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Mauritius on alert for tropical cyclone Berguitta, port and airport closed

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius closed its port and airport on Wednesday after raising its warning as a potentially dangerous tropical cyclone approached the Indian Ocean island nation.

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Nikkei drops; mining, oil and shipping stocks lose ground, Bitcoin shares tumble

TOKYO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Wednesday morning as mining, oil and shipping stocks lost ground, while Bitcoin-related stocks tumbled after the cryptocurrency's value slid on worries about tighter regulations.

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President, like most Americans, should lose some weight. 10-15 pounds this year, doctor says.

President Donald Trump's doctor, Dr. Ronny Jackson, characterized the president's health as "excellent," but like the majority of Americans, Trump is overweight and he doesn't get enough exercise.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria

The creation of a new military force in Syria raises fears of fighting among American allies and could draw the U.S. deeper into the conflict.

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Trump is sharp, but needs to lose weight: White House doctor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump passed a cognitive test and is in overall excellent health, but needs to lose 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg) by eating better and starting to exercise, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

Budgets and Budgeting nytimes.com

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

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

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Olympics diplomacy could solve the Korea crisis

Olympics diplomacy will get its day, even if it comes beneath the shadow of the North Korean nuclear program.

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U.S. Senate Democrats close to majority in drive to restore net neutrality

(Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision to reverse the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, leaving them just one vote short of a majority.

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Wells Fargo loses bid to end Philadelphia predatory lending lawsuit

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Philadelphia on Tuesday rejected Wells Fargo & Co's bid to dismiss that city's lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. mortgage lender of predatory lending targeting black and Hispanic borrowers.

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Matt Damon vows to 'close my mouth for a while'

Don't expect to hear Matt Damon weighing in on Hollywood's sexual harassment reckoning any time soon.

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Wage dispute at NY City's main produce market could lead to strike

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The market that supplies New York City with most of its fresh fruits and vegetables faces the prospect of its first work stoppage since 1986 if last-ditch bargaining on Tuesday fails to bridge pay differences in a contract covering 1,100 warehouse workers.

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Senate Democrats close to majority in drive to restore net neutrality

(Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision to reverse the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, leaving them just one vote short of a majority.

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UPDATE 1-Senate Democrats close to majority in drive to restore net neutrality

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision to reverse the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, leaving them just one vote short of a majority.

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GE could break itself apart

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Manafort, Gates trial could come days before midterms

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

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GE renews break-up talk as it discloses $11 billion fourth quarter hit

(Reuters) - General Electric Co again raised the prospect of breaking up the conglomerate on Tuesday as it announced more than $11 billion in charges from its long-term care insurance portfolio and new U.S. tax laws.

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U.S. top court rejects former New York lawmaker Silver's appeal

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to avoid a retrial on corruption charges after his 2015 conviction was thrown out by a lower court.

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Senate Democrats close to winning majority backing to reverse net neutrality rollback

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s reversal of landmark Obama administration net neutrality rules, but still faced an uphill battle.

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Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term.

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People evacuate as lava spills from volcano

The Philippines' most active volcano has begun erupting again, after thousands of people on the main island of Luzon were earlier forced to evacuate.

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New York Today: New York Today: The Warmest Spot in the City

Tuesday: A tropical bubble on the Upper West Side, Broadway week, and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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Danish police charge 1,000 young people with 'distribution of child porn'

More than 1,000 young people in Denmark have been charged with "distribution of child pornography" after sexual content featuring 15-year-olds was circulated online, Danish National Police said in a statement Monday.

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These are the texts people sent to loved ones during the Hawaii missile alert

Hawaiian residents and vacationers spent 38 horrific minutes preparing for an incoming ballistic missile and possible death on Saturday, until the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency corrected a false alarm message.

Prisons and Prisoners nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Governor Cuomo: The Way to a More Just New York State

A new bill will close the gap between what our criminal justice system says and what it does.

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13 people held captive in California home, police say

Two California parents were arrested after authorities found a dozen children and adults shackled to beds with chains and padlocks in their home, officials said Monday.

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Iran jetliner deal could take longer to complete, Airbus says

* Trump warns of "disastrous flaws" in 2015 Iran nuclear deal

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Trump's sentiment toward nations populated by people of color is much more important than his word choice

The last three days have been consumed by this debate: Did President Donald Trump refer to several foreign countries as "shitholes" or not?

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Venezuelan rogue police pilot says he is wounded as authorities close in

CARACAS (Reuters) - - Self-identified rogue helicopter pilot Oscar Perez appeared with a bloody face in a series of Instagram videos on Monday, saying that he was surrounded by authorities who were shooting at him in a poor neighborhood outside Caracas.

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BRIEF-Trigon Closes First Tranche Of Private Placement Financing

* TRIGON CLOSES FIRST TRANCHE OF PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Iran frees 440 people arrested during protests

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran has freed 440 people arrested in Tehran during anti-government protests, a judiciary official said, amid continuing uncertainty over how many were detained around the country.

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Danish police, after Facebook tip-off, charge 1,000 young people for sharing sex film

COPENHAGEN, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Danish police said on Monday they have charged 1,004 children and young people for sharing video clips of two 15-year-olds having sex, following a tip-off from Facebook.

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Legendary U.S. investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund after setbacks

(Paragraph 6 of this JAN. 12 story has been corrected after HSBC said the Andurand Commodities Fund gained 2.2 pct in 2017, instead of losing 4.47 pct)

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CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 1-Legendary U.S. investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund after setbacks

HOUSTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Legendary investor T. Boone Pickens said on Friday he had closed his Dallas-based energy hedge fund after health and financial upsets, the latest oil-focused fund to report setbacks.

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North Korean orchestra could be music to the ears of Olympic organizers in South

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is expecting a large North Korean delegation at next month's Winter Olympics, likely including the country's main symphony orchestra, the governor for the Games' host province said on Monday, as relations appear to start hitting the right note.

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Second floor of Indonesia Stock Exchange collapses, around a dozen people injured

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The second floor of the Indonesia Stock Exchange building collapsed on Monday, said an exchange employee, injuring around a dozen people who were carried on stretches from the building.

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People evacuated from Indonesia Stock Exchange after reports of collapsed structure: Metro TV

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Dozens of people were seen running from the Indonesian stock Exchange in central Jakarta on Monday, Metro TV showed, after unconfirmed reports of a collapsed structure inside the building.

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Editorial: Some Bright Hopes for New York’s Schools

The city has trained a generation of highly capable administrators, and some would be excellent candidates for the top job.

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Twenty now dead in California mudslides, major highway closed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Sunday, with four other people still reported missing.

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How a Team of New York City Inspectors Helped Puerto Rico After Maria

Almost 300 city workers have been deployed to the island since the hurricane, including a team of inspectors that helped San Juan map damages to thousands of buildings.

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Male models say top fashion photographers harassed them: New York Times

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Male models and assistants who worked with high-powered fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino say they were subjected by them to molestation, sexual advances and unnecessary nudity, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

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Mudslides Close Part of Highway 101 in California

The mudslides have killed at least 20 people and closed portions of a major north-south corridor.

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UPDATE 2-Carillion holds survival talks under close UK government watch

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Carillion held further emergency funding talks on Sunday as the British government said it hoped that the struggling construction and services company's partners will find the cash it needs to stay in business.

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He's from El Salvador. His kids are American. Trump could separate them.

Rogelio Galdamez has a worried look on his face, unsure if the home he's building will be finished in time. 

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UPDATE 1-UK government keeping close eye on troubled Carillion

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's government is keeping a close eye on services company Carillion and ministers hope its partners will find the working capital to ensure it remains a going concern, the chairman of the governing Conservatives said on Sunday.

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Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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UK government keeping close eye on services company Carillion - Conservative chairman

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's government is keeping a close eye on building and services company Carillion and ministers hope its partners will find the working capital to ensure it remains a "going concern", the chairman of the governing Conservatives said on Sunday.

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People evacuated from Papua New Guinea island after volcano explodes

SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 1,500 people are being evacuated from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) after a nearby volcano erupted, the local Red Cross said on Sunday.

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Hawaii visitor: I could feel the blood stand still in my body

It was a beautiful morning, like most, on the island of Oahu: 79 degrees with a big, bright sun. I was at a marina with my family on Kaneohe Bay, blowing the last bits of air into an orange inflatable raft, when the alert came. All caps: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND ... NOT A DRILL."

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H&M Closes Stores in South Africa Amid Protests Over ‘Monkey’ Shirt

Outrage over a photograph of a black child modeling a sweatshirt with the words “coolest monkey in the jungle” led to protests in several cities.

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H&M closes South Africa stores amid protests

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Queen says crown could break your neck

In a new Smithsonian Channel documentary airing January 14, Queen Elizabeth II recounts her 1953 coronation.

Salvadoran-Americans nytimes.com

Opinion: No Place for 200,000 People to Go

President Trump’s revocation of temporary protected status overlooks the consequences of sending 200,000 immigrants back to El Salvador.

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U.S. and allies must work more closely on North Korea: Japan expert

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States, South Korea and Japan must coordinate more closely on North Korea, with whom they are engaged in a "pre-negotiation bargaining process", a former Japanese defense official told Reuters.

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To New Yorkers’ Delight, Coogan’s Says It Isn’t Closing After All

Coogan’s restaurant and bar, a civic fixture in Washington Heights for 32 years, reached a new agreement with its landlord just three days after its owners announced they would be closing.

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New Trump policy could strengthen role of nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration could pursue development of new nuclear weaponry and explicitly leave open the possibility of nuclear retaliation for major non-nuclear attacks, if a leaked draft policy document becomes reality.

Third World and Developing Countries nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What Makes a Country Great? Meet Haiti’s People.

I grew up using a latrine, alongside some of the most resilient, decent people I’ve ever encountered.

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UPDATE 1-Legendary U.S. investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund after setbacks

HOUSTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Legendary investor T. Boone Pickens said on Friday he had closed his Dallas-based energy hedge fund after health and financial upsets, the latest oil-focused fund to report setbacks.

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U.S. regulator asked carmakers to disclose any Kobe Steel safety issues - letter

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A U.S. auto regulator asked 29 carmakers to disclose if the safety of any of their vehicles or engines containing products supplied by Kobe Steel Ltd could be affected by data cheating, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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G.M. Says Its Driverless Car Could Be in Fleets by Next Year

Once federal and state agencies grant approval, the electric vehicle will be ready for production on a standard assembly line, the automaker said.

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Legendary investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund amid setbacks

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Legendary investor T. Boone Pickens said on Friday he has closed his Dallas-based energy hedge fund amid health and financial setbacks.

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U.S. upholds New York denial of Constitution natgas pipe

(Reuters) - U.S. energy regulators rejected Williams Cos Inc's request to overturn New York's denial of a water permit for the company's proposed Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York, according to a filing on Thursday.

Classical Music nytimes.com

Review: A Conductor’s Exciting Return to the New York Philharmonic

Susanna Malkki led works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Esa-Pekka Salonen in an impressive follow-up to her debut with the orchestra in 2015.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: In Montecito, Shock Over Lost Lives and Homes

Friday: Mudslide survivors tell their stories, Gavin Newsom calls on President Trump to resign, and tenants target limits on rent control.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Following in Dr. King’s Footsteps

Friday: Touring Martin Luther King Jr.’s New York, weekend events, and honoring Dr. King in your own way.

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Philippine police chief says cops could soon make drugs war return

MANILA (Reuters) - Police anti-narcotics operations notorious for their deadly outcomes could make a comeback in the Philippines' war on drugs, although bloodshed should be avoided and abuses would not be tolerated, the country's police chief said on Friday.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions nytimes.com

About New York: Battling Climate Change from the Back Seat of an S.U.V.

Mayor de Blasio declared himself a foe of global warming by filing suit against big oil companies, but his travel habits undermine his rhetoric.

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BRIEF-Wal-Mart says Sam's Club to close 63 clubs around the country

* WALMART - SAM'S CLUB ANNOUNCED CHANGES TO THE BUSINESS UNIT'S U.S. REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO, WITH THE CLOSURE OF 63 CLUBS AROUND THE COUNTRY

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Investigate an Accused Ally? New York Senate’s Republican Leader Says No

An accusation against Jeffrey D. Klein, a powerful senator, marks Albany’s biggest sexual harassment scandal in years. But despite anger, there are few options to investigate.

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BRIEF-Sam's Club Says Decided To Close A Series Of Clubs

* SAM'S CLUB ON TWITTER -AFTER REVIEW OF EXISTING PORTFOLIO, "WE’VE DECIDED TO CLOSE A SERIES OF CLUBS AND BETTER ALIGN OUR LOCATIONS WITH OUR STRATEGY" Further company coverage:

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Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts in the future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts.

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Opinion: New York's bold move for climate justice

Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 -- Harvey, Irma and Maria -- cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced climate change has greatly increased the frequency and intensity of such disasters

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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.

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Can Requiring People to Work Make Them Healthier?

The Trump administration wants to make a major change to Medicaid, but there’s not a lot of evidence for one of its key assertions.

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Hong Kong, London, New York shortlisted for Aramco IPO: sources

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has shortlisted New York, London and Hong Kong - singly or in a combination of two or even all three - for the international portion of the listing of national oil company Aramco, two sources with knowledge of the discussions said.

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Hong Kong, London, New York shortlisted for Aramco IPO - sources

* International listing on one exchange or several, sources say

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So close yet so far: China deal elusive for France's Areva

SHANGHAI/PARIS (Reuters) - A deal long sought by French company Areva to build a $12-billion nuclear waste reprocessing plant in China looks increasingly unlikely to go ahead despite a visit to Beijing by President Emmanuel Macron meant to drum up business.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Weather Whiplash

Thursday: The city goes from frozen to balmy, modesty in fashion, and the Winter Jazzfest.

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PM May says working for best Brexit deal for the British people

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she is working to secure the best trade deal with the European Union after London's mayor warned that Britain could lose almost 500,000 jobs if it fails to agree a deal.

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German car suppliers could lose thousands of jobs over hard Brexit -study

BERLIN, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A so-called "hard Brexit" involving tariffs and a lasting devaluation of the pound could cause thousands of job losses at German automotive suppliers, a study by accounting firm Deloitte showed.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

How Camila Cabello Lost Some Friends and Found Her Voice

The “Havana” singer and former Fifth Harmony member opens up about her solo journey and “super awkward” split from the group.

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Norway's 2022 oil and gas output forecast close to record high -NPD

STAVANGER, Norway, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Norwegian oil and gas investments will begin to rise in 2018 after falling for the last four years, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Thursday.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf markets flat to lower early on; many Saudi petchems lose steam

DUBAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Gulf stock markets were flat to lower in early trade on Thursday as many Saudi petrochemical shares lost steam after rising earlier this week as oil prices hit 2 1/2-year highs.

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BRIEF-Horizonte Minerals closes Canadian portion of the placing for C$3.6 mln raising a total of 9.2 mln pounds

* HORIZONTE MINERALS CLOSES CANADIAN PORTION OF THE PLACING FOR CAD$3.6 MILLION RAISING A TOTAL OF £9.2M Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Women and Girls nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What We Lose When We Lose Female Reporters

The BBC’s China editor quit because she was paid less than her male counterparts. We’re all worse off for it.

Pensions and Retirement Plans nytimes.com

To Fight Climate Change, New York City Takes on Oil Companies

The de Blasio administration is suing five major oil companies over climate change, and urging city pension funds to divest from fossil fuel firms.

Palestinians nytimes.com

Egypt Opens Criminal Inquiry Over New York Times Article

The Times reported on a secret effort by Egyptian intelligence to sway public opinion on Jerusalem. Officials say the article hurt national security.

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BRIEF-People’s Utah Bancorp Announces Financial Impact Of Amendment To Federal Tax Code

* PEOPLE'S UTAH BANCORP - ‍IMPACT OF TAX ACT​ TO EARNINGS PER SHARE ESTIMATE IS A REDUCTION OF $0.25 TO $0.27 PER SHARE FOR QUARTER ENDED DEC 31, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Analysis: North Carolina ruling could end gerrymandering as we know it

Tuesday's ruling by a three-judge federal panel that the North Carolina congressional map is unconstitutional due to the fact that it was drawn primarily with political motives in mind is a BIG deal. It's the first time a federal court has struck down a congressional map due to a partisan gerrymander.

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UPDATE 1-New York sues fossil fuel majors, plans divestment from pension funds

NEW YORK, Jan 10 (Reuters) - New York City announced on Wednesday that it filed a multibillion dollar lawsuit against five top oil companies, citing their "contributions to global warming," as it said it would divest fossil fuel investments from its $189 billion public pension funds over the next five years.

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Islam could be No. 2 religion in US by 2040

The Muslim population is growing, and in the next two decades Muslims could become the second-largest religious group in the United States, according to a Pew Research study.

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Pimco could add U.S. Treasuries if market weakens further: Ivascyn

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pimco, one of the world's biggest money managers, sees this week's U.S. bond market selloff as a buying opportunity and is not ready to call the spike in 10-year Treasury yield to a nine-month high a bear market precursor.

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Voting can't be use it or lose it

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New York sues fossil fuel majors, plans divestment from pension funds

NEW YORK, Jan 10 (Reuters) - New York City on Wednesday filed a multibillion dollar lawsuit against five top fossil fuel companies, citing their "contributions to global warming," as it unveiled a plan to cut fossil fuel investments from its $189 billion public pension funds over the next five years.

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Opinion: Amazingly, some people still think men are the real victims of #MeToo

Importune -- v. to harass (someone) persistently for or to do something.

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Trump to African-American voters: Remember, I said "what do you have to lose?"

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Iran could greatly increase uranium enrichment, says spokesman

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran’s atomic energy agency said on Wednesday a reimposition of sanctions by the United States would be a violation of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, adding that the Islamic Republic had the capacity to greatly increase its enrichment of uranium.

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Iranian oil tanker in East China Sea could burn for a month: South Korea official

SEOUL (Reuters) - A stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea could burn for as long as one month, South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries told Reuters on Wednesday, as the blaze raged for a fourth day following a collision with a freight ship.

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New York Today: New York Today: With New Family Leave Law, Savoring the Early Days

Wednesday: Paid time off for new parents, the New York Jewish Film Festival, and the debut of electric buses.

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3 TVs that could change how you watch movies

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump’s First Full Physical Is Approaching. What He Discloses Is Up to Him.

With questions swirling around Mr. Trump’s mental health, his coming physical may yield few clues about whether he is, as his former doctor claimed during his candidacy, the “healthiest individual” to hold the office.

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California mudslides kill at least 13 people in area ravaged by wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mudslides, boulders and cascading debris killed at least 13 people on Tuesday in an area of Southern California's Pacific Coast ravaged by a series of intense wildfires that burned off protective vegetation last month.

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Iranian oil tanker in East China Sea could burn for a month: South Korean official

SEOUL (Reuters) - The stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea could burn for as long as one month, South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries told Reuters on Wednesday, as the blaze raged for a fourth day following a collision with a freight ship.

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10 House seats that could flip due to Republican retirements

Democrats searching for the 24 seats they need to flip to win control of the House in the 2018 midterms are increasingly seeing openings in districts where tough-to-beat Republicans are retiring.

Sex Crimes nytimes.com

DNA Helps New York Police Solve Infamous 1994 Rape Case

Detectives identified a suspect, who is serving life in prison, for a rape in Prospect Park that drew widespread attention and even figured in a Broadway play.

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Human antibodies made in cows could be developed to treat MERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Human antibodies made in genetically engineered cows have proved safe in an early stage clinical trial, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday, and could be developed into a treatment for the fatal viral disease, MERS.

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Uber reaches $3 million settlement with New York drivers over fees

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] agreed to pay up to $3 million to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of 2,421 drivers in New York who accused the ride-sharing company of docking excessive fees from their fares.

Culture (Arts) nytimes.com

Unveiling Performance Space New York

Performance Space 122 has a new name and renovated digs. Jenny Schlenzka, its director, envisions a “vital center for community.”

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New York state lawmaker charged with fraud, obstructing justice

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state lawmaker was charged with 11 counts of fraud and obstruction of justice, accused of defrauding government agencies out of tens of thousands of dollars, including hurricane relief money, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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Amazon's next home could say a lot about diversity

In October, Jeff Bezos stepped to the podium at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner to deliver a speech befitting a social activist rather than a CEO.

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Trump says he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he could beat media mogul Oprah Winfrey in a presidential contest but said he did not think the actress and talk show host would run.

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German parties inch closer to coalition with deal on skilled immigrants

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's would-be coalition partners have reached agreement on a law to attract skilled immigrants, German media reported on Tuesday, suggesting the parties are edging closer to a decision to open formal coalition negotiations.

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Lawmaker: Black people respond worst to drugs

A Kansas lawmaker apologizes for suggesting blacks have a genetic predisposition to abusing drugs.

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Dems on Oprah: It's not crazy and she could win, but ...

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Getting Fit for Free

Tuesday: Workout classes that won’t break the bank, warming weather, and Restaurant Week approaches.

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Why you may struggle to keep off lost weight

Scientists following 16 "Biggest Loser" contestants say they know why many dieters can't keep off lost weight. Jake talks with the study's lead researcher.

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BRIEF-Apple Says "Effectively Anything" A Child Could Access Online On iOS Devices Can Be Blocked By Parents

* APPLE, ON INVESTORS CONCERNS ABOUT YOUTH PHONE ADDICTION, SAYS "EFFECTIVELY ANYTHING" A CHILD COULD ACCESS ONLINE ON IOS DEVICES CAN BE BLOCKED BY PARENTS - SPOKESWOMAN‍​

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BRIEF-GOL Discloses Preliminary Traffic Figures For December

* GOL DISCLOSES ITS PRELIMINARY TRAFFIC FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 2017

Restaurants nytimes.com

Eyal Shani, an Israeli Celebrity Chef, Makes His New York Debut

Mr. Shani’s whole roasted cauliflower will be on offer at a branch of Miznon, his global group of casual restaurants, when it opens at Chelsea Market this month.

Influenza nytimes.com

Already ‘Moderately Severe,’ Flu Season in U.S. Could Get Worse

Fears of “Killer Aussie Flu” may be exaggerated, but this year’s predominant strain is the most dangerous, and the vaccine is a poor match for it.

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New York City traffic deaths fall to record low under safety program

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Led by a sharp drop in pedestrian deaths, overall traffic fatalities in New York City fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2017 to their lowest on record, thanks at least in part to an ongoing safety improvement program, city officials said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp Closes Record Level Of New Loan Commitments In 2017

* ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION CLOSES RECORD LEVEL OF NEW LOAN COMMITMENTS IN 2017 AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES ALL-IN PRICING OF SECURED TERM LOAN

Television nytimes.com

What Politicians Could Learn from Oprah Winfrey

Sneer at celebrity all you want, but elections are contests of stories, and Ms. Winfrey showed that she can tell one.

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Trump could be interviewed within weeks in Russia probe: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump could be interviewed within weeks as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

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Your pizza could come in a self-driving van

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Trump close to decision on Fed vice chair pick: administration official

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is close to making a decision on who to nominate as vice chair of the Federal Reserve, an administration official said on Monday.

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Trump could be interviewed in Special Counsel probe within weeks: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special counsel Robert Mueller has told President Donald Trump's legal team that his office is likely to seek an interview with the U.S. leader as part of its Russia probe, and one could take place within weeks, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

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BRIEF-Yonomi Closes $5 Million Series A Financing Round Led By Gentex

* YONOMI CLOSES $5 MILLION SERIES A FINANCING ROUND LED BY GENTEX Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Worms nytimes.com

Trilobites: This Worm Evolved Self-Fertilization and Lost a Quarter of Its DNA

When a worm’s hermaphroditic females developed the ability to reproduce on their own, they may have shed a lot of genes related to male reproduction.

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BRIEF-Viacom Promotes Fukiko Ogisu To Chief People Officer

* VIACOM PROMOTES FUKIKO OGISU TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Two injured in fire at New York's Trump Tower, officials say

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were injured in a brief early-morning fire near the top of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan as the city's workday rush began, the New York Fire Department said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Immunogen Says On Jan 8, Co Disclosed It Expects To Report That As Of Dec 31, 2017 It Had Cash And Cash Equivalents Of About $267.1 Mln

* IMMUNOGEN SAYS ON JAN 8, CO DISCLOSED IT EXPECTS TO REPORT THAT AS OF DEC 31, 2017 IT HAD CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS OF ABOUT $267.1 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text (http://bit.ly/2CRXR5Q) Further company coverage:

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Her message of 'a new day is on the horizon' could have doubled as a campaign rallying cry

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Two injured in fire at New York's Trump Tower: officials

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were injured, one seriously, in an early-morning fire near the top of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, the New York Fire Department said on Monday.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Teaching Teens the Financial Ropes

Monday: A nonprofit offers financial literacy lessons to young people, an end to the cold spell, and The Times and PBS start a book club.

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Rival airlines Emirates, Etihad step closer with security pact

DUBAI (Reuters) - Emirates [EMIRA.UL] and Etihad Airways signed a security pact on Monday to share information and intelligence, the first agreement between the two rival airlines based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Rhine river in Germany closed to shipping as water rises

HAMBURG (Reuters) - The Rhine river in Germany was closed to shipping on Monday after water levels rose following rain, the German inland navigation authority said on Monday.

Roads and Traffic nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: How to Get New York Moving Again

Traffic is so bad that people can often outpace cars.

Flood Insurance nytimes.com

In New York, Drawing Flood Maps Is a ‘Game of Inches’

As FEMA revises the maps to account for climate change, deciding who is in the flood zone will be a battle with millions of dollars at stake.

Subways nytimes.com

Editorial: New York Leaders Are Failing Its Subway Riders

As construction companies and labor unions drove up costs, watchdogs — including governors and lawmakers — have done too little to stop it.

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Six people killed in wrong-way California highway crash

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Six people were killed on Sunday when a vehicle going the wrong direction on a northern California highway collided with another vehicle, causing a fire that engulfed both cars, police said.

Homeless Persons nytimes.com

Call to Remove Homeless People (All 8) Before Royal Wedding Stirs Anger

A council leader in Britain has been on a campaign to deal with the homeless people who “sleep rough” near Windsor Castle, the wedding venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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They've lived here legally for years. Now the US could send these 250,000 immigrants away

They number upwards of 250,000.

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Sudan closes border with Eritrea

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has closed its border with Eritrea a week after Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir announced a six-month state of emergency in the regions of Kassala and North Kurdufan, state news agency SUNA said on Saturday.

Scotland nytimes.com

Irn Bru, a Scottish Favorite, Loses Some Sugar

Makers of the popular soda in Scotland say they plan to reduce its sugar content. But some fans of the fizzy drink are not pleased.

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Companies in New York 'open' to new payroll tax system: state official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Companies in New York state are "open to the idea" of moving the state income tax code to a payroll tax system, a senior state official told Reuters on Friday.

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Senate's Trump-Russia probe not close to ending: top Democrat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Intelligence Committee probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is nowhere near over, as lawmakers probe issues including a June 2016 meeting between top aides to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and a Russian lawyer, the panel's top Democrat indicated on Friday.

Palestinians nytimes.com

As a 2-State Solution Loses Steam, a 1-State Plan Gains Traction

Some Israeli and Palestinian leaders are now pressing for a single state, but their views of what that state would look like are mutually exclusive.

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Your next home could be made of bacteria

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Canada exchange asks pot firms to disclose risks on U.S. operations

TORONTO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - A small Canadian stock exchange said on Friday it has asked marijuana companies to provide details on risks they face from any U.S. operations in the wake of a Trump administration move to boost enforcement of anti-cannabis laws.

Refugees and Displaced Persons nytimes.com

Opinion: Who Loses When a Country Puts Citizenship Up for Sale?

The United Arab Emirates has undertaken a brazen plan to deal with its stateless population. It could set a dangerous precedent.

Nuclear Weapons nytimes.com

Nuclear War Would Be ‘Devastating,’ So the C.D.C. Wants to Get People Prepared

The nation’s public health agency says a workshop was scheduled months ago, before President Trump’s recent tweets about nuclear buttons and North Korea.

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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.

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Syrian govt. presses Idlib offensive as people flee homes in the cold

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rapid advances by the Syrian army into rebels' largest remaining stronghold, Idlib province, have brought it closer to a key insurgent-held military airport and displaced tens of thousands of people struggling to find shelter in winter weather.

Classical Music nytimes.com

Review: A Nostalgia Trip at the New York Philharmonic

While the program of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Haydn, led by the pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane, was finely executed, it felt safe and predictable.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: The Many Lives of Radio City Music Hall

Friday: The evolution of an iconic performance space, your weekend lineup, and a look back at a landmark decision.

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Donald Trump, New York City, Brendan Byrne: Your Friday Briefing

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

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: The Presidential Election That America Lost

Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Playing With Fire” retells the story of the 1968 presidential election and sees parallels with today.

cnn.com

Pier 39 indictment: Ex-Marine planned pipe bombs to corral people before shooting them

A former US Marine suspected of plotting a Christmas holiday terror attack on a popular San Francisco tourist destination was indicted Thursday by a grand jury.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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

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

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Costa Rica plane crash probe could take months: aviation chief

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - It could take months to determine the cause of a plane crash in Costa Rica that killed 12 people because the aircraft was badly burned and lacked a flight data recorder, the director of the country's civil aviation agency told Reuters on Thursday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall Street, European shares close up; euro near three-year high

* Oil hits highest since mid 2015 (Updates to U.S. trading close; adds commentary)

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Doctors and teachers could team up to reduce stress in schools

(Reuters Health) - - Partnerships between teachers and doctors could help students and school staffers better deal with “toxic stress,” suggests a former teacher turned doctor.

Disasters and Emergencies nytimes.com

Vocations: Keeping People Safe in New York City Emergencies

When official alerts from the city arrive via Twitter, text, email or mobile app, Taylor Winkler is often the one sending them.

Snow and Snowstorms nytimes.com

New York to Blizzard 2018: ‘Bring It’

Here’s what New York City looked liked on Instagram as a powerful storm brought bitter cold and strong winds to the region.

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Sears Holdings to close 103 Kmart and Sears stores

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp said on Thursday it was shuttering 103 unprofitable Kmart and Sears stores as it continues to assess the viability of its operations.

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Top EU and Cuban diplomats herald opening to closer economic ties

HAVANA (Reuters) - The European Union’s top diplomat met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Thursday, saying a landmark accord ratified in November had opened the door to broader economic ties between the Communist-ruled island and 28-nation bloc.

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Western Union settles New York money laundering probe for $60 million

(Reuters) - Western Union Co will pay $60 million to resolve allegations that it failed for more than a decade to maintain a program to deter and report transactions involving suspected criminal fraud and money laundering, New York’s financial regulator said on Thursday.

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Western Union settles New York money laundering probe for $60 mln

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Western Union Co will pay $60 million to resolve allegations that it failed for more than a decade to maintain a program to deter and report transactions involving suspected criminal fraud and money laundering, New York’s financial regulator said on Thursday.

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Metropolitan Museum to charge fixed admission fee for non-New Yorkers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's most popular museums, will start charging a fixed admission fee for out-of-state visitors rather than urge they pay a suggested donation, museum officials announced on Thursday.

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Uber submits appeal to keep operating in northern UK city of York

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] submitted an appeal in the northern English city of York on Thursday to overturn a decision by the council not to renew its licence over concerns about a data breach and the number of complaints it had received.

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Trump administration rule would let more people drop Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration proposed a rule on Thursday to allow Americans who are self-employed or work for small businesses to buy health insurance that does not comply with all Obamacare requirements in an effort to unwind the 2010 healthcare law.

Metropolitan Museum of Art nytimes.com

Met Changes 50-Year Admissions Policy: Non-New Yorkers Must Pay

With a decline in visitors paying the “suggested” full admission price, the museum is looking for ways to regain revenue.

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New York City's JFK Airport temporarily closed due to snowstorm: FAA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport was temporarily closed on Thursday due to heavy snow, ice and harsh winds in the area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Stoch edges closer to Four Hills title with Innsbruck win

(Reuters) - Four Hills champion Kamil Stoch is on the verge of retaining the title after continuing his stellar run with victory in the third leg at Innsbruck on Thursday.

Marijuana nytimes.com

Trump Administration Taking Step That Could Threaten Marijuana Legalization Movement

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

Snow and Snowstorms nytimes.com

Schools Closed, Roads Clogged, Trains Delayed: Snowstorm Lashes New York City

With whipping winds and gusts of snow, the first major snowstorm of the season hit New York City on Thursday.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: The Latest on the Snowstorm

Thursday: What you need to know about today’s storm and how it may affect your commute.

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Trump breaks with Bannon, says former White House aide 'lost his mind'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blasted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday as having "lost his mind" in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. in excerpts from a new book.

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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.

cnn.com

Opinion: Nothing affects Trump more than what people say

With his latest tweetstorm, addressing everything from North Korea's nuclear threat to the mythical "Deep State" inside the Justice Department, Donald Trump has fallen through the floor of comedy and into the basement of tragedy.

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Firefighters extinguish small fire at Clintons' property in Chappaqua, New York

(Reuters) - A small fire broke out on Wednesday at a structure used by the Secret Service behind the home of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, New York, the agency said.

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New York reviewing tax system changes after new federal tax bill

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday the state is developing a plan to restructure its current income and payroll tax system in reaction to the massive U.S. federal tax overhaul passed along party lines in late December.

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Tax reform could mean bigger windfall for next winner

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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.

cnn.com

Bannon could win the battle of the blowhards

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Firefighters put out blaze at Clintons' property in Chappaqua, New York

(Reuters) - Firefighters put out a blaze on Wednesday at a Secret Service building on the property of the home of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, New York, police and a Clinton spokesman said.

healthNews reuters.com

Heart benefit of moderate drinking greater in wealthy people

(Reuters Health) - - People who enjoy a few cocktails each week may be less likely to die from heart disease than people who rarely or never drink, especially if they’re rich, a Norwegian study suggests.

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Trump unloads on Bannon: 'He lost his mind'

President Donald Trump excoriated his former chief strategist Steve Bannon in a statement Wednesday, claiming that Bannon "lost his mind" after being pushed out from the White House. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.

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Firefighters respond to fire at Clintons' home in Chappaqua, New York

(Reuters) - Firefighters were called to fight a fire on Thursday at the Chappaqua, New York, home of former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, police said.

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Trump breaks with Bannon, says former aide 'lost his mind'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as having "lost his mind" in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., in excerpts of a new book.

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Democrat loses bid to overturn tie in key Virginia House race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A lottery-style drawing to determine the winner of a tied Virginia House of Delegates race will go ahead after a recount court on Wednesday rejected a bid by the Democratic candidate to reconsider its ruling that the race was a tie.

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Immune boosting virus could be used to treat brain tumors

LONDON (Reuters) - A trial of a potential new brain cancer treatment has shown that a virus injected directly into the bloodstream can reach tumors deep inside the brain and switch on the body's own defense system to attack them.

Bannon, Stephen K nytimes.com

Trump Says Bannon Has ‘Lost His Mind’ After Bannon Insults Donald Trump Jr.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” President Trump said in a statement. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

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Wounded Libyans struggle as fighting in Benghazi draws to close

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Economics student Mutassim al-Misrati lost his leg in an RPG attack in April 2014 while fighting in Benghazi, his home city.

Elderly nytimes.com

When Old News Is Good News: The Effect of 6 Elderly New Yorkers on One Middle-Aged Reporter

No work I have ever done has brought me as much joy and hope, or changed my outlook on life as profoundly.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: The State of Our State

Wednesday: The governor’s annual address, the continuing cold, and health care enrollment.

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Suicide bomber kills 11 people in mosque attack in northeast Nigeria, sources say

ABUJA (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 11 people on Wednesday in an attack on a mosque in northeast Nigeria, the epicenter of the conflict with Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, two military officials, a resident and an aid worker said.

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BRIEF-UK's CMA concerned Refresco purchase of Cott business could lead to higher prices

* ‍COMPETITION AND MARKETS AUTHORITY (CMA) HAS BEEN CARRYING OUT AN INITIAL INVESTIGATION INTO REFRESCO'S PROPOSED $1.25 BILLION (ABOUT £935 MILLION) PURCHASE OF COTT'S WORLDWIDE BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING BUSINESS.​

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Romney could become Trump's new Washington foe

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

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Oil prices close to mid-2015 highs, but doubts over further rises loom

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices were stable on Wednesday, not far off mid-2015 highs reached the previous session, as strong demand and ongoing efforts led by OPEC and Russia to curb production tightened the market.