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Corporate Taxes

Targeting Tech Giants, Europe Unveils Digital Tax Proposal

The plan would create a system where digital businesses in Europe would have to pay taxes on their revenues, rather than their profits, to curb tax avoidance.


Saudi Arabia says revamping education to combat 'extremist ideologies'

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is revamping its education curriculum to eradicate any trace of Muslim Brotherhood influence and will dismiss anyone working in the sector who sympathizes with the banned group, the education minister said.

Saudi prince's WH visit continues Kushner courtship

When Donald Trump stepped into the White House in 2017, the President gave his son-in-law-turned-senior-aide Jared Kushner considerable power in trying to strike a deal for Middle East peace. Enter Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, another anointed son looking to make a name for himself after his father gave him considerable power.

Smithsonian moves Michelle Obama portrait due to 'high volume of visitors'

Michelle Obama was so popular she needed more space.


Senators criticize U.S. support for Saudi campaign in Yemen as crown prince visits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators debated a resolution seeking an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen's civil war on Tuesday, the same day President Donald Trump was due to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House.


Slovak PM-designate to rework cabinet list after president rejects proposals

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia's prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini said on Tuesday he would propose a new list of ministers on Wednesday after the president rejected his cabinet proposals.

Teachers and School Employees

Their Pay Has Stood Still. Now Oklahoma Teachers Could Be the Next to Walk.

After West Virginia, teachers in some other conservative states are protesting over pay and benefits, with a statewide strike looming in Oklahoma at the start of April.

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.

Van Jones rips death penalty proposal

CNN's Van Jones says he was encouraged by some of President Trump's proposals to fight the opioid epidemic but called the President's idea of the death penalty for some drug dealers "divisive" and "stupid."

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Trump to Visit New Hampshire to Present Opioid Plan

The plan calls for reducing the supply of illicit drugs with better interdiction and tougher penalties, reducing opioid prescriptions and overall demand, and expanding access to treatment.

United States International Relations

Before Saudi’s Visit, Administration Implores Congress Not to Block Military Aid

Even as the State Department weighs approval of more than $1 billion in new arms, lawmakers are pushing for a resolution that they say would prevent Washington from giving the Saudis “a blank check.”


Syria's Assad visits army in eastern Ghouta as rebels in talks

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited Syrian soldiers who appear close to defeating the last major opposition foothold near Damascus and met some of the many thousands of people uprooted during the government offensive.


‘S.N.L.’ Takes Aim at Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions and Rex Tillerson

In an episode hosted by Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live” addressed what has felt like round-the-clock firings and turmoil in the Trump administration.

Education (K-12)

Your Money: Teachers and Annuities: A Questionable Match and Hard Products to Shed

Charter schoolteachers in New Orleans were peddled problematic retirement plans and then faced onerous obstacles trying to change them.


Trump's back-to-back visitors unlikely to solve Gulf dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will beat a path to U.S. President Donald Trump's door in the next few weeks for back-to-back visits that are unlikely to solve a long-running dispute among America's Gulf allies.


BRIEF-U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin ‏Says He Visited Apple HQ With Apple CEO Cook - tweet ‍​


DeVos: On school safety, inaction is not an option

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has horrified our nation, and rightfully so. Such violence has no place in America's schools.

Lawmaker: Most teachers are women and 'scared of guns'

An Alabama lawmaker says he's against arming teachers because most are women and "are scared of guns."


North Korean foreign minister visits Sweden amid summit speculation

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - North Korea's foreign minister landed in Sweden on Thursday for talks, prompting speculation that the two-day trip could lay the groundwork for a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Barron Trump's school doesn't want armed teachers

The school attended by President Donald Trump's youngest son joined an open letter demanding the President pass gun legislation to protect students.


Florida education budget should be revised, superintendents say

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Florida school superintendents on Wednesday urged state legislators to hold a special session to revise the state's $88.7 billion budget, saying it bolsters school security after a deadly shooting in February but neglects basic education needs.


Review: ‘7 Days in Entebbe’ Revisits a Notorious Hijacking

Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike are among the stars of this new drama about a 1976 terrorist attack and rescue.


Russia's Putin, in home straight of election campaign, visits Crimea

THE KERCH STRAIT/SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Crimea on Wednesday, touting his annexation of the peninsula to voters days before an election all but guaranteed to deliver him a second consecutive term in power.


Italy's top pastry chef sweetens visits to the bank

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's top pastry chef, Iginio Massari, is banking on his latest patisserie to set a new trend, opening a shop full of sweet delights inside a branch of the country's biggest...


Slovenian schools closed as teachers strike for wage hikes

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Most schools and kindergartens in Slovenia were closed on Wednesday for the second time this year as teachers staged another one-day strike for higher wages.

Trump's visit reveals a California GOP in crisis

Psaki: Trump should fire Betsy DeVos

The secretary of education is rarely a household name in any administration. And when one is, it often isn't a good sign.

Trump will visit his border wall prototypes. Here's what he'll see

President Donald Trump on Tuesday will visit prototypes for his long-promised border wall, an opportunity to see in person what options his administration has tested for future construction -- if Congress approves any money to proceed.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Pressured by Trump, A.T.F. Revisits Bump Stock Rules

In repeatedly promising that bump stocks would be banned, President Trump may have opened his Justice Department to lawsuits.

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

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

Demonstrators in California protest Trump's upcoming visit

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered full-throated support for special counsel Robert Mueller and defended his investigation into Russian election meddling as it weathers criticism in an interview with USA Today published Monday.


A Visit Behind the Lines: President Trump Heads to California

Mr. Trump is making his first visit as president to California at a time of extraordinary tensions between these two governments.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Columnist: Will Betsy DeVos Expand the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

She keeps finding new ways to fail our kids.


USDA withdraws proposal to stiffen rules for organic egg farms

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture scrapped proposed rules on Monday that for the first time would have mandated specific space requirements for hens laying organic eggs and spelled out what it means for the birds to have access to the outdoors.

Tapper: Trump's proposal fell short

After President Donald Trump unveiled his initial proposal to prevent mass shootings at schools, CNN's Jake Tapper says the proposal bears little resemblance to the President's tone and ideas in the days following the shooting.

White House officials alarmed at education secretary's interview

White House officials were alarmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' struggle to answer basic questions about the nation's schools and failure to defend the administration's newly proposed school safety measures during a tour of television interviews Sunday and Monday, according to two sources familiar with their reaction.

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."

Education Secretary struggles to answer questions about schools in her home state

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbled her way through a tense portion of her interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night, struggling to answer some basic questions about schools in her home state of Michigan and admitting that she does not "intentionally" visit underperforming schools.

DeVos in the dark on school performance

During an interview on "60 Minutes," Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos admits that she doesn't know how the schools are doing in her home state of Michigan and hasn't visited any "underperforming" schools.


Trump to visit Boeing plant in Missouri to tout impact of tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will visit a Boeing Co plant in St. Louis on Wednesday to tout the impact of the tax overhaul bill signed into law in December, a White House official said on Sunday.


UPDATE 2-Trump to visit Boeing plant in Missouri to tout impact of tax overhaul

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will visit a Boeing Co plant in St. Louis on Wednesday to tout the impact of the tax overhaul bill signed into law in December, a White House official said on Sunday.

White House expected to unveil gun and school safety proposals

More than three weeks after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, the White House later Sunday is expected to unveil some proposals on guns and school safety.


Trump to visit Boeing plant in Missouri to talk about the tax overhaul -official

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will visit a Boeing Co plant in Missouri on Wednesday to talk about the impact of the tax overhaul bill signed into law in December, a White House official said on Sunday.


After visiting North Korea, South Korea officials to meet China, Japan leaders

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two senior South Korean officials who met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un last week will split up to visit the leaders of China and Japan this week to update them on the talks, a South Korean presidential official said on Sunday.

United States International Relations

Trump to Make First Visit as President to Latin America

The itinerary will include Peru, where President Trump will attend a summit meeting with leaders who have criticized his policies on immigration, and Colombia.


Trump to visit Peru, Colombia in April

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will travel to the Summit of the Americas in Peru and then visit Colombia in April, the White House announced on Saturday.

Espionage and Intelligence Services

British Investigators Visit Graves of Russian Ex-Spy’s Wife and Son

Days after Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious in Salisbury, England, chemical weapons specialists erected a tent around his son’s grave.

Education (K-12)

After Demanding Local Control, DeVos Finds That It Limits Her Influence

An ardent federalist, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is learning that leaving school policymaking to the states means not always getting what she wants.


Saudi Crown Prince signs off UK visit with push for fighter deal

LONDON/RIYADH (Reuters) - Britain and Saudi Arabia took a step closer to a multi-billion- pound arms deal on Friday, touching on the most inflammatory element of their relationship at the end of an official visit to London that has mixed warm diplomacy with angry street protests.


Talks turn to defense on final day Saudi crown prince's UK visit

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to London will turn to defense and security on Friday as he meets British defense minister Gavin Williamson, touching on the most contentious element of his trip: arms sales.


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.


British interior minister visits scene where Russian double agent collapsed

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain's interior minister on Friday visited the scene where a Russian double agent was found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center after being poisoned in a nerve agent attack.

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.

Teachers and School Employees

Op-Ed Contributor: Fed-Up Teachers Take Heart From West Virginia Strike

A statewide walkout has ended in West Virginia, but may mobilize other teachers to take action for better pay.

DeVos defends proposal to arm some teachers after Parkland visit

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is defending the proposal to allow certain teachers to be armed in schools, an idea pushed by President Donald Trump and some other Republicans.


U.S. sailors visit Vietnamese shelter for victims of Agent Orange

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) - Sailors from a U.S. aircraft carrier on Wednesday visited a Vietnamese shelter for people suffering from the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to destroy foliage.


Kushner to visit Mexico after Trump tirades, testy phone call

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, will visit Mexico on Wednesday and meet President Enrique Pena Nieto, amid strained relations over trade and Trump's demands that Mexico pay for a border wall.


Kushner to visit Mexico following latest Trump tirades

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, will visit Mexico on Wednesday and meet President Enrique Pena Nieto, the Mexican foreign ministry said, after a ratcheting up of tensions over trade and plans for a border wall.

Immigration and Emigration

Spooked by Trump Proposals, Immigrants Abandon Public Nutrition Services

Fearful of hurting their citizenship eligibility or being deported, families are said to be dropping out of the programs even before the administration’s immigration policies are in place.


West Virginia teachers' nine-day strike ends with 5 percent pay raise

(Reuters) - A nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers ended on Tuesday with state officials approving a 5 percent pay raise for all state workers, giving a boost to some of the lowest-paid educators in the country.

West Virginia teachers launched a movement

ER visits for opioid overdose up 30%, CDC study finds

The opioid epidemic in the United States shows no signs of slowing, according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All state employees in West Virginia, including striking teachers, to get 5% raise

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West Virginia agrees to 5 percent raise to end teachers' strike

(Reuters) - West Virginia officials agreed on Tuesday to a deal ending a teachers strike by raising pay for all state workers by 5 percent after more than a week of protests across the Appalachian state, the governor said.

Teachers and School Employees

Deal to Raise Pay May End West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

The governor and state legislative leaders said on Tuesday that they had agreed to raise teachers’ pay by 5 percent, a key demand in the statewide strike.

State Legislatures

Op-Ed Columnist: The Teachers Revolt in West Virginia

All over the United States, women are leading citizen rebellions.

Gun Control

Who Should Be Armed in Florida Schools? Not Teachers, Lawmakers Say. But Maybe Librarians.

After a debate on the State Senate floor on Monday, Republican legislative leaders backed off on arming most teachers, but voted to allow others in schools to carry guns.

Bribery and Kickbacks

Netanyahu, Visiting U.S., Is Stalked by Legal Troubles at Home

A third former aide turns state’s witness, diminishing hopes the Israeli prime minister may have held that his international role would overshadow the scandals at home.


Florida state Senate votes against arming most classroom teachers

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's Republican-controlled Senate voted on Monday to exclude most classroom teachers from a plan to allow school staff to carry firearms as part of a package of measures in response to a school shooting that took 17 lives last month.


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Florida lawmakers to vote on gun laws, arming teachers

(Reuters) - Florida's Senate will vote on Monday on some gun-related measures in response to last month's deadly school shooting, including a proposal to train and arm teachers, but lawmakers have rejected a call by some students to ban assault weapons in the state.


Review: In ‘Time No Line,’ John Kelly Revisits Decades of Diary Entries

Time runs in circles in Mr. Kelly’s autobiographical memory play at La MaMa.


Saudi minister sees deals with UK during crown prince's visit

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia expects to sign agreements with Britain covering a range of issues during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to London this week, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday.


Saudi crown prince visits Cairo Coptic cathedral, meets pope

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral on Monday in what state media said was an unprecedented visit by an official from the conservative Muslim kingdom.


UPDATE 1-Saudi minister sees deals with UK during crown prince's visit

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia expects to sign agreements with Britain covering a range of issues during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to London this week, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday.

Jon Stewart slams 9/11 proposal

Former late night host Jon Stewart joined advocates on Capitol Hill to ask White House budget director Mick Mulvaney to leave the World Trade Center Health Program alone.


Saudi expects range of deals with Britain during crown prince's visit

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia expects to sign agreements with Britain covering a range of issues during a visit to London this week by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday.


NYC Museums to Visit for $12 or Less

Don’t want to pay the Met’s $25 admission fee? Here’s a guide to free and low-cost museums in New York.


UPDATE 4-Visiting South Korean delegation meets North Korean leader Kim

* Delegation will aim to bring Pyongyang, Washington to talks


Oklahoma teachers might follow West Virginia in strike, walk outs

(Reuters) - Public schools in West Virginia remained closed today for the eighth instructional day and teachers in Oklahoma might be the next to walk out statewide, officials said.


U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam on landmark visit

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier arrived on Monday in Vietnam for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War, dramatically underscoring the growing strategic ties between the former foes at a time when China's regional influence is rising.


Crown prince signs $10 billion deal on mega-city during Cairo visit

CAIRO/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Egypt set up a $10 billion joint fund on Sunday to develop a planned mega-city, committing more than 1,000 square kilometers in the south Sinai, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.


Florida Senate rejects ban on assault weapons, votes to arm teachers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Senate rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons, and voted for a measure to arm some teachers, weeks after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history.


West Virginia teachers strike to go on over elusive pay deal

(Reuters) - West Virginia teachers said their strike would go on at least through Monday, as state lawmakers unraveled the governor's promise of a raise in a late Saturday night legislative session, union officials said.


Vietnam seeks to pacify China as landmark U.S. carrier visit signals warming ties

* USS Carl Vinson makes first US carrier visit to Vietnam since 1975

Teachers and School Employees

Op-Ed Contributor: In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise

Educators go on strike in a state where leaders have neglected their constituents.


MIT study that found low pay for Uber drivers to be revisited

(Reuters) - A Massachusetts Institute of Technology research group that this week reported nearly three-quarters of Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] and Lyft Inc drivers earned below minimum wage is revisiting its study after a tweeted challenge by Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi.


Mexico prepares to make arrests in disappearance of student teachers

(Reuters) - Mexican authorities are preparing to arrest dozens of people implicated in the kidnapping and alleged murder of 43 student teachers in southern Mexico more than three years ago, the prosecutor in charge of the case said on Friday.

Collective Bargaining

Editorial: West Virginia Teachers Give a Lesson in Union Power

While the Supreme Court considers crushing public sector unions, one group of workers is inspired by a tradition of solidarity.


Saudi Crown Prince to visit Egypt: official, airport sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman is to visit Egypt in his first public foreign trip since becoming crown prince last year, an Egyptian official and Cairo airport sources said on Friday.


West Virginia teachers strike on Friday amid stubborn pay dispute

(Reuters) - West Virginia teachers were set to strike for a seventh day on Friday as state lawmakers balk at the governor's promise to raise salaries that are close to the bottom for U.S. educators, the state Education Department said.

Education (K-12)

Trump Wants to Arm Teachers. These Schools Already Do.

Hundreds of school districts across the country have given staff access to guns, seeing the weaponry not as a political statement but a practical response to a potent threat.


Twitter seeks proposals to improve content quality on its platform

March 1 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Thursday sought help to improve the quality of conversations on its micro-blogging site in a bid to address rising criticism against social media companies for failing to protect users from online abuse and political manipulation.

5 great places to visit in March

March brings more moderate temperatures around the world, as the Northern Hemisphere enters spring and the Southern Hemisphere enters fall. That means that not only are many festivals and celebrations in full swing this month, but there are also plenty of pleasant destinations to visit sans the spring break crowds.

She saved a school from a gunman. Here's what she thinks about arming teachers

Antoinette Tuff was hailed as a hero for saving an entire school from a shooting. But she didn't brandish a gun to avert a would-be mass killer. She used love.


West Virginia schools stay closed, despite pay rise promise to striking teachers

(Reuters) - West Virginia schools will be closed again on Thursday, said the state education department, despite the state’s governor promising a pay increase to striking teachers.


Why This Tech Executive Says Her Plan to Disrupt Education Is Different

Susan Wu, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, has opened a school in Australia.

Watch Sen. Feinstein's reaction to Trump's gun proposal

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) erupted with glee after President Trump suggested an assault weapons ban should be included in a bipartisan bill on gun reform.

Striking teachers got a pay raise. They wanted affordable health care.

At 25, Samantha Nelson is fighting two battles -- one against cancer, and the other for a long-term fix to West Virginia's employee health insurance program.


Saudi crown prince's visit to U.S. to include several cities: source

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to travel to the United States for a visit from March 19 to the first week of April, a Saudi official said on Wednesday.


Putin to pledge higher health, education spending in Thursday speech: sources

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to promise higher welfare and infrastructure spending when he addresses parliament on Thursday, but to be unspecific about how the increase should be financed, four sources familiar with his proposals said.

Vitamin C

Diagnosis: A Painful Bruise Wouldn’t Heal. It Took Several Hospital Visits to Discover Why.

It started when a paint can fell on the patient’s foot. But it got worse and worse from there.


Lebanon's Hariri leaves for Riyadh on first visit since 'resignation'

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri left for Riyadh late on Tuesday, his media office said, for his first to the Saudi capital since he abruptly resigned there in November.


West Virginia teachers end four-day strike after pay raise agreement

(Reuters) - West Virginia teachers on Tuesday ended a four-day strike that had kept more than 277,000 students out of class, after the state's governor agreed to a 5 percent pay raise.

Disneyland (Anaheim, Calif)

By Day, a Sunny Smile for Disney Visitors. By Night, an Uneasy Sleep in a Car.

The cost of living is a particular challenge in Orange County, and some employees at Disneyland Resort say they struggle to make ends meet.

Education (K-12)

West Virginia Teachers’ Strike Ends With a Promise to Raise Pay

Union leaders said they accepted the governor’s promise of pay raises and a task force to tackle high insurance costs. Schools are set to reopen Thursday.

Interior secretary's NRA visit among trips being questioned

In September, women gun owners and enthusiasts from the National Rifle Association headed to a plush Four Seasons resort in Texas for an annual retreat and clay shooting at the Dallas Gun Club with one of the weekend's headliners: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Law and Legislation

Gun Control Bills, Including Program to Arm Teachers, Race Through Florida Legislature

Florida lawmakers are considering funding a voluntary program that would allow school staff, including teachers, to carry concealed weapons on campus.


BRIEF-RLJ Entertainment Announces Formation Of Special Committee To Review Proposal By AMC Networks


House Speaker signals he isn't supportive of proposals to impose new restrictions on gun purchases

House Speaker Paul Ryan signaled Tuesday he isn't supportive of the proposals to impose new restrictions on gun purchases, telling reporters "we shouldn't be banning guns for law abiding citizens."


TIMELINE-Fox, Disney and now Comcast - a timeline of Sky takeover proposals

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - U.S. cable giant Comcast has offered to buy Sky for $31 billion in a surprise move, posing another hurdle to tycoon Rupert Murdoch's attempts to buy the broadcaster.

SC lawmaker to give away guns to teachers

Why West Virginia teachers are fighting for better pay and benefits

Schools in West Virginia are closed for a fourth day Tuesday as nearly 20,000 teachers and about 13,000 school service personnel participate in a work stoppage.

Golden State Warriors swap White House visit for African-American history museum

Instead of visiting the White House Tuesday to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors will instead tour the National Museum of African-American History and Culture with local Washington students, all-star guard Klay Thompson said.


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.

Striking teachers feed their students

Teachers in West Virginia are striking for higher wages and better benefits, but not at the expense of hungry students.

Stephen Curry is right. No team should visit Trump's White House

Instead of visiting the White House, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the Golden State Warriors -- the reigning NBA champions -- will spend Tuesday in Washington with local youth on a private tour.


Trump to host France's Macron for state visit on April 24: White House

WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host French President Emmanuel Macron for a state visit on April 24, the White House said on Monday.


BRIEF-AMC Networks Announces Proposal To Acquire RLJ Entertainment


School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Op-Ed Contributor: My Teachers Saved Lives

Maybe heroism can’t be taught, but preparedness certainly can be. Every teacher should have training for a school shooting like mine did.

Ivanka Trump: Arming teachers 'not a bad idea'

President Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump says that the President's idea of arming teachers is "not a bad idea," but one that "needs to be discussed."

United States International Relations

Sharp Words Over Wall Halt Plans for Mexican President to Visit White House

A call between President Enrique Peña Nieto and President Trump descended into a quarrel over the wall, a topic that is fraying relations and blocking progress on vital issues.


Mexican president's visit to White House postponed after testy Trump call

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto postponed plans for the Mexican leader's first visit to the White House, after a testy phone call involving Trump's push for a border wall, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday.

Mexican President calls off visit after confrontational call with Trump about wall

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has called off an official trip to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump after a tense phone call brought the two leaders to a policy-driven standstill.

Trump says arming teachers could be up to states

President Donald Trump is doubling down on his support for the controversial idea of arming school teachers as a protective and preventive measure against school shootings, indicating that aspects of such a proposal could be "up to states."

No. 2 GOP senator breaks with Trump on gun proposal

The second-ranking Senate Republican broke with President Donald Trump on Friday when he told CNN that the President's proposal to raise the legal age to buy a rifle to 21 may not "save lives" and doesn't get at the "root of the problem."


Saudi, UAE, Qatari leaders to visit Trump in March, April

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in the next couple of months, U.S. officials said, amid efforts by Washington to try to resolve a dispute between the Gulf neighbors.

Teachers and School Employees

West Virginia Teachers Strike Over Salaries for Second Straight Day

Public schools across the state were closed as teachers protested their low salaries, which are 48th in the nation, and the high costs of health care.

Gun Control

Trump Condemns Florida Officer Who Didn’t Act; Sticks by Plan to Arm Teachers

“When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage, or something happened, but he certainly did a poor job,” President Trump said of the officer in Parkland.

This Texas school district already arms its teachers

While the nation debates whether teachers should carry guns to protect students from armed intruders, the question's already settled in one Texas school district, where educators have had firearms on campus for years.

School allows teachers to carry guns

While the nation debates whether teachers should carry guns to protect students from armed intruders, the question is already settled in one Texas school district, where educators have had firearms on campus for years. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.


South Korea says approved visit by sanctioned North Korean to pursue peace on peninsula

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said it approved the Winter Olympic visit by a sanctioned North Korean official, blamed for the deadly 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship, in the pursuit of peace and asked for public understanding.

In #ArmMeWith movement, teachers ask to be armed -- but not with guns

Teachers have taken to social media in the midst of a gun control debate following the Parkland, Florida, school shooting to push for an increase in classroom resources -- not the ability to carry guns in school.

Teachers are heading back to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

Teachers and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are heading back to campus Friday, more than a week after 17 people were killed there in a mass shooting.

Education (K-12)

West Virginia Teachers Walk Out Over Pay

Teachers from across the state converged on the Capitol to protest pay raises they say are too stingy.

Teachers and School Employees

‘Teachers Are Educators, Not Security Guards’: Educators Respond to Trump Proposal

Many teachers reacted with alarm at the idea they would be trained and armed.

Gun Control

Editorial: Let the Teachers Teach

Even police officers often fail to hit their target when they shoot. How much worse would such an unintended consequence be in a crowded school?


Trump emphasizes arming teachers as response to school shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday emphasized that he wants to see trained teachers able to carry concealed guns to ward off potential school shooters, and said he has recently spoken with the National Rifle Association about his ideas.

Armed, trained teachers should get bonuses, Trump says

President Donald Trump spent Thursday grappling with how to prevent more school massacres and address the gun debate gripping the country, offering solutions such as giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training.

Republican leaders silent so far on Trump's gun proposals

President Donald Trump is making a fresh -- if unexpected -- push for some gun law reforms following a tragic mass shooting last week in Florida, but it's not clear they will be embraced by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill nor rank-and-file conservatives who have long stood against diminishing gun rights.


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Would arming teachers be a 'deterrent' or 'a recipe for disaster'?

A suggestion to arm teachers is back in the spotlight this week in the wake of the Florida high school shooting after President Donald Trump raised the idea Wednesday.


Trump says arming some teachers would stop shootings 'instantly'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed his call to arm teachers following last week's school massacre in Florida, saying it would be limited to those with military or special training but "would solve the problem instantly."

Trump wants concealed guns for 'adept teachers'

President Donald Trump, after listening to a series of emotional stories and pleas to enhance school safety at the White House Wednesday, floated the idea of arming teachers and school staff, an idea that was met with support from many of the attendees.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Trump Says He Advocates Arming Only Teachers With Special Training

President Trump took to Twitter to say that he does not want to give all teachers guns to fight mass shootings, but give “concealed guns” to teachers with “military or special training experience.”

Teachers are not meant to carry AR-15s, student survivor says

Florida school shooting survivor Alfonso Calderon said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's suggestion of arming teachers and school staff with weapons to enhance school safety was a "terrible idea."


U.S. students protest over gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages.

Superintendent: Arm teachers with more money

Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie says there is no need to arm teachers with guns, and that they instead need more funding and support.


Trump says arming teachers could help prevent school massacres

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres like last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, voicing support for an idea backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights group.

Sandy Hook dad: Teachers shouldn't have to kill

Mark Barden, whose son was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, says teachers already have enough responsibility without adding use of lethal force to their job function.

Toobin: Insane to arm teachers with guns

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin says it is insane to think that arming all teachers in the US with guns is a good solution to stop school shootings.

Trump supports arming teachers with guns

President Donald Trump said that he supports the idea of arming school teachers and providing them training so they are in a position to fend off an attack at a school.

Korean Food (Cuisine)

Reporter’s Notebook: An Olympic Challenge: Eat All the Korean Food That Visitors Won’t

“It’s peak snow crab season right now,” the noted chef David Chang said. “I don’t know if people understand.” Our correspondent knew that, and much more.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

‘Is This the Day I Die?’: Teachers React to the Florida School Shooting

Teachers and other educators described to us what it’s like to teach amid lockdown drills and fear of attacks.

Queen Elizabeth's surprise visit to Fashion Week

A Swarovski-studded Queen Elizabeth II graced the front row of London Fashion Week, brushing shoulders with longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour, during a surprise visit to the event on Tuesday. The 91-year-old monarch, wearing a powder blue tweed dress and jacket by her personal advisor Angela Kelly, could be seen chatting with Wintour and clapping her black-gloved hands as models walked in British designer Richard Quinn's runway show.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

School Shootings Put Teachers in New Role as Human Shields

Around the country, teachers are reflecting on whether they are prepared to take a bullet for their students. “I think about it all the time,” one said.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Visits Florida Hospital That Treated School Shooting Victims

“It’s very sad something like that could happen,” a solemn Mr. Trump told reporters afterward.


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

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

Trump visits Florida hospital where many of the victims were treated

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, aiming to honor the victims of Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, visited Broward Health North Hospital on Friday, the hospital where many of the victims were treated.

Florida official rips Trump visit

Mark Bogen, the vice mayor of Florida's Broward County, said Friday that President Donald Trump's expected visit with the victims of the Parkland school shooting is "absolutely absurd."


BRIEF-Qualcomm Says Open To Discussions With Broadcom For Proposal That Reflects "True Value" Of Co's Shares



Lebanon speaker: U.S. proposal on Lebanon-Israel disputed waters 'unacceptable' - NNA

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri said on Friday that U.S. proposals regarding the disputed Lebanon-Israel maritime border were "unacceptable", state news agency NNA said.


Accused Florida gunman visited restaurants, store after killing: police

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


China angered as Indian PM visits disputed border region

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday expressed anger over a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the remote Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China also claims, and said India should stop any action that might complicate the dispute.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Do Israeli Students Need to Visit Auschwitz?

A controversial law in Poland provides an opportunity to reassess Israel’s relationship with the memory of the Holocaust.

Gun lobbyist helped write ATF official's deregulation proposal

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


Apple shareholders defeat two proposals at annual meeting

(Reuters) - Apple Inc shareholders at an annual meeting on Tuesday defeated two shareholder proposals: one asking the company to ease its rules for letting shareholders nominate directors to the board and another asking Apple to form a human rights commission.


North Korea warms to South Korea after visit, volume down on border propaganda

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader said he wants to boost the "warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue" with South Korea after his high-level delegation returned from a visit to the South, as his foes reiterated the need to keep up maximum pressure and sanctions.

Education Dept. no longer investigating transgender bathroom complaints

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education confirmed on Monday that the department is no longer investigating civil rights complaints from transgender students banned from using bathrooms conforming with their gender identity.


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

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


Visiting Egypt, Tillerson Is Silent on Its Wave of Repression

At the start of a weeklong tour of the Middle East, the secretary of state avoided criticism of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. But tensions remain.


White House releases 2019 budget proposal, seeks funds for wall, military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump released his second budget on Monday, seeking to bolster military spending and requesting funds for infrastructure, construction of a wall along the border with Mexico and opioid treatment programs.


Exclusive: IOC boss to visit North Korea after winter Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach plans to visit North Korea after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, cementing ties with the reclusive state which used the event to restart political dialogue with South Korea.


North Korea keeps mum on summit invite as its delegation completes South visit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held "frank and candid" talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean news agency said on Sunday, but it made no mention of the North's invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit.


North Korea keeps mum on summit invite as its delegation winds up South visit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held "frank and candid" talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean news agency said on Sunday, but it made no mention of the North's invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit.


Snowboarding: Flying Tomato's burger visit cheers up chef

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - When fast food chef Cha Gwen Sol added a one-million-won ($920) "Flying Tomato" burger to the menu of his Pyeongchang restaurant as an Olympic gimmick, he never expected the owner of the nickname, snowboarding star Shaun White, to turn up and order one.

Opinion: Time to revisit Black History Month?

It is a strange thing to celebrate Black History at this jagged, racially divided, moment in US history. Some of the passages from the 1968 Kerner Commission Report on race and racial violence in cities, for example, sound like they could have been written in our own moment.

Drugs (Pharmaceuticals)

Lower Drug Prices: New Proposals Carry Lots of Promises

The White House is considering a plan to lower out-of-pocket costs for people in Medicare drug plans, who often pay inflated prices for their drugs.


Tillerson to visit Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait from Feb. 11 to Feb. 16, the State Department said on Thursday.

Olympic icon: I wouldn't visit White House

Olympic diving gold medalist Greg Louganis talks about his hesitation to visit the White House if he were still competing.

Science and Technology

In Fight Over Science Education in Idaho, Lawmakers Move to Minimize Climate

On Wednesday, lawmakers in Idaho voted to gut their state’s science standards of all but a few mentions of climate change.

Valentine's Day

The Secret to a Perfect Wedding Proposal (Hint: It’s Not Valentine’s Day)

Valentine’s Day lends itself to showtime, not sincerity. Find a date that is more meaningful for you as a couple.


Canada's Trudeau to meet Amazon CEO Bezos during U.S. visit

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet Chief Executive Jeff Bezos on Thursday during a tour of three major U.S. cities this week to bolster support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is being renegotiated.

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

Olympic Games (2018)

Kim Jong-un’s Influential Sister to Visit South Korea for Olympic Ceremony

Kim Yo-jong will be the first immediate family member of North Korea’s ruling dynasty to set foot in South Korea.


North Korean leader's sister to visit South Korea for winter Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 28-year-old sister will make her debut on the world stage when she visits South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.


Puerto Rican Beltran to skip Astros' White House visit

(Reuters) - Recently retired Carlos Beltran will skip the Major League champion Houston Astros' visit to the White House, he said on Tuesday, citing family reasons while also criticising the United States government and agencies.

NFL player's reason for skipping WH visit

Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, says he will not attend the Eagles visit to the White House.


Ohio lawmakers approve redistricting reform proposal for voters

(Reuters) - Ohio lawmakers approved redistricting reform on Tuesday aimed at curbing gerrymandering by changing how electoral district boundaries are drawn to ensure they do not favor one political party over another.


BRIEF-Career Education Says Entered Into Settlement Agreement - SEC Filing



Puerto Rico governor announces public education overhaul

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor said his administration will unveil a broad education reform bill on Tuesday, which will include the introduction of school vouchers and charter schools to the bankrupt U.S. territory.


Hopes for talks grow with North Korea's ceremonial leader to visit South Korea for Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's ceremonial leader will make an unprecedented visit to South Korea this week, officials said on Monday, as hopes grow for high-level inter-Korean talks during the Winter Olympics that begin in four days.

Some Eagles players will boycott a visit to the White House

The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time in the franchise's history on Sunday, but several players have already indicated that they will not participate in the traditional White House visit, citing their opposition to President Donald Trump.


North Korea's ceremonial leader to visit South Korea amid hopes for high-level talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's ceremonial leader will visit South Korea this week as Seoul boosts hopes for high-level inter-Korean talks during the Winter Olympics that begin in four days.

North Korea

Top North Korean Official Will Visit South Korea During Olympics

Kim Yong-nam, 90, the oldest member of the North Korean leadership, is expected to meet South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in.

Chris Hemsworth wants you to visit Australia

Chris Hemsworth sits down with CNN Travel to talk about his "Crocodile Dundee"-themed Super Bowl ad and why he moved his family from L.A. back to Australia.


UPDATE 1-German coalition negotiators may drop proposal to abolish air transport tax - source

BERLIN, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Negotiators for a new grand coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats may drop a proposal to progressively abolish Germany's air transport tax, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Sunday.


North Korea's ceremonial leader to visit South Korea for Winter Olympics on February 9-11: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam will visit South Korea this week as the head of the country's high-level delegation for the Winter Olympics, Seoul's Unification Ministry said on Sunday.


Education sole response to militant violence: France's Macron

DAKAR (Reuters) - Education is the sole response to the global rise of religious and political extremism, French President Emmanuel Macron told a conference in Senegal on Friday where he pledged 200 million euros ($248 million) to support an international education fund.


U.S.'s Tillerson and Mexico's Videgaray talk security, migration on visit

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray on Friday and discussed security and migration, Mexico's government said.