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Even by Trump Standards, a Lot Has Happened This Week. Let Us Catch You Up.

Here are six of the biggest stories driving American politics this week.

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Tariff Battle: Where the U.S. and Chinese Moves May Lead

The two-pronged trade offensive aimed at China, and China’s initial response, may be only the start of a complex, escalating economic battle.


Atlanta ransomware attack throws city services into disarray

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Atlanta cyberattack has caused widespread city-run program outages and raised fears about the security of financial and personal data belonging to government workers, residents and others who have used online services provided by Georgia's capital city, officials said on Friday.


Exclusive: Comoros passport scheme was unlawful, abused by 'mafia' networks - report

NAIROBI/MORONI (Reuters) - A programme to sell Comoros Islands citizenship to fund development resulted in thousands of passports being sold outside official channels via "mafia" networks and up to $100 million of revenues went missing, according to a report by the small Indian Ocean state's parliament.


Trump should insist on Libya-style denuclearization for North Korea: Bolton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said Trump should insist that any meeting he holds with North Korea's leader must be focused squarely on how to eliminate that country's nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible.

Bombs and Explosives

Austin Bomber Had a List of Other Potential Targets

Mark Conditt, the suspect in a series of deadly bombings in Austin, left behind evidence of potential future targets before he killed himself.

United States Politics and Government

U.S. Charges 9 Iranians in Huge Theft of Intellectual Property

The suspects worked at the Mabna Institute, a contractor for the Iranian government, which benefited from the sensitive information obtained in the hacks, officials said.

Traffic Accidents and Safety

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash

Company documents obtained by The New York Times show Uber was becoming more aggressive with its autonomous car research, even as the technology faltered.


Trump should insist on Libya-style denuclearization for N.Korea -Bolton

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) - John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said Trump should insist that any meeting he holds with North Korea's leader must be focused squarely on how to eliminate that country's nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible.


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Boeing set to win American wide-body jet order: sources

PARIS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co is close to winning a keenly fought contest to supply 787 Dreamliner jets to American Airlines , beating European competition from the Airbus A330neo, three people familiar with the matter said.


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Opinion: What stands between Bolton and blowing up the world?

News that John Bolton will be Donald Trump's third national security adviser in 13 months has caused much hand-wringing, wailing and rending of garments among Washington's foreign policy elite. And with some justification: Add Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and you have two ideological hawks who seem to prefer shooting first abroad and asking questions later.


Wall Street nosedives as investors flee on trade war fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street tumbled on Friday with more than 1,000 points knocked off the Dow in two days as investors, increasingly nervous about a potential U.S. trade war with China, shied away from risk ahead of the weekend and sought shelter from further losses.


UPDATE 1-Boeing set to win American wide-body jet order -sources

PARIS/NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) - Boeing Co is close to winning a keenly fought contest to supply 787 Dreamliner jets to American Airlines, beating European competition from the Airbus A330neo, three people familiar with the matter said.

Melania Trump rides solo to Air Force One, again

The day after a CNN interview with a former Playboy model who claims to have had a 10-month affair with her husband, first lady Melania Trump opted to leave President Donald Trump alone for the ride from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base.


Top-quality nursing homes harder to access with mental health issues

(Reuters Health) - Even people with common and often treatable mental health problems like depression and anxiety may have a harder time than patients without these diagnoses getting admitted to a high-quality nursing home, a U.S. study suggests.

Trump used to criticize Bush over the Iraq War. Now he's bringing Bush-era officials back into power.

Fifteen years and a few days after the war began, the Iraq hawks are flying high again -- thanks mostly to President Donald Trump, who has called the invasion a mistake but on Thursday night made one of its leading proponents, John Bolton, his national security adviser.


Justice Department to ban bump stocks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department is proposing rule changes that will effectively ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday.


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EPA decision to pave way for changes in fuel efficiency rules: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration plans to declare by April 1 that the Obama administration's vehicle efficiency rules through 2025 are "not appropriate," two officials briefed on the matter said Friday.


Crime forces Coke Femsa to end operations in Mexican town

MEXICO CITY, March 23 (Reuters) - Mexico's Coca-Cola Femsa , the world's largest Coke bottler, said on Friday it had decided to indefinitely shut down operations in a town in southwestern Mexico after being crippled by violence and organized crime.


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U.S. EPA decision to pave way for changes in fuel efficiency rules-sources

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration plans to declare by April 1 that the Obama administration's vehicle efficiency rules through 2025 are "not appropriate," two officials briefed on the matter said Friday.


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United States Politics and Government

Justice Dept. Proposes Banning Bump Stocks, Setting Aside Its Own Recommendations

The moves come amid rising public pressure on the Trump administration to find ways to limit gun violence after a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.


Rolls-Royce says Trent 7000 engines not affected by turbine blade issues

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce said its Trent 7000 engines which power the Airbus A330neo jet are not affected by the issues with the Trent 1000 engine, some of which have needed unscheduled maintenance as the turbine blades have worn out more quickly than expected.


Djokovic ousted, but Cilic moves on in Miami

(Reuters) - Six-time champion Novak Djokovic's hopes of turning around his season at the Miami Open ended in the second round when he was defeated 6-3 6-4 by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Friday.

Analysis: The 26 oddest lines from Trump's spending bill signing

After threatening a veto via Twitter on Friday morning, President Donald Trump -- flanked by several of his favorite (for now) Cabinet secretaries -- announced he had signed the $1.3 trillion budget bill that will keep the government funded and open through September.

Defense and Military Forces

For the U.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That’s Freezing Over

In advanced industries like chip development, the rivals are vying for dominance in a fight that is as much about national security as economic might.

Many congressional Democrats plan to join 'March for Our Lives'

Many of the Democrats who've been urging stricter gun control legislation will join throngs of students Saturday as they gather in Washington and elsewhere for the "March for Our Lives" demonstration.


Serbia expelled from handball event for cancelling Kosovo match

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Preparations for a historic handball match between political adversaries Serbia and Kosovo ended in chaos on Friday with the expulsion of the host nation after it canceled the fixture over security concerns.

The real reasons Congress can't act on guns or immigration

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin has spent the last six months attempting to do the impossible: find a solution inside the US Capitol to an immigration quagmire.


Obesity, overweight tied to shorter life, more years with heart disease

(Reuters Health) - Obese people have shorter lives and even those who are just overweight spend more years living with heart disease than individuals who are a healthy weight, a U.S. study suggests.

Opinion: How the NRA went crazy

"Steady and relax," I whispered as my cheek fused to the stock of my .22-caliber rifle, waiting for the shot to break and launch a round at 1,800 feet per second toward the paper target downrange.


Islamist gunman attacks French supermarket, kills three

TREBES, France (Reuters) - A gunman killed three people in southwestern France on Friday as he held up a car, fired on police and seized hostages in a supermarket, screaming "Allahu Akbar" before security forces stormed the building and killed him, authorities said.

Vacationing Iowa family found dead in Mexico

An Iowa family vacationing in Mexico was found dead Friday inside their condominium, according to police.


Italy's Berlusconi accuses League ally of betrayal over Senate job

ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party on Friday accused the far-right League of breaking ranks with its conservative ally during a vote to select the speaker of the Senate.


More hedge funds closed than started globally in 2017

BOSTON (Reuters) - More hedge funds closed their doors than opened up in 2017, according to global research released on Friday, but the pace of liquidations slowed as the industry attracted fresh...

United States Politics and Government

After Another Week of Chaos, Trump Heads to Palm Beach. No One Knows What Comes Next.

President Trump prepared to leave the White House for Florida after a head-spinning series of moves on national security, trade, the budget and with his legal team.


McIlroy thrashed by Harman, eliminated from Match Play

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has been eliminated from the WGC-Dell Match Play after being comfortably defeated 5&3 by diminutive giant killer Brian Harman on Friday.


Advocates praise U.S. federal flood insurance funding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Advocates who have been pushing for renewal of the U.S. federal flood insurance programs in the wake of last year's devastating hurricanes and floods praised Congress for extending the program through July 31.

'Pacific Rim Uprising' is a monster mashup

Guillermo del Toro just won an Oscar for "The Shape of Water," which will likely make "Pacific Rim" recede even further down his resume. But the director's 2013 movie about giant alien invaders versus Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em robots fared well enough internationally to warrant an encore, so enter "Pacific Rim Uprising," a monster mashup of movies past with a notable demographic tilt toward the "Power Rangers" demo.


Republican lawmaker seeks Trump Cabinet secretary's pricey door fix details

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of a government oversight panel in Congress asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke this week to provide details on a contract to replace doors in his office that initially ran to $139,000, one of several inquiries by lawmakers of spending by Trump administration officials.

She built a $2M company while raising 14 kids

Dow loses 1,100 pts. in two days on fears of trade war


Dropbox shares close up 35 percent in biggest tech debut since Snap

(Reuters) - Dropbox Inc's shares closed at $28.42, up more than 35 percent in their first day of trading on Friday, as investors rushed to buy into the biggest technology initial public offering in more than a year even as the wider sector languished.


Family disputes police account in shooting of unarmed California black man

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - The family of an unarmed black man shot to death by police officers in the backyard of his grandparent's house in Sacramento, California, disputes the police account that he had earlier been breaking windows, the family's attorney said on Friday.


U.S. asks China not to implement ban on foreign garbage

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States asked China on Friday not to implement a ban on imports of scrap materials, after the world's top scrap buyer abruptly shut the door to many types of waste, throwing the global recycling industry into turmoil.


Arctic Ocean ice near record low for winter, boost for shipping

OSLO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Winter sea ice on the Arctic Ocean covered the second smallest area on record this year, part of a thaw that is opening the region to shipping and oil exploration and may be disrupting weather far to the south, scientists said on Friday.

United States International Relations

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: When Republicans Rejected John Bolton

He was feared for twisting intelligence to back his bellicosity and for trying to remove anyone who objected.


FCC chief cites concerns on spy threats from Chinese telecoms firms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he shares the concerns of U.S. lawmakers about espionage threats from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co and plans to take "proactive steps" to ensure the integrity of the U.S. communications supply chain.

DiGenova role on President's legal team in flux

Veteran Washington attorney Joseph diGenova's role as part of President Donald Trump's legal team is still in question, according to two sources familiar with the matter.


New Trump lawyer in Russia probe yet to be hired

(Reuters) - A Washington lawyer and Fox News guest who was expected to join U.S. President Donald Trump's legal team this week in the special counsel's Russia probe has yet to be retained, another of Trump's lawyers said on Friday.


Virginia man threatens U.S. congressman's life after venting about marijuana

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia man was arrested on Friday, after a discussion about marijuana policy in the district office of U.S. Representative Scott Taylor devolved into violent threats, the U.S. Justice Department said.


Qualcomm re-elects board of directors with tepid support

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc re-elected its board of directors on Friday with weak support from shareholders, who grilled the U.S. chipmaker over its strategy following its successful defense against a $117-billion hostile bid from Broadcom Ltd .

6-year-old's weather report goes viral

A 6-year-old from Tennessee enlisted his father to help him produce a weather report for a school assignment.


Car bomb rips through crowd at Afghan wrestling match

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more who had gathered to watch a wrestling match in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said.


Losing sleep might make it harder to lose body fat

(Reuters Health) - Even when cutting calories helps people lose weight, they may have a harder time getting rid of excess body fat if they don’t get enough sleep, a small experiment suggests.


Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein sees 9 percent pay hike in 2017

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein saw his overall compensation rise 9 percent, despite the investment bank's lackluster performance in 2017.

President's doctor is getting promoted

Dr. Ronny Jackson, the presidential physician who has served under three presidents, has been nominated for a promotion.


FDA moves to limit ingredients for bulk drug compounding

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday took steps to restrict what pharmaceutical ingredients large compounding pharmacies can use to manufacture drugs in bulk that do not go through the agency's approval processes.


Musk deletes Facebook pages of Tesla, SpaceX after challenged on Twitter

(Reuters) - Verified Facebook pages of Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX and electric carmaker Tesla Inc disappeared on Friday, minutes after the Silicon Valley billionaire promised on Twitter to take down the pages when challenged by users.


Ibrahimovic looks set to shine in city of stars

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It was fitting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a player with near-limitless self confidence, would announce his arrival in a city packed with movie stars and big egos with a full-page newspaper advert proclaiming: "Dear Los Angeles, You're welcome."


Who's your friend? Wistful EU embraces May before Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - With Brexit a year away, European Union leaders made a point on Friday of embracing Theresa May, with some treating her troubles with Russia and the United States as an opportunity to show Britain who its friends are.


Trump says will sue drug companies over opioids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will be suing some drug companies as part of its fight against the opioid drug crisis, without giving more detail.


Homer's Odyssey gets modern art treatment at London exhibition

LONDON (Reuters) - Contemporary artists have drawn upon everything from comic books to Campbell's soup cans for inspiration in recent years, but New York artist Scooter LaForge has drawn his from an altogether grander source, with a new exhibition based on Homer's classic poem "The Odyssey."


Nicholas Kristof: ‘Conflict Is More Profitable Than Peace’

Perhaps the most devastating blow anyone can suffer is to lose a child. In the Central African Republic it happens all the time. Welcome to the world's most neglected crisis.


U.S. lawmakers formally ask Facebook CEO to testify on user data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Friday formally asked Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg to explain at a congressional hearing how 50 million users' data got into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.


Qualcomm narrowly re-elects 10 directors to board: source

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc shareholders on Friday re-elected 10 directors to the mobile chipmaker's board with tepid support in the wake of an extraordinary turn of events that left shareholders with no other choices and at least one advisory firm urging a protest vote.

Trump: 'We had no choice but to fund our military'


Automakers launch online tool to look up car recall

March 23 (Reuters) - Automakers have launched an online tool that will allow U.S. car owners, insurers and regulators search for open recalls, an auto trade group said on Friday.


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The President says he had to sign the $1.3 trillion bill for national security reasons but says there's a lot in it he's unhappy with

President Donald Trump will sign the $1.3 trillion spending bill he previously threatened to veto, two sources tell CNN.


Trump signs budget deal after raising government shutdown threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill on Friday, ending suspense over a surprising threat he made hours earlier to veto the budget and shut down the federal government.


UPDATE 1-U.S. drillers add oil rigs for 2nd consecutive week -Baker Hughes

(Adds Permian rigs, Good Friday holiday schedule) March 23 (Reuters) - U.S. energy companies added oil rigs this week for a second week in a row, data showed on Friday, as drillers followed through on plans to boost spending, encouraged by crude prices rising toward their highest in nearly three years. Drillers added four oil rigs in the week to March 23, bringing the total count to 804, the highest since March 2015, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in


Tiger Global to buy $50 million worth of Wealthfront stock: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. investment firm Tiger Global Management is in the process of buying $50 million worth of shares of online asset management startup Wealthfront, a source familiar with deal...

Trump: I'll never sign a bill like this again

President Trump says he signed the spending bill but also criticizes part of the bill and Democrats.

Parents need to be watchful as flu season ends

The flu season may be winding down, but parents of young children have reason to remain watchful.


UPDATE 5-Qualcomm narrowly re-elects 10 directors to board -source

March 23 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc shareholders on Friday re-elected 10 directors to the mobile chipmaker's board with tepid support in the wake of an extraordinary turn of events that left shareholders with no other choices and at least one advisory firm urging a protest vote.

US-S. Korea trade deal is close

President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States is close to striking a trade deal with South Korea, an achievement that would mark an end to the free trade agreement between the two countries.


Wall St. struggles to shake off trade war fears, tech gloom

(Reuters) - Wall Street on Friday struggled to shake off fears of a global trade war after the United States moved to slap tariffs on China and as technology stocks took another hit with Micron's results weighing on chipmakers, though oil prices gave some succor.


Parkland students scarred, determined after lives changed forever

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Madeline Gaffney, Diego Pfeiffer and Kayla Sanseverino were normal teens focused on homework and college applications before last month's mass shooting catapulted them into the U.S. debate on gun rights.


Tiger Global to buy $50 mln worth of Wealthfront stock -source

NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) - U.S. investment firm Tiger Global Management is in the process of buying $50 million worth of shares of online asset management startup Wealthfront, a source familiar with deal said on Friday.


US STOCKS-Wall St struggles to shake off trade war fears, tech gloom

* Indexes down: Dow 0.21 pct, S&P 0.45 pct, Nasdaq 0.71 pct (Updates to early afternoon)


Europeans promise more steps against Russia over UK spy attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states agreed at a summit on Friday to take additional punitive measures against Russia for a nerve agent attack in Britain, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it.


UK's Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan delight crowds in Belfast

BELFAST (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry took his American fiancee Meghan Markle to Northern Ireland on Friday where they were met by screams of delight as the couple ended their tour of the United...


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UPDATE 9-Oil rises as Saudi backs extending output cuts into 2019

* Brent to hit $75/bbl by Q3 on strong demand -Morgan Stanley


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Assault victim can sue UCLA for failing to protect her: California court

(Reuters) - A former student who was stabbed by a classmate can sue the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for failing to protect her from the assailant who had been treated for mental illness and barred from campus housing because of a prior physical altercation, California's top court ruled on Thursday.


Svitolina ends Osaka's run to reach third round in Miami

(Reuters) - Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina ended Naomi Osaka's remarkable recent run with a 6-4 6-2 triumph over the Indian Wells champion in the second round of the Miami Open on Friday.


Canada calls end to trade case positive for 'longstanding' Boeing ties

MONTREAL, OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Friday welcomed as a "positive development" in its long ties with Boeing a decision by the U.S. planemaker to end a trade dispute over sales of Bombardier CSeries jets in the United States.


Three die in French shooting and hostage-taking, attacker killed

TREBES, France (Reuters) - Three people were killed in southwestern France on Friday when a gunman held up a car, opened fire on police and then took hostages in a supermarket, screaming "Allahu Akbar".


Syrian army celebrates as rebels quit most of their Ghouta stronghold

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels agreed to surrender a second besieged enclave in eastern Ghouta on Friday as their comrades in another insurgent pocket in the area continued their withdrawal after a month-long assault by the army.


Spotify says about two million users blocked ads without paying

(Reuters) - Spotify Technology SA said on Friday it uncovered 2 million users of its free service who had blocked advertising without paying, highlighting a potential revenue risk for the soon-to-be public company.


UPDATE 2-Congo rejects mining industry proposal to soften new law

* Miners proposed paying more to produce if exemptions maintained


Cycling: Cavendish ruled out of Commonwealth Games

LONDON (Reuters) - Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games to recover from injuries he sustained in a horrific crash at last week's Milan-San Remo race, his team announced on Friday.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Zell Miller, Feisty Democrat Who Sided With G.O.P., Is Dead at 86

Mr. Miller rose to governor of Georgia, then filled a Senate seat, where he showed his independence with a tart convention speech backing George W. Bush.


SpaceX Facebook page down after Musk promises on Twitter

(Reuters) - Rocket company SpaceX's verified Facebook page disappeared on Friday, minutes after its founder and Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk promised on Twitter to take down the page when challenged by a user.

Is the return of government gun research near?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be back in the gun violence research business.


U.S. charges, sanctions Iranians for global cyber attacks on behalf of Tehran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday charged and sanctioned nine Iranians and an Iranian company for attempting to hack into hundreds of universities worldwide, dozens of companies and parts of the U.S. government, including its main energy regulator, on behalf of Tehran's government.


South Africa's Ramaphosa changes Zuma rule on influence-peddling inquiry

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa has changed a rule that said evidence produced at a judicial inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling signed by his predecessor Jacob Zuma could not be used in a criminal case.


Dropbox shares surge in biggest tech debut since Snap

(Reuters) - Dropbox Inc's shares soared by as much as 50 percent in their first day of trading on Friday as investors rushed to buy into the biggest technology initial public offering in more than a year even as the wider tech sector languished.


May welcomes Brexit transition, trade talks loom

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the approval by European Union leaders on Friday of a transition period to help business adapt after Brexit, telling the bloc to ride the "new dynamic" in upcoming trade talks.


Thousands join 'Black Friday' marches against Polish abortion restrictions

WARSAW (Reuters) - Thousands of Poles dressed in black protested across the country on Friday against an attempt by the ruling conservatives and the powerful Catholic Church to ban most abortions.


Success for Uber’s direct loan despite driverless fatality

NEW YORK (LPC) - Uber Technologies’ self-arranged term loan B was increased to US$1.5bn, justifying the taxi app company’s unconventional approach to raising the loan and succeeding despite news that one of the company’s self-driving cars had killed a pedestrian.


Spotify to list shares in direct offering

(Reuters) - Streaming music leader Spotify Technology SA on Tuesday filed for a direct listing of its shares.

Man killed by Sacramento police was turning his life around, brother says

Stevante Clark says his 22-year-old brother was a devoted father who had recently changed his life, and he wasn't a thief.


A Word With: Burt Reynolds Has Made Mistakes. But He Regrets Nothing.

Mr. Reynolds, still a “rascal” at 82, talks about his latest film, “The Last Movie Star,” loosely based on his own life, and his action-star heyday.


Bank of America pays $42 million fine in New York 'masking' probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp will pay a $42 million fine and admitted wrongdoing to settle claims by New York's attorney general that it fraudulently routed clients' stock trades to outside firms, including one run by swindler Bernard Madoff.

Elon Musk deletes Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX

Elon Musk just nonchalantly erased Tesla and SpaceX from the world's most popular social media platform.


Britain's Tinkler to miss Commonwealth Games with ankle injury

(Reuters) - Britain's Olympic medal-winning gymnast Amy Tinkler will miss next month's Commonwealth Games in Australia after tearing ankle ligaments during a warm-up routine at the Gymnastics World Cup in Birmingham on Thursday.


McCain presses Trump CIA nominee over her record on interrogations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain on Friday pressed President Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, for information about her ties to the agency's past use of harsh interrogation techniques, underscoring challenges she faces winning confirmation.


Afghan suicide bomber kills at least 10 at wrestling match

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A car bomb in the southern Afghan province of Helmand killed at least 10 people and wounded 35 who had gathered on Friday for a wrestling match, officials said.


China's Huawei Technologies reshuffles board for first time since 2012

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] said it has elected a new board in its first reshuffle since 2012, shedding some light on the company's succession plans following speculation about the retirement of founder Ren Zhengfei.

Opinion: Playboy model shows more honesty than Trump

In this, the era of Trump, it is no surprise that the former Playboy model who told of an affair with the man who became president has shown herself to be more honest, empathetic, courageous, and decent than the President of the United States.

Bush-era diplomat: You should be scared, very scared

A high-ranking official from former President George W. Bush's State Department shared a dire assessment of the current geopolitical state of affairs, calling it "the most perilous moment in modern American history."


Girl shot at Maryland high school dies from wound

(Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl shot in the head by a fellow student at a Maryland high school has died, raising the death toll from the latest U.S. school shooting to two, including the shooter, authorities said on Friday.

Clooney hails Parkland survivors for making him 'proud' of the US again

George Clooney wrote an open letter to the survivors of the Parkland school shooting, praising them for making him "proud of his country again."

Analysis: 9 takeaways from Karen McDougal's interview

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal dropped several bombshell allegations in her sit-down with Anderson Cooper to discuss -- for the first time on TV -- her alleged 10-month affair with Donald Trump before he became President.

Parkland students press for gun control ahead of Saturday's march

A day ahead of March for Our Lives, the South Florida school shooting survivors leading the gun control demonstration made their presence felt Friday in Washington, pressing lawmakers for their cause and asking why more restrictions weren't already passed.

US thwarts Iranian hacking scheme

The Trump administration alleged Friday that Iranian government-linked hackers broke into the accounts of roughly 8,000 professors at hundreds of US and foreign universities, as well as private companies and government entities, to steal massive amounts of data and intellectual property.

This mom's tweet helped 500 students find free housing for March for Our Lives

It's in a mother's nature to help her children, but one group of moms is doing what it can to help students across the nation.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Opinion: 20 Years After the Shooting on the Playground

It was jarring to find a group of survivors — my former classmates — as divided as our country.


Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near disputed South China Sea island, officials say

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

‘Something About Parkland Has Been Different’: Survivors From 20 Years of Mass Shootings Speak

We spoke to survivors of mass shootings and others affected by them about the demonstrations planned for Saturday.

Addiction (Psychology)

Opinion: Quitting Heroin in the Sunshine State

They call it the South Florida Shuffle: from detox to rehab to detox again, from Tampa to Boca Raton to Delray Beach.

Blockbuster Video founder dies


Abbott's Alere resolves U.S. diagnostic device probe for $33.2 million

BOSTON (Reuters) - Alere Inc has agreed to pay $33.2 million to resolve claims it knowingly sold unreliable diagnostic testing devices to hospitals prior to its acquisition by Abbott Laboratories last year, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.


In anti-drug Sweden, investors take shine to cannabis stocks

STOCKHOLM(Reuters) - Growing numbers of Swedish investors are getting a buzz from trading in listed marijuana stocks even though the country has some of Europe's most restrictive drug laws.

Dropbox pops in Wall Street debut


Buckets of rocks are Pennsylvania schools' last defense against shooters

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A rural Pennsylvania school district has equipped all 200 of its classrooms with buckets of rocks that students and teachers could use as a "last line of defense" in the event of a school shooting, the district's superintendent said on Friday.


Costly menopause vaginal treatments no better than placebo

(Reuters Health) - For women bothered by vaginal symptoms after menopause, prescription local estrogen treatments and expensive specialty lubricants may provide relief, but no more so than a dummy drug, researchers say.

Rare look at latest F-35 jet

CNN's Ivan Watson reports aboard the USS Wasp and gets a look at the new F-35 Lightning jet in action.


American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter

A large scale federal survey has documented the continuing rise in severe obesity, which increases the risks for heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.


Carrefour calls on Google for voice boost in battle with Amazon

PARIS (Reuters) - Carrefour said it has joined forces with Google to create an online voice assistant called "Lea" as part of the French retailer's digital expansion.


Car in U.S. Air Force base crash was loaded with propane tanks: media

(Reuters) - The car that erupted in flames on Wednesday after running through the gate at a U.S. Air Force base in northern California was loaded with propane tanks that the driver deliberately ignited, media outlets reported, citing law enforcement officials.


Britain blocks plans for new coal mine on climate grounds

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has rejected plans for a new open cast coal mine in northeastern England, as it could hamper efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change, the minister for local government said on Friday.

Bergen: The White House is losing a real warrior

The departure of Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster from the White House removes one of the most capable public servants in the Trump administration, a war hero in both US wars in Iraq whose doctorate became "Dereliction of Duty," an influential best-seller that excoriated the generals who waged the Vietnam War for not providing President Lyndon B. Johnson with unvarnished military advice.

Bill Hader aims higher with HBO's 'Barry'

"Barry" invites comparisons to "Get Shorty," focusing as it does on a hit man who's suddenly and somewhat inexplicably bitten by the acting bug. But this HBO series from Bill Hader and "Silicon Valley's" Alec Berg turns into something more interesting, a bittersweet dramedy that's uncomfortably funny and simultaneously dark and tense.

Rap and Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop With an Irish Lilt

The first rap acts in Ireland emerged in the early 1990s. But it has taken until now for the music and the culture to start flourishing.

Craigslist shuts down its personals section

3 ways to lower your taxes


Funds ask Aviva to make clear preference shares are irredeemable

LONDON (Reuters) - Six large institutional investors said on Friday that Aviva's decision to drop plans to cancel its preference shares addressed most of their concerns, but added issuers of...


Force India Formula One team rule out name change this year

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Force India will not be changing their name this season despite having a new one in mind, the Formula One team said at the opening Australian Grand Prix.

What is the March for Our Lives?

Survivors of last month's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are preparing to take their fight for stricter gun control laws to Washington.


Three killed in France in shooting, supermarket hostage-taking

TREBES, France (Reuters) - Three people were killed in southwestern France on Friday when a gunman held up a car, opened fire on police and then took hostages in a supermarket, screaming "Allahu Akbar".


BRIEF-Net1’s CPS To Challenge High Court’s Order Regarding SASSA Implementation Cost Recovery



Gunman in Trèbes, France, Opens Fire and Takes Hostages

The assailant at a Super U market in the southwest of the country claimed to be acting on behalf of the Islamic State, although his connection to the militant group was unclear.


Special Report: Private equity star's picks shine, until cash-out time

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian financier Newton Glassman has long told his private equity firm’s clients that his big bet on casinos would yield a financial jackpot.


BRIEF-Colorado Resources Says‍ Carl Hering Has Resigned As Director Of Co​

* COLORADO RESOURCES LTD - ‍ CARL HERING HAS RESIGNED AS A DIRECTOR OF COMPANY​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Long Blockchain Announces Minority Investment in TSLC



BRIEF-TRACON Pharmaceuticals Announces $38.7 Million Private Placement



BRIEF-ACM Research Awarded Major Orders Totaling $8.7 Million


'Isle of Dogs' scratches quirky itch

Director Wes Anderson makes his second foray into stop-motion animation with "Isle of Dogs," a movie filled with enough competing influences to resemble a dog's breakfast, yet which contains so many pleasing elements as to overcome its somewhat scattershot narrative.


BRIEF-Plug Power Inc. Announces Pricing Of Offering Of $100 Million Of Convertible Senior Notes


John Bolton, Stocks, France: Your Friday Briefing

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

Facebook has gotten too big for Zuckerberg


CORRECTED-Brazil struggles with effort to privatize Eletrobras -congressman

BRASILIA, March 21 (Reuters) - Brazil's government "has not given up, but lacks focus" in its bid to privatize state-controlled power holding company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, the lawmaker tasked with getting the privatization bill through Congress said on Wednesday.


Mexico regulator decides in Televisa's favor on pay TV question -company

MEXICO CITY, March 23 (Reuters) - Mexican broadcaster Televisa said on Friday that the country's telecommunications regulator has reversed an earlier decision and determined that it lacks evidence to find that the company has "substantial power" in the market for pay TV.


End to Boeing trade case good news for aerospace: Bombardier

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Boeing Co's decision to end its trade case over the sale of Bombardier CSeries jets to U.S. carriers is good news for the aerospace industry and the public, the Canadian plane and train maker said on Friday.


Europeans to take new steps against Russia over UK spy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states agreed at a summit in Brussels to take further punitive steps against Russia in the coming days for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it.

Vetoes (US)

Trump Says He May Veto Spending Bill, Risking Government Shutdown

The president complains the spending bill fails to address immigration issues and the border wall. A presidential veto could shut down the government.


U.S. showcases stealth fighter training on amphibious carrier

ABOARD USS WASP, Philippine Sea (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Friday launched vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) F-35Bs from the deck of the USS Wasp amphibious carrier in the waters around Okinawa in its first show of stealth aircraft force at sea.


UPDATE 7-Oil rises on Saudi talk of extending output cuts into 2019

* Brent to hit $75 by Q3 on strong demand -Morgan Stanley (Updates prices)


Dropbox heads for trading debut after upsized IPO pricing

(Reuters) - Having topped expectations with the upsized price of its initial public offering, Dropbox Inc on Friday faces its next big challenge: a successful launch of trading when global stock markets are on the defensive and tech shares are particularly soft.


Boeing loses case against Denmark over fighter jet purchase

COPENHAGEN, March 23 (Reuters) - Boeing lost a lawsuit against Denmark on Friday which related to the Danish government's decision to buy Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II combat jets in preference to Boeing's F/A 18 Super Hornets.

Washington (DC)

Bolton Was Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Data

The political action committee founded by John Bolton hired Cambridge Analytica specifically to develop psychological profiles of voters — and it knew the firm was using Facebook data.


'Zionist hawk', 'stalwart friend': strong words greet Bolton nomination

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's choice of John Bolton as national security adviser provoked strong reactions worldwide on Friday - and few stronger than in the bitterly-divided Middle East.

International Trade and World Market

Wall St. Opens Higher Amid Fears of U.S.-China Trade War

Markets in Asia and Europe fell, with Japan’s main index losing 4.5 percent, as global investors feared getting in the crossfire of a U.S.-China trade war.

3 firefighters killed in two different fires

Three firefighters died Thursday while battling two different blazes in Pennsylvania and New York.


Nike, Facebook lead Wall Street higher at the open

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Friday, helped by gains in Nike and Facebook , after steep losses a day earlier on fears of a global trade war after the United States slapped tariffs on Chinese imports.

2 dead in France supermarket hostage-taking

Police in the southern French town of Trebes are responding to an "ISIS-inspired" incident at a supermarket, according to CNN affiliate BFM TV, citing a local prosecutor.


Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising government shutdown risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprising threat to veto Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill, a move that raised the specter of a possible government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline to keep federal agencies open.


Trump on Twitter (March 23): DACA, Omnibus spending bill

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


PM May welcomes confirmed EU Brexit transition offer

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the approval by European Union leaders on Friday of a transition period to help business adapt after Brexit, telling the bloc to ride the "new dynamic" in upcoming trade talks.


EMA panel for conditional OK to Clovis's ovarian cancer drug

(Reuters) - A panel of European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting conditional marketing approval to Clovis Oncology's drug for ovarian cancer, citing anti-tumour activity.

President threatens to reject plan passed by Congress over a lack of a DACA fix and money for a border wall

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress just after midnight, citing concerns the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Conway: 'Get with the program or get out'

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway's warning to those who want to work in the White House is simple: "Get with the program or get out."

Analysis: This White House just keeps not telling the truth

Seven days before national security adviser H.R. McMaster "resigned," President Donald Trump insisted that reports that McMaster was on his way out as part of a broader staff shakeup were totally and completely wrong.

Trump: I'm considering vetoing spending bill

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress just after midnight, citing concerns on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


Spotify says about two million users suppressing ads without paying

(Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify Technology SA [SPOT.N] said on Friday about 2 million of its non-paying users were suppressing advertisements, highlighting a potential revenue risk for the soon-to-be public company.


Ukraine's Savchenko goes on hunger strike over detention

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko began a hunger strike on Friday to protest her detention on charges of planning a coup against the government, less than two years after being welcomed home as a national hero.


Syrian rebels, Russians to negotiate end to Ghouta suffering-rebel group

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian rebel group in one besieged eastern Ghouta pocket said on Friday it would try to negotiate an end to an army assault there, while insurgents in another nearby enclave withdrew.

Fires and Firefighters

Firefighter Dies Responding to Blaze at a Harlem Film Set

Two other firefighters were injured in the five-alarm fire at the site of a former jazz club, which was being used for the film “Motherless Brooklyn.”


EMA panel recommends against Portola's clot prevention drug

(Reuters) - A panel of European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended against granting marketing approval to Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc's oral blood thinner, saying the benefits of the drug did not outweigh risks.


Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) - Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday.


Say it in words: love letters a specialty for Italian ghostwriter

ROME (Reuters) - Domitilla Stefanini first wrote a letter to her husband declaring her love 18 years ago. Now she is writing another love letter to him, but this time she has enlisted the help of...

Royal invitations embossed in gold

Kensington Palace says invitations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding are in the mail.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: John Bolton Has ‘No Moderating Tendencies’

Welcome to the new Trump team — not the same as the old team.


Beijing top performer as Chinese cities cut Oct-Feb pollution levels

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing achieved the biggest reduction in average pollution levels among 28 cities in northern China over October-February, in a sign that winter curbs on industry significantly improved air quality in the capital, official data showed on Friday.


Pfizer's quit-smoking Chantix fails study in adolescent smokers

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Friday its study to test safety and effectiveness of its anti-smoking treatment Chantix in adolescent smokers failed to meet the main goal.


Sarkozy vows to vanquish 'Gaddafi gang', fights barring order

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy will challenge a barring order that forbids him from meeting key accusers and allies or traveling to countries such as Libya pending a judicial investigation into allegations that Muammar Gaddafi bankrolled his 2007 election campaign.


Spain to try Catalan separatist leaders for rebellion

MADRID (Reuters) - Twenty-five Catalan leaders will be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state, Spain's Supreme Court ruled on Friday, in a sharp escalation of legal action against separatists in the northeastern region.

Kellyanne Conway chimes in on Biden-Trump feud

Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, discusses distractions at the White House.

Bolton, John R

Editorial: Yes, John Bolton Really Is That Dangerous

There are few people more likely to lead the country into war, in more than one place.

A super hero soars to rebuild Puerto Rico

A new heroine is flying alongside Wonder Woman and Superman to pull Puerto Rico through hurricane Maria's aftermath.


Ireland chooses investment firms to manage Apple cash

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland on Friday chose Amundi , BlackRock Investment Management , and Goldman Sachs Asset Management to manage up to 15 billion euros ($18.5 billion) in disputed taxes Brussels has ordered it to collect from Apple.