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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.

This is the cognitive test the president took

Before President Donald Trump's physical examination on Friday, Dr. Ronny Jackson had decided he wasn't going to perform a cognitive assessment. Jackson said he didn't feel the test was necessary. But the president requested he be tested, anyway.


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.

Trump tweeted his black approval rating has doubled. It hasn't.

President Donald Trump bragged on Twitter that his approval rating with black Americans has doubled. It hasn't.

Yates, Christopher J.

Books of The Times: In This Thriller, a Cold Case Turns Hot 26 Years Later

Christopher J. Yates’s “Grist Mill Road” opens with a shooting involving three teenagers, then revisits the crime and its consequences once they’re grown.


Kim Kardashian announces birth of third child, this one by surrogate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West announced their third child on Tuesday, a girl born to a surrogate.


Tortured, starved California children rarely seen outside home: neighbors

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings who police said were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their disheveled house and, when they did, appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbors said.

New York City

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.


Cycling: Froome should not race until investigation over - Bardet

PARIS (Reuters) - Chris Froome should rule himself out of racing until a probe into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication during last year's Tour of Spain has been concluded, twice Tour de France podium finisher Romain Bardet said on Tuesday.

The South prepares for wintry mix of snow and ice

Snow and ice are coming to Southern states that aren't so accustomed to seeing such frosty conditions.

Durbin: I'm stunned this is the WH's defense

Sen. Dick Durbin says he stands by his original interpretation of President Trump's comments on immigration.

Lewandowski expects to testify this week in Russia probe

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski expects to voluntarily testify behind closed doors before Congress this week as part of the investigation into Russian election interference.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

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.

The last straw: Is time up for this plastic relic?

Every day, Americans throw away 500 million plastic straws, enough to circle the Earth twice, or fill 125 school buses.


Softbank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit this year: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to list its mobile-phone business and raise some $18 billion, the Nikkei newspaper said, a spin-off that would complete the Japanese telecoms conglomerate's transformation into a global technology investor.

All the ways you can make a difference this MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not just a federal holiday where you take off work, it's also meant to be a national day of service -- a time for action. "You can have a person in your own house that needs help. Your neighbor needs help. That is the whole premise," said Carmen Coya van-Duijn with the King Center in Atlanta.


On Soccer: Liverpool Beats Manchester City, Dealing Blow to Its Invincible Aura

Liverpool ensured Manchester City would not go unbeaten through its Premier League schedule by edging the league leaders, 4-3, in a thriller at Anfield.


Saudi Electricity signs deal with Japanese firms for first EV pilot

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - State-controlled Saudi Electricity Co (SEC) has signed a deal with Japanese Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), Nissan Motor Co and Takaoka Toko for the first electric vehicle (EV) pilot project in the world's largest oil exporter, it said on Sunday.

Condoleezza Rice on #MeToo: 'Let's not turn women into snowflakes'

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that while she believes the #MeToo movement is "a good thing," people need "to be a little bit careful" about how they respond to it.

Hawaii official: This was my fault

Governor David Ige and Hawaii's emergency administrator Vern Miyagi are blaming human error for a false incoming missile alert that was sent out in Hawaii.


Cycling: This year’s Vuelta to be decided in the mountains

MADRID (Reuters) - Tour of Spain organizers are hoping the 2018 race will be decided in the mountains as they unveiled the course for the next edition on Saturday.


UPDATE 1-Iraq nears oil output capacity of 5 mln bpd, committed to OPEC cuts

ABU DHABI, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Saturday that the OPEC member's oil output capacity is nearing 5 million barrels per day, but the country will remain in full compliance with its output target under a global pact to cut supplies.

Mudslides, wildfires, and flu. This is California's 2018 so far

California evokes images of sunny beaches, majestic mountains, Hollywood celebs, coastal highways and all variations of good times.

Prisons and Prisoners

Big City: Selling Prisoners Cheetos, Not Chomsky

The governor canceled a program that would have limited the books inmates could receive, but the larger problems with marketing to prisoners persist.


BRIEF-Capital City Bank Group Provides Impact to Deferred Tax Asset in Q4 From Tax Act


Cooking and Cookbooks

Where Has This Treat Been All Your Life? Canada

With its flaky pastry, caramelized crust and bracingly sweet filling, the butter tart has it all.

The latest storm will cover the Midwest in ice and snow

The storm system that brought much-needed rain but deadly mudflows to southern California has swept through the Southern Plains and is now making a significant impact with rain, sleet and snow in the East.

Best-selling snow boots for guys and gals


Dutch government won't decide on cuts at Groningen until March - report

AMSTERDAM, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The Dutch government will not make public any new decision on production at the Groningen gas field until March at the earliest, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported on Friday.

Reporters grill new Trump envoy: 'This is the Netherlands, you have to answer questions'

President Donald Trump's new US Ambassador to the Netherlands held his first press conference with Dutch media at The Hague on Wednesday, and it was awkward.


Long night for hundreds of passengers on Japan train trapped by snow

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hundreds of passengers spent a cramped and uncomfortable night and much of Friday morning stuck on a crowded train trapped by heavy snow at a railroad crossing not far from a station in northern Japan, an official said.

President Trump's other insensitive comments on race, ethnicity

President Donald Trump's comments Thursday decrying the migration of citizens from "shithole countries" was criticized as racially insensitive.

Cooper: Don't dance around it, this is racist

CNN's Anderson Cooper takes on President Trump's vulgar comments about American immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, first reported by the Washington Post.

Analysis: This is a new rock bottom

On Thursday, in a meeting with a senators and House members on immigration, the President of the United States, asked this: "Why do we want all these people from 'shithole countries' coming here?"

Education (K-12)

‘I Want Change to Come From This,’ Louisiana Teacher Says of Arrest

Deyshia Hargrave was arrested at a school board meeting on Monday after speaking out against a renewed contract for the district’s superintendent.


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

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


BRIEF-China Gold International says Ore Processing Capacity At Jiama Mine Has Been Increased To 28,000 Tonnes Per Day From Previous Capacity Of 6,000 TPD​

Jan 11 (Reuters) - China Gold International Resources Corp Ltd:


Kadono, Hirano aim for Japan's first snowboarding gold

LONDON (Reuters) - Japan gave snowboarding its Olympic debut in 1988 but of the 30 gold medals handed out in the sport since the Nagano Games none have been draped around the neck of a Japanese athlete.


Clariant says respected publicity rules in Huntsman deal

ZURICH, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Swiss specialty chemicals maker Clariant said it believed it had upheld all requirements in announcing a planned Huntsman merger last May after Switzerland's exchange said it was investigating the matter.

Pensions and Retirement Plans

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.


Marino leads new wave of American snowboard hopes

LONDON(Reuters) - Julia Marino will head to next month's Winter Games as a major medal contender, yet the American snowboarder may not have been on the plane to Pyeongchang at all were it not for a twist of fate during her teenage years.

Astronaut apologizes for out-of-this-world growth claim

What seemed like an out-of-this-world claim has turned out to be just that.


Soldiers loot arms, burn military base in Ivory Coast's second largest city

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Soldiers in Ivory Coast's second largest city looted weapons from the base of a rival elite military unit before setting it on fire during an overnight clash, leaders of the faction that carried out the raid said on Wednesday.


Father’s sacrifice helps Kim become snowboard star

LONDON (Reuters) - Chloe Kim has the chance to become the youngest female snowboarder to win Olympic gold when the 2018 Pyeongchang Games kick off in South Korea next month and the American teen says she owes much of her success to her dedicated dad.


Soldiers loot arms, burn military base in Ivory Coast's second city

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Soldiers in Ivory Coast's second largest city looted weapons from the base of an elite military unit overnight before setting it on fire, leaders of the faction said on Wednesday.


Japan reports first suspected bird flu case in poultry this winter

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's agriculture ministry on Wednesday reported a suspected case of bird flu in Kagawa prefecture, western Japan, potentially marking the country's first bird flu outbreak in poultry this winter.

Europe Edition: North Korea, Stephen Bannon, Snow: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

Would you pay $4K for this high-tech treadmill?


BRIEF-Snow Eagle Resources Signs Qualifying Transaction Definitive Agreement With CannaTest Photonics



BRIEF-United Continental Sees Q4 Consolidated Capacity To 4 Pct Higher Versus Last Year



Lootings, scattered protests hit Venezuelan industrial city

CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) - A second day of lootings and scattered street protests hit the Ciudad Guayana in southeastern Venezuela on Tuesday, as unrest grows in the once-booming industrial city plagued with food shortages and a malaria outbreak.

Dickerson, John

John Dickerson to Replace Charlie Rose on ‘CBS This Morning’

A Washingtonian through and through, Mr. Dickerson will move to New York and leave his role as host of “Face the Nation” to engage in morning banter.

Justin Hartley is a 'This Is Us' superfan, too

"This Is Us" returns for its mid-season premiere Tuesday and the show's loyal followers are rabid for more.


Yemen's Houthis threaten to block Red Sea shipping lane

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen's armed Houthi movement threatened to block the strategic Red Sea shipping lane if the Saudi-led coalition it is fighting keeps pushing toward the port of Hodeidah it controls, the Houthi-run SABA news agency reported.


TV newsman John Dickerson to replace Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CBS named television journalist John Dickerson on Tuesday to replace fired co-host Charlie Rose on the network's "CBS This Morning" news show.

It snowed in one of the hottest places in the world

It's quite a time for weird weather, and it doesn't get much weirder than snow falling in one of the hottest places in the world.


Snow in the Sahara Creates White-Capped Dunes of Eerie Beauty

Up to 15 inches fell in northwestern Algeria, creating an alien-looking landscape right here on Earth.

John Dickerson to replace Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning'


Tourists airlifted from snowbound Swiss ski resort

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt airlifted guests by helicopter on Tuesday after heavy snow and a power cut stranded thousands of visitors.


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

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


Wrong wax? Snow problem for Olympic athletes

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It is the one subject skiers and snowboarders cannot stop obsessing about at the Winter Olympics - how best to wax their equipment to ensure maximum speed and stability.


Slip-sliding down the Sahara snow

ALGIERS (Reuters) - On the usually sun-kissed sand dunes of the Sahara desert, a rare blanket of snow allowed Algerians the chance to try out some icy sliding.

This anniversary is no cause for celebration


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.

This 65-inch TV rolls up like wrapping paper

Atlanta hasn't forgotten that Trump called it 'crime infested' and in 'horrible shape'

When President Trump visits Atlanta Monday night to attend college football's national championship game, he may not remember just a year ago he described the city as "in horrible shape," "falling apart" and "crime infested."


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.


No quick deal seen between Airbus and China on A380

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus has studied the possibility of selling China a stake in its flagship A380 superjumbo program in exchange for orders as it tries to shore up declining production, but no immediate deal is on the table, industry sources said.


BRIEF-Gain Capital announces ‍launch Of Bitcoin Trading In Australia, Singapore On Co's City Index Branded Service​



Big air snowboarding looks to thrill on Olympics debut

LONDON (Reuters) - The newest Olympic sport should prove to be a crowd-pleaser straight away.


Britain's Ormerod ready to take off for snowboarding gold

LONDON (Reuters) - She stands little more than five feet tall in her boots but when Katie Ormerod takes off on a snowboard she looks every inch a candidate to win Britain's first Olympic gold medal on snow.

'This Is Us' star on why she's wearing black

Actress Susan Kelechi Watson explains to CNN's Stephanie Elam why she is wearing black for the Golden Globes.


Drivers rescued after being trapped overnight by snowstorm in Spain

MADRID (Reuters) - After hours of being trapped in heavy snow and freezing conditions, the last of travelers stranded overnight in their vehicles on a motorway near Spain’s capital Madrid were rescued on Sunday afternoon, emergency services said.


RPT-As Macron embarks on China tour, reciprocity is the word

* France pushes for more access to Chinese market to cut deficit

Source: Bannon was going to call Trump Jr. a patriot. And then the President did this

Steve Bannon was only minutes away from attacking "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff over quotes attributed to the former White House chief strategist, but he decided not to do so after President Donald Trump attacked him after the release of excerpts from the book, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Should Democrats shake Trump's hand and make this deal?

Hospice Care

Opinion: This Was Not the Good Death We Were Promised

Hospice care failed my father when it mattered most.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Defends His Mental Capacity, Calling Himself a ‘Genius’

Mr. Trump, seeming to respond to revelations in a new book, issued an extraordinary defense of his fitness for office.

Sewers and Sewage

F.Y.I.: From Bicycles to Wooden Beams: The Weird Stuff Found in City Sewage

While potentially amusing, foreign items can cause serious damage to a sewage treatment plant’s infrastructure.


NSA chief to leave, expects successor this month: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers has announced plans to retire this spring and has said he expected a successor to be nominated and approved by the U.S. Senate this month, according to a report on Friday.


Fed's Harker says two rate hikes 'appropriate' this year

(Reuters) - Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker on Friday said he believes the central bank should raise rates just two times this year, fewer than most of his rate-setting colleagues, as low inflation continues to dog the U.S. economy.


As Macron embarks on China tour, reciprocity is the word

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China next week will be the first by a major European leader since the Communist party's recent leadership congress, and he will use it to try to secure greater access for French companies and forge a yet-to-be-defined Asia policy.

New York City

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.

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

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

Why this new app is on to something

HQ Trivia is a live quiz app where users can win money. It glitches constantly, but it's achieved something others have struggled with: appointment viewing.


China warns of second wave of snow after blizzard alert lifted

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China warned of a second wave of snow and sleet hitting northern, central and eastern parts on Friday after record snowfall paralyzed parts of the country in the most severe weather this winter.


Cold comfort: China's Wuhan eases gas rationing as snow hits

BEIJING (Reuters) - The industrial city of Wuhan eased restrictions on gas use on Friday for residents facing freezing temperatures and heavy snow falls, as increased supplies offered some respite to China's winter gas shortage.


China warns of second wave of snow after lifting blizzard alert

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China warned of a second wave of snow and sleet hitting northern, central and eastern parts of the country on Friday after record snowfall paralyzed parts of the country.


Solid U.S. job growth expected in December; wages seen rising

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers likely maintained a brisk pace of hiring in December while increasing wages for workers amid growing confidence in the economy, which could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in March.


WRAPUP 1-Solid U.S. job growth expected in December; wages seen rising

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - U.S. employers likely maintained a brisk pace of hiring in December while increasing wages for workers amid growing confidence in the economy, which could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in March.


China lifts blizzard alert but second round of snow forecast

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's weather bureau lifted a blizzard alert on Friday with fewer areas likely to face heavy snow, but it warned of a second wave of snow and sleet in parts of the country.


Cold comfort: Chinese city eases gas rationing as snow hits

BEIJING (Reuters) - The major industrial Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday loosened restrictions on residential gas use as freezing temperatures bite and heavy snow falls, local media reported.

Stelter: This is bigger than Trump vs. Bannon

Spicer: There was a scrutiny never seen before

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks with HLN's S.E. Cupp about his time working in the Trump administration.

Opinion: This is no time to be stingy about heating homes of the poor

Low-income families struggle to pay their home energy bills in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. Record cold temperatures are bearing down along the East Coast and across the Midwest, and, based on US Energy Information Administration estimates, the cost of home heating will likely exceed the cost of previous years.

Disasters and Emergencies

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.

NFL's TV ratings fell sharply this season

Opinion: When snow takes over, new realities emerge

Wednesday night in the Bay Area, where I live, there was an earthquake. It roused me from a deep uneasy dream about a sea leviathan, and as I woke, I realized we were riding bareback on the skin of the earth.

Meyers, Seth

Seth Meyers Is Ready for the Golden Globes. And This Moment.

Mr. Meyers faces a challenge: look for humorous but appropriate ways to talk about a year in which the entertainment industry was roiled by sexual misconduct scandals.

Remember this week's news? Take the quiz!


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.

Customs, Etiquette and Manners

Social Q’s: Must I Keep This Useless Gift?

And: the price of end-of-life care, socializing with new parents, and a bystander’s stance on everyday sexism.

Snowboard star back after horrific crash

Video in a Yahoo Sports documentary shows snowboard star Shaun White crashing during a training run and sustaining lacerations to his face.


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.


Fit City: Want a Better Workout? Just Breathe

Experts who usually specialize in extreme exercise are noticing that breathwork can help with endurance and recuperation. And stress, of course.

Snow and Snowstorms

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.


Powerful snowstorm hits eastern U.S., snarling travel

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - High winds and heavy snow barreled into the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, closing schools and government offices and disrupting travel as work crews scrambled to clear roads before plummeting temperatures turn snow into treacherous ice.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Want Snow? Don’t Go Looking in the Sierra Nevada.

Thursday: An earthquake wakes up the Bay Area, a high school soccer coach is accused of trafficking, and the newest place for hot chocolate.

New York City

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.


Blizzard pounds U.S. Northeast as snow sweeps across South

CHARLESTON, S.C./BOSTON (Reuters) - Heavy snow and high winds pounded the U.S. East Coast along a front stretching from Maine as far south as North Carolina early on Thursday, knocking out power, icing over roadways and closing hundreds of schools.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: A City Where East Meets West and the Past Is Always Present

Richard Fidler’s “Ghost Empire” and Bettany Hughes’s “Istanbul” explore the intricate, improbable history of one of the world’s great urban centers.

Gerwig, Greta

Greta Gerwig: My Mother, My City

The actress and director explains how her love of New York is inextricably entwined with how she was introduced to it: on foot, by her smart, funny Sacramento mom.


Live Briefing: ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Swirls Northward, Bringing Snow and Bitter Cold

The storm, which dropped sleet or snow as far south as Florida, was expected to produce blizzard conditions as it moved up the Eastern Seaboard.


Heavy snowfall shuts three China airports, delays at nine others

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - At least three Chinese airports have been shut and nine others are experiencing extensive delays because of heavy snowfall, Chinese aviation data provider VariFlight said on Thursday.

Parts of US may be colder than Mars by this weekend

This is what subzero temperatures look like

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

White House officials feared Bannon would do this

The war that erupted between the White House and Steve Bannon Wednesday is one many people inside the West Wing feared would happen after the former chief strategist was pushed out of the administration several months ago.

Some in South get their first experience with snow

Please pardon the people freaking out in Florida. It's snowing! It's snowing!


'Bombogenesis' takes aim at U.S. Northeast as snow sweeps South

CHARLESTON, S.C./BOSTON (Reuters) - A rare winter storm hit the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" blizzard forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.


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.


'Bombogenesis' takes aim at U.S. Northeast as South hit by snow

CHARLESTON, S.C./BOSTON (Reuters) - A rare winter storm hit the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" blizzard forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.

Why does the 'most mysterious star in the universe' act this way?

More than 1,000 light-years away, there is a star that has been baffling astronomers since it was first observed in data collected by the Kepler mission. KIC 8462852 is 50% bigger than our sun, and 1,000 degrees hotter.

This country made it illegal to pay women less than men


Rare snow hits U.S. Southeast as Northeast braces for 'bombogenesis'

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A rare winter storm hit the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" whopper forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.

Is this the most European city in North America?

A bomb cyclone and other cool cold-weather terms to know this winter

If you're feeling abnormally chilly lately, go ahead and blame the bomb cyclone. It's the hottest cold-weather term at the moment, probably because it combines two already alarming words.

Opinion: Trump hasn't caused a global crisis yet, but we might not be lucky in 2018

2017 is the year we somehow got away with it.

This FL city hasn't seen snow in nearly 30 years -- until now

Drug Abuse and Traffic

This Judge Has a Mission: Keep Defendants Alive

An experimental court in Buffalo steers opioid users into treatment instead of jail. The judge uses his own recovery story as an example.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: No Light at the End of This Tunnel

Ian Black’s “Enemies and Neighbors” sees no clear solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


LIVE MARKETS-European shares seen edging higher -spreadbetters

Jan 3(Reuters) - Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Kit Rees. Reach her on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves:

Jake Tapper: None of this is stable behavior

CNN's Jake Tapper recaps President Trump's incendiary tweetstorm on North Korea, the media and the Department of Justice


Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Is Right, This Time, About Iran

Iran’s revolutionary theocracy is bankrupt.

1,500 security barriers are going up across New York City

New York City plans to install more than 1,500 protective barriers in high-profile locations to guard against vehicle attacks and other terror-related incidents.

Opinion: Is this North Korea's Oprah moment?

Sports is often said to be the great equalizer, but can it also be a great therapist?


Senior U.S. refugee official to retire this month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the top U.S. government officials working on refugee issues on Tuesday announced her impending retirement, as the U.S. refugee program has come under continued pressure from the Trump administration.

Live updates: 7 things Trump tweeted about this morning


Northeastern U.S. gripped by record cold, snow forecast later in week

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A record-shattering arctic freeze kept its grip on the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, closing schools and affecting travel on the first business day of 2018, and forecasters warned the region could be walloped by snow later in the week.


Critic’s Notebook: At City Ballet, History Is About to Change. How?

Peter Martins inherited George Balanchine’s roles: running the School of American Ballet and City Ballet and choreographing. Should this model persist?


Previously detained ex-finance minister Assaf seen at Saudi cabinet meeting

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi state minister Ibrahim al-Assaf was seen attending a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, according to a photograph published on official media, almost two months after the veteran official was reported detained in a crackdown on corruption.


Alpine skiing: Snow chance? Outsiders compete against the odds

LONDON (Reuters) - Most of the top Alpine skiers have grown up on snow, which is something of a disadvantage for those whose countries see little of the stuff.


Previously detained ex-minister Assaf seen at Saudi cabinet meeting: SPA photo

RIYADH (Reuters) - Previously detained former Saudi finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf was seen attending the kingdom's weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday, according to a photograph published on the official SPA news agency.

Congress is back, and this is the agenda

Congressional Republicans return to work this week thrilled they passed a major tax reform bill before Christmas but uncertain and divided about what they will do in 2018, a critical election year.


North Korea's Olympic overture seen aimed at blunting international pressure

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a year of threats and weapons advances, North Korea's leader appears to be using the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as a tool to blunt growing international pressure on his regime while leaving his nuclear arsenal untouched.


Asian factories end robust 2017 on mixed note; central banks seen hiking slowly

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asia's factories ended a strong 2017 on a mixed note, with activity at multi-year highs in Taiwan and India and surprisingly picking up in China, but contracting in some places in a sign regional interest rate hikes likely will be gradual.


GLOBAL ECONOMY-Asian factories end robust 2017 on mixed note; c.banks seen hiking slowly

* Dec factory activity rises in China; at 6-1/2 yr highs in Taiwan


BRIEF-Freeport Indonesia gets mining permit extension until June 30



China names acting mayor for city of Tianjin after bribery scandal

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has named an acting mayor for northern city of Tianjin, state media said on Tuesday, months after the mayor was jailed for corruption.


Asian factories end 2017 on mixed note; central banks seen hiking slowly

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asia's factories ended a strong 2017 on a mixed note, with activity at multi-year highs in Taiwan and surprisingly picking up in China, but contracting in some economies in a sign that any interest rate hikes in the region will be slow and gradual.


GLOBAL ECONOMY-Asian factories end 2017 on mixed note; c.banks seen hiking slowly

* Dec factory activity rises in China; at 6-1/2 yr highs in Taiwan


Peter Martins Retires From New York City Ballet After Misconduct Allegations

Mr. Martins had been accused of sexual harassment as well as physical and verbal abuse.

de Blasio, Bill

Editorial: ‘A New Progressive Era’ in New York City

As he starts his second term, Mayor Bill de Blasio sets aside Clinton centrism in favor of Sanders-style progressivism.

How to get this Mexican beach to yourself

Girl wanders in snow after mom dies

A 4-year-old girl was found alone in a playground after her mother died at home nearly a day earlier.

Record cold, heavy snow grips much of the US, with more on the way

Across the United States, temperature records are falling faster than this week's snowflakes in Erie, Pennsylvania, and it's only going to get worse.

Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY)

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

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

Mutual Funds

Why Are Mutual Fund Fees So High? This Billionaire Knows

In an era of Amazonian price destruction, mutual funds are an outlier. Weak directors, complacent investors and the lure of rich profits are among the reasons.

Computers and the Internet

City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto

Plans by a Google sibling for a development where robots collect trash and heated paths melt snow have generated excitement. But its data-collection sensors have spurred privacy concerns.

Electricity still out to 45% in Puerto Rico

Exactly how bad was Puerto Rico's power system damaged by Hurricane Maria? Everybody knows a lot of people were in the dark, but information provided by authorities has been confusing.


BRIEF-City Holding Says On Dec 26 Unit Filed Lawsuit Against Kentucky Fuels, The James C. Justice Cos



How We Looked at the Arts This Year: Our Favorite Photographs

These images, some of the best we took in 2017, capture the power of the artists and performers we covered — and offer plenty of beauty on their own.

No, Trump's approval rating hasn't caught up to Obama's

President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his approval ratings at this point in his presidency rival those of Barack Obama, citing a report from "Fox & Friends."

Space and Astronomy

Out There: U.F.O.s: Is This All There Is?

Astronomers have their noses pressed against the windows of the unknown, wanting to believe in life elsewhere just like many outer space enthusiasts.


Apartment fire in New York City kills 12 including four children

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators in New York City searched early on Friday for the cause of an apartment fire that killed 12 people including four children in the city's deadliest blaze in at least a quarter of a century.

Here are all the words you mispronounced this year

Say these out loud: Bokeh. Coulrophobia. Dotard. Did you pause? You're not alone.

Polaroid Corp

Our Favorite Vintage Photographs in T This Year

Some of the not-so-recent images we published in 2017, from the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon throwing a peace sign to classic Stephen Shore shots.


Fire in New York City apartment block kills 12 including four children

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators in New York City searched early on Friday for the cause of a blaze that ripped through an apartment building in the Bronx and killed 12 people including four children, in the city's deadliest fire in at least a quarter of a century.


Fire in New York City apartment block kills 12 including an infant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators in New York City searched early on Friday for the cause of a blaze that ripped through an apartment building in the borough of the Bronx, killing 12 people including an infant, in the city's deadliest fire in at least a quarter of a century.


New York City apartment fire kills 12, injures several others

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twelve people were killed, including an infant, and four were critically injured on Thursday in a fire that swept through several floors of an apartment building in the New York City borough of the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.


Twelve dead in New York City apartment fire: mayor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twelve people were killed, including an infant, and four were critically injured on Thursday in a fire in an apartment building in New York City's borough of the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.


At least six reported dead in New York City apartment fire

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fire in an apartment in the Bronx borough of New York City on Thursday has killed at least six people, the mayor's press secretary said in a Twitter post.


At least 15 seriously injured in New York City blaze

NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least 15 civilians were seriously injured on Thursday in a four-alarm apartment fire in the Bronx borough of New York City, the city fire department said on its official Twitter account.


NY City police act to halt threat of suicide bombers on New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Police Department is providing officers with specialized training to stop suicide bombers at Sunday's New Year's Eve celebration, when up to 2 million people are expected to flood the streets in and around Times Square, officials said on Thursday.

Police: Parents locked daughter in room for 15 years until she died

A couple in Japan have been arrested after their emaciated adult daughter was found dead in a windowless room where she had apparently been locked for at least 15 years.


New York City murders seen dropping below 300 in 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City is on track to record fewer than 300 murders in 2017, marking a steep decline since the early 1990s when the annual death toll exceeded 2,000 people.

You have 2 ways to win more than $300 million this week


LG Display says did not supply OLED panels for Apple's iPhone X this year

SEOUL, Dec 28 (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd on Thursday said it did not supply any organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels for Apple's iPhone X smartphones this year.

Muslims and Islam

Rabwah Journal: Shunned by Pakistan’s Muslims, Ahmadis Find Refuge in a City of Their Own

Rabwah, home to about 70,000 Ahmadis, has a veneer of calm, even affluence, that is at odds with the growing hatred against the sect elsewhere in the country.


Trilobites: In Winter, You Might Wish You Had This Rodent Superpower

Scientists discovered a quirk in the proteins of some squirrels and hamsters that helps them behave a bit like a coldblooded animal.


Erie, Pennsylvania, buried under record snowfall

(Reuters) - A storm that has dumped more than 65 inches (165 cms) of snow this week on Erie, Pennsylvania, is expected to slightly taper off on Wednesday after leaving drifts that buried cars, paralyzed the area and made the county declare an emergency.

This is how to make college more affordable

Opinion: America's health is declining and corporations are stoking this crisis

America's powerful corporations made a killing with the passage of the Republican tax cuts. The tax cuts will hand trillions of dollars to the companies and their moneyed owners following a massive corporate lobbying campaign.


Erie, Pennsylvania, buried under awesome snowfall

(Reuters) - A storm that has dumped more than 63 inches (160 cms) of snow this week on Erie, Pennsylvania, is expected to slightly taper off on Wednesday after leaving behind drifts that buried cars, paralyzed the area and prompted an emergency declaration.

Pop and Rock Music

The Pop Charts Were Crazy This Year. Here’s Why.

As streaming continues to remake the music industry, artists and record labels schemed and scrambled, remixed and bundled to get their songs into fans’ ears.


Erie, Pennsylvania pummeled by record 5 feet of snow

(Reuters) - Snow piled up in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday after two days of record-breaking snowfall that had already surpassed 5 feet (1.5 meters), breaking city and state records, according to the National Weather Service.


The Best Uses of Color in T This Year

Some of the most vibrant images of 2017 include a fiery orange and marigold dim sum parlor, and floral Balenciaga dresses photographed at the fashion house’s archives.

Layoffs and Job Reductions

‘Nobody Thought It Would Come to This’: Drug Maker Teva Faces a Crisis

The move by Israel’s corporate version of a celebrity to lay off 14,000 workers was greeted with outrage, a nationwide strike and much disappointment.


UPDATE 1-Shell's operations seen boosted by U.S. tax overhaul

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it expects recently enacted U.S. tax reform legislation to have a "favorable" impact on its operations.


Shell's operations seen boosted by U.S. tax reform legislation

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it expects recently enacted U.S. tax reform legislation to have a "favorable" impact on its operations.

Snow and Snowstorms

Storm Buries Pennsylvania City in More Than Five Feet of Snow

Residents of Erie, Pa., have had to abandon their cars in the middle of the road after getting stuck. The snow, which shattered several records, is still coming down.


Patch of Bamboo Creates New Legal Thicket for Connecticut City

In a Connecticut city known for showdowns between homeowners and the government, a tiny yard overtaken by bamboo is at the center of a new fight.

What is lake-effect snow?

Some of the biggest snowstorms happen along the Great Lakes. Chad Myers explains how lake-effect snow happens.


Critic’s Notebook: Under City Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ Tree, Dancers Find New Roles

In the week before Christmas, new Dewdrops, a Cavalier and Coffee.

NFL cancels Sunday Night Football this week

Erie had record snow fall for two days

Fashion and Apparel

9 New Fashion Brands We Discovered This Year

From maximalist pajamas to subversive Swedish men’s wear, T featured a range of emerging brands in 2017. Here, a roundup of some that still have us talking.


Provincial China officials used fake data to evade aluminum, steel capacity curbs: China Youth Daily

BEIJING (Reuters) - Local officials in China's northern Shandong province have used fake data to help aluminum and steel producers avoid mandatory production curbs, the state-run China Youth Daily reported, citing a Ministry of Environmental Protection inspection team.

This is Japan's 'art island'

Once a fishing town in decline, Japan's Naoshima island is now a thriving contemporary art hub.


Militants attack Nigerian city at center of conflict with Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked on Monday the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Nigerian city at the center of the conflict with the Islamist insurgency, witnesses said.

How history's first photos of snowflakes were made

In 1885, American farmer Wilson Bentley attached a camera to his microscope and took what is believed to be the very first photo of a snowflake.