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UPDATE 11-Sixth Texas parcel bomb blast leaves U.S. investigators baffled

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas, March 20 (Reuters) - The series of parcel bombs in Texas that have killed two people and put residents on edge escalated on Tuesday with two more incidents, a bomb that exploded at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio and one that was discovered before it detonated.


UPDATE 1-FedEx to scan every parcel at two Texas facilities after blast

March 20 (Reuters) - FedEx Corp will screen every package at the Texas facility where a parcel exploded on Tuesday, according to a FedEx manager, describing extraordinary steps the company is taking in response to a series of bombings in the state capital.


UPDATE 1-Blackstone co-founder Peter Peterson dies, aged 91

March 20 (Reuters) - Billionaire Wall Street financier Peter Peterson, who co-founded private equity firm Blackstone Group LP and served as U.S. President Richard Nixon's commerce secretary, died on Tuesday of natural causes, his family said. He was 91.


UPDATE 1-S.Korea's SK Innovation to buy U.S. shale oil company

* Plans to expand shale oil development businesses (Adds details, background)


UPDATE 4-Zambia slaps miner First Quantum with $8 bln tax bill

VANCOUVER/LUSAKA, March 20 (Reuters) - First Quantum Minerals said on Tuesday that Zambia's tax agency had slapped it with 76.5 billion Zambian kwacha ($8.04 billion) bill for unpaid import duties, a potentially huge blow for the Canadian miner that earns most its profit in the southern African country.


UPDATE 3-Arizona officials: Not time to rein in self-driving cars

TEMPE, Ariz./DETROIT, March 20 (Reuters) - Arizona officials said on Tuesday they do not see an immediate need to tighten rules on the testing of self-driving cars in the state in reaction to a fatal accident involving an Uber autonomous vehicle.


UPDATE 1-On eve of trial on Time Warner deal, AT&T, U.S. government lay out cases

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - In a preview of arguments in a trial over AT&T's deal to buy Time Warner Inc , government lawyers said on Tuesday the deal will raise prices for consumers while AT&T's lawyer argued the company has no reason to withhold programming from competitors as feared.


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

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


BRIEF-Acasta Announces Court Hearing Date For Arrangement In Connection With Sale Of Stellwagen Business Unit



UPDATE 1-Zambia uncovers $8 bln tax scam at prominent mining firm

LUSAKA, March 20 (Reuters) - Zambia's tax collection agency said on Tuesday it had uncovered an five-year, $8 billion tax scam at an unspecified "prominent mining company".


UPDATE 1-Seattle Genetics' Hodgkin's lymphoma drug wins U.S. approval

March 20 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved Seattle Genetics Inc's Adcetris as part of a chemotherapy cocktail to treat advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in newly diagnosed patients, opening up a key market for the drugmaker.


UPDATE 1-General Dynamics raises offer for CSRA

March 20 (Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics said on Tuesday it raised its offer for sector peer CSRA Inc to $9.7 billion, including $2.8 billion in debt, in an attempt to top an unsolicited bid from CACI International Inc's.


UPDATE 5-Fifth package bomb strikes Texas, at FedEx facility near San Antonio

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas, March 20 (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was linked to a series of four homemade bombs that hit the Texas capital of Austin this month.


UPDATE 2-Starboard's Newell board nominees retreat after Icahn swoop

March 20 (Reuters) - Four of Starboard Value's nominees to Newell Brands Inc's board of directors withdrew their nominations, a day after the company rebuffed the activist hedge fund's challenge by giving billionaire investor Carl Icahn four board seats.


BRIEF-U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Awards Biopharmx Patent Protection For Novel Tetracycline-Class Topical Drug Compositions


Student speaks from math class

Jonathan Freese talks to CNN in the aftermath of a shooting that took place while he was in math class at Great Mills High School in Maryland.

Teachers and School Employees

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

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


UPDATE 2-Roche's Tecentriq notches third cancer cocktail trial win

* Still awaiting overall survival data (Recasts to focus on Roche's strategy, adds analyst comment)


UPDATE 1-Taiwan's export orders post first decline in 19 months on Lunar New Year effects

* Feb export orders -3.8 pct vs +3.0 pct f'cast (Jan +19.7 pct)

Black caucus lawmakers want Austin bombings classified as 'ongoing terrorist attacks'

Three members of the Congressional Black Caucus called Monday for the bombings in Austin, Texas, to be classified as "ongoing terrorist attacks."


UPDATE 2-CEFC China's chairman to step down; CITIC in talks to buy stake in unit

* Ye probed for alleged economic crimes by Chinese authorities


CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Whole Foods calls supplier summit amid Amazon angst

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) - Whole Foods will host a summit on Tuesday for up to 200 of its suppliers, amid anxiety about how its ongoing business revamp will play out under new owner


UPDATE 2-Weinstein Co files for bankruptcy, ends all non-disclosure agreements

NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) - U.S. film and TV studio The Weinstein Company, whose ex-Chairman Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, said on Monday it filed for bankruptcy and was ending all non-disclosure agreements that may have silenced some women.

US and South Korea announce start date for annual military exercises

The US said Monday that its major "Foal Eagle and Key Resolve" annual military exercises with South Korea will start April 1, an announcement that comes as President Donald Trump readies for a potential major summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which could happen as early as May.

Pulse shooter's wife to FBI: 'I wish I had been more truthful'

The wife of the man who killed dozens of people at an Orlando nightclub in 2016 told FBI investigators she knew beforehand that he was going to do something violent.


UPDATE 1-Kroger's Fred Meyer plans to phase out firearms business

March 19 (Reuters) - Kroger Co's superstore chain Fred Meyer said it would exit its firearms business, two weeks after deciding to stop selling guns and ammunition to those under the age of 21.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The Revolution Has Been Televised

Joy Press’s new book, “Stealing the Show,” traces the ways in which women have transformed the TV landscape.

Classmate: Turpin child was bullied in school

CNN's Brooke Baldwin reads an emotional letter from a former classmate of the Turpin children.


Canada prepares for legal pot with new license class, strict labels

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's health regulator on Monday set out thresholds for a new class of cannabis cultivation and processing licenses, and outlined strict requirements for the packaging and labeling of recreational marijuana ahead of its legalization this year.

Native Americans

There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.

Native American women are running for office in record numbers. Some are fighting pipelines. Others are fighting environmentalists.


UPDATE 1-McDonald's proposes settlement in U.S. labor board case -source

March 19 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp on Monday said it had agreed to settle a U.S. labor board case on whether the company is accountable for its franchisees' alleged labor law violations, according to a source involved in the case.


UPDATE 7-Oil dips as Wall Street dives; tensions over Iran support crude

NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) - Oil prices slipped on Monday as Wall Street slid more than 1 percent and energy market investors remained wary of growing crude supply, although tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran gave prices some support.


UPDATE 1-VW to announce $340 mln Tennessee investment to build new SUV -source

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG will announce on Monday that it plans to invest $340 million to build a new sport utility vehicle at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant in the United States as demand surges for larger vehicles, according to a person briefed on the announcement.


UPDATE 1-Woman dies in Arizona after being hit by Uber self-driving car

SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 (Reuters) - A woman died of her injuries after being struck by a Uber self-driving vehicle in Arizona, police said on Monday, and the ride hailing company said it had suspended its autonomous vehicle program across the United States and Canada.

Women and Girls

She Was the Only Woman in a Photo of 38 Scientists, and Now She’s Been Identified

At a whale biology conference in 1971, one attendee was photographed but not named. Internet sleuths tracked her down.


UPDATE 2-Battle for GKN heats up as Melrose, Dana sweeten deals

* GKN investors must choose takeover or break-up (Writes through with context)


UPDATE 2-Henkel warns that delivery woes hit sales in North America

* Confirms full year 2018 outlook (Adds share move, background)


UPDATE 4-Apple developing own screens using next-generation MicroLED tech -Bloomberg

* Analysts cite hurdles for applying MicroLED to small screens


UPDATE 2-Shares in Britain's Micro Focus plunge as revenues deteriorate, CEO quits

* Annual revenues could fall 6-9 percent Chief operating officer to replacing departing CEO


UPDATE 3-Alibaba to invest extra $2 bln in Lazada in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

* CEO replaced by long-time Alibaba executive Lucy Peng (Adds Southeast Asia e-commerce forecast, Lazada presence)


BRIEF-Austal Says ‍Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship Successfully Completed Acceptance Trials



UPDATE 1-Alibaba to invest extra $2 bln in Lazada in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

* CEO replaced by long-time Alibaba executive Lucy Peng (Adds detail from release, context)


UPDATE 4-CACI seeks to break up General Dynamics' acquisition of CSRA

March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor CACI International Inc said on Sunday it had offered to merge with larger peer CSRA Inc, seeking to disrupt the latter's $6.8 billion acquisition by General Dynamics Corp .


UPDATE 3-CACI seeks to break up General Dynamics' acquisition of CSRA

March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor CACI International Inc said on Sunday it had offered to merge with larger peer CSRA Inc, seeking to disrupt the latter's $6.8 billion acquisition by General Dynamics Corp .


UPDATE 1-U.S. Republican lawmakers concerned by Facebook data leak

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - Several U.S. Republican lawmakers expressed concern over privacy violations on Sunday after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to 50 million Facebook users' data.


UPDATE 1-CACI seeks to break up General Dynamics' acquisition of CSRA -sources

March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor CACI International Inc has offered to merge with larger peer CSRA Inc, seeking to disrupt the latter's $6.8 billion acquisition by General Dynamics Corp, people familiar with the matter said.

Pelosi, Nancy

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Lead. More Democratic Candidates Want Her Out.

Conor Lamb’s victory in Pennsylvania, with his vow to oppose Ms. Pelosi, has emboldened other moderate and liberal Democrats to distance themselves from her.

Winning Powerball ticket is worth $457M

One Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania has matched all six numbers.


UPDATE 3-U.S. probes air bag failures in deadly Hyundai, Kia car crashes

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Saturday it is opening a probe into why some air bags failed to deploy in Hyundai and Kia vehicles after crashes in which four people were reportedly killed and another six injured.

Dr. Robert Redfield

AIDS Researcher Top Candidate to Lead the C.D.C.

The administration is vetting Dr. Robert Redfield, a founder of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology, for C.D.C. chief.


UPDATE 2-U.S. probes air bag failures in deadly Hyundai, Kia car crashes

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Saturday it is opening a probe into why some air bags failed to deploy in Hyundai and Kia vehicles after crashes in which four people were reportedly killed and another six injured.

GOP candidate who insulted Parkland students drops out

Republican candidate Leslie Gibson has dropped out of the race for Maine's House of Representatives following backlash from controversial comments he made about two student survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.


UPDATE 1-U.S. probes air bag failures in deadly Hyundai, Kia car crashes

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Saturday it is opening a probe into why some air bags failed to deploy in Hyundai and Kia vehicles after crashes in which four people were reportedly killed and another six injured.

Education (K-12)

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

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


BRIEF-Enable Midstream Provides Update On Recent FERC Ruling


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.


UPDATE 2-Former Qualcomm chairman Jacobs to exit board of directors

March 16 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Friday said former executive chairman Paul Jacobs would not be renominated for the U.S. semiconductor company's board after Jacobs disclosed his intention to pursue a long-shot acquisition of the firm.


UPDATE 1-Cenovus seeks partner for C$1.3 bln Narrows Lake project -sources

TORONTO/NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) - Cenovus Energy Inc is seeking a partner to fund C$1.3 billion ($993.1 million) in costs to build the supporting infrastructure at its Narrows Lake oil sands project in Alberta, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

March Madness 2018 Live Updates: TV Schedule and Scores by Region

The first round of the 2018 men’s N.C.A.A. tournament continues on Friday. Stay here for live scores, updates and analysis.


BRIEF-Suzano says will launch Level 3 ADRs On NYSE, will maintain one class of stock



UPDATE 1-SunPower, facing tariffs, mulls expanding U.S. manufacturing

March 16 (Reuters) - SunPower Corp said on Friday it was strongly considering expanding its solar panel manufacturing in the United States as it grapples with the Trump administration's tariffs on solar imports.

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

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


UPDATE 2-Suzano wins battle for Fibria, creating Brazil pulp giant

SAO PAULO, March 16 (Reuters) - Brazil's Suzano Papel e Celulose SA won a battle to tie up with larger rival Fibria Celulose SA, creating the world's biggest wood pulp producer despite aggressive offers from Netherlands-based Paper Excellence BV.


UPDATE 3-Row over Breivik massacre threatens Norway's justice minister, cabinet

* Critics accuse justice minister of Trump-like populism (Adds comment by political scientist)


UPDATE 1-Lanxess drops out of bidding for Akzo Nobel unit -sources

* Unit seen valued at around 9 bln euros (Adds details, background)


UPDATE's finance unit aims to raise $1.9 bln, valuation set to double -sources

* New fundraising to value JD Finance at over $20 bln -sources


UPDATE 1-CK Hutchison Chairman Li Ka-shing retires

* Li Ka-shing to retire after annual general meeting on May 10


UPDATE 1-UK city Birmingham wants further details from Uber before licence decision

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) - Britain's second city Birmingham is seeking clarity from Uber on its business model as it decides whether to renew the taxi app's licence after granting a temporary extension.


BRIEF-Skyworth Digital's Unit Enters Deal About Proposed Investment By An Investor Into COOCAA



UPDATE 1-Brazil's Fibria, Suzano to merge creating global pulp giant

SAO PAULO, March 16 (Reuters) - Controlling shareholders in Brazilian pulpmaker Fibria Celulose SA have agreed to merge the company with rival Suzano Papel e Celulose SA to create the world's largest market pulp producer, according to a statement.


UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka lifts ban on Facebook imposed after spasm of communal violence

* Govt says some anti-Muslim violence instigated through Facebook

It's been almost six months since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Ricans are still dying

Lourdes Rodriguez heard the scream early on the morning of January 6, before the sun rose and before the frogs began their chorus.

The modern young man TV's been waiting for

The trip to the grocery store is going well for the trio of pre-teen boys sent there on a mom-ordered excursion until they hit a snag that finds them staring down an aisle filled with Kotex and Always.


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.

Yesterday, they walked out of class. Now, they have to stay after school

Amariah Matos wasn't happy.

Lamb, Conor J (1984- )

Op-Ed Columnist: Worthy Is the Lamb

A Democratic candidate wins while reinforcing his party’s soul.


UPDATE 4-Largest U.S. radio company iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

* Seeks to maintain 'business as usual' during process (Adds lawyers' comments, other details from bankruptcy court hearing)


UPDATE 2-With Qualcomm saga behind it, Broadcom tops estimates

March 15 (Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd's quarterly results topped estimates on Thursday on robust demand for its chips from smartphone makers, at a time when investors are closely watching the company's next moves after its bid for fellow chipmaker Qualcomm was blocked.


UPDATE 2-Whistleblower says Walmart, eyeing Amazon, cheated on e-commerce

March 15 (Reuters) - Walmart Inc was sued on Thursday by a former executive who accused the world's largest retailer of issuing misleading e-commerce results, amid growing pressure from Inc, and firing him for complaining about it.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

March Madness Live Updates: N.C.A.A. Tournament Scores by Region

The first round of the 2018 men’s N.C.A.A. tournament begins Thursday. Stay here for live scores, updates and analysis.


UPDATE 2-Russian, U.S. LNG heads for Europe as Asian prices weaken

(Adds detail on LNG trade economics, tightening Europe-Asia spread, cargo arrivals) By Oleg Vukmanovic LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - Falling Asian gas prices are reigniting interest in northwest Europe as a liquefied natural gas (LNG) destination following winter shortages as Russia and the United States step up deliveries. Price swings prompted Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday to divert the first shipment from the new Cove Point export plant in the United States away from Asi


UPDATE 8-Oil edges up with Wall Street; rising crude supply checks gains

* Washington announces sanctions against Russia (New throughout, updates prices, market activity and comments)

Barron Trump's school doesn't want armed teachers

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


UPDATE 4-Unilever picks Rotterdam for HQ as Britain loses the battle before Brexit​

* Still seen as blow for UK a year before EU exit (Adds reaction)

Teacher accidentally fires gun and injures student

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


UPDATE 3-Toys 'R' Us goes out of business, leaving void for toy lovers

March 15 (Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us Inc, the iconic toy retailer, will shutter or sell its stores in the United States after failing to find a buyer or reach a deal to restructure billions in debt, putting at risk about 30,000 jobs.


UPDATE 2-Unilever picks Rotterdam HQ over London in blow to UK before Brexit​

* Still a blow for PM May a year to EU exit (Adds background, quotes)


UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 15

March 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE futures were flat ahead of the cash market open on Thursday.


UPDATE 3-Oil prices stable on healthy demand, but oversupply worries loom

* World oil demand to grow by 1.62 million bpd in 2018 - OPEC


UPDATE 2-Oil prices stable on healthy demand, but oversupply looms later in 2018

* OPEC expects to lose market share as non-OPEC output soars (Adds comment, updates prices)


UPDATE 1-Toys 'R' Us to close doors, leaving void for toy lovers

March 15 (Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us Inc, the iconic U.S. toy retailer, is shuttering all its U.S. stores after failing to find a buyer or reach a restructuring deal with creditors to push its indebted business out of bankruptcy, the company said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-Regulators raid Amazon Japan on suspicion of anti-trust violation

* Amazon Japan suspected of making suppliers pay it fees - media


UPDATE 1-Australian inquiry hears CBA knew risks but put mortgage 'volume' ahead of customers

* CBA chose to do nothing in order to protect "volume" - exec

It's been a month since Parkland. What's changed?

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of their classrooms to reflect on the killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one month ago -- and to renew the call for further strictures on gun purchases.


UPDATE 2-Credit Suisse sued over U.S. 'volatility' product losses

NEW YORK, March 14 (Reuters) - An investor sued Credit Suisse on Wednesday, alleging that misstatements about a complex product betting on stock market swings led to losses for people who bought in at inflated prices.

Elections, House of Representatives

In Pennsylvania Election Shaped by Trump, Candidates Still Mattered

Some voters in a special House race supported Conor Lamb to express their dislike of the president. Others just liked Mr. Lamb better than his Republican opponent.


UPDATE 1-Icahn representative to AIG board will not seek another term -filing

March 14 (Reuters) - Samuel Merksamer, who represents billionaire Carl Icahn on the board of American International Group Inc, will not seek re-election to the post at the insurer's annual meeting in May, the company said in a filing on Wednesday.

Memo to GOP: stop running 'wilted salad' candidates

Back in 2008, Barack Obama inadvertently warned America about people like Conor Lamb, the upstart 33-year-old Democrat who is on the cusp of victory this week in a Pennsylvania congressional race.


UPDATE 2-Italian stocks, banks weigh on European shares; Adidas shines

* Adidas jumps on share buyback, strong guidance (Recasts, adds details, closing prices)


UPDATE 1-Brazil's Petrobras Distribuidora expects 2018 fuel imports to fall

SAO PAULO, March 14 (Reuters) - Brazilian fuel distribution company Petrobras Distribuidora SA forecast on Wednesday a drop in fuel imports this year from 2017 partly due to a more aggressive pricing policy by state-run Petroleo Brasileiro.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

National School Walkout: Live Updates

Thousands of students are leaving their classrooms for 17 minutes, one for every victim of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, in a protest demanding more gun restrictions.


UPDATE 1-Siemens Healthineers IPO price narrowed -bookrunners

* Price guidance within lower half of previous guidance range


U.S. students to abandon class for 17 minutes to protest gun violence

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Students will walk out of classrooms across the United States on Wednesday to demand tighter gun safety laws, joining a movement spearheaded by student survivors from the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last month.


Tokyo bids farewell to 'trustworthy' Tillerson, Seoul awaits seasoned Pompeo

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan's foreign minister said on Wednesday he personally regretted the departure of "frank, trustworthy" U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of a proposed summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Slovenian schools closed as teachers strike for wage hikes

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

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.


Goldman calls for Hong Kong to rethink dual-class founder share limits

HONG KONG, March 14 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has called on Hong Kong to reconsider planned limits on how much equity company founders can hold when the city introduces dual-class shares, warning they could dent the city's competitiveness versus major centres like New York.


UPDATE 2-Japan Inc to raise wages but many short of PM Abe's 3 pct target

* Wage hikes hold key for meeting BOJ's 2 pct inflation goal (Adds Honda, Hitachi, govt spokesman)


UPDATE 1-South Africa antitrust watchdog charges Takata with price fixing

JOHANNESBURG, March 14 (Reuters) - South African competition watchdog charged Takata Corp with price fixing on Wednesday, another blow to the Japanese auto safety products maker in the throes of a massive airbag scandal. The Competition Commission said Takata worked with other firms to fix prices, divide the market and collude in their bidding for four different seat belts and airbags contracts with as three auto makers.


UPDATE 1-Currency effects, later launch squeeze margins at Zara owner Inditex

* Raises dividend by 10.3 percent (Adds details, bullets, shares)


Tokyo farewells 'trustworthy' Tillerson, Seoul awaits seasoned Pompeo

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan's foreign minister said on Wednesday he personally regretted the departure of "frank, trustworthy" U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of a proposed summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


UPDATE 3-Oil stable on strong China data, but rising US output caps gains

* Oil markets expect slight oversupply for most of 2018 (Adds Goldman Sachs comment, updates prices)


UPDATE 5-Trump eyes tariffs on up to $60 bln Chinese goods; tech, telecoms, apparel targeted

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, March 13 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports and will target the technology and telecommunications sectors, two people who had discussed the issue with the Trump administration said on Tuesday.


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

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


UPDATE 3-U.S. finds Canada groundwood paper dumped, sets duties

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said on Tuesday it had made a preliminary finding that some imports from Canada of uncoated groundwood paper used in newsprint were dumped, and imposed preliminary duties of up to 22.16 percent.


UPDATE 2-After short-selling surge, Israeli firm says it finds AMD chip flaw

March 13 (Reuters) - An Israeli cyber security research firm with six employees on Tuesday said it had found flaws in Advanced Micro Devices microprocessors that made them vulnerable to hacks.


UPDATE 1-Starbucks signs licensing agreement with Brazil investment firm

SAO PAULO, March 13 (Reuters) - Sao Paulo investment firm SouthRock Capital has signed an agreement with Starbucks Corp that gives it the right to develop and operate branches of the Seattle-based chain in Brazil, the companies said late on Monday.

Candidate: My opponents hate God

Pennsylvania congressional candidate and Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone says his political opponents hate President Trump, America and God.


UPDATE 1-Microsoft women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12 (Reuters) - Women at Microsoft Corp working in U.S.-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings made public on Monday.


UPDATE 2-European shares sag after Trump ousts U.S. chief diplomat

* Iliad tumbles on disappointing fixed-line numbers (Releads, adds comments, context)


UPDATE 6-U.S. crude falls 1 percent on concerns over rising output

* U.S. shale output seen at record high 6.95 mln bpd in April -EIA


UPDATE 2-Britain to consider taxing digital giants' revenue

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - Britain said it was considering taxing the revenues of internet companies like Facebook and Google until international tax rules are changed to cope with digital firms that can shift sales and profits between jurisdictions.


UPDATE 1-Richemont in talks to sell Lancel to Italy's Piquadro in fashion revamp

ZURICH, March 13 (Reuters) - Luxury goods group Richemont is in exclusive talks to sell its underperforming French Lancel leather brand to Italian high-end briefcase maker Piquadro, to put its struggling fashion and accessories business back on track.


UPDATE 2-Fibria controlling shareholders confirm bid from Paper Excellence

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 13 (Reuters) - BNDESPar and Votorantim Participações SA confirmed on Tuesday that they have received an unsolicited takeover bid from Netherlands-based Paper Excellence for their controlling stake in Brazilian pulp producer Fibria Celulose SA.


EBRD issues its first 'health bond' worth 317 million zlotys

WARSAW/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Tuesday it has issued its first "health bond", raising 317 million zlotys ($92.84 million) from one of Japan's largest life insurers to finance health projects across the globe.


China says eastern Europe summits have been very successful

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is in close preparatory talks ahead of a summit with eastern European nations scheduled in Bulgaria this year, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, adding that he had not heard the annual event could be pared back.

Computer Security

The One Thing That Protects a Laptop After It’s Been Stolen

Here’s one thing you can do today so if your laptop is lost or stolen, your private, personal data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands too.


UPDATE 2-NAB under fire as Australian banking inquiry opens

* A$24 bln in loans written during period - barrister (Recasts with details on the NAB referral scheme)


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.


UPDATE 3-Bankrupt Philadelphia refiner settles biofuel obligation with EPA -court filing

NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted a bankrupt Philadelphia oil refining company a reprieve from complying with the nation's renewable fuel laws, according to a settlement agreement filed on Monday.

A poll released ahead of Pennsylvania's special election shows the Democratic candidate holding a slight lead

Republicans are in the final hours of their frantic, all-out bid to save a Pennsylvania congressional district in the heart of Trump country from falling into Democratic hands in Tuesday's special election.

Opinion: Pennsylvania's big election isn't about the candidates

For years, political pundits have worried about how big money could drown out voters' voices. Now, big money is so plentiful that it drowns out the voices of candidates, too.


UPDATE 1-U.S. Steel raises 2018 earnings forecast on tariff bump

March 12 (Reuters) - United States Steel Corp raised its full-year earnings forecast on Monday, as the biggest U.S. steel maker expects to benefit from President Donald Trump's imposition of hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Basketball (College)

Here Are 6 N.C.A.A. Bracket Busters. You’ve Been Warned.

Could a No. 16 beat a No. 1? We think this could be the year.


UPDATE 8-Oil down 1 percent on continued concerns over U.S. output

* U.S. drillers cut rigs for first time in 7 weeks - Baker Hughes


UPDATE 3-DowDuPont's Andrew Liveris steps down, names CEO for new Dow

March 12 (Reuters) - DowDuPont Inc chief Andrew Liveris will step down on April 1, making good on an earlier promise to retire as the company named existing managers to head its materials science unit when it is spun off as Dow next year.


UPDATE 3-Britain's Melrose raises GKN bid to $11.2 bln in final offer

* GKN had agreed deal to spin off car parts business (Updates with GKN rejection, Aviva Investors comment)

Gun Control

Congress Quashed Research Into Gun Violence. Since Then, 600,000 People Have Been Shot.

Why do so many Americans kill one another, and how can the violence be stopped? The C.D.C. quit studying these and other questions over 20 years ago.


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.


UPDATE 2-Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU, March 12 (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued.


UPDATE 4-Oil, briefly up on lower rig counts, falls on U.S. output outlook

* Traders liquidate long positions (Updates prices, graphic link, dateline, adds analyst comment)


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.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

Selection Sunday 2018: N.C.A.A. Tournament Live Updates

Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier will likely be the top seeds in the tournament. Stay here for live updates, predictions and analysis on Selection Sunday.


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

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


UPDATE 2-France's Areva to pay $554 million to settle Finnish reactor dispute

* Unit due to provide 10 pct of Finland's power needs (Adds payment details, minister quote)

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.


UPDATE 2-Germany, China warn Trump tariff moves threaten global trade

* But EU countermeasures remain on the table (Recasts, adds VDA automobile association)


Review: Paul Taylor Classics Outshine New Dances (His and Others’)

“Concertiana,” Mr. Taylor’s 147th work, received a premiere along with “The Beauty in Gray” by Bryan Arias and “Half Life” by Doug Varone.

Diners may have been exposed to nerve agent

Customers at a restaurant and pub in Salisbury, England are being urged to wash their clothes, after traces of the nerve agent used on a Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were detected. CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.

Exploration and Explorers

Opinion: The Northwest Passage That Might Have Been

Climate change has turned the dream of a failed 18th-century explorer into a reality.

Trump in Pennsylvania to prop up candidate in tight race

President Donald Trump will hold a rally Saturday night in support of the Republican candidate running in Pennsylvania's special House election, state Rep. Rick Saccone.

Stormy Daniels says Trump scandal has been good for business

Interest in Stephanie Clifford, the porn star known as Stormy Daniels, is at an all-time high, and she's using it to her advantage, she told CNN after a performance Friday at the Solid Gold gentleman's club in Pompano Beach, Florida.


France signs deals worth $16 billion in India; to deepen defense, security ties

PARIS/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - French and Indian companies signed contracts worth 13 billion euros ($16 billion) on the first day of President Emmanuel Macron's visit to India on Saturday, the French presidency said in a statement.


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.

There have been 17 officers shot to death in the first 10 weeks of this year

So far this year, 17 law enforcement officers across the United States have died after they were shot.


UPDATE 1-Regeneron/Sanofi offer new Praluent pricing to break reimbursement logjam

March 10 (Reuters) - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA said on Saturday they would be willing to charge less for their potent cholesterol drug, Praluent, if insurers agree to lessen onerous access barriers for high-risk patients.


South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A human rights lawyer plans to launch a class action lawsuit against South African food producer Tiger Brands on behalf of the families of people who died and those affected by the worst listeria outbreak in history.


A Childhood Hobby Matures Into a World-Class Collection

A Brazilian has amassed 100,000 autographs dating from 1140 to 2017. The Morgan Library plans to exhibit 140 of them.


UPDATE 1-Mexico's Alfa says CFO to leave after insider trading probe

MEXICO CITY, March 9 (Reuters) - The chief financial officer of Mexican conglomerate Alfa, Ramon Leal, will leave the firm effective March 31 after an investigation by the country's banking regulator, the company said in a statement on Friday.


UPDATE 3-Intel downplays report of interest in Broadcom

March 9 (Reuters) - Microchip maker Intel Corp responded to a news report that it is considering a possible bid for Broadcom Ltd by saying that it is focused on integrating previous acquisitions, raising doubt over the idea.


UPDATE 1-U.S. has ordered Broadcom to give notice of steps to redomicile

March 9 (Reuters) - A U.S. national security panel has ordered Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom to provide it with five business days' notice before taking any action toward redomiciling to the United States, a regulatory filing this week revealed.


REFILE-UPDATE 1-Spirit Airlines says brief computer outage disrupts 16 flights

March 9 (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.

More than 25,000 people may have been exposed to mumps

More than 25,000 people who attended a national cheerleading competition last month in Dallas may have been exposed to mumps, state health officials said.

There's never been a better time to be single

"Marriage is a healthy estate," British physician William Farr wrote in 1858, in one of the first studies to conclude that married people were better off than their single counterparts. "The single individual is more likely to be wrecked on his voyage than the lives joined in matrimony."


UPDATE 2-'Pharma Bro' Shkreli set to be sentenced for defrauding investors

NEW YORK, March 9 (Reuters) - The sentencing hearing for Martin Shkreli, the former drug company executive who made headlines by jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug before he was found guilty of defrauding investors, began on Friday with a plea for leniency from his lawyer.


UPDATE 2-Broadcom promises on security, Qualcomm revamps board

March 9 (Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd has promised not to sell critical national security assets to foreign buyers if its deal to buy chipmaker Qualcomm Inc is approved, another effort by the Singapore-based firm to appease U.S. security concerns.


UPDATE 2-U.S. jobs report boosts European stocks

* German industrial output falls (Updates prices, adds detail)

Candidate breastfeeds in campaign ad

Kelda Roys is a Democratic candidate in Wisconsin's gubernatorial race who helped ban Bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups in the state.


Toymakers tumble as Toys 'R' Us prepares to liquidate

(Reuters) - Shares of Mattel Inc and Hasbro Inc , the two largest U.S. toymakers, tumbled on Friday after reports that key customer Toys 'R' Us Inc is preparing for potential liquidation, six months after filing for bankruptcy.


A Word With: Giovanni Ribisi Has Been Conned. So Have You.

Mr. Ribisi, of Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete,” talks about the art of the con, the allure of Bryan Cranston and his own commitment to four “Avatar” sequels.


Road to Talks Between the U.S. and North Korea Has Been Bumpy

A meeting between North Korea’s leader and President Trump would be the highest-level talks between the two countries, but there is a long history of failed efforts.


Wall Street has never been so far behind on Netflix

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc's 65 percent jump so far in 2018 has been so fast that Wall Street analysts earlier this week were as much as $60 behind the curve on a stock most say is a buy.


UPDATE 1-S.Africa watchdog approves $900 mln Sinopec, Chevron deal

JOHANNESBURG, March 9 (Reuters) - China's Sinopec Corp got a major boost in its pursuit of Chevron's South Africa and Botswana assets after South Africa's Competition Tribunal approved, with conditions, the $900 million transaction on Friday.


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

Eerie photos show dilapidated relics of the Soviet era

The Bartini Beriev VVA-14 (above) is one of the most bizarre airplanes ever made. It could take off vertically and land on the water, and it was designed to search and destroy US submarines during the Cold War.


Toyota affiliate Denso buying stake worth $800 million in chipmaker Renesas

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese auto parts supplier Denso Corp is buying an additional 4.5 percent stake in chipmaker Renesas Electronics in a deal worth $800 million based on market prices, as car makers accelerate the adoption of self-driving and other technologies.


UPDATE 1-Venezuela's PDVSA sues oil traders over corruption scheme -lawyer

CARACAS, March 8 (Reuters) - Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has sued a group of oil trading companies through a U.S. trust over a multi-billion dollar corruption scheme to buy petroleum products below market value, the lawyer representing the trust said on Thursday.


UPDATE 2-Disney shareholders vote against CEO Iger's pay package

March 8 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co shareholders rejected an executive compensation plan that could reward Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger with up to $48.5 million a year over four years plus an equity grant worth about $100 million, in a non-binding vote on Thursday.

Candidate for Wisconsin governor breastfeeds in campaign ad

A Democratic candidate in Wisconsin's gubernatorial race released a campaign ad showing her breastfeeding while detailing her efforts to ban the use of Bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups in the state.

Teacher tells class not to date African-Americans because they aren't worth it

A Florida teacher has been suspended after his school district concluded he repeatedly used the N-word in class, and told his 7th and 8th graders not to date African Americans "because they are not worth it," among other violations.

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.


UPDATE 1-Administrators seek to return Steinmetz's mining firm BSGR to solvency

* BSGR's Cramer says to press on with arbitration (Updates with comment from administrators)


UPDATE 6-Oil set for second weekly fall as rising U.S. supply weighs

* Risk of trade war keeps commodities under pressure (Updates prices, adds quotes, changes dateline (previous LONDON))


UPDATE 3-UK's John Lewis Partnership expects profit squeeze from competition

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - The John Lewis Partnership expects further pressure on profits in 2018 after a 22 percent drop last year as a result of persistent competition on the British high street.

Full history of women's leadership hasn't been told

I'd always thought of myself as a feminist, well-versed in women's history. But I discovered my knowledge of it was more limited than I realized when I met Laura Liswood in 2015.


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.


UPDATE 1-Easing tariff fears buoy European shares; M&A, earnings in focus

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - European shares edged higher on Thursday, as dealmaking gathered pace and fears of a trade war eased, though some disappointing earnings updates weighed.


UPDATE 4-Japan punishes seven cryptocurrency exchanges over regulatory lapses

* Exchanges failed to protect users and prevent money-laundering


BRIEF-Microport Scientific Updates On Acquisition Of Business From Livanova PLC



UPDATE 1-Grab in advanced talks to buy into Uber's Southeast Asia business -source

* SoftBank a major investor in Uber and Grab (Adds details from source, industry context)


UPDATE 4-Japan Q4 GDP growth revised up, BOJ seen in no rush to exit easy policy

* Private consumption +0.5 pct q/q unchanged from prelim estimate


UPDATE 2-Health insurer Cigna set to buy Express Scripts - WSJ

* Deal could be announced on Thursday - WSJ Express Scripts market value $41.43 bln, Cigna worth $47.18 bln (Adds industry background, company stock data)

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

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


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

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

Teachers and School Employees

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

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

Education (K-12)

Florida Teacher Says Her Racist Podcast Was ‘Satire’

School officials called the podcast “concerning” and said the teacher had been removed from the classroom.

DeVos defends proposal to arm some teachers after Parkland visit

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

A 20-year-old man has sued Dick's because store wouldn't sell him a rifle

A 20-year-old Oregon man has filed a lawsuit against Dick's Sporting Goods, accusing the retailer of age discrimination for not selling him a rifle.


UPDATE 2-M&A talk lights up European stocks

* Key Trump adviser resigns (Recasts, adds quote and detail, updates prices at close)


UPDATE 4-Dollar Tree same-store sales, forecast disappoint; shares fall

* Shares down 15.3 pct at $88.34 (Adds analyst comments, quotes from conf call, background; Updates share price)