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White House lawyer says Trump is not considering firing Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House lawyer Ty Cobb said on Sunday that President Donald Trump was not considering or discussing firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


Cirque du Soleil star plunges to death during Florida show

(Reuters) - An experienced Cirque du Soleil performer has died after plunging onto a stage during an aerial straps routine at a weekend show in Tampa, Florida, the company said on Sunday.

Gowdy to Trump lawyer: If your client is innocent, act like it

Outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy on Sunday bristled at President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd calling for the Justice Department to end the special counsel probe.

Andrew McCabe's firing in the dark of night started a chain of events raising the stakes in the Mueller probe

Watergate had the Saturday Night Massacre. Now, this generation's White House scandal has its own iconic moment — the Saturday Morning Meltdown.

Attorney John Dowd told CNN he's speaking for himself, but earlier said he was speaking for the President

President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd is calling for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Lawyer Says Special Counsel Inquiry Should Be Ended

The lawyer, John Dowd, said he was speaking on behalf of President Trump, only to backtrack shortly afterward and say he was speaking only for himself.


Australia AG rejects lawyers' bid to prosecute Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's attorney general said that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has diplomatic immunity, rejecting a bid by activist lawyers to prosecute her for crimes against humanity over the country's treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims.

Transgender and Transsexuals

Transgender Volleyball Star in Brazil Eyes Olympics and Stirs Debate

Tifanny Abreu, a top-ranked player in Brazilian professional volleyball, is transgender. She is setting records and plans to play in the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Petras, Kim (1992- )

Kim Petras Just Wants to Be a Pop Star

“I don’t care about being the first transgender teen idol at all,” said the German-born singer.


Tennis: Osaka stuns Halep as rising stars reach Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka made short work of a subdued world number one Simona Halep on Friday, the unseeded 20-year-old racing to a 6-3 6-0 semi-final victory to set up a surprise BNP Paribas Open final against Daria Kasatkina.

Polar Bears

U.K.’s First Polar Bear Born in 25 Years to Get Star Treatment

The cub, born in Scotland around Christmas, will be the subject of a documentary on Sunday.

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.

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.


They Talk About Porn in This Show. Audience Participation Is Encouraged.

“Prurience,” a new immersive theater piece by Christopher Green, is set at a self-help group for pornography addicts.


EU starts retaliation process against U.S. tariffs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called for industry views on Friday on a list of U.S. products it will subject to import tariffs, the first step towards measures to counter planned U.S. taxes on European steel and aluminum.

'Life of Pi' star Irrfan Khan reveals he has a rare tumor

Bollywood star Irrfan Khan tweeted Friday that he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor.


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.

The President's personal lawyer and the White House deny allegations of an affair between Daniels and Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star suing President Donald Trump, claimed Friday that she has faced physical threats.


U.S. housing starts fall on weak multi-family segment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding fell more than expected in February as a plunge in the construction of multi-family housing units offset a second straight monthly increase in single-family projects.

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.

Lawyer: There are allegedly six more women

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

Porn star's mom: I would vote for Trump every time

The mother of Stormy Daniels, a porn star in the center of a controversy roiling President Donald Trump's second year in office, said she is a staunch supporter of the President.


Art Review: ‘Jacob and His Twelve Sons’: Zurbarán’s Biblical All-Stars

The 13 life-size portraits that make up this show at the Frick have a painterly frankness that seems to be calling modern art into being centuries ahead of its time.


Hungry City: An Ex-Bodega Takes a Star Turn at Cienega Las Tlayudas de Oaxaca

The house specialty at this Corona, Queens, restaurant is tlayudas, built on giant tortillas imported from Mexico, where the corn grows starchier and stronger.

'Willy Wonka' star on 'Jeopardy!' a treat for fans

Yes, that was Mike Teevee on your TV.


Lawyers for Vatican treasurer question accusers in Australian court

(Note: Language in paragraph 14 that might offend some readers)

Daniels' lawyer says other women are considering legal cases against Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels says that, on the heels of her lawsuit against Donald Trump, several other women are now exploring the possibility of legal action against the President.


Samsung Electronics says to start building new China memory chip line this month

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to begin building a new memory chip production line in China in late March, a spokesman said on Thursday, as the tech giant ramps up efforts to boost NAND flash technology to meet future demand.

Startup founder charged with fraud

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who promised to revolutionize blood testing, has been charged by the SEC with fraud involving more than $700 million.

Lawyer says Trump Organization wanted a muzzle on Daniels

The attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, says it's clear the Trump Organization is linked to the arbitration agreement with his client and wanted to put a "muzzle" on her.


Once harassed herself, South Korean lawyer fights for #MeToo victims

SEOUL (Reuters) - Almost a decade ago, Lee Eun-eui was thrust into a lonely battle against her employer Samsung after she reported unwelcome touching by a superior.


Italy's League leader opens door to government deal with 5-Star

ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy's eurosceptic League said on Wednesday a government deal with the anti-system 5-Star Movement was possible after an inconclusive election, raising the prospect of two radical groups running the country.

Holmes, Elizabeth (1984- )

Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos C.E.O. and Silicon Valley Star, Accused of Fraud

Ms. Holmes, the chief executive of the blood-testing company, agreed to a settlement in which she will be stripped of control.

Disney shows off new Star Wars land

Construction of Disney's much-anticipated Star Wars attractions is underway. The lands called "Galaxy's Edge" are set to open in 2019.


Physicist Stephen Hawking, who conquered the stars, dies at 76

LONDON (Reuters) - Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while himself working under the shadow of a likely premature death, has died at 76.


JPMorgan invests in fixed-income data startup

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co has made a strategic investment in Mosaic Smart Data, a company that has developed technology to help banks make their fixed-income sales and trading businesses more profitable.


UPDATE 1-Starbucks signs licensing agreement with Brazil investment firm

SAO PAULO, March 13 (Reuters) - Sao Paulo investment firm SouthRock Capital has signed an agreement with Starbucks Corp that gives it the right to develop and operate branches of the Seattle-based chain in Brazil, the companies said late on Monday.


Trump lawyer ignores porn star's offer to return hush money

(Reuters) - A lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump ignored a suggested Tuesday noon deadline on an adult-film star's offer to return $130,000 in hush money so that she can speak freely about an alleged affair with Trump, her attorney said.


Italy's League and 5-Star attack EU budget rules after vote

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's far-right League party and the 5-Star Movement, which both performed strongly in this month's inconclusive national election, attacked European Union budget rules on Tuesday, saying they must be overhauled.


Russian voting starts early for nomadic reindeer herders

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia holds a presidential election on Sunday but voting has already begun in the flat, snow-covered expanses of the Siberian Arctic, which are home to the nomadic Nenets people who herd reindeer.


Sick and injured start leaving Syria's besieged Ghouta

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Sick and injured civilians left a rebel enclave in Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday under the first medical evacuation since one of the deadliest assaults of the seven-year war began nearly a month ago.

Alcoholic Beverages

Jump-Starting the Aquavit Renaissance

Before concentrating on the United States market, liquor companies and craft distilleries want to persuade Nordic youth.


Sick and injured start leaving Syria's Ghouta

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Sick and injured civilians left a rebel enclave in Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday under the first medical evacuation since a massive assault began nearly a month ago.


Bitcoin start-ups in Asia take aim at remittances market

* But their volumes for now are in millions rather than billions


'Tomb Raider' reboot tests Oscar-winner Vikander's star power

(Reuters) - When video game character Lara Croft first debuted in "Tomb Raider" on the big screen nearly two decades ago, she was a daring, action-superwoman embodying a role reserved for men.

US starts preps for North Korea summit

Administration officials are scrambling to turn President Donald Trump's surprise decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into a reality, preparing for an unprecedented, high stakes summit with little time, an understaffed State Department and a mercurial President who may not stick to his script when the time comes.


Motor racing-Liberty starts second season with bumpy road ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Liberty Media enjoyed plenty of goodwill after taking over Formula One and ousting former supremo Bernie Ecclestone but the honeymoon is over as the Americans start a second season in charge.


Trump ex-aide Manafort's lawyer to seek dismissal of oligarch's lawsuit

(Reuters) - The lawyer defending U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort against a Russian oligarch's allegations of fraud will seek to dismiss the case, he said on Monday.


BRIEF-Torstar - ‍Officials From Competition Bureau Conducted Searches Of Corporate Offices



Porn star offers to repay $130,000 in dispute over alleged Trump affair

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult-film actress who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became U.S. president offered on Monday to return $130,000 that Trump's personal lawyer paid her in what she said was hush money to remain silent about the alleged relationship.


"Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" dies before starting sentence: Spiegel

BERLIN (Reuters) - The man known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" who in 2015 became one of the last people to be convicted for crimes in the Nazi genocide of Europe's Jews during World War Two, has died aged 96, magazine Der Spiegel reported on Monday.


Adult-film star offers to pay back alleged Trump affair hush money: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult-film actress who says she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became U.S. president offered on Monday to give back the $130,000 that Trump's personal lawyer paid her to keep mum about the alleged relationship.

The adult film star offers to return the money to end her silence on her alleged affair with Trump

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels is offering to return the $130,000 payment she received from President Donald Trump's attorney in exchange for dissolving a so-called "Hush Agreement."

The 'starting five' attractions in NCAA host cities

March Madness is once again sweeping through the USA, and that means basketball fans are making travel plans.


Givenchy, tower of French fashion and tailor to the stars, dies at 91

PARIS (Reuters) - French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, an aristocrat who founded the house of Givenchy in the 1950s, becoming famous for dressing the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and...


METALS-Aluminium slips ahead of Chinese smelter restarts

* LME/ShFE arb: (Updates with official prices)

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.


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.

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.

Here's how the standoff started that left an officer dead

Before a suspect in the shooting of a California officer was accused of murder, before he barricaded himself in an apartment in a deadly overnight standoff, he was an alleged reckless driver.


Clinton impeachment lawyer met with Trump about White House job: source

(Reuters) - Veteran Washington lawyer Emmet Flood is under consideration for a White House job assisting U.S. President Donald Trump with the Russia probe, according to a person familiar with the matter.

NY Times: Impeachment lawyer may join WH team

President Donald Trump met with a lawyer who represented then-President Bill Clinton during the impeachment process and is talking with him about a role at the White House, The New York Times reported Saturday.


Op-Ed Columnist: The First Porn President

Can the reckoning reach all the way into the Oval?

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.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Talks With Clinton Impeachment Lawyer About Aiding in Mueller Response

The overture to Emmet T. Flood appears to be an acknowledgment that the special counsel investigation is unlikely to end anytime soon.


EU, Japan start push for exemptions from Trump tariffs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and Japan urged the United States on Saturday to grant them exemptions from metal import tariffs, with Tokyo calling for "calm-headed behavior" in a dispute that threatens to spiral into a trade war.


South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A human rights lawyer plans to launch a class action lawsuit against South African food producer Tiger Brands on behalf of the families of people who died and those affected by the worst listeria outbreak in history.

Porn star's attorney: Cohen used his Trump Organization signature in email

A newly obtained email from President Donald Trump's personal attorney to the lawyer for the porn star who is suing Trump includes Michael Cohen's autosignature with his full title: executive vice president and special counsel to Donald J. Trump. The email also refers to Cohen's office being closed.


Missouri aluminum smelter to restart after tariff, utility relief

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - The owner of a shuttered aluminum smelter in southeastern Missouri said on Friday the firm would restart two of the plant's three production lines following President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs of 10 percent on imported aluminum and 25 percent on steel.

United States Politics and Government

Washington Memo: The President and the Porn Star: A Story’s Slow Rise Above the Din

For nearly two months, Stormy Daniels has not been the biggest story out of the Trump White House. Is that changing?

Porn star's attorney: 'Cover-ups matter'

The attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, who's suing President Donald Trump, said Friday that the American people need to hear from his client "because cover-ups matter."


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.


Italy's 5-Star readies proposals to other parties for government deal

ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement said on Friday his party was preparing economic policy proposals for other parties as a way of finding common ground to form a government after Sunday's inconclusive election.


Fox News settles gender discrimination suit with female reporter: lawyer

(Reuters) - Journalist Diana Falzone has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit she filed against Fox News and left the company, her lawyer said on Thursday.


Fox News settles gender discrimination suit with female reporter -lawyer

March 8 (Reuters) - Journalist Diana Falzone has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit she filed against Fox News and left the company, her lawyer said on Thursday.

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."


UPDATE 1-Venezuela's PDVSA sues oil traders over corruption scheme -lawyer

CARACAS, March 8 (Reuters) - Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has sued a group of oil trading companies through a U.S. trust over a multi-billion dollar corruption scheme to buy petroleum products below market value, the lawyer representing the trust said on Thursday.

Nancy Pelosi was on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.' Here's what happened

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came to "werk" in her appearance on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars."


The force turns out for Mark Hamill's Hollywood Walk of Fame star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Flanked by two Storm Troopers, "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday with the enthusiasm and humility that has endeared him to fans four decades after his first turn as Luke Skywalker.

Trump lawyer makes unusual visit to Mar-a-Lago

Michael Cohen, the private attorney who remains entangled in an ongoing legal spat with Stormy Daniels, visited Mar-a-Lago this past weekend as his legal disputes with the porn actress swelled, two sources told CNN.


Danish submarine entrepreneur denies journalist's murder as trial starts

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish inventor Peter Madsen denied murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homebuilt submarine in August, telling a court on Thursday he disposed of her body after she died breathing in exhaust fumes.


'Iron Man' director Favreau to create 'Star Wars' TV series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jon Favreau, director of the 'Iron Man' and 'Jungle Book' movies, will write and produce a live-action 'Star Wars' series for an upcoming Walt Disney Co streaming service, the company announced on Thursday.

NBA star surprises Parkland students

Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade made a surprise visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after last month's shooting.


Danish inventor denies murder in Swedish journalist death trial: lawyer

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish inventor Peter Madsen denies murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homebuilt submarine in August but admits indecent handling of a corpse, his defense lawyer said at the opening of his trial in Copenhagen on Thursday.

The adult movie star has drawn the White House into a politically damaging sexual melodrama

Stormy Daniels is playing Donald Trump at his own game.

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.

Presidential Election of 2016

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.


Lawyer who stole U.S. whistleblower lawsuits receives prison term

(Reuters) - A former partner at a major U.S. law firm who admitted to trying to sell stolen copies of sealed whistleblower lawsuits against corporations he obtained while working at the Justice Department was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison.

Sanders says, as far as she knows, Trump unaware of porn star payment

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday she wasn't aware that President Donald Trump knew of a payment made by his personal lawyer to the porn actress Stormy Daniels in October 2016.


Review: Mindy Kaling’s ‘Champions’ Is Off to a Winning Start

In this NBC sitcom, which Ms. Kaling created with Charlie Grandy, a melodramatic boy moves in with the father he’s never met.

Broadway star's daughter killed

Tony award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles' 4-year-old daughter was killed when they were both struck by a car.


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.


Kraft Heinz launches incubator for 'disruptive' food startups

March 7 (Reuters) - Kraft Heinz Co has launched an incubator program for food and beverage startups, joining a growing list of U.S. food companies looking at new ways to spur growth as consumers shun processed packaged food in favor of healthier offerings.


An Opera Diva and a Broadway Star Trade Places, and Advice

Renée Fleming is singing in “Carousel” on Broadway. Kelli O’Hara is tackling Mozart at the Met Opera. Here is what they had to say to each other.

Please don't start a global trade war, President Trump


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

March 7 (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.

International Trade and World Market

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Is Trump About to Start a Trade War?

Probably not, because his tariffs are narrowly drawn. But protectionist pressures are intensifying and could become dangerous in a weaker economy.

Interior Design and Furnishings

Design Books to Kick-Start Your Decorating Projects.

Here are six new books to help you put plans for renovation, reorganization and other stalled projects into action.

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.

It isn't over for New York City. It's just getting started.

The porn star says the President didn't sign a hush agreement about an alleged affair between the two

A new lawsuit filed by the porn star known as Stormy Daniels claims President Donald Trump never signed a hush agreement regarding an alleged sexual encounter between the two and therefore the agreement is void.

Trump's attorney got secret info from testimony, source says

An attorney for President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen was provided secret information about House Intelligence Committee testimony from another committee witness, a sign of the growing discord engulfing the Russia investigation, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

WaPo: Mueller examining Trump's lawyer

The Washington Post reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has asked for documents and questioned witnesses about Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, and a business deal and policy proposal involving Russia. CNN's Jessica Schneider reports.

'Sex and the City' star takes another step toward running for governor

Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon is reportedly gearing up to launch a progressive primary challenge to New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


Cosby lawyers want other accusers barred at retrial as #MeToo looms

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Allowing 19 other women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault to testify at his retrial would unfairly prejudice jurors, especially against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, his lawyers told a judge on Tuesday.


Cosby's lawyers try to block 19 accusers from next assault trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby's defense team urged a Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday to bar 19 women accusing him of sexual assault from testifying at his upcoming retrial on charges he abused a former friend.


U.S. primaries start with Democratic push in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The 2018 U.S. primary elections kick off on Tuesday in Texas, where Democrats hope record-high levels of early voter midterm turnout and anger over President Donald Trump’s policies will help them flip congressional seats from Republican control.

Social Impact Bonds

Fixes: Issuing Bonds to Invest in People

“Social impact bonds” are a growing way for state and local agencies to fund public-private social projects like helping parents quit using drugs.


Israeli healthcare startup Medial EarlySign raises $30 million

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Medial EarlySign, whose machine-learning based technology is meant to help improve patient management, said on Tuesday it raised $30 million, bringing its total funding to $50 million.

Immigration and Emigration

Op-Ed Columnist: Italy’s Five-Star Electoral Performance

Italians opt for illiberal chaos, splitting Europe further.

'Star Wars Rebels' marks epic finale

The following contains spoilers about the "Star Wars Rebels" series finale.


Ex-lawyers for rap's 'Suge' Knight accused of witness bribery

(Reuters) - Two former lawyers for rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight were indicted on charges of conspiracy to bribe potential witnesses in his upcoming murder trial, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said on Monday.

WSJ: Cohen complained about porn star payment

President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen complained to friends he had not been reimbursed for a six-figure payment to Stormy Daniels, The Wall Street Journal reported. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

A stunning discovery about the start of the universe

For millennia, humans have sat under a clear midnight sky and marveled at the spectacle emblazoned across the heavens. The stars seem eternal, as if they have always been there. But there's just one problem.


Germany to start work on trade, China, Syria war: Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would work with France to tackle pressing issues such as trade policy, the war in Syria and competition with China after the Social Democrats (SPD) approved joining a coalition with her conservatives.

WSJ: Trump's attorney complained he hadn't been reimbursed for payment to porn star

President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen complained to friends he had not been reimbursed for a six-figure payment to a porn star alleged to have had an affair with Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.


Luxemburg to join Austria in suing EU over Hungary nuclear plant

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxemburg will join Austria in suing the European Commission for allowing Hungary to expand its Paks atomic plant, it said on Monday, in a stand against nuclear energy.


Italy's League, 5-Star vie for power after inconclusive vote

ROME (Reuters) - Two anti-establishment leaders made early plays to govern Italy on Monday, sending ripples across the euro zone after voters relegated mainstream parties to the sidelines in delivering a hung parliament.


Google to Sell Zagat to The Infatuation, an Upstart Review Site

The deal will bring a new owner for Zagat, once the 800-pound gorilla of restaurant recommendations, at a time when competition is stronger than ever.


Italy faces political gridlock after 5-Star surges

ROME (Reuters) - Italy faces a prolonged period of political instability after voters delivered a hung parliament on Sunday, spurning traditional parties and flocking to anti-establishment and far-right groups in record numbers.


China to start EV battery recycle programs in four regions

BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to start electric vehicle (EV) battery recycle programs in the greater Beijing Hebei Tianjin region, the Yangtze River, Pearl Delta River and Central China areas to curb pollution, the industry ministry said on Monday.


NBA star Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Retired basketball star Kobe Bryant has won five NBA titles, but taking home an Oscar on his first attempt was a bigger thrill than the victories earned with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer said on Sunday.


Italy faces political gridlock as 5-Star surges in election

ROME (Reuters) - Italy faces a prolonged period of political instability after voters delivered a hung parliament in Sunday's election, spurning traditional parties and flocking to anti-establishment and far-right groups in record numbers.


Italy elections point to stalemate, maverick 5-Star advances

ROME (Reuters) - Italian voters delivered a hung parliament on Sunday, flocking to anti-establishment and far-right parties in record numbers and casting the euro zone's third-largest economy into a political gridlock that could take months to clear.


Op-Ed Contributor: Can There Be Good Porn?

I never wanted the responsibility of shaping young minds. Now it’s keeping me up at night.

Immigration and Emigration

Did Melania Trump Merit an ‘Einstein Visa’? Probably, Immigration Lawyers Say

Requirements for the elite EB-1 visa leave far more room for interpretation than its reputation and nickname suggest.


Alaska's Iditarod race starts with smiles, barks and protests

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - With light snow falling, spectators cheering and hundreds of dogs barking, sixty-seven mushers and their teams took off for a ceremonial 11-mile jaunt through Alaska's...


Russia's Gazprom says has started terminating gas contracts with Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's gas giant Gazprom has started a procedure to terminate contracts with Ukrainian energy firm Naftogaz in an arbitration tribunal in Stockholm, Gazprom deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said on Saturday.


Italy's 5-Star rallies voters as rivals fret

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's 5-Star Movement told roaring supporters it was close to winning a looming election at the end of campaigning on Friday as its main rivals worried about the anti-establishment party's popularity.


Trump nominates Dow Chemicals lawyer to oversee EPA toxic waste program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday nominated a Dow Chemicals lawyer to head-up an Environmental Protection Agency unit that oversees hazardous waste disposal and chemical spills from toxic "Superfund" sites.


Star gymnast sues U.S. Olympic Committee over Nassar sex abuse

(Reuters) - U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman has sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics over decades of sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, saying they put "money and medals" before the safety of athletes.


Start of trial on AT&T, Time Warner merger may be delayed by one day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The start date for the trial over whether wireless and pay TV provider AT&T Inc can buy Time Warner Inc may be delayed by a day to March 20, Judge Richard Leon said on Friday.


Italy's 5-Star rallies voters as center-right frets

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's 5-Star Movement closed its election campaign with an upbeat rally in Rome on Friday after leaders on the center-right, its biggest rival, were caught on an open microphone bemoaning the anti-establishment party's popularity.

Aly Raisman suing USA Gymnastics

Gymnast Aly Raisman is suing USA gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee for failing to protect her and other athletes from Larry Nassar.


5-Star, League may score surprise gains in Italy's election: pollsters

ROME (Reuters) - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League could do better than expected in Italy's election on Sunday and the head of the anti-immigrant League could be in a position to become the next prime minister, pollsters say.The 5-Star Movement was already the leading single party according to all opinion polls issued before their publication was banned two weeks ago, with around 28 percent of the vote.

'Star Trek' Klingon tourist center opens in Sweden

A theater in Stockholm has been transformed into a "Klingon tourist center" in a good-humoured bid to lure visitors to the warrior species' home planet Qo'noS.


Alaska's renowned Iditarod race, mired in controversy, to start Saturday

ANCHORAGE, Ala. (Reuters) - The world’s most famous dog race is mired in a doping scandal, under pressure from animal-rights activists and coping with a drop in revenue. Still, the show will go on: Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts on Saturday.


Weinstein Co, New York Attorney General in last-minute talks to avoid bankruptcy: WSJ

(Reuters) - Weinstein Co's board on Thursday met with a potential buyers' group at the New York attorney general's office in a last-resort attempt to avoid bankruptcy and a government lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the talks.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, U.S. dollar fall on fears Trump starting trade war

* Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 422 points on tariffs news


Trump says he has spoken with Sessions about suing opioid companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he had spoken with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about bringing a lawsuit against companies involved in the opioid business.


Art Review: ADAA: A Fair to Remember Starts a Month of Art Show Madness

The gathering of art dealers at the Armory this weekend overflows with breakthrough work in modern and contemporary art.


Prepared for Bumps, the Met Starts Charging Non-New Yorkers

The museum says the demise of its pay as you wish model is an economic necessity. It goes into effect Thursday.

Actors and Actresses

How John Boyega Went From ‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper to Sci-Fi Producer

The 25-year-old actor is among a new wave of British actors, many from African backgrounds, who are shaking up the movie industry.

Governor reacts to Delta, NRA fallout: We didn't start this

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal responded to a reporter's question on other states courting Delta Airlines to move saying "Delta knows better than that," following a fallout between GOP lawmakers and the company for its decision to cut ties with the NRA.


UPDATE 2-Adecco's slower start to the year undermines shares

* Sees slower growth than rivals Randstad, Manpower in early 2018


Mueller probing Trump's attacks on attorney general: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel in the Russia probe is investigating a period of time last summer when President Donald Trump seemed determined to push Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.


BRIEF-Genting Hong Kong Says Star NCLC Entered Underwriting Agreement With Norwegian Cruise Line


Politics and Government

The Mystery Man Who Runs Italy’s ‘Five Star’ From the Shadows

Davide Casaleggio, a media-shy internet entrepreneur, is the Oz-like figure behind the curtain of the country’s leading party before Sunday’s elections.


Italy's 5-Star presents would-be cabinet team ahead of election

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's 5-Star Movement has named its team of ministers if it is asked to form a government after Sunday's election, an unusual move aimed at stealing a march on its rivals and showing voters it is ready for power.


Evidence of universe's earliest-known stars detected

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A ground-based radio antenna in western Australia that resembles a dining room table has detected evidence of the earliest-known stars that illuminated an infant universe shrouded in darkness following its formation in the Big Bang.

Space and Astronomy

When Stars Were Born: Earliest Starlight’s Effects Are Detected

Using a telescope in Australia, astronomers say they have glimpsed farther back in time than the Hubble Telescope to see what was happening when the first stars were forming.

Ken Starr responds to Lewinsky's 'creepy' remark

Ken Starr, former independent counsel during the investigation of President Bill Clinton, responds to the new comments from Monica Lewinsky about their first meeting being "creepy."


Wrong end of the stick for some as Hindus mark Holi and the start of spring

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indians are celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, this week, spraying water cannon and smearing colored powders over each other in an annual ritual marking the...


Gene-editing startup Inscripta raises $55.5 million

(Reuters) - Inscripta said on Wednesday it raised $55.5 million in funding as the privately held biotech startup looks to strengthen its research team and speed up development and commercialization efforts of its gene-editing tools.

Cooking and Cookbooks

Talk: José Andrés Fights Starvation With Mayo

The Michelin-starred chef on his time in Puerto Rico after the hurricane and his legal issues with the Trump family.


UPDATE 1-China startup Nio hires eight banks for up to $2 bln U.S. IPO - sources

HONG KONG, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio has hired eight banks including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to work on a planned U.S. stock market listing this year worth up to $2 billion, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


China startup Nio hires eight banks for up to $2 billion U.S. IPO: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio has hired eight banks including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to work on a planned U.S. stock market listing this year worth up to $2 billion, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


China startup Nio hires eight banks for up to $2 bln U.S. IPO - sources

HONG KONG, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio has hired eight banks including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to work on a planned U.S. stock market listing this year worth up to $2 billion, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


South Korea presidential adviser says U.S.-South Korea drills to start early April: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States will start in early April a joint military exercise postponed until after the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, a South Korean presidential security adviser said according to Yonhap news agency.

Alabama's aborted execution was 'botched and bloody,' lawyer says

A federal judge has ordered Alabama prison officials to preserve all evidence related to an aborted execution, including the clothing the inmate wore, following an unsuccessful lethal injection attempt that the convict's attorney described as "botched and bloody."


Amazon buys startup Ring in $1 billion deal to run your home security

(Reuters) - Inc has agreed to buy video doorbell maker Ring, the companies said on Tuesday, in what analysts see as a growing bet on delivering packages inside of shoppers' homes and on home security.


UPDATE 2-Amazon buys startup Ring in $1 billion deal to run your home security

Feb 27 (Reuters) - Inc has agreed to buy video doorbell maker Ring, the companies said on Tuesday, in what analysts see as a growing bet on delivering packages inside of shoppers' homes and on home security.


Amazon to pay over $1 billion for home security startup Ring: source

(Reuters) - Inc is set to buy Ring, a startup that makes doorbells and video security cameras, for more than $1 billion, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Oprah jokes about not being recognized at Starbucks

Oprah Winfrey joked about a recent trip to Starbucks when a barista didn't recognize her.


Accused Florida gunman agrees to give DNA to prosecutors: lawyer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida court canceled a hearing scheduled for Tuesday for the 19-year-old man accused of carrying out the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history after a deal between prosecutors and defense attorneys, the suspect's lawyer said.


Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 27) - Clinton, Judge Ken Starr

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

China rights lawyer dies in 'mysterious' circumstances, supporters say

A prominent Chinese lawyer, Li Baiguang died Monday in the Chinese city of Nanjing under "mysterious" circumstances, according to Bob Fu, a US-based activist and Christian pastor who has known the lawyer for over 10 years.

Lawyer defends ex-deputy's response to shooting

An attorney for the former school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School defended the officer's response to the Parkland shooting, saying in a statement Monday that allegations Scot Peterson failed to act appropriately are "patently untrue."


STMicro embeds software of French start-up Sigfox in chips

PARIS (Reuters) - STMicroelectronics has built software from France's Sigfox into its widely used microcontrollers, giving a boost to the French start-up by enabling developers to build its network features into industrial and consumer chips.


Goldman-backed startup Circle buys major crypto exchange Poloniex

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs-backed cryptocurrency startup Circle has acquired digital token exchange Poloniex, Circle said on Monday, as it aims to cement its position as one of the leading players in the booming market.

Politics and Government

Angela Merkel Starts Grooming Successors, and One Stands Out

The chancellor’s Christian Democrats are expected to choose a new party leader, and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 55, is among those deemed to have a good chance of success.

Bollywood star Sridevi drowned after passing out, police say

Bollywood superstar Sridevi, one of the Indian film industry's most popular actresses, drowned after passing out in her hotel bathtub in Dubai, police said Monday.


Goldman-backed startup Circle buys Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange

LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs-backed payments company Circle has acquired U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex, Circle said on Monday, in an effort to cement its position as one of the leading companies in the world of blockchain technology.


Toyota AI Ventures boosts investment in self-driving startups

(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp is boosting investment in startup companies to get a better handle on emerging technologies that could potentially disrupt its existing business, according to the head of Toyota’s corporate venture arm.


Daimler, MizMaa invest in Israeli tech startup Anagog

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaker Daimler and U.S. venture capital firm MizMaa Ventures took part in a round of financing for Tel Aviv-based start-up Anagog Ltd, Daimler said on Monday, without providing financial details.


Death of Chinese rights lawyer raises suspicions

BEIJING (Reuters) - A well-known Chinese rights lawyer died suddenly in hospital of liver failure on Monday, a source told Reuters, sparking suspicion over the death of someone who was previously detained, did not drink alcohol and "looked fine" earlier this month.


Figure skating featured farewells, new stars, North Koreans and Hanyu

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Ice dance legends announced their retirement, a five-time Olympian pairs skater finally gained gold, and two North Koreans won hearts if not medals in an Olympics packed with more drama than usual even for figure skating.


Sridevi Kapoor, Bollywood’s First Female Superstar, Dies at 54

Sridevi, a veteran of some 300 films in five languages, captivated audiences with her large, expressive eyes and her comic timing.


Alabama's aborted execution was botched and bloody -lawyer

(Reuters) - Alabama's aborted execution last week of an inmate with severely compromised veins led to more than 10 puncture wounds in the man from failed needle placements and left behind a bloodied death chamber, his lawyer said.

Our war with jihadist terrorism started this way 25 years ago

Eight years before the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, America witnessed an ambitious terror plot that also targeted the twin towers of the World Trade Center.


Italy's poor south looks to 5-Star for hope at election

POMIGLIANO D'ARCO, Italy (Reuters) - In a baroque church in Pomigliano d'Arco at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, a cluster of struggling Italians receiving food and other hand-outs from the local priest have no doubt who to back in the March 4 parliamentary election.


Major firms learning to adapt in fight against start-ups: IBM

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Major corporations are learning to defend against start-ups that threaten their business models, hitting back by adopting the disruptors' playbook, according to a survey of top executives by computer services firm IBM.


Major firms learning to adapt in fight against start-ups - IBM

BARCELONA, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Major corporations are learning to defend against start-ups that threaten their business models, hitting back by adopting the disruptors' playbook, according to a survey of top executives by computer services firm IBM.


Cross-country skiing: Historic Bjoergen storms to mass start gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norway's Marit Bjoergen stormed to gold in the women's 30km mass start cross-country ski race, claiming her 15th Olympic medal in the final competition of the Pyeongchang Games on Sunday.


Ohtani erratic in first start for Angels

(Reuters) - Japan's Shohei Ohtani had a rough outing in his spring training debut with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, giving up a home run and two runs in less than two innings.

Parkland survivor tells FLOTUS: To combat cyberbullying, start with Trump Jr.

A Parkland school shooting survivor is calling for Melania Trump to fulfill her pledge to combat cyberbullying -- starting with her own family.


Speed skating: Japan's Takagi surges to mass start gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Japanese speed skater Nana Takagi unleashed a late surge of explosive speed to pass Dutchwoman Irene Schouten on the inside of the final corner and claim an Olympic gold medal in the women's mass start at the Gangneung Oval on Saturday.


Speed skating: Lee storms to Olympic glory in men's mass start

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean crowd favorite Lee Seung-hoon stormed to Olympic gold in the men's mass start race at the Gangneung Oval on Saturday with a perfectly timed breakaway on the final lap.

Area Planning and Renewal

Tech Envisions the Ultimate Start-Up: An Entire City

Silicon Valley wants to save cities. What could go wrong?


Olympics: Cross-country skiing - Finn Niskanen takes gold in 50km mass start

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Finland's Iivo Niskanen made a lung-busting early break and held off a furious challenge from Alexander Bolshunov to win the 50km mass start classic cross-country ski race and get Finland's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games on Saturday.

Olympic Games (2018)

How to Get Started With Olympic Winter Sports

Inspired by the Olympics? People of all skill levels can get into winter sports like figure skating, bobsledding and, yes, even curling. Here’s how.

'Stranger Things' star dances with penguins

A gold-medal worthy photo. A sneaky photoshoot. And picture-perfect penguins. It's time for this week's politics-free side of the news.


Numbers starting to add up for Tesla trucks: DHL executive

(Reuters) - The numbers behind Tesla Inc's long-distance Semi electric trucks are close to making sense for hauliers looking at a shift away from diesel that may save them tens of thousands of dollars a year, according to an executive with DHL.


Google starts taking payments for apps via Kenya's M-Pesa service

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Google Play apps and games store has started accepting payments in Kenya through Safaricom's mobile phone M-Pesa service to boost downloads in a market where many people do not have a credit card.

Women's Ski Cross off to flying start


Angels' Ohtani to make pitching start on Saturday

(Reuters) - Japanese two-way standout Shohei Ohtani will make his first start for the Los Angeles Angels when he pitches in a spring training game on Saturday, the Angels said on Thursday.


Wait, I know you: home security startup taps face-recognition tech

(Reuters) - A team of engineers that worked on self-driving cars and helped invent Google Street View wants to help people guard their homes against intruders using the same style of facial recognition that unlocks smart phones.

Warriors star talks about love and ladies in his life