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Detroit man deported to Mexico after 30 years in US

Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old landscaper and father of two who has lived in the United States for 30 years, said a painful goodbye to his family at the Detroit Metro Airport early Monday morning.


EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso rises on NAFTA hopes

(Updates prices) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso rose to a more than five-week high on Monday on hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump may soften his stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after negotiations hit a bumpy patch last week. Renewed worries that Trump would scrap NAFTA had weighed on the peso last week. The talks between the United States, Mexico and Canada are edging closer to the start of campaigning for Mexico's J

Flake: GOP should stand up to Trump's Stalin-like attacks on media

GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona plans to deliver a speech comparing President Donald Trump's attacks on the press as reminiscent of Joseph Stalin, and said Monday that his colleagues should join him in speaking out.


Drugmaker Dermapharm gears up for likely first German IPO of 2018

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Dermapharm is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO), probably stealing a march on much larger Siemens' healthcare unit Healthineers as the first stock market flotation in Germany this year.

ICE pledges immigration crackdown on businesses. Here's what it looks like


Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There's not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There's an iridescent dinosaur.

Colleges and Universities

On Campus: It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry

Half of all college students struggle with food insecurity, which is closely linked to lower graduation rates.

Bitcoin (Currency)

Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not

The revolution will be ushered in by young guys who are also cryptocurrency millionaires. Oh wait, they may be broke already.

What it was like to get a missile alert in Hawaii

I could tell something was wrong the moment my wife stepped into our hotel room.

Hawaii congresswoman: You'd be angry like me

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) says Hawaiians got a "taste of stark reality" when they received a false missile alert.

Labor and Jobs

In a Tight Labor Market, Even Inmates Are Landing Jobs

A shortage of candidates is providing opportunities to people long shunned by employers and is forcing recruiters to consider new approaches to hiring.

Offshore Drilling and Exploration

Op-Ed Columnist: So It’s One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out …

Next year, we’ll drill for oil in Norway.

Landslides and Mudslides

What the Aftermath of a Deadly Mudslide Looks Like

At least 17 people have been killed, and search and rescue workers are hunting for the more than 40 still missing.

Ram pickup plant moving to Michigan from from Mexico


Horrible carriage, unwieldy crowns: Queen Elizabeth's candid views of coronation and royal jewels

LONDON (Reuters) - Speaking for the first time about her coronation 65 years ago, Britain's Queen Elizabeth has revealed how uncomfortable riding in her golden carriage to the ceremony was and how...

President reportedly suggests US get more people from countries like Norway

President Donald Trump expressed frustration behind closed doors with people coming to the US from "shithole countries," The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Trump: I'll use NAFTA talks to make Mexico pay for the wall

President Donald Trump signaled Thursday that he is willing, if necessary, to use the NAFTA negotiations to make good on his promise for that Mexico will pay for a border wall.

90% of wage earners will likely see higher take-home pay, Treasury says


Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida.

Jewels stolen from Paris' Ritz likely found -- in a bag at the scene

Oh look, what's this?


Trilobites: You Won’t Like This News About Bedbugs, Ticks and the ‘Bomb Cyclone’

As the cold spell that froze much of the United States thaws, don’t count on it to limit the populations of pests that you don’t like.


The Analytics Guy Failed to Compute One Thing: How to Be Accepted in Mexico

A Mexican baseball team brought in an analytics expert. But in a clash of tradition and modernity, a manager ended up fired and the data is now hardly used.


CES 2018: What the Gadget Fest Looks Like in ‘the Year of A.I.’

Thousands of electronics enthusiasts flooded the trade show to see the latest devices, but the darling of the event was the artificial intelligence software that helps these products run.

Opinion: What the leadership of Germany's Merkel will look like without Merkelism

Amid all of the uncertainty of Germany's laborious search for a new government, the one certainty is that, in the end, Angela Merkel will be Chancellor again.


Bill Gross of Janus: 'Bonds, like men, are in a bear market'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire bond veteran Bill Gross of Janus Henderson said on Thursday that the U.S. Treasury market has begun a bear market, though "not a dangerous one" for investors.

Anorexia Nervosa

Voices: When Anorexics Grow Up

Adults with eating disorders aren’t represented in pop culture and news outlets, so I assumed we were either supposed to outgrow it or die.


UPDATE 2-Tesco's Christmas tarnished by poor sales of gifts like DVDs and games

LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Britain's biggest retailer Tesco missed forecasts for Christmas trading on Thursday as strong sales of fresh food were undermined by lower demand for general goods such as DVDs and computer games.


Head of Mexico's financial crimes unit resigns: sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of the Mexico's Financial Intelligence Unit, a part of the finance ministry tasked with combating and preventing money laundering, resigned on Wednesday, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


Uber's Chinese rival Didi Chuxing recruits in Mexico ahead of launch

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has advertised online for a range of jobs in Mexico as it prepares to break into the country, one of rival Uber's regional strongholds.

Netflix previews Obama interview

Obama opened up about his dancing on Netflix's "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman."

Trump touts 'great reviews' for meeting

President Donald Trump opened his first cabinet meeting of 2018 by referring to the room as a studio and claimed his meeting with senators the day before was praised by members of the media.


Mexico sets Feb Maya price for international buyers

MEXICO CITY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex revised its February term pricing formulas for crude oil shipped to customers in the Americas, Europe and the Far East, the company said on Wednesday. The following table lists the adjustments to price constants for Pemex's international buyers: DESTINATION JAN CONSTANT FEB CONSTANT ---------------- ---------------- --------------- AMERICAS


French feminists liken Deneuve and fellow #Metoo critics to 'tiresome uncle'

PARIS (Reuters) - Catherine Deneuve and other critics of the #Metoo movement against sexual harassment sound like "the tiresome uncle at the family dinner", leading French feminists said on Wednesday.

Medicine and Health

You’re Sick. Whose Fault Is That?

It seems sensible to encourage “personal responsibility,” and yet policies that invoke the phrase can make health problems worse.

North American Free Trade Agreement

Op-Ed Contributor: A Perfect Storm Is Coming to Mexico

After decades of good fortune in dealing with the United States, Mexico is now threatened by several dark clouds.


Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now

In the movie, “I, Tonya,” the disgraced figure skater looks back on the 1994 Nancy Kerrigan scandal and her struggles to tell her side of the story.


Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, no tsunami

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday was felt across northern Central America but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.


At Vietnam's biggest corruption trial, some skeptical views

HANOI/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Vietnam is gripped by its highest profile corruption trial in memory, but some spectators are questioning whether the Communist Party elite in the dock were charged because of infighting in the ruling class or a crackdown on abuse of office.

Strong quake prompts tsunami threat message in Caribbean, Mexico

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves were possible for several countries in the Caribbean and Central America, as well as Mexico, after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck 27 miles off the coast of Honduras.


Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, sparks tsunami warning

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday was felt across northern Central America, prompting a tsunami warning for parts of the Caribbean.

Ana Navarro: It was like watching the Super Bowl

CNN's political commentator Ana Navarro says President Trump's tone at the White House immigration meeting was "brilliant."


Mexico City Journal: After Lives on the Streets, Mexican Women Find a Haven for Healing

Casa Xochiquetzal is a shelter in Mexico City for retired, or semiretired, prostitutes, a place where they can escape from the dangers and indignities of life on the streets.


Unlikely rivalry in Aerials set to continue at Pyeongchang

LONDON (Reuters) - Two countries, Belarus and China, have dominated the men's aerials at the last three Winter Olympics and look set to do the same this time around in Pyeongchang.

How to train, eat and sleep like an Olympic champion


Mexico marketing April 2028 euro bond at swaps plus 100bp area

LONDON, Jan 9 (IFR) - Mexico has started marketing a euro senior unsecured benchmark due April 2028 bond at swaps plus 100bp area, according to a lead.

Mueller, Robert S III

Mueller Is Said to Likely Seek to Interview Trump

White House officials viewed it as a sign the special counsel’s inquiry was nearly over. But it touched off discussions about the perils of the president sitting for an interview.


Mexico governor says federal funding withheld in graft probe dispute

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican state governor on Monday accused the finance ministry of withholding federal funds to punish his administration for launching an investigation into alleged corruption that has embarrassed the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).


Samsung Electronics says fourth-quarter operating profit likely up 64 percent

SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter operating profit likely rose 64 percent from a year earlier, falling short of market expectations.


Samsung Elec says Q4 operating profit likely up 64 pct

SEOUL, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter operating profit likely rose 64 percent from a year earlier, falling short of market expectations.

Opinion: Trump's Mexico wall would be a gift to the drug cartels

The tricks of the multibillion-dollar drug business include using drones, submarines, ultralight planes and even frozen sharks to transport product across the US-Mexico border. Just consider that in 2016, US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations agents attempted to seize a submarine in the Pacific Ocean with nearly $194 million worth of cocaine.

What an Oprah campaign might look like, in GIFs

Oprah Winfrey, like the majority of natural-born American citizens over the age of 35, could decide to run for president in 2020.

This 65-inch TV rolls up like wrapping paper

Blumenthal: More indictments likely expected in probe

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) says he thinks President Trump will be interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.


Bitcoin drops below $15,000 as South Korea reviews accounts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin fell below $15,000 on Monday after South Korea's financial regulator said it and other agencies are inspecting six local banks that offer digital currency accounts to institutions.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: ‘Like, Really Smart’

The new book about Trump’s White House suggests a dangerous mental instability.

Trump physical unlikely to shed light on mental fitness

President Donald Trump's staunch defense of his own mental acuity this weekend all but ensured the questions mounting about his fitness will increase in the coming week, which is set to culminate Friday with his first known medical exam since taking office.


Israel's Delek Group partners in Gulf of Mexico drilling

* Israel's Delek Group said on Monday it has signed a deal with GulfSlope Energy and Texas South Energy to explore 12 concessions in the Gulf of Mexico.


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

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


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

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

Street looks like frozen lake

Video posted to social media shows cars in a Revere, Massachusetts, neighborhood frozen in floodwater.

North American Free Trade Agreement

From Mexico to the U.S., a Nafta Tale of Two Truckers

Restricted from operating in the United States, most Mexican drivers must hand off their cargo. The Trump administration wants even tighter controls.


North Korea official says likely to participate in Winter Olympics: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's representative at the International Olympic Committee said the country expects to send a figure skating pair to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next month, Japan's Kyodo News reported on Saturday.


Pixar's 'Coco' strikes a chord in Mexico guitar town

PARACHO, Mexico, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Pixar's hit film "Coco" has struck all the right notes in the tiny Mexican hamlet of Paracho, home to the traditional Mexican guitar made famous in the movie.


Local Mexico police force investigated for youths' murders

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican authorities said on Friday that they were investigating local police in the capital of Guerrero state after the dismembered bodies of two young men were found inside plastic bags outside the beach resort of Acapulco.


Five heads found on car in Mexico Gulf state of Veracruz

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The heads of five men displayed atop a car were found on Friday in the Gulf state of Veracruz in southeastern Mexico, local authorities said, in the midst of a spike in violence in the country.


Twitter says world leaders like Trump have special status

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Friday reiterated its stance that accounts belonging to world leaders have special status on the social media network, pushing back against users who have called on the company to banish U.S. President Donald Trump.


To Get a Loved One’s Face, a Lifelike Mask in Return

NYU surgeons hope a 3-D printed reproduction will encourage people to donate the faces of dying family members for use as transplants.


Smokers more likely to need spinal surgery

(Reuters Health) - - Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests.

The CDC wants to gently prepare people for (an unlikely) nuclear war

It is absolutely impossible to mention nuclear war without freaking people out, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to gently prepare for the possibility.

Book's author: Trump's family says he's like a child

Michael Wolff, the author of a new bombshell book about President Trump, says that Trump's closest advisers and family members describe the President as "like a child."

For Trump, image is everything. A new exposé on the White House is likely painful for the President.

Nothing means more to Donald Trump than his image.

Trump video likened to 'Wizard of Oz'

Beam Trump up! President Trump is compared to "The Wizard of Oz" after crashing a press briefing. Jeanne Moos reports.


Exclusive: Mexico's attorney general vows to crack down on money laundering

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s acting attorney general said on Thursday prosecutors were already working to improve investigations and cooperation with other countries following an international report that blasted the country for failing to punish money launderers.


Mexico presidential favorite puts himself at heart of security plan

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The left-wing frontrunner to win this year's Mexican presidential election said on Thursday that he would personally take a central role in restoring order after years of violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.


Married heart patients more likely than singles to survive

(Reuters Health) - People with heart disease have better long-term survival odds when they are married, a recent U.S. study suggests.


BRIEF-Brainstorm Cell Received Good Manufacturing Practice Approval From Israel Ministry Of Health



Former mayor, son killed in central Mexico amid murder spike

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former mayor and his son were killed on Wednesday in central Mexico, adding to an uptick in murders of politicians ahead of national elections later this year.

This is what subzero temperatures look like

Below-freezing temperatures across the country have resulted in frozen waterfalls, traffic pile-ups and frostbite.


Mexico City should allow marijuana cultivation, mayoral hopeful says

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico City residents should be free to grow marijuana for personal use, a mayoral hopeful told Reuters on Wednesday, arguing that one of the world's largest cities should lead the charge to end prohibition in a country riven by drug violence.

What it's like for Iran's expats to watch protests unfold

Alaleh Kamran is having flashbacks. Since protests broke out in her home country of Iran last week, the Los Angeles resident has been glued to the news, social media and Telegram, the app used by many Iranians to communicate.

The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018

The most interesting Senate race in 2018 might have nothing to do with whether Republicans or Democrats control the chamber after this year's midterm elections.

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

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

We should note when the president cites conspiracy theories like today's reference to the 'deep state'

Here is a tweet from the President of the United States Tuesday morning:

Analysis: The one question likely to decide 2018 elections

As the 2018 election year begins, one question above all is likely to shape its outcome: Will Americans vote to constrain President Donald Trump by electing a Democrat-led Congress that will challenge and resist him, or to empower the Republicans who are increasingly working in harness with him?


Voices: 18 Years Into the New Millennium, Finding My Younger Self

None of my efforts to break old habits will add one day to my life, but I’m experiencing some of the passion I felt in the first 18 years of my life.

Labor and Jobs

Tax Law Offers a Carrot to Gig Workers. But It May Have Costs.

A 20 percent tax deduction for setting oneself up as a business could reward severing formal employment relationships but erode benefits and security.


U.S. citizens among 10 dead in southwest Mexico car crash

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Several U.S. citizens were among 10 people who died in a car crash and subsequent fire on the southwestern coast of Mexico near tourist hot spot Acapulco, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday.


Ten people die after car crash in southwest Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Ten people died and two were injured in a car crash and fire on the southwestern Mexican coast near the tourist hot spot of Acapulco, the nation's civil protection agency said on Saturday.

Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY)

Opinion: There’s No Place Like This Rent-Stabilized Home

The magic of living on the park comes to an end.

Language and Languages

The BBC in Pidgin? People Like It Well-Well

The British broadcaster, once a bastion of “received pronunciation,” has learned that if it wants to reach new audiences, it needs to try new approaches.


Clear winners: China's war on smog lifts commodities like metals, LNG to 2017 peaks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Industrial metals, liquefied natural gas and steel are set to finish 2017 on top of the world as a crackdown on pollution in China, the world's no.2 economy, boosts demand for cleaner fossil fuels and raw materials vital to clean-tech industries.


Want to Be Happy? Think Like an Old Person

In a series update, we catch up with a group of New Yorkers over age 90: warm, cranky, funny and three years older than when we first met them.


India likens cryptocurrencies to Ponzi scheme, cautions investors

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's finance ministry on Friday cautioned investors about the risks of trading in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, saying digital currency investments are like "Ponzi schemes."


EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso slips on central bank inflation concern

(Rewrites with Mexican central bank comment on Mexican peso) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO/MEXICO CITY, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Mexico's peso weakened on Thursday after the central bank expressed concern the inflation outlook has deteriorated, adding the currency could depreciate if talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement are unfavorable. The minutes of the Mexican central bank's Dec. 14 meeting reinforced a more hawkish tone under its new boss, with a majority of th

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

The Neediest Cases Fund: Staring Down Addiction and Fending Off Harmful Voices

After conquering a lifetime of drug addiction, Allan Wilson now fights major depression while working to found a nonprofit to reduce recidivism.

Online Advertising

That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV

The start-up Alphonso collects viewing data for advertisers through mobile gaming apps that can track users on the devices’ microphones, even when the apps aren’t in use.

2017 celebrity deaths felt like family

It certainly feels like 2017 was the year of nostalgic deaths.

2017 was the year of (certain) women's voices


How to Interview a Celebrity Like a Celebrity

We asked George Wayne, longtime celebrity griller, the toughest questions imaginable (his own).


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



Encounters: Taye Diggs Doesn’t Feel Like Dancing

The “Empire” actor and Broadway star visited his former dance studio. But he never broke a sweat.


BRIEF-General Electric Says Will Be Keeping Manufacturing And Assembly Operations For Industrial Communications Product Line In Rochester



Mexico presidential hopeful hemmed in by ruling party legacy

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mired in allegations of corruption, Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has thrown its weight behind an untainted outsider in a bid to clean up its image and hang on to the presidency in elections next July.


Japan manufacturing scandals haven't hurt image but have been powerful lessons: ministry official

TOKYO (Reuters) - A string of data-tampering scandals at Japanese manufacturers has not tarnished Japan's image, though it has been a powerful reminder to avoid sacrificing quality when under cost or delivery pressure, a senior economic official said on Wednesday.


BRIEF-Shire Files For FDA Approval Of New Plasma Manufacturing Facility In Covington, Georgia


Labor and Jobs

When the Nanny Needs Maternity Leave

With the Jan. 1 rollout of New York State’s paid family leave law, domestic workers can take eight weeks off at 50 percent of their salary.

Labor and Jobs

‘We’re Competing Against Everybody Just Like You’: Voices on Manufacturing in Mexico

As uncertainty continues over the fate of Nafta, we asked readers in the manufacturing industry in Mexico to share their views on globalization.


Kimmel, Covfefe, ‘Wonder Woman’: Washington’s Views on Pop Culture in 2017

Two Times reporters shared their analysis of how pop culture looks from inside the White House.


Apple suppliers drop on report of weak iPhone X demand; analysts' views mixed

BEIJING (Reuters) - Shares in several of Apple Inc's Asian suppliers fell for a second straight day on Tuesday, hurt by a report from Taiwan's Economic Daily and some analysts saying that iPhone X demand could come in below expectations in the first quarter.

Mobile Applications

All the New Gestures You’re About to Learn on the iPhone X

What to do without that home button.


North Korea likely to pursue talks, South says in rosy New Year forecast

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea predicted on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States over its weapons programs next year and pursue at least some rapprochement with Seoul in an optimistic government outlook for 2018.

Travel and Vacations

Cultured Traveler: Francine Prose’s Oaxaca: An Immersion Course in Mexico’s Delights

Oaxaca has become popular during the holiday season when the temperate weather, the food and the festive spirit attract travelers from near and far.

News and News Media

Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media

Federal and state officials wield huge budgets for public advertising to dictate news coverage, routinely telling outlets what they should — and should not — report.

Couple killed after warning daughter of boyfriend's suspected neo-Nazi views

A 17-year-old in northern Virginia is facing two counts of murder for allegedly killing his girlfriend's parents after the couple tried to get their daughter to stop dating him because of his suspected neo-Nazi views, according to police and family members who spoke to the media.

Advertising and Marketing

Advertising: Think You’re Seeing More Drug Ads on TV? You Are, and Here’s Why

The ads, and the list of side effects most feature, have been around for decades. But now they aim at a different audience and discuss more serious diseases.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Parents Killed After Warning Daughter About Boyfriend’s Racist Views, Family Says

The 17-year-old gunman, who was dating the couple’s daughter, had posted white supremacist and Nazi content on social media, according to the family and news reports.

Recent US actions point to a confrontational policy, unlike what Trump called for during his campaign

In the space of a week, the Trump administration has named Russia a "rival power," sanctioned a close Putin ally, and decided to give Ukraine anti-tank weapons to help in its fight against Moscow-backed militias.


BRIEF-BB&T Corp CEO Says He Is Likely To Suggest Dividend Increase To Board - CNBC ‍​



EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso hits 9-month low on corruption scandal, U.S. tax plan

By Bruno Federowski and Miguel Gutierrez BRASILIA, Dec 22 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso hit a nine-month low on Friday, battered by a U.S. tax overhaul and domestic corruption scandals that boost a leftist front-runner's chances in next year's elections. U.S. President Donald Trump signed sweeping tax legislation into law on Friday, slashing the U.S. corporate rate to 21 percent from 35 percent beginning on Jan. 1. The bill has prompted worries in Mexico that the country could los


Ford CEO apologizes, voices zero tolerance for harassment

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co chief executive Jim Hackett has apologized to employees for accusations detailed in a New York Times report that management at two Chicago plants did not respond adequately to complaints of sexual harassment.


Aaron Sorkin finds unlikely feminist heroine in 'Molly's Game'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When writer and producer Aaron Sorkin met with Molly Bloom, the 'poker princess' who ran high-stakes games with Hollywood's top celebrities, he did not expect to be impressed.

Bodies hung from bridges near Mexico resort

The bodies of six men were found Wednesday hanging from bridges in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, the state's attorney general's office said.


UPDATE 2-Mexico oil regulator gives Trafigura contract for crude trading

MEXICO CITY, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Mexico's oil regulator said on Thursday it had assigned trader Trafigura a three-year contract to commercialize crude oil the government obtains from the new scheme of contracts derived from an energy reform.


UPDATE 1-Mexico oil regulator gives Trafigura contract for crude trading

MEXICO CITY, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Mexico's oil regulator said on Thursday it had assigned oil trader Trafigura a three-year contract to commercialize crude the government obtains from the new scheme of contracts derived from an energy reform.


Mexico oil regulator expects to give Trafigura contract for crude trading

MEXICO CITY, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Mexico's oil regulator is expected to assign oil trader Trafigura a three-year contract to commercialize crude the government obtains from the new scheme of contracts derived from an energy reform, the national regulator said on Thursday.


Mexico prison population drops as police, prosecutors bungle cases

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's prison population has fallen by a fifth from the peak in 2014 as fewer people are locked up under a new criminal justice system, with experts saying that cases are falling apart under a higher bar for police conduct and standards of evidence.

Trump likely to sign $1.5 trillion tax bill today

President Donald Trump will likely sign the $1.5 trillion tax bill into law Friday, White House officials predict, shortly before he departs Washington for his holiday vacation in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Mexico president says Supreme Court should rule on security law

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday that he would send a contentious new security law to the Supreme Court for review after signing it, and would not make use of it until the tribunal had ruled on its constitutionality.


U.S. tax overhaul likely to spur spending by refiners, pipeline cos

By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK, Dec 21 (Reuters) - U.S. refiners and pipeline companies are likely to embark on a capital spending spree in the next year, fueled by a provision in the recently-passed U.S. tax bill that rewards investment in new projects, said energy industry lobbyists and analysts. On Wednesday, Congress gave final approval to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, the first major legislative victory for President Donald Trump since he took office.


BRIEF-ATCO Expands Global Renewables Portfolio With Hydro Acquisition In Mexico


Why AARP doesn't like the tax bill


Smells like heaven: Israeli farm recreates Magi's gifts to Jesus

ALMOG, West Bank (Reuters) - The aromatic plants bestowed on the infant Jesus are being cultivated by an Israeli entrepreneur who aims to transform the gifts of the Christmas story into therapeutic...


Mexico arrests former high-ranking PRI official in corruption probe

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former high-ranking official from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's party was arrested on Wednesday as part of a corruption investigation in the northern state of Chihuahua, the state's governor said.


Mexico to legalize marijuana-based product sales next year

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico will legalize sales of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products early next year, its health regulator said on Wednesday, bringing some forms of cannabis into legal commerce even as the country struggles with the illicit drug trade.


Presidential Ally Is Arrested, and Mexico Corruption Investigation Deepens

A former treasurer of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s party is one of several people suspected in an embezzlement scheme intended to lift the party in state elections.


U.S. EPA says glyphosate not likely to be carcinogenic to people

CHICAGO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's top-selling weed killer Roundup, is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, contradicting a World Health Organization panel.

Net Neutrality

In Protests of Net Neutrality Repeal, Teenage Voices Stood Out

Young people who have grown up knowing only an open internet organized rallies, streamed the F.C.C. vote in class — and say they plan to keep fighting.

26 voices on why the free press matters

2017 was a year when discussions of press freedom and the media's choices reached a new level of intensity.


New Mexico adds Insys, Mallinckrodt to opioid epidemic lawsuit

Dec 20 (Reuters) - New Mexico on Wednesday added claims against drugmakers Insys Therapeutics Inc and Mallinckrodt Plc in a lawsuit accusing various opioid manufacturers and distributors of helping fuel a drug addiction epidemic in the state.


Burst tire may have caused deadly tourist bus crash in Mexico -police

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The driver of a tour bus that crashed on Tuesday on a quiet road in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, killing 12 people, may have lost control after one of the front tires exploded, the local police chief said.


Austria's Kurz says will fight anti-Semitism after Israel voices concern

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday his new coalition would focus on fighting anti-Semitism, after Israel made it clear it would not work directly with any ministers from the far-right party now back in government.

8 US citizens among 12 killed in bus crash in Mexico

Eight US citizens, two Swedish tourists and at least one Canadian were among the victims of a tour bus crash in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula that left 12 dead and 18 injured, officials said Wednesday.

Labor and Jobs

Uber Suffers Major Setback After Europe Court Rules It’s a Taxi Service

The ruling by the European Court of Justice means the company must comply with tough rules governing traditional taxi associations in the region.


Mexico recognizes Honduran president as winner of disputed election

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico recognized Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Tuesday as the winner of last month's election, just days after the Organization of American States called for a fresh vote to dispel widespread allegations of fraud.


Mexico to recognize Honduran president winner of disputed election: sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico is poised to recognize Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez as the winner of last month's election, according to a draft foreign ministry statement seen by Reuters, just days after the Organization of American States called for a fresh vote to dispel widespread allegations of fraud.


Businesses like investment tax breaks, but will they spend?

(Reuters) - Jerry Zeitler says a sweeping Republican tax overhaul will encourage him to take a bigger bite next year out of his $3 million wish list of new equipment for the metal-stamping operation he runs outside Cleveland.


Mexico journalist shot dead at Christmas celebration at son's school

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A journalist was shot dead on Tuesday in the Mexican state of Veracruz as he attended a Christmas celebration at his son's school, the latest murder in the country's deadliest year on record for media workers.

11 dead, 20 injured in Mexico tour bus crash

At least 11 people are dead and more than 20 were injured on Tuesday after a tour bus crash in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, officials said.


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

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


BHP says likely to quit global coal lobby group

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Global miner BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it has taken a preliminary decision to quit the World Coal Association citing disagreement over climate change, and might also withdraw from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over mining industry rules.


Mexico's Vista Oil approves capital increase

MEXICO CITY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Shareholders in Mexico's Vista Oil & Gas approved a capital increase on Monday, the company disclosed to the country's stock exchange.

Labor and Jobs

Op-Ed Columnist: The Workers Paradise

How Republicans can take care of their own.


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

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

Clapper: Russia treating Trump like an asset

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is handling President Donald Trump figuratively as "an asset."


Preemies and underweight babies more likely to develop ADHD

(Reuters Health) - - Babies who are born too soon or arrive weighing too little are about three times more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than full-term, healthy-sized infants, a research review suggests.

New York Times

Our Journalists Share Their Most Memorable Interviews of 2017

Times reporters reflect on the conversations that stuck with them long after their assignments ended.

'A Christmas Story Live' gets bad reviews

Fox's "A Christmas Story Live!" didn't quite bring the holiday cheer on Sunday night.


Oil workers sue Shell over Gulf of Mexico platform fire

HOUSTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Three offshore oil workers filed a lawsuit against units of Royal Dutch Shell and Enbridge, seeking $1 million in damages for injuries they allegedly received during a Nov. 8 fire on a U.S. Gulf of Mexico production platform.

Facebook to demote posts fishing for Likes

United States Politics and Government

John McCain, Fighting Brain Cancer, Likely to Miss Vote on Tax Overhaul

President Trump, who indicated that Mr. McCain was returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized, said the senator would come back if his vote was needed.

Sushi 101: Learn how to eat raw fish like a pro

Sushi is a quintessential culinary experience for visitors to Japan, right up there with ramen and udon.

Budgets and Budgeting

Uproar Over Purported Ban at C.D.C. of Words Like ‘Fetus’

The Department of Health and Human Services played down a report that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told not to use several words in budget documents.

United States Defense and Military Forces

2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’

What began as a training mission took a bizarre turn in 2004, an encounter that caught the attention of a Pentagon program investigating U.F.O.s.

It looks like tax reform is already paying off with the GOP base

Republicans in Congress say passing their sweeping tax reform plan will be a Christmas gift to the American people -- and it looks like Republican voters are already starting to give back.

#MeToo Movement

In Italy, #MeToo Is More Like ‘Meh’

Accusations of sexual harassment and assault have not been received with the same uproar and solidarity as in the United States and beyond.

Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Alabama’s Unlikely Rebel

Senator Richard Shelby’s line in the sand extends from George Wallace to Roy Moore.

Defense and Military Forces

Mexico Strengthens Military’s Role in Drug War, Outraging Critics

The law’s backers say it sets up a legal framework for the deployment of soldiers, but critics say there aren’t checks and balances, or an exit strategy.

Surgery and Surgeons

Voices: Learning to Accept (if Not Love) My Scar

More than three decades after my cancer surgery, I still hesitate when someone asks, “What’s up with your scar?”


Mexico presidential race roiled as leftist front-runner embraces right wing party

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The front-runner in Mexico's 2018 election has embraced a small, socially conservative party in his bid for the presidency, sparking criticism among progressives that could splinter his support in what is expected to be a tight race.


On Pro Basketball: An N.B.A. Team in Mexico City: How Realistic Is That?

Smog, traffic, security concerns — all are issues the league is assessing. But there are lots of reasons to think it might move aggressively into Mexico.


Victims of Mexico military abuses shudder at new security law

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Human rights activist Juan Carlos Soni fears a new security law passed by Mexico's Congress on Friday could mean his death after he suffered beatings, electrocution and abduction at the hands of the armed forces four years ago.


Critic’s Notebook: How to Fall Under a Butoh-like Spell

Change is glacial in Kota Yamazaki’s “Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination”; Indah Walsh’s “homespun” is playful and benign.


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

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


Mexico's Senate picks new electoral prosecutor amid graft spat

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Senate on Friday named the country's new top prosecutor for election-related crimes, after the official previously in the post was fired amid a graft scandal involving a close former aide of President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Analysis: Joe Biden sure looks like he is running for president

The biggest tell to date of Joe Biden's 2020 plans came this week, when he apologized to Anita Hill.


Mexico plots open trade course to escape Trump's NAFTA threats

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's 'America First' brand of economic nationalism is pushing Mexico to seek sanctuary in more open commercial ties elsewhere to soften the blow of a possible breakdown of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Labor and Jobs

Op-Ed Contributor: What’s Stifling Pay Raises Is Also Curbing Economic Growth

As productivity growth lags, living standards for American workers do, too.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Here’s What Oil Drilling Looks Like in the Arctic Refuge, 30 Years Later

Satellite images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge show the effects of an oil well that operated there in the mid-1980s.

Midterm Elections (2018)

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

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

Bars and Nightclubs

Travel Tips: Six Ways to Drink Like a Local on Vacation

These tips will have you mingling with locals and drinking local specialties the next time you travel.


Mexico presidential front-runner taps finance minister choice

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The front-runner for Mexico's 2018 presidential election on Thursday said U.S.-trained economist Carlos Manuel Urzua was his choice for finance minister if he won the July election.

Albers, Josef

Art Review: Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction

A radiant Guggenheim exhibition grounds the proto-Minimalist abstract paintings of Josef Albers in the geometric grandeur of Mesoamerican monuments.

A vibrant press in the unlikeliest of places

The tax plan's benefits will likely take years to unfurl, are too small to enrich most Americans and may deepen inequality and fan resentment

In decades to come, people will talk about the Trump tax cuts as they now reminisce over the Reagan, Bush and Kennedy giveaways.


Mexico Senate committees pass controversial security bill

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Senate committees on Wednesday approved a controversial security bill that human rights groups say risks granting excessive power to the armed forces in their already checkered role in combating organized crime in the country.


Voices From Alabama: Black Women Who Voted for Doug Jones

Exit polling shows 98 percent of female African-American voters supported Doug Jones in the Senate election in Alabama. We spoke to some of them to learn what was so important to them in this election.

United States Economy

Op-Ed Contributor: The Global Economy Is Partying Like It’s 2008

The factors that caused the Great Recession are at play again today.


EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso firms after Fed maintains U.S. rate outlook

By Bruno Federowski and Sheky Espejo Dec 13 (Reuters) - Mexico's peso currency and stocks firmed on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised the cost of borrowing, but did not signal that it could pick up the pace of rate hikes next year. Signs of quicker U.S. economic growth had prompted speculation that the Fed could have forecast more rate hikes next year. But the U.S. central bank's forecast of three hikes in 2018 and 2019 was unchanged from its projections in September.


Ford to shift midsize sedan production out of Mexico: sources

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources said on Wednesday.


UPDATE 1-Ford to shift midsize sedan production out of Mexico -sources

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources said on Wednesday.

Voter Registration and Requirements

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Black Voters to Democrats: You’re Welcome

If they want to win more elections, they need to integrate black voters into the heart and soul of the party.


Marcato likely to pull off win in proxy war with Deckers

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Deckers Outdoor Corp shareholders looked set to hand three board seats to Marcato Capital Management at the UGG boots maker's annual meeting on Thursday, capping a months-long bitter proxy contest.


Mexico authorities warn of risks of cryptocurrencies

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's finance ministry and central bank warned on Wednesday of the risks associated with cryptocurrencies and investment schemes known as initial coin offerings.

King: Bannon looks like disheveled drunk

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) joins members of the Republican party in publicly denouncing former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Jones unlikely to impact GOP tax plan

Doug Jones' victory in Alabama means that Democrats are only two seats away from the majority. While a Democratic move into the majority still looks like a long shot, it's now not out of the question. CNN's Tom Foreman explains.

Alabama Secretary of State: 'Highly unlikely' Jones is not the winner

Secretary of State of Alabama John Merrill said it was "highly unlikely" that Democrat Doug Jones would not be certified as the winner of Tuesday's special election for the US Senate.

Merrill: Unlikely Jones is not next senator

Moments after Republican Roy Moore announced he wanted a recount, CNN spoke with Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill who said that it is "highly unlikely" that Democrat Doug Jones is not the next senator of the state of Alabama.

Courts and the Judiciary

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

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


Mexico's presidential front-runner vows more welfare, formalizes bid

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican front-runner for next year's election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, formalized his bid for the presidency on Tuesday and promised his government would spend on the young, elderly and farmers.


Poland's new PM voices backing for nuclear, green energy in future

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will remain reliant on coal for power generation for now but in future should consider turning to nuclear energy and renewable sources, the new prime minister said on Tuesday in his first policy speech.