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Flu experts call for new vaccines, drugs and diagnostics

Though no new ground was broken at Thursday's congressional hearing about national influenza preparedness and response, several less-familiar points were underlined by officials testifying on behalf of the US Department of Health and Human Services. [Source]

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U.S. spending bill includes bid to solve international email privacy impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal spending bill released late on Wednesday included bipartisan legislation that would amend a decades-old privacy law to clarify that a U.S. warrant seeking data stored overseas is valid in certain circumstances.

United States Politics and Government

Congressional Leaders Near Deal on Over $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Lawmakers must approve the bill by midnight Friday to avoid a government shutdown this weekend, which would be the third closure this year.


'Sound of Music,' 'Rumours' albums deemed U.S. national treasures

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack from "The Sound of Music," Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album "Rumours" and the 1984 song "Footloose" were among 25 recordings deemed national treasures on Wednesday and worthy of preserving by the U.S. Library of Congress.


Inability to audit U.S. elections a 'national security concern': Homeland chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Not having a verifiable way to audit election results in some states represents a "national security concern," the Trump administration's homeland security chief said on Wednesday, looking ahead to U.S. midterm elections in November.


Newman concedes in Democratic Illinois congressional primary

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman to win a nationally watched congressional primary in Illinois that pitted a long-serving centrist incumbent against the party's liberal wing.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Wizard of Winter

During the winter season in Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors may be lucky enough to spot elk, coyotes, deer or snowshoe hares.


Horse racing - Injured Walsh to miss Grand National

LONDON (Reuters) - Irish Jockey Ruby Walsh has been ruled out of next month's Grand National because of a broken leg but hopes to be back on home turf for the five-day Punchestown meeting at the end of April.


Democratic Rep. Lipinski wins Illinois congressional primary: AP

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman to win a nationally watched congressional primary in Illinois, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.


Democratic Rep. Lipinski defeats challenger Newman in Illinois congressional primary: AP

(Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman in Illinois, election results on Wednesday showed, in a nationally watched primary battle that pitted a veteran lawmaker against liberal activists who said his conservative views were out of step with the party.


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United States Politics and Government

Ben Carson Defends Purchase of $31,000 Dining Set at Congressional Hearing

“People were stuck by nails, and a chair had collapsed with someone sitting in it,” said Mr. Carson, describing the furniture he replaced.


G20 pushes for free trade as U.S. vows to defend national interest

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders sought on Monday to endorse free trade amid concerns over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium, while the United States said it could not sacrifice its national interests to make the system work.

Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania Republicans' request to block new congressional maps

The Supreme Court has denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block new congressional maps that could tilt several key races in Democrats' favor from being used in the midterm elections.


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

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


U.S. court refuses to block Pennsylvania congressional redistricting

(Reuters) - A panel of federal judges in Pennsylvania on Monday refused to block the state's new congressional district map from taking effect, rejecting Republican arguments that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its authority in issuing new voting lines in February.

School Discipline (Students)

Why Are Black Students Punished So Often? Minnesota Confronts a National Quandary

The Trump administration is highlighting the struggles that Minneapolis and St. Paul face with disparities in school discipline, and putting a thumb on the scale.

Colleges and Universities

Bridge Collapse Saps Spirits and Research Efforts at Florida International University

The pedestrian bridge collapse has dealt a blow to the school and to a center there devoted to accelerated bridge construction.

United States Politics and Government

Smuggling of U.S. Technology Is Outpacing Cold War Levels, Experts Say

China, Russia, North Korea and Iran are relying on smuggling rings to secure equipment that can be used for weapons, satellites and fighter jets.

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.

Broken ski lift sends people flying

Several people were injured after a ski lift in Georgia malfunctioned and started going rapidly in reverse.


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Custodian steals $180 from students' book bags during the national walkout

While students in a South Carolina school participated in the National School Walkout this week, a custodian helped herself to their cash, police said.

Zinke says 'Konnichiwa' after hearing about WWII Japanese internment

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke responded with a flippant comment to a congresswoman's story about her grandfathers' detention in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II.


Trump has decided to remove his national security adviser: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, but the move is not expected to be made immediately, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The push for a replacement comes after months of tension between Trump and his national security adviser, sources say

National Geographic has more work to do on race

At least one person dies after newly installed walkway falls at Florida International University, mayor says

A pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Cyberwarfare and Defense

A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try.

Petrochemical companies were hit by a series of cyberassaults last year. The worst of them, against a widely used safety system, could have set off an explosion.

Assad may win, but Syria is broken

In the summer of 2015, President Bashar al-Assad was in trouble. His army -- fighting on multiple fronts amid desertion and exhaustion -- was losing ground. Islamist rebel groups were threatening to cut key routes connecting regime strongholds. And then an Iranian general went to Moscow, and the tide of Syria's conflict began to change, gradually but remorselessly, in the regime's favor.


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You won't be hearing this iconic jingle anymore

After 70 years in business, Toys "R" Us will be closing or selling all of its US stores.


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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.

Hearing set in Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump

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


Smoking tied to higher risk of hearing loss

(Reuters Health) - Smokers may be more likely to develop hearing loss than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with each additional cigarette people smoke on a typical day, a Japanese study suggests.

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.

National Anthems

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Germany’s National Anthem May Be Sexist. Is America’s Racist?

“The Star-Spangled Banner” is not alone in having some disturbing lyrics.

Duterte, Rodrigo

Philippines Plans to Withdraw From International Criminal Court

President Rodrigo Duterte said the court, which is investigating deaths tied to his drug crackdown, was painting him as a “heartless violator of human rights.”


Republicans scramble to salvage congressional seat in Pennsylvania

CANONSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Republicans are scrambling to avoid a political embarrassment in a conservative district of Pennsylvania, where a pro-gun, pro-union Democrat could be about to win a congressional election in one of President Donald Trump's white, working-class strongholds.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Op-Ed Contributor: Dear National Rifle Association: We Won’t Let You Win. From, Teenagers.

Our parents did not succeed in ensuring our safety at school. So we must do it ourselves.


Honda, Ford to testify at U.S. Senate Takata hearing: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Executives from Honda Motor Co , Ford Motor Co and Key Safety Systems will testify at a March 20 hearing on the ongoing massive Takata Corp air bag inflator recalls of more than 60 million vehicles, committee aides briefed on the matter said Tuesday.


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

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


Teva rebuffs EU pay-for-delay charge at hearing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Israeli drugmaker Teva rebuffed EU antitrust charges of making an illegal deal with rival Cephalon to delay selling a cheaper generic version of the latter's sleep disorder drug at a hearing on Tuesday.

Senate sets Pompeo confirmation hearing for April

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing for secretary of state will be in April, but didn't specify a specific date.


Finland invests $1 billion in Nokia to boost national influence

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's government investment arm has spent about 844 million euros ($1.04 billion) on building a 3.3 percent stake in Nokia to strengthen national influence over the telecom network gear maker.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

How Young Is Too Young for Protest? A National Gun-Violence Walkout Tests Schools

A coordinated protest on Wednesday at schools across the U.S. has administrators making special plans for students who may not be old enough to handle the subject.


Saudi Aramco international listing looks increasingly difficult: sources

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is increasingly looking to just float oil giant Saudi Aramco locally as plans for an initial public offering (IPO) on an international exchange such as London or New York hang in the balance, sources close to the process said.


Broken Balls and ‘Wattery Filth’: Golf’s Original Rules Show a Rougher Game

The new rules of golf were announced Monday, but a look at the 1744 rule book sheds light on a different kind of game.


Republicans struggle to salvage congressional seat in Pennsylvania

CANONSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Republicans are scrambling to avoid a political disaster in a conservative district of Pennsylvania, where a pro-gun, pro-union Democrat who opposes abortion could be about to win a congressional election in one of President Donald Trump's white, working-class strongholds.

Trump blocks merger bid over national security concerns


Argentine soy scorched beyond return, season 'dead': experts

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Hope has withered for any recovery in Argentine soy yields hit by a four-month drought that shows no signs of abating, farmers and analysts said on Monday, prompting China to step in to fill the gap in soymeal exports from the world's No. 1 supplier.


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.


EU experts' fake news report draws false conclusions: consumer group

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A consumer group on Monday said experts appointed by the European Commission to advise on tackling fake news had ignored the business model that gave the likes of Google and Facebook a motive for disseminating it.

What you need to know about the national school walkout

It's been nearly a month since Nikolas Cruz stormed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15-style rifle and killed 17 students and faculty members.


Pope expresses concern over national policies dictated by fear

MILAN (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday expressed concern over national policies dictated by fear, speaking only one week after Italy's general elections which brought populist and anti-immigrant parties to the forefront.


Marine Le Pen Proposes New Name for National Front

The new name, Rassemblement National, means National Rally or Gathering. Ms. Le Pen hopes a rebranding may reinvigorate the struggling party.


France to commit 700 million euros to International Solar Alliance

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - France will commit 700 million euros to the International Solar Alliance (ISA), President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday at the founding conference of the organization, reiterating the European country's commitment to the alliance and clean energy.


‘I Cheated,’ Says Woodworker Who Fooled the Antiques Experts

Harold Gordon took a piece of furniture and converted into a phony Civil War antique that ended up in a prominent museum.

Immigration and Emigration

‘Let Them Call You Racists’: Bannon’s Pep Talk to National Front

Stephen K. Bannon, addressing the party congress of France’s anti-immigrant National Front, got a standing ovation when he attacked the political and economic establishment, and journalists.


Trump's ex-aide Bannon to address National Front congress in France

PARIS (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, a champion of Donald Trump's "America First" agenda, will address the party congress of France's far-right National Front on Saturday, a senior official of the French anti-immigrant party said.

National Rifle Association says the law, which raises the age to buy firearms to 21, violates Second Amendment

The National Rifle Association has sued the State of Florida after Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026 into law Friday, the first gun control legislation enacted in the state after the Parkland school massacre on February 14.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

International Soccer’s Man of Mystery

Alexander Jarvis’ social media posts and website suggest he has become a globe-trotting broker of sports deals. Has he?


South Africa's Tiger Brands calls in experts to identify listeria cause

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African food producer Tiger Brands said on Friday it had appointed an expert team to identify the causes of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in the past 14 months and which has been traced to one of its factories.

Europe Edition: International Women’s Day, North Korea, Tariffs: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

International Women’s Day, Trump, China: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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

Asia and Australia Edition: International Women’s Day, Sergei Skripal, North Korea: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


Arming Florida school staff could expose them to suits: experts

(Reuters) - A bill passed by Florida lawmakers empowering some personnel in public schools to carry firearms to guard against attacks like last month's massacre near Miami could expose these employees to potentially costly civil lawsuits, legal experts said.

Flu experts call for new vaccines, drugs and diagnostics

Though no new ground was broken at Thursday's congressional hearing about national influenza preparedness and response, several less-familiar points were underlined by officials testifying on behalf of the US Department of Health and Human Services.


Experts offer advice for extreme allergic reaction

(Reuters Health) - Parents and caregivers should know what to do when an extreme allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis occurs, according to a new resource published in the medical journal JAMA.

Women and Girls

International Women’s Day 2018: Beyond #MeToo, With Pride, Protests and Pressure

There was a keen awareness of a sense of urgency and a shift on issues of gender parity, women’s treatment in the workplace and sexual dynamics.


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.


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Tariffs, Gun Control, International Women’s Day: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


With Venezuelan hyperinflation, multinationals buck price controls

VALENCIA, Venezuela/CARACAS (Reuters) - When Colgate-Palmolive Co's Venezuelan unit in January raised the price of laundry detergent to keep up with inflation that hit 85 percent the month before, it drew a swift rebuke from the government of President Nicolas Maduro, which demanded a nearly 90 percent price cut.


U.S. senators call new hearing on Takata auto air bag inflators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senators will convene a previously undisclosed hearing to focus on the status of Takata air bag inflator recalls, the largest, most complex recall process in auto history that some lawmakers say is too slow.


National Treasures: First jobs of America's diplomats

NEW YORK(Reuters) - (The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

Squash (Sport)

At 15, Juggling Freshman Year and an International Squash Career

Marina Stefanoni of Darien, Conn., was the youngest player ever to compete in the Tournament of Champions. Having conquered junior events, she’s eyeing success in pro events while still in high school.


Mexico sets April Maya oil price for international buyers

MEXICO CITY, March 7 (Reuters) - Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex revised its April term pricing formulas for crude oil shipped to customers in the Americas, Europe and the Far East, the company said on Wednesday. The following table lists the adjustments to price constants in the Americas, the U.S. West Coast, Europe and the Far East: DESTINATION MARCH CONSTANT APRIL CONSTANT ---------------- ---------------- ---------------


Smurfit Kappa reaffirms rejection of International Paper approach

DUBLIN, March 7 (Reuters) - Smurfit Kappa's board reaffirmed its rejection of a takeover offer from International Paper Co after its U.S. rival revealed late on Tuesday that the bid was worth 8 billion euros ($10 billion).


U.S. sees national security risk from Broadcom's Qualcomm deal

(Reuters) - A U.S. government national security panel said it identified potential risks that warrant a full investigation of Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd's $117 billion bid for chipmaker Qualcomm Inc , a senior U.S. Treasury official said in a letter to the companies on Monday.


UPDATE 2-U.S. sees national security risk from Broadcom's Qualcomm deal

March 6 (Reuters) - A U.S. government national security panel said it identified potential risks that warrant a full investigation of Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd's $117 billion bid for chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in a letter to the companies on Monday.


Citigroup moving toward 'national digital bank': CFO

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc is laying the foundation, through a growing network of mobile banking tools, to support the launch of a national digital consumer bank sometime within the next three years, its chief financial officer said on Tuesday.

Foreign Investments

U.S. Calls Broadcom’s Bid for Qualcomm a National Security Risk

The move by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States complicates an already contentious deal.


Special Report: By rewriting history, Hindu nationalists aim to assert their dominance over India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - During the first week of January last year, a group of Indian scholars gathered in a white bungalow on a leafy boulevard in central New Delhi. The focus of their discussion: how to rewrite the history of the nation.


Fights erupt, 12 arrested ahead of white nationalist's speech in Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - A least a dozen people were arrested on Monday after supporters of Richard Spencer clashed with protesters outside a Michigan college campus where the white nationalist was scheduled to speak.


Fight breaks out ahead of Michigan speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer

EAST LANSING, Mich (Reuters) - At least half a dozen people were arrested on Monday after supporters of Richard Spencer clashed with protesters outside a Michigan college campus where the avowed white nationalist was scheduled to speak.


UPDATE 1-COFCO International names grain, oilseed heads in new shakeup

* Latest shakeup as group pursues overseas growth (Adds details)

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

U.S. Asks Qualcomm to Delay Meeting for National Security Review of Broadcom Bid

The surprise move by a government panel comes amid an atmosphere in which foreign takeovers are gaining high levels of scrutiny.


France's far-right National Front to change name as Le Pen seeks rebound

PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen will this weekend unveil a new name for the 45-year-old National Front and a refocus on immigration as it searches for more voters and relevance in a political landscape transformed by President Emmanuel Macron.


Vatican treasurer in Australian court for hearing on sex offence charges

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell arrived in an Australian court on Monday for the start of a four-week pre-trial hearing on charges of historical sexual offences.


Vatican treasurer due in Australian court for hearing on sex offense charges

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell is scheduled to appear in an Australian court on Monday for the start of a four-week pre-trial hearing on charges of historical sexual offenses.


'Don't react': trade experts look past Trump noise at NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Donald Trump may be president of the United States but his words do not necessarily carry the weight of the U.S. government at the biggest trade shake-up he is pushing. Sometimes, it is better to block them out and carry on, participants say.

Liberalism (US Politics)

Opinion: How Liberals Can Reclaim Nationalism

We need a vision that can stand proudly in competition with that of Steve Bannon and Vladimir Putin.

Politics and Government

Podgorze Journal: Why Are Poland’s Nationalists So Popular? Ask a Local Librarian.

Poland’s governing party has used a mix of selective nostalgia and generous social programs to build broad support in neglected, rural hinterlands.


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Tiger has shown he's a threat again, say experts

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods may only be three starts into his PGA Tour return but some experts feel the former world number one has shown he still has what it takes to make a meteoric rise up the rankings.


Exclusive: Israel's El Al seeks international help to access Saudi airspace

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's flag carrier El Al has asked an airline industry lobby group to help it access Saudi Arabian airspace, so it can compete with Air India's [AIN.UL] planned route between India and Israel.

America's most popular national parks are...

Nearly 331 million people visited the National Park Service's 417 sites around the United States in 2017, a slight dip from the 331 million record-breaking visits during its centennial anniversary year in 2016.


Russia says International Olympic Committee reinstates its membership

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of Russia's Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had reinstated his organization's membership after suspending it over doping allegations.

United States

The Interpreter: Episode 2: National Identity Is Made Up

Why do we identify with millions of strangers, just based on borders? In this video from The Interpreter, we explain the myth that built the modern world.


U.S. congressional Republicans reject new limits on guns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders of the U.S. Congress said on Tuesday they would not raise the minimum age for gun buyers, in a sign that one of President Donald Trump's proposals likely will not get far on Capitol Hill after a deadly Florida school shooting.

Analysis: The most important congressional race no one is paying attention to

Two weeks from today, voters in western Pennsylvania will go to the polls to choose their next member of Congress. It might just be the most important race no one is paying attention to right now.

Immigration and Emigration

No Bail Hearings for Detained Immigrants, Supreme Court Rules

In a rare move, Justice Stephen G. Breyer dissented from the bench, saying the majority was violating fundamental constitutional principles.


South Africa's auditing regulator refers KPMG to disciplinary hearing

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) has referred KPMG to a disciplinary hearing following an investigation of its work for Linkway Trading, a project management firm owned by friends of former President Jacob Zuma.


UPDATE 1-South Africa's auditing regulator refers KPMG to disciplinary hearing

CAPE TOWN, Feb 27 (Reuters) - South Africa's Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) has referred KPMG to a disciplinary hearing following an investigation of its work for Linkway Trading, a project management firm owned by friends of former President Jacob Zuma.


UPDATE 1-Punjab National Bank says scam may cost bank nearly $2 bln

MUMBAI, Feb 27 (Reuters) - India's Punjab National Bank (PNB) said the amount of fraudulent transactions involving the bank could go up by about $204 million in addition to the $1.77 billion it had earlier reported, sending shares down as much as 8.9 percent to a 20-month low.


Florida Sheriff's Office could be sued over deputy's inaction: experts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Sheriff's Office in Broward County, Florida, could be sued over the failure of one of its deputies to enter a high school while a gunman was killing 17 people earlier this month, legal experts said.


GE names accounting, turnaround experts to board

(Reuters) - General Electric Co nominated top aviation and industrial executives and an accounting expert to its board on Monday, as it seeks to restructure its business and restore investors' confidence in one of the largest U.S. industrial conglomerates.

Asia and Australia Edition: Xi Jinping, National Rifle Association, Syria: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Redistricting and Reapportionment

Trump Endorses G.O.P. Fight to Keep Gerrymandered Congressional Map

President Trump, calling the Pennsylvania ruling “very unfair to Republicans and to our country,” said that the decision should be appealed to the Supreme Court.

GOP congressional candidate swept up in sexting case

A week before the primary in the Arizona House special election, a leading Republican candidate's campaign is being roiled by an alleged cyber-affair with a former state Senate staffer.

Mental Health and Disorders

Opening Mental Hospitals Unlikely to Prevent Mass Shootings, Experts Say

Spree killers may be angry and troubled, but few have shown symptoms that would have landed them in mental hospitals.

Experts: Trump deriding shooter's mental health could be harmful

In a tweet Thursday, President Donald Trump described someone who would shoot up a school as a "savage sicko." At CNN's town hall on the Parkland, Florida, school shootings on Wednesday, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch described the gunman as "an insane monster" who is "nuts" and crazy." And at a White House briefing Thursday, the President again used the term "sicko."


Pennsylvania Republicans file second challenge to new congressional map

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republicans, including eight U.S. congressmen, filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging a new congressional map created by the state's top court, in the party's latest effort to block the map from taking effect ahead of November's mid-term elections.

House GOP gear up for hearings on bipartisan opioid crisis legislation

House Republicans will hold a hearing next week on a series of bipartisan bills to address patient safety and enforcement efforts for opioids, marking the latest push for legislation to combat the opioid crisis.

The last 24 hours have featured a more intense national conversation about guns than in recent memory

The last 24 hours have featured a more intense -- and, generally speaking, more honest -- national conversation about guns and culture than in, at least, the last five years.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

School Safety: What the Experts Say About Preparing for a Shooting

Experts are divided on how to protect students from violence or whether, for that matter, there is anything that can be done to prevent a determined attacker.


Idris Elba brings 'Yardie' to Berlin International Film Festival

BERLIN (Reuters) - A film depicting the Jamaican community in London in the 1980s is a reminder of Britain's multicultural complexity, British actor Idris Elba said presenting "Yardie", his directorial debut, at the Berlin Film Festival.


U.S. judge in Russia probe orders sealed hearing in Gates case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ordered a closed hearing for Friday in the Russia probe case of Rick Gates, a former campaign aide for President Donald Trump, according to a court filing on Thursday.


Freestyle skiing: Wise overcomes broken bindings to retain halfpipe gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - David Wise of the United States overcame broken bindings and produced a scintillating final run to retain his ski halfpipe Olympic title on Thursday.


Hearing in Russia curler case canceled, says CAS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday that the hearing in the case of Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky had been canceled and that a decision would be made on the basis of written submissions.

Lawmaker: Our democracy is a little broken

At a CNN town hall following the Parkland school shooting, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) discusses the public support for stricter gun laws and says that "our democracy is a little broken."


Pennsylvania Republicans ask Supreme Court to block new congressional map

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republicans on Wednesday filed an emergency appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional map drawn by the state's top court from taking effect ahead of this year's mid-term elections.


House panel sets Feb 28 hearing on Puerto Rico's power restoration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee plans to hold a hearing next week to discuss efforts to restore Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure in the wake of last year's devastating storms, the panel said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Politics and Government

Poland’s Nationalism Threatens Europe’s Values, and Cohesion

The European Union has bestowed huge sums on Poland, but the country has fomented discord over identity, solidarity and, perhaps most important, the rule of law.


Hearing yet to be set in Russian medalist doping case: CAS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A hearing in the case of Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, was yet to be scheduled, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Who Needs Congressional Districts?

Requiring candidates for Congress to run statewide could encourage compromise instead of obstruction.


Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map

(Reuters) - State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday.


Lesser-known North Korea cyber-spy group goes international: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A North Korean cyber espionage group previously known only for targeting South Korea's government and private sector deepened its sophistication and hit further afield including in Japan and the Middle East in 2017, security researchers said on Tuesday.

Fergie explains National Anthem performance

Fergie is sorry that some people didn't love her rendition of the National Anthem.


Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A former student accused of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors.

Court releases new congressional maps that could help Democrats

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released new congressional district lines Monday, replacing the old Republican-drawn maps in time for the state's May primary.


Pennsylvania top court releases new U.S. congressional voting map for state

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court published a new map of U.S. congressional voting districts for the state on Monday after Democratic and Republican leaders were unable to come to an agreement on other proposals, in a closely watched action ahead of the November mid-term elections.


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Suspect in Florida school shooting back in court for status hearing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The former student accused of last week's deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school returned to court on Monday for a status hearing, and the judge ordered that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view.

Patagonia National Park

Cochrane Journal: With 10 Million Acres in Patagonia, a National Park System Is Born

Two Americans snapped up large swaths of land in Chile, which they donated to a new conservation area that will be three times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined.

Fergie's sultry National Anthem surprises NBA fans

Singer Fergie delivered a sultry rendition of the National Anthem at the star-studded NBA All-Star Game, which took many by surprise.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump’s National Security Chief Calls Russian Interference ‘Incontrovertible’

Lt. General H.R. McMaster accused Moscow of engaging in “disinformation, subversion and espionage.” The comments highlighted a sharp division in the White House on how to talk about Russia’s actions.

United States Politics and Government

Special Counsel Issues Indictment Against 13 Russian Nationals Over 2016 Election

The special counsel charged 13 foreigners associated with Russia and three Russian organizations with illegally using social media platforms to sow political discord.

A baby arrives at the ER with 13 broken bones

Jim Duncan is serving a 70-year sentence for child abuse, but members of his family say he did nothing wrong. CNN Special Report "Broken Bones, Shattered Lives," airs Saturday, February 17, at 8 p.m. ET.


Senate confirms Demers to head Justice Department national security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed John Demers to head the Justice Department's national security division, after a Republican senator lifted a hold he had put on some of the department's nominees in protest against the government's marijuana policy.


Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

After examining 21 American diplomats said to have been victims of a mysterious “attack” in Havana, medical experts found concussion-like damage but no obvious causes.


Gun restraining order might have thwarted Florida shooting: experts

(Reuters) - A few U.S. states have laws allowing police and family members to obtain orders barring people suspected of being a threat from possessing guns, but Florida does not. Some gun control proponents and legal experts said Wednesday's school shooting might have been thwarted if it had.


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Congo defends right to explore for oil in national parks

DAKAR (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's oil minister on Thursday defended the country's right to explore for oil anywhere on its territory after media reports that President Joseph Kabila approved drilling in Africa's largest tropical rainforest reserve.


Trump-Russia probe muddies House hearing on U.S. threat assessment: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are resisting requests by Democrats for U.S. intelligence chiefs to present their annual global threat report to a congressional panel so they can avert a likely showdown with the head of the FBI over aspects of the Trump-Russia investigation, two Democratic sources said on Wednesday.

Politics and Government

Editorial: South Africa’s Zuma Leaves Behind a Broken Democracy

Can the party of Nelson Mandela, which has had a near-monopoly on South African politics, cleanse and revive itself?

The phoneless retreat for the broken hearted


Three shot near U.S. National Security Agency, one in custody: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three people were shot and wounded near the U.S. National Security Agency's headquarters in Maryland, and one person was in custody, local media reported on Wednesday.

Opinion: Intel hearing was the Super Bowl of wonks. Will Trump listen?

The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats on Tuesday was like the Super Bowl for national security wonks. The best players were on the field and it seemed like the whole world was watching.


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Is mind control real? Here's what experts say


South Africa declares drought a national disaster

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicting southern and western regions including Cape Town, though the city pushed back its "Day Zero", the date when its taps are expected to run dry.


Pennsylvania governor rejects Republican-drawn congressional map

(Reuters) - Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf rejected a Republican-drawn congressional map on Tuesday as unfairly skewed toward protecting Republican candidates, likely putting the state's top court in charge of creating new boundaries.


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Bisphosphonates (Drugs)

Personal Health: A Perfect Storm for Broken Bones

Untreated osteoporosis could spawn an epidemic of bone fractures, hospital and nursing home admissions, even premature deaths.

The administration remains tone deaf to a world now hearing the long-silenced voices of abuse victims

President Donald Trump spent the weekend putting himself on the wrong side of a potential turning point in history, formed by the sudden, sharp change in how society responds to allegations of abuse against women.


Oxfam International boss says Haiti scandal 'breaks my heart'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The executive director of Oxfam International said on Sunday she was heartbroken by a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti involving aid workers that prompted Britain's government to threaten to cut off aid funding to charities.


Erdogan aide meets U.S. National Security Adviser in Turkey amid tensions

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster held talks on Sunday in Istanbul with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, a presidential source said, amid persistent tensions between the NATO allies over Syria and other issues.


Republican Pennsylvania leaders submit plan for redrawing congressional map

(Reuters) - Republican leaders in Pennsylvania's legislature submitted a plan for redrawing the state's congressional districts just hours before Friday's court-ordered deadline, but Democratic Governor Tom Wolf questioned whether the proposal will pass legal muster.


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Pennsylvania lawmakers face Friday deadline for new congressional map

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania lawmakers face a court-ordered deadline on Friday to submit a new congressional map, after the existing one was struck down for being illegally drawn to benefit Republicans in a ruling that could reshape the 2018 electoral battle for Congress.


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Snowboarding: Ormerod out of the Games with broken heel

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - British snowboarding hope Katie Ormerod was ruled out of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Thursday after fracturing her wrist and heel in training falls.


Internet firms back congressional vote to restore net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trade group representing Alphabet Inc , Facebook Inc and other internet firms on Thursday backed a congressional reversal of the Trump administration’s December repeal of net neutrality rules.

Duterte, Rodrigo

International Criminal Court Will Investigate Duterte Over Drug War

The Hague-based tribunal said it would gauge whether there was enough evidence to build a case against the Philippine president for crimes against humanity.


Congressional leaders forge budget deal that adds to deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate leaders, in a rare bipartisan compromise, reached a deal on Wednesday to raise spending on military and domestic programs by almost $300 billion over the next two years, but the agreement infuriated some fiscal conservatives.


Senate panel sets confirmation hearing for four FTC nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee set confirmation hearings next week for three Republicans and one Democrat nominated to the Federal Trade Commission, the panel said on Wednesday.

Space and Astronomy

Op-Ed Contributor: Don’t Give Up on the International Space Station

The program is a demonstration of American leadership. Why does the president want to cut it?


U.S. congressional leaders forge budget deal that adds to deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional leaders, in a rare display of bipartisanship, on Wednesday reached a two-year budget deal to raise government spending by almost $300 billion, attempting to curb Washington's fiscal policy squabbling but also widening the federal deficit.


Mexico sets March Maya oil price for international buyers

MEXICO CITY, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex revised its March term pricing formulas for crude oil shipped to customers in the Americas, Europe and the Far East, the company said on Wednesday. The following table lists the adjustments to price constants in the Americas, the U.S. West Coast, Europe and the Far East: DESTINATION FEB CONSTANT MAR CONSTANT ---------------- ---------------- --------------- AMERICAS


France says Turkey, Iran violating international law in Syria

PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign minister on Wednesday demanded that all Iranian-backed militia, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, leave Syria and said that Turkey and Iran were violating international law through their actions in the country.


U.S. deplores Turkey's re-arrest of Amnesty International official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was "deeply troubled" by Turkey's re-arrest of the chairman of the local arm of Amnesty International, and called on its NATO ally to end its state of emergency and safeguard the rule of law.


Deduction scramble helped drive U.S. wave of tax bonuses: experts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump signed into law an overhaul of the U.S. tax code in late December that slashed the corporate tax rate, managers at Southwest Airlines Co wasted no time.


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Bitcoin briefly falls below $6,000 ahead of Senate hearing


UK experts urge smokers to switch to e-cigs for big health gains

LONDON (Reuters) - Vaping, or using e-cigarettes, poses only a fraction of the health risk of tobacco smoking and should be encouraged among smokers to reap substantial health benefits, British public health experts said on Tuesday.

National Health Service

Fact Check: Fact Check: Trump’s Criticism of U.K.’s National Health Service

President Trump said the British health service was “going broke,” and warned that Democrats want to pursue a similar model. Here’s a closer look at his claims.

Holocaust denier likely to represent GOP on Illinois congressional ballot

A long-shot candidate with a history of anti-Semitic statements and Holocaust denial is primed to represent the Republican Party in a congressional race in Illinois.

Archaeology and Anthropology

Lasers Reveal a Maya Civilization So Dense It Blew Experts’ Minds

More than 60,000 Maya structures have been discovered in Guatemala, changing the way archaeologists understand the ancient civilization.


Maldives delay in freeing opposition leaders fuels domestic, international concern

MALE (Reuters) - As domestic and international pressure mounts, the Maldives has delayed complying with a Supreme Court order for the immediate release and new trials of nine opposition leaders, freeing them to contest presidential elections this year.

Elder Care

Britain Was a Pioneer in Outsourcing Services. Now, the Model Is ‘Broken.’

For a generation, Britain has eagerly enlisted private contractors to provide social services. But the model may be cracking under the pressure of austerity.


'Traumatized and broken:' Victims of gymnastics doctor detail abuse in court

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Reuters) - Jessica Thomashow was a 9-year-old gymnast who still liked playing with American Girl dolls when USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar first molested her, she said in a Michigan courtroom on Wednesday.

Nationalization of Industry

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Should Trump Nationalize a 5G Network?

He would probably do it the wrong way. But done right, it could be a great idea.

President met with Justice Department official leading the Russia investigation before his congressional testimony

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein visited the White House in December seeking President Donald Trump's help. The top Justice Department official in the Russia investigation wanted Trump's support in fighting off document demands from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes.

State of the Union Message (US)

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The State of the (White Nationalist) Union

If last night was about “unity,” Mr. Trump wants to unite only white Americans.

White nationalist can't find a lawyer and wants Charlottesville suit tossed

Richard Spencer can't find a lawyer.


Ruined Albanian churches could be tourist magnet if repaired: experts

LESHNICE, Albania (Reuters) - Many old Albanian Orthodox churches and the art they contain lie in ruins due to decades of neglect but they could attract tourists if they are repaired, according to...


Hearing aid maker GN develops device to help soldiers in the din of war

COPENHAGEN, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Hearing aid maker GN Store Nord aims to capitalise on the $600 million market for hearing protection in combat zones with a new device to help soldiers communicate on the battlefield and protect their hearing at the same time.

Facebook Inc

Turn Off Messenger Kids, Health Experts Plead to Facebook

In a letter organized by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, dozens of health experts say the new app preys on a vulnerable group.


Trump team idea to nationalize 5G network to counter China is rejected

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. communications regulator, wireless companies and some lawmakers oppose an idea by members of President Donald Trump's national security team for the government to build a 5G wireless network to counter China spying on phone calls.


Mondelez International Inc expected to post earnings of 56 cents a share - summary

* Mondelez International Inc is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results.


U.S. budget deficit to top $1-trillion in 2019: budget experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Congress limps toward the likely passage next week of another stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, a Washington think tank has estimated the federal budget deficit is on track to blow through $1 trillion in 2019.

Trump is considering nationalizing 5G mobile network, report says

The US government is considering a federal takeover of portions of the country's mobile broadband networks, according to documents obtained by Axios.


Trump national security team sees building 5G network as option

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's national security team is looking at options to counter China that include the U.S. government building a super-fast 5G wireless network, a senior administration official said on Sunday.

Close, Chuck

Chuck Close Is Out at the National Gallery of Art. Is Picasso Next?

Sexual harassment accusations have scuttled an exhibition of the portraitist’s work. Museums are wrestling with the implications — not just for Mr. Close, but for centuries of artists.

Casino mogul and Republican National Committee finance chairman faces sexual misconduct allegations

Steve Wynn is resigning from his position as RNC finance chairman, according to two Republican officials.


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Jan 26 (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust :