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Top executive resigns from Cohen's Point72 after lawsuit, fundraising

(Reuters) - Douglas Haynes has resigned as president of Point72 Asset Management LP, a spokeswoman for billionaire Steven Cohen's investment firm said on Sunday, as the company and Haynes face a lawsuit claiming women are subject to a hostile working environment.

Companies are ditching passwords

Interior Department

Offshore Drilling Companies Want Less Regulation. But Safety Problems Persist.

The Interior Department conducted surprise inspections in the Gulf of Mexico last week after an alert about “potentially catastrophic” crane accidents.

#MeToo Movement

President of Steven Cohen’s Investment Firm Quits Amid Gender Bias Lawsuit

Douglas Haynes stepped down as president of the $11 billion investment firm, a month after being named as a defendant in a gender discrimination lawsuit.

Read McCabe's statement: This is what happens when law enforcement is politicized

Statement by Andrew McCabe:


James Levine, a Fractured Partnership and a Met Opera Lawsuit

Mr. Levine, who was fired after accusations of sexual misconduct, claims that Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, had long wanted to force him out.

Trump attorney joins Stormy Daniels lawsuit

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

Michael Flynn to appear at California congressional candidate's event

Michael Flynn is back on the campaign trail -- this time for a California congressional candidate.

California appoints an undocumented immigrant to a state post

Lizbeth Mateo seems to be a woman that's going places. She was the first person in her family to go to college. She has a law degree, and her own firm in metro Los Angeles. She was just appointed to a California state senate committee.

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Case Against Cuts to Public Pensions

Friday: Joan Baez on retirement, a former reporter now homeless and the death of a retail mecca


Bike-sharing companies face an uphill ride in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A bike-sharing craze that has swept China over the past two years is picking up speed in cities across the United States, but with a different spin as tough local regulations rein in the roll-out of dockless bikes.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Who’s Greener? California Housing Plan Splits Would-Be Allies

Legislation would allow more home building along transit routes to reduce gas-guzzling commutes. Some who support the goal have denounced the method.


S&P defends ratings methods in Australian derivatives lawsuit

SYDNEY, March 16 (Reuters) - Ratings agency Standard & Poor's was expected on Friday to defend its ratings as transparent and in line with regulations in an Australian lawsuit in which it is accused of going soft on products that caused significant investment losses.


U.S. tech companies win changes in bill to limit China access to technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers pushing legislation aimed at preventing China from acquiring sensitive U.S. technology have proposed relaxing elements of the measure after lobbying by high-tech firms but will tighten another portion, according to a draft revision seen by Reuters.


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

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


Balancing act: Chip giant Qualcomm caught between Washington and Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc , blocked this week from a takeover bid amid national security fears, was already walking a Pacific tightrope: it has government and defense contracts in America, but two-thirds of its revenue comes from China.


BRIEF-Frankly Says Lawsuit Against Co by Gannaway Entertainment, Albert Gannaway III, Samantha Gannaway Dismissed


These students didn't walk out to protest tougher gun laws

For 17 minutes, as classrooms across the country emptied and students streamed into school yards, Noah Borba stayed put.

Hearing set in Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump

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

Teacher accidentally fires gun and injures student in California

A teacher accidentally discharged a firearm while teaching a public safety class, injuring one student at a Northern California school on Tuesday, police said.

Kidnapping and Hostages

Feature: How a Ransom for Royal Falconers Reshaped the Middle East

Qatar went to extreme lengths to secure the release of its hunters — including a deadly population transfer in Syria.


Trump on Twitter (March 13) - Mike Pompeo, Rex Tillerson, California

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

United States Politics and Government

In California, Trump Attacks Jerry Brown and ‘Sanctuary Policies’

In his first visit as president to California, President Trump attacked the Democratic governor and called on Congress to punish jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.


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

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

Trump's visit reveals a California GOP in crisis

Rex Tillerson, Russia, California: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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


BRIEF-Patterson Companies Elects Robert C. Frenzel To Board Of Directors

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In California, Trump examines Mexico border wall designs

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump toured the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday and examined eight styles of walls, prototypes for the barrier he promised to build to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.


BRIEF-Patterson Companies Board Authorizes New Share Repurchase Program And Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend



Austrian far-right chief, TV anchor settle lawsuit over fake news jibe

VIENNA (Reuters) - The far-right deputy leader of Austria's government has agreed to apologize and pay damages to a top news anchor after accusing him and national broadcaster ORF of lying, the presenter said on Tuesday, announcing a settlement.


AMD chips may have security flaws, report says

(Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices is investigating a report that some of its processors have security vulnerabilities, the U.S. chipmaker said on Tuesday.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Meet L.A.’s New Design Czar

Tuesday: The authorities brace for protest, an intense snowfall hits Sierra Nevada, and a new statue commemorates agricultural guest workers.


With immigration on his mind, Trump heads to California

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will bring a tough message on illegal immigration to California on Tuesday, taking aim at "sanctuary cities" in his first visit in office to the heavily Democratic state that has served as a base of resistance to many of his policies.

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.


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

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


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

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

California Today

California Today: California Today: ‘We Are Focusing on Bridges, Not Walls,’ Brown Says to Trump

Monday: President Trump is visiting SoCal, Gavin Newsom fights his “Davos Democrat” image, and a Hispanic community center defies the rain.


S&P accused of weakening ratings model to win business in landmark Australian lawsuit

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Ratings agency Standard and Poor's weakened its risk assessment criteria to win business and turn out high ratings on opaque debt products that started to unwind during the global financial crisis, an Australian court heard on Monday.


Trump pulls back from big changes to gun laws after Florida shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will support a modest set of fixes to gun laws, stepping back from some of the more sweeping changes he had considered after the country's latest mass school shooting, senior officials told reporters on Sunday.


Trump narrows down approach to gun laws after Florida shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will support a tailored set of fixes to gun laws, stepping back from some of the more sweeping changes he had considered after the country's latest mass school shooting, senior officials told reporters on Sunday.


South Africa gold miners' silicosis lawsuit settlement expected within six weeks

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African gold producers will likely reach a settlement within six weeks in a lawsuit over a fatal lung disease that companies have set aside 5 billion rand ($420 million) in provisions for, a lawyer and industry group said on Sunday.


California man arrested for killing one police officer, wounding another

(Reuters) - A California man was arrested Saturday after a 15-hour standoff with a police SWAT team and charged with killing one police officer and wounding another, authorities said.

The suspect is barricaded in a Pomona, California, apartment after fatally shooting one officer and wounding another, officials say

A standoff between police and an armed suspect that killed one officer and wounded another remains underway Saturday morning in Pomona, California, near Los Angeles, more than 12 hours after it began.


Gunman in deadly California siege was decorated veteran treated for PTSD

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Details emerged on Saturday about a decorated former U.S. serviceman who took three women hostage at a California veterans home where he had undergone treatment for PTSD, in a standoff that ended when police found him and his captives dead.

California officer dead as standoff continues

A standoff between police and an armed suspect that resulted in one officer's death and the wounding of another remains underway in Pomona, California, near Los Angeles.

Yountville (Calif)

Gunman and 3 Hostages Found Dead at California Veterans Home

The bodies were found at the home in Northern California hours after the gunman had fired at a deputy, the authorities said.


Gunman and three hostages found dead at California veterans home

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Three women and a gunman who held them hostage at a California veterans home were found dead late on Friday, bringing a tragic end to an all-day standoff with police at the sprawling facility, authorities said.


Gunman holed up at California veterans home with three hostages

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - A gunman who once served in the U.S. military opened fire on Friday inside a California home for disabled and aging war veterans, where he took three hostages and was holding police at bay as negotiators sought to make contact with him for several hours, authorities said.

Florida lawmaker tells teens that 'adults make the laws'

Florida Rep. Elizabeth Porter turned heads when she compared children calling for gun control to children calling for 'no homework,' during a speech about gun reform on the statehouse floor.


Gunfire and hostages taken at California veterans home: media

(Reuters) - The California Highway Patrol was responding on Friday to an incident at a veterans' home in Napa Valley after local media said there were reports of shots fired and a hostage situation.

A gunman opened fire and has taken hostages at the Veterans Home of California, authorities say

There is an active shooter and a hostage situation at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, the California Highway Patrol reports on Twitter.


Police respond to shots-fired report at California veterans' home

(Reuters) - The California Highway Patrol was responding on Friday to an incident at a veterans' home in Napa Valley after local media said there were reports of shots fired and a possible hostage situation.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Is the Long-Looming Pension Crisis Already Here?

Friday: David Crane on pension solutions, more jousting between President Trump and California leaders, and a proposal to raise the minimum gun age.


Second inmate in a week walks out of federal prison camp in California

(Reuters) - An inmate convicted of selling drugs walked out of a federal minimum security prison camp in California on Thursday, the second prisoner to flee the facility this week and at least the 10th over the last two years, police and local media reported.


Wynn Resorts to pay $2.6 billion to settle lawsuit with Japan's Universal

(Reuters) - Wynn Resorts Ltd has agreed to pay $2.6 billion to settle a lawsuit brought by Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp and its U.S. unit, ending a six-year old dispute that pitted casino mogul Steve Wynn against his former associate Kazuo Okada.

Clifford, Stephanie (1979- )

Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Opens Door to Further Trouble for Trump

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

Racist chants caught on camera

A student at a British university recorded her fellow students shouting racially charged epithets.

Opinion: Jeff Sessions' 'problem' with California is bogus

"We have a problem." That is what Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a gathering of law enforcement officers in California on Wednesday, in announcing that the Trump administration was suing the state over its so-called sanctuary laws. Federal immigration law, Sessions emphasized, is the supreme law of the land. "But California, we have a problem," he said. "A series of actions and events have occurred here that directly and adversely impact the work of our federal officers."

These American companies could be hurt by Trump's tariffs

Illegal Immigration

‘I Am a Pawn’: Trump’s Immigration Fight With California Squeezes Those Caught in the Middle

Companies and law enforcement agencies in California carefully tread between federal laws devised to catch undocumented workers and new state laws meant to protect them.


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

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

California Today

California Today: California Today: Peter Thiel Is Leaving Silicon Valley. Will Others?

Thursday: Backlash against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s visit, San Francisco is sinking, and wild turkeys stir divisions in the East Bay.


Indian cotton seed companies threaten supply halt over price cut

NEW DELHI, March 8 (Reuters) - Indian seed companies threatened on Thursday to halt supplies to 8 million cotton farmers in protest against a potential government plan to cut prices by 7.5 percent, the chief of a producers' body said.

Organized Labor

Op-Ed Contributors: Right-to-Work Laws Have Devastated Unions — and Democrats

Researchers find a big impact, and bad news for Democrats, in races from the presidential level on down.


Norway's wealth fund may expand emissions blacklist to more companies

OSLO (Reuters) - The ethics watchdog for Norway's $1-trillion sovereign wealth may blacklist more companies that produce too much greenhouse gas by scrutinizing more industry sectors, including shipping and power.


Osaka too strong for Sharapova in California

(Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova lost her second consecutive first round match with a 6-4 6-4 defeat to Japan's Naomi Osaka at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Wednesday.


U.S. space companies aim to help Brazil rocket base lift off

BRASILIA (Reuters) - U.S. companies eager to tap into the fast-growing market for low-cost satellite launches could become the first customers when Brazil's Alcantara space center near the equator opens as a commercial spaceport, executives and Brazilian officials said.


South Korea vows tougher laws on sexual abuse amid #MeToo wave

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea vowed on Thursday to strengthen laws against sexual assault and implement measures to reduce harassment as the #MeToo campaign sweeps the country and sparks calls for meaningful action to tackle sexual abuse.

'Modern Family' cast stumps for 'common-sense gun laws'

The cast of "Modern Family" is putting its support behind the students of Parkland, Florida and March for Our Lives.

The anti-Trump fight California wants

When the Trump administration declared war on California with a lawsuit challenging sanctuary state policies this week, it played right into the hands of Kevin de León -- and virtually every other Golden State Democrat running for higher office.


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

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

Illegal Immigration

Sessions Targets California Immigrants Using a Ruling That Protected Them

The principle of federal supremacy over immigration established in a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Obama administration could help the Trump Justice Department advance a different goal.


In Immigration Speech, Jeff Sessions Scolds California: ‘We Have a Problem’

The attorney general announced a suit claiming the state’s immigrant-protection laws violated federal law, while Gov. Jerry Brown struck back in his own appearance.

California governor taunts Sessions and Trump: 'Mueller is closing in'

California Gov. Jerry Brown fired back at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump on Wednesday after their lawsuit challenging the state's immigration laws, calling the administration "full of liars" and repeatedly referencing the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.


California governor says Trump administration waging war against state

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump's administration of declaring war on the most populous U.S. state, after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation.


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

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

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

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


Sessions blasts California after filing U.S. immigration suit

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, escalating the Trump administration's rhetoric against the most populous U.S. state, accused California on Wednesday of obstructing federal immigration enforcement efforts and vowed to stop the state's defiance.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Why This Year’s Low Snowpack Doesn’t Indicate a Drought

Wednesday: The reservoirs are in good shape, Jeff Sessions teases a sanctuary city announcement, and Democrats put up more House candidates.

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


'The Wolf of Wall Street' producers to pay $60 million to U.S. in lawsuit settlement

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The company behind the 2013 film, "The Wolf of Wall Street", agreed to pay the United States government $60 million to settle a civil lawsuit that sought to seize assets allegedly bought with money stolen from a Malaysian state fund.

Trump administration to sue California over immigration

After nearly a year of threats, the Trump administration will take its most aggressive step to date against a familiar target of its ire: California and its immigration policies.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws

Three state laws make it impossible for federal immigration officials to deport criminals born outside the United States, the Justice Department said in a lawsuit.


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

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

Read Stormy Daniels' lawsuit

A Middle East specialist who attended secret meetings between Trump associates and the UAE during the transition is cooperating in Russia probe, sources say

A Middle East specialist with ties to Donald Trump's team attended secret meetings during the presidential transition between the United Arab Emirates and Trump associates, and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, two people familiar with the matter say.

Wireless Communications

Why Companies and Countries Are Battling for Ascendancy in 5G

Taking an early lead in ultrafast next-generation wireless technology can give players a strategic advantage.


Kobe Steel, Toyota hit with U.S. lawsuit over vehicle metal quality

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumers have filed a lawsuit against Kobe Steel Ltd and Toyota Motor Corp accusing the companies of violating consumer protection laws and engaging in fraud by concealing the use of substandard metal components in vehicles.


BRIEF-BlackBerry files patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook -- online court records

March 6 (Reuters) - Blackberry files patent infringement lawsuit against facebook, whatsapp and instagram in los angeles federal court -- online court records Copy of complaint not immediately available in online court records

California Today

California Today: California Today: The East L.A. Walkouts, 50 Years Later

Tuesday: Students get a history lesson as they prepare their own protests, a committee that could kill the Qualcomm takeover bid, and a Museum of Selfies.

Analysis: This small California city symbolizes the new America

If recent population trends continue at their current pace, it's likely that by Election Day this November, minorities will constitute the majority of the population in the Congressional District centered on this prospering small city in Orange County about an hour south of Los Angeles.


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

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


UPDATE 1-Lawsuit seeks White House, Justice Dept records on Fox-Disney deal

WASHINGTON March 5 (Reuters) - A nonprofit group with a mission to protect democracy filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking any records of communications between the White House and the Justice Department over Walt Disney Co's $52.4 billion deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

Middle school teacher secretly ran white supremacist podcast, says it was satire

Dayanna Volitich is a social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School in Crystal River, Florida. Online, she was also known as "Tiana Dalichov," the pseudonymous host of a white supremacist podcast called "Unapologetic" and the voice behind a Twitter account riddled with racist and antisemitic posts.


Call for more women speakers spurs rival California cyber security conference

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cyber security professionals from companies including Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc announced on Monday a small alternative to Dell Inc's [DI.UL] RSA Conference after criticizing the major industry gathering for scheduling just one female keynote speaker.


Strict state gun laws linked to fewer suicides and murders

(Reuters Health) - U.S. states with the strongest firearm laws have fewer gun-related murders and fewer suicides than states that take a more permissive approach to regulating these weapons, a new study suggests.


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.


Democrats ask Kushner Companies, White House for loan-related documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers have asked the White House and Kushner Companies, the family business of President Donald Trump's top adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, for documents following reported loans from Citibank and Apollo Global Management, according to a statement released on Monday.


Onerous laws exclusively target abortion clinics

(Reuters Health) - State laws governing facilities that oversee abortions are more numerous and burdensome than laws governing facilities overseeing other medical procedures, according to a new study that questions the laws’ constitutionality.

California Today

California Today: California Today: An Oscars Roundup You Can Read in 3 Minutes

Monday: “The Shape of Water” wins best picture, avalanches slam California resorts, and that other award show you might have missed.

Prefabricated Buildings

Prefab Finds a Home in Fire-Ravaged Neighborhoods of California

Some residents — who can afford it — are choosing the speed of the prebuilt home rather than enduring the hassle of building from scratch.

Gun Control

Here Is Why Florida Has So Much Trouble Passing Gun Laws

Even with a groundswell of public support after the Parkland shooting, proposals for restrictions on firearms have become tangled in state politics.


U.S. judge dismisses VW bondholder lawsuit over excess emissions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge late Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by institutional investors who purchased bonds from Volkswagen AG's U.S. unit and claimed the automaker had made false and misleading statements before its massive diesel emissions scandal became public.


Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden’s Middle Class

Surplus weapons left over from Yugoslavia’s civil war are being sold to Swedish gangs, making crime and immigration hot-button issues.


CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-Congo's Kabila to meet companies over mining code revision

KINSHASA, March 3 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will meet mining company representatives on Tuesday to discuss a mining code revision awaiting his signature that would raise taxes and royalties, the mines minister said.


Congo's Kabila to meet companies over mining code revision

KINSHASA, March 3 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will meet mining company representatives on Monday to discuss a mining code revision awaiting his signature that would raise taxes and royalties, the mines minister said.


Promise of relaxed gun laws casts shadow over Tasmania's state election

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's smallest state Tasmania began voting on Saturday in a local assembly election, with the incumbent conservative Liberal Party stirring controversy by promising softer regulations for gun ownership if it is returned to power.


Nine California students hospitalized in possible opioid overdose

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Nine students from the University of California, Santa Barbara suffered an apparent mass overdose of prescription opioids at a party and were taken to a local hospital, police said on Friday.


At U.N., China delays U.S. bid to blacklist ships, companies over North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China delayed a U.S. request for a United Nations Security Council committee to blacklist 33 ships, 27 shipping companies, and a Taiwan man for violating international sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said on Friday.

Kushner's Middle East problem

Jared Kushner's loss of access to classified information above the secret level has set the Washington chattering classes talking about how this will or will not affect his capacity to do his job.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Preparing for What Could Be an Unpredictable Oscars

Friday: The #MeToo movement mixes with tight award races, the Weinstein Company will be sold after all, and a look back at the Golden Gate Bridge’s groundbreaking.

Californians evacuate ahead of mudslide risk

Tens of thousands of Californians have been ordered to evacuate as an approaching storm brings the risks of "dangerous flash flooding, mud and debris flow," Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Thursday.

This floating pizza bar is in the middle of the South Pacific

As our two-engine speedboat starts the journey back to Port Denarau Marina, a major port on Fiji's main island, we lurch to an unexpected stop.


Mudslide threat prompts mandatory-evacuation order for 30,000 in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The threat of deadly mudslides from an impending Pacific storm prompted authorities on Thursday to order mandatory evacuations for some 30,000 people living adjacent to fire-scarred foothills and mountain slopes along California's Santa Barbara coast.


Trump urges lawsuit against opioid companies, tougher sentences for dealers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called for a federal lawsuit against opioid companies and stiffer penalties for drug dealers, arguing that the government must take a strong approach to combat an opioid addiction epidemic.

California's gun seizure squad finds an arsenal under a bed

Piled high with clothes and junk, a bedroom in this small stucco home looks like it belongs to a hoarder.


Trump says he has spoken with Sessions about suing opioid companies

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

Pakistan's blasphemy laws persecute weakest of weak

On Saturday, Rome's Colosseum was lit in red in support of persecuted Christians, including Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. At the Rome gathering, Pope Francis described Bibi, alongside a Nigerian woman who was captured by Boko Haram, as "martyrs."

California Today

California Today: California Today: Democrats Fault Governor on Homelessness Crisis

Thursday: Democrats point fingers at one another on poverty, President Trump changes his tune on gun control, and a horse walks onto a freeway.

Kushner, Jared

Kushner’s Business Got Loans From Companies After White House Meetings

Apollo, the private equity firm, and Citigroup made large loans last year to the family real estate business of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser.


California areas advised to evacuate ahead of potential mudslides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of residents in a Southern California county where 21 people died from mudslides in January were advised on Wednesday to leave their homes, ahead of a rainstorm that officials said could again trigger a cascade of mud and rocks.


Coca-Cola defeats U.S. lawsuit over Diet Coke ads

(Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Coca-Cola Co's advertising for Diet Coke misleads people into thinking that consuming the soft drink assists in weight loss, and that it actually causes weight gain.

Illegal Immigration

Immigration Agency Rails Against Oakland Mayor’s Warning of Raids

The ICE chief said Mayor Libby Schaaf’s announcement of impending arrests allowed hundreds to elude capture, and “was no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘Police!’”


Trump says California border wall on hold until entire wall approved

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the parts of a proposed border wall he says California wants will not be built until the entire southern wall is approved, although state officials have said they are strongly opposed to the plan.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Should Bail Be Set Above What Defendants Can Pay?

Wednesday: What it costs to get out of jail in San Francisco, the Supreme Court’s blow to detained immigrants, and a study linking drinking to longevity.


BRIEF-Giggles N' Hugs Appoints Former CFO Of California Pizza Kitchen As New CEO And Director



Trump says won't build California border wall until whole wall is approved

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the parts of a proposed border wall that California wants built will have to await approval for the entire southern border wall.

Illegal Immigration

Op-Ed Contributor: The Americans Left Behind by Deportation

The aggressive detention and removal of undocumented immigrants is having a devastating impact on their American children and spouses.

Analysis: Why 70% support isn't enough to change gun laws

Not a fortnight after it began, in the hours after the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, the latest push to expand or fortify federal gun control laws seems destined for a recognizable end.

Illegal Immigration

In a ‘Sanctuary City,’ Immigrants Are Still at Risk

New York is one of a group of cities that limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities, but that has not stopped the number of deportations from climbing.


U.S. judge rejects lawsuit seeking to stop Trump border wall

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday sided with President Donald Trump's administration and rejected an attempt by the state of California and environmental groups to stop the government from building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

Mobile Applications

How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health

An emerging field, digital phenotyping, tries to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices.


U.S. judge halts California plan to require glyphosate warnings

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked California's plans to require cancer warnings on products containing the popular weed killer glyphosate, in a win for manufacturer Monsanto Co.


Judge halts California plan to require glyphosate cancer warnings

CHICAGO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked California's plans to require cancer warnings on products containing the popular weed killer glyphosate, in a win for manufacturer Monsanto Co.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Some Central Valley Crops Imperiled by Cold

Tuesday: “There will be damage,” a grower warns, the Supreme Court turns down a DACA request, and a decades-old Jewish deli makes a change.


Review: ‘An Ordinary Muslim’ Gets Caught Between Cultures and Genres

Hammaad Chaudry’s first play is an ambitious look at the traumas of dislocation among the assimilated children of Pakistani immigrants in London.

Corporate Taxes

Trump’s Tax Cuts in Hand, Companies Spend More on Themselves Than on Wages

The maneuver is good for companies’ stock prices, but it may not help the overall economy — undercutting a central goal of the tax cuts.


You Might Be Giving Gun Companies Money, Even if You Don’t Own a Gun

Many Americans are financially connected to the firearms industry through retirement plans or index funds that own stocks in gun companies.


BRIEF-Precipio Says On Feb 20, Crede Capital Group Filed Lawsuit In U.S. Court Against Co In Lieu Of Complaint Requiring Co To Pay Cash Owed To Crede - SEC Filing



California appeals court revives U.S. FTC's case against AT&T

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A full panel of a California appeals court ruled on Monday that the Federal Trade Commission may push forward with a lawsuit alleging that AT&T Inc was deceptive in slowing internet speeds to customers with unlimited plans.


Facebook settles lawsuit over 2012 IPO for $35 million

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg have reached a $35 million settlement of class-action litigation accusing them of hiding worries about the social media company's growth prior to its May 2012 initial public offering.

Analysis: This is why nepotism laws exist

In an interview with NBC that ran Monday morning, Ivanka Trump was asked a simple question: "Do you believe your father's accusers?"


Airbus, Delta, telecom companies form alliance for in-flight internet

(Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus SE and U.S.-based Delta Air Lines Inc have formed an alliance with U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp, satellite startup OneWeb backed by Japan's SoftBank, and India's Bharti Airtel Ltd to develop in-flight 5G services, the companies said.

Feinstein, Dianne

In Blow to Dianne Feinstein, California Democrats Won’t Endorse Senate Run

Democrats at the party convention threw their support behind Kevin de León, the Democratic leader in the California Senate, who has been running an insurgent campaign.

CNN poll: 7 in 10 favor tighter gun laws

Support for stricter gun laws has spiked to the highest level since 1993, and almost two-thirds say government and society can take action to prevent future mass shootings, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.


Broadway Hits the Middle School Circuit

Adaptations of Broadway musicals to be performed by middle and high school students are becoming an increasingly important revenue stream for theater producers.

More companies cut ties with the NRA

Companies are cutting business ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting. CNN's Polo Sandoval reports.


Anbang takeover puts China's companies on notice

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - When the Chinese government on Friday took control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd, owner of New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel, it cited provisions in the country's insurance law designed to head off financial calamity.


UPDATE 1-Delta, United Airlines become latest companies to cut NRA ties

NEW YORK, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines and United Airlines on Saturday became the latest major corporations to sever marketing ties with the National Rifle Association as the fallout from last week's massacre at a Florida high school took its toll on the gun advocacy group.

Opinion: Parkland shooting reveals Trump's deepest flaws

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters."

Gun Control

A List of the Companies Cutting Ties With the N.R.A.

Several companies — including Delta Air Lines and MetLife — have ended partnerships with the National Rifle Association after the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Volkswagen Settles Emissions Lawsuit in U.S.

The case would have been the first to go to trial involving the German automaker’s emissions scandal.


Delta, United Airlines become latest companies to cut NRA ties

NEW YORK, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines and United Airlines on Saturday became the latest major corporations to sever marketing ties with the National Rifle Association as the fallout from last week's massacre at a Florida high school took its toll on the gun advocacy group.

NRA slams gun-background system flaws it helped create

On Wednesday, during CNN's town hall with survivors of last week's mass shooting at a high school in South Florida, National Rifle Association representative Dana Loesch lamented the holes in the FBI's National Instant Background Check System, or NICS.


Trump company settles lawsuit over disputed golf club deposits

(Reuters) - A Florida golf club owned by U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Friday to pay $5.45 million to settle claims by former members that it wrongfully refused to refund their deposits when they wanted to resign.

Gun Control

Op-Ed Contributor: Australia’s Gun Laws Are Not a Model for America

Australians are scared of guns. Americans love them.

Social Media

Ties to the N.R.A. Leave Companies Scrambling for Cover

Caught in an angry social media storm, a number of marketers have ended promotions linked to the N.R.A. But it’s unclear whether boycotts have a lasting impact.


Deeply indebted Lisa Marie Presley and manager in dueling lawsuits

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of Elvis Presley, says she is facing financial ruin and has filed a $100 million lawsuit accusing her former business manager of negligence and mismanaging her finances.


New charges filed against parents in California abused siblings case

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - A California couple accused of keeping 13 children imprisoned, chained and starved in a squalid suburban home were hit with additional charges on Friday as defense lawyers said they were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of evidence in the case.


Volkswagen settles U.S. diesel owner lawsuit on eve of trial

WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG's U.S. unit on Friday resolved a lawsuit brought by a North Carolina man whose diesel emissions case was set to be the first go to trial on Monday.


Bouchard reaches settlement in lawsuit against USTA

(Reuters) - Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard has reached a settlement with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) in her lawsuit after a fall at the 2015 U.S. Open resulted in her withdrawal and a concussion, lawyers told Reuters on Friday.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Health Care Proves Divisive Among Democrats

Friday: Candidates for governor spar in San Diego, a powerful state senator resigns, and a Riverside County native nabs ice hockey gold.


'Sooner, faster, now' - the companies surfing the e-commerce wave

LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon's assault on the retail industry has brought misery to traditional retailers without a strong web presence.


Northern Ireland abortion laws violate women's rights, U.N. body says

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Kingdom violates women's rights in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a report by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said on Friday.

Fact Check

Fact Check: Major Shootings Led to Tougher Gun Laws, but to What End?

Major legislation is often spurred by tragedy. Experts are uncertain about the extent that gun control laws have improved safety and curbed violence.

State Legislatures

Tony Mendoza, California Lawmaker, Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Mr. Mendoza, a Democratic state senator from the Los Angeles area, was facing an expulsion vote. He is the third legislator in the state to resign over sexual allegations.


States refile lawsuits to block repeal of U.S. net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect.


Intel did not tell U.S. cyber officials about chip flaws until made public

(Reuters) - Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet Inc notified the chipmaker of the problems, according to letters sent by tech companies to lawmakers on Thursday.

Trump considers pulling customs agents to punish California

President Donald Trump declared on Thursday he was considering withdrawing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from California as punishment for what he claimed was a "lousy management job" in patrolling illegal immigration.


Groups refile lawsuits to block net neutrality reversal

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Web browser developer Mozilla Corp and video-sharing website Vimeo Inc said on Thursday they had refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark net neutrality rules from taking effect.


Lawsuit says race motivated Trump to end immigrant protections

BOSTON (Reuters) - A group of Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants on Thursday filed a lawsuit claiming that the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to terminate the protections that allowed them to remain in the country was racially motivated.

California Today

California Today: California Today: After Legalization, Dr. Dre’s ‘Weed Man’ Is Thriving

Thursday: A man who sold marijuana to celebrities hopes Compton will reconsider its ban, a school shooting threat in Whittier, and a new road map to weight loss.


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.

Tech's biggest companies spread conspiracy theories. Again.


Laws have failed: Florida survivors demand action on guns

TALLAHASSEE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Survivors of last week's deadly Florida high school shooting poured into the state capital, Tallahassee, on Wednesday to demand that lawmakers restrict sales of assault rifles, and hundreds of students joined scattered sympathy protests around the United States.


U.S. SEC calls for 'clearer' cyber risk disclosure from companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday updated guidance to public companies on how and when they should disclose cyber security risks and breaches, including potential weaknesses that have not yet been targeted by hackers.


More than $500,000 raised for 13 siblings held captive in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thirteen siblings in Southern California who authorities say were beaten, shackled and abused by their parents can count on more than $500,000 in donations that local groups have raised for their care.


Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states

BOSTON (Reuters) - A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections.

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Cherished Black Bookstore in a Changing South L.A.

Wednesday: Eso Won Books preserves its identity decades after opening, a state gun law stands, and cold weather sends a chill through the state.


BRIEF-MTU Aero CEO expects more clarity on possible Boeing middle of market plane this year

Feb 21 (Reuters) - Mtu Aero Engines management during a press conference:


EU should sanction Slovakia if it lured companies with state aid - Italy minister

ROME, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Wednesday that the European Commission should sanction Slovakia if it is using state aid to lure companies away from European Union partners.

David Hogg and some classmates, who are outspoken about needing stricter gun laws, have become the subject of conspiracy theories and smear campaigns

David Hogg has become a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and some are calling him a "crisis actor" and a pawn for anti-gun legislation.

Analysis: This is Trump's chance to change gun laws

Social Media

On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive

Millions of “bots” posing as real users are promoting celebrities, spreading misinformation and sowing discord. And it’s far easier to build a bot than to kill one.


BRIEF-3M And The State Of Minnesota Establish Environmental Partnership, Settle Lawsuit



Steven Cohen loses bid to seal lawsuit alleging sexism at Point72

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's request to temporarily seal a lawsuit accusing his hedge fund firm Point72 Asset Management LP of sexism toward women.


Supreme Court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.


Top court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Senators Vent Their Frustration About Guns

Tuesday: Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein speak out after a school shooting, an army of bots spring into action, and “Tacros” arrive at the Ferry Building.

Doping (Sports)

N.B.A. Owner Backs Lawsuit Against Russian Doping Whistle-Blower

Mikhail D. Prokhorov, a Russian oligarch and owner of the Nets, is financing a defamation suit that attacks the credibility of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.


Skiers caught in Swiss avalanche rescued: police

VIENNA (Reuters) - Two skiers who were caught in an avalanche in Switzerland near the border with France have been rescued with only minor injuries, police in the canton of Valais said on Sunday.


Careem acquires Middle East online restaurant listing platform, to trial food delivery

DUBAI, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Careem, a Middle East competitor to Uber Technologies, said on Sunday it had acquired RoundMenu and would start trialing food delivery services through the restaurant listing and reservation online platform this month.

Gun Control

In Florida, Extraordinary Obstacles for Changes to Gun Laws

Florida’s pro-gun approach came under scrutiny after mass shootings in Orlando in 2016 and in Fort Lauderdale, but little changed.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Contributor: Russia Wanted Trump to Win. And It Wanted to Get Caught.

Its election interference didn’t aim at just the outcome — it also targeted attitudes toward our democracy.

United States Politics and Government

Russians Bought Bank Accounts From California Man, Mueller Says

A California man illegally provided hundreds of bank account numbers to a Russian social media operation, the special counsel revealed.


ADM, Syngenta settle lawsuit over biotech corn exports to China

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has settled a lawsuit with Syngenta over the seed company's launch of a biotech corn strain that roiled grain exports to China, according to regulatory documents filed on Friday.


U.S. seeks to block AT&T from citing Trump opposition in merger lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday moved to prevent AT&T Inc from arguing that politics played a role in the government's decision to stop its merger with Time Warner Inc , a deal that President Donald Trump had publicly criticized.


UPDATE 2-U.S. seeks to block AT&T from citing Trump opposition in merger lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday moved to prevent AT&T Inc from arguing that politics played a role in the government's decision to stop its merger with Time Warner Inc, a deal that President Donald Trump had publicly criticized.

Californian pleads guilty to ID fraud tied to Russian probe

A California man pleaded guilty to identity fraud in a second case unsealed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election.