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House panel expands probe of sexual abuse of young athletes


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee said Thursday it had sent requests for information to the U.S. Olympic Committee and 48 national governing bodies of various sports and Michigan State University, expanding the committee’s investigation into sexual abuse within organized sports. [Source]

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American teen Anisimova stuns Wang in Miami

(Reuters) - American teenager Amanda Anisimova, fresh off an impressive run at Indian Wells, beat China's Wang Qiang 6-3 1-6 6-2 at the Miami Open on Tuesday to set up a second round clash with Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza.

Holocaust denier is officially the GOP nominee in Chicago-area House race

A Holocaust denier is now officially the Republican nominee in a Chicago-area House race after running unopposed in Tuesday's primary.


Tennis: Tomic's return to court ends early in France

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic's bid to kick-start his career after slipping to 181st in the world hit a speed bump on Tuesday when the 25-year-old Australian was knocked out in the first round of a second-tier tournament in France.


France targets sexual harassment with on-the-spot fines

PARIS (Reuters) - France will announce a series of measures against sexual violence on Wednesday, including on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment on the street and extended deadlines for filing rape complaints.


'Don't mess with Marchionne', Wolff warns Formula One

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has warned that a breakaway series to rival Formula One is a "realistic" possibility if the championship's stakeholders fail to placate Ferrari in their long-term vision for the sport.

Cambridge Analytica contractor agrees to meet with House panel

A former Cambridge Analytica contractor and Facebook officials on Tuesday agreed separately to speak to Congress amid growing calls on Capitol Hill for the election data firm and the social media giant to explain how 50 million Facebook users' data was used in the 2016 election.


Johnson faces dangerous group at WGC-Dell Match Play

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson opens his WGC-Dell Match Play title defense in Texas on Wednesday in a dangerous group that includes fellow American Kevin Kisner, Canadian Adam Hadwin and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.


Exclusive: Cycling - X-ray trucks to be used at top races to detect motors

PARIS (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) will use X-ray equipped trucks on Grand Tour stages and leading classic races this season following an increase in concerns about riders using motors inside their bikes.


Senate committee urges action to prevent election hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just months before the country's next general election, U.S. senators said Russian cyber attacks on the voting system were unabated and called for urgent action and funding on Tuesday to help states battle foreign attempts to intervene in U.S. democracy.


Senate committee launches effort to prevent election hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday released its first draft recommendations on how to prevent foreign hacking of U.S. elections, calling on Congress to help states tighten security after spending more than a year investigating Russian attempts to target the voting system in the 2016 campaign.


Fifth device explodes in Texas; White House sees no link to terrorism

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, hastening investigators to seek the public's help in determining if there is any link to four homemade bombs that have rocked the state capital of Austin this month.


UPDATE 8-Fifth device explodes in Texas; White House sees no link to terrorism

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas, March 20 (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, hastening investigators to seek the public's help in determining if there is any link to four homemade bombs that have rocked the state capital of Austin this month.

NRA rips Florida GOP house speaker over gun control law

The National Rifle Association is criticizing Florida's Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran for his comments lauding the passage of gun control legislation and accusing him of "betrayal."

United States Politics and Government

Saudi Crown Prince Arrives at White House to Meet with Trump

The president has lavished praise on Mohammed bin Salman, who has rapidly consolidated his position as Saudi Arabia’s heir apparent.


At Work in Merce Cunningham’s Playhouse

Dancers from the Stephen Petronio Company are learning Cunningham’s “Signals” — and learning that a sense of play is essential to it.


Boxing-Injured Saunders postpones WBO title defense

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has postponed his title defense against Martin Murray next month after suffering a hand injury in training.


House Speaker Ryan says assured Trump won't fire Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday said he has been assured that fellow Republican President Donald Trump is not considering firing U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


McDonald's sets greenhouse gas reduction targets

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp on Tuesday announced an approved, science based target to cut greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change, saying it is the first restaurant company to do so.


World record holder Kimetto snubs London for Vienna Marathon

(Reuters) - World record holder Dennis Kimetto will run the Vienna City Marathon on April 22, organizers announced on Tuesday.


Tennis: Fever-Tree puts fizz back into Queens

LONDON (Reuters) - The makers of Fever-Tree mixer drinks are putting some fizz into the annual Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's Club with a three-year sponsorship deal announced on Tuesday.


Motor racing: Battling Bottas looks for a step up Down Under

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas knows he needs to step up his game from last season if he is to have any chance of keeping his place at Mercedes and has targeted a top-two finish at this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.


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Motor racing: Hamilton on top, but concern at grassroots level

BANBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain is on top of the world in Formula One, with Lewis Hamilton beginning his quest for a fifth championship in Australia this weekend, but there is concern at grassroots level.


Bouchard passes first test in Miami qualifying

(Reuters) - Canadian Eugenie Bouchard beat American wildcard Allie Kiick 6-2 6-2 to be among a parade of former top 20 players to win their first round qualifying matches at the Miami Open on Monday.


Teens who hide their sexual orientation have higher suicide risk

(Reuters Health) - Teens who hide their true sexual orientation are at higher risk for suicidal behaviors, a new study suggests.


Key EU lawmakers committee to query Juncker aide's promotion at hearing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament's budgetary control committee wants a senior EU Commission official to clarify the sudden promotion of its president's chief aide to the top of the EU civil service, underlining the continuing unease among lawmakers over the move.


U.S. bans transactions with Venezuela's digital currency: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order barring any U.S.-based financial transactions involving Venezuela's new petro cryptocurrency, as U.S. officials warned that it was a "scam" by President Nicolas Maduro's government to further undermine democracy in the OPEC country.


U.S.-Canada-Mexico World Cup bid unconcerned about anti-U.S. sentiment

(Reuters) - Soccer officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada said on Monday they were unconcerned about any anti-American feeling as they began their final push to host the 2026 World Cup.


Trump not moving to fire Mueller but is frustrated: White House

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is not moving to fire U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller but is frustrated by the length of the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the White House said on Monday.


U.S. blocks use of Venezuela's digital currency: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked the use of Venezuelan cryptocurrencies through an executive order prohibiting such transactions by those in the United States, the White House said in a statement.


Former GM, Microsoft CFO named senior White House policy official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former General Motors Co and Microsoft Corp Chief Financial Officer Christopher Liddell was named White House deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, officials said on Monday.


Soccer - 'Outrageous' Ronaldo has Messi in his sights

MADRID (Reuters) - After an uncharacteristically slow start to the season which provoked questions about his longevity, Cristiano Ronaldo has roared back to life with a torrent of goals and now has La Liga's top scorer award in his sights.

Books and Literature

Essay: Before #MeToo, There Was Catharine A. MacKinnon and Her Book ‘Sexual Harassment of Working Women’

Why did it take nearly four decades for the world to realize that she was right?

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Hashtag Open House

Influencers in Los Angeles and New York are saving us from dreary old open houses. Maybe you can get some cheap rent out of your Snapchat?


Tiger puts game back together bit-by-bit ahead of Masters

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods came up short in his bid for a comeback win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday but a promising performance for a second week in a row looks like sending him off to next month's U.S. Masters with growing confidence.


Triumphant Osaka draws Serena Williams in first round at Miami

(Reuters) - Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka will have little time to celebrate in her first career victory with the Japanese drawing eight-time champion Serena Williams in the first round of next week's Miami Open.


Del Potro ends Federer's streak to win Indian Wells title

(Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points in a thrilling final at the BNP Paribas Open before handing world number one Roger Federer his first loss of the year and claiming his maiden Masters 1000 title on Sunday.


White House lawyer says Trump is not considering firing Mueller

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

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels

Ignoring the advice of aides over how to deal with the special counsel was the decision of a president who ultimately trusts only his own instincts.


Trump to unveil opioid plan seeking death penalty for drug dealers: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Monday to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging Congress to toughen sentencing laws for drug traffickers, White House officials said on Sunday.


McIlroy blitzes Bay Hill back nine to end title drought

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy staged a spectacular back nine charge to claim a three shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, collecting his first PGA Tour win since 2016 and putting himself among the red-hot favorites for the U.S. Masters.


White House officials made to sign non-disclosure agreements: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ordered senior staff after they joined the White House to sign non-disclosure agreements following several leaks in the early months of his administration, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.


Osaka dominates Kasatkina for career-first title

(Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka claimed her first career title with a commanding 6-3 6-2 victory over Russian Daria Kasatkina in a battle of 20-year-olds at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.


Masterpiece Rental: My Life in the ‘American Gothic’ House

I laughed when I saw it, exactly as Grant Wood had depicted it. Now “the world’s second most famous White House” was mine — for $250 a month.


Dovizioso pips Marquez to win MotoGP opener in Qatar

(Reuters) - Italian Andrea Dovizioso won the Qatar Grand Prix for Ducati by the blink of an eye on Sunday as MotoGP served up a season-opening thriller at the floodlit Losail circuit.

Every job is safe in White House -- until it's not

What some view as chaos in the White House is actually a streamlining and synchronization of President Donald Trump's senior team. Much like the drama of a season finale of "The Apprentice," Trump is taking bold steps to shape a staff with strong adherence to his policies and stronger allegiance to him.


Dovizioso wins MotoGP opener in Qatar

(Reuters) - Italian Andrea Dovizioso won MotoGP's season-opening Qatar Grand Prix for Ducati on Sunday after a thrilling duel down to the line with Honda's reigning champion Marc Marquez.


Shi beats Lin to win All England badminton final

(Reuters) - Seventh seed Shi Yuqi beat compatriot Lin Dan to win an all-Chinese final of the All England Open badminton championships in Birmingham on Sunday.


Jamaica's Blake sees Commonwealth Games as step to build on Bolt's legacy

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Next month's Commonwealth Games will be Yohan Blake's chance to build on Usain Bolt's "legacy" and step out of the track great's shadow, the former 100 meters world champion said on Sunday.


Stenson holds one-shot lead at Bay Hill, Woods five back

(Reuters) - Henrik Stenson held a one-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau with big names Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler pushing into contention and Tiger Woods five shots back after the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday.


Federer survives scare, to face Del Potro in Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer survived a scare from unseeded Borna Coric to beat him 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday and set up a final showdown with Juan Martin del Potro who cruised to a 6-2 6-3 win over Milos Raonic.


Vergne stretches Formula E lead with victory in Uruguay

(Reuters) - French driver Jean-Eric Vergne won Uruguay's Formula E round in Punta del Este from pole position on Saturday to stretch his overall lead in the all-electric series to 30 points.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility

The president’s latest made-up statement renewed the question: When does he know the things he says are false and when is he simply misinformed?


Federer survives scare to advance to Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer survived a scare from unseeded Borna Coric to beat him 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals on Saturday and keep his bid for a record sixth Indian Wells title alive.


U.S. government to accept metals tariffs exclusion requests from Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said it will begin accepting requests on Monday for product exclusions from President Donald Trump's new steel and aluminum import tariffs, but it could take up to 90 days for the agency to make determinations.

Comedy and Humor

Loose Ends: Daily Affirmations From the White House

Sometimes the right mantra is what you need to put everything in perspective.


Zarco takes pole for MotoGP's Qatar opener in record time

(Reuters) - Frenchman Johann Zarco took the first pole position of the MotoGP season for the non-works Tech3 Yamaha team on Saturday with a record lap around Qatar's floodlit Losail circuit.


Cycling: Nibali claims thrilling Milan-San Remo win

SAN REMO, Italy (Reuters) - Vincenzo Nibali timed his move to perfection to claim the Milan-San Remo "Monument" classic as he just held off the sprint specialists over 291 km on Saturday.


Morocco plans to spend $15.8 billion if it gets 2026 soccer World Cup

CASABLANCA (Reuters) - Morocco has proposed using 14 stadiums and budgeting to spend 15.8 billion dollars on infrastructure if it wins the right to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2026, the country's bid committee announced at a news conference on Saturday.


Iraqi PM welcomes FIFA decision to lift ban on Iraqi stadiums

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi welcomed a decision from soccer's world governing body FIFA to lift a ban on hosting competitive international soccer matches at stadiums in three Iraqi cities.


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

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


Warriors Durant to miss two weeks with rib fracture

(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks of the NBA season after an MRI on Friday revealed a fractured rib in the latest injury setback for the shorthanded defending champions.

United States Politics and Government

No Heads Rolled at the White House Friday (So Far). But Anxiety Abounds.

The lack of any resolution to the relentless reports of coming firings is leaving many of the president’s top advisers in limbo.


Raonic outlasts Querrey, to face Del Potro in semis

(Reuters) - Milos Raonic overcame his frustrations to outlast Sam Querrey and advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a 7-5 2-6 6-3 victory on Friday while Juan Martin del Potro found his form late to down Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Analysis: 6 signs you're going to lose your White House job

If job security is priority, then joining the Trump administration probably isn't for you.


Next to exit Trump White House? Odds favor McMaster, online bookie says

(Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2.


Stenson, DeChambeau share second-round lead at Palmer

(Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau closed out his second round with a birdie to join Henrik Stenson at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard on Friday as Tiger Woods struggled in his bid for a record ninth Bay Hill title.


Horse racing: BHA to investigate deaths of six horses at Cheltenham

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to investigate the deaths of six horses at this week's Cheltenham Festival, including four on the final day.


Canada's De Grasse pulls out of Commonwealth Games

(Reuters) - Canadian triple Olympic sprint medalist Andre De Grasse has withdrawn from next month's Commonwealth Games to concentrate on his fitness for the outdoor season, he said on Friday.


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Microsoft hits back at claims it ignored sexual harassment

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A senior executive said Microsoft Corp thoroughly investigates issues raised by women in the workplace and fired about 20 employees last year over complaints of sexual harassment as the company seeks to counter claims that it treats female workers unfairly.


VAR will be used at Russia World Cup, says FIFA

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Video assistant referees (VARs) will be used at the World Cup for the first time when the finals get underway in Russia in June, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.


Academy of Motion Pictures chief accused of sexual misconduct: reports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the organization that hands out the Oscars, has been accused of sexual misconduct, Hollywood trade publications reported on Friday.


White House seeks to allay staff concerns about personnel changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly assured aides to President Donald Trump on Friday that no immediate personnel changes were in the works, as he sought to tamp down a wave of uncertainty generated by persistent indications Trump wants more turnover.


Horse racing: Native River wins Cheltenham Gold Cup duel

LONDON (Reuters) - Native River, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup after beating 4-1 favorite Might Bite in an almighty duel on Friday.


Stenson, DeChambeau share early second-round lead at Palmer

(Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau collected a birdie on his last hole to grab a share of the early second-round lead alongside Henrik Stenson at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Friday, as Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler all moved into contention.


Sharapova withdraws from Miami Open with forearm injury

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's troubled start to the season has continued with the Russian having to withdraw from the Miami Open due to a left forearm injury, tournament organizers said on Friday.

Just as Trump urged, Tarkanian drops Senate challenge to run for House seat

Danny Tarkanian is dropping his bid to unseat Nevada Sen. Dean Heller in the Republican primary and running for a House seat instead.

Pennsylvania race shakes up the battle for the House

The results of Tuesday's special election in western Pennsylvania offer an ominous sign for Republican hopes of defending the House this fall. CNN is making changes to its rating of 17 House races -- all of them in the direction of the Democrats.


Runaway chair lift injures skiers at Georgian resort

(Reuters) - At least eight people were injured when a malfunctioning ski lift hurled people from their seats in the Georgian ski resort of Gaudari on Friday, local media reported.

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

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


White House says no decision on whether to sign U.S.-Taiwan travel bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has not decided whether he will sign legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, the White House said on Thursday, as China repeated its opposition.


Haas calls time on career spanning more than two decades

(Reuters) - Former world number two Tommy Haas officially announced his retirement from tennis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Thursday, ending a career that spanned more than two decades.


Ruthless Federer sends Chung packing, faces Coric next

(Reuters) - South Korean Chung Hyeon managed to hang around against Roger Federer a little longer this time around, but only just, as the Swiss maestro advanced to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open 7-5 6-1 on Thursday.


Motor racing - Hamilton, Vettel ready to fight for high five

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One fans will be hearing a lot about Juan Manuel Fangio this season as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel battle to match the late Argentine's 1950s feat of five world championships.


Motor racing - Bottas has a big year ahead of him

LONDON (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas could be fighting for his Formula One future this season but the Finn says he feels less pressure than last year when he joined champions Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton's team mate.


Motor racing - Teenager Stroll is now the face of experience at Williams

LONDON (Reuters) - Lance Stroll is still Formula One's youngest driver but the 19-year-old Canadian will also be his Williams team's most experienced man on the starting grid this season.


Venus through to Indian Wells semis, faces Kasatkina

(Reuters) - Venus Williams swept aside Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-2 on a windy afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday to set up a semi-final against rising Russian Daria Kasatkina, who beat Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 earlier in the day.


F1 breaks new ground with first global marketing campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One is distancing itself further from the Bernie Ecclestone era by launching a paid-for global marketing campaign for the first time.

White House won't say if Putin is a friend or a foe

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wouldn't say Thursday whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was a friend or a foe, telling reporters: "Russia is going to have to make that determination."

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

James Levine, Fired Over Abuse Allegations, Sues the Met Opera

The lawsuit states that Mr. Levine denies the accusations of abuse. It paints his firing as a result of a longstanding plan to oust him from the Met.


Stenson on top at Palmer Invitational but Woods on prowl

(Reuters) - Henrik Stenson turned in a sizzling eight-under 64 to grab the first round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, while Tiger Woods was back near the top of the leaderboard and on the prowl for a ninth Bay Hill title.


Coric battles back to upset Anderson at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Croatian young gun Borna Coric battled back from 4-2 down in the third set to fell world number nine Kevin Anderson 2-6 6-4 7-6(3) and advance to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday.


North American 2026 World Cup bid picks 23 potential host cities

(Reuters) - The New York/New Jersey area, Los Angeles, Toronto and Mexico City are among the 23 candidate host cities for the joint United States, Canada and Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, bid officials said on Thursday.

White House: Trump was joking about Japanese bowling ball test

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump was joking when he said Wednesday that Japan uses bowling balls to test the safety of imported cars.

White House won't say if Putin is friend or foe

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says it is up to Russia to determine whether they are a friend or foe.


Meredith moves to sell Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated titles: sources

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Meredith Corp has hired advisers to explore a sale of its Time, Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated magazines following its $1.84 billion acquisition of Time Inc in January, people familiar with the matter said.


Sexual orientation top risk for suicidal thoughts in college freshmen

(Reuters Health) - Nearly one third of first-year college students have thought about suicide, according to a study across eight countries, and non-heterosexual identity or feelings were the biggest risks for this kind of thinking or behavior.


McLaren say Ferrari broke agreement with Mekies move

LONDON (Reuters) - McLaren took issue with Ferrari and Formula One's governing body on Thursday after the Italian team hired a top technical official from the FIA.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: ‘There Will Always Be Change,’ Trump Says as More Personnel Shake-Ups Loom

The president, who is famously fickle, appears to have soured on additional members of his senior leadership team, and some people around him are convinced he could make more moves soon.


Woods back in contention at happy hunting ground

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods was back at one of his favorite events and near the top of the leaderboard after carding a rock solid four-under 68 to sit one off the early first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday.


Thiem withdraws from Miami Open due to injury

(Reuters) - World number six Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the Miami Open due to an ankle injury, with the Austrian hoping to return for the claycourt season in Europe next month.


House will not pass current Senate bill easing bank rules: Hensarling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will not approve a bill easing bank rules passed by the Senate without additional provisions that would further relax regulations introduced after the 2007-2009 financial crisis, a leading lawmaker said on Thursday.


Chicago pulls out as potential host city for 2026 World Cup

(Reuters) - Chicago has joined Vancouver in pulling out of the chance to be a host city in a joint United State-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, citing uncertainty over potential costs and FIFA's inflexibility.


Sports court upholds four-year ban for Polish weightlifter Zielinski

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday confirmed a four-year period of ineligibility for Tomasz Zielinski, a Polish weightlifter who tested positive for a banned substance two years ago.


White House seeks to make personal income tax cut permanent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are seeking to make temporary personal income tax cuts passed last year permanent, White House spokesman Raj Shah said on...


This Artist’s House Is Not a Home

On the eve of a major exhibition, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, whose art often examines interior spaces, prepares to leave the London flat where he’s lived and worked for 40 years.


Rossi to race on into his 40s after signing new deal

(Reuters) - Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the factory Yamaha team into his 40s.


Trump touts new White House economic adviser Kudlow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday named conservative commentator Larry Kudlow as his choice to lead the National Economic Council, one day after the CNBC contributor made the announcement on-air.


Japan recall Honda for World Cup tune-ups, Okazaki omitted

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan recalled midfielder Keisuke Honda on Thursday for their World Cup warm-up matches against Mali and Ukraine in Belgium later this month.


Out of the Doghouse, Into the Bed

Researchers found that with a dog in the bedroom, both the humans and the dogs slept reasonably well.


Halep prevails at windy Indian Wells, meets Osaka in semis

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep overcame strong winds and a determined Petra Martic to advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a three-set victory on Wednesday.


Federer fends off Frenchman Chardy at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday.


Freestyle skiing: Korean moguls skiers banned for sexual harassment

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two male South Korean moguls skiers who competed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have been banned for life after female team mates complained of being sexually harassed at an event in Japan, the Korea Ski Association (KSA) has said.


Motor racing: F1 rookie Leclerc steps up to the big time

LONDON (Reuters) - Charles Leclerc will have two men in mind, their memories living on as a source of strength and support, when he makes his Formula One race debut for Sauber in Australia next week.


Motor racing: Alonso ready to fight on two fronts

LONDON (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso faces the busiest year of any Formula One driver but the Spaniard has played down fears he could be spreading himself too thin by competing in two world championships at once.


Motor racing: Ocon focuses on future after the fireworks

LONDON (Reuters) - Esteban Ocon says Force India need have no concerns about any repeat of last year's clashes between him and Mexican team mate Sergio Perez when the Formula One season starts in Australia next week.


Motor racing: New dad Perez sees career-determining year ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Fatherhood has changed Sergio Perez's life since the end of last season and the Mexican hopes the coming year in Formula One could be just as transformative on the track.

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Senate Passes Bill Loosening Banking Rules, but Hurdles Remain in the House

The Senate, in a rare show of bipartisanship, voted 67 to 31 to ease some financial rules imposed after the 2008 financial crisis.


Halep prevails in three sets to advance to semi-finals

(Reuters) - Romanian world number one Simona Halep overcame strong winds and a determined Petra Martic of Croatia to advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a three-set victory on Wednesday.


Vancouver out as potential 2026 World Cup host city

(Reuters) - Vancouver will not be part of Canada's bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup with the United States and Mexico after the province balked at signing a contract amid concerns about unpredictable costs.

Senator: House Intel outcome gift to Putin

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut slammed Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for ending their probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying that this conclusion was a gift to both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.


House Republicans set March 22 vote on their Russia report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they would vote on their report on the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election just 10 days after announcing they were wrapping up the probe.

Lawmakers knock White House for lackluster security clearance response

A pair of bipartisan lawmakers faulted the White House for a lackluster response to a letter requesting information on security clearance procedures on Wednesday.


School safety bill passes House, no action on gun control

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved spending more money on metal detectors, locks and other school security measures on Wednesday, but took no steps to tighten gun control laws a month after a Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people.


Golf: Tournament of Champions to launch 2019 LPGA season

(Reuters) - The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, a winners-only event, will open the 2019 LPGA Tour season in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced on Wednesday.

United States Politics and Government

Conor Lamb Wins Pennsylvania House Seat and Shows Democrats the Way Into Trump Country

Democrat Conor Lamb’s performance in a Southwestern Pennsylvania House race rattled Republicans and showed Democrats how to win back Trump voters.

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Who Is Conor Lamb, Winner in a Special House Race in Pennsylvania?

A Democrat and first-time candidate, Conor Lamb comes from a political family and has a military background — a résumé tailor-made for Southwestern Pennsylvania.


Kudlow says Trump to name him top White House economic adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. television commentator and conservative economic analyst Larry Kudlow said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump had picked him to replace Gary Cohn as the top White House economic adviser.


U.S. House passes bill to help schools combat gun violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to help schools and local law enforcement prevent gun violence, one month after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.


Red Bull may be fastest in Melbourne, says Hamilton

(Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton suspects Red Bull may have the fastest car on the Formula One starting grid at next week's Australian season-opener.


Garcia names daughter Azalea after Augusta's 13th hole

(Reuters) - Every time Sergio Garcia says his daughter's name, the U.S. Masters champion will be reminded of the moment which kept alive his hopes of winning his first major title.


Trump would sign Republican bill on school safety, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is ready to sign a bill aimed at preventing school violence like the mass shooting that killed 17 in Florida last month, which would boost funding for coordination between schools and law enforcement and which the House of Representatives is poised to pass later on Wednesday.


U.S. pressing China to cut trade surplus by $100 billion: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with the United States by $100 billion, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday, clarifying a tweet last week from President Donald Trump.


Russia soccer official shrugs at British government World Cup boycott: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - It does not matter if British officials boycott the soccer World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia, Interfax news agency cited Russian Football Union Vice President Nikita Simonyan as saying on Wednesday.


Motor racing: FIA safety director Mekies to join Ferrari F1 team

LONDON (Reuters) - Laurent Mekies, the governing FIA's head of safety, will join Ferrari on Sept. 20, the Formula One team announced on Wednesday.


Alpine skiing: Italy's Goggia pips Vonn for downhill title, Feuz wins men's

(Reuters) - Italy's Olympic champion Sofia Goggia won the women's World Cup downhill title by three points on Wednesday despite finishing second to Lindsey Vonn at the season-ending showpiece in Are.


Norwegian wins Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska: 9 days, 12 hours

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A Norwegian musher won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early on Wednesday, notching the third victory ever for his home country in the 46-year history of the annual 1,000-mile (1609-km) trek across Alaska's wilderness.


Sailing: Spithill relishes Italian adventure and beast of a challenge

LONDON (Reuters) - Twice America's Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill says the lure of Italy and the challenge of sailing a cutting-edge monohull 'beast' were behind his decision to return to the competition with Luna Rossa Challenge.


Wozniacki loses in Indian Wells, Halep advances

(Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki blew any chance she had to overtake Simona Halep as world number one after losing 6-4 7-5 to Darya Kasatkina in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.

Message for Republicans? 'The House is on fire'

The race for Pennsylvania's 18th District was a nail-biter. CNN political analysts explain what the special election means for the November midterms.


Pennsylvania House Race, in a District Trump Won by 20 Points, Is Too Close to Call

A special House election in western Pennsylvania ended the night too close to call, with Conor Lamb, a Democrat, and Rick Saccone, a Republican, separated by a few hundred votes.


BRIEF-Walmart to expand online grocery delivery to more than 40 pct of U.S. households by end of 2018



Motor racing - Love it or loathe it, Formula One has a halo

LONDON (Reuters) - It is safe to say that Formula One's clunky 'halo' head protection device, the most obvious novelty of the 2018 season, has divided opinion.


House Democrats vow to continue Russia probe, issue own report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would keep investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, despite a decision by Republicans on the panel to shut down the probe.


UPDATE 1-U.S. House Democrats vow to continue Russia probe, issue own report

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would keep investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, despite a decision by Republicans on the panel to shut down the probe.


Norwegian jumps to lead of famed Iditarod sled dog race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A Norwegian musher was poised on Tuesday to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and notch the third victory ever for his home country in 46 years of the annual 1,000-mile (1609-km) trek across Alaska's wilderness.

United States Politics and Government

Republican Leading House’s Russia Inquiry Softens a Key Finding

Representative K. Michael Conaway of Texas had said the Russians hadn’t favored Donald J. Trump’s candidacy. But on Tuesday, he said it was a matter of interpretation.


Kohlschreiber stuns Cilic at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Philipp Kohlschreiber upset second seed Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 to advance to the fourth round in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.


Woods brings comeback to happy hunting ground at Bay Hill

ORLANDO (Reuters) - Tiger Woods takes his rousing comeback tour to one of his favorite haunts - Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill layout, where the 14-times major winner has triumphed eight times.


White House hosts meeting on Gaza crisis without Palestinians present

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday hosted 19 nations, including Israel and Arab Gulf states, to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but the Palestinian Authority boycotted the meeting, angered by the Trump administration's policies on Jerusalem.


Woods and Els named as Presidents Cup captains

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods and Ernie Els shifted their decades-long friendly rivalry onto the international stage as they were officially named captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup on Tuesday.

As numbers roll in, White House and Republican leaders are 'very' worried Saccone will lose


Halep beats Wang to reach Indian Wells quarter-finals

(Reuters) - World No.1 Simona Halep overcame a sluggish start to beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1 at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday and book a quarter-final against Petra Martic in the California desert.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: As White House’s Revolving Door Whirls, Chaos Is the Only Constant

Anyone looking for a pattern should focus squarely on the man behind the desk in the Oval Office. “I like conflict,” President Trump said.


White House shakeup shows Trump tired of hearing 'no' for an answer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost 14 months into Donald Trump's turbulent White House tenure, loyalists are in, dissenters are out and the president himself is acting on his own instincts more swiftly than ever to make decisions on policies from trade to North Korea.

White House fires top Tillerson aide

Hours after his boss, Secretary of Rex Tillerson, was ousted Steve Goldstein, the under secretary of Public Affairs at the State Department has been fired.


5 Women Accuse the Architect Richard Meier of Sexual Harassment

Five women told The Times that Mr. Meier sexually harassed them. In response, he announced a six-month leave as founder and managing partner of his firm.


Golf: Garcia delivers thoughts on Masters while wife gives birth

(Reuters) - Winning a Masters did not change Sergio Garcia but the Spaniard was poised to have his life turned upside down on Tuesday as he discussed his Green Jacket defense while in a Texas hospital awaiting the birth of his first child.


Cycling: Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Milan-San Remo

SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski claimed the Tirreno-Adriatico week-long race as he retained the overall leader's blue jersey after the final individual time trial on Tuesday.


Tennis: Former Olympic doubles champion Flach dies, aged 54

LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis was mourning the death of former Wimbledon and Olympic doubles champion Ken Flach on Tuesday after the governing body of men's tennis, ATP, confirmed that the American had died at the age of 54.

Elections, House of Representatives

Pennsylvania’s Special House Election: What to Watch For

The race for a vacant House seat in a red district near Pittsburgh has evolved into the latest test of whether Democrats can make inroads with Trump voters.


UKAD tells athletes not to refuse tests over discontinued kits

(Reuters) - UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has told British athletes not to refuse drugs tests if they are given collection kits that have recently been discontinued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Trump gets gift from Republicans on House panel probing Russia election meddling

Donald Trump's friends on Capitol Hill have delivered.


Pyeongchang Paralympics sets new record for ticket sales

(Reuters) - The Pyeongchang Paralympics have set a new record for ticket sales, crossing 320,531 on Tuesday to break previous mark set in Sochi four years ago, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said in a statement.


Venus cuts Serena's comeback short at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Venus Williams cut her sister Serena's comeback to tennis short with a 6-3 6-4 win in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Monday.


Golf - Players champion Kim eager to defend title

SEOUL (Reuters) - After becoming the youngest golfer to win The Players Championship in 2017, South Korea's Kim Si-woo has now set his sights on being the first to successfully defend the title when he returns to TPC Sawgrass in May.


Motor racing-Liberty starts second season with bumpy road ahead

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

GOP House member: Intel Committee has 'lost all credibility'

After the House intelligence committee announced it was shutting down its probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a Republican who sits on it said he believes the committee has lost its credibility.


Man City defeat cannot define Stoke's season, says Lambert

(Reuters) - Stoke City cannot let Monday's 2-0 Premier League defeat by runaway leaders Manchester City define their season and must seek a response when they play Everton this weekend, manager Paul Lambert has said.

United States Politics and Government

Despite Mueller’s Push, House Republicans Declare No Evidence of Collusion

House Intelligence Committee Republicans are ending their investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, saying the Trump campaign did not collude with the Kremlin.

House Republicans break with intel community and say they found no evidence of collusion

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced Monday they found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and that they are shutting down their yearlong investigation.


Republicans shut down House Russia probe over Democratic objections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Intelligence Committee Republicans said on Monday the panel had finished investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, and found no collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow's efforts to influence the vote.


U.S. House panel probes corruption allegations at Puerto Rico utility

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Monday issued a letter seeking answers to allegations of corruption at Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility, including reports that some officials accepted bribes to restore power to exotic dance clubs ahead of schedule.

Tillerson goes farther than White House and condemns Russia for UK nerve agent attack

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a harsh condemnation of Russia following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom last week, going further than the White House's response stopping short of pinning blame for the attack on Moscow.

United States Politics and Government

White House Aides Blur the Legal Lines Between Partisans and Public Servants

At least eight complaints have been filed against White House officials since President Trump’s inauguration for potential violations of the Hatch Act.


Federer cruises past Krajinovic at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer needed less than an hour to dispatch Filip Krajinovic at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Monday, mixing overpowering serves and pinpoint groundstrokes to advance to the fourth round of the tournament.

Domestic Violence

Op-Ed Contributor: Should an Abused Wife Be Charged in Her Husband’s Crime?

The link between domestic violence and mass shootings raises questions about what legal responsibility we load on abuse victims.


Wozniacki stays on track to reclaim top ranking with scrappy win

(Reuters) - Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki kept alive hopes of regaining the world number one ranking with a scrappy 6-4 2-6 6-3 third round win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Monday.

Read: Summary of initial GOP findings in House Russia probe


Russia: British threats to boycott World Cup over spy attack hurt ties, sport - Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Monday British threats to boycott the 2018 soccer World Cup over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England would damage ties with Moscow and hurt world sport, Interfax news agency reported.


White House expects North Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it fully expects an unprecedented meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to take place, even though Pyongyang has yet to comment publicly on the possibility.


Trump to meet Saudi crown prince on March 20: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 20 at the White House, Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday.


Golf: Els to captain Internationals at 2019 Presidents Cup

(Reuters) - South African Ernie Els will be captain of the International team for next year's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, a source told Reuters on Monday.


137 House Democrats sign letter urging action against Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Over two-thirds of U.S. House of Representatives Democrats urged President Donald Trump to enact sanctions on Russia, the latest push by lawmakers for a response to investigators' findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

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.


British pedophile ring abused 1,000 children: newspaper

LONDON (Reuters) - Pedophiles in central England abused up to 1,000 girls, some as young as 11, over a four-decade period, the Sunday Mirror newspaper reported.


Greece suspends fixtures after soccer boss takes gun onto pitch

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece indefinitely suspended its Superleague soccer fixtures on Monday after the owner of the club PAOK Salonika was filmed wearing a gun holster as he strode onto the pitch to protest about a disallowed goal.


Rallying: Ogier stripped of bonus points at Rally Mexico

(Reuters) - Championship leader Sebastien Ogier's M-Sport team have appealed after the Frenchman was stripped of four bonus points from Sunday's Rally Mexico, leaving him four clear of Hyundai's Thierry Neuville in the standings.


Women, Art and the Houses They Built

The installation called Women House recalls the birth of feminist art and highlights a new generation’s take on issues of domesticity.


South Korea's ruling party reels from more sex abuse allegations, vows 'zero tolerance'

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean lawmaker submitted his resignation to the National Assembly on Monday and abandoned ambitions to become Seoul's mayor, becoming the latest casualty in a spate of embarrassing allegations against members of the ruling party.


Greece vows 'bold decisions' on soccer after PAOK boss enters field armed

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's sports minister promised to take 'bold decisions' on Monday after the owner of soccer team PAOK went onto the pitch while apparently armed to protest over a disallowed goal during a match with another Greek team, AEK.


Babies' bodies found in bottles in house in Japan: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Termite exterminators working on a house renovation in the Japanese capital uncovered the bodies of several babies preserved in bottles, some with umbilical cords still attached, Kyodo news agency said on Monday.

As gun control efforts paused, House to vote on school safety bill this week

The US House of Representatives is set to vote this week on a bill to give money for more security at schools, as the nation's lawmakers continue to search for legislative solutions to gun violence that can pass the Legislative Branch.

Saudi Arabia

Saudis Said to Use Coercion and Abuse to Seize Billions

As the Saudi crown prince comes to the U.S. to court investment, new details cast doubts on his claims of a transparent, legal anti-corruption effort.


Top seed Halep survives, Anisimova earns fourth round spot

(Reuters) - Top seed Simona Halep narrowly avoided an upset in the BNP Paribas Open third round on Sunday, digging deep for a 1-6 7-6(3) 6-2 win over world No. 165 Caroline Dolehide, while 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova also advanced to the fourth round.

Trump, Donald J

Trump to Push Ahead on Gun Training for School Employees, White House Says

The president also intends to establish a federal commission to examine school safety proposals, but the administration’s efforts appeared to be piecemeal and of limited scope.


Casey wins Valspar as Woods finishes one stroke behind

(Reuters) - Englishman Paul Casey surged to victory at the Valspar Championship in Florida on Sunday as Tiger Woods came tantalisingly close to ending his five-year drought.


Woods produces old magic at 17th hole, but falls short of win

PALM HARBOR, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods fell short of an 80th PGA Tour title on Sunday but still gave adoring fans a thrill late in the final round at the Valspar Championship.


Casey savours extra special victory, beating Tiger at Valspar

(Reuters) - Paul Casey was always going to savour his second win on the PGA Tour, but beating Tiger Woods made Sunday's victory at the Valspar Championship even more special.