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Cambridge Analytica CEO claims influence on U.S. election, Facebook faces questions

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The suspended chief executive of Cambridge Analytica said in a secretly recorded video broadcast on Tuesday that his UK-based political consultancy's online campaign played a decisive role in U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election victory.

Books and Literature

Beijing Journal: A Beijing Bookstore Where George Washington Is on the Shelves

The All Sages Bookstore, run by a onetime Tiananmen Square protester, has survived both the capital’s ferocious property market and the censorship of the Xi Jinping era.


G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to diffuse trade war threat

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders rejected protectionism on Tuesday and urged "further dialogue" on trade, but failed to diffuse the threat of a trade war days before U.S. metals tariffs take effect and Washington is to announce measures against China.


BRIEF-Emerge Energy Files For Offering Of 814,295 Common Units



BRIEF-Art's Way Manufacturing Says Amber Murra To Resign As CFO



Newly-formed Magnolia plans to buy acreage in Eagle Ford shale field

NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) - Magnolia Oil & Gas Corp expects to make acquisitions of modest-sized acreage in the Eagle Ford shale field as it seeks to build out the new company without compromising on a cash flow-focused business model, its incoming chairman told Reuters.


UPDATE 4-Zambia slaps miner First Quantum with $8 bln tax bill

VANCOUVER/LUSAKA, March 20 (Reuters) - First Quantum Minerals said on Tuesday that Zambia's tax agency had slapped it with 76.5 billion Zambian kwacha ($8.04 billion) bill for unpaid import duties, a potentially huge blow for the Canadian miner that earns most its profit in the southern African country.


Fall injuries in very elderly rising, outcomes may be slightly better

(Reuters Health) - As the elderly population grows in the U.S., an increasing number of patients in their 90s are hospitalized with injuries after falling, but they may be faring slightly better than in the past, a small study suggests.


Ex-New York State Assembly Speaker Silver loses bid to avoid retrial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday rejected former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to dismiss his indictment on corruption charges, clearing the way for a possible retrial after his earlier conviction had been thrown out.


Mississippi's new law restricting abortion blocked by judge for 10 days

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that enacted the tightest restrictions on abortion in the United States, in a ruling handed down a day after the governor signed the measure.


Drillers snap up federal leases near Utah's wilderness monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday auctioned off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, a sign of strong industry demand in a region conservationists have vowed to protect.


On eve of trial on Time Warner deal, AT&T, U.S. government lay out cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a preview of arguments in a trial over AT&T's deal to buy Time Warner Inc , government lawyers said on Tuesday the deal will raise prices for consumers while AT&T's lawyer argued the company has no reason to withhold programming from competitors as feared.

In undercover recording, Alexander Nix says Cambridge Analytica ran Trump's digital campaign strategy

Cambridge Analytica, the embattled data analytics company best known for its work on President Donald Trump's campaign, has suspended its CEO, Alexander Nix, in the wake of undercover reports showing him discussing potential bribery and entrapment.

Melania Trump addresses critics of her anti-cyberbullying campaign head-on

First lady Melania Trump took advantage of an organized roundtable event with technology executives to address those who have criticized her for taking on a platform that includes cyberbullying.


BRIEF-Orion Engineered To Add Specialty Carbon Black Production Line In Italy



Vanguard defends proxy powers for small-time shareholders

BOSTON, March 20 (Reuters) - A push to restrict shareholder resolutions could shut out many small investors with concerns about corporate governance, an executive at asset manager Vanguard Group said.


UPDATE 3-Arizona officials: Not time to rein in self-driving cars

TEMPE, Ariz./DETROIT, March 20 (Reuters) - Arizona officials said on Tuesday they do not see an immediate need to tighten rules on the testing of self-driving cars in the state in reaction to a fatal accident involving an Uber autonomous vehicle.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Peter G. Peterson, a Power From Wall St. to Washington, Dies at 91

Captain of business, financier, philanthropist and public-policy watchdog, Mr. Peterson rose from humble Nebraska roots to be a force in American life.

Homosexuality and Bisexuality

Children’s Book About Mike Pence’s Gay Bunny Jumps to No. 1

John Oliver’s parody of the Pence family’s book about their pet bunny has bumped pre-orders of James B. Comey’s memoir from the top spot.


Amazon is now second most valuable U.S.-listed company, tops Alphabet

(Reuters) - became the second most valuable publicly listed U.S. company on Tuesday, surpassing Google parent Alphabet Inc for the first time.


UPDATE 1-On eve of trial on Time Warner deal, AT&T, U.S. government lay out cases

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - In a preview of arguments in a trial over AT&T's deal to buy Time Warner Inc , government lawyers said on Tuesday the deal will raise prices for consumers while AT&T's lawyer argued the company has no reason to withhold programming from competitors as feared.


Wall Street advances on energy bump; Facebook woes continues

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Tuesday as higher oil prices lifted the energy sector, but another slump in Facebook Inc shares curbed gains.


Trump, deemed not 'above the law,' must face defamation lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Tuesday said U.S. President Donald Trump must face a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused him of sexually harassing her after she appeared on his former reality TV show.


BRIEF-Yangtze River Port And Logistics Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up To $300 Mln



BRIEF-Constellation Brands To Invest About $900 Mln USD To Increase Capacity At Its Plant In Ciudad Obregón‍​


Judge lets 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation case continue

A New York judge on Tuesday denied an attempt by lawyers for President Donald Trump to dismiss a defamation case against a former "Apprentice" contestant who claims Trump groped her a decade ago.

Trump accuser sues media company that killed her story

A former Playboy model who allegedly had a nine-month affair with President Donald Trump is suing the company that kept her original account from publication, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

McCain: US presidents don't congratulate dictators after sham elections

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning reelection earlier this month, provoking a strong rebuke from GOP Sen. John McCain.

Trump isn't only Republican to buy from Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica, the data company Donald Trump's campaign hired during the 2016 presidential election, has been under a magnifying glass this week after a whistleblower claimed that the firm misused the personal data of about 50 million Facebook users.


Former Playboy model sues to break silence on alleged Trump affair

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Playboy model who said she had an affair with President Donald Trump filed suit in California on Tuesday seeking release from a legal agreement requiring her to stay silent, becoming the second woman this month to contest arrangements not to disclose alleged extramarital relationships with Trump.

Doctors have a duty not to make the opioid crisis worse

Cop who shot woman seeking help faces murder charge

A Minneapolis police officer was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder in the death of Justine Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old Australian woman who was shot in 2017 after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.


Salesforce to buy MuleSoft in $6.5 billion deal

(Reuters) - Inc said on Tuesday it would buy software maker MuleSoft Inc for about $6.5 billion, including debt, just a year after the software company went public.


Spotify CEO to sell up to $2 billion stake in public listing

(Reuters) - Daniel Ek, the Swedish CEO and co-founder of streaming music leader Spotify Technology SA , is set to sell 15.8 million shares of the company worth up to $2 billion in its direct listing, the company disclosed in a new filing on Tuesday.

Social Media

Cambridge Analytica Suspends C.E.O. Amid Facebook Data Scandal

The company’s board said it was suspending the chief executive, Alexander Nix, with immediate effect, pending an independent investigation.

Nor'easter may bring the most significant spring snow in years

It's the first day of spring, but the Northeast can't seem to shake off winter.


Trump congratulates Putin on election, leaders look to meet soon

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election and said they would likely meet soon as relations between the two countries grow more strained over allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. electoral system.

Asia and Australia Edition: Vladimir Putin, Facebook, White Rhino: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

Cambridge Analytica contractor agrees to meet with House panel

A former Cambridge Analytica contractor and Facebook officials on Tuesday agreed separately to speak to Congress amid growing calls on Capitol Hill for the election data firm and the social media giant to explain how 50 million Facebook users' data was used in the 2016 election.


Guns tied to high suicide risk for teens with self-harm history

(Reuters Health) - Teens and young adults who harm themselves without suicidal intent often kill themselves soon afterward, and the increased risk of death is greatest when guns are involved, a U.S. study suggests.

Day, Daniel (Dapper Dan)

Inside Dapper Dan and Gucci’s Harlem Atelier

In the ’80s and ’90s, Daniel Day used Gucci’s logo without permission to create coveted “knockups.” Now, the couturier and the luxury brand have teamed up to create an appointment-only boutique.

Judge blocks earliest abortion ban in the nation

Just one day after Mississippi's governor signed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks, a federal judge issued an order temporarily blocking it.


Congress leaders near deal on government funding bill: senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers neared agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, as congressional leaders worked to narrow their differences on thorny issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall.

Lone resource officer's quick action stopped school shooter within seconds

The school shooting was over in seconds. But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school resource officer.

Polygraph: Stormy Daniels was being truthful

Stormy Daniels was "truthful about having unprotected vaginal intercourse with Donald Trump in July 2006," according to a polygraph test report from 2011.

How Mark Zuckerberg went from 2020 darling to political scourge

Less than a year ago, here's how Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's potential political aspirations were being treated by the media.

Stormy Daniels' friend: She fears for life

Stormy Daniels' friend Alana Evans says both she and Daniels have received threats from people formerly in the adult film industry.


Johnson faces dangerous group at WGC-Dell Match Play

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson opens his WGC-Dell Match Play title defense in Texas on Wednesday in a dangerous group that includes fellow American Kevin Kisner, Canadian Adam Hadwin and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Supreme Court Warily Eyes California Law Involving Abortion and Free Speech

The justices heard arguments in a First Amendment challenge to a law requiring “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide information on abortion.

Where in the world is Mark Zuckerberg? Frustrated Facebook execs are asking


A new quagmire for quarterly U.S. taxpayers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you pay quarterly U.S. taxes, the April IRS deadline is a double whammy - you have to file your 2017 return and you have to pay the first portion of your taxes due for the...

Data-Mining and Database Marketing

How Researchers Learned to Use Facebook ‘Likes’ to Sway Your Thinking

Your interest in Kim Kardashian West can tell researchers how extroverted (very), how conscientious (more than most) and how open-minded (only somewhat) you are.

Rain forecast prompts mandatory evacuations in California

Santa Barbara County officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order affecting about 30,000 people in extreme and high-risk debris flow areas ahead of the strongest storm of the season for Southern California.


Exclusive: Cycling - X-ray trucks to be used at top races to detect motors

PARIS (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) will use X-ray equipped trucks on Grand Tour stages and leading classic races this season following an increase in concerns about riders using motors inside their bikes.


Doctors endorse counseling of some kids, young adults to prevent skin cancer

(Reuters Health) - Fair-skinned children and young adults should get counseling on how to avoid sunburns that can lead to skin cancer, according to new guidelines from U.S. physicians.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The Calm Before the Stormy

What’s behind President Trump’s curious silence about a porn star and her story?


Fatal U.S. self-driving auto accident raises novel legal questions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona this week could offer a test of who can be held legally responsible for accidents when a human is no longer at the wheel, legal experts said.


Former F-Squared CEO must pay $12.4 million in SEC case: U.S. judge

BOSTON (Reuters) - The former chief executive of F-Squared Investments Inc, once the largest U.S. money manager creating portfolios out of exchange-traded funds, must pay more than $12.4 million for...

Toys 'R' Us is gone. Now KB Toys is coming back.


G20 agrees to 'monitor' cryptocurrencies but no action yet

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Financial policymakers from the world's top 20 economies agreed to keep a watchful eye on cryptocurrencies on Tuesday and opened the door to regulating the booming industry at a later stage.


Toys 'R' Us says 'making every effort' to pay vendors

(Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us said at a bankruptcy court hearing on Tuesday that it was working hard to maximize payments to suppliers and lenders, as it starts to shutter 735 big-box toy stores across the United States.


Senate committee urges action to prevent election hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just months before the country's next general election, U.S. senators said Russian cyber attacks on the voting system were unabated and called for urgent action and funding on Tuesday to help states battle foreign attempts to intervene in U.S. democracy.


Tesla denies Musk in talks with Israeli AI vision firm Cortica

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S. electric car company Tesla Inc said on Tuesday that Chief Executive Elon Musk, who was visiting Israel, did not discuss a collaboration with artificial intelligence firm Cortica.

Selena Gomez is happy and healthy

Selena Gomez has a message for the trolls who insist on having an opinion on her vacation pictures: give it up.

This is the most tweeted about movie ever


'The Crown' producers apologize for royal show pay disparity

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The producers of television series "The Crown" apologized on Tuesday for paying the award-winning actress who played Queen Elizabeth less than her male co-star but said nothing about redressing the past imbalance.

Fed up with Facebook? Here's how to protect your data

Facebook, the disrupter, could get disrupted

Facebook is under fire for allowing a Trump-affiliated firm, Cambridge Analytica, to access the private information of 50 million users. Facebook did not inform those users that their personal data was being harvested in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election.


Morgan Stanley wealth customers bring more assets to bank: executive

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley is starting to see some wealth management customers bring assets into the bank that they had held at other firms, President Colm Kelleher said on Tuesday.

Airline suspends pet cargo flights


Exclusive: Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners, according to people familiar with the plan.


Macron says too much English spoken in pre-Brexit Brussels

PARIS (Reuters) - The English language is too dominant in Brussels, especially with Britain soon to exit the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday as he vowed to fight for a wider use of French in EU institutions and abroad.

For months, the President's advisers kept him constrained. But he's taking public his private resentment about the man running the Russia probe.

There's been an important shift over the last few days in President Donald Trump's approach to the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as his rhetoric and his legal team have begun to reflect an increased focus on winning the fight for public opinion rather than cooperating with the actual probe.


Judge blocks Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks in a ruling handed down one day after the state's governor signed the measure.


G20 to recognize need for 'further dialogue and actions' on trade

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders are likely to reaffirm on Tuesday their commitment to fighting protectionism and recognize the need for "further dialogue and actions" on trade, just days before U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are to enter into force.


Senate committee launches effort to prevent election hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday released its first draft recommendations on how to prevent foreign hacking of U.S. elections, calling on Congress to help states tighten security after spending more than a year investigating Russian attempts to target the voting system in the 2016 campaign.

Women in Bill O'Reilly defamation suit want settlement agreements made public


Maryland high school shooter dies after gunfight with officer: sheriff

GREAT MILLS, Md. (Reuters) - A 17-year-old student shot and critically wounded two fellow students at a Maryland high school on Tuesday morning before dying after exchanging gunfire with a campus security officer, the county sheriff said.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Says He Congratulated Putin on His Re-Election and They May Meet Soon

“We had a very good call,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We will be meeting in the not-too distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control.”

Presidential Election of 2016

Ex-Playboy Model Sues to Break Silence on Trump

The former model, Karen McDougal, is the second woman this month to challenge Trump associates’ efforts to bury stories of extramarital affairs.


BRIEF-Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc Says CEO C. Michael Petters' 2017 Total Compensation Was $7.97 Million



JPMorgan names Mellody Hobson to board

March 20 (Reuters) - JPMorgan & Chase Co has appointed Mellody Hobson, the president of a Chicago-based investment firm, to its board of directors, the Wall Street bank said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-JPMorgan Chase Elects Mellody Hobson To Board Of Directors



Cryptocurrencies need monitoring, not banning: Italy's Visco

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Financial policymakers gathering in Buenos Aires on Tuesday agreed cryptocurrencies posed some risks but should not be banned altogether, the head of Italy's central bank said on Tuesday after the meeting.

Researcher at center of data-mining scandal touted techniques in Russia speech


Fifth device explodes in Texas; White House sees no link to terrorism

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, hastening investigators to seek the public's help in determining if there is any link to four homemade bombs that have rocked the state capital of Austin this month.


Exclusive: Salesforce in advanced talks to buy MuleSoft - sources

(Reuters) - Inc is in advanced discussions to acquire U.S. software maker MuleSoft Inc , people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, as it looks to expand its offerings beyond customer relationship management software.


UPDATE 8-Fifth device explodes in Texas; White House sees no link to terrorism

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas, March 20 (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, hastening investigators to seek the public's help in determining if there is any link to four homemade bombs that have rocked the state capital of Austin this month.


Stephen Hawking to join Newton, Darwin in final resting place

LONDON (Reuters) - British physicist Stephen Hawking is to take his place among some of the greatest scientists in history when his ashes are interred inside Westminster Abbey, close to the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

Saudi prince's WH visit continues Kushner courtship

When Donald Trump stepped into the White House in 2017, the President gave his son-in-law-turned-senior-aide Jared Kushner considerable power in trying to strike a deal for Middle East peace. Enter Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, another anointed son looking to make a name for himself after his father gave him considerable power.


BRIEF-Acasta Announces Court Hearing Date For Arrangement In Connection With Sale Of Stellwagen Business Unit


Cambridge Analytica responds to Channel 4 accusations

Cambridge Analytica is defending itself after British Broadcaster Channel 4 aired undercover videos showing executives from the firm discussing ways to potentially entrap candidates.


UPDATE 1-Zambia uncovers $8 bln tax scam at prominent mining firm

LUSAKA, March 20 (Reuters) - Zambia's tax collection agency said on Tuesday it had uncovered an five-year, $8 billion tax scam at an unspecified "prominent mining company".


Wall St. climbs with oil, but Facebook's slide checks gains

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as a jump in oil prices lifted energy stocks, though another drop in Facebook's shares curbed the gains on the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P.


Rocket attack kills at least 29 in Damascus market: Syrian state media

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 29 people were killed and scores injured on Tuesday when a rocket landed in a busy market place in an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said.


Seattle Genetics' Hodgkin's lymphoma drug wins U.S. approval

(Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved Seattle Genetics Inc's Adcetris as part of a chemotherapy cocktail to treat advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in newly diagnosed patients, opening up a key market for the drugmaker.


Toyota pauses self-driving car testing amid Uber accident probe

DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will pause autonomous vehicle testing following an accident in which an Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona.


UPDATE 1-Seattle Genetics' Hodgkin's lymphoma drug wins U.S. approval

March 20 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved Seattle Genetics Inc's Adcetris as part of a chemotherapy cocktail to treat advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in newly diagnosed patients, opening up a key market for the drugmaker.


US STOCKS-Wall St climbs with oil, but Facebook's slide checks gains

* Still, more stocks drop than gain on NYSE and Nasdaq (Updates to early afternoon)


Iran, Yemen in focus as Trump and Saudi crown prince meet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday discussed tensions with Iran and a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen which has come under criticism in Congress.

Polish priest publicly wishes for Pope's quick death in homily

A Catholic priest from Poland is facing rebuke after calling Pope Francis a "foreign body" in the church and implying the Pope should pass away soon if his views on refugees and non-Christian beliefs don't change.


EPA chief's security detail on Italy trip cost $30,000: document

(Reuters) - The U.S. government spent over $30,000 on personal security for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt during his trip last year to Italy, according to documents obtained by a watchdog group that said the spending was irresponsible at a time of budget cuts.

Male birth control pill one step closer to reality

For decades, birth control pills have exclusively been used by women. But a male birth control pill that is both safe and effective may be on the horizon, according to a new study.


Senators to press automakers, regulators on Takata air bag recall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday will ask automakers and regulators why tens of millions of vehicles with faulty Takata air bag inflators remain on the road years after deaths prompted the largest auto safety recall in history.


U.S. high court skeptical toward California law on anti-abortion centers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled sympathy toward Christian-based facilities that argued that a California law requiring them to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.


BRIEF-Black Box To Work On Engineering Program For U.S. Army Southwest Asia Outside Plant (SWA-OSP)



METALS-Copper hits three-month low on rising inventories, trade war fears

* GRAPHIC-2018 asset returns: (Updates with closing prices)

North American Free Trade Agreement

In Nafta Talks, U.S. Tries to Limit Junk Food Warning Labels

A Trump administration proposal would limit the ability of Mexico, Canada and the U.S. to warn consumers about the dangers of foods linked to obesity.

Kids 50 years ago almost never drew scientists as women. Now they do almost a third of the time

If you had asked a young child 50 years ago to draw a picture of a scientist, about 99% of the drawings would be of men.

I tweeted about diversity and got hammered by haters


Egypt court orders suspension of Uber, Careem services in victory for taxis: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt suspended the licenses of ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem on Tuesday, in a court ruling after taxi drivers sought to shut down the two firms' operations in the country, judicial sources said.

NRA rips Florida GOP house speaker over gun control law

The National Rifle Association is criticizing Florida's Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran for his comments lauding the passage of gun control legislation and accusing him of "betrayal."


A Seder Feast in Provence, With Roots in Ancient Rome

There has been a strong Jewish presence in the region since ancient times, and kosher tradition is reflected in recipes for the Passover feast.


Trump congratulates Putin on poll victory, possible meeting discussed: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump phoned Russia's Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election and they discussed the possibility of a meeting, the Kremlin said.

Amazon CEO takes robotic dog for a walk

United States Politics and Government

Saudi Crown Prince Arrives at White House to Meet with Trump

The president has lavished praise on Mohammed bin Salman, who has rapidly consolidated his position as Saudi Arabia’s heir apparent.

Smithsonian moves Michelle Obama portrait due to 'high volume of visitors'

Michelle Obama was so popular she needed more space.

Police raid BMW in diesel emissions probe

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Maryland School Shooting Suspect Is Dead After Confrontation With Officer

A student opened fire with a handgun, the sheriff said, wounding two students and exchanging gunfire with an officer who was stationed at the school.


Congress leaders seek to finalize spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers sought to reach an agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, with immigration issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall and protections for young 'Dreamer' immigrants at the center of negotiations.

Trump: I congratulated Putin

While meeting with Saudi Arabia's crown prince, President Donald Trump said he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and that they will be meeting soon.


Senators criticize U.S. support for Saudi campaign in Yemen as crown prince visits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators debated a resolution seeking an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen's civil war on Tuesday, the same day President Donald Trump was due to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House.


EU's Barnier sees most difficult Brexit issues to come at the end of talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier said on Tuesday he expected the most difficult negotiations with London to come at the end of the process.

Facebook's stock tumbles again

Ex-NFL players to help launch new football league

GOP senator blocks top spy lawyer's confirmation

Last week, quietly and without fanfare, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley blocked President Donald Trump's nominee to be the intelligence community's top lawyer, the General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Jason Klitenic.


New York Region Braces for Major Snowstorm

Even as the calendar turns to spring, winter refuses to relinquish its grip with forecasters predicting 12 to 16 inches of snow starting on Wednesday.


Children risk serious injuries on golf carts

(Reuters Health) - Golf cart crashes involving children can result in serious injuries, a new study confirms.


Slovak PM-designate to rework cabinet list after president rejects proposals

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia's prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini said on Tuesday he would propose a new list of ministers on Wednesday after the president rejected his cabinet proposals.


Google launches news initiative to combat fake news

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is launching the Google News Initiative, to weed out fake news online and during breaking news situations, it said in a blog post on Tuesday.


Expedia's Orbitz says 880,000 payment cards hit in breach

(Reuters) - Orbitz, a subsidiary of online travel agency Expedia Inc , said on Tuesday that hackers may have accessed personal information from about 880,000 payment cards.


FTC to investigate Facebook over use of personal data: report

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook Inc over its use of personal data, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, after a whistleblower said a political consultancy hired by Donald Trump improperly accessed information on 50 million Facebook users to sway public opinion.


BMW searched by German police in emissions swoop

FRANKFURT/MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW's headquarters were raided on Tuesday by German prosecutors investigating the suspected use of illegal emissions control software capable of manipulating exhaust levels.

Reno (Nev)

California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders

Reno is among several Western cities experiencing congestion and new tensions as California residents and businesses seek more affordable locations.


Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies in Kenya

Just two members of the charismatic subspecies remain, both female. But scientists still hope to prevent the extinction of the animals.

United States Defense and Military Forces

At War: 15 Years Ago, I Helped Start a War That Hasn’t Ended

As the United States enters its 15th year of war in Iraq, a former Marine Corps tanker remembers the invasion that set the occupation, and all its destruction, in motion.

Economic Conditions and Trends

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Aggressive Abroad, Putin Plays a Cautious Economic Game at Home

While other leaders scramble to boost economic growth, Vladimir Putin cares only about stability. And the Russian people seem fine with that.


General Dynamics raises offer for sector peer CSRA

(Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics on Tuesday raised its offer for sector peer CSRA Inc to $9.7 billion, including $2.8 billion in debt, in an attempt to top an unsolicited bid from CACI International Inc .


Birds in rural France wiped out at "dizzying" rate

PARIS (Reuters) - Bird populations are collapsing in rural France at a catastrophic rate, according to two studies published on Tuesday which drew a link to the intense use of pesticides in farming.


Morgan Stanley had 'very high' wealth-business revenue in early '18: president

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley had "very high" revenue in its wealth business in the first two months of 2018, but that has tailed off, President Colm Kelleher said on Tuesday at a European...


Op-Ed Contributor: Avoiding Collisions in Outer Space

To sustain the commercial space race, we need to streamline and coordinate rules to manage the proliferation of private satellites.


Boxing-Injured Saunders postpones WBO title defense

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has postponed his title defense against Martin Murray next month after suffering a hand injury in training.

Rap and Hip-Hop

Roxanne Finally Gets Her Revenge, 3 Decades After Her Hit Single

Roxanne Shanté was among the first solo female rappers when she made “Roxanne’s Revenge” in 1984. Her stymied career is now the subject of a biopic.

In March for Our Lives, don't forget Trayvon Martin

Students of all ages last week joined their courageous and eloquent peers from Parkland, Florida in protest. They are showing us that the damage from school shootings is not only the tragic loss of young lives, but also the pervasive fear that exists in modern American schools, where "active shooter" drills embed terror the way that "duck and cover" once did.


TSA says doesn't search phones, devices of air travelers for content

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, responding to a lawsuit, said on Tuesday it does not search devices like the mobile phones of air travelers for electronic content.

United States Politics and Government

F.T.C. Investigating Facebook in Use of Personal Data by Firm Tied to Trump

The Federal Trade Commission is examining whether Facebook violated a 2011 agreement with the agency on data privacy, a person with knowledge of the inquiry said.

United States Politics and Government

Ben Carson Defends Purchase of $31,000 Dining Set at Congressional Hearing

“People were stuck by nails, and a chair had collapsed with someone sitting in it,” said Mr. Carson, describing the furniture he replaced.

Jake Tapper to interview James Comey

CNN's Jake Tapper will interview former FBI Director James Comey on April 19, the network announced Tuesday.

Paul Ryan says he received assurances that firing Mueller 'not even under consideration'

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he received "assurances" that President Donald Trump is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

Carson confronted about furniture cost

Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson is confronted about the cost of a dining room set that was ordered for his office during a hearing on Capitol Hill.

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San Juan (Puerto Rico)

The 52 Places Traveler: The Suffering and Spirit of San Juan

A visit by our 52 Places Traveler to the Puerto Rican capital, still recovering from last year’s hurricanes, was one of the most calming and soul-filling experiences of her trip so far.


Prosecutors search Volkswagen headquarters in new emissions investigation

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Tuesday they had searched Volkswagen's headquarters as part of a new investigation into whether the carmaker had overstated the fuel efficiency of more vehicles than previously disclosed.


House Speaker Ryan says assured Trump won't fire Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday said he has been assured that fellow Republican President Donald Trump is not considering firing U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

What you need to know right now about the 2018 midterm elections

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McDonald's sets greenhouse gas reduction targets

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp on Tuesday announced an approved, science based target to cut greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change, saying it is the first restaurant company to do so.


FDA seeks data on role of flavors in tobacco addiction

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday asked for data, research and public comment on the role that flavors such as menthol play in tobacco addiction, the agency's latest move to curb nicotine addiction in the country.


Investors crowded into tech sector, BAML March survey finds

LONDON (Reuters) - Global investors were crowded into so-called FAANG and BAT tech shares in March and continue to cling to equity holdings despite fears of trade wars and growth slowdown, Bank of...


Arise Sir Ringo: Beatles drummer knighted at Buckingham Palace

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and joked with reporters afterwards: "I expect you to use my title."

Travel and Vacations

The Caribbean Now: Smaller Crowds, Quieter Shores as St. John Slowly Recovers

Evenings can be lively in Cruz Bay and the beaches are still inviting. But major resorts are closed and cleanup efforts continue.


UPDATE 1-General Dynamics raises offer for CSRA

March 20 (Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics said on Tuesday it raised its offer for sector peer CSRA Inc to $9.7 billion, including $2.8 billion in debt, in an attempt to top an unsolicited bid from CACI International Inc's.


UPDATE 5-Fifth package bomb strikes Texas, at FedEx facility near San Antonio

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas, March 20 (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was linked to a series of four homemade bombs that hit the Texas capital of Austin this month.


UPDATE 2-Starboard's Newell board nominees retreat after Icahn swoop

March 20 (Reuters) - Four of Starboard Value's nominees to Newell Brands Inc's board of directors withdrew their nominations, a day after the company rebuffed the activist hedge fund's challenge by giving billionaire investor Carl Icahn four board seats.


BlackBerry shares rise after software security pact with Microsoft

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's shares rose 4 percent in early trading on Tuesday after the company said it would provide security for one-time rival Microsoft Corp's flagship Office apps.


United Airlines pauses cargo-hold pet transport after missteps

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines is halting the shipment of pets in airplane cargo holds while it studies improvements, the carrier said on Tuesday, after the death of a puppy and mistakes in handling other dogs last week sparked negative publicity.


BRIEF-Eco Oro Files Memorial In Arbitration Against Colombia‍​

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Dozens of toy suppliers object to Toys 'R' Us liquidation plan

(Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us heads to U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday to defend its liquidation plan against an onslaught of objections from creditors, particularly suppliers demanding payment for thousands of toys ranging from Poopeez to Bratz.


Monsanto backs new company focused on gene editing, not GMOs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will fund a new U.S. company that aims to develop crops using technology known as gene editing, rather than the genetic modification that helped it become the world's biggest seed seller.


EU's Juncker follows France, Germany in congratulating Putin

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's chief executive has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his reelection, saying that Russia and Europe should "reestablish a cooperative pan-European security order".


Fifth package bomb strikes Texas, at FedEx facility near San Antonio

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) - A homemade bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution center near San Antonio early on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was linked to a series of four homemade bombs that struck capital city Austin this month.


Arise Sir Ringo - Beatles drummer knighted at Buckingham Palace

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and joked with reporters afterwards: "I expect you to use my title."

Bombs and Explosives

Package Explodes at FedEx Center Near San Antonio

The explosion comes amid heightened concern after a series of bombings in the nearby city of Austin, Tex.


FedEx to roll out 500 more stores inside Walmart

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Package delivery company FedEx Corp said on Tuesday it will open 500 FedEx Office stores inside Walmart Inc's U.S. locations, a partnership intended to help both companies attract new customers and handle online order returns.

Maryland high school on lockdown after shooting

A shooting has been reported at Great Mills High School in Maryland, the St. Mary's County Public Schools said on its website. "The school is on lock down," the school district said, and the incident has been contained. "The Sheriff's office is on the scene; additional information to follow," the statement said.

Facebook's data crisis could get even worse

Trump's opioid plan to kill drug dealers is about vengeance, not solutions

Vengeance is not a public health policy. But it's implicit in a policy measure coming out of the White House, which would attempt to solve the opioid crisis with a plan that includes sentencing some high-intensity traffickers to death. It may feel good, and for some segment of the population, vengeance may even look good.


Stocks heal after FANG bite, Fed bets lift dollar

LONDON (Reuters) - A worldwide selloff of internet stocks caused by reports of industrial-scale misuse of Facebook data began to ease on Tuesday, while the dollar was flying ahead of what is expected to be the first of at least three U.S. rate hikes this year.

Uber's self-driving car fatality: Questions answered


UK investigates Facebook over data breach, to raid Cambridge Analytica

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is investigating whether Facebook did enough to protect data after a whistleblower said a London-based political consultancy hired by Donald Trump improperly accessed information on 50 million Facebook users to sway public opinion.


Expelled Russian diplomats leave Britain in nerve agent crisis

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twenty three expelled Russian diplomats and their families left the embassy in London and headed back to Moscow on Tuesday in the deepest crisis in Russian-British relations since the Cold War sparked by a nerve agent attack in England.


BRIEF-Nanophase Announces New Chief Financial Officer

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises at open as higher oil prices help energy shares

March 20 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday, recovering some of its losses from a day earlier, as the energy sector gained from higher oil prices.


Wall Street opens higher as financials gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Tuesday, led by gains in financial stocks ahead of a near-certain interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, but declines in Facebook and Oracle weighed on technology shares.


Slovak president calls for stronger cabinet shuffle as protests continue

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska rejected prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini's proposed cabinet on Tuesday and called for stronger changes to the government by Friday to help calm a political crisis brought on by the murder of a journalist.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks heal after FANG bite, Fed bets lift dollar

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) - A worldwide selloff of internet stocks caused by reports of industrial-scale misuse of Facebook data began to ease on Tuesday, while the dollar was flying ahead of what is expected to be the first of at least three U.S. rate hikes this year.


BRIEF-U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Awards Biopharmx Patent Protection For Novel Tetracycline-Class Topical Drug Compositions



BRIEF-Monsanto And Pairwise Announce R&D Collaboration


This is how lawmakers plan to end the opioid crisis

Fresh on the heels of President Donald Trump's plan to tackle the opioid crisis, House lawmakers this week plan to introduce more than two dozen bills aimed at ending the epidemic, ranging from better access to treatment programs to exploring opioid alternatives for pain.


Soviet-era scientist says he helped create poison in UK spy attack row

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Cold War-era scientist acknowledged on Tuesday he had helped create the nerve agent that Britain says was used to poison an ex-spy and his daughter, contradicting Moscow's insistence that neither Russia nor the Soviet Union ever had such a program.


Several people shot at Maryland high school: media report

(Reuters) - Several people were shot at a Maryland high school on Tuesday, local news media reported, after school officials confirmed the campus was on lockdown and the incident had been "contained."


World record holder Kimetto snubs London for Vienna Marathon

(Reuters) - World record holder Dennis Kimetto will run the Vienna City Marathon on April 22, organizers announced on Tuesday.


General Dynamics ups offer in battle for CSRA

(Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics said on Tuesday it had raised its offer for smaller sector peer CSRA Inc to $9.7 billion, including $2.8 billion in debt, as it strives to top CACI International Inc's offer.

Russian envoys expelled by UK head home

Twenty-three Russian diplomats expelled from the UK over the poisoning of a former spy on British soil have begun their journey to Moscow, Russia state news agency TASS reported.

Student speaks from math class

Jonathan Freese talks to CNN in the aftermath of a shooting that took place while he was in math class at Great Mills High School in Maryland.


Court rules in favor of case on Britain's ability to reverse Brexit

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - - A legal attempt by anti-Brexit campaigners to establish that Britain could unilaterally reverse Brexit was given a boost on Tuesday by Scotland's top court, which said it wants to examine the case in greater depth.

'Stranger Things' stars to get major raise

The stars of Netflix's "Stranger Things" are set for a major pay raise for season three of the hit show.


Tennis: Fever-Tree puts fizz back into Queens

LONDON (Reuters) - The makers of Fever-Tree mixer drinks are putting some fizz into the annual Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's Club with a three-year sponsorship deal announced on Tuesday.


Journey to Antarctica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty

ABOARD THE ARCTIC SUNRISE (Reuters) - The trip began in Punta Arenas, the capital of Magallanes region, Chile. We had spent three days aboard the Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ship docked in one of the city’s harbors, to test our equipment and conduct security drills. I was eager to get to Antarctica.

Illinois primary: What to watch for

The Land of Lincoln heads to the polls today for its primary, the second state to hold a primary this year for the 2018 midterms. While four congressional districts are ranked on CNN's Key Races, the one major House race to watch tonight is a Democratic primary that's turned some of the party's biggest leaders and outside supporters against each other.

Politics and Government

Nicolas Sarkozy, Ex-President of France, Is Held for Questioning on Libyan Cash

Mr. Sarkozy is facing an investigation into whether his 2007 election campaign received funding from the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.