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Fourth winter storm in 3 weeks to hit East Coast

Spring begins Tuesday, but winter isn't ready to retire just yet.


Australian wildfires destroy homes, kill cattle as hundreds of people flee

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities urged people to remain alert on Monday as wildfires that have destroyed homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds of residents to flee continued to burn out of control in the southeast of the country.


Melting snow and heavy rain leave Croatia hit by floods

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia declared a state of emergency on Sunday in its central Kosinj valley after the Lika river flooded, cutting off road access to about 500 people and leaving some villages without electricity.


Australians flee homes as grassfires hit southeast

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bush and grass fires sweeping across Australia's southeast destroyed homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds to flee on Sunday as dry, hot winds fanned the flames.


Winning ticket sold as U.S. Powerball jackpot climbs to $455 million

(Reuters) - One lucky winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania for an estimated $455 million Powerball jackpot drawn Saturday night, officials said.


Australians flee homes as bushfires hit arid southeast

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bushfires sweeping across Australia's southeast destroyed homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds to flee on Sunday as dry, hot winds fanned the flames.


Thousands of Australian homes without power after cyclone hits

SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 25,000 homes were without power on Sunday in Australia's northern city of Darwin after a tropical cyclone felled trees, canceled flights, closed schools and delayed shipping.


Residents flee flames as fires hits Australia's east

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fires forced residents to flee to basketball stadiums and community centers in the state of Victoria on Sunday as dry, hot and windy weather moved across Australia's southeast.

Opinion: Trouble for Trump if Mueller meets Stormy

Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, has a talent for stirring the publicity pot relating to his controversial porn star client. He dropped his latest morsels Friday during a drive-by of CNN and MSNBC's morning shows. In an interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," he said six additional women had come forward alleging sexual relationships with President Donald Trump and that his office was in the "early stages of vetting those stories." Avenatti also claimed two of the women have nondisclosure agreements.


Trump consultants harvested data from 50 million Facebook users: reports

(Reuters) - Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, the New York Times and London's Observer reported on Saturday.


Daimler cars unit invests to ramp up output to 3 million vehicles

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany' Daimler is in a push to boost production capacity as its Mercedes-Benz Cars unit eyes annual sales of 3 million vehicles, up from 2.4 million last year, an executive told weekly publication Automobilwoche.

Presidential Election of 2016

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign.


Australia's Liberals win state election in blow for renewables lobby

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's governing Liberal party has won a tight regional election in South Australia, a victory that could deal a blow to national renewable energy plans.


China plans tougher goals, beefed-up inspections in war on smog

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, as Beijing prepares to beef up a nationwide crackdown on polluters in its years-long campaign to clear its notoriously toxic skies.


Powerball jackpot climbs to $455 million for Saturday drawing

(Reuters) - An estimated $455 million Powerball jackpot is up for grabs on Saturday evening, one of the biggest in the multi-state U.S. lottery's history, after 19 straight drawings failed to produce a grand prize winner.


China's environment minister says plans tougher air quality targets

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, its environment minister said on Saturday, as the world's No.2 economy aims to clear its notoriously toxic skies.


Tropical cyclone cancels Darwin flights, delays shipping

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Flights to Australia's northern city of Darwin were canceled on Saturday due to Tropical Cyclone Marcus and will not resume until midnight at the earliest, with commercial shipping also disrupted.

Trump attorney joins Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Attorneys defending President Donald Trump and the company of his personal legal counsel, Michael Cohen, have filed to move the lawsuit against their clients by porn star Stormy Daniels to federal court and are claiming she could owe as much as $20 million for violating a nondisclosure agreement.


Trump lawyer seeks $20 million damages from Stormy Daniels: filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Trump’s Lawyers Claim Stormy Daniels Violated Confidentiality Agreement at Least 20 Times

In a court filing, the president weighs in for the first time directly on a case in which a porn actress was paid $130,000 to stay silent about an affair she claims she had with him.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Tariffs Set Off Storm of Lobbying

Corporations and foreign leaders are pressing to meet with White House officials and hiring lawyers and lobbyists to push for exemptions that could be worth billions of dollars in trade.


U.S. regulator to meet next month with disgruntled railroad customers

SEATTLE, March 16 (Reuters) - The top U.S. railways regulator plans to hold a series of meetings with disgruntled shippers and other customers starting next month, after fresh complaints over service delays and higher costs from automotive and grain lobby groups.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer says some alleged incidents took place during Trump presidency

The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.


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Venezuela begins power rationing as drought causes severe outages

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela imposed electricity rationing this week in six western states, as the crisis-hit country's creaky power grid suffered from a drought that has reduced water levels in key reservoirs needed to run hydroelectric power generators.

Panelists erupt over Trump-Stormy Daniels saga

Trump Advisory Board member Paris Dennard and Republican strategist Rick Wilson clash while discussing Stormy Daniels and President Trump.


BRIEF-Marriott International CEO Arne M. Sorenson's 2017 Total Compensation Was $13.3 Million



Porn actress Stormy Daniels physically threatened over Trump: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels was physically threatened and warned to remain silent about her relationship with President Donald Trump, her lawyer told MSNBC and CNN on Friday.


Argentina prepares 4G spectrum auction that could raise $800 million: source

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina is preparing to auction 90 megahertz of 4G spectrum to mobile telephone and internet companies in a process that has already attracted interest from Telecom Argentina SA, Telefonica SA and Claro, a government source told Reuters.


Hong Kong's CLP says finalizing environmental study for LNG project

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hong Kong utility CLP Power [CLPHKF.UL] said on Friday it was finalizing an environmental impact assessment study for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and will soon submit it to the Hong Kong government.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Pitches for Stormy Daniels’s Legal Fund

Kimmel said, “Now you can give money to a porn star — just like the president of the United States.”

Stormy Daniels' lawyer alleges there are 6 more women with similar stories

The lawyer representing the porn star Stormy Daniels says six additional women have come forward with similar experiences to that of his client as of Thursday evening -- some who he says also claim to have nondisclosure agreements.


Germans First? A Food Bank Bars Migrants, Setting Off a Storm

Chancellor Angela Merkel says, “You shouldn’t categorize people like this.” But Germans call the man who runs the food bank a “people’s hero.”


Stormy Daniels Interview to Air on ‘60 Minutes’ This Month

Last week, Anderson Cooper interviewed Stephanie Clifford, who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump.

Shopping and Retail

‘A Punch in the Gut’: Toys ‘R’ Us Closings Rattle Nostalgic Customers

Before the age of buying with a click, generations knew there was a place where they could let their wishes whir.


Georgia Supreme Court upholds $40 million fatal Jeep fire award

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Georgia State Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a $40 million award to the family of a four-year-old boy killed in 2012 when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames.


Colonial Pipeline to pay Alabama $3.3 million for 2016 spills: state official

(Reuters) - Colonial Pipeline Co will pay $3.3 million to the state of Alabama to cover damages and penalties from an explosion and a spill on its gasoline line in 2016, the state's attorney general said on Thursday.


U.S. muni bond funds post $339.1 million in inflows: Lipper

(Reuters) - U.S. municipal bond funds reported $339.1 million of net inflows in the week ended March 14, compared with $406.8 million in inflows in the previous week, according to data released by...


Lockheed Martin wins nearly $4 billion of U.S. defense contracts -Pentagon

WASHINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp is being awarded two U.S. defense contracts worth a total of nearly $4 billion, the Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday.

Analysis: There's a lot of smoke around Trump on the Stormy Daniels story

The legal and political storm around Stormy Daniels -- and her allegations that she had an extramarital affair with President Donald Trump in the mid-2000s -- just keeps growing.


Weathering Trump's skepticism, US officials still fighting global warming

WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

Parkland Shooting Surveillance Video Shows Deputy Remained Outside

The video shows events outside Stoneman Douglas High during the shooting, including the only armed deputy there taking cover outside and not confronting the gunman.


GM to invest $100 million to upgrade facilities to build self-driving cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Thursday it will invest more than $100 million in two facilities as it prepares to build production versions of its Cruise self-driving car next year at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan.


Trump administration seeks swift action on Alaska oil leases

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The Trump administration is seeking to sell leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as quickly as possible – drawing fire from opponents of drilling in the sensitive area, who are warning against a rushed process.


Rockslide kills one, hurts another beach camper in storm-hit Portugal

LISBON (Reuters) - At least one foreign tourist was killed and another seriously injured by a rockslide that hit their beach camp just off continental Europe's westernmost point in Portugal as a result of a violent storm, authorities said on Thursday.


Norway's Scatec Solar says three projects caught in South Africa row

OSLO (Reuters) - Three solar plants planned by Norway's Scatec Solar were among 27 energy deals blocked by a South African court on Tuesday when it agreed to hear a legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted President Jacob Zuma, the firm said on Thursday.


Beijing WKW Automotive Parts to invest more than $2 billion in new car project

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Beijing WKW Automotive Parts plans to invest about 16 billion yuan ($2.53 billion) in a new energy car project, to cash in on the increasing popularity of environmentally friendly vehicles as part of China's efforts to cut pollution.


U.S. takes more time to decide on New York denial for Constitution natural gas pipeline

(Reuters) - U.S. federal energy regulators gave themselves more time to decide whether to rehear their earlier order upholding New York's denial of a water permit for Williams Cos Inc's Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York.


Philippine minister seeks one-year closure of holiday island for clean-up

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine environment minister has recommended the closure of the country's most famous holiday island, Boracay, for up to a year to clean it up, a month after President Rodrigo Duterte called it a "cesspool".


Audi expects no more dieselgate emissions provisions in 2018: CFO

BERLIN (Reuters) - Audi expects no further provisions for its "dieselgate" emissions scandal this year after setting aside a total of 2 billion euros ($2.47 billion) in 2016 and 2017, its finance chief said.


Infested Chinese garlic imports kick up a stink in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has impounded more than 200 tonnes of garlic imported from China, warning that a microscopic worm infestation found in the shipment could put at risk plans by the Southeast Asian country to boost its own garlic crop.


Weathering Trump's skepticism, U.S. officials still fighting global warming

WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.


Third court rules Tepco, government liable over Fukushima disaster: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kyoto district court on Thursday ruled that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and the Japanese government were liable for damages arising from the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, the Asahi newspaper said


UPDATE 1-Australian inquiry hears CBA knew risks but put mortgage 'volume' ahead of customers

* CBA chose to do nothing in order to protect "volume" - exec


Auto parts maker Magna invests $200 million in Lyft

(Reuters) - Canadian automotive parts supplier Magna International Inc said on Wednesday it will invest $200 million in Lyft Inc and work with the U.S. ride-hailing firm to manufacture self-driving cars.

Stormy Daniels crowdfunding her legal fees in suit against Trump

The porn star suing President Donald Trump is using a crowdfunding effort to cover her legal fees and other related expenses.


Britain needs tougher law to tackle 'air quality catastrophe': lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should introduce new, more ambitious legislation to tackle poor air quality after failing to deal with the problem, lawmakers said on Thursday.


China's Jiangsu vows to step up smog war after Jan spike: report

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Eastern China's Jiangsu province will step up its war on pollution and focus on "high-quality development" following a spike in smog early this year, the China Daily reported, citing the provincial governor.


Wells Fargo CEO's 2017 pay jumps 35 percent to $17.6 million

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co Chief Executive Tim Sloan's made $17.6 million in 2017, up 35 percent from the previous year, despite opting out of the bank's annual incentive plan.


Wells Fargo CEO Sloan's pay rose 35 percent in 2017 to $17.6 million

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan's total compensation for 2017 was $17.6 million, about 35 percent higher than the previous year, the third largest U.S. bank said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.


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U.S. to continue trade protections on biofuels: commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the administration of President Donald Trump plans to continue to protect U.S. biofuel producers with trade actions, such as tariffs.

Hearing set in Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump

A hearing date has been set for the lawsuit adult film actress Stormy Daniels filed against President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen's company to dissolve their non-disclosure agreement.


Volkswagen brand says profitability drive faces climate cost risks

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Volkswagen's core VW autos division said on Wednesday that EU requirements on curbing emissions and other climate-related demands would cause profitability to stall between 2018 and 2020.


Cold-blooded? Study finds female pythons care for their young

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Shedding their cold-blooded image, snakes emerge from a recent study as more caring creatures that protect their nests and remain with their young for a brief period after hatching.


Ford recalls 1.38 million vehicles for loose steering wheel bolts

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said Wednesday it is recalling 1.38 million vehicles in North America for potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could detach, in a callback linked to two accidents and one injury.


First wind farm operational in coal-reliant Bosnia

MESIHOVINA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Bosnia's maiden wind farm began producing electricity on Wednesday as part of the country's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the renewable energy standards of the European Union it aspires to join.


Pests, disease destroy a third of Mozambique crops, government says

MAPUTO (Reuters) - Pests and disease sweeping through Mozambique have destroyed at least a third of the country's agricultural crops over the past 11 months, a government spokeswoman said.


Activists can challenge the way EU approves GMOs for market: court

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - A European Union court said on Wednesday civil society groups could challenge the way the European Commission authorized the sale of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the bloc.

Global warming puts nearly half of species in key places at risk, report says

About half of all plants and animals in 35 of the world's most biodiverse places are at risk of extinction due to climate change, a new report claims.


Lawsuit says Miley Cyrus stole 'We Can't Stop,' seeks $300 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by a Jamaican songwriter who said the pop singer's 2013 smash "We Can't Stop" closely resembles a song he recorded 25 years earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden Has Used Face-Scanning Technology on Customers

Facial-recognition systems can help bolster security, but some experts say the technology raises questions about privacy and data security.

Stormy Daniels discussed alleged affair with Trump on 2007 radio show, host says

Stephanie Clifford, the porn star known as Stormy Daniels, discussed her alleged affair with Donald Trump during a May 2007 radio appearance, a well-known Florida radio personality told his listeners Friday.


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U.S. biofuels sector blasts EPA settlement with bankrupt Philadelphia refinery

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to grant a bankrupt Philadelphia refiner relief from biofuel laws drew criticism on Tuesday from the country's biofuels sector and its allies, who said it sets a bad precedent.


Greens fear climate backslide with Pompeo as top U.S. diplomat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several green groups criticized the Trump administration's choice on Tuesday of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, saying his past skeptical comments about global warming show he is less suited to run U.S. foreign policy about climate change than the former Exxon Mobil CEO.


Blizzard bears down on New England, knocking out power

BOSTON (Reuters) - Driving snow enveloped the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday in its third winter storm in two weeks, closing schools, canceling flights and knocking out power to about 140,000 homes and businesses.


Biofuel credits see-saw after Philadelphia refiner settlement

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Renewable fuel credits for 2018 rebounded from an earlier drop on Tuesday, fluctuating after a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted a bankrupt Philadelphia refiner significant relief from its biofuel obligations.

The melting Arctic could make these late winter storms worse

As the Northeast endures its third nor'easter in ten days, winter-weary residents are wondering what's behind the weather chaos.

Trump asking for advice on Stormy Daniels situation

President Donald Trump has been seeking counsel from confidantes on how he should handle the Stormy Daniels situation, a source close to the President tells CNN.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Asks Why Trump Is Scared of Stormy Daniels

The former pornographic film actress was recently interviewed by “60 Minutes,” and Colbert was eager to offer his take on the controversy.


Biofuel credits continue free fall in wake of refiner settlement: traders

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Renewable fuel credits for 2018 continued their sharp decline on Tuesday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted a bankrupt Philadelphia refiner significant relief from its biofuel obligations.


Blizzard bears down on New England, snarling travel

BOSTON (Reuters) - The third winter storm in two weeks roared into coastal New England on Tuesday, with up to 20 inches (51 cm) of forecast snow causing school closures, flight cancellations and raising the risk of power outages.

Customs (Tariff)

The Conversation: Storm Over Pennsylvania

President Trump unleashes his charms on Kim Jong-un and the voters of the 18th Congressional District.


Nigeria to cut sulfur in fuels a year after U.N. deadline

LONDON (Reuters) - Nigeria will begin cutting the sulfur levels allowed in imported fuels in July, a change long sought by health and environmental campaigners, a year after an initial deadline, an official at state oil company NNPC said.


China's top steelmaking city deepens output curbs to extend war on smog

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's top steelmaking city of Tangshan will order some steel mills to cut production by as much as half to improve air quality, after curbs put in place during winter expire in March, the government said on Tuesday.


EBRD issues its first 'health bond' worth 317 million zlotys

WARSAW/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Tuesday it has issued its first "health bond", raising 317 million zlotys ($92.84 million) from one of Japan's largest life insurers to finance health projects across the globe.


Norway's Hydro reveals additional spills from Brazil plant

OSLO (Reuters) - A Norsk Hydro plant's spill of waste water in Brazil last month was more extensive than previously reported, and the company still lacks overview of the situation, it said on Tuesday.


'A big one' - New England braces for third major storm in two weeks

BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm packing a powerful snowy punch bore down on the northeastern United States on Tuesday, closing schools, snarling travel and threatening to knock out power to thousands of homes and businesses.


Australia weather bureau says summer La Nina has ended

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau said on Tuesday that a La Nina weather event that began in December has ended.

Stormy Daniels, Goldman Sachs, Betsy DeVos: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


Dropbox IPO price range puts valuation nearly a third below peak

(Reuters) - Dropbox Inc on Monday offered a price range for shares in its initial public offering that would value it at up to $7.1 billion, nearly a third below the valuation it commanded in 2014, a clear sign of how overheated the private tech market became a few years back.


Federal court orders EPA to implement smog rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal court on Monday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to implement protections against smog set in 2015, the latest defeat in court by the agency as it rolls back environmental regulations.


Trump to raise $5 million in California for re-election bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will raise about $5 million for his prospective re-election campaign in 2020 and for the Republican National Committee at a fundraising event in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a party official said on Monday.


Dropbox IPO priced at nearly one-third below its peak valuation

(Reuters) - Dropbox Inc on Monday priced shares for its initial public offering that would value it at up to $7.1 billion, nearly a third below the valuation it commanded in 2014, a clear sign of how overheated the private tech market became a few years back.


U.S. northeast braces for third powerful storm in two weeks

(Reuters) - The third nor'easter to hit parts of the U.S. northeast in two weeks was expected to start late on Monday and Amtrak said it would suspend service on Tuesday between Boston and New York, as the storm could bring high winds, a foot or more of snow and power outages.


Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's streaming music service now has 38 million paid subscribers, up from 36 million in February, the company said on Monday.


BRIEF-Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves' Total Compensation Was $23.6 Million V/s $9.5 Million In 2016



Argentine soy scorched beyond return, season 'dead': experts

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Hope has withered for any recovery in Argentine soy yields hit by a four-month drought that shows no signs of abating, farmers and analysts said on Monday, prompting China to step in to fill the gap in soymeal exports from the world's No. 1 supplier.


$560 Million Powerball Winner Can Keep Her Name Private, Judge Rules

New Hampshire officials had said the jackpot winner’s name should be made public. But a judge said the woman would face harassment and solicitation.

Presidential Election of 2016

Stormy Daniels Offers to Return Payment to End Deal for Her Silence

An adult film star who says she had an affair with President Trump will return $130,000 she got from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer if doing so means she can speak freely, her lawyer said in a letter.


South Africa's Cape Town faces severe economic troubles over drought: Moody's

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rating's agency Moody's warned on Monday the water crisis affecting Cape Town would cause the city's borrowing to rise sharply and the provincial economy to shrink the longer the situation lasted.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer has 3 questions for Trump

Attorney to Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, explains why his client has decided to come forward now with her story about an alleged sexual relationship with Donald Trump.


Biogen to buy Pfizer's neurology drug in deal nearing $600 million

(Reuters) - Biogen Inc said on Monday it would buy Pfizer Inc's experimental treatment for a symptom associated with schizophrenia in a deal that could near $600 million and mark its foray into the emerging market for neuropsychiatry.

Northeast braces for third storm in under two weeks

The northeastern United States is bracing for its third significant winter storm in less than two weeks, with the potential for heavy snow from New York to Maine.


Japan's Coincheck to start repaying customers Monday after digital money heist

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc, reeling from government reprimands over lax standards after $530 million dollar theft of digital money, said it would from Monday start repaying customers affected by the heist.


U.S. northeast braces for third nor'easter in two weeks

(Reuters) - Parts of the U.S. northeast brace for a third powerful winter storm in two weeks that could bring high winds, a foot or more of wet snow and power outages Monday night and into Tuesday, officials said.


Exclusive: Mexican state pension fund spent millions on failing builder - sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's state workers' pension fund plowed more than $20 million into ICA and became the largest shareholder as the builder spiraled toward insolvency, according to people familiar with the matter, with the fund's investment set to be wiped out in a restructuring.

United States Politics and Government

As ‘60 Minutes’ Prepares Stormy Daniels Interview, Lawyers Battle

Lawyers for the president and the porn actress sparred over the weekend, as “60 Minutes” prepared to show an interview it conducted with her last week.


The Mideast Peace Plan Is Nearly Finished. Is It Dead on Arrival?

President Trump is likely to present the proposal soon, despite risking swift rejection by the Palestinians and already having taken on another thorny dispute, with North Korea.

For Stormy, controversy blows up into a club scene bonanza

A propeller plane pulled an advertising banner across a darkening sky on Saturday afternoon.


UPDATE 2-France's Areva to pay $554 million to settle Finnish reactor dispute

* Unit due to provide 10 pct of Finland's power needs (Adds payment details, minister quote)


Norway's Hydro says Brazil plant made unauthorized spills

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian aluminum maker Norsk Hydro's Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil made unauthorized spills of waste water last month, the company said on Sunday, more than two weeks after local authorities first began to raise questions.

Northeast may get 3rd winter storm in 10 days

A storm system causing severe weather Sunday along the Gulf Coast is forecast to move off the East Coast, turn into a nor'easter and threaten the Northeastern United States on Monday night into Tuesday.


France to commit 700 million euros to International Solar Alliance

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - France will commit 700 million euros to the International Solar Alliance (ISA), President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday at the founding conference of the organization, reiterating the European country's commitment to the alliance and clean energy.


Crocodiles latest danger for Australian flood towns

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Receding floodwaters in the northern Australian state of Queensland have revealed a new danger - crocodiles.

Presidential Election of 2016

Opinion: The Missing Obama Millions

Democratic strategists need to find more votes. They don’t have far to look.

Lawyer: Stormy getting offers for her story

CNN's Michael Smerconish presses Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, on whether the porn star has received offers to pay the $1 million penalty if she decides to breach the nondisclosure agreement of her alleged affair with President Trump.


Estate of Oklahoma man killed by reserve deputy to receive $6 million

(Reuters) - Officials in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, have agreed to pay a record $6 million to the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in 2015 by a white volunteer sheriff's deputy who thought his pistol was a Taser, federal court documents showed.

Stormy Daniels says Trump scandal has been good for business

Interest in Stephanie Clifford, the porn star known as Stormy Daniels, is at an all-time high, and she's using it to her advantage, she told CNN after a performance Friday at the Solid Gold gentleman's club in Pompano Beach, Florida.


Impax to pay $35 million to settle part of Solodyn antitrust litigation

BOSTON (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve part of litigation over claims it entered into an anticompetitive deal in a patent case to delay releasing a generic version of the acne medication Solodyn.

How Stormy Daniels could impact the Russia investigation

Porn star Stormy Daniels and special counsel Robert Mueller are among the most talked about figures in Washington these days. At this point, they are central figures in separate stories, but could it be long before their paths intersect?

Stormy Daniels: Controversy is overshadowing my films

Porn star Stormy Daniels spoke to CNN's Nick Valencia about how the controversy surrounding her alleged affair with President Trump is affecting her work.


UK government resists 'latte levy' in bitter blow for campaigners

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has resisted a call by campaigners and lawmakers to impose a so-called "latte levy" on single-use coffee cups, opting instead to reduce the use of the cups through voluntary measures.


U.S. miners seek reversal of uranium mining ban near Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. mining industry asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to overturn an Obama-era rule that prohibits the mining of uranium on public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon National Park.


Evidence of contamination at Hydro plant in Brazil, researchers say

BARCARENA, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian government-backed institute is readying new evidence of contamination near the world's biggest alumina refiner, Norsk Hydro ASA's Alunorte, in the northern state of Para, a researcher told Reuters.


BRIEF-Perrigo - John Hendrickson's 2017 Total Compensation $8.3 Million Versus $5.8 Million In 2016


Cohen used Trump Org. email in Stormy Daniels deal

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer used his Trump Organization email account to communicate details of a payment transfer to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with the President before his time in office, Daniels' attorney confirmed to CNN Friday.

Sanders: Nothing else to add about Stormy Daniels

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders made clear Friday she has nothing else to say about the alleged affair between President Donald Trump and porn actress Stormy Daniels.


New York governor requests to exclude state from offshore drilling program

(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he had formally asked for the state to be excluded from a federal offshore drilling program that he said would threaten its ocean resources and endanger efforts toward a cleaner energy economy.

Law firm handling Stormy Daniels case for Cohen also did legal work with Trump campaign

The lawyer handling the Stormy Daniels scandal for President Donald Trump's corporate and personal representative, Michael Cohen, comes from the same small New York law firm that earned thousands of dollars from the Trump campaign at the end of last year.

Clifford, Stephanie

Stormy Daniels: Timeline of a Trump Scandal

Accusations, payoffs and lawsuits: Here’s a guide to the latest White House scandal, which involves a porn star named Stormy Daniels.


Austrian president fumes as police raids set off political storm

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's president has demanded explanations over police raids targeting offices and staff of the main domestic intelligence service, in a case that has stoked concerns about the far right's control of the Interior Ministry.


CORRECTED-Raytheon, Palantir win $876 million U.S. defense contract -Pentagon

NEW YORK, March 9 (Reuters) - WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) - Raytheon Co and Palantir Technologies Inc will share in an $876 million contract for Distributed Common Ground System-Army Capability Drop 1, the Pentagon said on Thursday.


Grillo stretches Indian Open lead as Sharma storms into contention

(Reuters) - Agrentina's Emiliano Grillo opened up a four-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Indian Open but will be wary of local hope Shubhankar Sharma, who posted a new course record on Friday.


Merkel favors individual solutions for polluted cities

MUNICH (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was against nationwide schemes to let cleaner diesel cars operate in cities that restrict their use, saying municipalities should find individual ways to cut emissions.


Monsoon floods and landslides threaten 100,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

CHAKMAKUL REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The Rohingya refugees who live in shacks clinging to these steep, denuded hills in southern Bangladesh pray that the sandbags fortifying the slopes will survive the upcoming monsoon.


Two million children in Congo at risk of starvation, U.N. warns

GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 2 million children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are estimated to be at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition if they do not get the aid they need, the United Nations warned on Friday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: The Stormy Daniels Scandal Gets Serious

Trump’s porn star payoff may have violated campaign finance law.


'Water as far as the eye can see' as floods hit Australia's Queensland

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Floods swamped parts of the Australian state of Queensland on Friday, covering pastureland and cutting off towns as swollen rivers inundated about 200 homes.


Toyota affiliate Denso buying stake worth $800 million in chipmaker Renesas

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese auto parts supplier Denso Corp is buying an additional 4.5 percent stake in chipmaker Renesas Electronics in a deal worth $800 million based on market prices, as car makers accelerate the adoption of self-driving and other technologies.


Seven years after tsunami, Japanese live uneasily with seawalls

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (Reuters) - When a massive earthquake struck in 2011, Japanese oyster fisherman Atsushi Fujita was working as usual by the sea. Soon after, a huge black wave slammed into his city and killed nearly 2,000 people.

Former Trump lawyer: Stormy Daniels will lose

President Donald Trump's former divorce attorney, Jay Goldberg, says porn star Stormy Daniels will lose her recent lawsuit against President Donald Trump "without question."

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Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Opens Door to Further Trouble for Trump

The actress’s case, seeking to break an agreement to keep silent about an alleged affair with the president, could lead to his having to testify in a deposition.

Elections, House of Representatives

Why G.O.P. Is Spending Millions on a Soon-to-Vanish Seat in Trump Country

If the Democrats win a special House race in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, the alarm bells will be audible across the country.

Woman named in Stormy Daniels' document accused Trump of unwanted advances

A woman who previously accused Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual contact was named in the non-disclosure agreement signed by porn star Stormy Daniels as having "confidential information" about Daniels' alleged affair with Donald Trump.


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Stormy Daniels could back Trump into a corner


Tropical Cyclone Hola headed towards New Caledonia after battering Vanuatu

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Tropical Cyclone Hola was set to batter New Caledonia on Friday, after tearing off roofs and knocking out communications in Vanuatu earlier in the week.

Analysis: Yes, Stormy Daniels is a real issue

Two questions here, as the Stormy Daniels story swirls into another news cycle: Does the President's personal life, much less this one's, really matter? And what would've happened on Election Day in 2016 if voters knew then what they might soon find out directly from Daniels?

Analysis: It's 'likely' Stormy Daniels will get to tell her Donald Trump story

On Tuesday, porn star Stormy Daniels sued President Donald Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen. At issue was the non-disclosure agreement Daniels and Cohen had signed just before the 2016 election -- a move aimed at ensuring her silence about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006. Daniels is claiming that because Trump himself never signed the hush agreement, it is null and void -- and that she is free to tell the story of her alleged relationship with the now-president of the United States.

Reporter who interviewed Stormy Daniels speaks

Jordi Lippe-McGraw, who interviewed Stormy Daniels for InTouch magazine in 2011, tells CNN's Brooke Baldwin what she learned from her conversations with the former porn star about her alleged affair with Donald Trump.


White House sets biofuel meeting; Trump will not attend: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The White House has made preliminary plans for a meeting on Monday between rivals in the corn and oil industries to discuss potential changes to the nation's biofuels policy, two sources familiar with the planning told Reuters.


Fisheries output to plunge unless global warming reeled in

OSLO (Reuters) - Global fisheries output will slump by 20 percent by 2300 and by 60 percent in the worst-hit North Atlantic region if governments fail to slow long-term global warming, a U.S. team of scientists said on Thursday.


Home Depot in $27.84 million California hazardous waste, privacy settlement

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc agreed to pay $27.84 million to settle charges by California's attorney general that it illegally disposed of hazardous waste in that state and threw out customer records without first rendering personal information unreadable.


Magnitude 7.1 quake strikes east of Papua New Guinea island

(Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck 135 km (85 miles) east of the town of Rabaul, on the eastern tip of Papua New Guinea's island of New Britain, at 3.39 a.m. on Friday, local time (1739 GMT on Thursday), the U.S. Geological Survey said.


Merrill Lynch to pay $1.25 million penalty in SEC settlement: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Merrill Lynch has agreed to settle U.S. charges over allegations that it did not properly prevent unregistered sales of a software company's shares on behalf of a China-based issuer, the Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday.


U.S. State Dept approves $467 million in military sales to Qatar and UAE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department approved a total of $467 million worth of potential foreign military sales to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon said in separate approval notices on Thursday.


U.S. weather forecaster sees 55 percent chance of La Niña waning during March-May

(Reuters) - The current La Niña phase of the climate cycle will most likely transition during the March-May season to ENSO-neutral conditions, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday, a development that brings equatorial Pacific Ocean temperatures, rainfall patterns and winds closer to average.


Toxic particle linked to diesel kills 6,000 a year in Germany: Agency

BERLIN (Reuters) - Some 6,000 early deaths linked to nitrogen oxides (NOx) are recorded each year in Germany, the Federal Environmental Agency said on Thursday, providing more evidence of the health hazards posed by the toxic particles mostly produced by diesel engines.


Snow storm pounds U.S. Northeast, closing schools, snarling commutes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The second winter storm in a week will continue to dump wet, heavy snow on New England on Thursday, forcing schools to close and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it promised to slow the morning commute across the region.


Oil and corn tout dueling studies on future of U.S. biofuel program

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Big oil and big corn are touting opposing studies released this week on proposed biofuels policy reforms under consideration by the Trump administration, part of an ongoing clash between the two sides over the future of the program.

Stephen Colbert warns Trump of oncoming 'storm'

Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers criticize President Donald Trump after documents surfaced showing a non-disclosure agreement signed by porn star Stormy Daniels.


Tepco's 'ice wall' fails to freeze Fukushima's toxic water buildup

OKUMA, Japan (Reuters) - A costly "ice wall" is failing to keep groundwater from seeping into the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, data from operator Tokyo Electric Power Co shows, preventing it from removing radioactive melted fuel at the site seven years after the disaster.


South Korea to offer $225 million loan to ease hit from GM fallout, corp restructuring

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea announced on Thursday that it would offer about 240 billion won ($224.72 million) in loan guarantees and low-interest loans to regions hit by corporate restructuring, including the area of the local unit of General Motors' soon-to-be-shut factory.


White House says Trump won arbitration order against Stormy Daniels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has won an arbitration proceeding against adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday, a day after Daniels sued Trump for the right to speak about the "intimate relationship" she claims they had.

Snow and Snowstorms

The Snow Before the Storm

Photographers captured the nor’easter in its early stages — before it had a chance to make a mess.


Papua New Guinea sees long recovery ahead as quake death toll tops 100

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea faces a long road to recovery after the powerful earthquake that hit the nation's rugged highlands more than 10 days ago, with the death toll now believed to have climbed to more than 100, its leader said.


U.S. Forest Service chief resigns amid sexual misconduct accusations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Forest Service, Tony Tooke, resigned on Wednesday amid an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct made against him.

Stormy Daniels' attorney claims Trump's lawyer pressured her today

The attorney representing the porn star who is suing President Donald Trump says the President's personal lawyer had a restraining order issued against her and continues to pressure her to keep her silent.


Snow snarls evening commute as storm hits U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The second winter storm in a week hit New York and surrounding states on Wednesday, bringing heavy snow that delayed or canceled flights and snarled traffic at evening rush hour as thousands remained without power from the last nor'easter.

Analysis: Why Sarah Sanders' non-answer on Stormy Daniels matters

Sarah Sanders was asked a simple question by CNN's Jeff Zeleny on Wednesday afternoon: Did President Donald Trump know that his personal lawyer made a $130,000 payment to silence a porn star alleging that she had engaged in an extramarital affair with Trump?


Trump won Stormy Daniels legal case in arbitration: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has already won a legal case against adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in arbitration, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday, a day after Daniels sued seeking to invalidate a "hush agreement" she signed with Trump's lawyer.

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Trump Lawyer Obtained Restraining Order to Silence Stormy Daniels

The order was obtained last week to keep the porn star quiet about her alleged affair with Mr. Trump.


China to create massive panda park: China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Sichuan province government has secured 10 billion yuan ($1.58 billion) in funding over the next five years for a planned Giant Panda National Park, three times the size of the U.S. Yellowstone National Park, China Daily reported Thursday.


Second Storm of the Week Dumps Snow and Cripples Transit

The brunt of the storm hit the region as the evening commute was getting underway, stranding frustrated travelers at Penn Station and Port Authority.


Exxon's XTO caps leaking Ohio gas well, 20 days after blowout

(Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's XTO Energy unit said on Wednesday it plugged a blown out natural gas well in rural southeast Ohio that had been leaking for nearly three weeks.


Snow intensifies ahead of evening commute as storm hits U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The second winter storm in a week blew into New York and surrounding states on Wednesday, with intensifying snowfall that delayed or canceled flights and threatened to snarl the evening rush hour as thousands remained without power from the last nor'easter.


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Exxon's XTO caps leaking gas well in Ohio

(Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's XTO Energy unit said on Wednesday it capped a natural gas well in the Utica shale play in Belmont County in southeast Ohio that started leaking after a blowout on Feb. 15:

Opinion: Stormy Daniels deserves fairer treatment

The real story here is not the allegations that the President slept with a porn star just after his wife gave birth to their son, it's that his lawyer and others are attempting to shut up a business woman canny enough to leverage her position --and trash her when she refuses to stay quiet, writes Jill Filipovic.


U.S. loses bid to halt children's climate change lawsuit

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected the U.S. government's bid to halt a lawsuit by young people claiming that President Donald Trump and his administration are violating their constitutional rights by ignoring the harms caused by climate change.

Analysis: 8 'wow' moments in Stormy Daniels' lawsuit

Late Tuesday night, porn star Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Clifford) sued President Donald Trump in California court -- alleging that he never actually signed a "hush agreement" over an alleged sexual relationship between the two, making the agreement null and void.

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Forests Protect the Climate. A Future With More Storms Would Mean Trouble.

With an increase in extreme weather expected in the years to come, forests could be changed permanently as the world continues to warm.


AR startup Magic Leap raises $461 million from Saudi Arabia fund

(Reuters) - Magic Leap, a secretive startup working in the augmented reality space, said on Wednesday it raised $461 million in its latest funding round, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's sovereign investment arm.


Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits southeast Iran: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit southeast Iran on Wednesday evening, state media said.


India approves plan to stop farmers burning crop residues

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India said on Wednesday it would spend 11.52 billion Indian rupees ($177.61 million) over two years on agricultural mechanization to reduce crop residue burning and bring pollution levels down in and around its capital New Delhi.

Storm last week slammed Eastern Seaboard

For the second time in a week, a winter storm is moving in on the East Coast, leaving more than 50 million people under a winter storm warning.


After health scare, world's last male northern white rhino on the mend

NANYUKI, Kenya(Reuters) - The world's last male northern white rhino is recovering from an infected leg that raised fears over the past week he might have to be put down, a veterinarian at a conservancy in Kenya said on Wednesday.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer speaks about payoff

During an interview on NBC's "Today," Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti confirms President Trump knew about his attorney's payout to the porn star.


Travel snarled, power outages as storm bears down on U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The second winter storm within a week crept into New York and surrounding states on Wednesday, with forecasters predicting intensifying snowfall that could snarl the evening commute as thousands remained without power from the last nor'easter.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: A Winter Storm Hits the City

Wednesday: The latest on today’s storm, Cynthia Nixon considers challenging Cuomo, and your favorite snowstorm activities.


South Africa's Cape Town moves back to August 'Day Zero' forecast

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's city of Cape Town said on Wednesday that if no rainfall comes then "Day Zero", when the taps are predicted to run dry, would be pushed back to 27 August from July 9, and that the bullet could be dodged completely this year.


Second winter storm in a week heads to New York region

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York and surrounding states were gearing up for a second winter storm within a week on Wednesday, with less wind but more snow predicted this time around as thousands remain without power from the last nor'easter.


Winter Storm Live Updates: Northeast Faces Another Wallop of Snow

Less than a week after a nor’easter claimed eight lives and left millions without power, another storm is threatening the region.


U.S. refinery workers head to Washington to urge biofuels reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A delegation of workers from U.S. oil refining companies that oppose the nation's biofuels policy will converge on Washington on Wednesday to try to convince lawmakers to find a way to lessen the regulation's costs without hurting corn farmers.

'Wolf of Wall Street' production company settles lawsuit for $60 million

Winter Storm, Texas, Stormy Daniels: Your Wednesday Briefing

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