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Thai ex-PM Thaksin calls for party unity ahead of promised election

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met lawmakers from his Puea Thai Party in Hong Kong where he called for party unity ahead of an approaching general election, party members said on Monday.


South Korea's Moon bemoans GM plant closure move, calls on government to help workers

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday General Motors Co's (GM) decision to shut down a factory south of Seoul will hurt that region, and called upon his administration to take measures to boost economic activity there.


UPDATE 2-S.Korea's Moon bemoans GM plant closure move, calls on govt to help workers

* Moon asks govt for job measures to offset GM plant shutdown move


Australian lawmaker's online gun picture post sparks police review

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian federal police were on Monday investigating a social media post by a government lawmaker that showed him aiming a gun and taunting left-wing green supporters.


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'Three Billboards' leads the pack at politically edged BAFTA awards

LONDON (Reuters) - Dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the biggest winner at the BAFTA Film Awards, held in London on Sunday, an event which saw the campaign for women's rights in the entertainment industry take center stage.

Netanyahu blasts media 'witch hunt' as police announce new investigation

In a pre-emptive strike, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed media "pressure" for a new police investigation, less than a week after police said they had enough evidence to indict the Israeli leader for corruption in two separate cases.

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.


Skiers caught in Swiss avalanche rescued: police

VIENNA (Reuters) - Two skiers who were caught in an avalanche in Switzerland near the border with France have been rescued with only minor injuries, police in the canton of Valais said on Sunday.


Hungary's Orban calls for global anti-migrant alliance with eye on 2018 elections

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian leader Viktor Orban called on Sunday for a global alliance against migration as his right-wing populist Fidesz party began campaigning for an April 8 election in which it is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory.


Estonia calls for EU to spend more for defense in border states

MUNICH (Reuters) - Estonia, worried about a continued Russian military buildup, on Sunday called for the European Union to spend more on the defense of its external borders.


Father who forgave son for family's murder asks Texas to spare his life

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man who survived a deadly domestic attack hatched by his son is pushing the state to grant clemency to the condemned man, although it has never spared a death row inmate solely at the formal request of the victim's family.


Software may have helped Daimler pass U.S. emissions tests: report

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. investigators probing Mercedes maker Daimler have found that its cars were equipped with software which may have help them to pass diesel emissions tests, a German newspaper reported on Sunday, citing confidential documents.

Car Services and Livery Cabs

When Calling an Uber Can Pay Off for Cities and States

New taxes and fees on ride-hailing services have raised millions of dollars for transportation, infrastructure, and even public schools.

Family of woman killed in standoff with police awarded $37M

A jury returned a verdict Friday of more than $37 million against Baltimore County, Maryland, in a civil lawsuit brought by the family and estate of a woman killed in an armed standoff with county police, according to the attorneys for the family of Korryn Gaines.

May, Theresa M

Theresa May, in Munich, Calls for Swift Security Pact and Offers Concession

The British prime minister said the pact should be signed before a Brexit deal and said Britain would respect the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.


Maldives police arrest 25 after protest demanding leader's arrest

MALE (Reuters) - Maldives police arrested 25 people under a state of emergency, opposition legislators said on Saturday, after thousands of protesters gathered a day earlier to call for the detention of the president and release of opposition leaders.


Suarez and Alba strikes help Barca to another record

EIBAR (Reuters) - Barcelona got back to winning ways on Saturday after two consecutive draws, earning a 2-0 victory at Eibar thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba to move 10 points clear at the top of the Liga standings.

Student to politicians: We call 'BS'

Emma Gonzalez, a student at the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were left dead after a mass shooting, speaks to hundreds of people who gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to support gun control.


U.S. calls for action to halt Iran's growing 'network of proxies'

MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called on Saturday for more forceful action to halt Iran's development of what he said was an increasingly powerful network of proxy armies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump’s National Security Chief Calls Russian Interference ‘Incontrovertible’

Lt. General H.R. McMaster accused Moscow of engaging in “disinformation, subversion and espionage.” The comments highlighted a sharp division in the White House on how to talk about Russia’s actions.

Ex-Russian ambassador calls allegations a 'hunting spree'

The former Russian ambassador to the US called the allegations that Russia meddled in the US election part of a "hunting spree" and says it has "spoiled the trust" between the two nations.


Meet America’s Syrian Allies Who Helped Defeat ISIS

They are Arabs and Kurds, men and women, young and old. Meet some of the fighters who teamed up with the United States to drive the Islamic State out of northeastern Syria.

Even as a young teen, shooter's behavior brought police to his home

For years before Nikolas Cruz gunned down classmates and teachers at his former high school, his mother had repeatedly called police to the home to help deal with his violent outbursts, threats and self-destructive behavior, according to police documents obtained by CNN on Friday.


UPDATE 1-'Sinister and systematic attack' by Russians prompts U.S. Congress calls for action

WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans and Democrats joined together to call for more concerted action, and pressure on social media companies, to combat foreign interference in U.S. elections after Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced indictments of Russians for meddling in the 2016 U.S. campaign on Friday.

Wages and Salaries

If a Law Bars Asking Your Past Salary, Does It Help or Hurt?

A growing number of state and local laws ban an employer practice that is said to perpetuate pay bias. But some researchers say the move may be counterproductive.

Analysis: Mueller just made it impossible for Trump to continue to call this investigation a 'total hoax'

On Friday afternoon, the Justice Department announced that special counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 13 Russian nationals for their roles in attempted meddling in the 2016 election.

Olympic Games (2018)

People Call Lindsey Vonn the World’s Greatest Skier. Does She Need the Olympics?

A history of victory and injuries has given Vonn the happiest and saddest moments in her career. She is favored to win medals in South Korea, if she stays healthy.


Fiat Chrysler to recall 228,508 trucks to fix shifter issue

(Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's U.S. unit said on Friday it would recall about 228,508 trucks in the United States, Canada, Mexico and some other markets to prevent drivers from unintentionally shifting their vehicles out of "park."

Police calls reveal rush to find gunman

The 911 calls started pouring in at 2:23 p.m.

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.


Cracks widen in Australian coalition as deputy PM calls Turnbull 'inept'

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major rift opened up in Australia's fragile ruling coalition on Friday as Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce refused to quit over an affair with a staff member, and derided Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's condemnation of his behavior as "inept".

Help us: Don Lemon demands Trump stand up to gun lobby

CNN's Don Lemon sends a message to President Trump to stand up to gun lobbyists after a 19-year-old man gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Gun Control

Officials Renew Call to Limit Gun Access by the Mentally Ill

Laws in several states allow law enforcement officers or family members to petition a court to temporarily take people’s guns.


Australian government fractures as deputy PM calls Turnbull 'inept'

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major rift opened up in Australia's coalition government on Friday as Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce refused to resign over an affair with a staff member, and blasted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's condemnation of his behavior as "inept".


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.

How Columbine changed the way police respond to mass shootings

They rush straight to the gunfire.

Junior ROTC student helped shield dozens with Kevlar sheets

Colton Haab heard seven gunshots, and his Junior ROTC training kicked in.


New York police sergeant cleared in deadly shooting of woman: union

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police sergeant was found not guilty of all charges on Thursday in the 2016 death of a emotionally disturbed woman whom he shot as she wielded a baseball bat in her apartment, the officer's union said.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Police Sergeant Acquitted in Killing of Mentally Ill Woman

A judge declined to convict Hugh Barry, who shot and killed 66-year-old Deborah Danner in her Bronx home as she wielded a bat.

Video shows moment police enter classroom

A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School recorded the moment police entered a classroom where students had been huddled following a deadly school shooting.


Bombardier CEO calls U.S. trade agency reasoning 'good news'

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc Chief Executive Alain Bellemare on Thursday described a U.S. trade agency's explanation for why it rejected hefty duties on the company's CSeries jet sales to American carriers as very "good news."

Fuel Emissions (Transportation)

Trump Rules: How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump’s E.P.A.

A Tennessee truck dealership lavished a local Republican congresswoman with campaign donations. It also sells “Make Trucks Great Again” caps.

Surfacing 2018

SURFACING: EXPLORING COMMUNITIES : The ‘Black Panther’ Enthusiasts Who Are Changing Cosplay: ‘We’re Helping People See Us as Heroes’

Meet the people whose goal is to disrupt the stereotypes of cosplay.

The fire alarm blared. Then the gunshots began.

The day was almost over and students were puzzled because the fire alarm was going off a second time Wednesday.


Massachusetts top court rejects police traffic stop challenge

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court ruled on Wednesday that police can carry out traffic stops for motor vehicle violations as a pretext to probe for other crimes, but the justices expressed concerns about how racial bias can influence such stops.

Mom: My daughter told me to call 911

The mother of a student at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida recounts the conversation she had with her daughter during the reported school shooting.

Luke Wilson and pro golfer involved in fatal wreck

Pro golfer Bill Haas was seriously injured in a multicar crash that left an additional person wounded and another one dead in Southern California, authorities said.


Trauma support may help low-income families earn more

(Reuters Health) - A federal assistance program designed to move low-income families toward financial independence comes up short – but results might improve if families also receive support that helps them deal with traumatic experiences, a new study suggests.


More Israelis believe police than Netanyahu, polls show

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Almost half of Israel's electorate believe the country's police, who say they have gathered evidence against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for him to be charged with bribery, a poll showed on Wednesday.

Elections, House of Representatives

How an Abundance of Democratic Candidates Could Help the G.O.P. Hold the House

In a lesson in unintended consequences, a voting reform put in place in California could end up keeping Democrats off the ballot in two battleground districts.


BRIEF-Hilton Says In Asia Pacific, RevPAR Rose 7.6 Pct In Qtr Led By China Where RevPAR Grew 9 Pct Helped By Ramping Hotels



Myanmar policeman who detained Reuters pair 'did not know arrest procedures'

YANGON (Reuters) - A police officer who said he was part of the team that detained two Reuters reporters in Myanmar in December told a court on Wednesday that he was not familiar with police procedures for recording arrests.

Shaun White: Sorry for calling allegations 'gossip'

Olympic snowboarder Shaun White apologized on NBC's "Today Show" for calling harassment allegations against him "gossip."


South African police raid Gupta home, ANC to sack Zuma via parliament

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ANC unveiled plans on Wednesday to sack President Jacob Zuma via a parliamentary no-confidence vote, hours after armed police raided the luxury home of his friends, the Gupta brothers, as part of an anti-corruption investigation.

Netanyahu, Benjamin

Netanyahu, Defiant, Calls Bribery Case ‘Full of Holes, Like Swiss Cheese’

Fighting back against a police recommendation that he be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges, the Israeli prime minister vowed not to resign.


French retailers say they continued to receive Lactalis baby milk after recall

PARIS (Reuters) - French retailers, defending their role in a contaminated baby milk scandal on Wednesday, said they had received products after the recall deadline and that communication by dairy producer Lactalis was confusing.

Books and Literature

The Shortlist: 3 Books to Help You Understand Millennials and Beyond

Whether it’s the modern labor market, a selfie obsession or loneliness brought on by cellphone addiction, here’s what’s wrong with young people.


South African police raid Gupta home, pressure cranks up on Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Heavily armed South African police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family on Wednesday as part of a probe into allegations the three brothers had corrupt links with President Jacob Zuma, who has been ordered by the ruling ANC to quit as head of state.

Corruption (Institutional)

South Africa Police Raid Home of the Gupta Family, Allies of Zuma

The police action came as the embattled president faced calls from his party, the African National Congress, to step down.

Michael Phelps welcomes new baby boy

Olympics swimming champion Michael Phelps is diving into a new role: Father of two.


South Africa's Zuma expected to respond to 'recall' order

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma was expected to respond on Wednesday to an order from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to step down as head of state, party officials said, after nine years in office dogged by scandal and a stagnant economy.


South Korean union protests GM plant closure move, calls it a "death sentence"

SEOUL (Reuters) - Workers at a General Motors (GM) plant in South Korea that the U.S. automaker plans to close staged a protest on Wednesday, saying the decision was a "death sentence" that had not been discussed with unions.


S.Korean union protests GM plant closure move, calls it a "death sentence"

SEOUL, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Workers at a General Motors (GM) plant in South Korea that the U.S. automaker plans to close staged a protest on Wednesday, saying the decision was a "death sentence" that had not been discussed with unions.

Off-duty Chicago police commander shot and killed

An off-duty police commander who responded to a call was fatally shot Tuesday in downtown Chicago, the city's top officer said.

Gun lobbyist helped write ATF official's deregulation proposal

Behind the scenes, a gun industry lobbyist provided comments that were directly incorporated into an internal memo at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to newly disclosed documents -- a white paper that suggested the agency peel back a number of gun regulations.

Attacks on Police

Chicago Police Commander Killed on Busy Downtown Block

The commander, who was chasing a man near City Hall, was the fifth police officer in the United States to be fatally shot in the last week, and the 12th so far this year.


One man killed, two wounded in shooting in Utah: police

(Reuters) - One man was killed and two other men were wounded in a shooting outside Salt Lake City on Tuesday, and police said were looking for whoever carried out the attack.


Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery in two criminal investigations but the Israeli leader, calling the allegations baseless, vowed to remain in office.

Netanyahu, Benjamin

Netanyahu Should Be Charged With Bribery and Fraud, Israeli Police Say

The charges, which would be the first against a sitting prime minister, raised immediate doubts about his ability to stay in power.

Authorities find evidence against the Israeli PM of 'accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust,' according to a police report

Israeli police said Tuesday there is "sufficient evidence" to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on criminal charges in two corruption cases.

The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai (Book)

Books of The Times: First Comes Love, Then Comes What Exactly?

Two new books, Roseann Lake’s “Leftover in China” and Elizabeth Flock’s “The Heart Is a Shifting Sea,” examine how marriage has withstood breakneck economic growth and social change in China and India.


Google to debut emails that automatically update

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Gmail is about to get dynamic. Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday plans to demonstrate a software programming system that would enable emails to feature continuously updating information and greater interactivity.

Police answered his call for help, then gave him to ICE

Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno and his family were in trouble, so he did what he knew to do -- call police for help. About an hour later, he was in ICE custody.


Teens face trial for alleged plot to kill Austrian police

VIENNA (Reuters) - Two Austrian teenagers have been charged with planning to kill as many police officers as they could in a jihadist attack on a provincial police station ordered by a Chechen member of Islamic State, according to court documents.


Countries who fought Islamic State must help rebuild Iraq: Tillerson

KUWAIT (Reuters) - The United States urged members of the coalition fighting Islamic State on Tuesday to help rebuild Iraq or risk the reversal of the gains made against the group there.


Breaks, lighter schedules can help players improve, says Federer

(Reuters) - Swiss ace Roger Federer believes he has benefited from a lighter schedule and says players should not be afraid of taking breaks from tennis to improve their game.

Van Jones calls out panelist over deficits

CNN's Van Jones and commentator Ana Navarro argue with former Trump spokesperson Jason Miller saying that President Trump's new budget falls back on GOP's long-held stance for fiscal conservatism, particularly decreasing the deficit.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

2 Baltimore Police Detectives Are Convicted of Racketeering

Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor worked for the city’s elite Gun Trace Task Force, whose members stole cash and resold looted narcotics. Other officers had pleaded guilty.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

DealBook: Does a Lawsuit Now Help the Weinstein Victims?

New York’s attorney general has sued the Weinstein Company, delaying a sale, to ensure that victims of abuse are compensated. Will his tactic backfire?

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Editorial: Close the Police Rape Loophole

Dozens of states around the country have vaguely written statutes in place that could be letting police officers get away with sexual assault.

Life Insurance

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

Insurers have denied life and disability coverage to men taking Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection, say gay rights advocates and medical experts.


Justice Department charges 'straw purchaser' in Ohio police shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it has charged an Ohio man with acting as a "straw purchaser" for a man accused of shooting and killed two police officers on Saturday.


Trump Jr.'s wife hospitalized after suspicious powder scare: police

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vanessa Trump, the daughter-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, and two other people were taken to a New York hospital on Monday after she opened a piece of mail containing an unidentified white powder that was later determined to be non-hazardous, officials said.


West Virginia policeman fired after refusing to shoot suspect settles suit

(Reuters) - A former police officer who said he was fired after not shooting a man wielding an unloaded gun during a domestic dispute agreed to drop his lawsuit against the West Virginia city he worked in after reaching a settlement, his lawyers said on Monday.


BRIEF-Dr Pepper Snapple Group To Cancel Webcast Conference Call And Slide Presentation On Fourth Quarter



Killings in Toronto’s Gay Community Expose ‘an Open Wound’ With Police

After the police charged a landscaper with the murders of five men, gay activists asks why it took so long, accusing the authorities of neglect in missing-person cases involving gay men.

United States International Relations

Tillerson’s Mideast Trip Was Already Daunting. Then Israel and Iran Collided.

Israel’s strikes in Syrian territory give even greater urgency to a top priority: managing the aftermath of the expected final defeat of the Islamic State in Syria.


Gunman kills four, then self in Kentucky: police

(Reuters) - Five people, including a suspected gunman who apparently took his own life, were killed in a shooting spree at two locations in northeastern Kentucky, officials said on Sunday.


Ramaphosa avoids questions on Zuma as ANC calls special meeting

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa avoided questions about the future of South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday as the party's executive body called a meeting to discuss a transition of power.


Five killed, including gunman, in shooting spree in Kentucky: police

(Reuters) - Five people, including a suspected gunman who apparently took his own life, were killed in a shooting spree at two locations in northeast Kentucky on Saturday, officials said.


Myanmar says soldiers, police facing action over village killings

(Reuters) - Action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar's security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a government spokesman said on Sunday, adding it was not related to a Reuters report on the incident.


Knife-wielding attacker wounds four church-goers in Indonesia: police

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker wounded four church-goers in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta on Sunday, officials said, before being shot by police who could not yet confirm if it was a terror-related incident.

2 Ohio police officers shot, killed

Two police officers died after being shot Saturday in Westerville, Ohio, a northern suburb of Columbus, authorities said.

Attacks on Police

Two Ohio Police Officers Killed Responding to 911 Hangup Call, Officials Say

The officers, Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, were shot while responding to a call involving potential domestic abuse, the police chief said.


Two Ohio police officers shot dead responding to 911 call

(Reuters) - Two Ohio police officers were shot to death on Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, and a suspect was wounded and is in custody, officials said.


Two Ohio police officers shot to death, suspect held

(Reuters) - Two Ohio police officers were shot to death on Saturday when they responded to a call and a suspect was wounded and is in custody, a spokeswoman for the city of Westerville said.

2 police officers shot and killed in Ohio

Two police officers died after being shot Saturday in Westerville, Ohio, a northern suburb of Columbus, authorities said.


Brazil's Supreme Court asks police head to clarify comments on Temer

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Luis Barroso asked on Saturday for the head of the Federal Police to clarify comments he made in a Reuters interview published a day earlier regarding an investigation of President Michel Temer.

Yazidi (Religious Sect)

Opinion: Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help.

Empathy is not enough for me and other women brutalized by the Islamic State. We need the chance to revive our homeland.


Luge: I could not help winning the flag honor, says Hamlin

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - American luger Erin Hamlin said it was "too bad" that there was disappointment about her carrying the United States' flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and that any athlete would have felt honored to accept the task.


Police officer, two others injured in Trudeau motorcade crash

(Reuters) - A police officer riding on a motorcycle in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's motorcade and two other people were injured in a crash in California on Friday, media reported.

Washington (DC)

American Spies Gave $100,000 to Russian Who Wanted to Sell Material on Trump

After months of secret negotiations, the Russian tried to include the information as part of a deal that would let the United States buy its stolen cyberweapons.


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.


Exclusive: Brazil police see no evidence in port bribery case against president

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Federal Police will likely recommend shelving an investigation into alleged bribery of President Michel Temer in return for extending port concessions last year because it has turned up no evidence, its chief told Reuters on Friday.

Tax Preparers and Preparation

Your Money Adviser: How Taxpayers Who Want Help Can Find a Reputable Preparer

“If you’re just putting in numbers and hoping for the best,” an accountant says, “then maybe you need a preparer.”


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.

Police: 6 bodies found in potted plants

Toronto police have found the remains of six people buried in planters and they believe a serial killer is responsible.

Books and Literature

Self-Helped: How One Book Changed My Relationship With Money

The nine-step money-management system in “Your Money or Your Life” allowed both its writers to retire early.


U.S. transportation agency calls March 1 'summit' on autonomous cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Auto manufacturers, technology companies, road safety advocates and policy makers will attend a March 1 conference over potential government actions that could speed the rollout of autonomous cars, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday.


Reuters report on Myanmar massacre brings calls for independent probe

(Reuters) - A Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar prompted demands from the U.S. State Department for a credible investigation into the bloodshed there and calls for the release of two journalists who were arrested while working on the report.

Olympic Games (2018)

South Korea Got the Winter Games. Then It Needed More Olympians.

With little history of success in most Winter Olympic sports, the host nation got help from overseas, adding 19 naturalized citizens to its squad.


Canadian police arrest two at Kinder Morgan pipeline protest

VANCOUVER, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Canadian police arrested two people on Thursday at a protest over Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after the protesters began blocking highway traffic and equipment.


Canada regulator repeats call for weed firms to disclose U.S. risks

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian regulators on Thursday reiterated their call for listed cannabis producers with U.S. businesses to clearly disclose risks of operating there, and warned of potential punishment if U.S. federal anti-marijuana laws are more strictly enforced.

Police: Remains of 6 found in potted plants

Toronto police have recovered the remains of at least six people on a property linked to accused serial killer Bruce McArthur, Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Thursday.


'Call of Duty' drives big holiday quarter for Activision Blizzard

(Reuters) - Activision Blizzard Inc beat analysts' expectations for revenue in the final quarter of 2017, helped by robust Christmas buying of its blockbuster "Call of Duty" videogame and higher digital sales.

Education (K-12)

Casting Controversy Derailed a High School Play. Then Came the Threats.

After Ithaca High School canceled its production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” because of students’ pushback, an online mob targeted the town.

Corruption (Institutional)

Netanyahu Lashes Out as Israeli Police Wrap Up Graft Inquiries

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused a police chief of “mendacious” insinuations against him. Critics say he is trying to discredit the investigations.


Free Lyft may not help poor people keep doctor appointments

(Reuters Health) - Giving poor people free use of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft for doctor appointments doesn’t make them any less likely to become no-shows than patients who have to find their own way there, a U.S. study suggests.

Texas police officer shot and killed while responding to call

A police officer in Texas who was shot while responding to a call Wednesday night, died from his injuries, according to the Richardson Police Department.


Thirty-five Thai activists report to police after junta protest

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A group of Thai activists reported to police on Thursday to acknowledge charges brought against them, including charges of illegal assembly, after they staged a demonstration in Bangkok last month to protest a delay to a general election.

Police: Ex-US gymnastics coach being investigated

John Geddert, a US Olympic coach in 2012 and onetime owner of an elite Michigan gymnastics club, is the subject of a police investigation, Eaton County Undersheriff Jeffrey Cook said this week.


South Korea police say Samsung Chairman Lee suspected of tax evasion: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee was suspected of evading tax for 8.2 billion won ($7.5 million), and of using bank accounts held by employees that held 400 billion won, Yonhap News Agency said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-S.Korea police say Samsung Chairman Lee suspected of tax evasion- Yonhap

SEOUL, Feb 8 (Reuters) - South Korean police said Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee was suspected of evading tax for 8.2 billion won ($7.5 million), and of using bank accounts held by employees that held 400 billion won, Yonhap News Agency said on Thursday.

Trump says bombshell, Cooper calls bunk

Anderson Cooper discusses newly released FBI text messages that President Donald Trump claims are "bombshells."


Turnstile Jumping Pits de Blasio Against Police Reformers

A new policy on fare evasion in Manhattan has made strange political bedfellows, and poses a problem for Mayor Bill de Blasio with police reform and poverty advocates.


U.S. senators call for Olympic committee probe after Nassar scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Wednesday called for an investigation into the handling of sexual misconduct allegations by the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, which have been criticized for not acting on complaints of abuse by former sports doctor Larry Nassar and others.


Exclusive: States need U.S. help to protect drug-affected infants - GAO

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The federal government needs to take more steps to help states protect infants born affected by drugs such as opioids, the U.S. Government Accountability Office says in a new report released Wednesday.


Deduction scramble helped drive U.S. wave of tax bonuses: experts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump signed into law an overhaul of the U.S. tax code in late December that slashed the corporate tax rate, managers at Southwest Airlines Co wasted no time.

If the Democrats 'don't want safety,' then shut it down, President says at roundtable on MS-13 gang

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he supports a government shutdown if Democrats won't agree to tighten immigration laws, undercutting ongoing bipartisan negotiations on Capitol Hill.

How I helped kidnap Patty Hearst

Bill Harris, a former SLA member, describes the 1974 abduction of media heiress Patricia Hearst. For more on this saga, watch CNN's "The Radical Story of Patty Hearst" on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

Ryan Seacrest calls being accused 'gut-wrenching'

Days after an investigation found no evidence to support a claim of inappropriate behavior made against Ryan Seacrest by a former colleague, the long-time host has written about the experience in an op-ed.


Icahn calls U.S. stock nosedive 'rumblings of an earthquake': CNBC

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn warned on Tuesday that investors have exposure to "way too many derivatives" and called the stock market's nosedive just "rumblings of an earthquake."


UPDATE 1-Icahn calls U.S. stock nosedive 'rumblings of an earthquake' -CNBC

NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn warned on Tuesday that investors have exposure to "way too many derivatives" and called the stock market's nosedive just "rumblings of an earthquake."


Maldives opposition calls for Indian intervention as president imposes emergency rule

MALE/COLOMBO (Reuters) - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen's administration said on Tuesday it had put down a coup after declaring a state of emergency the day before and arresting two Supreme Court justices and opposition figures.

Stocks and Bonds

DealBook Briefing: Can Disney’s Earnings Help Alleviate Investor Concerns?

When stock markets are plunging, investors try to gauge the underlying strength of bellwether companies. That’s why many eyes will be on Disney after the close.


Icahn calls US stock market nosedive 'rumblings of an earthquake' -CNBC

NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn warned on Tuesday that investors have exposure to "way too many derivatives" and called the stock market's nosedive just "rumblings of an earthquake."


Patriots star Gronkowski burgled on Super Bowl weekend: police

BOSTON (Reuters) - Super Bowl weekend brought a one-two of bad news for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose home was burgled following the team's upset loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, police said on Tuesday.

Trump to call for closing immigration 'loopholes' to fight MS-13

President Donald Trump will host law enforcement and elected officials at the White House on Tuesday to discuss closing what a White House official called "loopholes" that make it more difficult to combat the MS-13 gang.

Segregation and Desegregation

Wendell Pierce: The First Time My Dad Gave Me ‘The Talk’

Scared to be bused to a predominantly white school in New Orleans, the actor was given some empowering advice from his father.

Puerto Rico

FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered.

FEMA terminated a big contract with a tiny vendor hired to produce meals for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Now, Congress is asking questions.


At least 33 infected with HIV in India after 'quack' uses tainted syringe: police

MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least 33 people have tested positive for HIV in the northern Indian town of Bangarmau after an unqualified medical practitioner injected some of them with an infected syringe, a government official said.

Senator calls out 'Cadet Bone Spurs' after Trump's remark

An Illinois Democrat who was seriously wounded in Iraq derisively referred to President Donald Trump's draft deferments after Trump called Democrats "treasonous" for not clapping during his State of the Union speech.

Sessions calls for 'fresh start' at FBI

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he believes the FBI needs a "fresh start" following FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's decision to step down.


Myanmar policeman who arrested Reuters reporters tells court he burned his notes

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar police officer who was part of the team that arrested two Reuters journalists in December told a court on Tuesday that he had burned the notes he made at the time, but gave no reason why he had done so.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Calls Philadelphia’s Victory Riot an ‘Inferno of Joy’

The rioting after the Eagles’ Super Bowl win produced a wealth of entertaining footage. Late-night hosts offered samples.


Thai rights news conference called off after police warning

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A news conference by a Thai rights group was called off on Tuesday following a police warning not to hold the event or risk violating a junta ban on public gatherings.

Trump's EPA chief called him an 'empty vessel'

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.

Alternative for Germany

Workers of Germany, Unite: The New Siren Call of the Far-Right

Alternative for Germany, the first nationalist party to enter Parliament since World War II, is targeting working-class voters and labor unions that have supported the left for decades.


Settlement calls for Little Leaguer to use optic yellow baseballs

(Reuters) - A federal prosecutor in Michigan said on Monday he had reached an agreement with Little League Baseball that would allow a player with a vision-related disability to use an optic yellow baseball, settling an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint.

Driver who killed NFL player was an undocumented immigrant, police say

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man were struck and killed in a suspected drunken driving accident early Sunday morning.


Trump calls Democrats 'treasonous' for chilly State of the Union reception

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday accused Democrats of being "un-American" and "treasonous" for their lack of applause during his State of the Union address last week when he spoke of rising wages and historically low African-American unemployment.

Trump calls some Democrats 'treasonous'

President Donald Trump mocked Democrats Monday for their stony reactions during his State of the Union speech last week, saying that it was even "treasonous."

The Friend (Book)

Books of The Times: Mourning With the Help of a Great Dane

In Sigrid Nunez’s charming new novel, “The Friend,” a woman in a small Manhattan apartment inherits a large dog from a man who committed suicide.

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.


Russia calls in army after 'snowfall of the century' in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian soldiers have been drafted in to help clear the streets of Moscow and the surrounding region after a record snowfall which delayed flights, felled hundreds of trees, and turned some roads and pavements into an obstacle course.


Broadcom sweetens Qualcomm bid, calling it the final offer

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Broadcom Ltd on Monday raised its offer to buy Qualcomm Inc by 24 percent to more than $121 billion, sweetening the bid and putting more pressure on its rival to come to the table for negotiations.


Vital defensive play helps Eagles seal deal in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - After allowing the New England Patriots to march up and down the field for much of the game, the Philadelphia Eagles stopped the five-times champions when it mattered most in Sunday's Super Bowl, forcing a Tom Brady fumble to help seal their 41-33 win.

Newport, Cal (1982- )

A Call to Cut Back Online Addictions. Pitted Against Just One More Click.

A Georgetown professor received a worldwide response to his monthlong call to limit online time, but that was just the beginning of the challenge.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Side Street: From San Juan to New York, He Offers Help and Hope for the Uprooted

Forced to leave Puerto Rico, Rafael Ocasio Barreto shares everything he has with those who have joined the post-hurricane exodus.


Greeks rally in Athens over Macedonia name row

ATHENS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Greeks rallied outside parliament in Athens on Sunday to protest against the use of the term Macedonia in any settlement the government pursues with the ex-Yugoslav Republic to end a decades-old name row.

Trump Jr. calls Nunes memo 'sweet revenge'

During an interview on Fox News, President Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. said the release of the controversial Nunes memo is "sweet revenge" for his family.


Pope calls worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace February 23

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis invited Roman Catholics and members of all other religions on Sunday to observe a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace on Feb. 23, urging everyone to 'say no' to violence and conflict.


‘Saturday Night Live’: Trump Calls In to ‘Fox & Friends’

Alec Baldwin was back as President Trump, while the former cast members Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey performed a sketch tracing the historical rivalry between New England and Philadelphia.

Report: Nominee who called belief in climate change a 'kind of paganism' to be dropped

The White House is planning to withdraw its nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, according to The Washington Post.


Olympics - Merryweather wins late call-up to U.S. team

(Reuters) - Alice Merryweather was given a late ticket to the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday as a quota replacement for injured downhiller Steven Nyman on the U.S. Alpine ski team.

Trump calls investigations into possible ties between his campaign and Russia 'an American disgrace'

President Donald Trump says a GOP memo declassified on Friday "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe.


African migrants injured in Italian drive-by shootings: police

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring several people, police said, in an attack that appeared to be racially motivated.


Kenyan police briefly detain legislator over opposition leader's 'swearing in'

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police on Saturday briefly detained a third opposition legislator who attended a symbolic "swearing-in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga that was a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who won re-election in October.

Six Films to Stream If You Loved ‘Call Me by Your Name’

Fans of independent and international cinema may recognize some of the cinematic traditions to which the film belongs.

Democrats call memo release 'dangerous'

With the approval of President Donald Trump, House Republicans have released a disputed GOP intelligence memo that alleges FBI abuses of its surveillance authority -- and Democratic members of Congress are fuming.


France sends police as migrant gangs clash in Calais

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government will send more police to Calais to crack down on migrant gangs, the interior minister said on Friday, after gang rivalries erupted into a brawl that left five migrants suffering serious gunshot injuries

Clapper: Trump tweet is pot calling kettle black

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reacts to President Trump's tweet slamming law enforcement leaders for politicizing the Nunes memo.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Philippine Police Resume War on Drugs, Killing Dozens

Nearly 50 people suspected of using and selling drugs were killed by officers in the past two months alone, according to official figures.


German coalition agreement calls for 10-12 billion investment in fast data networks

BERLIN, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Germany's would-be coalition partners said on Friday they would allocate 10-12 billion euros of public money to build gigabit-speed fixed-line data networks over the coming four years.

Sentences (Criminal)

Activists Try to Recall Judge in Stanford Sex Attack Case. Some Say They’ve Gone Too Far.

One side is outraged over the abundance of sexual crimes against women; the other is worried about judicial independence and mass incarceration.


UPDATE 1-Ford's China joint venture to recall more than 500,000 vehicles

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Ford Motor's China joint venture will recall more than half a million vehicles due to brake-related issues, an additional headache for the U.S. carmaker as it faces rising challenges in the world's top auto market.


Mexico presidential favorite repeats call to review oil tender results

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The leading candidate for Mexico's presidential election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, reiterated on Thursday his pledge to review oil contracts if elected, a day after the most successful auction since a landmark energy opening was finalized in 2014.

How psychiatrists can best help our country in the 2018 election


EPA chief riles ethanol advocates with call for biofuels policy reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that the recent bankruptcy of a Pennsylvania oil refiner was evidence the nation's biofuel policy needs an overhaul in comments that infuriated biofuels advocates.


Two shot at Los Angeles school, girl arrested: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 12-year-old girl was taken into custody Thursday after a shooting in a Los Angeles middle-school classroom in which five people were injured, including a 15 year-old-boy who was shot in the head but expected to survive, police said.


They Were Super Bowl Heroes. And Then, in a Blink, They Weren’t.

There is an unusual club of receivers, including Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss, who made a stunning catch that briefly appeared to secure a championship. Here are memories of what almost was.

Kids were beaten, shocked and locked in closets, police say

Three children were beaten, forced to eat dog feces and locked in the closets of a Maryland home for months, Maryland State Police said.


German police arrest six far right supporters ahead of anti-refugee demo in east

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police arrested six members of the far right who were handing out tear gas bottles and flyers in the eastern city of Cottbus on Thursday and said they were stepping up security ahead of an anti-refugee protest there on Saturday.

The Week in Good News: Booming Economies, Roger Federer, and Dutch Animal Police

Sometimes it seems as if we’re living under a constant barrage of heavy news. But it isn’t all bad out there.


Brazil police probes graft involving post office pension fund

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian federal police served 100 search-and-seizure warrants on Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged graft involving a pension fund for post office workers.


Russian Athletes Call Olympic Selection Process a ‘Lottery’

Russian athletes said the process of receiving an invitation was random, putting the blame away from the Russian authorities.


Nikkei posts first gain in 7 days, helped by softer yen, earnings

TOKYO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday morning, rebounding from a six-day losing streak and pushing most sectors into positive territory, as a weaker yen and corporate earnings helped drive the benchmark index higher.


Community obesity rates help shape whether families are overweight

(Reuters Health) - Parents and kids who live in communities with high obesity rates are more likely to become overweight themselves than families living in communities where more people are a healthy weight, a U.S. study suggests.


The Cycle: Sex Hurts. Help!

Navigating a sensitive, and critical, topic.


North Korea hits back at U.S., calls Trump administration 'racist'

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea struck back at the United States on Wednesday, accusing the Trump administration of being a billionaires' club that harbors a "policy of racism" while denying freedom of the press and health coverage to citizens.


Melania factor helps to boost Slovenian tourism

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - The number of foreign tourists visiting Slovenia jumped almost 17 percent last year to 3.4 million, the statistics office said on Wednesday, the figure boosted by the fact that...

Police say he's a serial killer who buried his victims' remains in potted plants

Toronto police have arrested a landscaper who they say killed men and buried their body parts in potted plants on the properties where he worked.

Teacher is accused of calling the military 'the lowest of our low'

A school district in Southern California says it's investigating a teacher who was caught allegedly criticizing the military.

Kidnapping victim killed when he grabbed FBI agent's rifle, police chief says

Less than a week ago, an FBI agent fatally shot a kidnapping victim he was trying to rescue. On Tuesday, authorities provided an explanation for how things went so wrong.


Trump urges Congress to help stimulate $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure spending.


Gymnastics great Comaneci calls for changes at USA Gymnastics

LONDON (Reuters) - Gymnastics superstar Nadia Comaneci called for "drastic changes" at USA Gymnastics, which has been rocked by a scandal involving its longtime doctor who has been convicted of sexually abusing young athletes.


EPA chief in 2016 called Trump a threat to U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Tuesday sought to distance himself from comments he made in a 2016 radio interview in which said Donald Trump would pose a threat to the U.S. Constitution if he ever became president.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Los Angeles’s Police Chief Says ‘It’s the Right Time’ to Retire

Tuesday: Chief Charlie Beck calls it quits, a potential overhaul at the University of California, and a Padre makes the Hall of Fame.

Heads of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan launch a venture to tackle what Warren Buffet calls the 'hungry tapeworm on the American economy'