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On Baseball: Yankees Enter the Season Looking for Something to Worry About

A series of off-season moves fortified the team, and barring the typical refrain about staying healthy, they do not have much room for complaint.


U.S. Interior Department offers oil leases near Utah's wilderness monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday will auction off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, over objections from conservationists, who say the move threatens sensitive archaeological and wilderness sites.

DeVos, Elizabeth (1958- )

As DeVos Faces Congress, Officials Say She Hid Plans to Overhaul Department

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will defend her agency’s budget before a House panel, including a reorganization plan that staff members say she tried to withhold from Congress.

The television trick to learning a new language

Every day for about five years, Israeli sisters Reut and Shoham Nistel ran home from school, made themselves sandwiches and plopped down on the couch to watch an Argentine telenovela with Hebrew subtitles.

Presidential Election of 2020

Op-Ed Columnist: Democrats Are Primed for 2018 and Looking Pretty in 2020

Ignore naysayers. The party’s field of presidential contenders is chockablock with potential.

Vatican removes archbishop but doesn't say why

The Vatican has removed Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Guam from office and barred him from living in the Pacific territory, saying a church tribunal had found the cleric guilty of "certain of the accusations" made against him.


NYPD sued for forcing Muslim women to remove headscarves in arrest photos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Muslim-American women and a non-profit group on Friday sued the New York City Police Department for forcing Muslim women and others to remove their hijabs or other religious head coverings in post-arrest photographs.


Trump has decided to remove his national security adviser: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, but the move is not expected to be made immediately, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

John Bolton reportedly a possible replacement

President Donald Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, according to sources familiar with the situation.


Tillerson to talk soon with successor nominee Pompeo: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fired U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to speak soon with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated to succeed him, the State Department said on Thursday.


RPT-COLUMN-Aluminium through the looking glass after Trump's tariffs: Andy Home

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - In a little more than a week's time the United States will impose a tariff of 10 percent on all aluminium imports and 25 percent on all steel imports.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: Samantha Power: How Mike Pompeo Could Save the State Department

He can’t change the president, but he can get back to trying to solve problems in the real world.

Surfacing 2018

Surfacing: How One Sport Is Keeping a Language, and a Culture, Alive

Pelota mixteca has been played for hundreds of years by indigenous people throughout the Americas. But it’s more than a competitive event.


COLUMN-Aluminium through the looking glass after Trump's tariffs: Andy Home

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - In a little more than a week's time the United States will impose a tariff of 10 percent on all aluminium imports and 25 percent on all steel imports.

Heiress reportedly dies in plane crash

Turkish socialite Mina Basaran was reportedly killed after an airplane carrying her home from her bachelorette party crashed in Iran.

DeVos calls on Trump to not use foul language

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday criticized President Donald Trump's use of vulgarity on the campaign trail to mock NBC News anchor Chuck Todd, pointing to "an opportunity and responsibility to be examples to our kids."


Op-Ed Contributor: Looking Up to Michelle Obama

My daughter was captivated by her portrait, and the moment captivated a lot of other people. Here’s why it matters.


References to Japan PM, wife and finance minister removed from documents related to suspected scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) - References to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife and Finance Minister Taro Aso were removed from documents related to a suspected cronyism scandal, according to the documents seen by Reuters.


Saudi sets up departments to investigate, prosecute corruption cases: royal decree

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman has ordered the establishment of specialized departments in the public prosecutor's office to investigate and prosecute corruption cases, the government's information office said in a statement on Sunday.


Amazon video service looking to expand Indian regional content

MUMBAI, March 11 (Reuters) - Inc's video service will look to add more regional content in India, two company executives said, as it competes with a host of global and local players for a bigger share of a fledgling online streaming market.


UK police looking at 240 pieces of evidence in nerve agent attack: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have identified more than 200 witnesses and are looking at more than 240 pieces of evidence in their investigation into a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Saturday.


Justice Department files regulation to ban 'bump stocks'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice formally submitted a regulation on Saturday to ban "bump stocks," a modification to high-capacity rifles that lets them fire like an automatic weapon.


U.S. Justice Department, AT&T spar over merger in final pre-trial documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and AT&T Inc on Friday presented starkly different futures for online video if the wireless and pay-TV giant is allowed to buy Time Warner Inc, as they laid out their cases for a blockbuster antitrust trial.

United States Economy

The Economy Is Looking Awfully Strong

Blockbuster job growth in February suggests this economy, already nine years into expansion, may yet have room to run.

Interior Department explains $139K doors for secretary's office

The doors to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's office are getting a nearly $139,000 upgrade.

State Department warns spring breakers of Mexico threat

The State Department warned US citizens against travel to Mexico's Playa del Carmen late Wednesday, a week after an explosive device was found on a tourist ferry in the area.


Interior Department pays $139,000 to fix doors in Zinke's office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Interior spent $139,000 to fix three sets of doors in Secretary Ryan Zinke's office, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, a move quickly criticized as wasteful by activists.


State Department offers rewards for info on Pakistani militant leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it is offering a $5 million reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban, whose men shot Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.


State Department says offering rewards for info on Pakistani militant leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it was offering a $5 million reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban.

City to remove 'disrespectful' statue

The controversial statue that critics have deemed as "San Francisco's monument to white supremacy" is coming off its pedestal.

President reportedly asked his former chief of staff if investigators had been 'nice'

President Donald Trump reportedly asked his former chief of staff Reince Priebus if special counsel investigators had been "nice" during his interview, according to The New York Times, citing two people familiar with the conversation.


Facebook removes anti-immigrant post by aide to Hungary's PM

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Facebook has removed a video posted by the Hungarian prime minister's chief of staff in which he said immigrants were responsible for increased crime in the capital of neighboring Austria and were pushing "white Christians" out.


UPDATE 1-Facebook removes, then restores anti-immigrant video in Hungary

BUDAPEST, March 7 (Reuters) - Facebook on Wednesday reversed a decision to take down a video posted by a Hungarian political aide that blamed crime on immigrants, saying it was making an exception to its usual ban on hate speech.

HUD reportedly looking to remove its anti-discrimination language

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is looking to remove anti-discrimination language from its mission statement, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.


Justice Department to share records in Obama-era gun smuggling probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has reached an agreement with congressional investigators to hand over confidential records about a failed gun trafficking operation during the Obama administration known as "Fast and Furious."


U.S. Justice Department sues California over 'sanctuary' policies

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department sued the state of California over so-called "sanctuary" policies that try to protect illegal immigrants against deportation, ramping up a confrontation over whether local police should enforce federal law.


Lawsuit seeks White House, Justice Department records on Fox-Disney deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A nonprofit group with a mission to protect democracy filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking any records of communications between the White House and the Justice Department over Walt Disney Co's $52.4 billion deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc .

Trump International Hotel and Tower

Panama Hotel Owner, Declaring Victory, Has Trump’s Name Removed

Within hours of seizing the administrative offices of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, the silver letters T-R-U-M-P were removed.

School removes mural depicting a lynching

A painting of a Confederate flag and a mural depicting a lynching have been removed from the walls of a Tennessee school gymnasium.


Workers remove Trump name from Panama hotel in property dispute

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Workers on Monday removed the Trump name from the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, after the Trump Organization appeared to lose control of administration of the property in a bitter commercial dispute.

Border Patrol (US)

Opinion: Looking at Trump’s ‘Beautiful Wall’

The sections stand in a dirt compound surrounded by razor wire. “We don’t pay attention to them,” a Mexican man told me.


Investigators looking at whether Kushner business talks affected U.S. policy: NBC News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal investigators are looking into whether Jared Kushner's business talks with foreigners during the presidential transition had any influence on later White House policy toward those with whom he spoke, NBC News reported on Friday.


RBS could settle with U.S. Department of Justice within weeks: Sky News

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland could reach a multi billion-dollar settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) over its mis-selling of toxic mortgage-backed securities within weeks, Sky News reported on Friday, citing sources.


Tajik opposition leader says removed from Interpol wanted list

ALMATY (Reuters) - Interpol has removed the leader of a banned Tajik Islamist party from its wanted list, he said, in a setback for the Dushanbe government's efforts to portray its opponents as militants.


Wheels: Ford Bet on Aluminum Trucks, but Is Still Looking for Payoff

Conceived for an era of high gasoline prices, the F-150 has lost its fuel-efficiency selling point, while its key material has gotten costlier.


Toronto looking to create MLS dynasty after dream season

TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto FC enter the 2018 season hoping to take a dynastic stranglehold over the North American League after last year's record-setting campaign.


Justice Department asked Wells Fargo to probe wealth management unit: WSJ

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice in late 2017 told Wells Fargo & Co to investigate its wealth management business after whistleblowers accused the bank of pushing inessential products or services to customers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.


Women looking for Oscar love in best picture cliffhanger

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Women are hoping for some long overdue love at the Academy Awards on Sunday, where the biggest prize in the movie industry is wide open after an awards season dominated by Hollywood's sexual misconduct scandal.


Singapore looking at investor protection rules for cryptocurrencies

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's central bank is assessing whether additional regulations are required to protect investors in cryptocurrencies, an official said in a speech on Thursday.


Israeli-U.S. teen indicted for bomb threats, hate crimes: U.S. Justice Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 19-year-old man has been indicted for hate crimes connected to threats against Jewish community centers, as well as threatening the Israeli embassy and cyberstalking, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.


Energy Department review led to delays at green projects: GAO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Green energy technology development projects suffered staffing and investment problems last year due to a Trump administration review of Energy Department funding for companies and universities, a federal government report said on Wednesday.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Judge Orders Tarps Removed From Confederate Statues in Charlottesville

The city placed black shrouds over statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson after a deadly white nationalist rally last August.


Microsoft clashes with Justice Department at U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday wades into a major privacy rights fight between Microsoft Corp and the Justice Department, weighing whether U.S. law allows prosecutors to compel technology companies to hand over data stored overseas.


Education Department to probe Michigan State over sex abuse scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will investigate how Michigan State University handled reports of sex abuse made by female athletes against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, the department said on Monday.


U.S. Justice Department probing MiMedx's business practices: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Regenerative medicine maker MiMedx Group Inc is under federal investigation related to two business practices, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Trump reportedly pushing to have his personal pilot run FAA

President Donald Trump is pushing to have his longtime personal pilot, John Dunkin, to head the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a report from Axios.

Scott Israel says one officer failed to protect students as he defends his department's response to shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Sunday he was "disgusted" an armed school resource officer did not enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as shots rang out and vowed to investigate any other allegation of inaction.

Alpine Skiing

On Skiing: For the Moment, Mikaela Shiffrin Is Looking a Little Lonely at the Top

At the Pyeongchang Olympics, Lindsey Vonn and Shiffrin accounted for all three American medals in Alpine skiing. And Vonn is headed toward the exit.

NBC's $12 billion investment in the Olympics is looking riskier

Shooter reportedly described emotional struggle in 911 call

Nikolas Cruz had only recently moved in with a family friend weeks after his mother died when he reportedly called 911 to describe a tumultuous encounter with his new host.


U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it will open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of U.S. policy and is bound to trouble U.S. allies who have already objected.


U.S. senators press Justice Department on Daimler emissions probe: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to thoroughly investigate Daimler AG after a media report alleged the automaker used potentially illegal software to pass diesel emissions tests, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Largest brain tumor 'in the world' removed from man's head

A surgeon in India has removed a 1.873 kg (4.1 lb) tumor from a 31-year old man at a government hospital in Mumbai, India.

Investigators looking into bodyguard's affair with mayor find nude photos

Newly discovered nude cell phone photos may be evidence Nashville's mayor and her former security chief were having an affair while he was being paid to be her bodyguard, authorities say in court documents disclosed Thursday.

State Department on Syria: 'I don't know what some of you expect us to do'

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert struggled to describe specific steps the State Department and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are taking to end the violence in Syria at the agency's briefing on Thursday, exclaiming, "I don't know what some of you expect us to do," while arguing that the administration is "fully engaged."


U.S. looking at potential new sanctions against Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering new sanctions against Russia in response to election meddling and a devastating cyber attack last year, senior U.S. officials said on Wednesday, pushing back against criticism that it has been slow to act.


Spanish Artwork Denounced Political ‘Persecution.’ It Was Ordered Removed.

A gallery was ordered to withdraw a work that labeled Catalan separatist leaders as political prisoners from an exhibit at Madrid’s main arts fair.


Language app Babbel translates European success to U.S. market

BERLIN (Reuters) - It might seem a tall order to persuade people to spend as much to learn a language on their smartphone as it costs to subscribe to a music streaming or video-on-demand service.


Uber drops opposition to London language test

LONDON (Reuters) - Taxi app Uber [UBER.UL] is dropping a legal appeal against the introduction of more stringent English language tests for drivers in London after the city's transport regulator said it would water down its stringent proposals.

23 passengers removed from cruise ship after brawls

Authorities have removed 23 passengers from a Carnival Cruise Line ship in Australia after a series of brawls, New South Wales police and Carnival said in statements.

Teenagers and Adolescence

Big City: Cool-Looking and Sweet, Juul Is a Vice Teens Can’t Resist

The e-cigarettes, in flavors like Mango and Fruit Medley, offer rebellion in a sharply designed package that appeals to a driven generation.


Weinstein Company removes president and chief operating officer Glasser

(Reuters) - The board of the Weinstein Company has dismissed the beleaguered film studio's president and chief operating officer, less than a week after he was cited for failing to act on employee harassment complaints.


Exclusive: Indian banks may take more than $3 billion hit from PNB fraud - tax department

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian banks could take a hit of more than $3 billion from loans and corporate guarantees provided to diamond companies at the center of a massive alleged fraud at the state-run Punjab National Bank, the tax department has estimated.


UPDATE 6-U.S. Commerce Department proposes hefty import curbs on steel, aluminum

WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department has recommended that President Donald Trump impose steep curbs on steel and aluminum imports from China and other countries ranging from global and country-specific tariffs to broad import quotas, according to proposals released on Friday.


UPDATE 5-U.S. Commerce Department proposes hefty import curbs on steel, aluminum

WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department has recommended that President Donald Trump impose steep curbs on steel and aluminum imports from China and other countries ranging from global and country-specific tariffs to broad import quotas, according to proposals released on Friday.


U.S. Commerce Department proposes hefty import curbs on steel, aluminum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department has recommended that President Donald Trump impose steep curbs on steel and aluminum imports from China and other nations ranging from global and country-specific tariffs to broad import quotas, according to proposals released on Friday.


Senate confirms Demers to head Justice Department national security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed John Demers to head the Justice Department's national security division, after a Republican senator lifted a hold he had put on some of the department's nominees in protest against the government's marijuana policy.


Olympics-Discovery bets on Games to break European language barrier

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Inside a hulking five-story building at the Winter Olympics, TV production crews are working with video in 21 languages, all part of a plan by their U.S. employer, Discovery Communications , to become the top sports media brand in Europe.


Aldi Sued and Aldi Nord looking at closer cooperation - Manager Magazin

FRANKFURT, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Europe's leading discount retailer Aldi is considering stepping up cooperation between its two separate namesake companies Aldi Nord and Aldi Sued, a German monthly reported.


T Introduces: From Sign-Language Tutor to Lead Actress

Lauren Ridloff, who was born deaf, will star onstage opposite Joshua Jackson in “Children of a Lesser God” — her first major theater acting job.


U.S. Energy Department forming cyber protection unit for power grids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said on Wednesday it is establishing an office to protect the nation's power grid and other infrastructure against cyber attacks and natural disasters.


Southwest is sued by Arabic speaker who was removed from plane

(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co was sued on Tuesday by an American citizen who came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee and said he was removed from a California flight after another passenger became unnerved upon hearing him speak in Arabic.


Wall Street regulator looking into VIX manipulation: WSJ

(Reuters) - A Wall Street regulator is probing into whether prices linked to the Cboe Volatility Index have been manipulated, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.


ANC decides to remove Zuma as South African President

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The ANC has decided to sack Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, a senior official said on Tuesday, after a marathon meeting to determine the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation'.


South Africa's ANC decides to remove Zuma as head of state

PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's African National Congress party executive committee has decided to "recall" or remove President Jacob Zuma as head of state, a senior ANC source told Reuters on Tuesday, after a 13-hour meeting of the party's top leadership.


Rattled by U.S. fiscal, monetary tug-of-war, investors start looking abroad

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The worst week in the U.S. stock market in two years and benchmark 10-year Treasury yields hitting four-year highs are prompting fund managers to rethink their allocation plans.


Justice Department charges 'straw purchaser' in Ohio police shooting

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

This lonely frog is looking for love online

An 11-year-old Bolivian water frog named Romeo has been looking for his "Juliet" for the past decade to save his species.

Brand, Rachel L

No. 3 Official at the Justice Department Is Stepping Down

The official, Rachel Brand, was widely seen as the most likely successor to Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the inquiry into Russian influence in the 2016 election.


U.S., China reaffirm commitment to pressure North Korea: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi reaffirmed their countries' commitment to exert pressure in Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said.


U.S., Chinese diplomats agree to exert pressure on North Korea over nuclear weapons: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi on Thursday reaffirmed the commitment of Washington and Beijing to exert pressure in Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons.


UPDATE 1-Buyout firm KKR looking at becoming a corporation

* KKR management, board evaluating whether to convert to C-Corp

Rap and Hip-Hop

Atlanta’s #BillionDollarLawyer Is Looking Out for Your Favorite Rappers

Drew Findling, a criminal defense lawyer in the hip-hop capital, has become an advocate and father figure for rappers like Offset, of Migos, and Gucci Mane.


Olympic spirit dying, athletes looking to IOC: Uhlaender

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - The Olympic spirit is in danger of being snuffed out by a doping scandal that saw the IOC ban dozens of Russian athletes for life only for sport's highest tribunal to nullify the sanctions, U.S. skeleton slider Katie Uhlaender said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-Britain looking closely at Melrose bid for GKN - PM May

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - The hostile takeover pursuit of engineering company GKN by Melrose Industries is receiving close attention from the British government, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.


Alpine skiing: Mayer looking to trigger Austrian medal avalanche

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Austria dominated the Alpine skiing in the Sochi Winter Olympics four years ago and Matthias Mayer is hoping to trigger a similar medal avalanche when he defends his men's downhill title at the Pyeongchang Games on Sunday.


UPDATE 2-U.S. department store chain Bon-Ton files for bankruptcy

* Lists assets of $50,001-$100,000, liabilities of $500 mln-$1 bln

Sessions, Jefferson B III

Sessions Silent as Trump Attacks His Department, Risking Independence and Morale

The silence by Jeff Sessions breaks with a long tradition of attorneys general protecting the Justice Department from political interference.


Justice Department says Mueller probe lawful

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has backed Special Counsel Robert Mueller over a lawsuit filed against him by Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and argued that the case should be dismissed.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Blames Justice Department and F.B.I. for Conduct He Says Was ‘a Disgrace’

Democrats warn against firing Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, whom the president singled out for criticism.


BRIEF-‍Department Of Homeland Security Selects Booz Allen Hamilton As Prime Contractor On $621 Mln Task Order



Trump accuses FBI, Justice Department of politicizing Republican memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the integrity of the FBI and Justice Department on Friday in an extraordinary showdown over the expected White House release of a secret Republican memo alleging FBI bias against him in its Russia probe.


U.S. State Department official to promote military sales at Singapore show

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States for the first time in years is sending its diplomat responsible for foreign military sales to the Singapore Airshow to promote U.S.-made weapons, a U.S. official said on Thursday, as the State Department prepares for an overseas arms sales push.


U.S., Russia likely to meet nuclear treaty obligations by Feb. 5: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States fulfilled its obligations under the New Start nuclear arms treaty with Russia in August last year and expects Moscow also will be within the limits set by the accord by the Feb. 5 deadline, the State Department said on Thursday.

Russell Simmons to be removed from Oprah's book

Future printings of Oprah Winfrey's spiritual self-help book, "The Wisdom of Sundays," will not include contributions from former hip-hop music executive Russell Simmons, according to the book's publisher.

Russell Simmons contributions to be removed from Oprah's book

Future printings of Oprah Winfrey's spiritual self-help book, "The Wisdom of Sundays," will not include contributions from former hip-hop music executive Russell Simmons, according to the book's publisher.

Olympic Games

Justice Department Solicits Information Pertaining to FIFA, I.O.C. and U.S.O.C.

Federal prosecutors are investigating executives involved with bids for major global sporting events.

President met with Justice Department official leading the Russia investigation before his congressional testimony

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein visited the White House in December seeking President Donald Trump's help. The top Justice Department official in the Russia investigation wanted Trump's support in fighting off document demands from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes.

Bribery and Kickbacks

Justice Department Moves to Dismiss Corruption Case Against Menendez

The decision could allow Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, to run for re-election without having to face a new trial.


U.S. State Department designates Hamas leader as terrorist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it had designated Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas, as a terrorist.

Trump repeatedly offered to forge common ground, only to use language that could offend his opponents

As Donald Trump reeled off his debut State of the Union address, it felt like the tumult and anger and chaos of the last few years never happened.


Justice Department warned White House about releasing memo: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Justice Department officials on Monday warned White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about the dangers of publicly releasing a memo that alleges abuses by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing people briefed on the meeting.


SEC looking into MetLife's failure to pay some pensions

Jan 29 (Reuters) - MetLife Inc said on Monday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was looking into the insurer's failure to pay some workers' pensions.


Cleveland Indians to remove logo criticized as racist

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Cleveland Indians will remove the smiling "Chief Wahoo" logo from their on-field uniforms beginning in the 2019 season, the baseball team said on Monday, in a concession to critics who have long assailed the image as a racist caricature.


Tillerson to visit Latin America Feb. 1-7: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Latin America from February 1 to 7, visiting Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, with a stop in Jamaica, and the crisis in Venezuela will be a focus of talks, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

State Department employees hire attorneys, charging 'political retribution'

A growing number of State Department employees are charging they are being put in career purgatory because of their previous work on policy priorities associated with President Barack Obama and in offices the Trump administration is interested in closing.


UK defense minister says Russia looking to cause thousands of deaths in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's defense minister warned that Russia was looking to damage the British economy by attacking its infrastructure, a move he said could cause "thousands and thousands and thousands of deaths", The Telegraph newspaper reported.


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

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


U.S. Secretary of State to visit Latin America: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Latin America in a few weeks in his first official visit to that region, the State Department said on Thursday.


U.S. Justice Department recovers FBI officials' missing text messages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog said Thursday it recovered five months of missing text messages between two Federal Bureau of Investigation officials whom Republicans have accused of bias against President Donald Trump.

A man goes to Disney World looking for a kidney. He finds one.

Robert Leibowitz owes his life to a message on a T-shirt.


Britain looking for sites to host radioactive waste

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants to develop a geological storage site for high level radioactive waste and launched a public consultation on Thursday to solicit communities prepared to host the facility.


Advocacy group calls on McDonald's to remove antibiotics from beef, pork

Jan 25 (Reuters) - A consumer and public health group is pressing McDonald's Corp to set a timeline for phasing out the routine use of medically important antibiotics in the beef and pork it serves, amid warnings that the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people.

The President says he is 'looking forward to' talking with special counsel Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would be happy to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller and would do it under oath but that he will listen to the advice of his lawyers.


BRIEF-Huntington Ingalls - Department Of Energy Issued Notice To Begin Transition For Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract



Justice Department demands documents from 'sanctuary cities'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday escalated its battle with "sanctuary cities" that protect illegal immigrants from deportation, demanding documents on whether local law enforcement agencies are illegally withholding information from U.S. immigration authorities.

US Treasury Department sanctions those working on behalf of North Korea


Turkey's Halkbank working with U.S. Treasury, Justice Department after Iran case: Simsek on Bloomberg HT

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish lender Halkbank is working closely with the U.S. Treasury and Justice Department, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Wednesday, after a U.S. jury found one of its executives guilty in an Iran sanctions-busting trial.

United States Politics and Government

In Looking for Loyalty, Trump Asked F.B.I. Official How He Voted

The question came as Mr. Trump openly discussed the need for James B. Comey’s successor to be “loyal,” according to an adviser to the president.


U.S. State Department creates Cuba Internet Task Force

HAVANA (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that it had created a Cuba Internet Task Force to promote "the free and unregulated flow of information" on the Communist-run island, an action denounced by Cuban state media as subversive.

Agent sues ATF and Justice Department

ATF Special Agent Lisa Kincaid is suing the ATF and Justice Department, claiming she was retaliated against for exposing sexual harassment within the agency. CNN's Jessica Schneider reports.

Meet the Justice Department's FISA closer

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill began to vote Thursday afternoon to extend a fiercely debated electronic surveillance program, a small circle of officials at the Justice Department huddled around at TV in a fifth-floor conference room watching C-SPAN.


Tillerson to visit Europe next week for talks on Iran, Syria: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Europe next week, stopping in London and Paris for talks on Iran and Syria before heading on to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum and then to Warsaw, the State Department said on Thursday.


U.S. Interior Department blasts resigning National Parks board members

(Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday said it welcomed the mass resignation of members of the National Parks Service advisory board, saying they had ignored sexual harassment cases and lied about how they were treated by the Trump administration.


BRIEF-Ur-Energy, Energy Fuels File Petition with U.S. Commerce Department to Investigate Effects of Uranium Imports


Jane Fonda had cancerous growth removed

Jane Fonda revealed in interviews this week that her doctor removed a cancerous growth from her lower lip.

Trump doesn't deny he used 'strong language,' WH says

Friend reportedly says Romney will run for Senate

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney texted a friend that he will seek the open Senate seat from Utah this year, according to a New York Times report published Sunday.


Czechs pick between east-looking Zeman and pro-western challengers in presidential vote

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs wrap up voting on Saturday in the first round of a presidential election in which eight candidates are seeking to oust the incumbent Milos Zeman, whose inclination toward far-right groups and warm relations with Russia and China have split public opinion.


Google removes gaming apps with pop-up porn malware

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday it took down 60 gaming applications after security firm Check Point said it had discovered new malicious software in the apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store.


UPDATE 1-Google removes gaming apps with pop-up porn malware

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday it took down 60 gaming applications after security firm Check Point said it had discovered new malicious software in the apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store.


Trump slams Senate immigration deal, denies offensive language

(Note: Story includes language throughout that will offend some readers)


Eastward-looking Zeman is favorite as Czechs vote for president

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs started voting on Friday in the first round of a presidential election in which eight candidates are seeking to defeat incumbent Milos Zeman, whose brash style and leanings toward eastern powers have sharply divided opinion.

Immigration and Emigration

Trump Offers Vague Denial About Language on Immigrants

President Trump also criticized a bipartisan immigration proposal that prompted him to make racially charged remarks during a private meeting on Thursday.


Food riots grip western Venezuela, mob reportedly slaughters cattle in field

SAN CRISTOBAL/BARINAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Hungry mobs ransacked a food collection center, and a supermarket in Venezuela's western Andean state of Merida on Thursday and reportedly even slaughtered cattle grazing in a field as unrest over food shortages spread through the country.


UPDATE 1-U.S. Commerce Department wraps up steel probe, does not detail findings

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said on Thursday it had completed its probe into whether imports of certain steel products threatened U.S. national security and sent its conclusions to President Donald Trump.


U.S. envoy erred in comments about Muslims in Netherlands: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands made mistakes and feels great remorse for falsely saying two years ago that Muslim migrants had "burned" politicians and created "no-go zones" in Holland, a State Department official said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-Monsanto looking to sell dicamba-resistant GM soy seed in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of seed and agrochemicals maker Monsanto on Thursday said it will run field tests with genetically modified soy seed INTACTA2 XTEND in Brazil in the 2019-20 crop, looking to launch the variety commercially the following year.


Exclusive: Justice Department blindsided banking agency on pot policy flip - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the U.S. Justice Department said last week it was reversing policy on the $7 billion marijuana business, it failed to first notify federal officials who advise banks in states where the drug is legal, sources in Congress said.


BRIEF-DISH To Work With Google Assistant To Bring Multi-Language Voice Control To Hands-Free TV Experience


Mark Wahlberg reportedly paid way more than Michelle Williams for reshoot


BRIEF-Abbvie Looking To Return Additional Cash To Shareholders



U.S. to decide on Iran sanctions waivers on Friday: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is expected to decide on Friday whether to continue to waive U.S. penalties on Iran, as agreed under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the State Department said on Tuesday.


GSK CEO says looking at Pfizer consumer business, but not a priority

(Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline's new chief executive said on Tuesday that the British drugmaker would have a look at Pfizer Inc's consumer products business, but would not overpay for the asset.


Bartoli looking forward to return to court

PARIS (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli just wants to enjoy herself and play big matches when she returns to competitive tennis in March after more than four years in retirement.


BRIEF-GoPro Has Reportedly Hired JP Morgan To Put Itself Up For Sale - CNBC



BRIEF-Department 13 International Says Co & Raytheon To Work Together To Provide Counter-Drone Technologies


Homeless Persons

Call to Remove Homeless People (All 8) Before Royal Wedding Stirs Anger

A council leader in Britain has been on a campaign to deal with the homeless people who “sleep rough” near Windsor Castle, the wedding venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.


Newfound Pride in Guaraní, a Language Long Disdained in Paraguay

While the indigenous language is widely spoken across the country, its use is much more common in the streets than the halls of power. Now, officials are pushing to end its second-class status.


Verizon removes Bloomberg TV, refusing to pay carriage fees

(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc has pulled Bloomberg L.P.'s news network, Bloomberg TV, from 4.6 million of its pay-TV customers after the financial news provider asked the carrier to pay it for its content for the first time ever.

Source: Feds looking at how tax-exempt funds were used

Federal authorities are actively investigating allegations of corruption related to the Clinton Foundation, the charity of Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to a US official briefed on the matter.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Department of Injustice

Why a federal crackdown on legal marijuana? The real problem, as any sentient public servant can tell you, is opioid abuse.


Council leader calls for beggars to be removed before UK royal wedding

LONDON (Reuters) - Beggars need to be cleared by police from the streets of Windsor before the wedding of Prince Harry to girlfriend Meghan Markle because their "detritus" is presenting the picturesque English town in a poor light, the local council leader has said.

California Today

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

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

State Legislatures

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Two Ways of Looking at Gerrymandering

Stepping into the political sphere, the Supreme Court takes up two very different cases involving the redrawing of Congressional lines.


Op-Ed Contributor: P.C. Language Saved My Life

What I wish kids growing up in West Baltimore like me knew about “zi,” “zer,” and being gender non-binary.

Trump again at war with 'deep state' Justice Department

President Donald Trump leveled his latest criticism of the Justice Department on Tuesday, suggesting the executive department is part of a "deep state" that he believes has sought to undermine him.

Space and Astronomy

Rocket Launches and Trips to the Moon We’re Looking Forward To in 2018

The launch of a new rocket by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and moon landings by India, China and private companies could occur this year, but no one is sure when.


At least 12 die in Costa Rica plane crash: government department

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - A plane crashed in Costa Rica on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, most of them foreign tourists, the country's security ministry said.

State Department posts emails from former Clinton aide

The State Department posted a number of emails belonging to former top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Friday after the messages were found on Anthony Weiner's laptop by the FBI. Several of the released documents were found to contain information classified "confidential," and were heavily redacted.

Kadyrov, Ramzan

Facebook Removes Chechen Strongman’s Accounts, Raising Policy Questions

Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian officials challenged Facebook’s decision to end his Instagram and Facebook accounts after the U.S. hit him with sanctions.


BRIEF-Ritchie Bros Officially Awarded U.S. Department Of Defense Non-Rolling Stock Contracts


GOP lawmaker: Justice Department and FBI need to be purged

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) claims that government agencies have been "off the rails" and suggest they be purged.


New York removes misleading nuclear fallout shelter signs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has quietly begun removing some of the corroding yellow nuclear fallout shelter signs that were appended to thousands of buildings in the 1960s, saying many are misleading Cold War relics that no longer denote functional shelters.

Language and Languages

Thousands Once Spoke His Language in the Amazon. Now, He’s the Only One.

The Taushiro tribe vanished into the jungles of the Amazon basin in Peru generations ago. Amadeo García García is now the last native speaker of their language.


U.S. department store stocks jump on holiday spending record

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. department stores jumped on Tuesday as Mastercard Inc said shoppers spent over $800 billion during the season, more than ever before, boosted by growing consumer confidence, rising employment and early discounts.


Yiddish-Language ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Is Coming to New York

The adaptation of “Fiddler” will debut next summer, with the lyricist Sheldon Harnick consulting on the production.


Google looking to launch stores in India to boost Pixel sales: report

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is looking to launch brick-and-mortar stores in India to boost sales of its Pixel smartphones, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.


Google looking to launch stores in India to boost Pixel sales - report

Dec 26 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is looking to launch brick-and-mortar stores in India to boost sales of its Pixel smartphones, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.


Exclusive: State Department tells refugee agencies to downsize U.S. operations

(Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has told refugee agencies it will sharply pare back the number of offices across the country authorized to resettle people in 2018 as President Donald Trump cuts the number of refugees allowed into the United States.


Federal Officials Reportedly Investigating Group Where Women Were Branded

Some women who joined a secret sorority within the group, called Nxivm, were branded with a symbol that incorporated the initials of the group’s leader.


Memphis removes Confederate statues as King anniversary nears

(Reuters) - Authorities in Memphis, a city steeped in civil rights history, removed two statues of Confederate leaders on Wednesday hours after the downtown parkland where they stood was sold to a private group.

Keep looking for UFOs

"The Truth is out There." This tagline of the 1990s television show "The X-Files" could be considered the battle cry of those people who think that not only are UFOs (unidentified flying objects) real and extraterrestrials among us, but that the government knows and is covering it up.


Last piece of Amtrak train wreckage removed from Washington state highway

(Reuters) - Workers had cleared all the wrecked train cars blocking a major West Coast highway by Wednesday morning, two days after the Amtrak train derailed in Washington state while speeding onto a bridge, state transportation officials said.


U.S. citizens among dead in Mexican bus crash: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department confirmed on Wednesday that multiple American citizens had died when a tour bus rolled over on a trip to ancient ruins in Mexico.


Most of Amtrak train wreckage removed from Washington highway

(Reuters) - Workers had cleared most of the wreckage blocking a major West Coast highway by Wednesday morning, two days after an Amtrak train derailed in Washington state while speeding onto a bridge, state transportation officials said.


Former Mexican drug cartel leader extradited to U.S.: Justice Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An alleged former leader of a Mexican drug cartel has been extradited to the United States to face drug conspiracy charges, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement on Tuesday.


U.S. Justice Department loses music licensing appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that music licensing giant BMI did not have to abide by the Obama administration's more restrictive interpretation of how royalties should be collected.


Tennis: Positive Kvitova looking forward to a stronger 2018

(Reuters) - Returning to playing tennis again was all Petra Kvitova could have hoped for after being stabbed in the hand last December and the twice Wimbledon champion is glad that a tough and emotional year is coming to an end.


Brazilian prosecutors ask state bank Caixa to remove vice presidents

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors have asked that all the vice presidents of Caixa Economica Federal be replaced for what officials suspect are "irregularities" at the state bank, according to a document made public late on Friday.


U.S. Justice Department, AT&T settlement talks failed: court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T Inc have held unsuccessful settlement talks over the wireless and pay-TV company's bid to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc , the two sides said in a court filing on Friday.


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U.S. court removes creditor hurdle to a Westinghouse bankruptcy plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge shot down on Wednesday a request by creditors of Westinghouse Electric Co LLC for a bigger role in the nuclear technology company's bankruptcy just days after its parent company Toshiba Corp proposed a restructuring plan.


Tillerson seeks to ease skepticism about U.S. State Department reorganization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rex Tillerson, dogged by media speculation about how long he will last as U.S. secretary of state, tried on Tuesday to ease skepticism among staff about his leadership and planned State Department reorganization.

Looking to sell bitcoin? It's complicated


BRIEF-Emergent Biosolutions Awarded Department Of National Defence Contract


Barkley to Alabama: Stop looking like idiots

Retired basketball player Charles Barkley spoke at an event for Alabama Democrat Doug Jones where he urged voters to "stop making Alabama looking like idiots" and not vote for Republican candidate Roy Moore.


Apple removes app after MyEtherWallet complaint

(Reuters) - IPhone maker Apple Inc said on Monday it had removed a paid iOS application from its App Store after MyEtherWallet, a free service for storing digital currencies, complained that the program was improperly using its name.


Criticism of Ukraine's language law justified: rights body

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's neighbors have a right to criticize a new Ukrainian law banning schools from teaching in minority languages beyond primary school level, a leading European rights watchdog said on Friday.


CVS expects Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp expects the U.S. Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman for the drugstore chain operator said.