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As China's Year of the Dog begins, imperial Pekingese breed is scarce

BEIJING (Reuters) - For centuries, owning the flat-faced Pekingese dog was a luxury to be enjoyed only by China's royal family.

News and News Media

Dzongsar Monastery Journal: A Dance for Tibetan New Year, Then 17 Hours in Custody

When a uniformed police officer showed up at the monastery, a reporting trip to write about Tibetan traditions turned into something else.


Small earthquake hits Britain, strongest for 10 years

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain was hit by its biggest earthquake in a decade on Saturday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said on Saturday, with tremors felt across parts of Wales and southwest England but no notable damage reported.

Psychology and Psychologists

Still Talking After All These Years

At the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the seminars covered the quantum hologram (huh?) and President Trump.


China’s Hui Muslims fearful Chinese New Year education ban a sign of curbs to come

GUANGHE, China (Reuters) - For some in China's ethnic Hui Muslim minority here, a recent ban on young people engaging in religious education in mosques is an unwelcome interference in how they lead their lives.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Inside a 3-Year Russian Campaign to Influence U.S. Voters

Using American bank accounts, drivers’ licenses and disposable phones, about 80 Russians worked to disparage Hillary Clinton, promote Donald Trump and sow discord.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX racks up best week in two years as oil shares rise

Feb 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday as a boost from the heavyweight energy sector helped the market rack up its best weekly performance in nearly two years.


15-year-old boy charged with murder and assault in Kentucky school shooting: report

(Reuters) - Gabe Parker, 15, was charged with two counts of murder and 14 counts of first-degree assault in the January shooting at a Kentucky high school, the Courier-Journal newspaper reported on Friday.


S&P 500 caps off strongest week in five years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 ended marginally higher on Friday and closed out its fastest-climbing week since 2013, although it surrendered most of its earlier gain for the day after a U.S. grand jury indicted several Russians for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks set for best week in 6 years, dollar climbs

NEW YORK, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Global stocks rose on Friday and were set for their best week in six years as strong corporate earnings offset concerns about rising inflation and interest rates, while the U.S. dollar edged higher from a three-year low against major currencies.

Rare instance: Mom and son survive shootings a year apart

Annika Dean got text messages Wednesday that no parent ever wants to see.

Analysis: It's been a year since Trump did this

Exactly one year ago today, Donald Trump held the first formal solo news conference of his presidency.


Blackface skit in China's new year gala sparks racism accusations

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A skit on China's widely-watched Lunar New Year gala on state television featuring a Chinese actress made up to appear African has provoked accusations of racism online.

Winter Games, Lunar New Year, ‘Black Panther’: Your Friday Briefing

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

How 3-year-olds are helping people live longer

On the surface, Nightingale House in London looks like any other residential home for the elderly. With almost 200 residents, it's one of the the largest care homes in the country.

70 years ago, this survivor's grandfather survived a mass shooting

Carly Novell survived the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida by hiding in a closet -- and her grandfather also escaped a lone gunman the same way almost 70 years ago.


Asian shares extend bounce to fifth day, dollar sags to three-year low

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares rose for a fifth straight day on Friday as investor confidence slowly returns after a sharp sell-off earlier in the month, but the dollar continued its descent, hitting a three-year low against a basket of major currencies.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares extend bounce to 5th day, dollar sags to 3-year low

* Fall in Vix futures suggest position unwinding over for now


UPDATE 1-BHP Billiton to drill two new deepwater wells in Trion this year

MEXICO CITY, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Drilling of a new appraisal well and a separate exploration well in BHP Billiton deepwater Trion project will begin later this year, part of a plan approved by Mexican regulators on Thursday that also revised downward the project's estimated oil and gas resources.


Accused Florida gunman visited restaurants, store after killing: police

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school fled hidden in a crowd of frightened students and visited two fast food restaurants before he was arrested less than two hours after the massacre, officials said on Thursday.


New York top court clears man held six years at Rikers Island without trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Thursday threw out the indictment of a man who spent more than six years in the Rikers Island jail in a Manhattan murder case, saying his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated.


Art Review: Now at MoMA, a Work That Fidel Castro Banned 18 Years Ago

Tania Bruguera’s “Untitled (Havana, 2000)” is recreated, with a tunnel, nude bodies and videos of Fidel Castro. The work asks questions about history and politics.


U.S. environmental penalties nearly halve in Trump's first year: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency levied around half the average number of penalties against polluters in the first year of the Trump administration as in the same period of the past three presidential administrations, according to a report released Thursday.


METALS-Copper rises as zinc, nickel scale multi-year peaks

* LME/ShFE arb: (Releads, updates with closing prices)


Broad-basket commods funds post largest net inflow in seven years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial advisors and smaller retail investors, wary that inflation may be brewing again, ratcheted up their bets on funds in Morningstar's Commodities Broad Basket fund...


Chinese superstars steal new year show with first duet in 20 years

BEIJING (Reuters) - Two of China's most famous and well-loved pop stars stole the show at state television's annual glitzy, often much mocked marathon show welcoming in the lunar new year on Thursday, singing their first public duet in two decades.


U.S. weekly jobless claims rebound from near 45-year lows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rebounded from a near 45-year low last week, but remained below a level that is associated with a tightening labor market.

This year's NBA All-Star Game is different from any other

Forget everything you once knew about the NBA All-Star Game and how it works.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Lunar New Year Laundromat

Preparing for the Year of the Dog, an Olympic viewing party, and warmer weather.


Taiwan president wishes China happy new year, gets warm response

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen wished "friends" in China a happy Lunar New Year on Thursday, drawing a surprisingly warm reaction from Chinese state media which is more used to disparaging her as a dangerous separatist.


A year into OPEC's production cuts, Asia's oil markets have tightened

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Just over a year into production cuts lead by OPEC and Russia, oil markets in Asia have tightened noticeably as significant amounts of excess crude have been taken off tankers used for storage and delivered to customers across the region.

19-year-old suspected of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school was armed with an AR-15 style rifle and multiple magazines, sheriff says

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old man suspected of gunning down at least 17 people Wednesday at a Parkland, Florida, high school, had once been expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.


BRIEF-Liberty Global Reports Q4 And Full-Year 2017 Results



BRIEF-Iff Reports Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2017 Results


At least 100 WH officials lacked full security clearances a year after election

Nearly a year into President Donald Trump's administration, senior-level staffers -- including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Rob Porter -- remained on interim clearances even as other senior advisers were granted full security access, according to information obtained by CNN from a US government official.


Lens: Which of These Images Should Be the World Press Photo of the Year?

World Press Photo has announced the six finalists for photo of the year.


Russian gets 12 years in U.S. prison for role in hacking scheme

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Russian citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday for his role in a computer hacking scheme that compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.


Postpartum depression can linger for years and impact kids’ behavior

(Reuters Health) - Women whose postpartum depression lasts for several months are at heightened risk of having depression that lingers for years and it may affect their children, showing up as behavior problems and increased depression risk in the teenage years, a UK study suggests.

Asia and Australia Edition: Jacob Zuma, Stormy Daniels, Year of the Dog: Your Thursday Briefing

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

Superintendent had just honored the teacher of the year when he learned of the shooting

This is the fourth school shooting so far this year

The latest of at least four shootings at middle and high schools in the United States in less than two months has resulted in multiple injuries at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, officials said Wednesday.


Doctors Without Borders fired 19 people for sexual abuse last year

PARIS (Reuters) - International aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said on Wednesday it had dealt with 24 cases of sexual harassment or abuse among its 40,000 staff last year, and dismissed 19 people as a result.

Flu warfare may look different next year

New ways of preventing and treating the flu are on the horizon.


U.S. consumer prices accelerate; core CPI posts largest gain in a year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected in January, with a measure of underlying inflation posting its biggest gain in a year, strengthening expectations that price pressures will accelerate this year and prompt a faster pace of interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve.

Prisons and Prisoners

New York State May Move to Close Rikers Ahead of City’s 10-Year Timeline

A report by the Commission of Correction found worsening conditions at the New York City jail, vowing to “expeditiously” close the complex.


Coming Soon to a Stage Near You: Yesteryear’s Movies

“We’ve stopped having the idea that theater is essentially a literary form,” said Chris Goode, who adapted “Jubilee” from Derek Jarman’s film.


China expects to see heavy air pollution during Lunar New Year

BEIJING (Reuters) - Some regions of China could suffer heavy pollution because of fireworks and unfavorable weather conditions during Lunar New Year celebrations, despite a ban on firecrackers in more than 400 cities, the Ministry of Environmental Protection warned.


In Trump’s first year, U.S. agency doubles solar investments abroad

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The United States government doubled its financial support for solar power projects overseas last year under a climate-friendly investment policy written in the last days of the Obama administration, according to a Reuters review of government documents.


Toshiba appoints ex-banker as CEO, forecasts first profit in four years

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp appointed a former banker from a key creditor bank as CEO and forecast its first annual profit in four years, making progress in its efforts to recover from billions of dollars in losses at its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse.

Artist marks the most romantic day of the year with real hearts

Some people love red roses on Valentine's Day. Others prefer a box of chocolates. But how about a real, raw heart?


Cubs sign Japan ace Darvish on a six-year deal

(Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs held off strong competition to sign highly rated Japanese free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish on a six-year contract, the 2016 World Series champions announced on Tuesday.


UPDATE 2-Mexico's America Movil reports steepest loss in 16 years

MEXICO CITY, Feb 13 (Reuters) - America Movil, the crown jewel of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's empire, reported its largest loss in 16 years in the fourth quarter, hampered by the peso's depreciation against the dollar and euro.

These roses cost $39 each but last an entire year


Equity holdings in biggest one-month fall in two-years: BAML survey

LONDON (Reuters) - Global investors cut equity holdings by the most in two-years in February, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey showed on Tuesday, as world shares had their worst week since...


Malaysia further downgrading ties with North Korea a year after airport assassination: sources

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - One year after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur's airport, Malaysia is further downgrading once-close ties with Pyongyang, sources familiar with the government's plans said.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

Living on the Shifting Border of Georgia and Russia

For over a year, Tako Robakidze has visited villages across Russian-occupied Georgia, photographing those for whom borders seemed to change overnight.

ICE grants 1-year stay to father of boy battling leukemia

An undocumented immigrant who took refuge in a Phoenix church and whose son has leukemia was relieved Monday after finding out that he won't be deported.


Biggest U.S. force in years joins Thai military exercise

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The biggest U.S. force in years joined an annual military exercise in Thailand on Tuesday despite controversy over the Thai junta's invitation to neighboring Myanmar's army, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing.


China's Xi stresses military modernization in pre-new year visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed military modernization and technological advances during meetings with servicemen and women ahead of the Lunar New Year, state media said.

Olympic Games (2018)

Sports of The Times: Claudia Pechstein Is a 45-Year-Old Olympian. So Why Is It So Tough to Cheer?

A seven-time Olympian, Pechstein dates back to the days of the East German sports machine and has a doping violation that remains hard to ignore.

Why you won't see Olympics-themed McDonald's ads this year

A 25-year study of satellite data shows the oceans have risen nearly 3 inches, and it's getting faster

Sea level rise is happening now, and the rate at which it is rising is increasing every year, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Twenty years after kidnapping newborn, Florida woman pleads guilty

(Reuters) - A Florida woman on Monday pleaded guilty to abducting a newborn from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998, and will be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison, according to court proceedings.


GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares rebound after worst week in two years

NEW YORK, Feb 12 (Reuters) - World shares rallied on Monday in a broad advance that brushed off fresh rises in global bond yields that have been driven by inflation fears as investors shifted asset allocations after the worst week in global markets in the past two years.


Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili 'kidnapped' in Kiev: his Facebook page

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili has been detained in Kiev by unknown "kidnappers", according to a post on the former Georgian leader's official Facebook page.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills More Than 100 in China This Year

Poorly ventilated or faulty water heaters and cooking stoves have been blamed for the rash of deaths in the Guangxi region, as well as hundreds of hospitalizations.


Futures up more than 1 percent after worst week in two years

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were up more than 1 percent, attempting a rebound from Wall Street's worst week in two years, while volatility remained relatively elevated and U.S. bond yields hit new four-year highs.


Ahead of Lunar New Year, China's Xi says will banish 'ghost' of poverty

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will banish the "ghosts" of poverty, Chinese President Xi Jinping told villagers in a poor southwestern part of the country during a traditional visit to outlying regions before the Lunar New Year.

Freedom of the Press

Opinion: Living Abroad Taught Me to Love America

Many liberals talk about moving to another country to avoid Trump. I did the opposite.


Wall Street rebounds but posts worst week in two years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a wild week with a burst of buying, pushing the S&P 500 up 1.5 percent on Friday, but still recorded their worst week in two years, and investors braced for more volatile trading days ahead.


US STOCKS-Wall Street rebounds but posts worst week in two years

NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a wild week with a burst of buying, pushing the S&P 500 up 1.5 percent on Friday, but still recorded their worst week in two years, and investors braced for more volatile trading days ahead.


Georgia police officer and suspect killed, two deputies wounded

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A police officer was shot dead and two sheriff's deputies were wounded on Friday in a small Georgia town by a gunman who was then killed, the county sheriff said.

'Catastrophe' star's 2-year-old son dies

"Catastrophe" star Rob Delaney is mourning the death of his two-year-old son, Henry, following the boy's battle with cancer, the actor announced Friday in a Facebook post.


Serena unsure about playing in year's remaining grand slams

(Reuters) - Serena Williams dealt with serious health issues after giving birth to her daughter last September and the former world number one said on Friday that her status for the year's remaining grand slams remains up in the air.


Policeman killed, two wounded in Georgia shooting

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A police officer was shot dead and two sheriff's deputies were wounded on Friday in a small Georgia town by a gunman who was then killed, the county sheriff said.


Former Virginia Tech student convicted in 13-year-old girl's murder

(Reuters) - A former Virginia Tech student was convicted of kidnapping and murdering a 13-year-old girl after telling the judge overseeing his trial that he wanted to enter a plea of no contest on Friday, a local prosecutor said.


Shooting at Georgia nursing home leaves one dead; gunman flees

(Reuters) - A person was fatally shot in a nursing home parking lot in Augusta, Georgia, on Friday and police were looking for the shooter, who had fled the scene, according to local media and Augusta University, which has a campus near the facility.


Former Credit Suisse 'star' gets five years in jail for fraud

GENEVA (Reuters) - Former Credit Suisse wealth manager Patrice Lescaudron was sentenced to five years in prison by a Geneva court on Friday for abusing the trust of clients and creating a fraudulent...


Wall Street on course for worst week in six years

(Reuters) - U.S. stock markets were set to open flat to lower on Friday, putting both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average on course for their biggest weekly losses in at least six years.


US STOCKS-Wall St on course for worst week in six years

* Yields on 10-yr U.S. notes dip after Congress passes budget


Former Credit Suisse 'star' gets five-year jail term for 'clever fraud'

GENEVA (Reuters) - Former Credit Suisse client adviser Patrice Lescaudron was sentenced to five years imprisonment by a Geneva court on Friday for abusing the trust of clients and putting in place a fraudulent scheme that brought him tens of millions of francs.

Surprise: Trade didn't collapse in Trump's first year


Ex-Credit Suisse adviser sentenced to five years for 'clever fraud'

GENEVA (Reuters) - A former Credit Suisse client adviser was sentenced to five years imprisonment by a Geneva court on Friday for abusing the trust of clients and putting in place a fraudulent scheme that brought him tens of millions of francs.

14 best places to celebrate Lunar New Year

Want to strut your stuff in the Year of the Dog?

Prostate Cancer

Two Prostate Cancer Drugs Delay Spread of the Disease by Two Years

The treatments could help hundreds of thousands of men worldwide stave off pain and chemotherapy, but researchers don’t yet know if they will extend lives.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Bermuda Outlaws Gay Marriage, Less Than a Year After It Became Legal

The British overseas territory adopted a domestic partnership law, instead, but gay rights advocates dismissed it as a “separate-but-equal” measure.

Raisman says Olympics coach might have known about Nassar abuse for years

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman said her former coach, John Geddert, might have known about sexual abuse by former team physician Larry Nassar as early as 2011.


Israeli archaeologists unearth 1,800-year-old mosaic

CAESAREA, Israel (Reuters) - A 1,800-year-old mosaic of toga-clad men dating back to the Roman era has been unearthed in Israel, archaeologists said on Thursday.

You probably made more than Elon Musk last year


Years late, Syria's children of war learn to read and write

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - - Hussein al-Khalaf, aged 13, burst into tears as he sat in his classroom at the Ahmed Baheddine Rajab school near Damascus, recounting why he is learning to read and write for the first time in his life.


U.S. jobless claims drop to near 45-year low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, dropping to its lowest level in nearly 45 years as the labor market tightened further, bolstering expectations of faster wage growth this year.


Bangladesh ex-PM jailed for five years for graft; plans to appeal

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was jailed on Thursday for corruption, but plans to appeal against her five-year term, her lawyer said, as thousands of supporters took to the streets to protest her innocence.

Trump sought prayers for Schwarzenegger at last year's event

Olympic Games (2018)

South Korean Leader to Meet Kim Jong-un’s Sister in Highest-Level Contact in Years

In Kim Jong-un’s dynastic regime, his sister, Kim Yo-jong, wields clout that cannot be matched by any other member of the political elite.


U.S. growth could slip in coming two years: Kaplan

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Economic growth in the United States may peak this year and could slow in the coming two years, Dallas Fed President Robert S. Kaplan told a business conference in Frankfurt on Thursday.


First baby with Down syndrome is Gerber's baby of the year

(Reuters) - An 18-month-old boy with Down syndrome has been named by baby food maker Gerber as its "Spokesbaby" for 2018, the company said on Wednesday, an action hailed by advocates for people with...

Senate leaders unveiled a two-year deal, a victory for both parties that could prevent a government shutdown

Senate leaders unveiled a two-year budget deal Wednesday, a major victory for both parties that could prevent a government shutdown at the end of this week.

United States Politics and Government

Senate Leaders Reach Deal to Raise Spending over Two Years

The agreement would raise spending caps on military and domestic spending, and it could help ensure passage of a temporary measure to keep the government open past Thursday.


Sanofi's return to profit growth this year slower than hoped

PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi forecast on Wednesday a return to profit growth this year, but its shares fell as analysts had hoped for a bigger boost from recent deals and a revamped drugs pipeline.


"#MeToo to the fore at this year's Berlin film festival

BERLIN (Reuters) - This year's Berlin film festival will tackle sexual assault, discrimination and abuse with a panel discussion, a seminar and a safe counseling corner for guests, the festival's director said.

Kim Jong Un is sending his sister to South Korea for the Winter Games, the first time any member of the Kim dynasty has visited the country


Japan's SoftBank aims to list domestic telecoms unit this year

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp said on Wednesday that it wants to list its Japanese telecoms unit this year as CEO Masayoshi Son moves to complete the transformation of the company he founded from domestic telecoms upstart into one of the world's biggest technology investors.


BRIEF-UTC Aerospace Systems Signs 15-Year Contract Extension With Singapore Airlines



BRIEF-Artisan Partners Reports Quarter And Year Ended December 31, 2017 Results

* REPORTS QUARTER AND YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017 RESULTS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


New York man gets 18 years prison for Islamic State support

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City man was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to aid Islamic State and assaulting a federal law enforcement officer.


BRIEF-Digital Ally And NASCAR Announce Multi-Year Partnership



U.S. trade deficit rises to nine-year high on robust imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in December to its highest level since 2008, as robust domestic demand pushed imports to a record high, adding to the stiff headwinds faced by the Trump administration's "America First" trade policies.

How a 43-year-old American youth counselor turned to ISIS


Boxing: Britain's Muhammad Ali handed two year ban for positive test

LONDON (Reuters) - British Olympic boxer Muhammad Ali has been banned for two years after testing positive for a banned steroid, the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) said on Tuesday.


Toyota posts 54 percent jump in third quarter profit, lifts full-year forecast

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp on Tuesday reported a 54 percent jump in operating profit for the third quarter, boosted by strong performance at home in Japan along with a weaker yen, and raised its forecast for full-year profit.


BRIEF-SL Green Realty Says Matthew Diliberto, Co Agreed To Extend Diliberto's Term As CFO For Additional 3 Years Through Jan 1, 2021‍​


Two years ago, Scott Pruitt called Trump an 'empty vessel' on 'the Constitution'

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt called Donald Trump an "empty vessel" on the Constitution and rule of law in a February 2016 interview with a local Oklahoma radio show.


Paul Simon is Homeward Bound after 50-year touring career

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Paul Simon announced on Monday he is quitting touring, saying it felt "a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief" to bring his 50-year performing career to an end.


U.S. services sector activity jumps to 12-1/2-year high

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. services sector activity raced to a near 12-1/2-year high in January, buoyed by robust growth in new orders, the latest sign of strong momentum in the economy at the start of the year.


Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor gets up to 125 more years in prison for abuse

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Reuters) - Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison on Monday for molesting young female gymnasts, capping weeks of horrifying testimony from nearly 200 victims about his decades of abuse.


Larry Nassar Is Sentenced to Another 40 to 125 Years in Prison

The Michigan circuit court judge said the number of women and girls who had come forward to accuse Dr. Nassar of sexual abuse had risen to 265.


Super Bowl audience dips from last year, early data shows

(Reuters) - The U.S. television audience for Sunday's Super Bowl championship game of the National Football League on Comcast Corp's NBC dropped nearly 3 percent from last year, preliminary data by the Nielsen ratings agency showed on Monday.

Six days a week, for a year, she wrote to President Trump. Here's what it taught her

The first time Alanna Kane wrote to a US president, she was 10 years old. It was Ronald Reagan.


South Korea says North stole cryptocurrency worth billions of won last year

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Monday that North Korea last year stole cryptocurrency from the South worth billions of won and that it was still trying to hack into its exchanges.


China's Leshi says $890 million of debts due this year, shares drop 10 percent

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Leshi Internet said about 5.62 billion yuan ($890 million) of its debts would be due by the end of this year, or almost two-thirds of the company's total loans and liabilities, sending its shares down for a ninth day.


Australia new vehicle sales make strong start to year-industry

SYDNEY, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Australian new vehicle sales hit another record for a January month as sports utilities flew off the lots, while strong demand for commercial vehicles spoke of solid business spending.

Gifts to Public Officials

After Years of Investigation, a Sudden Folding of the Case Against Menendez

The long arc of the corruption investigation into Senator Robert Menendez, which began more than five years ago with salacious rumors, collapsed over two weeks in January.

Girl Scouts

What It May Take to Strike a Segregationist’s Name From a Georgia Bridge: Hundreds of Girl Scouts

After years of failed efforts to replace the name of Gov. Eugene Talmadge on a bridge in Savannah, Ga., the Girl Scouts have a plan to honor their founder.

Great Britain

100 Years On, Posters Offer Window Into Struggles of U.K. Suffragists

Posters illustrating women’s fight for voting rights are on display for the first time at the University of Cambridge.


Archaeologists in Egypt Discover 4,400-Year-Old Tomb

The tomb is believed to belong to Hetpet, a powerful priestess, and it contains rare paintings of her hunting and fishing.


Caution after Wall Street caps off worst week in years

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Signs that a long-awaited correction may have arrived on Wall Street will keep investors on edge on Monday after the S&P 500 closed off the week with its biggest percentage drop in two years.


As F.B.I. Took a Year to Pursue the Nassar Case, Dozens Say They Were Molested

The agency was seemingly slowed by jurisdictional issues, and athletes went unwarned that a potential child molester was in their midst.

Retirement Communities and Assisted Living

U.S. Pays Billions for ‘Assisted Living,’ but What Does It Get?

Federal investigators say they have found huge gaps in the regulation of assisted living facilities that take care of Medicaid beneficiaries.


Dow sees worst day in two years as bond yields jump

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Worries about the impact of a tightening job market on the prospects for inflation and a surge in bond yields sent investors fleeing equities on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrials Average swooning almost 666 points, for its biggest daily percentage loss in 20 months.


Dow Jones stock index sees worst day in two years as bond yields jump

(Reuters) - Worries about the impact of a tightening job market on the prospects for inflation and a surge in bond yields sent investors fleeing equities on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrials Average swooning almost 666 points, for its biggest daily percentage loss in twenty months.

Cost of Super Bowl tickets up 31% over last year

This year's nasty flu is costing businesses billions

Nazca Lines (Peru)

‘Deep Scars’ as Trucker Drives Across Peru’s 2,000-Year-Old Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines, scratched into a plain south of Lima, are the world’s best-known example of geoglyphs. The damage was significant, but it can be repaired.


Man who drove van into London mosque worshippers jailed for 43 years

LONDON (Reuters) - A British man found guilty of murder after he drove a van into Muslim worshippers outside a London mosque last June, leaving one dead and injuring many more, was jailed for life on Friday and told he would serve at least 43 years behind bars.


India's 'Modicare' to cost about $1.7 billion a year: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to provide health insurance for about half the country's population would require an estimated 110 billion rupees ($1.7 billion) in federal and state funding each year, sources familiar with the matter said.

Baby milk powder may have had salmonella for 13 years

French dairy giant Lactalis said baby milk products produced at its Craon factory could have been contaminated with salmonella for more than a decade.

This is the third shooting at a middle or high school this year

There have been at least three shootings at middle and high schools so far this year, and it's only February 1.

Geyser, Morgan

Teenager in ‘Slender Man’ Stabbing Gets 40 Years in Mental Hospital

The teenager, Morgan Geyser, and another girl stabbed a friend 19 times in 2014 in an effort to please the fictional character Slender Man.

2nd teen in 'Slenderman' stabbing gets 40 years in mental institution

A Wisconsin teenager accused of stabbing a classmate in 2014 to win favor with a fictional internet character named "Slenderman" has been ordered to spend 40 years in a mental institution instead of serving jail time.


METALS-Lead hits 6-1/2 year high as supplies slump

* LME/ShFE arb: (Adds closing prices, details)

Analysis: Whew! 2018 was a long year

President Donald Trump demonstrated a unique ability during his first year: He can bend time.


Lactalis says baby milk could have been contaminated for years

PARIS (Reuters) - French dairy group Lactalis could have been producing salmonella-tainted baby milk since 2005, its chief executive was quoted as saying on Thursday, adding the growing crisis was likely to cost the company hundreds of millions of euros.


UPDATE 2-Nomura posts best quarterly profit in 12 years on boost from retail trade

* Q3 net profit 88 bln yen vs 70.3 bln yen in year-ago period


Asian shares struggle, China dips on Lunar New Year profit-taking

TOKYO (Reuters) - An index of Asian shares swung into negative territory on Thursday, erasing earlier gains, as a late retreat in Chinese stocks pulled the benchmark lower and as concerns about rising interest rates softened investor sentiment.

Truck damages Peru's 2,000-year-old archeological site

Peru's world renowned Nazca Lines were damaged when a rig plowed into the ancient site on Saturday, the country's ministry of culture said.


Ant Financial's money market fund imposes temporary caps for Lunar New Year

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ant Financial's money market fund will place a temporary daily cap on subscription volumes ahead of an expected surge in inflows during the Chinese Lunar New Year, as calls grow for tighter regulations of these funds to prevent systemic risks.

Genetics and Heredity

Matter: The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars

Babies born during the Dutch Hunger Winter became adults with higher rates of health problems. Now researchers may have found the genetic switches that made it happen.


Fed leaves rates unchanged, sees inflation rising this year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but said inflation likely would rise this year, bolstering expectations borrowing costs will continue to climb under incoming central bank chief Jerome Powell.


U.S. EPA delays water rule for two years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday that the 2015 Waters of the United States rule will not be applicable for two years while it works to repeal and replace the Obama-era clean water regulation.


Pharmacist tied to U.S. meningitis outbreak gets eight years in prison

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges stemming from his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more.

Biles wishes Larry Nassar got 'like 3,000 years' in prison

Olympic gymnast Simon Biles praised the "hero" judge who presided over Larry Nassar's recent criminal sentencing for sexual abuse -- but she did have one complaint.


China puts finishing touches to three-year smog crackdown plan

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is drawing up plans for tougher curbs on smog during the three years to 2020, an environment ministry official said on Wednesday, after a five-year crackdown on pollution helped it attain air quality targets last month.


Global stocks eye second best start to a year on record

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks pulled out of a two-day dive and were eyeing their second best start to a year ever on Wednesday, while the dollar came under renewed pressure ahead of the Federal Reserve's first meeting of the year.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks eye second best start to a year on record

* MSCI steadies after selloff, heading for top 3 start to the year


Steered by Switch, Nintendo posts best third quarter in eight years, ups outlook

OSAKA (Reuters) - Japanese videogames maker Nintendo Co Ltd reported its biggest third-quarter operating profit in eight years, driven by smashing demand for its new Switch games console, and said it now expects annual earnings to outstrip its previous estimate.


China puts finishing touches to two-year smog crackdown plan

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is drawing up plans for tougher curbs on smog during the two years to 2020, an environment ministry official said on Wednesday, after a five-year crackdown on pollution helped it attain air quality targets last month.

CNN poll: Trump gets least positive reaction in at least 20 years

Almost half of Americans who watched President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address -- 48% -- say they had a "very positive" impression of the speech, down from 57% of speech-watchers after his first address to match Barack Obama's rating after his first State of the Union address, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

How Trump's address compares with 100 years of speeches

Words associated with President Donald Trump's signature issues show what makes him so different -- and in some ways similar -- to presidents of the past.


UPDATE 2-Harley-Davidson forecasts drop in shipments this year, shares drop

Jan 30 (Reuters) - Harley-Davidson Inc on Tuesday forecast that motorcycle shipments would drop this year and reported that they barely met the bottom of its 2017 target, sending its shares down sharply in premarket trading.


Trump to tout strong economy in State of the Union after turbulent first year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, battling a probe into his campaign's alleged ties with Russia and struggling to sell Americans on his leadership abilities, will take credit for U.S. economic gains in the past year in an address to Congress on Tuesday night.

Fact Check

Fact Check: Reviewing a Year of Fact Checks Before Trump’s First State of the Union

Ahead of President Trump’s first State of the Union address, a look at the claims he has made recently — and their accuracy.

Lunar New Year

Taiwan Retaliates Against Chinese Airlines, Hampering Lunar New Year Travel

Taiwan, pushing back over encroachment on Taiwan Strait airspace, may leave thousands without flights home for the holiday.

Area Planning and Renewal

A Homecoming 50 Years in the Making

In 1967, David Santiago was forced out of his Lower East Side tenement to make way for urban development, with promises he could return. Now, he has.

How a 20-year-old Aussie found US military's secret sites

An Australian student Nathan Ruser discovered Strava's mapping glitch that could make military bases vulnerable.


Ex-NY high school librarian gets 15 years in kidnap-murder plot

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former New York City high school librarian was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday after he was found guilty of conspiring to kidnap, rape and murder women with people he met on internet message boards.


Cleveland Indians Will Abandon Chief Wahoo Logo Next Year

The team was under pressure from baseball’s commissioner to stop using the logo, which is deemed racist by many.


The New Health Care: The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer

Research shows a link, but it isn’t retirement itself that leads to a longer life, but what you do in retirement.

This is life for 3,000 Puerto Ricans still living in mainland US hotels

They cook makeshift meals in hotel room microwaves, do homework in the hotel lobby and are still learning to navigate the subway.


Poland to decide later this year on building nuclear plant

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will decide later this year whether to build its first nuclear power plant to lower carbon emissions as part of a plan to reduce dependence on coal in the long term, the country's Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said on Monday.

Agriculture and Farming

5-Year-Olds Work Farm Machinery, and Injuries Follow

Children are growing up driving large farm machines to help their families. Thousands are injured every year; many are killed.


Tennis: Like father like son, Korda emulates dad 20 years on

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sebastian Korda marked the 20th anniversary of his dad Petr's memorable Australian Open triumph by winning the junior singles tile against Taiwan's Tseng Chun-hsin on Saturday.


South Sudan waives registration fees for aid groups for a year

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan has set aside temporarily the amount of money it charges foreign and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to encourage groups to come in and help with a humanitarian crisis, a senior government official said.


Georgian Tochinoshin wins maiden grand sumo tournament

(Reuters) - Tochinoshin became the first Georgian to win a grand sumo tournament on Saturday, defeating Japanese wrestler Shohozan for his seventh straight victory at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.


China's Hebei province to cut coal use by 5 million tonnes this year: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's northern Hebei province plans to reduce its annual coal consumption by 5 million tonnes this year by promoting the use of clean and renewable energy, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

Op-Ed Contributor: Will America Stand Again With the World’s Refugees?

The past year has been a disaster for refugees and for those of us who are concerned with their well-being.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Years After Woman’s Murder, Investigators Uncover Plot Fueled by ‘Money, Greed, Drugs’

April Kauffman, a radio host and doctor’s wife, was found dead in 2012. Her husband was accused of having her killed to stop her from exposing his drug “empire.”

Colleges and Universities

Women Outnumber Men in Oxford’s Newest Class. It Only Took 1,000 Years.

The incoming class in 2017 had 1,070 women and 1,025 men, a bit of catching up in a country lately more worried about lagging male attendance.


Richardson says Suu Kyi living in a 'bubble', but is Myanmar's best hope

LONDON (Reuters) - Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi is "isolated" and living in a "bubble", according to veteran U.S. politician Bill Richardson, who quit an international panel advising her government on the Rohingya crisis after clashing with the Nobel laureate.


Honeywell to repatriate $7 billion over two years

(Reuters) - U.S. industrial conglomerate Honeywell International Inc said on Friday that it expected to bring back at least $7 billion of the $10 billion in cash held overseas in the next two years, taking advantage of the newly enacted tax law.


UPDATE 3-Honeywell to repatriate $7 bln over two years

* Q4 sales $10.84 bln vs. est. $10.75 bln (Adds details from the conference call)


BRIEF-FedEx Enters Amendment To 5-Year Credit Agreement Dated As Of Nov 13, 2015 To Increase Amount Available To $2 Billion



MINOR METALS-Cobalt hits 9-year highs, Madagascar disruption fuels rally

BENGALURU, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Prices of cobalt metal have climbed to their highest since July 2008 as worries about shortages were reinforced by output disruptions at the Ambatovy mine in Madagascar this month, European traders said.


UPDATE plans to make U.S. foray this year - Bloomberg

Jan 25 (Reuters) - China's Inc is preparing to enter the United States by the end of this year in a move that will challenge its Chinese rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and U.S.-based Inc, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.


METALS-Metals slip from multi-year peaks after Trump talks up dollar

(Adds analyst comment, updates prices) BEIJING, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Base metal prices on Friday edged down from near multi-year peaks after U.S. President Donald Trump backed a stronger dollar, prompting the currency to trade above its recent lows. A stronger dollar makes metals more expensive for holders of other currencies. Its recent weakness had seen copper jump 1.5 percent in Shanghai on Thursday, following a similar climb in London on Wednesday, while Shanghai nickel gained 3.5 per


UPDATE plans to make U.S. foray this year - Bloomberg

Jan 25 (Reuters) - China's Inc is preparing to enter the United States by the end of this year in a move that will challenge its Chinese rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and U.S.-based Inc, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.

companyNews plans to make U.S. foray this year - Bloomberg

Jan 25 (Reuters) - China's Inc is preparing to enter the United States by the end of this year, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, in a move that will challenge its Chinese rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and U.S.-based Amazon Inc.


METALS-Base metals slip from multi-year peaks after Trump talks up dollar

BEIJING, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Base metal prices edged down from near multi-year peaks on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump backed a stronger dollar, prompting the currency to trade above its recent lows against major rivals. A stronger dollar makes metals more expensive for holders of other currencies. FUNDAMENTALS * LME COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.4 percent at $7,111 a tonne, as of 0221 GMT, after a 0.2 percent drop in the prev

Women and Girls

After 174 Years, Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard Will Cast Women

Women have long worked behind the scenes at the club’s annual drag show, but in keeping its cast all-male, it seemed ever more like the stodgy relics it lampooned.

United States National Anthem Protests (2016- )

In a Busy Year, Malcolm Jenkins Raised a Fist and Checked All the Boxes

He led protests, was called a traitor, persuaded the N.F.L. to spend nearly $100 million on social causes, made the Super Bowl and had another child.


BRIEF-Data Communications Management Confirms Financial Guidance For Year Ended Dec 31, 2017



Facebook says removed Kaspersky Lab from list of anti-virus choices last year

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Facebook last year removed Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab from its list of anti-virus offerings made to users who access the social media site from a computer that may be infected with malicious code, the company told Congress in responses to questions from lawmakers made public on Thursday.


'Stench' of Nassar scandal will dog USA Gymnastics for years: experts

DETROIT (Reuters) - The scandal stemming from longtime USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of young female athletes could take a financial toll on the sports federation for years, sponsorship executives said.


President Trump plans to visit Britain this year

LONDON (Reuters) - Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed finalizing the details of the first visit by the U.S. president to Britain later this year after a meeting in Davos on Thursday, May's office said.


U.S. Trump will probably visit Britain in second half of year - source

LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will most probably visit Britain in the second half of this year, but officials are discussing whether it will be a state visit and when exactly it will take place, a British senior government source said on Thursday.


UPDATE 2-U.S. President Trump plans to visit Britain this year

LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed finalising the details of the first visit by the U.S. president to Britain later this year after a meeting in Davos on Thursday, May's office said.


Trump plans to visit Britain this year

LONDON (Reuters) - Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed finalising the details of the first visit by the U.S. president to Britain later this year after a meeting in Davos on Thursday, May's office said.


U.S. President Trump may visit Britain this year: May's office

LONDON (Reuters) - Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed finalizing the details of a visit by the U.S. president to Britain later this year after a meeting in Davos on Thursday.


U.S. 30-year mortgage rates hit 10-month high - Freddie Mac

NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. 30-year mortgage rates rose to a 10-month peak this week in line with rising Treasury yields on expectations faster global economic growth and speculation of reduced stimulus from overseas central banks, Freddie Mac said on Thursday.


U.S. new home sales post largest drop in nearly 1-1/2 years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes fell more than expected in December, recording their biggest drop in nearly 1-1/2 years, likely as the boost from the replacement of flood-damaged houses in parts of the South affected by hurricanes faded.

Trump says 'small version' of US embassy in Jerusalem will open next year

President Donald Trump said a small version of the US Embassy in Israel would open in Jerusalem next year.