Inability to audit U.S. elections a 'national security concern': Homeland chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Not having a verifiable way to audit election results in some states represents a "national security concern," the Trump administration's homeland security chief said on Wednesday, looking ahead to U.S. midterm elections in November.


Energy stocks, Facebook bounce lift Wall Street as Fed decision nears

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks gained on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of an near-certain interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, as Facebook Inc's shares reversed course to trade higher and energy stocks got a boost from rising oil prices.


Merkel seeks cohesion and renewal in angst-ridden Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday charged her new government with healing divisions in German society that have fueled the far-right, equipping the economy for the digital era and bolstering the European project.

Congress to include a background check bill in its spending legislation

Congress plans to unveil a massive bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending package Wednesday that will keep the government funded until the end of September.


U.S. stock funds attract most cash since mid-2017: ICI

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors steered the most cash since mid-2017 into stocks, Investment Company Institute (ICI) data for the most recent week showed on Wednesday, as cool economic data...

Social Media

Missing From Facebook’s Crisis: Mark Zuckerberg

Amid a data scandal this week, Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, have been nowhere to be found in public.


Federal prosecutors told to seek death penalty in drug cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on Wednesday to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is "appropriate," saying the Justice Department must boost efforts to counter America's epidemic of opioid abuse.


Cycling-Bikes to be dismantled in fight against technological fraud - UCI

GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) will use X-ray technology and randomly select bikes to dismantle following a race in an increased effort to fight technological fraud, the governing body said on Wednesday.


Suspect, 23, in deadly Texas blast was quiet, home-schooled

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The quiet, home-schooled son of a local couple that sold Amway products is suspected of staging a three-week deadly bombing campaign that gripped the Texas capital of Austin.

Opinion: The Republican President who really made America great

The Trump presidency is a study in chaos: improvisational, reactive, and unpredictable. Policy priorities change daily, and so, it seems, does the personnel. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn are just the most recent of some two dozen senior officials who have been kicked to the curb after brief stints in the Trump administration.


Germany confirms H5N6 bird flu case on island farm

HAMBURG (Reuters) - German authorities have confirmed outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu type at a farm on an island off the German North Sea coast, the Schleswig-Holstein state agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.


Winter 'four'easter' storm hits U.S. East, snarling traffic, closing schools

(Reuters) - Millions of commuters along the U.S. East Coast faced another round of heavy snow, ice and gusty winds on Wednesday as the fourth major snowstorm this month struck the region, closing schools, grounding flights and halting buses and trains.

Meghan Markle to get wax statue treatment


Record-size U.S. offshore oil lease sale draws modest bidding

(Reuters) - The largest lease sale in American history in the offshore Gulf of Mexico yielded $124.76 million dollars in winning bids from drillers on Wednesday, a modest response to the Trump administration's effort to pump up investment in the region.

Here's what else we know about the bomber

The man police believe was behind a series of bombings that terrified Austin, Texas, for 19 days is dead, police said.


Tesla shareholders approve CEO Musk's $2.6 billion compensation plan

SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Tesla Inc shareholders approved a compensation package potentially worth as much as $2.6 billion for Chief Executive Elon Musk on Wednesday in a test of their confidence in the leader of the electric car company.

United States International Relations

U.S. Taking Negotiations ‘One Week at a Time’ on Expiring Iran Deal

The chief American envoy to the Iran nuclear talks is banking on political savvy and Midwestern earnestness to salvage the deal that President Trump wants to scrap.


Apollo CEO sees Ares offering little incentive for stock conversion

BOSTON (Reuters) - Apollo Global Management LLC Chief Executive Leon Black on Wednesday downplayed the possibility that his private equity firm would follow peer Ares Management LP in converting from...


Hollywood actor Michael Sheen takes on Britain's high-cost lenders

LONDON (Reuters) - Hollywood actor Michael Sheen has launched a campaign aimed at tackling high-cost credit in Britain, as a report released on Wednesday surveyed for the first time the impact on people's health and mental wellbeing of such problem debts.

United States Politics and Government

White House Job Requirement: Signing a Nondisclosure Agreement

President Trump insisted on the agreements, but it’s an open secret in the West Wing they can’t be enforced.


BMW to double self-driving car testing fleet despite U.S. fatality

MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW will not change its strategy on autonomous vehicle testing despite the death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving car during tests by ride-hailing firm Uber [UBER.UL], senior executives said on Wednesday.


U.S. set for China tariffs by Friday as trade diplomat says has tools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will likely announce tariffs on Chinese imports by Friday, a source in the administration said, as the top U.S. trade diplomat told lawmakers he had the tools to strike back over Chinese theft of U.S. tech know-how.


What a Federal Reserve rate hike means for U.S. households

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The effects of the expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike on Wednesday will extend beyond corporate America to household budgets.

Nuclear Weapons

Ending Secrecy, Israel Says It Bombed Syrian Reactor in 2007

The destruction of the nuclear plant in 2007 was well known in the rest of the world, but the Israeli news media was banned from reporting on it until now.

See the bomber inside FedEx

Mayor Steve Adler of Austin, Texas, confirms to CNN that police believe the person in newly-released images from surveillance video is responsible for the Texas bombings.


France's Galeries Lafayette turns to art and gourmet food to lure shoppers

PARIS (Reuters) - France's chic department store Galeries Lafayette is betting on an art foundation and an Italian gourmet food hall in Paris to help differentiate its brand from bricks-and-mortar...

Self-driving cars have a pretty solid safety record, despite Uber fatality


Flower power: Chinese artist hails east-west dialogue with petals

LONDON (Reuters) - The sweeping fields of flowers that fill the canvases at Zhuang Hong Yi's new London exhibition are more than just depictions of the natural world - he says they are a dialogue between the cultures that have shaped his work.

Kentucky GOP candidate sorry for suggesting he'd shoot Democratic congressman

A Republican candidate for Kentucky secretary of state has apologized after suggesting he'd like to use US Rep. John Yarmuth as target practice.

America will have to confront its past on torture

Sen. Grassley: Putin is a criminal

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told CNN's Manu Raju that he "wouldn't have a conversation with a criminal," in response to a question about President Trump's congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Narcos producer shows 'mechanism' of Brazil corruption in new series

(Reuters) - A vast corruption investigation in Brazil that has toppled businessmen and lawmakers, haunted two presidencies and captivated the media, debuts as a Netflix series this week, long before anyone can predict how the real-life probe will end.

Palaces and Castles

When a 21st-Century Family Moves Into a 12th-Century Castle

Alice and Alfred Liechtenstein have invited rising stars of the contemporary design world to create an unquestionably modern home.

Woman has total freakout on human slingshot ride

A video showing a Florida State University soccer player's screaming fit on a human slingshot ride has gone viral.


Construction at World Cup stadium in Samara still behind schedule, says FIFA

SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - FIFA warned on Wednesday that a huge amount of work still needs to be done to get the stadium in Samara ready for the World Cup which kicks off on June 14.

Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: The Young Feminist Who Died for My People

Anna Campbell could not stand by as President Assad, Russia, Turkey and the Islamic State waged war on Syrian Kurds.


Markle's wedding ring to follow royal tradition of Welsh gold

BODELWYDDAN, Wales (Reuters) - When Britain's Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle in May he will be following a royal tradition started nearly 100 years ago of using a wedding band of Welsh gold.


Trump on Twitter (March 21): Austin bombing, Mueller

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

Report: EPA administrator Scott Pruitt spent nearly $68,000 for recent travel

The Environmental Protection Agency has handed documents to Congress that show new travel expenses from agency administrator Scott Pruitt, totaling some $68,000 in hotel stays and air travel, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.


Childhood `toxic stress’ leads to parenting challenges later on

Reuters Health - Parents who endured “toxic stress” during childhood may be more likely to have kids with developmental delays and have a harder time coping with their children’s health issues, new research suggests.

12 tax scams you'll want to avoid


Syrian rebels agree to evacuate town in Ghouta: sources

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels will evacuate a besieged town in eastern Ghouta, opposition sources and officials and a military media unit run by the government's ally Hezbollah said on Wednesday, the first such deal in the last rebel bastion near the capital.

6-year-old digs in the dirt and finds a 65 million-year-old fossil

Naomi was bored. A 6-year-old can stay riveted by her older sister's soccer game for only so long.


Doping-Two key points blocking Russian reinstatement, says WADA chief

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Russia's progress towards being declared compliant with international anti-doping standards has become bogged down over two key points, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday.


U.S. budget plan cuts proposed funds for N.Y.-New Jersey tunnel: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deal to fund the U.S. government through the end of September is expected to include less funding than initially proposed for building a new train tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New York City and New Jersey, two people briefed on the talks said.


Identical twins and 'carousels': Russia's fairground election

UST-DJEGUTA, Russia (Reuters) - Ludmila Sklyarevskaya, a Russian hospital administrator, voted on Sunday in an election that gave Vladimir Putin another term as Russia's president.

Soaring drug prices? Here's how to control them

New Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has identified his main priorities. At the top of his list is lowering prescription drug prices.


House Speaker Ryan invites French President Macron to address Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker Paul Ryan has invited French President Emmanuel Macron to address Congress when he visits Washington in April, Ryan's office said on Wednesday.

Giant disco ball is plummeting back to Earth

The party is coming to an end, and much sooner than anticipated.


Strike in northwest Syria kills 20, including 16 children: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An air raid on a rebel-held area of northwestern Syria killed 20 people including 16 children fleeing an earlier strike on a school, rescue workers said on Wednesday.

Male birth control 1 step closer to reality

A male birth control pill that is safe and effective is on the horizon, according to a new study, but CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta said it is probably still several years away.


House lawmaker urges banks to push Senate on further rule-easing: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. House of Representatives member has privately urged banks to push Senate Democrats to agree to further easing of rules in a bid to end a stalemate over the first rewrite of regulations since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, sources said on Tuesday.


Newman concedes in Democratic Illinois congressional primary

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman to win a nationally watched congressional primary in Illinois that pitted a long-serving centrist incumbent against the party's liberal wing.


Insurers' new business: 'active shooter' policies for U.S. schools

(Reuters) - Insurance broker Paul Marshall can count on his phone ringing in the aftermath of a school shooting.

Understanding the Cambridge Analytica controversy

Containers go overboard when cargo ship crashes

A cargo ship crashes into another cargo ship while it was docked, knocking a total of 21 containers overboard.

Why Trump's tax cuts could backfire


Academic behind Facebook breach says political influence was exaggerated

LONDON (Reuters) - The consultancy at the center of a storm over Facebook data greatly exaggerated its role in Donald Trump's 2016 U.S. presidential victory and would not have been able to sway an election result, the academic who provided the data said.

Trump is furious over leak of warning he got about Putin

White House chief of staff John Kelly is furious about the quick leak of a warning to President Donald Trump to not congratulate his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for his re-election, a White House official said.

Police used receipts and internet searches to identify bomber

The clues were in the receipts.


Kremlin condemns British ambassador's decision to skip spy briefing

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a decision by the British ambassador to skip a Russian briefing on the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain showed London was unwilling to listen to Moscow's side of the story.


Texas bombing suspect blows himself up as police close in

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - An unemployed 24-year-old man suspected of a three-week bombing campaign in Texas that killed two people and injured five others blew himself up on the side of a highway as police closed in on him early Wednesday, authorities said.

Bombs and Explosives

Austin Bombing Suspect Blew Himself Up, Police Say

The 24-year-old, who has not been identified, is believed to have been involved in the attacks that left at least two people dead.

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Wolfgang Tillmans Explores the Role of Art in a Post-Truth World

The German photographer, as guest editor of a prestigious annual collection of essays, considers the increasing rejection of facts in political and social discourse.


UPDATE 5-Oil approaches six-week highs as concern grows over Middle East

* Upcoming: EIA U.S. output, inventory data due on Weds (Updates prices)

Ocean plastic predicted to triple within a decade

Without intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world's oceans is expected to triple within a decade, a new UK government report warns.


CANADA STOCKS-Canada's main index edges higher ahead of Fed meeting

TORONTO, March 21 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened lower, before quickly reversing course on Wednesday, led by financials and energy stocks, though investors were on edge ahead of an imminent U.S. interest rate hike.


Wall Street opens flat, tech drags ahead of Fed

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened little changed on Wednesday as traders moved cautiously ahead of an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, while a drop in Facebook Inc's shares on privacy concerns again weighed on the technology sector.


Suicide bomber kills more than 30 near shrine in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up near a shrine in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, as the Afghan capital celebrated the Nawruz holiday marking the start of the Persian new year.


BRIEF-WestJet: TSB Deploys Team Of Investigators At Nanaimo Airport Following Incident Aboard Aircraft



China Southern places $3.6 billion Boeing 737 MAX order for Xiamen Airlines subsidiary

(Reuters) - China Southern Airlines Co Ltd said on Wednesday it had placed an order for 30 Boeing Co 737 MAX narrowbodies for its Xiamen Airlines subsidiary in a deal the plane maker said was worth more than $3.6 billion at list prices.


Scotland's female leaders tell Twitter: Clamp down on online abuse of women

EDINBURGH, March 21 (Reuters) - Scotland's three most powerful female politicians have called on Twitter to do more to stop online abuse and harassment of women.


J.J. Redick, the N.B.A.’s Most Meticulous Player

In his 12th season, Redick painstakingly plans everything from his naps to his shots. It’s helped him steady a 76ers team that is poised to reach the playoffs again.

Key names to know in the data scandal

Facebook is facing tough questions over how data on its users was obtained by a political data firm called Cambridge Analytica, and how the personal details were used.


China intellectual property filings soar, hard to judge if it plays fair -UN

* U.N. says China could take top spot from U.S. in three years


BRIEF-Eleven Biotherapeutics Announces Pricing Of $10.0 Million Offering Priced At-The-Market



UPDATE 7-Texas bombing suspect blows himself up as police close in

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas, March 21 (Reuters) - An unemployed 24-year-old man suspected of a three-week bombing campaign in Texas that killed two people and injured five others blew himself up on the side of a highway as police closed in on him early Wednesday, authorities said.


UPDATE 1-Louis Dreyfus posts profit rise in challenging market

PARIS, March 21 (Reuters) - French commodities trader Louis Dreyfus' reported a rise of almost 4 percent in annual net profit on Wednesday buoyed by higher volumes but cautioned that industry challenges persist.


US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall Street opens flat, tech drags ahead of Fed

March 21 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened little changed on Wednesday as traders moved cautiously ahead of an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, while a drop in Facebook Inc's shares on privacy concerns again weighed on the technology sector.


Deutsche Bank sees $550 million first-quarter headwind from strong euro, funding costs

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A strong euro and higher funding costs have created a 450 million euro ($552.92 million) headwind for Deutsche Bank in the first quarter of the year, the German lender's finance chief said on Wednesday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Criticizes Mueller, Again, as a Former C.I.A. Director Suggests Russia ‘May Have Something’ on the President

John O. Brennan, a former C.I.A. director, speculated that the Russians “may have something on him personally,” referring to Mr. Trump.

Fed expected to raise interest rates at Powell's debut

Trump keeps up attacks on Mueller

President Donald Trump called out special counsel Robert Mueller in a series of typo-ridden tweets Wednesday morning, continuing his recent aggressive attacks on the Russia probe.


Chinese carmaker BYD close to completing battery recycling plant

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD Co will open a battery recycling plant in Shanghai in the second quarter as it looks to reduce raw material costs and help to address battery waste, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.


Do not panic if you cannot pay your tax bill

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)


Hungary's ruling Fidesz holds clear lead as election nears: polls

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party remains the runaway leader in polls less than three weeks before national elections, with right-wing opposition party Jobbik in second place, surveys from Publicus and Zavecz Research showed on Wednesday.


Tencent to invest more in video, payment after profit beats estimates

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings will step up investments in areas such as video, payment and artificial intelligence, it said after reporting better than expected quarterly net profit thanks to a string of successful IPOs.


Germany's Merkel rejects nationwide driving bans for diesel cars

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday the federal government rejects the idea of introducing comprehensive driving bans for diesel vehicles, calling instead for tailored solutions to bring down car emissions in heavily polluted cities.


Dropbox raises IPO price range by $2 on strong demand

(Reuters) - Cloud storage firm Dropbox Inc [DBX.O] raised the price range for its initial public offering by $2 on Wednesday as investors bid strongly for the first big tech IPO this year ahead of final pricing expected on Thursday.


Trump, Saudi leader discuss Houthi 'threat' in Yemen: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi rebel and Iranian activity and the humanitarian crisis, the White House said.


Record U.S. oil offshore lease sale to test Trump energy push

(Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department will hold the largest lease sale in American history in the offshore Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, in a major test of the oil industry’s appetite for federal acreage being offered by the Trump administration.


Designed in California, made in China: how the iPhone skews U.S. trade deficit

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump often tweets from his iPhone about pressuring China to address its $375 billion trade surplus with the United States. But a closer look at the Apple smartphone reveals how the headline figure is distorted.

Women and Girls

Boko Haram Returns Dozens of Schoolgirls Kidnapped in Nigeria

In a surprising turn, militants released most of the students they seized more than a month ago, though several are thought to have died in their hands.


Militants free scores of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls after month in captivity

DAPCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Islamist militants drove scores of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls back into the town where they had been captured a month ago and abruptly set them free on Wednesday.

Opinion: The law is still three steps behind Facebook

In the US and across the world, lawmakers and regulators are demanding answers from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica in the wake of a global scandal centered on the harvesting of the personal data of 50 million users.

What happens if Trump fires Mueller?

When President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973, he failed to drive a stake through the heart of his investigation. Propelled by appointment of a new prosecutor, congressional fortitude and public outrage, the Watergate probe continued.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Wizard of Winter

During the winter season in Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors may be lucky enough to spot elk, coyotes, deer or snowshoe hares.


U.S. spending bill to boost border security, election safeguards: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress' massive federal government spending deal includes additional funding to boost border security, protect the upcoming elections in November and rebuild aging infrastructure, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Wednesday.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Criticizes Trump Administration for Its High Turnover

Kimmel said, “Trump goes through cabinet members like he goes through cheeseburgers and Aqua Net: fast.”