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Deadly Austin parcel bomber was trying to send message: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The person, or people, responsible for three parcel bombs that killed two people in the Texas capital this month was trying to send a message and should contact authorities to explain any motive, Austin police said on Sunday.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump: The Un-American President

He has damaged the American brand.

Kidnapping and Hostages

‘We Are Here for Your Students’: Boko Haram Abduction of More Girls Pressures Nigeria’s President

The attack on the Dapchi school, in which gunmen gathered up 110 girls, has left parents asking how the government could let a mass kidnapping happen, again.


Burundi to hold referendum on extending presidential terms in May

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday set May 17 as the date for a referendum that could extend his rule for at least a decade.


Mexico leftist says he would try to halt energy auctions if president-elect

MEXICO CITY, March 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner said on Sunday that if he wins the July election, he will ask President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop at least two energy auctions scheduled to take place before the new president takes office.


Cirque du Soleil star plunges to death during Florida show

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


Peru president says he used offshore firm to legally avoid U.S. taxes: audio

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski told a congressional investigative committee that he used a company in the British Virgin Islands to legally avoid paying U.S. taxes, according to audio heard by Reuters on Sunday.

The President lashed out at the special counsel's team, seeming to suggest it has a partisan bias

President Donald Trump started his Sunday morning by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller's team, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI Director James Comey.

Africa's only female president to resign

The president of Mauritius will resign this week over claims she used a credit card provided to her by an NGO for personal expenses, her lawyer said.

Politics and Government

Presidential Vote in Russia Sure to Give Putin 6 More Years

Vladimir V. Putin’s popularity, and firm grip, will assure him a fourth term. The size of the turnout will be seen as the strength of Mr. Putin’s mandate.


Winning ticket sold as U.S. Powerball jackpot climbs to $455 million

(Reuters) - One lucky winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania for an estimated $455 million Powerball jackpot drawn Saturday night, officials said.


Maduro challenger shakes up Venezuela's presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - At each other's throats for two decades, militants of Venezuela's socialist state and opposition seldom agree on anything. Yet mention the name of presidential candidate Henri Falcon, and both are liable to spit.


Florida school aware of bridge crack before collapse that killed six

MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday.


China propaganda kicks into overdrive as 'helmsman' Xi re-anointed president

BEIJING (Reuters) - With pictures of ecstatic citizens standing in applause, tearful legislators and even a social media game, China's propaganda drive has kicked into high gear following Xi Jinping's unanimous reappointment as president.

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?


Florida school was aware of bridge crack before fatal collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday.


Walmart worker tips police to arms cache in New York college town

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities alerted by a Walmart worker arrested a former Cornell University student accused of stockpiling a semi-automatic rifle, more than 300 rounds of ammunition, bomb-making materials and other deadly devices at his apartment near the upstate New York elite school.

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

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

#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.

O.J. Simpson has strong opinions about Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick

O.J. Simpson is sharing his thoughts on some of the nation's most controversial figures.


China's parliament re-elects Xi Jinping as president

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country's president.


Engineer reported cracks in bridge before fatal collapse: transportation agency

MIAMI (Reuters) - The engineer overseeing a newly built footbridge that crumbled onto a Miami roadway, killing at least six people, had called the state Transportation Department two days before the collapse to report cracks found in the span, the agency said on Friday.


Senator demands documents related to deadly Miami bridge collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. senator demanded documents on Friday related to the construction of a new footbridge in Miami that collapsed a day earlier and killed at least six people, as federal and local investigators worked to determine the cause of the tragedy.

Kudlow, Lawrence A

Trump, the Television President, Expands His Cast

The choice of Larry Kudlow as chief economic adviser, a position with real influence over Americans, crosses a threshold in an administration that has already blurred the line between it and the media.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

DeAndre Harris, Beaten by White Supremacists in Charlottesville, Is Found Not Guilty of Assault

The 20-year-old black man was brutally attacked in a parking garage during last year’s rally. He was then charged with assaulting a white supremacist.


Wall Street advances on strong industrial data but posts weekly losses

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials rose on Friday, boosted by strong industrial output numbers, though all three of Wall Street's major indexes posted losses for the week.


'Doors off' chopper flights restricted after deadly NYC crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities ordered an end on Friday to so-called "doors off" helicopter rides unless passengers are equipped with quick-release restraints, following a crash in New York City last week that killed five people.


Missing worker feared dead after Texas chemical plant blasts

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A worker was missing and feared dead after explosions destroyed a chemical plant in Cresson, Texas, and rescue personnel were searching for the man, officials said on Friday.


London court rules UK spy behind Trump dossier must give evidence in U.S. libel trial

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a "dossier" of allegations linking U.S. President Donald Trump to Russia, must give a deposition in a U.S. libel case, lawyers for the Russian businessman involved said on Friday.


Kentucky legislature passes bill to curb teen marriage

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - Kentucky legislators passed a bill on Friday that seeks to tighten restrictions on child marriage, which advocates said is aimed at blocking weddings between younger girls and older men, a situation they say can lead to domestic violence.


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Arizona inmate who says police 'beat the crap out of' him can sue

(Reuters) - A judge should not have dismissed an Arizona state prison inmate's lawsuit accusing police of having "beat the crap out of" him during a traffic stop because the claim appeared "too vague and conclusory," a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.


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

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


Bodies, cars still pinned by deadly Miami bridge collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - Workers slowly broke up chunks of a newly built footbridge that collapsed onto a major road in Miami, killing at least six people, and police on Friday warned that more victims could be found in crushed vehicles in the rubble.


Iraqi teenager guilty of carrying out London train bombing

LONDON (Reuters) - An Iraqi teenager, who had come to Britain as an asylum seeker, was found guilty on Friday of attempted murder after detonating a homemade bomb on a packed rush-hour London commuter train, injuring 30 people, prosecutors and police said.

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.


Cars, bodies remain trapped out of reach after Florida bridge collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - Rescue workers combed through the rubble of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed onto several lanes of traffic at Florida International University in Miami, but hopes of finding more survivors were fading early on Friday, police said.


U.S. helicopter crash in Iraq kills all aboard: military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All personnel aboard a U.S. military helicopter carrying American service members were killed in a crash in western Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday.


Nike brand president resigns; company probes workplace complaints

(Reuters) - Nike Inc's namesake brand President Trevor Edwards has resigned and will retire in August, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.


Alabama executes murderer; Georgia puts 'stocking strangler' to death

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Alabama on Thursday executed a 50-year-old man convicted for the kidnapping and murder of a woman in 2000, and Georgia put to death a man dubbed the "stocking strangler."


Donald Trump Jr.'s wife files for divorce in New York

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The wife of Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, has filed for divorce in New York, according to court records.

Divorce, Separations and Annulments

Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr.’s Wife, Files for Divorce

The president’s daughter-in-law filed for an uncontested divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump are separating

Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa Trump are separating, they announced in a joint statement Thursday.


Mexico's No. 2 presidential candidate calls Trump policies 'crazy'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican presidential candidate running in second place said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies were a "crazy" bid to turn back the clock on advancing technologies that will eliminate manufacturing jobs.


Georgia Supreme Court upholds $40 million fatal Jeep fire award

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Georgia State Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a $40 million award to the family of a four-year-old boy killed in 2012 when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames.


Finding alternative viewpoints as U.S. students protest

New York - At Colorado’s Columbine High School, where 15 people were killed in 1999, about 250 students walked out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. local time on March 14.


Five more Cosby accusers to testify at sex assault retrial: judge

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ruled that five other women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault over the years could testify at his retrial on charges of drugging and assaulting a former friend, giving prosecutors an early win.


New York fund manager pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York hedge fund manager on Thursday pleaded guilty to federal charges that he defrauded investors through a nearly $22 million Ponzi scheme.


U.S. judge says AT&T-Time Warner merger trial may last 8 weeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said on Thursday a trial to decide if AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc is legal under U.S. antitrust law may last six to eight weeks, significantly longer than previously forecast.


S.C. church shooter's sister charged for weapons at school

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The teenage sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested for carrying weapons and drugs at her high school, police said on Thursday.


South Carolina church shooter's sister charged for weapons at school

(Reuters) - The sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested for carrying weapons at a high school, according to police officials.

No, Mr. President. The US doesn't have a trade deficit with Canada


Georgia's 'stocking strangler', Alabama man set to be executed

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia is set on Thursday to execute a man dubbed the "stocking strangler" for a series of murders in which he choked victims with panty hose, while Alabama plans its first execution since it botched a lethal injection a few weeks ago.


Slovak president supports PM's resignation condition: government party

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska supports Prime Minister Robert Fico's offer to resign on condition that his party be allowed to pick the next government leader, a junior party in the ruling coalition said on Thursday.

Freedom of the Press

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: One Thing Donald Trump Would Like Is Freedom From the Press

The president dreams of living in a world with “Fox & Friends” and almost no one else.


Japan's Osaka Gas has not bought LNG to replace Papua New Guinea outage - President

TOKYO, March 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Osaka Gas has so far not bought liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes to replace supplies from the shutdown of ExxonMobil Corp's Papua New Guinea project following a powerful earthquake in the country's remote highlands last month, its top executive said on Thursday.


Experienced Alaskan climbers presumed dead

(Reuters) - Two experienced mountain climbers were presumed dead on an Alaskan mountaintop after ropes matching their gear were found in a crevasse after they were missing for a week, authorities said.


Sister of South Carolina mass shooter arrested on weapons charges

(Reuters) - The sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested on Wednesday for carrying weapons at a high school, media said.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Welcome to the Era of Presidents for Life

Xi Jinping’s abolition of term limits will reverberate far beyond China’s borders.


Two aviators killed in Super Hornet jet crash: U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy said on Wednesday two aviators had been killed in a F/A-18F Super Hornet crash during a training flight off the coast of Key West, Florida.


U.S. solar forecast ratcheted down as tariffs weigh

(Reuters) - U.S. solar energy installations will grow slower than previously expected in the coming years due to the Trump administration's tariffs on panel imports and new federal tax laws that will restrict investment in the clean energy source, according to a report published on Thursday.

Manafort asks judge to dismiss criminal charges against him

Paul Manafort has asked a federal judge in DC to dismiss the five criminal charges against him, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller had no right to indict him for work done before he joined the Trump campaign as chairman in 2016.


Former Trump campaign manager Manafort files to dismiss charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Wednesday filed a motion in federal court seeking to dismiss charges against him, saying that the special counsel had exceeded his authority by charging Manafort with crimes not related to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Nobel prize winner hospitalized, wife found deceased in Illinois

(Reuters) - A Japanese Nobel-winning chemist was discovered wandering in rural Northern Illinois and his wife found dead nearby, some nine hours after they had been reported missing from their home 200 miles away, police said on Wednesday.


Florida education budget should be revised, superintendents say

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


Oklahoma to become first U.S. state to use nitrogen gas for executions

(Reuters) - Oklahoma plans to start using nitrogen gas for executions, officials said on Wednesday, in what would be the first such method of capital punishment in the United States.

Orlando, Fla, Shooting (2016)

Key Question in Pulse Trial for Orlando Gunman’s Wife: How Much Did She Know?

Prosecutors said Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, helped him choose his target for murder and martyrdom. Her lawyers said she could not have known his plans.


Pressure builds on United over puppy that died on flight

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines faced fresh backlash on Wednesday over a puppy that died in-flight after a cabin attendant ordered it stowed in an overhead bin, with a U.S. senator demanding an explanation for the high number of animals that have died in the carrier's care.


Suspected Florida school shooter silent in court, judge enters not-guilty plea

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida judge entered a not-guilty plea for Nikolas Cruz, who faces a possible death penalty for a massacre at a high school last month that killed 17 people and triggered a nationwide walkout of students on Wednesday.


Secret trial shows risks of nerve agent theft in post-Soviet chaos: experts

MOSCOW/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The British government says Russia is to blame for poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent, and most chemical weapons specialists agree.


'Haunted by the tragedy,' Columbine joins U.S. gun violence walkouts

LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) - Like most of her friends at Columbine High School, Abigail Orton had not yet been born when a shooting attack at her school in a Denver suburb left 15 people dead and horrified the country.


Widow of Orlando nightclub gunman knew of his plans, prosecutors say

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016 cased locations for the attack with her husband and did nothing to stop his deadly plans, prosecutors told jurors at her federal trial on Wednesday.


Dow slides as trade war worries weigh on industrials

(Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 250 points, or 1 percent, on Wednesday as industrial stocks tumbled over growing fears of a trade war with China after President Donald Trump sought to impose fresh tariffs.


US STOCKS-Dow slides as trade war worries weigh on industrials

* Dow down 0.9 pct, S&P off 0.32 pct, Nasdaq up 0.01 pct (Updates to early afternoon)


U.S. charges former Equifax executive with insider trading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has filed criminal and civil charges against a former Equifax Inc executive over alleged insider trading linked to last year's massive data breach at the credit reporting company, officials said on Wednesday.


Broadcom ends bid for Qualcomm after President Trump nixes deal

(Reuters) - Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd withdrew its $117 billion bid to acquire Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump blocked the attempt citing national security concerns.


Widow of Orlando nightclub gunman goes on trial, facing life in prison

ORLANDO (Reuters) - A trial for the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in what prosecutors say was an attack in the name of Islamic State, was set to begin on Wednesday with opening statements by both sides.

Stranded American mother of eight issues urgent plea to President Trump

Deana Lynn is a 44-year-old mother from Michigan and she has been trapped in Ghouta, Syria, since 2000 with her husband and eight children. She is calling on President Trump to help Syrian citizens.

Bribery and Kickbacks

Now Two Former Presidents of South Korea Are Under Investigation

Lee Myung-bak is the fifth former South Korean president to be questioned by prosecutors on corruption accusations since the 1990s.


Maryland firm settles U.S. charges over bribes to Russian official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Maryland-based company has agreed to pay $2 million to settle charges that it bribed a Russian official to win contracts to ship uranium to the United States, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.

Paul Manafort faces 305 years

Paul Manafort could face the rest of his life -- and almost 300 years or more -- in prison, a federal judge said Tuesday.


Former South Korean president Lee appears for questioning over graft charges

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak appeared for questioning on Wednesday over allegations he took bribes when he was in office, following months of investigations into his family and acquaintances over the graft charges.


U.S. court upholds most of Texas law to punish 'sanctuary cities'

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld most of a Republican-backed Texas law to punish "sanctuary cities," allowing it to remain in effect while the case is being fought in a lower court.


Three men charged with Minnesota mosque bombing

(Reuters) - Three men from a rural Illinois community were arrested on Tuesday and charged in the 2017 bombing of a mosque outside Minneapolis and the attempted bombing of an Illinois abortion clinic, U.S. prosecutors said.


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.


Judge rejects U.S. demand to exclude AT&T argument in Time Warner merger trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc can cite a voluntary commitment not to withhold content in licensing talks as a key part of its defense when an antitrust trial begins next week over the fate of the company's planned $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc , U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said on Tuesday.


New Jersey governor proposes tax hikes, legal marijuana in first budget

TRENTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy presented his first budget on Tuesday, turning sharply from the previous administration with sweeping proposals to hike taxes and spending on new initiatives that Republicans warned could drive businesses out of the already high-tax state.

Analysis: Yes, the Pennsylvania election is about Donald Trump

Today, voters in southwestern Pennsylvania will head to the polls to choose their new member of Congress. The fight between state Rep. Rick Saccone (R) and veteran Conor Lamb (D) was never expected to be close given that President Donald Trump won the 18th District by 20 points in 2016.


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Florida prosecutor seeking death penalty for accused Parkland gunman

(Reuters) - Florida prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, the former student accused of murdering 17 people in a shooting spree last month at a Parkland high school, according to a notice filed in court on Tuesday.


Tijuana residents laugh at border wall prototypes, call Trump 'loco'

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump's planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop desperate immigrants.

President tells Marines they 'wouldn't be going to Mars' if Clinton had won


U.S. sues New York City subway operator over disabled access

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday sued the agencies that run New York City's subway, claiming they failed to make a Bronx station accessible to disabled people despite an expensive renovation.


Bus carrying students crashes in Alabama, killing driver

(Reuters) - A bus carrying dozens of Texas high school band members home from a trip to Disney World plunged into a ravine off of an interstate highway in Alabama on Tuesday, killing its driver and injuring several others, authorities said.


NJ governor proposes tax hikes, legal marijuana in first budget

TRENTON (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy presented his first budget on Tuesday for $37.4 billion, turning sharply from the previous administration with proposals to hike taxes on millionaires, close loopholes for hedge funds and big businesses, legalize recreational marijuana and phase in free community college.

Cruz, Nikolas

Florida Will Seek Execution of Nikolas Cruz in Parkland Shooting Trial

The state attorney for Broward County said he would ask jurors to condemn Mr. Cruz to death after a rampage in Parkland, Fla., left 17 people dead.


U.S. wants judge to exclude key AT&T argument in Time Warner merger trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to bar AT&T Inc from using a voluntary commitment it made on licensing content as part of its defense when an antitrust trial begins next week over the fate of the company's planned $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc , court documents show.


Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists begin two days of theater

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tom Mauser came to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday dressed in gray Vans sneakers, the same ones his 15-year-old son Daniel wore when he was killed by two gunmen at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 along with a dozen other people.


Ex-aide to New York Governor Cuomo found guilty of taking bribes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was found guilty by a Manhattan jury on Tuesday of agreeing to take bribes from executives at two companies seeking to do business with the state government, federal prosecutors said.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Under Pompeo, a Foreign Policy That Fits the President’s Worldview

The man who would become secretary of state opposes the nuclear deal with Iran and doubts North Korea will give up its nuclear arsenal through negotiations.

Bribery and Kickbacks

Joseph Percoco, Ex-Cuomo Aide, Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

Mr. Percoco, the governor’s former executive deputy secretary, was accused of accepting more than $300,000 in bribes from executives of two companies.


Bus carrying students crashes in Alabama, killing at least one

(Reuters) - A bus carrying dozens of Texas high school students on a trip veered across the median separating two lanes of an interstate highway in Alabama and plunged into a ravine, killing at least one person and injuring several others, authorities said.

United States Politics and Government

Mike Pompeo, a Hawk Who Pleased the President, Moves From Spying to Diplomacy

In his short tenure at the C.I.A., Mike Pompeo has brought a more openly political approach. But his clout at the White House was welcomed at the agency.

Trump, Donald J

The Story of an Afghan Baby Named Donald Trump

A poor Afghan farming family named their son Donald Trump, hoping the other Trump’s good fortune would rub off on him. So far, it hasn’t.


Suspicious package reports surge after deadly Texas parcel bombs: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police have received more than 150 calls about suspicious packages after three parcel bombs left outside homes in Austin, Texas, exploded this month in related attacks that killed two people and injured two others, officials said on Tuesday.


Shutdown of funeral home that also ran body brokerage roils town

MONTROSE, Colorado (Reuters) - After Gerald “Cactus” Hollenback died of heart disease last May, his wife contacted Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors here to have him cremated. Now, Shirley Hollenback is worried about what became of her husband’s body.


At least one dead as bus carrying students plunges into Alabama ravine

(Reuters) - At least one person was killed and many injured on Tuesday when a bus carrying high school students plunged into a ravine off the side of an interstate highway in Baldwin County, Alabama, the sheriff's office said.


Turkey seeks life term for U.S. pastor over failed coup: Dogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish prosecutor on Tuesday sought a life sentence for a U.S. pastor over alleged links to a failed coup attempt in 2016, Dogan news agency reported, a move that threatens to undermine efforts to mend bilateral ties.


Witness to Charlottesville attack sues U.S. media outlets over 'false' stories

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia man sued two media outlets and seven individuals on Tuesday claiming he was defamed by false stories in which he was accused of helping stage unrest last summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, as part of an effort to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump.


GM president says 'shared sacrifice' needed to fix GM Korea

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co President Dan Ammann said on Monday the automaker's troubled South Korean operations can be a "sustainable, profitable business," if unions and the South Korean government agree quickly on a restructuring.


President Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked microchip maker Broadcom Ltd's proposed takeover of Qualcomm Inc on national security grounds, ending what would have been the technology industry's biggest deal ever amid concerns that it would give China the upper hand in mobile communications.


UPDATE 9-President Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

March 12 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked microchip maker Broadcom Ltd's proposed takeover of Qualcomm Inc on national security grounds, ending what would have been the technology industry's biggest deal ever amid concerns that it would give China the upper hand in mobile communications.


BRIEF-Qualcomm Says It Received Presidential Order To Abandon Proposed Takeover Of Co By Broadcom



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.


U.S. investigators want to speak with pilot in deadly helicopter crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal investigators probing a deadly helicopter crash in New York City's East River have not yet spoken with the pilot who warned of engine failure before the chartered aircraft crashed into the icy water, killing all five passengers.


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.


Deadly blast in Texas believed linked to earlier explosion

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A package bomb that killed a Texas teenager and injured a woman on Monday was believed to be linked to a deadly blast in the state's capital city earlier this month, according to police, who were also investigating a third explosion that injured one.


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.


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

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


Texans, Argentine among dead in New York City helicopter crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A firefighter and a videographer from Texas and an Argentine tourist were among the five passengers killed when a sightseeing helicopter crashed into New York City's East River, police and media said on Monday, with only the pilot surviving.


Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A 17-year-old boy was killed and a woman injured in a package bomb explosion on Monday at a home in Austin in an incident similar to another fatal blast in the Texas state capital earlier this month, authorities said.


Dow turns lower as industrial stocks weigh

(Reuters) - Wall Street struggled to hold on to early gains on Monday as losses in industrial stocks including Boeing and Caterpillar more than offset gains in chipmakers and technology companies.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Can Donald Trump Be Impeached?

Two new books examine the modern presidency and the possibility of removing Donald Trump from office.

Here's how hard President Trump's steel tariffs could hit Ford and General Motors


Impax faces U.S. antitrust trial over generic acne drug's delay

BOSTON (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc went to trial on Monday over claims by major retailers and consumers that the company agreed to delay launching a generic version of Solodyn in exchange for millions of dollars from the acne medication's manufacturer.

Analysis: Know who's afraid of the NRA? President Trump

Less than two weeks ago, President Donald Trump was mocking Republican Sen. Pat Toomey for being "afraid of the NRA" due to the fact that his bipartisan gun control proposal didn't include a provision to raise the the age to certain types of guns from 18 to 21.


Goldman Sachs president Schwartz to retire in April

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Monday that Harvey Schwartz, the bank's president and co-chief operating officer, will retire, paving the way for David Solomon to become sole president and Chief Operating Officer.


UPDATE 1-Goldman Sachs president Schwartz to retire in April

March 12 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Monday that Harvey Schwartz, the bank's president and co-chief operating officer, will retire, paving the way for David Solomon to become sole president and Chief Operating Officer.


Anthera to explore options after lead drug fails trial, shares slump

(Reuters) - Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday it would evaluate all strategic options after its lead drug failed in a late-stage trial, sending its shares down 80 percent in premarket trading.


Artist Ai Weiwei unfazed by China ending presidential term limits

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said on Monday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers.


Chinese papers defend removing term presidential limits

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday attacked criticism of a vote to end presidential term limits, which effectively allows President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, saying the key to China's path was following the Communist Party.


AstraZeneca sees pivotal lung cancer trial results later in 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca now expects a key lung cancer study of two immunotherapy drugs to produce overall survival results in the second half of 2018, rather than the first half.

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Colorado investigator relents after being jailed for refusing to testify in death-row case

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado criminal defense investigator, jailed for refusing to testify in a death row inmate's appeal because of her religious beliefs, has agreed to comply with a prosecution subpoena that could set her free, her attorney said on Sunday.


Colombians pick candidates in two primaries for May presidential election

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro will lead their respective coalitions in Colombia's May presidential election after winning primaries on Sunday.


BRIEF-Immutep Ltd Enters Into Clinical Trial Collaboration With Merck & Co



Chinese state media defends removing presidential term limits

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday attacked critics of ending presidential term limits, which effectively now allows President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, saying the key to China's path was following the Communist Party.


Talk of Trump-Kim summit raises hopes for son of detained American

(Reuters) - The planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has raised a California son's hope that a meeting will lead to the release of his father, held nearly a year by the reclusive state, the son said 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.

Oprah has advice for any 2020 presidential candidates

Oprah Winfrey says she's "not running for office" in 2020, but she's got some advice for anyone who does.

President boasts of special election wins as he works to avoid an embarrassing loss in a blue-collar district

President Donald Trump on Sunday kept up the drumbeat for Republican Rick Saccone ahead of a special election in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, boasting of his party's "5-0" record in House special elections.

Organized Labor

My Union or My President? Dueling Loyalties Mark Pennsylvania Race

Working-class voters are the prize in a widely watched special congressional race on Tuesday, as unions try to line up their pro-Trump members behind a moderate Democrat, Conor Lamb.


Majority of Peruvians favor impeaching president: Ipsos poll

LIMA (Reuters) - A majority of Peruvians want President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign or be forced from office by Congress, according to a poll by Ipsos published in a local newspaper on Sunday.


Conservative Pinera begins second term as Chile's president

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in as Chile's president on Sunday, returning to the job after four years of center-left rule with promises to revive investments in the world's top copper producer.


China allows Xi to remain president indefinitely, tightening his grip on power

BEIJING (Reuters) - China removed presidential term limits from its constitution on Sunday, giving President Xi Jinping the right to remain in office indefinitely, and confirming his status as the country's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago.


China allows Xi to remain president indefinitely

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber stamp parliament on Sunday passed a series of constitutional amendments, including one that removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely.

Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020.

President Trump mocks being presidential

During a campaign speech for Rick Saccone, the GOP candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, President Trump mocked what "being presidential" would sound like, after recounting criticism on how he speaks.

President says his 2020 slogan will be 'Keep America Great!'

President Donald Trump on Saturday offered a preview of his 2020 campaign, announcing his new slogan will be "Keep American Great!" because 'Make America Great Again' is now outdated.


Op-Ed Columnist: The First Porn President

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President Trump's estranged adviser tells a far-right gathering in France to handle accusations of racism with pride

President Donald Trump's estranged adviser Steve Bannon told a far-right gathering in France on Saturday that they should handle accusations of racism with pride.


Estate of Oklahoma man killed by reserve deputy to receive $6 million

(Reuters) - Officials in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, have agreed to pay a record $6 million to the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in 2015 by a white volunteer sheriff's deputy who thought his pistol was a Taser, federal court documents showed.


Impax to pay $35 million to settle part of Solodyn antitrust litigation

BOSTON (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve part of litigation over claims it entered into an anticompetitive deal in a patent case to delay releasing a generic version of the acne medication Solodyn.

United States International Relations

Trump to Make First Visit as President to Latin America

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


UPDATE 1-Regeneron/Sanofi heart drug succeeds in major trial; Will insurers pay?

March 10 (Reuters) - A potent, expensive cholesterol drug sold by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi significantly reduced major adverse heart events in a huge study presented on Saturday but it remains to be seen whether the new data will prompt insurers to pay for increased use of the medicine.


Regeneron/Sanofi heart drug succeeds in major trial; Will insurers pay?

March 10 (Reuters) - A potent, expensive cholesterol drug sold by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi significantly reduced major adverse heart events in a huge study presented on Saturday, but it remains to be seen whether the new data will prompt insurers to pay for increased use of the medicine.


'No one above law' in Mexico graft fight, says presidential hopeful Meade

ACAPULCO (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general should be given more autonomy to fight graft so that no one, not even the president, is above the law, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade said.


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

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


Trump's tariffs could hit U.S. state, city budgets: S&P

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could result in economic growth that is slower than states assumed in their budget forecasts, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday.


Spirit Airlines says brief computer outage disrupts 16 flights

(Reuters) - Spirit Airlines Inc suffered a computer outage on Friday that lasted an hour and caused delayed departures of 16 flights, a spokesman for the airline said.

Trump isn't the 1st US president to get a North Korean invite. But he's the first to accept.

No US president has agreed to sit down with a North Korean leader -- until now.


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.


Kentucky man pleads guilty to attacking Senator Rand Paul

(Reuters) - A Kentucky man who attacked U.S. Senator Rand Paul outside his home in November, breaking several of his ribs, pleaded guilty on Friday to assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, according to court officials.

United States Politics and Government

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

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


Austrian president fumes as police raids set off political storm

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's president has demanded explanations over police raids targeting offices and staff of the main domestic intelligence service, in a case that has stoked concerns about the far right's control of the Interior Ministry.

United States International Relations

Opinion: Donald Trump’s Thoroughly American Foreign Policy

The president isn’t breaking with tradition. He’s exhibiting all of his country’s worst instincts.


U.S. fails to keep pace with global tourism boom

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States is missing out on a global boom for tourism, hurt by a so-called Trump slump and currency exchange rates, travel industry experts said at a gathering in Berlin this week.

United States International Relations

Editorial: On North Korea, Donald Trump Does the Right Thing, for Once

The president will need to do a lot of careful planning in the coming weeks for his historic meeting with Kim Jong-un to be a success, though.


Kenya's president, opposition leader pledge to heal divisions

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta called opposition leader Raila Odinga "his brother" on Friday and promised "we will begin a process of bringing our people together" after last year's contentious elections.


In Congo, voting machines raise suspicions among president's foes

DAKAR/NAIROBI (Reuters) - When election officials unveiled voting machines that resemble large tablet computers in Democratic Republic of Congo, they hailed them as the solution to a multitude of problems.


UPDATE 3-Oil edges up as U.S. President Trump set to meet North Korea's Kim

* Trump will accept invitation to meet Kim Jong Un -White House


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.

Advisers were preparing details of new tariffs when the President made a stunning decision on North Korea

When White House aides arrived at work Thursday, they were prepared for a market-shaking event that would prompt jitters among US allies and cause heartburn among establishment thinkers, even Republicans.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: President Trump’s North Korea Gamble

Talking is better than bombing, but a summit is not the way to begin.


Ola's sputtering India electric vehicle trial a red flag for Modi plan

NAGPUR, India (Reuters) - Indian ride-hailing firm Ola's pilot project to test a fleet of electric vehicles in the western city of Nagpur was expected to herald a coming revolution in the Indian autos industry. So far, though, it has only exposed fractures in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitions to make all new vehicles electric by 2030.


U.S. bans government employees from travel to Mexican beach resort

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Citing a new security threat in Mexico's Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen, the U.S. government is prohibiting its employees from traveling there, marking another blow to the battered reputations of the country's most popular tourist hubs.


Oil prices rise as US President Trump set to meet North Korea's Kim

* Trump will accept invitation to meet Kim Jong Un -White House


Second man pleads guilty in Texas death of 10 immigrants in truck

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A second man pleaded guilty on Thursday to arranging the transport of dozens of immigrants across Texas last year that ended with 10 of them dead or dying in a sweltering tractor-trailer in a San Antonio parking lot.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Judge Floats Idea to Settle @realDonaldTrump Twitter Blocking Case

Seven Twitter users filed suit after they were blocked by President Trump’s account. At a hearing on Thursday, the main topic was the nature of Twitter.


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

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


Los Angeles prosecutors decline to charge police officer in deadly 2015 shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors said on Thursday they would not charge a former police officer in the 2015 shooting death of an unarmed man, despite a call by the city's police chief to do so.


Pennsylvania man signs 16-yr-old out of school, both missing

(Reuters) - A 45-year-old Pennsylvania man signed a 16-year-old girl out of her school 10 times between November and February, and the two have gone missing, police said on Wednesday.

Defense and Military Forces

Russia’s Greatest Problem in Syria: Its Ally, President Assad

The Syrian leader’s push for a military victory has put the Kremlin in a corner, unable either to risk a withdrawal or to craft the political settlement that would cement its gains in the region.


Colombia Rebel Ends Presidential Campaign, in Blow to Peace Process

Rodrigo Londoño, a former rebel commander known widely by his alias, Timochenko, exited the race after undergoing heart surgery.

International Trade and World Market

Editorial: Donald Trump’s Empty Words on Trade

The tariffs he announced last week will not do what he says they will.


Trump ex-aide Manafort pleads not guilty again, faces July trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort again pleaded not guilty on Thursday to criminal charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and will face another trial in July.

Analysis: It's 'likely' Stormy Daniels will get to tell her Donald Trump story

On Tuesday, porn star Stormy Daniels sued President Donald Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen. At issue was the non-disclosure agreement Daniels and Cohen had signed just before the 2016 election -- a move aimed at ensuring her silence about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006. Daniels is claiming that because Trump himself never signed the hush agreement, it is null and void -- and that she is free to tell the story of her alleged relationship with the now-president of the United States.

Paul Manafort gets a trial date

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of bank fraud and tax crimes in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.


Venezuela opposition calls for protest against presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition is calling for a national protest later this month against a "fraudulent" election it says is stacked in favor of President Nicolas Maduro, the first major mobilization since last year's wave of street protests.


Ex-U.S. House staffer sentenced for cyberstalking lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former staff employee of the U.S. Virgin Islands' representative to Congress was sentenced to a year and day in prison on Thursday for circulating private, nude photos and videos of the member and her husband, prosecutors said.


Manafort pleads not guilty to second indictment in Virginia, wants jury trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty on Thursday to additional criminal charges ranging from bank fraud to filing false tax returns.


Danish submarine entrepreneur denies journalist's murder as trial starts

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

President's demand for tariffs have rattled US allies and prompted his top economist to quit. He doesn't care.

President Donald Trump signaled on Thursday he was intent on slapping new tariffs on steel and aluminum despite lingering legal questions and steep resistance from members of his own party and major US allies.


McDonald's flips golden arches in honor of International Women's Day

(Reuters) - Diners at McDonald's should not be alarmed if they see the restaurant chain's iconic 'M' logo turned upside down on Thursday at different locations across the country.


Colombia's FARC candidate out of presidential race over ill health

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's former FARC rebels will not run a candidate in the country's May presidential election, the group said on Thursday, as its candidate, Rodrigo Londono, battles heart problems.


Danish inventor denies murder in Swedish journalist death trial: lawyer

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

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Trial of Peter Madsen, Accused of Murdering Journalist Kim Wall, Opens in Denmark

The inventor is said to have killed and dismembered Ms. Wall after inviting her onto his self-built submarine, in a case that has garnered worldwide attention.

Trial begins for man accused of journalist's gruesome murder

Nearly seven months after the mutilated torso of Kim Wall washed ashore, Danish inventor Peter Madsen is expected to take the stand, charged with killing the 30-year old Swedish journalist.


Mexico says progress needed before president meets Trump

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - White House advisor Jared Kushner left Mexico City on Wednesday with prospects no nearer for a summit between his father-in-law President Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, as both sides said progress on joint policy concerns was needed first.

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